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  • 02 Jul
    Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper has claimed a second John Eales Medal, finishing ahead of back-row teammate David Pocock.Hooper accepted the honour in Sydney on Thursday night, his second triumph coming after superstar full-back Israel Folau claimed the award in 2014 and 2015.Hooper finished with a total of 296 votes, with Pocock (189), Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Folau rounding out the top fiveI really appreciated the first one a couple of years after I got it and I think this one will actually be the same, Hooper said at Randwick Racecourse.I hope I can keep playing and staying on the field. Ive had a really good run being able to stay on the field. Ive had a good run at it and I want to keep that trend up.The prize caps off a stellar year for the Wallabies vice-captain, who had been crowned Australias man-of-the-match in half of their six Tests on home soil.He started in all but three of the Wallabies 18 Tests over the past year in a campaign that earned him high praise on Thursday from Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver.Over the past 12 months, Michael has been consistently one of the most impressive players in the world, he said.And this was never more evident than during last years World Cup when he combined masterfully with David Pocock to steer Australia to the final.However Hooper admitted he would trade all his personal accolades to reverse the result of last weeks stinging defeat to New Zealand in Auckland.Id give all of these away to win that match last week, he said.That was painful, tough to take. Wins are why you play. Its the ultimate team game. We played a really good 60 minutes, just missed out on a little bit there.Meanwhile, Charlotte Caslick capped a sensational year with the Shawn McKay Award for Womens Sevens Player of the Year, while Ed Jenkins claimed the Mens Award.Dane Haylett-Petty was named the Wallabies Rookie of the Year while Drew Mitchell was credited with the Wallabies try of year, the winger deemed most responsible for Adam Ashley-Coopers third try in last years Rugby World Cup semifinal against Argentina.Sean McMahon was named Super Rugby Player of the Year. James Onwualu Jersey .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. Thomas Rawls Jersey . Their 38th instalment is arguably their biggest fight card to date, including three-title fights and a main event which was selected by the fans. 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Six of the best teams in the Call of Duty World League (CWL) will descend upon Burbank, California on July 14-17 to face off for a chunk of the $200,000 prize pool and earn a handful of all-important World League Points; these points can help guarantee a spot in the upcoming Call of Duty World Championships in September.Unlike their North American brethren, the top two teams (based on their records from Stage 2) will get a bye in the first round, with seeds #3-6 duking it out in a best-of-seven quarterfinal bout to determine who will advance into the semifinals. From there, the remaining teams will fight for their chance at a finals berth.Heres a look at the opening round matchups as well as the future opponents for the teams that advance to the semifinals:#3 Splyce vs. #6 SupremacySplyces record: 12-6 | Maps W/L ratio: 57.4 percentRoster: Benjamin Bance Bance, Joe Joee Pinnington, Joshua-Lee Joshh Sheppard, Rhys Rated PriceSupremacys record: 10-8 | Maps W/L ratio: 48.5 percentRoster: Eddy Malls Maillard, Maxime mAxxie Ebran, Brandon Vooortex Gomes, Arthur Zayrox ChabasWinner faces #2 Team InfusedTeam Infuseds record: 14-4 | Maps W/L ratio: 64.3 percentRoster: Mark MarkyB Bryceland, Adam Peatie Peate, David Urban Marsh, Trei Zer0 MorrisAfter coming out of nowhere to take second place during Stage 1, Splyce were at one point head and shoulders above the competition in Europe. It boasted an 11-1 record in Stage 2 and won a surprise finals berth at ESWC 2016 COD Zenith; Splyce managed to upset the North American team, Rise Nation, in the semifinals before falling to the invincible OpTic Gaming 3-0.Fast-forward two months, and the team look to be in chaos, as its lost five out of its last six matches. So which version of Splyce will show up in Burbank? With a potential trip to the World Championships on the line, my bet is that the good Splyce will show up and at least handle business against Supremacy.Should it advance, its potential matchup against Team Infused might not come so easy. While Splyce did split its season series against Infused, its most recent matchup in Week 9 ended with Infused securing a 3-2 win, as Joee in particcular struggled to do much in the series and sported a miniscule 0.dddddddddddd77 KD. Splyce must be more effective, particularly in the Search and Destroy department, if it plans on making a second straight EU CWL finals appearance.#4 Epsilon Gaming vs. #5 MilleniumEpsilon Gamings record: 10-8 | Maps W/L ratio: 56.5 percentRoster: Thomas Moose Handley, Jordan Reedy Reed, Matthew Skrapz Marshall, Gurdip SunnyB BainsMilleniums record: 10-8 | Maps W/L ratio: 56.3 percentRoster: Callum Swanny Swan, Tom Tommey Trewren, Jordan Jurd Crowley, Dylan MadCat DalyWinner faces #1 HyperGamesHyperGames record: 15-3 | Maps W/L ratio: 65.8 percentRoster: Brian Braaain Fairlamb, Nick Nolson Nolson, Shea QwiKeR Sweeney, Zach Zed DenyerIt would be easy to predict a Millenium victory in this matchup. After all, it won the Stage 1 championship, managed to finish Stage 2 on a 6-2 run, and boasts two of the top ten players in EU in terms of KD (Swanny 1.11, MadCat 1.09). But easy doesnt always mean right. Epsilon Gaming may not have the pedigree of its more-established competition, but what it lacks in achievements it makes up for in strategy and cunning use of the map.Of the six European Stage 2 playoff teams, Epsilon sport by far the lowest DT/R mark (distance traveled per round) and trails only Supremacy when it comes to shortest average kill distance. All of this is to say, when a team is lacking the necessary slaying capabilities of an upper echelon team, it can make up for it by letting its opponent approach and by winning the engagements via strategic positioning on the map.This kind of pace-and-play strategy can take advantage of an oppositions over-eagerness to gobble up kills, turning a weakness into strength. And, if all else fails, it helps to have a player like Skrapz on the team, a slayer who won critical engages all throughout Stage 2 en route to the second-best KD (1.20) mark in the league.I pick Epsilon to earn the surprise victory over Millenium, but it doesnt seem like either team will advance past HyperGames. A model of consistency, HyperGames has shown it can adapt to any style put in front of it, with its entire team ranking in the top 20 overall in terms of KD ratio. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale NHL Jerseys Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Wholesale NCAA Jerseys Wholesale Football Jerseys Wholesale Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys ' ' '