Moon Of Liberty Elections – Local by Elections 9th March 2017

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Local by Elections

9th March Local by Election round-up

This weeks seven by Elections continued the general trends we have seen. The Tories had a very good night on the whole, their gain from Labour in Waltham Cross, Broxbourne was the third week in a row they had made a gain from Labour. Victory in Derwent in Derby shows continued strength in a marginal area of North Derby and although the gain was technically from UKIP due to this being a rolling ward that elects 3 members over 3 years, Labour won the ward in 2015 & 2016 so was as god as another victory against Labour as well.

The Lib Dems got one excellent gain from the Tories in West Oxfordshire but there was not huge progress anywhere else, once again showing the limitations to their improvement. They are still polling well enough for a 20% plus projected share though on what was a decent night for them.The story is less rosy for UKIP and Labour for whom this weeks results will heap more misery continuing the string of poor results. UKIP’s share was down everywhere, Labour’s was down everywhere except Harrow, which shows again London is performing in a more positive way for Labour than everywhere else in the country.

This week sees the Tories UK projected share lead over Labour increase to 6%. UKIP are now below 7% and the Lib Dems are down a bit but still above 20% on 20.4%. All the most recent numbers can be found here.

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MOON OF LIBERTY ELECTION SCOREBOARD

Local by Election Results – 9th March 2017

Hailey, Minster Lovell & Leafield (W Oxfordshire) LD 567 Con 504 Lab 71 UKIP 38 Green 35LD GAIN FROM CONSwing (May 2016) Con-LD 15.1%

Roxbourne (Harrow)Lab 1554 Con 533 LD 240 UKIP 148Lab HoldSwing (May 2014) Con-Lab 7.1%

Hertford Castle (East Hertfordshire) Con 593 Lab 207 LD 188 Green 154 UKIP 65Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Lab-Con 5.5%

Exton (Rutland) Con 238 LD 123 UKIP 39Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 2.5%

Red Horse (Straford Upon Avon)Con 476 LD 266 UKIP 92 Green 58Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 14.6%

Derwent (Derby)Con 789 Lab 611 UKIP 537 LD 192CON GAIN FROM UKIP Swing (May 2016) UKIP-Con 2.7%

Waltham Cross (Broxbourne) Con 650 Lab 646 UKIP 200 LD 89CON GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 5.6%

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th March 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -11th Mar 2017

Premier League – Everton v West Bromwich Albion

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Scneiderlin gerts first goal in comprehensive win for the Toffeemen

Everton closed the gap on Manchester United in sixth to just two points after demolishing West Brom at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas put Everton ahead from a rebound from Ross Barkley’s shot. Morgan Schneiderlin got his first goal for the club to make it 2-0 and Barkley provided again for Romelu Lukaku to complete the 3-0 scoreline. It continues Everton’s excellent form of late, especially at home.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

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Brighton coast past the Rams

Promotion chasing Brighton comfortably dispatched Derby County in the Friday game. Anthony Knockeart had Brighton ahead in just five minutes and they dominated throughout. Sam Baldoch made it 2-0 just before half time and Glenn Murray added a third in the second half heading home a Knockeart cross. Matej Vydra hit the post in Derby’s only serious effort, but in the end they were well beaten as Brighton make up ground on Newcastle at the top.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest

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Nigel Clough gets victory over the club where he was famous

Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion scored their first ever win over Nottingham Forest which drags Forest back into the relegation fight. Cauley Woodrow’s free kick on 28 minutes proved to be the winning goal. Matty Cash wasted two great chances for Forest who a few weeks ago looked like they had done enough to survive but are now just two points clear of the drop zone. Burton leapfrog Forest in the table following the victory.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Newport County

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Newport get Flynn off to the perfect start

Newport’s caretaker boss Mike Flynn got victory in his first game as bottom side Newport won at Crewe. Callum Cooke’s free kick gave the hosts a deserved half time lead but the Welsh side fought back. Dan Butler’s volley leveled the scores and Joss Labadie got the winner with two minutes left on the clock. Too little too late for Newport? Probably, nut this win may just give them a slim chance and a big boost of confidence.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Stags hopes hit after home defeat

