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The 4-H International Exchanges is Looking for a Few Great Host…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Experience the richness of the world in your own home this summer.Washington 4-H International Exchange offers families statewide the opportunity to host a youth delegate from Japan or South Korea for a four-week homestay. Youth delegates are ages 12-17 and eager to make new friends, improve their English, share their culture, and experience real American family life in Washington.Host families need to have a child of the same gender and within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age. We’re currently recruiting host families for boys ranging in age from 13 – 17. Host families provide a bed and meals. No special activities are required and host families do not need to be members of 4-H.Do you have room in your life this summer for an amazing cultural experience?For more information contact State Coordinator, Dianna Ullery at 360-867-2153, Summer, 4-H KidsYouth ages 6-12 are invited to join us for the 4-H GROWS! summer program at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, June 26 – 29, 2018.Get your green thumb warmed up and learn how to design, plant, grow, prepare, and eat your veggies. Become a 4-H Junior Master Gardener and even show off your garden and produce during the Thurston County Fair, August 1-5.This 4-H program is open to youth ages 6-12 and 4-H membership is not required. Cost is $90 for the four day program, June 26-June 29. Each child should plan to bring their own lunch, but snacks, a t-shirt, and loads of fun are included in the registration fee. Scholarships are available.For more information and registration contact the 4-H office at 360-867-2157.last_img read more

