Immobile asks the government for “more clarity” on the resumption of football

first_imgThe Italian Government approved last Sunday a decree that allows athletes who practice individual sports to train from May 4 while it prevents footballers from working in their sports centers until the 18th. In addition, it will be possible to train in the parks from May 4, although respecting at least one meter of safety distance.This Wednesday, the Italian sports minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, assured that if he were a president of a Serie A club he would start thinking about next season Because, he considered, the options to resume the competition “are less and less.” Series A was interrupted on March 9 on Matchday 26, with Juventus leading with a point advantage over Lazio, second, and nine over Inter Milan, third. “I agree with the thinking of the club and my teammates. It doesn’t seem right to me to be able to run in a public park and not in Formello, where we have a sports center with six fields that allow us to train individually“Immobile said in an interview on official Lazio television.” We are not making controversy, we just want more clarity. We want to understand why we cannot train in our sports center. We are waiting to return to do what we want. Football moves a lot of money, and there is little time left“he added. Ciro Immobile, Lazio striker and top scorer in the Italian Serie A, asked Wednesday for “more clarity” to the Government on whether and when it will be possible to resume the sports activity of the footballers, while considering it unfair to prevent training until at least May 18.last_img read more

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Trainers strike averted, racing tomorrow

first_imgA strike by members of the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association was averted yesterday morning, ensuring there will be racing at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The trainers followed through on their threat to withhold nominations for Saturday’s meet on Wednes-day morning over the failure of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to grant them a 10 per cent increase in purses, but agreement was reached between the management of CTL and the trainers at a meeting yesterday morning at Caymanas Park.Details of the agreement were sketchy, but reports indicate that the revised offers made by CTL were favourably received.Tomorrow’s programme, according to CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, will feature 12 races, including the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Trophy open allowance race over 1100 metres with a purse of $1 million.The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission has contributed $2 million to purses for the day, but the trainers say the $200,000 contribution to six trophy races sponsored by the BG&LC on the card have not increased the existing purses, but have seen the originally purses decrease and the sponsorship money added to the amount. This is an issue they plan to address.In addition to the principal feature for the BG&LC Trophy for which the regulatory body has contributed $500,000, other trophy races on the card are the Charles Randle Cup over 1200 metres with a purse of $765000 inclusive of $200,000 from the BG&LC; The Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres; the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres; the Charles Hayles Memorial Trophy over1300 metres; and the Emancipation Day Trophy (high claiming) over 1300 metres for a purse of $570,000 inclusive of $100,000 from the BG&LC A Gimmick race; with a purse of $70,000 over 100 metres for humans will also be run.Top contenders for the BG&LC Trophy are the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, PHINEAS, BORDER LINE, RIO COBRE, and the 3-y-o fillies PUDDY POOH and MOM’S STUDENT, respective winners of the 1000 Guineas and Oaks earlier this season.last_img read more

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UG Council endorses honorary doctorates for outstanding Guyanese

first_imgHistory was created on Saturday last at the hosting of the 52nd Convocation of the Turkeyen campus, when the University of Guyana Academic Board unanimously adopted the proposal to confer the university’s honorary doctorate degrees upon four outstanding Guyanese.Chancellor of the University, Professor Eon Nigel Harris, said that recognition of individuals with the award of honorary degrees for having distinguished themselves through their diverse accomplishments and exemplary service is a university tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages.“I share the delight of our University of Guyana in initiating these awards. It represents yet another step in the transformative growth of our University,” Harris underscored.The honorary degree recipients that were conferred with the Doctor of Letters (DLitt) have all made their mark in their respective fields of music, business, philanthropy and Indigenous rights respectively.At the ceremony, Edmond (Eddy) Grant was conferred for excellence in music and civic engagement; Yesu Persaud for iconic leadership in business and banking; Jairaj Sobhraj for excellence in entrepreneurship and philanthropy; and Laura George for outstanding community development and advocacy.The honorary doctorates are being bestowed in accordance with the University of Guyana Act, which dates back to 1963, and grants the University the legal authority to confer honorary degrees and other distinctions, provided that all degrees and other distinctions so conferred shall be conferred and held subject to any provision which are or may be made in reference thereto by the university.Moreover, one of the powers of the Academic Board is to make recommendation to the Council with respect to the award to any person of an Honorary Fellowship or Honorary Degree or title of Professor Emeritus. The current proposal had successfully passed through all previous vetting procedures.University Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith noted that this historic conferral is part of the Renaissance pursuits of the University, which entails rebuilding and rebranding the University, central to which is celebrating exemplars of excellence in order to inspire young and not-so-young citizens.“I am honoured to have the opportunity to place the spotlight on these four outstanding citizens,” he said.The honorees’ joined the more than 1,700 students from Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Education and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the School of Entrepreneurship, who will be conferred with degrees, diplomas and certificates.last_img read more

