Sex abuse scandal is a disgrace, says Beckham

first_img“We are a strong family unit because our parents brought us up with the right values,” he said.“Of course we make mistakes, it’s difficult but you work through it.“People have said because we’re a brand we stay together but it’s not, it is because we love each other and we have four amazing children.“We are very respectful of our lives when we have tough times we work through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Beckham was part of a legendary Manchester United youth team which included future stars like Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Phil.“There was never anything like that,” said the 41-year-old, capped 115 times and captain of his country on 59 occasions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member David Beckham attends UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event at United Nations Headquarters on December 12, 2016 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSEngland football icon David Beckham labelled the historical sex abuse scandal that has rocked the sport as a ‘disgrace’ in an insightful interview on BBC Radio on Sunday.He was unequivocal in his condemnation of the sex abuse dating back to the 1970’s and 80’s that has emerged since former Crewe Alexandra youth player Andy Woodward went public last November. ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ “It was humiliation but that was just to teach us a lesson.“I would like to think clubs are all on board with this and the FA (Football Association) are doing all they can and the more these ex professionals express their opinions there will be more done.”Beckham was appearing as the guest on the 75th anniversary edition of the renowned ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme.England capsThe invitee is allowed to choose eight records and to take to the mythical desert island a copy of The Bible, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and is allowed a book of their choice as well as a special object.ADVERTISEMENT Beckham said he would take his England caps to the island, a less controversial choice than late great American writer Norman Mailer who opted for marijuana.Beckham said he keeps his caps at home but his medals are in a bank in safekeeping as they are for his children and has over 1000 pairs of football boots in storage.His selection of music was eclectic.But there might be words at home as not one of them was by his wife Victoria’s former band ‘The Spice Girls’.   The one record he said he would take to the desert island would be Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’. “We used to get to my grandparents at 8 on a Saturday morning and I would sit in my grand dad’s chair,” said Beckham.“He was stern but loving and used to work nights and get up at 11 in the morning.“I would always be watching Football Focus (BBC programme on a Saturday) and he”d say ‘out’ (of the chair) whether it was me or my sisters and do the same with my children.“The thing I always remember is Ella Fitzgerald’s song would always be playing in his flat.”Beckham also chose Spanish song ‘No es no Lismo’ by Alejandro Sanz as he used to go to a  Spanish bar on his own to eat ham and drink beer so he could learn the language. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Federer strengthens GOAT case with 18th Grand Slam He told the BBC that his initial stages of dating Victoria were carefully orchestrated by her manager Simon Fuller.“He was very protective and he kind of wanted to keep it quiet,” said Beckham, who has gone on to have four children with Victoria.Purple top hat“I used to drive down to see her and we used to sit in the car park (of a local restaurant) and talk.“I had an amazing bright blue BMW, I had spent all my adidas contract money on it and was still living in lodgings.“So we used to sit in the car park, we would kiss of course and talk.”Beckham, who said he refused to watch United matches for three years following their decision to sell him to Real Madrid which took him unawares as he was on holiday in the United States, joked about the extravagance of his wedding to Victoria in 1999.   “We have renewed our vows since and it was a lot quieter with only six people there,” he said.“I even had a top hat in purple at the wedding. What was I thinking!”Beckham, who signed his first contract with United aged 14 after he had sparkled aged 10 and 11 at the Bobby Charlton school in Manchester, said his marriage to Victoria had had its bad times but they remained deeply in love.  Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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‘Fed up’ Harry Redknapp takes Birmingham job

