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What a difference a year makes.Last year, on the home Lakeside pitch, Nelson Selects came ever so close to gaining a spot on the medal podium.This season the Selects pushed aside the rest of the field, capturing the U16 Girl’s Championship at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Sunday in Penticton.Nelson knocked off provincial rival Vernon United 2-0 in the Championship Final to claim the gold medal.Ali D’odorico scored twice in the second half, and Hanna Quinn registered the shutout to thrust the Selects to the top of the medal podium.”At times it was just incredible how well our girls played,” said coach Paul Burkart after the game.”But it really was our goal scoring that made the difference,” Burkart, who along with assistant coach Morgan Dehnel, Technical Director Brett Adams, Trainer Shane Taylor and Manager Layla Precious form the sideline crew for the Selects.”In total in the three round robin games we scored 12 goals. Two years ago I don’t think we scored that many goals in our entire season. But we have focused our last month on finishing and scoring goals and it appears to have paid off.”The final matched the top two teams in the tournament, each finishing the round robin with perfect 3-0 records — Vernon having the edge with a 13-1 goal average to Nelson’s 12-2.After Emily Taylor rang a laser shot off the cross bard from just outside the 18-yard box, twice Vernon saw potential chances to take the lead denied.The first game 33 minutes into the half when game officials waved of a goal.Five minutes later, Vernon, which defeated Nelson 4-1 in 2015, thought it had scored again but a shot off the cross bar failed to fully cross the line.Twice dodging proverbial bullets, Nelson took the lead minutes into the second half when D’odorico converted a cross from Sofia Arcuri.Ten minutes later, Nelson got some insurance when D’odorico scored, again on a nice pass from Arcuri. Quinn then made a huge save to preserve the lead as the steady keeper thwarted a speedy United forward.”The day before we played in the final, I watched Vernon absolutely dismantle Coquitlam Ford, the second place team in their pool, 6-0,” Burkart explained.”(Vernon) played great defense, they had three very talented strikers and a great keeper (so) I knew we had to come with our best to beat them, and we certainly did.”Burkart said the entire Selects’ squad, from keeper Hanna Quinn to the strikers, had it all working. “Our pressure defense did not allow them to move the ball very well and if they did get it past our back four, our girls ran them down and moved the ball up the field again,” Burkart said.”And Hanna Quinn, our keeper, although not tested too often, came up with some incredible saves to maintain her shutout.”Nelson opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over defending Provincial B Champ, Marpole Phoenix.Mattea Lorenzo, D’Odorico and Shaen Panko-Dool scored for Nelson while Quinn registered the shutout.Friday, the Selects built up a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 victory over Kelowna United, last year’s silver medal winner in Nelson.D’Odorico scored a pair with Arcuri and Lorenzo adding singles to lead the Selects to victory.Kelowna scored late in the game to spoil the shutout bid by Quinn.Saturday, Nelson secured its place in the final by routing Terrace 5-1.Panko-Dool and D’Odorico each scored twice while Lorenzo added a single to complete the Nelson scoring.”Our back two middle defenders, Julia Burkart and Allison Bendis, played an incredible game (against Vernon), in fact had an absolutely incredible tournament, running down everyone that managed to get behind them,” Burkart said.”And our midfielders took over after that,” he added.”They moved the ball around and down the field and kept feeding balls into the middle until our forwards were able to squeeze a few balls past a real talented keeper. “In the end, like all the games, all the girls played incredibly well, they worked incredibly hard and they finally got paid off for their efforts.”
Before the game, Kevin Dwyer spoke to team manager Stephen Rochford Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/COROFIN+Steven+Rochford.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He also spoke to Mike FarragherAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/COROFIN+Mike+Farragher.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Finally, Kevin got the thoughts of Kieran McGrathAudio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/COROFIN+KIERAN+MCGRATH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin put their Connacht and All-Ireland Club Titles on the line this Sunday when they welcome Castlebar Mitchells to Tuam Stadium.
