It has been a one sided contest so far as PNG runs in easy points.Doubles have gone to PNG’s William Ken and Bobby Vavona.The Solomon Islanders were disallowed a touch down which has been their only big moment.
The players, who were selected from the recent national junior championships in Port Moresby, will undergo training and assessment facilitated by Pepes coach Unaisi Rokoura.The assessment started yesterday and ends today at the Rita Flynn Netball courts.The squad will go into intensive training for the next two days before picking the final squad.In the lead up to the qualifier later this month, the Singapore U21 team will visit Port Moresby to play a trial match against the PNG U21 selected side.Netball PNG president Julienne Leka-Maliaki said the next two days are going to be very important for us as we work towards preparing a strong U21 team for the world cup qualifiers.The qualifiers are in September in New Zealand for the World Youth Cup that will be hosted by Botswana from July 8-16, next year.The junior national selection panel has selected the following 20 players for the PNG U21 train-on squad;Shooters1. Boio Peter – (POMNA), 2. Jeperth Tulapi – (POMNA), 3. Naolyn Mahuta – (Central), 4. Ravusiro Vali – (Central), 5. Naomi Lankan – (KHNA), 6. Rowena Djengozov – (POMNA), 7. Martha Mutuka – (POMNA)Centre court 1. Eloise Vele – (POMNA), 2. Catherine Benedict – (POMNA), 3. Erika Amos – (LAE), 4. Carol Kanapoti – (POMNA), 5. Vele Walo – (Central), 6. Michelle Mark – (POMNA), 7. Nona Gamoga – (Central)Defenders1. Courtney Abel – (Alotau / Brisbane), 2. Edna Pala – (POMNA), 3. Asi Kevau – (KHNA), 4. Thai Peter – (MKWNA), 5. Serena Ovia – (POMNA), 6. Genevieve Ume – (POMNA)
The Barramundis are sitting second on the ICC WCL Championship ladder and are running fourth on the ICC ICUP ladder.Their tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month will see the Barramundis play UAE in three One Day Internationals, an Inter-Continental Cup (ICUP) match, and three Twenty20 Internationals.The first two out of the three One Day Internationals will be ICC WCL Championship matches.“We are well aware in the standing in both formats, but we’re very focused in taking one game at a time. “The last thing we’d want is thinking about positions on the ladders. If we play to our potential then results will look after themselves,” said Patel.
It was a balanced opening quarter as both sides looked to find their rhythm.The Hunters found theirs first in the 21st minute when Israel Eliab found space down the short side and gave it on to Watson Boas, who drew in the defence before firing out to Bland Abavu to run away to score.Captain and five-eighth Ase Boas had no trouble converting to make it 6-0.The Magpies found the try line later in the 31st minute of play after some good vision from Luke Archer saw him cross over on the wing.An unsuccessful conversion left the score at 6-4 going into the break.The second half was filled with scrappy play from both teams, which made points hard to come by.The home side pushed further in front just after the 60-minute mark, thanks to Stargroth Amean, who worked his magic close to the line to break through the defence and flick it to a flying Eliab to score near the posts.Ase made it two from two to give the Hunters some breathing space.The Magpies were never out of the contest and continued to attack the line, searching for their second try.They finally did this in the 70th minute through a solo effort from Jamayne Isaako.Isaako’s attempt to narrow the deficit was again unsuccessful, leaving the score at 12-8, setting up a thrilling final 10 minutes.But the Hunters had enough to get them through muscling up in defence to hold on and win the round 14 clash.The man of the match was awarded to Amean.
If 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.
Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to leave Real Madrid and join Italian champions Juventus, a source close to the player told Reuters on Wednesday.Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds, is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.Despite the glut of silverware, however, the five-times world player of the year has had frequent fallouts with Real and has declared on several occasions that he wants to leave the club.Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final on May 26, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave Real, telling a television reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”Ronaldo, 33, appeared to backtrack on that statement during Real’s celebration parade through the Spanish capital the next day, when he told a mass of supporters: “See you next season.”The Portugal forward was reported to be on the verge of leaving last June after a news story appeared in Portuguese newspaper Record declaring he was unhappy with the club.He also caused a stir in 2012 when he declared in a post-match interview after a game with Granada: “I’m sad and the club know why.”Juventus declined to comment when contacted by Reuters, while Real Madrid said: “Our official comments are made through our official media channels.”Real have not issued any statement on their website about Ronaldo, although in the past days they have issued statements denying reports they have made transfer bids for Paris St Germain forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.Spanish newspaper Marca suggested on Wednesday that Ronaldo is unhappy at Real because they are searching for his successor and president Florentino Perez has publicly courted Neymar, urging the Brazilian last year to come to Madrid if he wants to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.Ronaldo scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.The Portuguese converted a stoppage-time penalty in the second leg to knock the Italians out 4-3 on aggregate.Ronaldo enjoyed an explosive start to the 2018 World Cup by scoring a hat-trick in his side’s 3-3 draw with Spain, also hitting Portugal’s winner in a 1-0 win over Morocco. But he missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Iran and failed to score in his side’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the last 16.
Germany veteran midfielder Sami Khedira said on Thursday he was eager to keep playing for the national team despite the former world champions’ World Cup fiasco this year.Khedira, 31, part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winner, was among a number of players sharply criticised for their performances in Russia in June after Germany crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage.It was Germany’s earliest exit at a World Cup in 80 years, putting the national team future of several players, including Khedira, in doubt.“After a good season and nine goals with Juventus, I played my two worst matches at the World Cup with full fitness. That was really bad,” Khedira, who plays for Italian club Juventus, said on his Instagram account.Germany finished last in their group with just one win – over Sweden – and defeats to Mexico and South Korea. Khedira played in both those defeats, having been dropped against Sweden.“The criticism against me and us all is justified,” he said, while adding he was ready to fight for his spot on the team.“It must be an honour for any active player to play for this country, this (DFB) association and this team,” said Khedira.“If there are better players at the moment then I will accept it. But should I be nominated because the coach believes I can help the DFB then for me it is always an honour and an obligation.”Fellow midfielder Toni Kroos has also said he wants to continue with the team, while Mesut Ozil announced his international retirement in July, saying he had faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots after he appeared in a photo with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.