Indiana State Outlasts Cowboys in Regional Opener

first_imgTofteland sent a hanging pitch by McLemore over the left field wall to give the Sycamores a 6-4 lead. NASHVILLE – It came down to one crucial swing of the bat, and unfortunately for the McNeese Cowboys, that swing came from Indiana State first baseman Dane Tofteland when his two-out, two-strike home run in the bottom of the fifth inning erased a top of the inning rally by the Cowboys and helped lift the No. 2 seeded Sycamores to a 6-5 win over McNeese in the opening game of the 2019 NCAA Baseball Nashville Regional here Friday. The Sycamores were led at the plate by Means, Wright and Luke Fegen who each had three hits. McNeese (35-25) got the first two outs of the bottom of the fifth with reliever Bryan King on the mound, but then a single by ISU’s Max Wright forced Cowboy head coach Justin Hill’s hand to bring in the righty Peyton McLemore against the right-handed hitter in Tofteland. Dion threw three straight zeroes on the board in his 3 1/3 innings pitched and gave up just one hit while striking out three. Nate Fisbeck followed with a two-run triple to close the gap to 4-3 and then tied the game when he scored off a Clayton Rasbeary sacrifice fly to right field. “I thought the offense of Indiana State had a really good approach against Aidan,” said Hill. “For him to come out and throw 3 2/3 innings and them get 10 hits and no strike outs, it’s a tribute to their approach. Polley (8-1) picked up the win for the Sycamores, who will play at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the winner’s bracket game. He threw five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out six. Cowboy reliever Will Dion, who relieved McLemore in the sixth after the Sycamores got the home run, double and then a walk, and pitched the Cowboys out of the threat by striking out ISU’s Jake Means to end the inning. Both teams’ starting pitchers – McNeese’s Aidan Anderson and ISU’s Triston Polley – entered the game with sub-3.00 ERAs so a pitcher’s duel was somewhat expected. McNeese will next play the loser of the No. 1-seed Vanderbilt/No. 4 Ohio State game at noon on Saturday in an elimination game. “I thought the story of the game was that they made one more play than we did.” The Cowboys went down in order in the ninth to end the game. McNeese chased ISU’s starter after Jake Dickerson led off the sixth by getting hit by a pitch. The Sycamores (42-16) brought in Tyler Grauer who pitched the final four innings, allowed just four hits, no runs and struck out five to pick up his ninth save of the season. However, both teams’ bats popped the rawhide pretty well, Indiana State finishing with 14 hits while McNeese totaled 12. “I think they had a little bit better bullpen than we did.” McNeese attempted to mount a two-out rally in the seventh when Shane Selman and Didkerson posted back-to-back singles before Carson Maxwell popped out for the third out, then in the eighth, Bourque reached on a two-out walk, stole second and then third and was left stranded when Harden grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat. Offensively, Fisbeck, Selman, Dickerson and Duhon each collected two hits in the game. “To open up the tournament, that was a pretty entertaining college baseball game,” said Hill. “There was a little bit of everything. I think there was some good pitching, especially late in the ball game; some really good offense, base running, defense and no errors by either team. Trailing 4-1 going into the fifth inning, McNeese responded with three runs to tie the game 4-4. The rally was started by a lead-off single by catcher Dustin Duhon then followed by a one-out single from left fielder Payton Harden. The Cowboys closed the gap to 6-5 in the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. Dickerson scored off a Reid Bourque RBI fielder’s choice but the tying run would be left stranded on third after Harden’s infield grounder rolled into a forced third out at second base.last_img read more

AMCC’s Adkisson, Poletti-Corrales Garner Southland Beach Volleyball Weekly Honors

