Share on Pinterest Read more UFC star Conor McGregor announces ‘retirement from MMA’ Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Conor McGregor Share on WhatsApp Prosecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after he allegedly smashed a fan’s phone outside a Miami hotel. Prosecutors in Miami said on Monday the victim has stopped cooperating with investigators and has recanted his story. The Miami Herald reports the fan, Ahmed Abdirzak, dropped his civil lawsuit with McGregor after reaching a settlement. Abdirzak had been seeking $15,000 in damages.Florida assistant state attorney Khalil Madani said that Abdirzak “has credibility issues as he’s changed his previously sworn testimony.” He added, in a written summary that: “Based on the witness’s credibility issues, his unwillingness to respond to a subpoena and the inability of the witnesses to testify as to his subjective mindset, the State of Florida cannot prove the charges against Mr McGregor beyond a reasonable doubt.” Since you’re here… MMA Topics McGregor was arrested in March over the incident. According to a lawsuit, Abdirzak and other fans were taking video of McGregor outside a hotel when the fighter allegedly punched the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand, repeatedly stamped on it and walked off with it in his pocket. McGregor appeared to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts a few weeks after his arrest. McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, tweeted: “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today.“I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”The Irishman, who finishes with a 21-4 record, has not fought since October last year when he lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. McGregor was suspended for six months after that fight ended with brawls spreading into the crowd. UFC US sports Share on Twitter Share via Email Florida Reuse this content
Share via Email Mercedes GP Ferrari Lewis Hamilton On his first hot run in the final third Hamilton was quickest in the first and third sectors but had a moment of oversteer through Brooklands in the middle sector and Bottas was quicker by three-tenths. When they emerged for the final time the expectation was Hamilton would pull something out of the bag on his final run, as he has done so many times before. The crowd held their breath in expectation of emitting a mighty roar but, as the British driver crossed the line, Bottas’s time stood by a margin so small as to be almost invisible – six thousandths of a second across a 3.66-mile lap.Bottas had not improved on his second run and, although Hamilton had managed to string together three strong sectors, he was still not happy with his final lap. “It just got away from us,” he said.Yet despite the strong support at the circuit, Hamilton was forced after qualifying to once again defend his decision to live in Monaco, when he was asked if his “Britishness” was in question. “It is crazy because I remember growing up and watching Jenson Button and all the youngsters coming through and they all migrated to Monaco,” he said. “Nobody ever said anything. Of course, when I did, they had something to say.“No matter how often you go abroad or elsewhere in the world, you come back to the UK. This is where my heart is. I am fully British. I go to these races and I lift the British flag proudly. There is no one else in this sport that has raised it so high.”Bottas rightly celebrated beating Hamilton at his home circuit in front of a fiercely partisan crowd, a major result for the Finn. The cameras had followed Hamilton’s lap, as had the crowd, but Bottas’s first run was as good a performance as he has delivered in qualifying this season. He blasted through the sweeping fast corners that define Silverstone but was also inch-perfect through the challenge of Brooklands, Luffield and Woodcote, obviously finding the relaid smooth surface to his liking. The Observer Valtteri Bottas The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Since you’re here… Share on Twitter He has out-qualified Hamilton now by four poles to three and badly wants to ensure he converts his latest effort into a win. In China and Spain, where he had pole, he was beaten off the line by Hamilton, who went on to take victory. The championship leader has four wins from the last five races and leads Bottas by 31 points, with Vettel 74 points back.Bottas clearly desperately wants to prevent Hamilton from romping away with it, however. The Finn took a dominant win in Australia and was similarly strong in Baku for his second victory; he needs to back them up by taking the flag here to return the pressure to Hamilton.“The championship fight is still on,” Bottas said. “I am the one chasing, I am behind but there are so many races to go and it is up to me and my performance. Every opportunity there is now I need to take. If I don’t, Lewis is going to be far away and out of reach. So tomorrow is super important but so is the race after and the race after. The season is long and I need to take those opportunities and I will do everything I can to keep that lead tomorrow.”Hamilton, too, was sanguine that he still has more to come. He has six wins this season and another here would make him the most successful driver at the British Grand Prix, surpassing the record of five he shares with Jim Clark and Alain Prost. He showed great pace in his long runs in practice and was optimistic about his chances.