LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Cole won every domestic honor during his time at Chelsea, contributing to the west London club’s first English title in 50 years in 2005 under Jose Mourinho.A 2 1/2-year spell at Liverpool saw Cole make only 42 appearances, scoring five goals. A season-long return to West Ham was followed by spells at Aston Villa, Coventry and then the Rowdies in Florida.“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have played with some of the very best players of my era and even more fortunate to call a lot of them friends,” Cole said. “Winning trophies at Chelsea was particularly special for me. Those memories will live with me forever, as will the chance I had to share them with my family.“Looking to the future, I want to stay involved in the game. I feel I can offer a lot as a coach. To lend my experience to help other young footballers achieve their dreams, just like I did, is a big passion of mine.”ADVERTISEMENT PH boxers Gabuco, Petecio begin AIBA women’s boxing campaign After impressing at West Ham, Cole made his England debut at 19 and went on to earn 56 caps and appear at three World Cups. Cole was part of England’s so-called Golden Generation, playing alongside David Beckham and Wayne Rooney.“I hope the next two decades are as special as my last 20 years as a professional have been,” Cole said. “A huge thanks to everyone who helped me along that path.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCole, a lifelong Chelsea supporter, joined West Ham at the age of eight and made 187 appearances, scoring 18 goals, in two spells, from 1998 to 2003 and 2013-14.He moved across London to Chelsea after West Ham’s relegation from the Premier League in 2003. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ FILE – In this file photo dated Tuesday, Jan 21 2014, West Ham’s Joe Cole controls the ball during the English League Cup match against Manchester City at the Boleyn stadium in London. Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired from soccer, it is announced Tuesday Nov. 13, 2018, completing his career with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)LONDON — Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired from football.The 37-year-old Cole completed his career with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, scoring 104 goals in 716 professional appearances for seven teams.ADVERTISEMENT
“Many unfortunate situations have befallen Liberia as a result of Liberians ignoring their creator and involving themselves in unwholesome activities that continue to annoy God,” Catholic Church in Liberia Archbishop Lewis Ziegler has observed.Liberia, often considered a Christian nation— though not legally— is being denigrated with calamities befalling the nation, the clergyman asserted, as was the case of Biblical Israel where God Almighty turned His back on His people as a result of their sins. Due to their immorality, disaster upon disaster tore them apart.Serving as the guest preacher at the official service in observance of the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Day on Friday, April 11, Archbishop Lewis Ziegler said the many calamities, such as the civil crisis and the recent outbreak of Ebola and many more, are all the results of Liberians doing things, which according to him, are forbidden to God.One of the major transgressions against God for which He may be punishing Liberia, according to Archbishop Ziegler, is the act of homosexuality.The Archbishop said Liberians are “whole-heartedly” engaging themselves in this act and that is being promoted in the country.The Catholic Archbishop also stated: “Where are we going as Liberians if we are advocating for homosexuality? Are we not calling for curses upon ourselves? How will a man marry his fellow man, this is an abomination. These are the same things that brought down Sodom and Gomorrah.”The event was held at the Providence Baptist Church, under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC). The event was attended by an array of top government officials from the three branches of the Liberian government. At the top of the attendees list were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai.Archbishop Ziegler, who spoke on the theme “Love,” also touched on the issues of rampant corruption in the Liberian society as well as the lack of love on the part of Liberians for each other.He said these negative acts are throwing the country further backward. He called on Liberians to see the need to love each other and collaborate for the development of their beloved country.He called on the government to take a pro-active approach in addressing poverty and hunger; indicating that many Liberians still go to bed hungry.He said, “It is true that we are observing national fast and prayer today, but let us think of the many Liberians who are compelled to fast every day. They too deserve a right to a good life like all other Liberians.”He spoke against greed and nepotism, which he said have the propensity to create more tension in the country. “If we have love for each other, we will share the little we have with our neighbors. But Liberians, we have too much entrenched grudges for one another. Until we can desist from this, we are headed nowhere,” said the Catholic Archbishop.The occasion was spiced-up with music by the Providence Baptist Church Choir, the Georgia Pattern United Methodist Church Kru Choir, the Susan Brooks AME Bassa Choir and the Free Pentecostal Global Kissi Choir.