No. 2 Central Arkansas Defeats No. 7 McNeese in Four Sets to Move On

first_imgSet FourThe closet McNeese got to leading since going up 1-0 was tying UCA at 14-14, but Anderson’s back-to-back kills swung the momentum back in the Sugar Bears’ favor en route to a 25-19 set win to claim the match 3-1. Anderson finished the set hitting .444 with five kills to lead the Sugar Bears. UCA blocked five attacks and produced 25 digs as McNeese hit just .022 for the set. Tipppet ended the match with a smashing kill as Elizabeth Armstrong gained her 46th assist of the night.VB: @UCAVball advances to Southland semifinal round, 3-1 winners over @McNeeseVball. Next up at 6:30, SHSU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. pic.twitter.com/537STLF4ua— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 After dropping the first set 25-23, the Sugar Bears took the next three sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 to advance to the semifinals. McNeese had defeated UCA in five sets twice this season heading into the contest. Four Sugar Bears reached double figures in kills with junior middle blocker Savanah Allen leading all hitters with 14 kills, junior right side Samantha Anderson adding 12, sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry notching 11 and junior outside hitter Haley Tippett garnering 10. Tippett reached a double-double by digging 14 attacks, being one of four Sugar Bears to reach double figures for digs. The UCA defense also tallied 14.5 blocks. Set TwoUCA evened the match 1-1 with a 25-23 victory in the second set behind Haley Tippet and Abbie Harry’s five kills each. The two combined for 10 of the Sugar Bears’ 18 kills. Tippet also tallied for a team-best six digs as the Sugar Bears posted 23 in the set. McGownd had eight of the 18 digs for McNeese as Rae Myers and Katelyn Elliot led the team in kills with both reaching three.VB: Tippett’s kill ends set 2, 25-23 in favor of @UCAVball. Tied 1-1 with @McNeeseVball heading to break. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/SlPmiMehF6— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 McNeese’s sophomore outside hitter Keegan Nelms put up a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas got its revenge on No. 7 McNeese when the Sugar Bears defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 on Friday in Southland Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals at the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Set OneLibero Angela McGownd tallied seven digs to lead a McNeese back row that combined for 13 digs and kept Central Arkansas to a .175 hitting percentage in a 25-23 win for the Cowgirls. McNeese hit for .282 with seven players earning a kill and Keegan Nelms racked up a team best four. UCA’s Megan Nash and Savanah Allen each produced four kills while Samantha Anderson downed three.VB: #8 seed ACU already won today. What does #7 @McNeeseVball have in store? Cowgirls up 1-0 over @ucavball, taking 1st set by 25-23 count. pic.twitter.com/TrSP4HkkxY— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 Set ThreeUCA ran off to an 8-2 start to the set, including service aces from Nash and Tippett, before McNeese head coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald called her first timeout. The Sugar Bears never let the Cowgirls within four points after the timeout as UCA took the set 25-17. Allen hit a perfect 1.000 on six attacks for a Sugar Bears squad that hit .423 in the set to McNeese’s .179. Shanna Spree led the Cowgirls in kills with four.VB: @UCAVball up 2-1 on @McNeeseVball, as UCA takes 3rd set 25-17. Watch NOW on https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. pic.twitter.com/tK2ZoVZuVV— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 The Sugar Bears will face the winner of No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 6 Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network.last_img read more


