Voss: Who are the real contenders?

first_imgAnd of the rest, I have Parramatta as the danger. It would be some occasion if the blue and golds reach the decider. Momentum is a wonderful thing in September.As for the other five, they all have a bit still to prove. It’s a great race.How big is Friday night’s Broncos clash for the Sharks?Massive.And that’s putting to one side the 300-game milestone for Paul Gallen.Coach Shane Flanagan is correct in demanding more defensive consistency from his team. As for consistency in results that’s where there is a problem in terms of winning the competition again. Right now, Cronulla hasn’t managed to win three in a row since back in May. You have to win at least three in a row in the finals to become premiers.If the Storm are the benchmark, they have shown just how good they can be through their win at Suncorp Stadium in Round 17.The ball is in the court of Cronulla to see if they can do the same. On the other hand if Brisbane come up with a convincing win, I’d be prepared to lift them to outright second favourites.But wait, there’s more…Can the Roosters challenge the Storm in Melbourne?It would be some win if they can topple the side looking to latch one hand to the minor premiership shield. Speaking in very broad terms, I think a pass mark for the Roosters would be to keep Melbourne to under 18 points. If their defence can hold the Storm to no more than two tries, regardless of the result, then I say their premiership challenge will be in decent shape.Perhaps the Roosters players under most pressure are a few young backs in Connor Watson, Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu. AAMI Park is the deep end, so dive right in fellas!Should tripping penalties be tougher?100 per cent yes. Enough is enough.The trip by Newastle’s Chanel Mata’utia on the Warriors Mason Lino last Saturday warranted tougher action on field, and I believe sterner action through our judiciary system.I expressed my concerns right from the start of the year that while I supported a fines system being introduced, I didn’t believe tripping should be a charge included for such a penalty.Surely tripping can be included as an offence the referee can use the sin bin. Can Eels fans leave work early on Friday?Yes they can.And well done to the Eels for their promotion where coach Brad Arthur will provide the ‘official’ leave pass to employees so they can catch the 6pm kick off at ANZ Stadium against Newcastle.And you can add a note from Vossy as well. I’m saying if you can’t knock off extra early to make the game, you have my permission to make sure you still get away in time to watch the match on Fox League.Can’t wait to call it!Could the great try race actually become a race?One out of left field to finish this week.Just imagine the promotional opportunity we have this season with our race for the NRL’s leading tryscorer.Examine the top five list with four rounds to play.Johnston, Vunivalu, Addo-Carr, Rapana, Roberts. There are some speedy players in that lot.Can we actually have a footrace as well to crown the fastest player and leading tryscorer?And while we’re at it, I hope the organisers of the Dally Ms are working on a new award to determine the best diving try for the corner of the season. This is something that could be a fan vote. You can call it the CPID medal.That’s the ‘corner post is dead!’Giddy Up!Twitter: @AndrewVossy How many teams can win the premiership?Well the easy answer is that there are still 10 teams in with a chance, but I’m going to cut the list to five.Melbourne is the obvious favourite. I have said it a number of times this season but I’ve enjoyed watching their style of football this year more than any other. I have the Roosters, Broncos and Sharks all on the same rating as contenders heading into this weekend.I still regard the Sharks’ win over the Roosters in Gosford in Round 17 as one of the most impressive performances by a team this year. Produce that on Grand Final Day and they’ll have a second premiership.last_img read more

