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Commonwealth Games a motivator for young guns in Australian ODI/T20I cricket squad to tour New Zealand



The Australian women’s cricket team will be busy over the next couple of years competing in two World Cups and helping T20 cricket debut as a sport at the Commonwealth Games.

The selectors have made it clear they are already preparing for those future tournaments, naming two surprise additions to the squad heading to New Zealand next month for three ODIs and three T20Is against the White Ferns.

The national side is proving extremely hard to break into, considering the ongoing dominance the team has had in recent years.

However, teenagers Hannah Darlington and Darcie Brown have been able to force their way into the mix, after impressive performances in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Both 19-year-old all-rounder Darlington and 17-year-old fast bowler Brown have won the WBBL young gun award, in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The young gun award has been won by regular Australian players Ash Gardner, Sophie Molineux and Georgia Wareham in the past.

Speaking with the ABC, Darlington and Brown said they were “shocked” to be selected, even though they knew they were already on the extended list of 25 players being considered.

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Still coming to terms with the announcement, they say it hasn’t stopped them dreaming about the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

“I guess this selection now puts me in good stead for a tournament like that … and having those kinds of opportunities available in the near future is really motivating me to stick within the squad.”

As someone who had an “obsession” with the Commonwealth Games as a child, Brown says she looked up to eight-time medallist Dawn Fraser because of her “carefree attitude”.

“I used to enjoy reading books about it in the library,” she said.

Representing country and culture

Darlington, a proud Kamilaroi woman, has now played two seasons with the Sydney Thunder, lifting the trophy in 2020 and finishing second on the wicket-taking list (19) with best figures of 3/19.

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Aside from her skill with the ball, her leadership qualities have also appealed to Australian selectors, given the fact Darlington has had more experience as a captain than most young players; leading underage representative teams regularly since she was 13.

Darlington was given a new role as NSW Breakers vice-captain this summer, in just her second year in the Women’s National Cricket League — and today made another step up into the captaincy in a match against Tasmania, in Alyssa Healy’s absence.

Her advanced leadership skills have also seen her take on a prominent role in the push for more Indigenous representation in cricket, participating in barefoot circles before WBBL matches and captaining First Nations exhibition teams.

So, the fact she could become the third Indigenous woman to play in the green and gold — after Faith Thomas and Ash Gardner — is definitely not lost on her.

“Seeing the pride that my NSW teammate Ash gets in representing Australia and the work she has been doing in Indigenous cricket has been inspiring,” Darlington said.

Missing 18th birthday party for Australian honours

Darcie Brown will turn 18 on March 7, right before the Australian squad heads across the ditch, and has had to postpone her coming-of-age birthday party as a result.

The South Australian quick was also due to start her first year of university studies in animal science around that time — hoping to use the degree as a pathway to become a vet in rural areas.

She hasn’t quite worked out yet whether she’ll need to defer or take her studies on tour.

“It could turn out to be a stressful month actually,” she laughed.

“But oh well, going to New Zealand will be cool, it’s an amazing opportunity.”

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Brown was forced to learn how to bowl fast early on, with two older brothers who would “whack” her slower balls all over the park.

The national team have been looking for players who can consistently bowl around 120 kilometres per hour, and alongside Tayla Vlaeminck, Brown definitely fits into that category.

“In the WBBL games I played that were on the telly, it said I was bowling 125kph every now and then, but not all the time,” Brown said.

As the youngest player in the squad, Brown is hoping she might get a chance to pick the mind of Ellyse Perry, who made her debut for Australia at 16.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to learn a few things off her and how she dealt with it all the pressure so young,” she said.

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Justin Harrison-Austin Healey feud re-ignites 20 years on from fiery British & Irish Lions tour


But it was a newspaper column on the eve of the deciding third Test in Sydney, won 29-23 by Australia, that really made Healey public enemy No.1.