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Wednesday’s heavy downpour which caused major flooding of communities in and around Monrovia is a belated reminder of the menace of overflowing water that will affect various communities this rainy season.Weather forecast analysts early last year told the Daily Observer that the predicted effects of climate change will be seriously felt in Liberia. How much preparation was made to minimize flooding this year will be revealed in the coming months of the rainy season.Yesterday’s downpour affected the regular hot spots of Joe Bar, Coca-Cola Factory, A.B. Tolbert Road and Red Light Market as well as Carey and Randall streets, Waterside, Slipway, Buzzy Quarters and many other areas in and around Monrovia.At the Joe Bar in Paynesville, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) substation was filled with water that overwhelmed the old drainage at the entry of the power facility.Another report said several parts of Douala were over run by flooding as a result of clogged drainages, blocked alleys and waterways.In a brief tour of Monrovia Tuesday afternoon clogged drainages were observed in Buzzy Quarters, Lynch Street, Randall Street, Waterside, Slipway and Camp Johnson Road. Affected residents in the various communities were stranded in their houses.Residents acknowledged that their houses were built in flood prone areas but argued that they have spent a lot of money to build those houses and businesses which cannot be easily relocated.It may be recalled that two years ago, former Assistant Minister for Energy at the Ministry of Lands & Mines with oversight on mineral exploration and the environment, Gesler Morris, told the Daily Observer that unless Liberians stop building houses on waterways and alleys, floodingwill continue to affect their communities.Morris at the time pointed out that most of the private and public houses and structures by Liberians and foreign business firms were built in violation of zoning laws.About a year ago, Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore told a team of Daily Observer reporters that plans were in the works to clean all drainages in Monrovia before the end of the dry season.The Special Presidential Task Force under GSA Commissioner General Mary Broh recently initiated cleaning up the drainage near the Rally Time Market.As the rainy season gathers momentum, boots and other rain gear may not suffice in the severe rainstorms that cause knee to waist deep flooding. Commuting will worsen in many areas as vehicles limit their risks of servicing passengers in flooded communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Member of Parliament (MP) and former Government Minister Irfaan Ali has questioned the rationale behind the Bank of Guyana’s (BoG) defence of a recent news article which sought to highlight that the gold reserve in the bank has hit rock bottom, from an initial $25 billion in 2014 to $1.9 billion in 2018.Opposition MP Irfaan AliMoreover, the Opposition spokesperson on finance in the National Assembly, said while the BoG by their own response have highlighted an even greater issue when it comes to the probability of a looming financial instability.According to a recent document, its total assets as of March 28, 2018, were $206.4 billion. This includes $1.9 billion in gold reserves, $82.1 billion in capital market securities and $5.6 billion in money market securities. This is a reduction from the gold reserves the bank recorded in June 2017. According to the bank’s Half Year Report last year, it had $4.8 billion worth of gold in its foreign holdings as assets.Indeed, the gold reserves have steadily been declining with each passing year. At the end of 2016, the bank had $7.4 billion in gold, while at the end of 2015 the gold reserves stood at $14.2 billion. At the end of 2014 the bank of Guyana had $25 billion in gold as assets.In the case of total assets, that has also seen a marked decrease. At the end of 2014, total assets were $207.9 billion. It reduced in 2015, being recorded at $188.7 billion in December of that year, before recovering by 2016-year end and being recorded at $220 billion. At June 2017, total assets were $221.8 billion, before the drop recorded in this year’s figures.But the BoG responded to state that gold is not managed as an exclusive reserve asset for holding, but as part of a portfolio of assets. It said gold may be sold for a number of reasons; including maximising profits, rebalancing of the portfolio, meeting liquidity needs, or optimising opportunities in other asset classes.Ali therefore said if the BoG’s claims are true, then the depletion of gold reserve in excess of 92 per cent is of serious concern. “Given the various scenarios why gold may be liquidated, then either or all of the following are plausible: one, key portfolios in BoG are on the brink of insolvency; and two, liabilities are skyrocketing, thus the need for additional liquidity,” he observed.The Opposition MP said to determine what may have triggered the huge selloff, the latest statistical abstract produced by BoG was consulted. The report, among other things, pointed out, pari passu with depletion of gold reserve, Government deposits have also decline. “Using 2014 as the base year (last complete fiscal year for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) administration), deposits held by BoG for central Government plummeted from $21.4 billion to a negative $44 billion by February 2018,” he added.The practice of countries selling gold it held in reserves is not an uncommon one. Many countries hold billions of dollars in gold as a “back up” in time of inflation or economic downturn. It is usually in these cases that the gold is then sold.At present, gold prices are approximately US$1350 per ounce. It has fluctuated over the years, at one-point hovering around the US$1000 per ounce mark in 2016. In Guyana’s case, observers are likely to worry whether the State received the best price the world market could offer.Other considerations would see links being established between the steady selling off of gold and Guyana’s regressing economic standing. Government has confirmed that Guyana recorded a growth rate of just 2.1 per cent for 2017.The BoG has defended its decision to sell off portions of Guyana’s gold reserves, saying the move was reflective of “strategic trading”. It said it trades gold and replenishes the stock based on market opportunities. The bank noted that gold is not managed as an exclusive reserve asset for holding, but as part of a portfolio of assets.As such, the BoG assured that the benchmark for the holdings of international reserves are vigilantly adhered to and upheld. It further stated that the domestic market has an excess supply of foreign currency to meet domestic demand while maintaining a stable foreign currency exchange rate.
