Super Netball: Firebirds v Vixens

Super Netball: Firebirds v Vixens Tegan Philip of the Vixens shoots during the round five Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Vixens.
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Firebirds players embrace before the round five Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Vixens.

Vixens players embrace before the round five Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Vixens.

Liz Watson of the Vixens looks to pass.

Kate Moloney of the Vixens catches the ball.

Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens shoots.

Liz Watson of the Vixens passes the ball.

Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens catches the ball.

Gabby Simpson of the Firebirds looks to pass.

Liz Watson of the Vixens looks to pass.

Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds catches the ball.

Jemma Mimi of the Firebirds looks to pass.

Caitlyn Nevins of the Firebirds passes the ball.

Kate Moloney of the Vixens in action.

Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens is pressured by the defence.

Mwai Kumwenda of the Vixens catches the ball.

Remelda Aiken of the Firebirds shoots.

Players from both teams embrace after the round five Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Vixens.

TweetFacebook Super Netball: Firebirds v VixensHighlights of the round five Super Netball match between the Firebirds and the Vixens at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 18. Photos: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesBack-to-back champions Queensland Firebirds suffered a humiliating 16-goal defeat at home to the Melbourne Vixens on Saturday night.

The Vixens dominated in all areas of the court in the feisty encounter.Liz Watson provided 15 assists for the leading twin-scoring partnership in the competition, Mwai Kumwenda (41 from 43) and Tegan Philip (25 from 27), as they ran out 66-50 victors.

The Firebirds in contrast were untidy with the ball, losing the turnover battle 35-25.

Star shooter Romelda Aiken (37 from 46) was inaccurate early, giving the Vixens momentum which was never stifled.

Philip, who along with skipper Kate Moloney are the only remaining members of the 2014 Trans-Tasman-winning Vixens side, was particularly impressive, consistently scoring from long range.

Frustrated Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke rang the changes with Jemma MiMi being brought on for high-profile recruit Erin Burger towards the end of the second quarter and Abigail Latu-Meafou replacing Gretel Tippett at three-quarter-time, but the moves did not change the visitors’ dominance.

Down 33-23 at the long break, the Firebirds needed a strong performance in the third quarter but instead were outscored 19-10, effectively killing off the game.

The victory lifts the Vixens into second behind the GWS Giants on the ladder, while with two defeats and a draw from their first five games the Firebirds (fourth) don’t look to be the dominant force of recent years.

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Black Diamond AFL: Newcastle City Blues fight 2017 recruitment banphotos

Blues fight BDAFL recruiting ban | photos City win in 2009.
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City win in 2010.

City win in 2011.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2012.

City win in 2013.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2014.

Terrigal-Avoca win in 2015.

City win in 2016.

TweetFacebookHerald at Sunday’s BDAFL season launch that the Blues were prepared to talk to the league about ways to even the competitionbut did not believe a selective ban on recruitment was the right solution.

He said the club could be prepared to mount legal action if the ban stayed in place.

“There’s avenues we can take. We’re exploring those avenues,” he said. “Hopefully on Wednesday night we’ll be able to come to a conclusion or discussion that will be of benefit to everybody. At the moment we just want to be talking on Wednesday night before we move forward with anything else.”

Gardner said a player-points system likethose introduced in Hunter rugby union, rugby league and soccer could be the answer.

“We’ve done a fair bit of research in ways that other people have tried to equalise competitions, and we haven’t seen this [recruitingban] model used before.

“We’re more than happy to work with the board on what’s going to be the best model. A player-points system, we feel, is the best model and is not going to be as detrimental to clubs who can have theheart torn out of what they’ve done.”

BDAFL football operations coordinator Garry Burkinshaw said Terrigal had acceptedthe ban but City was resisting it.

He understood City’s “disappointment” but said a player-points systemin the BDAFL could force clubs to shed players, whereas the recruitment ban would allow clubs to keep all theirexisting players.

“We want an even competition,” he said. “At the moment we have four sides who realistically haven’t been playing with a chance to win the competition for effectively eight years.

“Hopefully the new players who come to town will end up playing forother clubs, because the last four or five years all the new players who have come to the Central Coast or Newcastle have gone to either Terrigal-Avoca or Newcastle City.”

He said some of the weaker clubs had already resigned players who had stopped playing in the past out of frustration.

