Tuesday 29 Mar 2016

Australian teenager Minjee Lee has scored a rare hole-in-one albatross during the third round of the LPGA Tour's Kia Classic. 

With the tees forward on the par-4 16th, Lee's monster drive landed in the rough just short of the green before the ball checked and rolled into the hole.

Despite her spectacular ace, Lee's two-under 70 left her five-under for the tournament, a distant nine strokes behind New Zealand leader and world No.1 Lydia Ko.

Lee finished equal 18th, while fellow Aussie Sarah Jane Smith came in at 38th. Karrie Webb was another to make double at the 17th and shot a disappointing one-over 73 to be in a tie for 43rd. Sarah Kemp and Katherine Kirk unfortunately did not make the cut. 

Caroline Buchanan won round one of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Argentina on Sunday, beating major rival and current world champion, Mariana Pajon (Colombia) across the line by two tenths of a second. Pajon was the only one who could keep up with the Canberran. 

After Buchanan, Queensland’s Melinda McLeod was the highest placed Australian qualifying through to but ultimately eliminated in the semi final round. 

Buchanan told BMX Australia her performance capped off a solid off-season. 

“I felt really good today, I didn’t drop a lap and won all my motos, won the semi final, which seeded me in first place for the final and I had lane one, I felt confident,” she said.

“I’ve had a solid off season and after yesterday’s time trial where I had a close battle with Mariana, I got the holeshot today after getting out of the gate really strong. With the inside line to the first corner I was able to hold on to the lead to the finish line.

"I am stoked to kick off the season with a win, and repeat what I did in 2015 by winning the first round of the world cup. Now I want to keep it going into Manchester and then onto Holland, and the worlds (world championships) after that. It’s a long season but the road to Rio is looking strong.

"My off season training with the AIS, Julian Jones my gym trainer and Wade Bootes my coach has really helped."

Check out the replay above. 

Sally Fitzgibbons has found her mojo at the second World Surf League event of the year, The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.

What a difference a week makes! After her worst ever result at the first event on the world tour calendar, the Roxy Pro, the uber competitive Fitzgibbons as we know her is back!

Following her being oust in round 2 on the Gold Coast a week prior, Fitzgibbons has leapt into the quarter-finals at Bells Beach. 

Meantime, Aussies Stephanie Gilmore, Nikki Van Dijk, Bronte Macaulay and Tyler Wright will battle it out in the elimination Round 4 heats for a quarter final berth themselves.

See all the action, videos and blog, so far here:

Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach - updates, videos, reports
All the action from the 2016 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach - Round 2 of the WSL Women's Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour

Australia's Rebecca Henderson scored a win over across the ditch rival, Kate Fluker coming home in 1 hour 28 minutes and 44 seconds to Fluker's 1 hour 29 minutes and 45 seconds in Queenstown on the weekend. 

Henderson's fellow compatriot Peta Mullens edged out NZ's Samara Sheppard for third. 

Edwina Tops-Alexander performed strongly over the three days of the World Cup Jumping Final in Sweden.

She finished 21st overall. Full standings are here

 

 

Sunday 27 Mar 2016

The Southern Stars are through to the World Twenty20 after crushing Ireland in their final pool game at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.

Megan Schutt took 3/29 to help Australia restrict the winless Irish to 7-91. The Southern Stars then hauling in the target in 13.2 overs with seven wickets in hand. Elyse Villani top-scored for Australia with 43 from 35 balls.

Player of the match Megan Schutt spoke to media following Australia’s seven-wicket win over Ireland:

Earlier in the week, the Southern Stars beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. Player of the Match Elyse Villani struck 53* from 39 balls with skipper Meg Lanning (56* from 53 balls) to steer Australia to victory with 14 balls remaining. Kristen Beams (2/25) and Megan Schutt (2/25 including a hat-trick opportunity) were the pick of the Australian bowlers.

Villani spoke after the win:

The New Zealand White Ferns finished top of Australia’s pool group after defeating South Africa by seven wickets today and will play the second-placed team of Group B in Mumbai on Thursday 31 March.

Australia will take on England on Wednesday, the top placed team of Group B.
Saturday 26 Mar 2016

Horse rider Kathy O'Hara guided female filly Single Gaze to an upset win in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) on Saturday at Rosehill racecourse.

“She is such a trier this horse, she did it tough and got a bit of cover mid race but she is so strong she is so small. I am so pleased for Nick, it’s his first Group 1 and it’s just unbelievable to win it for him I am so excited, I have had a bit to do with this filly, I won her first start, have ridden the mother and it just means so much," O'Hara told the Daily Telegraph after the race.

The win is testament to the faith trainer Nick Olive showed in Kathy as a reliable and regular of stable star Single Gaze.

“Some of the boys (owners) were thinking about getting another jockey to ride the filly but I was sick of chopping and changing,’’ Olive said. “Kathy rides Single Gaze well and I wanted her to stay on the filly.’’