Less than two minutes into the second half, the Lady Demons got on the board as Hallie McCarroll curled a shot around Mercuri into the top right corner from the top of the 18-yard box.WSOC: @NSUDemonsSOC get on the board, as McCarroll scores. Trowbridge assists. 43:09 remains in 2nd half. @ucabearswsoccer leads 3-1. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/yJyZ3Bjzzp— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 The Bears (16-3-1) advance to Friday’s semifinal and await the winner of the match two between No. 4 seed McNeese and No. 5 seed Abilene Christian. The Bears answered in the 53rd minute with Newcomer of the Year Connie Awuku-Darkoh beating her defender on the edge and finishing to the bottom right corner past Bomben.WSOC: Awuku-Darkoh finds the back of the net for @ucabearswsoccer, increasing Bears’ lead to 4-1 over NSU. 37:34 left in 2nd half. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/mQ9x9zsPvU— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 A Lady Demon corner kick initiated a scrum in the UCA six-yard box, but Goalkeeper of the Year Lauren Mercuri made a jumping save of her own to keep NSU off the board.The Bears doubled their lead with 11 minutes to play in the opening half as freshman Morgan Rollow scored on the rebound from her initial shot.WSOC: Rollow’s unassisted goal puts @ucabearswsoccer up 2-0 vs. NSU. Late 1st half in Beaumont.Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. pic.twitter.com/1u8Ppko0aF— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 The shootout continued with senior Brittany Caserma finding the back of the net on the right end of an Aliyah Hale cross.WSOC: @NSUDemonsSOC goal by Caserma, assist Hale. NSU trims deficit to 4-2 against UCA. 28:37 2nd half.Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/4Ri1YYFW6r— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – A high-scoring affair to open the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament went in top-seed Central Arkansas’ favor, defeating No. 8 Northwestern State 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at the LU Soccer Complex.In the 13th minute, Southland Conference Player and Forward of the Year Camille Bassett’s attempt on goal was stopped by a leaping save by NSU keeper Kayla Bomben.Just two minutes later, Bassett collected a through pass, dribbled past the defender and put one past a diving Bomben to put the Bears on the board.WSOC: @ucabearswsoccer open scoring at 2018 #SouthlandStrong tournament. Bassett unassisted at 29:34.UCA 1, @NSUDemonsSOC 0 (1st). Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. pic.twitter.com/74WS1YuPgf— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 It wasn’t long before UCA responded yet again as sophomore Lauren Hargus volleyed in a cross from Bassett to regain a four-goal lead in the 63rd minute.WSOC: @ucabearswsoccer counters quickly. Hargus goal, Bassett assist. 5-2 Bears over NSU, 27:57 2nd half. Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ZspkbATW0m— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018 UCA padded to its lead in the 41st minute, when freshman Gracie Hair’s free kick from 50 yards out ricocheted off Bomben’s hand and into the back of the net.WSOC: 3-0 @ucabearswsoccer over NSU with 4:45 remaining in 1st half. Hair scores on free kick.Watch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/A7YDfMX1kY— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) October 31, 2018
HARRY KANE has tweeted that he is “making good progress” as he recovers from a hamstring injury that is expected to threaten his participation in Euro 2020.The Tottenham talisman posted a video on Twitter of himself working on his recovery in the gym.1 Kane felt his hamstring when stretching for a chance at St Mary’sCredit: PA:Press AssociationKane tore his hamstring during their 1-0 defeat by Southampton earlier in the month and now faces a race to be fit for the Euros.The England captain had surgery on his hamstring and sports medicine specialist Michael Davison claims Kane could return earlier than expected.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamDavison said: “I would expect him to be able to return to pitch based work around 10 to 12 weeks (after the operation), and be available for selection by 14 weeks post operative.”The positive signs from Kane were a boost for England, as well as Spurs fans on social media.Spurs fan Leanne wrote: “Take all the time you need to fully recover. Glad to see it going well!Another fan wasn’t in a rush to see Kane back, insisting he doesn’t rush the recovery: “Please take rest and come back fully fit for us next season.”LilyWhite Rose simply put: “This is beautiful.”Spurs have until 11pm tomorrow to bring in a striker to replace Kane for the rest of the season, with Olivier Giroud a surprising target.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsSpurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in another forward to relieve the pressure off Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, who are not No9s.It could prove to be a tough ask with chairman Daniel Levy only allowing Mourinho £10m to spend on a new forward.Spurs have just spent £27million on bringing Steven Bergwijn to the club from PSV Eindhoven and Levy is determined to stick to a budget.Spurs have just £10MILLION to spend on Harry Kane stand-in with Mourinho set to miss out on Piatek and Willian Jose read more
