Category: Field Experiences

  • The whole Autisticana crew went on excursion to Fire Island. Originally we planned on going to Ocean Beach but missed the ferry so we went to Kismet. Some of us almost missed the boat because we got on the wrong ferry terminal boat but the correct time. The crew on the ferry was nice enough to save us time but made in time to catch the ferry to Fire Island. We landed at Kismet, Fire Island. The whole group took a wagon and went for a walk to Kismet Beach. When we got to the beach, some of us went to the water and others relaxed to enjoyed the view. Afterwards, we went for a walk around Kismet and walked through the town and the most interesting houses on the island. We saw signs and souvenirs as items for decoration. I saw some wagons and bicycles in the front yard since cars weren’t allow to go through Fire Island. Afterwards we went for dinner at a deli and we had ice cream, chicken tenders with fries, and a large pretzel. Finally we went saw the most interesting sunset and took the Ferry back to Bay Shore.

    Scott

    On my end I started off with riding on a wagon halfway before having all of the bags on the wagon. I went to the beach and had a blast by getting hit by the giant waves while I tried to avoid getting hit by the riptides. At one point I almost touched a jellyfish with a minor sting, during which I was hypnotized because it was a close call. While I went for a walk with the group, I found out that every wagon and bikes with baskets had a license plate so they know the name of the vehicle. It would be cool if they can customize the plate or get an old license plate for an souvenir so they can put on a vehicle. There’s also a wagon depot by the dock which every wagon should have a license plate to know the color and customize their plates from New York, Florida or whatever customized plate for an ocean-theme related name.

    Jackson

    I loved walking around the beach and standing by the waves while feeling the sand being pulled in by the water. We also got to sit on our towels and talk about how interesting Kismet Beach was. At first I was nervous by the ferry because I kept thinking my stuff was going to fall off the boat but I got through it both to the island and back. I also enjoyed seeing an interesting fence rumored to belong to a “psycho killer” and eating at the deli with each other. I enjoyed a delicious dinner of fries and sparkling lemonade mixed with blackberry seltzer and seeing a beautiful sunset on the way back to Bay Shore.

  • Both Matildas vs Lions had played their most competitive performance.This has been the biggest sporting event so far in Australia History while Australia plays against England. The Matildas were determined to get their first World Cup Finalists as the host since the USA did back in 1999. Tony Gustavsson was hoping if Australia could get a victory against England which they’re good as the Matildas. While Sabrina Weigman was focused that the Lionesses could possibly do a rematch which that was her only lost as manager against Australia 2-0 in a friendly match in April of 2023. The match was hosted in Stadium Australia in Olympic Park of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The supporters of 75,784 came to watch a great excited match for Australia vs England.

    The match started off with Australia taking control while England quickly took defense. At the 7th minute, Sam Kerr almost got herself a goal for Australia which was blocked by Mary Herps. At the 9th minute, Stanway was close to get get a goal which Mackenzie Arnold managed to save it.17th minute, Russo passed it to Hemp which it hit the net on. At the 30th minute, Australia took the corner kick which Hayley Raso almost give the Matildas a goal. At the 36th minute, Rachel Daly passed it to Hemp to Russo and small pass to Ella Toone which she give England on the opening score to lead the Matildas 1-0. the 38th minute, Elie Carpenter pass it to Gorry but it was a great save from Herps. Both teams played well which it ended up England 1-0

    During the 2nd Half, The Matilda’s has to find a way in order to go to the World Cup. 47th minute Sam Kerr almost got her goal. At the 57th minute, Lauren Hemp had everything she can which she wasn’t called for a foul but kept going and Mackenzie Arnold was able to save it. At the 63rd minute Sam Kerr took the ball and ran all the way which give Australia a 30 yards kick goal to level up 1-1. The fans at Stadium Australia was electrified as Sam Kerr scored her goal in her host nation. IAt the 67th minute, Kyra Cooney-Cross took the long range kick which Sam Kerr did the header but Herps was able to save it for England. It didn’t last when England took the sacrifice at the 71st minute when Millie Bright did a long pass to Lauren Hemp and passed through the Australian defense and give England the lead again. Australia thought that they could pull through but it didmd last with England with the might roar of getting into their way. In the last 20 minutes Australia had refused to give up hope as Sam Kerr did a head but aimed at the wrong direction which it would’ve been the moment for Australia to catch up England. So the Matildas kept trying but Mary Herps wouldn’t let Australia get a chance to catch up to them. When Australia had the corner kick, Sam Kerr just had her moment but pushed the pressure and booted up instead of direct goal. By the 86th minute, Lauren Hemp give out a massive pass to Alessia Russo a goal for England 3-1, which might do for England to play against Spain in the World Cup Final. The England squad cheered and celebrated like a victory which Australia had everything they could but didn’t get the job done. In the final minutes, Australia had tried possession but it was too late to level it up 3-3 which sadly Australia has been eliminated in the Semifinals against England 3-1.

    The Matildas should be proud of themselves that they change the way to bring young girls and fans around the country to get into soccer. There was a lot of emotions from Australia which they thought they could be the host nation to reach to the finals. The Lionesses on the other hand had one of the best performances in the World Cup campaign which the team was able to play in their true spirit of soccer. The Aussie Fans has shown spirit to this sport. It will live on to continue the future of the Matilda’s which hopefully they can bring a silverware to their history. The whole squad has to now focus on getting Bronze against Sweden in Brisbane which they can bonce back and turn around. The love of every soccer fan around the world who now believe in the Matildas are true spirits and hopefully one day they can show the world to see what they can accomplish in other other conceptions like the Summer Olympics and other International Tournaments.

  • The Matildas had played really well throughout their world cup until they have to play against France which their known as the Les Bleues. While both Australia and France are motivated to advance to the Semifinals, the two teams have shown exceptional power and overall achievement. Australia’s Tony Gustavsson and France’s Hervé Renard both enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign. With an outstanding view of their 49,961 fans, the match was held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland.

    The match started off with both teams doing well balance while Sam Kerr gets to start off in the bench just in case of any form of play when needed. At the 12th minute, france took the corner kick which Eugenie Le Sommer had a chance to pass it to Maelle Lakrar bit kicked off target. Australia had some moments but couldn’t get the finishing touches. During the 24th minute Maria Carvajal had signals an Australia throw-in in France’s half. Which quickly became Katrina-Lee Gorry of Australia gets in a strike, but is off target. At the 32nd minute, France took the corner kick and Maelle Lakrar tried to give the Les Blues on the scoreboard which Mackenzie Arnold save it from going in. A the 41st minute, Hayley Raso was about to get the goal for Australia which the french defense almost cost the chance with lack of communication. While Katrina Lee Gorry passed it to Mary Fowler she was about to score for Australia but a great defense from Elisa De Almeida had a massive block which France was lucky to not let Australia get a chance to take the lead which it ended up halftime 0-0. Both teams had caused mistakes and failed possession of the ball.

    When the 2nd half began, France already give a fowl to Fowler which Australia will get the free kick but it was blocked. France had most possession but almost had a chance. At the 55th minute the whole crowd was excited for Sam kerr for her to take over the 2nd half of the match. The moment after she got on, Kerr almost got herself a goal and Hayley Raso nearly got herself the goal for the Matildas. At the 58th minute Australia took charge of the corner kicks which couldn’t finish the job at the end which Pauline Peyraud-Magnin the French Goalkeeper was being this massive to refuse the Matildas the chance of a winning opportunity. During in these moments, France had suddenly came more dangerous with the ball and the tactics. The match at Suncorp Stadium has been interrupted briefly for a check on Eugenie Le Sommer, who is down injured which she got hit in the nose. At the 82nd minute, Australia was able to drive forward but Caitlin Foord is called for offside. During the 89th minute, Australia’s Ellie Carpenter breaks free, but the strike goes wide of the post. At the 90th minute, France’s Selma Bacha misses with an attempt on goal. The match was so competitive and still scoreless which means it ends the regulation match and go to extra time.

