Monmouth Park Continues To Bet On Gambling

first_imgMonmouth County would have received something, with an agreed upon, but legislatively unapproved, enabling bill that would have given the park a percentage of revenue and provided some financial support for the county horse breeding and equine industry.“Only in New Jersey would you have a constitutional amendment with a side deal attached to it,” Coffey observed.“It wasn’t the right bill,” Drazin said, acknowledging it became apparent given the polling and the public relations efforts of some groups that it wouldn’t pass. But track operators did eventually support the ballot initiative as they entered into a last minute deal with the prospective Meadowlands casino developer to ensure a specific amount for Monmouth Park.The issue at hand is that Monmouth Park is challenged by surrounding states allowing casino-style gaming at racetracks. That draws the crowds and brings in money which allows those tracks to offer larger purses than Monmouth. And that attracts the higher profile horses and trainers, which in turn attracts a larger number of horseracing enthusiasts.Darby Development has expressed an interest in building other attractions on the track grounds, like an amphitheater for concerts, and a boardwalk area. The track this summer just opened a high-end restaurant, the Blu Grotto, as another attraction. However, the operators stress they would need the gambling revenue to support those new projects. Locally, officials said Monmouth Park could be easily adapted to allowing a casino environment, has beautiful grounds as an added attraction, has its own NJ Transit site and plenty of on-site parking. The referendum didn’t specifically say where the casinos would go if voters approved it, but the likeliest locations would have been at the Meadowlands and Jersey City. There have been discussions with legislators about different bills that would allow different types of gaming at the park, Drazin said. Drazin, however, declined to name those lawmakers at this point, simply saying the bills do seem to have some “bipartisan support.”On another front, New Jersey has been waging a legal battle in federal court, looking to let New Jersey allow sports gambling. That proposal has been successfully blocked in court so far by the efforts of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL) and others. Drazin has filed a petition seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court take up the matter.The nation’s highest court is expected to decide whether to hear it early next year, according to Drazin.Revenue for the 2016 summer racing season was “down,” Drazin acknowledged.“They’re going to go through another season of tightening their belts,” Coffey believed, “in order to provide the best racing programs they can with the limited resources they have.”While it may be lean times for the immediate future, Drazin said he is convinced that “within three to five years” there will be sports betting at the park. And there is no chance that Monmouth Park won’t continue as a premier racetrack. “Not on my watch,” Drazin said.Monmouth Park remains Oceanport’s largest taxpayer and employer. A longer term strategy could be looking to have another ballot referendum, that, instead of allowing for additional casinos, would permit slot machines, something the track operators would support.On Election Day voters decided to fold ‘em and walk away from the table for a state constitutional amendment that would have allowed for two new casinos outside of Atlantic City. Coffey and the Oceanport Borough Council along with some elected officials in Monmouth County voiced opposition to the referendum. Their gripe with it was it was drafted purposely to exclude the county and its racetracks, requiring new casinos to be at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City, in hopes of protecting that struggling city and its gaming industry. Gaming estimates show about 28 percent of Atlantic City casino revenue comes from Monmouth and Ocean counties. By John BurtonOCEANPORT – rejection of last month’s gambling ballot referendum has Monmouth Park supporters continuing to look for ways to maintain the racetrack’s viability.And that viability continues to be seeking alternative gambling options for the track.“Now there’s a chance for a restart,” said Oceanport Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, given the referendum’s Nov. 8 defeat.“Basically, everything that’s out there that would be a revenue builder or alternative gaming is on the table,” said Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer and advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development, LLC, the operators of Monmouth Park thoroughbred horseracing track.Coffey said this week he’s had “countless conversations with Mr. Drazin regarding the opportunity that can be afforded to Monmouth Park,” looking for alternative means to bolster income for the struggling track.“There are a myriad of possibilities,” Coffey said. Possible gaming opportunities include discussions of being able to install video lottery terminals on the racetrack grounds.That step, both Coffey and Drazin explained, wouldn’t technically require a constitutional amendment or state legislative action. The reason, Coffey noted, is that while the terminals would be in Oceanport, the actual gambling is done in Atlantic City, where gambling is permitted – much like gambling from one’s home computer, wherever home is.“Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some challenges,” from special interests looking to block that move, Drazin said.Also under discussion is to establish internet cafes at the track to allow other forms of gaming, such as instant racing video terminals, which offer gamblers a random selection of races. But that would require action on the part of the state Legislature, Drazin said.last_img read more

