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5 minutes with with: Melbourne AFLW player Cat Phillips

From Ultimate Frisbee to football, Cat Phillips’ pathway to playing in the NAB AFL Women’s Competition has been nothing short of remarkable. The 26-year-old was just one of a number of female athletes who jumped on the code-switching journey with exceptional success. As a six-time Australian Ultimate Frisbee representative Phillips’ pace and endurance was perfectly suited to a career in football. The midfielder regularly impressed at AFLW level as she found a penchant for getting fans on their feet kicking quick-running goals. I caught up with the Melbourne Football Club product in 2017 to learn more about how she found footy, her life outside of the…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL Women’s Competition

Life changing. How else do you describe the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Competition? Especially for women and girls Australia wide. What once started out as a pipe dream became a long-awaited reality when Carlton and Collingwood took to a packed Princes Park on Friday February 3, 2017. From there the first women’s season continued to smash all expectations, before culminating in a thrilling grand final finish on the Gold Coast. Since then we’ve seen a Best & Fairest crowned and the first women’s State of Origin match. I was closely involved in covering AFLW’s inception through my social media role…

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Moana Hope: 4 reasons why you’ll love AFLW

I spoke with former Collingwood AFLW player Moana Hope, who’s now with North Melbourne, ahead of the Competition’s first ever season. It’s history in the making… literally. This weekend eight women’s football teams, as part of the Australian Football League, will take to the field for the first time in the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Competition. Never before have women had the opportunity to play footy as part of an elite and national league. Collingwood’s Moana Hope has fast become a fan favourite with her down-to-earth attitude and family-first values making her relatable to the average female fan. I recently caught up with…

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2017 Tour Down Under

I love the Tour Down Under, that’s no secret. Having grown up in Adelaide the annual event is simply a part of South Australian culture. World road champion Peter Sagan returned to the race for the first time since 2010. The Slovakian star was a clear crowd favourite along with Aussies Richie Porte (the eventual winner) and Caleb Ewan. Other international names included Esteban Chaves, Robert Gesink, and Sergio Henao. Having been to our fair share of TDU’s Jason and I tend to map out our week as we go along, making sure we make the most of our time at home. This year’s visit took…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 Cycling Australia Road Nationals

“What won today was cycling… that was just the coolest race I’ve been a part of for so long” – Nathan Haas It’s hard not to fall for cycling after sampling a taste of what the sport has to offer. From the athletes’ deft defying prowess, tactical nouse to their extraordinary endurance and physical capabilities. Then throw in the opportunity to wear your country’s colours for a year and hey presto, you’ve got a perfect sporting storm that will have any spectator watching from the edge of their seat. The 2017 MARS Cycling Australia Road National Championships (#RoadNats) lived up to such…

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WBBL player profile: Nat Sciver

Nat Sciver made her return to the WBBL for the 2016 season, after a successful stint with the Melbourne Stars the previous summer. The all-rounder not only laid claim to the title of the Stars’ equal leading wicket-taker then, with 18 alongside Morna Nielsen, but also completed her campaign with 154 runs. Away from the pitch Nat’s passion for food shines through with the England representative naming starters, mains AND desserts as her top three favourite foods. I can’t fault that! I caught up with Nat ahead of the 2016 Women’s Big Bash League. A quick single with Nat Sciver Nickname: Sciv Favourite…

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WBBL player profile: Danni Wyatt

It’s not hard to see why Danni Wyatt has a soft spot for the home of her WBBL team, the Melbourne Renegades. Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in England the 27-year-old has previously spent some summers Down Under playing for Victoria’s elite women’s cricket team, before joining the WBBL last year in its inaugural season. From runs along the Yarra, savouring brunch with a coffee, beach walks and a spot of shopping Danni has definitely got the whole Melbourne thing down-pat. I caught up with Danni ahead of the 2016 Women’s Big Bash League. A quick single with Danni Wyatt Nickname: Waggy Best thing…

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Alyssa Healy: Moving for Movember

I caught with Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy after she was announced as a Movember ambassador in 2016.  – Alyssa Healy can do a lot of skilful things as wicketkeeper for the Australian women’s cricket team but growing a moustache is, naturally, beyond her capabilities. To overcome this hairy hurdle during the month of Movember the 26-year-old is embarking on a Move Challenge to raise funds for men’s health. The Move Challenge encourages men and women to get active in November as an alternative to growing a mo’. Cricket Australia has forged a longstanding partnership with The Movember Foundation. CA has raised almost…

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Behind the scenes: 2016 AFL Grand Final

It was never supposed to happen. They weren’t even meant to make it over their first finals hurdle, let alone win the whole thing. But the Western Bulldogs did. There are so many facets to this football fairytale that it’s hard to know where to begin. I was fortunate to follow the Bulldogs throughout their 2016 AFL Finals journey as I travelled around Australia to provide at-ground coverage on the AFL’s social media channels. The start of September From day dot on a balmy Thursday night in Perth, where they knocked off the fancied West Coast Eagles, right through to the first Saturday in October where so…

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How to: Achieve a flawless finish with Colorescience

Allow me to introduce you to Colorescience, a line of cosmetics that’s all about a better kind of beauty. The clever ladies at Clinica Lase recommended I give their products a go after my skin broke out following a stint of slathering my skin in NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. Basically, cakey and heavy makeups are not what you want to be putting on your skin day in and day out, especially if you’re more on the sensitive side of the scale. Your pores have gotta to breeeeath! So with the guidance of my complexion fairy godmothers I set my face free with the help of healthy makeup.…

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