Lewis Hamilton soars in Singapore but Sergio Pérez plumbs the depths

first_imgFerrari found wantingA weekend that had begun with such optimism for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended with the team and driver bearing the demeanour of the defeated. They should have done better. Vettel had hit the wall in FP2, ending his session. He insisted it made no difference to his preparation but crucially second practice was the only one run in exactly the same night conditions as qualifying. Lewis Hamilton pointedly noted that small events have ramifications and he was right. The race might have been different had Vettel been on pole but, forced to go aggressive, Ferrari’s strategy failed. The undercut did not work, he hit traffic and he was on the wrong tyre – losing second to Max Verstappen. The title looks as if it has gone and the Scuderia increasingly appear to need a comprehensive overhaul. Vettel can deliver but he needs the car and sharp minds on the pit wall that have been missing of late. … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Hamilton takes the breath awayHamilton has put in some extraordinary performances to take the 40-point lead he now enjoys over Vettel. He has been open in his desire to improve his qualifying and he proved in the wet in Hungary and Belgium just how well it has gone. But nothing has quite demonstrated his mastery of the single lap as the run in Singapore. Mercedes had done well to improve their car’s performance on what was considered a bogey track for the team but nothing prepared them for where Hamilton took their machinery. Pete Bonnington, his race engineer, summed up the remarkable reaction in the garage as Hamilton pumped in a series of unprecedented sector times. “You were impressed by the silence,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of jumping. It was a lot of jaws hitting the floor, to see a gap like that.” The superlatives flowed deservedly and bear repeating – this was a driver on a different level altogether.Pérez makes for painful viewingForce India’s Esteban Ocon can be forgiven for questioning the slings and arrows as he contemplates what is looking almost certain to be a future out of F1 next season, while his teammate Sergio Pérez retains his drive. On the evidence of Singapore, a ride justified largely by the backing he brings. Pérez opened poorly, squeezing his teammate into the wall at turn three. The Mexican protested his innocence and the stewards deemed it a racing incident. The team principal, Otmar Szafnauer, however squarely blamed Pérez. “There wasn’t any room, Checo [Pérez] should have given him room and Checo had plenty of room,” he said. Worse followed as, frustrated at being held up by the Williams of Sergey Sirotkin, he swerved into the Russian between turns 17 and 18. He was given a drive through penalty but it could have been worse. As a showcase for the “pinnacle of motorsport” this was a pitiful display. Motor sport Lewis Hamilton ‘going from strength to strength’ after Singapore F1 win Formula One 2018 Share on Facebook Formula One Topics Sportblog Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Max has mighty meeting /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage Perhaps overshadowed by Hamilton’s superlative weekend, Max Verstappen put in a performance to remind everyone of just how good he can be when his judgment is spot on. He was suffering with engine mapping problems all weekend but drove an exceptional lap to take second on the grid, three-tenths up on Vettel. In the race he matched it. Vettel came at him off the start and, when the German made a superb move round the outside of turn seven on the opening lap, there was no clumsy defence. Verstappen gave him just enough room to make it and to Vettel’s credit he did. The Dutchman stayed focused, however, and pumped in the laps to ensure he was in front again after his pitstop. With track position he flew ahead and secured a fine second place. This was the performance that underlines his potential future world champion credentials and a world away from biffing Valtteri Bottas at Monza.New cars by dope demandF1’s sporting director, Ross Brawn, made the schoolboy error of showing the proposed designs for 2021’s new cars to a behind closed-doors seminar in Singapore, forgetting of course that the pictures would be captured on phones and posted all over social media soon after. The concepts were promptly expanded on to give the pictures some context, with Brawn emphasising the aim of allowing the cars to race. The designs he believed would enable cars to lose only 20% of downforce when in proximity to one another. One featured the 18-inch wheels that are part of the future tyre tender for F1. The front wings are simpler and the sidepods less complicated. More simply, they were also designed to look more exciting. Hamilton approved, suggesting if this is the future he may well race on past 2020. “This shit looks dope,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’m definitely going to be driving if cars look like this.” Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Krzysztof Piatek’s glorious run goes on as Genoa swat aside Chievo

