Torres: Benitez improved us

first_img He added: “He has helped the team, the team has been good. The players are better. I think he came to do a job and he did. He must be happy because he won a trophy with Chelsea.” City midfielder Gareth Barry, who scored the opening goal in the victory in New York, said: “It was a great spectacle and the supporters turned out in great numbers again. “It was about something other than the result. We’ve had a great few days. “Fans here and in St Louis have watched two great games with lots of goals and lots of attacking football. “I’m not sure our defensive coach will be too happy but it is great to see games like that. “It is a massive step for Manchester City to get involved with a club in the MLS. “Nothing like that has been done before. It’s exciting times for the club.” Press Association Benitez’s tenure as interim boss ended as Chelsea completed their post-season tour of the United States with a second successive loss to Manchester City, who were 5-3 winners at Yankee Stadium in New York two days after losing 4-3 in St Louis. But countryman Torres, who captained the team in the Big Apple, said of Benitez: “He came in in a difficult situation, personally, for him with the reaction of the fans and the team were not doing well at the time. It takes a bit of time to do better but after that, at the end of the season, the team was much better than at the beginning.” center_img Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is convinced Rafael Benitez is leaving behind a better team than the one he took over.last_img read more

Florida is the slowest state to process unemployment claims

first_imgAccording to federal data Florida has processed its hundreds of thousands of new unemployment claims slower than any other state.U.S. Department of Labor figures show Florida at the bottom among all 50 states!The coronavirus outbreak has caused many to file for unemployment. Now, nearly 7 of every 8 Floridians who managed to file claims during the three weeks from mid-March until early April were waiting to have them processed.last_img

Trojans are improving their depth

first_imgRoJo’s back.Just five weeks after suffering a broken collarbone, junior receiver Ronald Johnson returned to practice Tuesday and is on track to play in the Notre Dame game Oct. 17.Back in action · Coming off a clavicle break, Ronald Johnson wore a non-contact yellow jersey at his first practice since suffering the injury.- Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanAfter practice, USC coach Pete Carroll gushed about having the 6-foot, 190-pound speedster back.“It’s great to have him back,” Carroll said. “He’s got great speed, great playmaking ability, knows our system so well, and he makes other guys play well and he’ll make things happen for us.”Johnson wore a yellow jersey in practice Tuesday to avoid contact, but teammates said he still made a big impact.“It was huge, just for the little time that he was out here,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said. “You could tell — his spirit, his way of playing — he’s back and it’s awesome.”Johnson beat the six- to eight-week prognosis for his injury, but he likely won’t be practicing fully until next Monday.“I’ve been out for like five weeks, so it feels good to be back out there running and catching and playing with the guys a little bit,” Johnson said. “I feel like I’m back.”Johnson was expected to be the Trojans’ starting flanker this season after hauling in 33 receptions for 570 yards a season ago. He’s also a team leader of sorts for USC.“It’s fun,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “Everybody loves RoJo. He’s such a great worker and he contributes so much to the tempo of practice and the playmaking and all that.”uA few other Trojans are on the mend this week.Sophomore defensive end Armond Armstead also returned to practice Tuesday. He had missed six weeks after breaking his left foot at fall camp.Armstead had been penciled in as a starting defensive end before the injury, but he was forced to watch from the sidelines with a large boot on his foot during the team’s 4-1 start.“On X-rays you can’t even see the fracture anymore,” Armstead said. “It’s healed, so there’s not really much worry about reinjuring it.”The injury originally occurred when linebacker Shane Horton stepped on Armstead’s foot during a drill.“Armstead is scheduled to play next week, but he is further behind because he was unable to condition his lower body [while he was injured],” Carroll said. “He feels great and wants to do it, but we just gotta get him back in shape.”Junior linebacker Malcolm Smith is also healthy again. He missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain, but returned to practice Tuesday.Carroll said Smith could have played against Cal had it been an emergency situation.Added Carroll: “He’s looking like he’ll be ready to compete next week.”uAnother goal of the bye week for the Trojans is to develop the younger talent on the roster.Seven freshmen have seen playing time so far this season, but Carroll said they could have an even bigger influence.“What we’re trying to do with this bye opportunity is to give a lot of guys chances to see where they fit in,” Carroll said. “We’re trying to help the young guys elevate.”Carroll specifically highlighted a quintet of freshman — receiver De’Von Flournoy, offensive linemen Kevin Graf and John Martinez and safeties T.J. McDonald, and Jawanza Starling — as those who the coaching staff is hoping to get a good look this week.“We’re just trying to find out what they know and what they don’t know,” Carroll said. “It’s all the new guys, the young guys. We want to see how far we can take them.”uCarroll also said the kicking competition would be renewed at placekicker, with redshirt junior Joe Houston challenging the incumbent, senior Jordan Congdon.“With the kicking game, we’re opening up competition for the placekicking, just because it looks like the guys are just about neck-and-neck again,” Carroll said. “We’re gonna see that go through.”Congdon has made six of eight field goal attempts this season.last_img read more

