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darkman666 1 minutes ago




Saint Louis, Missouri
#16New Post! Feb 09, 2019 @ 21:52:23
when I was a teenager at boy's camp. we play called " speedball " was refer association to football, rugby, soccer, and basketball. both men and women can play. in schools, they don't play speedball, in general, most people never heard of it, American schools would never play rugby in gym class. American kids never drink tea at tea time.
Jennifer1984 On February 20, 2019
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Penzance, United Kingdom
#17New Post! Feb 10, 2019 @ 21:23:17
@Cpat92 Said

How about the USA's women's soccer team? They are one of the best out there and they are better than their male counterparts by a long shot. I enjoy watching them in the world cup.



It's a shame that Hope Solo made an utter arse of herself in the last final Team USA played in. She's been a great goalkeeper for USA and really should have gone out on a better note than that. Why did you do it, girl...?

Association Football is considered a women's game in US so the resources put into the game over there have been concentrated on building a strong women's team. We're only just coming out of the dark ages here in England where women's football is concerned. We've got a good team now, but it's taken a lot of getting there.

We had a terrific female manager, Hope Powell, who virtually constructed the EWFA (England Women's Football Association) from nothing to being World Cup Quarter Finalists. She built EWFA from schoolgirl level right up to full senior level and even found a way to create a professional league..!!

But she made enemies in the establishment and they threw her out and her replacement took all the credit for the crop of brilliant players she nurtured from rock bottom and who are in the team now as top professionals.

She was replaced by Mark Sampson, a man who was later found out to have a history of sexual abuse toward younger players and racist behaviour towards black players. He was sued by one of the players for being dropped from the team because she was black. He got fired and has now been replaced by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville who is taking Hope Powell's players to the next level (and claiming all the credit for the team that actually, he inherited rather than built).
Jennifer1984 On February 20, 2019
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Penzance, United Kingdom
#18New Post! Feb 10, 2019 @ 21:55:19
Women's Six Nations roundup - Week 2

England 41 France 26

This was the crunch match of this season's tournament. In real terms, the winner of this match is likely to win the title. Last season the French girls ran England's legs off. not so today.

A sunny but chilly afternoon in South Yorkshire saw the England girls take the French on at their own game with pace and slick handling. Four first half tries gave England a half time advantage of 24 - 0 and the tries bonus point in the bag.

France rallied in the second half. Pauline Bourdon (who really should put her hair up when she plays) ran in twice from deep positions and gave France some hope after the restart but England had just a little too much for them.

Poppy Cleall and Lianne Riley added further England tries and it was all rounded off by veteran Outside Centre Emily Scarratt. A very satisfying afternoon.

In Scotstoun on Friday night, Ireland recovered from their week one mauling by England to overcome a determined but technically lacking Scotland. The 22-5 scoreline could have been a lot worse.

Ireland are heading in the right direction but the SRU need to put more resources into women's rugby. Their girls are fighting bravely but simply don't have the technical cohesion. Investing in an experienced coach would be a start. Alison Miller for Ireland was able to direct play with ease and it was only the Scots girls determination and "die-for-the-shirt" attitude that repelled wave after wave of Irish attacks.

I admire the Scottish team, but I dread to think what the English and French teams will do to them when their turn comes.

Italy and Wales played out a drab 3 - 3 draw in Lecce. The TV commentator for this game remarked that he was only glad that he hadn't paid to watch this game.

Trips across the Alps for Italian rugby weekends in the winter are usually great social occasions. The Italian hospitality is always warm and the wine is excellent. They'd have needed a lot of it to wipe the memory of this dull encounter out of their minds. A Wilkins penalty on 30 minutes gave Wales a lead that they held until the hour mark when Michaela Sillari kicked the scores level. She should have won the game for The Azzuri but missed a last minute penalty from right in front of the posts.

After two rounds, the table stands at:

England 10 pts
Italy 7 pts
France 6 pts
Ireland 6 pts
Wales 2 pts
Scotland 0 pts
Cpat92 On about 7 hours ago
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Lauderhill, Florida
#19New Post! Feb 11, 2019 @ 09:03:12
@Jennifer1984 Said

It's a shame that Hope Solo made an utter arse of herself in the last final Team USA played in. She's been a great goalkeeper for USA and really should have gone out on a better note than that. Why did you do it, girl...?

Association Football is considered a women's game in US so the resources put into the game over there have been concentrated on building a strong women's team. We're only just coming out of the dark ages here in England where women's football is concerned. We've got a good team now, but it's taken a lot of getting there.

We had a terrific female manager, Hope Powell, who virtually constructed the EWFA (England Women's Football Association) from nothing to being World Cup Quarter Finalists. She built EWFA from schoolgirl level right up to full senior level and even found a way to create a professional league..!!

