The Australian Touch Association is excited to announce that Peter McNeven, Rick Borg and Peter Bell have been inducted into the Australian Touch Association Hall of Fame. In an announcement at the National Touch League Open presentations, Peter McNeven, Rick Borg and Peter Bell were thanked and congratulated in front of around 3000 players, officials and spectators. These three touch legends join 12 others, who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. These 12 are: · Terry Jacks, · Karen Smith, · Lisa Neal, · Ray Lawrence, · Kerry Norman, · Ron Wall · Mick McCall, · Mark Boland, · Scott Notley, · Craig Pierce, · Katrina Toohey (nee Maher), and · Bob Brindell Peter McNeven has managed the Queensland Mens Open team from 1983-1987 at the ATA National Event, and then continued his role with Queensland Mens Open as a coach from 1988-1996. He represented Australia at the World Cup in 1988-1999 and also in the Trans Tasman series in 1985-1998. Peter was also the Australian Mens Open Manager from 1985-1988 and from 1991-1999 he held the position of Australian Mens Open Coach. In 1992 he held the position of QLD Touch Association delegate to the ATA General Committee. His qualifications include a Level 3 Coaching Accreditation, a Level 4 Coach Presenter and a Level 3 Selector. In 1995, He was presented as a Life Member of South West Qld Association and in 1992 a Life Member of Queensland Touch Association. Throughout his career he has achieved 51 caps for his country being made of 35 World Cup appearances and 16 tests. Rick Borg has excelled as a referee at State, National and International events for the past 12 years. He is well respected amongst his peers and no doubt a role model to all aspiring touch referees. Rick has been recognised as a Team Leader for the past ten National Championships and has been Queensland and Australia’s number one touch referee for the past 10 years. His hard work and dedication was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of World’s Number one Touch Referee, a position he has held firmly for the past 8 years. Rick’s achievements speak for themself, having again been rated as the World’s Number one Touch Referee at the recent Touch World Cup in Japan. In his career he has 70 test caps or his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 tests and 3 other internationals. Peter Bell has participated at a National level as both a player and coach. He was a member of the Queensland Mens Open team in 1987 and 1988. From there he took on a coaching role, as the Queensland Womens 20’s coach from 1987-1991, and the Queensland Womens Open Coach from 1992-1995. Peter coached the Australian Womens Open team in the Trans-Tasman series from 1997-2002 and in three World Cup tournaments from 1995-2003. He has been responsible for the promotion and coaching of Touch throughout Queensland schools, increasing the linkages between school and representative Touch and also establishing Touch as one of the most popular sports in Queensland schools. Peter is very highly respected by fellow coaches and players, and his dedication to the sport of Touch is unfaltering. This, along with his desire to give back his knowledge and skills to the game is testament to his passion of Touch. Throughout his time in touch football he has achieved 38 caps for his country, including 26 World Cup and 12 test appearances. Media contact: Rachel Moyle, 042 223 3165
Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will be looking to claim their third straight X-Blades National Youth Championships title in today’s boys final at 3.05pm.QSST won their semi-finals match against NSW Combined High Schools 8-4.They will meet their perennial NYC finalists rivals New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) in the decider.NSWCCC defeated Central Queensland Bulls 8-6 in their semi-final.In the play-off matches:South Queensland Sharks defeated Northern Territory in the fifth-placed playoff, 9-3.NSW Combined Independent Schools finished seventh after winning their final match against Western Tigers 7-6.ACT Pirates came ninth following their win thrilling 4-3 win against Sunshine Coast Pineapples.Tasmania defeated Victoria 7-6 to finish 11th and NSW Touch Association Development defeated South Australia Heat 6-4 in the playoff for 13th.The Community final will be played between Central Queensland Bulls and South Queensland Sharks at 11.40am.Northern Territory will meet Western Tigers in the State Development Final also at 11.40am. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the National Youth Championships action: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksBoys NYC finalists
Ohio State fans are justifiably still giddy about their team’s College Football Playoff National Championship victory two weeks ago. One fan decided to show her support with a huge OSU-themed cake, and in the process, honored deceased Buckeye lineman Kosta Karageorge.Karageorge, a walk-on, went missing in late November, and eventually turned up dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had suffered a number of sports-related concussions (he also wrestled at OSU) before his disappearance. He wore No. 53 during his time with the program.Here’s the photo of the baked tribute, from a fan named Arlena McCoy:@EzekielElliott Here’s the cake I made Saturday for, The Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team… pic.twitter.com/IOqc9xO8KB— Arlena M. McCoy (@McCoyArlena) January 26, 2015Pretty cool, and it’s good that the Buckeye faithful are keeping Kostageorge’s memory alive, even in atypical fashion.