    When extra time began, both teams had played their toughest performance which only one side can win it to the semifinals. At the 95th minute, France surge into the attack at Suncorp Stadium but Elisa De Almeida’s header is off-target. At the 100th Minute, France took the corner kick and Wendie Renard had the goal for France but the referee wanted to turn the play over for offside she was also caught for a push to Australia. During the 105th minute, Caitlin Foord had full advantage of the ball and hand it to Cortnne Vine but almost got themselves a goal. Afterwards, it was another round of extra time and France continue to let the Matildas to struggle the possession which France has contacted to play dangerous. At the 106th minute Viviane Asseyi had the ball in the penalty box and gives it to Vicki Becho which Mackenzie Arnold made a powerful save. By the 110th minute, Lauren Fazer of France passed the ball to Grace Geyoro which Steph Catley of Australia defend it from getting the goal. During the final minutes of exratime, France made 2 subs included the goalkeeper. The Goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin was being replaced by Solene Durand which Peyraud-Magnin did phenomenal with the defense of disallowing goals for Australia. On the other hand, Eve Perisset is replacing Elisa De Almeida for France. After the final moments from both Australia and France, the match ended up to penalty shots.

    While Australia and France both haven’t find a strategy to score a goal, they ended went to Penalty kicks and a lot of fans has enjoyed the match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The penalty kick also known as PK mode started off with Selma Bacha but made a weak kick for an easy save from Arnold Mackenzie. When Caitlin Foord of Australia took over, she scores by the left of the post. When Kadidiatou Diane of France took the penalty kick it was an easy shot by the left post. While Steph Caitley of Australia took her shot, it was save by Solene Durand to save France with hope. When Wendie Renard the most farce player of France took the shot which it was an easy goal which had no problem of the danger. By the time Sam Kerr the Capitan of Australia took over, she made a goal which roared the whole stadium to see her score the goal in front of the audience of her home country. She had shown pride what soccer can do for her aussie fans, which made her feel good about the penalty kick. When Eugenie Le Sommer of France took the shot, it was a goal on the right side. As soon as Mary Fowler of Australia took the shot, it was a goal on the left and Australia has believe that could win the Quarterfinals. When Eve Perisset of France and just it the post and misses which Austrlia can bring hope for the victory if they made it. When Mackenzie Arnold of Australia played against Solene Durand she almost give Australia the big win which it the right post. It was 3-3 and made it round 6 which it got electrified in Brisbane and all og the fans got amped up with moment of sudden death. Then Grace Geyoro of France kicked the ball and succeeds from the penalty spot which Mackenzie Arnold almost had it but her fingertips was short to give the Matildas a win. When Katrina-Lee Gorry of Australia took her luck, she scores and did the rockabye baby holding dance while Solene Durand of France failed to save it with her fingertips and Australia went wild. By the Sakina Karchaoui of France scores from the penalty spot, it hit the post but able to get over the line when France an extra life of pendents. When Tameka Yallop of Australia took the kick, she quickly tip toe the play and succeeds from the penalty spot 5-5 into round 8. When Maelle Lakrar of France took the penalty kick it succeeds for France for an another lead. While Ellie Carpenter of Australia took the penalty kick she scores off the post but manage to get in. Afterwards, it was Kenza Dali of France took the shot, she missed but Mackenzie was happy to save but has to redo it because she moved too early. When Clare Hunt of Australia gets ready to take a penalty, she was able to kick it center but the goalie was able to save it. By the time Vicki Becho of France took the opportunity to lead The Blues and just it the post but couldn’t hang on. Lastly, it was round 10 which it was leveled 6-6 but Cortnee Vine took the penalty kick which it could be the moment for Australia. The Matildas has won the Penalty Shootout and they whole team has ran out and celebrated on the pitch for another successful match which they managed to win the Quarterfinals for the first time in World Cup History for both men and women for Australia. They will play against England in the Semifinals on Wednesday.

    The most important lesson for the Matildas was to never surrender the power of taking charge of the World Cup and bring in joy for the sport that elevates the team. Everyone in the squad worked so hard to believe in themselves and it wasn’t easy for Australia to keep their grip of saving themselves as the host nation of the World Cup.

    Here’s the extra information about the Matildas on your social networks to see some of the greatest moments of this amazing match to remember


  • When my twin brother Ryan and I were born prematurely both of us were 3 lbs and over two months early. I was diagnosed with moderate Cerebral Palsy (CP) at birth. Which means I have a brain hemorrhage in a very rare spot. My Cerebral Palsy affects my entire right side. When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). POTS means my heart rate goes very high and if I stand up or change positions too fast I pass out and my blood pressure goes very low. My Cerebral Palsy makes my POTS even more challenging. When I was 24 years old I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Epilepsy (seizures) my Epilepsy spot is right next to my brain hemorrhage. Which makes my Epilepsy even more challenging. On top of me having Cerebral Palsy and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I have to carry my emergency seizure medicine and wear my Apple Watch at all times. My medical team at (St. Charles Hospital) is amazing. They go above and beyond for me. I don’t know where I would be with them. At every stage of my life, I learn and accept that my life is harder than typical people’s before all of my diagnoses. But that doesn’t stop me. Even with all of my diagnoses I’m still not letting them hold me back from what I do with my life.

     

    2 Education/Molly: All of my schooling was very challenging but I did it. Thank God that Individualized Education (IEP) was so detailed and grew with me. From Elementary school to College, I had to work twice as hard as my peers because of all of my learning disabilities as well as my diagnoses. Resource room teachers from Elementary school to High school were great at realizing that I was having trouble and trying to find a solution. I would always ask the teacher if I was having trouble or if they could tell me facial expressions. As I entered Junior school and High school the material got because I was in Regents level classes. Which meant more homework and tests. My stress levels increased. But they were almost therapists to me because they would try to find a solution. If that didn’t work they would have a meeting with my teacher. Between myself, my resource room teacher, and my class teacher we would usually find a solution or have extra accommodation for that class. By Senior year my IEP was the size of a textbook with all of my accommodations. Once I entered College for my Bachelor’s Degree I had to find a College that had a great disability program. If they didn’t have that program I wouldn’t succeed. If I had a problem with a teacher, even after I asked the teacher. They would tell the teacher and help to find a solution. I even had a guidance counselor (Leighann) that was my lifeline. I would email her every day, and I would have a weekly meeting with her. If I didn’t have I didn’t her wouldn’t have been successful. When I got my Master’s Degree my College also had a great disability program and my teachers would email me, to see if I was having any problems with the material. From Elementary school to graduating with my Master’s Degree I went to a lot of tutoring and extra help sessions to better understand the material. Since graduating with my Master’s Degree it’s been very difficult for me to find a job with all of my diagnoses. I’m currently trying to get a job with the government in healthcare administration and leadership, that’s what my degrees are. When I was in College I was suicidal from all of the homework, tests, and stress. My therapist told me to bond with my rescue dog, Molly, which helped a ton. Without bonding with her. There’s no doubt in my mind, Coach Steve, Coach Bob, Chloe, Charmaine, Leighann, and my medical team’s minds that I wouldn’t be alive today. During this time I joined Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program Para-Athletics without the head Coaches Steve and Bob, Chloe and Charmaine watched out to see if I was displaying any suicidal signs during practice, road races, and track meets I joined this Track and Field Team help me feel included without any judgment because everyone understands what I was through. They listened to me and did everything I needed to still be alive. Even when Molly passed during the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic, everyone was there for them checking in on me to see if I was okay and not displaying any suicidal signs. Without all of these people and Molly, I would’ve committed suicide. That’s another of the many reasons why I’m so appreciative of these people because they didn’t have but they wanted to.

    3 Obstacles To Challenges /Training For Summer Paralympics Paris 2024/Field Hockey:

    I’ve had many obstacles in my life. My medical team, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists have been there the whole time. They have helped me turn everyday life activities that were insanely hard for me that turned into challenges because It’s very hard for me to use my right limbs, right fingers, and right toes even though I was stubborn and didn’t want to do them. But I had to be able to function in activities of daily life and be a successful functional person in society. I had to be successful to meet every goal the way they wanted which was “the correct way” or I failed the goal and had to keep working on the goal. I tried to find a shortcut for every goal but it didn’t work whatsoever. Even though all of these goals were hard to meet, I am a successful functional person in society. Thanks to their great work and for handling my stubbornness.

