Cook Islanders and Pacific MMI PNG Lewas aim to make mark in Pacific Games

first_imgPhoto shows Cook Islands women celebrating victory. Cook Islands coach Alister Stevic said the Cook Islanders though an amateur side have the potential to perform well during the week-long women’s cricket competition in the Pacific Games.“You do your best as an amateur side. The girls continued training regularly since returning from Japan in 2014. The last 4 months has seen regular weekly dedication from the players including chalking up 3-4 early morning fitness sessions with the Team Manager Carlene Mapu and 3-4 evening training sessions with Coach Patiiamai Ataela,” Stevic said.Commenting on players to look for Stevic said he is excited to have watched the growth of youngsters Sala Matapo and Phillica Maruariki. “Phillica is an aggressive batter who fits perfectly with the style we like to play in our Twenty20 cricket. Sala is a technical batter and her rise to prominence as one of the country’s best batters has been exciting,” Stevic added.Vice captain of the team, Marii Kaukura said  the “women’s cricket in the Cook Islands is ever increasing in its popularity and as a team we are proud to be at the forefront of inspiring another generation of young female cricketers to represent our great country. If we give our all in every match – we will make our nation proud!”Meanwhile for the reining EAP Women’s Champions, the Pacific MMI PNG Lewas coach Rodney Maha said he was very confident that the team is geared up to face the other national women’s teams in the Pacific Games.“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,” Maha said.“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” Maha concluded.Pacific MMI PNG Lewas Cricket Team Captain Pauke Siaka is confident leading the inaugural PNG women’s cricket team to compete in the Pacific Games in July. The 29 year old cricket all rounder from Hanuabada Village is married to Vice Captain of PNG Barramundis Assad Vala and said the team is focused to maintain their winning streak in the Pacific Games having being crowned champions in the East Asia-Pacific region after winning the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) East Asia-Pacific (EAP) Trophy in Japan last year. “We have played against the teams from the Pacific such as Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Cook Islands and we have beaten them in the ICC international fixtures in previous years, thus we are very keen as a team to maintain our title as champions of the Pacific,” Siaka said. Pauke has been playing cricket since the age of 19 in the Port Moresby Cricket Association and has now proven to Cricket PNG selectors that she is capable in leading the women to glory come the Pacific Games and other international ICC fixtures in the year ahead. “I have played with the PNG Lewas since making my debut in 2008 and making my way to be selected as the captain is such an honor for me and I have faith in leading the PNG women’s cricket team with one aim in the Pacific Games and that is to win gold,” Siaka concluded.The XV Pacific Games Women’s Cricket kicks off in Port Moresby, PNG on Monday July 6th with live scoring for every match. For more information visit www.icceap.comlast_img read more

More gold for New Caledonia

first_imgThe French territories proved the favourite tag was rightly applied to them, winning all medals in the men and women’s events. New Caledonian Audric Lucini turned his 2011 silver into gold with a powerful performance. Tahitian Benjamin Zorgnotti came second and New Caledonian Mathieu Szalamacha finished third. Team PNG boys came behind the pack.last_img

PNGRFL CEO: Hunters deserve more credit

first_imgHe described the season as a wonderful effort considering the many challenges the Hunters had to overcome.Cutmore pointed out the Hunters had travelled much longer distances to get to games than any other club in the Intrust Super Cup competition.“The Hunters finished the 2015 regular season in second spot and fell one game shy of making a historical grand final appearance.“They deserve better. They deserve a lot more credit than what they have been getting,” said Cutmore.He said coach, Michael Marum and his staff have done a wonderful job so far.He indicated that there may be some slight changes to the Hunters that will be announced by Marum as soon as the squad assembles in Port Moresby next week.“A number of players have been approached by other clubs but we will make appropriate announcements when the time is right,” said Cutmore.last_img read more

Commonwealth Games heading to Pacific screens

first_imgA global audience of more than one billion people is expected to watch the Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.Broadcasters in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will have access to TVNZ’s live coverage and daily highlights packages from the Games.The 2018 Games Chief Executive, Mark Peters, says the event will be a celebration of all of Oceania.last_img

Private netball competition commences

first_imgDespite the wet weather in the competition ended their round 1 game today with packed matches for each club.Each team in almost all twelve divisions from each franchised played at least two to three games each to complete their round 1 challenges.Round 2 of the matches will start next week as all franchised clubs in all divisions will be ready to play after completing a number of games to end round 1 today.last_img