first_imgPair of the Week – Brooke Adkisson – So. – San Antonio, Texas \ Giuliana Poletti-Corrales – Fr. – Asuncion, ParaguayAgainst nationally ranked Tulane, the duo faltered in the first set but bounced back in the final two sets 21-15 and 15-8 for the deciding poing in the 3-2 team win. Adkisson and Poletti-Corrales carried that momentum through the weekend, winning their other three matches in straight sets. After edging their UNO counterparts 22-20 to seal a win on Saturday, the Islander pair didn’t allow more than 13 points in a set across both of Sunday’s victories. FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Brooke Adkisson and Giuliana Poletti-Corrales are the Southland Conference Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The twosome were a perfect 4-0 at the UNO Invitational, helping the Islanders to the same mark over the weekend. A&M-Corpus Christi opened the weekend with a 3-2 win over No. 20 Tulane and posted the same outcome against tournament host New Orleans. The Islanders wrapped up the weekend by blanking conference foes Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana 5-0 each on Sunday. Honorable Mention: None.center_img A&M-Corpus Christi (5-3) looks to keep its five-match win streak alive at the Southland Showcase, hosted by Houston Baptist on Saturday and Sunday. The Islanders face Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin on Saturday before taking on Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist on Sunday. 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 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMIKE SMITH, MIRTH, WINNER: “That was awesome. He (Javier Castellano) got in front of me, but she dug back in. I feel great and can’t wait for the next one. Let’s see if we can do it again.“There was a little more pace than I expected but that was fine because that helped me. If it had been just one horse going out there on the lead, then I probably would have had to go early to press him. But this way, I just got to sit and wait and move when I wanted.”JAVIER CASTELLANO, TINY TINA, SECOND: “I knew it could go either way and it would just come down to the bob. She ran a great race – everything she did, she did in the right way. She gave it a good run, and I’m not disappointed at all. We just got beat.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, MIRTH, WINNER TINY TINA SECOND: “It may have been Mike Smith’s plan (sitting far back), but I thought we would be sitting second maybe, not that far back (second to last. But Mike is a Hall of Famer so he figured it out.“Today she showed a good dimension against good horses so I think at the end of the day she wants to go further than a mile and eighth. This was a good stepping stone today.”NOTES: The winning owner is Little Red Feather Racing.last_img read more

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp urges Poch to play ‘good boy’ Eriksen

first_imgHARRY Redknapp has urged Mauricio Pochettino to play wantaway playmaker Christian Eriksen while the Dane is still at the club.The former Spurs boss described Eriksen as a “good boy” – and believes that the 27-year-old will give his all for the team while he’s still with them.1 Eriksen has been on the bench for two of Spurs’ opening three gamesCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe former Ajax youngster has made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona, Juventus or Real Madrid .But Redknapp told talkSPORT: “Without Dele Alli, Eriksen is the only player Spurs have got who can make that final pass. Why was he on the bench?”I know he wants to go, but while he’s there I’d still be looking to play him to win games.”If there is a problem with him, why bring him on, just because you’re in trouble?”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe 72-year-old likened it to when he managed Luka Modric at White Hart Lane.He added: “I had the same problem with Luka Modric when Chelsea came in for him, but he still played.”Even though Chelsea were offering to double his money, he got on with it. He stayed, played and was fantastic.”LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearEriksen has been linked with a move away from Tottenham all summer – having just one year remaining on his Spurs contract – and the creative maestro’s agent’s relationship with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has allegedly completely broken down.Levy is desperate to tie one of his prized assets down to a new £200k-a-week deal, but has been snubbed on several occasions.Tottenham face fierce North London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday – with the European transfer deadline looming just a day later. Christian Eriksen will only quit Tottenham for Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus… with last-gasp £60m bid expectedlast_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino admits he is keen to manage Real amid Zidane job doubts

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has fuelled speculation linking him with Real Madrid by admitting he wants to manage the club.Pochettino is among the top targets identified by Real as their next boss if they lose patience with Zinedine Zidane.2 Mauricio Pochettino failed to dismiss the prospect of managing Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyAnd the Tottenham manager refused to dismiss the idea when he was approached by a reporter as he attended the Fifa Best awards in Milan.Asked if he will ever take charge of Real, Pochettino replied: “Maybe some year.”Zidane is growing under increasing pressure at the Bernabeu despite the weekend win over Sevilla.Last week’s Champions League mauling at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain highlighted how far Zidane’s side have fallen away behind the best teams.And bosses at Madrid have already started to look at who would be around as a potential successor should they have to dump the man who led them to three successive Champions League titles in his first spell in charge.Pochettino has been admired by president Florentino Perez for some time after turning Tottenham into Champions League regulars.And despite only signing a new five-year deal with the North London club last season, the Argentine is seen as a viable option in Spain.2Latest Spurs newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerThe 47-year-old has looked an increasingly frustrated figure since leading Spurs to the Champions League final last season.He spoke openly about how disappointed he was with the way the transfer window was having a negative effect on his squad with several senior players linked with moves away.And from the outside, all does not seem right at Tottenham given the club’s poor start to the season, which has seen them win just two games in the Premier League.Mauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksenlast_img read more