“Spin this, you Aussies: up yours,” Healey wrote for the Guardian. “Is that enough to get into the Sydney Morning Sun Telegraph Herald Load of Shite?

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Harrison and Healey go toe-to-toe during a Lions and Australia A matchCredit:Steve Christo

“Justin Harrison’s in the team to face us. Me and the plank. Do you think one of us will have the final say? I’ll say so.”

In his maiden Test, Harrison pulled off a lineout steal in Australian territory the dying stages when the Lions threatened to score in what was the defining moment of his 34-Test international career. Healey was injured for the final fixture.

In a column for the Telegraph this week, Healey put forward his version of events from the Australia A game.

“[Harrison] knee-dropped one of our players when playing for Australia ‘A’, so I caught him with a little jab in the face, nobody saw it, and he lost the plot, chasing me over to the sidelines,” Healey wrote. “I looked at the ref and said, ‘He’s lost it, you’ve got to send him off,’ which made Harrison even angrier.”

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Wallabies second-rower Justin Harrison gestures to British and Irish Lions back Austin Healey during a match in 2001. Credit:Getty

Contacted by the Herald, Harrison could not believe Healey had accused him of kneeing a player in the back. Whilst not wanting to turn the comments into a slanging match, Harrison was eager to set the record straight.

“It was a kick through in play,” Harrison said. “[Wallaby Graeme] Bond ran back and dove on it. I was running back onside to try and get around and secure possession. I saw Healey slide in with his knees into Bondy’s back, so I grabbed him straight away.

“And he said he gave me one on the chin that nobody saw? Of course no one saw it, because it didn’t happen. I grabbed him and started remonstrating with him and the referee. I took him over to the sideline and he’s changed the story to be exactly the opposite.”

Harrison accused Healey of stretching the truth.

“He says that I slid in with my knees when he scored the match-equalling try against the Brumbies and he’s blaming me for injuring him for the third Test?” Harrison said.

“He’s got an inventive, envious streak going through him where he mentions me. It’s like a Mr Men character, where he can’t tell the truth. I think because he has a fear of losing relevance. Let it go champ, you were on QF2 flying home to London at kick-off.”

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As Healey put it in a newspaper column 20 years ago following Australia’s series win: “My mate Justin had a bit of a game, didn’t he? Of course, he had the freedom of the park without me there to irritate him. Well played, Justin. Wow, that didn’t hurt too much.”

Harrison finds it amusing that Healey has tried to be amicable when the pair have bumped into each other in recent years.

“He’s cordial and will shake my hand when I see him,” Harrison said. “When he writes that sort of stuff, it’s not great. “I had a chat with Graeme Bond and he enjoyed the bedtime story too.”

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Danny Baggish Takes Aim at PDC Darts Tour


After years of working construction in Florida and playing in not especially lucrative darts events in the United States, Danny Baggish finally made his big breakthrough earlier this month. At age 37, he qualified for the PDC Pro Tour, the top level of world darts.

Although a few Americans played on tour a decade ago, Baggish is the first player from the United States to earn his place through the qualifying school tournament. He has now qualified to play against the best players in the world for the next two years, mostly in Britain.

Baggish, from Winter Haven, Fla., will make his debut on Thursday in the Players Championship in Bolton, England. He spoke to The New York Times about his recent success, why microgrooves matter, and what happens when he goes to the carnival dart booth.

The following interview was condensed and edited for clarity.

How did you get involved in darts?

I was 11. My dad was really big into darts. Every time I’d come home from school, instead of going outside and playing football or basketball with my friends, I’d hurry up and get my homework done and sit in the living room and play darts with my dad for hours. It was more just for fun. I didn’t play in tournaments until I was 15, 16 years old.

What was it like, the moment you realized you had made the Tour?

I didn’t know the situation. You advance under a point system or if you win the tournament outright. I thought I had to win outright, because I had zero points after three days. So when I lost, 6-2, in the finals, I didn’t think I was in. I held my head down, and shook hands. Then I looked and saw my manager smiling. At that point I knew I was in.

