Pacific nations to host future Tests in new 10-year rolling calendar

first_imgRLIF CEO Nigel Wood confirmed on the eve of Saturday’s opening round of Oceania Cup matches between New Zealand and Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium and Samoa and Papua New Guinea at Leichhardt Oval that the international body wanted to play games in the Pacific islands.An RLIF meeting in Singapore earlier this month agreed that the Oceania Cup would be staged mid-year and at the end of the season on an annual basis, except in 2021 and 2025 when the World Cup is held.The RLIF’s ambition is to have at least eight countries with a chance of winning the World Cup and it is hoped playing regular matches in the Oceania Cup will help Samoa, Fiji and PNG to emulate the rise of Tonga in 2017.Besides Saturday night’s Samoa-PNG clash and the October 25 Test between the Kangaroos and Kiwis at WIN Stadium, the remainder of games in the inaugural Oceania Cup are in New Zealand, with round two at Eden Park on November 2 and round three in Christchurch on November 9.It is expected that end-of-season matches in next year’s tournament will shift to Australia and possibly Papua New Guinea, which hosted 2017 World Cup fixtures, although Wood pointed out the Kangaroos will be touring Britain and won’t play in the 2020 Oceania Cup.As a result, there is much at stake for Samoa and the Kumuls on Saturday night as the winner of Pool B of this year’s Oceania Cup, which also includes Fiji, will join New Zealand and Tonga in Pool A of next season’s tournament.Cook Islands, who play South Africa in a World Cup qualifier at Wentworthville’s Ringrose Park on Friday night, would be the obvious choice to join Pool B of the Oceania Cup next year.There will be no Oceania Cup in 2021 as the World Cup is being staged in England but from 2022 onwards the RLIF will look to schedule matches in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.“We’ve got to fulfil our pledge to play international matches not just in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea,” Wood said.“The PNG initiative was very well received in the World Cup and they are a good, strong international country with the potential to stage more regular Test matches than they are.“We need a similar discussion in places like Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, in particular, where they have got facilities that are capable of staging world class events.”The Prime Minister’s XIII men’s and women’s teams will play Fiji at Suva’s 30,000 capacity National Stadium in October, while a pre-season trial between two NRL teams is set to be played in the Pacific each year under an agreement with the Federal Government.“We do have to respect the athletes in the standards they would expect to be accommodated in and the training facilities, and the clubs would have a view of that, but if we are being sincere in wanting to develop the Pacific we have to make sure matches take place in the islands themselves,” Wood said.A 10-year international calendar was agreed to at the meeting in Singapore, with regional tournaments to be played in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East/Africa every two years.Wood said the details were now being worked on and an announcement would be made later in the year.“The headline grabbers are always what’s happening with the Kangaroos, what’s happening with the Kiwis, what’s happening with the Lions or England, but its bigger than that and over the next three months we will have to publish something that is a big reveal,” he said.“As far as the Oceania Cup is concerned that should be three years out of four but the international federation has a responsibility of some sort with about 60 nations so it is also about Vanuatu and Niue, and all those nations who play in the Emerging Nations World Cup.”With Martin Taupau switching allegiances from New Zealand, Samoa could become the next international powerhouse and Wood said the game owed thanks to Tonga stars Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita for making it “fashionable” for players to represent their nation of heritage.   “If a by-product of that is that we get a really strong series of nations then three cheers to that,” he said.“If we can get to eight powerful nations who are competitive against each other so that by the time you get to the quarter-finals in any world competition they are all fair dinkum matches that is an aspiration we should have.”Oceania CupSaturday 22 June 2019         New Zealand v Tonga [Pool A], Mt Smart Stadium, AucklandSamoa v Papua New Guinea [Pool B], Leichhardt Oval, SydneyWomen’s International: PNG Orchids vs Fiji, Leichhardt Oval, Sydney 25 October 2019 Australia v New Zealand [Pool A], WIN Stadium, WollongongWomen’s International, Australia Jillaroos v New Zealand Ferns, Wollongong2 November 2019Samoa v Fiji [Pool B], Eden Park, AucklandAustralia v Tonga [Pool A], Eden Park, Auckland9 November 2019Papua New Guinea v Fiji [Pool B], Christchurchlast_img read more

Hekari United leads group at OFC challenge

first_imgTeams have been placed in four groups for the round robin matches. Hekari is placed in Group B alongside Team Wellington (NZL), Suva FA (FIJ) and AS Lossi (NCL).Hekari gained three points after defeating AS Lossi of New Caledonia 5-1 in the match opener while Team Wellington is in second place after beating Suva 2-0.The two front runners are leveled on three points however, Hekari is leading on goal average of up to three goals difference.In Group A, PNG’s Lae City Dwellers are in third spot on the ladder following the loss against Amicale 3-0.Group A consists of Dwellers, Auckland City FC (NZL), Amicale FC (VAN) and Solomon Islands club champions (SOL).Auckland City FC leads the ladder followed by Amicale, Dwellers and Solomon Warriors.Hekari plays its second game on Tuesday, April 12, against Suva FA.Dwellers play their second game on Wednesday, April 13, against Auckland City FC and their third match on April 17 against Solomon Warriors.last_img read more

