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Victorian grassroots sporting clubs and associations to receive Government support

Victorian community sporting clubs and associations can now apply for a share of more than $100 million in Victorian Government grants dedicated to supporting grassroots players and volunteers. More than three million Victorians are involved in community sport and recreation. From today, 12,000 clubs and associations across the state will be able to apply for […]

Members in the stands? Pies looking into the virtual world

Collingwood is exploring the possibility of running select club members’ faces on cardboard cutouts to counter the empty stadiums for AFL games this year. The concept has already been used in South Korean baseball, which was one of the first sports to return to play from the COVID-19 outbreak. Magpies chief executive Mark Anderson said […]

Pacers fan finds fame after cameo in Michael Jordan documentary

Her name is Kathy, not Karen. Diehard Indiana Pacers fan Kathy Harrison became a viral meme after she was featured hurtling abuse at the Chicago Bulls during the penultimate episode of the Michael Jordan documentary which aired this week. Harrison, who has now been a Pacers season ticketholder for 44 years, was pictured standing and […]

Peninsula residents tee off!

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s golf course at Mount Martha re-opened to its members and the public on Wednesday 13 May as stage three Coronavirus restrictions were eased. During the closure, staff at the golf course were kept busy making improvements to the course including installing additional drainage and renovations to the greens. Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam […]

Son of a superboot lands punting contract in USA

MASON Fletcher, the son of Essendon legend Dustin, will begin his journey to the NFL after landing a college football scholarship in the USA. Fletcher, 20, has signed with the University of Cincinnati as a punter in the hope of impressing NFL scouts for a professional contract in coming years. “Over the moon to announce […]

Footy’s coming back: AFL to reveal ‘return to play’ details today

AFTER 54 days without footy, an announcement on its restart is coming on Friday afternoon at 12.45pm AEST. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan will reveal the ‘return to play’ date – likely for June 11 or June 18 – and the resumption of training plan set for next week. Following a phone hook-up with clubs […]

Community sport may take a while to recover from its coronavirus injuries

Community sport associations may have to reduce fees, be cautious of mental health needs and improve inclusivity or risk decreasing participation once competitions re-commence. Do you remember scoring your first goal? Hitting a six or taking a wicket? Perhaps feeling proud of your child when they shot a basketball into the ring, or jumped into the water […]

Fourth police officer suspended over Dean Laidley photo leak

An additional two senior police officers have been suspended over the alleged leaking of photos of former AFL coach Dean Laidley in police custody.  Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command on Friday night released a statement to confirm two male senior constables from the southern metropolitan region have been stood down. Two senior constables were earlier […]

Vanessa Bryant reveals unopened letter from husband Kobe

Kobe Bryant’s wife has revealed she this week found an unopened letter the NBA legend had left her before his tragic death.  Vanessa Bryant took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal the spooky message contained in the unopened letter as the 38-year-old mother of three experienced her first birthday without her husband alongside her. It […]

Federal Minister backs AFL resuming without hubs

Federal sports minister Richard Colbeck says the AFL season will be able to resume without quarantine hubs if COVID-19 cases continue to decline. There is growing optimism that the 2020 competition – which was put on hold in March after just one round – could resume by the end of June. The AFL’s “doomsday” hubs […]