Mansfield Town are two points outside the play offs after defeata t home to second placed Plymouth. The game for the most part was fairly even but two goal in five minutes gave the Devon side the edge. Sonny Bradley’s far post header gave Plymouth the lead and a 25 yard free kick from Graham Carey shortly after sealed the 2-0 win. Matt Greena nd Alex MacDonald had chances for the home side, but it was not to be as the Stags suffer a rare home loss.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Hartlepool United

Grant strikes again for improving Magpies

Notts County’s improved home form continued with a 2-1 win against Hartlepool. Shola Ameobi got his firs for the club to give the Magpies the lead and in form Jorge Grant walloped home a second from just outside the box. Haydn Hollis unluckily put through his own net to give Hartlepool hope, but Notts saw out the game to earn another big three points as survival looks more and more likely.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Wycombe Wanderers v Blackpool

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All square at Adams Park

Blackpool are back in the play off hunt but missed a big chance to win the game at Wycombe. Brad Potts had a penalty saved by keeper Jamal Blackman in a game of few chances otherwise. The 0-0 draw means Blackpool are now only three points off the play off places after some good recent form. Today will feel like an opportunity missed however.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Torquay United

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Southport beaten in key relegation clash

Southport find themselves in even deeper trouble after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Torquay. Luke Young converted Daniel Sparkes cross to put the Devon outfit ahead. Jim Stevenson gave the Sandgrounders hope with an equaliser that went in off the left hand post. However as a draw was looking on the cards, Sparkes provided again with another cross which substitute Ruaine Keating heading home the winner leaving Southport rock bottom and now a full seven points away from safety.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg – Macclesfield Town v Tranmere Rovers

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Advantage Rovers after 1st leg away draw

Tranmere Rovers came away from Macclesfield with a 1-1 draw that gives them a great chance to reach Wembley. Tranmere were ahead within a minutes as James Norwood was bundled over in the box and Jeff Hughes scored from the spot. Macclesfield controlled most of the rest of the game and finally got a reward as Ollie Norburt slotted into an empty net after the keeper came for a long ball but was beaten to it. The second leg will be at Prenton Park next Saturday to determine who will head down Wembley Way.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Morton v Queen Of The South

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Queens beaten at Morton

Queen Of The South showed again the inconsistency that has put them out of the play off race with a poor display at Morton. Aiden Nesbitt should have put the home side ahead but volleyed over the bar. Ross Forbes got the only goal cutting inside from the right to score. Rickie Lammie also hit the bar as Morton could have had more than the eventual 1-0 scoreline which moves Morton above Dundee United into third.

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premier League 

Everton (2) 3 (Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Lukaku)West Bromwich Albion (0) 0At Goodison park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship 

Brighton & Hove Albion (2) 3 (Knockaert, Baldock, Murray)Derby County (0) 0At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Burton Albion (1) 1 (Woodrow)Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent

League 2

Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Cooke)Newport County (0) 2 (Butler, Labadie)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Mansfield Town (0) 0Plymouth Argyle (0) 2 (Badley, Carey) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 2 (Ameobi, Grant)Hartlepool United (0) 1 (Hollis {OG})– At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0 Blackpool (0) 0At Adams Park, Wycombe

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg

Macclesfield Town (0) 1 (Norburn)Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Hughes)At Moss Rose, Macclesfield

National League

Southport (0) 1 (Stevenson)Torquay United (1) 2 (Young, Keating) At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Morton (0) 1 (Forbes)Queen Of The South (0) 0 At Cappielow Park, Greenoch, Inverclyde

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Jorge Grant (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour

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Tennis – WTA Tour

Mexican Open Final – Tsurenko v Mladenovic

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Dominant Tsurenko claims third career title

Lesia Tsurenko won an impressive victory over France’s Kristina Mladenovic who is ranked 14 places above Tsurenko. The Ukranian powered through the first set taking it easily 6-1. Mladenovic who has already won in ST Petersburg this year, made more of a fight of the second set. However she dropped her serve at 5-6 as the Ukranian hit a winner down the line at match point to complete her victory, the third of her career.

