Spurs ready for trophy charge after 11-year drought, vows Alli

first_img“We’ve been getting quite far in recent years without quite having the finishing product at the end and not getting over the line.”Tottenham crushed fourth tier minnows Tranmere 7-0 in the FA Cup third round on Friday as Pochettino used only three first-team regulars in a bid to keep his key men fresh for the Chelsea tie.Alli was one of the trio who featured in the rout at Prenton Park and he expects Pochettino’s plan to pay dividends against the Blues.– Consistency –“Some people maybe expect you to prioritise different things, but I believe we’ve got a strong squad,” Alli said.“Players work hard in the gym and on the training field to make sure we’re fully fit and the manager makes changes.“I think he’s very good at that and as players we want to play every game anyway.“We’ve just got to make sure everyone is on it and keep up the consistency because that’s the big thing.“When you’re going into different competitions, you can’t take your foot of the gas. You’ve got to be consistent and keep up your top level.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 London, United Kingdom | AFP | Dele Alli has pledged to end Tottenham’s 11-year wait for a major trophy as his side head into an explosive League Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea.Tottenham haven’t won a leading competition since they beat Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final.But Tottenham midfielder Alli is convinced the north London club will finally add to their trophy cabinet this season.Tottenham are still in the Champions League and FA Cup, and also have an outside chance in the Premier League title race.But it is the League Cup that presents their first opportunity to end the silverware drought, starting with their last four first leg clash against bitter rivals Chelsea at Wembley.While the League Cup is often written off as an after-thought for the top clubs, England star Alli is adamant Mauricio Pochettino’s team must use the tournament as the catalyst to kick-start a successful period.League Cup glory would also secure a first major prize for Pochettino, who is widely regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young coaches but has yet to win a single trophy in his managerial career with Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol.“I think every game, every competition, you want to win it,” Alli said.“As players you want to get as far in the cup as we can, hopefully win it.“We want to win trophies, that’s our aim and we’ve been playing well.last_img read more

Diego Maradona has been in charge of Gimnasia for a week- and he has…

first_imgAdvertisement 7qatNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbaspWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eag9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 21r6ntWould you ever consider trying this?😱2ow2Can your students do this? 🌚u81Roller skating! Powered by Firework Diego Maradona has been appointed as the manager of Gimnasia for a week. Gimnasia are currently situated at the 18th position in the League table in Argentine Superliga. Diego Maradona has been given the task of saving the relegation of the club.Advertisement After joining Gimnasia, Diego Maradona already did some ridiculous things. Maradona has not got much success in his managerial career so far. Gimnasia has been his seventh project as the manager. However, he surely never did such terrible things before joining Gimnasia.Advertisement Maradona called upon a priest in the club to nulify the bad vibes around the club. After that, he told his players to avoid green colour. Maradona strictly prohibited that colour in the jersey of the club and in practice kits too. Maradona also tried to remove the jersey numbers 13 and 17 from the club. He already wrote a letter to the Argentina Football Federation to change those jersey numbers.However, the rumors are suggesting that Dani Osvaldo might join Gimnasia in this season. Osvaldo took retirement from professional football career in 2016. Now he is urging to make his comeback under the management of Diego Maradona. All eyes are on the Argentine superstar as they are looking forward to the future of Gimnasia in next few days.Advertisement Michael Owen make stunning revelation: Liverpool wanted Steven Gerrard gone sooner! Advertisementlast_img read more