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2 dead, 2 critical after 3-vehicle collision at Coverden, EBD

Two persons, including a 15-year-old girl, was killed in the wee hours of Sunday, while two others are critical follDead: Rudolph Bessowing a three-vehicle collision at Coverden Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead: Hansranie PersaudThe dead are Rudolph Bess, 22, of Lot 220 Kaneville, EBD and Hansranie Persaud, 15, of Grove Housing Scheme, EBD.Those injured are Jason Baskarran, 23, of Track “B” Timehri Public Road, EBD and Yolanda Fraser-Patterson, 42, of Paradise Village, EBD.Both Baskarran and Fraser-Patterson are in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Fraser-Patterson, according to information received, suffered head injuries and lacerations to the body, while the still-unconscious Baskarran suffered severe head injuries.Reports are the now dead persons were heading home on a “scrambler” 125 motorcycle bearing registration number PH 378 from a lime in Soesdyke.Baskarran was reportedly returning home in his jeep bearing registration number PHH 8034 after attending a wedding at Versailles, West Bank Demerara, while Fraser-Patterson was heading home with her husband, Joseph Patterson, after dropping off a relative at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. She was driving motor car PMM 9768.Information reaching this newspaper stated that the accident occurred about 03:50h in the vicinity of the Kaylee Service Station,One of the vehicles turned turtle following the collisionYolanda Fraser-Patterson pinned in her carThe damaged motorcycle at the scene of the accidentCoverden.Guyana Times understands that the driver of the jeep allegedly swerved from a drop in the road next to a culvert and reportedly collided with the motorcycle and the car which were heading in the opposite direction.The motorcycle was sandwiched by the car and the jeep.As a result, both Bess and Persaud received immense injuries and parts of their bodies were torn off.When this newspaper visited the scene, an eyewitness said the impact of the collision caused the jeep to topple several times before coming to a halt.Public-spirited citizens summoned the Guyana Fire Service to assist in removing the drivers from the wreckage.Fraser-Patterson, who was pinned in her vehicle, had to be pulled out by Police and fire-fighters.The eyewitness noted that as they looked around, they saw body parts scattered on the roadway and subsequently found Bess and Persaud some distance away from the motorcycle they were riding. Their bodies were completely mangled.Fraser-Patterson, her husband and Baskarran were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, but were referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Marlon Bess, brother of the dead man, told Guyana Times that the family received a phone call about 04:00h informing them of the accident.When they arrived at the scene, they saw the bodies of Bess and Persaud lying on the roadway.Marlon said his brother left home to attend a house party and from all indications, he was heading home when he met his demise.Bess’s brother was not sure how his brother knew the 15-year-old girl. They later learnt that she had been in bed at her mother’s house before she escaped and went to a dance in Soesdyke.Acting Traffic Officer Boodnarine Persaud told Guyana Times that he visited the scene and from all indications, the jeep, which was heading to Timehri, might have attempted to swerve from the drop in the road thus colliding with two other vehicles.He noted that the motorcyclist and the pillion rider were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident, and reiterated the call for motorists to adhere to the rules when using the roadways.He also noted that from reports received, Baskarran, Persaud and Bess might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, but this would have to be confirmed.The traffic official was also concerned about the increase in the number of people being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.This accident has now taken the road accidents death toll to 10 cyclists and three pillion riders for the year thus far. In addition, 13 pedestrians have lost their lives over the same period. read more

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Nakumatt not worried about relegation

