Cleary built for Origin: Fittler

first_imgSpeaking to media at a NSW Rugby League pathways program for up-and-coming playmakers, Fittler was hopeful the emerging generation of Blues playmakers would be able to arrest the dominance their Maroons counterparts have exerted in that position over the past decade.While Cleary was absent from the day due to club duties, Fittler also had high praise for Wests Tigers duo Luke Brooks and Mitch Moses, who took part in the session.”Nathan Cleary, he’s the one who actually looks like he handles pressure better than anyone,” Fittler said.”The thing with State of Origin, it’s intense and the whole thing is dealing with pressure. You’ve got to look also at your life off the field as well when you want to start dealing with pressure under that sort of magnitude. He’s a great example of someone who’s shown real signs of someone who should play Origin.”Origin, the centrepiece of the Australian rugby league calendar, was never won by the same state more than three years running until the past decade, in which Queensland have won nine of 10 series.Through that period, NSW have been their equals in the forwards and outside backs on almost every occasion but the gulf between the playmakers has been the difference.Fittler said much of that came down to the fact Queensland – who have had the likes of Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith – have boasted the best players in the country in those positions. However with the next best playmakers in the country often hailing from north of the Tweed (in recent years names like Daly Cherry-Evans, Michael Morgan and Ben Hunt have played for Australia) there have been questions around why the Blues haven’t been producing the same calibre of halves.”[Queensland’s] halves have been the best players in the game for a long time. You don’t have to be Einstein to realise that the basis of their team have been our best players,” Fittler said.”We need to put pressure on ourselves on and off the field to be the best players in the NRL competition. That will then show in State of Origin on the bigger stage under pressure.”We need pressure from underneath. If we’ve got all our halves playing good then it’s going to put pressure on the players who were there last time and the incumbents. That is the key, the key is to make all our players good from under and that just puts the quality up.”Fittler refused to speculate on who Blues coach Laurie Daley should or would pick in those positions in 2017 but was adamant that if Cleary was good enough then he’s old enough, while he also backed the two Tigers as capable of making the step up to Origin.”Everyone here at the moment [at the pathways event] we see as showing the habits of someone we want to play State of Origin or will be at the future at some stage,” Fittler said.”[Brooks and Moses] have stepped up at a young age into first grade, they’ve copped a lot so they can share some great experiences about the pitfalls and the goods and the bads of playing rugby league.”They’ve been playing first grade footy since they were 18 or 19 years old so I’ve got no doubt that they should be putting pressure on the players that are there at the moment.”Fittler said the event – which also included tutelage from fellow Blues greats Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus, Anthony Minichiello, Mark O’Meley and Paul Sironen – was “a good opportunity”.”This is part of our pathways program so we’ve seen all these kids come through whether it’s in Harold Matthews, SG Ball, there’s a young fella who’s as young as 14,” Fittler said.”We phoned up Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks and some of the first graders (such as Cameron McInnes and Connor Watson) and they were only too happy to come down and hopefully they can share also some of their experience because that’s the big thing is taking that next step.”We’re not just dealing with things on the field but off the field as well and just giving them a bit of balance and hopefully giving them some skills to deal with everything that comes along.”last_img read more


PNG go down to Tahiti in women’s basketball

first_imgDespite the home ground advantage, the Tahitians were too fast with their footwork leading throughout the match.In the first quarter, Tahiti took the lead by six points however the scoreline extended in the second quarter by 20 points, taking Tahiti’s score to  45-25.Despite aggressive play by home girl Betty Angula and the home crowd on their side, the Tahitians remained fearless and held the lead.In the third quarter, PNG struggled to close the gap with the score 65-37.Tahiti maintained their lead in the final quarter, finishing 90-57 at full time.last_img read more


