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Cricket World Cup 2019: Reflections – Part 2

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We continue our recap of the most memorable moments from this year’s World Cup. You can read the first part of my World Cup reflections here. A star is born There has been no greater talent to emerge from the World Cup than England’s Jofra Archer.
'We continue our recap of the most memorable moments from this year’s World Cup. You can read the first part of my World Cup reflections here . A star is born There has been no greater talent to emerge from the World Cup than England’s Jofra Archer. The Barbadian, who became eligible to play for the Three Lions just before the tournament began, stunned everybody with his electrifying pace, generated from the most economical of actions. His X factor quality gave the Poms the cutting edge in attack it so desperately needed and transformed it into one of the best and most versatile bowling units of the competition. Archer’s skipper’s faith in handing him the super over of the final confirmed the belief the team has in their young star’s abilities. There can be no greater pressure than having the fate of The World Cup rest on your shoulders, and for that to be on the shoulders of a 24-year-old rookie seems exceptionally unfair. But his deliverance of the trophy to England under unimaginable pressure removed any doubt that the name Jofra Archer will be heard around the cricket world for many years to come. (Gareth Copley-IDI/IDI via Getty Images) The hitman cometh Rohit ’Hitman’ Sharma rewrote the record books as he became the first batsman to hit five centuries in a single World Cup. In doing so he eclipsed the record set by Kumar Sangakkara, who hit four hundreds in the last edition of the event. In the absence of regular opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit took the onus of scoring the bulk of India’s runs at the top of the order. Along with fellow opener KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli, they were the mainstays of the men in blue’s batting that shielded India’s fragile middle order all the way to the semi-final. He went on to amass 648 runs and emerge as the highest run-scorer of the tournament. His contribution played a pivotal role in the Subcontinent giants reaching the last four of this year’s event. Sports opinion delivered daily       A man for all seasons The world’s No. 1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was a revelation at this year’s event. The Bangladeshi talisman starred in nearly every one of his side’s encounters and ended up third on the batting charts with 606 runs and the tournament’s best batting average of 86.57. He also snared 11 wickets and had the third-best bowling figures in a match, with 5-29 against Afghanistan. In the process he became the first player to score 500 runs and take 10 wickets at the quadrennial event. Gravity-defying acts The supreme athletes of the cricket universe displayed their tremendous athletic prowess by pouching astounding catches in mid-flight. Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Martin Guptill, Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult, Fabian Allen, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes all put on a show for the millions of awestruck fans during the month-and-a-half-long spectacle, flinging themselves to grab the white orb with their feet parallel to the earth. It was Ben Stokes, though, with his goalkeeper-style catch in the first match of the event who eventually won the plaudits for the catch of the tournament. Hat-trick men Mohammad Shami of India and Trent Boult of New Zealand ended up as the only men who achieved hat-tricks in the tournament. While Shami’s came in a tense 11-run victory against Afghanistan, Boult achieved his three-peat in his side’s loss to Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. Their bowling efforts throughout the tournament played a key role in their teams’ campaigns. (Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images) Demolition man England captain Eoin Morgan emblazoned his name at the top of the six-hitting chart in a single ODI innings when he smoked 17 maximums against the hapless Afghans in their encounter. That innings also propelled him to the top of the six-hitters list in the tournament with an astounding 22 hits over the boundary. The fast-men rule As was to be expected, the fast men ruled the roost in England. Right from Mitchell Starc at the top of the pile, the list of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament was dominated by the fast men – in fact the top ten wicket-takers were all pace bowlers, with Chris Woakes rounding them off. Mitchell Starc was the standout bowler of the tournament with 27 wickets to top his stash of 22 wickets, which he achieved at the last World Cup, while England’s Jofra Archer and New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson were the finds of the tournament. The ball of the tournament The seed that Mitchell Starc bowled to get rid of Ben Stokes in a clash between old enemies Australia and England was the coup de grace in the Three Lions’ abysmal innings that resulted in a victory for the Aussies. Starting from outside off stump and tailing inwards towards the stumps, the ball was upon the well set Englishman before he could get his bat down and hit the base of off-stump. In a tournament of outstanding yorkers this wonder ball tops the list as the best of the competition. \t \t\tMore Cricket\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tCricket World Cup 2019: Reflections – Part 2\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tThe unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tRecapturing the nation: The 2019 