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Australian sport’s shaky financial foundations exposed by Covid-19 spotlight | Scott Heinrich

We thought sport in Australia was rich, but in reality it has been living pay cheque to pay chequeThe chickens they are a-roosting. Covid-19 has claimed many things in its dastardly travails – lives, jobs, a common sense of security – and it might well…

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Give up on the W-League to keep A-League going? That’s just crazy | Samantha Lewis

Sydney FC’s chief executive believes the W-League should not become the A-League’s sacrificial lambAs Australian football continues to navigate the financial crisis that is the coronavirus, there are fears the W-League may be one of the first competiti…

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Like listening to music with no bass: the experience of playing in an empty stadium | Kyah Simon

Fans are a huge part of sport and players feed off the atmosphere they create; winning the W-League title behind closed doors was surrealThe biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of was at the Rio Olympics in 2016. It was a quarter-final against Braz…

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Melbourne City win W-League grand final behind closed doors

Melbourne City 1-0 Sydney FCSteph Catley wins player of the finalOn a day in which what felt normal a fortnight ago could be thought of as another era, and what felt normal mere days ago feels like a thought experiment going seriously wrong, Melbourne …

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The show goes on for football in Australia but at what cost? | Samantha Lewis

In prioritising the local football community, FFA runs the risk of de-prioritising the global community that the game is inextricably part of“How can we keep the sport alive?”This question, asked by FFA CEO James Johnson at a press conference on Monday…

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Sportwatch: Sydney into W-League grand final, Pies win big in AFLW, NRL, Super Rugby, and more – as it happened

Cricket: Australia v NZ ODI series cancelled W-League semi-final: Melbourne Victory 0-1 Sydney FCNRL: Souths pip Sharks; Knights hammer WarriorsAFLW: Big wins for Pies and SaintsSuper Rugby: Blues and Crusaders triumph on tough day for NZ 8.29am GMT Th…

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Where to next for all-conquering Melbourne City in the W-League? | Ella Reilly

The club might be on the precipice of reaching its own limits within the current constraints of the league’s structureOn a weekend where the term “invincibles” echoed around the Premier League, the mantle landed squarely on the shoulders of W-League pr…

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Where to next for all-conquering Melbourne City in the W-League? | Ella Reilly

The club might be on the precipice of reaching its own limits within the current constraints of the league’s structureOn a weekend where the term “invincibles” echoed around the Premier League, the mantle landed squarely on the shoulders of W-League pr…

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Player drain emerges as key issue amid concern over W-League’s structure | Ella Reilly

Given the transfer window closes a month before of the W-League’s semi-finals, top-tier player traffic is only ever going to go one wayThe return of American Lynn Williams to Western Sydney was supposed to rekindle the club’s W-League campaign and spar…

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Chaos delights as W-League proves it has more to offer than just its Matildas | Ella Reilly

The league’s non-international players were able to take centre stage during a wild round The double pendulum swing is one of the most well-known symbols of chaos theory. The lines traced by a double-jointed line, which makes sense when its creation is…

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Matildas’ European migration exciting but fanning W-League anxiety

Australian football’s hierarchy must catch the European wave or watch it roll on without themIn the 24 hours between the preliminary squad release and the starting XI announcement for Brisbane Roar’s game against Sydney FC on Thursday night, one W-Leag…

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Sportwatch: Heat contrive record BBL collapse, Wanderers lose – as it happened

UFC: McGregor dominates on UFC returnW-League: WSW 3-1 Perth GloryA-League: Western United 3-0 CCM; Western Sydney 0-1 PerthBBL: Strikers sink Hurricanes; Heat in record collapse 11.31am GMT Well, I’m glad I stuck round for the second innings of that. …

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Jets’ secondment of W-League coach for men’s team should not escape scrutiny | Ella Reilly

The postponement of Newcastle’s game last week may have been serendipitous but the optics of the decision were never goodIt was with a touch of serendipity that Newcastle Jets’ W-League game against Adelaide United, scheduled as part of a double header…

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Still-fledgling W-League remains prone to climate disruption | Samantha Lewis

Three games have already been delayed or postponed this season due to extreme weather“For me, it’s not about football. It’s about player welfare. Seeing the levels of smoke, myself breathing it in while I’m just standing here …. If you’ve got a referee…

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The post-Sam Kerr reality is proving a harsh one for Perth Glory | Ella Reilly

As Sam Kerr prepares to make her Chelsea debut, the club she left behind, Perth Glory, will look on with pride but also a hopeless sense of longingSince touching down in London earlier this week and joining her first training sessions with Chelsea, Sam…

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New York state of mind fuels Western Sydney’s W-League charge | Samantha Lewis

The arrival of three international recruits has heralded a shift in mentality both on and off the field When Western Sydney Wanderers striker Lynn Williams was playing for the now-defunct NWSL side Western New York Flash in 2015 – her first season play…

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Catharsis, late goals and narrow margins mark W-League season

Early figures suggest scoring rates are drying up in the W-League this season, but the drama of late goals and narrow margins is more than compensating for the lack of goalsA certain amount of catharsis can accompany goals scored the nearer the clock t…

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Catharsis, late goals and narrow margins mark W-League season

Early figures suggest scoring rates are drying up in the W-League this season, but the drama of late goals and narrow margins is more than compensating for the lack of goalsA certain amount of catharsis can accompany goals scored the nearer the clock t…

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Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’HaraIn Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back El…

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Melbourne Victory’s global foray shines light on W-League relationship with Asia | Ella Reilly

Starved of success on their first international foray, time will tell if Melbourne Victory’s participation in the AFC Women’s Club Championship will be viewed as a milestone or a millstoneQuestions about the immediate future of the W-League have tended…