New coach for Matt Ebden

One of Australia’s tennis greats has thrown down the challenge to WA’s Matt Ebden to “become somebody” on the world stage. Peter McNamara, one half of the Super Macs pairing he formed with Paul McNamee that rose into the world top 10 and claimed 14 doubles titles, including three grand slams, this week signed on…

Ebden awarded Brisbane International wildcard

Australia’s Matt Ebden has today been confirmed as a wildcard recipient for the Brisbane International 2013. The hard court event will be held from December 30 to January 6. “It’s a tournament I really love … Brisbane is one of the first tournaments I got breakthroughs at. I really like the conditions there and the…

Olivia’s new highs

It’s been a seasons of firsts for Olivia Rogowska: a first Australian Open main draw victory set up her first appearance on Rod Laver Arena and a first match up against a top 10 opponent in Li Na. It was valuable experience as she contested her first WTA quarterfinal in Kuala Lumpur, followed by her…

Rhys on the rebound

Open water swimmer Rhys Mainstone is considered one of Australian swimming’s brightest prospects. However he admits he under-performed when he missed qualifying for this year’s Olympics. But far from dwelling on the pain of missing the Games, Mainstone instead fed off London, using his disappointment as fuel and the footage as reconnaissance. ‘‘It was very close and very disappointing at the time and…

Mainstone wins World Cup race

Australian Rhys Mainstone has earlier today won the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong in a time of 1hr 57 minutes and 36 seconds. The meet was Mainstone’s first major international race win in a strong field that included London Olympic Silver medallist and Olympic fourth placed competitor in Thomas Lurz (2nd)…

Coulter-Nile helps WA to victory

A striking all-round display by Nathan Coulter-Nile ahs helped Western Australia to a 25-run victory over Victoria in the domestic limited overs match at the WACA ground. The Warriors’ innings was a series of fits and starts until Coulter-Nile emerged at No. 8 to thump 42 from 31 balls and lift the tally near 250. Victoria’s…

Weightman runs PB in Olympic marathon

Lisa Weightman has become only the third Australian woman to finish in the top 20 of an Olympic marathon after producing a personal best time in the London Olympic marathon. Weightman, 33, slashed more than a minute off her previous best, finishing 17th in a time of 2:27:32. She finished behind Ethiopian winner Tik Gelana…