What You Asked Our Australian Representatives

first_imgTo view, please click on the links below, or read the transcripts provided.Louise WinchesterAustralian Women’s Open captain and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’s Girls coach, Louise Winchester, was kind enough to answer some of your questions on day three of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.To view the video, please click on the link, while the transcript is also included below:http://www.youtube.com/user/TouchFootballAus?feature=mhee#p/u/4/sWqRCLNH4Ss How have you past couple of days been?LW: They’ve been great, I’ve absolutely loved it with my CCC girls, they are a fantastic bunch of girls, they make it all the more enjoyable. They play good footy but they are special young ladies so I’ve enjoyed it. You had your quarter final earlier against North Queensland, can you tell us a bit about that game?LW: It was tough, to the Cyclones’ credit they came out and really gave it to us early. I was very proud of my girls in that they absorbed that pressure and then in the second half they came out and ran over the top of them with simple footy and that’s a big part of our game plan, just that simple footy, big defence and hold onto that ball and drive it out and they did that well. You have NSWCHS in the morning now, how much are the girls looking forward to that game?LW: Very much so. We’ve been talking about this one and I know that they are very excited about it and they are very much ready for it. CHS are an awesome side, they really are, they’ve got some great individual talent, they put it together well. We’ll have to be on our game, as I said the girls are really excited and are ready for it but we’ll have to play for a full 40 minutes and play some good footy which I believe the girls can and will do. How much do you enjoy coaching these girls?LW: I absolutely love it. I’m a big Touch-head and I get accused a lot of being a big Touch-head but I can’t help it, I just can’t say no to something like this. Just the coaching experience is a great one and it’s so good to give back but I get a lot from it as well through my playing but the most important thing is these young women, to coach them and give them some guidance and help them out with their Touch Footy. But as I said I absolutely love it because of the people they are, they’re just gorgeous young ladies and I love being part of their experience I guess. You were a CCC player yourself back in the day, what are your memories of playing for them?LW: Friends, that’s my main memory. When I played CCC, we used to get pumped all the time by Queensland. I guess that’s something I always remind the girls of, the friendships you can build from it, that’s something that I got out, just as well, having coaches like Gab Maher, who were my idols back in the day. To be coached by someone like her meant a lot to me so if I can give back in the way that people like Gab Maher and others give back I think I’m doing the right thing by the kids and by the sport that I love. Just moving back to Scotland (the 2011 World Cup), how exciting was it and how special was it to be the captain of the team that won the World Cup?LW: So special, it actually blew me away. Being captain is something that I’m so proud of, it’s a massive achievement for me personally. To win the game with the girls and go through undefeated and keep that special tradition of Women’s Open’s and the success that players in the past have had and to carry that on is something very special to me and to the girls. But being captain, as I said, it was above and beyond what I expected, just everything that I received from that on a personal level, I’ll never, ever forget, it was very special. We’ve had a couple of questions that have been sent through for you, one from Peter Bell, which is what do you remember most about your first experience playing Women’s Open for Australia?LW: My first experience was being absolutely so nervous. It was such a good experience and something that I’ll never forget but it was a negative experience because in our second game we lost to the Kiwis and it was the first time that Australia had lost and for me that remained and still remains a big part of me and what drives me for playing for Australia and having that negative and not taking anything for granted I guess and use that as motivation for myself and for the teams that I play with. I guess the experience in playing as well with some really amazing people, being coached by Belly, just having an absolute ball with some good friends that are still very special friends. His answer said something about a confrontation with a referee at a bar would you like to say anything about that?LW: No, I won’t, I’ll keep that classified, that’s between Belly, the girls and I. As I said, a special referee, we had some words and that’s all I’ll say, but it helped in the end. We’ve got another question, from Stacey, who says she wasn’t able to watch the Vawdon Cup games last Sunday, and she’d like to know the score from the Women’s Premier League game between Canterbury and Manly. LW: Good work Stace, it was a draw and it still hurts but it was better than a loss and I was happy with a draw Stace. The girls played very well and I was proud of the CCC girls that represented that, I was very proud of them, I had moments in that game where I was like ‘damn you girls for being so good’ but I was very proud at the same time, it was a positive/negative thing but it was a great game of footy and it was an awesome challenge and that’s what I loved, young girls stepping up and that’s what it’s about, it was very good. Nathan JonesAustralian Men’s Open captain and South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) Sharks 18’s Boys coach, Nathan Jones, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Nathan speaks about his first experience coaching the Sharks 18’s Boys side, how it felt to captain the Australian Men’s Open side at the 2011 World Cup, and how his swimming is