EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGS

first_imgEDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGSRACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD AT SANTA ANITA IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–A group of six top older California-bred or sired sprinters will square off at six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, headed by last year’s winner Edward’s Going Left, newly turned 4-year-old Heck Yeah and leading money earner, Richard’s Boy.EDWARDS GOING LEFTOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerMost recently second, beaten 6 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in the state-bred Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 18, this 5-year-old Midnight Lute gelding was a respectable fourth behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6.  Although winless in five starts since winning the Cal Cup Sprint a year ago, Edwards Going Left rates a huge chance for a repeat on Saturday with Tyler Baze back aboard.HECK YEAHOwner:  Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband & Bob BaedekerTrainer:  Bob BaffertNearly unbeaten with four wins from five starts, this 4-year-old colt by Acclamation would appear to have more upside than anyone else in the field as he faces older horses for the first time.  A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, Heck Yeah, who was bred by Pageler and is out of his Maria’s Mon mare Lutess, has been idle since breezing to a 2 ¼ length win in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here on April 7.  With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride, Heck Yeah come into the Sprint with a solid work tab to his credit and hails from a barn internationally renowned for “getting ’em ready.”RICHARD’S BOYOwner:  Rockingham RanchTrainer:  Peter MillerThe leading money earner in the field with $947,355, this 7-year-old Idiot Proof gelding is thought to be at his best on turf, as six of his nine wins have come there.  However, he comes off a big second, beaten a head by veteran St. Joe Bay in a five furlong classified allowance Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos, earning a Cal Cup Sprint best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 99.  With Flavien Prat away to ride at Gulfstream on Saturday, hot apprentice Heriberto Figueroa will ride for the first time.  With two wins from five Santa Anita starts, venerable Richard’s Boy is 35-9-11-5 overall.THE $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 4 of 11                                          Approximate post time 1 p.m. PTEdwards Going Left–Tyler Baze–122Minoso–Martin Pedroza–120Shades of Victory–Geovanni Franco–122Richard’s Boy–Heriberto Figueroa–120Heck Yeah–Drayden Van Dyke–122Touching Rainbows–Tiago Pereira–120  Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m.  Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with Early Bird Wagering available in the Top ‘O the Stretch area at 8 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Free from jihadist grip, Iraqi weightlifters target medals

first_imgIraqi paralympic weightlifter Faris al-Ajeeli (C) is pictured with his children in front of his home in the northern city of Mosul on August 25, 2018. Two years ago, the Islamic State group offered two successful Iraqi weightlifters a choice — either they compete in the Rio Paralympics, or stay in Mosul, then controlled by the jihadists. But there was a big catch: they were to hoist the group’s flag instead of the Iraqi national one, and disobeying IS would have left their families back in Mosul at risk of reprisals. / AFP PHOTO / Zaid AL-OBEIDITwo years ago, the Islamic State group offered two successful Iraqi weightlifters a choice — either they compete in the Rio Paralympics, or stay in Mosul, then controlled by the jihadists.An easy way to escape the group’s two-year occupation of Iraq’s second city, one might think.ADVERTISEMENT Korean boy bands, football stars march to different beats Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The two athletes have much else in common.They are both polio victims in their early 40s and are setting their sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.The 2016 Rio Games — the only ones missed by the duo in over a decade — were a “lost opportunity”, says Ali, who won a bronze medal at Beijing in 2008.Training among ruinsIraq’s Paralympic Committee showed understanding, says Tamer Ghanem, the weightlifting duo’s trainer for the last 15 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But there was a big catch.