May
26

Elliott ready to fill Klemmer’s shoes

first_imgThe affable Bega product has earned his first-ever run on start after a series of spirited efforts off the bench to start 2017. Back in Round 1 Elliott told NRL.com he was just aiming to avoid being someone who comes on for 20 minutes with no-one really noticing he’d been out there.A week later he scored his maiden NRL try; fast forward to Round 7 and an ankle injury to lock David Klemmer has resulted in Elliott shifting to the starting pack for the highly-anticipated Good Friday clash.”I think that’s part of the game, Klemmer probably first got his chance to play a few more minutes when there was an injury in the pack,” Elliott said. “Obviously he’s going to be a massive loss for us but it does mean there’s a bit more onus on guys like me and Danny [Fualalo] to step up and might be required to play an extra five or 10 minute stint and I think we’re both looking forward to that and hopefully make an impact.”Asked to reflect on his Round 1 goal of not being the forgotten man on the bench, Elliott added: “I’m setting goals each week. There’s always going to be room for improvement and I want to keep getting better each week.”I think so far I’ve been able to play a pretty valuable role for the side coming off the bench and one of my goals was to not come on and 20 minutes goes by and no-one notices you’ve been out there.”I really want to get out there and inspire the boys left and right of me and that’s all part of keeping my spot in this team, I need to keep coming out and doing that each week.”While Elliott is hardly a like-for-like replacement for the towering Klemmer, he isn’t dissimilar in style to fellow country-boy back-rower Josh Jackson, who is someone Elliott admits he regards with great admiration.”Someone I really look up to is Josh Jackson; obviously he goes out there and starts and brings everything he can each week, he’s full of energy and I just try and replicate that coming off the bench and try and be like he is for that first 10 or 15 minutes, try and be that later in the game,” Elliott said.This will be Elliott’s second such fixture after coming off the bench in the corresponding game last year.”I was very impressed by the crowd last year,” Elliott said.”It was great and at a good time too, four o’clock in the arvo on a public holiday so there’s always families supporting both sides out there. It’s always a big crowd and a great day to look forward to.”[The Rabbitohs] have been playing great as well so we can’t rest on our laurels and take these guys lightly because they’re a great side and they do have a very good pack.”Despite growing up on the far south NSW coast a long way from Belmore, Elliott has been blue and white as long as he can remember and hopes to stay that way.”I love this club – I’ve gone for the Bulldogs my whole life,” he said.”I can’t remember how old I was when I watched my first game but I was supporting the Bulldogs and my old man had a jersey in the cupboard. I used to wear it all the time. I’ve still got it at home now. I love the club, I’ve been signed with them since I was 14 and I’d love to stay here.”Jackson – who will partner Elliott in the back row on Friday – backed all the club’s depth forwards to help fill Klemmer’s shoes against Souths.”Klemmer’s out, he’ll be out for a good two or three weeks as well. He’s a disappointing loss, he’s been awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of depth there and whoever steps in I’m sure will do a good job,” Jackson said.”Particularly those two guys [Elliott and Fualalo], they’ve both got the capabilities of playing bigger minutes. They have in reserve grade over the years punched out really big minutes so I don’t think it will be a problem for them.”last_img read more

May
26

NRL star has finger amputated

first_imgCrichton has suffered problems with his left middle finger for a number of years and was recently told he would need further surgery, ruling him out for another three months.But the 21-year-old instead opted to have the digit amputated, his manager David Rawlings confirmed to Fox Sports Australia.Crichton had been left with no knuckle on the finger, which made it susceptible to being broken, something that had happened on multiple occasions over the last two years.Writing earlier this month after another round of surgery, Crichton explained: “My finger has been an ongoing injury I’ve had since I was playing in the U20s. Originally, I ruptured the tendon and this is the sixth surgery I’ve had on it.”It’s the middle finger in my left hand and, a while back, I got it fused. I’ve got no knuckle in it. The doctor said I could either cut it off halfway or fuse it. I’ve had it fused several times now because I keep breaking it.”I can’t bend the finger, so it’s like I’m constantly giving people the bird. If I clench my fist, my middle finger sticks out.”One time, a while back, I accidentally cut someone off while I was driving and I put my hand up to wave at them to say sorry. The guy followed me all the way into a dead-end street. We each got out of our cars and he asked me if I’d stuck my finger up at him. I explained to him that I’d had it fused and it stuck out naturally. He understood after that.”I’ve decided this is the last time I’m getting it fused. It’s the fourth fusion that’s broken and if it happens again I’m going to have it cut it in half, because I’m just over it.”Crichton is heading into his final year with the Rabbitohs as he has signed a three-year deal with their arch rivals, the Sydney Roosters, which will start ahead of the 2019 season.last_img read more

