SFA Tests Fifth-Ranked Texas in Opening Round of NCAA Tournament

first_imgSET ONE | #5 Texas 25, SFA 14• Thanks to some early errors by the nation’s fifth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Ladyjacks got their hands on an early lead. • Texas committed a trio of unforced attack errors as well as a service error to help SFA jump out to a 6-3 lead on the nation’s biggest stage. McKenzie Brewer added one of her two service aces during that opening run for good measure. • The Ladyjacks’ lead, however, proved to be short lived. 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White and 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston each pounded down a pair of kills during a 7-2 run by the Longhorns that handed the home team a 10-8 lead. • Out of a media timeout after the Longhorns opened up a 15-9 lead, SFA used a kill and an ace from Coleman to fuel a 4-2 run that cut the Texas lead down to 17-13. • White took over for the Longhorns down the stretch, adding another trio of terminations during Texas’ 8-1 run to close out the frame. • The Longhorns totaled 17 terminations and hit .364 in the frame while SFA amassed only five kills. SET TWO | #5 Texas 25, SFA 17• Once again, the Ladyjacks were able to get the upper hand early on. Daron and Makenzee Hanna teamed up for a block on the set’s first point while Xariah Williams chipped in a kill to keep SFA ahead 2-1. • An 8-2 response from Texas, however, helped the home team take the lead for the rest of the set. White hammered down three more kills in that surge while Yaazie Bedart-ghani added another two. • Twice SFA managed to pull within three points but each time the Ladyjacks did so Texas answered with runs of 4-0 and 4-1 to regain control. • Texas hit .375 in the middle set and turned in 18 kills. For SFA, Xariah Williams powered down four of the the team’s nine kills in the set. SET THREE | #5 Texas 25, SFA 21• With their backs against the wall, the Ladyjacks again came out as the aggressors and claimed an early 6-4 lead behind kills from Daron, Makenzee Hannaand Hollas. • Anyia Williams’ lone termination of the set kept SFA in front 8-7 but Eggleston starred in a key stretch for the Longhorns that allowed the home team to jump in front for good. She finished with three kills in Texas’ 5-1 run that gave the Longhorns a 12-9 lead. • SFA continued to fight until the bitter end, cutting the Longhorns’ lead down to one point on two occasions. Consecutive kills from Hollas and Coleman made the Texas lead 18-17 before Texas went on a 5-1 run to take a 23-18 lead. • The Ladyjacks generated 12 of their 26 kills in the final frame and held the Longhorns to 14 kills on a .265 attack percentage. KEY PERFORMERS/STATISTICS OF NOTE• SFA hit .063 in the match with Hollas providing team-highs in both assists and digs. Texas hit .336 – the highest single-match attack percentage by an SFA opponent in 2018 .• The Ladyjacks also saw their nation-leading 11-match winning streak in true road matches come to an end Thursday. Heading into their match against Texas, SFA was the only team in the nation that had not lost a true road match in 2018. • Brewer concluded her career on a great run from the service line. Through the last four matches, the senior turned in a total of 11 aces through 13 sets played which translated to an average of 0.85 aces per set. • Brewer, Coleman, Hanna and Peyton Redmond all played in their final matches in an SFA uniform. SFA’s four seniors helped the Ladyjacks return to the NCAA Tournament after a 12-year hiatus. • SFA established new program records for wins in a season (32), consecutive wins (29) and winning percentage in a season (.914) during its memorable 2018 campaign. • Eggleston put in a match-high 14 termination while hitting .591 for Texas. White added 12 kills while Bedart-ghani finished with 11. What a run. What a season. What a team. #AxeEm pic.twitter.com/tcESZpIloT— Ladyjacks Volleyball (@SFA_Volleyball) November 30, 2018 QUOTABLESFA head coach Debbie Humphreys on the match | “It’s been a wonderful opportunity getting to play. Certainly getting to come into this environment and play somebody the caliber of Texas was something we were really excited about and that experience did not disappoint us in the least. I’m very pleased with our team’s performance. I thought we fought well, I thought we served tough and I thought to the very end we just kept trying to put as much pressure on the Longhorns as we possible could. Just the season as a whole for us has been an amazing ride and there is four months worth of emotions in here ready to come out at any moment.”