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GOP reaction to Moore accusers is appalling, predictable

first_imgThat would require them to not take his word over the accounts of four women who do not know each other and have no motivation to make any of this up.And that was not the worst of it.Alabama Republicans uttered despicable defenses of Moore:“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler told The Washington Examiner.“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”Actually, the conduct described by the 14-year-old is both illegal and immoral.(It’s not clear whether the other accounts describe a crime or “just” deeply inappropriate and immoral conduct.) “If he does not and somehow manages to win we will not permit him to caucus with Republicans. No party advantage or political boost should be derived from the election of someone credibly reported to behave in this manner.“Had we known about this we would never have countenanced his run.”Instead, a slew of U.S. senators said he should leave if the allegations were “true.”This is a shameful dodge.They need to assess whether to believe Moore, who denies the charges (this from someone twice removed from the bench), or the painful, detailed recollections of his accusers. What’s it going to be, fellas? All they could do was manage to blame Stephen K. Bannon, who backed Moore.But of course, they have all endorsed Moore and now have the power to disown him. The Alabama Republican governor intends to vote for Moore but won’t endorse him.A Toronto Star reporter tweeted, “ ‘It was 40 years ago,’ Alabama Marion County GOP chair David Hall tells me. ‘I really don’t see the relevance of it. He was 32. She was supposedly 14. She’s not saying that anything happened other than they kissed.’” Hall wasn’t done, according to the reporter.“’The story said she said he tried to get her to touch his genitals.’ Hall: ‘Well, she said he may have TRIED to. But we’re talking something that somebody SAID happened, 40 years ago. It wouldn’t affect whether or not I’d vote for him.”The same reporter also recounted another response:“After a long pause, Alabama Bibb County Republican chairman Jerry Pow tells me he’d vote for Roy Moore even if Moore did commit a sex crime against a girl. ‘I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn’t want to vote for Doug (Jones, Moore’s Democratic opponent),’ he says. ‘I’m not saying I support what he did.’”The reporter, Daniel Dale, also documented responses from other Alabama Republicans, all vowing to back Moore. If you are sickened by this —  both the cowering from national Republicans and the repulsive defense of Moore coming from local Republicans — you must not be a GOP “tribalist.”That’s the new brand of Republican who will justify any conduct, excuse any behavior, rationalize any rhetoric, adopt any conspiracy theory and deny any evidence to protect the “tribe.”It’s nothing short of moral nihilism, not to mention disqualifying from public service.This has been a long time coming.Republicans put up with Trump calling Mexicans rapists, insulting a POW, making racist accusations against a federal judge, attacking Gold Star parents and boasting on tape about sexual abuse of women.They’ve chosen to ignore accounts from more than a dozen women who allege Trump engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior.Republicans have condoned lying, bullying and willful ignorance by a man some of them don’t trust with the authority to launch nuclear war. So would they let a few allegations of sexual exploitation of children get in the way of a Senate seat?You’ve got their answer.Let’s hope national and local Republicans reconsider their immoral and abhorrent behavior.Let’s pray they do some soul-searching about the purpose of public service and their responsibilities as human beings.If they don’t reverse course, they’ve given voters one more reason to get rid of the whole lot of them in 2018.Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. Categories: Editorial, OpinionElected Republicans generally reacted in one of two ways to The Washington Post’s deeply sourced report of one women who describes being kissed and fondled by now-GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore when she was 14 years old and reports by three other women who tell about inappropriate advances by Moore when they were teens. Tragically, one of the ways was NOT:“This is an abomination. We believe the accounts of four separate women and corroborating evidence. He must immediately withdraw from the race. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Trump sued over police charge outside White House

first_imgProtesters have taken to the streets across the US in recent days to voice anger over the killing of African American George Floyd by Minnesota police.The president’s “frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order,” said Scott Michelman, ACLU legal director.Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday defended security forces and said clearing the protestors was not linked to Trump walking to the church. US civil rights groups on Thursday filed a case suing President Donald Trump after security forces fired pepper balls and smoke bombs to clear peaceful demonstrators outside the White House.Law enforcement officers forced protestors back before Trump walked to a nearby church for a photo op on Monday that divided the United States amid nationwide protests over police brutality.The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups accused the president and top officials of violating the constitutional rights of Black Lives Matters campaigners and individual protestors. “Police conducted a coordinated and unprovoked charge into the crowd of demonstrators and deployed several rounds of chemical irritants, rubber bullets, and sound cannons,” the ACLU said.St John’s Episcopal church is across the street from Lafayette Park, which faces the White House and has been the focus of protests in Washington.The church was defaced with graffiti and damaged in a fire during demonstrations on Sunday night.Trump posed with a Bible outside the building after vowing to dispatch thousands of heavily armed soldiers to stop rioting.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Cardinals Defeat St. Paul’s Huskies

