Koowee conquers its demons, grand final awaits

first_imgWEST GIPPSLAND FOOTBALL NETBALL COMPETITION REVIEW – PRELIMINARY FINAL   By Russell Bennett How do you measure spirit? Is it…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Stop the violence

first_imgTODAY is international White Ribbon Day. There are events happening across the region, in a bid to reduce the prevalence…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Officer’s new home of netball

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THE Officer Netball Club is pleased to have moved into new headquarters after months of anticipation. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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‘Big four’ through in Melbourne

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyRafa Nadal came through his first proper test to storm into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday but Maria Sharapova was ushered to the exit after a second big shock in as many days in the women’s draw.Victoria Azarenka was left as the only top-three seed still standing in the last eight when Sharapova was scratched from the title race by Dominika Cibulkova, a day after Serena Williams had also tumbled out in the fourth round.In the men’s draw, the ‘Big Four’ look poised to scrap it out for yet another grand slam crown over the next week after Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all won on Monday to join Novak Djokovic in the last eight.Spaniard Nadal led the way with a 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-3) victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Rod Laver Arena that was by no means as easy as the phrase ‘straight sets’ would suggest.The world number one had to contend with a blister on his hand, a tumble, a time violation at a crucial moment and his first losses of his serve in the tournament but most of all with some inspired shot-making from the Asian number one.“I didn’t play bad today, but I didn’t play as good as I did two days ago,” Nadal said, reflecting on his brilliant performance in the third round against Gael Monfils.“But today’s victory has much more value than the victory of two days ago. Because when you are playing that good, the normal thing is to win.“When you are playing normal and the opponent is a good one, and you are able to keep winning, that has much more value.”While Nadal will meet Sharapova’s boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals, Federer and Murray’s quarter-final date ensures that at least one of the quartet of dominant men’s players will go home on Wednesday.Federer’s quickfire 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the most impressive of the day, particularly given the French 10th seed had taken him to five sets in Melbourne and beaten him at Roland Garros last year.“I definitely felt momentum was on my side, no doubt,” said the Swiss 17-times grand slam champion.“I started the match well. Did I break first game? I think I did. I felt, alright, things are working for me tonight. Let me try to run away with it.”Murray also looked to be racing to victory against Stephane Robert, the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round in Melbourne, but blew a couple of match points in the third set and was dragged into a tiebreak, which the Frenchman won 8-6.The Wimbledon champion took out his frustrations on his a racket, changed his shirt and then whipped through the fourth set to record a 6-1 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-2 victory.“I dominated 95 per cent of the match, and for 15 minutes didn’t close the match out,” said the fourth seed.“But I still created chances, even when I wasn’t playing so well at the end of that third set. So it was pretty good for the most part.”Like Murray, Sharapova missed the back end of last season because of injury and she admitted after her 3-6 6-4 6-1 defeat to Cibulkova that the tournament had probably come a little bit early for her.“I certainly would have loved to have played a little bit more before playing a grand slam, but this is the chance that I was given,” said the Russian third seed, the 2008 champion here.“It’s tough. I will be genuine about it. It’s never easy but it’s moments like this that ultimately shape you and make you who you are.”Azarenka was utterly dominant as she swept into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory over American Sloane Stephens that extended her winning streak at Melbourne Park to 18 matches.The win had none of the edge of last year’s semi-final between the pair, when Azarenka took a medical timeout after blowing five match points.Both Azarenka and Stephens had played down the controversy and the second seeded Belarusian said she could not have felt more at home on the same Rod Laver Arena where she was booed last year.“I just love playing here,” she said. “It feels so cosy. It feels like I’m in my living room, on my couch. I can have some chips and salsa – that’s how it feels.”Azarenka denied the departure of Williams and Sharapova had made her a strong favourite for a third straight title.“We’ve seen over the last couple of days that somebody can bring their best game on any given day,” she said.Next up for Azarenka is fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat rising Spanish talent Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-3 in the final match of the day.Cibulkova’s reward for beating Sharapova is a meeting with Simona Halep, who beat eighth seed Jelena Jankovic 6-4 2-6 6-0 to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.“There’s no pressure on me so I can just enjoy the quarter-finals,” Romanian Halep said. “It’s my chance and I have to fight for it.”Dimitrov, also entering unknown territory in the second week of a grand slam, beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-4 to set up his last eight date with Nadal.“He’s Rafa. We all know him,” said the confident 22-year-old Bulgarian. “But I’m quite happy with the way I’m performing so far. So I like my chances.”last_img read more

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Cignal books quarterfinals spot, ousts Victoria

