Mallard’s Source for sports is once again going above and beyond the call of Team of the Week selection by honouring the group with, of course, Team of the Week accolades.Some of the dancers include, back row, L-R, Dale Cushway, Connor Clover, Otho Finch, Sam Gerlizt and Tanner Spencer.Middle, Dana Dickinson-Sampson, Rachel Kinakin, Kate Harvey-Vieira, Aisha Smith, Ema Collinson.Front, Rebecca Landsberg, Hazel Nichol and Sarah Jane-Hicks. The Dance Umbrella is once again hosting its annual Spring Showcase Thursday through Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.Spectators will see a variety of dances from student between the ages of three to 18.
He then played two seasons in Penticton in the BC Hockey League before getting a scholarship with Boston College.During his senior season at Boston College, MacLeod served as an assistant captain while playing all 40 games for the Eagles.He tallied 11 assists with four of the points coming 20 Hockey East contests, finished with a plus-8 rating and set Patrick Brown up with the game-winning goal to help Boston College clinch its fifth-consecutive Beanpot title.Off the ice, MacLeod won the William J. Flynn Coaches Award captured the Academic Excellence Award as the senior with the highest grade point average.“My four years at BC (Boston College) was an amazing experience for me,” MacLeod explained.“I grew and learned so much in many different aspects of life from hockey to academics and everything in between. BC and the people I met there have had a tremendous impact on me and have helped shape who I will become moving forward.”“It’s weird to think that I’ve graduated and won’t be back there in the fall wearing the Maroon and Gold again,” he added.“It was an experience I’ll always treasure and am very proud to call myself an Eagle.”After spending some time in Nelson, the youngest of Deborah and Allan MacLeod’s three children trekked to the Alberta Capitol to work on a golf-course, train, try to gain some weight, and, for the most part, work on the golf game.MacLeod has been also able to train with the Correale cousins, Nic, Dan and (former Nelson Leaf) Gus, the latter two relations who attend NCAA schools.And, of course, wait after seeing the depth the Sharks have on defence for the upcoming future.“I’ve talked to my agent a couple times and he basically just tells me it’s a process,” said MacLeod, part of the Nelson Leafs KIJHL title winning squad in 2009.“He’s in contact with teams at different levels trying to find a spot where I’m wanted and will be able to succeed. I just have to be focused on working out hard and gaining weight.”Despite the wait, MacLeod is confident his credentials will have the former Nelson Leaf rearguard manning the blueline somewhere in 2014-15.“I’m confident I’ll have somewhere to play next year, I’m not sure where it’ll be or what league but I’ll be playing (somewhere) even if it’s on Tuesday nights in Nelson,” MacLeod says jokingly.“Best case scenario would be attending an NHL camp but I just want to be in a situation that I have a chance to improve and am given an opportunity to perform and play.” Like many college or university graduates Isaac Macleod has been busy scanning the employment pages looking for a place to hang his hat.Having recently graduated from Boston College with business degree from the Carroll School of Management with a concentration in Economics, the Nelson native is hungry to gain meaningful employment.However, Macleod has been pigeonholed into a strange category when it comes to finding a new job and can’t even speak to prospective employers until mid-August when the Nelson native becomes a free agent.Oh, I guess we forgot to explain that along with his Carroll School of Managementbusiness degree, MacLeod is a graduate of the Boston College Eagles Men’s Hockey team and should be a lock to be playing hockey somewhere next season.“It’s definitely been a process moving forward,” Macleod, the 136th overall selection — fifth round — of the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 NHL draft.“I have to be patient and basically just do what I can to prepare for next season wherever that may be.”MacLeod’s wait is all because of a rule in the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement that states an NHL club retains the rights of the player for exclusive negotiation through August 15 following the graduation of his college class provided he remains a college student through at least the start of his senior season.Meaning while Boston College teammate Thatcher Demko was attending the Canucks prospects camp in Vancouver earlier this summer after being drafted in the second-round of the 2014 NHL draft at No. 36, MacLeod is on the outside looking in as he trains vigorously in Edmonton with his cousins.“It’s extremely hard not knowing where I’ll be playing or what league or anything but I’ve just been training and working and trying to prepare for wherever I do end up next year,” the 6’5”, 212 pound mobile rearguard explained from Edmonton.“Hopefully someone will give me an opportunity so I can keep playing the game.”“I was very happy for Demmer to get drafted, especially to an organization like the Canucks,” added MacLeod, finishing his college career with two goals for 27 points in 142 games and a NCAA Championship in 2012.“(I have to admit) I was a bit bummed out about not going to any development camps but that’s the way she goes. It’s a great experience going to camps like that because there are so many coaches and players that can help teach you things to improve your game.”MacLeod played minor hockey in Nelson before joining the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.
