Youngstown State Joins Southland Bowling League

first_imgThe Penguins earned 12 total victories over teams ranked in the top 25 and beat 34 different teams during the season. Four different bowlers were the top individual finishers at tournaments throughout the season.“Joining the Southland Bowling League is a great opportunity for the student-athletes in our bowling program to annually compete against some of the top teams in the country,” said Ron Strollo, YSU Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “We have a solid foundation for a very successful program, and we’re excited to continue progressing toward our high aspirations as members of the SBL.” “We are very excited to join the Southland Bowling League,” Gilliam said. “This is a tough conference with some of the best teams in NCAA bowling, and I am happy we get to be a part of that. We will now be able to compete for conference awards as well as automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships. The coaches and Southland staff have already been very welcoming to us.” FRISCO, Texas – Youngstown State University is set to begin competition in the Southland Bowling League for the 2018-19 season, Executive Director Thomas Samuel announced Tuesday. “We are very excited that Youngstown State will join the Southland Bowling League this year,” said Samuel. “It’s evident in their results over the last two years they are building a program that strives to compete at the highest level in NCAA bowling, and there is no better league to accomplish that goal in than ours.” Youngstown State is led by third-year head coach Chelsea Gilliam, who has been at the helm of the program since its inception. Gilliam spent the 2015-16 academic year recruiting the first team in school history, securing Holiday Bowl as YSU’s home facility and preparing a schedule. The 2016-17 season was Youngstown State’s first as an intercollegiate sport, and she immediately had the Penguins among the top 25 teams in the country, finishing their inaugural season at No. 25 in the NTCA poll. YSU was the only first-year program to be ranked in the final top 25.center_img The Southland Bowling League is entering its fifth season of competition after capping 2018 with a national championship from Vanderbilt. The SBL has received at least three bids to the NCAA Championship in each season since it began play in 2015. In 2018, the first year for automatic bids to the NCAA Championship and also the first year for a 10-team championship event, Vanderbilt earned the automatic bid while Arkansas State and Sam Houston State received at-large bids. Youngstown State’s arrival comes as part of a realignment which saw charter member Monmouth depart for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference beginning with this upcoming season. Gilliam was a four-year member of the University of Pikeville (Ky.) bowling team, and she was a senior on the 2012 NAIA national championship team. She twice participated in the United States Bowling Congress National Tournament while she was a student-athlete. She graduated from Pikeville in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and psychology. Youngstown State completed its second season of bowling in 2017-18, entering at No. 24 in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Preseason Top 25 Poll. The team boosted its winning percentage to .490 last season, up from .440 in 2016-17. The Penguins won 48 matches overall, a four-win improvement from the previous year.last_img read more

