Kate O'Halloran

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Name: Kate O'Halloran
Date registered: August 24, 2015
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  1. Tigers into grand final with Adelaide after disposing of Giants: AFL preliminary final – as it happened — September 23, 2017
  2. Social issues such as same-sex marriage are inextricable from sport | Kate O’Halloran — September 19, 2017
  3. Giants thrash Eagles as Johnson bags six, Cowboys upset Eels and more: sportwatch – live! — September 16, 2017
  4. Richmond beat Geelong in the second AFL qualifying final – as it happened — September 8, 2017
  5. Diamonds suffer upset loss to Ferns, Dragons crash out of NRL finals race and more: sportwatch – as it happened — September 3, 2017

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Sep 23

Tigers into grand final with Adelaide after disposing of Giants: AFL preliminary final – as it happened

  • Adelaide and Richmond will play off in the AFL grand final next week
  • More than 90,000 fans attended the preliminary final at the MCG

10.51am BST

Well, it’s all over here at the MCG, and the longest current grand final drought is broken: Richmond will play off against Adelaide in next week’s grand final after a 35-year-long wait. They did it in style, with Daniel Rioli starring in a breakout game to kick four goals (he also had 14 disposals, six contested possessions, six tackles and eight inside 50s). On TV currently, he says he’s ‘speechless’ and is ‘jealous’ of Cyril and Maurice’s success – it’s his turn now, though. He’s asked about how things might be at home tonight (he lives with coach Damien Hardwick! – but says there’s ‘not a lot of footy talk’ at home).

Likewise, Trent Cotchin led from the front, willing his side into next week with 26 disposals, 17 contested possessions, seven clearances, nine tackles and five inside 50s. He, however, will face an incredibly nervous wait after his hit on Dylan Shiel, which left Shiel concussed and unable to take any further part in the game.

10.35am BST

Into the rooms

An almighty roar greets the Tigers in their rooms, and it’s a ferocious rendition of “Oh we’re from Tigerland”. Damien Hardwick watches on with an enormous, proud smile. Well done, Richmond. Will do a little-wrap up now – and let you know if anything else exciting happens!

10.32am BST

Dustin Martin

Says this is ‘surreal’ and he always intended to split 50-50 between midfield and forward. Thanks his teammates for their incredible pressure. Says hi to his Dad, who is of course in NZ and has been denied entry back into Australia: “I know you’re watching, I love you”.

10.30am BST

Jack Riewoldt

Riewoldt has tears in his eyes as he’s interviewed by ‘Richo’. Thanks the ‘amazing’ supporters at the club after such difficult times over the last while. Pays credit to Cotchin – says he’s had a wonderful year given the ‘questions that were asked over his captaincy’. Also pays credit to the new players the club attracted in the off-season – Caddy, Prestia and Nankervis – and the youth at the club – highlighted by Rioli’s four goals. Says Damien Hardwick showed great maturity to ‘strip himself back and take some responsibility’ for the things that weren’t working – and that new coaches have helped turn things around.

10.26am BST

Richmond are into their first grand final since 1982! Unbelievable scenes at the MCG – Matthew Richardson is choked with emotion as he announces from the commentary box that the wait is over. Some Tigers players are in tears – and I’m sure more than a few fans (hi 20CharactersNoSpaces).

Trent Cotchin tells Cameron Ling that “12 months in football is a long time”, indeed.

10.22am BST

Q4 00:20 remaining Richmond 15.13 (103) v GWS 8.13 (61)

Apparently next week will be the first grand final for every single player in each team – the only time that’s ever happened before is in the first grand final.

10.21am BST

Q4 01:25 remaining Richmond 15.13 (103) v GWS 8.13 (61)

Butler runs into an open goal and the players finally let loose – Martin embraces Cotchin on the bench – the Tigers players believe. What a build-up it’ll be.

10.18am BST

Q4 03:00 remaining Richmond 14.13 (97) v GWS 8.13 (61)

Even Damien Hardwick is convinced it’s over – as he takes Dustin Martin protectively from the ground. Castagna almost runs into an open goal – but decides belatedly to handball it to Butler and it’s over the line. A rare blunder for the Tigers. Matthew Richardson congratulates Peggy O’Neill and the board for ‘sticking fat’ with Hardwick after so much conjecture on his future and the future of the club last year.

10.14am BST

Q4 06:20 remaining Richmond 14.12 (96) v GWS 8.13 (61)

It’s definitely, definitely, actually over. Dan Butler snaps a goal after Hopper coughs the ball up in defence. The brief Giants resistance is done. Mammoth effort from Phil Davis before that to deny the Tigers – wonder how he’ll feel watching his old side in the grand final next week. He and Deledio will be in the same boat.

10.12am BST

Q4 07:46 remaining Richmond 13.12 (90) v GWS 8.13 (61)

Deledio has a snap at goal, but it bounces out. Tigers fans unreasonably anxious about this, all literally sitting on the edges of their seats – I empathise. I refused to believe the Dogs had won the grand final last year, even with a minute to go.

10.09am BST

Q4 09:39 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 8.13 (61)

Mystere_Cygne tweets in to ask me what next for the Giants – “another year down the drain. Won’t have this talent at their disposal forever”. Tend to agree – very unlucky to lose a heartbreaker last year, and now they’ve failed to perform on the big stage, even with that motivation fresh in their minds. Just think they’ve been unlucky to run into the Tigers in this kind of unbelievable form – their pressure and will to win is second to none – what you’d expect from a 35-year drought. Still – reckon they possibly made a mistake playing Stevie J, while the trade for Deledio hasn’t worked out – that’s most obvious today.

10.04am BST

Q4 12:54 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 7.13 (55)

Can Himmelberg give the Giants a sniff (and the Tigers a scare?) – it’s through, but I reckon only the most pessimistic will be worried.

10.01am BST

Q4 14:47 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 6.12 (48)

Agree with Cameron Ling’s analysis (that’s rare!) – said GWS’ big names, Deledio and Johnson in particular, have gone missing today (as has Greene, and Patton) while the Tigers have had such an even spread of performers.

10.00am BST

Q4 16:10 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 6.11 (47)

Standing ovation for Cotchin – what a game he’s had. 22 disposals, 16 contested possessions, seven clearances and eight tackles.

Kate this is too much

9.57am BST

Q4 17:50 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 6.11 (47)

Thanks to Aaron for tweeting in the Dylan Shiel footage – couldn’t find it anywhere. Since the Tigers will win by a long way this becomes more relevant.

@Kate_ohalloran is this the footage you’re looking for? https://t.co/KDdrIDQFqe

9.55am BST

Q4 18:49 remaining Richmond 12.11 (83) v GWS 6.10 (46)

Deledio sitting on the bench for the start of the quarter – looks dejected and bewildered.

9.50am BST

Three-quarter-time Richmond 11.11 (77) v GWS 6.10 (46)

Giants have no answers for the Tigers at the moment – exemplified by some poor decisions with the ball with a minute remaining. Deledio had the composure to find Haynes wide and in plenty of space – but he bombed the ball long to space, and Rance took an easy intercept grab. Their forward line looks completely dysfunctional and players are dropping their heads and being outworked with some poor defensive efforts. Can’t see this going any other way than a big Richmond win – and an end to a 35-year drought.

9.46am BST

Q3 00:12 remaining Richmond 11.11 (77) v GWS 6.10 (46)

Martin wins a free for holding the man against Heath Shaw – there really wasn’t much in it. He boots the Tigers to a 31-point lead and – in all probability – a grand final.

9.44am BST

Q3 01:52 remaining Richmond 10.11 (71) v GWS 6.10 (46)

Tigers would be feeling confident now – they’ve kicked six of the last seven. Well done by the Giants, though, who against all the momentum find Himmelberg 45m out. It’s a terrible, awful, horrendous looking kick, and wobbles through for a point. Crowd and pressure a huge factor now.

9.41am BST

Q3 03:30 remaining Richmond 10.11 (71) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Martin! The crowd were up well before he was – and he takes a strong, contested grab 20m out on a tight angle. He goes for a snap goal and it’s the Tigers by 26 points.

9.39am BST

Q3 04:16 remaining Richmond 9.11 (65) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Williams takes an enormous risk, trying to find a teammate in-between three Tigers – and they’re horribly open. Edwards has a shot on goal and converts – it’s a game-high lead.

9.37am BST

Q3 05:40 remaining Richmond 8.11 (59) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Giants can’t buy a goal – Patton goes for a mark one-handed, and looks flat-footed and slow when the ball hits the ground. Greene is playing in the middle so they don’t have quick forwards. Poor handball by Scully gifts the ball to McIntosh but he can’t convert from 50m.

9.36am BST

Q3 06:45 remaining Richmond 8.10 (58) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Johnson’s back in the action and gets an in-the-back free, this time even further out. He tries to centre it, and it’s a horrible kick to Grigg – plus a 50m against Coniglio. Things unravelling for the Giants.

9.34am BST

Q3 07:00 remaining Richmond 8.10 (58) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Greene wins a crucial ball in the middle, handballs to Kelly and he finds Steve Johnson 40m out. He doesn’t have the distance, however, and passes off to Wilson who kicks it out of bounds on the full under pressure after being shut down by the Tigers who were onto it. Demoralising moment for the Giants.

9.32am BST

Q3 09:19 remaining Richmond 8.10 (58) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Contentious deliberate out of bounds paid against Greene – too harsh for mine. It results in another goal to Rioli – his fourth. He’s on fire – and the difference so far. That’s his career-high.

9.29am BST

Q3 10:00 remaining Richmond 7.10 (52) v GWS 6.9 (45)

This time it’s Cotchin out of the middle – and some Rioli brilliance keeps the ball in – and forces it forward for a near-mark to Castagna. Ward clears but can only find Dylan Grimes – who has three goals for his career. He doesn’t add to his tally.

9.28am BST

Q3 11:20 remaining Richmond 7.9 (51) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Tom Scully doing everything he can to keep his side in it – he’s had 17 disposals – six contested possessions, four marks, three tackles and four inside 50s. He senses that the Giants are at risk of being blown away in the next few minutes. Critical next goal.

9.24am BST

Q3 13:30 remaining Richmond 7.9 (51) v GWS 5.7 (37)

Feel like the Tigers are getting on top with their manic pressure – and it pays off with a Townsend goal, weight of numbers and tackles carrying the ball forward. Giants missing Shiel through the midfield too.

9.21am BST

Q3 14:37 remaining Richmond 6.9 (45) v GWS 5.7 (37)

GWS’ forwards haven’t had a great game so far – apart from the two to Himmelberg their goals have come from their midfielders in Kelly and Ward – nothing for Patton, Greene or Johnson.

9.19am BST

Q3 16:11 remaining Richmond 6.8 (44) v GWS 5.7 (37)

Great clearance by Scully almost sets up a Greene goal – but he can’t get boot to ball and it’s rushed through for a behind. Hasn’t had a great game, Toby. Think I jinxed him earlier – but he still has time to do something ‘special’.

9.14am BST

Q3 18:27 remaining Richmond 5.8 (38) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Nervy start to the third for the Giants – Martin wins the clearance, Haynes gets caught (should’ve been holding the ball) by Rioli, and Martin’s snap at goal just shaves the post.

9.09am BST

Is Cotchin in trouble?

Keen on your thoughts. Can’t help but think this might be how it goes (below). Will get you some vision once someone finally posts it!

Richmond make the GF Cotchin gets off. Richmond lose today and he misses Rd 1 2018.Politics of the highest order in the AFL #AFLTigersGiants

“That is probably the worrying thing…”

Former MRP member has his say on the Trent Cotchin hit https://t.co/VAWoLgd2I6 #AFLTigersGiants pic.twitter.com/hsL9ZpgY7F

9.00am BST

Half-time Richmond 5.7 (37) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Just loved Josh Kelly’s game so far – 17 disposals, with seven contested possessions, four clearances, three marks, three tackles and a goal. Player of the game so far for mine. Callan Ward also starring with 13 disposals, five contested possessions, two clearances and four tackles.

8.55am BST

Half-time Richmond 5.7 (37) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Stevie J sends us off in style with a backhanded clip to Alex Rance’s face – followed by a laugh and hand-up for Rance.

8.51am BST

Q2 00:44 remaining Richmond 5.7 (37) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Brilliant smother from Davis on Rioli – who had a chance from a crowd-lifting third, and panicked, dropping the ball.

Some concerned looks on Giants fans. #AFLTigersGiants pic.twitter.com/CJA0QBTGWv

8.49am BST

Q2 01:44 remaining Richmond 5.6 (36) v GWS 5.6 (36)

News on Dylan Shiel – he has delayed concussion – apparently had blurred vision at the quarter-time break, and failed the concussion test. Big free-kick against Williams goes down-field – and it’s to Dustin Martin of all people. He shanks it – very unlike Martin. Scores level.

8.44am BST

Q2 04:16 remaining Richmond 5.5 (35) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Great spoil by Tom Scully saves a certain mark and goal to Josh Caddy, but Dustin Martin breaks two tackles to find Dion Prestia 40m out on a slight angle. It’s a terrible kick – doesn’t even make the distance, and it’s marked by Davis. Richmond have missed plenty of opportunities, and the crowd is quiet.

8.41am BST

Q2 06:55 remaining Richmond 4.5 (29) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Shiel puts the jacket on on the bench – Ling speculates he might be concussed rather than having done a shoulder. Looks like he won’t play again, with a blanket over his knees now too – and that the Giants will be down a very important man. Trent Cotchin will also be very nervous – if the Tiges win, that is.

8.36am BST

Q2 09:50 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 5.4 (34)

Feels like the Giants have dominated this one without making the Tigers pay on the scoreboard. Toby Greene gets a very unpopular free kick after he appeared to drop the knees into a tackle. Cal Ward has a chance to convert from 45m out – this would be his second, and would give GWS the lead. It’s never in doubt.

8.34am BST

Q2 11:30 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 4.4 (28)

Fantastic play by the Giants – but Kelly hits the post. Brilliant pick-up by Whitfield on the run in-between a couple of Tigers set him up, but he can’t convert some excellent team play. Johnson involved too – after first giving away a free kick. Has seemed his typical angry self.

8.31am BST

Q2 14:05 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 4.3 (27)

Ward takes on Rioli but is caught – big contest for the younger player. Ward is caught holding the ball after falling on it. The Giants, however, win it back, and it finds Kelly at 45m out on a sharp angle. Greene involved in that passage of play – but has been quiet so far, only four disposals so far.

8.27am BST

Q2 16:46 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Castagna paid a contested mark that spills after he takes front-on contact. It’s another bad kick – he can’t make the distance. This is after Himmelberg had the chance to take a contested grab at the other end in the square – but was spoiled by Broad to save a goal. Both teams running the ball end to end at the start of this quarter.

8.25am BST

Q2 18:82 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Tigers get the turnover and run it all the way from half-back to Castagna who lines up for his second goal.

8.22am BST

Quarter-time Richmond 4.3 (27) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Stats at quarter-time are very even. 11-9 clearances to the Giants, 44-35 contested possessions to the Giants, and 106-82 disposals to the Giants, while they’re also well on top in hit-outs 14=5. Tigers leading inside 50s 15-14. Dustin Martin is playing mostly forward and hasn’t had the same impact on the game he has so far this year (still up to six disposals though).

8.17am BST

Quarter-time Richmond 4.3 (27) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Holding the ball against Josh Kelly – who has so far had a superb game, just tried to take on too much and got gang-tackled in typical Tigers-pressure style. It sets up another inside 50 for the Tigers. Tigers finding plenty of space in their forward 50.

8.13am BST

Q1 02:45 remaining Richmond 4.3 (27) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Lambert finds Dustin Martin on the lead who unselfishly passes off to Caddy who is free 15m out – he in turn unselfishly handballs over to Castagna who kicks it from the square. Tigers – and crowd – back into the game.

8.10am BST

Q1 04:35 remaining Richmond 3.3 (21) v GWS 3.3 (21)

Brett Deledio is finally in the game – with a nice tackle to arrest the Tigers’ movement through the middle, and he follows up with another handball and tackle before Cotchin remonstrates with him (not sure, btw, how that was holding the ball against Deledio when he wasn’t at the bottom of the pack).

8.07am BST

Q1 06:20 remaining Richmond 2.3 (15) v GWS 3.2 (20)

Great game so far – the Giants have come to play and look classy through the middle. Inside 50s have evened up 9-9, clearances 7-6 to the Giants, and 28-20 contested possessions for the Giants. Loved Kelly’s game so far (seven disposals, four contested possessions and three clearances).

8.03am BST

Q1 10:19 remaining Richmond 2.3 (15) v GWS 3.1 (19)

Lots of scrutiny over the Cotchin hit on Shiel – some suggesting it would render him ineligible for the Grand Final should the Tigers win. I doubt that – the MRP makes their own rules on the run and I’m sure they wouldn’t let Cotchin miss a GF.

8.00am BST

Q1 12:02 remaining Richmond 2.2 (14) v GWS 3.1 (19)

That man Shiel looks to be OK – although he’s playing forward, perhaps out of the firing line. Inside 50s are 7-4 in favour of GWS. They’ve also had plenty more possession 44-28.

7.56am BST

Q1 14:01 remaining Richmond 2.0 (12) v GWS 2.1 (13)

Giants back on song after a nervy start – Josh Kelly looking composed. What a win for them to have him re-sign. Has had a great finals series to date – and has six disposals already. Will be important for him and his teammates to start well and quiet the crowd somewhat (if possible). Giants on top in contested possessions 14-9, but behind on tackles 3-7.

7.52am BST

Q1 16:30 remaining Richmond 2.0 (12) v GWS 2.0 (12)

Somehow the Giants – never an underdog in my mind – are demanding my sympathy given how outnumbered they are. Not sure what to do with this foreign feeling.

7.50am BST

Q1 17:55 remaining Richmond 2.0 (12) v GWS 1.0 (6)

Giants finally get a possession – through Coniglio – who is caught holding the ball to an enormous tackle. Giants getting booed indiscriminately – any time any player gets the ball. Let’s see how long that keeps up.

7.47am BST

Q1 18:55 remaining Richmond 2.0 (12) v GWS 0.0 (0)

Dusty with the fend-off on Coniglio and Caddy finds the ball on a sharp angle inside forward 50. Kicks a brilliant Eddie Betts-style curler for two in very short succession.

7.46am BST

Q1 19:41 remaining Richmond 1.0 (6) v GWS 0.0 (0)

First inside 50 to the Tigers after a Cotchin free and there’s a goal within 20 seconds – to Lambert via Martin.

7.45am BST

Richmond 0.0 (0) v GWS 0.0 (0)

Toss goes to Cotchin and Tiger fans take it as a sign of things to come. Jack Riewoldt addresses his teammates while Trent Cotchin returns. “Head down” written on Riewoldt’s arm (perhaps for goalkicking?) I’m personally a fan of reminders written on the hand – mine currently says “mouse” (except, I have still got the one that doesn’t scroll – grr Apple planned obsolescence grr).

7.42am BST

National anthem

Both teams linking arms today – nothing like the histrionics of last night’s (Adelaide’s) effort. Deafening roar follows – spine-tingling, here we go!

7.39am BST

“Cause of all human misery”

Thanks Stephen for tweeting in – I know there’s a hell of a lot of footy supporters who feel this way:

I hope this is unbiased. I’ll be able to tell if it tells the truth about GWS being evil and being the cause of all human misery.

7.37am BST

Here come the Tigers

“Together we stand, strong and bold” on one side of the banner, and “a fighting fury, we’re from tiger land” on the other. Classic.

7.34am BST

Here come the Giants

Well I can’t hear “never surrender” or indeed anything else over the boos – no surprises there. Cameron Ling waits for it to subside before chatting with Leon Cameron. They in turn are drowned out by cheers as the Richmond banner goes up.

Some orange amongst a yellow and Black sea #AFLTigersGiants pic.twitter.com/ZTlhi3dazO

7.31am BST

Write to me

Passionate Tiger or member of the Orange Army? Don’t forget you can tweet me @kate_ohalloran or email me at kate.ohalloran.freelance@guardian.co.uk as there are (sadly) no comments on today’s blog.

7.27am BST

The orange army

Believe it or not, there are some Giants fans at the ground – even undertaking a march through the streets prior to the game. Orange army hoping for an orange tsunami?

It doesn’t get any better than this. Say what you want about the numbers, no denying the passion. Be proud @GWSGIANTS! #AFLTigersGiants pic.twitter.com/GPJbunVSZ0

7.23am BST

The drought

The last time the Tigers played in a grand final was in 1982 – the fifth-longest Grand Final drought in history. Richmond has played 778 games since their last grand final appearance (the next longest is ironically Adelaide (1998) – at 441 games – this is compared to the Bulldogs last season who had a drought of 1213 games). Since then, the Tigers have made only 10 finals for a 3-7 win-loss ratio. The only other teams not to have made a final since 1982 are Fitzroy (now merged with Brisbane), Gold Coast and the GWS – so there’ll be history made today either way.

7.19am BST

Huge crowds

And here’s an idea of the queues lining up at the MCG just earlier. The Tigers have already run out for their warm up – and received an almighty roar. Given how loud that was I can’t wait to hear when they run through the banner.

7.15am BST

Hello everyone and welcome to today’s huge preliminary final between Richmond and GWS. I’m Kate O’Halloran and I’ll be here to take you through the game that will decide the final spot in this year’s Grand Final.

After last night’s boilover between the Crows and Cats, I’m hoping we might finally get another final worthy of the tight and unpredictable season we’ve had to date; although one might say that our bizarrely one-sided finals series is just typical of such an unusual season. Not too sure what kind of omen that is for today, but fingers crossed this is the exception to the rule of the 2017 finals series (apart from, of course, the epic between Port Adelaide and West Coast).

1.57am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of Jonathan Horn’s excellent piece on Richmond’s recent history:

Related: ‘Eat ’em alive!’: Tigers brush aside usual calamities to rediscover AFL swagger | Jonathan Horn

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/sep/23/richmond-tigers-v-gws-giants-afl-second-preliminary-final-live

Sep 19

Social issues such as same-sex marriage are inextricable from sport | Kate O’Halloran

How sporting bodies react to incidents of homophobia serves as a barometer for how acceptable this kind of behaviour is to the broader community

In August this year, on a Friday night with the Western Bulldogs’ season on the line, I experienced one of the more painful incidents of my football-going life. It came in the third quarter, when the Giants kicked away through arch-nemesis Toby Greene, a man well-known to our brood, not just for the boot to the face of Luke Dahlhaus that night, but for his callous hit on Caleb Daniel earlier in the season. Enraged, a teenage boy behind me screamed at Greene as he gestured to the crowd, calling him a “faggot”.

My heart sank. Seated next to my girlfriend, my hand in hers, I surveyed the crowd with intent. She nodded in the direction of the boy who had used the slur, and I shook my head at the woman I presumed was his mother. The woman, in turn, angrily denied he had yelled the abuse. I stood, my voice shaking, and addressed the crowd en masse: “I don’t care who said it – it’s not OK”.

Related: Where’s the biff? Free speech has won every round in the marriage equality debate | David Marr

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/20/social-issues-such-as-same-sex-marriage-are-inextricable-from-sport

Sep 16

Giants thrash Eagles as Johnson bags six, Cowboys upset Eels and more: sportwatch – live!

1.13pm BST

Well, that was a disappointing semi-final, with the Giants far too good for an Eagles side who looked tired and flat-footed after their thrilling victory over the Power last week. That means it’s the end of the road for Mitchell, Priddis and Petrie (although we’ll be seeing plenty of Mitchell next year in the coaching box). It wasn’t the end they deserved, but the Port Adelaide win was surely a highlight worthy of going out on.

The Giants, meanwhile, delivered on the promise they’ve flirted with all season, and look a scary proposition for the Tigers next week. Coniglio dominated with 35 disposals, including 11 contested possessions, eight clearances, three marks, seven tackles and a goal. Likewise, Lachie Whitfield delivered one of his best performances yet, with 28 disposals, seven contested possessions, 11 marks, two clearances and five tackles. And then there was Steve Johnson, who returned to form in stunning fashion with six goals, to ensure his place in next week’s blockbuster. The story in the lead-up will most likely be Brett Deledio’s unlikely encounter with Richmond in a preliminary final – who would’ve thought?

1.03pm BST

AFL Q4 01:09 GWS Giants 19.11 (125) v West Coast Eagles 9.4 (58)

Sam Mitchell kicks a goal to cap off a fine career, which will finish on 329 games with 28 disposals and two goals. Only Priddis and Redden (29 each) have more disposals for the Eagles.

12.58pm BST

AFL Q4 04:06 GWS Giants 19.11 (125) v West Coast Eagles 8.3 (51)

Johnson has a shot at a seventh – but he can’t quite make the difference. He’s laughing his way to the finish line, Stevie J (literally and figuratively). Chants of “Stevie” ring out throughout Spotless.

12.54pm BST

AFL Q4 06:42 GWS Giants 18.10 (118) v West Coast Eagles 8.3 (51)

Miraculous snap for Johnson to bring up number six from a tough angle in the pocket. Reckon the Tigers will be worried the Eagles have played them back into their best form. Well done by Coniglio to have the sense of theatre to pass it off to Johnson on a worse angle.

12.51pm BST

AFL Q4 07:50 GWS Giants 17.10 (112) v West Coast Eagles 8.3 (51)

Another goal to the Giants – this time through Coniglio, who has 31 disposals and now a goal. What a strange finals series we’ve had – after such a close season to have so many blowouts. Perhaps it makes a strange kind of sense after all.

12.47pm BST

AFL Q4 10:39 GWS Giants 16.10 (106) v West Coast Eagles 8.3 (51)

Couple of consolation goals to the Eagles through retiring Drew Petrie (who can hold his head up high after a fantastic season) and then Jack Darling, with a spectacular snap over his shoulder.

12.45pm BST

The North Queensland Cowboys live to fight another day with their upset victory over the Parramatta Eels finishing at 24-16. It could have been worse, if not for a last-minute try to Jennings in the 80th minute. The Cowboys were down 10-6 at half-time but found the tryline through all of Asiata, Hess and Morgan in the second half to power to victory.

That’s back-to-back losses for the Eels after they finished fourth after the regular season – and ends a disappointing finals series for them. For the Cowboys, however, it continues an incredible story given they are without captains Thurston and Scott. They’ll now face the Roosters in a preliminary final, who – although they’ll start hot favourites – will hold no fear for the brave Cowboys.

12.36pm BST

AFL Q4 16:44 GWS Giants 16.10 (106) v West Coast Eagles 6.3 (39)

Mark to LeCras (get it?), who has a chance to save some face for the Eagles. Just the one goal for him tonight, and ten disposals. He converts from 50m out.

12.31pm BST

AFL Q4 19:44 GWS Giants 16.10 (106) v West Coast Eagles 5.2 (32)

Unreal – it’s five goals to Johnson with just seconds gone in the final quarter. That’s the first time ever he’s kicked five goals in a final.

12.30pm BST

NRL H2 75:14 Parramatta Eels 10-24 North Queensland Cowboys

Now for something more like a contest… and the Cowboys are up 18-10 through that try to Hess in the 52nd minute (and Lowe conversion). Taumalolo has 193 run metres, while Hess has 133. Single line-breaks to Hess, Linnett and O’Neill.

12.24pm BST

AFL three-quarter-time GWS Giants 15.10 (100) v West Coast Eagles 5.2 (32)

Uh oh, Nick Haynes looks to have hurt his knee – looks in big trouble (although now he’s back on the ground?) You’d think the Giants would get him off anyway (and on cue he runs off the ground). On the replay just looks to have got a boot to the knee-cap.

12.21pm BST

AFL Q3 02:27 remaining GWS Giants 15.10 (100) v West Coast Eagles 5.2 (32)

GWS captain Callan Ward up to 21 disposals, including six contested possessions, nine marks, four clearances, five tackles and a goal. Whitfield isn’t far behind, with 21 disposals, nine marks and five tackles. Loved their games, as well as Coniglio (22 disposals – 7 contested possessions, six clearances, seven tackles.

12.15pm BST

AFL Q3 07:28 remaining GWS Giants 14.10 (94) v West Coast Eagles 5.2 (32)

Eagles players look out on their feet – it’s surely that rather than any lack of effort. De Boer has a chance at a second but it’s punched through. Eagles defenders just can’t stay with their players who are finding all kinds of space on the overlap.

12.11pm BST

AFL Q3 09:25 remaining GWS Giants 13.9 (87) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Lots of old-fashioned biff happening here, think the Eagles are just trying to tempt some Giants into a nervous week at this point. Hate to think how the Power players are feeling now.

12.07pm BST

AFL Q3 11:56 remaining GWS Giants 13.8 (86) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

The trade-in Giants are all chiming in – this time via Deledio… now there’s a match-up I’m looking forward to next week (he’s yet to play the Tigers, Deledio). Dangerfield will of course play the Crows next week too.

12.06pm BST

AFL Q3 12:32 remaining GWS Giants 12.8 (80) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Guess who? Johnson takes a spectacular contested mark between two Eagles’ defenders including McGovern – and gets two in a row. Looks like he’ll play in a Prelim (as will the Cats, albeit the other Prelim – imagine if they met? Don’t see it happening, personally).

12.04pm BST

AFL Q3 13:26 remaining GWS Giants 11.8 (74) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Stevie J – with a heavily bandaged forehead – kicks the Giants eight goals in front (they’ve kicked 10 of the last 12). Sorry to say this one is a boilover… in the NRL, meanwhile, Hess scores for the Cowboys (after a slick Martin inside ball) – and Ma’u looks to throw a punch (but no sin bin?) 18-10 Cowboys!

12.01pm BST

AFL Q3 15:11 remaining GWS Giants 10.8 (68) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Patton takes a big contested grab on Hurn – he’s in almost the same position he kicked two behinds from in the first quarter. Just his eighth disposal. This one floats straight through – and it’s all Giants.

11.59am BST

AFL Q3 16:44 remaining GWS Giants 9.8 (62) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Yeo shifted forward in an attempt to turn things around for the Eagles – but the Giants hit up Whitfield 40m out, who looks to have recovered from his apparent concussion. He’s had 14 disposals and eight marks – but misses for his second behind for the night.

11.57am BST

NRL H2 46:29 Parramatta Eels 10-12 North Queensland Cowboys

COWBOYS score! It goes to Asiata after a strip. Lowe converts. Game on!

11.52am BST


In case you missed it earlier today – Nick Kyrgios vowed to keep delivering for Australia in the Davis Cup following his dramatic five-set victory over Steve Darcis in Brussels.

11.49am BST

Rugby Championship 37m Australia 10-13 Argentina

Looks like a good match in the Union at least – with the Pumas holding a narrow lead over the Aussies. Follow the live blog here.

11.45am BST

NRL half-time Parramatta Eels 10-6 North Queensland Cowboys

The Eels have added a try since we last checked in – with Will Smith chiming in for one in the 31st minute (without a conversion). Cowboys have had more possession (53%) and 100% completion – but the Eels lead the way in run metres (714-626).

11.37am BST

AFL half-time GWS Giants 9.7 (61) v West Coast Eagles 4.2 (26)

Mark LeCras has a kick on the half-time siren to a multitude of boos – and it’s a behind only. Heath Shaw lets him know all about it. Meanwhile, Lachie Whitfield leaves the ground looking wobbly indeed – perhaps concussed. Whatever put Whitfield in that state spurs a melee – with (guess who) Steve Johnson in the middle of it.

11.32am BST

AFL Q2 01:32 remaining GWS Giants 9.7 (61) v West Coast Eagles 4.1 (25)

Can the Eagles get another one back before the half-time siren? Cripps looks to have taken a certain mark but it’s not paid. Unlucky, and a big call.

11.28am BST

AFL Q2 04:06 remaining GWS Giants 8.7 (55) v West Coast Eagles 4.1 (25)

Sheed straight out of the middle to hit up Josh Kennedy 50m out on an angle. Helps to get a clearance. His long-range bomb misses to the left. Not ideal.

11.27am BST

AFL Q2 04:49 remaining GWS Giants 8.7 (55) v West Coast Eagles 4.0 (24)

Titus O’Reily has aptly reminded me that we have a simultaneous Wallabies live-blog. It’s 3-3 Australia v Argentina as it stands.

These AFL finals are so bad I thought about watching the Wallabies for a moment. #AFLGiantsEagles

11.24am BST

AFL Q2 06:25 remaining GWS Giants 8.7 (55) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Have to say, this final is a fizzer as it stands. Eagles look slow and flat-footed. Johnson has had just the three disposals so far, but a couple of inside 50s, a couple of tackles and a centre clearance. Has had presence.

11.19am BST

AFL Q2 09:53 remaining GWS Giants 8.7 (55) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Shiel (12), Whitfield (11), Coniglio (11), Kelly (11) and Ward (10) leading the way for the Giants, while McGovern hits Toby Greene head-high for his chance at a second goal. It starts well right, but squeezes through. Big warning bells for the Eagles now.

11.13am BST

AFL Q2 14:31 remaining GWS Giants 7.6 (48) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Clearances 17-8, inside 50s 21-14, contested possessions 44-35, tackles 28-17, hit-outs 19-11. Giants dominating. Where does the Eagles’ resistance come from? Sam Mitchell coaching from the bench.

11.10am BST

AFL Q2 16:49 remaining GWS Giants 7.6 (48) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Wilson hits up Himmelberg (with no opponent in sight – think McGovern was wrong-footed) who has a chance to put the Giants in even more space. It’s a horrible looking effort, but it’s through for another. Simpson looks worried, as am I.

11.08am BST

AFL Q2 17:46 remaining GWS Giants 6.6 (42) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Back on here at Spotless – just the two behinds so far to the Giants, with a rushed behind from a Toby Greene snap, and a miss from Dylan Shiel. The Giants’ midfielders are on top – with ten disposals to Shiel (three contested possessions, three clearances and four tackles) who leads the way alongside Kelly (ten disposals, four contested possessions, two clearances, three tackles).

11.03am BST

NRL H1 15:25 Parramatta Eels 6-6 North Queensland Cowboys

Scores are level over at ANZ Stadium – with a try to Kyle Feldt in the 11th minute and conversion to Ethan Lowe squaring things up for the Cowboys (after the Eels found touch through Semi Radradra in the 7th – and Moses converted). Not too surprised that the first try of the night went to Radradra.

10.58am BST

AFL quarter-time GWS Giants 5.4 (34) v West Coast Eagles 3.0 (18)

Against all the momentum, the Eagles find a late goal through LeCras, on the run from 50m out. That bucks the trend of three late GWS goals.

10.54am BST

AFL Q1 02:08 remaining GWS Giants 4.3 (27) v West Coast Eagles 2.0 (12)

Shiel to Kelly to Ward – their big names are dominating through the middle, and Scully finds himself on the end of it again inside forward 50. He might not quite command the same fear as Dangerfield – but I see shadows of Danger last night in his presence in the forward line tonight.

10.50am BST

AFL Q1 04:32 remaining GWS Giants 3.3 (21) v West Coast Eagles 2.0 (12)

Giants finding dangerous amounts of space in the middle, and Scully causing havoc for the Eagles in the middle and forward. After the last assist he chimes in for his own goal. Giants getting on top in clearances 9-5, contested possessions 27-19 and tackles 18-9.

10.48am BST

AFL Q1 05:44 remaining GWS Giants 2.3 (15) v West Coast Eagles 2.0 (12)

Beautiful intercept mark by Jeremy McGovern – he has had three for the game already.

10.44am BST

AFL Q1 07:51 remaining GWS Giants 1.3 (9) v West Coast Eagles 2.0 (12)

Free kick to Josh Kennedy just outside the goal square – on replay Corr tugs the jumper – it was there. He kicks truly. Giants – and coach Cameron – ruing early misses.

10.41am BST

AFL Q1 09:36 remaining GWS Giants 1.3 (9) v West Coast Eagles 1.0 (6)

Late-inclusion Wellingham has had plenty of the ball (four disposals) – and fires the ball in long to Vardy who takes a near-uncontested mark 10m out, directly in front. What a season he’s had since crossing over from the Cats. He opens the Eagles’ tally with a goal.

10.39am BST

AFL Q1 10:56 remaining GWS Giants 1.3 (9) v West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0)

Stats not diabolical yet for the Eagles – but the Giants look harder at it, with 18-12 contested possessions and 15-3 tackles. Down-field free to the Giants gifts Patton another shot at goal from almost the same distance and angle. He misses in almost identical fashion.

10.37am BST

AFL Q1 12:12 remaining GWS Giants 1.2 (8) v West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0)

Great run down from Scully on Priddis who looked set to send the Eagles inside 50 – and the Giants are off and running. Coniglio hits up Patton on his chest. He misses one he should’ve kicked – it’s across the face.

10.35am BST

AFL Q1 13:31 remaining GWS Giants 1.1 (7) v West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0)

Ward wins the clearance just outside 50 to set up Greene on a sharp angle 45m out. Greene angrily removes some Gatorade obstacles in typical villain-mode. He misses to the left.

10.32am BST

AFL Q1 15:27 remaining GWS Giants 0.0 (0) v West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0)

Himmelberg on McGovern as expected – which hasn’t stopped him from already taking a big, contested grab. Barrass, Hurn and McGovern look formidable down back. Intensity is as you’d expect for a final – plenty of fumbles and turnovers.

10.27am BST

AFL Q1 18:55 remaining GWS Giants 0.0 (0) v West Coast Eagles 0.0 (0)

Mitchell out of the midfield – wonder how many times I’ll say that tonight. Still, it’s turned over and goes forward to Patton who turns it over into the man on the mark. Nervous start. Giants get the first inside 50 – and Heath Shaw has already started a fracas.

10.24am BST

AFL GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles

National anthem over – not sure there’s a crankier resting face than Toby Greene’s. Hurn wins the toss. Just about ready to go here.

10.20am BST

AFL GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles

Both teams out on the ground now – and it looks to be a fairly disappointing crowd at Spotless Stadium. I’m sure it’ll be a talking point throughout the week – some fans on Twitter pointing out that the Matildas drew a larger crowd in Penrith today.

10.16am BST

AFL GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles

No late changes for this one. That means the only changes are as named:

10.14am BST


Just while we’re wating for this game to start – Winx today won an incredible 20th consecutive victory when she came fast and late to win the George Main Stakes at Randwick.

10.08am BST

The Matildas

Speaking of the Matildas, I loved Paul Connolly’s article today about the historical trajectory of women’s football in Australia. (And when I say I ‘loved’ it, I should really say it enraged me. Thank god we are at the point where we’re finally righting some of the wrongs that have been done to women’s sport over time!)

10.04am BST

NRL Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

Of course I haven’t forgotten that there’s also a do-or-die NRL final on tonight – with the Parramatta Eels taking on the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium (starting 7:40pm AEST). Unfortunately since these games are on at the same time, however, I’ll only be able to update you on progress during breaks from the AFL.

10.00am BST


Hello everyone and welcome to this Saturday evening edition of Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran and I’ll be here to guide you through tonight’s AFL finals action (with some NRL updates). As you may have seen from Mike’s opening post, it has been a big day in sport already, with the Matildas winning their international friendly against Brazil 2-1. Surely the highlight was seeing a women’s international football game sell-out – to 17,000 adoring (and many new) Matildas fans. The game was a cracker too, and had me glued to my seat while I should have been working (what about that De Vanna volley, eh?) It capped off a wonderful week for Australia’s footballers, who – under a new collective bargaining agreement- will see their average W-League salaries doubled (to a still not-so-grand total of $15,500 a year). Love this David Squires take on the deal. Hooray progress!

6.16am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, catch up on how the Matildas fared against Brazil in their friendly earlier today.

Related: Matildas v Brazil: international women’s football friendly – live!

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Sep 08

Richmond beat Geelong in the second AFL qualifying final – as it happened

  • Richmond beat Geelong 13.13 (91) to 5.10 (40) at the MCG
  • Tigers beat Cats for first time since 2006 to move into preliminary final

1.34pm BST

It has been 16 years since their last preliminary final – and the Tigers have finally made it. Are they this year’s fairytale? They certainly looked the part tonight – and Geelong looked well off the pace. Winning tonight means the Tigers will now face the winner of GWS v Port Adelaide/West Coast – and you’d back them in against any of those sides right now. On the contrary, the Cats will lick their wounds and come back next week against the winner of Sydney v Essendon – and would dread a possible clash with the Swans.

Huge game from Dion Prestia who had 31 disposals, 18 contested possessions, six marks, five clearances, six tackles, six inside 50s and a goal. And even more influential game from Dustin Martin, whose numbers don’t account for just what a game-breaker he was. He had 28 disposals in the end, six clearances, seven tackles and nine inside 50s.

1.24pm BST

Q4 01:00 remaining Geelong 5.9 (39) v Richmond 13.13 (91)

Prestia sets up Lambert who can’t make the distance. That takes Prestia up to a game-high 31.

Richmond into a Prelim Final! #AFLCatsTigers #AFLFINALS pic.twitter.com/LzbeVEms1b

1.20pm BST

Q4 04:23 remaining Geelong 5.9 (39) v Richmond 13.13 (91)

Brilliant goal to Trent Cotchin, one of the goals of the year – I don’t know that I can even do it justice. He bullocked at the ball, picked up a contested possession, spun 180 degrees out of a possible tackle and kicked truly from 45m out.

1.16pm BST

Q4 06:20 remaining Geelong 5.9 (39) v Richmond 11.13 (79)

Harry Taylor gets a consolation goal for the Cats – not that they’ll be taking much consolation from this game. Poor showing by the Cats who have been completely blown off the park in this final quarter. I’m sure plenty will be said about the ‘home’ ground advantage this week.

1.09pm BST

Q4 10:43 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 11.13 (79)

As impressive as Martin has been, he’s been selfless, a true team player. With plenty of space and the crowd behind him, he hits up Butler, who finds Caddy alone inside 50. What a performance. That’s two for him, and yet another to the Tigers.

1.07pm BST

Q4 11:57 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 10.13 (73)

Four-straight to the Tigers (this time through Castagna) and the lead is suddenly forty points. They’ve been as impressive as the Cats have been disappointing in this last quarter.

1.05pm BST

Q4 13:15 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 9.13 (67)

Geelong have no answer whatsoever for Dustin Martin right now – who wins another clearance (with a trademark fend-off). The ball lands in the arms of Townsend – who kicks another with just his second kick of the day. Three goals to the Tigers for the final quarter.

1.03pm BST

Q4 14:30 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 8.13 (61)

Dustin Martin absolutely tearing the game apart right now – but Butler, who he sets up for a simple set shot, shanks it. Martin comes to the bench. He’s been the game-winner.

12.59pm BST

Q4 16:45 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 7.11 (53)

Some light rain falls to begin the final quarter. What can the Cats produce? Without jinxing it (sorry Tigers fans) it looks like Richmond for their first finals win since 2001 at this stage.

12.50pm BST

Three-quarer-time Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 6.10 (46)

Dangerfield throws himself behind the ball and takes a critical contested grab. Is lifting his team. But anything Danger can do, Martin can do (?better) – and some Dusty fend-off magic links up with Jack Riewoldt to open up the field for his team. Dion Prestia is all alone in the square, and converts the Martin-assisted goal.

12.45pm BST

Q3 02:04 remaining Geelong 4.9 (33) v Richmond 5.10 (40)

David Astbury gives away a(n admittedly soft) free kick to Tom Hawkins, who has been pushing up the ground and doing everything he can to haul his side back into the contest. He makes no mistake, and the Cats are back within a dangerously slim margin again.

12.43pm BST

Q3 03:57 remaining Geelong 3.9 (27) v Richmond 5.10 (40)

Dangerwood combine to spur the Cats on, but Danger uncharacteristically boots it out on the full. Momentum has well and truly swung back to the Tigers.

12.40pm BST

Q3 05:31 remaining Geelong 3.8 (26) v Richmond 5.10 (40)

Big holding the ball on Dangerfield by Riewoldt, and the ball spills to Martin who gets the crowd going again with a hit-up pass to Edwards from 35m out. Two in a row to the Tigers in quick succession.

12.39pm BST

Q3 06:50 remaining Geelong 3.8 (26) v Richmond 4.10 (34)

Nick Vlaustin strikes a beautiful goal from 50m to get the Tiger army back up and roaring. Great effort by the Tigers to get back into the game; they’ve had the last six inside 50s after the Cats looked to blitz them at the beginning of the third.

12.36pm BST

Q3 08:15 remaining Geelong 3.8 (26) v Richmond 3.10 (28)

Tigers creep back in front after Riewoldt soccers one off the ground – it almost bounces through for a spectacular goal, but misses narrowly to the left. Mitch Duncan up to 20 disposals for the Cats, ten contested possessions, five clearances and seven tackles.

12.31pm BST

Q3 11:46 remaining Geelong 3.8 (26) v Richmond 3.8 (26)

Stats have evened up a little – 24-23 clearances for the Cats, 29 inside 50s to 25 for the Tigers, 97-86 contested possessions for the Tigers.

12.29pm BST

Q3 13:11 remaining Geelong 3.7 (25) v Richmond 3.8 (26)

Almost a spectacular goal to Danger, who snaps one out of the pack, but Rance gets the rushed behind. Richmond almost look like they’re ‘protecting’ the lead – they need to get their manic pressure and attack back.

12.26pm BST

Q3 14:46 remaining Geelong 3.5 (23) v Richmond 3.8 (26)

Parsons centres dangerously, and Houli punches through a diving, rushed behind. Tight, tense start to the third quarter. Looks like the Cats are back in it – certainly the Tigers aren’t dominating like they were. I’d be worried if I was a Tigers fan.

12.23pm BST

Q3 16:04 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Richmond 3.8 (26)

In some quirky news, the NRL final is almost out-scoring this AFL game. It’s 18-10 to the Roosters over the Broncos in the 63rd minute. One try each to Guerra, Cordner and Keary for the Roosters, for those interested (and one to Roberts and Oates for the Broncos).

12.20pm BST

Q3 17:55 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Richmond 3.8 (26)

Cam Guthrie headed down to the rooms – not a good sign for the Cats. No Richmond player nominates for the ruck but Dustin Martin still manages to smother through a behind.

12.03pm BST

Half-time Geelong 2.4 (16) v Richmond 3.7 (25)

DANGER! He hasn’t had his usual influence, but manages a big goal on the siren. That’s huge in the context of the game.

11.54am BST

Q2 01:50 remaining Geelong 1.4 (10) v Richmond 3.7 (25)

Could the Cats finish the term goalless? It looks more and more likely, as Rance wins a holding the ball against Hawkins. He’s had an excellent game, completely blanketing Hawkins.

11.52am BST

Q2 03:34 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 3.7 (25)

Free to Parfitt – boos following him everywhere he goes. Caddy conveniently pretends not to have heard the whistle and takes the opportunity to dump a former teammate. Caddy and Prestia very impressive to date with nine and 15 respectively.

11.48am BST

Q2 05:37 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 3.7 (25)

Crowd figures officially past 95,000. Feels like 95,000 Tiger fans to me. Dion Prestia up to 14 disposals, all the while tagging Joel Selwood, who only has five.

11.44am BST

Q2 08:15 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 3.7 (25)

Finally the third goal to the Tigers – this time to Dan Butler, after the small forwards combine. The crowd erupts.