Report (LobandSmash.com)

Malaysian Open Final – Barty v Hibino

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Barty returns to tennis to claim maiden title

Ashleigh Barty, who had taken time out of tennis to play some Big Bash cricket after her debut at the French Open in 2012, returned to the court in Malaysia and came through qualifying, going on to eventually win the tournament. She dominated the final breaking Japanese opponent Nao Hibino three times in a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory. The win should push her up from her current 158 world ranking claiming her first title and showing she can go much further. Still only 20, Barty may be one to watch in the future.

Report (The Australian)

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Tennis Results

WTA Tour

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) Beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 2-0 (6-1 7-5)

Malaysian Open FinalAt The Kuala Lumpa Gold & Country Club, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Beat Nao Hibino (Japan)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Tennis – ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco

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Murray returns to form in Dubai

After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.

Report (BBC Sport)

Mexican Open Final – Querry v Nadal

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Querry shocks Nadal in Acapulco

America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.

 Report (Sky Sports)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Tennis Center, Dubai, UAE

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Sam Querry (USA) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-3 7-6)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 3 & NRL Round 1

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Rugby League

Super League Round 3

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Super League Round Up

Castleford Tigers shot to the top of Super League with a 12 try demolition of Leeds. Greg Eden and Greg Minkin both got hat tricks as the Tigers ran out 66-10 winners. After a mixed start Hull hit their stride running up a 48-8 win at Huddersfield. Marc Sneyd controlled the game as he got a hat trick of tries and scored a total of 28 points. Mason Caton-Brown got both of Wakefield’s tries as they scored their first win of the season in a 16-12 upset at Langtree Park against ST Helens.

Rock solid defense was the foundation for Champions Wigan. Anthony Gelling went over twice in a 20-0 shut out of Leigh. Salford came from behind to heap more misery on Warrington. The Wolves last years Grand Finalists sit at the bottom of the table as Junior Sa’u got two of four tries for Salford in their 24-14 win. Finally it was all square in Perpingnon as Catalan and Widnes drew 14-14. Rhys Hanbury’s late score capped Widnes comeback from 14-0 down.

Scores and match report links (Rugby-League.com)

NRL Round 1

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NRL Round Up

The NRL kicked off with Champions Cronulla going down to defeat against Brisbane. Jordan Kahu got a try and 12 points in the Broncos 26-18 win. Two tries n the firs six minutes from Cheyes Blair and Suniasi Vunivalu was enough for Melbourne despite not scoring again in the rest of the game to take a 12-6 win over Canterbury in the rain. Mitchell Moses was the general for Western Suburbs with a try and 14 points as the Tigers won a comfortable 34-18 victory over South Sydney. Joel Thompson got a hat trick and Gareth Widdop got two tries and a total of 22 points as St George/Illawarra thrashed Penrith scoring seven tries.

North Queensland scored a surprise 20-16 win in golden point overtime with Gavin Cooper getting the winning score. Latrell Mitchell got a hat trick for Sydney City as they eased past Gold Coast 32-18. The New Zealand Warriors got off to a winning start beating last years bottom side Newcastle in a tight game by 26-22. David Fusitu’a got a first half hat trick for the Warriors but two tries from Nathan Ross brought Newcastle level. The winning score seven minutes from time came from Ryan Hoffman. The round ended with Parramatta beating Manly 20-12. Clint Gutherson scored one of the Eels three tries and collected a total of 12 points.

