LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Monday 16 May

Just like last season, the Nîmes leave for an internship in Mende (photo Norman Jardin)

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Internship in Mende† After concluding the season on Saturday with a loss to Bastia (0-2), the Crocos are now on holiday and most will now be worried about their future. The resumption of training is scheduled for June 20. “I want everyone to be on time, no extra vacations!” †, warned Nicolas Usaï who, without naming a name, was certainly aiming for Moussa Koné and Sidy Sarr who arrived several weeks late during last year’s preparation. The two Senegalese would also like to switch air between now and the recovery. On July 3, the group will leave for a four- or five-day internship in Mende (Lozère). “We are thinking about the possibility of going to another destination for two or three days”the coach dropped. A minimum of four friendlies are scheduled between now and the championship resumption on Saturday, July 30. “Depending on the size of the workforce on June 20, we can add a fifth match with two matches in a week”Nicolas Usaï concludes, who will take few vacations to build up his group for next season.

Per Kristian Bratveit left a farewell message on social media (Photo Anthony Maurin).

The first to leave. The end of a season obviously marks the departure of several players. The coach himself confided on Saturday evening, after the last game of the season, that the atmosphere in the dressing room was rather farewell. That same evening, goalkeeper Per Kristian Bratveit announced that he would no longer be with the club next season with a thank you message on his Instagram account: “Thank you for this incredible year! I want to thank all the players, the staff and the supporters for this year. Nimes will always be special to me. We will meet again. † The buy option regarding the Norwegian goalkeeper will not be exercised and it will return to Djurgardens IF in Sweden. If Lucas Dias has played the last three games of the season, Nimes would rather look for a new goalkeeper this summer. Yesterday, the club of Boulogne-sur-Mer (N2) formalized the arrival of Christophe Raymond as head coach. The NO assistant who arrived in July 2021 is leaving the club after spending a year in the Gard. His departure marks the end of Reda Hammache’s era in NO after that of former sports director and coach, Pascal Plancque, last January. Théo Sainte-Luce, whose signature was formalized in Montpellier a few weeks ago, also released a farewell message to the networks: “Know that I will always be grateful for the opportunity this club has given me and I wish Nîmes Olympique the best. It is time for me to take on a new challenge and achieve new goals by discovering Ligue 1 .” Next one…

Tonight in our live show Good evening Gard, Rani Assaf, president of Nîmes Olympique, will be on our set for the first time. Until 6.30 pm on our Facebook page to follow the show.


Arthur Pontet and de Nîmes lost in Aigues-Mortes (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Nîmes grid a joker. Despite the equalizer (1-1) at the end of the game against Toulouse 2, Alès was crowned National 3 champion on Saturday in Pibarot. The Alésiens will evolve into N2 next season and cannot be overtaken until three days before the end of the championship. At the same time, the audience in the Philibert-Schneider stadium experienced a frenzied match. Beaucaire led 2-0 after seven minutes against Castanet before being knocked out 3-2 before the half hour. In the end, Akrour grabs the point of the draw (3-3) in the second period. The SB 30 is the seventh and should be mathematically serviced the next day. In terms of maintenance, the Nîmes reserve missed an opportunity to get to the 10 . to climband place, not relegated, losing 2-0 at Aigues-Mortes. The Saliniers cling to fourth place and young Crocos are just one point behind Blagnac, twelfth. Everything is still possible! After receiving Alès next week, they will face two direct competitors in maintenance: Blagnac, away, and Castanet, at home. For the time being, we are going for four descents in this group of N3, since at the level above (N2) two teams from Occitanie are relegated: these are Colomiers and the reserve of Montpellier. Nîmes will therefore have to finish tenth to be sure to save himself.


In the semifinals, the Nîmes will meet the RCHCC (Photo Yannick Pons)

A big piece in halfThe Nimes did not go into detail against Rumilly on Saturday, at the Kaufmann stadium. De Gardois, defeated by three points in the first leg (19-16), easily turned the situation around by winning 46-15 in the quarter-finals of Federal 1. The RCN continues its journey, taking on RC Hyères-Carqueiranne-La Crau in the semifinals. The task does not look easy for Nîmes as de Varois finished at the top of Group 2 with 100 points won in 22 days (20 wins, a draw and a loss). In the final phase, the RCHCC proved relentless by winning their four matches: against Graulhet (23-13 and 25-20) and Vienna (15-5 and 37-0). The Nîmes will have a lot to do and the dates of this duel are known. The first leg will take place in Kaufmann on Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. and the return leg in Hyères on Sunday, June 5, still at 3 p.m.