…as Police Force gets 151 new ranksIndiscipline will not be tolerated within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as the law enforcement entity seeks to move ahead as a professional organisation.This was the warning issued by Police Commissioner Leslie James to the 151 new ranks, who graduated on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Tactical Services Unit at Eve Leary, Georgetown.Some of the new recruits at the Tactical Services Unit, Eve Leary, Georgetown, on Tuesday“Remember the oaths which you all took, remember the question am I a credit to the Force? Once you remember those things, the professional execution of your duties will be very simple. You will be measured by the standards that are set by us, I’ve made it very clear previously and I wish to say this afternoon to you that excellent work will be rewarded and in the same breath, indiscipline will not be tolerated,” the Commissioner cautioned. The Top Cop expressed the need for excellence from the new ranks which, according to him, will be rewarded.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesAs the GPF celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, the Commissioner revealed that plans are in the pipeline to introduce training in human resources management, police community engagement, station management, the role and functions of subordinate officers, tourism policing, conflict management and conflict resolution, risk management, operational management, public speaking and communication skills, professional ethics in law enforcement and cybercrimes management.Meanwhile, the new recruits were trained in six courses at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown, the Felix Austin Police College Adventure, Berbice, and the Richard Austin Police College, Essequibo Coast.They were trained in various conceptual areas such as the introduction to policing, a look at basic policing junior stage, the theoretical and practical aspect of traffic, crime, anger management, English Language, Spanish, domestic violence, human rights and communication.Additionally, the ranks were all taught the basics of administering first aid.The recruits were exposed to the pragmatic aspect of information technology and martial arts and had a first-hand insight and demonstration of how a post-mortem examination is conducted. However, they were also involved in extracurricular activities such as cricket, basketball, volleyball and football.Reflecting on training, Constable Rodriguez said that while it was a tough course, she is delighted that she along with her colleagues were able to complete the training.“Serving as a Police Officer in the Guyana Police Force is certainly no easy job but is an extraordinary duty with extraordinary requirement, requirements that we will strive to meet with faith, hard work, dedication and discipline,” the newly minted rank noted.
The contrasting cast of supporters at the biggest event in sport reflects Russia’s progressive creep away from Europe in the 18 years of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.Moscow is now embracing new allies that happen to worship football and where damning — and often exaggerated — media stories about Russian hooligans and poisoning cases are rare.This mix and the added ingredient of a more evenly spread-out global middle-class with the means to travel the world has the streets of Russia dancing to a decidedly Latin beat.“We didn’t expect it to be this beautiful and the people are amazing,” Mauricio Miranda said as he waved a Colombian flag on the edge of Red Square in Moscow.“We will definitely come back,” said the 30-year-old.Colombian fans have been a colourful presence in Russia © AFP / Benjamin CREMELBelgian public relations consultant Jo De Munter does not necessarily disagree. It is his friends who do.“I think Europeans are a bit afraid,” the 46-year-old said while staring in the direction of Lenin’s Mausoleum.“In Belgium, everybody told me I was crazy to go to the football.”