Morocco vs Iran: TV, stream & preview

first_img Game Morocco vs Iran Date Friday, June 15 Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial Confirmed line-upsMorocco have some familiar names in the starting XI with Mehdi Benatia being the standout name. Hakim Ziyech has also been a star for Ajax this season.Confirmed Morocco XI: El Kajoui; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss; El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Boussoufa, Belhanda, N Amrabat, Harit; El-KaabiSubs: Bono, Mendyl, da Costa, Fajr, Boutaïb, Aït Bennasser, Dirar, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzálezAlizera Jahanbakhsh is the one to look out for in the Iran XI, the winger scored 21 goals in the Eredivisie this campaign.Confirmed Iran XI: Beiranvand; Cheshmi, Pouralganji, Rezaeian, Hajisafi; Shojaei; Ebrahimi, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh; AzmounSubs: Torabi, Mohammadi, Mazaheri, Khanzadeh, Ghoddos, Montazeri, Ghoochannejhad, Taremi, Hosseini, Dejagah, AbedzadehTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Morocco v Iran Morocco vs Iran: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sardar Azmoun Iran Medhi Benatia Morocco 150618 Getty Morocco v Iran World Cup Friendlies Morocco Iran Powerade Morocco and Iran open their World Cup campaign at the Krestovsky Stadium in the first game of Group B FULL TIME: Iran secure their first World Cup win since 1998 with a late own goal. You have to feel for Bouhaddouz but Iran have given themselves a real chance ahead of games against Portugal and Spain.90+5 Mins: GOAL! IRAN LEAD 1-0! It’s a horrific own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz as he goes to head Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick wide at the near post, only to steer it into his own net! Disaster for Morocco and jubilation for Iran as their players tear away in celebration and form a pile near the corner post. Iran are ahead with a minute left.90+5 Mins: GOAL! 0-1 Own goal Aziz Bouhaddouz  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+2 Mins: Now Iran win themselves a free-kick out on the left wing, in line with the Moroccan box. This could be one last chance here…90+2 Mins: There’s a fracas on the pitch between Bouhaddouz and Amiri after Morocco win a free-kick. Ansarifard is the man who gets the booking for the tackle, and it takes a moment for referee Cakir to defuse it all.90 Mins: There will be an impressive six added minutes of time at the Krestovsky Stadium.87 Mins: Ziyech cuts back on himself out on the right wing and flicks a cross into the Iran box; Pouraliganji intercepts and sparks a counter-attack to halfway before Morocco can peel back to halt him in his tracks. It’s been a much more drab second half, compared with the zing of the opening 45 minutes, but there’s still time for a winner in Saint Petersburg…85 Mins: Jahanbakhsh is stretchered off and Iran throw on Saman Ghoddos to replace him. Five minutes – plus injury time – left on the clock after a rather stop-start quarter of an hour.83 Mins: More injuries now and it’s not good news for Iran; star man Jahanbakhsh is down and the stretcher is on. It doesn’t look too serious, but precautions are always a good idea in situations like these.82 Mins: Manuel da Costa is the final change for Morocco; he comes on for Amine Harit.80 Mins: Ziyech! The second shot of the half goes to Morocco as the midfielder hooks a left-footed effort from just outside the box wide by a foot or so at the bottom-left corner.80 Mins: Ebrahimi hobbles off down the tunnel, clutching his midriff; Majid Hosseini is on in his stead for Iran.78 Mins: There’s another pause for injury now, this time as Ebrahimi goes to ground. The Iranian doesn’t look in the greatest shape; signals from the medics suggest a change will be required.76 Mins: A bad fall means that Nordin Amrabat has to make way for his brother Sofyan Amrabat. Just over 15 minutes to go. El Kaabi also departs for Morocco; Aziz Bouhaddouz is the man to replace him73 Mins: Amrabat falls heavily out on the right wing in the Iranian half as he challenges for a ball and physios swarm him within seconds. The Watford man looks to have been knocked out upon landing – he staggers to his feet after a moment, looking dazed and confused.STAT: There has only been one shot at all in this half so far, way back in the 49th minute when Harit put that Amrabat cross wide. Iran are growing in confidence once more but neither look likely to snatch a winner right now.70 Mins: Iran win a corner but are unable to make the set-piece stick; Morocco can only bring it away from their own goal by 30 yards though before Azmoun takes possession.69 Mins: Ansarifard takes the free-kick and puts it long; too long, in