WSOC: @LamarWSoccer takes early lead as Loftus scores. 1-0 Cardinals over SLU, 25:21 into the match-up.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/qGeS4QgOTR— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018The Cardinals doubled their advantage five minutes later by way of a Lions own goal. On a LU corner, a failed clearance deflected the ball into the back of the net.WSOC: @LamarWSoccer now up 2-0 vs. SLU, scoring off corner. 30:31 expired.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/83GowPi8FQ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018After an extended halftime due to a lightning delay, the Lions cut the Cardinal lead in half in the 50th minute, when sophomore Tilly Hallas-Potts sent a free kick to the back post and senior Christina Cutura finished it off for her fourth goal in the previous two matches. WSOC: Goal on Cutura header for @sluathletics, trimming deficit to 2-1 vs. @LamarWSoccer. 49:32 expired.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/9aU1JnbPy1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018Five minutes later, Lamar found themselves on the wrong end of another own goal, allowing SLU to even the score.WSOC: All square in the last quarterfinal. Lady Lions score to make it 2-2 between @sluathletics and @LamarWSoccer. Credited as an own goal. 54:04 elapsed.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/pwYoqvnv0W— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018In the 67th minute, the Cardinals broke the tie on sophomore Madison Ledet’s sixth goal of the season, a volley past a diving Nadine Maher from an Amelia Fullmer cross. Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – Through torrential downpours and a brief lightning delay, defending Southland Conference Tournament Champion and No. 3-seed Lamar outlasted No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 on Wednesday night at the LU Soccer Complex.Lamar opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a shot off the foot of freshman Anna Loftus after winning the ball from the defender and dribbling to the center of the box. WSOC: Fullmer assist, Ledet goal for @lamarwsoccer. Cardinals retake lead, now 3-2 over SLU.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/wweI0Wmrdz???? Southland Conference apps#SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/2qR5yMgjII— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 1, 2018Lamar (12-5-2) advances to face No. 7 Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
DENTON, Texas – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears saw their season end after losing a five-set thriller against the Wichita State Shockers in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Thursday night. The duo of Tabitha Brown and Megan Taflinger led the Shockers to victory as they combined for 44 of WSU’s 66 kills. Samantha Anderson led the Sugar Bears with 18 kills and a .359 hitting percentage while Haley Tippett followed with 12 kills and Abbie Harry added nine. Wichita State looked to be in cruise control heading into the fourth set as they had won sets two and three handily, but Central Arkansas responded with a gritty 25-23 set win to push the match to five sets. Head coach Jeni Jones Chatman was very pleased with her team’s response in set four. “We have some great girls that will get the chance to step up next year. We all know what they’re capable of because we see it every day in practice,” Anderson said. “The reason why we were such a good team is because we played against good girls on the other side of the net in practices. The third set started close as Anderson landed a kill in the back-right corner that tied the set at 2-2, but the Shockers created separation with a 14-4 spurt that gave them the 16-6 lead. Up 8-6, Wichita State went on a 6-0 run as Taflinger caught fire and had five kills in the stretch. The Sugar Bears could not cool down the Shockers as they closed the set on a 17-7 run and won 25-13. They finished with 20 kills in the third set alone and were led by the hands of Taflinger as she delivered 9 of them. I have complete confidence that the team will have new seniors step up and have freshmen that will follow the footsteps of the older girls and help contribute.” The Sugar Bears season ends with a 26-7 record, the sixth time in nine seasons that the team finished with more than 25 wins. The team will lose five important seniors, but Anderson thinks the team will be fine looking ahead to next year. “I am very proud of the fight that our team had in the fourth set. Samantha Anderson was a big reason for that, she led the way and everyone followed her lead,” Chatman said. “Wichita State is a very talented program year after year and so for us to be able to pull out set four was very impressive.”We are very proud of the fight. So fortunate to be a team of incredible people that push & want the best for each other. Seniors, there are no words, you will be