Women’s pro sports inspiring girls

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BY ADAM HAYWARD @hayward_adamk

Women’s sports rise to prominence, inspiring girls to follow their dreams

The meteoric rise in women’s sports has been one of the most exciting trends in the entire sporting industry in Australia as every prominent sporting code have now formed their own elite women’s competitions.  

Is the Spirit of Cricket dead?

BY JACK CLIFTON @ontheballaus

“Get ready for a broken F*&$!@% arm!” barks Aussie skipper Michael Clarke at bemused English bowler James Anderson in the latter part of the first Ashes test in 2015.

With those aggressive and crushing words a fire was lit between two of the longest standing rivals in cricket history. Never before had such volatile language been heard and transmitted to households across the world.

Cricket has long been valued and respected as a gentleman’s game, with honour being given to the laws of cricket as well as in the way it is supposed to be played. Of course that can be open to interpretation.

Blind weightlifter from Summer Hill set for the Commonwealth Games

Weightlifter Malek Chamoun feels “a responsibility to … inspire people.” Photo courtesy Malek Chamoun

BY OLIVIA CVETANOVSKI

25-year-old weightlifter, Malek Chamoun from Summer Hill is the first ever legally blind athlete to qualify for the Australian Commonwealth Games Team. The teams have not yet been confirmed and will be revealed by June, but the Australian Weightlifting Federation says there is no doubt he will make it.

ANZAC rookies frustrate fans


New Zealand squad chosen by Kearney. Photo by S.J Alexander

BY S.J ALEXANDER @samoz94

Stephen Kearney has frustrated Rugby League fans with an apparent façade over questionable selections for New Zealand’s ANZAC clash. The most notable being the axing of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Dirk the Dangerous NBA Dagger

BY HUGH WIDJAYA @hughwidjaya

What makes Dirk Nowitzki the greatest shooter and one of the most inspiring players ever?

At seven feet tall Dirk Werner Nowitzki should not have such a stunning array of shooting moves. Sure he might look awkward when the ball leaves his fingers and his feet the ground – like a blonde, better looking cousin of Frankenstein – but who cares when a player of centre and power forward dimensions can finesse the ball through the net? It’s because he looks so stiff and square shouldered when putting on nightly shooting clinics that I find him so mesmerising to watch, like a National Geographic documentary.

Aw, ref! 5 Worst refereeing calls of all time


Korean favourite Kim Yu na was awarded silver in Sochi, despite a mistake-free final performance. Photo: KOREA.NET/flickr

BY HUGH WIDJAYA

In the history of sports, bad calls in important games live on in infamy on the Internet, where every play from every angle can be viewed again and again, and debated over until blue in the face.

Here are five of the worst.

Fifita’s $850,000 deal


$850,000 offer from the Bulldogs: prop forward Andrew Fifita. Photo: NAPARAZZI/flickr

BY S.J. ALEXANDER

Australian representative and Sharks destroyer Andrew Fifita is set to become the highest-paid prop forward in Rugby League’s 108 year history. Fifita, one of the most talked about talents in the modern game, is set to join the Canterbury Bulldogs for an astonishing $850,000 a season, The Australian reported today.

Dwindling away in reserve grade at the Tigers, Fifita was given his chance at the Sharks and hasn’t looked back. Using his huge 194cm, 116kg frame Fifita has been able to consistently produce barn-storming runs and crunching tackles and also has the ability to change the momentum for his team. His huge impact on the playing field, not just for the Sharks but for NSW and Australia, has made him one of the hottest properties on the market. It’s not just rival NRL clubs chasing his signature, but also cross-code clubs in the prestigious Super 15 Rugby competition.