Five bosses who could replace Poch at Spurs, including Howe and Redknapp

first_imgTOTTENHAM could be plunged into disarray if Mauricio Pochettino leaves.SunSport exclusively reported that fears are growing inside Spurs that Poch is preparing to quit after five years at White Hart Lane.7 Mauricio Pochettino could walk away from TottenhamCredit: ReutersPochettino established Tottenham’s stylish football, but the draw at Olympiacos, defeat at Leicester and the shootout loss at lowly Colchester United has piled the pressure on.However, it is understood that Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is still backing the Argentine – but the 47-year-old gaffer himself might choose to walk away.Levy handed Poch a new £8.5million-a-year contract at the start of last season.Here, SunSport looks at five potential replacements for the under-fire Spurs gaffer.Max AllegriAllegri, who is taking a year out after leaving Juventus last summer, is weighing up his next challenge.The ex-Juve coach, 52, won five Serie A titles in Turin but was beaten twice in the Champions League final.He is taking a break from the sport but would put himself in the running for the job if Pochettino quits the new White Hart Lane stadium.7 Max Allegri is available after leaving Juventus at the end of last seasonCredit: GettyHarry RedknappAfter Tottenham’s embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to Colchester, some Spurs fans even called for the King of the Jungle to return to the club.’Arry has not managed since being sacked by Birmingham in 2017. He then admitted it could be his last job in the game.But as from his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Redknapp, 72, clearly loves a challenge and might want another crack at the club he managed between 2008 and 2012.7 Tottenham fans even called for a return to the club for Harry RedknappCredit: PA:Empics SportEddie HoweWhenever a job comes up inevitably Howe’s name gets mentioned.When Arsene Wenger was sacked at Arsenal, Howe, 41, was reportedly in the mix. He was even linked with the England manager’s job after Roy Hodgson left after Euro 2016.Bournemouth’s aim used to be “to survive” in England’s top flight – but Howe has got the club looking every inch Premier League certainties.7 Whenever a big job comes up invariably Eddie Howe gets linked to itCredit: AFPBrendan RodgersRodgers is already winning new fans as he has put Leicester back to the top-end of the Premier League.He was appointed in February to replace Claude Puel, and is slowly building his own team and tactics at the King Power.But Rodgers, 46, may prefer to stay with the ‘project’ he has started at Leicester – and the way they have started this season the top four could well be achievable.7 Brendan Rodgers is already doing decent things at LeicesterCredit: PA:Press AssociationLatest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer7Julian NagelsmannHe might have only just taken over at RB Leipzig, but Nagelsmann has won an army of fans for his tactical brilliance.At just 32 years old, there might still be some educating to do at a level lower than Champions League hopefuls Spurs.He got Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the first time in their history and this summer left to take over at RB Leipzig with the aim being to challenge Bayern’s dominance of the Bundelisga.7 Rookie boss Julian Nagelsmann is touted as the next big in German footballCredit: Gettylast_img read more

Pochettino to be fired if ‘alarming’ Spurs lose next game, claims Cascarino

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO is just one defeat from the sack, according to former Tottenham star Tony Cascarino.Spurs have conceded TEN GOALS in two matches as they suffered humiliating defeats at the hands of Bayern Munich and Brighton.2 Mauricio Pochettino is struggling to stop Tottenham’s slumpCredit: EPAThere has been increasing speculation over Pochettino’s future as a crisis embroils the club and Cascarino thinks a loss at home to Watford on October 19 could prove the final straw.Writing in The Times, he said: “The signs for Tottenham Hostpur are alarming.“The team are getting worse, they are noticeably poorer than two years ago.“Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli – none of them are at the levels they were.2“Aaron Connolly, the 19-year-old, came in and did well for Brighton, scoring twice in the 3-0 win, but he is no Robert Lewandowski. Connolly made a mockey of their back four.“Mauricio Pochettino’s record entitles him to a fair crack at turning things around but I am sceptical as to whether he can.”If they lose to Watford in their next game after the international break, he is finished.“He is under pressure and making poor decisions. Eric Dier clearly was not fit to play on Saturday and Moussa Sissoko was out of position at right back.”THROUGH 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 himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itPochettino, who would be due a bumper compensation package if sacked, was questioned about his role following the Seagulls defeat and insisted he had bigger concerns.He said: “I am not worried, what worries me is life, not football.“Football is a game that sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The problem for us – it was win, win, win and it was praise for everyone.“Now in the last two games it was a tough situation to accept. But I don’t want to be a philosopher or talk in a way that is not good.”Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away ‘like a kid’ despite bad losses against Bayern Munich and Brightonlast_img read more

Dundalk attempted to land Troy Parrott on loan during January

first_imgDUNDALK tried to land Troy Parrott in a sensational loan deal last month it’s been reported.Today’s Irish Mirror says that the club were in talks with Spurs over a potential temporary move.2 Parrott has found playing opportunities few and far betweenCredit: Getty Images – GettySeemingly talks only broke down due to Tottenham’s mounting injury crisis up front along with a niche UEFA rule regarding the number of home-grown players needed to take part in the Champions League.To qualify for Uefa’s Champions League B list as a home-grown player, Parrott had to have completed two uninterrupted years at Tottenham which he hadn’t until his 18th birthday.Because of the decision to keep Parrott at Spurs rather than send him out on loan, it appears there’s very little chance of him featuring in Ireland’s crunch playoff against Slovakia next month.Ireland boss Mick McCarthy bemoaned Parrott’s failure to secure a loan move recently as he stressed how important it is to be playing regular first-team football.DEPRIVED OF FOOTBALLHe said: “I wish he’d gone to Charlton and played games on loan.”It’s great financially for him to have a new contract but it’s not letting him play.“He has been deprived of football because of his age. I wish he was playing football, it would be much better for us.”If he’s not playing competitive football he has very little chance of being in the squad.”2 Vinny Perth was in the market to make the big moveHe added: “I’m not saying there’s no chance for anybody else but the best performance was against Denmark with players who are tried and trusted.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Parrott signed a new contract at Tottenham earlier this month committing his future to the club until 2023.It has been a source of worry for many Irish fans though that he is still on the fringes despite both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min being out at the moment.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly said that the Dubliner is ‘not ready’ to play a featured role yet.last_img read more

