Rugby league star Andrew Fifita shares despair, redemption in Christchurch

first_imgThe 27-year-old NRL prop for the Cronulla-Sharks arrived in Christchurch from Sydney with his wife, Nikki,​ and two young children on Wednesday morning.Fifita, who is Tongan and Aboriginal, was invited to speak to whanau in east Christchurch ahead of a Pacific Series 2016 tournament at Wainoni Park on November 11 and 12. Fifita did not hold back as he talked candidly about his upbringing in a state house in Western Sydney, his “troubled teenage life”, the harsh realities of his professional football career, battles with weight gain and his descent in to depression. Starting out with the West Tigers on $1500 a month, Fifita said eking out a meagre income with a cupboard full of two-minute noodles and corned beef was easy compared to the pressure to perform on the field.”I never realised how much pressure you come under in first grade, you’re called an elite athlete for a reason.”In 2013, he enjoyed a golden year, including getting married, playing a record 39 games, being selected for Australia and winning the Rugby World League Cup.The following year started with a deep sense of emptiness, despite his previous accomplishments, and it “went down hill from there”, he said.The tipping point was a minor altercation over a photo during a night out on the Gold Coast with friends and his two brothers in October 2014.”I went back to the hotel room and had it out with my brothers and just . . . life was over. I’d had enough.”He launched himself out the window of a multi-storey building, but was caught by a friend before he fell.”My brother said ‘what’s wrong?’ and I just leaped out of this window. I just did not care, I really did not.”I couldn’t handle this pressure from football any more. I was too big and too strong to ask for help.”Despite the frightening episode, Fifita did not take action to address his mental state after returning to Sydney.His twin brother, David, eventually asked police to arrest Fifita and take him to a psychiatric hospital.”He just kept crying and crying and he said ‘look, you’re my brother and I love you and I can’t see that ever again’.”It was the start of his recovery and he later returned to hospital for a second time voluntarily. “You may be the biggest, you may be the strongest in league, you may be the smallest, but it takes the one with the biggest heart to ask someone, if you’re in need get some help.”Like I said, it ain’t weak to speak.”Northland rugby player Kurt ​Davies also spoke about his experience of depression, saying not “fulfilling his potential with his sport” led him to doubt his own worth and consider suicide. “Through my struggles I’ve learned a lot and I’m here to help prevent it because the holes it leaves in families is heart-breaking.”last_img read more

Lewas confident to take Gold

first_imgThe Lewas are the reigning East Asia Pacific (EAP) women’s champions and without a doubt are gold medal favourites.“We are on track to maintain our record as being the champions of the Pacific Region and with the sucess our recent development tour in Samoa, we are adamant that Lewas will be a force to reckon with come the Pacific Games,”“We have very experienced players in the likes of Tanya Ruma, Norma Ovasuru and Captain Pauke Siaka with a good mix of upcoming players such as Helen Buruka and Brenda Tau,” said Maha.Lewas captain, Pauke Siaka she was excited and confident leading the inaugural PNG women’s cricket team to compete at the Games.“We have played against the teams from the Pacific such as Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Cook Islands and we have beaten them in the International Cricket Council (ICC) international fixtures in previous years, thus we are very keen as a team to maintain our title as champions of the Pacific. “I have played with the PNG Lewas since making my debut in 2008 and making my way to be selected as the captain is such an honour for me and I have faith in leading the PNG women’s cricket team with one aim in the Pacific Games and that is to win gold,”last_img read more

Gurias lead 16-8 at break

first_imgThe Gurias went on the attack minutes from kick off and got their first chance to get points on the board after a Lions player was penalized for a high shot.But the kick from Watson Boas hit the post and bounced favorably back to the Gurias who spread the ball out to wing for John Ragi Junior to score.The kicking duties were handed to Jason Missian who added the extras.The Lions registered their first points from the boot of Enoch Sine who converted a penalty from right in front of the posts. But the Gurias responded right away when a good run metres out from the try line by Pidi Tongap saw him offload to Nelson Daplen to cross over.Missian added two more points from the kick for the Gurias to lead 12-2.The Gurias pace and ability to spread the ball out to wing quickly allowed them more points when center Edward Goma shrugged off five Lions defenders to score.Missian could not make it three from three with his kick sailing away to put the score at 16-2.Right from the restart is where the Lions hit back.A dropped ball allowed Brian Gispe to pick up and run 50 metres to score.The conversion from Sine was successful to put the Lions back in contention.This gave the Lions more confidence as they denied the Gurias more chances to score.last_img read more