11.43am BST

Q2 09:19 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.7 (19)

Absolutely manic pressure being applied by the Tigers. Loving Prestia’s game, who wins a holding the ball free. Prestia has 12 disposals, seven contested possessions, two clearances and three tackles. The best game I’ve seen him play in yellow and black.

11.38am BST

Q2 12:36 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.7 (19)

Uh oh, Parsons limping off the ground with what looks like an ankle – he came into the game underdone. Even Geelong’s veterans look rattled – like Harry Taylor who turns the ball over with a bomb long.

11.35am BST

Q2 14:53 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.6 (18)

Very odd by the Cats – Tuohy runs past Hawkins and demands the ball – only to boot it out on the full. Not sure why he’d ask for the ball off Hawkins, who would easily have covered the distance. ON the replay it looks like Hawkins actually gives the ball to Tuohy without him asking for it. Even more odd. They look rattled, Geelong.

11.32am BST

Q2 16:44 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.6 (18)

18 inside 50s to the Tigers, to 10 for the Cats. Joel Selwood is uncharacteristically caught holding the ball inside the Richmond 50 – and the free goes to Dion Prestia. This is his tenth disposal. He misses. Plenty of misses opportunities for the Tigers given how much they’ve dominated.

11.30am BST

Q2 18:00 remaining Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.5 (17)

Guess who – Josh Caddy. Tom Stewart drops an absolute sitter, and the Tigers pounce. Riewoldt squares the ball to the man of the moment, who hits the post – again!

11.27am BST

Trent Cotchin

Loved the game of Trent Cotchin so far – he’s up to seven disposals, with six contested possessions, five clearances and a massive five tackles.

11.24am BST

Quarter-time Geelong 0.4 (4) v Richmond 2.4 (16)

Harry Taylor has a chance to get the Cats back to within far closer than they deserve to be – the Tigers have dominated this quarter with 46-37 contested possessions and 13-10 inside 50s. Another poster to the Cats – bizarrely, that’s four posters for the first quarter.

11.21am BST

Q1 00:30 remaining Geelong 0.3 (3) v Richmond 2.4 (16)

Houli gets the Tigers’ third! Or is it a free? Yes – free goes against Riewoldt – plus 50m for creeping over the mark. Not sure about the free – looked like a fair bump. Cries of ‘bullshit’ sweep over the ‘G.

11.17am BST

Q1 03:26 remaining Geelong 0.2 (2) v Richmond 2.3 (15)

So much for Riewoldt looking nervous – he finds Dustin Martin with an excellent, centering kick. Martin is only 10m out, but on a tight angle, and unselfishly passes off to Caddy. Can he convert this time? Yes. Just two goals for the game so far, both to the Tigers.

11.15am BST

Q1 04:15 remaining Geelong 0.2 (2) v Richmond 1.3 (9)

Contentious deliberate call goes against Joel Selwood – who is yet to really get into the game. He doesn’t agree with the umpire, funnily enough, and manages to smother the kick back into play. Good work from the skipper. Hasn’t been as impressive as Cotchin, however, who lands a big, aggressive tackle (his fifth, in just the first quarter).

11.13am BST

Q1 05:24 remaining Geelong 0.2 (2) v Richmond 1.3 (9)

Caddy finds Riewoldt outside 50, but he kicks into the man on the mark (Henderson). Reckon he looks nervous.

11.07am BST

Q1 10:18 remaining Geelong 0.1 (1) v Richmond 1.2 (8)

Leading possession-winners are Duncan (5), Dangerfield, Tuohy and Lonergan (4 each) for the Cats, while Martin (5), Prestia, Lambert and Rance have 4 for the Tigers.

11.03am BST

Q1 12:50 remaining Geelong 0.1 (1) v Richmond 1.2 (8)

Both Cotchin and Martin stuck on the bench (and have been for several minutes). Rance gets one high from Taylor (after ducking into it) and is off with the blood rule (this will let their stars come back on, at least). Rance seems to lose it at his own trainer (hmm?) and gets booed. Very odd. Meanwhile Brian Taylor takes a moment to remind us all how good-looking Rance is. Like I said, odd.

10.59am BST

Q1 14:30 remaining Geelong 0.1 (1) v Richmond 1.2 (8)

Good contest between Taylor and Rance – no signs of Rance being overawed by Taylor’s four goals on him last match. Danger has a wayward shot at goal and gets a nasty knock to the knee. He’s limping, but looks OK – could easily have been a medial ligament injury.

10.57am BST

Q1 15:40 Geelong 0.0 (0) v Richmond 1.2 (8)

Several bad turnovers already – some key ones by Dangerfield and Motlop – who tries to switch through the middle and picks out three Tigers. Almost results in a Dusty goal – wouldn’t that have brought the house down?

10.55am BST

Q1 17:32 Geelong 0.0 (0) v Richmond 1.1 (7)

Jack Riewoldt in all sorts of space, but fumbles and misses to the right. The moment may have got the better of him. Tiger pressure is manic – Cats have been caught holding the ball several times already.

10.53am BST

Q1 18:04 Geelong 0.0 (0) v Richmond 1.0 (6)

First free goes to Selwood – have a guess how that was received. Cats look composed, and have been slow in their ball movement (as opposed to the frantic pace of the Tigers’ attack).

10.49am BST

Here we go

Selwood wins the toss – with Heads (FYI). This success is greeted with further boos.

10.47am BST

National anthem time

For those less nationalistic amongst us, it’s always a little awkward, isn’t it. Still, nothing says September like just under 100,000 standing in unison at the MCG – and the roar of the crowd as the final notes ring out.

10.42am BST

And now for Geelong

Honestly, all I can hear is the booing of Tigers fans. Reminds me of travelling to Sydney to support the Bulldogs in the preliminary final against GWS last year (and GWS entering the ground to deafening boos). Reportedly, Leon Cameron was so perturbed he complained to the umpires. No complaints from Chris Scott, who tells Cameron Ling that he is certain Cats fans will make some noise should his side fire.

10.40am BST

Here come the Tigers

The Tigers arrive to beating drums (on the turf), as well as an almighty roar. You can barely hear the theme song over those fans singing along. Goosebumps – even from a non-Richmond fan.

10.37am BST

Tigers yet to play finals

One of the big unknowns for tonight is how the inexperienced Tigers will perform. Amongst those yet to play in a finals game are: David Astbury, Nathan Broad, Dan Butler, Jason Castagna, Jack Graham, Dion Prestia, Daniel Rioli and Jacob Townsend.

10.33am BST

The crowd

It’ll be a record-breaking crowd for a qualifying final tonight. Estimates are in the high 90,000s. Luckily for those still stuck outside, the MCG is looking mighty fine. Spine-tingling stuff.

10.28am BST

Are you stuck in line?

Also seeing plenty of complaints from punters at the ground about queuing times.

Shameful management @AFL not enough staff. We got here early and are greeted with at least a half hr line #MCC #aFl #AFLCatsTigers pic.twitter.com/GtLm4QnGUL

10.26am BST

Geelong’s ‘home’ game?

Seeing a lot of these floating around before the game. Keen to hear your thoughts.

It’s a disgrace this game isn’t in Geelong. “70% Tigers fans” at a EARNED Geelong home game. Not right. @afl #aflfinals #aflCATSTigers

10.23am BST


Hello and welcome to this special AFL finals blog of the sold-out Geelong v Richmond qualifying final at the MCG. I’m Kate O’Halloran and I’m here to take you through all tonight’s action. Feel free to contribute in comments below, to tweet me @kate_ohalloran or email me: kate.ohalloran.freelance@guardian.co.uk.

7.04am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s what happened in last night’s opening finals match:

Related: Crows ease past Giants but lose Brodie Smith to injury as AFL finals get started

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/sep/08/geelong-v-richmond-second-afl-qualifying-final-live

Sep 03

Diamonds suffer upset loss to Ferns, Dragons crash out of NRL finals race and more: sportwatch – as it happened

9.18am BST


That’s all from me on today’s special version of Sportwatch, which saw the 2017 NRL finals series and match-ups decided after a spectacular fall from grace from the St George Illawarra Dragons, who led the competition in round seven, before crashing out in the final round after an upset loss to the Bulldogs. Here are the finals match-ups for next week:

9.05am BST

Dragons get the ball back with just one minute to go – what can they make of it? Impressive effort – they make it all the way to 15m but ultimately come up short. Devastating for the Dragons, who led the competition in round seven, and are bundled out of contention in round 26. Dufty looks particularly heartbroken after the knock-on, while Graham looks thrilled with the unlikely Bulldogs victory, his last game for Canterbury before he crosses over to the Dragons next season. The Cowboys will be elated, as they now sneak into the finals in eighth.

Hopoate was the hero in the end for Canterbury – he had 198 metres run, a line break and a try to go with a try-saving intercept. Big game from David Klemmer for the Dogs who managed 214 run metres and 35 tackles. Lichaa, meanwhile continued his return to form with the winning try in the 73rd minute, and 37 tackles (a team-high). For the Dragons, Paul Vaughan and Jason Nightingale had the most run metres with 212 and 192 respectively. McInness (43) and Frizell (37) had the most tackles for the Dragons.

8.52am BST

NRL H2 78:14 St George Illawarra Dragons 20-26 Canterbury Bulldogs

Six tackles for the Dragons – after the ball goes dead. Was almost a perfect kick from Mbye, but it just rolled over at the last minute. Nightingale almost makes it down the sideline again, but Lafai’s throw back on the inside is an awkward one and Dufty knocks it forward. Scrum to the Bulldogs.

8.50am BST

NRL H2 76:36 St George Illawarra Dragons 20-26 Canterbury Bulldogs

Nightingale almost makes it down the sideline after a big, sweeping pass from Dufty – but guess who? Hopoate intercepts the kick. Not much left to play out here.

8.47am BST

NRL H2 73:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 20-26 Canterbury Bulldogs

The Dragons are backed into a corner, and the Bulldogs are full of running after the last try. Will this go to Golden Point? Not a good finish to the set from the Bulldogs, who were 5m out – but the kick goes into the ankles of the Dragons’ defence.

8.41am BST

NRL H2 67:15 St George Illawarra Dragons 20-20 Canterbury Bulldogs

TRY for the Dogs! Brilliant, tackle-bursting run from Hopoate, who then finds a pass from off the ground to set up Aidan Tolman. Hopoate is having an incredible day.

“How did you get there Aiden?”#NRLDragonsBulldogs #NRL pic.twitter.com/Ib9uXgyuz9

8.37am BST

NRL H2 63:30 St George Illawarra Dragons 20-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Try-saver by Klemmer on Vaughan, but he gives away the penalty straight after. The Dragons point to the uprights, and look to extend their lead to 6. Widdop strikes it truly, and they’re a converted try ahead.

“Tremendous tackle from Hopoate.” – Rabs. #NRLDragonsBulldogs #9WWOS pic.twitter.com/BIz2IE6Kuf

8.34am BST

NRL H2 61:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 18-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Josh Dugan looks to have scored a game-breaking try for the Dragons, but he’s held up in a brilliant tackle by Hopoate. That man again saves another try – this time with a hand in to stop Thompson and force a dropout. Tense scenes.

8.32am BST

NRL H2 59:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 18-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Widdop kicks the ball over the sideline, and it’s a scrum to the Dogs. Not sure the Dragons can afford to be so defensive – they still need to score again, you’d think. That said the Bulldogs suddenly look impotent in attack – and on cue, Montoya turns it over with a forward pass.

8.27am BST

NRL H2 54:40 St George Illawarra Dragons 18-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Dufty! He finally finds a way into the game, Lafai finds him on the inside after a dummy on the left, but it was a brilliant pass by Widdop that opened up the space. McGregor fist pumps and takes a deep breath.

Dufty scores, the @NRL_Dragons hit the lead!#NRLDragonsBulldogs #NRL pic.twitter.com/3jrrgz76JL

8.25am BST

NRL H2 51:30 St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

MacDonald puts the ball down for the Dragons and the Bulldogs come again – they take a penalty from 10m out, and tap and go. Will they kick this time? They simply taken the tackle on the last two sets, but imagine they will go aggressive this time. They turn it over before they get to the fifth in a disappointing result. Great take by Montoya on the sideline, but it’s to no avail.

8.22am BST

NRL H2 49:30 St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Dufty’s take is a good one on the run after a penetrating Frawley kick. He’s hardly been sighted, but is an important cog in the Dragons’ line-up – they’d do well to get him back in the game. Widdop takes another kick but Hopoate has no worries with the take. Morris gets the penalty against Dugan – Morris tries to tap and go, but is called back. Paul McGregor looks decidedly unimpressed – but the Bulldogs can’t get further than 5m out.

8.19am BST

NRL H2 46:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Great take, and resultant take-off by Hopoate, who finds the Dragons on the back foot. The Bulldogs make it to 10m out with one left. Hopoate takes the tackle, and the ball goes back to the Dragons. Bulldogs need to keep pressing – they look to be playing things safe. Montoya takes Widdop’s kick, and the Dogs go again.

8.16am BST

NRL H2 43:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Mistake in the play-the-ball by de Belin, which gifts the ball to the Bulldogs. De Belin argues he controlled it, but to no avail. Scrum for the Dogs. Stanley off for the Bulldogs with a hamstring, who joins Reynolds on the sideline. Bulldogs can’t complete the set, after Lichaa has the ball stipped, and Frawley knocks it on. Dragons ball.

8.10am BST

I haven’t had time to recap the Sharks v Knights game yet, so here’s the report from AAP.

Cronulla have work to do leading into enter next week’s elimination NRL final after slogging their way to an unconvincing 26-18 final-round win over Newcastle in the Hunter. Despite racing out to an 18-0 lead, the Sharks were pushed all the way on Sunday but eventually prevailed for a hard-fought second win in three weeks. Shane Flanagan’s fifth-placed side now await the winner of the St George-Illawarra and Canterbury game to decide whether they face Penrith or North Queensland in week one of the finals.

8.00am BST

NRL half-time St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

Well, as it stands the Cowboys are in the finals – with the Dragons putting on a disappointing first half display. They’re lucky to be as close as they are, helped by some Mbye inaccuracy and a multitude of penalties. Paul Vaughan still leads the way with run metres (106), to Klemmer’s 86 and de Belin’s 83. McInness and Elliott have 21 tackles respectively for their sides, while Lichaa, who has impressed, has 20. Reckon the Bulldogs will rue his departure.

7.55am BST

NRL H1 38:55 St George Illawarra Dragons 12-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

No luck for Reynolds, who won’t take to the ground again. Penalty goes to the Dragons – 6-1 is the penalty count in favour of the Dragons, but it hasn’t helped them with the scoreline so far. Make that 7-1 against the Bulldogs – this time for Jackson holding on. Can the Dragons finally convert? YES – through Nightingale on the left, which brings them back into a game they’ve looked horrible out of. The set lacked intensity, and was lucky to end in a try.

7.50am BST

NRL H1 33:23 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-14 Canterbury Bulldogs

They do it again! This time it’s Montoya, and the Bulldogs are on fire. Hopoate again produces a brilliant pass to find Montoya in the corner. The Dragons look shell-shocked. Mbye can’t convert – and his poor conversion rate continues.

Vision of the @NRL_Bulldogs Try decision in the 29th minute of #NRLDragonsBulldogs.#NRL pic.twitter.com/7mJVwYUJzy

7.47am BST

NRL H1 31:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-10 Canterbury Bulldogs

Some footage is filtering through of Josh Reynolds in the rooms – who looks devastated at the likely possibility that he won’t get back onto the ground.

7.41am BST

NRL H1 25:21 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Big metres so far from Paul Vaughan, who has 106, while Graham and Jackson have 48 each for the Bulldogs. Most tackles also goes to Vaughan, with 15, while McInness (14), Lichaa (14) and Tolman (14) follow. 58% possession to the Dragons, and a 79% conversion rate to just 62% for the Bulldogs.

7.36am BST

NRL H1 20:21 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Bizarre play by the Dragons – with Widdop kicking the ball into de Belin, who is caught accidentally off-side. Poor signs from them with a finals campaign on the line.

7.33am BST

NRL H1 18:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

The Dragons have another go at the early kick, but it’s cut off. They’re travelling largely side-to-side – predictably, and not particularly dangerously.

7.29am BST

NRL H1 14:39 St George Illawarra Dragons 6-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Mann kicks a high one in hope, it’s picked up by Sims after Widdop spills the ball. The Bunker rules it backwards, which means the try stands – which goes to Thompson after the Sims pass. A try to the Dragons well against the run of play.

The @NRL_Dragons hit back in style!#NRLDragonsBulldogs #NRL pic.twitter.com/ycxYbyjyuH

7.25am BST

NRL H1 12:30 St George Illawarra Dragons 0-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Penalty goes against David Klemmer who is called off-side – and isn’t happy. The Dragons have another six, and are only 10m out. Great intercept from Morris – who got his hand to it and completed the catch just before the ball hits the ground. Missed opportunity for St George, who look the inferior side so far.

7.23am BST

NRL H1 10:10 St George Illawarra Dragons 0-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Knock-on against Montoya who drops the Widdop kick – on the replay, it looks like the ball goes backwards. Unlucky – or a lucky break for the Dragons, whichever way you look at it. Good chase from Hopoate to knock the ball out of play for a dropout (although the ball has come off the hands of Dugan – which should force a restart). No call from the Bunker, though.

7.19am BST

NRL H1 6:46 St George Illawarra Dragons 0-6 Canterbury Bulldogs

Brilliant play by the Bulldogs which results in a Reynolds try – but Reynolds looks injured (is that his final play for the Dogs?) He looks very proppy. Great hands from Hopoate to set that one up, and a nice strike from Mbye follows.

Try-time for @joshreynolds9 in his last game for the @NRL_Bulldogs!#NRLDragonsBulldogs #NRL pic.twitter.com/AR33USl4Wl

7.16am BST

NRL H1 2:46 St George Illawarra Dragons 0-0 Canterbury Bulldogs

Short dropout from the Bulldogs, which comes off – and Widdop’s gamble backfires. The Bulldogs make ground ground – right up to the 20, until Reynolds’s pass misfires, and the Dragons are back down the ground. Fumbling start from both sides.

7.14am BST

NRL H1 1:00 St George Illawarra Dragons 0-0 Canterbury Bulldogs

We’re underway in this game against fierce rivals, and who would’ve thought James Graham would be leaving the club for the Dragons (on the same day as Josh Reynolds departs)? Emotional day for the Bulldogs, who lose two favourite sons.

7.05am BST


According to Andrew Johns, the Storm are near certainties for the title, with the Roosters the only team who might be able to challenge. The Storm became just the seventh salary-cap compliant team in history to finish a season with 20 wins with their 32-6 dismantling of Canberra on Saturday night. Melbourne have dropped just four games all season, including two without Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk during the State of Origin period. One of those Origin-affected losses came to the Roosters in golden point in Adelaide, and league great Johns said he believed they were the only team who could stop them winning the title.

7.00am BST

NRL St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs

Love this earlier photo of the much-maligned ANZ Stadium (read Matt Cleary’s thoughts on this from Monday). Dragons fans of course are lamenting that the game is not at spiritual home, Kogarah.

Couldn’t ask for better weather ☀️ #NRLDragonsBulldogs #redv pic.twitter.com/ki1NPgUj8B

6.57am BST

NRL St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs

Not long – just under 13 minutes – until this game gets underway. This is a critical game for the Dragons, who need a win to sneak into September (and knock the North Queensland Cowboys out of the finals race). They don’t have a very good record against the Bulldogs, however, having lost 10 of their past 11 against Canterbury (including a 16-2 loss in Round 14). The Bulldogs have also had a decent run of late, with their two biggest scores of the year in their past two games. It will also be the final game in Bulldogs colours for their favourite son Josh Reynolds, and captain James Graham – who will join opponents the Dragons on a three-year deal next season. (Likewise, it’s the last game in blue and white for Sam Casino and Michael Lichaa – who has fired up in recent weeks). Meanwhile, Josh Dugan is back from his disciplinary break to give his side a boost.

6.45am BST

New Zealand are Quad Series champions! 2012 (in the Constellation Cup) was the last time the New Zealanders beat the Australians in a series – so this is a big win for the Ferns. They’ll take huge amounts of confidence into the Commonwealth Games after this victory. Disappointing day for the Diamonds, but all credit must go to the Silver Ferns, who were incredibly impressive. The Australians simply had no answer for Selby-Rickit, who scored 35/41, while Bailey Mes was critical in GA with 17/18. Crampton and Francois had 16 and 15 goal assists respectively, with some quick and impressive transition play. Jury, meanwhile was impressive in defence, and takes out player of the match.

For the Diamonds, Bassett finished with 22/24, while Philip had 11/12 and Thwaites 10/11. Liz Watson had 11 goal assists and looked damaging once she came on, with 27 feeds.

6.36am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 02:00 remaining New Zealand 54-44 Australia

Beautiful finish from long-range to Thwaites, but the margin will be too large. Francois gets her turn on the bench with 34 feeds and 15 goal assists for the night. Great game from her.

6.35am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 03:22 remaining New Zealand 53-43 Australia

The Australians are racing down the court as they try to peg this lead back. Selby-Rickit gets a rest with 35/41, while Maia Wilson gets her opportunity – and scores first up.

6.33am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 05:31 remaining New Zealand 51-42 Australia

Madi Robinson is back in WA for the Australians, while Weston (in just her sixth test) comes in to GD. Not sure there’s enough time for the Australians to erode this lead. What a game from the Ferns. Still, Selby-Rickit has missed her last three shots with the pressure on.

6.30am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 07:20 remaining New Zealand 49-40 Australia

Francois gets a warning, and the Australians pull another back through Thwaites. Three in a row for the Diamonds. Great pressure through the middle, particularly through Tippett in WA, and Simpson in WD, who push the Ferns back down the court. Selby-Rickit misses again, and the pressure mounts.

6.29am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 08:50 remaining New Zealand 49-39 Australia

Once more, the Australians look to have no answer for Selby-Rickit, who has 34/37 (92%). Like Philip in GA, though, she’s raced to 9/10. Lots of ‘tidy up’ calls for the Diamonds in defence – who finally force a miss out of Selby-Rickit and have a chance to pull one back. Thwaites makes them pay.

6.26am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 11:40 remaining New Zealand 47-36 Australia

Two in a row for the Aussies, who look rejuvenated by the changed line-up. Watson comes back into centre, and looks dangerous. Nonetheless, the Ferns get one back through some confident play. What can the Diamonds do?

6.24am BST

Netball Quad Series 4th 13:49 remaining New Zealand 46-33 Australia

Another change for the Diamonds – Tippett comes on in WA, while Mannix gets a run at GK (Bruce comes off with the unfortunate tally of 18 penalties). Ferns get the first two to make the task even harder for the Australians.

6.21am BST

Netball Quad Series three-quarter-time New Zealand 44-33 Australia

After some impressive pressure-play by Crampton (WA) and Grant (GD), the Ferns turn the ball over and make the attacking rebound – Selby-Rickit gets her own ball, and shoots for an 11-point lead to the New Zealanders. Trouble for the Diamonds, who have looked the inferior side from the first whistle. They scored 13-9 that quarter to take their overall lead to 11. Selby-Rickit now has 30/33 (91%) and Bailey Mes has 14/15 (93%). Crampton and Francois have been integral to the Ferns’ success, with 14 and 13 goal assists respectively.

6.17am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 01:30 remaining New Zealand 42-32 Australia

Thwaites is on the board – and the margin is back to that of half-time, 7 points – until the Kiwis get one back through Mes (up to 14/15). Big win for Kelly Jury over Thwaites – she has 12 penalties, but has worried both Thwaites and Bassett and has been crucial to her side’s lead. Worrying margin for the Diamonds – now out to 10, with Bruce living on the edge with 18 penalties.

6.13am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 05:00 remaining New Zealand 39-30 Australia

Thwaites on for the Diamonds and Bassett off. Crampton is pulled from WA for Souness – an interesting call, given she has 28 feeds, 13 goal assists and 12 centre pass receives.

6.12am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 06:16 remaining New Zealand 39-29 Australia

Some big, impressive cross-court passes from the Ferns are bamboozling the Australians – while on the other hand their own attempts to divert play are regularly being picked off. Five in a row for the Ferns, and things look ominous.

6.09am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 08:37 remaining New Zealand 34-29 Australia

Selby-Rickit misses in a rare slip-up for her: she’s 22/24 – the same tally as Bassett currently. Three in a row Australia through Philip. It tightens up again.

6.08am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 09:43 remaining New Zealand 34-26 Australia

Philip’s on the board, while some shots filter through of the South African team taking selfies (or are they on Skype?) in the crowd. Today was their first ever win in the Quad Series against the much more highly-fancied English Roses.

6.05am BST

Netball Quad Series 3rd 12:17 remaining New Zealand 33-25 Australia

A big change for the Australians with Tippett off. Tegan Philip – who turns 29 today – is on for Tippett in GA, but misses her first shot at goal.

6.03am BST

NRL half-time Newcastle Knights 12-18 Cronulla Sharks

I’m just about to have a very quick lunch break but it’s half-time in the NRL and the Sharks are up 18-12. They got off to a 18-0 lead, before the Knights hit back with two tries to Lachlan Fitzgibbon, who also has 78 run metres (Saifiti has 102). For the Sharks, they’ve got one try each to Holmes, Townsend and Brailey. Gallen has 113 run metres, while Fifita has 106 and 20 tackles. Only Brailey (21) and King (23) have more. All set up for a tight second-half.

5.54am BST

Netball Quad Series half-time remaining New Zealand 31-24 Australia

Too casual from the Ferns, who give up the ball in the middle – only for Tippett to give away a contact penalty with the Australians looking certain to score. Selby-Rickit makes them pay, taking her tally to 21/22 in the match so far. Much better quarter from the Diamonds, who outscored the Ferns 14-13, but fail to make significant inroads on the quarter-time margin. It’s now a 7-point margin to New Zealand, enough for them to win the title.

5.49am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 01:57 remaining New Zealand 29-22 Australia

Jury has done a fantastic job on Bassett – who is nonetheless up to 19/21. The Australians have gone to her on almost every occasion, while Tippett is just 3/4. New Zealand score three in a row for another mini-break on the Diamonds – with little luck for Bruce, who is up to 13 penalties and under the intense watch of the umpire.

5.46am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 05:05 remaining New Zealand 26-21 Australia

A flurry of goals puts the Diamonds right back in the contest, making the home crowd nervous (and decidedly quieter). Selby-Rickit’s shooting, however, maintains the gap – currently at 19/20.

5.43am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 07:22 remaining New Zealand 23-18 Australia

Bruce gets a couple of tidy-up calls, this time for knocking the ball right out of Selby-Rickit’s hands – but Mes misses the resultant conversion attempt, for 6/7. Down the other end, Tippett misses but gains the rebound and sets up Bassett. They’re finding much more speed down the court in this quarter.

5.41am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 09:25 remaining New Zealand 23-17 Australia

Great, aggressive play by the Diamonds, who break for an intercept and put the Ferns under enough pressure to turn the ball over. Still, their run of defensive penalties continues, now up to 25 – and 10 for Bruce. We’re seeing a much more even quarter.

5.39am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 11:15 remaining New Zealand 21-15 Australia

Watson has really sparked the Diamonds, and again feeds Bassett for a goal. She has a hand in the next one, too, for three in a row. She has brought poise and patience to the Diamonds’ build-ups. Tippett makes it 3/3.

5.37am BST

Netball Quad Series 2nd 13:30 remaining New Zealand 20-11 Australia

A change for the Aussies with Liz Watson coming on at Centre. She’s into the action quickly and feeds Bassett for the first goal of the quarter. The Kiwis, however, hit back immediately through Selby-Rickit – twice.

5.35am BST

Netball Quad Series quarter-time New Zealand 18-10 Australia

21 penalties for the Australians compared to New Zealand’s 10 – and their ill-discipline is costing them dearly. Courtney Bruce – at GK – has 9 alone. Selby-Rickit has 13/14 in a dominant display, and has been well supported by Mes with 5/5. Gina Crampton has 12 feeds and has been impressive at WA.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Courtney Bruce! #NZLvAUS #QuadSeries pic.twitter.com/E7Yedt9kgL

5.30am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 1:20 remaining New Zealand 15-10 Australia

The Australians are lacking flow in their forays forward, and their checking of the Ferns is looser than you’d like, particularly down the wings. Still, they get their first run of multiple goals – and Bassett scores for three unanswered.

5.27am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 3:57 remaining New Zealand 13-6 Australia

Brilliant play by Courtney Bruce who showed great agility at GK to leap and intercept, and sets her team up for a much-needed goal. Nonetheless, the Ferns look unstoppable at this point. Thwaites and Watson warming up nervously for the Diamonds.

5.24am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 6:40 remaining New Zealand 11-4 Australia

Liking the game of GK Kelly Jury, who has won a few one-on-ones with Bassett, who has 3/4 so far. Selby-Rickit, meanwhile has 9/10. The Australians have given away 12 penalties to 4.

5.22am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 9:15 remaining New Zealand 8-3 Australia

The Australians have no answer for Selby-Rickit, who has 7 from 8 so far. This is her home court. The Australians are breaking down in attack – plenty of intercepts for the Ferns in the middle.

5.20am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 11:53 remaining New Zealand 4-2 Australia

Another to Selby-Rickit, and a nice flat ball to Bassett sees the Aussies get the reply. Bailey Mes chimes in for the Kiwis, and a spectacular attempt at an intercept by Sinclair doesn’t come off – Australia hits back through Bassett.

5.17am BST

Netball Quad Series 1st 13:32 remaining New Zealand 1-0 Australia

Bassett misses the first shot at goal and can’t get the rebound back into play. Contact on Selby-Rickit sees New Zealand score first.

5.15am BST

Netball Quad Series

Anthems have finished – but here are our teams.

5.12am BST

Netball Quad Series

Both teams are lining up for their national anthems. In the meantime, check out this great package documenting these two teams’ historic rivalry.

It’s netball’s greatest rivalry: @AussieDiamonds and the Silver Ferns. Who will come out on top? #QuadSeries pic.twitter.com/hk40bMsBXX

5.08am BST

Netball Quad Series

Here’s a quick round-up of South Africa’s upset win over England 53-51 at Invercargill’s Stadium Southland. After narrow earlier losses to Australia and New Zealand, the Proteas showed resolve and focus in a hectic final quarter to shut out the more favoured English outfit. Captain Bongiwe Msomi at wing attack combined well with Erin Burger, feeding shooter Lenize Potgieter (43 from 45) from long range. Scores were level 26-26 at half-time, forcing England coach Tracey Neville made a series of changes in the third quarter, to little immediate effect. The two key shifts came with the injection of experience – in the shooting circle where Jo Harten replaced Kadeen Corbin (10 from 13), and at wing defence, with the introduction of Jade Clarke for Beth Cobden. South Africa, however, readjusted, showing plenty of patience in working the ball around until space opened, with Potgieter and goal attack Maryka Hotzhausen stepping up with a 100 per cent third quarter in sinking 16 from 16. Ahead 42-38 at the three-quarter mark, South Africa extended their lead to six midway through the final spell, digging deep to hold off a frenzied English finish in the closing minutes.

4.59am BST

Netball Quad Series

In breaking news, South Africa have just defeated the England Roses – which means the Australians will take out the title so long as they defeat the Silver Ferns, or lose by 3 goals or less. Meanwhile, the Silver Ferns can win if they defeat Australia by 4 goals or more. It all comes down to this game!

Welcome to ILT Stadium Southland @AussieDiamonds! #QuadSeries #NZLvAUS pic.twitter.com/Oaa9kc5Nft

4.57am BST


Speaking of the Socceroos, they’re facing an uphill battle for a berth in next year’s World Cup. Australia now needs to win (and win well) against Thailand on Tuesday night to secure a place in the 2018 tournament (watch out for John Duerden’s column on this tomorrow). Australia has qualified for three successive World Cups – but only 16 other countries have reached four consecutive World Cups (notable exceptions include Poland and Belgium).

4.52am BST


If you’re wondering what next for Tournament of Nations (ToN) champions the Matildas, they’re set to play Brazil (their final ToN opponents) to a sell-out, bumper crowd of 17,000 people in Penrith later this month. That’s the biggest crowd our national women’s soccer team will have enjoyed in Australia since the Sydney Olympics.

4.47am BST


Hello and welcome to this Sunday edition of Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran and I’ll be here to take you through today’s live action, whatever your preferred shape of ball. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

4.24am BST

U.S. Open

Just while we’re waiting for this game to get underway, here’s a quick update on the fortunes of the Australians competing in the U.S. Open. Nick Kyrgios and Matt Reid have both bombed out of the doubles competition, with a 6-1 6-1 loss to 16-time grand slam champions Mike and Bob Bryan, but the news was better for Dara Gavrilova and her Russian partner Daria Kasatkina, who powered into the women’s doubles third round with a 6-3 7-5 win over Chia-Jung Chuang and Misaki Doi. However, Australian sixth seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua suffered a surprise 6-0 3-6 6-4 second-round loss to Shuko Aoyama and Zhaoxuan Yang, while teenager Thomas Bosancic was also eliminated from the junior boys’ singles with a 6-2 6-4 second-round loss to Jesper De Jong of the Netherlands.

5.49am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s a recap of how Saturday panned out:

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Aug 27

Eagles and Bombers surge into finals, Dragons keep season alive and more: sportwatch – as it happened

10.45am BST


What an incredible round of AFL, and what a game to finish off the 2017 season. Like the rest of what has come to date, it was unpredictable, exciting, and somewhat baffling. Hard to believe the Dees dropped that game against the Pies to put themselves in the position they were, but I’m sure any Demons fan would tell you that it’s very typically Melbourne. Similarly somewhat difficult to believe the Eagles toppled the Crows by the margin they needed – given how dominant the Crows have been and how inconsistent the Eagles have been. Nonetheless, they had the ‘Subi’ crowd (and sun) behind them, and their poached finals heroes (Mitchell, Jetta) willed them across the line.

10.26am BST

What a fitting end to their time at Domain Stadium/Subiaco. The Eagles have pulled off an incredible heist, knocking the Demons out of the finals at the last possible moment. The margin in the end was 29 points, just enough to propel them into a finals campaign. Their retiring heroes – Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis – are thrilled. Mitchell in particular played an incredible game – he had 34 disposals, 13 contested possessions, four clearances and seven marks. Gaff likewise had 32 possessions, 11 contested, five marks, three clearances and three tackles. Cripps kicked three goals, while LeCras kicked two.

For the Crows, Matt Crouch had a huge 45 disposals, with 13 contested possessions, four clearances, five inside 50s and 7 tackles. His brother Brad also had 43 – 15 contested possessions, 10 clearances and 6 tackles. Not to be outdone, Rory Sloane also had 38 disposals – with 23 contested possessions, 14 clearances and 9 tackles.

10.19am BST

AFL Q4 00:29 remaining West Coast 15.10 (100) v Adelaide 10.11 (71)

Eagles will make finals! It’s all over for the Melbourne Demons. What a disappointing end to the season for their club and fans.

10.18am BST

AFL Q4 00:57 remaining West Coast 15.10 (100) v Adelaide 10.11 (71)

I’m calling it for the Eagles – but the Crows have to the ball back with just over a minute to go. They need two goals to put the Demons back in it.

10.15am BST

AFL Q4 03:31 remaining West Coast 15.10 (100) v Adelaide 10.11 (71)

Plenty of people holding their breath – and Laird does the Eagles a favour by booting the ball out on the full.

Jetta bursts through and reinstates the Eagles in the eight! #AFLEaglesCrows pic.twitter.com/MBSZjS5Mn7

10.13am BST

AFL Q4 04:48 remaining West Coast 14.10 (94) v Adelaide 10.11 (71)

Melbourne are .1% percentage above the Eagles – and the crowd is stunned. But Jetta produces some magic and goals!! What a game. Eagles technically in the eight again.

10.11am BST

AFL Q4 05:28 remaining West Coast 13.10 (88) v Adelaide 10.11 (71)

Josh Kennedy has a golden opportunity to kick a goal but he’s repelled by a brilliant tackle – and misses. Meanwhile the Crows swarm back down the middle to Eddie Betts who finds Charlie Cameron – and he goals to put MELBOURNE back into the eight!

10.09am BST

AFL Q4 06:50 remaining West Coast 13.9 (87) v Adelaide 9.11 (65)

Dom Sheed blasts the ball long into the 50 – but it’s short, and Barrass repels Brad Crouch’s clearing attempt with a point. Barrass is back in it again, taking a contested grab outside 50 to bomb the Eagles back towards their goal.

10.06am BST

AFL Q4 09:07 remaining West Coast 13.8 (86) v Adelaide 9.11 (65)

Here come the Crows through the middle – McKay to Seedsman for a brilliant goal! Plenty of wasted opportunities for the Eagles this quarter – will they be left to rue them?

10.04am BST

AFL Q4 10:02 remaining West Coast 13.8 (86) v Adelaide 8.11 (59)

Desperate, finals-like football, and Charlie Cameron takes on Lewis Jetta in a sprint – but can’t evade him. Jetta forces his kick out on the full, and the Eagles take it back. Those with finals experience (Jetta and Mitchell) are really stepping up.

10.02am BST

AFL Q4 12:20 remaining West Coast 13.7 (85) v Adelaide 8.11 (59)

Jenkins drops a sure mark – and Brad Crouch shanks the snap on goal.

9.57am BST

AFL Q4 15:04 remaining West Coast 13.6 (84) v Adelaide 7.11 (53)

Last game at Domain Stadium (or Subi) and the Eagles fans are out in force to say farewell. The Eagles are also wearing commemorative guernseys, if you’re wondering why their jumpers look a little different than usual.

9.53am BST

AFL Q4 17:50 remaining West Coast 13.6 (84) v Adelaide 7.10 (52)

McGovern repels the Crows’ foray forward, and Lewis Jetta uses his pace to find Cripps in the 50 in space – but he’s caught by Richard Douglas. Douglas gets Cripps low around the ankles, and he wins a free. He hits the post.

9.45am BST

AFL three-quarter-time West Coast 13.5 (83) v Adelaide 7.10 (52)

The Eagles lead by 31 at three-quarter-time – which is enough for them to make the finals, and displace the Demons. Not totally convinced yet, but it’s hard to see them dropping below that margin from here. They’ve got the crowd behind them and have been the better team all game. Surely there’s enough incentive – it’ll be up to how much is in it for the Crows.

9.40am BST

AFL Q3 02:20 remaining West Coast 13.5 (83) v Adelaide 7.10 (52)

Confusion reigns as there’s a score review – even though Eddie Betts has a free 5m out. They wanted to check if Seedsman had kicked the goal anyway, but he hadn’t, which means the free goes to Betts. He makes no mistake.

9.35am BST

AFL Q3 04:20 remaining West Coast 13.5 (83) v Adelaide 6.8 (44)

Sam Mitchell has 26 disposals – 10 contested possessions, 6 marks, 4 clearances and 2 inside 50s. He’s exactly the player you need in this kind of situation – and that’s exactly why the Eagles recruited him. Gaff also has 24. Cripps has 3 goals, and 2 to LeCras.

9.33am BST

AFL Q3 05:29 remaining West Coast 13.5 (83) v Adelaide 6.5 (41)

Not sure there’s enough on the line here for the Crows to fire – not that that should be the case, but it seems that way. I’m reminded of the Dogs getting thumped in the final round of last year’s season – and we all know what happened after that. I felt the same way watching the Giants lose by so much to the Cats last night – I back both the Giants and the Crows in to bounce back. Not sure the Crows will win today though.

9.27am BST

AFL Q3 09:04 remaining West Coast 12.5 (77) v Adelaide 6.5 (41)

Free kick to the Eagles at the top of the square – to Petrie – and he goals (just). Signs are good for the Eagles – and very bad for the Dees.

9.23am BST

AFL Q3 11:54 remaining West Coast 11.5 (71) v Adelaide 6.5 (41)

Mark LeCras boots one for the Eagles and gets the crowd going. Elliot Yeo then picks out Kennedy in a one-on-one, and Hartigan gives away the free, which gifts Kennedy his first.

9.17am BST

AFL Q3 14:30 remaining West Coast 9.5 (59) v Adelaide 6.5 (41)

Matt Crouch kicks a brilliant goal off one step – and he has 30 disposals already. This game is poised for an epic finish – with the Eagles just behind the margin they need to make it into finals.

9.10am BST

The Tigers are finally back in the finals – and they’ve also managed to secure a double-chance, finishing third on the ladder. That sets them up for a qualifying final against Geelong – which arguably may need to move to the MCG from Simonds given the crowd that could turn up.

Dustin Martin dominated yet again – with 36 disposals and 2 goals, while Jacob Townsend kicked another five goals (that’s 11 in a fortnight for him). Nick Riewoldt was quiet in his final game, but did manage a single major.

8.59am BST

Penalty to Mansour awarded just before the siren – Widdop wouldn’t let him up – which gifts 40m to Penrith. Can the Panthers do it? They get all the way to the 20, but can’t make it further. That result ends Penrith’s seven-game winning streak. The Dragons’ season is still alive! They’ll now need to beat the Bulldogs next Sunday afternoon in a thrilling final round.

What a brilliant play that tackle and intercept was by Tariq Sims- could watch that over and over again.

8.53am BST

NRL H2 79:49 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Panthers are forced to take the ball out again after another fantastic Widdop kick – but Sims knocks the ball on to give the Panthers a remote chance.

8.52am BST

NRL H2 78:44 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Dragons seem to be milking the clock rather than attacking the line. Widdop kicks early and they force another dropout – smart play, but well executed by Nightingale who made the necessary tackle.

8.51am BST

NRL H2 76:40 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Zelezniak puts the ball down just in front of the goal-line – and it’s another six for the Dragons. Surely they seal it now. They can’t do it – but they do force a dropout.

8.48am BST

NRL H2 75:00 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Outstanding defence from the Dragons sees Harawira-Naera lose the ball – it looks like Lafai knocks the ball out on the tackle. In any event it’s a Dragons ball – and they race back down the ground. They make it to the halfway mark before Blake brings it back – but Cleary puts the ball down – ouch. That could be the game.

8.45am BST

NRL H2 72:04 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Sims can’t bring it back into play – he tries to pass it to Widdop, who drops it back onto Sims who luckily collects. It’s another dropout thanks to yet another brilliant Cleary kick. Here come the Panthers.

8.42am BST

NRL H2 70:00 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Beauty of an offload from Nightingale to Widdop, but McInness’ kick is a poor one – and the Panthers go again from inside their own 20. Brilliant kick from Cleary and it looks like Dufty is pulled over the line for a dropout – but it’s ruled a penalty against the Panthers (it looked like he landed before they came at him again). The home crowd, naturally, disagrees.

8.38am BST

NRL H2 65:26 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Great work by Dufty to take the Cleary kick inside and avoid another dropout. Mansour gives away a penalty on the third for taking the ball, and the Dragons start again from 30m. They make it all the way up the ground with a kick and Widdop tackle on Zelezniak just outside the uprights.

8.34am BST

NRL H2 62:13 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Mistake by MacDonald who loses the ball – and a knock-on is ruled against the winger. Looked like Fisher-Harris touched it, but unintentionally. Panthers with another run at it. They make it to 10m out and Cleary deftly kicks for another dropout. Great tackle by May.

8.31am BST

NRL H2 58:34 Penrith Panthers 14-16 St George Illawarra Dragons

Amazing try for the Dragons! Sims steals the ball after a massive tackle on Watene Zelezniak, who took the ball after the kick-off – and Sims runs 40m and over ahead of Mansour who couldn’t get near him. Incredible play. No conversion, but the Dragons retain a 2-point lead.

What a play! Sims with a sneaky strip from DWZ!#NRLPanthersDragons 14-16 after 58 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/vN0qeyLKBX

8.27am BST

NRL H2 55:29 Penrith Panthers 14-12 St George Illawarra Dragons

Penalty for the Panthers – lazy tackle by McInness catches Harawira-Naera high, and the Panthers go again from 40. The Cleary kick is an awkward one and hits the uprights – he chases his own ball and almost makes it over if not for a crunching tackle by Sims.

8.22am BST

NRL H2 50:00 Penrith Panthers 14-12 St George Illawarra Dragons

Mansour scores! Or does he? Possible obstruction with a collision between Zelezniak and MacDonald – on the replay it looks like MacDonald was already well beaten – I’m anticipating a try. The bunker agree, and it’s a try to Mansour. Cleary converts, and the Panthers are back in front.

8.19am BST

NRL H2 49:00 Penrith Panthers 8-12 St George Illawarra Dragons

No try to the Dragons – knock-on from Sims who tried to get out of the way of the pass to Mann on the outside. Panthers back with the ball and Mansour makes some good ground on the first.

8.16am BST

NRL H2 45:50 Penrith Panthers 8-12 St George Illawarra Dragons

Dylan Edwards with an ice-pack on his knee on the bench – he won’t return and the coaching staff are worried that this might be a long-term injury.

8.10am BST

AFL Q3 02:58 remaining Richmond 12.6 (78) v St Kilda 7.6 (48)

Josh Bruce lining up but can’t convert – that would’ve been three in a row for the Saints. Up the other end, Jack Riewoldt monsters a kick from 60m out and lifts his team – think they’re fine, the Tigers.

8.04am BST

AFL Q1 03:36 remaining West Coast 4.1 (25) v Adelaide 1.0 (6)

Looks like the Eagles mean business as they fight for their spot in the finals – they can make it if they win by around 20-25 points (in which case they leapfrog Melbourne). Cripps has 2, while Redden and Vardy have kicked a goal each for the Eagles. Betts has one for the Crows. Lever was off the ground and looking rather groggy, but is back on now.

7.58am BST

AFL Q3 10:08 remaining Richmond 11.5 (71) v St Kilda 6.4 (40)

Back at the MCG it looks like the Saints have made some ground on the Tigers, with a goal to Josh Bruce and a point to Jack Lonie. Have just realised that Dustin Martin’s 23 disposals in the first half was his own career-high. He’s up to 25 now – 10 contested possessions, 4 marks and 4 inside 50s.

7.55am BST

NRL half-time Penrith Panthers 8-12 St George Illawarra Dragons

Dylan Edwards looks to have hurt his knee after he chased a Cleary kick that again held up in the wind – which is blowing furiously here (with rain also threatening). He’s back on the right wing but is struggling badly. Dragons make some big gains through Widdop’s brilliant offload, and McCrone almost makes it over but for an incredible tackle by Watene Zelezniak. Panthers give away a penalty for not letting McCrone go, and they go again.

7.49am BST

NRL H1 35:44 Penrith Panthers 8-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Fantastic take by Dufty after the Cleary kick held up in the air – but Mansour bumps McCrone as he gets to his feet and he knocks the ball on. Dragons fans will be furious. Panthers should score here – and they almost do through Cleary but he’s held up right on the line. On the fifth tackle Cleary kicks and tries to chase his own ball – and is blocked. Penalty gifts the Panthers the ball again – and they choose to take two. Cleary converts to put the Panthers in the lead.

7.45am BST

NRL H1 31:14 Penrith Panthers 6-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Blake saves a dropout for the Panthers and takes one around the neck for his trouble. They force a penalty and restart from 40. Clearly shows it at 10, and the space opens up for Tyrone May on the final tackle. Great footwork by May who finds his way under the posts. Cleary converts!

