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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Let Us Not Forget the Ebola Orphans

first_imgOver one hundred orphaned children ranging from age two years to seventeen are still safely tucked away in a remote location in the Disc Hill community after losing more than 200 relatives to the deadly Ebola virus.They are now children of the Taffi Dollar Children’s Welfare Center under the Abundant Life Chapel, a church named after Taffi Dollar which has been patiently but without the proper resources, taking care of the children.These children are now known as the Taffi Dollar Children. Three siblings from the Tamba family who say they lost 16 of their relatives including their parents have been in the center living a daily routine that begins at 6:30 am and ends at 9:00pm.“I like being here because they take care of my brothers and me and the church seems to care about us,” said Bendu Tamba.Among the children who have now become used to the caring place in which they live is 16 year-old James, whose father was the priest that prayed over the remains of the late Ebola infected Marthaline Williams, the pregnant women who the late Thomas Eric Duncan tried to help.James emotionally explained how his father lost his life.“My pa came into contact with Ebola after the late Marthaline’s family told him that she didn’t die from Ebola. He believed them and did his ritual and died one week later,” he added.The center reflects sanitary conditions, well-kept bedrooms, a feeding program that sees to it that each child is fed at least two times a day. However, Rev. Wilmot Yalateh, the pastor of the Chapel, says there are so many things that are still needed to ensure that the Chapel will be able to continue its services to each child.“We have no one supporting us right now. Most places we reach out to tell us that there are no funds to help us. Right now we are doing everything that we can to find resources including food, school supplies, toys and materials that will sustain these innocent children,” the pastor added.Many of the children are in fear of not knowing what will become of them if the center is unable to find sponsors to enable them to continue living at the center.“I know how hard they are working to be able to feed so many of us. I’m afraid that anything can happen, but the Chapel has taught us to pray and that is what we are doing,” added Bendu Tamba.Meanwhile, Rev. Yalateh is in dire need of sponsors to help him keep the Taffi Dollar Children Welfare Center running. It’s a center, he says, that will in the future host children orphaned by many circumstances.“Right now I am willing to reach out to the media and any resource that can get the word out that we need sponsors. Each child needs a sponsor to sponsor them monthly. We are praying for the best and have faith that the rest will follow,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former USA captain and Sirius XM presenter John Harkes to look ahead to the return of the Premier League with matches including Manchester City against Tottenham and Liverpool heading to QPR.And Harkes has some particularly choice words for Reds forwards Mario Balotelli.The former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke gives us his three to watch and Sean Grant from KLAS ESPN (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) gives us his predictions in Tom vs. The World.last_img

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