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.  

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 all smiles, headphones on and waving at the crowd whilst holding her mobile phone.  You don’t often see that in tennis, phones aren’t usually on court and if they are, they’re hidden away.  But this is a new generation, the Next Gen, and a mobile and killer headphones are a compulsory part of their kit.  She of course won the most recent Slam, the 2018 US Open, but so many headlines were about her beaten opponent and not about Naomi’s maiden victory.  You can Google it, it will be for many years one of those ‘moments’ in tennis history and it doesn’t need to be described again here.  Suffice to say there was an altercation between Serena Williams and the match officials at the end of that US Open final in front of a parochial New York crowd.  Although Naomi was the victor that day it was far, far away from any typical moment of victory.  

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 arguably the biggest.

‘Ladies and Gentleman,’ McEnroe said, ‘You’re watching the changing of the guard.’

Federer later said that he’d already heard that line many times, but what seems different at Melbourne Park this year is the sheer weight of numbers behind that change.  It’s not just Tsitsipas knocking on the door.  It’s Zverev, Tiafoe, de Minaur, Popyrin, Shapovolov and in the women’s side, Barty, Osaka, Collins, and many more.  Most hover around the age of 20 and they’re not so much knocking on the door now as battering it down. 

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 Alexander Zverev, better known as Sacha.  One of the new guard who’s climbed up the rankings over the last couple of years to challenge the champions and be the youngest player in the current men’s singles top ten.  He had quite a scare last night with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy taking him to five sets but in the end Zverev was just too strong and will tomorrow play the next Alex on the list – Aussie, Alex Bolt.