May does it all himself! Gets the @PenrithPanthers on the board.#NRLPanthersDragons 6-6 after 30 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/SgihVEFbEK

7.39am BST

NRL H1 25:33 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Poor play the ball and Cleary turns it over to blow another six for the Panthers. Ball back for the Dragons after the scrum.

7.38am BST

NRL H1 24:27 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Here’s the Peachey drag – what a game he’s having as he looks to fire up the Panthers. Mansour is leading the way with 87 run metres, while Dufty has 80 for the Dragons. Vaughan and Lafai have a line break each for the Dragons.

Peachey at it again!#NRLPanthersDragons #NRL pic.twitter.com/RpnMbwHJDW

7.34am BST

NRL H1 20:34 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Another 6 for the Dragons after Widdop’s kick hit was ruled knocked forward by the Panthers’ defence. Peachey, however, saves the day for Penrith, literally dragging Kurt Mann (by the scruff) over the sideline.

7.30am BST

NRL H1 16:54 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Knock-on ruled against Waqa Blake, even though it looked like Widdop took the ball. Penrith blow a critical chance at a try.

7.29am BST

NRL H1 15:51 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

Meanwhile, Josh Dugan is missing from today’s match after he was dropped for disciplinary reasons. Dugan was named in the Dragons’ 17 for the must-win match, but was withdrawn. Dugan ran into trouble as a youngster in Canberra, but has previously avoided disciplinary action while at the Dragons.However he hit the headlines earlier this year when he joined Blake Ferguson for a lengthy pub visit just five days before the State of Origin decider. The Blues centre has signed to move to Cronulla next year.

7.25am BST

NRL H1 12:14 Penrith Panthers 0-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

The Dragons break through for a try to Paul Vaughan, and a conversion follows to Gareth Widdop.

Vision of the @NRL_Dragons No Try Decision in the 5th minute of #NRLPanthersDragons.#NRL pic.twitter.com/MTLhnigD59

7.07am BST

AFL Q2 12:48 remaining Richmond 8.3 (51) v St Kilda 1.2 (8)

Richmond dominating at the MCG in their quest for a top four finish. Townsend has followed up on his impressive form last week with another three goals to date. Grigg also has two, while Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt and Prestia have one each. Martin also has 16 disposals.

7.01am BST

CHERRY-EVANS! After kicking a field goal to force the Golden Point, he nails another with his left foot into a huge breeze, 20m out and Manly have won! They snatched that one from New Zealand to break Warriors’ hearts. The Sea Eagles had to win and they’ve done it against the odds.

Fusitua had two tries for the Warriors, and Ken Maumalo had 195 run metres, a line break and a try. The Trbojevic brothers had a try each for Manly, with Tom also running 167m for two line breaks. Jake had 43 tackles and a line break, while Koroisau had 60 tackles.

6.55am BST

NRL Golden Point 83:20 N.Z. Warriors 21-21 Manly Sea Eagles

Just checking in on the NRL and we’re up to Golden Point for the Warriors and Sea Eagles after Cherry-Evans managed a field goal in the 78th minute.

6.50am BST

That’s it – the Bombers are IN THE FINALS! After the year from hell they’ve made it to September – and the fans go wild. Jobe Watson fist pumps and looks appropriately thrilled. Well done the Dons. Quite a feat given their training situation after the 12-month bans. Well done also to the Dockers who gave them a fair fright in the final quarter.

Great games to Zach Merrett who kicked four goals and had 31 disposals (four clearances, four tackles, six contested possessions) and James Stewart who also kicked four and had a brilliant last quarter. Bellchambers was also a big contributor with 38 hitouts and ten marks to go with it.

6.40am BST

AFL Q4 02:34 remaining Essendon 16.11 (107) v Fremantle 14.7 (91)

Taberner takes a mark in plenty of space – he could’ve had a free man over the top but was too slow and must now convert the set shot. He misses badly. Reckon that’s it. Start celebrating, Bombers fans.

6.39am BST

AFL Q4 03:55 remaining Essendon 16.11 (107) v Fremantle 14.6 (90)

Man of the moment James Stewart takes another big grab, but can’t make the distance. Still, the Dockers need three goals in under four minutes now.

6.35am BST

AFL Q4 06:56 remaining Essendon 16.10 (106) v Fremantle 14.6 (90)

Some stunned silence here at Etihad. Clearance goes to the Dockers but Gleeson takes a saving mark. Down the other end Stewart kicks a massive, game-winning (potentially) goal – that’s four for him, and that was a big snap from 50m after a fend-off on Michael Johnson. Poor effort from Johnson, but a great finish to Stewart.

6.32am BST

AFL Q4 08:00 remaining Essendon 15.10 (100) v Fremantle 14.6 (90)

Cox again! Huge contested pack mark. This time he’s just 10m out straight in front. Should kick this. Should. He does.

6.31am BST

AFL Q4 09:01 remaining Essendon 15.10 (100) v Fremantle 13.6 (84)

Cox takes a juggling, running mark after a good pass from Lachie Neale. Can he get one back? It’s a tough kick on a sharp angle, and he kicks it out of bounds on the full. Bombers fans relieved.

6.29am BST

AFL Q4 09:59 remaining Essendon 15.10 (100) v Fremantle 13.6 (84)

Hocking goal! Some luck in that as the ball simply floated over the pack. Poor defensive effort from the Dockers. They might be safe.

6.28am BST

AFL Q4 10:22 remaining Essendon 14.10 (94) v Fremantle 13.6 (84)

Freo, way to go. They’re on. Bombers can’t find a way forward – except for Heppell who bombs it long and finds a defender. They were up by 38 points, the Bombers, and look nervous. Finally they get a man free in Begley, but he hits the post. Merrett gets in on the act and looks the man to seal it – but he misses too.

6.26am BST

AFL Q4 12:04 remaining Essendon 14.8 (92) v Fremantle 13.6 (84)

Freo had a chance to boot another but Brad Hill bombs it straight to Brendan Goddard. Poor choice. Still, Bombers look stagnant and unsure. Turnover in the middle releases Fyfe who finds Cox inside the 50 – he passes off to Ballantyne who kicks it. Just two kicks in it.

6.22am BST

AFL Q4 15:02 remaining Essendon 14.8 (92) v Fremantle 12.6 (78)

Loved Taberner’s game. Has taken seven marks for two goals. Meanwhile defender Sam Collins has a shot at goal and shanks it – but it falls into Crozier’s lap on an angle right in front of goal. He bananas it for a goal. Essendon fans might be getting nervy.

6.19am BST

AFL Q4 16:46 remaining Essendon 14.8 (92) v Fremantle 11.6 (72)

Some Bennell magic sees a torp go straight through the big sticks – out of a pack in and in plenty of traffic. The Dockers could’ve had another if Sheridan hadn’t let another Bennell kick go straight through his fingertips.

6.16am BST

AFL Q4 18:33 remaining Essendon 14.8 (92) v Fremantle 10.6 (66)

Are the Dockers still in it? Third goal from Taberner, set up by a good kick into space from Bennell. He’s warmed into this game.

6.15am BST

Mayweather v McGregor

In case you haven’t yet heard, Flloyd Mayweather has beaten Conor McGregor by technical knockout in round 10. Mayweather has announced his retirement.

6.13am BST


Don’t forget we’re live-blogging the whole of the Bangladesh v Australia test – including today’s Day One action here.

6.09am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Essendon 14.8 (92) v Fremantle 9.6 (60)

Begley takes another mark on the lead – liking the look of him, and reckon he’ll get a spot in the side next week (yes, I’m calling it). OK I’ve completely jinxed him/the Bombers because he’s kicked it on the outside of the boot and out on the full…

6.04am BST

AFL Q3 03:41 remaining Essendon 14.7 (91) v Fremantle 9.6 (60)

Dockers dropping their heads – even captain Fyfe. Ballantyne, however, gets a snap goal back against the momentum. Is there any life left in the Dockers? Promisingly for Freo fans, Bennell almost snaps a nice goal – but it misses narrowly to the right. Will be interesting to see what happens with him next season.

6.00am BST

AFL Q3 05:54 remaining Essendon 14.7 (91) v Fremantle 8.6 (52)

Fremantle look like they’re buckling, as David Myers lines up for yet another for the Dons. The kick is a beauty but hits the post. Not a worry for the Bombers, though, who get the ball back to late-inclusion Hocking, who adds one of his own.

5.57am BST

AFL Q3 08:03 remaining Essendon 13.6 (84) v Fremantle 8.6 (52)

Stewart! A dribble goal from near the behind post on the boundary – that’s three for him for the game. Has impressed in his first season at the Bombers. Ross Lyon looks decidedly unimpressed.

5.54am BST

AFL Q3 09:25 remaining Essendon 11.6 (72) v Fremantle 8.6 (52)

Zach Merrett kicks a lovely long goal from 60m out on the run -is taken down after the kick but it makes no difference. Would have been a down the ground free, but the ball sails through anyway. Two in the row to put the Bombers back out in some space.

5.52am BST

AFL Q3 09:43 remaining Essendon 10.6 (66) v Fremantle 8.6 (52)

Laverde should get one back for the Bombers against the tide. He converts. Sigh of relief from Bomber fans who had gone quiet. Freo have turned the clearances and stoppage numbers right around in this quarter.

5.50am BST

AFL Q3 11:45 remaining Essendon 9.6 (60) v Fremantle 8.6 (52)

Snap goal to Sheridan! Dockers right back in this after a Lachie Neale clearance and midfield-like run by big man Griffin. Dockers right back in it.

5.48am BST

AFL Q3 12:06 remaining Essendon 9.6 (60) v Fremantle 7.4 (46)

Uh oh, Taberner finds Bennell on the lead who tries to play on, slips, but is allowed to take his kick. He tries to centre it and misses Sheridan by a long way. Crucial turnover. Looks off the pace somewhat. Dockers do well however to get one back through Cox.

5.45am BST

AFL Q3 14:23 remaining Essendon 9.6 (60) v Fremantle 6.4 (40)

Excellent pass by Nat Fyfe to find Ballantyne on the lead in the 50. Has had a quite day and is getting plenty of boos, Ballantyne. He hits the post. Disappointing result for the Dockers who could reasonably be closer.

5.44am BST

AFL Q3 15:13 remaining Essendon 9.6 (60) v Fremantle 6.3 (39)

Snap goal to Stewart gives the Bombers some breathing space back. Nice lead-up by Begley sets up the goal, who passes off to Daniher – Stewart roves the spilt ball.

5.42am BST

AFL Q3 17:02 remaining Essendon 8.6 (54) v Fremantle 6.3 (39)

Fyfe kicks a brilliant snap goal out of the pack – while Merrett had a tackle on him. Made something out of nothing. Brilliant.

Zach Merrett = absolute gun. #AFLDonsFreo pic.twitter.com/HG4ZEHvo2h

5.39am BST

AFL Q3 18:40 remaining Essendon 8.6 (54) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)

Back on at Etihad. Luke Ryan pinged for holding the ball – he did well to chase down Joe Daniher but went to ground and made little attempt to get rid of it. Didn’t quite dive on it, possibly a little harsh, but he should have kept his feet. Ouch – Daniher hits the post from 15m out… has kicked 2.3 so far.

5.35am BST

NRL H1 28:43 N.Z. Warriors 4-8 Manly Sea Eagles

Manly choose to take the two – and Wright converts the Penalty Goal. Not sure about the choice to take the two – and on cue the Warriors run their own try over. Terrific take by winger David Fusitua – and one-handed put down in the wet. The Warriors can’t convert, however.

5.30am BST


Just checking what news has launched on Wires overnight, and it looks like Daria Gavrilova has won her maiden WTA tour title with a win over former Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in the Connecticut Open final.

5.25am BST

NRL H1 19:30 N.Z. Warriors 0-6 Manly Sea Eagles

Just the one try in this game so far – to Jake Trbojevic after an inside ball from Blake Green in the 13th minute.

Inside ball from Green, Try time for Jake Trbojevic!#NRLWarriorsManly #NRL pic.twitter.com/xVBeExPj2z

5.20am BST

AFL half-time Essendon 8.5 (53) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)

Siren sounds, strong quarter from the Bombers after Freo looked to again press late. The Dockers didn’t play poorly – they just missed plenty of conversion opportunities.

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AFL Q2 02:10 remaining Essendon 8.5 (53) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)

Josh Begley, in just his second game, kicks a goal after a composed forward 50 entry from Parish. Well converted – looks a good kick at goal this man. He had a great debut last week for those who missed it. Biggest lead of the game.

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AFL Q2 05:03 remaining Essendon 7.3 (45) v Fremantle 5.3 (33)

Hayden Crozier misses for the Dockers – they’ve had plenty of chances and are in the contest – but haven’t converted their chances.

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AFL Q2 07:09 remaining Essendon 7.3 (45) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)

Taberner takes another contested grab – that’s 3 for the game – but hits the post. Has looked impressive.

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AFL Q2 09:20 remaining Essendon 7.4 (46) v Fremantle 5.1 (31)

Thanks to our readers below… going to repost whoaisme’s comment:

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AFL Q2 15:10 remaining Essendon 6.3 (39) v Fremantle 5.1 (31)

Brilliant team goal to the Dockers – nice, smooth run and carry by Weller ends in a crumbing goal to ruckman Griffin (off the hands of Kersten). Definitely looks like the Dockers have a license to go through the middle and attack today.

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AFL Q2 15:55 remaining Essendon 6.3 (39) v Fremantle 4.1 (25)

Nice big contested mark to Matt Taberner who will need to convert for the Dockers to get back in this. Almost identical start to the first quarter where the Bombers were quickly out of the blocks with the first three goals of the game – this time we’ve had two to Zach Merrett.

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AFL Q2 18:33 remaining Essendon 6.3 (39) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)

Merrett gets a snap goal on the run from the man of the day Jobe Watson. He’s had 10 disposals and 4 clearances Jobe, and 9 contested possessions.

4.44am BST

AFL quarter-time Essendon 4.3 (27) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)

Liked Bellchambers’ game so far – has 14 hitouts, and a few contested marks to go with 5 disposals. Looks the dominant ruckman.

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AFL 02:05 remaining Essendon 4.3 (27) v Fremantle 3.1 (19)

Quick disposal count – Goddard (10), Mundy (9) and Fyfe (8) leading the way. Goddard the loose man back. Fyfe has 3 clearances for the Dockers, and Lachie Neale is starting to accumulate after a slow start.

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AFL 05:07 remaining Essendon 4.3 (27) v Fremantle 2.1 (13)

Another free to Joe Daniher against Joel Hamling (another 50/50 call)… Ross Lyon looks unimpressed. I heard Lyon speak during the week, when he said he couldn’t promise an improved Fremantle effort, and that potentially helping West Coast reach finals was ‘no’ motivation – reckon he would love to win this though – he’s a competitive beast.

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AFL 05:46 remaining Essendon 3.3 (21) v Fremantle 2.1 (13)

Essendon fans have gone quiet – the Dockers look like the mean business after all.

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AFL 08:17 remaining Essendon 3.2 (20) v Fremantle 2.1 (13)

Nice snap goal by Sheridan – and the goal umpire gets bowled over by Gleeson to the groans of the crowd (they seemed genuinely concerned). He’s fine, but loses his cap.

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AFL 10:55 remaining Essendon 3.2 (20) v Fremantle 1.0 (6)

Free kick to Watson in the forward 50 – got one high from Hill. Great, bullocking attack on the ball from him. He fails to sense the occasion and misses.

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AFL 13:32 remaining Essendon 3.1 (19) v Fremantle 1.0 (6)

Finally something to cheer about for the Dockers – Fyfe gets a free inside 50 for a hold (via Goddard) and Freo hit back. There’s another player I love. Love his commitment, passion and professionalism – and committing to a club that’s having a rough time of it of late.

4.20am BST

AFL 14:42 remaining Essendon 3.0 (18) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)

Look, I’m not an Essendon person but I love Jobe Watson. I mean, really, remember when he wore a ‘Feminist’ cap? Yes I know I’m predictable, but that was pretty bloody awesome. Surely a first and perhaps (I hope not) a last?

Jobe Watson. #4 #Captain #BrownlowMedallist #Barista #Feminist #BackIn #DonTheSash pic.twitter.com/VCN8NS7k5Q

4.17am BST

AFL 16:19 remaining Essendon 3.0 (18) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)

Three goals to none for the Bombers – this one through Bellchambers. Heppell picked him out inside 50, and his body work was simply too good. Bit worried about the Dockers. Is this another 100+ point loss coming up? Jobe Watson with three clearances already.

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AFL 17:45 remaining Essendon 2.0 (12) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)

Jobe Watson brings the house down with his kick inside 50- and Stewart snaps a goal off the half-volley.

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AFL 18:03 remaining Essendon 1.0 (6) v Fremantle 0.0 (0)

McDonald-Tipungwuti kicks the first one for the Bombers. Good quick play by Zach Merrett. Fans packed to the rafters -99% Bombers. Hooker is a late out – not sure why yet – apparently some lower back tightness, Hocking is in for him.

4.11am BST

Mayweather v McGregor

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4.06am BST

AFL Essendon v Fremantle

Plenty of these going around today for the retiring Jobe Watson. Apparently there’s around 10,000 masks in the crowd. He just admitted on television to feeling slightly ‘unsettled’ by it.

All set #cheerthechamps #AFLDonsFreo pic.twitter.com/pnrvvUYztk

4.05am BST

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

Just before we get into this game – The Black Ferns have just run out 41-32 winners over England in the Women’s World Cup 2017 final. The New Zealanders trailed by 12 points at one stage during a dominant first half for England, and were behind by seven at the break – but ran in 32 points in the second half. Prop Toka Natua had a hattrick for the Ferns – who had won the Cup four times in a row until England triumphed three years ago. This is their fourth time victorious against England in four World Cup finals.

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Hello everyone and welcome to this special Sunday edition of Australian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran and I’m here early to cover the finals-defining clash between Essendon and Fremantle (1:10pm AEST at Etihad). AFL will take priority today given it’s the last day of the regular season, and we’ll be kept guessing until the final game of the round as to the final make-up of the eight. Don’t forget to stay in touch in comments below, or on Twitter, with the hashtag #sportwatch. You can also email me directly or tweet me @Kate_ohalloran.

Here are some quick permutations regarding today’s AFL results:

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Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s how a compelling day of sport panned out yesterday:

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Aug 15

Bob Murphy: the rapturous Bulldogs boy who embraced the club as his own | Kate O’Halloran

The 18-season veteran has called time on his career and will depart the AFL not only as a great footballer and a true leader of men, but also as a political hero

Bob Murphy is the leader of my clan. And what a fitting son and icon of the Western Bulldogs he is. At his retirement press conference, he referred to our club as one that has in recent history been “irrelevant, forgotten, a laughing stock”. But like those other champions of the west – Chris Grant, who famously rejected a huge pay packet from Port Adelaide in favour of a 20-cent coin offered to him by a young Bulldog fan, comes to mind – he never turned his back on it. Instead, he embraced it as his own, “not as the club I played for,” he said on Tuesday, “but as my club, the club I love”.

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Aug 13

Melbourne stake finals claim, Tigers shock Sea Eagles and more, Australia sportwatch – as it happened

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That’s all from me today in an entertaining day of Australian sport. I started with the finals-defining clash between the Demons and Saints – which ended up being something of a disappointment given the dominance of Melbourne (before the Saints surged back to set up an exciting final term). Ultimately the Saints were far from their best, and the Demons deserved the win, which sees them sit at seventh spot after the conclusion of the round. The Dees have Brisbane and Collingwood to come – and one would think they will make the finals for the first time since 2006. The Saints, however, look destined to miss out, mired in 11th and one win and a big percentage gap between them and the Eagles in eighth.

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The Power hold off another stirring Collingwood effort – who came within a few goals with enough time to steal it. Nonetheless, the Power held on through the class of the likes of Robbie Gray and Travis Boak – with the captain kicking the sealer. Dougal Howard capped off the game with his first goal of the year – and all his teammates get around him in a nice moment. Wingard had 32 disposals for the home side, including 10 contested possessions, 6 clearances and 8 inside 50s. Boak, Sam Gray and Robbie Gray all finished with two goals each. For the Pies, Taylor Adams finished with 31 disposals including 14 contested possessions, 8 clearances, 9 tackles and 6 marks. Ben Reid also completed a successful move forward with 4 big goals.

Important win for the Power, who now sit at sixth behind the Swans – and put some space between themselves and the ‘bottom 8’ contenders in the Demons, Eagles and Bulldogs who are all locked on 40 points. The Power will face the Bulldogs next week in a must-win match for the Dogs, while a win would help the Power in their search for a top four spot. For the Pies, it’s their first loss in an impressive month of football.

10.07am BST

AFL Q4 02:25 remaining Port Adelaide 13.13 (91) v Collingwood 10.11 (71)

The sealer goes to Travis Boak with a great finish from a nice Polec assist – and the Power hold off a surging Collingwood. The Pies won’t win but they were brave in their challenge.

10.04am BST

AFL Q4 03:45 remaining Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) v Collingwood 10.11 (71)

Moore hits up Callum Brown – in just his third game. He’s 50m out straight in front – huge kick. He’s only kicked one goal for his career – and it just falls short for a rushed behind. Magpies can’t convert their many chances.

10.02am BST

AFL Q4 05:12 remaining Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) v Collingwood 10.9 (69)

Are the Pies a sneaky chance? There’s under 3 goals in it with less than 6 minutes remaining after that goal to Jarryd Blair. They get the clearance, and Treloar boots them inside 50 – the ball almost rolls through but at the last moment deviates for a point. There’s 16 in it.

9.55am BST

AFL Q4 10:20 remaining Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) v Collingwood 9.8 (62)

Here’s the Robbie Gray vision – unbelievable.

Stop it Robbie #AFLPowerPies pic.twitter.com/X3ZS80QoOc

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AFL Q4 12:23 remaining Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) v Collingwood 9.8 (62)

A masterclass from Robbie Gray – who juggled a fast ball from Hartlett behind his back to throw it on his boot and find Sam Gray in space in the 50. He gets a steadier for the Power. You have to see a replay of the Robbie Gray magic.

9.46am BST

AFL Q4 15:24 remaining Port Adelaide 11.12 (78) v Collingwood 9.8 (62)

Great intercept mark by Jeremy Howe in the middle – who finds Reid in the forward 50. Some desperate defence down the other end by Dunn and Goldsack saved a certain goal to Sam Gray – and it looks to have inspired Collingwood. Ben Reid kicks his fourth for the day to keep the Pies in it.

9.42am BST

AFL Q4 18:15 remaining Port Adelaide 11.11 (77) v Collingwood 8.8 (56)

Big end to that quarter with 4 consecutive goals from the Pies, before the Power kicked back with a couple. Surely the Power win from here with so much on the line.

9.19am BST

AFL Q3 13:15 remaining Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) v Collingwood 4.6 (30)

Just a quick update from Adelaide Oval – and the Power look to have control of this game with an almost five goal lead over the Pies. Port have all single goal-kickers in a team effort, with all of Boak, Sam Gray, Houston, Robbie Gray, Wines, Ryder, Neade and Ah Chee with goals. Possession-wise, Ebert (19), Harlett (17) and and Pittard (15) lead the way. Hartett has been impressive with 5 contested possessions and 9 marks. For the Pies, Crisp (19), Adams (17), Scharenberg (16) and Sidebottom are dominating possession. They too have single goal-kickers – Elliott, Phillips, Reid and Moore all scoring.

9.11am BST

Hawthorn have cruised to victory over the Kangaroos in Launceston – in a fitting send off for former captain Luke Hodge at their home-away-from-home. Hodge starred with 29 possessions, including 5 contested possessions, 3 clearances, 4 rebound 50s and 4 tackles. Tom Mitchell racked up yet another 35 possessions, with a huge 15 contested possessions, 6 clearances and 5 tackles. Luke Bruest kicked four goals for his side, while Jarryd Roughead had 3, and all of Henderson, Smith and Burgoyne managed 2. For the Roos, Ben Brown kicked 3, while Zurhaar, Preuss and Garner all had 2. Shaun Higgins was best for the Kangaroos with 31 possessions and 5 clearances, but it wasn’t enough to see his side home, who missed their captain Ziebell.

9.03am BST

What a win for the Tigers! Manly led 20-6 at half-time, but the Tigers win it in the final two minutes. Fantastic scenes at Leichhardt Oval – no doubt there’ll be plenty of debate about the final call on possible obstruction by Chee-Kam – but I reckon the right call was made. The Sea Eagles will be shattered to lose that one – especially with a top four spot on the line. Fantastic, however, to see the Tigers take the win and possibly avoid the wooden spoon with a thrilling win at home.

The Tigers had all single tries – with Taylor, Naiqama, Lolohea, Sue and Zelezniak going over. David Nofoaluma starred for the Tigers with 239 run metres run, as well as a line break, while Tedesco had 185 metres. Elijah Taylor managed 47 tackles for Wests to go with his early try, while Eisenhuth had 38. For Manly, Cherry-Evans and Uate had two tries each – and Uate looked dangerous all match with 130 metres run and 2 line breaks, while Koroisau had 1 line break and 40 tackles. Jake Trbojevic had 43 tackles, and his brother Tom had 141 metres run.

8.55am BST

NRL H2 79:43 Wests Tigers 30-26 Manly Sea Eagles

A big mistake from the Sea Eagles – Brad Parker puts the ball down after a strong tackle from Sue – right in front of the sticks. Nofoaluma almost takes it over from the scrum but is halted just on the line.

8.48am BST

NRL H2 75:26 Wests Tigers 24-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Offload from Marsters to Tedesco who makes plenty of ground – before the Tigers take an early kick – but the Sea Eagles intercept just outside their own try-line. Cherry-Evans then manages an impressive kick under pressure to set the Tigers back. This time the Tigers almost make it 30 metres and over on the last tackle – but it’s a brilliant try-saving tackle from Wright on Nofoaluma – one-on-one. I can’t fathom bringing that man down one-on-one.

8.45am BST

NRL H2 72:00 Wests Tigers 24-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Tigers are looking very dangerous but so far DCE has held the Tigers up almost single-handedly. He intercepts the Brooks kick – and another Tigers’ set is repelled.

8.43am BST

NRL H2 71:00 Wests Tigers 24-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Ineffective kick from the Sea Eagles and the Tigers take back possession. They make plenty of ground – back to the half-way mark, and get a penalty for a high-tackle on Tedesco. That’s the second high tackle against Taupau – who might be in trouble for his first high effort.

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NRL H2 67:19 Wests Tigers 24-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Great set from the Tigers who go the length of the field, and Manly work it back from inside their own 10. However, the Tigers are slow to release and give away a penalty. That’ll help the Sea Eagles clear. They make it inside the Tigers’ 20 – but Cherry-Evans’ kick goes straight to Brooks – who in turn drops the ball. New set for Manly.

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NRL H2 62:59 Wests Tigers 24-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Can the Tigers get the quick reply now? YES! Sauaso Sue – what footwork! He dodges three defenders, and is too powerful for Winterstein who can’t make the save.

This game!

Just keeps on giving.#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/nojZA3Wlvh

8.32am BST

NRL H2 60:00 Wests Tigers 18-26 Manly Sea Eagles

Uh oh, Tigers fans go quiet as Tedesco drops the kick-off. Wests are in danger of surrendering a quick return try to the Sea Eagles. They give away a penalty for slowing down the play-the-ball, and Manly look dangerous. Lloyd Perrett scores in a big hole – and that’s the quick reply from the Sea Eagles. Great work from Koroisau out of dummy half to put Perrett into space.

Crucial Try for the @SeaEagles!#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/nBWQYOsFUE

8.29am BST

NRL H2 56:40 Wests Tigers 18-20 Manly Sea Eagles

Tigers are pressing and they’re just outside the 10m with one more play. Another Tedesco kick goes nowhere – but it’s a penalty to the Tigers for offside – and they tap and go again. Tedesco tries to go himself from dummy half but a can’t find the line – and it’s yet another penalty to the Tigers. They tap and go yet again.

Here they come!@WestsTigers#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/ZkDhhPgVOo

8.23am BST

NRL H2 51:36 Wests Tigers 12-20 Manly Sea Eagles

Here’s the big, wide pass from Masters to Tedesco that led to that last try.

The @WestsTigers aren’t done yet!#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/ChPDPrKGik

8.22am BST

NRL H2 50:21 Wests Tigers 12-20 Manly Sea Eagles

FINALLY another try to the Tigers after another Nofoaluma intercept (off another Tom Trbojevic pass) – and a long ball from Marsters to Tedesco opens up all sorts of space to let Naiqama through. Well done to the Tigers who persisted. Lolohea converts.

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NRL H2 46:28 Wests Tigers 6-20 Manly Sea Eagles

Spiralling kick from DCE bounces out into touch – Nofoaluma lets it bounce out and the Tigers come again – but it’s a mistake from Eisenhuth who lets the ball slip in the tackle. Scrum to Manly. Another disappointing set for the Tigers.

8.14am BST

NRL H2 42:16 Wests Tigers 6-20 Manly Sea Eagles

We’re back on at Leichhardt Oval and news has filtered through that Matt McIlwrick has failed a concussion test and will not take any part in the rest of the game. That’s another blow for the Tigers.

8.09am BST

AFL Q1 27:48 Port Adelaide 2.4 (16) v Collingwood 1.3 (9)

It’s a tight, low-scoring game at Adelaide Oval, with the Power holding the slimmest of leads. Paddy Ryder and Sam Gray have one each for the Power, while Elliott has the only goal for the Pies. Ollie Wines has a massive 11 disposals, as does Jack Crisp for the Pies. Ebert also has 10 for Port.

8.06am BST

AFL Q3 16:46 Hawthorn 15.5 (95) v North Melbourne 7.3 (45)

Still a big lead to the Hawks in this one – at their home away from home at University of Tasmania Stadium. A ‘rested’ Luke Hodge is back with 19 disposals – including 6 marks, 4 tackles and 4 rebound 50s. Not unusually for him, Tom Mitchell leads the possessions for his team with 21 (including 8 contested possessions and 4 clearances – 4 centre clearances). Isaac Smith, Ricky Henderson, Jarryd Roughead and Luke Bruest all have 2 goals each. For the Roos, Ben Brown has 2 goals, and Shaun Higgins has 19 disposals (5 contested possessions, 4 clearances, 3 tackles and 4 inside 40s).

8.00am BST

NRL half-time Wests Tigers 6-20 Manly Sea Eagles

Final play from Manly goes over the sideline, but they won’t be too bothered after that half. Cherry-Evans and Uate have doubles each for the Sea Eagles – while Wright has converted 2 of 4 (the two missed were difficult). For the Sea Eagles, Taupau (70) and Uate (68) lead the way for run metres, while Uate also has two line breaks and Koroisau has one. Koroisau is tackling well with 20, while Jake Trbojevic has 16. For the Tigers, Tedesco has 93 metres, and Woods has 86, while Nofoaluma and Brooks have a line break each. Taylor has 28 tackles and Eisenhuth has 22.

7.54am BST

NRL H1 38:50 Wests Tigers 6-20 Manly Sea Eagles

Thought that was a great pass from Tom Trbojevic – but it’s called forward. Lucky call for the Tigers who went from having all the possession to hardly any. Overall possession is now 53% for Manly.

“There aren’t too many wingers who could score this Try!”#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/45sJoiBUGS

7.52am BST

NRL H1 34:50 Wests Tigers 6-20 Manly Sea Eagles

All the momentum is with the Sea Eagles despite the support of an impressive home crowd. You have to love Leichhardt Oval.

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NRL H1 29:26 Wests Tigers 6-16 Manly Sea Eagles

That man again – DCE – finds his teammate Akuila Uate in space, and he finds the touch line despite being off balance. Uate has been impressive for his new club. Jake Trbojevic produced a brilliant pass out of dummy half to set his team on their way. Conversion is missed from 40m out.

7.41am BST

NRL H1 26:22 Wests Tigers 6-12 Manly Sea Eagles

Tigers making some big metres – 75 for Aaron Woods and 72 for Tim Grant. Taupau has 70 for Manly (to go with 12 tackles) and the Sea Eagles have the ball back. Koroisau has 16 tackles in an impressive defensive effort.

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NRL H1 22:22 Wests Tigers 6-6 Manly Sea Eagles

Six more for the Tigers from 20m out, who have had 64% possession. They’ll want to find the line with so much ball – they haven’t been particularly creative.

7.34am BST

NRL H1 19:27 Wests Tigers 6-6 Manly Sea Eagles

Obstruction against the Sea Eagles gifts Brooks the ball back, and the Tigers get another penalty for a swinging arm by Taupau – that was a thumping, dangerous tackle. 5 to come, 10 out from the Manly line. Chee-Kam was almost over but Cherry-Evans produced a try-saving tackle. Turnover on the kick – not a great from the Tigers, but they strip the ball back and come again from 20m out. Another set goes begging – but Wright knocks the ball out of play from the kick, so it’ll be another set for the Tigers.

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NRL H1 14:26 Wests Tigers 6-6 Manly Sea Eagles

Great run by the Tigers who exposed plenty of space on the right. Lolohea almost converted his own kick – but the Sea Eagles stop him just a metre out. Nofoaluma has started well with 52 run metres.

It’s @ApiKoroisau up the middle and DCE with the finish!#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/Whcm6mpJss

7.23am BST

NRL H1 8:26 Wests Tigers 6-0 Manly Sea Eagles

Tigers try!

Elijah Taylor gets the party started!#NRLTigersManly#NRL pic.twitter.com/nc0LhN8XNS

7.18am BST

NRL H1 4:15 Wests Tigers 0-0 Manly Sea Eagles

Love the blue socks from the Wests – they’re raising awareness for BeyondBlue. Will get a photo.

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NRL H1 2:41 Wests Tigers 0-0 Manly Sea Eagles

Manly need to win by 13 or more to storm into the top 4 (in place of Cronulla, who have struggled lately).

7.13am BST

AFL Q3 15:14 Hawthorn 7.3 (45) v North Melbourne 3.2 (20)

Just a very quick update before the NRL – Hawthorn easily leading this one. Leading possession getters include Jack Gunston (14), Tom Mitchell (13) and Isaac Smith (12). For the Roos Dumont has 12, Higgins (11) and Mullett (11). All single goal-kickers for the Kangaroos (Ben Brown, Kayne Turner and Cameron Zuhaar). Zuhaar was a late-in for captain Ziebell. For the Hawks, Gunston Hartung, McEvoy, Roughead, Burgoyne, Henderson have Howe have singles each.

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Meanwhile – in case you haven’t heard already – it seems Benji Marshall will make a fairytale return to Wests Tigers next year. The 32-year-old has signed a one year contract, and will likely finish his career with the club where it all started. He played 201 games for the Tigers – including in their only grand final win in 2005. Since then he won the Golden Boot in 2010, and left the NRL for a stint with the Super Rugby Blues in 2014 – before he returned to play NRL with St George Illawarra and Brisbane. The Broncos were keen to re-sign him, however salary cap restraints led to him rejecting a ‘bargain basement’ deal and taking up the chance to re-join the Ivan Cleary rebuild of his old club.

7.05am BST

NRL Wests Tigers v Manly Sea Eagles

Under ten minutes to go until this one starts: here’s my preview from earlier in case you missed it.

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It’s all over at Mt Smart Stadium with the Raiders running away easy winners over the Warriors, 36-16. The Raiders could easily have won by more but for a late try to Isaiah Papalii and conversion by Mason Lino. The Raiders went over 6 times – with a double to Nick Cotric book-ending the game (he had one in the 8th minute and another in the 73rd). Croker, Austin, Leilua and Rapana all added tries for the visitors, and Croker converted 6 from 6 (to go with his 2 line breaks).

Cotric had a big game with 163 run metres to go with his double, as well as 2 line breaks, while Rapana had 133 run metres. Both paled in comparison to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who had a huge 260 run metres for the Warriors, while Maumalo had 180m.

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Crucial, season-defining win for the Demons – who needed that to claw their way back into the top 8. They find themselves in 7th – just above the Eagles (8th) and Bulldogs (9th), who are both all on 44 points. Port Adelaide are also on 44 points (in 6th) but they have a game to come today against Collingwood.

St Kilda gave them a big scare in the third term – but ultimately didn’t play anywhere near their best, particularly in the first half. Nathan Jones had a massive 35 disposals for his team – including 11 contested possessions, 2 clearances, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50s. Clayton Oliver had another 30+ with 32 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 7 clearances, 6 tackles and 3 inside 50s. Nice to see Angus Brayshaw back too with 26 disposals – lasting the game out despite a big hit to the head early in the game. Cameron Pederson also had 26 disposals – 12 contested possessions, 8 marks, 6 tackles and 2 goals. Harmes was brilliant for the Dees with 3 goals, while Mitch Hannan also kicked a couple of defining goals in the final quarter.

6.37am BST

AFL Q4 00:55 remaining Melbourne 14.12 (96) v St Kilda 10.12 (72)

Nice goal from Jake Melksham – all his teammates told him to slow it down but he played on straight away – and got a low, long shot through the middle from 50m.

6.34am BST

AFL Q4 02:06 remaining Melbourne 13.12 (90) v St Kilda 10.12 (72)

Harmes almost kicks his fourth – but it hammers into the post. Would’ve been fitting for him to kick the final goal.

6.31am BST

AFL Q4 04:26 remaining Melbourne 13.11 (89) v St Kilda 9.12 (66)

53,115 at today’s game – the Dees gave away a number of tickets for ‘Welcome Game’.

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AFL Q4 07:00 remaining Melbourne 13.10 (88) v St Kilda 9.12 (66)

Think it’s all over for the Saints, who need 4 goals to win. They have, however, found Billings 45m out on a difficult angle. He doesn’t make the distance, and Gawn takes a contested mark.

6.26am BST

AFL Q4 08:49 remaining Melbourne 13.10 (88) v St Kilda 9.12 (66)

Hannan takes a huge contested mark inside 50 – could he be the game-changer? He kicks a fabulous drop punt, to put the Demons out to 22 points.

6.24am BST

AFL Q4 09:30 remaining Melbourne 12.10 (82) v St Kilda 9.12 (66)

Good kick by Newnes who finds Sinclair in the middle – Carlisle however bombs away to Jones – poor composure from him. The Saints get the ball back inside 50 after a turnover but the Dees clear – albeit with a casualty. Oscar McDonald is off the ground and Hibberd looks winded.

6.20am BST

AFL Q4 13:08 remaining Melbourne 11.10 (76) v St Kilda 9.12 (66)

Big, game-defining shot at goal for Jeff Garlett who missed Hannan free in the square by turning his back after taking a mark. He misses – that could be costly.

6.17am BST

AFL Q4 15:35 remaining Melbourne 11.9 (75) v St Kilda 9.11 (65)

Bruce drops a chest mark inside the Saints’ 50 – and an opportunity goes begging. Poor choice by Max Gawn after he won a ruck free – and turned the ball over in the middle to let the Saints in.

6.13am BST

AFL Q4 18:16 remaining Melbourne 11.9 (75) v St Kilda 9.11 (65)

Free goes to Harmes for holding off the ball – he palms off to Lewis who boots them inside 50, and the Dees get a steadier through Garlett. Too much space for the Demons’ forwards – shades of the first half.

6.11am BST

AFL Q4 19:25 remaining Melbourne 10.9 (69) v St Kilda 9.11 (65)

198m gained in the third quarter by Jack Steven – and three goal involvements. Carlisle also had 8 possessions and took a number of important contested marks.

6.09am BST

NRL H2 43:00 Warriors 6-18 Raiders

OK the scoreline isn’t as bad as I expected – the Warriors managed one back through David Fusitua in the 25th minute – which was converted by Mason Lino. However, the Raiders then hit back in the 33rd minute with a try to Blake Austin and conversion to Jarod Croker. Second half has just started.

Show and go! Austin gets the job done. #NRLWarriorsRaiders 6-16 after 34 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/sqeSYjR6yw

6.05am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Melbourne 10.8 (69) v St Kilda 8.11 (59)

Another opportunity goes begging – Membrey had a shot on goal right before the siren – and it was almost as if the siren put him off on his approach.

6.04am BST

AFL Q3 00:23 remaining Melbourne 10.8 (69) v St Kilda 8.10 (58)

Bruce! He takes a screamer and hits up Jack Billings 40m out. Unbelievable to think the Saints could be back within a goal. He hits the post – disappointing for the Saints.

Luke Dunstan keeps the Saints alive with a beauty #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/zycjsabbKf

6.01am BST

AFL Q3 02:48 remaining Melbourne 10.8 (69) v St Kilda 8.9 (57)

Just 2 goals in it. Jack Steven is hauling his side back into this game. Sides trading turnovers at the moment which has kept this margin stagnant.

5.55am BST

AFL Q3 06:51 remaining Melbourne 10.7 (67) v St Kilda 8.8 (56)

Unbelievable goal from Webster – who kicks it from almost 55m out on a sharp angle – and it’s GAME ON! That’s his only goal this season and it was a beauty.

5.54am BST

AFL Q3 07:05 remaining Melbourne 10.7 (67) v St Kilda 7.8 (50)

Saints finally look to have some fluency in their movement – and confidence. They’re possessing the ball and hitting targets without panicking. Down field free goes to Dunstan in the goal square – after Tom McDonald got Billy Longer late in a clumsy free-kick. Finally this game heats up a bit – the Saints were 40 points down and now it’s just 17 points.

5.52am BST

AFL Q3 08:31 remaining Melbourne 10.7 (67) v St Kilda 6.8 (44)

Beautiful running long goal from Dunstan just outside 50 – and the Saints finally convert one. They’ve had 2.4 this quarter.

5.50am BST

AFL Q3 09:30 remaining Melbourne 10.7 (67) v St Kilda 5.8 (38)

Bernie Vince’s errant kick-in almost results in a Bruce goal – but it’s smothered. He should’ve had more of that ball – and they let another opportunity slip.

5.47am BST

AFL Q3 10:31 remaining Melbourne 10.7 (67) v St Kilda 5.6 (36)

Big goal to Melksham – Dylan Roberton had a chance to spoil but misjudges it. Saints will be disappointed as they were pressing hard, but they just can’t make the most of their opportunities this quarter.

5.46am BST

AFL Q3 11:25 remaining Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 5.6 (36)

Max Gawn can’t convert for the Dees – and hits the woodwork with a snap at goal. That would’ve put some important space between the Dees and Saints.

5.44am BST

AFL Q3 13:19 remaining Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 5.5 (35)

Nice goal for the Saints through Membrey, who snapped it through after a series of handballs. Momentum seems to have shifted slightly, but Saints have plenty of way to go.

Look out for Ruby Demon @jandrostephens (not pictured) carrying this rainbow flag in half-time parade today! #afldeessaints #WelcomeGame pic.twitter.com/G1ycM7Hcgp

5.40am BST

AFL Q3 15:20 remaining Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 4.5 (29)

Another opportunity goes begging for the Saints – Seb Ross was all on his own and needed just a short pass, but the Saints bomb it long and it goes out of bounds. St Kilda aren’t taking their opportunities – but the Dees look nervous anyway.

5.38am BST

AFL Q3 16:56 remaining Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 4.4 (28)

Apparently Koby Stevens has a burst eardrum to go with his concussion. I’ve had one of those before and can assure you they are not pleasant!

Demons fans bringing cheese platters #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/XBqG6GxPk1

5.35am BST

AFL Q3 19:33 remaining Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 4.4 (28)

It’s back on at the MCG. If anyone’s wondering why I keep saying that Jack Billings’ eye looks ‘horrible’ – this is why.

#AFLDeesSaints @mcg @stkildafc Jack Billings 2nd term @sports_hounds pic.twitter.com/nZdgNYaA7v

5.32am BST


Speaking of NRL, AAP are reporting that Gold Coast will hold crisis talks with coach Neil Henry and superstar Jarryd Hayne on Monday after their relationship soured publicly. Hayne told News Corp that Henry did not talk to him in the week leading up to Saturday’s heavy loss to St George Illawarra. He also said he would leave – despite having another season on his $1.2 million a year deal – if he wasn’t wanted and would consult with his manager this week. It looks increasingly unlikely that both men will be at the club next year. Henry is already under pressure to keep his job after his side suffered their 14th loss of the season while the NRL has the club up for sale.

5.26am BST

NRL H1 19:19 Warriors 0-12 Raiders

Hold up, now Croker is through via Cotric! And he converts his own try. Those two are causing all sorts of trouble for the Warriors. Hate to think what the final score might look like at Mt Smart.

Croker to Cotric. Now it’s Cotric to Croker!#NRLWarriorsRaiders 0-12 after 18 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/8IH0idKXoi

5.24am BST

NRL H1 15:58 Warriors 0-6 Raiders

Canberra are already in with a try to Nick Cotric (and conversion to Croker) which doesn’t bode well for the already-deflated confidence of the New Zealanders.

Beautiful hands @RaidersCanberra open the scoring.#NRLWarriorsRaiders 0-6 after 9 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/0p5ENrJNbD

5.22am BST

Women’s Rugby World Cup

Don’t forget that the Wallaroos face France in a do-or-die contest on Monday. They fell just short (19-17) against hosts Ireland in their first game, making it difficult for them to progress to the semi-finals (only the top-placed nation from each pool, plus the top-ranked second-placed side overall will progress after this group stage). Australia are in Pool C with France, Ireland and Japan. France thumped the Japanese in their opening contest 74-14. To have any hope of progressing, therefore, the Wallaroos will need to beat both France and Japan, and hope France beat Ireland.

5.18am BST

AFL half-time Melbourne 9.6 (60) v St Kilda 4.4 (28)

The Saints found some momentum just before the half – but will rue giving away a goal on the siren to Cam Pedersen. Jayden Hunt set that up with a beautiful run through the middle and level-headed spotting of Pedersen in space. That’s the difference between these teams at the moment – composure under pressure.

5.10am BST

AFL Q2 02:34 remaining Melbourne 8.6 (54) v St Kilda 4.2 (26)

Carlisle is causing some headaches for the Demons’ defence – and has taken their best defender in Tom McDonald. Luke Dunstan has a shot 50m out – directly in front. Billings passed it off from 45m out on a worse angle – presumably because he can’t see out of a horribly swollen left eye.

5.08am BST

AFL Q2 03:44 remaining Melbourne 8.6 (54) v St Kilda 3.2 (20)

Koby Stevens is done for the game after failing a concussion test (he suffered a big knock to the jaw in the clash with Angus Brayshaw – clearly coming off second best). Saints down a rotation – that’s the last thing they needed.

5.05am BST

AFL Q2 06:00 remaining Melbourne 8.5 (53) v St Kilda 2.2 (14)

The Dees get one back immediately through Neal-Bullen. Harmes passed it off from 55 out – to a target 40m out. That one was reasonable to dish off – unlike Bruce’s pass just moments earlier.

5.03am BST

AFL Q2 07:01 remaining Melbourne 7.5 (47) v St Kilda 2.2 (14)

Saints hit a target inside 50! And they get an ironic cheer from their own fans. Oddly – Bruce passes the ball from 40m out to Jack Billings – on a worse angle. It looked to go about 8 metres but was adjudged to have gone 15.

5.01am BST

AFL Q2 08:15 remaining Melbourne 7.5 (47) v St Kilda 1.2 (8)

Half-time can’t come soon enough for the Saints. They’re down 28 inside 50s to 16, 64 contested possessions to 57, 190 disposals to 165. They are winning the clearances 12-10, but can’t do anything with them so far.

