Den Haag ultras sneak into training with a blackboard

first_imgOne more example of the situation of malaise that is felt in the yellow and green club is what happened in a training session. The fans are fed up with Alan Pardew, his current coach, and they let him know. In the middle of a workoutas reported Daily Mail, a dozen ultras displayed their frustration by sneaking onto the pitch with a blackboard. In it they wanted to show frequent tactical errors in their players.Pardew has spoken out about this unusual event, expressing his desire to reverse the complicated situation: “We can only get rid of these meaningless stories by earning points. I don’t take criticism personally. I know that, like the players, I’m determined to change the rhythm quickly. “ There are no good times for the ADO Den Haag. “Storks”, nickname by which they are known in the Netherlands, penultimate march in the Eredivisie, four points of the promotion of descent, since it occupies the Zwolle, and six of the permanence. The Hague have five consecutive games without winning and his bad situation on the table has fed up his hobby.last_img read more

Gordon’s hat-trick lifts MBU

first_imgWestern Bureau The goals just keep on coming for Montego Bay United’s forward Owayne Gordon, who fired in a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s opening Group Three Caribbean Football Union Club Championship win over Scholars International of Cayman, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Gordon scored in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes  with an own goal coming from Scholars midfielder Courtney Duval in the 42nd minute. It was Gordon’s first-ever hat-trick for MBU. MBU’s win sets up what will likely be an interesting match against the defending champions Central FC from Trinidad on Sunday. Central will bow into action this evening when they meet the wounded Scholars in an 8 p.m. kick-off at the complex. MBU were made to work hard in the first 15 minutes to break down the Scholars team before Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached team began to settle and eventually turned the game in their favour, with Gordon in particular looking sharp upfront. “I was enjoying myself out there; it’s always nice to score goals but I think I enjoyed these greatly because it is my first hat-trick for MBU,”  Gordon said.   “They played hard but we are MBU and the team did what the coach asked and we got the important win,” added Gordon. The opening goal came from the penalty spot. Gordon stepped up to fire to the left of Scholars goalie Jermaine Brown after a defender had handled the ball. From there on there was little the visitors could do to stop the now marauding MBU team, buoyed by the early goal. The local team’s third goal and Gordon’s second was MBU at their best; a series of neat passes ended up with Gordon being fouled close to the area. Gordon struck the ball sweetly to the left of Brown in Scholars goal for a 3-0 lead. His hat-trick was completed when he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the unprotected net to complete the rout. “I am just happy to win tonight. I hope we play better in our next match and score more goals too,” added Gordon.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Storeperson/delivery driver wanted

first_imgDonegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors based in Letterkenny has a vacancy for a Store Person/Delivery Driver.The candidate must have the ability to work on their own initiative, be efficient and tidy.Have the ability to learn quickly and have a flexible attitude to working hours.Main duties will include picking out customer orders and outgoing deliveries.Receiving incoming deliveries and putting into stock. A full clean driving license, forklift and manual handing passes are essential.To apply for this position, please send your CV by email to info@donegaltilecentre.comJob Vacancy: Storeperson/delivery driver wanted was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:delivery personDonegal Tile CentrejobRossview Interiorsstorepersonlast_img read more

Watch: A Kelly’s Christmas as it should be

first_imgThis Christmas season Kelly’s Centra and Diner of Mountain Top have all your festive needs covered.Kelly’s Diner have recently launched their Indulgent Christmas Menus with something for everyone. Succulent burgers, juicy steaks and even a vegan option or two. All with Saint Nick’s approval! to customer requests, the diner will be extending its opening hours from next week on, so when the shopping is finished the bellies can get filled. Check out their opening hours:Take the hassle out of the Christmas cooking and order your Christmas dessert from Kelly’s Diner. Check out their cracking range below, with vegan and gluten free options also available:’s Centra will be your one-stop-shop this Christmas with all their seasonal offers catering for all your Christmas needs. Get two for €10 on selected tubbed sweets and 2 for €8 on selected boxed biscuits.For the Christmas Tipple check out their off licence offerings with Cono Sur wines for only €6, 70cl Gordon’s Gin for €17, 1L Smirnoff Vodka for €22 and many more.If you are stuck for the ideal gift check out their personalised range of gift sets and hampers which are made to cater for all budgets.Contact their little elf Susan today on 0866065912 to get your custom made hamper and take all the stress out of the Christmas shopping!For more, follow @kellysdinerlk and @kellys.centramountaintopWatch: A Kelly’s Christmas as it should be was last modified: November 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:christmas gifts letterkennyKelly’s CentraKelly’s DinerletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more