progressing. How have your past couple of days been, have you been enjoying coaching?NJ: It’s been different not playing, but I’ve really enjoyed it, they boys have been good and have had a good time and the weather’s been good.How did you get involved in this coaching job?NJ: I coached a couple of years ago in the 16’s with a lot of the same boys and then got asked at NTL this year if I’d be interested in coaching and I said yes straight away without thinking but I’ve enjoyed the training and the coaching. Is it something you’ll look to do a bit more in the future do you reckon?NJ: I’d say, I like coaching the younger kids, the 16-18 year olds, so I might stay involved with them, it’s always good to help out.You’ve got QSST in the semi final this morning, how much are the boys looking forward to that?NJ: The boys are really excited to play Queensland, they are the number one team, they won it last year. I watched them play on Thursday and they looked pretty good, the boys are pretty confident and I think we can do it. You’ve got a few Australian 18’s representatives in your side with Adam Pryde, Kade Bonner and Kevin Huggett, how much have they helped the team?NJ: Prydey’s been good, Prydey’s our captain, so he’s lead the boys, Kadeo’s been working on his singlet tan, that’s probably about it and Kevvie’s just been Kevvie. What do you enjoy about coaching?NJ: I’m learning as well, that’s what I said to the boys last night, it’s my first year coaching so I’m learning as I go. Just sort of talking to them and seeing them go out there and do things that we’ve talked about and be successful. How exciting was it to be the captain of the Australian Men’s team at the World Cup?NJ: The World Cup was a highlight, I’m still pretty happy about it. We worked hard and it was a tough tournament and a long build up and a very tough final.Do you have a favourite World Cup final, 2007 or 2011?NJ: Probably 2011, being captain is a bit different and I was more a leader in the team and a senior player. We had a good bunch of guys that got along really well this year, but they were both great to be a part of. We’ve got one question that was sent in from Beeso on Twitter, he’s asked how much time do you spend swimming in the pool and has your swimming improved?NJ: My swimming has always been excellent, it’s my swimming buddy who struggles a little bit, I won’t name his name, Ryan Pollock, he still struggles I think. I think when he gets back from overseas he’ll need a few more laps. Steve RobertsAustralian Men’s Open player and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 18’ Boys coach, Steve Roberts, took time out to answer some of your questions on day four of the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park.In the interview, Steve talks about his team’s rivalry with QSST, the 2011 World Cup and the importance of wearing shoes in the sub box. To view the interview, please click on the link, or view the transcript below:http://www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus#p/u/6/iDlL4oPuvcI Can you tell us a bit about your semi final win over NSWCHS?SR: It was a very tough win, we won by three in the end but we had to work right until the end for it. It’s very hot outside, the boys are really feeling it. I know Queensland had a bit of an easier win, so hopefully we’ve got enough legs in us this afternoon to beat them.How excited are the boys for the final?SR: They are very pumped. I had one boy come up to me and say ‘I’m not going to lie Steve, I’m very pumped, I’m very excited for it’, he just likes the centre stage though. What can you expect from the Queensland team?SR: Plenty of running, any Queensland team I’ve played or coached against, they are full of running so I expect them to be the same, and very quick. How much have you enjoyed this week?SR: Very good, the boys are staying with us for the first time, and the whole team has been getting along very well. There are a few antics with Dominic Field and Wes Sefuiva off the field which has brought the side closer together, it’s been great. You’ve played Queensland in the final in the past couple of years, what are your memories from the past two finals?SR: Fond memories of 09 when we beat them just by one, and then last year I actually wasn’t here for the last one but I heard that the boys fought back well and hopefully this time we get our noses in front and hold the lead. How exciting was it to win another World Cup title?SR: Very good, it was very exciting. To be able to do it with a great bunch of blokes and mates and to have my brother alongside me as well was excellent, I really enjoyed it. We’ve got a couple of questions that have been sent through, you might know who this one is from, the email is titled ‘Copyright Laws’ and it said ‘how many of my plays have you stolen this week and how much do you owe me?’ SR: That’s definitely from my brother. Little does he know that I plan the season, I actually come up with them, I just make him believe that he’s actually come up with the plays. It’s ok, I’m his younger brother so he looks after me and I look after him.We’ve also got a couple more contributed ones, which are anonymous at this stage, but you’ll probably know who they are from, but it says ‘firstly and most importantly, what are some things that coaching staff and managers need to be aware of in the sub box? I’ve heard thongs are a big issue in terms of rogue coaches not wearing enclosed shoes, is this something that you endorse?’SR: Being at the Sunshine Coast, it’s very hot, so I like to wear my thongs or jandals, depending on what side of the world you come from. I sort of like to test the event staff and make sure that they are doing their job, and making sure the OH&S is followed and that the shoes are on in the box. Have they been following up on this?They’ve been very good, I’ve gotten away with it a couple of times but other than that they’ve been very good. TFA would like to thank everyone that sent in questions for Louise, Nathan and Steve.last_img read more

