CitationReiter, M. E., Elliott, N. K., Jongsomjit, D., Golet, G. H., & Reynolds, M. D. (2018). Impact of extreme drought and incentive programs on flooded agriculture and wetlands in California’s Central Valley. PeerJ, 6, e5147. Agriculture, Birds, Citizen Science, Freshwater Animals, Migration, Remote Sensing, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Wildtech Article published by Sue Palminteri Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Researchers used satellite images to assess the effectiveness of financial incentive programs for farmers in creating habitat for waterbirds, including ducks, geese, and shorebirds, in California’s Central Valley, where nearly all natural wetlands have been converted to agriculture.Observations of 25 waterbird species by hundreds of citizen scientists helped to identify the target zones for water management and to verify the birds’ use of managed areas.The satellite data indicated that a severe drought substantially reduced the birds’ open-water habitat and that the incentive programs created more than 60 percent of available habitat on specific days during the migrations.The researchers state that remotely sensed data can be used effectively to track water availability and regularly update water and wetland managers on how much habitat is available and where, so they can coordinate water management activities. The millions of waterbirds that migrate each spring from South America to as far as the Arctic can’t do it in one trip. They stop to rest and refuel several times along the way to survive the grueling journey.But widespread land-use change has shrunk the area of stopover habitat available to ducks, geese, shorebirds, and other migratory species. In central California, concerned citizens, scientists, and conservation groups have joined forces to protect what remains.A flock of dowitchers glide above the water. Image by T Grey.Scientists from Point Blue Conservation Science and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) combined satellite imagery and statistical models with farmer incentive programs and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers contributing data through a citizen science app to pinpoint the areas of central California with the greatest potential for providing migratory bird habitat. They recently published their analysis of the success of these incentive programs in maintaining bird habitat during an extreme drought sustained between 2013 and 2015 across the western United States.“Before this research was completed, we had a sense that these programs were succeeding in offsetting the impacts of the drought on wildlife, but now we know exactly how critical they are in providing bird habitat in the Central Valley,” lead author Matt Reiter, principal scientist and quantitative ecologist at Point Blue, said in a statement.Retaining habitat in a transformed landscapeShorebirds, including sandpipers and stilts, dunlins and dowitchers, feed on aquatic invertebrates that live in mud or wet sand, so they seek wetlands during their stopovers.California’s Central Valley, once home to a vast system of about 16,200 square kilometers (6,250 square miles) of wetlands, is one such key stopover region for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl along the Pacific migratory flyway.A gathering of marbled godwits, dowitchers, willets, and other shorebirds at Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland, California. Image by Ingrid Taylar, CC 2.0.The valley extends more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) north to south and up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) east to west. Massive agricultural development has eliminated more than 90 percent of the naturally occurring wetlands, leaving the birds dependent on flooded agricultural fields for food during their stopovers.California’s water is highly managed, so anthropogenic factors play a large role in determining when and where the impacts of drought appear on the landscape. A pair of financial assistance programs provided farmers in the birds’ flight paths with incentive payments to flood their fields at key times during the 2013-2015 drought to create habitat for migrating waterbirds.The area’s rice growers flood their fields each fall with 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) of water in preparation for the next year’s harvest. The flooding converts the paddies into ideal migratory shorebird habitat, so TNC’s BirdReturns and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP) offer farmers financial incentives to flood their fields for one to two additional months, to coincide with the bird migration.Avid birdwatchers across the Central Valley helped the partners to identify the areas to target for habitat management and confirm these areas’ use by target species. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird online platform encouraged birdwatchers in the region to submit their bird observations to its database, before and after the incentive programs began.Spotted sandpipers are another shorebird species found in the study region. Image by J. Gehling, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.eBird statisticians compiled the observations from hundreds of birders to build models that predicted where 25 species of shorebirds would likely be present across the Central Valley during their spring and fall migrations. The models generated maps that showed when and where the target species were expected to gather. Overlaying maps of bird concentrations with the distribution of surface water indicated mismatches — areas where management action, in the form of flooding, was most needed.Seeing water from spaceTo assess the success of these programs, the researchers used satellite imagery to examine the impact of the drought on the timing and extent of surface water in the Central Valley.