Holmes’s Origin II surprise

first_imgHe is a very different player to Oates who uses his size and leg drive to make metres through pure strength, but even with this advantage Oates (170) averages 15 running metres less than Holmes per game and it these little statistics that fall in favour of the Sharks flyer. Despite this, Holmes thinks Oates’s work in a Queensland jumper has been exceptional and that he is unlucky not to be playing in Game Two. “I thought him and Dane Gagai were very strong in a losing team. They both carried the ball very well. I didn’t think he would get cut,” Holmes said.”Everyone was saying they needed to make changes so they did, in both the forwards and the backs. “Corey has played a few games now and he’s done very well for Queensland. “I’m just going to play like I have been for club and Australia. I’ve done that by running the ball back hard and competing for everything. “If I get my chance to score I’ll definitely do my best to score it.”Holmes’s Origin debut has been a long time coming after being banned from selection for 12 months in 2016. Holmes was part of a large group of players that broke curfew during Queensland’s Emerging Origin camp at the start of that year. After doing his time, Holmes said it ultimately all worked out for the best and that he has learned from his mistakes. “All the boys learnt from that. It has worked out well,” he said.”I don’t know if I would have been ready to play Origin last year. I only had probably 30 NRL games under my belt. “It’s a good thing and I had a good year. I was happy with it.”The year ended with a Cronulla premiership and four of his grand final winning teammates will face off against Holmes when they run out for the Blues at ANZ Stadium. James Maloney, Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham and Jack Bird will all be looking to one-up Holmes, and the 21-year-old said the banter had started already. “I did get a bit of banter there, especially the day after I got the phone call,” he said.”I had to go in for a little screening and all the boys were there. They were very proud of me and very happy for me, but obviously at the same time there was a bit of banter and they can’t wait to verse me out there. “It is a bit weird [knowing I’ll be playing them] but I can’t wait for it.”Video first featured at qrl.com.au The Maroons’ newest debutant will replace Oates on the wing in Game Two, with the 22-year-old Brisbane Bronco axed from the side after playing four-straight games for QueenslandOates was one of Queensland’s best in their 28-4 loss to the New South Wales Blues in Game One, running for 158 metres and scoring a try. It backed up his 2016 Origin form, with Oates running for the second-most run metres (397) in that series, finishing only behind teammate Dane Gagai (403) after three matches. But Maroons coach Kevin Walters has decided Oates should be the one to make way for Holmes who has been in fine form at NRL level. Holmes, who has represented the Australian Kangaroos on five occasions, averages 185 run metres per game, with a lot of this down to his speed and fancy footwork. last_img read more

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Body building action set for next week

first_imgThe New Caledonia body building team arrived in the country today.Bodybuilding has over the years seen some strong men and women compete from the Pacific Nations.With the history and culture of strong warriors coming from the various participating countries, it promises to be exciting and captivating. Tahiti and Papua New Guinea are favorites for this event. Weight divisions range from 65 kg to 100 kg and all categories.In New Caledonia in 2011 only women competed in the +55 kg and less -55 kg. 27 medals were contested in the last games.last_img read more

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Pacific Islands prepare for league test match blockbuster

first_imgNearly 50 of the players involved are already on NRL rosters. Saturday’s blockbuster schedule will see the Junior Kangaroos take on their Kiwi counterparts, before Fiji and Papua New Guinea lock horns. Samoa will clash with Tonga in the second test. “It’s definitely going to be physical, no player is going to be holding back, it’s just the history of the two nations,” Samoa captain Frank Pritchard told SBS News. “Come Saturday I’m sure there will be a lot of fans running on the ground at the end of the game.” Fiji captain James Storer said he had no doubt Pacific Islanders were almost born to play rugby league. “You look at Fijians naturally, rugby league is their game,” he said. “Look at Semi Radradra – it’s just an example, but there is a lot of them boys back in Fiji just waiting to get their chance.” Pacific Island players have long been a part of the NRL. Frank Puletua, the NRL’s recognition and award manager, knows first-hand just how much the face of the game has changed in the last two decades. Puletua played for the Penrith Panthers in the 1990s when almost the only other Pacific Islander in the team was his brother Tony. “When myself and my brother were coming through the ranks there was probably two or three of us,” he said. “It’s over about half the team now are Pacific Island players.”(Fiji will take on Papua New Guinea in the test match double-header this weekend.)last_img read more

