Linda Pearce

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.

Netball World Cup: Emotions to run high as Australia and New Zealand renew rivalry

Linda Pearce, Sydney What is likely to be an emotional Netball World Cup send-off for retiring defender Julie Corletto will be the sixth Australia-New Zealand final from the seven played.

Netball World Cup 2015: Diamonds and Silver Ferns to meet in final once again

Caitlin Bassett of the Diamonds competes with Jamaica's Stacian Facey.

Linda Pearce Australia and New Zealand will contest their third consecutive Netball World Cup final, and their sixth from the seven played since Sydney hosted the first in 1991.

Netball World Cup 2015: New Zealand reach final after downing England

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Linda Pearce Four-time champions New Zealand are the first qualifiers for Sunday's Netball World Cup final, their sixth out of the seven played since 1991, after a 50-39 defeat of third seeded England.

Netball World Cup final to be tight affair between Australia and New Zealand

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15:  Kimberlee Green of the Diamonds (R) celebrates with team mates after victory in the 2015 Netball World Cup Semi Final 2 match between Australia and Jamaica at Allphones Arena on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Linda Pearce After nine days and 56 of 64 matches, it has come to this. As it usually does. Australia versus New Zealand in the Netball World Cup final.

Netball World Cup: Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and England through to semi-finals

Lateisha Kidner of Wales and Caitlin Bassett of Australia compete for the ball.

Linda Pearce The preliminaries are over, let the semi-finals begin. Australia's goal was to win each quarter in its last qualifying round against Wales.

Netball World Cup: Semi-final day awaits for Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and England

New Zealand's Malia Paseka, left, catches the ball  against Uganda on Friday.

Linda Pearce New Zealand and England have both safely completed their passages to Saturday's semi-final meeting at the World Netball Cup.

Netball World Cup 2015: Teammates face off

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Linda Pearce Sunday was a designated family night for the Diamonds, and with Laura Geitz joking that she was still an "orphan child" at that point of the Netball World Cup, the captain needed to look elsewhere...

Locker-room disapproval may be best punishment as Nick Kyrgios' rap sheet grows

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Linda Pearce It was, remarkably, only a little over year ago that Nick Kyrgios wowed staid Wimbledon, and announced himself as the natural, charismatic, fresh new face that tennis needed to replace such gracious,...

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Netball World Cup: Diamonds need to lift to raise the trophy

Linda Pearce Captain Laura Geitz concedes the Diamonds have considerable room for improvement at the pointy end of the Netball World Cup, so the next question: how much?

Netball: Joyce Brown elevated as a legend in the Hall of Fame

Legend: Joyce Brown.

Linda Pearce Having been an unofficial legend of the sport for decades, Joyce Brown was officially bestowed with the title in Sydney on Thursday, through her elevation as the first legend in the Netball Australia...

Netball World Cup: Australian Diamonds cruise past South Africa as New Zealand survive scare from Malawi

Australia's Renae Hallinan outstretches South Africa's Erin Burger for the ball in their world cup qualifying match on Wednesday night.

Linda Pearce Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander insists she has not yet settled on her preferred starting line-up, such is the enviable variety of options on what must rate as the World Cup's deepest list.

Netball World Cup: NZ Silver Ferns survive scare from Malawi

Mwayi Kumwenda of Malawi is challenged by Leana de Bruin of New Zealand.

Linda Pearce This was not in the script. New Zealand had already beaten top seeds Australia, convincingly, and and fourth-ranked Jamaica, eventually.

Netball World Cup: England thrash Wales in qualifying game

Joanne Harten of England.

Linda Pearce The Netball World Cup has entered the quiet period between the end of the lead-up games between the top four seeds - Australia, New Zealand, England and Jamaica - and the weekend's semi-finals that...

Netball World Cup: Diamond Paige Hadley's dream debut

Linda Pearce Two months ago, Paige Hadley was not in the Diamonds' preliminary World Cup squad. The year before, while recovering from a knee reconstruction, she was not even playing the game.

Netball World Cup: Diamonds rebound to turn England's hopes of an upset to ashes

Kimberley Ravaillion of Australia catches the ball under pressure from Jade Clarke of England.

Linda Pearce Australia recovers to beat England 51-41 in qualifying rounds.

Netball World Cup: New Zealand Silver Ferns battle past Jamaica

Jamaica's Stacian Facey leaps to try and block a shot on goal by New Zealand's Maria Tutaia.

Linda Pearce Having staged the first major upset of the Netball World Cup by beating top-seeded Australia, New Zealand have avoided becoming the victim of the second, through a 55-48 defeat of fourth-ranked...

South African netball coach Norma Plummer plotting downfall of Australian Diamonds, the team she once coached

Big job: Norma Plummer in her role as coach of South Africa at the Netball World Cup.

Linda Pearce The green and gold Norma Plummer wears these days is the South African variety, as the coach who led the Australians to victory in the past two World Cups now plots their downfall.

Netball World Cup: Australian Diamonds 'fired-up' for redemption in England clash

Fired up: Kimberlee Green passes during Australia's pool game loss to New Zealand

Linda Pearce As the defeated Diamonds retreated from the stunned gaze of a world record netball crowd to the privacy of the locker room on Sunday, vice-captain Kim Green saw the disappointment channelled into a...

Netball World Cup 2015: Australian Diamonds lose to New Zealand Silver Ferns

Australia's Caitlin Bassett competes for the ball with Casey Kopua.

Linda Pearce Australia's rampant favouritism for an 11th Netball World Cup title has been given a shock reality check by second seeded New Zealand.

Early heavyweight clash adds spice to netball World Cup

Australia's Kimberlee Green and Natalie Medhurst during the match against Barbados.

Linda Pearce One welcome consequence of the netball World Cup format change for 2015 is that the next trans-Tasman instalment will come far earlier than had become customary at major events.