“It is just qualifying. As you have seen, a lot of the races it doesn’t necessarily determine what happens in the race,” he said. “It is great to start at the front. It makes your day a little bit more simple. But I am proud to be a part of locking out the front row. Valtteri and I have a great relationship but we always want to beat each other. The duel is who can do a better job tomorrow.”A sellout crowd of 141,000 fans will be there to see if he can do it. Their hopes will be refreshed, their spirits buoyant once more. The victory would be Hamilton’s were it decided by the crowd but this is a race both drivers desperately want to win and certainly Leclerc believes he, too, may have a part to play. Another tense afternoon awaits on the Northamptonshire-Buckinghamshire border.Vettel and Leclerc set their best times in Q2 on the soft tyres, perhaps looking for extra grip off the line in contrast to Hamilton and Bottas, who will start on the medium rubber. Pirelli believe the tyre wear will be such that the teams will have to adopt a two-stop strategy.McLaren’s Lando Norris was once again very strong, with eighth place. Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg were in seventh and 10th for Renault, with Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon in ninth.Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Räikkönen were in 11th and 12th, with the second McLaren of Carlos Sainz in 13th. Roman Grosjean was in 14th for Haas and Sergio Pérez was in 15th for Racing Point.Kevin Magnussen finished in 16th for Haas, in front of the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. Lance Stroll once again went out in Q1, finishing in 18th for Racing Point. George Russell and Robert Kubica were in 19th and 20th. news Read more A moment of collective exhalation and the swaths of union flags held aloft in anticipation of celebration sagged downwards across Silverstone. The tensest of finales here failed to stick to the script as Valtteri Bottas denied Lewis Hamilton pole position for the British Grand Prix by the finest of margins.As the huge crowd slumped back to their seats there was an air almost of disbelief. Here, then, was the twist in the tale they had not anticipated – a reminder that their hero, despite his overwhelming dominance in the past on the old airfield, could still be bested. Bottas had spoiled their party but more is sure to come on Sunday.Ferrari’s hoped-for challenge failed quite to materialise, with Charles Leclerc in third and Sebastian Vettel managing only sixth. Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull with his teammate, Pierre Gasly, fifth.Bottas took the place with an exceptional lap on his first run in Q3, setting a time of 1min 25.093sec. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Sebastian Vettel Share on Messenger Formula One Formula One 2019 George Russell: ‘Silverstone gives you a special feeling, goosebumps’ Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this content
Ligue 1 Neymar runs into Beckham, President Balotelli and Marvelous Memphis – Ligue 1 goes social Robin Bairner 21:00 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy (C)Getty Images Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais v PSG PSG Olympique Lyonnais Memphis Depay Neymar Mario Balotelli The Brazil star was took time to meet up with the England ‘legend’ but the weekend saw the PSG man upstaged by a stunner from the Lyon winger All eyes were turned towards Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Lyon on Sunday for the blockbuster affair of a Ligue 1 week that saw every team play two games.PSG sparkled in that additional round, recording a club-record home victory as they thumped Dijon 8-0 at Parc des Princes. It seemed to set them up perfectly for Sunday’s match, though they had to do without Neymar because of thigh trouble.It was a game that was eagerly anticipated in the Rhone Valley. Lyon felt a sense of injustice that they had lost the first game between the clubs and Nabil Fekir, in particular, was eager to build the game up on his social channel. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The playmaker has been one of the stars of Ligue 1 this season and showcased his abilities as early as the second minute, when he bent in a terrific free kick from long range. It was, however, down to Memphis Depay to secure the points, and the former Manchester United man posted a rather fetching picture on his Instagram account afterwards to mark the moment he sent a stunning shot from range into the top corner. For the Parisians, who retain an eight-point lead at the top of the table, it was not such a happy affair. Kylian Mbappe, in particular, had a painful evening as he took a heavy head blow then had to be replaced after clashing with home goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in the first half.His exit from the game was a sharp contrast to the relaxed build up, in which he posted a picture of himself along with fellow youngster Christopher Nkunku on the team plane.Dani Alves’ evening came to a premature end, sent off for dissent towards the referee before an hour had been played.Prior to kick off, the Brazilian had used Patrice Evra’s catchphrase on his Instagram account, proclaiming: “I LOVE THIS GAME.” But just as the former Marseille man’s last action for the Stade Velodrome club was to be sent off, Alves also saw red in unexpected circumstances given his experience.So what of Neymar? After scoring four times and creating two more in the win over Dijon, he still managed to have an eventful week, crossing paths with former PSG player and style icon David Beckham.