Over 100 people attended the Ball, including Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy as well as several other politicians. 2011 World Cup Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Dean Russell, was part of a panel interviewed by MC Stephanie Brantz and joined Australian Opals squad members Liz Cambage, Carly Wilson and Marianna Tolo, Opals coach, Carrie Graf and Capital Football Chief Executive, Heather Reid on stage. Russell told the crowd about Australia’s impressive record at the Women’s Open level, having never lost a game at World Cup level as well as the amount of females taking part in Touch Football across Australia. “The international program for Touch Football started back in 1985 for women. It’s been an extremely successful program. We are extremely proud of the results we’ve produced on the field and the athletes we’ve produced off it,” Russell said. “We do have a lot of females playing (Touch Football) but we are probably lucky in the sense that we have a category at social level and domestic that is very popular which is Mixed Touch. A lot of families get together and play with their Mums and Dads and sons and daughters which introduces them into the sport and then they can see the pathways that develop through regional, club, state and international level.”Recently named as the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Lundy spoke about her passion for sport and in particular women’s sport. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here tonight, I’m so privileged and honoured to have this portfolio. It’s something that is a part of me, my love for sport. It has always been a big part of my life and part of my family’s life,” Senator Lundy said. “Tonight we are particularly acknowledging the role that so many women have played in our sporting landscape. As Senator for the ACT I am incredibly proud of the local women in sport and the Canberra community’s wonderful response to the successes, their support when they are not going so well and most of all drawing from the participation base in the community that finds itself again and again inspired by the performance of our elite female athletes.”“The Government is committed to supporting women in sport and despite all the work that has been done, we recognise that more must be done to bring women’s sport to its rightful place in this country.”Chief Executive Officer of Sports Hydrant, Andy Turnbull, told the crowd that the promotion of elite women’s sport through the event was just one of the Sport For Women initiatives that the organisation drives. “Sports Hydrant, through the Sport For Women website, seeks to increase participation through we believe redefining the definition of sport. We want sport to be an integral part of the sporting landscape by including dance, individual fitness initiatives and not actually separating sport and recreation from leisure,” Turnbull said. Thank you to Bec Lewis from BL Imaging for providing the photos.
Man City seek social media influencers to promote Champions League gamesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are seeking social media influencers to help promote the experience of attending games at the Etihad.The Mirror says City are advertising for social influencers to help sell the “great atmosphere” at the Etihad Stadium during Champions League games.The ad, which was posted on influencer marketing platform Tribe, also calls for males – preferably students, young professionals and those new to Manchester – to post content that can “tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game”.In the ad, City said: “The Champions League this year has given us three relatively unknown teams meaning our core fans are less likely to attend.”We identified students, young professionals and those new to Manchester who are our ideal audiences, however we can’t ignore core fans either as they still account for most ticket sales.”We want to get across the great atmosphere of the Etihad through the use of influencers who can tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jonathan Vilma, the New Orleans Saints’ linebacker who received a one-year suspension in the team’s bounty case, received strong support from quarterback Drew Brees in his quest to play this season.Vilma is fighting his punishment levied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Brees’ affidavit was entered in New Orleans federal court as evidence for Vilma’s motion to dismiss the 2012 suspension for the linebacker’s alleged involvement in a program offering bonuses to players who injure opponents. Vilma has sued Goodell, claiming defamation. An NFL investigation found that the New Orleans Saints operated a bounty system rewarding between 22 and 27 players for hard hits and injuring opposing players.Drew Brees, who signed a five-year, $100 million contract last week to stay with the Saints, also swears that he wasn’t aware of any bounty program.“I have no knowledge of a pay to injure program existing, and yet to personally see any evidence that would substantiate these allegations,” Brees says in the affidavit. “In my four years as a teammate with Jonathan, I have found that he is a man of integrity who passionately plays the game of football within the frameworks of the rules and has respect for his opponents.”Drew Brees was generous in his depiction of Vilma, who has been a model citizen off the field. He said Vilma has been dedicated to helping the city recover from Hurricane Katrina and has started a foundation to build schools in Haiti.