Scores and match report links (NRL.com)

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Rugby League Results

Super League Round 3

Huddersfield Giants 8Hull 48At The John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Castleford Tigers 66Leeds Rhinos 10At The Jungle, Castleford

ST Helens 12Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Wigan Warriors 20Leigh Centurions 0 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Catalan Dragons 14Widnes Vikings 14At The Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

Salford Red Devils 24Warrington Wolves 14At AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMarc Sneyd (Hull)

NRL Round 1

Cronulla Sharks 18Brisbane Broncos 26 – Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Canterbury Bulldogs 6Melbourne Storm 12 Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore, New South Wales

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18Western Suburb Tigers 34 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 42Penrith Panthers 10 WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 20Canberra Raiders 16 – 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Gold Coast Titans 18Sydney City Roosters 32 Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

New Zealand Warriors 26Newcastle Knights 22 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Manly Sea Eagles 12Parramatta Eels 20 – Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joel Thompson (ST George/Illawarra Dragons)

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Moon Rugby Union – Six Nations B Round 3 & Americas Rugby Championship Round 5

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Rugby Union Internationals

Six Nations B – Round 3

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Six Nations B – Round 3 Round Up

Georgia were looking at a potential shock defeat as Spain led 10-3 at half time in Medina Del Campo. Tries from Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and test debutante Soso Matiashvili eventually saw the Six nations B Champions home 20-10. Romania comfortably saw off Russia 30-10 with the pick of the tries being Jody Rose’s interception try going 40 yards to complete the score. Belgium found themselves 21-0 down against Germany but threatened an unlikely comeback when Andy Williams went over to close the gap to just 5, however a try from Jaco Otto secured the victory for Germany who have two wins out of three.

Reports (Rugbyworldcup.com)

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

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Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5 Round Up

The USA are the Americas Rugby Champions for the first time in a thrilling decider against Argentina. David Tameilau went over from a driving maul to give the USA a surprise 15-3 lead. However two penalty tries brought Argentina back into it and when full back Gabriel Ascarte went over in the corner Argentina had a 12 point lead. Cam Dolan got a try six minutes from time to bring the American back within a score it but they still needed a converted try to level and take the title. Tameilau was the hero breaking a tackle to score from close range for his second try, Ben Cima nailed the conversion for a 27-27 draw and due to previous bonus points it was enough for the USA to win the title for the first time.

In the other final games Freitas Alleges and Leivas Ballestrino got two tires each as Uruguay comfortably thrashed Chile 45-14, Chile finish bottom of the table. Finally Brazil scored an impressive upset win over Canada 24-23 in another tight finish. Winger Ze Tranqez got the winning score in the very last minute to give Brazil victory in Sao Paulo.

Reports – Bra v Can  Uru v Chile Arg v USA (Americas Rugby News)

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Rugby Union Results

Six Nations B – Round 1

Russia 10Romania 30At The Sochi Central Stadium, Sochi, Russia

Germany 34Belgium 29At The Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium, Offenbach, Germany

Spain 10 Georgia 20At The Estadio Municipal, Medina Del Campo, Spain

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSoso Matiashvili (Georgia) 

Americas Rugby Championship – Round 5

Brazil 24Canada 23At The Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Uruguay 45Chile 14At The Estadio Charrua, Montivideo, Uruguay

Argentina 27USA 27At The Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

USA Win the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship

 MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANDavid Tameilau (USA)

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – Gibraltar Open

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World Snooker

Gibraltar Open Final – Murphy v Trump

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Murphy continues great form to win on the Rock

Shaun Murphy followed up his Semi Final apparent last week at the Shoot Out by winning his first ranking title of 2017. He defeated Jud Trump in the best of seven Final at the Tercentenary Sports Hall. They shared the first two frames before Trump’s break of 86 gave him the lead. Murphy leveled again with a break of 56 then took the key fifth which was a cagey affair with some fine safety play. Murphy eventually got the chance to clear yellow to pink to take a 3-2 lead. Trump nailed a long range red early in the sixth but missed his chance missing a further red later on. This let Murphy in for a match winning 96 to claim his seventh career title. It is Trump’s second final defeat this year after falling short at the Welsh Open. Meanwhile Murphy’s form is on the up not far away from Sheffield.

Report (WorldSnooker.com)

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Snooker Results

Gibraltar Open – At The Tercentenary Sports Hall, North District, Gibraltar

Semi Finals (Best of 7)

Shaun Murphy (England) 4Nigel Bond (England) 0

Jud Trump (England) 4Ryan Day (Wales) 2

FINAL (Best of 7)

Shaun Murphy (England) 4Jud Trump (England) 2

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