Titans rookie finds comfort in top grade

first_img‌Highly regarded by his teammates and the Titans coaching staff, King is still eligible for the Holden Cup this year but impressed everyone with his work ethic during the pre-season and positive attitude around the playing group.A fourth generation first grader, King was thrust into the senior squad to make his debut in Round 3 but after five games he suffered a broken hand that kept him out for six weeks and had the potential to delay his NRL progression.But rather than get down about the timing of the injury King concentrated on how he could return a better player and will start at lock for the third week in succession when Gold Coast host Cronulla at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.With Chris McQueen (neck) out indefinitely King has been able to secure the No.13 jersey and provide valuable contributions to two victories, the Newcastle junior crediting his stint on the sidelines for feeling more comfortable in open company.”Coming back I definitely felt a lot calmer,” King said of his layoff. “I felt in the early games that I was very adrenaline-pumped and anxious which is normal but it just took a lot of energy out of me on the field.”Now I feel calm as if I’m playing an under-20s game.”I feel like I’m calm, relaxed, I’m just playing football and that’s definitely saved me a lot of energy.”I feel like I can go back to playing 40 or 50 minutes. I feel like I’ve got that in my lungs now whereas first game 10 minutes in I was shot.”That experience for the first couple of games, having a break from it and then coming back it has slowed everything down and eased my perspective up a bit.”In the weeks that I have been playing in the NRL I think I’ve doubled as a player in terms of learning and being around the blokes so it has been such a great experience for me thus far.”In wins over the Wests Tigers and Dragons in the Titans’ past two games King has averaged 98.5 metres and 26.5 tackles, well up on his season average of 61 metres and 21 tackles.He has quickly become something of a favourite of Gold Coast coach Neil Henry who knows that despite the significant progress he has made already, there is still much more to come from King.”Max has really worked hard for his opportunities,” Henry said.”He’s still learning all the time and I think he and Morgan Boyle have really taken it upon themselves to do the best they can each week.”He’s got a tremendous work-rate and he’s getting better all the time.”In addition to looking inward for improvement King also used his six-week layoff to add three kilograms to a frame that has grown dramatically after coming through the junior ranks as a hooker.Now standing 190 centimetres and weighing 104 kilograms, King knows that he will add more weight in the coming year or two but took the opportunity to add a couple of kilograms as his broken hand recovered.”I told myself that I wanted to come back a better player than what I was before so it wasn’t a bad opportunity for me for a couple of weeks not to worry about football,” said King. “Just worry about gaining a couple of kilos – I put on two or three more kilos – and getting my body right.”I’m a massive pasta fan and the boys always get stuck into me about my ham sandwiches.”I’m a bit lazy when it comes to my preparation. I wake up in the morning and I wouldn’t have cooked anything so it’s just a ham sandwich. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’d probably do five or six a day.”It’s always been hard me to gain so any gain I get I can take it.”King believes in time that his playing weight will get up to near 110kg but concedes with the speed of the modern game that any weight gain can’t come at the expense of mobility around the field.”Weight isn’t that much of an issue for me right now, it’s just getting all the things right that the coaching staff are after like body position and leaning into tackles and technique,” said King, who is playing his 11th game of the season on Saturday.”There are not too many boys in our squad that creep over that 110 mark and if they are they’re generally trying to bring them down.”The game is getting faster so I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all between five kilos.”There’s a lot that goes into it in terms of how long you can last on the field and technique and things.” Photo by: Brendan Esposito. Copyright: NRL Photos. (Titans lock Max King is finding his way in first grade).last_img read more

All Blacks back for Blues

first_imgBoth missed last week with niggling injuries, although the squad still has 12 players unable to be considered for selection.Coach Tana Umaga said he is looking for a significant improvement in their team defence and discipline for the repeat game against the Chiefs, after last week’s loss to the Sharks.”We let ourselves down with our team defence. The boys all realise that and have come in this week with a determined attitude. Last year we were developing into a strong team defensive unit and we must get back to that level.”We also need to be more disciplined. You can’t give away kickable penalties like we did last week.”We want to be solid and aggressive in our team defence and in the contact areas and show more patience with the ball. Our aim is to improve our performances every week from here in which is a challenge to the squad individually and collectively as a team.”Northland’s Josh Goodhue earns a second start while fellow Taniwha Kara Pryor will add speed in the loose in his first start of the season after injury.Halfback Jonathan Ruru is rewarded with good form for his first start, with George Moala, powerful last week, moving to the wing in place of the injured Melani Nanai, which allows TJ Faiane to start in the midfield with Rieko Ioane.Duffie is still bracketed on the wing with Jordan Hyland to be decided after today’s final training session.Northland captain Matt Moulds will come off the bench, returning after off-season surgery, as will former NZ Under-20s players Dalton Papalii and Orbyn Leger.The Blues were edged 21-26 by the Chiefs in their second-round clash earlier in the season.The team is:1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. George Moala, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Matt Duffie/Jordan Hyland,15. Michael Collins.Reserves: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Mike Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20. Dalton Papalii, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. Orbyn Leger.Players not considered because of injury: Otere Black (knee – season), Blake Gibson (shoulder), Glenn Preston (calf), Sonny Bill Williams (hand), Augustine Pulu (foot), Alex Hodgman (arm), Scott Scrafton (leg – season), Daniel Kirkpatrick (ribs), Tumua Manu (thigh), Melani Nanai (ankle), Jordan Trainor (hand), Matt Johnson (season).last_img read more

