As Souths battled to click the way coach Michael Maguire knew they could in the wake of plenty of form and fitness concerns in 2016, Inglis was shuffled from fullback to five-eighth (for four games) then centre (for two games) with breakout rookie Cody Walker excelling in the unfamiliar fullback role.Souths won Inglis’s first two games when he was not at fullback but lost the next four and his return to the custodian role coincided with a return to form for the club. The 2014 premiers surged home with four straight wins to at least boost the confidence heading into 2017.”Through that time we were looking at a few different opportunities with Greg. But Greg in my eyes is a fullback,” Maguire said at the launch of the 2017 Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.”He’s definitely looking forward to staying at fullback,” Maguire added, while also all but confirming Walker would partner Adam Reynolds in the halves to start the season.For his part, Inglis was in no doubt that fullback is his best spot.”I’m definitely staying there, that’s where I want to play,” Inglis said.”Last year you couldn’t help it with the injuries that we had but in saying that, this year moving forward, clean sheet, everyone pretty much knows where their positions are going to be.”Inglis added that he was feeling physically and mentally refreshed after his later return to pre-season training due to the Four Nations tournament, as he heads into what will be a massive year for all the Test players with a World Cup at the end.”I’ll worry about [my workload] down the track, as for now I just want to hit Round 1 fully fit and ready to go for the season ahead. I really want to play good footy, I think we all do, at the club before this rep season gets around,” he said.”I feel fine. I came back mentally refreshed, the body was refreshed so I think it’s a great time to be coming back and on top of that it’s a great squad to be around.”Inglis won’t go to Auckland for the Nines but will play for the Indigneous All Stars in Newcastle the following weekend. That and the Charity Shield against the Dragons will be his only hit-outs before Round 1.
The Osasuna coach, Jagoba Arrasate, said that against Sevilla on Sunday “there must be a defense of eleven players because we need everyone to defend.”After taking a leading role to the drawing that I can put and give importance to the fact of “defending together from above”, Arrasate has been “excited” about what is coming, since in a week the Navarrese team has gone from “great joy to great disgust” in a league “complicated in which this can happen.”At a press conference, the Basque coach of Osasuna He has valued a priori as “complicated” his visit to Seville on Sunday, while ensuring that “we face each game as an opportunity” to score points, so the reds, “Rather than looking at them, we must minimize our mistakes to be more competitive.”“Until the first half hour of the game the team did not dislike me in several ways because I think we dominate the game and we reach the area with some ease, but we make two very serious errors of execution and positioning, “said coach Rojillo about the tough defeat against Granada in El Sadar by 0-3, accepting that they made a” very weak and inefficient “match.For Arrasate Sevilla is a team “with different records”, so Osasuna will be safe “with different difficulties” before a Hispanic team that is developing a season “magnificent beyond yesterday’s game against Cluj”.“What bothered me most was the positioning with the ball, when it seems that you have the possession and do nothing, leaving spaces before an opponent who came to take advantage of that, “said Berriatúa to encourage his players to” lose their fear of the category, “because” if we are not 100% we have nothing to do. “ From what remains of the season, Arrasate knows that “complicated moments remain” with the difficulty that entails, so Osasuna must analyze the rest of the teams that he has left to face.“Outside the home we are yielding above what we thought and it is at home where we have to improve and the mental issue is important for this, “said the Basque coach.Of the possibility of Enric Gallego playing at Sánchez Pizjuán, Arrasate has said that you can alternate “the combination game with the direct game with the objective of winning in depth, winning that second ball, or playing in a rival field. ““Right now I don’t know where the chance of winning is, but for now I see it on Sunday, so we are going to get the best eleven”, Arrasate has said about which game is more important, if Sunday’s match against Sevilla, or the match they will play against Espanyol on Sunday March 8.“I don’t know if we play more comfortable right now as a proposal or response team”, the Basque coach has noted, to ensure that his team cannot lose “the essence”.Of the player who occupies the right back against the team led by Julen Lopetegui, Arrasate has said that it will be normal for Facundo Roncaglia to play, to give rest to a Nacho Vidal sanctioned for the accumulation of cards to which “it will be good to rest this week”.
