A late first-half flurry saw Lovren’s header cleared off the line by James McArthur with Lucas volleying over the rebound. Benteke blazed over early in the second half, and headed over an even better opportunity from Alberto Moreno’s cross on the hour – just after Bakary Sako had shot into the side-netting at the other end. The last half-hour felt like a cup tie with both sides going for the win as Klopp sent on the attack-minded Roberto Firmino for the more defensively secure Can and switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation, while Pardew swapped like-for-like with Connor Wickham replacing Sako. Jason Puncheon tested Simon Mignolet from distance, but while the Belgium international had sure hands for that one when Dann headed Cabaye’s corner goalwards he could only parry and the defender nodded in the rebound. At the end Palace fans were chanting “You must be sick of us” and “Can we play you every week?”. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Gerrard is back at Anfield! Don’t get your hopes up #LFC fans – he’s just watching from the stands. 1-1 at the break” – talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) spot the former Liverpool skipper at half-time but the Reds could have done with a bit of his magic on the pitch PLAYER RATINGS Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 5 Nathaniel Clyne: 7 Martin Skrtel: 7 Mamadou Sakho: 7 Alberto Moreno: 7 Lucas Leiva: 7 Emre Can: 6 Jordon Ibe: 7 Philippe Coutinho: 7 Adam Lallana: 7 Christian Benteke: 6 Substitutes Dejan Lovren: 6 Roberto Firmino: 6 Divock Origi: 5 Crystal Palace Wayne Hennessey: 6 Martin Kelly: 6 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 7 Pape Souare: 6 James McArthur: 7 Yohan Cabaye: 7 Wilfried Zaha: 7 Jason Puncheon: 7 Bakary Sako: 6 Yannick Bolasie: 7 Substitutes Connor Wickham: 6 Jordon Mutch: 5 Joe Ledley: 5 STAR MAN Scott Dann: Did a decent job of keeping Christian Benteke quiet and then proved his worth at the other end with the match-winning goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Dann’s quick reaction to his initial header being saved by Simon Mignolet, nodding home the rebound eight minutes from time. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Jurgen Klopp was his usual animated self, standing in the technical area virtually the whole game, and changing his formation to a 4-1-4-1 late on as he went for the win. The most animated Alan Pardew got was when he thought the medical staff were taking too long to patch up Pape Souare’s head injury but his tactical approach also has to be applauded as he also had no intention of settling for a draw. MOAN OF THE MATCH It’s becoming a bit repetitive but Liverpool’s seeming inability to properly deal with set-pieces. WHO’S UP NEXT? Man City v Liverpool, November 21 (Premier League) Crystal Palace v Sunderland, November 23 (Premier League) In a game of end-to-end attacking and bumps, scrapes and bruises, the visitors struck at an 82nd-minute corner to settle an entertaining affair 2-1 in their favour. Slack defending allowed Yannick Bolasie to score with Palace’s first shot on target in the 21st minute and despite Philippe Coutinho’s third goal in two games just before the break Dann exploited more set-piece weakness to grab the winner. Not only did it inflict Klopp’s first loss, after three wins and three draws, but it also ended Liverpool’s longest unbeaten run – 12 matches – since September 2013. Palace, who started at lightning speed and came alive again late on after a period on the back foot, were rewarded for not settling for a draw and going for the win when other sides would have closed down the game a lot earlier happy to leave Anfield with a point. They were no doubt encouraged by the fact they were viewed as Liverpool’s bogey side, at the back of their mind that 3-3 draw from 3-0 late in the season Brendan Rodgers almost won the title – something the watching Steven Gerrard, back from Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer’s off-season, needed no reminding of. The hosts were captained for only the second time by Lucas Leiva as James Milner missed his first league match for the club he joined in the summer after sustaining a hamstring injury in the midweek Europa League win over Rubin Kazan in Russia. That meant Klopp had to restructure his midfield but it was the defence which was found wanting again for the opening goal as Alberto Moreno’s initial weak tackle allowed Wilfried Zaha to get the ball on the right and his cross was virtually teed up for Bolasie by Emre Can. Spurred into life, Christian Benteke’s header was clawed away by Wayne Hennessey before the striker completely mis-hit a shot from Lallana’s pull-back. Liverpool lost Mamadou Sakho to what looked like a serious knee injury, although the France international attempted to play on after treatment and immediately almost gifted Yohan Cabaye a goal before he was replaced by Dejan Lovren. The hosts’ right flank had looked their best avenue of attack and that is where the equaliser came from, with Adam Lallana’s backheel of Nathaniel Clyne’s cross crucial in doing just enough to divert the ball way from Palace’s defenders and into the path of Coutinho who bent in a shot at the far post. Scott Dann ended Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten start as Liverpool manager with a late header which gave a vibrant Crystal Palace their third successive Premier League victory over the Reds. Press Association
