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TOP SEEDS THRIVE AT NEUTROX WEEKEND

TOP SEEDS THRIVE AT NEUTROX WEEKEND

22/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24554583

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TOP SEEDS THRIVE AT NEUTROX WEEKEND

- SILVANA LIMA LED THE CHARGE AT THE WOMEN’S QS 1500 IN RIO DE JANEIRO.
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Silvana Lima
Credit: © WSL / Pedro Monteiro

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FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina/BRA (Saturday, October 21, 2017) 

On Saturday morning, a heavy fog engulfed the coast along Barra de Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro forcing event organizers to put the WSL Women’s QS 1500 Neutrox Weekend temporarily on hold. But as the temperature and winds increased, the fog lifted, giving the top seeds a chance to hit the water to begin Round 2. Silvana Lima (BRA) won her heat, as did the top seven ranked surfers on the WSL South America Rankings.
 
“Even though the wind picked up right as my heat started, it was ok because conditions were still good and all the girls had plenty of good waves to choose from,” Lima said. “Now that I’ve already advanced, I’m going to spend the day on the beach, cheering on the girls and we’ll see how the waves are tomorrow. I’m going to be prepared to compete in whichever conditions.”
 
In Heat 2 of Round 2, the 2016 WSL South America Champion, Nathalie Martins (BRA), finally got the opportunity to compete in a regional contest in 2017 after missing the events in Argentina, Peru and Chile due to injury. Martins advanced in 2nd place behind Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), who earned a gold medal as part of the United States water polo team in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro.
 
“This is my second time here in Brazil and I only have good memories from here,” said Gilchrist, who currently sits in 73rd place on the QS rankings. “I competed in the Olympic Games here and won a gold medal that I’m very proud of. I’m very happy to be back in Brazil and I hope winning my first heat can lead to more good memories in Brazil.”
 
The race for the 2017 WSL South America Regional Championship heated up as the ranking leaders all advanced on Saturday at the Neutrox Weekend as a small increase in swell size provided waves in the 2-3 ft. range (0.5 meter) at Barra da Tijuca. Melanie Giunta (PER), Josefina Ane (ARG), Dominic Barona (ECU) and Anali Gomez (PER) all have a shot at winning the continental title.
 
“I think it was a good decision to put the event on hold in the morning and all the girls are happy that we surfed good waves today,” said Gomez, winner of the WSL South America Title in 2010 and 2013. “I’m pleased that I advanced in first place in my heat because that’s never an easy feat. My goal is to win the South American Championship again and I feel like I have a good chance because after this event, the last contest of the year will be in Peru and I’ll be competing at home with all the support from my crew in San Bartolo.”
 
Sunday will be the final day of the 2017 WSL Women’s QS 1500 Neutrox Weekend in Rio de Janeiro. The road to the award podium will begin with Heat 1 of Round 3 and will see event favorite Silva Lima (BRA) match up against Melanie Giunta (PER), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA) and Josefina Ane (ARG).
 
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NEUTROX WEEKEND BEGINS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

NEUTROX WEEKEND BEGINS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

21/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24544799

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NEUTROX WEEKEND BEGINS IN RIO DE JANEIRO

THE WOMEN’S QS 1,500 FINISHED ROUND 1 UNDER CHALLENGING CONDITIONS AT BARRA DA TIJUCA.
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Caption: Luana Coutinho
Credit: © WSL / Pedro Monteiro

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FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina/BRA (Friday, October 20, 2017) 

On Friday, waves in the 1-2 ft. range (0.5 meters) and strong onshore winds made things difficult for the athletes competing at the WSL Women’s QS 1,500 Neutrox Weekend at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After completing Round 1, the contest was put on hold for two hours to see if conditions would improve. But upon further analysis, event organizers chose to call off competition for the rest of the day with a new call set for 8:00 am on Saturday.
 
In Heat 1 of Round 2, the newly crowned WSL South America Junior Tour Champion Sol Aguirre (PER) will be matched up against Marina Rezende (BRA), Luana dos Santos (BRA) and the only Brazilian surfer on the WSL Women’s Championship Tour, Silvana Lima.
 
“I felt like it was the right decision to wait until tomorrow to see if the waves will get a little better to continue the QS competition,” said Lima, who is currently in 1st place on the WSL Qualifying Series Rankings. “Jacqueline Silva came over and even suggested that we run the entire competition on Sunday, since it looks like the best day of the forecast. But I’ve never seen an entire contest run in one day! We’ll see how it looks tomorrow. But regardless of how the waves are, I’m stoked to be competing at home, a bunch of the girls are staying at my place and the whole vibe at the contest is super fun.”
 
True to her word, Silvana looked like she was having a blast as she played “altinha”, a popular beach game in Brazil where you try not to let a soccer ball touch the ground. As she and her friends laughed it out on the sand, the 2017 Brazilian National Champion, Luana Coutinho, took first place in Heat 1 of Round 1 despite receiving an interference penalty.
 
“Earlier in the morning the waves were actually kind of fun, but the onshore wind really messed up the line-up and made things really difficult,” said Coutinho. “It was a tough heat and there weren’t many good waves to choose from. Luckily, I caught a good one right at the end and I went from last to first. Every heat here on out will be stacked with great surfers. There are no easy heats on the QS and getting the chance to surf against a legend like Silvana (Lima) will be an incredible experience.”
 
