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 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.
Linda Pearce New Zealand coach Waimarama Taumaunu has rejected any notion that Australia's nine-match winning sequence against the world No.
Linda Pearce Jamaica is rated the greatest threat to another world netball crown for Australia.
Linda Pearce Sharni Layton has heard all about the famous day in 1991, when the Diamonds defender was a three-year-old and netball first flirted with spectator-sport status after years of minimal interest.
Linda Pearce Who, where, when: everything you need to know about the tournament.
Linda Pearce While Lisa Alexander knows her team's 19-game winning streak will not continue indefinitely, the Diamonds' coach is confident in the champions' ability to respond when it ends. As it must. Eventually.
Linda Pearce Amid a growing chorus that England, rather than the usual suspects from across the Tasman, deserve to be rated as the greatest dangers to the all-conquering Diamonds' Netball World Cup defence, there...
Linda Pearce Sharni Layton happily describes herself as an unusual character, her booming voice her calling card, her fiercely competitive and passionate playing style equally entertaining and effective.
Linda Pearce The Diamonds will 'embrace the pressure' to dominate at the Netball World Cup, says coach Lisa Alexander.
Linda Pearce Two vacancies remain to be filled on the Melbourne Vixens 2016 roster, after the re-signing of Diamonds squad member Tegan Philip and talented young home-grown quartet Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Chloe...
Linda Pearce When Robinson signed a one-year contract with the Vixens last year, the idea was to see how 2015 panned out. The answer: not so well.
Linda Pearce Former Australian great Pat Cash has surprised the tennis world by declaring he isn't interested in becoming Davis Cup captain.
Linda Pearce Tennis Australia has backtracked on its decision to guarantee Lleyton Hewitt the Davis Cup captaincy immediately after his retirement next January, and will instead open up the process to a group of...