Smith undecided where Origin legend will end

first_imgAnd as the Queensland skipper prepares to reach that milestone tonight Petero Civoniceva says it is a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.A debutant in Game Three of the 2003 series, Smith’s run of featuring in 39 of the past 40 Origin matches played was interrupted only by an elbow injury that prevented him from playing in the opening game of the 2010 series.Given that Johnathan Thurston will step down from representative football at the end of the year with a maximum of 38 games for Queensland and Jarryd Hayne has the most appearances of active New South Wales players with 20, only Greg Inglis (30) and Darius Boyd (26) could conceivably match Smith’s achievement in the next five years.Civoniceva, who played 33 matches for Queensland, believes it will be a long time before we see any other player reach such a number and paid tribute to Smith’s longevity in becoming the first to 40.”You could tell from day one that he had this huge future in the game,” Civoniceva told NRL.com.”He was a bit of a freak in terms of his fitness and in being calm under pressure and all those champion qualities that he possesses.”You can’t play in the middle without some level of toughness but not just physically also mentally.”We’ve seen the way he can control a game and the way he can slow things down and that overall resilience that he possesses, that’s what’s most impressive.”He just seems to be able to play at a different speed to everyone else, seeing things differently and reading the game like no other.”I think it’s going to be a long while before we see a champion of his calibre come through again.”You’re talking about someone starting at quite a young age and then being able to be consistent enough to retain their position for over a decade; that’s a big expectation to put on a player.”When you break down the number of games he’s played in club, state and national rep honours and you compare that to the average player and the fact that he has been captain at all those levels as well, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to achieve.”When new records of longevity are being established it is only natural to look forward to where they may potentially end.If the Storm skipper completes his 15th Origin series this year he will have 42 games to his name along with the 50 Tests he has played for his country and 346 games in the NRL, with Darren Lockyer’s mark for all-time premiership appearances on track to fall in Round 25.Smith’s performances at all levels give no indication of a player who is eyeing off the end and with a year still to run on his contract with Melbourne the soon-to-be 34-year-old says a decision on his representative future won’t be made until after the World Cup at the end of the year.”At this stage I feel really good, both physically and mentally,” Smith said.”I love playing representative football. I’ll have a clearer picture at the end of the year about what I want to do… I’m contracted to Melbourne so I’m playing again.”I’m 35 next year. There’s a lot of footy if you are playing all the rep stuff.”I’m not saying (I’ll stand down) and I am really keen to play on. But I think I’ll have a clearer idea at the end of the season. It’s a big year, close to 40 matches.”He need only look around this week in camp to know that the make-up of the Queensland team is undergoing a generational change.Smith will captain Queensland for the 19th time on Wednesday night without the likes of Thurston, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott by his side and with Cooper Cronk’s playing future undecided it could be a dramatically different-looking Maroons line-up in 12 months’ time.Despite the generational change Smith says he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to play on if he doesn’t believe he can continue to compete in the game’s toughest arenas.”None of us know how long we’ve got left, really,” said Smith, who will take on the goal-kicking duties in Thurston’s absence.”Only Johnathan has put an end date on it. Cooper’s future is up in the air as well. Next year there could be half the side gone and we’ve got a new team.”I don’t feel any pressure to stay around and help those guys through. I like to think in my past 39 matches I’ve put the team in a good position to move forward.”Every player knows when it’s time to finish. I’m yet to make that decision.”Even after 39 Origin matches for Queensland and six man-of-the-match awards Smith says there will be still butterflies in the stomach when he boards the bus to make the trip into Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday evening but that once the whistle goes game No.40 will be just like all the ones that have preceded it.”When you walk out of the hotel and get onto the bus, you get a bit nervous and everyone is going mad waving out of their car windows. But once we get to the ground, it is business as usual,” he said.”I’m not sitting here and patting myself on the back but I do understand it’s a fairly significant milestone.”I remember Petero Civoniceva telling me after 10 games that I could be the first bloke to play 40 Origins. I just laughed and shook my head and said, ‘Nobody will ever do that’.”It’s a really nice achievement to have. Without playing it down, I’m very proud of being able to play that amount of games. My family are proud as well.”Let’s just hope I can go out and play well.”last_img read more

Chiefs up against history

first_imgBy flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).last_img read more