Injury Affected Athletes in Kampala

first_imgAndrew Kpehe Two Liberian representatives at the 42nd edition of the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, Lucy Massaquoi and Andrew Kpehe, could not live up to expectation.Lucy, 18, crossed the finish-line at 93rd place in the 5K junior race on Sunday with a time of 27:41. She competed along with over 400 athletes from 59 countries.Andrew finished 96th in the 8K junior races with a disjointed arm, and finished at 30:14.“He fell on his arm climbing the hill,” said head Coach Samuel Cooper, who also blamed the hot and humid conditions.“Kampala is very hot and the hills on the course make the race chaotic,” Cooper said.The World Cross Country Championships was held at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday March 26.The race, which had a field of 108 runners, was won by 19 year old Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who was the defending champion, in a time of 18.34.Kenya dominated the 42nd edition.Athlete Lucy MassaquoiGraced by the first citizen of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the races were run on a great course with risings and depressions under relatively warm and humid conditions, and watched by a great and passionate crowd.Kenya won the mixed relay, as well as the senior individual and team women plus men events to amass 10 medals in total (3 gold, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes).Ethiopia took gold in the team event for junior men and Uganda clinched gold in junior men (individual).104 and 106 athletes took part in the Women and Men U-20 events respectively.Kenya won the mixed relay. Kenya’s mixed relay team consisted of Asbel Kiprop (5:19), Wilfred Nzisa Mbithe (6:07), Bernard Kipkorir Koros (5:22) and Beatrice Chepkoech (5:58).17 year old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo claimed Uganda’s first ever gold medal in World Cross Country history.Kiplimo said shortly after the medal presentation ceremony that he anticipated his victory.“Yes, yes, yes. I always thought I could win. It was a very good race. When I decided to break away going into the first lap, I knew I was going to win,” he said.Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn, who finished second in the junior race, cast blame on the Ugandan crowd.“I am happy but not satisfied with second. The crowd made it very difficult for me to run according to my plan,” he said.Meanwhile, Richard Yator Kimunyan, who took third in the junior men’s race, castigated the challenging course.“The course was difficult although I could have done better but I miscalculated towards the end,” he noted.Ethiopia took gold in the women junior (individual event), as well as the junior men and women team events.Geofrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya had the last laugh when he outpaced Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegai with one lap to go.Cheptegai finished a distant 30th but it was good enough to help team Uganda scoop bronze.Uganda’s President Museveni and the first lady, Janet Museveni, who also doubles as the country’s Minister of Education and Sports, graced the Sunday afternoon event.Other dignitaries included the IAAF president Sebatisan Coe and his African based vice president Hamad Kalkaba and Minister of Presidency in charge of Kampala Betty Namisango Kamya were some of the other high profile personalities in Kololo.A total of 557 athletes took part in the 2017 IAAF championship.Prize MoneyA lump sum of $310,000 (sh1.1bn) was offered for the top performers. A total of $140,000 (sh498m) went to the top individual race winners in the two races.In the team events of both senior races, another $140,000 was also on offer. Here $20,000 (sh71m) was up for grabs for each of the winning team.There was also $30,000 for the inaugural relay race.The winning team (Kenya) grabbed $12,000 (sh42.7m). The prize money for the mixed relay applied to the top four teams.The mass race of non-professional athletes crowned the evening.       Final Standings:Kenya – 95 PointsEthiopia – 76 PointsUganda – 32 PointsEritrea – 15 PointsBahrain – 13 PointsUnited States – 11 PointsMorocco – 8 PointsTanzania – 8 PointsJapan – 7 PointsTurkey – 6 PointsSpain – 3 pointsBurundi – 2 PointsSouth Africa – 2 PointsPeru – 1 Point     Medal Table:Kenya – 10 Total (3 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze)Ethiopia – 8 Total (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 0 Bronze)Uganda – 3 Total (1 Gold, 2 Bronze)Bahrain – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Eritrea – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Turkey – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Two Liberian representatives at the 42nd edition of the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, Lucy Massaquoi and Andrew Kpehe, could not live up to expectation.Lucy, 18, crossed the finish-line at 93rd place in the 5K junior race on Sunday with a time of 27:41. She competed along with over 400 athletes from 59 countries.Andrew finished 96th in the 8K junior races with a disjointed arm, and finished at 30:14.“He fell on his arm climbing the hill,” said head Coach Samuel Cooper, who also blamed the hot and humid conditions.“Kampala is very hot and the hills on the course make the race chaotic,” Cooper said.The World Cross Country Championships was held at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday March 26.The race, which had a field of 108 runners, was won by 19 year old Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who was the defending champion, in a time of 18.34.Kenya dominated the 42nd edition.Graced by the first citizen of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the races were run on a great course with risings and depressions under relatively warm and humid conditions, and watched by a great and passionate crowd.Kenya won the mixed relay, as well as the senior individual and team women plus men events to amass 10 medals in total (3 gold, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes).Ethiopia took gold in the team event for junior men and Uganda clinched gold in junior men (individual).104 and 106 athletes took part in the Women and Men U-20 events respectively.Kenya won the mixed relay. Kenya’s mixed relay team consisted of Asbel Kiprop (5:19), Wilfred Nzisa Mbithe (6:07), Bernard Kipkorir Koros (5:22) and Beatrice Chepkoech (5:58).17 year old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo claimed Uganda’s first ever gold medal in World Cross Country history.Kiplimo said shortly after the medal presentation ceremony that he anticipated his victory.“Yes, yes, yes. I always thought I could win. It was a very good race. When I decided to break away going into the first lap, I knew I was going to win,” he said.Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn, who finished second in the junior race, cast blame on the Ugandan crowd.“I am happy but not satisfied with second. The crowd made it very difficult for me to run according to my plan,” he said.Meanwhile, Richard Yator Kimunyan, who took third in the junior men’s race, castigated the challenging course.“The course was difficult although I could have done better but I miscalculated towards the end,” he noted.Ethiopia took gold in the women junior (individual event), as well as the junior men and women team events.Geofrey Kipsang Kamworor of Kenya had the last laugh when he outpaced Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegai with one lap to go.Cheptegai finished a distant 30th but it was good enough to help team Uganda scoop bronze.Uganda’s President Museveni and the first lady, Janet Museveni, who also doubles as the country’s Minister of Education and Sports, graced the Sunday afternoon event.Other dignitaries included the IAAF president Sebatisan Coe and his African based vice president Hamad Kalkaba and Minister of Presidency in charge of Kampala Betty Namisango Kamya were some of the other high profile personalities in Kololo.A total of 557 athletes took part in the 2017 IAAF championship.Prize MoneyA lump sum of $310,000 (sh1.1bn) was offered for the top performers. A total of $140,000 (sh498m) went to the top individual race winners in the two races.In the team events of both senior races, another $140,000 was also on offer. Here $20,000 (sh71m) was up for grabs for each of the winning team.There was also $30,000 for the inaugural relay race.The winning team (Kenya) grabbed $12,000 (sh42.7m). The prize money for the mixed relay applied to the top four teams.The mass race of non-professional athletes crowned the evening.       Final Standings:Kenya – 95 PointsEthiopia – 76 PointsUganda – 32 PointsEritrea – 15 PointsBahrain – 13 PointsUnited States – 11 PointsMorocco – 8 PointsTanzania – 8 PointsJapan – 7 PointsTurkey – 6 PointsSpain – 3 pointsBurundi – 2 PointsSouth Africa – 2 PointsPeru – 1 Point     Medal Table:Kenya – 10 Total (3 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze)Ethiopia – 8 Total (4 Gold, 4 Silver, 0 Bronze)Uganda – 3 Total (1 Gold, 2 Bronze)Bahrain – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Eritrea – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Turkey – 1 Total (1 Bronze)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more