Things looking Rosie for MUN

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Gonzaga Vikings high school basketball star Rosie Stanoev has committed to Memorial University and will play with the Sea-Hawks next season.

Stanoev may be new to the team, but she isn’t new to MUN coach Doug Partridge or his system.

“She’s been playing for me, in one form or another, since she was 11, so she knows our system,” noted Partridge.

The 5-10 Stanoev led all tournament scorers with 82 points and was the Vikings' top point-getter in the final and the semifinal at the recent provincial 4A (tier 1) championship.

She was also a standout for the province at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

“I think she can make an immediate impact if she trains hard over the summer,” said Partridge, who will probably use her as a No. 3 (small forward) or 4 (power forward) type player.

Rosie, whose older brother Theo played for MUN men’s team, was coached by former Lady Hawks’ Joanne McNeil at Gonzaga.

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Rugby legend Jonah Lomu of New Zealand says while he loves the 15s game, 7s is where the future is.

The 38-year-old is quoted on the TVNZ website: “When you’re looking towards the future and where things can really grow, sevens is your game. With it now being an Olympic sport, there’s no bigger stage, and being there will take it to another level.”

He’s right, of course, but I’ve as much interest in rugby 7s and I do in three-on-three basketball — which is none.

Apparently, a lot of people who don’t know or understand the 15s game enjoy the 7s version because its much simpler and there’s a lot of scoring in a short period of time. All well and good, but it isn’t rugby.

Look, I know 7s is trending, but I’m not on board. I’m different. I like the narrated version of Blade Runner. I don’t think Zach Galifianakis is funny. I like Poco more than the Eagles. Kevin Costner’s Waterworld is underrated. I don’t think addictions are diseases and I don’t trust Vegans.

Sevens may be the future of the game. But not my game.

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 It’s called STEP, the Sport Tourism Event Partnership, and it has been created to lead a “coordinated effort” to attract sporting events and competitions to the metro St. John’s region.

According to their press release, the organization is comprised of stakeholders from within the sports and tourism industry, including Sport NL, Destination St. John’s, the City of St. John’s Department of Community Services and the provincial government’s Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.

STEP St. John’s job is to provide resources and assistance to provincial and local sport organizations that want to bid on events.

The new organization has identified a number of sports events they have their eye on, including the Tim Horton’s Brier, 2015 Women’s World Cup (soccer) exhibitions and the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Vikings, Canada Games Sport Tourism Event Partnership TVNZ Community Services Department of Tourism

Geographic location: MUN, Sherbrooke, Que, New Zealand Canada

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