– By the numbers –World Cups come in all shapes and sizes and comparing ticket sales rarely tells the whole tale.Europeans and Latin Americans are naturally more inclined to attend World Cups held in their regions because of the easier travel arrangements and familiarity.There are few Belgians in Russia despite high expectations for their team © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSouth Africa in 2010 may provide a better example because it was a frontier football country with specific security and logistical risks.Yet FIFA figures showed almost 50 percent more Britons bought tickets for the African continent’s first World Cup than this maiden one in eastern Europe.Australians were in third place then but are just ninth in Russia.Germany and England bought the fourth- and fifth-most number of tickets. France was ninth.But France dropped out of the top 10 in Russia while Britain slipped down to last place. Germany remained fourth.The United States has long led purchases among non-hosting countries because of its massive economy and large communities from football-mad Mexico and other Central American communities.Taking the US out of the equation leaves Latin Americans accounting for two-thirds of the top 10 countries that have bought tickets for Russia.– Safety net –Fans banging Mexican drums and sporting the red-and-white bodypaint of the Peruvian flag encountered on a Moscow summer’s day were almost all big city office workers.Colombia’s Miranda is an urban planner with a new job in Canada.Alexandro Grado is a former financial consultant with Mexico’s Citibanamex who now owns a plastics recycling firm.“Going to Russia is not expensive if you buy everything ahead of time,” Grado said.Supporters from Latin American countries like Argentina sometimes get government help travelling abroad © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVYet not all fans can afford to go bar hopping near the Kremlin and sociologists who study the sport say this is where Latin American football federations come in.“There are national teams which have very strong organisational support behind them. Argentina in 2010 was one example,” said Ludovic Lestrelin of France’s Universite de Caen in Normandy.Lestrelin said less well-off fans in Europe get far less travel and accommodation assistance from state agencies and are increasingly more likely to stay home and watch on TV.This means Europeans attending World Cups tend to be richer than the average football fan. The travelling Latin Americans are more likely to come from all types of backgrounds.“Those who travel to Russia and other places do not reflect the social makeup of French stadiums,” said Lestrelin.“Those (in France) are more diverse, with a central core of lower and middle class workers.”Zbigniew Iwanowski of the Institute of Latin American Studies in Moscow said Russia is further reaping the rewards of a “pink tide” that brought anti-US leaders power across the continent.“The pendulum has swung back to the right but they still have (Russian state media) like Sputnik and RT,” Iwanowski said.“Russia’s image is better in Latin America than it is in Europe and US.”– ‘Not properly European’ –Few would argue that Russia generates a lot of negative headlines in Europe in general and Britain in particular.Russia often complains about negative media attention in the West © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVBut the media’s role in shaping public opinion — and the reverse — is all but impossible to gauge.What is clear is that at least some of the Europeans who ventured to Moscow and beyond did so with a degree of trepidation the voyagers from Latin America lacked.De Munter said he often travels to watch Belgium play abroad. Rarely has he seen the national team’s support so small.“We are expecting 4,000 Belgian people, which is not that much. Especially now because the Red Devils are doing very well.”Gherardo Drardanelli flew in from Italy to take part in one of the fan tournaments organised alongside the World Cup.“I think our concept of Russia -– we feel that Russia is far away, that it’s not a properly European country,” the 28-year-old said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000About two-thirds of all fans watching the World Cup in Russia come from Latin American countries © AFP / YURI CORTEZMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Latin American countries have sprung a World Cup surprise by filling Russia’s 11 host cities with tens of thousands of fans from Mexico and Colombia to Peru and Argentina.And some of the Europeans who did show up said their friends back home told them they were crazy to go.
