It’s been another HUGE weekend of women’s sport. We saw the launch of the TAC Cup girls football competition, round 3 of the Suncorp Super Netball and are already on the thrilling tail end of the AFL Women’s league inaugural season. The Australian Open of Surfing finished up, sadly without an Aussie woman in the final two, and New Zealand proved too strong for us in the Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament in Las Vegas.
Here, we give you a snapshot of all the weekend’s highlights.
1. Lions down Crows in top of AFLW ladder clash.
It was always going to be a close one, but the Brisbane Lions remain the only undefeated AFLW team after beating the Adelaide Crows by three points in front of a 12,000 strong crowd at Adelaide’s Norwood Oval Saturday night.
The Lions were behind at three-quarter time but a goal from Kate McCarthy in the final term – the only one for the quarter and her second – was enough to secure the win for her side.
It was 30 points (4.6) to 33 (5.3) at the final siren, and with five wins from five games, the Lions are well and truly the premiership favourites.
For Adelaide, Sarah Perkins was also a stand-out, kicking two goals.
2. More upsets in the Suncorp Super Netball as the Giants pip the Magpies.
We’re three rounds into the Suncorp Super Netball and things are starting to heat up.
As the youngest and least experienced side in the competition, the NSW Swifts were told they’d likely finish bottom of the ladder, but have found themselves in the top four, ahead of former championship winners Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds, as well as the Collingwood Magpies super team.
They drew with the Vixens in a thriller at Hisense Arena on Saturday night.
Meanwhile the Magpies, formerly competition favourites, appear to be floundering – despite a wealth of talent – and lost by eight points to the Giants earlier in the evening.
3. Scholarship launched in memory of teenage horse rider Olivia Inglis.
Equestrian NSW has launched a scholarship for young eventing riders in memory of 17-year-old Olivia Inglis, who died in a horse riding accident last year.
Inglis was injured when her family horse flipped while jumping during a horse eventing championship near Scone in Upper Hunter Valley in March 2016.
The scholarship will be awarded annually and give funds to emerging riders for their training and competition programme.
More information can be found here.
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