    As for my training for The Summer Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 for Track and Field. My Track and Field Team is (Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program Para-Athletics) which is for disabled athletes, most of my teammates have Autism. The head coaches are Steve and Bob. There have been so many obstacles because of all of my diagnoses. Trying to figure out a way that I could successfully run without falling, passing out, or having a seizure. At every practice, I wear my helmet to help in case of emergency. But I didn’t give up and my coaches and pacers on my team didn’t either. Trying to successfully finish practice has also been an obstacle to my safety. I have to have modified practice, wear my helmet, have extra water breaks, and have to wear cooling towels when it’s hot out in case I have an emergency. Even use Quench Gum and Jelly Belly Sport Beans before and during every practice, road races, and track meet. To help me not have an emergency. All of my coaches and my pacers know my faces when I display those symptoms that I’m about to pass out or have a seizure. Another obstacle that turned into a challenge was running road

    races successfully and not falling, passing out, or having a seizure. When I run road races I have my two pacers (Chloe and Charmaine) with me. One pacer is in front of me watching it to see if there’s a curb, a pothole, or if the road is uneven. My other pacer is next to me. I have to wear my leg brace, water hydration backpack, and helmet. In case anything happens to me. As well, in case I have a seizure they were taught how to give me my emergency seizure medication. That was difficult to solve, especially for my safety. My two pacers are amazing for keeping me safe. Even during the road race, they will not tell me what mile we’re at. They will only look at my Apple Watch which displays my heart rate. They’re constantly looking at my face to see if I’m about to pass out or have a seizure. Because they know my faces when I display those symptoms.

     

    In terms of throwing the Shot Put and Discus that was a challenge trying to figure out how I would hold them and successfully throw them. My coaches and I figured out a way that works for me. As of writing, I’m on the Long Island Track and Field Team and the New York State Track and Field Team which I was surprised about. But it’s all because of my hard work. Of course, all my coaches go the extra mile. But didn’t any of these challenges stop me from quitting the team. I’m indebted to all of my coaches for them not giving up on me. I didn’t stop because it was an obstacle for me. All of these obstacles have helped me compete in track meets, most of them I’m competing against typical athletes.

     

    Specifically, Training for The Summer Paralympic Games in Paris 2024 for Track and Field has been a challenge because I have to put in a ton of more work at practice, during the Road Races, and I have extra workouts that my other teammates don’t have. I have to a Paralympic Standards for the Cerebral Palsy (CP) category to be considered to compete in The Summer Paralympic Games in Paris 2024. Those Paralympic Standards for 100 meters, 200 meters, and Shot Put are very challenging, especially having moderate Cerebral Palsy (CP) because of the modifications I had to figure out and master to try to meet those Paralympic Standards as of this moment I’m writing this am I very close of meeting those Paralympic Standards. Each of my coaches, my pacers, and my personal I’m so thankful for to have them in my life. I’m currently 0.10 seconds off of the CP Paralympic standard for the 100 meters dash. I’m currently 15 seconds off of the CP Paralympic standard for the 200 meters dash. I’m 1.22 meters off of the CP Paralympic standard for the Shot Put. I’m currently 9 meters off the CP Paralympic standard for Discus. Running my last 5K (3.1 miles) road race I got a Personal Record by over 4 minutes.

     

    I also have a personal trainer (Ryan) from (Whit Fit/Oompf Fit-Club) helping to increase my strength on both sides of my body. Helping me enhance my sprinting form. He has done the same thing with my Shot Put and Discus form. Having me practice these skills during every session. These sessions aren’t easy at all. But my favorite exercise is pulling the sled. As I’m writing this, the most weight I pulled on the sled is 315 lbs. My best pulling the sled while sprinting is 220 lbs. As of me writing this. Pulling the sled makes me so happy and my trainer knows it. But it’s super challenging especially since my Cerebral Palsy right side doesn’t work as well as my non-affected side in every exercise. Especially my Cerebral Palsy fingers because it’s hard to hold the grips on all of the machines that I have use special grips that I can hold on to while doing strength exercises. I have no control of my right fingers and my right toes due to my Cerebral Palsy right side while also using machines hard to use. My trainer has to do twice the amount of work trying to modify everything because of my Cerebral Palsy but he’s willing to do it for me to achieve my goals. Which he doesn’t have to do. Again he goes the extra mile which I’m thankful for.

    I also play Field Hockey for (Long Island Field Hockey on their Field Hockey 4 All Team). That’s been an obstacle as well trying to figure out how to hold the Field Hockey stick with only my left arm because I can’t grip the Field Hockey stick with my right arm. Figuring out how to hold the stick, hit the ball, and run at the same time was a challenge to master. I’m grateful to my head coaches (Danielle and Mallory) for helping me to figure out how to play the game safely. I also have to wear my leg brace, my helmet, and a sports sling on my right arm since I can’t hold the stick, during practices and tournaments. I also made the National Disabled Program Field Hockey Team. I was shocked that I made the team. But I didn’t give up and neither did they.

     

     

    Having relationships with everyone that I wrote about in these blogs have been there in the happy times in my life as well the dark times of life. They were all listening to me, and were willing to find a solution, all at the time being so supportive it’s not even funny. I know that no one of the people had to do that but they were happy to do it. I will have a relationship with them. I have no doubt they will do anything for me and that’s why they will have a special part in my heart. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to repay them. I’m so thankful and blessed beyond belief to have all of them in my life and will have a relationship with them for the rest of my life.

     

  • With 13 turns, the NASCAR Truck Series race in Mid Ohio, which is based after the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150, is expected to be challenging for all truck drivers. The first turn is the one immediately after the checkered line, therefore it requires driving all the way to The Keyhole at turn 2 before continuing on to turns 4 and 5, which are collectively referred to as the Beach. You don’t want to get stranded at the beach given that to the hefty turns and the hotspot for cautions, so avoid doing accordingly. The Esses are near to the Alternate S/F Line at turns 6 through 9, while Thunder Bay is at turns 10 and 11. The last two turns are the final two turns. Lastly for the final 2 turns is the Carousel which is the biggest risk for drivers to take the victory lap.

    The race started off with a rain delay due to heavy downpours and the team had to wait for a while the race decided to line up the drivers to go around the lap just to test out the race track but it was too slippery to start the race. It took 20 minutes to drive around the track the official has the flag waved the green flag to start the race which was already a caution from Jake Garcia the #35. After the 1st caution at the 8th lap Tanney Gray the #15 was stuck in the mud. Short afterwards, Tanner Gray got into the beach at turn 4 but managed to drive through the dirt sand which didn’t have to release the caution flag. At the 15th Lap Carson Hocevar the #42 truck pushed Colby Howard the #9 truck into the mud at turn 5. More truck drivers has been getting caught at the beach and others had issues getting out of the mud. Zane Smith pushed Taylor Gray the 17 truck into the grass. In the meantime, Spencer Boyd the #12 truck blocked Conner Jones the #66 and got into the dirt which released the 4th caution with 2 laps to go and Ben Rhodes the #99 Truck and won the 1st stage.

    When the 2nd Stage began, there was already a multi truck ruckus after the 2nd turn which the race continued while others drove to the grass. Eventually, Matt Crafton #88 pushed Lawless Alan the #45 truck at the Keyhole. Ben Rhodes and Ty Majeski and Zane Smith took over the Top 3 during most of the 2nd Stage. Corey Hiem decided to pass through Zane Smith with 5 laps to go. Hallie Deegan and Wayne Self were losing control and Self pushed Will Rodgers the #02 truck into the grass. Before the final lap, Hiem and Rhodes drove in the same speed and turned next to each others truck until Hiem gained speed to get extra boast to 2nd. Ty Majeski stayed in the lead and won the 2nd Stage. While battling for 6th Place, there was Steward Friesen #52, Tyler Ankrum #16, Matt DiBenedetto #25, and Rajah Caruth #24 which Friesen won the battle of the blue trucks.

    At Stage 3, Daniel Dye #43 truck already got stuck in the dirt at turn 1. Ty Majeski pushed Ben Rhodes at turn 5 at the Beach but luckily neither of them were stuck and quickly went back into the race. Ty Majeski just had some tire problems after getting back on the race track. Moments later Jack Wood was stuck in the bit and demanded a forced caution and Rodgers was also stuck in the mud. After one back from the last caution, Brett Holmes #32 was stuck at the dirt on turn 1 and had trouble getting out which it’s the 6th accident and released the 8th caution. With 15 Laps left to go, Hiem and Smith took the front row to get the lead until Tanner Gray landed at the beach but survived to leave the dirt. Will Rodgers and Austin Wayne Self were stuck at the dirt at the Carousel for the 7th Accident. Within 10 Laps to go, there always another accident at the 1st turn and also debris on the race track which at first Taylor Gray #17 started traffic and caused a multi crash. Which means it’s the 8th accident for 10th caution. By the time there’s 5 laps to go, Corey Hiem was tight to Christian Eckes, Zane Smith, Matt Crafton and Tyler Ankrum in the Top 5 Drivers. Corey Heim stayed in the lead and Zane Smith stay a second behind during the final 3 laps and Corey Hiem has won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 150. Corey Hiem has got his 2nd win of the Season since Martinsville on the 14 of April. It was also Corey Hiem’s Birthday Weekend Victory which it worked out perfectly for his unforgettable performance for the win.

