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Flying Fijians challenged to reach new level

first_imgThe Flying Fijians won their third straight Pacific Nations Cup title in July and secured the Oceania One berth for the 2019 World Cup, putting them in Pool D alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and a qualifier.The ninth-ranked Fijians also chalked up major victories on home soil against Six Nations duo Italy and Scotland but McKee is wanting to see that form replicated on the road.”We set ourselves a good high benchmark across those tests earlier in the year but the important thing now is to step up to another level in November,” he said.”Our medium-term to long-term ambition is our Rugby World Cup campaign and to be successful in 2019 we have to improve on each assembly we have and make the most of all the time we have together.”Fiji open their tour against 14th-ranked Italy in Catania before taking on Ireland in Dublin and closing out their tour against Canada in Montpellier.”For us I think it’s very good for us to start against Italy,” said McKee.”We know they’ll be a big challenge to play them in Italy – they’ll be a tough opposition for us there and they’ll be hurting a little bit, coming off our close win in Suva earlier in the year.”I think for our players they can approach the November tour with some confidence, knowing that we’ve been successful against Italy earlier in the year, that we can really take them on in that first game and I’s hope that with our pre-tour camp and our preparation for the Italian game, with a successful performance there we can carry some momentum towards Ireland.”We want to test ourselves against the best and in the past 12 months Ireland have beaten both the top two teams in New Zealand and England, so Ireland are going to be a true measure of how our progress is going.” Photo: Supplied Flying Fijians rugby coach John McKeelast_img read more

Aces secure quarterfinals spot, beat Hotshots behind Manuel’s career-high

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel took charge in the fourth quarter as shorthanded Alaska beat Magnolia, 103-99, to secure a spot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Manuel set a career-high 35 points while Antonio Campbell added 28 points an 15 rebounds for the Aces, who tied TNT in second place with a 6-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “I thought it was a playoff game personally,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “They played really well, came back and took the lead, but it’s going to be pretty impossible to talk to you guys without talking to Vic Manuel.”“I don’t know what to say. He went off and I think Rafi, I don’t know if he’s the premier one-on-one post defender or he’s just one of them but I have incredible respect for Rafi Reavis’ defense and I think he’s helped teams win championships his whole career the way he plays defense so for Vic to score the way he did against such a smart, long defender and a winner like Rafi was really amazing,” Compton added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 30-year-old forward scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Hotshots.Manuel went 14-of-20 from the field and had seven rebounds and two blocks. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Maraño named Philippine team captain Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Justin Jackson had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his PBA debut for Magnolia but shot only 3-of-13 from the free throw line and missed a dunk inside the final minute that would’ve cut the Aces’ lead down to three.Paul Lee also had 21, including 19 in the second half but it still wasn’t enough as the Hotshots dropped their third straight game to fall to 3-4.Alaska posted its second consecutive victory since its star forward Calvin Abueva, who was suspended indefinitely by the Aces for failing to report to the team for more than a week.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

Bad weather forces Ballyshannon Agricultural Show committee to cancel

first_imgThis year’s Ballyshannon Agricultural Show has been cancelled on health and safety grounds.The show was due to take place this Sunday at Donegal Road in Ballyshannon.However, organisers have taken a late decision to cancel the event due to the bad weather. A statement from the organisers said “Hi folks due to the current weather conditions and in the interests of public safety we have had to take the decision to cancel this year’s show.“The show committee very much regret this decision but safety is paramount at all times.We would also like to thank all the exhibitors that entered this year’s who we are in the process of contracting to let them about the show, we would also like to all our sponsors and supporters for their continued support throughout the years and look forward to seeing you all at next year’s show.”Bad weather forces Ballyshannon Agricultural Show committee to cancel was last modified: August 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannon Agricultural ShowCancellationweatherlast_img read more