Photo: Oceania Rugby The captains of Samoa, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji pose with the Oceania U20 Rugby Championship trophy. Despite making 13 changes from the team that crushed Fiji, the New Zealand U20s looked just as impressive beating Samoa 80-23 in their second game on the Gold Coast last night.Wing Caleb Clarke was a standout, playing a major role in a number of tries and dotting down for one of New Zealand’s 12 tries himself.At half-time New Zealand led 47-6.In the other match Australia defeated Fiji 32-24 but it was a performance that was far from convincing.New Zealand play Australia in Saturday night’s winner takes all final match.
“I wouldn’t be in this situation if I didn’t think I was [going to be fit] for Sunday, it’s all going well so far,” Slater told media on Wednesday.”I understand what it takes to play a game in an Origin, I’m pretty confident I’ll be right on Sunday.”Slater is set to play his 30th State of Origin match when Queensland face New South Wales on Sunday with the Blues looking to lock up a series win at home following a 22-12 victory in Melbourne in game one.”We’ve got a challenge in front of us, we’ve got to go down to Sydney, it won’t be easy,” he said.”We definitely think we can improve on our performance and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Slater’s likely successor at fullback, Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga, has joined the Queensland squad as the Maroons’ bench utility for game two and Slater said he’d be happy to allow Ponga to play at the back if coach Kevin Walters’ game plan warranted it.”I think Kalyn is going to play multiple positions, fullback could possibly be one of them, I’m not too sure but he’s an exciting player and I’m sure he’ll do a great job,” he said.”I’d be happy to move around, I’ll do what’s best for the team.””I’m sure Kevvie’s got a plan in his head. I haven’t spoken to Kev about his plans with Kalyn just yet but he’s certainly going to be a great attribute coming on the field for us when the Blues are a little bit tired.”
Heading the push for precious metal are our golden fish Ryan Pini (54.21 sec) and Sam Seghers (56.09 sec) for the men 100m butterfly.Seghers is the fastest behind Pini in this event.Shanice Paraka (32.75 sec) and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane (32.88 sec) for women 50m backstroke. Emma Terebo of New Caledonia was the fastest in this event with a new Games record of 29.86 sec. The previous record was 30.28 sec.Akunaii Bobby qualified for the men’s 400m medley recording 5:28:38 sec. 13 year old Ebony Tkatchenko (2:23:87 sec) and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane (2:20:91 sec) qualified for the women 200m freestyle.Ebony’s elder sister 15 year old Savannah and Tegan McCarthy have qualified for the women 200m breaststroke.Barbara Vali – Skelton was disqualified in this event. Details on this are yet to be released by the officials. The finals get underway at 6pm today at the BSP Arena.
From Jiwaka, the 26-year-old White Shark was also the PNG lightweight national champion (Pro).He will be travelling along with four Australians, (two females and two males).The four will be on a two-year scholarship and also take part in some fights in Thailand.White Shark told Loop PNG that he is looking forward to the scholarship and will not let his country down.He said his dream was to be a professional kickboxer after being influenced by movies of actors like Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee.He told Loop PNG that his aim was to continue fighting until he becomes a professional fighter and eventually win the world title.White Shark was sponsored by Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko.He will leave for Sydney on Friday and will meet up with the four Australians who will head to Thailand together.