“IS wanted us to hoist their flag instead of the Iraqi national flag in international competitions,” says Faris al-Ajeeli, referring to himself and fellow weightlifter Thaer al-Ali.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Going to Rio and disobeying IS would have left their families back in Mosul at risk of reprisals.So “we couldn’t go to Brazil”, says Ajeeli, who had come away from London 2012 with a silver medal. LATEST STORIES The two athletes “got an exemption without being penalized because they had a good reason” not to participate in Rio, he tells AFP.IS seized control of Mosul during a lightning 2014 offensive, turning it into the de facto Iraqi capital of a “caliphate” that stretched across a third of Iraq.The two athletes refused to allow the setback to get to them.Living under IS rule, they continued to juggle their training, work commitments and family lives.In May 2017, after much of Mosul had been prised back from the jihadists’ control by government forces, Ajeeli flew to the world weightlifting championships in Eger, Hungary.Dressed in orange and black lycra, he lifted 215 kilograms (474 pounds) and won a gold medal in the 107-kilogram plus category, retiring to his wheelchair grinning from ear to ear.This new medal was just the latest for the Iraqi flag bearer of Beijing 2008.In 2004, he won gold in Athens, and again in 2006 at the Asian Paralympics in Malaysia.And he has won trophies at regional and continental level.Ali was also at Athens for the 2004 Paralympics, where he won a weightlifting bronze. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum He came back from Hungary with a silver medal in the under 97-kilogram category, by lifting 210 kilograms.But while the jihadists were vanquished in Mosul more than a year ago, athletes’ training conditions in northern Iraq remain woeful.Ajeeli, the chief chemist at Mosul’s Al-Salam hospital, has even been forced to transform the second floor of his home into a makeshift weightlifting gym.Fortunately, he has willing accomplices in his four daughters.While the eldest is only 12, they have all helped fit out the room and arrange the weights discs.Wearing ‘Iraqi colors’Ajeeli says he is determined to “hoist the Iraqi colors high (in Tokyo)… as in all previous competitions”.Ali, who struggles to feed his children for lack of work, trains in a cramped public sports complex in Mosul’s Al-Muthanna neighborhood.The facility was partly destroyed during the months of intense combat between security forces and IS.It is now nothing more than a concrete shell, the gates and windows whisked away by looters. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments A fresh coat of paint on the walls fails to disguise damage caused by shells and looting.Confronting the heat in the absence of air conditioning — or even electricity to power a fan — Ali trains tirelessly, as he has every day since starting weightlifting at the age of 14.Lingering restrictions by the security forces on transporting goods to Nineveh province mean sports equipment cannot be sent to Mosul.But the duo’s 57-year-old trainer Ghanem hopes improvements in security will soon permit new gear to arrive.The two weightlifters pack their bags.On September 8, they will compete in Japan in the Asia-Oceania paralympic weightlifting championships.They will set out with one goal — to secure entry to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Wainwright Bison win the Alberta Junior B Provincials in Fort St. John

first_imgCongrats! @WarriorsBeverly pic.twitter.com/E53MdQnuXn— Wainwright Bisons (@WWBisons) April 1, 2018 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Wainwright Bison are the 2018 Alberta Junior B Provincial Champions.In the gold medal game Sunday afternoon in Fort St. John, the Bison took on the Red Deer Vipers for the championship.The Bisons started the scoring early in the first period on the powerplay. The Bison added another before the period was through to make it 2-0.  Mack Differenz of the Red Deer Vipers scored on the power play to make it 2-1.- Advertisement -In the second, the Bison added another to make it 3-1.  That’s how it would stay until the third period. At the 12 minute mark, Bryce Woodward of the Bison would score his second on the breakaway to make it 4-1.  With just over three minutes to play, Chandler Klein scored his third goal of the game for the Bison, making it 5-1.Bisons Win 5-1 and are Back to Back Hockey Alberta Junior B Provincial Champions!!#HAProvincials #WWBisons— Wainwright Bisons (@WWBisons) April 1, 2018Advertisement With the win, the Bison’s are back to back Alberta Junior B Provincial Champs.pic.twitter.com/Sjf44i7AUE— Red Deer Vipers (@RedDeerVipers) April 1, 2018Sunday morning the Beverly Warriors took on the Wetaskiwin Icemen for bronze.  The Icemen lead for most of the game, but Beverly came back and won the game in overtime 3-2.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONE DEAL! Martin Skrtel completes Liverpool exit to sign for Fenerbahce

