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Confederations Cup: yes, it matters

first_img29 May 2009I wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa.It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the World Cup, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead. Danny Jordaan is the CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.Ushering in a new football cultureCrucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country, in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instill an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.Obama, for one, will be watchingIn order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all. And to borrow the famous phrase of another soccer lover, “Yes, we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of eight nations that will be competing in South Africa next month, and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and the 2010 hosts, means the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations, who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.Advertising you cannot buyThe best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise that the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket; it also did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.Embracing the worldThis, then, is the promise of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity, moreover, of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, and for us?Yes, the Confederations Cup is not as important as the World Cup. Nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction. But it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.One more misconceptionThere is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage Confederations Cup matches do not include all those for the 2010 World Cup.This is simply not so. World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template, and will thus have the opportunity to monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also, all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009.Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.last_img read more

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TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge Webinar

first_imgMake plans to attend the TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge web conference at 10:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, April 17, presented by Debra Sellers, Ph.D.The conference is a 75-minute webinar that will provide a general understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and available resources for survivors and their families. Promoting KnowledgeA person with TBI (a survivor) may experience physical effects, changes in thinking and communication, and alterations in emotional well-being and behavior. The program will include a series of topics including the “basics” of traumatic brain injury; the impact of TBI on survivors physically, cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally; the consequences of TBI for survivors in relationships, activities of daily living, and work; and how individuals and communities can support survivors and their families.PresenterDebra M. Sellers, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Adult Development & Aging, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University. Her primary area of interest is adaptive living for people with aging-related limitations or disabilities and their families and caregivers, with an emphasis on supporting functional abilities through access to services and technology. Debra has more than 15 years of experience serving adults with disabilities, older adults, and families in a variety of settings, including long-term care facilities, retirement communities and government agencies. She is a former member of the Kansas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, was voted as one of her city’s most admired people (Manhattan, KS), and is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence®.No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge to attend. The site will provide handouts associated with the presentation and a direct link to join the event.This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img read more

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You Must Find a Way to Stay Hungry

first_imgWhen you were hungry you did whatever was necessary. It didn’t matter if something was ridiculously difficult or not, you employed all of your initiative and all of your resourcefulness to find a way or make one.When you were hungry, no challenge was too great. You needed to make things happen, and you turned yourself inside out to do the impossible.But you are no longer hungry. When something is difficult, you avoid it, instead of digging deep and getting it done. Now, when you encounter the “ridiculously impossible” you employ all of your initiative and resourcefulness in identifying all the reasons you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” do whatever is necessary.When you are already uncomfortable, doing things that are uncomfortable and difficult is easy. But once you allow yourself to lose the hunger, you don’t want to return to discomfort.The problem is that you have competitors who are still hungry. They are already uncomfortable, and they are willing to do what you are unwilling to do. The things that you call “impossible,” they call “how we win.” This is how you end up being competitively displaced.The status quo is complacency. Being exceptional means never growing complacent, never allowing the status quo to take hold, and staying hungry when it is easy to slip into the warm comfort of “how we do things now.”.You can’t let anyone want “it” more than you want “it.” You must find a way to recall how it felt to be hungry, and revert to the resourcefulness and initiative that defined you back then. If you need motivation, just imagine how it would feel to lose the comfort you have now. It would feel a lot worse than being hungry the first time around because back then you didn’t know any different.The difference between the professionals and poseurs is that the pros find a way to stay hungry.last_img read more

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In the heart of Lucknow, a ward cries for civic attention

