Jamaica has had a fantastic year of sports achievement to date and the year is by no means finished. We have had amongst other successes, excellent performances by the track and field team and our swimmers at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the Paralympians have again done us proud at their Pan American Games events, the badminton team has excelled in the recent Pan American championships with several gold medals, the men’s squash team was dominant in the Caribbean. Our martial arts competitors continue to demonstrate its world class, the Special Olympians came out on top in many of their events, the Reggae Boyz have had two excellent tournament performances which have catapulted them to 52nd in the world ranking, the Netball team maintained their fourth place in the world rankings and Alia Atkinson capped it all by equalling a world record in her pet event. There were others too whose performances simply serve to reinforce the notion that in the world of sport, we are indeed a dominant force to reckon with and frequently “punch above our weight class.” But all of these tremendous performances were before our recent excursion to the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing for the eagerly awaited IAAF World Championships. This Stadium evokes very pleasant memories for all Jamaicans and for me holds a very special place in my own heart, having been the head of the Olympic team when we drew a line of demarcation between our consistently good world class performances at the Olympic Games since 1948 and the sharp elevation to the top of the world with the superlative triumphs of legends Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce amongst others in the 2008 Olympics Games. Greatest coaches We have undoubtedly the greatest track and field coaches in the world in Glen Mills and Stephen Francis. No debate. Any coach who has presided over the achievements of Usain Bolt, (the greatest athlete of all time), over the last eight years as Mills has done, has to be given the accolade of the greatest coach. Argument over. You may not always understand Francis but there is no other coach that gets the best out of the athletes like he does. I for one seriously questioned his judgement, even his motives when he pulled Elaine Thompson from the 100 metres at the trials, but in retrospect all credit must be due to him for this decisive action, seemingly against all good sense and foresight. Such is the genius of the man. Maurice Wilson, perhaps not as well known to the sporting world as these two, is close on the heels of these greats and he and the rest of the coaching staff and management team deserve all our accolades for a job excellently done in maintaining harmony and team spirit throughout and laying the groundwork for our magnificent performances.. These are never easy tasks in this highly charged environment and they deserve the credit for minimising any negatives that existed and to foster the level of peace of mind for the athletes to deliver as well as they did. The way forward Rio de Janeiro is the next big stop, with the 2016 Olympic Games. Whilst track and field athletics represent our flagship sports, I have long maintained that we can achieve much better success in other sports with a greater commitment to growing these sports both by the national federations and by corporate Jamaica. The national cupboard is full of extremely talented athletes that are simply waiting to explode on the international scene. Based on the standouts that we saw at the 2015 Boys and Girls’ Athletics championships, we may very well see some of them in Rio. The future of our sports is secure. Adequate return on investment is guaranteed. I urge corporate Jamaica to “buy” into the sports brand Jamaica now with a mind to reaping significant returns in the near future. Sports is a major, massive positive for Jamaica. Government with its limited resources must be the facilitators of this growth and expansion, with the private sector being the real engines of growth. Sports should be treated as any other investment option. Corporate Jamaica would have watched with excitement and financial interest over the last two weeks and must now be ready to pump funds to gain satisfactory reward on their investment. The case for a National Sports Museum We have become accustomed to excelling at these major Games to the extent that we now tend to take these performances for granted. We now quite often expect that we will repeat the 1,2,3 positions in many of the events we compete in, forgetting even momentarily that these were achieved against the best in the world in those events. This is not a good thing as when we don’t achieve this and don’t live up to the expectations, the disappointment is great amongst both players and supporters. The netballers can attest to this. The recent World Championship performances in Beijing have filled us all with a significant degree of national pride and joy and again fostered a temporary halt to crime and violence in the society. There is a need for more events and