Youngsters impress at JGA Junior Series finale

first_imgThe fifth and final game of the 2016-17 Jamaica Golf Association Juniors Series climaxed with much excitement, where 17 of the island’s top juniors stamped their class on the competition, taking top prizes at the Caymanas Golf Club, in St Catherine on Saturday. Last Saturday’s curtain-closer of the national junior series also signalled new and upcoming young talents in the classes of Beginners, Intermediate, Semi-Advanced, Red Tees, White Tees and Blue Tees. The youngsters were awarded 100 points for each match won in the series, 90 for second, while third place got 85, and participants earned 50 points for competing. After the five games, a confident Adrian Barnes emerged as the overall winner in the Beginners Class with a score of 365 points, while Cillian Hall (340 points) and Kemari Morris (325) were second and third, respectively. IN PHOTO: Bjorne Dennis takes a practice swing before teeing off The Intermediate Class went to the consistent Lek Drummond, who scored 490 points, to finish ahead of second placed Mattea Issa (445) and Samantha Azan (440) who took home a third-place finish. EXCITING PLAY-OFF In Semi Advanced, Brady Holmes showed his abilities in finishing with a score of 430 points – 40 more than second placed Sebastian Azan, who cleverly nudged Bjorne Dennis into third place in an exciting play-off after he too tallied 390 points. The Red Tees was highlighted by the brilliance of Tristan Brown. Brown won all five games with maximum 500 points, while Rocco Lopez finished a close second with 450. Emily Mayne was third with 385 points. SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE: http://bit.do/JuniorGolfers The White Tees category was won by Tajay Loban with 345 points. Luke Chin copped second with a score of 275, and Elric Li scored 150 for third. The Blue Tees competition went to standout Justin Burrows, who scored 365 points, while Navarra Nelson copped the runner-up spot with 200 points. Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) president Peter Chin praised the junior golf programme for how well it is doing locally, while noting Jamaica could very soon have a championship team in the juniors in the Caribbean. “You are going to lead that charge,” Chin told the youngsters. Game number five class winners Beginners: Cillian Hall 46 Adrian Barnes 47 Kemari Morris 48 Intermediate: Lek Drummond 39 Mattea Issa 39 Samantha Azan 44 Semi-Advanced: Sebastian Azan 86 Trey Williams 88 Bjorne Dennis 99 Red Tees: Tristan Brown 77 Rocco Lopez 81 Emily Mayne 94 White Tees: Luke Chin 77 Kei Harris 81 Tajay Loban 87 Blue Tees: Justin Burrows 85 Navarra Nelson 117last_img read more

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Baron, Dy save the day for La Salle vs FEU

first_imgCarpio 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 And that fifth set was when Dy and Baron switched from Lady Spikers to superheroes and led La Salle to a 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5 victory.The Lady Spikers scored 10 of their own in the fifth, five came off FEU’s errors, and seven of those were the handiwork of the partnership between Dy and Baron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The mindset we had coming into the fifth was that we had to strike first,” said Dy in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “FEU is a very aggressive team and if they can close the gap it would be difficult for us.”“So the game plan was to really attack first,” added Dy. Both Dy and Baron finished with 18 points and it was in the fifth set that their scoring proved to be of optimal effectiveness.Dy had four points in the fifth while Baron had three.“Us veterans took the responsibility that we will play harder than anyone else in the fifth set,” said Baron in Filipino. “We had to show our character in the fifth set, and we also saw our teammates’ efforts and we really played with teamwork.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike a couple of caped heroines, Kianna Dy and Mary Joy heeded the De La Salle’s pleas of desperation.The Lady Spikers scrapped it out against Far Eastern University in the first four sets of their second round matchup in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and needed one more set to finish of the Lady Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UAAP football: UP advances to Final Four, downs NU Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Agricola community outreach tackles youth unemployment, health services

