Hungary 1 Australia 2: Kadar blunder settles bruising contest Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 6/10/18 Getty Images Tamas Kadar’s late own-goal gave Australia a 2-1 victory over a physical Hungary side in Budapest. Australia’s impressive pre-World Cup results continued with a 2-1 victory over Hungary that was marked by two blundering own-goals towards the end of a combative encounter.After the Socceroos were pinned back for long periods of the game, second-half substitute Daniel Arzani scored with a bobbling shot on 74 minutes, but his efforts were undone by defender Trent Sainsbury.The Australia captain headed through his own net two minutes from time in comedy fashion, only to have his blushes spared four minutes later when opposite number Tamas Kadar nutmegged his own goalkeeper in injury time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Bert van Marwijk’s side had beaten the Czech Republic 4-0 in their previous warm-up match, but struggled to create chances against a Hungary side that had lost two of their last three home games.The Socceroos failed to land a single shot on target in the first half and had goalkeeper Mat Ryan to thank for a number of important saves that prevented the hosts from taking the lead.While Van Marwijk might have been pleased to see his defence survive a stern test from the Hungarian attack, he will not have appreciated the combative nature of Georges Leekens’ side, who missed out on the World Cup after finishing third in their qualifying group.FULL TIME | 2-1 @Socceroos. Next stop: Russia #GoSocceroos pic.twitter.com/JMntexHCVP— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) June 9, 2018Australia found themselves in an unwanted physical battle early on and endured pressure from Hungary, who probed down the left through Gergo Lovrencsics.Slowly the Socceroos began to assert themselves and Robbie Kruse crashed a shot onto the crossbar from Aaron Mooy’s cross after 16 minutes only to be flagged offside, and he turned Mathew Leckie’s low ball over three minutes later.Ryan did well to save at the feet of Adam Szalai and then pulled off a brilliant last-ditch block to prevent the same player from opening the scoring on the half-hour mark, making himself big and saving with his legs after a Mark Milligan error let the striker through on goal.There was nothing Ryan could do about Laszlo Kleinheisler’s ferocious 25-yard shot that dipped over the goalkeeper before hitting the top of the crossbar on its way into the stands.Roland Sallai flashed a shot over the top from distance early in the second half as Hungary kept the pressure on, but Australia’s defence became wise to their opponents’ favoured lines of attack.With the visitors’ defence proving harder to penetrate, Lovrencsics lashed a shot well over from 20 yards before substitute Jackson Irvine landed Australia’s first shot on target at the other end, forcing Peter Gulacsi into a high save with his rising effort from close range.Arzani picked the ball up on the left and cut inside before rattling a low, bobbling shot that Denes Dibusz misjudged and it squirmed under his body and into the bottom right corner of the net.Just as Arzani’s goal looked to have settled it, Sainsbury stooped to head Attila Fiola’s cross back towards his own goal having failed to spot the position of substitute goalkeeper Brad Jones, who could not prevent the ball from crossing the line.Much to Sainsbury’s relief, Australia piled forward and Irvine’s cross into the six-yard box was poked through Hungary substitute Dibusz’s legs at the death. read more
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 9, 2010June 20, 2017By: Raji Mohanam, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)I was struck by the insightful comments from panelist Patricia Mechael, Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health at Columbia University. She spoke at today’s ‘Super Session’ on Lessons Learned Across the Globe. Mechael presented a David Letterman-like top ten list for the mHealth community to help us avoid duplicating work. This notion was repeated in many sessions today. With so many existing and new players in the mHealth field, we do not want to reinvent the wheel and we definitely do not want to reinvent a broken wheel! Mechael made the important point that we all need to capitalize on what others have already done and learned in the mobile health arena. Here is her list or “ten commandments of mHealth” as many are calling it:10. We must unpack the pathways to mobile behavior change and evaluate the impact that mobile technology is really making on health. Let’s answer the question: How are mobile phones changing health-related behavior?9. We need to tease out locally generated content and focus on local context. We need a down up model not top down. Messages need to be indigenously created.8. Let’s move away from a user-satisfaction focus and evaluate the health outcomes. This is the only way to sustain mHealth programs—create targets and benchmarks at the beginning of program creation.7. We must be realistic and become practical about what really works/what doesn’t—integrate mobile technology realistically.6. Let’s invest in participatory design programs—work with who it will impact. We should invest in local developers, designers.5. Let’s take a systems-thinking approach and think about adjacent fields which will be affected in our programs. We need to avoid single-issue thinking—packaging together services will help.4. Collaborate don’t compete—it is not about whose app is best—we all need to win and benefit.3. Recyle, reuse, and repurpose2. mHealth at scale can only come from a leadership linked to local health priorties, that then link to tools.….and the number 1 lesson for the mHealth community:1. It’s not all about technology—its not one system. It’s about a state of health and wellbeing. We’re all impacted. Let’s work together.Share this:
Whilst the future champions of our sport do battle on the opening day of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, the present superstars of our game recall with fondness the role playing in the National 18s tournament had in their pathway to the top. Karley Banks provides this special feature on “The Graduates” players who have risen from the 18s ranks to the highest representative levels our sport has to offer.The timid 15 year-old that got the late call up when someone pulled out because of an untimely dose of chicken pox, and really only got the nod because her sister was a fair player and someone figured that that sort of talent just HAD to run in the family, sat wide eyed, butterflies doing back flips in her stomach, waiting to be issued her playing kit for the National 18 Years tournament at Coffs Harbour.The shirt with the Number thirteen (13), the one no one wants because of the bad luck connotation, landed squarely at the feet of the young tyro from the Sunshine Coast.Our young gun didn’t really care what number she was given, reasoning that ‘A’ shirt was better than ‘no’ shirt at all, and besides, if it paid for her ticket onto the field for a thrill a minute ride that would set her on a pathway towards her goals, then # 13 was A-OK with her.Fast forward 8 or so years, and fill that interim period with what seemed like an endless round of juggling study/work/life commitments with gut busting training sessions, year round playing schedules, Mum and Dad driving you to tournaments in places you can’t even pronounce (let alone know what State they’re in!) injury rehabilitations, selection highs and lows, bonding nights, and scraping and saving for registration fees, shoes, and levy payments, and you begin to get a feel for what the journey is like for a Touch player rising through the ranks in an attempt to go from Junior prodigy to Senior success story.It’s not the road for everyone and in the tough times, the “Why do I put myself through this?” question is never far from one’s thoughts.But there, center stage on Field One at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa in January 2007, standing on the half way line and staring down at the might of the New Zealand Touch Blacks, was an all grown up Hayley Rogerson, proudly wearing a green and gold jersey with of course the number 13 emblazoned across her back… proof positive that the TFA Talent Identification system works. “Hayles” and her elder sister Peta (who is a current Australian Women’s Open World Cup representative) have risen through the ranks to be among Queensland’s and Australia’s brightest talents. Hayley represented Sunshine Coast at her first National 18s Championships, then QSST for the next two years, and then was selected to represent Australia at the 2001 Youth World Cup in the 18 Years Mixed division.The super fit link subsequently went on to be selected in the Queensland Women’s 20s team, Australian Women’s 20s squad, the Queensland Women’s Open State of Origin Team, and eventually the TFA National Training Squad.Hayley achieved a cherished dream when she was selected in the Australian Mixed Open Team for the 2007 FIT World Cup, and views her experience at the National Youth tournaments as an integral stepping stone in her development.“When I think back to the 18s tournaments, it really doesn’t seem that long ago, time flies… I know that since then, I have been lucky enough to come through the National system and been given support and development opportunities, but it all started with those early tournaments. I am thankful to all the people who have coached, pushed, and persevered with me during my ‘internship’. Without them I would not have been able to achieve my goals. Hopefully one day I can put something back into the sport that has given me so much,” Hayley said.The National 18 Years Tournament provides a unique opportunity for all regional areas of Australia, as well as the might of the New South Wales and Queensland School systems to compete under the one umbrella in a bid to crown the best 18 Years and Under team in the nation.The event offers a mix of social and competitive experiences that have become an integral lining in the fabric of Touch Football in this Country, and more importantly a rite of passage for some of Australia’s best young players like Hayley, who have used the tournament as a springboard for their representative careers.Australia has had 16 players who have represented the nation at Youth World Cup level who have gone on to represent Australia at Open level since the inception of Youth World Cup competition in 2001.Current Australian Open superstars such as Ash Farrow, Bo De la Cruz, Anthony Ziade, Louise Winchester, Matty Tope, Rebecca Tavo, and Steve Roberts are amongst the impressive list of ‘graduates’ to make the transition from our Junior World Cup, to our Open World Cup teams.Sydney’s Matthew “Shaggy” Tope who represented NSWCHS in the National 18s Championships in 2000, and went on to be selected in the Australian 18 Years Men’s team for the 2001 YWC, has great memories of the National 18s event and is enthusiastic when quizzed on the significance of the tournament to his development as an Elite player.“The best part about playing in the National 18’s was learning about the different playing styles. I didn’t understand a lot of the philosophies on how and why players from Queensland teams played differently to New South Wales teams, let alone the Kiwi style that I had never really seen before. It helps you learn to play more of a complete game when you get exposed to players, coaches, and ideas that you’re not used to. That and the friends you make. After playing for Australia you have an understanding of what it takes to get there, so you forge some pretty good friendships with the people that you go away with, that’s something that started for me as a junior and continues to this day,” Tope said.“Topeey,” regarded as one of the hardest workers and best young thinkers on the game in the nation, credits his YWC experiences with preparing him for the next level of competition and delivering him some harsh realities on what is required to truly “make it” in the game.“Playing in the YWC in 2001, taught me a lot about how hard you have to train to prepare for these events and the sacrifices you have to make in order to do well. As a young player you take for granted your talent and sometimes tend to rely on that without going the extra mile to better yourself. At the elite level everyone is talented in their own right, so it’s the ones who put the work in that really stand out. After that tournament I wanted to be one of the players who trained hard so I could stand out. I guess it kick started any chance I had of representing at the senior level, because without putting any hard yards in, I would have never made it,” Tope said.North Queensland’s Kelly Mc Gennity is the first female player to represent Australia in the two Youth divisions (18s & 20s) at successive Youth World Cups then graduate to Open World Cup representative level. Troy Malcolm is the first male.Kelly starred for Australia at the Federation of International Touch (FIT) 18 Years Youth World Cup in New Zealand in 2001 in the 18 Years Girls, the FIT 20 Years Youth World Cup at Kawana in the 20 Years Girls in 2005, and the FIT World Cup in the Mixed Open division in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2007.Mc Gennity, who captained the QSST Open Girls team, and the North Queensland 18 Years girls team, is adamant that the National 18 Years tournament has been a key stepping stone in her rise and rise in the sport she is passionate about.The impressive playmaker was the Player of the Series in Australia’s World Cup winning 2005 20 Years Women’s team.