Stats that matter: Round 7

first_imgNo need to panic…yetWhile the Storm and Dragons have jumped out to great starts in 2017 – they theoretically need just six wins from 17 matches to make the finals – it’s a different story for those sides rooted to the bottom of the ladder. The Knights and Titans are long-odds to make the playoffs, but there is hope for teams like Penrith and the Tigers. The Panthers found themselves 3-4 last year but still finished sixth. The Cowboys lost their opening three games in 2015 but went on to win the premiership. The Eels started the 2009 season with a 2-5 record but made the grand final, while the blue and golds were 3-10 in 2006 but recovered to finish eighth. Freaky FridayNot since the days of Kiefer Sutherland have we seen the number ’24’ appear so often on our screens. Incredibly, all three winners on Friday – the Bulldogs, Roosters and Broncos – scored exactly 24 points in their respective matches. Just for good measure, the Titans also won with a score of 24 in the Holden Cup on Friday while the Bunnies were beaten but still scored four converted tries. Second-half struggles are real If NRL games were played over 40 minutes then we might have had some very different results in Round 7. The Rabbitohs and Warriors both held slender half-time leads but failed to score a point after the break. It was a similar story for the Storm and Dragons who piled on the points in the first-half but couldn’t add to their tallies in the second stanza. Thankfully the top two teams did enough in the first 40 minutes to hold on for victory. Started from the bottom now we’re hereThe Dragons’ resurgence in 2017 has been compared to plenty of things, but this is probably the first time they’ve been likened to hip-hop sensation Drake. Let’s start with the basics: the Dragons wear red and white; Drake is Canadian and the colours on their flag are red and white. The Red V won their most recent premiership in 2010, the same year that Drake released his debut album. The Dragons had the worst attack after seven rounds last year (59 points) but they are first in 2017 with 191, so just like Drake said, they started from the bottom but now they’re here. And if you want one last reminder why the two are so similar, we’re hearing that after their 6-1 start to the year, the Dragons have adopted Drake’s ‘YOLO’ motto – You Only Lose Once! No cracks in Cronulla’s wall Tipped by many to struggle in 2017 after tasting premiership success last year, the Sharks have shown they are the real deal with back-to-back defensive shutouts against pre-season favourites the Storm and Panthers. While they did concede a penalty goal in each of the away wins, it was the first time since the final two rounds of the 1994 season that Cronulla had held opponents tryless in consecutive matches.   Titanic strugglesThe Titans were undoubtedly the unluckiest team of the weekend to fall at the death to the Broncos. Incredibly, it was the sixth time in a row Gold Coast had lost against their neighbours when leading at half-time.It was a slightly different yet equally pertinent case of history repeating for the Knights who were held scoreless in the first half for the fourth-straight match by the Roosters.First-half field goals prove fatalWhen will teams learn? You never kick a field goal against the Bulldogs before half-time. Adam Reynolds knocked over a one-pointer in the 40th minute on Friday to give his side a 9-8 lead; the Rabbitohs never scored again. Jordan Kahu did the same thing a few weeks ago, only for the Broncos to squander a 7-0 half-time lead to go down 10-7. Brett Finch must have thought his first-half field goal in the 2004 grand final was a good idea at the time. It wasn’t. A 13-6 lead quickly evaporated and the Roosters lost 16-13. Incidentally, all of those games were played at ANZ Stadium. Weekend forecastEveryone has this theory that the Storm struggle against the Warriors, but they’ve won the past three head-to-head meetings and have also won three of the past four Anzac Day clashes, including a 42-0 thumping in 2016. The Eels and Panthers will do battle at ANZ Stadium for the first time since Round 1, 2001 when the blue and golds claimed an easy 40-4 win. Penrith have struggled at the venue in recent times, losing four straight – and 10 of their past 12 – at the Olympic stadium.last_img read more