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“I was going to be in Castilla, but I thought I could play in First”

first_imgDifferences between Spain and Japan: “The Spanish League is much more vertical than the Japanese. There are many more counterattacks in Spain and people live on it. The Japanese League is taking advantage of the Spanish because big players like Iniesta, Villa, Samper … That came it’s very good for Japan because that way people see both leagues more. “Kubo and Okubo: “Always changing from one country or another that is not your native country is very difficult. I know Okubo, who played here in Mallorca, and I had the opportunity to play with him in his last year. He told me that LaLiga is very difficult, but he loved the experience. “Arrival to Spain: “I was very excited to come here, although I did not know what was going to happen. I thought it was fortunate to be at the professional level so soon, at age 18. They came to Japan to tell me about the sports project they had with me. It all depended on me. , but I know that when I grow up I will have more opportunities with them. I have to stand firm and keep growing. “Workouts with Madrid: “At the moment I am doing what I can and continue like this. In training and in the matches, knowing the highest level of world football serves as a reference and hence calculating if one day I can get there. They taught me things that can be useful in the future. “ Take kubo, little by little, he becomes an essential footballer for Vicente Moreno. The last summer, Real Madrid decided that the best alternative for their growth was to leave on loan to Mallorca and the Japanese responds with leadership and talent in the three-quarter area of ​​Son Moix. In an interview for LaLiga, the Japanese footballer talks about his adaptation to the island and his desire to shine in the Santiago Bernabéu Sooner than later. LaLiga tracking in your country: “When I started watching football from other leagues, I started to watch Spanish. At that time I liked David Silva, David Villa, when Valencia was very strong. When I was little, no, because football was not very popular in Japan. as more Japanese come, more League games are seen, even if they are at night, and with the change even more. “ The decision in summer: “In principle I was going to stay in Castilla, but after the preseason I did I thought that I could still play in a First Division team and in the end I got Mallorca.”Arrival to Mallorca: “I had a lot more attention in me than in the other teams. They talked to me about how much they loved me (laughs). I’m getting used to it little by little, although it was hard for me to understand the rules both in the field and outside it. They came with the same game and the rules two years and I was the rookie. It cost me a little, well rather a lot, but with the help of teammates and coaching staff I adapt. I assume what I have to do and I understand what people ask me : make the best game of my life always and in attack help the team marking, giving assistance or making a key play. And in defense do not forget the fundamental concepts we have. “Goal to Villarreal: “Vicente (Moreno) told me that some goal of mine had to appear and it was. I am very happy about that.”Poor baggage of Mallorca as a visitor: “When we go away from home we lack something and the rivals take advantage of that. It is clear: we need a victory and everything will change there.”Real Madrid match: “It was a bit weird because I had shared the preseason with them and upon entering Vinicius greeted me and it was weird at first. Then I got into the game and when it was over I was very happy like the rest of the team.”Where are you better: “My ideal position I think would be that of midpoint, but today not many teams have midpoint, that is, I adapt to the position requested by the coach. Now I am playing in the band and I feel very comfortable.”Qualities as a footballer: “My main characteristic is to receive between the lines and start haggling from there. It is not my weakness, but to score a goal I have to be calmer at the end. But now that I have achieved a goal I think I will be calmer “.Objectives of Mallorca: “Try to save us and then look up.”First steps: “The important thing is how my career ends. I am lucky to have debuted as early in a League as this, I will try to go as far as possible and not regret anything.”Kubo, ambitious: “I would like to play some big game like a Champions League final or a World Cup and if I can win them then too.”last_img read more

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The Atleti squad pays the price of tickets for Valencia

first_imgThe Athletic will be very well accompanied by Atlético’s fans in the next league match against Valencia (Friday 14, 21:00 hours). The club sold out the quota of places that Valencia had given it and 508 followers of Atlético will attend the match. There were even more requests, but the Valencian club has not sent more tickets for the match. The price of each ticket is 40 euros, but traveling fans will not have to pay the cost of them. Atletico players have decided to run with the expense of the tickets, in gratitude for their support in a difficult time for the Madrid team. The template of Athletic He knows that things are not going as they thought and still the fans are still responding. And so they have decided pay the tickets of the 508 fans who will travel to Valencia.last_img read more