Undefeated Pop Warner Team Sustained by Community Donations

first_imgBy Cassie Galasetti Wilson goes on to say, “We received about $12,000 in donations.” This gave the group enough funds to pay facilities fees, league insurance, national insurance, a cheer competition, cheering and football uniforms, plus gear, referee fees and more. The phrase is true, it takes a village. Sometimes it takes a village or community to rally together to make a difference in a cause and that’s what happened this past summer. The anonymous Samaritan not only delivered the checks but went to cheer the teams on at the first away game in North Jersey and two home games where his wife made cookie bars for the team. He continues to give updates to his friends with videos from the sidelines and updates them on the team’s wins. Youth football has become one of the most popular sports for young kids because of its physical benefits but also for its encouragement in helping promote teamwork, leadership skills and teaching the players how to work well with others. With the help of their contributions, as well as other anonymous donations, they were able to create two football teams. “With all of the donations it kept us playing football this year and cheering,” said Wilson. “We had two football teams and are looking to keep the same kids and add to it as well. Hopefully next year we can have three teams!” As Wilson said in the Aug. 16 article, it also helps benefit the kids by keeping them off the streets for two hours a day, 10 hours a week and a few months out of the year. He and the team coaches often act as role models and father figures on and off the field. He called and texted a group of friends about the situation and they were more than willing to help. All of the anonymous donors had kids who played sports and knew how much it meant to them throughout the years.center_img As recently reported in The Two River Times, Asbury Park Pop Warner league was in danger of shutting down as they were in need of equipment, uniforms and insurance fees to start the season. The football team of 33 players, ranging in ages from 8 to 11, and the cheerleading squad of 13 put forth their own fundraising efforts with bake sales and canning, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to fully sustain the program. The cheerleading squad for the Asbury Park Pop Warner league were thrilled to benefit from the donations that resulted from fundraising and an Aug. 16 Two River Times article. Photo courtesy Asbury Park Pop Warner After reading the article about Asbury Park Pop Warner in the Aug. 16 edition of The Two River Times, a good Samaritan in the Two River area wanted to help. He contacted the Asbury Park Pop Warner president Teddy Wilson and arranged to stop by a practice to see the kids in action and get the story on how much they needed to raise to keep the season going. “They work hard and deserve a chance to be playing,” said the good Samaritan who wants to stay unnamed. “If they can’t raise the money, we will do our best to help.” “At season’s end, we are trying to raise money to have trophies and a little banquet for the kids as well,” said Wilson. “Send my thank you and nice regards to everyone.” Both Asbury Park Pop Warner teams had phenomenal seasons. The Junior Pee Wees started off with three losses, but then rattled off five wins to make it to the first round of the playoffs where a little bad luck went against them and they lost. Meanwhile, the Mighty Mites team managed to go undefeated in the regular season, 8-0, and won the first round of playoffs.last_img read more