Meet the Amazon rubber tappers providing forest-friendly condoms for Rio

first_imgAll of the condoms to be distributed are produced by a factory in the western Amazonian state of Acre, deep in the rainforest in Xapuri, near Brazil’s border with Bolivia.It is run by the Acre State Government and uses latex gathered from rubber trees by “tappers”, also employed in a Government-run program designed to protect their traditional livelihood, foster the sustainable use of the rainforest and deter illegal loggers.The tappers see themselves as guardians of the rainforest.On a recent outing, Raimundo Mendes de Barros, a 71-year-old lifelong rubber tapper with a stark white beard, gathered the milky-white latex dripping into metal buckets hooked at the base of countless trees.”It gives the world a product, the condom, that will be very present there in Rio to fight disease and help with birth control,” he said.For several years, Brazil’s Health Ministry has distributed millions of condoms from the factory for free at big events around Brazil, most notably the annual bacchanal of Carnival.And for decades, tappers like Mr Barros have been on the front line of pushing Brazilian leaders to do more to halt deforestation, which is mostly caused by the illegal clearing of forest for ranching, soy farms and timber extraction.The fight has sometimes come at a heavy cost as farmers and loggers have sometimes retaliated with hired guns.Scores of people have been killed over the years trying to protect the forest, most notably the internationally-known environmentalist and rubber tapper Chico Mendes.His 1988 murder in Xapuri, where the condom factory now stands, helped galvanise the Government to take serious measures to battle deforestation and violence against the Amazon’s defenders.Mr Barros spoke with pride about the fierce fight he and other sustainable rubber tappers waged to maintain their craft.”Our condom factory, aside from guaranteeing a fair price for the rubber, employs hundreds,” he said.Rio’s local Olympic organising committee said about 450,000 of the sustainably-produced condoms will be destined for athletes and staff housed in the Olympic Village.The rest will be made widely available to the many visitors who will be arriving in the city in just a few weeks, the Health Ministry said.Reuterslast_img read more


World surf event set for 2017 in Madang

first_imgThe 2017 inaugural PNG-World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Longboard World Championships Tour will take place at Tupira Surf Resort in Madang Province, PNG.SAPNG president Andrew Abel confirmed that the event has been moved from January to March 18-25 with a total of 11 countries participating.This will see 36 male and 18 female of the world’s best longboarders from Australia, Hawaii, Peru, South Africa, France, Great Britain, United States, Brazil, Japan, Reunion Island and PNG take part.It will be televised to 120 million viewers worldwide and will also be seen on EMTV and Kundu TV.It will also include initiatives on empowering women with equal rights and opportunities.Abel said earlier this year that the event will also address violence against women with participation from world champion female surfers who strongly advocate support for SAPNG initiatives.“This event will deliver massive global promotion and will be great for the tourism marketing perspective for SAPNG as we move towards greater focus on product development in growing our tourism sector,” said Abel.last_img read more


Reinier’s signing, ready

first_imgReinier Jesus (17 years old) continues to approach Real Madrid. In the afternoon of this Saturday in Spain, noon in Brazil, The player was visited by professionals from the medical staff of the white club to spend the second part of his medical examination. A part of these tests have been done during the morning (Teresópolis time) and this afternoon they will complement each other. This formality procedure would not have to jeopardize the signing. In fact, it is expected that the purchase will be made official from January 19, when the player will reach the age of majority. The meeting, preceded by a first contact on Friday, took place at Comary Farm, in Teresópolis, municipality of Rio de Janeiro. There, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Reinier interrupted his routine with the sub-23 of his country, with which he prepares from January 3 the Pre-Olympic (from January 18 to February 9 in Colombia), to get even closer to his dream of being a Real Madrid player. Having passed the physical exams, Madrid and the player will continue to specify every detail of the operation. The agreement with Flamengo comes from last week (30 million, the termination clause of the midfielder since November), so fringes such as the signing of contracts remain ahead. These will link the Brazilian pearl with the white club for the next six and a half seasons, as this newspaper advanced.Madrid is advising Reinier’s family to make their move to Spain as comfortable as possible. The player and his closest circle have started studying Spanish to facilitate their adaptation, and there are already people looking for them home in the capital. His landing, if there are no setbacks, will occur in February, when the boy joins Castilla de Raúl.last_img read more


