THE JILLAROOS TAKE ROUND ONE OVER THE SILVER FEARNS
The Aussie Women's Rugby League side claimed bragging rights over their Trans-Tasman rivals with an 11-4 win on the opening day of the Auckland Nines. Video highlights here: http://www.nrl.com/auckland-nines-women-g1-ferns-v-jillaroos/tabid/10959/contentid/818253/default.aspx
The two sides meet again on Sunday in game's 2 and 3.
MIXED DAY FOR FOX IN PENRITH
Jessica Fox has won the Olympic and national selection trial at the Australian Open at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.
Although Fox missed out on a place in the final her performance put her in a strong position with two selection trials to come at the Oceania Championships in a months time.
21-year-old Fox was the highest ranked Australian in the women's K1 event, giving her the first victory in the best-of-three Olympic qualifying process.
But her 13th position was not high enough to qualify the former World Champion for the final.
"I was a bit disappointed with my racing today," Fox said.
"I had some trouble on gates 17 and 18 and that put me out a bit.
"It was not my best racing and it was really a fight to the finish. I was obviously relieved and happy to get that first selection win, but I would have loved to have made that final."
Fox was forced to watch on while Austria's Corinna Kuhnle won the K1 gold, with Germany's Ricarda Funk taking the silver and the Czech Republic's Veronika Vojtova winning the bronze.
Fox said she probably took risks she didn't need to take, but said the course didn't behave the way she thought it would.
"I was nervous today, I didn't react when I needed to, I just froze," she said.
"I think I'll just keep working on the technical side of things, because I've done all the physical work.
"It's just about staying fresh now because we only have two weeks until Oceanias."
Su Oh is the highest ranked Aussie after Day Three of the Victorian open, six shots behind leader Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord. Superstar Karrie Webb lies a further five shots back after a tough start to her round.
GREAT START TO THE SEVENS
The Aussie women took a commanding 1-0 series lead over Ireland at the Sydney 7s, but coach Tim Walsh wants to see improvement for their final two matches.
Australia beat Ireland 26-7 in front a packed Allianz Stadium, conceding a try in the final minute of the match.
Walsh said he was happy with the result but wanted to see them maintain pressure for the full match.
“(We had) some really good turnovers, some good defensive stuff and then got a bit loose towards the end,” he said.
“It’s always hard when you’ve got a good lead and you’re in front of a crowd to stay disciplined. So a little bit disappointed with that but two more games to improve on there.”
With a massive crowd, Walsh said he wanted to see better communication and stronger defence for the full match in their final two matches.
“Defensively and I know it’s noisy but communication from our attack, they were just sort of last minute late movements without any chat which ended up being into turnovers,” he said.
“I think we from memory had about four turnovers which is unacceptable from our standards.
“They weren’t from the opposition doing some amazing things they were sort of unforced errors so certainly something that we need to improve on.”
SWIMMING UNDERWAY IN PERTH
The Aquatic Series in Perth kicked off Friday night's action and in an all-Australian rivalry, Cate Campbell claimed a 0.07 win over her sister and world champion Bronte in the 50m freestyle, with a time of 24.32.
Elsewhere, World champion Emily Seebohm hit the wall first in the 200m backstroke via a time of 2:07.74.
And Emma McKeon impressed in the 200m freestyle, winning with a time of 1.55.96, just 0.39 outside of the Australian record, while also claiming victory in the 100m butterfly (58.25).
MEARES MAKES IT 3!
And Anna Meares claimed her 3rd national title for 2016, and 36th overall after overpowering rival Steph Morton in the final of the Keirin, Meares pet event. Meares in top form with the World Championships in London four weeks away.