August 5, 2020 0


first_imgFlavien Prat991012910%$559,156 Mike Smith8517191220%$2,070,931 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Victor Espinoza13826271919%$1,764,478 SHARED BELIEF A ‘ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME’ HORSEPERFECT DORTMUND EYES SANTA ANITA DERBYLOCAL FOURSOME NOMINATED TO HALL OF FAMEROUTINE GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR VAN DYKE Tiago Pereira971191311%$382,668 Doug O’Neill12114111912%$744,714 Rafael Bejarano19449292525%$2,270,618 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc4272417%$287,640 Brandon Boulanger1006586%$198,686 Tyler Baze22029232613%$1,603,894 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Joseph Talamo18219193110%$1,339,140 Elvis Trujillo16018181211%$1,085,200 Santiago Gonzalez7779129%$471,514 Martin Garcia10821141219%$1,617,580 Thomas Proctor3966315%$488,468 Fernando Perez14014161410%$611,190 John Sadler9211151312%$789,086 Richard Baltas52129323%$473,268 Martin Pedroza13814191810%$598,264 ESPINOZA, NAKATANI AMONG HALL OF FAME NOMINEESTwo jockeys and two horses who earned their spurs in California have been nominatedto the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame–Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani, and Kona Gold and Lava Man.Winners will be announced April 20, with induction ceremonies on Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., site of the Hall of Fame.Espinoza, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner and regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, was caught off guard by his nomination.“Not really,” the 42-year-old native of Mexico City said when asked if he thought this would ever happen. “I never thought about being in the Hall of Fame, but just being nominated is an honor for me after all these years.“We’ll see what happens. For now, I’ll keep going and try to win more races.”“A lot of good horses and a lot of talent got me to this point, God willing,” said the 44-year-old Nakatani, a native of Covina, California, who began his career in 1988. “I’m very, very fortunate. Just being nominated is an honor, but obviously, you strive for things like this.“You set goals for yourself and hopefully you can attain them. Hopefully, the voters will look at my record and they’ll put us in there.”Retired jockey Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley are also on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.FINISH LINES: Up and coming journeyman Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice rider of 2014, celebrated his first Grade I victory Saturday aboard Ring Weekend in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile in understated fashion. “I visited with Gary Stevens at his 52nd birthday party last night and did my usual thing,” said Van Dyke, mature beyond his 20 years. “I went to Whole Foods, got some fruit and salmon, and went home.” . . . Victor Espinoza on his pending Dubai trip to ride California Chrome in the $10 million World Cup on March 28: “It’s more important on how the horse handles the trip than the rider. It’s exciting to go there, but it’s a different surface now, traditional dirt, rather than synthetic, so I don’t know how the track will play. Hopefully, we’ll get the money.”. . . Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle, ticketed for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, worked six furlongs Sunday in a bullet 1:12.60 for Bob Baffert . . . Espinoza, Martin Pedroza and Iggy Puglisi have been suspended three racing days (March 13, 14 and 15) for causing interference on their respective mounts, Hauler, Royal F J and Stole a Kiss, in Friday’s races . . . Agent Mike Ciani had Kent Desormeaux booked to ride in 10 of the 11 races Saturday, a record one-day number for him this meet, but the 45-year-old jockey settled for nine when his mount in the second, Inner City, was scratched. Through 43 racing days, the three-time Kentucky Derby winner was tied for second at Santa Anita with 29 wins from 149 mounts, a respectable 19 percent. Desormeaux showed his Hall of Fame prowess with a 10-1 upset on Arethusa for trainer Eoin Harty in the sixth race, patiently winding his way through the stretch to score by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile turf event . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles: Cassatt, Kerwin Clark; Dame Dorothy, Rafael Bejarano; Frivolous, Corey Nakatani; Legacy, no rider; Thegirlinthatsong, Mike Smith; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze; and Yahilwa, no rider . . . Trainer A.C. Avila does not plan to appeal his 60-day suspension and $10,000 fine recently handed out by the California Horse Racing Board. “I haven’t had a vacation since 2008, so I’ll make the most of it,” said Avila, who plans to leave March 24 to spend two weeks in South America, including Brazil and Uruguay, and 25 days in Europe, including France and Italy . . . Saturday marked 59 years since Larry Gilligan‘s monumental upset victory aboard Social Climber for Charlie Whittingham in the1956 FelipeStakes. Social Climber came from 11th in a field of 12 to win by a neck at a $111.20 win payoff. Gilligan, now Santa Anita’s on-track Quick Official, would go onto finish second on Social Climber at 17-1 in an 18-horse field behind Terrang and Bill Shoemaker in the Santa Anita Derby . . . Condolences to the family of long-time Southern California assistant starter, Ron Bolton, who passed away at his home in Lodi, California, on Feb. 25 at the age of 57. Richard Mandella4888917%$561,916 NO DUBAI FOR BIG ‘CAP WINNER SHARED BELIEFThe Terminator struck again Saturday.For the 10th time in 11 starts, Shared Belief set his mind on his task, focused like a laseron his target–the finish line–and pulled the trigger, rolling to a 4 ¼-length victory in what amounted to a million dollar workout in the Santa Anita Handicap.Now three for three this meet at distances from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter in Grade I races, short of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, at the moment there seems nothing out there among equine anti-heroes who can stop Shared Belief.And there are more worlds to conquer. Which ones, of course, remain to be seen.“He came out of the race very good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on a business-as-usual Sunday morning. “We’re very grateful to have a good horse like him.”As Shared Belief’s regular rider, Mike Smith, indicated before the Big ‘Cap, there was still plenty in the tank for the 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride. The needle certainly didn’t hover near empty after yesterday’s unanimously predicted triumph.That said, some folks wondered aloud if the Dubai World Cup would be considered for Shared Belief’s next race, even though logic would be tossed out the window, since that $10 million race halfway around the globe is a mere three weeks away, on March 28.“No, we’re not going to Dubai,” Hollendorfer said. “There are lots of races in this country to run in with plenty big enough purses. We just don’t want to make a trip over there.”In a radio interview on Mike Willman’s “Thoroughbred Los Angeles” Sunday morning on AM 830, KLAA, Hollendorfer said that the Grade II, 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap on April 11 would likely be next for his stable superstar.“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s valued assistant. “You won’t see another like him.” Steven Miyadi3065220%$199,820center_img Edwin Maldonado951181212%$435,124 Mark Casse53105719%$775,868 (Current Through Saturday, March 7) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype76711109%$343,376 Peter Eurton661111917%$633,656 Felipe Valdez4789917%$234,388 Gary Stevens8313131416%$1,230,648 Corey Nakatani10819111518%$926,118 Philip D’Amato561110920%$534,740 Bob Baffert7916141020%$1,581,892 James Cassidy5386915%$318,350 Ron Ellis4583718%$322,030 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke15917182111%$1,113,956 Jeff Bonde2890332%$321,780 Peter Miller11320211318%$1,097,706 Mario Gutierrez8361077%$362,380 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Kent Desormeaux14929271819%$1,638,860 Jerry Hollendorfer13326181920%$3,017,048 Mark Glatt5379913%$399,922 DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK, BOLO EYE SANTA ANITA DERBYIt’s on to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for undefeated Dortmund, who roared to a front-running, 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade I San Felipe Stakes Saturday.“It was a walk in the park for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning of the well-chiseled chestnut who is a perfect five for five.Speaking of parks, runner-up Prospect Park, who was beaten 1 ¼ lengths, is scheduled to re-engage with Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby, according to trainer Clifford Sise, Jr.“He came out of the race great,” said Sise. “I talked to Marty (co-owner/breeder Martin Wygod) and he’s very happy with the way he ran. We feel like he’ll run all day and with the trip he had yesterday, we’ve got a pretty fresh horse this morning.”Ditto for lightly raced third-place finisher Bolo, who finished a half-length behind Prospect Park in his first start on dirt for trainer Carla Gaines.Although beaten for the first time, eighth-place finisher Ocho Ocho Ocho remains on target for the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep, according to trainer Jim Cassidy.“He’s a little cut up,” Cassidy said Sunday morning of the son of Street Sense, who was the $4.30-1 third choice in a field of 10 three-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations. “Both front legs have some lacerations on them. He had a rough trip.“It happened from the gate and then at the first turn. Mike (Smith) said, ‘Just throw the race out. I never got a chance.’” Asked if maybe the Santa Anita Derby would be next, Cassidy said, “No maybe about it. If he’s breathing, he’s running.”Another still under consideration for the Santa Anita Derby is Firing Line, twice a tough-beat head loser to Dortmund. “We could run there or the Sunland Derby (March 22),” trainer Simon Callaghan said after Firing Line worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.80 with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand. “We haven’t made up our minds yet. I was very happy with the work.”Baffert, asked which horse is better, Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah or Dortmund:“That’s like asking which kid I love more. Come on. They’re two different kinds of horses. They’re really nice horses. We’ll find out if they hopefully make it the (Kentucky) Derby.” -30-last_img read more