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi shares words with midfielder Clinton Kiziavuki during their Kenyan premier League match against bandari on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- Nakumatt FC head coach Anthony Mwangi is not worried about the club’s future in the Kenyan Premier League despite a run of 10 winless matches that culminated in their  2-1 home loss at the hands of Bandari FC on Sunday.Nakumatt sit at the foot of the standings with a paltry seven points off 13 matches having won only once this season, beating Nzoia Sugar by a solitary goal in Bungoma on February 17. “I am not worried at all that we might end up in relegation. We have only played 13 matches and there are 21 more games to go. We are only three points off safety and I am pretty sure things will stabilize soon,” the tactician told Capital Sport after their match against Bandari.The club started the season slow following tough financial times, but a recent takeover by city politician Francis Mureithi breathed a new lease of life and they hope his coming will aid them back up the standings.Nakumatt FC defender Eugene Ambulwa clears under pressure from Bandari’s Shabaan Kenga during their Kenyan Premier League match on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Despite the fact that we have finally found a sponsor, there are things that are yet to take shape. It is those small small details that are still keeping us shaken but once everything settles down, we will be okay,” the tactician noted.He added; “Since the season began, this is the only week that we have trained consistently throughout and we have been forced to do double sessions to cover up for the lost time. This cannot take effect now but later on in the season,” the tactician noted.With no mid-season break as the league starts the process of conforming its calendar to the European format, Mwangi hopes his side can start picking results early enough and build up.Their next assignment will be against Zoo Kericho on Sunday.-Bandari third-Meanwhile, Bandari strengthened their hold on third spot following the win over Nakumatt and head coach Ken Odhiambo believes it is a process of getting the team ticking.Bandari FC coach ken Odhiambo remonstrates on the touchline during their Kenyan Premier League match against Nakumatt on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe dockers have picked seven points off their last three assignments and Odhiambo is pleased with the run, hoping that they maintain it till the final day of the season.“At this moment, the most important thing for us is getting the team together because we have so many new players, almost 80 percent. We are not concentrating on the position we want to finish but looking at improving how we play,” Odhiambo noted.Despite winning against Nakumatt, Odhiambo wasn’t impressed with the performance of his side but he hopes they can improve over the next few games.“We played 60pc well and despite winning I was not happy with how many things went. Our passing wasn’t very good and decision making in the final third wasn’t good as well,” the coach noted.Bandari are only two points behind second placed Mathare who raced from a goal down to draw 2-2 with leaders Gor Mahia in the late kick off at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday.-Kimanzi pleased-Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gives a thumbs up during his Kenyan Premier League match against Gor Mahia on April 29, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHead coach Francis Kimanzi was pleased with the fighting spirit exhibited by his players especially after back to back losses and he hopes the point can inspire them back to their early season form.“If you get a point against a team you are close to on the log you appreciate. I think it is good that we have the belief. We lost against Wazito but that is a match we were robbed. This is a match we know that we got what we worked for,” the experienced coach said.He added; “It is motivating that after we drop six points on the third match you get a point, then maybe in the fourth game something better happens.”Mathare are three points behind leaders Gor Mahia who have two matches at hand. Kimanzi believes they can push to challenge for the crown though he reiterates it is not a priority to them after merely surviving relegation last term.-Matano masterstroke-In other results from this weekend, Robert Matano picked up a second consecutive win in charge of Tusker FC as the brewers beat Sony Sugar 3-2 at Ruaraka.Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano (right) confers with his assistant Charles Okore during their Kenyan Premier League match against Wazito on April 25, 2018 At Camp Toyoyo. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker had blown away a 2-0 lead with Sony tying the match at 2-2 but Boniface Muchiri scored against his former side in the 89th minute of the game to hand Matano a win.The shock result of the weekend however came in the late kick off at the same venue when Wazito FC stunned title chasing Sofapaka 1-0 via a Piston Mutamba goal.Wazito have managed to steady their ship on their debut in the top flight league and the win over Sofapaka will be a huge morale booster for the debutants.KPL weekend resultsSaturday: AFC Leopards 2-2 Vihiga United.Sunday: Thika United 0-3 Nzoia Sugar FC, Tusker 3-2 Sony Sugar FC, Sofapaka 0-1 Wazito , Posta Rangers 0-0 Kariobangi Sharks, Ulinzi Stars 2-0 Chemelil Sugar , Nakumatt 1-2 Bandari FC, Mathare United 2-2 Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sofapaka hit deadline day Watenga signing