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aris Dionisio paced Victoria with 12 points and five rebounds while Jayson Grimaldo chimed in 11 markers and 10 boards.The scores: CIGNAL 83 – Perkins 16, Cahilig 13, Bolick 12, Villarias 10, Potts 8, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Bringas 4, Mocon 4, Arboleda 3, Oftana 2, Tongco 2, Adamos 0, Presbitero 0.VICTORIA 68 – Dionisio 12, Grimaldo 11, Koga 10, Lao 10, Mag-isa 9, Ragasa 5, Ayonayon 4, Herndon 4, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Sorela 0.Quarters: 18-21, 36-31, 61-54, 83-68.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESCignal-San Beda sealed a quarterfinals seat after an 83-68 rout of Victoria Sports-MLQU in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Hawkeyes turned back the pesky Victoria late, turning a close 70-65 lead with 5:02 remaining to a 15-point victory as they finished the game with a 12-3 blast.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Jason Perkins captained Cignal with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Andres Cahilig got a career-high 13 markers and three rebounds in the win.Robert Bolick chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Byron Villarias had 10. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Right now, we’re happy about it. Our first goal was to make it to the quarterfinals. It’s one of our achievements, but still, the boys did a good job. Hopefully, we won’t stop here and we continue to improve,” said Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez as his team stretched its winning run to six and moved to first place with a 6-1 record.Victoria bowed out of the tournament as it absorbed its sixth loss in seven games. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’ MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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FITUG bemoans President’s strategy

first_imgDear Editor,The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) – representing the country’s largest number of organised workers – joins with those other political, social and civic organisations, groups and persons to express our concern over President Granger’s obvious reluctance to choose a person from the two lists, so far, presented by the Opposition Leader to fill the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). It is befuddling that of the 12 respectable Guyanese proposed to the President, he has not found any “acceptable”. We of FITUG noted that the President presented the Opposition Leader and the nation with his own interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution which indicated just who the President would regard as “acceptable”.Also, we and the public have not been enlightened for the rejection of the persons on the two lists. By not giving the nation reasons for his rejection of the two lists of 12 nominees, President Granger leaves us and others to think that the 12 Guyanese are not capable of being professionally impartial or competent to work, with the other six Commissioners who will sit on GECOM.Now, even as the patient Opposition Leader continues the unenviable task and consults the wider society in this arduous quest to submit yet another (third) list, it has already been mooted that should the good President find those other six persons to be “unacceptable” to him, some group of wise arbiters will be appointed to come up with a solution – if not a Chairman.To delay the choice of a Chairman effectively leaving this vital Elections Commission headless will certainly impact negatively on the many-sided tasks related to elections that are the responsibility of GECOM.We have the dubious assurance that the President’s procrastination will not have implications or affect preparations for the 2019 Local Government Elections and the 2020 General Elections.FITUG has been consulted by the Opposition Leader with respect to all his submissions. In those consultations, we endorsed the names on the previous two lists and regard them as upright, matured and qualified Guyanese.This delay to fill the position of Chairman of GECOM must come to an end. The suspicions around such a delay do not augur well for our nation’s well-being nor its reputation regionally and internationally. In terms of free and fair elections, we have come through a difficult past. Let us keep distancing our country from those years and instead be proud of a new architecture built on democratic norms and principles.Sincerely,Federation ofIndependent TradeUnions of Guyana(FITUG)last_img read more

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Liverpool snap up Lallana

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, July 1- Liverpool have completed the signing of Adam Lallana after the Southampton and England midfielder successfully underwent a club medical on Tuesday.The transfer fee agreed by Southampton for the 26-year-old midfielder is believed to be around £25million (31million euros) and he will be on a five-year contract. Lallana is Brendan Rodgers’ third signing of the summer following to Anfield his Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, whose move from Germany will be ratified on Tuesday with the official opening of the transfer window for registrations.“I’m so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool,” Lallana told liverpoolfc.com.“I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I’m here, because that’s why I’m here — for success.”Liverpool came up just short in their quest to win a first English title in 24 years last season, finishing runners-up in the Premier League to Manchester City.But Lallana, a boyhood fan of Liverpool’s city rivals Everton, said the way in which the Reds had played last term had left him wishing for a move to Anfield.“Watching the run-in towards the end of last season it was unbelievable,” he said. “It got the hairs on the back of my neck standing up just watching the style of football.“Deep down I was thinking to myself ‘One day hopefully I’ll be able to play in that team’.”– ‘Special commodity’ –Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers added: “What is apparent about Adam is that his character is on a par with his talent.“He has leadership skills and personal qualities that make him a special commodity and I am delighted we have acted decisively to make sure he is wearing a Liverpool shirt next season.”With 18-year-old full-back Luke Shaw — like Lallana a member of England’s World Cup squad — having also left Southampton, in his case for a teenage record £30m move to Manchester United, the Saints have seen three key players leave the south coast club following a season where they finished a promising eighth in the Premier League.But with their coffers freshly swelled by the departure of former captain Lallana, Southampton promised new manager Ronald Koeman — who took over after Mauricio Pochettino, now the manager of top-flight rivals Tottenham Hotspur, also left St Mary’s after the end of last season — would be allowed to use the income to bolster the squad.“The fee received from Liverpool, although undisclosed, will allow the club to further develop the first-team squad for the 2014/2015 season,” a Southampton statement said.Lallana added the prospect of playing in the Champions League was too tempting to turn down.“I am grateful Southampton accepted the offer in the end and granted my wish to play at such a fantastic football club with Champions League football and competing for Premier League titles.“They are different targets to those of a club like Southampton.“Five or six years ago I was playing League One but it is reality we’ve climbed up the leagues and done so well, and I’d like to think I’m here on merit.”Now both Lallana and Lambert are set to make their Liverpool debuts at home to Southampton, who visit Anfield on the opening day of the new league season.“It would have been worse if it had been at St Mary’s so I’m glad it is at Anfield,” said Lallana.“It is fate to be lining up against your former team-mates; Ricky said he would have bet his mortgage on it,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Echesa last gasp goal denies Tusker win