The Turk adds that Lionel Messi is the best player he played in his career. “It is not necessary to say anything else about Messi. He is the best player I have ever seen. I also admire Iniesta, for her field skills. In Atlético, Koke is a very important player. He has managed to be in the first team in Atlético and has become a leader. I was impressed with his growth, “he said.Arda Turan also praised Radamel Falcao, who was his partner in Atlético: “He is an exceptional striker. I said the same thing when I was injured. I talked to him a few times over the phone to sign for Galatasaray. Now he has to do what he has to do as a striker, scored goals and assists, he is one of the best in the world, I always help him. I invited him to my birthday with his family and we celebrated it together. I also helped Adriano when he was at Besiktas and Diego Ribas at Fenerbahce, “he said. Arda Turan has made statements about his future at the football level and emphasized the fact that he is still a player of FC Barcelona. “I am now a Barcelona player because of the contract. It was a mutual decision. I wanted to continue my contract with Barça. Probably I will continue playing in a foreign team next season, outside of Turkey but, if Galatasaray calls me, I’m ready to meet and without conditions. Galatasaray is the only club that I would not put conditions on, “he said.Arda Turan said that the league title with Atlético de Madrid is the most special trophy of his professional career. “Frankly it was an exceptional success for me. We won the league with Atlético against Real Madrid with Ronaldo and Barca with Messi. It was a fantastic season. We also got five or six drinks in Europe. I think that the beginning of this successful era is the Copa del Rey that we won at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid. It is special for me. It makes me proud as the victory against Islanda that we achieved with Turkey. The Copa del Rey is very special for me, “he said recalling his stage as a rojiblanco.From there he took Cholo Simeone, which Arda Turan considers very special. “Both Fatih Terim and Diego Pablo Simeone are very special technicians. Cholo never gives up. He is a leader and a person full of energy. He can convey his idea to his players in a very intense way. He is always able to motivate you. In my career, Terim and Simeone are the first. “
Barcelona look at Zubieta again to reinforce their quarry. The Catalan club has ‘fished’ again in the realistic quarry by signing one of its last pearls, a 14-year-old attacking midfielder named Dani Rodríguez, who played in the txiki cadet team of the txuri-urdin structure, as reported in its Wednesday edition of the Noticias newspaper in Gipuzkoa.He is the most outstanding player of the generation of 2005 in the quarry of Real Sociedad, an attacking player who can act on the inside in the attacking position or on the wing. Born in the Gipuzkoan town of Astigarraga, his quality had not gone unnoticed by the leading teams on the continent and there were already several European clubs closely following his developments. Barcelona, through its scout in Gipuzkoa, former realist player Juanan Mentxaka, I had very good reports from Dani Rodríguez, and she had contacted her parents a long time ago, always putting Real on notice of this situation. In the realistic club they have tried to convince them not to leave the Zubieta structure, but finally Dani Rodríguez will follow in the wake of many other guys from Gipuzkoa who left the province to go to the Masía, such as Mikel Arteta, Yanguas, Oier Olazabal … among others.Curiously, this movement contrasts with another that has just closed Real Sociedad to reinforce the cadet team of its quarry. Because the San Sebastian club has taken over the services of Dani Díaz Gandara, a 13-year-old left-handed midfielder from Santander (generation of 2004, one after that of the realistic cadet who leaves for Barcelona) who arrives from Racing de Santander, who has given him the letter of freedom for not wanting to accept the proposal of the Santander club to land at Real Madrid, which He intended to take over his services and had reached an agreement with Racing Santander. A strange move by the Cantabrian club that Real has taken advantage of to take over the services of a footballer intended by Real Madrid, and for which Barcelona itself had also shown intent. Díaz Gandara’s family has opted for the Real’s proposal that their son finish his sports and academic training in Zubieta.