UW welcome neighborly UWGB

first_imgWisconsin sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz and the rest of the Badgers have been outdone in rebounding in their last two games.[/media-credit]The state of Wisconsin will dish out its next opponent for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team Wednesday night as it welcomes its northern neighbor, UW-Green Bay, to the Kohl Center.The No. 14/16 Badgers (6-2), after a near-spotless six-game start to their season, hit a two-game bump last week, dropping contests against their first ranked opponents of the year, North Carolina and in-state foe Marquette.Wisconsin converted just 37.1 percent of its shots from the field and was out-rebounded 86-61 over those two games. But the Badgers still managed to keep themselves within striking distance in each contest, a testament to UW’s defense, which didn’t concede more than 61 points to either the Tar Heels or the Golden Eagles.“We just pride ourselves on, obviously, defense and not giving many turnovers,” guard Josh Gasser said, who later ascribed Wisconsin’s lack of rebounding as the biggest factor in the last two losses. “You just got to find other ways to get yourself in the game and pull out victories, and that comes from the defensive end.”The Badgers swept the trio of other in-state Division I basketball schools a year ago, but got off to as bad of a start as possible in this year’s tour of in-state schools with the 61-54 loss to the Golden Eagles.Apart from the fact that Marquette is one of Wisconsin’s biggest rivals, the Golden Eagles also ended the Badgers’ 23-game winning streak at the Kohl Center. It was also the Badgers first nonconference loss at home since the 2008 season.UW-Green Bay (4-4) is coming off a two-game homestand that saw victories over Illinois-Chicago and Loyola and will be playing in its third game in six days when it tips off with Wisconsin.The Phoenix has not posed much of a threat to the Badgers over the course of the series between the two teams. The Badgers are 16-1 all-time versus the Phoenix, but the one loss came just two years ago in an 88-84 road game decided in overtime.Last year’s meeting with the Phoenix went much smoother for the Badgers, though, as they shot 48.8 percent from the field on the way to a 70-56 win.Seven-foot-one center Alec Brown – who weighs in at 215 pounds – was in his debut season for the Phoenix then, and against the Badgers he scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.Brown has returned for his sophomore year to lead for the way for UW-Green Bay, particularly down near the rim, leading the team with 13.8 points per game on a 47.7 percent clip. The 60 rebounds to his name are also 15 more than other member of the team.“He’s pretty good,” forward Mike Bruesewitz said, who is averaging 6.6 points per game. “From what I remember last year, he was long, pretty active, got a pretty good touch around the basket. He’ll present a good challenge for us as a big guy in the middle, but they got some other guys who can beat us so we each got to take care of everybody.”Wisconsin’s struggles near the rim have extended to free throw shooting as well, as the Badgers are averaging a mere 10.6 attempts per contest. And after being outdone on the boards the last two games, Brown presents another challenge for Wisconsin to right the ship in the frontlines.“We learned that we have to roll our sleeves up and do some dirty work and be gritty and play tough,” assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “A lot of what we do offensively is going to be dependent upon making or missing shots, but on the other hand, giving up 17 offensive rebounds (against Marquette), a lot of that is just dirty work and paying more attention to that type of thing.“So I think that’s one of the biggest things we learned in that game, that we can never cease to pay attention to those kinds of things.”Outside of Brown, who is the only player averaging double-digit scoring for UW-Green Bay, the Phoenix have not been able to produce much offense in 2011. The team currently scores an average of 62.4 points a game, good for eighth in the Horizon League, and has five players averaging between five and eight points.Collectively, the team is shooting at a .389 clip from the field and .280 from the three-point and also typically coughs up the ball 13.6 times a game, which bodes well for the stingy Badger ‘D.’“Defense always gives us a chance to stay in the game without shooting the ball well, and that’s really the main thing; that’s our staple,” forward Ryan Evans said. “That’s going to be something that’s going to be there in the long run for us.”last_img read more

