Oceania cup – OTTF http://ottf.org/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:08:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ottf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T010803.862-150x150.png Oceania cup – OTTF http://ottf.org/ 32 32 How basketball great Lauren Jackson’s remarkable comeback at 41 went | Basketball https://ottf.org/how-basketball-great-lauren-jacksons-remarkable-comeback-at-41-went-basketball/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/how-basketball-great-lauren-jacksons-remarkable-comeback-at-41-went-basketball/ JThe last time Lauren Jackson shot green and gold and stepped out on the pitch for the Australian Opals was in 2013. Kevin Rudd was running for re-election as Prime Minister, having wrested power from Julia Gillard a few months ago. The youngest member of the current Opals squad, Jade Melbourne, was 11 years old. […]]]>

JThe last time Lauren Jackson shot green and gold and stepped out on the pitch for the Australian Opals was in 2013. Kevin Rudd was running for re-election as Prime Minister, having wrested power from Julia Gillard a few months ago. The youngest member of the current Opals squad, Jade Melbourne, was 11 years old. You couldn’t walk down the street without inadvertently buying a frozen yogurt, and the Harlem Shake craze was taking off. The world was a very different place.

When news of Jackson’s recall to the Opals squad for the upcoming Fiba World Cup broke this week, it sent waves of shock and joy through the Australian sporting community. But as remarkable as his return may be, it’s not entirely surprising. Lingering injuries have left the 41-year-old with a whole host of unfinished business. Even in her final Olympics in 2012, a hamstring injury limited her time on the court and it wasn’t the glorious fanfare she would have imagined at a Games where she was honored as the gatekeeper. Australia’s Opening Ceremony flag.

Her last tournament in 2013 was the Fiba Oceania Women’s Championship, in which the Opals beat New Zealand twice in the two-game series to retain their title, and was largely a means to a goal, with the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in it. views. However, none of these would happen – she couldn’t recover quickly enough from heel and knee surgery in early 2014 to reach her own high standards to represent Australia at the World Cup .

Undeterred, she persisted with her rehabilitation, getting back on her feet with the Canberra Capitals in the 2014-15 season, despite needing weekly synovial fluid drained from her knee. But all his efforts were in vain and Jackson reluctantly retired at an Opals training camp in 2016, his dream put to bed.

Jackson is widely regarded as the greatest Australian player of all time. She was instrumental in Australia’s only World Cup victory in 2006, she is a seven-time WNBA All-Star, three-time WNBA MVP and two-time WNBA champion, among an abundance of other honours. In the imagination of sports fans, a player of such caliber announces his retirement through tears of joy, while clutching a gold medal or a premiership trophy. They don’t limp quietly off the field, details of their last game being remembered only by the most avid trivia buffs.

Retiring on such a note for such a famous athlete is not a comfortable position. The brilliant career plays on the mind, it takes one more chance to step out in front of a crowd and find peace before slipping away gracefully.

And so, while Jackson was down, she never came out. Not in the deepest recesses of his mind. Ambition burned in the background as she pursued a career in basketball administration, was inducted into multiple halls of fame, became involved in domestic violence prevention advocacy, had her two children Harry and Lenny and wrote a book about her career.

She took the first hesitant steps on the comeback trail when she tried using medicinal cannabis to relieve her chronic knee pain and was able to move freely again. A therapeutic use exemption to allow him to continue using the drug while playing competitively and a contract with the Albury-Wodonga Bandits – whose hometown is called the Lauren Jackson Sports Center – followed. With each adventure in the field, Jackson’s resolve grew as it became clear that his passion and skills remained intact.

Jackson’s Bandits coach Matt Paps became a key figure in his return to the Opals squad, ensuring his fitness was managed in a progressive manner to allow him to reach his peak without succumbing to a wound.

“It’s basically gone from 15 to 20 minutes on the field to training every day, to the gym every day with his coaches [and] now she coaches all team formations, all team sessions,” he told The Age. “I just see how her body has held up and how strong she’s gotten. She’s done all the hard work and I think she’s ready to go.

Once she proved to herself that her body could once again withstand the physical demands of the sport, the next step was to prove it to the Opals coaches and selectors. As Basketball Australia set the benchmarks she needed to achieve, Jackson dutifully carried out fitness tests and matches until everyone involved was confident that this comeback was not just a gimmick, but in fact a essential boost for an Opals team in search of leadership and experience.