After Effects Tutorial: Vector Tree Animation

first_imgThis simple animation for creating trees in After Effects is simple and perfect for seasonal projects.In this After Effects tutorial we get down with some foliage – creating an animated grove of trees with a simple flat design style. Using only shape layers, a few keyframes and a simple AE expression you can dynamically animate the creation of the tree. Bonus: because the trees are vector based you can scale them without any loss of quality.Check out this After Effects tutorial here (best viewed full screen):There’s many applications for a simple tree design, but it seems especially fitting for a fall, holiday or Christmas themed project.This is a beginner to intermediate After Effects tutorial, so you don’t need to be a motion graphics expert to dig in. It utilizes a number of fundamental techniques, so it’s great practice if you’re just starting out in AE.How will you use this After Effects tree animation?Share your thoughts, experiences or suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Deepika Padukone: If I had to play a sportsperson, then it would be my father

first_imgDeepika Padukone is set to play the role of Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in 83. Deepika’s real-life husband Ranveer Singh is playing the role of Kapil Dev in the film.Deepika’s father Prakash Padukone is a former Indian badminton player. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1980 and has been awarded with Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982. Like her father, Deepika too pursued a career in professional badminton but soon opted for acting instead.Since Deepika comes from a sports background and is playing an essential part in a sports biopic – 83, the actress might want to play a sports person on the big screen.In conversation with Bombay Times, the actress revealed that she wants to play her father Prakash Padukone on the big screen. She said, “I understand the gender issue (smiles). But if I had to play a sportsperson, then it would be him or any sports legend from that era. That’s because of what they achieved in the circumstances, within the limited exposure and knowledge versus the kind of funds, facilities and visibility available to athletes today. But in spite of all that, to achieve that greatness and legendary status is commendable. Our yesteryear athletes inspire me.”The film 83 essays Kapil’s captaincy in leading the Indian cricket team to defeat the West Indies in the World Cup final in 1983. The film is directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Reliance Entertainment.Before 83, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have worked together in three films- Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018). Ranveer also did a cameo role in Deepika’s 2014 released film Finding Fanny.In an earlier interview with Times of India, Deepika said that even if there was someone else essaying the role of Kapil Dev, she would still play his wife Romi Bhatia.”The personal equation doesn’t spill over into the workspace. I can’t think of anyone else who could do justice to the role of Kapil Dev, but if there was someone else playing him in the film, and not Ranveer, I would still do my part,” she said.”This isn’t coming from a personal equation, but from my passion and enthusiasm for the film,” the actress, who is also co-producing 83, added.Apart from 83, Deepika will also be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak. She recently wrapped up the shooting of the film. It also stars Vikrant Massey.Also Read | Deepika Padukone on playing Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83: This isn’t coming from a personal equationALSO READ | Will Deepika Padukone play Ranveer Singh’s wife in 83?ALSO READ | Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh’s 83: India was not ready to make sports films 20 years agoALSO READ | 83: Ranveer Singh to live with Kapil Dev in Delhi for 10 daysALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019last_img read more

