Erin Phillips keeps Adelaide Crows’ season alive, and proves she is the gamechanger of the AFLW

first_imgIf it wasn’t already apparent how important Phillips is to the fledgling league, not just her Adelaide Crows, it was made crystal clear against the Western Bulldogs this weekend.Yes, she’s a dual sport star — she is a two-time WNBA champion, an Olympic silver medallist and world championship gold medallist with the Opals.Her performances for the Crows in the AFLW, however, are re-emphasising her star power.Last season she kicked eight goals in the regular season, six less than the top scorer, Carlton’s Darcy Vescio. But that was only one element of her game.Now aged 32, Phillips does not have the flat-out acceleration to beat defenders, but she has something better — an ability to read the play, the physicality and athleticism to get in front and take a big grab, and the skill to kick the important goal.She missed the first two rounds of this year’s AFLW with a quad injury, and without her the Crows looked nothing like the team that won the title in 2017.That all changed in round three. The Crows downed the previously unbeaten Bulldogs, and Phillips kicked four of Adelaide’s six goals.She joins Vescio and her Crows teammate, Sarah Perkins, as the only players to kick four goals in a game of AFLW.But it’s not just the fact she gave her team a boost when she returned from injury — it’s her ability to produce under pressure, in key games.She’s clutch. Look at last year’s grand final against Brisbane.With the flag on the line, Phillips produced the single best game by a player in the AFLW so far — 28 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and two goals.No one had as many possessions anywhere else during season one, and only one player — Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall — has got within five of her mark this season, gathering 24 touches against the Bulldogs.Need more evidence? Look at yesterday’s game against the Bulldogs.Phillips gave the Crows a focal point up forward — but the big thing about her game is that by her presence she forces opposition defences to key off her, allowing the Crows’ other top players to shine.Sarah Perkins was a star of season one, booting 11 goals. This year as Adelaide struggled in the opening two rounds, Perkins managed to touch the ball a total of four times, with no goals.In round three, with Phillips playing one-out up forward, Perkins came up the ground and ended up with 11 disposals, two marks and three tackles.Phillips was not the only Crows player to shine, with Ebony Marinoff (21 disposals and 15 tackles) and Randall (12 marks and six tackles in addition to her 24 possessions) also important for Adelaide.But it was the returning star who made the difference.In the first half, Phillips had a chance deep in the right forward pocket, but she pulled her snap just to the left for a behind. In the final quarter, with Adelaide trailing, Phillips had another opportunity.From almost the same spot in the pocket, the Crows number 13 crumbed it, kicked it through traffic and threaded it through from a crazy angle to give her side the lead.The Crows went on to secure their first win of the year, and keep their season alive.There are other AFLW stars, like Carlton’s Brianna Davey — who unfortunately tore her ACL in round two — and the Bulldogs’ Katie Brennan, who came off injured against Adelaide and left the ground with a moon boot on her right ankle.Vescio has kicked two goals in three games for Carlton, Perkins is yet to get on the board in season two for the Crows, and the number one draft pick for the Bulldogs, Isabel Huntington, showed great signs before a knee injury ended her season last week.This just reinforces how important it is to have your stars fit and firing — and this weekend has reminded us that in Erin Phillips, Adelaide has the ultimate gamechanger in the AFLW.last_img read more

Stranger in a strange land

first_imgSatiricus was pleased. He was at the Internet cafe at the front street of his village. He went there when he needed to talk to his relatives in New York. Which was when he needed a “lil frek” – a circumstance that was becoming more frequent recently. But this time he was calling Cappo, his old canecutting friend who’d gotten a 10-year visa and decided to stay over in the states.“So how you doin’, old buddy?” said Satiricus rather loudly into his mouthpiece.“Buddaay! De whole country a mek me feel like me deh right in Guyana!” Cappo exclaimed.“Really?” said Satiricus doubtfully. He didn’t see how the whole of America would do that for Cappo.“Well, dem jus’ done dem election,” said Cappo excitedly. “And jus’ like in Guyana, de people who lose, start fuh riat and protes’!! Jus’ like how de Pee an See use fuh do!”“And why you think they did that just because you are over there?” Satiricus wanted to know.“Well me sissee tell me da nevah happen befo’!” replied Cappo. “Suh ‘e gat fuh be me!”“OK! Cappo, quit jokin’” said Satiricus, “How things really?”“Man now dat dis chap Tramp get elected, me sissee mek me a sleep, andah de bed!” Cappo reported sorrowfully. “She seh immigra-shan guh raid abee.”“Immigration?” asked Satiricus in a puzzled voice.“Bai, even doh me deh pan wan ten-year visa,” said Cappo. “dem only gi’e me one month fuh stay. Me now illegal!”“Oh Jeez!” exclaimed Satiricus. “I’m sorry.”“Na worry, man,” said Cappo bravely. “How t’ings in Guyana?? Me might come back.”“I’m sorry to tell you this, Cappo,” said Satiricus slowly. “Crime got so bad Prezzie had to call out the army to help the police! And don’t remind me my leader was Rum Jhaat.”“All abee does do schupid t’ing, Sato,” said Cappo consolingly. “But me t’ink me radah sleep undah me sissee bed, ova heah!”last_img read more