first_imgThe newly-formed Agricola Development Association has already embarked on a thriving path, as it recently organised and hosted its first community outreach in the Greater Georgetown village.President of Agricola Development Association, Timothy BlairSome of the agencies which provided support and made the outreach a reality include the Ministry of the Presidency; the Culture, Youth and Sport Department; the Public Health Ministry and several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).During the outreach held last weekend, a number of youths in the community were made aware of job opportunities as they were given the chance to interact with agencies such as Gafoors; Courts; the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC) and the Guyana Prison Service among others on possible future related careers.Meanwhile, free health services were offered at the Agricola Health Centre conducted by the Guyana Cancer Foundation, whose team provided free clinical breast examinations, glucose testing, blood pressure testing, and education on cervical cancer.The Agricola Development Association was recently established to make Agricola sustainable for the youths and to educate and engage villagers about plans to develop the community.At the outreach, Association President Timothy Blair underscored that youths within the community should be sensitised on available opportunities in order to take advantage of them.“We want our young people in the community to be sensitised on the opportunities that are available. [This outreach] offers educational opportunities for the youths that might be interested in learning a skill, but don’t know how to access these services, and those who are looking to have jobs,” Blair stated.Apart from these opportunities, residents of the community participated in a clean-up campaign coordinated by the Association. Blair noted, “This is a community thing and we want people in the community to recognise and understand that it is their role to participate in changing the face of this community.”last_img read more

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Today’s CIF Playoff schedule

first_imgSOUTHERN SECTION Division I-AA semifinals Poly vs. Bishop Amat at Damian High, 7 p.m. BOYS SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3 p.m. Division I semifinals Loyola vs. Wilson at LBCC Millikan at Santa Margarita GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION All games at 3 p.m. unless indicated Division III semifinals La Mirada at Sunny Hills La Habra vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, 3:15 p.m. Division V semifinals North Torrance at Valley Christian 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dominguez vs. Artesia at Gahr High Division I-A semifinals Los Alamitos vs. M.L. King at Citrus Hill High GIRLS BASKETBALL Division I-AA semifinals Mater Dei vs. Compton at Dominguez High center_img BOYS BASKETBALLSOUTHERN SECTION All games at 7:30 p.m. last_img read more

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Bush’s pals both examples of what’s wrong

first_imgGaylord advises former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who may seek the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Democrats have their own problems, including leading presidential wannabes who seem to be pandering on Iraq, and House Democrats who are breaking election-year promises on lobbying reform. “People want really dramatic change from the current way politics works – the money, the lobbying and the whole thing,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who advises presidential candidate John Edwards. “The Democratic Party has to lead. For us to benefit, we’ve got to lead the way on change – the different way to do things.” The public’s faith in government has been declining for years and took a steep dive in the summer of 2005 when state, local and federal leaders responded poorly to Hurricane Katrina. The Gulf Coast’s slow recovery affirms the public’s distrust of government. An AP-Ipsos poll this month found that only 35 percent of the public approves of how the Democratic-led Congress is handling its job, the same anemic rating given to President Bush. Exit polls after last November’s elections showed that while almost six in 10 voters disapproved of the Iraq war, even more – 74 percent – said government corruption and scandals were important to their votes. “Washington is broken,” said Mitt Romney, among anti-Washington voices raised at the second Republican presidential debate. That brings us back to Gonzales and Wolfowitz. WASHINGTON – Alberto Gonzales and Paul Wolfowitz could be poster boys for what’s wrong with politics today – cronyism, incompetence and a brazen lack of accountability that has voters craving change. Gonzales is the Texas pal of President George W. Bush who led the Justice Department into political and legal trouble, then blamed subordinates and a bad memory. Wolfowitz is the unyielding conservative who underestimated the difficulty of bringing Iraq to heel, then was rewarded with a job at the World Bank that he quickly jeopardized with an ethical lapse. Their heads may finally roll, but the public wants more than the dismissal of two failed leaders. People want an entirely new brand of leadership in Washington – and they currently don’t see it in either major party. “Does anybody run anything anymore? Does anybody hold anybody accountable for anything?” asked Republican consultant Joe Gaylord. He is one of a growing number of Democratic and Republican officials in Washington worried about the health of their parties because of a bipartisan failure of leadership. “It’s a mystery to me as to why someone hasn’t come down with a two-by-four and said, `Get this crap fixed.”‘ Under Gonzales, the FBI broke the law to secretly acquire personal data on Americans, and the Justice Department abruptly fired several U.S. attorneys. The firings, while legal, raised questions about whether the administration tried to use the nation’s law enforcement arm to cause legal problems for Democratic politicians. Four senior Justice Department officials have resigned, and Gonzales has publicly made scapegoats of two of them for the firings. His congressional testimony on the matter was a marathon of dodged answers, foggy memories and blame-shifting that prompted some Republicans to join Democrats in calling for his dismissal. Things got worse Tuesday when lawmakers heard how far Gonzales would go to carry out President Bush’s orders. As the top White House lawyer in 2004, he went to the sickbed of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to pressure him to approve the legality of Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. Ashcroft – critically ill with pancreatitis at the time – rebuffed Gonzales, according to Jim Comey, the former No. 2 official at the Justice Department. Bush went ahead with the program, Comey said. Faced with the resignations of Comey, Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, Bush relented and changed the program to address Justice Department concerns. “The American people deserve an attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question,” Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said Wednesday. Hagel also is considering a presidential bid – perhaps as an independent. He said Gonzales “has lost the moral authority to lead.” The same is being said of Wolfowitz after a World Bank committee found that he broke ethics rules by arranging a large raise for his girlfriend. After allowing the controversy to simmer, Bush signaled a willingness to see Wolfowitz go. “This has certainly been a bruising episode for the bank,” White House press secretary Tony Snow said. The Wolfowitz episode will eventually end – and so will the controversies surrounding Gonzales. But the system in which these two men flourished will still be broken.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Otuoma lone strike sinks Ingwe at Nyayo