“Good to see you, legend,” he put on his Instagram account after meeting the ex-England star.Meanwhile, he showed his sensitive side by posting a picture of himself with his mother on the occasion of her birthday.“Today is the day of this warrior woman, beautiful, wonderful and a companion for life,” he said. “I wish you all the happiness in the world, thank God for having you in my life. Thanks for all that you have taught me,” he posted.Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli, one of the great characters in football today, has been in hot form for Nice, who are charging up the table towards the European spots. The Italian striker has scored 12 goals this season, including a double in a 2-2 draw against Monaco in midweek – a match they might easily have won.“Shame for the result but the team played well. Bravo les gars and let’s keep going,” he said.Nice did indeed keep going at the weekend, with a 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne, after Balotelli had looked back on one of the best faceswaps ever. “When I was the president of the US,” he laughed.After a round of midweek cup matches, Ligue 1 returns next weekend, with PSG, who will hope to have Neymar back, tacking Montpellier as Lyon go to Bordeaux and Marseille host Monaco in Sunday’s big showdown.
Guardiola Guardiola extends Man City contract to 2021 Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Premier League Transfers The Catalan has signed a two-year contract extension after leading the Blues to a record-breaking Premier League title victory Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester City, the Premier League champions have confirmed.Guardiola is two years into the three-year deal he penned in the summer of 2016, but has now pledged his future to City until the summer of 2021.”I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola told City’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years. As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players – and I feel good.”I will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team and every day that’s what I will try to do – to improve on the pitch and improve our players. We have a young squad with an average age of 23 and we want to keep taking steps forward and maintain the levels we’ve achieved this season.”The 47-year-old’s new deal marks a coup for the Blues, who are keen to keep hold of their coach for as long as possible.During his time at Barcelona Guardiola only signed one-year extensions, and even said at one point that if he could sign six-month deals he would do so. At Bayern Munich he honoured his three-year contract before moving to the Premier League.City have long wanted to tie Guardiola down to a longer deal and their resolve has only increased as the team’s impressive season progressed.Initial talks had taken place not long into last season, but the decision was made to push back formal negotiations until the summer as it had quickly become obvious that all parties were keen to renew.We’ve got Guardiola! #mancity pic.twitter.com/JIpTiZB5rc— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 17, 2018City had established a lead at the top of the Premier League table at that time and neither Guardiola nor the club wanted any distractions.However, by early spring it became clear that City would win the title and Guardiola’s agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, began ironing out the terms of an extension with the City hierarchy.“This season has been another step of our strategic plan and the continuous effort to improve the football we play,” said CEO Ferran Soriano. “We are very pleased with the progress. There is more work to do and having Pep committed to Manchester City for the next three seasons gives us the stability to be able to continue our journey to beautiful football and success for the club.”
Wagga Wagga Touch Association are running their annual charity day knockout on Sunday 7th of August at 9am at Jubilee Park. The cost will be $10 per player, per team with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald incorporated Kids Cottage appeal. Nominations are being accepted in the following divisions: Mens/Womens/Mixed Open Mens/Womens/Mixed Under 18’s Mens/Womens/Mixed Over 35’s Divisions may be merged if there are not enough nominations for a certain division, with alll games being 30 minutes long with teams changing ends after each touchdown. Players can register in as many different divisions as they like and each team must be prepared to supply a duty referee. Registration forms must be returned by August 1 to: OPSM, DON Tuckwells Audio or mailed to WTA, PO BOX 2037, Wagga Wagga, 2650. The registration forms can also be faxed to 02 69312290 or emailed to email@example.com Get a team along to support the Kids Cottage Appeal!
