• Morgan Mitchell during the IAAF World Challenge at Olympic Park on March 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Thrills and spills of our Aussie girls across the globe! More action, more results.
By
Sarah Leach

7 Mar 2016 - 1:42 PM  UPDATED 7 Mar 2016 - 4:10 PM

 Cycling

Australian cycling star Annettte Edmondson showed fighting spirit as she stepped up to defend her two world titles at the Track Cycling World Championships in London this week.

A fortnight ago she rode into the side a car at 55 km/hour and could have lost more than the two world titles she couldn’t defend, her whole Rio Olympic campaign could have been destroyed.

Edmondson managed to rally and finished fifth in the two-day omnium and gave herself a chance to stage a stunning podium finish with a strong points race.

Meantime, Rebecca Wiasak took Gold in the Women’s individual pursuit and Anna Mears took silver in the Women’s Keirin.

 Surfing

Aussie Nikki Van Dijk took out the Australian Open of Surfing on Sunday, beating Hawaiian surfer Malia Manual in the final, 13.73 to 17.93.

A great result for the 21-year-old who finished ninth overall in last year’s WSL (World Surf League) tour, and this year will look to go a few places better!

Fellow Aussies Laura Enever, Tyler Wright and Georgia Fish bowed out in the Quarter Finals, narrowly missing a semi-final berth.

Athletics

Morgan Mitchell won the 400m Women’s Open event at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge and subsequently has booked her seat on the plane to Rio.

Mitchell recorded a time of 52.16 seconds, finishing ahead of Jamaica’s Christine Day (52.68) and Australia’s Anneliese Rubie (52.89).

Basketball

Reigning champions Townsville Fire enjoyed a big 91-72 win on Sunday over the SEQ Stars to qualify for their fourth straight WNBL grand final. Fire will take on Perth Lynx in the grand final series.

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Reigning champions Townsville Fire enjoyed a big win on Sunday over the SEQ Stars to qualify for their fourth straight WNBL grand final.
 

Football

Last in this wrap, but far from least! The Matilda's have been making Australian Football fans exceptionally proud as they show grit, determination and professionalism in their quest towards the Rio Olympics.

And it's not just Football fans are hooked on the Matilda's progress, but Australian sports fans overall have turned their heads; the achievements of the Matilda's cannot go unnoticed.

Coach Alen Stajcic has guided the Matildas to a perfect three wins out of three matches in their opening games in the Asian qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics, and Australia, following its 2-0 win over South Korea in the game on Friday night, is now in the box seat to take one of the two positions available for Asian nations.

With two matches to go Australia is almost there, with nine points and a massive goal difference of plus 13.

But arguably the two toughest tests, against North Korea and China, still loom on Sunday and TuesdayAvoid defeat in just one of those two matches and the Australians can start packing their bags for Brazil.

With each nation now having played three games Australia cannot be caught by the disappointing hosts, Japan, nor South Korea or strugglers Vietnam
Simply avoiding defeat against the North Koreans in the penultimate fixture would put Stajcic's team through: that would give them 10 points, and then the only nation that could equal or better that would be China.

Getting to this point is a major feather in the players' cap, and a huge boost for Stajcic.