fact, as it flies out a good few yards wide of the right post without touching the turf.Iranian captain Shojaei is off for Mehdi Taremi; perhaps a wise call given that the captain is already on a booking and has been spoken to by the referee once this half.68 Mins: Substitution Masoud Shojaei Soleimani off for Mehdi Taremi65 Mins: Boussoufa floats a cross from the left wing in looking for El Kaabi or Belhanda in the box; his effort is too long for all parties within the penalty area though and flies out for a goal-kick.64 Mins: Ziyech harks down the right wing, but can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi as he puts his own dribble just out of reach; he concedes a foul a moment later and Iran have a free-kick on the edge of their own box.62 Mins: Morocco win a corner which Harit swings in from the right; Beiranvand punches it clear and Iran create a counter-attack that ends with Belhanda cutting across Shojaei just beyond halfway. The two players get into a little tete-a-tete with each other; no cards are shown but the referee has words with both.59 Mins: El Ahmadi slides in under Jahanbakhsh on halfway and hooks the ball away, though in the process, he brings both him and his opponent to the turf.57 Mins: Play is resumed with Ebrahimi able to continue and Amiri wins a throw-in deep in his own half a moment later to help take the pressue off Iran’s defensive line55 Mins: Ebrahimi makes a somewhat bonkers leaping challenge to sweep the ball out from under the feet of Boussoufa as the latter cuts a path towards the Iranian box; in the process, he injures himself and play is paused for treatment.53 Mins: Belhanda executs a slide tackle on Jahanbakhsh now, just inside the opposition half, and tries to keep it from rolling over the touchline; he fails and Iran get a throw-in.51 Mins: Hakimi leans into Jahanbakhsh from behind to give the latter a free-kick 40 yards out on the right wing; the latter blasts it beyond the box as he looks to deliver it to Azmoun at the far post.49 Mins: Amrabat hurtles down the right wing for Morocco and flicks a square cross in to the left side for Harit; his teammate can’t keep his shot down though and volleys it well wide and over the goal under little pressure.47 Mins: Yellow card: Jahanbakhsh becomes the second Iranian to go in the book as he is given a yellow card for a tackle on Ziyech that leaves the Moroccan man on the ground clutching his foot.46 Mins: We’re back underway at the Krestovsky Stadium, with Morocco earning themselves a free-kick inside their own half almost immediately after Boussoufa is sent sprawling by a clumsy challenge. Neither side has ever won a World Cup game where they have been drawing at the interval, yet with 18 shots between them, there is the sense that something has to give. Morocco have still dominated in terms of possession; but given Iran’s late surge in the final 10 minutes of the first half, will they be able to curb their opponent’s chances of making this match a more even affair?No goals in the first half means that it’s all square at the break between Morocco and Iran in Saint Petersburg. Herve Renard’s side started the stronger of the two, threatening to blow away their opponents with nine shots in the opening half-hour – but Carlos Queiroz’s men are unlucky not to be ahead after Moroccan keeper Manir Mohamedi made a fantastic save to deny Sardar Azmoun five minutes from time. It’s all still to play for in this vital Group B clash; half-time at Krestovsky Stadium, it’s Morocco 0-0 Iran.Half Time: It remains 0-0 in Saint Petersburg, Morocco have had the better of the first half but Iran have looked dangerous on the break.45 Mins: Haji Safi! The Iranian defender is tasked with a free-kick from 40 yards out in centre-field and he goes close; the ball brushes the top netting as it skims over the crossbar. Two added minutes are on the way.43 Mins: Save from Munir Mohamedi! Azmoun breezes through a loose Moroccan back four and comes up one-on-one with the keeper who gets a hand to his close-range shot 10 yards out; Jahanbakhsh wastes the follow-up and puts it wide off the outside of his boot.40 Mins: Pouraliganji wins a free-kick near the edge of his own box after El Kaabi clatters into him in midair leaping for a high ball.39 Mins: Ziyech floats an inch-perfect ball in from 30 yards out on the left wing that El Kaabi drifts a shade behind as he cuts into the Iran box; Beiranvand drops to scoop it to safety.37 Mins: Azmoun goes down in a tackle and stays on the turf, necessitating a pause in play for him to receive treatment.35 Mins: Over the crossbar! It’s an ambitious, if poor effort from Jahanbakhsh who gets the angle but not the descent with his strike, elevating it way out of reach for Mohamedi