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Promoting Love for the River By Inviting the Public to Set…

first_imgNMHA member Gayle Horvath, who is skipper of the Sea Scouts, a coed seafaring branch of the Boy Scouts of America, took on the task of checking people in and taking care of details with the help of her Scouts. Monmouth Boat Club, which began as a rowing club in 1879, provides sailing lessons, social events and other boating activities throughout the summer. The Clearwater group has offered weekly environmental sails to the public from the Oyster Point Marina for many years, said Michael Humphreys, secretary and trustee of NMHA. This year, the two organizations, which have several members in common, sought to make the Navesink more accessible and appeal to a wider audience by hosting three summer sails in Marine Park. NJFC and NMHA reached out to Charlie Hoffman, Red Bank Parks and Recreation director, a few months ago to propose sailing the garvey from Marine Park. Hoffman responded enthusiastically, noting that the borough has long been interested in finding ways for more residents to enjoy the river. Plans quickly fell into place and the borough graciously provided the needed slip for Pete’s Banjo to occupy in Marine Park. NMHA promotes knowledge and appreciation for maritime history on the Navesink and offers educational opportunities for children and adults who want to learn about, enjoy and protect the river. Despite all those efforts, however, Mother Nature had other plans and the sail set for Aug. 14 had to be canceled due to an iffy weather forecast. Sail organizers are hoping to bring more sailing opportunities to the public next year. “The question is, ‘Did lots of people sign up because it was a free ride, or is there a pent-up desire to get onto the water in boats?’ ” said Humphreys. NJFC is an environmental advocacy organization founded in Monmouth County by musician and environmentalist Bob Killian in 1974. It was inspired by the efforts of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who launched an initiative to clean up the Hudson River in 1966 by building and sailing the replica Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to ports along the Hudson, inspiring environmental action. “It just kind of synced up,” Hoffman said. “We want to get more folks out on the river.” While some people are particularly interested in sailing on the garvey, others simply want to enjoy being out on the water, Hoffman said. “People who have done it have enjoyed it.” Members of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater (NJFC) and Monmouth Boat Club are joining together to present this Saturday sail from 10 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14. The sail will depart from the small marina at Marine Park in Red Bank. All three organizations have a long history of encouraging appreciation and concern for local waterways. NJFC took up that cause for local waters, holding an annual music and environmental festival and hosting sails on its own historic replica, the garvey Adam Hyler, for many years. Two River residents will soon have another chance to take a free ride on the Navesink aboard the wooden sailing garvey Pete’s Banjo. Fortunately, NJFC, NMHA and the Monmouth Boat Club will try again Sept. 14, and they hope to take as many people as possible out for a late summer ride on the river. The new vessel, Pete’s Banjo, set sail on the Navesink in 2015. The flagship vessel of NJFC’s environmental sailing program, the garvey can comfortably hold eight or nine people. By Eileen Moon But so many people signed up for the sails from Marine Park that Humphreys reached out to the commodore of the Monmouth Boat Club, Bob Markoff, to ask if they could help. “He was eager to join the party with their pontoon boat and several skippers/owners of sail boats,” Humphreys said. After the Hyler’s retirement to the Tuckerton Seaport Museum several years ago, members of NJFC and NMHA decided to contribute their boat-building skills to construct a new garvey. The 26-foot flat-bottomed boat is a replica of the Tuckerton Sailing garveys that once traveled the state’s rivers and bays, harvesting clams and oysters, carrying produce and other cargo when the river was the road that linked communities near and far. For information on the Sept. 14 sail, visit navesinkmaritime.org or contact Red Bank Parks and Recreation at redbanknj.org.last_img read more

