Hunter, one of the Cook Islands’ top-ranked athletes in the discipline, believes the Pacific Games are as good as it gets for paddlers because va’a – or outrigger canoeing as it is also known – is not an Olympic sport.“For us, this is the big event. This is basically it. We all want to win here,” said Hunter, who used to compete internationally in triathlon.Hunter won the bronze medal in the women’s V1 500m race on Tuesday and will also be competing in the V1 10km on Friday and V6 20km on Saturday.When she talked about the competition for her and other Cook Island paddlers at Port Moresby 2015, she said that all countries entered were looking strong.“We’ve pretty much medalled at all previous Games for canoeing,” she said.“So, we’re coming here pretty focused, but I have to say by the level of competition at these Games, everyone has really stepped up their game.”While Hunter was playing down her chances of winning gold in Port Moresby, she did finish sixth in her debut at this year’s Molekai solo in Hawaii.The Molekai solo is a gruelling 55km outrigger race starting from the island of Molekai and finishing on Oahu.As the first Cook Island women to compete in the race, Hunter said it was a real challenge.“I took me just under five hours,” recalled the two time Cook Island sportswoman of the year.“It was just a goal, I’ve been paddling for about 10 years, so Molekai solo is always like the big holy grail and something you want to do at some stage.”So, as Hunter continues to stay focused for her next races at Port Moresby 2015, she was keeping mum on whether she would do the Molekai race again.“I would not say never say never,” the 43-year-old said with a chuckle…..PACNEWS
Managing Director of SP Brewery, Stan Joyce said the company’s journey with the Golf Open has been an exciting and successful partnership over the last 12 years.“This prestigious event offers not only lucrative cash prizes for the golfing professionals, but great future opportunities on the Australian PGA Tour, as a very unique golfing event experience in PNG.”“I urge our family of sponsors and interested corporate companies to come forward and stand behind a prominent sporting event that promotes PNG.“We had a big year this year with 70 plus golfers and anticipate at least 80 professional golfers together with our amateur players in 2018.”President of the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club, Peter Del Monte thanked SP Brewery for their continued support.“It is with much exhilaration that we are proud that the PNG Golf Association has again invited the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club to host the 24th SP PNG Golf Open.“The PNG Golf Association has evolved over the years and is excited by the fabulous golfing opportunities on the horizon for the golfing talent that exists in PNG.”During the launch, Pacific Games dual gold medallist and PNG’s number one ranked female golfer, Kristine Seko was announced as the brand ambassador for the 2018 SP PNG Golf Open, which will get underway in April of next year.
0Shares0000MADRID, May 16- Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has agreed terms on a new contract with Spanish giants Barcelona, the club confirmed on Friday, likely making him the best paid player in the world.“FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to adjust the terms in the contract binding Leo Messi to the club as a professional first team player. The revised and updated contract will be signed over the next few days,” the club said in a statement on their website. The deal is expected to see Messi overtake Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the biggest earner in world football.“There is the will within the club that he becomes the best paid player in the world,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said in an exclusive interview with AFP back in March.“He is the number one and, as we have said various times, he also deserves to be the best paid player in the world.”Messi has become a legend at Barcelona since making his debut in 2004 scoring 354 goals in 424 games making him the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.“The deal should allow him to relax and fundamentally for the club it is important to tie down the best player in the world,” Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.“For Barcelona and for Leo it is very good news.”Should Barca beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday the Argentine will win his seventh La Liga title and his 22nd trophy overall with the Catalans, including three Champions League titles.However, despite scoring over 40 goals for a fifth consecutive campaign, Messi has had his most difficult year both on and off the field in his career.The 26-year-old appeared in court in September over tax fraud allegations relating to his image rights, whilst the arrival of Brazilian star Neymar at Barcelona this season has challenged his position as top dog at the club.Messi was also struck down by persistent hamstring injuries during the first-half of the season and returned to Argentina for a month in December