Australian Men’s Squad visit a success

first_imgWe had only just recovered from the return of the ark…. torrential rain, flooding and being cut off from the rest of the civilisation when the god’s descended upon us. It was a day the likes of none I had ever been blessed with the opportunity to witness.Names that will echo in the halls of touch history came to play the greatest sport on earth on a hot balmy weekend in Townsville….. Shuker, Sonda, Day-Berg Muir and Jones just to name a few. Little words can be used to describe how great these God’s were. Their grace, speed and skill (although lacking somewhat on Saturday morning!!!) came to the front on the shores of the great Coral Sea on Saturday afternoon. The 200 willing spectators got a first hand view of the best that the game has on offer.  Chris “Fazz” Farrow put on a try scoring performance, while Drummy and Sonda threw long balls from one end of the Strand Park to the other.  The game could only be described as the most free following game of touch most of the spectators would ever had the opportunity to witness (the fact that there were six referees on the game was a great contributor to this).On a more serious note, the weekend in general was a great success and I’m very pleased to still hear players and people that came down to watch the weekend talking about it.  But by far the most pleasing aspect was that at the recent NTL in Port Macquarie, North Queensland players had the opportunity to catch up with the Australian players and talk about the weekend (something that North Queensland players, except for the very elite, would never have had the opportunity to do). Tony Trad played assistant coach for 2 games, to the North Queensland Open Women at the recent NTL, something that the players and coaching staff were extremely thrilled to have occur.The weekend ran extremely smoothly. On Friday afternoon the team was slit into 2. 1 team visited Kirwan High School and the other William Ross High School. Players conducted drills and training sessions at both schools, photos were taken and players signed whatever the kids put in front of them.Saturday started slowly….it was extremely hot! Tony Trad conducted a coaching session with the Level 2 course attendants and about 25 local coaches. Tony gave an overview of the game as he saw it and then conducted a training session with the Australian men for the coaches to view. Generally most coaches got a great appreciation of where their own limitations lay and general areas of how to improve or bring up to speed the team they are coaching with the latest policies and techniques.Saturday afternoon saw the team head down to Queens Park to conduct a kids coaching clinic. 60 kids of varying ages were run through skill drills, small games and passing techniques.  I think the Aussie men had more fun than the kids as they ran around showing off, the willing and encouraging group of youngsters just watched on in awe.  Again the kids had the chance to have photo’s taken, receive signed touch balls and generally have a chat to the guys after they finished.I think the highlight of the weekend for the players was being drafted into the local Men’s 1st division teams and being able to play within these teams. Both Sharks and Frogs presented their drafted team players with club uniforms as a memento of their time in Townsville. The Aussie team did a great job of backing up after a full day of activity to participate in a game against an invitational Townsville team. Under lights about 300 players and spectators again got to witness the best that Australian Touch has to offer.Sunday morning for 3 lucky young players was probably the highlight of their touch career.  Betty, Alan and Lochie got warm-up, train and play with the Aussie men’s team. They were given playing shirts, subbed off and on and were involved in the half time and full time debriefs.All-in-all the weekend was a huge success and well received by all. This isn’t to say that there weren’t a number of things that could have been done better or improved upon for next time.  General notice period could have been better, organization of the player’s time and commitments could be improved, allowing the players to have greater recovery time.  The heat had a major impact on the players and for next time a winter timing would be far more suitable. The lack of support from regional areas outside Townsville also needs to be improved.I will finish on a really positive note and say that we could not have hoped to have hosted a better bunch of guys. They conducted themselves in an outstanding manner on and off the field.  They made themselves available to the kids, players, coaches, parents and anyone else that wanted their attention. A big thank you to Gavin Shuker, who without this opportunity would never have been possible and also to Tony Trad and TFA for considering and supporting the concept.Now we have a great relationship with the coaching staff and players I believe that we have the opportunity to have more programs like this come North Queensland’s way.Thanks to Anita Hagarty for providing the article content.last_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Appointments 2016-2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. TFA concurrently have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development – www.ausport.gov.au/ftem. TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.The appointment process included and expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings: – The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.– The separate functions of Upgrade and Appointment are still relevant at the NTL, but the refereecoaching within those functions also need to mirror the requirement, and the expectations communicated to the referees in either category. – Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.– An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in less games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.– The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event. – To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.TFA congratulate the following individuals who have been appointed to the Referee Coaching Panel for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. Related Files2016-17_ntl_coach_appointment_-_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Coacheslast_img read more