“By using satellites to track habitats regularly,” Reiter told Mongabay, “we can look for hotspots of change and use that information to help prioritize conservation actions.”They analyzed Landsat images from 2013 to 2015 to identify areas of open water (more than 30 percent vegetated) across the Central Valley and to measure the distribution of open water habitat in managed wetlands and fields of rice, corn and other crops between July and May.Using data from ground and aerial surveys, they developed predictive models to identify open water, separate from saturated soil underneath thick vegetation. “We will probably not get moist soil without some ponded water with our model,” Reiter said. “That said, because we track water year round, we can identify those places that maintain some open water across months.”A longbilled dowitcher foraging. Standing water is considered critical habitat for these and other shorebirds, as well as waterfowl such as ducks and geese. Image by T. Grey.The models quantified the influence of drought, precipitation, season, region, and protected status on the proportion of open water in each land cover type between July and May of the following year.The scientists then calculated the relative contribution to available habitat during that period of the two farmer incentive programs. They used the image data to estimate the daily proportion of flooded habitat in each type of field (e.g. rice, corn, etc.) that was provided by these programs. They multiplied that proportion by the total amount of the crop planted in each year (2,161 square kilometers, or 834 square miles, in 2013 and, 1,696 square kilometers, or 655 square miles, in 2014) to get the area of open water habitat made available by the programs each day. Footage courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Joy Ng.“We [then] combined predicted shorebird abundance values with predicted wetland extent to identify times and locations where temporary wetlands could deliver potentially high-value shorebird habitat,” said co-author Mark Reynolds, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s California Migratory Bird Program.The analysis showed that the drought substantially reduced the availability of open water habitats across the Central Valley’s fields and wetlands, both spatially and temporally. During the drought, the amount of open water habitat decreased by 40 to 80 percent, compared to non-drought years, and the decline varied by land cover type, time of year, and region. For example, corn and wetlands in the San Joaquin Basin dried out more than rice and wetlands in the Sacramento Valley. Protected wetlands retained more water than unprotected, privately owned wetlands.Wetlands in central California’s otherwise dry environment. Image by R. Digaudio.It also revealed that the incentive programs provided a large portion of the open water in rice fields during the fall and spring waterbird migrations in the drought years.“BirdReturns provided 39 percent of the post-harvest flooded rice during the fall, when flooded habitat is at its lowest and waterbirds are in high abundance,” Reiter said in a publication summary. “And WHEP created 64 percent of the habitat during the winter. Overall, incentive programs provided 35 percent of the habitat on the landscape October through March.”Possibly more important for hungry migratory birds during a drought, the BirdReturns program provided up to 61 percent of all available flooded rice habitat on certain fall days and WHEP created up to 100 percent of available habitat on some days during the winter.Do birds use the managed wetlands?The crowd-sourced eBird observations collected after the incentive programs began helped to verify the use by the birds of different types of managed areas. The data showed that crop fields participating in BirdReturns pilot program, for example, hosted far more target migratory waterbirds than control fields (with no additional flooding).“This new approach to rent habitat on demand promises to engage more farmers to provide habitat in a flexible manner that can be tailored to ever-changing weather patterns and farming practices,” Reynolds said.A long-billed curlew moves between fields in central California. Image by TJ Gehling, CC BY NC 2.0.The birdwatchers recorded more than 220,000 birds representing 57 species in the BirdReturns fields, with February-March shorebird densities 20 times higher than on non-participating fields. These totals included more than 20,000 dunlins, representing roughly 20 percent of the entire overwintering dunlin population in the Central Valley.“The study highlights the role incentive programs can play in species conservation,” Reiter said. “Program managers should place a high priority on maintaining incentive programs in the face of more frequent severe droughts in order to sustain waterbirds in the Central Valley and the Pacific Flyway.”The survival of millions of migratory birds in increasingly modified landscapes now depends on human intervention, so assessing the success of specific actions can help managers apply them elsewhere.“Open water and wetlands are critical habitat resources across the world and have seen some of the greatest losses to human development,” Reiter said. “Our models could be used in other landscapes where water and wetlands play a key role in supporting wildlife habitat to prioritize those places and times when we need to make sure to sustain those water dependent ecosystems and habitats on the landscape.”This video offers more detailed information about the project. 