Thursday, 7 August 2014

Preview ESPN JCBA's Fantasy Footy15 Group

I found this by James Quintong ESPN Fantasy and thought I could use it as insight into ESPN's version of Fantasy Footy as I have my own group JCBA's Fantasy Footy15 (click on link).

ESPN FC Premier Fantasy game is back for another season, ready to provide fans with a great way to enhance their enjoyment of the Premier League.
The object is to build a roster of 15 players, with a budget of 100 million, that will score you points based on their performance on the field. (The full scoring system and How to play (Fantasy Footy how to)
Of course, throughout the season, you'll want to improve your team, so you'll get 30 transfers per scoring segment - the ESPN Premier Fantasy game is split into two scoring segments,
Segment One from Game week 1 on 16th August 2014 to Game Week 20 on 1st January 2015,
Segment Two from Game week 21 on 10th January 2014 to Game Week 38 on 24th May 2015.

While your initial budget is 100 million, there's a good chance you'll have more money to play with to make transfers, as the value of your players will increase or decrease depending on their performance. You could "buy low" on a player early in the season, then sell him off to get a more expensive player down the line.
Each Game Week, you'll choose which 11 of your 15 players should be in your starting lineup, and you'll have a variety of formations from which to choose to set that lineup. You also have the option to designate one player as your team "captain," who will score double the points he usually would have gotten in a given period. You'll want to be very careful when setting lineups and designating captains, especially in weeks when teams aren't scheduled for a game or are set to play two times.

So do you think you have what it takes then REIGSTER by clicking here Fantasy Footy NOW and JOIN my group JCBA's Fantasy Footy15 before 16th August 2014.

Prizes will be awarded by in the following categories in May 2015 : FANTASY PREMIER CHAMPION; Segment 1 Winner; Segment 2 Winner; Highest Game Week Score; Lowest Game Week Score; Most Game Weeks Won; Most Game Week Wins In A Row; Highest Average Game Week Score. Yes EIGHT categories EIGHT prizes and the right to call yourself the FANTASY PREMIER CHAMPION.

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@jcba)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

And then there was two

The Waratahs (NSW) coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged starting side for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders (Saders) at the ANZ Stadium. Yes the Olympic Stadium you read that correctly. 
The hosts have last defeated the New Zealand outfit in 2004, that equates to losing their past 11 encounters. NSW led in last years encounter 22-10 in Christchurch only to lose by one point thanks to a certain Daniel Carter's boot. But they will not be phased, they are at "home"(in Australia) where they have not lost this season. Rightfully this seasons table toppers and after last weeks kicking performance there may still be a few kinks in the All Black pivots goal kicking armour.
The fact that the top two teams on the overall log reach the final is a regular occurrence in SupeRugby but the top two teams playing each other for the first time is somewhat mind-boggling for me. Just testament to this format of the SupeRugby season. It does bring an extra twist, a kind of test match feel to the occasion and that can't be bad, can it?
The Saders coach Todd Blackadder is expected to field the same match day 23 for consecutive weeks in fact only one change in their last 3 matches. Though Carter's goal kicking was a tad off, he will definitely be a thorn in the side of NSW.

Player to watch - Saders
Kieran Read who has been in sublime form and if NSW can keep him quiet they have a great chance to end this unwanted winning draught.
Player to watch - NSW
The leading try scorer (12) this season so far just underlines his importance in the final and he will be itching to win a first major honour since converting to rugby union. He will have a eye on Saders winger Nemani Nadolo who himself has 11 tries this term.
The experienced South African, Craig Joubert  will referee the final and will be assisted by New Zealnd born Steve Walsh and Australian James Leckie and Australian George Ayoub will be the Television Match Official.

The form team is arguably the away side and I would ague both teams are away. Yes financially it makes sense to move to the 83 500 strong seater Olympic Stadium as apposed to 45 500 of  the Sydney Sport Stadium (Allianz stadium) but it actually nullifies that home ground feeling of invisibility the NSW would've had. I agree with former All Black Justin Marshall when he says:
"As soon as I heard that I could imagine the Crusaders thinking, "Well, that's one obstacle out of the way." "I really question the greed behind the move to the Olympic Stadium. If you're that money-hungry raise ticket prices by $5 a head next year but don't compromise a golden chance for your first Super Rugby title."
One thing you don't do is make life easier for the seven times champions and the move though makes sense to the bean counters but in rugby terms it might cost them more than they think.

Waratahs: (confirmed)
Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (capt), Stephen Hoiles, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Douglas, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: Tola Latu, Paddy Ryan, Jeremy Tilse, Will Skelton, Mitch Chapman, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbon, Matt Carraro, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Peter Betham (two to be omitted).

