It’s great to see that in the 2017/18 year, NRL Touch Football participation grew!The total participation number grew 11%, taking us to 679,156 participants across the country.Junior and school numbers grew by 16%, to more than 460,000 participants.Accredited volunteer numbers also grew, by 9% – to more than 15,000.Unlike most sports, touch footy has an almost even gender split, with 48% females and 52% males.It’s a multicultural sport, with 17% of participants identifying as something other than Australian, and 9.4% participants identifying as Indigenous.In the 2017/18 year, 309 clubs ran NRL Touch Football competitions, and 18,232 teams took part.A lot of people love touch footy because #everyonecanplay!
Bournemouth 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 say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici insists Ronaldo deserved The Best awardby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Paratici says Juventus insist Cristiano Ronaldo deserved FIFA’s The Best award.Ronaldo did not attend the gala as Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner on Monday night.“We respect Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award as The Best,” Paratici told DAZN.“We thought that after last season, when he won the Nations League with Portugal, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup with Juve, he deserved to win it.“It’s a pity he is not available this evening, but he had a slight adductor issue and we’ll see how he feels for the weekend.”
zoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 3.0 license; Image by: Piergiuliano Chesi Costa Group has unveiled an investment of over USD 50 million into turning one of its Costa Cruises vessels into a ship for the AIDA Cruise brand.Namely, the Carnival Corporation subsidiary said it plans to transform the 1999-built Costa neoRiviera, currently in service under the Costa Cruises brand, into the new AIDAmira, destined for the German-based AIDA Cruises.The unit would be transformed in Genoa under a total investment of EUR 50 million (USD 54.8 million).A significant part of the work would be undertaken by the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard from October 30 to November 28, 2019.At the end of the operations, the renewed ship will leave the San Giorgio del Porto shipyard and arrive in Palma de Mallorca on November 29 to be renamed AIDAmira.“Italy is among the top destinations for our guests, with 3.2 million passenger movements, a figure that is going to grow also thanks to AIDAmira, which will be calling at three ports in Southern Italy next summer,” said Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia.
New Delhi: Delhi Metro train services will begin from 4 am, two hours earlier than regular timing, on May 12 so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility for travelling, officials said Thursday.DMRC train services otherwise begin at 6 am. “On the day of the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi on Sunday, May 12, the Delhi Metro train services on all lines will start from 4 am, so that the staff deployed for election duty can avail the facility,” the DMRC said in a statement. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe trains will run with a frequency of 30 minutes on all the lines till 6 am. Later, metro trains will run as per the normal Sunday timetable throughout the day, it said. However, trains on the Blue Line, going from Dwarka Sector 21 towards Vaishali, will begin operations at 4:30 am. Delhi Metro’s current span is 373 km and 271 stations, including the Noida-Greater Noida Aqua Line, and its average daily ridership is about 30 lakh.
Just like that, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s season is over. After sweeping Notre Dame, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Lexington, Ky., the No. 14 Buckeyes were dropped at the hands of a No. 14 Kentucky team playing in their own backyard. In the second round of the tournament, the Wildcats (22-10) outlasted OSU, 3-1, Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.. The Buckeyes, who finished the year with a 23-11 mark, killed and aced their way to a 25-18 victory in the contest’s first set, though they didn’t seem able to carry such momentum. In what might have felt like a back-and-forth period, Kentucky pulled off a 26-24 victory in the second match that propelled them past the Buckeyes. “We were under in the second game, but we came back and we got the lead,” said senior outside hitter Mari Hole. “It was just those few plays, they really got some good plays going. We weren’t able to respond right away, and they kind of just took the air out of the balloon at the moment. We kept talking like we really wanted it and we kept working through it, but we weren’t able to respond at the same level as Kentucky did and just kept pushing us.” The second set might have been crucial in terms of controlling pace and tempo. Senior outside hitter Emily Danks said it was a tough loss. “It was rough because we had been rolling through that set, and I think we were feeling pretty good and it was just that moment of let up that they took control of the game – they grabbed it and ran with it,” Danks said. During halftime, the Buckeyes tried to regroup after losing set two, but Danks said it wasn’t enough. “In the locker room, our fellow senior (middle blocker) Mariah (Booth) really got fired up and kind of lit a fire, and I guess it was just a little too late,” Danks said. “It was a little disappointing to see it go down like that, but you have to give it to Kentucky for being so steady and aggressive with everything they did.