UPDATED: Saints cruise to weekend sweep of TRU, crush Wolfpack 8-1 Saturday

first_img“We’ve seen very good team efforts every night out to start the regular season and we’ll continue to be successful if our work ethic and focus stays at this high level.”The Saints close out their schedule for the month on Saturday, October 27th when the University of Victoria visits the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Faceoff is set for 7:30 PM.The match-up concludes a four-game homestand for the Saints, who will then travel on back-to-back weekends in early November before returning to home ice on the 24th.OVERTIME: The Saints have now outscored opponents by a margin of 25-2 in their three home games to open the regular season. Including a pair of home exhibition games against BCIHL opponents, that margin jumps to 35-6. . . . With Saturday’s victory, Selkirk moved to 5-0 and matched their wins total from the entire 2011/12 regular season. Last year’s Saints squad finished 5-19.Saints set new records in 11-0 pounding of TRU, teams back on ice tonight in CastlegarAll that off-season recruiting has paid huge dividends for the Sellkirk Saints Men’s Hockey team.The Saints continues to roll in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Friday at the Castlegar Complex as the host pounded Thompson Rivers University 11-0 Friday.The result marked the fourth consecutive victory — Selkirk also finished the exhibition season perfect in three attempts — to start the year for the Saints.”As a group we’re obviously very pleased with tonight’s result, which came down to hard work and solid execution right through the line-up top to bottom,” said a very pleased Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”At the same time, we know that TRU is a much better team that tonight’s score indicates, and they’ll come out hard and hungry in (Saturday’s) rematch.”The score doesn’t mean anything more than the two points in the standings, and for the weekend to be a success we need an equally strong effort tomorrow.”Jordan Wood opened the scoring for the home side four minutes into the first period, accepting a slick pass from linemate Logan Proulx and firing past WolfPack starter Riley Wall.The pair then combined to set up their team’s second goal minutes later, as the puck made its way to blueliner Dylan Smith and then to the back of the net off a shot through traffic from the point. The Saints dominated play throughout the opening 20 minutes, outshooting TRU by an 18-3 margin. Selkirk continued to pressure their opponents in the middle frame and were rewarded with six goals in the period. Wood netted the first on a power-play with 14:21 on the clock and Beau Taylor, Cody Fidgett, Ben Starbuck and Mason Spear added even-strength singles before intermission. The third period saw Wood complete his hat trick before Smith and Starbuck added their second goals of the night respectively. Assistant captain Scott Swiston netted his first of the season to round out the scoring. In goal, former WHL product Alex Sirard turned aside 23 shots and picked up the Saints’ first shutout since the team joined the BCIHL in 2007.The win was his second of the season after backstopping Selkirk in their season-opening win at the University of Victoria. The teams return to the Castlegar Complex Arena Saturday with the puck drop at  7:30 p.m.For more information on Saints single game tickets and passes, visit GoSaints.ca. SAINTS NOTES: Team records set on Friday night included number of goals scored (11) and margin of victory (11). . . .Winger Ben Starbuck made a successful Saints debut with two goals on the night. He was a late addition to the line-up following an injury to Jackson Garrett. . . .Cody Fidgett’s goal with 7:21 remaining in the second period drew a particularly strong cheer from the crowd of over 250 fans. The reason? It took place during the “Big Mac Minute”, a promotion that rewards each fan with a coupon for a free Big Mac from McDonald’s when Selkirk scores with between 7:59 and 7 minutes on the game clock. It was the first “Big Mac Minute” win of the young season for Saints fans. Cody Fidgett and Dylan Smith each had three points leading the Sellkirk Saints to an 8-1 thrashing of Thompson Rivers University in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Saturday day at the Castlegar Complex.The win allowed the Saints to post a weekend sweep of the Wolfpack and better its undefeated record to a very respectable 5-0.Selkirk took the opener of the two-game set 11-0 Friday.”We knew heading into tonight’s game that TRU would make some adjustments and come out stronger than they had on Friday, and our group did an excellent job of handling some early pressure and dictating the play on their home ice,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.The Saints took the lead 23 seconds into the encounter on a goal by Dylan Smith.Kam Crawford made it 2-0 with a power play marker.Selkirk outscored the Wolfpack 2-1 in the second frame before putting the contest away with a four-spot in the third.Connor McLaughlin had a pair while Mason Spear, Thomas Hardy, Beau Taylor and Fidgett completed the scoring for Selkirk.Fidgett’s goal came on a penalty shot after a Wolfpack player was ruled to have placed his hand on the puck in the goal crease 43 seconds after TRU scored.Colton DeFrias ruined the shutout bid by Selkirk netminder Sirard with a second-period marker.”TRU is always a tough and competitive team in our league and I’m sure their best hockey is ahead of them, but this weekend our guys stuck to a simple gameplan and found success by being determined to out-work and out-skate a very capable opponent,” Dubois explained.last_img read more