greatly missed. #BearClawsUp #InsiemeSiamoUno #TogetherWeAreOne #26and7 ??: @bradleywidding pic.twitter.com/xpzwTfzkV8— 2017 Southland Tournament Champions (@ucavball) November 30, 2018 Brown helped the Shockers jump out to an early 2-0 lead in set five after she delivered back-to-back kills. The Sugar Bears pulled within one after a Savanah Allen kill made it 5-4, but the Shockers responded with a 6-2 run that saw three straight Sugar Bear errors and Wichita State held a commanding 11-6 lead. Central Arkansas made it a three-point game after an Anderson kill and Shocker error made it 12-9, but Wichita State quickly answered with two kills of their own and held a 14-9 lead. The Sugar Bears tried to make one last run as they got another Anderson kill and Shocker error to make it 14-11, but the set ended on the next point as Central Arkansas’ serve landed out in the back-right corner and the Shockers won 15-11. The fourth set had a postseason feel to it as there were 14 ties recorded in the game. After the eighth tie of the set at 9-9, the Sugar Bears found a gasp of air as they went on a mini 2-0 spurt that made it 11-9. As both sides continued to battle, the Shockers got a Taflinger kill and Emma Wright service ace to make it 14-14, the 9th tie of the set. After five more ties occurred and the score sat at 21-21, Central Arkansas went on a 4-2 run that was led by two big kills from Harry that helped the Sugar Bears finally pull away and get the clutch 25-23 fourth set win.Thankful for another great season at my Alma Mater. Finished the season at 26-7. It’s never easy to see the last point of a senior class. Proud of this team and staff for another stellar season. pic.twitter.com/tlvtdtwdpJ— John Newberry (@TheCoachJohn) November 30, 2018 The Shockers did not have their heads down as they came out in the second set and started with a commanding 9-1 lead that contained five Sugar Bear errors. Central Arkansas responded well with a 10-4 run that was capped off by three straight Wichita State errors that made it 13-11. The Sugar Bears got even closer after two more Shocker errors made it 14-13, but Wichita State went on a 6-0 run that helped them pull away for good. A Shocker service error gave the Sugar Bears a glimmer of hope as the lead was cut to six, but a Sugar Bears service error gave the Shockers the 25-18 win. The Shockers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set after Brown got going quickly and delivered two of her 22 kills early. Anderson wasted no time in making her presence known as she delivered back-to-back kills and evened the score at 4-4. After three more ties occurred, Central Arkansas gained its first lead after a Wichita State error made it 9-8. The Shockers responded with a 4-1 run and held a 11-9 lead, but the Sugar Bears went on a run of their own and created some separation after a Ravin Rhodes ace made it 14-12. After a Shockers ace tied it back at 15-15, the Sugar Bears went on a crucial 4-0 run sparked by three Tippett kills that made it 19-15. The Shockers would pull within two at 19-17, but the Sugar Bears closed the door on the comeback as Anderson and Tippett delivered back-to-back kills to win set one 25-20.
First Team Second Team The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Charoline Erlandsson Sr. McNeese Stockholm, Sweden Management 3.72 Judit Castillo Gargallo*2 Jr. Northwestern State Teruel, Spain Heath & Exercise Science 3.93 Student-Athlete of the Year: Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State Her Bearkat teammate Lusine Chobanyan was also an automatic selection on the first team, along with fellow first-team all-conference honorees Emilija Dancetovic and Judit Castillo Gargallo of Northwestern State. Gargallo and Central Arkansas’ Marli van Heerden are the only repeat all-academic picks, and Abilene Christian’s Illeana Mocciola rounded out the first team. Northwestern State led the way with three all-academic selections as Ela Iwaniuk was voted to the second team, joined by Southeastern Louisiana’s Katya Cornejo, New Orleans’ Trang Dao, McNeese’s Charoline Erlandsson, Abilene Christian’s Jordan Henry and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Maria Maldonado. Cornejo. Lusine Chobanyan* Jr. Sam Houston State Yerevan, Armenia Accounting 3.82 2019 Southland Women’s Tennis All-Academic Teams Name Class School Hometown Major GPA The average GPA of the all-academic squads is 3.84 with three individuals boasting a perfect 4.0 figure: Yamalapalli, Cornejo, an engineering technology major, and Maria Maldonado, a finance major. Ela Iwaniuk Jr. Northwestern State Konarskie, Poland Physical Sciences 3.53 The 2019 Southland Conference Player of the Year backed up her on-court success off the court with a perfect 4.00 GPA in food science and nutrition. The President’s List member garnered the top athletic accolade and first-team all-conference honors with a 10-1 record at No. 1 singles in league