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th grade boys basketball team played St. Paul’s of New Alsace this evening and won their 9th game of the season. The Cardinals outscored St. Paul 33-2.The Cardinals played an outstanding game defensively as they held St. Paul’s scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were able to get everyone in the scoring column for the first time this year. Nate Vankirk led the way with seven points followed by Conner Ertel (6), Alec Bunselmeier (5), Frank Forbeck (4), Cy Muckerheide (3), Aidan Geers (2), Luke Meer (2), Jack Hollins (2) and Nate Reder with two with only eleven seconds left in the game. The bucket by Jack Hollins was exceptionally special this evening, as Jack was the final Cardinal to break into the scoring column for the fifth grade team this year. Jack’s teammates cheered loudly in recognition of the accomplishment.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.The St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team wasted no time in getting back in action after their tournament this past weekend and posted a nice win over St. Paul’s Monday evening 37-26.The home team Huskies had a lot working for them through the first 3 quarters and it took everything the Cardinals had to make it close. The 4th quarter was the difference maker when the boys really stepped up their defense. Joseph Suttman turned it onand not only was able to deny their big inside scorer the ball but also got outside the lane to deflect and steal several passes.The pressure on their ball handlers was relentless from Cayden Pohlman, Adam Vogelsang and Hunter Laudick. Vogelsang got the Cardinals in the scoring column early with help from Suttman and Spencer Mack. The 3rd quarter belonged to Laudick who hit 4 tough contested shots and brought them within range to win it. Laudick’s hot 3rd quarter was the spark the rest of the team needed and they brought the defensive intensity to finish the work. Ryan Reder was able to pressure several inbound passes from St Paul’s that produced some late turnovers to seal the win.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.last_img read more

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Gueye arrives for Villa talks

first_img Gueye has made more than 130 appearances for Lille and helped the club to eighth place in Ligue 1 last season. The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday. If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa’s biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011. Press Associationcenter_img Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa. last_img read more

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CWI gets assurances over player safety for proposed July Test tour

first_imgTHE West Indies tour of England this summer is becoming increasingly likely, following positive discussions between the medical team and staff of the English Cricket Board and the CWI on Monday.Both boards have been in discussions since the start of the month intent on charting a pathway to the West Indies travelling to England for three Tests in July.Initially scheduled for June, the tour was been postponed because of fears over player safety caused by the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.However, late last week, CWI notified 30 players that they should be prepared to travel and play in England in July if it is decided that the tour would go ahead. Further discussions took place on Monday.CWI CEO Johnny Grave confirmed to Sportsmax.TV yesterday that those Monday talks went well.“The ECB is confident that they can deliver a safe plan for bio-secure behind closed doors cricket that will meet the UK Government guidelines and will therefore likely secure their board’s approval,” Grave told Sportsmax.TV.“We will have further meetings and discussions this week with the ECB as we try and plan for the Test Tour taking place this summer in an environment where the number-one priority is the health and safety of all players and staff.”During an interview on Sportsnation Live on Nationwide Radio in Jamaica on Saturday, Grave reiterated that safety was the primary concern of the CWI.“We would have to be absolutely certain that our players and support staff would be in a safe environment in order for us to play cricket,” he said while explaining the conditions under which the team would travel and play in the UK.“What it means at this stage is that we would use charter flights to first collect players in the Caribbean and then to make our way across the Atlantic. We wouldn’t be on aircraft with any other passengers. There would be private charters for our players and team.“Then once we land in the UK we would undergo a two-week quarantine period, which would be at a cricket facility, so the players would have the opportunity to play and train. They would be the only ones in that secure environment.”Grave said the hotel staff, ground staff and other personnel would be tested regularly and would have to remain on-site for the duration. “Once they enter that bio-secure environment no one would be allowed to come or go, so they’d be in lockdown within a cricket venue with a hotel on-site,” he said.According to Grave, the CWI medical and support staff have determined that the Windies would need at least four weeks to get the players into the condition that they need to be to face England in the Test matches. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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New signing for Munster

first_imgThe 58 times capped former Wallaby second-row has agreed a two year deal subject to work permit and medical clearance.Chisolm replaces Paul O’Connell who has joined European champions Toulon.last_img

