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Absentee Voting In Ripley County Saturday

September 24, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgRipley County voters unable to cast a ballot during the Primary Election on May 6 will have an opportunity the next two weekends.Clerk Mary Ann McCoy announced that there will be absentee voting in the Election Room of the Ripley County Courthouse Sat., April 26 and Sat., May 3.Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Questions can be fielded by calling (812) 689-4783.last_img

Carmel Tennis

September 24, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgForty-two year old Mike Bostic is retiring as the tennis coach for Carmel High School.  In his 8 years as a tennis coach at Carmel, his boys team won 5 state titles and the girls team 3.  The girls team did this in the last 4 years.  On their run to the state championship game this year they went 39-1 in their matches, including a 5-0 state title over Munster.In his 8 years at the helm of the Greyhounds, his teams were 181-2.  You might ask why a 42-year old with such a record would be retiring.  He has 2 young sons and he wants to spend time with them.  From another point of view, what does he have to prove?  Good luck, Mike, in your retirement from tennis.  Oh, by the way, most of the girls team is back for next year.last_img

first_img Comments Published on September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Casey Ramirez can’t imagine how Megan Bellingham has fought through four turbulent years on the Syracuse women’s soccer team.Ramirez, a senior defender, has seen Bellingham, the team’s only other senior, suffer three knee injuries during her career with the Orange — each more debilitating than the others.But Bellingham has found a way to turn each heartbreaking setback into something worthwhile. And although Bellingham can’t take the playing field for her senior year in 2011, she’s still positioned herself to be a contributor for SU (2-3-3, 1-1 Big East) this season. She’s remained on the team as a student assistant coach, never questioning whether or not she wanted to stick around.‘Soccer is something I’ve done my whole life, and I really love the game,’ Bellingham said. ‘I love this program, I really believe in where it’s going, so I was just fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come and help anyway I could.’It wasn’t long ago that Bellingham was helping SU on the pitch with her stellar play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe forward was having one of the best statistical seasons on the team. Through 13 games, Bellingham had three goals and three assists.But that 13th game proved to be her last as a player for SU.Still, she was tied for the team lead with nine points at the end of the season despite playing seven fewer games than the rest of the team.After that knee injury, Bellingham underwent surgery. She was working her way back to playing her senior year for an Orange team that remained in desperate need of her scoring.‘There’s always a great opportunity to learn, even in a difficult situation,’ Bellingham said. ‘That’s probably when you learn the most.But Bellingham was snakebitten again.During the summer, Bellingham reinjured that same left knee. Although it didn’t require surgery, it keeps her out of the 2011 season.Being injured for three of her five seasons hasn’t been an easy pill to swallow.‘Last season it was my senior year,’ Bellingham said. ‘I was really looking forward to playing. I had worked hard to come back. I think once that one happened, it was pretty frustrating.’Bellingham’s teammates have learned the importance of being resilient through watching her struggle.Ramirez said Bellingham has always had a great commitment to the program, and while she can’t play, it’s still great seeing her stick around as a coach.Even Megan Hunsberger, a freshman that never shared the playing field with Bellingham, looks at her as a leader.As for SU head coach Phil Wheddon, he has a great amount of respect for her.‘She’s been dedicated to the program since she’s been here,’ Wheddon said. ‘She’s faced a lot of adversity, and this just shows the quality of her character that she still wants to come out and be involved even though she can’t play.’Wheddon said her role as a student assistant is crucial to the team’s success. Sometimes a player won’t understand a coaching decision, but when a player hears from a peer it might make more sense.Bellingham will usually aid coaches on day-to-day operations like studying video and working with players on an individual level. As someone closer to the player’s age, her message can be even more effective than the coaches’ message.And as much as Bellingham has helped Wheddon and assistant coaches Abby Crumpton and Adam Reekie with prepping the team, she has also learned a lot.She wants to become a coach of her own team one day, and Bellingham has been a sponge to everything the coaches have said and done throughout the season.‘They’ve all been just really awesome in trying to be really intentional in letting me know what they’re doing and what their motives behind it are,’ Bellingham said.So while she won’t be able to play with her teammates as they attempt to reach the Big East tournament this year, Bellingham isn’t one to sulk. She has turned the situation into a positive by continuing to contribute to the team — just in a different form.Said Bellingham: ‘This is your new role, and you can either dwell on what could have been or you can just move forward to the future.’dgproppe@syr.edulast_img read more