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Rafa Nadal will lead a list of six Top10 in Barcelona

first_imgThe top of an periodThe 2020 version of Trophy Depend of Godó it will open a new period since in 2021 there will be a change in the administration and exploitation of the event after greater than thirty years with the multinational IMG. The brand new accountable will be the Barcelona company Tennium, after the event proprietor, the Actual Membership de Tenis Barcelona, Open a tender in the center of final yr. The financial situations of the brand new settlement are unknown, however will be in power throughout three years, between 2021 and 2023.This has additionally been the final version that has been sponsored by the Barcelona’s city corridor (round a million euros) and should be renewed.An important half is the tip of the sponsorship of Banc Sabadell, That offers title to the event. This sponsorship additionally ends in this version. The RCT Barcelona stated in its day that each events wish to proceed their relationship, which has lasted for greater than a decade, however the settlement has not but been renewed. Relating to worldwide illustration, the veteran Japanese participant stands out Kei Nishikori (nº31 of the World Rating), twice winner in Barcelona, ​​with the younger Russian Karen Khachanov (15), the Italian Fabio Fognini (11), the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (16), the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime or the French Lucas Pouille (nº58).Additionally current will be the 2 revelations of this yr, the Chilean Cristian Garin, 23 years previous (nº18), winner this yr in Córdoba (Argentina) and Rio, and the Russian Andrei Rublev (nº14), additionally 23, winner in Qatar and Adelaide.The event will pay tribute this yr, it will be the second, to Manolo Santana for his victory in 1970 in which he beat the Australian Rod laver by 6-4, 6-Three and 6-4. That very same yr, forming a couple with the Australian Lew Hoad, they beat the built-in by Rod Laver and the ill-fated Andrés Gimeno; one thing that solely ten gamers have achieved in the historical past of the event.There will even be a posthumous tribute to Andrés Gimeno throughout the days of competitors. The legendary tennis participant died on October 9 of final yr at 82 years after a lengthy sickness.The draw for the principle draw will have the Fan Nook, in the Village of the event, on Saturday, April 27. After the suspension of the event Indian wells, the ATP has introduced that the event calendar is at present maintained pending the evolution of the scenario of the VOC-19 (coronavirus), the list of the Barcelona occasion subsequent April has already been suppliedSix gamers in the High-10 world led by Rafael Nadal, world quantity two and eleven occasions winner of the event, subsequent to the Austrian Dominic Thiem (3), who will defend final yr’s title, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (5), finalist final yr, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6), finalist in 2018, the Italian Matteo Berrettini (8) – semifinalist of the US Open 2019- and the Belgian David Goffin (10), will be the nice favorites of Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2020-68º Conde de Godo Trophy, that will be disputed, until in any other case determined, of 18 to 26 subsequent April on the Actual Membership de Tenis Barcelona 1899 ..The financial endowment of the event rises this yr to € 2,803,265, with € 2,661,825 in prizes, which locations it as the second in the ATP 500 class, solely surpassed by the China Open held in September in Beijing (€ 3,355,900).On this manner, the person winner will obtain 515,000 euros and in doubles, the money prize for the successful couple will be 172,700 euros.With that financial endowment, which represents a rise in relation to 2019 of 2%, The event is the fifth most distinguished in Europe with out making an allowance for these of Roland Garros and Wimbledon, each belonging to the Grand Slam sequence. 4 Masters 1,000 are forward of him: Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome and Paris-Bercy.The Castellón Roberto Bautista (nº12 of the World Rating), tops the list of Spanish gamers in the High100 World Cup with Pablo Carreño (nº25), Albert Ramos (40), Fernando Verdasco (52), Pablo Andújar (54) or Feliciano López (56) – Absolute file of participations in the event with 19-.Additionally spotlight the presence with a ‘wild card’ dthe younger Murcia participant Carlos Alcaraz 16 years previous.last_img read more