Gurias coach: Win came from a much improved performance

first_img“We played better than in round 1 where we only beat the EPG Mioks by 6-2,”said Nightingale.After three rounds, the Gurias are undefeated sitting top of the table now on 6 points (2 wins and a bye).However, Nightingale says there are still areas to improve on before their next game against the Kemele Hela Wigmen.“Our decision making is one thing we need to fix plus sticking to the game plan which we went away from a bit in yesterday’s game.“We also are still looking to get our combinations right in the halves which is still in the rebuilding stage after we lost our halves to the Hunters.“But our new halfback Stanley Olo is playing well and wanted to prove a point against his old team (Muruks) and he did. He’s a class act,” said Nightingalelast_img read more

Hazard runs out of derby

first_imgThe week of the derby begins announcing a low that was already feared for the Madrid Rea: Eden Hazard. The Belgian, who did not train on Monday with the group but continues to increase his contact with the ball, a good sign, does not reach the meeting against Atlético on Saturday (16:00 hours, Movistar LaLiga). 7 It is not that it is also the French technician friend to rush or risk on these issues, but quite the opposite. His criterion marries especially Hazard’s because on the horizon he expects a capital appointment: the first round with the City, on February 26. Coach, medical services and player They work so that the Belgian is that night with enough rhythm to be as unbalanced as before the injury. Key date: 26-F, in front of the CityThe mishap has been so important, caused by an excessively hard and late entry of his compatriot Meunier, who Hazard has spent 58 days without touching the ball. His reunion with the ball was last Friday, a sample of its evolution, however insufficient to shorten his period of absence so that Zidane has him in the derby. Hazard’s feelings are better since last week, especially since the injury he suffered on November 26 against the PSG became worrying over time. The caution to which the situation forces has caused that nobody in Madrid wants to take any risk, reason why finally the most expensive signing in the history of the club will not be in the Bernabéu before the neighbor. It is still for recovery.last_img read more

Carla: “One of my illusions is to win the Federation Cup”