Dynamo 2 Sporting KC 1

first_imgHouston Dynamo 2 Sporting Kansas City 1: Hosts rally to keep play-off hopes alive Sacha Pisani 11:28 10/12/17 HoustonDynamo-cropped Twitter: @HoustonDynamo Dynamo scored twice in 14 second-half minutes as the hosts rallied to beat Sporting KC in Houston on Wednesday. Houston Dynamo’s hopes of reaching the MLS play-off are still alive after they overcame Sporting Kansas City 2-1.Dynamo scored twice in 14 second-half minutes as the hosts rallied to beat Sporting KC in Houston on Wednesday.Occupying second spot in the Western Conference, Sporting KC took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Jimmy Meranda scored with the outside of his foot from outside of the penalty area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Houston hit back after the interval thanks to Tomas Martinez and Erik Palmer-Brown’s own goal.First time. Outside of the boot. @jimmymedranda puts @SportingKC in front! #HOUvSKC— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 12, 2017Martinez equalised in the 63rd minute with a powerful volley before Palmer-Brown turned the ball into his own net.Dynamo are now fifth in the west, three points clear of sixth-placed FC Dallas and two adrift of Sporting KC.Allll square in Houston. It’s Tomas Martinez! #HOUvSKC— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 12, 2017 read morelast_img read more

Heynckes won’t rush Neuer back

first_imgBayern München Neuer ‘on schedule’ but Heynckes won’t rush Bayern star Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) manuel neuer - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Anderlecht v Bayern München Anderlecht UEFA Champions League The World Cup-winning goalkeeper is making good progress in his recovery from a foot injury but will not be forced back into the first-team fold Jupp Heynckes says Manuel Neuer’s recovery from injury is on track but the coach insists he will not rush the Bayern Munich star back into action.Neuer suffered a repeat hairline fracture of a metatarsal in his left foot in training in September and was forced to undergo surgery.Bayen 11/10 to keep clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 31-year-old said in October he could be out for as much as six months but it has been suggested he could return shortly after the winter break.However, Heynckes says the goalkeeper will only play again when he is 100 per cent fit.”I think he is on schedule,” the Bayern boss told a news conference on Tuesday. “But I’ve always protected my players. With me, no player starts again until he has recovered completely. That’s why there’s no pressure from my side at all.”Sven Ulreich has deputised for Neuer and has impressed in recent weeks in particular, keeping four clean sheets in his last five Bundesliga appearances, including in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Augsburg.The 29-year-old has been surprised by some of that praise, given it has swiftly followed criticism of some early-season performances, but he is happy with the renewed defensive strength Heynckes has brought about since replacing Carlo Ancelotti in October. #Heynckes: “It’s a lot of fun for me being around the team, because I can see the fruits of our work.” #RSCAFCB #UCL— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 21, 2017″Everything goes so quickly in football. A few weeks ago, Lothar Matthaus said I have a problem with my eyes and now he praises me,” said Ulreich.”I don’t give much thought to it. I just concentrate on the next matches.”The coach has put a lot of focus on the defence. The aim is always to keep a clean sheet. We are defending compact again and working together as a team at the back.”Bayern take on Anderlecht on Wednesday needing a win to ensure they can still beat Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group B ahead of their showdown at the Allianz Arena on matchday six.Heynckes is ready to rotate his side against the Belgians but is keen not to be complacent heading into the game.”You can never make the mistake of underestimating an opponent, especially in the Champions League,” he said. “I saw Anderlecht’s match against Club Brugge, which impressed me. “They are combative and they run well and have strengthened their defence. It won’t be a walk in the park.”Jerome Boateng is back and will start. [Sebastian] Rudy and [Corentin] Tolisso have hardly played from the start; there’s a very realistic chance they will start. That’s not a risk for me.”[Kingsley] Coman only started gym work recently. He’s trying today but I can’t say he’ll be fit to play.”last_img read more

MLS’s turf problem: can a league be world-class on artificial grass?

