first_imgThe highly-touted young Kiwi can play back row or centre and showed off his silky ball skills in a tight 16-12 loss to the Dragons last Saturday with a lovely pass to create Michael Chee Kam’s maiden NRL try – and set up a grandstand finale with the fast-finishing Tigers falling just short of knocking off the third-placed Dragons.Speaking to after the game, Marsters said while he’s been playing 80 minutes as a centre in reserve grade he’ll take whatever chance coach Ivan Cleary affords him in the top squad.”As a kid you always want to make your NRL debut. That was one of my goals. I really enjoyed it out there and just want to build on the performance,” Marsters said.After Cleary pulled him aside at training last Wednesday to inform him of his impending debut, Marsters said he rang around whatever family he could to get together so he could tell them at the same time. Some flew over from New Zealand to watch his debut.”I rang all my family members to tell them to come home, got them in a bunch and let them know and they were all pretty excited for me,” he said.”I had some family fly over from New Zealand to come watch me play; that was pretty important for me.”It was pretty tough, it was pretty fast out there but the boys stuck with me, they were talking to me on the edge and I sort of found my rhythm.”Hopefully if I get the chance to play next week I take it with two hands.”An early hamstring injury to veteran back-rower Chris Lawrence meant Marsters was called on to play more minutes than he would have expected, eventually finishing with 13 tackles, 88 running metres and a try assist in 43 minutes on field.”I want to build my minutes, I want to be able to play 80,” Marsters said.”Chris Lawrence, it’s a sad thing for him to go down like that but I want to knuckle down and get better as a player.”I’ve been playing centre in [the Intrust Super Premiership], I haven’t played back row for a while but I’ll play anywhere Ivan wants me to play. There’s an opportunity there for me to play back row so I want to take it with both hands and see where it goes.”I don’t mind, either way, Ivan knows what’s going on, I just want to perform for him.”And the magic ball to Chee Kam?”He was calling for it, I should have gone open but I heard him calling so I gave him the ball and he scored a pretty good try,” Marsters smiled.Photo by:  Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos. (Wests Tigers rookie Esan Marsters impressed on debut against the Dragons).last_img read more

first_imgThe 26-year-old returned to the Knights in 2016 after two seasons at the Dragons, but was unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension, ending his time in the Hunter for a second time. Mata’utia never missed a game for the Knights this season and was regarded as one of their more consistent players on the paddock, scoring seven tries and averaging 85 metres. He took to social media to deliver the news on Thursday. “I got the chance to come back and play for my hometown again and I enjoyed every minute of the last two years,” Mata’utia said in the Instagram post.”I’ve known for a while what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know if it was the right choice. But my chapter here at the Knights has officially come to an end.”Mata’utia joins a long list of players to depart the Knights in 2017 with props Jack Stockwell and Pauli Pauli the latest to be farewelled by the club.The club have recruited well in return with Connor Watson, Tautau Moga, Aidan Guerra, Herman Ese’ese and Kalyn Ponga on board for next season, while Warriors forward Jacob Lillyman and Storm utility Slade Griffin are also expected to join in coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgPendamon with 30 points are leading the competition  after their final match this week with a goal against Momase Football Club, the runners up with 18 points.Papua New Guinea prolific national striker Nil Hans,  who plays for Pendamon,  sent a long range shoot in  the 85th minute which the Momase goal keeper couldn’t save.Momase put on a strong combination in the second half and had several chances but couldn’t convert the efforts into something meaningful in the net.Most of their key players did not turn up which was a setback for them in that game.“My club started in 2013 and in that year we came first and repeated it in 2014. This year we were optimistic to regain our title,” Visu said.Speaking to PNG LOOP he was impressed with his boys’ performance to maintain their style of play until  the end of the match.“Most of my players are from the Gav store settlement and some are students in Madang Technical College.’’He said engaging boys from  the settlement was a step in the right direction to prevent them from venturing into criminal activities.“I observe during training since the inception of this club in 2013 that these boys stay focused and refrain from lawlessness in the community.“My team is fortunate to top the ladder  because I have four soccer national players in the team Nil Hans, Vania Malagan, Efpryn Leo and Gidex Silvernos.’’The A-league comprise a reserve, women division for B, under 16 women and under 16 men.Photo: Momase midfield, Ronnie Araewa shows his dribbling skills.last_img read more