first_img0Shares0000Harry Redknapp’s most recent managerial post was with the Jordanian national team © AFP/File / Khalil MAZRAAWILONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp said he had returned to football as the new boss of Championship strugglers Birmingham City on Tuesday because he was “fed up” with his time away from the sport.The 70-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur boss has replaced Gianfranco Zola, whose dismal four months in charge of second-tier Birmingham ended on Monday with the Italian declaring “I sacked myself”. Birmingham are now just three points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.Redknapp’s most recent managerial post was with Jordan. He last worked in English football with Derby County as an advisor.Redknapp said his initial appointment would be until the end of the season, although his time at St Andrews could be extended if he preserves Birmingham’s Championship status.“I got fed up sitting around doing nothing,” Redknapp told Talksport Radio on Tuesday.“I will come and live up here until the end of the season,” added Redknapp, whose home is in Poole on England’s south coast.“If I can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about going forward.– ‘Are you mad?’ –Harry Redknapp takes charge of Birmingham City with the club three points above the Championship relegation zone © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISExplaining how he got the Blues’ job, Redknapp — who will be assisted at St Andrews by Steve Cotterill — said: “I got a phone call last (Monday) night from the people at Birmingham.“I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said ‘Yeah, I will do it, no problem’. I got home and my wife said: ‘Are you mad?’”“Birmingham is a proper club. It is a good club. They are in a precarious position and we have got the worst goal difference as well.“I’ve gone in there, said I will come and do it. The money I am not interested in.”The 50-year-old Zola was a controversial appointment by the Midlands club’s Chinese owners after they sacked Gary Rowett, who had Birmingham well placed to challenge for a place in the play-offs, in December.However under former Italy international Zola, the Birmingham suffered a dramatic slump in form that saw them manage just two wins in 22 matches.Redknapp’s first game as Blues’ boss is Saturday’s Birmingham derby at Aston Villa.His last spell in the Championship saw Redknapp guide QPR to promotion. Redknapp has also managed two other London clubs in West Ham, for whom he played, and Tottenham.He has also been in charge of three south coast teams, starting his managerial career at Bournemouth and later twice taking charge of Portsmouth either side of an ill-fated stint at their bitter rivals Southampton.It was with Portsmouth that Redknapp enjoyed arguably his greatest success when they won the 2008 FA Cup. He also guided Pompey to the Championship title in 2003.Zola, speaking following Birmingham’s home loss to Burton at St Andrews, said it had been his decision alone to cut short his two-and-a-half year contract.“I sacked myself,” he explained. “I decided to give in my resignation. I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations. Unfortunately the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.Zola, in his third management spell in England after stints at West Ham and Watford, added: “If I feel I cannot help the players, why stay? If I cannot help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Siobhan has the secret of saving energy!

first_imgSiobhan McCafferty has scooped first prize in Donegal County Council’s staff energy saving idea competition. Siobhan, who works as an Executive Architectural Technician in the Council’s Architects Office, received her new iPad this week for her ‘Switch Off Tuesday’ idea which will see Council staff becoming more aware of how simple energy saving actions can result in greater energy savings for the organisation and reduce our overall carbon footprint.This competition was held as part of the Council’s Energy Awareness campaign which was launched in July last and is part of the Councils commitment to ISO 50001 accreditation which was obtained in November 2016. “We were delighted with the response received from staff for this competition. The quality of the submissions was excellent and demonstrated a great interest among staff on the importance of improving our energy performance and we look forward to implementing Siobhan’s idea” said Donal Walker, Senior Executive Engineer.“An important part of our energy management system is about identifying opportunities for improving energy performance and our staff have an important role to play in identifying these opportunities. We have conducted energy assessments on a number of buildings and we are putting in mechanisms to monitor consumption and engaging our staff as part of the Energy Awareness Campaign is critical to our success”.Siobhan has the secret of saving energy! was last modified: January 16th, 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)last_img read more

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South African innovation to be seen through the eyes of top bloggers

