[singlepic id=957 w= h= float=none]LINCROFT – In only its eighth year, the Brookdale Community College Lacrosse program is one of the most successful programs within Brookdale’s highly accomplished athletic program.The 2014 team won its fifth consecutive NJCAA Region XIX lacrosse title defeating top-seed Union County 11-8 in the championship game. This year’s squad not only hopes to make it six region titles in a row but get their first win in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament after falling to CCBC-Essex in the quarterfinals last season as the sixth seed.The Brookdale Lacrosse program was established in 2008 under the leadership of current head coach Steve Heller. Heller was a three-time All-American selection while playing for Army from 1991-1993. While at Army, Heller led his team to three Patriot League titles and was an All-Patriot League pick in each of his three years in the league. He broke Army’s career scoring record racking up a staggering 130 goals and 74 assists while at West Point.He also helped engineer one of the biggest wins in Army lacrosse history as the cadets upset Maryland 15-11 in the first round of the 1993 NCAA National Lacrosse Tournament before losing to No.1 seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals.Before starting Brookdale’s lacrosse program Heller was head coach for the Army prep team for seven seasons. And because of Heller’s connection to the Army program the Blues are able to travel to West Point each year for a preseason game against an Army prep team that is filled with DI recruits.Heller is extremely optimistic about this year team and even though they lost last season’s top goal scorer Tom Dougherty to graduation they return four of their five-top scorers from a year ago. They’ve also brought in midfielder T.J. Coleman – a second-team All-Shore pick from Saint John Vianney – where he scored 30 goals and had 30 assists last season as a senior.“We look really good, I feel really good about our offense,” Heller said. “With our four scorers back, T.J. coming in and picking up a few other kids this is potentially the best offensive group we’ve had here in the eight seasons of the program.”Heller also feels this is the deepest offense he’s ever fielded. “Lack of depth is something that’s always challenged us. We definitely have more depth on offensive this year then we’ve had in the past and that’s great.”Heller likes to rotate his offensive players and they need to be able to play all six positions, and be comfortable playing them. His philosophy is to create matchup problems with his ability to interchange his players between midfield and attack allowing him to create different player personnel options depending on the game situation.All-Region XIX selection Dan Bury and freshmen Jake Deitrich (Newton H.S.) and Joe Collins (Monroe Township H.S.) will get the start at the attack position. Bury is a true attacker and scored 41 goals his senior year at Brick Memorial. Last season as a freshman he was second on the team in goals scored (27) and first in assists (20) and total points (47). Dietrich was an Independence Division honorable mention pick in the NJAC Conference as a senior while Collins was a first-team All-Greater Middlesex Conference selection as a senior in 2013 when scored 42 goals and had 41 assists for 83 points.“Jake’s 6’4″ and is a tall lanky kid,” Heller said. “When he gets his shoulder down and goes forward he’s a nice attacker. He’s really just learning his skill set and at 6’4″ he needs to learn to go north and south and forget about playing that small-man game. He’s done well for us and we expect him to continue to do a good job.”Collins teammate at Monroe, Andrew Dooley, is back at midfield after scoring 16 goals with nine assists in only 10 games last season. Dooley was also first-team All-Greater Middlesex as a senior when he netted 44 goals and had 31 assists. Joining Coleman and Dooley at the starting midfield spots is returning sophomore Nick Paolillo (Howell H.S.). Paolillo was third on the team in goals (22) and points (29) last season for the Blues. Both Dooley and Coleman were chosen captains.