Football (the roundball kind)
RAA National Premier League SA 2021
Last year’s grand final champions Campbelltown City kicked off their title defending campaign with a loss against Adelaide City on Friday night. A Nicholas Bucco brace, which saw him bag his first goal in the first minute of the game, followed by one in the 34th minute, spurred his Adelaide City side onto an eventual 2-1 win on the night. The last time Campbelltown dropped points in the opening round of the NPL season was in 2019 against Adelaide Blue Eagles, when they lost 3-2. Campbelltown will be upset from the loss at home and will look to return to winning form this weekend when they meet the newly promoted side who come off the back of a win, Sturt Lions.
It was a tough day at the office for Port Adelaide in their opening round of the season, falling to Onkaparinga 43-0 on Saturday. Onkaparinga’s Damien Harris bagged a game-high two tries, with the rest coming from four players, who bagged one each. Onkaparinga will face last year’s Grand Finalists the Old Collegians this Saturday at 3:30pm as they look to make it two wins from two in their 18 round campaign.
Port Adelaide will want to rebuild their confidence and form this Saturday when they meet Adelaide University, who lost 38-10 to Elizabeth on the weekend. Both teams will be desperate for a win to put their season back on the right track.
Premier League Women
Rebecca Anderson, Linzi Appleyard and Juliet Mallinson grabbed two goals each to lead Port Adelaide to an 8-0 win over the winless Grange Royals on the weekend. The result sees Port Adelaide remain the only side with a 100 per cent win record in the competition after three rounds, dominating the field and not conceding a single goal in the process. It will be Burnside’s turn to see if they can put a stop to Port Adelaide when they meet at Mate Stadium on Sunday at 3:30pm, where they will be looking for their first win of the season.
2021 Australian Under 18 Championships
South Australia Metro U18 Women have started their campaign with back-to-back wins in the 2021 Australian Under 18 Championships. Their victories began with a narrow 85-83 win over Queensland South on Saturday, thanks to Izzy Borlase and Tayla Brazel combining for 52 points. The South Aussies were then able to back that result up with a comfortable 98-50 win over Western Australia Country yesterday. South Australia Metro will be looking for another result today when they play Victoria Country at 4:45pm. Both wins put them in good shape to make it out of Pool B, into the quarter-finals, where the top four teams from both pools will battle it out for a gold medal appearance on Saturday.
Australian Track & Field Championships
The Australian Track & Field Championships will kick off today at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, New South Wales. The event, which will run until April 19, is making its return after being cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The championship is the largest annual athletics event in Australia and the Oceania region, usually attracting more than 3,500 athletes from across the continent and abroad. It is the last chance for automatic qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Australia’s Ash Barty has crashed out of the Charleston Open after losing to world no.71 Paula Badosa Gibert in the Quarter Finals. The result comes as a shock, as Barty recently took out a win in the Miami Open and a closely contested victory against Shelby Rogers in the Round of 16. Yet the unusual performance from the World No.1 saw her convert only two of her 14 breakpoints, spurring her on to fall to Badosa Gibert in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Badosa Gibert’s fairytale open run ended shortly after in the semi-final, losing to Veronika Kudermetova in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
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