How would you like to go to work every day and have hundreds of people, sometimes thousands, watching your every move and criticizing your every mistake? Wouldn’t you relish the opportunity to switch roles and be one of the ones doing the critiquing? Well that’s the opportunity that a couple of Mason student-athletes have had the past few months.
Ryan Gracia and Kimmy Moss have been both players and media in the fall season. Gracia played in the midfield for the men’s soccer team this year with a goal and three assists as the Patriots finished 8-7-2 and had a final RPI of 64. Moss was named second-team All-CAA after scoring two goals and handing out three assists from the back line as the women’s soccer team made the CAA Tournament and finished with a final RPI of 76.
Moss, who hopes to do to television or radio broadcasting in the future, has done color commentary for some of the men’s soccer Internet broadcasts. She also runs for the track and field team. Gracia, who wants to be a print or electronic journalist (preferably covering the NBA), has covered several events for Connect2Mason.
Both feel that being a student-athlete and having competed as well as having actual relationships with the people they’re covering has been a help, not a hindrance.
“As an athlete, covering another athlete, I know which part of the game is important to write about,” said Gracia, who came to Mason from Rockville, Md. Growing up in the area and loving basketball, it was natural for him to become a Wizards fan.
“I’m a huge NBA fan and I read all the blogs and articles about the NBA and I just really enjoy that style of writing,” Gracia said. “Whether it’s just something I continue with or a stepping stone, I think it’s a good start for me.”
Gracia has had the chance to cover Mason basketball, as he wrote the Connect2Mason story for the Patriots’ win over George Washington. He’s also had to deal with covering a tough Mason loss as he was on hand when the women’s volleyball team gave up a 2-0 lead over Northeastern in the season finale and lost, thereby missing out on a spot in the CAA Tournament. Finally, he’s also had the opportunity to cover some of his closest friends as he wrote about the 3-on-3 intramural basketball tournament won by Mason Soccer.
“Being a writer, you have an eye for the big plays and the most important things,” Gracia said. “You kind of have a sense of what the athletes are feeling whether they turn the ball over or hit the game-winning shot, you know the ups and downs of the game.
“I don’t think it’s too difficult (to be objective). Being an athlete and being able to understand writing, you kind of know what points to get at and what points not to get at. You’re not going to kill a guy for messing up.”
While Gracia chose to combine two of his loves, sports and writing, to pursue a career in sports writing, Moss has taken her main love, talking, and used it to work toward a career doing something she been a part of her whole life. Her father is Mike Moss, a long-time anchor for WTOP, the Washington area’s highest-rated radio station.
“When it comes down to what do I enjoy the most and what do I want to spend my life doing, I really enjoy talking, Moss said. “What had a big impact was my Dad being in the business. I kind of thought that it would be exciting to follow suit in that as well.”
Moss, who comes from nearby South Riding, has had plenty of experience through internships, including one with WUSA Channel 9. That gave her the opportunity to see every part of what made a TV station work. She also had experience at Mason when she worked several men’s soccer matches.
“It’s definitely hard to be objective when you’re broadcasting your own team,” Moss said. “You know them so well. But the biggest problem is you know more about your team than the other team. I would research for a couple of hours to learn the other players, but it’s just not the same.
“It’s a challenge, but it has its advantages. You can give insight that others can’t.”
Gracia, a junior, will be back next season for the Green and Gold. Moss just completed her senior season with the women’s soccer team but she has two years of eligibility remaining for track. She is weighing whether to apply for a graduate program at Mason so she can compete in 2012. So will the pair have to worry about saying something their fellow Mason student-athletes might take the wrong way?
“You have to be critical for both teams, it doesn’t matter who you’re for or who you’re against,” Gracia said. “You just have to convey it the right way.”
“You need to tread lightly around some sensitive issues or games that are going wrong in an athlete’s life,” Moss said. “But you’re not being fair to your audience if you’re not giving the complete picture.”
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the fall sports seasons are slowly coming to a close and that means it’s time to take a look at the postseason picture for all of Mason’s teams.