Few understand the determination required of Jackson better than his close friend and former Opals and Seattle Storm teammate Tully Bevilaqua. She’s incredibly proud of the lengths her friend has gone to to give herself the opportunity to end her career on her terms.

“I’m so happy for Loz, not just because she’s a close friend, but also because she knows how hard she’s worked to get back into shape,” she said from Nova Scotia. Zealand, where she coaches Mainland Pouakai in the domestic league.

“Injuries have really forced Loz into early retirement, so to me it’s like she’s taking care of unfinished business…they better have that ice bath ready to go after every game – and a drink refrigerated next door.”

Although his return is not yet assured, with Jackson entering the Opal camp on Monday to fight for his place in the final team, the story so far is worthy of, if not for a prestige television series, the less than a sequel to his book. There’s a chance that this final chapter will be the most memorable of them all.

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Brazil and Greece look to defend their titles at the Beach Handball World Championships https://ottf.org/brazil-and-greece-look-to-defend-their-titles-at-the-beach-handball-world-championships/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:11:25 +0000 https://ottf.org/brazil-and-greece-look-to-defend-their-titles-at-the-beach-handball-world-championships/ You viewed more than 50 articles in the last 12 months. Keep Olympic News Free Support insidethegames.biz for just £10 For nearly 15 years now, insidethegames.biz has been at the forefront of fearless reporting on what’s happening in the Olympic Movement. As the first website not to be placed behind a paywall, we have made […]]]>

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All Whites manager Danny Hay is yet to decide if he wants to stay for the next World Cup push https://ottf.org/all-whites-manager-danny-hay-is-yet-to-decide-if-he-wants-to-stay-for-the-next-world-cup-push/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://ottf.org/all-whites-manager-danny-hay-is-yet-to-decide-if-he-wants-to-stay-for-the-next-world-cup-push/ Mohamed Farag/Getty Images Whites coach Danny Hay’s contract is up for renewal later this year. All Whites manager Danny Hay says he has yet to decide whether he wants to stay in charge of the team for the next World Cup cycle. New Zealand missed out on a place at this year’s edition of football’s […]]]>
Whites coach Danny Hay's contract is up for renewal later this year.

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Whites coach Danny Hay’s contract is up for renewal later this year.

All Whites manager Danny Hay says he has yet to decide whether he wants to stay in charge of the team for the next World Cup cycle.

New Zealand missed out on a place at this year’s edition of football’s showpiece event when they were beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in a one-off intercontinental qualifier in Doha earlier this week.

The All Whites fell behind after three minutes at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium when Joel Campbell scored and couldn’t equalize despite dominating possession and the number of shots.

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All Whites manager Danny Hay says the team’s first home game since 2017, against Australia in September, is an exciting prospect.

They thought they had a goal at the end of the first half through Chris Wood, but it was ruled out after a VAR intervention led to Matt Garbett being called off for a questionable foul in the build-up – the one of the few decisions that caused a lot of frustration after the game.

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Hay’s contract as head coach will now be renewed after a pair of friendlies against Australia in September, staged to mark the 100th anniversary of the two countries first meeting, including one at home at Eden Park in Auckland.

When asked the day after the qualifiers if he wanted another four years, until the next World Cup, where the best team in Oceania will qualify directly, Hay replied “I really don’t know at this stage. “.

“I’m going to have to spend a lot of time thinking about it.

“Four years is a very long time, and I’m going to have to figure out if it’s something I can do again.”

Hay was appointed in August 2019 and took charge of the team for the first time in November, for a pair of friendly defeats against the Republic of Ireland and Lithuania.

The Covid-19 pandemic then kept the All Whites out of action until last October, although Hay, his team and a number of players were involved in the OlyWhites campaign at the Tokyo Olympics last June and July .

They have made up for lost time in the past nine months, gathering five times while navigating the now largely defunct managed isolation and quarantine system, which has made it difficult to return to New Zealand between windows until early this year.

“He has [been a busy period] and also the job is not easy,” Hay said. “You don’t have time to work with the players and a lot of the work you do is off the pitch.

“I’m incredibly proud of the coaching staff. They’ve done an amazing job, getting the players to play like they did last night, but it’s tough. I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy .

“I need to think long and hard about whether I can still put myself and my family in this situation.”