In Heat 2 of Round 1, fourteen-year-old Julia Duarte (BRA) is one of the youngest athletes competing at the Neutrox Weekend. Growing up down the beach at Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Duarte looked right at home as she took first place over Luara Thompson (BRA), Alana Pacelli (BRA) and Isabela Saldanha (BRA).
 
“That was my first ever heat in a QS event and all I wanted to do was advance, so winning it was unbelievable,” Duarte stated. “For me, it’s a dream to be competing against all of these famous surfers. My goal here is just to get some experience and learn what I can from them.”
 
After competition was called off, focus at the Neutrox Weekend shifted to the Women’s Brazilian National Pro Junior, Longboard and SUP Championships. This weekend will determine the titles for all of the divisions listed above.
 
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HONOLUA BLOMFIELD AND SCOTTY FONG JR. WIN MEN'S AND WOMEN'S LONGBOARD TITLES AT TURTLE BAY RESORT PRO

HONOLUA BLOMFIELD AND SCOTTY FONG JR. WIN MEN'S AND WOMEN'S LONGBOARD TITLES AT TURTLE BAY RESORT PRO

18/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24514778

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HONOLUA BLOMFIELD AND SCOTTY FONG JR. WIN MEN'S AND WOMEN'S LONGBOARD TITLES AT TURTLE BAY RESORT PRO
MAKAMAE DESOTO EARNS TOP SPOT IN REGIONAL LONGBOARD RANKINGS

Caption: Scotty Fong Jr. and Honolua Blomfield, Turtle Bay Resort Pro Longboard winners. 
Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki

 
Event:   Turtle Bay Resort Longboard Pro                                       
Rating:   Men's and Women's Longboard QS 
Location:   Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, Oahu
Event Window:   October 14 - 20

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HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii – (Tuesday, October 17, 2017) -- The final day of the Turtle Bay Resort Pro, a World Surf League (WSL) Hawaii/Tahiti Nui event, highlighted a blend of progressive maneuvers and classic noseriding as winners emerged in the Men’s and Women’s Longboard Pro division. North Shore’s Honolua Blomfield and Honolulu’s Scotty Fong Jr. strengthened their bid into the World Longboard Championships next year at Papua New Guinea and increased their year-end rating, Fong Jr. with a third and Blomfield with a first in the region.

The Women’s division saw Blomfield go against best friend Kirra Seale (HAW) in the Final along with Encinitas’ Kaitlin Maguire (USA) and Kelta O’Rourke (HAW) and score the best wave of the heat, a 7.17. The silky-smooth surfer cross-stepped her way to the nose of the board and remained in the pocket of the wave to hang five, then powered out a couple of even-tempo cutbacks to take the lead from Seale, who secured an early 6.07. Maguire’s best ride was a 5.0 for a beautiful noseride and a couple of turns above the foam, but both she and O’Rourke were unable to find necessary backup scores to overtake the heat leaders.


Competitors could not keep up with Honolua Blomfield, a speed blur through the lineup. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

Blomfield is an accomplished surfer at the young age of 18 and placed third in the world after a Semifinal finish at the Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships in Papua New Guinea this past March. She will return again in 2018 in her campaign for a World Title.

“I’m always hoping for a World Title, that is definitely my number one goal,” said Blomfield. “I’m very happy to have won today, all the girls were definitely surfing very good, it was a hard Final.”

This was Seale’s first professional competition with the WSL and she was ecstatic to earn a runner up finish behind Blomfield.


Kirra Seale cross-stepping her way to the podium. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

“I’m really excited because Honolua is my best friend and I’m stoked to lose to her because she is already requalified, so I’m really, really excited to be able to compete next year on the World Tour, it’s been a dream forever,” said Seale. “I’ve competed my whole entire life and I’m just the type of person that enjoys surfing so incredibly much I feel like competing sometimes takes the fun out of it. But now all my best friends are on Tour, so I'm thinking, 'wait I want to try!' I surf with them all the time, I might as well try.”

On the Men’s side, Fong Jr. displayed progressive surfing and fast footwork against fellow finalists Kai Sallas (HAW), Ned Snow (HAW) and Makamae DeSoto (HAW). He found the only barrel section of the event and scored a 7.83 from the judges, making him hard to catch after backing this up with a 6.07.


Scotty Fong Jr. perched on the nose. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff

“I’m super stoked, it was tough conditions but super fun and I’m just happy to be out there with all my friends, it was a really good vibe,” said Fong Jr. “I’ve been competing with these guys growing up and all throughout my career, so getting in the Final was fun, it was just a bunch of the boys surfing together and just having fun out there.”

A commercial airline pilot by trade and surfer by hobby, Fong Jr. looks forward to greater competitive opportunities next year as the WSL Longboard Tour strengthens.

“The tour is getting a lot better, better venues, better waves,” Fong Jr. continued. “I’m just happy to be part of it and hopefully I can travel with all the boys again and represent Hawaii.”