The new season starts on April 1.

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NSW Waratahs fall to ACT Brumbies once again in sloppy Sydney affair

Super Rugby: Waratahs v Brumbies | Photos Photo: Getty Images.
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TweetFacebookPhotos: Getty Images.The Waratahs have fallen to the Brumbies for the third consecutive time in two seasons and surrendered the inaugural Dan Vickerman Cup, going down 28-12 on a wet evening in Sydney.

With scores locked at 7-7 in the 58th minute, the Brumbies hit the lead through a driving maul finished off by reserve hooker Robbie Abel before a sensational Henry Speight try extended the lead to 21-7 with 19 minutes remaining.

The winger’s left-foot kick downfield was planted over the line and looked to seal the deal but moments later second-gamer Jake Gordon scored his first Super Rugby try to keep NSW in the hunt.

A tense final period ensued but it was Speight who ensured the result would be a formality as he sliced through a flimsy Waratahs defensive line with his second try in the 74th minute.

After back-to-back losses against their arch rivals last year, the Waratahs failed to capitalise on good possession in what wastheir third straight loss of 2017.

“I’m bitterlydisappointedwith that,” said Waratahs captain Michael Hooper. “Ithought we were a better team in the first half and sustained pressure killedus. Teams like the Brumbies who are great in that area are going to grind it outand they did.”

To make matters worse, the Waratahs could be without blindside breakaway Jack Dempsey for the rest of the season after he left the field on a stretcher in the 44th minute with a suspected broken leg.

When Dempsey was being taken off the field, Fox Sports interviewed coach Daryl Gibson up in the press box and the sombre look on his face said it all, knowing that he likely won’t have his best starting back-row moving forward.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” Gibson said. “At the moment best case, potentially is 8-12 weeks [on the sidelines], so that could be the season for him. [It is] particularly [tough] when he was coming into some pretty good form.”

The wet-weather gods were against the Waratahs once again, bringing a downpour in the 48 hours before kick-off of a similar nature to the one before the Force match in round one.

Punters could have been forgiven for changing their tip mid-week, mostly because of the wet weather that generally suits the Brumbies and also the fact five-eighth Bernard Foley was ruled out on match eve.

With four dropped balls in the opening two minutes, it was clear conditions would play a major role in how both teams would go about their game.

To their credit, the Waratahs opted to kick for touch on a number of occasions rather than take easy three-pointers on offer.

It paid dividends when back-rower Scott Fardy was sent to the sin-bin after a number of infringements with the Brumbies camped on their own line.

Two minutes later, after pick-and-drives from Will Skelton and Tolu Latu, prop Tom Robertson sneaked through a hole in the Brumbies defence to put the Waratahs up 7-0 after 10 minutes.

The Brumbies were dealt a blow in the 22nd minute when hooker Josh Mann-Rea limped off the field with a suspected ankle injury but the visitors managed to negate the Waratahs for the rest of the half.

Brumbies outside-centre Tevita Kuridrani hit back with a five-pointer in the 28th minute on the back of a barnstorming run straight at Nick Phipps.

From there, both teams were happy to play field position, with NSW fullback Andrew Kellaway’s kicking game a feature.

When conditions aren’t in their favour and they are unable to play a free-flowing style of rugby, the Waratahs have shown in the last 12 months they struggle to modify their game.Handling errors, too, were sprinkled throughout the contest and although miserable weather could be partly blamed for this, it was hard to keep up with how many mistakes were being made.

In what was supposed to be one of the matches of the year and at a time when rugby is desperate for eyeballs, this was far from the spectacle they were after to showcase the 15-man game.

Meanwhile, there were concerns going into the match about the state of the surface and particularly after heavy downpours in recent days.

Overall, the Allianz Stadium surface held up relatively well, save for a handful of long scrums, which had the odd player lose their footing.

The Waratahs will now gear up for a match against the Rebels, in what will be billed as a battle to avoid the n conference wooden spoon for the time being.

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World Sleep Day highlights benefits of good sleep habits

As a colleague, and new dad, announced “I’m so sleep-deprived”on his arrival to work on Friday, I nodded knowingly and informed him it was actually World Sleep Day that day.
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We wondered if that meant taking naps in the office would be OK. It reminded me of when I was pregnant and working an evening shift. I would quite often put my head on my desk during my dinner break for a 20-minute kip to keep me going.

