2015 NSWTA Country Championships

first_img42 teams from across country New South Wales will travel to Dubbo this weekend to compete in the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association’s Country Championships. The Riverbank Touch Ovals, home of the Dubbo Touch Association, will host the event, which commences on Saturday, 24 October 2015. Teams will compete across seven divisions at the two day event – Men’s Open/Men’s 20’s, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Women’s 20’s/30’s, Men’s Seniors/Masters, Women’s Masters and Men’s 50’s/55’s. 2014 NSWTA Country Championships results:Men’s OpenDoyalson Dragons 9 defeated Wollongong Devils (2) 2Women’s OpenBerkeley Vale Panthers 5 defeated Wallsend Wolves 1Mixed OpenPort Macquarie 7 defeated Wallsend Wolves 6Women’s 20’sNewcastle City 5 defeated Wagga Wagga 1Men’s 30’sWallsend Wolves 9 defeated Maitland Redbacks 5Women’s 30’sNelson Bay Neptunes 4 defeated Walllsend Wolves 0Senior MixedNelson Bay Neptunes 5 defeated Peninsula Piranhas 4 (Drop-off)Men’s 40’sWallsend Wolves 6 defeated Nelson Bay Neptunes 2Women’s 40’sCentral Coast Dolphins 4 defeated Newcastle City 2Men’s 45’sResult: Newcastle City 4 defeated Jerrabomberra Storm 2Men’s 50’sWollongong Devils 6 defeated Newcastle City 2Men’s 55’sBeresfield Bandits 8 defeated Wallsend Wolves 0Affiliate ChampionWallsend Wolves Stay tuned to the NSWTA website and social media channels for further coverage of the 2015 NSWTA Country Championships: Website – www.nswtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch #ctrychamps Instagram – www.instagram.com/nswtouchRelated LinksNSW Country Champslast_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle inviting offers for Rob Elliot

first_imgNewcastle inviting offers for Rob Elliotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are inviting offers for Rob Elliot.Rafael Benitez confirmed that Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot will be available during the transfer window with Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow currently ahead of him in the pecking order.Asked if Darlow could be sold amid speculation linking him with Sky Bet Championship promotion-chasers Leeds, he replied: “I know some of our players, the agents are telling us this club is interested or another one, but we are not ready at the moment to sell anyone.“The only one that now is available in the window is Elliot because the others, at the moment we need them.“Obviously, we have too many keepers and we have to manage, but Rob is available in the window.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Kohinoor of Indian cricket

