Rugby must build on Women’s World Cup

first_img We are the champions! England celebrate their Women’s World Cup triumph in Paris After England beat Canada to be crowned world champions, rugby must make the most of this opportunity to grow the women’s game To finish, though, let us celebrate England’s momentous achievement and hope that this tournament inspires the next generation of women’s rugby stars. In the words of Alphonsi: “Hopefully it will increase participation and get more people involved in the sport. This has grown attention to the sport and people who’ve not watched it before now want to watch it more. Women’s rugby is a spectator sport in England and across the world now.”Don’t miss monthly reports from the women’s game in Rugby World. “THIS COULD  be the tipping point for women’s rugby worldwide.” Those were the words of England coach Gary Street after England’s 21-9 Women’s World Cup final win over Canada at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.It’s important to celebrate England’s achievement – after three successive defeats to New Zealand in the climax of the women’s tournament they deserve huge credit for lifting the trophy for the first time in 20 years – but the bigger picture could prove more significant.In recent years the focus in women’s rugby has shifted to sevens. With rugby sevens making its Olympics debut in Rio in 2016, the IRB have a Women’s World Sevens Series and countries like Canada and Australia are putting a lot of funding into the abbreviated game.This month’s World Cup has shown, however, that there is a huge appetite for 15-a-side women’s rugby. Record TV figures and big crowds have put the game in front of a wider audience than ever before and raised its profile hugely. As Street says: “Women’s rugby at this level is a hell of a sport.”Thanks for the memories: fans have been out in force throughout the Women’s World Cup in ParisThe final may have been a stop-start affair but few sporting finals are exceptional given the pressure of the occasion. It’s the semi-finals to which people should look to see the quality of the women’s game today.England were simply sublime in the way they dismantled Ireland in their last-four tie on Wednesday, the forwards showing no mercy up front and the backs capitalising on that momentum. Then the crowd – as raucous as many a men’s Test match – for the semi-final between France and Canada were treated to a nip-tuck affair where the contact was wince-inducing and the Magali Harvey try was a joy to watch. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the four years since the last World Cup, the standard of play has risen hugely. England and New Zealand were in a class of their own in 2010 whereas France, Ireland and Canada have all added to the mix here.The improvement in tight-forward skills was evident in the number of tries scored at this tournament from diving mauls – a technical element of the game that is now being mastered by the elite female players. Kicking, once the glaring weakness in the women’s game, has also developed across all the sides, be that in a tactical or goalkicking sense.Wonder woman: Emily Scarratt scores the decisive try in the final and also kicked 11 pointsThe physicality of matches has definitely gone up several notches too. In 2010, Maggie Alphonsi’s fierceness in the tackle set her apart but back-rowers in all teams now show that same power – and that’s without mentioning Canada centres Andrea Burk and Mandy Marchak, who hit with huge force and determination in midfield.The challenge now is to maintain the momentum. Women’s rugby has made the front pages today but it’s important that people continue to recognise their achievements. These are the women who should be idolised by young girls today, not the reality TV stars who wouldn’t want to risk breaking a nail at the breakdown. These players have to juggle jobs as vets and plumbers with competing at the elite level on a global stage; those sacrifices cannot be underestimated and should be roundly applauded. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

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GIVING BACK: Troy Kappa Alpha Psi supports Boys & Girls Club

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… The chapter is a dedicated supporter of education and donates school supplies to different schools, most recently to New Life Christian. The brothers are also involved in local tutoring programs.“We are always looking for ways to be of service,” Fayson said. “When we see a need or hear about a need, we try to help do something about it.” Print Article Sponsored Content The Troy University Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is a service organization that is continually looking for ways to assist with community needs. The chapter is especially supportive of young people and senior adults. They recently donated cleaning supplies to the Boys and Girls Club in Troy. Pictured are chapter members, James Allen, James Wright and Daron Fayson, and Jade Adams, club program coordination.The Troy University Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is dedicated to giving back to the community. The chapter brothers donated a large number of cleaning supplies to the Boys and Girls Club of Pike and Surrounding Counties on Friday. The supplies were purchased with funds donated by the chapter members.“We learned that cleaning supplies are sometimes in short supply at the Boys and Girls Club, so we knew that was an area where we could help,” said Daron Fayson. “The boys and girls enjoy helping with the cleaning so the supplies serve two purposes.” You Might Like Brooks speaks at Troy rotary The March 7 Troy Rotary Meeting was hosted by Jason Reeves and Debbie Rodgers. They invited Drew Brooks with the… read more By The Penny Hoarder The Kappa Alpha Psi members are continually looking for ways to be of service to the community.“We are especially interested in young people and our senior adults” James Wright said.The brothers of the Troy University Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi host the annual fish fry for senior adults that is held at the Colley Senior Complex.“We look forward the fish fry each year,” Fayson said. “The seniors really seem to enjoy getting together for a time of food, friendship and fun and we might enjoy it even more.” By Jaine Treadwell GIVING BACK: Troy Kappa Alpha Psi supports Boys & Girls Club Jade Adams, club program coordinator, said the boys and girls do like to clean.“They especially like Fabuloso, because it smells so fresh and clean,” she said. “They enjoy making the club smell fresh and cleaning here is encouragement for them to help at home. We are so thankful for the support of the Kappa Alpha Psi.”The alumni chapter is a non-profit organization with 14 members and growing. “We are few in number but big in heart,” James Allen said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Email the author Skip Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Endicott Police asking public for assistance with investigation into Badger Avenue dispute

first_imgAnyone with information or video related to the incident is asked to contact the Endicott Police Department. They say they believe the incident began with a dispute on Main Street. However, the department says there is no evidence of a stabbing and the victim did not have gunshots wounds. Police noted the victim refused medical treatment. The suspects were last seen on foot in the area of Badger Avenue and Prospect Street in Endicott, police say. New York State Police and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Police in Endicott are investigating a dispute between individuals that ended with one person injured. The Endicott Police Department says officers responded to a initial report of a shooting and stabbing around 6:21 p.m. Tuesday on the 300 block of Badger Avenue. The investigation is underway. The victims injuries are non-life threatening, police tell 12 News.last_img read more

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