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he knew going into this game that his team would have to defend and react well against Kentucky’s tough serves. It wasn’t the only thing that seemed to give OSU fits, though. “We knew they were a tough serving team. They are a little bit tougher than I thought they were when I watched video last night, but we knew that coming into the game,” Carlston said. “Really they won the serve and pass game. We knew that was No. 1. We had to win that.” Like Danks and Hole, Carlston emphasized the importance of the second set and said it might have been what cost the Buckeyes in the end. “Whoever won (set two) was going to win the match, and they did,” Carlston said. “Especially at the end of the second set, they kept it going in the third and fourth set and we didn’t respond very well.” The opportunities were there for OSU, though. “Our plan was to spread out, but we just didn’t pass the ball,” Carlston said. “We passed very well in the first set and first two sets up until the very end in the second set. We had some chances to win that second set, which obviously makes it a whole different match.” A rematch with No. 1 Penn State, which defeated the Buckeyes on Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, was something OSU was hoping for, along with advancing to the tournament’s Sweet 16 for the third straight year. For Danks, Hole, Booth and senior setter Amanda Peterson, their journey as Buckeyes has ended, but in their time together they might have helped the program get to where it is today. Danks, Booth and Peterson have played in the NCAA Tournament four years in a row. Hole, who transferred to Columbus after playing two years at UCLA, joined the Buckeyes for her junior and senior seasons. This senior group has also led their team to the Sweet 16 twice, and the second round four times. With their conference record at 13-7, they finished fourth in the Big Ten this year, which is OSU’s best finish since 2009.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that he rather win the Europa League than suffer another defeat in the Champions League finalThe Argentine’s side will play host to Sporting Lisbon for the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League with Atletico aiming to win the tournament for a third time.Atletico were previously in the Champions League this season, but were dropped to to the Europa League after being eliminated at the group stages. Though Simeone is untroubled by it and believes that if it represents a greater chance of victory then it is more worthwhile.“It’s normal people have their own opinions and that we’re more motivated or less depending on the rival,” said Simeone, according to SportsKeeda.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“But they don’t live football from the inside so they don’t know the rivals as we do. If we had to play against Bayern Munich they would say it’s an impossible game but if it was against Astana they would say it’s easy, but the truth is you have to play every game and we always try to do our best to qualify for the next rounds.“Indeed, we think we’re even [with Sporting] for this qualifying round, Sporting have a great coach, a very capable man, the teams he’s trained always did a good job. And on about what I prefer on my resume, I have to say that I will always choose the wins.“It’s an important achievement to be runner-up in an important competition such as the Champions League but it’s always better to be the champion, that’s obvious.”
AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi has hailed Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical changes in their shock 3-0 win over Barcelona and insists that they were “tactically a step above” their opponentsAfter a 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp during their first leg clash, Roma were heavily expected to be eliminated on Tuesday night against a Barcelona side that have gone an incredible 38 games unbeaten in La Liga.Yet, the Giallorossi left the Catalan giants stunned at the Stadio Olimpico with a new 3-4-1-2 formation proving to be a deadly move on Barcelona with Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas goals securing a 3-0 win for the hosts.“To be honest, we never really felt it was at risk tonight, as Barcelona did nothing to cause us problems. We put in the perfect performance,” Florenzi told Mediaset Premium (via Football-Italia).“Tactically, we were a step above them. If Barcelona don’t get to play the ball to feet and pass it around comfortably, they really struggle.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The defender remained evasive in regards to the new formation being used in future matches.“The Coach will decide, but what we saw tonight should increase this man’s credibility. We players never doubted him, but some in the media and the stands…” said the 27 year-old.“At half-time, he told us to stay calm, as we knew that we could achieve this miracle. We brought home an historic result. Roma hadn’t been in a semi-final for 34 years.“I really like having three defenders, as it gives me more security to go forward and put crosses in, but it’s up to the Coach to decide.“It was wonderful to see the Olimpico packed. I expect to see this many fans in the Derby against Lazio too.”
Jonas Hector has been loyal to Cologne even after the team got demoted to the second tier level in the German football structureNot many footballers can say they play in the second division of their country and they get called to the national team.But super loyal Jonas Hector has been called up for Germany for their next two matches, even after starting the 2018-2019 season in the Bundesliga 2.The second tier level of the German football has welcome Cologne and Hector has remained loyal to his team.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Jonas has got a lot of depth, he really understands the game,” Löw said last March according to the Bundesliga website.“He defends, attacks and passes well. He also knows when to sit back and get stuck in, and when to go forward. Above all, he’s reliable and has a cool head. We’ve even thought about playing him in central midfield.”“I’ve never met a guy like him before, neither as a player and nor as a coach,” former Cologne boss Peter Stöger said of Hector.“He’s developed into a top-class player. You can see how he has grown in confidence. He’s matured on and off the pitch. He’s spent time in the company of world-class players and learned from them. He’s become an integral member of the Germany team.”