Syracuse legend Dave Bing living a ‘beautiful life’ in Detroit

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 DETROIT — One day late in the summer of 1962, Jim Boeheim walked into his dorm room on the seventh floor of DellPlain Hall. Dave Bing was already sitting in the room — a freshman settling into his new life, excited for college and the opportunities ahead.“This guy can’t be a basketball player,” Bing thought as his new roommate walked in.“At 6-foot-4 and about 160 pounds, there’s no way I thought he was going to be a good player,” Bing said on Sunday. “But he started in the backcourt with me the last two years, and he’s really had a nice career.”More than five decades after they met in DellPlain, it’s safe to say both have lived plentiful lives. Boeheim rose from walk-on to team captain to SU head coach, a position he’s held for 42 years. Bing, a fellow Class of 1966 graduate, starred for the Orange over his four-year career. He earned All-America honors, led the program in career scoring for 20 years and became SU’s first player to have his uniform retired. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft and a seven-time NBA All-Star.On Sunday, Bing, 74, sat a few rows from the court as No. 11 seed Syracuse upset No. 3 Michigan State, 55-53, to advance to the Sweet 16. Wearing a Syracuse sweatshirt, he reflected on his time at SU with Boeheim, who credited Bing with teaching him “a lot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBing reminisced about his years in central New York while chronicling his latest endeavors. Chief among them was his time as mayor of Detroit, a role he served in from 2009-13. He’s in his fourth year leading a mentorship program for underprivileged boys in Detroit.“I love Syracuse,” Bing said as he looked down and smiled at his Syracuse sweatshirt. “Those four years shaped a lot of who I am. It’s a beautiful life.”Courtesy of Dave BingBing grew up in Washington, D.C. with parents who didn’t go to college and struggled at times to pay the bills. He and his three siblings slept two to a bed. He said he suffered a serious left-eye injury when he was young, but his family couldn’t afford surgery. Bing’s vision diminished as a result. Later, while helping his father at a construction site, a brick hit Bing’s head, creating a blood clot in his brain.As he grew older, Bing said he was told by neighborhood kids that he couldn’t play in streetball games because he was too small. He said he played nearly every day, though, and turned into one of the top high school players in the country. UCLA and Michigan grew interested in his game, but he chose Syracuse because Ernie Davis, then a football All-American, urged him to come to SU. Bing confirmed that he also chose a lesser-known program in Syracuse because he doubted himself, what he could do and who he could be.That’s when he ran into Boeheim, and the two formed a friendship that has lasted 56 years. Bing said Boeheim slept “all of the time” in their room and didn’t like going to class. But he studied for exams all night, Bing said, and did well on them. Then he’d sleep “the next two days straight,” Bing said.On Saturday, Boeheim recalled their first day of basketball practice that fall, 1962, in Manley Field House.“He taught me an awful lot,” Boeheim said. “Although the first day of practice, I thought I was pretty good, I guarded him, he had 15-straight baskets against me. And I called my mom. I said, ‘Mom, I don’t know about this situation.’ My mom was pretty smart. She said, ‘Well, how about the other players?’ I said, ‘They’re not that good.’ ‘Then you’ll be OK.’“He taught me how to do a lot of things that have helped me in life, really the most mature, most well-rounded individual that I’ve ever been around in my life,” Boeheim continued. “And made a huge impact on me. I was from Lyons, New York, 5,000 people. I didn’t know who The Supremes were when I came into my room.”Bing’s years with Boeheim paved the way for his latest ambitions. He became mayor of Detroit because he wanted to help the struggling city, which in 2013 became the largest city in United States history to file for bankruptcy. Shortly after he left office later that year, he started the Bing Youth Institute, a youth mentorship program.He started the organization for many reasons, he said. He didn’t think there were more than 100 black students on SU’s campus in the 1960s. He wanted to help black and underprivileged children be successful.In 2014, his program had about 40 students in six schools. There are now about 120 students in the program, he said, and he wants to keep expanding. Bing drives 20 minutes every morning to his downtown Detroit office to lead the organization. He helps match students with adult men in the community, because he said many of the students in his organization do not have a father in their lives.“When I was mayor, all over the city, you saw the level of education our kids had,” Bing said. “I knew without it, they were not going to be able to be competitive in the real world. Most of these kids come from a single-parent home. For most of them, nobody thought they were going to be successful. Now we have 19 high school seniors, and 17 of them are going to college. It’s been a great turnaround.”SU ArchivesBing’s connections to Boeheim and Syracuse didn’t stray too far from his heart. He stays in touch with many of his former teammates. This summer, he’ll take a three-week vacation to Africa with former teammates George Hicker and Chuck Richards.He received texts Sunday from friends in the Detroit area asking why he was wearing a Syracuse shirt, not a shirt supporting Michigan State, which is about 90 minutes from Detroit. Bing replied by writing, “I went to Syracuse!”Minutes after Syracuse beat TCU on Friday night, Boeheim walked over to the other side of the court to wave at Bing. On Saturday and Sunday, they recounted the life lessons they’ve learned from each other. They’ve left fingerprints all over the game, and their divergent paths crisscrossed again on Sunday afternoon.“I’m a people person,” Bing said. “A lot of people gave Jimmy (Boeheim) a lot of heat because he didn’t look like an athlete. He didn’t have a scholarship his first year. People made fun of him. I said, ‘You never have to worry about that. Things will turn around and you’re going to be OK. Just be a good person in life.’” Commentslast_img read more

