The Education Ministry recently inked an agreement with the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the ProFuturo Foundation which will see a digital learning platform being developed to bridge the technological gap between the coastal and the hinterland regions of Guyana.According to the Ministry, the technical assistance cooperation agreement was signed on May 25, by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on behalf of Guyana; while Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, and Sofia Ferandez de Mesa, General Director of ProFuturo Foundation attached their signatures to the document.Some 28 hinterland schools are set to benefit from the initiative which will provide training for 449 teachers as well as 5435 students attending primary schools.Guyana Times was told that five Caribbean countries were chosen to benefit from the technical assistance agreement, however Guyana was the only country that met the necessary implementation criteria to launch the programme. The other states are likely to sign on to the agreement later on.“ProFuturo is an education programme launched in 2016 by Telefónica Foundation and “La Caixa” Foundation, whose mission is to narrow the education gap in the world by providing quality digital education for children in vulnerable environments in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In line with Goal 4 of the United Nations’ 2030 sustainable development agenda on access to equitable and inclusive quality education for all,” the Ministry explained in a statement.Minister Henry expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government for the technical assistance which will be used to advance digital education.She also highlighted the importance of the aid as she reminded that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is important if Guyana is to achieve equitable education, given its topographies.Meanwhile Almagro from the OAS pointed out that Guyana is the first country in the Caribbean region to sign on to the cooperation agreement with Profuturo.The General Secretary further noted that it is hoped that this serves as the impetus for other Caribbean countries, the Education Ministry statement said.
Chelsea are 29/20 favourites at BetVictor to land their third FA Cup in four years in 90 minutes at Wembley, with Liverpool 21/10 and the draw 23/10.The Blues are 8/13 to lift the trophy with the Reds 6/5 – and the 11/1 we have quoted for Liverpool to win on penalties has been the most popular bet.The last time the cup was decided on penalties was 2006 when Liverpool beat West Ham. They also won the Carling Cup from the spot back in February and their last Champions League triumph was decided from 12 yards back in 2005!Wednesday night’s defeat against Newcastle more or less guaranteed that if Chelsea are going to be playing in the Champions League next season it will be as holders given they are now 16/1 to finish in the top four.Tongue firmly in cheek, we have a market between Liverpool and the Chelsea Pensioners (Drogba, Terry and Lampard only) and bet:Chelsea Pensioners 7/2Draw 2/1Liverpool 4/5Note all three Chelsea stars must start or the bet is void.Didier Drogba and Luis Suarez are 10/1 joint favourites with BetVictor to be named man of the match and as both were given the accolade in their respective semi-finals I do think that is just too big.Rangers are 4/5 to be relegated to the Championship and, with a visit to the Etihad Stadium next weekend, they really have to beat a poor Stoke side who were extremely fortunate to get a point against Everton on Tuesday having been outplayed for long periods of the game.That said I think the R’s will get all three points at 20/23 with the Potters 33/10 and the draw 11/4.The final spot for the drop looks to be between Rangers and Bolton, who were very ordinary against Spurs on Wednesday.Sunday is a must-win game for the Hoops and, after their drubbing at the Bridge, they owe their supporters another three points. But will it be enough?Fulham must have travelled back to Merseyside hardly full of confidence after their loss to Everton, but history was made at Anfield and they are a shade of odds-on at 20/23 to beat a struggling Sunderland side.The honeymoon period for Martin O’Neill is long gone and the Black Cats are 7/2 to land all three points with the draw at 27/10.Clint Dempsey has had another wonderful season and the American is 5/1 to score the opener which would be fitting after the campaign he has had for the Whites.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The magnitude of Spain’s opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus on Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.Spain and 2010 runner-up Netherlands were expected to advance from Group B, but plenty of pundits – including Brazilian great Pele – tipped Chile as a genuine contender to progress at the expense of one of the European powers.The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans almost would certainly knock Spain out of the competition.The Dutch play Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, in the first of Wednesday’s three matches. That is followed by Spain vs Chile and the Group A match between Croatia and Cameroon.The Change in SpainSpain coach Vicente del Bosque stuck with the core group of players who have helped deliver two European championships and a World Cup in a tremendous streak starting in 2008. But after the humiliating loss to the Netherlands, he has forecast changes. Spain needs at least a draw against Chile to remain in contention.There’s speculation that Cesc Fabregas could replace Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez could come in for David Silva. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ spot is also under close scrutiny.”In life, there are solutions for everything,” Del Bosque said. “It’s still in our hands.”Chile hasn’t beaten Spain in 10 games.”A draw is not bad, but this group of players does not come with the idea to draw a game,” midfielder Marcelo Diaz said. “We came out with the idea of winning.”advertisementBig games by Arturo Vidal and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez are crucial to Chile’s chances. Vidal, the creative midfielder from Juventus, is recovering after knee surgery and played for an hour against Australia.
