Teams arrive Friday for the banquet with official opening ceremonies set to go Saturday prior to the Trail/White Rock contest.Trail, with two players from Nelson on the roster — Reece Tambellini and Quin Hall — plays Hastings Sunday at 10 a.m. and Dunbar, Forest Hills and Beacon Hill Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 5 p.m.The rest of the team is from Trail and Fruitvale.Kiran Johnston, Nolan Piche and Dawson denBeisne are the Fruitvalites on the squad while Trail’s contingent consists of Bradley Ross, Colton Miracle, Ross St. Jean, Derek Green and Jon Ballarin.Thursday is a rain out day.Friday the top four teams meet in semi final round before the two winners advance to Saturday’s Championship game at noon.The winner represents the province of BC at the Canadian Championships, August 4-11 in Edmonton, Alta.Trail has won the Canadian title five times, the last coming in 1990.For more information go to: http://www.traillittleleague.ca/Home_Page.html Baseball.The sport of the dog days of summer.Fans looking to watch some of the best youth baseball in the province should take flight to Andy Bilesky Park in Trail for the B.C. Little League Championships.The six-team tournament begins Saturday with the host Trail Allstars up against District 3 rep White Rock at 1:30 p.m.The other teams in the tournament are Hastings and Dunbar of Vancouver, Beacon Hill of Victoria and Forest Hills from the Sunshine Coast/Whistler area.The Trail All Stars enter ithe tournament with a 16-2 record of exhibition and tournament play.The squad has a pair of tournament wins, last weekend at the Pullman Summer Classic and in Kelso, Washington.
“Darnel (St. Pierre) returned and had a real great game for us last night,” McLellan said. “We’ve been really lucky that way, if someone is out we’ve had guys step up to replace them.”“We’ve been a little bit banged up as well, but it’s still early and we’re always trying to get better,” McLellan added.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Rebels 47-26.Soles got the start in both games to raise his season record to 4-0-0-1.“We just want to get one guy going and Adam is going to be back in the net here soon,” said McLellan when asked if there was anything wrong with his other netminder, Adam Maida.“With both (Adam Maida and Brett Soles) being two pretty good goaltenders we wanted to get one of them going and need one to be the starter and with Brett we’re sort of leaning to more maturity.”The three-point weekend keeps the Leafs in top spot in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, 5-1-2-1, holds a three-point lead over Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins heading into Sunday action.Nelson returns home to complete what has been a steady string of games at the NDCC Arena Friday and Saturday.The Leafs open the three-game weekend against the Rebels before welcoming the Spokane Braves for a Saturday tilt.Both games begin at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson travels to Castlegar for an afternoon game against the Rebels.BLUELINES: Team captain Aaron Dunlap missed both games with an upper body injury. The Alaskan native should be ready to return for the upcoming three-game weekend . . .. The three-game set is also dubbed as Parent Weekend for the Leafs. The franchise welcomes the player’s parents to watch all three games. Coach Dave McLellan said the weekend is a great opportunity for the players . . .. While Nelson is having a great start to the season, Osoyoos is having an incredible beginning; having won all 10 games played this season. The Coyotes hold a commanding 10-point advantage over second-place Summerland in Okanagan Division standings. Osoyoos leads the league in offence with 59 goals and holds plus-33 goals for-goals against average. It’s not often in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League two teams play to a 1-1 tie.However, that’s what happened Saturday as the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels battled to the overtime draw in the Sunflower City.“Last night was a game where we really dominated the play . . . from the get-go to the end but we just didn’t capitalize on the many quality scoring chances we had,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan Sunday.“We practically outplayed Castlegar, we just couldn’t find a way to score.”All the scoring happened in the opening frame when Lindan Calliou for the Rebels and Leafs Darnel St. Pierre scored less than a minute apart.Castlegar’s goal came against the flow and in a period Nelson out shot the home side 10-3.After that it was a battle between the two goalies — Patrick Zubick, the busier of the two, and Brett Soles.“We’re a tough team to play against . . . last night in my estimation we limited Castlegar to (26 shots) and when you’re doing that your team is heading in the right direction,” McLellan explained.The Leafs were lifted by the return of last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierre to the blueline after the hard-hitting blueliner sat out the last two games with a suspension.St. Pierre’s presence definitely helped the Leafs, who lost another defender, Patrick Croome early in the game due to a checking-from-behind penalty.