to be troubled.34 Mins: Yellow card Karim El Ahmadi. The former Aston Villa midfielder gets the second booking of the game as he nips at the heels of Azmoun some 35 yards away from the Moroccan goal; Iran get a free-kick as a result. Jahanbakhsh, kept quiet so far, will take…30 Mins: Harit cuts a path down the left channel with considerable ease, and nips into the Iran box before putting a low shot straight to Beiranvand. It is Morocco who are still in control of this game for the most part; they have registered eight shots to two from their opponents.26 Mins: Boussoufa feeds a deft ball down the right to Ziyech; the Ajax man can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi though and in challenging for possession, concedes a foul to the Iranian defender near the opposition box.23 Mins: Iran appear to have lifted themselves into second gear; Cheshmi and Amiri combine around the edge of the Morocco box as they look to find a way through. Amrabat is able to pinch the ball after a moment and he hares off down the right wing, only to lose possession himself a moment later when he squares a ball straight to Ebrahimi on halfway.20 Mins: Now it’s Morocco who are forced to race back and defend after Shoejaei cuts around Benatia as the defender slips and breaks into the opposition box for Iran. His square pass inside to find Azmoun goes awry though; Saiss is able to clear away the danger19 Mins:  How on earth did Iran keep that out? In the middle of a crowded box, Belhanda and Benatia both see strikes blocked by some frenzied defending to keep Morocco from finding the back of the net six yards out.18 Mins: Amiri brings down Belhanda as slides across the latter’s shins and Morocco have a free-kick 40 yards out16 Mins: Just over a quarter of an hour gone at the Krestovsky Stadium and it’s been all about Morocco so far. They have notched up three shots on goal in comparison to none for Iran – and have controlled a whopping 82 percent of possession so far as well.14 Mins: El Kaabit tumbles 35 yards out from the Iranian goal as he looks to take in a long ball from Boussoufa under pressure from Pouraliganji; the referee waves away any chance of a free-kick and Morocco’s attack peels back to halfway.12 Mins: Iran make a rare incursion into Moroccan territory and win themselves a throw-in 25 yards out on the left wing; from it, Amiri tips a looping pass into the box looking for Azmoun, but Mohamedi has no trouble leaping to safely claim it.10 Mins: Yellow card Masoud Shojaei Soleimani, Shojaei comes in with a rather late challenge in pursuit of Boussoufa just on halfway and the Iran midfielder has a yellow card brandished at him by Cakir.8 Mins: El Kabbi drives a half-volley from the centre of the box just wide to the left as he meets another lovely cross tipped in from the right by Amrabat again.Morocco are looking to defend a promising continental record today; African nations are unbeaten in five World Cup meetings against Asian opposition – three wins and two draws – since Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 in June 20105 Mins: Amrabat flicks a neat cross in for Belhanda from a tight angle on the right of the box; the midfielder’s header steers it just over the bar. All one-way traffic for Herve Renard’s side so far.4 Mins: Consecutive corners for Morocco now after Rezaeian blocks a run from Harit and Cheshmi puts out the second following a missed attempt to strike the ball from Ziyech on the edge of the box.2 Mins: First shot of the game goes to Morocco as Amine Harit squeezes a shot across the face of goal from the left edge of the Iranian box after he breaks through the midfield.1 Min: We’re underway in Saint Petersburg! Iran, in all white, win themselves an early free-kick inside their own half after Ziyech brings down Haji Safi chasing a ball from the start.Here we go….The national anthems have concluded and we’re moments away from kick-off. The referee today is Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.We’re just minutes away from kick-off and the teams are preparing to take to the field at the Krestovsky Stadium ahead of the national anthems.5 Mins to KO: As for Morocco, they will be hoping that Hakim Ziyech can deliver the goods; their star attacker notched up 11 assists in qualifying, more than any other African player, and was awarded the Dutch Footballer of the Year Award for his performances with Ajax in during the 2017-18 campaign.Team news ahead of kick-off and Iran will be looking to their star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to help guide them to victory today. The 24-year-old, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, finished last season as the division’s highest scorer with 21 goals, marking the first occasion