first_imgThe Kohinoor, the famous Indian diamond in Persian means, the ‘Mountain of Light’. Presently, it is set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth and exhibited in the Tower of London. India has been vociferously asking for it to be returned, unfortunately, without much success. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the Kohinoor of Indian and World cricket and truly a mountain of light for any young aspiring cricketer. Indian cricket needs to ensure that this gem does not lose its shine and glitter for years to come. The International Cricket Council (ICC), one gathers from some of their recent press reports, seems to be wanting to control and monitor the IPL and the other T20 leagues that have mushroomed in other parts of the cricketing world. The Indian board needs to be firm in keeping this gemstone away from any possible raiders. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe franchise-based tournament, that had its inception in 2008, has proven to be a phenomenal success, not only for the cricketers but also for the millions of cricket fans. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with IMG brought about a sparkling gem, the IPL, that revolutionised Indian cricket. The commercially viable league has attracted innovative marketers and corporate honchos. This should, in the next decade of the IPL, from the way it’s blossoming, bring forth technological brilliance for followers and viewers of the game. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe IPL has been a blessing for the present as well as for the past cricketers. Cricket-related jobs that once were non-existent have now become lucrative options for cricketers from all around the globe. The money that is being poured into the league has brought in professionalism into every aspect of the game. The buzz that the 2019 IPL has already created is phenomenal for Indian cricket. The popular cricket platform has cricket legends past and present dissecting performances and analysing it to the hilt. Cricket has touched the masses like never before. The T20 format was looked upon as a cricket circus, entertainment to enjoy and thereafter to forget. One never ever imagined that the 3+ hours cricket tournament would be considered in the same vein as Bollywood movie entertainment. The suspense that emerges from a make belief story of the cinema world would give way to a real-life tale on the cricket field. The performers, in this case, are not actors but real life heroes. The script, in this case, was not written on paper but made in heaven. The actors were cricket players with none of them being portrayed in the leading role. The 2008 IPL was the blockbuster that created a classic which India had never experienced before, especially in the world of sport. T20 Cricket became simple to follow and it soon became a family drama enjoyed by everyone. The shorter format made the game more uncertain and the cricket critics, who revelled in their knowledge of cricket and records, were no more seen as somebody special. The mathematics of cricket was made simple through the number of overs that a team played. Runs scored was all that mattered and in whatsoever manner, a player and team could. Cricket was shortened timewise and there was a definite outcome at the end. The IPL 2008 was, what one can term, as blessed in many ways. The phenomenal century in the first match by Brendon McCullum for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, truly established the IPL as a thriller. Rajasthan Royals (RR), the final winners, brought additional spice to the league after their nail-biting victory against Chennai. The team was never ever thought of as one of the favourites to win and therefore, the result was ideal for popularising the tournament. Shane Warne, the master spinner, captained the side in the John Wayne style of a leading actor. His star performer from India was Yousuf Pathan, whom he communicated with more by body language than words. However, the icing on the cake was an unknown Indian cricketer from Goa, S. Asnodkar, who at that time became a household name. The young cricketer brought in the Indian family warmth and hospitality when he had Shane Warne and the RR team in Goa for a meal at his house. This was just the script the IPL required to showcase friendship, camaraderie and a feeling of oneness amongst the players themselves. Since then, Indian cricket has had many unknown faces becoming stars overnight. Jasprit Bumrah, considered the best-limited overs bowler in the world at present, is one of them. The IPL highlighted the performance of many young batsmen especially the likes of Paul Valthaty, Manish Pandey, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Mandeep Singh and Naman Ojha. Some of them did make it to the Indian side, but most remained as a one-off success. However, unknowingly, the maximum benefit that Indian cricket has derived is from the bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Yazvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kunal and Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Jaydev Unadkat, Siddarth Kaul have all played for the country. The IPL has been instrumental in bringing these talented Indian cricketers to the fore. The established Indian cricketers, as Virat Kohli has rightly stated, should play to enjoy the IPL. However, there are still two batting slots to be filled up for the World Cup. The IPL fever cannot be underestimated, the field is open for an Indian batter to become the darling of this crowd. An unknown superstar being catapulted onto the world stage would be just what dreams are made of for an aspiring cricketer. (The writer is a former Test cricketer. Views are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Pakistan says Indian fire killed 3 of its soldiers

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan Army said on Tuesday that it lost three soldiers due to “unprovoked” Indian firing across the Line of Control.Military spokesman Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a statement that Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked” firing in Rakhchakri area of Rawalakot Sector along the LOC. Three soldiers were killed, he said. Ghafoor said that the Pakistan Army responded effectively. Meanwhile, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir “Prime Minister” Raja Farooq Haider on Monday said his government has prepared a plan for evacuation of civilian population from the highly vulnerable areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in case of emergency, according to a report in Dawn. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after the Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. PTIlast_img read more

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India mulls hosting second WTO mini-ministerial meet next month