4.59am BST

AFL Q2 09:42 remaining Melbourne 7.5 (47) v St Kilda 1.2 (8)

Good to see Angus Brayshaw hit 12 disposals – 6 contested possessions, 2 tackles, a clearance, 2 marks – for 83% disposal efficiency. Welcome back, Angus. He’s getting a standing ovation every time he goes near the bench. Looks rejuvenated since bouncing back from the earlier head knock.

4.56am BST

AFL Q2 12:12 remaining Melbourne 7.5 (47) v St Kilda 1.2 (8)

The Saints just can’t get anything right. They had several forwards free – including Membrey all on his own inside 50 – and couldn’t hit the target.

4.52am BST

AFL Q2 14:49 remaining Melbourne 6.5 (41) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Here’s one of the highlights of the first quarter – Harmes’ brilliant pack mark and goal. He’s been a handy inclusion this week.

Harmes. Is. Going. To. Work. #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/rXUM0qcle0

4.50am BST

AFL Q2 16:27 remaining Melbourne 6.5 (41) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Thanks for your comment WinnieOfOz – I certainly didn’t predict that the Hawthorn game would have no bearing on the finals race. Thinking their final game (and the send-off for Luke Hodge) will decide whether my Bulldogs make the finals, though. Bit worried about what they can produce for his retirement game! Glad you were keen on the City2Surf coverage – there were some incredible photos of the crowd. Fantastic to see so many people out and about for charity.

4.42am BST

AFL quarter-time Melbourne 6.3 (39) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Siren sounds to end a horror term for the Saints. Dees winning the possessions 135-109, inside 50s 22-11 and contested possessions 44-36. Nathan Jones has a massive 14 disposals (5 contested possessions, 2 inside 50s, 79% disposal efficiency). Oliver has 11 (3 contested possessions, 82% disposal efficiency). Harmes has 3 goals from 6 disposals.

4.38am BST

AFL Q1 00:20 remaining Melbourne 6.3 (39) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

The Demons have a spare down back and the Saints keep bombing the ball long to the intercept defender. Harmes meanwhile is off for a break after his stellar opening term.

4.33am BST

AFL Q1 03:56 remaining Melbourne 5.3 (33) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Unbelievable – Harmes kicks his third for the quarter. He was completely unmarked, dodged a defender, took a bounce and slotted the goal. The Saints need some help down back – the Dees’ forwards are in space every time. 19-10 inside 50s for the Demons.

4.32am BST

AFL Q1 04:30 remaining Melbourne 4.3 (27) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Seems as if Jack Billings is being assessed for an eye injury – that’s yet more bad news for the Saints who are well off the pace at the moment. Good to see Brayshaw involved in a few contests – looks like he’ll be fine. Think I speak for everyone (Saints fans included) when I say we’re glad to see that. He’s had a horror run.

4.28am BST

AFL Q1 07:17 remaining Melbourne 4.2 (26) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

Clayton Oliver has 10 disposals – 3 contested possessions and 80% disposal efficiency. 15-10 inside 50s to the Demons.

4.26am BST

AFL Q1 09:07 remaining Melbourne 4.2 (26) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

Yet another goal to the Dees through Dom Tyson – who took the handball receive after a set of Demon handballs through the middle (in space, again). Very worrying sign for the Saints.

4.24am BST

AFL Q1 10:24 remaining Melbourne 3.1 (19) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

Harmes slots another – but how he got that much space in the forward line will bother the Saints. Neal-Bullen had just as much space in the pocket, and gave the assist to Harmes for an easy snap. Oliver has 9 disposals already.

4.22am BST

AFL Q1 10:53 remaining Melbourne 2.1 (13) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

Dees looking dangerous through the middle, they look too quick for the Saints – but both teams are finding plenty of space and run through the middle (it’s the inside 50s that have cost both teams with poor accuracy).

4.19am BST

AFL Q1 13:38 remaining Melbourne 2.1 (13) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

An unmarked Jordan Lewis bombs it inside 50 and Mitch Harmes takes a spectacular grab – will get vision. Goal to the Dees who have gone deliberately small in the forward line.

4.18am BST

AFL Q1 14:26 remaining Melbourne 1.1 (7) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

A holding free inside 50 gifts the ball to Viney – Dom Tyson thought it was his, and Blake Acres accidentally gives away 50 by marking Viney. Unlucky for the Saints.

4.17am BST

AFL Q1 14:36 remaining Melbourne 0.1 (1) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

Saints find all kinds of space inside 50 but Mav Weller makes a crucial mistake – he had two other forwards free, waited, then turned the ball over trying to pass it off, even though he was 30m out with a clear shot at goal. Neither side handling the pressure well.

4.15am BST

AFL Q1 15:50 remaining Melbourne 0.1 (1) v St Kilda 0.0 (0)

Saints and Dees exchanging turnovers – both winning the ball easily through the midfield but over-possessing, and picking out opposition defenders in the 50.

4.12am BST

AFL Q1 18:30 remaining Melbourne 0.0 (0) v St Kilda 0.0 (0)

Tom McDonald is in the backline – lining up on Josh Bruce. Bit worried about the Dees’ scoring power without McDonald forward and no Jack Watts, too.

4.09am BST

Premier League

Just before this game starts, Aaron Mooy’s Premier League debut has got off to a great start, with Huddersfield Town surging to a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. It has been 45 years since the side has competed in the top flight of English football – and they started with a stirring win. (Selhurst Park has likewise had an elongated absence – last seen in the Premier League in 1972).

4.05am BST

AFL Melbourne v St Kilda

I’ll continue so more rolling updates for other sports in the breaks in this game/before the NRL.

Lovely day out but 20 mins before the bounce the crowd looks bit light for such an important match #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/h4nGundD8y

4.04am BST


Some very bad news for Australia at the US PGA Championships – with Jason Day imploding on day three to crash out of contention and give away his best chance at a second career major. Day shot a six-over-par 77 at Quail Hollow, taking him to 16th (even-par), seven shots behind leader Kevin Kisner. Kisner (72) now leads by one-shot over World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama (73) and Chris Stroud (71).

4.01am BST


Thanks to AAP, Sydney’s City2Surf is done for another year – with more than 80,000 competitors taking part in the event that winds its way from Hyde Park in the city to Bondi Beach. The event was won by Harry Summers in a time of 42:16. Celia Sullohern was the first female across the line after the 14km race in a time of 47:11, while Kurt Fearnley was the first wheelchair athlete to finish.

3.57am BST

World Athletics Championships

Some big news coming out of London, with Sally Pearson winning gold in the 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships with a time of 12.59 seconds. The win will be all the sweeter for Pearson given her long battle with injury – including wrist, hamstring and achilles problems which have plagued her since 2013. Indeed, this was Pearson’s first major global championship since that year, and is Pearson’s third major 100m hurdles title (she won gold at the 2011 world championships in Daegu and the 2012 London Olympics). At 30 years of age, she joins Cathy Freeman and Jana Pittman as the only Australians to have won two world track and field titles.

3.52am BST

Hi everyone and welcome to this Sunday edition of Guardian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran and here we keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball. Don’t forget to comment below, tweet or email me (or the @GdnSportAus account) – using the hashtag #sportwatch.

Today I’ll bring you the 1:10pm (AEST) Melbourne v St Kilda AFL clash which is a critical game in the finals race. It looks like whoever wins this clash will dislodge the reigning premiers, the Bulldogs, from the top 8 (currently Melbourne’s percentage is far superior to theirs, while St Kilda’s hovers just below – that should improve if they win). I live-blogged the Melbourne v GWS clash last week, and as impressive as GWS were (finding top gear just at the right end of the season), the Dees were equally disappointing, kicking the opening three goals before barely giving a yelp in their significant defeat. This of course followed their shock loss to the Roos. St Kilda, meanwhile, were impressive in their thrilling victory over the Eagles on Sunday, breathing new life into their finals campaign after going down in a nailbiter the week before to the Power, in a game they should have won.

5.32am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, check out how all things Australian sport went down with yesterday’s Sportwatch:

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Aug 05

GWS smash Melbourne, Raiders win big over Sharks and more: Australia sportwatch – as it happened

1.32pm BST


That’s it from me here today – after a big, long day of Australian sport. The early feature game was the GWS v Melbourne match – which promised to be a lot closer than it was. In a scary signal to the rest of the competition, the Giants reminded everyone what they’re capable of with an eight goal run-on in the first quarter from which the Dees never recovered. The win puts Melbourne’s finals aspirations on shaky ground, while the Giants will like their top four chances after leap-frogging Geelong into second.

1.23pm BST

Collingwood has continued its hot run of recent form with a big win over North Melbourne – but the game was hampered by a range of casualties. The Magpies lost Levi Grenwood (leg), Daniel Wells (thigh) looked bothered all game, and Tyson Goldsack received a big knock. North Melbourne also had several casualties – notably Ben Brown who was knocked out in a big Brodie Grundy tackle (almost identical to Dangerfield’s on Kreuzer last week) and Ziebell also looked to be lost to a big knock – before he made a spectacular return with five goals.

For the Pies, Blair kicked three, while Thomas and Adams had two each. Will the Pies’ late charge save their coach?

1.17pm BST

It’s all over here at Domain Stadium with the Dockers prevailing. Cam McCarthy kicked 4 for the Dockers, while captain Nat Fyfe and Lachie Neale led the way. Neale had 32 disposals including 12 contested possessions, 11 clearances, 10 tackles and 4 inside 50s, while Fyfe had 29 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 10 marks, 5 clearances and 6 inside 50s. Up-and-comer Luke Ryan had 9 intercept marks – 28 disposals, 5 rebound 50s and 5 score involvements. Impressive.

For the Suns, Gary Ablett had 33 disposals, with a huge 19 contested possessions and 10 clearances, plus 5 inside 50s. Peter Wright and Tom Lynch kicked 3 goals each for the Suns, while Sexton kicked two. Neither team look like they’ll challenge for finals, but the Dockers will be buoyed particularly by Nat Fyfe’s run of form, and will be pleased to close out a win after they had the chance to finish off GWS last week and failed.

1.10pm BST

AFL Q4 00:30 remaining Fremantle 12.18 (90) v Gold Coast 10.7 (67)

Kersten gets a Bradbury-goal – aka everyone else fell over. Good work though by the Dockers to keep the pressure on late in the game. Just a couple minutes left here.

1.05pm BST

AFL Q4 04:27 remaining Fremantle 11.18 (84) v Gold Coast 9.7 (61)

Nice ball movement by the Dockers, who hit up Ballantyne on the lead. Ballantyne lets the team down with a miss – but the Dockers will prevail.

1.00pm BST

AFL Q4 07:59 remaining Fremantle 11.17 (83) v Gold Coast 9.7 (61)

Pearce Hanley breaks the final quarter deadlock with a goal – but it won’t be enough to challenge the Dockers. One player who has impressed is young backman Luke Ryan who has taken a huge 8 intercept marks. He’s also had 24 disposals – including 15 marks total, and 19 kicks. They’ve unearthed one there.

12.50pm BST


Some bad news for the Dogs – it looks like Easton Wood might be out for the rest of the season. “It’s probably more likely that it’s a bad one than a two-or-three week (injury), I’d say,” said coach Luke Beveridge. “We can’t confirm anything. They always scan them and we’ll give more (information) during the week, but it appears he’s hurt it really badly.” I wonder if he’ll make it back if the Dogs make it deep into September?

12.37pm BST

AFL Q4 16:27 remaining North Melbourne 4.11 (35) v Collingwood 12.12 (84)

Not such a great game here by the looks of things – Collingwood look well on top, at least on the scoreboard. Looks like Jack Ziebell was able to come back on after that high bump before half time – and managed eight disposals, four marks and two goals in the third quarter. For the Pies Josh Thomas has two goals, while all others have singles. Treloar (26), Crisp (23) and Maynard (22) lead the way with possession.

12.30pm BST

AFL Q3 04:30 remaining Fremantle 10.11 (70) v Gold Coast 7.7 (49)

Not long to go in the third-quarter here at Domain Stadium, and the Dockers are up by 21 points. The Suns are winning a lot of the key stats – 97 contested possessions to 71, 24 clearances to 22, 35 inside 50s to 30, but the Dockers are in front, thanks in no small part to the form of their midfield stars Lachie Neale and Nat Fyfe. Neale has 23 possessions, including 9 contested possessions and 8 clearances, 7 tackles and a goal. Fyfe has 19 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 7 marks, 2 clearances and 4 inside 50s. Cam McCarthy has 3 goals.

12.20pm BST

Bird looks ok in the tunnel – he’s in a jacket and up and about. I’ve spent the last while trying to find that vision of that almost try of the year but no luck. Cronulla get a late penalty and spread wide to Feki. He’s held up in the first tackle, which gives another penalty to the Sharks – who lose it to an intercept on the siren. It’s all over! Huge win to the Raiders away to the Sharks to keep the finals dream alive.

They had 1480 metres run total – with 205 to Paulo and 168 to Whitehead. Papalii, who was sin-binned, had 1 line break and one try, while Rapana had one line break for his two tries. Hodgson scored the fourth Raiders try, and led the way in tackles with 32, while Tapine also had 30. The Raiders had 90% completion in the end – with 28 complete sets, and 54% possession. Croker had 3/4 possessions and a huge 4 penalty goals.

12.07pm BST

NRL H2 75:00 Cronulla Sharks 12-30 Canberra Raiders

Sharks looked to have scored the most unbelievable of tries – they pushed every single pass , gambled on every risk – and looked to have won. But they’re penalised for obstruction. You need to see the vision on that one – I can’t do it justice!

12.04pm BST

NRL H2 72:33 Cronulla Sharks 12-30 Canberra Raiders

Cotric gets taken down by Feki in the air – after he brilliantly cut off the Townsend pass. Raiders get the ball back – this time at the 30m mark. Nice kick from Austin on the 5th, but Holmes traps it safely and the Sharks reset – again from their own try-line. Looks like Bird is badly injured – is it his chest or shoulder? Think it’s his right shoulder – and he looks to be in a world of pain.

12.00pm BST

NRL H2 70:33 Cronulla Sharks 12-30 Canberra Raiders

Whitehead has had 17 hit-ups. He’s also run 156m, while Paulo has 149. For the Sharks, Gallen has 139, while Fifita has 113. He tidies up for the Sharks, but right back inside their own 10.

11.57am BST

NRL H2 68:11 Cronulla Sharks 12-30 Canberra Raiders

The Sharks finally get their hands back on the ball – all the way back on their own try-line. They need three unanswered, and converted, tries, to even make it back to level. Graham tries a through kick but the ball is out over the sideline, and scrum goes back to the Raiders.

11.55am BST

NRL H2 65:11 Cronulla Sharks 12-30 Canberra Raiders

Cronulla knock-on gifts the Raiders another penalty after a kick on the fifth. The Raiders are milking plenty of time deciding on their next move – but one would think they knew straight away they’d take the 2.

11.52am BST

NRL H2 62:20 Cronulla Sharks 12-28 Canberra Raiders

The Raiders almost make it all the way through except for a brilliant Holmes tackle with saved the try and surely the game. But the Sharks give up another penalty, which gives the Raiders another shot at 2 – and the chance to milk the clock further. Great run by Hodgson set that up. Crocker converts.

Try saver from @val_holmes1 on Sezer!#NRLSharksRaiders #NRL pic.twitter.com/MmThhOgc3N

11.48am BST

NRL H2 58:43 Cronulla Sharks 12-26 Canberra Raiders

This time Gallen makes a neck-high tackle – his 300th next week could be at risk after all. The intensity in this one is through the roof – and the Sharks give away another penalty for some aggressive play. The Raiders choose to take the shot at 2. This would make it very difficult – and is a clever use of time with Papalii off. He makes it.

11.45am BST

NRL H2 55:43 Cronulla Sharks 12-24 Canberra Raiders

Papalii gets sent to the sin bin! This is massive. Stewart looks filthy from the coaches’ box – but the Sharks drop the ball to let the Raiders off the hook!

11.43am BST

NRL H2 54:38 Cronulla Sharks 12-24 Canberra Raiders

Another knock-on goes against the Raiders and the Sharks have another chance at six. They’ll also get a reset with a penalty just past the 40m. Gallen can’t get past Hodgson on the 1st. In the end they force a dropout after a brilliant kick from Townsend which forces the Raiders to knock the ball out.

11.40am BST

NRL H2 51:38 Cronulla Sharks 12-24 Canberra Raiders

Whitehead makes some strong gains for his team, but there’s a knock-on against Jack Wighton – which gifts the ball back to the Sharks. They need it Cronulla.

11.34am BST

NRL H2 46:00 Cronulla Sharks 8-24 Canberra Raiders

Austin’s kick is wide – and it’s another poor fifth tackle option from the Raiders. They’re still going at 89% completion, while the Sharks are at 83%. Raiders have 54% possession, while Sharks have 46%.

11.31am BST

NRL H2 42:04 Cronulla Sharks 8-24 Canberra Raiders

Raiders are off for their first set of the second half. Huge run from Leilua gives them a good look, but Holmes takes a spectacular grab on the 5th.

11.29am BST

AFL Q2 North Melbourne 1.8 (14) v Collingwood 5.10 (40)

Bad news for the Roos – Ben Brown has been stretchered off and Jack Ziebell also looks very ginger as he limps off and goes down the race. Dumont, Clarke and Gibson all have 14 to lead disposals for the Roos, while Mountford has their only goal. For the Pies, Jack Crips has 15 disposals, while de Goey and Maynard have 13 each. All single goal-scorers for the Pies – with de Goey, Blair, Moore, Thomas and Fasolo kicking one each. Injury carnage everywhere with Greenwood now down and out too, unable to put any weight on his leg.

11.21am BST

Didn’t get a chance to give you the final scoreline for this one earlier – but it was a 54-0 drubbing in the end, with Ben Hunt dominating play and scoring a hat-trick. Thanks to AAP for this mini-summary:

Hunt scored twice inside 25 minutes of his introduction, set up an Anthony Milford try with a clever short kick and split the defence to race away for his hat-trick midway through the second half. The St George Illawarra-bound utility then broke the line again to set up Corey Oates for another long-range effort to make it 42-0 after 67 minutes. When Kodi Nikorima picked up a loose ball and sprinted 95 metres to score, it pushed the margin to a record-breaking level. Josh McGuire finished the embarrassment, strolling through the middle of the Titans’ defence to score inside the last minute.

11.14am BST

NRL half-time Cronulla Sharks 8-24 Canberra Raiders

Surely a knock-on against the Sharks – and the ref finally plays it after Holmes drops it (it looked a forward pass from Gallen anyhow). Possibly the final set for the Raiders, and it’s a nice one-handed offload from Whitehead, who gets it to Hodson who makes it through after a dummy which throws Bird. Great play by the Raiders. Croker gets the conversion to make it 16 points the advantage.

The Englishmen combine! #NRLSharksRaiders#NRL pic.twitter.com/tvBEDVtKIU

11.09am BST

NRL H1 37:00 Cronulla Sharks 8-18 Canberra Raiders

And here’s the ‘Leipana’ combination. Sharks have the ball back.

Leipana combine!#NRLSharksRaiders #NRL pic.twitter.com/TIQFzCnXs5

11.08am BST

NRL H1 35:48 Cronulla Sharks 8-18 Canberra Raiders

A slip from Holmes who nonetheless manages to hold onto the ball, and Townsend gets a kick to Wighton who stops it with his foot. This time Graham is penalised for a bad tackle on Cotric – who goes past the horizontal. Really dangerous tackle. Raiders have a big opportunity here. 40m out they go again. Sharks are through after a brilliant ball by Leilua – to Rapana. What a pass out of dummy half – it leaves Feki with no chance.

“That’s a bad one!” – Gus. #NRLSharksRaiders #9WWOS pic.twitter.com/GwnfGY32BD

11.03am BST

NRL H1 31:04 Cronulla Sharks 8-14 Canberra Raiders

Fifita gets a very high tackle on Whitehead, who springs right back to his feet as the Raiders reset. That looked bad. Bad knock-on for the Raiders – who were just 20m out with plenty of running. Impatient play.

11.01am BST

NRL H1 29:16 Cronulla Sharks 8-14 Canberra Raiders

Sloppy play-the-ball by Tapine – and it’s a scrum to the Sharks. Disappointing. After I talked up their completions they fail at that one. Sharks are going at 86% completion – and possession is 50-50.

10.59am BST

NRL H1 26:47 Cronulla Sharks 8-14 Canberra Raiders

Penalty to the Sharks – given away by Tapine for a second effort. They won’t take the two and look to attack the try-line. Great defence by the Raiders – the Sharks run out of space on the left – with Holmes forced over the sideline.

10.56am BST

NRL H1 24:00 Cronulla Sharks 8-14 Canberra Raiders

Another deep kick-in by the Sharks – but the Raiders are full of energy with Papalii adding some big metres. They kick on the 5th, but it’s a disappointing one from Sezer which goes straight to Feki, and the Sharks make up plenty of ground on the return. Holmes’ little kick is trapped by Whitehead who just makes it back in the field of play. Raiders off again.

10.53am BST

NRL H1 21:39 Cronulla Sharks 8-14 Canberra Raiders

Great deep kick-off by the Sharks, but the Green Machine make some big gains – by Boyd again, who has 6 hit-ups. Bird takes down Croker on the left in a repeat, and Austin finds Rapana with a kick, and he’s over! The review shows the ball came off Feki’s shoulder – which means it’ll be play on and a try for the Raiders, who are right back on top. Boyd has been huge with 61 run metres now. Croker converts and they’re 6 up.

10.50am BST

NRL H1 18:55 Cronulla Sharks 8-8 Canberra Raiders

The Raiders are up and running and almost get through on the left if not for a great Bird tackle on Croker. They centre with a kick – and the Sharks are penalised for a check from Graham on Whitehead. Raiders elect to take 2 – and it’s all square. Great gains in the middle from Boyd who is now up to 32 metres. Paulo has 45.

10.47am BST

NRL H1 16:30 Cronulla Sharks 8-6 Canberra Raiders

A huge 79 run metres to Fifita, and 63 to Gallen for the Sharks. Only 27 and 26 respectively from Wighton and Rapana for the Raiders. They get a penalty, however, after Prior’s foot disrupts the play-the-ball, and they’ll take 6 20m out.

10.44am BST

NRL H1 12:51 Cronulla Sharks 8-0 Canberra Raiders

Knock-on against the Raiders – after Sezer loses it in a one-on-one strip. Scrum to the Sharks and the Raiders lose the ball again. Raiders take the ball – but they’re right back in their own red zone. Penalty to the Raiders to bring some relief.

10.42am BST

NRL H1 10:43 Cronulla Sharks 8-0 Canberra Raiders

Raiders can only make it to 30, and Blake Austin spirals a ball with an awkward bounce backwards. Penalty against Cotric who was offside. Fifita making BIG gains for the Sharks – he’s had 54m already.

10.37am BST

NRL H1 6:06 Cronulla Sharks 6-0 Canberra Raiders

Opening penalty goes to the Sharks who are 30m out with a full set. Fifita offloads to Townsend who almost breaks through. The ball is stripped out of Prior’s hands and they’re back with 6 more. It’s stripped out again – this time off Gallen – and Sharks go again.

Feki scores his 50th #NRL Try!#NRLSharksRaiders pic.twitter.com/nSZ1hFvx1X

10.32am BST

NRL H1 1:23 Cronulla Sharks 0-0 Canberra Raiders

We’re off with the opening set to Cronulla – and Fifita makes almost 20m with a big carry on the first set.

10.30am BST

NRL H1 00:00 Cronulla Sharks 0-0 Canberra Raiders

Paul Gallen is playing his 299th game tonight – all going well he’ll line up for his 300th against the Broncos next week.

10.22am BST

NRL Preview

We’re just 10 minutes away from the start of our NRL feature game for today – the Sharks v Raiders clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium. Here’s my preview from earlier in case you missed it:

10.19am BST

Schache has a shot at goal right on the siren – and misses it – the Dogs win it by 14. They’ve now won four in a row – after an almighty scare by the Lions. The Dogs have got the Giants, Port Adelaide and Hawthorn to come in an unenviable run home, which emphasises just how important this win was. The Dogs sit at 7th on the ladder – where they finished before that fairytale finals series last year.

Best on ground arguably goes to Marcus Bontempelli, who had 23 disposals, 12 contested possessions, 7 marks, 6 clearances, 5 tackles and 2 goals 4. He was huge in the final quarter. Also influential was Jack Macrae – who had 32 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 11 marks, 6 clearances and 8 inside 50s. Jack Redpath and Liam Picken kicked 3 goals each.

10.09am BST

AFL Q4 02:58 remaining Brisbane 13.10 (88) v Western Bulldogs 14.19 (103)

The Dogs get possibly the sealer through Picken – Macrae took a massive contested mark and palmed off to Picken who kicked it from the goal square. Bontempelli has been in everything – and smothered almost a certain Lions goal down the other end just before that goal to Picken. He always rises to the top when needed, the Bont.

10.07am BST

AFL Q4 03:37 remaining Brisbane 13.10 (88) v Western Bulldogs 13.19 (97)

Daniel Rich kicks the ball long for Eric Hipwood who had plenty of space on Lewis Young, but he drops it and the ball goes outside off his boot. The Dogs clear.

10.03am BST

AFL Q4 05:41 remaining Brisbane 13.10 (88) v Western Bulldogs 13.19 (97)

Huge tackle by Hunter who chases down Lewis Taylor for a holding the ball. That could be huge. The Bont takes a big, uncontested mark – not sure how he got into that much space – and makes no mistake. 9 points in it.

10.02am BST

AFL Q4 06:59 remaining Brisbane 13.10 (88) v Western Bulldogs 11.19 (91)

It’s an inspired young Lions outfit – who are laying some hard tackles to the delight of the crowd.

9.58am BST

AFL Q4 08:27 remaining Brisbane 13.10 (88) v Western Bulldogs 12.19 (85)

Hipwood has a chance to put the Lions in front – and kicks it out on the full. The Dogs run it back to Wallis who takes a mark 55m out and is tackled to the ground by Witherden – no 50m? Find that hard to understand. Withderen appears to have hurt himself in the tackle – and limps off the ground.

9.55am BST

AFL Q4 10:58 remaining Brisbane 12.10 (82) v Western Bulldogs 11.19 (85)

The Dogs have had an incredible 59 inside 50s to 31 – for 11.19. They’ve also had 342 disposals to 290, 39 clearances to 22 and 107 contested possessions to 96. In other words they should be well in front – but the margin is only 3 points. Credit to the Lions – they’ve looked dangerous.

9.52am BST

AFL Q4 11:46 remaining Brisbane 12.10 (82) v Western Bulldogs 11.19 (85)

Here’s that incredible almost-mark-of-the-year by Hunter.

He couldn’t QUITE reel it in… an amazing marking effort by Lachie Hunter. #AFLLionsDogs pic.twitter.com/yEcHeQoZUP

9.51am BST

AFL Q4 12:19 remaining Brisbane 11.10 (76) v Western Bulldogs 11.19 (85)

Fantastic work in the middle to Bontempelli, who is back in the middle and has gone up a gear – and Jack Redpath FINALLY kicks one through the middle.

9.49am BST

AFL Q4 13:09 remaining Brisbane 11.10 (76) v Western Bulldogs 10.19 (79)

One man who has been huge is Daniel Rich – 19 disposals, 5 contested possessions, 6 marks, 8 rebound 50s, 2 goals. Zorko has also had 18 disposals, 6 contested possessions, 3 clearances, 2 goals (and 4 behinds).

9.45am BST

AFL Q4 15:40 remaining Brisbane 11.9 (75) v Western Bulldogs 9.19 (73)

Lachie Hunter almost took mark of the year/century, but can’t complete it. Will have to get you some vision of that one.

9.43am BST

AFL Q4 17:03 remaining Brisbane 11.9 (75) v Western Bulldogs 9.18 (72)

The Dogs are dominating the clearances with 35-16, while they’re also on top of the tackles 42-37 and inside 50s (a massive 53-28 differential) – the one thing they’re not winning is the free kicks, 16-7 down.

9.40am BST

NRL H2 47:09 Titans 0-22 Broncos

Just switched over to the Titans v Broncos game and it’s more pain for the Titans with another try to Ben Hunt – the ball ricocheted off his own leg out of dummy half for yet another try to the Broncos. Kahu converts.

9.35am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Brisbane 11.9 (75) v Western Bulldogs 8.16 (64)

Huge upset brewing with the Lions in front by 11 points – and the Dogs’ season in big trouble.

9.29am BST

AFL Q3 02:33 remaining Brisbane 11.9 (75) v Western Bulldogs 8.16 (64)

That’s six goals in a row to the Lions – and the Dogs will be disappointed to have let Daniel Rich go unchecked for that 55m bomb. Dahlhaus gets the immediate clearance and inside 50 to Jack Redpath – who continues the trend of wayward kicking. 8 goals for an incredible 16 points to the Dogs.

9.26am BST

AFL Q3 02:33 remaining Brisbane 11.9 (75) v Western Bulldogs 8.15 (63)

Huge mark by Lester – Picken was out on his own inside 50, and Cloke kicked that way, but Lester outmarked him against all the odds. The Dogs go back in through Macrae, but the ball is rushed through by Taylor. Dogs get another chance through Liberatore, who misses another. That’s an incredible 15 behinds for the Bulldogs – who are the least accurate team in the competition.

9.24am BST

AFL Q3 05:55 remaining Brisbane 10.8 (68) v Western Bulldogs 8.13 (61)

Zorko almost puts his team further in front – but he hits the woodwork. The Dogs are turning the ball over and look tired – possibly thanks to the injury to Easton Wood and the late withdrawal of Johannisen which forced Murphy to play even though he’s underdone. The Dogs badly need a goal – and Redpath misses an easy set shot. That’s especially disappointing since he backed himself in (when he could’ve had Bontempelli over the top).

9.20am BST

AFL Q3 08:35 remaining Brisbane 10.8 (68) v Western Bulldogs 8.12 (60)

A few good tackles from the Dogs sets up a chance for a much-needed goal, but Toby McLean drops an easy mark 10m out from goal. The Lions look full of confidence and run, and the home crowd are in full voice.

9.18am BST

AFL Q3 10:54 remaining Brisbane 10.8 (68) v Western Bulldogs 8.12 (60)

Bad news for the Dogs – who were 30 points in front and now fall 2 points behind the Lions after a goal to Lewis Taylor. Bad turnover from Bontempelli who tried to square the ball and let the Lions in. Could the Lions cause a massive upset and ruin the Dogs’ finals chances? Rhys Mathieson now has a chance to put Brisbane further in front – and kick five goals straight for the Lions. He kicks it.

9.14am BST

NRL half-time Titans 0-16 Broncos

Confusion reigns after the Titans appeared to score through Don, but he lost the ball in the attempt to ground it. In the meantime the Broncos charge down the field through Oates for what should’ve been play on – but the ball is called back. Restart for a full set for the Broncos at the halfway mark – and Ben Hunt off the bench uses some serious leg strength to force himself past Hayne and over. Things really unravelling for the Titans – and they concede just before half-time. Kahu converts. 16-0 at half-time.

9.08am BST

NRL H1 34:05 Titans 0-10 Broncos

Penalty to the Titans against Gillett, and the Titans make reasonable gains to just outside the 10. Double pump, but they can’t make it over, and the ball goes back to the Broncos.

9.04am BST

NRL H1 31:32 Titans 0-10 Broncos

Morgan Boyle puts the ball down to gift the Broncos back a set. It wasn’t a good pass, which like several of the Titans’ passes, went behind him.

Oates finishes it off but what about the pass from Moga!#NRLTitansBroncos#NRL pic.twitter.com/ofpOXJJ6QT

8.57am BST

NRL H1 24:56 Titans 0-6 Broncos

Another impotent attacking set from the Titans sees the ball turned over, and a penalty goes to the Broncos just over 10m out. Nikorima’s speed sees him break through the defensive line and get the Broncos on the board. Nice pass from Peats and a quick dummy from Nikorima, before he found a hole that nobody else saw. Easy conversion follows to Kahu.

#NRLgldbri The brisbanebroncos defence is on tonight!#NRLTitansBroncos#NRL pic.twitter.com/U4llfrghjM From NRL

8.52am BST

NRL H1 20:19 Titans 0-0 Broncos

Nice work by the Titans to force a dropout – Corey Oates took the ball when it was probably going dead. The Broncos go short and the Titans are just outside the 10. Short ball to Boyle who is almost over – before Wallace passes straight into the Broncos defence for a knock-on. Scrum for the Titans.

8.49am BST

NRL H1 17:29 Titans 0-0 Broncos

Big gains made by the Broncos on this set – over 60m, Nikorima tries a kick and it deflects off the feet of the Titans, who now have a dropout. Luckily for Gold Coast Ashley Taylor drops the kick – poor mistake under no pressure. Plenty of attacking play for the Titans so far for no reward.

8.45am BST

NRL H1 14:09 Titans 0-0 Broncos

The Gold Coast stadium is looking very nice indeed.

Best stadium in the world…never mind anywhere else #NRLTitansBroncos pic.twitter.com/37dzwgLqpB

8.40am BST

NRL H1 10:41 Titans 0-0 Broncos

Could we have a try for the Titans? Vision goes to the Bunker but it doesn’t look like the ball got anywhere near the line. Penalty goes against Matt Gillett to give the Titans another set.

Vision of the @GCTitans No Try Decision in the 10th minute of #NRLTitansBroncos.#NRL pic.twitter.com/hEj68Nvrt2

8.38am BST

NRL H1 8:29 Titans 0-0 Broncos

Alright! Let’s stick with some NRL for the time-being – with the Titans v Broncos game underway at Cbus Super Stadium. There are some changes to the Broncos team with Alex Glenn starting the match at hooker, and Ben Hunt going back to the bench. Sam Thaiday is into the second row, and Herman Ese’ese will play as a middle forward. Benji Marshall is out of the squad, while Corey Oates returns from his extended lay-off with illness. David Mead misses out.

8.31am BST

Football (Tournament of Nations)

How many of you followed the brilliant Matildas’ 6-1 win yesterday? We had a live blog by Paul Connolly, and I also helped to produce this match report – which had some great words from Lisa De Vanna about how the late Les Murray inspired the team.

8.25am BST


There’s a few changes to the original 13-player squad for Australia’s tour of Bangladesh – with James Pattison withdrawn for back inflammation. He has been replaced with Jackson Bird in a ‘precautionary’ move. Alongside him, uncapped legspinner Mitchell Swepson comes in with Mitchell Starc unavailable because of the same foot injury that had forced him to return home in March from India. Swepson toured India but the 23-year-old Queenslander is yet to receive his first baggy green.

8.19am BST


Tennis anyone? Thanks to AAP it looks like Thanasi Kokkinakis’s fine run of form has continued in Mexico with the Australian progressing to his first ATP tournament final with a win over Tomas Berdych in Los Cabos. Kokkinakis – ranked now at No.454 in the world after a string of injuries – downed the Czech top seed in their semi-final, 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. He’ll take on the winner of the match between American Sam Querrey and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur. Isn’t it nice to hear about someone other than Kyrigos or Tomic?

8.13am BST

AFL quarter-time Brisbane 2.2 (14) v Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42)

With the Knights game over and the Titans game yet to start there’s just the Brisbane v Western Bulldogs AFL game happening at the moment. It’s not all good news for the Dogs – despite the big lead – with Easton Wood out with what looks to be a hamstring, and Jason Johannisen withdrawn just before the game – in the warm-up (which brings ‘travelling emergency’ Bob Murphy into the side).

8.00am BST

Believe it or not, the Knights have finally gone back-to-back, for the first time in almost two years. They scored two tries in the second half to Lachlan Fitzgibbon (59m) and Brock Lamb (72m). The Warriors managed one back through Nathaniel Roache in the 65th minute, but never looked like challenging the Knights. That’s just the fourth win to the Knights for the year.

Barnett managed 37 tackles and 2 line breaks, while Fitzgibbon had 35 tackles. Daniel Saifiti ran 153 metres, while Ken Sio also ran 151. For the Warriors, Ben Matulino ran 197 metres, and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 181 to go with his two line breaks. Roache also had 2 line breaks. Their best tacklers were Simon Mannering (45) and Bunty Afoa (39).

Lamb scores and the @NRLKnights fans go wild! #NRLKnightsWarriors #NRL pic.twitter.com/YDcPWd8sR7

7.52am BST

Another classic for the memory bank between these two clubs. Blues had a chance to get one back in the final minute, but it was a poor kick to Simpson who couldn’t mark. Big win for Essendon who desperately needed a win to keep themselves in the race for the finals – which they have. I didn’t see much of this one – but Heppell was absolutely huge for the Bombers in the last quarter – he had 34 disposals for the game, 15 contested possessions, 6 clearances, 10 marks. Zaharakis also had 33 – with 9 contested possessions, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50s. Hooker kicked 2.5, while AM-T kicked 3 (with two in the final quarter). Daniher also kicked 3. They did however lose Fantasia to a hamstring in the first quarter, while Zach Merrett was cited for striking Plowman with a big wind-up (he looked rattled after he was earlier cleaned up by Casboult).

For the Blues – Kreuzer had 38 hitouts, 15 disposals including 12 contested possessions, 8 clearances, 3 inside 50s and a goal. Wright kicked 3, while the other goalkickers all had singles. Marc Murphy did his best for the team with 32 disposals, 17 contested possessions, 9 clearances and 7 tackles. Disappointing end to a game they were in all match – particularly at the end. Casboult missing really ended any chance of a win, however.

7.42am BST

AFL Q4 01:03 remaining Essendon 11.18 (84) v Carlton 11.10 (76)

The Bombers are going to win – McDonald Tipungwiti is full of running and finds all the space in the world inside 50. He runs into an open goal to the roar of the Bombers crowd.

7.40am BST

AFL Q4 01:46 remaining Essendon 10.18 (78) v Carlton 11.10 (76)

It’s not quite over – the Blues have the ball again but once more Simpson can’t hit a teammate. He had three in space and instead the ball goes out of bounds. Credit to him he gets the ball back hits up Levi Casboult who has a fairly simple shot ahead of him – 25m out on a 45 degree angle. It’s a terrible kick.

7.38am BST

AFL Q4 03:03 remaining Essendon 10.18 (78) v Carlton 11.9 (75)

Kreuzer is doing everything to win it for his side – he got the hitout deep inside the Bombers’ forward line, then roved the ball himself, now wraps up Myers in a tackle just outside the forward 50. He’s run the length of the ground to get to that contest. Have to admire what he does.

7.35am BST

AFL Q4 05:26 remaining Essendon 9.18 (72) v Carlton 11.9 (75)

Hooker all on his own – takes a contested mark 40m out in plenty of space. Think Docherty was the one who left him unmarked. He misses again. Kick-out for Carlton is smothered by A McDonald-Tipungwuti!

7.34am BST

AFL Q4 06:16 remaining Essendon 9.17 (70) v Carlton 11.9 (75)

Guess who – McDonald-Tipungwuti kicks his second to put the Dons right back in it. Stage set for a classic finish.

7.32am BST

AFL Q4 06:55 remaining Essendon 8.17 (64) v Carlton 11.9 (75)

Just under seven minutes left in this one – so I might stick with it until it finishes, before going back to the Knights v Warriors NRL clash (although FYI the Knights are up 20-4 now, with the Warriors seemingly unable to mount any serious challenge).

7.29am BST

It’s all over here in Canberra – with the Giants running out big winners in what was a disappointing outcome for all us who expected a much closer game (not to mention Demons fans). The Dees never really looked in it after the Giants got on a roll in the first quarter and booted eight goals to none. They never really gave a yelp after starting so promisingly. Some of their most exciting players in Hunt and Garlett simply couldn’t find a way into the match, while ruckman Max Gawn was a shining light for the Dees in the loss (52 hit outs, 19 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 7 clearances). Melbourne now drop dangerously close to the bottom 8 – dependent on other results.

For the Giants it was a welcome return to form – and it sends a scary message to their competitors. They’ll run into the Bulldogs next week in a re-match of last year’s classic preliminary final. Let’s hope the Dogs are also back to their best and we get anything like the game we got last year. Josh Kelly was on fire for the hosts today with 25 disposals, 8 tackles and 3 goals, while Callan Ward also led from the front with 28 disposals (14 contested possessions, 5 tackles and a goal). Shane Mumford was also important with 45 hitouts (although he was overshadowed by Gawn), 12 tackles and 6 clearances. That said he looks to be rubbed out by the MRP during the week.

7.23am BST

AFL Q4 03:22 remaining GWS 14.13 (97) v Melbourne 10.2 (62)

Even Max Gawn can’t convert for the Dees – they’ve had few shots at goal today – just 11 in total, compared with the Giants’ 27. That’s a big differential given the inside 50s are just 52-47 in GWS’ favour.

7.18am BST

AFL Q4 06:42 remaining GWS 14.13 (97) v Melbourne 9.1 (55)

Some nice scenes for Giants fans, with all his teammates getting around Brett Deledio after his first goal in orange.

The Giants get right around Brett Deledio as he kicks his first goal in an orange guernsey. #AFLGiantsDees pic.twitter.com/pzt2vY6n2m

7.15am BST

AFL Q4 08:14 remaining GWS 14.13 (97) v Melbourne 9.1 (55)

Some players who let their team down for the Dees include Garlett – 3 disposals, Jayden Hunt – 6 disposals, and Cameron Pedersen – 6 disposals. Think they’ve really missed the run of Hunt out of the backline – and Watts has barely been better with 8 disposals. Reckon Gawn is the only one who can really hold his head high – although Lewis (30), Oliver (31) and Hibberd (27) have had plenty of the ball. The thing you can’t really quantify with stats though is intensity – and I haven’t seen it in the manner I would’ve expected with a finals spot on the line.

7.10am BST

AFL Q4 11:21 remaining GWS 14.12 (96) v Melbourne 9.1 (55)

Some stats – 96 tackles to 70 for the Giants; and 53 clearances to 33. Only a few more inside 50s (47-44) while the Dees lead the contested possession count (139-136). Max Gawn has been huge in a losing team – with 44 hit outs, 5 clearances, 14 contested possessions, 3 inside 50s. I’m going early on the ‘losing’ call – but surely they don’t come back from here. Kelly still leading the way for the Giants with 23 disposals, 4 clearances, 7 tackles and 3 goals. Coniglio has 26 disposals, 8 clearances, 6 tackles and a goal.

7.02am BST

AFL Q4 16:37 remaining GWS 14.12 (96) v Melbourne 9.1 (55)

Dees get back to back goals through Melksham – after Deledio got his first for the Giants. Could this start a comeback for the Dees? Reckon they’re far too far back, but the Giants may freeze up given their record of late.

6.59am BST

AFL Q3 04:50 remaining Essendon 7.13 (55) v Carlton 7.5 (47)

Have just flicked over quickly to this clash between traditional rivals – and the Bombers have kicked two straight goals to put their noses back in front of the Old Navy Blues. Heppell and Zaharakis lead the way for the Dons with 19 and 21 disposals respectively, while Daniher has kicked two for the Dons. For the Blues, Kreuzer has 25 hit-outs, 11 disposals (8 contested possessions) and a goal, while Matthew Wright has kicked three. Captain Marc Murphy has 20 disposals to lead the way for his team. If I have time after the GWS game I’ll jump back for the last minutes of this one – it’s tight.

6.55am BST

NRL half-time Newcastle Knights 16-4 N.Z. Warriors

Half-time at McDonald Jones Stadium and the Knights have extended their early lead to 12 at half time. Still just the two tries to Barnett – with two conversions by Hodkinson, plus two penalty goals to Hodkinson in the 36th and 40th minutes. For the Warriors, they got one back through Fusitua in the 25th minute. Barnett leads the tackle-count with 28, while Jazz Tevaga has 23 for the Warriors. Daniel Saifiti is again dominating the run metres count with 101, while Nathan Ross also has 95. Barnett has two line breaks and Ross 1, while Tuivasa-Sheck and Fusitua both have 1 each for the Warriors. Knights well on top here – and hungry for another win.

6.50am BST

AFL three-quarter-time GWS 13.10 (90) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

Almost a free to Melksham deep inside the 50 but nothing gives after one of Melbourne’s best forays forward. Down the other end Devon Smith sprays one – but makes up for it right on the brink of three-quarter-time – he got out the back of the pack with no checking to speak of.

6.45am BST

AFL Q3 02:43 remaining GWS 12.9 (83) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

Here’s the Mumford hit on Gawn – decide for yourself but I reckon he’s in trouble.

Shane Mumford and Max Gawn collided in this incident. #AFLGiantsDees pic.twitter.com/xWUmcDn7BA

6.43am BST

AFL Q3 03:52 remaining GWS 12.8 (82) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

Brilliant contest by Haynes whose hunger wins him the ball from Salem. Salem meanwhile hits the deck holding his ankle – looks like he can’t put any weight on it, similar to Selwood’s last night. The bad news continues for Melbourne.

6.40am BST

AFL Q3 06:18 remaining GWS 12.8 (82) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

The Dees’ intensity has lifted, but they still can’t quite make headway on the scoreboard – Jake Melksham boots it out on the full after they found a way forward. Fortunately for Melbourne Jack Watts has found a way into the game and has had a few possessions on the wing.

6.33am BST

AFL Q3 11:20 remaining GWS 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

Mumford has elbowed Max Gawn flat in the face, who drops as if he’s concussed, but is back up. Reckon he’ll be in trouble for that one – but who knows with the MRP. Can’t help himself Mumford. Wasn’t even awarded a free – hard to believe.

Leon Cameron wasn’t happy with Lachie Whitfield’s effort. #AFLGiantsDees pic.twitter.com/ho0vhkHoDw

6.31am BST

AFL Q3 12:47 remaining GWS 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 7.1 (43)

Another goal to the Dees- via a free kick to Jack Watts. Neal-Bullen took the advantage and dribbled it through. Fantastic roving work by Max Gawn who cleared his own ruck work and took it under his arm to deliver to Watts.

6.30am BST

AFL Q3 13:04 remaining GWS 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 6.1 (37)

Jack Watts finds a way into the game with a contested pack mark, and off just a couple of steps easily makes the distance from 50m out (into the wind). Score review to check if the ball is touched first. It is touched, but it’s well over. Credit to Watts, that wasn’t an easy shot.

6.27am BST

AFL Q3 14:14 remaining GWS 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Another goal to ‘twinkle toes’ Kelly (credit Anthony Hudson for the nickname, I like it – he seems to float sometimes Josh). Nice handpass over the top from de Boer – but it was Kelly’s gut running that got him in that position.

6.26am BST

AFL Q3 15:16 remaining GWS 11.8 (74) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Leon Cameron was so disgusted by that Whitfield miss that he left the coaches’ box and hurt his fist from punching the wall on the way through. He’s still hurting a minute later. Not sure he has too much to complain about – this is the best I’ve seen the Giants play since early on this season.

6.24am BST

AFL Q3 16:25 remaining GWS 11.8 (74) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Brett Deledio had a chance to score his first goal for the Giants – but he steadies and finds Lachie Whitfield in the square. His teammates will like that. Whitfield must’ve just marked outside the square because he’s put on an obscene angle and misses – he cracks that one into the post.