Let’s start by taking a look at the women’s soccer team. This Friday at 2 p.m., the Patriots will play at Towson and Mason is in the driver’s seat for a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Currently tied for third, a win or a tie will put Mason into the four-team tournament. Mason (10-7-1, 6-4-0) will look for its seventh-straight win over Towson (6-10-3, 2-7-1), a team that has not beaten Mason since Diane Drake took over as head coach prior to the 2004 season. GoMason.com will have a live blog of all the action from Towson on Friday.
Next up are the cross country teams. The CAA Championships will be contested on Saturday at Wilmington, N.C. Last year the men’s team finished second paced by Everett Hackett, who was second, Sam Horn, who was tenth, and Scott Tekesky, who was 12th. Both Hackett and Tekesky return this season. Last year, the women were third, with Rochelle Sceats finishing fifth and Laura Sinclair finishing tenth. Both are back and running well, especially Sinclair who has twice been named CAA Runner of the Week.
The men’s soccer team has three matches remaining and they currently sit in a three-way tie for fifth, just two points behind three teams tied for second. Mason’s remaining matches come against Hofstra, also tied for fifth, and Georgia State and UNC Wilmington, both tied for second. It would be an understatement to say that the remaining matches are meaningful. The good news is, the Patriots control their own ability to get to the postseason. Three wins and they will, at worst, finish third. There are plenty of other combinations as well that will get them into the CAA Tournament, which they last won in 2008. Hofstra and VCU (which is also in second place) still have to play first-place William & Mary as does UNCW which finishes with three straight road matches. The Patriots have never needed fan support more than they do in their two remaining home games – Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The Patriots are currently second in the conference in average home attendance.
Finally, there’s the DEFENDING CAA CHAMPION WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM. The Patriots, who are the DEFENDING CAA CHAMPIONS are tied for third with James Madison, with which they split their two matches this year. The Patriots, who are the DEFENDING CAA CHAMPIONS, trail second-place VCU by a half game but Mason lost its only meeting this year with the Rams. The DEFENDING CAA CHAMPION Patriots have matches remaining with first-place Delaware, which they will only face once this year, fifth-place Northeastern and Georgia State, and Hofstra, Towson and UNCW, three teams that are a combined 4-22 in conference play.
GoMason.com and the GoMason Blog will keep you up to date on the postseason picture for all of Mason’s sports.
If it’s a Wednesday in October, the GoMason Blog knows there must be a men’s soccer match. That’s right tonight, at George Mason Stadium, the Patriots will look for their third-straight CAA victory as they take on the Delaware Blue Hens at 7 p.m. Here with this week’s men’s soccer player blog is redshirt junior Mike Foss:
“After dismal games against Drexel and William & Mary two weeks ago, we turned things around with wins against Towson and James Madison this past week.
“It’s definitely easier to get on a losing-streak than a winning-streak. It’s also harder to break. Once you start losing, you begin trying different things to break the habit. The coaching staff tried breaking the tension with some fun warm-ups before training and some motivational videos.
“Personally, I started watching The Mighty Ducks before each game. When I was six-years-old, I would always watch the last fifteen minutes of The Mighty Ducks before I played. It always got me super pumped. Anyway, what worked as a six-year-old apparently paid off against Towson last Wednesday. We grabbed a big 3-2 win and I notched the first goal in my Mason career. Thank you, Emilio Estevez.
“October started out rough but we sit two points out of playoff contention with five games to play. It isn’t the ideal scenario but we still control our post-season destiny. Our confidence is back.
“We’re also scoring goals. Six in two games. Two from Ernesto “Ernie” Marquez. If you like history, you may be able to appreciate the corollaries between our team this season and 2008’s CAA championship team.
“Looking down and out, 11th in the conference in mid-October, Mason rattled off eight-consecutive wins on our way to a CAA championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. We did so behind the offensive onslaught of Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe — better known to his teammates as “JJ.”
“The successes of JJ and Ernie have an uncanny resemblance to each other. Both were relatively quiet in the early stages of the year and both helped spark winning streaks.
“Will Ernie’s spark light a flame to another CAA championship? I believe it can. I know the team believes. That’s all we really need for success. It’s going to be an exciting final three weeks of the season.”
Short of Homecoming, you can’t get a bigger weekend for Mason Athletics than this one.
