Jillaroos to watch at the World Cup

first_imgTalesha is in the army and has moved all over Australia pursing her dream to play professional rugby league.A couple of years ago Talesha decided to move her life and career to Queensland because she had heard of a women’s rugby league competition that existed up north. By the time Talesha got there, the competition was no longer running.After that initial disappointment, Talesha decided to give other sports a go (including rugby union). But nothing quite had the same pull as rugby league.When Talesha heard that at the start of 2017 the Cronulla Sharks would be launching a women’s 9s side of their own, she decided to give it one more go and got herself relocated from Queensland back to Sydney so that she could try and make the team.At that stage in the year, Talesha’s goal was just to play footy again. But then she made the Cronulla Sharks Women’s team and the bar moved.Talesha’s new goal was to represent New South Wales in the Interstate Challenge. She also managed to tick off that honour earlier this year when she made her debut for the Blues in August, helping them to beat the Queensland Maroons 22-6 to win the Challenge for the second year in a row.Was Australian Jillaroos selection too big of a dream for a young woman who only returned to the game at the start of the year?Not in Talesha’s case. She was named earlier this month as part of the Australian Jillaroos squad and I could not be prouder. To see Talesha represent not just the Cronulla Sharks, the New South Wales Blues and now the Australian Jillaroos is extraordinary and I congratulate her on her commitment to footy and am so glad that she decided to come back to the game. I can’t wait to see her run out in that green and gold jersey.Meg WardMeg Ward represents a whole new group of women who are coming to rugby league.Meg has excelled at a number of sports and was a Reds Rugby women’s representative (despite growing up in a house that was obsessed with rugby league).Despite her family loving footy and Meg clearly being a talented athlete, her first opportunity to play came only this year when she moved to the Northern Territory and saw a notice that was advertising schoolgirls rugby league.Similar to Kezie Apps who used to drive five hours to Sydney each week to compete in the Helensburgh competition, Meg drove three hours from her RAAF base to talk to someone about joining a team.She played five games for the Northern Sharks, represented the NT Titans at the Combined Affiliated States Championships and is now about to represent her country.Along with teammates Lucy Lockhart (from the Northern Territory) and Maddison Bennett (Western Australia) it is becoming clearer that you do not need to be from New South Wales or Queensland to represent Australia in women’s rugby league. Elliana WaltonAlong with names like Karyn Murphy, Stephanie Hancock and Ruan Sims, Elliana Walton will always be remembered for longevity. Elliana was recognised earlier this year with the Karen Foulkes award for her dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown District. Elliana is a prop/lock and after being selected for the Jillaroos in 2008 is one of the most capped Jillaroos ever, and hopes to continue playing so she can reach a decade of service..  Not only does she represent her country, but she also captain-coaches the Greenacre Tigers in the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Rugby League competition, has coached her son in the under-7 St George Dragons and also works full time as a support worker for adults with disabilities. Isabelle Kelly and Zahara TemaraThis is a pair to keep your eyes on.These two women made their debut for the Australian Jillaroos in the Test against the Kiwi Ferns back in May.Not only did these women make their debut, but each managed to score on debut. Isabelle scored the first try in the 10th minute and then in the 30th minute Zahara also scored to give the Jillaroos a 12-4 lead at half-time.Both at the start of their careers, they are players who will certainly be part of the next generation of Jillaroos to be long-term Australian representatives.  One final thoughtThis week I heard Kezie Apps interviewed and she shared that one night, four years ago, she was waiting for ‘The Simpsons’ to come on television and saw that women were competing in the Rugby League World Cup.That moment changed Kezie’s life and she knew that she wanted to be one of these women.You can’t be what you can’t see, so do not underestimate the importance of making our Australian Jillaroos visible to the next generation of young women.I look forward to seeing plenty of you at Southern Cross Group Stadium next Thursday for the opening day of the Women’s World Cup. The Jillaroos game will form part of a triple-header celebration of the women’s game which will also see the Kiwi Ferns play against the Canada Ravens and England play against the Papua New Guinea Orchids.In this Australian Jillaroos squad there are plenty of familiar faces including Ruan Sims, Kezie Apps, Maddie Studdon, Ali Brigginshaw, Chelsea Baker and Sam Bremner.While the women I have just named are women you should certainly watch during the Jillaroos World Cup campaign, I thought I would introduce you to some other squad members who you should also be keeping an eye on.Talesha QuinnTalesha is one of my favourite stories from 2017.last_img read more

FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

first_imgFINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.“The recent decisions of Mr Eduardo Paes are seriously damaging the image and value of FINA and its disciplines,” the letter states according to the AP.“This situation is in clear disrespect for the FINA requirements concerning aquatic venues, and will negatively affect the safety conditions and the level of performances of our athletes.”The report adds that four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov is quoted in the letter as saying that swimming conditions in Rio would be “a step back in relation to previous editions” of the Olympics.FINA’s unhappiness partly relates to a cut in spectator seats in the new design of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, which will now only seat up to 13,000 people instead of the 17,500 at the previous Olympics, which will have a substantial effect on finances through ticket sales.“Therefore, the main venue of the leading sport from the Olympic movement is diminished in terms of importance and value,” the letter states.“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”The letter also demands Rio do more thorough testing of the health issues at the open water venues at Copacabana beach and is critical of a decision not to put a roof on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which will hold diving, water polo and synchronized swimming in the open air.FINA’s criticisms have attracted support from Vladimir Salnikov, the influential head of Russia’s swimming federation.Russian agency R-Sport quotes him as saying: “These problems have to be solved on time” – adding that earlier recommendations from FINA “obviously haven’t been listened to.”last_img read more

Digicel Cup to deliver school holiday program in Port Moresby

first_imgThis event will mark the start of this school program in its inaugural year.There will be 195 students from 10 schools in Port Moresby expected to participate in a variety of fun-filled activities including a special visit  from the Port Moresby-based Digicel Cup players as well as reps from the SP PNG Hunters.Stop N Shop Port Moresby Vipers, PRK Gulf Isapea and TNA Lions have field in three reps each to show their support for the program. PNG Hunters player volunteers include Nickson Borana, Ase Boas, Esau Siune, Benjamin Hetra, Atte Wabo Bina, Thompson Teteh, Butler Morris, Benjamin Hetra, Noel Zeming and Adex Wera. These volunteers will help teach valuable lessons to Grade Seven students aged between 13 and 14 years as part of the program.Digicel PNG CEO, Maurice McCarthy, said he was excited to welcome the PNG Hunters players to join in the program which aims to build a strong sense of community among young people in Port Moresby.“It is an honour to give back to the local community with the help of our local Digicel Cup players and SP PNG Hunters players who have voluntarily lent their time to offering young students their advice and knowledge,” he said.“The program is an opportunity for schools in the province to come together and for participating students to engage with each other, share ideas and establish new friendships which they would otherwise not have the chance to make.”The sports program will include five sessions throughout the day including warm up and Zumba, Health and Wellbeing, Basics of Rugby League, Motivational Talk, Team Building activities and a friendly game of touch football.McCarthy said the sessions will show the students the importance of staying physically and mentally active through sports.“As part of living a healthy and active lifestyle, it is important for both girls and boys to keep their bodies and minds strong,” he said.“These sessions have been designed to empower youth to make well informed choices for their future in sports, health and education.”The Digicel Cup School Program will continue to run for the duration of the school holidays to instil positive life lessons to school children across the country.The Program will be rolled out in Lae and Kokopo on July 13 for both provinces.This will be followed by Goroka, Hagen, Jiwaka, Wabag and Mendi during the Term 3 School holiday in September.More than 1000 primary school students will be positively impacted by the program this year with a total of 44 schools participating and 20 students per school attending.All 11 Digicel Cup franchises competing in the Digicel Cup will take part in the program when it is rolled out in their respective regions.(Picture: Students from Bavaroko Primary School (participating school) at the Digicel Cup School Program awareness session held in May to promote the school holiday program and to encourage participation.)last_img read more

Xavi postpones his decision: there will be no response this Sunday

first_imgFinally this Sunday there will be no ‘white smoker’ about the future of Xavi Hernández. The Catalan coach has decided to postpone in a few hours his final decision on whether to leave the Qatari club and sign for Barcelona, ​​or instead wait until the end of the season and take the reins of the team for the next course. Although all the information pointed out that it would be this Sunday when Xavi said yes or no to Barcelona, ​​the truth is that The answer will have to wait a few hours or a few more days. And Xavi is not going to take this great step in his professional career without having several closed folders. First the situation that leaves your current team, which is played on Friday January 17 the final of Cup after eliminating Saturday at Al rayyan (4-1), and second his arrival in Barcelona where he does not want to be labeled as the executioner of Ernesto Valverde. In a press conference after the game he has already advanced his “maximum respect” by the current occupant of the Barcelona bench.Who seems to be in a hurry to close the agreement with Xavi is FC Barcelona, ​​which has been broadcasting to its related media the negotiations as if it were a football match. It is clear that the aim of the emissaries of the club would be to arrive in Barcelona with the signed contract of Xavi under the arm on Monday before the board of directors, but today it does not seem very feasible. At least they will have to wait a few more hours to know Xavi’s final decision. In any case, events have been precipitating in such a way that every minute that passes It seems more difficult for Xavi to say no to the offer to immediately join Blaugrana discipline. On Saturday he met two more hours with the Blaugrana delegation, headed by the director general, Oscar Grau, and the technical secretary, Eric Abidal, to finish defining future plans. It was the second meeting held with the emissaries Blaugrana in two days. A meeting considered fruitful by both parties, but in no case definitive.It should be noted that in this last summit nothing was formalized in particular, much less there was no drafting of contracts, as some media speculated. At the meeting, where Xavi’s brother Oscar, a member of the Al Sadd coaching staff, was also deepening on the possible arrival of the mythical player on the bench, but still with many fronts open in the negotiation.last_img read more