that an Asian player has topped the scoring charts in an European league15 Mins to KO: Neither side offers a stellar record at the World Cup; between them, Morocco and Iran have managed three wins in 25 games across eight tournament appearances. Neither have ever won an opening game in the competition either; both have a chance to write a little bit of history on Krestovsky Island.Mirroring their opponents, Iran are making their fifth World Cup appearance and, for the first time ever, are featuring in consecutive tournaments, having competed at Brazil 2014. Manager Carlos Queiroz can go one better; he makes his third showing in a row, having guided Portugal to the knock-out stages, losing against Spain in 2010.20 Mins to KO: Morocco boss Herve Renard may be the only man to win the African Cup of Nations with two different teams – Zambia and Ivory Coast – but the Frenchman makes his bow as a World Cup manager today as his side appear at the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Atlas Lions have only made it past the group stage once, in Mexico 1986; could they spring a surprise progression this time around?Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Morocco and Iran meet in the opening game of Group B at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The pair meet for only the second time in their history, and for the first time in the sport’s showpiece tournament – but in a group that includes much-fancied Portugal and Spain, can either of them boost their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages with a vital victory?last_img read more

CIESAS Evaluation of ALSO

first_imgPosted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia (CIESAS). MHTF is supporting their project, Evaluation of ALSO Program. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: CIESASIn the last 3 months, the CIESAS team made an important decision in the design of the ALSO evaluation. The evaluation site was changed from the General Hospital in the coastal city of Pochutla, Oaxaca to the much bigger Civil Hospital Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso in the capital city of Oaxaca. CIESAS made this decision because, unlike we were previously told, this latter hospital does meet basic methodological requirements to carry out the evaluation, and it also is the largest hospital with the greatest load of obstetric emergencies throughout the State of Oaxaca.CIESAS hired four field-workers, all of them recent graduates from medical school and trained them in the correct implementation of observation checklists and patients’ interviews, as well as in basic hospital research bioethics. All instruments were designed for this particular evaluation and were tested and reviewed before being fully implemented. Since the end of September, fieldworkers have been rotating during the night and the morning shifts in the ER and in the Ob/Gyn Unit of the Valdivieso Hospital, observing and registering the actual management of obstetric hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia, as well as observing and registering how Ob/Gyns manage normal hospital deliveries.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

KOS SPORTS X BLADES AWARDED AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS AWARD FOR INNOVATION

first_imgOn the eve of the X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships, Kos Sports X Blades, official partners of Touch Football Australia, have been recognised in the prestigious Australian Business Awards with the Award for Innovation.The team at Kos Sports X Blades have been recognised for their cutting edge technology and products for the sports footwear industry.X Blades are naming rights sponsor of the National Touch League Open and Seniors Tournament, as well as the National 18 Years Tournament, the showcase events on the Touch Football Australia National calendar.Kos Sports X Blades are the official shoe of Touch Football Australia and their new “Genius” range, available in October, will provide revolutionary lightweight mid-sole boots that fit well with comfort, support, flexibility, and durability for the Touch Football enthusiast of all levels of ability and experience.Representatives from Kos Sports X Blades will be in attendance throughout the National 18s Tournament and will have Kos Sports X Blades footwear and products available for sale and order at a designated merchandise area.From park Touch Football to the Elite level, Kos Sports X-Blades has the shoe to suit all standards and competitive interests.Touch Football Australia congratulate Kos Sports X Blades on their success in the Australian Business Awards and look forward to a long and healthy relationship with the market leaders.To read more about Kos Sports X Blades success at the Australian Business Awards please click on the below attachment.Related Filesx-blades_australian_business_awards_winner-pdflast_img read more