…on the challenges that Texas presented | “I don’t know if you noticed, but they (Texas) play the game a lot higher above the net than we do. When you get to this level that really is the difference. I think we’re as good of defensive team, we do some things just as well. I mean we’re as good of a serving team, there are a lot of areas of our game that are just as good as theirs. But the size factor becomes an issue when you start talking about volleyball and we don’t have anybody that jumps as high as a lot of their players do or touches as high so we’re getting a lot of balls hit at us from a lot of different angles that we’re not seeing on a regular basis and they all have got a lot of pace on them. We’re digging balls with pace but not coming from those kind of angles. I think that’s the biggest difference. They’ve got great players, we’ve got good solid players as well, but we just are just not playing the game as high above the net.”…on receiving the draw against Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament | “We’ve come here three times for the NCAA tournament and we’ve played them in spring matches. We’re very aware of what they bring to the table and what caliber of team they are. We just looked at it as a wonderful opportunity because we do know that upsets happen in sports and the only opportunity you have to get that upset is to get out there and leave everything you got out on the court. Unfortunately, for us it wasn’t enough but I feel very good with our performance because I literally believe we left all we had out there.”…on where the 2018 season ranks as a whole | “We’ve had some good seasons and this one ranks right up there near the top. You don’t go into a season thinking, ‘Let’s go win 29 games in a row’. You just go in trying to get a little bit better each day, trying to improve, trying to get ready for whatever is next. You take it one match at a time and then all of a sudden you look up and you’re on this crazy win streak and the media and everyone is talking about it. We’re not talking about it, we’re just focused on who’s next. For us, the only reason we know we’re on that kind of win streak is because you guys kept telling us. For us, it was just about who do we have this week and we would prepare one week at a time and get ready ready for the matches that were taking place that week, and try to get a little better every single week. This group, they were very gritty. When the stage was big, when we had some big conference matches or opportunities before conference play started to play some teams we knew could help our RPI, we showed up in the big moments and that was probably the thing that stands out the most about this team. Showing up in the big moments and we were able to go into our bench if somebody was struggling, we were able to go to that depth. We had a little bit more depth than we’ve ever had before.”SFA senior Haley Coleman on overall experience of getting to play in the NCAA tournament | “I think this is what we worked for all season, we wanted to end up in the NCAA tournament. I think it’s really cool that we got to play inside Gregory Gym, it’s the gym you grow up wanting to play in so that’s a great experience.”SFA junior Danae Daron on showing a lot of fight in the third set and if that’s the mentality of the team | “I just feel like we knew that it could be our last set, so might as well be our best set.”SFA junior Ann Hollas on showing a lot of fight in the third set | “Being a gritty team has been one of our mottos throughout the season. We’ve always kept fighting no matter the score, we just take it one point at a time.” AUSTIN, Texas – One of the best seasons in the history of SFA volleyball came to an end Thursday night at Gregory Gym as the Ladyjacks dropped a 3-0 decision to fifth-ranked Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior Haley Coleman finished with a team-high seven terminations in her final collegiate match while junior middle blocker Danae Daron added five kills and a team-high three blocks for the Ladyjacks. Senior setter McKenzie Brewer registered two of SFA’s three service aces and junior setter Ann Hollas delivered a 16-assist, 11-dig double-double. SFA’s loss put an end to the nation’s longest winning streak. Headed into their opening round NCAA Tournament showdown against the Longhorns, the Ladyjacks had won their previous 29 matches dating back to Saturday, Sept. 1. “We’ve had some good seasons & this one ranks right up there near the top.” HC Debbie HumphreysThe journey may have ended for SFA at #5 Texas Thursday in the @NCAAVolleyball Tournament, but a 32-3 record with 29-straight wins is special. #AxeEm?? | https://t.co/rJ9ViKqcKp pic.twitter.com/j2CMJf6zMc— Ladyjacks Volleyball (@SFA_Volleyball) November 30, 2018last_img read more