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Sydney Roosters join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgTouch Football Australia is excited to announce that the Sydney Roosters will join the NRL Touch Premiership in 2019, fielding both a men’s team and a women’s team.Touch football is a huge participation sport in Australia, with 680,000 players competing across the country. More than 100,000 of those reside in Sydney.The Roosters already have extensive links to touch football, with a fully integrated partnership with Eastern Suburbs Touch (ESTA), which is the largest touch football competition in NSW, and an MoU with Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) to work collaboratively to help grow both touch football and rugby league in South Australia.Sydney Roosters CEO Scott Bennetts said having some of the best male and female touch players in the world representing the Roosters on game day will consolidate the club’s program from grassroots to the elite levels of the sport.“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and for the opportunity to connect with new audiences at the venue on game day and through broadcast,” said Bennetts.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the 2018 NRL Premiership-winning Sydney Roosters and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.“It’s fantastic to have the Roosters joining the competition next year. They are a foundation NRL club with a level of professionalism that is unsurpassed. We’re looking forward to working closely with them to bring the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life.”It was also recently announced that the New Zealand Warriors will enter the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership, joining the Roosters and the six NRL clubs that competed in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership this year: the Wests Tigers, the Parramatta Eels, the Newcastle Knights, the Gold Coast Titans, the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.The NRL Touch Premiership consists of elite touch football games – a 30-minute men’s game and 30-minute women’s game – played as curtain-raisers to NRL games and broadcast live. Branding, including uniforms, aligns with the branding of each namesake NRL club.As well as more clubs, the second year of the NRL Touch Premiership will consist of significantly more rounds than in the inaugural year.last_img read more

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TDSB reassures parents who were worried about the future of gifted ed