Hay said he was also proud of the players he had worked with during his coaching tenure and was confident they would be able to build on their promising performances of late, even though he was away – or if NZ Football chose to go in another direction. .

“I’m just incredibly proud that they embraced everything we put on the table.

“I think whether I’m here or not in the future, we’ve got something in place that’s going to have real longevity in terms of the environment and the culture and the players will own it now, and they’ll run it no matter who takes the team.

“We have laid a foundation that will hopefully have real longevity, both on and off the pitch.

“I think the way they play now, the style of football they bring, I think that represents who we are, ultimately, which has always been my goal.”

In Hay’s 14 matches in charge so far, the All Whites have won eight, drawn one and lost five. The three wins outside Oceania were against Curacao, Bahrain and Gambia at the end of last year.

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Official 2022 World Cup poster revealed https://ottf.org/official-2022-world-cup-poster-revealed/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 12:20:36 +0000 https://ottf.org/official-2022-world-cup-poster-revealed/ The official poster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was unveiled on Wednesday (June 15) during an official ceremony at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. The revealed poster depicts a traditional Qatari headgear thrown in the air, a celebratory gesture made by local fans watching the football. Other items included are a soccer […]]]>

The official poster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was unveiled on Wednesday (June 15) during an official ceremony at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.

The revealed poster depicts a traditional Qatari headgear thrown in the air, a celebratory gesture made by local fans watching the football. Other items included are a soccer ball and Arabic script reading “Hayya”, which translates to “let’s go”.

The design was created by Bouthayna Al Muftah, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The artist also produced seven additional posters which were presented at the ceremony and are currently displayed throughout the airport.

“As you can see, the Ghitra (Arabic word for ‘traditional headgear’) lifted in the air on the main poster is meant to also express this feeling of how people celebrate a victory. So I wanted to show that in an indirect way to represent Qatar and just the feelings of joy,” Al Muftah told Reuters after the ceremony.

A Tuesday (June 14) qualifier between fourth-placed CONCACAF region team Costa Rica and Oceania confederation winners New Zealand at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium ended the qualification for the 2022 final in Qatar, which will take place from November 21 to December 18.

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Costa Rica v New Zealand – Football Match Report – 14 June 2022 https://ottf.org/costa-rica-v-new-zealand-football-match-report-14-june-2022/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:20:58 +0000 https://ottf.org/costa-rica-v-new-zealand-football-match-report-14-june-2022/ Joel Campbell’s 25th goal for Costa Rica was enough to beat New Zealand and qualify Los Ticos for the 2022 World Cup. Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images Joel Campbell’s first goal sent Costa Rica to the World Cup for a third straight tournament as they beat 10-man New Zealand 1-0 in their intercontinental qualifier on […]]]>

Joel Campbell’s first goal sent Costa Rica to the World Cup for a third straight tournament as they beat 10-man New Zealand 1-0 in their intercontinental qualifier on Tuesday and secured the final berth in the final in Qatar.

The former Arsenal striker scored after three minutes for Costa Rica as he weaved between two defenders to hit home a square pass from Jewison Bennette with the New Zealand defense slow to react.

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But New Zealand will feel battered after they had an equalizer scored by VAR for a foul in the build-up by Chris Wood putting the ball into the back of the net in the 39th minute.

A check revealed that Matthew Garbett had fouled Oscar Duarte in what appeared to be a harsh decision.

A VAR check also led to a 69th-minute red card for Kosta Barbarouses, leaving the Kiwis down to 10 men.

“We had an opportunity to score early and then we struggled,” Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez said in the post-match press conference.

“We knew what their strengths were. We knew we would struggle with their aerial balls. We had to make a change at half-time to have better ball possession and a line of five in defence. proved to be essential.”

The qualifiers between the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF region and the winners from the Oceania confederation, at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, ended the qualifying campaign for the 2022 final in Qatar, which runs from 21 November to December 21. 18

Costa Rica have qualified for a sixth World Cup overall and will take part in Group E finals against Germany, Japan and Spain.

Campbell’s goal attracted some 6,000 traveling supporters, out of a crowd of 10,803, but did not precipitate the dominating performance expected from the Central American team.

Instead, it was New Zealand who looked the more enterprising of the teams, with centre-forward Wood, who was constantly watched by a cautious Costa Rican defense, the target of their attacks.