“As a professional football player, our platform to reach our communities is directly driven by the manner in which we compete on the field,” Brees said. “Therefore, Jonathan’s absence on the field will adversely affect his ability to impact the community in a positive way as a leader and a role model.”Vilma and Saints coach Sean Payton have been suspended for the 2012 season for their roles in the bounty program the NFL says went on for three seasons.The league wants the case dismissed because the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout gives the commissioner the authority to punish players for “conduct detrimental” to the NFL. But Vilma is not accepting Goodell’s unilateral decision without a fight.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLess than two weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team needed overtime, but it defeated Michigan 78-71 on the road to remain undefeated in Big Ten play.No. 8 Ohio State (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) will have a chance to defeat No. 19 Michigan (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) a second time to keep its spotless conference record at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Both teams will be fresh off Saturday road victories. The Buckeyes defeated Indiana 77-62, while the Wolverines beat Nebraska 69-64 in overtime.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Asia Doss — Senior, 5-foot-7, 9.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 25.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 15.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 15.2 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 0.8 apgMichigan: G — Katelynn Flaherty — Senior, 5-foot-7, 23.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Nicole Munger — Junior, 5-foot-11, 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Jillian Dunston — Senior, 5-foot-11, 3.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.7 apgF — Hailey Brown — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1 apgC — Hallie Thome — Junior, 6-foot-5, 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apgScouting MichiganTuesday’s game pitting the Buckeyes and Wolverines will be the second matchup between the teams in less than two weeks. In Ohio State’s overtime win on Jan. 7, the visiting team needed everything they got from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who dropped 37 points. On Tuesday, the Buckeyes might need more of the same from the preseason All-American because the Wolverines have succeeded this season, including in their game against their rival two weeks ago, on the interior. Michigan averages 9.7 more rebounds per game than its opponents, which ranks 18th in the country. It holds opponents to 30.3 rebounds per game, the lowest average in the conference.The Wolverines’ dominance on the board begins with junior center Hallie Thome, a Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native who Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said he recruited for a short time before the Buckeyes landed other commitments. She averages 16.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, which each rank second on the team.Thome’s standout trait is her size. Standing 6-foot-5, she towers over every player on Ohio State, including redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, the starter in the post who averages a double-double. McGuff, though, is more impressed by Thome’s touch around the basket and feel for the game.“She’s really, really skilled,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “You see a lot of big kids, but not many big kids that have her size in conjunction with the skill that she has. [It’s] a really tough matchup for us.”In the first matchup between the teams, Thome led Michigan with 27 points and corralled eight rebounds. She was joined in double-figures by senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who added 22 points and eight assist, but made only 7-of-22 shots. McGuff said he thought the Buckeyes defended her well, but she still managed to make tough shots while defenders swarmed.In order to hold Michigan’s offense in check, Ohio State must keep Flaherty, who averages the third-most points in the conference (23.1), from getting open looks and keep Thome from getting the ball in opportune positions.“They just present a really tough matchup because those kids are so good,” McGuff said. “And they’ve got other players around them that seem to play their role extremely well.”One of the other role players McGuff is referencing who could hurt the Buckeyes is senior forward Jillian Dunston. Though she lacks much scoring ability, she helps facilitate the offense and leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game. Michigan junior guard Nicole Munger holds the highest 3-point shooting percentage of any player on either team (41.6 percent). The Wolverines make 36.3 percent of their triples and hold opponents to just 30.9 percent from beyond the arc, the third-lowest of any team in the conference. Ohio State has shot more 3-pointers (481 attempts) than any team in the Big Ten.Remaining undefeated in Big TenAs the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll and the only team left undefeated in Big Ten play, Ohio State has only had one close call against a conference opponent: an overtime win against Michigan.The Buckeyes began the Big Ten portion of the season 5-0 for the first time in McGuff’s tenure. Last season, they finished 15-1 against conference opponents, with their only loss coming to Michigan State in the fifth Big Ten game of the season.For the record to remain unblemished, Ohio State will have to take on a Michigan team that has struggled against the upper echelon of college basketball teams and is still searching for a win against a top-25 team after four failed attempts. In November, it lost 74-49 to No. 2 Louisville and 83-63 to No. 5 Notre Dame. The Wolverines then lost 82-72 to Iowa on Dec. 31 before dropping the overtime game to the Buckeyes.