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 29, 2015)–Defending champ Fury Kapcori and Argentine-bred Catch a Flight head a competitive field of nine 3-year-olds and up in the Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes to be contested at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at Santa Anita. The Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card, which gets underway at 11:30 a.m.Trained and owned in-part by Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori was a scintillating 5 ¾ length gate to wire winner of last year’s Precisionist, but he has been winless in three subsequent starts, including a disappointing last place effort at even money in a six furlong classified allowance at Golden Gate Fields on March 29–his first start in nine months.With Rafael Bejarano, who guided him to four consecutive wins last year away to ride Saturday in Kentucky, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori figures to be sent from the gate as he tries to recapture his form of a year ago. With two wins and two seconds at a mile and a sixteenth, he’s 17-6-5-1 overall with earnings of $520,790.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Rousing Sermon who comes off a fifth place run at 5-1 in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29. A California-bred earner of $818,072, he has six wins from 33 starts and will likely employ come from behind tactics on Saturday.Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight attended the pace in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but never posed a threat while running third to Shared Belief, who defeated the Argentine-bred by 4 ¼ lengths. A neck winner of a mile and one eighth allowance at Santa Anita two starts back on Feb. 13, Catch a Flight, who has always been highly regarded in the Mandella camp, will make his fourth stateside start in the Precisionist.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight is a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway who won sprinting on turf in Brazil and at a flat mile on dirt. The Precisionist will be his first try at 1 1/16 miles. With earnings of $213,239, his overall mark stands at 13-7-0-3.Trainer Darrell Vienna’s Mystery Train lends depth to the fray, as he returns to Santa Anita following a close second in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Mineshaft Handicap at Fairgrounds in New Orleans Feb. 21. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred ridgling, Mystery Train tried gate to wire tactics in the Mineshaft and could pose problems for Fury Kapcori on the front end Saturday.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, Mystery Train was a Group I winner at 1 ¼ miles in Argentina, but is winless in four stateside tries. He’s 23-8-5-3, with earnings of $451,007.Trainer Bob Hess’s Blue Tone comes off an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in the Santana Mile Stakes March 29, and would relish a stalking trip on Saturday with Bay Area-based Abel Cedillo in to ride. Owned by Engelberg, Schroeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone is 5-2-2-1 at 1 1/16 miles. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Birdstone, he’s 14-5-3-2 overall with earnings of $338,150.Overmatched at 11-1 in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Oaklawn Handicap April 11, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Sammy Mandeville was a lights-out 6 ½ length allowance winner coming from far off the pace in a 1 1/16 miles allowance at Santa Anita March 6 and would benefit greatly from a fast pace. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten, he’s owned by W.C. Racing and is 12-2-2-1 with earnings of $146,912.Claimed two starts back for $40,000 on March 8, trainer Ted West Jr.’s Motown Men seeks his first stakes win and sports a solid last-out Beyer Speed figure of 103, the result of dazzling 7 ½ length second condition allowance win at a flat mile on April 10. A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Decarchy, he’s owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 27-5-6-4 with earnings of $282,459. He’ll be ridden back by a red-hot Tyler Baze.Dorine and John R. Lanza’s homebred Magic Mark has been idle since running a close third in a one mile allowance Feb. 20 and could help fuel a hot pace as his two wins from four starts at the distance have come when on or near the lead. Conditioned by high percentage Ron Ellis, Magic Mark, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Benchmark, has four wins from 11 starts and seeks his first stakes win. He has earnings of $190,604.Admission gates open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday for simulcast wagering on races from Churchill Downs and around the country. The Grade III Precisionist will be run as the 10th race on an 11-race program, which gets underway with first live race post time at 11:30 a.m. The complete Precisionist field with jockeys and weights, in post position order is as follows: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 119; Fury Kapcori, Drayden Van Dyke, 121; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 119; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 119; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Blue Tone, Abel Cedillo, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119, and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 119. COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP HEADLINE 11-RACE CARD THAT STARTS AT 11:30 A.M. ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A runaway 16 ¼ length first-out maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on April 10, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray heads a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1996, the Melair was taken last year by trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure and will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. HACKTIVISM: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this Square Eddie filly clipped heels late and was placed fifth, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in Golden Gate’s Campanile Stakes May 1. A maiden winner at a mile on turf here two starts back on March 10, Hacktivisim has run three good races on turf, but it remains to be seen if she can be effective on dirt, as she was well beaten going six furlongs on the main track in her debut here on Jan. 2. Hacktivism, who is out of the Irish-bred mare Prima Creatura, will make her fifth career start in the Melair.THE $200,000 MELAIR STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 4 (of 11) Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PDT SHY CARMELITA: D’Amato’s second entrant, she is also owned and bred by Alexander and is by Grazen, from the Malek mare Malley Girl. A first-out maiden winner at six furlongs Jan. 30, she comes off 4 ¼ first condition allowance win here going six furlongs on May 7. Shy Carmelita, who has shown she can press the pace or come from behind in four sprints, will try two turns for the first time in the Melair. MELAIR IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ENOLA GRAY: Trained by Phil D’Amato, Enola Gray is by the Alexander-owned Grazen and is out of his More Than Ready mare, Unsung Heroine. Off at 4-1, she demolished eight rivals with a front-running blitz under Tyler Baze in her debut and will likely employ similar tactics as she stretches out in the Melair. First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ALLSQUARE: A chestnut filly by Square Eddie out of the Decarchy mare, Showtime Apollo, Allsquare, who was bred by D’Amato, is his third entrant in the race. A game maiden winner going a flat mile on turf here two starts back on March 31, she disappointed as the 5-2 favorite in the mile turf Campanile, finishing seventh, beaten four lengths by Cheekaboo. CHEEKABOO: Trained by Peter Eurton, this chestnut filly by Unusual Heat from the Souvenir Copy mare Sandy Cheeks comes off a come from behind win going one mile on turf in state-bred Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns and Joseph Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Cheekaboo broke her maiden coming from off the pace on dirt here four starts back on Jan. 10. With Enola Gray in the lineup, there figures to be a solid early pace and if good enough, Cheekaboo will hope to be flying late. Her overall mark stands at 6-2-2-1, with earnings of $137,680. Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–120Allsquare–Joe Talamo–120Cheekaboo–Rafael Bejarano–124Hacktivism–Mario Gutierrez–120The Spiral Jetter–Santiago Gonzalez–120Shy Carmelita–Martin Garcia–122 THE SPIRAL JETTER: Originally fourth, beaten two lengths by Cheekaboo, this Andy Mathis-trained filly by Don’tsellmeshort, out of the Renteria mare Early Arriver, was placed third in the Campanile Stakes and will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. A 2 ½ length open maiden special weight winner going a flat mile on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate three starts back on Feb. 7, The Spiral Jetter, who is 5-1-2-1, has been ridden in all five Golden Gate starts by Julien Couton, but will be handled for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez on Saturday.
Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. In a clutch performance Saturday, Dormet helped the Islanders (15-6, 10-1 SLC) clinch a share of the Southland Conference title and the No. 2 seed in the 2018 Southland Conference Tennis Tournament in Beaumont, Texas. Corpus Christi defeated Northwestern State (14-8, 8-3 SLC), the No. 3 seed in this week’s tournament, 4-3 to close the season and finish the week 2-0, taking down Central Arkansas (14-6, 7-4 SLC) 7-0 on Thursday. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Luna Dormet is the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Luna Dormet, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Fr. – Tours, France Honorable Mention: Darinka Tiboldi, Stephen F. Austin; Khee Yen Wee, Sam Houston State; Polina Mutel, Northwestern State. Dormet provided the clinch point for the Islanders in Saturday’s 4-3 contest against the Lady Demons. After dropping the first set 5-7, Dormet won the second 6-2 and had the deciding set tied at four a piece. The freshman from Tours, France, took the next two points to secure the three-set win over NSU’s Emilija Dancetovic and earn the team its third consecutive Southland championship. It was Dormet’s second singles win of the week after defeating Central Arkansas’ QiLi Ma 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday. She also picked up a doubles win at the top flight with Hortense Boscher, defeating the Bears’ Pornpawee Pramethong and Marli Van Heerden 7-5.