Nzoia had a chance to draw level and probably pick a point off the match but Hansel Ochieng saw his 64th minute penalty come off the crossbar.While Nzoia missed the golden chance from the spot, Sofapaka should have won the game by a bigger margin had they been better in converting the chances that came their way in the final quarter of the game.In the 74th minute, Waruru’s glancing header off a Brian Magonya corner came off the upright and the rebound fell on Umaru Kassumba, but the Ugandan’s shot was blocked by a forest of bodies on the Nzoia goalline.Sofapaka FC forward Stephen Waruru goes down under a challenge from Nzoia Sugar’s Abraham Kipkogei during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 7, 2019.Almost immediately, Kassumba was accorded with another chance when Magonya’s cross from the right landed on him kindly after the first defender missed his clearance, but the forward skied his effort wide with only keeper Brian Mangala to beat.The second half had exploded into an attacking spectacle, with the first half having been a tightly contested affair with few chances and far in between.The best opportunity of the opening half fell on Cliff Kasuti who was sent through by a first time long ball from keeper Justin Ndikumana, but his effort with a volley was awry.Sofapaka’s other chances came off set pieces with Avire and Justin Mico seeing their efforts go wild.In the second half though, the game came to life. Sofapaka made changes, Mico and Kasuti paving way for Waruru and Ibrahim Kitawi.Nzoia, in their usual fast paced style took Sofapaka by their horns and they came close to opening the scoring just two minutes into the half but Ochieng saw his point blank header off a Collins Wakhungu cross go wide.Sofapaka FC forward John Avire vies for the ball with Nzoia Sugar’s Brian Wepo during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 7, 2019.They were made to pay 10 minutes later when Waruru won the ball off a half hearted clearance on the left, waded into the box and cut back for Avira who just took a little touch of the ball to score his fourth of the season.Nzoia were handed a way back five minutes after going down when Magonya was adjudged to have hacked down Wakhungu inside the box, but Ochieng who took the resultant penalty rocked the crossbar to ensure keeper Ndikumana keeps his fourth clean sheet of the campaign.Having dodged the bullet, Sofapaka tried hunting for a second goal to make it comfortable, but Kassumba missed the golden chances.Nzoia hunted for the equalizer in the remaining 10 minutes of the game, dumping balls inside the Sofapaka box but the 2009 league champions defended with precision.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka striker John Avire celebrates his lone goal against Nzoia Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machaos on February 7, 2019MACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 7 – John Avire’s tap at the near post 12 minutes into the second half was enough to hand Sofapaka a 1-0 victory over a hard fighting Nzoia Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Thursday afternoon.The victory, Sofapaka’s fourth in the last five matches took them to 20 points in the standings, five behind leaders Mathare United.
The lotto numbers for this week were 10,17,20,22 and the match 3 winner was Keelan McGill Millside, Fintown. Next weeks jackpot is €2,180. Sellers this week are PJ Gallagher and James Pat McDaid.There will be a HB Ice-cream Funday in the Glenswilly GAA Centre on Sunday the 19th of June @ 11.45am. All proceeds in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Anyone with any queries in relation to this event can contact Eamon Ward on 085 7197052.There is salsa and dance exercise classes on every Monday in the hall at 8 15 p.m. Everybody welcome. €5. per night. There is also circuit training on Mondays at 7 00 p.m. €5 per night or €40 for ten weeks.Both teams hosted Naomh Conaill in the championship 1st round 1st leg at the weekend and in front of a large crowd on Sunday our reserves were beat on a scoreline of 0-04 to 0-12, while the seniors got a draw in a tight game which ended up 0-06 to 0-06. The club would like to thank all who helped out on the day with stewarding and making tea etc.EndsGLENSWILLY GAA NOTES was last modified: May 24th, 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)
Aodh Ruadh GAA NotesFootballAodh Ruadh got back to winning ways in division three with a 2-12 to 0-11 victory over Buncrana in Scarvey on Sunday afternoon. The Ernesiders took time to find their feet though with all the early pressure coming from Buncrana and Peter Boyle by far the busier of the two keepers. Jamie McDonald got a quality score from out wide to help keep the score board ticking over for the visitors and as the half wore on Ballyshannon started to come more into proceedings. And when David McGurrin scrambled home a ball in from Damian Cleary they were definitively in the ascendancy. The half time score was 1-7 to 0-4 in favour of Aodh Ruadh. In the second half the defence shut up shop with Michael Dolan, Michael Ward and Johnny Gallagher giving up precious little in the way of scoreable chances. Around the centre of the field Conor Patton and Johnny Gethins gathered up plenty of primary possession and with the likes of David Dolan proving very sticky up front, there was plenty of attacking threat. David McGurrin added a second goal to copper fasten the win. That result combined with a surprise home defeat for Naomh Colmcille against Naomh Bríd sees Aodh Ruadh return to the summit of division three, albeit on a share of top spot with Naomh Columba and Naomh Colmcille still with a game in hand. We have Cathal Maguire’s shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The reserves doled out a 4-20 to 0-6 beating against Buncrana on Sunday