Tony Minatta Named SFA Women’s Soccer Head Coach

first_imgCourtesy of SFA Athletics Media RelationsNACOGDOCHES, Texas – SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey has announced the hiring of Tony Minatta as the new Ladyjacks head soccer coach. The buzz around the NCAA soccer community”I have a ton of respect for Tony and how he runs his teams with great integrity. During his time in the Big 12 you always knew his teams would be ready to play and battle for 90 minutes. I am excited for him and it’s a great hire for SFA.”- Paul Jobson, Baylor Head Coach Minatta takes over the SFA program after a six-year stint as the head coach at Iowa State.Statement from SFA AD, Ryan Ivey”After an extensive national search, Tony quickly became our top target. He’s a great fit for the Nacogdoches community and our institution as we continue to strive to be the leading mid-major athletics department.” Statement from Tony Minatta”I would like to thank Dr. Scott Gordan, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey, and the search committee for providing me with this incredible opportunity. I am very inspired by the vision that Ryan Ivey has for SFA athletics, as well as the winning tradition and foundation that has been built with the women’s soccer program. I have followed the Ladyjacks soccer program from a distance since joining collegiate coaching, having Wally continue to serve as a mentor will be invaluable in continuing to move the program forward.  I cannot wait to get working with Ashley, Chance, JD, the rest of the staff, the athletic department and most importantly the incredible student athletes that are a part of the program. I look forward to embracing the Nacogdoches community and working hard to have the women’s soccer program represent SFA in a positive way both on and off the field.” “Tony has such integrity and drive in everything he does. I have no doubt that he will impact the players and program in a big way.”- Bryan Blitz, Missouri Head Coach “SFA has made a great hire in Tony Minatta to lead its women’s soccer program. He is a grinder who has recruited and coached at the highest levels of college soccer. More importantly, Tony knows how to treat and motivate the student-athletes in his program to be their best. He is well respected in the soccer community for how he runs his program and will push SFA soccer to even higher levels on success on and off the field.”- Danny Sanchez, Colorado Head Coach “I’m so happy for Tony to be chosen as the new leader of Lumberjack women’s soccer. His passion and investment towards his players and their development as people is second only to his joy for the game of soccer and life. It’s that infectious personality that will be recognized very quickly by his players and create a supportive, collaborative culture almost immediately. I wish he and the program all the success. “- David Diianni, Iowa Head Coach “What a great hire for SFA Soccer! Tony Minatta’s experience recruiting the top-level players and his high tactical soccer IQ will be a tremendous asset for this program. This is a statement hire for SFA as to their support of Women’s Soccer to go out and get a coach of Tony’s caliber!”- Tom Stone, Texas Tech Head Coach “Tony is a tremendous hire for SFA!  He is an excellent teacher of the game who is passionate about providing his players a first-class experience. He is also a man of high character who is a great leader. I look forward to watching him lead SFA to new heights.”- Karen Hoppa, Auburn Head Coachlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019

