Dragons must muscle up: Packer

first_imgWhile the Red V were ranked ninth in total metres gained out of all sixteen clubs in 2016, their inability to turn attack into points created a number of headlines, with the pressure on coach Paul McGregor and skipper Gareth Widdop mounting. Packer wants to make sure the Dragons don’t shy away from the fact that the forwards need to be in control in order to give more room for the little men to create opportunities for the outside backs.  “Obviously there’s always been some criticism there with the forward pack but we can only worry about what we can do this year so it’s up to us whether we can live up to our potential,” Packer said.”We’ve got some new additions in the squad, particularly in the middle with Vaughny [Paul Vaughan] bringing a lot to our forward pack. “I think we can match it with other teams in the competition in terms of our forward pack so that’s one of our goals and I think we can do it.”The 27-year-old made his return to the NRL for the Dragons in March after a 30-month exile and is ready to take his game back to the level that saw him represent the New Zealand Kiwis back in 2011, particularly with a Rugby League World Cup coming up at the end of the year. “Coming back to the game last year was a good stepping stone and this year I need to continue to improve,” Packer said. “I really love the club and everyone involved has been good to me in the last two a half years.”St George Illawarra’s first challenge will come against a Penrith side that many are predicting will go a long way this season, but Packer is keen to focus on his team’s own ability.”It’s been a long slog for the boys… 15 weeks of hard work,” he said.”It’s going to be a tough game against the Panthers but with the boys in the squad, if we play well with our ability, we can match it with any team this year.”There’s only one way to prove that and it’s by doing it, so everyone’s excited to get the season off to a good note. “We’ve got a good opportunity to go out there and get our season on the front foot in terms of momentum.”last_img

Weepu hangs up his boots

first_imgThe 71 test veteran has announced his decision on Instagram saying “it’s been an honour and a privilege to have played footy over the years.”Weepu made his provincial debut in 2003 for Wellington, playing with the Lions until 2011 when he switched to Auckland from 2012-2014.The 34 year-old made 124 Super Rugby appearances – 84 for the Hurricanes and 40 for the Blues.His All Black career included playing a leading role in New Zealand’s World Cup triumph in Auckland in 2011.Weepu headed overseas in 2014 to play for London Welsh, Wasps and French clubs Oyonnax and Narbonne.He recently returned to New Zealand to play Heartland Championship rugby this season for Wairarapa Bush.last_img

Team PNG Team Sport Schedule Out

first_imgThis draw schedule reflects the final entries now received by all competing teams.The schedule for all matches and all competitions will be released by the GOC via their website in the coming week.PNG will be competing in eleven team sports with both men and women’s teams in Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Rugby 7’s, Soccer, Touch Football and Volleyball.Rugby 9’s will have a men’s team only while netball and softball will see a women’s team only compete.In softball, the PNG will take on American Samoa in ‘best of three’ rounds at the Bisini Sports Grounds from July 16-16 for a gold medal playoff only.The Individual sports will feature PNG Athletes competing every day of the Games.With the majority of tickets selling at K10 per person, the public is urged to buy tickets to support team PNG who will be competing in all 28 sports.All tickets for all events are day passes so spectators are able to watch all the games of the respective sports each day.last_img