  • As the years go by, traffic to the East End of Long Island on the South Fork has gotten worse in recent years due to more people wanting to work for higher quality and high-paid jobs on the island since too far to travel to NYC. Residents might’ve lived around Central Suffolk or the East End near the Hamptons or the North Fork that rather deal with the longer drive and heavy traffic in the Hamptons on Sunrise Hwy Route 27 passed the Shinnecock Hills to County Road Route 39A from East Central Suffolk to Southampton. Some commuters take the path to the Ferry trip to Shelter Island which its also a toll path to the South Fork for the Morning Commute. Traffic has gotten worse because more landscapers want to get higher pay than the suburbs of Long Island because they don’t get paid as much then High Class Areas, Back then, traffic used to be worse in the summer months because of tourism. As time change, more people wanted to get jobs out east to the Hamptons because of better pay jobs, landscapers, plumbers, heaters, coolers, house builders, construction workers, farmers and architecture for essential jobs.

    Another thing how reason traffic increased every day in the Hamptons in general is because many New York City Residents decided to move out due to the Pandemic which NYC failed to keep businesses running and more free time in the Hamptons. When School started, some of the districts decided to expand classrooms because of families that moved out of the City and wanted to say that living in the Hamptons is their 2nd Home. They have the opportunity to live in the rich quality of life which others can have greater chances of working from home.

    The timeline of how bad traffic is going to the Hamptons from the past to present. Back then it used to be one of the most popular historic cities on Long Island which was for high class people where they also did fancy parties. The Hamptons is also known to be the most expensive place for real estate. The Best beautiful beaches in the Atlantic Ocean. On a normal basis, traffic from Hamptons Bay to Bridgehampton would take 20 to 30 minutes but during peak hours it would take 45 minutes to 2 hours to get from East Quogue to Bridgehampton. The main reason for the traffic in the Hamptons is mostly Commercial vehicles over commuter cars. During the Morning Commute traffic is backed up from 5:45AM to 10:00AM. The high demands of people going to the East End is making traffic into a complete nightmare. During the Summer Months, the congestion continues to get worse from the Sunrise to Sunset or sometimes the first hour of night during weekends and holidays. This also happens because of the huge amount of tourism that wanted to to spend the day in the East End or go on vacation for the week. During the Fall, people go there for Pumpkin Season and wine breweries because there are so many cool holiday theme events for all of the people from the New York Tri-State Area and some outside of the area.

    There’s a new study show that more residents in the Town of Brookhaven that wanted to work out by the Hamptons because of higher wages jobs and it’s mostly trade work. Sometimes there are residents from Western parts of Suffolk or commercial Essentials from Nassau County or New York City like a large company driving Islandwide. There’s often truck drivers that came all the way from Farms to Cross Country Trips for delivering goods and food products. During heavy traffic, it’s mostly a trade parade because most of the commuters vehicles are pickups, box trucks, tractor trailers, commercial vans and any essential equipped vehicle that would be good for the job. Some commuter cars has tons of people in their car for carpooling because most of the landscapers can’t afford to have their own cars and others would invite a friend to ride them to work if they don’t wanna risk spending more on their own car. So the morning rush of East Enders started with the William Floyd Parkway leaving Mastic-Shirley because that’s also the beginning of the westbound commuters heading west on Long Island. Driving through Patchogue to Shirley is mostly both bounds depending on how many vehicles would be taking Sunrise Hwy or the Long Island Expressway. Once you reach to East Quogue, traffic starts building up and almost every exit starts slowing down mostly due to Sunlight during the Summer which everyone drove from 50 to 35 just to avoid accidents ahead of the view. Sometimes more commuters merged into Sunrise Highway from the side roads. Afterwards it gets jammed all the way to County Rd 39 passed the Shinnecock Canal. On the other alternative route that does the same thing to Sunrise Hwy is Route 25 from Shoreham to Riverhead and there’s Route 24 in Riverhead passed the Court House through Flanders. There’s also a few drivers that drove from Southold to Aquebogue on Route 24 or County Route 48 and make a left to Cross River Driver County Route 105 or Northville Tpke going south. Others wanna take an alternative way to the Hamptons like getting on the Shelter Island Ferry which is similar time like getting stuck in Traffic but its more like a calm seas moment so they don’t have to wait for a long period of time in a standstill drive.

    Eastern Long Island is the perfect place for the Summer and Fall Events for travelers who wanted to go out for some fun outdoor activities on the trip for roads to the East End. During the Springtime, people would go there to see the flowers blooming, nature preserves or trips to the Museum that interests you or your friends and families. During the Summer Months, it’s that time of the year when everyone wants to go to Long Island for the best destination for the best beaches, art cultures, history, concerts, restaurants, farmers markets and so much more with everything that you need to know about Long Island.

    On weekends, the North Fork only has minor delays parts of the day from 10:00AM to 7:00PM because it might be some of the tourists from the New England Coast that took the ferry from New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, Long Island. When Autumn arrives, it’s that time of that year when everyone wants to go to the North Fork because it’s most likely the only destination for full-time pumpkin picking, farmers market, hayrides, and apple picking from Mid-September to Mid November. It’s the only time of the year when the North Fork has the worst traffic congestion. The overcrowding is more likely to get worse on weekends because everyone is out from School and Work. Traffic from Sound Ave and Main Street only gets backed up during apple picking and pumpkin picking weekends which the miles of traffic would take you from the range of Wading River to Southold. Not much people go to the Hamptons in the Winter Months but you can go to winter theme places and Christmas Lights Shows,

    If you love photography you can go watch the early sunrise in the Summer at the Montauk Lighthouse and watch the earliest sunset at the beginning of winter. The Sunrise and Sunset times are 10 minutes apart from Nassau County into New York City. The time zones are different from being in western parts of Long Island because it’s a different atmosphere.

  • By Christine Grimaldi

    This past week, the crew at Autisticana visited Spencer’s at the Smithtown Mall. The store is very interesting because it has shirts and clothing based on popular movies, anime, and musicians. It also has paraphernalia relating to weed, occultism, and magic, sex toys, and candy. They even sell manga and cookbooks. We all took pictures relating to our interests there.

    In 1947, Spencer’s started off in Easton, PA, as a mail-order catalog with tons of novelty merch by Max Adler and his brother Harry, the namesake being the former’s middle name Spencer. In 1963, three years after Harry left, Spencer evolved into a brick-and-mortar retail store with its first location in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at the city’s mall. Since then, Spencer has grown to 650 locations in the US, and Canada within malls, especially on Long Island, such as Hicksville Broadway.

    In 2001, Spencer’s Gifts launched its e-commerce website, allowing customers to shop for its products online. The website has become important to the company’s sales and marketing strategy.

    Today, Spencer’s operates over 600 stores in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, offering a wide range of products, including clothing, accessories, home decor, and novelty items. The company is known for its edgy and irreverent products and is known for catering to a younger, more alternative demographic.

    Despite competing with other retailers in the same space, Spencer’s has continued to grow and expand its business. With a focus on innovation, creativity, and customer engagement, the company has stayed relevant and popular with its target audience.

    Spencer’s has been a must for the newest trends, tees, body jewelry, home décor and more that celebrate our slogan “life is a party”and we are making it fun. Known for being a pioneer in sexual wellness, call us what you want, but we are here for all communities to celebrate. We are committed to our guests’ uniqueness and their desire for rebellious, buzzworthy products that represent a unique lifestyle while offering an escape from the ordinary.

    Spencer’s had opened in 2003 under new management, raising the bar and continuing its untraditional retail journey. The stores have changed, but when they set out on the path of becoming an industry leader in a subtle shift from Spencer Gifts to Spencer’s, this will always be true to the roots of their love for the pride of the effort they put.

    They have done a new and better look, but never forgot the history because some of the trends are as old as time. Spencer’s, which continues to lead the market with one of the oldest continually operating stores in North America and nearly 670 locations throughout the United States and Canada, proudly enshrines the brand as cultural staples. Giving back is a key obligation of Spencer’s, and we have been increasing the commitment over the last few years.