Guyana monitoring arrival of Russian bombers in Venezuela

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, – The Guyana government says it is “monitoring on going related developments in Venezuela after two TU-160 supersonic bombers, known as “White Swans” landed at Maiquetia airport near the capital, Caracas, on Monday.The deployment of the bombers came days after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, held talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The United States has been critical of the Maduro-led government in the South American oil rich country and has openly called for its removal from office.Guyana has an ongoing border dispute with Venezuela that is likely to go before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and in a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it “has been approached with regards to reports of the deployment the two TU-160 supersonic bombers” in the neighboring country.Ministry monitoring developments“The Ministry is monitoring ongoing related developments. It is important to note that military exercises are a regular feature of state relations and do not in themselves constitute a threat,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.“Farther, Guyana is fully committed to the rule of international law, including the peaceful resolutions of dispute. Notwithstanding the ongoing border controversy, Guyana remains open to pursing meaningful functional cooperation with Venezuela whenever that opportunity arises,” it said.Guyana also noted that it has had “cordial diplomatic relations with Russia since December 17, 1970”.Criticized by WashingtonWashington has criticized the decision by Moscow to send the bombers to Caracas with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, noting that Russia had sent the planes “halfway around the world.“The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds, and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer.”But the  Kremlin rejected Pompeo’s criticism, saying it was “highly undiplomatic” and “completely inappropriate.”Russia’s Defence Ministry, which said the bombers had been accompanied by two other Russian military planes, did not say if the planes were carrying missiles, how long they would stay for, or what their mission was.last_img read more