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A private member’s bill by Chatham-Kent––Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls to repeal Ontario’s pit bull ban has passed second reading, but there’s still a long way to go before it becomes law.Nicholls, knowing this is an emotional issue for many people, noted there’s strong support on both sides of the debate.In fact, all 12 votes against the bill, which passed second reading on Thursday at Queen’s Park, were cast by his own Progressive Conservative caucus members.“I had no problem with some of my colleagues voting against my bill,” said Nicholls, adding it was free vote.However, he said many humane societies support the bill, as well as the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.But the bill is not law yet. Nicholls said the legilsation still has to go through committee, which includes input from the public.“We might even have to travel around … to get input. Can we make this bill stronger?” he added. “I’m open to hear suggestions from people.”He said the bill has been assigned to general government committee, so anticipates there will be revisions made to make the legislation more robust.“The purpose of this bill is to emphasize breed-neutral legislation,” he said. “You cannot put breed-specific legislation on every breed of dog.”Nicholls said there are a lot of misconceptions about pit bulls, noting data collected from public boards of health across Ontario for 2018 showed”out of 1,429 reported dog bites, 13 were from pit bulls.”He added there are studies that show viciousness is not in the DNA of pit bulls.“I don’t believe it’s in any dog’s DNA,” said Nicholls, instead pointing the finger at how many of the animals are trained.“Pit bulls seemed to be aligned with illegal activity,” he said, citing dog-fighting rings or gangs that train the dogs to attack as examples.He understands how traumatic it is to be bitten by a dog.“But there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Nicholls said.If there is a vicious attack by a dog that results in serious injury or death to a person, Nicholl’s legislation allows the courts to have that dog destroyed while the owner faces a steep fine and even imprisonment.His private member’s bill targets the Dog Owners Liability Act brought in by the Liberal government in March 2005 after a number of high-profile attacks by pit bulls.“Don’t blame the dog, blame the owner. I say the legislation went after the wrong end of the leash,” said Nicholls, calling the Liberal pit bull ban a knee-jerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Torbey, Hansen hit for hat trick as Columbus Catholic soccer wins WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal
Dons blank Nekoosa, will host regional final SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored just 1½ minutes into the game to set the tone early for the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team, which went on to whip Nekoosa 9-0 in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer regional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park.Torbey added another goal in the 19th minute, and the Dons had three more goals before halftime to take a 5-0 lead.Torbey and Noah Hansen each hit for a hat trick for the Dons (19-2). Calvin Brown had a goal and three assists, Ryan Dieringer scored a goal and added an assist, and Nick Malovrh had Columbus’ other goal in the win.Columbus will host the winner of the La Crosse Aquinas-Stevens Point Pacelli game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Griese Park in a D-4 regional final.“At the beginning we were a little high on adrenaline, and we were putting a lot of shots over, but we settled down and put them on frame at least,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “Then the goals came naturally with some nice passes.”The Dons, like has been the case for most of the season, dominated play. Columbus had a whopping 58 total shots, 28 on goal, while limiting Nekoosa to just one shot and none on goal.Edwards said the Dons are healthy and playing at a high level, which will be needed in the regional final and beyond.“We don’t really have anyone dinged up right now, most of the starters are in good shape, their fitness level is good, and we should be in good shape for Saturday,” Edwards said.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 9, Papermakers 0Nekoosa 0 0 – 0Columbus Catholic 5 4 – 9First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey (Calvin Brown), 1:33; 2. CC, Torbey (Brown), 18:25; 3. CC, Brown (Alex Giles), 28:10; 4. CC, Ryan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 34:02; 5. CC, Noah Hansen (Dieringer), 39:30.Second half: 6. CC, Torbey (Brown), 53:55; 7. CC, Nick Malovrh (Charles Payant), 57:03; 8. CC, Hansen, 76:30; 9. CC, Hansen (Dieringer), 80:13.Total shots: Nekoosa 1; Columbus Catholic 58.Shots on goal: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 28.Corner kicks: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 9.Records: Nekoosa not provided; Columbus Catholic 19-2.
Originally published on HR Shenanigans blog. HR can be serious business. It can also be a source of comedic material. The funny and the not-so-funny.The reality is…People can be really difficult. Communication is hard. Change is hard.Work can suck. But people are really funny. And the situations we find ourselves in – at work, at home, in public – can be hilarious.Ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? I believe it. And for good reason. There have actually been studies on the health benefits of laughter.And besides all that, it just plain feels good. So what the heck does laughter have to do with HR? If you laugh at work, it’s more enjoyable. It’s more fun to feel good at work than to feel miserable. What you look for, you’ll find.If you focus on the good, you’ll find the good. And I truly believe that there is far more good in this world than the media and most other people would have you believe.