To view the stories, please click on the following links:Home Defence For Our Touch FootballersIt was an unexpected surprise for Jacqui Simspon and her Maitland Redbacks squad in 2010.They travelled to Parkes and took out the regional championships with victory in the open women’s division. http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/home-defence-for-our-touch-footballers/2338606.aspx?storypage=0 Touch of ClassMaitland has claimed a regional championship crown on home turf courtesy of the Redbacks’ senior mixed team. The Redbacks defeated Newcastle 3-1 in yesterday’s decider at Maitland Park, leading from start to finish in a thrilling touch football encounter.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/news/local/sport/other/touch-of-class/2340664.aspx?storypage=0 Side With A Touch Of ClassWhen Collaroy’s Sam Donlan joined a rookie Touch Football side this season nobody was expecting miracles.But the Manly Warringah division one women’s touch football team has defied the odds to be one game away from playing in a grand final.http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/sport/story/side-with-a-touch-of-class/ Star Of The FutureMacquarie Hills Netball and Touch star Tanisha Stanton won the most promising sports talent at this year’s Deadly Awards, held in Sydney last week. Tanisha was up against A-League Gold Coast United soccer star Tahj Minniecon, boxers Fred Mundraby and Shane Parker and Muay Thai boxer Thomas Boyle.http://www.newcastlestar.com.au/news/local/sport/netball/star-of-the-future/2311437.aspx Mudgee Touch Tests New FormatA change of format will hopefully work wonders for the Mudgee Touch Association. On the eve of a new summer competition, president Ben Stoddart believes Touch Football is on the verge of huge success.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/news/local/sport/other/mudgee-touch-tests-new-format/2318085.aspx Record Touch Footy Season To Kick-Off Season 2011-12 is shaping up as a big one for the City of Orange Touch Association. Not only are there record numbers in their junior touch competitions already underway, the seniors are looking strong as well.http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/sport/general/record-touch-footy-season-to-kickoff/2318956.aspx A Touching GestureSport is often a great way to promote causes and spread messages throughout communities. And later this month, Touch Football will be the vehicle raising awareness of health issues within the Koori community and spreading the message about the benefits of good health.http://www.batemansbaypost.com.au/news/local/sport/other/a-touching-gesture/2323216.aspx?storypage=0 Training Touches On Referee AccreditationMr Adam Wicks the NSW Touch Football Development Officer trained 28 students from Years 7 to Year 10 to gain their Level 1 Referee Accreditation on Tuesday. This will help them to ref to the best of their abilities this Friday at the Combined Schools Touch Football Netball Carnival.http://www.boorowanewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/training-touches-on-referee-accreditation/2331757.aspx Mudgee Guardian 04/10/2011They were the kings of Mudgee touch football for a good part of a decade. However, their crown was taken away from them in a thrilling grand final in February.Now, Ross Granata Motors want it back and have fired a warning shot to the rest of the men’s A-grade competition to get out of the way.Since 2003, Granata have featured in every A-grade grand final; they won seven consecutive titles during that time.But their run was ended by the Court House Hotel Fruit Bats, who featured a number of Mudgee Dragons players including Jono George and Terry Wood.Granata player and Mudgee representative Jeremy Doherty said the loss was a shock to his side.‘It was a bit but they were a good side all year. It was going to be close,’ Doherty said.Granata will have a similar team to previous years, which includes Doherty, Peter Doherty, Chris and Tim Ward, Kyle Cochrane and Jared Robinson.They also have a new player in Mudgee Dragons first division flyer Andrew Laurie.‘He will be pretty handy for us,’ Doherty said of Laurie.Most of the players in the Granata team have played alongside each other for nearly 10 years.Doherty believes that has played a significant role in their success.‘We have been pretty much the same team since we started in the under 13s,’ he said.The Mudgee touch football competition will begin on Tuesday night at Glen Willow.This year, the committee decided to play games for the summer competition only one night a week, instead of two, which has been the case for most seasons.Doherty likes the idea of only having games on one night a week as it will tighten the competition up.‘It will be a stronger competition being [on] one night, teams will be a lot more tough.