performances like these that can bond us together in this way. But I want to cast a different perspective on the Gold Medal winning performances of our team at the World Championships in Beijing, by putting the achievements in the context of medals won versus population size. When we do this, it will be truly obvious to all that as a country, Jamaica is indeed “punching well above our weight class”. Overall Medal count Beijing 2015 MEDAL TALLY G S B TOTAL KENYA 7 6 3 16 JAMAICA 7 2 3 12 USA 6 6 6 18 BRITAIN 4 1 2 7 ETHIOPIA 3 3 2 8 POLAND 3 1 4 8 CANADA 2 3 3 8 GERMANY 2 3 3 8 RUSSIA 2 1 1 4 CUBA 2 1 0 3 Jamaica’s performance in the IAAF World Championship meant we ended up second to Kenya, on the basis of them winning more medals overall, despite the two countries being equal on the gold medal count. This placed us above the mighty USA who, although winning more medals overall, had one less gold medal than Jamaica. Incidentally, if we needed anything to convince us that we are indeed the sprint champions of the world, we should note that Jamaica won six of its seven gold medals on the track, compared to the two that the USA won on the track. Only three countries earned more than 10 medals in the championships – Kenya, Jamaica and the USA. But whilst these data are convincing enough, a calculation of Jamaica’s performance can only be considered superlative when the achievement is measured in terms of medals won by size of population, more specifically by per 1,000,000 population. RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF GOLD MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF GOLD MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 7 2.5 1 CUBA 11,270,000 2 .177 2 KENYA 44,400,000 7 .158 3 POLAND 38,500,000 3 .077 4 BRITAIN 60,000,000 4 .066 5 CANADA 35,200,000 2 .056 6 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 3 .031 7 GERMANY 80,600,000 2 .024 8 USA 318,900,000 6 .018 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 2 .013 10 Jamaica by virtue of its seven Gold medals and smallest population amongst the top 10 countries, (2,800,000) won 2.5 gold medals for every 1,000,000 of its population to rank above all other countries on this scale. No other country closely approximates even one gold medal per 1,000,000 population with Cuba ranking second, significantly below Jamaica at .177 gold medals per 1,000,000 population. Where is the United States with its 318 million people? The USA won .018 gold medals per 1,000,000 population to rank not third on this scale but ninth overall. Put another way, Jamaica won more gold medals per 1,000,000 population than all the other countries ranked in the top ten combined, as these nine including Cuba, Kenya, Poland, Great Britain, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, United States and Russia were only able to amass .607 gold medals per 1,000,000 population compared to Jamaica’s 2.5 gold medals per 1,000,000 population. When this data is examined against the background of the total number of medals won by each country, irrespective of colour, the data is no less convincing. With our 12 medals won overall, just one less than our all time high of 13, Jamaica won 4.3 medals per 1,000,000 population again significantly better than the second ranked country on this scale, Great Britain with 1.16 medals per 1,000,000 population based on its 60,000,000 persons. In stark terms, the question must be asked what is it that makes a country with 2.8 million persons so much better at track and field than other countries whose population sizes are so vastly greater than Jamaica. RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF TOTAL MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF TOTAL MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 12 4.30 1 GREAT BRITAIN 60,000,000 7 1.16 2 KENYA 44,400,000 16 .360 3 CUBA 11,270,000 3 .266 4 CANADA 35,200,000 3 .227 5 POLAND 38,500,000 8 .207 6 GERMANY 80,600,000 8 .099 7 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 8 .085 8 UNITED STATES 318,890,000 18 .056 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 4 .027 10 At 4.3 medals won per 1,000,000 population, Jamaica not only again ranks comfortably first overall, but that number outstrips the 2.49 medals won per 1,000,000 population in total across all the other nine countries in the top ten. The United States and Russia with a combined population of close to 500,000,000 earned a total of .083 medals won per 1,000,000, far less than one-tenth of a medal per 1,000,000 if one can use this measure. So let us examine some of those performances that contributed to these record breaking an truly amazing statistics. Usain Bolt (2), Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (1) and Danielle Williams (1) all won individual gold medals. Bolt, in particular, is undoubtedly already a legend and in my books Shelley-Ann is fast approaching this status. Bolt is a phenomenon, a one of a kind athlete that comes along once every 50 years. But the entire team, including those who did not earn a medal, performed