How young Slater slipped though Cowboys' fingers

Champion fullback used to run around his Innisfail backyard in a North Queensland jersey.

Storm coach on Cowboys star: 'He's as good as you'll see'

Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys runs into the Roosters defence during the preliminary final.

Melbourne won't be doing anything to agitate Jason Taumalolo.

It's official: Ablett requests trade back to Cats

Gold Coast Suns star Gary Ablett after playing his 300th game earlier this year.

Star's manager has told the Suns he wishes to return to Geelong.

Former foes Kyrgios and McEnroe bury the hatchet

Team World captain John McEnroe (right) high-fives Australian Nick Kyrgios during the Laver Cup in Prague.

"I think we can relate on many things.”

The basic truth behind Queensland's rugby league dominance

Michael Morgan of the Cowboys following his side's win over the Roosters in the NRL preliminary final.

It would be foolish to consider it chance, writes Paul Kent.

Slap in face for Aussies over Lions tour

The British and Irish Lions face the haka before their Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park in July.

Length of team's next tour of Australia in 2025 set to be reduced.

Cooper Cronk not worried by threat of cheap shots in decider

Cooper Cronk of the Storm dives as he scores a try in round 21 against the Sea Eagles.

Storm star was bashed into a forgettable game exactly a year ago.

Cameron Smith still shouldering the load

Melbourne Storm veteran Cameron Smith will play his 356th NRL game this weekend.

Phil Rothfield chats with the NRL's soon-to-be games record holder.

Hodkinson opens up on year tinged with tragedy

Trent Hodkinson of the Newcastle Knights in action.

He takes a breath and shakes his head. "It's been a tough year.”

Why Cameron Smith snubbed the Broncos' big bucks

Cameron Smith of the Storm runs with the ball.

In 2014 the Storm legend had the bags already packed in his mind.

Bear necessity: Alastair Lynch's sliding door moment

LION KING: Alastair Lynch in action for the Lions

Lions great recalls the time he left Fitzroy

Pearson completes remarkable comeback at world titles

Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships in London

Victory puts Pearson on the pedestal of Australia's sporting greats

Lockyer admits to feeling pressure as Maroons selector

Former Broncos player and current Queensland State of Origin coach Kevin Walters (left) chats with former Broncos teammate and current Maroons selector Darren Lockyer.

It's a job that comes with a high level of scrutiny.

Meticulous Des failed to shore up his own job

Sacked Bulldogs coach Des Hasler watches over a training session in Sydney.

The Dogs were horrible this year, finishing 11th on the table.

Ranting players as bad as whingeing coaches

Referee Ashley Klein sends James Maloney of the Sharks to the sin bin during the NRL elimination final against the Cowboys.

Players charging towards referees has become a disgraceful look.

Cronulla and Manly undone by their errors, not the referees'

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan (left) and captain Paul Gallen.

Coaches let themselves down on the weekend.

Storm is rolling on, but history warrants caution

Storm players and officials pose with the J.J. Giltinan Shield, awarded to the NRL premiers, after the round 26 NRL match against the Canberra Raiders.

Past seasons say the Storm are most vulnerable on grand final day.

What started Panthers' Moylan crisis

Matt Moylan of the Penrith Panthers in action.

Player has concerned Penrith for some time, reveals Paul Kent.

Time for Suns to let Ablett leave

Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield (left) competes with Suns player Gary Ablett.

Superstar inquired about a trade back to Cats at the end of 2016.

Storm star bears no grudge towards Cowboys

Storm star Felise Kaufusi (left) will play against his old club.

Melbourne Storm forward Felise Kaufusi holds no grudges.

Mateship put on hold for NRL grand final decider

OLD MATE: Ben Hampton will put friendships aside for the grand final.

AT Melbourne Storm, Ben Hampton and Jordan McLean were inseparable.

Titans candidate will bring own team with him to club

Jason Demetriou is a fabourite to take the Titans' coaching role.

JASON Demetriou will bring a title-winning entourage with him.

Hard times for Brisbane recruit Jack Bird

Cronulla's Jack Bird in tears with James Maloney at full-time after the Sharks loss to the Cowboys in the Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium.

Jack Bird has revealed how difficult it was this year.

Scott denied Green light for NRL grand final

Matt Scott  looks on as his team warms up ahead of the NRL Preliminary Final

"The 17 that got us to the grand final will be the 17 that play”

Hampton's inside information could help Cowboys

Ben Hampton is happy to be a Cowboy now.

WHEN Ben Hampton left Melbourne, he took their secrets with him.

Dustin Martin breaks votes record in claiming Brownlow Medal

Dustin Martin of the Richmond Tigers reacts after winning the 2017 Brownlow Medal.

Richmond star outpolled Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Mitchell.

Dusty, Danger neck and neck in race for AFL best: Ling

Dustin Martin of the Richmond Tigers

"They are the truly rare ones, the truly great ones.”

Dangerfield's words of support a boost for Betts

WELL DONE MATE: Patrick Dangerfield congratulates former Crows teammate Eddie Betts.

Dangerfield's words of support a boost for Betts

Hemed goal gives Brighton second EPL win

Tomer Hemed (blue and white) of Brighton scores the only goal of the game against Newcastle.

SOCCEROOS goalkeeeper Mat Ryan kept a clean sheet.

Jedinak a big doubt for Socceroos' Syria playoff

Mile Jedinak, left, is a huge doubt for the clash with Syria next month.