Southland Football Earns 17 Selections to HERO Sports All-America Team

first_imgTHIRD-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Lane Clark, Tennessee State, Sr.P – Ian Berryman, Western Carolina, Jr.RS – Rashid Shaheed, Weber State, Fr.RS – Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, So.LS – Brandon Godse, South Dakota, Sr.ST – Isaiah White, Stony Brook, Jr. FIRST-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Chris Streveler, South Dakota, Sr.QB – Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State, Sr.RB – Dominick Bragalone, Lehigh, Jr.RB – Josh Mack, Maine, So.OL – Aaron Stinnie, James Madison, Sr.OL – Brandon Parker, N.C. A&T, Sr.OL – Austin Kuhnert, North Dakota State, Sr.OL – Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State, Sr.OL – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State, Sr.OL – Skyler Phillips, Idaho State, Sr.WR – Keelan Doss, UC Davis, Jr.WR – Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois, Sr.WR – Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, So.TE – Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, Sr.AP – Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Jr. Jeremiah Briscoe was named a first team quarterback with fellow Bearkats Nathan Stewart and Davion Davis joining him on the top offensive list. Stewart was selected as a wide receiver while Davis was tabbed as the first team offensive all-purpose player. The league’s selection total of 17 HERO All-Americans is more than doubles last season’s total of seven. THIRD-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Brad Mayes, Lehigh, Jr.QB – Hayden Hildebrand, Central Arkansas, Sr.RB – Marquell Cartwright, N.C. A&T, Jr.RB – Tevin McCaster, Youngstown State, Jr.OL – David Reese, Montana, Sr.OL – Brody Kern, Delaware, Sr.OL – Jacob Judd, Western Illinois, Sr.OL – Justin Spencer, Youngstown State, Sr.OL – Dylan Cline, Jacksonville State, Sr.OL – Ben Huss, Duquesne, Sr.WR – Jesper Horsted, Princeton, Sr.WR – Elijah Marks, Northern Arizona, Sr.WR – Justin Watson, Penn, Sr.WR – Dontez Byrd, Tennessee Tech, Sr.TE – Andrew Vollert, Weber State, Sr.AP – De’Lance Turner, Alcorn State, Sr. SECOND-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls, Jr.P – Keith Wrzuszczak, Eastern Kentucky, Sr.RS – Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard, Jr.RS – Desmond Hite, UIW, So.RS – Khris Gardin, N.C. A&T, Jr.LS – Hunter Winstead, Liberty, Sr.ST – Mozai Nelson, Maine, Jr. FIRST-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Andrew Ankrah, James Madison, Sr.DL – Darius Jackson, Jacksonville State, Sr.DL – P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State, Sr.DL – Anthony Ellis, Charleston Southern, Sr.LB – Darius Leonard, S.C. State, Sr.LB – Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State, Sr.LB – Brett Taylor               , Western Illinois, Sr.LB – Garrett Dolan, Houston Baptist, Sr.DB – Taron Johnson, Weber State, Sr.DB – Mike Basile, Monmouth, Sr.DB – Davontae Harris, Illinois State, Sr.DB – Jordan Brown, James Madison, Sr.AP – Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina, Sr. THIRD-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Jaison Williams, Austin Peay, So.DL – Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr.DL – Chris Stewart, Sam Houston State, Jr.DL – Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, So.LB – Brandon Bryant, Lafayette, Sr.LB – De’Arius Christmas, Grambling State, Jr.LB – Jalyn Williams, Prairie View A&M, Sr.LB – Josh Buss, Montana, Jr.LB – Kyre Hawkins, James Madison, Sr.DB – Rashad Robinson, James Madison, Jr.DB – Taylor Henkle, Kennesaw State, Jr.DB – Elijah Campbell, Northern Iowa, Sr.DB – Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas, Sr.AP – Malik Duncan, Saint Francis, Jr. SECOND-TEAM OFFENSEQB – Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, Sr.QB – Devlin Hodges, Samford?, Jr.RB – Roc Thomas, Jacksonville State, Sr.RB – Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State, Jr.OL – Timon Parris, Stony Brook, Sr.OL – Stetson Dagel, South Dakota, Sr.OL – Matthew Schmidt, Furman, Sr.OL – John Cook, Central Arkansas, Jr.OL – Daniel Cooney, San Diego, Jr.OL – Maea Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.WR – Troy Pelletier, Lehigh, Sr.WR – Kelvin McKnight, Samford?, Jr.WR – Neil O’Connor, New Hampshire, Jr.TE – Andy Schumpert, Furman, Sr.AP – Chandler Burks, Kennesaw State, Jr. Two offensive linemen earned second team distinctions in Southland Offensive Lineman of the Year John Cook of Central Arkansas and Southeastern’s Maea Teuhema. Fellow Lion Sione Teuhema was named a second team linebacker while UCA’s George Odum was chosen as a second team defensive back.center_img HERO Sports ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned 17 spots on the 2017 HERO Sports FCS All-America team, announced Wednesday. Sam Houston State headlines with four first team selections. Central Arkansas’ Hayden Hildebrand was tabbed as a third team quarterback while three conference players earned third team defense spots: defensive linemen Chris Stewart (Sam Houston State), Chris Terrell (UCA) and and UCA defensive back Tremon Smith. Rounding out the league’s picks is third team return specialist Juwan Petit-Frere of Southeastern Louisiana. 2017 HERO Sports FCS All-America Team SECOND-TEAM DEFENSEDL – Jonathan Petersen, San Diego, Sr.DL – Darin Greenfield, South Dakota, So.DL – Bilal Nichols, Delaware, Sr.DL – Dalton Keene, Illinois State, Sr.LB – Jared Farley, Northern Iowa, Sr.LB – Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, So.LB – Sione Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.LB – Michael Needham, Southern Utah, Sr.DB – D’Montre Wade, Murray State, Sr.DB – Marlon Bridges, Jacksonville State, So.DB – Tre Dempsey, North Dakota State, Sr.DB – George Odum, Central Arkansas, Sr.DB – Raven Greene, James Madison, Sr.AP – John Santiago, North Dakota, Jr. On the first team defense, the Southland is represented by Sam Houston State defensive lineman P.J. Hall and linebacker Garrett Dolan of Houston Baptist. UIW punter Joe Zema was voted to the top special team squad. FIRST-TEAM SPECIAL TEAMSPK – Chase Vinatieri, South Dakota State, So.P – Joe Zema, UIW, Sr.RS – Xequille Harry, Weber State, Sr.RS – Kyran Moore, Austin Peay, Sr.LS – James Fisher, North Dakota State, Sr.ST – Brady May, Weber State, Jr. Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State both led with five honorees each, followed by Southeastern Louisiana with three. UIW earned two selections while Houston Baptist and Nicholls both garnered one award. UIW’s Desmond Hite earned a spot as a second team return specialist while Nicholls placekicker Lorran Fonseca also collected second team honors.last_img read more