first_imgEdwin Maldonado69 13 17 Martin Garcia60 9 7 Richard Baltas69 43% $387,073 8 Kent Desormeaux63 14 5 LERNER FILLY MAKES GRADED STAKES DEBUTIppodamia’s Girl makes her graded stakes debut in the Grade III Wilshire Saturday, and trainer Andrew Lerner feels the four-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic shows signs that she deserves the chance.“She’s been training really well,” he said. “We were going to go in the Gamely but didn’t want to possibly face Vasilika. My filly had a nice work yesterday (five furlongs in 1:00.80) and I think she’s come out of her last race better than she went into it.”That would be an overnight race May 5 in which she led throughout at a mile on turf.   Trained by Bill Morey before that victory, Ippodamia’s Girl will be ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr. in the Wilshire, which also is expected to attract defending champion Storm the Hill (Rafael Bejarano) and Don’t Blame Judy (Victor Espinoza).CONSISTENT ZAFFINAH IN POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKESZaffinah has more than paid her way in 14 United States starts, picking up checks in four graded stakes. Tomorrow, she tries for her first victory here in an added money event taking on seven rivals in the $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes for fillies and mares three and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf.The five-year-old Irish-bred mare is coming off two solid seconds, in the Grade III Santa Ana at Santa Anita March 30 and the restricted Golden Poppy at Golden Gate Fields April 27.Overall, she has a 3-5-4 record from 17 starts with earnings of $206,222.“A good trip always helps and her last trip was fine, although she didn’t seem to take to the turf course at Golden Gate,” said Jack Carava, who trains her for Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC. “I think she likes the shorter, faster courses.“She was kind of slipping and not getting a hold of it well at Golden Gate, but she still ran well, and I think the filly that beat her (Simply Breathless, trained by Neil Drysdale) is a pretty nice horse.“Zaffinah just has to get the right trip. She had a rough trip against Vasilika when third in the Megahertz (on Jan. 21). She didn’t get a chance to run when she really wanted to.”The field: Zaffinah, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 5-2; Pantsonfire, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Confidentially, Evin Roman, 12-1; Mirth, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Lynne’s Legacy, Alonso Quinonez, 5-1; Pulpit Rider, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; Siberian Irish, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; and Lemoona, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2.MANDATORY RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT COULD HIT $5 MILLIONThe beat goes on but it will end on closing day, June 23.For the 30th consecutive racing day, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six remained elusive Friday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Saturday of $1,194,985.With a CHRB-approved mandatory payout set, it’s expected Sunday’s total Jackpot pool could easily reach $5 million.Friday’s Rainbow Six generated $147,155 in “new” money, helping to create a total Rainbow Six pool of $1,308,449.Although there was No Single Ticket Jackpot winner, there were 53 consolation tickets with six winners, each worth $1,476.30.Approximate post time for today’s fourth race, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:31 p.m.HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT JOCKEYS AND JEANS FUNDRAISERFifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez are scheduled to be on hand.There will be a free autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Paddock Gardens area and a free Silent Auction for all on-track fans from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the autograph signing area.Tickets starting at $65 are on sale at https://www.santaanita.com. Walk-up tickets will be available. It includes a Chandelier Room party during the races featuring a buffet and a specialty drink.Fans can also participate in an on line auction for valuable memorabilia at this website link: https://www.32auctions.com/www32auctionscomJockeyFor more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 edjockeysandjeansy@gmail.com or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at  Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413FINISH LINES: Shoemaker Mile winner Bolo, ticketed for a turf stakes at Del Mar, worked four furlongs this morning in 49 flat for Carla Gaines with former jockey Goncalino Almeida in the irons. In all, there were 202 recorded workouts, 48 on the training track . . . With five racing days remaining in the spring portion of the current meet, Flavien Prat holds a 26-19 lead over fellow jockeys Joe Talamo and Tiago Pereira, while among trainers, Doug O’Neill leads Richard Baltas, 22-17 . . . Premium Father’s Day packages are available at Santa Anita tomorrow including a trackside BBQ event and a FrontRunner & Turf Terrace & Club Court Buffet. For further information, visit santaanita.com/events . . . Congrats to the XBTV All Stars on picking a winning Stronach 5 ticket yesterday worth $496 on a $54 ticket.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Oliver (Outside) and Seeking Refuge works 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (O’Neill)Reedley (Outside) and Victory Element works 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (Baffert)Emtech (Outside) and Rapport worked 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (Callaghan)Richard Mandella gives an update on Omaha Beach after returning to Santa Anita Park.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Turf Sprinter Master Ryan. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s King Abner. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Stakes Winner Lombo. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Veteran Kenjisstorm. 6-13-19XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 15th, 2019XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 16th, 2019Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker. 6-13-19Roadster (Inside) and Kingly worked 4 furlongs. 6-12-19 (Baffert)Paradise Woods works 4 furlongs. 6-12-19 (Sherriffs)  (Current from April 12 through Friday, June 14) 26 52% Victor Espinoza53 5 23% 19% 16 20 Win% 21% 46% 8 $1,326,829 Geovanni Franco89 Tiago Pereira121 $798,131 IPPODAMIA’S GIRL STEPS UP IN THE GRADE III WILSHIRE 13 11 Mark Glatt71 TrainerMts 9 5 6 49% $1,076,497 Richard Mandella26 J. Keith Desormeaux28 19 JockeyMts 11 44% $775,570 17 7 Money Won 5 23% Aaron Gryder76 9 24% 17 14 Bob Baffert31 3 17 Steve Knapp31 17% 8 43% 50% 3 16% $512,460 18% $951,184 7 18% Flavien Prat114 9 37% 23% 7 $785,324 13 51% 20 5 47% Win% Andrew Lerner14 0 $581,395 5 52% 48% Jerry Hollendorfer48 23% CONSISTENT ZAFFINAH IS SET FOR POSSIBLY PERFECT 20% 48% $343,522 3rd Jorge Velez54 14 11 William Spawr21 10 $584,580 52% 11 12 13 45% 23% 5 6 24% ITM% 18% 13% 24 15% $977,979 4 13 6 SANTA ANITA STATISTICScenter_img 58% 7 2nd $212,456 2nd 7 Martin Pedroza40 1st 14 $1,120,737 Leonard Powell24 13 49% 16% Drayden Van Dyke95 42% Joseph Talamo106 19% $1,165,038 12 $603,585 54% 13% $240,807 18 15 57% 5 7 Money Won John Sadler62 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.49 Steven Miyadi25 8 John Shirreffs21 25% $980,853 Philip D’Amato72 $166,653 63% 5 ITM% 6 5 8 $524,872 4 8 MANDATORY SOLO TICKET JACKPOT MAY HIT $5 MILLION 42% 15 13 $298,719 $757,767 22 10 74% 8 $515,413 5 5 8 19% Mario Gutierrez64 18% 16% 12 $732,476 1 1 50% 50% 1st 6 60% 4 12% Vladimir Cerin43 17 16% 20 26 48% 19 19 $259,604 $302,092 $621,920 15 16% Ruben Fuentes108 3rd 21% 6 9% 3 52% $1,097,221 2 7 49% Rafael Bejarano120 8 25% 8 4 Doug O’Neill96 49% 6 13 $1,918,769 58% 50% $258,075 7 37% $194,167 5 23% 15 $273,853last_img read more