first_imgMLS Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn The league added to its synthetic collection last year when Atlanta and Minnesota  – who face off last Saturday – joined Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and New England. (Minnesota’s permanent home, set to open next year, will have grass).This clearly matters to the players. An ESPN anonymous survey of current MLS members published last month asked whether an artificial surface would influence a player’s decision to join a team: 63% said yes. Perhaps not unrelated, another question asked them to name the toughest place to play in MLS and four of the top eight answers were teams with artificial turf.Turf wars are commonplace in North America. Earlier this month the cost of laying temporary grass at BC Place was reportedly among the factors that caused Vancouver to withdraw from contention as a host city for the 2026 World Cup bid, while the use of artificial fields at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada was the subject of failed legal action.True or not, artificial fields are perceived to increase injury risk and enhance home advantage in a league in which road results are notoriously poor. They are freighted with memories of the North American Soccer League’s dire surfaces, and away from Portland, where complex factors influence the choice, are a sign of MLS’s subservience to American football in shared venues.Pitch variations invite us to define what counts as “authentic”: a perennial concern for MLS, which is adolescent and distinctive yet obsessed with tradition and how it stacks up against more established leagues. In a quest for instant credibility, newborn franchises such as Atlanta and Minnesota drape themselves in Anglicized affectations such as “United” and “Football Club”. The branding glances towards England where, as the Premier League’s rules tersely state: “No League Match shall be played on an Artificial Surface”. It’s an homage to the kind of Euro superclubs who insist on temporary grass pitches being installed over artificial surfaces when they visit the US on summer tours.Like shoppers at an urban farmers market, fans instinctively prefer organic to genetically-modified ingredients. Still, turf versus grass is habitually presented as a binary opposition when the reality is more nuanced. Enhanced hybrid surfaces where artificial fibres act to strengthen the natural grass are ubiquitous in England’s top-flight. The expectation of competitive imbalance on turf, one 2016 study found, does not reflect the truth.A good artificial surface may play truer than a lousy natural one and technology is far advanced from the “Astroturf burn” eras, when players who attempted sliding tackles in shorts often looked like they’d just spent 90 minutes in the company of an arsonist. As the Portland Timbers owner, Merritt Paulson, told FourFourTwo last year: “There is a massive difference between the quality of turf fields that you can host a soccer game on, just like there is a very big difference on the quality of a grass pitch for a game.”And the argument that artificial turf is only for unserious soccer nations is hard to sustain given its presence in Mexico and France in recent years, while in 2016-17, one-third of the Eredivisie’s teams had it (which prompted a revolt from the Dutch players’ union).For Wilmer Cabrera, the Houston Dynamo head coach, artifice is just another hill to climb in MLS’ undulating landscape. “Here in MLS you have to play on turf and you have to play on grass, you have to travel 5,000 miles back and forth, you have to play in humidity or cold weather, snow or wind,” he said. “Pounding on [an artificial] surface it’s gonna get you more tired, the muscles are going to suffer a little bit more and the joints, but we don’t make any kind of excuses.” Cabrera’s team beat the Timbers 2-1 at Providence Park in last year’s playoffs before losing 3-0 to the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in the Western Conference finals.Houston is arguably the cradle of fake grass, since the Astros baseball team popularised it by using AstroTurf in the Astrodome in the 1960s. Despite the city’s brutal summer weather and the multiple teams that use BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo play on grass that, by last year’s postseason, was so badly cut up that it looked like the field had hosted a tunneling contest for moles.No stranger to the treatment room, Philippe Senderos would have felt wary about joining Houston if their pitch was plastic. “I think knowing that the Houston Dynamo play on grass was definitely a factor [in me joining the club]. If it would had been on turf I would have had to think about it a little bit more,” he said.Standing on the