Footy season kicks off this weekend

PREMIERS KEEN: Emerald Tigers Ladies captain Maria Rawiri and Emerald Tigers player Joshua Cavanagh are hoping to retain the competition trophies again this year.

The 'footy buzz' is back and the start of this year's season is here

Bennett family reaps rewards at Julia Creek Dirt to Dust Festival

KID POWER: Bennett cousins celebrate a successful Julia Creek Dirt to Dust Festival this year.

The Bennett family shone at the Julia Creek Dirt to Dust Festival.

Eagles fly high in a league of their own

CHANGE AHEAD: Glenn Gilmour in action for the Emerald Eagles.

The Emerald Eagles are forming a Central Highlands League.

Emerald returns Wren Cup to trophy cabinet

ALL WINNERS: Luke and Mark Wren after the Wren Cup charity match at the weekend.

The Wren Cup returns to Emerald following its win at the weekend.

Carnival shows strength

ON DISPLAY: The Highlands Hit Out will showcase women's rugby league in the region.

Women from across the region are ready for the Highlands Hit Out.

Keen for a fourth victory

FINALS BATTLE: Brothers captain Cameron Keene and Rolleston opening batsman Isaac Jones will face off tomorrow for the Central Highlands senior cricket grand final.

The Emerald Brothers are playing for their fourth grand final win.

Remembering a mate

CHARGING AHEAD: Will Mohr breaking the line in at the Shorty Moffat Cup.

The Western Suburbs Mackay Tigers won this year's Shorty Moffatt Cup

Victory wants to re-create cauldron against Roar

A-League's two most successful clubs chasing grand final spot.

Injury to keep James Roberts out of Origin

Brisbane Broncos player James Roberts runs with the ball during a training session at Red Hill.

Broncos flyer is out of the race for NSW selection.

Nick Kyrgios pulls out of event after grandfather's death

Nick Kyrgios of Australia speaks to the media.

Aussie has abandoned plans to start his European claycourt season.

Grant Hackett training with Team Oracle USA in Bermuda

Grant Hackett has teased his next challenge - the America’s Cup

Walker sizzles as Manly runs riot against Souths

Dylan Walker of the Sea Eagles makes a break.

Five of the Sea Eagles' nine tries were scored by wingers.

Ruthless Eels put depleted Cowboys to the sword

Michael Jennings of the Eels is chased by Cowboy Coen Hess.

Johnathan Thurston's absence was evident more than ever.

Giants gain revenge over Dogs in epic showdown

Jeremy Cameron of the Giants (centre) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal.

Both teams fought themselves to a standstill in Canberra.

The 10 stars to watch in the A-League finals

Besart Berisha of the Melbourne Victory.

Ahead of the start of the playoffs, we look at the top 10 players.

'There's no doubt I was lost there for a little while'

Carlton's Anthony Koutoufides in 2004.

Anthony Koutoufides has admitted he struggled with leaving the AFL.

Augusta family refusing to budge despite Masters' millions

Jose Maria Olazabal (left) and Sergio Garcia walk up the 13th fairway at Augusta National.

Meet the US's own version of Australia's Kerrigans from The Castle.

Lions, Suns must stay the course, says Paul Roos

Brisbane captain Dayne Beams.

AFL great says Queenslanders are on the right track.

'Pest' Laura Clemesha hitting new heights with Firebirds

Laura Clemesha (right) of the Firebirds attempts to block Caitlin Thwaites of the Magpies.

It has been a baptism by fire for the six-foot-three Laura Clemesha.

Respect the name of player transfer game

Patrick Dangerfield takes on his old team Adelaide.

I'd rather have the months of speculation

'Who gets sacked for this filthy mismanagement?'

Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary watches on during a training session at Concord Oval.

Fans' faith in the current Tigers management is next to zero.

Why a second-tier league would benefit Socceroos

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

National second division must be prioritised and debated.

Broncos should be patient on James Roberts deal

James Roberts of the Brisbane Broncos (left) pushes away Dale Copley of the Gold Coast Titans.

What's the best way to tackle the fastest man in the NRL? Slowly.

Star trio's axing puts Panthers boss in tricky position

Matthew Moylan of the Panthers.

Anthony Griffin's decision was either extremely brave or stupid.

Time to hit the go button, Milf

Misfiring Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford.

The form of Anthony Milford is nowhere near good enough.

The moment Pearce proved he's ready for Origin again

Mitchell Pearce (third from left) of the Roosters celebrates his try against the Dragons at Allianz Stadium.

"I thought he was the most dominant player on the field.”

Broncos player pleads guilty to cheating casino

Brisbane Broncos player Joe Ofahengaue during a training session at Red Hill.

Joe Ofahengaue used sleight of hand in poker game.

Papalii axed from Test team after drink-driving conviction

Raiders player Josh Papalii is tackled during a game against the Titans.

Shannon Boyd to replace his Raiders teammate for Kangaroos.

Sharks' boycott adds uncertainty to City-Country clash

WELFARE ISSUE: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan doesn't want his players involved in the NSW City-Country clash.

Flanagan pulls Sharks from NSW City-Country fixture

Reynolds will change culture at Tigers

GREAT SIGNING: Josh Reynolds will change the culture of the Wests Tigers.

Ivan Cleary says Josh Reynolds will change the Tigers' culture

Papalii still in Meninga's team for Anzac Test

DOUBT: Josh Papalii (with ball) could miss the Anzac Test after a drink-driving charge.

