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Erin Delahunty

Freelance journalist

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Real Commercial
Singapore airport unveils stunning media installation

With a pool, 24-hour movie theatres showing the latest blockbusters for free and even a sunflower garden, Singapore's Changi Airport has never been run-of-the-mill, but its latest upgrade is somehow taking it up another notch.

The Guardian
Lightning's collective effort silences Super Netball doubters

In the end, it was all about balance. The Sunshine Coast Lightning won their second straight Super Netball premiership on the back of an all-court performance. Not flashy individual efforts, not spectacular intercepts in the dying seconds, not coaching trickery.

The Guardian
Defence could settle Super Netball grand final

In Sunday's Super Netball decider, there are "known knowns" - Caribbean colossal Jhaniele Fowler will drain 50 goals at one end and dependable Diamond Caitlin Bassett will bag similar at the other - but it's the "known unknown" of defensive dominance that matters more.

Best plants for small space living

With a bit of knowledge, it's possible to transform even a tiny studio into a lush oasis. These are the best 6 plants for small indoor living.

The Guardian
'A major injustice': Super Netball's new points system draws ire

It was sold by the game's bosses as a way to "incentivise teams to make every quarter count" and commentators have praised the system for keeping "games live" and helping them "build drama" for viewers, but some believe Super Netball's contentious bonus points system should be scrapped.

The Guardian
Netball's 'galácticos' finally begin to speak the same language

After failing to impress in season one of Super Netball last year and losing four of their first five matches in 2018, Collingwood's shock win over the Queensland Firebirds last weekend has enabled the "galácticos" of Super Netball to somehow recalibrate their season, which had previously been in danger of fizzling out for a second year in succession.

The quirkiest Christmas decor of the Aussie bush

Deck the paddocks in tinsel and tyres: While many spectacular Christmas displays are found in Australia's big cities, country folk can be just as creative when it comes to festive flourishes. From colourful, solar-powered LED-lit tractors, to trees made of piled up old palettes or truck tyres and even towering hay bale constructions beside highways, we've tracked down some of the quirkiest examples of country Christmas decorations.

Podcast guest
A Sporting Discussion, Ep59

I joined Andrew Donnison and AJ Mithen of the A Sporting Discussion podcast to discuss the first week of the Suncorp Super Netball finals series.

Herald Sun, Weekend
A whole new ball game

The new Super Netball league has kicked off. This is the guide you won't get anywhere else.

The Guardian
The Guardian's guide to playing netball - wing defence

It's netball's thankless task. A position which requires unceasing doggedness, the speed and conditioning of a sprinter, tactical nous and the disposition to allow others to take the glory when hard work translates into an intercept.

The Guardian
The Guardian's guide to playing netball - centre

With access to more court real estate than any other player, a centre can have a huge influence on a netball game, but as Peter Parker knows, with great power, comes great responsibility.

The Guardian
'It's a huge deal': Australia's rugby sevens team honoured

Theirs was the Olympic story that intoxicated the nation. A young team, drawn from disparate sports, playing a new version of an old game in an electrifying way ... chasing history. It was the rise of Australia's women's rugby sevens team in Rio.

The Guardian
Diamonds stunned by Silver Ferns in Constellation Cup

Thanks to a blistering defensive performance from 33-year-old Silver Fern Anna Harrison - who hassled, harangued and intimidated Diamonds' goaling superstar Caitlin Bassett - and a mammoth effort in defence, New Zealand beat Australia 53-51 in game two of the Constellation Cup in Launceston, to tie the series one-all.

The Guardian
Bassett leads Diamonds masterclass against Ferns

Australian superstar Caitlin Bassett put on a shooting masterclass in Sydney this afternoon to lead her netball Diamonds to victory over the Silver Ferns in the first Test of the Constellation Cup series. Bassett knocked down 47 goals from 47 attempts in three quarters as Australia ran out 68-56 winners.