‘[The one night] will help out our representative side for Port Macquarie. Instead of playing on Thursday night we can train. That should help the rep side.Caboolture News; 10/19/2011St Columban’s College Touch Football representatives were absolutely chuffed to claim two trophies at the Queensland All Schools tournament earlier this month. The school faced off in the middle of 300 teams participating in the four-day competition at Whites Hill, Brisbane. More than 3500 students took part in more than 900 games. While most were from Queensland some travelled from far and wide to assure their mark was made. “Historically we’ve seen people from all over the globe travel to compete,” All Schools Touch convener Peter Bell said. Fortunately the competition was spared the effect of rain which caused problems last year. The odd drizzle caused no hassle. For the open girls Cavendish Road State High School were the side to beat as the defending champions, however St Columban’s surprised the masses with a 6-2 shake up in the grand final. “The defending champs were beat by the better team on the day,” said Mr Bell.“Our kids were working hard organising the event and had to put in a little extra.”All Schools encourages students to experience events management first hand by organising and running the competition. The open boys saw Keebra Park take out Emmaus 5-4. St Columban’s once again shone in the junior mixed match again head to head with Cavendish Road. However the side persisted and achieved a 2-0 win. While Bell called Cavendish home base he could not deny Columban’s performance during the competition. The Queensland All Schools event has achieved world recognition in school sport, but Mr Bell said Touch Football needed more recognition in its own backyard, with other sports often overshadowing it. For more information on Queensland All Schools touch competition log on to www.qldallschools.com Players Looking For Touch Of FormNewcastle Herald 29/10/2011Starts at the national championships next March in Port Macquarie will be up for grabs when Maitland Park hosts the NSW Hornets Regional Touch Championships this weekend.Around 60 representative Touch Football teams from the Hunter, Central Coast and Central West will play across 10 fields, with more than 160 games played in men’s and women’s open, mixed seniors and men’s over-30 divisions.Wallsend, Newcastle City, Beresfield, Maitland, Nelson Bay and Singleton will fly the flag for the Hunter in the two-day carnival and are expected to dominate the Hornets squads.Three near-certainties for the Hornets are Wallsend identical twin sisters Holly and Amy Smith and Darren McSpadden.The trio played in the Australian over-30 mixed side at the world cup in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.Amy Smith was judged the top player in her side for the tournament.Maitland won the women’s title last year in Parkes, but Wallsend have the quality to dethrone the reigning champions due to their superior structure and training facilities.Central Coast won the men’s title last year and are hot favourites to go back to back.Mum’s The Word For Championship SideRockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Mum was the magic word for the Central Queensland over-35s women at last weekend’s Queensland State Touch Football Championships – quite literally.The team of mostly mums was crowned state champions in Brisbane on Sunday after a thrilling 7-6 win over South West Queensland in the grand final.The CQ girls finished the championships undefeated, with Rockhampton’s Tracy Upton named player of the final and player of the series.A humble Upton yesterday praised her teammates for the side’s success, with Rockhampton’s Tanya Shuker and Wendy Evans and Emerald’s Nyree Keating also starring.“It was unreal, really good,” Upton said.In a nail-biting gold medal game for spectators, the decider was heading for drop-offs before CQ edged out their southern opponents.“It went try for try. We’d score and we couldn’t keep them out,” Upton said.“It was a pretty good game. It was good for the crowd but not good for the players,” she said laughing.It was a big weekend for CQ’s open men, open mixed, over-35 men and over-50 men at the state titles.Despite heading away with a youthful open men’s line-up, CQ’s young guns, led by Rockhampton’s Australian star Gavin Shuker, made it all the way to the grand final before going down 10-7 to North Queensland.