    Since 2020, the whole partnership with the ACLU has generated nearly a million dollars to help protect civil rights for individuals. Additionally, since 2008 our associates have been fierce advocates, joining in on the battle against cancer by fundraising on behalf of three organizations focused on fighting youth cancer through the non-profit Boobies Make Me Smile. They’ve raised more than 10,5 million dollars to support the Young Survival Consortium, Stupid Cancer and Fxck Cancer that are working on prevention, education and help for young people with cancer and showing the reality of helping young women that could possibly have breast cancer and knowing the facts of the support they need when their going through tough times.

    Everyone takes on Spencer’s:

    Scott likes that Spencer’s has cool stuff, especially sex products.

    Danielle didn’t care for Spencer’s Costumes

    Jackson loved Spencer’s having been at that location and Hicksville’s multiple times. He loved taking the Stepbrothers photo with Scott:

  • -Cara Difiore

    Today I’ll be writing about why (it seems to me) it’s common for most neurodiverse and disabled people (like me and any of you that is reading this right now) to stay and manage in the workforce keep on reading if you are interested

    I wanted to write about this today because it’s something I was interested in writing about and something that’s been on my mind for a while, especially lately because it’s bothering me and most of my friends and classmates went to college right away which I didn’t do, had jobs, went away for big things, and other things which and from endless conversations from to my mom, my friends, my boyfriend, and my therapist.

    I believe it is hard for anyone to do that because of the steps you have to do, the action, what to expect, etc, Even if you’re not neurodiverse or disabled. It’s also because of a lack of understanding, fear, sensory issues, communication issues, sensory overload, and burnout. which is something I and most of you probably relate to and understand if you fall under one of those things. If you have I’m deeply sorry I hope you find a way to manage it That sounds awful and overwhelming, doesn’t it? I always worry and wonder when will I ever get to the place I want to be and have the successful paying job I want

    I tried out job internships in high school but most of them weren’t for me and had two jobs that I got tired of at some point which I did one for a year and the other for 2 years because of the pandemic. And I’ve been unemployed and an unpaid employee for Christine since but hopefully that’ll change soon.

    My advice is don’t decide right away if you’re not sure, ask for guidance when you need it, join a program, go on internships, and give yourself time

    Let’s do whatever we can to help everyone stay employed

  • The same weekend that I went to Christine’s Weekend House Upstate and I dreamed about the time when I was on month Business Trip to England because it has the highest percentage of viewers overseas and I have some of my personal interests and related to my expression like I wish that I get to do outside of my home country. It was during the month of May 2025, I was on a 1 month experience living in England from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Leicester to London and Southampton.

    The 1st week, I spend my first full week in Liverpool to discover life and piece of history to learn their culture which I visited a couple of Musems and discovered the brand new Bradley Docks Stadium of Everton which is by the water and Anfield to discover the history of Liverpool FC from the Glory Years and their current Champions soviviners epscailly the Premier League Championship Throphy of the 19/20 Season. I stopped by to some cafe’s before and after my seminars about the international support of Autism in the UK and US because Autisticana has the most viewers outside of the United States. I eventually took took 1 day in Manchester to discover interesting spots which i was able to visit the Studios of iTV to see the set of Coronation Street. On the 2nd Week of England, I visited in Leeds, from Monday Night to Friday during the day and decide to take drive and dropped off my first rental car and took the train and cabs at local ranks. When I got to my appartment, I had a very special friend name Patrick and he is on the autism spectrum. He really enjoyed the life of England and became a huge fans of my blogs which I started with Leeds United getting secured in the Premiership against the Brentford Bees, especially the greatest comeback against Bournemouth.

    Patrick wanted to give me the best surprise for my Tuesday night that he give me an extra ticket for me to see Leeds United against Nottingham Forest. On the other hand, his mate which Ryan Colloney is close friend of him and had 2 more of friends which Finley and Conor which he has his other mates that would make it to the match like Tyler, James and like the mates that I Would like to have on Tuesday Nights back at home. Patrick works at the cafe by the city Centre with the Taxi Rank which he works on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday depending on football day for the local. When I got to the Marriott which I didn’t realize that he lives around the area and always walk in the area.

    I was so pumped to watch Leeds United play on a Tuesday Night at Eland Road which Leeds. Before I got ready I FaceTime my mom to check how everything is doing and heard Danica my Parrot who makes noises as usual so I talked to her about the weather was gorgeous outside and it was the same temperature as my holiday while it’s mostly cloudy in England and it’s mostly sunny back at home. I went to Patrick’s House to take the light rail to the stop where they always hangout on Tuesday Nights but this time the wanna walk to Eland Road to experience the moment and Leeds United has been the best team in the League outside of the main 6 clubs included Newcastle United. Liverpool FC has won the Premier League Title during the 2023/2024 while it was nice to bring back to fans watch the moment in person which I suddenly remember the moment when my room was crazy even the birds came the party. While Man City and Arsenal are battling the League while we focused on Leeds unforgettable Season with so many lady winning goals which they’re lucky to take the Top 10 in the League. If Leeds win against Nottingham they’ll take 5th Place before the 2024/2025 Season ends.

    When we got to the Stadium, Patrick and I were so excited while his mates were having their normal conversations. It was a thrilling experience to see Leeds United even by the famous statue outside of the stadium. We took our seats and started off with Leeds taking the ball while I was lucky to seat by the view of the goal with the tunnel of fans leaving in and out of their seats, Leeds United got their first goal of the match with Rodgrio from a great pass from Patrick Bamford. We saw the most beautiful sunset with all of the beautiful colors after the clouds pulled out. Before it reached 20 minutes Patrick and I walked around the Concourse of Leeds which it was cool to see the entire path empty so we had a quick stop to get snacks and a toilet break. When we planned to walk back to our seats, we heard the whistle blow but we saw the tvs in action but it was a penalty for Leeds to give Nottingham Forrest to level it up and heard the away fans fading in the echoes of belief. We ran upstairs and Forrest take the Penalty kick and Brennan Johnson got the goal to level it up. It didn’t stop with the Forrest taking the lead at the 35th Neco Willams the former Liverpool player pass it to Joe Worrall and did a long range kick to run the ball and give Nottingham the lead 2-1 which it stayed until halftime. We saw the beaufil colors of the sky to avoid the misery of the performance and we sang the Leeds Anthem with our hearts with the big general Leeds Supports but on our side of the field but the opposite side had more fans that were explicative that had some Hooligans and crazy young men who can care less. At the time of my dream it was one week after the day when Leeds took an outstanding victory 4-3 against Bournemouth which I still had Jesse Marsch who was the Coach of Leeds and huddle up to regroup the team and bounce back to get some in the 2nd half of the match. The match started with Leeds off to a slow start but Nottingham Forest took control of the ball for the first 10 minutes but until Jack Harrison got a great pass from Luke Ayling but it was so close at was an inch for a goal but hit the post but at the same time the goalkeeper Dean Henderson touched it before it hit the post. Tyler Adams kicked the ball for a corner kick and pass it to Liam Cooper and did a massive pass to Patrick Bamford which Leeds got the goal at the 57th Minute to level it up which I wanted to use it for my video compilation for my vlog. I was happy that wanted to record one moment of the memory lane with Leeds. After Leeds was able to tie it up 2-2, the match was starting to get into Leeds way but had fouls from both sides and a couple of yellow cards along the way. When it was time for some substitutes took over the field which Nottingham shortly got for a serious foul which it was originally checked for a yellow card but review the video and realize it was a call for a red card at the 75th minute. The whole Leeds fan were happy so Patrick and I laugh at Nottingham’s misfortune. At the 80th minute, the dusk sky was beautiful even it would stay natural twilight for the rest of the evening was beautiful but 3 other new Leeds players took some quick passed it Weston Mackenzie and ran it all the way to Brendan Aaronson got a powerful and all of the fans around the Eland Road got hyped up they thought it was going to be the winning goal. All the fans sing American Boy Leeds Edition after the celebration of Aaronson’s Goal. By the the 85th minute the dutchmen Pascal Struijk was about get the goal which he was tripped for a foul but the Referee blow the whistle even if the was ball was already in the net, either way the fans were blasted to raise the energy whenever if it counts or not but Leeds got a desperate chance to take the 4th goal. Pascal Struijk was able to get a second chance to retake the goal for a penalty kick which gives Leeds United a thriller lead 4-2. Everyone screamed for the goal and partied like its the moment of time. There was singing and shouting from fans around the stadium which some fans planed to leave before the traffic takes over. Everyone put pure heart for Leeds will move up to Fifth Place which they could their award for going to the Europa League Group Stage for the 25/26 Season. At the 90th Minute which they added 5 minutes of stoppage time, Willy Gnonto took the run and pass it Crysencio Summerville and wrapped up with a stunning goal which as soon as cheered, everyone got excited but i got too excited and accidentally on an empty seat which I had a quick chuckle it wasn’t plan to jump up and down for that moment. The match closed it with an outstanding win for Leeds United defeated Nottingham 5-2. As soon as the match ended with a victory as fans leaved the Stadium, we stayed for an extra 15 minutes I took a group photo with my England Mates which one of Leeds Stewarts did it before we got kicked out as we were the last few 100 people to wait for the traffic to fade down. When were ready to leave the Stadium, we took the exit path and saw some kids and happy fans outside of the Stadium pointed out that was gut who wrote the blog about Leeds United from Autisticana. It was a memorial match to witness the greatest home wins of the season.