first_img Published on February 21, 2013 at 2:14 am Contact Debbie: dbtruong@syr.edu | @debbietruong Syracuse finished last season ranked a program-best No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Having graduated key players, the Orange found itself relegated to familiar territory at the start of the 2013 season, falling outside of the Top 25 once more. But it doesn’t faze the Orange.“We try not to really worry about the politics stuff because it kind of gets in our head and if we feel that we’re good enough, then that’s all that really matters,” junior first baseman Jasmine Watson said.Fresh off of a 3-1 showing at last weekend’s Cougar Classic, the Orange will look to add to its win column at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, formerly the Cathedral City Classic. SU makes the cross-country trek to Palm Springs, Calif., to face ranked opponents Florida and Stanford, as well as San Diego State, Colorado State and Long Beach State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe level of competition in the five-game slate makes it one of pitching-ace-turned-assistant-coach Jenna Caira’s favorite trips of the season. The tournament features teams that will capitalize on the smallest errors, making tight play especially important as SU heads toward the brunt of its schedule, Big East play.“We just have to make sure we play our A-game,” Caira said. “We can’t let up because these are the type of teams that we’ll be facing and are going to jump on the opportunities when we don’t make mistakes, so we really have to limit those.”The Orange will look to build off of and learn from last weekend’s Cougar Classic. Syracuse fell to James Madison at the tournament’s close, despite notching its first three wins of the weekend. Following strong hitting throughout the first three games, the Orange went cold at bat against James Madison, falling 8-0.Last weekend’s loss to James Madison aside, Lindsay Taylor’s pitching was a bright spot, Caira said. Taylor has developed a stronger handle on the change-up and, moving forward, Caira said she’d like to see the sophomore move batters in the box more. Remaining on point and not letting the team’s spirits dip – even if the team falls in a scoring rut as it did against Madison — is vital, Watson said.“We were all down and that can’t happen,” she said. So, I think it’s just when you see someone down, don’t feed off of it, pick them up and we then feed off your positive energy.” For senior captain Veronica Grant, a Southern California native who will be returning home to play in front of family, a successful tournament begins first by remaining in the moment, trusting in one another’s play and not worrying about the team on the other side. “I think that’s a major key, not thinking about the name on the jersey. People will be like, ‘Oh, you’re playing Stanford.’ It’s just another team. We need to treat it like it’s just another team and play our hardest.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAnother home game, another win for the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s soccer team as they took down UW-Milwaukee at home Tuesday night, 3-0.The victory finishes off the season series against in-state opponents, completing the Badgers’ sweep with wins of 1-0 over Marquette University and 3-0 over UW-Green Bay earlier this year.The 3-0-0 record is a big improvement over last season when the Badgers went 1-1-1 against the same three opponents, which proved to hurt the squad come conference play.For most of the first half Tuesday’s game, the UW-Milwaukee Panthers (6-6-2, 3-2-1 Horizon) kept pressure on the defensive front of the Badgers (8-3-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten), pushing the ball forward and challenging the possession of the defenders. The home squad was able to take advantage of the aggressive play and struck for their first goal of the game early in the match.Senior midfielder Brian Hail found the back of the net after the keeper was put out of position by a cross from the end line. The ninth minute strike was the first goal on the season for Hail and came off of the third assist on the season from junior forward Mark Segbars.Coming out of the gate in the second half, the momentum switched as the Badgers played to the formula of the Panthers and kept pressure on Milwaukee’s backline with three shots and a corner kick in the first five minutes. Soon afterwards, UW-Madison won a penalty kick when UW-Milwaukee redshirt sophomore Jason Palitang Svensson was given a yellow card for his tackle of Badger junior midfielder Mike Catalano in the box. Junior Christopher Mueller was able to calmly take advantage of the penalty kick, guiding the ball smoothly into the bottom right corner