The question over the Roosters’ premiership credentials

first_imgWhile questions about the Roosters salary cap is one of the most common topics raised with NRL officials and media commentators by fans of rival clubs, the reality is that the roster at the Bondi-based club has one of the fewest number of players with first-grade experience in the competition.After recruiting Australian halfback Cooper Cronk and NSW fullback James Tedesco, the Roosters are many people’s premiership favourites, but the club’s losses significantly outnumber their gains and they will be relying heavily on rookies to cover injuries.Gone from the Roosters squad at the start of last season are Mitchell Pearce (238 matches), Aiden Guerra (154), Michael Gordon (225), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (230), Kane Evans (74), Connor Watson (38), Liam Knight (1) and Paul Carter (40).Between them, those eight players had appeared in 1,000 NRL matches.Besides Cronk and Tedesco, the Roosters only other new face at pre-season training was Reece Robinson, who had been playing rugby union for NSW Waratahs since leaving the Parramatta Eels in 2015.Most people can nominate the 17 players Roosters coach Trent Robinson is likely to choose for Saturday’s match against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium if everyone is available. The remainder of the 29-man squad is significantly harder to identify.Whereas fellow premiership heavyweights North Queensland Cowboys (28), Parramatta Eels (27) and Melbourne Storm (26) are among the clubs boasting the highest number of players with first-grade experience in the 29-man squads submitted to the NRL last Thursday, the Roosters had the equal lowest before signing Nuuausala from Wigan.With Leigh announcing they had released Baptiste after just one Super League game with the understanding he will join the Roosters, their squad will now have 24 players with NRL experience but four of them still qualify rookies – Nat Butcher (3 matches), Victor Radley (3), Chris Smith (3) and Lindsay Collins (2).The Roosters used 26 players last season and 31 in 2016 – figures that most clubs range between from year to year.As a result, the NRL has increased the roster size for each club from 25 players to 30 players under the $9.4 million salary cap, with a minimum wage of $100,000 for players 1-26 and $70,000 for players 27-30.However, the second-tier salary cap has been abolished and clubs are unable to draw from outside their 30-man squad unless given dispensation by the NRL salary cap auditor. That is only likely to be granted if clubs have no available players capable of playing a specific position.Clubs had to nominate 29-players to the NRL by March 1 and must have 30 players by June 30, although Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Nate Myles) and Wests Tigers (Curtis Sironen) are understood to have included former players as they are still paying them.Despite the presence of so many rookies, the Roosters squad still boasts the fifth highest number of NRL appearances behind the Cowboys (2,708), Cronulla Sharks (2,660), Eels (2,410) and Storm (2,320).Of the 2304 NRL appearances by players in the Roosters squad, Cronk is responsible for 323 of them, while five other players – Mitchell Aubusson (239), Jake Friend (211), Nuuausala (184), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (175) and Blake Ferguson (165) – have each played more than 150 games.However, using’s predicted Round 1 line-ups as a guide, the other premiership big guns boast greater depth, with the likes of Cronulla’s Trent Hodkinson (156 NRL games), Joseph Paulo (146), Edrick Lee (72) and Aaron Gray (42) not expected to be in the Sharks 17 man squad to meet the Cowboys.The Eels will have players with the experience of Beau Scott (237), Josh Hoffman (171 NRL games), Tony Williams (165), Suaia Matagi (92), Siosaia Vave (96) and Cameron King (32) to draw on from outside the predicted side for Sunday’s match against Penrith Panthers.In contrast, the Panthers have the least experienced rosters in the Telstra Premiership, with 22 players having played a combined 1635 NRL matches.St George Illawarra also have 22 players with NRL experience in their 29-man roster, while the Sharks, Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs each have 23, and Canberra Raiders have 24.The only NRL rookie in the New Zealand Warriors squad is former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling, who has played 115 Super League matches.Download the Telstra Premiership draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Premiership (NSW) draw to your calendarDownload the Intrust Super Cup (Qld) draw to your calendarDownload the State of Origin draw to your calendarlast_img read more

Atlanta celebrities ‘rise up’ for Falcons

first_imgATLANTA (AP): The New England Patriots have the Super Bowl history and experience going for them tomorrow, but they can’t compete with the Atlanta Falcons when it comes to an entourage of celebrity fans. The Falcons have been known for having fickle fans who abandon the team when it struggles, but this season, the sidelines have been overflowing with rappers, actors and athletes from other sports . Rapper T.I. says he’s no bandwagon jumper. The lifelong Falcons fan says he remembers when Deion Sanders high-stepped into end zones, Michael Vick dashed by defenders and the “Dirty Birds” danced to the Super Bowl in 1999. Those were some of the most memorable moments in Falcons history, but there were many more forgettable years. No matter the outcome, T.I. remained faithful. “We’re always down for the home team,” T.I. said. “We’ve had our highs and lows. But this team is different. We are rooting for them.” Usher, Future, Jeezy and Bow Wow have been spotted cheering from the sidelines during Falcons home games this season . Rapper Gucci Mane was shown giving fans high-fives from at a playoff game in the Georgia Dome. Ludacris performed at halftime in the Falcons’ NFC divisional round win against the Seattle Seahawks then returned the following week to deliver another show in the team’s final home game at the Georgia Dome in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. The rapper recently narrated a short video clipped called “A City Waits” in honour of the Falcons. One of the most notable Falcons supporters is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who created a commercial in 2014 for the team. He recently appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about his Super Bowl-bound squad and discussed how he tried to forewarn his team about an Aaron Rodgers trick play in warm-ups before the NFC Championship game.last_img read more