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Eagles have shown a lot of resilience and game management so far at the 2019 AFCON, with many late goals to win games. They have also won four matches by a one-goal margin.In their first two matches against Burundi and Guinea, they won games 1-0 by scoring after the seventieth minute.Against Cameroon in the Round of 16, they came back with two quick-fire goals after going into the break behind.And yesterday against the South Africans, they left it till the 89th minute despite the pressure of losing a lead. VAR DramaExperiencing VAR at the stadium is a totally different experience from watching on TV.The screens at the stadium don’t show replays so there’s so much tension and uncertainty.First there was despair among the Nigerian fans when South Africa scored, then joy when the referee’s assistant’s flag went off.Then there was confusion as many of the fans were unaware that VAR comes into effect at the quarter final stage.Then it was back to despair as the referee signaled for a goal after what seemed like years of waiting.Eagles’ First Nght GameThe heat in Egypt has been wearing with the daytime temperature in Cairo at 38 degrees Celsius yesterday.Meanwhile, the Eagles have played all of their matches in Alexandria, which is slightly cooler but still well in the 30s.Luckily, the Eagles’ first experience of playing in Cairo was at night. And it will be the same in the Semi Final against either Algeria or Ivory Coast.Set Piece KingsThe Eagles have scored three of their seven goals from set plays, a notable statistic considering this has never been the forte of the Super Eagles and African teams in general.However, William Troost Ekong scored the winner off a corner kick yesterday, replicating his centre back partner Kenneth Omeruo’s winner against Guinea.Nigeria’s first goal against Cameroon was the result of a free kick.Set plays are an indication of a team spending time practicing in training and is a good sign as the Eagles advance into the semi finals. Another Late Goal Wins It
Burkina Faso’s Aristide Bancé continued his fine form by scoring the only goal of the match in the 36th minute to move the Stallions into second place, to improve his country’s hopes of progressing to the next round of qualification over Group E leaders Congo.In the other Group E game, Gabon dispatched Niger with a 4-1 scoreline, scoring three goals in the 8 minutes added on at the end of the game.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (43, 87, 90+8) was the star of the show as he scored a hat-trick of penalties against the hapless Nigeriens, who had two players sent off in the last 10 minutes of the match.Bruno Écuélé Manga was credited with the other goal three minutes from time, after Ali Yacouba had put the Menas ahead in the 14th minute.Zambia extended their lead at the top of group D to two points with a 1-1 draw against Sudan, meaning Ghana can move top with a win against Lesotho on Sunday.After a goalless first half, the game came alive in the second half and Jacob Mulenga put Chipolopolo ahead in the 70th minute. Their joy, however, was short-lived as Mohamed Abdallah netted the equaliser just two minutes later. In a hard-fought encounter at the Lobatse Stadium, Botswana moved clear off the foot of group A with a 3-2 win over Central African Republic.Nicaise Zimbori opened the scoring for CAR in the 33rd minute. With Calvin Tolmbaye sent off for a challenge in the box, Jerome Ramatlhakwane scored the equaliser from the penalty spot.Playing with 10-men did not hamper the Wild Beasts, with Zimbori grabbing his second of the game five minutes into the second half.However, it all fell apart for them towards the end of the match. First Mogakolodi Ngele netted the equaliser in the 74th minute, before Ofentse Nato scored the winner in the 86th minute.In the only Group B match of the day, Heldon scored the only goal as Cape Verde Islands held on for 1-0 win over Sierra Leone at the Estádio da Várzea. Elsewhere Morocco moved into second place in Group C with a 2-0 win over Gambia Stade de Marrakech, with Tanzania facing off against the Ivory Coast on Sunday.Abdelaziz Barrada opened the scoring in the fourth minute for the Atlas Lions, before highly-rated Montpellier forward Younes Belhanda added a second in the 51st minute.Saturday’s World Cup qualifying results:Botswana 3-2 Central Africa RepublicCape Verde Islands 1-0 Sierra Leone Congo 0-1 Burkina FasoGabon 4-1 NigerMorocco 2-0 GambiaZambia 1-1 Sudan