of the goal. It was Mueller’s fifth goal of the season.The third and final goal of the game came from sophomore defender Sam Brotherton, the recent call-up for the New Zealand national team, in the 70th minute. The goal was the Auckland, New Zealand defender’s second in two games since his return from international play.Overall, the strike was his third on the season and moved him into fourth on the team with six points. Brotherton has been far more aggressive in his sophomore season and adds a depth to the Wisconsin offense to go along with a dominant defensive front.Men’s soccer: Badgers fall short in thrilling overtime against No. 1 TerrapinsIn what will be remembered as one of the best Big Ten games in recent memory, the battle of first Read…The next game for the Badgers is this Friday against Indiana University. The conference game will be the second match of a four game stretch at home to end regular season play for Wisconsin.last_img read more

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti was relieved of his coaching duties at German giants Bayern Munich, in the aftermath of an historic 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. The defeat by the Bavarian to the Nouveau-Riche of European football was the heaviest suffered in 21 years on Europe’s biggest stage.Affectionately nicknamed Carletto, the latest dismissal represents the third (Chelsea-2011, Real Madrid-2015 and Bayern Munich-2017) of such in the last six years of his managerial career. Just how badly have things turned out to be for a manager who was voted IFFHS World’s best coach-2007, 2014?Upon the departure of Pep Guardiola in 2016, at the expiration of his three year managerial contract at Bayern Munich, the club announced the immediate acquisition of Ancelotti as the replacement for the Spaniard. Here, was a manager that had won domestic titles in every country he had coached in and remains the only coach to have won the UEFA Champions League title three times(AC Milan-2003, 2007 and Real Madrid-2014).He was a winner by all standards, but was he necessarily going to fit into Bayern’s somewhat unusual tradition and language barrier? First, he employed his son Davide, who had a good mastery and understanding of the German language as an assistant. The season kicked-off, Bayern were winning, but not with that swagger, dominance and almost invincibility associated with the team under Guardiola’s rein.There were rumours that senior players Philip Lahm and Xabi Alonso complained to the club hierarchy, led by President Uli Hoeness and Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge concerning the training methods of the Italian tactician. After voicing out their discontent, were, there any surprises the duo both retired at the end of the season and equally turned down the chance at different times of request to become Carletto’s right hand man. Coincidental right?The current season hasn’t gone according to plan for Bayern Munich and there are rumours that five players, chief among them Arjen Robben, had complained about Ancelotti’s methods. The result was a sack issued to the highly successful Italian manager.Despite the latest misadventure which has led to Ancelotti coming out to publicly state he wants to take a 10-month break from coaching, we simply cannot take anything away from the achievements of a man who has coached and won domestic titles in Italy, England, Spain, France and Germany, failing to win a league title in just the Spanish La Liga.As the 58-year-old nomadic manager embarks on yet another sabbatical, what is almost certain, is Ancelotti will favour a fresh challenge in a new environment when he returns and you can count on him winning a league title in his first full season in-charge of the ‘chosen’ club.Relatedlast_img read more

Torres double puts Rubin to the sword

August 28, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgChelsea produced an efficient display to comfortably beat Rubin Kazan 3-1 in their Europa League quarter-final first-leg game at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, courtesy of two goals from Fernando Torres.The hosts took the lead early on after the much-maligned Spaniard poked home from inside the area following a superb pass from David Luiz, and they had a second before the break after Victor Moses smashed a fantastic half-volley into the top corner.However, the visitors pulled one back when John Terry was adjudged to have blocked a Christian Ansaldi shot with his arm, leaving Bebras Natcho to dispatch the penalty. But Torres managed to grab his second of the evening and Chelsea’s third after climbing highest in the box to nod home Juan Mata’s accurate delivery from the left.Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez made six changes from the side that beat Manchester United in the FA Cup clash on Monday, with Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, John Mikel Obi, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba making way for Torres, Terry, Frank Lampard, Ryan Bertand, Torres and Moses while Yossi Benayoun was handed a rare start.Rubin Kazan manager Kurban Berdyev was without France international Yann M’Vila due to injury, while the competition’s second highest goalscorer Jose Salomon Rondon started on the bench alongside former Chelsea youngster Gokhan Tore, with Vladimir Dyadun handed the task of leading the line.Both sides made a slow start until Torres found a breakthrough for the hosts 16th minute with a bundled finish from inside the six-yard box after latching on to a magnificent long pass from Luiz. Shortly after the goal, a mazy run from Bertrand, during which he beat four men, saw his clipped goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Roman Sharonov with the goalkeeper beaten as the game started to awaken from its early slumber.Following a flowing move which saw Sergei Ryzhikov tip away a Torres header, Chelsea kept the move alive with Benayoun working the ball inside the box to Moses, who let fly with a vicious strike into the top corner in the 32nd minute to double the team’s advantage.The visitors managed to pull a goal back before the break, though, when an Ansaldi strike hit Terry’s arm inside the box in the 41st minute; Natcho stepped up to take the resulting penalty, expertly sending Petr Cech the wrong way from the spot.Chelsea started the second half in the ascendancy once more, with only a wonderful save from Ryzhikov keeping the scores the same as he got down low to tip away a fizzing Mata strike after a superb move involving Luiz and Ramires.With the Russian outfit offering little threat going forward, Chelsea extended their lead in the 70th minute with Torres grabbing his second of the evening, powerfully heading Mata’s excellent delivery past Ryzhikov in the 70th minute. Despite a number of efforts from distance, Chelsea were unable to add a fourth goal and any extra gloss to what represented a surprisingly serene evening against a more than accommodating opponent. The Blues now head to Russia with a healthy advantage as they look to keep their silverware hopes alive.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw’s back has him back on DL

August 26, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe Dodgers later announced that Kershaw exited with right lower back tightness. He is set to meet with Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, to undergo tests that will determine the severity of his injury. Regardless of the outcome, Kershaw will be placed on the 10-day disabled list.“A lot of frustration,” he said. “I’ve done countless hours of back maintenance and rehab trying to stay healthy. I’ve felt really, really good up to this point.”Kershaw, the only Dodgers pitcher who hasn’t missed a start this year, looked sharp in his 21st start of the season. He now leads the National League in ERA (2.04), wins (15-2) and innings (141 1/3).After an efficient first inning against the Atlanta Braves, Kershaw said he felt “something different” throwing his final warm-up pitch prior to the second inning. He declined to describe the sensation any further. The devil would appear to lie in the details.Kershaw was diagnosed with a mild disk herniation in his back last season, an injury that cost him more than two months and perhaps his fourth Cy Young Award. In years past, the 29-year-old left-hander missed time with pain in his right hip. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There wasn’t any shooting pain down the leg or the sensations that he felt last year,” Roberts said of Kershaw, “so that’s encouraging.”The Dodgers were well-positioned to absorb Kershaw’s injury a year ago, going 38-24 in his absence. With baseball’s best record at 68-31 and a 10 1/2-game lead in the National League West, the Dodgers might be in even better shape now if Kershaw spends more than 10 days on the DL.Sunday, the Dodgers won in their final at-bat for the seventh time this season, merely adding to their momentum.“That just proves the depth on this team, that anyone can come in in any situation,” rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger said.Still, as the July 31 trade deadline approaches and teams scour the market for potential deals, Kershaw’s health was not a question mark the Dodgers needed. They have been linked to Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, among others. If Kershaw’s diagnosis is anything but minor, the asking price for Darvish and other starting pitchers can only rise.For that reason any shred of optimism Sunday was worth clinging to.“From what I understand it’s more muscular,” Roberts said of Kershaw’s injury. “The sharpness that he felt last year, the herniation-type thing, that’s not what he felt. The scans could prove different.”Beyond that, Roberts said, he did not want to speculate about a prognosis.The two-inning start was Kershaw’s shortest since May 17, 2014.“The first inning I felt really good,” he said. “I thought I might have had a chance at a good one.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> The first thing Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes noticed was the mechanics. Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his full range of extension, a red flag for any pitcher. So, with two outs in the second inning, in the middle of an at-bat on a sweltering Sunday, Barnes jogged to the mound.