first_imgNew Delhi: India is planning to host the second informal meeting of trade ministers from about 20 member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) here next month amid growing challenges for global trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. This meeting assumes significance as several countries are raising questions over the relevance of the global trade body. Many countries are also taking protectionist measures, impacting global trade. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are planning this (meeting) in May. We will be inviting about 20 WTO member countries this time,” he said. The US had imposed high duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products, which triggered a major trade tariff tussle. Recently, the WTO cautioned that the global trade will continue to face strong headwinds this year and in 2020 after growing slower-than-expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia has time and again stressed the importance and relevance of the WTO for promoting global trade. In March last year, over 50 nations participated in a meeting here which was convened by India to explore options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO. That meeting was organised in the wake of talks collapsing at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference in December 2017. India had appealed to the WTO members to identify common ground for strengthening the multi-lateral trade body amid challenges being faced by it following the deadlock at the Buenos Aires ministerial in December. Talking about the proposed national ecommerce policy, the minister said the draft is in the public domain and the ministry would look at all suggestions and views. “Every objections raised by small or big traders, we will take it on board,” he said. Concerns have been raised by certain quarters over some proposals of the draft policy related with data localisation and cross border flow of data. Meanwhile, Prabhu, who quit railways portfolio in 2017 after two rail accidents, also said initiatives taken by him during his three-year stint are now yielding results. Prabhu said measures were taken for increasing capital investments, track renewal and improving passenger convenience. “Railways spent Rs 2.75 lakh crore in the first three years (2014-17) as opposed to Rs 3 lakh crore cumulative in first 70 years. So that was the capital expenditure and now you are seeing the results of that,” he said in an interview. He said in the three years, when he was the railways minister, all the backlog of track renewal was completed. “We almost covered the backlog (of track renewal). So now you are actually seeing the result of that. There is hardly any derailment…We did things to ensure safety,” he added.last_img read more

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Jyotirmoy Mahato is BJP candidate from Purulia

first_imgKolkata: The BJP has finally fielded its district president Jyotirmoy Mahato as a candidate to contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Purulia.The announcement was a delayed one. The party had already announced its candidates in 40 seats in various phases with the two constituencies — Purulia and Burdwan-Durgapur remaining undecided. The BJP declared the names of its 42 candidates in five phases. There was considerable resentment brewing amongst the BJP workers in Purulia as the Central leadership took a long time to announce the candidature. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources that there was a tussle between the leaders to select the candidate in Purulia. The opinions were divided among the state leaders on who would be the befitting candidate there. Some leaders of the saffron party were said to have backed another candidate whom they thought to a better one for the job. The Central leaders, however, finally came up with the name of Mahato who has been a known face in the district. He has been working for the party in the district for quite sometime. The district BJP leaders believe that the selection of candidate will reap political dividends for them during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

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Algeria troops kill three suspected militants

first_imgAlgiers — Algerian troops killed three suspected militants on Wednesday as they pressed a sweep through mountains east of Algiers, which has now killed eight since March 11, the defence ministry said.The operation focused on an area of the mainly Berber Kabylie region close to the Mediterranean coast, ministry statements carried by the national APS news agency said.A commander of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has already been killed in the sweep through the Aghribs area of Tizi Ouzou province. In the 1990s, Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist fighters in which some 200,000 people were killed, according to official estimates.There has been a drop of violence in recent years, although groups affiliated with AQIM have remained active in the Kabylie region, as well as southeast of Algiers, usually targeting security forces.The deadliest attack took place in January last year when 37 foreign and Algerian hostages were killed in clashes with Islamist militants who had seized a gas complex deep in the Sahara Desert.last_img read more

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Stakes remain high for Ohio State mens basketballs latest meeting with Kansas

