Time for the post-State of Origin 1 edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch and the last-day-of-May edition, the edition that signifies the end of autumn and the start of winter. With temperatures dropping to the minuses overnight here in the ACT, we’re starting to feel it, letting us know that Christmas is just under 7 months away… * Well after Queensland’s nail biting 24-20 win in the first game of the NRL State of Origin for 2005, there are no doubt many NSW Touchies out there feeling the heat from their Queensland counterparts. A special congratulations to Matt Bowen, who not only took the winning intercept and scored the winning try but is a past Australian Touch representative, taking part in the Australian 18’s Mens 1999 tour and the 2000 Trans Tasman Youth Series. Congratulations Matt! * Make sure you keep an eye out this week for the next edition of the ATA newsletter Touch-e-Talk, it’s being released at the end of this week and is full of great stories and tons of info. There’s some added feature stories about All-Nations representatives, with the media starting to take an interest in these players. * The newsletter will be available for download on the ATA website, however, if you would like it emailed directly to you simply send an email to [email protected] and let Rachel know. * The next article on www.sportsnews.com.au is also due for release this week…with the topic set to be the State of Origin series, in Touch and the NRL. Make sure you keep an eye on the ATA website, a link to the Sports News website will be up as soon as the story is done. Sports News is a great website and it’s a fantastic opportunity to put Touch into the media and world of sport. * There’s some big changes afoot with the ATA Constitution and so forth. Please make sure you have a read of the article “Governance Review FAQ’s” on the ATA homepage. It’s got heaps of info and several documents on what’s going to be happening and the process for this. Definitely worth a read. * The NSWTA 2005 Country Championships are done and won, with Central Coast defeating Yass to take the Mens Open division and Newcastle Uni defeating Wagga for the Womens Open division. For the full story, please use the following link: http://www.nswtouch.com.au/index.cgi?det=1&intArticleID=924&sID=12 * Touch SA have introduced the Mitchell Cup, a new intrastate challenge cup to help develop their elite Mens and Womens Open players. All the info can be found on their website http://www.touch-sa.asn.au/ * Victoria Mens Open are holding their trials in June, check out http://www.victouch.com.au/ for all the info. * Nominations will be called for next with for referees and a referees manager to attend the National 18’s Championships in Coffs Harbour from September 7-10. So keep an eye on the ATA website and get your nominations in early, numbers are limited. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli: Critical fans only motivate meby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli insists he can handle the doubters.Pioli arrives to replace Marco Giampaolo, though the appointment has been criticised by a section of the support.“I come here with enthusiasm and passion. I’m convinced that we can do great things together,” he said at his Press conference.“I have respect for the fans and they have the right to criticise me, but for me it’s an extra stimulus.“I’ll get to work on both the players’ heads and how we set up on the field. These will be 10 important days and I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity.“My principles are based on ideas, intensity and ruthlessness. Giampaolo’s a good Coach, but he’s different to me.“I’ll have to be good at getting my ideas across to the team as quickly as possible. Let’s start with a good base.“There are some quality players here. Marco’s worked well. I’d like to play the football that the lads will enjoy playing.“I adapt to my players. I have to improve them individually so they can grow collectively.”The 53-year-old coached Inter with little success during the 2016-17 campaign and was an Nerazzurri fan growing up…“The past is the past, I was a kid. Now I’m an adult, a professional who has a great desire to do well.“I need to get to know my players. I’m very demanding of them and myself. I can’t stand shallowness and a lack of ambition. We must do our utmost to achieve great results.”
Waddle: England will not have better chance of winning Eurosby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England winger Chris Waddle says the country will not have a better chance of winning the European Championships than next year.The 2020 edition will be held throughout 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley in London.Speaking to racingpost.com, Waddle said: “With the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley, England are not going to get a better chance of winning the European Championship than next year.”Gareth Southgate has done a good job and he has not been scared to bring players through. Against the Netherlands and Switzerland, they didn’t really perform and they didn’t play like England have been in the last 18 months.”But they have been generally playing well and I would be surprised if England don’t at least reach the last four at Euro 2020.”In qualifying it can be difficult going to hostile atmospheres across Europe, but they hammered Czech Republic at home and football-wise I haven’t seen a team in their group who are even 50 or 60 per cent as good as England are.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 starsby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are shopping in the Bundesliga this season.BILD says United ended a winless run of 11 away matches when they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in their Europa League clash in Serbia on Thursday, to go top of Group L.But they have a long way to go to compete at the top end of the Premier League again, and are reported to have targeted Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Denis Zakaria in January.United are ready to pay €50m for Muller, but they face competition from Inter Milan for the Munich forward. United are closing in on a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.The 22-year-old has 24 caps for Switzerland and is contracted to Moenchengladbach until 2022, but could be available for around £25m.And United appear to be close to signing out-of-favour Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, with some reports claiming a deal has already been agreed . TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has reached a time charter agreement for one of its Suezmax vessels with an oil major British Petroleum (BP).The company informed that the deal was signed for a period of two years, adding that the contract’s “minimum rate is well above our cash break-even level with an index linked formula providing for upside potential to NAT.”The parties did not reveal the name of the vessel in question, nor the agreed charter rate for the period.NAT’s ship is set to start working under the contract in mid-September.The latest charter contract come only weeks after the company reached separate time charter agreements with Shell, ExxonMobil and other major oil companies both in the West and in the East.NAT has now five vessels on longer term contracts with major oil companies worldwide. In addition, the company has shorter contracts with other major energy companies in the East and in the West.