The Osasuna manager says he did not draw up Flefield’s contract

first_imgThe former financial director and current manager of Osasuna, Ángel Ardanaz, has denied that it was he who prepared the contract for the Flefield company with which the club justified the cash mismatch of 1.4 million euros at the end of the 2013/2014 season , ensuring that it seemed “strange” that this payment was made per box.Ardanaz has testified at the trial against six former directors of Osasuna, three former Betis players and two real estate agents accused of crimes of misappropriation, corporate, false business document, falsification of annual accounts and sports corruption for the supposed match size.During your statement He stressed that former Angel Vizcay “has lied” by ensuring that it was he who drew up this contract and He indicated in this regard that at the time this document was delivered to the auditor, Adolfo Suárez, he was on vacation.He pointed out that the first time he saw this contract was when he was requested in a future audit, already after Vizcay left, and that he located it on the former manager’s computer, ensuring that he had never accessed this equipment before and this time he did it with a password that he had left behind. Regarding these payments, he said he found it “strange” to be made by cash and that the problem of lack of justification be solved in a few days, although he explained that He did not ask for explanations because there were documents prior to his arrival at the club that he did not know and at no time thought that the bills could be false. Regarding a refund of 125,000 euros signed by him and Vizcay, he said that he explained that he was destined to repay a loan and that the then president, Javier Zabaleta, was aware of it, although he did not verify it.As noted, It was not until the completion of the audit, in June 2014, when he became aware of this cash mismatch of 1.4 million euros, which meant that “or there were no supporting documents or money was missing.”This matter, he indicated, was discussed at the meeting held in August at the request of the auditor Adolfo Suárez between the management team and the Board of Directors, also coming himself, the then accountant, Tomás López and the lawyer Miguel Martínez de Lecea.As he explained, The main theme of this meeting was the viability of the club and if Osasuna was to make a bankruptcy proceedings or a payment for their assets, although the auditor stated that there was a mismatch in the accounts, asking the president to leave the room to discuss the matter privately.At this time, he recalled, former manager Ángel Vizcay set out to explain what had happened with that money, but Luis Ibero told him that “he did not want explanations” but a solution, since the Board, which had recently entered Osasuna, did not He had intervened in the problem.Ardanaz said that when he went to work in the club in accounting “there was a tremendous traffic jam” and noted that only “simple bank movements” were counted but “the rest was not done.”In this sense, He made reference to the fact that at the end of the accounting year Social Security was unpaid and there were complaints from players for non-payments, two issues on which, he said, focused their efforts to avoid relegation to Second B, as this put the continuity of the club in serious danger.last_img read more


Cádiz opens its borders

first_imgCádiz is carrying out hard work to internationalize the Cádiz CF brand in different countries such as India, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras and Morocco. Enrique Pérez, corporate and business director of the cadista club and commissioned by the club to follow up on the ‘Momo M’Baye Case’ that led to the FIFA complaint, explained the expansion work that they are conducting in an interview with the official media of the Cadista entity. Further, He says he is satisfied with the results, “the balance is very positive because in the end what we are looking for with this is the recruitment of talent and expanding the brand in search of new international sponsors.”One of the countries in which the Cádiz brand has been most successful and where more activities have been developed in search of this internationalization is India. Enrique Pérez says that they have even worked with the Indian Football Federation, “We went twice. We work in a superdraft and with the partner we have there we also work with the Indian Football Federation. A new line was created to train managers, something pioneering in the world of sports. I am very happy that they have chosen our club to develop that line of business. “In fact, in January Cádiz CF and the All India Football Federation signed an agreement for the implementation of the Football Management Program, which allows its participants to develop the subjects in Delhi, Mumbai and Cádiz. This initiative guarantees maximum exposure for participants to develop within the different national and international soccer ecosystems. This means that 65 members of the master’s degree will travel to Cádiz next November, giving the city and the club a great reputation. Another country where they have had great success is Honduras., a destination that captivated the business director for his great level of football, “I had never traveled there and the level of football was very high for the few infrastructures that have, and at a technical level its level is also high. “The pandemic we are currently experiencing due to the great expansion of COVID-19, known as coronavirus, It has made Cádiz have to stop its agenda, but even so, the entity has already planned the following destinations. “We have had to stop traveling because of the coronavirus, but When we can, we will go to Japan, Russia, we will play the United States (Miami and Houston). There is also no line that we say the country we will go to, what we really want is to expand the brand to all the countries and continents that we can. The brand of this club is very powerful. Where we go, the history of the club is known. When it comes to bringing young footballers it shows a lot, “says Pérez.The Cadista entity is clear that the future of football starts from the internationalization of the brandThat is why the club does not waste time and has already opened its borders with the idea of ​​being present on all continents. “All the First and Second clubs will have their international department, especially because of the search for sponsors. Sponsorship, in the global world that we have, there is a tremendous possibility to incorporate international companies. For all clubs. A few years from now, international sponsorship will be at the same levels as national sponsorship. “last_img read more


