Touch ready to officially launch the new season

TRY TIME: Whitsunday Touch is ready for its new season.

Whitsunday Touch season about to start.

Sea Eagles aim high

SPREADING THEIR WINGS: Members of the newly formed Whitsunday Sea Eagles women's Aussie rules team gather at training.

Local AFL ready to kick into new season.

Cannons crush comp

CANNONS FIRE: (Back, from left) Mark Erickson, Ky Erickson and Ken Crittenden; (third row) Mikhaila Flint, Jakarra Heffernan, Kieran McGoldrick, Jacob Dewis, Rylee Erickson, Olivia Romanella, Hannah Crittenden; (second row) Tegan Hanks, Jacob Bell, Evie Herlihy, Gus Hedges and Kaia Heffernan; and (front) Chloe Robertson, Tiana Bell, Jy Parkinson, Remy Hedges and Eden Hedges.

Cannonvale swim team on fire in the pool.

Cannons back and firing

HOP IN: Cannonvale Cannons Zavier Goswell, Matilda Dennison, Jacob Bell, Xavier DeBrincat, Jai Dennison and Will Smith (back) with Maisie Goswell, Eve Carter-Attwood, Mila Parkinson, Kaia Heffernan and Isabella DeBrincat (front).

Cannonvale swimmers back at club nights.

Online feeding frenzy to view local drone fishing

The drone used to land a giant trevally.

The video has received more than one million views online

Touch to get set for first season of 2017

BACK: Whitsunday Touch is set for a return in 2017.

Whitsunday Touch getting set for new season.

It's time! Fight Night returns

ON THE MONEY: Local Daniel McCormack lands one square on the jaw of Tim Minniecon at Airlie Fight Night 5.

Popular local fight night is set to return to Airlie Beach.

New Lion's debut on hold after copping ban

Jack Frost's official Brisbane debut will have to wait until at least round two.

Manny's man slams Khan bout reports

Australian welterweight boxer Jeff Horn.

Jeff Horn remains in the hunt for a superfight with Manny Pacquiao.

Higginbotham could play despite charges

Scott Higginbotham takes part in a Wallabies training session in 2014.

Former Wallaby is expected to be named in the Reds side.

Wright returns to competition after serious injury

Owen Wright at the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti.

Surfer sustained a potentially career-ending head injury in 2015.

Wanderers condemn 'disrespectful' members

The controversial banner displayed by Wanderers fans at ANZ Stadium.

Club has received a "show cause notice” from the FFA.

Bulldogs ruckman to miss start of season

Jordan Roughead at a Western Bulldogs training session.

Big man Jordan Roughead forced to undergo surgery.

No more excuses for Manly, says DCE

Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles.

Daly Cherry-Evans has replaced the retired Jamie Lyon as skipper.

Will coaching change be too late for Rafa?

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during the Australian Open final.

'Uncle Toni' regrets keeping news of his departure from Nadal.

Exit lounge: the NRL players set for a swansong

Former Dragons player Benji Marshall has signed with the Broncos.

We look at who is most likely hanging the boots up at end of 2017.

Firebirds champ Romelda Aiken ready to resurface

Romelda Aiken in control during a recent practice match.

Aiken is out to conquer her personal demons, writes Terry Mallinder

'When things don't go well the media hammers you'

Australia's Shane Watson during day one of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff in 2015.

Shane Watson opens up on his career struggles.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Darius Boyd during a Brisbane Broncos training session.

How Boyd turned his career - and life - around

Who's the fastest in the NRL?

Sharks speed machine Valentine Holmes.

We have uncovered the lightning legs of the NRL.

Magic of the FA Cup still well and truly alive

Lincoln City's Nathan Arnold (left) and Burnley's Joey Barton battle for the ball.

Competition gives part-timers a chance to rub shoulders with greats.

Great Scott, he's serious about becoming a Knight

Cowboys prop Matt Scott.

Cowboys prop may feel a change of scenery could be an elixir.

Brisbane Tens was doomed from the start

Reds player Samu Kerevi crosses to score a try during a quarter-final at the Brisbane Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium.

Concept simply comes across as a clunkier version of sevens.

Nines showcase thrilling talent ... and bad haircuts

New Panther James Tamou looks fitter than ever.

Tony Durkin looks at some of the left-field highlights.

Cahill send-off overshadows great weekend of A-League

Tim Cahill of Melbourne City walks off after being red carded before even being substituted on to the field during the round 18 A-League match against the Melbourne Victory.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all in Socceroos's career ...

Sainsbury move bodes well for Socceroos

Australian soccer player Trent Sainsbury takes part in a training session in Sydney.

Central defender has to make the best of his time at Inter Milan.

"Pressure” got to Bulldogs, says captain Graham

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL player James Graham takes part in a training session in Sydney on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The Bulldogs will play the Penrith Panthers in an an Elimination Final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, September 11th. (AAP Image/Paul Miller) NO ARCHIVING

Canterbury captain James Graham disappointed in last season.

Merrin has sights set on success with Panthers

Trent Merrin wants to inspire his teammates and fans.

Merrin takes great pleasure in the fact he can make someone smile.

Sharks sent packing by Burgess-led Wigan

Joe Burgess of Wigan Warriors goes over for the opening try under pressure from Jesse Raimen of Cronulla at DW Stadium

Wigan sprung a 22-6 World Club Challenge upset on the NRL premiers

Farah shines as Souths down poor Dragons

Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs.

Rabbitohs buried Dragons 32-14 to retain the Charity Shield.

Tuivasa-Sheck tears up Titans

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors runs at Ash Taylor of the Titans.