to rest and recuperate away from the spotlight in the Catalan capital.He hit the ground running on his return including a run of 17 goals in 12 games as Barca ousted Manchester City from the Champions League and brought themselves back into the La Liga title race with a 4-3 win at Real Madrid thanks to a Messi hat-trick.However, his threat was blunted by Atletico as Barcelona bowed out before the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years and in Barca’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final last month.Once Saturday’s title-decider with Atletico is out of the way, Messi’s focus will turn to his quest to win the first major trophy of his career at international level as he captains Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It makes sense for players to make the drop to non-league football when their professional careers have faded.Plenty have agreed with the above statement, with a number of former Premier League footballers happy to step away from the spotlight in the final years of their career.Jermaine Pennant, who once donned the shirt of Arsenal and Liverpool, has this week signed for Billericay Town – and we wanted to know whose footsteps he followed.So, scroll through the gallery above to take a look at former Premier League players who later moved to non-league football. Luke Chadwick – A product of Manchester Uniteds youth system, Chadwick made 25 league appearances for the Red Devils between 1999 and 2003 and received a Premier League winners medal in 2000/01. A bit-part player, he was forced to leave Old Trafford permanently in 2004 on a free transfer to West Ham following a succession of loan spells. But it was MK Dons where he finally settled in 2009, making 203 appearances for the club. He later moved to Cambridge United and Soham Town Rangers. Paul Merson – Merson made a name for himself at Arsenal between 1985 and 1997, where he won two First Division titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup. When the attacking midfielder left the club, his success continued with Aston Villa and Portsmouth in particular, before in 2006 joining Conference side Tamworth. Very brief spells with Whitton Athletic and Welshpool Town for the 2011/12 season followed. 9 Paul Konchesky – Konchesky burst onto the scene with Charlton Athletic and earned his senior debut for England while at the club, in 2003. A promising left-back, he later joined West Ham, Fulham, Liverpool and his last top flight club Leicester. Sadly though, he missed out on a Premier League winners medal with the Foxes in 2015/16 having spent that season on loan at Queens Park Rangers. He joined Jamie OHara as the glamour pair of non-league outfit Billericay Town in February this year after a brief spell with Gillingham. 9 9 9 Darren Carter – Carter played in the Premier League for Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion between 2002 and 2007, before dropping down the leagues. At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, he joined Forest Green Rovers, making 62 appearances and scoring 11 goals. Hes since signed for Solihull Moors, who play in the National League. 9 9 9 Jamie O’Hara – It seems a very long time since OHara was plying his trade in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He joined Billericay Town in March 2017, with injury damaging his career at the higher levels of the game. He opened his goal scoring account for the club with a brilliant overhead kick in April. 9 Jonathan Greening – Greening spent 12 seasons in the top flight of English football with Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough and, very briefly, Manchester United. His fall from grace was quick, however. After three years with Nottingham Forest from 2011, he moved to Tadcaster Albion and York City. Jermaine Pennant – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at other former Premier League players who later moved to non-league football – Earlier this week, Pennant agreed a two-year contract with Billericay Town, who play in the Isthmian League, the seventh-tier of English football. Coming to the end of his career, his CV features spells with Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke City. He follows Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara in joining the non-league side. Julio Arca – Arca enjoyed a successful career with Sunderland and Middlesbrough between 2000 and 2013, before retiring from professional football. He was soon back in the game, though, playing for second-division pub side Willow Pond and later joined Northern League Division Two club South Shields, helping the club to promotion. 9 Lee Hendrie – Hendries career promised so much when he made his senior debut for England in 1998, but he never lived up to expectations. This was his only cap for the Three Lions, and while he enjoyed some success with Aston Villa, in 2005 he lost his place in the team and soon dropped down the leagues. After spells with Sheffield United, Derby County, Bradford City and Indonesian club Bandung, he moved into the non-league game, starting with Daventry Town in 2011.
