Japanese Women’s World Cup champion Yuki Nagasato loaned to men’s club

Yuki Nagasato, a Women’s World Cup winner with Japan, will make history as she joins men’s club Hayabusa Eleven in the Kanagawa Prefecture League in Japan.

The Chicago Red Stars loaned Nagasato to the club for the NWSL fall schedule and the offseason. She is the first woman to play for the team and one of only a few in soccer history to play for a men’s squad.

Nagasato will return for 2021 Red Stars

Nagasoto will return to the Red Stars before the 2021 NWSL preseason, the team said in a release.

Nagasato, 33, started for Chicago in the NWSL Challenge Cup this summer, but didn’t play in the knockout stage games due to a leg injury. The forward was a big part of the team’s 2019 season, which concluded with a 4-0 loss to the North Carolina Courage in the final.

She led the league with eight assists

Read More

Dannevirke Badminton Club wins Packer Tournament

Elwanda Tulloch

The Dannevirke Sports Stadium on Saturday August 8 was a place of much exertion and sweat as adult pairs attempted to direct by means of pace and guile a small shuttlecock so that their opposition could not return it.

Yes, it was once again the Packer Tournament in which three clubs compete for the Packer Trophy in a doubles competition. The clubs are Feilding, Monrad from Palmerston North and Dannevirke and they have been competing for many years, having Pahiatua as a fourth member until the club folded.

It is a rather unusual tournament because you can compete for a club if you have played for it before, even if you belong to another now, so on tournament day a club is never quite sure how many players it has.

On the Saturday 16 men and 14 women competed, playing men’s and women’s doubles in the morning and mixed doubles

Read More