Since 2016, Nigeria have been on the rise in world football. The Football Association took a more youthful outlook towards the national team. Young Nigerians all over Europe were contacted by the FA and committed to play for the Super Eagles. A new generation of the Super Eagles led by Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will be seen in Russia. The team strolled through qualifying, easily dispatching African heavyweights Algeria and Cameroon, and 2012 AFCON winners Zambia. The west Africans scored 11 goals, joint-second highest scorers on the continent.This new generation is marshalled by German coach Gernot Rohr. What makes this new-look side worth the hype? As part of Joy Sports focus on African teams, here’s a tactical look at how they shape up.System & StyleRohr is perhaps most famously known for leading French side Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final in 1996. He stayed in France, going on to coach Nice, Nantes and Ajaccio. After 2009, the German found himself on the international coaching scene. Rohr spent time as coach of nations like Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso before finally being appointed as head coach of Nigeria in 2016. He instilled team spirit, discipline and a strong mentality to the new wave of Nigerian starlets who now carry the mantle of the Super Eagles.“The African style of football is all about improvisation and creativity, but also sometimes involves forgetting about discipline and defensive organization,” Gernot Rohr said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper. This is a summary of Rohr’s style in itself. The German has created a potent counterattacking side who can beat any team on their day. Gernot Rohr opts for his trusted 4-2-3-1, for defensive security and efficient counterattacks. Nigeria’s gameplan involves a compact defensive approach with the aim to win the ball and create goalscoring chances on the counter. This team breaks with serious pace in the frontline, something that will surely cause problems to the bigger sides they will meet. Rohr’s men defend as a unit and rely on their midfield to transition rapidly. Nigeria will play direct football to exploit the pace and skill of their frontline. System Strengths:Nigeria’s most potent weapon is their counter attacking ability. Rohr bases his gameplan on using direct football to stretch the opponent and cause havoc in the final 3rd. The electric pace of the Nigerian frontline will definitely be a problem when the tournament kicks off. Their technical ability is frightening too. Alex Iwobi’s drives the team forward with finesse, guile and electric dribbling ability, Victor Moses can easily beat his opponent to get into the box or cross from the byline and Odion Ighalo is a scary combination of strength, speed and finishing. If that is not enough to put opponents on high alert, the supporting cast is as good as the starters. Ahmed Musa was Nigeria’s top scorer in their last world cup with two goals. Kelechi Iheanacho, the Super Eagles’ youngest attacker, has 8 goals in 18 caps. The Leicester man is considered as one of the best young strikers in Europe and the whole world will bear witness in Russia. The midfield plays a huge role in Rohr’s counter attacking system. Former Chelsea man John Obi Mikel plays ahead of the two ball winners, Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi in Rohr’s setup. They operate at the base of the midfield to shield the defence. Ndidi and Onazi excel in breaking up play and Mikel conducts the play and dictates the pace of the game with his intelligent ball distribution. What the midfield trio possess in common is the ability to transition from defence to attack, each of them comfortable with pinging passes from deep positions to open up defences and supply the forwards in the final third.System Weakness: Nigeria’s weakness will be the relative inexperience of the defence. The expected back five of Uhozo, Shehu, Balogun, Troos-Ekong and Idowu have a combined 77 caps and an average age of 24.4 years.There will be huge question marks surrounding this defence as players like Uzoho and Idowu recently became full internationals. The defensive players have the talent, but there are concerns that they are too young and raw. Teams need defenders with big-time experience to succeed in major tournaments. Rohr decided to ditch Ikechukwu Ezenwa and put faith in 19-year-old Francis Uzoho to start between the sticks in Russia. The keeper has appeared in recent friendlies and has only 6 caps in total. After Vincent Enyeama’s departure from the international scene and Carl Ikeme’s leukemia diagnosis, the Super Eagles have struggled to find a decent shot stopper. Nigeria’s hopes on qualifying lie on the shoulders of a teenager who has only 180 minutes of senior competitive football under his belt with Deportivo La Coruna.SummaryDefeats in their recent warm-up matches have caused quite a stir in the media. However, Rohr sees these losses as an opportunity refocus attention on the squad’s deficiencies before the tournament begins. Their superb attacking ability and mentality as a team saw them past Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria. They are capable of causing a few upsets and they have the personnel to pull it off. The Super Eagles must be at their best to escape the group. It’s a three-way fight for second place with Croatia and Iceland. Nigeria possess a team that can overcome these odds, but their hopes of qualification rely on that first encounter with Croatia.