first_imgMatano made only two changes from the team that played in midweek, defender Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah starting in defense ahead of Robinson Kamura who picked up injury from a motorbike accident this week while Vincent Oburu started upfront ahead of Samuel Ndung’u.But it was Stima who are facing the scare of relegation who got into business early enough with Otuoma getting them ahead.It was a scrappy goal, but nonetheless, Stima would take it. Otuoma nodded the ball home a few inches off the line while still on the ground after Ingwe keeper Gabriel Andika had palmed away the initial shot from Bernard Ondiek on the right.Stima got just what they needed in the game; take control.AFC had been off to a good start with Duncan Otieno’s long range drive just within the opening two minutes forcing a full stretched save from Samuel Odhiambo on the Western Stima goal.It was an end to end swing of the pendulum with both sides going all out in attack and despite getting the early lead, Stima were not shy to go upfront with the speed of Brian Marita and Otuoma on either win causing trouble for the Ingwe backline.On the quarter hour mark though, AFC had a chance to equalize but Stima keeper Samuel Odhiambo made a superb point blank save to deny Aziz Okaka.The winger had raced onto the ball at the far post after Salim Abdalla headed it in from a Duncan Otieno free-kick.On the opposite end, Stima almost got the second against the run of play when a quick transition with some good build up play found Oromchan Villa on the left, but the Ugandan’s low effort went wide.AFC Leopards defender Salim Abdalah attempts to block an effort by Western Stima in a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBurundian Alexis Kitenge then had an effort rattle the crossbar in the 20th minute with only the keeper to beat when the ball fell graciously on his path after Vincent Omumbo’s clearance had struck the back of midfielder Whyvonne Isuza.From the resultant counter attack mounted by the powermen, Villa should have done better after breaking on the right to cut back the ball to Marita unmarked inside the box but he tried side stepping Abdallah who stretched to pick the ball.In the 24th minute, Otuoma’s cross from the right after a good run almost resulted in goal number two for Stima but the ball skied a few millimeters off the head of Bernard Ondiek inside the six yard box.With Kitenge completely kept silent on the AFC forward line, youngster Oburu did most of the work, going back deep in search of the ball but they could still not crack the Stima backline.Three minutes to half time, Kitenge almost stole a back pass from Joseph Mukisa intended for Odhiambo, bit the keeper managed to slide in and sweep the ball out of play.Needing some more punch in attack, Matano made two changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Keziron Kizito and Samuel Ndung’u for Isuza and Oburu respectively.But it was Stima who almost stole the show right at the start, but Villa’s shot after being sent through with a superb through pass by Marita was beautifully saved by Andika.AFC Leopards defender Salim Abdallah attempts to cut away Western Stima’s Oromchan Villa during a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAFC survived the early scare and took control of the game, pushing Stima into their own half as they vehemently searched for the equalizer. In the 52nd minute, Keziron’s fierce shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Maurice Ojwang.The home side continued piling the pressure, dumping balls into the Stima area in anticipation of a goal. Kizito was industrious as he drove the team forward but Still, Stima stuck to their guns and guarded their rare with vigor.With quarter of an hour left, Matano threw in his last dice, pulling out Kitenge for Ray Omondi, a like for like change to bring new feet in attack.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima winger Ezekiel Otuoma wheels away in celebration after scoring against AFC Leopards in a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29- Ezekiel Otuoma’s 10th minute goal handed Robert Matano the first loss since returning as AFC Leopards coach after his side went down 1-0 to Western Stima at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.AFC had won their first two matches under Matano, a 1-0 league win over Bandari in Mombasa and Wednesday’s 2-1 win against National Super League side Bidco United in the GOtv Shield round of 16.last_img read more