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Rocket Mortgage Classic: Tee times for Round 2, odds, TV schedule, live stream

first_imgThe PGA Tour schedule swings up north to Detroit for the first-ever Rocket Mortgage Classic this week. The tournament, which is held at the aptly named Detroit Golf Club, will be the state of Michigan’s first PGA Tour tournament in nine years. Although it won’t be an immediate tune-up to the British Open, the uncommon chance at being the victor of an inaugural tournament is tough to pass over. Defending U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and Chez Reavie, last week’s Travelers Championship winner, are some of the headliners in the 156-man field for the tournament, which replaced the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour calendar. Like every other PGA Tournament, there will be ample opportunities to tune in and catch all the action. Below is information for how to watch, as well as tee times and odds. MORE: Watch the Rocket Mortage Classic live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Rocket Mortgage Classic TV schedule, live streamGolf Channel will have broadcast all four days of the tournament, including exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday. CBS will have the final three hours of the last two rounds. You can also stream the Rocket Mortgage Classic on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, June 273-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, June 283-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 291-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 293-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, June 301-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, June 303-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVWho is in the Rocket Mortgage Classic field?In addition to recent champions Woodland and Reavie, a couple of golfers ranked among the top 20 in the world will join the field: Dustin Johnson (No. 2) and Rickie Fowler (No. 13). Kevin Kisner, who is ranked No. 17 in FedExCup Standings, will look to improve his place among golf’s best, while former Masters champions Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed and perennial top-10 finishers Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker all look for their first win of 2019. Tee times for Round 2, featured groupsThe four featured groups on Thursday and Friday unsuprisingly feature most of the tournament’s big names. You can find a full list of Round 2 tee times here. Tee time (ET)Group1:05 p.m.Dustin Johnson, Chez Reavie, Patrick Reed12:55 p.m.Gary Woodland, Keith Mitchell, Brandt Snedeker7:35 a.m.Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell III, Kevin Kisner7:25 a.m.Bubba Watson, Hideki Matsuyama, Billy HorschelRocket Mortgage Classic purse, winningsThe purse for the tournament comes in at $7.3 million, with the winner fetching $1,314,000 of that total. Compared to last week’s Travelers Championship, the Rocket Mortage Classic features a purse that is $100,000 larger, which definitely doesn’t hinder the intrigue of playing this weekend. Rocket Mortgage Classic betting oddsJohnson’s status in the sport makes him the understandable betting favorite, even if his recent showings haven’t been the best. The oddsmakers also like Matsuyama — who has four top-10 finishes in 2019. If you want to ride the hot hand, keep an eye on Reavie. In addition to his victory at the Travelers, he also finished in the top five at the U.S. Open. GolferOddsDustin Johnson+500Hideki Matsuyama+1200Rickie Fowler+1200Gary Woodland+1400Chez Reavie+2500Brandt Snedeker+2800Ryan Moore+2800Billy Horschel+3000Patrick Reed+3000Kevin Kisner+3300(Odds via Bovada)last_img read more

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Here’s why Zlatan Ibrahimović might be ruled out for the rest of the season!

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement xfoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5ktuiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecinh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5iztWould you ever consider trying this?😱ntsaCan your students do this? 🌚avRoller skating! Powered by Firework Just two months after the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimović’s return to AC Milan, Serie A faced a suspension due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. However, with the possibility of the Italian top flight football action making a return next month, the Rossoneri fans were eager to see the superb Swedish striker back on the field. Unfortunately, Zlatan has just suffered a calf injury, which can rule him out for several weeks!Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersWith the 2019-20 Serie A to make a possible resumption in June, a number of Italian clubs including Milan had already restated their training. Unfortunately, during his training session at Milanello, Zlatan sustained a serious ankle sprain, suspected to be an Achilles’ tendon injury, for a second time in the current season.Soon after joining the Italian heavyweight in the winter transfer window, Zlatan had already suffered calf injury in January. Although the Swedish goal machine is still able to perform in his peak physicality, considering his age, the injury might cost the 38 year old veteran the rest of the season.Advertisement Even though the club themselves have not made any official comments on the incident, Dr. Pier Paolo Mariani, a renowned orthopaedic from the country have spoken to the Italian media on his two cents on the Swede’s injury.“Given that I can’t talk about things I don’t know, I just say that a champion like Ibrahimović can definitely start expressing himself again to the levels he is used to,” Dr Mariani was quoted by Corriere dello Sport.Advertisement “I can’t give the recovery times because I don’t know the extent of the information , so I can’t evaluate how much he will lose in strength or elasticity. It depends on many factors and the type of fibre breakage,” the doctor added.Zlatan had made eight appearances for AC Milan before the league was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in Italy. From its initial halt from 9th March, Serie A saw repeated extensions of the suspension, and is currently postponed until June 14th.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-German FA may face bankruptcy over Covid-19 economic crisis!Former Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna accepts challenge to rebuild Bengal Advertisementlast_img read more