I wear my emotions on my sleeve, I’m a very emotional player. I kind of just started tearing up and let it go.

What are your goals now that you’re on Tour?

I want to stay on the Tour. I have to finish in the top 64 after two years.

I wouldn’t say I have high expectations, because I know it’s going to be a battle — you’re playing with the best in the world. My expectations are to compete and stay with them, and maybe be lucky enough to win one.

You’ve competed in two world championships. The atmosphere at a big darts event, at least before the pandemic, is remarkable. At the big events in Britain, the fans are raucous and many are drinking. What’s it like to throw darts in front of a crowd like that?

It’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. They love their darts there.

How much do you practice?

Before I took darts seriously, I kind of relied on my natural hand-eye coordination. When I started taking it seriously, that’s when I started putting the practice in. It went from 30 minutes a day to an hour to now, two to four hours a day.

I focus in practice on scoring power. I try to throw as many trip-20’s, trip-19’s, trip 18’s as I can. That’s my philosophy.

Does every player have a different style, how they stand, how they throw? What’s yours?

Techniques are all over the place. There’s no correct answer. I stand straight up, I might lean in a little. I’m steady and don’t move my body. I hold the dart more toward the front. I have a lot more microgrooves on my dart.

Microgrooves?

They drill grooves into the barrel of the dart, toward the front. I have more microgrooves than some others do. The groove where I hold my dart is right where the thumb is. If there are no grooves there, like some players have, I feel like it slips on my thumb where I’m resting the dart. The grooves kind of catch my thumb so it doesn’t move and I have more control over it.

Many of the top darts players have nicknames, like The Power, the Iceman and Snakebite. Do you have one?

I’m the Gambler. Growing up, I loved making crazy bets. flipping a coin, whatever. It stuck. My father died of a heart attack in a casino, and it’s in honor of him as well.

What’s the difference between someone who maybe throws darts at a bar or in their rec room occasionally, and a pro?

The drive and the time you put into the game. A lot of people complain that two, three, four years in, they’re not getting good. I tell them, it took me 26 years. It’s the time and effort you put into it.

What other sports are you a fan of, and are there athletes that you especially admire?

I’m a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan, and a New York Rangers fan from the Mark Messier days. I grew up watching Michael Jordan. His determination, his will to win, his closing ability inspired me.

You mentioned closing. In darts, there are moments when you’ve got to hit the double, and if you miss you’re pretty sure the other guy’s going to win. Is there anything different about those moments?

Absolutely. You can play great, you can play average, but ultimately darts is about timing. If you have the right timing at the right moments. you can win any match. Those are the moments you have to grasp. You can’t be nervous. You can’t be scared. You have to attack. I feel like that’s one of my strongest suits. Mentally, I have that ability to close it out.

I have to ask: Do you ever play those carnival booth darts games?

Of course! I usually try to negotiate with them. I say, I’ll give you 10 bucks, I’ll take nine darts and if I hit all nine balloons, I get the big stuffed animal.

Do they usually agree?

No.

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British and Irish Lions to discuss Australia’s invite to host tour, Rugby Australia’s Hamish McLennan wants answer by April


Australia’s audacious plan – for Tests to be played in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney – is set to be discussed for the first time at a Lions board meeting in coming days, according to a report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph.

UK media reports suggest a move to Australia is unlikely, despite RA’s offer it would take no profits.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan (left) and chief executive Andy Marinos.

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan (left) and chief executive Andy Marinos.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

McLennan is still open to the idea, whereby teams would come into a quarantine hub – either in Sydney or Perth – before travelling the country for tour matches and Tests.

The hope is for stadiums to be at least 50 per cent full.

“We really need them to give us a nod and then we can go into full-blown planning,” McLennan told the Herald. “We’d be thrilled to have them and the players would love it.

