Final countdown for ANZAC rugby league test

first_imgBut instead of recognizing the two countries’ close connection, the teams’ coaches have got into a war of words before the double header in Canberra, where both the New Zealand and Australian women’s teams will also play.The Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has criticized the Kiwis camp in his weekly newspaper column, titled “Where the bloody hell are you?”Meninga’s claimed the Kiwis were “nowhere to be seen” in the lead up to the match, while the Kangaroos have been fulfilling publicity requirements on their own.Meninga said there was an onus on both teams to promote the match especially given it’s in a World Cup year.Not one to back down from a challenge, Kiwis coach David Kidwell addressed Meninga’s comments while awkwardly sitting right next to him at the coaches’ press conference.”I’m the same with Mal, we want international football to be at the pinnacle and we’ll do our part but the best part we can do is to have a great game on Friday night and that’s where our focus has got to be,” Kidwell said.While the coaches are happy to enter a verbal sparring session, the players themselves are more focussed on the numbers.With 99 wins against New Zealand, Australia is aiming to become the first international team in rugby league history to win 100 Tests against an opponent.On top of that, Captain Cameron Smith will become just the second Australian to wear the Green and Gold jumper 50 times behind Darren Lockyer.Smith said he’s incredibly honoured to reach the milestone.”I’ve been very lucky along the way, I think I’ve mentioned that all week that I’m very fortunate to wear the jersey so many times.”As far as my preparations are concerned it hasn’t really been about the number of Test matches that I’ll play tomorrow, it’s just been about where the team’s at with our preparations physically and mentally (and) where we need to be tomorrow night to have a chance at winning the Test match,” Smith said.While Australia recognizes the great achievements of their captain, tonight will mark the revival of one of New Zealand’s most polarizing playerHaving last played for New Zealand in 2011, Russell Packer thought his NRL and representative career was all but over when he was convicted of assault in 2014 but he’s been given a second chance, starting at prop in tonight’s match.The 27-year-old said he’s been incredibly lucky.”But I’ve also put in a lot of hard work and I’ve had a lot of support behind me from my family.”It’s probably a little bit of reward for everyone along the way for me to be recognized and represent my country again,” Packer said.Also returning for the Kiwis after a two year self-enforced hiatus is former captain Simon Mannering as well as Warriors first-five Kieran Foran.Tonight’s match will be the final mid-year test played between the two with a revamp of the international schedule underway.It’ll also be the final time the two sides play one another before the World Cup later this year.Tonight’s double header will start with the Australian Jillaroos women taking on the Kiwi Ferns at 7.30. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Kiwis coach David Kidwell.last_img read more

Female cricket start gets award

first_imgOvasuru, who now resides in the Gold Coast, received the Captain’s Choice Award for being the most consistent and helpful team player throughout the Gold Coast District Cricket Season Women’s First Grade Competition.  The award was a surprise to the City Pharmacy Lewa’s star, “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting an award because I didn’t play much of my club games here but I thank my club captains for the award,” said Ovasuru.   Ovasuru ended the season with 148 runs in 7 innings of 8 matches at an average of 29.6 with the bat, with her side, the Gold Coast Dolphins going down to Sandgate-Redcliffe Gaters in the Grand Final.last_img

Eagles soar above Vipers

first_imgThe Eagles dominated most of the first half to lead 16-0.But the Vipers fought their way back into the match with a double to halfback Sebulong Ragi in the last 10 minutes, to leave the halftime score at 16-10 in favour of the Eagles.The Vipers hit early in the second half with a four pointer to narrow the score to 16-14, thanks to Richard Kambo, who was too big and too strong to hold down.But the Eagles, inspired by a vocal crowd of supporters, took the game away from the Vipers with two quick tries, the second coming off a perfectly placed kick that saw Moses Meninga leap up and catch and score.This put the score out to 26-14.But the Vipers were not out yet and in the remaining 10 minutes, hit back after Supa George kicked for himself and scored near the posts.The conversion was successful with the all the momentum now with the Vipers.But time eventually ran out for the Vipers to lose another game at home in what has been a tough season for the city boys.The icing on the cake came a minute out from full time when Isaac John ran 60 metres to score and leave the Eagles fans ecstatic.The win for the Western Highlanders has secured second place for the finals in the Digicel Cup competition.last_img read more

