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Why Sydneysiders should support the Roosters

first_imgThe finals series started with such promise for the harbour city with five teams finishing inside the Telstra Premiership top eight, but two weeks later that number has dwindled down to one with the Bondi boys Sydney’s last hope. Week One of the finals saw the pride of the Northern beaches and the Shire bow out while Sydney’s golden West was left reeling when the Eels and Panthers were eliminated by their Queensland foes. You’d think Sydney would rally around the Roosters this weekend – especially when you consider the three remaining teams are from interstate – but that doesn’t appear to be the case. There has long been a stigma surrounding those from the Eastern suburbs that their affluence and elitism makes them better than the rest, but surely Sydneysiders can let bygones be bygones for the greater good of their state. This is a match that deserves a full house at Allianz Stadium, and just to show you how nice the area is, fans should make a day of it and experience all the east has to offer before heading to Moore Park. Come to Double Bay and enjoy a magical brunch at Indigo before you sneak off to Redleaf pool to enjoy one of Sydney’s hidden gems.Head on over to Watsons Bay for their world-famous fish and chips and mesmerising views while you sip on champagne at their waterside venues. Or if you have a bit more time, hop on the 333 bus – or pay plenty for parking – and enjoy Bondi in all its glory. Dine at Icebergs and watch your Instagram likes soar, chill at the Bucket List with your mates for a beer or two or simply enjoy a stroll on the beach to work on your summer tan. As tempting as that all sounds, Roosters players know it’s a hard sell for rival fans to jump on the bandwagon considering their recent success. “I just hope they get on board with us. As much as they might not like us during the regular season, they’ve just got to back us as the last NSW side,” Roosters winger Daniel Tupou – who lives in Auburn in Sydney’s west – told NRL.com. “There is a bit of pressure as the last Sydney side, but as a team we love that pressure and we won’t let it affect us. We’ll embrace the challenge and do our best for New South Wales. “There’s a bit of a State of Origin feel given the calibre of players and what’s at stake so hopefully that’s enough for the rest of Sydney to get behind us.”Roosters co-captain Jake Friend would love Sydney to get behind his team and told NRL.com a packed house would turn a classic encounter into a night fans will never forget. “We’re the last Sydney team so you’d hope that other fans from other teams would come and support us,” he said. “The main thing is that we get a big crowd here at Allianz. I’m sure all the Roosters supporters and members will be out here in force, and given it’s finals footy, you’d like to think that there’d be a big crowd to support the game. “As a player you want as many people as you can get here, and given what’s at stake, hopefully we’ll see a big crowd that can generate an amazing atmosphere because that’s what we all love to play off. “There’s so much external sort of stuff that people talk about that can get you side-tracked, but for us, I think we’ve just been focussing on what we need to worry about. We know that all that external stuff is there, but if you watch our training then you’ll know that it doesn’t bother us.”last_img read more

