Henderson reveals message which inspired him to CL glory

Henderson reveals message which inspired him to CL glory


first_imgIt was the morning of the Champions League final, and a picture message dropped into Jordan Henderson’s inbox.It showed his younger self, maybe 10 or 11 years of age, kissing a gold trophy.He was a dreamer back then, a football-mad Sunderland supporter with a passion for the game and a burning desire to win things. It was, he says, all he thought about. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Now, aged 28, he can reflect on the greatest night of his career. Liverpool captain, European Cup-winning captain. It doesn’t get much better, surely?“Yes, not bad!” he says, with typical understatement. “It was an amazing feeling, when the final whistle goes it’s an amazing feeling to know we have done it, and then to lift the trophy was a special feeling, one that we will never forget. “My dream as a kid was to win trophies. My best friend sent us a picture this morning of me kissing a trophy when I was about 10, so that gave me even more motivation. The trophy was gold, quite big and I’m kissing it. That gave us a lot of motivation.”You’ll have seen all the images by now. The teary-eyed hugs with Jurgen Klopp, those incredible pictures of the trophy lift. The one of Henderson on Liverpool’s flight back from Madrid, using the European Cup as a footrest. Those epic scenes as the Reds returned to Merseyside to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of eager supporters.Memories to last a lifetime, though perhaps the most poignant moment of all involved a simple embrace between a father and his son, an outpouring of pure emotion on a remarkable night. “My dad has been through a lot over the past few years,” says Henderson. “Not only with himself [his father, Brian, fought a successful battle with throat cancer in 2014] but with his family as well. “I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.”Not just his dad’s face. Victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium confirms Liverpool’s status as Europe’s top dogs once more. Their sixth European Cup will have tasted as sweet as any, especially given the disappointment of losing in the final last season.“It’s nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy,” Henderson agreed. “It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future.”Jordan Henderson, Jurgen Klopp, LiverpoolHenderson revealed he and his team-mates had been inspired by seeing videos of Liverpool’s supporters as they took over the bars and squares of Madrid. It was estimated that around 50,000 fans had made the trip to the Spanish capital.“The videos get sent to us, don’t worry!” smiled Henderson. “The fans have been incredible ever since I have come to the club, but this past couple of years they have travelled everywhere with us in Europe. It costs them a lot of money and tonight makes it all worth it.“I am so proud of this team and I am happy we can give something [to the fans], they give everything, and so have we. I am so happy we can take the trophy back for them.”Henderson, of course, becomes only the fifth man to captain Liverpool to a European Cup. The four who went before him – Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard – are club legends. So has it sunk in yet that he will be forever there alongside them?“Probably it will be after I finish football, to be honest,” he said. “But there is still a long way to go. I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now.“That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back for pre-season we will be focused on looking to the future.”Henderson had gathered Liverpool for a team meeting at Melwood ahead of the final, in which a number of senior players had their say. “I think we would have regretted if we didn’t have it,” he said. “I felt it was important to speak as a group before the final, it was an important conversation as a group. “A few of us said a few things. It was just about the game really, what we could experience in the game and how we could deal with them situations and obviously use the experiences that we had to use.“Hopefully it helped!”last_img


Lae to savour big grand final day

first_imgPresident Alex Toki says this grand final will be one of the biggest in the history of soccer in the LFA and will feature all the 11 division teams, both women and men’s.Toki says the grand final day will feature under 17, Under 20, Under 20 Reserves grade both men’s and women’s , 1st Division men’s, A League and Premiers.Toki says two fields will be used and before the main grand final there will be a curtain raiser game between Lae Masters and Wau Masters, both team’s players comprise old Morobe soccer players plus the grand final of Meri Futbol in junior women’s  program.Toki said in under 17 women’s,  Bara will take on 12A Pascols while in Men’s Balob will go up against Zilu Scientific West. In under 20 women’s 8 Mile Pukpuks will challenge Malabu  while Men’s will see Ahi taking on ADCO and Balob up against Malabu in under 20 division two.Another grand final match in the under 20 reserve division two will see City United challenging Blue Kumuls while in other reserves men’s,  Poro will challenge Trobriand Island.The main game in the afternoon will be between Wantoks and Lae Biscuit Poro  in women’s A League division while B League men’s  will feature Eriku wawens testing  Chakalua and will end with Premier League division grand final between City United taking on Lae Biscuit Poro.Toki said that the games will feature new and upcoming NSL players and urged NSL team selectors to make their way to Lae and watch the game.last_img

Cup and Plate teams confirmed for Amaiu 7s Cup

first_imgIn the plate grand final, Brothers (1) will go up against North East.Brothers thrashed Nova 38-14 in the semi-final while North East were too strong for Wanderers  (1),  winning 28-0.In the Cup grand final, the University Piggies will play the Harlequins.Piggies edged out Baike Brothers 22-21.In the second Cup grand final, Harlequins romped home to victory over Defence 22-19.last_img

Muruks to get back to basics

first_img“We’re just lacking getting the basics right at the moment. We’re not completing our sets of six, our ball control is poor and so is our defence.“The Gurias capitalized on this and beat this. They were the better side yesterday afternoon. “This week at training will be about getting back to the basics and making sure we do the simple things right,” said Kereme.He added that there will definitely be changes made for this Sunday’s round 4 clash against the TNA Simbu Lions at home in Mendi.The Muruks have lost two games this season and are sitting second last on the ladder with 1 competition point.This came from a 16-16 draw with the Wamp Nga Mt.Hagen Eagles in round two.last_img

NRL steps up its Voice Against Violence

first_imgOn the eve of Representative Round, representative players from Australia, New Zealand, City, Country and Pacific teams gathered at Rugby League Central in a combined show of support and to reaffirm efforts to end domestic violence.Representative players included Corey Parker (Kangaroos), Ruan Sims (Jillaroos), Sarina Fiso (Ferns), James Maloney (Country), Wade Graham (City), Peni Terepo (Tonga), Stanton Albert (PNG) and Eloni Vunakece (Fiji).The NRL has worked alongside domestic violence partners Our Watch, White Ribbon and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to develop additional resources and education tools in the fight against domestic violence, with a new commercial, website and education sessions announced today.Ambassador Alan Tongue will lead a group of NRL ambassadors in visiting communities throughout regional and rural Australia, helping to educate young men in particular on the importance of standing up, speaking out and taking action against domestic violence.”Our strong stance against this terrible issue is one of the most important messages that we can impart on communities and as a game, we will continue to do everything we can to prevent domestic violence,” Mr Tongue said.”We have a responsibility to our Rugby League players, their families and our communities at large to ensure they receive the education, support and resources available to make informed decisions and ultimately, make positive and consistent behaviour choices.”Kangaroos player Matt Scott will join Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga in a new commercial that highlights the need to communicate and speak out against domestic violence before it is too late.And a new website has been created, providing testimonials and interviews with former and current rugby league players, together with support options and advice from the NRL’s domestic violence partners.The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (an independent, not for profit organisation aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate communities that violence of any kind is not okay.CEO Mary Barry congratulated the NRL on its continued stand against domestic violence and additional resources announced.”This isn’t a sporting issue or a rugby league issue, however sport has the opportunity to play an important role in preventing violence against women and their children,” said Ms Barry.”Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people and are a ready-made environment to promote women’s participation and opportunities to eliminate gender-based discrimination, disrespect for women and violence-supportive attitudes.”It is pleasing that this is what the NRL is doing and the code should be commended for providing ongoing awareness towards ending discrimination and violence against women.”The NRLs domestic violence commercial will air for the first time during the upcoming Downer Test Match on Friday 6 May and education resources can be viewed online. Key messages:• One in three women in Australia have experienced physical violence.  This is unacceptable.• The NRL, together with players, Clubs, States, Pacific neighbours and communities, wants to continue to be a catalyst for change and contribute directly to the long-term prevention of domestic violence.• The game is strengthening its ongoing work and resolve to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence – forming a coalition alongside domestic violence experts, to change the behaviours, attitudes and actions of those in our communities that think domestic violence is ok.• The NRL has received funding from ‘Our Watch’ (a Federal Government department aimed at eradicating domestic violence) to continue to reach existing and new communities and educate young males in particular, that violence of any kind is not ok.• Voice Against Violence includes a Grassroots program for 16 – 18 year olds, a new commercial and website, aimed at decreasing and ultimately, ending domestic violence.last_img

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