LWOR Oceania rugby women’s XVs dream team

first_imgRugbyb Union BY JOVILISI WAQA With the dust settled and the winner, Fiji crowned we at Last Word on Rugby would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of the women who stood out during the tournament. In saying that, we are pleased to present our LWOR Oceania rugby women’s XVs dream team. Every one of the players deserved to be included for their outstanding performance and valiant efforts representing their country, family and friends. The spirit of camaraderie shown on and off the field by all teams should be applauded. A ‘dream team’ is subjective, so in respect to others opinions … here we go. On the field, they are competitors. Off the field, they are sisters playing the game they love, craving for that equal playing field. The winning Fijiana captain in her post-game interview mentioned how they are ‘not supported well enough at home’ and they hope their win can bring in the support they need. It’s an uphill battle for all these women yet, like a true warrior princess of the Pacific, they take what is thrown at them, show determination and make sacrifices as much as the men do. All prepared to invest in their passions, and play the game they love. We have selected the Top XV players based on their performance – and say ‘well done’ to those who played well but just lose out, in making the cut. The 2018 Oceania rugby women’s XVs dream team; fullback – Soteria Puluma (Samoa), outside back – Tima Ravisa (Fiji), center – Josephine Falesita (Samoa), center – Rusila Nagasau (Fiji), outside back – Lumepa Maiava (Samoa), First-five – Torika Seniyasi (Fiji), halfback – Ana Maria Roqica (Fiji), flanker – Lavenia Tinai (Fiji), flanker – Sui Puarasi (Samoa), flanker – Jiowana Sauto (Fiji), lock – Laisa Taga (Fiji), lock – Taylah Hodgson-Tomokino (Samoa), prop – Makereta Tunidau (Fiji), hooker – Vainga Moimoi (Tonga) and prop – Leilani Burnes (Fiji). Every woman earned their place. Some were exciting to watch, while others had their core role to perform plus, they backed up when required. The sign of a star can often see players in the highlights. Yet our LWOR dream team is more about what they brought to the entire team. This will round up our extensive coverage of the Oceania rugby women’s XVs Championship, and end another year on a high for Pacifica Rugby. Three weeks of rugby heaven for locals and supporters in Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.last_img read more

All aboard for track greening

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT PUFFING Billy’s Green Tracks Management Plan is now going full steam ahead, with plans in place for…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Saints coaching staff continues to load up on top Jr. A recruits

first_imgEven in these highly unusual times, Selkirk College Saints head coach Dave Hnatiuk has managed to bolster the program’s roster with talented recruits who are eager to start their post-secondary journey.The former assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars, Hnatiuk took the reins of the Selkirk College program last June. Though not optimum timing to sculpt a roster through proper recruiting, the rookie head coach iced a team for the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season that held its own.“There are many challenges when you arrive to a new program as the head coach,” says Hnatiuk.“We had a dressing room full of great young athletes who represented their school very well and adapted to the coaching change in a positive way. Recruiting players for future seasons is essential to the success of any program and has many layers. In preparing for this season, we have been able to carry out a proper process that has resulted in some great commitments.”The latest addition to the Saints’ roster brings with him 122 games of British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) experience with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Jackson Doucet is a speedy forward who is expected to provide an exciting level of offensive production to the Saints in the 2020-2021 season. Originally from Victoria, Doucet scored 13 goals and added 17 assists with the Bulldogs last season.“I chose Selkirk College because after speaking with Coach Hnatiuk multiple times, he gave me a very solid picture of what the program’s goals are both on the ice and off the ice,” says Doucet, who was an assistant captain with the Bulldogs.“Selkirk College gives me the best opportunity to develop as a player and improve in all aspects of the game. I take my education very seriously and this will be a great start for my post-secondary.”Doucet will join other recruits that include goaltender Jake Anthony, defenceman Bekkam Willis and forwards Carson Erhardt, Jacob Elik, Eric Hildebrand and Brad Marshall. All six commitments have solid Junior A resumes and are expected to make immediate impacts on the ice and off.Hnatiuk will continue to speak to student-athletes about joining the Saints, but has put down a solid foundation with the key additions to this point.“Being the only college in a league that consists of four-year universities makes the recruiting process more continuous and absolutely vital to success,” says Hnatiuk.“Our program provides individuals the opportunity to compete at a high level and get an ideal start to their post-secondary education. We take great pride knowing that we have moved many players onto next steps in both their education and their hockey careers.”The opening of the Saints training camp and the start of BCIHL season will be contingent upon Provincial Government guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