FAVORED BELVOIR BAY HANDLES SWITCH IN SURFACE WITH APLOMB AS SHE TAKES $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY MILLER, SHE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS ON WET FAST MAIN TRACK IN 1:15.06ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2019)–In a race reduced by five scratches to a field of four runners due to a shift in surfaces, today’s $100,000 Las Cienegas went to favored Belvoir Bay, who stalked the early pace and took command a quarter mile from home en route to an authoritative 1 ¼ length tally under Flavien Prat. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, English-bred Belvoir Bay got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.06 over a main track labeled wet fast.“We had a good trip and I was very confident the whole way,” said Prat. “She made a good move around the turn and she did it pretty easily.”Most recently second in a Grade III stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf Oct. 12 at Keeneland, Belvoir Bay was off at even money and paid $4.20 and $2.80, with no show wagering.“She’s just unbelievable,” said Miller. “She can do anything, any distance, up to a mile. Any surface, she’s the kind. I think this may have opened some doors to us in the future, to possibly run on dirt. I’ll talk to Mr. Barber and do what we want to do, but we know she can sprint on the grass, obviously.“I was a little concerned when Smith (Mike, aboard eventual runner-up Lady Suebee) came up outside my other horse (Painting Corners) like he did heading up the backside…But Belvoir Bay had everybody in her sights, so it was no problem.”Today’s win marked Belvoir Bay’s eighth stakes win and made her perfect in two main track starts, as she also won the Grade III, one mile Torrey Pines Stakes in August, 2016.In a remarkable career that began with five starts at two in her native England, Belvoir Bay, a 6-year-old mare, is now 23-10-4-2 overall and with the Las Cienegas winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $642,167.Lady Suebee, who finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Compelled, was off at 3-1 and paid $3.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 21.63, 43.85 and 1:08.25.Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, the La Cienegas was shifted to the main track due to significant rainfall overnight and into early this afternoon. As a result, today’s running will not be designated as a Grade III stakes, unless the American Graded Stakes Committee, in a decision to be rendered in the coming days, deems today’s running is worthy of graded status.
JOSE MOURINHO will give a vote of confidence to Eric Dier by including him in his starting XI against Bournemouth today.The new Tottenham boss caused a major shock on Tuesday when he substituted the England international – bringing on Christian Eriksen after just 29 minutes of the Champions League match against Olympiakos.2 Jose Mourinho will start Eric Dier vs Bournemouth as he tries to make amends to the midfielder for hooking him early against OlympiakosSpurs were 2-0 down at the time but battled back to win 4-2.But a source close to Mourinho confirmed Dier was in the the Portuguese coach’s team to face Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.He stressed Mourinho was a big fan of the player, who can play in defence or as a holding midfielder.After the match on Tuesday, Mourinho went to great lengths to explain his treatment of Dier was nothing personal.Mourinho said: “The most difficult moment of the game was not when they scored the first two goals, it was when I made the change in the first half.””It hurt the player but also myself. It’s not easy for him or me.”It’s important that the player understands, and I was lucky my choice was a very intelligent boy who has very good understanding of what the team is, because I did it for the team.”It was not about his performance, but what the team needs.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”We are losing 2-0, in a very difficult situation in that moment, and I felt that one positional midfield player was enough.”I thought I needed a second creative player who could play with Dele Alli in what I call an open triangle, and not with a closed triangle with two deeper midfielders.”I apologise to Eric, but he knows I did it for the team and not to hurt him. I think the fans understood too.” 2Jose Mourinho says he would not swap the Spurs manager’s job for any other in the world
CHAMPIONSHIP side Charlton are reportedly set to make a move for Troy Parrott with the hopes of taking the striker in on loan.Parrott has found playing time tough to come by under new manager Jose Mourinho despite star striker Harry Kane facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.1 Troy Parrott could be set for a Championship moveAnd the Daily Star are now reporting that the striker could be set for a loan move to the Addicks.Despite making his Premier League debut under Mourinho, Parrott has not made the squad in recent weeks with a loan move for regular first team football beckoning.Boss Mourinho has been outspoken saying in December that the youngster still needs more time to develop.TIME TO DEVELOP”Parrott is a 17-year-old boy that played five minutes in the Premier League and we’ll give him more time.”He needs more time to develop.”POTENTIALHe said a month later.“I think he has potential. I think he needs to work a lot. He has a process to go through, a process that probably Tanganga had.“One thing is 17 and another thing is 20. We are speaking about three years of distance and three years.“Ok in Tanganga’s case it was three years without a Premier League match, but it was three years or working and playing, playing in his age groups, playing in England national team (youth games), which also gave him some experience.PART OF IT“Then with me it was just the last part of his preparation before he had his first opportunity.“I think Troy has to go through a process. Can he have minutes? Yes he can minutes.“I’m not saying he’s not able to have minutes, but to put on his shoulders the responsibility of replacing somebody to be replaced, I don’t think he’s ready at all.”Parrott, who made his debut in the Carabao Cup against Colchester under Mauricio Pochettino, has made one appearance under Mourinho when coming on against Burnley in December.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThat came after he made his Ireland debut from the start against New Zealand though he was kept in reserve during the must-win Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark that was drawn.He has been an unused substitute since, against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.But Kane’s injury has not led to an opening. But he remains close to a call-up with his last game for Spurs’ youth team coming at the end of November.
