- Melbourne Victory beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park
- Victory will meet Sydney FC in next weekend’s title decider
Melbourne Victory will play Sydney FC for the A-League championship after Besart Berisha sunk his former club Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday night. On a tense evening at AAMI Park, Berisha broke the deadlock for Kevin Muscat’s men with 20 minutes remaining, heading home Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s cross.
Victory were worthy winners after playing the role of aggressors for most of the game and eventually beat determined goalkeeper Jamie Young. Their progression to the showpiece match – to be played on Sunday 7 May at Allianz Stadium – means the top two finishers will compete in the grand final for the fifth straight year.
Related: Sydney FC advance to A-League grand final after VAR controversy
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- Blues beat Brumbies 18-12 at GIO Stadium
- Kings beat Rebels 44-3 in Port Elizabeth
The Blues extended New Zealand Super Rugby sides’ winning streak over Australian opposition to 15 games, with an 18-12 victory over the Brumbies. Despite being last in the New Zealand group, the Blues were too good for the conference-topping Brumbies in a stark illustration of the gulf between Kiwi outfits and their trans-Tasman rivals.
Related: Foley boots Waratahs to last-gasp victory over Reds
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- Melbourne Storm beat St George Illawarra Dragons 34-22 at WIN Stadium
- Warriors beat Sydney Roosters 14-13 at Mount Smart Stadium
Melbourne will head into the representative round with a four-point lead atop the NRL ladder after hammering St George Illawarra 34-22 in their top-of-the-table clash. Billy Slater, Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu all scored two tries each, while Cameron Smith kicked the 943rd goal of his career to break Jason Taylor’s record of most goals in history.
The Storm dominated early, racing to a 34-4 lead early in the second half before Dragons veteran Jason Nightingale bagged two of his own to give the WIN Stadium crowd of 12,377 a whiff of a comeback.
Related: Tigers’ instability ‘takes its toll’ as Aaron Woods’ move to Bulldogs is confirmed
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- Collingwood beat Geelong 15.17 (107) to 11.12 (78) at the MCG
- Adelaide beat Richmond 21.14 (140) to 10.6 (64) at Adelaide Oval
- Melbourne beat Essendon 17.10 (112) to 10.14 (74) at Etihad Stadium
Collingwood eased the pressure on coach Nathan Buckley with a stunning 29-point win at the MCG that ended Geelong’s unbeaten run. With a 1-4 record going to the match, the under-siege Magpies were given little chance of victory on Sunday but dug deep to set up the 15.17 (107) to 11.12 (78) win with a six-goals-to-three third quarter.
The Pies led by a game-high 42 points early in the final term but even then the job was not done as the Cats, renowned strong finishers this season, peppered the goals to fray black-and-white nerves but the deficit proved to great.
Related: Blues shock winless Swans as Saints and Power win big
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- West captain signs four-year deal at Belmore from next season
- ‘I felt let down a little bit,’ says Woods
Captain Aaron Woods says instability and frequent drama surrounding Wests Tigers contributed to his decision to leave for a four-year deal with NRL rivals Canterbury. The Bulldogs confirmed rugby league’s worst-kept secret on Sunday, announcing Woods had signed to head to Belmore at the end of the season.
Woods said he never thought he would leave the Tigers, where he started as a junior but frustration played a part in his exit following several turbulent seasons at the club. The dramas in that period were highlighted by long-running saga as former skipper Robbie Farah was forced out by coach Jason Taylor, who was himself sacked earlier this season.
Related: Wests Tigers to their fans: Please stop booing your captain Aaron Woods
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- Sydney FC beat Perth Glory 3-0 at Allianz Stadium
- The VAR controversially overturned two disallowed Sydney goals
Sydney FC advanced to the A-League grand final after downing Perth 3-0 in a drama-filled semi at Allianz Stadium. The Sky Blues’ record-breaking season was on the line in front of 21,938 on Saturday night, and they didn’t disappoint against a confident Glory side that couldn’t quite match the class of the premiers.
The video assistant referee (VAR) played a prominent role, overturning two disallowed goals to help Sydney to a 3-0 lead at halftime, a scoreline that proved more than enough to set up a May 7 season-decider against either Melbourne Victory or Brisbane Roar.
Related: David Squires on … the first week of A-League finals
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- NSW Waratahs beat Queensland Reds 29-26 at Suncorp Stadium
- Nick Stiles’ heritage uniform surprise failed to inspire his team to victory
Bernard Foley has booted the NSW Waratahs to an important last-gasp 29-26 Super Rugby victory over the Queensland Reds. Foley kicked five penalties – four of them coming in the second half – and converted each of their two tries on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium to finish with an overall contribution of 19 points. His last penalty came in with two minutes to go, putting the Waratahs in front as the Reds – who crossed for four tries – slumped to yet another heartbreaking defeat.
Wearing old-school maroon tops and navy shorts in a pre-match surprise arranged by coach Nick Stiles, the hosts battled a lop-sided 16-5 penalty count, some contentious and many coming at moments when the game was on the line.