DeSoto, who placed fourth in the event, is the top placing surfer on the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui regional Longboard QS after today’s competition.


L to R: Scotty Fong Jr. (1st place), Ned Snow (3rd), Kai Sallas (2nd) and Makamae DeSoto (4th). Image: WSL/Freesurf/Keoki 

RESULTS
Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th, all athletes from Hawaii unless otherwise noted


MEN’S TURTLE BAY RESORT LONGBOARD PRO
1st – Scotty Fong Jr., 1000 points
2nd – Kai Sallas, 750 points
3rd – Ned Snow, 560 points
4th – Makamae DeSoto, 525 points

WOMEN’S TURTLE BAY RESORT LONGBOARD PRO
1st – Honolua Blomfield, 1000 points
2nd – Kirra Seale, 750 points
3rd – Kaitlin Maguire (USA), 560 points
4th – Kelta O’Rourke, 525 points

MEN’S SEMIFINAL
SF1: Scotty Fong Jr., Ned Snow, Nelson Ahina III, Duane DeSoto
SF2: Kai Sallas, Makamae DeSoto, Tony Silvagni (USA), David Carvalho

WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL
SF1: Honolua Blomfield, Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Ashley Ahina, Stacia Ahina
SF2: Kelta O’Rourke, Kirra Seale, Miku Uemura, Rachael Tilly (USA)

MEN’S QUARTERFINALS
QF1: Nelson Ahina III, Scotty Fong Jr., John Michael Van Hohenstein, Hiro Ito
QF2: Ned Snow, Duane DeSoto, Michel Demont (PYF), Ezra Rodrigues
QF3: Tony Silvagni (USA), Makamae DeSoto, Kaniela Stewart, Tereva David (PYF)
QF4: Kai Sallas, David Carvalho, Andre Derizans, Mau Ah Hee

WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS
QF1: Honolua Blomfield, Stacia Ahina, Kelis Kaleopaa
QF2: Ashley Ahina, Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Leigh Powell (USA)
QF3: Kelta O’Rourke, Kirra Seale, Lola Schremmer, Sally Cohen
QF4: Rachael Tilly, Miku Uemura, Mason Schremmer, Soleil Errico (USA)

MEN’S ROUND
H1: John Michael Van Hohenstein, Ezra Rodrigues, Bruno Silva, Gabriel Nascimento (BRA)
H2: Tony Silvagni (USA), Mau Ah Hee, Nakoa Crispin, Henry McNamara (USA)


Aloha!

Lauren Rolland
WSL Hawaii
Media and Communications Manager

2017 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING SERIES SET FOR MASSIVE FINALE AT PORT STEPHENS TOYOTA NSW PRO

2017 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING SERIES SET FOR MASSIVE FINALE AT PORT STEPHENS TOYOTA NSW PRO

12/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24447370

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2017 WOMEN’S QUALIFYING SERIES SET FOR MASSIVE FINALE AT PORT STEPHENS TOYOTA NSW PRO
-  2018 CT LINEUP TO BE DECIDED ON NSW SHORES FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING
-  PHILIPPA ANDERSON (AUS) TAKES CHARGE AT 2018 CT
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption:  The beautiful Birubi Beach will play host to the world's best female surfers this November for the 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro QS6,000.
Credit: © WSL /  Ethan Smith 


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Coolangatta, QLD / AUS (Thursday, October 12, 2017) -  After a gruelling year battling it out around the world, the World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) will culminate at Birubi Beach at the 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro. With 6000 points up for grabs, some of the world’s best female surfers will be on hand trying to consolidate themselves a spot on the 2018 elite Championship Tour (CT).

Novocastrian, Philippa Anderson (AUS) has been competing on the QS for a number of years now, with the dream of elevating herself to the CT. In 2016, this dream almost became reality, with Anderson only narrowly missing the qualification cut off. The stylish natural footer’s best result of 2016, came at the final QS6,000 of the year. In 2017, Anderson approaches the final event in a similar position and is hoping to go one better and take the win on home soil to achieve her lifelong goal of competing on the ‘Dream Tour.’

“This is the last QS6,000 event of the year so it is super important,” Anderson said. “There are only six events of this size in the season so a solid result at a couple of them is essential. There are a handful of girls all needing a big result here, so it is sure to be exciting. Having the final event of the year in Australia is great, but the fact that it is so close to my home is amazing. I surf at Birubi a bit and it can get really good. It’s a great setup for a contest and it will be awesome to see the world’s best out there. I’m really glad this event has come together and can’t wait for it to get underway.”

After successfully running the final Women’s QS6,000 event of the 2016 season at Cronulla, it was an obvious decision to keep the event based in New South Wales. Collaborating with WSL and Destination NSW is Luke Madden and the team Surfing NSW who knew the Birubi beach at Port Stephens would be the ideal location to decide the qualifiers for the 2018 CT.

“The Toyota Port Stephens NSW Pro has been a successful collaborative effort between Surfing NSW, WSL, Destination NSW and Port Stephens Council and we couldn’t be more proud to see it kick off its maiden year in 2017. To have the world’s best female surfers in Port Stephens as they attempt to cement their position on the 2018 World Championship Tour is the perfect way to finish the Qualifying Series year and we couldn’t be more excited for it to all kick off.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC said the Port Stephens NSW Pro is a major international event that will see competitors from all over the world travel to the region.

