James Thompson

Currently a student journalist in Australia, also writing for Macleay College's Hatch publication. I enjoy rugby league and cricket, and I'm a proud supporter of North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons.

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“Worst Maroons Team in 40 Years” Wins State of Origin

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The Queensland Maroons have defied the odds to defeat the New South Wales Blues 2-1 in the State of Origin series. After being dubbed the “worst” side in Origin history, the Maroons lifted the Shield in front of nearly 50,000 of their loyal fans in what is the most attended sporting event since the beginning of March. This series, which celebrated 40 years of the State of Origin concept in Australian rugby league, was held across three consecutive Wednesdays after …

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Queensland win their first Women’s State of Origin

The women's Queensland Maroons won their first State of Origin shield. (Screenshot: NRL)

The Queensland Maroons have won their first Women’s State of Origin title against the New South Wales Blues with the young guns in their spine leading the charge. Fullback Tamika Upton kickstarted the Maroons’ 24-18 victory while Tarryn Aiken’s best-on-ground performance included a try and an assist. It was a night of firsts for women’s rugby league, with the game played at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland after the inaugural two State of Origin matches were held at North …

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NRL Grand Finals – Broncos Claim Three-Peat, Storm Hold On

The two NRL Premiership winning teams lift the trophies

The 2020 NRL Grand Finals have made history. The Brisbane Broncos claimed a third straight NRLW Premiership before the Melbourne Storm survived a comeback to claim the men’s trophy after a hard year on the road. Here’s a quick recap of the big plays of the games. NRLW Grand Final While the sun was still out, the women’s game kicked off the big day with a showdown between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters. The Broncos struck early with …

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AFL Premiers 2020 – Richmond Tigers (Three out of Four Ain’t Bad)

Dustin Martin of the Richmond Tigers celebrates at the 2020 AFL Grand Final

Richmond Tigers have made it back-to-back premierships and three from the past four years at the 2020 AFL Grand Final in Brisbane. Read on to see how the game progressed, quarter by quarter. First Quarter The AFL Grand Final kicked off in gruelling, injury-ridden fashion as the two clubs struggled to trouble the scorers in the early minutes. In a five-second span, Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin and Cats veteran Gary Ablett both went down, eventually being taken off before play could …

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How NRL Finals Week Three Went Down

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All eyes now turn to the Grand Finals of the NRL and the NRLW, following the latest weekend of games. Storm v Raiders The Melbourne Storm met the Canberra Raiders in Brisbane, playing for a Grand Final that meant everything to both of them. The night got off to an eventful start as a major outage caused disruptions at the ticket gate, leaving 20,000 fans locked out at kickoff. On the field, Storm hit the accelerator from the start with …

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How NRL Finals Week Two Went Down

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Only a quarter of teams in the NRL remain standing as the Premiership race heats up, while the NRLW Grand Finalists are locked in with a round to go. We are two weeks away from our winners. Roosters v Raiders Proceedings opened with a rematch of last year’s Grand Final at the SCG, as the Canberra Raiders chased revenge for the controversial way they lost that Premiership and the Sydney Roosters aimed to keep alive their hopes of a historic …

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How NRL Finals Week One Went Down

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The NRL Finals are four games in, the NRLW two. The race for the coveted Provan-Summons trophy has narrowed down further. Panthers vs Roosters The blockbuster showdown between minor premiers the Penrith Panthers and twice-defending champions the Sydney Roosters on Friday night had just about everything, except golden point. The Roosters, keen to make up for a 60-8 drubbing from the Rabbitohs the week before, hit the gas early with tries in the first ten minutes from Josh Morris and …

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NRL Finals Loom as Regular Season Concludes

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The first fixtures of the National Rugby League’s finals series are locked in after the final round of the regular season came to an end today. The Competitors While Penrith Panthers had already secured the minor premiership and the top eight were determined two rounds ago, some key positions were still open and the race for those positions made for some entertaining footy. The Newcastle Knights failed to hold sixth place, going down on Friday to a Gold Coast outfit …

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AFL Finals Locked In

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This weekend’s results conclude the heavily disrupted Australian Football League regular season, turning attention towards the Finals series in October. Across 18 rounds spanning six weeks, the race for the coveted Premiership trophy has been whittled down from 18 clubs to just eight. All that separates them from the 2020 flag now is four weeks of playoff matches that will culminate in the Grand Final. Port Adelaide secured the minor premiership by defeating Collingwood in the last game of the …

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Australian A-League season wraps up as Sydney FC take out second straight Championship

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It’s been more than ten long months since the Australian A-League season kicked off, but Sydney FC’s 1-0 Grand Final victory over Melbourne City in extra time has finally brought a conclusion to the season. The thrilling match played out on the night of August 30 in front of 7,500 loyal fans at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium, a crowd impacted by COVID-enforced restrictions. Melbourne City paved their way to the big dance by first earning an automatic semi-final berth through their second-place …

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