play. The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and an academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were named to the All-Conference First Team are automatically named Southland All-Academic. Trang Dao Sr. New Orleans Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Exercise Physiology 3.70 FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Sahaja Yamalapalli is the 2019 Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Monday with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. ^Student-Athlete of the Year*-Automatic Selection2-Two-Time All-Academic Selection Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Katya Cornejo So. Southeastern Louisiana Aguascalientes, Mexico Engineering Technology 4.00 Emilija Dancetovic* Jr. Northwestern State Belgrade, Serbia Business Administration 3.80 Sahaja Yamalapalli^* So. Sam Houston State Hyderabad, India Food Science & Nutrition 4.00 Jordan Henry Sr. Abilene Christian Oklahoma City, Okla. Communication Disorders 4.00 Illeana Mocciola* So. Abilene Christian Rio Negro, Argentina Management 3.81 Maria Maldonado Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi El Ejido, Spain Finance 4.00 Marli Van Heerden*2 Sr. Central Arkansas George, South Africa Accounting 3.79
ENDA STEVENS continued both his and Sheffield United’s excellent season as he nodded in a header to help them on their way to 2-1 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road.It was the 29-year-old’s first goal of the season as he levelled proceedings after Alexander Tettey had given The Canaries a first-half lead.The Republic of Ireland wing-back made a purposeful dart into the box to meet a cross from George Baldock with a powerful header.Baldock then got his name on the score-sheet just minutes later as some tricky footwork got him a bit of space just inside the box before he slotted it home.Stevens’ club and international teammate David McGoldrick had a fine too late on but blazed over as his frustrating time in front of goal continues as he still has not scored in the league this season.In spite of that miss, McGoldrick and Stevens have been two of the stand-out performers for both club and country this season whether it be for the high-flying Blades or Mick McCarthy’s less inspired outfit.IRELAND ANGLEJohn Egan also lined out in his usual centre-back spot.If Ireland are to qualify for Euro 2020 in March via the playoff route, all three men will likely have to continue their fine form.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 clubToday was a return to winning ways for Chris Wilder’s team as last week their six game unbeaten run came to an end against Newcastle United.They now sit in 8th position just a point behind Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham and seven off fourth-placed Chelsea.With fixtures against Liverpool and Man City to come this month, wins like today’s could be crucial in keeping them in the top half of the table for the foreseeable future.
DANNY ROSE remains determined to quit Tottenham at the end of next season – despite Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager.The left-back has hailed the Special One’s appointment, claiming it shows how far Spurs have come.1 Danny Rose has insisted he will leave Tottenham next summer despite the arrival of Jose MourinhoCredit: Getty – ContributorBut the England ace is still adamant he will run down the final 18 months of his contract before leaving.It is just over three weeks since Mourinho took over as manager following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.But Rose, the club’s longest-serving star, said: “I’ve never had a conversation with him and I don’t see why I need to.“As I said before, I’m here for the next 18 months so I don’t see why I need to have a conversation with the manager.“I want to do as well as I possibly can, work as hard as I can to achieve what looked impossible a few weeks ago, and that is finishing in the top four.”I never thought I would be managed by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham. That’s credit to the club, how well they’ve progressedDanny RoseRose, 29, is yet to make a Premier League start under Mourinho, who has preferred Ben Davies and, latterly Jan Vertonghen in the top-flight.But the England defender started his second successive Champions League clash under his new manager in Spurs’ 3-1 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday when several other big-name starts were given the night off ahead of Sunday’s clash at fellow top-four chasers Wolves.Rose said: “I hope the lads who have rested at home will be ready to go at the weekend and I hope we can continue the great performance from the weekend.”Asked how he is finding life under Mourinho, the defender added: “It’s very good. I had the privilege of working under Mauricio for five-and-a-half years and now, I have to be honest, I never thought I would be managed by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.