Hayne confirmed for 2017 Downer Auckland Nines

first_img“I’ve been watching the Auckland Nines for a lot of years now and to know that I’m playing in it next year is exciting,” says Hayne.”Coach [Neil Henry] has told me that I’m playing in the Auckland Nines. I’m looking forward to getting down there with the guys. I’m pumped to be a part of it.”Rated the best player in the game in 2009 and again in 2014, Hayne made a stunning return to rugby league in 2016 after fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL for San Francisco 49ers.He signed for the Gold Coast Titans and immediately showed he is still one of the game’s elite talents, helping to guide his new club into the NRL finals for the first time since 2010.”The guys have told me of the experiences of being in Auckland for the big weekend and I’m looking forward to getting down there having fun and getting our hands on that trophy,” Hayne said. “And I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the best players in the world out there – Jonathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and my skinny mate MVP from last year Corey Norman [Parramatta Eels].”Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley confirmed Hayne would be in their line-up.”Jarryd’s obviously a world class international player,” Annesley said. “Everyone knows what he’s done in the NRL in the past. He’s been off improving himself in the NFL – you know everyone doubted he had the ability to make it … but he did.”He’s just a general all round great athlete. So to have him as part of the Nines, particularly playing for the Titans, it’s exciting for us and I think he’ll bring a lot of people through the turn-style.”With Hayne on board, Annesley was confident the Titans would be contenders in Auckland in 2017.”I’d like to think that we could give it a shake. We could certainly do with the prize money!”Jarryd will add a lot to the team in terms of the extra open space there is on the field and hopefully it will give us a good shot.”Coach Neil Henry confirmed Hayne would be central to his plans as the Titans chase the coveted pre-season title.”Jarryd’s been a fantastic acquisition for our team here on the Gold Coast,” said Henry. “I think he’s really suited to playing Nines football. Barring injury, Jarryd will be one of the first players picked.”He’ll get a bit more space out there and he carries the ball well. He tried his hand at Sevens to try and get over to the Olympics and he’ll be no stranger to playing that style of footy.”Promising young halves Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey had also been earmarked for the tournament, Henry said.Martin Snedden, the chief executive of Downer NRL Auckland Nines promoters Duco Events, said Hayne’s presence added to an already incredible line-up of stars who had committed to the 2017 event.”Over its first three years the Downer NRL Auckland Nines has attracted a who’s who of the game’s greatest players,” Snedden said.”And now we’ve got two of the all-time greats in Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston coming to showcase their skills in front of what will be another massive crowd.”Snedden pointed to the remarkable number of elite players the event had attracted over its first three years.”Fans of world class sport have had the chance to see the likes of Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen, Benji Marshall, Darius Boyd, Roger Tuivasa-Scheck, Greg Bird, Robbie Farah and the Burgess brothers light up Eden Park,” he said. “To date 48 Australian internationals and 44 Kiwi test players and 45 State of Origin stars, together with a host of Pacific nations test players have appeared in the tournament, and that number will increase significantly in 2017.”Grant Fenn, the chief executive of naming rights sponsor Downer, said: “We are looking forward to another wonderful weekend of exciting rugby league and outstanding entertainment in Auckland and I am sure tickets will sell quickly.”NRL chief execuitve Todd Greenberg said the tournament would once again be a fitting way to kick the calendar season off.”Nines is a celebration of some of the best of rugby league,” Mr Greenberg said.”The weekend is all about the colour of our clubs and our fans and the incredible athleticism of our players. I’m sure the 2017 version will once again be a rolling highlights reel.”last_img read more

Kangaroos frustrated by stop-start game

first_img“We had three penalties in the first game against England and not many penalties against France last week, and all of a sudden both teams were penalised for a lot of things that other teams have been getting away with.”It’s our showpiece so we should be allowed to play footy. It was just a bit frustrating tonight because there were a lot of things in the play the ball area and a lot of stoppages around injuries that normally you wouldn’t see in our game so I’m a bit disappointed in that. “We’re trying to play attractive footy and showcase the skills of the players, and I thought that wasn’t allowed tonight.”Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith said the team grew increasingly frustrated in the opening stanza due to the stop-start nature of the contest. “We came into the sheds and I could see the frustration on everyone’s faces. We just couldn’t get any roll on with the footy,” Smith said. “Defensively I was very happy with what we produced tonight, but we got frustrated and I think we went searching a little bit. We went searching for some points instead of just building pressure on them and getting the points on the board.” Tipped by many to run up a cricket score against the tournament minnows, the Aussies struggled for continuity in the first half, establishing a 10-0 lead at the break before they ran away with it in the final 10 minutes. While their opening game against England was allowed to flow by NRL referee Matt Cecchin, the same couldn’t be said on Saturday as Englishman James Child blew 21 penalties.The flow of the game wasn’t helped by 22 errors and several injury breaks, but Meninga’s biggest gripe was with the penalty count.  “It was a frustrating game…it was very slow,” he said after the comfortable win. “It was probably one of the slowest games that I’ve seen for a while. There were 21 penalties and there were a lot of stoppages. We want to see a good game of rugby league, don’t we, so we want to be allowed to play a bit more. last_img read more

Karma Primary wins BSP school cricket competition

first_imgKama Primary School in the Eastern highlands dominated the term 2 BSP School Kriket competition winning the U13 and U15 girls and U15 boy’s titles this week.Three schools took part in the one day softball, interschool cricket competition.The U13 boy’s grand final was won by Okiufa primaryEastern Highlands Regional Cricket Manager, Joseph Pokop said he was pleased with the huge turnout of students from the three primary schools and is determined to increase the level of participation for term three.“For some time, Eastern Highlands did not have a Regional Cricket Manager, and since being employed this year, I have seen many students show interest.“Therefore, I am determined to build more interest for participation of schools and their students,” said Pokop.Through competitions like BSP School Kriket, Cricket PNG is aiming to reach a target of 150,000 participants for the third consecutive year across PNG.last_img read more

Southern Leg of Besta Cup moved to POM & Central

first_imgThe Southern Leg was initially supposed to be played in Kiunga but National Soccer League (NSL) Competition Manager, Simon Koima said the drought in the Western province forced officials to change the venue.He said Central province and the Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) is the new venues that will host the Southern Leg.”With the water level of the Fly River down and shortage of food, we had to move it to another venue.”The Koupa Soccer Association in the Central province plus the PMSA will co-host the Southern Leg that will run from September 18th- 20th,” said Koima.Around 20 teams will take part in the Southern Leg of the Besta Cup.last_img read more

Warm up matches planned for FIFA U20 World Cup team

first_imgPNG Football Association president David Chung confirmed plans are underway for lead up matches against local clubs in Thailand, Japan, Korea and United States.Chung said with the government’s assistance of K2 million through the National Gaming and Control Board, they will be able to carry out their training programs in preparation for the World Cup.PNGFA has appointed Lisa Kou from the United States as the national coach. She will be in the country on 26 Nov and will be staying with the girls in camp until next month.The team is staging its trial camps at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.Coach Kou returns from the States in January  and will be full time coaching the team.The train-on squad of 30 players will be finalised by next month and that will be trimmed down later  to the final squad.“Currently we are still doing trials so we haven’t finalised the full team.“The training will consist of a few months of intensive training and then they will have to travel a lot to attend international warm up matches for exposure,” said Chung.Team officials and PNGFA will be in talks with the parents to negotiate with them and the schools on whether the players will be able to leave school for a year and fully concentrate on training.last_img read more