New Delhi: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly has replied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman and ethics officer D K Jain after the latter asked him to clear his stand on allegations of conflict of interest. A senior BCCI official in the know of developments said that the former India skipper in his letter to the ombudsman has made his position clear and also clarified that he was not part of any committee that was overseeing the organisation of the Indian Premiere League. “At present I do not hold any post whatsoever or howsoever in the BCCI. I am neither a member of the Apex Council of the BCCI nor an office bearer nor a member of any of the Cricket Committees constituted by the BCCI under its Constitution. I am also not connected with the administration, management or running of the IPL by being a member of any of the committees or other organisational units set up by the BCCI in connection with the IPL. “Previously I had been a part of the BCCI Technical Committee; the IPL Technical Committee and the IPL Governing Council. I have resigned and/or withdrawn myself from all the said Committees. I am not a part of any committee/council/entity which has control or supervisory power or powers of management or administration of the IPL,” Ganguly’s letter read. As per the official, the current DC advisor has also mentioned about the fact that he is in no way connected to Kolkata Knight Riders. “Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is a franchise cricket team owned by Red Chilies Entertainment Private Limited. This is a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956. I am neither a shareholder nor a director of the aforesaid company. I have no stake whatsoever or howsoever in the said company,” Ganguly has said in his letter as per the official. “Neither Red Chilies Entertainment Private Limited nor its franchise team viz. KKR has any relationship or link with CAB. CAB has no stake or interest or rights in KKR or in the company which owns it. CAB does not control, own, manage, advice or administer either KKR or the company which owns it.”
Kedarnath/New Delhi: Amidst a controversy over his visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines during ‘silent period’ for the last leg of polling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the Election Commission for the permission, even as opposition parties cried foul over the much-publicised trip and alleged poll code violation.Congress chief Rahul Gandhi termed the visit a “drama in Kedarnath” and was also highly critical of the poll panel, saying its “capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians”. “The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore,” he tweeted. After offering prayers at the Kedarnath temple and spending around 17 hours at a holy cave near the shrine, Modi said, “I did not ask for anything. I don’t believe in asking for, because the God only wants us to give…all I want is ‘Baba’ Kedarnath bestows his blessings not just upon India but the entire mankind.” Modi said he remained totally cutoff from the outside world as there was no communication link to the cave he stayed in, and he kept looking at the shrine through a small window. Modi also thanked the Election Commission, which had allowed the visit while “reminding” the Prime Minister’s Office that the model code of conduct is still in force, for granting him the permission. The PM said he got two days of “rest” there. “I am fortunate to have visited the temple on multiple occasions,” he said, while thanking the media for taking out time to go to Kedarnath at a time when the poll process is underway. The media’s presence, Modi said, will send a message that the town has been developed well. Major opposition parties including the Congress, however, alleged violation of the poll code by the visit, several pictures and videos of which have been splashed across social media over last two days, including through the Twitter accounts of Modi and the BJP. Congress MP Pradip Bhattachraya wrote to the Election Commission, saying the media coverage of the visit was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He said he has requested the poll panel to stop the coverage and take stern action. “The way he (Modi) ensured media coverage of his trip to Kedarnath temple is nothing but a violation of MCC. His trip is all over the media. Is this not a way to directly and indirectly influence voters?” Bhattacharya asked. The Trinamool Congress also complained to the poll panel that Modi’s address to the media at Kedarnath shrine was “unethical” and that the coverage of his visit has violated poll norms. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora claiming that “continuous” telecast of Modi’s “private activities” at the shrines is violation of the poll code. Modi is now trying to project a “megalomaniac” image of himself through various “dubious” activities, Naidu said. Modi reached the temple town Saturday. Dressed in a grey traditional pahari attire, he offered prayers for about 30 minutes and undertook a circumambulation of the Kedarnath shrine situated at a height of 11,755 feet near the Mandakini river. The prime minister then went inside a cave near the shrine to meditate. Draped in a saffron shawl, Modi was seen meditating at the holy cave. The Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines reopened for devotees earlier this month after the winter break. Early Sunday morning, Modi also tweeted urging people, especially first-time voters, to vote in record numbers to shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. The 59 constituencies where voting was held Sunday included Varanasi, where Modi is in the fray for his second consecutive term.