– #JoyWorldCup: Click here for our full coverage Click here for Nigeria team profile–Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! 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Just when it looked like it might not come this month … or the one after it, with every team they face the rest of 2015 expected to be favored …The Lakers win, the Lakers win, tra la.Oh, sorry, I forgot how to act.The Lakers’ hopes for this season, which seemed to have sailed off the Earth as if it was flat, are back! Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The dream, or expectation — in Lakerdom they get confused — was to be good enough to attract a free agent star with the initials KD next summer.Laker reality is dewey youth alongside hoary age, with a schedule that means things will get even worse if they can’t put it together fast.If their veterans were supposed to make up what they lacked, not enough of them are Lou Williams, Brandon Bass or even Metta World Peace.Nick Young is 30, if forever young, not to mention Nick Young, averaging a solid 10.3 off the bench, although ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh figured out that he hasn’t yet assisted on a Kobe Bryant basket.Roy Hibbert is averaging 3.8 blocks in 24 minutes, but he’s a fish out of water.Hibbert’s heyday, which ended last season, came in a Pacers scheme based on packing the lane.The Lakers don’t defend that way or, to date, any way. The 24 minutes he plays suggest — predictably — how far out of water Hibbert is.Then, of course, there’s Bryant. He’s hardly the only one struggling, just the one who’s supposed to make them more than they are.I’ve been a Kobe admirer through thick and thin, but that doesn’t change what’s happening.At 37 after all the injuries and the pounding (No. 3 all-time in minutes counting playoffs behind Kareem Abduk-Jabbar and Karl Malone), Kobe and the Lakers still have ultra-high expectations of themselves, which is how he became who he was and they became what they were.Now whether his timing is merely off, as he says, or his time is over, he’s playing at a subterranean level.He used to be the greatest high-wire act the game ever saw, but bulletproof audacity no longer works for him.I once told him he was the greatest impossible shot-maker ever. Rather than take it as a compliment or an insult, he looked at me blankly. He didn’t consider his shots impossible at all.Now he’s trying to play from behind the arc, with 3-pointers accounting for 49 percent of his shots.Kobe has been brutal on himself, but his insistence that he’s “getting the shots I want,” signals a continuing need to reassess his preferences,Bryant aged gracefully until blowing out his Achilles at 34 and playing 41 games the next two seasons.His Alpha-most instinct drove him to the heights he reached, but denial no longer works the same way.He still has the handle to drive the ball to the hoop and find teammates … but hasn’t, averaging 2.6 assists, compared to his career 4.8 average.It’s not Kobe to think of creating for teammates first. If it’s never him, he’ll have to go back to making shots with a high degree of difficulty or shoot 32 percent, as he is now.As Shakespeare had one of his conspirators in “Juliue Caesar” note, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves.”The Lakers’ issues are with their expectations, which will torture them until a return to glory is possible.In the meantime, if their kids are all right, everyone else will have to fend for themselves.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. Well, they’re are back, at least, until the team plays the Knicks today, as an underdog, as the Lakers were in Brooklyn and figure to be through Jan. 1, with 20 of 28 on the road.Happily for the Lakers, there’s every chance of developing a young nucleus with Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle looking good and D’Angelo Russell — finally — providing the first glimpse of why they drafted him at No. 2.It was only Russell’s fifth NBA game, but that seemed like a lifetime in Lakerdom with Jahlil Okafor averaging 19.8 points in Philadelphia.(Jahlil’s also averaging 5.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks, as the Lakers foresaw when they passed on him.)Of course, Lakers being Lakers and their fans being their fans, everyone wanted so much more.