The Hunters will be hoping their imposing home record remains intact after going down against the Prides last weekend in a disappointing 40-16 score.Both teams have had a player ruled out by suspension, with Falcon Tui Kamikamica Tui pleading no contest to a careless high tackle charge, while Hunters Philimon Kimisive has pleaded guilty to a shoulder charge offence.The game will kick-off at 3pm tomorrow at the National football Stadium in Port Moresby.Hunters team for this weekend includes; 1. Bland Abavu 2. Butler Morris 3. Noel Zeming (c) 4. Justin Olam 5. Stargroth Amean 6. Ase Boas 7. Wartovo Puara Jnr 8. Enock Maki 9. Gahuna Silas 10. Esau Siune 11. Timothy Lomai 12. Nickson Borana 13. Brandy Peter 14. Warren Glare 15. Adam Korave (co-captain) 16. Henry Wan 17. Edward Goma 18. Benjamin Hetra 19. Watson BoasCoach: Michael Marum
The Austrian has improved so much in quick floor. He raised the titles in Indian Wells, Beijing and Vienna. He additionally fought for the title in the ATP Finals in opposition to Tsitsipas (he beat the Greek) after profitable Djokovic, Federer and Zverev. Lately he generated sure doubts in his conferences in opposition to Bolt and Fritz, which he overcame in 5 and 4 units, respectively. In the second spherical he had no issues in opposition to a blurred Monfils, which he had in three sleeves. In precept, Nadal, who educated yesterday on runway 21 of Melbourne Park, in public view, round 3:00 pm, is a favourite. He has gone from much less to extra and his exhibition earlier than Kyrgios helps him. You will need to show it to make the forecasts good. It will be the 14th confrontation between Rafa and Thiem, with a optimistic steadiness for the Balearic (9-4) and a single onerous observe duel that was determined in his favor in the fifth set, in the 2018 US Open quarters, though it’s true that he performed with a latent damage in the proper knee, which induced him to retire in the semifinals in opposition to Del Potro. His rivalry is one of the most frequent in current years and has already occurred in 4 finals, two of them on the clay of Paris. Rafa Nadal is offered on Tuesday (09:30, Eurosport) a recreation stuffed with incentives in opposition to Dominic Thiem (26 years and fifth favourite). To start out, the victory offers him a spot in the semifinals for the seventh time at the Australian Open, 34th amongst the 4 Grand Slams. And if he wins, he will go away Melbourne as world number one, do what Djokovic does on Friday in opposition to Federer. The Serbian would not serve or revalidate the title. Nadal, which has amassed 9,395 would attain 9,755 and its most rival in the rating can solely attain a most of 9,720. As well as, profitable would report a momentary file of wins in majors in opposition to top-5 gamers. It could be the 30th, forward of Federer’s 29 and Djokovic himself, though one of the two would match him two days later.
Spanish women’s football is going through its most turbulent season. Of the hard negotiations for the first agreement in this category, whose agreement came in December with a heading that is expected, the television conflict, which directly interferes with the delay in signing this document. The situation is the least confusing. On December 20, unions and employers raised a world historical pre-agreement, which set from wages to maternity or work disability protocols. But its official signature, agreed for January 15 and subject to the economic agreement between the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Association of Women’s Soccer Clubs (ACFF), is expected. The Causes They walk on another of the fronts that maintain the controversial day after day in the First Iberdrola: television rights. As it happened at the beginning of this century in the men’s category, there is no audiovisual regulation that encompasses all clubs. Everything revolves around a war of interests, among which many point to Real Madrid and Barça. Both clubs, with their own televisions, are key to understanding this audiovisual block and, therefore, the agreement. And if there is no agreement in this area, there is no economic consensus and the agreement cannot see the light, since the teams cannot ensure compliance. As indicated to AS various sources, the two clubs want to broadcast their matches through their channels, without financial consideration for the visiting team, and even broadcast their meetings away from home based on the simulcast (give a match on two platforms at the same time), without exclusivity. A fact that has upset what was agreed between Mediapro, the RFEF and the ACFF, which agreed to broadcast two games on GOL TV, the rest to be determined.The problem of all this was manifested with the non-retransmission of Atleti-Barça, the most important match in Primera. María Teixidor, secretary of the Barça club, blamed Mediapro for it, ensuring that from Barça they did not oppose the issuance of the match, but Your consent was not in writing, as requested, since the culé entity accepts its field right (retransmit the duels at home), the principle by which it issued the Classic’s outing without the Atleti accepting it. A conflict that denotes the lack of specific regulation for retransmissions of women’s football and in which a consensus is urgent. For now, the most affected are still the players. They have no agreement or visibility …
