With a brand new entrant to the W-League, Melbourne City, coming into the line-up this year and impressing in the first two rounds of the competition, the strength of the W-League continues to improve and the talent pool widens. Best of all for the competitiveness of the sport, the team Melbourne City ended up dominating was the always-strong Sydney FC 6-0. After then beating Canberra, the new franchise sits at the top of the W-League table and will face the first all-Melbourne derby against the Victory next match.
Looking internationally, the Matildas have played friendlies in China this month while continuing to work through their pay dispute with Football Federation Australia (FFA). A 1-1 draw to China was the most recent result, with Tameka Butt scoring the goal for the Matildas in her 50th international appearance.
Hockeyroos’ goalkeeper Rachael Lynch has been the hero in October after steering Australia to victory over New Zealand in the Oceania Cup final. After finishing up 1-1 at the full time mark, Lynch held her nerve to save 4 out of 5 penalty shots in the sudden death shootout to win the prestigious cup.
New Zealand has been having much better luck in the sport of golf, with 18-year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko taking out the recent Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei. Ko has now won five times on the LGBP tour this year, kicking it off in September when she became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA major tournament.
The 37th entrant to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame has already been announced, with former netballer Anne Sargeant becoming the first netball player (and 11th woman) admitted. Sargeant represented Australia in netball for 11 years, was captain of the team for six of those years, and took part in three World Championships.
Sally Pearson will be hoping to establish herself as a future Hall of Famer, although she will strive for back to back Olympic gold medals in the hurdles the hard way after breaking her wrist earlier in the year. The break was a serious one, ending up requiring a metal plate and screws in Pearson’s wrist. She missed the world championships due to the injury, but her preparation for Rio is back on track. We wish her and all females competing around the world the best for the remainder of the year and beyond.