“Paco López is a very transgressor and the criticized self-management of Del Bosque, a modernity”

first_imgAlfredo Santaelena, Quique Estebaranz, Vivar Dorado and Nano Rivas This Sunday they participated in a gathering organized by the coaching school of the Royal Madrid Football Federation (RFFM) and moderated by journalist Rubén Martín. They all have something in common: their past as footballers and their present on the bench. A profession, that of technician, who currently faces the challenge of managing a group in full confinement due to the coronavirus.“It is important to maintain that bond with the player during the running of the bulls. Not only for the physical part, but also for the emotional one. You have to have empathy. Not everyone will have big houses, some will be taking care of their children … You must be close and adapt, “Nano Rivas started. While Santaelena, current coach of Alcobendas Sport, confessed his recipe:” We have a WhatsApp group with the players and We propose you challenges, that dance zumba for mobility or do sit-ups. In Tercera it is complicated because most do not have bicycles or treadmills at home. I’m concerned about weight. “Before the coronavirus made an appearance, each of them chose the technician who had marked him the most and explained their reasons. “Luis Aragonés”, said Santaelena, “for how he managed the locker room. He went to death with the players. Normal that Xavi and Iniesta have always stood out to him. He said that he had been a cook before a friar.” “And that his ass was bare!” He joked. Estebaranz, who chose Valdano: “It was a halo of freshness, it escaped all that was established. The president of Tenerife introduced him and took us to the field. There he sat us in the central circle and asked us to protect him. He became the best psychologist you could have because he made the player share the responsibility. “ A factor that has evolved like no other Levante coach Paco López. “In his methodology It involves a lot of the soccer player when analyzing the rival and deciding what to do. It is something that is used more and more “, Nano Rivas explained, to which Vivar Dorado completed: “It seems very transgressing to me.” Estebaranz ratified it: “It is the latest transgression of football idealism, which must evolve. It makes players responsible for what they will do on Sunday without a direct order. They convince themselves“Another example was Juan Ignacio Martínez when he was also in charge of the Granada team.” He came to a group with the entrenched ideas of the previous coach, Luis García, so the preseason was a clash of styles. JIM adapted its model where the team felt comfortable and achieved a historic season, “recalled Nano.A modern technical profile, although it comes from afar. “Many criticized Del Bosque with self-management and it turns out that it was even a modern thing. Self-management denotes a lot of personality of the coach, “argued Vivar Dorado, who dusted characteristics of Heynckes (“he put himself in the footballer’s shoes”), Quique Sánchez Flores (“he was incredibly proficient at tactics”) and Schuster (“He always gave offensive solutions to counter the rival”) to build his ideal coach.last_img read more