PJ Washington won’t be on the court for Kentucky’s first game in the NCAA Tournament against Abilene Christian. The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that @PJWashington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture. Once we determined that PJ was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 21, 2019According to Calipari, Washington was placed in a hard cast for “precautionary reasons”. It’s unclear when he will be able to return if Kentucky advances past the first round.Washington is the Wildcats’ leading scorer (14.8 points per game) and leading rebounder (7.5). He will be watching off the court as No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 15 Abilene Christian Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Related News March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Arizona State’s First Four win over St. John’s Coach John Calipari announced that the forward won’t be playing Thursday, but there is a silver lining — the injury Washington suffered during the Wildcats’ SEC Tournament game against Tennessee is just a sprain, not a fracture.
Memphis holds the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft and it is expected to select Murray State guard Ja Morant, which could make Conley expendable.Conley has also been linked to the Celtics — if Kyrie Irving leaves the team this summer — and the Pacers. “When I signed back a couple years ago, that’s a thought that goes through your head that, ‘man, I could play in the same place for 14 or 15 years,” Conley said in January (via NBA.com). “That’d be awesome, and hopefully retire one day as a Grizzly. You also understand that in three, four years a lot can happen and a lot can change.“Memphis is all I know. This is my home. I love everybody here and my teammates and the organization. I don’t know any better. This is new grounds for me, so we’ll just see how it plays out.”The Grizzlies finished last season with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. NBA trade rumors: Celtics, two other teams could target Mike Conley deal Conley averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games for the Grizzlies last season. He shot 43.8% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range.The Grizzlies originally selected Conley out of Ohio State with the fourth pick in the 2007 draft and he has spent his entire career with the franchise. He has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $153 million extension he signed with Memphis in July 2016. Related News Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis NBA trade rumors: Pelicans ‘monitoring’ potential deal for Wizards star Bradley Beal The Jazz could be closer to acquiring Mike Conley Jr.Memphis has intensified discussions about potentially moving the 31-year-old guard and Utah is a “front-runner” to land him if he’s traded this week, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. The Jazz also reportedly pursued Conley before the deadline but no deal was ultimately reached.
“Just waiting for the right opportunity, and nothing has changed as far as that goal, and that dream of mine is to still play,” Carter said, via The Athletic. “It’s just a patient thing. I get it. I’m older. Teams are going younger. Hopefully, within the coming days, we’ll have something figured out.”Carter averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 38.9% from 3-point range for the Hawks last season. Atlanta “would welcome Carter back if that’s what he chooses to do,” according to The Athletic’s report, which cites two unidentified sources. Related News The Hawks finished 2018-19 with a 29-53 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. They signed forward Jabari Parker and selected De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish in the first round of the 2019 draft.Atlanta currently has two open roster spots. Klay Thompson says Warriors’ dynasty is far from over: ‘It would not be smart to count the Dubs out’ Vince Carter is not ready to retire.The 42-year-old wing is a free agent but told reporters Thursday he’s still hoping to sign with a team and play one more NBA season. Jayson Tatum on Celtics signing Kemba Walker: ‘I think I had a big part with him coming here’ David Griffin admits he was ‘miserable’ as Cavaliers GM Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce told The Athletic he hopes the team re-signs Carter.“Leadership is important, but that is primarily coming from me,” Pierce said in June. “Maturity and character is what is needed in the locker room. Vince was great, and Vince is great because he gives you leadership, credibility and experience. The character piece for him is just off the charts. I think we have a ton of high-character guys here, so we have to keep that.“I hope we don’t have to get a leader just because we need one. Vince Carter came with a different set. He walked into the locker room, and he already has respect. He didn’t have to demand it or command it.”Carter, who has made eight All-Star teams during his 21-year career, has also played for the Raptors, Nets, Magic, Suns, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Kings.