Man City back on top, Huddersfield equal record for earliest relegation

first_img0Shares0000Bernardo Silva helped Manchester City move back to the top of the Premier League © AFP / Adrian DENNISLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 30 – Manchester City swept back to the top of the table with a stylish 2-0 win at Fulham, while Huddersfield equalled the record for the earliest Premier League relegation after defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.Amid the drama at the top and bottom, Manchester United celebrated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as permanent manager with a 2-1 win over Watford to climb into fourth place. Bernardo Silva’s fifth-minute strike from the edge of the area was followed by Sergio Aguero’s cool finish as City effectively wrapped up the points in the first 27 minutes.City lead Liverpool by one point with seven games remaining for both sides, but Jurgen Klopp’s men can regain pole position with victory over third-placed Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, which they retained last month.A potential 14 games now stand between them and history, but there will be far tougher tests in wait than struggling Fulham, who are 16 points adrift of safety with just six games left.“The way we started was amazing. They surprised me again, the first 15-20 minutes was exceptional,” Guardiola said.“Every game we have to win if we want to be champions. We have tough opponents, but that is the challenge.”Bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield’s two-season stay in the top flight came to an end at Selhurst Park as they slumped to a 24th defeat in 32 league games by losing 2-0 at Palace.Huddersfield are only the second club to be relegated from the Premier League in March after Derby went down with 11 points in 2008.They survived just one day longer than Derby in 2008 and equalled their unwanted Premier League record of relegation after 32 games.Already destined for the drop, Jan Siewert’s side had their fate sealed due to their result and wins for Burnley and Southampton.Luka Milivojevic’s 76th-minute penalty put Huddersfield behind after a foul on Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.Patrick van Aanholt’s 88th-minute strike pushed the bedraggled Terriers back to the Championship.“It is hard to say what I am feeling, disappointment of course. It sums the season up that a penalty decides the direction. I haven’t counted but we’ve conceded maybe eight to 10 penalties this season,” Siewert said.“For me in life there is failure and success and it belongs together.“I don’t want to talk about those failures publicly, but it is important to learn as a club and this club is willing to do it.”– Lethal United –United moved back into the top four after Solskjaer’s first game in permanent charge © AFP / Paul ELLISAt Old Trafford, Solskjaer received a rapturous reception from the crowd when he strolled down the touchline just before kick-off, days after agreeing a three-year contract following his successful spell as interim boss.After Watford dominated the early stages, Solskjaer was applauding a lethal United counter-attack to open the scoring through Marcus Rashford in the 28th minute.Luke Shaw unfurled a superb pass from deep in his own half and Rashford sprinted clear to clip a deft finish over Watford keeper Ben Foster for his 13th goal of the season.After successive defeats against Arsenal and Wolves before the international break, Anthony Martial ensured United got back on track when he bundled home in the 72nd minute despite Watford’s appeals for offside.It is the first time since the 1995-96 season that United have had four players score 10 or more goals in a Premier League campaign as Martial joined Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba in double figures.Abdoulaye Doucoure scored for Watford in the 90th minute, but United are level on points with Tottenham and one point above fifth-placed Arsenal, who host Newcastle on Monday.At Turf Moor, Burnley moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Wolves.Sean Dyche’s side took the lead in the second minute when Chris Wood’s shot hit a post and deflected off Conor Coady for the Wolves’ defender’s third own goal this season.Dwight McNeil netted in the 77th minute to improve Burnley’s chances of survival.Southampton also took a step towards beating the drop with a 1-0 win over south-coast rivals Brighton.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg chipped in from Nathan Redmond’s pass in the 53rd minute to leave Saints five points clear of third-bottom Cardiff, who face Chelsea on Sunday.Leicester beat Bournemouth 2-0 with goals from Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy, while Everton won 2-0 at West Ham thanks to strikes from Kurt Zouma and Brazilian Bernard.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVES €1.5M FOR EIGHT UNFINISHED HOUSING ESTATES

first_imgDonegal County Council has secured €1.5M from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Special Resolution Fund Initiative for unfinished housing estates.The total amount of funding received in respect of the eight developments is €851,101 and this will in turn leverage additional private investment of €680,288, resulting in a total investment in these Unfinished Estates of €1,531,389.These funds will be targeted to principally address infrastructural deficiencies within the developments such as roads and footpaths, water and sewer services, public lighting and amenity or open space areas, which will provide for the improvement of conditions for residents. All works funded under this initiative must be fully completed and all monies drawn down from the Department before the end of 2014. Details of the approvals are as follows.Development Location Approved FundingProjected Leveraged Private SpendArd na Greine Ardara €86,980 €35,546 Cathedral Hill Raphoe €178,215 €70,000Cois na hAbhainn Malin €59,372 €39,645Crest of the Wave Bundoran €194,400 €129,000Doran Close Bundoran €97,000 €97,000Gerards Way Carndonagh €31,366 €55,858 Monreagh Burnfoot €150,000 €147,239Radharc an Chuian Ramelton €53,768 €106,000COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVES €1.5M FOR EIGHT UNFINISHED HOUSING ESTATES was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilhousinglast_img read more