Let’s start with the obvious. Tonight is Mason Madness, when fans get their first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Doors open at 9 p.m., activities begin at 9:30 p.m. The GoMason Blog is hyped for the dunk contest. Can’t WAIT to see what Ryan Pearson, Mike Morrison and Andre Cornelius pull out this season. In case you don’t remember, last year, along with Kevin Foster (who has since transferred), they were Green Lantern, Batman and Spiderman.
Check out 2:15 into this clip.
Check out GoMason.com as well as GoMason Blog tomorrow for highlights and interviews from Mason Madness.
Now on to competitions that actually COUNT in the standings.
The women’s volleyball team hosts a pair of matches this weekend, first taking on William & Mary tonight and then hosting VCU on Saturday (both matches at 7 p.m.). The Patriots are 5-0 on the year while William & Mary is 2-3 and VCU is 3-2. Saturday is a very big match as not only is it the Dig Pink match, it’s also the first time these teams have faced since Mason ripped the hopes of a CAA title out of VCU’s hands. The Rams hosted the conference tournament last year as the No. 1 seed and had beaten Mason during the regular season. The Patriots promptly crushed their dreams to earn the conference’s at-large berth into the CAA Tournament.
The cross country teams head north this weekend as the men’s team competes at Penn State while the women are running at Princeton. The swimming and diving teams will take on both James Madison and Delaware in a tri-meet in Newark, Del.
Tomorrow night the men’s soccer team will host James Madison looking to build off the momentum from Wednesday’s win at Towson. It was a dramatic victory for the Patriots who hadn’t beaten the Tigers since 2004. The Patriots are just four points out of fourth place right now with six matches to play. Mason has already played three of the top five teams in the current conference standings, so things should get a little easier from here on out. Of course that is all relative, as six CAA teams are ranked in the top 41 in the RPI, including the Dukes.
But of all the events this weekend, few are as important as the women’s soccer matches against UNC Wilmington and Georgia State. The Patriots host those schools and they can smell the CAA Tournament. First off, let’s all agree that it’s highly unlikely the CAA Tournament won’t go through Hofstra. The Pride have won 12 straight and are 6-0 n the conference. That leaves three spots left in the tournament and seven teams have legitimate shots at making it. In second place is Georgia State. The Patriots will host the Panthers (4-1-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m as part of Senior Day. Before they get to GSU, Mason will take on UNCW tonight at 6 p.m. The Seahawks and Patriots are both 4-2-0 in the conference, tied for third, just one point behind GSU. James Madison is tied with Mason and UNCW while William & Mary (3-2-1), Northeastern (2-3-1) and Towson (2-3-1) lurk behind. Come Sunday afternoon, the CAA postseason picture could become a lot more clear, or a lot more murky.
“One player who would love to end her Mason career with a trip to the CAA Tournament is Capricia Alston. As a freshman, she went to the tournament when Mason traveled to James Madison and lost in the opening round, 2-1. She is one of three current Mason women’s soccer players to taste the postseason. Here is her blog entry on this weekend as the Patriots say farewell to their seniors.
“This weekend is probably one of the biggest weekends for our team thus far. We play UNCW, tied for third place with us and JMU, and Georgia State, ranked second. This weekend is not only a strong indicator for what teams will continue into the conference tournament, but more importantly it will also test our character. Recently suffering a 5-0 loss against a Hofstra team that was undefeated in conference, we left Long Island with our heads hung low. We are aware that when we bring our full potential we are a tremendous threat, and when we don’t, that kind of score is the result. The hanging question for us now is can we pull it together and consistently bring that potential to our last five games, starting with Friday. I think we can, and I know I am not alone.
“For four of us (Omolyn Davis, Evan Feldman, Kimmy Moss and myself), this weekend holds an even more special place in our hearts. As seniors, these are our last home games EVER, and with family members and coaches coming from locations as far as Jamaica and California, I am positive that we want nothing more than to leave our beloved field with a bang. After a hard week of competitive practices and shooting drills, I think the entire team feels that way as well. We all realize how important these two games are for our season, and we are determined to prove this one game at a time.
“Last year we disappointedly fell short against both teams, with both matches resulting in ties. We were disappointed with not only the results, but also our performance. Knowing this, we do not intend on letting this occur again. It is coming down to crunch time and I believe that we are capable of taking on the challenge. We are out for blood, and what better time to go hunting than our last couple of opportunities in our own territory?
