IN a thrilling game against their main division two rivals, played with plenty of aggression and no small measure of skill, the Christ Church XV emerged resoundingly victorious. This win means that they have secured promotion for the third successive season.The match was electric from the start, with a powerful run from the kick off by Christ Church prop Chris Hughes setting the tone for a solid forward display from his side. At the beginning of the game the Worcester fringe defence was tested to the limit by the strength and dynamic running of the Christ Church pack. However, despite this period of dominance, points were hard to come by as Worcester tackled hard, with plenty of committment. Their first real scare came when the Worcester wing dealt poorly with fly half Ashley Gillard’s kick, allowing his opposite number Chris Cole to steal the ball and make nearly 70 metres before being hauled down. Cole continued to look dangerous, and it was his menacing running that brought the first breakthrough, a score touched down by full-back Jamie Holdoway on the left touchline after an excellent break. When this was converted by sure-footed Gillard, Christ Church felt they had gained just reward for their dominance. Worcester came back strongly however, exerting pressure on the Christ Church line, but some excellent tackling right on the line by open-side Ian Horn denied them a try. The importance of this missed opportunity was heightened when Christ Church captain Christopher Perfect finished off a period of sustained pressure to bring the scoreline to 12-0. However, the effort being put in by the Christ Church side was starting to tell, and when a couple of sloppy penalties were conceded, Blues footballer Lucian Weston stepped up to show off the full range of his skills. He converted both, and suddenly the game was right back in the balance. The Christ Church try-line was under siege, and when Worcester scrum-half Ben Battcock finally burrowed over on the stroke of half time, the successfully struck conversion gave them a lead of a single point. The momentum seemed to have swung Worcester’s way, and when Ian Horn was sent to the sin-bin for persistent infringement the game looked to be Worcester’s for the taking. However, the Christ Church forwards dug in for a supreme effort, and when Dan Barnes went over for his team’s third try while they were still down to 14 men, it seemed to change the complexion of the game. It was at this point a Christ Church victory was secured. Despite the loss of inside-centre Duncan Chiah to a nasty head wound, the controlled rugby that they played during the last twenty minutes allowed them two more tries, including a second for Dan Barnes, securing their victory.Captain Chris Perfect was pleased with his side’s performance, telling reporters “It was a good win against a good side, and we will look forward to playing them again next season” He appeared enthusiastic about his side’s prospects for the next season, and looks forward to testing his side against the very best in college rugby. The disappointed Worcester side will be looking for a solid performance next week in order to secure their own promotion hopes, however Christ Church can start to plan their assault on the top flight of college rugby.
Marian Muckerheide, age 83 of Burnsville, Minnesota and formerly of Batesville, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Burnsville. Born in Batesville December 21, 1934, she is the daughter of Elenora (Nee: Jansing) and Leo Muckerheide and graduated from Oldenburg Academy. She moved to Cincinnati where she worked for TWA Airlines and Upjohn Pharmaceuticals before retiring. After retirement, she moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She loved decorating, shopping, music concerts and family.She is survived by nephews Lynn (Emily Beth), Dan (Paula) and Mike (Pam) Muckerheide; great nephews Mark (Erin) and Max; great niece Jennifer and great great nieces Adelyn, Elise and Lydia. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her siblings Alvin, Helen Rose and Leo.Visitation is Thursday, May 24th, from 5-7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, May 25th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer officiating followed by burial in the church cemetery. The family would like give special thanks to Interim Hospice, The Rivers senior living community and Twin Cities Physicians.
Batesville, In. — The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America have released projected benefits of raising the smoking rate to 21-years-old. The Tobacco 21 Campaign or T21 is an effort to convince legislators to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco.The projections say there would be a 25 percent decline in smoking among 15 to 17-year-olds, a 10 percent reduction in smoking-related deaths in people born in 2000 or after and cut deaths attributed to lung cancer by 50,000. The report also says 75 percent of adults are in favor including a significant percentage of current smokers.For more information click here.
Tokyo: Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open badminton tournament after a second successive defeat to local favourite Akane Yamaguchi while B Sai Praneeth continued his good form to advance to the semifinals in Tokyo on Friday. Sindhu lost to Yamaguchi 18-21 15-21 in a 50-minute women’s singles quarterfinal match. This was Sindhu’s second defeat at the hands of Yamaguchi, who had beaten the Indian in the final of the Indonesian Open last week. However, in men’s singles, Sai Praneeth recorded an easy win over Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto to reach the semifinals. His 21-12 21-15 win over Sugiarto fetched him a clash against top-seeded Japanese Kento Momota in the semifinals. Sindhu was leading 12-7 in the first game but she squandered the advantage as her reigning Asian champion opponent clawed her way back to level the scores at 14-14. From there on, Sindhu lost momentum allowing Yamaguchi to surge ahead to 18-15 and then to 20-16. Sindhu won two consecutive points to narrow the gap to 18-20 but could not stop her opponent from bagging the next point and the first game.Also Read | PV Sindhu becomes first woman to co-pilot Made-In-India Tejas at Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru In the second game, both were locked 6-6 initially but from there on, it was Yamaguchi all the way as she raced to 13-7 and then to 16-10. Sindhu recovered a bit by winning two consecutive points but in no time, the Japanese had five match points and she wrapped up the tie without much hassle.Sai Praneeth, in contrast, hardly broke a sweat as he just took 36 minutes to clinch up against the match. The unseeded Indian led almost all through the first game leaving the former world championships bronze-medallist Indonesian to play the catch-up game. The second game was a bit closer but Sai Praneeth kept the lead from the start. Not more than four points separated the two for the most part but the Indian reeled off three consecutive points from 18-15 to win the match. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. PV Sindhu lost in the final of the Indonesian Open to Akane Yamaguchi.Sindhu suffered her second consecutive loss to Yamaguchi.B Sai Praneeth advanced to the next round.