“[NSW Premier] Gladys [Berejiklian] has done a superb job facilitating these big events and I note the World Surfing League are now running two competitions in NSW. I’m confident we can pull it off successfully.”

Asked whether he thought there was appetite from the Lions for the move, McLennan said: “I can’t really tell but I think some key stakeholders would like the idea.

“I think everyone has to accept in a COVID-19 world nothing is normal so we have to solve problems laterally.”

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From a commercial perspective, the Lions and South Africa want to ensure as many spectators as possible can watch matches. They also need to satisfy Sky Sports, which has broadcast rights for the series.

RA showed its ability to pull together fixtures at short notice with last year’s Tri Nations.

South Africa decided against coming to Australia at the last minute, upsetting the other nations involved, but the six-week tournament filled a gap in the international calendar.

Australia is set to host the British and Irish Lions in 2025.

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Nadal wants tour to continue amid pandemic after Djokovic suggests cancellation


“I don’t know, but if I am not wrong, I don’t see events that we have to do quarantine to play in the next couple of months,” he said.

“Because OK, yes, I agree [with Djokovic on quarantine being difficult], but is there any tournament that this thing gonna happen?

“But honestly, this was the first event that we had to do this quarantine. We didn’t have events before that with this quarantine.”

Nadal said tennis players had an obligation to those employed by the sport to do their best to continue through the pandemic.

“The situation that we are facing is tough, and the world is facing a very tough situation. That’s very clear. And he’s completely right that for our sport things are difficult because governments are changing the rules constantly. So it’s difficult to make predictions about how the things [are] gonna happen.

“My personal feeling is it’s tough for the players, of course, to have to do bubbles in every single event … a lot of players have family and they cannot have the family with them, so that makes our tour probably tougher than ever, no?

“But on the other hand, if we stop the tour, why and how and when we will be able to come back, and a lot of jobs gonna suffer a lot. I mean, not only players. A lot of people are living from our sport, no? If we stop our sport again, a lot of people gonna suffer, no?”

Nadal has won 20 grand slams, but only one of those is an Australian Open, with four losses in the final.

He said it was possible having a back injury for 20 days leading into the tournament contributed to his loss, but he was more adamant that his errors and the quality of Tsitsipas’ play were to blame for the loss.

Nadal has had more injuries coming into Australian Opens over the years, however.

“The only thing that I can tell you is I always prepared the proper way to be ready for here,” he said.

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“I really believe that sometimes, yes, we can find a reason because we were not able to prepare the proper way because I have been injured in December and this stuff, and then you arrive here with very short preparation, this kind of stuff, yes, happens a couple of times.

“And other times, I mean, I probably have been unlucky, no?

“But … I am not the guy that I gonna find excuses on that or gonna complain about what happened, no. Just accept. I never considered myself an unlucky person at all. Doesn’t matter the injuries that I had. I think I am a very lucky person.”

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Rape trial of Indigenous tour operator Joseph Williams underway in Albany District Court


A court has heard that a West Australian tour guide accused of sexually assaulting several women over a five-year period told the alleged victims he was performing traditional Aboriginal healing rituals.

WARNING: This story contains details of alleged crimes that readers may find distressing.

Joseph Luke Williams faced Albany District Court on Tuesday for the first day of a trial that could last more than two weeks.

He is charged with offences alleged to have taken place between 2010 and 2014 against five women.

Mr Williams is accused of 12 counts of sexual penetration without consent and two counts of indecent assault, which state prosecutors say occurred while Mr Williams performed what he had told the women were traditional Aboriginal Australian rituals.

The acts are alleged to have occurred on the South Coast in Denmark, Mount Lindesay, the Porongurup region north of Albany, and in Broome.

Mr Williams has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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Mr Williams entering Albany Police Station ahead of the trial.(ABC Great Southern: Toby Hussey)

In his opening remarks to the jury, prosecutor Beau Sertorio said Mr Williams took advantage of the women’s belief that he was an elder and traditional medicine man in order to satisfy his own sexual urges.