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Conte out of running for Italy job, Di Biagio an option

first_img“Antonio Conte has pulled out,” Costacurta said, adding that Italy Under-21 coach Di Biagio, in charge for friendlies against Argentina and England next month, could be handed more than just an interim role.“We all have this ardour to enact a revolution and do something wonderful for Italian football, but clearly there’s a lot of work to do,” Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia.“A new Italy coach is fundamental, but many forget that there are several options who are under contract, so it’s difficult to really talk about it right now.“As Conte reiterated the other day, he wants to continue working as a coach on a day-by-day basis at club level for at least the next 18 months, the length of his Chelsea contract, so he has pulled out of the running.“There are others who are more or less available. For example, Roberto Mancini is under contract with Zenit. We’d have to work out who can be approached and who can’t.”Former Italy midfielder Di Biagio, 46, who played for Roma, Inter Milan and Lazio during his career, is seen as an outsider among a star line-up of names being linked with the job including Mancini, Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti.“It’s not such an outlandish idea. I’ve been following Di Biagio’s progress for a few years, he took Italy to the European Under-21 Championship and made some really inspired choices,” said Costacurta.“If nothing happens in the meantime, the new national coach will be announced in June.”Gareth Southgate went from England Under-21 manager to interim senior coach before being handed the job full-time.“Southgate went along this path and it happens quite often. Di Biagio knows the talents who are in Italy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea after turning down Italy © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMILAN, Italy, Feb 4 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled himself out as Italy coach but interim boss Luigi Di Biagio could be an option, Italian football federation (FIGC) assistant commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Sunday.Former AC Milan star Costacurta has been given the task of finding a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy’s embarrassing World Cup exit.last_img read more

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Klopp vows Liverpool won’t be haunted by Chelsea ghosts

first_imgBut Chelsea stirs some extremely unpleasant memories for everyone connected with the Premier League leaders.Back in 2014, Liverpool, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, sat top of the table when they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Anfield in a match made famous by a costly slip from Steven Gerrard that gifted a goal to Demba Ba.That painful loss came at a similar stage of the campaign and current title rivals Manchester City went on to lift the trophy by two points.With Liverpool sitting two points clear of City, who have a game in hand, there is just as much at stake for the Reds in their latest meeting with Chelsea.Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEFew Liverpool players remain from that game and Klopp is adamant that past failures will be a burden for this generation.“I’m not sure that’s in anyone’s mind. You can tell all the fans out there to ignore it. It has nothing to do with us. It is a completely different story,” Klopp said.“It’s all about the game on Sunday. Anyone who wants to talk to any of my players about what happened years ago, don’t do it. We want to write our own history.“I’m not nervous. I feel the intensity of the competition, but we see the positivity of the moment.“We want to make the next step because it’s not over yet. We try to encourage them to play ‘big balls’ football. We will make mistakes and we have to deal with them.”For all Klopp’s optimism, Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at Anfield in their past eight encounters, a barren run that includes a 2-1 League Cup defeat this season inspired by Eden Hazard’s superb late winner.Klopp is well aware of the threat posed by Hazard, who is in fine form after scoring sublime goals against West Ham and Brighton recently.– ‘Big targets’ –“Hazard is in very good shape. On his day he can be the world’s best,” he said. “In a one-on-one situation you can’t defend him. If he plays his best game we have to live with that.“But he has to play against us as well. We have to stop a few passes to him, read the game and react a bit quicker.”Eden Hazard is in top form for Chelsea © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKBy the time Liverpool kick off on Sunday, they will find themselves knocked down to second place if City win at Crystal Palace a few hours earlier.But if City slip up in south London, Liverpool can stretch their lead by beating Chelsea in the last major obstacle on their road to the title, with four eminently winnable games remaining.“We have to create the power of Anfield and use it,” Klopp said. “We have only big games now. We have really big targets, that is clear. We have to fight for it.”Chelsea are determined to spoil Liverpool’s title ambitions again as they cling to third place in a tense struggle to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta played in the 2014 upset in a team that included current Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who was given extra motivation to beat his old club when a group of Chelsea supporters were filmed chanting racist abuse the about Egyptian in midweek.“It was a few years ago, but we went there and they had the party ready because they were smashing every team at Anfield,” Azpilicueta said.“We enjoyed that day and hopefully we can replicate it on Sunday.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool are chasing a first English top-flight title since 1990 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENELIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 12 – Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not be haunted by their Premier League title collapse five years ago when they face Chelsea in another seismic showdown on Sunday.Liverpool are chasing their first English top-flight title since 1990. A victory over the Blues at Anfield would be a big step toward that dream.last_img read more

