Unsung Heighington set to join 300 club

first_imgThe former Wests Tigers back-rower joined the Sharks in 2013 and has been a shining light for the club ever since, helping deliver the Shire its first premiership in a heart-stopping grand final win over the Storm last year. Now in his 15th year in first grade, Heighington has won a premiership with two different clubs, scored 41 tries and represented England; all of them achievements he never thought possible as a teenager coming up through the grades.   Never the fastest, strongest or most creative player in the game, Heighington relied on his incredible work ethic, adaptability and toughness to reach the milestone, with the much-loved big man set to be honoured in style in front of his home fans.  “Who would’ve thought that I’d play 300? Two hundred popped around at the Tigers, then I moved on from there to here and it’s come around really quickly the 100 games. It’s an honour – I feel really grateful to get the opportunity,” he said. Heighington made his NRL debut off the bench for the Tigers against St George Illawarra back in 2003, with the black and golds doing enough to snatch a 24-20 win over the Red V.Testament to Heighington’s longevity, the other three reserves that day – Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Chris Paterson and Troy Wozniak – only managed 107 NRL appearances between them.He was a part of the Tigers’ fairytale premiership in 2005 and was considered one of the club’s favourite sons on and off the field. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe I was making my debut,” Heighington recalled. “I was still travelling from the Central Coast to Concord for training. “Tim Sheens gave me the opportunity in Round 1, 2003 to play in the double-header. We played against the Dragons and got the win and it was a great experience. It came so quickly because I’d only started the pre-season at the end of 2002. “I got seven games in 2003 and it was like an addiction; I just wanted more of it so I just put my head down and worked. If there was somewhere that I was lacking, I’d do everything I could to pick that up. You just keep evolving your game and that’s how you stay in the game for as long as you can.”On Saturday, Heighington will join names such as Cameron Smith, Steve Menzies and Darren Lockyer to have reached the 300 club, but the 35-year-old admits it will feel weird to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the game’s greats. “It doesn’t sit well with me to have my name next to them,” he said. “I’ve probably got to thank my physios because I’ve had them flat-out. I know my body pretty well and I know what it needs to perform at NRL level. I love training and working hard and getting better as a player. The game has developed and I’ve tried to go along with that. “I’ve been lucky with injuries. I’ve only broken a few bones – I haven’t had any reconstructions which is pleasing, touch wood. I’ve had a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed it. “I just lead by example and do everything I can on the field, and hopefully the young kids come with you. One day when I’m finished, hopefully some guy jumps up and takes the role I had at the club.”Heighington is still playing as well now as he did 10 years ago, and his impact hasn’t been lost on his teammates. Captain-in-waiting at the Sharks, Wade Graham, was full of praise for the milestone man, who could be joined in the 300 club by teammates Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen later in the year. “To reach 300 games is an enormous effort. It’s a testament to how well he’s played over the years and his longevity and his durability. He’s certainly been an integral member of our squad for the last three or four years,” Graham said. “Flanno (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) has always done a great job with not only bringing in great players, but also bringing in blokes who add something to the group, and ‘Heighno’ has certainly done that. “He’s a great character off the field, he’s very likeable and he’s easily one of the most popular in the team.”last_img read more

Race to get land for stadium in Honiara for Pacific Games

first_imgMinistry of Lands officials said two sites have been identified in the capital Honiara but have yet to get the final endorsement by cabinet.The officials said there are also issues of illegal settlers on one identified site.RNZI correspondent says the Ministry of Lands has been beset by allegations of corruption for a number of years, putting into question land titles given for sites that were reserved for national projects.last_img

All Blacks say listening bug found in their Sydney hotel room ahead of Bledisloe Cup clash

first_imgThe device was planted inside a chair and found during a routine sweep of the room in the lead up to the opening Rugby Championship clash on Saturday night.New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said in a statement that police have been called in to investigate.”A listening device was found in a meeting room this week during a routine security check,” NZR chief executive Steve Tew said.”The hotel immediately launched an investigation, we have informed the Australian Rugby Union, and jointly we have now decided to hand over the investigation to the Australian police.”We are taking this issue very seriously, and given it will be a police matter, it would not be prudent to go into further details.”The device — described as similar to that used by law enforcement and spying agencies — was found inside a chair in the hotel on Monday, a day after the All Blacks arrived.The foam of the seat appeared to have been deliberately and carefully cut to make way for the surveillance device and then sewn or glued back together to be almost undetectable, according to the New Zealand Herald.It was discovered after team management asked the security detail looking after them in Australia to sweep the room for bugs.A spokesman for the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay hotel where the All Blacks were staying said management was investigating and hoped to have more information soon.NSW police did not have any immediate information.However NSW Premier Mike Baird laughed off the alleged bugging.”I think that’s awesome — if that gives us a chance to beat the All Blacks, I’m all for it,” Mr Baird said, before bursting into laughter.AFP/AAPlast_img read more