Field notes that there will be “small decreases” in years to come for the publicly funded science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), which in recent years has been hit with massive cuts that resulted in extensive job losses. “I’m profoundly disappointed at the missed opportunities” to restore support, says Kim Carr, the opposition Australian Labor Party’s shadow minister for innovation, industry, science, and research.And the government is making it difficult for the private sector to pick up the slack. The budget cuts an R&D tax incentive by $810 million over the next 3 years, Carr notes. The incentive is one of the government’s biggest programs to stimulate business investment in research and development. But the budget also includes an outlay of $74 million to promote innovation in Australia’s manufacturing sector, something Field welcomes.Higher education is also suffering, says Belinda Robinson, chief executive of Universities Australia, an advocacy group based in Canberra. She was referring to $2 billion in cuts to higher education announced separately from the federal budget last Monday. Large numbers of overseas students make higher education the nation’s third-largest export sector. “Universities contribute more than they receive,” she says. And although the government plans to invest heavily in air, road, and rail transport infrastructure, it has cut a program designed to support big national research facilities at universities.Astronomy, meanwhile, was a real “policy win,” Field says. The budget includes $19 million to support an Australian partnership with the European Southern Observatory, meaning “Australian astronomers will be involved in the major astronomy initiatives around the world.” The commitment also includes ongoing funding of $9 million a year over the next decade. CSIRO (CC BY-NC 3.0) Australian astronomy one of few winners in new budget Australia’s CSIRO faces fresh cuts in new spending plan. By Cheryl JonesMay. 10, 2017 , 1:00 PM In terms of the impact on science, the Australian budget, released 9 May, is “very bland,” says Les Field, science policy secretary at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, the nation’s leading scientific association. “There are no big spending initiatives but no major cuts,” he adds.It’s a “business-as-usual budget for science and technology,” agrees Kylie Walker, CEO of Science and Technology Australia in Canberra, which represents scientists.Overall spending on science for the fiscal year beginning 1 July and in later years, called the forward estimates, is not yet clear because support is spread across several ministries. But the plan does reveal some winners and losers. 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Coach Topex Robinson and the rest of his wards, led by reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez, will be chasing glory as Jawbreakers when the D-League opens Jan. 18 next year.Lyceum is coming off a breakout campaign in NCAA Season 93, going 18-0 in the elimination round. But the Pirates also got swept in the finals by the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 PLAY LIST 03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9400:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What it failed to achieve in the NCAA last month, Lyceum hopes to get the job done this time when it sees action in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burgers Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Thai grabs early lead in Ph Ladies Masters; Saso 2 shots down MOST READ SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’re not thinking about redemption but more of improving ourselves,” said Robinson during the team launch on Thursday at Zark’s Burgers branch in Taft Avenue, Manila. “It’s a new journey for us and we’re very excited to continue our quest. Hopefully, we can achieve what we failed to do the last time out.”Zarks owner Commie Varona said his decision to partner with the Lyceum squad stemmed from the similarities he sees with his company as a fast-rising casual dining burger chain and Lyceum as an emerging NCAA power. “This time, we want to associate our brand with winning,” said Varona whose team won just one game in its debut in the Foundation Cup last season. “As we take our brand to the next level, we also want to align our basketball team to the direction of our brand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
England captain Alastair Cook received a one-match suspension for a slow over rate in his team’s third one-day international against Sri Lanka.He was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee on Thursday, a day after England won the match by five wickets. The suspension from International Cricket Council match referee David Boon means Cook will miss the fourth match in the seven-match series on Sunday in Colombo.The penalties were imposed because Cook was guilty of the offense for a second time within 12 months.In the post-match interview after the match in Hambantota on Wednesday, Cook said he expected leniency considering the size of the ground, and the time it took for players to enter the playing area.
Cricket is a gentleman’s game. But what happens on the field sometimes translates into fisticuffs off the field. Usually in a pub.This time around, it was the India vs Pakistan match which was played in Adelaide on Sunday and in which Pakistan was handed a 76-run defeat.Soon after the biggest grudge match in the Cricket World Cup got over, a brawl broke out at a pub in Marylands RSL pub where Indian and Pakistani fans had gathered to watch the match.About 40 fans were reported to have been involved in the fight. Four people were reported to have suffered grave injuries and had been rushed to the hospital after tables and chairs were hurled across the pub.One person was reported to have been hit on the head by a glass which had been flung by one of the brawlers.Though the cause of the fight has not yet been confirmed, police say they have not yet made any arrests and that any action will be taken only after the CCTV footage is reviewed.
