Cordner lauds ‘inspirational’ Pearce

first_imgPearce has become the undisputable go-to man for the Roosters in 2017, with the Blues halfback-in-waiting scoring all four of his tries this season in the final 20 minutes of games. His willingness to take the line on has been an inspiration to his teammates, while his lengthy field goal drought was broken with back-to-back one-pointers in rounds eight and nine. “I feel like he’s had his best ever year in the last 20 minutes of games; it’s the simplest way I can explain it,” Roosters coach Trent Robinson said after the 24-18 win over the Bulldogs. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there have probably been more tries. I think he’s scored some tries at the backend of games as well. He took them on pretty early as well [today]. “Toughness has never been an issue for ‘Ju’ but he’s actually showing it more and more in the way that he’s running the ball and he’s happy to do that. “I guess the bits people are talking about are not just passing it to someone else; it’s him taking the line on and trying to score tries and him kicking field goals, so there’s a lot of choice around him. There’s a long way to go in that, but he’s made a big step forward in that. “People as they get older start thinking more long-term, and in footy terms, some people never get there. Some guys like (Johnathan) Thurston and (Cooper) Cronk got there at an early age, and now ‘Pearcey’ is at that point where I feel he’s getting there.”last_img read more

The Stat to Fix: Parramatta Eels must improve post-contact metres

first_imgParramatta’s post-contact metres were one of the few areas they fell down statistically in the 2017 Telstra Premiership, with their 471 metres per game after first meeting the defence better than only the lowly Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans.In a chicken or egg scenario, the Eels also had the slowest attacking play-the-ball speed in the NRL – averaging 3.66 seconds and ranking 16th for getting a roll on when one or two opposition tacklers were involved.In defence though, Parramatta did concede the second-fewest post-contact metres in 2017 at 468 metres a game.last_img read more

PNG relay team off to World Championships

first_imgPNG will be sending a strong men’s team to take part in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships in the Bahamas next weekend.Athletics PNG president Tony Green said the PNG team will only be taking part in the 4 x200 metre event. He said this was because the other events such as the 4×100 metre and 4×400 metres were restricted to only the top 24 teams in the world.More than 850 athletes are expected to take part in the championships which runs from the 25th to the 26th of May. The four athletes from PNG are: Kupun Wisil, Nelson Stone, Kevin Kapmatana and Theo Piniau.Green said that apart from taking part in the IAAF championships, there were also other championships in the USA that PNG had taken part in. He said this would benefit our athletes in their preparations for the Commonwealth games.Green said the reason there wasn’t a women’s team from PNG taking part in the IAAF championships was because of the unavailability of the country’s top four sprinters in Toea Wisil , Betty Burua , Sharon Kwarula and Donna Koniel.last_img read more

Our golden lifter confident of more gold

first_imgThe golden girl of PNG weightlifting arrived back in the country this afternoon from New Caledonia after spending the last three months training at the Weightlifting Institute there.Toua will be competing in the 53kg weight division and said she is “definitely going for gold” but expects a strong challenge from Australia and New Zealand female weightlifters.“I will be doing my best and let the result come.”The Commonwealth champion added that after returning from Glasgow Commonwealth Games and taking time off to spend with family, the three months of training has put her back in top form.last_img read more

Boxing passage to Olympics needs to change say PGAs

first_imgPacific and Oceania boxing bodies want to pull out of its current affiliation to Asia and have its own qualifying competition for future Olympic Games.Pacific Games Associations (PGA), members of the bigger Pacific Games Council (PGC) and amateur boxing bodies from Oceania want a change in pathway to the Olympic Games.Currently for the Rio Olympics next year, Oceania boxers come under Asia for qualification.“This matter was raised with Robin (Mitchell- ONOC President) and also President Bach, the IOC President that we are concerned especially now that boxing is a member of Asian Boxing Federation and its no-longer an Oceania Boxing Federation, and we are very concerned especially where a lot of members invested a lot of money in their boxers and the qualification now its even harder and we not recognising our region,” said Marcus Stephens, chairman of the PGC’s Sports Committee.“Probably for Rio, it’s a bit too late but maybe after Rio, in Japan we’ll looking at that particular issue.”Dr Mitchell says he’ll be meeting up with President Bach on this matter next week and also with the President of the International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the IOC Congress. PACNEWSlast_img read more

