As Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) continues its renaissance, five teams have confirmed pre-season match ups in North America against the best the NBA can offer.
The Stadium Business Summit for 2018 was recently held in the UK at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Numerous Australian venues received nominations including Optus Stadium in Perth, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, ANZ Stadium in Sydney, and Adelaide Oval.
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is undergoing huge changes with expansion and private ownership for the 2018/19 season. This week the league confirmed the long-rumoured addition of a team from New Zealand. With the backing of Baseball New Zealand, the new team is likely to play out of North Harbour Stadium.
Anzac Day, April 25th, is a solemn day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders in honour of all those who have served our countries in times of conflict and on peacekeeping missions. Anzac Day is always commemorated on the same date, as it was on the morning of 25 April in 1915 that Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the shores of Gallipoli to battle the formidable Turkish forces, signalling the entry of our countries into World War I – the first such engagement for Australia since federation in 1901. For many, the day is filled with dawn services, marches to honour our troops, and the inevitable game of “two-up” in pubs and clubs across the country.
In a first for the state of South Australia, the National Rugby League (NRL) has this week confirmed State of Origin rugby league will be played at the Adelaide Oval in 2020.
Raelene Castle was announced as the new CEO of Rugby Australia. In doing so she has become the first woman to head up any of the football codes in Australia, and the first female boss of any of the major rugby union national bodies in the world. Her most recent job was as CEO of the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL. She has a monumental task in front of her with dwindling finances, backlash from the decision to jettison the Western Force, and a massive disconnect with grassroots clubs and fans.