· BOLO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY· AMERICAN PHAROAH WEATHERS REBEL IN HIGH STYLE· HESS LONGSHOT HOPES TO ‘STEAL’ THE SAN LUIS REY· DADDY D T IN GOOD SPOT FOR PASADENA STAKES· NAKATANI COULD BE BACK ON HORSES IN FOUR WEEKS· MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12BOLO REMAINS ON DIRT IN SANTA ANITA DERBY After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch. Next up for the Temple City colt: the $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby on April 4. “We were very pleased,” said Carla Gaines, who trains Bolo for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle Mack. “It was sort of an unknown (racing on dirt for the first time), and he had missed some training and didn’t go into the race exactly as we would have liked. “But he ran really well in spite of me,” she concluded with a self-effacing chuckle.Bolo worked four furlongs on an overcast Thursday morning in 47.80. Mike Smith, who rode Ocho Ocho Ocho in the San Felipe, rides Bolo in the Santa Anita Derby, leaving Ocho Ocho Ocho open at press time. Ocho Ocho Ocho worked five furlongs Wednesday for Jim Cassidy in 1:00.80. Smith had ridden Bolo in his first three races. “He worked really good,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts in the San Felipe, in which he lost for the first time, finishing eighth. “I was really happy with the work and I’m happy with the horse right now.“His cuts are healed; he’s better than he was last week. He was kind of quiet last week.” Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park scheduled to work six furlongs at his San Luis Rey base Saturday for the Santa Anita Derby. Joe Steiner will be up.AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK AFTER REBEL ROMP Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah was back on the track at Santa Anita for the first time Thursday morning since his scintillating 6 ¼-length win on a sealed but sloppy track in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday. “He looks happy,” trainer Bob Baffert said. Said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes who was on hand for the Rebel performance: “It was exciting. He ran the way we expected him to. We just had to deal with the elements. That was the worst part of the trip, the heavy rains. “But it didn’t seem to bother him, he shipped well, and we learned about shipping and weather, so that’s good.”HESS CLAIM SEEKS TO STEAL SAN LUIS REY STAKESBob Hess Jr. is hoping Joes Blazing Aaron catches a flyer in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes and can carry his speed a mile and a half to victory in the grassy Grade II race for older horses that offers $200,000 in purse money.Claimed for $62,500 from his last start, Joes Blazing Aaron is a committed front-runner, having won seven of 37 career starts and $393,491.“(Joe) Talamo worked him Sunday (five furlongs on the main track in 1:01) and he’ll ride him,” Hess said. “The horse is an old, classy individual, very healthy. I think he likes the turf course here.“He’s coming off a real good race (third at 1 ¼ miles on turf Feb. 27, beaten just over a length when he went the first six furlongs in 1:09.60).“Hopefully,” Hess said, “he doesn’t have to go nine and change this time.”The field for the San Luis Rey: Raise Your Gaze, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Play Hard to Get, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 10-1; Power Foot, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Buymeabond, Iggy Puglisi, 20-1; Joesblazing Aaron, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Fly Lexis Fly, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 9-2.TALAMO’S HEART BELONGS TO DADDY (D T) IN PASADENA Joe Talamo expects another strong effort aboard Daddy D T when he rides the Scat Daddy ridgling for Hronis Racing and John Sadler in Saturday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf. Talamo and Daddy D T finished second by a neck in an overnight race at a mile on grass Feb. 22. “He should be tough,” Talamo said. “They didn’t have much speed last time. The turf was soft. He ran a good race. He’s run against come tough horses (American Pharoah and Bolo, to name but two). “He shows up every time. If he doesn’t win, he’s always right there.” In six starts, Daddy D T has one win, a second and two thirds. The Pasadena, race four on a nine-race program: Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Daddy D T, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Papacoolpapacool, Elvis Trujillo, 7-2; Temple Keys, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 20-1; Soul Driver, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Stand and Salute, Flavien Prat, 10-1; and Anytime Anyplace, Martin Pedroza, 6-1.LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON APRIL 12Santa Anita Park has announced that 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award winner Mike Luzzi will travel west from his home in New York to receive the prestigious Woolf Award trophy in a ceremony between races on Sunday, April 12. Sidelined due to a broken leg and fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident at Aqueduct on Nov. 2, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is now rehabbing for a return to the saddle at some point this year. Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. America’s Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1989, Luzzi, by a vote of his peers, outpolled four other finalists: James Graham, Leslie Mawing, Corey Nakatani and the recently retired Rosie Napravnik. It is expected that Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, will be accompanied April 12 by his wife, Tania, daughter, Larue, 14, and son, Lane, 16.FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos hopes Corey Nakatani can resume riding in about a month after the 44-year-old Hall of Fame nominee went down when his mount, Bilger’s Sapphire, clipped heels and fell in Sunday’s fifth race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. “It’s not as bad as it appeared,” Matos said. “He had no surgery. His (left) collar bone is broken but it’s not displaced and it takes three weeks to heal. He’ll have X-rays taken, and then if everything looks all right, he can start getting on horses.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux rides Mr. Z for D. Wayne Lukas in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds on March 28. Nakatani had been scheduled to ride . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo named on horses at the Fair Grounds on March 28, including War Story in the Louisiana Derby; Moreno in the New Orleans Handicap; and Chocolate Ride in the Mervin H. Munoz Jr. Memorial . . . Thursday morning, trainer Craig Lewis was still pondering where streaking Warren’s Veneda would make her next start. “Against the boys (in the Charles Town Classic), the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, or maybe just wait,” the trainer said of the California-bred mare who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Saturday for her third straight stakes win. Incidentally, the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18 will be run in the daytime this year, not in the evening as in the past . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under Gary Stevens in a snappy 1:10.80 for her 5-year-old debut. “The Madison (at Keeneland on April 4) remains a possibility,” trainer Richard Mandella said. San Onofre‘s time of 1:10.40 for Karen Headley was the fastest at the distance, the average time of which was 1:12.60 . . . David Nance, second in Santa Anita’s Handicapping Challenge Tournament last week, and jockey Aaron Gryder, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Santa Anita presents the world-famous Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship Saturday in its spacious infield. Taste delicious samplings from the masters of BBQ and watch a full card of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com . . . Poetry in motion: Saturday’s hunch play of the day comes in the San Luis Rey–Raise Your Gaze, ridden by Tyler Baze. 18% 126 $641,766 10 20% 6 6 3rd $3,086,378 22 21 Edwin Maldonado 3 Philip D’Amato 174 28% Ron Ellis 20 12 31 $208,298 164 $1,347,068 0 $1,720,510 12 29 $350,850 10% 9 $182,920 26 17 22% (Current Through Sunday, March 15) 20 Mts $1,909,756 Mark Glatt 205 9 20 Money Won 12 13 109 115 Bob Baffert 29 Peter Eurton $214,740 $1,698,860 15 Peter Miller 21% 9% 16 $1,305,436 $1,221,370 11 19 181 1 Mario Gutierrez 10 110 5 94 Rafael Bejarano 15 14 -more-3/3/3/3 85 11 9 19 Victor Espinoza 13 Win% 23 15% 10 22% 20 16% 26 $708,410 $777,418 61 Joseph Talamo 3 4 15 22 22 14 15 3 Flavien Prat 1st 89 9 Win% 12 $259,130 $1,969,614 9 6 Tiago Pereira 22 $441,172 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $1,542,058 Michael Pender 9% 154 55 14% 5 Kent Desormeaux Brandon Boulanger A. C. Avila Mike Puype 5 16 $603,024 Richard Mandella 47 $359,720 Felipe Valdez 15 11% 2 2nd $2,525,552 19% Martin Garcia 141 7 9 3rd Money Won 59 60 16% 111 2 114 5 23 6 20% 6 Aaron Gryder 45 5% $213,346 19% 61 4 2 4 16 $322,480 12 18 $255,180 12 9 $142,370 34 Jerry Hollendorfer 20 2nd 6 Richard Baltas 19% 1st 10 53 105 14 14 Steve Knapp 10 Tyler Baze 13% Elvis Trujillo Santiago Gonzalez 11 7% $1,680,142 John Sadler 3 13 6 243 $418,022 18% 59 $374,016 44 24% 12% 11 16 10 7 7 16 138 $173,700 $522,802 11 74 7 7 20 33 11% Sts 2 12 138 9 20% 8% 12 16% 11% 8 7 10 Fernando Perez Jockey 13% 10 Mike Smith 7 15 Gary Stevens James Cassidy Doug O’Neill 48 7 19% 92 12% $812,444 $583,256 9 21 8 19% 159 Jeff Bonde 32 $323,080 18 31 30% 9 8 3 $384,160 10 17% 13% $2,200,581 3 17% 10 12 Hector Palma 52 62 Jack Carava 19 17% 25 30 19 11 Steven Miyadi 115 $585,824 Mark Casse 89 29 14 Eddie Truman 17 32 8% 15% 224 28 27 $568,840 $296,250 $1,195,066 5 $525,378 41 4 21% Thomas Proctor Drayden Van Dyke $1,006,284 $285,938 15% 9 89 6 22 Brice Blanc 14 10% 2 $471,194 $664,966 15% 11 1 16 Martin Pedroza Corey Nakatani 30 Trainer 30 35% $933,348