McNeese’s Blake Elliott Named 2018-19 Men’s Golfer of the Year

first_img Kevin Lee Fr. Lamar London, England Hugo Hellman Fr. Lamar Salem, Sweden Honorable Mention: Bryce Dooley, Abilene Christian; Jack Randle, Sam Houston State; Sutton Farmer, McNeese; Jackson Smith, New Orleans; Ben Baker, Nicholls; Daniel Dimaculangan, Houston Baptist. Joris Etlin Sr. Southeastern Louisiana Frejus, France Luis Carrera Fr. Sam Houston State Mexico City, Mexico 2018-19 Southland Conference Men’s Golf All-Conference Teams Name Class School Hometown Name Class School Hometown Angelo Leyvani3 Sr. Stephen F. Austin San Antonio, Texas Player of the Year: Blake Elliott, McNeeseFreshman of the Year: Luis Carrera, Sam Houston StateCoach of the Year: Brandt Kieschnick, Sam Houston State Blake Elliott2 Sr. McNeese Liberty Hill, Texas Baker Stevenson Sr. Nicholls Hartland, Mich. Second Team Cody Banach Jr. Lamar Houston, Texascenter_img Alex Clouse2 So. Abilene Christian Flower Mound, Texas 2 – Two-time All-Conference selection3 – Three-time All-Conference selection^ – 2019 Southland Championship top finisher Name Class School Hometown Noah Steele^2 Jr. Sam Houston State Kingston, Ontario First Team John Hill Jr. Incarnate Word McQueeney, Texas Jake Hendrix Sr. Stephen F. Austin Austin, Texas Jack Hearn Fr. McNeese Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary, Ireland William Holcomb2 Jr. Sam Houston State Crockett, Texas FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Blake Elliott is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year, the league announced Tuesday alongside the all-conference teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Elliott was voted the Golfer of the Year in addition to earning his second career berth on the All-Conference first team. The McNeese senior finished second overall at the 2019 Southland Conference Championship and helped the Cowboys to a sixth-place team finish after shooting even at 216 across all three rounds. The Liberty Hill, Texas, native recorded a pair of tournament victories throughout his senior campaign, including wins at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational (Oct. 28-30, 2018) and the 34th Annual Louisiana Classics (Feb. 25-26).Sam Houston State garnered a pair of individual award winners in Luis Carrera who was named Freshman of the Year and head coach Brandt Kieschnick who was named Southland Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. Carrera closed out the regular season ranked eighth in the conference with a 73.21 scoring average. He tied for 13th overall at the Southland Championship after shooting a 71 in his final round of play. The freshman recorded a season-best round of 67 on two occasions throughout the 2018-19 campaign, once in the opening round of the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas (March 11-12) and once in the opening round of the Bayou City Collegiate Classic in Pearland, Texas (April 15-16).Kieschnick led his Bearkat squad to their second consecutive Southland Conference Championship as all five Sam Houston State competitors finished within the top-20 individuals. The Coach of the Year honor marks the fourth of his career for Kieschnick. Sam Houston State’s conference title earned an automatic qualification into the 2019 NCAA Regional Championship at a site to be announced Wednesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. CT.Sam Houston State landed a trio of golfers onto the All-Conference squads as 2019 Southland Conference medalist Noah Steele and teammate William Holcomb were named first-team selections, while Carrera was voted as a second-team honoree. Holcomb and Steele are each making their second All-Conference appearance.Lamar joins the Bearkats with a league-best three all-conference members. Cody Banach and Hugo Hellman lead the Cardinals as second-team members, while freshman Kevin Lee is a third-team selection.Stephen F. Austin’s Angelo Leyvani and Incarnate Word’s John Hill round out the first team selections. Leyvani, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, is making his third appearance on an All-Conference squad. Abilene Christian’s Alex Clouse, third-team honoree, is the final Southland All-Conference selection making a repeat appearance. The Wildcat sophomore is now a two-time selection.All-Conference teams and individual superlatives are voted on by each league school’s head coach and sports information director. Voting for oneself or one’s own athletes is not permitted. Third Team Max Hellstrom Jr. New Orleans Stockholm, Swedenlast_img read more

Levy makes shock admission Pochettino has players he doesn’t want

first_imgDANIEL LEVY admitted Mauricio Pochettino has been left with players he does not want at Spurs.Club chairman Levy made the shock claim at a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.2 Daniel Levy revealed Mauricio Pochettino has players in his squad he doesn’t wantCredit: Getty – ContributorPochettino is under pressure after his team’s poor start to the season.Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen are now in the final year of their deals, adding to the instability at the club.But in a sign Levy will back Pochettino in his decisions — which could see a number of players leave — the chairman has accepted some responsibility for the situation.The minutes read: “DL (Levy) said Tottenham had been one of the biggest spenders among Premier League clubs in the recent transfer window. It had also not generated all the sales the club hoped for.“DL reiterated just how difficult it is to get a transfer over the line.“In 90 per cent of instances either a buyer could not be found for a player or the player did not wish to join the club that had expressed an interest in buying them.”Levy appeared to accept key players would leave for nothing in the summer.The minutes added: “DL said it wasn’t possible to make anyone sign a contract if they didn’t want to.“Some players have been at Spurs for a long time and want to pursue opportunities elsewhere.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“It wasn’t always about not wanting to play for Tottenham any more.”Kyle Walker-Peters will go on loan in January with Crystal Palace keen.And keeper Michel Vorm has rejoined to cover for the injured Hugo Lloris.2last_img read more