PNG Barramundis still in the mix for World T20

first_imgNamibia The Barramundis finished in fourth place for pool A and must now win all games in order to get one of the four remaining qualification spots for India. Ireland and Scotland took the two automatic qualifying positions by virtue of finishing top of their pools.The PNG Barramundis will face winner of Afghanistan and Hong Kong on Thursday 23rd July at 7pm PNG time, with the match to be shown live on Digicel Play and TVWAN Sports HD.PNG, Namibia and Hong Kong, along with Ireland, are through to the next stage of the tournament.PNG Barramundis captain Jack Vare-Kevere said “It wasn’t the start we wanted with the ball, but 150 was a gettable target. It was a poor batting performance. We expected USA would come hard at us and we wanted to control what we control. We didn’t get the result we wanted but we’re still in this competition. We wanted to build partnerships but they didn’t come.“It’s T20 cricket and anything can happen. We wanted to focus on this game and ignore other results. We’ve got a couple of days to get some good rest and look at how we can improve. Hopefully the boys will stay positive and concentrate on our basics.” Match SummaryAt Malahide: USA 147-6, 20 overs (Nicholas Standford 38 not out, Akeem Dodson 38, Fahad Babar 30; Charles Amini 2-20)PNG 129-9, 20 overs (Sese Bau 26; Muhammad Ghous 2-27, Timil Patel 2-32)USA won by 18 runsCurrent Group A StandingPool A Pts Nepal Hong Kong USA 7 8 Jerseycenter_img 7 Papua New Guinea 6 Ireland 7 4 3Tuesday 21st July1900       Hong Kong vs Afghanistan @ The Village, Dublin (Playoff 1)2315       Namibia vs Netherlands @ The Village, Dublin (Playoff 2)Thursday, 23 July –PNG v winner of Playoff 1, Malahide, Dublin (07:00 PM*)(*PNG local time)last_img read more

Cerezo: “As far as I know, Cholo hasn’t screamed because no player comes”

first_imgMonkey Burgos: “I don’t know anything. We’ll have to wait for his decision to be what it has to be. Let’s not eat the bear before killing him.”The Cholo ask forward: “We have great strikers. As far as I know the Cholo that I know has not shrieked at anyone to come any player. We have a great squad, very beautiful. We have passed a time of drought. Rains and floods will come.”João Felix: “He is a great player. He is adapting. He is a very young boy and will have to wait for everything inside.” Copa del Rey: “The Cup is very difficult. You have to win. If you don’t have another chance. All teams want to win and here even more.”Cavani: “I don’t know at the moment. I imagine they will continue to negotiate and that nothing will be known until the last day.”Are they in it ?: “We are always in everything.”On the statements of Cavani’s mother about the Atleti to AS: “Cavani’s mother is a good woman.”I would like to see Cavani in Atlético: “I would like to see all the great players in Atlético and Cavani is.”last_img read more

Núñez stays in Athletic

first_imgUnai Núñez has informed Athletic that he will not leave in this winter market. In the club there was uncertainty about this, since they knew that there were clubs willing to pay the termination clause of the plant (30 million) before the market closed. However, the canterano has decided to continue in San Mamés. To that end, its change of role in the team has been fundamental. In January, the center has started four of the six games played by Athletic. That totally changed his way of seeing things. He never wanted to leave the club that formed him, but with his age (22 years) he needs minutes.The change of Garitano’s system has been fundamental to make Núñez hollow in the eleven. He has gone on to play with three centrals and two lanes. Íñigo Martínez and Yeray are indisputable, something Núñez knew. Therefore, the system change was the only formula to make room in the team. Athletic has shown excellent performance with this change in training, something that suggests that Núñez will be a very important footballer by the end of the season. The central has renounced important offers. West Ham was willing to pay its termination clause, but it wasn’t the only one. Bayern has also knocked on his door (although he preferred to incorporate it in June) and other greats from England and Germany have also been interested in him. Therefore, although its exit in this market is already completely ruled out, Athletic knows that many of the greats in Europe follow the track of a central whose clause of 30 million makes it very appealing.On the other hand, this role of Núñez in Athletic makes it a fixture for Luis de la Fuente for the Olympic Games next summer. This was one of the main concerns of the central, which after being a key piece in the U21 Eurocup in which the ticket was achieved did not want to run out of the prize of playing an Olympic Games. In addition, he knows that he also has options to sneak into the Eurocup list if he maintains this level in Athletic …last_img read more