HBU Holds Lead Heading Into Final Round, Seeks Consecutive Championships

first_imgOn a day that wind helped the overall scoring average go up by two shots from yesterday’s round, Brooks was the only player to go under par. She recorded five birdies, including the only birdie on the 18th hole. The final hole provided the most trouble for individuals Tuesday, causing a 5.03 scoring average on the 393-yard, par 4. Alisa Chong of Houston Baptist holds the individual lead after finishing today three-over after shooting an even par in the opening round. She is up by three strokes on Central Arkansas’ Fernanda Lira. The top three teams will tee off at 9:30 a.m. CT. Tournament Page | Live Results | Round 2 LeaderboardsMONTGOMERY, Texas – Paced by defending Southland individual champion Lexi Brooks’ one-under second round, Houston Baptist maintains the lead of the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship heading into tomorrow’s final round at the Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. HBU (597, +29) leads Central Arkansas (609, +41) by 12 strokes. Last year UCA carded a 288 total score in the final round to finish just one stroke back from the championship. The Huskies are seeking their second consecutive Southland title. They will group together with Sam Houston State (616, +48) tomorrow. The Bearkats scored a 311 total team score led by Jenna Phillips’ two-over second round. She sits in third individually.center_img Lamar (620, +52) shot the second-best team score for Tuesday and sit in fourth. The Cardinals, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (626, +58) and McNeese (634, +66) will tee off at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. The Cowgirls are tied for sixth with UIW but hold the advantage based off their fifth scorer today. UIW (634, +66) and Stephen F. Austin (641, +73) will get the championship round started at 8 a.m.last_img read more


Abilene Christian’s Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Ishimura Claim Season’s First Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Mei Ishimura are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy earned two singles wins as the Wildcats (2-2) picked up two road wins over Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine before falling to No. 9 Texas A&M 7-0 on Sunday. ACU returns to the courts this weekend for four matches in the Sooner State against Oklahoma Baptist, Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha and Tulsa.The Sugar Bears (2-1) swept Alabama A&M 7-0 to open the season and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over Mercer before being edged by Auburn 4-3. Ishimura combined for five wins over the weekend in singles and doubles play. UCA is idle this weekend before going up to Tulsa to face Oral Roberts and Tulsa on Feb. 2. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy – Sr. – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed top-line victories against both Pepperdine and Azusa Pacific, who’s ranked No. 13 at the Division II level. On Sunday, he went toe-to-toe with Texas A&M’s Juan Carlos Aguilar, the 89th-ranked player in Division I, before falling in the final frame 6-4. Honorable Mention: Gabriel Evans, Incarnate Word.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mei Ishimura – Fr. – Sapporo, JapanAfter dropping her first collegiate set, Ishimura won the next four to secure two of her four combined wins in as many matches on Saturday against Alabama A&M and Mercer. Against Auburn the following day, she outlasted the Tigers’ Sophia Graver to finish perfect in singles play on the week. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more


