Leigh Halfpenny: How to kick for goal

first_img All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, the World Rugby… Leigh Halfpenny: How to kick for goalOnly Neil Jenkins and Stephen Jones have scored more points for Wales than Leigh Halfpenny, whose goalkicking was also crucial to the British & Irish Lions’ series win in Australia in 2013. Here he offers his top tips on kicking for goal…The tee“When placing the ball, line up the seam of the ball with the target – the middle of the posts. My personal preference is to have the seam with the pump valve on the opposite side to the one facing me. I’m a right-footed kicker and I’ll be aiming to hit the sweet spot about a third of the way up the ball.”The angle“Once the ball is on the tee, I take four steps back and then five to the left, to leave myself with a 45-degree angle towards the ball. Then I’ll visualise 
the ball going between the posts – 
a successful outcome. I like to set a target of a third post in the middle of the two actual posts and I visualise the ball hitting that. If I hit that, I know it’s through!”The run-up The Wales full-back explains how to hit the target from the tee LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “As I run up, I plant my left foot alongside the ball about a shoulder-width apart from it and look to hit the sweet spot with the instep of my right foot, then follow through. Don’t stop once you strike the ball, take your weight through it and finish past the tee.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… England Women’s full-back Danielle Waterman gives her top… Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks Expand Collapse Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Beauden Barrett: How to mix your kicks Expand Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Mike Haley: How to perfect your positioning at 15 Mike Haley: How to perfect your positioning at 15 Tee time: Leigh Halfpenny kicks a conversion for Wales (Getty Images) Sale Sharks full-back Mike Haley gives his top… The stance“You want an upright stance when kicking the ball, not bent over. That gets me more power and distance – and more accuracy – when I’m striking the ball. I use trigger phrases – get alongside the ball, stay upright, make contact through the ball. Because I’m focused on executing those points, I forget about 
the crowd.”This article originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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VBT Bicycling Vacations returns to its Vermont Roots

first_imgBRISTOL, VERMONT – Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Grand Circle Corporation in Boston, announced that Gregg Marston has purchased Vermont Bicycle Tours Bicycling Vacation (VBT) from Grand Circle. Mr. Marston has served as VBT’s President since 1999.”We are delighted to have sold VBT to someone who shares our passion for adventurous, discovery-oriented travel experiences that have the power to change people’s lives,” said Lewis. “We know that VBT is in excellent hands.””As an avid traveler and bicycling enthusiast who has had the privilege of leading VBT for the past six years, I am very enthusiastic about the acquisition of VBT,” said Marston. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to offer the best bicycling vacation choices around the world, at the best value in the industry. Further, I am delighted to bring this company back to its roots in Vermont.”Established in Bristol Vermont in 1971, VBT Bicycling Vacations is the oldest bicycle touring company in the USA. The company specializes in deluxe bicycling vacations throughout the Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Additionally, VBT offers several bicycling and barge vacations throughout Holland, Belgium, and France in conjunction with Continental Waterways, a Grand Circle subsidiary. VBT will serve nearly 4,500 travelers in 2005.Headquartered in Bristol, Vermont, VBT has regional offices in Italy, France and England, and will continue to develop bicycle vacations throughout Europe, North America and other destinations throughout the world. VBT can be reached in Vermont at 1-800-245-3868 or at www.vbt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Carter-Williams delivers cathartic performance in Sweet 16 against Indiana just 5 days after fire at home

first_imgWASHINGTON — Michael Carter-Williams’ season has straddled the line between spectacular and subpar, dazzling and disappointing. He’s been a hero in some games, the culprit in others. With Syracuse’s season on the line, in a game against one of the best teams in the nation, Carter-Williams was everything the Orange needed him to be.Aggressive in the lane. Confident from the arc. Relentless on defense.Carter-Williams scored 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, including a 3-of-6 performance from the perimeter, to help lead fourth-seeded Syracuse (29-9) to a 61-50 win over No. 1-seed Indiana (29-7) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington. He used his lengthy frame to his advantage on Thursday night, giving the undersized Indiana guards a seemingly impossible task in trying to defend him. And he did all of this less than one week after his home in Hamilton, Mass., caught fire and forced his family out of its home for the foreseeable future.“We’ve been going through some tough times and I’m just trying to bring a smile to my family’s faces and have them enjoy themselves,” Carter-Williams said.Carter-Williams finished with only one assist Thursday, but he took care of the bulk of the scoring.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhether it was a fast-break layup he made in the game’s opening minutes, or a 3-pointer he hit from the left wing that gave Syracuse a 14-5 lead, Carter-Williams asserted himself as the Orange’s most dangerous threat on this night. He reaffirmed that when he nailed a contested 3 from the top of the key, just before falling to the ground from the contact he absorbed, to give Syracuse a commanding 27-11 lead.Head coach Jim Boeheim said he told Carter-Williams earlier in the game to take a 3 even though he didn’t think he’d make it. But if it gave Indiana the idea that he was going to shoot, the Hoosiers would have to defend him outside, which would open up the middle. To Boeheim’s surprise and Syracuse’s benefit, and to the Hoosiers’ frustration, he made it — plus two more.“He made a couple of them and he’s a different player when he can make that shot,” Boeheim said. “We couldn’t get assists because they weren’t coming off.”Carter-Williams didn’t need to create assists.It’s been a strange season for the sophomore guard. He’s had brilliant games like this one and a 15-point, 12-assist performance against Providence on Feb. 20. He’s also had forgettable games, including a dreadful one against Temple where he missed eight free throws and shouldered the brunt of the blame for Syracuse losing to the Owls.Against Georgetown in the Big East tournament, he had only three points on 1-of-7 shooting, and also committed six turnovers.Through all the struggles, Carter-Williams said he remained confident, believing he was a better player than any of those nights that might depict otherwise. He’s also had assistant coach Gerry McNamara constantly in his ear, reminding him of everything he can do.“When I watch him play and I watch him late in games this year, he’s never afraid to make plays or make mistakes,” McNamara said after Thursday’s win. “To me, that’s being a leader. That’s taking responsibility. I’ve kind of just reassured him of that. I’ve told him over and over that he sets the tone for us.”Against Indiana, that tone was aggressiveness, and the Hoosiers couldn’t match it. Carter-Williams repeatedly sliced through Indiana’s defense, drove the lane through traffic, and made tough layups. When he had good looks on the arc, he knocked down big 3s.His four steals at the other end of the floor only added even more to his heroics.Carter-Williams’ final 3-pointer gave SU a 51-37 lead with just over nine minutes left in the game. As he dribbled the ball at the top of the key and directed his teammates on Syracuse’s next possession, the Orange’s fans began clapping and cheering for SU’s sure-handed leader.When the game was over, Carter-Williams went over to see his smiling mother, just five days after her heartache. On Thursday, Carter-Williams delivered a performance that elicited euphoria.“He’s been very aggressive for us, he’s knocking down some shots,” forward C.J. Fair said. “I’m glad he had his coming out party today at the right point in time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2013 at 2:48 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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