Guillem Balague recently shared his thoughts that if Barcelona were indeed to buy Antoine Griezmann, they would need to sell about eight players just so they could afford to acquire the Frenchman.The Catalan side have been the most frequently linked club with Griezmann throughout the whole season, not just the past weeks, and it seems the rumours could quickly turn into reality,However, Balague thinks there is only one setback ahead of this.“The problem with Barcelona, and considering the way that they are not renewing the contract of Sergio Busquets as quickly as the player would like, is the wage bill is too high,” he revealed, according to the Express.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The wage list is so big that they need to reduce it.”“If they sell about eight players they could manage it. Then they could make the move for Antoine Griezmann,” Balague went on to add.“They also need to sign a midfielder and a left-back and those will be the two positions they target.”
Southampton manager Mark Hughes is confident this team can build on their last weekend performance at Bournemouth as they prepare to face Newcastle on Saturday.Mark Hughes was impressed with Southampton’s last weekend performance despite their goalless draw result at Bournemouth.On Saturday, they will host struggling Newcastle United at the St Mary’s Stadium, and Mark Hughes will be hoping to compound their woes and also build on their impressive performance from last weekend.“It’s been a good week,” Hughes said on The Saints website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we had a lot of confidence from how we played.“The disappointment on the day clearly was that we didn’t take the chances that we created because they were good chances – chances that we need to take if we’re going to get the points that we feel our performances deserve. So that was the only negative.“In terms of the performance, I thought it was really good, really accomplished. Everybody understood what we needed to do to stop Bournemouth really getting into a frame of mind or a mindset that they were going to play really well.“I think we frustrated them. Not by being negative, but just by virtue of our game plan and being on the front foot and being positive in what we were doing, so on the day I thought we were the better team.”
Real Madrid and Keylor Navas are likely to part ways in the January transfer window after the Costa Rica international barely gathered two La Liga appearances this campaignThe 31-year-old goalkeeper was one of the protagonists during Zinedine Zidane’s tenure, having won three successive Champions League titles with Los Blancos.However, ever since the Frenchman stepped down as Los Merengues manager, former Levante shot-stopper struggled to impose to the new managers.Navas’ fairytale at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has turned into a nightmare following the arrival of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea during the summer.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.After being sidelined by Julen Lopetegui, Navas has continued to struggle for regular first-team action under Santiago Solari.Therefore, according to the Spanish news outlet, AS, the Costa Rican is determined to leave the Spanish capital looking to revive his career.Although no teams have come up with an offer yet, there’s no doubt Navas won’t have problems finding the new accommodation given his qualities.