GUI exclusive endorsement for BookGolf365

first_imgThe Golfing Union of Ireland is endorsing the exciting new tee time booking management system developed by BookGolf365 Limited.The Golfing Union of Ireland today announced its exclusive endorsement of a new innovative tee time booking management system for golf clubs developed by BookGolf365, which will be branded Golfnet in Ireland. Inspired by the ideas of company founder and European Tour winner Peter Lawrie, the system has been designed by golf industry professionals to best serve golfers, their Clubs and golf in Ireland.In reaching its decision Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI said: “The Golfing Union of Ireland recognised that action was needed to provide an alternative to the existing barter system and develop an alternative tee time booking management system. Working with BookGolf365 has enabled us to offer something that’s very valuable for our clubs. Tee time booking software is now an essential part of the day-to-day running of every club. BookGolf365 is an excellent product. It is sophisticated and yet simple to use. We would encourage all member Clubs to investigate this new software”The Union entered discussions with BookGolf365 in 2016 amid concerns among member clubs about bartering green fees in return for tee time booking software. By addressing this issue the software will be mutually beneficial to clubs, golfers and the game of golf itself.The arrival of BookGolf365 into the market now provides clubs with a clear alternative to the barter model of trading rounds (green fees) in return for use of tee time booking software. Working in consultation with the GUI and its member clubs, BookGolf365 has developed a product that meets the demands of all stakeholders in golf, allows Clubs to maximise their green fee revenue and take back control of their green fee pricing.Key features of BookGolf365 include:Enhanced back office reports for Club Managers and officialsEasy to use booking process for MembersFree Mobile Apps for IOS and Android Smart PhonesFree Push Messaging and Email ServiceNo More Barter roundsDynamic Pricing moduleData Analytics powered by IBM Watson TechnologyPeter Lawrie said: “I am delighted that the GUI has given such a strong endorsement to BookGolf365. The team at BookGolf365 have already enabled a number of Clubs to “go live” with our software and are looking forward to working closely with more golf clubs in Ireland. The feedback from our existing customers has been very encouraging and we are excited to be in a position to support and give back to Irish golf.”If your club would like to find out more about the BookGolf365 tee time booking engine, log on to BookGolf365.ie, email at [email protected] or call on 01 9685685.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Simeone distances himself from Manchester City move

first_img Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone 1 Diego Simeone has distanced himself from a move to Manchester City – insisting he is happy at Atletico Madrid.The Argentine has seen his stock go sky-high since taking over at the La Liga side in 2011 and the 44-year-old has already been linked with moves to the Blues and Paris St Germain should either of the European big-spenders decide on a coaching change.However, echoing the comments of Atletico president Enrique Cerezo over the weekend, Simeone has dismissed suggestions he may be on his way out of the Vicente Calderon any time soon, and says he is still looking at ways to make the Rojiblancos even better.He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I feel very good at Atletico. I always want to continue improving, I’m never satisfied. I don’t know what the limit of this team is, I will continue looking.”“The happiness of completing three years at a club that I love so much is huge. I always think they can get rid of me, (but) I’m only thinking about [Atletico’s next match against] Malaga.”last_img read more

28-Year-Old Brown County Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

first_imgYesterday, May 29th members of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in rural Brown County.The search warrant was executed following the initiation of an investigation into possession of child pornography video files.Patrick J. Becraft, 28 of 5722 West State Road 46, was arrested on 10 counts of Child Exploitation (Level 5 Felony) and 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Level 6 felony). Becraft was transported to the Brown County Jail where he was processed and lodged.last_img

Swain County Wildfire Information For Friday

first_imgSwain County Emergency Management Coordinator David Breedlove gave this update on Friday morning.First he extends a huge “Thank You” to the individuals, businesses, and churches who have given so much in food and beverage so firefighters would have a refreshment when the come off the fire lines. As of Friday morning food and beverage supplies are sufficient to last through the weekend. Check back next week but hold up for the time being.Second, local firefighters are performing their rotation and going back home to sleep. Again Breedlove expressed appreciation to the firefighters in Jackson and Haywood counties and others who are providing mutual aid.  For the firefighters coming from the other states and territories as far as Puerto Rico, those individuals are housing in Andrews and Franklin and are attacking the fires from those directions. While hotels are filled with tourists in Bryson City, to this point that has not had an adverse affect upon the billeting of firefighters.Third, individuals evacuated from Silvermine Road and East Silvermine Road, Dills Road, as well as those in the Needmore areas of Licklog and Wiggins Creek have thus far taken up residence with friends and relatives. Shelters are open at the old Almond School now the SCC Swain Center and the Swain County Department on Aging. At the current time no one is staying at those facilities.  School buses will pick up students at the Needmore Road intersection and Wesser Creek Store.Fourth, thanks to the volunteer firemen who have remained vigilant no homes or structures have been lost in the fire.last_img read more

