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Singapore, Brunei wrap up main naval drill ahead of AMNEX

first_img November 13, 2017 Singapore, Brunei wrap up bilateral naval drill ahead of ASEAN fleet review Back to overview,Home naval-today Singapore, Brunei wrap up bilateral naval drill ahead of ASEAN fleet review View post tag: Royal Brunei Navy View post tag: Ex Pelican Authorities View post tag: RSN Ships from the navies of Singapore and Brunei concluded the bilateral naval exercise Pelican on November 13 before heading for the ASEAN International Fleet Review in Thailand.This year’s exercise Pelican took place between November 11 and 13 and was the 36th in its series. It involved the Republic of Singapore Navy’s Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast and Royal Brunei Navy’s Darussalam-class offshore patrol vessel KDB Daruttaqwa.As part of the exercise, the two navies conducted live gunnery firings, communications and manoeuvring exercises in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Personnel from both navies also conducted a sea-rider exchange in which they visited and sailed on their counterparts’ ships.Following the exercise, both ships headed together to Pattaya, Thailand for the ASEAN International Fleet Review.The fleet review in Thailand will be attended by 26 vessels from 19 countries. ASEAN navies attending the review are also set to take part in the first iteration of the ASEAN naval drill ‘AMNEX’ which will take place on and around Sattahip Naval Base in the northern part of the Gulf of Thailand. Share this articlelast_img read more

Ireland knocked out by Pakistan

first_img Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 101 condemned Ireland to an early exit despite an impressive showing in Pool B where they won three games. They go out after West Indies’ win over the United Arab Emirates gave them a better net run-rate. Despite William Porterfield’s maiden World Cup century, Ireland could only make 237 as they were bowled out in 50 overs and that total failed to trouble the Pakistan batsmen, with Sarfraz and Ahmed Shehzad leading the way with an opening partnership of 120, before Umar Akmal hit the winning runs in the 47th over. After winning the toss, Ireland made an uncertain start to the innings with Porterfield’s partner, Paul Stirling, falling leg before for just three. Ed Joyce (11) and Niall O’Brien (12) each fell cheaply as the Irish skipper calmly batted on at his own pace. Andrew Balbirnie, who enjoyed a good tournament, shared a partnership of 48 for the fourth wicket but could not get going and fell to the part-time bowling of Haris Sohail to leave Ireland 136 for four after 30 overs. Porterfield reached Ireland’s second century of the tournament from 124 balls, with 10 fours and a six and looked well-placed to see his side to a daunting first innings total in what was effectively a play-off for a quarter-final spot. The left-handed opener was finally dismissed by the impressive Sohail Khan for 107 in the batting powerplay, and his wicket derailed the innings when the acceleration was due. Gary Wilson hung around for 29, but again the lower-order failed to offer any support to him or Kevin O’Brien as Wahab Riaz steamed in to clean up the tail and finish with figures of three for 54 from his 10 overs. The new-look opening combination of Sarfraz and Shehzad oozed class as they cruised to a century partnership in the 19th over. Sarfraz proved to be an effective foil for his partner, rotating the strike with ease, with Shehzad the more aggressive of the two before he played one shot too many and top-edged a pull to give Stuart Thompson the breakthrough. Sarfraz misjudged a run shortly after to leave Sohail stranded and run out for just three to give Ireland hope, but Misbah-ul-Haq calmed things down with a typically measured 39. He trod on his own stumps with 30 needed, but Akmal accompanied Sarfraz to his maiden one-day international century which saw Pakistan through to the next round of the competition. Ireland were knocked out of the cricket World Cup as Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse midfield provides stabilizing force during undefeated run

first_imgIt was a 2-2 game with about four minutes to play when North Carolina lined up to attempt a penalty corner. A bounce sent the UNC insertion rolling away from Tar Heel Emily Wold at the top of the circle and the Syracuse defense seized the chance.On the counter-attack, midfielder Alyssa Manley advanced the ball quickly up the field on a run to forward Emma Lamison, who dished to forward Emma Russell. Russell corralled the ball and sent the ball flying.Russell’s goal was the game-winner in an eventual 4-2 win over then-No. 2 North Carolina. But as important as Russell’s finish was, she couldn’t have taken the shot had it not been for the midfield.“UNC was one of our best (midfield) games,” midfielder Laura Hurff said. “We moved the ball up the field so well, just outside-inside-outside…So smooth.”Even when Syracuse has struggled to score this season, the midfield has controlled possession and limited opponent’s opportunities. In eight of 13 games this season, SU has allowed four or fewer shots on goal. In many of its home games, the ball doesn’t spend much time in the defensive zone, controlled by the midfield and forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, the midfield can become more consistent, head coach Ange Bradley said, as SU heads into “the toughest weekend” prior to Atlantic Coast Conference playoffs. No. 1 Syracuse (13-0, 4-0 ACC) hosts No. 7 Wake Forest (10-3, 3-1) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. and No. 19 Princeton the following day at 3 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium.“Our linkup is (the midfield’s) best asset,” Hurff said. “…When we linkup correctly, we have so much room behind the defense for our forwards to take it and they’ve capitalized well (this season).”The “linkup” is Syracuse’s system for moving the ball up the field from backs to forwards with the midfield serving as the link between.The system relies on quick passing, Hurff said. When the Syracuse backs gain possession in the defensive third, they look for an outlet on the outside back line. Then they look to advance to a midfielder playing near a sideline, who gives it up to a midfielder on the inside. Once the inside midfielder has it, she can either shoot the gap by running through the defense or give it up and pass inside to a forward making a run on the goal.Or, if the defense collapses on the ball, as teams have done recently to Syracuse, Hurff said, the midfield can pass the ball behind to the backs, who can reverse it. Or the midfield can attack the collapsed defense anyway.“We’re practicing in small spaces with high numbers of people,” midfielder Alyssa Manley said. “…We’re working on tighter skills and drawing fouls. Last season, we had faster girls to run. Now it’s staying calm and not getting frustrated with the lack of…space we’re given.”One of the keys for the midfield this season has been the communication because it’s a young unit, Hurff said. The midfield is comprised of sophomores Erin Gillingham and Hurff, junior Serra Degnan and Manley, a senior. Manley, a United Sates Senior National Team member in the Pan-Am Games as the only college athlete on the roster, is someone Hurff goes to for advice sometimes even before coaches.The two discussing where to setup to make out-letting easier for backs, how to effectively press an offense and generally facilitate between the offense and defense. On Sept. 16, Hurff called the midfield the “backbone” of the team.This weekend, as the Orange challenge two highly ranked teams, Bradley wants to see growth in her midfield.“(The midfield) is focusing on going forward fast and going forward when we can,” Hurff said. “We know if we play our best (then) we’ll beat whoever we face.”Staff Writer Liam Sullivan contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on October 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more