“We just have to remember one thing, and it’s this – “we’re gonna bring that blood and pain,” and we’re going to bring it TOGETHER starting Friday!”
0:00 -MASON WINS!!!! Patriots down Towson, 3-2. Patriots now 1-3-1 on the year in the conference, 5-5-1 overall. Towson is 7-3-1, 1-3-1.
2:00- Foss cleared with his head. His defense has been a fabulous counterpoint to Marquez’ offense.
2:15 – Towson corner coming.
4:23 – A Mason throw-in now after the Patriots send in a few subs. Patriots definitely playing defense now as they have just a few players forward despite being in the attacking third.
6:47 – Alex Herrera is injured and Eber Martinez will sub in for him. Towson will have a throw-in in their attacking third. The Tigers have definitely recaptured the momentum. Right now, it’s about surviving for the Patriots.
8:59 – Towson goal. Mangione scored for Towson taking passes from O’Rourke and Horta. He shot from the left side goal far post. Things are tense again at the Towson Center Soccer Complex.
10:00 – Towson goal disallowed due to offsides. Mason is now 10 minutes from their first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season. It would also snap a four-match winless streak. First, though, a Towson corner kick.
11:43 – GOAL FOR MASON! Marquez, apparently is the Man of the Match as he played a beautiful through ball up the right side to Hugh Roberts who took a touch then beat the keeper at the left post. Mason 3, Towson 1.
13:00 – Marquez might have a goal and an assist but Mike Foss might be the Man of the Match with yet another fine defensive play with Towson threatening in the box. His pass up the line launched a Mason counter which resulted in a Gracia shot, albeit wide.
17:20 – Foss with an excellent defensive play on the verge of the box to clear things for Mason with Towson threatening.
20:00 – Mangione had a decent look taking the ball out of the air at 20 yards but it was well off the mark. The Patriots had so much energy between the first and second goals but they seem content to have a one-goal lead.
21:29 – GOAL FOR MASON!!! Mike Foss with a HUGE goal for the Patriots. He headed in Marquez’ corner kick at the far post to put the Patriots ahead 2-1. It’s going to be a tense final 21:29.
21:35 – Here comes a Mason corner. Chase Miller played a beautiful ball up the right side to Taylor Morgan and he and Viteritti collided just outside the box. No foul was called but a Mason corner resulted.
26:00 – Parker Walton JUST wide of the net and Mason AGAIN attacking and AGAIN getting called for offsides. That’s a season-high eight offsides for the Patriots. A LOT of chatter on the field right now as the Patriots are supporting each other.
29:06 -GOAL FOR MASON! Ernesto Marquez took a ball from Alex Herrera on the right wing and went far post for an EASY goal to make it 1-1.
32:25 – Cote broke up a Matteo Vertucci 1v1 opportunity. A terrific play in goal to keep it 1-0.
33:35 – Yellow card on Chase Miller now at midfield. Mason got possession however off the direct kick.
35:00 – Ryan Gracia given a yellow card 20 yards out of the Mason goal. A direct kick for the Tigers gave Marco Mangione a wide-open look from 25 yards but his left-foot sliced well wide.
35:50 – Morgan had a shot from 10 yards blocked on a terrific opportunity after Towson thought it cleared the ball. The Patriots got another corner kick but this one was caught out of the air by the keeper.
36:10 – Parker Walton had a decent opportunity from 25 but Towson blocked the shot. Now Taylor Morgan earned a corner kick for the Patriots.
40:45 – A Mason shot from Ryan Gracia found the frame but it was right into the arms of Viteritti.
41:30 – Sean Cote is in net now for Mason. The Patriots had a long throw-in early in the half from Mike Foss and Eric Zuehsow followed with a pass to the far post but Mason was whisteled for its fifth offsides.
45:00 – At the half, Towson 1, Mason 0. We’ll see what adjustments the Mason coaching staff has up its sleeve as the Patriots finished the half without a shot.
46:19 – Toure was hurt (again hitting the ground in the Towson box) and Hugh Roberts is coming on to replace him.
49:15 – A Mason foul leads to a Towson corner kick which leads to a Towson throw-in deep in Mason territory. Eventually the Tigers shot the ball wide. The Patriots are definitely on their heels. It seems like they need the half to come.