August 2, 2020 0


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The new owner of Rockhill House in Letterkenny has promised to return the mansion to its former glory for the people of Co Donegal.In an exclusive interview with Donegal Daily, John Molloy has said he wants to restore every part of the 70 room house and turn it into Donegal’s equivalent of Lissadell House.And Mr Molloy, who paid €670,000 for the 30 acre site at Bomany at auction yesterday, said he wants the people of the county to be heavily involved in the project. He revealed “As a company we have always been about restoration and preservation and this will be no different.“We want to restore Rockhill House to its former glory and that project will start as soon as we gets the keys to the building.“We know Rockhill holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Letterkenny and Donegal and we want them to be involved in the project from the outset.“We will be setting up a Facebook page and we welcome any contributions or comments or any information which will help allow us to be true to the original house as is possible,” he said. Mr Molloy, who is from Sligo but who has been resident in Convoy for several years, said he wanted to restore the property in a similar fashion to that of Lissadell House in Sligo which is owned by the Cassidy family.“That would be our plan, that we would firstly restore the building and then schedule tours of the house so the people can see the glory that the house once held.“We also appreciate the role the army have played in Rockhill and this will be an aspect that will be reflected in our development and preservation,” he said.Mr Molloy agreed that it will take a substantial amount of cash to bring back the house to its original glory.But again, he said he hoped the local community and workforce will help them in their quest. “We all know what wonderful craftsmen and women that Donegal has and we will be hoping to resource workers from the local community to help us with the project,” he said.He added “We have the vision and determination to bring this beautiful house and its lands back to life in a sensitive and caring manner and I suppose part of the challenge will be to make the house when restored accessible to visitors while at the same time adapting areas of the house to meet the needs of family life in the 21st century.”He also paid tribute a personal tribute to well-known local soldier, Declan O’Carroll, a former army commander of the barracks at Rockhill House.“Post auction yesterday we were very kindly given a small booklet titled Rockhill House –A History written by Lt. Col, Declan O’Carroll and dedicated to those ex Irish servicemen who were stationed in Rockhill from 1939-1946 and especially to their comrades that died in the service of our country. “It was a very special ending to a most exciting day and I hope that working with Declan and colleagues we will seek during the restoration process to find some appropriate way to address on the site the memory of all that served here.”Former county councillor and now Letterkenny Town Manager, Dessie Larkin, said he was delighted and relieved that the new that Rockhill House is now to be preserved and returned to its former glory.“This is the dream of many people of Letterkenny for Rockhill House and it brings great relief and joy.“We are not just honouring the memory of history and all those who served at Rockhill House however.“As a hub, Letterkenny has always been a dormant town for visitors wishing to see Glenveagh, Sliabh Liag, Malin Head or Ards Forest Park.“This news now means that we will now have a leading tourist attraction of our own and I wish to congratulate the Molloy family on their purchase and offer them any assistance they need going forward,” he said.‘I WILL TURN ROCKHILL HOUSE INTO THE NEW LISSADELL’ SAYS NEW OWNER was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:army barracksDessie LarkinJohn MolloyletterkennyRockhill Houselast_img read more