Roma have finally been given the green light to start work on their new stadium project, according to the Stadio della Roma’s official Twitter account.According to Football Italia, there were confirmed reports on Tuesday that the Polytechnic University of Turin’s report on the proposed plans were positive.“The Stadio della Roma will go ahead and the proponents, if they want, can break ground as early as this year,” Rome mayor Virgina Raggi said after her presentation of the report.“We’re not against works or big works, the stadium being one of them, but rather we’re in favour of useful works that bring benefits to the city and its citizens, as in this case where a part of the city will be upgraded.The Politecnico di Torino’s independent technical report is positive: #StadiodellaRoma will be built.#LoStadioSiFa pic.twitter.com/I4nVU3Wyl2— Stadio della Roma (@StadiodellaRoma) February 5, 2019“The reduction in size won’t affect mobility. The stadium project confirms the choice of sustainable mobility is the right path to take.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.The project was initially given the all-clear at the end of 2017, but it was then held up by the arrest of nine people linked to the arena’s construction, among them contractor Luca Parnasi.Italy’s Deputy PM Matteo Salvini has welcomed news of Roma’s new stadium project going through. “It’s good news for Rome and all of Italian sport.”“It’s good news for Rome and all of Italian sport,” the interior minister and Milan fan told Agenzia Dire.“There’s absolutely a need for new, modern and safe stadia. Finally, a rundown area of the city will come back to life.”STADIO DELLA ROMA | 🏟️ | Councillor: ‘Everyone has expressed positive opinions on the project’➡️ https://t.co/hTx465FQJw pic.twitter.com/8p0wMF4K1h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) November 24, 2017
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 24, 2017 – Pine Cay – Caicos pine, the National Tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands, received a well-needed population boost on Pine Cay last week through collaborative efforts of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), Department of Agriculture, Meridian Club at Pine Cay, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew).The fourth planting of Caicos pine (also called Caribbean pine) saplings, grown in the Caicos Pine Recovery Project (CPRP)nursery on North Caicos, saw 157 young trees between 2 and 5 feet tall transported to Pine Cay and planted in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard. Established in May 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II and coinciding with the International Day of Biological Diversity, the restoration habitat now boasts over 400 healthy young saplings – which should soon begin bearing their own seeds. Caicos pine trees have been carefully tended in DECR’s CPRP nursery since 2009, following wild collection of seeds and a carefully-executed custom-made seed sowing protocol by Junel Blaise, Nursery and Maintenance Officer.Blaise, along with supervisor Bryan Naqqi Manco, DECR’s Terrestrial Ecologist/ Environmental Officer, together manage the nursery with over 500 pine trees and upwards of 50 species of native plants, and tend to the ten miles of firebreaks and trails on over 1000 acres of pineyard, a critical habitat in North and Middle Caicos and Pine Cay.Caicos pine’s population was reduced by 95% across TCI by the introduction of the invasive pine tortoise scale insect, but Pine Cay’s population has survived better than those on North and Middle Caicos. The Diamond Jubilee Pineyard gives DECR and RBG Kew scientists a better understanding of successful methods towards the restoration of this globally imperiled ecosystem and a historically unique part of TCI’s natural and cultural heritage.Karen Preikschat, Assistant Resort Manager of the Meridian Club, stated, “I spent a very informative 1 ½ hours touring the control site and planting site on Pine Cay with Bryan Naqqi Manco. Bryan took his time explaining the procedure that would be completed this week here on Pine Cay. One of the most interesting facts I learned that the 157 trees that were planted were germinated from seeds from the Pine Cay trees. I also learned how important controlled burning is for the survival of the Caribbean Pine. I believe we need to take a closer look at the trees, shrubs and flowers that we import from other countries which are carrying pests that are endangering our local flora.”CPRP staff members met with the Wildlife Management International team working on the Saving the Iguana Islands project, and agreed that it will be very interesting to see how recovering Turks and Caicos rock iguanas interacts with the recovering Caicos pine ecosystem. In no other place does the endemic rock iguana naturally inhabit pineyard habitat, but with successful recovery techniques, Pine Cay’s historically natural ecosystem should become more intact.Originally supported by the TC I Government’s Conservation Fund, later grants from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme and Darwin Plus funds kept the Caicos Pine Recovery Project well-funded until 2016. The project is now supported with staff and transportation from DECR, but currently has no regular recurrent funding.Following this outplanting event, the CPRP nursery has plenty of room to plant more seeds, which will grow into saplings that can be planted out in about three years. The 200+ trees remaining in the nursery are from North and Middle Caicos populations, which are genetically different from Pine Cay’s trees. They will be planted in the seed orchard at the Kew Agricultural Station (Government Farm) and hopefully on some protected sites on Middle Caicos soon.Photo: DECR Nursery and Field Officer Junel “Flash” Blaise plants a Caicos pine sapling in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard on Pine Cay to facilitate habitat restoration.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: