Manly rookie Kelly tipped for NRL spot

first_imgKelly joined the Sea Eagles after three seasons with the Gold Coast Titans in the NYC where he scored a club-record 35 tries from 54 matches.He also scored four tries for the Junior Blues in the 2015 State of Origin clash but it’s not just his attacking ability that has caught the eye of his teammates. With the future of club legends Brett Stewart and Steve Matai in doubt, Lawrence said the 20-year-old had the temperament to work his way into the first grade squad if his pre-season form was anything to go by. “I’m not the coach, but I’d put him in the side,” Lawrence told NRL.com at the Auckland Nines Captains Call. “He’s shown experience beyond his game-time and that shows me that with a bit more time on the field, he could do some great things. You don’t want to rush it, but at the same time you want to give him a go and see what happens.”Lawrence has tipped his younger teammate to be one of the stars of the Nines, warning opposition defences to beware of Kelly’s footwork. “We’ve all been training against each other since October and now it’s an opportunity for us to get out there and show it against the real opposition. Young blokes like Brian can really make a name for themselves if they have a good tournament,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to be standing still because he’ll dance right around you with those feet of his. He’s also got a really good head on his shoulders. He’s really settled in here and he’s really comfortable in his new surroundings.”This will be Kelly’s second trip to the Nines after playing one game for the Titans in last year’s tournament where he gained valuable experience and learnt a lot about what was needed to make it in the NRL.Now he wants to show Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett that he has what it takes to cut it against the game’s elite. “This is probably the first real chance that the coaches get to see any kind of footy, so here and the trials are a great opportunity to show them and my teammates what I can do,” Kelly told NRL.com. “I’ve had a few chats with Trent and he’s been upfront and honest about what he wants from me. He says I need to keep training hard and working hard, and if I do that then rewards may follow.”I want to show them what I can do in defence, and I know the attack will come after that.” Hailing from Ballina on the NSW north coast, Kelly admitted to feeling homesick for the first few weeks down in Sydney. But the support of his teammates, coupled with Manly’s seemingly endless supply of beaches, made the transition a smooth one. “I was a bit homesick at the start but it’s all good now. The boys have been welcoming so it makes it heaps comfortable,” he said. “I’m a 100 per cent beach boy so I’m always heading down to the beach after training or when I have some spare time.”last_img read more

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Simpson, Kendricks Shine Under the Lights at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays

first_img Results (HTML) Morning Photos Results (TXT) Notes Night Photos Afternoon Photos center_img Story Links Mixed Zone Interviews Results (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa native Jimmy Simpson broke the American record in the 2-mile while Sam Kendricks broke the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record at Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays on Friday in front of an energized Drake Stadium.  Simpson, the bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics, shattered Shannon Rowbury’s old American record as the Webster City, Iowa, native crossed the line in 9:16.78, topping Rowbury’s previous best by almost four seconds. Simpson used a final lap of 63 seconds to add the American outdoor 2-mile record to her list of accolades that includes the American indoor two-mile record.It marked the first time an American record was broken at the Drake Relays since the quartet of Brianna Rollins, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Queen Harrison and Kristi Castlin ran the shuttle hurdle relay in 50.50 in 2015.Sam Kendricks defended his Drake Relays title in the invitational pole vault with a Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record jump of 19-1 ½, topping Jeff Hartwig’s best jump of 19-0 3/4 at the 2007 Drake Relays. The bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympics, Kendricks now ranks No. 4 in the world in the event. Finishing second was South Dakota sophomore Chris Nilsen, who soared 18-11 ½.In the women’s elite high jump, Vashti Cunningham cleared 6-4 ¼ to win her first Drake Relays title as her clearance ranks No. 2 in the world.The men’s pole vault record was one of five Drake Relays records to fall on Friday as a Relays record fell in the first minute of action. Waukee’s Sydney Winger broke the girls’ 100 hurdles record, crossing the line in 14.19 in the prelims before finishing the finals in 14.31 to win the white flag.The Linn-Mar sprint medley relay squad of Chana Northrup, Olivia Hubler, Jill Bennett and Payton Wensel ran an all-time Iowa best time of 1:44.07, a time that ranks No. 2 in the country this year.The Cedar Rapids Jefferson quartet of Josue Bokoyo, Mitch Hall, Ezeki Leggins and James Baugh not only broke the Drake Relays record in the 4×200 in the morning with a time of 1:27.14, but hours later they ran the fastest 4×100 time in relays history of 42.02 in the prelims Friday night.In collegiate action, Purdue and Iowa State won three titles on Friday while Iowa and Ohio State each won a pair of crowns.For the Boilermakers, senior Micaela Hazlewood won the women’s discus with a school-record toss of 188-1, All-American sprinter Brionna Thomas won the women’s 200 meters in 22.99 and freshman Rahman Minor won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7-1.The Cyclones swept the men’s and women’s 4×800 relays, marking the third time the feat has occurred at the Drake Relays. The ISU quartet of Festus Lagat, Roshon Roomes, Frank Hayes and Jaymes Dennison finished the men’s 4×800 in 7:27.98 after the group of ­ Evelyne Guay, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, Larkin Chapman and Jasmine Staebler won the women’s in 8:36.51. Jhoammy Luque repeated as the Drake Relays women’s long jump champion, soaring 20-11 ¼.Iowa became only the third school to sweep the men’s and women’s shot put at the Drake Relays. Reno Tuufuli won the men’s shot put in the morning, launching the shot 60-8 1/2 before Laulauga Tausaga won the women’s shot put thanks to a school-record toss of 54-11 1/4 on her final attempt.OSU picked up a win in the men’s 200 meters as freshman Eric Harrison crossed the line in 20.59 and Julie Rizk claimed the women’s 1500 meters title in 4:25.22.The final day of the 2018 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee start on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the girls’ shuttle hurdle relay. Fans can watch the meet live on NBC Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. CT. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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