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The Rafa Nadal Academy and the ATP study a ‘camp’ of professional tennis players

first_imgCarlos Costa himself has reiterated the organizational capability of the Academy: “At the Rafa Nadal Sports activities Heart now we have the Skill to host a vital quantity of players and coaches in order that they’ll prepare and compete with out leaving the Academy. We’ve got a nice health middle, a semi-Olympic swimming pool and a spa that may enable them to hold out a good preseason and get in form bodily. The amplitude of the amenities would additionally make it doable, if vital, to arrange all the logistics, respecting all the sanitary and social distancing protocols. “Throughout the final two editions of the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby´s Worldwide Realty, the Academy already has hosted over 80 ATP players on the event of the Challenger which has been held in Manacor in 2018 and 2019. Equally, the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar hosts annually the ITF World Tour males’s and girls’s tournaments, the Future Nationwide Grasp MAPFRE, the Spanish Chair Tennis Championships, ITF tournaments WORLD Tour Junior, ITF Senior occasions and Junior circuit checks akin to the Rafa Nadal Tour by MAPFRE, the Babolat Cup or the Mutua Madrid Open Sub 16. All of them are occasions during which players get pleasure from a complete keep at the Academy competing and coaching with out having to depart the premises. The Rafa Nadal Aacdemy by Movistar has 19 quick tracks, 7 clay courts and an indoor monitor. The tennis circuit is canceled till July 13, however the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar has begun to consider the future to encourage Many ATP and WTA players can, if circumstances allow, get pleasure from their amenities and compete in a secure atmosphere in the coming months. After the conversations held with the ATP, the Rafa Nadal Academy will turn out to be a Campus for prime stage players reside, prepare and compete with one another taking part in matches that will likely be televised in order that followers round the world can get pleasure from it.“In the final weeks We’ve got made our amenities out there to ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi with the intention of making the Academy a doable venue for holding concentrations of players in order that they’ll prepare in an atmosphere appropriate for prime competitors.. ATP has actually favored the thought and they’re learning and evaluating formulation to hold it out in the coming months as soon as the superb circumstances are there, the world scenario permits it and ATP is aware of clearly the plans of its calendar “, he has affirmed Carlos Costa, Head of Enterprise Improvement of the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar.The thought got here from Rafa Nadal himself, which has been the driving power behind the initiative: “Proper now tennis is the least vital factor and the most vital factor is everybody’s well being, but when in the coming months the Academy It might probably serve to assist different professional players, I’m delighted that they’ll come to coach and additionally to compete. Even when we didn’t have any upcoming tournaments, I believe competing in opposition to one another will assist us keep the stage for when the circuit resumes“Rafa himself has said.last_img read more

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Aussies too good for Girls

first_img Jamaica had the worst of the early exchanges to fall behind 1-5 after just three minutes but sparked an impressive run to claw back to 8-10 with just over seven minutes left in the quarter. Australia regrouped, however, and opened up a 15-10 lead to finish the quarter strongly. Needing to hit back in the second quarter, Jamaica found themselves stymied by a clinical Australia, whose shooters missed just one attempt as they took control of the contest. Caitlin Bassett was perfect en route to scoring 49 from 52 attempts overall while goal attack Natalie Medhurst, who missed the only attempt during the quarter, finished with 18 from 19. For Jamaica, Romelda Aiken led with 33 goals from 36 attempts while Shanice Beckford supported with 14 from 16. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago edged Scotland 57-56 in an exciting extra-time affair to set up a clash for ninth place with Samoa while Barbados defeated Singapore 56-39 to seal a 13th place game with Zambia. SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls once again faltered at the semi-final hurdle when they went down to World number one, Australia, at the penultimate stage of the Netball World Cup yesterday. In a virtual repeat of the last World Cup four years ago, Jamaica yet again missed out on a place in today’s final when they crashed to a 67-56 defeat at Allphones Arena. They trailed 26-35 at half-time, but had pulled within seven goals at 42-49, at the start of the final quarter. However, the Aussies outscored them 18-14 down the stretch to clinch a spot in the final against New Zealand. The defeat for the Jamaicans left them in yet another clash for third place against England who were beaten 50-39 by the Silver Ferns. EARLY EXCHANGESlast_img read more

