Hockeyroos ready for Pro League challenge

This article was first written for and published by the Roar.  Please note that Mary sits on the board of Hockey Australia.

The Hockeyroos begin their journey towards Tokyo this weekend with the start of the FIH Pro League.

With matches scheduled in both Sydney and Perth over the next month, Australia have the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best nations in the world, including Belgium, Great Britain, Argentina and New Zealand.

A women’s baseball league is coming to Australia

This article was first written and published for The Roar

As a Sydney-sider who loves sport, I’m someone who has many favourite sporting teams across a variety of codes. When you ask me who I support, you’ll often get quite a long answer and any possible combination of the Parramatta Eels, GWS Giants, Giants Netball, Sydney Thunder and also the Sydney Blue Sox.

Vote 1: Women’s Sport

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, most of you will be well aware that a federal election is happening tomorrow.

I’ve found it exceptionally difficult to decide who to vote for. And when you’re having trouble deciding, people always advise you to look at policies, not personalities.

Caster Semenya loses landmark case – possibly ending her career

This article was first written and published for The Roar

Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her case against the International Association of Athletic Federation, in a decision that could mean the end of her career.

It followed nearly two months of deliberation on one of the most complex and challenging cases that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ever had.

The ruling means that, from now on, the South African will be required to take medication or undergo invasive surgery to reduce the levels of testosterone in her body if she wants to compete internationally.

Big questions ahead of Super Netball 2019

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

Heading into the third season of Australia’s premier netball competition, there are plenty of questions to answer.

Can the Sunshine Coast Lightning take out the competition for the third year in a row?

Following Sharni Layton’s departure from Collingwood at the end of last season to play in the AFLW, can another larger-than-life character emerge to take her place?

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.