first_imgAn unbearable stench emanates from the area near the gate of the Ghasyari Mandir Primary School in the Qaiserbagh area of Lucknow. Tucked into a wall of the government-run school is a municipality dumping ground, the filth from which not only fouls the atmosphere but also overflows to the residential colony located nearby. It is a den for stray dogs.Despite complaints by residents, the dumping zone has existed for many years, a casualty of which has been enrollment in the school as parents refuse to send their children there.“We have only six students left. The guardians have given it to us in writing that they don’t want their children to fall ill,” said assistant teacher Archana Singh, who has her mouth partially covered to avoid the stench.A few feet away, crumbs of rotting meat and fish, and other filth, have almost reached the door of Tara Ghihar’s house. The waste dumped here comes mostly from Machli Mahaul, a fish, meat and vegetable market located nearby.“They talk of Swacchh Bharat. But nobody ever comes here. Our relatives and guests refuse invitations to our house due to this filth. Tell me, who will come here?” asks Ms. Ghihar, a Dalit.110 wards go to pollsLocated barely 2 km from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the locality falls in the Jagdish Chandra Bose Ward (44), one of the 110 in the city that will vote on Sunday in the second phase of the State’s municipal elections. The awkwardly located dumping zone, squeezed between a school and some houses, is only one of the problems of the ward, where residents struggle for basic civic requirements such as sanitation, clean water, and toilets. Many homes do not have toilets or the space to build it. They rely on public toilets.However, the public toilet closest to the Machli Mahaul locality is filthy and choked. Not only is there a strong stench of human waste, the structure is dilapidated, with a pile of trash and dense overgrowth on both sides. Walking all the way to the next toilet in another part of the market is an ordeal, especially for women. Besides, that toilet closes at night.“They came once and pruned the tree. But did nothing about the toilet,” said Manorama Gupta, a resident of the locality.“This toilet is so filthy, we don’t feel like entering it. There are worms crawling everywhere. But where else to go?” she asks.Not just residents, the poor sanitation facilities also pose difficulties for outsiders, especially farmers and women, who come to the mandi (market) for trade and have to stay for hours.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) are locked in a tight three-way fight in this ward. The incumbent, SP’s Yawar Hussain Reshu, has won for the last five terms from Ward 44. He is popular among voters and considered accessible.But Bhola Ghihar, a marble artisan, says he is looking for a change this time. “Reshu bhai did a lot of overall work. But in so many years, he could not repair a toilet, our basic need. Let’s give a chance to somebody else,” he said.The ward, which has over 15,000 voters, has a substantial population of Muslims and Dalits. The Congress has also fielded a Muslim, Farid, who stood second in the 2012 elections, while the BJP has fielded Rinku Sonkar, a Dalit belonging to the Khatik caste, who are traditional vegetable sellers.Mohammad Mujahid, who runs a bakery, is a Reshu loyalist and will vote for him again. “Reshu has repaired the drains and street lights, and built water tanks. But most of all, he is amicable and available for us on a call,” says Mr. Mujahid.Mahesh Kashyap, an OBC (Other Backward Classes) resident, who sells chickpeas, and Varun Sonkar, a Dalit vegetable seller, echo the sentiment.Health hazardsHowever, Mr. Sonkar says the parshad, as the the ward councillor is known, did not fully address the drinking water problem. “The tap water we get is yellow. It is not fit for drinking. We have to borrow water from our neighbours, who have borewells installed. It [the water supply] is all dependant on mutual goodwill and humanity, not the municipality,” he says.In the Khatik neighbourhood, the major issue is an open drain. Guddi Sonkar, a Dalit hawker, has no toilet in her one-room house and visits a makeshift toilet next to the drain each day. “It almost feels like open defecation. We have to wait for darkness to fall to go there, either in the night or early morning,” she says.The open drain has been an eyesore for locals for many years now. It not only runs close to homes, bifurcating the locality and causing numerous diseases, it swells so much during the monsoons that filthy water runs into the homes.Manoj Kumar, a Khatik, shows this reporter a video of the monsoons he recorded last year. “Ravidas Mehrotra [a former MLA] promised he would cover up the drain. But after he won, he never showed his face. The parshad gets the drain cleaned but has done nothing concrete,” said Mr. Manoj, who runs a plywood shop.While civic issues and the personalities of the candidates are key factors in determining support, there is also anger towards the Narendra Modi government for policies such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which small traders and artisans say is complex, and has also made selling and purchasing material difficult.Local knowledgeSandhya, a Sonkar woman, regrets voting for the BJP and complains that GST has made clothes expensive. But will she vote against the BJP? No, she says. Her explanation is practical. Sandhya, who is an M.Phil in ancient history, says policies such as GST do not concern the municipal ward representative. Besides, the BJP candidate is from her caste.“We need to choose a councillor for the things under his jurisdiction. We will vent our frustration against the BJP in 2019, if we have to,” she says.The margins for victory in UP’s local elections are so thin that, in his campaign, Mr. Reshu has stressed he is the only one among the three candidates to live within the boundaries of the ward.Golu Sonkar agrees with Mr. Reshu that “only a local” can bring development. But he says he will vote for the BJP candidate this time, simply due to community compulsions. “It is the first time a member of our biradari (community) is contesting here,” says the youth, who is unemployed.last_img read more

