Eels ready to roll out Foran welcome mat

first_imgPhoto: NRL Photos.Kieran Foran will play in front of Eels fans for the first time since departing the club in Round 13. ‌While the Kiwi pivot will no doubt cop a razzing from elements of the blue and gold crowd, he remains on good terms with his former teammates. However, after orchestrating a 22-10 win against his former club at Mt Smart Stadium in Round 6, Eels players are hoping things will be different when he faces the music against his old home crowd.”He’ll be sweet; I hope he’s sweet, Parra fans are brutal!” laughed Eels hooker Kaysa Pritchard.”I love ‘Fozzy’ as a person, I reckon he’s a good bloke. Last time we played them he ripped us apart. I don’t think we were ready for him last time.”Part of the reason the Eels may have been underprepared to face Foran in Round 6 is due to his delayed start to the year.After being forced to sit out the opening three rounds following on from his personal circumstances that saw him depart from the Eels mid-year last season, a hamstring complaint further delayed his return until Round 5.”I don’t think we knew if he was going to play or not last time but he’s playing this week and we’ve got a job to do on him. Him playing is just going to make our job a bit harder,” Pritchard added.One of the key match-ups to decide Friday’s contest will be the respective performances of Parramatta’s former star halfback recruit against its latest big-name signing in Mitch Moses, who improved out of sight from his first game in blue and gold to his second when he led the way in a 22-16 win over Souths last week.Moses said Foran hadn’t been a focus of the Eels’ preparation but was looking forward to facing off against one of the sport’s best playmakers.”It hasn’t been spoken about at all but he’s probably one of the best halves in the game, coming up against his old club he’ll want to get a good game under his belt,” Moses said.”I’m looking forward to the challenge against him. You always want to [play against] the best in the game and challenge yourself and always put yourself up against them so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”Pritchard will be another key man for the Eels on Friday; his partnership with former Eels under-16s teammate Moses has progressed rapidly in two games while Pritchard’s own form has built steadily in what is his first season of consistent big-minute starting games.”I’m feeling a lot better, I’m starting to understand the speed of the game,” he said of his own form.”It’s more getting used to the speed of the game, I’m understanding it better now. I still haven’t got it totally but I will and I can still keep up playing good footy and doing my job.”Injured Eels No.9 Isaac De Gois has been a big help to Pritchard this year despite his own disappointment at not being able to play since being concussed in a pre-season trial game.”I love ‘Goisy’, I talk to him nearly every day, every time I see him,” Pritchard said.”He’s giving me good tips on what to do and how to do it and things I’m doing [badly] too, he’ll tell me straight and that’s what I love about Goisy. I hope to see him back soon.”last_img read more

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PNG goes down by 1 to Fiji

first_imgThey lost 5-4 in day 2 of hockey matches.It was a match that saw both teams go neck to neck at each other as the more experienced hockey women’s teams showed how the sport is really played.It was a disappointing loss for PNG despite going down by one point to Fiji 5-4.First period of the match saw the competition’s leading scorer, Fiji’s number 10 Tiara Dutta open the scoring which later saw PNG’s Caroline Mulina respond, levelling the score.Close encounters by both teams saw the scores remain the same till the second period when Fiji through captain Catherine Thaggard found the box as shec scored her 5th goal since day 1 of hockey began yesterday.PNG’s Jessica Kevan responded with a second goal to PNG leaving both teams tied at 2 all before the last two minute break.Good guarding by PNG goalie Rosemary Miria prevented what could have been a spurt for Fiji in goals in the last period blocking off a good number of shots from the Fijian ladies.Fiji again opened the last 15 minutes with a goal from Lala Ravatu as PNG’s Miria was yet again put to the test to defend her goal line from the fierce Fijian attack.PNG captain Terry Kiapin gracefully dribbled the ball into the Fijian territory where she managed to score, claiming her second goal in the competition at 3 points all.Competition leading scorer Tiara Dutta again attacked the PNG goal mouth where she managed to get the ball past Miria, taking Fiji to the front 4-3.Fiji’s Lala Ravatu managed to get her second goal extending their lead further to 5-3.Pressure started to build up amongst the PNG girls as they were down by 2 in the last period, Kari Raurela managed to get the ball past the Fijian goalie reducing the gap to 5-4.Last minute attempts to secure another goal from Fiji failed as the hooter went off ending the match at 5-4, a disappointing loss yet a strong match between the top hockey countries.last_img read more