first_imgThat’s why the Brand South Africa/IMC is bringing a group of top-notch US bloggers to SA in first week of December and hosting them on a first-of-its-kind 8-day tour that will showcase South Africa as an extraordinary nation of creative problem-solvers who do difficult things well. Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, Thoughtleader’s Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of “Some of My Best Friends are White”, and Nicholas Haralambous of SARocks.co.za,  along with Simon Barber, the IMC’s US Country Manager, who blogs at brandsouthafricablog.com.  Nich will also be blogging for the Homecoming Revolution website whilst on the trip.Armed with their laptops, cameras and digital recorders — and 3G wireless modems generously supplied by Vodacom to give them 24/7 access to the web – the bloggers will:1. Helicopter out to De Beers’ state of the art mining ship, Peace in Africa, off the west coast;2. Get a close look for South Africa’s green technology, including the Joule electric car and the Darling wind farm;3. See the sun set over the Richtersveld;4. Descend 3.7 kilometres to the ore face at Anglogold Ashanti’s Tau Tona mine, the world’s deepest;5. Hike in the Magaliesberg with an innovative programme to rescue troubled youth;6. Overnight in Soweto to get a feel for its history and transformation;7. Visit Soccer City to get the latest on 2010;8. Drink a little wine with the folks from Stormhoek winery who  pioneered the use of web-based social networks to be an internationally-respected brand;9. And much, much more on a remarkable itinerary assembled with the invaluable help of the well-known science-writer, author, educator and blogger Graeme Addison.As they go, the bloggers will be posting on their experiences and impressions in words, pictures, video and sound.  Their posts will be aggregated at a special site, www.weblogtheworld.com , and also available as an RSS feed. Photos will be posted to flickr, videos to YouTube and Zoopy.Explaining the thinking behind the tour, IMC’s Barber said: “The beauty of the Internet, blogs and technologies like Facebook, YouTube, Zoopy and Twitter, is that everyone can now be a storyteller and, with a little luck and flair, have their story heard by millions.“We’re going to be creating all kinds of great content on this tour.  We hope our posts will generate tons of links from other blogs, Facebook pages and the like. We hope lots of people will not just watch our videos on YouTube and Zoopy but embed them, along with the tour’s RSS feed and flickr stream, on their own sites. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”Emphasising the importance of user-generated-content, Barber continued: “If you’re in the market for almost any product or service these days, and you have an Internet connection, the net is your buyer’s guide.  You don’t need to listen to sales pitches or succumb to slick ads. You go online and get recommendations from people your trust, other consumers, your peers. That’s the new reality for everyone in the marketing business.“As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the International Marketing Council’s job is to see that South Africa’s story is told compellingly, convincingly and, above all – because you can neither compel nor convince otherwise – authentically.“One way to do that is to empower South Africans to use the Internet to talk about the country they love and get themselves heard. Another is to amplify the voices of visitors when they record and share their overwhelmingly positive experiences here. Nothing beats a good third party endorsement.”Barber cited the example of Kevin DeSouza, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Information, who  spent a couple of months teaching at Wits earlier this year.  Here’s a link to what he wrote in his blog when he left:  http://kevindesouza.blogspot.com/. As the comments at the bottom of the post show, it had an impact. Shirley Meyer wrote:  “Very grateful for the review. I have wanted to visit for a while, but was too worried (nervous). I must buy my ticket now. Thanks a million.”The US bloggers are:       1. Renee Blodgett and Ray Lewis (www.downtheavenue.com),       2. Zadi Diaz (www.zadidiaz.com),       3. Mona Gable (www.huffingtonpost.com/mona-gable),       4. John Gartner (www.matternetwork.com),       5. Chris Morrison (www.venturebeat.com),       6. David Sasaki (www.globalvoices.org),       7. Graeme Wood (www.theamericanscene.com,www.thesmartset.com ,www.theatlantic.com)       8. Eliane Fioret (www.ubergizmo.com). For further information, please contact: Simon Barber, US Country ManagerCell: +1 202 276 5084Office +1 202 657 5758 / +1 202 432 5607From November 28: +27 76 822 7365Skype name: barber.comEmail: barber.simon@gmail.comDownload this article in PDF format. [367kb]last_img read more

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Google Changes Could Decrease Downstream Traffic

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#NYT#search#web Google says it gets smarter every day, but today the company made a big enough leap in what it shows to users that an announcement was in order. The company blog post says that today’s improvements are intended to “get you to the web page you want as quickly as possible.” Looking at the changes that were made, though, it seems to us like the result will be just the opposite.A greater number of related queries will now be listed for many searches and longer page excerpts (“snippets”) will be shown in response to longer search queries. Those look to us like ways to keep people on Google longer.It’s pretty simple, really. If you’re shown a link to another Google search query, you’re more likely to perform another search instead of going offsite to visit the first results links you were shown. If you’re shown 3 lines of excerpts instead of two, you’re more likely to get the full answer to your question without having to visit the page that the answer is on, off-site.Google has always had a delicate relationship with the sites that it indexes; caching and excerpts have been deemed acceptable because they serve the larger purpose of driving traffic to indexed sites. But ultimately it’s more in Google’s interest to offer “one-stop shopping” than it is to drive traffic. Google’s search engine is smart enough that users could be given much of what they need right on the Google pages, without ever having to visit the sites the information came from. One academic study has found that 80-percent of searches people perform online are informational in nature, whereas 10-percent are navigational and another 10-percent are transactional. Today’s new search improvements will likely help Google retain a larger portion of the most popular kind of search traffic.We found those numbers by doing an informational search. The top search result was from Search Engine Land, and lucky for that site the Google “snippet” was incoherent enough that we had to click through and read the full article. It’s not hard to imagine snippets getting smarter, though, and sites that provide the information suffering a substantial drop in the largest type of search traffic. Google results are pretty close to that point already and today’s announcement seems like a move in that direction. It’s a move that will benefit users, but could hurt the sites that Google relies on for the information it’s serving up. Who has your sympathy in this case? Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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What Does Access to Real World Data Online Make Possible? Check Out PolicyMap 2.0