______________________________________________________________________________Garitano: “We have a lot of caste and we never give up”The Athletic Club coach of Bilbao, Gaizka Garitano, has assured, after qualifying his team for the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, that they have demonstrated in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López that they have “a lot of caste and many eggs” and They never give up.In the press conference after the classification by penalties for the next round, the coach of Bilbao has reported that the whole game has been “marked” by the “fatal play” in the first minutes, with the expulsion and goal in against.“This team has shown that we have a lot of caste, a lot of eggs. We never give up. We’ve played with ten practically the whole game,” he recalled.Gaizka Garitano has reported that they never lost “faith” and “believed until the end in all adversities.”The coach thanked the fans of CD Tenerife for the gesture he had with Iñaki Williams for the racist insults he received, which he described as “very beautiful” and “thank you.”Baraja: “The elimination has been very cruel”The coach of CD Tenerife, Rubén Baraja, has reported that the elimination of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Club de Bilbao was “very cruel”, since they were tied in the last minutes of the extension after having made “an effort brutal”.The technician has reported that the team was “physically very fair” in the last minutes, while he has said that it has been “a match beautiful”.“We have been ahead three times before a team,” he has aggregate.Baraja has stressed that they must “extract the positive” from the game, before a “great rival”, while insisting that the second part “The fatigue was very great.” A vibrant meeting, surely unforgettable, he chose Athletic Bilbao in the penalty shootout. Tenerife had it in his hand, but with two minutes left until the end of the extension, Yuri forced her.The match started frantically: before the second minute, Herrerín was expelled for knocking Moore to the edge of the area and Ezkieta had to enter through Nuñez. And shortly after, the VAR warned from Williams in the visiting area and The referee whistled a penalty. Joselu, with great tranquility, set the 1-0.Little by little Athletic was accommodated in the field, despite having one less. First he tried high Raúl García and then who did not forgive was Williams who met the ball in the Ortolá area and diverted it to the net to tie. However, madness soon returned to Heliodoro when Joselu, volley in the area, beat the Basque goal and made the 2-1.The duel continued at a very intense pace. Williams again had a good option, but this time he could not overcome the Tenerife goalkeeper who covered the spaces very well. Half an hour arrived, the pace dropped a little, though those of Garitano were the ones in charge, but could not find the spaces.After the breakLekue had the first, but his shot was repelled by Ortolá (46 ’). Immediately, Baraja moved the bench to reinforce the defense with three centrals, putting Lasure, but a bad pass from Milla to Javi Alonso led to the theft of the indomitable Williams who did not forgive and matched the contest.The match was leveled, although Athletic gave more sense of danger than Tenerife. Luis Pérez saw Joselu in the area, but Yeray provided providentially. Then, Raúl García, head-on, nodded at Ortolá’s hands.The legs began to weigh on the Basques, who did not give up. Joselu, remained a nuisance for the Bilbao and taco defense almost scored, but Ezkieta reacted to pure reflex. Already in the final stretch, Tenerife seemed more whole, but could not avoid the extension.In the extra time, Carlos Ruiz saw the second yellow as soon as he started and the tired participants leveled. Lekue committed a penalty on Nahuel and Dani Gómez made it 3-2 and achieved delirium. In the second part of the extension, Tenerife held Stoic, but in the absence of two minutes, a shoe from Yuri tied the game and forced the penalties.
Another novelty is that the contest was launched not only to host the final of this edition but of the four, until 2022-23. The Wanda Metropolitano is the big favorite to win this award, stadium where the last Champions League final was held. Almeida, mayor of Madrid, has openly acknowledged that he has negotiations with the Federation to be the headquarters for the next three years. But it is the Junta de Andalucía that also opposes to win the contest. It would be to take her back to Seville, since Last season it was also the venue because Valencia-Barcelona was played at Benito Villamarín. The novelty is that this time it would be in La Cartuja, a stadium in disuse.The Federation made public the conditions for submitting applications on December 27, the day from which the initial financial offers and the necessary documentation could be sent. The deadline to apply ended on January 13, the same date on which the negotiation process was initiated by the decision table. On January 24, the deadline for submitting the final offers with the best proposals by the federation entity has expired and it has a deadline until next Friday the seven to make a decision on the election of the headquarters. The negotiating table is made up of five people: the president of the RFEF or another delegate, the legal director, director of competitions, financial director and the director of operations. The decision they make must be subsequently approved by the Federation Board of Directors. The Royal Spanish Federation has seven days left to decide the venue for the Copa del Rey final April 18, which could be for more than one edition. It is one of the novelties in the contest launched by the federation. Madrid and Seville are the two candidates to celebrate this match. The FEF will visit La Cartuja next week.For second consecutive Year will be known before the stadium where the Cup final will be played that the finalists themselves. “It would be in the interest of the competition and of the fans to anticipate the election of the city and would accompany the celebration of acts and activities related to football for several days, and be allowed to gather the interest of fans and followers in this sport and enjoy of the annual Spanish football festival, “says the Federation in the contest rules.