December 25, 2019 0


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM is one of the classiest establishments for a night out in Donegal.HOUSE is ideal for those of you who want to kick back and relax after a tough week at work in a more chilled out environment than that of your normal bar or club. With a selection of sensational wines to choose from HOUSE is the perfect location to unwind, converse and socialise with your friends.Donegal Daily in conjunction with the management staff at HOUSE are teaming up to give away ONE lucky person pictured at HOUSE over the weekend the chance to win FREE wine and a CHEESEBOARD.If you’re circled in one of the pictures above then contact HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM via Facebook NOW and claim you prize!!Our NEW Membership Card’s are here!! Collect your card from HOUSE this week and take full advantage of our EXCLUSIVE discount!!Haven’t signed up yet??Email us on housewinebarandtaproom@gmail.comHAVE YOU WON A FREE BOTTLE OF WINE AND A CHEESEBOARD? HOUSE WINE BAR AND TAP ROOM – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewslast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0

Singer Zubeen Garg who spoke against animal sacrifice at Kamakhya temple is PETA’s ‘hero’

first_imgAnimal welfare organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), on Thursday announced its Hero to Animals Award for Assam-based Bollywood singer-actor Zubeen Garg.The award is for his call to end animal sacrifice at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple at a Bihu function on May 28.“All religions call for compassion. No religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel,” Sachin Bangera, PETA-India’s associate director of celebrity and public relations, said.“We commend Zubeen for being a voice for animals and calling for an end to animal sacrifices,” he added.Mr. Garg is a member of People For Animals (PFA), another animal rights organisation.A PETA statement said it has previously given Hero to Animals Award to a few celebrities. They include actor Asin Thottumkal for saving a dog that was hit by a car, actor and TV personality Cyrus Broacha for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull, actor Zarine Khan for rescuing a cat from the street, actor Rani Mukerji for helping a dog in distress on her film set, and actor Dia Mirza’s production house for giving hope to homeless animals.One of PETA’s major successes, along with PFA, was influencing the Municipal Council of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh to issue an executive order refusing to grant permission for animal sacrifices on the last day of the Kullu Dussehra festival.PETA has also campaigned against animal sacrifice during Bakrid with a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India to the States saying killing of animals outside licensed slaughterhouses is illegal under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules of 2001.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 0

Hotties at Gold Awards pre bash

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November 28, 2019 0

Dhoni, Leanders noble gesture for cancer patient

first_imgKolkata, Jun 6 (PTI) Indias limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and multiple Grand Slam champion Leander Paes are among a host of top sportspersons, who have decided to come forward to help Kolkata-based cancer patient Bapi Majhi and the family of deceased Alip Chakraborty. The charity fund-raising auction will take place at a Central Kolkata hotel on June 11. It is being organised by Kolkata based media group by sports website Dhoni will not be present in person (he will be in Zimbabwe) but he has donated his wicketkeeping gloves and pads used in limited overs while Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane donated his autographed India jersey for the fund-raiser. Leander has decided to donate one of his racquets used in ATP tour for the upcoming auction. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has decided to donate a couple of his jerseys while Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has given his autographed bat for the auction. Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman, KKR players Manish Pandey, Brad Hogg, Indian womens team pacer Jhulan Goswami, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri and his team-mate Jeje Lalpheklhua have all donated their jerseys. Goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu has given his signed keeping gloves. The entire amount collected will be handed over to Bapi Majhis family as he is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. A part of the amount will be handed over to late Alip Chakrabortys wife for the education of her children. Alip passed away recently after suffering from throat cancer. Bapi is an ardent Mohun Bagan fan, who used to be a regular at clubs matches till last year. Similarly Alip was an East Bengal fan. PTI KHS PDS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comeback