“You can’t change it now, so just worry about what you can do in 2017,” was the simple mantra from Arthur to his players.The club will look to get off to a bright start when the first football of the year is played in Auckland at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.Among the more serious penalties imposed on the club for major salary cap breaches wrought by a since-dismissed administration was the stripping of the 2016 Auckland Nines trophy – the club’s first serious silverware since the 1986 premiership.That one still smarts a little for the players given all clubs leave the majority of their highest-paid players at home and several retired greats have gone over as part of an NRL Nines squad from outside their club’s salary cap.Moeroa confessed to being somewhat baffled by the logic in that penalty but insisted the club would be looking to reclaim the trophy on the first weekend in February.”Day one [of pre-season] Brad pretty much said that we can’t change what’s happened in the past, that’s out of our control but what we can control is what happens in the 2017 season,” Moeroa told NRL.com.”That’s what we’ll focus on, righting the wrongs.”That all starts as soon as February 4 in Auckland.”‘BA’ will pick the team a couple of weeks before the tournament. It will definitely be a strong team but we’ll be looking to get that trophy back and bring it back home,” Moeroa said.The fact Parramatta won enough NRL games in 2016 to chalk up 30 competition points, which would have seen them play September but for a 12-point salary cap penalty, gives the club confidence those feats can be repeated in 2017 with those distractions gone.”The boys, we just want to get to Round 1 and start playing some footy. If we get there and start playing some good footy, you never know, come September we’re hopefully in the finals,” Moeroa added.”We definitely have the team to make the finals, it just depends how we perform. Rugby league is a tough competition and to compete week in week out is what will get us there to October.”Among all the other, board-level dramas for the Eels in 2016 was the fact that two of their best players – winger Semi Radradra and half Corey Norman – had their input restricted by off-field disciplinary issues.Moeroa said Norman had returned to training and picked up where he left off, as a serious leader of the team, while Radradra – who continues to visit his ill father in Fiji at every opportunity while also readying for a court case to answer domestic violence charges as well as fielding offers from French Rugby – has been training well since his return.”Semi’s good, he’s been training the house down, that’s all we can ask from him,” Moeroa said.”He’s part of the team, whatever other issues he has going on outside football that’s between him and the management. We’re here to support him but there’s nothing that involves us beside football.”The boys are just there for support, whatever he needs the boys will be there to give him a helping hand.”Of Norman, Moeroa added: “he’s leading the forwards around, controlling the halves, he’s stepping up his game and realising that he can push for rep honours and I think he might have some personal goals that he wants to try and achieve.”Corey Norman, he’s built for the big stage. If he gets the call up to play Origin at some stage he’ll grab it with two hands and I’m sure he’ll kill it.”Of his own Origin hopes, which he hasn’t tried to hide in recent years, Moeroa said: “I’ve just got to have a big year this year and hopefully try and push for an Origin spot. We’ll see what happens. I’ve got to focus on the season. We’ve got to have a big year as a team and we’ll see what happens from there.”
Companies including Digicel TVWAN, Air Niugini and Coca Cola were there to assimilate the occasion.The team did some stunning model poses with a lot of twisting and turning in front of the camera imitating the respective company’s products and uttering brand slogans.Selected players were chosen to represent some companies with their products and were filmed and captured for company’s profiles.The two team captains Noel Zeming and Adam Korave were featured in the TVWAN Sports HD ad whilst others were featured in TVWAN Rugby, Air Niugini and Coca Cola. This was part of Hunters awareness for the 2016 Intrust Super Cup next month.