Cricketer Shane Watson, and his wife Lee Furlong, welcomed their first child on March 14 and have named their son Will. Will Watson was born in St George Hospital, and Shane apparently got himself sacked from the team before the 3rd test in India so he could be home for Will’s birth; he returned to captain the 4th test. Shane plays for the national cricket team, as well as the New South Wales Blues in the state competition, and Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. Lee is a former model and TV sports presenter.
Rugby union player Matt Hodgson, and his wife Jodie, welcomed their first child on March 14 and have named their son Hunter Patrick. Hunter Hodgson was born at 6.27 pm, weighing 3.1 kg (just under 7lb). Matt is the captain of Perth team, the Western Force.
Ironman champion Craig Alexander, and his wife Neri, welcomed their daughter Lani May on March 19. Lani May Alexander joins older siblings Lucy and Austin. Craig is a three-time winner of the Ironman World Championship, and is the oldest man to win the Hawaiian Ironman world title, setting a world record in the process.
Cricketer James Hopes, and his wife Maria, welcomed their daughter Emerson Charlotte on March 20. James is the captain of the Queensland Bulls, and plays for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.
Australian rules footballer Colleen Gwynne, and her partner Megan Duncan, welcomed their daughter Hayley Marie on March 9. Hayley Marie Gwynne-Duncan joins big brother Jayden, aged 3. She also has a twin brother named Jarrod Peter, who passed away before Hayley was born. Colleen is the captain of the Waratahs, a team in the Northern Territory Women’s Aussie Rules Football Association.
(Picture shows Shane Watson and Lee Furlong with baby Will)