HIGHLY REGARDED FRENCH-BRED DANZA CAVALLO ONE OF TWO SHIPPING IN FROM KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2015)–Monday’s Memorial Day headliner, the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, has attracted a talent laden cast of 10 fillies and mares including recent local graded stakes winners Blingismything and Queen of The Sand, along with a pair of invaders from Kentucky–Grade I stakes winner Hard Not to Like and graded stakes placed Danza Cavallo.Trained by Eric Kruljac, Blingismything stalked the pace and was up to win the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes by a nose on April 26 and will try 1 1/8 miles for the second time in her career on Monday. A close seventh, beaten just two lengths in her only other try at the distance–the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes five starts back on Dec. 27, Blingismything has been a gem of consistency, with her only out of the money performance in 10 races coming in the Frankel.A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Arch, Blingismything is owned by Class Racing Stable and retains the services of leading rider Tyler Baze. With an overall mark of 10-4-2-3, she has earnings of $246,330.Like Blingismything, trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Irish-bred Queen of The Sand exits a nose victory last time out, in her case, the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18. Next-to-last in the early going, the 5-year-old mare rallied late, overcoming traffic trouble, to just prevail over Fanticola, who’ll she’ll again face in the Gamely.Owned by Derrick Fisher, Queen of The Sand will make only her third start of the year and sports an overall mark of 23-8-2-3, with earnings of $343,920. Although winless in three tries at 1 1/8 miles, she has three wins from four tries at a flat mile on turf and will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola, who just missed a gate to wire win over Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara on April 18, will likely show plenty of speed again when shortening up a furlong in the Gamely. A winner of the one mile turf Megahertz Stakes three starts back on Jan. 17, the 5-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare has been no worse than third in her last five starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Fanticola, who has never run at the Gamely distance, is 15-4-4-6 overall, with earnings of $288,300.Third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara, Team Valor International’s Three Hearts was perhaps unlucky in defeat, as she lacked room at the rail from the quarter pole to the furlong marker at odds of 5-2. Conditioned by Neil Drysdale, the 5-year-old Hat Trick mare is 6-1-2-2 at the Gamely distance and is 17-3-4-5 overall with earnings of $262,249. Ridden by Tyler Baze in her last three starts, she switches to Gary Stevens on Monday.Trainer Christophe Clement’s Hard Not to Like, who caught a yielding turf when running third in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 11, brings a solid resume, that includes a Grade I win in last year’s Wiley, to Monday’s Gamely. Hard Not to Like finished first in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31, but was disqualified to second. The 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun is 18-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $781,671. She’s owned by Speedway Stable, LLC.French-bred Danza Cavallo rallied from far off the pace to take her second stateside start, a third condition allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 17 at Keeneland. Second, beaten a neck in her U.S. debut, the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf Long Island Handicap Nov. 8, Danza Cavallo has been favored in both of her U.S. starts. Conditioned by Chad Brown and owned by Sheep Pond Partners and Dubb, the 4-year-old filly by Sunday Break will be piloted for the third consecutive start by Irad Ortiz, Jr. She is 13-4-4-2, with earnings of $189,868.With all horse assigned 119 pounds, here is the Grade I Gamely Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith; Three Hearts, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Elektrum, Flavien Prat; Danza Cavallo, Irad Ortiz, Jr.; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, and Queen of The Sand, Drayden Van Dyke. First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has denied he will quit Tottenham this weekend.Reports on social media and in some sections of the mainstream media claimed the Spurs boss would resign after his team’s North London derby at Arsenal.2 Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off rumours he is set to quit as Spurs bossCredit: EPABut Poch, speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon, says the only place he is going next week is on a trip abroad before returning to the club to meet chairman Daniel Levy.That will be a relief to Spurs fans who feared their manager was heading for exit.One bookmaker even stopped taking bets on Pochettino quitting the club.But the Argentinian, speaking at his pre-match Press conference this afternoon, said: “What I can say about it is that is stupidity and rumour.”I have worked here for five years and now we are working Pochettino 6.0.“Social media has created this problem But I’m not going to walk away after London derby.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer2″I am going to be here on Monday.“I am then going away and coming back on Friday to meet Daniel.”I will then watch some international games at weekend before coming back on Monday to prepare for our next match the following weekend.”Mauricio Pochettino explains his idea of managers competing against other managers in the Premier League