    We all departed our ways which some have work and I was getting ready for a special VIP Nightclub from Someone in Leeds that messaged me since I was famous for Dance Artist in the UK was Awesome and Songs in High Pitch for Drum n Bass Artist. So Patrick and I showed me his place to meet his family before I walk back to the Marriott to get ready for the Nightclub. We took the rail took the place by the Town Centre and it was Nightclub that usually opens on Fridays and Saturdays but opens during the week for special occasions or close the place when no one makes reservations for special occasions. When we got to the place Patrick’s 3 Mates came in on the other side the town centre which Ryan, Finn and Conor were ready to pump up the music. We got in for a special VIP Music playlist for me from all of my favorite artists of Drum n Bass in the 2020s which it was perfect and played most of my favorite songs in high pitch.

    There was list of songs from BLVCK CROWZ, Aktive, Alexa Mae, Blanke, Delta Heavy, Freaks and Geeks, Friction, Georgie Riot, Holy Goof, Kanine, Koven, Lee Mvtthews, Seven Lions, Skepkiss, Sub Focus, Subsonic, Tsuki, Turno, Wilkinson, and so much more artists that would last the night.

    While some round of the music when I need a break of dancing while the music switch to regular pitch for the audio I socialize with The Ladies and talked about my work of art and creativity in the world of blogging. I had some great chats and had some a nice chat about life and music which I also talked about what was life with music festivals. I also danced with some of them and flirted with them to get the attention. Afterwards I went back to dancing with my mates and some of the guys brought their women they want to dance with while I was more focused on a people person with women. We also did some wacky dance moves and brought the club to an unforgettable night to remember. When it was 2AM, the party finished and we said goodbye to our partners and exchanged social accounts to keep in touch so we walked to the pizzeria and howled like the wolf because we had fun and got drunk so we decided to wrapped up the night by getting a midnight snack. At the pizza place we’re loud and obnoxious about the time of our lives what it feels like to be young and . I had a huge slice of pizza with chips and it was outstandingly delicious.

    When we left the pizzeria, I had a quick hiccup and held a moment to stop and regain some of my momentum because I had plenty to drink at the club and their was a taxi rank few buildings by the pizzeria. Luckily we took the last 2 cabs that were available at the taxi rank. Patrick and I took the minibus which it was the Vauxhall Vivaro as a passenger van which we had a nice chat while riding back to the hotel and also talked to the driver about Leeds Victory and the simple life of driving the cab in Leeds. We decided to finally relax because we used up all of the energy. The guys took the sedan cab as the Audi A6 which they continued to get wild as soon as they left. By the time we got to our destination, we thanked the driver and Patrick also used his card to notify his account for the Leeds Taxi App and I was amazed that you get to be a member of the local cab rewards program. The driver already got an automatic pickup for a passenger who wants to get to the airport for a early morning flight when we walk back to the hotel.

    I took him to my room at the Marriott to have a child feeling by laughing and having fun while spending the rest of the night watching Bluey and Clohet which I recently dreamed about it as a spin-off version but more in adult animation with the same animation studios and animation style as Bluey which back at home I would watch it on Hulu and the UK has a streaming site which lucky both Australia and the UK has it on their local network channel.

    As soon as we woke up by noon for a Wednesday which we made coffee to start the day so I can get ready for a Zoom Meeting with Christine. I had a business meeting on Zoom with Christine and talked about the importance of Autisticana and upcoming events later in the summer. After the Zoom meeting we stop by at a Cafe by the town Centre to have brunch. Then Patrick showed me his Autisticana Building in Leeds near Bradford which it’s actually a house in the dead end path in Pudsey within 5 minutes away from the Train Station. We did some blogging on their own site included a category on what a positive impact about your week if it’s good or most memorable highlight and I was happier to see Patrick’s Teacher Tiffany who runs for the Autisticana Division of the UK which I was the top American Fan that often goes on their website. The house was next to the Group Home for the individuals to learn independence skills so they don’t have to deal with pupils that are typical neighbors. They have the sensory room in the basement and the Colour Room in the upstairs Room. We decided to write a blog about Leeds and then we made season pesto and tomato sandwiches. Afterwards we wave goodbye and we both walked to the train station and and hugged Patrick and wave goodbye when we got his local train station and I went back to the Marriott and talked to Christine about everything plus the most important lessons of life.

    The next morning I took a great goodnight sleep and took the train to Newcastle and had another conference Meeting. I also went to the beach to rent a surfboard and discovered St. James Park which is home to Newcastle United. I took an evening nap so I can stay up late at the nightclub where they play all kinds of Dance Music from Synth-pop to heavy bass music. I also dance with a lot of different attractive women. The next day I went to Leicester to have another Conference Meeting which I went to visit a facility for Autism of Leicester, which there was recreation Centre which the people were awesome. During my few days of Leicester, I discovered the town Centre and some of the historic sites of England. I wrapped the weekend and went to the nightclub with pop music and dance. I also dance with a lot of attractive women and chatted with them about my stories and life which I had the sexy moves when the music was blasted. I was the top dancer of the night luckily most of my favorite pop and dance songs from the 2000s, 2010s, and today’s hits were in high pitch like I used to hear on the radio which was awesome. I was also happy that one of my favorite woman was able to take me home for a one-night stand. The next morning I woke up with the birds chirping and we went to the cafe of Downtown Leicester City. We talked about life, music and type of style of interaction and the way feel about other people included my life story while feeling relaxed than dealing with the loud music last night. I was happy to bring up my horizons to talk about my experiences that most neurotypical people don’t even realize about my genius of autism. We talked about our favorite holidays and top memories including nightclub stories even though I don’t go as much back home because I feel free to avoid any crimes or drugs in the club while at the resorts you don’t have to even worry about waking to a dark night scary. We decided to stay friends because she is more into the social life but I was happy to text her on socials when I get a chance about music and my blogs.

    During my final week of England, my friend BFF Patrick texted me that Leeds United won 2-1 against Huddersfield which he was glad that that we went Tuesday over Saturday because he realized he had work last minute. I chatted with him on the train from Leicester to Paddington. On My visit to London, I stopped by to spend a couple of days to stay in London to see the top attractions like the London Tower, The London Eye, Queen Elisabeth’s Castle, Buckingham Palace, The London Museum, Big Ben, the new Tottenham Stadium and other popular attractions of London. I wish the Queen of England would still be alive. I took the Black Cab, the London Tube. and walked through the London Bridge. I was also invited to the Autisticana Sponsorship Meeting in London by the London Tower.

    I spend my last my full day Southampton I took a rental car from London and drove it to Southampton for my last conference event in the Uk and watched the season finale of the Premier League on my phone and laptop at some hotel by the beach near Southampton. I was more focused with the Leeds United match at St. Mary’s Southampton

    Premier League Table of what happened in my dream of Leeds United being the dominant of the 24/25 Season

    • Arsenal
    • Manchester City
    • Manchester United
    • Leeds United
    • Tottenham Hotspurs
    • Newcastle United
    • Liverpool
    • Chelsea
    • Brentford
    • Leicester City
    • Brighton and Hove Albion
    • Everton
    • West Ham United
    • Southampton
    • Sheffield United
    • Aston Villa
    • Burnley
    • Crystal Palace
    • Norwich City
    • Huddersfield Town
  • The Battle of the Bridge, is occasionally referred to as the Sydney Derby. It is based on a local Australian Football League (AFL) derby game between two Sydney-based clubs. The Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants are the two teams in Sydney, New South Wales. Since 2012, both of these teams have played against one another. Additionally, the Brett Kirk Medal is awarded at the conclusion of every match during the course of the regular season.