22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder says Fleck’s Scotland call-up much deserved

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder says Fleck’s Scotland call-up much deservedby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says John Fleck’s Scotland call-up is much deserved.The 28-year-old has been called up to the squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino and has not yet been capped for the senior side, despite previously playing four times at U21 level.”John has come back very strong and positive in his performances,” said Wilder.”Hopefully with just a little bit more belief and confidence, playing in the Premier League week in week out and playing at international level as well. “From my opinion he thoroughly deserves his call-up. He’s been outstanding… every level that he has played at he has embraced and moved forward.”It’s a great reward for him and hopefully he can go and do himself justice when he goes up the road.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 hours agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Laird worth his place

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Laird worth his placeby Paul Vegas20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Ethan Laird is worth his place for tonight’s Europa League trip to Partizan Belgrade.Solskjaer, in an interview with United’s official website, spoke about Laird’s qualities and what he’ll bring to the side.”He’s been injured a little while and now is on his way back,” said the Norwegian.”He’s a full-back in the mould that we want: he’s physical, he’s quick, he’s strong, technical as well driving forward with it.”So we thought it was the time for him now to get this experience and we believe he can kick on in his career.” last_img read more

Tesla chief accounting officer resigns after a month

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Tesla’s chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, is resigning after a month on the job because of the public attention and fast pace the post entails.In premarket trading, Tesla shares slid 7 per cent to $261.In a regulatory filing Friday, the electric vehicle maker reported that Morton has no disagreements with Tesla’s leadership or its financial reporting.Morton said in the filing he still believes in Tesla’s mission and prospects.The Palo Alto, California-based company said its chief financial officer and its corporate controller will oversee accounting functions.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey falls in overtime in Big Ten opener rebounds

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate at a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerMorgan Kile’s first career goal sparked the Ohio State field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field as the Buckeyes handled the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 9-1, to salvage a split of the weekend’s matchups.It took OSU (3-4, 0-1) all of 47 seconds to get on the board Sunday when the freshman midfielder Kile crossed in front of the net from five yards out and converted off a pass from junior forward Peanut Johnson.“It felt great to come out with positive energy working together,” Kile said. “And when you come out as a team with an attitude like that, it’s just so easy to start a game that way.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey picked up a hat trick against the Mountaineers.The Buckeyes fell just one goal short of the school record against Appalachian State (2-6, 0-1), failing to match the 10 they scored against Missouri State in 2012 and against Louisville in 1994.OSU’s demolition of the Mountaineers came just two days after the team lost a tight battle against Michigan State.The Buckeyes lost a thriller in overtime Friday afternoon, 4-3, to the No. 16 Spartans to open Big Ten play. Columbus native Abby Barker, a senior forward, scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 2:50 into the extra session to give the Spartans (5-2, 1-0) the victory.“She’s a great kid. She can finish,” Wilkinson said about Barker. “She showed that last year in the Big Ten Tournament and she showed that again today.”Despite being outshot, 20-17, Michigan State got a quick flurry of four shots on goal in the opening minutes of overtime. OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made three saves away from the net in the period, but couldn’t deny Barker as she maneuvered in front of the net for the game-winner. OSU got out to a promising start early against the Spartans, scoring twice within 20 minutes in the first half. Humphrey connected off a penalty corner eight minutes into the game and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner followed it up with a tip-in goal with 18:01 left in the half.Michigan State didn’t panic and instead responded with poise before the half ended.Senior midfielder Becky Stiles connected from five yards out with less than seven minutes to play in the opening stanza to cut the Buckeye lead in half, 2-1. It appeared OSU would be able to keep its lead at halftime until Michigan State was awarded a final penalty corner attempt with no time remaining. Allie Ahern, a senior forward, scored on the play off a well-placed pass from Barker to tie the game, 2-2, at halftime. “I don’t know if we got comfortable or if Michigan State just stepped it up,” Wilkinson said. “Obviously when you’re down two goals like Michigan State was, you have nothing to lose. And when a team can get into a rhythm playing like that, that usually fares well for them.”Ahern connected again for her second goal, this time off a turnover, to start the second half, and the Spartans led for the first time, 3-2.The Buckeyes didn’t get a shot on goal in the second half until more than halfway through the period, but they made a strong surge late.With 11:53 to play, Royce took a thunderous shot off a penalty corner and fired just wide, but Humphrey snuck into the picture and tipped the ball into the net to tie the game at three. OSU had four opportunities to win the game on penalty corners with no time remaining, but it couldn’t find the back of the net.“We had endless opportunities on goal,” Royce said after the game. “We had multiple (penalty) corners. Under pressure everything changes, so we’ll learn to step up.”Royce said she was pleased with her teammates’ performance against the up-tempo Spartans, but they have to learn to play at their pace.“The Big Ten style has a very unique style of (field) hockey,” she said. “So our hardest challenge will be playing our game despite the way they play.”OSU is set to face Louisville on the road Tuesday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten play continues Sunday against Penn State in Columbus. read more