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Ram Vilas Paswan slams Lalu for claiming ‘innocence’ in media in fodder scam case

first_imgUnion Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday slammed RJD chief Lalu Prasad for talking to media about his “innocence” in the fodder scam even as a CBI court was due to deliver its judgement in the case. The special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce its verdict at 3 p.m. in the fodder scam case in which Mr. Prasad, a former Bihar chief minister and Union minister, is an accused.“Whether he is acquitted or convicted, is for the court to decide. We do comment on it, but he is lecturing on the TV since morning even though the judgement is yet to be delivered,” Mr. Paswan told reporters here.Mr. Paswan, the chief of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an NDA ally, also hit out at Mr. Prasad alleging his involvement in corruption as Union Railway minister. “He used to be a big-shot in the Railways but what did he do there? He just made (money),” the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution alleged.Mr. Paswan, 71, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the party’s “crucial” victory in the just-held Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections and predicted the NDA’s win in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.“There will be no Opposition in 2019 because they have no issues. What will (Congress president) Rahul Gandhi tell about his party’s achievements in 2019,” he asked. He also claimed that unity among all Opposition parties for the 2019 elections was an “impossibility”, saying they cannot come together “even in seven lives”. “The Congress protests alone in Parliament and no other party from the Opposition joins them. Those who cannot unite in Parliament, cannot do so outside it,” he added. Talking about his party, Mr. Paswan said the national executive of the LJP will be held in Delhi on March 11 next year. He said the LJP has been able to increase its membership to 50 lakh, and aims to have one crore members.last_img read more

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Suicide by Dhule farmer: Probe panel recommends FIR against three

first_imgA one-member committee of ex-district judge Shyam Darne formed by the State government to probe allegations of inadequate compensation to a farmer from Dhule, Dharma Patil who committed suicide outside Mantralaya in January 2018, has found irregularities on the part of the then local land acquisition official, local tehsil officer and local mediator. Patil, 84, was seeking compensation equal to that of his neighbour after their lands were acquired for the power project in Vikharan village of Dhule district. Pune-based lawyer Asim Sarode, along with others, had approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) over the Patil’s death. The Darne committee report submitted to the SHRC has recommended filing of FIR against the then land acquisition officer Pratibha Sapkale, the then tehsildar Rohidas Khairnar and mediator Dattatreya Desale for ‘fabrication of false documents and cheating the government land acquiring body’. It has also recommended disciplinary proceedings against the government officials.Pointing out delays and irregularities from the level of land acquisition officer to the Collector’s office, the report said, “He was feeling aggrieved only because he got less compensation, Rs four lakh, whereas the adjoining land owners got huge compensation little less than 2 crore.” It said that cases need to be filed against the above mentioned individuals, “so that police can find out after investigation in how many cases such huge amount was granted by the land acquisition officers and Desale as an agent earned huge amount cheating the government”. The report however termed the suicide of Dharma Patil as a “mystery”, since he was neither mentally disturbed nor was there any reason for him to come prepared to Mantralaya with poison. “Dharma Patil had constantly raised objections regarding less compensation granted to him and he also had filed complaints with the Dhule district collectorate, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Power and Tourism ministry. But unfortunately nobody gave him proper response. It made him nervous and mentally stressed. All these circumstances compelled Dharma Patil to end his life by consuming poison in Mantralaya premises,” said Mr. Sarode. “His family members were detained by the police when CM was to visit Dhule on his Mahajanadesh Yatra. This is another violation of human rights,” he said, adding that despite directions from the SHRC, the Power ministry has not even bothered to submit its reply. The next hearing of the case is on November 5.last_img read more