“Playing in the Youth World Cups were great experiences, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Youth World Cup prepares you for open level in a big way. The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand has, and always will be, so intense and the speed of the games are just phenomenal,” Kelly said.“I think the Youth World Cup helps you realise the importance of playing for your country and representing the many young players out there that strive to be in the same position. To come out on top and win is a huge bonus. It’s a great honour to play in the Youth World Cup and to be fortunate enough to go onto the next level and play in the Open competition, is just sensational. It really opens up your eyes and makes you realise why you play the sport and why you put so much time and effort into developing your skills,” Kelly added.For the Sunshine Coast’s Benny Roberts who along with teammate Ash Farrow represented Australia in the 18 Years Boys division at the 2001 YWC, then went on to represent Australia at Open level in the 2007 FIT World Cup in South Africa, playing in the National 18s tournament provided benefits on a number of fronts. “The best part of playing in the National 18’s was being able to really show the rest of Australia that the Sunny Coast had talent, and it’s not just in the traditional touch football strongholds like Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. To be able to be selected in Aussie Youth teams exposed me to better coaching and gave me the opportunity to see how different Countries approach the game – the way New Zealand play is much different to us and it was a bit if an eye opener for sure,” Benny said.The National Youth Championships have also allowed elite Coaches to develop and progress along a career pathway with mentors such as 2007 World Cup Australian Open Assistant Coaches Peter Robinson (Men’s Open) and Karley Banks (Mixed Open) having the opportunity to be a part of coaching teams at Youth World Cup level, then Open level, after cutting their teeth in the National 18s tournament.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman led the Australian Women’s 20s’ Youth World Cup Team to a World title in 2001, she then assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open Team at the 2003 World Cup, before finally guiding the 2007 Australian Women’s Open Team to World Cup glory in South Africa.Australia’s most successful coach at World Cup level Peter Bell, who coached the Australian Women’s Open team to three successful World Cup campaigns between 1995-2003, is now giving the benefit of his knowledge and expertise to a new generation of up and coming players by assuming the coaching reigns of the Australian 18 Years Girls Youth World Cup campaign for 2009.Current Youth World Cup coaches Kathy O’Brien, Dean Russell, Michael Mc Donald, and National Assistant Coaches John Singh, Simon Hausler, Pete Shefford, Jacky Patrick, Danny Goodwin, Ricky Luland, Wade Jenkins, Nick Smith, and Steve Hughes have all coached in the National 18s Championships.In 2007 a new breed of players will take to the fields at the Coffs Harbour cauldron, some keen to establish themselves as the real deal, some just their to have fun and enjoy the ride, whilst others will have dreams of one day playing for Australia echoing through their heads.Keep your eye on the rookie kids wearing the unfashionable number 13 jersey, they may not be “all that” today, but as Hayley Rogerson will tell you, given the right amount of guidance, support, belief, and encouragement, dreams can come true.THE “GRADUATES” HONOUR ROLLPlayers who have represented Australia at Youth and Open World Cup LevelCLASS OF 2001Anthony Ziade (Men’s 20’s)Ash Farrow (Boys 18’s)Ben Roberts (Boys 18’s)Bo De La Cruz (Women’s 20’s)Brad Holden (Men’s 20’s)Hayley Rogerson (Mixed 18’s)Kelly McGennity (Girls 18’s)Louise Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Matt Tope (Boys 18’s)Troy Malcolm (Boys 18s) Rebecca Tavo (Mixed 18’s)Stacey Lapham (Women’s 20’s)Steve Roberts (Men’s 20’s)CLASS OF 2005Andrew Baggio (Men’s 20’s)Troy Malcolm (Men’s 20s)Claire Winchester (Women’s 20’s)Kelly McGennity (Women’s 20’s)Roxy Winder (Women’s 20’s)
The Northern Territory State Titles will commence Friday, 1 May 2009.Men’s Open, Women’s Open, 18’s Mixed and Senior Mixed divisions will be contested at Touch Headquarters, Inner Race Track, Darwin Turf Club.To keep an eye on results, visit the NT State Titles website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=920&pID=14
In this edition, Australian Men’s 35’s captain, William Chan, speaks about how his team is progressing, and how it feels to be named captain of the side. With less than two weeks to go and two training camps under our belt the team is pretty excited. At the first camp I was honoured to be named the captain and feel privileged to be leading a team that has a mix of state and international veterans (Lenny Ryan is competing in his fifth World Cup) and some very capable debutants. Fortunately for me my job is going to be made easier with Scott “Soggy” Danswan named as vice captain. We knew after the first training camp that we had some areas to focus on. We played against some strong opposition in the Men’s 30’s, Men’s 40’s and Senior Mixed. All games we played were tough and they will be hard to beat in their respective divisions.One of the highlights during this campaign has undoubtedly been the success of our fundraising night. Our coach Budgie (Emmanuel Buhagiar), assistant coach Ross Pugliese and manager Condor (Noel Donohue) had worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this all happen. The highlight of the night was MC Darren Senter interviewing league legends Peter Kelly and Bobby Cooper. It was topped off however by a private helicopter flight with one of our players, ‘sky pilot’ Matt Stanton, being auctioned off for the highest bid of the night. The 180 strong crowd were vocal and definitely enjoyed themselves and it was a credit to the whole team to get them there.Everything started to come together last weekend at the final training camp. After a mixed performance against the Men’s 30’s we put it all together with a good win against the Men’s 40’s and then had a solid hit out against ourselves to give the refs a run.That evening we all attended the TFA official function at the SCG where all teams were presented with their jerseys. You could