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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Pearce New Zealand and England have both safely completed their passages to Saturday's semi-final meeting at the World Netball Cup.
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...
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,...
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?
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
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.
Linda Pearce This was not in the script. New Zealand had already beaten top seeds Australia, convincingly, and and fourth-ranked Jamaica, eventually.
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...
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.
Linda Pearce Australia recovers to beat England 51-41 in qualifying rounds.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.