Sport Shorts Aberdeen-Matawan Soccer League will be holding registration for the recreation fall season for players ages 5-16 at Aberdeen Town Hall, Church Street, on the following dates: April 12, April 26 and May 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 5, May 19 and June 9 from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. If this is your child’s first season bring a copy of their birth certificate. For more info call the AMSL Hotline at 732-583-5213 or e-mail email@example.com The Central Jersey Belles 16-year-old girls AAU basketball team is looking for experienced varsity players for the 2003 AAU season. All inquiries should be made to (732) 566-1724 or e-mail AIRTIME22@AOL.COM. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding open registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fee for the flag program (5- and 6-year-olds) is $50. The fees for the Pop Warner football and cheerleading program are $100 for one child, $150 for two, and $175 for three or more family members. Please bring an original and one copy of your child’s berth certificate. In addition to the registration fees, please bring checks for a uniform deposit, a work deposit and the mandatory fund-raiser raffle. New registrants must provide proof of residency. If you have any questions, please call (732) 264-3060 ext. 4. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding grandfather registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fee for the flag program (5- and 6-year-olds) is $50. The fees for the Pop Warner football and cheerleading program are $100 for one child, $150 for two, and $175 for three or more family members. In addition to the registration fees, please bring checks for a uniform deposit, a work deposit and the mandatory fund-raiser raffle. Rosters will be filled on a first-come, first-filled basis. If you have any questions, please call (732) 264-3060 ext. 4. A competitive travel baseball team in the Monmouth County area is looking for 16-19-year-old players. Limited spots are available. Call now and sign up at (732) 787-0589. The NJ Wildcats 16-year-old girls AAU team is looking for players for the 2003 AAU season. All inquiries should be made to (732) 566-1724 or e-mail us at AIRTIME22@AOL.COM. read more
JEFF GRANIT staff Middletown South’s Sean Campbell (l) catches a pass in front of Freehold Borough’s Harold Bolton (43) and Damar Bivins (1) during their Central Jersey Group III championship game at Rutgers Stadium on Dec. 6. Middletown South lost by a score of 21-14.
BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent Eagles to face Ocean Township at The Swamp When the Middletown South and Ocean Township football teams take the field tomorrow night in Middletown, there will be more at stake than just a shot at a state title. While there is not a traditionally intense rivalry between the two teams, the Eagles and Spartans have found themselves squaring off in some important spots in recent years. And while the results have varied, the games have produced high levels of play and emotion. Simply put, these two teams may not have always been rivals, but they certainly are now, and that makes this Friday night’s showdown even more interesting. Middletown South started strong, scoring on its first possession of the game when QB Ryan Mullan ran it in from 13 yards out. The 32-yard drive was set up by a 50-yard kickoff return from Bungee to open the game. South missed the PAT however, which allowed New Brunswick to take a 7-6 lead when running back Randy Varbelow scored from 14 yards out with 3:36 left in the game. That set up the Eagles’ winning drive, which rekindled memories of South’s championship teams of a few years ago. This is a relatively young Eagles team, but now that they have a playoff victory under their belts, they will be even tougher on Friday night on their home field. Ocean will need another big night from its defense, as well as a more productive offensive output against a South defense that has been among the better units in the Shore all season. On paper, South looks like a good bet to advance to the state championship game, where they would face the winner of the other semifinal game between top-seeded Freehold Borough and Neptune. However, as recent history has shown us, Middletown South-Ocean football games tend not to follow the expected path. This should be an intriguing match-up between an Ocean team that has shown it knows how to win close games and a Middletown South team that has impressed opposing coaches with its physicality and maturity. Game time is 7 p.m. in Middletown. Middletown North was also hoping to be playing in a state semifinal game this weekend, only to have those hopes dashed by a very good West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 40-22, on Sunday. The seventh-seeded Lions knew they would need to play a flawless game in order to knock off the unbeaten Pirates, and fell a bit short, though certainly not due to lack of effort. Head coach Joe Trezza has the Lions playing a very sound brand of football right now, and with the Lions tasting success this season, Trezza is hoping that Sunday’s loss will be another step in his team’s path to championshiplevel football. Early on, North (5-4) looked to be up to the challenge of taking on what has been an offensive juggernaut this year. The WWPS offense, led by talented quarterback Connor Farrell and a bevy of athletic playmakers, has racked up points at a feverish pace this year; which is something the Lions were well aware of going into the game. On their first drive, the Lions looked up to the challenge, methodically driving down the field and scoring a touchdown on a Uly Gibson two-yard run. Gibson was the workhorse all