first_img0Shares0000New Sofapaka goalkeeper Ismail Abdul Watenga. PHOTO/Swift Sports UgandaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka have secured the deadline day signing of Ugandan keeper Ismail Watenga from Ethiopia Coffee after the planned acquisition of Togolese shot stopper N’Guisan Djehani fell off at the 11th hour.Djehani had been brought on board from Togolese champions ASC Kara, but the two clubs did not agree on a transfer fee for the keeper who still had a running contract. Djehani arrived in the country last Thursday and was even among the 11 unveiled by the club. Watenga comes in to make the number of Ugandans at the club rise to five.He will fill up the massive boots left by Burundian Justin Ndikumana who has since joined Bandari. Former Ushuru keeper Isaiah Wakasala played in the club’s league opener against Posta Rangers in Narok last Friday where they lost 2-1.“We welcome Ismail to the club. He is a very good and experienced goalkeeper and will be a great addition to the team. We have followed his performances both with the Ugandan national team and his club in Ethiopia and we are convinced he will help the club move to the next level,” Sofapaka Team Manager Hillary Echesa told the club’s official website.Batoto ba Mungu are looking to challenge for the league title, and their decision to go for Watenga who has also played for Vipers SC in Uganda and has won 19 international caps for Uganda.0Shares0000(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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El Camino pulls off big upset

first_imgCross country Chadwick’s Kelly Owen covered the 3-mile Peninsula Course in 21 minutes, 21 seconds to lead defending CIF Division V champion Chadwick to a 30-34 nonleague win over defending L.A. City champion San Pedro. In the boys meet, San Pedro beat Chadwick, 28-41. Pablo Rosales won for San Pedro in 17:45. Girls golf Jenny Shin birdied her final hole and shot a 1-under-par 35 to lead Torrance (1-0, 1-0) to a 210-242 Ocean League victory over Beverly Hills at Rancho Park. In a nonleague match … From staff reports El Camino College rallied for a 21-30, 30-24, 31-29, 30-15 women’s volleyball win over visiting Golden West on Wednesday. Kerry O’Brien had 21 kills, and Lauren Simmons added 20 kills and 18 digs for El Camino (6-1, 3-1), ranked No. 6 in the state. Marcella Hernandez had nine kills and four blocks for El Camino. Golden West is ranked No. 2 in the state. “They were bigger and stronger, but you know the big ones don’t always win if you do the little things right,” El Camino coach LeValley Pattison said. North Torrance 232, South Torrance 254: Erika Matsushima shot a 4-over-par 40 and Kimi Wakamoto a 41 at Los Verdes to lift North (5-0) over South (2-3). South’s Shani Yokotake shot a 42. Girls tennis Campbell Hall edged visiting Palos Verdes on games, 81-57, after tying, 9-9, in a nonleague match. Palos Verdes (3-2) swept in doubles behind the teams of Alex Scotten-Tiffany Jue, Austin Ruth-Catherine Chen and Brooke Schweyer-Charlotte Newell, but the Sea Kings won just 13 games and were swept in singles. Campbell Hall is 5-0. Boys water polo Ryan McDonald scored five goals, but Torrance (7-4) lost an 11-8 nonleague decision at Lakewood (4-2). JC women’s soccer Vanessa Naba scored two goals and Cynthia Lozano added another as El Camino College posted a 3-0 nonconference win at Mt. San Jacinto (6-1). El Camino is 7-2-1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man United are pragmatic, not boring under Louis Van Gaal – opinion