But she made enemies in the establishment and they threw her out and her replacement took all the credit for the crop of brilliant players she nurtured from rock bottom and who are in the team now as top professionals.

She was replaced by Mark Sampson, a man who was later found out to have a history of sexual abuse toward younger players and racist behaviour towards black players. He was sued by one of the players for being dropped from the team because she was black. He got fired and has now been replaced by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville who is taking Hope Powell's players to the next level (and claiming all the credit for the team that actually, he inherited rather than built).



Best of luck to Phil Neville and your team. I can't say why Hope did what she did, but it happens.
shadowen On February 19, 2019




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#20New Post! Feb 11, 2019 @ 14:18:40
@Jennifer1984 Said

She was replaced by Mark Sampson


Ah yes, the evil Mark Sampson. Funny how when Sampson was under pressure the players orchestrated a deliberate show of public support. Yet when your infallible Powell was rightly sacked there was a deafening silence re support from the then current players, and more than a few past and present players took to social media to complain about her time as manager.

You can say whatever you want about Powell. The simple FACTS are that under her at the Euros the women's team finished LAST. Not simply last in their group but they were the WORST performed side of any who took part. In contrast, in Sampson's first major tournament (the world cup) he took them to the semis for the first time in the teams history. They would go on and finish 3rd. So within two years he took a team that was the worst performed at the Euros to an historic third place finish. In the last Euros his team again made the semis. Four years earlier Hope's team bowed out winless having scored 3 goals in 3 games whilst conceding 7. Under Sampson they scored 11 goals in 5 games and conceded just 4.
shadowen On February 19, 2019




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#21New Post! Feb 11, 2019 @ 14:28:37
@Jennifer1984 Said

She was replaced by Mark Sampson, a man who was later found out to have a history of sexual abuse toward younger players and racist behaviour towards black players.

Evidence please.

@Jennifer1984 Said
He got fired...

His sacking was not related to anything he had done with the women's team...according to those who sacked him.

@Jennifer1984 Said
and has now been replaced by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville who is taking Hope Powell's players to the next level (and claiming all the credit for the team that actually, he inherited rather than built).

She was understandably sacked after her team finished winless and as the worst performed team in the 2013 Women's Euros. Her sacking occurred in August 2013 and yet here we are in 2019 and you are giving the credit for the markedly improved performances of the women's team after her sacking to someone whose side finished dead last some 5 1/2 years ago!!!
shadowen On February 19, 2019




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#22New Post! Feb 11, 2019 @ 14:29:50
@Jennifer1984 Said

We had a terrific female manager, Hope Powell...But she made enemies in the establishment and they threw her out and her replacement took all the credit for the crop of brilliant players she nurtured from rock bottom and who are in the team now as top professionals.



Ah yes, poor Hope Powell. You seem to be of the belief that she was unfairly sacked as manager. The simple truth however is that Powell was sacked because all managers are ultimately judged by the performance of the team under their control. In her last tournament in charge of the English women's team (the women's European Championships) ENGLAND FINISHED BOTTOM OF ALL NATIONS. Her team finished winless having scored a total of 3 goals in 3 games whilst conceding 7. That was understandably not considered an acceptable result. It was also clear that she had lost at least some of the locker room with players complaining about her ruthless, autocratic rule.

Her man management skills were sorely lacking as she fell out with a number of players. Lianne Sanderson for example retired from international football at the age of just 22, blaming irreconcilable differences with Powell: "As long as Hope Powell is in charge I don't see myself going back and I don't think she would want me there."

Another player, Becky Easton, tweeted "If you questioned, disagreed or in anyway upset her...you would be banished for life." Everton's Jody Handley also had her say and wrote: "Only good thing to come from the tournament and media exposure is that finally people are speaking up!"

Leading up to, during and immediately after the disastrous women's Euros people questioned Powel's decision making. They wondered for example why Natasha Dowie, the WSL's leading scorer at the time, wasn't selected. They questioned Powel's lack of time spent watching players from outside of her established squad. And, as England desperately scrambled for survival in Sweden, questions were asked as to why Powell had insisted on selecting six injured players for her squad and sticking with them instead of selecting players like Jordan Nobbs.

Powel had more control over all aspects relating to her national team than any manager of the men's team in the modern era, and in the end she was held accountable for her teams performance. In Sweden England lost to Spain and then failed to defeat Russia, the lowest ranked team in the competition. Against France England were completely outclassed losing 3-0. Nearly an hour into the game and the French had had 11 shots on goal. England had had none!

No male manager would survive such as disastrous Euros performance as England's womens team endured under Powel, and yet you seem to think that because she wasnt given special treatment after the Euros that this amounts to evidence of sexism! Turn it up.
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