Holmes still in doubt for Sharks

first_imgHolmes was tipped to be the man to replace Ben Barba following the premiership-winner’s defection to French rugby, but a hamstring injury picked up in the trials has scuttled those plans for the time being. The Queensland hopeful didn’t play in his side’s season-opening loss to the Broncos last week, with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan cautious about rushing him back too soon. “He’d be very close, very close to playing,” Flanagan said on Thursday night after the loss. “The only concern that we have is the high-speed running that Val does. We’ll be pushing him as far as we can, but it’s a long season and I want to make sure he’s 100 per cent right rather than 95. “I’d be shooting myself if he came back and injured himself and was out for a long period of time. It’s one of those things where we want to get it right, but if he’s not 100 per cent then we won’t play him.”With Holmes out injured, Gerard Beale made the most of his opportunity in the No.1 jersey, scoring a try and setting another one up against the side he debuted with back in 2009.It was the first time Beale had played fullback for the Sharks, and the first time he’d filled the role at club level since Round 26, 2014. Having played centre, wing and off the bench in 2016, the Kiwis international relished the chance to reacquaint himself with the more hands-on role, but was circumspect when asked if he wanted the jersey on a permanent basis. “I haven’t thought too far ahead. My main focus is concentrating on the now and what I can control,” he said. “I’m playing fullback now and I want to make the most of it. I enjoy the position, but in saying that, we’ve got a lot of depth at the club. Quite a few players could easily play fullback.”Rather than view him as competition, Beale said he was excited to see Holmes back on the training paddock, but he couldn’t shed any light as to when the speedster might make his return. “It was good to see him out there today,” Beale said. “I know he’s itching to play, that’s for sure, but I’m not sure where he stands or how far away he is. He was running around and enjoying himself which was good to see.”last_img read more