first_imgHow was your farewell to Australia?I had very robust feelings once I received over Sabalenka, as a result of I hadn’t received a participant of that degree in a very long time. I might have appreciated to consolidate it and see a step ahead. However I didn’t find yourself unhappy as a result of I’m conscious that issues you have got to earn and take benefit of.How did the group behave with you?They knew that I might not return, however there was nothing particular and I perceive it, as a result of there are a lot of stars and for Wozniacki, for instance, it was his final event.What do you want about the event?The whole lot, the public, who lives it quite a bit and needs to see us. The climate used to be good. He had fun and we had been all happier and brisker. Individuals are not nearly as good at the US Open as right here.You performed 12 years in a row in Melbourne, since 2009, how do you price your report?Typically there are accidents and issues that don’t enable you to be so a few years in a event, and in that I didn’t miss an version and solely misplaced as soon as in the first spherical. We’re surrounded by phenomena, nevertheless it is not straightforward to do what we do and it goes unnoticed by gamers who’ve received 20 Grand Slams, 19 and 17 … Collaborating and dropping quickly have no idea something or little, however personally I actually admire being , as a result of he misses himself in occasions of harm.Do you assume that another Spanish participant, Garbiñe Muguruza, for instance, can play 12 occasions in a Grand Slam such as you?I might love to play many extra years as a result of he has quite a bit of tennis to give us and I’ve quite a bit of love.What is your legacy, what do you allow to tennis?Having the ability to be reminded by that setback to one hand, by that tactical distinction on the observe, that folks assume that I’m a participant who respects or transmits affection in the direction of the teammates, the public and the press … I feel that is one thing that I’ve I used to be in a position to get and I depart very calm for that.Does that feeling of being a superb individual put her even above the relaxation?Let’s see, succeeding is what we prepare and play for. We might all like to win a Grand Slam and be on high. However in addition to sport, we’re individuals and in our day to day there is life. That folks really feel relaxed when I’m with them and make them really feel good, it is crucial for me, as a result of once I retire it is going to be the Carla individual, not the tennis participant and I would like everybody to have the ability to cope with me in the very best method.And what have you ever given him tennis?The whole lot, I’ve been on this for 15 years and tennis has made me what I’m. It has lengthy returned every part I’ve given, with issues I might by no means have imagined. I’m completely grateful. I’ve lived experiences, I’ve traveled and met totally different cultures. With out having been a tennis participant, I in all probability wouldn’t have had that chance.Will it stay linked or will it focus completely on being a mom? At first I would love to relaxation, however I shall be watching, as a result of I cannot deny that I would love to proceed in that world. You by no means know. I can miss him. However I’ve that private aim of making an attempt to be a mom, and if I can journey it is going to be extra difficult. If I might draw every part, I might do it in a method and possibly it’ll occur in a very totally different method.He has a protracted yr left with illusions, I suppose, what are they?Being in the Olympic Video games makes me very excited, I might be very unhappy not to qualify. It is a aim that I’ve sufficient in thoughts. It’s very troublesome, however I feel I can return to the degree I confirmed earlier than Sabalenka in lots of moments. I nonetheless have that spirit of sacrifice to prepare myself and take a look at to obtain issues and win some extra title. However my important goal is the Video games.And what about the new closing section of the Federation Cup?I might love to, though the tie is very difficult. One of my illusions is to win a Federation Cup, though in some moments we now have lacked dedication, however we now have tools to obtain it.All through his profession he has seen and met many gamers. If I had to make a great workforce, what wouldn’t it be?Halep would all the time be … Errani, Penetta, Mladenovic, many by recreation and likewise by sympathy, as a result of with them I’ve an important private connection. Serena (Williams), of course, is a separate, unsurpassed case. In boys, I like Andy Murray, though I didn’t have a lot cope with him; Monflis, Fabio (Fognini), Tsonga … I appreciated to see him and with some I’ve particular remedy. Of the Spaniards, Rafa (Nadal) for all that he exhibits us; and David Ferrer, with whom I performed a combined in a Video games with nice closeness regardless of every part I had achieved. Of the women, I stick with Anabel Medina, who helped me quite a bit in my beginnings, Arantxa Parra, Lourdes Dominguez … and Garbiñe, which has a gap in my coronary heart.Would you want to say goodbye by enjoying doubles with somebody?I might have achieved it if I had been very excited. David Marrero, who is a canary like me, has supplied to play collectively in combined video games, and possibly we’ll attempt it in some Grand Slam. I’ve been in a position to ball with Bautista, with Ramos … There are lots of tournaments and hours to fulfill these illusions, as a result of private relationships are very shut.After you, who is an important reference, and Muguruza, what future do you see in Spanish girls’s tennis?Don’t idiot anybody, we shouldn’t have a big quarry. Bolsova and Badosa may give struggle a few years and I don’t need to depart anybody. I might have appreciated the Spanish Federation to have a barely higher undertaking to take benefit of all the Spanish tennis tradition as a lady and that there is no hole. I keep in mind being in important cadres with six or seven women and now we’re three or 4. I want it was not so sluggish, though it is not straightforward.How about engaged on one thing like that?Sure, let’s see. It is straightforward to say and really troublesome to get Spanish amongst the finest in the world, however I say it as a result of I imagine that in Spain there are sufficient means for girls’s tennis to have extra pull.last_img read more