Adán is one of the Atlético players who ends his contract this coming June 30. The rojiblanco keeper will disassociate himself from the entity of the Wanda Metropolitano although the intention Atlético is to renew. Adan has played two seasons in the rojiblanco team, always in the shadow of Oblak, and in the athletic direction of Atlético they are satisfied with their work and with their behavior in the team. Despite not playing much, Adam has not offered any problems, always in good spirits and loved in the locker room of the Simeone outfit. It is true that he has not had much fortune when he has played either, but there is no complaint about him.Atlético’s idea is to renew. He is 32 years old and will have to sit down and talk to the rojiblancos leaders. Various names have been associated with Atlético in recent weeks. It has sounded Marko Dmitrovic, Eibar goalkeeper, which has performed so well in the Basque team. And also José Sá, the Portuguese keeper of Olympiacos. But Atlético’s first intention is to talk to Adam and offer him renewal. In the club they understand that it is best for him to follow, since he knows the club, the Spanish LaLiga and is an experienced goalkeeper. Adam has hardly had participation in the two seasons he is wearing a red and white dress. Oblak is for many the best goalkeeper in the world and has barely left him minutes. Adam played five games last season. He played in the Copa del Rey, the competition that Cholo reserved for him to play. In the first round, he played both matches against Sant Andreu and played the next round against Girona, where Atlético was eliminated. And he played one of LaLiga, the last game of the year, against Levante. In total, he conceded six goals. Four from Girona (one in the first leg and three in the Wanda Metropolitano) and two against Levante.In this campaign he has played even less, since Atlético was eliminated in their first cup match against Cultural Leonesa. Atlético fell in León 2-1. He had previously played a few minutes in San Sebastián in a league game against Real Sociedad due to Oblak’s injury. He has barely played 144 minutes this season. At Atlético he has played seven games and conceded eight goals.The goal is not one of the positions that most concern Atlético for the next campaign, aware that he has Oblak and a substitute for guarantees like Adam. Atlético is not willing to spend any significant financial amount to reinforce the goal. Renewing Adam is the goal, although time and negotiations will tell if it is feasible or there may be complications.
Gonçalo has become the last of the Guedes saga that is still active. His father retired a long time ago, but his brother left him later this year. After trying his luck in the lower categories of Belenenses, Amadora, Benfica and Leira, with which he went on to do the preseason with the first team in the First Division, Joao hung up his gloves a few months ago to dedicate himself to the family business, to the pharmacy that the Guedes have in Benavente. Joao was a goalkeeper and with only 26 years old he decided to leave after making his last stops in his town team. “I did it for fun and for sports, but I have a lot of work and I have had to leave“Joao says as he takes a gap in his pharmacy to answer the phone.” We have a lot of work because of the pandemic, it’s incredible. And that Portugal has not been much affected, “admits the oldest of the Guedes, trained with the degree of Pharmacy and Institutional Relations. East of Lisbon, about 50 kilometers away, is Benavente, the town of Los Guedes. There Gonçalo, the Valencia player, maintains all his roots. Benavente is the place where the winger is lost whenever he can, the Portuguese municipality where he gave his first kicks to a ball. It was not strange that Gonçalo learned to kick rather than to walk. His father, Rogerio, was also a soccer player. “Modest, but with talent and a lot of goals. He became a scorer of tournaments in the area,” says Joao Maria, Gonçalo’s older brother who kindly attends to AS. Rogerio did his part so that the two brothers could enjoy their passion. In fact, the father lived through some difficult years. While Gonçalo knocked down the door of Benfica, Joao Maria played in Belenenses. “My father went crazy from one place to another, from one sports city to another and, on top of that, he worked. My mother also worked to help out at home, “says Joao. Rogerio Guedes, Gonçalo’s father, top left, in his stage as a player.Image provided by Joao Maria Guedes. Joao Maria and Gonçalo Guedes, in the lower categories of Benfica.Image provided by Joao Maria Guedes. Gonçalo Guedes and Joao Maria Guedes, currently.INSTAGRAM GONCALOGUEDES15 Gonçalo was growing and leaving behind that “Boy especially good at math and mental computation”. “He was intelligent and a good student, but he was the terror of the teachers because he had a lot of energy. He never failed a course, although later he had to opt for football “, says Joao, who fondly remembers his brother’s character: “Gonçalo has practically