first_imgVery different is the step of Jose Ma by the club of Almendralejo. He arrived at the team last summer, coming from Nautical, Y has not managed to add a single minute so far this season. His only appearance of azulgrana, beyond the preseason meetings in which he intervened, was very recently in the Copa del Rey tie in Portugalete.Perone, on loan to HerculesThe other proper name of the day in the Estremadura It’s of Bruno Perone. The central, ceded by the Extremadura to Nautical at the beginning of this season, he has finished his assignment period at the Catalan club and leaves, also ceded by the club of Almendralejo, to the Hercules The rest of the season. Carlos Valverde Y Jose Ma they are officially the first exits of the Extremadura UD in this winter market. The club has just officially announced the exits of both players, exits necessary to lighten chips that allow the incorporation of new players. Significant is the march of the Andalusian, an unquestionable piece in the season of promotion to professional football.Valverde leaves the Extremadura team after intervening in seven games this season. In the previous one, a serious injury separated him seven months from the team after being fundamental in the first lineups of Juan Sabas during the first days of LaLiga 1,2,3. Before, in Segunda B, Utrera played 39 games, between the regular league and the promotion phase, and scored five goals, leaving very good feelings among the Barca fans.last_img read more

first_imgThe moañés has been on the brink of suspension since December 22. The fifth yellow already saw her in front of the Eibar for simulating penalty, an arbitration decision that the Competition Committee canceled. The success of the allegations presented by Celta allowed him to play last Saturday in Valencia.Provoked. A similar situation was experienced last season. Before traveling to Wanda Metropolitano, Aspas took off his shirt when marking against the Real society. That way he completed a cycle and was able to play against Girona. In that game, which was decisive for salvation, he scored a goal.There are three more Celts on the edge of the suspensionThe yellow alert on the squad extends to three other players, although none currently enjoys the status of indisputable: Hugo Mallo, Joseph Aidoo and Santi Mina. In the case of the captain, tomorrow he will start for the first time in 2020. Kevin Vázquez’s leave, which meets the cycle, opens the doors of the eleven to the marinense on the right side. Mallo is better off from the inconvenience caused by a pubalgia and will have the mission of marking Nolith. Covering the back of the lane could be Aidoo if Oscar Garcia he repeats the drawing of five defenses he raised in Mestalla. If he returned to a line of four in the rear, the Ghanaian would be out of alignment and the tandem in the axis of the rear would be formed by Jeison Murillo and Néstor Araujo. Few options to play start has Mina. Russian Fedor Smolov is probably the Aspas companion in the lead and the canterano will have to wait on the bench for his chance. All the matches of Celtic until the end of the season they are considered ‘final’ in the search for permanence, but there are some that are more decisive than others. In 15 days you will visit Balaído el Leganés, direct rival For the permanence. In addition to the victory, the celestial will try to turn the golaveraje after losing in the first round in Bumper (3-2). It will be a meeting of more than three points, a key event that is in danger for the undisputed star of the Vigués team. Iago Aspas is aware of the penalty by accumulating four yellow cards. If tomorrow against him Seville he is not admonished, he would have to walk with lead feet the next day in the Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

first_imgThe third time was in Spain, in a formidable setting: the La Romareda stadium, in Zaragoza, It was the stage chosen to end an encounter that began with the El Sadar stadium in Pamplona and ended with a 50-minute encounter in the Aragonese capital: Due to a series of incidents caused mostly by the most radical supporters of the rojillo team, Osasuna-Madrid from the 1988-89 season had to be suspended upon receiving Buyo, a Real Madrid goal, a firecracker as well as various object launches. The referee for the match, Socorro González, suspended the match in the 42nd minute. On January 31, 1989, the Competition Committee decided that the setting to settle the remaining time would be La Romareda and behind closed doors. Chendo played that time (he had been a starter in Pamplona), and he saw how Hugo Sánchez balanced the game with a goal from a direct free kick. Chendo would retire in 1998 being champion of Europe. He became a team delegate. Y in this way he has lived two other closed-door meetings. The first, against Roma, at the