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The Nelson Daily Team of the Week: The Kootenay Senior Bowlers

first_imgThis team gets together every week at the Nelson Bowling Alley . . . and every year at the B.C. Senior’s Games. The Nelson Daily salutes the 2010 B.C. Senior’s Games gold, silver and bronze medal winners from the bowling alley with Team of the Week honors. The group was in Campbell River in September to compete in the annual games. The team includes, back row, L-R, Lorna Hamilton, Effie Rains and Blaine Rains. Front, Linc Vital, Rene Forest, Rusty Denny, Lola Swetlikoe, Lee McNeil, Dawn Williams and Audry Kempin.last_img read more

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Grab a jersey or donate — Doctor’s orders

first_imgDonors can either register for the MS Bike tour or ride the challenge, a two-day, 222-kilometer event around Kootenay Glacier, or they can simply sponsor his ride. This year’s West Kootenay Glacier Challenge happens August 17 through 18th. The last day to register, is August 12.To register, go to www.msbiketours.ca, click on “Find A Location And Register” and select “West Kootenay Glacier Challenge”.The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is a pledge based fundraising event, hosted by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society. Dr. Noiles encourages other participants “to ask everybody; to not be afraid to ask family, friends, colleagues.”As he says, it is an easy cause for him to fundraise for, since he has had patients who live with MS. So when Dr. Jim Noiles asks people to participate in the ride, he sincerely wants more people out there riding. Last year, the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge had 59 participants.This year registration has already topped the 80 participant mark. The MS Society of Canada receives less than three percent of its revenue from the government, and relies on volunteers and private donors for the rest of its funding. Donors can pledge atwww.msbiketours.ca . Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, according to an international survey. (CBC News, April 12, 2010) Many participants have someone close to them who live with MS and rely on the services provided by the West Kootenay Chapter. This area has a higher than average rate of people living with MS. But when they aren’t able to ride, helping out one of the riders works well. Each participant needs to raise a minimum of $325 to ride in the challenge. Last year’s tour raised over $70,000 to fund innovative programs and services and support research dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. For more information about the tour, contact leona.dimock@mssociety.ca. As the top fundraiser for two years in a row, Dr. Noiles knows about raising money for the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society. He is close to passing the $10,000 mark, and was presented with the custom jersey and shorts top donors receive as a thank-you from the MS Society. Dr. Jim Noiles has seen a lot of patients in his time as a physician.However, this may be his simplest diagnosis as he helps in the fight to find a cure for MS (Multiple sclerosis).The local doctor Jim Noiles has a unique fundraising strategy for this weekend’s West Kootenay Glacier MS Challenge.last_img read more

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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO PRESENT INAUGURAL TURF FESTIVAL APRIL 14- MAY 1TURF FESTIVAL TO FEATURE INCREASED PURSES, FREE SHIPPING AND GUARANTEED LATE PICK 4 POOLS

first_imgALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade 3, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for 3-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for 3-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weights and two allowance races for California-breds on the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 and will be conducted April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day.Jon ForbesPublicity Manager, Golden Gate FieldsE-mail: jon.forbes@goldengatefields.comOffice: (510) 559-7411Cell: (669) 244-1985last_img read more

