AFL: Jack Riewoldt has become the first Richmond player to win three Coleman Medals after North Melbourne’s Ben Brown couldn’t overtake* him in the last game of the AFL season.
Riewoldt, who also won the league’s goalkicking award in 2010 (with 78 goals) and 2012 (65), kicked 65 goals for the reigning premiers this season. Brown needed to boot seven goals in the Kangaroos’ round 23 clash with St Kilda to draw level with Riewoldt, but he could only manage three.
In finals news, Richmond will play Hawthorn, Melbourne takes on Geelong, GWS and Sydney will battle it out in a derby and West Coast takes on Collingwood.
NETBALL: Sunshine Coast Lightning have secured their second Super Netball title in a row after a 62-59 win over West Coast Fever in the grand final at Perth Arena yesterday.
The Lightning trailed by seven goals during the second quarter and the home side held a one-goal lead with five minutes remaining. But the Sunshine Coast finished strongly to secure the three-goal win.
Former Fever star Caitlin Bassett finished with 45 goals from 50 attempts for the Lightning to be named Most Valuable Player, while goal attack Steph Wood notched 17 assists to go with her 17 goals.
Fever goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler finished with 53 goals from 55 attempts in a star display.
NRL: Cronulla has emerged as the biggest challenge to Melbourne’s crown as NRL premiers after moving into the all-important top four just a week before the finals.
Yesterday, the Sharks made it three wins in a row with a 26-point win over Newcastle. The victory meant Shane Flanagan’s side leapfrogged* St George Illawarra into fourth after the Dragons dropped their fourth match in five games with a crushing 38-0 loss to Canterbury.
The Sharks’ victory came as fellow rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney suffered upset defeats to all but hand over the minor premiership to the Storm.
The Storm were the only team in the top four to notch another two points in round 24, having held on for a two-point win over Gold Coast despite having four top-line players injured.
The Roosters were outclassed* by Brisbane and face losing Dylan Napa for most of the finals series, while the Rabbitohs were beaten by Canberra.
Should the top four hold their positions with wins next week, a dream week one of finals could unfold with matches between the Storm and Sharks plus Roosters and Rabbitohs.
TENNIS: Rafael Nadal’s pre-serve routine will be put to the test in the next fortnight when a countdown clock makes its grand slam debut at the US Open to help speed up play.
Nadal well known for his long routine before serving — the Spaniard bounces the ball a few times, tugs at his shorts, pulls at the shirt on his shoulders, touches his nose and tucks his hair behind his ears before having a few more bounces.
But this week he will need to speed up as a 25-second clock will tick down immediately after the chair umpire announces the score.
Nadal said he is not a fan of the new rule.
“My experience is I don’t see people get crazy and involved in the match when the ball, all it goes (is) two or three times over the net every time. I see the people go crazy and enjoy and feel the passion for the sport when you have rallies of 15, 20 balls,” he said.
”…that’s my feeling. And when you have continuous rallies of that kind, you can’t be ready physically to play another point like this in 25 seconds. That’s my point of view.”
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1. How many goals did Jack Riewoldt kick to win the 2018 Coleman Medal?
2. Who was named MVP in the Super Netball Grand Final?
3. How many wins in a row has Cronulla achieved after this weekend’s victory?
4. How much time does the countdown clock at the US Open give players between serves?
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