    Despite the fact that it was the Sydney Derby on a dreary Saturday afternoon with a few passing rains, it was also Toby Bedford’s debut for the GWS Giants, for whom he had previously played for the Melbourne Demons. It was another welcoming moment for the Giants, who were pleased to add additional talent as the young players were ready to make a move and join the elite group of players. It was also Adam Kingsley’s first Sydney Derby as the GWS Giants’ head coach, while John Longmire has been the senior coach of the Sydney Swans since 2011 and has witnessed every Battle of the Bridge Derby since the GWS Giants began playing in the Australian Premiership Football League, which has been 10 years of the battle, which will now be 11 during the 2023 Season as upon the chapter of the two Sydney Rival Teams. It was the 25th meeting of the Sydney Derby, which meant there would be some exciting and exhilarating moments for both teams as they contended for the best team of the competition.

    When the Sydney Derby’s first quarter began, both teams engaged in some pushing, contacting, and ruffing before beginning the clearance. Toby Greene threw the ball inside the 50-metre line to Toby Bedford, who scored his first goal for the Giants, putting them ahead early. On his GWS debut, Toby Bedford scores the game’s first goal, which comes from a turnover. The Swans earned a rushed behind, and Toby Greene scored to retake the lead. To prevent any risk, Tom Papley got himself a behind and kicked it in the ground. Peter Ladhams sneaks inside the 50-yard line and booted to score, much to the delight of Swans fans.Jesse Hogan blasted a goal from within the 30-meter box, that in the end caused the Giants to for a rushed behind. When Callan Ward kicked the footy to Greene, it bounced in the goal square but was blocked by the Swans defense, so Greene passed it to Brent Daniels, who actually passed it to Harry Perryman, who finished the job with a goal. Will Hayward also scores for Swans, reducing the deficit to 11 points, with Luke Parker assisting. Finn Callaghan fumbled the ball and passed it to Jack Buckley, who tackled and overturned it to Jake Lloyd, who stepped up and booted it to Hayden McLean. He was able to finish the first quarter with a late goal after the siren.

    The GWS achieved the opening clearance of the second quarter, while Coniglio had the ball in the center square and passed it to Hogan, who then passed it back to Perryman, who scored on a steal goal from Xavier O’Halloran. After that, Tom Papley got another behind, and Logan McDonald scored from long range at the square center to the goal square, which Haynes struggled to dive for a block on. Matt Flynn was seen in the half forward flank position and threw the ball to Stephen Coniglio, who scored to give the Swans the lead. The Swans attempted a quick kick, but Ryan Angwin intercepted it and ran it on the outside of the field. The Swans attempted immediate effect kick, but Ryan Angwin recovered the ball from O’Halloran and raced it to the 50-metre line, giving the Giants another goal to increase their advantage in the spot for another goal. Peter Lamhams received the ball after the clearing was kicked to Lance Franklin, who scored for the Swans. Lance Franklin scores his first major since returning from injury, although he has already been targeted twice in the second quarter for a goal return. The Giants attempted to assemble the position, but Harry Himmelberg tossed the ball up in the air to Aaron Cadman, who scored inside the 30 metre line. While Luke Parker had the ball following an immediate clearance advantage and kicked the ball into the center square, Will Hayward caught the ball and did not include apprehensive of dropping it for an easy catch for a huge grab. Both teams continued to push and battle, and Hayward ultimately scored a goal for the Swans, making the game even more exciting. As the Swans, Ryan Clarke and Will Hayward both had a behind, but Issac Henney kicked the ball to the center, awaiting someone would jump up to receive the ball, which Lance Franklin secured. Callum Mills kicked it to Franklin, who finally scored after the whistle and smashes it to come closer. The Swans adopted power of the Giants forward position with defense but had some drops and pass it to Finn Callaghan for an interception and pass it to Tom Green for an interception and pass it to Xavier O’Halloran for a long kick but it was about to get a goal but it ended up a behind short from the post while Hogan touched the goalpost. Toby Greene, on the other hand, received the ball and dropped it to Hayward, who fumbled to the Swans, which Matt Flynn defended, allowing the Giants to have the ball to Conilgo and Bedford, who gave an insignificant flip to Grenne, who did a dive and finally scored. James Peatling scored on a behind to send the match to halftime despite the Giants throughout the process of taking the lead 9.7 (57) to 7.5 (47).

    As soon as the third quarter began, the Swans took control and Franklin kicked the ball to get the score. Franklin followed by passing the ball to Hayward at a Centering Kick, which Errol Gulden caught by the goal square and gave the Swans a commanding lead for the very first time in the remainder of the game. The Swans maintained their lead with a behind from Franklin, another goal from Hayward, and a rushed behind from Issac Heaney. The Giants ultimately achieved something miraculous when Callum Brown kicked it in the Centre Square with a long range pass to Callaghan and dropped the footy to Conligio with the spin inside the 50 metre and launched it and bounced it all the way to the goal square to count it out as a goal, leaving the Giants lost for words. The Swans attempted another goal, which was prevented by the defense, so Gulden sprinted beyond the 50-metre line to kick it back to Logan McDonald, who saved it on his knees and was able to jump up and score for the Swans. McDonald was able to score another goal, and Franklin quickly followed a behind. While the Giants had alternative strategies, Cadman kicked it to Himmelberg, who plucked it and saved to take the mark before enacting to Hogan, who succeeded to save the footy at the goal square after his second catch, allowing the Giants to get an infinite goal. While Coniglio cleared it to Hogan, he took an instantaneous drop and handed it to Brent Daniels, who was able to score from the 50-metre line. The Swans finished the third quarter with McDonald catching the ball but dropping it, so Tom Paley took the sacrifice and scored.

    The fourth quarter began with the Swans players passing it to each other while take knowledge of towards Ryan Clarke inside the 30 metre line, he scored a goal to resume the lead for Sydney which Luke Parker helped the Swans by being tackled in the 50 metre line, he ultimately kicked it and rolled it towards the goal square to get another miraculous goal to extend their lead. The Swans start the final quarter strongly, scoring two goals, one of which was a centre bounce. When Josh Kelly snatched the ball, he carried it out of the center square and kicked it to Harry Himmelberg into the metre circle, where he scored from a 40-metre range but had enough space for a simple goal. The Giants possessed plenty of time to catch up to the Swans since the game was still underway in the Final Quarter. When Heeney had the ball, he passed it to Paley, who kicked it to Marc Sheather, who almost seized the ball but somehow went high in the air, so Harry Rawston almost intercepted the footy, but Chad Warner kicked the ball for a screamer goal out of nowhere. The Swans remained dominant for the majority of the second half of the Sydney Derby, pushing the Giants to find a staggery in order to get closer in addition to win. Rowston swiftly passed it to Coniglio inside the centre square and kicked it to O’ Halloran, but it was quickly intercepted by Toby Greene, who kept the ball in the ground until the whistle sounded. Bedford had the opportunity, but it was too early to call it, but they tried it again with the clearance, and Hogan kicked a low ball by rolling it towards Jake Riccardi, but threw it to Toby Greene, who kicked it into the goal like a soccer ball, providing the Giants some hope. Toby Greene scores his third goal of the match, cutting the deficit to 17 points. He played a part to eight goals and all three of his inside 50s have resulted in goals. Coniglio dropped the ball from the defense and allowed it roll in the direction of Harry Perryman who kicked the goal and slide which he was able to accomplish before the two defensemen slip to dive which the Swans had failed to capitalize on in time. Tom Greene booted long enough for Toby Greene outside the 50 metre line, who let the ball float through the goal zone until Brent Daniels tried to receive it at the skip bounce but was unable to get the ball in time, resulting in a behind. There has been some teamwork in every passing move of the Giants that gives to footy from Callum Brown and Jack Buckley for the steal which somehow pass it to Brent Daniels but converts it to Josh Kelly and gives an immediate pass to James Peatling which shifts it to Tom Green and pass it to Harry Rowston but kicks it and dropped in the 25 metre which Toby Greene held it and stop the play. Harry Himmelberg eventually received the ball on the following play, but he booted it on to the right side of the goal to escape the traffic with a behind. The Giants were behind 95-105 with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but there was still time for a comeback. When Haynes took the back pocket to stop the ball, he ultimately kicked it from long distance to Harry Perryman, and Nick Blankey tried to defend it, but Perryman ran but dropped it, so Toby Bedford and Toby Greene collaborated up to have the ball, and Greene kicked it back to Perryman, who landed inside the 50 metre line. He took the kick at the 50-metre line and sailed it ahead for the Giants to receive the winning opportunity, which he converted with his second goal of the quarter, bringing his game total to three. This increases the lead to four points. The game was last led by GWS in the first few minutes of the third quarter. With only 5 minutes remaining, the Swans are seeking assistance in order to secure their victory by maintaining their lead. Parker booted a long distance to Lance Franklin but failed to convert it, then Will Hayward performed a rapid roll to Corey Warner, who kicked to the goal line but McDonald was unable to receive it in time, resulting in a behind. The Giants conducted an excellent job guarding the Swans, prevented them from getting the game-winning goal with several passes from the line of defense while maintaining the game competitive.