“They really stepped up and it was really good watching them,” said Upton, also CQ Touch’s administration officer.The hard luck story of the championships was CQ’s open mixed team, who narrowly missed out on a place in the gold medal game on a count back.With Rockhampton’s Australian representative Daniel Withers leading the charge, the open mixed team finished equal on points with Brisbane City and North Queensland for a place in the grand final against the Gold Coast Sharks.The CQ side did collect a consolation prize after Withers was named male mixed player of the series.CQ’s over-35 men and over-50 men enjoyed mixed results at the championships, with the region’s representative teams now turning their attention to next year’s National Touch League (NTL) at Port Macquarie in March.Teams To Touchdown For Carnival Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 28/10/2011Central Queensland’s Touch Football stars of the future will be on show in Rockhampton next weekend.More than 1000 junior touch players, along with their coaches, parents and supporters, will converge on Cyril Connell Fields on November 5-6 to contest this year’s Red Rooster Junior Touch Carnival.A record 85 teams from Emerald, Biloela, Blackwater, Gladstone, Cap Coast and teams from Rockhampton’s local competition will compete in the annual event in boys’ and girls’ divisions from under-10 to U17.The increase in team numbers each year has forced the tournament to be scheduled over two days for the first time this year.Cap Coast Touch, awaiting the completion of its own fields, has nominated 17 teams in the carnival and is evidence of the growth of the sport for juniors on the coast and the region.Games start at 10am on the Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday.Game On: Cyclones Take Out State Touch TitlesTownsville Bulletin 28/10/2011North Queensland’s 2012 open men’s touch football team can boast writing their own piece of history.The NQ Tropical Cyclones last weekend became the first from the region to clinch the State Touch Championships crown in Brisbane, defying the odds and even their own expectations to do it. “There’s always that hope, but never did I, as coach, think we were going to win it,’’ mentor Col Beckitt said of his young team. “But now I think it’s really put North Queensland touch on the map. We always had the talent, it was just a matter…of getting the best out of them. “It’s unreal, it’s a good feeling.’’ Perhaps propelled by the enthusiasm and fearlessness of youth, the Cyclones lost just one of six games across the weekend. But they had to work hard for it in the final. Trailing 2-1 to Central Queensland at halftime, they played attack-first footy and blew their opponents away to win 10-7. Beckitt believed the team was set up for a big future. Their next challenge will be at the national titles next year.Young Guns Close To FinalNorthern Territory News 28/10/2011THE Territory under-13 Touch Football side is just one win away from a grand final berth at the Australian Schools Touch Championships in Coffs Harbour after a stunning 6-4 win over powerhouse NSW yesterday. The young guns will play NSW again this morning for second place and the winner takes on Queensland for the gold medal this afternoon. A collective team effort got the Territorians over the line but the standout players have been captain Zane Clarke-Edwards, from Alice Springs, and Brandan Parfitt and Joel Rousell, from Darwin. The NT under-13 girls are placed third at the end of the round games while the under-15 boys and girls sides play for 7th and 8th today.College Gets A Touch Of SuccessDalby Herald 25/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane, Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships.In total the college played 19 games, with 13 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses.The under-15 Boys Team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop off against Emmaus College, Rockhampton.The U15 Girls Team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed Team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals.All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Keebra Use Deft Touch To Extend Winning ReignGold Coast Bulletin 25/10/2011Keebra Park State High School’s open boys’ touch football team has been identified as one of the best in the state. It comes after the team topped the All Schools Touch Football Competition, at the Whites Hill touch football complex, Brisbane, from October 6 to 9. Despite having taken out the top spot at the competition for the past three years, the team admitted this year’s competition was tough, winning after a close five-tries-to-four victory over Rockhampton’s Emmaus College. A semi-final win over Bundaberg State High School set up the grand final encounter against Emmaus College, with Keebra’s determination in defence paving the way for the win. Team member Manaia Rudolph said he was proud the group had been able to continue the school’s winning streak. “We have a good team spirit here at Keebra Park and what we lacked in experience we made up for with enthusiasm,” he said. “It was awesome playing against the best schools in Queensland and good to keep the tradition going.”Coach Ben Woolf praised his team’s spirit and attitude, saying he always knew they had it in them to win. “Some of these boys hadn’t played much touch football before but had the basic skills from their rugby league,” he said. “Once we worked on a bit of structure, I knew they had a chance and they stuck to the game plan and came up trumps.” Touch And Ready To Go For TitlesCoffs Coast Advocate 22/10/2011The annual