day for the Lions, accumulating 192 yards on 26 carries. However, if the intent was to let the Pirates know they were in for a challenge, it worked, as WWPS came back with a vengeance, scoring 27 unanswered points in a 12-minute span to build a 27-7 lead. North quarterback Joe Dickey then dove into the end zone from a yard out to cap a 64-yard drive that took just 2:30 and cut the West Windsor South lead to 27-14 at the half. Led by Farrell, who threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, and tailback David Twamley (21 carries for 123 yards and two scores), the Pirate offense proved to be every bit as good as advertised. After they extended their lead to 33-14 in the fourth quarter, North got a seven-yard touchdown run from Sean McKee, followed by a successful two-point conversion pass from Joe Dickey to Gibson to get within 33-22. The Lions then recovered an onsides kick, and were beginning to entertain visions of an unlikely comeback, only to have those thoughts dashed by a Jeff Riemann interception on a fourth-and-10 play. The Lions did get the ball back on a WWPS fumble at the North 8-yard line, only to have Twamley pick off another pass to seal the game. While North certainly showed it was capable of playing with the Pirates, it also proved their coach prophetic. Trezza knew his team would need to play mistake-free football to win, and they were not able to do that (four North turnovers led to 20 WWPS points). Now that their state tournament run has ended, the Lions will prepare for their Thanksgiving Day game against rival Middletown South. This should be another slugfest between two of the most physical teams in the Shore. This weekend’s action also served a rude awakening to another of the local area’s young, up-and-coming teams, as the Raritan Rockets fell in the Central Jersey Group II opener to Delran, 42-0. Head coach Bob Generelli’s team was no match for the sheer size of the Bears offensive line, which dictated the outcome of the game. Delran running back Robert Bruce was running in daylight for most of the game, racking up 189 rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to victory. All is not lost for the Rockets, however. At 6-3 on the year, they still have a chance to earn a piece of the Shore’s National Division title when they take on a winless Holmdel team on Thanksgiving Day. After struggling through a 2-8 season a year ago, Generelli and his staff have to be pleased with the way their team has progressed this year. They ran into a team that posed an impossible match-up problem on Friday and couldn’t advance in the state tournament. However, with a win on Thanksgiving, the Rockets will end their season on a championship note nonetheless. read more
13U travel baseball team playing in the Central Jersey area is seeking pitchers. Must be born after April 30, 1995. Tryouts will be on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. The team is beginning winter training and then will play in a spring travel baseball league, including tournaments. Quality pitchers are being sought to join this competitive team. A couple of slots are still available because the coaches keep a small roster of committed players to maximize playing time. If interested in trying out on Saturday, please call Les Kramsky at 732-239-6767 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the tryouts. Central Jersey Hornets 14U, a fastpitch travel softball team based in Holmdel, seeks two committed players born in 1994 and 1995 for the 2009 Tournament Season. For additional information contact Greg Buontempo, email email@example.com or telephone 201 362 7610. Middletown Americans travel team 13- year-olds are looking for some players to join their team. All games will be played on Sundays starting in April. If interested please call Jon Kofsky @ 732-546-5411 for more information or send a e-mail to jonathan0231@verizon. net. read more
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Tricia Reingle-Savino could not be happier. She is the new head coach of the Howell High School softball team.Coaching a team like the Rebels, the 2011 Central Jersey Group IV state sectional champions who have seven returning starters, is reason enough to be happy, but to the former St. John Vianney High School standout, that is secondary.“I always wanted to be a high school coach,” she said. “There is nothing else I would rather be doing.”Reingle-Savino coached Howell’s junior varsity softball team in 2011 and she did not expect to fulfill her dream this quickly. When the varsity position opened, she applied for the job figuring that, if nothing else, going though the interview process would be a good experience for the future.Much to her delight, like she did throughout her high school and collegiate career, she hit it right out of the park and was hired during the winter.Reingle-Savino took over a Howell team that is loaded with veterans and ready to win now. Although that might be a daunting task that brings a degree of added pressure and expectations, the Rebels’ coach and players are ready.