Papalii is still a chance to play in the Anzac Test

Young Lion leading defence with pride

Brisbane Lions defender Sam Mayes.

Sam Mayes is happy to play the role of Brisbane's backs leader.

Bitter pill to Swallows as brothers miss clash

David Swallow (right) of the Suns competes for the ball with Callan Ward of the Giants.

Siblings were set to go head to head when Roos host the Suns.

Magpies coach insists finals are still within reach

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.

Nathan Buckley has no regrets at tying his future to making finals.

Lowe wants Glory with a lot of giggles

HIGH HOPES: Kenny Lowe is dreaming if Perth Glory winning the A-League title this year.

Kenny Lowe wants Perth Glory to believe they can win the A-League

Pitch no hitch for Sky Blues

Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC.

Graham Arnold not worried by the state of Allianz's Stadium surface.

Fellaini sees red in Manchester derby stalemate

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini (centre) argues with Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (left).

VIDEO: Belgian was sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero.

Roar forced to look at Plan C for goalkeeper

Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young

Young required 26 stitches after smashing into post

Title dream not dead yet, says Spurs boss

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the winning goal against Crystal Palace.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Spurs close gap at top of EPL to four points.

Roar chiefs unhappy about keeper's injury

Xisco (left) and Theerathon Bunmathan of Muangthong United celebrate Xisco's goal against the Roar.

Injury adds insult to 3-0 defeat in Asian Champions League.

Nine not about to pull stumps on cricket coverage

Channel Nine will fight to keep the cricket rights. Picture: Phil Hillyard/News Corp Australia

Pledge to secure as much cricket as it can - at the right price.

Beth Mooney named in 21-player World Cup squad

Beth Mooney.

Mooney didn't give national selectors much of a choice.

'He's probably run his race as a Test spin bowler'

Australia's Stephen O'Keefe bowls in the nets.

Cricket legend Kerry O'Keeffe delivers his verdict on Steve O'Keefe.

Channel Ten facing a battle to keep Big Bash rights

Mitchell Johnson of the Scorchers carries the trophy after his side won the BBL06 title.

Ten's $100m five-year deal expires at the end of next season.

Chris Lynn confident of returning for Champions Trophy

Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Chris Lynn.

Aussie master blaster injured his shoulder two weeks ago.

Vixens hope Lightning doesn't strike twice

Melbourne Vixens are chasing revenge for their only Super Netball loss of the year when they host the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Saturday night.

Erin Burger relishing the chance to play with Firebirds

Erin Burger (right) of the Firebirds passes the ball against the Thunderbirds.

Erin Burger has developed a strong bond with her teammates.

Vixens keen to put focus back on the court

Vixens head coach Simone McKinnis speaks to her players.

Coach confident a dramatic week off-court will not be a distraction.

Firebirds focused on finals after strike action avoided

Firebirds coach Roselee Jencke talks to her players.

Coach urges players to "draw a line in the sand”.

Netball strike: Crisis looms after failed re-election bid

PLAYER POWER: Sunshine Coast Lightning captain Geva Mentor says it's important players' concerns are heard.

Players to meet shortly to discuss possible industrial action.

Feud threatening to tear Super Netball apart

ANPA board member and former Australian Diamonds vice-captain Bianca Chatfield, playing for the Melbourne Vixens in 2014.

Australia's top netballers are threatening a boycott.

Lightning coach buoyed by team's dedication

Caitlin Bassett of the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Players brushed Easter eggs for a hammer-and-tongs practice match.

Good memories from home-town campdraft

It was smiles all round for Nicholas Ward and Nikki Wollens when they were packing up their truck after a big weekend at the Rathdowney Memorial Campdraft.

Woman airlifted with punctured lung after equestrian fall

HORSE FALL: Airborne paramedics prepare to airlift a woman to Brisbane after she was injured in a fall from a horse at the Manumbar Campdraft on Saturday.

A woman, 40, airlifted to Brisbane after equestrian event fall

Polarisation wins Sydney Cup ... agains

Polarisation, ridden by Corey Brown, wins the Sydney Cup.

He was first over the line two weeks ago before no-race was called.

Racing community rallies for injured Toowoomba jockeys

INTENSIVE CARE: Trackwork riders Ben Saunders and former jockey Wade Clasohm have been rushed to Brisbane after suffering spinal injuries.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission will investigate fall

Sydney Cup called off mid-race after shocking fall

Jockey Blake Shinn helps James Doyle after they were dislodged in the Sydney Cup,

Almoonqith suffered a breakdown and was later euthanised.

'It is a privilege to train such a champion'

Winx, ridden Hugh Bowman, wins the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

VIDEO: Winx has continued winning streak that stretches two years.

Trainer says Winx is ready to extend streak

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, wins the China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes during Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill in March.

Trainer Chris Waller says mare is ready for Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Green shows promise with Classic win

Perth rookie Hannah Green has won her fourth start on the US LPGA's development tour

No crying in this Chappell finish

FIRST WIN: Kevin Chappell has broken through for his first US Tour victory at the Texas Open.

Kevin Chappell wins his first US Tour event in his 180th start

Garcia: 'I feel I still have a lot of great years in me'

Sergio Garcia of Spain holds the Masters trophy after winning at Augusta.

Masters champion says he can achieve more success.

Garcia dedicates magical Masters win to childhood idol

Sergio Garcia holds the Masters Championship Trophy

"It's amazing to do it on his 60th birthday”