FINALS FEVER ON THE GOLD COAST

first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

10 months agoAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 years

first_imgAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn Aldridge says the current Liverpool team is the best seen in 30 years.Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “This is the best Liverpool team since the title-winning side I played in back in 1987/88.”Over the past 30 years we’ve had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we’re seeing from Jurgen Klopp ‘s side this season.”We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.”Can they do it? I don’t see any reason why not. They are 20 games unbeaten already and confidence is sky high after that 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.”Going into 2019 seven points ahead of City is a great position to be in. Klopp and the players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus and not getting carried away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first. last_img

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount has revealed he feared he had suffered a long-term injury against Valencia last week.The midfielder was substituted after 15 minutes during the 1-0 loss, but returned to start against Liverpool on Sunday.”As soon as I did it I thought it was going to be a long-term injury,” Mount said.”But then I iced it and it calmed down and I realised it was not as bad as I first thought. The next day I was jogging on it a little and from then I knew there was a chance of me being involved [against Liverpool yesterday].”There is still swelling there now but it is solid and I felt good and I trained the day before. I was pretty positive the day before the game that I would be involved.”He added: “You have to block the injury out of your mind and focus on the game.”When I had that chance which I felt I should have scored I rolled my ankle a little bit and it felt fine. It was fine throughout the whole game. It was solid.”Your Champions League debut, you don’t want it to end so soon, but that is football, it happened, and I try to stay positive. “I looked forward to the Liverpool game and set a goal that hopefully I could get ready for that. I feel like I am a quick recoverer and we worked on it hard and I was able to get back.” last_img read more

Nigel Barker Helps Kick Off Nine Wests Runway Relief Program

first_imgNine West, a division of The Jones Group (“Jones”), continues to step out to raise funds and awareness for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) charitable organization, through the Nine West Runway Relief Program in New York City during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week.Nine West Runway Relief campaignThe program, which is now in its third year, aims to marshal the forces of the fashion and modeling industries to step up for a cause. Since the creation of QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” in 1994, Nine West has been committed to raising funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention.Nigel Barker and modelsNine West’s Runway Relief Program has enlisted top fashion models participating in fashion shows, including Chrissy Teigen, Elsa Hosk, Ajak Deng, Jessica Gomes, Ariel Meredith, IIona Novacek, Catrinel Menghia and Elena Melnik to wear a limited edition, Nine West boot. Each step the models take off the runway including castings and fittings will equate to a monetary donation that Nine West will make to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.To kick off Nine West’s Runway Relief Program, Nigel Barker chronicled the models giving back on camera by photographing the top faces from IMG, Next and One agencies. Celebrity Stylist, Kate Young, was on site to style the shoot and show her support.Nine West is expanding the Runway Relief exclusive collection from the biker-chic boot ($149) and comfortably stylish tank top ($29) to include a Nine West drawstring back pack ($149), sexy aviator sunglasses ($38) and a news-boy inspired hat ($44). 100% of the proceeds from the tank top will go to FTBC.Starting August 1st, the exclusive collection will be available on Nine West’s website. The collection will be available nationwide at Nine West stores the first week in September and the boot will also be available at Lord & Taylor. Jet Jeans by John Eshaya ($194) has created a Runway Relief jean available exclusively on ninewest.com with all proceeds going to FTBC. Hanky Panky has also created an exclusive boyshort ($38) and thong ($29) in their signature lace with the FTBC symbol emblazoned on the hip in crystals to raise additional awareness for the cause.“Nine West is honored to work with the most fashionable partners, from models and photographers to the CFDA and their charity, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, for the third year of Runway Relief,” said Debbie Woloshin, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Nine West. “Raising money and awareness for early detection, research and care is our number one priority.”“This year we will elevate the Nine West Runway Relief program to the next level. Our three year exclusive partnership with Nine West and Fashion Targets Breast Cancer reaffirms the brands commitment and dedication to raising awareness for this worthy cause. We are excited to join forces as an authoritative voice behind this powerful movement,” said Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA.“Runway Relief is a powerful vehicle to increase breast cancer awareness and empower women around the world,” said Diane von Furstenberg, CFDA President.Nine West and the CFDA are also creating a series of Public Service Announcements with interviews from Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Breast Center, Dr. Anne Moore, breast cancer survivors as well as CFDA members, Diane Von Furstenberg, Charlotte Ronson, Tracy Reese and Kelly Cutrone to help unite the fashion industry to spread the word. The PSA will air August 1st.Nine West is partnering with Fiat for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6th and will host a fun and interactive event with Nigel Barker and top models at Nine West’s Rockefeller Center store location. Fiat will be providing a fleet of mobile shuttles for Fashion’s Night Out and into Fashion Week offering rides to VIPs. They are also donating a Fiat 500 to auction off in October with all proceeds benefitting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.Nine West is stepping up its social media game to bring this initiative to the next level. They will partner with photo-driven social media platform Instagram and Refinery29.com to hold Runway Relief Photo Walks in key cities across the US. Consumers are invited to participate by encouraging friends and family to sponsor their walk with a monetary donation. In addition to these partnerships, Nine West will sell albums from Columbia Records artists with all proceeds being donated to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. The albums will be sold on NineWest.com through October.Twitter users can follow Nine West’s Runway Relief Program’s hashtag, #RunwayRelief to get updates in real time for the entire program.Consumers will also have the option to directly support the cause by making a dollar donation during checkout from August 1st through October 31st at Nine West stores nationwide.Join. Donate. Sponsor. Shop at www.ninewest.com.last_img read more

