PNG U20 soccer girls balance school and training

first_imgThe 28 member train on squad is in intensive training camp at Goroka in Eastern Highlands Province as they prepare for the World Cup.24 girls are attending Goroka Grammar School, a private school near their camp at the National Sports Institute (NSI) while four of them are working at Pacific Gardens Hotel.For some it is a continuation of their schooling and for others it is a second chance at an education.Coach Lisa Cole said this week that she was looking forward to working with the team to ensure they balanced their training and education.She said training did not mean that they had made the team but she is setting a benchmark for them to keep fit so they move from one level to another.She added that each and every player has two aims and that is to make the final team and be in the first 11.last_img read more

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Hosts UAE snatch disputed late draw in Asian Cup opener

first_img0Shares0000Late show: United Arab Emirates’ Ahmed Khalil scores from the penalty spot © AFP / KARIM SAHIBAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 5 – Hosts United Arab Emirates survived a scare to salvage a controversial 1-1 draw in their Asian Cup curtain-raiser against Bahrain on Saturday.Substitute Ahmed Khalil smashed home a late penalty harshly awarded for a handball after Mohamed Alromaihi had given Bahrain a shock lead in Abu Dhabi. “The crowd was like a 12th man for us, so I wish we could have given them the victory,” said UAE coach Alberto Zaccheroni.“But we will have to take this lesson and move on. The important thing is to evolve gradually from one game to the next and grow into the tournament.The Emirates scored after just 14 seconds when the two teams met at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia but there was little danger of that in a scruffy first half.UAE’s Ismail Alhammadi fired tamely at goalkeeper Sayed Alawi after six minutes before Ali Mabkhout blazed wildly over.Bahrain went close just before halftime when Komail Alaswad fizzed a free kick just over the bar.The home side’s profligacy continued as Mabkhout lashed wide from point-blank range.That wastefulness came back to haunt the UAE after 78 minutes when Alromaihi bundled home after his initial header appeared to have crossed the line.Sami Alhusaini almost equalised five minutes from time, only for Alawi to pull off a stunning block.But Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh pointed to the spot five minutes from time for what appeared to be an unintentional handball to offer the hosts a lifeline.Khalil, appearing in his 100th international, displayed nerves of steel as he stepped up to rifle the spot kick into the top corner and send a raucous crowd of 33,000 wild.– ‘Hard luck’ –Bahrain coach Miroslav Soukup kept his counsel after the late setback, refusing to criticse the referee.“You could maybe say it was hard luck,” said the Czech. “I didn’t see it and I haven’t seen the video, but the players were in the locker room saying it wasn’t a deliberate handball — so it’s bad luck.”Zaccheroni steered Japan to the continental title in 2011, but his Emirates side have flat-lined in the run-up to this year’s competition, scoring just 10 goals in 18 games under the Italian.Their hopes of going deep into the tournament have not been helped by the loss of mop-top talisman Omar Abdulrahman through injury.They take on India and Thailand in their next two Group A fixtures.However, they will need to improve if they have designs on emulating their run to the last four in 2015 when they stunned holders Japan in the quarter-finals.The Emiratis were beaten finalists the last time the country hosted the Asian Cup in 1996, losing on penalties to Saudi Arabia but appeared to be stifled by the pressure in Saturday’s opening match.“We had our chances but just couldn’t take them,” shrugged Zaccheroni.“We struggled to supply the forwards at times and the players were getting a little frustrated. But we will have to deal with the pressure and be brave.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Homeless man who broke red light was trying to find a place to park up for night

first_imgA court has heard how a man was forced to live in his car after becoming homeless.The man appeared at Letterkenny District Court after breaking a red light. Andrew Daly, 31, was stopped by Gardai on Pearse Road on October 11th last.A subsequent breath test found he had not been under the influence of drink or drugs.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told the court that Mr Daly’s case was a very sad one.He had found himself homeless and was living in his car and even had bed clothing in the back.On the evening he was stopped by Gardai, he was trying to find a suitable place to park up for the night.The court was told that the man had now reunited with his wife and the address was given in court as Ashlawn in Letterkenny.He was fined €100 for having no driving license but a charge of dangerous driving was struck out.Homeless man who broke red light was trying to find a place to park up for night was last modified: November 10th, 2017 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:courtGardaihomelessred lightlast_img read more

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