first_img3 Louis van Gaal 3 Teams not winning in the ‘correct’ way is not an uncommon thing in football.‘One-nil to the Arsenal’ was sang around Highbury during the George Graham era of the 1990s, while Jose Mourinho didn’t earn rave reviews for his brand of football when he won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.And now the same thing is being said of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.Fans and ex-players alike are calling for the Dutchman’s head, saying he has killed the club’s tradition of attacking, free-flowing football established under Sir Alex Ferguson.But the same fans need to adapt to Van Gaal’s style themselves by being a little more pragmatic and realising the days of ‘if you score four then we’ll score five’ are over. 3 This United side is about not losing and is built around a defence which has conceded nine goals in 13 games, a league best and two fewer than any other team, with more than 10 hours played without conceding a goal.And it is a tactic that could see them finish the weekend on top of the Premier League mountain with over a third of the season’s fixtures played. They are also only one win away from topping their Champions League group. So what are Van Gaal’s critics moaning about?As it stands there are 18 other sets of Premier League fans who wished their club were in the Red Devils’ position. Two years ago, when David Moyes was at the helm, to be challenging for the title again was unthinkable.Van Gaal is rebuilding and reshaping the poor squad he inherited and is starting from the back, first ensuring United do not lose before he focuses on rejuvenating the attack.It is exactly what Ferguson did, ensuring he had a strong base at the back so he could afford to take chances and build at the front.It is very difficult to be perfect in both attack and defence, and Van Gaal has chosen the more rational option and consequently sacrificed the traditional ‘Manchester United way’. Ferguson spoilt United fans and gave them a sense of entitlement by coupling playing exciting football and winning trophies. But his feat is rare.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been praised for the aesthetically pleasing way his side plays – but how many trophies has this philosophy returned in the last ten years?Mourinho, despite winning trophies wherever he managed, was criticised for his negative mentality. In fact, Real Madrid sacked him for it.Manchester United fans should embrace what Van Gaal has done. He has stabilised the club in its most uncertain period for 28 years. He has taken them back to the Champions League and put them firmly in this season’s title race.It is an arrogance to think United must win in a particular and idealistic way. It is pragmatic, though, to think United must win in any way they can, even if it is dull and that is what Van Gaal is doing.last_img read more

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13-year-old uses bar mitzvah to benefit the region’s hungry

first_imgSANTA CLARITA — For some, the Jewish coming-of- age ceremony signals greater parental expectations, a blowout party and a flood of gifts. One young man asked guests to dig deep and give generously — the more canned goods the better. Much of the nonperishable booty donated by 13-year-old Sean Young’s 160 bar mitzvah party guests went to a local food pantry; the rest is headed for a San Fernando Valley food bank operated by a Jewish group. “It is remarkable for a young person to think for his bar mitzvah to give to people who are more needy,” said Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, the local beneficiary. “I was really impressed with his heart and his generosity toward others.” The group distributed 1,600 pounds of food a day in the first quarter of this year, up from 1,000 pounds a day in 2005. About 800 families, including 1,200 children, rely on the staples, which are given free. Young denoted kosher symbols on his invitations, to help the uninitiated. That local congregations Beth Shalom and Or Emet funnel items to the nonsectarian SOVA pantry in Van Nuys does not diminish Young’s contribution. “I think it’s great when kids take it upon themselves to make a difference,” said Maxine Meyer, of the SOVA Community Food and Resource program. “Hopefully it will carry on throughout their lives.” As a child, Meyer recycled well-cared-for toys to an orphanage in her New York town. The storefront pantry is one of three operated by the Jewish Family Service/SOVA of Los Angeles, which provides groceries for more than 3,500 people a month. Sean was circumspect about the co-theme — the other was basketball — of his May 27 celebration, which featured food-basket centerpieces filled with canned fruit, cereal, crackers, candy and … basketballs. “It’s just as easy for us to be poor as anyone,” said Sean, who will earmark some of the cash he received for charity. “We tried to make (the twin themes) fit in with each other.” His poem, “Hoops and Hopes,” says it all: “Shoot for a basket, do a good deed/A few food items are all that I need/Helping the hungry with their dinners/will help us all become big winners.” The rhyming teen will be an eighth-grader at Arroyo Seco Junior High School come fall. His friends embraced the theme, some toting bags filled with goods. A neighbor, from Lebanon, brought a cellophane-wrapped basket brimming with kosher foods and wine from Israel. Sean’s mother, Naomi Young, who has taught Hebrew lessons to hundreds of students over the past 23 years, knows she has done her job when students take action, performing acts of kindness: “They need to think and feel, and do it. “I’ve been to so many bar mitzvahs,” she said. “I wanted him to know there’s more to it than DJ’s or gifts. It’s called bar mitzvah for a reason — he needs to start doing his own mitzvoth, his own good deeds.” Student Justine Morgan, 13, whose bat mitzvah was Saturday, caught the bug. She will donate gifted food to SOVA. “I think there are a lot of people who are really hungry,” the Redview Prep student said, anticipating the before and after. “They will have more food than what they probably ever dreamed of.” Morgan’s mitzvoth include donating sabbath candles and candleholders, games and books to the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. Young plans to enlist a group of students to volunteer at the local food pantry, and Meyer might trek over the hill to describe SOVA’s mission to Young’s flock. Bar mitzvah literally means a son of commandments. Choni Marozov, Sean’s rabbi from Chabad of Santa Clarita, said it is beautiful to see young people focusing on the true meaning of the ritual. “Many focus on the external aspects of parties,” he said. “It’s heartwarming to see Jewish families focusing on the spiritual and mitzvah aspect.” — Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE NOTES