Zheng Zheng, Jon Bricks Rock Fans At Royal Plus

first_imgChinese superstar Zheng Zheng and Liberian Hip-Co rapper, Jon Bricks, rocked fans during the second day of the “Diva Dream Alive” concert at Royal Plus International, but it was the Chinese superstar that stole the show with his fascinating performance.Zheng Zheng amazed fans when his performance entered into a Chinese pop rapping style that was strange thus leaving fans screaming in excitement and dancing to the beat.While the chemistry put together by the duo during the performance was amazing, the way they blended Liberian colloquia with the Chinese language was classic, and it was at this moment that the fans got themselves more involved. However, Jon Bricks was able to battle the Chinese superstar with some electrifying performances that got the crowd screaming for more than 10 minutes.The show opened with a terrific performance from international artists Alonzo, Young Classic and others.At the end of the show, Zheng Zheng extended thank to fans for the kind gesture showed him. “I love you Liberian people,” Zheng Zheng said in excitement. Meanwhile, during the third day of the event at Bernard’s beach, Jon Bricks and Zheng Zheng came very late: 30 minutes to the show’s ending time.Also Jon Bricks and Zheng Zheng’s performance at the beach was not as epic as compared to the previous shows; the show failed to bring out even a single local headliner artist, as it was done at the previous concerts.Some fans talked to expressed disbelief that the duo could not respect time, causing them not to enjoy the money they paid; and Bricks did not give any reason why the Zama Plus Foundation was not officially launched.“I’m totally disappointed that these acclaimed artists could not be conscious of time. Some us came to the beach early knowing that the show could end at 6 p.m., but coming 30 minutes late for the show was totally unacceptable,” angry fans said.Day 1 of the three-day concert went down at Club Gossip on February 12; Day 2 was at Royal Plus International in Paynesville on February 13; Day 3 went down at Bernard beach on February 14, Valentine’s Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Town Clerk denies ‘interrogating’ sexual assault victim

first_img…Mayor says City Constabulary needs reshufflingBy Lakhram BhagiratTown Clerk Royston King has denied interrogating the teenaged victim who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Lance Corporal of the City Constabulary in August and informed the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) that it was not necessary for him to submit a report to the Legal Affairs and Security Committee.The incident allegedly occurred when a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on August 17 and placed before the court on a charge of wandering. At some point during his detention, for reasons unknown, the minor was transferred to the Regent Street Outpost where the alleged incident occurred between August 22 and 23, 2017.The alleged perpetrator has been dismissed for gross misconduct while his colleague, who claimed that he witnessed the assault, was also given the boot after he failed to report the matter to the relevant authorities.Although the incident occurred in August, it was never reported to the Police until October 17. The matter was also brought to the attention of the M&CC’s Legal Affairs and Security Committee after one month, and City Hall has since been accused of covering up the incident.There have also been calls for King to be disciplined, since he knew of the incident, interviewed the victim and failed to report it.At Monday’s Statutory Meeting, King read a prepared statement in which he sought to cast blame on the Committee for acting slothfully resulting in him reporting the incident to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for the commencement of a criminal investigation.“The approximate one-month period with which the Committee was seized with the matter without a final report or recommendations could have possibly subjected the Council to an allegation of interference with the administration of justice, particularly in circumstances where the welfare of a child was involved where the Council, as is every other institution in Guyana, mandated by law or morally to protect. It is upon that a decision was made, by me, as the Chief Administrator of the Council and as Head of the Constabulary to turn the matter over to the Guyana Police Force,” King said.However, this part of the statement did not go down well with Head of the Committee, Sherod Duncan, who pointed out that the Town Clerk’s actions were unacceptable, since he failed to report the incident and was yet to submit a report on his ‘interrogation’. It was identified, and attested to by Mayor Patricia Chase Green, that the work of the Committee is being stalled by the withholding of critical reports by Constables and King as well.King told the M&CC that he had since met with acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, who has since committed to assisting the City Constabulary to build capacity. This involves training of ranks, possible secondment of officers from the Guyana Police Force to the Constabulary to help foster a greater level of discipline and more interaction between the Police Force and the Constabulary.Reshuffling the ConstabularyThe Mayor said she was utterly dissatisfied with the performance of the City Constabulary, noting that she and King were the ones that have to face public criticism for the actions of every officer at City Hall. She said there was great need for a complete overhaul of the City Constabulary while issuing a stern warning to Chief Constable Andrew Foo, to start reining in his officers.“Nobody is attacking the Chief Constable for what is happening at the City Constabulary; they’re attacking me and the Town Clerk. Everything is Pat and Roy, and nobody is blaming Andrew and Andrew must be held accountable for all his errors,” Chase Green said.She said Foo needed to be more proactive in the execution of his duties and that all matters must be reported immediately to the Council as opposed to having to report on it after it would have surfaced in the media.“The Chief Constable must take the flak for all that is happening here and from the investigations department right through everybody needs reshuffling. Chief Constable I’m saying to you, if you have to have help from the national police or the Guyana Defence Force, wherever, you have to have people seconded here to straighten out the Constabulary department; you must do it,” she said.last_img read more