Diana E. Davis School in 4-Day Sports Festival

first_imgA four-day sports festival, described by school officials as a gala week (June 24-27) celebration will commence at the Diana E. Davis Elementary, Junior Senior High School at Parker Corner, Brewerville, Monrovia.According to the fixture, in kickball, D.E.D will take on Pamela Kay and in the second game at 10am J.K.D will go against Triumph at 11:30am.In the football games, D.E.D will clash with Pamela Kay at 1pm and in the second game, J.K.D. will play Triumph at 3pm.On Thursday, June 25, from 9am to 12pm will be Quizzing in its knockout stage.Game 1: D.E.D. vs. Virginia Public SchoolGame 2: M.T.S.S vs. Pamela KayGame 3: All Saints vs. J.K.DGame 4: Annie Banks vs. Triumph.Semi-finals: Game 5: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2Game 6: Winner 3 vs. Winner 4In kickball in the knockout stages, Virginia Public School vs. M.T.S.S and All Saints will play against Annie Banks in the second game.In knockout in football: Game 3 vs. Virginia Public School vs. M.T.S.S. and in Game 4 All saints vs. Annie Banks.Friday, June 26: Quizzing Final: Game 7 vs. Winner 6.Kickball Semi Final: Games 5 Winner 1 vs. Winner 2; Game 6 Winner 3 vs. Winner 4.Football Semi Final: Game 5 Winner 1 vs. Winner 2;Game 6 Winner 3 vs. Winner 4.Kickball Final: Game 7 Winner 5 vs. Winner 6.Football Final: Game 7 Winner 5 vs. Winner 6There will be a queen contest on June 27 at 12pm and awards night at 7pm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No reason to celebrate Mashramani – Wales housewives

first_img…say their children are starving, pots emptyBy Shemuel FanfairSeveral housewives who supported their spouses at Wednesday’s protest against the year-long non-payment of severance, complained bitterly of their dwindling finances and indicated that they have no reason to celebrate Mashramani.The Wales housewives told Guyana Times that they will not be participating in any celebration since they can barely maintain their households, as many of the men are unemployed and others are finding difficulty getting consistent work.Several protesters marching outside the Ministry of the Presidency“We don’t have Mashramani because we don’t have money, so we cannot celebrate; we want we severance and then anything could happen,” one housewife shouted.Other women, including a mother of five, Salima Bacchus, are demanding that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) honour its legal arrangements and pay off the former workers.“We need we severance!” Bacchus exclaimed. Her husband, Asser, has not been working since 2016 and she has been on the protest line since then.“Right now we children starving and then we must study Mashramani? We don’t have money since Wales Estate close, me husband not working so how you could get the money to celebrate Mashramani,” another housewife added.Pensioners who also supported Wednesday’s protest indicated much dismay at the economic situation at Wales and on this basis noted that finances are not there for them to celebrate.Housewives are demanding that severance be paid“Mashramani, you have to get nice clothes, footwear and you got to dance up but if you don’t have money you can’t do nothing,” Iris, only name given, observed.Mashramani marks 48 years since Guyana became a Republic which meant that the country broke links from the British monarchy but for the housewives, there is no freedom given their current economic plight. Mother of five, Shada Narine, told Guyana Times that she too would be celebrating the holiday. Narine stressed that she has to rotate sending her children to school and she is calling on the Agriculture Minister and President Granger to look into her plight.“I glad if the President and Mr Holder could come out and tell the cane cutters if they will get their severance or if they will find jobs for them. I think they have a heart and children and they should see the suffering of the cane cutter dem,” Narine remarked in a show of much frustration.Mashramani will be celebrated on Friday.last_img read more