No. 6 McNeese Upsets Defending Champion, No. 3 Abilene Christian

first_imgIn the 74th minute, Ruelas scored one on her own after winning the ball from the defender and lofting one past Johnson’s left side for a 2-1 advantage. Box Score | Photo Gallery Just five minutes later, the Cowboys leveled the score as Mariah Ruelas found Rachel Young on a cross, and Young drilled one past Rachel Johnson. [email protected] goes up 2-1 thanks to this Mariah Ruelas goal! pic.twitter.com/MGTk07bzNQ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 6, 2019 McNeese will face No. 2 Northwestern State in the semifinal round at 4 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats got on the board in the 59th minute after Christina Arteaga dropped a corner kick right in front of freshman Caylen Wright, who finished it off to make it 1-0. CONWAY, Ark. – No. 6 McNeese confirmed that there will be no repeat champion at the Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, knocking out defending tournament titlist and third-seeded Abilene Christian on Wednesday afternoon. It was a quiet first half as both squads tallied just four shots each, but ACU managed to put three of theirs on goal. McNeese net-minder Gabrielle Christy got her hands on all three to keep the match scoreless through the first 45 minutes.last_img read more


Arsenal and Spurs chasing RB Leipzig star Sabitzer after CL masterclass

first_imgARSENAL and Tottenham are in the the race to sign RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer, it has been claimed.The Austrian was the star of the show as his side thrashed Spurs 3-0 to knock them out the Champions League on Tuesday night.2 Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in RB Leipzig star Marcel SabitzerCredit: Rex FeaturesAnd he was so impressive the defeated North Londoners and their bitter rivals Arsenal are said to be keen on his services, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato.Sabitzer scored twice in the first 21 minutes before Emil Forsberg completed the drubbing in the 87th to send Spurs crashing out 4-0 on aggregate.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsThe right-winger has already bagged 15 goals and eight assists from 35 games in all competitions for the German side this season.And having signed for Leipzig from sister club RB Salzburg in June 2015 for around £3.5million, the Bundesliga club would be sure to make a huge profit.Since making his full international debut in 2012, Sabitzer has clocked up seven goals in 42 games for Austria.TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESThe 25-year-old is said to be a leader off the pitch as well as on it which could be useful to Arsenal and Spurs who both face losing their captains in the summer.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £300,000-a-week wage demands could force the Gunners into selling him at the end of the season.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAlthough the striker recently claimed he is “happy” at the Emirates despite the uncertainty over his future.And Tottenham ace Harry Kane is said to prefer a summer move to Manchester United rather than hang around at Spurs for a major rebuild under Jose Mourinho.However, if either side are to land Sabitzer, they will have to fight off interest from AC Milan who are also said to be keen.2PSG player Layvin Kurzawa celebrates with the fans outside the stadium after Champions League winlast_img read more


Poch admits he still dreams of title with Spurs as he has ‘unfinished business’

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO “dreams” of returning to Tottenham to “finish the work we didn’t finish” and win the Premier League.The Argentine boss, sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho last November, is tipped to manage Newcastle if a £300milion Saudi takeover goes ahead.3 Mauricio Pochettino says he has unfinished business at Spurs and ‘dreams’ of a return3 Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to go back to Spurs at same stage, having been ousted for Jose MourinhoCredit: AFP or licensorsBut with Spurs’ last silverware being the 2008 Carling Cup, he insists he could give his old club a team to match their peerless new stadium.Pochettino, 48, told BT Sport: “Before I die I want to manage Tottenham and try to win one title!”It will be an opportunity to pay back fans for all the love they showed us.My dream is to one day be back and finish the work we didn’t finish.Mauricio Pochettino”From the day that I left the club, my dream is to one day be back and finish the work we didn’t finish…”Deep inside I would like one day to be back, this club is special.”Pochettino’s five-year reign at Spurs peaked when reaching the 2019 Champions League final, having also finished fourth in the Prem that season.Poch even wore the same shirt tonight he wore in the semi-final 😂#UCLThrowbacks pic.twitter.com/S3jl6mnKIO— 🇩🇪Ja! Watch the Bundesliga live on BT Sport🇩🇪 (@btsportfootball) April 29, 2020 3But a tame 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Madrid showpiece signalled a surprise slump.And just five months later, with Tottenham 14th in the table, Tottenham axed him.Chairman Daniel Levy said at the time: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change. It is not a decision the board has taken lightly.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”Levy saluted the “many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff”.And Pochettino’s axing was certainly a shock – especially as, ironically he had long been linked with succeeding Mourinho when the Portuguese manager was struggling at Manchester United.Tottenham ask sacked Pochettino to take pay cut on severance package due to coronavirus shutdownlast_img read more