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto District School Board task force has walked back a proposal to restructure gifted and special education programs, which stoked major concerns among parents and advocates last week.Many families were alarmed by an initial draft report from a TDSB task force which recommended, in part, that gifted students and students who need “special education” be integrated into regular classrooms.Teachers would receive special ed and gifted training, and kids would still get the specially tailored learning they need. But, instead of travelling to one of the TDSB schools that offers “congregated” classes of exclusively gifted kids or exclusively special ed kids, the students would be in schools closer to home, mixed into regular stream classes.In the updated finalized version of the report posted late Friday, the task force – which is dedicated to making the district more accepting, inclusive and fair for low-income, racialized and otherwise marginalized students – changed its gifted and special ed proposal, saying the board should retain congregated classes “while exploring options to include Special Education” at local schools.Under this new proposal, the board would examine ways in which gifted and special ed programs could be made available at more schools in more communities, so kids with those special needs could access them closer to home.One of the concerns identified by the board’s task force on equity was that students in lower-income areas had to leave their community to go to schools with special programming, leading to a perceived division between “good” schools in affluent areas and “bad schools” in less affluent areas.TDSB trustees will discuss the finalized report at their meeting on Wednesday, and propose next steps. No final decisions will be made until early 2018.“There will absolutely be more opportunity for the community to have input before any decisions are made by the board,” the TDSB says on its website.The TDSB’s gifted program is lacking in racial diversity, and needs a total overhaul, said Carl James, a York University professor who specializes in the education of minority students.“The larger process of getting students identified as gifted will have to be looked at,” James said, adding that black students in particular are less likely to be in gifted programs than their peers.“We have to look at the extent to which the gifted test might have inherent cultural biases, that might disadvantage some students,” James said.“There is (also) the extent to which teachers identify some students and even suggest that they be tested for being gifted.”The prospect of having gifted students integrated in regular-stream classrooms was a major point of concern for parents who said their kids needed special accommodations in special classes to fulfil their academic potential.Amanda Gotlib, a Grade 10 student in the gifted program at Northern Secondary School, tested as gifted when she was in Grade 4, and entered gifted classes in Grade 7. Her time in the regular-stream classes was hard, Amanda said. She had trouble concentrating, and would take hours to finish even short assignments.Although regular-stream teachers knew she was gifted and promised to provide her with special accommodations, they didn’t really understand her needs, she said.“I have some techniques I use when I’m trying to listen or focus and a lot of regular-stream teachers don’t really get that,” Amanda said. “I often draw. I like to do art and doodling while the lesson is going on.”The term “gifted” gives people the false impression that kids like Amanda are effortlessly brilliant, said Amanda’s mother Gail Agensky. The reality is their brains work differently from other kids’ and they have different learning styles. They may not fit in socially with their peers, and often struggle with regular school work.Placing gifted students in classes with only other gifted students takes away many of the anxieties and misunderstandings, Agensky added.Cuts to special ed programs across the province have already resulted in many kids with learning disabilities, behavioural issues and other education needs being placed in regular classrooms, said Katharine Buchan, educational material co-ordinator with Autism Ontario.“With the right supports, every student typically could be integrated into a regular classroom, but for high needs students or some students with autism that’s not always the answer,” Buchan said.There are longstanding concerns about the burden placed on teachers by putting kids with special ed needs in regular-stream classes, said Andy Lomnicki, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario’s Toronto chapter.“There’s nothing wrong with applying the lens of equity, but it can distort what you’re looking at and how you’re trying to fix (equity problems),” Lomnicki said.“An equitable lens could say that every student (should be) in the same classroom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is serving their needs, or their parents needs, or the other kids in the classroom’s needs, or the teacher’s needs.”last_img read more

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Di Canio warns Sarri over Hazard

Di Canio warns Sarri over Hazard

first_imgFormer Italian forward Paolo Di Canio has warned his compatriot Maurizio Sarri that he will have to change his tactics in order to extract Eden Hazard’s full potential at ChelseaThe 27-year-old had an outstanding World Cup campaign for Belgium this summer and captained the national side to a third-place finish in the competition, which is highest the Red Devils have ever reached.Three goals and two assists in six games saw Hazard being awarded the Silver Ball award, which goes to the second-best player of the World Cup.But whether he remains a Chelsea player come the end of the summer transfer window on August 9 remains to be seen, although Sarri is hopeful that he can convince the Belgian to remain at Stamford Bridge and he revealed it would be a pleasure for him to make Hazard an even better player than what he already is.However, for Di Canio, the main concern that Sarri should be focusing on is how he can make the free-spirited Hazard prosper under his rather rigid style.“I’m wondering if he [Sarri] will be able to bring his idea of football,” said Di Canio, according to SportsKeeda.“He needs to improve in the management of the world-class players who don’t want to be closed in a specific role.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“For example, a player like Hazard wants to play free on the pitch but we know that Sarri wants players to respect a specific role on the pitch. Sarri will need to work on it.”Sarri nearly led former club Napoli to their first Serie A title in 28 years last season after finishing just four points off winners Juventus and Di Canio reckons that the 59-year-old fully deserves the opportunity he has at Chelsea.“I’m happy [for Sarri] because he deserved it [to be the manager of Chelsea],” said Di Canio. “He paid his dues.“He arrived in Napoli where he got lot of points and he was so close to interrupting the domain of Juventus. Now, he finds himself into another reality.“I don’t want to compare Napoli with Chelsea, but Chelsea are a world-class club in terms of organisation. And the Premier League is the best football league in the world.”Di Canio used to play in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton Athletic.last_img read more

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We werent good enough – West Ham United Cresswell

