Monday, 24 April 2012Well, only three more sleeps to go.Trady gave the boys today off training to freshen us up as we put in a rather good effort at training on both Saturday and Sunday.I have the pleasure of Dan ‘The Man’ Withers staying at my house until departure on Tuesday, so Dan and myself travelled to Westfield’s Parramatta to shop for a few supplies for the trip and a quick snip at the hairdressers as it is important to look our best at all times.On the car ride home I happened to look across at Dan sitting in the passenger seat looking a little pale and holding his hat over his face.I pulled the car over to the side of the road and in true Withers style Dan got out of the car and spewed on the nature strip.For those who don’t know, Dan is terrible in cars as he suffers from motion sickness. The only catch is that we are travelling to Mudgee on Tuesday in a bus. Good luck Dan and bags not sitting next to you on the ride there.On Saturday our line attack and defence looked rather sharp, and to be honest it was the best we have looked in a while.We then played Bankstown Jets in a trial which started out at a frantic pace. Some of us made a few uncharacteristic mistakes during the first half, but we soon blew the cobwebs out and dominated the rest of the game, winning convincingly.We had Saturday night to ourselves to relax as all the boys knew that Sunday was going to be a long day at the office in our final preparation.Sunday morning training started out as usual with a nice easy warm up to get the blood flowing, followed by a hit out against the Sydney Rebels.The game was flowing nicely for the Aussie boys until a bus full of the enemy arrived at the training session to see ‘what waz up cuz’. I don’t know if it was a method by the Kiwis to try and intimidate the Australian camp or if the Kiwis were trying to get as much information on our game plan before the Test.But one thing is for sure. The war is on.I know personally that at that stage, seeing the enemy for the first time prior to the Test made me realise that in a few days’ time the Kiwis and the mighty green and gold’s were going to clash and that every second spent training through the weekend could be the difference between a sweet victory or a heartbreaking defeat.The Kiwis finally left the Aussie training venue, and the boys got straight back into business fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead.The Aussie Men’s team management also announced the Captain and Vice Captain for the 2012 Trans Tasman. Steve Roberts was named the skipper and myself Vice Captain which is a huge honour and role that I am happy to take on with both hands and heart. I have been Vice Captain in past teams with Steve upfront which have worked rather well before and I am hoping that our combo can win the chocolates come Saturday afternoon.Trady gave the boys a few hours off in the afternoon before a hit out against the mighty Magpies at 7.00pm at Tempe.Most of the boys went to the pub for a counter lunch and to watch the City versus Country Rugby League game which was played at Mudgee. It gave the boys a good opportunity to see the venue for the first time (even though it was only on TV). It also gave me an opportunity get to know a few new boys in the Men’s team who I don’t normally knock around with in Sydney.It turns out that Barto and I have a lot in common and I think I have found my new Sydney fishing partner.The boys returned to Tempe for our final hit out before our trip to Mudgee.The Aussie boys took on a young black and white outfit with the Magpies drawing first blood and leading at half time.Trady ripped a rocket up the boys at the break and also dished out some stern words to improve my personal performance as it was not up to scratch by my own standards.In true green and gold style, the Aussie boys produced a solid second half winning the game convincingly and replacing the coach’s frown with a grin.That’s a wrapZee.There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuainby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would not be drawn on a possible move for Gonzalo Higuain.The Blues have been linked with a striker all season, with the Higuain rumors coming from the Italian press.But Sarri denied to speak about such a possibility during his latest press conference.When asked about Higuain, Sarri said: “I like him very much, he is a wonderful player and man. “But I don’t want to talk about Higuain. “I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Di Francesco happy for Schick after 2-goal Coppa blastby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco is pleased for Patrik Schick after his brace against Virtus Entella.The striker hit a double as Roma won 4-0 in the Coppa Italia round of 16.”He had a good game, even though he always satisfies me,” said Di Francesco.“He could’ve scored more goals, so he must keep working on becoming more clinical in front of goal, even in training. He mustn’t be satisfied.“Now he’s turned the page, playing regularly and giving the right performances. He’s growing. Some players grow at different rates.“He plays for a club where it isn’t easy to do so, with the weight of his transfer fee on his shoulders.“You can’t have everything right away, but he’s shown some important qualities in training and matches. Now he must keep improving and attack our opponents’ goal more.”
Chelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was full of pride after his contribution for their 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role, Gilmour grew into the game, and in the second half was arguably the standout performer. “It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,” said Gilmour to chelseafc.com.”It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.”The gaffer has come in and wants to play the youth. It’s been really good experience for us and the we’re gaining confidence from it. I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mason Greenwood pens new Man Utd dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Greenwood has signed a new deal with Manchester United until 2023.The striker also has the option of a further year.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Mason has progressed through our outstanding Academy and we are delighted with the progress he has made. At such a young age, he already has great pace and intelligence and he is such a natural finisher.“Since he came into the first team, he has really impressed everyone with his drive and attitude. He has all the attributes to become a top player. Mason is learning every day in training and, with his work ethic, there is no doubt that he has an excellent future ahead of him.”Greenwood has been at the club since the age of seven and has made nine appearances this season, scoring twice.He said: “Having grown up as a Manchester United fan, playing for the first team is a real dream come true. I know that, when I play for this club, I represent the whole Academy and I want to repay the faith that my coaches have shown in me with my performances on the pitch.“I am learning all the time from the manager and his coaching staff and I know that this is the perfect club to help me reach my potential.”
On Monday, March 3 Get Schooled and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) recognized the students and staff at Sacramento Charter High School for their proven commitment to college success with a star-studded celebratory event.Trevor Jackson and ZendayaAs part of a friendly competition sponsored by Get Schooled and CSAC, 96 percent of all Sacramento Charter High School seniors applied to three or more colleges and every student at Sacramento Charter High School participated, encouraging all students to start planning for the future.Held at Sacramento Charter High School, the day’s activities included a rally hosted by Zendaya, a dance clinic and community recognition of college acceptances. Zendaya is a quadruple threat: a top-selling recording artist, author, actress and dancer. Zendaya said, “I’m proud to have the chance to celebrate with the Sacramento Charter High School community and the investment they made in themselves and their futures.”This fall, Get Schooled, a national non-profit, and CSAC, the primary state agency administering state-authorized financial aid programs for students, sponsored the California College Campaign, a three-month competition involving 70 high schools across California aimed at improving college readiness and elevating awareness among all high school students about the importance of applying to multiple colleges. A study released by Harvard University in 2013 Small Differences that Matter: Mistakes in Applying to College, Amanda Pallais, 2013 suggests that students who apply to more than one college are more likely to attend a college that best matches their interests and academic strengths, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will ultimately earn a postsecondary degree or credential.Sacramento Charter High School’s student council spearheaded the effort by mobilizing their peers to participate in the competition and apply to college. As a result of their efforts, Sacramento Charter High School students seized the top prize, coming together to achieve a 100 percent participation rate in activities such as chats with college experts and college exploratory sessions. Most importantly, 96 percent of its graduating seniors applied to four-year colleges and universities. The friendly competition was supported by the California Endowment and USA Funds.“Sacramento Charter High School is an example of what can happen when an entire community comes together to support students in reaching their goals,” said Marie Groark, executive director of the Get Schooled Foundation. “Get Schooled and CSAC are excited to show the school community that their hard work and commitment to creating positive futures did not go unnoticed.”The school will use the $5,000 grant to provide college scholarships for their seniors and summer college enrichment program scholarships for their 9th – 11th graders.“Our goal is to have 100% of our graduates go on to a four-year college. So far this year, 92% of our seniors have been accepted to at least one four-year college, which is the highest rate of college acceptances in our school’s history,” said David Marks, College Counselor at Sacramento Charter High School. “We’re grateful for the momentum Get Schooled has given us to generate enthusiasm and excitement among our students to reach our college-going goals.”A second competition hosted this year by Get Schooled and CSAC wrapped up last week, with 45 California high schools competing to post the highest levels of student engagement around financial aid awareness and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act (CADA) completion. Get Schooled and CSAC will announce the winners of the Spring Campaign later in March and will host a similar star studded celebration later this Spring.