Momase Besta Regional qualifiers next month

first_imgThe Besta qualifiers is an annual tournament that is run in the Momase region to identify the top male and female member associations to represent Momase in the Besta PNG Football Association (PNGFA) Member Associations finals in Lae in November this year.The qualifiers will be be held in Madang at Laiwaden oval from August, 10-14.The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is putting together plans for the tournament with a fundraising drive to host the tournament. Chairman of the LOC, John Marapal said he will be writing to the Madang Governor Jim Kas to support the tournament. “As hosts of the tournament we are excited about the prospect of hosting the event. We know that soccer plays an important role in reducing social issues in the community but more so it exposes raw talent,” said Marapal. Marapal also called on participants to contact him and his organising committee to register their interest in participating in the tournament. Interested teams can contact John Marapal on 72160785 or email him on john.marapal@gmail.com or Siegfried Beschel on email sbeschel79@gmail.com.last_img read more

Monchi rejected Haaland for € 4 million

first_imgA series* Data updated as of February 20, 2020 The Hoffenheim He was able to count on him when he was 15 years old but he did not want to pay 5,000 euros of salary, since he gave them a maximum record of 2,000 euros. Years later, the Barcelona preferred to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng of the Sassuolo before the one who was front of Mold by then. Even the Olympique de Marseille He decided not to incorporate him because he considered that he was not ready to make the leap. Erling Haaland has become the revelation footballer of the season based on goals. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the national championship or the Champions League, it doesn’t matter if you wear the shirt of the RB Salzburg or that of Borussia Dortmund: always mark. And after acquiring the German set for only 20 million euros (today’s goodbye seems like a bargain), Many clubs put their hands on their heads because they were able to take it on their day. 17 Now according A Bola, it has been known that Roma is also on that list of clubs that ruled out the player who is called to be a world star with only 19 years. It was Sebino Nela, the one who revealed that the club had wasted that opportunity.“Two years ago, they offered Rome the possibility of signing Haaland for four million euros.” They explain that a former player of the team of the Italian capital proposed it to Monchi, at that time sports director: “The offer was rejected and ended up going to Salzburg.” The current sports director of Seville did not respond to the request, this being one of the few times in which intuition has failed to sign young players with a great future ahead. Meanwhile, Haaland continues to beat records.last_img read more

VAR referees admit that Lo Celso should have seen the red

first_imgOfficers present at the Stockley Park center in London, from where the VAR is supervised, admitted that the wrong decision was due to a “human error.” Chelsea took the win this Saturday 2-1 at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham, strengthening their chances of being in the next edition of the Champions League. The VAR referees admitted that they were wrong not to expel Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso in the match against Chelsea for an action in which he stepped on the Spanish César Azpilicueta. The Argentine, in a play during the first half, stepped on the shin to Azpilicueta, so the Spaniard had to be treated and showed clear signs of pain in the field. The VAR reviewed the image, after the referee did not show any card, and left the play without penalty.last_img read more

UEFA holds its breath against the coronavirus in the Euro

first_imgBut UEFA bosses are not going to make any irreversible decision on the European Championship yet. They do not intend to follow the example of the Asian Confederation, which has suspended the Congress that was to be held in Kuala Lumpur next April. According to Grape “we are in the waiting phase, pending from all countries. Football must follow the instructions it receives.” UEFA wants to use deadlines, wait for the coronavirus to advance and not rush in a decision that would only be taken in case of extreme need and bound by European governments.Apart from the virus, UEFA has cited the meeting in Holland for its 55 national federations to participate in the draw of the League of Nations, which will start after the summer, on September 3. Tuesday will be the draw for the competition. Luis Rubiales, UEFA Vice President, and Luis Enrique will attend, which will be the first official act of his second stage on the bench in Spain. Spain will be in the elite group together with Portugal (current champion), Holland, England, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, Germany and Iceland. Four groups from four countries will be raffled, and the group champions will contest the Final Phase of the League of Nations in June 2021. The UEFA Executive Committee will meet this Monday in Amsterdam to set the headquarters of the continental competitions and their regulations. But the prominence of the Executive Committee prior to its 44th Ordinary Congress the coronavirus will take it, which has sneaked in between the top concerns of the ‘staff’ of European football. The vice president of the organization, the Italian Michele Uva, warned that “the competitions, and among them the Eurocup, would only stop in a case of force majeure. Only if the virus progresses to degenerate. “But a hundred days after the start of the tournament, the organization discusses in Amsterdam the impact of the pandemic on hundreds of thousands of fans who will move freely throughout Europe. The European Championship will be played in 12 countries that will cover the continent from end to end, from St. Petersburg to Rome. The total offer is 2.5 million tickets, and right now there are ten candidates for each place in the stadiums. On June 12, the inaugural match will be played in Rome, the capital of a country, Italy, which is precisely one of the most affected by the coronavirus.last_img read more