“Port Stephens is one of the most famed surf spots in Australia and I am looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best surfers to our stunning region in just a few weeks,” Mr MacDonald said. “The Port Stephens NSW Pro women’s field alone has 114 competitors and as the last major point-scoring opportunity of the year, will play a major role in determining who qualifies for the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour.”

 NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said with so many international surfers visiting the region, the event will provide a significant boost for local businesses, hotels, restaurants and tourism operators.

“The Port Stephens NSW Pro will be huge, with more than 1,000 surfers and visitors expected to travel to the region, injecting around $910,000 into the local visitor economy over the next two years,” Mr Marshall said. “This event is a key component of a packed events calendar for the Hunter region, which this year has included the WSL sanctioned Australian Boardriders Battle, Matildas vs Brazil international football friendly and the upcoming Newcastle 500 just to name a few.”


WSL Australia / Oceania Regional Manager Will Hayden-Smith is excited to see what the new location has to offer for the most important event of the Women’s QS season.

"This is the most important women's QS of the season as it decides who will be on the 2018 Championship Tour. WSL would like to pass on a huge thank you to our event partners Destination NSW, Port Stephens Toyota, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW for helping us pull this together. We look forward to showing the world what Port Stephens has to offer."

Janelle Gardner, Tourism Development and Event Coordinator for the Port Stephens Council is thrilled that the surfing worlds eyes will be on the beautiful Birubi Beach and its surroundings.

"Port Stephens Council is very excited to be hosting this prestigious event.  The Port Stephens NSW Pro provides a fantastic opportunity to promote Port Stephens, our beautiful beaches, National Parks and the amazing Worimi Conservation Lands to  surfers and surfing fans from around the world. Port Stephens Council looks forward to working with the WSL and Surfing NSW to ensure the 2017 Port Stephens Pro is a great success and continues in Port Stephens for many years to come.”

The 2017 Port Stephens Toyota NSW Pro will run from November 2 – 5. For more information on the event and to watch it live, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the WSL App.
Canada Ravens Women's Squad Named for World Cup

Canada Ravens Women's Squad Named for World Cup

11/10/2017, Australia, Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, Article # 24437716

 

11 October, 2017

Canada Ravens Women's Squad Named for World Cup


 
After initially putting together an extended squad of 32, the Canada Ravens have now announced their final squad of 24 to travel to Australia for the Rugby League World Cup in November.

Choosing the final squad was a difficult process and was only made more challenging after the Ravens produced two strong performances against the Australian side, the Corrimal Cougars, last weekend.

Head Coach, Mike Castle, admitted the decision was an arduous one, but can now look forward to the Ravens first World Cup match on November 16 against New Zealand.

“I get the feeling that this is the start of something very special!”

“The squad of 32 all made our job extremely difficult in selecting this team which is a testament to their enthusiasm, and performances over the entire weekend against the Corrimal Cougars,” Castle said.

The Canada Ravens inaugural Rugby League World Cup squad will consist of:

Maira Acevedo (British Columbia)
Gillian Boag (British Columbia)
Nina Bui (Ontario)
Andrea Burk (British Columbia)
Christina Burnham (British Columbia)
Mackenzie Fane (Ontario)
Kathleen Grudzinski (Grudzinski)
Janai Haupapa (Alberta)
Michelle Helmeczi (Alberta)
Natalie King (British Columbia)
Kelcey Leavitt (Alberta)
Mandy Marchak (British Columbia)
Sabrina McDaid (Ontario)
Wealtha Jade Menin Naglis (Alberta)
Fedelia Omoghan (Ontario)
Megan Pakulis (Ontario)
Irene Patrinos (Ontario)
Stevi Schnoor (British Columbia)
Natasha Smith (British Columbia)
Elizabeth Steele (Alberta)
Natalie Tam (Ontario)
Tiera Thomas-Reynolds (Ontario)
Barbara Waddell (Forrestville Ferrets)
Petra Woods (Ontario)

The Ravens will travel to Australia prior to the World Cup to acclimatise and prepare, with a trial match against the Queensland NGA Hau e Wha Maori side on November 10 in Southport, Queensland.
 
Congratulations from Canada Rugby League to all the Ravens that will be participating in the World Cup, it is an enormous step for Rugby League in Canada!

11 October, 2017

Canada Ravens Women's Squad Named for World Cup


 
After initially putting together an extended squad of 32, the Canada Ravens have now announced their final squad of 24 to travel to Australia for the Rugby League World Cup in November.

Choosing the final squad was a difficult process and was only made more challenging after the Ravens produced two strong performances against the Australian side, the Corrimal Cougars, last weekend.

Head Coach, Mike Castle, admitted the decision was an arduous one, but can now look forward to the Ravens first World Cup match on November 16 against New Zealand.

“I get the feeling that this is the start of something very special!”

“The squad of 32 all made our job extremely difficult in selecting this team which is testament to their enthusiasm, and performances over the entire weekend against the Corrimal Cougars,” Castle said.

