Holden Wins Young Sportsperson of the Year Award

first_imgAfter taking up Touch Football only three years ago, Holden spent two years playing socially before joining La Trobe Touch in 2011. This year has seen the 18-year-old represent Victoria at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships as well as being part of the Victorian Women’s Open team that competed at this month’s New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie. Holden said she was honoured to receive the award, which was presented to her by Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Hugh Delahunty. “Recently the President of La Trobe Touch, Charles Willacy, nominated me for Young Sportsperson of the Year. It was a Victorian Government Department of Sport and Recreation grant for $3000, and the runners up got $1000,” Holden said. “The other awards included Local Heroes, Sporting Team of the Year and Grassroots Awards.”2011 has been a big learning experience for Holden, who first represented Victoria at this year’s National Youth Championships. Holden says that while results didn’t go their way, it was a great opportunity. “We just wanted to learn as much as we could in the space of time that we had and we did. By the end of the tournament we had grown as players and a as team and we felt so much better than we did at the start of the tournament, so that’s what we got out of it.”From there Holden tried out for and was selected in the Victorian Women’s Open team to take part in the New South Wales State Cup, something that she says was very beneficial for her development as well as that of the team. “It was a really intense weekend, lots of games and lots of information to take in but it’s been really good, I feel like I have improved and it makes me so motivated for the National Touch League. Getting an idea of the pace and the speed of it and the talent up here, it makes me so motivated to go back to Victoria and step it up.”“I’m always in awe of some of the players in the other teams…just the speed and the skill level, it’s just amazing. It just makes me so motivated and inspired.”The Victorian team impressed at the State Cup, reaching the quarter finals of the Women’s Open division, giving the team plenty of belief for the future. “We’ve shown that we can actually bring it to these teams and we’re not here to make up the numbers, we are here to compete. It’s disappointing getting into the quarter final and not being able to progress but we are all really hungry to come back and go further.”The side was captained and coached by 2011 Alliance Women’s Open captain, Leah Percy, who is someone Holden looks up to and hopes to emulate in the future. “Leah is probably the most inspiring athlete that I’ve ever had the privilege of being around. She’s so encouraging and positive all the time and she’s been amazing, I’m so grateful to be under her this year,” Holden said.  “A lot of people say to me ‘you’re so lucky to be around Leah when you are so young’ because they’ve gone through coaches and are sort of 21 or 22 by the time they’ve been around a coach like that so I’m just grateful to have her around, she’s been great.”last_img read more