Zuhlke said the motorist, who was not identified, reportedly slowed down significantly, but was unable to stop completely, before hitting the woman. He said the driver likely will not be charged. No one else was injured. Car-theft suspects sought by police SOUTH WHITTIER – California Highway Patrol officers are looking for two people who led officers on a car chase Monday through the unincorporated South Whittier area. The driver failed to stop for a ticket and then led officers on a short pursuit near Gladhill and Leffingwell roads, where he and a male passenger abandoned the car and ran, said Officer Raquel Stage, CHP spokeswoman. A search of the area failed to find the men. But a record check of the vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Murano, revealed it had been stolen from La Mirada, Stage said. Anyone with information was asked to call (562) 868-0503. City puts on free concerts monthly PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Center, 9200 Mines Ave., holds monthly dances with live bands from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every fourth Wednesday. Admission is $3 per person. Refreshments and raffle tickets are available for purchase. For more information, call (562) 948-4844. Seminar on caring for disabled set WHITTIER – The national Alliance on Mental Illness will hold an educational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wesley Building of the First United Methodist Church, 6725 Friends Ave. A speaker from GENESIS, Geriatric Evaluation Networks Encompassing Services, Information and Support, will address the needs of both aging and younger caregivers as they care for family members with mental illness. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information, call Rita Murray, (562) 692-8006. Charity taco dinner planned MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Elks will hold a taco dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at 506 W. Whittier Blvd. All proceeds go toward the Elks’ disabled children program. For more information, call (323) 721-8506. Thrift store to hold anniversary sale WHITTIER – The Shelter’s Right Hand boutique celebrates its first anniversary with a 50 percent off sale Oct. 2 through 7. The store is at 12300 Washington Blvd., Suite J. Store hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. All proceeds will support the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter in Whittier. For more information, call (562) 699-6849. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BELL GARDENS – Seven gang members were arrested on drug charges, and guns and stolen property recovered, when five search warrants were served by 60 police officers in Southeast Los Angeles County, authorities said Monday. The warrants were served by Bell Gardens police officers, assisted by officers from Downey, South Gate, Montebello and Bell, early Friday morning. The arrests concluded three weeks of investigation by the Bell Gardens Police Department’s Gang Narcotics Task Force. Two handguns, narcotics, cash and $75,000 in reported stolen property were recovered, police said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleAllegedly drunk woman hit by car WHITTIER – A pedestrian, who authorities believe was intoxicated, was transported to a local hospital Monday after she walked into the street and was hit by a vehicle. The woman’s condition was not immediately known, said Whittier police spokesman Officer Jason Zuhlke. Officials did not release the woman’s name. Dennis Jenkins, 27, of Whittier said he saw the woman “walking down the street, wailing,” before she walked into oncoming traffic at Greenleaf Avenue near Mar Vista Street and was hit.
LIVE on talkSPORT AFP or licensors statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Gareth Southgate has been picking players that don’t deserve their place in the England squad.This is the view of former Arsenal player Perry Groves, who made the explosive claims on talkSPORT on Friday. rookie error Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 3 3 Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Groves has one or two issues with Southgate’s England squad Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “He doesn’t know Jack Grealish as a character or what he’s like around the players so I don’t see why Fabian Delph is in that squad.“Jack Grealish, in my opinion, should be in that squad over Fabian Delph. Fabian Delph is a waste of a position because he’s not going to give you anything different. He’s not going to give you something you don’t know already. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “Jack Grealish has been explosive this season, he gives you something different, he beats people in tight spaces.“Southgate will say that Delph will give you more options in a deeper position as they play in different positions.“But he knows about Fabian Delph so if he wants to play someone deeper he’s got Henderson, Declan Rice, Harry Winks and at a push Oxlade-Chamberlain.“They’re playing Montenegro and Kosovo so these are development games, you can experiment. It comes after Southgate announced his 27-man squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.There were call-ups for the likes of Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi.However, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish didn’t make the cut despite his good performances this season.The likes of Kyle Walker, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane have not been called up but Groves believes even some of the players who are not in should have been dropped long before. Groves told Jim White: “I think he’s [Southgate] been picking players that don’t deserve their place in the squad for their performances.