Alex Greive and Garbett also had chances in the first half, but their shot went wide.

Three changes from Costa Rica at half-time brought them out of their torpor but it was again New Zealand who showed more attacking initiative in the second half but without any return.

Costa Rican keeper Keylor Navas made a fine 76th-minute save from Clayton Lewis as New Zealand struggled in search of an equalizer with Costa Rica sitting back and soaking up the pressure until the final whistle kicked off happy celebrations.

“I thought we were by far the better team,” said disappointed New Zealand coach Danny Hay. “One team dominated, there was only one team trying to create good quality football.”

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India qualify for the FIFAe Nations Cup for the first time https://ottf.org/india-qualify-for-the-fifae-nations-cup-for-the-first-time/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 06:00:53 +0000 https://ottf.org/india-qualify-for-the-fifae-nations-cup-for-the-first-time/ – Advertising – India made history by qualifying for the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 for the first time ever. The FIFAe Nations Cup is FIFA’s official international competition featuring nations from around the world represented by their best players in EA SPORTS ™ FIFA 21. India beat Malaysia and Korea Republic in the FIFAe Nations […]]]>

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The FIFAe Nations Cup gives players the opportunity to play alongside a national teammate with an additional substitute in a 2v2 format, adding a divergent and competitive dynamic with national pride at stake. This year’s FIFAe Nations Cup will take place in Copenhagen from July 26 to 30.

India was one of the 60 countries that participated in this event and was placed in the Middle East and Africa zone in 2021. After an outstanding performance and a 22nd world final in 2021, India was moved to the Asia and Oceania region with a top seed at stake. -step ins.

India played a total of 32 matches in this stage and finished with a score of 12 wins, 11 losses and 9 draws. This allowed India to qualify for the 2022 FIFA Nations Cup Qualifiers by finishing second in the Consistency Charts points table.

The three talented athletes who will represent India in Copenhagen are Charanjot Singh, Siddh Chandarana and Saransh Jain.

India are currently facing Korea in the bottom bracket of the semi-finals of the FIFAe Nations Series (FeNS) 2022 qualifiers. India are also currently placed at their highest world ranking of 19.

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Peru meet Australia as favorites to secure 2022 World Cup spot https://ottf.org/peru-meet-australia-as-favorites-to-secure-2022-world-cup-spot/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 10:16:02 +0000 https://ottf.org/peru-meet-australia-as-favorites-to-secure-2022-world-cup-spot/ Ricardo Gareca’s Peru have a chance to secure a place in Qatar. Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images When Peru meet Australia in Doha on Monday for a place in the 2022 World Cup final, the South Americans are likely to be the favorites – which, from the perspective of just a few years ago, seems like a […]]]>

When Peru meet Australia in Doha on Monday for a place in the 2022 World Cup final, the South Americans are likely to be the favorites – which, from the perspective of just a few years ago, seems like a credible sentence.

Fast forward to 2006. Australia qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years and it was euphoria for the present and the future. The team performed well in Germany, coming out of Group F against Japan and Croatia, and only falling to eventual champions Italy after a slight stoppage time penalty in the Round of 16. The A-League was up and running, a generation of children in a sports-mad country would surely be inspired and the move from FIFA’s Oceania confederation to Asia would mean more competitive games and a rise in standards.

But 2006 was a high point. Australia have participated in all subsequent World Cups, but the results have worsened. Their last victory dates back to 2010. The last game, four years ago, was a 2-0 defeat against Peru. And the evidence seems to suggest that Australia has since retreated.

In 2006, Peru was far from qualifying for the World Cup. They finished ninth out of 10 teams in the World Cup qualifiers in South America. In 2010, they did less well: 10th out of 10. And in 2014 only slightly better: seventh out of nine.

But here they are 90 minutes from a second consecutive participation in the World Cup. Has there been a clear resurgence in the quality of Peruvian football? Absolutely not.

In 2002, for the ninth consecutive campaign, no Peruvian team reached the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. In fact, this year has been particularly disastrous. Including the qualifying rounds, the country’s four representatives have played 16 games. There was not a single victory; all but three matches ended in defeat. Peru now has perhaps the weakest domestic league on the continent and there isn’t a single Peruvian player that really stands out in top-flight European football. Still, Peru finished ahead of Colombia (a team that features Luis Diaz, Rafael Santos Borre, Radamel Falcao and many more.)