Chelsea rage as Lo Celso escapes TWO red cards including horror Azpilicueta stamp

first_imgGIOVANI LO CELSO managed to dodge TWO red cards when facing Chelsea on Saturday, including a horror stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta.In the first-half, Mason Mount was left writhing in agony after the Argentine lashed out following a foul from Mateo Kovacic.4 The first incident saw Mount earn a flailing leg from the Spurs starCredit: BT Sport4 Replay officials decided the challenge was not worth a red cardCredit: BT Sport4 Cesar Azpilicueta nurses his leg after the stampCredit: BT SportA free-kick was given to Tottenham 28 minutes into the Saturday lunchtime clash after Lo Celso was upended but he seemed to extend his leg up against Mount as the England international appeared above him.As if that wasn’t enough to enrage Frank Lampard, the player was deemed innocent after a VAR review for an apparent stamp on Azpilicueta.A 50/50 challenge saw Lo Celso miss the ball and land agonisingly on the defender’s shin – which was not deemed serious foul play by VAR officials.With no punishment dished out to the Spurs man, Chelsea fans felt the kick on Mount in particular echoed a similar incident involving Harry Maguire during Manchester United’s visit on Monday.4 The second-half stamp on Azpilicueta earned a full VAR reviewCredit: BT SportLikewise, the centre-back was deemed by many to have kicked Michy Batshuayi as they tumbled into the dugout, but escaped a dismissal.However the Mount kick didn’t even see an official announcement for a lengthy VAR check – suggesting it was either quickly reviewed and dismissed at Stockley Park or ignored entirely.That is despite Mount immediately joining Lo Celso on the turf in clear discomfort amid Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley running in to protest.Likewise, fans on Twitter launched into another tirade against the video replay system that has ruled against the Blues in recent weeks.Fuming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Man United skipper Maguire should have seen red for kicking out at Batshuayilatest football newsGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossZack: “Another kick, blatant red by Lo Celso, not even reviewed by VAR. Why have it? It never works.”Tom: “Is it me or has Lo Celso just booted Mount there? Man shrugging VAR not bothering with that one no???”Saquib tweeted: “Lo Celso hit Mount in first half in thigh and now on shin to Azpilicueta. What the hell is VAR doing? Down with VAR, FA need to look into it.”Tony added: “Lo Celso a very lucky man! VAR showing once again what a complete and utter waste of space it is!!!!”CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesFrank Lampard says he lost sleep after Chelsea loss against Man Utd but insists he is thriving on pressure ahead of Tottenhamlast_img read more

Mourinho had NEVER watched his Champions League final wins before lockdown

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO had NEVER watched his Champions League final wins a second time – before doing so while bored in lockdown.The Special One has been finding ways to pass the time while being cooped up with his coaching staff in a rented pad amid the coronavirus crisis.3 Mourinho celebrates Inter Milan’s Champions League triumph back in 2010 in MadridCredit: AFP3 Mourinho stunned European football when he led Porto to the Champions League in 2004Credit: PA:Empics SportThe Spurs boss is living with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos, tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho and Tottenham’s head of first-team performance Carlos Lalin.The four of them have been putting the Spurs stars through their paces via Zoom as they try to keep fit inside their homes.But when the 57-year-old isn’t training the first-team aces, he has been taking a trip down memory to reminisce about his glory days on the biggest European stage.He told Sky Sports: “In this period I think lots of things from the past are coming.”I am watching matches that I never did in my life. I never watched my Champions League finals and I had to watch now a few years after, also some Premier League matches.”These things are coming, anniversaries, to be honest I don’t control I lost myself in dates I had no idea how many years ago. I had no idea that Chelsea beat Bolton 15-years-ago.”I prefer to think that I am going to have a fourth Premier League trophy. I have three but I prefer to think I’m going to have four.”The Special One recently admitted he was wrong to break coronavirus lockdown to train three Tottenham stars in a London park.3Mourinho burst onto the managerial scene in his third job, at Porto, where he was initially hired in January 2002.In his first full campaign he won the treble – the Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Europa League.He then of course lead Porto to Champions League glory just 12 months later.The Portuguese underdogs had beaten Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo la Coruna in the knockout rounds in Gelsenkirchen where they thumped Monaco 3-0.Two days later the Special One departed for a newly rich Stamford Bridge, amid interest from Liverpool.After his spell in England came to an end, Mourinho joined Inter Milan in 2008 where he promptly won the Serie A crown at the first attempt.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticTwo years later the Italian giants claimed Champions League glory thanks to a double from Diego Milito against Bayern Munich in 2010 at the Bernabeu in Madrid to cap off a remarkable season and win the Treble.Samuel Eto’o revealed Jose Mourinho asked him to give the pre-match team talk during the final.The former Inter ace claims Mourinho tapped into his knowledge of winning major honours in his side’s bid to make history.Tottenham star Son Heung-min arrives at marine boot camp to start military national service including live-fire drillslast_img read more

