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.

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!

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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.