tell that the enormity of representing your country was starting to hit home as the players received their gear, including myself! A major part of this night was to recognise the people who have excelled in Touch and have contributed a great deal to the sport. All those recognised deserved their standing ovations. However, one such recognition led to a huge surprise for one of our own and that was the naming of Lenny Ryan as one of the flag bearers along with Traddy and Louise Winchester. We just hoped that we would see Lenny at training the next day after he went out to celebrate.Next day Lenny did show although 15 minutes late and we had our last trial and another good performance against the Men’s 40’s. We finished the day with a fitness session that really brought us closer together.We have no excuses, a good preparation, a good game plan and a good sheriff.Can’t wait!Be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered for attending the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League including 2013 Elite Eight Series from Wednesday, 13 March to Saturday, 16 March at BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour New South Wales. The event will comprise of Open and Senior tournaments concurrently over the four days, including the second Elite Eight series which was introduced in 2011. This will create an exciting atmosphere with the best players, referees and referee coaches from across the country in all age divisions and potential international teams also.For more information, please click on the attached document. Related Files2013_x-blades_ntl_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Information
The Australian youth teams held-off a brave and talented New Zealand to seal all six matches on the final day including the deciding matches in the Boy’s 20’s and Girl’s 18’s. And with that, a clean sweep of all six of the series’ contested and a new level of admiration for team green and gold. Players Player – Jack Wright Mountfort Park, Manurewa, New Zealand The love we speak of is about the young Aussies’ other loves. The love of the contest. The love of the fight and the pursuit of excellence in this great sport that drives these athletes to sweep through a series unblemished and overcome all obstacles and odds to claim their prize. The love and affection for victory in the face of fire. The love of the big stage. The big moment. The love of the team. 20’s Mixed: While they may have had some trepidation taking the cue from their senior compatriots in winning all nine matches at the 2016 Opens Trans-Tasman, all players, coaches and mentors in location sure had to dig deep and deliver something very special of their own to overcome an amazingly talented and competitive New Zealand squad across all divisions. Players Player – Tamika Upton At the heart of all this was a crazy little thing called ‘love’. And we’re not merely referring here to the mutual admiration style love you might expect across a young touring sporting contingent with kindred spirits in a different country. Nor is it necessarily referring literally to that freak of a talent from the west by the name of Love, the Tyla variety. The same young man that destroyed the Kiwis in the final match, delivering a master class with his teammates in that amazing grandstand finish in the Boy’s 20’s decider early Sunday afternoon. Players Player – Jackson Mills Coaches Player – Brittney Clifford It was etched in their eyes and seeping out of the pores of the Aussies who so desperately wanted their teammates in other teams to reign supreme and break-through for their respective wins; for their country, their families, loved ones, their school, work and team mates. Themselves. Well done again Team Australia, to all involved. Love your work. It is hard to define but it is purely as it is surely in the DNA of every card carrying, vegemite-loving dinky-di Aussie who so cherish our national victories over the best, in the ultimate sporting theatre: a Trans-Tasman sporting test. While we know it works in mysterious ways, who best to turn to explain, than the man they call Love. Tyla Love. Clearly in the moment, that man Love again jinked yet again to his favoured right to hit Osborne for his triple, leaving the defenders flat footed and proving ultimately the difference in this crucial final match. Then, you guessed it, Love then sealed it 9-7 with his double and with that and the final siren blaring, the green and gold Tsunami had certainly hit shore. A flood of players from all teams swung onto the field to celebrate the boys’ resounding win and the overall six series to nil margin. When asked by the television commentators what was the secret of the success: “I had an Up and Go (milk drink) and got down here with the team focused and ready to play and rode off the back of the great work of the guys,” he said. “Touch is good over there in WA where I’m from, but it’s a big milestone and goal of mine to play in the green and gold and win and cherish this win with the boys,” he said. 20’s Boys: The love of the team. The moment. Taylor Haugh and Sargent for New Zealand were immense and when Fiveash crossed and then Australia’s Kenny dropped a certain chance in reply, it was 7-6 to the green and gold with six to go and the game and series on the line. No surprises here. The love of the fight won the day. The flight stuff could wait till the next day’s departures out of Auckland. Coaches Player – Liam Grant When Marrinan went close on the left flank it appeared academic with only a couple left on the clock. The love of the contest. Mills, Egan, Simbolon, Cridland and Moore all upped the ante and amped the energy of the team finding supports left and right to test the Kiwi’s edges and resolve and continually surged upfield with everyone in on the act. “I was also so impressed by the composure shown by the players; particularly in the midst of the weather, the tension, the environment away from home. The Australian contingent’s performances over the past three days to secure the 2017 Youth Trans- Tasman series and sweep in New Zealand was something to behold and demands to be told. Each and every division delivered and then finally it came down to one super finale to this event. 