afternoon. The homesters got the first score of the game, but Ballyshannon took over from there on in. Two goals in the first half from David Finnerty and Anthony Coughlan effectively ended the game as a contest, the interval score reading 2-12 to 0-3. Two further goals in the second half from Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward and Val Murray set the seal on an emphatic win. In what was an excellent team performance, there were great individual displays right across the pitch, particularly from Ciaran Slevin at the back who was first to every ball, Darren Gethins who won a tremendous amount of ball from his half back position, Finnerty again was powerful in the middle, with Sticky Ward and Spanny Goan doing most of the damage up front. There’ll be tougher tests to come on the road for the reserves, but for now there is a 100 percent record to preserve, with a trip to neighbours Naomh Bríd up next. There is a full match report and Cathal Maguire’s pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.Aodh Ruadh are out in ACFL division three action again this Saturday. This time it is the short trip up the N15 to take on Naomh Bríd. The reserve game throws in at 6pm and is followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.Good luck to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly and the rest of the Donegal minors as they take on Derry in Celtic Park in the first round of the Ulster championship this Sunday.A great days craic was had by all at the under 14s fun day last Saturday, which included a pit stop to the pure breed bull show in Carrick-on-Shannon mart to keep the farmers on the trip happy. At the banquet in Marlboro House in the evening a number of trophies were awarded. The first two presentations of the evening went to Donagh McGowan and Ciaran Hodgins for the most improved players of the year, Pauric Keenaghan scooped up the trophy for overall player of the year and the final trophy went to the one and only Odhran Kennedy for something he’d be better explaining himself. Back to business this week for the under 14s with them hosting the annual Sean Slevin tournament this Saturday. Training as usual this Wednesday from4.30pm to 5.30pm in preparation for this tournament. The under 12s took on our neighbours Naomh Bríd at the weekend in a challenge match in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Good performances were seen throughout the team with David Doherty, Cian Barden and Nathan Owens-Kelly resolute in defence, while up front Damian Weber, Frankie McGinley and Daire Warren pulled the strings and created some very good scores. Well done to all the lads, as everybody showed great commitment and effort. We have another challenge this Wednesday 21st May against Glencar / Manorhamilton. All players to be at Father Tierney Park for 6.15pm sharp. Don’t forget your club gear and mouth guards.The under 10 training continues this Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Saturday at 11am.Under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. We also have an under 8 blitz this Saturday 24th May in Ballintra. The games throw in at 11am and we are asking parents/guardians to provide transport directly to the game. Anyone who is unable to travel to the game but who has a player who needs a lift is asked to contact John Hughes on 0876431805. Players are asked to be at the grounds in Naomh Bríd for 10.30pm at the latest in order to allow us to determine numbers and get the lads warmed up.Under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.LadiesThe Ladies Committee are reminding all our players and parents that registration money must be paid this week if you have not already done so. Please note that players will NOT be allowed to play as they will not be covered by insurance if not registered. Contact your team manager as soon as possible if you are in this position. Our under 12s are looking forward to hosting their first Go Games Blitz on Saturday 7th June with teams invited from Saint Naul’s, Four Masters, Bundoran and Killybegs.The under 10s have a focus for their training at the moment as they will play a challenge game against Naomh Molaise of Grange in the near future.Training for under 8s, 10s and 12s continues on Monday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.The under 14s will play Naomh Conaill at home this Friday at 6.00pm. Training for under 16s, minors and seniors continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm. Our seniors had a narrow defeat against Four Masters on Sunday 18th in the first round of the 13-a-side competition. The score was 3-5 to 3-3. Well done to Briana Maher, Dearbhaile O’Moore, Mary Flora Scott and Assistant County under 14 Manager Eoin O’Moore who represented Aodh Ruadh at the All-Ireland blitz in Mullingar at the weekend. There was no silverware, but a great experience playing Peil na mBan was the prize on offer. Best of luck to Roise Keon and Maeve Liston who will play for the Donegal minors against Armagh in the Ulster B Final this weekend.HurlingOn Thursday last Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana had a terrific battle in the Minor League final in O’ Donnell Park, Letterkenny, these teams have contested the majority of underage county finals since 2009 and like all previous encounters this was a brilliant game. Two fully committed teams gave their all on the night. A mutual respect has built up between these two clubs and Thursday’s game was a great advertisement for the game of hurling. Every challenge was fully contested, with very few frees in the game and no cards it was hurling played at its best.The Buncrana men raced into a 2-4 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes as the Aodh Ruadh team seemed very nervous. A number of positional changes made the difference and the boys