Bahamas to host Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017

first_imgIt is the first time in over 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean, the last being in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica.The Youth Games aims to unite 1000 young athletes aged 14-18 in a Caribbean carnival of impactful competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.“It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation has unanimously voted to award the upcoming edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games to the Bahamas,” said Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE, speaking after announcement of the decision.“The Commonwealth Youth Games are a unique and empowering opportunity to celebrate and engage young people on the level playing field of sport. I congratulate and commend the Bahamas Bid Committee for their passion, commitment and expertise and look forward to helping realise their dream of an impactful and inspiring Games for the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.”The sixth edition of the Games – now just over 500 days away – will take place from 19-23 July 2017 in the capital of The Bahamas, Nassau.The Bahamas is a former host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1985 and the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 2015.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has congratulated the hosts of the next two Commonwealth Youth Games: The Bahamas in 2017 and Northern Ireland in 2021.Describing sport as a powerful catalyst for the empowerment of young people across the Commonwealth, Sharma said he expected each host nation to build on the success of previous Youth Games to inspire young people to participate in sports, stay healthy, and contribute to building an inclusive Commonwealth.Commenting after the announcements of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Sharma said: “The Commonwealth Youth Games are a practical expression of Commonwealth inclusiveness, and a reminder of how sport and physical activity can bring people together and inspire positive social action.”“I was honoured to attend the opening ceremony of the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, in September 2015 and immensely enjoyed meeting the many inspirational young athletes who participated. This international sporting event is growing from strength to strength, and demonstrates a distinctive Commonwealth ethos.”The Secretary-General welcomed the choice of The Bahamas as the host of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, saying: “I congratulate the Government of the Bahamas on its successful bid to host the next Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017. The Bahamas shows exemplary commitment to the development of young people in the Commonwealth, as was seen when the conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers assembled last year. I am confident they will put on a spectacular showcase for sport.”Responding to the announcement of Northern Ireland as host of the 2021 Youth Games, Sharma commented: “I am confident that the people of Northern Ireland will extend a warm welcome to all who participate and attend the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. This will enable all to experience our continuing Commonwealth commitment to the positive role of young people and the role of sport in bringing communities together.”At a special event at Belfast City Hall , attended by athletes from previous editions of the Commonwealth Games and Youth Games, Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said: “The Commonwealth Youth Games are an important and inspiring demonstration of the connecting and life-changing power of sport to bring people and different communities together.“As Samoa showed us last year, hosting a special sporting occasion like the Youth Games empowers even the smallest nations to have a profound and distinctive impact – not just on their own young people or their own communities – but on an international scale.”The Commonwealth Games Federation is the organisation responsible for the governance, direction and organisation of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, including the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. The Commonwealth Secretariat, led by the Secretary-General, provides policy advice and technical assistance to member governments to adopt sport as a tool for development and peace. This complements its broader work to support youth development and empowerment.Each Olympic year the Commonwealth Secretariat brings together Ministers responsible for sport for the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting. The next meeting is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.last_img

This Tuesday, conclave by Aguado

first_imgThe Numancia Keep an eye on the market and with the possibility of improving the current workforce. According to Diario AS sources close to the Real Valladolid player Álvaro Aguado the situation that the player falls on the CD Numancia is “50%”, and it is that these same sources ensure that “who has to make the decision to make it.” This could arrive on the morning of this same Tuesday, although everything is conditioned to the number of players that currently has the Soriano club in their ranks. The sports director of Numancia César Palacios already warned in the presentation of Bernardo Cruz that from the soriana entity one works in the exit of several players. One of them, Marcos, has already been assigned to the Tudelano, so there would be one, or perhaps two more exits. The players involved in the decision already know that Numancia does not have its services and the arrival operation is conditioned to an exit. Aguado knows the sports project of NumanciaHe likes both the club and the coach, Luis Carrión, although it is no longer the sole decision of the player. The name of Aguado came to light via AS a few weeks ago and, for the moment although it seemed that all the parties were satisfied everything is stopped until Tuesday, although it is not only the Numancia the team of the silver category that would be interested in the jienense player. In addition, another of the names that are on the table is that of Málaga player José Rodríguez. The midfielder does not enter the sports plans of the boquerón club, nor those of Sheikh Al Thani who could be holding back Rodriguez’s departure to several teams of LaLiga Smartbank. Be that as it may, the Soria club has already been reinforced with two players in this winter market such as Bernardo Cruz and Erik Morán, who has played the two possible matches since he arrived for the sanction of Gus Ledes although the Brazilian-Portuguese player already is available to the coaching staff for the match played by the Soria team on Saturday at La Romareda against Real Zaragoza.Streak Hygiene The Murcian striker of Numancia, Higinio Marín, has the best numbers since you saw the elastic soriana: “I have always said, at the beginning they marked the defenses and those at the top not and now I’m leaving, I keep the three points and let the streak go on, ”said the player. Before Sporting de Gijón, Numancia returned to curdle a good game bending the opponent and effectively facing the goal: “We had the clear ideas of what we had to do, we knew how to keep the result and with the genius of Curro we have tied the Outcome”. Again, the stopped ball returned to take effect for the Sorianos: “We must give importance to the stopped ball and we have things rehearsed and left,” said Higinio.last_img