first_imgThank you for your feedback. 8Genoa5-19 Twitter Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek celebrates after scoring against Lazio. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA Share on WhatsApp 17Bologna6-54 Pinterest PosTeamPGDPts 3Lazio6312 12Atalanta616 Italian football is running out of precedents. By scoring in the sixth minute of his Serie A debut, at home to Empoli, he became the fastest foreigner to open his account in the division since Luis Vinicio for Napoli in 1955. Piatek has as many goals as Andriy Shevchenko did at the equivalent stage of his first Serie A season but, unlike the Ukrainian, has struck in every match.His latest victims were Chievo on Wednesday. Piatek opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, but you could feel the goal coming long before. In the 22nd minute, he took a pass from Goran Pandev and shot over from the edge of the D. Soon after, he bullied a defender off a bouncing ball, pivoted away from two more and crashed a low shot against the post.Piatek appeared incredulous at the ball’s refusal to go in. He would be even more so at a decision by the referee, Fabrizio Pasqua, to book him for simulation after the striker appeared to be fouled by Luca Rossettini in the box.None of it mattered. With half-time approaching, Darko Lazovic launched a forceful dribble down the left. Four Chievo defenders were caught ball-watching. Piatek, noting that his marker was one of them, halted his own run and waited for the space to create itself. A cut-back duly arrived, and he took a touch to help the ball across his body before finishing right-footed into the far corner. Inter 2-1 Fiorentina, Udinese 1-2 Lazio, Atalanta 0-0 Torino, Cagliari 0-0 Sampdoria, Genoa 2-0 Chievo, Juventus 2-0 Bologna, Napoli 3-0 Parma, Roma 4-0 Frosinone 13Torino6-26 Facebook Was this helpful? Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP Share on Pinterest Serie A Hide Such cool-headed opportunism has been Piatek’s calling card in Serie A. These are early days yet, and not even he might predict that his current strike rate can endure, but his poacher’s instincts are clear.Several of his goals have come from outside the box but none have required more than three touches. That is because he has often done the hard work already, either by forcing defenders into mistakes or simply by recognising the errors that they are about to make and putting himself in position to take advantage.“On the pitch I think constantly about how a move could develop, where I need to position myself to receive a pass,” Piatek told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Often it plays out that way for real. In Italy there was a striker who seemed to draw the ball to him: [Pippo] Inzaghi. I would like to be the same way.”He insisted in the same interview that he had not been surprised by his own fast start. “I only have one target: to score goals in every game,” Piatek continued. “That doesn’t mean I have to succeed every time, it’s just the mentality with which I want to step onto the pitch for each match.”As a kid he had posters of the Brazilian Ronaldo on his wall, though curiously another of his idols is now playing alongside him at Genoa. Piatek’s favourite team to play on Fifa was the treble-winning Inter side in which Pandev played a supporting role to Diego Milito and Samuel Eto’o. Now the Macedonian serves as the wise old head in an otherwise youthful Genoa attack.The formation preferred by manager Davide Ballardini so far this season has been a 3-4-1-2, with Pandev in the No 10 role. Piatek has started every game up front, and alongside him on Wednesday was Christian Kouamé, a 20-year-old Ivorian with pace to burn. The success of their partnership has thus far restricted the 21-year-old Italian Andrea Favilli to just a single substitute’s appearance, but he produced two assists in his 45 minutes on the pitch against Sassuolo.It was Pandev who sealed the win for Genoa on Wednesday, producing what Italians sometimes refer to as “un biliardo” – literally, a billiards shot – aimed with gentle spin along the floor and through a crowd of defenders into the bottom corner of the net. The game ended 2-0, raising Genoa to a share of seventh place with a game in hand.They are not kidding themselves about the season’s ambitions. This team has plenty of flaws – exploited vividly during defeats to Lazio and Sassuolo in which they conceded a combined nine goals. Their first target is simply to avoid relegation.A prolific Piatek can go a long way in that regard. The striker has explained his goal celebration, in which he uses his hands to mimic pistols held across his chest, as a reference to the lexicon of Polish football – where strikers are often likened to gunslingers. For followers of Italian football, it carries echoes of Gabriel Batistuta and his famous machine gun.Piatek has a very long way to go yet before he could be compared to Batigol. Then again, perhaps there is no need to draw parallels for a striker who is already