Games Relay begins journey in Autonomous Republic of Bougainville

first_imgBy Quintina NaimeThe Relay takes the long drive down the island of Bougainville to Buin today.The Relay arrived at Buka airport to a traditional welcome with ladies washing the feet of all new arrivals into their province, to the great sounds of one of their large bamboo bands.Oil Search Ambassador Francis Kabano handed over the Baton to representatives from the newly elected House of Representatives.The Relay then headed around the island of Buka, with its first stop being the chamber at the House of Representatives where the Vice President, Patrick Nisira spoke of celebrating this gift of the Baton arrival as a symbol of unity.From there the baton sped across the island over new roads under construction and through cocoa and coconut plantations.The baton was then taken on a Relay around town with the games sponsors and community members taking part to run the baton past the business district, the coconut oil mill and the market and banana boat wharves.A canoe ride out along the busy and fast tidal Buka Passage to beautiful peaceful Sahano Island, the former centre of administration for the province finished the day.last_img read more

New Year’s resolutions: how to carry them out without losing motivation within a few weeks

first_imgImage: iStock With each new year that comes in we always try to find new goals and objectives to meet. Some of them, among the most common, are getting fit, quitting smoking, learning a new language or planning a great trip with our partner or friends. Unfortunately, in many cases these purposes fall in a broken bag within a few weeks. But, is there a trick to fulfill them and not be hell? Setting short-term goals will make us see progress much betterDon’t get obsessed with stumbling blocks, but learn from themcenter_img Some of the mentioned goals, the most popular, are frankly simple to accomplish. It is about creating small habits in our day to day, because we must remember that it is not a sprint, but a background race. Even with that data and it is worth remembering from time to time, the trick to achieve our goals at the beginning of the year is simpler than you can imagine.As highlighted by SciShow, to make the purposes more bearable we just have to think about specific goals with a specific date. That is to say, ‘I am going to propose to lose 10 kg of weight by May 17’. Why do it this way and not throughout the year? The reason is very simple. If we choose this method it will be much easier to see our progress. Another factor that influences is to create feasible purpose within reason. Short-term dates are perfect to see changes and progress along the way. Do not forget that you do not have to obsess over obstacles in progress. Learn from them and use them to achieve that motivational thrust that we all need from time to time.last_img read more

Floro met up with the Getafe doctor who helped save him

first_imgThe stands exploded in a stir that alerted the doctors of both teams. Lam (Lega) and Oyola (Geta) left the benches, forgot about the game and became important. There was a life to save. They flew in a blink until they reached Floro’s seat. He was assisted, revived and maintained until Rafa, a doctor from Samur, practiced CPR with which he returned from death. Floro went in critical condition to the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganés, where they completed the task. They stabilized him and kept him healthy. Shortly after the club paid tribute.Today, in the outskirts of Butarque Floro’s blue eyes looked for Oyola to thank him for that. And assisted by Ace, they met again when the blue team member was about to enter the stadium. “Thank you doctor,” Floro muttered excitedly with his eyes fixed on the doctor. And there it was Oyola’s smile that came alive. Florencio Hernández (Floro for his friends, who are many) is 56 years old and has two blue eyes that sparkle life. In the last Leganés – Getafe played in Butarque he was close to losing it. That night of December 7, 2018, his cucumber heart, cracked by inherited genetic problems, shot up. It was not the excitement of the game, but a rogue arrhythmia that almost killed him. First the pulsations fired up to 280 beats per minute. Then he stopped. His brother José, also affected by the same problems, was the first to alert what happened. Sitting next to him, he shouted in a desperate howl. The worst was feared.last_img read more

Barça sold Abel Ruiz for € 8M and buy it back will cost 40

first_imgThe canterano of Barcelona He has not had minutes with the first team and has only been summoned in the Copa del Rey match against Ibiza. With Barça B he has played 1,106 minutes distributed in 19 matches in Second B in which he has scored three goals and has given two assists. Barcelona gave Abel Ruiz to Sporting de Braga until June, the month in which the Portuguese club will pay eight million euros for the striker. According to “El Larguero”, if the Catalans want to buy back the player in two seasons they will have to pay 40 million euros. The output of Abel Ruiz It was announced on January 31, the day of the closing of the market, hours before Barça announced the agreement with Braga so that Trincao is a Barca player in June in exchange for 31 million euros.last_img read more