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Live results from day two of the State of Origin series as they come to hand:Division wins: NSW 8 – Queensland 5.Game three:Men’s openNEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Robert Nakhla 2, Tim Good touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 1 (Drumayne Dayberg-Muir touchdown). HT: NSW 2-0. NSW won division 2-1.Women’s open:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Louise Winchester 2, Sarah Peattie, Yasmin Meakes, Hannah Dyball touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Peta Rogerson, Shenae Ciesiolka, Marikki Watego touchdowns). HT: NSW 4-1; NSW won division 2-1.Mixed open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Emma Haines 2, Tim Glazebrook 2, Adam Pryde 2, Sebastian Rey, Michael Baartz, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Daniel Stone 3, Patricia Michaelopoulos 2, Luke Tonegato, Cameron Nicholls, Simon Lang touchdowns). Drop-off. FT:8-8; HT:3-3. QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 4 (Lucy Botten 2, Ashleigh Kearney, Michaela Jacks touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Chloe Cheney 2, Rachelle Davis touchdowns). HT: QLD 4-3; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Gabrielle Rose 2, Belinda Grech, Kristi Miller, Melissa McCall, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Katie Shaw, Kate Barker, Jessica Pulley touchdowns). HT: NSW 5-1. NSW won division 3-0.Women’s 35s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Tracy Williamson, Tracy Upton, Wendy Evans touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Dominique Bruce, Kristie Mosely touchdowns). HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Women’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Lisa Wilkes, Shanie Singleton, Julia Simons touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Jodie Gair touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 2-2; HT: NSW 1-0; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 6 (Cormac Hoch 2, James Baartz, Dylan Doak, Michael Fallon, Sam Carmody touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Lincoln Little 2, Patrick Coelho, Mitchell Wickham, Christopher Williams touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-3; QLD won division 2-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 5 (Manu Wakely 3, Michael Stone 2 touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Aaron Jones 2, Scott Prince touchdowns). HT: NSW2-1; NSW won division 2-1. Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Darren Reynoldson 2, Nathan Martin, Dean Murphy, Steven Sopher, Brad Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Joshua Woo, Tristan Mana, Mark Henricksen touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW won division 3-0.Men’s 40s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Corey McLeod 3, Lars Hanson, Chris Benfield, Jason Toby touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Hookey, Adrian Lam touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 45s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Shane Cooper, Michael Lennon, Edward Fong touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Frank Beer, Ian Smith touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-0; NSW won division 2-1.Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl, John Samin, Amir Ayoub, Scott Collins touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 3 (Steve Womersley, Michael Boyd, Peter Feldman touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 3-3; HT: QLD2-0. NSW won the division 3-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 4 (Frank Stampa, Ian Kerr, Trevor McPhillips, David Baulch touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 2 (John Cattell, Gary Newman touchdowns). HT: 1-1.Game two:Men’s open:QUEENSLAND 9 (Shaun Francis 6, Michael Law, Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, Justin Otto touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Stephen Roberts 2, Terry Deegan, Scott Buckley, Matthew Prowse, Tim Good touchdowns). HT: QLD 3-2; Division tied 1-1.Women’s open:QUEENSLAND 8 (Sarah Spacie 2, Brooke Walker, Catherine Sargent, Hayley Maddick, Kim Sue See, Jemma Mi Mi, Kate McCarthy touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Samantha Rodgers, Kristin Boss, Louise Winchester touchdowns). HT: 2-2; Division tied 1-1.Mixed open:NEW SOUTH WALES 10 (Tom Maher 2, Cameron Nicholls, Daniel Stone, Luke Tonegato, Michael Singh, Kylie Hilder, Trent Touma, Claire Moran, Patricia Michaelopoulos) def QUEENSLAND 9 (Greta Doherty 3, Adam Pryde 2, Sean Hooper 2, Rebecca Lapraik, Tim Glazebrook touchdowns). HT: NSW 8-7; Division leads 1-1.Women’s 