Umaga-Jensen’s solo flight

first_imgThe 19-year-old will wear jersey No 12 on debut for Wellington in Wednesday night’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Hawke’s Bay, a year after Peter made his debut in Napier.The family’s newest Lion won’t be joined in the 23 by his brother who is still recovering from shoulder surgery. But with mother Rachael Umaga and father Tony Jensen – a former hard-running Wainuiomata club stalwart – proudly watching on, it will be a memorable night for all concerned.”It’s a pretty good coincidence. My brother’s first game was against Hawke’s Bay too. For me to do the same is pretty special for my mum and dad who are avid fans of Wellington Lions so I’m honouring them by going out there,” Thomas Umaga-Jensen said.”Also my uncle, Tana, he made a legend of himself for the Lions. Just to make my family proud, I can’t wait to run out there for the first time on Westpac and play some good footy.”Wednesday’s match will mark exactly two years since the Umaga-Jensen twins suffered a narrow defeat in the national schools’ final for Scots College against Rotorua Boys’ High School.Thomas then sought a change of scene in Dunedin to study geography and education at Otago University, and played for the University club. He underwent hip injury late last year, and made the New Zealand Under-20 squad and the Highlanders’ wider group, which will lure him south again to try and crack Super Rugby.”I’m heading back down and I’ll try to build my way up there and see what I can do. It works out well for my studies down there; in Dunedin for the first part of the season and back here to play for Wellington.”And, potentially an on-field reunion with his twin who helped him carve up schoolboy defences for Scots, which saw them share the 2014 national title. They turn 20 on New Year’s Eve.”He’s always pushed me to do my best and I’ve always pushed him to do his best. Hopefully next year, if I’m still in the team, we’ll get to play alongside each other again and create some magic.”Thomas showed his class in a Swindale Shield cameo for Wainuiomata in April, a 42-40 defeat to Marist St Pat’s. He impressed Wellington coach Chris Gibbes with his fitness and work ethic and will slot comfortably into a backline between Jackson Garden-Bachop and Hurricane Wes Goosen.”I’m not looking for superstars; I just want him [Umaga-Jensen] to do his job. If he does that he’s shown he’s got a massive amount of talent. If he creates space for others and takes his little opportunities then I’ll be happy,” Gibbes said.Wellington hadn’t beaten Hawke’s Bay in four years, till their 36-26 victory in Napier last August. But the unbeaten Lions will be pronounced favourites this time, even without All Blacks squad members Vaea Fifita and Jeff To’omaga-Allen, and rested forwards Brad Shields and Sam Lousi, from their clinical 31-10 win over Bay of Plenty last Thursday.The Magpies are amid an injury crisis which worsened after Friday’s 53-10 defeat to Canterbury, and saw captain and hooker Ash Dixon, first five-eighth Ihaia West and No 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u all ruled out of the trip to Wellington.Also missing is new Hurricanes recruit Gareth Evans and veteran prop Ben May, although coach Craig Philpott named US Eagle Tony Lamborn at No 8 after a shoulder problem.Tiaan Falcon, a NZ Under-20 team-mate of Umaga-Jensen’s, will steer the ship at first-five.AT A GLANCEWhat: Mitre 10 Cup, week fourWhere and when: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 7.35pm Wednesday​Wellington: Andrew Wells, Julian Savea, Wes Goosen, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Sheridan Rangihuna, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Galu Taufale, James Blackwell (captain), Isaia Walker-Leawere, Alex Fidow, Asafo Aumua, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Sitiveni Paongo, Vince Sakaria, Joe Apikotoa, Will Mangos, James Tuiatua, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Dan Kirkpatrick, Malo Tuitama.​Hawke’s Bay: Richard Buckman, Jonah Lowe, Hayden Hann, Cardiff Vaega, Sam McNicol, Tiaan Falcon, Brad Weber (captain), Tony Lamborn, Hugh Renton, Lucas Goodin, Geoff Cridge, Nick Palmer, Jarvy Aoake, Jacob Devery, Mark Braidwood. Reserves: Jorian Tangaere, Jason Long, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Joshua Eden-Whaitiri, Fa’alemiga Selesele, Ricky Hayes, Chris Eaton, Dan Snee. Photo by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT Caption: Exactly two years after playing in Scots College’s national final defeat to Rotorua Boys’ High School, Thomas Umaga-Jensen will make his Wellington NPC debut.last_img read more