20’s Girls: Players Player – Daejarn Asi With all but two of the series decided on Saturday, some might think that getting the required four divisions out of six might suffice with the overall series and trophy in the bag and reflect on an awesome New Zealand performance who arguably deserved a title or two. Roxanne Winder Award: Maddison CroweClick here for full results and try scorers for each day’s play. “It is just an amazing experience coming back and winning here against the Kiwis (New Zealand his place of birth),” the sole Western Australian representative and one of the tournament stars, Tyla Love said post-match. And as the song goes (New Zealand) did what they did but then Love came to town. Jinking left then right Love fired a great long ball to a juggling, rangy Osborne in the extreme right corner to stretch the lead and seemingly close the Kiwis out of the contest and tellingly, yet another series. Marrinan thought he had another but when Tjaydn Ashby then cleaned up from another bat back out wide, this time from yet another great performer through the series, Osborne. Players Player – Adam Russell Troy Malcom Award: James Price TEAM AUSTRALIA COACHES AWARDS AND PLAYERS PLAYER: “At one-all in the deciding match today, it was awesome to play and win with our guys; particularly as the Touch Blacks were great, tough and fought really hard, as they always do.” 18’s Mixed: Coaches Player – Blake Moore “It is always such a privilege and pleasure to be here and competing against the best with their tremendous hospitality. Among them, Jake Grech eight seconds prior to the break and then Justin Cridland to Jacob Marrinan eight seconds after the break, broke the game open and the momentum of the Touch Blacks; taking the wind momentarily out of the Kiwis and into the sails of his teammates drawing ahead by two straight after the break. It’s fair to say he sure shared the, ahem, love with his stellar support crew with a bunch of strong performances from his Australian 20’s brethren. Coaches Player – Marley Simbolon 18’s Girls: Players Player – Aalyah Paki “The depth we now have across all divisions and the class and capability will no doubt hold us in good stead in the next 20 years. And no doubt this is what we will be exposed to for a while ahead, as always – very tight and gripping contests the order of the day as you would expect!” “And to our team it is so good to see our ‘One Team’ in action and so invested and committed to achieving this success together; notwithstanding our referees’ contingent who were again first class,” he said. 18’s Boys: But then Jayden Sargent’s double kept New Zealand in the hunt. And when Whakatane’s Muir-Tuuta crossed sending a shiver down the spines of the young Aussies, it was a real case of fight or flight with the game and series on the line. “I am just so incredibly proud of the entire team; from all players who were outstanding throughout, right through to all coaches, mentors, support crew and families who travelled abroad to witness our stars of the future. Coaches Player – Maddison Crowe Think again. The ruthless and mature, determined approach by the young Aussies to storm through this series victorious was compelling to watch and left the crowd across the ditch, at home and around the world, in awe. Coaches Player – Justin Cridland “Firstly to our great friends at Touch New Zealand they should be so incredibly proud of the event they delivered and the great performances of all their players and teams, along with the awesome coverage of the event by Maori Television which we’re sure received huge traffic through the week. For Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire among the big ex-pat crowd, he felt enormously pleased and privileged taking a front row seat and something of a preview to future internationals and stars of tomorrow, “all accomplished and mature beyond their years”. Game. Matches. Series. By @JulianTFA
Incoming Premier League chief executive Susanna Dinnage has decided not to take up her role with the organisation, sparking a hasty search for a new successor to the post. The top division of English football made the announcement, just over a month after confirming Dinnage as the first female to hold the position, that the Animal Planet global president has elected to withdraw her candidacy. Originally scheduled to replace the outgoing Richard Scudamore, the league’s nominations committee has now been reconvened to find a new figure to fill the role. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive,” a Premier League statement read. “The Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.” Dinnage, who has been with the Discovery network, the owners of Animal Planet, since 2009, had been set to assume her new role early in the new year. At the time, she said: “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.” Upon her appointment, Nominations Committee chairman Bruce Buck had added: “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption. “She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.” BBC and Sky Sports have both reported Dinnage will instead remain in her role at Discovery. A season-ticket holder at Fulham, Dinnage originally ran the company’s British operations, including heading up the Eurosport channel and overseeing their acquisition of coverage rights for the Olympic and Winter Olympic Games. She was also a leading contender in 2017 to assume the chief executive role at Channel 4. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “incredible” start as caretaker manager at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won his opening five matches after replacing Jose Mourinho in December – equalling Matt Busby’s record in a 2-0 FA Cup victory against Reading last week.The 45-year-old Norwegian – appointed until the end of the season – could surpass Busby’s record with victory against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer seems to have already restored a feel-good factor at Old Trafford following the ill-fated reign of Jose Mourinho, and he is now a contender for the permanent managerial vacancy.When asked about Solskjaer following Manchester City’s 9-0 humiliation of Burton Albion in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Guardiola told reporters: “His start is much better than mine, I lost my first game and drew the second [after being appointed in 2016].”He won all the games. He is a young manager, getting incredible results. I saw a few minutes of games they played and they played good.”But it is not my business to talk about other opponents, we have a tough game around the corner against Wolves.”It will be a tough game. We have one day off and then prepare for the game.”Good job, fellas! 9-0 #cityvbafc #mancity pic.twitter.com/itt0x7AW2U— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019Premier League champions City are second in the league, four points behind leaders Liverpool and 12 ahead of sixth-placed United.If United can beat Spurs this weekend they could close the gap on fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot, while Guardiola’s men are back in action against Wolves at the Etihad.