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PH fighters Doliguez, Gonzales stop foes in undercard of ONE: Total Victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Doliguez (7-4) pulled off a huge upset as his left straight landed right in the jaw of Yago Bryan (3-3), to win his match at the 2:58 mark of the third round.The 35-year-old’s will never wavered even if Bryan, a former Shooto South American Strawweight Champion, took control majority of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHaving a sense of desperation in the final round, Doliguez banked on his better striking game as his stringent boxing training paid off, knocking his Brazilian foe with the killer punch to force the referee stoppage in the final round and stop his three-match slide.Meanwhile, Gonzales (2-2) submitted Chinese foe Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu (2-3), locking his opponent in a triangle choke at the 1:52 mark of the second round to end his two-match skid. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Bicolano bet fighting out of Hitman MMA did not have to showcase his improved conditioning as his aggression from the get-go helped him buck Liu’s counters to emerge triumphant in his first match in the flyweight division.Hisyam Samsudin (2-2) of Malaysia silenced the raucous crowd as he pounded Indonesian Jeremy Meciaz (0-2) with repeated elbows to the head, forcing the referee to stop the match at the 2:47 of the first round.After the match, the Malaysian bet couldn’t stop the tears as he dedicated the triumph to his father, who passed away on Friday.“I know you want to support me here in Jakarta, but this is for you, dad!,” a jubilant Samsudin said.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matheis (3-3) survived Cambodian Phat Soda (0-1) early and submitted the visitor with a rear-naked choke at the 3:11 mark of the first round to protect his home floor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Roy Doliguez. Photo from ONEJAKARTA — Filipino bets halted their respective losing streaks, prevailing in the undercard of ONE: Total Victory Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.Roy Doliguez and Ramon Gonzales both emerged victorious for the first time in the promotion to raise the Philippine flag high and proud here in Indonesia. ADVERTISEMENT In the preliminary fights, Thai Rithy (6-2) of Cambodia pummeled Liberian Jerome S. Paye (2-4) to take the knockout victory in their catchweight match 19 seconds into the second round.Indonesian bantamweight bet Riski Umar (1-0) blasted compatriot Adi Nugroho (0-2) with a killer knee strike on the midsection to roar in his ONE debut with a first round knockout 2:00 into the match. Sarr makes season debut but says he’s still not 100 percent Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Nextlast_img read more

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CWG scam: First CBI chargesheet likely tomorrow; Kalmadi may figure

first_imgThe CBI may file the first charge sheet in the Commonwealth Games scam on Friday against Suresh Kalmadi and other former officials of the Organising Committee with the agency claiming to have enough evidence to nail them for alleged bunglings in a Rs 141 crore contract.The agency may name sacked OC chairman Kalmadi along with the then officials; Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General (procurement) Surjeet Lal besides beneficiary company Swiss Timing for allegedly inflating the cost of contract causing Rs 95 crore loss to exchequer, top CBI sources said.The CBI had claimed in its FIR that the contract for Timing Scoring and Results system was awarded by “wrongfully restricting and eliminating competition” from other suppliers in a pre-meditated and planned manner.The CBI is also likely to send Letters Rogatory to Switzerland seeking details about beneficiary company Swiss Timing from local authorities after the first set of charges are levelled in the case, they said.According to sources, the sleuths have found details of an alleged bribe of Rs 23 crore which exchanged hands for awarding the contract for framing the eligibility requirements in such a way that competing firms may be sidelined.The agency has to file the chargesheet before May 23 as the 90-day mandatory period for levelling charges against Bhanot and Verma, arrested on February 23, will be getting over making the duo eligible for bail. Kalmadi was arrested on April 25.Sources said Indian representatives of Swiss Timing were in constant touch with Kalmadi and other officials of the OC much before the tender was floated.advertisementThe contract worth Rs.141 crore was awarded for setting up Timing Scoring and Results system during the mega sporting event last year.It is alleged that the Committee for shortlisting prospective bidders for TSR was constituted by selecting handpicked officials, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra had said after the arrest of Kalmadi.Investigation has also revealed that members of the tenders evaluation committee were coerced and threatened to disqualify other bidders, she had said.The agency has registered 11 FIRs in the cases related to Commonwealth Games scam.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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4 Indian students from Mumbai and Bengaluru receive La Liga Football Schools Scholarship