Unproven welterweight Josesito Lopez made former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz quit on his stool Saturday night, breaking Ortiz’s jaw en-route to a miraculous upset victory.As he leaped onto the top rope, Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) showed his surprise at Ortiz’s decision to quit, shrugging his shoulders and smiling at the Staples Center crowd. Lopez was a last minute replacement for Andre Berto, who failed a drug test in the months leading up to the fight.“I knew I had to fight the fight of my life to win,” said Lopez, a native of Riverside, California. “I knew the longer it went, the better chance I’d have. He hits hard, but I was never going to quit. I knew it was a close fight on the scorecards, and I knew I could press him more and more if I continued. He’s like a tree. I had to chop him down.”Ortiz came out strong, using his superior power and overall boxing skills to keep Lopez on the retreat. Despite his obvious disadvantages Lopez conterpunched Ortiz, who is subpar defensively, landing power punches in return.“I’m a man, and I’m not intimidated by anything, I have a big heart. He tried to intimidate me, but it didn’t work. Victor has no heart.”The upset put Ortiz’s career in flux. His showdown with Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was abruptly cancelled after his defeat, and the boxer has lost his last two fights.
The former Italian national team manager was presented with Lega Serie A club Chievo Verona and talks about his motivation for taking this jobGian Piero Ventura has managed teams since 1976. He knows most of the Italian Lega Serie A clubs.He even managed to coach Italy from 2016 to 2017.And now, he’s been selected to be the new Chievo Verona boss.Juventus and Bayern Munich chasing Ibrahim Karamoko Taimoor Khan – June 26, 2019 Ibrahim Karamoko is getting a lot of attention from the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich following some excellent displays for Chievo Verona.Aged just…“I have a ferocious desire to start again. It wasn’t hard to say yes to Campedelli, I know this isn’t an easy challenge but I have a lot of adrenaline,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“I live this beginning with the enthusiasm of a child. Will we use a three-man defense? It’s possible, we’ll try to find the formation that gets the most out of the players”“After a defeat, it wasn’t possible to keep going with my work. Too bad, now I look forward. I have a big regret since I wasn’t able to do what I set out to do,” he answered when he was questioned about his time managing the national team.
West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged Declan Rice and Grady Diangana to keep working on fulfilling their great potential19-year-old Rice has already impressed at the heart of the West Ham defence this season and Pellegrini is convinced of his potential.“I think Declan has a lot of potential to arrive at the level that he wants and, after that, you have to see the development of his career,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.“He is learning a lot of things very fast, he is improving his performances in every game and I hope he can become a top player in the years to come. He must continue learning as he has a lot of potential.“Declan is always listening to what he must improve and if you compare the first game of the season against Liverpool to now, I think he has improved in every game a little bit more.”Meanwhile, Diangana impressed in the Hammers’ 4-2 win against Burnley last Saturday in only his second Premier League start.But Pellegrini wasn’t surprised by the 20-year-old’s impact.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I wouldn’t say surprised as I always see him working on a daily basis,” said Pellegrini.“But what is important for a young player, like Grady, is that he must have the personality to do exactly the same thing that he does every day here.“He did and in every game, same as Declan, he has improved a little bit more. Now for all young players, you have the next step, which is the most important thing.“At the beginning, everyone appreciates everything he does because he is a young player.“But, after that, he must grow another step and continue making the difference in every game he plays.”West Ham will make a trip to Huddersfield Town in a Premier League game this Saturday.
Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti would like to see Mauro Icardi extend his stay at the club for many years and become a legend.Icardi has been a subject of transfer speculation for major big sides in Europe considering his clinical nature in front of goal.The striker played his 200th game for the Nerazzurri against PSV on Tuesday night, scoring in a 1-1 draw which saw his side eliminated from the Champions League.“His contribution is always very important,” Zanetti acknowledged, speaking to Football Italia via Xinhua on a visit to China.Di Canio: ‘Undisciplined’ Icardi & PSG perfect for each other Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paolo Di Canio reckons Mauro Icardi and Paris Saint-Germain are a match made in heaven as the club are a perfect fit for “undisciplined players”.“I hope he can stay for many years and become a legend in the club’s history.”Zanetti also reflected on Tuesday’s match, which sees the Beneamata drop to the Europa League.“Last season’s objective was to qualify for the Champions League, unfortunately, our journey ended with the PSV match.“That doesn’t mean we don’t have any more objectives. Serie A, the Europa League, and the Coppa Italia are three very important competitions for us, and we need to keep putting in good performances.”