2011 New South Wales Junior State Cup Results

first_imgIn the 18’s Girls division, Penrith started strongly, taking the early lead, before Wagga hit back to trail by just one touchdown. But it was too little too late with Penrith taking the match 7-6. In the 18’s Boys division, Parramatta dominated for the majority of the game, and won convincingly, 7-2. Under 10’s Boys – McCall CupNewcastle City 7 defeated Parramatta 4Player of the Final – Kurt Donohue (Newcastle)Under 12’s Boys – Zabielo CupNewcastle 0 – Orange 0Newcastle and Orange are joint winners of the 12’s Boys division. Player of the Final – Matt Smith (Newcastle)Under 14’s Boys – Yiangou CupRyde Eastwood 5 defeated Penrith 2Under 16’s Boys – Wall CupPeninsula 11 defeated Wests 4Player of the Final – Ben NicholsUnder 18’s Boys – Galea CupParramatta 7 defeated Manly 2Player of the Final – Wesley Sefuiva (Parramatta)Under 18’s Girls – Rose CupPenrith 7 defeated Wagga Wagga 6Player of the Final – Madison Absolum (Wagga Wagga)Under 16’s Girls – Toohey CupNewcastle City 13 defeated Taren Point 4Player of the Final – Lily Goodchild (Newcastle)Under 14’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 11 defeated Newcastle 4Player of the Final – Georgia Toovey (Manly)Under 12’s Girls – Vassallo CupBerkeley Vale 5 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 2Player of the Final – Aliyah Paki (Manly)Under 10’s Girls – Tirado CupManly 13 defeated Ryde 0Player of the Final – Monique Mortimer (Manly)Club ChampionshipsFirst – Manly Sea Eagles Second – Newcastle CityThird – Parramatta Eels Fourth – Penrith PanthersFifth – Wagga WaggaStay tuned to the website for all highlights of the grand finals at the 2011 New South Wales Junior State Cup. For all of the results from the Junior State Cup, please visit the event website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-857-0-0-0last_img read more

2011 World Cup Memories

first_imgJune 26 marks two years since Australia claimed the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Scotland, winning five of the seven divisions contested at the event. To commemorate this fantastic achievement, www.austouch.com.au caught up with some of the Australian representatives that competed in the event, to speak about their experience at the World Cup and reflect on their winning performances.There are plenty of great memories when it comes to the 2011 World Cup finals –  the Australian Mixed Open team coming from behind to claim their first World Cup title since 2003, the Men’s 30’s comprehensive win in their final over England, the Men’s 35’s win over South Africa, the Australian Women’s side’s two touchdown win over archrivals New Zealand, as well as the thrilling Men’s Open final, which saw Australia reduced to five players with just minutes remaining in the game.  Join us as we catch up with some of the players who take us back to the final day of the 2011 World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Jamie StoweJamie Stowe can now look back at that epic last few minutes of defence in the Men’s final and view it as a ‘fairy tale finish’ to his Men’s Open career, however he recalls how important defending that set was to the outcome of the game.“I knew if we could defend this one set we had it won,” Stowe said.“The Kiwis attacked our right side, to bring it back for a set play on the left. That failed, due to us having five and our middle, Nathan Jones making the previous touch they threw the ball from the ground to an awaiting player who raced Nathan to the line.” “To this day I have never witnessed a more important touch in the history of the game. Nathan turned and took four large strides and then his trademark sideways dive to prevent the game going into a drop-off. We manage to squeeze three touches in down the field before the final whistle went.”Having played in two previous World Cups, Stowe said that the standard of Touch Football was improving around the world, with games becoming more competitive than ever. “Teams like Scotland, South Africa and Japan have come leaps and bounds and it’s great to see the game so healthy.”Scott Buckley Representing Australia in the Men’s Open team, Buckley scored a touchdown early in the Grand Final against New Zealand. He had one of the most nerve-wracking finals of the entire contingent, when he was sent for a period of time in the final minutes of the game, with the Australian team left to defend a full New Zealand attacking set close to their line. “I’ve never been so nervous in my life…I remember being filthy at the call sitting there just hoping the boys could hold off,” Buckley said. “Even when the hooter went for the full-time siren I thought it was only half-time and only when I saw everyone rejoicing I realised that was it.”  