first_imgThe character, the fight and the faith in the triumph of a reborn Kirolbet Baskonia ended this Sunday with the Real Madrid streak at the Wizink Center, where he accumulated 17 straight wins in the League and did not lose since March 24, 2019 (94 -95).In a battle from beginning to end in which the bases Facundo Campazzo and Pierrie Henry staged a huge scoring duel, with 27 and 26 points, respectively, the Baskonist victory was decided by small details and not decided until the last seconds.The whites had a shot to win, but Sergio Llull, who also shone with 23 points, was not right from his field and his team ended up giving up his third loss of the week, although he fought until the last possession.With Campazzo as director of operations and all the equipment plugged in from the triple, it seemed that Real Madrid would suffer less than expected since, at the beginning, a rival who started with one less march was shown much superior in all facets of the game and I didn’t know how to stop the rush of the ACB leader.The Argentine base, with three of the six triples converted by the whites in the first ten minutes – in which he added thirteen points and 17 valuation -, became owner and lord of the clash, well seconded by his compatriot Gabriel Deck and Llull .Behind, Usman Garuba became the shadow of a then-off Tornike Shengelia, a reflection of the poor staging of the players trained by Dusko Ivanovic, who only added 14 valuation points for 42 of the Madrid players after a first quarter clear local color (32-18, min 10).The second act the script was very different. From the hand of a unleashed Henry, Kirolbet Baskonia was plugged into the game with a 0-13 partial set that got him into battle.The American base, author of 19 points in the first half, was the revulsive of a team that took the character that he lacked in the previous minutes. A basket under the ring of Shengelia culminated the comeback and gave theirs the first advantage of the afternoon after seventeen minutes of white domination (36-37). First defeat in the WiZink of Pablo Laso’s team 01/19/2020 – 20:45 Image: EFE The defense of Baskonia blinded all the attack routes to the players of a Pablo Laso who could not find solutions on the bench. The success of the beginning disappeared and, if in the first quarter they were able to score 32 points, in the second they stayed in six.With a partial for the visitors of 21-6 in those ten minutes, the match reached the intermediate with minimal baskonista advantage and everything to be decided in the second part (38-39, min 20).The fight gained in intensity after passing through changing rooms. Baskonia hit first with a 0-5 start but lost Henry to a muscle problem, although he was able to return to the track shortly after.The leaders of the League reacted immediately with two triples of Campazzo and a Llull that began to take center stage in attack.The exchange of blows from all positions and the fight for each ball maintained equality and emotion throughout the room although the Vitorians, with Shengelia increasing their performance and Fall doing a lot of damage under the hoop, won the points and were able to arrive ahead of the decisive ten minutes (60-63, min 30).Real Madrid put one more march into their game and decided to go for the win. Two triples from Campazzo and Thompkins were followed by two steals culminating in counterattack. Ivanovic had to stop the game to stop a white team that was more plugged into the final quarter.But he did not succeed and, after receiving the sixth triple of the Argentine base on the next play, he asked for another timeout when he was seven down after a partial against 17-7 (77-70, min 34).Campazzo was so grown up at that point that he even dared to plug the giant Fall (2.21) from his 181 centimeters high, although the referees ended up whistling for personal foul.A triple from the corner of Italian Polonara returned the advantage to Kirolbet four and a half minutes from the end. His team had resisted the white rebellion and was beginning to believe in surprising the leader on an impregnable court this season.When he was on the ropes, with six down two minutes from the end, Campazzo plugged his seventh triple. Llull, from the same distance, tied for 40 seconds, although a mate with a hand of Shengelia ended the illusions of a Real Madrid who had a shot to win, but Llull failed from his field the triple that would have given him the victory .– Data sheet: 94 – Real Madrid (32 + 6 + 22 + 34): Campazzo (27), Llull (23), Deck (13), Garuba (6) and Tavares (4) -initial team-, Causeur (10), Laprovittola ( -), Reyes (8), Thompkins (3) and Taylor (-).95 – Kirolbet Baskonia (18 + 21 + 24 + 32): Henry (26), Janning (9), Shields (9), Shengelia (16) and Eric (-) – titular quintet -, Fall (16), Staukas ( 7), Polonara (12).Referees: Antonio Conde, Sergio Manuel and Vicente Martínez Silla. They eliminated Henry and Fall for fouls.Incidents: Party of the eighteenth day of the Endesa League, first of the second round, played at the WiZink Center in Madrid before 9,852 spectators.Antonio Sotolast_img read more