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SB Beach Clubs Working to Return for Summer

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – The seven clubs that span the oceanfront along the borough’s Ocean Avenue are all in the process of working on plans for the coming summer season.“From what I hear, all of them are going to be open in some form this summer, said Mayor Dina Long, “though they’ll be at different stages of operation.”The clubs sustained varying degrees of damage as Super Storm Sandy swept through the area on Oct. 29 and are requiring varying degrees of repairs – and borough approvals – to move forward with rebuilding.As James LoBiondo III, who owns and operates the Surfrider club and is a borough councilman, said “50 percent is the magic number.” That means that those sustaining less than 50 percent damage only need to obtain administrative approval, such as construction permits; those sustaining more than 50 percent will need to go before either the borough’s planning board or zoning board of adjustment to get approval before proceeding.“They’re already drilling pilings at Chapel, as we speak,” LoBiondo said. Work is progressing.As of late February, two clubs – Edgewater and Chapel beach clubs – have appeared before boards and received the green light to do the necessary work, according to Colleen McGurk, a Federal Emergency Manage­ment Agency (FEMA) em­ployee who is working as the temporary planning board secretary.“Both of these were barely damaged in the storm,” Long said. The damage was enough that the owners had to apply for a board approval.“They’re already drilling pilings at Chapel, as we speak,” LoBiondo said. Work is progressing.Edgewater received approv­al in January to reconstruct 41 cabanas with support pilings, plus its bulkhead, parking lot, site lighting, fencing and concrete and wood decking. In addition, the club owners plan to build an additional 34 cabanas, using the space that was used by a restaurant/banquet facility before the storm, according to McGurk.The Sands plans on “doing exactly what was there,” before storm damage, McGurk said.Waiting for a date to appear before the busy boards, are the Sands and Ship Ahoy clubs, McGurk said.To help expedite the process, the borough council revised a planning ordinance, now specifically defining a cabana, as opposed to having it labeled as a building, thus making it less onerous to win board approval, Long saidShip Ahoy will be fully operational by Memorial Day, LoBiondo said, thanks to the design changes incorporated following the 1992 storm and the luck of not getting hit as hard by the tidal surge.Ship Ahoy and Sands, located in the northern end of the borough, were two that experienced the most extensive damage, LoBiondo said. “They were destroyed.”But even with that amount of work pending “they’re telling me they’ll have something operational. They just don’t know yet how far,” the councilman said.LoBiondo said that in his discussions with other owners, the worst-case scenario is that they will have “parking lots and access to the beach,” without other amenities for the 2013 summer season.According to blueprints, Ship Ahoy is looking to reconstruct its buildings, cabanas, lockers, decking, ramps and swimming pool in the existing property footprint. It will remove piles of sand now in the parking area and repair and restripe the parking lots; and whatever else is deemed necessary to get it to where it was previously.Michael Stavola, who owns and operates the Driftwood Cabana Club on the borough’s southern end, said his facility wasn’t as heavily damaged as some of the others. “We’ll be 100 percent open for our summer season,” he said. Work has been ongoing.His grandfather built the beach club in 1957. “When the place was originally built, we anticipated the ocean might get angry one day,” Stavola said.There are floodgates and other safeguards in place and, “generally speaking, it did work,” he said.Which is not to say Sandy didn’t take its toll. Stavola said about 40 percent of the club’s cabanas were damaged or destroyed and the kitchen area’s refrigerators damaged, while the main building weathered the storm fairly well.The rebuilding will cost him “in the millions,” he said. “For us that was substantial and a huge undertaking.”LoBiondo, too, will be fully operational by Memorial Day, he said, thanks to the design changes incorporated following the 1992 storm and the luck of not getting hit as hard by the tidal surge.“My place is coming along pretty nicely,” he said. “So we’re excited for the new season.”Long said, “The beach clubs are very important to Sea Bright’s economy be­cause all of those guests at the beach clubs patronize our business district.”“It really is the lifeblood of Sea Bright,” LoBiondo added.The benefits of the beach clubs are many, Stavola noted.“It provides a local place for the neighboring communities to enjoy the summer and the beaches and to have security for the kids,” as well as offering “a pretty neat social environment for the kids,” he said.But there is the economic factor, too, Stavola said, such as what the officials noted. Along with that, “We provide jobs for the local economy,” he said, as Driftwood hires about 100 people for the season.“I think the town has prospered over the years mainly because of the beach clubs,” with other businesses, especially restaurants, offering another draw to the town, Stavola said.“The good news for Sea Bright is that the beaches are still here,” and will be welcoming the club members, as well as its day-trippers coming for the public beaches, Long said.All of the borough’s businesses are working hard to get back up on their feet, as they rebound from the October storm, she said.last_img read more