The game finished at 7-6 to Australia.While the time out of the game wase tough he said it made the victory ‘sweeter’ once it was completed.Buckley also has fond memories of the event outside of the final.“[My] favourite memories of World Cup would have to be running out for the World Cup final in front of a massive crowd, soaking up the whole tournament, meeting new people from all over the world and then of course travelling after it,” he said.Kylie HilderFor Australian Mixed Open representative, Kylie Hilder, the fact that she was even playing in the World Cup was special and winning the title made it all the more memorable.  “I was just getting back into playing Touch after the birth of my second son and had no intentions of playing for Australia again as I had actually retired. I played New South Wales State Cup at Port Macquarie and was actually at an Australian Women’s Rugby League camp at Runaway Bay when the captain of the Mixed squad, Ryan Pollock spotted me,” Hilder said. “We got talking and he then asked if I would be interested in playing Touch again at an elite level as he and the coach had seen me play at State Cup. From there I played National Touch League where the coach Bernie Morrison approached me and asked if I would be interested in joining the Mixed squad. It then just went from there.” “It was so different this World Cup as I had two sons, meaning a very busy life and I appreciated wearing the green and gold so much more. This I put down to priorities in life change and being able to play for my country again was so unexpected and I wasn’t taking anything for granted.”The 2011 World Cup was Hilder’s third World Cup win, having won titles with the Australian Women’s Open team in 2003 and 2007. The commitment she had made as well as the fact that she had come out of retirement made the achievement so much more special.  “It meant so much knowing that this whole experience had really come out of the blue to start with. I appreciated my selection more and soaked up every moment. I was playing Mixed which was a whole new experience for me after playing Women’s at the last two, so that to start with was a daunting thought. Mixed is such a different game and knowing that New Zealand had been so successful in that division for a little while, it was always going to be a big challenge.”“The win was so good and especially after New Zealand had beaten us in the round games. Playing in the two previous World Cups where the Women’s were always the favourites it was a strange feeling playing in the green and gold knowing that we were actually the underdogs and we had to take the Cup from New Zealand.”“Having two young boys at home and a husband that had been so supportive of me during the whole campaign with all the training weekends and then being away for the two weeks playing, bringing home the World Cup really made all that time away worthwhile.”   Louise WinchesterThe Australian Women’s Open team continued its impeccable World Cup record in Scotland, continuing their undefeated streak at a World Cup level. What made the event even more special for Louise Winchester was captaining her country at a World Cup for the first time as well as being named as one of the flag bearers for the event. “It was the first time I was captain at a World Cup and to receive the enormous privilege of being Flag Bearer for our country, amongst so many incredible players and people, both past and present was the greatest honour I have received. I will never forget that whole experience and I will never ever forget the way my team mates made me feel that day. It is a memory that I will cherish and be indebted to them forever. To make it even more special and emotional, when my Mum and Dad found out I was Flag Bearer they decided to surprise me and make the trip to Scotland. To experience this great honour in front of the two most special people in my life meant the absolute world to me,” Winchester said. Having gone through seven World Cups undefeated, the importance of the Australian Women’s Open legacy isn’t lost on the current side. “We had spoken of our great record and our tradition throughout the lead up and as a team we are very aware of the past players of the Women’s Open division and the amazing legacy they have left us. We are all very honoured to carry on the hard work and the success of these great teams and to do our part in continuing this and even though there is definitely some pressure that comes with this great success it is also something that we continually pride ourselves on and something that helps us fight even harder for it. I could not have been any prouder of the girls in winning this World Cup.”Kristy JuddBeing selected to represent Australia at one World Cup is a massive achievement and Australian Women’s Open player, Kristy Judd created history in Edinburgh, competing in her fifth World Cup at an Open’s level. This achievement is something Judd never thought too much about in the lead up but says she is proud of the achievement.  “Looking back now I am proud to say I played in five World Cups at the Women’s Open level. I’ve had great coaches along the way as well and made great friends. It was also a challenge to adapt to the way the game keeps changing which I think is a good thing and something that you see in every sport,” Judd said. Judd says her most recent World Cup win was memorable and a fantastic opportunity overall. “It was obviously great to come away with a win in such a huge tournament and a great way to finish what we had all been preparing for over the previous four years. Meeting players from the others teams was a highlight too, that’s what’s great about World Cups, it’s not just Australia versus New Zealand, there’s so many other teams playing and trying their best and no matter what the result is they get so much out of playing teams they only get the chance to play every four years.”Phil GyemoreFor Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Phil Gyemore, the World Cup final win saw him and his long-time teammates, Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda, claim their third World Cup title together, and they did it in style, defeating England 18-2 in the final. Gyemore says he has many fond memories of the event, including getting to captain his country for the first time as well as his side setting some impressive records along the way. “Playing in three winning World Cups with Gavin Shuker and Garry Sonda (is a highlight).  They are both inspirational players that have made a major contribution to the way that Touch Football is played today.”“(Another highlight was) being involved in creating a few World Cup records such as the highest score in a World Cup final in any division by beating England 18-2, beating Luxembourg 31-0 in our first round game and seeing Gavin Shuker score 11 touchdowns in the same game which was the most touchdowns scored by one player in any World Cup game.  He had plenty of help from his teammates in reaching that milestone which will be hard to beat.” While the side were comprehensive winners in the final, the World Cup final was still a very memorable experience for the whole side. “The World Cup final was the only game where we had all 14 players start and finish the game so it was unusual having everyone available despite a few of them carrying injuries.  This enabled everyone to have the breaks and recovery time in the interchange box which kept all players pretty fresh.  The feeling in the dressing room was special,” Gyemore said.“We had…players with plenty of World Cup and international experience and some that were ready to realise their dreams of being in a World Cup final for the first time. It was a good mix and we knew that England were happy just to reach the final with no World Cup finals experience. We knew that a good start was critical to the final outcome and once we got a good start we continued to dominate and keep the momentum.”Paul McPherson and John MoujalliFor Australian Men’s 35’s representatives, Paul McPherson and John Moujalli, representing Australia for the first time and winning a World Cup title was a dream come true. “The support for our players that missed the final was great and the anthem sensational. I remember scoring a touchdown and giving an ordinary fist pump that has been recorded on YouTube for posterity. Lots of photos and some champagne in the dressing room and being able to watch all the other teams as we were the second grand final of the day.” “Our team has had reunions since where we do a lot of back slapping and tell each other how good we are to keep the memories alive,” McPherson said. “To represent for the first time was an honour. I was representing not only Australia but all my family, friends and coaches who helped me achieve it,” Moujalli said. “What I remember about the final/win was the confidence we took into the game because we were so well prepared on and off the field. After we got to an early 3-0 lead it relaxed us even more and we really soaked up the occasion.”To relive the Australian World Cup victories, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel by clicking on the following link:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3DF14C2BAAD56F2B Related LinksWorld Cup Memorieslast_img read more