Senior Flyers have rough outing in game three against Spirit River

first_imgGame three between the Fort St. John Senior Flyers and Spirit River Rangers went down last night in Spirit River. The Flyers were in striking distance after 40 minutes but the game got away from them in the third period as they lost 7-2.The Flyers opened the scoring early in the game just 2:25 in to hold a 1-0 lead. It was short lived however as the Rangers tied the game a minute later and scored the go ahead goal just 55 seconds later.In the second frame the Flyers managed to tie the game but Spirit River scored another two goals including one on the power play to take a 4-2 after 40 minutes.- Advertisement -The Rangers put the game on ice in the third period. They went up by three just two and a half minutes into the stanza, and added another two goals in the final ten minutes for the 7-2 victory.Scoring for the Flyers were Joey Massingham and Rick Cleaver. Assists on the night went to Joey Massingham, Rick Cleaver, Danny Bryan, and Kyle Leahy.Game four between the clubs goes Tuesday night at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m. Fort St. John trails the best of seven series 2-1.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Peace River Regional District to hold water and sewer functions referendum

first_imgThe referendum will proceed sometime in 2015 to vote on whether or not residents support the establishment of a water service and domestic sewage area, according to the PRRD. There will also be a separate referendum in each electoral area for water and sewer services.The PRRD says there will be no borrowing for the project.Through 15 public meeting, the PRRD gauged rural residents’ opinion on the proposed option for region-wide water a sewer service. Within these meeting, the PRRD says Electoral Area Directors discovered that the public would rather use a referendum as the approval process, as well as using only ‘improvements’ and not ‘land and improvements’ as part of the taxable assessment.- Advertisement -Rural residents also say that those who need the services should pay for it, according to the PRRD.The Rural Budget Committee of the PRRD has approved funding from Area B and C FairShare to establish a temporary domestic sewage lagoon at the Charlie Lake lagoons until such a time when the results of a referendum are met.last_img read more

Lightning knocks out power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.

first_imgWe hope to learn more about the massive power outage on Thursday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the peak of Wednesday’s power outage over 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace.B.C. Hydro believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.  Hydro has not said where the lightning strike occurred.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019- Advertisement -The power went out at approximately 8:50 and was restored to all communities by 11:30 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNa Cealla Beaga Club Notes 20/05/2013The Kilotto had one winner this week, Congratulations to Jonathan Molloy, Stragar on winning the Jackpot of €6,600, The numbers were 7, 11, 14, 17. Next week’s Kilotto jackpot is €700.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,950. Good Luck to the Donegal Senior & Minor team’s on Sunday V Tyrone.The under 14 boys team are away to Naomh Ultan in the championship at 7.30 on Wednesday and playing Naomh Mhuire in the divisional league semi in Ardara at 12.30 on Saturday.The under 10’s play their first official blitz of the season this Saturday in Donegal Town commencing at 12 noon. Good luck to all the players. Please come along and give them your support.The Club are holding a 5k Run / Walk at the end of June, more details to follow shortly.   GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgHe’s one of the best-known names in the horseracing world and he’s on his way to Letterkenny this Sunday.Horseracing icon Jonjo O’NeillJonjo O’Neill’s name is synonymous with both riding horses and training them.This Sunday he will be at the Letterkenny Races which are being held in Ballyare. Jon Joe will be at the event to cheer on his son, also Jonjo.The 15 year old is building up a major name for himself and he is hoping to get across the line first in two races this Sunday.The meeting, which holds a seven race card, gets off at 2.30pm.This is the 20th year of the annual Letterkenny Race meeting and a large crowd is expected at the venue.  HORSE-RACING ICON TO GALLOP TO DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jon Joe O’NeillLetterkenny Raceslast_img read more

Alexander-Arnold explains why he has returned to Liverpool early

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Alexander-Arnold in action for England during their Group G encounter against Belgium Another Red is back! 🔴At the team hotel, @trentaa98 caught up with some familiar faces…and some new ones too. 🤝— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 31, 2018The right-back broke into the Reds team and his brilliant form earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad for the finals in Russia.Alexander-Arnold was therefore entitled to a break from his club until next week but he has decided to come back ahead of schedule with a view to playing as soon as possible.“It was a long season and I didn’t get to have the summer rest the other lads had,” Alexander-Arnold told“But you want to get back as soon as possible. I spoke to the manager and he understood that I’m young and maybe didn’t need as much rest as the other lads because I was still fresh. He allowed me to come back early. RANKED possible standings shining “It’s maybe a bit too soon to play over the weekend. Hopefully I’ll get a few minutes before the season starts and try to get myself back into contention as soon as possible.”Liverpool have had a very busy summer – spending over £170m on four new signings – Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.“We have made some really good signings. It’s making our squad stronger and it makes us a better team,” the No.66 said.“When you’re training with better players then you automatically get better because you’re challenging yourself more. That’s the main goal: to challenge yourself day in, day out and improve yourself.” huge blow REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Trent Alexander-Arnold managed to convince Liverpool to allow him to come back to training with the club ahead of schedule.The 19-year-old joined up with his team-mates at their camp in Evian, France on Tuesday after a post-World Cup holiday. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury silverware Latest Liverpool FC News The Reds kick off their Premier League campaign on Sunday August 12 at home to West Ham – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.last_img read more