With the faintest of grins, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. made sure to note that former Kansas big man Thomas Robinson won’t be in Columbus to bully the Buckeyes in the paint Saturday. “That’s a huge relief,” the junior guard said almost gratefully, as if the thought of the hulking 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward evoked memories – perhaps agonizing ones – of what happened the last time the teams met. Largely thanks to his 19 points and eight boards in last year’s Final Four matchup, Robinson, who was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, helped ensure the anti-climatic end to what would’ve been OSU’s first national championship berth since 2007. Kansas coach Bill Self’s squad rallied from nine down at halftime to best the Buckeyes, 64-62, before falling to Kentucky on the sport’s biggest stage. Word of that might’ve taken some time to reach Smith Jr., though. “I didn’t continue to watch college basketball,” Smith Jr. said of his reaction to the season-ending loss. Almost eight months later – and more than a year ago since the Buckeyes’ first setback against the Jayhawks in a similarly hyped early-season matchup last December in Lawrence, Kansas, No. 7 OSU (8-1) might have another chance at revenge against No. 9 Kansas. Smith Jr., who admitted to have “been waiting for this game since our schedule got released,” stopped short of calling Saturday’s game revenge. “My mindset’s not on revenge,” he said. “We’re two different teams right now.” Smith Jr. likely is right in his assessment of playing the Jayhawks without Robinson and the likes of former guard Tyshawn Taylor, now of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Kansas (8-1) might not be quite the team it was last year – but maybe neither are the Buckeyes, which find themselves in a similar boat without the inside presence of former forward Jared Sullinger. “We’re trying to do our best with what we still have,” Smith Jr. said. And while the teams – in their personnel and dynamics – are different, the stakes aren’t quite as dissimilar. Similar to both meetings in 2011, Saturday’s showdown finds both clubs toward the top of the Associated Press poll – OSU at No. 7 and Kansas at No 9. In a 30 or 40-game season, hyped games such as these don’t always alter a team’s trajectory, but the outcome could serve as a projection. It did last season, after all. “Obviously you’re going to hopefully learn quite a bit about your basketball team as you get ready to head into January, February, March,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “My job is to keep thinking big picture and knowing what lies ahead but you use this game as an opportunity.” Even inside the confines of the Schottenstein Center, Matta maintains an “experienced, seasoned” Jayhawks squad pose a threat that will almost certainly challenge an OSU team that’s been largely untested-save for a 73-68 loss against Duke on Nov. 28 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. “I think Kansas right now is playing at a level as high as anybody in college basketball,” Matta said. “They start four seniors. Man, it’s like wow.” Smith Jr. said Saturday might just to come down to which team proves more durable. “I think for both teams this game is going to be a toughness match,” he said. He’s not alone in that theory, either. “Who’s going to be the tougher basketball team?” OSU junior guard Aaron Craft said. “They do a phenomenal job of getting second-chance points, grabbing 50-50 balls, really limiting possessions for us offensively. “We have to find a way to overcome that-if not match that, or be better their intensity and their toughness. Because that’s what Kansas basketball is about.” The features Craft listed seem to be suggestive of a team matching its talent with as much effort. OSU, arguably, has struggled with that coming into their game against the Jayhawks and it might have been best exemplified against a mediocre Big South squad Tuesday, when OSU eked out perhaps its most ugly win of the season, 66-55, against Winthrop. “I guess what we’ve learned is we’re not going to be able to just come out here any given night and think we’re going to play our best basketball, we have to mentally prepare for that leading up to the game,” Smith Jr. said. “It’s part of being a winner and we’ve lacked on some that sometimes.” OSU and Kansas are scheduled to tip their game at 4 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Spalletti disappointed as Inter lose again

first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed his disappointment and loss of words after his team succumbed to a late home defeat to Parma.The Nerazurri were tipped to challenge for the title after an impressive summer of player recruitments but so far have fallen short of any challenge with two losses in their first four games of the season.On loan, young Inter full-back Federico Dimarco scored the winner 11 minutes from time to compound more misery on his parent club.Spalletti admits his team haven’t been good enough so far this season and he believes they must do better when Spurs come to the San Siro on Tuesday for their UEFA Champions League opener.“It’s a painful defeat,” Spalletti told reporters, according to SportsKeeda.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“When you find yourself with four points from four games in front of this crowd and considering the fixture list, it becomes difficult to find excuses.”“We did well for long spells, we were always in their half but we certainly need to offer more than what we did. The responsibility is mine above all if a lot of players are showing less than their full potential.”“I don’t see this as a soft team. The guys are working in the right way with the attitude that you need. At times, perhaps we’re creating more confusion by trying to change the things that aren’t coming off.”“Up to their goal, we were in it but we wasted too many easy chances considering the quality that we have. We need to stay solid, keep our heads and learn also how to make the most of scrappy chances.”last_img read more

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Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

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