Gullit underestimates De Jong

first_imgFrenkie de Jong (22 years old) He recently rated his season with “a 6”. In Dutch, he arrived in Can Barça in summer in exchange for 75 million euros and, despite convincing in the beginning, the irregular march of the team seems to have affected the Dutch’s game. A needs to improve in full. Y that current is what Ruud Gullit follows, Dutch football legend. “There are many people talking about the great season that Frenkie is doing, but I have my doubts about it”Gullit said in Voetbal Primeur. Gullit does not doubt the abilities of the culé, quite the contrary, he “thinks that, in reality, he is not playing as well as he says and he can do much better “. “I say this because I know perfectly well that he can do better. Frenkie must play better,” he insists. However, he has shown his support for the young man oranje: “I have confidence in him because it is fantastic to see him when he is connected, but I see what is happening, “he concluded. De Jong himself has his feet on the ground, as you recognized in the aforementioned interview in Sport: “I’m playing well so far, but I think I can do much better. I would wear a six. At the moment, a six or a six and a half. I have played many minutes and I have played more or less well, I am happy, but I know that my performance can be much better. “last_img read more

João Félix is ​​still convalescent and Simeone tests eleven

first_imgBoth Saul and Lemar, the first absent in the game yesterday and the second in the entire session, worked with the group and without problem. Also Giménez. And Costa and Arias. The first prepares for Liverpool, the second will return to eleven in Mestalla. Simeone repeated yesterday’s tests with his head in that game with an eleven formed by Oblak; Arias, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Llorente, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Vitolo and Correa. Under a thick fog, Atlético jumped to train with the head in Mestalla and the Morata casualties, which the day before worked on the grass but this morning continued its recovery apart, in the gym. Herrera, Trippier and João Félix didn’t work out with the rest of their teammates either. In the case of Portuguese, it is the third day that you should stay at home with a pharyngotonsillitis that jeopardizes the Cholo plan for next Tuesday, the first leg against Liverpool, which will arrive.last_img read more

Braithwaite admired Ronaldo and surrenders to Messi’s talent

first_imgMartin Braithwaite (28 years) is not a forward to use. His ideal position is that of nine, but he can also turn on his sides as an extreme and even exercise indoors. Options that in the Leganés He looked frequently and they fit his personality. “I like responsibility and pressure. It’s a matter of playing and enjoying. My job is to be offensive, to score goals, to show … Nothing to be shy,” he confessed to ACE in his first interview in Spain just landed in the winter market of 2019. The Leganés achieved his assignment of the Middlesbrough after having treated the loan in summer. The insistence of Txema Indias, sports director, was key. On his trips to Toulouse I had seen him on the spot when he played with the Gauls.From Guyanese father, Braithwaite was born in Denmark. He is currently one of the leaders of his team. A goal from you to Ireland allowed the classification of the combined for the Euro 2020. There is a leader. It is also responsible. He arrived in Leganés after having studied for months the movements of his future companions through videos. Admire Laudrup, the last Danish who put on Barça’s shirt and who recommended his signing. “He’s the best player in Denmark’s history, but my idol is another … I’ve always wanted to be like Ronaldo Nazario. I love the game of Brazilians! “Of course, he also surrenders to Messi: “There are many people who believe it is possible to stop Messi. He always does something to you and all you can do is wait for him to fail or have a great day as a team to stop him.”last_img read more