The rotation has a limit

first_imgThe Cup has been James’s opportunity. He has not yet played a single minute in the League after recovering from his injury (yes 13 ‘in the semifinal of the Super Cup against Valencia), but in the KO tournament he has started all three games. The Colombian has left samples of its quality, but intermittently, perhaps afflicted by the lack of pace. The shallow closet bottom in the center of the field and the variety of systems that Zidane has used (with drawings with five of the six means of the template) can open doors, but it has to catch the tone. He barely gave 19 passes for the 35 Modric tried after replacing him. Something former for a distinguished player in the art of the pass.A case similar to James in his performance but opposite in terms of the ease of having opportunities in the future is that of Brahim The Malaga was revulsive in Salamanca when he replaced Bale. He provoked the second goal, scored the third to sentence the game and brought danger to the goal of Unionistas. In Zaragoza he had less than 20 minutes, but participated in the fourth goal with the previous pass to Carvajal for the side assistance to Benzema. Two actions from the bench that earned him the title before the Real. Although he attended Marcelo in 1-3, he tiptoed through the match. He suffers the overbooking of players in attack and is, together with Mariano (44 ‘) with the exception of the injured Asensio, the player who has played the least minutes (170’). Ahead, the loan Odriozola (434 ‘) and Nacho (640’). It has a lot of competition to enjoy more minutes and the Cup window has already vanished. Areola was erected at the beginning of the season as a great hope for the goal against the bad time of Courtois. His performance against Osasuna and his appearance in the quite against Bruges for the stomach problems of the Belgian squid in the Bernabéu. But after recovering Thibaut his best level, the debate in the goal was extinguished and the former PSG was relegated to the role of substitute. Before the Real, Areola conceded as many goals as Courtois in the last eleven games played by 13. His clearance centered on Isak’s shot facilitated Real’s first goal and barely made a stop throughout the game. A small baggage to question a great Courtois. Without the Cup, and with a somewhat more spaced calendar than normal (at most, 23 games in 111 days), the opportunities are closed. The left side was one of the latent debates of the season. In the last weeks, Zidane’s decisions and performance had put Mendy ahead of Marcelo. The Copa match will not doubt the coach’s commitment to the former Lyon. The Brazilian again demonstrated his offensive potential and made the 1-3 that fertilized the hopes of Madrid in the comeback, but in defense continues to suffer the defects that in phases of the last campaign made him lose the position for the benefit of Reguilón. in the cupper engagement at the Bernabéu he lost possession 26 times, the third highest figure of the season in a Madrid player. The record is held against Unionists (46).center_img The rotations did not work this time for Zinedine Zidane. The Madrid coach introduced seven variants against the league derby against Atlético. The future of the party revealed that some of the changes did not work. The team missed the presence of Casemiro, but in all the lines there were players who lost an opportunity to present their candidacy to fight for a place in the eleventh gala.last_img read more

Espanyol enters bonus

first_imgThe most worrying are the proposed solutions, at least outside doors. In the New Zorrilla, after the game, Adrián Embarba appealed to the odds (“We can’t go worse”), while Sergi Darder alluded to the character (“we have to be more dogs”) and Abelardo, directly, to testosterone: “You have to take a couple and keep believing.” Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete, for his part, blamed the arbitrations of good part of the pericos evils. The team, logically, does not give up, but the cabals are already much more crooked. The next happens to score against Atlético de Madrid. And so on, until the end. In 70 hours exact, those that have elapsed since the line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers was revealed and that Prieto Iglesias decreed the end of the match against Valladolid, the Espanyol crumbled all its European illusions and sank a good part of its hopes of permanence in LaLiga. An ordeal that only time and a Copernican turn of events can remedy, and that leads Espanyol to a dramatic end of the season, when not tragic, so depending on the outcome the consequences will have lasted months or even years. But the last word is never written.If the 4-0 at Molineux Stadium had opened the eyes of the European dream (or decoy), the 2-1 in Pucela buries the nth roadmap towards permanence I had recomposed the parakeet set. After failing in so many ‘finals’ (against Getafe, Osasuna, Leganés, Granada …), the accounts now went through two points of salvation with a win against Valladolid, which would get into the fight. But none of that happened and the worst part is that the nth invention of the season is blurred, the one who seemed more stable and who had arrived to stay: the Abelard effect. The technician for the first time he chains two defeats and, after his alignment in the Europa League and the absence of alternatives to his plan in LaLiga (excessively subject to a Raúl de Tomás convalescent and an eleven recognizable but irregular), already generates doubts. To a lesser extent than David Gallego and Pablo Machín, who did not have signings worth 41.5 million.last_img read more