PNGRFL to begin coaching, refereeing roadshow

first_img(LOOP file picture) The team will start its roadshow on January 15 with the Highlands confederation and finish up in Ramu  and  Lae.PNGRFL National Development Manager, Toksy Nema explained that there has been agreement for the PNGRFL to introduce an entry level PNG Coaching Accreditation Certificate.He said this gives successful candidates the opportunity to continue further study to gain their internationally accepted Level 1 through 3 Certificates.He said courses will run starting in Wabag on Jan16, Banz on the 20th, Goroka on the 22nd, Ramu on the 25th and Lae on Jan 27. “Referees updates under the guidance of Guma Opi will concentrate on communication with and earning the respect of players to maintain the integrity of the game,” said Nema.He said affiliated league coaches and referees who are interested to attend can contact their Regional Development Officers.Toksy Nema’s contact number is 70906977.last_img read more

Basketball season to begin

first_imgThis competition along with the PNG Games continues to identify talented players who represent the country at international events.PMBL is calling on existing and new basketball clubs to confirm their participation for the season.The existing franchise clubs are Exodus, Saints, Chariots, Flames, Tamaraws and West Jokers.PMBL’s Lawrence Lahari urges all franchises to confirm their participation by next Tuesday  February 9 during a meeting to be staged by PMBL.Lahari said they’ve planned for six current teams to compete this season although there is some interest out there for another additional franchise.The appointment of PMBL Board members will also take place during the meeting and the appointment of an internal auditor.Lahari also confirmed that the 2015 season champions KSS Flames and runner-up Moniplus Tamaraws will have their prize money settled before the start of this seasons competition.PMBL plans to run its competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm to 8pm.  The venue is yet to be confirmed.last_img read more

Foster stuns SI crowd with performance

first_imgThis was during his Solomon Islands National Soccer League season opener with the Malaita Kingz Football Club.Foster added the PNG flavour into a creamed Vanuatu and Solomon football club as he starred in the Malaita Kingz 3 nil victory over F.C Guadalcanal.In his first game yesterday, Foster played a key role in all 3 goals, which was a jaw-dropping moment for the crowd.He also got on the scoreboard with a screamer of a shot from outside the 18 yard box that flashed through the goal mouth.Foster has left quite an impression after yesterday’s game as the crowd and supporters look forward to watching Kingz in the coming weekend.last_img read more

Mbappé and its renewal: “It is not the time to talk about this”

first_imgKylian Mbappé, 21, spoke in mixed zone about the renewal of his contract with the PSG after the victory against Saint Éttiene in the League Cup. The forward answered the question about whether he would extend his contract with the PSG: “This is not the time to talk about this, this is the time to play football, there are many deadlines, I just want to focus on the season”. The French again asked if his will was to extend his contract that ends in June 2022: “My will is simply to play football, focus on the season. The club is in a quiet and stable situation, this is not the time to talk about this, this is the time to play football, there are many deadlines, I just want to focus on the season. “ The Paris player pronounced on whether they defended better by playing with the 4-4-2 system against Saint Éttiene: “I think there was an awareness that it was not enough for players of this level to make such little effort. After that it is not perfect, I will not say that it is perfect, but we are much better, and that relieves the players behind, they are much better to pass us better balls. It is give and take. It is not a matter of systemEven if three people have to make an effort, it was not enough. We have television, we watch the games, there has been a conscience, we are not the best defenders in the world, but it is better and we see it in the field. Behind, they have to run less for us because we do our job. “The ‘7’ was asked about whether he tends to free himself in the field: “Yes, we feel better physically, many players have had technical problems. Ney and I had many technical problemsIcardi arrived, there was only Di Maria who was already at the top, so it was difficult to repeat the efforts. We feel better and better and we are able to repeat the efforts, the high intensity races, it’s great. ” 7last_img read more