“In Norway only Haaland and Odegaard are discussed …”

first_imgÁlex Craninx, Molde footballer and former Madrid player “You don’t have to leave Madrid, they have to kick you out. The club told me to wait, but I was psychologically blocked” -He regret?-It is always said that you don’t have to leave Madrid, they have to kick you out. The club told me not to rush, to do the tour, but I was blocked, psychologically stressed. I put a lot to go pierced. And Sparta and Madrid are two very different worlds. From having it all to a modest Dutchman. It was very drastic for me. And then see that in Madrid that year all the goalkeepers were injured. I was in Holland but my head was in Madrid. I was thinking, “What if I had stayed?” I rushed in and didn’t make the decision well. They are experiences from which you learn. -In the Mold coincided with Haaland. That 17-year-old is now the nine most sought after in Europe …– I do not believe it looking a year and a half ago, when he was with me. You saw energy and passion, but this evolution is inexplicable, amazing … The move to Salzburg, Borussia … freak out. Now all the greats want it. It is an amazing progression.-They say in Molde that he spent some time getting sick, he hit the lug (it grew ten centimeters) and when he returned it was another.-When I arrived he was already a starter, although they did tell me about that change. He grew very fast and that caused back injuries, he was unbalanced. The teammates told me that when they brought him up to the first team … he didn’t put in one (laughs). But Solksjaer asked for patience with him and after two months he started to score goals, goals, goals and even today.-He also shared costumes in Factory with the other fashionable Norwegian, Odegaard.-In Castilla it was difficult but he arrived at 16 years old to play in Segunda B, there are very cunning players. You were going to the Amorebieta field and since he was a 16-year-old boy they were going for him. The boy thought “damn, I didn’t come here for this.” It is normal that it cost him. Now he is trained mentally and physically and this year he has given recitals.-In Norway can you imagine them together in Madrid?-They are the topic of conversation in the country, it is something daily (laughs). Not so much from Madrid as there is a lot of faith in seeing them together in the National Team, they are the benchmarks. Making the decision to leave Real Madrud is never easy and it was not easy for the Belgian goalkeeper either. Alex Craninx (Malaga, 10-21-1995). He went from doing the preseason with Zidane to having a bad time in the Netherlands. Now he has found his way in the Norwegian mold, where he has won his first league and will play the Champions League preview. With his Malaga accent, he talks from Norway with AS …– the uncertainty by Coronavirus is total, but that League that has won with the Mold is not in danger, right?-No, it’s ours (laughs). We finished before the crisis. It is my first title, last year we played the Europa League and now it is time for the Champions League preview. It was a good year and I broke my face and then a finger … I am learning English because it happened to me in Holland that it made it difficult for me to adapt. I came with another chip to Norway. Now we are waiting for events but the season has not split us in two because we were in preseason, in theory we started on June 15.-He left Valdebebas for Holland … why?-I had been in Castilla for two years without regularity and I needed to find myself. In Madrid I was valued and trained with the first team … I had to go back to the American tour and I had a contract, but I was overwhelmed. I made the decision and one day before leaving for America I went to Sparta in Rotterdam. -He had to take a step back before going forward …-I remember being that summer, after the year at Sparta, at my house in Malaga. I had to make a decision and in Spain I had little, a couple of subsidiaries and a Second B club. I looked a year ago and I saw myself almost in the Madrid first team and now this. It was a very strong change. I knew I was at the point where I was either going forward or my career was ending. The opportunity came out of Molde, a team that was fighting for the championship and I saw it right. Clear the mind and grow again. So it was and I’m at a good level, I renewed for three more years. El Molde is a very salesman and is committed to young people. I fight to keep taking steps forward. Luca Zidane, Yáñez, Kiko Casilla and Craninx, in the preseason of Real Madrid in Montreal.PEPE ANDRES -From Norway to Belgium. Do you notice your compatriot Courtois already settled in Madrid?-The Madrid goal had been debated for many years. Casillas, Diego López, Keylor … Courtois held and has given a great level.“Do you sit at the same table as Oblak and Ter Stegen?”– You have resolved very well to be under the spotlight. For me it is on the same level as Oblak, Ter Stegen, De Gea and Neuer. They are the best goalkeepers for their teams. For example, you can’t put Oblak at Barça and do the same job as Ter Stegen, because he doesn’t contribute to the game the same. But in Atlético, for example, he helps with his great aerial game and his enormous reaction under sticks. That has given Atleti a lot. Madrid have much more counterattacks, two against one, and Courtois is very good there. You can sit perfectly at the same table as them.– I suppose that now what Álex Craninx asks for is a little tranquility to be able to see his family, right?-Yes, I have a family in Belgium, I have a relative with coronavirus, my brother is in Madrid and I have business there, part of my family is in Fuengirola … I am more aware of what is happening outside of Norway than what is happening here . Next week I have it free because we have been working for a long time in groups of five and ten, but I will not be able to go see them. Now it’s your turn, you have to suffer and wait for normality to return. Craninx, with the lower categories of Belgium.DAILY ASlast_img read more