Copa clasico a sideshow to Liga glory hunt

first_imgWith the Champions League resuming in February with both teams in the last 16 and the two locked in a battle at the top of La Liga, the season promises combat on three fronts.In the league at the weekend the pressure was already starting to show for both teams.Madrid had to come back to win 2-1 away at Mallorca on Saturday night with late goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon, a result that temporarily opened a gap of 8 points on Barcelona in second position.Twenty-four hours later it was Barcelona’s turn to suffer when they gave away a two goal lead at home to Betis, the first goals conceded by the Catalans in the league at home this season, before running out 4-2 winners and reducing the gap back to five points.Barcelona have already triumphed in the Bernabeu in December with a resounding 3-1 league victory after goalkeeper Victor Valdes had gifted Madrid a first minute lead with an uncustomary mistake.On that occasion Christiano Ronaldo was criticised for his performance and despite scoring the winning goal in last season’s Spanish Cup final between the two sides, his tally of three goals in 11 games against Barca is subject to debate.It does not compare favourably with Lionel Messi’s total of 13 strikes against Real and a good display from the Portuguese superstar will be key to Real’s chances on Wednesday.Ahead of Wednesday Ronaldo has denied that games against the eternal rival are a problem for him.“Before matches I am relaxed, pressure means nothing to me and I don’t feel any more against Barca,” he said.For Barcelona’s talismanic midfielder Xavi Hernandez matches against Madrid are a highlight.“I like playing in the Bernabeu, it’s a special stadium and an historical game which makes us motivated and makes for an intense match,” he claimed.“Madrid don’t change, they play a direct game with three or four players who can hit you on the counter attack, they are also dangerous from dead balls and we have to be alert in defence,” he continued.“However, we do not hold back, we’ll play our usual game to attack and score goals and be as brave as we have been in recent years in the Bernabeu.”Madrid have injury doubts over Sami Khedira and Pepe but expect to welcome back Angel Di Maria, who has been very important for them this season.Barcelona’s long term casualties, Ibrahim Afellay, David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez will not be in the Bernabeu, and neither will Seydou Keita who has travelled to the African Nations Cup to play with Mali.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 17 – Real Madrid and Barcelona resume their historic rivalry on Wednesday when the two teams meet in the first leg of the quarter finals of the Spanish Cup.The scene is the Santiago Bernabeu before the return leg in Barcelona the following Wednesday and at stake is the first of three prizes the two giants are targeting this season.last_img read more

City issues RFQ for Condill Hotel demolition

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John has issued a Request for Quotation of offers from contractors for the demolition and removal of the former Condill Hotel.The City said in its RFQ that the contract includes hazardous materials abatement and removal during the demolition of the building, which was built 75 years ago. The City announced that it had purchased the Condill Hotel for $870,000 from former long-time owners Elaine and Leo Budnick at the end of July. The City will be taking possession of the property on September 15th.Quotations will be received at the City Hall main reception desk no later than 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4th. More information on the RFQ can be found here: Advertisement –last_img read more