Mark Blicavs announces ‘retirement’ after AFL rule changes

first_imgThe AFL has outlawed the ‘third-man up’ at ruck contests with Blicavs recording 154 hitouts in that role last season – the most by far in the AFL.”Officially announcing my retirement from the game effective immediately #threesacrowd @seekjobs,” Blicavs tweeted.Jokes aside, one of Blicavs most important roles for the team is to win hitouts as the third man.It will be interesting to see whether his usefulness to the team next season declines after the introduction of the rule.last_img read more

Iraq withdraws its ambassador in Lisbon for a scandal with his children

first_imgIraq has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Lisbon, Saad Mohammed Ali, on understanding that “he is not in a position” to remain in the country after the controversy surrounding his children for an alleged assault on a Portuguese teenager.The Portuguese Foreign Minister, Augusto Santos Silva, unveiled this Thursday at a press conference the decision of the Iraqi authorities, who have refused to lift the diplomatic immunity that protects the ambassador’s children, which prevents them from being tried in Portugal. Embassy of Iraq in Portugal. Image: Google They allegedly pleased a Portuguese teenager“It is not in condition”, they have said from the Governmentcenter_img The twin sons of the ambassador, Haider and Ridha, 17, assumed in a television interview to be the perpetrators of a brutal aggression suffered in August by the Portuguese Rúben Cavaco, 15, but are protected by his father’s diplomatic immunity.The Portuguese Government then asked Iraq to withdraw diplomatic immunity from the two young men so that they could be interrogated by the Prosecutor’s Office and even threatened to declare the ambassador “non grata” person and expel him from Portugal if they did not.After months of diplomatic contacts, the Iraqi authorities have decided that “there are no reasons” to lift the immunity of the two young people, Santos Silva explained, who said that the judicial process involving the diplomat’s children will continue from Now in Iraq.The minister considered that the solution found is positive because it prevents Portugal from having to declare the Iraqi ambassador “non grata” person and ensures that the judicial process will continue.The Iraqi ambassador had already reached an out-of-court settlement last week with the family of the attacked minor to pay compensation in exchange for no charges. This agreement, considered “fair” by the family, does not end the judicial process because it is a crime of public aggression.last_img read more

The Leganés points high and points to Mariano and Stuani

first_imgFrom the salary (very high for the Leganés average) to the girlfriends that the player has (Benfica asked for him) through the need to convince the player to go to a team in decline. Further, Now with the physical problems of Jovic and Benzema their options to play grow. In this case the Leganés would go for an assignment.In the case of Stuani the problem is also of all kinds. With the same clause that In Nesyri, 20 million, Girona clings to that amount to refuse to sell to its franchise player. The player’s age (33 years old) is another factor against. In favor it plays that Aguirre had it in Espanyol. The Leganés is looking at full speed for a replacement of guarantees for Youssef in Nesyri, 22-year-old Moroccan striker who in the next few hours will officially be Sevilla striker. The operation will leave 20 million euros in the coffers of Butarque and very little time to find the substitute. Mix of factors in which the pickles will be ambitious. An extensive list with two names as major wishes is already handled: Mariano Díaz, of Real Madrid and Cristian Stuani, of Girona.Both operations are extraordinarily complex, like almost all the names that arise to try to replace En Nesyri, one of the most fit men in the Leganes. In Mariano’s case the difficulties are of all kinds.last_img read more

This app tells you the best public places to practice sex in Spain

first_imgAlthough we have already entered 2020 and no website or application, no matter how strange, it should not surprise us, the truth is that there are still some that even blush … Sometimes the relationships do not work as well as they should and its protagonists look for different things to increase emotion, ideas such as maintaining relationships in public places. But where can you do it? An application tells you the most appropriate places. My Picaderos is a web app that locates “picaderos”With more than 10 years active, it has a large database15770 places to make love outside the privacy of home Couple sitting in the field. Image: iStockcenter_img Yes, My Picaderos, as its name suggests, is a web app that tells us the most appropriate places in Spain to have sex outside the privacy of the home or a room. This website locates the most famous “riding schools” of each place, many of which are known by all the inhabitants of the locality, and some a little more hidden.More than 15770 places to make loveAnd it is that while having sex in a car or in the field seems something typical of American slasher films, the truth is that there are not a few couples who, for different reasons, decide to opt for this option. Young people who start a relationship and do not have their own home, couples who want to give a twist to their relationships, etc. The most curious thing is that the Mis Picaderos web app has been online for no less than 10 years, so its online database of riding schools is long and extensive. Users write recommendations and talk about safe places to maintain relationships, indicating their location on a map. In this way we can see that in Madrid center there are 239 riding schools, ranging from the hedges of a park to a hole hidden in some stairs. Móstoles has 23 riding schools, Alcorcón 17, Leganés 53, Alcobendas 14 … And so with all the cities and neighborhoods of Spain. As the application explains, they already have “15770 places to make love”.last_img read more