55:00 – The Patriots are having trouble shaking off the goal. Towson has threatened to make it 2-0 several times, first with a throw-in nearly identical to the one that scored the goal, then with a corner kick that got a little too deep into the box. An offsides call just saved a 1v1 opportunity helping Mason out.
60:55 – Towson had a long throw-in that Martinez tried to clear but instead it found an unmarked Joe O’Rourke who one-timed the ball into the back right corner of the Mason net. The Tigers have put the Patriots in a 1-0 hole.
62:00 – Towson keeper Angelo Viteritti just beat Alhagi Toure to the ball by a hair to keep it 0-0.
62:30 – Corner kick coming for Mason.
65:00 – Hold onto your seats. The whistle blew and it was a call against Towson. The Tigers were called for a foul in the 21st minute. Mark it.
67:30 – It is most definitely going to be one of those days for Mason. The offsides flag went up on a ball played down the sideline but the referee insisted on it being a throw-in. The Patriots are possessing the ball beautifully however and it does seem as if it’s only a matter of time until there’s a Patriot goal.
73:00 – Steve LeVine almost gave Towson a 1-0 lead as his shot was deflected and the change in trajectory almost put it in the net high. Bixler adjusted well to save the ball and the Patriots cleared the ensuing corner kick to keep the match scoreless.
77:00 – There’s the third offsides call. Despite the aggressiveness, Towson is the one with the game’s lone shot, which Bixler had no problem stopping. The aggressiveness is bleeding over as well to fouls where Mason has been whistled for three and Towson for none.
80:00 – Remember you can leave comments or questions about the men’s soccer team and today’s match by clicking here.
81:00 – Two offsides already for Mason. The Patriots average a little less than three offsides per match so that’s one sign of the aggressiveness.
83:00 – Eber Martinez was just shoved in the back and thrown to the ground in the Towson box. No call. Is it going to be one of those days for the Patriots?
85:00 – The offense has been a bit inconsistent for the Patriots the past few games and they are clearly trying to get things going early. Much more aggressive wit the ball in the first five minutes even without a scoring chance.
90:00 – The Patriots are in green today and Towson is in white shirts and black shorts. The ball chasers and game personnel might outnumber the fans. OK, seriously, it’s not that bad. GoMason Blog counted and there are 37 fans here for this Wednesday afternoon contest.
-10:00 – Here are the starters for the contest. For the Patriots, Fro Adu, Eric Zuehsow, Ernesto Marquez, Cooper Barnham, Alex Herrera, Eber Martinez, Draymond Washington, Taylor Morgan, Derek Markheim , Zak Haapaoja and in goal, Mark Bixler. For Towson, Phil Greatwich, Roslin Nzokou, Joe O’Rourke, Liam Maloney, Marco Mangione, Scott Horta, Christian Hofer, Stefan Froedert, Olakunle Najo.
-15:00 – Now THIS is soccer weather. The GoMason Blog is in Towson, it is mid 60s, crisp, slight breeze… the definition of an autumn day. The men’s soccer team takes on Towson in about 15 minutes as the Patriots (4-5-1, 0-3-1) will be looking for their first Colonial Athletic Association win while the Tigers (7-2-1, 1-2-1) will be looking to even their CAA record. Starters in a minute.
A VERY busy weekend in Fairfax gets started tonight over at the RAC as the women’s volleyball team hosts Georgia State in a battle of the only two unbeaten teams in the CAA. Both Mason and the Panthers are 3-0 and Mason already has wins over James Madison (2-1) and Northeastern (2-2), so a win tonight could put the defending CAA champion Patriots in the driver’s seat. Win or lose, there will be no rest for the team as they will play UNC Wilmington on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The swimming and diving teams started the year last week at the Potomac Relays and both the men’s and women’s teams placed second. This weekend, the Patriots host both Loyola and Navy with action getting underway at the Aquatics Center at 11 a.m.
Capping things off at home is the men’s soccer match against William & Mary. The Patriots have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and need a big home crowd to support them as they take on the third-place Tribe.
