Tiger women aiming high after practice match win

While dual All-Australian and former Brisbane Lions key position player Frederick was her side’s major target up forward, the damage was done at ground level as Stahl, Christina Bernardi and Courtney Wakefield wreaked havoc. Tigers captain Katie Brennan showed glimpses of her class, kicking a goal but playing predominantly through the midfield. On notice: Sabrina Frederick’s Richmond side sent a message to their AFLW rivals with a pre-season win over the Eagles.Credit:AAP Youngster Sophie Molan – taken at pick No. 7 in last year’s draft – left the field in…

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Cronulla board eager to find CEO to push club into new era

“While change is sometimes considered intrusive or regarded as a sign of instability, the Sharks’ board of directors can reassure the members that it is very much business as usual at the Sharks with many exciting projects still on the way and the 2020 NRL season to look forward to,” a letter to members read after Munro’s departure. Loading “We trust you will see that all is well at the Sharks. We have high hopes for the team in 2020 and that the business is in a strong position and…

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Joey Leilua set to join his brother at Tigers with deal all but done

Leilua met with Tigers boss Justin Pascoe and coach Michael Maguire on Monday. The Samoan international was on $700,000 this season with the Green Machine and already told he would not be offered a contract for 2021. Leilua was also likely to lose his starting spot this year to Melbourne recruit Curtis Scott. Having already paid $200,000 of his deal, the Raiders were prepared to contribute another $100,000 to help seal Leilua’s move north. The Tigers initially thought that figure would be higher, and at one stage during the week…

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South Sydney Rabbitohs’ recruit Latrell Mitchell to get first test in No.1 jumper with Indigenous All Stars

Mitchell, Cody Walker, Josh Addo-Carr and Wade Graham were some of the players who refused to sing the anthem during last year’s Origin series, while there was plenty of debate after a similar silence prior to the All Stars clash at the start of last year. Latrell Mitchell will be seen in the No. 1 for the first time in the All Stars.Credit:SMH Daley, who will coach the All Stars and also sits on the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, was happy to support whatever his players wanted to do.…

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Melbourne Demons star Daisy Pearce shows class in comeback as Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn injures her hand

“She sees the game really well, has got great awareness around her and she is a good ball user,” Stinear said. Sinead Goldrick completed the traditional Irish initiation into Australian football when she took off on a blistering run through the middle only to be penalised for not bouncing the ball with the recruit from Dublin impressing with her pace. Star midfielder Lily Mithen rolled her ankle in the second quarter but should be fine for round one against North Melbourne on February 8 while Ainslie Kemp, who has recovered…

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Jake Trbojevic racing the clock to be fit for Manly Sea Eagles’ season opener

“I’m completely fine, I could play tomorrow, but Jake could be touch and go,” Tom told The Sun-Herald. “He didn’t have the surgery until after the Tests [for the Kangaroos], it’s a 4½-month injury, and that would have him back for round three. But I know he’s trying to get back earlier.” Loading Tom had a brilliant but injury-interrupted year, which left fans wondering just how far the Sea Eagles could have pushed up the ladder and then progressed during the finals. After injuring his hamstring in the trials, then…

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Harley Bennell suffers another calf setback as he attempts to win spot on Melbourne Demons list

Melbourne have confirmed that uncontracted midfielder Harley Bennell suffered another minor calf strain on Wednesday as he attempts to earn a spot on their list for 2020. Although the injury is considered minor, it is a major blow for the 27-year-old who is training with the Demons in the hope of being added to their list during the pre-season supplemental selection period. Harley Bennell.Credit:Getty Images Bennell has played just two games in four seasons since he was traded to Fremantle from the Gold Coast with calf problems giving him no…

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Dogs disappointed NRL refusing to budge on $350,000 Foran payout

Because Foran stands to earn more than $1.1 million this year, the Bulldogs felt that figure was unfair given it represents less than one third of the star playmaker’s salary. One option for the Bulldogs is to take their argument to the Australian Rugby League Commission who have the power to change policy. The rule was only introduced in 2018 after Josh Hodgson missed most of the season for the Raiders after breaking down playing for England in the World Cup semi-final at the end of 2017. “We believe the…

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Alex Glenn replaces Darius Boyd as Brisbane Broncos captain, coach Anthony Seibold cites need for ‘consistency’

“Alex takes over from Darius, who is a legend of our club and maintains a leadership position within our squad.” The decision has left questions marks around Boyd’s playing career with the Broncos, with 2020 shaping up to be his final season in the game. But Seibold said Boyd had known his fate since September. “I made the decision quite early. I had Darius around my house not long after the season finished – he took it like a man,” Seibold said of Boyd’s reaction. “Darius is a pro. He…

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Cronulla Sharks boss says making Kogarah feel like a ‘home ground’ vital to season

“The Sharks are playing more than double the amount of games that the Dragons are [at Jubilee],” he said. “We have a good opportunity to make it our home. As long as they can run on that pitch and feel like it’s no different to Shark Park because we’ve kind of painted it black, white and blue, so to speak, then they’ll be out there playing to win.” One part of the master plan, which the board is reviewing, is to transport fans between Kareela and Kogarah in shuttle buses…

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