Sixcess Buckeyes continue dominance over rival Michigan

Ohio State piled up 251 yards on the ground, forced five Wolverine turnovers, and left the blue-clad members of a crowd of 110,922 disappointed for the sixth consecutive season, as the Buckeyes beat Michigan 21-10 at The Big House.As a result, OSU clinched an outright Big Ten championship, while Michigan will spend bowl season at home for the second consecutive season.Michigan needed a victory to gain bowl eligibility, but took the wrong route to an upset, committing five turnovers.Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who promised earlier in the week that he would lead his Wolverines to a bowl game, threw four interceptions, including three in the fourth quarter.“He’s a young guy and he threw a couple balls he shouldn’t have,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “Turnovers and the rushing game are always going to be the key.”Forcier also handed OSU the game’s opening score when he fumbled the ball in the end zone on Michigan’s initial possession. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward landed on the football in the end zone to give the Buckeyes the early 7-0 lead.“[Heyward] did a great job of getting on the ball,” linebacker Brian Rolle said. “Forcier dropped back to scramble and dropped it, but Cam did a great job covering it up and making sure it was a touchdown.”Ohio State pounded away at the Big Ten’s last-ranked defense with a three-headed rushing attack. Dan “Boom” Herron racked up 96 yards on 19 carries, Brandon Saine amassed 84 yards on 12 rushes and quarterback Terrelle Pryor totaled 74 yards on 19 carries.The Buckeyes eclipsed 225 rushing yards for the fifth straight game.“It’s really fun out there running the ball,” Saine said. “The offensive line is doing great, getting a lot of movement. With [Pryor] back there being able to do what [he] does, it really helps me and ‘Boom.’”Leading 7-3, Pryor faked a rollout to the right and handed to Saine, who cut back to the left toward a wide-open pathway to the end zone for a 29-yard score. The misdirection play appeared to throw off the Wolverine defense, and even surprised Tressel.“On Saine’s touchdown, our student intern put the wrong play up on the board,” Tressel said. “That was not the play we called. He called that.”Tressel said he couldn’t remember what the original playcall was supposed to be, but that it wouldn’t have worked as well as the misdirection mishap fared.Pryor committed the Buckeyes’ first and only turnover in the third quarter, when his pass sailed off the hands of Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren and into the grasp of senior linebacker Jonas Mouton.The Wolverines cashed in on the pick, driving 49 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Forcier connected with running back Vincent Smith for 18 yards to cut the lead to 14-10.OSU bounced right back, though, with an 89-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown.After nine rushing plays and a sack, Pryor tossed a lob pass over the heads of Michigan linemen and into the hands of Herron, who sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard score. Tressel had rushed out onto the field before the snap, trying to call timeout, but to no avail. The Bucks caught a break in taking a 21-10 lead.“[Pryor] did a great job on that drive, he just kind of took over,” Tressel said. “Rather than us trying to guess calling the plays, we just called read plays for him, and he decided who carried it. That was a great drive.”After falling behind by 11, Michigan failed to muster any offensive rhythm. The Wolverines’ final five drives ended with a punt, three interceptions and a turnover on downs.Senior safety Kurt Coleman nabbed two interceptions, both deep in OSU territory, ending a pair of Michigan scoring threats.“He’s a guy you always have to look for to make plays,” Rolle said. “One interception, I was like, ‘Did he catch that?’ He’s a guy who is always going to be around the ball once it’s in the air, and he did a great job of going up and catching it at the highest point and coming down with it.”Coleman and the rest of the Buckeye seniors will leave OSU having never lost to their rivals from up north.“The rest of their lives, they can be arrogant or whatever they want to be,” Tressel said.Since taking over as coach in 2001, Tressel has led OSU to victory in eight of the nine meetings with Michigan.The Buckeyes concluded their regular season schedule with a trio of critical November victories, having knocked off Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, and now await to learn the identity of their Rose Bowl opponent.“We knew when we looked at the November schedule that it was not going to be an easy thing, but our guys don’t back down from anything,” Tressel said. “When you’re undefeated in November, good things will happen over the holidays.” read more

Genesio amazed by Lyons performance

first_imgOlympique Lyon successfully reached the third place in the Ligue 1 by beaten Nice 3-2 at home thanks to Memphis Depay’s hattrick and it could be the final game for Nabil Fekir as he is thought to join Liverpool.This match was a farewell for Lucien Favre, the coach of the guests but it was also maybe the last game for Nabil Fekir as he is close to joining Liverpool – and Genesio didn’t rule his departure out.The Lyon coach spoke about his side’s future as he said, according to Birmingham Mail:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“We are still a young team. There will be changes in the off-season. I savour that after this qualification. We did not panic after the first goal. I take my hat off to Nabil Fekir for his return to the top level. Thanks to him.”“I was calm until the second Nice goal. We qualify and that’s the most important thing.”“The players gave everything. It’s good to see the players together at the end. I thank them. They showed incredible spirit. I have always been supported and we have the result tonight.”last_img read more

Anthony Martial needs to stay at Old Trafford Berbatov

first_imgAnthony Martial needs to ‘wait for his chance’ at United despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at Old Trafford, according to former team-mate Dimitar Berbatov.The French winger has been a major talking point ever since his agent, Philippe Lamboley, claimed his client was unhappy and wanted to leave the club last month.Talk of an exit went quiet as Martial flew out with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of the US and with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford absent, he was set to get a run in the team in his natural position up front.There have been a number of developments in recent weeks, though. Martial is keen on leaving United, and Jose Mourinho would be willing to let him go, but the club are keen on holding onto their prized asset.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Martial has since flown to Paris to be with his partner for the birth of their son, Swan, and it is uncertain when he will return to pre-season training. The Red Devils play Liverpool on Saturday night before traveling to Miami to confront Real Madrid on Wednesday.Regardless, former United striker Berbatov, who played alongside Martial at Monaco, feels he should stay put with 12 days of the transfer window left to go.“Anthony Martial needs to stay at Old Trafford. We used to play at Monaco together so I know how he plays,” he told Betfair.last_img read more