Mile Jedinak looks set to miss Syria playoff.

Scottish striker heading south to Melbourne City

Ross McCormack (left) in action for Aston Villa in the English Championship.

ASTON Villa striker Ross McCormack is Melbourne City's no.1 target.

Man City overcomes sluggish start to thump Palace

Manchester City's Leroy Sane celebrates scoring his side's first goal in the 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Pep talk gets City going against Palace.

Cahill hints he will keep going for City

Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill is primed for a big season with Melbourne City.

Socceroos veteran reveals he's keen to play on in A-League

Barry refusing to budge as EPL record beckons

Gareth Barry will make a record 633rd Premier League appearance when West Bromwich Albion take on Arsenal next week.

West Brom midfielder closes in on English Premier League record

Smith laments wasted opportunities in India defeat

Aussie skipper Steve Smith dropped a crucial catch in the defeat to India.

AUSTRALIAN skipper Steve Smith says he must raise his own standards.

Finch century not enough for Australia in third ODI

Aaron Finch raises his bat after scoring his eighth ODI ton.

It was a day of missed opportunities for the tourists

Warwick player gets advice from former Australian coach

CLUB GAME: James Breen follows through after bowling for Wheatvale at Slade Park.

James Breen takes advice on board from influential figures.

Aussie skipper says rot must stop

Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell is stumped by India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the one-day clash in Kolkata.

Smith lays blame on batsmen after another collapse against India

Kuldeep hat-trick sends Australia to defeat in second ODI

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates taking a hat-trick.

KULDEEP Yadav hat-trick condemns Australia to second defeat.

Queens Park fields closed for upgrading work

Wolves player Rob Davey and Warwick District Football Association president Karen Welsh on the top dressed oval.

Top dressing completed on football and cricket fields

Netball mixed action hots up

Family, friends, workmates, it is all happening in Warwick mixed netball

Diamonds coach rings changes for Constellation Cup

Caitlyn Nevins has been called into the Diamonds squad.

Diamonds coach makes changes for New Zealand tests.

Here comes mixed netball at WIRAC

Kyle Sowden leaps high.

Fixture season over, now in come the men for mixed

New Swifts coach aiming to take team back to the top

New NSW Swifts netball coach Briony Akle.

Briony Akle takes over from Rob Wright.

Strikers kept up to their name in 2017 netball season

UNBEATEN: Strikers (front, from left) Johanne Nelson, Kia George, Grace Gliori, Katie Johnson, (back) Keely Hilton, Nadine Johnston, Ebony Hilton, Bec Hoffman, Kirstie Cruice and Rhianna Ryan won the Warwick netball C-grade premiership after an unbeaten season.

Unbeaten season for new netball teams

See the video on the excitement of one winning netball team

ALL SMILES: B-grade premiers: The Heat (from left) Brianna Mullaly, Caitlin McKenzie, Kaitlin Thorne, Ashleigh McLean, Bella Newton, Hayleigh Cartwright, Aliza Hoffman, Jasmine Olzard and Caitlin Skaines.

The Heat team are all still at school but they are netball premiers

Hazzards could claim to be town's most successful team

A-grade premiers: Hazzards (from left) Ayesha Edmunds, Jessica Carey, Dimity Brackin, Carly Cooper, Bec Burville, Helena Tate, Jess O'Brien, Lily Maw and Tiffany Cullen.

Jess and her team proved too good for allcomers

Former trainer pleads guilty after Twitter outburst

Former trainer Peter Moody fined $3000, admits Twitter outburst a case of sour grapes

Swanfels rider secures second in Bundaberg

IN THE SADDLE: Swanfels rider Lane Grayson in action at the Warwick Showgrounds, the venue for the national finals.

Lane Grayson on the verge of making the finals

From Redbacks to rodeo

Novice bull rider Tim Tate on Titanium at the Miriam Vale Rodeo, 23rd of April 2016. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

Retired Aussie rules player back for Cowboys Saturday bull ride.

Menari talented, but beatable, in tomorrow's Golden Rose

The Golden Rose features some of the top three-year-old's in the country.

Golden Rose, charity bet and UBET's best for the weekend.

Next stop Flemington for super mare Winx

Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Winx claims another win at Royal Randwick Racecourse  in Sydney on Saturday.

Winx is being set for an unprecedented third successive Cox Plate

Weight of the world

JUBILATION: Michael Schrapel was all smiles after creating history at Allman Park on Saturday.

Lifestyle change pays dividends in historic Allora Cup for jockey.

Winx brings up 20th consecutive win in style

Winx, ridden by Hugh Bowman, wins the George Main Stakes.

Champion mare swept home in the George Main Stakes.

Rookie wins final tournament but Thomas earns bonus

ROOKIE Xander Schauffele won the final tournament but Justin Thomas the major prize after the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Katherine Kirk comes up just short in major championship

Katherine Kirk plays a shot on the 4th hole during the final round of the Evian Championship.

KATHERINE Kirk said she was happy despite missing a major.

Aussie Leishman takes out BMW Championship in style

Marc Leishman reacts after winning the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club.

AUSTRALIAN Marc Leishman has scored a superb wire-to-wire victory.

Leishman determined not to make same mistakes

Marc Leishman leads the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, Chicago.

AUSTRALIAN Marc Leishman searches for third win.