the same friends that he had in the nursery. It is a very hard core that gets together whenever it can “.” It is usual to see him nowadays on the streets of Benavente with his longtime friends. He is a humble, affectionate, simple and accessible boy. Right now all the boys in our school are looking at him. Everyone wants to be Gonçalo Guedes in our town, he is the idol of the people “, says Joaquím Ganhao, the sports director who saw Gonçalo born and who has some 200 children under his tutelage.The Guedes brothers lived many experiences together, but they will be left with the thorn of never having been able to share costumes, nor have they faced each other on a professional level. “It is clear that I would have loved it, but I am very happy for my brother’s career. He has fulfilled his dream and we are very proud, “says Joao Maria as he remembers” the afternoons and afternoons “that were spent in the home garden playing on the lawn: “In the beginning, we played on the street. Then we moved and went to a bigger house with grass and we played a lot against each other. I was a goalkeeper and he was a forward, so we could use those training sessions. Gonçalo never had an idol in his childhood, he only thought about enjoying himself. “ Gonçalo knocked down the door very soon and Benavente was too small for him. Joaquím Ganhao, sports director of the modest Portuguese club, says that the Valencia winger never got to play any official match with Benavente as they did not have teams for such young children. “Gonçalo always had to play with older kids and he could only play friendlies with our jersey. It was in an Easter tournament when Benavante invited Benfica. We confronted them and from there he got attention and they signed him. At just six years old! “Says Ganhao.”His signing for Benfica was great news at homeBut at the time we didn’t think it could go that far. My parents only wanted their children to play sports. In fact, we also did horseback riding and swimming, in addition to playing soccer. “, says Joao Maria. But soccer and ball were always present in the Guedes’ home. “My father was also a delegate for Benavente and we lived in a house next to the soccer field. We spent all day playing. Gonçalo attracted attention because he was very thin, but very fast and competitive. He highlighted his creativity to overcome rivals in one on one, “recalls Gonçalo’s brother, only a year and a half older than Guedes. Joao and Gonçalo are currently separated by distance, but their treatment is daily. Joao does not miss a game of Valencia and closely follows his brother. The eldest of the Guedes admires the little’s capacity for sacrifice. “He is very strong mentally. He has shown it with the injuries he has suffered because he has always turned the situation around. He does not give in to external pressure and only thinks about getting up again and again. He is a true survivor and how he has been recovered from injuries attests to this. He is very happy at Valencia because he is in a large and historic club. Also, the city is fabulous and I am very happy, “says Joao.
Defending champions Windward Road Primary and Junior High lead the overall points standing after five finals on day one of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High School Athletics Championship at Stadium East yesterday.Windward Road also lead the girls’ section with 35 points, while John Mills are in front in the male category on 17.50 points.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road won two finals yesterday to accumulate 52.50 points and lead ahead of main rivals John Mills, who won one final and have amassed 47.50.Whilby described the day as a very good one, noting that his team exceeded expectations after winning two five finals.Michaelia Wilson took the girls’ Class One high jump with a leap of 1.54 metres, while Kishuana Smith took the girls’ shot put open with a throw of 9.63 metres. They also took silver in the Class Two girls’ high jump and Class Three boys’ long jump.Calabar’s Kevin Smith won the boys’ Class Two high jump with 1.69 metres and Braeton’s Mickel Wilson won the Class Three long jump with 5.05 metres.”We had some good results and some valuable points are on the board, so it was a fairly decent first day,” said Whilby. “Tomorrow (today), we anticipate another good day; there will be 21 finals, and we expect to be out front again tomorrow.”They (John Mills) are in many finals, and we are also in most finals with two athletes, so it’s going to be a straight shoot-out between us and John Mills and may the best man win,” he stated.John Mills’ only finals success on the day came from Shella Hamber (4.32m) in the Class Three girls long jumpHowever, coach Ransford Spalding was pleased with his team’s performance on the opening day.”All in all, I am satisfied with the performance of my team; we are just four points behind and they are giving a good account of themselves,” he said.Twenty-one finals are scheduled for today’s second day, with the first event set to begin at 9 a.m.