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2017 Mini Games in Vanuatu on track following govt assurances

first_imgTwo weeks ago, VASANOC said it would ask the Council to withdraw the 2017 Games from Vanuatu if urgent action by the Government was not taken to release promised funding.The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all parties are now on the same page.”We’ve got a new government – a new Prime Minister has been in office for maybe two months – so I’ve had two meetings with him and he now fully understands what the commitments are (and) what a host contract is all about. He opened the General Assembly (of the Pacific Games Council in Port Vila) for us and made the commitment of his government to support the 2017 Games so it’s full steam (ahead for preparations).”The Mini Games will be held in December 2017 after the start date was pushed back by three months earlier this year.last_img read more

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Miramón will be 20 days off and will not play against Atlético

first_imgThis has been indicated in a statement, so the player in those twenty days you will miss two league games and one of the Copa del Rey.In addition to the loss of Miramón, Coach Paco López will not be able to count Gonzalo Melero and Oscar Duarte for Saturday’s duel against Atlético in Madrid, although they have already partially joined the work this week, nor with Rober Pier, Rubén Vezo and Iván López. The defense of the Levant Jorge Miramón suffers a grade 1 muscle injury in the right rectum of the right thigh and will be twenty days off, as confirmed by sources of the Valencian club.last_img read more

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Batacazo of Porto and AZ

first_imgIn the rest of the qualifiers the expected happened except in which he faced Basaksehir with Sporting de Portugal. After tying the tie (3-1 in both games) a goal of Visca in the last minute of the extension made the madness explode in the stadium of the Turkish set, that happens to eighth. In the rest of the meetings. Rome endured the initial onslaught of the Gent, who came to tie the tie thanks to a goal from David, which many already compare with Haaland, but Kluivert ended with the hope of the Belgians (1-1). The Wolfsburg had no problem against Malmoe (0-3), like the Basel, who left practically sentenced his pass to APOEL in the first leg (0-3) and this Thursday he won thanks to a goal from Frei. Strong defeat of Porto at the Do Dragao stadium against Bayer Leverkusen. Those of Conceiçao had to overcome 2-1 of the first leg and ended up falling 1-3 in a match in which they never had options. Alario, Demirbay and Havertz, the young German pearl, scored the three goals of the ‘aspirin’ team that sentenced the tie. Marega made up the score for a Porto that only has to focus on the league, which is behind Benfica.AZ Alkmaar was also surprisingly eliminated. The Dutch team, which is fighting hand in hand with Ajax la Eredivisie, was removed by LASK Linz Austrian, which won 2-0 thanks to a double by Raguz.last_img read more

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“Cristiano said that he was going to see his mother and he only hangs photos in the pool”

first_imgThe former Juve president said lastly that on his return it will be more difficult for him to get back into shape: “Criticizing now is easy, but seen from the outside, I don’t understand why some players wanted to leave Italy. When they return, it will be more difficult to get back in shape because they will have to be quarantined for 14 days.” His club gave him permission to travel, but the former president said Giovanni Cobolli Ggigi in Radio Punto NuovoThis was a mistake and has sparked criticism among fans in addition to causing disagreement within the squad: “Things at Juventus got complicated when Cristiano Ronaldo left. He said he was going to Portugal because of his mother, but now it seems that he only takes photos in the pool. When this exception was made, the situation fell apart and others wanted to leave. It shouldn’t have been like this. Everyone should have been quarantined. “ The footballer has posed in recent days in several photos, one of which was uploaded by his sister, Katia Aveiro, to social networks, without a shirt (there is another from days ago in which you can also see him without a shirt). Some images that fans have not liked.Cristiano Ronaldo, at his Madeira home. After the positive of Daniele Rugani, the Juventus was one of the first teams to be quarantined when the coronavirus began to spread over Italy. However, in those days, the mother of Cristiano Ronaldo He suffered a stroke, and as usual, the Portuguese soccer player asked to travel to Portugal to be there with her, fulfilling in Madeira with quarantine.Instagram ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The photo that Katia Aveiro uploaded to social networks.Instagramlast_img read more

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The French League studies a common loan to help the clubs

