Time for netball to step up

This article was first written and published for The Roar. Last week NSW Swifts coach Briony Akle wrote a piece for Player’s Voicewhich has received plenty of media attention this week. In the article, Briony acknowledges what many of us already know: when it comes to women’s sport, netball has been a leader for many years.

Women’s sport is ready to sell

This article was written by Natalie Akle. Every female athlete’s dream of achieving equality with their male counterparts isn’t as far out of reach as we thought. In fact, according to new research, women’s sport has the broad engagement, influence and value that appeals to mass audiences.  

#TeamGirls Cup determines the 2019 Super Netball is anyone’s game

This article was written by Natalie Akle. Eight Super Netball teams had the opportunity to test run their pre-season training at the inaugural Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup over the weekend. The three-day tournament, held at the brand-new Queensland State Netball Centre, allowed the netballers to showcase their skills ahead of the 2019 Super Netball.

Naomi Osaka: The champion with a story

This article was written by Nicole Hunt.  On Saturday night in front of a roaring crowd both Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka each walked onto Rod Laver Arena for the women’s singles final with a story. Osaka’s story was more recent and perhaps fresher in the minds of those watching.  The 21 year old was […]

Changing of the guard at the Australian Open

This article was written by Nicole Hunt – live from the Australian Open.   Just after 11pm Sunday night John McEnroe interviewed Stefanos Tsitsipas after the 20 year old had beaten Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena.  It wasn’t the first upset result on Sunday in either the mens or the womens draws, but it was […]

Spot the Alex at the Australian Open

This article was written by Nicole Hunt. There’s only one sign you need if you want to cheer from the stands at Melbourne Park this week.  ‘Go Alex!’  There’s a whole brigade of Alexes winning second round matches this week and most of them are Australian. Let’s start with the one that’s not Australian, German […]

Farewell, Andy Murray

This article was written by Nicole Hunt. Is it possible we’ve seen the biggest story of the Australian Open this year on the very first day? I had never seen anything quite like the events that occurred within Melbourne Arena last night. When Andy Murray walked out to serve in the fifth set of his […]

Preview: Australian Open

This article was written by Nicole Hunt. There’s a new chapter beginning in Australian tennis, both on and off the court.  Melbourne Park, home of the Australian open continues to have the upgrade of all upgrades with amazing new player facilities that make it one of the most advanced tournaments in the world. This week […]

The best women’s sports moments of 2018

This article was first written and published for The Roar. It seems that with each passing year the Australian public becomes more and more invested in women’s sport. For me, that’s the result of several things, including the lack of success of some of our elite men’s teams in recent times. Additionally, given some of […]

2019 Super Netball team welcomes 16-year-old superstar

This article was written by Natalie Akle. You would never guess that high-school student, Matisse Letherbarrow, has been hurled into the deep-end of a promising netball career. The 16-year-old’s relaxed demeanour displays no hint of worry as she juggles her netballing career and her education. The netball superstar trains a minimum of five days a […]