Four reasons why Chelsea have overtaken Man United as England’s top club

first_img 4 1. Chelsea have tasted double European success this decade – Chelsea are the only Premier League club to have won the Champions League this decade, and added the Europa League a year later to become the first English side to win all the major UEFA trophies. While they missed out on continental competition this season, they are going to make an immediate return to the elite competition next term. The Red Devils, meanwhile, are playing their second successive season in the Europa League and in the 2014/15 campaign they did not qualify for a European competition after finishing outside the top six in the previous year. They reached the Champions League final in 2011, but were soundly beaten by Barcelona, and since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure United have fallen well short. 2. The Blues now rival – if not outstrip – United as a production line for young talent – Man United have been known for producing some top talents over the years, but their academy does not seem as strong as it once was, perhaps due to Manchester City’s recent investment in local talent. Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are the only youth products in and around the first team squad, while Adnan Januzaj, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Andreas Pereira and Sam Johnstone are out on loan. In the last 10 years their academy has only won one FA Youth Cup, while Chelsea have won five. The Blues have a number of academy graduates on the fringes of the first team and have over 30 players out on loan, many of them youths. The west Londoners have invested in their academy set up, reaping the rewards by winning two of the the last three UEFA Youth Leagues and now have one of Europe’s best academy set ups. Nathan Ake is the latest player breaking into the first team after beneficial loan moves and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah are involved with the first team. 4 Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for the last FA Cup semi-final spot on Monday evening.The two clubs have developed quite a rivalry in recent years and the tie comes with various sub-plots, such as Jose Mourinho coming up against his former employers.LIVE: Chelsea v Manchester United – FA Cup coverage on talkSPORT from 7pmSince Roman Abramovich’s takeover over the club in 2003, Chelsea have been transformed into the biggest football clubs in the world and the Russian oligarch has got his rewards, with success in every major competition.United, meanwhile, remain a footballing superpower despite dropping off the pace on the field – but have they been overtaken by the west Londoners?talkSPORT has taken a look at four different factors which suggest why the Blues have overtaken Manchester United as England’s top club this decade, from 2010 onwards.Click the right arrow, above, and comment below with your thoughts…READ MORETop 30 biggest football clubs in Britain – from 30 to number one, according to talkSPORTTop 24 English clubs ranked by most major competitive trophies won 4 4 3. Forward-thinking is about to transform Stamford Bridge into a stadium that will show up Old Trafford – Chelsea have recently been given the green light for a £500m redevelopment of Stamford Bridge. The west London ground will become a 60,000-seat state-of-the-art arena to add to the Blues’ global brand. While Old Trafford will still be bigger, the plans to upgrade the Blues’ stadium will make it a far more modern, impressive arena. It shows how Chelsea are moving with the times and the new Bridge will make Old Trafford look antiquated. 4. Chelsea have become THE team that inspires jealousy – Manchester United’s dominance during the Sir Alex Ferguson era made them hated by opposition fans. But Chelsea’s emergence as a trophy-winning machine, bankrolled by the big spending of Roman Abramovich has made them the club rivals love to hate. They have won every major competition in the last five years, while United have experienced a title drought. Antonio Conte’s presence at the Bridge has so far helped to soften Chelsea’s image, and Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Man United could yet help the Red Devils regain their ‘Anyone But United’ status.last_img read more