Perth may have more chance of joining Super League than the NRL

first_imgAfter beating the NRL to the punch by playing a premiership fixture on the other side of the world, English officials have revealed there had been discussions about a Perth team joining the likes of Toronto, New York, London and Toulouse in an expanded Super League.”We’ve got New York and a number of other areas very interested and there are whispers from Perth that they are interested because there is a direct flight now into London,” Wigan owner Ian Lenagan said.The news coincides with a warning from NRL CEO Todd Greenberg last Thursday that the governing body would not bail out financially stricken clubs as the game had no significant cash reserves after lifting their annual grants to $12.4 million each.In other words, any club hitting serious financial trouble would be allowed to fold in a move which could pave the way for the introduction of a new franchise or a relocated team.However, the increase in total funding from $156m to $240m per year means that is the only way expansion is likely to happen as the NRL would be unable to pay new teams the $12.4m each per year the current 16 clubs receive.There are whispers from Perth that they are interested because there is a direct flight now into London…Wigan owner Ian LenaganThe size of the grants also make it unlikely that a club would collapse during the current five-year broadcast deal as they are now guaranteed $3m more than the salary cap, which is $9.4m this season and due to rise to $10m in 2022. In addition, the NRL has introduced a $5.7m ceiling on football department spending to slow the annual 12% increase in costs on coaching and performance.”They’ve now got enough money to sustain themselves so if they run smart, effective and efficient business models we should have 16 strong clubs,” Greenberg told reporters at a briefing ahead of the NRL’s AGM.Expansion will again become a topic of conversation when Perth’s new state-of-the-art stadium hosts a double-header in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership next month.There is no doubt the game is testing the waters in the west.A Test was played in Perth at the end of the 2016 season and the city also hosted a World Cup double-header last year, while a State of Origin match is scheduled to be played at the new 60,000-seat stadium in 2019.With Rugby Australia closing down the Western Force Super Rugby franchise, there is an opportunity for rugby league to fill the void but the NRL is in no hurry after the demise of the Perth Reds in 1997.Recent comments in a Daily Telegraph interview by Peter Beattie, who is expected to be the new ARLC chairman, have generated excitement about expansion but the former Queensland premier indicated future NRL clubs should first enter the NSW or Queensland state competitions.Ipswich Jets and Redcliffe Dolphins are two Queensland Cup clubs with NRL ambitions and broadcasters have indicated they would like a second Brisbane team.However, plans for Perth to enter the NSW Cup are several years away, with officials first hoping to field an under 20s team in the SG Ball Cup next season.In contrast to the NRL’s approach, England’s Rugby Football League is in the biggest expansion drive since the code began in 1895, with the Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique playing in this season’s second-tier Championship.A New York franchise is expected to enter the third-tier League One next year, as Toronto did in 2017, and those behind the bid have approached Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons about taking a Super League match to the US city on June 24.The move follows the success of last Saturday night’s Super League fixture in Wollongong between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, which drew a bigger crowd than the attendances for the three regular-season clashes between the clubs last season.The NRL had previously considered opening the 2015 season in London with South Sydney Rabbitohs playing St George Illawarra Dragons as they were in the UK for the World Club Series but the time difference did not suit broadcasters.While that problem remains, it is unlikely the NRL will play a Telstra Premiership fixture in Europe but there is now talk of more Super League games in Australia, with Perth a possible venue.”I speak not just for Wigan and Hull but for St Helens and for Leeds and for many other clubs,” Lenagan said.”World club rugby league could be massive. The Toronto owner David Argyle is a very successful businessman with a passion for rugby league and he is leading the way in many respects.”The 12 Super League clubs met with him a week or so ago and there is no doubt the international dimension for rugby league is superb. He was saying Toronto’s local derby could be against London.”Why NRL coaches now have extra job securityWinning Starts Monday: Thurston’s farewell tourlast_img read more

