Courtney Ward, Illawarra Mercury

Courtney Ward

Illawarra Mercury

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Courtney:

Tommy Berry labels Terry Robinson's Art Cadeau his 'best chance' to win The Kosciuszko

Back to back second-place finishes in The Kosciuszko has Tommy Berry hungrier than ever to win the richest country-trained thoroughbred event in the world. → Read More

A season like no other: The 2021 Group Seven Rugby League story

The 2021 Group Seven Rugby League season may have been cut short due to the COVID-19 lockdown but it didn't stop the competition from producing plenty of thrills and spills during its exciting 10 rounds. → Read More

NSWRL pulls pin on Illawarra competitions amid worsening COVID spread

IT was inevitable outcome, but the NSW Rugby League has added the Illawarra Rugby League and Group Seven competitions to the 2021 scrapheap amid worsening COVID conditions around the state. → Read More

Culburra Beach's Mikey Wright announces WSL tour break after winning Mexican brother battle

The Corona Open Mexico will be the last time we see Mikey Wright on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) this year after the Culburra Beach talent announced he will be taking a break following the event. → Read More

COVID-19 causes second straight postponement of Bomaderry's Koori Knockout

South Coast Black Cockatoos' Jayden Sullivan lines up for a conversion during the 2019 Koori Knockout. Photo: Graham Sutch For the second time in as many years, the South Coast Black Cockatoos have been forced to postpone the Koori Knockout due to COVID-19. → Read More

Court proceedings see Zac Kershaw become second Group Seven player stood down by NSWRL

For the second time in less than a week, NSWRL has been forced to stand down a Group Seven player for alleged criminal charges. → Read More

NSWRL says 'police investigation' behind stand down of former NRL player Dylan Farrell

Former NRL player Dylan Farrell won't return to the Group Seven field any time soon after he was stood down by the NSWRL on Saturday, citing an ongoing police investigation. → Read More

AFL South Coast cancels July 3 fixtures due to COVID-19 lockdown

AFL South Coast has decided to cancel, rather than postpone, the majority of its fixtures scheduled for Saturday, July 3, due to the current COVID-19 lockdown imposed of the Greater Sydney area. → Read More

Callan Sinclair returns to footy field with Shellharbour Sharks

WHEN Callan Sinclair returned to the footy field for the first time in two years on Saturday in Berry, Dragons player Jack de Belin was on the sidelines in support. → Read More

Group Seven Rugby League postpones Superoos' clash with Jets due to COVID-19 concerns

THERE will be only three Group Seven Rugby League first grade fixtures played this weekend after Saturday's match between Jamberoo and Nowra-Bomaderry was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. → Read More

Tim Atherton's Aussies prepare to make their final Olympic Games pitch

LIKE any elite athlete, Greenwell Point's Tim Atherton has had to sacrifice a great deal to get to where he is today. → Read More

Extraordinary streak sees Jono Dallas join Jamberoo's 300-game club

SINCE his senior debut for Jamberoo in 2005 Jono Dallas has only missed one game of rugby league, and that was for a Country Rugby League game in Rockhampton. → Read More

Stingrays of Shellharbour present Scott McLaurin with Flinders Field grandstand honour

EVER since the Stingrays of Shellharbour were established in 2002, one man has been there at every step of the Group Seven Rugby League journey. → Read More

Ugly off-field incident at Kiama rugby league match caught on camera

The footage appears to show the woman running at a teenage girl and striking her in the head area, before the pair are separated. → Read More

Jye Edwards claims national 1500m title, secures Tokyo Olympic spot

FORMER Nowra Athletics Club talent Jye Edwards is off to the Tokyo Olympic Games, after dominating at this week's Australian Track and Field Championships. → Read More

The road to the Artie Smith Trophy: Your one-stop guide to Group Seven Rugby League in 2021

SPORTS editor Courtney Ward breaks down how all nine first grade sides are shaping up ahead of the 2021 Group Seven Rugby League season. → Read More

West Coast Eagles' ascending flight path excites Maddy Collier after career best campaign

JUST like her West Coast Eagles side, the 2021 AFLW season proved to be Maddy Collier's most successful on the field. → Read More

Scott Stewart upbeat about Dylan Farrell's potential during Gerringong Lions' premiership defence

JUST weeks after losing more than 300 games of NRL experience from their club with legend Michael Cronin hanging up the clipboard, the Gerringong Lions have added another former star to its playing roster for the 2021 Group Seven season. → Read More

Surgery-free pre-season has Tariq Sims primed to hit the ground running

REWIND 12 months and Gerringong's Tariq Sims appeared set for his best season to date on the field, after earning his second NSW Blues jersey. → Read More

Ali Day's focus on return after 18-month ironman hiatus

IT'S been 18 months since Ali Day competed in a competitive ironman race, which is easily the longest stint he's spent away from the sport in his career. → Read More