Last call

first_imgRegular season:MVP – Payden WongstedtTop forward – Cody KalbTop defenceman – Payden WongstedtMost improved – Cody HildebrandBest dice player – TSP (worst – Bill Snow) A couple of days removed from the game four loss in Grande Prairie, and I’m still not sure I have a ton to say about it. Talking to a few of the coaches and players on the bus, the consensus is, the Wheelers simply wanted it more.   But, that’s not to say that the pups didn’t try. In their first games of their round series against Beaverlodge, the pups didn’t try. But against GP, they put in an effort, and also got better as the series wore on. It’s tough to argue with a sweep, and while the Huskies may have had more talent on the ice, it wasn’t such a huge gap that Grande Prairie couldn’t overcome it. Inspired by internet pioneer Dave Dawson in Whitecourt, the Wheelers figured out how to play hockey, and play it very well. So props to Grande Prairie on excellent team play, team defence, and team discipline.  Grande Prairie has several stud D-men, two capable goalies, a promising coach, and depth up front, so it should be no surprise that they were as good as they were this year, and no-one should be surprised to see them at least compete with Whitecourt.  As soon as a team is eliminated, we naturally start looking ahead to next year, and what the 2010/2011 version will look like. For the Huskies, the challenge will be dealing with 7 guys eligible to return as overage players, with only 4 spots up for grabs. As well, there are a few guys that have already become key players (such as Sidhu, Campbell, and Gullickson) who are still junior age, but may head on to bigger and better things. As well, the team may be needing a new coach next year, with BK now three years in. BK has so far declined to make an official statement on his return, but my sense is that he’ll be moving on, and deservedly so. I mean, it’s a lot of late nights, and weekends, and for a guy with a family and a career, that’s tough to keep up. BK has given a lot to this organization, and if he elects to move on, it’s my hope he will be answered with a resounding “okay Bob, we appreciate you doing it for 3 years.”But, despair not. Anyone who’s seen the Trackers play this year (or knows how hockey works in FSJ) will agree there’s plenty of talent waiting in the wings. The three guys that played on the blue line for the pups in the playoffs (Poggenpohl, Walters, Green) all have bundles of skill, and the only question may turn out to be what level they decide to play at. As well, you’ve got guys like P Wongstedt, K Norris, R Sidhu, C Hildebrand, all of the Macs, and both Apsassins all still eligible to play. I know there are a ton of people in this community, so finding someone to coach this team should be feasible. I’m also of the opinion that Jeremy Clothier could do it himself, if you give him a couple of dedicated helpers.  In closing, I’ll just say another kudos to the Huskies on a strong season, and thanks for letting us be part of it again.  But, there are lots of good things to say about the Huskies, now that the season is over. We can start with the individual awards. Cody Kalb finally won the NWJHL scoring title, after being close for the past couple of seasons. CK continued to put up points in the playoffs, posting pretty much the same numbers as in the regular season (71 points in 34 games in the season / 20 points in 9 games in the playoffs). I think it’s safe to say goalies around the league will be glad to never again see CK play Jr. hockey, and that the pups will miss his consistent production. Robbie Sidhu was a well-chosen NWJHL rookie of the year, and his spot on the top line amplifies his selection. When you consider that Dylan A. won the award two years ago, and Kole Norris was robbed last year, it helps show the depth of hockey in this town, and also the strength of the Tracker-Flyer program.  And so, to wrap things up, I thought we would name JZ and MF’s 2009/2010 awards. As you probably guessed, our awards come with no trophy, no cash, no prize, and no fame.  Playoff three stars:1)      Cody Kalb2)      Luke McInerney3)      Brighton CampbellOther names up for consideration were Tyson Pederson and Kole Norris, who both impressed in the playoffs. So, at the end of the day, it’s only March, and 2010/2011 is already looking good.  JZ- Advertisement –last_img read more

Eskom ‘learnt from load-shedding’

first_imgIncreasing capacity The load-shedding that wreaked havoc on South Africa’s economy at the beginning of last year was a learning experience for Eskom, says CEO Jacob Maroga. Large electricity consumers, such as businesses, agreed to decrease their consumption by 10%, leading to some industries, especially the mining sector, being put under strain. 26 January 2006 Eskom is currently building the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga, which is said to be the second most advanced coal-fired power plant project after the Medupi power station, also currently being built in Lephalale, Limpopo. According to Eskom, the station will consist of six units each rated at approximately 800 MW installed capacity, giving a total of 4 800 MW. Briefing the media on the state of electricity supply in the country last week, Maroga said the electricity crisis had presented Eskom with an opportunity to reflect on key issues which needed to be dealt with urgently. “As we move forward, we need to make sure that we are not where we were before,” he said. “We are going to make sure that power supply is not compromised and that there is additional power to grow the economy.”center_img The forced rolling blackouts were caused by a higher than expected demand in electricity and low reserve margins. The rapid economic growth led to a higher demand for electricity than there was supply. Preventative measures Maroga said his organisation had put in place measures to prevent past mistakes, including putting in place a maintenance schedule, improving infrastructure and beefing up capacity and skills. In a bid to handle the electricity crisis, the government launched the National Electricity Management Plan and called on citizens, businesses and other organisations to come together and work towards finding solutions to the current power crisis. “The challenges we faced in the past have made us to be wiser to deal with other challenges,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NFC in 2011: NFC Network Launching Across 200,000 Digital Screens in U.S.

