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AFL coaches name Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn the best player of 2018

Staff writers, August 28, 2018 7:37AM News Corp Australia Network

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Max Gawn goes up for the ruck against the Giants in round 23. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraMax Gawn goes up for the ruck against the Giants in round 23. Picture: Getty Images


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AFL: Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn has been named this season’s best player by the AFL’s senior coaches.

Gawn, 26, won the Coaches’ Association player of the year award on 97 votes, ahead of Carlton clearance king Patrick Cripps (91) and Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell (88).

The imposing* big man is the first ruckman to win the award and the first man in the history of the game to notch 1000 hitouts for the season.

Brandon Starc of Australia. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraBrandon Starc of Australia. Picture: Getty Images

ATHLETICS: Brandon Starc’s impressive season has continued, with the Commonwealth high-jump champion equalling the 21-year-old national record.

Starc soared over 2.36m at the Eberstadt Hochsprung event in Germany to equal Tim Forsyth’s 1997 leap. He had one attempt at 2.40m but was unsuccessful.

Starc, the younger brother of Test cricket star Mitch, screamed with delight when he equalled the national mark.

“Yeah, I’m stoked*,” he said. His leap lifts him to equal second for the biggest jump of 2018 ­behind Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Russian Danil Lysenko.

Jason Kubler, of Australia, returns a shot to Roberto Bautista-Agut. Picture: AP media_cameraJason Kubler, of Australia, returns a shot to Roberto Bautista-Agut. Picture: AP

TENNIS: Australian wildcard Jason Kubler has continued his stunning return to tennis with a first-round US Open win over 19th seed Spanish star Roberta Bautista-Agut.

Kubler defied scorching* heat to defeat Bautista-Agut 6-3 6-3 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes.

Ranked 945th in the world this time last year, Kubler’s career appeared over after six knee surgeries and medical advice to only ever play on clay courts. But after cracking the top 100 for the first time last month, the Queenslander is now also enjoying his first victory at a major*.

Fellow Aussie Ash Barty made a confident start to her US Open campaign with a crushing 6-1 6-3 first-round win over Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur.

Former world No.1 Andy Murray denied James Duckworth the biggest win of his career with a hard-earned four-set US Open win over the plucky Australian. Murray battled back from a set down to defeat Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Manly Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett. Picture: AAP media_cameraManly Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett. Picture: AAP

NRL: The Sea Eagles have agreed exiting* coach Trent Barrett can see out the season and coach Manly in Sunday’s final round match against Brisbane.

It is believed the club feared sacking him early could have ended in legal action from Barrett.

It comes amid talk that former South Sydney coach Michael Maguire and current Manly assistant coach John Cartwright are the two prime candidates for the Sea Eagles job.


imposing: impressive

stoked: very happy

scorching: very hot

major: top tennis tournament

exiting: leaving


1. How many hitouts did Max Gawn achieve this year?

2. What height did Brandon Starc leap to equal the national high jump record?

3. Why was Jason Kubler kept out of tennis for some time?

4. Which team will Trent Barrett coach his final game for Manly against?


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