“The examples I’ll give you are Dele Alli. I think it took too long for him to be left out.“Jesse Lingard. He had zero impact for Manchester United for probably a season, maybe a season and a half. He was just sort of running around not doing anything. Again, he’s getting in there on his name.“Michael Keane. I’ve watched Everton quite a lot this season and Michael Keane playing for Everton was struggling himself. At the ball, with the ball, he always looked like he was at full stretch and never looked comfortable but he kept getting picked.” latest Getty Images – Getty Groves believes Delph is fortunate to be part of the England set-up Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ “Jack Grealish has been explosive this season.” 🔥”Fabian Delph is a waste of a position.” “I think Southgate has been picking players that don’t deserve a place.” ❌Perry Groves says Jack Grealish should be in the England squad instead of Fabian Delph. 🏴Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BN4e3EgI9j— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 8, 2019 appointed getty images – getty But what really appeared to get on Groves’ nerves was Southgate overlooking Grealish.Groves went on to say that he believes Grealish would be much better suited than ‘waste of a position’ Everton midfielder Fabian Delph.He added: “I absolutely think he’s done the same with Fabian Delph instead of Jack Grealish.“Everton have been pedestrian, they’ve been slow in possession, they’ve been playing sideways and Fabian Delph has been in that midfield. He’s a decent player, like a poor man’s James Milner. update targets Grealish’s omission from the England squad has been a talking point Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate on target
As the final drops of confetti fall on Celtic Park, we draw the curtain on another exciting campaign. Season 2016/17 will be remembered for many things. Celtic winning six-in-a-row, Rangers’ return to the top flight and Inverness Caley Thistle managing to drag out the relegation battle until the final day were just some of the big stories across the country.But what about the numbers? We look back on the landmark moments that will enter the history books and keep the campaign alive in our memories for many years to come.Adam Rooney has been prolific since signing for the Dons. SNS Group Adam Rooney became the first Aberdeen player since Joe Harper in the late 1970s to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. The striker finished on 20, with 12 in the league, three in the Europa League qualifiers, three in the Scottish Cup and two in the League Cup. He also scored 20 last season and managed 28 the year before.Celtic lifted the Premiership trophy after beating Hearts. SNSThe champions enjoyed record after record as the season drew to a close. The 2-0 win over Hearts secured the Invincibles tag as they went the full season unbeaten. They finished on 106 points, their best tally yet, bettering Martin O’Neill’s record in 2001 when the side reached 103. They also scored a record number of goals this season, hitting home 106 and conceding just 25. And if that wasn’t enough, their 34 victories in one league season was also a club record. They hit the 100-point mark when they beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie on May 12 and Leigh Griffiths scored their 100th goal of the season against Partick Thistle the following week.Paul Hartley was sacked after a poor run of form. SNS GroupDundee avoided breaking a record that has not been touched in more than a hundred years at the club. In March and April they lost seven consecutive league games under Paul Hartley. Had they made it eight it would have been their worst run since 1898, when Queen Victoria was on the throne. They avoided the embarrassing landmark with a 3-2 win over Motherwell when Neil McCann took charge. Hamilton avoid automatic relegation on the last day of the season. SNS GroupHamilton Accies saved the best to last, producing their biggest victory of the season on the closing day. It was Survival Saturday and they had to better Inverness Caley Thiste’s result to avoid automatic relegation. They cruised to a 4-0 win over Dundee to secure 11th spot in the table and while it may still not guarantee their top-flight status it gives them another two games to fight for their lives. Their biggest victory before Saturday was a 3-0 win over Caley Thistle in January. They also beat St Mirren by the same scoreline in the League Cup at the start of the season.Hearts slumped to a Scottish Cup defeat against Hibs. SNSBefore Robbie Neilson left Hearts they had only lost three of their 15 league games, winning seven and drawing five. He had been undefeated in 87% of his matches but left the club to join MK Dons at the start of December. Since Ian Cathro came in they have lost 13 of their 22 matches, winning just five and drawing four. That means he is undefeated in 41% of his matches, a run that’s more than half Neilson’s record. Neilson picked up 26 points while Cathro has only won 19. Jon Daly was in charge for one game and won one point in the 2-2 draw with Ross County.Cathro also