20s:QUEENSLAND 8 (Ashleigh Kearney 2, Katherine Stevens, Toni Wells, Georgina Friedrichs, Georgina Rackerman, Laura Gleeson, Tavla Rosin touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Logan Flanagan, Laura Coleman, Tayla Clifford, Zara Nichols, Abbey Papenhuyzen, Lily Goodchild touchdowns). Drop-off. FT: 7-7; HT: 3-3; Division tied 1-1.Women’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Trish McCarthy 2, Amanda Burdett, Melinda McMah, Gabrielle Rose, Rebecca Howe touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 0. HT: NSW 3-0; NSW leads division 2-0.Women’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Kirstie Wakely, Kristie Mosely, Nicole Mitchell touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Natalie Leicht, Tracy Upton touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Women’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 2 (Leanne Cramer, Sue Ginns touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 1 (Lynda Davis touchdown). HT: 1-1; QLD leads division 2-0.Men’s 20s:NEW SOUTH WALES 8 (Josh Rozario 3, Lincoln Little 2, Alex Nicholls, Jonathan Huskins, Christopher Williams touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 7 (Lachlan Hoch 3, David Richards 2, James Baartz, James Western touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-2; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 30s:NEW SOUTH WALES 3 (Josh Sparke, Michael Stone, Todd Liubinskas touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Craig Boston, Michael Watson touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-0; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 35s:NEW SOUTH WALES 9 (Steven Sopher 2, Nathan Martin, Darren Reynoldson, Garry Sonda, Christopher Jonson, Brad Mitchell, Ahmad Daizil, Adam Fahim touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Stephen Prince 2, David Walsh, Joshua Woo, Robert Powley touchdowns). HT: NSW 2-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 40s:QUEENSLAND 9 (Clynton Wastell 3, Craig Scharer, Troy Morgan, Adrian Lam, John Linden, Kevin Eckersley, Matthew Barclay touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 7 (Jack Jardim, Christian Browne, Lars Hanson, Wayne Gleeson, Tony Eltakchi, Corey McLeod, David Roberts touchdowns). HT: QLD 5-1; Division tied 1-1.Men’s 45s:QUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Owen 2, Neville Norris touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES 2 (Derek Duguid, Brandon McDonald touchdowns). HT: QLD 1-0; Division tied 1-1. Men’s 50s:NEW SOUTH WALES 4 (Peter Wandl 2, Scott Collins, Andre Andrews touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 2 (Ron Keleher 2 touchdowns). HT: NSW 3-1; NSW leads division 2-0.Men’s 55s: InvitationalQUEENSLAND 3 (Peter Hawes, Ian Kerr, Brian Prove touchdowns) def NEW SOUTH WALES PRESIDENT’S 1 (David McLean touchdown), HT: NSW 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksState of Origin live results
Try scorer for the Indigenous All Stars in game two, Watego was instrumental and sentimental about the week that was.â€œI identify with the Yugambeh people of Beaudesert and they are who I am representing in this great event,” she said.”It’s a great opportunity to be picked for this team. There are a lot of indigenous players that would love to have this opportunity, so we’re very honoured to be picked and compete.”It’s great to see some young talent coming through and even more players to represent our people and our culture. We’re really proud and lucky to have this opportunity. And as always with matches of some significance, winners are grinners;- no bigger grin than on the face of Manly All Star, Danni Davis.”I was really excited coming into this week and with the result.”This is my first time playing and it’s exciting to compete against the very good Indigenous team but also to play with the boys from the Australian Menâ€™s side; they are the top team in the world and I really enjoyed mixing it with them.”Our team looked sharp all week; we have girls and boys that are used to playing mixed, and a lot that arenâ€™t, but I was confident that we would all do our jobs and come together against a great Indigenous team. For the record, the games were typically of the highest level and intensity and fittingly finished in the very typical drop-off format to split the teams and spoils.Game one went to type and down to the wire with the All Stars edging out the two time winners 7-6 in a four-on-four stoush at Wallsend Touch HQ. only a try to the mercurial Pete Norman separated the two combatants. By @JulianTFACommunity and culture. Connection. Respect.The simplicity of the message was no less powerful as the symbolism. The messenger no less significant too; straight from the lips of one of the proudest and most prodigiously talented NRL players to ever lace on a boot of any colour, lands or creed.For Kangaroos, Queensland and Cowboys (and one time Touch Football) star, Jonathan Thurston, a leader among his Harvey Norman All Stars’ clan and Touch Football equivalents in Newcastle, this week is as important as those illustrious colours he proudly and regularly wears for club, country and the big ‘Q’ on the big stage through the regular season.