There is an obvious conclusion: coaches make the difference. For the past few years, Peru have been coached by Ricardo Gareca, a lanky Argentinian who, as a centre-forward during his playing days, did his part to prevent Peru from making it to the Cup World Cup 1986. He inherited a side which in the previous two qualifying campaigns had lost 16 of their 17 away matches and drawn with the other.

The players he has at his disposal are not significantly better, but as a team, as a collective unit, the improvement is out of scale. After winning the World Cup four years ago, some of the French players said their 1-0 win over Peru was one of the toughest games of the campaign. Now France and Denmark, Peru’s other 2018 opponents in Group C, await the winner of Monday’s clash to complete Group D alongside Tunisia.

Gareca will trust the organization of his team; an organization that has brought conviction, which leads to trust. Peru’s previous sides would crumble as soon as they concede the first goal, but this one is made of stronger stuff. They trust each other in possession; they can hold the ball and change pace with diagonal switches; movements that start on the right end on the left, and vice versa.

The role of the coach in this area is easy to demonstrate. In the 2018 and 2022 campaigns, Peru benefited immensely from the time spent on the training ground – a good that is usually so scarce for national team coaches. Peru got off to a bad start on the road to Russia but regrouped in the month they spent together for the 2016 Copa Centenario. They got off to a disastrous start on the road to Qatar – they were in bottom of the table a year ago – but then came the Copa America in Brazil and another chance to restart. With just one point to show in the first five rounds, they have won seven of their last 13.

Peru is therefore the in-form side. They aren’t great goalscorers – managing just 19 in their 18 qualifying games – but they can create flashes that will worry Australia. The main threat is 32-year-old centre-forward Gianluca Lapadula. Born and based in Italy (for Serie B club Benevento), he has played for the country of his birth, but only in friendlies, making him free to play for his mother’s country of birth, a choice he made once it became clear he had no future with Italy.

Lapadula had never been to Peru before his first call-up, but he was quickly accepted as he brings to the attack: more cunning and competitive spirit than pure talent, as he works dangerously on the shoulder of the last defender.

Former Premier League winger Andre Carrillo, now apparently recovered from injury, will run powerfully to the defense down the right; on the other flank, Christian Cueva could be the key man. Sometimes frustrating but eternally interesting, Cueva will look to cut from the left – the side where Australia’s defense looked particularly vulnerable in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates.

Monday’s game will likely be just as close. Peru noted that while Australia may not be great, they are certainly in good shape. Tuesday’s match was well-balanced, with the United Arab Emirates shadowing the first hour, but in the final 20 minutes Australia looked full of the run as their opponents crumbled.

Australia had some extra acclimatization time as Peru opted to prepare in Spain, where they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a warm-up on Sunday. But if the Arab Emirates have pushed Australia hard, Peru will be expecting to do even more and turn their favoritism into a victory that will allow them to contest a second consecutive World Cup.

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Tongan teams in regional competitions hosted by South Auckland https://ottf.org/tongan-teams-in-regional-competitions-hosted-by-south-auckland/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 02:39:47 +0000 https://ottf.org/tongan-teams-in-regional-competitions-hosted-by-south-auckland/ Counties Manukau Rugby will host two regional events Oceania Rugby Super Sevens from June 24-26 and Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship from July 9-17. Oceania Rugby Super Sevens give boost to upcoming high performance preparations RWC R7 and 2022 Commonwealth Games The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship returns for the first time since 2019. Oceania Rugby today […]]]>

Counties Manukau Rugby will host two regional events Oceania Rugby Super Sevens from June 24-26 and Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship from July 9-17.

Oceania Rugby Super Sevens give boost to upcoming high performance preparations RWC R7 and 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship returns for the first time since 2019.

Oceania Rugby today confirmed that two regional competitions will be held in Auckland over the June/July period, the Oceania Rugby Super Sevens from June 24-26 and the annual Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship from July 9-17.

Six men’s and 6 women’s teams will take part in the Oceania Rugby Super Sevens, with Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga being joined by an invitational Oceania team.

The Oceania Rugby Super Sevens will be held at the Navigation Homes Stadium from June 24-26, 2022. The event is designed to give a boost to the team’s preparations ahead RWC Sevens 2022 and 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Two weeks later, the annual Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship will return to a three-day match between Massey Park and Navigation Homes Stadium for the first time since 2019. The 2022 Championship provides valuable preparation for Fiji ahead of the 2021 Rugby World Cup (played in 2022) and This will be the first time that Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga will play on the international stage since 2022.