The Canada Ravens inaugural Rugby League World Cup squad will consist of:

Maira Acevedo (British Columbia)
Gillian Boag (British Columbia)
Nina Bui (Ontario)
Andrea Burk (British Columbia)
Christina Burnham (British Columbia)
Mackenzie Fane (Ontario)
Kathleen Grudzinski (Grudzinski)
Janai Haupapa (Alberta)
Michelle Helmeczi (Alberta)
Natalie King (British Columbia)
Kelcey Leavitt (Alberta)
Mandy Marchak (British Columbia)
Sabrina McDaid (Ontario)
Wealtha Jade Menin Naglis (Alberta)
Fedelia Omoghan (Ontario)
Megan Pakulis (Ontario)
Irene Patrinos (Ontario)
Stevi Schnoor (British Columbia)
Natasha Smith (British Columbia)
Elizabeth Steele (Alberta)
Natalie Tam (Ontario)
Tiera Thomas-Reynolds (Ontario)
Barbara Waddell (Forrestville Ferrets)
Petra Woods (Ontario)

The Ravens will travel to Australia prior to the World Cup to acclimatise and prepare, with a trial match against the Queensland NGA Hau e Wha Maori side on November 10 in Southport, Queensland.
 
Congratulations from Canada Rugby League to all the Ravens that will be participating in the World Cup, it is an enormous step for Rugby League in Canada!
England Women's squad named for RLWC2017

England Women's squad named for RLWC2017

10/10/2017, Australia, Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, Article # 24429892

10 October, 2017


England Women's squad named for RLWC2017
 

England Women Head Coach Chris Chapman has named a 23-strong squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup which takes place in Australia in November and December.

Players from four different clubs are represented, with Women’s Super League Grand Final champions Bradford Bulls boasting 10 members, while runners-up Featherstone Rovers have five and seven players come from Thatto Heath – St Helens.

Goalkicking full-back Katie Hepworth is Castleford Tigers’ only player named in the squad and becomes the first women’s player to represent the club in a Rugby League World Cup.

Captain Andrea Dobson is set to make her fourth World Cup appearance alongside half-back Kirsty Moroney, hooker Lois Forsell, prop Emma Slowe and second row Emily Rudge.

Vice-Captain Jodie Cunningham is one of six recalls to the squad after missing the side’s tour to France earlier this year due to injury.

Head Coach Chris Chapman said, “It’s been extremely tough to select a squad of only 23 players to compete in this year’s World Cup as all players have worked hard throughout the season for England and their respective clubs.

“We appreciate it is a big challenge against experienced professional players and it is one we are all looking forward to.

“It is a task that we believe we can achieve and all the players and staff have been working hard to ensure we are the best prepared team.”

The squad will fly out to Australia on Friday, November 10 and will play three pool games at the Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney against Papua New Guinea Orchids, Australian Jillaroos and The Cook Islands.

All Women’s Rugby League World Cup games are staged as triple-headers and will be played onThursday November 16, Sunday November 19 and Wednesday November 22.

Full England Women’s Squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017:

Amy Hardcastle - Bradford Bulls
Andrea Dobson - Featherstone Rovers
Beth Sutcliffe - Bradford Bulls
Charlotte Booth - Bradford Bulls
Claire Garner - Bradford Bulls
Danielle Bound - Thatto Heath St Helens
Danika Priim - Bradford Bulls
Emily Rudge - Thatto Heath St Helens
Emma Slowe - Featherstone Rovers
Faye Gaskin - Thatto Heath St Helens
Jenny Welsby - Thatto Heath St Helens
Jessica Courtman - Bradford Bulls
Jodie Cunningham - Thatto Heath St Helens
Katherine Hepworth - Castleford Tigers
Kayleigh Bulman - Featherstone Rovers
Kirsty Moroney - Bradford Bulls
Lois Forsell - Bradford Bulls 
Rachel Thompson - Thatto Heath St Helens
Rhiannon Marshall - Featherstone Rovers
Sarah Dunn - Featherstone Rovers
Shona Hoyle - Bradford Bulls
Stacey White - Bradford Bulls
Tara-Jane Stanley - Thatto Heath St Helens

Fixtures for the tournament are as follows:

Round One – England v PNG. Thursday, November 16, 6.30pm kick-off (AEDT)
Round Two – Australia v England. Sunday, November 19, 1.45pm kick-off (AEDT)
Round Three – England v Cook Islands. Wednesday, November 22, 1.45pm kick-off (AEDT)
Semi-Finals – Sunday, November 26 at either 1.45pm or 4.00pm (AEDT)

All the above fixtures will be played at the Southern Cross Stadium.

This year will be the first time ever the women's and men's Rugby League World Cups will be played concurrently, with the women's World Cup final played as a curtain-raiser to the men's World Cup final at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on December 2.