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Mobile marketing solutions provider Blue Bite and digital media company Reach Media Group (RMG) are teaming up to deploy NFC technology to over a third of RMG’s 200,000 digital screens over the next six months.  In addition, Blue Bite is working with other partner networks to bring its total NFC deployment to 200,000 screens across the U.S. These digital screens, such as those found in malls, theaters, bars, clubs, gyms, airplanes, taxis, and elsewhere, allow advertisers to display video ads to millions of viewers per month. RMG, in particular, provides access to over 70 million viewers monthly.Now those viewers will be able to learn more about any given advertiser using NFC technology. Simply put, it’s one of the largest commercial rol-outs of NFC-based advertising this country has seen so far.This post is part of a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”This post assumes you are familiar with the term NFC as well as the technology’s use in the mobile industry. If you’re just starting to learn about NFC, you should begin here with the first post in the series to get caught up.San Francisco, Other Major U.S. Cities a Part of Initial Rollout The initial rollout with RMG begins San Francisco, where viewers will see a call-to-action appear onscreen after the ad, asking them to tap their NFC-enabled phone or scan the barcode located on Blue Bite’s “mTAG” found at or near the point-of-sale. The inaugural sponsors of the new program are Hotels.com and The New York Times. (Disclosure: The New York Times is a syndication partner with ReadWriteWeb.)Future RMG rollouts will reach New York, L.A., Chicago and Boston, while partnerships with other vendors will help Blue Bite reach even more regions across the U.S.mTAG: Combo QR Code and NFC TagThe “mTAG” is a trademark owned by Blue Bite which combines an NFC tag with a scannable QR code into a placard, allowing those familiar with NFC to tap their NFC-enabled phone on the tag, while also providing a way for those with older phones, or those unfamiliar with NFC technology, another way to access the same content.In this particular campaign involving Hotels.com and NYT, end users will see the RMG screen branded like NYT’s website, displaying news headlines, articles and ads. When the ad for Hotels.com appears on the sidebar of the screen, there will be a call-to-action to viewers to “find the mTAG” in order to access exclusive content. In future campaigns, this content could be a special, discount, coupon, or something else the advertiser wants to offer viewers.After the user either scans the barcode or taps their NFC-enabled phone on the mTAG, they’re taken to a proprietary webpage on their mobile phone, which thanks them for either scanning or tapping, as the case may be, then provides access to that exclusive content. It will also showcase links that allow users to download Hotel.com’s and NYT’s mobile applications. The platform can detect the phone being used in order to point the customer to the correct mobile app. Currently, Blue Bite supports all the major smartphone operating systems, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows phones.NFC: A “Silver Bullet” in Mobile MarketingOf course, NFC technology is not available to all mobile users at this time, though there are some high-profile devices which are out there or coming soon. Notably, Google, in partnership with Samsung, released the NFC-enabled Nexus S, and RIM (BlackBerry), HTC and Nokia have all announced plans for NFC devices in the future.According to Dan Trigub, VP of Business Development at Blue Bite, his company believes NFC has a lot of value to the marketing and advertising industry going forward. “NFC has the potential to be the silver bullet in mobile marketing,” he says. But unlike Google, which recently discontinued the use of QR codes in favor of NFC in its business listings service Google Places, Blue Bite thinks that QR codes will still be essential for many months, even years, as the transition to NFC occurs.Currently, 40% of the phones in the market are smartphones, and fewer still are NFC-enabled smartphones. This will change in time, of course. However, Blue Bite says that full NFC market penetration among smartphones is still 2 years out, citing research from Juniper Research. The analysts at Juniper claim that by 2014, 300 million phones will be NFC-enabled, the majority of which will be in the U.S.To reach other mobile audiences, Blue Bite also offers tools to deliver content via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WAP sites, mobile apps and SMS. Bluetooth has proved especially effective, but marketers tend to want to go with what’s being “buzzed” about, which, these days, are mobile apps. NFC is starting to get buzz, too, which is one of the reasons why Blue Bite believes in NFC’s potential.You can see Blue Bite’s mTAG technology in action here on YouTube. Tags:#marketing#mobile#NYT#Trends Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Six Love