Unai Emery admits he does not know if Sven Mislintat will be staying on in what is shaping up to be a difficult January transfer window for Arsenal.Goal revealed on Wednesday that the Gunners are set to lose their highly-rated head of recruitment.A little over a year after being brought onto the staff at Emirates Stadium, Mislintat is edging towards the exits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He had been keen to take on a new technical director role in north London, but Arsenal are looking elsewhere for somebody to fill that position.With his influence over additions seemingly set to be limited, Mislintat – who enjoyed considerable success in a previous role at Borussia Dortmund – is being heavily linked with a return to the Bundesliga at Bayern Munich.Gunners boss Emery claims he is unable to shed any light on whether such a move will be made, with the Spaniard still trying to put winter plans in place.He told reporters on the Mislintat speculation: “I was working with him the last two weeks, we had two or three meetings together.“We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].“My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”While Emery has held discussions regarding possible additions, he admits bringing fresh faces to Arsenal will be difficult.He has already conceded that he will have no money for permanent additions, forcing him to seek out loan deals for the likes of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.Emery added on the situation he faces in January: “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.“The club is working, I spoke with [Mislintat] about different possibilities but it’s not easy to take players who can help us with big performances now.”Arsenal would welcome additions to their ranks if the necessary quality at the right price can be found.They have slipped six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four, with a resurgent Manchester United having pulled level with them in the battle for Champions League qualification.The Gunners will, however, get the chance to force themselves back into the mix on Saturday when they play host to London rivals Chelsea – the side sat directly above them in the table at present. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal’s £15 million ($19m) bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has been branded an “embarrassment” by John Hartson, while James McFadden considers it to be “pittance”.The Gunners have been linked with the Scotland international for some time.Interest is said to have been stepped up during the current transfer window, with a formal offer reportedly tabled this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An approach from Arsenal is said to have been knocked back, with Celtic valuing their 22-year-old academy graduate much higher than those in north London.Former Bhoys and Gunners striker Hartson is not surprised to see that stance being taken, with the Welshman writing on Twitter: “My old club Arsenal testing the waters with reported £15m bid for Kieran Tierney.“Celtic don’t want to sell besides that in this current market £15m is an embarrassment to the player and his ability.”Hartson is not the only one to have hit out at Arsenal and their apparent reluctance to pay the going rate for a player of Tierney’s ability.McFadden, a former international colleague of the highly-rated left-back, told BBC Sportsround : “[Virgil] van Dijk moves down for £13 million plus his sell-on clause then goes for £75 million. I think Kieran Tierney’s certainly at that level.“We’re not talking about him going to a smaller side to build himself up. It’s one of the top sides in England coming and saying we’re going to take your best player for a pittance.”McFadden added on Tierney’s talent : “He’s so level-headed, he’s a funny guy, but when he trains, as you could imagine, he does everything to his best you know.“You look at small things, when they do the wee sprints to warm up, he sprints his fastest.“He puts everything into every session, and that transfers onto the game. It didn’t surprise me the level of intensity of his training, and it’s not a surprise that teams have come in. We’ve already said the bid is unacceptable, if that’s the level they’re going in at.“There’s no doubt that he would make it down there. It was a problem we had trying to pick a Scotland side, because you’ve got two of the best left-backs in the world, and that’s not trying to make players feel better, that was the hard facts.“Him and Andy Robertson, it’s difficult to split them. He’ll go down there no problem. Andy Robertson, Van Dijk, Wanyama, these guys went to smaller clubs to show people that they can play at a higher level.“He’ll go straight down into one of the top clubs no problem. There’s still improvement in him as well, that’s the thing. He’s a young guy and he can improve.“He’s the top man at Celtic. They can play without a guy in front of him because he can control the whole left side, going forward and defensively.“When you go and play with better players it makes you better. You have to rise to that level, and it makes you a better player.“Kieran Tierney is Celtic daft, so it’ll take something phenomenal for him to consider it, and also for Celtic to consider it.“I think it would need to take someone who’s going to compete for a title in England or go and try to win the Champions League for Kieran Tierney to leave, because he’s winning trophies, he’s playing in Europe, he’s playing for the club he loves.“I think it would have to be something really special, and Arsenal at the minute won’t challenge for the title. They might further down the line if they can invest in their squad, but £100 million is nothing in England.“I don’t think Arsenal will blow him away and make him think ‘I have to go and sign for Arsenal’.“Arsenal look like they’re trying to do things on the cheap, and if it’s £15 million it proves they’re trying to sign as many players as they can for as little as possible.“It tells you that they’re not ready to challenge for the title, and that’s maybe in the back of Kieran Tierney’s mind to say ‘Why do I just want to go and try to finish sixth or break into the top four, when I could be winning titles for the club I love?’”