LEILANI MCGONAGLE CROWNED IN EPIC CONDITIONS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO IN CHILE

LEILANI MCGONAGLE CROWNED IN EPIC CONDITIONS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO IN CHILE

09/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24416545

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LEILANI MCGONAGLE CROWNED IN EPIC CONDITIONS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO IN CHILE

- A 10-POINT RIDE CAPPED OFF MCGONAGLE’S OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AT THE WSL QS 1,500 IN PUNTA DE LOBOS.
- MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Leilani McGonagle
Credit: © WSL / Xabier Azcarate

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FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina/BRA (Sunday, October 8, 2017) 

Leilani McGonagle won her first Qualifying Series event today after putting on a clinic in epic conditions at the WSL QS 1,500 Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro presented by Royal Guard. The 17-year old Costa Rican stomped her way to the winner’s podium beating Freya Prumm (AUS) after catching her second perfect 10-point ride of the day. Her victory earned her $10,000 in prize money and 1,500 Qualifying Series ranking points.
 
The vibe could not be better on Sunday as sunny skies greeted fans that filled the rocky coastline to watch the top Women’s QS surfers battle it out in pristine conditions at Punta de Lobos. The athletes were pumped to compete as offshore winds and perfect 6-foot blue waves tapered down the point on Finals Day. What remained perfectly clear today was that the future of women’s surfing is in good hands as the latest generation of athletes is riddled with talent.
 
To begin the Final, conditions at the pointbreak were ideal with the tide providing long, vertical waves down the lineup. Prumm opened up with an 8.17 by throwing lots of spray on superb backhand surfing and McGonagle answered with a solid 7.60. Prumm added another 8.17 for a 16.34 total, which would usually leave any surfer breathing easy.
 
However, in an instant, things can change. Needing an 8.31, the best wave of the entire event by far came through, breaking perfectly and connecting down the line. McGonagle slid into the wave and threw huge turn-after-turn with the entire crowd cheering along with each huge maneuver. Her performance left the judges with no option other than giving McGonagle a perfect 10.
 
“I came in second place at this event last year, so my goal was to do even better this year,” said McGonagle. “The waves have been so great and there isn’t another QS contest that has better waves than here. All of the girls are surfing so well and I’m just stoked to win this Final against a good friend like Freya (Prumm). This is the first QS event I’ve ever won, so it feels incredible. I hope I get the chance to feel like this a lot more times (laughs). It’s out of this world.”
 
McGonagle was visibly stoked with her performance and had this to say about her 10-point ride:
 
“Wow, I had gotten a wave before but I didn’t know the score (8.03), but I was really nervous because I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left in the heat. I knew I had to go regardless and once I dropped in, the wall just opened up and it was such an amazing wave, I felt like I was at home,” said the Pavones native.
 
Despite being defeated in the Final, Prumm was still pleased with her Runner-Up result and her performance in Pichilemu.
 
“I love Punta de Lobos and the wave is amazing,” said the Australian. “I got some of the best lefthanders of my life before the contest. A big congratulations to Leilani, she absolutely went to town. I can’t believe I let her catch that 10. But that’s alright, we live and learn. Thanks to everyone for having me, it’s such an amazing country and I wish to explore some more, thank you,” Prumm finished.
 
McGonagle’s 18.03 heat total in the Final was the highest of the event. This came after she scored another 10.00 in Heat 2 of the Semifinals against Daniela Rosas (PER). In the heat, McGonagle opened up with a 7.83 on a long left. She followed by catching an incredible wave which she completely destroyed, including a snap between the exposed rocks on the inside section for a perfect 10-point ride.
 
Rosas was another surprising talent that warranted a lot of attention at the Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro. The 15-year old Peruvian displayed extremely stylish backhand surfing on the lefts and a professional composure beyond her years.
 
“I feel amazing. I’d like to thank Trinidad Segura (Event Organizer) for putting on such an incredible event,” said Rosas. “I felt like I could have done better here, but that makes me even hungrier for the next contest.  I’m still very happy with this result and thank you to all the sponsors that made this event possible.”
 
To get to the Finals, Prumm had to get past Josefina Ane (ARG) who was another standout surfer throughout the event. In Heat 1 of the Semifinals, Ane jumped to the lead after scoring an 8.50 on her first and only ride. In the end, wave selection was crucial as longer lulls affected the heat. Prumm (AUS) caught an 8.00 and the Australian was able to catch a backup ride of a 4.83 for a 12.83 total and a ticket to the Finals.
 
“I’m a little sad because I had been surfing so well, I caught the best wave of the heat, but then the ocean went flat,” said Ane. “I waited as long as I could for my second wave, but it never came through. I’m happy with my result and my performance throughout this contest.”
 
The WSL South America Women’s Qualifying Series Circuit continues with the QS 1,500 Neutrox Weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from October 20 – 22 and the QS 1,00 Reef & Paris Women’s Pro from October 28 – 29 in San Bartolo, Peru.
 