May
26

Oceania represented at 128th IOC Session

first_imgThe officials are: John Coates- IOC Vice President (Australia), Dr Robin Mitchell- IOC Member (Fiji), Barry Maister- IOC Member (New Zealand), Barbara Kendall- IOC Member (New Zealand), James Tomkins- IOC Member (Australia), Kevan Gosper- IOC Honorary Member (Australia) and Phil Coles- IOC Honorary Member (Australia).The crucial decision at this session will be made on Friday July 31 on the election of the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games.The two Candidate Cities bidding for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games are Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Beijing (China.The two Candidate Cities bidding for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games are Brasov (Romania) and Lausanne (Switzerland).In June, the IOC released the report by the Evaluation Commission for the Olympic Winter Games 2022 highlighting the opportunities and challengers associated with hosting these Games in both candidate cities.The report by the Evaluation Commission is the first of its kind following the unanimous approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 last December by the IOC.The Commission has also sought assurances from bid cities on matters relating to non-discrimination and other principles contained contained in the Olympic Charter and the Host City Contract.The report published by the Commission also addresses issues including freedom of the press and workers’ rights.The Bid Cities will make final presentations on Friday at the 128 Session before IOC Members vote on the host cities for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The 128th IOC Session concludes on Monday 3 August.last_img read more

May
26

Victorian Fury unleashed on Pepes

first_imgIt was a shaky start from both sides in the opening minutes of the game but it was the visitors who found their rhythm first.At the end of the first quarter, it was still anyone’s game with the score at 15-8 in favour of Victorian Fury.Changes made by Pepes coach, Unaisi Rokoura in the second quarter bringing Tau Galewa into Wing Defence and Serina Ovia to Goal Keeper did little to stop the onslaught.Victorian Fury shooters, Danni Phillips and Mikaela Vaughan continued to find the net easily piling on the points.The score by half time was pushed to 30-17.The Australian Netball League champions made things look easy as they took a 50-26 lead by the third quarter.But the Pepes led by captain, Lua Rikis showed some fight and snuck in late points in the dying minutes to try bringing some respectability to the score line.Victorian Fury finished the Tri-Series undefeated winning both their games beating Singapore 60-31 and then the Pepes 64-35.The Pepes managed one win beating Singapore 53-39, and one loss to Victorian Fury.Singapore finished winless.last_img read more

May
14

Roger and Gerard, duel for the national pichichi in La Cerámica

first_imgVillarreal striker was up to nine consecutive days without scoring in the League, eleven counting the games he lost due to injury in early 2020. Athletic, Mallorca, Celta, Valencia, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Osasuna, in addition to Espanyol and Alavés when he was injured, were the matches in the that he could not celebrate so much.The battering ram, meanwhile, went through a bad run in January, with three games in a row without seeing goal. The ‘9’ of Levante ended 2019 with a double hit against Celta and premiered the new year with a goal in the Wanda Metropolitano. But since then he had not reconnected with the goal, until the visit of Javier Aguirre to Orriols. Alaves, Osasuna and Barcelona, ​​the three rivals to which he did not score any goals.In this way, the two will return to measure forces in a direct duel as they did in the first round. In that match, on the second day of the championship, Gerard advanced to Villarreal in the Ciutat de València three minutes after the crash. However, Roger, who had entered minutes before replacing Sergio León, traced the match from the penalty spot. In a duel where the maximum penalty was one of the main protagonists of the plot. Andrés Fernández stopped the launch from the eleven meters in the first instance to Morales, but the VAR sent him to repeat when he understood that the goalkeeper came forward. There arose Roger’s option, which he did not forgive. After a few days of drought, the two returned to see goal last weekend to give points to their respective teams with their goals. The one of Torrent marked the one of the sentence in front of the Leganés in the Ciutat de València; while the Catalan converted the goal that supposed the tie against Valladolid in the José Zorrilla. Levante and Villarreal have among their ranks two of the largest national predators of LaLiga: Roger Martí and Gerard Moreno. With nineteen goals, respectively, and with more than half of the championship played, both are in a privileged position to fight to be the top Spanish scorer of the championship. The two will measure their strength on Saturday at the Ceramics Stadium with only a little difference between the two. Roger, with nine goals, finished the first lap as a national pichichi for the first time in his career. Moreno, along with Lucas Pérez, Loren and Ángel, followed him in the wake with eight. Only Messi, Benzema and Luis Suarez scored more than the ‘Gunman’ in the first 19 championship games. With four games of the second round played, both have signed just one goal.last_img read more

May
14

Bartomeu announces that it breaks the contract with I3 Ventures

first_imgJosep Maria Bartomeu, President of Barcelona, ​​spoke Tuesday during the delivery of the XIV International Journalism Award Vázquez Montalbán. The speech of the top leader of the Barca club was expected at a turbulent moment in the Barca club. After thanking Vázquez Montalbán’s family and congratulating Jorge Valdano for the award, spoke about the I3 Ventures case uncovered by SER Catalunya and made an institutional statement in which he unchecked the club from any responsibility in the issuance of messages that erode the image of its players. And he announced the rupture of relations with I3 Ventures:. “I want to make it clear to the partner. That nobody has any doubt that Barça has never hired any company to discredit any player, former player, politician, president and former president. It is false. And we will defend ourselves as necessary in front of who accuses us. It’s false. Barça has not hired anyone to discredit anyone. “ Yes, admitted the relationship with I3 Ventures, with which the Barca club breaks their relationship: “Barça hired the services of a company at the end of 2017. But upon confirmation that one of the accounts is linked to that company (Respect and Sport), this morning we have instructed to terminate the contract with this company (I3 Ventures ). To the question if we have commissioned social media services to preserve our image, the answer is yes. To the question if we have commissioned to discredit people, the answer is no and we will persecute those who accuse us of that. And we will defend ourselves. “He also recalled two cases that Barça has won in court. “In the case of Paulinho we were denounced for corruption and we were given the reason; and in the case of espionage we were also given the reason. Therefore, we do things calmly and responsibly. “last_img read more

May
14

The calendar puts in check to finish LaLiga and play the Euro

first_imgCoronavirus can wreak havoc on the calendar of all sports competitions. LaLiga, as Serie A already did, has made the decision to stop the championship. The great inconvenience that exists is the dates available in the calendar to recover these postponed days.Options to recover two days postponed and keep the Euro CupThe calendar is highly saturated by domestic competitions, UEFA competitions and national team appointments (from March 23 to April 2 there will be friendlies). For the First Division teams there would be barely two weeks before the end of May to recover a postponed day. Initially, if only two days were postponed, the calendar would allow them to be recovered. It is released the weekend of April 18 and 19, after the Federation agreed yesterday with Real Sociedad and Athletic to postpone the final of the Copa del Rey. The next available days are Tuesday, May 19, Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21.The problem of postponed parties in EuropeThe downside is in the Champions League and Europe Leauge competitions. Inter-Getafe and Sevilla-Roma have been postponed. What determines the eighths of the second European competition. There would be no free date on the calendar of these teams until April 18 and 19. Date to which the domestic competitions would resort. Which would imply a conflict of interest between the leagues and UEFA. One of the possibilities, which Clemente Villaverde (Getafe’s general director) opened, is that the games postponed to a single match would be played on a neutral field. An option that would be on the table and being studied. The European Championship is in dangerThe big problem that exists to recover the league matches that are not played due to the closure of football in the face of this pandemic is the celebration of the European Championship, whose start is set for June 12 and will last a month. In LaLiga there could be a problem of dates if more than two days are suspended. Thing that if it happens in the rest of the European leagues could force, along with the premise of prevention against the virus, of not holding this season the Eurocup as planned.In UEFA, there is already talk of delaying it for a year and having it played in 2021. This would lead to a new problem: it would coincide with the League of Nations, which is scheduled for the final phase to be played in June 2021. There is also scheduled for next summer to open the new format of the Club World Cup in China (from June 17 to July 4). This tournament could not be delayed until July due to the fact that the holidays of the players would not be respected. If this measure is taken, the European leagues and competitions could recover the days postponed during the month of June.last_img read more