“Bury is a traditional attacker,” Heller said. “He’s left handed as is Dooley and Colman. With three lefties, that gives us a lot of flexibility and a unique way to attack defenses; that’s a nice feature to have.”Sophomore Ben Talcott is back after a short stint with the Blues in 2013 and will be used as both attacker and midfielder. As a senior at Howell in 2012 he tallied 22 goals while assisting on nine othersAlso, sophomore midfielder Tyler Verdoni will see an increased role this season after seeing action in 14 games last season with one start, as will short stick middies Jimmy Montgomery (Neptune H.S.) and Dom Parente (Monroe Township H.S.) both in their second season at Brookdale.Defensively the Blues are not as deep and have been hurt by the loss of All-Region XIX defenseman Ryan Raslowsky (Allentown H.S.) who’s out indefinitely after recently undergoing back surgery. However, Heller expects him back at some point around midseason and ready to go for the playoffs.“Our defensive concept is going to focus more on team defense rather than the individual,” Heller said.“The defense has a lot of potential and is very athletic, but it’s also a little raw on the stick-skill side of the game. We don’t have the great one-on-one guys; it’s a six man unit. But with our athletic ability we feel we can be pretty good.”Sophomore Nick Caruso (Red Bank Regional) – a midfielder last season who scored 10 goals and had 7 assists – volunteered to switch positions and is now playing long-stick middie and defense and has been a quite a pleasant surprise.“In our Army Prep scrimmage he did an amazing job on defense and I could not believe how good he was at the pole (long stick),” Heller said. “If the job he did against Army was any indication of what he’s capable of….. he may have missed his calling and found a home as a traditional defender.Another surprise has been the play of freshman Jack Kelly (Shore Regional) who’s been so impressive he was given a captains tag. He came in as an offensive-minded midfielder, was switched to long stick and it’s been a match made in heaven.Freshman Oliver Warnes (Manasquan H.S.) and sophomore Chris Schmidt (Howell H.S.) will anchor the defense along with Kelly and Caruso. Caruso and Kelly will switch with each other between poll (long stick) and defense. Scott Zackman (Red Bank Regional) was a late arrival to the team but has shown he’ll help the team on defense.“Both Oliver and Warnes are very athletic,” Heller said. “They’re both raw but are really learning how to play defense and like what I’ve seen of them.”In goal for the Blues will be Todd Bitsko (Freehold Township H.S.), who after playing football at Gettysburg College for a year decided to return to lacrosse. At Freehold Township he was All-Shore in football and lacrosse.“What’s great about this team is that their extremely coachable,” Heller said. “This is one of those groups that will listen. They really want to become better players and the whole teams like that. It’s a fun team to coach; they get along well and have a lot of chemistry. They’re starting to learn their strengths and weaknesses and it’s a group of kids which I think we can do some really fun stuff with this year.”— By Mike Ready
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2015)–The Stronach Group (TSG), long at the forefront of equine and human safety in racing, recognizes and has actively promoted significant advances in racing medication with the belief that safety measures and jockey welfare are paramount to the advancement and perception of Thoroughbred racing throughout the world.In view of recent legislative efforts advanced by the “Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity,” which is supported by several industry groups, TSG reaffirms the following list of foundation principles it deems necessary for the continued growth and development of Thoroughbred racing on a national and international scale:1.) Mutually agreed upon, uniform testing procedures and protocols at all North American tracks, which include out-of-competition testing.2.) Nationally uniform rules that clearly define prohibited and permitted medications, substances and methods in all jurisdictions.3.) Regional testing laboratories that strictly adhere to uniform standards and which are subject to regular accreditation.4.) Penalties for violations must be uniform and administered in a timely fashion.5.) Investigations and prosecutions must be fair and uniform on a national scale.6.) Public perception is our highest priority. As such, the aforementioned objectives must be pursued enthusiastically by the entire racing industry in order to maintain a level playing field for our sports’ stakeholders and most importantly, the betting public.The Stronach Group looks forward to the many challenges we as an industry face, and to building an ever brighter and more transparent future.
