Women’s sport weekly wrap: Success for sevens, Wallaroos squad announced

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In terms of results, it’s certainly been a more positive week for Australian rugby.

It started last Saturday when the Australian Wallabies beat Italy 40-27. Sure, it wasn’t pretty – in fact I would go as far as to say it was ugly – but with late tries to Bernard Foley and Reece Hodge, the Wallabies remain undefeated against the Azzurri. Phew. 

Women’s Sport Weekly Wrap: Good luck to the Wallaroos!

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

I have a confession to make. Netball has never been a sport I have taken much interest in.

It started in school when during term three my options for sport were hockey or netball. I opted for hockey and throughout my teenage years and into adulthood my interest in hockey meant I never watched netball on television and knew very little about the Australian Diamonds.

Women’s Sport Weekly Wrap: Can 7s and VXs co-exist

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Each week in preparation for writing this piece, I spent half an hour each morning scouring the news looking for my favourite stories in women’s sport.

So when Roarers comment that I have missed something, in some circumstances it’s me making a choice to include news about one sport rather than another, while in other cases it’s because I just haven’t seen the news.

Camaraderie will win Nationals

ARU-Buildcorp Official Announcement for Wallaroos, Buildcorp Offices Camperdown, Wednesday 15 June 2016 – image: Karen Watson

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Ash Hewson’s enviable sporting CV is matched by her passion for the game and her teammates

Ash Hewson may be rugby’s answer to Ellyse Perry – she’s represented her country in rugby, cricket, soccer, touch and athletics – but she’s not getting complacent about this weekend’s Buildcorp National Women’s XVs Championships.

Introducing the Wallaroos

ARU-Buildcorp Official Announcement for Wallaroos, Buildcorp Offices Camperdown, Wednesday 15 June 2016 – image: Karen Watson

What a very special day last Thursday was for women’s sport.

First, the AFL announced the teams that were successful in their bids for a licence to have a women’s team in the inaugural women’s competition in 2017.  Celebrations then officially began at the Fremantle Dockers, the Melbourne Demons, Carlton Football Club, the GWS Giants, the Western Bulldogs, the Adelaide Crows, the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood Football Club who will now begin preparations in earnest for first bounce in February. It has never been a more exciting time to be a girl or a woman dreaming about AFL.

Tonight we are #strongerasone

It has been many years since the Wallabies have been able to capture the hearts and imagination of the Australian public in such a way. In fact, I can’t really remember the last time I saw the country rally around our men in green and gold in such a powerful way. What’s the reason? Is it Michael Cheika? Our coach who wears a hoodie under his suit? Is it David Pocock – his performance last weekend was simply superb? Or has it simply been the courage, desperation and commitment that the team have shown during their time in Twickenham? Or is it just that Aussies love their sport and have a real sense of pride whenever one of our national teams dominates on the world stage? Whatever the reason – it’s been tremendous.