After suffering its third loss of the season to Illinois on Thursday, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (22-3, 9-3 Big Ten) bounced back with an 80-71 win against the No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers (19-6, 9-3 Big Ten) Sunday. Sporting pinks socks and shoes to support breast cancer awareness, OSU trailed for the majority of the first period, which included a seven point deficit with 4:34 left in the half. Going into the locker room, the Buckeyes were down, 37-31. “At times it was hard for us to get gelling, but we grinded it out and played as a team,” senior guard Samantha Prahalis said after the game. The Buckeyes shot 48 percent in the first half while the Boilermakers shot 52 percent from the field. The most telling statistic of the half might have been rebounds. Purdue out rebounded OSU, 23-11, in the first half, including nine offensive boards that resulted in eight points. “They are a very aggressive team,” said redshirt junior guard Amber Stokes. “They were getting rebounds but we kind of just changed some things and also got rebounds back.” In the second half, OSU trailed until Prahalis was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit two of her three foul shots to tie the score at 50. With 12:30 left, Prahalis was fouled on another shot attempt and sunk one of her free throws to give OSU a one-point lead. The lead was short-lived, as Purdue scored on its next five possessions to pull ahead, 61-56. The Buckeyes would answer with a 14-3 run, but Purdue crept within two points with 1:03 left. Prahalis eliminated any doubt of a victory when she hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to put the lead at, 76-71, and seal the victory for OSU. “Ashley posted up pretty strong, I saw she was open, I passed it to her, she made a great pass back and I hit,” said Prahalis, who lead all OSU players with 26 points and five assists, said. Stokes followed her, who tallied 14 points. The Boilermakers were lead by senior guard Brittany Rayburn and junior forward Sam Ostarello, who had 22 points and 12 points, respectively. Sunday’s game had the top spot in the Big Ten at stake, but OSU coach Jim Foster said his team isn’t focused on the conference rankings. “You are giving these kids far too much credit if you think they are analyzing the standings,” said Foster. “I think every game we play for the rest of the season is a must win.” The Buckeyes return to action Thursday as they host the Indiana Hoosiers (5-19, 0-11 Big Ten). The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers, 73-55, the last meeting. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Kevin De Bruyne has won the Premier League Playmaker Award for this season with a chart-topping 16 assists in Manchester City’s title-winning campaignThe Belgian assisted Gabriel Jesus in the final moments of the club’s last league game of the season to seal a 1-0 win over Southampton and ensure that City becomes the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 points.De Bruyne has now made 16 league assists with his closest rival being his City teammate Leroy Sane on 15.“It feels good (to have won the Playmaker Award). It means I have done a good job,” the 27-year-old told the club website.“I’m a creator and I try to create chances for my teammates. If they score, I get the assist and I look good!.”The midfielder is now aiming to continue his outstanding form in this summer’s World Cup with Belgium hoping to build on their strong showing in the previous tournament in Brazil.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…“We’ve got four or five days off and then we start preparing for the World Cup,” he continued.“There is no rush – we have got enough time to prepare mentally and physically, although physically I am alright anyway.“I’ll take my time and make sure I’m ready for the middle of June.“The aim is always to do better and try to win it. There are ten or 15 teams who go there to win it and only one can so it’s very difficult.“We’ll prepare ourselves to be in the best form possible and see what happens.”