Ashes\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tAustralia A can't get past England Lions in pre-Ashes draw\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tWorld Cup final a game for the ages\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tCricket\t Awards night At the end of a glorious tournament there were several awards to be given out. I’ll list the ones that were presented as well as some that I believe should have been. Actual awards Player of the tournament: Kane Williamson Man of The final: Ben Stokes Proposed awards Golden bat (most runs): Rohit Sharma Golden ball (most wickets): Mitchell Starc Golden hands (best catch) : Ben Stokes Golden gloves (best wicketkeeper): Quinton de Kock The golden cricketer (best all-rounder) : Shakib Al Hasan The gold standard (best captain): Kane Williamson These awards would have been befitting of the superlative performances of these amazing cricketers. Spirit of cricket The most heartening picture of this year’s event was seeing the victors comfort the vanquished at the end of a heart-stopping thriller that was the World Cup final. England’s Chris Woakes took a moment out of his celebrations to console New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, whose despairing dive failed to get him and his team over the all-important line – that is, the batting crease – resulting in his run-out and his team’s defeat in the summit clash. Once the euphoria of England’s maiden triumph had settled down to a more boisterous note, Three Lions skipper Eoin Morgan made his way to the away dressing room where the dejected Kiwis were trying to grapple with the surreal happenings of the last hour. Morgan went straight to Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson to share a drink and offer his commiserations. Though he was lost for words to comfort his fallen mate, his sheer generosity in what was essentially his team’s and his crowning moment signalled how the spirit of the game triumphs over every achievement that the sport has to offer. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) The fans The sight of 87-year-old Charulatha Patel summoning all her lungpower to cheer on the men in blue via a blowhorn was one of the most captivating moments of the World Cup. Millions of fans from across the globe came together for the six-week event to cheer their favourite teams on. Their presence turned a serious sports event into a cricket carnival as the game’s legion of fans interacted with each other, had fun and staged rivalries of their own. They spurred their heroes on to greater heights, rejoiced in their victories and shared in their despair. The tournament would have been poorer without them. The 2019 World Cup has come to a close, leaving a huge void in our hearts and lives that will be tough to fill. If the 2023 event in India turns out to be anything like the one just concluded, cricket aficionados around the world can indeed look forward to another instalment of the greatest show on Earth.'

Canossian Daughters of Charity celebrate 70 years of mission, charity, love in Australia

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THE world and its wounds changed shape over the past 70 years and the Canossian Daughters of Charity evolved with them, cherishing the experience of walking with the poor in Australia.The Canossian Sisters celebrated their Australian 70th
'Dedicated: The Canossian Sisters celebrated their 70th anniversary in Australia with Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell, at Canossa Chapel, Oxley on Sunday, July 14.Photo: Alan Edgecomb THE world and its wounds changed shape over the past 70 years and the Canossian Daughters of Charity evolved with them, cherishing the experience of walking with the poor in Australia.The Canossian Sisters celebrated their Australian 70th anniversary Mass, at Canossa Chapel, Oxley, last Sunday.Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell was the celebrant.Canossian Sister Melissa Dwyer (pictured with Bishop Howell) said the celebration was beautiful.She said a highlight was the entrance procession where all former provincial and delegate leaders walked in together.She said it was lovely to see all the women who had led through 70 years, especially seeing as they were all still alive. “It was an opportunity for sisters from around Australia to gather because we were all in town for our delegation chapter, so all the sisters from different parts of Australia came together,” she said.The chapel was full with more than 300 people there, including sisters, order collaborators and regular Sunday Mass-goers.   “We just wanted to insert into the normal Sunday Mass because we wanted to be with the people, conscious that our presence in Australia is not just about us, but it’s about being able to work with and collaborate with so many lay people who made it possible for us to be here,” Sr Dwyer said.After the Mass, there was morning tea for everyone and a special lunch for the Canossian Sisters.With a spread of ages from 35 to 91, and coming from 10 nationalities, working in ethnic communities, institutions and a broad range of ministries, there were certainly lots of interesting stories to hear, Sr Dwyer said. “It’s always beautiful to listen to the stories of the older sisters,” she said. “I cherish that because I’m not that old myself.  “But I think there’s so much wisdom in our older sisters, and that’s important for us who are younger to cherish that memory.  “We stand on the shoulders of giants, (and) why we’re here today is because of all those women who have faithfully lived the charism in Australia for the past 70 years.  “So now, at this moment, it’s up to us to do the best we can to pass on the charism to those who come after us in its entirety. “We are very conscious of thanking God for the gift of these women who for the past 70 years have rolled up their sleeves and touched the lives of people across Australia, and now it’s our turn to continue to live on that spirit of our foundress.” And learning from the missions of the past informs the future, in line with their foundress St Magdalen of Canossa, who Sr Dwyer said remained ever conscious to the signs of the times. “And so, since 1949 until today, we’ve seen (poverty) certainly evolve,” she said. “We’ve seen sisters seeking to respond to emerging poverties.” These emerging poverties involved working closely with migrants and refugees, but with the sisters maintaining their presence in their foundational ministries in education and healthcare.   “What I love most,” Sr Dwyer said, “I think it’s really a beautiful part of our charism that in our ministerial service to the local church of Australia, we are very much focused on making Jesus known and loved and serving the poor.” The face of poverty isn’t always obvious, either. “So now the type of poverty has changed; material poverty in Australia is not as prevalent as perhaps other developing countries in the world,” Sr Dwyer said. “But poverty takes many different forms – you’ve got social poverty, psychological poverty, emotional poverty – so our sisters are still consistently involved in searching to find and respond to where there’s the greatest need in serving our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest of them.”  Anniversary Mass: The current leader and past leaders of the Canossian Daughters of Charity enter the 70th Anniversary Mass at Canossa Chapel, Oxley, last Sunday.Despite Australia’s changing attitudes towards religion and religious, the Canossian Sisters remain visible in local communities across Queensland and Australia. “We’re still living in community and that’s an important part of our life, so we believe in bearing witness to who we are as Daughters of Charity, serving the poor,” Sr Dwyer said.  “I believe that we are committed to maintaining our identity in that space.” At the same time, the sisters were aware of the need to insert themselves into the culture of the time and minister to the people who needed help, she said. “We’re very much about walking with the people, being where people are and trying to help them discover who God is for them,” Sr Dwyer said.  “So it’s about walking with people as opposed to walking above them or in front of them.” With two novices and two pre-postulants, the sisters are going to be walking with the poor in Australia for a long time yet. “For us as a group of religious women in Australia, we still have new vocations,” Sr Dwyer said.  “So whilst many congregations are talking about diminishment and potentially looking for the future and closing or ending their story in Australia, we’re not at that point – we’re at a point where we’re full of hope for our future. “We’re looking to see how we can dream about new possibilities in our ministries, how we can dream about encouraging other young women to join us on the mission of making Jesus known and loved.” . 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Essendon are red hot, but is their form real?

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Being an Essendon fan born in the late ’90s is an unenviable fate. For a club so steeped in glory and fame, I have not seen my them taste success in a final since 2004. That’s approaching 15 years, or nearly five and a half thousand days, as one
'Being an Essendon fan born in the late ’90s is an unenviable fate. For a club so steeped in glory and fame, I have not seen my them taste success in a final since 2004. That’s approaching 15 years, or nearly five and a half thousand days, as one Twitter account will remind you. Since then, there has been a botched supplements program when on the brink of premiership contention, a complete gap year in 2016 when the senior core was banished, four humiliations in knock-out finals and missing September action last year, following a sensational recruiting spree at the end of 2017. During a chance meeting at a recent game that he was covering for Fox Footy, Hawthorn champion Dermott Brereton literally laughed at me when I told him that all I have experienced as a 22-year-old Essendon supporter is mediocrity. Long story short: my fandom is constantly laced with skepticism, expecting something obscure to derail what appears to be a position of safety, where it’s hard to know what form and continuity is, or what it means. Take the last 24 months for example: back-to-back seasons of stuttering starts, impressive finishes and summers of landing big-name recruits, only to become a regular fixture in the mid-table glut of average teams. Season 2019 has been largely the same, albeit with six weeks remaining in the season. An utterly dismal showing against the Giants in Round 1 was followed by losing to St Kilda, a side many predicted to be fighting amongst the Suns and the Blues to avoid the wooden spoon. A form slump was rectified and things began to look rosy on the back of three consecutive wins, but weird things just happen to this club. And no better way was this articulated than when Dane Rampe climbed a goal post during the dying stages of the Round 8 clash against Sydney, and was simply waved off rather than penalised, despite clearly breaching a rule that if enforced correctly, would have directly changed the outcome of the game and maybe even the course of the Bombers’ season. But since hitting the skids at 4-6 courtesy of an embarrassing performance against Richmond, in which just two goals had been registered by three-quarter time, the Bombers have gone 5-1, with the only loss coming at the hands of the reigning premiers on their turf. Wins against Carlton, Hawthorn and the Swans – all likely to miss the finals – don’t make for great reading, but ugly wins are worth just as much as thrashings in the W column. And barnstorming victories against the Giants and a red-hot North Melbourne, both under incredible circumstances, has instilled a belief that says that we may justify the position we occupy in the bottom of the top eight. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) When you think of Essendon at their best, you think of speed. You think of the dash of Conor McKenna and Adam Saad in the back half, of Zach Merrett and Andy McGrath through the midfield, and Orazio Fantasia and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti causing chaos in the forward line. On Saturday, against one of the form sides in the competition in the Kangaroos, Essendon showed that they can bash-and-crash with the best of them, even without the skipper and the competition’s leading tackler in 2018 in the line-up. Dylan Clarke did a tremendous job on wrecking-ball Ben Cunnington as an undermanned Bombers defence repelled attack after attack from North Melbourne, boasting the match’s most influential player in Ben Brown in their arsenal. Michael Hurley’s injury late in the first half meant two things. Firstly, that match-ups had to be adjusted, with the likes of Aaron Francis and Marty Gleeson given tough assignments against opponents that comfortably outsized them in Nick Larkey and Cam Zurhaar, respectively. Secondly, and crucially in the context of recent come-from-behind wins, it meant that John Worsfold’s trump card Cale Hooker was chained to the back half and unable to reprise his role as the hero whose enormous mitts and commanding presence steer contests in our favour when thrust into the forward line under desperate circumstances. Playing in a one-dimensional fashion and being predictable has long been a criticism of both mine and the wider Essendon supporter base of the Bombers during Worsfold’s tenure. When the one-wood doesn’t come off, the corridor is blocked and the turnover game isn’t reaping rewards, they look devoid of alternatives. Since Round 10, however, the numbers indicate that things have changed. Essendon out-possessed and took more marks than their opponents in their first four wins of the year, but in three of the five since – against Hawthorn, GWS and the Swans – they have conceded the possession count and taken less marks. Consider with not throwing Hooker forward on the weekend and we’re beginning to see Essendon add strings to their bow and win in different ways. So what can we put the shift down to? Is it simply a coincidence that they’ve only lost once since Dylan Clarke has come into the side to take names? Possibly. Certainly the balance in the middle has shifted and having someone to lock down on opponents has been something that the Bombers have lacked since the early days of Heath Hocking. \t \t\tMore AFL\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tEssendon are red hot, but is their form real?\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tConiglio avoids ACL injury, but season likely over\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tRumours swirling of season-ending Naitanui injury\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tRodney Eade offers solution to Gold Coast's horror plight\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\tHurley to go under the knife\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t \t\tAFL\t David Myers has also been out of the side in this period, having not been sighted at AFL level since his unsuccessful kick after the siren against the Swans fell short, allowing for more time in the middle for the likes of Darcy Parish and Kyle Langford. Parish is certainly in career-best form, averaging 22.6 touches and 4.1 clearances in the last six weeks as he transitions from half-forward to midfielder. As we look ahead to the rest of the season, finals have become a legitimate prospect. Contests against Adelaide, Gold Coast (both away), Port Adelaide, the Bulldogs, Fremantle (away) and Collingwood all present realistic possibilities to collect four points. Three road trips aren’t ideal, and the club is yet to win interstate this year. However, they won five of six games on the road last year in what appeared to be a significant development. It’s hard to know what to believe with this club. Three more victories would take them to 12 wins, a marker that has been considered a yardstick for qualifying for the finals in recent years. They sit equal on points with Adelaide and GWS, a game ahead of both Port Adelaide and the Bulldogs, and two games from Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Fremantle. However they have the worst percentage of sides in the top eight. It’s not going to be easy, especially with the mounting injury toll. But the intangible belief that forms from wins such as last weekend, after withstanding the relentless pressure from another side fighting to keep September hopes alive, could take them anywhere. And who knows? If the match-ups fall their way in week one, we might be partying like it’s 2004.'

People Born Prematurely May Have More Romantic Trouble As Adults, Study Finds

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Babies born prematurely might have an unexpected disadvantage by the time they reach adulthood, according to new research out this week. It suggests that they’ll be less likely to ever have a romantic relationship or sex, as well as be less likely
'Babies born prematurely might have an unexpected disadvantage by the time they reach adulthood, according to new research out this week. It suggests that they’ll be less likely to ever have a romantic relationship or sex, as well as be less likely to have children, than people born full-term.\t\t\t\t\t More »'