first_imgThat decision can be a serious blow to the clubs, which in France receive 36% of their income in the first division from television broadcasting rights. Another threat comes from the fact that the transfer market may be severely affected by the slowdown. French clubs are traditionally vendors and they obtained a significant part of their income from this section. In the 2018-2019 season there were some 635 million euros in transfer surpluses, essential to balance their accounts, and according to the French financial control body, the clubs still need about 200 million euros until the end of the season to not end it in negative. Most of the clubs have resorted to partial unemployment mechanisms for their workforce or to salary reductions for their stars. But, even with these solutions, the coffers of the clubs must support up to 84% of the players’ net salary, not covered by the partial employment regulation files. The LFP is in negotiations with the soccer union to reduce wages 50% globally. The crisis is affecting most of the clubs, even the big ones.The main threatened is Olympique de Marseille, who already had red numbers before the arrival of the coronavirus and was in the spotlight of UEFA for that reason. Monaco, another of the greats, has put all its workers on technical unemployment and negotiates with the staff to reduce their wages. The club can benefit from the support of the Principality’s authorities and studies whether it can also receive help from the French State, since it plays in that league. The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), for its part, despite having the largest budget, is also the one with the most losses linked to the pandemic. It is estimated that you can stop entering about 215 million euros. The French Professional Football League (LFP) is considering creating a community credit fund to help clubs overcome financial difficulties they may have due to the slowdown in competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to sources of the organization, it would be a credit of between 200 and 250 million euros that would be requested with the guarantee of future television income, both the current ones, from the BeIN Sports channel, and those of the following seasons, bought by the Spanish Mediapro. In this way, the aim is to allow entities to meet expenses during these months, when they have seen their income decrease due to the lack of ticket sales and all the benefits associated with the parties’ dispute. To this is added that Canal Plus has decided to freeze the payment of 110 million euros that it had to make on April 5, as it could not broadcast the games.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos answers Ajax and remembers his four Champions

first_imgSergio Ramos he replied to the tweet with a photo in which he appears with each of the four Champions you have won and the emoticon of a waving hand. The one from Camas has been proclaimed champion of the maximum European competition with the Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He confinement by coronavirus leads to clubs and footballers sharpen their wits in the form of challenges on social networks. He Ajax participated in a Twitter challenge in which they had to remember a Champions League match. The Dutch club shared a photo of Sergio Ramos in the box of Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg match of the Champions League, another from Tadic making a similar gesture on the grass along with a greeting emoticon remembering with the date of April 1 the result of the return of the Champions League knockout, 1-4 and that it coincides with the first day of the fourth month.last_img read more

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Guido: “It is difficult to train without knowing when we will return”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 20, 2020 League Final: “If you are going to play games one after another, many players will have minutes. We can do a good second part of the championship in the eleven days with the team we have. Position? For now I am feeling comfortable with the team, then it will be seen if I can have more freedom to get to the top, it will also depend on the matches and what the team needs. “Guido spoke of the Coronavirus crisis and the future: “It is a subject that is surpassing the entire world. I hope that soon we can get out of this confinement. It is good that these protocols are activated now, it is difficult to train at home without knowing whether or not LaLiga will return or if it will be in a couple of weeks or a month. “The footballer spoke about his arrival: ¨I came just without holidays, all this makes me not finish picking up the pace. Now he was already picking up the pace of the League and training. They are things that happen, they cannot be controlled. No one thought this could happen. “He talked about Pezzella’s flattery: “We played together at River and now we are in the national team. He is very fond of this club and he spoke highly of the club and the city.”Asked about the environment, it was clear: “You go to the street and they cheer you up. The other day I went to the supermarket and they shouted ‘Come on, Betis’. There is a very good atmosphere in the city, after four or five days I had to debut in our stadium and I was surprised by the Atmosphere. I didn’t know they were cheering on their team like that.He valued his peers: “They treated me very well since I arrived, especially in the locker room. On the third day I felt very comfortable and that speaks to the human quality that is inside the locker room. The mate? Canales takes, Barragán and Joel sometimes too” . Guido Rodríguez landed at Betis in the past winter market and intends to settle in Rubi’s team despite the current context of difficulties. The Argentine attended the club’s official media to express his feelings regarding his role in this squad: “It is different from Mexican soccer. Without going into much detail, here the lower levels are taught to handle technical and passing issues. In South America There is not as much technical training in the game as here. In River, they do like to play from the bottom, but here it is something common that is seen in all the teams. “He looked to the future after this break: “I try to see the positive, I have to work and I try not to physically fall and keep myself for when we return. The most important thing is to do a preseason with the head in training to also catch up with what the coaching staff wants” . He spoke of his minutes against Real Madrid: “That game was played very well by the team and that helps. When the team goes well, the individual goes better. I tried to balance the team, those 20 minutes you have had to be done to the maximum I was very happy for the victory. ” last_img read more