Dynamo’s verdant practice field, Andrew Wenger took a pragmatic view. “There’s a lot of aspects that goes into making, or considering, a league the best in the world and that’s probably a very small, minute effect,” the veteran attacker said. “Would you rather have everything be on grass? Yes. But is playing in the climate of North America different from other places in the world? That’s also true. So how do you balance all these balls in the air, and making it the best but also dealing with what we’re presented? That’s a big question.”Looking to the medium- and long-term, extreme weather from climate change may complicate the use of grass pitches in some parts of the continent, while it’s logical to expect that artificial surfaces will continue to improve, blurring the distinction between synthetic and natural. MLS may never be all-grass, and one day, long after Ibrahimovic is gone, maybe that won’t matter. features Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read morecenter_img Share on Twitter US sports Reliably unconventional, Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurned a $100m offer from China in order to take a $1.5m-per-year offer from the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to Sports Illustrated. But will the striker be eccentric enough to turn up for an away game against the New England Revolution?After his matchwinning debut in last Saturday’s Los Angeles derby – the most deranged 90 minutes in MLS history – everyone wants to see the Swede play.Still, the 36-year-old has recently returned from a serious knee injury, so Ibrahimovic and the Galaxy’s coaching staff will have judgment calls to make later in the season as the league’s most famous name tries to stay healthy. The Galaxy have four MLS fixtures on artificial turf scheduled between June and October (though Ibrahimovic may yet  play at this summer’s World Cup). Fearing injury, some veteran stars have skipped games on artificial surfaces over the years, dealing blows to MLS’s reputation.The only time Thierry Henry played on the widely-reviled artificial turf of Gillette Stadium, the home of the Revolution, was a play-off game in 2014 that turned out to be the last match of his career. Didier Drogba also sought to avoid fake grass. David Beckham, usually so emollient in interviews, was an anti-turf absolutist: “Every game, every team should have grass, without a doubt,” he told reporters in 2007.We wait to see whether a man who once termed France a “shit country” merely because he thought a referee had a bad game will have any thoughts to share on a subject that tends to provoke strong emotions.  Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s theatre of the absurd comes to MLS on thrilling debut Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Thirty-One.VICTORIA (VIC)Play # 1 VT Touch League Finals this weekendThe Inaugural season of the VT Touch League culminated with a thrilling day of Finals action on Saturday 1 December 2007 at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club.Victoria’s Elite players turned on the magic in front of 300 spectators including the Victorian Minister for Sport Mr. James Merlino MP, the Chairman of Touch Football Australia (TFA) Mr. Peter Rooney, and TFA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire who settled in for an afternoon of quality Touch Football in perfect summer conditions.A close round of semi-final matches in the afternoon in the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions was a fitting entrée for fans of the VT League, before two nail biting Grand Finals were served up to spoil the crowd with an absolute smorgasbord of fast and furious Grand final action in the evening.  Melbourne City Lions won the Women’s Open championship over the Bayside Vipers after an epic 3 on 3 drop off was required to split the combatants after scores were locked at 4-4 at full time. Highly credentialed Victorian stalwart Karen Jones was the hero for the Lions snaring the winning touchdown to secure the Inaugural title for her franchise.In the Men’s Open Grand Final, warm favourites and Minor premiers Casey Cougars went on with the job in the decider, but did not have it all their own way, needing to dig deep to overcome a gutsy Bayside combination to claim the crown.  The Cougars had to pull out all stops against the structured Vipers and relied on a pinpoint long ball from their ringmaster Jason “JK” Kaiwai to break a 3-3 deadlock in the closing minutes of the game.Between the Semi finals and Grand Finals, a Touch Football Victoria Community Development game was held, which showcased members of Victoria’s U15 development squad.  