scoring goals at a rate that nobody else in the division can match.Talking points (to follow)• I’m not sure anyone still cares for statistical evidence of Juventus’s domestic hegemony buy, hey, this is now the first time since 1930 that they have won seven consecutive games to start a Serie A season. More significant, with Saturday’s game against Napoli looming into view, is that Paulo Dybala opened his account for this campaign, and for the first time looked like he was working out how to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. • Napoli were brilliant as they dispatched Parma 3-0 – all the more impressive when you consider they had changed 9 out of 11 players from the team that beat Torino 3-1 on Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti is showing his team they can rotate and win, and his decision to shift Lorenzo Insigne into a more central role as a second striker is also paying dividends. • Three wins in a week for Inter. Corner turned? I’m not convinced – with better finishing Fiorentina might have won and Stefano Pioli’s team played the more engaging football. But there is a confidence and aggression that was missing previously.• An emphatic and much-needed win for Roma. A gorgeous strike by Cengiz Under. Another backheel goal by Javier Pastore. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This Frosinone team have no wins, no goals scored, and 16 conceded after just six games. 15AC Milan405 5Sassuolo5410 1Juventus6918 2Napoli6515 Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img 9Sampdoria668 11Udinese618 20Chievo6-10-1 14Cagliari6-36 16Empoli5-24 10Roma628 7SPAL509 Reuse this content Share on Messenger 19Frosinone6-161 Krzysztof Piatek did not require any act of misdirection to save himself from getting mobbed at the airport when he arrived for his medical at Genoa this summer. There was no need to keep travel plans secret, or to wait until everyone was busy watching the World Cup final.Why would there be? This was not another Cristiano Ronaldo arriving to upend Italian football, but an uncapped striker one month away from his 23rd birthday. At €4.5m, Piatek was only Genoa’s fifth-most expensive signing of the summer.So far, though, he it outscoring the Portuguese by two to one. On Wednesday night, the Rossoblu played their fifth league game of the season, and Piatek grabbed his sixth goal. He is the first Genoa player to find the net in five consecutive games to start a top-flight campaign. Throw in the four strikes he piled up in a Coppa Italia rout of Lecce, and Piatek has already hit double figures. Quick guide Serie A results 4Fiorentina6710 European club football 6Inter Milan6310 Paul Pogba: which clubs could offer him escape from Manchester United? Topics Genoa Show Share on LinkedIn Read more features 18Parma6-22 Share via Emaillast_img read more

Sport on TV this week: the highlights for UK viewers

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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. Vallecano head to Barça. Photograph: Alejandro García/EPA Since you’re here… Twitter Chievo v Milan – Serie A, 7.30pm (Premier Sports 1)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket)SundaySouth Africa v Sri Lanka – third ODI, 8am (Sky Sports Cricket)Bologna v Cagliari – Serie A, 11.30am (Premier Sports 1)Liverpool v Burnley – Premier League, 12pm (BT Sport 1 or BT Sport 4K UHD)Birmingham City v Aston Villa – Championship, 12pm (Sky Sports Football or Main Event)Internazionale v Spal – Serie A, 2pm (FreeSports)Chelsea v Wolves – Premier League, 2.05pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Hoffenheim v Nürnberg – Bundesliga, 2.30pm (BT Sport 1)Ireland v France – Six Nations (3pm, ITV 1)Girona v Valencia – La Liga, 3.15pm (Premier Sports 1)Rennes v Caen – Ligue 1, 4pm (BT Sport 3)Arsenal v Manchester United – Premier League, 4.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Hannover v Bayer Leverkusen – Bundesliga, 5pm (BT Sport 1)Sassuolo v Napoli – Serie A, 5pm (Premier Sports 2)Sevilla v Real Sociedad – La Liga, 5.30pm (Premier Sports 1)Players’ Championship Snooker – 6.45pm (ITV 4)Fiorentina v Lazio – Serie A, 7.30pm (FreeSports)Real Valladolid v Real Madrid – La Liga, 7.45pm (Premier Sports 1)Marseille v Nice – Ligue 1, 8pm (BT Sport 1)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket) Sport (All times GMT)MondayPartick Thistle v Hearts – Scottish Cup quarter-final, 7.05pm (BBC Scotland)Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Football or Main Event)Severn Stars v Saracens Mavericks – Netball Superleague, 6.45pm (Sky Sports Action, Mix)Leganés v Levante – La Liga, 8pm (Eleven Sports 1 or Premier Sports 1)TuesdayNetherlands v Germany – Men’s FIH Hockey Pro League , 5.45pm (BT Sport 1)West Indies v England – International T20 cricket, 6pm (Sky Sports Main Event)Derby County v Wigan Athletic – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Red Button)Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Real Madrid v Ajax – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)Japan Women v England Women – SheBelieves Cup, 10pm (BBC Four) Pinterest New Zealand and Bangladesh meet at the Basin Reserve. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Facebook features Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Twitter Share on LinkedIn WednesdayChina v Germany – Women’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 7am (BT Sport 1)South Africa v Sri Lanka – second ODI, 11am (Sky Sports Main Event)WTA Tennis – Indian Wells, 7pm (BT Sport 1)PSG v Man Utd – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Porto v Roma – Champions League last 16, second leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)ThursdayQatar Masters Tennis – 7.30am (Sky Sports Main Event)Rennes v Arsenal – Europa League last 16, first leg, 5.55pm (BT Sport 3)Premier League Darts – Aberdeen, 7pm (Sky Sports Main Event)Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers – Super League, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Arena)Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport 2 or 4K UHD)Valencia v FC Krasnodar – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport 3)Napoli v RB Salzburg – Europa League last 16, first leg, 8pm (BT Sport ESPN)New Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket) Support The Guardian Topics Pinterest Share via Email Facebook England take on Japan in Tampa. Photograph: Lynne Cameron for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock Twitter FridayNew Zealand v USA – Women’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 5am (BT Sport 3)New Zealand v Spain – Men’s FIH Hockey Pro League, 7am (BT Sport 3)Anthony Yarde v Travis Reeves – boxing, 7.30pm (BT Sport 1)Werder Bremen v Schalke – Bundesliga, 7.30pm (BT Sport Extra 4)Juventus v Udinese – Serie A, 7.30pm (Premier Sports 1)Hibernian v Rangers – Scottish Premiership, 7.45pm (BT Sport 2 or Sport Extra 1)Norwich City v Swansea City – Championship, 7.45pm (Sky Sports Football or Main EventNew Zealand v Bangladesh – second Test, 9.55pm (Sky Sports Cricket)SaturdayCrystal Palace v Brighton – Premier League, 12.30pm (Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event or Ultra HD)Scotland v Wales – Six Nations, 2.15pm (BBC 1)England v Italy – Six Nations, 4.45pm (ITV 1)Manchester City v Watford – Premier League, 5.30pm (BT Sport 1 or 4K UHD)Mainz v Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bundesliga, 5.30pm (BT Sport 3)Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano – La Liga, 5.30pm (Premier Sports 1) Reuse this contentlast_img read more

From League Two to the World Cup – Morsy’s amazing story

first_imgWorld Cup From League Two to the World Cup – the remarkable rise of Egypt star Morsy Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sam Morsy Egypt James Rodriguez Colombia Getty Images World Cup Egypt v Uruguay Uruguay Egypt Opinion The Wigan captain helped his team earn promotion to the Championship this year and his remarkable journey now takes in a World Cup with Egypt Last Friday, Wigan’s Sam Morsy took his place in the Egypt line-up opposite James Rodriguez, Colombia’s Champions League-winning midfielder in a pre-World Cup friendly in Bergamo.Four years ago, Rodriguez stood on the brink of becoming the most-talked about young player on the planet. His talents were already well known but his six goals at the 2014 tournament in Brazil were about to send him Galactic.That summer his exploits for the national team – including a remarkable swivel volley against Uruguay – earned him a transfer to Real Madrid from Monaco and set him on the path to superstardom. 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 Sam Morsy would have been feeling pretty chuffed that summer too; for he had just helped Chesterfield gain promotion from the fourth tier of English football to the third. He earned their player of the year honour into the bargain.As far as contrasts go, those are pretty dramatic. But, on Friday, Rodriguez and Morsy stood as equals. When, on Monday, the midfielder was named in Hector Cuper’s final 23 for Russia 2018, his remarkable journey took another turn. There are plenty of talented players in the Egypt squad – Morsy among them – but few who can give the team what he can from the centre of midfield. He is schooled in the hard-knocks of the British game and will boast a wildly different football upbringing than his national team colleagues.“I’m competing with some good players,” he tells Goal. “I’d like to see myself as a tenacious ball-winning midfielder but also I like to get on the ball, start attacks from deep. The system we play I’ve had success. It suits me down to the ground. I got the opportunity to show the manager what I can do.”Born in Wolverhampton to an English mother and Egyptian father, Morsy studied in the Wolves academy before being let go as a teenager. He would have to tumble back to the bottom of the pyramid – with Port Vale in League Two – in order to get back to the level he belonged.It’s fair to say that Morsy was an outside bet for international honours in either of his countries’ colours while negotiating his way through the bottom divisions of English football.But the football world has become a much smaller place as a result of technological innovations and through a professional scouting and analysis platform the Egyptian FA began their tracking of Morsy.In the summer of 2016 he answered the call from his father’s homeland, making his debut in a friendly that August against Guinea in Borg al Arab.Sam Morsy Egypt Wigan“They knew about me for a while,” he says. “They had been watching the games and watching my performances.