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Proof there IS a campaign against Chelsea?

first_img 10 10 18= West Ham and Southampton – One penalty (None scored) – The Hammers and the Saints have only had a solitary spot-kick handed to them but Mark Noble, who took the first penalty of the season, and Dusan Tadic, respectively, failed to put the ball in the back of the net. 3= Liverpool and Crystal Palace – Four penalties (Four scored) – Always reliable from 12 yards, Steven Gerrard has hit two penalties against Leicester and two against Tottenham this season, while the Eagles also have a 100% record from four spot-kicks. Having witnessed his side get two more penalty appeals turned down last weekend, Jose Mourinho once again insisted there is a campaign against Chelsea.Stemming from when Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving against Southampton, although it appeared Matt Targett had brought the player down in the box, Mourinho reiterated his belief again and again.And with another brace of possible spot-kicks blanked by referee Martin Atkinson in the Blues’ eventful clash with Burnley the Portuguese boss was left fuming once more.But are Chelsea really that hard done by went it comes to penalties? talkSPORT takes a look at the clubs who have been awarded the most this season. 9. Stoke City – Three penalties (Three scored) – A trio of spot-kicks have been awarded to the Potters, including their injury time winner against Aston Villa at the weekend. Their three different takers, Charlie Adam, Bojan Krkic and Victor Moses have all found the back of the net. 10 10 10 10 10= Chelsea, Leicester and Sunderland – Two penalties (Two scored) – Jose Mourinho’s men have only been given two spot-kicks, which has irked the Portuguese boss. We wonder if Nigel Pearson and Gus Poyet have the same complaints. 5= Queens Park Rangers and West Brom – Four penalties (Three scored) – English strikers Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino have supplemented goal tallies this season with three from the spot. 10 13. Burnley – Two penalties (One scored) – Chelsea’s opponents from last weekend have been handed the chance to score from 12 yards on two occasions. One missed by Scott Arfield. One scored by Danny Ings. 1= Manchester City and Arsenal – Seven penalties (Six scored) – The two sides who have been given the most spot-kicks this year, so far, are the Blues and the Gunners with seven apiece. And both have missed one of their attempts too. Arsenal’s tally is even more impressive given they were only awarded their first in December. 10 20. Aston Villa – No penalties awarded to them so far in the 2014/15 Premier League season. Click the arrow above, right, to see which clubs have been awarded the most pens to date (correct on 27 February 2015) – The struggling Villans are yet to win a single spot-kick this season as they sit in the bottom three. Tim Sherwood will need his side’s luck to change soon if they are to survive. 10 14= Manchester United, Hull, Newcastle and Swansea – One penalty (One scored) – No Howard Webb, no penalties? Or was it the influence of Sir Alex Ferguson? That’s what the conspiracy theorists might ask. Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils have only received one spot-kick all season, along with three other Premier League sides. 10 7= Everton and Tottenham – Four penalties (Two scored) – This duo have a poor record from the spot, converting just 50% of their attempts. Harry Kane was the latest to miss for Spurs this weekend, although he tucked away the rebound, while Kevin Mirallas famously missed against West Brom after grabbing the ball from Leighton Baines. last_img read more