Olympic. The Roman team were sanctioned by UEFA when Swedish referee Anders Frisk was hit by an object thrown from the stands in a match against Dynamo Kiev. Madrid also won (0-3, goals by Ronaldo and two by Figo, one from a penalty). There before some 1,000 people between delegations of both teams, VIP tickets (UEFA sponsors plus people are on duty (police, fire and medical technicians)… and ten white fans, debuted again on these issues. There he attended the requests of García Remón, coach at the time of the first team of Madrid. Changes, annotations, instructions, all in a magnificent setting where the screams among the companions could be heard even through television.The last one was in Warsaw, in a match against the Polish Legia in 2016. The radical supporters of the Polish group, one of the most violent in the entire European continent, caused a pitched battle in the match that his team lost to Borussia Dortmund (0-6), in the first match of the Champions League playoffs. Poles and Germans had been placed with Madrid and Sporting Lisbon in Group F, and UEFA’s sanctions were not going to be short: closing the field in the match against Madrid and an economic fine of 80,000 euros for insufficient organization and access to the stands blocked. And there, in Warsaw, behind closed doors saw the fastest goal that Madrid has scored in the Champions League: Bale impaled a left-foot shot that Malarz, the Polish goalkeeper, could not stop.Chendo was there. The only protagonist who has lived five empty-door matches for Real Madrid. The man who was always there. Yes. It was always there. Maybe it didn’t attract attention. He was not one of the most important, but his role, with the passage of time, has made him a luxury secondary in the exciting career of Real Madrid. His name is Miguel Porlan Noguera. He is known by his nickname, Chendo (‘Chendi’ for Zidane). For many, he was the sixth man in The Quinta del Buitre. A former soccer player who belongs to the white club since he entered the 70s. From Murcia, he acted on the right side from 1982 to 1998, the year in which he became the team’s delegate. What if. He is a chosen one who has lived the five games that Madrid has played behind closed doors live. Four with the first team and one with Castilla, in 1980. At that time it was already emerging. The band went up without problems and closed the attacking rival without any problem. In the 1980-81 season, Castilla had the honor of being the Spanish representative in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He had played the Cup final against the majors, and had lost 6-1. The draw resulted in a showdown with English West Ham. The first match, played on September 17, 1980, ended with a resounding victory for whitebirds 3-1, after tracing Cross’s initial goal. Paco, Balín and Cidón turned him around in a frantic second half: they scored three goals in 12 minutes, from 64 to 76 ‘. Everything was pending for the return. Nevertheless, the behavior of the hooligans hammers, causing altercations in the Bernabéu and surroundings, motivated UEFA to rule that the second leg would be played behind closed doors. And there, at Boleyn Ground, in Upton Park, London, he played 120 minutes of the game. Castilla would be eliminated in overtime, but that experience would never be forgotten. UEFA allowed a small number of people (262) at the English stadium. His second experience was at the Bernabéu … and nothing more, nothing less, against the Naples of Maradona, the champion of Italy. In 1987, UEFA, uncompromising in the 1980s after the barbarism of Heysel (1985), sanctioned Madrid with a harsh sanction after a match plagued by incidents between the Whites and Bayern Munich: they would have to play a game on goal closed and another 300 kilometers from the capital. The hype ruled that the meringues would face the match in the first round. And there, before just 200 people, the madridistas finally beat the Italians 2-0, with goals from Míchel, a penalty, and Tendillo. But The best of the game was carried out by Chendo himself: he tried to spout Maradona himself. Al Diego who a year earlier had proclaimed himself world champion in Mexico. A Diego who was subjected to an imperial marking by the Murcian, who stopped him without committing hardly any fouls. He was so surprised by Chendo’s manner that he asked Valdano to have dinner with him that same night … The same Valdano who would later say: “It was as if the birds were throwing themselves at shotguns.” last_img read more

