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Weekend Wrap - spectacles for home fans and green and gold victories afar

19 November 2018

While Australian sporting fans were treated to the Socceroos, the Diving Grand Prix and the Golf Aus Open on home soil this weekend, the Hockeyroos and female boxers having been donning the green and gold with pride on the international stage.

The Socceroos drew 1-all with Korea Republic on Saturday evening at Suncorp Stadium after Australia’s Massimo Luongo scored in the dying seconds of the game.

Korea’s Hwang Ui-jo’s 22nd minute strike against the run of play appeared to be the decisive moment in a match where Australia dominated from the opening whistle.

But Luongo tapped home a repelled save from Korea Republic goalkeeper Kim Seung-yu with the last kick of the game to ensure Australia crowned their first match on home soil in over a year with a dramatic late equaliser. Match report.

Massimo Luongo of Australia celebrates scoring his teams first goal during the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia

Australia will take on Lebanon on Tuesday evening at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, in their final friendly before January’s Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

The Hockeyroos started their 2018 Champions Trophy campaign on a high with a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Argentina on Saturday night.

Gold Coast’s Rosie Malone scored twice in a three-minute burst late in the first quarter for Australia, who had to withstand a barrage of second-half Argentine pressure to hang on for the points.

The win was the ideal start for Australia who blooded three debutants in Greta Hayes, Rebecca Greiner and Penny Squibb. Full recap.

The team returned to the pitch in Changzhou, China the very next day for a clash with Olympic Champions Great Britain, who drew 2-all with China on the opening day of competition.

Australia defeated GB 2-0 with early goals to Brooke Peris and Kalindi Commerford. Read more.

Australia sits in first place on the standings, alongside the Netherlands, both on 6 points. The duo will clash at 5pm AEDT on Tuesday in round three of the Champions Trophy.

Diving fans on the Gold Coast were treated to round six of the 2018 Diving Grand Prix series over the weekend.2018 Gold Coast Diving Grand Prix

Rio 2016 Olympian Kevin Chavez won gold on home soil in the Men’s 3m Springboard, while his teammate Emily Boyd won the Women’s 10m platform.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Georgia Sheehan and Esther Qin won gold in their pet 3m Synchro Springboard event. Rio Olympians Anabelle Smith and Domonic Bedgood also combined to take out the 3m Mixed Synchro event.

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympian Alysha Koloi won silver in the women’s 3m Springboard and Sam Fricker won silver in the Men’s 10m Platform. Find all results here.

The AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships are underway in New Deli. Australia's Anja Stridsman won her first fight 3:2 before going down to the 2016 World Championship bronze medallist and number one seed Mira Potkonen from Finland 3:2 on Day 2.

Skye Nicholson, Jessica Messina, Kristy Harris and Kaye Scott all had first bout victories, advancing to the next round of competition.

Unfortunately Astryd Carmelo, Viviana Ruizz and Caitlin Torrington were defeated in their opening rounds, bringing an end to their 2018 World Championships.

Competition continues today and you can follow the Boxing Australia Facebook page for all Aussie results and links to Live Streams.

The 103rd Golf Australian Open was held at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney this wekend. With a five-shot margin, Mexico’s Ancer Abraham raised the cup on Sunday at 16-under.

Australia’s Dimitrios Papadatas was runner-up at 11-under, by far his best result in an Open, and Queenslander Jake McLeod, the NSW Open winner, was third at 10-under just ahead of veteran Marcus Fraser at 9-under. Full wrap.

South Australia celebrated their best and brightest at the 2018 SA Sport Awards Gala on Friday night. London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic cyclist, Rohan Dennis took out the "Star of the Year" award for the second time running, while Rio 2016 Olympian and Hockeyroo, Jane Claxton claimed the "People's Choice" award. You can read more about all the winners HERE.

Georgia Thompson

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