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U20 Girlz tackle SVG

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Girlz will continue their campaign to reach the 2016 Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Papua, New Guinea, when they face St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in Group B of their CFU final-round clash in Haiti at the Stade Sylvio Cator today.Jamaica will compete in Group B alongside SVG, CuraÁao and arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago.Group A consists of Dominica Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Bermuda.The top-three teams from the tournament will advance to the CONCACAF final round – set for December 3 to 13 in Honduras – from where eight teams will try to secure the three available World Cup spots for the region.The Reggae Girlz have the distinction of being the only Caribbean team to qualify for every CONCACAF final round, even though they have never reached a major international tournament.After tackling St Vincent and the Grenadines today, the Girlz face CuraÁao in the second game tomorrow, before closing against bitter rivals, Trinidad and Tobago, on Sunday.The top-two teams will progress to the semi-finals and they will play off against the top-two teams from Group A for a place in the final.The two finalists and the third-place winner will move on to the CONCACAF final.last_img read more

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I could quit – van Gaal

first_img United was spared further misery before the interval when Arnautovic ran onto Krkic’s through ball, but missed the target with his shot. As usual, on the United bench, there was little outgoing evidence of concern, with neither van Gaal nor assistant Ryan Giggs springing out of their seats to berate or inspire their team. Van Gaal’s about-turn came at half-time, when Rooney spent the break warming up before coming on to replace Depay. Rooney’s first significant contribution came after 20 minutes on the field, cutting the ball back for Fellaini six yards in front of goal, but rather than slamming the ball high into the net, Fellaini shot low and, lacking power, allowed Butland to make a diving save. In the closing minutes, Rooney, this time, set up Juan Mata, but, again, Butland made the vital save. And Butland also pushed Anthony Martial’s attempt round the post as Stoke completed a December double over Manchester clubs, having already beaten City. Stoke are three points behind United, which manager Mark Hughes used to play for. United are three points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham. MISSED OPPORTUNITY BENCHED FOR THE GAME United captain Wayne Rooney watched it all from the sidelines after being dropped to the bench for the first time in a league match in almost two years. United came to life only in the second half after Rooney was brought on, but Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland thwarted any hopes of a comeback. “The circumstances were difficult – not only the circumstances, the wind, but also the pressure,” van Gaal said. “That is, in my opinion, the reason they don’t dare to play football (in the first half).” The losing streak started with Champions League elimination, and has also seen United drop out of the Premier League top four by losing to Bournemouth and Norwich. Win-less in seven matches, United have little time to recover their confidence, with a home match against Chelsea today. Asked if he would be in charge of the game, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” “I try to do everything, but the pressure shall be, every match, higher and higher, and we have to solve that problem,” van Gaal, who has been in charge since July 2014, added. “It’s more difficult because I am now part of the four matches we have lost and people are looking at me.” A day after British astronaut, Tim Peake, displayed a Stoke flag on the International Space Station, the central England team was in a different orbit to United in the first half. Depay’s mind seemed to be on another planet when he sent a downward header back toward goalkeeper David de Gea in an attempt to clear Geoff Cameron’s deep ball. Depay, a winger in the right-back position, was unaware that Glen Johnson was primed to dart in and seize possession before crossing for Krkic, who took a touch then slotted the ball into the net in the 19th minute. “It was a bad goal to give away,” van Gaal said. If United’s players were fighting to save their manager’s job, they didn’t demonstrate it. Their response lacked any burning desire to end their slump. And the mission facing United became even tougher seven minutes later. Krkic’s free kick was blocked by the United wall, but the ball came back out to the edge of the penalty area and Arnautovic’s powerful strike beat De Gea. United was offering little in response, with Depay’s free kick parried by Butland, and Marouane Fellaini was offside as he tried to react. STOKE, England (AP): Louis van Gaal raised the prospect of quitting as Manchester United manager after Stoke condemned the club to a fourth straight loss for the first time in 54 years on Saturday. The 2-0 loss at the windy Britannia Stadium pushed United down to sixth place in the English Premier League, and van Gaal is sensing the pressure after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked if he had received assurances about his future from the club hierarchy. “That is something I speak to (vice chairman) Ed Woodward (about) by himself – not with you (reporters). “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself. I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff and players – and not with you.” United was in disarray defensively in the first half when Memphis Depay’s horrendous defending allowed Bojan Krkic to score, and Marko Arnautovic powered in Stoke’s second goal from outside the penalty area.last_img read more

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