Lockyer: Walters decision will boost Maroons

first_imgWalters is a selector as well as a coach of the Maroons side and said in a statement that the “perception of my impartiality” was one of the reasons why he decided to remove himself from a club role.Walters attended the launch of the 2018 Holden State of Origin Series in Melbourne on Tuesday where he said: “the level of interest at the media conference reinforced how privileged I am to be the head coach of a Maroons team which means so much to the people of Queensland.””It also reinforced Origin’s immense standing in the game, and the importance of having a clear-minded approach to all aspects of the Queensland team’s preparations,” Walters said.”I felt that my direct link to the Broncos may influence the perception of my impartiality and, as a result, I have made the decision to step away from the club to focus solely on our State of Origin campaign.”Lockyer is in a unique position to assess Walters’ decision as both a Brisbane Broncos board member and Queensland selector.The former Maroons captain told NRL.com that Mal Meninga’s record as a stand-alone coach of Queensland set a template for success that suggested Walters’ move would reap dividends.”It can only be a positive for Queensland,” Lockyer said.”Kevvie can now solely focus, aside from his media commitments, on getting the Origin team ready for not just this series but moving forward as well. “People might see that there are only three games and three camps but there is a lot of work behind the scenes whether it be in the development program, the Emerging Origin squad, planning or getting in touch with all the players.”Mal Meninga’s success as a full-time Origin coach indicates that if you want to be a success at that level then that is the best way to go about it.”That allowed him to plan, create pathways and programs. He obviously did the role of coach well but that extra level of commitment to create and articulate that stuff obviously had a really positive impact.”Lockyer said he was “a little bit surprised, but not shocked” at Walters’ decision.”I think as Origin has got closer he has realised how important it is to everyone, and holding dual roles and doing some media stuff means that at that coaching level it is a juggling act and one that he probably felt was too hard,” Lockyer said.Lockyer said Walters’ statement on the perception of impartiality was understandable but added he had always found him to make selection decisions that were for the best interests of Queensland.”Kevvie has come through the Broncos system under Wayne [Bennett] where every decision made has been the for the benefit of the team,” Lockyer said.”Even in that role as Queensland coach he has made decisions that were best for Queensland.” Walters has held assistant roles under Wayne Bennett on two previous occasions and this is the third time he has moved away from the role, the last two times of his own volition and the first when Bennett famously sacked him. Walters, who won five premierships with the Brisbane Broncos and one with Canberra, said he wished everyone involved with the Broncos “every success for the remainder of the 2018 season”.Lockyer said Walters would be missed at the Broncos but expected that he would be back one day, perhaps as head coach.”When you have won six premierships and had that level of success, you can’t put a value on that,” he said.”There are young halves at the Broncos that need mentoring and no doubt there will be a loss of talent in the coaching ranks, but I don’t think it is the last time Kevvie will be involved at the Broncos.”The door is not closed there. He’s just made a decision to focus on Queensland and down the track who knows what will happen.”Kevvie has always held out a bit of ambition to coach at NRL level but his perspective might change after a couple of Origin series.” Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who coached the Maroons in 22 matches from 1986 until 2003, said he respected Walters’ decision and his honesty in making the Broncos’ aware of his position as soon as possible.”I know personally the amount of work it takes to be a successful coach at Origin level and I can understand why Kevin has come to this decision,” Bennett said. “It takes a huge commitment to coach Queensland and while we have really valued Kevin’s input this year as an assistant coach, we wish him all the best.”Witness Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry when Origin comes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday June 6. Tickets available at NRL.com/ticketslast_img read more