May
14

Olivas and Masip have played every minute of the League

first_imgInterestingly, last season, the 2018-19, both Masip and Olivas were also part of the player group that played the most for Real Valladolid. Four footballers completed 35 games. In addition to the goalkeeper and the right-handed center back, the other central defender reached this figure Fernando Calero, Y Nacho, left-handed side. Precisely, the Madrid defender, along with the goalkeeper, played the most because those 35 games were played entirely, not like their teammates, accumulating 3,150 minutes. 4 Beside Olives Y MasipThree more players are those who complete the group of five who have played it all. Starting with the Slovak central Majorca, Martin Valjent, a fixed for Vicente Moreno. The other two footballers who have completed the 2,430 minutes are two goalkeepers. The first is Aitor Fernándezgoal of I raised, while the second is his counterpart in the goal of the Getafe, David soria. In total, of the five professionals who have played everything this season, three are goalkeepers and two central, but Real Valladolid is the only club that has two representatives in this selection. one If there are two players from Real Valladolid they can ensure that Sergio has full confidence in them are Jordi Masip and Kiko Olivas. Both the goalkeeper and the central defender have played every minute. While the first had the competence of Lunin and after Expensive, the coach has always expressed his wish that the Barcelona player keep the goal blanquivioleta despite the doubts he has shown in some duels on the air balls. Even more deserving is the Valladolid coach’s faith in Kiko Olivas since in that position Joaquín could also play, but there is no doubt. The right center position is for the Andalusian, that together with Salisu has formed the central pair the 27 games. The Ghanaian only failed in a duel as a starter, that of Camp Nou, where he was not a starter, but entered in the 34th minute. In addition, he was replaced in two other games (against Spanish in Cornellá-El Prat and before him Seville in Skunk) so it accumulates 2,366 minutes and is among the 10 that has played the most.last_img read more

May
14

Unknown to most athletes: the common past of Herrera and the Ayala Mouse

first_imgAyala is in Acapulco these days. He told Herrera that he gets up very early to play sports and then he has breakfast. The former Atlético player knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our country hard: “It is an infection that is sweeping the world. I learned of the death of Peiró, Capón, Jones … It is a pity what is happening, that nobody can go see you … “.Ayala coincided with Herrera in Pachuca and the current Atlético player admitted that he has great admiration for him: “I remind myself that we trained at ten in the morning and made us be at eight. That’s where my theme of punctuality was born.”In the video of the meeting you can discover the common professional past that both had. Héctor Herrera and Rubén ‘Ratón’ Ayala had a nice talk through the Atlético website in which both spoke about the Atletico team. El Ratón Ayala, a legendary Atlético player who played seven seasons at the Madrid club and in which he won a League and a Cup, said that he was very pleased with the Atletico win against Liverpool, although he indicated that he saw the game with great nervousness.“Really Atlético threw the ball up in the first half. We had very little ball, wanting to play … In the second half the team got better in the match. Then Morata entered and the team was fine. Felipe made a Excellent match. And Oblak was very good. Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. “last_img read more

Feb
10

Gayle’s new bat creates a buzz in Australia

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):The makers of a new bat being used by T20 superstar Chris Gayle say it does not give the flamboyant opener any special advantage and that the laws of the game have been adhered to.Indian manufacturers Spartan made the gold-coloured bat and flew it over to Australia in time for Gayle’s opening match in the Big Bash League yesterday.The Jamaica-born West Indian cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades, has become the first man in world cricket to use a willow of that colour.”There is no metal in the gold colouring we are using in the bat. There are restrictions on what you can and can’t use in cricket bats,” declared Spartan boss Kunal Sharma.”And you can’t put metals into bat products because they can enhance stroke play. This bat is fine because we haven’t changed the make-up of it”.Gayle used the bat to launch a run chase in Renegades seven-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in the third match of the BBL on Saturday, smashing two fours and two massive sixes in an exciting innings of 23.”We have infused a gold colour in the timber wood of the bat and there is sheen of a gold spray over the bat,” Sharma said.”There is a light spray of a beautiful gold colour over the bat, it is something that cricket hasn’t seen before”.Meantime, former Australia commentator Ricky Ponting is suggesting the weight of the bat may work against Gayle in the current BBL.Gayle’s cameo was short-lived when he was dismissed for 23 after mistiming a pull shot from Mark Steketee’s bowling and was caught at deep square leg by Lendl Simmons.”It’s exceptionally heavy. It’s got to be over the three pounds,” Ponting told Channel 10.”If you get bouncers high enough, it’s got to be difficult to play cross-bat shots because the bat’s so heavy”.last_img read more