Month: May 2020

Kearney signs on with Warriors for three more years

first_imgThe deal will see Kearney, 46, remain in the role for six seasons, joining Ivan Cleary (2006-2011) as the longest-serving head coach in the club’s history.”Securing Stephen for another three years is a huge boost for us,” Warriors chief executive Cameron George said.”We haven’t enjoyed a lot of stability as an organisation, especially in the coaching area. Without stability in our football department it’s extremely challenging to improve and to achieve continuity,” he said.”We’ve been talking with Stephen for some time about ensuring he remains to continue the work that has been going on and we couldn’t be more pleased he’s staying on for another three years,” said George.After four seasons as an Auckland Warriors player from 1995-1998, Kearney is now on track to take his connection with the club to a total of 10 seasons with his new contract.”When I first came back to the club, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to help the club move forward and improve,” he said.”I’m pleased to have my future sorted out with this new contract and to know I’ll be with the club for a few more years.”We made progress last season but, to be honest, the focus for me is always what’s next for us and that’s preparing for this week’s trial against Wests Tigers in Whangarei.”The Vodafone Warriors’ season-opening match against the Bulldogs on 16 March will be Kearney’s 50th as the club’s head coach and his 92nd overall.After finishing his playing career in 2005, Kearney moved straight into coaching, starting with five seasons as an assistant coach with Melbourne as well as launching a nine-year term as Kiwis coach in 2008.During that time, he guided the Kiwis to three major titles – the World Cup in 2008 and the Four Nations in 2010 and 2014.Coaching career:Warriors head coach 2017-2019New Zealand Kiwis head coach 2008-2016Brisbane Broncos assistant coach 2013-2016Parramatta Eels head coach 2011-2012Melbourne Storm assistant coach 2006-2010Playing Career:International: 45 Tests for Kiwis 1993-2004NRL: 264 first-grade appearances 1992-2004Western Suburbs: 46 appearances 1992-1994Warriors: 79 appearances 1995-1998Melbourne Storm: 139 appearances 1999-2004Super League:46 appearances for Hull FC 2005last_img read more

Digicel Cup 2016 season ready for kick off

first_imgThey’re Mendi Muruks, Rabaul Gurias, Goroka Lahanis, Vipers, Enga Mioks, Mt Hagen Eagles, Gulf Isapea, TNA Lions, Hela Wigmen, Waghi Tumbe and Lae Snax Tigers.The official kick off will get underway at 3pm at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. The event will see Moresby Vipers take on Gulf Isapea.This is the first time a Digicel Cup match will be played at the new stadium that caters for over 15,000 people.City residents are expected to turn up in numbers with tickets selling at K40 main grand stand and K20 outer stands at all Big Rooster outlets in Moresby.In other matches throughout the country, Eagles will play Tumbe at Rabiamul Oval in Mt Hagen, Lahanis will take on Muruks at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Lions will battle with Wigmen in Mendi and Gurias will play Mioks at Kalabond Oval in Kokopo while Tigers are on bye.last_img read more

Digicel set to take on Ginigoada in netball final

first_imgThis is a first for Digicel to make it to a netball grand final.Coach Susan Pala said it had been a long road but hard work and commitment has paid off.“We first entered the competition in 2010 and worked our way up from the lower divisions to division 5 and 6 this season.“We’re very excited and looking forward to Sunday,” said Pala.Digicel has beaten Ginigoada twice already this season, which Pala said has given the girls a lot of confidence for the game.“The girls will give a 120 percent effort tomorrow to play their best and win,” said Pala.While Digicel’s team 2 didn’t do as well this season, finishing second last in division 6, Pala said they will come back stronger next season.She encouraged the staff of Digicel PNG to go down to the Rita Flynn Courts and support the team.The division 5 grand final is at 1pm.To further boost team morale, nationally owned company Tau Sportswear came on board, sponsoring the team with brand new uniforms for tomorrow’s game.last_img read more

CRU grand final underway with U19s Harlies beating Hunters 10-7

first_imgIn the results from this morning’s U19 men’s grand final, Harlequins held on to beat Valley Hunters 10-7.The women’s exhibition match was a one-sided affair with Harlequins again coming out victors beating Juggernauts 50-0.The Harlies girls ran in three tries in the first half and then another five tries in the second half of play.In the women’s grand final, Spartans were the better side defeating Wanderers 29-17.The last two grand finals will be the men’s A Reserve encounter between University and Wanderers.Following this will be the main game of the afternoon- the men’s Premier grand final that will see University clash with Defence.More to to come.last_img read more

Hunters beat Prides 22-6

first_imgPrides opened up the scoreboard in the opening minute of the first-half with a short ball, which sent in forward Sheldon Powe Hobbs with a successful conversion for a 6-nil lead.Five minutes later, the Hunters replied with a set play by hooker Wartovo Puara Jnr, flipping a wrap around pass to co-captain Adam Korave for a wonderful centre try. This levelled the scores before the half-time buzzer.The second half was dominated once again by the Hunters, with three added tries to further their lead.Philemon Kimiseve opened the second half with a quick face ball from Watson Boas.Ten minutes after, Thomson Teteh glides over the tryline to extend the lead to 18-6.This was not the end as five minutes before fulltime, Wartovo Puara Jnr picked up a dummy ball from the scrum at the Prides’ 10 metre line to run over, grounding the ball for a 22-6 lead.last_img read more