    At the 2 Minute warning, The storm clouds were about to take over Sydney but it didn’t effect the match before the storm took over for another of rain on the way which Haynes started at the back pocket and kicks it to Lachie Ash but dropped the ball to Chad Warner and took long range to hope for the Swans to take the winning goal but a great catch from Jack Buckley before it went over the goal line which it would not count for the rushed behind which it would’ve been an important part for theGiants to level it up if they could’ve get the goal next. way. The Key Defender kicked it to Lachie Whitfield but put it out of bounds to Issac Cumming with the defense from Issac Heeney. It was the Swans ball and start it off with Stephen Coniglio which drop the ball to Conor Idun and gives it to Josh Kelly but held it in for the Giants to keep the play going. Kelly did the cross kick to Hayne in the back field while did a quick pass to Buckley and launches it to Toby Greene. After a quick stoppage in play, Greene launch it to Jesse Hogan and almost caught his hands to catch the footy which ended up to Toby Bedford which Nick Blankey pushed the ball out of bounds. Within 55 seconds left on the clock, it was all down to the wire to decide that would would determine the winner. Since it’s inside the Metre zone, that would allow Toby greene to capitalize a way to get the winning opptruinity by to be the playmaker of the match which it could be really important for the Giants to get a victory at this stage. The Referee throw the ball up in the air and let Peter Ladhams to get up front but Harry Himmelberg moved up front to get the ball first and almost got the mark which it was thrown away and pass it to Toby Greene after he was tackle by the Swans Defenseman. Toby Greene got the footy which took a quick spin to stay out from congestion, threw it on his right boot and watched it sail over and launches up into the air for the Giants to take the lead at last with 42 seconds remaining. The celebration was all over hugs from his teammates for the joy from Himmelberg for a quick pass the Capitan Greene Machine for an outstanding play which it was a perfect way to get themselves back the lead. The Swans has a little time left for a behind to tie the game or take the win for the goal but it could be the Giants Defense to take control for the final seconds to make every play count. The Swans took the clearance but Callum Mills failed to take control of the ball which the Giants Defense let it roll for Errol Gulden and launches it but Lachie Whitfield intercepted the ball to give the Giants and extra life of pendent with 30 seconds left remaining. He started off with a long kick to Matt Flynn which didn’t take the mark but Braeden Campbell from the Swans took it out of bounds. It was the last chance for the Swans to find a victory with 17 seconds left but it didnt last with Flynn but quickly drop and roll it to Xavier O’ Halloran which a quick steal to Chad Warner and ran it to give it to Mills and kicked it up in the edge of the centre square. There was no offense standing by which Whitfield intercept the footy which the referee did a quick stoppage and quickly play on the last 7 seconds. Whitfield quickly pass it to Finn Callaghan and snap the ball to Nick Haynes and launches the footy to center square which wrapped up the Match for the first victory for the Giants of the Battle of the Bridge match since 2021 during the Elimination Round and Round 5 of the regular season.

    The pitch-black and turbulent clouds were about to take over Sydney at the 2 minute warning, but it didn’t affect the match before the storm took over for an additional of the rain on the way which Haynes started at the back pocket and kicked it to Lachie Ash but dropped the ball to Chad Warner and took long range to hope for the Swans to take the winning goal but a great catch from Jack Buckley before it went over the goal line which it wouldn’t go either way. With the defense of Isaac Heeney, the Key Defender kicked it to Lachie Whitfield but put it out of bounds to Issac Cumming. It was the Swans’ ball, and it began with Stephen Coniglio, who passed the ball to Conor Idun, who subsequently handed it to Josh Kelly, who held it in for the Giants to continue the play. Kelly launched the cross kick to Hayne in the backfield before passing to Buckley and launching it to Toby Greene. After a brief pause in play, Greene sent it to Jesse Hogan, narrowly catching his hands to receive the ball, which ended up to Toby Bedford, who was shoved out of bounds by Nick Blankey. With just 55 seconds remaining on the clock, it was all down to the wire to decide who was going to prevail. Given that it’s inside the Metre zone, Toby Greene would be competent to capitalize on an excellent opportunity through his role as the match’s playmaker, which could be important for the Giants at this stage. The referee tossed the ball up in the air and allowed Peter Ladhams to go up front, however Harry Himmelberg moved ahead of him initially and almost grabbed the mark before it was thrown away, passing it to Toby Greene after he was tackled by a Swans defenseman. Toby Greene received the ball, rotated as quickly to prevent crowding, threw it on his right boot, and saw it go over and up into the air for the Giants to finally retrieve the lead with 42 seconds remaining. Celebrations from his teammates after the excitement of Himmelberg with a rapid pass to Capitan Greene Machine for an excellent decision that was an excellent strategy for getting themselves back in front. The Swans have a little time left to tie the game or triumph for the goal, but the Giants defense might seize control for the last seconds to make every play matter. The Swans took the clearance, but Callum Mills failed to take control of the ball, which the Giants defense facilitated roll for Errol Gulden, who blasted it, however Lachie Whitfield intercepted it, earning the Giants an additional life with 30 seconds remaining. He started with a long kick to Matt Flynn, which failed to reach the mark but was taken out of bounds with Swans’ Braeden Campbell. With 17 seconds remained it was the Swans’ last chance to claim the victory, but Flynn immediately dropped and rolled the ball towards Xavier O’ Halloran, who quickly stole it and raced it to throw it to Mills, who booted it up in the edge of the centre square. There was no offense available when Whitfield intercepted the ball, and the referee called a brief pause and rapid play on the last 7 seconds. Whitfield swiftly passed the ball to Finn Callaghan, who snapped the ball to Nick Haynes, who launched the football to center square, concluding the match for the Giants’ first victory in the Battle of the Bridge match since 2021 during the Elimination Round and Round 5 of the regular season.

    A thrilling finish to the ‘Battle of the Bridge’, with the Giants finishing strong with the last four goals of the game.The match comes to a close after a thrilling match with the Battle of the Bridge Derby which, there was the Brett Kirk Medal to be awarded. Brett Kirk, a Sydney Swans AFL premiership player who was born and reared in New South Wales, was honored with this speciality award. The participant who receives this Award is Toby Greene because of his outstanding bravery and encouragement for helping the Giants to not surrender a tough battle of the Sydney Derby and brought light at the end of the tunnel.

    SYDNEY 3.2 7.5 13.9 16.10 (106)
    GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 4.1 9.3 12.3 17.5 (107)

    GOALS
    Sydney:
    Franklin 3, Hayward 3, McDonald 3, Warner, Parker, Papley, McLean, Ladhams, Gulden, Clarke
    Greater Western Sydney: Greene 4, Perryman 3, O’Halloran 2, Hogan 2, Coniglio 2, Himmelberg, Daniels, Cadman, Bedford

    BEST
    Sydney:
    Parker, Hayward, Warner, Gulden, Ladhams, Lloyd
    Greater Western Sydney: Greene, Coniglio, Callaghan, Green, Perryman

    INJURIES
    Sydney Swans:
    Nil
    Greater Western Sydney Giants: Nil

    SUBSTITUTES
    Sydney:
    Marc Sheather (replaced Angus Sheldrick in fourth quarter)
    Greater Western Sydney: Harry Rowston (replaced Aaron Cadman in fourth quarter)

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