first_imgTags:#Mashups#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Databases. They’re not just for those with specialized skills anymore. Want to know what kinds of insights into the world everyday people can find when the right tools are available to process plenty of data? Check out this example below.One year ago we wrote about a fascinating service called PolicyMap, a website where users can view more than 4000 different data sets laid out on a map down to the city street level. I found which parts of my neighborhood donated more money to John McCain than to Barack Obama, and vice versa. Today PolicyMap launched a new feature for subscribers that allows up to three points of data to be cross-referenced. You may or may not be interested in subscribing to PolicyMap, but anyone can see from the screencast below just how much potential technologies like this have.There’s a button to view this video full screen in the bottom-right corner of the player.This is pretty interesting stuff, is it not? The ability to cross-reference different sets of data with factors like geographic location is really exciting. Extrapolate from this, if you will, by imagining what kind of things could be made possible if programmatic access to data from Facebook could be layered into systems like this. Or any other large data set that’s hording it. Anonymous aggregate data made available to developers who can build interfaces that allow end users to analyze that data is likely to be an even more important resource in the near future than it is today. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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NIH Unperturbed by New Way of Peering Into Personal Genomic Data

first_imgGene expression results In a provocative paper published this week, researchers say they have figured out a way to link a person’s DNA to their anonymous genetic data in a certain kind of public research database. But the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which hosts one of the largest such databases, says it’s not taking any new steps to prevent someone from using the method to breach privacy. That contrasts with NIH’s response 4 years ago, when a similar study prompted the agency to pull genetic data from its public Web sites. The issue then involved studies that compare DNA variants called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in people with and without an illness to find disease risk markers. NIH had begun posting online pooled SNP results from hundreds of people, thinking privacy would not be breached. But then scientists reported in PloS Genetics that if they had a sample of an individual’s DNA, they could link it to that person’s SNP results within a public DNA pool. NIH (and the Wellcome Trust) removed data from public sites; NIH now allows only approved researchers to download pooled data from SNP disease studies. Such access barriers are less common for a different type of genetic data: measures of gene activity derived by analyzing RNA levels in a tissue sample. Because this gene expression data wasn’t thought to be traceable to an individual, researchers have routinely deposited RNA results in public databases. One example is NIH’s Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database, which holds nearly 1000 datasets for gene expression tests on human tissues. Anyone can look up data for individuals who participated in, say, a study on breast cancer or childhood obesity. 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Eric Schadt and colleagues at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City reported this week in Nature Genetics that they have developed a technique for generating a personal SNP profile, or a DNA “bar code,” for an individual based on their gene expression results. This means that, in principle, if someone had a DNA sample from a participant in a study stored in GEO, they could devise a SNP barcode, match it to a GEO sample, and look at that participant’s biological data. Despite implications similar to those of the 2008 PloS Genetics paper—a remote but real possibility that research participants could be identified—NIH isn’t as concerned this time. In a statement, the agency said that while NIH leaders “will be reviewing the finding” and its implications, “NIH sees no need to modify its data sharing practices at this time.” National Human Genome Research Institute spokesperson Larry Thompson explains that the risks seem low because what Schadt’s group did requires “a complex statistical tool” and “it’s not an easy thing to do.” NIH’s attitude was different 4 years ago, he says, because it “was the first time,” and NIH felt it should “go to the extremes of caution.” Schadt says he didn’t expect NIH to impose new limits on data access. His message, he says, was “to highlight that in fact there may be no way to protect privacy” of individual genetic data. Instead of blocking access, Schadt says, NIH should educate people that there’s a chance that their data won’t remain confidential—and instead rely on “downstream” protections such as genetic antidiscrimination laws. Attorney Dan Vorhaus, who runs the blog Genomics Law Report, agrees that “the idea that we can promise a complete separation from data and identity is now largely discredited.” Vorhaus says that NIH should update its data-sharing policy to require that study volunteers be told that the privacy of their genetic data can’t be guaranteed. “Participants should understand the risk and be free to assume that risk if they wish,” Vorhaus says.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli pens an emotional letter to 15 year old self on his 31st…

first_imgMy journey and life’s lessons explained to a 15-year old me. Well, I tried my best writing this down. Do give it a read. 😊 #NoteToSelf pic.twitter.com/qwoEiknBvA— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 5, 2019He tells himself that “life has big things in store for you”, but to be ready to “grab every opportunity” that comes his way. He then goes on to talk about how the problems that he feels he has at that moment may not be as big as he thinks they are, coming to the sagely realization now that he was 31 years of age.Kohli also indulges in a slice of humour while mentioning to his younger self to “Savour those Paranthas” . Given, his insanely strict dietary restrictions, boy does he miss them!Advertisement AdvertisementEventful is what Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli’s life can be summarised as. The talented batsman went from being a teenager who won the under 19 World Cup to the flagbearer of Indian Cricket. Comparisons with Sachin and a billion dreams have been rested on ‘King Kohli’s’ shoulders. Looking back on his life, the talismanic cricketer writes his 15 year old self a letter on his 31st birthday.last_img read more