magnificently and based on our performances since Beijing, the consistency with which we are now producing these results has cemented us as the top sprint country in the world, bar none. There is no disputing this. But what do we attribute this to? The jury is still out. Which leads me to my final point. Despite our tremendous consistent performances at the track and field level since 1948, the undeniable dominance over the last 10 years or so, as well as world class achievements in a number of other sports where we have had world champions and other outstanding world class athletes, Jamaica does not yet have a National Sports Museum to showcase these achievements. This is unimaginable. A National Sports Museum would be an amazing attraction for locals and tourists alike. Just think of the sporting treasures collected through over 80 years of international sports excellence that could be displayed and interactively mounted. Government has now made concrete moves to establish this Sports Museum with a location now identified within the Stadium complex, next door to the Bob Marley statue, that in itself a major tourist attraction. Cabinet approval has been obtained and initial funds allocated for this purpose. Official announcements have been made to this effect. But there are sceptics who will not believe this will happen until they see more concrete steps. Well, the government is moving swiftly to tie up more initial sponsors for the realisation of this National Sports Museum. This is a golden opportunity for corporate Jamaica to show it fully understands the tremendous Investment that is sports and for them to help build this significant monument to our legends and heroes in sports. We hope that the private sector/corporate Jamaica will speedily embrace the concept and move without reservation to strongly support its completion. Look at it from the perspective of an investment that can only pay rich dividends over the medium and longer term. The extent to which sports has placed Jamaica on the map deserves no less. – Don Anderson, CD has been a team official for Jamaica at seven Olympics Games, head of delegation to the last five of these Games and a former vice president of the Jamaica Olympic Association for 32 years.
Failure of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (LACC) key witness to show up to testify in the ongoing US$5.7million oil deal case against Aminata & Sons Inc. was enough yesterday for Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘C’ to suspend the trial.Judge Paye said yesterday was the second time for the prosecution to ask for the suspension of the matter.“Before the call of this case, prosecution and defense had earlier met and with consensus agreed in principle for today’s deliberation yet they have asked for another suspension,” he saidHe added: “Since both defense and prosecution agreed for another postponement, the matter would be suspended and resume on Monday, October 3.”The Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the prosecutorial arm of the government, had initially backed out of the case, advising the LACC not to proceed with the matter because there is no “convenience evidence” to convict the defendants.That advice was supported by the dismissal of charges against one of the defendants, former Commerce Minister Miata Beysolow by the same court.The court cited administrative errors on the part of the LACC as the basis for dropping the charges against her.Siaka Turay, Aminata & Sons CEO, had earlier pleaded not guilty. That denial now rests on the LACC to produce evidence to convict Turay.LACC’s lawyers who could not disclose the identity of their witness yesterday confessed that the witness’s absence was beyond their control.“We agreed to reschedule the matter to today (yesterday), but we understand that our witness was on special assignment outside the country, and the witness is not in our employ making it difficult for us to have direct control over his movements,” Cllr. Othello Payman admitted.Cllr. Payman added, “Up to the time we made the request we were not sure as to whether or not he would be back in the country, making it difficult for us to go on with the trial.”Judge Paye did not say what decision he would take on Monday if the LACC’s key witness does not show up to testify.Aminata & Sons Inc. was accused, along with former Director, Division of Price Analysis and Marketing/Focus Person of the Japanese Oil Grant at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Steve Flahnpaye; former Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director for Operations and Implementing Agent Person for the Japanese Oil Grant at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams; and Aaron J. Wheagar.Their charges included economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of required Public Procurement and Concession Commission Act’s (PPCC) procedures and processes, of which Turay said he had no knowledge.LACC, however, claimed that Turay was part of the syndicate that misrepresented and misled concessionary pricing for