Bale left Valdebebas at 10:30: he suffers from gastroenteritis

first_imgIn the rest there was no news, since the other two players who were not with the group were Asensio and Mariano. The Balearic continues to make progress in recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered last summer. It is already in the final stretch. The striker, meanwhile, has been dragging an injury for several weeks but has preferred not to issue a medical report. In any case, he is a footballer who does not enter into Zidane’s plans (he is still in the club because he refused to leave). Real Madrid continues to prepare this Saturday’s meeting at Ciutat against Levante (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and the great novelty of the day was the absence of Bale and Jovic, both because of gastroenteritisThe Welsh footballer arrived in Valdebebas first thing, as usual. However, he left the white training facilities in his vehicle at 10:30 am. The club, on its website, clarified that it suffers from gastroenteritis. On Tuesday he had not exercised with the group. It was the doctors in Madrid who told the Welsh and the Serbian to go home so they wouldn’t spread the rest of their companions. Madrid will face the match against Levante with no margin of error after the stumble against Celta at the Bernabéu last day (2-2), although Zizou will also have his mind on the crucial week that Madrid will face: On February 26 he received the City at the Bernabéu and on March 1 the Barcelona, ​​also at home. Two matches that will mark the white options in both the League and Champions. Therefore, the eleven presented to Levante could include news thinking about the distribution of minutes to the most loaded players.last_img read more

Deyverson after the ‘mecherazo’: “I’ve forgiven him, it’s football”

first_imgAt the end of the first half, Ajax and Getafe players got involved, being Deyverson one of the main involved. After 45 tense minutes, the Bordalás team went to the locker room with an advantage in the electronic and offering its best version. The tip, almost premiere after starting against Athletic, was one of the most prominent men.Deyverson: “I’ve forgiven him, it’s football”Grateful to the Coliseum: “A very difficult game but we won against a very good team. Sevilla is also very difficult but with this hobby of motherfucker we won. I’m a little tired.”Goal celebration: “The lighter has fallen to me with great force, it has hurt me. UEFA will speak. Now to rest. Outside we are friends, I am Varela’s friend. He has taken me out of the fight at rest. 2-0, respect, not just Ajax, everyone. “Controversy: “I have not provoked the stands, the goal is close. They threw me one thing, but I have forgiven it, it is football.”Fight at rest: “The important thing is the victory, not the fight. In Amsterdam it will be very difficult but we must also think of Sevilla.”a day to remember: “Congratulations to the fans, what I’ve seen today has been crazy, and I’ve been to many places, Portugal, Brazil …”. Deyverson ahead of Getafe at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum in the 37th minute of the match, but Ajax fans gave the negative mark in his celebration. The forward, while celebrating the goal with his teammates, suffered a blow with a lighter. Although the author or authors of the incident have not been identified, the player spent more than a minute on the grass, hurting from the side.Finally, could rejoin without major problem. The referee, however, kept the game stopped for the next few minutes, until by public address system they did not warn in the three languages ​​that objects were not returned to the grass. Fortunately, the setback was not greater and the final measures of the first half were played without major setback.last_img read more

Iniesta’s secrets: from ‘Iniestazo’ and depression to celebrating the World Cup goal

