It was an epic weekend in sport, as we entered round two of Suncorp’s Super Netball and round four of the AFL Women’s. We also saw the final race of Nutri-Grain’s annual Ironman and Ironwoman series on Sunday, where an impressive finish by Victoria’s Harriet Brown marked her first ever win.
Here, we give you a snapshot of the weekend’s highlights.
1. Meet Harriet Brown – the 2017 Ironwoman.
Brown won first place in the 2017 Ironwoman competition on Sunday, eight years after debuting in the same location as a wildcard. Now 26, it was a powerful sprint in the final moments of the race that secured her title.
Reflecting on her first Ironwoman series at 18, Brown says, “I think I finished last in every race that weekend.” She says she set a “secret goal” to win the series, after breaking her jaw in a bike accident last year.
“I kept it to myself but I guess everyone who’s training is really wanting that,” she said.
When Brown isn’t winning the title of 2017’s Ironwoman, she’s working as an exercise physiologist and Pilates instructor in Queensland. She’s also a professional lifesaver.
2. Wasted chances as Adelaide Thunderbirds lose to NSW Swifts.
The Thunderbirds lost to the Swifts on Saturday, with a final score of 54-44, and their coach Dan Ryan has forced them to re-watch the game as a team, noting every wasted turnover that cost them the game.
"The turnover conversion stat was just 14 out of 33 and that is the difference between winning and losing," he said. "It was not what the Swifts were doing, it was what we were not doing and it is about us fixing our own backyard."
He described the session as "honest and direct," and noted for many players, it was only the second time they've played together as a team. Nonetheless, Ryan is adamant that with a stronger attacking game, the Thunderbirds have a much better chance of establishing themselves this season.