Podcast guest
A Sporting Discussion, Ep29

I joined Andrew Donnison and AJ Mithen of the A Sporting Discussion podcast to discuss the landmark netball pay deal.

The Guardian
Netball Australia pay deal throws down gauntlet

Game on. That's the message from Australia's netball bosses, who today threw down the gauntlet to other elite female sports - or should that be, wannabe elite female sports - by announcing an unprecedented pay deal for the new national league's 80 players.

The Guardian
Information vacuum running risk of alienating netball fans

They say patience is a virtue. But fans of elite netball across Australia, including this one - so excited about the inaugural all-Australian league in 2017, featuring teams aligned to AFL and NRL clubs and to be screened in prime time on free-to-air - are all out of patience after months of uncertainty and an information vacuum.

SBS Zela
Taekwondo star Carmen Marton is one kick-arse chick!

She's torn a hamstring, shattered her wrist twice, broken her arm and generally been beaten from pillar to post in a life dedicated to taekwondo. But 67kg Carmen Marton, the daughter of Polish immigrants, this week begins her third Olympic campaign with a singular focus; gold. "Missing out in London was so tough.

SBS Zela
Thanks for the memories, ANZ Championship

"This is our last goodbye,I hate to feel the love between us die,But it's over ..." American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley certainly wasn't lamenting the end of a trans-Tasman netball competition when he penned his 1995 heartbreak standard, Last Goodbye.

SBS Zela
Gainsford-Taylor names track & field medal hopes

While the Australian track and field team is missing its best medal chance at this Games, with hurdle superstar Sally Pearson out injured, retired sprint champion and track and field selector Melinda Gainsford-Taylor is confident others will step up.

Podcast guest
A Sporting Discussion, Ep22

I joined Andrew Donnison and AJ Mithen of the A Sporting Discussion podcast to chat all things netball.

SBS Zela
OPINION: Just say no to netball rule changes

It's fair to say I don't have a whole lot in common with Laura Geitz, the super-fit, world-beating 185cm netball superstar who has become one of the game's most recognisable faces ...

SBS Zela
How Caitlyn Nevins is proving her critics wrong

If Nevins' Firebirds can get over the NSW Swifts in Monday night's Australian conference final - and go all the way to claim back-to-back ANZ premierships - the 170cm 29-year-old will become the first, and only, player to win three consecutive flags.

House of Wellness
Sister act - Cate & Bronte Campbell

Little sisters have a habit of making nuisances of themselves — just ask Aussie swim superstar Cate Campbell. Click headline to open PDF

House of Wellness
New goals in sight

Life hasn’t slowed down for world champion netballer Bianca Chatfield since retiring. Click headline to open PDF.

The Guardian
Laura Geitz says new scoring zones would alter 'whole concept' of netball

Australian Diamonds captain Laura Geitz says the introduction of different scoring zones - which Netball Australia has not ruled after the announcement the new national netball league - would change the "whole concept of the game." Netball Australia last week announced details of the new Australia-only league, which will be supported by a five-year free-to-air television deal on the Nine Network.

SBS Zela
We have some questions about the 'netball revolution'

By any measure, Netball Australia's long-awaited announcement about the future of the game - which includes the end of the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship, a new all-Australian league, with new sides aligned to AFL and NRL clubs to replace it and a paid broadcast deal with Channel 9 and Telstra for primetime free-to-air coverage - is pretty spectacular.

SBS Zela
Netball alert, but not alarmed, at AFL threat

The AFL wants to poach the best female athletes in the country for its much-hyped women’s league, but the sport with potentially the most to lose, netball, isn’t intimidated.

House of Wellness
High expectations

The Olympic buzz around Eleanor Patterson is huge, and for good reason, though this teen isn’t letting it distract her. Click headline to open PDF.