The Betis youth team reappears at the key moment

first_imgThis context seems repetitive in recent campaigns. When Quique Setien landed at Heliopolis, The green and white sports management opted to disburse around fifteen million euros in midfielders such as Ryad Boudebouz and Víctor Camarasa. The first was far from marking the differences before returning to Ligue 1 and the second barely had prominence and left again on loan in his third year at Heliópolis. It was Fabián, another brilliant youth squad, who took over the controls of that Baetic core before being signed by Napoli in exchange for 30 million euros. Quite an appearance that was not in the club’s plans before he signed a remarkable alliance with Setien. A season earlier, Real Madrid had removed from the club Dani Ceballos, star in times of complications and constant changes of coach.If in the summer of 2018 it was Fabián who would end up leaving a large number of millions in the Baetian coffers, a year later it was Junior, the last jewel of the Baetic quarry that generated high income when leaving for Barcelona. His brilliance last season kept in the shade the great deficiency left by the club on the left side after a planning that relied too much on the versatility of after pieces.Now, the club rebalances its roster thanks to the good level of its youth team. Barcelona has already knocked on Loren’s doors in the winter market and the take-off of the Baetic battering ram seems like the new attraction for the upcoming end of the season. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 18, 2020 Betis added its third consecutive project of great dimensions in the economic and a pillar is repeated in this campaign: the youth factor continues to save mistakes in planning. Under Rubi, the unexpected appearance of Loren, who has become the maximum exponent of the green and white efficiency with eleven goals, dilutes the hitherto poor performance of Borja Iglesias, arrived in summer after a risky bet of 30 million euros that has so far not met expectations.The Marbella striker is not the only trick that minimized problems: the youth squad Edgar also took on an unpredictable role as the pivot of this team after a summer planning that had only had William Carvalho in that role and after Guido Rodríguez, the great winter bet, did not get a fixed place either.last_img read more

Lautaro, signing with ERTE

first_imgThe Barcelona is aware of that this summer time market goes to be tough to signal as a result of the financial scenario goes to be compromised, however it nonetheless maintains Lautaro Martinez as a precedence goal. From the membership they assume that their accounts will likely be audited by the State due to the ERTEHowever they take into account that this won’t be an impediment to face the strategic operation of the summer time.Lautaro is the nice goal after which there are different secondary ones that will likely be attacked primarily based on barter, such because the case of Pjanic . Actually, with Lautaro additionally it is about slicing the worth virtually in half by together with footballers within the operation.The Argentine striker’s clause is 111 million euros, however the Blaugrana membership doesn’t appear keen to pay greater than 60 million and needs to finish the operation with two gamers. An advanced negotiation that may be broken by the information that this similar newspaper revealed this week, based on which The Authorities of Spain will look with a magnifying glass on the operations of entities which have accepted a Short-term Employment Regulation File (ERTE). From Barça they defend that ERTE was utilized to different areas of the membership, however to not the primary group, the place they clarify that “there was a wage adjustment settlement with the primary group precisely the identical as occurred within the Actual Madrid. In any case we will likely be attentive, however not apprehensive. “And the eyes, in Lautaro Martínez forward of Neymar.Hacienda already ‘has’ an workplace within the membershipBarcelona assumes that due to the presentation of the ERTE to its staff, with the exception of the primary group, it’s going to have an additional fiscal stress from the Treasury. A indisputable fact that from the Blaugrana membership is no surprise. They clarify from the Camp Nou places of work that “yearly we’ve got an inspection. We’ve been ten in ten years. ” A lot so, that within the workplace constructing “there’s a assembly and work room with capability for six individuals that’s by no means occupied anymore, we go away it free all 12 months for the Tax Company inspectors.” Conscious of the instances forward, within the Blaugrana entity they’re calm as a result of they don’t plan to do something loopy with the signings. The primary precedence is to decrease the finances and the wage invoice, as defined yesterday on these pages.last_img read more

