Kate O'Halloran

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Jan 28

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”…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/28/caroline-wozniacki-transfixed-us-in-a-final-for-the-ages

Jan 10

New rugby union CBA introduces pay parity for women and Super Rugby changes

Women’s and men’s sevens and Super Rugby starters to have same base paySuper Rugby salary cap increased to $5.5m and squad size to 36-40Rugby Australia have struck a new collective bargaining agreement that will guarantee women’s and men’s sevens and S…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/10/new-rugby-union-cba-introduces-pay-parity-for-women-and-super-rugby-changes

Dec 31

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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/01/nadal-to-attempt-to-prove-fitness-in-tie-break-tens-tournament

Dec 29

‘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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/30/this-moment-is-for-you-how-womens-sport-rocked-2017-and-pointed-to-the-future

Dec 16

Newcastle Jets take win over Adelaide after controversial handball call – as it happened

Newcastle Jets 2-1 Adelaide UnitedPetratos scores last-minute penalty after VAR fails to overrule handball 8.38am GMT Oof, Gulum has possibly the last chance of the game to level, but can only direct it straight at Moss. Regan picks up a yellow at the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/dec/16/newcastle-jets-v-adelaide-united-a-league-live

Dec 13

Rugby Australia choose best person for job but Castle’s appointment still symbolic | Kate O’Halloran

New chief executive keen to play down down gendered analysis after being tasked with addressing the game’s many issuesThe decision by Rugby Australia to appoint Raelene Castle as its new chief executive is a watershed moment for women in sports leaders…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/13/rugby-australia-choose-best-person-for-job-but-castles-appointment-still-symbolic

Dec 10

Australia Sportwatch: City prevail over Mariners in A-League, W-League, WBBL and more – as it happened

A-League: Melbourne City 1-0 Central Coast MarinersW-League: Melbourne City 2-1 Canberra United; Newcastle Jets 3-0 Brisbane RoarWBBL: Sydney Sixers beat Sydney Thunder; Adelaide Strikers beat Hobart HurricanesGet in touch with Kate on email or via Twi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/dec/10/australia-sportwatch-w--and-a-league-star-wars-round-action-and-more-live

Dec 06

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/06/serena-williams-very-likely-to-return-for-australian-open-says-tiley

Dec 03

Australia Sportwatch: Brisbane outclass Canberra in W-League, A-League and more – as it happened

W-League: Brisbane Roar 1-0 Canberra United; Melbourne City 1-1 Adelaide UnitedA-League: Central Coast Mariners 1-0 Perth Glory; Melbourne Victory 3-2 Wellington Phoenix 8.07am GMT No winner from this clash, with Ashley Hatch and Alyssa Mautz scoring a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/dec/03/australia-sportwatch-canberra-united-v-brisbane-roar-in-w-league-a-league-round-up-and-more-live

Nov 29

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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/29/ben-stokes-arrives-in-christchurch-to-hostile-australian-media-reception

Nov 28

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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/28/a-league-invites-ridicule-with-star-wars-round-promotion

Nov 21

‘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…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/21/here-to-stay-afl-commission-vote-to-retain-the-centre-bounce

Nov 19

Patchy England into Rugby League World Cup last four – as it happened

England 36-6 PNGEngland to face Tonga in semi-final; Australia to face Fiji 7.00am GMT It’s all over here at AAMI park with a convincing win to England over Papua New Guinea. They’ll now face Tonga in a semi-final, while Australia will play Fiji. Not s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/19/england-v-papua-new-guinea-rugby-league-world-cup-quarter-final-live

Nov 14

‘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 …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/i-dont-want-pity-jelena-dokic-sidesteps-blame-game-to-find-own-voice

Nov 13

Most sports fans back governing bodies’ public support for marriage equality

Survey of dedicated fans finds 58% agree major codes were right to back the yes campaign in the same-sex marriage survey debateMost dedicated sports fans agree that governing bodies were right to support the marriage equality campaign, a survey has fou…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/nov/14/most-sports-fans-back-governing-bodies-public-support-marriage-equality

Nov 12

Melbourne City and Wanderers draw, Australia beat Ireland in international rules and more: sportwatch – as it happened

International rules: Australia beat IrelandA-League: Melbourne City and Wanderers draw; Wellington beat PerthW-League: Melbourne City 5-2 NewcastleRugby League: PNG beat USA; Ireland beat Wales 10.27am GMT GoodnightAlright everyone, thanks for joining …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/12/international-rules-rlwc-melbourne-city-v-western-sydney-sportwatch-live