first_img1 Skrtel made over 300 appearances in eight years with the Reds, who have reportedly received £5million for the Slovakia captain.However, no details over the length of contract were immediately announced.The player is set to be presented to the media at 1200BST on Friday. Welcome Martin Skrtel! pic.twitter.com/3WYt2wyL3T— Fenerbahce_EN (@Fenerbahce_EN) July 14, 2016 Martin Skrtel have left Liverpool to sign for Fenerbahce, the Turkish club have confirmed.The 31-year-old Slovakian defender arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday and completed his medical with the side on Wednesday, with only personal terms standing in the way of a deal.But Fenerbahce announced that the deal had been completed on Thursday afternoon with a tweet welcoming the centre-back. Martin Skrtel has left Liverpool after eight years with the club last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS TO HOST MEETING REGARDING FUTURE OF SENIOR LEADIES TEAM

first_imgUrris GAA News:CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2015–Fees for the year: Adult Membership €25, Students (3rd level & in full time education with student ID card) €15 and Under-age €3.Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will have also have first preference on Donegal Match tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Payable to John Friel, Edward Mc Laughlin, Nichola Donaghey or any Committee members. CLUB IORRAS: Winners for January: €50- John Farren, Ardagh, €30- John J Friel, Dunaff, €20- Paul Friel, Boston. Thanks to all who support the club in the monthly Club Iorras draw.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday January 29th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 8, 13, 20 & 21. €15 winners: Sanae Toland, Altahalla, Ciaran Dowds, Burt, Porter Family, Rooskey, James Mc Donald, Clonmany and Kieran Doherty, Bulaba. Jackpot next week €540. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.QUIZ NIGHT: Quiz Night: The Rusty Nail are holding a quiz on Friday night (February 6th) in the bar for CLG Iorras. Beginning at 9.30pm. Your support on the night would be much appreciated.LADIES FOOTBALL: A meeting will take place on Saturday February 7th in the clubhouse at 3.00pm for all from U16 to Senior ladies interested in playing football for the club this year. New faces most welcome. SCOR : Good luck to Shaun Mc Daid and all from the club taking part in Donegal County final of Scor Sinsear this weekend.U6 & 8 TRAINING: Training resumes for both U6 & U8 this Saturday and every Saturday at 11am in the Youth Club Clonmany. All children must be at school-no pre school children, thanks.U10 GIRLS: Training every Saturday at the Youth Club Clonmany from 12pm to 1pm.     GAA NEWS: URRIS TO HOST MEETING REGARDING FUTURE OF SENIOR LEADIES TEAM was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 Kildrum Tigers 2Kildrum brought much of the attack to the Seasiders in the opening half and took a fortuitous lead on 40 minutes when Declan Curtis was adjudged to have been upended by Hoops shot stopper Sean Black. Referee Paddy Melaugh awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Brian Lynch into the left top corner. They were two ahead on 48 minutes when Gareth Colhoun’s cross was turned into his own net by Hoops’ midfielder Marty Mc Daid. Kevin Mc Grath pulled one back for Rathmullan on 78 minutes when he scored an over-head kick after been set up by Terry Mc Auley. The Hoops almost snatched a late draw with McDaid seeing his strike deflected perilously wide of the Tigers goal on 86 minutes. Brian Coll was outstanding alongside Gary Crossan for the Tigers with Terry Mc Auley and Eoin Sheridan hitting the high notes on a dismal cold day at the Seaside for the Hoops. Referee: Paddy Melaugh St. Catherines 4 Cranford United 2St. Catherine’s played host to Cranford in Emerald Park on Sunday afternoon. On thirty six minutes the Saints were given a free kick which was taken by Aidan Mc Ginley. The ballspilled to Shane Molloy who stabbed home from six yards. The second half started with Cranford looking to get back on level terms and they did create chances. On 58 minutes they were awarded a penalty which they scored. Cranford barely had time to celebrate their goal as within three minutes