Canberra United win back Maher
Pictured here playing for Canberra United in 2017, Grace Maher returns to the club after two seasons at Melbourne Victory. Getty.
Canberra United have signed former player Grace Maher for the 2020 Westfield W-League season, after she spent two years with the Melbourne Victory. The Canberran played out her junior years with Majura FC, making her debut with Canberra United in 2014. She is one of the first signs for the 2020-21 season, with new head coach Vicki Linton playing the rest of her cards very close to her chest. Details are yet to be confirmed on the commencement of the 2020 W-League season, which usually begins during November.
More info: canberraunited.com.au
Raiders slay Dragons
The Canberra Raiders celebrated a convincing win against the St George-Illawarra Dragons in Wollongong last weekend, defeating the home team 37-8. It didn’t look good for the Canberra side when the Dragons scored in the 16th minute, giving them an early 4-0 lead, but didn’t take the Green Machine long to wake up with Hudson Young getting over the line soon after. Jack Wighton showed his skill yet again, with his third double in the last four games. The Raiders are still sitting in fifth place on the ladder, after being unsuccessful cracking the top four in recent weeks. The Green Machine return home this weekend, facing the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday 20 September from 2pm at GIO Stadium Canberra.
More info: raiders.com.au
Brumbies sell out home grand final
The Plus500 Brumbies will play their home Super Rugby AU Grand Final this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd. GIO Stadium Canberra was permitted to sell 6,000 tickets for the game following an ease of COVID-19 restrictions that allowed 25% of the crowd capacity within the venue. Free tickets were provided to full-season ticketed members before remaining members were able to purchase seats. Tickets then went on sale to the general public on Friday 11 September and sold out. The Canberra side with go head to head with the Queensland Reds, following the Reds’ 25-13 win over the Melbourne Rebels last Saturday night. The match will kick off at 7.20pm this Saturday 19 September at GIO Stadium Canberra.
More info: brumbies.rugby
Sydney Thunder zoom into Canberra
Players from the Sydney Thunder Big Bash League team paid a virtual visit to Canberra kids last week. Skyping into primary school classrooms, fast bowler Chris Tremain and wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes played games and answered questions with children from Years 2 to 6. The virtual visit was part of the club’s regional engagement, which usually sees them travelling to regional locations across NSW. The Sydney Thunder have locked in two ‘home’ matches at Canberra’s Manuka Oval for the 2020-21 KFC Big Bash League (BBL), facing the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in the national capital. The season is set to start on 3 December with games around the country, but it is not yet clear if or when the schedule will be revised.
More info: cricket.com.au