6.22am BST

AFL Q3 18:07 remaining GWS 11.7 (73) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Back on here in Canberra – Tom McDonald has been pushed into the backline in a structural change (he’s only had the single possession). Goodwin had to do something different, so let’s see how that goes. Garlett has only had the two disposals – so he’ll need to step up in his absence. Other players who need to step up are Jack Watts (2 disposals) and Jayden Hunt (2 disposals).

6.14am BST

NRL H1 12:14 Newcastle Knights 12-0 N.Z. Warriors

There were several late changes for the match – the big out being Shuan Kenny-Dowell. Chanel Mata’utia however is back onto the wing. Joe Wardle (illness) is also missing, which means Lachlan Fitzgibbon starts and Sam Stone comes onto the bench.

Make that 2 tries for Barnett!#NRLKnightsWarriors #NRL pic.twitter.com/kbMztzyIHR

6.12am BST

NRL H1 10:44 Newcastle Knights 12-0 N.Z. Warriors

What a start – the Knights have taken only 7 minutes to score their first try, and now they’ve scored a SECOND in 9 minutes – both through Mitch Barnett! That’s his fourth for the season (he had only two to date – so he’s doubled that tally). The ref thought he’d been held up – but the Bunker shows he’s clearly over. Bad defense from the Warriors who let Barnett slip several tackles.

Lamb to Barnett, the @NRLKnights are in early!#NRLKnightsWarriors 6-0 after 7 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/MQBQbG1muG

6.02am BST

AFL half-time GWS 10.7 (67) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Disappointing half (and quarter) from the Dees – the Giants blew them away in the first quarter with eight goals in a row in the first quarter – all with the breeze. Melbourne had some chance of responding with the breeze at their backs – but the problem was never the conditions, but rather GWS’ all-round dominance. They’re smashing the Dees in clearances 33-20, tackles 53-35, and are leading contested possessions 86-79. That’s the worry for the Demons – GWS are first to the ball but also harder at it, and hungrier defensively. Dees have everything to play for – and hopefully will come out an improved side after the break.

5.55am BST

AFL Q2 02:28 remaining GWS 10.7 (67) v Melbourne 5.1 (31)

Big, long bomb from Hibberd lacks accuracy. Dees have failed to take advantage of the breeze at all this quarter – I worry they’ll get blown away (no pun intended) in the third.

5.49am BST

AFL Q2 05:42 remaining GWS 10.7 (67) v Melbourne 4.0 (24)

Leading disposal getters:

5.46am BST

AFL Q2 07:05 remaining GWS 9.7 (61) v Melbourne 4.0 (24)

Finally the deadlock is broken – with a goal to Callan Ward who has had 3 clearances (from 9 disposals) this quarter. Big advantage there – players seemed to have stopped, while Ward simply ran into an open goal.

5.43am BST

AFL Q2 08:51 remaining GWS 8.7 (55) v Melbourne 4.0 (24)

Not too much of note happening right now – except a blood rule, some throw-ins and throw-ups. I’m still here, in other words. Kicking into the breeze seems to have slowed the Giants down, but the Dees themselves are moving the ball slowly – as if they’re leading. Be nice to see them really fire up with so much on the line.

5.37am BST

AFL Q2 12:10 remaining GWS 8.7 (55) v Melbourne 4.0 (24)

Just noticed the Donate Life crew are down at the ground – they’re raising awareness for the Organ Donor Registry which is why you’ll see their logo painted on the Manuka surface. Check out the registry here.

Rd.20 With the crew #DonateLife #MakeItCount #AFLGIANTSDees #raisehell pic.twitter.com/62CM9L1n5T

5.32am BST

AFL Q2 15:38 remaining GWS 8.6 (54) v Melbourne 4.0 (24)

Pack after pack after scrum – or so it seems. The Demons will at least be pleased to have slowed things up a little. Finally they get a mark inside 50 – a nice contested grab from Tom McDonald after Max Gawn bombed it long. He kicks it – just. They’ve finally got one back.

5.27am BST

AFL Q2 18:24 remaining GWS 8.6 (54) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

We’re back on at Canberra Oval, and this game has begun much as it finished at quarter-time – with plenty of GWS possession and yet more disposals to Kelly. A late knock from Pederson goes right to De Boer’s head. They’re playing like a frustrated team, the Dees.

5.23am BST

AFL Q1 11:28 remaining Essendon 2.2 (14) v Carlton 0.0 (0)

No NRL happening at the moment – but there’s the big clash of rivals between Essendon and Carlton at the MCG. Have just watched Joe Daniher stroll into 50 for a nice running goal – he’s fired up and asks the crowd to fire up with him. Looks like plenty are in for the game.

5.20am BST

AFL Q1 quarter-time GWS 8.6 (54) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Won’t the Dees be happy for a break? They need a big reset – at least they have the breeze in the second quarter, but they’ve got much bigger problems than that.

5.17am BST

AFL Q1 01:00 remaining GWS 8.6 (54) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Kelly is unstoppable at the moment – 6 disposals, at 84% disposal efficiency, with 1 tackle and 2 goals. The Giants have 16 inside 50s to 10, and 21 tackles to 12 – Goodwin won’t be pleased with that stat in particular. Tyson is best for the Dees – 10 disposals, 3 contested, 2 clearances. Hibbered also has 10, with 3 rebound 50s.

5.14am BST

AFL Q1 03:12 remaining GWS 8.4 (52) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

This is some scary stuff from the Giants. The rest of the competition ought to be on notice – they look back, and could have the Demons blown away before the game has really begun. Whitfield almost kicks yet another – from 55m out – but hits the post, after a sweeping assist from Josh Kelly. They’re running in big numbers – and fast, into space. Not sure what the Demons can do, apart from slow their running down. Ball comes straight back in for a Dylan Shiel shot at goal. He kicks perfectly for their eighth in a row. Ouch.

5.11am BST

AFL Q1 05:04 remaining GWS 7.3 (45) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Giants are finding all sorts of space – and Hunt gives away a panic free to Steve Johnson. He initiated the contact to get the free for holding – could almost have been too high to Hunt to begin with. Seven in a row to the Giants.

5.09am BST

AFL Q1 06:32 remaining GWS 6.3 (39) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Dangerous tackle from Shane Mumford concedes a free – that’s almost a trademark for him now. Look nasty on the replay.

5.07am BST

AFL Q1 07:45 remaining GWS 6.3 (39) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Can the Demons stop the onslaught? They get the clearance but kick it straight to Heath Shaw who has already had a few intercept marks. This time they kick it to the spoil of Coniglio, who finds plenty of Giants in space. De Boer gets held up inside 50 but the previous goalkicker, Josh Kelly, runs hard into space for another shot at goal from almost the same location as last time – just on easier an angle. He kicks it – 6 in a row.

5.05am BST

AFL Q1 09:13 remaining GWS 5.3 (33) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Make that five. Nathan Jones accidentally passes the ball straight to Stevie Johnson who sharks it and kicks a long, dribbling goal.

5.03am BST

AFL Q1 09:47 remaining GWS 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Kelly takes a backward running mark, great tackling pressure from the Giants who just forced the Dees backwards and to fumble. Kelly kicks truly – for a lovely goal. Giants are back into top gear – that’s four goals in a row.

5.01am BST

AFL Q1 11:27 remaining GWS 3.3 (21) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Yet another brilliant goal to the Giants – this one from Himmelberg after a very nice pass from Josh Kelly through traffic. They’ve been stunned into life, GWS.

Pure wizardry from Stephen Coniglio! #AFLGiantsDees pic.twitter.com/TQFIYkDp88

5.00am BST

AFL Q1 12:17 remaining GWS 2.2 (14) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Unbelievable goal to the ex-Dee Tom Scully – that was an off break if ever I’ve seen one – no chance for Oscar McDonald who was appropriately bamboozled.

4.58am BST

AFL Q1 12:53 remaining GWS 1.2 (8) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Looks like Bernie Vince has taken Steve Johnson – and they’re at each other already. What a surprise. Johnson gets Vince around the neck with a ‘friendly’ shove but the umpire lets them go.

4.54am BST

AFL Q1 14:48 remaining GWS 0.2 (2) v Melbourne 3.0 (18)

Deledio has his first touch for the Giants – and it’s a decent, if short kick. Shaw picked him out – getting him into the game early.

4.52am BST

AFL Q1 16:05 remaining GWS 0.2 (2) v Melbourne 2.0 (12)

Neal-Bullen snaps one home for the Dees – he’s had a few touches – two kicks and a goal. Shaw is lining up on Garlett – should be an interesting battle between those two.

4.50am BST

AFL Q1 17:43 remaining GWS 0.2 (2) v Melbourne 1.0 (6)

Josh Kelly misses – GWS seem to have the wind clearly at their backs. Callan Ward also has a wayward shot at the big sticks. A few mistakes from both sides currently.

4.47am BST

AFL Q1 GWS 0.0 (0) v Melbourne 1.0 (6)

Nathan Jones is back into the side and straight into the action – and manages to hit Max Gawn inside 40m, kicking into the breeze. He hasn’t been a big goalkicker this year (only 2 to date) but his kick sails straight through.

4.45am BST

AFL Q1 20:00 remaining GWS 0.0 (0) v Melbourne 0.0 (0)

About to get going here – should be a cracker.

Wherever you go to the footer! There’s always the random Collingwood supporter. FFS! #AFLGIANTSDees pic.twitter.com/2jdQyyUHKE

4.43am BST


Just while we’re waiting for GWS v Melbourne – did you know that our women’s cricketers just received the biggest pay rise ever in the history of women’s sport in Australia? I was lucky enough to talk with Jodie Fields yesterday – Fields retired in 2014 as one of the most successful Australian cricketing captains, with victories at the 2012 ICC Women’s World Cup Twenty20 and the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup. She captained 58 matches in total, equal-second behind Belinda Clark on 113.

4.40am BST

AFL GWS v Melbourne

It’s a sell-out here in Canberra – and there’s some Demon fans in the nation’s capital. Beautiful looking day in Canberra – and the surface is looking mighty fine too.

Melbourne banner: The Mighty Demons, proud and defiant, & here to slay the Giants. #AFLGiantsDees pic.twitter.com/6Dw3DUpBUM

4.37am BST

NRL Preview

Lots of both NFL and AFL are of course happening in-between, but my NRL feature game for today is the Sharks v Raiders clash with a 7:30 kick-off at Southern Cross Group Stadium. These two teams have a strange habit of winning their away games – the Raiders have won three in a row at Shark Park, including five of their past seven. Not to be outdone, the Sharks have won their last five games in Canberra. There’s a sense amongst neutral fans out there that this one could go the same way – with the Raiders taking some confidence from their convincing win over the Rabbitohs in Round 21. Prior to that they also beat the Dragons, and lost to ladder-leading Storm. It’s not a terrible record for the Green Machine – who probably need to win five from five now to make finals – and they have everything to play for.

4.32am BST


Welcome to this Saturday afternoon/evening edition of Australian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

5.50am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime have a read of Paul Connolly’s live account of the Matildas’ incredible 6-1 victory over Brazil in the Tournament of Nations.

Related: Australia Tournament of Nations champions after 6-1 Brazil drubbing – as it happened

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/aug/05/gws-v-melbourne-sharks-v-raiders-and-more-australia-sportwatch-live

Aug 04

Swans thump Cats in Friday night AFL fizzer – as it happened

  • Sydney Swans 16.11 (107) beat Geelong Cats 8.13 (61) at Simonds Stadium
  • Stand-in captain Parker had 23 disposals, while Papley and Hayward kicked 3

1.38pm BST

It’s all over at Simonds Stadium, on a fairly miserable night for the Cats. They started without their biggest star in Patrick Dangerfield, and ended the night without their skipper Joel Selwood, who battled through an ankle injury for the second half of the game. It’s the biggest loss at home for the Cats since 2006, when rivals Hawthorn beat them by 56. The Cats stay stuck on 50 points on the ladder – just 2 ahead of GWS and Richmond, both still to play.

For the Swans it was an emphatic win without their skipper and midfield star Josh P Kennedy. Stand-in captain Luke Parker led the way with 23 disposals (13 contested possessions, 8 clearances, 14 tackles and a goal). McVeigh and Hannebery had 21 each, Hannebery had 12 contested possessions, 4 clearances and 5 tackles, while McVeigh went at 86% disposal efficiency. Will Hayward and Tom Papley top-scored with 3 goals each.

1.22pm BST

AFL Q4 01:35 remaining Geelong 8.13 (61) v Sydney 16.11 (107)

Beautiful long, snap goal by Hayward for his third. Nice return for the youngster. Just over a minute to go.

1.19pm BST

AFL Q4 02:51 remaining Geelong 8.13 (61) v Sydney 15.11 (101)

Big, courageous mark from Hayward running back with the flight of the ball. He can’t convert, however. I’ve got RSI from typing ‘miss’ and ‘can’t convert’.

1.17pm BST

AFL Q4 04:52 remaining Geelong 7.13 (55) v Sydney 15.10 (100)

Scott Selwood misses an easy set shot, after the Cats finally got a holding the ball for diving on the ball. They can’t get anything going their way. Selwood himself hasn’t stopped trying – with 13 tackles for the night.

1.10pm BST

AFL Q4 10:02 remaining Geelong 7.10 (52) v Sydney 15.10 (100)

Nice tackle on Parker who fumbles and holding the ball goes to Menegola and the Cats. 10 minutes left for the Cats to try get some pride back.

1.07pm BST

AFL Q4 12:27 remaining Geelong 7.9 (51) v Sydney 15.10 (100)

Cats fans start to leave the ground, but no risk of them regretting it like Port fans did against St Kilda last week. Hayward gets one out of the air after Jack kicked it long into the square. Swans having fun now.

1.04pm BST

AFL Q4 13:53 remaining Geelong 7.9 (51) v Sydney 14.10 (94)

Lovely goal from Heeney, on the run 40m out. It’s a match-high lead to the Swans.

1.03pm BST

AFL Q4 14:32 remaining Geelong 7.9 (51) v Sydney 13.10 (88)

Deliberate paid against Grundy for an errant handpass, which gifts Simpson a shot on goal. He misses a right-foot banana.

1.00pm BST

AFL Q4 15:47 remaining Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 13.10 (88)

Looked to be a massive goal to Buzza (who was possibly 60m out?) but Guthrie gives away a free on the goal line for hands in the back. Cats are unravelling. Joel Selwood looks to be done for the day, as he takes a seat at the back of the bench.

12.57pm BST

AFL Q4 17:20 remaining Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 13.10 (88)

Rohan has a chance to put the result even further beyond doubt but misses after a lazy snap at goal. You’d think the Cats are too far behind to mount any serious challenge.

12.54pm BST

AFL three-quarter-time Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 11.9 (75)

Geelong winning the disposal count easily (300-232), as well as the clearances (35-24), contested possessions (115-104) and hit-outs (33-25). They are however being out-tackled (71-65), while the Swans hold a very slim advantage in the inside 50s (33-32). They had plenty of chances that quarter, but couldn’t capitalise.

12.50pm BST

AFL three-quarter-time Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 11.9 (75)

Franklin finally gets a touch in space just outside the 50 – where he likes it best, in other words – but misses everything and the ball dribbles out of play. Hasn’t been his night. The Swans get another chance through McVeigh – who has been shifted forward while Reid goes back. But he can’t convert either, and hits the post.

12.44pm BST

AFL Q3 02:37 remaining Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 11.7 (73)

Smart play by McVeigh to lower the eyes and hit up Sinclair on a lead, only 30m out, tight angle. He misses – and again, the Swans fail to put the Cats away. Franklin hasn’t touched it this quarter.

12.41pm BST

AFL Q3 04:22 remaining Geelong 7.8 (50) v Sydney 11.7 (73)

Great tackle by Parker wins the Swans a holding the ball, which winds up in the hands of Nic Newman. He boots a big goal from 55m out. That hurts for the Cats.

12.39pm BST

AFL Q3 05:45 remaining Geelong 6.8 (44) v Sydney 10.6 (66)

According to the Channel Seven commentary team, the Swans were 0-6 down early in the season and then “things just changed”… indeed.

12.37pm BST

AFL Q3 07:59 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Sydney 10.6 (66)

Duncan races to 28 disposals – probably benefiting from Hewett’s close checking of Selwood. Papley snaps off the pack but lacks accuracy. Luke Parker is off with a decent-looking blood rule.

12.31pm BST

AFL Q3 11:35 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Scott Selwood gets one high inside the 50 – but looked to drop the knees. He kicks into the man on the mark in some poetic justice. Swans clear after some great team defence.

12.30pm BST

AFL Q3 12:53 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

They’ve found some space in the middle, the Cats. Duncan now has 24 disposals – 7 contested possessions, at 80% disposal efficiency, 3 clearances and 4 tackles. Sam Simpson has a shot at goal but looks nervous, dishes it off messily and the Cats waste yet another opportunity at goal.

12.28pm BST

AFL Q3 14:59 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Joel Selwood has been in everything since returning – not sure how he’s doing it, but he’s making an impact. Great body work from Hawkins who completely outmuscles Grundy for another shot at goal. Again, he can’t make the distance, as the ball drifts well across goal. Meanwhile Tom Stewart misses everything, out on the full. Some wasted chances for the Cats.

12.26pm BST

AFL Q3 16:10 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Fortunate bounce for Parsons after a miskick from Scott Selwood falls into his arms. Nice snap though for the opening goal to the Cats.

12.24pm BST

AFL Q3 17:34 remaining Geelong 5.7 (37) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Menegola finds Hawkins on a lead – Hawkins, however, fell to the ground after marking and looked in pain. He was OK to take the kick – but didn’t make the distance, and accuracy wasn’t there either. Rushed through.

12.16pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Have just seen Joel Selwood up and running and looking completely fine in the rooms – thank god for needles!

12.14pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Did anyone else just watch that bizarre Swisse ad? What was with that emotional piano solo? Are we selling pharmaceuticals or life insurance? Does this happen every week?

The swisse curse strikes again #AFLCatsSwans pic.twitter.com/2ay1eF2u6r

12.10pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Injury alert: Joel Selwood went straight down into the rooms after that ankle injury and hasn’t emerged at all (says Matthew Richardson, stalking the locked changeroom door).

12.07pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

And just because it was so good, check out this brilliant Hannebery goal through so many defenders.

How, Hannebery? #AFLCatsSwans pic.twitter.com/W1kansSGPk

12.05pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Here’s that Franklin goal. Been well held by Lonergan, but he doesn’t need much of an opportunity to swoop.

Buddy brilliant. #AFLCatsSwans pic.twitter.com/U457kWdhAj

12.01pm BST

AFL half-time Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 10.5 (65)

Hannebery goes hard at the hard-ball (surprise, surprise) and the ball spills out the back of the pack to Lance Franklin – who finally gets his first. It’s back out to 29 points, but undoubtedly the story of the second quarter is the apparent injury to Joel Selwood. Will he return? Have to think the Cats are in a lot of trouble with no Danger, no Joel Selwood.

11.57am BST

AFL Q2 02:36 remaining Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 9.5 (59)

Joel Selwood looks very, very sore – he can’t put any weight on his left leg and is being helped by two trainers. Incredibly bad news for the Cats if he doesn’t return.

11.55am BST

AFL Q2 03:44 remaining Geelong 5.6 (36) v Sydney 8.5 (53)

Sam Reid is back behind the ball to mind Hawkins while the Swans look to get Grundy back on the ground (he’s still off in a costly absence that has seen two Hawkins goals). Guthrie almost kicks a fourth for the Swans – but hits the post. Still no Grundy.

11.53am BST

AFL Q2 05:24 remaining Geelong 5.5 (35) v Sydney 8.5 (53)

Make that three in a row for the Cats – Hawkins one on one with Rampe uses his body and outworks him to it. That’s his third – and the Cats are back to 18 points behind.

11.51am BST

AFL Q2 06:19 remaining Geelong 4.5 (29) v Sydney 8.5 (53)

Geelong get back-to-back goals, this time through Menegola, who is fired up. Margin back to 24 from 37.

11.46am BST

AFL Q2 09:55 remaining Geelong 3.4 (22) v Sydney 8.5 (53)

Very, very quick one back to Geelong through Hawkins after a clearance from Duncan – they needed that, desperately.

11.45am BST

AFL Q2 10:01 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Sydney 8.5 (53)

Gary Rohan on the lead for the Swans eighth of the evening – and he hits it very nicely.

11.41am BST

AFL Q2 12:43 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Sydney 7.5 (47)

Uh oh. Hawkins gets his opponent in the face with a fist. Cameron Ling says he ‘can’t’ get suspended in the lead-up to finals – but I’m pretty sure that he will, or should, if the AFL are serious about the crackdown.

11.39am BST

AFL Q2 13:55 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Sydney 7.5 (47)

Heavily umpired game tonight – not a big fan of that. Home crowd thinks they’re getting hard done by – they’re down 10 frees to 7 – but the Swans have been first to the ball. Franklin has had a few chances on the lead, but has dropped the last few that have come his way.

11.35am BST

AFL Q2 16:32 remaining Geelong 2.4 (16) v Sydney 7.5 (47)

Some nice tackling pressure from the Cats to start this quarter, who have slowed things up and focused on pinpoint passes. Eventually they find Murdoch 50m out on an angle – and a very tight angle for a left-footer. Just the one behind – while Gary Rohan limps away from the contest in a worrying sign.

11.30am BST

AFL quarter-time Geelong 2.3 (15) v Sydney 7.5 (47)

I can confirm that Chris Scott actually looks like this right now.

#AFLCatsSwans Chris Scott is looking a bit Charles Bronson ATM pic.twitter.com/jQJyKS9O6C

11.26am BST

AFL quarter-time Geelong 2.3 (15) v Sydney 7.5 (47)

Not content with seven goals, Heeney pinpoints Papley 45m out. He can’t convert, but that’s a daunting scoreline to take into quarter time. Another seven goal first-quarter from a Swans outfit playing the Cats. Impressive at the Cats’ home ground.

11.22am BST

AFL Q1 01:53 remaining Geelong 2.3 (15) v Sydney 7.4 (46)

Franklin’s back in the game. All is okay. But he misses from a tight angle. It’s not long before the ball is back deep inside 50. Free kick to Reid who kicks yet another goal for the Swans to reach the seven goal mark. Ominous signs.

11.19am BST

AFL Q1 03:03 remaining Geelong 2.3 (15) v Sydney 6.3 (39)

Franklin takes a contested mark! I’m thrilled. And he picks out Sam Reid 55m out on the lead. Now he wants it back from Reid – that’s more like the Buddy we know. He then hassles McVeigh – who palms off to Franklin – who runs into trouble and gets it back to McVeigh who finds Heeney on the lead. All going Sydney’s way. Except Heeney’s kick.

11.17am BST

AFL Q1 04:39 remaining Geelong 2.3 (15) v Sydney 6.2 (38)

Not a single disposal to Lance Franklin. In full disclosure I am playing a Supercoach final this week, he’s in my forward line and I’m really not happy about it. To repeat, the Swans have kicked six goals and he hasn’t touched it.

11.15am BST

AFL Q1 06:04 remaining Geelong 2.2 (14) v Sydney 6.2 (38)

Cats looking somewhat more settled, and Harry Taylor has gone backwards to try and lend a hand to a backline that has endured a barrage.

11.12am BST

AFL Q1 07:50 remaining Geelong 2.2 (14) v Sydney 5.2 (32)

Foray forward by Selwood, who has finally returned to the field after being off for a good chunk of time while the Swans kicked several of those five goals in a row.

11.10am BST

AFL Q1 09:11 remaining Geelong 2.1 (13) v Sydney 5.2 (32)

Will this be another seven goal first-quarter for the Swans? At least the Cats have scored one this quarter – a feat they didn’t manage in last year’s Preliminary Final. Just as I’m writing them off, Zac Tuohy finds Zac Smith on the lead (not sure he actually meant to kick it there, but nevermind).

11.09am BST

AFL Q1 10:18 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 5.2 (32)

11 inside 50s now to the Swans, and only 5 to the Cats. Tom Papley snaps another roving goal for Sydney’s fifth.

11.07am BST

AFL Q1 11:23 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 4.2 (26)

The Swans only needed 20 possessions for their four goals. Now that’s efficiency. One man that hasn’t featured for the Swans is Lance Franklin, who is being well held.

11.04am BST

AFL Q1 12:53 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 4.1 (25)

The Swans are on fire – Hayward snaps a goal for their fourth in six minutes. That one was the result of a turnover in the centre of the ground after the Cats tried to centre.

11.03am BST

AFL Q1 13:36 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 3.1 (19)

Sam Reid looked to have kicked another for the Swans – from outside 50 – but Henderson gets a touch on it just before the line. Good call from the goal umpire, as it looked a goal before the replay.

11.02am BST

AFL Q1 13:36 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 3.0 (18)

Just three forward 50 entries for the Swans for three goals – and with that goal they had three goals from five kicks. Unbelievable – that Hawkins free-kick certainly seemed to wrest momentum away from the Cats.

11.00am BST

AFL Q1 14:20 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 3.0 (18)

Holding the ball against Parfitt goes to Luke Parker who kicks a huge goal from outside 50, off only a couple of steps.

10.59am BST

AFL Q1 15:08 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 2.0 (12)

Tom Papley gets another for the Swans over the back of the pack – Henderson gave away the free to Reid and Papley took the advantage for a nice, roving goal.

10.57am BST

AFL Q1 15:30 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 1.0 (6)

#freekickSelwood – Hewett looks to be tagging him. Meanwhile Hawkins lets out some of that aggression by elbowing Kieran Jack in the head, and gets 50 for his troubles. That lets the Swans in – and Sam Reid kicks truly.

10.55am BST

AFL Q1 16:22 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 0.0 (0)

Early signs aren’t good for the Swans. Cats are dominating disposals at the moment – 17-6, and pressure is right up. They’ve had 4 inside 50s to the Swans’ 0.

10.54am BST

AFL Q1 17:29 remaining Geelong 1.1 (7) v Sydney 0.0 (0)

Zak Jones and Tom Hawkins are all up in each other’s faces – you get the sense that Jones doesn’t mind that. Hawkins has the last laugh as he takes a bullet pass from Mitch Duncan, and kicks the opening goal of the night.

10.52am BST

AFL Q1 18:30 remaining Geelong 0.1 (1) v Sydney 0.0 (0)

Guthrie to Scott to Joel Selwood to the top of the square, no mark to Taylor, but our first score of the day is a rushed behind to the Cats.

10.49am BST

Sirens are sounding, just a minute or so away from the bounce. Tom Lonergan will line up on Buddy Franklin, by the look of it. Swans – via today’s captain Luke Parker – win the toss.

10.47am BST

Our friends at ABC Grandstand interviewed Mark Blicavs before the game – says he hopes to be back for the first final.

LISTEN: Mark Blicavs from @GeelongCats “Ticking off my rehab well, hopefully back for first final” https://t.co/dXYHsGYk0L #aflcatsswans

10.45am BST

Harry Taylor to start forward, according to Scott. Has 16 goals for the season to date – compared to 43 for Hawkins, their leading goalkicker.

10.41am BST

Fans, however, are ruing the fact that Cameron Ling is in the commentary box for yet another Geelong match. I’d also personally prefer no Wayne Carey either.

Cameron Ling commentating a Geelong game- bloody hell #aflcatsswans pic.twitter.com/3dLOK6mchX

10.39am BST

No late outs for either team – but there is a very important out – and welcome news for all fans.

Brian Taylor is a late out for Channel 7 ahead of tonight’s #AFLCatsSwans blockbuster.
No Roaming Brian at the Cattery.

10.36am BST

On a much earlier note, does anyone remember the incredible 2005 semi-final between these two teams? Nick Davis kicked an unforgettable goal with just seconds remaining in what was a game for the ages. I’ve found this AFL highlights package, which has unearthed the sign ‘NICK DAVIS COME TO SAVIS’ …!

10.33am BST

Remember the last time these two teams played? It was the preliminary final of 2016 – and the Swans started with a seven-goal-to-none first quarter from which the Cats would never recover. The Swans eventually won by 37 points in what became Jimmy Bartel’s last game for the Cats. For the Cats, Joel Selwood starred with 38 touches, while tonight’s notable absentee Patrick Dangerfield had 39.

Familiar names Dane Rampe and Kieran Jack had a big impact for the Swans, and Zak Jones emerged with a staggering 15 rebounds out of defensive 50. A man by the name of Tom Mitchell was also prominent that day, but luckily for the Cats he’s one less player they’ll have to worry about.

10.30am BST


Good evening everyone, and welcome to this Friday night AFL live blog of the Geelong v Sydney game from Simonds Stadium. The game itself kicks off at 7:50pm so we’ll be up and running in around 20 minutes.

5.43am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, this is why the Cats’ star man and no-longer Brownlow hopeful is not playing tonight:

Related: Patrick Dangerfield’s Brownlow medal hopes over after he accepts AFL ban

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/aug/04/geelong-cats-v-sydney-swans-friday-night-afl-live

Jul 29

Roosters stun Cowboys, Power win thriller over Saints and more: Australia sportwatch – as it happened

1.24pm BST


I’m going to sign off here tonight, after a huge day of AFL and NRL action. First up I stayed with the end of the Kangaroos v Demons match, which ended in a big upset in the form of a North Melbourne win. It was a really disappointing loss for the Demons, who were fighting for a top 4 spot and now find themselves just hanging on to a spot in the top 8. Congratulations to the Roos – who have been accused of tanking all week, despite having lost five games by less than a goal this season. Surely they get some heat taken off this week. While that game was happening, the Giants managed to get over the Dockers, despite a huge challenge from Fremantle. I’ve seen vision of Heath Shaw after the game giving everything to Aiden Corr – they seem to be a disgruntled bunch at the moment, the Giants, but will be relieved to get the win in the end after a rough last month.

1.09pm BST

Geelong have scored a big victory over Carlton – Tom Hawkins returning to form with a bag of 6 (including the final goal of the match), while Cockatoo and Murdoch also kicked 3 each. Hawkins played further up the ground than usual, finishing with 27 possessions. Nonetheless – the talk of the night was Patrick Dangerfield’s tackle on Carlton’s Matthew Kreuzer – which resulted in Kreuzer playing no further part in the game. I haven’t seen the vision – but would be keen on your thoughts! The win puts the Cats back in 2nd, just above GWS (2 points ahead of the Giants).

1.03pm BST

It’s all over on the Gold Coast – and Richmond in the end cruise to victory over the Gold Coast – a team they’ve surprisingly had trouble beating in the past. Aaron Hall did his best to haul his side over the line, with 40 disposals (11 contested possessions, 6 tackles, 10 inside 50s) but it was always going to be tough with three injuries during the game. In that sense they did well to get as close as they did.

Dustin Martin continued his hot streak of form, this time with 34 disposals (16 contested possessions, 7 clearances, 7 inside 50s and a goal) and seems set to win his first-ever Brownlow at the end of the season. Importantly, the Tigers are now back inside the top 4, dislodging Port Adelaide.

12.57pm BST

AFL Q4 00:01 remaining Gold Coast 10.5 (65) v Richmond 14.14 (98)

Head-high free kick to Castagna, who can make it 3.3 for the game – he didn’t have a goal until right on three-quarter-time. He kicks his third with a second remaining on the clock.

12.55pm BST

AFL Q4 01:13 remaining Gold Coast 10.5 (65) v Richmond 13.14 (92)

Despite being four goals in front, the Tigers are running down the clock in their own backline with some kick-to-kick. Down the other end, David Swallow is penalised for a deliberate rushed behind – he was under pressure, but outside the 5m square – which is the technical rule. Lambert fails to convert, however.

12.51pm BST

AFL Q4 04:52 remaining Gold Coast 10.4 (64) v Richmond 13.13 (91)

Nice, contested pack mark to Tom Lynch who boots his third after Peter Wright missed one from 55m (nonetheless easily making the distance – how good will he be?) They’ve fought on the Suns.

12.47pm BST

AFL Q4 07:51 remaining Gold Coast 9.4 (58) v Richmond 13.13 (91)

Fair effort from the Suns this quarter – Aaron Hall alone is up to 39 disposals – but Corey Ellis gets his first goal for 2017, despite a few Gold Coast forays forward.

12.41pm BST

AFL Q4 11:49 remaining Gold Coast 9.4 (58) v Richmond 12.13 (85)

Opportunity for Castagna to kick his second goal (after he wound a banana through on three-quarter-time) with a set shot from 40m out. It’s through. Richmond will be looking for percentage after Port’s win earlier today.

12.38pm BST

AFL Q4 13:27 remaining Gold Coast 9.4 (58) v Richmond 11.13 (79)

Don’t think there’s much doubt who will win the Brownlow this year. Dangerfield will be right in it – but Martin seems to be clearly best-on-ground more often (Geelong probably have more players taking votes off Dangerfield, you’d think).

12.34pm BST

AFL Q4 16:12 remaining Gold Coast 8.4 (52) v Richmond 11.13 (79)

I’ve decided to stick with the closer of the two night AFL games – this one between the Suns and Tigers being the better contest. The Tigers have had 38 inside 50s to 28, and 57 tackles to 44. The Suns have been hit badly with injury, and are down three rotations – Ben Ainsworth, Alex Sexton and Callum Ah Chee are all off the ground. Leading the way for the Suns in Gary Ablett’s absence (a late withdrawal) is Aaron Hall – with 33 disposals (10 contested possessions, 8 marks and 9 inside 50s). For the Tigers, the usual suspects – Martin and Cotchin – are dominating, Martin again up to 27 disposals (13 contested possessions, 6 clearances, 5 inside 50s).

12.24pm BST

Big right-hand play by the Cowboys takes them within 40m, but they have too much to make up on the final tackle, and Lowe drops the ball. The Roosters win it with a huge second-half comeback.

Thought Taukeiaho was huge for the Roosters – he ran 214 metres in the end, beaten only by fullback Watson with 248. In the end he almost had the same impact as Jason Taumalolo in the first half – who finished with 236m. For the Cowboys, Feldt had 2 line breaks (to go with his 182 run metres). Keary had a try and an assist for the Roosters and was influential in the end in the absence of Cordner and Friend. Also loved the game of Victor Radley who made 51 tackles, including the big tackle on Asiata. Unbelievably, Keary reports after the game that Radley broke his hand in the first 10 minutes.

12.13pm BST

NRL H2 78:51 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Final two minutes – the Roosters make it to15m out and take the conservative play, finding the sideline and forcing a scrum. There’s 80m to make up for the Cowboys.

12.11pm BST

NRL H2 77:16 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Penalty to the Cowboys – that will help – they play-the-ball quickly and Morgan makes up plenty of ground. They’re inside 30m on play one. Taumalolo tries to skip through the tackle and sets up Cooper. They go back inside, Feldt slips over and Tupou grabs the intercept. Penalty to the Roosters. The Cowboys are in trouble now.

12.09pm BST

NRL H2 75:16 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Tupou hit and stuck a big tackle to stop the Cowboys in their tracks. Cooper almost took the kick from Coote but lost it in the air. That might be one of their last chances.

12.07pm BST

NRL H2 73:16 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Here’s that Victor Radley tackle – amazing stuff.

Big defence from Radley!#NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/bB8f6a7eje

12.05pm BST

NRL H2 72:03 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Asiata drops the ball! Big, potentially game-saving tackle from new boy Radley. Wow. Scrum.

12.04pm BST

NRL H2 70:00 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Napa’s back on – no respite for the Cowboys. The Roosters play it safe and complete their set at the half-way line. Reckon the Cowboys will be happy to at least have some field position back.

12.01pm BST

NRL H2 67:43 Roosters 22-16 Cowboys

Things are looking dire for the Cowboys, with the Roosters running all over the top of them. The Roosters choose to take the 2 after a penalty a few metres out. Strange choice – I think the Cowboys would be happy to concede the 2. Mitchell converts.

11.59am BST

NRL H2 65:42 Roosters 20-16 Cowboys

Great attacking set again from the Roosters, but Feldt saves the day for the Cowboys on the last-line of defence. Their set ends at 30m, with a flat kick finding Ferguson 60m out for the Roosters. Tupou carries the ball 20m against a tired-looking Cowboys defense. Keary with the kick on the last tackle, and Feldt knocks the ball on.

11.55am BST

NRL H2 61:42 Roosters 20-16 Cowboys

That man again is almost through, and Keary boots the ball to Coote. The Cowboys are struggling to gain any field position, and Taukeiaho breaks another tackle. On the final tackle, Keary takes on the defence and backs himself all the way to the line. The Roosters are back in front!



Go!#NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/UwKWOF70GH

11.51am BST

NRL H2 58:12 Roosters 16-16 Cowboys

Penalty goes against Coote for holding onto Pearce too long and stopping the quick play-the-ball. They’ll need to take this opportunity, the Roosters. Taukeiaho does just that and bulldozes over the line – grounding the ball clearly. The try call goes to the Bunker, who review with “insufficient evidence” to overturn, again.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho just wanted the try-line!#NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/NZQ2LE4kKs

11.47am BST

NRL H2 54:43 Roosters 10-16 Cowboys

Guerra goes close but the Roosters are forced to retreat again. They go back inside on the last tackle and Keary’s kick rebounds off the upright, but Coote completes an excellent intercept to halt another 6.

11.45am BST

NRL H2 53:05 Roosters 10-16 Cowboys

Massive kickout from Feldt – it went over 60m on the full. The Roosters make their way to 10m out for another penalty and they tap and go. The Cowboys defense holds up well and after 3 they’re back to 20m out. On the fourth, Coote saves a try on the right-hand side, and on the final tackle, the Cowboys come away with the ball after they intercept the kick. Great defensive effort by the Cowboys.

11.41am BST

NRL H2 50:16 Roosters 10-16 Cowboys

Te Maire Martin’s tackle hits Aubusson high for a Roosters penalty and they have another 6, 20m out. Taukeiaho has made a difference since coming on – and steamrolls a few defenders on their way to a forced dropout and another 6.

11.39am BST

NRL H2 48:00 Roosters 10-16 Cowboys

Bit of a shift in momentum here since that off-side against the Cowboys – who were looking strong after the Watson drop. The Roosters at least sense their opening and have the ball back through Watson.

11.37am BST

NRL H2 46:19 Roosters 10-16 Cowboys

Watson is almost through but for a Hess tackle – but they can’t stop the Roosters on the left-hand side, who are through with a try to Tupou. Big mistake from Feldt who committed too early in the centre and left a big space for the Roosters.

Just tip-toes down the sideline!#NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/6mwxr35ayp

11.34am BST

NRL H2 43:13 Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

A nice up and down kick from the Morgan and Watson can’t handle it. Luckily for them there’s an off-side penalty against the Cowboys.

11.33am BST

NRL H2 41:53 Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

Back on at Allianz Stadium, with the home team looking to start much stronger than they finished. They’ve won 9 of their last 10 at this venue, and a win today would make it five-straight. They’ve got plenty of ground to make up for that to happen.

11.30am BST

This is in from AAP on the semi-final between the Crusaders and Chiefs in Christchurch, with the offensively ruthless and defensively brilliant Crusaders wrapping up their place in next week’s Super Rugby final, beating the Chiefs 27-13.

With their backs against the wall for much of Saturday’s match, and barely one-third of possession, the Crusaders seized on every chance. Midfielder-cum-winger Seta Tamanivalu bagged a clinical double, after earlier efforts by halfback Bryn Hall and Test stalwart Israel Dagg.

11.28am BST

AFL Q2 03:40 remaining Carlton 4.2 (26) v Geelong 9.10 (64)

Likewise, the Cats are well on top against the Blues. In a welcome return to form, Tom Hawkins has 3 goals and 14 disposals. For the Blues, Casboult has 3, while Docherty and Murphy are topping the disposals.

11.25am BST

AFL Q2 06:43 remaining Gold Coast Suns 4.3 (27) v Richmond 7.5 (47)

No surprises in this match with the Tigers easily up against the Suns. Exciting youngster Daniel Rioli has 3 goals for his side, while Dustin Martin has continued on his merry way with 17 disposals (7 contested possessions, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50s).

11.19am BST

NRL half-time Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

Penalty to the Roosters just before half-time and time for a full set of six. Big tackle from Morgan sends them backwards and a forward pass is paid against Pearce (it didn’t look forward on the replay). The ball should end with the Cowboys – and does. Coote goes for a field goal from 40m but it drops short.

11.12am BST

NRL H1 37:51 Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

Penalty for a high tackle on Coote – disappointing for the Roosters after Pearce produced a perfect kick to put the Cowboys under all sorts of pressure.

11.10am BST

NRL H1 36:16 Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

Michael Morgan kicks the ball straight up in the air to complete the set – but the Roosters leave Morgan to catch his own ball, who kicks it again and gains another 30+ metres. Bizarre – not sure why no Roosters contested that.

11.08am BST

NRL H1 34:26 Roosters 6-16 Cowboys

Coen Hess in for his 12th try this season, and Lowe converts.

Just too strong!

Coen Hess #NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/dTponyWAq4

11.05am BST

NRL H1 31:09 Roosters 6-14 Cowboys

Penalty to the Roosters, they’ll breathe a sigh of relief with that one after the Cowboys were well on top. Isaac Liu broke the line to take the Roosters right up to 5m out, but they lose the ball.

11.00am BST

NRL H1 27:39 Roosters 6-10 Cowboys

Brilliant hands again by Coote sets up Feldt with a long pass on the right-hand side. The Cowboys are taking the ball deep to the line and their passing game is superb.

Feldt is over in the corner and the Cowboys take the lead!

LIVE: https://t.co/kOGadhZahL #NRLRoostersCowboys pic.twitter.com/lNLlRz9k2j

10.58am BST

NRL H1 24:59 Roosters 6-4 Cowboys

Big gain by the Cowboys but a penalty for contact to Taumalolo takes them 30m backwards and denies play on. That same man almost takes the Cowboys over the line after steamrolling the defense, and sets up a kick for his team that’s taken out of play by the Roosters. Another dropout.

10.54am BST

NRL H1 22:30 Roosters 6-4 Cowboys

Cowboys gain only 33m and the Roosters are back in attack with a big run from Watson. Brilliant spin from Liu to evade the Cowboys’ defence, and the Roosters almost set up a try before Manu is forced to throw the ball forward after running out of space on the right-hand side.

10.50am BST

NRL H1 19:02 Roosters 6-4 Cowboys

Great hands from Coote – he finds Linnett in space for a try! Te Maire Martin set up that try by going right to the Roosters’ defensive line, which started a string of impressive passes.

The @nthqldcowboys find plenty of space on the left edge!#NRLRoostersCowboys#NRL pic.twitter.com/is0dUvG75z

10.47am BST

NRL H1 16:10 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

Napa gives away a penalty to Winterstein. Taumalolo is crashing in with intent. The Cowboys force a dropout for another 6.

10.45am BST

NRL H1 14:12 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

Here’s some vision of the first try to Mitchell.

Latrell Mitchell making the hard look easy!#NRLRoostersCowboys 6-0 after 4 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/QXh5cZ4ED1

10.44am BST

NRL H1 13:03 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

The Cowboys are making plenty of mistakes – and Winterstein loses the ball 30m out to continue that trend. Full set coming for the Roosters. Penalty against Morgan for holding on to Pearce too long. He looks to be hurting. 10m out they go again. Aubusson almost makes it all the way through. The Roosters keep attacking Morgan with that bung shoulder.

10.41am BST

NRL H1 06:29 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

Another sharp pass from Keary out to Tupou on the left who goes back inside to Matterson. 30m out, Pearce kicks nicely for Ferguson but it’s another knock-on to the Roosters.

10.39am BST

NRL H1 06:29 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

Potential injury to Morgan whose arm is hanging by his side after a big hit from Ryan Matterson.

10.35am BST

NRL H1 04:27 Roosters 6-0 Cowboys

Good opening set from the Roosters and Cowboys, and the two fullbacks go head-to-head in a big tackle by Coote.

10.30am BST

NRL Roosters 0-0 Cowboys

We’re just about to kick off here – in case you missed it, here’s my preview from earlier.

10.29am BST

Our feature game between the Roosters and Cowboys is just about to start, but before that a quick re-cap to let you know that the Raider have scored five tries to three to keep their finals hopes alive. Johnston scored a consolation try for the Rabbitohs in teh 80th minute, but the game was decided earlier, with a couple of crucial tries to Bateman and Oldfield after the Rabbitohs scored their second through Fuimaono in the 50th minute.

Whitehead had 37 tackles for the Raiders, and Jack Wighton ran 188 metres. Croker had 1 line break and 5/5 conversions, as well as a penalty goal. For the Rabbitohs, Crichton ran 152 metres, and Burgess and Cook had 35 tackles each. Another disappointing loss for the Rabbitohs.

10.18am BST

What an unbelievable finish. Fitting that the game ended with a huge goal to Robbie Gray, who had nine disposals in the last quarter. It was a perfect tap down from Ryder to win the game for their team after all looked lost completely (certainly many Power fans had given up, and had left the ground).

The Saints will be devastated – not sure how they lost it 2 goals up with a minute and 18 left. I thought they’d won a crucial ‘8-pointer’ to put them into the eight and ahead of the pack of contenders who have stumbled this week (Melbourne and Sydney in particular). Carlisle was huge for them, and did everything he could to win the game for his side. SO did Luke Dunstan, who had 27 disposals (9 contested, 7 inside 50s, 6 clearances, and a big goal). Seb Ross racked up another 31, with 14 contested, 6 tackles and 6 clearances – but he was Gray’s direct opponent when he slipped away, onto Ryder’s tap and steered the winning goal through.

10.09am BST

AFL Q4 00:07 remaining Port Adelaide 9.9 (63) v St Kilda Saints 8.13 (61)

Carlisle bangs the ball on his boot to clear the 50 – looked deliberate as any but they don’t pay it. Ryder finds Robbie Gray with an incredible tap and Gray kicks the goal from 50 out – just over Carlisle’s head. Unbelievable. They’ve won it.

10.07am BST

AFL Q4 00:54 remaining Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) v St Kilda Saints 8.13 (61)

Port get one back with 55 seconds left! A large number of their supporters have left. Quality snap from Young who made something out of nothing.

10.05am BST

AFL Q4 02:00 remaining Port Adelaide 7.9 (51) v St Kilda Saints 8.13 (61)

Polec takes a big contested mark deep in defence and finds Amon 50m out. He turns the ball over, however, and the Saints have a shot inside 50 with Membrey lining up on a sharp angle. He’s taking his full 30 seconds. He kicks it, I can’t believe it.

10.03am BST

AFL Q4 03:16 remaining Port Adelaide 7.9 (51) v St Kilda Saints 7.13 (55)

The Saints are outnumbering the Power at the contest, and the ball is deep in their 50 with 3 minutes remaining.

10.02am BST

AFL Q4 04:07 remaining Port Adelaide 7.9 (51) v St Kilda Saints 7.13 (55)

Steele’s snap is off to the right and there’s still four points in it. The Power fans aren’t happy about the umpiring – admittedly Sam Gray looked like he was held with that last soccer on goal. They’ve won the majority of the frees today interstate – that’s rare!

10.00am BST

AFL Q4 06:36 remaining Port Adelaide 7.9 (51) v St Kilda Saints 7.12 (54)

Jasper Pittard dodges not one but four Saints forwards, and follows up his own ball into the centre. They find some overlap in Boak, ball spills to Sam Gray who tries to soccer a goal and it’s touched.