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Lamar Names Janell Howland Head Women’s Golf Coach

first_imgAfter college, Howland won the 2001 Bermuda Match Play Championship. She also dominated women’s amateur golf in Idaho, winning both the Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play Championships in 2001 and 2002 before turning pro in October of 2002. She was a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on the Duramed Tour from 2004-2010. During her time in Oxford, Howland helped the Rebels to three NCAA Regional appearances in four seasons. During her last season, Ole Miss sent an individual to the NCAA Regionals as Abby Newton finished 36th in Tallahassee. The Rebels had three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regionals during Howland’s first three years, heading to Daytona Beach in 2011 (14th place), Columbus in 2012 (13th place) and Auburn in 2013 (18th place). “We are very excited about the hiring of Janell,” remarked Director of Athletics Marco Born. “We had a very strong group of candidates for our women’s golf position, but Janell stood out as the top candidate. A former Lamar Cardinal standout, she is very excited about the opportunity to comeback and coach for her alma mater. Even after her graduation, Janell has continued to succeed on the golf course at professional level. We look forward to seeing where she will take this program moving forward.”Howland, a 2000 graduate from Lamar, returns after spending the previous six years as the head coach at UNC Greensboro. Prior to being named the head coach at UNCG, Howland spent four years as the Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Mississippi. Besides coaching, Howland played eight years professionally. “I am so honored and grateful to Marco Born and the committee for giving me the opportunity to come back to my Alma Mater and coach,” remarked Janell Howland. “With the growth and change that has been going on at the University it is an exciting time to be a Cardinal. I look forward to getting back on campus with the team and embracing the opportunity to move the program forward. I want to say a special thank you to Kim Record, Tim George and all the athletes I coached at UNCG for the knowledge I gained over the last 5 years there and wish them continued success.” Howland started her collegiate career at Trine University (Tri-State University) and led the squad to the 1997 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship. She won individual medalist honors at the 1998 Manchester Championship and posted a runner-up finish at the Tri-State Championship. After two seasons at Trine, Howland transferred to Lamar University and continued to enjoy success on the links. She won the Sam Houston State Championship and the Springlake Championship in 1999. She earned her degree in business administration marketing in 2000 from Lamar.center_img Over the last two years under Howland’s leadership, UNCG had three student-athletes named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in Tara Bettle (2018), Keri Kenkel (2018) and Hailey Joy (2019). During the 2018-19 season, UNCG finished in the top 10 seven times including a program-best second-place finish in the team’s annual home fall tournament, the Starmount Fall Classic. Additionally, UNCG finished tied for fourth place at the Pinehurst Challenge along with another top-five finish in the SoCon Championship.   While at Ole Miss, Howland has handled a variety of aspects of the program and specializes in the short game area of women’s golf. She created a Big Break Rebel Style short game competition for her student-athletes and is a certified AimPoint Putting Green Reading Instructor. Additionally, she has served as the Tournament Director for the Rebel Intercollegiate Tournament. Prior to Ole Miss, Howland worked for a year as a volunteer assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington, helping Sofia Hagsund to an NCAA East Regional appearance. Story Courtesy of Lamar AthleticsBEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born has announce the hiring of LU alum Janell Howland as the next head women’s golf coach.last_img read more

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Spurs trolled over lack of trophies as they’re to feature in All Or Nothing