Suarez and his goal annulled by the VAR: “I will wear a size less than boot”

first_imgMario Suarez managed to open the can for Rayo Vallecano in the match that faced Lugo on Wednesday. The Madrid midfielder hunted a center of Andrés Martín from the right, he won the game the Galician defense and finished on goal. Ander Cantero, Lugo goalkeeper, was quick and managed to stop the first shot but Suarez took advantage of the rejection and sent it to the bottom of the goal.The medium celebrated the goal with the rest of the team and also the fans present in the stadium but, when Lugo was going to resume the game from the center of the field, the referee Isidro Díaz de Mera was notified by the VAR and annulled the goal: Mario Suarez was offside. Thus, the ball returned to the Ander Cantero area so that he could take the free kick between the protests of the Vallecana stand. In the end, Rayo did not need the goal to win the victory against the Lucenses since Embarba would “put” the final 1-0 again. Although the game ended with the three points for the locker of the Vallecanos, Mario Suarez criticized jokingly what happened with the VAR since the offside was a matter of centimeters. “The next game I’m going to wear a size less than a boot,” tweeted the player next to a picture of the play and the line drawn from the VOR room.Suarez will have the opportunity to redeem himself in a few days whether or not he is wearing new boots as El Rayo will visit the Toralín to face the Ponferradina this Saturday at six in the afternoon. The vallecanos are tenths with 31 points and are only two of the playoff of promotion to First Division.last_img read more

The defense puzzle

first_imgWith 40 goals in 22 games, Espanyol is the most thrashed team in the championship. Either because of the numerous individual errors or because of the fragility of the defensive system, the Blue and Whites have not found security at any time in this League, and have only managed to leave the goal to zero in two games: 0-0 against Alavés and 0-1 against Levante. 12 days have passed since the last time.If having the obligation to score at least a bit to score is already an important slab, in 14 games Espanyol has received at least two goals, so the difficulty increases everywhere. Parakeets play 90% of the games with one goal against, and 65% with two. Taking into account that the blue and whites, with 18 goals in favor, are the second set that least scores, the results are self-explanatory and the remedies are clear.The defenses of espanyol 2019-20Javi López, Lluís, Naldo and Dídac 1Corchia, Calero, Naldo and Dídac 3Víctor Sánchez, Lluís, Calero and Dídac 1Javi López, Calero, Naldo and Dídac 3Corchia, David, Lluís and Pedrosa 1Víctor Gómez, Bernardo, Naldo, David and Pedrosa 3Víctor Gómez, Bernardo, Naldo, David and Dídac 1Víctor Gómez, Bernardo, Naldo, David and Javi López 1Víctor Gómez, Bernardo, Calero, David and Pedrosa 1Pipa, Bernardo, Calero, David and Pedrosa 1Víctor Gómez, Bernardo, Calero, David and Dídac 3Javi López, Bernardo, Naldo and Dídac 2Víctor Sánchez, Bernardo, Cabrera and Dídac 1Javi López, Cabrera, Naldo and Dídac 1 One of Espanyol’s anomalies in relation to other seasons is the instability of the defensive line, which so far has found up to 14 different combinations in these 22 games. The parakeet group has tried to remedy its bad numbers with the line of five of Pablo Machín, with the prominence that David Gallego gave to Adrià Pedrosa, Fernando Calero or Lluís López, while now Abelardo Fernández tries to provide the defense with greater resources thanks to the incorporation of Leandro Cabrera. This is undoubtedly the pending subject to achieve salvation.It is striking that up to five players have acted as right-backs (Javi López, Sébastian Corchia, Pipa, Víctor Gómez and Víctor Sánchez) from the beginning, while Adrià Pedrosa, Dídac Vilà and Javi López have acted on the left. Nor has the central line continued. The previous year, David López and Mario Hermoso played together in up to 15 games while the one formed by the Madrid central and Naldo Gomes acted in 13 games.This season, eight plant formations have been used. The one formed by Naldo, David and Bernardo (in five games) and the same but with Calero instead of the Brazilian they are the most repeated. Abelardo wants to give stability to the rear. Javi López, Bernardo, Cabrera and Dídac are the ones who have more opportunities to take hold, after the Colombian has recovered. It would be the 15th defense.last_img read more