Crusaders: (probable)
Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Dominic Bird, Samuel Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Matt Todd, Kieran Read (C), Andy Ellis, Colin Slade, Nemani Nadolo, Dan Carter, Ryan Crotty (VC), Kieron Fonotia, Israel Dagg, Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala, Jimmy Tupou, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Johnny McNicholl

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@ jcba)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Ziggy signs "Pro Contract"

Eighteen-year old Gardens Commercial High School scholar Ziyaad Eksteen signed his first professional contract with Ajax Cape Town this week.
Known to me as ‘Ziggy’ has been at Ajax since before his teens and I remember fondly him telling me earlier this year (2014), when other PSL clubs came knocking: "Sir it's my dream to play in the Ajax first team" and look at him now.
The well travelled Cape Town youngster has seen the world with his impressive performances in the Ajax youth programmed tours in all age groups throughout the years. Just a couple of years ago we spoke about him playing at the same tournament as a certain Adnan Januzaj in the Aegon Future Cup.
Ziyaad might be a rough diamond but his midfield talents speak for himself, just last season he was in the Ajax Vodacom League squad and his rise up the Ajax ranks shows that youth is not just the future but the way to go if your club is looking to build a winning culture. It would seem Ajax Cape Town's "No youth No future" is important to the club.
This is the second time Ziggy has featured on JCBA.CO.ZA (see link) but the last question I asked him in April 2014 was:
What's next for Ziyaad Eksteen?
he answered: Great Things!!!

Best of luck to him lets hope this number 17 emulates the last.

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@jcba)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Crusaders vs Sharks Preview

“Look, what I can tell you is that the Sharks will be up against a complete team, a team that plays complete rugby and doesn’t have many weaknesses,” said Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph at his post match press conference after losing to the Sharks.

When this encounter was confirmed one had to think back to 17th May in this very stadium. Crusaders faced a 14 man Sharks team for 63 minutes and 13 during the second half only to lose 30-25. Not the rugby you associate with the 7 times champions, I sat there and just couldn't believe it. Granted they had a few notable omissions but they are expected to put up a better fight, with the squad they have at their disposal.

Captain Richie McCaw is expected to start and replace Jordan Taufua as it has been reported he trained on Monday. The Crusaders won't want a repeat of that night. They will be hoping to go on to their first Super Rugby final since 2011 (the year they were "homeless" due to earthquakes and travelled some 22000km from New Zealand to Cape Town to Brisbane only to lose in the Final.)

Just like the Crusaders are the only New Zealand representative in the last four the Sharks fly the South African flag and will be buoyed by their fond memories of the last time they played at the AMI Stadium. (I bet reminding the Crusaders of that at every scrum and line out).

It does look like coach Jake White is expected to start with fit again Patrick Lambie. Who played his part quite well in their semi-final victory last week. Playing Lambie at pivot opens up options like Steyn on inside centre (where he looks more comfortable) and moving Paul Jordaan to outside centre and JP Pietersen back to wing, just might well be the way to go for the South African franchise. Though he is keeping his cards close to his chest in typical fashion and I would think Lambie's big match temperament could sway his coach even though he was quoted as saying “I will have to sit down and think about it and can’t commit myself now,”

There is nothing really separating these top teams, besides the home ground advantage. It reads they have each played 16, Crusaders and Sharks both won 11, lost 5, have a points difference 123-113, bonus points 7-6 and lastly log points 51-50 so you'd be a brave man to call it. What I will do is quote Jamie Joseph again "All I can say is that it will be a ripper."

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@jcba)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Boss - 1st Press Conference

By the Manchester Evening News and pictures By JCBA (Various sources)

On taking the United  job......

First of all, I want to thank Sir Bobby Charlton because it's a great honour to come into this stadium and be guided by Sir Bobby Charlton.My first steps...okay, my first ones were with Bayern and Barcelona, but as a coach of United these were my first steps and I was very proud to do that with Sir Bobby Charlton. I have the age to have seen him playing so I know what he means for Manchester United and English football. It was a great honour to do that with him. ‎

On what he hopes to achieve at Old Trafford......

I will do my utmost best. That's what I can give. I cannot give predictions because you never know. It's the biggest club of the world. Within two days, I know already how important Manchester United is but also how important the sponsors are. I have to work, I have to prepare a team, I have to adapt to this big club. It shall not be easy but I will do my utmost best and, when you see my career, you can see what I have won. That's all I can say. The future shall show if I can do that again.‎

On what lured him to the club.....

It's the biggest club because of how well it's known around the world. In sport, you are never the biggest club because every season you have to be prove. Last year, you were seventh so then you are not the biggest club. But it's well known all over the world. When I was in China or Brazil, people are talking about United when I was the coach of the Dutch team. That's the difference. There's a lot of expectation but it's also a great challenge because of that. Therefore, I have chosen this club. I worked for Barcelona - in my opinion, number one in Spain. I've coached Ajax - number one in the Netherlands, and I've coached Bayern Munich - number one in Germany. Now I'm in Manchester United - number one in England. I hope I fulfil the expectation but it shall be difficult.

On whether there will be more new signings.....