The Guardian
ANZ Championship season preview: Firebirds start with targets on their backs

The 2016 edition of the ANZ Championship begins on Friday, with the reigning premiers, Queensland Firebirds, opening their title defence against the Mainland Tactix in Brisbane. This season the Firebirds will be the hunted, as they attempt to make history as the only side to win back-to-back trans-Tasman titles.

The Guardian
ANZ Championship trade period produces plenty of big deals

The poaching of a Silver Fern by an Australian franchise, the confirmation of Laura Geitz's future, the signing of a 203cm basketball international, a sister act fairytale in Melbourne, a surprise return by a former Diamond and a new coach for Adelaide - the trans-Tasman netball championships trade period didn't disappoint.

How a mosque split a country town in two

Around 1000 angry people converged on the Victorian city of Bendigo last weekend to argue for two wildly disparate causes. This was a battle over much more than the proposed building of the town's first mosque, it was a fight going to the heart of Australia's slow-burning self-immolation over Muslim migration.

The Guardian
Was that the last Australia-New Zealand final we'll see?

In a Netball World Cup where international rankings were reshuffled and the three most prolific goal scorers included a Malawian who plays like no one else before, a gigantic Jamaican who has honed her craft in the ANZ Championships and a 21-year-old university student from South Africa, questions about the longevity of the sport's Trans-Tasman dominance are inevitable.

The Guardian
Australia beat New Zealand in final to win Netball World Cup

New Zealand learned the hard way to never poke the Australian bear as a rampaging Diamonds team, wounded by a loss to their arch rivals earlier in the tournament, beat the Silver Ferns 58-55 in a characteristically heart-stopping Netball World Cup final in Sydney.

The Guardian
Diamonds set up dream Netball World Cup final clash

It's on. The Netball World Cup final fans have dreamed of since the spine-tingling double-extra time win by Australia over New Zealand in Singapore in 2011. The Trans-Tasman foes will fight for gold in Sydney on Sunday, after the Diamonds beat a determined and physical Jamaica 67-56 in front of 16,244 people.

The Guardian
Silver Ferns shock depleted Diamonds at Hisense Arena

In a thrilling match at Hisense Arena, a resolute Silver Ferns outfit, led by shooter Bailey Mes, took advantage of a depleted Diamonds defensive unit - which was missing captain Laura Geitz, who was rested, and Renae Ingles, absent because of a calf strain - and showed they'd learned from the first two tests, played in New Zealand, which Australia won.

This country town shows how easy it is to accept refugees

"It's not frightening, not something to be scared of. It's part of our DNA now." Those are the words of Shepparton mayor Dennis Patterson, speaking of his town's long history of accepting and embracing refugees from war-torn nations across the globe.

Bendigo magazine, spring 2012, Pg33
Bendigo gets a social life

There's a quiet revolution happening in Bendigo. It's powered by community pride, humourous hashtags, enlightened opinions and retro-filtered images.

Bendigo magazine, spring 2012, Pg51
Scott bares all

He’s the “Jamie Oliver of the finance world”. A best-selling author. Primetime TV and radio star. Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist. Household name. He’s Scott Pape.

Bendigo Weekly, column
Thank you and goodbye

"My heart is full of so many things to say to you. Ah, there are moments when I feel that speech amounts to nothing at all." So wrote in the 18th century a deaf German musical genius by the name of Ludwig van Beethoven to a lover.

Bendigo magazine, summer 2012, Pg60
FIFOs dig a new way of life

Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO); n. a generic term used to describe a variety of long-distance work practices, where workers travel by air or other mode of transport to and from worksites typically in remote areas.

Bendigo Weekly, column
The normalisation of sexism

Guffaws about mining magnate Gina Rinehart's "big hole" on national television. Continual disrespect for our Prime Minister. And Lingerie Football League games in Australia. Did I miss a memo? Has war been declared on women?

Bendigo Weekly, Pg1
Against the odds

John "Bill" McIlrath, 33, simply shouldn't be here. Last year, the Army reservist and former policeman was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer, suffered a massive brain haemorrhage which left him in a coma for several weeks and underwent eight rounds of debilitating chemotherapy.