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“They called me tomboy, but I punctured the ball”

first_imgYou said your father didn’t like me playing …My father wanted me to be a model and a dancer (laughs). I had to go to dance to be able to play soccer.How do you remember the rejection of girl society?They called me tomboy and insulted me but, without lying to you, I answered them, hit them or punctured the ball.He also suffered an injury …Two days before traveling to the qualification for the U-20 World Cup I broke the crusader and it was a great sadness. I stopped playing soccer for five years. I was denied. Until one day they called me from Boca. I kept playing with my friends, but I didn’t play at the club level. People from River had also appeared and was between both teams. I went to a River training and when I got to my house my mother was crying and begging me not to play in River. So I went to Boca. That’s where all the good things soccer can give me started.Will you return to Boca?One always wants to return to Boca. Boca has that, both in women and men. When you leave the club you always have in your head to go back to Boca and I feel that I couldn’t give him a championship or play a Copa Libertadores. I always say that I am not going to retire in Boca because when it is said that you are going to retire it seems that you are going to go when your career is over, with the last thing you have left. I want to come back at my best to give you everything the club gives me.Some colleagues call him boss, do you have a vocation as a coach?I always say that I will be a Boca coach and I will win a Copa Libertadores. Later, I will be a coach with Argentina and win a World Cup. I always say it and I know that I will fulfill it.You look comfortable in Spain, what do you like most about living here?I really like the security you have in Spain. I like to go for a walk after dinner and have never been afraid here. In my country I cannot do it. Also, I really like the food options, the cleanliness and how friendly people are. It is a country in which I would like to come to live. We live incredible moments, with the fact of entering the history of the future Real Madrid Femenino, and with me they fulfilled everything, but there were many problems with my teammates. We did not have the same benefits or care. I had a hard time for those girls.Is that why it didn’t renew?I had several conversations to renew with the club, but Rayo showed me to be more interested. In the Tacon they have been very wrong with some players and I regret that those who had a bad time have covered it.Did they know at Tacon that you were going to be Real Madrid Femenino?When I signed for Tacon, I already knew that there were such plans to be Real Madrid for Women. My representative told me. We knew that if we ascend there was a high possibility that the Tacon would be purchased. When I arrived they never told me that we were going to be Real Madrid but that there was a very big project behind everything. We had the opportunity to go one day to see all the facilities of Real Madrid and we had dinner with people close to the club. We also knew that if we do not ascend, Madrid would buy Madrid CFF. They were between the two clubs and it happened that they chose Tacon.“I had to go to dance to be able to play soccer”FIFA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Ruth Bravo, Rayo Vallecano player.FIFA Ruth Bravo, known as Chule, has one of those stories behind that makes football great. The Rayo Vallecano player fought against all odds to dedicate her life to kicking a ball. From plucking the heads of the dolls that they gave her for her birthday to becoming strong among insults to be accepted in the parties that they organized in the streets of Salto or Magdalena, two of the Argentine enclaves where she spent her childhood. His mother was then his only support. It was not so for his father, who did not accept his passion and it took a lot for him to understand him. Chule found it hard to gain momentum and when he did, as part of his first club, Estudiantes de la Plata, the great obstacle of a serious injury to the crusader appeared. A setback that made him leave football for five years until his beloved Boca Juniors, the club of his life, crossed his path. In the ‘xeneize’ team, where she played from 2015 to 2018, she smiled again, but was forced to cross the pond to be able to dedicate herself to this sport in a professional manner..Spain was her destination, with Tacon being her next stop, to which she was attracted by the idea of ​​being part of the first Real Madrid for Women. It was not possible to achieve this last objective, since his time at the Tacon was completed last summer. Now, at Rayo Vallecano she has found her place again, wrapped in a great wardrobe. Confined to her Madrid home, Ruth Bravo recalls for AS the most important moments of his career, in which he has not stopped overcoming obstacles to dedicate himself to his great passion, soccer.How’s the quarantine going?Very well, but we have lost a lot of fitness.How do you see the option of not being able to finish the season?It makes us a little sad because we were having a good season. Although it is very difficult to live with that uncertainty, without knowing when we are going to return and how badly we are physically.Is that uncertainty maintained in its continuity?It is a problem that most of the players who have just signed will have. I am lucky that I spoke before all this happened with the club and they are very interested in me staying and I am very comfortable. However, things can change economically.How do you rate the season?Women’s football in Spain is making history, with the signing of the women’s agreement. Hopefully other leagues in the world will take an example.Like in your country, right?Argentina and South America are far from professionalism in women’s soccer. The players did not meet there as they did here. In Spain it did not matter how much Barça or Rayo charged. They were brought together by an agreement for all the players. That has not happened in Argentina. Each one has looked at their contract. No one fought for all those players who have worse conditions.How about Lightning?I am very happy here. There is a great changing room.How to play a World Cup?It is a very big thing. One always dreams of playing one.Who was your reference?I always had idols from Boca because my mother was a fanatic. She raised me with the image of Diego, Riquelme and others. Now it is Marta, who is extraordinary and I regret that she was born at the wrong time.Was it your mother who gave you this passion for soccer?If it wasn’t for my mother, I wouldn’t be playing, because my father didn’t like me to play. At Tacon I had a bad time and when I finished, it was my mother and my partner who pushed me to return to Spain.What happened to him at the Tacon?last_img read more

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