“It’s very easy to access performances now. They were happy with me and since then I’ve been involved in many of the camps.”He had signed for Wigan from Chesterfield in January 2016 and the day after his international debut he was to join Barnsley on loan. Back to the grind.Morsy’s road to Russia may have a few more outposts on it than your average World Cup star but it is testament to his hard work, his tenacity and drive. Those are exactly the kind of characteristics that appealed to Cuper, Egypt’s Argentine head coach.And this year all that effort – and Morsy’s relentlessness – paid off.After suffering relegation from the Championship the season before, Wigan are back. They were promoted as champions of League One and Morsy inspired the team from midfield as captain.“The manager [Paul Cook] came in and he’s brought his own staff in and they have a set way of playing which suits the players,” says Morsy. “At times it was working like clockwork. It’s a really great team to be a part of and a great team spirit and that showed with the results on the pitch as well.“We’ve got a great team spirit and obviously we’ve got very good players and that coincided with winning the league as well and having a really good FA Cup run.”Wigan beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round although Morsy didn’t play that night. He was suspended for a 10th booking; not an uncommon occurrence for a player unafraid to put in a tackle.“The squad’s stronger this time around and I feel the manager is a lot better this time around,” he says. “With the new investment in the club, we’ll be giving it a real good go next season.”His caps total for Egypt might not have grown much in the two years or so since his debut – the 0-0 draw with Colombia made it four – but he has stayed in and around the national team picture.And his capacity for maintaining his place in the picture could not have been timed better. He could have played for Egypt any time over the past 28 years and not made a World Cup. Egypt have suffered; they have been miles off and there have been near misses. As they stacked up the Africa Cup of Nations titles, qualification to the World Cup stubbornly refused to bend to their will.But Morsy was there that night last October – just outside Alexandria – when Mohamed Salah secured Egypt’s place at the finals for the first time in a generation. It sparked jubilation; a once-in-a-lifetime moment that every single Egyptian wanted to be part of.Egypt celebrations Congo“All my Dad’s side of the family are still there,” says Morsy. “I’m regularly speaking to my cousins and my uncles about it.“In the lead up when we were a couple of games away and we were doing well they were telling me how much it meant. Qualifying is like winning the World Cup final. It’s been such a long time. We’ve had to wait so long and now it’s finally here.”Salah had scored the first goal against Congo in a game Egypt had to win to guarantee their passage to the draw in Moscow that December. When the visitors sprung an equaliser with four minutes to play, it would be easy to forgive Egypt for thinking that yet again destiny was against them. Out of the blue though Salah got his penalty and stroked it calmly home.When Congo drew level, Egypt were immediately worried about going away to Ghana and having to get a result. Instead the 2-1 victory took the pressure off and gave Morsy the opportunity to gain his first competitive experience on the field.“The manager made a lot of changes so it was a really respectable result and it was a good performance,” he says.“The weather was crazy, the humidity was crazy. It gave me a lot of confidence that the manager played me in this game.“It was a game I really enjoyed and hopefully getting my game I’m earning more of the manager’s trust.“That’s what it’s all about especially at international level with a large pool of players and the manager has to be able to trust you to do the job he wants you to do.”Morsy then has completed one of the most remarkable tales of any player at the World Cup. James Rodriguez doesn’t have Port Vale, Chesterfield and Barnsley on his CV; but Sam Morsy does and he can be proud of it. He’s just had the season of his life and, on the brink of the World Cup, the best is yet to come.“It’s been an amazing season,” he says. “It’s something which has been a long time coming. To be a part of that, to see that, to see what it means to the people of Egypt, and to the players, the staff, it’s been amazing.“We’re all looking forward to Russia now and will give a really good account of ourselves.”last_img read more