Hazard is again the best Belgian player abroad

first_imgEden Hazard is the best Belgian player who plays outside Belgium for the third consecutive year. The end of Real Madrid has been imposed in the double vote for the ‘Golden Shoe’ (gold shoe), an award given by the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN), Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. The former Chelsea player started with an advantage, since he came out triumphantly from the first count, which always occurs in the month of June. However, its rugged start in the capital of Spain, injuries through, and the fantastic start to the season made by the City and Inter questioned which has been his third wound, after those achieved in 2017 and 2018, in his time as a star of Stamford Bridge. In the end, the great first half of the year played by Eden It has weighed more for the selection of journalists and Belgian football personalities in charge of casting votes. The 458 points accumulated by the Madrid player have surpassed the 348 of the citizen and at 248 of neroazzurro. Due to the injury, Hazard was unable to attend the ceremony and has intervened through a large screen, through which he has recognized the merits of his countrymen. Champion of the Europa League with Chelsea and best player of the competition, in addition to his outstanding work at the head of his team, which earned him being named ‘Red Devil of the Year’ at the end of last December. Decorations such as those slipped here caused the white set to break the bank for him this summer, fulfilling, in passing, the dream of a child of La Louvière: “When I started playing in the home garden it was always the club I supported,” he acknowledged recently. However, with the white team has failed to shine at the level that made him land in the Bernabéu. A single goal and 4 assists accumulated in the 13 games that the physical mishaps have allowed him to dispute they have left the white fan with honey on their lips. After a slow adaptation related to a relaxing holiday- “I will not hide it, in summer I took five kilos”-, began to show its true level, when the aforementioned mishaps have left him in the dry dock the last month of 2019. Case similar to the other boxer, a Romelu Lukaku who has been reborn in Inter Milan at the orders of Antonio Conte, as evidenced by his 18 goals and 4 assists in the matches played with the neroazzuri. But the one who has penalized him greatly his irregular campaign at Manchester United. His 5 goals in 15 games with the red devils from the first month of the year 2019 until the moment of his march to Italy have been a slab Too heavy to trace. His rivals had made enough merits to steal the golden award, although, in both cases, inversely to white crack. De Bruyne has started 2019-20 as a shot, threatening even an ancient record of assists that Thierry Henry has had since 2003. But his final last season was a carbon copy of what his compatriot suffered today. The injuries did not allow him to maintain continuity with those of Guardiola and only got one goal and 2 assists in the Premier since January until the end of the season. This is the final classification after the two votes:Eden Hazard (Chelsea / Real Madrid) 458Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) 348Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United / Inter Milan) 248Youri Tielemans (Leicester) 87Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) 78Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) 58Dries Mertens (Napoli) 52Divock Origi (Liverpool) 51Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) 50Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach / Borussia Dortmund) 49last_img read more

Villalpando is the Ballon d’Or in times of pandemic

first_imgBut if we focus only on the numbers to choose to the ‘true’ best player right now we have to travel to Nicaragua, to his First League. As surprising as it may seem, the young Mexican Fernando Villalpando He is the most unbalanced player right now on the soccer planet. Is Fernando Villalpando the best player in the world? Right now yes. He is the top gunner of the Nicaraguan competition, an honor that unfortunately takes away from the Spanish Pablo Gállego, offensive bulwark of the leader Managua. Villalpando has ten goals for the team Walter Ferretti. Meanwhile, the Spanish striker accumulates seven goals. At 23 years old, Villalpando’s football life has not been easy. Injuries have haunted him: two knee operations and one pubalgia operation. From bad moments you learn and Villalpando, at the Walter Ferretti Sports Club, has once again felt like a footballer. At the moment, it is a good showcase to return to your country, Mexico. And it will always remain, that for a time he was the best player on the planet. Villalpando celebrates a goal.@SomosFerretti There are several options. It could well be the Uzbek Jasur Jakhshibaev, 22-year-old forward, who is a member of the Energetik-BGU, one of the leading teams in the league of Belarus. But no. We could also grant such honor to Manuchehr Jalilov, middle of the almighty Istiqlol Dushanbé of the Tajikistan League, who leads, along with his partner Sheriddin Boboev, the scorers table of the tajik tournament. Even the Haitian Benchy Estama, two goals scored in the first game of the league in Taiwan. We have been saying it for days in the As newspaper, the pandemic of COVID-19 has not stopped official soccer in some countries of the world. He still rolls the ball on Burundi, in Nicaragua, in Belarus, in Tajikistan and from this weekend, also in Taiwan.The truth is that with so little football to look at, we have focused on who would be the best footballer in these moments of pandemic. Would not be Messi, neither Christian, neither Haaland, neither Mbappé not even the long-lived Kazuyoshi Miura, to which we will have to give the hypothetical Golden Ball when almost the entire planet is in confinement.last_img read more

Pablo Gállego will play the final of the Nicaraguan Clausura

first_imgPablo Gállego will play the Clausura final in the First League of Nicaragua. The Huesca forward, the only Spanish footballer who continues to work in times of a coronavirus pandemic, has not only entertained the situation with his goals; it has also stretched its hegemony as much as possible. Managua FC, club for which he signed in the summer of last year, prevailed (4-2) in the capital derby against Walter Ferretti and will face Real Estelí in the tie for the title.After the 0-0 obtained in the first leg, Managua arrived at the National stadium with the obligation to win. The first part was an authentic ode to football. A round-trip match that went to halftime with a draw to two after Walter Ferretti almost instantly matched every shot of the ‘blue lions’. The second act, however, showed who the true pride of the capital is at present: Peralta, in the 73rd minute, and Pablo Gállego, five from the end, put Managua FC ahead, who confirmed his presence in the final for the fourth consecutive tournament and won a ticket for the next Concacaf Champions League. Pablo Gállego once again demonstrated why he is a talisman player: when the Spanish striker scores, Managua FC never loses. So it was for the eighth time this season. The Spanish now faces a double confrontation against Real Estelí -the dates are still to be confirmed-, the club that led him to a country, Nicaragua, where he confesses to being “living a dream”. Against the ‘northern train’ he has already scored two goals this year. Will his legend continue to grow in the final?last_img read more