President Trump’s reelection campaign is negotiating to buy a Super Bowl ad. Source: “The president’s team has agreed on the broad terms for buying an ad…No contract is signed yet.” SBJ Media is live. 🔒https://t.co/j3LH3pL2Xm🔒 pic.twitter.com/N5qKS7aqXL— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) November 19, 2019This fall, Trump attended a World Series game in D.C. to a chorus of boos, and an Alabama-LSU college football contest at which he received a warmer reception. Trump, who is the subject of an impeachment inquiry, holds little public support among D.C. citizens but won Alabama in the 2016 general election.The president has historically clashed with the NFL, having been spurned from achieving his dream to be an owner and leading a disastrous lawsuit against the league in 1986 that backfired and forced the competing USFL to fold. Over the past few years, he has also lashed out at NFL player protests during the national anthem.This season’s Super Bowl will take place on Feb. 2, 2020. President Donald Trump’s increased involvement in U.S. sporting events could culminate in a record-breaking advertisement buy for the Super Bowl, according to a report from the Sports Business Journal.The prospective deal for the Fox TV broadcast, which would be orchestrated by his 2020 re-election campaign, could cost in the neighborhood of $5.6 million for 30 seconds of airtime. That would likely exceed the cost of any other campaign ad he has purchased so far, though he reportedly paid seven figures for a World Series ad last month. A deal has not yet been completed and negotiations are still ongoing, according to the SBJ report.”The president’s team has agreed on the broad terms for buying an ad,” a source told SBJ. “No contract is signed yet.”MORE: Latest on Colin Kaepernick’s continued push for NFL return
3 Feb 2012 England’s Raymond wins in Australia England international Neil Raymond became the second English golfer in a week to triumph on foreign soil when he won the weather-curtailed New South Wales Medal after a tense playoff in Australia. Just days after Toby Tree won a junior title in South Africa, a par at the first extra hole proved sufficient for Raymond to beat Aussie Brett Drewitt at Mona Vale Golf Club. With the event reduced to 36 holes after heavy rain ruled out the final two rounds, Brabazon Trophy winner Raymond and Drewitt were tied on 141, so the title was decided on a playoff. On Mona Vale’s par-three sixth hole, Raymond (photo courtesy of Tom Ward) looked to be in trouble when he pulled his tee shot left after watching Drewitt find the putting surface. However, Raymond chipped to 15 feet, with Drewitt then leaving his first putt six feet away from the hole. Raymond then calmly rolled his ball in for three to put the pressure back on Drewitt. The Aussie then missed his putt which would have extended the contest, handing Raymond the tournament. With the Medal being played in wind and rain from the start, low scores were hard to come by among the field of 260 players over two courses, but Raymond demonstrated his skills with an opening 67 at Long Reef to lead by one from home member Patrick Wilson. However, Raymond added 74 in round two and while Wilson went round in 81, Drewitt drew alongside Raymond with 68 to go with his opening 73. When heavy rain forced the final two rounds to be abandoned it left the pair to fight it out for the title. The result means that Raymond qualifies among the leading 32 as the number one seed for next week’s New South Wales Amateur Championship at Elanora Golf Club. He will play the 32nd qualifier Matt Stieger, the 2011 Australian Amateur champion, in the opening round on Monday. Of the other English players in the field, Ashley Chesters finished tied 23rd to qualify for the match play but Ben Loughrey missed out after ending joint 42nd. Leading final scores: 141 B Drewitt (Aus) 73 68, N Raymond (Eng) 67 74 (Raymond won at first extra hole) 142 D Morgan (Aus) 70 72 Other English scores: 147 A Chesters 73 74 150 B Loughrey 78 72