Rahul Dravid cant vote in April 18 Lok Sabha polls

first_imgBengaluru: Former cricketer Rahul Dravid, who was part of the Election Commission’s campaign to boost voting, will miss out on voting in the current Lok Sabha polls as he did take steps to get his name included in the voters’ list after a change of residence here.Dravid and his family had moved from their ancestral house in Indiranagar to Ashwathnagar and subsequently names of him and his wife were removed from the Electral Rolls. This was based on Form 7 for deletions submitted by his brother, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said here Monday. “…but after shifting to new residence Rahul Dravid did not take steps to get his name included in the electoral roll although registration officials visited there several times,” Kumar said. The electoral authorities came to know about Dravid’s name not being in the list after finalisation of the electoral rolls.last_img read more

Wickets in England to assist batsmen Sachin

first_imgMumbai: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the wickets in England and Wales, set to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup starting May 30, will assist batsmen and bowlers might struggle to swing the ball. Sachin said the summer conditions, which will prevail during the showpiece event, will not help bowlers much and the pitches will behave in a similar way as during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. “I am told it’s going to be a hot summer. Even during the Champions Trophy the wickets were superb when the sun was out. In the heat, the wickets get really flat. I am sure they will give beautiful tracks to bat on,” the 46-year-old said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the MIG Club pavilion named after him. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I don’t think there will be much difference in the conditions unless there is a heavy cloud cover. If there is a cloud cover, the ball might go around a bit. Even if that’s the case, I don’t see that happening for a longer duration, may be just in the initial overs,” he said. Sachin also felt as several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan, are performing well in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), it will help in boosting their confidence for the World Cup. “A good performance in any format is good news because it gives the player confidence. If you are confident, that’s important,” he said. “The players have time to make some adjustments according to the conditions. All of them have played enough cricket to know what to do to improve,” Sachin remarked.last_img read more

Lady Buckeyes lose to North Carolina 5754

Like the men’s team, Ohio State’s women’s basketball team made a trip to the “Tobacco Road” portion of the state of North Carolina. They will bring a loss home. The No. 15-ranked Buckeyes were unable to win on the road in their visit to No. 22 North Carolina, falling short to the Tar Heels, 57-54. With the loss OSU falls to 4-2 on the season. Both of their losses have come against ranked opponents. OSU senior guard Tayler Hill scored a game-high 24 points on 9-21 shooting led OSU, but the Buckeyes’ likely could have used another scoring option as no other player reached double figures. Conversely, three different Tar Heels scored 11 points in the game. It was a close contest, but the Buckeyes had to claw their way back from a large deficit to make it a game. Midway through the second half, OSU trailed by 16 points at 44-28. With Hill leading the way the Buckeyes were able to cut the margin, and even took a two-point lead with 1:26 left to play. But the Tar Heels answered in a big way, forcing two turnovers down the stretch and scoring the game’s final five points to clinch the upset win. OSU returns home this weekend for a noon tipoff against Evansville. read more

Roberts explains Bielsas reactions

first_imgThe Wales footballer says Bielsa was okay after Leeds United lost 4-1 against West Brom, but he obviously was not happyWales national team and Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has explained how head coach Marcelo Bielsa endured the 4-1 defeat against West Brom.“I haven’t seen him blow up,” Roberts told Sky Sports.“He was OK after Saturday (when Leeds lost 4-1 at West Brom).”“He always shakes everyone’s hand when we come in from the pitch,” he added.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It’s always the same, win or lose. He was obviously not happy about Saturday, but that’s the same in every team after a result like that.”“I started as a winger with him (Bielsa),” Roberts commented.“But he’s seen me come away with Wales and play the number nine role.”“He’s taught me a lot about runs in behind, staying up the pitch and making important movements,” the forward said.“He’s opened my eyes to another part of my game that maybe I didn’t see as well before.”last_img read more

Sergio Romero expects OShea to receive a positive reception from fans

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero feels that former Reds player John O’Shea will receive a positive reception from the United fans on Saturday.Manchester United face Reading FC on Saturday for their third round of Emirates FA Cup and Romero believes that when O’Shea steps onto the Old Trafford turf on Saturday, he shall receive a great ovation.He adds that any player that has sacrificed their all for the shirt should receive a strong welcome.“Of course, John O’Shea will get a welcome back. He clearly deserves it,” Romero said via Manchester United official website.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s the same for all good players who put in 100 percent performances time and time again at United. There is no other way and I would expect them to give him a warm welcome back, to give him something back after all he contributed to the club’s history.”When a player gives 100 percent, they get it back from the fans.“last_img read more