“He looked like something was going on in his head, like something in his eyes,” Barnes said. “I don’t know. Obviously he’s a tough dude. He’s never going to come out of a game. Something seemed wrong with him.”With manager Dave Roberts and assistant athletic trainer Nate Lucero watching, Kershaw threw a couple practice pitches. He resolved to finish the inning, which he did.Back in the dugout, Kershaw sat uncomfortably as a trainer approached. The two chatted quickly, then walked down the tunnel leading into the home clubhouse. Quietly, Kershaw’s day was done.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – The backyard was where their love for lacrosse bloomed.Rob and Alex Kelly can still recall the times they spent together at their Rumson home sharpening their skills with joint wall ball sessions, and strengthening their brotherly bond with more mellow games of catch.Back then remained focused on the fun of the sport, rather than the places it could one day take them.However, years later that focus has shifted, as the Kelly brothers have earned the opportunity to go further than they ever dreamed, taking the international stage this summer at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel, where they’ll headline the Jamaican National Team roster.“When I first picked up the game of lacrosse, I never knew if I would be skilled enough to play for the varsity team in high school, let alone in college,” said Alex, 23, a 2013 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and a two-year varsity competitor who is currently playing for Monmouth University. “Now, to be preparing to compete on the international level, it’s a dream come true.”The Kelly brothers’ Jamaican citizenship comes from their mother Nicola, who was born in the island nation before relocating to the United Kingdom. It was there she met and married her husband, Kevin Kelly, and where the couple had two sons.Eventually the Kellys moved across the Atlantic to New Jersey and settled in Rumson. But thanks to their mother’s national pride, the boys never lost touch with their familial roots.“We’ve been going to Jamaica and spending time there pretty much every year since I can remember,” said Rob, 26, who graduated from RFH in 2010 after three seasons of varsity competition with the Bulldogs, followed by a spot on the University of Richmond club team. “And that’s because my mother has always maintained a strong sense of pride in her home country, and it’s something she’s certainly instilled in us.”“Being able to represent Jamaica in this fashion has made our mother very proud,” Alex said. “We wouldn’t have this opportunity without her and it goes deeper than citizenship. She’s been instrumental in helping put this team together. From organizing the players and coaches, to the fundraising efforts, she’s basically started a small company and it’s all in the name of Jamaican lacrosse. And when mom’s pulling that much weight, we’d better play well for her.”This journey to the FIL National Lacrosse Championships began a year ago when Rob took a trip to the Caribbean country where he spent a week training and coaching Jamaican children alongside Christian Brothers Academy alum Kevin Dugan, the executive director of Fields of Growth, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the game through positive social impact and global leadership development.It was at the instructional clinic where Dugan notified Kelly about plans to field the first Jamaican National Team in the county’s history and to have that outfit play among the world’s best this July in Israel.“When I got out there Kevin and I started to talk and he realized that my mother was from Jamaica. Then I told him about my brother and he was even happier,” Rob said.“We understand how special this is,” Alex added. “This is the first time Jamaica has had a lacrosse team play at the international level and there’s some responsibility that comes with being part of it. This a roster full of talented players with something to prove. We don’t want to just go out and play. We want to compete and win and prove that Jamaica belongs.”The Kelly brothers and their teammates are set to appear in one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, as the Jamaican National Team squares off with host country Israel in the event’s opener on July 12, which is expected to fill the 24,000-seat Netanya Stadium.“That game is definitely the one we’ve all had circled on our calendars,” Rob said. “With 48 countries competing, it’s the largest turnout in the history of this tournament, and we’re going to be starting it off with all the fans and every other team on hand to watch. This is the biggest game I’ll ever be part of and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”According to the Kelly brothers, though the FIL World Lacrosse Championship is the first step toward introducing Jamaica to the national stage, it can’t be the last, as they and their teammates are planning a sustained, hands-on effort to instill a lacrosse tradition on the island nation.“We certainly plan on going back there at some point and we do feel that responsibility to immerse ourselves in the Jamaican lacrosse community,” Rob said. “That’s the only way to build a culture and a tradition and to ensure that this national program can be self-sustaining.”The FIL World Lacrosse Championship is scheduled to run from July 12-21.This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Fiji locals help inspire Bati bonding

