OPINION: Good sports welcome

A WEEK after Nick Kyrgios and our Ashes cricketers took Australian sport to a pretty dark place, there is light shining again this week.

If proof were ever needed that for the watching public sporting achievements are ephemeral rather than everlasting, we have been able to forget tennis sledging and cricket catastrophe and concentrate this week on championship quality performances.

Firstly, Australia's women's cricket team won its Ashes test match to help salve the wounds from the men's efforts, then at the weekend the national netball team claimed its third consecutive world championship.

Jason Day proved nice guys can finish first by claiming the US PGA title, his first victory in one of golf's four 'majors'.

But for me the stellar performance of the past week happened in a practice match in Houston, Texas.

When former NRL star Jarryd Hayne announced last year he was going to try to play in America's National Football League - gridiron to most Australians - I laughed out loud.

It seemed a fantasy, even for a player as talented as Hayne, to aim for the top level of a sport he had never played, let alone one as violent and specialised as NFL.

But at the weekend Hayne played in his first practice match and stole the show with an impressive performance.

The Australian has a long way to go, but he deserves plenty of applause for what he has achieved so far.

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