Waffle Toppers to Brighten Your Magic Kingdom Ice Cream

first_imgShare This!Is there anything better than ice cream in summer? If you’re going to be visiting Magic Kingdom, we may have a way to make that summertime ice cream even better — waffle ice cream toppers featuring your favorite Disney pals.Starting in June, specially printed waffle cone-like toppers will be available on ice cream at the following locations:Mickey will be found at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on a single-scoop ice cream cup or coneMinnie will be back at Storybook Treats with a soft-serve cup or coneDonald is over in Sunshine Tree Terrace with a soft-serve cupDaisy can be found at Aloha Isle with a soft-serve cupAnd Goofy will be at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies with a soft-serve cup or coneDoes something like this add an extra bit of magic to your ice cream at Magic Kingdom? Don’t you wish they sold these so you could take them home? (Me too!) Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img read more

Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling

first_imgDeputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen (left), Hyundai SA CEO Alan Ross(right), and a group of schoolchildren nextto the newly-signed Goodwill Ball. (Image: Hyundai SA) South Africa’s Goodwill Ball, with thecountry flag and World Cup mascot Zakumi. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACT • Francois MaraisMarketing manager, Hyundai SA+27 11 372 0800 or +27 82 304 7300RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup matches come alive in 3D • World Cup ticket sales soar • SA pride in World Cup at 90% • Maradona backs safe World CupJanine ErasmusThe Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show is taking 32 giant footballs, one for each team that will play in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to participating nations to collect thousands of fans’ signatures.The road show is part of the motor manufacturer’s extensive football sponsorship, and according to Hyundai, has become a key event for the company.Hyundai is the official automotive supplier to the World Cup and has a number of other related initiatives on the go, including the Hyundai Fan of the Match and the Hyundai Best Young Player Award.The company says that 609 Hyundai passenger cars and vans will be made available for the use of Fifa officials, teams, organising committee members, match officials, and the press.What’s more is that all national teams will get to travel in style in their own Hyundai Universe luxury coach, each one distinctly decorated with the team colours and flags.Road showThe balls started their journeys at the end of January. This year marks the 11th edition since the inaugural event at the 2000 Uefa European championship. Over the years it has become increasingly popular with fans, as seen at the 2001 and 2006 tournaments in Korea/Japan and Germany respectively.“It is an honour for Hyundai South Africa to host the global launch of the Goodwill Ball road show for the 2010 Fifa World Cup … getting the ball rolling in early 2010 in Johannesburg as the eyes of the world turn to South Africa,” reads a statement on the company’s local website.Each 4m-high ball is emblazoned with various emblems, including the 2010 World Cup logo, the sponsor’s logo, the official tournament mascot Zakumi, and the particular country’s flag.All 32 spheres will return to Johannesburg in May, with their surfaces covered in signatures and good wishes, in time for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June. Festivities have been planned to celebrate the balls’ arrival back in the city.Once the tournament is underway the balls will follow their respective teams to every match, ensuring that the messages of support are on display for all to read and take inspiration from.Part of a global World Cup familyThe initiative, says Hyundai, brings fans in all participating countries closer to the magic of the World Cup. Football supporters will revel in the knowledge that thousands of others all over the world are doing the same thing, for the same goal.“It’s a very unique way of uniting people through this amazing sport of soccer,” said Hyundai South Africa CEO Alan Ross. “From a street vendor in downtown Johannesburg to a high-flying businessman in a boardroom, we’ve all been united behind this event.”Ross described the Goodwill Balls as a symbol of pride, hope, passion and the uniting power of football the world over, and expressed his pleasure at being able to bring that legacy to South Africa for the long-awaited event.The gigantic South African ball will spend at least three months travelling around the country, stopping in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Bloemfontein.Fans will get the chance to convey their support not just for national football team Bafana Bafana, but good wishes for their competitors too, thus embracing the goodwill vibe. Those who participate will be able to have their photos taken with celebrities and sporting heroes present. Fans will also be able to enter to win World Cup tickets, tickets to the Goodwill Ball celebration, and other prizes.Support for the teamPolitical and sporting figures as well as football celebrities attended the campaign’s January launch at Hyundai Park in Sandton, Johannesburg.The audience was well entertained by popular local band Watershed, whose new song United by the World made its debut on the day. The song was commissioned by Hyundai especially for the upcoming football spectacular. It is due to be released shortly as the first single off Watershed’s new album, A Million Faces: 20 Hits, 10 Years. The band celebrate their 10-year anniversary in 2010.Putting pen to plastic were, among others, former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono, Olympic swimmer Roland Schoeman, local football hero Marks Maponyane, Watershed lead singer Craig Hinds, and United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Pupils from a local primary school, representing the children of South African, also signed the massive South African ball.Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen said, “Indeed as we said before, Ke Nako for Africa to shine,” echoing the catchphrase of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, meaning “it’s time” in Sesotho. Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show schedule:Johannesburg and Pretoria:Sandton City (Nelson Mandela Square) – 30 January Eastgate Mall – 5 February East Rand Mall – 20 February Clearwater Mall – 19 March Cresta Shopping Centre– 27 March Menlyn Mall – 17 April Centurion Mall – 1 MayBloemfontein:Mimosa Mall – 27 FebruaryCape Town:Canal Walk – 5 March Cape Gate – 6 MarchDurban and KwaZulu-Natal:The Pavilion – 2 April Gateway – 3 April Suncoast Casino– 4 April The Liberty Mall, Midlands – 5 AprilPort Elizabeth:Summer Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth – 2-5 Aprillast_img read more