the distribution and sale of the non-profit petroleum products, and they chose not to reflect that the donated items were gifts from the government of Japan to Liberia.For Aminata & Sons, Inc., the court records allege that the petroleum entity and LPRC in 2011 entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) where the company was to make a deduction from the pump price of US$0.90 per gallon of gasoline and US$0.96 per gallon of diesel.It meant they were to sell a gallon of gasoline for US$3.47 and a gallon of diesel for US$3.59.But the LACC claimed that Turay and the other defendants ignored the agreement and proceeded to sell a gallon of gasoline for US$4.40 and a gallon of diesel for US$4.55, which generated US$5,764,110.84.The LACC claimed that Turay and his co-defendants deposited US$3,908,387.25 into the oil grant account at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), instead of the US$5,764,110.84, leaving a difference of US$1,806,811.14 unaccounted for.The document further alleges that MOC and LPRC illegally selected Aminata & Sons as the sole distributor and seller of the products without going through a competitive bidding process and other procedures provided for under the PPCC Act.LACC also alleged that the act was discovered during an investigation into the handling of the oil deal by MOC, LPRC and Aminata & Sons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This recognition came just before Ecobank Cabo Verde, Gambia, Liberia and Zimbabwe won Best Bank at the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards on December 5.“Bank of the Year” and “Best Bank” in prestigious London awards ceremonies. The judging panels were impressed by Ecobank’s sound management, business model and strategic initiatives as well as its pioneering technology Lomé, Togo, December 9, 2019.Ecobank wins the “Bank of the Year” and “Best Bank” at the Banker and EMEA Finance Awards in London. Ecobank Cameroon, Gambia and Rwanda won Bank of the Year at The Banker Awards on November 28.This recognition came just before Ecobank Cabo Verde, Gambia, Liberia and Zimbabwe won Best Bank at the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards on December 5.The Banker is the most prestigious global financial publication and EMEA Finance is widely read by the international banking community.Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO of Ecobank said: “We are pleased to be recognized as ‘Bank of the Year’ and ‘Best Bank’ in two distinguished award ceremonies in London. This confirms the strength of our brand in multiple countries across Africa, our unique pan-African platform and innovative banking products and solutions. Indeed, our One Bank strategy is providing the desired banking excellence for our consumer, commercial and corporate customers across the 33 countries in which we operate on the continent.”The judging panels were impressed by Ecobank’s sound management, business model and strategic initiatives as well as its pioneering technology. They highlighted the bank’s recent innovations, including digitalized trade finance products, Ecobank Online and Omni Lite, digital payment solution, Ecobank Pay, and cross-border remittance solution, Rapid transfer.These products are transforming the banking sector and empowering African businesses by providing accessibility and affordability.Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) (www.Ecobank.com) is the parent company of the Ecobank Group, the leading independent pan-African banking group. The Ecobank Group employs over 15,000 people and serves about 20 million customers in the consumer, commercial and corporate banking sectors across 33 African countries.The Group has a banking license in France and representative offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing, China; London, the UK and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.The Group offers a full suite of banking products, services and solutions including bank and deposit accounts, loans, cash management, advisory, trade, securities, wealth and asset management. ETI is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchanges in Lagos, the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra, and the Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières in Abidjan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sunday marked the 31st edition of the Blizzard and Phoenix trophies for the Blizzard Bike Club. Chris Haugan won in the men’s category with his time of 39:35, Dawit Feyissa won in the junior men’s grouping at 41:29, and Jessica Telizyn’s time of 1:04:37 was tops in the women’s race.The times for yesterday’s event are as follows:1. Chris Haugan 39:352. Kevin Shaw 40:053.Dawit Feyissa 41:264. Richard Wood 45:065. Pat Ferris 46:406. Davide Loro 46:547. Sam Keats 49:418. Josh Telizyn 51:099. Jessica Telizyn 1:04:3710. Dian Loro 1:12:36- Advertisement –