The Raiders v Storm womenâ€™s showdown at Sunshine Coast Stadium presented as a veritable curtain raiser to next weekendâ€™s NRL finals blockbuster in Melbourneâ€™s AAMI Park, with Viking Claps aplenty and a buoyant crowd settling in with flags and hearts a flutter with state pride on the line. And then there was one. To the penultimate match of the successful inaugural event, ACT Raiders Captain and number seven Sophie Broadhead, no doubt with the coachâ€™s instructions and passion ringing in her ears, crossed for the opener after five minutes and two minutes later repeated the dose. Skirting the defence out wide and racing 30 metres to score the Raiders serving notice to their southern foes and Raidersâ€™ rampage to come. â€œYou have to be good to beat the Storm and I think we were that in the end and a bit more,â€ he said departing with a wink and a wave.The Raiders wins did not end there- they continued to take out the overall Alliance Cup title for men and women. Final Score: ACT Raiders (7) Victoria Storm (1) At one stage ACT were called for having seven on the field but that didnâ€™t seem to deter the Raiders and their barnstorming campaign was complete pushing their score out seven with seven to play. A try on the buzzer to the Raiders effectively sealed the win for the ACT girls bringing to five the Raiders tries and deficit. Play went to and fro, north and south in the second stanza and when the Viking Clap went up again at six nil up, the Storm seemingly used that as motivation going over for their first but albeit final touchdown. â€œBut what really got me (this week) is how close we are as states now because of the Alliance and the distance we have come as an Alliance program and that we can only get better.â€ â€œAnd, to the rest of the teams (competing at Alliance Cup), I only say â€˜look out, we can all only get betterâ€™ and we will bring that to the Elite Eight next year and beyond, you can be sure of that,â€ he said amid widespread applause and cheers at the event presentation ceremony. The tale of the tape at gameâ€™s end was simply an outstanding and well drilled ACT womenâ€™s side that really stood up against another brave and determined Victoria Storm team. They really delivered when it really mattered saluting with a 7-1 victory for the ages. Another star attraction, Bec Beath then delivered a well-timed pass to Natalie Frizzell and then another to Nikki Stanley to set the Raiders on the path to their seventh straight win in the tournament and one hand well and truly on the trophy at 4-0. For all the live streamed Grand Final action go to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel, TFATV (TFA homepage). Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.Related LinksACT Raiders Weather the Victoria Storm And while this was a very satisfying victory for him personally and his team, coach Danny Goodwin was intent post-game to focus less on him and rather, the bigger picture. â€œTo my girls very well done; taking the concept of a new defence and while they might not have liked it at the start (cue crowd laughing), they put it together to get the win today was so special,â€ he said. And in a more reflective tone, the passionate Goodwin that we all know and love emerged. â€œThis competition though means a lot more to me than most people would probably know,â€ he reflected. As the players jumped out of the blocks to the strains of Fall out Boysâ€™ â€˜Light â€˜em upâ€™ booming from the stadium speakers pre-match, the girls didnâ€™t disappoint with the scoring starting early and despite the gloomy outlook. â€œWeâ€™ve been trying to get this on the table over a lot of years. When you consider the Raiders rolled the WA Tigersâ€™ women 12-2 earlier in the day they were on something of a roll which coach Goodwin acknowledged. By @JulianTFA â€“ Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland â€œThe culture around this team is really good. The girls kept laughing and kept giggling all week but they were clinical today, mate.â€ The sight of Australian and Alliance star, Percy sideline sans playing uniform (but with boots on, mind you) would have buoyed the ACT girls no doubt but in fairness the Storm girls were strong and rallied all game as a team without their inspirational captain. Broadhead caused the Storm all manner of headaches throughout and she was in good company. She was immense and instrumental in the outcome of this match and much of their campaign. Along with tournament MVP, Kelly Goodwin and a host of ACT stars they cruised along striking a blow most times they sailed close to the Storm line. Officials: Dean McDonaldBrian Blechynden Rob McKay Scorers: ACT Raiders: Broadhead and Player of the Final (3), Frizzell (1), Stanley (1), Grieve (1), McVicar (1) Victoria Storm: Maitland (1).
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.”