first_imgAre you *absolutely* certain this is a good idea.— Adam Nathan (@adamdnathan) October 18, 2019 TOTTENHAM have been brutally trolled over their lack of silverware after they were named as the latest team to feature in Amazon’s “All or Nothing” series.The hit TV series has already covered the likes of Manchester City, New Zealand’s All Blacks and a host of NFL teams.1 Spurs have been trolled after it was revealed they would feature in All Or NothingBut, in part thanks to their phenomenal new stadium, Spurs have been named as the latest team to be honoured with their own docuseries.Announcing the news, Tottenham said: “The multi-part series will offer viewers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access throughout our season.”[It will give] a unique insight into the day-to-day workings of the football club at our world-class training facilities at Hotspur Way and Lilywhite House offices.”They will also cover the club’s broader story at our state-of-the-art new stadium.”Away from the pitch, the docuseries will focus on the unique aspects of the club, including its extensive work and impact in helping to transform the local area and showcasing the workings of our world-class stadium.”But fans on social media have been quick to slam the idea, with one tweeting: “Are you *absolutely* certain this is a good idea.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneAnother wrote: “LOOOOOOL any season to do it and you pick this one – INJECT ITTTTTTTTTT”.A third added: “We already know it finishes at nothing so what’s the point of watching?”One even joked: “Scenes when we get knocked out of every competition and it’s just an hour on us finishing 10th.”Taking to Reddit, one user said: “All Or Nothing. Nothing it is.”Another added: “Given current performances sounds like that will be a must-watch for everyone except Spurs fans.”Despite the fan reaction, Spurs’ head of business development, Aidan Mullally, said: “This is an exciting time to be a part of our football club and Amazon will be joining us on this journey during the current season.”From showcasing the emotions we experience in the lead up to and at every game, to the efforts we are making to drive real change in our home of Tottenham, to our key partnership with the NFL, we are excited to share our unique story.” MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearGeorgia Brown, director of European originals at Amazon Studios, added: “We are delighted to be embarking on this journey with Tottenham and delivering another extraordinary look at one of the most exciting teams in the Premier League.”All or Nothing has become a franchise defined by true quality and unprecedented access, and that will be no different with this series.”We can’t wait for Prime members worldwide to again experience the highs and lows of a world-class team in the greatest football league on earth.”We already know it finishes at nothing so what’s the point of watching?— Jad ~ 🇦🇺 🇱🇧 (@afcJad) October 18, 2019 LOOOOOOL any season to do it and you pick this one 😂😂😂INJECT ITTTTTTTTTT 💉 💉 💉— FutbolChelsea (@FutbolCheIsea) October 18, 2019 Spurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t wantlast_img read more

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Prem to allow temporary deals if season extends beyond current expiry dates

first_img3PREMIER LEAGUE clubs will be allowed to sign players on temporary contracts if the season continues beyond the end of their current deals, according to reports.Hundreds of players including stars at Chelsea and Tottenham have contracts that expire this summer.⚠️ Read our Coronavirus in Sport live blog for the latest news, updates and cancellations3 Willian’s contract is up on June 30 while Jan Vertonghen’s deal expires the day after on July 1The Premier League is currently suspended until April 4 with the EFL on hold until April 3.However, there are fears both will have to extend their delays further as football attempts to combat the spread of coronavirus.Euro 2020 was postponed by a year on Tuesday to allow domestic seasons to be completed over the summer if possible.But this may lead to a contractual nightmare with many players further down the pyramid fearing for their livelihoods.In a bid to combat such a situation, football authorities like the FA, Premier League, EFL and PFA are expected to be flexible and allow temporary deals in order to complete the season, according to the Telegraph.3It quotes one Football League official who said: “It’s pretty easy for all the football authorities to get together and agree that clubs can give players temporary contracts to take them to the end of any extended season, should that happen.”The transfer windows and things can also be altered accordingly.“But it will be a scary time for many players towards the bottom end who have mortgages to pay and will have decisions about their livelihood and futures delayed until clubs get clarity over when football might be played again and the real financial impact.”While this approach may offer security to those at the top of the football pyramid, clubs further down the ladder are unlikely to offer any new deals while their financial future remains so unstable.At Chelsea, Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero all have contracts that expire on June 30.Manchester United have acted swiftly to extend Nemanja Matic’s deal beyond the end of this season.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himBut July 1 will see Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Newcastle’s Andy Carroll out of contract.That date also sees Watford trio Ben Foster, Herurelho Gomes and Adrian Mariappa become free agents.As well as Ryan Fraser and Simon Francis at Bournemouth, Southampton striker Shane Long and Burnley players Ashley Westwood, Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon.Man Utd see £1bn wiped off value as stock market crashes amid coronavirus outbreaklast_img read more

