IAS Graduate and Test Cricketer Nic Maddinson returns to Wollongong

IAS Graduate and Warilla junior Nic Maddinson recently returned to the Illawarra as part of the NSW Sheffield Shield team who played Tasmania at North Dolton Park over the Weekend. Maddinson returns to the Blues following his involvement in the Futures League match in Perth, as the Blues chase a place in the four-day final.

Having recently earn’t his first Australian Test Team Cap against Pakistan earlier in the summer, Maddinson’s experience has been welcomed by Blues Coach, Trent Johnson, also an IAS Graduate who hails from Dapto.

Johnston, said Maddinson was ready to return to the team, after taking a break in the wake of his Test axing and losing the Big Bash final with the Sydney Sixers.

“I’m happy that he’s back in the right frame of mind to be playing first class cricket,” Johnston said. “He’s an outstanding talent and we’ve seen that time and time again.”

First published on http://www.illawarramercury.com.au


Sevens Heaven for Tom Conner

IAS Graduate and Australian Sevens representative, Tom Conner, returned to the Illawarra over the weekend to take part in the 45th annual Kiama Sevens. Conner, an instrumental member of the victorious Warringah Rats team who kept their opponents scoreless in four matches and deservedly claimed their third Kiama Sevens crown by beating arch-rivals Manly 17-0 in the final at Kiama Showground.

Conner’s Warringah team claimed the $10,000 prize money and were the outstanding side, keeping four of their five rivals on the day scoreless, including beating another pool winner Canterbury 33-0 in the semi-finals.

First published on http://www.illawarramercury.com.au


Ewan claims top spot in final stage in Abu Dhabi

IAS Graduate and young sprint star Caleb Ewan has asserted himself as one of the fastest riders in the world today, winning the final stage of the Tour of Abu Dhabi ahead of well-established sprinters, Mark Cavendish (Dimension-Data) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

The 22-year-old from the Southern Highlands displayed his sprinting maturity, timing his effort to perfection as he launched out from behind the wheel of lead-out man Roger Kluge and to his eighth victory of the season.

After his unfortunate crash on stage one and an agonizingly close second place on stage two, Ewan was relieved to come away with the victory to finish off the tour successfully.

Speaking after the victory, Ewan said “I guess I started this race on a real low with that crash and then I finished on an absolute high,”

“After stage two I’m really happy to repay my team with a win.” said Ewan.

“The team did a great job,” Ewan continued. “We started working early and we knew on this course which were the important corners.”

“They controlled the race from 15km out and no-one really came past us from that moment on.

“If you really want to be on top you need to beat Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Cavendish and Greipel and so for me beating them all here, I’m over the moon with that.”


First published on http://www.greenedgecycling.com/news/ewan

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