‘GREAT TO BE BACK,’ VICTORIOUS STEVENS SAYSGary Stevens won his first race since coming back from hip replacement surgery Dec. 21 when he piloted Shehastheritestuff to a half-length victory for trainer Paddy Gallagher in Saturday’s sixth race at one mile on turf. The four-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat paid $16.40.“It’s great to be back and great to have support of the trainers this first week back,” the 54-year-old Hall of Fame rider said Sunday morning. “Paddy put me on a nice filly that fit my style and fortunately we got the job done.“The first win back is always the toughest. You’ve got to reprove yourself, and like any athlete, you’ve got to fight back and show that you’ve still got some shelf life.”For the unsinkable Gary Stevens, there’s no expiration date in view. STEVENS ‘REPROVES’ HIMSELF WITH A COMEBACK WIN (Current Through Saturday, March 11) HAPPY AUTUMN FLOWER TESTS GRADE I WATERSAutumn Flower has enhanced her broodmare status with third-place finishes at long odds in Grade II stakes in her last two outings, the La Canada and the Santa Maria.Trainer Dan Hendricks is satisfied with that accomplishment for the moment, but has his sights set on even greater heights when the five-year-old Flower Alley mare runs in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.“Another third would be fine, but she’s maturing and as happy as she’s ever been since we’ve changed some of her routine from last year. It’s really worked,” Hendricks said. “We added a goat, my son (Gregg) takes extra time with her and grazes her every morning.“She’s just happy and doing well.”Autumn Flower never ran in a stakes race until Dec. 3 of last year when she finished sixth in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap. She had won two optional claiming races before that for owners Thomas Traver and Priscilla Webb. HENDRICKS HAS HAPPY MARE FOR SANTA MARGARITA FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate worked seven furlongs Sunday morning in company as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25. With Martin Garcia up and in company with Cat Burglar, Arrogate was timed in 1:25 flat for seven furlongs, with fractional times of 24.60, 36.80, 48.60 and 1:12.80. Cat Burglar was clocked in 1:25.40. “He went really nice,” Bob Baffert said of Arrogate. “I saw what I needed to see. He just cruised around there and he’ll ship tomorrow (for Dubai).” . . . Ron Ellis reports Masochistic came out of his second-place finish as the 1-2 favorite in the Triple Bend Stakes in good order, but “has no plan” for his next race. “We’ll have to regroup and see what goes on,” the trainer said. “It was his first race in four months; he got a little tired.” Masochistic was beaten a length by 16-1 shot Denman’s Call, one of six winners picked on top by Toby Turrell‘s Winners Card . . . Agent J.R. Pegram has booked Kent Desormeaux on Santa Maria and La Canada runner-up Show Stealer for Art Sherman in next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes . . .There is a Pick Six carryover of $189,246 into Sunday’s program . . . With apologies to General Douglas MacArthur, “Old geldings never die. They just race away,” and the 11 scheduled starters in today’s eighth race, the $30,000 “605 Starter Handicap” at 5 ½ furlongs, have run a combined total of 434 races, winning 93 and earning $2,051,129. The leader is 10-year-old Nextdoorneighbor with 15 wins from 55 starts for current trainer Steve Knapp, who also has Changing Karma entered . . . Also next Saturday, Santa Anita has the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person tossing a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen. NO DARE AND GO, BUT BAL A BALI POSTS KILROE UPSET MANDELLA DOES IT AGAIN WITH BAL A BALI IN KILROE It was a far cry from Dare and Go’s 3 ½-length victory at nearly 40-1 that ended Cigar’s 16-race winning streak in the 1996 Pacific Classic, but Bal a Bali’s win as the longest shot in Saturday’s Grade I Kilroe Mile at 9-1 put another upset notch on Richard Mandella’s Hall of Fame resume.Bal a Bali hadn’t raced since last June 16, a span of nearly nine months, but had been training forwardly, even sporting a bullet work, uncommon for a Mandella campaigner.“He came out of the race in good shape but I’m not sure where I’ll go next,” Mandella said Sunday morning. “He’s a very good horse, so it was no surprise that he was good enough (to win under those conditions), but running that good after all that layoff, I was happy to see he did what he could do.