Exciting and never-say-die 400m runner Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis, who brought the curtains down on the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet on Saturday night in emphatic fashion at the National Stadium, dedicated the victory “for my mother, tomorrow (yesterday) is Mother’s Day”. Twenty-one-year-old Francis completed a stout-hearted victory to much applause from the National Stadium crowd. “I just did a great job for her, and then tomorrow (yesterday) I’ll visit my mother and give her a big kiss,” the former Calabar High School standout said in a post-race interview. He added: “I feel good with the win and to come out here and put on a show.” Francis ran a fast backstretch from Lane Five and took over the race after being briefly consigned to second place by American Vernon Norwood for some distance before his power finishing saw him surge ahead and take the win in 44.85 seconds. Norwood was second in a flat 45.00, with Belgian Olympian Kevin Borlee (45.17) in third place. National record holder Rusheen McDonald had to settle for fifth in a time of 45.90 seconds. “It’s a good run for me and I am pleased with my time.” He added that in the “next couple years I just want to uplift myself, stay focused and just think about my career”. Francis is a 2013 World Championships relay silver medallist and says he is looking forward to an excellent National Trials in June. “My focus right now is on the Olympic team, and when I make the Olympic team, I focus on the final,” he commented, adding that he was doing what he loved, “running with the big guys”. “All the years I have always told myself I want to run with the big guys. The preparation is going quite fine and I want to just thank the Lord that I’ll stay injury-free,” he stressed, a clear reference to last year’s injury-plagued season. At last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals despite running a fast 44.77 seconds, the 12th fastest time overall.
Native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.
“I am not 100 percent as I would like to be but I’m not worried by that, I just want to go out there and compete and give my best. I’m just focused on staying confident though and trying to go out there and have some fun,” said Parchment during a sit down interview yesterday. “I’m not sure what kind of shape I’m in to be honest because I have not done much testing but I believe that once I put my mind to it, I believe I have the qualities to race well. Once I focus and put my mind on the goals I need to achieve then I will achieve them,” Parchment continued. “Where injuries are concerned, I have probably made some bad decisions and I need to work on this going forward but I want to get more focused and be a bit more in tuned with what I’m doing to ensure that injuries are not my problem for me going forward,” he said. Parchment’s last race was a 13.08 second place effort at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in late June but despite admitting that he is not at 100 percent, Parchment told The Gleaner that he is still backing himself to do well here. The towering Jamaican ran a blistering 12.94 in Paris last year to set a new national mark but has been beset by injury setbacks since then. The athlete is not shying from his role in his slowdown, but with the 110m hurdles pack so tightly bunched together and with his 13.08 mark leaving him as the sixth fastest in the world, Parchment certainly seems to like his chances and with good reason. BEIJING, China: Its been almost two months since Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment’s last race but the national 110m hurdles record holder remains positive about his chances heading into the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. “I’ve always had the confidence, I try to keep that and remember the instructions of the coach. I don’t worry about anything or anyone else when I am on the track, the focus is how best am I going to execute today and how far I can win by,” said Parchment. Nobody will argue against that. “The objective is to aim high, to aim for the top, thinking about the best execution possible and I think that if I can execute like my coach has asked me to then I believe I can come out the winner in this championships,” he added. – Andre Lowe