Both events will give fans across Manukau and Auckland counties the chance to see sevens and women’s game heroes.

Oceania Rugby Interim, General Manager, Lemalu Wayne Schuster highlighted the importance of these events saying:

“We have the World, Olympic and Commonwealth sevens champions in our region and we intend to give our teams the best possible preparation to retain the most coveted prizes in rugby sevens.

Border closures and the impact of Covid in our region have had continuous effects on team performance. This event offers unique competition preparation for our teams in a boost before their campaigns.

“The South Auckland community has a strong Pasifika heritage, and we look forward to seeing the support from all teams across both competitions in the weeks ahead.

Partnering with Oceania Rugby to host these events, Counties Manukau Rugby Aaron Lawton, Chief Executive of Counties Manukau Rugby Union, said:

“We are delighted that these tournaments are taking place in our region. There’s such a Pasifika flavor to our community and we know people will really want to see our New Zealand teams in live action for the first time in a few years, so we think the games will be well attended.

“We look forward to working with Oceania Rugby to host these world-class international events.”

The Oceania Rugby Super Sevens draw will be released on June 14.

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Loons St. Clair goaltender remains ready to help the Canadian national team – InForum https://ottf.org/loons-st-clair-goaltender-remains-ready-to-help-the-canadian-national-team-inforum/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 19:46:46 +0000 https://ottf.org/loons-st-clair-goaltender-remains-ready-to-help-the-canadian-national-team-inforum/ Dayne St. Clair is the guy behind the guy behind the guy. It’s not where the Minnesota United keeper wants to be with Canada’s National Men’s Team, but at least he’s sitting behind the scenes. With St. Clair’s outstanding performance with the Loons in MLS this season, the 25-year-old has become a routine call-up to […]]]>

Dayne St. Clair is the guy behind the guy behind the guy.

It’s not where the Minnesota United keeper wants to be with Canada’s National Men’s Team, but at least he’s sitting behind the scenes.

With St. Clair’s outstanding performance with the Loons in MLS this season, the 25-year-old has become a routine call-up to national team camps during FIFA international windows.

St. Clair is currently with Canada for a friendly against Panama at 6 p.m. Sunday, followed by two CONCACAF Nations League games, against Curacao on Thursday and against Honduras, which includes the MNUFC midfielder Kervin Arriaga, June 13.

St. Clair is expected to support veteran props Milan Borjan and Maxime Crepeau in those tune-up games for Canada over the next week. This leads to the main event: the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

After Minnesota’s 1-0 loss to New York on May 28, St. Clair said he was focused on his and the Loons’ form before moving to the national team.

“I spoke with the goaltending coach a bit,” St. Clair said of possible playing time with Canada. “We decided it was better to talk as soon as I arrived at camp about the workload of our schedule, because we hardly had any breaks here.

“Personally, I also want to focus on the (MLS) games that are close at hand because I know I have to perform well,” he continued. “Especially with the team not doing well, I want to play my part and get points for this team.”

St. Clair was Minnesota’s biggest bright spot (5-6-3) this season. He leads MLS with an expected goal differential of over 4.9 and is tied for seventh with 1.08 goals against per 90 minutes.

St. Clair made his senior men’s debut for Canada in a 7-0 win over Aruba in a World Cup qualifier last June, but did not play in a national team game when qualifying was held until March.

When the FIFA World Cup takes place in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026, the top spot in net for the Canadians could be St. Clair’s up for grabs. Los Angeles FC’s Creapea will be 32, while Borjan, whose club is Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, will be 38.

But that depth chart may also change from here to Qatar.

“Every day is an opportunity for me to prove myself not only in this league but (outside it),” St. Clair said in late May. “Push for things and the World Cup, a lot could happen in six months. I think just getting that consistency now is important to me.

BOXALL’S GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Loons centre-back Michael Boxall and the New Zealand national team have a World Cup spot on the line during the Inter-Confederation Qualifiers against Costa Rica in Doha, Qatar on June 14.