Thaiday hits back at contract talk

first_imgPhoto by: Shane Myers. Copyright: NRL Photos.Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday. Reports emerged this week that Broncos coach Wayne Bennett would not be renewing Thaiday’s contract at the end of next year, but Thaiday insisted his current contract was always going to be his last after re-signing with the club in 2015. Thaiday will be 33 years old at the end of the 2018 NRL season and it will mark 16 years in the top grade and possibly over 300 NRL matches. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and Thaiday recognized it might be time to move on from the game when his contract expires. “It’s a bit of a funny one. It’s been talked about that I’m not going to be offered a contract. I haven’t even asked for one,” Thaiday said.  “I don’t know why it’s even a story in the first place. I might just get the paper and use it to start a fire because it’s getting a bit cold out in Samford.”I’ve got things in place going forward, I know what I’m doing. It’s no surprise to me at all. But I’m sure it’s a surprise to a lot of fans out there. “I’ve had a fantastic run and it just means I’ve got this year and next year to work really hard and hopefully we can do something as a team here at the Broncos.”Interestingly, the 33-year-old said he is unsure if he will definitely retire at the end of 2018, saying it is a decision he will take plenty of time to make. “It’s hard asking a footballer that question [about retiring] because at the end of the day, none of us want to stop playing the game that we love,” he said.”It’s a very, very tough decision that has to be made. But it’s not a decision I’m making now or making lightly, either. “My full focus and full attention is with the Broncos this year and putting ourselves in a fantastic position where we can do something coming to the end of the year.”It may be hard for Broncos fans to imagine Thaiday in another team’s jersey, but like Petero Civoniceva before him, it remains an option. Civoniceva played his last year for the club in 2007, moved on by Bennett to the Penrith Panthers after 215 games for Brisbane. Civoniceva was turning 32 when told his services would no longer be required, but instead of retiring he proved he had more to give, playing 74 games for Penrith before returning to the Broncos in 2012. Thaiday is yet to decide whether he will follow in Civoniceva’s footsteps and said his family would have a huge influence on this decision. “I don’t know. There’s 15 other clubs out there as well. Who knows what will happen,” he said.”I have to sit back and assess and see how the body’s feeling. It’s more of a discussion now that I’ll have with my family and we’ll make a decision going forward. “I’ve got two young girls now that I have to look after and provide for the rest of my life. “Whether the body can deal with a bit more banging around is something that I’ll assess come this time next year.”last_img read more


Barrett to skipper All Blacks against Barbarians

first_imgBarrett missed the defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup match last month as he was struggling with symptoms of concussion.The playmaker will return at fly-half for the All Blacks’ first match of the tour this weekend, so Lima Sopoaga drops to the bench.Hooker Asafo Aumua, prop Tim Perry and outside back Matt Duffie are set to make their debuts from the bench.WATCH | Steve Hansen talks about the selections for the #AllBlacks 23 to take on @Barbarian_FC this weekend.TEAM: https://t.co/LnBlezTAT4 pic.twitter.com/s36EbOTI5o— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 2, 2017All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen said: “It’s very rare that we get the chance to play a non-Test match in the modern era and it’s given us the chance to give our full squad an opportunity to stake claims for future matches and gain valuable big-match experience.”The expected crowd of 65-70 thousand will create a Test-like atmosphere and the quality of the opposition will also add to the occasion.”It looks set to be a very entertaining match so those who come to the game shouldn’t go home disappointed.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett New Zealand: David Havili, Waisake Naholo, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Seta Tamanivalu, Beauden Barrett (captain), TJ Perenara; Kane Hames, Nathan Harris, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Luke Romano, Scott Barrett, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, Jerome Kaino.Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Tim Perry, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Matt Duffie.last_img read more


Sharks women champs of Gabba Champions Shield

first_imgThe Diamonds batted first finishing with 8/100 off 20 overs. Tanya Ruma (32) and Pendel Ipi (18) were the top scorers with the bat.With the ball, it was Ovasuru who was the best of the Sharks bowlers with figures of 2/19. The Sharks chased down the target in 17 overs finishing with 5/104.Ovasuru’s knock of 56 included 7 fours.In the Men’s division matches yesterday , the Paradise Foods Pistons and BSP Heart played out a thrilling draw at Amini Park, while the ANZ Avalanches easily defeated the Digicel Dragons by five wickets in the 50 Over matches.last_img read more