began hurling better as a unit. There was no score for approximately eight minutes before Aodh Ruadh got their first score, a goal, and it was like turning on a light switch as they outscored Buncrana 3-5 to 0-1 over the remainder of the half, leaving the half time score 3-5 to 2-5 in favour of the Ernesiders.Buncrana scored 1-1 early in the second half and it was all level. And that was how it remained level until Buncrana got a pair of goals which rocked Ballyshannon. Points were exchanged and the crowd were on the edge of their seats as the high standard of play never dropped. With five minutes to go the Inishowen lads had built up a lead of 8 points, but true to the great character of this Aodh Ruadh team they fought back to leave only two points in it as the game moved into injury time. The final whistle went with Buncrana ahead 6-9 to 5-10. All present agreed that this was one of the best underage hurling games in Donegal in years and indeed this game would have done justice to a Senior county final. There was disappointment at the end, but our full panel can be very proud of the part they played in this classic game full of passion, commitment and skill. The squad, despite missing a number of key players for various reasons, had a great league campaign and they enter the championship full of confidence and belief as a result of this run and are ready to put in the hard work necessary for a good championship campaign in July. A great sign for the future is that out of the 35 players that played in the final only three of them are overage in 2015.Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Letterkenny and gave them great support throughout the game. The support of the parents as always is much appreciated by all associated with the team.On the same day the under 14s played MacCumhaill’s in their final league game in Father Tierney Park. The lads were close to a strong Ballybofey team for the majority of the first half and the game was quite close at half time. A nasty hand injury to Liam O’Sullivan early in the second half seemed to knock the confidence out of the home team. MacCumhaill’s powered on and our lads’ heads dropped and the Finn Valley men ran out easy winners 7-8 to 2-5. We finished fourth in the league setting up a very difficult semi-final against an unbeaten Buncrana team in Scarvey this Thursday. We wish Liam well as he makes a speedy recovery from his injury.On Sunday morning, 25 of our youngest hurlers headed to the Centre of Excellence in Convoy for the second all-county blitz. We had two under 8 teams made up of 15 players, and one under 10 team with 10 players. Other clubs who took part included Buncrana, Saint Eunan’s, Dungloe, Carndonagh, Letterkenny Gaels, Strabane Shamrocks and Setanta. The under 8s showed a great improvement from the first blitz and competed very well in all the games with both teams securing a number of good results. The under 10s did very well winning all their games. It was a great turn out by our teams, considering we had a good number of players missing due to First Holy Communion and holidays and thankfully it bodes well for the future. We’re all looking forward to the next blitz in June. Again we have to thank all the parents who drove the teams to Convoy and made the effort to come out and support our youngest teams, their support is much appreciated.Training as normal this Sunday at 12 noon.Fantasy race for SamThe fantasy race for Sam 2014 got underway at the weekend. All runners and riders have been chosen, although a number of spares were also drawn and placed in sealed envelopes so we still have places available if you want to be part of the action. You will need to get your request in to Sean O’Mahoney before 5pm on Saturday though. The first leader of the year is Kevin Loughlin with his team of Leaky Plumbers. He amassed 38 points (Mayo-10, Laois-10, C O’Connor-11, S McCormack-7). In joint second place is Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, and Darren Cox and his team, Ernie Gaels, both on 34 points. In fourth place is Bobby Murphy and his team, The Kingdom, on 33 points. Indeed the county board have received his request for a transfer to the might Kerry and it will be processed this week! Rounding out the top five is Jerry Gallagher and his outfit, Belleek Boys, on 32 points. With only a few games played so far there are still some people yet to score this year. The complete entry list along with the list of scorers from each county and the first week leader board are now available on aodhruadh.org, The Bridgend Bar and Ballybookies. Anyone who has yet to pay for their entry is urged to do so as soon as possible.HoodiesThe second and final batch of Aodh Ruadh hoodies are back and available for collection. There will be a collection session this Wednesday, 21st May from 7.45pm to 8.45pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Contact John on 0876431805 if you would like to make alternative collection arrangements.BingoThe €400 jackpot at last Friday’s bingo was won by Molly Ferguson of Belleek. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5. Game five playing for a €260 snowball prize on 48 numbers or less. Snowball goes up by €20 per week until the snowball won!LottoThere was no winner of the €9,100 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Shane Matthews, Erne Dale Heights; Lorna Matthews, Erne Dale Heights; Orla Winters, Donegal Road; Ray Granaghan, Ardlongfield; and Marie Gallagher, Erne Street. Next draw is in The Bridgend Bar on Monday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €9,000 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH GET BACK ON TRACK WITH VICTORY OVER BUNCRANA was last modified: May 20th, 2014 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSport
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