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Newly-graduated PTMs celebrate the conclusion of an intense but rewarding three-day induction process: (L-R) Catherine Widdup, Sharon Ward, Saskia Van Dongen, Michael Puttner, Elaine Taylor and Lisa MalnarTravelManagers Induction a Commonwealth of StatesMaking a major career change can be a daunting prospect, but TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) works hard to ensure that the transition process for newly-minted personal travel managers (PTMs) is a smooth one, beginning with a three-day induction course. The most recent of these induction courses was remarkable for its geographical spread, with the eight available places being claimed by PTMs from every state except New South Wales.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, was on hand to welcome the new inductees at the start of the course and says this is the first occasion that they have had such a broad geographical spread.“What this really demonstrates,” he continues, “is that no matter where in Australia you are based, the TravelManagers business model can work for you.”Although TravelManagers has a minimum requirement of three years’ travel consulting and GDS experience, the latest batch of PTMs have arrived bearing significantly more experience between them: an average of more than 18 years across the eight new arrivals.Melissa Randazzo is one of the NPO personnel involved in the induction course. In her capacity as Systems Support Specialist, she is responsible for introducing new PTMs to the company’s mid-office system: Tramada Next Gen system.“We are constantly tweaking and revising all aspects of the induction as systems and processes are updated, and we use feedback from previous sessions to consider what works well and what needs further refining,” she explains. “Things tend to change rapidly within our industry, so it’s important to ensure that the examples provided in the training manual are current and as close as possible to real life scenarios.”The extensive schedule also includes fares and ticketing, corporate operations, technology support, finance, partner suppliers and marketing, as well as an introduction to the Business Partnership Managers (BPMs), who will provide crucial support to the new PTMs as mentors and business coaches. In fact, for many of the new PTMs, the opportunity to meet the various NPO faces was one of the major highlights of their three days in Sydney.“Meeting the NPO staff makes all the difference – being able to put faces to names and feel like there is a real person who cares about my business at the other end of phone and emails,” says Kristy Breed, who joins TravelManagers as representative for Bonbeach, VIC.“What really stood out for me throughout the induction process,” she continues, “was that all the staff are very engaging and really care: they repeatedly expressed that they are there to help us, no matter what.”For Saskia Van Dongen, representative for Kilsyth, VIC, as well as meeting the NPO team, her main ambitions for the induction were being able to confidently use the systems, knowing where to find information and where to go for help, and obtaining ideas for marketing.“The NPO team are great,” enthuses van Dongen. “I feel one hundred percent confident that I have made the right decision in choosing TravelManagers as a partner – not just because of the staff, butalso for the products and systems, which I’m confident will translate into my business being a success!”Many of the new inductees reported that they were excited to be introduced to the various marketing resources and innovations available to them.“Now that my induction is complete, I’m really looking forward to getting into the business development side of things,” says van Dongen. “I’m excited to start utilising the fantastic marketing tools and collateral and generally start getting my name out there!”As well as the opportunity to get to know the NPO staff with whom they will be working, Gazal says the new PTMs also relish getting to know their fellow newbies.“It’s very common for a group of inductees to stay in close contact after the induction process is complete. If they live far apart, they can use phone, email, instant messenger or social media to keep in touch and bounce ideas of one another, and it’s always great to see these bonds flourishing when they get together in person at cluster meetings, state meetings and at our annual National Conference.”At the conclusion of another successful induction, the consensus among attendees was that it had touched on everything they needed to know to get started, with the comfort of being able to contact anyone at NPO at any time and for any reason.“That makes me feel comfortable and confident that this is the right business to partner with,” notes Lisa Malnar, representative for Rapid Creek in the Northern Territory.“I just want to say, ‘thank you’, to everyone involved with the induction,” she concludes. “We were immediately treated as a member of the family, and I greatly appreciate the extra time people have taken to help me with all my questions.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.last_img read more