5 minutes with: TV presenter & AFLW player Abbey Holmes

“I had to pinch myself a few times looking around and going, it’s just amazing because they’re here for us” – Abbey Holmes. To say the inaugural NAB AFL Women’s Competition was been a success would simply be an understatement. The eight-team league exceeded all expectations as it captured the heart and imagination of people of all ages Australia-wide. From their infectious enthusiasm to their dedication and never-say-die attitude, these women are true pioneers for not only females in football but for women in sport. Abbey Holmes grew up in a typical footy-loving household, and like so many girls she pursued…

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Behind the scenes: 2017 AFL season, Round 1-22

So that’s the 2017 AFL season in the bag, and what an epic year it was. From the start of February, with the first ever AFL Women’s Competition, right through to the last Saturday in September – or late October if you’re counting the Trade Period too – this season has been one rollercoaster of a ride I’ll never forget. When you live, breath and work footy that equates to roughly eight straight months anticipating, absorbing and analysing the weekend’s results. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s fair to say now games are done and dusted, Saturdays…

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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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5 minutes with: Collingwood Magpies Netball captain Madi Robinson

I caught up with Australian netballer Madi Robinson at the end of the 2017  Suncorp Netball season. – As the Collingwood Magpies Netball season comes to a close, following a nail biting one-goal loss to the Giants in the Suncorp Super Netball minor semi-final, captain Madi Robinson should be nothing short of proud of her achievements. The 29-year-old joined Australia’s largest sporting club as part of a new look national netball competition at the start of 2017. It was a big move for the former Melbourne Vixen and one into unchartered territory as two AFL clubs, Collingwood and the GWS Giants,…

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2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

A look back at my first Australian Grand Prix experience in 2016. – This year marked my first ever visit to The Formula 1® Rolex Australia Grand Prix. I’ve previously watched on TV but had never had the privilege of seeing the sport live. But boy was I missing out! On Saturday, Jason and I were treated to a day in the Paddock Club which saw us in the thick of all the action above pit lane. We also had the opportunity to take a stroll past all the team garages as the RAAF Jet rumbled overhead. We watched qualifying…

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2016 Tour Down Under

Adelaide’s annual Tour Down Under is without doubt one of my favourite weeks on the calendar. I always love going back home for a visit but this is one occasion in particular that simply can’t be missed. The six-day world tour cycling event brings out the best in my home state with the race reaching iconic regions such as the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. I’ve listed all the important details from our trip as well as included all my best photos from our Adelaide getaway below. Rundle St is one of my favourite streets in Adelaide with a wide…

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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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The best game of Big Bash ever

A look back over arguably the best game in Big Bash history, a 2015/2016 New Year’s thriller at Adelaide Oval. – Guys, newsflash, there was a pretty epic game of Big Bash cricket on at Adelaide Oval last night. Say what? Yes, cricket and epic can go in the same sentence together.  There’s no better word to describe the Adelaide Strikers thrilling win over the Sydney Sixers as Travis Head knocked six after six to snatch victory for the home side. The batsman smashed a stunning 56 runs from his last 15 balls and produced one of the most memorable…

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The men of BBL: Meet Nic Maddinson

I caught up with cricketer Nic Maddison ahead of the 2015/2016 Big Bash League. – They don’t get more stylish in the Big Bash League than Nic Maddinson. The Sydney Sixer is not only known for smashing runs on the field but also off it for his suave sense of style. I’m not sure I’ve seen a 26-year-old carry off a cane (bottom left photo) as well as Maddinson aside from AFL Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe, but let’s be frank that’s some good company. So what makes this talented cricketer tick off the pitch? I caught up with the top-order batsman…

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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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