8 home games left for Hunters

first_imgThis was announced by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Bob Cutmore after his meet with Queensland Rugby League.The Hunters will leave this Sunday for the ANZAC Day clash against the Burleigh Bears in Brisbane.Cutmore said after this game, the Hunters will have four days to prepare for their home game against the Redcliffe Dolphins on the 1st of May at 3pm. “The match against Redcliffe is another important game. The annual Stan Joyce Cup will be played for and the Hunters will be out to retain the Cup.“Despite this weekend’s result, the Hunters will still be in the top three. Redcliffe are also in the top five and we need all the support we can get from the residents of Port Moresby to turn up at the NFS to support the Hunters.“This will really be appreciated by the players,” said Cutmore.  After the Redcliffe game, there will be seven more home games remaining with two lots of three consecutive home games.“Saturday June 4 is against Northern Pride at 6.30pm. Saturday June 11 is against South Logan Magpies at 6.30pm while Sunday June 19 the Hunters will play Wynnum Manly at 3pm,” said Cutmore.“After three away games, the Hunters return to the National Football Stadium. Sunday July 24 is against East Tigers at 3pm, Saturday July 30, the Hunters play current premiers Ipswich Jets at 6.30pm and the next weekend is on Sunday August 6 against Burleigh Bears at 3pm,” said Cutmore.Cutmore said the final season proper home game will be played on Sunday August 28 at 3pm against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.“The finals series follows the weekend after and depending on where the Hunters end up on the ladder, a home finals game is possible,” said Cutmore.Cutmore said an updated draw is being printed and will be distributed through in the media as well as various shops and retailers.last_img read more

Ian Rush on what Liverpool MUST do in the summer

first_imgLiverpool must strengthen their forward options in the summer, according to Anfield great Ian Rush.With Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez leading a formidable attack, the Reds plundered 101 Premier League goals last season.This term, with Suarez gone and Sturridge having struggled for fitness, Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled in front of goal and have hit less than half that amount with six games left of the campaign.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Rush said: “Last season, we were fantastic. We were scoring for fun.“It is the other way around this season. We are stopping goals going in and not scoring.“Even last night [against Newcastle] you have got to score that second goal early to get you safe. To do that, we need to strengthen the scoring power.”With the Reds having failed to launch another title challenge and having suffered an early exit in the Champions League, manager Rodgers has come under-fire at times this season.But Rush insists it could still turn out to be a successful campaign for the club if they go on to lift the FA Cup and beat Manchester City to a top four spot.“There is still a long way to go,” said the Welshman. “I felt we overachieved last season. If we can finish in the top four and win a trophy, for me that is progression.”last_img read more

Top prospects aren’t winners

first_imgOn paper, the JetHawks are arguably minor-league baseball’s most prospect-rich team. The JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks, whose minor-league system is ranked No. 1 by Baseball America, has nine of its top 30 Baseball America organizational prospects playing for its advanced Class-A affiliate in the Antelope Valley. That talent hasn’t yet translated into victories. Heading into Monday’s game against High Desert, Lancaster (13-24) had minor-league baseball’s fifth-worst record. The parent club hasn’t fared much better. Arizona’s composite organizational record (65-84) is baseball’s third-worst. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsJetHawks history suggests that winning in A-ball doesn’t necessarily correlate to developmental success. The JetHawks’ 2000 team won a franchise-record 89 regular-season games, but was a bust from a development standpoint, producing no everyday major-leaguers. The 2001 JetHawks, who set a record for futility with a 2-25 June, turned out to be one of the most developmentally successful Lancaster squads, producing Diamondbacks staff ace Brandon Webb, among others. Whether the JetHawks’ top prospects are able to adjust to the more advanced California League in time to make an impact this season remains to be seen. JetHawks manager Brett Butler said he is nowhere near ready to count out his team out of title contention, but he indicated it is not the organization’s top priority. “It’s hard to make that judgment yet, we still have a lot of baseball left,” Butler said. “Obviously, we want to win, but (player) development is first and foremost.” Lancaster ran away with the first-half title in 2004, when vaunted prospects Conor Jackson, Carlos Quentin and Jamie D’Antona became known a the “Three Amigos.” Unlike the 2006 crop of prospects, the Three Amigos were more polished collegians. This year’s team features younger players who are less advanced, such as Carlos Gonzalez, a five-tool 21-year-old Venezuelan outfielder who is considered among baseball’s top prospects. Gonzalez, who was last season’s Midwest League MVP at low-A South Bend (Ind.), is holding his own but not dominating, batting .274 with three homers and 23 RBIs. Assuming Gonzalez and Co. should be tearing up the league to start the season is unrealistic, those in player-development circles say. “I think many times when you see a team with a lot of talent, you assume immediate success, and I don’t think that’s fair,” Lake Elsinore manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s part of development, and it takes time. You might not see it for two to three years.” Promoted: Pitcher Chris Kinsey, who started the season in Lancaster, developed a cut fastball under the tutelage of pitching coach Jeff Pico that has accelerated his progress. Kinsey was promoted to Double-A Tennessee after allowing no earned runs in 111/3 innings at Lancaster. He has a 2.70 ERA in five appearances with the Smokies. “It was a good promotion,” Butler said. “He’s gotten some confidence with that pitch. It should help him.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Keelan McGill the hero as Naomh Conaill win Minor Championship

first_imgA late, late goal from Keelan McGill ensured Naomh Conaill would take the Donegal MFC title after a titanic tussle with St Eunan’s. As the game ticked deep into injury-time, it looked like the title was heading back to O’Donnell Park, with St Eunan’s ahead by one.However, there was to be one final twist in the tale with McGill scoring a late goal which resulted in heartbreak for St Eunan’s and euphoria for Naomh Conaill. The talk going in to this match was going to be the battle between St Eunan’s Niall O’Donnell and Naomh Conaill’s Eoghan McGettigan.Both helped Donegal win the Ulster MFC title earlier this summer, and are without doubt two of the hottest prospects in the county.Neither disappointed with O’Donnell scoring eight of St Eunan’s eleven scores, while McGettigan notched five points, with four coming from play.There was nothing between the sides all throughout this brilliant contest, with the sides level on no fewer than seven occasions. With St Eunan’s leading by one point as the game ticked into injury-time, Naomh Conaill went in desperate search of an equaliser.A hopeful ball into the area towards Nathan Byrne from Keelan McMonagle made life extremely difficult for Matthew Gallagher and with the ball breaking off that pair, McGill reacted quickest to hammer into the empty net.St Eunan’s were stunned, and they valiantly tried to respond, but Naomh Conaill added another late point to seal the deal.Final score Naomh Conaill 1-11 St Eunan’s 0-11Keelan McGill the hero as Naomh Conaill win Minor Championship was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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