first_imgAnd from there to a new life and the normalization of the problem by making it public. “When I explain this it is not because I say I am Andrés Iniesta, a public figure and I am going to give you a lesson here on how to overcome depression, anxiety or whatever. Because I explained it, many people have told me that they saw it and it helped them. It is something that makes me happy. I have always tried to be a normal person within which the world I live in is special. “ The dedication of the World Cup goal and the ‘Iniestazo’The tape also tells the origin of the celebration of Iniesta’s goal in the final of the World Cup in South Africa. “One thing came to my mind,” reveals Iniesta, who commissioned physical trainer Hugo Camarero to prepare the undershirt with the message. “When you write it, you never put yourself in the position of what all that it meant or what would come after that goal is going to mean,” he recalls. “Andrés did not remember his father, his mother, his girlfriend or Jesus Christ. He remembered a person who believed he should be there. That detail is above the goal, the World Cup, above all,” says his father .It also appears a new vision of the goal of Stamford Bridge with the protagonists of the action. Eto’o, Messi and Xavi recall the move, but the testimony of Peter Cech, former Chelsea guard, takes on special weight. “My hand stays 18 millimeters from the ball. First I thought I was going to control. When I saw the ball go straight I knew it was going to be difficult to stop it. I thought I was going to touch the crossbar and go out and in the end it was inside. Every time I see him I am sad like in 2009 ”, he relates.And several final confessions. “I spent a week watching all that,” says Iniesta. And another from Guardiola. “Karma Issues … Always Leave Good Things to Good”, sentences the technician. The documentary The unexpected hero premiering today Rakuten TV offers a new vision of the goals scored in Andrés Iniesta’s career and his interconnection with the deep depression that the footballer suffered in 2009. The Iniestazo at Stamford Bridge, the death of his friend Dani Jarque and the goal of the World Cup in South Africa appear as key episodes closely linked and that help shape the life of a unique footballer. “The days go by and you realize that you are not improving, that you are not feeling well, you have no vitality, that everything is becoming a little cloudy or black … From there I start training, but I am not feeling well , the injury does not improve, “says Iniesta. Then, with the death of Dani Jarque, the hardest news arrives. “It was like a shot, something very powerful, which made me fall back quite low, surely because I was not quite well, “he confesses.The concern of the family and the closest circle of friends grows. “It was like gone,” they say. “He was not my brother, he was someone else,” admits his sister. “When I saw that it was wrong it is the night that comes down and he asks me if he can sleep with me. That’s where the world fell on me, ”says the mother. The recovery process was slow. “It is not strange that after a very bright or intense moment you feel an emptiness, a downturn. Andrés did not miss any session. He always came fifteen minutes early. Publicizing his problem reveals his courage and generosity. His recovery was a team effort “, explains Inma Puig, the psychologist in charge of her treatment. His companions did not then realize the magnitude of the problem. “Maybe because of how Andrés is we didn’t realize. It was later. That’s how he is and he wanted to keep it closed ”, confesses Piqué. And then it appears Guardiola as a key support with the psychologist and her family environment in recovery. “I saw him sad, sadderBut it always happens with these players. I talked to him and he said he was fine. They are human, “says Guardiola, who gave him the freedom to leave, if he needed to, from training. “Andrés told him mister I’m leaving. And Guardiola told him that he could go. It was an important part. She was very on top of him and supported him a lot “, explains Iniesta’s father.last_img read more