The Storm won’t risk the 33-year-old in February’s Auckland Nines, with a shoulder injury limiting the former Australian and Queensland star to eight games in two years.But assistant coach Jason Ryles said Slater will return to the field for the first time since round one of 2016 in the pre-season, seemingly removing any doubt over his readiness for the opening round of the NRL season.”(He’ll) definitely be playing in our 13 v 13 trials,” Ryles told Sky Sports Radio on Friday.”It’s not worth the risk sending a player of his quality to the Nines, I don’t think.”Slater has been on the comeback trail since re-aggravating the shoulder issue in March last year, shutting down his entire campaign.He managed seven games in 2015.The 278-game veteran said in December his shoulder was not back to full strength and cast doubt on his prospects of returning to rugby league.But Ryles said he was progressing well, having returned to full contact at training this month.”He’s training really well. He’s started his contact so he’s in pretty good shape at the moment. He’s increasing his contact every week,” he said.”He’s been back in full training for quite a while now. Hopefully he translates that into a good NRL season.”Ryles said Slater’s return would allow Cameron Munster to shift into a ball-running role, with the stand-in fullback training at five-eighth in the off-season.”There’s certainly a huge bonus having Bill back and also having Cameron Munster as a bit more of a runner,” he said.
The 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.”
The 45-year-old played two Tests for Samoa and then, following a three-year stand-down, seven for the All Blacks, including against South Africa at the 1999 World Cup.A statement released by Mika’s family on Tuesday says he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, NZME reports.”Dylan was a very much-loved husband and father to Tracy and their daughter, Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.”He was a hugely talented athlete, well-respected in the Samoan community and abroad, but just as importantly to his friends and family a warm, wonderful and caring man.”Gone far too soon at the age of just 45.”
Maintaining the second spot with 15 points with Lae Welgris United followed closely behind with 14 points Madang FC must win this game this weekend against rivals Lae Welgris to maintain their lead.Madang FC Patron and Governor Jim Kas while hosting the teams get together after the weekend home game against Goroka Goshia FC, assured the boys he will be there with them in Lae to cheer them on and urgec them to stay focussed and win this game.“It is a must-win game and I want all of you to stay focussed, give your best on the training field and grasp what is given by coaches to go up against Welgris,” Kas said.Madang FC Board comprises of Governor Jim Kas as Patron, Chairman is Deputy Provincial Administrator Paul Ito, Managing Director of Sigma Construction Sigfred Beche as Deputy Chairman responsible for home games grounds, Burnie Meten Principle Lawyer, Meten Lawyers as legal advisor, Collin Mileng Telikom Momase Regional Networking Manager as Treasurer, with other board members including Adolf Duanga Deputy Provincial Administrator Corporate and Government Affairs, Madang Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Murray, Lukae Mano and Freda Pomat.Board Member Duanga who is in charge of MFC Administration wants nothing more than a win this weekend to keeps the fire burning.Duanga yesterday, during the boys training urged them to aim high and win this weekends game against Lae Welgris before coming back for the last home game against Lae City Dwellers.Duanga says the board members stand together with the management and fans to support the boys and will not let them down.Meanwhile Madang FC coach Bob Morris with his assistant Amos Romo said the mistakes of the last weekend game against Goroka FC have been worked on during the training season this week.He said this weekends game will be a tough one but he is ready to put a strong team to challenge Welgris United who are one point behind them.Morris said he will announce the team tomorrow before travelling to Lae and are looking forward to the game against Lae Welgris.He said he will be calling on captain Max Sengum and his assistant Vanya Malagian to lead the boys with Felix Komolong and Langarap Samol provide good leadership in the backline.However, Morris said the boys know what is expected of them and will play to their best.He said the boys will leave for Lae tomorrow and will prepare for the game on Saturday.
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