Swimmers take out ‘best athletes’ titles at Games

first_imgPini broke 6 new games records and collected 7 gold medals taking out the best male athlete award.The beat female athlete Lara of New Caledonia broke 10 new records during the games and took home 11 gold medals. She was unable to collect the award personally, though, as she is now in Kazan preparing for the FINA World Championships, where she will represent France. Pini also got elected to represent the athletes of the Pacific on the Pacific Games Council (PGC) Executive Board.last_img

Federer gives a survival lesson and qualifies for the Australian Open semifinals

first_imgPhoto: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raoniccenter_img “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.last_img read more

The Italian Government asks that Series A be televised on open; the League says it’s not possible

first_imgAccording to Spadafora, “It would be a wonderful sign to all Italians, and a way to limit the inconvenience due to containment measures and, even, actively cooperate to achieve its purpose. “The Italian football federation (FIGC) immediately approved, but while the response of ‘Sky’ and ‘Dazn’, holders of the transmission rights, is expected, the League has already opposed: “We understand and share the underlying purposes of Minister Spadafora’s request, but the current regulatory framework and the contractual obligations already assumed do not allow“. Italy lives days of fear for the coronavirus emergency, and until next April 3 all stadiums (and any sporting event) will remain closed to the public. An unavoidable measure, if we consider that until March 15 they will not open colleges and universities, and that could lead to A revolutionary novelty: televising the entire Serie A championship in the open. The League, waiting to know the position of the operators, opposes.The idea is from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who has sent a letter to the presidents of the federation (Gabriele Gravina) and from the Lega Serie A (Paolo Dal Pino): “The authentic vocation of sport is unite and allow everyone to enjoy an exciting show, without stress or fear. With this spirit I ask, in this delicate situation, if there are conditions to allow free television enjoyment of football competitions“.last_img read more

Málaga designs a solidarity shirt against the coronavirus

first_imgThe new coronavirus t-shirt, also available in children’s sizes, can be purchased online at Malaga’s online store at a price of 9.95 euros. People who purchase this shirt must pick them up at the official La Rosaleda store once the current alarm state ends. Málaga has had another nice gesture in these days of fighting the coronavirus. Through the Foundation, the club has put for sale a solidarity shirt against COVID-19. The benefits obtained with the commercialization of this solidarity shirt will go to the fight against the coronavirus.This shirt features in its design, of course blue and white, with the shield that the club launched days ago as a symbol of this battle against the virus and that these weeks has become the brand image of the club on all its social networks. This new shield is shaped like a blue and white heart with the infinity symbol and a soccer ball.last_img read more

Koundé: “It’s only in my head now to compete again”

first_imgWhere he did leave one curious reflection the Frenchman went to the question of play behind closed doors. Instead of analyzing the difficulties it will be for professionals to play without an audience, Koundé preferred to put himself in the Sevilla fan’s skin: “I think it will be harder for the hobby not being able to go to the field that for us to play without people. The sevillistas they live soccer a lot and watching home games alone is going to be difficult for them. The best way to thank the fans is to compete good and finish the season in Champions. “Also did Koundé a review of what is being the season of his debut in Sevilla and in LaLiga, where things seem to be going better than expected: “At the moment I am happy but not satisfied because there are many things that I can still do better. I’m having a lot of minutes and good matches, but the important thing is that the team is doing very well. I’ve had difficult moments with games where I have had errors but it is part of the sport and I have always tried to make the best of those failures to progress. I like being in such a demanding club. “ Nicknamed “Cafu” by Lucas OcamposKoundé recognized that the joke does not bother you, on the contrary, and did not hide his admiration for the closest thing there is to Cafu in Seville, Jesus Navas: “He’s always on top, he never stops. It’s amazing to play with someone like him. He’s one age but his body has another“ Jules Koundé appeared in the official media Sevilla and in a perfect spanish (he has only been in Nervión for nine months) explained how he is living the confinement in the Andalusian capital a young Frenchman of 21 years: “I am a boy who Not much out so I’m well quarantined. I am in contact with my family, of course I would like to have them close, but I am fine. I don’t look too much at the informationMaybe only once a week, because so much bad news can end up affecting you a lot. It is a difficult situation, there is many dead And we have to be responsible by staying home“On the horizon it seems that the Back to work, something that Koundé longs both for his passion for football and for the need to return to contact with colleagues: “For me soccer is everything in my life and Sevilla now too. I want to be with my teammates again, to return to Saturdaynchez Pizjuán… We are a very good group and we miss each other. I like to compete and it is difficult not to. What I have in my head right now is continue working because the Sevilla’s goals They are still high and when we return they will be there. I can’t stop, in my head there is only going back to compete. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 22, 2020last_img read more