“The girls have been giving it their all,” she said. “They know what it takes to win. The goals are to win.”Howell is off to a 3-2 start in the 2012 season.As long as Reingle-Savino, who is a paraeducator at Howell, is in charge, winning will always be the goal.At St. John Vianney in Holmdel, she forged a career that established her as one of the Shore Conference’s legendary softball players. With a career pitching record of 83-5 and 1,135 strikeouts, she led the Lancers to two NJSIAA Non-Public A state titles and to four consecutive Shore Conference Tournament championships.During Reingle-Savino’s junior year, 2004, the Lancer had perhaps the finest season in conference history as they marched to the state championship without a loss (33-0) and were ranked No. 1 in the New Jersey.She went on to a fine career at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, where she ranks in the top 10 all-time in most pitching categories (including No. 2 in lowest batting average against, .274).She brings a wealth of experience and success to the Rebels’ program, where accessibility is one of her priorities.“If the girls have a question they know they can come to me,” the coach said.There is an old saying that “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Because of her familiarity with the players, Reingle-Savino is aware that they know how to win and she is not going to make any radical changes.She said although Howell has some power in the lineup, the team will not be beholden to waiting for a home run. The Rebels are a team that can win by playing small ball, and they will use the bunt when the situation calls for that strategy.Pitching, of course, is close to the coach’s heart, and in senior Carsin Connor she has a starter who pitched the Rebels into the 2011 Group IV state championship game.“She has it all on the mound,” Reingle- Savino said of Connor. “She has a variety of pitches with movement.”Defense is very important to the new coach as well, and the Rebels are set there, especially in the outfield where potential extra base hits fall into the glove of center fielder Cassidy Brzozowski.One area where Reingle-Savino has put her imprint on the Howell program is conditioning. “We are building endurance,” she said.That means running interval sprints and completing workouts in the gym. The Rebels have been doing more work off the diamond so that they will be ready for the long grind a softball season can be for a team that expects to go far in the postseason. One potential hurdle the Rebels will have to clear this spring is complacency. Just because they reached the Group IV state championship game in 2011 does not guarantee a return trip in 2012.This is where Reingle-Savino can be of help to the Rebels. She knows from experience there is no margin for error.“We had a perfect season my junior year at St. John Vianney (33-0), and with the same team the next year we were 26- 4,” she said. “Nothing is assured.” read more
Monmouth University is offering three weeks of boys basketball camp this summer at the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). Monmouth coaches running the camp include head coach and North Carolina Mc- Donald’s All-American King Rice, as well as assistant coaches and 1993 national champions, Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps.The camp will consist of shooting, games, competitions and skill development for rising third through eighth grade boys. The cost is $290 with a $50 early bird discount extended to March 1. For more information, contact coach Sam Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org.In addition, Monmouth has a wide variety of summer sports available for youths, including baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and cross-country. For more information, visit www.gomuhawks.com or call 732-571-3526. The New Jersey Section of The PGA of America (NJPGA) announced that Manalapan’s Chris Bauer will replace longtime Executive Director Scott Kmiec, who has accepted the position as senior director, PGA Foundation, at The PGA of America’s Corporate Headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.Bauer most recently served as the Section’s director of operations.Bauer, 32, a graduate of Rutgers University, Cook College (2002), started with the NJPGA as a collegiate intern in June of 2001. He began as a full-time employee on June 1, 2002, serving as tournament administrator and working into the position of director of operations, where he has managed daily activities in conjunction with the successful NJPGA tournament program, among other responsibilities. Effective immediately, Bauer will assume the role as executive director and work closely with Kmiec to ensure a seamless transition. read more
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent John Giraldo, who led the Monmouth University men’s basketball team into the NCAA Tournament when he was the Hawks’ point guard, is the new boys head basketball coach at Matawan High School. Giraldo was an assistant coach at Roselle Catholic High School, which won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions this spring. MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS John Giraldo understands what it takes to build a championship team, having been involved in four NJSIAA Tournaments of Champions as a player or assistant coach. He will carry that knowledge to his first head coaching position with the Matawan Regional High School basketball team.Giraldo succeeds Tom Stead, who coached the Huskies to their finest campaign two seasons ago with a 24-5 record and their first NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title since 1957 behind Jason Dunn, who went on to a college career at the University of Hartford. Stead accepted a position recently as director of athletics at Lakewood High School.