Cloth and shouts of “Bartomeu, resignation!” at the Camp Nou

first_imgImportant cloth for Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barça, in the moments before Barcelona-Eibar. Unexpectedly despite the I3 Ventures scandal (it was speculated that with the number of tourists that populate the Camp Nou every weekend did not happen), the Camp Nou demonstrated against the president. The exit of the team was accompanied by a wash. Not exaggerated, but important enough to generate debate.While some taught handkerchiefs at the Camp Nou, other members responded with whistles. The matter went to more. There were shouts of “directive, resignation”, which were answered more loudly by the stands. Soto Grado seemed to collaborate, because the match did not start until after 4:05 p.m. The goal annulled at Eibar at the start of the match also multiplied the protests and customized them. “Bartomeu, resignation”, was heard from the Grada D’Animació of the Gol Nord del Camp Nou. The screams were answered again by another part of the stands. The Camp Nou, in short, was an open space for debate that demonstrated the division of Barcelona these days and, above all, the demonstration that the I3 Ventures scandal has not gone unnoticed by Barça’s partner, which has detected bad practice in contracting the services of a company that created Facebook accounts to erode the image of even current players in the team. A serious offense that has already been claimed by a victim, Jaume Masferrer, head of the presidency department, and that, in effect boomerang, has undermined the image of those responsible for the club, now forced to do an internal investigation and debug responsibilities, but noted already for potential voters disappointed with their behavior.last_img read more

Ferrer, in the cabin: ESPN commentator at the Acapulco tournament

first_imgDavid Ferrer, In cabin. And no, it received’t be like a DJ. And is that the Alicante, already away from the competitors since final 12 months, might be like ESPN commentator at the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco (February 24 to March 1). Ferrer may be very liked in Mexican lands and particularly in this tournament, since it’s about participant who has raised the title in Acapulco extra instances (tied with Thomas Muster with 4). As well as, this contest is the one which extra instances he has received the one in Javea all through his sports activities profession alongside Auckland. It was certainly one of the final appointments Ferrer had final season throughout his farewell tour, earlier than lastly hanging the racket, so now the circle is closed for him in Mexico with the narrator Luis Alfredo Álvarez, who took the alternative to welcome him on Twitter earlier than his debut. As it’s dealt with simply in addition to with the racket, the present is assured …last_img read more

De Marcos: “I hope I can play the Cup, but the semifinal is left”

first_imgThe April 18th is marked on fire in the minds of lions in a cup final in La Cartuja, which must be resolved in Los Cármenes. In theory, Oscar de Marcos would be ready for the cause. He has one more month left to get dressed again and definitely shore his latosa left ankle injury that was caused to Getafe: “I don’t set deadlines, I don’t put pressure on myself. Two months go and in theory there are three. I wish it could be available, but there is much left for that, the semifinal … “, launches the laguardia lane, a positive and always optimistic guy who It was operated on December 20.A From Marcos what He exercises separately in Lezama and that underlines that It is “better, every day I see improvements. The ankle has given me a bit of war, “he slips. On the negative dynamics of the team in its absence, with ten games without winning, it is pronounced: “These times we have passed several times. It is not alarming, but we must change the dynamics before the game of Granada.” Comment that must “be closer together than ever, is an important time to get it through starting this Sunday against Villarreal. “ Add Marcos, always conciliatory, that the team perhaps “he has focused his mind a lot on the Cup”, but does not believe that the physical tone is the cause of the crash in the results. About Gaizka Garitano reports that it is “the first one who is judged for not doing so with 25 players”, who criticism has replaced the “many compliments” of yesteryear, but that notes the “good and quiet”, with very clear ideas. “last_img read more

Health comes first for big cracks too

first_imgAFP & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>AFP (AFP) The players of the Real Madrid Isco, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo They come out wearing masks on a billboard, raising awareness of the importance of maintaining hygiene and safety measures to protect against the coronavirus. Health must also come first for the great sports cracks.last_img

