Boyd Cordener inks long-term Roosters deal

New South Wales State of Origin Captain, Boyd Cordner, has signed a five year deal with the Roosters, a move which signals he’ll likely finish his career at Bondi Junction.

The back rower says he can’t imagine playing at any other NRL club and it was an easy decision to stay with the Chooks.

He’s signed on to play until the end of the 2023 season.

Speaking to Foxsports on Monday night, Cordner said he knew he couldn’t leave the club.

“The reason it is such a long contract is that I can’t see myself playing with anyone else,” he said.

“I’ve been blessed with so many memories and opportunities in my time with the Roosters. I’ve grown up there. I came down as a boy and grew into a man.”

The hulking forward will now be the highest paid second-rower in the game, with reports suggesting he’ll earn up to $850,000 a season over the next five years.

Cordner was appointed New South Wales captain last season and was a man of the match in the World Cup final.

He’s played 126 matches for the Roosters, nine Origins and 16 Tests for Australia.

Male Swimming

Australia’s best swimmers on their way to the Coast for Comm Games swim trials

Carrara has just hosted the Commonwealth Games athletics trials, and now it’s time for our best swimmers to book their spot in the Australian team ahead of April’s event.

Next week, the biggest names in Australian swimming will light up the night at the Optus Aquatic Centre in Southport as they compete for selection over four days and nights (Feb 28-March 3).

Veteran superfish Cam McEvoy, James Roberts, Cate and Bronte Campbell, as well as Emily Seebohm, Mack Horton and James Magnussen will all dive in alongside a bunch of young hopefuls, hoping qualify for Australia’s first Commonwealth Games in 12 years.

If you didn’t snag tickets to the Com Games swimming events, this will be the next best thing, as excitement builds just weeks out from the global showdown.

An added bonus is Centre Lane, the food and entertainment precinct that will be set up for guests needing a bite to eat, or to stretch their legs.

Get your tickets via Ticketek so you don’t miss out!

Daily event highlights:
Night 1 – Emma McKeon & Ariarne Titmus (200m freestyle); Emily Seebohm, Madi Wilson, Sian Whittaker and Minna Atherton (100m backstroke); Cam McEvoy, Kyle Chalmers & Mack Horton (200m freestyle)

Night 2 – Cate & Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Brit Elmslie & Shayna Jack (100m freestyle); Kyle Chalmers, Cam McEvoy, James Magnussen & James Roberts (100m freestyle)

Night 3 – Emma McKeon and Maddie Groves (100m butterfly); Mitch Larkin and Josh Beaver (200m backstroke); Jess Ashwood and Ariarne Titmus (800m freestyle)

Night 4 – Cate & Bronte Campbell, Brit Elmslie & Shayna Jack (50m freestyle); Kyle Chalmers, Cam McEvoy, James Magnussen & James Roberts (50m freestyle); Mack Horton (1500m freestyle)

 

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Com Games: Pearson, Fearnley lock in spots at Athletics Trials

She’s already our Golden Girl of the Games, but Sally Pearson has officially booked her spot in the Australian Commonwealth Games team, with a win at the National Trials.

The Helensvale product claimed her ninth Australian 100m hurdles crown at Carrara Stadium on Saturday night.

The World Champion wasn’t distracted by a false start in the event on day three of the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trials, going on to cross the finish line in a season best time of 12.73 seconds.

“I’m really proud that I got out here today and put on somewhat of a good show,” Pearson said.

“It’s disappointing with the (false start) because I was ready to run fast.”

2016 national champion Michelle Jenneke was runner-up, to also claim automatic nominations for the Australian Commonwealth Games team, edging out Brianna Beahan.

Pearson will now head to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in the build up to Gold Coast 2018.

“World indoors obviously isn’t my main focus, Commonwealth Games is very, very important for me to be able to perform well here.

“I’m looking forward to the next eight weeks until I race at the Commonwealth Games.”

Another of our big medal hopefuls come April, Kurt Fearnley placed second in the wheelchair 1500m.

The celebrated athlete is planning on the Gold Coast Games to be his swansong.

“I had this in my calendar since I was part of the bid process in 2011,” Fearnley said.

“This stadium is crazy. It is going to be nuts when it is full of Aussies. I’ve waited 18 years to get a home crowd at a major meet like this.”

Other athletes to gain automatic nomination included Queensland decathlete Cedric Dubler, hurdler Luke Mathews and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy.