the Saints had regained the lead through Daniel Breslin who hit a curling shot that went straight into the bottom corner. With 80 minutes on the clock Cranford levelled again to set up an interesting finish. Deep into stoppage time the Saints were awarded a penalty when Daniel Breslin was fouled in the box. Up stepped Jason Noctor and he calmly slotted the ball into the Cranford net. Barry Rose completed the scoring when Cranford were caught on the counterattack as they looked for an equaliser. Best for Saints was Jason Noctor. Best for Cranford was Kyle Black.Gweedore Celtic 2 Cappry Rovers 2At a windswept Screaban Cappry Rovers will be happy enough with a share of the points. The visitors played with the aid of the wind in the first half but despite having the bulk of possession they created four chances. The home side should have gone ahead on ten minutes but Tommy Diver couldn’t convert Colin Ferry’s cross. Cappry took the lead on twenty minutes when a corner into the goalmouth broke to Michael Lynch and he lashed it into the net. Gweedore were back on level terms five minutes later when Odhran Mc Niallais was fouled in the penalty area and Jamie Boyle took the penalty and although the keeper stopped the kick the ball rolled over the goal line. Ten minutes into the second half the home side went ahead with Colin Ferry finishing an in-swinging corner from Jamie Boyle. Gweedore pushed forward but despite hitting the post and the crossbar they couldn’t increase the lead. They were made to regret those mistakes when Paddy Mc Nulty headed in from close range on seventy five minutes. Best for Gweedore were Peter Mc Gee and Jamie Boyle. A decent team effort from Cappry. Referee: Ed MooreDrumoghill F.C. 4 Donegal Town 1Paddy ‘Pajo’ Rafferty hammered home a first half hat-trick to set Drumoghill on route to another victory as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Rafferty’s hat-trick was the perfect response after Donegal Town had taken an early lead through Declan Brogan and ensured his team went into the half-time interval with a 3-1 lead. Richie Moore added a fourth early in the second half to effectively end the contest as Drumoghill ran out comfortable and deserving winners. Rafferty will deservedly grab the headlines but it was the performance of debutant David Shovlin in midfield that was the real difference between the teams. Referee: Kevin Logue. Lifford Celtic 3 Glenea United 1Lifford hit the front on 20 minutes as Ross Porter beat Joe Coll in the Glenea net following a neat move involving Stuart Carlin and Kian Patton. Minutes later David Gethins broke on Lifford’s right flank and squared to Porter who calmly finished to the bottom corner from 20 yards to double Lifford’s advantage. Glenea reduced Lifford’s advantage to a single goal on the hour mark as Darren Mc Keever broke the offside trap to finish to the net. From the resulting kick off Lifford attacked and Porter completed his hat-trick, getting on the end of a Kevin Mc Brearty delivery. Glenea almost set-up a grandstand finale only for a wonder save from Paul Given following a corner on 80 minutes. Two decent team performances with Porter’s goals the difference.Watson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 1 Lagan Harps 6 An understrength Curragh Athletic suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of high flying Lagan Harps who moved second in the League. Chris Toner converted a Stephen O’ Donnell cross to put Lagan Harps one up and Kenny Doran added a second to leave it 2-0 at the break. Gerard Hilley added a third after the break. Lagan registered further goals from Toner again and a double from Austy Marron. Justin Mc Bride was the Curragh’s scorer. Referee: Con Mc Laughlin.Dunkineely Celtic 1 Whitestrand United 0Dunkineely gained their first points of the season with this narrow victory over Whitestrand. Played in terrible conditions with gale force winds and hail both teams struggled to make any chances in the opening half. The deadlock was broken on fifty minutes when young James Byrne scored his first senior goal from close range following a corner. Dunkineely dominated the second period creating numerous chances but failing to take them. Whitestrand offered very little in attack and the home side held on for a very welcome three points.Copany Rovers 0 Gweedore United 2Copany played Gweedore in terrible playing conditions. The game was a scrappy affair in which Gweedore took the lead through a deflected own goal . The second was no better as the hail pelted down and Gweedore added to their lead with a fine curling effort from John Mc Fadden. Copany pressed