Atlético reaches the derby outside the Champions League

first_imgGetafe has taken the victory in the match against Betis. A loner of both Angel of penalty shortly after the end of the crash has left the points in the Coliseum and catapults the Bordalás to fourth place. The blue team equals with Atlético at 36 points, but, in the absence of the two clashes between the two sets being played, the general goal difference dictates sentence. Getafe sports a +10 for a +8 for Atlético. Thus, those of Simeone remain in fifth position, out of the four positions that give direct access to the Champions before playing next Saturday’s derby. He was not out of the first four places for four days. Atlético started the twenty-first day in third position eight points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, but with the same as Sevilla (35). Getafe appeared fifth two points behind Atlético. Barcelona lost in Valencia, but Atlético, far from taking advantage of that leader’s slip, left two points in their field against the penultimate ranked. The Leganés started a draw. Meanwhile, Sevilla beat Granada and beat Atlético in the standings. Getafe also beat Betis. Atlético had settled four days ago in the Champions League positions. He had become seventh after the dispute of the sixteenth day, when he drew goalless with Villarreal. But December ended by adding three straight wins against Osasuna, Betis and Levante. It ended 2019 with good feelings, but they have evaporated in this beginning of 2020. And now it arrives at Real Madrid. Until this day, Atlético had remained out of the Champions League in seven days, becoming leader after the third date.Atletico started with the goal of fighting for titles this season, but there is a goal that by no means can escape. That is none other than finishing the course in the top four to access the economic push that allows you to participate in the Champions League. That is a sine qua non condition for maintaining the project. Without this financial lung, it is not possible to maintain the budget and expenditure on the workforce and the technical staff. The income account is going to go to record numbers this season, reaching 500 million, but that could change if you can’t participate in the next Champions League.last_img

Kenin: “Everyone can fight and fulfill their dreams”

first_imgSofia Kenin, an American born in Moscow 21 years in the past, opened her account on the Grand Slams on the expense of Garbiñe Muguruza, which he defeated in three units. “It’s my first speech, however I’ll attempt to do it proper,” he mentioned gracefully in his speech after choosing up the trophy from Lindsay Davenport. “I hope we can play extra finals collectively sooner or later,” she advised the Spanish. “My dream has come true. I’ve labored arduous to be right here, and everybody can fight for their desires as a result of I simply fulfilled mine,” threw into the auditorium. His mother and father settled down definitively within the USA when he was just a few months outdated and all his life he targeted on tennis. To be a famous person. You will have already taken step one.last_img

Barn, presented with Marbella: “This is a project to dream big”

