It was a familiar story when the Swifts ventured north of the border, with the Queensland Firebirds dominant in their ANZ Championships final and putting the NSW season on life support.
The Opals have achieved parity with their airline tickets but won't be settling for second best as they try to chase an elusive gold medal on the basketball courts of Rio.
Cate Campbell became the fastest woman to ever grace the pool, then celebrated with a quote from Cool Runnings, as she blasted her way into the records books.
Australia's newest distance star knows his nation wants 1500m gold but says the 400m, an event he's grown to love, has become a major focus ahead of the Olympic Games.
The Golden State and Boomers centre could be rested from the pool games of Australia's Olympic campaign if it meant being fit for the knockouts in the Rio basketball tournament.
The gelding made the most of a cracking early speed to take out the Doomben 10,000 and enter calculations for the Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
Connections will weigh up their options after the short-priced favourite saluted at Doomben on Saturday to stake her claim for the winter sprint classic.
The gelding refused to lose in the BTC Cup, fending off the descending Dothraki to plot a course to Eagle Farm's 1400m classic early next month.
Issues related to wife Audrey, who was perilously ill in 2015, have seen Leishman make the difficult call to withdraw his candidacy.
Grant Hackett admits he has tarnished his reputation, but an even greater swimmer who has had his own problems is helping him battle his demons.