Ladies who Lob: Destanee’s Destiny

After the day’s play had concluded and the evening session had yet to begin, I saw Destanee Aiava and her family at the coffee shop outside Rod Laver Arena. Destanee was flanked by friends who appeared to be supporting her on unsteady feet. An hour or so before, the 17yr old Australian was on centre court for the first time, facing women’s world number one and top seed, Simona Halep.

She had Halep 5-2 in the first set in what was looking like another Australian Open upset when she called for the trainer,  holding her chest. The crowd were naturally concerned. She complained that she couldn’t breathe. Destanee took a medical time out away from the court and although she returned to play out the match she seemed out of sorts and succumbed to Halep 7-6 6-1. 

Ladies who Lob: The summer of tennis has started

This article was first written by Nicole Hunt.

The summer of tennis has started already and so the season begins for 2018. A clean slate for some. For others the defence of rankings points and tournament titles.

Gilles Muller, a 34 yr old left hander from Luxembourg, is the proud owner of two ATP titles. Both came just last year and the first was the 2017 Sydney International. He cried when he won and it was hard not to cry with him his joy was so contagious. Tonight he plays Frenchman Benoit Paire on the way to his title defence.

Stay Kind

I didn’t think it was possible to love a jersey so much.

This is my very special jersey worn by Clint Gutherson during the Parramatta Eels National Rugby League Club match against the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Pty Ltd earlier this year. The rest of these jerseys are being auctioned off  to raise money for the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation – an organisation formed following the death of 18 year old Thomas Kelly, who was coward hit in an unprovoked attack in Sydney’s King Cross in July 2012. 

One of the big messages of the Foundation is to ‘stay kind’ to ourselves and to each other. This is a message that really resonates with me. If you are an Eels fan or know another Eels fan who might like to bid, the link is here:

Mary’s wonder women: Dates for your 2018 diary

This article was first written for and published by The Roar

New year. New diary. 2017 may have been a ‘watershed’ year for women in sport, but I am confident 2018 will be even better.

Here are some of the events underlined in my diary featuring women in sport this year.

WNBL Finals
Finals are here in the 2017-18 season of the WNBL. At the business end of the season, only four teams remain – the Sydney University Flames, the Melbourne Boomers, the Perth Lynx and the Townsville Fire.

The Melbourne Boomers beat the Perth Lynx in their first game 92-76 on Wednesday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the series, while the Fire burned the Flames 78-49.

WNRL 2018

This article was written by Stephen Mortimer. 

With the inaugural WNRL season about to become a reality, what can be done to ensure its international growth.

The RLWC showed that there is plenty of interest at a grassroots level, at a social media level, at a broadcast level and a corporate sponsorship level.

Why live sport is always a good idea

This article was written by Melissa Muscat – Parramatta Eels Members Councillor and Parramatta Eels member.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate and Happy Holidays to those who don’t. Hopefully everyone had a feast of food and family or friend gatherings. Now that the festivities and silly season are starting to subside, we finally have time to think about other things including relaxation, school holidays and sport. We live in a wonderful part of the world, Sydney Australia, but isn’t it such a busy place? So much going on all of the time, spoilt for choice, working hard and almost always pressed for time…which may be the reason many fans have been missing from live sporting fixtures in recent times.

The NRL women’s comp announcement brought me to tears

This story was first written for and published by The Roar

On December 6, 2017, the National Rugby League changed forever – and for the better – with a historic announcement regarding changes to the elite women’s program.

Led by Yvonne Sampson, the announcement was made by John Grant and Todd Greenberg, while Ruan Sims and Corban McGregor were also present.

Let’s begin with the most exciting part of the announcement: next year will see the launch of the NRL Women’s Premiership, to be played in the lead up to and during the NRL finals.

Women’s sport weekly wrap: Jillaroos vs Ferns in World Cup Final

This article was first written for and published by The Roar.

It’s true what they say – there is no rugby league offseason. No matter the time of year there’s always something to keep us entertained whether it be signing news, announcements from our clubs or movements at rugby league central.

But tonight once the 15th iteration of the Rugby League World Cup has concluded, there won’t be much footy on the field to look forward to until February next year.