“I know the team is young. We lost four starters, but the talent is there,” Giraldo said. “I was able to interact with the kids a couple of weeks ago, and they showed great interest. If they put their time in to develop their skills, we can have a successful program.”Matawan was 15-12 last season, losing to Manasquan High School, 50-47, in the sectional semifinals. Mergim Gyjrigi is the lone returning starter from that team, which suffers its biggest loss to graduation in sharp-shooting guard Joe Piscopo.The Huskies began play this week in the Hoop Group summer league in Neptune and will participate in the Rutgers Team Camp June 26-28. Giraldo said he might squeeze in another camp.Mike Pelkey remains as varsity assistant and junior varsity coach, and John Saffiano is freshman coach.Phil Tyburczy, starting his third year as director of athletics at Matawan, ironically held the same position the three previous years at Marist High School, where Giraldo led the Royal Knights to the Tournament of Champions finals, losing to Shawnee High School during his senior year in 1992.“I didn’t know that until the day of the interview with him,” Giraldo said. “Even though I was long gone from Marist, he knew a lot of people there from when I was there. It was a little bit of comfort, something in common.”Giraldo, a Manalapan resident the past six years, will remain as a physical education teacher for all grades at Anna L. Klein Elementary School, where he starred in his years growing up in the small Hudson County town of Guttenberg.“Going back and forth from there to Matawan is no problem because I live in the next town,” Giraldo said. “It was tougher going to Roselle to coach at Roselle Catholic, where you had to go through a few towns.”Over the last eight seasons, Giraldo was on the coaching staff at Roselle Catholic, which made the Tournament of Champions the last three years, winning the overall titles this past season and two years ago. He also played on Marist’s Tournament of Champions team that reached the 1992 finals, losing, 46-42, to Shawnee. Marist was ranked No. 3 in the nation in USA Today at the time.Giraldo’s teams in all four Tournaments of Champions as player and coach beat nationally acclaimed St. Anthony High School to win the Non-Public B title all four times to get to the state showcase. “I was one of the few people to beat St. Anthony as a player and coach,” Giraldo said. “It doesn’t happen often and when it does, you enjoy it.”Giraldo also starred at Monmouth University as a two-time First-Team All-Northeast Conference Selection, holding numerous Monmouth University records. Giraldo, who is tied for first on the school’s Division I all-time scoring list with 1,749 career points, also ranks first in steals with 260 and second with 492 career assists. He ended his four-year career with the Hawks by leading Monmouth to its first Northeast Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance during his senior season in 1995-96.After that, Giraldo played professionally in five different countries, including Colombia (Piratas of Bogota and Paisas of Medellin), where he was a three-time MVP; Venezuela (Trotamundos of Valencia); Portugal (Ginasio of Figuera de Foz); Germany (Poco Iserlohn); and Argentina (Obras Sanitarias).“It was fantastic. The level of competition was very high,” Giraldo said of his playing experience internationally. “It’s a lot different from high school and college. Once you’re a professional, you just work on your craft with time and dedication. There’s a lot of competition, and I was able to play almost 10 years because I had to make sure I could maintain my skills and level of play. I can bring all that to coaching.”Giraldo said he learned a lot playing and getting coached internationally that enhanced his own coaching approach.“There are great athletes all over the world and a lot of big stars in basketball like [Manu] Ginobili [of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs]. A lot come to the United States not just for the NBA, but you see a lot in colleges. It seems every team has at least one foreign kid, and they’ve been successful. The level of basketball has grown internationally.”He believes the level of basketball has evolved around the Shore, as the level of leading talent is more spread out and less top-heavy among teams.“It’s really growing, and we hope to add to that,” Giraldo said. “You have it tough, night after night.”He said the focus starts with defense with a wide mix of zones.“It’s an advantage when you’re able to change defense and keep the other team guessing,” he said.Giraldo said he sees a wide variety of styles in the guards on early impressions from slashers to shooters. Most are underclassmen. “I’m happy with what I see so far,” Giraldo said. “It’s definitely going to work for them.”And he said he learned one thing in his prior coaching experience that he has impressed on the players.“The best player is the hardest worker on the team. When you put in the best effort, you improve,” Giraldo said. “When you’re not in the gym, you should be working out on your own — your skills and working on academics. I’m instilling that in the kids.” read more
The winger was reportedly involved in a disagreement with a member of the Rebels bikie gang in early December, allegedly breaking a glass on the man’s head.According to News Limited, Toutai’s actions were in retaliation to a derogatory comment made about an extended family member.It is feared the Tongan is at risk of unlawful and violent retaliation from the Rebels gang after the victim chose not to press charges.”The club and Vai Toutai have agreed to a mutual release from his contract and he will not be with the Eels in 2017,” an Eels spokesman said.Toutai reportedly asked to be released from the remainder of his contract.The NRL integrity unit is investigating the incident.