“But it was no surprise that he could do it. I always thought he was that good. I have nothing immediate in mind. I’ll give him a little extra time because I know he runs really well with long layoffs, but I’m not giving him nine months this time.”Bal a Bali, a seven-year-old full horse bred in Brazil and owned by Calumet Farm, won his U.S. debut way back on May 9, 2015, when he captured the Grade III American Stakes at Santa Anita. The Kilroe marked his 14th triumph in 23 starts.Ridden by four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano, who also piloted 13-10 favorite Shaman Ghost to a three-quarter length victory over Midnight Storm in the Santa Anita Handicap, Bal a Bali paid $21.20 as the longest shot in the field of seven. Richard Baltas11519201817%50%$1,034,363 Jerry Hollendorfer11323172220%55%$1,617,409 Joseph Talamo14119151813%37%$661,173 Tyler Baze22337432917%49%$2,084,396 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TEAM O’NEILL HAS DESIGNS ON SANTA ANITA DERBYSan Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning.“Both horses looked good this morning and the Santa Anita Derby is what we’re looking at,” Mora said.O’Neill won the Santa Anita Derby back to back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents.Meanwhile, Bob Baffert barely had a chance to begin celebrating after Mastery’s 6 ¾-length romp in the San Felipe that established him as the Kentucky Derby favorite, when the bubble burst.Mastery was pulled up after the finish of the 1 1/16-mile race and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet Dr. Dana Stead.“When he got back to the barn, he seemed OK, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle,” Baffert said after the race Saturday. “It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on early Monday and they’ll insert two screws (at Santa Anita’s Equine Hospital on the backstretch).“We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”Sunday morning, Baffert said Mastery “was eating and looked comfortable, but the most important thing now is to focus on his well-being. Our emotions went from the highest of the highs after he won to the lowest of the lows. Obviously what happened is pretty disappointing.“But in this game you have to keep things in perspective. It could have been worse.” Doug O’Neill13618262113%48%$1,599,506 Kent Desormeaux13028161422%45%$1,646,472 Rafael Bejarano12019192216%50%$1,316,580 Martin Pedroza10615201914%51%$625,333 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.961910920%40%$819,831 BAFFERT LIKES WHAT HE SEES IN ARROGATE WORKOUT Mike Smith541861433%70%$1,868,242 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller932821930%62%$1,354,941 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ILIAD, TERM OF ART BOUND FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Flavien Prat20847323923%57%$3,059,315 Philip D’Amato8415121318%48%$1,077,870
Harry Redknapp believes Andros Townsend will struggle to establish himself at Tottenham next season despite the winger’s successful loan spell at QPR.Townsend has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road, suggesting the 21-year-old has a future in the top flight.But former Spurs manager Redknapp says the youngster’s first-team prospects at White Hart Lane remain slim.Redknapp rates Townsend highly.“He’s can’t take Gareth Bale’s place or Aaron Lennon’s, that’s the problem,” said the R’s boss.“He’ll go back to Tottenham and he’ll push again next year and I’m sure he’ll be in their squad.“But obviously the kid’s got a problem getting in their team because they’ve got so many fantastic players.”And Redknapp does not think Spurs have reason to regret letting Townsend leave on loan, even though Bale has subsequently been sidelined by injury.He said: “They’ve [still] got good players. You’ve got Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and all these people.“They’ve got a massive, strong squad. There aren’t any kids playing there – they’re all experienced players.“When I was there he couldn’t get in the team because they had Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. It was hard for him.”Redknapp added: “I’ve been really pleased with Andros. I’d like another 10 like him.“He’s done really well and playing in the Premier League has been a great experience for him. He’s a good lad too.”See also:QPR boss expects offers for RemyDespondent QPR boss ditches club suitTownsend has proved he is Premier League class, says bossRedknapp explains why Townsend has turned a corner at 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Sunil Gavaskar said India can try to keep Pakistan out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup but doubted that would actually happen. Speaking exclusively to India Today, Gavaskar said India would lose out if they conceded the match to Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.COA chief Vinod Rai has asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to ICC asking the world governing body to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Several voices in India want Virat Kohli’s team to either concede the match to Pakistan or use BCCI’s influence to throw Pakistan out of the tournament.Rahul Johri will represent India in an ICC meet on February 27 and it is expected to be a stormy affair. Gavaskar said he doubted the other countries would fall in line with BCCI’s demand given that the India-Pakistan issue is an internal problem.”They can try but it will not happen. It will not happen because the other member