Joan Jordan: “In the Bernabéu we will compete as animals”

first_imgHow do you rate your first half season at Sevilla?If in summer they had put me a role ahead telling me that by now I would have played everything I have played so far, I would have signed it with my eyes closed. I am very happy with how everything has gone since day one. I am in the best moment of my life at the family level and it is time to improve and take steps in my game. I am in the right place for it.Has Lopetegui had a lot to do with it?At every stage of my career I have had the ideal technician. Mendilíbar came to me perfect at a certain moment and now I think that the same happens with Lopetegui. He insists a lot on the ball and all that helps me. I come from a different football and being with Julen is going to make me a much more complete player.The competition in his position is tremendous.The better your partners are, the better they make you. Playing with people like Fernando, Banega, El Mudo … there is a lot of talent. Everyone has a lot of level, I think we are one of the most competitive centers in LaLiga.If competitive is the center of the Sevilla field, that of Real Madrid … They have a huge level and it will be nice to plant them face. I am convinced that we will compete as animals, that we will go for them and that we will fight for victory.Is the dressing room aware of the grim streak of Sevilla in the stadiums of the greats?Outside the home we have won a lot and I knew without being here that last year the trajectory as a visitor of Seville was quite bad. It was not a ghost that had been transmitted. And I don’t think anything follows us now. There has been no match in which Sevilla did not compete and that is what you have to be very proud of. At Madrid we will compete with our identity.And the lack of goal of the strikers how it is carried?The confidence of the group is total. They are dynamic in which you enter and from which it costs to leave. The important thing is the work that the team does, which generates countless arrivals and we know that the dynamics will change. The goals will come. I do not hide that it is something that we have to improve, but I am convinced that the goals will come.Do you see the team trained to achieve the goal of returning to the Champions League?I think we have a very wide staff. We are in the fight for the objectives and see ourselves fully trained. 2020 is going to be exciting.last_img read more

Official: Mou’s Tottenham is reinforced with Bergwijn

first_imgThe expense by Bergwijn, together with the repurchase option executed by The Celso (Betis) and to the transfer of Gedson Fernandes (Benfica)they make Jose Mourinho Do not have much money to undertake the signing of a nine, the position that you need to strengthen. In fact, Daniel Levy has imposed a limit of twelve million euros to bring a guarantee striker who takes over the long-term loss of Harry Kane (The technician knew before signing that he would not have many resources if there were no sales and so far only 20 million have entered by Christian Eriksen).With Mourinho on the bench, Tottenham has improved his results and they are already six points from the positions of Champions League. Despite the loss of Kane, with these reinforcements and the nine that can sign from here to close the transfer window, they will try to sneak into the best of the Premier League and move forward as much as possible in the Champions. Steven Bergwijn is already a Tottenham player for all purposes. The Dutch end from the PSV has signed with the London club until the summer of 2025. Although the transfer figures have not yet been made official, for days it has been speculated with an amount close to 30 million euros. The 22-year-old has six goals and thirteen assists in the 29 games he has played so far this season. He usually plays in the extremes, although he can also play as an offensive midfielder or, on occasion, as a center forward. In addition, it is international with Holland. 10last_img read more

Barcelona signs Trincao for 31 million euros

first_imgThe end signs until 24/25 and will have a 500 million clauseThe 20-year-old will join Barça next season Photo: Getty Barcelona has made official the signing of Francisco Trincao, left-handed extreme of 20 years of Braga. The Portuguese player will join the Blaugrana discipline from next year, sign for five seasons and cost 31 million euros.After the attempt by a forward to cover the long-term loss of Luis Suarez failed, Barcelona has decided to move ahead of the next season and has turned the young attacker, who has established a 500 million euro termination clause, in its first incorporation for the 20/21 course.Trincao is a stranger to the average fan, but he has been gaining weight in a Braga in which he debuted in the 18/19 season and in which he has established himself in the current course, where he accumulates three goals and six assists in 21 games.last_img read more

Al Thani’s defense considers the Prosecutor’s request “disproportionate”

first_imgA. Illegality of the application of the measure provided for in article 544 ter of the Criminal Procedure Act, as the criminal proceedings have not been addressed, nor the accusations against MÁLAGA CDF and NAAS FOOTBALL, which causes serious defenselessness.B. The crimes under investigation (unfair administration, misappropriation and imposition of abusive agreements) cannot give rise to criminal liability of the legal entity and this implies the impossibility of adopting precautionary measures of a criminal nature.C. The request is disproportionate, unnecessary and premature, taking into account the preliminary status of the investigation.D. The situation in which the club was when the AlThani family acquired the shares due to dissolution and competition cannot be forgotten; and that thanks to his contribution of nearly 150 million euros, not only allowed the economic viability of the club, but also allowed him to reach the highest sports levels in the history of the club“. The law firm Baker McKenzie has issued a statement on the oral hearing that has taken place this morning in the Court of Instruction No. 14 of Malaga regarding the complaint filed by the APA against the Al Thani family for the alleged crimes of unfair administration , misappropriation and imposition of abusive agreements. The defense of the sheikh considers the request of the Prosecutor’s Office to constitute a judicial administration in Malaga “disproportionate, unnecessary and premature”. Upon his departure from the courts, Baker McKenzie’s lawyer who defends the interests of Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in this case, Jesús Santos declined to make statements and called on the media to issue an official statement.The full text of the statement is as follows:“1. The Al Thani family has made itself available to the court through its lawyer Jesus Santos through power granted in Qatar.2. Regarding the oral hearing on the judicial administration of the club, the lawyer of the AlThani family has opposed it on the basis of the following arguments:last_img read more