Related: ‘Melbourne Brumbies’ joint venture not an option for ARU in Super Rugby cull
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Gold Coast Titans beat Newcastle Knights 38-8 at Cbus Super StadiumHayne and Hurrell scored two tries each against a leaky Newcastle defenceJarryd Hayne inspired Gold Coast to their first back-to-back wins of the season, defeating Newcastle 38-8 in rou…
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- St Kilda beat Hawthorn 19.16 (130) to 8.7 (55) at York Park, Tasmania
- The Hawks had won their last 19 games at the venue, and fall to 1-5
St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt booted his 700th AFL goal as the Saints handed Hawthorn a 75-point thrashing in Saturday’s clash in Launceston. The dominant Saints piled on eight goals to one in the third quarter on their way to a 19.16 (130) to 8.7 (55) win before a crowd of 15,571 at York Park.
Hawthorn went into the clash boasting a 19-game winning streak at their Launceston fortress – it was five years to the day since they were last beaten there, going down to Sydney by 37 points. But such dominance looked like a distant memory for the hapless Hawks, whose lack of pressure and dreadful skills would surely be raising alarm bells for coach Alastair Clarkson.
Related: GWS Giants edge out Western Bulldogs in spirited AFL thriller
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- GWS Giants defeat Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75) to 9.19 (73) at Manuka
- Toby Greene set to face MRP scrutiny over striking incident
Greater Western Sydney have served the Western Bulldogs some cold preliminary final revenge in Canberra, writing the latest thrilling chapter of the two clubs’ burgeoning AFL rivalry with a two-point win.
With the temperature plummeting to five degrees, the heat was on at UNSW Canberra Oval, and the Giants came from behind to win 11.9 (75) to 9.19 (73) in front of a crowd of 14,048 who were treated to another classic encounter.
Related: Dees coach asks for more perspective after death of Jesse Hogan’s father
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- Parramatta Eels 26-6 North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville
- Manly Sea Eagles 42-8 South Sydney Rabbitohs in Sydney
The late scratching of star halfback Johnathan Thurston was a blow the North Queensland Cowboys couldn’t recover from as they slumped to a 26-6 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium on Friday.
Thurston was expected to make a sorely-needed return for the Cowboys but his troublesome calf flared up late this afternoon and he was forced to watch on helplessly as North Queensland were thoroughly outclassed by the visiting Eels.
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- Australian Cricketers’ Association calls offer ‘disrespectful’ to players
- Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland calls offer ‘ground-breaking’
Australian cricketers have rejected a pay offer they believe would create greater inequality between players. Cricket Australia (CA) last month tabled a deal for total player payments of $419m over five years, which would do away with the two decade-old fixed revenue-sharing model.
CA remains confident a deal will be done before the 30 June deadline, saying their offer would lift guaranteed payments for all players. But a proposal to only give international male players a chance to share in surplus revenue has proved a sticking point.
Related: Nine, Ten, Foxtel or Optus? Australian cricket TV rights explained
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- Gold Coast NRL coach says he and Hayne ‘had a beer’ after last game
- Former star Justin Hodges claimed Hayne was a negative influence
Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry says his relationship with rugby league star Jarryd Hayne is fine, labelling recent media coverage of a potential rift between the pair a “beat up”.
“We had a beer after the game last week, the comments (about our relationship) again are a beat up,” Henry said. “They’re talking about him arguing on field … As I said before players who want the ball will call for the ball, Jarryd and I are fine.”
Related: Johnathan Thurston in contention for Kangaroos’ Test against New Zealand
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- AFL star to miss Sunday’s game against Essendon after death of his father
- ‘Hopefully now we get some perspective and can give Jesse some time’
Melbourne AFL coach Simon Goodwin says some wayward behaviour by Jesse Hogan has been put in perspective by the death of of the Dees forward’s father Tony.
Goodwin said he would have liked to have defended Hogan, who was criticised for uncharacteristically lashing out and striking Carlton’s Sam Rowe off the ball in their round-two clash and then photographed smoking while on the two-game ban.
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- Concern raised after AOC announce review of behaviour within organisation
- Incoming CEO to lead review following former chief executive’s accusations
Former chief executive Fiona de Jong has questioned the independence of a review into workplace practices at the Australian Olympic Committee.
Part of the AOC’s response to bullying claims by De Jong, which have led to senior staffer Mike Tancred standing down, will include an “independent” review of the body’s culture by the incoming chief executive, Matt Carroll.
Related: Mike Tancred steps down from AOC position pending bullying investigation
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- Western Sydney Wanderers fall to 6-1 defeat at Urawa Red Diamonds
- ‘Now we know where we stand,’ says defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis
Twenty goals conceded from five games is pretty ugly viewing from any angle but defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis says it has only made Western Sydney more determined to scrape pride from their final Asian Champions League outing against star-studded Shanghai SIPG.
That is all the Wanderers will be playing for in Campbelltown next month, after Wednesday night’s 6-1 hammering by J-League leaders Urawa Red Diamonds mathematically ruled them out of an unlikely knockout-stage berth.
Related: FFA to close centre of excellence to provide more youth opportunities
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