Bellator 211: Kent Kauppinen finishes Alessio Sakara by first-round KO

first_imgKent Kauppinen appeared to be nothing more than a warm body for Alessio Sakara heading into the main event of Bellator 211. This marked Sakara’s fifth fight in his native Italy, having gone 3-1 there prior to Saturday. He looked to post another stellar performance in front of his countrymen.But Kauppinen had other ideas in mind, blasting Sakara with a left hook to win by KO at 1:10 of the first round at RDS Stadium in Genoa, Italy. A stunned crowd in Genoa, Italy as @KauppinenKent drops the hammer🔨 pic.twitter.com/a9JL2D3Rwa— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 1, 2018Kauppinen came out striking, including hard right hand that hurt Sakara.​ The 37-year-old was stalking Kauppinen to the point where the former pro boxer had his back to the cage. Sakara connected on a right to the body and Kauppinen went over the top to drop Sakara with a vicious right hand. Kauppinen hesitated as he thought referee Dan Miragliotta would have stopped the fight. Kauppinen blasted Sakara with two ground-and-pound punches and Miragliotta stepped in and stopped the fight to silence the Italian crowd.​ The victory snaps a two-fight losing streak for Kauppinen (11-4), who propelled himself as a serious contender in the light heavyweight division.Co-Main EventDomingos Barros def. Hesdy Gerges via TKO (punches) at 2:53 of the first round.A very good showing from Barros. He didn’t let Gerges get into a rhythm by immediately taking down the kickboxing veteran. Barros kept transitioning positions until he went from half guard to a mounted crucifix and then to full mount. From there, Barros unloaded a series of heavy strikes to force referee Todd Anderson to call the fight.Main card resultsPedro Carvalho def. ​Luca Vitali by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:43 of the first round.Alen Amedovski def. Ibrahim Mane via KO (punches) at 0:12 of the first round.  Look at Alen Amedovski’s huge right hand. Finished the fight in just 12 seconds #bellator211. @bellatormma fighters want to finish early an enjoy Genoa. pic.twitter.com/9pKiGut23m— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) December 1, 2018 Kiefer Crosbie def. Orlando D’Ambrosio by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).last_img read more

July is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaJuly is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia! Lawns and landscapes are typically overwatered by up to 30 percent, contributing to shallow roots, weed growth and disease. The City of Olympia’s Water Conservation Program is encouraging water customers to cut their irrigation water waste. By watering wisely, maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and help protect our drinking water resources for future generations.The City’s Water Conservation Program offers residential water customers a $200 rebate on the installation of a “smart” controller for in-ground irrigation systems. Smart controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and landscapes, while conserving water. Customers who water with a hose-end sprinkler can benefit from a FREE hose watering timer.City of Olympia commercial water customers may be eligible for a rebate of up to $3500 on efficient irrigation system upgrades, including spray nozzle retrofits, smart controller upgrades and drip irrigation conversions.The City’s efficient irrigation consultant says, “Olympia has made it easy for commercial customers and irrigation contractors to get rebates for installing efficient sprinkler nozzles, controllers with conservation features, and other water saving equipment. The rebate process is simple for most items, and the rebate amounts are generous enough that customers can start saving money right away.”Visit www.olympiawa.gov/waterwise for Smart Irrigation Month incentives, rebate applications, resources and tips on how you can join your fellow neighbors and get smart about irrigation!Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.For more information, contact the City of Olympia Water Conservation Program at 360.753.8271 or waterwise@ci.olympia.wa.us.last_img read more