Inside Spurs’ makeshift coronavirus operation where nurses test 70 people a day

first_img7TOTTENHAM proved they are just what the doctor ordered – as their new stadium yesterday became the first Prem ground to be used as a coronavirus testing site.The North London club has let the NHS use its new £1billion arena as a giant Covid-19 swabbing centre and medical day centre.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates7 Tottenham’s new stadium is being used as a coronavirus testing siteCredit: Tottenham HotspurThe stadium’s huge basement car park is being used to conduct the drive-through Covid-19 operation for nearby North Middlesex University Hospital staff, their families and dependents.Around 70 tests a day are expected to be carried out each day from Monday-Friday between 10am-2pm by a team of 10 nurses.The North Middlesex has also relocated its Women’s Outpatient Services department to the stadium to free up much-needed capacity at the hospital itself to treat patients facing Covid symptoms whilst supporting the redirection of pregnant women away from the hospital during the pandemic.The ground Media Entrance and Cafe is now used as a main reception and welfare area for visitors and NHS staff.7 70 people a day are being tested in the underground car parkCredit: Tottenham Hotspur7 A brave team of ten nurses are working at the £1bn arenaCredit: Tottenham HotspurGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealThe NFL Away changing room areas are now used as a Maternal Day Unit.The interview rooms off of the players’ tunnel – where post-match TV interviews are normally conducted – as well as the referees’ area, are now used as consultation and scanning rooms.And the away dressing room area are now used as a Midwives Clinical Room and staff Admin Office.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “We are proud to be handing over our stadium to our wonderful NHS as we fight Covid-19 together.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Most Read In SportTHROUGH 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 clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’“We reached out to the NHS and the Mayor of London’s Office when the pandemic first started to explore ways in which our stadium’s facilities could be of use, so we are pleased to see this now becoming a reality.“I should like to commend staff at North Middlesex Hospital, along with our own Stadium Operations team, who have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to find solutions to transform our stadium for such a vital cause.”Middlesex Hospital chief executive Maria Kane said: “We are so grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for providing their wonderful facilities for our staff, patients and local community during these difficult times.”7 Jose Mourinho’s press conference room is being used by nurses as a briefing roomCredit: Tottenham Hotspur7 Other nurses in the concourse at Tottenham’s stadiumCredit: Tottenham Hotspur7Credit: Tottenham HotspurTottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdownlast_img read more

Arthur tips Eels improvement after tough win

first_imgAn opening round 20-12 win over Manly at their home ground is a pretty good way to start a season for any NRL club but if you’ve been paying any attention to Arthur in his time at the club you won’t be surprised that he isn’t exactly getting carried away just yet.The Eels triumphed by just three tries to two despite a 60-40 weight of possession in their favour and at one stage had nine straight possessions (including forcing four back-to-back goal line drop-outs) without scoring anything more than a penalty goal.”I thought both teams went at it and I reckon we probably need to give a bit of credit to Manly, they drew a fair bit of pressure on the try-line there in the second half but I was really happy that we showed a bit of patience,” Arthur said after the game.He also noted that the new playmaking spine of halfback Corey Norman, five-eighth Clint Gutherson, hooker Kaysa Pritchard and fullback Bevan French were playing their first game together as a combination having not even so much as trialled together yet.”We went into this game a little bit underdone. We didn’t play a lot of minutes throughout the trials with a lot of our key players,” he said.”Corey Norman and ‘Gutho’ haven’t played together; Normy hasn’t played since Round 18 so we’ve got a lot to work on but just to complete at 82 per cent and turn up defensively and grind out a win was pleasing.”They had a lot of training pre-season with them together but then after Christmas we only had a couple of weeks then some of them are getting ready to play Nines, some of them are getting ready to play in a trial in Alice Springs so their preparation wasn’t great but they’re going to get better.”It will be a little bit better next week. It’s going to take time but we’re going to persist with it and Corey Norman hasn’t got any match fitness at the moment so he was seeing things and he just couldn’t get there.”last_img read more