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Author Archive for Kate O'Halloran

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Caroline Wozniacki transfixed us in a final for the ages

Despite Serena Williams’s absence, the women’s draw provided more excitement than the men’sWith close friend Caroline Wozniacki competing for her maiden grand slam, seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams went to bed, “too nervous to watch”…

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Nadal to attempt to prove fitness in Tie Break Tens tournament

Tie Break Tens consists of 10-point tie-breaks only with eight participantsWinner takes $250,000 in three-and-a-half hour spectacleRafael Nadal will attempt to prove his fitness for the Australian Open by participating in a ‘Tie Break Tens’ tournament …

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Adelaide’s Sarah Perkins: ‘AFLW will grow in every aspect in 2018’

After the inaugural season broke down barriers, the goal-kicking star envisages further advancement in the game this year‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017In the lead-up to the inaugural AFLW draft, Sarah Perkins sat third on Victo…

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‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017 and pointed to the future

The Adelaide Crows broke the dam wall and the Matildas had a year of unrivalled highlights but pay disparity remains• Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’With three seconds remaining on the clock and Brisbane trailing by a …

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Sam Kerr: ‘Everyone wants to jump on board and be a Matildas fan’

Australia’s star striker reflects on a seismic year in which she excelled and helped to ignite interest in the women’s gameIf Sam Kerr didn’t already believe she had become a household name this year, there came a moment in September when could be no d…

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Newcastle Jets v Adelaide United: A-League – live!

Updates from the match at McDonald Jones StadiumGet in touch with Kate on email or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran 6.59am GMT A-League 18:20 Newcastle Jets 0-0 Adelaide UnitedNice footwork from Champness who puts the United defence under all sorts of press…

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Matildas cap off stellar year with highest world ranking of fourth

It is the first time Australia has been in the top five footballing nationsThis follows seven-game winning streak and inaugural TON victoryThe Matildas have capped off a stunning year by moving into fourth in Fifa’s women’s world rankings. It is the hi…

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Women’s Big Bash League draws record viewing figures

Overall, viewing figures were up 46.6 per cent on season two averagesOn-field records were also broken, including highest Big Bash team totalThe first weekend of the third edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has attracted a peak audience of 6…

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Serena Williams ‘very likely’ to return for Australian Open, says Tiley

Tiley said there was ‘no question’ Williams will be ready for tournamentHe added that Williams wants to break Court’s Grand Slam singles titles recordSerena Williams is “very likely” to return to Melbourne for the 2018 Australian Open, according to tou…

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Australia Sportwatch: Canberra United v Brisbane Roar in W-League, A-League round-up and more – live!

Live W-League updates from McKellar Park, CanberraContact Kate on email or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran 5.40am GMT W-League 09:30 Canberra United 0-0 Brisbane RoarBolting run from Thorsnes who finds Flannery, but the Roar defence are solid, and the clea…

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Ben Stokes arrives in Christchurch to hostile Australian media reception

Australia’s key media outlets have not shied away from criticism of England’s ‘bad boy’, calling the handling of the assault allegations an ‘unmitigated disaster’Australian papers have piled into Ben Stokes as he arrives closer to – if not actually on …

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A-League invites ridicule with Star Wars round promotion

Fans mock commercial tie-up that chief executive David Gallop hails a way to ‘expand the football family’In the midst of a governance crisis, Football Federation Australia has announced it has teamed up with Walt Disney for a Star Wars round, to kick o…

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Matildas v China: international women’s football friendly – live!

Updates from the second match of the series in Geelong, VictoriaGet in touch with Kate on email or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran 5.44am GMT H1 13:30 Australia 0-1 ChinaBeautiful sliding challenge by Wu Haiyan, Carpenter looked certain to press Xiaolin, b…

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Channel Nine cricket commentary team’s lack of diversity is out of touch | Kate O’Halloran

The white, middle-aged male banter is emblematic of the culture of privilege that pervades Australia’s favourite sports Continue reading…

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‘Here to stay’: AFL commission vote to retain the centre bounce

Decision comes despite concerted campaign from umpires to ban bounceAFL CEO Gillon McLachlan also supports mid-year trade periodThe AFL commission have voted to retain the traditional centre bounce, despite increasing calls from umpires to have it scra…

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England v Papua New Guinea: Rugby League World Cup quarter-final – live!

Updates from the last-eight clash in MelbourneGet in touch with Kate on email or via Twitter @Kate_ohalloran 5.41am GMT RLWC quarter final 30:15 England 8-0 PNGScintillating speed from Lo after Segeyaro makes the line-break. PNG make it all the way to …

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‘I don’t want pity’: Jelena Dokic sidesteps blame game to find own voice | Kate O’Halloran

Tennis star talks about the relief of getting her story out there, the frustration of covering for an abusive father and the joy of playing for pleasure, not fearThanks to her father Damir, Jelena Dokic has had a notoriously strained relationship with …

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Susan Alberti: ‘If it’s the right thing to do, I’ll do it to the bitter end’

The inspirational advocate for women’s footy is relentless when she dedicates herself to a causeThere were many magical moments in season one of AFLW. But there was one in particular that won’t soon be forgotten. The setting was the Whitten Oval, spiri…

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Frankie Dettori to ride Melbourne Cup favourite Almandin after Oliver loses appeal

Damien Oliver handed 20-race ban for improper riding during Cox PlateDettori takes over ride with good chance of winning maiden CupDamien Oliver’s failed appeal against the 20-race ban he was handed for improper riding during the Cox Plate has opened t…

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AFL and Richmond must face sport’s problem with male entitlement | Kate O’Halloran

The response to the topless photo scandal should be swift and decisive – and shift the blame from victim to toxic cultureThe AFL and the Richmond football club have a big problem. In light of the news that the woman at the centre of the topless photo s…