France have made six changes to their line-up with captain Hugo Lloris dropped in favour of Steve Mandanda, while Denmark have made three changes of their own with the victor of today’s game set to top Group CDenmark are looking to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 tournament and will likely turn to playmaker Christian Eriksen to inspire the side for the decisive clash with just one point needed to ensure their place in the Round of 16.The Tottenham midfielder has scored 17 goals in his last 20 appearances for the national side.Head coach Age Hareide has replaced Nicolai Jorgensen with Andreas Cornelius up top with Mathias Jorgensen coming in for Lasse Schone.The suspended Yussuf Poulsen is replaced by Martin Braithwaite.?? ???? #DENFRA ???? #WorldCup TEAM NEWS ??Here are the Starting XI of Denmark for their group match against France. #DEN #ForDanmark pic.twitter.com/9uSvzvRlPc— SBOBET (@SBOBET) June 26, 2018Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps has elected to drop captain Lloris in favour of Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with Samuel Umtiti and Benjamin Pavard also out of the starting line-up.Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe have been rested.?? ???? #DENFRA ???? #WorldCup TEAM NEWS ??Here are the starters for France in their final match in Group C against Denmark.#FRA #Fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/YtnYVCyKql— SBOBET (@SBOBET) June 26, 2018The match will begin at 16:00 (GMT +2) at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales’ controversial sacking of Julen Lopetegui was met with a wide range of criticism, but he says that former United States President Barack Obama reassured him he had done the right thingLopetegui was fired by Rubiales after he had stunned the football world by being announced as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Real for next season with the intention of taking charge once the World Cup was over with Spain.However, Rubiales did not take kindly to the news and promptly fired Lopetegui less than 24 hours after his big announcement with just two days prior to Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal.And now the RFEF president has revealed that he has been personally assured by Obama that he had made the right decision.The former US president visited Spain on holiday earlier this month and met Rubiales, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and King Felipe VI in his few days spent in Madrid.“What surprised me is that he knew much more than I thought he did,” Rubiales told Cadena Cope radio, via ESPN.Rumour: Ben Yedder on his way to Monaco George Patchias – August 13, 2019 Wissam Ben Yedder has emerged as a target for Monaco, and a deal is rumoured to be close.According to two Spanish outlets, estadiodeportivo.com, and…“There was a reference to certain issues in which he said some decisions made in the United States had a patriotic tone whereas here, they were more difficult to take, something along those lines.“What he tried to tell me is that inaction generally produces less rejections and less criticism, but that at times, you have to act. And, from what I can gather, he and his entourage were in line with the decision we had taken. I never doubted my decision, I had it clear, it was a case of values, philosophy … but I respect all points of view.”Sporting director Fernando Hierro was appointed as Lopetegui’s stand-in for the World Cup and managed to lead Spain out of Group B as the winners.But the former Real Madrid defender’s success would not last long with hosts Russia shockingly knocking out the 2010 winners in the first knockout round.Hierro has since left the RFEF with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique being announced as the new permanent head coach of Spain.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with his team’s performance and their strong start to the season as they thrashed Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.Brooks David’s goal sandwiched between Callum Wilson’s brace gave the visitors a convincing victory on Saturday and took Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side to 20 points in ten Premier League games.“I’m very pleased today. I thought that we were very good in most disciplines” Howe told AFCB.“Without the ball, we restricted them to few chances and we had to be patient, we were good with the ball and also good on the counter-attack too.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…They had a lot of the ball at times, but our positioning and mentality was good. The second goal was a big moment and I think it was key in the game.We changed system today, it was a challenge and the players adapted well. It was a blow to miss Joshua King, but Callum Wilson got us two goals today and we really needed it.”