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Raiders release Jarrad Kennedy

first_imgKennedy played 49 matches for the Raiders since making his debut in 2012. Kennedy was also part of the Raiders inaugural NYC team who claimed the title in 2008, scoring the match winning try in Golden Point extra time.In 2016 Kennedy was an instrumental part of Mounties push to the Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final.The Raiders would like to wish Jarrad all the best in the future.last_img

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South Africa target home win in Cape Town

first_imgThe Blitzboks, England and USA all progress to the Cup quarter-finals unbeaten after taking three wins from three in the pool stages. South Africa face Fiji in the final eight, reigning Cape Town champions England play New Zealand, Canada face France and USA play Argentina. South Africa are targeting their second tournament win in as many weeks after taking glory in the opening round of the 2018 world series in Dubai last weekend. A highlight of the day for the 47,000 strong home crowd was Seabelo Senatla becoming the fastest player to reach 200 world series tries, achieving the milestone in just 35 tournaments. “It’s been a surreal day for me,” said Senatla. “The reception I got was amazing today and to play in my home town was incredible. The crowd was sensational.”Reigning champions England, who beat South Africa in the 2016 Cape Town final 19-17, conceded just 14 points in their pool matches but head coach Simon Amor says there’s scope for improvement.”I didn’t think we played particularly well but there’s a lot of heart shown which is key in this game,” he said. “The effort and the attitude was excellent, but our sevens wasn’t as good as it should be.In the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Kenya face Samoa, Scotland play Spain, Wales face Russia and Uganda go up against Australia.POOL AFresh from their win in Dubai, South Africa began the pool stages with a 40-5 win against Russia, with Senatla bagging a hat-trick. Their 31-5 victory over France featured Senatla’s 200th world series try and the speedster also got on the scoresheet against Kenya as the Blitzboks took their third pool win, 26-7. France started strongly with a 21-14 win against Kenya, and despite their loss to South Africa were able to finish second overall in the pool thanks to a 21-5 victory over Russia. Kenya will play Samoa in the Challenge Trophy final, while Russia will face Wales.  POOL BAfter a tough opening round in Dubai, USA were back on form and opened their Cape Town campaign with a 22-0 win over New Zealand. A hat-trick from Isles helped them to a 31-14 victory over Australia and four different try scorers got on the scoresheet as they finished pool play with a 26-5 over Spain. The All Blacks Sevens, who lost 24-12 to South Africa in the Dubai final, beat Spain 50-0 and scored a crucial 35-12 win over Australia to take second place in the pool. Australia’s sole win came against Spain in their opening pool match, 36-12. They now play Uganda in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final while Spain face Australia. POOL CEngland conceded just 14 points in the pool stages, beating Uganda 36-0, Argentina 24-7 and Scotland 12-7. Simon Amor may not have been pleased with his side’s performance on day one but it was enough to leave them top of the pool. Santiago Gomez Cora’s Argentina side, who contested the final at the tournament in 2015, opened their account with a solid win over Scotland. A great individual try from Santiago Mare was the highlight of the match. Their loss against England was nullified by a seven-try haul vs Uganda, who they beat 43-7. Scotland’s strong 45-0 win against Uganda was their only one of the day and they now face Spain in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final, while Uganda face Australia.  POOL DThe major upset in Pool D came from Damian McGrath’s Canada side, who overturned Fiji 22-14, with a double from Justin Douglas absolutely crucial to his side’s victory. Canada started off their day with a narrow 19-17 loss against Gordon Tietjens’ Samoa outfit, who looked trim and dangerous in attack, but closed out the day top of the pool with a 31-14 win over Wales.Pacific islanders Fiji, who finished fourth in Dubai, sent the crowd wild with some champagne rugby against Wales in their opening pool match, finishing up 28-14 at full time. Despite their loss against Canada, they still finished second in the pool, a 38-7 victory over Samoa giving them seven points in total. Wales’ only win came against Samoa, with a Luke Morgan hat-trick helping them to a 17-12 win. Wales will play Russia in the Challenge Trophy quarter-final and Samoa face Kenya.last_img read more

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