This game gave the audience a taste of some of the potential future talent who could grace the VT League. Also in the interval the Minister for Sport, Mr. James Merlino made presentations to the Casey Cougars for the Licence Championships and to the University Blues Women’s team for the first ever “Fair Play” team AwardThanks to all TFA-Victoria office staff, Referees, Volunteers, the Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer club and all other VT League venues for their support of the Inaugural event.A full wrap of Finals day can be accessed by visiting the TFA – Victoria website.Results and Award Winners of the 2007 VT League:Semi FinalsMen: Casey 10 d Melbourne City 7; Bayside 4 d University 3Women: Melbourne City 4 d Casey 3 (AET); Bayside 7 University 3Grand FinalsMen: Casey 4 d Bayside 3Women: Melbourne City 5 d Bayside 4Other awards include:Fair Play Award – University Blues Women’sMost Influential Player Women – Anne Bright (University Blues)Most Influential Player Men – Elias El Charr (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Women – Leah Percy (Melbourne City Lions)Best and Fairest Men – Terry Beazley (Casey Cougars)Other Events: The Box Hill touch competition has begun, with 10 teams pulling on the boots every Tuesday night at Sparkes Reserve on the corner of Middleborough and Canterbury Rd, Box Hill. In the Mixed competition a team of local teachers are playing against some of their students, making for some interesting classroom exchanges…The Victorian Touch website: AUSTRALIA (SA)Play # 2South Australia’s State League off to a Great StartThe first round of the 2007 Touch Football SA State League began on Sunday 2 Dec 2007 at the Greenhill Rd Playing Fields.The 10th year of the State League commenced with the four franchise teams Wolves (Yellow), Stingrays (Red), Vipers (Navy) and Scorpions (Orange) looking the goods in their new Kooga uniforms. In Round One action in the Women’s Open Scorpions got off to a cracking start to the season with a 12-0 shut out of Wolves, and Stingrays got home in a thriller 6-5 over Vipers.In the Men’s Open Scorpions and Wolves played out a thrilling 7-7 draw, whilst Stingrays had a comfortable 7-3 win over Vipers.Full Results Round 1 – Touch Football SA State League:WomenScorpions 12 d Wolves 0Stingrays 6 d Vipers 5MenScorpions 7 drew Wolves 7Stingrays 7 d Vipers 3 MixedMixedScorpions 5 ft Wolves 0Stingrays 3 d Vipers 6Other events: Damien Carlson, Sean Judge and Chris Denison-Smith conducted a level One Referees Course on Sunday 2 December 2007.Amongst the participants were 4 junior state representative players.The Touch Football South Australia website: # 3NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Exciting clashes complete Darwin Touch Competition Final RoundThe final round of the Darwin Touch competition produced some exciting games with Crocs ruining Dream Teams perfect season with a tit for tat 3 all draw in the Men’s Open division.Bundy Bears preparation for the finals couldn’t have been better with a 17-2 win over Honkers.In the Women’s Open competition, Palmerston Bulls defeated Divas 10-1 to sail into the finals as red-hot premiership favourites.Scorpions fought out a 5-3 win over Crocs who only fielded six players, but were more than a match for the second placed Scorpions.All About Us had the bye.Other news: Darwin Semi-final action this week features Palmerston Bulls and Scorpions in the First semi-final in the Women’s Open division. In the second semi-final final Crocs take on All About Us. In the Men’s finals Dream team confront Crocs in the First semi-final, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Palmerston Bulls and Bundy Bears play the Minor semi-final.The Northern Territory website: AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4WA Super League Round Six Wrap The Western Australia Super League Series returned to Rosalie for Round 6. Affiliates wished to do well not only for their Super League Series aspirations, but to familiarize themselves on the ground that will host the 2008 WA State Championships.Northern Women’s continued their recent good form with a win over Tompkins Park.It was a high scoring contest with a 10-9 result to Northern in the end. The teams’ first clash was a draw Northern will be aiming to avoid Tomkins Park who are looming as dark horses come semi-final time.Southern Men’s had a strong 11-1 victory over hosts Rosalie. Their superior for and against pushes them in front of Brothers into first position. The return Brothers v Southern clash in Round 8 is eagerly anticipated between the two top guns of the competition. Southern are now top of the tree in both Men’s and Women’s Open divisions.In other results:Women’sSouthern 11 defeated Rosalie 2Perth Brothers 7 defeated Fremantle 3Men’s Perth Brothers 9 defeated FremantleOther Events: TouchWest has purchased some