AFL POM school grand final set for Saturday

first_imgAFL fans are in for a treat with five finals to be played in the three divisions.At 9.20am is the U12 boys grand final between Coronation and Sevese Morea Primary School.The U13 girls’ final kicks off straight after at 10.20am with Boroko and Bomana to lock horns. Wardstrip and St Peter’s will do battle in the U13 boys final later at 11.20am.The last division grand final will be the U15s. For the girls, Ted Diro will go up against Taurama. This game starts at 12.20pm.The main game is the U15 boys’ showdown that will see Wardstrip face off against Hagara.last_img read more

Altuve, the Venezuelan ‘killer’ that threatens Atlético

first_imgIt is second top scorer of FirstThere is no doubt that the Venezuelan attacker has earned the chance to be on everyone’s lips. With seven goals in four games and ten in total, Oriana has managed to sneak into the top goalscorers of Primera. Specifically, the second in the race for the pichichi, only behind the Barca Jenni Hermoso (15 goals). For now, he has already matched his figure last season, when he scored 10 goals in 28 games. “I want to make 15 goals, at least. It is the figure that I have marked, “he said at the beginning of this campaign. And the truth is that it is very aimed at achieving it.With twelve matches played to date, Altuve is shown at his best level. And the team thanks him. Almost 60% of the goals of the Vallecano team come out of their boots. Or what is the same, Ten of the seventeen goals of the team led by Carlos Santiso are signed. A scoring streak that now threatens an Atleti who has little hope left before revalidating the league title. Five points behind Barça, a red and white defeat against Rayo would mean giving up the chance to be crowned again. The hopes are still alive. Oriana and ten more will depend on whether they leave frustrated Vallecas or not.For the franjirrojo team, it is not a match either in terms of ambitions. At stake is being able to storm the fourth place. If they sign the victory in this derby, they would chain five consecutive games without losing and also give the first great joy of the year to a hobby that, for now, is very proud of its women’s team. “I would choose Atleti to play at the Estadio de Vallecas”, Oriana Altuve (27 years old) said in an interview with AS. The Venezuelan forward will not be able to fulfill her desire in this 2020, since the derby will be played tomorrow (1:00 pm) in the modest C. D. Rayo Vallecano, but the player has already shown that against the rojiblanco team the matches are special. Because he is the current champion of the First Iberdrola and because he is the neighboring rival. And is that the absence of Real Madrid in this category has given greater importance to crossings between athletic and Rayistas, whose history in women’s football is loaded with successes (three leagues, a Cup and an International Women’s Cup).Altuve, who in the Rayo dressing room is part of the group The Panchis (with Argentine Yael Oviedo and Ruth Bravo and Chile’s Camila Sáez and Carla Guerrero), it will not only come forward to the derby. That of Caracas has been shown in a great state of form in recent games, scoring the team’s last seven goals in the league. A streak that impresses the swollen franjirroja, who has gone from suffering to see his team in a very comfortable position of the table, and that scares his rivals.last_img read more

“Proud to play against Real Madrid in Las Pistas”

first_imgUnionists has a Federation of Peñas which brings together nine different groups. As visible head of the Federation is Miguel Ángel Galán, which does not hide the joy of being seen against him today Madrid. “For us it is a party. It is an immense joy because the work done last year and that of the current Cup It looks nationwide. We have six years as a club and we face one of the biggest in the world, “he says. What he is proud of is being able to play the duel in The clues, his usual field, which snowed yesterday woke up, although afterwards the snow was removed: “We played in our house. We did not contemplate a different scenario that was not Las Pistas. We have already played in the Copa before Atlético Baleares Y Sports“.Unionistas is champion of popular football in our country. “It is a great opportunity to publicize our values ​​and our philosophy: another football is possible. We honor the extinct Sports Union Salamanca“, continues Miguel Ángel Galán, who dreams of the machada:” It is not the first time that a Second B is loaded to a liner. “last_img read more