Manu Vatuvei is ready for fresh start

first_imgPhoto by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ for Friday’s game against the Panthers in honour of the departing club legend). The desire to keep playing at the top level still burns bright for Manu Vatuvei but the departing Warriors star admits the mental strain of the past 12 months has left him ready for a fresh start.After 13 years and 226 games at the club, Vatuvei confirmed on Monday that he would be leaving Mt Smart for Salford in the UK this week after being granted an early release from his contract.With a club record 152 tries, the most of any Kiwi in the NRL, Vatuvei is regarded as one of the Warriors’ greatest ever players, alongside Stacey Jones and Simon Mannering. However, the last two seasons have not gone to plan for the ‘Beast’.Last year, he was suspended for three games before being granted medical leave following his involvement in the prescription pills and energy saga, while he has played just 53 minutes of first grade this season following a run of knee and calf injuries.There is no doubt the injuries have taken a toll but Vatuvei is confident his body can still stand up to the rigours of playing in the NRL. However, the opportunity for a new challenge in the Super League was too good to refuse.”With everything that I’ve been going through for the last 12 months I think this was the right opportunity for myself to start fresh,” Vatuvei said.”I was still struggling a bit mentally but physically I was feeling good and wanted to carry on so I thought it was the right call to move on.”While Vatuvei was contracted at the Warriors until the end of the 2018 campaign, he had an inkling at the start of the year that this would be his final season at the club.The 31-year-old held regular discussions with Warriors boss Jim Doyle and coach Stephen Kearney about his future before Salford came calling last month.”I’ve always wanted to play out my career at the club. I wanted to finish the year at the club but things like this do happen,” he said.”I had a talk with Steve to tell him my thoughts and he just wanted the best for me and that’s why he decided he wouldn’t hold me back.” As the injuries mounted, Vatuvei was consigned to a mentoring role this season, which in some ways played a role in his departure, with the emergence of Ken Maumalo and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad keeping him out of first grade.But ever the team man, he is proud of their development and does not feel like he has been pushed out of the club.”It is disappointing to just play one game this season but that’s how it is, you can’t control things like this. “I feel blessed to have played that amount of games and to be in the game for that long. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time here and I’ve had a lot of good moments with the boys. That’s something I’ll always cherish.”Vatuvei is hoping to fly out to England with his family on Sunday, and the Warriors have big plans for his farewell ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers.Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ in his honour and his teammates will have his name, club number and signature embroidered on their jerseys.While contractually he is not permitted to play, Vatuvei has been named in the number five jersey and will lead the team down the tunnel in what is sure to be an emotional end to an emotional week.”The club has done a lot for me, it’s like another family,” he said. “I can never thank them enough but all I could do was go out and play my best footy and if it was a bad one I’d always try and come back the next game and make them proud. “You always want to make your parents proud and that’s what I always wanted to do for the club.”Vatuvei is yet another player who leaves the Warriors without fulfilling the dream of winning the club’s first premiership. But he at least managed to play in the 2011 grand final, which he described as his career highlight.”To be honest, I don’t think I’m a club legend. I’m just blessed and lucky enough to have survived this long at one club and to keep doing what I love.”last_img read more

Tahiti wins bronze in women’s basketball

first_imgTahiti, who won gold at the 2011 Games, led throughout the match.In the first quarter, Tahiti easily scored to lead 21-12 against the weak defense by the home girls.Tahiti maintained their lead in the second quarter, 35-25.Aggressive play from PNG’s Betty Angula and Louisa Wallace didn’t scare the Tahitians as they fought hard to lead the third quarter 42-38.The final quarter was a close encounter as PNG bounced back to level the score at eight minutes to full time.But Tahiti managed to get back in the lead in the dying minutes to claim victory. Fiji will play American Samoa in the gold play off this evening.last_img read more

Also, shoot Getafe: “They have made 29 fouls and we go with one more card”

first_imgQuique Setién appeared in the ‘flash interview’ of Movistar LaLiga after the game to give his first analysis of the victory (2-1) against Getafe.-More troubles than expected?– The predicted thing was that the party was going to be complicated, hard. They had won four games. It has been a match with alternatives and I think that in the first part we could have solved. But I am quite happy because it was not so easy to win.-Messi breaks blackboards-We have high level players who appear in difficult matches and this is normal. And it is what we want., That they plug in and solve.– Pitos have been heard.-Like everyone. We get nervous at the start of the ball. We were having a hard time leaving and when you left we needed them and you had to start again. But you have to respect people.-It has been a game that has been played on the benches.-The matches are played in the field.And the complaints to the referee?– They have made 29 fouls and we go with a card more than the rival.Also, at a press conference.Are you happy with how the team came out with the ball?We knew it was going to be very hard. They exert high and aggressive pressure and on many occasions we have overcome it, sometimes failures and the opponent has a lot to say. We have done 60 good minutes, but then when we left we needed and slowed us down. In the end the victory is deserved but suffered because you get a goal out of nowhere.How important is Ter Stegen in the ball out? The goalkeeper is the one who has to manage the ball and ensure that the partner can get rid of the brand of players as aggressive and intense as those of Getafe. We will continue to do so.How is the team physically?Well, very well, all physical records are correct.What did he complain about in the end?They made many mistakes to cut the rhythm, I understood that they had to be more severe when they cut the rhythm.What did you think of Angel?They are all good players. Among the three strikers they have scored 25 goals.How do you see Arthur?I could have changed to another, but I had to do something and get a cool man, that’s why I thought about Ivan, but I’m very happy with his performance.Are you worried about Jordi Alba’s injury?We do not know what he has. We do not know what he has.Do you see Junior ready to replace him?Ready has to be. He is in Barça and will grow safe.Do you see the signing of a forward essential?Let’s see if they leave us. We have said several times, we have said the club like me, but we must wait.Did Ter Stegen miss his whistles when he took the ball?It can be a product of the nerves, see the difficulties, even I get nervous. It is our sign of identity and we try to control the game from behind, the risk is such, but the benefit too.Is it here that I wanted to be?In moments we have done many things well. Rivals also play and I am very perfectionist. There are no teams that win games easily. In general I am happy with how things are going.last_img read more