well at the end but had no luck and it ended 0-2. Doohan was best for Gweedore side and it was a team performance from Copany.CT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 4 Convoy Arsenal 1Convoy came close to scoring on six minutes when a good strike from Jonny Robb went just wide of the post. Bonagee took the lead on twelve minutes when a Seamus Mc Ginty throw in found Noel O’ Donnell just inside the box and the big striker turned the defender and laid the ball off to Aiden Mc Laughlin who shot home from six yards. Frankie Mc Brearty saw his free kick from twenty five yards on twenty eight minute tipped over the bar by Christopher O’Donnell in the Convoy goal. Bonagee got their second on thirty five minutes when Ashmore crossed the ball to Mc Laughlin and he fired home from fifteen yards. Mc Laughlin was denied his hat-trick on fifty two minutes when the ball fell to him on the edge of the six yard box but his strike on goal was brilliantly turned around the post by the keeper. Bonagee went three up on seventy minutes Mark Hunter was brought down by the keeper and the referee pointed to the spot and Frank Mc Brearty made no mistake from the spot. Bonagee got number four two minutes later when Peter Mc Namee won the ball in midfield, broke through the defence laid the ball off the Mc Laughlin and he shot home from the edge of the box. Jason Toner had a good strike on goal for the visitors from twenty yards just go wide of the post on seventy five minutes. Darren Harvey scored for the visitors on eighty minutes from a free kick from twenty five yards. Referee: Michael ConnollyDeele Harps 4 Glenree United 0Deele entertained Glenree at The Athletic Grounds on a wintry afternoon. There was a sombre start to proceedings with an impeccably observed minutes silence in memory of the late Seamus Hegarty, Deele Harps’ former player and assistant treasurer and his good friend Kevin Woods. Deele dominated from early on with Aidy Gallagher’s deflected shot giving the home side the lead in the 20th minute. Striker Shane Gallagher doubled Deele’s lead on 35 minutes with a fine finish from just inside the box. The second half was a battle but Deele defended well and the impressive Barry Curran scored a cracker, pulling the ball out of the sky with one touch and hammering home with his second touch. Deele completed the job when Aidy Gallagher scored a fine individual goal after a mazy run from half-way he fired low into the bottom corner the wrap up the win. There was still time for Willie Curran to make a stunning penalty save in the last minute to preserve the clean sheet.Eany Celtic 0 Ballybofey United 5This game played in wintry conditions started with the home side going close in the first five minutes through Pauric McHugh. The visitors then had a good chance on the half hour but were denied by a fine reaction save by Gavin Mulreany in the Eany goal. The deadlock was broken when, following a Ballybofey corner, Damien Glackin was fouled in the box. Mark Griffin scored the spot kick. The home side started the second half similar to the first and Brain McCabe went close to the equaliser with a header. With the home side pushing to get back on level terms they were caught on the counter attack by Damien Glackin. This was followed up by Calvin McGowan and two more from Damien Glackin.ReportsDowntown CupGroup ACranford United Reserves 1 Ramelton Mariners 2Ramelton Mariners hosted Cranford Reserves on Saturday. The game started off with the Mariners controlling the tempo. The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when midfield maestro Barry Cullen left three defenders floundering with one turn and then played a through ball which Ricky Fisher who finished superbly over the keeper. Cranford levelled on 39 minutes when, after a goalmouth scramble, an unfortunate Mariners’ defender deflected the ball into his own net. Ramelton got their winner on 75 minutes when Peter Brannigan finished a fine move by tapping the ball into the net. Cranford pressed hard but the Mariners’ defence marshalled by Gavin Mackey held out. Best for mariner’ were Eddie Boyce, Joe Coyle and Ricky fisher. A team effort by CranfordMulroy Celtic 5 Milford United Reserves 3Milford visited Tri a Locha for the second time in a fortnight. The home side took the lead through Michael Sweeney. The goal came courtesy of a mix up in the Milford defence. The away side struck back through an own goal after good work by Ciaran Blaney on the left hand side. The goal seemed to galvanise Mulroy and they created several chances, with Sweeney, Mc Elwaine and Mc Bride going close. They regained the lead through