“That’s credit to the club, how well they’ve progressed throughout the years and to get someone like Jose has been obviously brilliant.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 clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI 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 CelticACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“He’s one of the most decorated managers of my lifetime so it’s been a good start for the team and I’ve enjoyed it so far.“I feel very lucky to work under him. He’s won a lot of trophies and we’re all excited to see.“We want to do well in the Champions League and, as I said, he is a serial winner so I imagine we will be looking to win the FA Cup and finishing in the top four of the League.”José Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for Barcelona
5GARETH BALE has admitted he is still a Tottenham fan.SunSport revealed earlier this week the Wales star will stay at Real Madrid after being told new major signings are on hold amid the coronavirus crisis.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has admitted he is still a Tottenham fanCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut that has not stopped Bale reiterating his love for Spurs, seven years on after he left White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu in a then world-record £86million deal.Bale revealed he found it difficult watching old club Tottenham lose to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final in Madrid when speaking to BT Sport’s Throwbacks programme.He said: “Everybody loves tuning in to watch the Champions League final, and obviously Tottenham were there so I had a very keen interest, I was hoping they’d get to the final like they did. They had some great matches on the way, obviously in the semi-final.”For us Tottenham fans it was a bit disappointing in the final, but you have to look at the bigger picture. They did great to get there and gave a good account of themselves.”Bale, who had been linked with a return to Tottenham last January, agreed a deal to sign for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last summer before the move collapsed.The 30-year-old has had a strained relationship with boss Zinedine Zidane but, with two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real deal, looks certain to stay in Madrid.5 Welsh wizard Bale left Tottenham in 2013 to join Los BlancosCredit: EPADuring his successful spell in the Spanish capital, Bale has won the Champions League with Real four times – in Lisbon, Milan, his hometown of Cardiff and Kiev.But he reckons the first time he lifted European’s biggest prize after scoring in Real’s 4-1 extra-time win over cross-city rivals Atletico was the best.Bale added: “They all have their own special moments. The first one is always so special because I’d never won a trophy before and you don’t know the experience, excitement and euphoria you get from lifting the trophy.”Winning in my home city was an incredible moment for me personally because not many people get to do that.”Then the last final (against Liverpool) I played in I scored that goal and for it to be the winning goal was also special.5 Bale put Real 2-1 up against Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League finalCredit: Getty – Contributor”It’s difficult to pick one but in terms of the overall experience I’d go for the first one because it was the first final and I didn’t expect what was coming, the nerves of it and how we won it in the last minute.”The celebrations were something I’d never experienced before. Everything was just new so it was really exciting and it made it so special.”Bale has been in lockdown in Spain for the last six weeks but he has urged caution over when the season should resume to avoid a second wave of the virus.Bale said: “It’s quite a strict lockdown, we can’t go out at all, can’t go out for a walk or exercise or anything. It’s very strict, but I guess we’re all doing it for the greater good.”Everyone wants to play football, but the most important thing is everyone stays safe, we don’t come back too early and we make sure everything is done safely so we avoid the second wave of this virus.5MOST 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 CelticCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.”The difficult thing, you hear everyone saying they want to get the season finished and do this and that. But you need to look at the bigger picture, the most important thing is everyone’s health.”With football, everyone misses it and wants to play, everyone wants to watch.”But the bigger picture is there will be many more seasons of football, Champions Leagues, leagues and cups, the important thing is getting this right now, if we can get that right, it’ll make football last much longer in the future and we won’t have a problem like this in the future.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealGareth Bale shows his footie skills with a golf ball as he stays in to avoid coronavirus