Unai Emery has suggested that Arsenal’s summer spending spree is over, with Celtic defender Kieran Tierney seemingly no longer a top priority.The Gunners were tipped by many to take in a quiet window, with there a supposedly limited budget on offer in north London.Nicolas Pepe has, however, been acquired in a club record £72 million ($88m) transfer, while Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba have been snapped up on loan and permanent deals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It could be that business is now over at Emirates Stadium.Celtic full-back Tierney has been pursued for some time, with £25m ($30m) put on the table at one stage, but no agreement has been reached.The same is true when it comes to a protracted saga involving Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the Ivory Coast international still on the books of a Premier League rival.With there time before the deadline passes, it could be that Arsenal decide to splash the cash again if the right player becomes available.For now, though, Emery appears to be happy with the squad he has pieced together.He told reporters after a 2-1 friendly defeat to Barcelona when quizzed on his recruitment plans: “It has not changed, our idea and our message.“Only if we can sign a player who really, really can improve our squad, then we are going to do that.“If not, then not.“We have good competitive players to achieve or try to achieve our target this season and we are going to be looking at something if we can sign someone, but with this idea.“Only, and only, if we can improve.”Emery has already moved to quieten talk of Arsenal making a potential loan swoop for Barcelona’s former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.It had been suggested that the Brazil international would be sounded out in a bid to bring more creativity onto the Gunners’ books.Emery, though, insists such a move has never been discussed, telling Cadena Ser of those rumours: “We’ve never talked about Coutinho.“He’s a splendid player, but we haven’t talked about Coutinho at any time.”
LUBBOCK, TX -NOVEMBER 22: A general view of the football field and fans at Jones SBC Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 22, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The Sooners won 56-25. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech starting quarterback Alan Bowman suffered a scary injury during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia. He left the game after being hurt, and afterwards TT head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed Bowman suffered a partially collapsed lung.As of this morning, Bowman remains at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. It doesn’t seem like he is in any danger, but continues to be monitored and cared for.Bowman has already been declared out indefinitely.Tech official says QB Alan Bowman still at Covenant Hospital this morning, being treated and monitored for the partially collapsed lung he suffered Saturday.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) October 3, 2018Before his injury, Bowman was off to a blistering start to his college career. A 6-foot-3 freshman, he has thrown for 1,680 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.His top performance was a 605-yard, five touchdown output in a 63-49 shootout win over Houston in Week 3.Records broken on this play:➡️ #TexasTech single game receiving yards (Antoine Wesley, 261)➡️ Big 12 single-game freshman passing record (Alan Bowman, 605 yards, a record previously held by @PatrickMahomes5 ?)?#WreckEm⚫️ pic.twitter.com/UMrRgLugA9— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 15, 2018Texas Tech is 3-2 on the season following the loss to West Virginia. They have a bye week this Saturday, and will play again on Thursday, Oct. 11 against TCU.The game against the Horned Frogs will be aired on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN analysts have unveiled their predictions for college football’s conference championship Saturday.We have a couple of major upset predictions.Three ESPN analysts are picking one College Football Playoff favorite to go down in an upset loss, setting up a path for Ohio State…Here’s the pick:Three ESPN college football analysts are picking Texas to upset Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. This would open the door for Ohio State to sneak into the College Football Playoff.What are you picking on Saturday?You can view the full picks here.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys watches the replay board in the second quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)A star college football running back and a standout offensive lineman have decided to skip their team’s bowl game.Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced this morning that running back Justice Hill and offensive lineman Larry Williams won’t be playing in the bowl game.The Cowboys are set to play No. 24 Missouri in the Liberty Bowl.“Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward,” Gundy announced.Justice Hill and Larry Williams will not participate in the bowl game to pursue future endeavors. We wish both young men the best moving forward. #okstate— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 3, 2018Both Hill and Williams are seen as serious 2019 NFL Draft prospects.There will likely be several top college players skipping bowl season this year. Michigan star defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced yesterday that he won’t be playing in the Wolverines’ game. More announcements are coming.Oklahoma State and Missouri are set to play on Dec. 31 at 3:45 p.m. E.T.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after scoring a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On Monday night, the Clemson Tigers will face off against the Alabama Crimson Tide for the fourth-consecutive time in the College Football Playoff – three of which occurred in the title game. The only win for the Tigers came in the 2017 title game when little-known Hunter Renfrow delivered the final blow.Renfrow is most well-known as the guy who caught the game-winning touchdown from Deshaun Watson in Clemson’s win over Alabama in the 2017 national title game. Debate raged on regarding whether or not the “pick” play was legal, but the end result was all that mattered.Now he looks to get another shot at the Tide as the teams square off for another title.Earlier this year, however, he made the greatest catch of his career on Tuesday night. The Clemson star bent the knee and asked longtime girlfriend Camilla Martin to marry him in March.Meet Martin below.Renfrow hopes to end his college football career with a ring of his own.
