WEEKEND WRITE-UP: Petricola still champion of the World

In VIS sport, Emily Petricola proved she was still the best in the world at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, as the Aussie Diamonds were crowned Constellation Cup champions.

Para-cycling

Emily Petricola has proven again that she is the best in the world, winning three gold medals at the 2022 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in France. 

Petricola started her golden World Championship run in the women's C4 individual pursuit, winning the event for a third consecutive time in dominating fashion. Before defending her C4 scratch race title and then closing out her competition with gold in the C4 omnium. 

Meanwhile, fellow VIS scholarship holder Jessica Gallagher added two silver medals to her trophy cabinet, in the women's tandem 1000m time trial and the tandem sprint. 


Netball

The Origin Australian Diamonds have been crowned Constellation Cup champions after defeating the New Zealand Silver Ferns 57-53 in the must-win final clash of the series.

The Ferns jumped early at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday, taking a five-goal advantage just minutes into the game making the most of the Diamonds’ turnovers.

The visitors initially looked faultless, capitalising off quick transition down court through the likes of Maddy Gordon and Whitney Souness, not allowing the Diamonds’ defence time to set up behind the ball.

But you can never count the Diamonds out.

The Diamonds turned the tables in the third quarter though, racing to a six-goal advantage after an 11-2 start to the term.

The injection of Parmenter was noticeable with the Diamonds' wing defence adding speed to the defensive end.

Diamonds captain Liz Watson was a standout with her pin-point feeds to Garbin on full display. She managed to find the tall shooter under the post on a number of occasions when it looked like there was no space in the circle.

A late goal from Garbin sealed the victory in front of a sell-out crowd, with the Diamonds claiming the Constellation Cup for 2022  – and returning the trophy to Aussie soil.

It was an impressive turnaround for the Diamonds who were on the backfoot after losing the two opening matches in New Zealand.

But the 15-goal win a few days earlier at John Cain Arena meant the Diamonds just had to win by any margin on the Gold Coast to secure the series trophy.

The victory marks the Diamonds' 100th win over the Silver Ferns.

The Aussies will now turn their focus to the three-match England Series which begins in Newcastle on Wednesday.

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Athletics 

Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder, Jack Rayner, has set a new Australian record over 10km on the roads of Burnie. 

Competing at the Burnie 10, Rayner eclipsed Craig Mottram's 27:54 national record with an impressive 27:43 - the fastest time ever run on Australian soil. 

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