An afternoon for João Félix

first_imgThe cholo Y Lopetegui they fight for the same. Positions Champions. The 3rd that this Friday occupied the Athletic, this Saturday is from Seville. A Seville that, after Madrid, he is the second best visitor (seven victories). The Pizjuán pitos because in addition to winning he wants his team to like it, and not to disconnect at times. Travel to Madrid with three goalkeepers and all doubts about Vaclik’s knee. He trained, traveled, but to see how he is, if it is to play. Bondexrojiblanco, it doesn’t matter. Another ex, Óliver, will not play by penalty. Neither Fernando, for injury. The other pivot, Gudelj, is a yellow of the fifth and the next is the derby. Eye. Banega could have minutes after not.The one who sure will have them is Llorente: Thomas does not play, is sanctioned. Y Llorente every time he plays he does better, more settled. With the bands for I gave it Y Trippier and right for belt, it is essential, the weapons of the Cholo are called Morata, will be João. Winning Sevilla, the best preparation for Anfield. But that, you have to beat him. In the Metropolitan only the Barça He did it this season. When João Felix He jumped on Friday to train on the hill, his legs were worth ten million less than in summer. At least that is how the website said it specialized Transfermarkt. Thursday updated the market values ​​of the players and the Portuguese fell from 100 to 90. There are causes: that in the Atleti, except the preseason and, two games ago, before the Villarreal, has been only flashes. As bright as ephemeral.This Saturday returns to eleven o’clock Cholo. He has not started since January. But today it is in a battle of those who choose a season. A final against Sevilla three days before what will be Anfield. João he must show if he is prepared for these battles, as the 127 million paid by him said. In addition to Maradonian plays, believe, change the game. Win over Seville It’s more than three points. Is he goal average. 1-1 remained in the first round.last_img read more

Arsenal puts its squad in quarantine and suspends today’s game against Manchester City

first_imgThe Arsenal announced early Wednesday that “several players and members of the coaching staff” of the club will be quarantined the next 14 for having had contact with the owner of the Olympiacos, Evangelos Marinakis, which was diagnosed with coronavirus. With that, this Wednesday’s game between Arsenal and Manchester City It is canceled and it is still unknown what will happen with the next Arsenal matches. The gunners would face the Brighton in the Premier League Saturday and Sheffield United in the FA Cup on the 22nd. The London club explained in an official statement that none of its players or workers have symptoms of the disease, but by the guidelines of the government, they will have to be inmates in their residences 14 days from the contact with Marinakis, which was last February 27, when Arsenal was eliminated from the Europa League For the Greek club. Therefore, this Friday they can return to normal and their game this weekend is not in danger,last_img read more

The COVID-19 crisis forces to retouch contracts and calendars

first_img“An exceptional state requires exceptional measures.” This is how sharp the experts in sports law about the effects that the coronavirus will leave in soccer. The RFEF, La Liga and AFE, through the international union FIFproNot only do they work against the clock these days side by side with CSD, UEFA and even FIFA to try to put things together this season. More or less that ballot is already on track. What is really going to be a disorder will be to fit the following. As you have been able know ASare already being studied measurements they could revolutionize hiring policy, agreeing to extensions in case there is play past June 30, the transfer periods and the organization of international calendars, with drastic reductions.What more urgent is what will happen if this season goes further of what stipulated because the pandemic does not allow restarting the championships in April, as the most optimistic dream. If that happens, we will have to retouchr, among many others, footballers contracts, something in which clubs and professionals must agree since the licenses are linked to the employment contract. FIFA know that this solution is key and therefore wants to urgently modify the Regulations of the Statute and Transfer of Players. According to several First president, this can be done very quickly and even telematically. The only problem would be what to do with those players they have already agreed another contract from July 1. Jurists console themselves with the belief that all clubs would be affected in the same way. Equality would be maintained. Other handicap comes from televisions, for the income they contribute. In the 11 days left would be Difficult to maintain the 10 slots having to play every three days and overlapping competitions. Thebes ensures that, if football does not restart until mid-May, “it will be played every 48 hours”, but it will have to take into account the footballers health. Although not reflected in any article, FIFA requests that there be at least 72 hours of rest between matches.With the elaboration of national and international calendars The greatest news is expected. Lengthening or compressing this season finale, with several suspensions along the way, will noticeably load the 20-21 campaign. For this reason, the idea of ​​reducing the format of almost all competitions is already underway. UEFA, which has squandered flexibility, has several plans to make a large screen in the previous phases of the Champions League and, above all, in the Europa League. The objective is to speed up the classification process and lighten the schedule. Depending on when the current season ends, there are several options for the next, with alternatives including playoffs and playing Final Four.Spain will not be left behind if it is necessary to restructure. No single-match heats are ruled out throughout the Cup. And even some leagues are already proposing to draw groups in the national competition or mix a regular season with title playoffs and descent. It is not ruled out or having to resort to a reduced format this same course if the coronavirus continues to maintain confinement. This new order may also require footballers to shorten their vacations. Nor is it ruled out that, faced with the pressures, the templates can be expanded beyond 25 chips. Although that could collide with economic control. The coronavirus will force consensus more than ever.last_img read more