Mendy portrays Marcelo

first_imgThe same goes for the duels won: while Mendy’s average in duels won to her rivals is 60.56%, Marcelo’s is down to 52.17%. Comparing defenses and in the league tournament, the rear formed by Carvajal, Varane, Ramos and Mendy has participated in nine meetings, with six wins and three draws: has not fit in six games (66.66%). On the contrary, he has scored 17 goals. With Marcelo, that same line, but switching to French for the Brazilian, the whites have played three games, with two wins and one draw. The whites they have scored nine goals (an average of three per game) and conceded three (one conceded on average per game). After attending Benzema so that he scored the winning goal against Atlético in the derby, Osasuna shone through his defensive facet: it was along with Carvajal (the two sides), the most fouls committed by Real Madrid: three each .For Zidane, Mendy’s arrival has been a relief. He himself valued it in a positive way in his press conference before the derby against Atlético: “Its integration has been very good.” He is a person who wants to learn and improve in a context he did not know. He is a very competitive player, who likes duels and is very competitively hungry. He wants to show that the club’s decision to sign him can be good. ” Of course, he also pointed out what should improve: “You have to keep improving with Spanish …”. And with Mendy, Madrid is being more reliable than with Marcelo … One of the first requests that Zinedine Zidane requested to reinforce the white workforce after the debacle last season was the signing of a left-handed side. The French coach detected that Marcelo needed a stimulus to return to being the unbalanced player he had been during the French first stage on the white bench. Marcelo was then a dagger on the left wing, but the march of Zidane and his close friend Cristiano plunged him into a game crisis. Lopetegui and Solari overlapped that slump (also due to the various muscle injuries he suffered) with the inclusion of the Sergio Reguilón youth player, who based on caste, courage and pundonor managed to take the position of left-handed side. Zidane’s arrival gave her situation a 180 degree turn. But Zidane saw that he needed to unfold that position. He found the player he was looking for in Ferland Mendy, a defender who pointed ways in the ranks of the Olympique de Lyon. Said and done, Mendy landed in Castellana to compete with Marcelo.Nevertheless, little by little and after overcoming several muscle injuries at the beginning of the campaign, Mendy has settled on the left flank. From there, and game by game, it has been slowly released. From being a side that dealt with fast extremes, case of Villarrealense Chukwueze and Sevillian Navas, lagging behind is also: with the as holder, Madrid have conceded eight goals in 19 games (among all competitions), which gives an average of 0.42 goals conceded per game. With Marcelo, that average goes off: when the Brazilian has played (15 games), the whites have conceded 15 goals, which gives an average of one goal received per game played. The Brazilian has gone on to swell Unit B of Zidane. His muscle injuries have also been a handicap in this League.last_img read more

Rivaldo: “Sarabia has to understand that he is at Barça”

first_img“Sarabia has to understand that he is in Barcelona, ​​a team that attracts a lot of attention. That is why you have to be extremely careful with your behavior. He is not in any club, he is in a great club like Barcelona and these things can alter the internal environment of the squad, “said the Betfair ambassador.Rivaldo not only transmitted these exhortations to Sarabia, but also “to all the staff and staff members who are on the bench. It is crucial to avoid repeating something like this. Especially now, that the cameras will be more attentive than ever, “advised the Brazilian.“Ronaldinho does not deserve what is happening to him”Finally, Rivaldo wanted to have words of encouragement for Ronaldinho, companion of the Brazilian team with which he won the 2002 World Cup and a personal friend. The Gaucho is being held in Paraguay for the alleged use of a false passport. “It is obvious that I am very saddened by everything that is happening with Ronaldinho. All of this is bad for his reputation as the great soccer idol he is. He does not deserve it“said the Betfair ambassador.In his words he also showed prudence. “Only when I talk to him and his brother will I know what has happenedBut naturally, as a friend and colleague, I refer to his version and try to understand why he had an allegedly false passport. “ Rivaled, a legend of FC Barcelona and Betfair ambassador, has praised the feat achieved by Atlético de Madrid by eliminating Liverpool in the Champions League and qualifying for the competition’s quarterfinals. A feat that the Brazilian fundamentally places on the shoulders of his coach.“Simeone has an important part of responsibility in Atlético’s classification. He is one of the best coaches in the world and empowers his players so much, that makes them reach their limits … and even beyond“Rivaldo began to value.”The team always plays highly motivated and focused when Cholo is close. It transmits strength and desire to the players and they respond by achieving feats that few believe they can achieve, “he complimented the Argentine, against whom he faced many times as a player.Rivaldo even believes that Simeone is responsible for Liverpool’s current losing streak. “When Atlético won in Spain, their free fall began. You could say that he has had a great influence as a stumbling block, “added the Betfair ambassador.“Sarabia has to moderate her behavior”Winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1999, Rivaldo also took the opportunity to pull Eder Sarabia’s ears and his behavior in the Classic, when he was hunted by the cameras, harshly criticizing the Barça players.last_img read more

Leipzig train again

first_imgLeipzig has returned to training this Friday after a week of rest forced by the coronavirus under strict measures that prohibit the physical contact of the players, they force work in “small groups” and to change clothes in “separate changing rooms”. The information, revealed by Kicker magazine, has been confirmed by the club in the words of its sports director, Markus Krösche, who assures that they are “training with individual ball exercises”, he told Sky Sports.Nevertheless, the entity has not announced in its official channels the return to work. Leipzig, brand-new quarterfinalist of the ‘Champions League’ after eliminating Tottenham, is the first Bundesliga team to return to activity. The domestic competition will be suspended until April 2, but Leipzig has preferred to return to action minimizing contact between its players. The staff of the German team was changed into separate rooms where they usually rest, some rooms for own use, and later they took a shower without going through the changing room, also in these facilities. Many of them ate in their rooms and others took the food to their homes.. Leipzig’s early response has surprised many fans. High rates of infection (19,865 infected) have made Germany the fourth country in the world with the most COVID-19 patients after China, Italy and Spain. In total, 53 Germans have died from this disease since the pandemic began.last_img read more