lost to Hibs in the Scottish Cup, with their Edinburgh rivals coming back on to the Premiership scene next season.Lee McCulloch steered Kilmarnock to safety. SNS GroupKilmarnock secured their Premiership status for the 25th consecutive season when they beat Inverness Caley Thistle 2-1 in May. They avoided the drop on the final day of the campaign last season in the play-off final against Falkirk but finished this campaign with a lot more room to breathe under interim manager Lee McCulloch’s stewardship. Killie were promoted to the top flight in 1993 when they finished as runners-up to Raith Rovers.Inverness manager endured an agonising season. SNSInverness have broken their own club record for conceding the most goals over the course of one season. They let in 71 over 38 league games, scoring just 44 at the other end. It was another downer at the end of a bad season under Richie Foran for the side relegated to the Championship. Before this they conceded 62 in season 2007/08 in the top flight under Craig Brewster. James McFadden celebrates with is teammates. SNSMotherwell finished ninth in the table having won ten league games this season. They matched this poor run in 2006/07 when they finished tenth in the league and 2014/15 when they had to go through the play-offs to avoid relegation. In 1895 they won only five games and finished eighth in the table but that was when they only played 18 games in a season.Kris Doolan after Partick Thistle secured their top six place. SNSPartick Thistle booked their place in the top six of the Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell at Firhill. It guaranteed the Jags’ highest league finish since 1980/81, when Peter Cormack led them to sixth place. It was also the first time they’d made the top half of the split since it was introduced almost two decades ago. During this run of form they also went on an unbeaten run of eight league matches, their best run in the top flight since October to November 1977. Kenny Miller scored two in 3-0 win at Pittodrie. SNSRangers’ biggest away win of the season came at Pittodrie when they beat Aberdeen 3-0. It was also their biggest away league win since they defeated Dumbarton 6-0 in January 2016, a match in which Kenny Miller scored a hat-trick. Rangers were the only team to go to Pittodrie and win by three goals this season. Celtic scored three but conceded one and Motherwell scored two… but subsequently conceded seven. Liam Boyce was on fire this season. SNSLiam Boyce finished as top goalscorer in the Premiership with 23 goals. He beat off competition from Celtic’s Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele who finished second and third, with 21 and 17 goals, respectively. Stuart Armstrong finished equal fourth with Motherwell’s Louis Moult, both scoring 15 goals. It’s the first time the league’s top scorer is from a club that finished in the bottom half of the table. Last season he netted 15 times for the Staggies.Hibs-bound Danny Swanson secured European football for another season at McDiarmid Park. SNS GroupSt Johnstone booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers for the fifth time in six seasons. The 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle in May secured a top four finish at they’ll now go into the first qualifying round at the end of June. The Perth club had only twice qualified for Europe before 2012 but they’ve since went on to have an almost annual adventure.
“We are in Glasgow sandwiched between two massive clubs and if we can offer something different it can hopefully get a few hundred more fans in the door.” Partick Thistle boss Alan Archibald expects December to be a key month in the Jags’ battle to avoid the drop.The Firhill side, who are bottom in the Scottish Premiership, face eight games in December, including matches with four sides currently also in the bottom half – Kilmarnock, Dundee, Hamilton and Ross County.Archibald is keen for the Jags to take full advantage of the festive fixture pile-up and believes his players will relish a run of “six pointers” against sides in and around them.“It’s a real good run of games,” said Archibald. “Players enjoy having a lot of games, when they don’t have to do a lot of training in between. “We need to get points on board, we’ve got key games against teams around us. Although we are bottom of the league, we are in touching distance. Some of the games are real six pointers.”Meanwhile, Thistle recently revealed the results of its first survey of female supporters, with the Jags looking to build a strategy to attract more women at Firhill.Archibald hopes the initiative reaps eventual rewards, as Thistle look to overcome the challenge posed by Glasgow’s other inhabitants Rangers and Celtic.He said: “We’ve tried over the last four or five years to get a product on the pitch that is enjoyable for the whole family, not just for the dad and for the boys, and hopefully that will continue.
Castleconnor GAA Club host a table quiz on Friday 4th November at 8.30pm in Muddy Burns Corballa. A fun filled evening for all the family. Spot prizes and raffle on the night.The Annual General Meeting of Castleconnor GAA will take place on Friday 11th November at 8pm in Castleconnor Community Centre. All members are asked to attend and new members always welcome.The U-21 team progressed to the B Championship semi final after defeating St. Michael’s 2-14 v 1-09 at Corballa on Saturday evening last. Details of semi final TBC.