countries have to accept that. I can’t see other member countries accepting that. India can go ahead and try do that [stop Pakistan playing the World Cup],” Gavaskar told India Today.”The right forum is at the United Nations. I am not too sure the International Cricket Conference is the right forum to bring this up. We are all down with the tragedy. I am not too sure it will work because the other countries might say it’s an internal issue between two countries so please don’t involve us,” he said.Pakistan get 2 points if India don’t play them: GavaskaradvertisementGavaskar said not playing bilateral cricket hurts Pakistan but giving away two points in a tournament like the World Cup would end up hurting India.”If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them.”I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar said.He added: “If they were no points given, if there were zero points for not playing, I would say don’t play them. My best response as a player would go and play them and beat them and deny those two points.”Politics was never away from sport. I am not talking about direct politics. I am with the country. Whatever the country decides, whatever the government decides, I am totally behind it. Not playing them will hurt us, because it’s a world Cup. We lose two points, Pakistan will get those two points.”Not playing bilateral series is hurting them. All those peripherals that help swell the kitty – the TV rights and other things have been cut off.”Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan, who spoke to Aaj Tak today, had a more hardline view and said BCCI should use his influence to keep Pakistan out of the World Cup. Hours later, India Today revealed the Indian board’s intentions to do just that.However, like Gavaskar, Chauhan did not want India to forfeit their match against Pakistan.”World Cup, Olympics are all decided years ahead. We don’t play bilateral series with Pakistan. The best thing to do is to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Every country is worried with the growth of terrorism in Pakistan. It’s a problem for everyone. We should exert pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup,” Chauhan told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview.”If Pakistan do not play the World Cup, it won’t make any difference. If India do not play, the ICC will suffer losses. India bring in 65 to 70 per cent of the sponsorship,” Chauhan said.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar to Imran Khan: Let Pakistan take the first few friendly stepsAlso Read | Diana Edulji denies differences with Vinod Rai on ousting Pakistan from Cricket World CupAlso See:
Share on Facebook The Observer Premier League Topics Share on WhatsApp Manchester United conceded for the first time this season and dropped their first points against an impressive Stoke City, who posed major questions throughout a riveting contest. José Mourinho’s side remain league leaders – ahead of Manchester City, who trounced Liverpool 5-0, on goal difference – but again failed to leave this venue with three points; they last won here four years ago.“One team tried to win, one team tried to get the point but they fought hard to get that point,” said Mourinho. “They defended well, they counterattacked and in set pieces they are powerful.”That was disingenuous: Stoke carried a real threat. When Mourinho’s comments were put to Mark Hughes, Stoke’s manager said: “What do you think? We were up against the best side in the Premier League judging by what they have shown so far. We didn’t allow them as much space and everything I asked the guys to do, they fulfilled.”Stoke began the better. Almost straight from kick-off the excellent Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting forced a corner on the right. Xherdan Shaqiri took it but overhit his effort.The attack set the tempo for a high-paced contest where Stoke pinned United back before the visitors exerted some control. Mourinho plumped for a 4-3-3 setup that brought in a holding midfielder, Ander Herrera, in place of an attacking one, Juan Mata, from the 2-0 win over Leicester City last time out.The midfield trident repeatedly pinged passes into the front three of Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford. One break put Lukaku in down the right and from his cross Paul Pogba backheeled the ball at Jack Butland.As in the 1-0 victory over Arsenal in Stoke’s previous home league outing, Hughes’s side showed an attractive fluency. Shaqiri floated in from his right-hand berth when his fancy demanded and one move ended in a shot from the Swiss forward that De Gea had to watch carefully. A few moments later Shaqiri repeated the trick, appearing in a central area and taking aim again.For the challenge of picking up where United left off before the international break Mourinho made three changes. Out went Daley Blind, Anthony Martial and Mata and in came Matteo Darmian, Rashford and Herrera. While the manager had one eye on Tuesday night’s visit