University of the Sunshine Coast Barbarians appoint new head coach

The University of the Sunshine Coast Rugby union club have appointed a new A grade coach for the 2018 season.

Keith Davies joins the Barbarians after the departure of Rhys Roberts, who took up another position in the UK.

Public transport to the cricket in the new year – Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast cricket fans wanting to attend local fixtures will be able to get to the games on the following services.

Caloundra vs Glasshouse at Roy Henzell Oval

There are two stops right at the ground. This stop is serviced by the 603, and the 609.

Anyone travelling from anywhere between Caloundra and Noosa will need to get another bus to Caloundra and change buses there.

The 605 services a stop on the other side of the shopping centre from the oval.

Anyone attending the Caloundra v Glasshouse game will also be able to watch Caloundra’s division 3A side take on Caboolture.

Tewantin Noosa vs Caboolture at Read Park

Tewantin’s Read Park has a bus stop nearby serviced by the 631 and 632 bus routes.

Any traveling from Caboolture will have to get the train to Nambour then the 631 to Read Park as there is no train that travels further north until the afternoon.

Any one taking the coastal route will need to get another bus north then change at either Noosa Junction or Noosa Heads.

Nambour vs Maroochydore at the Showgrounds

The Nambour Showgrounds is passed by the 612 route.

This route runs between Maroochydore and the Nambour Hospital. Any coming from somewhere not on the route can change services at either Sunshine Plaza or Nambour Train Station.

The same two clubs will be playing a division 3A contest on the Showgrounds number two field.

FFA Media Release: Determination of independent National Arbitration Tribunal

The independent National Arbitration Tribunal convened today, Friday 29 December 2017, in relation to an application for Determination of a Dispute lodged by the Hyundai A-League Clubs regarding the release of Hyundai A-League players to be part of the Australian U23 men’s national football team for the AFC U23 Championship which will be played in China from 9-27 January 2018

The independent Arbitrator, Dominic Villa, dismissed the Clubs’ application that they are not required to release the selected players.

FFA CEO David Gallop acknowledged the decision of the independent Arbitrator.

“Going into today’s hearing we believed that we had a strong case to select players from the A-League for national representative teams under the long standing contractual relationship with each A League club set out in the club participation agreement,” said Gallop.

“It is not ideal that this Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tournament falls outside a designated FIFA international window, however, the scheduling is outside FFA’s control. As the governing body of football in Australia it is vital that we are able to select strong, competitive squads for these events so that we can develop the best players possible to represent Australia at senior level. It is also very important that Australia is an active participant in Asian football. The players want the opportunity to represent their country and Australian football supporters want us to be competitive.

“FFA is also responsible for running the A-League and we consider seriously the impact these selections can have on the Clubs which is why in this case we limited the maximum number of players chosen from any one Club to three.

“Satisfying the requirements of FIFA regulations, AFC tournaments and the Clubs is complicated and a good example of the fact that decisions taken by the governing body regularly require a balancing of competing interests.

“We will continue to work with the Clubs and the players through Professional Footballers Australia to seek the best outcomes in these matters.”

GCL report round 4

A thrilling tie between Traralgon District and Bairnsdale highlighted Round 4 of GCL action, with the result throwing a spanner into the works as far as the league ladder is concerned, as there is now a log-jam of teams vying for a place in the Final situated between spots two and four. With no blow outs or one-sided affairs so far in the season, players and administrators will no doubt be pleased of the quality of cricket that has been produced and will look forward to Country Week with plenty of confidence.

The above-mentioned contest saw both Traralgon and Bairnsdale unable to be separated when ten wickets fell, each locked on 132 runs. Batting first, Traralgon got off to a shaky start, before consolidating as they often do down the order, to push toward a competitive total. Chris Lehner with 26 and Brett Chapman with 30 were the best performers. Darcy Murray tore through the Traralgon batting card, finishing with figures of 4/35. He received good support from Stephan Grobler, Jack Lind and Nathan Pollard, who all took multiple wickets.

At the tea break few could have anticipated what was about to transpire, and in a remarkable situation the Bairnsdale fall of wickets read eerily similar to the Traralgon one. Ryan Hadford with 28 and Reegan Kyle with 25 were the main contributors with the willow, whilst it was the spin of Traralgon that proved effective, with Ross Whelpdale and Lee Stockdale taking five between them. Luke Henderson was also able to claim two scalps as the match was taken to the penultimate over where the final wicket pairing of Ricky Tatnell and Reegan Kyle required three to win. With Tatnell’s eyes lighting up at an Owen Kelly delivery, victory was within one shot. However, Chris Lehner’s quick hands were up to the challenge, and he was able to effect a match saving stumping to tie one of the great GCL games.

In the other match between Warragul and Sale-Maffra, a number of players from both teams were given a chance to impress before Country Week as many front liners were absent due to Gippsland Pride commitments. Sale-Maffra batted first after being sent in and closed at 9/204. Best performers were Nathan Massey with an unbeaten 73, Anthony Scott with 44 and Stuart Anderson with 30. For Warragul, their best bowlers were Tom Keily 3/17, Nick Fairbank 2/27 and Rhys Holdsworth, who’s flighters claimed 2/34. In response, not even the presence of Grant Duncan on the team sheet could get the Wilddogs across the line, as they finished at a decent 161. Top scorers were Holdsworth with 43 and Jack Paull who scored 35. For Sale-Maffra Jack Tatterson was the destroyer, decimating the Warragul line up to take 5/29.