My method is always the same. I want to look at the players now, the players present. Of course I know how the players play. But I don't know the players under my training or coaching. In the first three or four weeks, I want to see what they can do. Then maybe I will buy other players. The players we have bought now - Shaw and Herrera - they were already on the list. I gave my approval because I like them. First I want to see the players performing under my philosophy.‎

On the expectation.....

The‎ owners and the CEO have a lot of confidence in me. They have come to me and I explained my philosophy and they were excited. Because of that I'm here. We have to wait and see if I can fulfil this expectation of those people and the supporters. The fans are very important, I know that. You cannot predict. In the world of football you cannot predict. Nobody could have predicted the Dutch did so well, nobody would have predicted Germany would beat Brazil 7-1. ‎You know that so... why do you ask?

On the captaincy.....

All the players are possible candidates. I have to get to know them, so I will use four, five or six weeks. Or it could be two months. For me, the captain's role is very important. Therefore, I need time. Sometimes I haven't had the time - then I have to make quick decisions. But quick decisions are not always good. I'll use my time for it. I think a captain is very important.

On the youth team......

The owners and the CEO, Ed Woodward, have asked me to give advice but the main project is the first team. That's more of a short-term thing than the youth - that's a long-term project. The first year or two years we have to separate them. Now, I need all my knowledge to transfer my philosophy into this selection. You have to give me time to do that. Not only you, but also the CEO and the owners.

On Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville......

Nicky Butt is already assisting us, Paul Scholes we shall find a role for him and also for Phil Neville, I believe. That's what we want. But it has to also be possible and we have to look at that. We have to adapt to the qualities of these people. It's not an easy job. We have to speak personally with them - that's why we have to wait and see.

On getting back to work straight away.....

(A holiday) is not allowed! Of course it was better I have a sabbatical or that I come in January. But I could not let them go when you have been asked by the biggest club in the world. It's a big challenge, a big ambition for me. When there is a challenge like this, I never let it go. This is a holiday for me. I like the way I can work.

On his personality......

I'm democratic, empathetic to human beings. Of course I have a strong personality, but the other characteristics are more important. That's the key of my personality.‎

‎On what would be a successful season....

I don't know. First, what I've already said, I have to see how the players perform my philosophy and how quick they can pick up this philosophy. Then I can answer. Now, I haven't worked with most of them so we have to wait and see. It's very important there's a click between players and the manager.

On his own expectations for next season......

For me, the challenge is always to come first. Not fourth. But when you have to analyse after one season, it's dependent on the click between the players and the manager.
On coming to the Premier League......

I have never worked in the Premier League so it's a big challenge I wanted to take. I have worked in Spain and Germany and in my time of Barcelona I think at that time the Spanish league was the best league. And in my time in Germany we were the best league. And maybe, when I work here the Premier League is the best league!

On being autocratic......

The media wants to show that part of the personality. But that part of the personality is small. But when you repeat that everybody thinks like that. I'm always the same person. When I was 39, when I began at Ajax - I played professional football until I was 37 and an assistant - the personality hasn't really changed. It's the same. But autocratic and strong personality is not the same thing and a lot of people think it's the same. I have a strong philosophy. Every year I've trained, it confirms this philosophy. Sir Alex also had a strong philosophy and it was always affirming that because he won a lot of titles. I hope I can do that.

On Sir Alex Ferguson......

Sir Alex called me to congratulate me and we have spoken about getting a coffee or to eat with each other. We were always invited to UEFA forums and we would always have a glass of wine. We know each other very well. I shall drink coffee and wine with him - maybe the best wine I can imagine.
On what it means to be United's manager.......

It's difficult to describe. I've only been here two days. I've met a lot of people and when you see those kind of people who love the club, you see it's a big family and they expect a lot from me. They are very excited to meet me. Can I fulfil that expectation? I think I can do it. But because of the greatness of this club it's also much more difficult than in another club. Also, this club is also guided in the commercial way and we have to fulfil that also. And that's not always possible to fulfil both commercial and football. That's my big challenge after two days. Maybe it will be changing after the US tour, but I don't think so!

On the importance of experienced players......

You have to know that I'm not always convinced of the experience of players. I've said a lot of times, a boy like Clarence Seedorf was 16 years old... I gave him his debut for Ajax at that time. At 16 he was sometimes more experienced than a player who was 30. It depends on the personality. You named Rooney. For example, Michael Carrick has been injured the day before and that's a blow for me because he's experienced. It's very important we have experienced players, but not only in age and football experience but experience as a human being. My philosophy isn't only the football player but in total. Then there are not so many experienced players.

To say I'm excited is an understatement. Bring on the 16th August 2014, Bring on the English Premier League, Bring on the Louis Van Gaal Era.

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@jcba) ‎

Friday, 13 June 2014

Brasil 14 in pictures

Hopefully you haven't seen all of these.....

Jade Christopher Bentley Adams signing off (@jcba)