Then when our kids came along, I remember every minute of rest you could get really counted.

Our kids are well out of that newborn phase now but we still never seem to get enough sleep, and as Icanvassed a few people in the office on Friday it appeared there were plenty of others burning the candle at both ends too, regardless if they had kids or not.

We moved house last week, which had me yawning to no end throughout the day.

WORN OUT: People who are not getting enough sleep may wake up feeling unrefreshed and could be putting themselves at risk of a host of health issues. Picture: iStock Photo

I know I need to get to bed earlier, and in fact some mornings I wake up thinking, ‘I’m going to bed early tonight’,before the day has even started but it never seems to happen.

And I do often wonder, if we keep this up, what kind of long-term damage to our health are we risking?

I queried Associate Professor Mitch Duncan, from the University of Newcastle’sCentre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, who does research regarding sleep.

He hasjust been awarded almost $60,000 from Diabetes for a new trial called Sleep, Move and Eat aimed at improving the effectiveness of behavioural weight-loss interventions.

Associate Professor Duncan said many ns had poor sleep health, which affected many aspects of their day-to-day life in general.

“Obviously good sleep is important for health,” he said. “Typically we focus on the duration of sleep, seven to nine hours, and that’s important but also there’s the quality of sleep that is key, and also the timing of sleep.

“A lot of people will have varied sleep in terms of bedtimes … it makes it difficult to get into a decent routine around sleep and keeping the body clock on schedule.”

The result, he said, can mean“waking up feeling quite lethargic and unrefreshed”, which resonated with me as I can go to bed anywhere from 9.30pm to 1am on a day-to-day basis but generally am awake around 6am or before.

Associate Professor Duncan said the“quality and length of sleep is linked to increased risk of mortality” as well as cardiovascular disease and diabetes risks, and poor mental health outcomes. Sleep was“normally one of the first things to be sacrificed when work, family or social pressures hit”.

RIGHT IDEA: I’ve often thought it would be great to be a baby and be able to eat and sleep on demand as needed. Picture: iStock Photo

The slogan of World Sleep Day was ‘Sleep soundly, nurture life’, and Associate Professor Duncan said there were key things people can do duringthe day to improve sleep, includinglimiting caffeine and alcohol consumption and being more active.

You can get more tips through:www.sleephealthfoundation苏州模特佳丽招聘.au/fact-sheets-a-z/187-good-sleep-habits.html.

Renee Valentine is a writer, personal trainer and mother. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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Western Bulldogs masterclass gifts GWS Giants inaugural AFL Women’s wooden spoon

AFLW Round 7: GWS v Western Bulldogs Tiarna Ernst of the Bulldogs and Erin McKinnon of the Giants contest possession during the round seven AFL Women’s match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs.
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Ellie Blackburn of the Bulldogs leads her team onto the field before the round seven AFL Women’s match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs.

Giants players run onto the ground before the round seven AFL Women’s match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs.

Phoebe McWilliams of the Giants is tackled by Hannah Scott of the Bulldogs.

Emma Kearney of the Bulldogs is tackled.

Nicola Barr of the Giants handballs.

Jacinda Barclay of the Giants is tackled.

Rebecca Beeson of the Giants in action.

Meghan McDonald of the Bulldogs is tackled as she hand balls.

Phoebe McWilliams of the Giants contest a mark.

Jamie Lambert of the Bulldogs takes a mark.

Renee Tomkins of the Giants is tackled by Meghan McDonald of the Bulldogs.

Angelica Gogos of the Bulldogs in action.

Hannah Scott of the Bulldogs is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal.

Ellie Blackburn of the Bulldogs celebrates kicking a goal on the full time siren.

Courtney Clarkson of the Bulldogs and Erin McKinnon of the Giants contest possession.

Emma Kearney of the Bulldogs is tackled.

Emma Swanson of the Giants kicks ahead.

Tiarna Ernst of the Bulldogs and Erin McKinnon of the Giants contest possesson.

Ellie Blackburn of the Bulldogs in action.

TweetFacebookAt a glanceGWS GIANTS0.1 2.1 2.23.2 (20)

WESTERN BULLDOGS0.2 2.5 4.67.10 (52)

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