Big three want more Champs tickets

first_imgWHILE there may be a shortage of grandstand tickets for Saturday for the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association-GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships, ISSA President Dr Walton Small has reiterated that there are more than enough for every other day of the event held inside the National Stadium.”ISSA has no issue with tickets, except for Saturday. We have ample tickets for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We have ample tickets for the bleachers, and we encourage people to use the bleachers,” Small told The Gleaner following Friday evening’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.Small was responding to queries based on the complaints by a trio of old boys’ associations from Calabar High School, Jamaica College and Kingston College, known by the moniker ‘Three the Hard Way’.David Miller, president of the Calabar Old Boys’ Association; Dr Patrick Dallas, president of the Kingston College Old Boys’ Association; and Collin Greenland, treasurer of the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association, said they had concerns about the distribution of tickets for Champs last year.”There appears to be no structural way of dealing with tickets. Why should we, who spend $20 million per year preparing for Champs, be given the same number of tickets … . Why should (a school) who have no investment have the same talk,” said Miller.”We are not saying that we should get all of it. What we are saying is that what happened last year, something was not transparent about the allocation of tickets,” Dr Dallas added.The group said their organisation wanted more Champs tickets, but an email sent to Dr Small, requesting a meeting, had been met with a brusque reply that their concerns be directed to ISSA via the principals of their respective schools.”We feel disrespected because we didn’t get an audience. We don’t believe that we should go through our principals. We are an alumni association … not a sixth-form association,” said Dr Dallas.Dr Small said there was no intent to be disrespectful.”It’s unfortunate that they view it that way. We (ISSA) cater to a variety of organisations and if every organisation demands that they want to meet with us, you can see what would happen. The structure at ISSA – once it’s coming from schools – we refer everything through the principals. It does not matter what it is,” he said.The Old Boys’ group pointed out that collectively, they invest as much as $45 million towards the development of their respective schools’ athletes.”Our three schools together are a huge part of the following for Champs. It is no coincidence that KC, Calabar and JC, between them, have won over 90 per cent of the Champs,” Dr Dallas added.Greenland noted that their schools helped to make Champs what it is.”The day would never come when we would withdraw from Champs because we cherish the thing, but there really wouldn’t be a Champs without one of these schools,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr Small said subsequent to the group’s meeting with The Gleaner, he had got approval from his board to meet with them.He also added that the window for Champs tickets is opened at the end of football season. Requests are taken via email.He said the demand was overwhelming, and pointed out that the grandstand seats only 5,000 persons.”After we give our sponsors and special guests, all we have are 2,000 tickets to sell. Unless they expand the stadium, we will not be able (to accommodate more) and, therefore, we encourage people to come and use the bleachers. That is where I stay. Come and share time with the president in the bleachers,” Dr Small said.last_img read more

Semi-final day in Bell KO

first_imgPaul Young’s Waterhouse have their sights set on retaining the Locker Room Sports/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout Trophy and will meet August Town in the opening game of a semi-final double-header at Harbour View Stadium today at 6 p.m.In the second match, five-time winners Arnett Gardens tackle neighbouring Boys’ Town in a Trench Town derby at 8 p.m.The winners of both games will contest the final scheduled for March 3 at a venue to be named.Despite struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Waterhouse have won both games in this season’s Corporate Area knockout competition and are highly fancied to beat Super League contenders August Town on their way to the final.Waterhouse reached the last four by knocking out Cavalier 2-0 last Thursday night at the Constant Spring Complex. Arnett beat Harbour View 7-6 in a penalty shootout after both teams battled to a 0-0 scoreline at the completion of regular and extra time in the late game.”We are the defending champions and we treat each opponent the same way regardless of the league they compete in,” Young told the Sunday Gleaner.”Our aim has always been to retain the title and now we are two wins away from that objective,” he added. “My hope is that the team will continue to display good football, and score goals, and win the games,” Young concluded.To achieve victory, Waterhouse will look to veteran Kevin Lamey, new recruit Devon Hodges, as well as captain Hughan Gray and Nicholy Finlayson.Although it will be a big task for August Town, it is not impossible.”We want to give account of ourselves, and then live with the result,” coach of August Town Omar Stanley said.August Town will rely on Atapharoy Bygrave, who scored a wonderful goal in his team’s 1-0 win against Real Mona in the quarter-final match last Tuesday at Constant Spring.In the clash of the RSPL teams, Arnett Gardens and Boys’ Town should have a close contest.TIGHT ENCOUNTERAndrew Price, the coach of Boys’ Town, expects a tight encounter.”I’m looking forward to the game as once it is a Trench Town derby, we will come out motivated and hope to put Arnett under pressure,” he said.Boys’ Town’s leading players include Michily Waul, Daemion Benjamin, Kirk Porter and Shamar Nicholson.On the other hand, Jerome Waite of Arnett Gardens FC says it will be another interesting clash between the teams.”Well, Boys’ Town always come out with their ‘A’ game. It will be a competitive and physical game. It is a Trench Town derby. The Jackie Bell is very important, so we want to win the title,” Waite said.Arnett’s main players include captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm.last_img read more