first_imgThe experienced midfielder who has scored in all of Chemelil’s second leg matches stretched in to beat David Okello at goal after Erastus Mwaniki had glanced through a deep cross from Samuel Ouma.It was a frantic end to a rather scrappy and hands back affair between the two sides.The chasing pack of Gor Mahia, Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars will now breathe a sigh of relief as a win by the Brewers would have seen them open the gap between them.Chemelil right back Willis Ouma scored against his former Sofapaka team mate Okello with 15 minutes to play, canceling out Lloyd Wahome’s 45th minute header to end a scrappy first half that saw both sides lack intensity.Chemelil had the ball behind the net in the 10th minute after David Ojuang glanced in a header from an Ouma cross on the left, but second assistant referee Oliver Ouma had his flag up for offside.Both sides struggled to string passes together nor threaten the opposition goal, much of the play being concentrated in a scrappy midfield affair.The game lit up, on Tusker’s end, in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in Wahome rising highest amidst Chemelil defenders to head in from a freekick floated in by his defensive partner Eugene Asike.The goal had come just a minute following Wahome’s volley after Noah Wafula had knocked down an Asike freekick being deflected for a corner.At the start of the second half, Tusker head coach Paul Nkata pulled out Luis Misiko for 2014 Kenya Premier League most valuable player Antony Ndolo with striker Wanga making his first appearance for Tusker coming in for Khamati on the hour mark.Chemelil pushed Tusker and were rewarded in the 75th minute when Willis Ouma’s volley after Hashim Sempala had headed back to him a long throw trickled its way into the net after Jared Obwoge had dummied infront of Okello.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Paul Nkata issuing instructions. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.MACHAKOS, Kenya, July 17- Substitute Allan Wanga scored his debut goal as Kenyan Premier League leaders Tusker FC were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors Chemelil Sugar at Kenyatta’s Machakos Stadium on Sunday.Wanga who had come in at the hour mark for Mike Khamati sneaked in behind the defense as Noah Wafula’s corner evaded everyone in the box, but his delight of a dream return to the club he helped to the league title in 2007 was thwarted by Hillary Echesa in the 90th minute.last_img read more

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VP of instruction named acting Mt. SAC president

first_imgWALNUT – Mt. San Antonio College’s vice president of instruction, John Nixon, was named as acting president by the college’s board of trustees on Tuesday. Nixon’s appointment takes effect immediately, as Tuesday was resigning president Christopher O’Hearn’s last day. Board President Rosanne Bader said the board thinks highly of Nixon. “We feel that John Nixon will be a real stabilizing force for the college community,” Bader said. “He has a great deal of respect from all the constituent groups on the campus.” Nixon, 56, has been with Mt. SAC for three years. He came to to the college after 24 years at Santa Ana College in Orange County, where he was vice president of academic affairs for 12 years. He will serve as “acting” president until a June 27 board meeting when he can be formally deemed “interim” president, explained school spokesman Clarence Brown. Nixon said the appointment came as a surprise, and did not describe any new plans for the school, but said the college would continue to move forward without interruption. “The plan for now is that I would serve for a year,” Nixon said, adding that he is not interested in serving as permanent president because because he intends to retire within a few years. O’Hearn praised Nixon as an “outstanding choice.” “I can say that with no reservation because I’m the one who hired him at Mt. SAC,” O’Hearn said. “He’s a great, fine man who cares a lot about students, cares a lot about teaching.” O’Hearn, 58, announced his resignation Monday, saying he wanted to find more balance in his life between work and family. He said he would leave within the month. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea shut the door on Valencia trying to lure midfielder away

first_img Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu Oriol Romeu has agreed a new three-year deal with Chelsea putting an end to speculation he may join Valencia.The midfielder joined the Blues from Barcelona in 2011 but found first-team opportunities limited and spent last season on loan at Los Che.The La Liga side had hoped to bring the Spaniard to the Mestalla permanently and Romeu had previously indicated his wish to stay with the Spanish club.However, the Spaniard played 70 minutes in Wednesday’s pre-season 5-0 victory over Wycome Wanderers and it appears boss Jose Mourinho is now willing to give the 22-year-old a chance at Stamford Bridge. 1last_img read more

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