Next up for the Flyers is a visit from the Grimshaw Huskies on Saturday. Puck drop at the North Peace Arena is at 8:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers picked up their second straight win against the Falher Pirates 9-2 last night at the North Peace Arena.The Flyers came out flat in the opening twenty minutes of play as the visitors broke the ice and led 1-0 going into the first intermission.The second period saw the home side completely dominate the Pirates. Jordan Harder drew the Flyers even after firing home a shot from the point on a feed from Jeff Shipton and Joey Massingham 4:41 into the frame. Not even a minute later Robbie Sidhu put the home side up 2-1 after a slick feed from Rick Cleaver. Shipton added to the lead three and a half minutes later when he found a loose puck in front of the net and fired it into the empty cage, assisted by Adam Horst and Bryan Lewis. Lewis made it 4-1 with 7:52 remaining in the middle stanza as he finished off a quick passing play with Brady Busche and Robbie Sidhu. Steven Fast beat the Pirates’ goaltender high glove side to make it 5-1 with just under a minute remaining. Tempers boiled over in the last thirty seconds as a fight broke out in the Pirates’ zone with Jordan Geis of the Flyers scoring the takedown. Sam Brennen scored on the ensuing powerplay with ten seconds to play before the second intermission buzzer, making it 6-1. The Flyers outshot their opponents 17 to 4.- Advertisement -The home team didn’t let up in the final stanza as Rick Cleaver found the net after deking around the Pirate defence and netminder for the 7-1 tally at 4:01. Austin Braid got on the score sheet after some nifty passing between Cole Calliou and Taylor Greatrex, two minutes and eleven seconds later, for the eighth goal. The visitors got one back midway through the period but the Flyers restored the seven-goal lead at 9-2 courtesy Jordan Harder’s second of the game, assisted by Reid Campbell and Joey Massingham.Fifteen players contributed for the Flyers, with Rick Cleaver, Jordan Harder, Joey Massingham and Byran Lewis each chipping in with two-point outings.Head coach Andrew Leriger said, “Felt good to come out a get back to back wins. We knew that after last game it wasn’t going to be easy and we didn’t come out strong in the first. Very pleased with the last two periods. Having said that we were icing a full complement of players today for the first time this year, which helps a lot.”Advertisement
“I miss the pitch, but I had decided to have a year of rest and I’m very calm while I wait to know my new destination. I don’t know what it will be,” the 49-year-old told Sky Sports Italia.“I did not receive any offer from Italy.“I’m in Milan because I went to see the Atalanta-Juventus (Coppa Italia) game.”Conte, who had one year remaining on his Chelsea deal when he left the club, is reported to have a clause which prevents him from coaching another English side until the summer.Chelsea fell to a 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.“Did they? I didn’t know about it. I was watching the Atalanta game,” said Conte.“Anyway, Chelsea is a matter of the past for me.”Former Italian international midfielder Conte spent most of his senior career with Juventus, winning 13 trophies.He returned to coach the club to three consecutive Serie A titles, and after two years with the Italian national team, moved to Chelsea in 2016, winning the Premier League title in his first season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conte led Chelsea to Premier League and FA Cup titles in his two seasons in charge © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMILAN, Italy, Jan 31 – Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said on Thursday he is ready to return to coaching but insisted he had not received any offers in Italy.The Italian was sacked by Chelsea in July, despite leading the club to the FA Cup, with compatriot Maurizio Sarri taking over.
Club Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 20.08.12Best wishes to Rory, Kevin and Donegal on Sunday as they bid to reach the 2012 All-Ireland SFC Final by defeating Cork in Croke Park, throw-in is 3:30pm. Anyone that has ordered tickets off Charlie McAteer can collect them on Thursday night in the Clubhouse between 7:30pm and 8:30pm. The Juniors travelled to Glencolmcille for the 1st leg of their Championship 1st round game against Naomh Columba and came away with a draw. They will try to advance to the quarter-finals in the return leg this Saturday evening (Aug. 25th) at 7pm. All support will be welcome.The Minor Boys footballers will take on Aodh Ruadh in their League semi-final this Friday (Aug. 24th) in MacCumhaill Park at 7pm. They will take on Gaoth Dobhair in the Northern Championship semi-final next Wednesday, Aug. 29th in the Park, throw-in is 7pm.The U21 Footballers will take on the winner of the Killybegs v Kilcar derby on Friday week, August 31st in Donegal Town in the Championship quarter-final.The U14 Boys had a big win over Buncrana in the Northern Championship Final, they now await the Southern Board runner-up in the county semi-final (Ardara or N. Conaill). The U13 boys have their first games on Friday week (Aug. 31st). The Div. 1 Team