Return of the WNBL highlights a longtime supporter of women’s sport

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Tonight the 2018-19 season of the WNBL commences with the Sydney University Flames in action against the University of Canberra Capitals from 7pm.

While sports like AFL and cricket have received plenty of attention in recent years for launching their women’s competitions and being at the forefront of the women’s sport revolution, it’s worth noting that the WNBL, now heading into its 38th year, is Australia’s longest running elite female competition – and an exceptionally entertaining one at that.

Super Netball semis time highlights Sydney’s other venue problem

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With a 69-66 win over the West Coast Fever in the final round of the Super Netball competition, the Giants sealed the minor premiership and booked their place in the major semi-final, tomorrow at the Quay Centre.

It was an incredible finish to the season, particularly considering that the Fever had been at the top of the ladder for the entire season, only to be pipped in the final round.

As minor premiers, the Giants have hosting rights for the major-semi final. This would normally only be cause for celebration because of the big advantage this poses – especially against a team based as far away as the Fever.

Wendy Tuck makes sail history

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Last Saturday evening when most Australians were in the middle of their bedtime routines, or perhaps already asleep, on the other side of the world another Australian was making history.

On Saturday evening at approximately 10.52pm AEST, Australian sailor Wendy Tuck became the first woman in history to win a round the world yacht race when she crossed the line in the thirteenth and final race of the 2017-2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Women’s World Cups part of strategic bidding plans

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This week the New South Wales government signalled its intention to be a heavy hitter in the sporting event space over the next ten years with a strategic decision announced on Monday to bid for ten world cups in the next ten years.

When it comes to women’s sport, I always say it is important to celebrate how far we have come, while continuing to strive to be better because we still have a very long way to go.

Thanks, Sharni Layton

This article was first written and published for The Roar.

Growing up, I went to an all-girls school. Each term, different sports would be on offer and if you opted in to playing sport, you had to make a choice.

Often girls would switch from one sport to the other, but there was one term where you made a decision and stuck with it. When it came to term three and the choice between hockey and netball, it was very much an us vs them mentality.

I grew up loving hockey and hating netball. I thought it was boring, disliked the lack of contact and thought it was too girly.

Key retirements from the Australian Diamonds

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Tonight, the Young Matildas will play Thailand in the final of the 2018 AFF Women’s Championships in Indonesia.

It’s set to be a thrilling finale to a competitive tournament, particularly considering that Thailand are the only team that have managed to beat the Australia so far.

Let’s track their road to the final.