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Guti urges Neymar to join Real Madrid

first_imgTransfers Guti urges Neymar to leave PSG for Real Madrid Joe Wright 01:28 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) neymar - cropped Getty Images Transfers PSG PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Guti, now a youth coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, thinks the Brazil star would be wise to move back to La Liga with former club Barca’s arch-rivals Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti says Neymar should join the club from Paris Saint-Germain to reach new heights in his career.The Brazil star has been consistently linked with a move to the Liga champions in recent weeks, having reportedly failed to settle in France following his world-record €222million switch from Barcelona last August.Guti, now a youth coach for Madrid, believes the Santiago Bernabeu is the only logical destination for Neymar if he decides to cut short his time in Ligue 1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Hopefully, he’ll wear the shirt in future,” he told Cadena Ser. “If he wants to advance and to scale new heights, it’s only Real Madrid left for him.”In the end, he was at an important club like Barcelona and now he is at another in PSG but you only really get to see him in the Champions League. All that is missing for him is Real Madrid.”Rumours of interest in Neymar has led to speculation over the future of Madrid’s ‘BBC’ attacking trio.Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to join PSG and Manchester United in the past, while Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are said to be fighting to save themselves after underwhelming seasons.Guti thinks only Ronaldo is “untouchable” in Zinedine Zidane’s side and claimed the Portugal international’s attacking team-mates must prove their worth to the club.100 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player in #UCL history to score 100 goals for the same club. Love. pic.twitter.com/LgpeBVYSTV— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 14, 2018″There’s nobody untouchable any more, just Cristiano, because he’s earned it,” said Guti. “[Bale and Benzema] are great players and if they are at the top level, they are very important players for Real Madrid.”But what Zidane has made crystal clear is that he has a great squad and anyone who proves to him that he can play will play. From now on, everyone has to put on their work overalls and try to do the best to get minutes with Zidane.”last_img read more

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BROTHERS IN TOUCH

first_imgThe players in the Razorbacks Mens Open side at the 2004 NTL’s have many things in common. They all love touch, show great skill and talent, and many of them even share the same surnames. For brothers, Ben, James and Matt Roberts, touch has always been a large part of their lives. They became interested in touch as young kids, often watching their parents play. Soon enough the boys wanted to join in themselves and started their touch careers under the guidance of ex-Australian player, Don Smith. Competitive touch was always a goal, starting out under coach, Gavin Smith. Since then, both Ben and James have gone on to represent their state side, Queensland and also Australia. Older brother Matt rates them as “two of the best young players in Australia at the moment”, and loves watching them succeed and develop as players. They admit to easily criticising each other on the field, but off the field can quickly highlight many positive aspects of each other’s games. “Matt’s a great talker, as the oldest he tells us what to do, but we like that”, says Ben. “We’re always trying out new things to do, and teaching and learning off each other.” They even find time to hang out with each other off the touch field, not only as brothers, but as best mates. A good relationship off the field is also shared by two other brothers in the same Razorbacks team. Chris and Ash Farrow not only play touch together, they find time to surf together too. They both admit to being competitive with each other on the field but Ash highlights that “I win the fights!” Their healthy competitive nature is one of the reasons they’re constantly improving as touch players. “We’re always pretty hard on each other, but that’s a good thing”, says Chris. They not only share a close bond with each other, but with the Roberts brothers also. By playing alongside their siblings for so many years, the brothers feel as though they know each other’s games as well as their own and push each other to improve. A strong bond can be easily formed amongst teammates when several members are already closely connected like these guys. Having players that share such a close bond with each other has its obvious advantages, as acknowledged by Razorbacks Mens Open Captain, Neil Ward. “It’s a great advantage to our side having guys who not only know each others games well, but also are great mates and can work together.” The Razorbacks Mens Open team are doing well already this week. After three rounds, Razorbacks have had one win against Crusaders 6-1, lost a tight one to Brisbane Cobras 3-2 and lost to the Sydney Mets 5-2. Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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