8SOL Campbell has been slammed for suggesting the coronavirus is a “designed mistake”.The ex-Arsenal, Spurs and England star took to Twitter with the wild conspiracy theory that the virus “deliberately attacks a certain blood type”.⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates8 Sol Campbell has been slammed for suggesting the coronavirus is ‘manmade’Credit: PA:Press Association8 The former Arsenal and England star tweeted that the virus might be a ‘designed mistake’Credit: TwitterIn his tweet, Southend manager Campbell initially referred to an article about the shocking ONS statistics which show that black Brits are four times more likely to die from the coronavirus.Above this, he wrote: “Was this virus a natural mistake or a designed mistake…?”I wonder does this virus deliberately attacks a certain blood type….?”Sol’s tweet provoked anger online, with one Twitter user responding: “Don’t be that guy Sol…”Another wrote: “There’s still time to delete this…”The football season was brought to an abrupt end in mid-March as the country went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.While Project Restart aims to get the Premier League up and running again soon, there are fears for League One and Two sides who face the prospect of the season being prematurely ended.This would mean relegation for Sol’s Southend United – who sit in 22nd place in League One, 16 points behind AFC Wimbledon.888 Real Housewife Leanne Brown was criticised for claiming a coronavirus vaccine would be “dangerous”Credit: InstagramSAFETY FIRSTBut Sol said that safety must come first for footballers.He told the Southend Echo: ““I think safety has to come before anything else.“I know other countries are looking to come back and Germany are close to playing again but their numbers have been lower than ours.“I don’t think you can consider bringing back football here until it’s safe to do so but we have to be ready for every possible outcome.”Campbell is not the only famous person to indulge in coronavirus conspiracy theories.Last week, Real Housewives star Leanne Brown was criticised for claiming a coronavirus vaccine would be “dangerous”.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 InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThe wife of ex-Manchester United ace Wes Brown made the comments during a video uploaded to Instagram, in which she dubbed the nation-wide lockdown a form of “state control”.Speaking to her 260,000 Instagram followers, Leanne said: “I hope it won’t be mandatory in the UK, because I definitely won’t be having it.”It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a ‘roadmap’ for the country’s next steps following seven weeks of lockdown on Sunday evening in an address to the nation.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.8 The ex-England star has said that safety must come first for footballers if the season returnsCredit: Getty – Contributor8 Sol’s Southend could face relegation if League One is finishedCredit: Rex Features
The Blitzboks join England, Fiji and New Zealand as unbeaten sides heading into the last eight after a first day full of top quality rugby under the Dubai sun.Neil Powell’s South Africa are on track to defend their title in Dubai and will face Samoa in the Cup quarter-finals. Fiji, 2015 winners in Dubai, will face Scotland while New Zealand play Kenya. England, series runners-up in 2016-17 face off against Australia.South Africa entered the tournament with their most experienced side ever and explosive forward Chris Dry says they are going to start from scratch on day two.”We’re very happy with the outcome today,” he said. “There are a few things we’re going to work on and a lot of things we can rectify ahead of tomorrow. We need to cut out some of the mistakes but it’s been a good day. We’ll bag it and start from zero tomorrow.”The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will be Canada v USA, Wales v France, Argentina v Uganda and Spain v Russia.POOL A Neil Powell brought his most experienced squad ever to Dubai with a mission to defend their tournament title, and they began in fine fashion. Ruhan Nel and captain Philip Snyman scored early on against Uganda in their first pool match, with Tim Agaba adding to the scoresheet as they won 19-10. A convincing 48-5 victory over Kenya laid the way for another strong victory for the Blitzboks, beating Canada 28-0, thanks to tries from Branco du Preez, Cecil Afrika, Kwagga Smith and Werner Kok. Kenya, who last won a tournament on the series back in 2016, started with a 29-15 win against Canada and secured their qualifying spot with a thrilling match-up against invitational side Uganda, who they managed to overpower 29-14. Canada, who were evidently disappointed to not reach the final eight after some great performances last series, did take one win in the pool, a 22-17 win over Uganda.POOL B England were in formidable