Snowboard Half Pipe

Scotty James earns our first medal for Snowboarding

Aussie snowboarder Scotty James has won bronze in PyeongChang, becoming the first Australian male snowboarder to earn a medal at the Winter Olympics.

James’ run of 92 points wasn’t enough to take gold with legendary American Shaun White blowing the Aussie and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano out of the water.

Hirano took home the silver medal with 95.25 points.

White pinched his third Olympic Gold Medal during his last run on the PyeongChang halfpipe.

Earlier, he had only recorded 94.25 points.

James, who was Australia’s flag bearer, said he’ll keep striving to improve.

“My goal is come and ride the best I can, and just fly the Australian flag in a sport which is not competed in by a lot of Australians,” he said.

“You can expect to see more of me in the future.”

The medal means Australia has now moved into 13th place with one bronze medal and one silver.

Luke Willian ITU Mooloolaba

Commonwealth Games young guns to be on show at Gold Coast Triathlon

The future of Australian triathlon will be on show at the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial on Sunday 25 February, with two of the nation’s brightest prospects, Commonwealth Games team members Matt Hauser and Luke Willian, heading up a stunning field.

The Aussie young guns will headline the Gold Coast event, as they have their first major hit out in preparation for the biggest season of their careers (which includes the ITU World Cup Mooloolaba, plus two other Gold Coast events, the Commonwealth Games in April and the ITU World Championships – Grand Final in September).

Hauser is the current ITU World Junior Champion and Willian placed third in the under 23 World Championship in Rotterdam, so their appearance at the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial will give fans the perfect opportunity to see Australia’s best young triathletes in action.

After a short break, Matt Hauser is looking forward to getting back into racing and is particularly stoked to be competing in front of a home Gold Coast crowd.

“I did the Luke Harrop race a couple of years ago and it will be an important one for me this year. I have had a bit of time off with a few niggly things over the past months so it will be good to test my form out,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to getting out and racing again. I am training really well at the moment and I will be able to go out there and not have much pressure on my shoulders and just have a red hot crack. If I do well it will do a lot for my confidence and I will be able to take that onto Mooloolaba and onto Commonwealth Games.”

Matt Hauser Rotterdam

Matt Hauser | PHOTO: Supplied by Gold Coast Triathlon

“Having the Luke Harrop and Mooloolaba races is an ideal preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The Gold Coast course is only 25 minutes away from where I live and it is great to not be worrying about big travel weeks overseas to chase races. The world’s best racing is all on our doorstep with a great opportunity. It is all working out well.”

“The other Commonwealth countries will be looking to target those races as well in preparation and acclimatize to the conditions over here. It will be a very exciting couple of months and I can’t wait to get out and race and test out the pre-season training I have been working on.”

Luke Willian’s 2017 commenced with a bang winning the ITU Mooloolaba World Cup, starting a succession of events that culminated in Commonwealth Games selection. The young Brisbane lad is keen to further capitalise in 2018 and is happy to return to the Luke Harrop Memorial.

“Last season was a real turning point for me. I had been training well but I hadn’t been able to get it to click in races. I had some good results but not in the big races and I was a bit inconsistent. Before Mooloolaba last year I was very disappointed that I didn’t get an automatic selection for the Gold Coast because there were guys on the start list that had never beaten me in a sprint World Cup let alone a World Triathlon Series (WTS) field.”

Willian’s win at Mooloolaba secured him the final sport at the WTS race on the Gold Coast where his sixth place put him well and truly under the gaze of the selectors.

“At the Gold Coast I put my hand up but it all came down to the wire. If I didn’t win Mooloolaba I wouldn’t have got the WTS spot and then I wouldn’t have been able to prove that I wanted the Commonwealth Games spot.”

Willian won the Luke Harrop Memorial two years ago and also won the Luke Harrop bursary that year, so he has fond memories of the race and the Gold Coast course.

“With the Commonwealth Games as the goal we get to pick our preparation races and one of those is the Luke Harrop Memorial race. Luke Harrop, New Plymouth and Mooloolaba are all about two weeks apart and that seemed that the spread of races worked very well for me last year.”

“I love the Luke Harrop race. We get to practice on the course which is a great opportunity for the Aussies. No-one else is going to get that chance because most of the overseas athletes won’t be here that early. I have raced Luke Harrop for so many years, ever since I was a little tacker and I really like the course and know it well,” Willian said.

For more information on the Gold Coast Triathlon – Luke Harrop Memorial, visit: ap.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/multisports/gold-coast.aspx