The Lugo de Curro Torres improves its image but not the score

first_imgSix are the matches that Curro Torres counts as Lugo coach. In those six games, Lugo has added only four points of 18 possible, distributed in a victory against Albacete, a draw against Elche and four defeats against Extremadura, Huesca, Rayo and Almería. In the discharge of Mr. Albivermello, it should be noted that of those four defeats, three were against rivals in the upper area and one, the Estremadura, surrounded by controversy over the performance of the VAR.Now him Lugo faces a very complicated displacement as is the next day before the Fuenlabrada, team to which however the lucenses already won in the first leg. However, the need to add three by three is increasingly urgent since the days continue happening without the team leaving the well. The days pass and the CD Lugo still unfinished. Since Curro Torres replaced at the beginning of the year Eloy Jimenez in the albivermello bench, the rojiblancos have significantly improved their image, showing themselves as a more combinative team but, above all, more offensive and brave. However, the improvement in the staging has not been matched with an improvement in the points, and Lugo continues in the lower part of the table, in descent positions.last_img read more

Cornellà picks up the glove

first_imgThe classification does not deceive and Espanyol continues, one more day, in the queue. But the parakeet has not only cut one point to permanence, which is two, but has been paired with Mallorca and Leganés. And above all, he got Sunday much more than his first victory in LaLiga 2019-20 (that is, in February) in Cornellà-El Prat.Espanyol did not win at home since the unstoppable euphoria of May 18 against the Royal Society, the day of the European classification, and five weeks before, for example, that Mallorca itself, victim of this victorious premiere, sealed its rise to Primera. In fact, the parakeet set remains in history for having materialized its worst start at home of all time (He came to chain up to six defeats in his first days at Cornellà) and also his worst run at home anytime of the season, by exceeding in one the ten games without winning in the 1988-89 season (which ended with a decline). But at the same time, the victory against Mallorca allows to turn the streak of a Espanyol that right now chains four league games in Cornellà without losing: 2-2 against Betis and Barcelona, ​​1-1 against Athletic Club and 1-0 against Mallorca. And that You should focus your goal of staying in your home, where your other two direct rivals will also pass, Leganés and Celta (this, in a last day that can be a heart attack), in addition to Atlético de Madrid, Alavés, Levante, Real Madrid and Eibar, which now stands at six points.Chance or not, this losing streak in Cornellà coincides with the moment the club has approached the fans, which has quickly picked up the glove for a common good. The 32,084 spectators who gathered on Sunday at Espanyol-Mallorca constitute not only the second best entry of the season, after 33,562 of the derby on January 4, but the record of influx in any league game that did not have as a rival to the so-called greats (Real Madrid, Atlético or Barcelona), surpassing the 30,029 that congregated against Valencia at the dawn of the stadium, in the 2009-10 academic year. The struggle of Espanyol has only just begun.last_img read more

Almeria divides its fans with a controversial video

first_imgSince the beginning of August the sale of the UD Almería took place, it has gone from going almost unnoticed to generate controversy in the networks with the ideas of Turki Al-Sheikh: the most popular, the question of changing the shield and the kits . Now the Saudi sheikh wants fans to sing a song that has come to light on Twitter before games. A song that has divided the rojiblancos followers, since some denounce elements that are not characteristic of the province, as well as that the owner himself appears in the lyrics.In the video, whose title is ‘Leones de Almería we will win’, you can see images of the two promotions to First Division that the UDA has starred (2007 and 2013), both of the players of those two templates and of fans cheering or celebrating. All with the figure of the lion by flag, a Rozam that is the new pet since the arrival of the new property. What he has not finished liking among the red and white fans is the lyrics. While Some followers find it catchy, others have complained arguing that symbols appear that are not typical of the province of Almeria, in the case of the lion itself. The last ones also argue that Turki’s name appears in the song’s lyrics..The video will be screened on the video markers of the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games before the start of each match with the intention that the local fans sing the new lyrics to cheer on their team. If you have felt the first sensations in social networks, it will be tomorrow in the match against Fuenlabrada (4:00 p.m.) when it is really verified if the letter has been successful or falls into oblivion Like so many previous ones.last_img read more