Dwellers in as favorites over Welgris in Lae

first_imgDwellers will take on Welgris Morobe United FC on home soil at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium this Saturday starting at 2pm.It will be a brotherhood clash between the two Morobe teams.Dwellers have all expectations on their captain Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba to score goals for them.While for Welgris, charges needs to be a bit more patient in their attack and let the ball do the talking then they will reap the rewards.Eluid Fugre’s hassling and aggression in the midfield will also be counted to steer is team to victory and put a smile on their supporters face.In Port Moresby, MRDC Hekari United FC will play PKA Rapatona FC at Bisini Soccer Grounds.The top team in this champion’s league will be the minor premier and will claim a place in the TNSL 2015-2016 season grand final and also qualify for the OFC Champions League.The third and fourth placed teams will not be played but the teams will be awarded the prize money as per the point’s ladder.last_img read more

Digicel Play brings NRL excitement to communities

first_imgThe Buka event, which was held at Bel Isi Park featured local band Model Zero who entertained residents and league fans.  Kokopo Primary School oval was also full of activities on the day, with local group Mind Trip performing and a special appearance by the Rabaul Agmark Gurias led by Captain Albert Patak and Boas Ruru, providing some simple ball drills with the children and a game of footy.The Digicel-sponsored NRL in the Park events were part of a 7 City Plan announced in January, which took PNG’s favourite sport to the people every weekend over four weeks from January 30.The events were held in Port Moresby, Lae, Mount Hagen, Goroka, Madang, Buka and Kokopo and featured a variety of live entertainment, games and prizes.League fans were also able to watch their favourite NRL highlights from past seasons on Digicel big-screens showcasing memorable tries, the biggest tackles and major hit-ups.Digicel PNG CEO, Maurice McCarthy, said Digicel was extremely delighted to host a successful community initiative in the lead up to the 2016 NRL season, in which Digicel Play will be the official NRL broadcaster. “The seven NRL in the Park events were all very well attended throughout the country and were a great way to build excitement ahead of the NRL season, which launches this week,” he said.“PNG loves their rugby league and it’s been a pleasure to bring the footy fun to the people at Digicel’s free NRL in the Park events.“Digicel is committed to bringing NRL to the people of PNG through televising every match of the 2016 season live on Digicel Play, when it kicks off on Thursday 3 March at 7:05pm when the Brisbane Broncos play the Parramatta Eels.”Last week, Digicel Play announced a new telecast partnership with PNG’s state broadcaster the National Broadcasting Corporation which will see three weekly NRL matches aired on the NBC’s free-to-air channel as well as Digicel Play’s broadcast in high definition.“This partnership is a great example of Digicel’s commitment to its broadcasting responsibilities and it highlights our commitment to ensure people across PNG can enjoy NRL regardless of where they live,” McCarthy said.As the true home of Rugby League in PNG, Digicel Play offers an unbeatably high service for our viewers. With Digicel Play and NBC we are reaching the whole of PNG.”The announcement is a major boost for rugby league fans and is another step in Digicel’s full program of activity which goes far beyond just televising the matches.Along with televising the NRL Premiership games live, Digicel Play will also broadcast the State of Origin Series, the All Stars Match, the ANZAC test and the under 20’s games. Digicel Play will also continue to support and broadcast the Digicel Cup and the QRL Intrust Super Cup.last_img read more