FPL tips: Transfer advice, including Man United, Chelsea, and Tottenham stars

first_imgOut: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – £7.2m 11 11 He may have signed a new deal after outlasting former manager Jose Mourinho but the forward remains lacking in goal contributions. Just one goal and one assist since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over is hardly appealing. Add to this tough fixtures with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City on the way and it’s a no for us – for now. LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 11 Out: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – £6.5m Sergio Aguero bagged a treble against Arsenal A lovely rarity, Schlupp is a defender in FPL be is actually playing as a winger. Wilfried Zaha missed the last game with a suspension resulting in a start and a goal for the Ghanaian and Roy Hodgson might be tempted to use him again from the start as Zaha sits out one more match. If not, he’s still got four goals this season and may pop up again, giving him potential as your cheap defender. The left-back has continued his poor run of form and is now without a goal or assist since Gameweek 11. He does get the odd clean sheet – 11 in total – but it’s not quite enough given his fee. It’s taken him some time but the Portuguese has now started notching the amount of assists we thought he would when he originally signed for the club. He’s got five in his last three games and now has a kind run of fixture with Newcastle, Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Cardiff City up next. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade His unbelievable form since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows no sign of stopping, so we’re banking on this continuing, especially against Fulham. Out: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) – £6.8m MONEY huge blow 11 11 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF REVEALED In: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £8.6m REPLY We tipped up the Saints star two weeks ago and last week he came up trumps with an assist and two bonus points. He’s the perfect substitute defender for your team, even with tough fixtures coming up. The first double gameweek of the season has passed and some managers smartly had Sergio Aguero as their Triple Captain.A total of 57 points for those teams will have been a huge boost and now the rest of us face playing catch up for the rest of the campaign. So, if you’re desperately plotting your riposte, you’ll need to make the right moves in the market with just one, or possibly two, free transfers at your disposal.Here, we’ve picked out the players you should be looking at, featuring some fresh faces as well as trusty old favourites. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ In: Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.0m no dice shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 11 11 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE 11 11 Out: Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – £9.7m Out: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) – £6m In: Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) – £4.4m Absent against Huddersfield following a 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth, the German lacks in goal contributions and has only kept clean sheets sporadically, like Alonso. You may find cheaper option around. After an excellent start to the season, the Brazilian has faded in recent months while also suffering from a new problem. He’s out of form even without Harry Kane blocking his path to the first XI. 11 In: Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.3m 11 Having the German in your team is always a risk due to Pep Guardiola’s unpredictable selections but now his form is also erratic. With Chelsea up next he may be worth swerving. RANKED In: Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.0m REVEALED The Portuguese now has three goals and two assists in his last three and, even if a knock rules him out against Newcastle, an easier run of fixtures make him a tempting pick up.last_img read more

Divock Origi signs new long-term contract with Liverpool

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update According to PA there is no release clause in the contract, something which had been rumoured as being under consideration by the Belgian, and the club take this as a sign of his long-term commitment.Origi played 21 times last season and scored seven goals. The Belgian is expected to feature in Liverpool’s first pre-season friendly against Tranmere on Thursday. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea latest Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Divock Origi has committed his future to the Reds. 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 10, 2019“I’m very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season, as well as the end of the season last year,” Origi told Liverpool’s website.“It’s an amazing club, we have a good group, the staff are amazing. Even coming into Melwood, the people that work here and everything, you feel there is something special going on here.” getty JIBE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool Champions League hero Divock Origi has signed a new long-term contract with the club.The 24-year-old was entering the final 12 months of his old deal and was stalling on the offer because of concerns over playing time. boost punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa center_img LATEST 1 Divock Origi helped Liverpool win the Champions League Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Origi earned cult-hero status last season with two goals in their remarkable 4-0 Champions League win against Barcelona in the semi-final.He then scored in the final victory over Tottenham in Madrid and also scored an added time winner against Everton in the league. deals REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more

Relief as wedding band saves uncle of the bride’s life

first_imgA couple can thank their lucky stars that they chose the Rockhill Ramblers to perform at their wedding last week after two band members saved a guests’ life.Siofra Johnston and Ben Relton were celebrating their wedding reception in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh with their family and friends when tragedy struck. The uncle of the bride, local man Alan Johnston, took a heart attack on the dancefloor and it was all thanks to the quick actions of the band members that he was resuscitated. Thankfully, two of the Rockhill Ramblers are medical professionals as well as musicians – Matthew Diver is a paramedic and Patrick Meehan is a nurse.Speaking to Donegal Woman, band member Darren recalled the events:“We were only playing for about 20 minutes, and it was during a set of waltz’ that we saw Alan drop to the floor. The two lads ran straight over to him and started to perform CPR on him. They shouted out for a mask for the CPR and defibrillator and I ran behind the bar to get it. Myself and a staff member had the defibrillator over in less that a few minutes.” “The lads gave him the shock and by the time the paramedics arrived he was talking and back to life.” The 70-year-old uncle was adamant that his heart attack wouldn’t stop the party, Darren recalled. “On the way out he says to me: “Play on anyway boys, I might be back!”“There was a lot of panic on the dancefloor as the whole family were there. Thankfully there were two nurses there too, fair play to them, and there was a lot of people working in the chain of survival.”“We all worked together and the rest of the band cleared the way for the ambulance.”“All’s well that ends well, and thankfully Alan’s still with us today.” “Matthew and Patrick are very humble about it all, but I’m happy to credit them. We’re very proud of them. The two lads knew exactly what to do and when to do it.”Relief as wedding band saves uncle of the bride’s life was last modified: December 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more