Star of ABC’s hit show “NASHVILLE” Clare Bowen took time out this holiday to volunteer with the USO and make a moment-filled trip to Tinker Air Force Base to visit and perform her first-ever USO concert for troops and military families Dec. 13.Clare Bowen Makes Holiday Visit to Tinker Air Force BaseCredit/Copyright: USOFollowing in the footsteps of actor/comedian Rob Riggle and baseball legend Randy Johnson, among other celebrities who helped spread much-needed USO cheer to troops this holiday, Bowen extended her thanks to military families stationed in the Midwest for their sacrifice.Clare Bowen Performs Her First-Ever USO Show Credit/Copyright: USO“I feel so privileged to volunteer with the USO and to have the opportunity to give back, and say thank you to America’s troops and military families,” said Clare. “Being from Australia, I know what it is like to be far away from your family and friends over the holidays. It really is tough and if I can help ease that feeling in some small way, count me in anytime.”The USO’s “Every Moment Counts” invites Americans to join the USO and Bowen in honoring and creating moments that matter for our nation’s troops and their families this holiday. This event, much like the campaign centers around the countless every day moments – from family dinners and date nights to children’s births and holiday celebrations with loved ones – that our troops and their families selflessly sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country.
Now that Manchester City won the Premier League title way before the final, Danny Mills says they should follow the example set by Chelsea and Manchester United after each of them won the title as well.After City decisively won as a result of 3-1 over Tottenham and United lost to West Brom, Pep Guardiola’s and his players’ efforts were awarded the title for the first time since back in 2013/14 season. This is the third time they’ve won in the last seven years.However, ahead they have a challenge they have not been able to overcome yet – defending the title. However, Danny Mills thinks he knows what they should do in order to retain the cup.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Recruitment is vital,” Mills said, according to football.london.“When you look back at Chelsea, Manchester United, under Sir Alex (Ferguson) especially, when they’ve won the title they’ve probably recruited two, three or four top-quality players to improve your first team, to add to that.”“Everybody else will, you’ve got to improve just to stand still. So I expect two or three big signings to come in. People have seen what Liverpool have done (against Manchester City). Everybody wants to beat the champions.”“They have the squad to do it, they have the finances as well. But as we’ve seen, it’s not easy in the slightest,” Mills added.
Dani Alves could be in line for a shock return to Sevilla this summer after 10 years away, reports SportVarious media outlets in Spain have announced that the Brazilian is available in the upcoming transfer window with Paris Saint-Germain having reportedly offered him to Sevilla, whom he originally left in 2008 to join Barcelona, because he does not fit into the Parisian club’s plans.New PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is understood to have told the board that he does not view Alves as part of his plans at the French capital.Joaquin Caparros, who now works as the Director of Football at Sevilla after being replaced by Pablo Machin as head coach, has since revealed that he is currently unaware of these reports.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…But the 62-year-old did state he would welcome Alves back to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.“I do not know anything about Dani Alves, but we are always open to signing right-back and when we improve, although right now the priority is elsewhere,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
Jose Mourinho claims he had nothing to do with his agent’s comments regarding his Manchester United futureThe Portuguese coach has come under increased scrutiny this season with United eight points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League.While United have fared better in Europe, this hasn’t stopped reports spreading that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford.Speaking on his client, Jorge Mendes made a rare statement last week in which he denied that United were unhappy with Mourinho and that the former Chelsea coach remains content to stay on.But, apparently, not even Mourinho himself was aware of Mendes’ statement.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Which statement?,” said Mourinho on the Belfast Telegraph, when asked about the intention behind Mendes’ statement.“No, I’ve nothing to do with the statement. It’s Jorge’s statement, not my statement.”As for whether he knew of Mendes’ plans, Mourinho added: “No, I didn’t know. I didn’t know at all and I don’t care about it.”Mourinho will lead his United side out against Valencia tonight in their Group H finale of the Champions League.