More information regarding all events including the WSL QS 1500 Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro presented by Royal Guard can be found at: www.worldsurfleague.com

SEMIFINALISTS SET AT ROXY PRO FRANCE

SEMIFINALISTS SET AT ROXY PRO FRANCE

09/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24415530

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SEMIFINALISTS SET AT ROXY PRO FRANCE 
- 3X WSL CHAMPION CARISSA MOORE TAKES DOWN 6X WORLD CHAMPION STEPHANIE GILMORE 
- LAKEY PETERSON ELIMINATES JEEP LEADERBOARD NO. 2 COURTNEY CONLOGUE IN QUARTERFINAL CLASH
- MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Caption: Current World No.1 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) continued to perform and advanced into the semifinals of the Roxy Pro France.
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

 
Location:    Capbreton, Hossegor, Seignosse / France
Event window: October 7-18, 2017
Today's Call:    Women's RD 3 - 4 and Quarterfinals Completed
Conditions: Clean three-to-four foot

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HOSSEGOR, France (Sunday, October 8, 2017) - The Roxy Pro France resumed in excellent conditions and ran through Rounds 3, 4 and the Quarterfinals to see the top four women emerge in clean three-to-four foot surf at La Graviere.

The first Quarterfinal match-up featured a total of nine WSL titles in an intense battle between Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Carissa Moore (HAW). The two surfers engaged in a back-and-forth exchange of the lead, each slowly improving their scoreboard until Moore dropped the hammer on the superheat, with an incredible wave scored at 9.10 in the dying moments for the win.

“That was a very stressful heat especially because there was a moment when we both weren’t catching any waves,” Moore said. “I’m just so thankful I got that last wave, at that point I know it‘s my last opportunity and I have to let go of everything and just have fun.”

Moore had previously dispatched yesterday’s top performer Silvana Lima (BRA) in their Round 4 match-up.

No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard Gilmore surfed against the Hawaiian for the third time in France after Round 1 and Round 3 but this time couldn’t contain the repeated assaults of the defending event champion. The Australian claimed her third equal 5th place result in France and will look for a strong finish in Hawaii to turn her season around.

“Surfing against Carissa you have to get two nines to win basically and I knew that,” Gilmore said. “I had one semi-decent score but I never really felt comfortable. It’s really disappointing to get that score and feel good about it and to paddle back out and just see Carissa stroke into the dreamiest wave, I knew it was over, she doesn’t falter under pressure like that.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) had an extremely close call in the second Quarterfinal against injury replacement Bianca Buitendag (ZAF). The South African’s quiet start took a turn for the better when the powerful goofyfoot scored a massive 8.67 for her backhand vertical attack on a set wave. Unfortunately the ocean went quiet and Fitzgibbons who had stayed much more active, took an important win and spot into the semifinals.

“It feels awesome to be through to the semis,” Fitzgibbons said. “Bianca kind of had the home court advantage, she’s been living here for a while and I knew she knows the shifty beachbreaks pretty well. But I could only do my best, I was making decisions under pressure, a few paid off and a few didn’t. In the end I was there and ready to surf more sets if they came, unfortunately it went a little quiet for Bianca.”

California’s Lakey Peterson (USA) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) battled in the third Quarterfinal in a battle of progression vs. power. While some of the previous heats had been slow, Peterson found a great wave right on the opening buzzer and went for an air to post a 7.83 and push the current World No. 2 against the ropes. Conlogue trailed the whole heat and despite two good efforts towards the end of the thirty-minute bout, was unable to fill the gap and get back in the lead. The result sees Peterson reach the Semifinals for the fourth time this season while Conlogue is eliminated from the event.

“Going up against Courtney who’s fighting for a World Title you kind of have to go for the knockout shot,” Peterson said. “I wasn’t really expecting to go for an air or anything on my first wave but I switched boards for the same model but epoxy and it’s got a little pop to it.”

With two event wins this season, Conlogue seemed well on her way to a maiden WSL title but a poor showing in the two European events could radically alter her chances with fellow World Title contenders and direct competition Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright (AUS) both through to the Semifinals.

“Conditions changed and I re-adjusted but probably too late,” Conlogue reflected. “I was looking for the inside waves probably a little too long and finally sat a little wider and got back in the heat. I gave it everything I had and it wasn’t enough in that heat. The season’s not over and I still have a lot to improve on, I’m not exactly where I want to be with my surfing but I’m optimistic, we still have another event.”

Tyler Wright (AUS) dominated the last heat of the day, taking on Malia Manuel (HAW) for the final spot in the Semifinals. The reigning WSL Champion looked in total control and seemed to have forgotten all about her knee injury as she showcased her powerful turns on the long walls of La Graviere.

“I do want to get rid of the brace but I’ve been advised that I can’t just yet,” Wright said. “I feel good, I’m competing sharp again and putting heats together I’ve been absolutely loving this week.”

Manuel had previously upset the local crowds by eliminating local favorite Johanne Defay (FRA) in their Round Four match-up.

“It’s so nice to have everyone down here at the beach,” Defay said. “I’m doing my own thing before my heat but coming in, I like to take my time with the people on the beach and give back a little bit. Malia had longer waves and more maneuvers, I had a good score on a single turn but my wave died after. I’m going to go home and rest for a couple of days and forget about that result, then get back to work for Maui. It’s a great event there, just between us girls and with really good waves.”