Key week to know the future of non-professional football

first_imgThe CSD note“a] The determination of whether or not non-professional regular leagues have been terminated should be resumed.b] In the event of resumption of the regular non-professional leagues, the determination of the time and format in which it is appropriate to carry out.c] In the case of non-resumption, or despite resumption and its conclusion not being possible, the determination of the qualifying order and, especially, the establishment of winners.d] In the case of not resuming, or despite resuming and not being possible the normal conclusion, the determination of the promotion and / or decrease regime for the following season.e] The determination of other questions that are related to the aspects pointed out in the previous sections, and in general on any other aspects that in the sports-competition field affect the regular leagues in the event of possible incidents or assumptions derived from the situation generated by the COVID-19 crisis ”.Round trip with the Second B ProThe circumstances and the deep economic crisis that is coming has led some clubs to demand a change, with the creation of the so-called Second B Pro. The bases of the new model speak of two groups of twenty teams, made up of the top ten of each one of those who now make up the Second B. Thus, the category would go one step further towards professionalization and would attract sponsors and television contracts.Another reason why the implementation of the new Second B is demanded now is that the fact that there are no decreases causes the upgrade to at least 98 teams. The signatory clubs explain that the competition would lose level and that not everyone could have the necessary budget injection to face the change from Third to the silver category. Although the possibility of remodeling has been valued for years, doing it now would mean a change of rules in the middle of the game. After weeks of uncertainty, different possibilities, various communications and meetings, It is expected that, in the coming days, the Royal Spanish Football Federation will officially pronounce on the resolution of non-professional football. At the moment, there is only the certainty that there will be no declines and yes promotions and it seems that the remodeling proposal signed by about 30 clubs in the category will be studied but for the 2021-22 season and not for the next.This very morning The Higher Sports Council has issued a resolution in which it gives freedom to the different federations to establish the format and terms of conclusion of all non-professional competitions. In other words, the RFEF already has the first approval and that it needed. Definitely, Second Division B and Third return method will be borne by the body chaired by Luis Rubiales.In this way, the Federation already has the power to issue the resolution, always in agreement and taking into account the vision of the Territories. However, throughout this week it is expected that there will be a meeting between Health and RFEF to establish a kind of protocol that allows setting the possibilities. Unlike professional football, modest clubs do not have the ability to mass test their footballers and, therefore, there would be no fully guaranteed security.This is why the RFEF already proposed weeks ago to end the regular season and play the Playoff to set the promotions. Today, the picture is somewhat different. There are many voices that advocate the direct promotion of the first classified of each of the groups. This would be the case if the safety of the protagonists on the lawn cannot be ensured. Even so, the idea of ​​playing qualifying rounds for the four places at LaLiga SmartBank is still in the foreground, with different perspectives: bringing everyone together in a neutral zone, fighting in each other’s stadiums …last_img read more

This will be the first day of Barça: speed and strength test

first_imgThe whole lot is prepared in the Ciutat Esportiva to welcome the first group footballers again to exercise and coaching after greater than fifty days of confinement. The first day, Friday from 9.30 am, will be a bit of completely different from the following ones that will come: a traditional session will not be held, however somewhatThe gamers will undergo a collection of checks and evaluations to know precisely the state during which they arrive.Final Wednesday, aside from the coronavirus PCR test, they underwent an electrocardiogram, a blood test and a measurement of the physique fats index. On this sense, all the footballers handed the test with a word, since there have been no vital cardio alterations or metabolism, as the fats improve was lower than 0.9% in all instances. Relating to blood evaluation, aside from controlling the danger of metabolic issues, the capacity to filter glycogen, key to cardio resistance, was verified.However they nonetheless have but to beat one other day of testing. On the first day of returning to the exercise, extra evaluations and controls await them to know precisely the bodily state they’re in. To start out an cardio and anaerobic metabolism test to check the capacity to recuperate efforts. These checks will be carried out with a steady race round the area and with a GPS vest that will measure the knowledge. Subsequently, a most speed test and sprints will be carried out. This is a vital test to examine whether or not schools have been misplaced in a single of the most essential mechanical actions in soccer, with particular emphasis on the hamstrings. And a 3rd that will be in the health club, with the strength test and research of the loss of muscle mass, as the important prevention of the danger of damage.From right here the exercises will be particular person, till part 2 is handed, with a stability between work in the health club and on the area. The development will go from much less to extra, till mainly every little thing in the area workouts is centralized. Clearly, the ball will be the protagonist from the first day, though with out the risk of taking part in with the different teammates, subsequently, very particular workouts will be carried out in particular circuits to proceed recovering the particular mechanisms of a footballer.There isn’t any doubt that context complicates preparers’ work in uncommon methods. The very fact of not with the ability to rely on greater than six gamers on the area or of not with the ability to work with greater than two soccer gamers in the gymnasium, will power these accountable to an additional effort with regards to measuring the exercise schedules and the controls of the workers .last_img read more