We dont have many spare parts right now – Inter head

first_imgInter head coach Luciano Spalletti said the club need more new signings to be able to defeat reigning Serie A champions Juventus.After a loss to Chelsea, Inter’s head coach Luciano Spalletti believes there should be more signing by Inter before the transfer window closes.Inter have been busy in the transfer market, signing Radja Nainggolan, Lautaro Martinez, Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah and Matteo Politano.However, Spalletti believes they need more signings to challenge reigning champions Juventus, never minding that they are reportedly closing in on Atletico Madrid and Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko“Transfers? We don’t have many spare parts right now,” Spalletti said as quoted in FourFourTwo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I’d like to make it known that we’ve played a lot with the same players, without those who are injured and have been with their national teams.”Spalletti added: “It’s the speed in implementing quality that makes the difference. Vrsaljko? There are no problems, the club have a plan in mind and we have to wait.“It seems clear to me that the market isn’t over yet. Whoever finishes top of our league has two teams for when you go to play in the cups, which take away your energy, or after two or three days, when you have to change six players.“Then there are injuries. We need another goalkeeper, Icardi’s deputy…  That’s how it goes, so we’re working towards it and we’re close to completing our squad.”last_img read more

Chievo boss happy after drawing with Roma

first_imgThe team was losing 2-0, but they fought hard and were able to strip his rivals of one point in the Italian Lega Serie AStephan El Shaarawy and Bryan Cristante scored in the first half to give Roma a 2-0 lead over Chievo on Sunday’s match.But the team at the bottom of the Italian Lega Serie A standings fought hard and was able to tie the match.Valter Birsa and Mariusz Stepinski scored in order to give the Flying Donkeys one point today.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“It wasn’t a bad first half all told, but we worked on what needed improving during the half-time break,” coach Lorenzo D’Anna was echoed by Football Italia.“It was very hot and we were struggling at 2-0 down, but we believed in ourselves and maintained our philosophy of football, even going close to a winner at the end.”“Chievo are on the right path. We had for a moment feared it’d be a repeat of the Fiorentina game (which they lost 6-1), but instead the team didn’t lose their heads,” he said.The team is still in negative numbers, minus one, after being stripped of them for false accounting.last_img read more

Leon Balogun backs Brighton and Hove Albion to stun Chelsea

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun believes his side will defeat Chelsea when they clash in Sunday’s Premier League encounter.The Nigeria international says the team is away that Chelsea are favourites to beat them but that they will stun the visitors just like they did to Manchester United in August.“They’re expected to win against a side like us and no one is expecting anything other than a victory for Chelsea,” Balogun told club website.“The most they’ll expect from us is that we’ll give them a hard game and still not get anything from it, which takes a lot of pressure away from us.“We can play with a free mind and try to disrupt their game as much as possible. We beat Man United at home and shows that we’re capable of beating a top team.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There’s still pressure in every game you play, but there’s not the same expectation on us compared to if we were playing the likes of Huddersfield or Burnley.“They have a lot of quality technically, but they are also able to adapt and make the game hard and physical.“They have all these qualities and that’s why they’re near the top of the table. To beat Man City, you have to be able to withstand a lot of pressure, and they had the composure to do that and even force their game upon them at times.“They are a top-class team worthy of fighting for the title and that’s why they’re up there.”last_img read more

Oceanside to become first North County City to allow Medical Marijuana

first_img Sasha Foo, March 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Oceanside to become first North County City to allow Medical Marijuana Posted: March 30, 2018 Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe City of Oceanside has decided to open its doors to the medical marijuana industry.But there’s one notable exception, the city won’t allow dispensaries.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has the details. last_img read more

Troopers Rescue Two Hikers Near Harding Ice Fields

first_imgTroopers were notified of two hikers that hiked from Seward across the Harding Ice Fields and had become stranded near the Skilak River Delta. The hikers reportedly were uninjured, had adequate food, water, and shelter but were ill prepared to cross the Skilak River due to recent thawing. The hikers were identified as Donald Joachim and Benjamin Nabinger, both of Soldotna. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers rescued two hikers that had become stranded near Skilak River Delta, on April 16, around 1:24 p.m. AST mobilized a Rescue Helicopter to recover the stranded hikers. At 2:34 p.m., the hikers had been recovered by AST Helo 3 and taken to the Soldotna Airport where they were delivered in good health, according to Troopers.last_img