9.58am BST

AFL Q4 06:36 remaining Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) v St Kilda Saints 7.12 (54)

Telling contested possession by Ryder picks out Robbie Gray who bombs it long – and Carlisle intercepts again. He might be the difference in the end.

9.57am BST

AFL Q4 07:16 remaining Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) v St Kilda Saints 7.12 (54)

Saints are in front! Dunstan snaps a brilliant goal to cap off a wonderful day for him – they bullocked their way to that goal, forcing Robbie Gray of all people to drop the ball in the middle.

9.56am BST

AFL Q4 07:54 remaining Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) v St Kilda Saints 6.12 (48)

Sinclair snaps a massive goal for the Saints – the ball went out the back of the defenders to Gresham, who appeared to drop the ball (they never pay that any more, do they?) Sinclair swooped and showed composure to kick the goal. 2 points in it!

9.54am BST

AFL Q4 09:06 remaining Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) v St Kilda Saints 5.12 (42)

Robbie Gray’s dominance in the centre is telling – he’s jumped up to 23 possessions, 10 contested possessions, 12 kicks and 3 clearances. He finds Dixon inside 50 but he misses the set shot completely. Westhoff now has an opportunity on a tight angle, 50m out. He can’t make the distance, and the Saints try to clear but are penalised for deliberate.

9.52am BST

AFL Q4 10:46 remaining Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) v St Kilda Saints 5.12 (42)

Gresham finally gets one back – he ran to about 7m out to make sure of it this time. This game has fired right up!

9.50am BST

AFL Q4 11:30 remaining Port Adelaide 7.9 (50) v St Kilda Saints 4.12 (36)

Westhoff’s snap at goal is touched on the line by Sinclair – but his kickout goes straight to Ebert, who boots a massive goal for the Power. Unfortunately that’s a huge, telling mistake for Sinclair – right after he appeared to save a crucial one.

9.47am BST

AFL Q4 13:41 remaining Port Adelaide 6.7 (43) v St Kilda Saints 4.12 (36)

Saints are pressing but Josh Bruce lets an important mark slip through his fingers. The ball is inside the Saints’ 50, to be thrown in.

You’ve got to hold onto those, Paul Rizonico. #AFLPowerSaints pic.twitter.com/ovEAM4co1n

9.44am BST

AFL Q4 15:25 remaining Port Adelaide 6.7 (43) v St Kilda Saints 4.12 (36)

Tim Membrey lines up from outside 50 to get the Saints one back against the flow of play. He makes the distance and the kick is accurate to boot. That’s big.

9.42am BST

AFL Q4 16:45 remaining Port Adelaide 6.7 (43) v St Kilda Saints 3.12 (30)

Port are picking holes through the St Kilda defence, and Charlie Dixon manages an uncontested mark at the top of the square. Nathan Brown, for whatever reason, didn’t jump with him and the Saints defenders look at each other in dismay. Goal for Dixon and a big one for the Power.

9.40am BST

Super Rugby Crusaders H2 45:59 10-6 Chiefs

The Chiefs are creeping ever closer, but no change to the score here since half time. McKenzie scored two penalty goes for the Chiefs in the 26th and 37th minutes to peg back the 6 points. I have to jump back to the AFL but will update you on the conclusion of this one once it’s done.

9.36am BST

NRL H2 41:07 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-20 Canberra Raiders

Second half has just started at ANZ stadium. The Raiders had the last say in the first half, with a try to Cotric and conversion following from Croker. Joseph Tapine is causing headaches for the Rabbitohs, with 114 run metres (Jack Wighton also has 104), while Elliot Whitehead leads the way with 29 tackles for the Raiders. Damien Cook is working hard for the Souths, with 23 tackles (equal with Sam Burgess who also has 23 tackles, and has run 101 metres).

#NRLsoucan From right to left! Cotric seals the deal.#NRLSouthsRaiders 6-20 after 35 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/oNElid2tiF From Nationa…

9.32am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Port Adelaide 5.7 (37) v St Kilda Saints 3.12 (30)

Blake Acres takes a crucial contested grab just on the siren, and finally drills the goal for the Saints. That changes the look of this one – with only 7 points in it now. Power will be disappointed to let that one slip just before the break, after they dominated that quarter.

9.27am BST

AFL Q3 03:07 remaining Port Adelaide 5.7 (37) v St Kilda Saints 2.12 (24)

One man who has played well today is Jake Carlisle, regularly picking off intercept marks in the back 50. He’s had only the 9 disposals, but he’s taken 6 marks, and had 5 contested possessions. Mark Riccuito wonders if the Saints should shift him up forward, but I don’t know that they can afford to move him.

9.23am BST

AFL Q3 05:24 remaining Port Adelaide 4.7 (31) v St Kilda Saints 2.12 (24)

There’s a bit of feeling in this one. The Saints miss yet another opportunity on goal after choosing to play on when they had another set-shot free kick. Not sure why you’d do that in these conditions.

9.18am BST

AFL Q3 08:14 remaining Port Adelaide 4.6 (30) v St Kilda Saints 2.10 (22)

Al Paton reckons the Saints can’t kick straight – and it makes a difference when they do.

St Kilda scorelines this year:

2.10 (so far)

(v Tigers 21.12)#AFLPowerSaints

9.16am BST

AFL Q3 09:52 remaining Port Adelaide 4.6 (30) v St Kilda Saints 2.10 (22)

Power fans have lost the plot after some 50-50s go against them. Impey seemed to pick out Westhoff but it didn’t travel 15. Westhoff then looked to get a high tackle but instead had holding the ball given against him.

9.12am BST

AFL Q3 12:05 remaining Port Adelaide 4.6 (30) v St Kilda Saints 2.9 (21)

The Power are increasing their inside 50 dominance with 36 entries to 28. Ryder has 26 hit-outs now.

9.07am BST

AFL Q3 15:47 remaining Port Adelaide 4.5 (29) v St Kilda Saints 2.8 (20)

Port open the scoring through Polec. They’ve hit the ground running in the second quarter, while the Saints are less clean with the ball. They’ve butchered a few chances to go forward through ineffective disposal.

9.02am BST

Super Rugby H1 24:59 Crusaders 10-0 Chiefs

Very disappointing crowd for this game – don’t know the official count, but it isn’t looking good. In any event, Newman has just been denied a try for a knock-on after the Chiefs looked to get one back against the Crusaders (Jackson had called a try). Controversial.

8.55am BST

NRL H1 21:19 South Sydney Rabbitohs 0-12 Canberra Raiders

Plenty of action here – first Croker takes the 2 from a penalty, before the Green Machine score another try through Joe Tapine.

Sweet kick, unusual bounce, spin and a grounding! Making it look good @RaidersCanberra!#NRLSouthsRaiders 0-14 after 20 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/rtgAwZ3pq7

8.50am BST


Australian teen golfer Ryan Ruffels is just two shots off the lead in the Canadian Open – the US PGA Tour event in Toronto – after Friday’s second round. Ruffels said he felt his 324-yard average off tee gave him a good chance of winning Australia’s ninth Candian Open title.

8.47am BST


While we’re at half-time in our feature game, I’ll re-cap some more sports news. Thanks to Wires (AAP), Australia’s Opals team have created history by advancing to the final of the women’s Asia Cup after defeating South Korea by 17 points. This is Australia’s first appearance in the tournament – and are the first non-East Asian nation to make the final. The Opals won 81-64, and led at every break in the match which was held in Bangalore, India. Kelsey Griffin scored 16 points, and US college star Alanna Smith also added 12.

8.44am BST

NRL H1 10:01 South Sydney Rabbitohs 0-6 Canberra Raiders

Just 10 minutes in, and already a converted try to the favourites the Raiders.

Can’t stop him! @JarrodCroker falls over the line and then converts his own Try!#NRLSouthsRaiders 0-6 after 10 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/CHyXkCtHGg

8.42am BST

AFL half-time Port Adelaide 3.5 (23) v St Kilda Saints 2.8 (20)

Suddenly the Saints are reinvigorated, but Bruce misses a contested mark and another opportunity for a goal when he fumbled one off the (wet) deck. This time he looked to finally outbody his opponent before giving away a free-kick. He’s had a rough day at the office – and is particularly unhappy with the umpires. Just 3 points in it at half-time.

8.40am BST

AFL Q2 01:34 remaining Port Adelaide 3.5 (23) v St Kilda Saints 2.8 (20)

Josh Bruce almost knocks himself out cold trying to mark the ball just before the point post. It’s unclear if the ball has hit the post before Membrey picked it up and snapped a goal. Plenty of replays ensue. A goal is paid – that was the umpire’s original call – because Bruce’s hands were between the post and the ball, which equates to play on.

Ohh that had to hurt… #AFLPowerSaints pic.twitter.com/VrtFazA6mV

8.37am BST

AFL Q2 02:12 remaining Port Adelaide 3.5 (23) v St Kilda Saints 1.8 (14)

Billings misses a golden opportunity for the Saints. Bruce brought the ball to ground for Billings to pounce – he had plenty of space and time, for no return. He’s missed a couple now – and the Saints have eight points.

8.35am BST

AFL Q2 03:40 remaining Port Adelaide 3.5 (23) v St Kilda Saints 1.7 (13)

Trengove picks out Robbie Gray in the pocket, who cleverly outbodies his opponent. His snap misses.

#truebelievers #portpower #cathaypacificpower #AFLPowerSaints pic.twitter.com/UhFPvHjito

8.33am BST

AFL Q2 05:39 remaining Port Adelaide 3.4 (22) v St Kilda Saints 1.7 (13)

Billings has a rare set shot for goal and can’t convert. The Saints have had 8 shots on goal, to Port’s 7, but are 10 points behind. Power are still dominating inside 50s 25-19 and contested possessions 71-57. Ryder still dominates the hit-outs with 19 (Power are winning hit-outs 22-12). Speaking of Ryder he has 7 contested possessions and 5 clearances, 4 inside 50s. Not bad for a ruckman.

8.26am BST

AFL Q2 10:35 remaining Port Adelaide 3.4 (22) v St Kilda Saints 1.4 (10)

The Saints can’t seem to stop bombing it away inside 50. This time Membrey makes it look good with a big contested mark. Billings nearly takes a spectacular pack mark in the square, but can’t complete it and the ball is back with the Power after a rushed behind.

8.24am BST

AFL Q2 11:51 remaining Port Adelaide 3.4 (22) v St Kilda Saints 1.3 (9)

More stalemate after Josh Bruce was crunched by two Power defenders deep inside forward 50. Unlucky not to get the free after a nice pass by Seb Ross.

In trying conditions, this was an excellent finish from Karl Amon! #AFLPowerSaints pic.twitter.com/Dm2l4sfXaX

8.19am BST

AFL Q2 14:54 remaining Port Adelaide 2.4 (16) v St Kilda Saints 1.3 (9)

Some conjecture over deliberate out of bounds at Adelaide Oval – the umpires are showing leniency in the conditions, but of two close calls, paid the one that looked far less deliberate. I am not suggesting they were influenced by the home crowd. But maybe they were.

8.15am BST

AFL Q2 17:28 remaining Port Adelaide 2.3 (15) v St Kilda Saints 1.3 (9)

The Power are dominating general play – they have 15 inside 50s to 9, 47 contested possessions to 31, and Ryder is dominating the ruck with 17 hit-outs to 7. Clearances, however, are even – at 10-11 the Saints’ way.

8.08am BST


That Knights win, though. Here’s the moment McDonald Jones Stadium erupted after Saifiti’s try.

#NRLnewsgi McDonald Jones Stadium just went wild! #NRLKnightsDragons #NRL pic.twitter.com/khcULis9M1https://t.co/XX1TddW2um

8.05am BST

AFL Q1 quarter-time Port Adelaide 2.3 (15) v St Kilda 1.3 (9)

Couple of late goals to the Power after a bad error from the Saints let Amon in (his first game since Round 10) for an impressive snap in the wet. A small melee breaks out on the verge of quarter-time, which gifts a free to Ebert. Siren sounds. Just a goal in it to the Power, who turned the heat up in those final minutes.

8.03am BST

I see it but I don’t quite believe it. The Knights finally break through for a win. Jacob Saifiti broke the deadlock with a 72nd minute try, converted by Trent Hodkinson. Hodkinson then took the field goal in the 78th minute to stretch the lead to 5, the winning margin.

Try-scorer Saifiti had 176 run metres for the Knights, eclipsed by Jack de Belin for the Dragons who had 196 (Nene McDonald also ran 190m, but will rue the spilled opportunity for a try). Most tackles went to Cameron McInness, with 66 for the Dragons, while Jamie Buhrer had 40 for the Knights. Dugan and Nightingale had a line break each for the Dragons, and Saifiti and Gagai had one each for Newcastle.

WINNERS #NRLKnightsDragons #goKnights pic.twitter.com/gChRX6Vz0S

7.59am BST

AFL Q1 03:05 remaining Port Adelaide 0.2 (2) v St Kilda 1.3 (9)

Still no goal to the Power despite some opportunities – Ollie Wines just missed a set shot after winning an over-the-shoulder free, and down the other end Mav Weller missed a very similar one for the Saints. Both sides have been guilty of bombing away – the Power to Jake Carlisle in the long-sleeves down back, and the Saints to a raft of Power defenders like Jasper Pittard. We have something of a stalemate brewing.

7.57am BST

The Giants have held on for an important win for the fledgling club, after their season has stuttered and stalled in the last month or so of football. Josh Kelly kicked the sealer after the Dockers got within 4 points. He was important for his side, finishing with 27 disposals (11 contested possessions, 6 clearances and the game-winning goal). Dylan Shiel was huge in the final quarter, and finished with 26 disposals (11 contested possesions, 7 inside 50s and 8 clearances). All-in-all, the Giants dominated the clearances 45-32, especially at stoppages (33-19).

For the Dockers, Nat Fyfe tried his heart out (as always) with 31 disposals, 19 contested possessions, and 2 goals. How good is it to see him somewhere back near his best? Unheralded Luke Ryan also had 25 disposals – at 88% disposal efficiency, and a huge 14 marks to go with 8 rebound 50s and 6 tackles. He looks a player for the Dockers’ future.

7.48am BST

AFL Q1 11:18 remaining Port Adelaide 0.1 (1) v St Kilda 1.1 (7)

First goal goes to the Saints through Jack Lonie after a questionable free kick for high contact against Sam Powell-Pepper. Lonie looked to throw the head back, so SPP will consider himself unlucky. How good is he, by the way? Genuine Rising Star chance.

7.46am BST

AFL Q1 12:20 remaining Port Adelaide 0.1 (1) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

Alright I’ll return to the feature game but tell you if anything out of the ordinary happens in the GWS game (I’m calling a much-needed win for them). Just a single point each here so far in difficult conditions. The Power are dominating contested possessions (17-11) and hit-outs (6-2) both which will be all-important in the wet.

7.43am BST

AFL Q4 02:06 remaining GWS Giants 12.19 (91) v 13.8 (86)

Josh Kelly kicks the sealer (surely) for the Dockers with a couple of minutes left. Nice composure from young Kelly – that was thanks to yet another Devon Smith clearance and possession (he’s had 11 possessions this quarter).

7.42am BST

AFL Q4 02:51 remaining GWS Giants 12.19 (91) v 13.8 (86)

Stephen Hill drives the Dockers into forward 50 and the ball goes out of bounds off Mundy’s hands. Nat Fyfe wins another clearance but the Dockers can’t get a clean possession and Devon Smith hands it off to Patton who loads up from 50m and misses everything. He was pushed as he kicked, however, and they’ve paid a downfield free-kick. That’s a questionable decision given he pushed him AS he kicked it, which usually results in a free where the ball was. Jeremy Cameron takes it on a very tight angle, and misses.

7.39am BST

AFL Q1 17:44 remaining Port Adelaide 0.0 (0) v St Kilda 0.1 (1)

It’s pouring rain at the Adelaide Oval – and the forecast is no better. Ponchos abound. First foray forward goes to Josh Bruce who takes a great contested mark considering the weather. His snap goes wide.

7.34am BST


Just before this one starts – how good was David Squires’ take on the AFL Footy Show earlier this week? He had five suggestions for saving the Footy Show. Hint: anything that isn’t white, male, and heterosexual (in case you’re wondering, Eddie McGuire doesn’t qualify).

7.33am BST

AFL Q4 08:00 remaining GWS Giants 12.15 (87) v Fremantle 12.8 (80)

The Dockers FINALLY get one back through Ballantyne (after a fantastic handpass by Mayne to keep the ball inside the boundary line) after four consecutive goals to Lobb, Scully, Smith and Patton. What can the Dockers conjure with 8 minutes remaining?

7.30am BST

NRL H2 62:08 Newcastle Knights 14-14 St George Illawarra Dragons

Could Newcastle finally hold on for a win? It’s all square at McDonald Jones Stadium. They’ve made some questionable decisions on the fifth tackle – and almost gifted the Dragons a try just before, if not for a nice chase by Nathan Ross to force the error by Nene. This one looks set to go to the wire – and I’ll check back in with it when I can get away from our feature game (Port Adelaide v St Kilda in the AFL – followed by Roosters v Cowboys in the NRL)

7.25am BST

Jayden Hunt looked to have the best chance to win it for the Dees – and sought to centre it to Lewis, but the kick was poor. The Roos find a free man in Nathan Hrovat, who bombs it inside 50 and the Roos WIN IT! Surely that emphatically answers the tanking claims that have unfairly been directed their way this week. They have lost plenty of close ones this season (five games under a goal!) and are unlucky to be as low as they are in my opinion.

For the Demons, it was a very Melbourne-like stumble after such a good month of football, and with a top four spot on the line. I’ll back them in for this to be a one-off. Credit to the Roos – they came with hunger, passion and pride for their club today.

7.20am BST

AFL Q4 01:05 remaining North Melbourne 11.10 (76) v Melbourne 10.12 (72)

BIG mark to Majak Daw. He delivers after that epic spray from Scott last week. Another big man, Ben Brown, gets a free for in the back and Higgins – who was in plenty of space – chose not to take the advantage and instead backs his side in to milk the last minute. Brown finds the line.

7.18am BST

AFL Q4 01:55 remaining North Melbourne 11.10 (76) v Melbourne 10.12 (72)

A point to Melbourne through Christian Petracca. Could this be a one-point heartbreak for the Roos? Hibberd unloads but misses after Tom McDonald took another telling mark.

7.15am BST

AFL Q4 03:49 remaining North Melbourne 11.10 (76) v Melbourne 10.10 (70)

Higgins plays on to Andrew Swallow who fumbles and (seemingly) plays for a high free. Thought he was pinged for holding the ball, but got one in the back. Point to North to make it an even goal lead.

7.14am BST


I’ll keep you updated on the final moments of the North Melbourne v Melbourne AFL game, but in the meantime, do yourselves a favour and have a read of Barney Ronay on the likely transfer of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe – otherwise known as the most coveted young football talent in the world. It looks, unsurprisingly, like he might end up at Real Madrid – for a world-record £160m fee, in a move that would qualify as not only the largest but also the most extraordinary football transfer of all time. Loved Ronay’s take on the hyperbole that often accompanies football transfers. As he puts it, “for all Mbappé’s vast social media imprint, his status as a kind of Snapchat footballer, a viral skill-meme made flesh, it is worth remembering that he really hasn’t done anything yet.” Unbelievably, the proposed transfer fee would exceed the combined fees Madrid paid for Cristinao Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane – when both were world player of the year winners, and in their 20s.

7.10am BST

AFL Q4 07:35 remaining North Melbourne 11.9 (75) v Melbourne 10.10 (70)

Big final seven minutes or so left in this game – the Demons hit the lead again through the reborn forward Tom McDonald, who has stepped up and saved them in more than a few games this year. Down the other end, Ben Brown completely misfires and Jy Simpkin takes a mark 25m out. He goals to put the underdogs back in front. What tanking?

7.07am BST


England v South Africa third Test

7.01am BST

F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has finished fastest in practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix, to give a timely reminder that a rejuvenated Red Bull can be a force to reckon with. Riccardio finished in one minute and 18.455 seconds in the afternoon session, and also led the morning session, recording two times inside Michael Schumacher’s lap record for Ferrari in 2004. Riccardio sits fourth in the championship overall, 60 points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the mid-point of the season. He has had five podium finishes this year, and won in Azerbaijan last month. If he is successful in taking pole, it will be a record-equalling 68th time he has done so in his career.

6.57am BST

World Swimming Championships

Australia’s horror run in the World Swimming Championships in Budapest has continued, with Bronte Campbell failing to defend her 100m freestyle title. Campbell became the third woman in history to win the 50m-100m double at the last world titles, in Kazan, in 2015. In yesterday’s final, however, she faded to second last, finishing with a time of 53.18 seconds (more than half a second shy of her 2015 winning time). In the lead-up, Campbell had struggled with illness in the days before her title defence, and has also had chronic shoulder issues since the titles in Kazan. Nonetheless, she’ll be disappointed to have finished a full second behind winner Simone Manuel, who finished in 52.27, setting a new US record and becoming the first American to win the 100m title since Jenny Thompson in 1998.

6.54am BST

AFL Q4 17:25 remaining North Melbourne 10.8 (68) v Melbourne 9.8 (62)

Another unexpectedly close one – and potential huge upset – is brewing here at Blundstone Arena in Tasmania. Cult hero Ben Brown has 4 goals for the Roos – while Luke McDonald (18 disposals, 5 contested possessions, 13 kicks, 3 clearances, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal) and Andrew Swallow (20 possessions, 8 contested possessions, 85% disposal efficiency, 1 goal) are leading the way for their team at their home-away-from-home.

6.49am BST

NRL half-time Newcastle 14-12 St George Illawarra

Unfortunately for the Knights, they’ve let a Dragons try slip with just a few seconds remaining on the clock until half-time. That brings the Dragons right back within 2 points, in an ominous sign for Newcastle. The Dragons, however, will be relieved after they had not one but two tries overturned.

Vision of the @NRL_Dragons No Try decision in the 30th minute of #NRLKnightsDragons.#NRL pic.twitter.com/0iMZgMcz0W

6.46am BST

Tournament of Nations (Women’s football)

While we’re waiting for the Port v St Kilda game to start, I’ll do a quick round-up of news launching overnight.

6.44am BST

AFL half-time GWS Giants 6.7 (43) v Fremantle Dockers 6.6 (42)

An unexpectedly close one is unfolding at Spotless Stadium, with the Giants just one point in front of the Dockers at half-time. Nat Fyfe is leading the way for his team with 17 disposals, at 76.5% disposal efficiency, 4 clearances, a goal, 3 tackles, 9 contested possessions and 7 score involvements. Almost a complete game at half time. Another unlikely suspect – Luke Ryan – is also going at 93% diposal efficiency for his 14 disposals, and 5 rebound 50s. Shane Kersten also has three goals for the half, to be the unlikely top-scorer.

6.37am BST

NRL H1 32:15 Newcastle Knights 12-6 St George Illawarra Dragons

The Knights are at it again – tantalising in the early stages of their NRL matches (ordinarily this ends in horror second-half fade outs). They raced away to the first two tries in this match – the first in the sixth minute to Brock Lamb, and the second in the 11th minute to former Rooster Shaun Kenny-Dowall. Both were converted by Trent Hodkinson. However, the Dragons got one back through Paul Vaughan in the 23rd, which was converted by Gareth Widdop.

#NRLnewsgi Big man knows his way to the line! Paul Vaughan. #NRLKnightsDragons #NRL pic.twitter.com/MdYuwPTEbehttps://t.co/CM663sDWDa

6.31am BST

Hello and welcome to Saturday’s Guardian Australia Sportwatch blog. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

I’ll be liveblogging two feature matches for you today – the first being the AFL clash between Port Adelaide and St Kilda. This shapes as a crucial match for both teams – albeit for different reasons. The Saints will be hoping that that a win keeps their stumbling season alive while those teams above them do their best to allow others a chance to take their place in the eight (see: The West Coast Eagles’ capitulation to Collingwood last week). Just above them, the reigning premiers the Bulldogs will face Essendon tomorrow in a do-or-die clash for both finals aspirants. We should know a lot more about the composition of the final eight after this round. The Saints, will, however, be without spiritual leader Nick Riewoldt (one of many ‘managed’ this round), as well as veteran Leigh Montagna (will he go on?) and Koby Stevens. Tim Membrey gets another chance to stake his claim for a permanent spot in the forward line, while Weller and White also make their way back into the side. I’m looking forward to seeing how the much-improved Seb Ross plays this week – after a career-high 37 possessions against the Swans last week.

6.52am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, check out this extract of Joe Gorman’s book, on Socceroos great Mark Viduka and his time at Melbourne Knights.

Related: Mark Viduka: the Socceroos great whose Croatian roots ran deep | Joe Gorman

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jul/29/port-adelaide-v-st-kilda-roosters-v-cowboys-and-more-australia-sportwatch-live

Jul 23

NSW win women’s Interstate Challenge, Pies upset Eagles and more – Australian Sportwatch, as it happened

9.16am BST


That’s all from me here after an early start to Australian Sportwatch. To begin the day, I live blogged all the action from the women’s Interstate Challenge between New South Wales and Queensland. It was a big day for women’s rugby league, with the game televised and sponsored for the first time, and many women paid for the first time also. The Blues put on a show for their home crowd, with debutant Jess Sergies scoring a hattrick for her home state as her team won 22-6. Player of the match went to her teammate Kezie Apps, who was instrumental in setting up several of their tries. The game ended in some carnage for existing and prospective Jillaroos – the most high-profile of those being NSW fullback Sam Bremner with an ankle. I hope she’s OK and back out there soon. Tough day at the office for the Maroons – if you read my preview pieces on the game, you’ll know how much this loss will sting.

FIELD GOAL for @TheParraEels! #NRLTigersEels 16-17 77′ #9WWOS pic.twitter.com/QUHIPNeUwZ

9.01am BST

HUGE loss for the Eagles – they were up by 24 points up in the final quarter, vying for a spot in the top eight and let it slip. That said, the Pies showed plenty of heart, especially without skipper Pendlebury, and during the game, Moore and Varcoe, to win it from that far behind. That’s what their supporters have been waiting for.

Adam Treloar is emotional after the game in his interview with Daisy Pearce – it seems the season and the scrutiny has taken a toll on the players as much as coach Buckley. He finished with 34 disposals – including 12 contested possessions and 5 clearances (still, his efficiency let him down at 59%). Best on ground for the Pies was ruckman Grundy. He had 19 disposals, but 42 hitouts, 8 contested possessions, and 3 marks. He dominated Petrie in the ruck. Jordan de Goey was also huge, especially in the second half, with 4 goals as a makeshift forward.

8.53am BST

AFL Q4 00:40 remaining Collingwood 13.15 (93) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Fasolo kicks it – think they’ve won it from here. Pies in a big upset.

8.52am BST

AFL Q4 00:56 remaining Collingwood 12.15 (87) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Treloar wins the clearance, and it’s held up inside the Pies’ 50. Treloar again, gets it inside 50, the Eagles try to clear and Fasolo gets a holding the ball after he chases down an Eagles’ defender.

8.50am BST

AFL Q4 02:06 remaining Collingwood 12.15 (87) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Huge tackle by de Goey, who has had an enormous second half. He wins the free for holding the ball, and hits up Jamie Elliot in the 50. I sense multiple clubs behind Collingwood (aka those vying for a spot in the 8).

8.48am BST

AFL Q4 03:52 remaining Collingwood 11.15 (81) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Collingwood are running all over the top of the Eagles here- all the momentum is going their way with the crowd behind them. An upset is on the cards.

8.46am BST

AFL Q4 05:46 remaining Collingwood 11.15 (81) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Free kick to de Goey for a hold from Will Schofield. He kicks his fourth – for 4.2 for the afternoon. Only 4 points in it. Exciting stuff from the Pies – who have so had so many more shots on goal. This is a crucial match that will shape finals – the Eagles can’t afford to drop it.

8.45am BST

AFL Q4 06:19 remaining Collingwood 10.15 (75) v West Coast 13.7 (85)

Brayden Maynard was unlucky not to get 50m, after he was held up after taking the mark. He tried to bomb the ball in long – but hit the man on the mark. Down the other end, Elliot Yeo has the chance to kick the sealer – and hits the post.

8.41am BST

AFL Q4 10:07 remaining Collingwood 9.15 (69) v West Coast 13.6 (84)

Guess who – Josh Kennedy is lining up for his sixth. This one uncharacteristically goes out on the full.

8.38am BST

AFL Q4 11:10 remaining Collingwood 9.15 (69) v West Coast 13.6 (84)

Almost a massive goal from Treloar, who burst through the middle and hit the post from outside 50m. They’ve kicked 15 points now – and would rue their lack of accuracy.

Q4 | It’s Jordan De Goey providing the once again. @CollingwoodFC is not done with yet. #AFLPiesEagles pic.twitter.com/fjC5q1ZWVx

8.36am BST

AFL Q4 12:43 remaining Collingwood 9.14 (68) v West Coast 13.6 (84)

Leigh Matthews says the difference between the two sides is the presence of the two key forwards in Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling. We all know how highly-publicised the Pies’ woes up forward are. It hasn’t helped that Darcy Moore has been off for most of the game, but they have had good return from de Goey and Reid.

8.34am BST

AFL Q4 14:11 remaining Collingwood 9.13 (67) v West Coast 13.6 (84)

Ben Reid can’t convert – that’s a big miss in the context of the game. That would have given him three for the day, and taken the Pies within a couple of goals.

8.31am BST

AFL Q4 16:20 remaining Collingwood 9.12 (66) v West Coast 13.5 (83)

Another goal to de Goey! That’s his third – he simply threw his boot at that one, after it floated awkwardly into the 50 – he’s at his opportunistic best today.

8.26am BST

AFL Q4 19:12 remaining Collingwood 8.11 (59) v West Coast 13.5 (83)

First goal of the quarter goes to Jack Darling (2 goals) after he was gifted a 50m for a push in the back after he marked. Undisciplined from Collingwood.

8.25am BST

AFL Q2 15:57 remaining Brisbane 8.2 (50) v Carlton 1.4 (10)

Over at the Gabba, the home side are well on top of Carlton. Dayne Zorko has 13 disposals, with 6 contested possessions and 2 goals. Meanwhile, for the Blues, captain Marc Murphy leads the way with 9 disposals (3 clearances).

8.21am BST

NRL H2 48:54 Wests Tigers 8-10 Parramatta Eels

Here’s the Semi Radafara try in the 31st minute which put the Eels in front. Scores remain as they did then – with the Eels 2 points ahead. Gutherson missed the resultant conversion.

The Semi Trailer at full speed!#NRLTigersEels 8-10 after 32 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/urLH4WQx5s

8.18am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Collingwood 8.11 (59) v West Coast 12.5 (77)

Yeo runs into an open goal to stretch the lead back out to three goals- that’s a killer for the Pies (and Buckley) as it came with only three seconds to go after a much-improved Collingwood quarter. The Eagles had plenty of overlap out the back and made them pay for the turnover.

8.14am BST

AFL Q3 02:54 remaining Collingwood 8.10 (58) v West Coast 11.5 (71)

A panic kick from Treloar just outside 50 falls to Hurn, who takes a high tackle from Sidebottom. He passes off to Shuey about 10m closer to goal – a strange decision given how far Hurn can kick. Shuey, however, rewards the decision and kicks straight. That’s two back for the Eagles after a Collingwood onslaught.

8.09am BST

AFL Q3 06:10 remaining Collingwood 8.9 (57) v West Coast 10.4 (64)

Travis Varcoe hasn’t returned for the Pies – they might be two down for the rest of the match at this rate. Jordan de Goey had a golden opportunity to put the Pies in front with his third goal in a row, but hit the post. That’s scores level.

8.03am BST

AFL Q3 09:08 remaining Collingwood 8.7 (55) v West Coast 9.3 (57)

Pressure has really lifted here from the Pies.

Travis Varcoe was helped from the ground following this incident. #AFLPiesEagles pic.twitter.com/886q5fzzIq

8.01am BST

AFL Q3 10:58 remaining Collingwood 8.7 (55) v West Coast 9.3 (57)

Some vision is being shown of Mick Malthouse sitting with Eddie McGuire – Brian Taylor wonders if he’s there “for an interview”.

7.57am BST

AFL Q3 11:52 remaining Collingwood 7.7 (49) v West Coast 9.3 (57)

Travis Varcoe looks to be concussed after a nasty fall onto his head. Not dissimilar to the Dale Morris fall that broke his forearm last night. For the record, Luke Beveridge said that could be the end of his career, which would be very sad indeed.

7.54am BST

AFL Q3 14:16 remaining Collingwood 6.7 (43) v West Coast 9.3 (57)

Taylor Adams gets one back for Collingwood – after a Wells fresh air shot left the ball behind. Adams swooped opportunistically to cut the lead back to 14 (the same margin the Pies led by in the first quarter).

7.51am BST

AFL Q3 15:17 remaining Collingwood 5.6 (36) v West Coast 9.3 (57)

Kennedy juggles a contested mark with one hand – he was far too strong for Goldsack. That’s his sixth – maybe Franklin’s record is under threat after all.

7.47am BST

AFL Q3 18:45 remaining Collingwood 5.6 (36) v West Coast 8.3 (51)

Another nice contested mark to Kennedy, who technically took the free for chopping the arms. That’s 5.1 for him in his milestone game.

7.46am BST

AFL Q3 19:50 remaining Collingwood 5.6 (36) v West Coast 7.3 (45)

News coming through that Darcy Moore is off to hospital with neck soreness – the Pies stress that they are being cautious more than anything. That means the Pies will be one dow for the rest of this game.

7.42am BST

NRL H1 26:30 Wests Tigers 8-6 Parramatta Eels

The Tigers hit the lead at ANZ Stadium, with a penalty goal converted by Tuimoala Lolohea. Both sides have one try each. The Eels opened the scoring with a try to Bevan French in the third minute, which Clint Gutherson converted. The Tigers then returned fire through James Tedesco in the 12th minute, and Lolohea followed with a conversion.

Was this a high tackle? #NRLTigersEels #9WWOS pic.twitter.com/esr24VdK8w

7.36am BST

Ninja Warrior

Anyone been watching Ninja Warrior? I admit that I haven’t – but it seems the nation has, with Erin Riley reporting that its ratings have already eclipsed our major sports (with only State of Origin games and Australian Open men’s tennis final out-rating Warrior so far). In her piece on the Japanese franchise, Riley argues that the course gifts an unfair advantage to men and the able-bodied, making it anything but the ‘great equaliser’ it promises to be.

7.33am BST


There’s a couple of football stories emerging. The first is that West Ham have announced a record club signing – welcoming Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of up to £25m, with a guaranteed £20m plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons. Arnautovic said he felt “special” to be a West Ham player:

7.26am BST

AFL half-time Collingwood 5.6 (36) v West Coast 7.3 (45)

Reid can’t convert his third and is well left in his attempt at goal. He seems to be the Pies’ primary target at the moment, with Darcy Moore off the ground with an injury concern.

7.21am BST

AFL Q2 03:49 remaining Collingwood 5.5 (35) v West Coast 7.3 (45)

There’s a trio of Eagles milestones today – the man I was just talking about, Josh Kennedy is playing his 200th game, Luke Shuey his150th and Elliot Yeo his 100th. The Eagles have plenty to play for given they desperately need a win to keep clubs level and below them at bay – including the Bombers, and fast-finishing reigning premiers the Bulldogs. They have had an inconsistent season, however, and have not won two games in a row since round eight – and have won three of their last eight games. I’m backing them in to win today, with a big bag from Kennedy (he might not beat the record for most goals in your 200th though – that sits with Buddy Franklin who kicked 9).

7.15am BST

AFL Q2 05:58 remaining Collingwood 5.5 (35) v West Coast 7.3 (45)

That man Josh Kennedy kicks a brilliant set shot goal from 45m out on a tight angle – that’s his fourth – he’s got 4.1. Has been an unbelievable acquisition for the Eagles since he came over all that time ago from Carlton.

7.12am BST

AFL Q2 07:56 remaining Collingwood 5.5 (35) v West Coast 6.3 (39)

Nice set shot from Ben Reid gets the score back to 4 points the difference. That’s his second goal for the day.

7.11am BST

AFL Q2 10:03 remaining Collingwood 4.5 (29) v West Coast 6.3 (39)

Fairly tight game here at Etihad as Josh Kennedy soccers through his third. Same old story for Collingwood – plenty of inside 50s and possession, but some questionable ball skills.

7.06am BST

This game is over at WIN Stadium, with a thumping 52-22 upset victory to the Dragons. The Sea Eagles scored four second-half tries – to Walker (42m), Lussick (48m), Trobjevic (51m) and Uate (54m) to put a scare through the Dragons’ camp, but they responded with four of their own – to Vaughan (59m), Nightingale (62m), Aitken (67m) and the impressive debutant Dufty (79m). Widdop converted well at 8 of 9 attempts.

Dufty also had two line breaks and two try assists for the Dragons, while Jack de Belin ran 251 metres and had 30 tackles (McInness had 39). For the Sea Eagles, Jake Trbojevic had 45 tackles, and ran 159 metres – while his brother Tom ran 233 metres.

On debut! Makes it a half century for the @NRL_Dragons.#NRLDragonsManly #NRL pic.twitter.com/E1zx7U3Hsd

6.50am BST

I’ll have a very short break and come back with the rest of the Collingwood v West Coast clash (after some other round-the-ground updates).

6.49am BST

Great win for the Tigers, who, as Anthony Hudson aptly puts it, went from “no hopers” last year to top 4 this year. Who knows what this side can achieve. I say that both sincerely and with some cynicism given we all know how up and down this side can be (remember the first half against St Kilda a couple of weeks ago?) Still, they looked back to their best today, and there’s no stopping Dustin Martin as far as I can tell. They’ve got Gold Coast next week, and a fairly soft run towards the finals. I’m backing them in to stay top 4.

For GWS – it was a disappointing day that told the story of their last month of football, during which they’ve had just the single win over the Lions (and draws against Geelong and Hawthorn). Toby Greene looks likely to spend a couple of weeks on the sidelines, and Shiel looked in plenty of pain when he left the ground in the final quarter, not to return. They’ve got Fremantle at home next week – they should surely bounce back then, or there’ll be much more scrutiny.

6.41am BST

AFL Q4 00:08 remaining Richmond 9.10 (64) v GWS 6.9 (45)

Josh Kelly misses an easy shot at goal to cap off a miserable day for his team. Kelly has been well down by his lofty standards with 21 disposals, but only 66% efficiency and just the one clearance.

6.38am BST

AFL Q4 02:33 remaining Richmond 9.10 (64) v GWS 6.7 (43)

That’s the sealer – Castagna kicks a scrubber to make a certainty of the Tigers’ victory. Well done to the Tigers – they’ve defended their lead much better after that run of close losses earlier in the season.

6.34am BST

AFL Q4 04:55 remaining Richmond 8.9 (57) v GWS 6.7 (43)

Consolation goal to Jon Patton with just under five minutes remaining. Don’t think they’re close enough to challenge, but they’ve kept pushing, the Giants.

6.30am BST

AFL Q4 07:25 remaining Richmond 8.9 (57) v GWS 5.7 (37)

Dylan Shiel is down again – this time it looks like a right shoulder. Again – there was no opposition contact, he merely slipped and thumped into the turf. The ball is locked up inside the Tigers’ 50 with only 7 minutes or so to go.

6.26am BST

AFL Q4 10:04 remaining Richmond 8.9 (57) v GWS 5.7 (37)

Deliberate out of bounds goes against Phil Davis to gift the ball back to Richmond. GWS have dominated possession this quarter but can’t make any meaningful inroads on the scoreboard. Brandon Ellis takes crucial seconds off the clock before setting the ball up to the top of the square. Another ball-up takes yet more seconds off the clock. The ball eventually lands with Kane Lambert who again milks the clock.

6.20am BST

AFL Q4 14:10 remaining Richmond 8.9 (57) v GWS 5.7 (37)

Very nice work by Jonathan Patton to find Steve Johnson on the boundary line – he showed some incredible agility and poise in pouring rain. Still, even Johnson can’t kick a miracle goal and it is rushed through for one behind.

6.18am BST

AFL Q4 15:23 remaining Richmond 8.9 (57) v GWS 5.6 (36)

Jack Riewoldt looked to kick one for the Tigers but upon review it seems to have hit the point post. GWS couldn’t pull off another come-from-behind victory in the last quarter, could they? I’m going with no in these conditions.

6.15am BST

AFL Q4 16:45 remaining Richmond 8.8 (56) v GWS 5.6 (36)

The Giants get one back through Kelly – the Richmond crowd don’t like it after a deliberate out of bounds call went against Rance. Nice roving goal by Kelly who has struggled to get into the game after quarter-time.

6.11am BST

AFL Q4 19:00 remaining Richmond 8.8 (56) v GWS 4.6 (30)

Nice work from Toby Greene, who drew a high tackle and picked out Will Setterfield. He misses to the left – that would have been his first goal in the AFL. Let’s see if there’s any fight left in the Giants.

6.09am BST

NRL H2 42:44 St George-Illawarra 30-6 Manly Sea Eagles

It took until the 42nd minute, but Manly have finally got a try back thorugh Dylan Walker. Cherry-Evans makes no mistake with the conversion.

The @SeaEagles hit back with a 4 pointer in the first minute of the second half.#NRLDragonsManly 30-6 after 43 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/HkIsC74anA

6.04am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Richmond 8.8 (56) v GWS 4.5 (29)

Miserable quarter from GWS to the scene of some miserable-looking rain at the MCG. Looks like the Tigers will hold onto their top-4 spot after this game, while the Giants’ premiership favouritism is no question in doubt.

5.59am BST

AFL Q3 02:52 remaining Richmond 8.7 (55) v GWS 4.5 (29)

An unlikely goal to ruckman Toby Nankervis to put the Tigers up by 26. He awkwardly lumbered towards goal (in typical ruck style) before producing a beautiful snap.

How good was the tap here? #AFLTigersGiants pic.twitter.com/yMgh89Dxyd

5.56am BST

AFL Q3 05:07 remaining Richmond 7.7 (49) v GWS 4.5 (29)

Another goal to the Tigers – a beautiful team effort results in a Caddy goal. Another goal assist to Dustin Martin. I’ll be sharing some footage of that once I get it.

5.53am BST

AFL Q3 06:20 remaining Richmond 6.7 (43) v GWS 4.5 (29)

The unthinkable happens and Dustin Martin is caught holding the ball after trying a triple-fend off. Still he’s up to 23 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 9 clearances and 9 inside 50s (and a goal). You can understand why he still hasn’t signed his contract.

5.49am BST

AFL Q3 08:43 remaining Richmond 6.7 (43) v GWS 4.5 (29)

The Giants finally hit a target inside 50 through Toby Greene who has been pushed onto the ball. Good move by Cameron – he couldn’t get into the game at all, and needs an outlet for that aggression. Haynes has an important shot at goal – and the defender kicks it.

5.45am BST

AFL Q3 11:44 remaining Richmond 6.7 (43) v GWS 3.5 (23)

The Tigers have had several opportunities to put the Giants away but have kicked two shots at goal out on the full – the latest just then to Shaun Grigg. However, the Giants boot one out on the full through Wilson – Kennedy punches it away in frustration and gives away 50m. This is a comedy of coach killers. Kamdyn McIntosh makes them pay with a goal.

5.42am BST

AFL Q3 12:53 remaining Richmond 5.7 (37) v GWS 3.5 (23)

Further signs of frustration from the Giants here, with Jon Patton losing patience with his teammates after a few ignored leads and miskicks.

5.40am BST

AFL Q3 15:55 remaining Richmond 5.7 (37) v GWS 3.5 (23)

It’s all unravelling for the Giants – they can’t seem to find any momentum whatsoever and have given away several unnecessary free kicks. They look like a very frustrated team – and like a team that has only won one game from their last five. Let’s see what they have in them – but their last goal was the 22nd minute mark of the first quarter.

5.34am BST

AFL Q3 19:15 remaining Richmond 5.6 (36) v GWS 3.5 (23)

Questionable choice from Mumford to centre the ball there, it allowed Martin to intercept and hand off an easy goal to Jack Riewoldt. This quarter has started as the last finished, with Dustin Martin taking another free kick in the centre for yet another clearance.

5.27am BST

I’ll be back shortly with the 3rd quarter of the AFL clash between Richmond and GWS.

5.23am BST

NRL H1 16:00 St George Illawarra 12-0 Manly Sea Eagles

It’s another try to the Dragons after yet another set-up kick by McCrone. Tim Lafai fumbled it but put it down for the Dragons. Widdop strikes the conversion nicely to put them 12-0 up early. Manly fans wanted obstruction for an early jump by Nightingale but the bunker cleared the try.

5.19am BST

NRL H1 12:39 St George Illawarra 6-0 Manly Sea Eagles

Just going quickly around the grounds while we’re at half time. An early try here to the Dragons through Jason Nightingale. Nice pass by McCrone, who picks him out across the field. Widdop converts to give them the six points.

Straight into Nightingale’s lap! Can we smell a hat-trick coming on?#NRLDragonsManly 6-0 after 9 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/ToxUFu82mN

5.15am BST

AFL half-time Richmond 4.6 (29) v GWS 3.5 (23)

18 inside 50s to 6 for the Tigers that quarter, for 4.4. Both Dustin Martin and Brandon Ellis are up to 15 disposals each, with 9 contested possessions and 5 clearances for Martin, as well as a goal and 5 inside 50s. They’ll need to do something about him if they’re any chance, the Giants.

5.11am BST

AFL Q2 00:26 remaining Richmond 4.5 (29) v GWS 3.5 (23)

Mark to Edwards after a big contested mark by Martin and bomb inside forward which looked to be touched by Lobb before he marked it. He misses, which might be some kind of justice after he seemed to play on.

5.08am BST

AFL Q2 03:00 remaining Richmond 4.5 (29) v GWS 3.5 (23)

The Giants accidentally concede a behind after an awful clanger from Phil Davis. He’s on top of Riewoldt at the moment but his team are under intense pressure – which, so far, they’re failing to handle whatsoever.

5.05am BST

AFL Q2 05:30 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v GWS 3.5 (23)

Goal to Jack Riewoldt – the Tigers are all over the Giants at the moment – largely thanks to their leaders in Martin and Cotchin, but Riewoldt is now also finding his way into the game. Heath Shaw can’t get anywhere near him – he’s only had the one possession this quarter.

5.02am BST

AFL Q2 07:30 remaining Richmond 3.4 (22) v GWS 3.5 (23)

The Tigers get another one despite Martin’s pass to Rioli bouncing straight off his chest. The ball luckily bounced into Lambert’s hands, who goals.

4.57am BST

AFL Q2 10:09 remaining Richmond 2.4 (16) v GWS 3.5 (23)

A real stalemate ensuing here with plenty of ball-ups. Jack Riewoldt finally gets a possession, hitting up Grigg just outside 50 who in turn hits up Dustin Martin for an easy shot at goal. He kicks truly to get some momentum going for the Tigers.

4.54am BST

AFL Q2 12:15 remaining Richmond 1.4 (10) v GWS 3.5 (23)

Shiel is back on in good news for the Giants. The game has slowed right up after the Giants dominated the first quarter. Richmond however, have blazed away a couple of times at goal. This time Scully misses for GWS.

4.52am BST

AFL Q2 14:00 remaining Richmond 1.4 (10) v GWS 3.4 (22)

Rory Lobb is tackled after what looked like a clear mark – did his teammate Patton have some of the ball? Play on was the call in an unlucky turn of events for the Giants.

