Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

One down ... the Vixens are on the guard against a round two let-down against Lightning.

Melbourne Vixens eye another scalp

As sweet as their upset two-goal victory over title favourites Collingwood was in the opening Super Netball round, the Melbourne Vixens are determined to avoid any potential let-down in the second against another much-touted newcomer, the Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Australian gymnast Emily Little has bounced back from a tough year.

Little going a long way

The bad news seemed endless for Emily Little in 2016. From Australia's failure to qualify a women's gymnastics team for the first Olympics since 1988, to her own disappointment at narrowly missing out on the sole individual place in Rio to Larrissa Miller, to the shock axing of the gymnastics program from the WA Institute of Sport. 

Leaders: Kate Maloney of the Melbourne Vixens and Madi Robinson of the Collingwood Magpies will do battle for the first ...

Don't forget the Vixens, say Sydney Super Netball rivals

Amid the clamour to hail Collingwood as the Super Netball standout before Saturday's historic three-state series of opening round derbies, the Melbourne Vixens have received some unexpected support from north of the border, via rival Sydney captains Kim Green and Abbey McCulloch.

Collingwood's April Brandley, Caitlin Thwaites and Kim Ravaillion at the zoo this week.

Collingwood's cakewalk?

The tune is that famous one we all know, the words already learnt and rehearsed a few times during the pre-season. Good old Collingwood is new Collingwood in a netball sense, and the overwhelming expectation - and, in some cases, fear - that the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball premiership will indeed be a cakewalk will be tested for the first time on Saturday night.

Super Netball is go: Collingwood players April Brandley, Caitlyn Thwaites and Kim Ravaillion and the Vixens' Jo Weston ...

The Collingwood way: dream big, achieve anything

Caitlin Thwaites has played netball for the two biggest teams in Australia, the NSW Swifts and Melbourne Vixens, and is now part of the most powerful sporting club in the land. When asked about the difference in "the Collingwood way", Thwaites quoted coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell, whose message to her Diamond-studded line-up is: "You can dream big here".

On the verge of something massive: The team captain at Super Netball's launch.

Enough talk, now for Super Netball's big moment

Optimism, anticipation, bold declarations and Channel Nine celebrities in active wear were all in abundance as Netball Australia's new national league was officially launched to a grand Sydney Harbour backdrop.