Dybala determined to help Messi win World Cup

first_imgPaulo Dybala is delighted to have been included in the Argentina squad for this summer’s World Cup and is determined to help Lionel Messi finally taste glory at international levelDybala was somewhat a surprise addition to Jorge Sampaoli’s squad for Russia, after being omitted from the team in the recent international break back in March.However, the 24-year-old has continued to impress at Juventus this season and his 22 goals and five assists played a key part as the Bianconeri overcame the threat of Napoli to win a seventh consecutive Serie A title.In an interview with Cadena 3, Dybala revealed that he is determined to help Messi finally win something with Argentina this summer.“The desire to help him (Messi) achieve something that would be great for everyone. We try to help him from wherever we are. We have the best player in the history of football on our side and the dream is very big. It’s everyone’s dream to be world champion,” he said, as quoted by MundoAlbiceleste.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“To train and to have the possibility of seeing Messi every day is something incredible because you learn a lot from his quality. Being world champion is everyone’s dream. It won’t be easy but we the best player in history and we will do everything possible to get that done.”The Argentine is prepared to play in any position up front for Sampaoli.“I have played everywhere up front, be it at Instituto, Palermo or Juve. I don’t feel uncomfortable playing as a playmaker up front,” added Dybala.Since making his debut for Argentina in October 2015 during a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay, Dybala has yet to score for the national team in his 12 appearances.last_img read more

Higuain made his competitive Rossoneri debut but made little impact

first_imgMilan coach Gennaro Gattuso believes that Gonzalo Higuain can give them a great deal this season even after they flopped in the second half of the match against Napoli.Gattuso also Gattuso had gone 2-0 up during the second half, however, just within 30 minutes Napoli had turned it around to lead 3-2 with a Piotr Zielinski brace and Dries Mertens tap-in.“Up until the 55th minute he was very much involved and the second goal also went through his feet. Then he too dropped intensity levels like the rest of the team, but I am sure he can give us a great deal this season.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Tiemoue Bakayoko came off the bench for his debut after the loan move from Chelsea.“He has to learn how to receive the ball and that means having the right positioning and posture. A week of training isn’t enough to knock some weaknesses out of a player and that is why I tried to use the old guard tonight.”last_img read more

Murkowski Sullivan Comment On Zinkes Departure

first_imgPresident Trump tweeted the announcement “Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation.” The president said he would name a replacement this coming week. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan: “Over the past two years, Alaska has had no better friend than Ryan Zinke. He joins the ranks of Gov. Wally Hickel as one of the great Secretaries of Interior.“From assembling an all-star leadership team led by talented Alaskans, to unleashing American energy dominance — by reversing the previous Administration’s illegal lock ups of Alaska lands which hurt thousands of working men and women and their families, and approving the King Cove Road, Secretary Zinke’s impact at the Department of Interior has been immense. He epitomizes a federal government that is willing to work with Alaska, instead of creating obstacles.“I am very sad to see him leave. His service to our nation, including multiple combat tours as a Navy Seal, has been exceptional. I have no doubt his contributions to our country will continue.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators reacted to the news that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be stepping down at the end of the year. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski: “I was disappointed to learn that Secretary Zinke is stepping down. He has been a strong partner for western states and for Alaska, in particular. After years of frustration with the Department, he came in and took a very different approach – he listened to us, built a great team, and worked with us to advance our priorities. From responsible development in the 1002 Area and a life-saving road for the people of King Cove, to his efforts to secure energy dominance and eliminate the maintenance backlog at our National Parks, Secretary Zinke has accomplished a lot of good things for our country. We will miss him but wish him the best.”last_img read more