Shaun McGovern who was quickest to react to a Sweeney shot that rebounded off the post. They increased their lead with Michael adding a second to his personal account. The fourth soon followed with the Sweeney brothers combining well ending with Eamon sweeping the ball into the bottom corner from eighteen yards. Number five came from Captain Tony McBride who’s daisy cutter nestled in the bottom corner. Credit to Milford they didn’t let the heads drop and pulled a goal back through Whelan who met a cross and flicked the ball through the keepers legs from twelve yards, neat finish. They put a better complexion on the score line with a fine finish late on. Paddy Heraghty was flawless on debut at centre half with Jerry Friel producing a tireless performance. Battling Milford team display.Glencar Celtic 2 Glenree United Reserves 0Glencar got off to a winning start in their first Downtown Cup game of this campaign. They controlled the game from start to finish but found it difficult to penetrate the Glenree defence who were well organised. Seany Houston produced that bit of class needed midway through the first half to put Glencar one up when he controlled a ball on the edge of the box and produced top drawer finish into the top corner. This should have sparked Glencar into gear but they just couldn’t hit top form on a cold wet day in Rathmullan. Joe Baker eventually got Glencar’s second of the game.Group BArranmore United 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2A young understrength Arranmore put up a gallant display against near neighbours Keadue. The home side’s first half offering was one rasping drive from Conor Proctor which Ben Boyle did well to save. Arranmore started the better in the 2nd half and were denied on 55 minutes by a great last ditch tackle from O’ Brien. Turski then had a great effort well saved by Boyle. Arranmore had keeper Greene to thank as Keadue finished the stronger. The breakthrough came on 83 minutes when a shot from O’ Brien found the net. Arranmore looked for the equaliser but were caught on the break when Adam Neely made the game safe in the 90 minute. Best for Keadue were Aidan Gillespie and Arron Boyle. Best for Arranmore was Conor Proctor. Referee: Seamus Mc GroryStrand Rovers 0 Glenea United Reserves 0Both sides had spells of supremacy in this Cup match played in Maghery. Kevin Mc Govern’s second half save was the main talking point when he denied Glenea a certain goal. A share of the spoils was the fairest result on the day when the weather didn’t make for attractive football.Group CTullyvinney Rovers 3 Drumoghill F.C. Reserves 3Drumoghill had to come from behind to rescue a point in their opening Downtown Cup match against Tullyvinney in the Cross. A highly entertaining encounter was played between the sides with chances for both sides to take all three points but a point apiece a fair result..Tullyvinney started brightest with Joel Cromie scoring after only 5 minutes. The second goal came from a spilled shot and Matthew Grant was on hand to score. Drumoghill replied somewhat against the run of play when Ethan Mc Cready reduced the deficit. Tullyvinney had the better of the chances in the first half and went 3-1 ahead through Captain Stephen Devine.John Rodgers then beat the offside trap to leave the minimum between the sides at the break. In the second half Drumoghill had the better of the chances. Richard Tinney headed the equaliser to assure his team a share of the points. Best for Tullyvinney were Paul McDaid and Joel Cromie. Good team performance from Drumoghill. Referee: George ClintonCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 4Curragh played a very understrength team with six of their starting team missing. Owen Harvey was unlucky to be ruled offside when he shot past the keeper. Curragh had most of the possession in the first half. Castlefin strengthened their team for the second half and scored on 55 minutes through JP Malley. Curragh had a chance to equalize but the keeper saved well. David Stewart then scored in the 78th minute. Castlefin dominated for the rest of the game and scored again in the 83rd. Curragh’s 15 year old Tim Callaghan had a powerful header saved by the keeper. Castlefin rounded off a good victory in the 89th minute through Owen Neill. Man of the Match: Tim Callaghan, Curragh Athletic. Team effort by CastlefinGroup DFintown Harps AFC 2 Donegal Town Reserves 2Shan Mc Millan scored the only goal of the opening half to give Fintown the advantage. Darragh Gallagher doubled their advantage in the second half. Their joy was short lived however as two quickfire goals from Donegal Town Reserves levelled the match.ResultsDowntown CupGroup ACranford United Reserves 1 v 2 Ramelton MarinersMulroy Celtic 5 v 3 Milford United ReservesGlencar Celtic 2 v 0 Glenree United ReservesGroup BArranmore United 0 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesStrand Rovers 0 v 0 Glenea United ReservesGroup CTullyvinney Rovers 3 v 3 Drumoghill F.C. ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves 0 v 4 Castlefin Celtic ReservesGroup DSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC 2 v 2 Donegal Town ReservesBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 v 2 Kildrum TigersSt. Catherines 4 v 2 Cranford UnitedGweedore Celtic 2 v 2 Cappry RoversDrumoghill F.C. 4 v 1 Donegal TownLifford Celtic 3 v 1 Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 1 v 6 Lagan HarpsDunkineely Celtic 1 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers 0 v 2 Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoBonagee United 4 v 1 Convoy ArsenalDeele Harps 4 v 0 Glenree UnitedEany Celtic 0 v 5 Ballybofey UnitedFAI Junior CupMilford United 1 v 2 Cherry OrchardKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 1 Illies CelticFixturesSaturday 13-12-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupGroup AMilford United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesRamelton Mariners v Glencar CelticGlenree United Reserves v Mulroy CelticGroup BGlenea United Reserves v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Keadue Rovers Reserves v Strand RoversGroup CCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversOrchard F.C. v Curragh Athletic ReservesGroup DDonegal Town Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCSunday 14-12-2014Oscar Traynor TrophySligo / Leitrim League v Donegal Junior LeagueWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic v Whitestrand UnitedCastlefin Celtic v Keadue RoversCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town v Ballybofey UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: December 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Donegal LeaguefixturesreportsResultslast_img read more

DONEGAL HOTEL WINS TOP GONG IN THE NORTH

first_imgA LEADING Donegal hotel has been awarded a prestigious business gong.The Mount Errigal Hotel won Best Donegal Business last night at Local Women Magazine Business awards 2015 which was held in the Best Western White Horse Hotel.Sarah Travers of UTV gave a great speech on the hotel as a destination, wedding venue, events venue, place to dine, with excellent customer service and brilliant online strategy. It’s the first time a Donegal Business has won an award at this northern magazine awards.Pictured with the award are Carolynne Harrison the hotel’s Marketing Director with Laura Jackson, Reservations Manager. DONEGAL HOTEL WINS TOP GONG IN THE NORTH was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:business awardsletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

St. Bernard’s baseball opens league play with sweep of reigning champion South Fork

first_imgMiranda >> For the first five-plus innings, the Crusaders were searching for the big hit that would get them out in front.Come the turn of the lineup card for a third time, it all changed for the better.Garrison Finck’s two-out, two-run double — on an 0-2 pitch, no less — in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference, as the St. Bernard’s baseball team opened league play with a 7-2 win over reigning Little 4 champion South Fork in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.Finck …last_img

Undefeated Loggers claim H-DNL championship

first_imgTwo swift goals by Klayre Barres propelled the Eureka Loggers to a Humboldt-Del Norte League championship against the Fortuna Huskies, winning 3-0 Saturday morning at Albee Stadium.The Loggers (16-0) held possession of the ball for a majority of the game Saturday morning. Just two minutes into playtime, Barres found the back of the net giving the Loggers an early 1-0 lead.Fortuna (13-4-1) did not let the early goal get to them. The Huskies put up a tough match for the Loggers as they kept …last_img

McGregor equals Berg Canoe record

