Battle-hardened City ready for Sydney FC ALW test

Melbourne City A-League Women coach Rado Vidošić believes that his side’s challenging slate of opening fixtures will place them in good stead to challenge high-powered Sydney FC. Initially scheduled to take place in Melbourne on Sunday, an Australian Open-driven dearth of personnel to broadcast the contest forced the relocation of the 2019-20 Grand Final re-match … Continue reading Battle-hardened City ready for Sydney FC ALW test

Singing as they go, Western United ready for ‘Nix road trip

Almost a month after their last A-League Men (ALM) match, third-placed Western United hold no reservations about heading out interstate to finally resume their season when they take on Wellington Phoenix on Friday evening. In fact, they're making a song and dance about it. After initially being able to soldier on and complete games against … Continue reading Singing as they go, Western United ready for ‘Nix road trip

Storm Sanders ‘more prepared than ever’ for Australian Open date with world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka

Perhaps for the first time in her career, the eyes of the world are set to descend upon local wildcard Storm Sanders as she takes the court at the Australian Open for the first time since 2016 come Tuesday. Well … to be more accurate, they'll be on her opponent, Aryna Sabalenka, as the world … Continue reading Storm Sanders ‘more prepared than ever’ for Australian Open date with world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka

A competitive streak and a level head: Why Ash Barty is the favourite in Melbourne

Already struck by her ability to flick a switch to go from one of the affable players on the tour to one of the most competitive at a moment's notice, Ash Barty's long-time friend and occasional doubles partner Storm Sanders believes the world No. 1 is serving as well as she ever has in the … Continue reading A competitive streak and a level head: Why Ash Barty is the favourite in Melbourne

Wildcard Aleks Vukic bullish on Aussie men at the Australian Open

Admittedly, drawing South African world No. 32 Lloyd Harris in the opening round of the men's singles at the Australian Open wasn't quite what Sydney-born wildcard Aleks Vukic was hoping for as he plotted a maiden Grand Slam main draw win. Nonetheless, the right-hander believes he's well-placed to stage an upset; in fact, the right-hander … Continue reading Wildcard Aleks Vukic bullish on Aussie men at the Australian Open

Barbieri continuing to lead Melbourne City’s ALW side on and off the park

Just a month shy from her 42nd birthday, Melissa Barbieri is quite used to serving as a dressing room leader and mentor. But when COVID hit Melbourne City’s A-League Women’s change rooms, a different type of leadership was needed from the veteran goalkeeper.  After initially being able to stage a memorable 5-1 win over local … Continue reading Barbieri continuing to lead Melbourne City’s ALW side on and off the park

Hopkins urges Victory ALW side to seize their opportunities ahead of Wanderer visit

Melbourne Victory A-League Women (ALW) coach Jeff Hopkins is backing his youngsters to step up and fill the void left by the departure of Lynn Williams and his Matildas' cohort for the club's suddenly crucial fixture against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. Two losses on the bounce – the first a 5-1 humiliation at … Continue reading Hopkins urges Victory ALW side to seize their opportunities ahead of Wanderer visit

City confronting ALM fixture crunch as more players test positive

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo has acknowledged fixture congestion looms as a significant issue for his side after four more City players contracted COVID-19 this week. Ten days on from revealing that all but five members of his squad had contracted the coronavirus – forcing the postponement of an FFA Cup and A-League Men fixture … Continue reading City confronting ALM fixture crunch as more players test positive