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Joe tells his dad: ‘I want to put Ofahengaue name on map again’

first_imgJosh is the brother of 1991 World Cup-winning Wallaby star Willie Ofahengaue who was one of rugby union’s most feared forwards in the 1990s.When Joe Ofahengaue moved to Australia with his family from New Zealand when he was eight years old, his uncle’s fame and the Ofahengaue name was front and centre of the sporting landscape.Joe has done plenty to keep it there as a Broncos powerhouse and Tongan international but playing for the Maroons, his childhood dream, will make his family name part of sport’s greatest rivalry.After being part of the Broncos’ 8-2 win over the Warriors the 23-year-old was in New Zealand when Kevin Walters informed him of his selection on the bench for game one of the Holden State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium on June 5. He was quick to get on the phone to his father with the good news.”My son rang me last night from New Zealand and he was crying. He said ‘I am going to put our Ofahengaue family name on the map again’,” Josh told NRL.com.”When we first came to Australia we didn’t realise how famous the Ofahengaue name was, because Willie O put our name on top throughout the world through rugby. What Joe was saying to me was that he wants to make me proud because he knows that back on our small island your identity is your last name.”Because our island is so proud of what Willie O achieved. Joe wants to now do that through rugby league and through playing for Queensland in Origin.”Josh’s ancestors in Tonga previously had the surname of ‘Kata’ before it was changed to ‘Ofahengaue’, a moment of deep significance to the family.”Ofahengaue means ‘love to work’ but our original last name was Kata, which means ‘laugh’,” Josh explained.”My grandfather, who was named Saia, helped build a church in our village back in Tonga which was across the road from a school. In his young days, instead of going out and playing footy, he would help the builders with the church. Because he had dedicated himself to building the church the priest sat him down and said ‘Saia, we want to honour you with the name Ofahengaue because of your love of work’. So Ofahengaue was a given name from a priest in our local church.”Josh sent NRL.com a photo of Joe celebrating his 21st birthday in traditional Tongan garb known as the Ta’ovala, made from the leaves of a pandanus plant. He was also wearing a Kafa, braided rope made from the inner fiber of the coconut husk that ties the Ta’ovala.Josh said it was a sign of his son’s deep connection to his Tongan roots that Joe has played six Tests for Tonga, a decision that Josh supported fully. The other side of the story is that Joe grew up playing rugby league for Ipswich Brothers and represented Queensland at age level before playing for the Queensland under 20s and Junior Kangaroos. Josh said his son’s time spent with Tonga was of immense value.”Island life is based on families and religion and because my kids were raised here in a European lifestyle I wanted Joe to experience the Tongan lifestyle, which he did,” Josh said.”I wanted him to do that early in his career because he is a real family man and a loving person. When he came back from Tongan camp I asked him what he took out of it and he said ‘God and family’. That was the answer I wanted and I said to him that now he understood his background and our family’s values that I wanted him to move on from there.”Being a Queenslander means a lot to him too. I have always supported him playing for Queensland. Joe grew up playing for Queensland and his decision has my complete blessing.”Josh said Joe would approach his Maroons debut the way he does every game of football, with joy in his heart.”I used to play for Tonga and our old captain was Mark Royal. He was running an under-eight team in New Zealand when Joe was seven years old and he asked if Joe would like to play,” Josh recalled.”Joe had never played before and I gave him a ball and said ‘son, you go out there and beat them’. This big smile that came on his face was something I can hardly describe now. It was a like a boy who has just been rewarded with something special.”Ever since then every time Joe goes to play a game, no matter who it is for, he puts on this big smile that says ‘I can’t wait to play footy with my friends’.”last_img read more

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