Real estate

City vs country: Is it time to make the switch?

With Australian cities getting denser and more expensive, especially when it comes to property, it's no surprise the 'city versus country' debate is at hot as ever.

Commuter hubs moving further and further away

While traditionally commuter hubs were 20-50kms from a city centre with good transport links and affordable housing, increasingly commuters now live up to 150kms away from CBDs. Commuter hubs across the country now include places like Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo in Victoria, Newcastle and Wollongong in New South Wales and the Gold Coast in Queensland.

How to: Spot rental red flags before signing a lease

Hunting for the perfect rental property can be both exciting and exhausting. There are red flags you need to look out for in your search. Here's what you need to know. Mark O'Brien, CEO of the Tenants Union of Victoria, which provides independent advice and assistance to tenants, says renters need to have their "wits about them" as they search for a home.

Signal box for rent in Bendigo

An obsolete signal box, built in the 1870s, perched right alongside the town's main railway line, is for rent for $160 per week.

Two deserted islands on the market

Two deserted islands in the sparkling waters of The Maldives have hit the market and could be yours ... for a mere $20 million.

Will buyers worship heaven-sent property?

An imposing heritage-listed church - one of the first built on the Victorian goldfields - will go under the hammer in September and could fetch up to $1 million. The heaven-sent property, a red brick Uniting Church, complete with a soaring spire and historic pipe organ, and accompanying four-bedroom manse, is in trendy Golden Square, just minutes from the Bendigo CBD, in central Victoria.

Commercial investors flock to regional Australia

Record low interest rates, solid yields and fierce competition in metropolitan areas are driving investment in retail and commercial property in regional Australia, according to industry figures.

London highrise features glass 'sky pool'

If you're spending more than $1.2 million on a small apartment in a swanky part of London, you'd expect some pretty spectacular inclusions - but a 25-metre "sky pool" made entirely of glass, suspended between two buildings, 10 storeys up, wouldn't be on many lists.

Battle of suburbs in AFL finals showdown

With the AFL finals featuring teams from four states, Aussie Rules can stake its claim as the true national code - but it's not just state pride at stake. Who will win the real estate showdown? The other finals series: NRL suburbs battle it out The West Coast Eagles face Hawthorn at Perth's Subiaco Stadium on Friday.


Herald Sun, Home
A bathroom makeover with surface appeal

THE original bathroom in this North Melbourne converted warehouse didn't quite look like it suited the funky semi-industrial aesthetic of the rest of the property.

Herald Sun. Home
Creating order in your house

CLUTTER can be insidious - taking over every spare inch of a home - but it can be conquered.

Herald Sun, Home
At home with Daisy Pearce

DAISY Pearce, captain of the Melbourne Football Club's women's side and the Darebin Falcons, in the Victorian Women's Football League, is one of the superstars of women's footy. A former midwife who now works for the Melbourne Football Club, Daisy, 28, recently bought her first home, a two-bedroom apartment, in Parkville, with partner Angus Parry.

Herald Sun. Home
Marble-ous creations in ceramics

CERAMICIST Milly Dent is a marbling marvel. The 24-year-old Sydney-based artist, who suspends inky indigo stains in her eponymous range of contemporary asymmetrical pieces, is stocked in 30 stores across Australia, New Zealand and Japan, has a devoted following and is the darling of the 'healthspo' set.

Herald Sun. Home
Cooking in harmony

TRUE to its era, the original kitchen in this 1950s home in leafy Ivanhoe East was hidden in a dark corner. So when Andrew and Sam Rolle became just the second owners of the historic gem, they knew the kitchen needed a refresh - especially with a baby on the way.

Herald Sun. Home
How to be a super-host

HAVING guests stay in your home can be stressful - especially during holiday periods - but with a bit of planning and care it is possible to be a 'host with the most' in no time.

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