first_imgThe Australian youth teams held-off a brave and talented New Zealand to seal all six matches on the final day including the deciding matches in the Boy’s 20’s and Girl’s 18’s. And with that, a clean sweep of all six of the series’ contested and a new level of admiration for team green and gold.By @JulianTFAMountfort Park, Manurewa, New ZealandGame. Matches. Series. The Australian contingent’s performances over the past three days to secure the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman series and sweep in New Zealand was something to behold and demands to be told. While they may have had some trepidation taking the cue from their senior compatriots in winning all nine matches at the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman, all players, coaches and mentors in location sure had to dig deep and deliver something very special of their own to overcome an amazingly talented and competitive New Zealand squad across all divisions.With all but two of the series decided on Saturday, some might think that getting the required four divisions out of six might suffice with the overall series and trophy in the bag and reflect on an awesome New Zealand performance who arguably deserved a title or two. Think again. The ruthless and mature, determined approach by the young Aussies to storm through this series victorious was compelling to watch and left the crowd across the ditch, at home and around the world, in awe.At the heart of all this was a crazy little thing called ‘love’. And we’re not merely referring here to the mutual admiration style love you might expect across a young touring sporting contingent with kindred spirits in a different country. Nor is it necessarily referring literally to that freak of a talent from the west by the name of Love, the Tyla variety. The same young man that destroyed the Kiwis in the final match, delivering a master class with his teammates in that amazing grandstand finish in the Boy’s 20’s decider early Sunday afternoon.  The love we speak of is about the young Aussies’ other loves. The love of the contest. The love of the fight and the pursuit of excellence in this great sport that drives these athletes to sweep through a series unblemished and overcome all obstacles and odds to claim their prize. The love and affection for victory in the face of fire. The love of the big stage. The big moment. The love of the team.It was etched in their eyes and seeping out of the pores of the Aussies who so desperately wanted their teammates in other teams to reign supreme and break-through for their respective wins; for their country, their families, loved ones, their school, work and team mates. Themselves. Each and every division delivered and then finally it came down to one super finale to this event.It is hard to define but it is purely as it is surely in the DNA of every card carrying, vegemite-loving dinky-di Aussie who so cherish our national victories over the best, in the ultimate sporting theatre: a Trans-Tasman sporting test. While we know it works in mysterious ways, who best to turn to explain, than the man they call Love. Tyla Love.“It is just an amazing experience coming back and winning here against the Kiwis (New Zealand his place of birth),” the sole Western Australian representative and one of the tournament stars, Tyla Love said post-match. â€œAt one-all in the deciding match today, it was awesome to play and win with our guys; particularly as the Touch Blacks were great, tough and fought really hard, as they always do.”When asked by the television commentators what was the secret of the success: “I had an Up and Go (milk drink) and got down here with the team focused and ready to play and rode off the back of the great work of the guys,” he said.   â€œTouch is good over there in WA where I’m from, but it’s a big milestone and goal of mine to play in the green and gold and win and cherish this win with the boys,” he said. It’s fair to say he sure shared the, ahem, love with his stellar support crew with a bunch of strong performances from his Australian 20’s brethren. Among them, Jake Grech eight seconds prior to the break and then Justin Cridland to Jacob Marrinan eight seconds after the break, broke the game open and the momentum of the Touch Blacks; taking the wind momentarily out of the Kiwis and into the sails of his teammates drawing ahead by two straight after the break. But then Jayden Sargent’s double kept New Zealand in the hunt. And when Whakatane’s Muir-Tuuta crossed sending a shiver down the spines of the young Aussies, it was a real case of fight or flight with the game and series on the line. No surprises here. The love of the fight won the day. The flight stuff could wait till the next day’s departures out of Auckland.  And as the song goes (New Zealand) did what they did but then Love came to town. Jinking left then right Love fired a great long ball to a juggling, rangy Osborne in the extreme right corner to stretch the lead and seemingly close the Kiwis out of the contest and tellingly, yet another series. Marrinan thought he had another but when Tjaydn Ashby then cleaned up from another bat back out wide, this time from yet another great performer through the series, Osborne.Taylor Haugh and Sargent for New Zealand were immense and when Fiveash crossed and then Australia’s Kenny dropped a certain chance in reply, it was 7-6 to the green and gold with six to go and the game and series on the line. The love of the contest.Mills, Egan, Simbolon, Cridland and Moore all upped the ante and amped the energy of the team finding supports left and right to test the Kiwi’s edges and resolve and continually surged upfield with everyone in on the act.Clearly in the moment, that man Love again jinked yet again to his favoured right to hit Osborne for his triple, leaving the defenders flat footed and proving ultimately the difference in this crucial final match.When Marrinan went close on the left flank it appeared academic with only a couple left on the clock. Then, you guessed it, Love then sealed it 9-7 with his double and with that and the final siren blaring, the green and gold Tsunami had certainly hit shore. A flood of players from all teams swung onto the field to celebrate the boys’ resounding win and the overall six series to nil margin.The love of the team. The moment.For Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire among the big ex-pat crowd, he felt enormously pleased and privileged taking a front row seat and something of a preview to future internationals and stars of tomorrow, “all accomplished and mature beyond their years”.“I am just so incredibly proud of the entire team; from all players who were outstanding throughout, right through to all coaches, mentors, support crew and families who travelled abroad to witness our stars of the future.“Firstly to our great friends at Touch New Zealand they should be so incredibly proud of the event they delivered and the great performances of all their players and teams, along with the awesome coverage of the event by Maori Television which we’re sure received huge traffic through the week.“It is always such a privilege and pleasure to be here and competing against the best with their tremendous hospitality.“And to our team it is so good to see our ‘One Team’ in action and so invested and committed to achieving this success together; notwithstanding our referees’ contingent who were again first class,” he said.“I was also so impressed by the composure shown by the players; particularly in the midst of the weather, the tension, the environment away from home.  â€œThe depth we now have across all divisions and the class and capability will no doubt hold us in good stead in the next 20 years. And no doubt this is what we will be exposed to for a while ahead, as always – very tight and gripping contests the order of the day as you would expect!” Well done again Team Australia, to all involved. Love your work. TEAM AUSTRALIA COACHES AWARDS AND PLAYERS PLAYER:18’s Mixed: Players Player – Jack Wright Coaches Player – Liam Grant 20’s Mixed: Players Player – Adam RussellCoaches Player – Marley Simbolon18’s Girls: Players Player – Aalyah Paki Coaches Player – Brittney Clifford20’s Girls: Players Player – Tamika Upton Coaches Player – Maddison Crowe 18’s Boys: Players Player – Daejarn AsiCoaches Player – Blake Moore 20’s Boys: Players Player – Jackson MillsCoaches Player – Justin CridlandTroy Malcom Award: James Price Roxanne Winder Award: Maddison Crowe Overall Results18 BoysGame One: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (4)18 GirlsGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (3)Game Two: New Zealand (4) defeated Australia (3)Game Three: Australia (4) defeated New Zealand (3)18 MixedGame One: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Two: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (8)Game Three: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (10)20 BoysGame One: New Zealand (9) defeated Australia (7)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (7)20 GirlsGame One: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (1)Game Two: Australia (6) defeated New Zealand (2)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (3)20 MixedGame One: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (7)Game Two: Australia (8) defeated New Zealand (5)Game Three: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (7)Related LinksSix Lovelast_img read more