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Donegal Derry Vipers on a roll with six wins in a row!

first_imgIn the last game of their regular season The Donegal Derry Vipers knew the stakes were high. Sitting top of the division, just ahead of The Wexford Eagles, both on 5-0, The Vipers knew that any let up in performance could see The Eagles overtake them for top spot.The Vipers will take on The Eagles in the IAFL2 Bowl Game this coming Sunday and with a win for both the teams it would set up the most exciting Bowl game the division had ever seen… with both teams reaching The Bowl unbeaten. Only 14 in game points separated the two and whilst The Eagles travelled to Galway to take on The Warriors, The Vipers headed to Belfast to take on The Razorbacks in the last game of the season.Confidence was high and having already beaten The Razorbacks on the opening game of the season 27-0 The Vipers set about dismantling the Belfast men from kick off. Having received the ball an early Vipers drive was stunted resulting in a punt. Nic Hollywood YoungThe Razorbacks suffered the same fate and the two opening drives of the game resulted in a stale mate. The Vipers received the ball for their second drive and within seconds were ahead. With the ball spotted at their 7 yard line QB Danny Mullan found his Wide-receiver Ryan brolly and with a quick turn of pace Brolly ran in for the opening score with a 93 yard TD.Brolly on his way to make a touch downDanny Mullan hurdles a defensive playerIt was a combination that would bear fruit twice more for the Red & Gold as the Vipers scored 3 TDs in the first half. The rock solid Vipers defense would not be moved and with huge tackles coming from Corey McKenna and Ronan o’Connor deep in the second the Vipers went into half time Vipers 21-0 Razorbacks.The Vipers now had a 5 touchdown lead in the league standings over The Wexford Eagles and with no news coming from Galway they decided to continue their onslaught upon The Razorbacks. The Belfast men received the Kick-off in the 2nd half and had hoped to reduce The Vipers lead but the door was slammed in their face.The Vipers defense, who have conceded only 12 points all season decided that that was already too much and an Interception from Line-backer Kyle McAneny and big hits by Safety Stephen Henderson led the Vipers to their 4th Shut-Out of the season in 6 games. Steven Henserson and David VaughanThe 3rd quarter continued in the same thread as the previous 2 and QB Mullan was unlucky to not score himself, landing just millimetres short of the EndZone before losing his helmet in the tussle. League rules forced Mullan off for 1 play and as QB Nic Young joined the action there was only ever going to be 1 result.Mullan drives for the end-zoneA trademark ‘Sneak’ by Young on his first play of the game send The Vipers into a 28-0 lead as Gary Melly sent his 4th PAT over the bar in what would be an almost flawless performance by the phenomenal kicker.Kicker Gary Melly with an extra pointThe Vipers defense continued to smash through The Razorbacks line and after some excellent work by Line-backer Niall Lyons and the entire Vipers D they gained another defensive score with a safety, adding another 2 points to the board, moving into a 30-0 lead early in the 4th qtr.Cathal Curran makes some hard yardsBefore the quarter and game had finished Corner Coilin McGinley Intercepted a stray Razorbacks pass and as he grasped the ball and rand to the EndZone was certain he has scored. Upon review the Game officials rules his foot out of bounds just inches from the goal line. The call itself was controversial but the offense entered the field and only had 1 thing on their mind… another touchdown. QB Nic Young again added the points himself.The Black Swan intercepts the ballAs news of a result finally came through from Galway there were joyous scenes amongst The Vipers ranks. Their Bowl Game opponents, The Wexford Eagles had a narrow victory over The Galway Warriors and with the game ending Eagles 13 – 0 Warriors, The Vipers were confirmed as the number 1 ranked team in the division and ended their regular season undefeated and with both the highest ranked Offense and Defense in IAFL2, amassing 192 points scored and only 12 conceded (including 4 shut-outs) The Vipers travel to Westsmantown in Dublin this Sunday 28th August to take on The Wexford Eagles in the IAFL2 Bowl game to decide the championship and it is not to be missed.Words by Shaun Mc GroryPhotography by Dean CullenDonegal Derry Vipers on a roll with six wins in a row! was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:American FootballDonegal-Derry Vipersthe razorbackswexford eagleslast_img read more

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