New Zealand, who have a friendly against Peru on Sunday, won the Oceania Confederation (OFC) and Costa Rica finished fourth in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

The winner of the one-legged qualifier returns to Qatar for the World Cup in November and the loser watches from home. This may be the 33-year-old Boxall’s last big move with the national team. New Zealand last qualified for the World Cup in 2010.

Loons top scorer Robin Lod has four games scheduled from Saturday June 14 in the UEFA Nations League until June 14. … Arriaga and Honduras will play three CONCACAF Nations League matches until June 13. Arriaga was seen wearing a face mask with his national team after injuring his nose in the Loons’ 2-1 loss to Union Omaha in the US Open Cup Round of 16 on May 25. … Molik Khan, an 18-year-old signed this spring to MNUFC2, has four games scheduled with Trinidad and the Tobago national team in the CONCACAF Nations League. … MNUFC’s next MLS game is June 19 in New England.

Minnesota United goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair (97) makes a second half save against New York City FC May 28 at Allianz Field in St. Paul.

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Walsh ready for next challenge after World Series exploits | Latest rugby news https://ottf.org/walsh-ready-for-next-challenge-after-world-series-exploits-latest-rugby-news/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 07:09:51 +0000 https://ottf.org/walsh-ready-for-next-challenge-after-world-series-exploits-latest-rugby-news/ Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh is happy with their recent success but knows what can happen if they can continue in a stellar second half of the season. The Sevens team returned to training on Thursday after their World Series heroics, winning four of six sets as they cruised to the title. Catch all […]]]>

Australian Women’s Sevens coach Tim Walsh is happy with their recent success but knows what can happen if they can continue in a stellar second half of the season.

The Sevens team returned to training on Thursday after their World Series heroics, winning four of six sets as they cruised to the title.

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While the trophies are fine, Walsh was more proud of how far the team has come since Tokyo.

“It’s nice to see silverware, but I think it’s the people you work with, when you get to know them and you strategize and you work and you see them come together, c is probably the biggest adrenaline rush,” Walsh said. Rugby.com.au

“We’re a very forward-looking team and program, so that’s definitely our approach.”

The team travel to New Zealand later in the month for an event in Oceania before heading to the Commonwealth Games in July and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in September.

Along with this, the 2022-23 World Series holds additional significance, also serving as an Olympic qualifier.

This presents a unique challenge for Walsh and the coaching staff, who are looking to peak at multiple points over the next 12 months.

“We’re looking to peak for the Commonwealth Games, but it’s such a big season with everything going on,” he said.

“It’s a brutal schedule if you don’t manage it properly. You look at the South African men’s team, they pulled off an absolute flyer and didn’t stop after the Olympics and now they are struggling, really struggling mentally and physically.

“You have to look at this schedule and ask yourself how you are going to manage your players… we are aiming for peak performance but we are looking to get what we want from Oceania.

“…We need to make sure that we go into these events with no regrets, making sure that we do everything we can to perform at our best.”

The team finished runners-up at the 2018 Commonwealth Games against New Zealand despite not tasting World Cup sevens success since the inaugural event in 2009.

However, the silverware is not what drives Walsh and the team. It’s an internal bond or “brotherhood”, as so many players have called it.

This adds to the status and glory that awaits them should they manage to return with gold at either event, with Walsh well aware of his power after being at the helm of the Olympics. of Rio 2016.

“The trophies are nice but that’s not what motivates us. I think the drive is for each other,” Walsh explained.

“When you talk about the past and the present, a lot of the conversation isn’t what happened on the pitch, (it’s) the friendships and experiences you have as a group. When you you wake up and it’s 6 degrees you wake up for the people you work with and that’s the difference that’s the driving force we appreciate that hard work and working for each other the results are all the other stuff and that’s where the responsibilities come in regarding role models and notoriety.

“This team is incredibly powerful. You look at the Charlottes (Caslick) of the world, Charlotte should be one of the greatest athletes in history for what she has done on the court and the impact she has had off the court, changing the perception of women’s contact sport and watching it thrive.

“In sport you are defined by your results, so if you don’t win you don’t have that opportunity. Look at the gold medal in 2016 (Olympics), if we come second we don’t have the ability to promote and have those conversations, so winning is imperative.

“All of our systems and processes are geared towards that, but once we get it we have to be ready to use that podium to then promote the game and build a sustainable future. If you win, that helps your performance because of how you can use these vehicles to promote and maintain the game in a healthy position.

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