Binatangs get intensive training

first_imgThe ten U16 PNG Binatangs who were selected to form Team South Pacific are getting intensive training to prepare for the National U16 championships at Australia’s Gold Coast. The annual championship will be held from July 5-14 bringing the best footy players from around Australia and the South Pacific region.The PNG boys were selected by AFL Queensland along with 15 other highly skilled athletes from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu boys.Selection of the team was made during the recent South Pacific Cup that was held in Coffs Harbour, Australia.  PNG’s U16 Coca-Cola Binatangs retained the title for the second consecutive year.AFL Pacific development officer and coach of the South Pacific team, Ben Drew confirmed that all the players will be training in their respective countries and provinces here in PNG.Drew said they were given a training program from the South Pacific coaching panel to prepare well before travelling to Australia in July.“Each of the players was given a fitness regime to help them in areas that need improvement.“They know their strengths and weaknesses and the training program is a guide to help them to keep improving their skills.“What we want them to focus on is to keep improving their kicking, marking and handballing.“Even areas of contact skills, defence, forward, ruck and midfield strategies need to be maintained and improved every day,” he said.Drew said it’s not a massive fitness regime but enough to help them improve their skill work and physical fitness.Drew said earlier that the players will have to familiarise themselves with each other’s game and learn how to communicate well on the field because that’s very important.The trip to the Gold Coast includes a pre-tour training from July 5-7, high performance camp with the actual championship starting on the July 7-14.last_img read more

Arellano soldiers on without go-to-guy Salado

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES “We just did our jobs and whatever coach asked of us. We know how big Salado’s absence is, so it serves as a motivation for us to do what we’re supposed to do whenever we’re on the floor. We’re inspired because we know we have to step up without our main man.”Alcoriza contributed 16 markers and seven boards off the bench, and dela Cruz continued to dazzle with his 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Lervin Flores, meanwhile, topscored for Arellano with 19 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, and two assists.With the way his players took the cudgels for their lost leader, Codiñera is confident that Arellano can get the job done going into its final assignment against Mapua on Tuesday.“They say it’s difficult that we lost the conductor. And it is because it’s just the passengers that are left,” he said. “But with this game, we had a newfound confidence that they can win without him.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standhardinger, Ravena, Teng banner 2017 PBA Draft class OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll season long, Arellano had relied on Kent Salado to get it out of trouble.But with the lead guard out for the season due to a slight MCL tear on his right knee, it’s the Chiefs’ turn to rally behind their main man.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I told them that with or without Kent, we will play and we will do our best,” said coach Jerry Codiñera. “Let’s offer it to Kent because he’ll miss the whole playoffs, and if ever we make it as far as the Finals, he’s still going to be out.”Luckily for the PBA great, the players heard his plea loud and clear as the Chiefs drubbed Perpetual, 62-52, on Thursday to continue their Final Four drive and improve to an 8-9 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLevi Dela Cruz and Rence Alcoriza were instrumental in helping the Chiefs rack up their third straight win in the homestretch of the eliminations. “We’re really sad that Salado is not playing with us. But we stepped up and covered for each other. We tried to make up for what Kent was doing for us,” said dela Cruz, who was installed as the team’s starting point guard in lieu of Salado.last_img read more

Lukaku in Man Utd spotlight as goals dry up

first_img0Shares0000Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75mn transfer to Manchester United from Everton, Romelu Lukaku (L) has found the net only once in 12 matches since © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – With Zlatan Ibrahimovic fit again and closely scrutinising his performances from the substitutes’ bench, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is under pressure to rediscover his goal-scoring touch.Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75 million ($100.8 million, 85 million euros) switch from Everton, Lukaku has found the net only once in 12 matches since. Manager Jose Mourinho continues to profess satisfaction with Lukaku’s all-round displays, but the longer the Belgian striker’s difficulties continue, the bigger a point of concern it will become.“For a striker, it is all about your goals and unfortunately people will always measure him by that, but away from the goals his contribution has to be big,” says former United captain Gary Neville.“He’s had his struggles. That was always going to happen at some point after his blistering start, but this is a critical stage of the season where he has to deliver.”Question marks are hovering above Lukaku as United approach a potentially pivotal week in their season.They host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday and face Premier League pace-setters Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday in a derby they must win if they are make up ground in the title race.Lukaku’s recent displays suggest if United are to get the results they need, their goals are unlikely to come from him.His frustrations appeared to tell during United’s 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion when he kicked out at Gaetan Bong in an incident caught on camera but for which he avoided retrospective punishment.He squandered three presentable chances during United’s 4-2 win at Watford last week, notably dallying for too long when presented with a clear sight of goal by Paul Pogba, enabling the home defence to block.But he also played an important role at Vicarage Road, setting up a goal for Anthony Martial, and produced a similarly valuable contribution in Saturday’s 3-1 success at Arsenal.– ‘Demons’ –Though he did not find the net at the Emirates Stadium, Lukaku’s pressing and direct running helped establish United’s tempo and he was involved in the move that led to Jesse Lingard scoring the visitors’ second goal.Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMourinho joked after the win at Watford that Lukaku needed only to secure a new boot deal, but the United manager has been steadfast in his defence of the former Chelsea striker, who he has described as “untouchable”.While United’s other attacking players — Martial, Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata — are regularly rotated, Lukaku has started every single game in the league and Champions League.“For me, the most important thing is teamwork and he’s second to none in terms of giving everything he has to the team,” Mourinho said.“If he scores or doesn’t score, that’s not a problem.”When Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United, Lukaku was farmed out to the right wing to make way.But working in his favour is the fact his pace and mobility make him a much neater fit for United’s counter-attacking football than the sauntering Ibrahimovic.Lukaku’s lateral movement across the pitch serves to open up space for the likes of Pogba, Martial and Rashford, all of whom have benefited greatly from the Belgian’s ability to tie up opposition centre-backs.“I don’t see Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a threat to Lukaku at all, but as a supplement,” Neville wrote in a recent Sky Sports column.“The only way Ibrahimovic can become number one is if the aura of Zlatan gets to Lukaku.“Zlatan is confident, but Lukaku is number one, the fans and the manager believe in him and if he does have any demons then he needs to clear them from his mind.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more