A record attack for Espanyol

first_imgIn fact, against Granada, the parakeet team broke the season’s auction record. Up to 22 times they tested Rui Silva. To date, the premiere of Pablo Machín against Villarreal had brought the previous record, with 18. The operation of the team is more natural with Abelardo, although we must add the effect of Tomás, a player who goes to one goal per game and that in Los Cármenes summed up in 90 minutes everything it can offer: a penalty caused by him that he scored, a header to the post and another clear shot that cleared the Nasrid goal. With him, in the four games that Abelardo has been, the average number of shots per game is 13.5. The figure exceeds 11.6 that were registered with Machín and 11 with David Gallego, two stages in which the offensive operation was a problem recognized above all by the Soriano coach, who openly asked for a striker within a few weeks of Take charge. In the second half, with a Granada crouched after making 2-1, De Tomás himself crashed a ball to the post in a center of Embarba, while the game by bands brought shots from inside the area or from outside to those who lacked precision. A bombardment from all angles, the new seal of a Espanyol with more resources in attack.Last year, the average number of auctions was 12.4. Now with Abelardo is superior. Goals give salvation. Other positive conclusions can be drawn from the Espanyol auctions. While only four of the 22 were among the three suits, there was a wide variety in the attacks. In the first half, Espanyol was lethal to the backlash. Up to three times he could beat the Nasrid goal. First, in the penalty caused by De Tomás after receiving an in-depth pass from Darder. 0-1 Then, in another action of Calleri whose center Darder finishes him only with the left over the goal. And, the last one, one against one of De Tomás’ choice that Rui Silva clears. That 0-2 could have been definitive.center_img “We have to congratulate our strikers,” started Leandro Cabrera, who has only been in Espanyol for three weeks. “We have to leave the goal to zero,” he finished. With the arrival of Raúl de Tomás and Adrián Embarba, plus the plus provided by players such as Jonathan Calleri, Sergi Darder, Wu Lei or Matías Vargas, Abelardo Fernández’s team is very clear about the recipe. After the winter market, and as a platform to achieve salvation, the parakeet group must simplify their game, defend without committing the mistakes of Los Cármenes and trust that their attackers will see the door. Goals are no longer a problem.last_img read more

Barcelona puts on the work overalls to overcome Betis

first_imgThe Frenchman stole Semedo and left everyone to force a penalty by Lenglet, with the VAR notice to the referee (1-0). Messi and De Jong teamed up for the Dutchman to tie immediately, even though Betis did not give away in defense. The step in front of the former Ajax is how little Setién can celebrate, who took another twist on his idea with Vidal’s false nine.The Chilean however lost the ball that Fekir took until 2-1. The French wore in rabbits, footsteps, but also left his tacos on the ankle of Sergi Roberto and in the second part disappeared like the rest of Betis. Barça suffered without being able to leave their field but again saw the light with a goal from Busquets on the verge of rest in a foul that Messi put in the area.The ’10’ focused on his facet as an assistant seeing Joel stop him two clear chances at the start of the second half, a very similar to the goal that made him cheer from Villamarín last year. Betis stopped Barça as he could, many fouls and little pace, without a clear dominator. Griezmann did not offer solutions and again Messi put the goal assist, at the head of Lenglet.With 20 minutes ahead and Barça’s ease of throwing matches could still happen, but this time the Setién knew how to play with the ball. When Betis had to propose already below on the scoreboard he ran out of Fekir, expelled for protesting a yellow, while Lenglet also saw the second. Messi left again without a goal but his club won.DATA SHEET.– RESULTS: REAL BETIS, 2 – FC BARCELONA, 3. (2-2, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS.REAL BETIS: Joel Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Álex Moreno; Carvalho (Joaquín, min. 70), Guido (Tello, min. 86), Canales, Aleñá, Fekir and Borja Iglesias (Loren, min. 62).FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Lenglet, Umtiti, Junior Firpo (Alba, min. 57); Busquets, Vidal (Arthur, min. 57), Sergi Roberto, De Jong; Messi and Griezmann (Rakitic, min. 89).– GOALS: 1 – 0, min. 6, Channels (penalty).1 – 1, min. 9, De Jong.2 – 1, min. 26, Fekir.2 – 2, min. 45 + 3, Busquets.2 – 3, min. 72, Lenglet.– ARBITRATOR: Sánchez Martínez (C. Murciano). He admonished Emerson (min. 36), Mandi (min. 45 + 2), Guido (min. 73) and Fekir (min. 76) from Betis. And to Lenglet (min.5), Sergi Roberto (min.29), Vidal (min.32) and Busquets (min.57) in Barça. He drove Fekir (min.76) and Lenglet (min.79) for a second yellow.–ESTADIO: Benito Villamarín, 54,526 spectators. Channels ahead of the Verdiblancos and De Jong tied nextFekir rounded off his excellent first half before the equalizer of BusquetsIn the second part, the Frenchman was ejected and Lenglet scored and saw the red Barcelona took a vital victory against Real Betis (2-3) of Benito Villamarín this Sunday to follow three points from the Real Madrid leader on the 23rd day of LaLiga Santander, another day suffered for the quique Setién project in distress, rescued with goals from De Jong, Busquets and Lenglet.The Barça team did not find Messi’s goals for the sixth game but the ’10’ amended it as an assistant in all three goals. Barça thus brought forward a game that they carried twice below, in a feud that tightens. In 72 ‘, a header from the French defender left the final 2-3 despite the expulsions after Fekir and Lenglet himself.After the elimination in Copa del Rey, in the discount in San Mamés, and the internal war for the words of Abidal, Barça saved the league pulse and avoided another week of crisis. Setién does not have a quiet day at Barça, as could also be expected for the discreet level that the team was dragging and the ability that involves a change of technician. His return to Villamarín, where they barely accepted his style, he wanted to turn it into a nightmare Fekir, at least in the first part, but Barca was remade as he could.center_img Photo: EFElast_img read more