first_imgPlayed at Ballyliffin Golf Club (Gashedy) on Saturday 12th February 2011 Par 72 S.S.S 721st Nett     Kieran Martin (13)         Strabane G.C.  692nd Nett    Keith Lapsley (5) Dunfanaghy G.C.         71 b.o.t. 3rd Nett     Odran McGettigan (24) Strabane G.C. 71 b.o.t.4th Nett      Stephen McCay (5) StrabaneG.C.              72 b.o.t5th Nett      John Lewers (13) Faughan Valley G.C.       726th Nett     Danny McLaughlin (14) Letterkenny G.C.     73 1st Gross Damien Mooney (scr)        unattached.            732nd Gross Michael McGinley (scr)     Grange G.C.             76 B.O.T.3rd Gross Connor Mallon (scr)      Nairn/Portnoo   G.C.     76 B.O.T.4th Gross Justin MacLochlainn (2)     North West G.C.     765th John Harding (3)                   North West G.C.               78   B.O.T 6th Gross Sean Forbes (4)             Strabane G.C.                 78The following got 2’s and will receive 4 golf balls each K.Lapsley,J.Harding,S.McCay,O.McGettigan,P.MacLochlainn,K.Doherty,B.McFadden,B.Corry, C.MacLochlainn.In a re arranged competition the Alliance played Glashedy Course in Ballyliffin on Saturday. What a lovely day it turned out to be .The sun shone and while other courses in the area were closed because of frost Ballyliffin was eminently playable.The club are deserving of the highest praise for the on-going work on the first nine .The captain of the club this year is the redoubtable Colm O’Carroll and under his leadership and vision the club even in these difficult financial times are pressing on with the programme to upgrade the course. The architect of this is Pat Ruddy who along with the late Tom Craddock   originally laid out the course .The changes to the bunkering and the filling in of bunkers now deemed obsolete shows the determination of the club to go higher than their present ranking of 16th in the 100 best courses in Ireland.The other point of note is the very evident skill of the Green keepers in carrying out this work but then they are used to it having done the same job on the back nine last year.To the golf……. The Gross competition was extremely competitive as after nine there were three players on level par indeed after 11 Justin MacLochlainn had pulled ahead but  then 2 bogies and a double at the 17th put him out of contention .There was  a similar story from Sean Forbes and he also slipped  away. The winner Damien Mooney used his prodigious length to good  use in reducing the par 5’s to fours saw him in ahead of Michael McGinley who had made a late surge to come through the field .Connor Mallon will rue a double bogey at the last which saw him relegated to third.In the nett prizes. While Letterkenny members dominate last week this week was the turn of Strabane members and the toast of Ballycolman was Kieran Martin, who won on the break of tie from 2 others .This was Kieran’s first Alliance victory. His card was a model of consistency all pars or bogies unlike those he beat on break of tie that were unable to keep the dreaded double bogies at bay.The hard luck story belonged to Faughan Valley member John Lewers who must have thought he had the competition won when he stood on the 17th tee .He hit his drive very and I mean very far right a, found the ball but many tribulations later he holed out for an ugly 10 on this admittedly difficult par 5 .He was undaunted  however and he pared the 18th for a par and was level par for his round.Even more hard to take was the player who totalled his back nine and wrote it opposite the 18th ,so instead of recording a 4 he recorded a 41 .A salutatory lesson demonstrating that the job isn’t done until the paper work is finishedTHE NEXT COMPETITION WILL BE HELD on 19th February 2011 in Rosapenna Golf Club.EndNORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE NOTES was last modified: February 14th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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