first_img3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). Full ScorecardHardik Pandya made a strong comeback to the Indian team after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was lifted by BCCI. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and asked to return home before the first ODI against Australia in Sydney following their controversial remarks on Koffee with Karan.After the suspension was lifted, Hardik Pandya flew out to join the Indian team in New Zealand for the ODI and T20I series. On Monday, Pandya replaced Vijay Shankar and picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.India skipper Virat Kohli was happy to have his star all-rounder back in the team and said he was glad to see Pandya’s efforts and intensity on the field against the Black Caps on Monday.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.advertisementHardik Pandya, who had stayed away from social media after issuing an apology, tweeted with two words and a few pictures from what was undoubtedly a special match for him.Thank you pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019After Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.Also Read | Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortlast_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

Conte in the dark over David Luiz injury

first_imgDavid Luiz Conte awaits assessment on David Luiz knee injury Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) david luiz - cropped Getty Images David Luiz Chelsea Premier League The defender been on the bench in recent weeks and could be forced out with a knee issue, but the coach is optimistic about Victor Moses’ availability David Luiz has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Premier League contest against Swansea City and will be subject to a further assessment on his knee injury.Boss Antonio Conte said the centre-back, who has found himself on the fringes of Chelsea’s starting XI, is among several injury concerns, with Charly Musonda definitely out and Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy not yet at 100 per cent.Chelsea 7/10 to beat Swans to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And it appears as though David Luiz may be set for a spell on the sidelines as Chelsea attempt to determine the full extent of his troublesome knee.”I must be honest at the moment it is difficult for me to answer [how long he will be out],” Conte told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s away fixture.”It will be up to the doctor to assess it and take the best decision. I don’t know [how long].”There was better news on wing-back Victor Moses, though, who is back in contention for the first time since damaging his hamstring last month.”He is in contention but at the same time I have to make the best decision for every player,” he added.”For sure Victor is back from a bad injury and needs a bit of time to find the best physical condition. He is an important player for us.”Conte reports David Luiz (knee problem) and Charly Musonda are out, and Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy are trying ‘to come back to 100 per cent’.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 28, 2017 Conte has made no secret this season of the fact he believes Chelsea to be lacking in depth, and the Italian conceded that more injuries would leave his squad stretched.”Yeah [injuries will stretch the squad], but my hope, my hope, first of all is to have all my players available,” he said.”I have spoken before about our problems at the start of the season. We started with a lot of problems because we started the season with a lot of injuries – with [Eden] Hazard, then Pedro in pre-season, then N’Golo [Kante] and Moses.”For sure, it’s always important for every team to have all the players available. We know our situation and we try to do our best in every moment. “Then, I repeat, I’m very happy to work with my players and try to face every situation: easy or difficult situations.”last_img read more

November 16, 2019 0


first_imgPrior to the start of the State of Origin series, the two captains of the men’s open teams Steve Roberts (New South Wales) and Daniel Withers (Queensland) shared their final thoughts.Steve Roberts on…The first game:“The nerves are starting to creep in but there is a good feeling amongst the boys. We are seeking redemption from the last time we played.”The 2012 series loss:“We’ve spoken more so about us and what we can do. I think we are masters of our own destiny. We talked about our attitude and getting that right.”The sky blue of New South Wales:“Whenever you put on a rep jersey, I always wear it with pride. That’s the feeling we are trying to distil in everyone within the team. It is up there with the fastest touch you will play, alongside the Trans-Tasman series. It is really exciting and the skill level out there will be on show.”Daniel Withers on…His team:“We are pumped and are really keen to go. We have got some really young guys who are just enthusiastic and are tearing at the bit to get out there and prove they are more than good enough.”Pressure of being defending champions and playing in Queensland:“At the end of the day you just have to take it as another game. For us it is about coming down tonight, turning up and make sure for 40 minutes we rip and tear, take care of a few things in our game plan and make the scoreboard in our favour.”Team’s preparation:“We had our last session a couple of weeks ago and it was incredibly sharp. I was probably the most sharpest session I’ve ever walked away from in my touch career. We are extremely excited and to see these young boys out there, and if they can bring their A-game, it will just be awesome.”State of Origin series:“You look at the rugby league guys and the New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry, nothing changes. It is probably the fastest game you will ever be involved in and to get out there, play at this level, against some of your mates and the best players in the world, there is no better stage to be running on.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – LinksCaptain’s tales: Menlast_img read more

November 7, 2019 0