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FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 2021 SPORT 39 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA From left: Georgia Wareham, Rachael Haynes, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Redmayne, Beth Mooney, Tayla Vlaeminck, Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning in Brisbane to help promote the upcoming WBBL competition to be broadcast live on Fox Sports. Picture: Getty Images FOR the first time in Womens Big Bash League history, all 59 matches of the quick-fire competition, which starts in Hobart on Thursday, will be televised on Foxtel. The Foxtel deal was announced alongside Cricket Australia unveiling its revised fixture for the seventh iteration of the WBBL, with games to be played in South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia following a two-week opening stint in Tasmania. Despite Covid-19 border closures and complications, this years WBBL will be played in full. General manager of the Big Bash Leagues, Alistair Dobson, said the announcement reinforced Cricket Australias commitment to making cricket the leading sport for women and girls. Todays announcement of a revised full WBBL|07 schedule reaffirms Australian crickets commitment to the womens game, he said. We owe it to our players and loyal fans to deliver a full schedule, and todays announcement further strengthens this. FOX TO BROADCAST EVERY WBBL BALL, EVERY SIX LIZ WALSH Ex-Matildas coach: Lisa deserves better LISA De Vannas first Matildas coach has supported the Australian football stalwarts decision to speak out against the alleged abuse she received from senior players. Adrian Santrac, the Matildas coach from November 2001 to December 2004, said De Vanna was an outstanding talent who deserved better. Santrac would not comment or add to the specifics of De Vannas allegations, which include indecent assault, sexual harassment, bullying and grooming. However, he backed De Vannas decision to highlight the alleged culture problems within womens football. Lisa has gone through a fair bit and she deserves better, said Santrac, who also played in the old National Soccer League for West Adelaide and Adelaide City. Every player has the right to feel safe and comfortable in their team environment. Whether its in mens or womens soccer, no one should be fearing for their safety. I feel very sorry for Lisa. She has done so much for the sport and has always worn her heart on her sleeve, whether its on or off the field. She felt she needed to get this off her chest. The allegations of De Vanna (pictured) and another former Matilda, Rhali Dobson, have led to an independent complaint management process being established. Sport Integrity Australia will receive, assess and manage all complaints independent of Football Australia. The wellbeing of our diverse community is our priority, and were committed to safe, inclusive environments for all footballers and staff, FA boss James Johnson said. There is no place for abuse, harassment or bullying in our sport and its incumbent on organisations like ours to take the lead when it comes to dealing with these issues head-on. We approached Sport Integrity Australia recently and were pleased with this timely announcement that the proposed process will enable anyone with concerns to come forward, with the confidence that their concerns will be heard and assessed independently. Santrac hoped 36-year-old De Vanna, who made 150 appearances for the Matildas, would be remembered for her on-field efforts. No one should forget what Lisa did on the field, he said. MARCO MONTEVERDE Ex-Matilda Lisa De Vanna. Shane Warne. AUSTRALIAN cricket legend Shane Warne admits he would be disappointed should any English cricketers withdraw from the upcoming Ashes series, as the summer of cricket remains under a cloud of uncertainty. A number of England stars have been reluctant to commit to flying over to Australian shores, as their partners and family members wouldnt be allowed into the country due to strict border restrictions. However, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison claiming he wouldnt commit to any special deals to allow the families entry into the country, it is looking increasingly likely they will be permitted entry. There has been no official confirmation whether family members will be granted entry, but Warne believed they would eventually be given the green light to make the journey. With their loved ones in tow as well as a mooted quarantine situation resembling a resortstyle set-up, the 52-year-old felt there was little reason to turn down the chance to play in the Ashes. What Ive heard is England are being given a resort for their 14-day quarantine swimming pool, golf course and everything for their families, leg-spinner great Warne told UK radio station talkSPORT. Surely thats a holiday for two weeks and not quarantine. If they can take their families there, have a resort, have a swim, play golf, have lots of fun with their families and kids in the pool its actually summer there, so the sun will shine and will be warm. Id be disappointed if any of the players pulled out, because they can have their families there, have a resort and be there for a holiday. Warne said Ashes Tests were unlike any other series in the cricketing world, and reiterated his desire for the best English players to make the flight to Australia. Its an Ashes series, the biggest cricket series in the world, Warne said. Id be disappointed if any of the England players pulled out, because I dont know why theyd be pulling out. Ashes will be holiday for Poms, not quarantine: Warne ALEX CONRAD Stokes now a long shot ENGLAND superstar Ben Stokes has undergone a second finger operation that looks set to lengthen the odds of what was already an unlikely appearance in the Ashes. Stokes has been on indefinite leave from cricket since pulling out of this summers Test series against India, and the presence of the Headingley hero of 2019 in this summers Ashes is very much in doubt. The 30-year-old sustained a severe break of his left index finger while attempting a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL in April. He came back to captain Englands one-day side in a 3-0 series win over Pakistan in July but that was the last time he was on a cricket field. MATILDAS captain Sam Kerr has scored a seventh goal in five games for Chelsea in a 3-3 Womens Champions League home draw against German club Wolfsburg. Yet to address the tumult engulfing the national team back home, and as current Matildas continue to star in the UK, Kerr (pictured) opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 12th minute. H o w e v e r , W o l f s b u r g scored the next three goals to lead 3-1 early in the second half. But the hosts then fought back. Bethany England reduced Wolfsburgs lead in the 51st minute, before a stoppagetime goal from Pernille Harder against her old club ensured the points were shared. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said her side had carved open Wolfsburg. We created chances, but you cant give gifts, Hayes said. We have to eliminate giving gifts. Kerrs rich vein of goalscoring form comes as womens football in Australia is set to be investigated following allegations from retired Matildas great Lisa De Vanna of indecent assault, sexual harassment, bullying and grooming from teammates. Kerr-ific form run continues MARCO MONTEVERDE
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