first_imgDAY 2 ALL NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIPS Here are all the results from day two of the All Nations Championships in New Zealand. These results will be updated regularly throughout the day as results come to hand from TouchNZ. Christchurch weather for today: Maximum 26 degrees, low 11 degrees. For all the results please click here: ***************************************************************** MENS OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (14) def Fiji (1) Australia (13) def England (1) New Zealand Maori (15) def Niue (1) Cook Islands (14) def Tonga (2) Round 5 Australia (7) def New Zealand (6) Fiji (11) def Niue (2) Cook Islands (9) def England (4) New Zealand Maori (7) def Tonga (3) ***************************************************************** WOMENS OPEN: Round 3 New Zealand (20) def Singapore (0) Australia (14) def Cook Islands (1) New Zealand Maori (14) def England (2) Niue- Bye Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (2) New Zealand Maori (14) def Singapore (0) England (2) def Niue (1) Cook Islands- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (6) def New Zealand Maori (1) Singapore (6) def Niue (3) Cook Islands (4) def England (2) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** MIXED OPEN: Round 4 New Zealand (6) def Australia (4) Singapore (4) def Scotland (3) Samoa (8) def Cook Islands (2) Niue (11) def Thailand (3) Round 5 New Zealand (10) def Singapore (0) Australia (17) def Cook Islands (0) Niue (14) def Scotland (2) Samoa (9) def Thailand (3) ***************************************************************** MENS 30’s: Round 4 Australia (7) def New Zealand (4) Samoa (7) def USA (1) Cook Islands (7) def Fiji (6) Wales- Bye Round 5 New Zealand (7) def Samoa (3) USA (5) def Fiji (4) Cook Islands (12) def Wales (1) Australia- Bye ***************************************************************** WOMENS 30’s/35’s: Round 2 New Zealand 30 (14) def Cook Island 35 (0) New Zealand 35 (2) def Oceania 35 (0) Australia 30 (3) def Australia 35 (0) Round 3 New Zealand 30 (6) def Oceania 35 (1) Australia 30 (5) def Cook Island 35 (0) Australia 35 (8) def New Zealand 35 (2) ***************************************************************** MIXED 30’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def New Zealand Maori (3) Australia (12) def Samoa (1) Round 4 New Zealand (17) def Samoa (1) Australia (6) def New Zealand Maori (4) ***************************************************************** MENS 35’s: Round 3 New Zealand (12) def Niue (0) Australia (9) def Samoa (0) Round 4 New Zealand (10) def Samoa (1) Australia (10) def Niue (0) ***************************************************************** MENS 40’s: Round 5 Cook Islands (10) def Singapore (3) Australia (6) def New Zealand Academy (3) New Zealand- Bye Round 6 New Zealand (10) def Cook Islands (6) Australia (15) def Singapore (1) New Zealand Academy- Bye Round 7 New Zealand (8) def New Zealand Academy (2) Australia (7) def Cook Islands (2) Singapore- Bye ***************************************************************** MENS 45’s: Round 3 New Zealand (7) def Niue (1) Australia (4) def New Zealand Academy (0) Round 4 New Zealand (4) drew New Zealand Academy (4) Australia (9) def Niue (1) By Rachel Grant, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Deakin to Host Twilight Touch Weekend

first_imgMatches will begin in the twilight hours and teams will compete for a share in the prize money. It is expected that eight teams will hotly contest each of the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Pool games will tap-off from 2pm on Saturday 22 August 2009 with the semi-finals and final held on Sunday 23 August 2009.  Lock in this weekend and get your team together. Places are limited so to avoid disappointment contact ACT Touch on 6212 2880 or visit our website (www.acttouch.com.au) to secure your spot for the Twilight Touch Weekend.last_img read more

Position Vacant – State Development Officer

first_imgNew South Wales Touch Football currently has a vacancy for a State Development Officer and is now accepting applications which will close on Friday, 25 July.  The position of State Development Officer is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists Associations in the development of the sport of Touch, working with the Sport Manager, Development Manager, Events Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and prospective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and players of all ages as well the quality of domestic competitions.The Development Officer will have involvement from grassroots to elite level. This current role will have a strong focus in the Sydney Inner West, Western, Illawarra and Northern West areas of New South Wales and will be responsible for the delivery of the sport within those boundaries.For more information about this position please view the below application attached or contact Sport Manager, Daniel Rushworth – daniel.rushworth@nswtouch.com.au or (02) 9558 9333.Related Filesnsw_touch_football_sdo_application_package_2014_july__1_-docRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more