Villarreal has a month of March full of its ‘coconuts’

first_imgAs Calleja’s team has not been fine with these rivals in the lower zone, as it shows that of the teams that have occupied those positions or have been close to them, the records are bad. The yellows lost with Celtic Y Spanish at home, and losing with Majorca or Eibar as visitors And of the three teams he will face this month, he has only been able to win at Leganés in the first part of the championship.Right now, the distance with the European squares is five points, so the yellows need to score a minimum of two wins in the next three games. Thus, it is clear that the matches with Leganés and Mallorca are non-negotiable, and more with the need to add as much as possible at home. The Castellon players will play seven home games, with the visits of Leganés, Malllorca, Barcelona, ​​Seville, Valencia, Real Sociedad and Eibar, of which they must add the victory in almost all of them. Although this last premise is not that it is the best, or, at least, it has not been this season. The yellows will receive Leganés (penultimate), Celtic (mark the area outside the descent), and Real Mallorca (antepenultimate), all of them teams of the struggle for salvation. Something that would normally mean a higher chance of being able to score or add the victories, but this season is not that it was like that for the yellows. The Villarreal comes from two losses against Atlético de Madrid and at Athletic Club as a visitor, with which he has closed the month of February losing European positions. Therefore, the team needs to react now, if they do not want the train to escape from those privileged positions. So that this March is vital to close it with victories, since two games are played at home, and rivals are played from the bottom of the table.last_img read more

Betis-Real Madrid Zidane: “Vinicius or Bale? No one is above anyone”

first_imgHard hand or pedagogy: “The important thing is to convey as you are, what you have inside. Everyone acts as they want. If you do it differently it will be complicated.”Juventus or the French National Team: “They haven’t called me. I’m just thinking of Madrid. I don’t know anything. Many things are said …”Rubi’s situation: “They will try to make a good game and so will we. We will give it all.”Marcelo recovered: “There is a lot of talk about him, good and bad, but it is very important in our squad and I am glad for the game he did the other day. If he gives everything, his quality prevails.”Hazard: “I talked to him after the injury and after the operation. He is well touched. He was very touched after the injury, but he is better off because the intervention went pretty well. Hopefully he returns quickly with us, although I do not know if he will return before the end of the season. It may happen. “Mariano frustrated if he doesn’t play: “It’s like the others. It has to be prepared. Nothing else. When you have such a good squad it’s hard to leave a player out.”Games postponed and behind closed doors by the coronavirus: “It is quite negative, but the virus is here and many people are afraid. It is good to have information from doctors. It is not good to play behind closed doors, but it is happening in France and Italy and it can happen in Spain.” Zinedine Zidane appeared before the press on the eve of the meeting that Real Madrid will play this Sunday against Betis at Benito Villamarín.The Betis: “It is a complicated team, very good, although they have had problems of results. It will be a physical duel and tactically we must be very well.”The responsibility of the position: “Sure, but my passion has always been football and I live what I like most. Being in this great club is a pride and I take advantage of every moment although it is the players who write the story.”Eder Sarabia: “Everyone does their job as they want and tries to do it right. The tension cannot be controlled. I am not going to say if it is good or bad. Everyone lives it in their own way.”Vinicius ahead of Bale: “Nobody is above anyone. I tell my players that everyone is important and they have to be prepared. The players add up. They always want to play and I am here to make decisions.”Coronavirus recommendations: “Like everyone. They tell us what we have to do and we trust those who know about it. The details are what you would tell your son, wash his hands …”.Problems with the modest: “We want to give everything in the field, but sometimes it doesn’t come out. The other teams aren’t stupid.”Backed by the club: “Yes, but I know how this works. Today I am a coach of Madrid, but tomorrow I can change this.”last_img read more