Australia and New Zealand win Oceania U18s titles

first_imgAs regional champions, Australia’s boys will now compete at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games sevens competition in October if given the go-ahead by their National Olympic Committee (NOC). As per an International Olympic Committee ruling, only one male and one female team can attend the Youth Olympic Games from each nation.It was not all plain-sailing for Australia, the setback to Samoa having been preceded by a scrappy 29-25 win over the Cook Islands. But they rallied well, scoring 104 points with only five conceded in reply in their final three pool games against the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.As well as beating Australia, unbeaten Samoa enjoyed emphatic victories over the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands and also got the better of Fiji and Tonga in one-score games.Australia started the final in determined fashion and scored early through Jordan Williams. Less than a minute later Australian captain Jack Walsh crossed for the first of his three tries to make the score 10-0 before Samoa quickly responded with a converted try for Tuna Tuitama. Walsh crossed again, however, to take Australia’s lead into double figures at the break.  In a one-sided second half, Walsh completed his hat-trick and Williams scored a second with Tolu Koula also getting on the scoresheet.“Obviously we came off a loss against Samoa at the start but from there on we built further. We really bonded well throughout the week and the team came through for each other. It was good to get a win in the last game,” said Walsh.Fiji defeated Tonga 21-14 in the third place play-off and the Cook Islands finished the weekend strongly with a 41-5 win over the Solomon Islands in the fifth place play-off.”The rugby standard was unreal, you had no easy games. All the teams were really good and had the ability to win,” Walsh added.last_img read more

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Prepared by FFWPU Russia A Day of Happy Families

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU RussiaA “Day of Happy Families” festival commemorating the International Day of Families was held in the Ilishevsky District village of Verheyarkeevo in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.The May 11, 2019, festival was organized by FFWPU together with the Ilishevsky District branch of the State Budgetary Institution of Bashkortostan.After social videos on the theme of the family were shown, lecturer Ilsiyar Pavlova gave a presentation on the importance of marriage and family.Families who came to the festival were congratulated by Ramil Khaertdinov, deputy head of the administration of the Ilishevsky District for social issues, and Aigul Khabirova, head of the Ilishevsky District civil registry office.The special guest of the festival, the religious leader Ibrahim Hazrat, spoke about family traditions and values in Islam, and Fandaliya Khanum, the head of the Ilishevsky District department of Muslim women of Russia, described the role of women in the family.Married couples took part in the Marital Union Renewal ceremony: They asked each other for forgiveness for past grievances, shared one cup of the drink, and took part in the proclamation of the vow of love and loyalty.The event was enhanced by performances by the participants of the event themselves: songs performed by Rafil Nasipov, Ruslan Akhunov, the Abuzarov family, little Enzhe Muslukhova and Fatkhullina Rufina. Rubin and Rosalina performed their dances, and Tatyana Nabiyeva read her own poems.The youngest pair were Aigul and Arthur Shagutdinov; the eldest were Ramzile and Farit Khadimullin. The couple with the most children, Ruslan and Svetlana Akhunov, were given the honor of cutting the birthday cake.For children, a separate area for games and entertainment was set up, where Guzel Nuriyeva, the chief specialist of the M. Gareev Bashkir Historical and Cultural Center, conducted classes for children on making Bashkir dolls.The festival ended with a festive reception. Now we are planning the next event: a conference on universal values and the search for joint solutions to pressing social problems.last_img read more

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