4.49am BST

AFL Q2 16:23 remaining Richmond 1.4 (10) v GWS 3.4 (22)

Dylan Shiel is limping off with what looks like a right ankle. Meanwhile the Tigers are pressing with another point to Edwards.

4.46am BST

AFL Q2 18:15 remaining Richmond 1.3 (9) v GWS 3.4 (22)

Back on at the MCG with a single point to Richmond through their star Dustin Martin.

4.43am BST

Tour de France

In Tour de France news, Chris Froome is starting to look unbeatable, cruising to a 54 second lead after the stage 20 time trial. In an interesting quirk, Froome looks set to become the third rider in Tour history to win the race overall without taking any of the individual stages (as Oscar Pereiro did in 2006 and Greg LeMond in 1990). Romain Bardet – who trailed by 23 seconds at the beginning of the time trial now appears unable to challenge Froome, and faces a fight to retain third place from Mikel Landa (Bardet remains in third, but is only a second ahead of Landa). Bardet was overtaken by Rigoberto Uran, who now moves into second overall, while Maciej Bodnar enjoyed his fourth Tour de France victory with the stage win. Froome came in third, and came within six seconds of taking the stage from Bodnar.

4.40am BST

AFL quarter-time Richmond 0.2 (2) v GWS 3.4 (22)

Patton misses narrowly to the right. He’s having a huge month, though. Great comeback for someone with perennially dodgy knees.

4.33am BST

AFL Richmond Q1 03:22 remaining 0.2 (2) v GWS 3.3 (21)

I’m going to jump straight into the Richmond v GWS game now, which is almost at quarter-time. It seems the Tigers are struggling, with just the two points on the board.

4.25am BST

The Blues have won their second Interstate Challenge, to go back-to-back after an incredible run of 17 losses to their opponents (followed by a draw).

Kezie Apps tells Fox Footy that she’s feeling “fantastic” after breaking her leg back in February. “I love my Blues family, and the Blues girls. To nearly play 80 minutes, I’m stoked.” She’s won player of the match for the second year in a row – Jess Sergies might feel somewhat hard done by after her hattrick.

4.19am BST

Rugby League H2 77:40 NSW 22-6 QLD

Another penalty goes the way of the Blues to thwart the Maroons’ push forward. NSW coach Ben Cross had come down to ground level, confident his job is done.

4.17am BST

Rugby League H2 76:11 NSW 22-6 QLD

Yet another injury time-out here. I’m not sure there’s going to be any Jillaroos left at the conclusion of this game.

4.14am BST

Rugby League H2 73:11 NSW 22-6 QLD

This has been a brutal (and impressive) game of hard tackles. NSW are penalised for an illegal tackle which sets QLD up for another shot at a consolation try. Hancock falls just short of the line thanks to a nice defensive effort from the Blues – but the Maroons have got two tackles to go in this set.

4.10am BST

Rugby League H2 70:00 NSW 22-6 QLD

Ballinger’s pass goes out on the full, a really disappointing result as she tried to find Amelia Kuk. The Maroons look rattled with under 10 minutes to go.

4.08am BST

Rugby League H2 64:40 NSW 22-6 QLD

Finally some luck for the Maroons as the Blues drop the ball. It has all unravelled somewhat for QLD, with a kick out on the full following Sergis’ hattrick. Despite Hancock’s bullocking run they can’t find the try line. They do, however, get a penalty against the Blues 25m out to restart their set.

4.04am BST

Rugby League H2 64:40 NSW 22-6 QLD

Moran’s ball lands just short of the cross bar. Some photos are finally coming through so I’ll add those now!

4.01am BST

Rugby League H2 61:53 NSW 22-6 QLD

Caitlin Moran is fired up and is dodging and weaving her way through the QLD defence with some inside-out passes that are bamboozling the Maroons. The Blues take a penalty only 10m out. A dummy run from captain Ruan Simms works out perfectly and results in a hattrick for Jess Sergis!

Keeping @QLDMaroons at bay! Lead extended.@NSWRL lead 18-6 after 57 minutes.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/SNeVkKrFT1

3.58am BST

Rugby League H2 58:00 NSW 18-6 QLD

Have loved the boot of Studdon today – but this time QLD captain Brown takes the ball nicely from the air. The Maroons have been hit hard with injury – with Kody House off with another ankle injury.

3.56am BST

Rugby League H2 56:22 NSW 18-6 QLD

Foliaki – the QLD resident who argued successfully for the opportunity to represent her state of origin – finds the line again for the Blues. Smart backhanded offload from Moran set that up.

Studdon sends it high, straight into the bread basket for McGregor!@NSWRL lead 14-6 after 53 minutes.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/EVPTkGqHx6

3.54am BST

Rugby League H2 53:29 NSW 14-6 QLD

Moran takes a very difficult conversion, with the ball falling short.

3.52am BST

Rugby League H2 52:00 NSW 14-6 QLD

Penalty to the Blues sees them only 3 metres out with a full set to go. Elianna Walton draws four QLD defenders in a big, bullocking run toward the line but falls just short. Weight of numbers eventually tells with a perfect kick from Maddie Studdon to find Corban McGregor in space for a nice double-handed overhead take.

3.49am BST

Rugby League H2 49:19 NSW 10-6 QLD

Confirmation that Sam Bremner won’t be back with a sprained ankle. She also suffered a head knock in the captain’s run before the game in a horrid run of injuries. That’s a big blow to her personal hopes of representing the Jillaroos later this year.

Sammy Bremner is down and taken from the field. Caitlin Moran shifts to fullback#uptheblues pic.twitter.com/MUmNiXDhn8

3.47am BST

Rugby League H2 47:09 NSW 10-6 QLD

Really nice suburban feel at the ground with crowds milling on the hills.

Not a bad crowd at @WINSportsEnt for the Women’s Interstate Challenge. Half time 10-6 @NSWRL leading the @QLDmaroons. #WomenInLeague pic.twitter.com/3JxS2HmerS

3.45am BST

Rugby League H2 45:25 NSW 10-6 QLD

Bad news here with Sam Bremner collapsing onto that troublesome right ankle. There was no contact involved that time, which makes the prognosis much worse. She’s helped from the ground by a couple of trainers. Big loss after she’s already had 1 try assist for her team.

3.44am BST

Rugby League H2 44:12 NSW 10-6 QLD

The sides trading sets at the moment after those early errors.

Hear from Jess Sergis at HT.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/wbp7iaTi20

3.42am BST

Rugby League H2 41:00 NSW 10-6 QLD

Error from Foliaki gifts the ball to the Maroons to resume play, but House drops the ball to give it back to the Blues. The sides are trading errors at the moment, with Apps then dropping the ball for the Blues. It’s back with the Maroons – ping pong league!

3.39am BST


Just while we’re waiting for the second half to resume, here’s some golfing news. Branden Grace has become the first man in history to post a 62 in a major championship (par at Royal Birkdale is 70). Grace achieved the feat at at 3:16pm on Saturday – but the South African was unaware that he had broken the all-time major record. Grace is well-known in South Africa for his philanthropy – earlier in the year, he donated a significant sum to help victims of devastating forest fires in Knysa, where he first played golf.

3.35am BST

Rugby League half-time NSW 10-6 QLD

Some beautiful pictures coming through showing the stadium’s ocean views. Seems the crowds are really filing in now.

WIN Stadium has to be my favourite stadium at half time- ❤️ the ocean ⛵️ views! #womeninleague #interstatechallenge pic.twitter.com/U2By3IRc1o

3.34am BST

Rugby League half-time NSW 10-6 QLD

Jess Sergis’ teammates are happy with her after her double in the first half.

When you score a double on debut for your state… In 11 minutes! #uptheblues pic.twitter.com/XHUXM573hF

3.27am BST

Rugby League half-time NSW 10-6 QLD

Maroons tried a big raking kick to test the NSW defence but they come down with the ball – great work from the Blues.

3.21am BST

Rugby League H1 35:00 NSW 10-6 QLD

Some big gains being made by both teams at the moment – around 80m per set. The game looks to have opened up with both teams running out of puff pre half-time.

3.20am BST

Rugby League H1 33:44 NSW 10-6 QLD

Poor bass from Bremner – she’s back out there but seems affected by that ankle injury. Missed her teammate in plenty of space just short of the try line.

3.18am BST

Rugby League H1 31:23 NSW 10-6 QLD

Great work from Karina Brown to dive back into play out of the QLD in-goal. She’s relishing the opportunity both to captain her state and also play in the fullback position – a position she’s eyeing off for the Jillaroos.

3.16am BST

Rugby League H1 29:32 NSW 10-6 QLD

Here’s the last try from Jenni-Sue Hoepper in her ‘welcome back’ game from maternity leave.

Welcome back to rep footy!@NSWRL lead 10-6 after 23 minutes.#WomenInLeague pic.twitter.com/TUPGikjj6J

3.15am BST

Rugby League H1 28:41 NSW 10-6 QLD

Really nice offload from Hancock drives her side forward, that’s a 41m gain for the Maroons, and Caitlin Moran manages to keep the Blues just in play after the kick on the 5th. The Blues get the relieving penalty, but Sam Bremner appears to have a serious ankle injury, perhaps accidentally stomped on in the last tackle. This will be a massive loss to the Blues if she can’t get back on.

3.12am BST

Rugby League H1 25:29 NSW 10-6 QLD

Here’s what everyone’s playing for today – the Nellie Doherty Cup.

.@NSWRL & @QLDmaroons play for the Nellie Doherty Cup in the #InterstateChallenge. Action on @abcgrandstand. LISTEN: https://t.co/HabqlSUOfq pic.twitter.com/3GvlIThKpZ

3.10am BST

Rugby League H1 22:17 NSW 10-6 QLD

Penalty to the Maroons for a high-tackle and QLD have another good chance to advance on the scoreboard. Kunst almost dives over but runs into a NSW brick wall. Jenni-Sue Hoepper, however, finds a gap inside and dives over. She’s just returned to representative league, after the birth of her 19-month-old child. The Maroons are on the board!

3.07am BST

Rugby League H1 19:00 NSW 10-0 QLD

Here’s the earlier double for Sergis while we’re waiting for play to resume.

Rinse and repeat! Sergis gets a double.@NSWRL lead 10-0 after 13 minutes.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/A6N3s1s1Ns

3.06am BST

Rugby League H1 19:00 NSW 10-0 QLD

Studdon kicks the ball out on the full, in the first big error made by the Blues. Time-out here for some medical assistance to Heather Ballinger. The women are going in as hard as you can imagine.

3.03am BST

Rugby League H1 17:16 NSW 10-0

Karina Brown (QLD captain) runs into a massive Ruan Sims (NSW tackle) – that looked dangerous, as she speared her into the ground and onto the flat of her back. The penalty goes to the Maroons to give them their best chance yet of a try.

2.59am BST

Rugby League H1 12:12 NSW 10-0 QLD

HUGE try-saving tackle by Ballinger after yet another 74m gain by the Blues with a massive run and line break by Nakia Davis-Welsh. But they can’t hold the Blues at bay, with Sergis in for another try after a beautiful kick pass from Maddie Studdon. This time Caitlin Moran converts to send the Blues to a 10-0 lead.

An early Try saver thanks to @SammyBremner!#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/TsbjZua2Nq

2.56am BST

Rugby League H1 09:30 NSW 4-0 QLD

What a start by the Blues – Kezie Apps broke through the QLD defence for a huge 80m gain for her team in that set. The ball is back with the Maroons, however.

2.54am BST

Rugby League H1 07:16 NSW 4-0 QLD

The Blues are over for the first try of the match through Jessica Sergis! That was set up by a fantastic run from Isabelle Kelly who broke the line. Bremner was involved again with a deft pass by foot. Caitlin Moran, a Jillaroo and Indigenous All Star, misses the conversion narrowly.

Hard to pick a side when theres so many Indigenous Women’s All Stars playing in the Interstate Challenge! #NRLIndigenous #WomeninLeague pic.twitter.com/lcWmAuK6oO

2.50am BST

Rugby League H1 03:09 NSW v QLD

Ballinger dives over but is stopped by Sam Bremner! She has started on fire – and kicks the ball away from her QLD opponents for a dropout.

2.48am BST

Rugby League H1 01:35 NSW v QLD

Here we go! QLD finish their opening set with a kick forward, NSW fullback Sam Bremner takes a huge grab, all courage in a huge collision with that woman, Steph Hancock, from QLD.

2.43am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

Some are complaining that the game isn’t on free to air – but apparently you can also stream it live on NRL.com.au – good news!

Such a shame it’s not on Free to Air, until it does #WomenInLeague will remain a second tier game #InterstateChallenge

2.40am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

And here’s NSW player Sam Bremner talking to the media ahead of today’s history-making clash. We’ve just gone to a break in the TV coverage and will be under way very shortly.

Hear from @SammyBremner ahead of the Women’s Interstate Challenge.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/syOZ2OhkCB

2.38am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

Karina Brown’s captaincy has started well, winning the toss for her team in today’s Interstate Challenge. For those following the game on twitter, try the hashtags #interstatechallenge and #womeninleague

#QLDER Women’s captain Karina Brown wins the toss before today’s Interstate Challenge match. #womeninleague pic.twitter.com/UfIvGsWyLc

2.36am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

Who wins?

2.34am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

As I said there are plenty of firsts for this game – and it’s the first time ever that the Interstate Challenge will be televised live on Fox Sports – as a double-header with the St George-Illawarra Dragons clash against Manly. It’s also the first time in the history of women’s Rugby League that the Bunker will be used, which should make for good viewing, and accurate decision-making. We hope.

Hear from Renae Kunst ahead of the Women’s Interstate Challenge.#WomenInLeague #NRL pic.twitter.com/vps2EmJVEI

2.33am BST

NRL – Women’s Interstate Challenge

There’s plenty of fantastic individual stories out here today. One person to watch is Talesha Quinn, who grew up in NSW, and when she enlisted in the Australian Army, asked to be stationed in Townsville, because she knew a strong women’s rugby league competition was in place there. However, once she arrived, the competition folded, forcing her to play rugby union for four years. During that time she played through a dislocated hip, and has refused to give sport up despite several major injuries.

2.30am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

Here are our final teams, thanks to NSW Rugby League.


The final line-ups have been set for today’s Harvey Norman Interstate Challenge.

https://t.co/HLxhdAu5PH pic.twitter.com/6j7IJconLi

2.26am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

Steph Hancock

2.20am BST

Rugby League – Women’s Interstate Challenge

The changing face of the women’s game

2.15am BST

Hello and welcome to today’s (early) Guardian Australia Sportwatch blog. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

I’m here early today so I can cover the women’s rugby league Interstate Challenge between New South Wales and Queensland, otherwise known as the ‘Nellie Doherty Cup’ from 11:45am at WIN Stadium in Wollongong. In case you’re wondering, it’s televised on Fox League (for the first time ever!) and will also be covered by ABC Grandstand. The cup is so named because Nellie Doherty was instrumental in the staging of the first ever female league game in 1921. This is not, however, technically a ‘State of Origin’ since in the women’s game players are selected based on the state they live in currently, rather than their state of ‘origin’.

Can @NSWRL Women’s team win two straight or will @QLDmaroons Women dominate the #interstatechallenge? #NRL #womeninleague pic.twitter.com/9Ew8ELhrHr

4.17am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Joe Gorman on the Nellie Doherty Cup and the clamour for a women’s State of Origin:

Related: ‘It’s the feeling of Origin’: clamour for women’s State of Origin intensifies | Joe Gorman

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jul/23/new-south-wales-v-queensland-womens-rugby-league-and-more-sportwatch-live

Jul 16

Eagles take W.A. AFL derby, Manly overrun Wests in NRL and more: Australia sportwatch – as it happened

10.31am BST


That’s all from me for this edition of Sunday Sportwatch – I hope you enjoyed following my live commentary on our feature match, the underwhelming derby between Fremantle and West Coast. I’m not sure I’ve seen such a frustrating game in a long time, and imagine Dockers fans in particular will be feeling let down after their team’s inability to hit a target inside 50 in particular. Still, I’m sure I speak for most supporters when I say it’s nice to see Nat Fyfe back to somewhere near his best. The Eagles, meanwhile, were at their intercepting best, and found a way to weather an erratic Fremantle storm. No surprises that their best intercept mark – Shannon Hurn – takes the Glendinning medal for best on ground. That’s five derby wins for the Eagles in a row now as they take the final clash at Domain stadium.

10.15am BST

Good win for the Eagles in the end, their fifth-straight against the Dockers in the W.A. derbies. Fremantle had plenty of opportunities, plenty of the run and patches of high possession, but simply couldn’t find targets inside 50 and turned the ball over far too consistently. The Dockers finished with 57% disposal efficiency as a team, to West Coast’s 70%. Fremantle simply played into the Eagles’ hands, resulting in the high number of intercept marks taken by Eagles defenders, none better than captain Shannon Hurn who had 5 intercept marks and 34 disposals. The only person with more disposals on the ground was his teammate Andrew Gaff, with 35.

No surprises that Shannon Hurn takes away the Ross Glendinning medal – with 3 votes from each of the judges.

10.06am BST

AFL Q4 01:07 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 11.8 (74)

Amongst the casualties for Fremantle today is Ross Lyon’s coke.

Just when you thought your day couldn’t get any worse Poor Rossy #AFLFreoEagles pic.twitter.com/vYfdDOkSAP

10.04am BST

AFL Q4 03:23 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 11.7 (73)

Another goal to the Eagles through Dom Sheed as Fremantle fans begin to leave Domain Stadium for the last derby at this venue.

10.00am BST

AFL Q4 04:48 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 10.7 (67)

That will be the sealer for the Eagles – Josh Kennedy shows the composure Fremantle have lacked all game to pick out Jack Darling just outside the square. I don’t think there’s enough time left for Fremantle – but they’ll rue their many missed opportunities.

9.57am BST

AFL Q4 07:30 remaining Fremantle 5.14 (44) v West Coast 9.7 (61)

I can’t say this enough but the Dockers just can’t hit a target inside 50. They’re playing right into the Eagles’ intercept game.

9.54am BST

AFL Q4 09:18 remaining Fremantle 5.13 (44) v West Coast 9.6 (60)

The Dockers are pushing but excruciatingly (for their fans more than anyone, I’d guess) keep missing targets. That said, they have all the momentum. Is there enough time? The Eagles need some more cool heads like Andrew Gaff – whose composure managed to take a couple of minutes off the clock.

9.50am BST

AFL Q4 12:52 remaining Fremantle 5.13 (44) v West Coast 9.6 (60)

Walters for another -Darcy was free in the goalsquare – all on his own, decided to let it drop and it almost hit the post! Imagine that. If Freo keep hitting their targets this game might be back on.

9.46am BST

AFL Q4 15:00 remaining Fremantle 4.13 (37) v West Coast 9.6 (60)

The Dockers finally get one back through Hayden Ballantyne after just their seventh mark inside 50.

9.43am BST

AFL Q4 18:19 remaining Fremantle 3.13 (31) v West Coast 9.6 (60)

Looks like Stephen Hill has popped a shoulder in a melee with LeCras, that’s bad news for the Dockers who failed to capitalise on another promising push forward inside 50.

9.34am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Fremantle 3.13 (31) v West Coast 9.6 (60)

Walters has GOALED! I can confirm, that is six points to the Dockers. That was the result of a Dom Sheed clanger which gifted the ball to Nat Fyfe.

9.28am BST

AFL Q3 03:03 remaining Fremantle 2.13 (25) v West Coast 8.6 (54)

This is truly an ugly game of football. The ‘FREEEEO’ chant has just gone up, I assume more in hope and irony than anything else.

9.23am BST

AFL Q3 06:46 remaining Fremantle 2.13 (25) v West Coast 7.6 (48)

It must be contagious, because even Josh Kennedy has missed.

#AFLFreoEagles “he can’t miss this” pic.twitter.com/c9sALkZnqU

9.18am BST

AFL Q3 10:15 remaining Fremantle 2.12 (24) v West Coast 7.5 (47)

And again.

This is excruciating #AFLFreoeagles pic.twitter.com/Z4XrgmIOjb

9.15am BST

AFL Q3 12:00 remaining Fremantle 2.11 (23) v West Coast 7.5 (47)

Some great play from the Dockers leads to yet another behind – the Dockers are going at 5% conversion from inside 50s. Wow.

The standard of #AFLFreoEagles is improving at half-time. pic.twitter.com/WfmcQg1L1Y

9.11am BST

AFL Q3 15:14 remaining Fremantle 2.9 (21) v West Coast 7.5 (47)

The Dockers finally manage to hit a target inside 50 thanks to the clean ball use of Fyfe, who finds Cox on the lead. He can’t convert, however.

9.09am BST

AFL Q3 16:40 remaining Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 7.5 (47)

Very impressive goal to Jeremy McGovern from outside 50 after an intercept mark inside 50. He loves getting forward – and wouldn’t the Crows love to have him alongside his brother Mitch?

9.07am BST

AFL Q3 18:00 remaining Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 5.5 (35)

The third-quarter starts as the rest of the game has proceeded, with poor ball use from the Dockers and Jack Darling with a shot on goal to make them pay. He misses.

9.04am BST

It’s all over at Barlow Park, with the Cowboys running away with the win 23-10. They had four different try-scorers, with Taumalolo, Feldt, Hess and Granville all crossing over. Taumalolo had 2 line breaks, and also had the most metres run, with 173 in total (Sam Burgess had 152 for the Rabbitohs). Granville also led the way for the Cowboys with 2 line breaks and 29 tackles, while Angus Crichton had 33 tackles for the Rabbitohs. The single point came from a Lachlan Coote field goal in the 78th minute, while Ethan Lowe converted 3/4 conversions.

The win takes the Cowboys to sixth, just behind the Roosters and just above the Dragons with 24 points. Meanwhile, the Dragons languish in 13th in what has been a disappointing season.

8.55am BST

The reigning premiers finally break through for a win against the Blues. Both teams have been hit hard with injuries – the Blues had just the single rotation in the end, with all of Alex Silvagni, Ciaran Byrne and Dylan Buckley on the bench with injuries. As posted earlier, Jake Stringer is also out with a hamstring. In more promising news, Lewis Young played very well in his debut game for the Dogs, leading all others in intercept possessions (8), intercept marks (5) and the most marks for the Dogs (9). The Dogs will also welcome Jason Johannisen’s return to form; he had 23 possessions, 8 contested, and 74% disposal efficiency. Funny what signing your contract extension can do.

For the Blues, Bryce Gibbs continued his hot run of form with 32 disposals, including 10 contested possessions and 8 clearances. Second to him were Sam Docherty (29 disposals, 9 marks and 9 contested possessions) and Sam Kerridge (29 disposals, 12 contested possessions).

8.45am BST

AFL half-time Fremantle 2.8 (20) v West Coast 5.4 (34)

Fremantle butcher another forward 50 entry and lose a good opportunity to score just before half-time. If they can fix up their disposal efficiency they’ll be right in this one.

8.42am BST

AFL Q2 01:45 remaining Fremantle 2.7 (19) v West Coast 5.4 (34)

Finally the Dockers kick truly with a goal to Suban in his milestone match. He still managed to fumble it before it went through. Ferocious tackle from David Mundy set that up.

8.36am BST

AFL Q2 05:36 remaining Fremantle 1.7 (13) v West Coast 5.4 (34)

Thankfully for the Dockers, Drew Petrie misses down the other end and fails to make Fremantle pay.

8.34am BST

AFL Q2 07:00 remaining Fremantle 1.7 (13) v West Coast 5.3 (33)

Would you believe it, Michael Walters hits the post from 10m out on the run. Nyhuis was all on his own just before he gave the assist to Walters, but the ball delivery to him gave the defenders a chance. Fremantle’s disposal efficiency is their biggest enemy.

8.31am BST

AFL Q2 09:05 remaining Fremantle 1.6 (12) v West Coast 5.2 (32)

Finally! Kersten kicks truly for the Dockers after a snap shot around the body. Phew. Dockers fans breathe a sigh of relief.

8.30am BST

AFL Q2 09:50 remaining Fremantle 0.6 (6) v West Coast 5.2 (32)

Stephen Hill misses a very easy shot at goal – he had plenty of time and lacked composure with the finish.

8.28am BST

AFL Q2 11:24 remaining Fremantle 0.4 (4) v West Coast 5.2 (32)

Fremantle have 14% disposal efficiency in their forward half this term. Unbelievably bad.

8.25am BST

AFL Q2 13:00 remaining Fremantle 0.4 (4) v West Coast 5.2 (32)

Things are getting ugly for the Dockers here. They’ve only managed 4 points in a quarter and a half of football.

8.22am BST

AFL Q2 15:26 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 5.2 (32)

Lachie Neale gives away a 50m penalty to Matt Priddis after stepping off the line (he also avoided giving Priddis the ball in the first instance, so was lucky not to give it away at first). Still, Priddis can’t capitalise, but the ball is back with Josh Kennedy who was in too much space inside the Eagles’ forward 50. He makes no such mistake.

8.19am BST

AFL Q2 17:41 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)

Fox Footy’s commentators point out that Fyfe is now up to 11/39 contested possessions for his team – the next best is Lachie Neale on 3. Fremantle can’t afford such reliance on one man, as brilliant as he may be.

8.16am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Carlton 6.6 (42) v Western Bulldogs 10.8 (68)

26-point lead to the Bulldogs after a 3 goal to 2 quarter. Bontempelli, Wallis and McLean scored for the Dogs, while it was Wright and Graham for the Blues.

8.11am BST

NRL half-time South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-16 North Queensland Cowboys

Quarter-time in our feature match, and it’s half-time in the NRL. Here’s the most recent try to Coen Hess. Looks like the Rabbitohs might live to rue selling their home game to the state of their opponents…

Granville starts it. Hess finishes it!#NRLSouthsCowboys 6-16 after 34 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/2DTmJ40Q8i

8.09am BST

AFL Q1 00:22 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)

Nat Fyfe has had 10 contested possessions – a third of Fremantle’s 30 total. It might be cliche, but he can’t do it all alone. He’s leading all-comers with 12 disposals and 5 clearances.

8.07am BST

AFL Q1 01:50 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)

Hayden Crozier nearly takes mark of the year before the Eagles clear the ball to again deflect Fremantle’s attack on the 50. Will get you some vision of that when I can!

8.04am BST

AFL Q1 03:49 remaining Fremantle 0.3 (3) v West Coast 4.1 (25)

Great goal to Priddis off one step on the left. He was all alone in the 50 after a panic clearance from the Dockers. That’s four goals to none in this term for the Eagles.

8.00am BST

AFL Q1 06:23 remaining Fremantle 0.1 (1) v West Coast 3.1 (19)

Nearly a miracle goal to Stephen Hill after a nice assist from Lachie Neale, who has seemingly recovered from an elbow to the head by Matt Priddis (he tried to fend off the tackle, rather than deliberately elbowing him).

We see you Jack Darling #AFLFreoEagles pic.twitter.com/FVYOlNau3Y

7.56am BST

AFL Q1 09:22 remaining Fremantle 0.1 (1) v West Coast 3.1 (19)

Fremantle couldn’t convert through captain Nat Fyfe despite a 50m penalty gifting him a set shot at goal. Darling outmarks his opponent again to set up Drew Petrie in the square. How good has Petrie been off the North Melbourne scrap heap?

7.51am BST

AFL Q1 12:46 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 2.1 (13)

Congratulations to Nick Suban on his 150th game today. No love for the Dockers in this match so far, though. Eagles are dominating possession, with Kennedy and Darling looming dangerously in the forward line. Last week’s hero Nyhuis is already back defending, currently on Jeremy McGovern.

7.48am BST

AFL Q1 14:25 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 2.0 (12)

Absolutely HUGE mark from Jack Darling, and he follows it up with a nice set-shot goal from about 45m out, on a much tighter angle than Kennedy’s last shot.

7.45am BST

AFL Q1 16:40 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 1.0 (6)

Guess who? Josh Kennedy with a big 45m set shot goal for the Eagles. Great kick inside 50m from McGovern set him up. How glad are the Eagles that this man is back?

7.43am BST

AFL Q1 17:54 remaining Fremantle 0.0 (0) v West Coast 0.0 (0)

Big late out here, with Elliot Yeo missing from the Eagles’ side (while this might be devastating to Eagles fans, I am raging because he’s in my Supercoach team) That man Michael Walters gets the opening free kick off the match to push the Dockers forward.

7.40am BST

NRL H1 24:56 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6-6 North Queensland Cowboys

Our AFL feature match is about to start, but it’s all square in this game at Barlow Park. Here’s the first try of the afternoon to Cody Walker.

The @SSFCRABBITOHS get the first points of the afternoon thanks to Cody Walker!#NRLSouthsCowboys #NRL pic.twitter.com/I2laK3aEZi

7.34am BST

A quick shout-out to my friends at Chicks Talkin’ Footy on JOY FM 94.9. They’ve tweeted to promote my live blog today and interviewed me on Wednesday night about all things AFL, and my writing for The Guardian and The Footy Almanac’s season 2017 AFLW book. Look out for the podcast of that interview when their website is back online!

The Magic Unicorn Fairy has to finish fixing @JOY949 site but you can join guest @Kate_ohalloran at @GdnAusSport this arvo. Podcast soon! pic.twitter.com/25Sqf1YFxb

7.30am BST


Are you wondering why Carlton are wearing orange socks today? It’s to promote awareness of violence against women – and to support its prevention. Orange is often the colour used by UN women to invest and mobilise against the fact that 1 in 3 women globally experience violence in their lifetime, often at the hands of someone they know. As reported by UN women, “of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members”.

7.22am BST

AFL Q2 02:28 remaining Carlton 4.4 (28) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)

Thankyou, Regan Phelps, I would like to concur.

Just turned on the footy. Then heard BT dribble this. Just turned off the footy. #AFLBluesDogs #Netflix pic.twitter.com/E3TFLs2Ois

7.20am BST

AFL Q2 02:28 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)

One man who has looked very impressive is the Bulldogs’ debutant in Lewis Young who is playing in defence for the Dogs. Has picked off several intercept marks and looks composed, even shouting instructions to his much older teammates.

7.17am BST

AFL Q2 04:02 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49)

Five goals to one to the Bulldogs this quarter, as Picken capitalises on the 75% of possession the Dogs have managed leading into half-time.

7.15am BST

AFL Q2 05:10 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Western Bulldogs 6.7 (43)

Speak of the devil, Jones cuts off an impressive foray forward from the Dogs, after a misdirected kick from Caleb Daniel. Charlie Curnow now lines up for a goal down the other end. He hits the post.

7.12am BST


Some news relevant to this game from Wires (AAP): the former Western Bulldog Liam Jones has been offered a new two-year deal with the Blues, after his stunning rejuvenation as a defender. Jones spent seven seasons (including five with the Bulldogs) as an often-frustrating forward, capable of taking huge contested marks but marred by inconsistency.

7.08am BST

AFL Q2 11:17 remaining Carlton 4.2 (26) v Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42)

The Blues get their fourth goal, after they kicked three in the first 10 minutes of this game. That one went to Bryce Gibbs who was alone in the square, and kicked it into the top level of the ‘G.

7.05am BST

AFL Q2 12:43 remaining Carlton 3.2 (20) v Western Bulldogs 5.6 (36)

Brilliant snap goal from Bontempelli and the Dogs have 5 of the last goals in a row.

7.01am BST

AFL Q2 12:43 remaining Carlton 3.2 (20) v Western Bulldogs 4.6 (30)

The Bulldogs look to have some momentum in this game, finally stringing together some good form after such a disappointing season. They haven’t, however, capitalised on their opportunities – having kicked 6 behinds for their 4 goals.

6.57am BST

The sometimes spiteful clash between the Tigers and Lions is over at Ethiad Stadium, with Dustin Martin surging to 40 disposals, including 14 clearances, 18 contested possessions and 2 goals. He’s a star, but might be in trouble with the Match Review Panel after seeming to poke Nick Robertson in the eye (who was also reported for headbutting). Captain Trent Cotchin also led from the front with the Tigers, with 28 disposals, including 15 contested possessions and 1 goal.

For Brisbane, young gun Alex Witherden had 28 disposals, including 8 contested possessions and four inside 50s. He’s just one of an impressive bunch of young Lions, including Eric Hipwood (who said earlier in the week that he wants to be a Lion for life), Josh Schache (who is staying) and Hugh McCluggage. I don’t think it’ll be too long before the Lions turn things around.

6.51am BST

A lopsided second half sees Wests drop a 16-8 lead, to go down 16-28 to the Manly Sea Eagles. There was a noticeable shift in momentum after that knock-on was paid against Brooks (when Kelly appeared to wrest it from his hands).

Man of the match goes to Tom Trbojevic who had 2 line breaks, and 191 metres run (Woods had 196 for the Tigers). He set up his brother for a try in the 71st minute, and was influential in getting his side across the line.

6.43am BST

NRL H2 76:30 Manly Sea Eagles 28-16 Wests Tigers

Tom Trbojevic decides that the Sea Eagles will take the 2 points for the penalty, and Cherry-Evans makes no mistake.

6.39am BST

NRL H2 71:12 Manly Sea Eagles 26-16 Wests Tigers

Another dropout for the Tigers – Sea Eagles are dominating possession now. Here’s that last Trbojevic assist and try.

Trbojevic to Trbojevic!#NRLManlyTigers #NRL pic.twitter.com/lGIIr9VjUz

6.37am BST

NRL H2 71:12 Manly Sea Eagles 26-16 Wests Tigers

I think it’s all over here at Lottoland, after a Cherry-Evans pass sets up the Trbojevic brothers – this time Tom feeding Jake (how often have we seen Jake feeding Tom?) Cherry-Evans converts for a 10 point lead with only 8 minutes to go. That’s three consecutive tries for the Sea Eagles.

6.33am BST

NRL H2 68:01 Manly Sea Eagles 20-16 Wests Tigers

Dropout for the Tigers after a deft Cherry-Evans pass forces the Tigers behind their try-line. The Tigers give away a penalty and the Sea Eagles have another six, but it’s intercepted by Nofoaluma. Tigers back on the attack.

6.28am BST

NRL H2 63:44 Manly Sea Eagles 20-16 Wests Tigers

Great effort from DCE to step back into play off his own try-line, with Lolohea charging towards him after the kick. It saves the Sea Eagles a dropout, and they proceed with some big metre gains.

6.24am BST

NRL H2 60:44 Manly Sea Eagles 20-16 Wests Tigers

A brilliant try from Akuila Uate – he ran straight through the centre of the Tigers’ defence -past Woods and Tedesco no less with a wonderful burst of speed. That gives the home side back the lead. An easy conversion follows to DCE. I feel for the Tigers – that knock-on decision has really changed the momentum of the game.

6.20am BST

NRL H2 54:41 Manly Sea Eagles 12-16 Wests Tigers

That set of 6 went absolutely nowhere for the Sea Eagles – and I was going to commend the Tigers’ defence, but a penalty for a knock-on is paid against Luke Brooks (even though it appeared Ryan Kelly punched the ball from his hands?!). The resultant scrum delivers an immediate Matthew Wright try. A conversion follows.

Through the hands, Wright has a double!#NRLManlyTigers #NRL pic.twitter.com/zDpB0WW3nY

6.12am BST

NRL H2 46:48 Manly Sea Eagles 8-16 West Tigers

Signs of desperation here from the Sea Eagles with Darcy Lussick tackling Woods by the hair… and giving away a penalty in turn.

Ricochet!#NRLManlyTigers 8-16 after 47 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/ndDzwGy3ri

6.09am BST

NRL H2 42:48 Manly Sea Eagles 8-16 Wests Tigers

Were back on at Lottoland and Wests have scored a lucky goal from a dual ricochet – Brooks’ kick first hit Shaun Lane, and then the post, before he took the ball back for a try. And Lolohea converts for an 8-point lead to the Tigers.

6.06am BST


In case you missed it in my opening post, Greg Jericho argued in his piece today that the Australian cricketers have demonstrated the effectiveness of union organising in negotiating for fair share of their pay and power, tied to their revenue. Were the players operating individually, he says, “they would be stuffed”.

6.00am BST


Romelu Lukaku has made his debut for Manchester United as they saw off LA Galaxy, 5-2. Manchester United’s post-Wayne Rooney era began with Jose Mourinho fielding a rarely deployed 3-5-1-1, while Lukaku had to wait until the second half for his debut. He didn’t score, but didn’t look out of place either.

5.55am BST

AFL Q3 05:36 remaining Richmond 8.13 (61) v Brisbane 6.7 (43)

No surprises here with the Tigers leading the Lions at Etihad stadium. Brownlow favourite Dustin Martin looks to be free of the tag, racking up 13 possessions this quarter alone. He’s had 27 so far, although is only going at 55% disposal efficiency. He’s had 10 clearances though, including 6 centre clearances.

5.51am BST

NRL half-time Manly Sea Eagles 8-10 West Tigers

Lolohea intercepts a risky Matthew Wright pass on the verge of half-time. Lolohea speaks to the media at half-time and can hardly get a word in he’s puffing that hard. Says the Tigers started slowly, and is happy to take the lead into half-time. Apisai Koroisau denies that the Sea Eagles are struggling after a tough match last week; he says they started well and they won’t use fatigue as an excuse.

5.47am BST

NRL H1 37:27 Manly Sea Eagles 8-10 West Tigers

Tedesco takes the dropout for the Tigers after Manly pressed hard with a penalty, quick tap and Trbojevic dash that almost delivered. It’s almost half-time here, at which point I’ll go around the grounds for some AFL updates.

5.43am BST

F1 – British Grand Prix

In F1 news, Lewis Hamilton has emphatically answered his critics with a brilliant drive to pole position for this Sunday’s British Grand Prix. This is Hamilton’s fifth British GP pole, and matches Jim Clark’s record at Silverstone. He came in at more than half a second clear of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. If he should also win the race, he will match Clark and Alain Prost’s record of five wins in this race.

5.38am BST

NRL H1 29:03 Manly Sea Eagles 8-10 West Tigers

The kick from Luke Brooks goes over the hands Brian Kelly and Esan Marsters pounces. Some great work from Woods (via an offload) and a big, daring run from Lolohea set that try up.

The luck of the bounce!#NRLManlyTigers #NRL pic.twitter.com/J8pL3BEtTz

5.32am BST

NRL H1 24:18 Manly Sea Eagles 8-6 Wests Tigers

The Tigers finally get one back! Joel Edwards is the unlikely hero after a Woods assist. He fumbled and weaved through a row of defenders for his first try since 2013 (when he was a Raider!)

5.28am BST

NRL H1 19:47 Manly Sea Eagles 8-0 West Tigers

James Tedesco down the inside for what looked like a try, but Woods is penalised for obstructing Trbojevic from tackling Tedesco.

Long ball from Tom Trbojevic #NRLManlyTigers 8-0 after 12 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/vXLZotz47N

5.25am BST

Tour de France

In Tour de France news, Chris Froome is back in yellow, after finishing 25 seconds ahead of Fabio Aru, who ceded the race lead by 19 seconds. Aru was poorly placed at the back of the group on the final ascent, while Froome finished 7th behind stage winner, Australian Michael Matthews. Froome also gained key seconds ahead of rivals Romain Bardet, Simon Yates, Nario Quintana and teammate Mikel Landa. Still, only 29 seconds separate the top four of Froome, Aru, Bardet and Rigoberto Uran. Froome said he would “regard all of the riders within a minute as a threat,” and at this stage, “we are fighting for every second”.

5.18am BST

NRL H1 11:47 Manly Sea Eagles 8-0 Wests Tigers

And now a try to Matthew Wright after an assist from Tom Trbojevic. Below is the 40/20 from DCE that set it up.

What a 40/20 from DCE! #NRLManlyTigers #NRL pic.twitter.com/LZmCOqRMFn

5.15am BST

NRL H1 08:57 Manly Sea Eagles 4-0 Wests Tigers

It’s just his third game this season, but Shaun Lane has dived over for Manly’s opening try after another try assist from Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Australia have advanced to the semi-final against India in the Women’s World Cricket Cup, after easily accounting for South Africa. You can follow the live action as it happened here, with this link to Will Macpherson’s live blog.

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Overnight, 23-year-old Gabriñe Muguruza became only the second Spaniard – after Chonchita Martínez in 1994 – to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Martínez was fittingly in attendance, cheering Muguruza on from the coaches’ box. Muguruza won 7-5, 6-0 in an emphatic victory over five-times champion Venus Williams. The 6-0 scoreline of the second set was telling; it is the first time Williams has lost a set to love in 20 years at Wimbledon.

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Before we get going with today’s action, I’ll update you on some of the emerging sports news from overnight. Then I’ll take us to the NRL clash between Manly and Wests, and update you on the score between the Tigers and the Lions in the AFL.

5.01am BST

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Sunday edition of Guardian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

Today’s feature match is the 4:40pm clash between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers – otherwise known as the W.A. derby. Today’s clash is the 46th instalment of the derby, likely to be the last ever at Domain Stadium. The W.A. derby gives new meaning to the term ‘bitter rivalry’ – much akin to its S.A. cousin. Crowds for the game average 39,908, with the biggest crowd 43,527 in 2006 (when the teams were first and fourth). They sit at 12th and 10th today, but the game is likely to be as close as ever. West Coast have been hot and cold all season, and have lost three out of their last four at home – unbelievable considering they were accused so vehemently of relying on a home-town advantage. Many would have tipped the Eagles to topple the Power at home last week, but they looked the inferior team from the first bounce. They do, however, welcome back their spearhead Josh Kennedy, who has booted no less than 13 goals in the last two derbies between these teams. For that reason alone, I’m tipping a narrow West Coast victory.

2.57am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, we recommend reading this piece from Greg Jericho on how Australian cricket’s pay dispute is a wonderful ad for joining a union.

Related: The cricket pay dispute is a wonderful advertisement for joining a union | Greg Jericho

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jul/16/western-australias-afl-derby-manly-v-wests-and-more-australia-sportwatch-live

Jul 09

Melbourne defeat Carlton in thriller, Knights stumble at final hurdle: Australia sportwatch – as it happened

10.43am BST

In summary

That’s all from me today, wrapping up a huge day of AFL action which gave us another couple of thrillers in the Fremantle and Melbourne victories. Fremantle’s debutant Ryan Nyhuis was the story for mine, after he admitted post-match that he’d never really played as a forward previously (he kicked four goals for the visitors, including the sealer). Nyhuis was a late call-up after Mundy withdrew with illness. The Roos will be devastated, after Goldstein had a chance to win the game from only 20m out but missed.

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Goals to Paddy Ryder and another to Trengove round out the game for the Power. Dixon kicked 5 goals for the Power, with 7 marks inside 50 and 8 score involvements. Ryder had 17 disposals, 38 hitouts and 2 goals – a huge game from their in-form ruckman. Gray kicked three, and Westhoff and Trengove added two goals each.

For the Eagles, Andrew Gaff had another big week with 28 disposals, including 15 kicks, 4 clearances and 8 contested possessions. Mark LeCras had a welcome return to form with 4 goals for West Coast.

10.12am BST

AFL Q4 02:55 remaining West Coast 13.10 (88) v Port Adelaide 16.11 (107)

Big free kick against Matthew White for a deliberate rushed behind gifts the Eagles a goal. Looked harsh considering the pressure he was under, but upon reviewing it he did have a few opportunities to dispose of the ball. Still very unclear on that rule – I don’t think I’m the only one either.

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AFL Q4 04:54 remaining West Coast 12.10 (82) v Port Adelaide 16.11 (107)

That’s five goals to Charlie Dixon, and none were as big as that one. Looks like the Power are home.

10.06am BST

Ice Hockey

Yep you read the right – thanks to Libby for tweeting at us to check out the Melbourne Ice Hockey. I can’t promise coverage today, but I’d love to get there soon!

@GdnAusSport check out the @AIHL – passionate fans, fast games & @melbourneice – what more could u want. #MelbourneIceHockey from 5pm today https://t.co/s4t6tJ48UD

10.03am BST

AFL Q4 08:36 remaining West Coast 12.9 (81) v Port Adelaide 15.8 (98)

Brilliant effort on the last line of defence from Tom Jonas who was outnumbered two to one. Spoiled one forward, hip and shouldered the other over the line.

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AFL Q4 09:25 remaining West Coast 12.8 (80) v Port Adelaide 15.8 (98)

Guess who? Robbie Gray takes a chest mark inside 50 after a beautiful delivering pass by Travis Boak. It’s back out to 3 goals.

9.57am BST

AFL Q4 11:52 remaining West Coast 12.8 (80) v Port Adelaide 14.8 (92)

Dan Houston gives away a bad 50m penalty for an elbow in the back of Sam Mitchell in the forward line. Vardy takes the free down-field, and gets another 50m after a teammate runs through the mark.

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AFL Q4 12:29 remaining West Coast 11.8 (74) v Port Adelaide 14.8 (92)

Robbie Gray joins the party with a strong contested mark and goal from 45m out. The Eagles have no answers for the trio of Gray, Westhoff and Dixon.

9.53am BST

AFL Q4 14:00 remaining West Coast 11.8 (74) v Port Adelaide 13.8 (86)

Another goal to Westhoff – he’s deadly from that left pocket.

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AFL Q4 15:23 remaining West Coast 11.8 (74) v Port Adelaide 12.8 (80)

Instant reply from Jackson Trengove, after a nice clearance from Ollie Wines. Paddy Ryder is dominating the ruck for the Power – he has 33 hitouts, and 15 disposals.

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AFL Q4 16:14 remaining West Coast 11.8 (74) v Port Adelaide 11.8 (74)

A brilliant side-step from Sam Mitchell who squares the ball to Mark LeCras. Scores are level again.

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AFL Q4 18:25 remaining West Coast 10.8 (68) v Port Adelaide 11.8 (74)

Dashing run from Impey through the middle, who hits up Westhoff, who in turn hits up Dixon.

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It’s all tied up between the Eagles and Power at Domain Stadium. I’ll stay with that game to the end before signing off.

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AFL Q3 01:32 remaining West Coast 10.8 (68) v Port Adelaide 10.8 (68)

That didn’t last long – with that man Jetta kicking a goal to put the Eagles back level. Not sure that pass travelled 15m.

9.33am BST

AFL Q3 02:15 remaining West Coast 9.8 (62) v Port Adelaide 10.8 (68)

Westhoff goals to put Port Adelaide in front for the first time in this game since the first term. They were up by four goals in the first quarter, before the Eagles kicked the next seven, and haven’t been in front since, until now.

That’s a monster from Lewis Jetta! Hits the crowd with the Ronaldo celebration too. #AFLEaglesPower pic.twitter.com/XgwaKtvmHq

9.28am BST

AFL Q3 06:39 remaining West Coast 9.8 (62) v Port Adelaide 9.7 (61)

Just the single point in it at Domain Stadium. Power are pressing after trailing the Eagles 55-38 early in this quarter.

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I’ll head over to the West Coast v Port Adelaide game shortly, but have just seen this from Wires (AAP). Apparently Fremantle’s Ryan Nyhuis (4 goals, including the match-winner), had never played as a forward before his debut.

9.16am BST

V8 Supercars

We have a result at Townsville, with the following from AAP:

9.12am BST


Some great scenes at Belmore with Josh Reynolds getting carried off by Bulldogs fans. There’s so much love here for this man, it’s hard to believe they’ve let him go.

