By BEN HARRISThere is more to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League than winning the title.Spots in state and national representative teams are also up for grabs.For Touch NSW general manager Dean Russell, the NTLs and its showpiece event, the Elite Eight Series, is a chance for NSW to reinforce their dominance over the rest of the states, in particular Queensland.At the State of Origin Series last September, the Maroons and Blues went head-to-head in a thrilling three-game series across 13 divisions.NSW won the overall series seven divisions to six but Queensland had the last laugh.The Maroons won two of the three opens divisions – the men’s and women’s – two games to one.It left a bad taste in the Blues’ camp, a taste that won’t go away until the two states meet again next year.“To be honest we were pleased to get the win but we weren’t happy with the way we performed as a state,” Russell said.“We have now reviewed that, we will be looking at putting together stronger teams again next year and this Elite Eight process is part of that.”Four teams in the Elite Eight Series are from NSW, while three are from Queensland and a combined side featuring players from outside of those states called the Alliance.NSW teams won the inaugural biennial series in both the men’s and women’s opens divisions in 2011.Russell is hoping history can repeat itself.“It is the best of the players in NSW who are available. Unfortunately not all of our players are available this year but we still have a great calibre of players here,” he said.“Both in the men’s and women’s categories we will be looking at both the Mets teams and the Country Mavericks teams. They are both pretty solid and have strong players, they have some excellent attacking and defensive options both ends of the field. “In the women’s, don’t be surprised if the NSW Scorpions cause a few upsets along the way, they have a really strong line-up of up and coming players and the Rebels teams are both development teams.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksState versus state
The ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.
Former Arsenal’s midfielder Jack Wilshere left Arsenal to Chelsea a few days ago and his former boss Unai Emery has revealed why Wilshere ended his 17-year stay at Arsenal.After Wilshere moved to West Ham, he revealed his thoughts in an emotional message to fans on social media while admitting that Emery had made it clear he won’t have him in his plans for next season.However, Emery on his own revealed how the England international star departed, describing it as a ‘tactical and technical decision’.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation,” said Emery via Football London.“I explained to him my opinion and how I want to create the team and that I’m not sure he would play in the 11 players.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“And also he explained to me that the decision was not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him.“I know this player is important for the supporters and he grew up here in Arsenal, but I don’t give him one spot in the eleven who start.“So for that, he chooses to leave and I respect this.”When asked if Wilshere’s past injury record had played a part in his thinking, Emery added simply: “It was a tactical, technical decision.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly considering whether or not to recall young goalkeeper Aro MuricThe 19-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda in order to gain some valuable first-team experience.But City are now short of goalkeeping options having lost Claudio Bravo to a ruptured Achilles tendon and selling Joe Hart to Burnley earlier this month.This means that the Premier League champions only have the untested Daniel Grimshaw as a backup option, should anything happen to regular number one Ederson.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Now the Telegraph reports that City are considering bringing back Muric to the Etihad Stadium.The Montenegro Under-21 international made his senior debut for Breda last weekend and managed to keep a clean sheet in the club’s 3-0 win over De Graafschap in the Eredivisie.Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen has also been linked through an emergency loan deal, despite the English transfer window now being shut.
Derek Wright has been working alongside 28 Newcastle United managers in his career and he believes Benitez is the best of them allPhysiotherapist Derek Wright has been working with Newcastle United for the last 34 years.The physio has worked alongside 28 coaches for The Magpies, and he says manager Rafael Benitez is simply incredible.“We have a manager now whose eye for detail is incredible,” Wright explained to The Times as published by The Chronicle.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The injury record since he’s been here has been phenomenal and that’s down to his meticulous planning when to use or rest players.”“At the same time, he has a depth of feeling. It means a lot. Some people have worked here who wouldn’t have a clue about tradition, about Geordie people,” he added.“I worked out recently that I’ve had 28 managers, including interims and caretakers,” Wright tried to explain.“Under Kevin, Sir Bobby, Rafa now, when the fans have that connection, it feels so powerful. Everyone has swept along.”
After knowing the Copa America groups during this Thursday’s draw, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni expressed hope of having Lionel Messi back.Now that some time has passed after Argentina’s heartbreaking World Cup performance last summer with Messi as their leader, the Barcelona star is seriously considering on coming back to play for his country once more during 2019.The Copa America draw was held this Thursday and the Argentina national team got Group B, where they will face Paraguay, Colombia, and Qatar as one of the two invited nations to the tournament.Group A has Brazil hosting the tournament and sharing the stage with Peru, Venezuela, and Bolivia.And last but not least we have Group C, which includes Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, and Japan as the second nation that got invited to the tournament that will take place in Brazil during the summer.All the nations are hyped for what’s coming for this new competition, that will return to its traditional 12-squad format that got modified back in 2016 when the Copa America Centenario was played in the United States.We believe that all the major stars will accompany their respective national teams, Brazil will hopefully have a Neymar who is completely recovered from his most recent metatarsal injury and lead the hosting duties.Estos son los resultados para el choque de los verdaderos titanes. ¡Que el mundo sienta la vibración sudamericana ¡Así se jugará la CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019! #CopaAmerica2019 pic.twitter.com/Wa65qhHBxL— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) January 24, 2019Uruguay will hopefully have the Suarez/Cavani duo, Chile will have Alexis Sanchez, Colombia will have James Rodriguez, and the list could go on and on.But the major question we are all asking is as follows: will Leo Messi make the decision to finally return to his national team and give a major tournament another crack to see if he can retire from international football with one trophy?That is the million dollar question for everybody, but manager Lionel Scaloni hopes that having the best player in the world is a major possibility for Argentina.“We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak,” said the Argentina manager via Goal.“I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling.”Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Brazil manager ‘Tite’, also talked about the reason he wants all the best players to visit his country and compete to win this new edition of the Copa America.“I want Messi and all the best athletes to come to Brazil. A team, to be the best, have to win with competition and overcome high-level opponents, which is why we expect Neymar, Messi, [Chile forward Alexis] Sanchez and [Uruguay star Luis] Suarez to come… And also [Peru’s Paolo] Guerrero.”¿Estará #Messi en la #CA2019Telemundo? Lionel Scaloni, DT de la @Argentina respondió al respecto…. pic.twitter.com/nBPbvetfZ1— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) January 25, 2019The table is set for Lionel Messi to finally make his decision about his future with Argentina, certainly having Cesar Luis Menotti to guide him during his final years in the squad will be a great motivation that will bring Leo back for one last attempt to win the big trophies.The World Cup in Qatar is still far away for the Argentine to worry, he needs to take care of what’s coming this year first and then go step by step in the following years to see if he can get there while still playing at the highest level of competition.Odds are that Messi will still be a great player by the time that the next World Cup comes, but he will have to take extreme care of himself if he wants to give it another chance.The upcoming Copa America in Brazil will be a perfect measure for Messi to see how motivated he really is to keep going, winning the tournament could be a huge confidence boost that may push him all the way to Qatar.However, losing yet another major competition might be the final nail on Lionel Messi’s coffin that has the Argentina flag stamped on it.What happens this year during the summer, will determine which path Messi will take during the next three years.Scaloni no pierde la esperanza y hablará con Messi https://t.co/cEonhfYuHG pic.twitter.com/0PTgPIutJa— Fabian Ortegano (@Fabian_Ortegano) January 25, 2019Do you think Lionel Messi should go back to play for Argentina or do you think his time has passed? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.