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17 August 2018 7:42 AM Gridiron ACT shifts focus from 'ironman' to football

The ever-changing dynamic of ACT Gridiron has paved the way for former national team coach John Ludvigson to take charge of a new club and focus on playing football, not "ironman". The league has had a presence in Canberra since 1993 but ACT Gridiron has struggled to tap into a growing American football fan base with the league entrenched in a battle 5

17 August 2018 3:35 AM Taren King bolsters Canberra United rebuild

She exceeded all expectations in her first season and now Taren King has set her sights on filling the void left by some of the W-League's biggest names in Canberra. Canberra United coach Heather Garriock has signalled a full-scale rebuild after the club posted its worst return in its 10-year history - finishing one win outside the finals. Gone are the likes 6

16 August 2018 8:43 AM Wallaroos rookie Georgia O'Neill set to shine on the big stage

O'Neill joins Emily Chancellor, Atasi Lafai, Crystal Maguire and Mhicca Carter as run-on debutants with Darryl Wickliffe, Melissa Fatu, Alice Tonumaivao and Shanice Parker looking to earn a maiden cap from the bench. "We’ve had a really excellent build up to our first match of 2018 and the team is chomping at the bit to get out there and play some rugby 5

15 August 2018 10:52 AM You can simply join the dots about New Zealand's next coach

Which is interesting, given that Taurua still has another year on her contract with Lightning, who are adamant that she has committed to them until at least the end of next year. A distinct possibility is that Taurua will do both. Which brings me to my next point. Announced in the Silver Ferns squad was none other than Laura Langman. The last we saw of Langman 6

12 August 2018 2:52 PM Cautious confidence from Dolphins coach after bold Pan Pacs showing

Jacco Verhaeren is not a man prone to statements of grandiosity. In the recent climes of Australian swimming, where potential and results haven't always worked in perfect synchronicity, the Dolphins head coach has good reason to be guarded. Yet even the contemplative Dutchman admits the wind has started to ever so gently fill the sails of the national 12

12 August 2018 8:24 AM Tuggeranong United lose but still clinch first finals spot in 15 years

"We had belief that we had a squad good enough but when you've got the monkey on your back, it comes with a lot of pressure, especially getting to the end of the season with everyone talking about it," Stevens said. "To actually get it done is a really special feeling. We've worked really hard this year and I said to the guys it didn't come down to luck or another 12

11 August 2018 8:48 AM Vikings set up Royals rematch in grand final after thrashing Eagles

Royals lead the win tally 3-1 this season but Eagles coach Dan Atkins believes if Tuggeranong repeat their performance on Saturday, the premiership will be there's to lose. "It's a cliche saying but the better team won on the day and they really proved why they are the minor premiers," Atkins said. "We were on the back foot early and playing catch up from there 11

11 August 2018 8:41 AM Kangaroos coach hopping mad over Warriors loss

West Belconnen's win shut the door on the Yass Magpies' hopes of sneaking into the top four, with the Magpies edging the Goulburn Bulldogs 28-22 at Goulburn. They needed a massive win and hope the Kangaroos did the same to the Warriors to have any chance of playing finals. Kangaroos coach Aaron Gorrell was confident they could turn the result around 10

5 August 2018 8:51 AM Gungahlin Eagles fairy-tale run continues into preliminary final

But they were let off with a warning and now Eagles coach Dan Atkins and his men daring to dream of a historic premiership. "I can't remember the last time the club won a grand final in first grade but in round nine we were last and round 17 we were fourth," Atkins said. "It would be a phenomenal effort for us to make the grand final let alone win it, if we do it'll 19

4 August 2018 11:08 AM 'He'd be so good at it': Wheelchair rugby's bid to sign Alex McKinnon

“To be honest, playing wheelchair rugby is something people ask me about at every presentation I do,” said McKinnon, who suffered a serious spinal injury four years ago while playing for the Knights in an NRL match against Melbourne. “Throughout my rugby league career, I was quite selfish with the amount of time and dedication I had to put in because 22