first_imgIs he the last romantic of football? “I follow my principles. For the love I feel for football. I was angry that when I announced that I was coming here, they said we were taking steps down That hurts. And more now that I’ve met my team. It is neither one nor two steps down. They have human and football quality. Here came Valladolid and suffered ”(more applause).A special day. “We are in the middle of a story to write. People are working very well on and off the field. I follow the team and see the stands more and more full. I am aware of the responsibility I have. We all want to build something that lasts fifty years. ”Ribot intervenes again. “It is one of the biggest challenges of his sports career. Not many would have come here to be part of a group to go up to the First Division. Esteem’s affection must be valued. He arrives at the club with the best fans in the world. ”Ribot is asked about the option of making a new stadium. “We talked to Manuel Cardeña (he is the Councilor for Sports). We present a plan to the City Council to make a serious, professional and elite team. We had the idea of ​​having great players and we have brought them. ”Challenge? “It’s up to Second Division. We can all assume it thanks to the work that has been done long before it arrives. It is not a challenge that begins today but a long time ago. I join that challenge. I have things to contribute. And I can give many things. As Manuel Cardeña said, we were asked for a new stadium project ”.Barn again. “I come to a top level team. The best team of the Second B. I will have no problem adapting to the category. This is soccer. In Mérida we get a point and we already think of Don Benito ”.Effect called for other players? “The Second B is a competition of great players of great competitiveness and great professionals. The economic aspect is in the rear of my priorities. ”Will they play at La Rosaleda if Marbella ascends? Ribot responds. “Marbella cannot play in its stadium if we ascend. It is not yes or no. You have to find the best stadium for Marbella to play. ”This has not been seen in Marbella for years. “Two messages. One that I feel honored by all the people who have come. And the second message is that all these people are fundamental. They are my two messages. ” The presentation of the Esteban Granero as a new player of Marbella has filled the enthusiasm of the Costa Rican team’s enthusiasm. More than 1,000 people wrapped up the new stage that ‘El Pirata’ already started last Sunday in Mérida where he played his first 20 minutes. On the lawn itself a flirty stage was improvised with a sober screen, the shield of Marbella and images of the player. The act was presented by the journalist Tomás Guasch. “Our Marbella Soccer Club dreams a little bigger,” he said.And Barn arrived while the beautiful anthem of Marbella sounded. Oscar Ribot, CEO of Best Of You took the floor “Today is a day that will be remembered forever in the history of Marbella and Spanish football. The best signing in the history of the entire Second B. That Barn is here with 11 behind him is to dream very big. He said no to proposals from First Division and foreign clubs and millionaire offers for Marbella. Our only goal is to go up to Second Division and then to First Division (fiery hobby). Do not have any doubt that over time we will get it. Next year where Marbella has to be is in the Second Division. ”Barn Shift, acclaimed by a public delivered. “Good evening, great Guasch. I thank you for being here. I want to thank Best of You (the company that manages the club) because he is the main culprit for me being here, mainly Oscar Ribot. We work together at Real Madrid. This is a project to dream big. Where things are done honestly. They make it possible for everything to work so well. For Marbella it is a gift that Best of You and Ribot work for Marbella. For them it is a gift to have Marbella. Since I have arrived here people, the environment and the city show that Marbella is and wants to be great. That Marbella wants to grow and go to Second Division. Dream big. I want to thank my colleagues who have come to this event, technicians and my wife who has come from Barcelona to accompany me. You make me see the greatness of this club, city and project. We will fight to achieve the objectives. You are all Marbella. There is a team that has been working for a long time. Today is second, but it was first. He is working hard and doing things very well. I come to contribute the maximum of what I have. I had never felt so responsible. Twice in life. One when I signed for Real Madrid and another is today (applause). I said no to some things and I said yes to Marbella. I have done it with full responsibility. It’s growing and I have a lot to give and if I’ve come here it’s because of hunger. ”last_img

Belgium bans selfies and autographs by Coronavirus

first_imgThe Belgian league emphasizes that “the current situation requires special attention and follow-up but it is not necessary to panic,” but has introduced a series of guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic, following the recommendations of the Belgian Federal Health Service. In addition to preventing fans from approaching soccer players, journalists will not be allowed to interview athletes less than a meter away and it is recommended to avoid shaking hands or kissing to greet and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, as well as wash your hands frequently.The Pro League have also asked fans to feel sick don’t go to the stadiums this weekend while soccer players are asked to avoid “useless direct contacts as much as possible”, so the greetings at the beginning and end of the matches have been suppressed. However, no match has been suspended or forced to play any game behind closed doors.. The Belgian football league Pro League has adopted on Thursday a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which affects at least 50 people in the country, including prohibit players from taking selfies with fans. “Contacts with players are not desirable for now. Therefore we ask fans to do not ask for autographs, handshakes, selfies and shirts for players during this period“, indicate the organizers of the competition in a statement.last_img

Series A studies closing the stadiums until 2021

first_imgThe danger of a new spike in the COVID-19 epidemic will continue to be constant even when 0 daily infections are reached., something that could happen in Italy from May. Until there is a vaccine, going back to normal will be impossible, so The Italian League is studying playing matches behind closed doors and, furthermore, organizing them on neutral fields if those of the home team belong to an area with more risk.For that reason, last week, too There was talk of contesting the 12 days remaining to finish this course in Rome, organizing a maximum concentration of 20 teams in the capital. To see the stands full again, then, most likely, we will have to wait until 2021. Series A prepares to resume its training: All teams are taking steps so that, starting in May, the players gradually return to work in the sports cities. There are still many doubts: the dates on which the competitions will resume are not known, nor if the format of the European cups will change and, in addition, the entities will have to close the negotiations to cut the salaries of the soccer players.The only certainty that leaks these days from Calcium is that in 2020 the stadiums will not reopen for the Tifosi.last_img