first_imgThe La Liga Football Schools Scholarship is being granted to four Indian students this year — two from Mumbai and two from Bengaluru. The selected students will visit Spain from May 26 to June 5 to train with first division club, CD Leganes.Name of the studentsThe selected students for 2018/19 from Mumbai are Rian Katoch and Asik Shaikh, while those from Bengaluru are Ishan Murali and Vidwath Shetty.Process of getting shortlistedThe students, selected through a scouting process in which 32 players are shortlisted from La Liga Football Schools, will receive training from the one of La Liga clubs’ academies.”The four students showcased exemplary technical skills and sporting values throughout their time at La Liga Football Schools. We have always believed that India has strong potential to become a global footballing superpower,” La Liga India Managing Director Jose Antonio Cachaza said.He added that with this programme, young Indians would take their country one step closer to achieving the status. “During their time with CD Leganes, the students will get a chance to train with the best coaches and youth of Spain which will surely have a strong impact on them.”Role of Spain”Spain is certain of the key role that sports and football play in its public diplomacy strategy for India. Mainly because football is a capital tool in promoting fundamental personal and social values such as inclusion, camaraderie, tolerance, perseverance and team-work,” Spanish Ambassador HE JoseRamon Baranano said.He said he was grateful to La Liga for bringing these important values to Indian youth through Spanish football.advertisementAlso read: Indian-American students among 2019 US Presidential Scholarslast_img read more

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QSST Wins 18’s Boys Title

first_imgThe teams were locked at 5-all at half-time before QSST ran away with the game in the second half. NSWCCC got out to a perfect start, scoring in their first set of six when Wesley Sefuiva combined with Josh Rozairo to send Jonathan Huskins over on the wing. QSST were quick to hit back however, capitalising on a CCC mistake which saw Jackson Luke score on the wing to level the score at 1-all. QSST hit the lead soon after, when Marlon Doak scored on the wing in the fifth minute to take a 2-1 lead. The experienced duo of Sefuiva and Rozairo were quick to retaliate, levelling the score one minute later before reclaiming the lead when Macauley Dawson was the recipient of a great long ball to take a 3-2 lead. Down the other end of the field, Mathew Couper was on the receiving end of a long ball similar to the touchdown prior, levelling the score at 3-all. Luke put his QSST team in front soon after, scoring his second touchdown for the game, showing plenty of speed as he ran down the far wing to score.  Huskins then scored his second for NSWCCC in the 11th minute, after being on the receiving end of another great long ball, and locked things up at 4-all. Defence then took over, with both teams unable to score for the next seven minutes following plenty of touchdowns in the first stanza of the game.  It looked like QSST would take a one touchdown advantage into the half-time break when Luke Swan scored a touchdown in the final minute of the half. But NSWCCC were determined to lock things up, with Cade Price scoring after the siren to level the game at 5-all at half-time. QSST came back from the half-time break in blistering form, scoring the first four touchdowns of the half to take a 9-5 lead midway through the second half. NSWCCC captain, Sefuiva, led by example shortly after, stepping around the opposition to bring the difference back to three touchdowns, but a double to Theo Majid extended his side’s lead out to five touchdowns. Australian 18’s Boys representative, Mathew Couper, scored his second touchdown for the game, before CCC hit back through Andrew Heffernan. Player of the Final, Lachlan Pierce, continued his impressive game and scored his third touchdown of the half with 90 seconds remaining, to give QSST a six touchdown advantage and claim the title 13-7. NSWCCC’s Josh Rozairo was recognised for his impressive form throughout the event, being named Player of the Series. QSST 13 (Lachlan Pierce 3, Mathew Couper 2, Theo Majid 2, Jackson Luke 2, Jason Norford, Ashley Taylor, Marlon Doak, Luke Swan) defeated NSWCCC 7 (Jonathan Huskins 2, Wesley Sefuiva 2, Luke Tonegato, Andrew Heffernan, Macauley Dawson).Referees: David Baggio, Mick Medlin, Luke McKenzielast_img read more

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