Warriors jet stole the show in Palmerston North.

Sea Eagles teen hospitalised after chest pains

A Manly SG Ball player is recovering after fears he was having a heart attack.

Game halted with fears player was having a heart attack.

Gun Sun could miss the season with hip injury

Sam Day

The Suns have been crippled by injuries the past two seasons

Sun suffers horror injury in pre-season match

Sam Day of the Gold Coast Suns.

Gold Coast's Sam Day was taken from the field in first quarter.

Positive signs for Roos coach in trial clash

Shaun Higgins of the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Brad Scott will have been happy to with new-look team's performance.

Women's football set to receive cash boost

Melbourne City celebrate their W-League final win over  the Perth Glory

Plan calls for at least 60 players to earn at least $60,000 a year

Sutton meets FA Cup end as goalkeeper devours pie

Wayne Shaw chows down on a pie in the second half of Sutton United's FA Cup clash with Arsenal.

Sutton United back-up keeper Wayne Shaw stole the show

Walcott guides Gunners in FA Cup quarter-final

Arsenal's players celebrate Theo Walcott's, right, goal during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane stadium in London

Sutton United's fairytale run comes to an end

A-League cellar-dwellars can shine in Asia

Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor.

Adelaide can turn season around, says Pantelis.

Defender signs new deal with Brisbane Roar

Shu Sasaki of Global FC (right) takes a shot at goal as he competes with Roar player Jade North during the AFC Champions League second qualifying round match between Brisbane Roar of Australia and Global FC of the Philippines at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Jade North signs up for another year with Roar.

EPL sides restore order in FA Cup

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Blackburn Rovers.

FA Cup wins for Manchester United and Spurs.

Aussies have point to prove in final T20 international

Travis Head says Australia has played some really good cricket against Sri Lanka.

A consolation win in Adelaide is essential

'Keep it simple', Warner tells Renshaw

Matt Renshaw bats during a practice session in Mumbai.

David Warner has told Matt Renshaw to get back to basics.

It's bye bye Boom Boom as Afridi quits

Shahid Afridi has called it a day in international cricket.

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has called it a day.

Aussies lose on last ball again

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka is congratulated by teammates after hitting the winning runs to win the second International Twenty20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Simonds Stadium.

Australia has suffered a horrible case of deja vu in Geelong.

Starc walks away from $1m IPL pay day

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

Bowler will direct all his energy into Australia's Test efforts.

Swifts set to hit back against Thunderbirds

NSW outfit keen to prove they're the "real deal”

Thunderbirds rally late to seal first-up win

Natalie Medhurst of the Fever passes during the round one Super Netball match against the Fever.

Adelaide was trailing Fever by seven goals at three-quarter-time.

Vixens show Melbourne is still their town

Kate Moloney of the Vixens makes a pass at Hisense Arena

Diamond-studded and highly-rated Magpies were upstaged

Firebirds show heart in snatching draw

Romelda Aiken of the Firebirds and Geva Mentor of the Lightning

The Lightning appeared on track for a stunning upset victory

Shimmin glad to be on Aiken's team

Kate Shimmin in action for the Firebirds in a pre-season game.

Kate Shimmin keen to do retired stars proud.

Dream becomes reality as Mi Mi flies with Firebirds

Jemma Mi Mi used to dismiss her chances of one day playing for the Queensland Firebirds.

Rising star puts hand up for Super Netball side

Star Firebird ruled out for season

Mahalia Cassidy in action for the Firebirds.

Cassidy was a member of the triumphant Firebirds squad last year

Group 1 race just what the Doc ordered

Trainer Tony McEvoy says Hey Doc "has to” go the Group 1 Australian Guineas in two weeks.

Only bad luck will end Winx's streak, says trainer

Hugh Bowman celebrates another Winx victory.

Peter Moody insists Winx has same invincibility as Black Caviar.

Winx on track ahead of return run

Hugh Bowman rides Winx (right) past the post in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse last October.

Trainer says preparation faultless going into her comeback

Jockey spoilt for choice in Blue Diamond Stakes

Craig Williams rides Formality to victory in the Chairman's Stakes at Caulfield.

Craig Williams juggling four star contenders for the race.

Sydney sprint to become country's richest race

Jockey Tommy Berry on Chautauqua shouts to the crowd after winning the TJ Smith Stakes last year.

$10 million The Everest will trump Melbourne Cup prizemoney.

Winx impresses trainer in preparation for comeback

Hugh Bowman rides Winx to victory in the Cox Plate in October.

The countdown to the return of champion mare is now in full swing.

Tivaci impresses in upstaging Weir duo

Patrick Moloney guides Tivaci (left) to a win over the Damien Oliver-ridden El Divino (right) in the Kensington Stakes.

Handsome entire is being aimed at the Newmarket Handicap.

Johnson takes golf's No.1 spot from Jason Day

Winless since May last year, Aussie Jason Day has given up the world number one ranking after a stay at the top that finished just short of a full year.

Late blitz helps world No.6 to Australian Open title

Ha Na Jang of South Korea plays a shot during round four of the Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

Ha Na Jang produced a stunning late surge to win at Royal Adelaide.

Day not ready to give up No.1 tag yet

PRIDE OF PLACE: Australian Jason Day is determined to hold onto his number one ranking as a matter of pride.

Jason Day is determined to hang on to his world No.1 spot.

Golfer's miracle shot sets up remarkable win

American Ethan Tracy hits a tee shot.

Ethan Tracy needed an eagle from 101 yards out on the 18th hole.