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Netflix show’s relentless positivity cannot mask inequalities of women’s cricket | Megan Maurice

A new documentary might not stray too far beyond the boundary, but it does succeed in bringing women’s cricket further into the mainstreamWay back in April, when lockdowns were widespread, sport was cancelled and a social calendar was something we were…

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Alyssa Healy uses Covid downtime to break down barriers for women’s cricket | Megan Maurice

The Australia batter has kept busy by addressing the growth in demand for women-specific cricket equipment When Alyssa Healy last played a game of cricket it was in front of 86,174 people, with millions more tuning in around the world. As she smashed 7…

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Extra-time, rolling subs: netball vies for new attention of hearts and minds | Megan Maurice

Netball has a fight on its hands to re-establish its place in the Australian Covid-19 era sporting landscape There are many sounds that are synonymous with Super Netball – squeaking shoes on wooden floorboards, the piercing shriek of the umpires’ whist…

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Sports fans’ identity is intertwined with their passion; they are suffering a strange kind of loss | Megan Maurice

In a world without sport, we lose that easy shorthand of understanding who we areIt is the classic mantra of the sports fan, the phrase that launches a thousand stories: “I was there”.I was there on 8 March at the MCG, just nine short weeks ago, though…

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More than a game of cricket: MCG final is defining moment for women’s sport | Megan Maurice

There are hopes of a record crowd for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final but that should not be the end of the journeyEach game of this Twenty20 World Cup has been leading to this – the attempted world record crowd for a women’s sporting event at the…

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‘Our players are our voice’: Big Bash pride game seeks to educate | Megan Maurice

The match at the SCG comes in the wake of recent homophobic slurs made by high-profile playersIn the lead up to the Big Bash League’s pride game this week, the same questions are being heard. Why do we still need to keep doing this? Isn’t inclusion jus…

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Alex Blackwell leaves the game having led a cricket revolution | Megan Maurice

The retiring veteran’s career has spanned the shift from amateurism and seen a great deal of social changeWhen Alex Blackwell began her elite cricket career in 2001, the landscape of the sport looked very different. The Women’s National Cricket League …

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How does the Matildas’ pay deal stack up against the rest? | Megan Maurice

The new collective bargaining agreement provides something approaching pay parity, but is it in line with other sports in Australia?Last week’s announcement of the new Matildas pay deal was a landmark for football in Australia. The new collective barga…

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Australia’s fixation with heroic injuries hampers progress on concussion in sport | Megan Maurice

The fraught debate would benefit from not mythologising athletes who play through injuryWhile Justin Langer referred to the decision to keep Steve Smith out of the third Test as a “no brainer”, with no apparent irony, the debate around concussion in sp…

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Netball World Cup 2019 first semi-final: Australia v South Africa – live!

Updates from the match at M&S Bank Arena in LiverpoolAny thoughts? Email or tweet @meganmaurice 11.32am BST While it’s a lead for the Diamonds, it doesn’t look like a convincing start from the reigning world champions. Thwaites does tend to grow in…

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Netball World Cup 2019: Australia v New Zealand – live!

Updates as the Diamonds and Silver Ferns meet in LiverpoolAny thoughts? Email or tweet @meganmaurice 10.34am BST The first turnover of the game is forced by Courtney Bruce and is worked down court to Steph Wood to score with both defenders out. Austral…

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Netball World Cup 2019: team-by-team guide

A strong England team look well placed to claim a first world title but Australia and Jamaica will challenge strongly Continue reading…

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Thinking outside the goal circle: how Australia is preparing for Netball World Cup | Megan Maurice

It is not just on the court where gains can be made – systems analysis, mental health and wellbeing can be as important as training drills Every elite athlete understands how to learn from a loss. As the old saying goes, “sometimes you win, sometimes y…

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How Australia match up to the main pretenders to their Netball World Cup crown | Megan Maurice

With the Diamonds’ squad confirmed, how do key individuals compare with their rivals?With the Australian team for July’s Netball World Cup confirmed, the team lists for the world’s top five ranked teams are now complete. The Diamonds are aiming for the…

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Split lip resurfaces questions over lack of Super Netball match review process | Megan Maurice

Administrators have been left wondering whether to persist with a ‘what happens on court, stays on court’ policyOnce a non-contact sport, netball has evolved significantly from its roots as an English schoolgirl sport in the late 19th century. Though s…

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Forget the trolls, social media also builds inclusion through and for women’s sport | Megan Maurice

So often seen as a mechanism for abuse, social media can also foster a sense of belongingAs highlighted recently by the Tayla Harris furore, when women’s sport and social media are talked about together, it’s usually due to trolling and online abuse. B…

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Women’s cricket the winner in WBBL semis

In one amazing day, the WBBL semis showcased the irrefutable rise of women’s cricketOne thing is clear after Saturday’s two semi finals in the Women’s Big Bash League – women’s cricket is producing some of the most exciting and entertaining sporting co…

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2018: women’s sport leads the way in a landmark year

From new teams and new leagues to record crowds, 2018 has been a bumper yearWith a new NRLW competition kicking off, new teams announced for AFLW and changes to the status quo in netball, it has been a big year in women’s sport. Following the recent fi…

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Laura Geitz: a leader of women and inspiration to her ‘sisters’ | Megan Maurice

The Australian great’s retirement from international netball was met with an outpouring of emotionWhen the Australian national side gather in for the final moment before they take to the court for a match, their hands locked together, it’s not “Diamond…

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Super Netball players stand united as low key protests make feelings known

It may not have seemed like much to the casual onlooker, but the weekend’s on-court protests were strong shows of solidarity between players

The future of Australian netball is up in the air after major structural changes to the governing body’s board brought threats of strikes, boycotts and even the establishment of a rebel league. And although the Australian Netball Players’ Association (ANPA) did not follow through with the mooted industrial action over the weekend, it is unlikely the final shot has been fired.

Related: Caitlin Thwaites inspires Collingwood to upset win over Giants in Super Netball

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