School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships begin in Coffs Harbour on Monday.Boys and girls in the under-12 and under-15 year age divisions will battle for supremacy over five days of competition.BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park will be the venue and play will start on Monday following the opening ceremony at 9am.Tuesday’s and Thursday’s matches will start at 8am with Wednesday a recreational day. Play will be continuous on four fields.To assist younger players to develop their touch football ability, a two-hour skills and coaching activity will be held for the 12-years players on Tuesday starting at 2.45pm, conducted by NSW Touch in conjunction with visiting team management.Highly accredited referees Steve Lyons and Mike Franks will coordinate the whistle-blowing brigade.During the visit the students, coaches, managers and teachers will taste the hospitality of the Coffs Coast with visits arranged to the Big Banana and Pet Porpoise Pool.Peta To Take On Touch Footy’s Big Guns Without FearGympie Times 21/10/2011Even though young Touch Football player Peta Dray does not know what to expect when she takes on the under-20s state competition today, she is confident.Peta, 17, is in Year 12 at St Patrick’s College and is competing with an open women’s team in the new under-20 state competition.From that competition, she said, a Queensland “State of Origin” side would be picked.Her first game is today at 12noon.“I’ve never played in the under 20s before. I normally play in the under 18 comp,” she said.“I don’t really get excited or nervous until the hooter goes on field, but I’m looking forward to it,” she said yesterday.Playing against older women was a step up in competition. “I’m pretty confident. I just go into it like it’s any other game.”Peta has been playing touch football since she was eight years old and has been selected in the state team once before.“I hope I get in again. I’ll probably play until I die or can’t run anymore.”Peta trains four days a week, playing touch football Monday, Wednesday and Friday and training on Sunday.For 23 Years David Weekes Has Been VolunteeringWestern Advocate 21/10/2011For 23 years David Weekes has been volunteering with the Bathurst Touch Football Association and he will be back on Monday when the organisation steps up its workload for the start of its 2011 season. This season 100 teams and more than 1000 players will be playing at Learmonth Park, the home of touch football in Bathurst. Mr Weekes has been treasurer of the touch association since 1989 and has seen the game venues move around, but he is happy the sport has finally found a home. “When I started out touch was at Morse Park,” he said. “It went to Saint Pat’s for a few years, then the university for one season and then to Learmonth Park, near the hockey fields.” “Now we are on the far side of the hockey fields and have our own clubhouse. “This will be our second season there and my dream and vision for the sport has been recognised. “It is great we have our own sporting facility.” David retired from playing, but pulled the boots back on to play with his children. “I used to play a lot, in the over 30s, but now I just enjoy running around with the kids,” he said. “Touch is such a great sport as it is social and it is the thrills without the spills and being over 30 that is important.” Not only does David do the treasury, he is a referee co-ordinator and junior co-ordinator. He referees as well and he was rewarded for his contribution at the Bankstown annual NSW Touch Association dinner. “I have been to the last five dinners and was not going to go this year to give others the chance to go, but they convinced me to go,” he said. “I was awarded for my contribution to touch football. I have an office job so it is good to get out and enjoy the sunshine and run around,” David said. With the sport growing the competition is now run over Monday and Wednesday nights. Juniors play first at 5pm, then the men play at 6pm, followed by the women’s and the mixed competitions.Team Can’t Wait For 2012Sunshine Coast Daily 19/10/2011THE Sunshine Coast Pineapples under-16 touch football team will begin to prepare for next year’s competition after a successful season, having finished second behind the Sydney Rebels at September’s National Youth Touch Championships on the Sunshine Coast.Coach Shane Crotty said female sport was advancing every year and Coast locals were embracing it. “I am extremely happy with the outcome for the girls,” he said. “They are excellent athletes and they are progressing every year, making the Sunshine Coast proud.“They all performed well. They are aged between 14 and 17, but they play at an advanced level and underestimate just how good they are – their fitness is incredible.”Pineapple player Paige Parker, 16, said the season had been a tough one, especially in the warmer conditions straight after winter.