We werent good enough – West Ham United Cresswell

first_imgWest Ham United’s Aaron Cresswell has said the team weren’t good enough in their 1-0 home defeat to Premier League new boys, Wolverhampton Wanderers.The Hammers suffered a disappointing home loss to Espírito Santo’s side courtesy of a late strike from Adama Traore and Cresswell believes they weren’t good enough.Speaking candidly, Cresswell was brutally honest in his assessment of the home side’s display, which leaves them without a point and bottom of the Premier League going into the September international break.“In the first half, we let ourselves as it wasn’t good enough, it’s as simple as that,” he told the club’s official website. “In the second half, we played a little bit better, but the way we conceded the goal in the last minute just wasn’t good enough.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You just can’t make these mistakes as you get punished and that’s what happened. It’s not good enough at this level and I felt the whole 90 minutes was not good enough. On another day, we would have taken one of the chances we had, but we didn’t and it wasn’t to be.”“Of course, it’s a big worry, there’s no hiding that. Four defeats, ten goals conceded, it’s not good enough, simple as that, and we’ve got to get back and stick together, work hard on the training ground, put what we’ve done wrong, right, and concentrate on the next game.”“I wouldn’t say our confidence is high as we’ve lost four games, conceded ten goals and scored two. All we can do now is stick together and put things right. We’ve got enough character to do that.”last_img read more

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Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

Emery impressed with Arsenals winning run

first_imgUnai Emery has hailed Arsenal’s brilliant run after they thrashed Fulham 5-1 on Sunday to record a ninth win in a row in all competitions.Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both grabbed a brace alongside a fine teamwork that was brilliantly finished by Aaron Ramsey to complete the rout on their London neighbours.The win means Arsenal are currently level on points with Tottenham in the Premier League ahead of the international break.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are happy but also calm because we know it’s difficult each moment and each match, “Gunner’s head coach Emery told Sky. “Today we are happy. We are going to continue in our process with this victory.“I think we need to feel together. With the supporters, the club, the players. This spirit and mentality is very important for us and then we show our quality together and we can be happy like today.“It’s a process to know each other better after every training and after every match. We are getting better between the players and with the tactical system.”last_img read more

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Kabuliwala comes calling

Kabuliwala comes calling

first_imgNobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s timeless story Kabuliwala resonates perfectly with the Afghan community living in India. And capturing these connections is an ongoing photo exhibition in the capital that traces the life of Afghans living in Kolkata.Documenting the lives of around 5,000 Afghan families living in Kolkata in the exhibition From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories and Identity two journalists embarked on a three-year journey to tell the story of a century of social transformation within the community.  It opened Saturday at Siddhartha Hall and is on till April 13. Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz have captured the stories of this secluded and little-known settlement in the present time through photographs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Being away from my homeland, I have been always drawn to the themes of identity and new belonging. This inspired me to photograph one of the oldest settled Afghan communities in India in modern times,” said Najib, an Afghan who has lived in India for most of her life. Najib hopes that the photographs on display will allow viewers to experience the problems of preserving an identity and rebuilding a home in a new space. “I wanted to explore how the community has held onto its culture and identity through the 100 years. And by understanding their ways of connection, I, too, wanted to connect with my own country – Afghanistan,” she added. Until a few decades ago, real Kabuliwalas were a common sight on the streets of Kolkata, as in most cities of north and central India; today stereotypes and standard attributes have formed an ambiguous image of these people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Kolkata had amazing diversity and it had made me what I am today. But for the last few decades I felt that this diversity was fading fast, which was disturbing me. So by doing this project, I had an opportunity to capture at least one slice of the diversity of this city and in a way it is a tribute,” Afroz, a journalist from Kolkata said. The series will connect viewers to the themes of human bonding and touch on the issues of loss of identity and a new sense of belonging.last_img read more

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3 trains to bring back Kolkattans stuck in Kerala

3 trains to bring back Kolkattans stuck in Kerala

first_imgKolkata: The state government is taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safe return of those hailing from Bengal and are stuck in flood-hit Kerala. A large number will reach Kolkata in three trains on Monday night. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at Nabanna: “Three trains are coming from Kerala. Necessary measures would be taken so that they can reach their houses safely after reaching Kolkata. There will be arrangements for special buses in which they will be taken home.”Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development minister, Rajib Banerjee, the state Backward Class Welfare minister and Arup Roy, the state Co-operation minister, will be receiving those who will reach Kolkata in three trains.last_img

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