first_imgThere was a massed start for the 56-kilometre final stage from Zoutkloof to the West Coast fishing town of Velddrif, which meant that all McGregor had to do was to stay with the front bunch to secure the overall race victory. After a flawless day on a full river, he sprinted away from a six-boat bunch to cross the finishing line alone while celebrating his sixth title in style. Hank McGregor paddled his way into the canoeing record books by equalling Robbie Herreveld’s six victories in the Berg River Canoe Marathon on the weekend. McGregor secured the title in style, while the enthralling women’s race went the way of 19-year-old debutant Robyn Kime. 21 July 2009 “This is such a special race to take part in, let alone to win,” said McGregor. “The obstacles and the sheer distances of each stage make it the toughest race I have ever done. “At one stage we got stuck in a fence and had to break the wire to get free. We then ran out of water and had to carry our boats for 200 metres to get back into the river.” MENHank McGregor 13:22.54Lance King 13:25.58 Graeme Solomon 13:32.04 Pieter-Willem Basson 13:33.54 Heinrich Schloms 13:37.27 Pierre Andre Rabie 13:44.43Ernest van Riet 14:02.05Edgar Boehm Jnr 14:03.10 Andrew Birkett 14:10.53 Cornelius Human 14:14.05 Two paddlers made race history by becoming the first competitors to complete the Berg River Canoe Marathon history 40 times: Andre Collins and Giel van Deventer reached the milestone after enjoying a hitch-free final stage to Velddrif, where they both received heroes welcomes. Women’s raceThe women’s race had provided captivating action on each of the race’s first three days and heading into the final stage pre-race favourite Robyn Kime was on the back foot after a series of disasters on the critical first stage left her nearly five minute adrift of Lindi-May Harmsen. Pierre-Andre Rabie was the first under-21 paddler to cross the line, finishing in sixth place overall, while Joseph Williams took the juniors’ title in 51st place overall. Team competitionMcGregor and King paved the way for their Team Epic to claim the team prize comfortably, with fellow team mates Pieter-Willem Basson and Heinrich Schloms all finishing in the top-five, thus ensuring victory over Graeme Solomon’s Team Roamer Rand. When Harmsen made a critical error – her first of the race – by taking a channel that proved to be a long-way around a bend, it left the door open for Kime to scamper away to claim the women’s title by six minutes. She became only the fourth women in the history of the race to win it on debut. “For the start of the race, this sneak channel was banned,” said a clearly frustrated McGregor. “When I got to Oordraplek I double-checked with the race official, who told me that we had to stay in the main channel, which is what I did. I was very surprised to see the five-boat chasing bunch suddenly arrive on my tail a hundred metres behind me at the finish.” By the time that two women started side-by-side on the final stage, Harmsen’s lead had been whittled down to 52 seconds. center_img ‘It was a bit nerve-wracking”There were some anxious moments for the front bunch as they charged down the full river and across flooded vleis. “It was a bit nerve racking,” admitted McGregor. “Obviously I am disappointed,” said Harmsen. “For a while I could see Robyn (Kime) ahead of me after she got a lead when we went over some fences, but then all of a sudden she was gone. But full credit to her, she paddled like a steam train today.” ‘I dreamt of possibly winning it’“Ever since I was kid growing up in the Cape I wanted to do this race, and dreamt of possibly winning it.” Second place went to Lance King, which was his best ever paddling result. “I am over the moon,” he bubbled afterwards. “I have paid my dues on this race, taken more than my fair share of wrong channels, and had my share of admin. So to have it all come together like this feels very special.” WOMENRobyn Kime 15:26.07Lindi-May Harmsen 15:32.11 Jemma Hofmeyer 15:50.08Angie Gafney 16:15.34Lisa Scott 16:23.21 RESULTS McGregor’s finish was more dramatic than had been anticipated; he saw a 500-metre lead that he had worked hard to establish evaporate when the five men chasing him took a short-cut on the long final loop in the river before Velddrif. Collins was quick to congratulate Van Deventer when he made it to the finish and promised to share a “bottle of great 20-year-old” with him after the race. “This has got to be one of the best Bergs ever,” enthused Collins. “The weather and water has been magnificent – warm, blue skies and a full river. I had the pleasure paddling with Willem van Riet (who took part in the first ever Berg in 1962) on the third stage and we agreed that this has been one of the best.” McGregor also savoured the shared record with “King of the Berg” Robbie Herreveld. “It’s fantastic to share his record,” he reckoned. “Simply to be mentioned in the same sentence as Robbie is an honour and a privilege. Maybe he will make a comeback next year and we can race it together!” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more