a month agoBournemouth winger Josh King: I’ll play where needed

first_imgBournemouth winger Josh King: I’ll play where neededby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth winger Josh King says he’ll play where needed after last night’s win at Southampton.The Norwegian striker has played on the left wing for Eddie Howe’s men in 3-1 victories over Southampton and Everton during the past two games. Speaking on Sky Sports, King said: “Obviously I’m a centre-forward but I’m a team player.“I grew up at United playing 4-3-3 in the ressies and at Blackburn I played out wide as well.“Coming here, I have had a few seasons up front and a few seasons at number 10.“When the manager asks me to play out wide, I do a job, anything for the team – but it is harder.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days ago​Marco Silva tells Everton to stand up for West Ham

first_img​Marco Silva tells Everton to stand up for West Hamby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva says that it is time for his players to stand up and fight for their futures.There is significant turmoil at the Goodison Park club, given their poor start to the Premier League season.They are in the relegation zone after eight games and boss Silva is seen as one of the favourites to get the sack in the league.The Portuguese boss admits it is a tough moment, but believes the players can rise to the occasion against West Ham this weekend.”The first thing [for my team] is to give everything,” Silva told evertonfc.com.”In the tough moments, react and put in more hard work and 100 per cent commitment. We have to be demanding of ourselves every single day.”When you have tough moments as a football team – and this is a tough moment for us as a club and our fans – we have to do even more and then we will see [results] on the matchday.”As a team we have to show more, that strong character and personality that will have us playing to our best level again – and achieving what we want in every single match.”There are more points to win and we have to be really strong to win the next match – then the confidence will come again.”In the tough moments, you can see the strong character… the strong personality. And how we can be strong as a team.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more