Mr Sertorio said Mr Williams told the alleged victims he could heal their mental and physical ailments, which ranged from child sexual abuse trauma to perceived fertility issues.

The court heard that over a period of several years the defendant sexually abused the women in a number of ways that he said were part of “traditional rituals”.

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Mr Williams’s lawyer, Bruno Illari, raised questions about the timing of the allegations.(ABC Great Southern: Toby Hussey)

Charges denied

Defence lawyer Bruno Illari told the court that Mr Williams denied the allegations.

He said several of the charges were completely false and that some of the acts were either consensual or did not occur in the ways that were alleged.

Mr Illari told the court that Mr Williams had not promoted himself as an elder or a traditional healer to the women.

He also highlighted the years-long delay between the alleged occurrences of the acts and official complaints being made.

The case is expected to run for 12 days and include contributions from several experts on Aboriginal Australian culture and traditional healing.

Prior to charges being laid, Mr Williams had won awards as an Indigenous tourism operator in the Great Southern region.

Mr Williams was granted bail between hearings with strict conditions.

The trial, presided over by Judge Christopher Peter Stevenson, continues.

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2020 Archibald Prize Tour


Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

Don’t miss the 2020 Archibald Prize now on tour at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre in the beautiful Tweed Valley. 

Awarded annually to the best portrait painting of a notable Australian, the Archibald Prize is a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians and celebrities to sports stars and artists.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize is Australia’s most prestigious (and controversial) portraiture prize, and is eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Now on tour from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, visitors to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margart Olley Art Centre in South Murwillumbah will be the first to see finalists and prize winners on the 2020 Archibald Prize regional tour.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes on February 21 and view the work of budding artists aged 5-18 years in the Young Archie, on display in the Gallery Foyer.

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Jan 22-Mar 7, 2021

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Fisher Australian Beach Party Tour


Date & time

Sun 21 Nov 2021

Date & time

Sun 21 Nov 2021

The Fisher Australian Beach Party Tour has been rescheduled to the start of summer in November 2021 for what is now the Bigger Than A Beach Party Tour. The November 2021 dates means we’ll all be on the dance floor, with bigger venues, more room to party, and added tickets to the sold out dates. Fisher sold out Wollongong in minutes and St Kilda tickets were snapped up in a couple of days!

Current tickets are valid for all rescheduled dates – if you have a ticket, you’re all set!

Fisher has put together a who’s who of his Australian and international mates for his first-ever headline tour on Australian soil, including Booka Shade (live), Maya Jane Cole s and PNAU (DJ set) to St Kilda, Fremantle, Wollongong and Brisbane.

The former pro surfer turned viral DJ sensation, Fisher gained international acclaim on the Grammy-nominated dance hit, “ Losing It ” , making it one of the most played tracks in 2018. His meteoric rise has since taken him to some of the biggest international stages, including Coachella, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival, playing alongside some of the most exciting acts in the dance music scene.

The Fisher Beach Party Tour will bring together his favourite acts from all corners of the world before punters experience a highly infectious and energetic set from the vivacious producer himself.

For information and tickets visit Ticketmaster

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Riverstage, Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City

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Cricket Australia vs South Africa, Test tour 2021: CSA complains to ICC, World Test Championship


The fallout from Australia’s decision to not play the Proteas next month continues with Cricket South Africa complaining to the International Cricket Council.

CSA has written a letter to cricket’s governing body, asking it to consider financial compensation for its less wealthy members when tours are cancelled in light of Australia’s decision not to visit due to overwhelming heath advice against it.

In the letter, seen by ESPNCricinfo, CSA said Australia’s decision to not tour is “against the spirit of sportsmanship” and raised concerns about a “serious impact on the financial wellbeing of less-wealthy” cricketing nations.

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