That’s one happy @joshreynolds9!#NRLBulldogsKnights #NRL pic.twitter.com/WZycKtsjfl

9.06am BST

Unbelievable result at Belmore: the Knights looked to have finally won one before this shocker from Brock Lamb with under 2 minutes to go. You have to feel for Newcastle – their fans have suffered immeasurably.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again…

It’s not over until the final buzzer!#NRLBulldogsKnights #NRL pic.twitter.com/imm9DPuMJt

8.57am BST

Huge contested ball win to Neville Jetta against Kade Simpson, with Simpson running towards goal after a handball from Dale Thomas. The ball goes back into the Melbourne 50, with a mark to Neal-Bullen. He cleverly took his full 30 seconds, before passing sideways to Lewis. The villain will win it for the Dees – and he kicks a bonus goal after the siren too.

Melbourne are in the top 4 pending the conclusion of the West Coast Eagles v Port Adelaide game. Crucial win.

8.52am BST

AFL Q4 2:47 remaining Carlton 12.9 (81) v Melbourne 13.6 (84)

Just a few minutes remaining and some wonderful defence from Melbourne denies the Blues. The Blues-heavy crowd has gone quiet.

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AFL Q4 04:41 remaining Carlton 12.9 (81) v Melbourne 13.6 (84)

Against the run of play and all the momentum, Melksham kicks a goal for the Dees after a bad turnover by Sheehan.

8.47am BST

AFL Q4 06:14 remaining Carlton 12.10 (82) v Melbourne 12.6 (78)

Casboult takes a huge contested, pack mark. He misses badly, though.

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AFL Q4 06:54 remaining Carlton 12.9 (81) v Melbourne 12.6 (78)

Docherty – the man who can do it all – proves he is human with a miss. He’s up to 31 possessions – the Blues have 5 over 30 possessions – Kerridge, Murphy, Simpson, Docherty and Gibbs who have all been huge this quarter.

8.42am BST

AFL Q4 10:31 remaining Carlton 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 12.6 (78)

Mistakes galore in this frantic final term. Gibbs, who has had plenty of the ball, turned it over in the middle, but Wagner was caught holding the ball. The Blues, taking the free, turn it over again.

8.39am BST

AFL Q4 12:41 remaining Carlton 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 12.6 (78)

Gibbs gets caught holding the ball on the 50m line, Neal-Bullen takes the shot and falls just short, Simpson marking on the line. The pressure is through the roof.

8.36am BST

AFL Q4 14:06 remaining Carlton 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 12.5 (77)

Free kick to Garlett, for an over-the-shoulder infringement. He just sneaks it home to bring the Dees back to within 3 points.

8.35am BST

AFL Q4 14:55 remaining Carlton 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

Here’s that brilliant SPS goal from earlier.

SAMO! This is why the @CarltonFC fans are enamoured with this man! #AFLBluesDees pic.twitter.com/gNBHe0CiQ3

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AFL Q4 15:53 remaining Carlton 12.8 (80) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

That man Kerridge is in everything and produces a goal assist to captain Marc Murphy. Blues are on fire in the final term!

8.32am BST

AFL Q4 16:18 remaining Carlton 11.8 (74) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

Beautiful run down of Lewis by Docherty brings the Blues crowd to their feet (unfortunately it looked high, but nevermind). Sam Kerridge has now surpassed all comers in the possession count with 30 – he’s had 16 kicks and 8 contested possessions – and bombs the ball inside 50 for Silvagni. Jack Silvagni kicks a big goal ! Blues inf ront!

8.29am BST

AFL Q4 18:42 remaining Carlton 10.8 (68) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

Miracle goal to Sam Petrevski-Seton! Will get you footage of that one as soon as I can. It was a Daicos-style dribble goal from an impossible angle. 3 points in it.

8.26am BST

NRL H2 53 min Canterbury Bulldogs 8-12 Newcastle Knights

The Knights are in front after a try to Chanel Mata’utia! Bullet pass from Trent Hodkinson led to that one. Hodkinson also scored a penalty goal earlier, which levelled the scores at 8-8.

The @NRLKnights take the lead thanks to Chanel Mata’utia!#NRLBulldogsKnights 8-12 after 54 minutes.#NRL pic.twitter.com/yoyEIQdtOx

8.23am BST

AFL three-quarter-time Carlton 9.8 (62) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

Melbourne kicked 4 goals to 2 in that quarter, to lead by 9 going into the final quarter. Oliver still leads the way for the Demons with 22 disposals (4 clearances, 11 contested possessions), while the villain of this clash Jordan Lewis is up to 21 (9 contested possessions). The difference so far though is Tom McDonald – the defender-turned-forward has 4 goals from 14 possessions.

8.18am BST

AFL Q3 01:41 remaining Carlton 9.8 (62) v Melbourne 11.4 (71)

That man Tom McDonald kicks his fourth goal and threatens to be the difference for the Demons. What a move it was moving him forward – that’s 18 goals for the season.

8.16am BST

AFL Q3 02:59 remaining Carlton 9.8 (62) v Melbourne 10.4 (65)

Frantic, fantastic contested footy here – and the Dees – through Tom McDonald – give away 50m after the Blues held off an onslaught.

8.14am BST

AFL Q3 04:39 remaining Carlton 9.8 (62) v Melbourne 10.4 (65)

That hurts – Dale Thomas misses an easy snap from 15m out after an assist from Charlie Curnow. He’s taken 4 contested marks, as has Levi Casboult. They’ve been the difference for the Blues.

8.11am BST

AFL Q3 07:07 remaining Carlton 9.7 (61) v Melbourne 10.4 (65)

Great play from Carlton sets up Gibbs on the lead. Bad turnover from Tom McDonald in the middle of the ground, who took the aggressive play. Gibbs has had 21 disposals, including 6 contested possessions – but he misses the crucial shot.

8.08am BST

AFL Q3 08:54 remaining Carlton 9.6 (60) v Melbourne 10.4 (65)

Tom McDonald is causing all sorts of trouble for the Carlton defenders. Turned them inside out then, before giving the goal assist to Neal-Bullen.

8.06am BST

AFL Q3 10:02 remaining Carlton 9.6 (60) v Melbourne 9.4 (59)

Controversy reigns after one umpire pays a mark to Jack Silvagni, while the other calls play on. After consultation, the ball is thrown up to the boos of Carlton fans. The Blues get one back with a free to Murphy for a tackle without the ball. He kicks a beautiful goal from 40m out on a tight angle. Important goal for the Blues, as the game looked to be slipping away.

8.04am BST

AFL Q3 10:58 remaining Carlton 8.6 (54) v Melbourne 9.4 (59)

Patrick Cripps has returned to the bench on crutches. That’s a heartbreaking sight for Blues fans.

8.01am BST

AFL Q3 12:31 remaining Carlton 7.6 (48) v Melbourne 9.5 (59)

Another goal to Jeff Garlett, after Silvagni turned the ball over in the middle.

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AFL Q3 15:25 remaining Carlton 7.6 (48) v Melbourne 8.4 (52)

Important mark to Casboult inside 40m after a bullet pass from Gibbs in the centre of the ground. He hits the post.

7.54am BST

AFL Q3 17:40 remaining Carlton 7.5 (47) v Melbourne 8.4 (52)

An early goal to Tom McDonald sees the Dees go in front for the first time in this game.

7.52am BST

NRL H1 35:16 Canterbury Bulldogs 8-0 Newcastle Knights

A penalty goal is taken by the Bulldogs, which is converted by Kerrod Holland. Smart play there to capitalise on what has been a general dominance in play, without much to show on the scoreboard.

7.50am BST

Rugby Union

Referee Romain Poite has been under fire in the last few days, after his late decision to revoke a penalty to the All Blacks in their draw with the British and Irish Lions. Poite second-guessed his decision to award a penalty against Ken Owens after he appeared to grab at the ball, after consulting with his assistants.

7.46am BST

Tour de France

While we’re waiting for the AFL to resume, here’s the latest on the Tour de France. Lilian Calmejane (of Direct Energie) won stage eight, despite cramping on the final hill. The 24-year-old is only in his second year as a professional, but did win a stage victory in the Vuelta a España at the end of 2016. He has also won three second-tier stage races this year in the Étoile de Bessèges, the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali and the Circuit de la Sarthe. Calmejane is the teammate of Thomas Voeckler who will retire this year, at the age of 38 and after a 17-year-career.

7.41am BST

NRL H1 21:22 Canterbury Bulldogs 6-0 Newcastle Knights

Just the one try here at Belmore – to Kerrod Holland who followed up with a conversion.

Quick hands! #NRLBulldogsKnights 6-0 after 8 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/E2zBuZVExA

7.33am BST

AFL half-time Carlton 7.5 (47) v Melbourne 7.4 (46)

Free-kick to Tom McDonald on the siren. He converts to make it a 1-point margin. Carlton players run to Jordan Lewis, and Vince throws a jumper punch. We’ll see what happens at the MRP…

7.30am BST

AFL Q2 00:45 remaining Carlton 7.5 (47) v Melbourne 6.4 (40)

An aggravated Clayton Oliver gets a free kick against Bryce Gibbs on the wing. He’s had 16 possessions now, including 10 contested.

7.26am BST

AFL Q2 02:23 remaining Carlton 7.5 (47) v Melbourne 6.3 (39)

Boos are following Jordan Lewis wherever he goes. The Dees finally get a mark inside 50 through the returning Jesse Hogan. That’s only his third possession for the day, but he drills it through.

7.21am BST

AFL Q2 06:06 remaining Carlton 7.5 (47) v Melbourne 5.3 (33)

Docherty to Silvagni for a beautiful snap goal. That’s deserved reward for the amount of play they’ve had inside 50 this term. Deserve to be further in front.

7.20am BST

AFL Q2 06:29 remaining Carlton 6.4 (40) v Melbourne 5.3 (33)

Curnow takes another big mark and puts the Blues inside 50. He’s had 7 disposals – 7 kicks, 2 goals and 3 marks inside 50. Dominating. It’s the best half I’ve seen him play so far.

Patrick Cripps has gone down to the rooms after this incident. #AFLBluesDees pic.twitter.com/QIAWPTr7oM

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AFL Q2 07:52 remaining Carlton 6.4 (40) v Melbourne 5.3 (33)

Ciaran Sheehan gives away a panic free-kick to Jeff Garlett about 20m from goal. Garlett kicks his first for the afternoon.

7.16am BST

AFL Q2 09:32 remaining Carlton 6.4 (40) v Melbourne 4.3 (27)

Second goal for Curnow was a big bomb from just outside 50. He’s been influential – he just set up Levi Casboult who is back on the ground and looks OK. He’ll shoot from 30m out on a small angle. 18.8 he’s kicked from set-shots this year, and he makes no mistake.

7.13am BST

AFL Q2 11:00 remaining Carlton 4.4 (28) v Melbourne 4.3 (27)

Big blow for the Blues – Patrick Cripps is leaving the ground after a contact injury (he got a boot from Wagner in the back of the knee). Cripps has had 5 clearances and 9 disposals and will be a big loss if he doesn’t come back on. He heads immediately down the race as Curnow lines up for goal, 50m out.

7.11am BST

AFL Q2 12:07 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 4.3 (27)

Kade Simpson takes a mark 45m out after a great spot by Docherty who kicked it across his body to Simpson in space. He misses everything but they’ve had the ball in their 50 for a while now – 60% time in forward half this quarter.

Clayton Oliver and some Carlton fans shared an exchange. #AFLBluesDees pic.twitter.com/ibexsENgIK

7.08am BST

AFL Q2 14:13 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 4.3 (27)

The Dees look rejuvenated, and Neal-Bullen goals after a falcon to James Harmes which lands straight in his lap. When things are going your way, they just are.

7.06am BST

AFL Q2 15:48 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 3.3 (21)

Goal to Josh Wagner after he takes the advantage. That’s two in a row to the Demons – and the lead is down from 19 to 6.

7.03am BST

AFL Q2 16:30 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 2.3 (15)

Jordan Lewis gives away a free-kick to Docherty, one of the many Blues intent on riling him up. Clayton Oliver, meanwhile exchanges words with some Blues fans. You’d think that’s a win for the Blues – not often you see players engage with fans on the boundary.

7.01am BST

AFL Q2 18:08 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 2.3 (15)

The Dees get another shot at goal through Dean Kent, 35m out, just a slight angle. They’ve started the second term much better than the last, with much more fluidity in their ball movement.

6.59am BST

AFL Q2 19:23 remaining Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 2.2 (14)

The Blues are getting into Jordan Lewis – they haven’t forgotten that he broke Cripps’ jaw last time they played.

6.55am BST


This just in from Wires, thanks to Associated Press:

6.51am BST

AFL Q1 quarter-time Carlton 4.3 (27) v Melbourne 1.2 (8)

Jed Lamb was in all sorts of space in the forward 50, and had Kreuzer free in the square, but missed him. Let off for the Dees. He’s causing headaches Kreuzer, and has another shot at goal after an almost-mark against both Gawn and Joel Smith, who infringes. He looks to have kicked it but we’re going to the goal review. It’s unclear whether the ball has hit the post, so the original, umpire’s decision stands: a goal.

6.47am BST

AFL Q1 02:14 remaining Carlton 3.3 (21) v Melbourne 1.2 (8)

Apologies for that quick break, I wanted to take you to the final moments of the Dockers Roos clash given how close it was. That’s another thriller for the round.

6.45am BST

Huge win for the Dockers and a heartbreaking loss for the Roos – Todd Goldstein had an easy shot at goal for them to win that one. They’ll rue their missed chances in that final quarter.

I’ll head back to our feature game now.

6.43am BST

AFL Q4 00:10 remaining North Melbourne 12.10 (82) v Fremantle 13.8 (86)

A free kick to Todd Goldstein, with 40 seconds remaining. Bad mistake by the young ruckman in Sean Darcy. HE MISSES!

6.42am BST

AFL Q4 01:04 remaining North Melbourne 12.9 (81) v Fremantle 13.8 (86)

A minute to go in this one and the ball is deep in the North Melbourne forward line. A goal will win it by 1 point.

6.40am BST

AFL Q4 02:19 remaining North Melbourne 12.8 (80) v Fremantle 13.8 (86)

Just jumping over to this game to let you know that the debutant Nyhuis has kicked his FOURTH goal to put the Dockers in front with a couple of minutes to go. What an unbelievable game from him – the Dockers will be (oddly) glad Mundy withdrew!

6.37am BST

AFL Q1 08:33 remaining Carlton 3.1 (19) v Melbourne 0.1 (1)

Big, strong contested mark to Charlie Curnow after a nice 50m entry by Kade Simpson. That’s three goals to none to the Blues.

6.33am BST

AFL Q1 11:00 remaining Carlton 2.1 (13) v Melbourne 0.1 (1)

Match alert: Clayton Oliver is already up to 8 disposals (all handballs, but 4 contested possessions and one clearance)

6.29am BST

AFL Q1 14:06 remaining Carlton 2.1 (13) v Melbourne 0.1 (1)

Some nice defensive work from Liam Jones before against Jesse Hogan. No wonder Carlton want him to sign on after years in the wilderness. Couldn’t find him that time though, with Hogan out on his own. He had a clear shot at goal, no pressure, but misses to the left.

6.22am BST

AFL Q1 19:02 remaining Carlton 1.1 (7) v Melbourne 0.0 (0)

Wayward set shot by Kreuzer to open the scoring for the Blues. Some spite in this clash already, with a down-field free kick being paid to Carlton in the goal square – off the boot of Matthew Wright.

Is there any truth to the rumour that @Larnell13 is actually Navi Nina when she isn’t captaining the Blues AFLW?

6.16am BST

AFL Q1 Carlton 0.0 (0) v Melbourne 0.0 (0)

We’re about to get going here at the MCG, and there are no late changes to either team.

6.13am BST


A touch over 5 minutes to go until the start of the Carlton v Melbourne clash, which I’ll get to shortly.

6.09am BST

AFL three-quarter-time North Melbourne 8.4 (52) v Fremantle 9.6 (60)

North Melbourne are right back in this one at Etihad and we are set for another tight finish between these two sides. Nat Fyfe remains the leading disposal-winner with 26 (12 contested possessions, 8 clearances, 81% disposal efficiency) and Michael Walters remains their leading goal-scorer with 3. Darcy Tucker and debutant Ryan Nyhuis have 2 each. Lachie Neale is not far behind Fyfe, with 24 disposals (10 contested possessions, 7 clearances).

6.04am BST

V8 Supercars

There’s also some Watpac Townsville 400 V8 Supercars action today, and Ford’s Scott McLaughlin’s dominance looks set to continue after he took provisional pole for the 200km race. He took the championship lead by winning Saturday’s race, and then broke his lap record with a time of one minute and 12.0307 seconds.

6.01am BST


In UFC news, thanks to Associated Press, Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was scratched from her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko after she was hopsitalised on Saturday a few hours before UFC 213. The UFC simply cited ‘illness’ without elaborating.

5.55am BST

Rugby League

In State of Origin news (thanks to AAP), Billy Slater is in some trouble ahead of potentially his final Origin clash, rolling his ankle in a late training drill on Sunday. Queensland have said they still expect Slater to play in game three, after he was able to walk from the ground unassisted. While it might be Slater’s last game, Queensland will say farewell to Jonathan Thurston with a pre-match tribute on Wednesday, after Thurston was forced to retire his 37 Origin game career after a shoulder injury. Queensland may also say goodbye to Cooper Cronk, pending a decision on his future after he announced earlier in the year that he’ll move to Sydney at the end of 2017.

5.49am BST


It has been a bad news week for tennis, particularly Australian tennis, with Bernard Tomic fined 11,600 pounds (approx. $20,000 AUS) after his controversial first-round exit. He earned 35,000 for the tournament.

5.45am BST


In other news at Wimbledon, there has been further disconcertment amongst the players over the state of the courts. Both Andy Murray and Roger Federer have now added their voices to the chorus of complaints about the slipperiness of the surface at Wimbledon. Murray said he had noticed divots on Centre Court, and said the condition of the courts was not up to its usual standard.

5.40am BST


While we’re waiting on the start of the Blues v Dees match, I’ll recap some of the tennis action from Wimbledon, and also check in on what else is happening via Wires.

5.35am BST

AFL half-time North Melbourne 6.3 (39) v Fremantle 9.4 (58)

This game is already well under way at Etihad stadium, with the Dockers leading 9.4 (58) to 6.3 (39) at half-time. Nat Fyfe looks on his way to his best, with 23 disposals at 83% disposal efficiency, including 11 contest possessions and 7 clearances. Michael Walters is also continuing his hot vein of form with 3 goals and 13 disposals at 100% efficiency. He was phenomenal last week, with 32 disposals and 6 goals against St Kilda in their narrow loss. Debutant Ryan Nyhuis (pictured below) also has 2 goals after coming in late to replace David Mundy (illness).

5.30am BST

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Sunday edition of Guardian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport with the hashtag #sportwatch.

Today’s feature match is the Carlton v Melbourne clash 3:20pm at the MCG, and it should be an interesting one. Melbourne would seem the logical favourites, but on form and injury the Blues are a fighting chance. The Demons have plenty of injury woes – with co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney out alongside Jack Watts and Christian Salem. Thomas Bugg is also out – for the next 6 – in a penalty that would seem ‘manifestly adequate’. The Dees do welcome back Jesse Hogan in a spiritual boost to the side, after his scare with testicular cancer. In the absence of the Dees’ midfield brigade, I’m backing the Blues’ playmakers to fire, with Gibbs in career-best form and Patrick Cripps hitting form at the right end of the season. Sam Docherty has also excelled as the Blues’ general down back, and should give them plenty again this week. I’m looking forward to seeing who wins the ruck battle in this one, with in-form ruckman of the competition Matthew Kreuzer up against Max Gawn who is approaching top gear again after his injury-interrupted season.

6.19am BST

Kate will be with you shortly. In the meantime, check out her report on the women making their mark in AFL commentary.

Related: ‘Numbers don’t lie’: women make their mark on AFL in the commentary box | Kate O’Halloran

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jul/09/carlton-v-melbourne-nrl-action-and-more-australia-sportwatch-live

Jul 03

‘Numbers don’t lie’: women make their mark on AFL in the commentary box | Kate O’Halloran

ABC Grandstand’s 50-50 gender split radio team and their audience ratings are helping to challenge outdated perceptions of women in sports broadcasting

Last Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm, the southern side of the MCG is bathed in sunlight, while the row of commentary boxes on the north sit in full shade. Inside the ABC Grandstand box, Kelli Underwood leans outside the glass panel with a pair of binoculars as the ball goes deep into Carlton’s forward line. The Blues are down 0-24 and the Crows are threatening to blow the game open. Underwood, however, senses a Blues revival and her pitch rises with the crowd as “Kr-EU-zer” takes a crucial grab.

Related: A game of their own: AFLW causing an amateur football revolution | Russell Jackson

I knew it would polarise. [But] the more criticism I got, the more I dug my heels in

Related: The power of AFL football: Pride game helps foster change in country Victoria | Kate O’Halloran

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/04/numbers-dont-lie-women-make-their-mark-on-afl-in-commentary-box

Jun 25

Saints take on Suns as Sea Eagles bt Sharks and more: Australian sportwatch – live!

10.33am BST

That’s all from me for today. Our feature game for the day, between the Tigers and the Blues, didn’t quite live up to expectation, with the Tigers running away with a 26-point victory. The margin provided a stark contrast to the thrillers we’ve seen in this round of AFL. The scoreline also flattered the Blues in the end, with the Tigers wasteful in front of goal – scoring 18 points for their 11 goals. It wasn’t quite the contest I expected from the Blues after their hot run of recent form. They do, however, have a star in Patrick Cripps, who finished with 17 contested possessions and 10 clearances. Sam Docherty was again dominant with 28 disposals of his own, including 11 marks.

For the Tigers, it was a welcome win after their recent spate of last-gasp losses and puts important space between them and the clubs who now sit a game adrift of them in the Eagles, Saints and Bulldogs. The Tigers’ leaders stood up when it mattered, with Jack Riewoldt kicking three goals and Dustin Martin adding another 30-disposal game. He was well-assisted by Kane Lambert (26 disposals, six tackles) and Shaun Grigg (26 disposals) who were arguably just as important.

10.18am BST

All over here at Etihad, as the Saints comfortably account for Gold Coast to move into the top eight.

Jack Billings was best on ground, with 30 disposals and one goal, while Riewoldt kicked three goals for the Saints. Jarrod Harbrow had 29 disposals for the Suns, finishing up at 97% disposal efficiency in a brilliant return game from the Suns leader.

10.03am BST


What did you make of the Shaun Higgins decision last night? Higgins took longer than his allocated 30 seconds to start his approach to goal, and was called to play on, before being tackled by Bulldog Jake Stringer. Reviewing the replay of the incident, it looks as if the closest officiating umpire warns him that he has 5 seconds remaining, and calls play on when Higgins fails to begin his run-up by that time. In other words, correct call.

9.53am BST

AFL Q4 13:12 remaining St Kilda 12.17 (89) v Gold Coast 10.10 (70)

Here’s some vision of the Riewoldt shocker. Luckily the Saints have hit back through Josh Bruce, for his first goal of the day.

Oh no! Not again… #AFLSaintsSuns pic.twitter.com/gHETbHRqTF

9.51am BST

AFL Q4 13:48 remaining St Kilda 11.16 (82) v Gold Coast 10.9 (69)

Riewoldt misses an absolute sitter in the goalsquare, and Witts kicks one for the Suns down the other end.

Riewoldt stuffs up in the goal square again. Brings back memories #aflsaintssuns pic.twitter.com/kasOSO5SKO

9.47am BST

AFL Q4 17:45 remaining St Kilda 11.14 (80) v Gold Coast 9.9 (63)

Fiorini gets one back for the Suns, as Hanley leaves the field with a potential high left hamstring. That would be a real blow for the Suns.

9.44am BST

AFL Q4 19:07 remaining St Kilda 11.14 (80) v Gold Coast 8.9 (57)

I was hoping for some vintage Nick Riewoldt and we’ve got it – that’s three for him as the Saints go out to a game-high 23-point lead. The Suns were on the receiving end of a trademark Rodney Eade spray at three-quarter-time, so it’ll be interesting to see what they can do.

9.42am BST


Returning to the Knights game for a moment to capture some more of Newcastle coach Nathan Brown’s post-match comments (thanks to AAP), where he accused his young halves Jaelen Feeney and Brock Lamb of playing slower than he could have managed during their 32-28 loss to St George Illawarra.

9.34am BST

AFL Q3 02:08 remaining St Kilda 9.14 (74) v Gold Coast 8.9 (57)

Goal to Lemmens gives the Suns some hope leading into the final quarter. They’re doing well to be in it considering the calibre of players they have missing.

9.32am BST

AFL Q3 04:50 remaining St Kilda 9.14 (74) v Gold Coast 7.9 (51)

The Saints have been wasteful in this one – kicking 9.14, but they’re well on top of the Suns at the moment. Jack Billings has 23 disposals to lead all comers (at 84% disposal efficiency), while Jarrod Harbrow is leading the way for the Suns at the moment with 19 disposals (at an incredible 100% disposal efficiency) in his return game. Membrey, Newnes and Riewoldt have two goals each for the Saints, while Peter Wright has two for the Suns.

9.28am BST


According to Wires (AAP), St George Illawarra were booed by their home fans at halftime on Sunday. Luckily the Dragons saved themselves from embarrassment against 15th-placed Newcastle at UOW Jubilee Oval with a memorable fightback to snatch a 32-28 win.

9.21am BST


Thanks for your comments below on the Sam Newman saga – I particularly liked your contribution whoaisme. To quote you:

9.13am BST

It’s all over at Southern Cross Group Stadium, and the Sharks have fallen short in their comeback attempt. That win puts Manly in the top four and is a disappointing loss for the Sharks against a team they really struggle against. Dale Cherry-Evans starred at halfback for the Sea Eagles with three tries and a field goal and could enter into discussions as to who will replace Thurston for the Origin decider after that performance.

The Sharks’ loss was further compounded by a suspected broken jaw to rookie Jayden Brailey who was taken to hospital.

8.56am BST

It’s all over at the MCG. For what promised to be a classic, this one ended up being one of the less exciting games of the round. It has been a pretty incredible round of AFL – we’ve had a huge upset by the Hawks over Adelaide, a 1-point win by Sydney over Essendon after they appeared all but gone, a 1-point win to the Bulldogs after they also looked to have put North away, a 3-point win to the Dees to finally defeat the Eagles, and then a 2-point victory to Geelong today over Fremantle.

For the Tigers, they’ll be pleased to have finally closed out a game that would have had their supporters nervous in those final 10 minutes or so. They’ve set themselves up to vie for a spot in the Top 4, alongside Melbourne who also had a big win this week in Perth. They’ve also put a game between them and the Eagles and Bulldogs. For Carlton, they’ll stay locked in 15th, just above the Hawks, and level with the Pies. Gold Coast have the chance to jump above them – but we’ll have to see how they go against the Saints in today’s late game.

8.49am BST

AFL Q4 00:56remaining Richmond 11.17 (83) v Carlton 8.10 (58)

A frustrated Casboult gives away a 50. Martin puts the ball inside 50 and Kreuzer gives away a free to Nankervis – it looked like he locked Kreuzer’s arm to him, but it won’t affect the result.

8.47am BST

AFL Q4 02:42 remaining Richmond 10.17 (77) v Carlton 8.10 (58)

Tigers milking the clock after Blues captain Murphy was caught holding the ball.

8.46am BST

AFL Q4 04:05 remaining Richmond 10.15 (75) v Carlton 8.10 (58)

Free kick against Rioli after he appeared to take a big mark inside 50. Think the Tigers are home here. Rioli returned earlier from a dislocated finger.

8.41am BST

AFL Q4 07:45 remaining Richmond 10.14 (74) v Carlton 8.10 (58)

Matthew Wright – who won the centre clearance – gets it back from Petrevski-Seton and lines up from 45m out. The ball falls short by a metre and is rushed through.

8.39am BST

AFL Q4 08:24 remaining Richmond 10.14 (74) v Carlton 8.9 (57)

Cripps gets one back for the Blues. He’s been outstanding today – 10 centre clearances, 26 disposals at 80% efficiency. The margin is less than three goals.

8.34am BST

AFL Q4 11:25 remaining Richmond 10.14 (74) v Carlton 7.9 (51)

Ouch. Pickett was all on his own in the forward line and completely missed the ball from Gibbs, which picked him out perfectly.

8.32am BST

AFL Q4 13:01 remaining Richmond 9.14 (68) v Carlton 7.9 (51)

Curnow gets one back for the Blues to take them back to three goals adrift. I still don’t think they’re close enough, or playing well enough, to snatch this one. Still, if they kick another the Tigers (Tigers fans in particular) will be nervous.

8.31am BST

AFL Q4 14:21 remaining Richmond 9.14 (68) v Carlton 6.9 (45)

Here’s the Dustin Martin brilliance that led to the earlier Butler goal. He’s threatening to break the game open even further.

Superb effort on the wing from Dusty paved the way for Butler to kick the goal. #AFLTigersBlues pic.twitter.com/RtFCpXee4I

8.27am BST

AFL Q4 16:50 remaining Richmond 9.13 (67) v Carlton 6.7 (43)

Cotchin’s miskick out of the middle goes straight to Riewoldt who makes no mistake with the set shot. Cripps gave away a holding free to Cotchin in the middle. This is the biggest lead of the game.

8.25am BST

AFL Q4 18:33 remaining Richmond 7.13 (55) v Carlton 6.7 (43)

Tigers are up by 17 after that goal to Dan Butler. Dustin Martin had a few crucial involvements in the build-up – they just can’t tackle that man.

8.23am BST

AFL Q4 19:33 remaining Richmond 7.13 (55) v Carlton 6.7 (43)

We’re back on in the final term at the MCG and Grimes, under pressure, boots the ball out on the full. Gibbs has a chance to get his team closer, but misses.

8.21am BST

NRL H2 49:40 Cronulla Sharks 12-19 Manly Sea Eagles

It’s three-quarter-time in the AFL, so I’m checking in on the NRL. Maloney’s kick is too heavy and goes beyond the dead ball line. Opportunity goes begging for the Sharks, but they’re back in it thanks to a try to Feki in his 100th game before the long break.

8.15am BST

AFL Q3 00:34 remaining Richmond 7.13 (55) v Carlton 6.6 (42)

Casboult gets one back for the Blues to get them back within 13 points. No problems with the set shot that time. This one looked to be slipping away from them, but credit to Carlton – they’re right back in it, at least on the scoreboard.

8.11am BST

AFL Q3 02:58 remaining Richmond 7.13 (55) v Carlton 5.6 (36)

GOAL to the Tigers after Dustin Martin passes off to Jack Riewoldt. He took that mark deep in the forward line after Lambert’s long bomb in. Lambert ignored Riewoldt who was free – he’ll be glad Martin passed it off to him in the end.

8.08am BST

AFL Q3 04:58 remaining Richmond 6.13 (49) v Carlton 5.6 (36)

Just not sure the Blues have the firepower in the forward line to win this one. They have struggled to convert their inside 50s. The Tigers have too, but are using the ball better around the ground, and as a result have had much more inside 50s.

8.01am BST

AFL Q3 10:05 remaining Richmond 6.12 (48) v Carlton 5.5 (35)

This game has gone up another notch. Carlton’s pressure on the ball carrier is brilliant, but the Tigers look like they can handle it.

7.57am BST

AFL Q3 13:32 remaining Richmond 6.12 (48) v Carlton 5.3 (33)

Shai Bolton finishes up some brilliant Tiger work in the 50. The Blues defenders did everything they could to stop that one, but weight of numbers was telling in the end.

7.54am BST

AFL Q3 14:54 remaining Richmond 5.12 (42) v Carlton 5.3 (33)

Jacob Weitering is receiving some heavy treatment on the bench for the Blues. They won’t want to lose him after losing Lamb earlier.

7.52am BST

AFL Q3 16:24 remaining Richmond 5.11 (41) v Carlton 5.3 (33)

Castagna takes a diving mark running backwards into the 50 – that was set up for Jack Riewoldt but he stole it from him. He’d want to convert. He doesn’t. Might want to avoid Jack for a while.

7.49am BST

AFL Q3 18:25 remaining Richmond 5.10 (40) v Carlton 5.3 (33)

Kreuzer is on the board for his second with an agile pick up and goal on the run from 30m out. He’s moving well and in career-best form – no surprise that that has coincided with the Blues’ resurgence.

7.46am BST

NRL H2 32:40 Cronulla Sharks 6-18 Manly Sea Eagles

A brilliant intercept and run from Luke Lewis gets the Sharks on the board! I’ll have to get back to the AFL now, but thought you might want to see that one.

Lewis for the intercept! Loves it.@Cronulla_Sharks on the board. #NRLSharksManly 6-18 after 31 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/3YhFn16Ezb

7.40am BST

NRL H2 25:13 Cronulla Sharks 0-18 Manly Sea Eagles

Here’s that Trbojevic pass which sets up Sironen for his second. Cronulla outscore teams 28-11 in second halves, but they’ve got a long way to come back from in this one. That said, the Dragons just did it against the Knights (admittedly not the same kind of opposition).

Sironen makes it 2 ✌️#NRLSharksManly 0-18 after 24 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/s3t865Uue5

7.38am BST

NRL H2 24:10 Cronulla Sharks 0-18 Manly Sea Eagles

Cronulla’s slow starts, and difficulties at home, seem to be continuing. The latest try goes to Curtis Sironen who has started on fire. Trbojevic was again involved in that one with a deft inside pass – as he was in the last, which he set up for Matthew Wright.

7.29am BST

AFL Half-time Richmond 5.10 (40) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Just on cue, Cotchin marks deep in the forward line, on a tight angle, after nice lead-up kick by Houli. He misses, however, to the near side.

7.22am BST

AFL Q2 03:57 remaining Richmond 5.8 (38) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

A man by the name of Dustin Martin is dominating the clearances but his captain Trent Cotchin has been well blanketed by Carlton’s star youngster Patrick Cripps. Cotchin has only had the one disposal this term.

7.20am BST

AFL Q2 05:03 remaining Richmond 5.7 (37) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Tigers take full advantage of the overlap, running the ball into 50 and forcing a holding the ball decision against Smedts as he tries to clear the 50. That’s three goals in a row for the Tigers.

7.18am BST

AFL Q2 06:25 remaining Richmond 4.7 (31) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Six intercept possessions now to Rance, while Casboult is dominating in the air for the Blues. I had thought the Blues looked more stagnant, which is confirmed with the stat that they’re only playing on 12% of the time, compared to 33% for the Tigers.

7.16am BST

AFL Q2 08:00 remaining Richmond 4.7 (31) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Dustin Martin misses a low-percentage shot from the boundary, and it’s another point to the Tigers. Their pressure is up another notch, though.

7.11am BST

AFL Q2 11:15 remaining Richmond 4.6 (30) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Richmond dominating inside 50s in #AFLTigersBlues, but haven’t taken full advantage. https://t.co/52f71OtluR pic.twitter.com/VkLk5TSsp7

7.09am BST

AFL Q2 12:02 remaining Richmond 4.5 (29) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Martin to Riewoldt on a nice lead 50 m out, who passes off to Edwards for a gain of 10m. He misses. That’s twice Riewoldt has passed off, for two points.

7.07am BST

AFL Q2 13:35 remaining Richmond 4.4 (28) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Have received confirmation that Jed Lamb won’t return to the field, not that that comes as much of a surprise. Rance is up to five intercept possessions already and is causing headaches for the Blues.

7.04am BST

AFL Q2 16:30 remaining Richmond 4.3 (27) v Carlton 4.2 (26)

Back on at the MCG and the Tigers hit the front after a goal to Jack Riewoldt. The ball travels quickly back down the other end and Casboult takes another contested mark, but misses. He’s still looking dangerous.

7.00am BST

Can you believe it? The Knights were run over by the Dragons after four second-half tries to none. Nightingale scored a hattrick with his third in the 58th minute. Wouldn’t you hate to be a Knights fan? I’m sorry, Knights fans.

6.57am BST

Despite having only one fit man on the bench, the Cats have run down the Dockers at Simonds Stadium in the last quarter for a two-point win. The Cats lost their skipper Joel Selwood, defender Tom Stewart and forward Darcy Lang but weren’t to be denied.

Michael Walters missed a last-second shot at goal that would have won the game for the Dockers.

6.53am BST

AFL Quarter-time Richmond 3.3 (21) v Carlton 4.1 (25)

It’s a closer one here, as anticipated. Contested, desperate footy between the two rivals that so far is living up to expectation.

6.51am BST

AFL Q1 00:57 remaining Richmond 3.3 (21) v Carlton 4.1 (25)

Great team goal there from the Tigers – finished off by Brandon Ellis. That was non-stop play on from half-back. Good composure from Ellis to nail it on his non-preferred.

6.47am BST

AFL Q1 03:56 remaining Richmond 2.2 (15) v Carlton 4.1 (25)

Casboult takes another big contested mark – admittedly it looked like a textbook push in the back. He even looked at the umpire sheepishly before being given the OK. Passes over the top to Thomas for an easy goal – to the boos of the Tigers’ supporters.

6.44am BST

AFL Q1 06:05 remaining Richmond 2.2 (15) v Carlton 3.1 (19)

Rioli misses another on the run. Here’s the report on Houli – judge for yourself!

VIDEO: Bachar Houli has been reported for this incident https://t.co/2ki3x9S1IL #AFLTigersBlues pic.twitter.com/iY7uodMVer

6.43am BST

AFL Q1 06:39 remaining Richmond 2.2 (14) v Carlton 3.1 (19)

Castagna is causing all kinds of problems for the Blues. He took another inside 50 mark, and passed of to Caddy who then shanked the kick and set up a Carlton turnover – resulting in a free to Casboult down the other end. He nails it – which will be great for his historically shaky confidence. That’s your classic 2-goal turnaround.

6.41am BST

AFL Q1 08:11 remaining Richmond 2.2 (14) v Carlton 2.1 (13)

Castagna gets his second for the Tigers, driling that one from 45m out on the run after their stars in Rance, Martin and then Cotchin set him up.

6.40am BST

AFL Q1 08:55 remaining Richmond 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.1 (13)

Kreuzer takes another mark inside 50 – he’s causing headaches for the Richmond defence, even if Nankervis is contesting well in the ruck. He misses to the right.

6.37am BST

AFL Q1 10:54 remaining Richmond 1.2 (8) v Carlton 2.0 (12)

Free kick 5m out to Jason Castagna after Lachie Plowman got him high around the neck. The Tigers are on the board.

6.33am BST

AFL Q1 12:50 remaining Richmond 0.2 (2) v Carlton 2.0 (12)

There’s been a report made on Bachar Houli for a shepherd off the ball on Jed Lamb who is out cold. Thankfully he’s up and walking now.

Big Kreuz has the Blues on the board early. #AFLTigersBlues pic.twitter.com/g8gLOYWfCI

6.30am BST

AFL Q1 13:32 remaining Richmond 0.2 (2) v Carlton 2.0 (12)

Great, ferocious repeat tackles there from Daniel Rioli on Smedts, but he pokes the set shot through for a point only.

6.29am BST

AFL Q1 15:12 remaining Richmond 0.1 (1) v Carlton 2.0 (12)

Matthew Wright gets one high from Dustin Martin. He took his full 30 there. How good was that run down of Shaun Higgins from Jake Stringer last night?

6.26am BST

AFL Q1 16:41 remaining Richmond 0.1 (1) v Carlton 1.0 (6)

Jack Riewoldt dished off that one to Grigg – don’t see that often. Grigg would’ve liked to get one on the board against his old side, but he misses.

6.24am BST

AFL Q1 17:47 remaining Richmond 0.0 (0) v Carlton 1.0 (6)

Beauty of a roving goal there from the big, in-form man in Matthew Kreuzer. Noone waiting on the goal line meant he could scramble one through.

6.21am BST

AFL Q1 19:01 remaining Richmond 0.0 (0) v Carlton 0.0 (0)

We’re under way. Liam Jones had taken Jack Riewoldt as I predicted. Remember this Carlton banner from Round 1? I reckon only Danny McGinlay can pull those off…

Just a reminder from Round 1 to motivate the boys…#AFLTigersBlues #GoDusty pic.twitter.com/uSUJd66nNH

6.15am BST

AFL Richmond v Carlton

The bounce is just over five minutes away, and there are no late chances to either team.

The @NRL_Dragons hit back through @joel_thompson12!#NRLDragonsKnights 16-28 after 48 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/MyfFHOzsAd

6.08am BST

NRL H2 43:25 St George Illawarra 10-28 Newcastle Knights

I’ll leave this one here now too, but there’s no hiding for the Dragons in this one – they’re staring at their third-straight loss: this time to the cellar-dwelling Knights. Lamb added another penalty conversion before the half to rocket the Knights to a huge half-time score and lead.

6.01am BST

AFL Q3 05:04 remaining Geelong 6.7 (43) v Fremantle 10.4 (64)

I might leave this game here as we move to the Tigers v Blues clash, but the Cats score through Sam Menegola after peppering the 50. Hawkins kicked one out on the full, but some slack defending lets Menegola through. Freo still well on top for mine.

5.55am BST


For those just joining, I’ll be covering the Tigers v Blues clash today, which will start at 3:20pm AEST. In the meantime, I’m previewing some of the week’s news, as well as taking you around the grounds to update the AFL and NRL clashes happening at the moment.

So I’m saying it loud and clear. Myself and @PickenLiam stand with the trans community. pic.twitter.com/G5jcMbfgtT

5.47am BST

AFL Q3 14:19 remaining Geelong 5.6 (36) v Fremantle 9.3 (57)

Cats finally got one back through Tuohy, but Fremantle are well on top. Geelong look to have three out – Darcy Lang is getting his calf strapped, while Selwood and Tom Stewart are both off with head knocks.

5.41am BST

NRL H1 30:54 St George Illawarra 10-22 Newcastle Knights

Unbelievable run of scoring from the Knights here at Kogarah. Nathan Ross has a hattrick in the first half after a drop ball from the Dragons. That’s the first for his career, and he has 6 tries in 4 games against the Dragons. That was just after Fitzgibbon crossed over (below).

Fitzgibbon crashes over!#NRLDragonsKnights 10-18 after 27 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/GQbCQdUk7V

5.33am BST


Speaking of NRL, AAP are reporting that the Sydney Roosters want to develop a long-term deal to continue playing NRL games in Adelaide, after Saturday’s clash with the Melbourne Storm drew more than 21,000 fans. The fans were treated to a classic, golden-point win by the Roosters, with a long-range bomb from the much-maligned Mitchell Pearce deciding the contest.

5.29am BST

NRL H1 22:10 St George Illawarra 10-12 Newcastle

Newcastle have hit the lead in the NRL clash between the Dragons and Knights. Nathan Ross in for Newcastle – twice! Lamb converts both times. They’ll be pleased with the scoreline after being completely outclassed in the first 10-15 minutes. The second was set up by a long run from Origin hero Gagai.

They can’t stop @rossdog4!#NRLDragonsKnights 10-6 after 20 minutes. #NRL pic.twitter.com/mh6IUubkXU

5.26am BST


Roger Federer has continued his incredible comeback to set up a much-anticipated final at Halle against the up-and-coming German Alexander Zverev. Zverev, only 20 but as exciting as that other famous German – Boris Becker – was in the beginning of his career, beat Federer in the semi-finals of the same tournament last year, when he was only a teenager. But this is a revived Federer, who is gearing up for his favourite tournament of all –Wimbledon – where he is seven-times champion. I’m backing him in to make it eight.

5.23am BST

America’s Cup

In news from Bermuda, Jimmy Spithill has skippered defending champions Oracle Team USA to its first victory of the America’ s Cup first-to-seven regatta. Race six was reportedly a thriller, with Oracle winning by 11 seconds – the closest margin of the contest so far. The win cuts Team New Zealand’ s lead to 4-1; the leaders have actually won 5 races, but started with a negative point because Oracle won the qualifiers. Race 7 and 8 are happening tomorrow.

5.20am BST


Alright, I’m going to take us around what’s happening in other sports/what happened overnight while we wait for the Tigers v Blues game to start.

5.16am BST

NRL H1 11:12 St George Illawarra 10-0 Newcastle

Nightingale almost had a hattrick with another kick from Widdop. Newcastle looking like witches hats at the moment.

Nightingale has a double and brings up 100 #NRL tries!#NRLDragonsKnights #NRL pic.twitter.com/7CwxEVNPbn

5.15am BST

NRL H1 8:37 St George Illawarra 10-0 Newcastle

Not a good start for the Knights, with the Dragons scoring early through Nightingale. That’s his 99th career try – involving that man I just spoke about, Josh Dugan.

Through the hands for Nightingale to score! #NRLDragonsKnights #NRL pic.twitter.com/EhIfV3dY7f

5.08am BST


Although I’ll be covering the Tigers v Blues today, we have two NRL games happening. The Dragons and Knights are entering Jubilee Oval as we speak. It’s good to see Josh Dugan back for the Dragons after NSW’s Origin II heartbreak. It’s hard to believe that the Blues found a way to lose that one, after the 16-6 lead at half-time. NSW fans (and many others) thought Dugan was a little unlucky after Darius Boyd appeared to tackle him as he chased a Mitchell Pearce cross-field in the 47th minute. In any event, the Sharks will be looking forward to him playing in their colours in 2018.

5.03am BST

AFL Q2 11:30 remaining Geelong 2.3 (15) v Fremantle 5.2 (32)

This game hasn’t started as the Cats would’ve liked, particularly with this knock to their skipper Joel Selwood in the opening minute of the game. He’s out and won’t return for the rest of the game. All the momentum is with the Dockers at the moment.

Joel Selwood has left the field following this head clash with Hayden Ballantyne. #AFLCatsFreo pic.twitter.com/qDFHPHn2TY

5.00am BST

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Sunday edition of Guardian Sportwatch. I’m Kate O’Halloran, and here we keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of Australian sport, whatever your preferred shape of ball, with our rolling liveblog. Don’t forget to tweet us @GdnAusSport and use the hashtag #sportwatch.

Today I’ll be taking you through the Tigers v Blues Clash at the MCG which should draw a massive crowd (estimates are at around 80,000+) given the large supporter bases both clubs boast, as well as their fierce rivalry. The ladder positions of these two (Richmond 6th, Carlton 15th currently) belie what a close match it should be. Richmond have won the last five matches between these clubs, and also sit much higher on the ladder, but it is the Blues who are in form. They won an epic against flag favourites GWS a couple of weeks ago (by a point) and followed it up with last week’s impressive away win over the improving Gold Coast. Some of their key players are in full-flight, including the would-be-Crow Bryce Gibbs, injury-free Marc Murphy, star defender Sam Docherty and reborn Liam Jones. Jones has had two big scalps in the past two weeks in Jon Patton (2 goals) and Tom Lynch (no goals, 1 behind and 1 mark) and may line up on Jack Riewoldt. I’m looking forward to that one, should it eventuate.

6.27am BST

Kate will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a read of this nice piece by Russell Jackson, on the impact the AFLW is having:

Related: A game of their own: AFLW causing an amateur football revolution | Russell Jackson

Continue reading…

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