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)2020 cornerback Jahari Rogers has been picking up offers from across the country, but the Texas Longhorns have been recruiting him hard. Now that he’s narrowed down his list a little, he’s addressed how Texas has been recruiting him.Speaking to Horns247, Rogers revealed that Texas has been particularly honest with him, and values that in a coaching staff. He also stated that he feels the relationship with the Longhorns is strong.“They’re real with me,” he said. “That’s what I want in coaches with my recruitment. They show a lot of love, and they speak nothing but the truth to me. That really is eye-opening when other people don’t. With them, it’s different. I feel more of a trust with them, and it’s a strong relationship.”Rogers is a four-star prospect and is rated the No. 248 overall prospect by 247Sports. He is considered the No. 20 cornerback in the country, and the No. 41 prospect from the state of Texas.Per the report, Rogers has identified Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma has his standout schools.Rogers spoke especially glowingly about Texas assistant Ra’Shaad Sample. He stated that Sample would likely support him regardless of whether he chose the Longhorns.“He’s probably the biggest person over there that I really trust,” he said. “He saw me before everybody else did. He’s really just cool with me. Even if I didn’t go to Texas, he would still probably have my back, hand I feel that. Just having him over there makes me feel comfortable with Texas.”Horns247 reported that Rogers is eyeing June 22 as a visit date to the Texas campus.He has already completed visits with Arkansas and Florida.[Horns247]
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Cornerback Parnell Motley #11 and cornerback Tre Norwood #13 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate an interception and the end of overtime against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley announced some unfortunate news on Friday. Defensive back Tre Norwood, who suffered an injury earlier in the week, is out for the season.Norwood reportedly suffered a non-contact injury to his knee at Monday’s practice. He was expected to start at nickelback this season for the Sooners.Norwood started all 14 games for Oklahoma a year ago. Losing him for the season is a huge blow to a team that needs to keep up on defense to contend for another College Football Playoff appearance.Norwood is heading into his junior season with the team. He should still have two years of eligibility when he returns. Defensive back Tre Norwood out for season after suffering injury in fall camp pic.twitter.com/UbsAWQwgZd— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) August 9, 2019A season ago, Norwood had 58 total tackles with a sack and an interception.Oklahoma, last season, won the Big 12 with a victory over Texas in the league’s championship game, qualified for the College Football Playoff but fell to Alabama.The Sooners open the 2019 campaign against Houston on September 1.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The defending champions are back in action as Clemson hosts Georgia Tech tonight. As most fans would expect, almost all predictions involving this game lean toward the home team.Clemson lost several playmakers to the NFL Draft, such as Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Hunter Renfrow. Yet, Dabo Swinney still has more than enough firepower to make a run toward another national championship.Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to shine this season. He’ll get an early crack at making his case for the Heisman Trophy tonight when he faces Georgia Tech.ESPN released its prediction for the Clemson-Georgia Tech game, and it’s about as lopsided as it can be for a conference showdown. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Clemson has a 98.8 percent chance of defeating Georgia Tech.It’s not too surprising when you consider that ESPN’s FPI has the Tigers favored in every game on their schedule.Amari Rodgers and Bryton Constantin are the only players on the roster who will miss the season opener. The rest of the team should be locked and loaded for this game.If the Tigers are going to get back to the College Football Playoff, they’ll most likely need another undefeated regular season. An early victory against the Yellow Jackets would be a good start.Kickoff for this game is at 8 p.m. ET from Memorial Stadium.Clemson fans – what is your prediction for this game?
Jose Mourinho suggests Manchester United lacked structure during his tenure as managerJose Mourinho was dismissed by United last month after a rancour-filled final few months in the job amid media reports of conflicts with players.advertisement Reuters ManchesterJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 12:09 IST Jose Mourinho explained the set-up that managers need to have in place in order to be successful (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United sacked Jose Mourinho last monthMourinho repeated that his second-placed finish with United last season was one of the best achievementsUnited have won all five games in the Premier League since the Portuguese manager’s departureFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said coaches need structures in place to support them as he broke his silence following his sacking by highlighting the difficulties he faced at the Premier League club.Mourinho was dismissed by United last month after a rancour-filled final few months in the job amid media reports of conflicts with players.Appearing as an analyst with BeInSports television, Mourinho repeated that his second-placed finish with United last season was one of the best achievements of his career and went on to outline the challenges he said he faced.”People might say: ‘This guy is crazy, he won 25 titles and now he says that second position with United was one of his best achievements in football,” Mourinho said.”I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”Mourinho made his point by talking about the set-up that managers need to have in place in order to be successful.”We are not any more in a time when the coach by himself is powerful enough to cope,” he said.”The coach nowadays needs a structure, he needs a club organised in a certain way.”The club must have an owner or a president, a CEO or executive director, a football director and then the manager. This is the structure that can cope with all the problems modernity is bringing all of us.”A club must be very well organised to cope with all these kind of situations where the manager is only the manager and not the man that is trying to keep the discipline or is trying to educate the players,” he added.advertisement”(Former United manager) Sir Alex Ferguson used to say the day a player is more important than a club, goodbye,” said the Portuguese, a former Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach.”Not any more. The manager ought to be there to coach the players, not to keep the discipline at any cost. You need a structure to protect the manager and keep everything in place, so that the players do not arrive in a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be.”United have won all five games in the Premier League since former player, Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, took charge of the side on an interim basis following Mourinho’s departure.Mourinho, who also had two spells in the Premier League with Chelsea, said he aims to be back in full-time management and has no intention of retiring yet.”I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be.”I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jose MourinhoFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Former Manchester United manager