“This year, everyone put in heaps of effort and we all had fun,” she said. “Even though the competition is so tough, everyone gets really excited to continue to play, working together to make the Coast proud.”Teammate Sarah Keleher agreed, saying she loved being challenged by the sport and was looking forward to next year’s competition.“Whether you play for fun or competition, every girl should have a good crack at touch footy because it’s so fun,” she said.With next year’s football season just around the corner and Australian selectors on the lookout, the Pineapples’ main plan is to “keep focused, have fun and train”, taking it all in their stride.“First and foremost, we do this because it makes us happy,” Paige said.Big Turnout To Play TouchBundaberg News Mail 15/10/2011The Bundaberg Junior Touch Football season began last night at the Greg Duncan fields on University Dve.An excited 750 eager youngsters have signed up to play in the weekly Friday night touch football fixtures.Bundaberg Junior Touch Football president David Bonser said the local sport continued to grow in popularity.“It’s proven to be very popular among both boys and girls,” he said.“There’s actually more juniors wanting to sign up so we think the final figure will be in excess of 800.”Junior touch footballers compete across 10 age categories from U7s to U17s.Bonser said players could look forward to an exciting season of competition.The season will run from last night until March 30.“It’s shaping up to be an excellent season,” he said.Bonser said the social aspect of touch football was attractive to younger competitors.“It’s not just about winning and losing,” he said.“Players get to make new friends and we put a lot of effort into selecting the teams evenly so it’s not one-sided out there.”Bonser said the $70 registration fee of players had also made the sport popular.“It’s probably one of the cheaper sporting options around,” he said.“For a whole season that’s a bargain.”Bundaberg Junior Touch Football Association fixtures begin each Friday night at 6 o’clock.College Routs RivalsNorthern Times 14/10/2011St Columban’s College Caboolture claimed two trophies at last weekend’s Queensland All Schools touch football tournament. The Open Girls side defeated Cavendish Road State High School 6-2 in the grand final, while the Year 8 mixed side also defeated Cavendish Road 2-0. With more than 3000 competitors across 356 teams vying for the title, St Columban’s assistant-principal Mike Connolly said the school was proud. Open Girls captain Britt Parker said it was “amazing” to take out the title in a tournament that featured teams from New South Wales and New Zealand. The Open Girls team was undefeated. “Our whole team trained hard,” Britt said. Year 8 Mixed girls player of the final Emily Rockley said the young side was thrilled with its win. “We knew each other really well and we played as a team,’’ Rockley said. The Open Boys team was defeated by one point after reaching the quarter finals. Connolly said only three players from the Open Girls side would graduate this year, and they would be eager to defend their title. He said many of the athletes involved took part in the school’s Academic and Sports Excellence Mentoring program.Carnage Lives Up To NameNorthern Territory News 13/10/2011Carnage came up with a major upset, knocking off the highly fancied BOC Dodgers in men’s Professionals Cup touch football on Monday night. BOC Dodgers turned up under-manned and paid the price, with Carnage tallying up an insurmountable lead and were never headed, winning 9-5. David Delaney and Tom Edgeword both had great games for Carnage, while Anthony Castro and Paul Bond worked tirelessly for the vanquished. Cazaly Crocs cashed in on a mistake- riddled Bears and ran out 7-4 winners. Grant Russell starred for Crocs, while Ben Cole tried hard for the Bears. Hoops4Health completed the men’s round with a close 4-2 win over Prospects. In Women’s Professionals Cup action, Sportsco Titans and Honkers played out a 4-4 draw in what was deemed by most to be one of the games of the season. Titans dynamic duo Racheal Curtain and captain Amanda Brimson were again dangerous. Lakeishia Baird had another great game for Honkers, with Rachel Willis being hard to stop. The Hoops4Health women coasted to a 7-2 victory over Scorpions.College In Touch With BestDalby Herald 11/10/2011Last weekend in Brisbane Our Lady of the Southern Cross College sent three teams to the Qld All Schools Touch Football Championships. In total, the college played 19 games with 13 wins, three draws and three losses.The under-15 Boys team won their pool and made it through to the final 16 on Sunday where they lost 5-4 in a drop-off against Emmaus College Rockhampton.The U15 Girls team finished second in the their pool but also made it through to the final 16 on Sunday were they lost 2-1 in a drop-off against Palm Beach Currumbin.The Open Mixed team finished second in their pool but didn’t qualify for the finals. All students enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to the 2012 Carnival. Ranges Teens Within Touch Of The Nation’s BestSunbury-Macedon Ranges Leader 11/10/2011IT was just six years ago that touch football hit the Macedon Ranges. Now the region has produced some of the state’s best players. Four boys from the Macedon area took part in the Under-18 National Youth Championships, held in Caloundra last month. Tom Anderson captained the team, while Zach Pain, Michael Boyd and Scott Boyd rounded out the local contingent. Macedon was also represented in the girls’ tournament, with Megan Lorkin captaining the team which included Ash Butler and coach Sarah Ray. Victoria faced fierce opposition from the hardened Queensland and New South Wales sides, losing all its games in the boys’ and girls’ competitions but showing gallant improvement against the states more exposed to the game. The region’s younger stars will fly the state’s flag at the end of the month, with Jackie Boyd, Jack Anderson, Matt Anderson and Samantha Francis gearing up for the Under-15 National Championships in Coffs Harbour. Similar to rugby league or union, but without tackling, touch football is played by six competitors on each team and has 20-minute halves. While still obscure in Victoria, it is a popular game in the nation’s northern states. Victorian coach Chris Pain said the representatives from the Macedon Ranges Touch Football Competition had done well to compete at the elite level. “They have just been fantastic,” he said. “They have been a dedicated bunch, which has been really good. “Essentially that is what it boils down to. You need that to step up at the next level.”Students Keen To Shine At All Schools Touch TitlesRockhampton Morning Bulletin 06/10/2011Emmaus College captain James Baartz is ready to lead Rockhampton’s onslaught on the 2011 Queensland All Schools tournament. Baartz and his Emmaus College teammates are competing in the open boys division at the biggest schools Touch Football event in the world from today when they hit the White Hill touch fields in Brisbane.Some 17 teams from Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast are also headed to the four-day carnival, with Baartz’s Emmaus College contesting five of the six divisions.Teams from Rockhampton High, North Rockhampton High, St Brendan’s College, Rockhampton Grammar School, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, St Ursula’s College and The Cathedral College are all competing in the carnival in the hopes of featuring in the finals on Sunday. Across the four days, each team will play five matches before the finals on Sunday. After starring in Queensland Secondary Schools under-18 13-7 win over New South Wales at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships last month, Baartz is eager to continue his good form.Emmaus College open their carnival at 3pm today against rugby league heavyweights Ignatius Park College, Townsville, and a quietly spoken Baartz is confident. “We’ve got a good bunch of boys. They know what they’re doing,” he said. “In the local competition, we’re on top at the moment, so hopefully we can take that form into All Schools.”The boys play as a team in the Rockhampton Senior Touch Association’s B grade men’s competition and are blitzing the competition midway through the season, having won six of seven matches during the season.After bowing out in the All Schools semi-finals in 2009, coach Gary Benbow said the team was red-hot last year before rain ruined their chances of winning. “I’ve got high expectations for them,” he said. “Most of the players played last year and with the young guys coming through and James leading them, I’m confident.”Hoops Edge HonkersNorthern Territory News 06/10/2011THE Monday night clash in the women’s Professionals Cup touch football game between Hoops4Health and Honkers didn’t disappoint as a contest, with a close and exciting game before the Hoops prevailed 4-3. Honkers came out fast from the outset and with their usual hard-rucking through Rachel Willisand Leah Sneddon, they scored first. Hoops bounced back, with some great second-phase play putting Mel Turner over, but Honkers then went on to dominate the first-half, scoring two more touchdowns. Hoops4Health came out better in the second-half and stole the win with a late scoring frenzy. Firstly it was youngster Sophie Armitstead and then Kelly O’Connor for a touchdown with only seconds left.The other women’s game saw Sportsco Titans heap more misery on Scorpions’ season with a clinical 8-1 drubbing. In men’s Professionals Cup games, BOC Dodgers registered an emphatic 8-4 victory over Bears to keep them in contention for a top-two finish. The other men’s game saw a pulsating 3-3 draw between Hoops4Health and arch-rivals Cazaly Crocs in an often spiteful clash that culminated in a player melee on full-time.The game between Carnage and Prospects was postponed due to Carnage’s involvement in the National Defence Touch Championships.
By BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day two
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Man Utd get PSG; Liverpool, Tottenham take on German giants; Juventus vs Atletico Madrid;by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will face PSG in the Champions League last-16 after the draw was completed in Switzerland on Monday morning.Liverpool and Tottenham will play Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, avoiding the likes of Barcelona and Juventus.Max Allegri’s team drew Atletico Madrid, while Barca will play Lyon. In the other matches, defending champions Real Madrid will take on Ajax, Roma face Porto and Manchester City get their reward for finishing top of their group as they face Bundesliga side Schalke.UEFA Champions League Round of 16 drawLiverpool vs Bayern MunichAjax vs Real MadridRoma vs PortoLyon vs BarcelonaManchester United vs PSGTottenham vs Borussia DortmundManchester City vs SchalkeAtletico Madrid vs Juventus
ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?
Penn State is not the Ohio State basketball team’s most intimidating opponent. The Nittany Lions, who the Buckeyes will play Wednesday, come into the game with a 10-11 record overall and a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. But the Big Ten has five teams ranked among the top 25, which is more than any conference in the nation. Coach Thad Matta said that in the Big Ten this year, there are no easy games, no matter the record. “I don’t think there’s a coach in the Big Ten that feels good about the next game that they’re playing and that’s just documented by who has beaten who,” Matta said. “Records or ranking or where the game has played really has not much relevance. You have to play in this league and know at the conclusion of one game you’re going to another battle the next game.” The Buckeyes are 5-2 in the conference this year with both losses coming on the road. Wednesday’s game against Penn State will be at home in the Schottenstein Center where the Buckeyes have an undefeated 14-0 record this year. The Nittany Lions come into Wednesday’s game having lost four out of the their last five contests. The lone win in that streak came against Illinois, who the Buckeyes lost to Jan. 10. Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is considered by many the best point guard in the Big Ten. The junior has averaged 18 points and more than six assists on the year. Matta said containing Frazier will be a “challenge.” “He makes them go, there’s no question about it,” Matta said. “The ball is in his hands a lot so it’s not on (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) or (sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith) or whoever is on him at the particular time. It’s going to have to be really all five guys somehow, someway give support and help him out.” Smith said Matta told the team that Penn State is not to be taken lightly and the team needs to play a complete game. “The first thing he told us is they probably play harder than any team we’re going to play this year,” Smith said. “Watching them a little bit on film, it’s obvious. They crash the boards … They’re going to play 40 minutes of good hard basketball.” Smith said the key to beating Penn State is their focus and intensity on the defensive end of the floor. “Whenever we find ourselves playing great defense, our offense just carries off,” Smith said. Eleven games remain on OSU’s regular season schedule and six of those games come against opponents who are currently ranked. Despite more high-profile matchups on the horizon, Matta said he’s not worried about his team looking past Penn State. “It is strictly Penn State,” Matta said. “I want our guys focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s Penn State. If you find yourself looking too far ahead, it will come back and get you in the end.” Tipoff for Wednesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m.
Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.