Mary’s Wonder Women: The Wallaroos get their pay day

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During 2016 I wrote at least one article a week about women’s sport. That’s at least 52 articles covering the talents and successes of women across a number of sports including rugby league, rugby union, AFL, football, basketball, netball, softball and cricket.

This year I make the same commitment. I will continue to write about women in sport and to celebrate their achievements.

But I am also going to make another commitment to all of you this year.

Recently I was asked what I hope for women in sport in the future.

Mary’s Wonder Women: Rugby joins the women’s sport party

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For Rugby Australia, 2017 will be a year some key stakeholders will quickly want to forget. It’s a year that will be remembered for stoushes in the Super Rugby, uncertainty at an administrative level and concern about the performance of the Wallabies on the world stage.

It’s a shame that plenty of important achievements, particularly in the women’s rugby space will be overshadowed by some of this other noise.

But the good news is, if 2018 follows the lead of the final few weeks of 2017, then it could be the year that changes the face of Australian rugby forever – and in the best possible way.

It’s been a week of big announcements.

HSBC Rugby 7’s Wrap

This article was first written by Stephen Mortimer.

The first round of the HSBC series was won by Australia in emphatic style, beating the USA 34-0.Australia were unbeaten throughout and were easily the best team of the tournament.

It was their first tournament win since 2016.

The upset of the weekend was the loss by New Zealand to the USA in the quarterfinals, after the final siren. The Silver Ferns featured in every final last year, except in Sydney, and had been in great recent touch after wins in their warm up games.

Countdown to the World 7s

This article was first written by Stephen Mortimer.

The 2017/18 HSBC Women’s World Rugby 7’s tournament kicks off in Dubai on 30 November and travels to Sydney, Japan, Canada and concludes in Paris in June.

This is a watershed year in 7’s rugby as the teams will assemble for the first time, between the Sydney and Japanese legs, on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games.

Additionally, the 7’s World Cup will take place in San Francisco in July.

Women’s sport weekly wrap: Success for the Wallaroos at the World Cup

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It’s safe to say that the Australian Wallaroos 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign was a successful one.

Over the past couple of weeks I have written several articles about women’s rugby in Australia, questioning whether the ARU is willing to invest the funds necessary to make the women’s XV version of the game successful.

Women’s sport weekly wrap: All about participation in league and rugby

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When our major sports talk about establishing women’s competitions, one of the key words is sustainability.

It’s important that we aim to develop competitions that are exciting, marketable and that feature exceptional talent, but the core obligation must be to ensure our competitions are sustainable. There is no point in a sport deciding to introduce a women’s competition if there is not enough talent to go around or if there isn’t enough talent to make sure that the competition is sustainable in the long-term.

Women’s sport weekly wrap: Does Australia want success in the XV format of the game?

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This week there have been plenty of questions asked about Australian rugby.

Who will succeed Bill Pulver as chief executive of the Australian Rugby Union after announcing that he would step down from his role after axing the Western Force from the Super Rugby competition? What will happen to the Western Force? Does Super Rugby have a sustainable future in Australia?

As a person who identifies mainly with rugby league and cricket, the answers to these questions don’t concern me too much.

Women’s Sport Weekly Wrap: Here come the Wallaroos

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It has been an absolutely remarkable week for the Matildas, who are currently in the United States competing in the Tournament of Nations against three of the top ten best female football teams in the world: Japan, the United States and Brazil.

Last Friday was a historic day for women’s football in Australia, with the Matildas recording their first ever win against the United States.

We talk about New Zealand dominance in men’s rugby or Queensland dominance in State of Origin – up until last Friday the United States had it all over Australia in women’s football, with the USA winning all of the previous 27 contents. In the last 12 years the Matildas have not even managed a draw.