Saints open exhibition season with weekend split against Trail Smokies

first_img“We didn’t start the game the way any team would want to,” said Saints new head coach Alex Evin.“We had slow feet in our zone and didn’t compete our hardest to win any puck battles, especially when we had numbers. However, we have to give Trail credit because they played with a lot of intensity, which complemented their speed and skill very well.“Our goaltenders Mike Vlanich and James Prigione kept the game within reach with some huge saves throughout the game and it allowed us to claw back and make a game of it in the second half.”Midway through the second overtime period that included back-and-forth three on three action, the Smokies persistence paid off when Martin tallied his second of the night off a beautiful feed from Zane Shartz. Both teams traded multiple scoring chances that included a penalty shot save by 16-year-old Smokies’ netminder Solomon Burk who came into the game in the third period to make his Junior A debut.Both teams introduced each other during an epic battle Friday night at the Castlegar Community Complex. A crowd of more than 400 was treated to a fast paced game from beginning to end, including big hits and great goals. Selkirk earned a hard fought 7-4 victory increasing their impressive home unbeaten streak to 30 games.Newcomer Ryan Edwards led the way for the Saints with a hat trick while Ryan Henderson, Tylor Branzsen, Darnell Dyck and Thomas Hardy added singles. Scoring for the Smoke Eaters was Zuccarini (2), Ryan Swanson and Keenan Scott. The Saints goaltending duties were shared by Prigione and Steven Glass.“I hope everyone in attendance enjoyed these hockey games,” said Evin.“They were intense and fast. Both had exciting finishes and both teams respect one another. We wish the Smokies a great season and will support them any way we can.”SAINTS NOTES:The Saints lost second year defenseman Ryan Procyshyn to a broken ankle suffered in Saturday’s loss…. The next exhibition games for the Saints include a rematch of the BCIHL Championship final when they host Trinity Western University at the Cominco Arena on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. … Grant MacEwan University from the Alberta College Athletic Conference then visits the Saints September 27 at 7:00 p.m. and September 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Castlegar Community Complex… Selkirk will start the BCIHL season on the road the first two weekends in October after which they will commemorate their second straight BCIHL Championship with a banner raising ceremony at the October 17 home opener. The Selkirk Saints Men’s Hockey Team opened the exhibition season with a pair of hard fought and exciting games against the Trail Smoke Eaters in a showcase that provided a taste of what’s to come for the 2014-15 campaign.The inter-league set matched the two-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions against the region’s only British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) squad. The outcome was two intense games that tested the early season talents on both clubs.Saturday night was a fitting finish to a great weekend of hockey as the Smokies triumphed over the Saints with a 5-4 double overtime victory at the Cominco Arena. A quick pace and end-to-end action in the third and overtime periods made up for the mediocre first and second frames.The Smoke Eaters came out with a vengeance and controlled play in the earlygoing earning 1-0 and 3-1 leads in each of the first two periods.Craig Zuccarini, Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin potted goals for the home team while Jackson Garrett notched a goal for Selkirk.The Saints came alive in the third, scoring three times on goals from Matt Martin and Mason Spear (2). Brendan Volpe tallied for Trail which knotted the game, sending it to overtime.last_img read more

Successful year for Barras and Lewas

first_imgThe Barramundis started the year with a hard fought defeat in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) and T20 International Series to Ireland, before defeating Kenya at home in the ICC World Cricket League (WCL).Then they travelled to Australia to compete in the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League where they finished a very respectable third place on 34 points with four wins, three draws and one loss.The Barramundis continued their winning ways defeating Namibia in the ICUP and WCL matches at home, to propel them into top place in the WCLC and fourth place in the ICUP after four rounds. The Barramundis finished the year with a 2-1 defeat in a One Day International (ODI) Series in Hong Kong. “The Barramundis went from strength to strength this year and they have a wonderful opportunity to finish in the top four of both the ICUP and WCL next year.“Credit must go to the High Performance Department, led by Rarua Dikana and Head Coach, Dipak Patel, coaches and the players for their hard work and professionalism this year.“Already, the HEBOU PNG Barramundis have a busy 2017 Schedule, with matches against Australian State Teams, Scotland, Hong Kong, Scotland, UAE and possibly English County Teams and International 2nd XI Teams planned,” said Campbell.The Lewas also had a very successful year, winning the ICC East Asia Pacific (EAP) Women’s Trophy in Samoa without losing a single match.This victory meant that they qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka in February, 2017. “The Lewas improved outstandingly in 2016, with a larger pool of female players vying for selection in the national team from all parts of PNG.“There is a great opportunity for the girls to show their skills against some of the best women cricketers in Sri Lanka next year, but also qualify for an ICC World Cup for the first time.“Rodney Maha (Coach) and Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Consultant Coach) must be given a lot of credit to grooming these women into international cricketers.“There is still a lot of work to be done both on and off the field but we are on the right track,” said Campbell.last_img read more