“Haaland does 300 push-ups and 1,000 crunches daily”

first_imgHaaland’s emergence in European football, with his extraordinary coordination of movements despite his height, his dizzying careers towards the goal and his feints, has had the greatest impact in recent years. Macek compares it to another of the Norwegian jewel idols: “He is a modern Ibrahimovic. I’d even say much better on the move, faster. And he has a great mentality when facing the game and the profession. He doesn’t want to speed up any deadline. ” When Macek shared training with Haaland, the striker’s name was already making headlines relating to Manchester United, coached by his idolized Solksjaer, Juve or even Real Madrid. The coldness that characterizes him against the rival goal is also applied by the Nordic striker in his career. “He told us that he still didn’t feel like taking such a step and that he wanted to take another. At that time the Bundesliga was already being talked about and he arrived at Borussia. He fell down there, huh? ”, smiles the Slovak. More than that, Haaland has been a cyclone in Dortmund: 12 goals in 11 gamesThey are 40 in 33 games if we add the ones he did with Salzburg at the start of the season.Macek supports the bet that the new football phenomenon made by leaving Borussia: “I think he took a big step. It is one of the best in Germany. Play the attack, trust young people like Achraf, Sancho or Brandt, played the Champions … But if he continues to progress in this way, we will surely see him in an even bigger team in a short time, perhaps Madrid. ” The player has a contract with the Signal Iduna Park club until 2024, but in Chamartín they keep an eye on him. The Slovak U-18 coach has no doubts about whether he would fit in at the Bernabéu: “The best in the world have always played there and Haaland is one of them. He is a footballer for Madrid, without a doubt… ”. Stanislav Macek tells the following anecdote when asked about Haaland. “He knows what he wants. I will tell you an anecdote. While in Salzburg, he had a girlfriend in Norway who came to visit him. All right. A few days later he came back because he said he had to focus only on soccer. “ Stanislav Macek (42) is the Slovak Under-18 coach and met the young forward in August, when he spent a week soaking up the methods of Austrian team coach Jesse Marsch. By then, the young Haaland was already showing Europe his authority before goal, with several shakes in the Austrian league. In the first five games, he scored seven goals. “Just seeing him impressed me a lot. He was a boy working as a mature professional. He is clear about his goal in soccer. Also that it is difficult, but he said to me: “To get there I don’t have to work fast but very hard.” And it does it without rest. Look, when he got to Salzburg he hardly played, and now it’s a show, “Macek tells AS.Seeing Haaland is seeing a physical wonder. Imposing (1.94 meters tall), he looks into the mirror of Cristiano Ronaldo, a self-made player, chiseled with a Stakhanovist philosophy from which the Norwegian drinks. “He has enormous respect for work. When I was in Salzburg, everyone told me. He works a lot individually to improve. He went on to tell me that at home he did 1,000 sit-ups and 300 push-ups practically daily ”, confesses the Slovak technician, who already had Haaland on his radar. “In March I saw him play with the Norwegian Under-20 against the Slovak Under-21. And I can say that I had not seen an individual performance by a young man like that. They won 0-2 and scored only one goal, but their match was extraordinary. It caught my attention tremendously. ”Stanislav Macek (right) poses with Marsch, Salzburg coach (center).last_img read more