Ramos against the referee: “There are predetermined decisions”

first_imgSituation. “When you don’t win, they say it’s the fault of the defense. But it’s not like that. We are a team. Now we have to suffer with these defeats. But now is when the uncles see each other: during this week when we play the Champions League, the League and the season. “Pursued? “No, I don’t feel persecuted. I will do something wrong, I am self-critical if I see so many cards. Whoever wants to see my cards, look at my resume. “Hazard. “What he has is screwed. It is an injury that has fallen back. It is quite annoying. Hopefully I will return as soon as possible. When it’s good, it’s very good. Hopefully not as serious as the first” Barça of the messes. “Everyone has their problems at home and everyone fixes it as they can. After being pushing all season, what is clear is that we are not going to throw the season. ”Goal Problem “In the end it is the same as always. When we win, we all win. And when we lose, we lose all. You have to be together and be united. ”Occasions not completed. “Not at all. Is bad luck. We made goals a few days ago. We will work this week to try to get the goal in the decisive week. It’s when I like to be the most, in the difficult moments ”. Next week. “We face it with enthusiasm. We are screwed in a league that is complicated. You have to turn the page. There is no time to lament. A magical week is coming and we must show who we are. Take a giant step against the City and the Classic. ”Morales: “If you talk to Hernández Hernández in bad ways, he answers you in the same way ““They (the referees) take the pulsations to 180. From my experience as a captain, if you talk to him calmly, he gives you his explanations. If you go in bad ways, then maybe … In Jaén, who arbitrated us in the Copa, we protested in a bad way, we made him corrillo and he answers you in the same way. You have to try to control your nerves and pulsations. It may be that the referees, at some point, may not be receptive to protests. “ Referee. “I don’t like talking about the referees. I’ve always said it because they are human and they can be wrong. But sometimes they make you doubt and make you think. The criterion is different according to the days. My last hand in the Super Cup, against Valencia, is beaten and is involuntary. And today there are two involuntary hands and they are not beaten. But With this referee I am not surprised at all. The referees were more respectful before. You could talk to them and you can’t talk to them. The captains are there to help the referee. Arrogance is had or not. It is outrageous. At the end of the game I asked him that question, if he had any personal problems with me. I hold on to the realities: in the 10th minute, the referee conditions you with a yellow one after suffering a stomp and elbow. There are predetermined decisions. I’m going a little screwed up. Holding on to Var is very advantageous. Madrid have made a great game, but we missed the goal. Today we lost the three points, not the VAR. “ Balance. “It’s a fucking night. I also say that the decisive moment of the season is coming. We have to turn the page. We leave seconds here and the differences are minimal in the League. Any mistake can cost you the title. There were many things in the game. that we are not going to value “.last_img read more