CardsReferee: Iñaki Vicandi GarridoVAR Referee: Dámaso Arcediano MonescilloBoateng (19 ‘, Yellow) Francisco Montero (29 ‘, Yellow) Koné (29 ‘, Yellow) Víctor Mollejo (69 ‘, Yellow) Keko (74 ‘, Yellow Fernández Vázquez: “You don’t win so many games by luck”Fernando Vázquez, Deportivo coach, said that “not many games are won by luck” and said that the goal of the victory in Alcorcón in the added time was “a high, an explosion of incredible joy.”Deportivo achieved the victory in Alcorcón with a goal in the added time of the Ivorian Mamadou Koné, after a match in which the Madrid team dominated the score.“We play our game and his opponent. We ceded possession of the ball and from there we looked for a clear exit. In the first half we were not well, although we had two clear options, and in the second, the Alcorcón, which is very good team, put us in more trouble, “said Vázquez, at a press conference. Fernando Vázquez does not like to be called a magician, but what Deportivo has been doing since his arrival brushes the paranormal. Seven consecutive victories, and the latter worthy of study. 91 minutes defending, suffering and holding on to the inspiration of Dani Giménez in the goal. A draw that was already miraculous became victory in the last play of the game in practically the only shot between the three suits. Center of Keko Gontán and Mamadou Koné, holder for the injuries, marking on plate to punish an Alcorcón that deserved to win, took a new and undeserved stick in his stadium and ends an unbeaten seven-game streak.The match began with Corunna animation in the stands and potter in the field. And it is that the Alcorcón entered the encounter with two more marches than those of Vázquez. Good pressure throughout the field, greater intensity in duels and superiority in the game. The result was a Depor locked up with Montero shrinking ball after ball and Stoichkovthreatening Dani Giménez with two intentional shots. Twenty minutes of suffering until the left-handers of Çolak and Aketxe woke up to warn Alcorcón that Deportivo was also in Santo Domingo. The visitor awakening was short-lived and the yellows, who after taking a breath, returned to the charge with Stoichkov demanding the best of Dani Giménez. Good first half of those of Fran Fernández, dumped in the band of Mollejo, before a rocky Depor and delivered to the cons, but missing much the oxygen that Sabin Merino brings back to goal despite the tireless effort of Koné.The dynamics at the start of the second half continued the same, even with greater dominance of an Alcorcón that did everything well, but that failed to tear down the blue and white wall. The domino turned into harassment with the feeling that the local goal was only a matter of time. The same feeling was Fernando Vázquez, who struck Keko and Hugo Vallejo at once to try to threaten a Dani Jiménez who lived a placid morning. On the contrary, the other Dani, the Giménez, that in the 75th minute took a foul from Mula that was already slipping. And again the Galician goal was decisive two minutes from the end, when he took out a missile from Diéguez that was looking for a prize. When the local crowd was lamenting the draw, Koné’s head came at the last minute to enlarge the streak of Depor. To prove that Fernando Vázquez’s elf has no limits. ChangesRui Costa (56 ‘, Dani Romera), Keko (66 ‘, Emre Çolak), Hugo Vallejo (67 ‘, Aketxe), Samuel Sosa (68 ‘, Oscar Arribas Pasero), Luis Ruiz (81 ‘, Victor Mollejo), Sergiy Myakushko (83 ‘, Juan Diego Molina Martinez)