first_imgRegardless of the results obtained between now and the end of the season, if it is resumed, the collateral effects of the state of confinement ensure, except for a catastrophe, the continuity of Quique Setién at the head of Barça next season. Ronald Koeman was the number one favorite to train the Barça club in the 2020-21 season, but the postponement of the Euro Cup will lengthen the Wembley hero’s commitment to the Dutch Federation. Koeman said no to Barça last January, when Valverde was fired, but made it clear to Eric Abidal that he was willing to take over the team in the last year of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s tenure. Now, it will have to wait. Koeman was the second coach to say no after Xavi’s gourds to the President.It was then when, after ruling out a call to Pochettino for the rejection he generated in the Barça environment, the Setién option appeared, which he did not think twice about. He signed until June 2022, although Bartomeu established a clause by which the next president of Barcelona, ​​who will be elected in June 2021, can break the contract with the Cantabrian and have free hands to sign the coach he deems appropriate. Even so, there were doubts that Setién would endure until the end of the current president’s mandate if he did not retain, at least, the LaLiga title. The current scenario, which rules out Koeman, Xavi and even Roberto Martínez, the Belgian coach, would make Bartomeu even more ‘understanding’ if Barça closed the season without titles. With each passing day, in addition, Setién earns more integers to follow because the calendars of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons will almost overlap. A continuity line might be appropriate. Setién, then, has remained unrivaled, although he does not have everything resolved. Between now and the end of the season, he will have to show that he has made some progress and that he has given the squad, at least in some respects, the famous ‘boost’ that Barça’s management and sports leadership showed when they signed.But it is true that the very special circumstances surrounding this crisis help to think that its continuity is near. In his hand he has to continue and, what he has shown since he entered through the door of the Camp Nou locker room, is that he has no illusion. At 61 years old, he is able to savor what it means to train Barça, although he has discovered that one of his header phrases, “losing is an option”, is unskillful in a big game.last_img read more

first_imgMatuidi contracted the coronavirus along with his companions Dybala and Rugani, but they have already recovered. However, not everything is bad news for the French player, almost 33 years old. Today Wednesday Juventus has made official, in the financial report of the club, the extension of Matuidi’s contract for one more campaign, until 2021. Blaise Matuidi he must remain in isolation for another 14 days. This has been reported by his wife, Isabelle, on his Instagram account. The French Juventus midfielder tested positive for COVID-19 on March 17 and after passing the mandatory quarantine, returned to perform the tests. However, ehe footballer has returned to positive in the test they have done and it is not fully cured, so you will have to remain isolated for another two weeks.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to Portuguese mediaBoth Cristiano and his family are still in their Madeira residence waiting to be able to return. In previous days, his flight had not been authorized to undertake this trip. COVID-19 complicates Cristiano’s return to ItalyAir traffic restrictions imposed to slow the expansion of COVID-19 in Europe are complicating the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madeira to Italy to join the training of his team, Juventus.Ronaldo, according to the Récord newspaper, had planned to leave Madeira on Sunday to start a 14-day quarantine before joining the training.However, the current state of emergency in Spain has changed the player’s initial plans. that, according to the newspaper, they went through travel on his private plane to Madrid for his partner, Georgina Rodríguez, and their children to stay in the Spanish capital, before continuing the trip to Turin.The plan frustrated, Ronaldo is expected to travel to Italy today directly with an eye toward returning to his team’s work on May 18.Ronaldo and his family traveled to Madeira in March to visit the mother of the Portuguese crack and decided to stay in his mansion on the island while the situation in Italy was clarified., one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing his return to Turin for a possible return to Serie A. This Sunday, the private plane of the Juventus player landed in Funchal, picked up several members of his staff, according to Portuguese media, and re-embarked for Turin. The striker is already preparing his return. The plane passed through Madrid and arrived at Funchal, where it remained for an hour and loaded several belongings of the player in addition to three occupants. From Madeira, and more specifically, from the Cristiano Ronaldo airport, he left for Italy although still without the player, who is expected to do so soon. center_img Cristiano is called up for this Tuesday when Italian football will start with individual sessions at the facilities of each team. The Turin club asked its foreign players to return to start work, although as they arrive they will have to keep 14 days of quarantine, which will delay the return of the 7 to the Vinovo facilities. last_img read more