SOCCER: The Matildas turned on a stunning second-half for a 5-0 win over Chile in Newcastle last night with Caitlin Foord stealing the show with a hat-trick* of goals.
After a tight and hard-fought opening half, the Matildas found their rhythm with a four-goal burst inside 17 minutes.
Foord set up Sam Kerr for the opener seven minutes after the break, before scoring two of her own. Substitute* Emily Gielnik then netted with a superb finish, before Foord completed her hat-trick in the dying minutes.
“Football is about moments, and we capitalised* on those moments today. “I don’t think the scoreline was an accurate reflection*, but we still controlled large parts of the game, even though there are still lots of areas we can improve on,” Foord said.
NFL: Australian punters Cameron Johnston and Michael Dickson look set to battle for a place in the NFL’s Pro Bowl game.
The rookies, who grew up playing AFL, both play in the NFL’s NFC division and with just one punter* selected from the division it will likely come down to one of the Australians.
Pro Bowl voting began this morning and fans can vote until December 13.
The Pro Bowl game, the NFL’s equivalent to the NBA’s annual All-Star game featuring the best players across the league, will be played January 27 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Johnston, for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, and Dickson, for the former champion Seattle Seahawks, have been sensational this year. Johnston leads all NFL punters with 49.6 yards per punt.
Dickson is in third place overall with 48 yards per punt, but has been a headline maker and fan favourite for his booming punts, rugby-style drop kicks and match-winning trick plays.
GOLF: In a first for Australian sport and world golf, 12 of the game’s best disabled* golfers will compete alongside pro players at the Australian Open at The Lakes starting tomorrow.
With or without their prosthetic* limbs, the talented 12 who play off single-figure handicaps — or off scratch as is the case for Spain’s European champion Juan Postigo — will play from the same tees and in front or behind the Open’s headline acts, including US PGA Tour winners Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker.
Host broadcasters of the Australian Open, Channel 7 will also incorporate the players into their four-day coverage.
Open organisers want the unprecedented integration of disabled golfers playing alongside tour pros to be the first major step towards golf’s inclusion at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
“I’m delighted to see this happening at the Open, starting on Thursday,’’ Seven’s head of sport Jim Wilson said. “Our para-athletes across the board deserve recognition and they deserve reward and they should be in the spotlight.’’
hat-trick: scoring three in a row
substitute: replaces another player on the field
capitalised: take the chance to gain advantage
reflection: serious thought
disabled: having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities
prosthetic: artificial body part
1. How many goals did the Matildas kick in the second half?
2. What positions do Cameron Johnston and Michael Dickson play?
3. Where is the Australian Open golf being played?
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text. Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb. Make sure it still makes sense in the context it was taken from.
Try to replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
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