One team competing away from home this weekend is the women’s soccer team. The Patriots suffered their first CAA loss their last time out, losing at James Madison. Mason and Madison are in a four-way tie for second in the CAA with Georgia State and UNC Wilmington. All four teams are tied at 3-1. Northeastern is right behind at 2-1-1 while Hofstra sits along in first at 4-0. This weekend’s road trip is to Northeastern and Hofstra. Here with this week’s installment of the women’s soccer player blog is junior Zania Barnum who has a goal and two assists on the season. Tonight’s match is at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 1 p.m.
“Last Sunday we battled against James Madison. We intended to carry the momentum we’d gained after our gritty win against VCU two days prior with us to JMU. Last year, we weren’t able to participate in the conference tournament because we shared the fourth place position in the conference with JMU. Unfortunately, due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, the opportunity to compete for the conference title in post-season play was awarded to them.
“So, there we were, Sunday afternoon, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, waiting for the starting whistle to notify us that it was time for us payback the Dukes. When the whistle sounded, we got off to a rough start that left us trailing only four minutes into the match. About twenty minutes later, we equalized—or, at least we thought we did until the referee disallowed our goal due to an apparent offside call. We recollected and outplayed JMU for the remainder of the ninety minutes. However, we failed to outscore them—and in the end, of course, that’s all that matters. We lost. The final score: 3-0. We were bitter; we knew the final score did not reflect the momentum of the game.
“Tonight, we play Northeastern. We want the win. We need the win. And by 9 o’clock tonight, we’re hoping we’ll have it. We don’t expect it to be easy. We’re away from our home fans and we’ll be playing on a fast field against an athletic team. But lucky for us, and unfortunately for Northeastern, we’ve lugged our athleticism and technical abilities to Boston with us—all the way from Fairfax. 😛 And, to add to that, we’ve brought the bitter feeling we experienced after we lost to JMU last weekend—a feeling we intend to transfer to Northeastern. Again, we don’t expect it to be easy. We never want to play a good team after a bad loss and that’s the situation we’ll fight to overcome tonight.
“We left campus yesterday at 10:30 in the morning. We took a bus and spent most of the ten-hour trip chattering as if silence was something to fear. Away trips force us to become even more synchronized with each other. We learn more about each other and find new reasons to want to fight for each other come whistle-blow. After the trip up here, the team knows it’s where it needs to be in order to seize our goal for the weekend—six points.
“Sunday afternoon, we’ll play Hofstra. Another away game. Another turf field. Another win? Time will tell.”
Good luck to all of Mason’s teams this weekend and make sure to check GoMason for results.
Last Saturday night, the men’s soccer team suffered a difficult loss as they fell to VCU 1-0. The Rams scored in the final 10 minutes in a match that Mason controlled for most of the night. This week, the Patriots (4-3-1, 0-1-1) get back on the pitch with a match tonight at Drexel (4-4-2, 0-2-0), then a home match on Saturday against William & Mary (5-2-1, 1-1-1). Junior midfielder Ryan Gracia writes this week’s player blog.
“Tomorrow is a new day.
“Going 0-1-1 was not the start to CAA competition that we were hoping for but if we can put all that in the past and move on things can turn around very quickly for us. We have a lot of talent this year and by continually working hard and believing, we know that good results will come for us.
“In my three years of being at Mason, VCU has always been a really tough opponent to play against. Last year we were able to come away with a close win on their home field and unfortunately things were the opposite this time around. While we out-possessed them throughout the game, they were able to get the ball in the exact place that they wanted it with the game nearing the end and a well-struck shot gave them the victory. A very upsetting way to end that game, but with so many games in such a short period of time, the only thing to do now is move on.
“Tomorrow’s game against Drexel could be a real turning point for us. They are a hard-nosed team that will scrap against us, but if we can bring that same toughness they bring to go along with our skill, we should be ready for the challenge. Philadelphia is always a difficult place to play and playing on Drexel’s turf field won’t make things any easier. Get ready for a good, hard game of soccer.
“Ending the week at home against William and Mary will be fun. They lost at Old Dominion in the first CAA game of the season, 1-0, and after we battled ODU to a 0-0 draw, we should probably expect the same thing from them as we got from ODU. Nothing is going to be easy this year. Every team has a chance to do well and our skill level, competitiveness, and toughness should help us go a long way this year.”
Live stats for tonight’s match can be found here