The female Eibar rises to Primera Iberdrola after two consecutive promotions

first_imgThe Eibar ladies’s coach, Iker Dorronsoro, thanked the footballers for the work they’ve finished all through the season. “Once we began it was all new, there have been many doubts. The begin within the league was not straightforward. On matchday 12 and 13 we have been very removed from the highest positions. You’ve proven plenty of work and plenty of humility to consider in what we have been doing. If not, it’s not potential to get the place we’ve arrived, “he pressured.“There aren’t any coincidences. I would like to thanks as a result of you’ve got confirmed to be tremendous humble. Always you’ve got believed in what we have been doing within the teaching workers. We’ve got been a group that rises by itself deserves and we’ve received it on the sector. Seeing the dynamics of the group, it was clear that we have been going to do it and we believed that we may even win the league. What has occurred has occurred and soccer in the meanwhile has to cease as a result of there are different priorities, “stated Iker Dorronsoro.Eibartarrak, forerunner of girls’s soccer in EibarThe ladies’s part of the Sociedad Deportiva Eibar (SD Eibar) was based in 2009, however ladies’s soccer started within the Eibar metropolis a lot earlier. In 1971, the primary pleasant soccer match was performed between two ladies’s groups on the Ipurúa discipline, even if it was prohibited through the Franco dictatorship for ‘younger women’ to play soccer (a typical macho thought virtually 50 years in the past). The Eibarresas defied the Francoist prohibition and performed a duel with charity.The Eibartarrak FT is the Eibarrés membership that has achieved essentially the most success in ladies’s soccer, which began in 1991. Thus, Eibartarrak competed within the Girls’s Nationwide League (Girls’s First Division) for a few years. ANDl Eibartarrak was runner-up within the Queen’s Cup within the 1998-1999 season, champion of the Tremendous Cup in 1999, and second within the league within the 2000-2001 marketing campaign (behind champion Levante). Though the Girls’s Tremendous League was created in 2001, the Eibartarrak was unable to take part for monetary causes because it was a modest entity.In 2003 the Sociedad Deportiva Eibar (SD Eibar) took over the ladies’s group of the Eibartarrak FT, which started to compete with the Barça colours and was renamed Eibar-Eibartarrak within the 2003-2004 monetary yr.In 2009 the female Eibar was born within the highest classIn 2009 there was a modification of the Girls’s Honor Division (most class), because the LFP (Skilled Soccer League) invited some golf equipment with skilled male groups to take part within the ladies’s elite, together with Eibar. The Eibarresa entity reached an settlement with the Eibar-Eibartarrak gamers and girls’s groups, which have been built-in into the Barça membership construction from the 2009-2010 season, by which the Eibarresas performed within the prime flight.The ladies’s Eibar once more spent two seasons within the ladies’s first division (2009-2010 and 2010-2011) till they dropped to the Second Division, after which to the Basque League. On the finish of the 2014-2015 monetary yr, on April 19, 2015, he was champion of the Basque League and managed to rise once more to the Second Division, a class by which he consolidated. The momentum that has been acquired by soccer practiced by ladies, allowed to see the primary assembly of the female Eibar in Ipurua, of a pleasant nature towards the Madrid heel within the 2016-2017 train.Within the 2018-2019 marketing campaign, Eibar completed in third place within the classification, behind the chief Osasuna and Alavés, within the Second Division (Group 2). By ending within the prime three, the Barça ladies managed to rise to a brand new class simply created for the present season (2019-2020), the Girls’s First Division B. The Eibar ladies’s group has risen to the First Iberdrola, the best class, after making it official on Friday by the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF), which has ended the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus. So, the azulgranas have managed to climb two classes in two consecutive campaigns, since within the 2018-2019 marketing campaign they have been within the Second Division.Though the competitors is unfinished, The ladies’s group of the Gipuzkoan membership is without doubt one of the two (together with Santa Teresa) who will play within the first division after rising within the workplaces by determination of the RFEF. Within the highest class, the place up to now 16 groups competed, there might be no decreases, so within the coming yr (2020-2021) there might be 18 groups within the Girls’s First Division.The ladies’s Eibar performed in one of many two teams (the North) of the Iberdrola Problem (Girls’s First Division B) within the present season (2019-2020), by which they have been labeled in second place, with 46 factors, behind a subsidiary (Athletic Membership B), 48 factors, which can not go up as a result of the rojiblanco first group is already within the prime flight. On match day 22 (30 video games had to be performed) he was forward of Barcelona B (45 factors), being a subsidiary he couldn’t have risen for a similar purpose, Osasuna and Alavés, who have been tied at 41 factors.The ladies led by the Barça coach, Iker Dorronsoro, have finished a terrific job. Though they began dropping within the league debut towards Osasuna, then they’ve solely recognized one other time the defeat towards Madrid CF Femenino B, in Unbe, the sector the place they often play. They’d 11 video games with out dropping (eight wins and three attracts) when the league was suspended on match day 22 by COVID-19 in mid-March.The Catalans have had 13 wins, 7 attracts and a pair of losses in 22 league video games, by which they’ve scored 37 objectives and have solely acquired 13 objectives. They’re by far the least scored of their group, thanks to the nice general defensive work of all.The eibarresas have made historical past and return to the best class, by which they’ve performed for two seasons (2009-2010 and 2010-2011).Digital celebration of the promotion by videoconferenceThe promotion has been held nearly, with the gamers and coaches confined to their houses. All of them have been linked in a a number of videoconference by which they’ve acquired the congratulations of the president of Eibar, Amaia Gorostiza, who has uncorked a bottle of cava to have fun success.“You’ve proven dedication, enthusiasm and braveness, you’ve got taken an enormous step ahead and you’ve got proven that with perseverance and sacrifice you’ll be able to obtain the desires and objectives you set for your self.“stated Amaia Gorostiza, in statements made on the web site of the Gipuzkoan membership.“It’s a large step and qualitatively it will likely be very completely different. It will likely be a problem that you’ll take with nice enthusiasm. What you’ve got to do is figure quite a bit and really arduous as a result of it won’t be straightforward, you’ve got to work to attempt not to be the one season within the First“stated the president.“Benefit from the second that’s historic for Eibar. Having the primary males’s and girls’s first group within the First Division is nice for a membership like us. I’m very excited, “stated Gorostiza.The Barça president regretted that the promotion couldn’t be held on a soccer discipline and within the streets due to the epidemic. “I’d love to be with you to have fun and hug, take a truck or a bus and undergo the streets of Eibar and have a terrific get together. The time will come after we do it, “he introduced.last_img read more