‘JT’ to his friends and foes, captured better than anyone the mood, the vibe, and that connection to the Harvey Norman Indigenous v World All Stars week featuring both codes and pathways. It was a reflective JT before his upcoming master-class display on Friday evening in a News Ltd (The Australian) piece to mark the start of this most culturally important week in Australian sport. “This game means a lot to all the boys who play in it. Weâ€™re representing our culture and giving back to the game that gives us so much,â€ he said.â€œThe game is the showpiece but itâ€™s what we do in the community throughout the week that makes it so special. These weeks have made me have a deeper connection with my heritage and made me feel a lot more comfortable in my skin.â€For the third year in succession the Australian Touch Football contingent have joined JT and his friends from near and far and been an integral part of the week through on and off field celebrations; and pivotal to the cultural celebration.This has afforded the best Touch Football talent on the planet the opportunity to wear their respective star spangled colours and reflect on their own connections to community and culture. To country. Nation.Traversing the stadiums of Gold Coast, Brisbane and now Newcastle, the positioning of the six-a-side mixed format shifted to a new and lofty level in 2017. Game three of a close fought tri-series the curtain raiser to the main Rugby League fixture on Channel Nine, effectively kicking off the 2017 NRL premiership. The spirit and significance of this week and event was not lost on two key Indigenous Touch Football figures who figured very prominently through the series and in their respective communities. For Australian Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s representatives, Scott Bundy and Marikki Watego it is about so much more than what goes down inside the stripe.”This tournament is a great opportunity for all the indigenous people to come out and showcase their skills, have a good performance in front of a big crowd, enjoy the game and have some fun. I’m representing my mob from Northern New South Wales and so proud of that fact,â€ Bundy said.”The other All Stars team did their homework and put on a good performance. They brought in a new coach (Tony Trad) and a couple of new players. But we had a good team and a couple of new faces and all gelled together well – full credit to the All Stars guys on their win.” Game two in a reduced format and on the McDonald-Jones Stadium in Newcastle saw both teams’ trade blows and go end to end, with Rebecca Mi Mi scoring for the indigenous team and followed by the game breaker in game one, Pete Norman.A great ball right from Hennessey to Hayley Maddick pushed the All Stars team ahead and inched them closer to their historic first series victory with eight minutes on the clock remaining.Two minutes left and 2-1 down, one last shot for the indigenous team went begging and with the clock winding down so too were the Indigenous team’s chances.Game three was effectively a dead rubber but with pride on the line and in front of the building stadium crowd, anything was possible.Buoyed by their series win for the first time, the All Stars went up a gear but so too the indigenous side. In a see-sawing battle they both saved their best till last with an awesome spectacle and 4-all draw to close out the series.At tournament end All Stars and Australian Men’s Open captain, Nick Good channeled the great Thurston and offered his own thoughtful perspective from across the fence.”The All Stars is such a great concept,” Good said at the close of a great week.”It allows the elite in the mens and womens to join on the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldnâ€™t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and culture and celebrate that too. “Irrespective of the result, as an All Stars team we are really proud of our (country’s) indigenous culture as well as our other cultures, we have people from all over the world, so for us its also about recognising where our parents and families are from. “And where we’re all from.”Connection and respect. Unity. 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