form on day one and unleashed their attacking potential against Spain in their opening pool match. Tom Mitchell, Dan Norton, James Rodwell and Harry Glover all got their names on the scoresheet, but they faced a tougher challenge against France. Simon Amor’s side looked to be in the clear after Ruaridh McConnochie scored in the second half to extend their lead to 14-5 after Mitchell’s conversion, but France almost pipped them to the win when Samuel Alerte scored and Jean Pascal Barraque converted. England took the win 14-12, and in their final game beat Scotland 29-0, with Norton getting an impressive four tries.Scotland, although suffering a big defeat to England, beat France 24-14 and Spain 26-19 to progress into the Cup quarter-finals as second best finisher in the pool. POOL C Rio 2016 gold medallists Fiji topped Pool C and began their Dubai campaign with an eight try, 50-7 win against Russia. Gareth Baber’s side then went on to beat Wales 21-7, with tries from Vatemo Ravouvou, Kalione Nasoko and Jasa Veremalua. Australia however, were a different matter, pushing the Pacific Islanders down to the wire. Sam Myers, Simon Kennewell and Benjamin O’Donnell all scored as the scoreline swung between each side, finally landing in favour of Fiji 26-19 thanks to a late try from John Stewart. Andy Friend’s Australia side had started strongly earlier in the day, scoring six tries against Wales to win 38-7. They continued their relentless attack against Russia, beating them 47-0, before finishing second overall in the pool on seven points. POOL D New Zealand laid down a marker to all their rivals, showing that despite the loss of leader DJ Forbes they are a force to be reckoned with. A physical opening encounter against Samoa finished 24-12 with four different try scorers for New Zealand, but against Argentina they nearly came unstuck. Santiago Gomez Cora’s side piled on the pressure early on, as Conrado Roura and Rodrigo Etchart led the charge to get on the scoresheet in the first six minutes. The game looked to be running away from the All Blacks Sevens when Gaston Revol went over, and both Joe Webber and Vilimoni Koroi received yellow cards, but New Zealand’s resilience led to a late try from Sione Molia and a 21-19 win. Gordon Tietjens’ Samoa side bounced back from their loss to New Zealand to beat USA 26-14. Joe Perez was a key part of the victory, getting a brace of tries. They continued their strong form to beat Argentina 22-12 and secure their spot in the Cup quarter-finals.
This is PNG Barramundis’ latest exciting chapter in its cricket history as it makes its debut in the Intercontinental Cup.Organised competitions have been played since the 1950s and PNG became an associate member of the ICC in 1973.The ICC Intercontinental Cup is a pathway to Test cricket. Countries taking part include Ireland, Namibia, Scotland, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates.The side that wins the eight-team round-robin tournament spread over two years will play the 10th-ranked side on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings in the four-match ICC Test Challenge during 2018.If the associate member wins the series, to be played on a home and away basis, then it will become the 11th Test nation.Tuesday’s game will mark the Netherlands seventh appearance in the Intercontinental Cup. In all, it has played 26 matches, winning four, losing 14 and drawing eight.According to ICC official website, this will be the final match of the first round, which earlier saw Namibia defeat Hong Kong and Ireland earn 20 maximum points against the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The match between former champions – Scotland and Afghanistan – was marred by poor weather but Scotland still managed to claim 13 points against Afghanistan’s seven after only one innings was completed.PNG squad is: Jack Vare-Kevere (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Loa Nou, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, John Boge Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Vani Vagi Morea, Assadollah Vala, Norman Vanua
Hunters grabbed two points in defeating Tweed Heads Seagulls 32-24 in round 15 at Piggabeen Sports complex in Tweed Heads, Queensland.An improvement in winning away games gave a further confidence booster for Hunters who have now won their last four games played in Queensland.The PNG side shares 24 points with second placed Ipswich Jets but has taken third spot due to points for and against.Townsville Blackhawks continue to lead the ladder on 26 points. Wynnum Manly Seagulls moved down to fourth place following their one point loss to Burleigh Bears 24-25.Easts Tigers are in fifth place with 19 points followed by Mackay Cutters, Burleigh Bears, Northern Pride, Tweed Heads Seagulls and Redcliffe Dolphins.Trailing are Sunshine Coast Falcons in 11th place followed by Souths Logan Magpies, Norths Devils and CQ Capras who have won only one game this season.