are at home to MacCumhaills. The Div. 2 team travel to Milford and the Div. 3 team are at home to Glenfin.Well done to the U11 Boys team that won the Bellaghy tournament last week defeating Bellaghy in the semi-final and Magherafelt in the Final after coming through a tough group. The U9 team lost their quarter-final game to Burren.The U16 girls had a good win in Convoy last week. The U14 girls take on the Gaels in the Park on Friday evening, throw-in is at 6pm.The Sunday Morning Academy is not on this week due to Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland semi-final.Well done to our four representatives on the Donegal Minor hurling team, Kevin Meehan, Francis Lennon, Conor Parke and David Ireland. They were beaten in the quarter final of the All Ireland Minor B championship by Roscommon but performed very well at a new level for Donegal hurling.The U12 Hurlers had another tough game this week against Burt but came through with the win. Next up this Thursday is Buncrana who remain unbeaten so far this season. Three players represented the Club in the U12 hurling skills competition. Shane O Donnell won the competition with a total of 200 points while Cormac Finn and Darragh Doherty finished 3rd and 6th respectively. The U10 Hurlers played in a Blitz held on Sunday in Pairc na Gael. The hurlers did themselves proud. Thanks to the Gaels for hosting and all in attendance.The U16 Hurlers lost to Buncrana. Nevertheless it was an encouraging performance by this young team which has now reached the B-League Final to be held on the 6th of September. The venue and time have yet to be confirmed. The U16’s have no game this week.The Hurling and Camogie runs on Friday as usual. Camogie training for U14 and U16 is expected to begin this September.On Monday our Peace III “GAA For All” Programme was launched by Uachtáran CLG, Mr. Liam O’Neill. We have employed 4 coaches to work within schools in the greater Letterkenny area to introduce Gaelic games to children from different religious and cultural backgrounds for which our games are not a traditional past time. Special thanks to Brendan McGlynn from The Quiet Moment for sponsoring the food for the launch. Also on Monday, we launched a World Record Attempt for the Largest GAA Coaching Lesson that will take place on Saturday, September 29th in O’Donnell Park, more details on facebook.There was no Jackpot winner in this week’s Lotto Draw. The numbers drawn were: 4-5-11-19 and 2 winners matched 3 numbers and win €50 each. Cathal Greene, Loughnagin and John Cavanagh (both card). Next week’s jackpot is €2,275.We extend our sympathies to the Marley and Kelly families, Bomany and to the McGroary family on their losses.GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS
There was a nail-biting finish to the turkey scramble season in Otway on Sunday when three teams checked and rechecked handicaps and back nines to establish who were the winners of the last birds to be won in 2016.The lucky trio of Pat McNulty, Mark Friel and Ollie O’Dowd scrambled to victory, thanks to one chip-in, and numerous lucky breaks, while the wee course tripped up the opposing teams with a bogey or two to scupper their chances.Congratulations to the trio, and commiserations to any participant who battled throughout the season, but not fortunate enough to catch one of the elusive birds for the Christmas dinner table. The club wishes all members and their families and happy and healthy Christmas, and members can join for one last ‘fun’ scramble on Wednesday 28th December to take part in the annual scramble for ‘bottles’, with names in to the clubhouse by 11.45 for a 12 noon tee-off.Nail-biting finish to Otway Golf Club’s turkey scramble was last modified: December 19th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OTWAY GOLF CLUB
Darren Randolph produced a series of fine saves to deny Northern Ireland victory as the Republic of Ireland had to make do with a 0-0 draw on a dull night in Dublin.The Republic, who went into the game having won just once in their previous nine outings and desperate to gain some momentum ahead of Monday night’s Nations League trip to Denmark, were second-best in a clash between neighbours as they met for the first time in seven years. RANKED no dice REVEALED Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Jones was denied by Randolph Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Northern Ireland were denied by some fine goalkeeping MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But they needed Randolph to make fine saves from Gavin Whyte and substitute Jordan Jones either side of the break to ensure they emerged with something to show for their efforts as the visitors, who had tasted victory only twice in 11 matches before kick-off, created the better openings.Indeed, the home side’s only chances of note predictably came courtesy of Robbie Brady set-pieces on the Burnley midfielder’s return to the international stage following a year out through injury, and the final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos.The reception afforded to the two national anthems was less than respectful, but in a cagey start to the game it was the visitors who almost broke the deadlock after Shane Duffy had misjudged Steven Davis’ 14th-minute ball forward.Duffy’s error allowed Liam Boyce to hook the ball into the path of Stuart Dallas to in turn feed Whyte, who looked certain to mark his first senior start for his country with a goal until Randolph raced from his line to make a vital block. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Seamus Coleman and Boyce were left bloodied by a clash of heads seconds later as Northern Ireland continued to press, but Duffy should have atoned for his earlier error when he met Brady’s 21st-minute free-kick, but got his timing wrong to allow keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to tip his downward header over.Dallas might have done better after cutting out Glenn Whelan’s crossfield ball and curling a shot harmlessly wide, but with he, Davis and Whyte dominating in midfield, the visitors looked the more likely scorers.Whelan’s 85th and probably final Ireland appearance came to a planned end nine minutes before the break as he was replaced to warm applause by Conor Hourihane seconds before James McClean, booed at every touch by the travelling fans, lashed an ambitious volley high over.However, Randolph was called upon once again four minutes before the break when, after Darragh Lenihan’s ball had been intercepted, Davis picked out Dallas’ run and saw him force a solid save from the Middlesbrough keeper, who was relieved to see Michael Smith’s stoppage time piledriver fly just over his crossbar. The Republic returned determined to wrest control from the visitors and enjoyed a measure of success as they managed to ease themselves further up the pitch, and they went close when Callum Robinson steered McClean’s 59th-minute shot wide after Coleman had crossed from the right.Boyce looped a header over from Smith’s 65th-minute cross as Northern Ireland responded and then saw the ball hacked away as it broke into his path after Randolph had parried Smith’s volleyed delivery three minutes later.The keeper came to the Republic’s rescue once again with 18 minutes remaining when, after substitute Jones had pounced on another mistake by Lenihan, he denied the midfielder with his foot.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But with lowly Arizona in town, Glass’ friend and former Notre Dame teammate, USC freshman cornerback Cary Harris, was expected to see substantial playing time Saturday. “Yeah, we thought he might get in more so we came down to support him,” said Glass, a top recruit at running back and defensive back. “I’ve been to other games here before, but not yet this year. But I wanted to come today to see if (Harris) got in.” It didn’t turn out that way. The expected rout never materialized and young players such as Harris, freshman wide receiver Patrick Turner and back-up quarterback John David Booty spent much of the game watching from the sidelines. After the game, Harris was diplomatic about the situation, but his face lit up with a bright smile when asked if he thought he was going to play more. “I wanted to get in there and show what I can do,” Harris said. “But it’s a learning experience, I just have to not get frustrated and if I do get in there, I got to make the most of it.” Harris eventually did get in at cornerback, on the last play of the game. Rodney Glass and Garrett Green had a late night Friday. Glass didn’t get to bed until well after midnight following Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks’ victory over Valencia. He and Green, the Knights’ quarterback, had to be back at school by 9 a.m. Saturday to watch game tape and it would’ve been very easy for them to go home, relax and watch USC’s 42-21 victory over Arizona on television. USC coach Pete Carroll seemed particularly disappointed not to get Booty more playing time, but said it wasn’t because of concerns about the concussion suffered by starter Matt Leinart in last week’s victory against Arizona State. Booty, who became Leinart’s backup midway through his freshman season and would’ve been the backup last year had he not injured his throwing arm, didn’t get onto the field until the final six minutes of the game. He finished 3 of 3 for 27 yards. “That’s disappointing. I wish we could’ve had the game a little more under control so we could’ve got more guys in,” Carroll said. “We want John David to play. John David is a really good football player and we need to get him out there.” During practice this week, USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said Turner would be spelling starting split end Dwayne Jarrett, after Jarrett participated in 85 plays against Arizona State. Turner played more than he had in the previous four games Saturday, but caught only one pass for 20 yards. “Getting experience makes it so the games aren’t so terrifying anymore,” Turner said. “As long as we win, it’s nothing to me. My time will come.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!