With the event forecast showing very little swell for the next two days of competition, contest officials will reconvene at 8 a.m Wednesday.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France, are calling for:

The opening weekend of the event (Oct 7-8) will see a modest WNW swell with clean conditions. Early to mid next week looks slow at this time with fading leftovers from the weekend swell. A larger swell looks increasingly likely for the end of next week, Wednesday afternoon through Friday, easing over the weekend of the 14th-15th. Beyond that, an even larger NW swell is possible for the very end of the waiting period.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page.  Also check the local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

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Roxy Pro France Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.34, Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.27, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.00
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.96, Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.93, Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.70
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.37, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.20, Malia Manuel (HAW) 7.50
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.10, Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.17, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 7.00

Roxy Pro France Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 7.97
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.77 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.16
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.13 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 12.44
Heat 4: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.60 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.60

Roxy Pro France Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.13 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.17
QF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.77 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.50
QF 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.83 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.90
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.47 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.30

Roxy Pro France Semifinal Match-Ups:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
SF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)

Quiksilver Pro France Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Nat Young (USA)
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) Caio Ibelli (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 6: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 10: Connor O'Leary (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 11: Frederico Morais (PRT), Mick Fanning (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)

PUNTA DE LOBOS DELIVERS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO

PUNTA DE LOBOS DELIVERS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO

08/10/2017, International, Surfing, World Surf League, Article # 24409236

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PUNTA DE LOBOS DELIVERS AT THE MAUI AND SONS PICHILEMU WOMEN’S PRO

QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED AT THE WORLD SURF LEAGUE QS 1,500 IN CHILE.
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Caption: Daniela Rosas 
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FLORIANOPOLIS, Santa Catarina/BRA (Saturday, October 7, 2017) 

It’s not often that Qualifying Series surfers get a chance to use their step-up boards. However, on Day 2 of the WSL QS 1,500 Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro presented by Royal Guard, it was a necessity as solid surf grew throughout the day with consistent 6 – 8 foot (2-2.5 meters) sets running down the line at Punta de Lobos in Chile. You could tell the athletes were visibly stoked during their post-heat interviews after getting the chance to surf in world-class conditions.
 
Today, no one did better than Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) during her performance in Heat 2 of Round 3. Competition caught fire with Leticia and Josefina Ane (ARG) going blow-for-blow with high scoring waves. Ane attacked earning an 8.75 and a 5.75 on her two first waves. Bilbao countered with a 7.00 and an incredible 9.50 after smashing a long left with expressive, tweaked-out turns. She topped all scores of the event so far with her 9.5 and 16.50 total. Eliminated from the heat were Bethany Zelasko (USA) and Dominic Barona (ECU).
 
“It feels amazing to know that I’ve been improving and was able to show that in competition,” said the surfer from the Basque Country. “For me, what’s the point of competing if you’re not having fun? I think you just have to enjoy the moment. Surfing here is so incredible, you can find some great waves. It’s a challenge for everyone, but if you catch a good one, it makes it all worthwhile.”
 
In one of the most exciting heats of the day, a stacked line-up included a rematch between Sofia Mulanovich (PER), the 2004 World Champion and defending Maui and Sons Pichilemu Pro winner, against the 18-year old Costa Rican, Leilani McGonagle. Add in local surfer Jessica Anderson (CHL) and one of Peru’s rising stars, Daniela Rosas.
 
Each surfer started the heat with good scores. Sofia began her campaign in championship form earning an 8.50 on consecutive vertical snaps during her first ride. Rosas got a 6.00, Anderson a 7.00 and McGonagle obtained a 7.15. As it turned out, backup scores ended up being definitive in the final results.
 
The 15-year old Rosas jumped into first place after receiving a 7.10 on stylish backhand surfing. Mulanovich only caught a 2.90, but sat in 2nd. But with little time remaining, McGonagle squeezed out just enough points with a 4.75 to overtake Mulanovich, eliminating the former world champ and Anderson, the local surfer.
 
“It feels great to win a heat against such talent. I just needed to stay calm and I knew I could get the scores if the right waves came through, I knew it was all up to me” said the composed teenager Rosas. “I’ve never beaten Sofia, who is a legend in Peru, and Jessica knows this place better than anyone, so it feels great to advance against them into the next round.”
 
In the last heat of the day, Autumn Hays (USA) seemed completely at home in the rocky, cold and heavy waters off the coast of Chile. She opened up Heat 4 of Round 3 with a 7.25 on her first wave, then followed by catching a solid 8-footer that broke perfectly along the reef giving her multiple opportunities to hit the lip vertically. Her 14.00 total advanced her directly into the Quarterfinals with Marissa Shaw (USA) also moving forward in 2nd place.
 
“These are some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a contest,” said Hays. “There are perfect lefts and it’s so fun getting to use a step-up. I don’t get to do it that much in contests. Most events on the QS are in much smaller waves.”
 
When describing her comfort level, she continued:
 
“It’s just like home; jumping off rocks, wearing a 4/3 and booties, I feel really comfortable here. I was nervous before my heat because everyone surfs so good, so I knew I had to push it. I love the whole scene with the rocks and the cactus, it’s so scenic, I love it. It’s just a little scary jumping off the point, I had never done that and I was a little stressed.”
 
A call is set for noon (local time) on Sunday for completion of the QS 1,500 Maui and Sons Pichilemu Women’s Pro presented by Royal Guard. Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals will see the powerful WSL South America rankings leader Anali Gomez (PER) coming up against Josefina Ane from Argentina. Watch all the action LIVE at: www.worldsurfleague.com
 

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