new domain names to aid in members getting to our event and services websites. So rather than going through links from the TouchWest website, you can go straight to the WA AusTouch site from Other quick links include:Be Active State Touch Championships – Active Junior State Championships – Active TouchWest Junior League – School Tournaments – Active TouchWest Super League Series – Touch – Referees – Touch @ Lunch – Western Australian Touch Association website: www.touchwest.comQUEENSLAND (QLD)PLAY # 5Queensland Squads get Origin campaign off to a cracking startQueensland’s 13 State of Origin squads got their 2008 Origin campaigns off to a flying start with the first compulsory training camp conducted at the Caboolture Touch Association on the weekend in sweltering conditions.The 13 teams were put through their paces in a hectic weekend of fitness assessments, skill development, and game play under the watchful gaze of the respective coaching staff of each division.Queensland Touch State Branch Manager Jon Pratt, Queensland State Council members, the Queensland Touch Coach Management Team, and various mentors and technical personnel were on hand to assist the squads complete the first of three compulsory camps that are aimed towards maximizing preparation time and quality training experiences.Queensland Touch would like to congratulate host affiliate Caboolture and their tireless volunteer army for their outstanding efforts in providing excellent facilities and assistance in ensuring all needs of teams and players were met during a busy few days.The next compulsory camp for Senior Divisions and 20s teams will be 2 and 3 February 2008 at Caboolture.A Women’s Open Squad Camp will also be conducted on 2 and 3 February 2008 in Brisbane.The next compulsory camp for Open Teams will be 5 and 6 April 2008 after Queensland Men’s and Women’s Open teams are finalized following the 2008 National Touch League in Coffs Harbour on 12-15 March 2008.Other News: The Brisbane City Touch Association conducted the Inaugural Brisbane Junior Touch Championships on Sunday 2 December 2008.14 teams contested the Boys and Girls 14 and 16 Years age divisions at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association Venue at the Kedron AFL club, Kedron.The one day tournament was designed as a fun day for club  / school teams that wanted to participate in a friendly series between South side and North side junior teams. Cobras Junior Representative training squads will be compiled from players who competed at the Brisbane Junior Championships.It has been the first Junior tournament that Brisbane City have conducted in some time and the success of this first event has prompted the Brisbane City Touch Association to plan another Junior Championships for April 2008.BCTA Junior Championships Results: 14 Boys: 1st – Redbacks, 2nd– Bring It, 3rd – SRU Magpies16 Boys 1st – Nudgee College, 2nd – Untouchables, 3rd – Steelers, 4th MacGregor SHS, 5th – Redcliffe Boys14 Girls 1st – Ravens, 2nd – Southern Storm Bratz16 Girls 1st – Tigers Roar, 2nd – Crushers, 3rd – Tigers Girls, 4th – Redcliffe The Queensland Touch website: Play # 6AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Big Numbers for Level One Referees CourseThe Australian Capital Territory web-site in conjunction with the ACT Touch Referees Association has recruited 35 Level One referee course candidates for a Level 1 course on 4 and 5 December 2007. There are a large proportion of youth candidates for the course who will be welcome additions to the ACT junior competitions, which have experienced significant growth in the past twelve months and are in need of a few more whistleblowers.“The accreditation of an additional 35 officials is a great step towards the continued servicing of our ever expanding competition schedules,” ACT State Manager Matt Mc Kerrow said yesterday. Other events: ACTTA will be hosting a Referees and Volunteers Xmas BBQ on 14 December 2007 with food and refreshments provided as a big thank you to the many people who selflessly give of their time to ensure that our Association runs smoothly. A Very social game of touch is also planned. To mark the end of the Super League season, approximately 70 players, referees and volunteers attended the Super Legue Presentation evening held at Mckellar Soccer Club on 1 December 2007. Congratulations to all award recipients. The Australian Capital Territory website:’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Congratulations to Woden Eagles who defeated the UC Otters 8-4 in the Men’s Open Grand Final of the Super League competition on December 1. Congratulations also to Canberra City who took out the Women’s Open title defeating Woden Eagles 5-4 in a very close (and wet!) affair.last_img read more