Charles reconciles with the goal almost four months later

first_img19 Charles He has four goals in the league in the 19 games he has played, spread over 822 minutes. In addition, he achieved another three goals in the Copa del Rey, in three qualifiers for a single match.Third season of azulgranaThe center forward, a specialist who is celebrating his third season at Eibar, a team in which It was the last campaign (2018-2019) the ‘pichichi’ Barca with 14 goals in the league in 35 games (He achieved another success against the opposing goal in the copera competition).In his first experience in Ipurua, in the 2017-2018 financial year, he scored eight goals in 30 league games. He had a good ‘landing’, since in his official debut with Eibar he scored his first goal, on August 21, 2017. Interestingly, it was before his previous set, the Malaga, in The Rose Garden and his success gave the victory to the eibarreses (0-1) on the first day of the league. Without goals in favor of Charles -and other circumstances-, Malaga ended the 2017-2018 financial year by descending to the Second Division.Tickets with Mallorca and RealThe partners and shareholders of Eibar They have the possibility to buy tickets at 10 euros (5 euros children) for family or friends in the match against Majorca Saturday (13 hours) in Ipurua.On the other hand, the eibarresa entity has put up 250 new tickets for sale against the Real Sociedad, which will take place on Tuesday, March 10 in Ipurua, starting at 8 pm. It is possible to acquire them both in the offices of the Catalan club and online on their website.This duel between the two Gipuzkoan teams of First division He was postponed on Sunday, February 16, due to air pollution from a fire in a Zaldibar landfill, due to a detachment that buried two workers who have not yet been found.The Eibar He had sold all the locations for the clash against the Real, but there have been spectators who could not attend the new date and returned the tickets they had bought. The Spanish-Brazilian soon released his scorer this season (2019-2020), as he got against the Atlético de Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano, where the eibarreses remained at the end without a prize (3-2) on the third league day, on September 1, 2019.He had scored his last goal in league with Leganés in Butarque (1-2) on November 3, so neither in December, nor in January ‘wet’. Although he did it on the last day of February, the 29. And thankfully that the year 2020 is leap, because if not, he would have remained without savoring success also during February. Charles Diasfront of Eibar, has reconciled with the goal almost four months later, by achieving two goals against Levante in Ipurua last Saturday, which allowed the Guipuzcoans to achieve a vital victory (3-0) in their fight for permanence. His first success was to divert with his foot in the small area a ball headed by Orellana, an action with which the marker was opened in the first part (m. 27). As soon as the second half begins, started a play with a pass to Sergi Enrich, who returned the ball and Charles stuck it in the net of a formidable header (m. 48). He was able to increase his income, but the Gipuzkoan goalkeeper of the I raised, Aitor FernándezHe stopped a badly thrown penalty.last_img read more

Football as an enemy

first_imgUnited Kingdom was one of the first powers to enter the World War I. He did not hesitate to be a main part of the allied side and send his citizens to face the Central Powers since the outbreak of the conflict in the summer of 1914.As it could not be otherwise, the European context led to the obligation to suspend all sporting events in the nations involved. All sport was suspended (JJ OO, Wimbledon, Tour de France …), but British football took longer than it should with the aim of keeping the spirits of the population high. Although the following four editions did not begin, the 1914-15 season was played out complete with the championship for the Everton and the decline of Tottenham (the FA Cup raised by Sheffield United). Footballers were not obliged to go to war, although due to physical conditions and age they were ideal to be called up. The decision to be sent to fight or not was made by the clubs. Public opinion was very critical of these privileged. One of the soldiers who were serving in France published an article in an English newspaper denouncing the situation and it was suggested to the king Jorge V to withdraw support for the Federation. Arthur Conan Doyle, who went down in history for being the creator of the character of Sherlock Holmes and in whose youth he dedicated himself to defending the goal of the team of Portsmouth, was in the same line of thought and left a reflection that turned a red face to all those who avoided fighting for their country with the excuse of sport: “There was already time to play soccer, business and everyday life. Now only it’s war time. If a footballer has leg strength to play soccer, let him run on the battlefield. “ Many of them had no choice but to accept the call of their army and some even ended up being decorated. The XVII and XXIII Infantry Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment were the so-called Football Battalion. Groups of soldiers formed, mainly, by soccer players. Players could return on Saturday to play their league game, but the Army was unwilling to bear the travel expenses and these were paid by the clubs themselves. Referees and managers also joined. The second mentioned battalion, number 23, was led on the Italian front by the first black officer, Walter Tull, midfielder of Northampton until 1914, who ended up dying on the northern front of France.Soccer had its leading role even on the battlefield itself. More than known is the story of the German and British soldiers in the 1914 Christmas Truce, when they stopped the battle to sing Christmas carols together, share a table, cigarettes and play a soccer pachanga (it lasted until this behavior reached the leaders of each side). The UEFA He has recognized this fact with tributes in the area where the game was played. There is even a curious story of how the British officer Wilfred Neville He decided to kick soccer balls (he had written phrases such as “without referees” on some) to indicate the start of the attack on his soldiers.The British federations came to abandon the FIFA for a few years after the world body recognized the countries on the side of the Central Powers. It was a very turbulent time for FIFA with the death of its president Daniel Burley Woolfall in 1918.One of the gestures that can be seen today is the tribute made by the Premier League in the days that remain around November 11, the Day of Remembrance in the United Kingdom. All teams wear a patch, usually in the center of the chest, with a red poppy in honor of soldiers killed in combat. It is a general movement of all British society to which football also joins.last_img read more