Legendary SA politician dies

first_imgFrederik van Zyl Slabbert will be remembered for his liberal thinking and academic prowess. (Image: Stellenbosch University)Former opposition leader Frederik van Zyl Slabbert died in Johannesburg on 14 May. The pioneering politician died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Tania. She survives her father, together with her brother Riko and stepmother Jane.Slabbert had been ill and had spent time in the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg just prior to his death at the age of 70.The ruling African National Congress paid tribute to the liberal-minded politician, describing him as “legendary” and saying it deeply mourned his passing.“As leader of the Progressive Federal Party, not only did he make an indelible mark in shaping opposition politics against apartheid in South Africa, but he fought for constitutional democracy to be realised,” said party spokesperson Brian Sokutu.“He will also be remembered as one of those white South Africans who facilitated contact with the African National Congress at the time it was banned inside the country,” said Sokutu.Academic careerFrederik van Zyl Slabbert was born in Pretoria in 1940 and grew up in the Limpopo town of Polokwane – formerly Pietersburg. In 1958 he matriculated from Pietersburg Afrikaans High School, and enrolled at the Witwatersrand University for a BA degree after a brief flirtation with theological studies, with the intention of becoming a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.An enthusiastic sports fan who had captained his school’s cricket and rugby teams, he transferred to Stellenbosch University at the end of his first year, mainly in order to play rugby. He obtained his BA in 1961, followed by an honours degree in 1962, a masters degree two years later, and a PhD in philosophy in 1967.For 10 years Slabbert lectured in sociology at Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Witwatersrand Universities and took up a professorship in the latter’s sociology department in 1973. Despite his brilliant political career, he retained a love for academia and was appointed chancellor of his alma mater Stellenbosch University in 2008.A heart attack at the end of that year prompted him to relinquish the post in order to spend more time with his family.Vocal oppositionWhile still studying Slabbert became interested in the plight of the Western Cape’s coloured community, an interest which led him to campaign for a position of Stellenbosch University’s Student Representative Council. But even in those days his views were considered too liberal, and he lost his bid.In 1974 he decided to make a full-time career of politics and joined the Progressive Party. In that year’s general election he stood as the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the Rondebosch constituency, snatching it from under the nose of the United Party. Slabbert managed to keep this seat for the next two general elections in 1977 and 1981.He made his name as a politician with the Progressive Party, steering it through two name changes – to the Progressive Reform Party in 1975, and then to the Progressive Federal Party in 1977. The Progressive Party’s other famous member was the late Helen Suzman who for many years stood as its only representative in Parliament.Slabbert took over as party leader in 1979 and retired unexpectedly in 1986 after declaring that a tricameral Parliament, then being mooted, was useless in the South African situation of that time. In the following year he co-founded the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, together with fellow Member of Parliament Alex Boraine.This was the start of his secondary political career as a consultant, facilitator and analyst. In 1987 the institute organised the historic Dakar Conference, which saw Slabbert travelling with a group of white – mostly Afrikaans – South Africans to Dakar for 10 days of talks with the then-banned African National Congress.Influential businessmanFrom then on he held positions in various philanthropic organisations, such as the Open Society Foundation of Southern Africa, a funding body that promotes democracy and strong moral values, and also sat on the boards of a number of influential commercial companies, among them the Caxton CTP publishing group and Metro Cash ’n Carry.In 1990 he co-founded the black empowerment and investment company Khula, which in 1994 became a 15% shareholder of the JSE-listed Adcorp Holdings, a group that Slabbert chaired from 1998.Slabbert was also a published author who wrote or co-wrote several books including The Last White Parliament: The Struggle for South Africa, by the Leader of the White Opposition in 1986; Comrades in Business: Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa in 1998; and The Other Side of History: An Anecdotal Reflection on Political Transition in South Africa in 2006.His political and academic work earned him worldwide acclaim, and a number of awards. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November 1982 and was elected as a Fellow of Oxford University’s All Souls College. He has received honorary doctorates from KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Universities, as well as the Simon Fraser University in Canada.last_img read more