May 26, 2020 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgThe 27-year-old veteran of six Tests for Fiji is now one of the senior men in the squad along with the likes of captain James Storer and as such they take some ownership of welcoming the new players into the fold.But while most of the squad is made up of current or former NRL players and players from the respective state-based Intrust premierships, there are four players based locally in Fiji who have brought their own unique flavour to this Bati squad.Tuimasi Pio Moceiwaiyevo Seci, Ratu Jowasa Tubailagi Drodrolagi, Etuate Tamanikaitai Qionimacawa and Iliavi Chris Ravu are certainly not household names over here and coach Mick Potter by his own admission isn’t even sure how to pronounce them, but they are just as important to the squad as any other player, according to Naiqama.”We’ve got four local boys from Fiji and once we introduced ourselves to them they were just in shock and it definitely makes me proud when I see that,” Naiqama told NRL.com of meeting his new teammates.”It’s definitely a reality check and just how blessed we are in the NRL being at that level. Sometimes it can become a routine so it is a reality check when you see that reaction on their face. It definitely makes me more proud to be Fijian.”They were (awestruck) at the start but they’ve come out of their shell a bit and that’s what we want. Our senior boys want to spend more time with them to make them feel welcome.”The team shares prayer sessions in the morning and evening while a night of ten-pin bowling on Tuesday night as a follow up to Monday’s team go-karting session had also brought the group together quickly.”We want to make them feel welcome, they’re just as much a part of this as anyone else and they’re definitely feeling that,” Naiqama said.”The Fijian culture, if you’ve been to Fiji it’s always happy people so it’s a positive that we gel real easy. It’s only been three days but it’s like we’ve known each other for weeks.”It also helps that Fijians are naturally so happy and cheerful – and not to mention musical as well as spiritual – Naiqama added.”We’ve got our hymn that we sing before [a game], we do our diversion every morning. “It’s something that’s part of our culture, we put our footy on the foundation of God so we do that every morning at 7am and every night at 5:30, we put 15 or 20 minutes aside for that.”Anyone who has visited Fiji will know what Naiqama is talking about when he says everyone there is musical.”It’s weird how it is but we’re just blessed in that regard that we can all sing and when our voices come together it sounds real good. Those four Fijians coming in have instilled that into all of us,” he said.Potter told NRL.com that selecting the Fiji-based players had required some assistance but they had been a very welcome addition to the squad.”We’ve got some new players that are pretty green to this standard so we’ve done a fair bit of teaching. The players have got together, in their own way they build that very quickly, that togetherness. They do a lot of singing and praying and there’s a good feeling in the camp,” Potter said.”It is a good culture and that brings them together and the pleasing thing is most of the time when they’re doing that they’re not on their mobile phones.”When they’re in a group everyone’s got their heads up communicating or singing rather than having their head in their phones which is what you quite often see now with young players.”The biggest challenge for the new players would be getting used to the intensity of how the game is played by NRL-calibre players, according to Potter.”There’s so many subtleties that we have in the game… every play is daunting for new players, especially fresh from Fiji,” he said.”They’re on a steep learning curve and some of the other guys are as well. There’s some guys there with names I can’t even pronounce but there’s some big athletic young men that will give a good account of themselves on Saturday.”Both Naiqama and Potter also threw their support behind new Kangaroo and former Bati Semi Radradra, despite their obvious disappointment at not having him in the squad.”They’re more happy for him because they know what it could mean to his family and himself. Sure they’re disappointed they can’t play with him but he’s doing better for himself and that’s great,” Potter said.”He probably makes the Australian team better. Some of the Australian people are probably disappointed because someone’s got to miss out because Semi’s going to take their place.”Added Naiqama: “Obviously we’d love to have him here playing for Fiji. He has played for us but we can’t be angry at him, we love him too. At the end of the day he is Fijian and that’s where he comes from but him getting to represent Australia, we’re happy for him and we support his decision.”last_img read more