of Basel in the Champions League, Mark Hughes gave Kevin Wimmer his Stoke debut, for the injured Ryan Shawcross, and Mame Biram Diouf replaced Bruno Martins Indi.In a furious first-half finale, the lively Rashford forced Butland into a save from the left, Antonio Valencia’s radar was just awry with a cross, and then two goals in two minutes made the score 1-1 at the break.Stoke sucker-punched United with a fine Choupo-Moting strike. Diouf crossed the ball in from the right after being released by a superb pass by Darren Fletcher and the forward fired home from close range. Hughes’ side lost concentration moments later as Nemanja Matic flicked on a Mkhitaryan corner to the unmarked Pogba, whose header beat Butland via a deflection off Rashford.The Stoke players protested about the equaliser, arguing Rashford was in an offside position. Hughes appeared unhappy and for the second half took off Geoff Cameron for Martins Indi.United claimed this period’s first corner, again due to Rashford’s probing and though it amounted to nothing Mourinho could be pleased. The Portuguese will have been less happy at the way the full-back Darmian headed out for a corner when De Gea could have collected the ball. From Shaqiri’s delivery another mix-up in the United defence followed , from which they were lucky to escape unscathed.The lead was taken by United then lost within six minutes. Joe Allen was pickpocketed by Darmian and he fed Mkhitaryan.The weight and direction of the Armenian’s pass was sublime, cutting through Stoke’s defence and putting Lukaku clear. At the second attempt the Belgian scored his fourth league goal this term.Stoke’s equaliser came from a Shaqiri corner. Phil Jones lost his footing and Choupo-Moting headed home. Mourinho was in no doubt Jones was at fault. “He knows the mistake. No problem – these things are part of the game,” the manager said.Eighteen minutes from time Mourinho went for the jugular by introducing Martial and Mata for Rashford and Herrera. United might have grabbed a late triumph but Lukaku snatched at a close-range chance and Pogba hooked over.Mourinho rejects Hughes handshakeMark Hughes claimed José Mourinho failed to shake hands at the end of Stoke City’s 2-2 draw as it was a “negative result” for Manchester United’s manager. Mourinho shook hands with some Stoke City staff but not Hughes. During the match the two clashed when Mourinho wandered near his opposite number.Asked about the handshake Hughes said: “I pushed him because he was in my technical area. Maybe that is why he didn’t want to shake my hand. It has to be viewed as a negative result for him. Sometimes managers of top-six clubs don’t take negative results too kindly. Maybe he reacted in the wrong way.“In fairness I have my history with handshakes. Maybe it’s me. I’m not quite sure I seem to get involved on handshake issues, I offered my hand but José didn’t want to take it from me, maybe he was a bit upset about the result, sometimes these top managers don’t have these results too often and can get upset.”Hughes has previously had issues regarding the post-match formality with managers including Tony Pulis (twice), Roberto Mancini, Martin Jol and Arsène Wenger.Yet Mourinho, left, was irritated when asked about the incident. “I don’t speak about stupid things, I’m too old for that, talking about stupid things is for stupid people,” the Portuguese said. “I prefer not to answer the question because your question is a bad question. Because it looks like is my fault, is my problem. And your question is not correct, I am sorry.” Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Stoke City Share on Messenger match reports
Australian Menâ€™s Open player, Matthew Prowse and Womenâ€™s Open player, Emily Hennessey have been named the Australian Flag Bearers for the 2017 Openâ€™s Trans Tasman Test Series.Emily Hennessey from the Womenâ€™s Open Team first represented Australia as a 16-year-old in the 2004 Youth Series in New Zealand, followed by the 2005 Youth World Cup. She was then selected in the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team for the 2009, 2010 and 1013 Trans Tasman Test Series and the 2011 and 2015 World Cup. She has been capped at open level on 24 occasions. Returning to the highest level of our sport after each of her three pregnancies is an indication of her character and her determination, motivation and dedication.Matt Prowse was first selected into the Australian Menâ€™s Open team in 2009 and subsequently represented Australia at the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Test Series and at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. During his nine years of representation in the Australian Menâ€™s Open team, Matt has been capped on 37 occasions. TFA wishes to congratulate Matt and Emily on this accolade, one that is thoroughly deserved.Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2017 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman17)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksFlag Bearers