By Brian HomewoodTHE possibility of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine plus the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has added some spice to the Europa League which reaches the quarter-final stage on Thursday.Napoli, in particular, will be glad of the rule change introduced this season, which allows the Europa League winners a back door entry into the Champions League, as their chances of qualifying through the Serie A route have all but fizzled out.Rafael Benitez’s team are seven points adrift of the Serie A Champions League places after a dismal run which has infuriated club president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.Napoli, who visit Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in their quarter-final, first leg on Thursday, have been confined to a training camp, despite ending a four-match winless run in Serie A with a 3-0 home victory over Fiorentina on Sunday.Di Laurentiis has also imposed a “silenzio stampa”, or media blackout, which is a favoured recourse for Italian sides when things are not going well.Despite repeated criticism of Benitez, who won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013, the Spaniard has taken Napoli to the last eight of a European competition for the first time since 1989 when a Diego Maradona-inspired team won the UEFA Cup.Wolfsburg are second in the Bundesliga and should qualify for the Champions League through the domestic route.The other three ties feature two Ukrainian sides, Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Dynamo Kiev, as well as Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg, increasing the chances that clubs from the two countries could end up in the final in Warsaw.UEFA’s Emergency Committee decided to keep teams from the two countries apart since last July due to the tension between them following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and civil unrest in the Russian-speaking east of Ukraine.Dnipro, third in the Ukrainian league, visit on-song Club Bruges, who are unbeaten in 14 games in the competition since entering the fray in the third qualifying round.Michel Preud’homme’s team, who lead the Belgian league and have already won the domestic cup, will seek to revive the spirit of their 1970s heyday, when Ernst Happel led them to the European Cup and UEFA Cup finals, losing both to Liverpool.Dynamo Kiev, the other Ukrainian side, host Fiorentina and look to be favourites versus a side who have lost their last two domestic games 3-0 against Juventus and Napoli.Fiorentina’s big hope, as they attempt to win a European trophy for the first time since lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1961, is Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, who has been in inspired form since moving on loan from Chelsea in January.Two sections of Dynamo Kiev’s stadium will be closed for the game due to racism and safety issues in the previous round against Everton.Holders and three-time winners Sevilla, fifth in La Liga, host Russian Premier league leaders Zenit St Petersburg, who have four key players suspended.Hulk, Danny, Igor Smolnikov and Domenico Criscito will all be missing after they were among seven Zenit players booked in their last outing against Torino.Sevilla coach Unai Emery and his opposite number Andre Villas-Boas, who led Porto to the title in 2011, are aiming to win the competition for the second time.
The grand final in Lae finished at nil all in regular time, forcing the match going into extra time.With the score still unchanged, it went down to a penalty shootout with a brilliant save from Madang’s keeper, Gewa Mikes, followed by the winning goal from skipper, Max Sengum proving the difference.Madang walked away with K20, 000 in prize money, while PMSA settled for K15, 000.Finishing third, Morobe Football Association took home K10, 000 and Hoods pocketed K5, 000.In the women’s division, Morobe Football Association defeated Port Moresby Soccer Association 2-1 in the grand final to become women’s champions for 2017, and become K20, 000 richer.PMSA won K15, 000 while Simbu collected K10, 000 for finishing third.Photo credit: PNG Football Association.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has said he and his team-mates need to improve their form as they prepare to host Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Wednesday.They go into the game after a 1-0 Premier League win at Huddersfield Town in which they were not at their best and often found themselves on the back foot against lowly opponents.Wednesday’s clash at Anfield is also a chance for Liverpool to get their European campaign back on track after a late 1-0 defeat by Napoli in their previous Group C encounter.Despite Red Star not having won yet on their return to the group stage of Europe’s elite competition, Van Dijk was not underestimating the Serbian club.“They are in the Champions League – the best competition in Europe apart from the Premier League – and it will be a hard game,” the Dutchman told the Liverpool website. “We will need to be 100 percent and I think we will be.“Against Huddersfield, we should have done even better. Obviously we kept a clean sheet, which is all good, but we could have made it easier for ourselves.“It’s another Champions League night at Anfield and I’m sure we will recover from Huddersfield and make sure we are ready.”Napoli lead the group on four points ahead of Liverpool and Paris St-Germain with three, so getting maximum points from the double header with Red Star over the next two weeks could be crucial for the English side’s bid to qualify for the last 16.The Reds reached the final of last year’s competition but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.
Dear Editor,Several events over the last year got me thinking in a deeper way about Georgetown’s green spaces, especially its trees. It began with conceptualizing a five-year Strategic Plan for Constituency 14, which included the preservation of our green spaces and our trees.This was eclipsed by Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan’s and Central Government’s Tree Planting Programme. And sadly, more recently, my thoughts turned to the brutality and ecological destruction of our green spaces in the city, the Bel Air Park Playground and the possibility of similar actions on the Farnum Playground.The Botanical Gardens has a catalogue of over 288 plants, including numerous trees. My research yielded no such record for the city proper. At the city level, it is evident that we don’t have an appreciation for what Smart Cities Dive’s online article, “Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy” points out, “Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits”.There used to be a great tree in Georgetown where the monument to the conservation of sea turtles now stands in the vicinity of Pegasus Hotel; at least two huge trees fell on Main Street over the last year, and I remember another on Merriman’s Mall.Additionally, there used to be trees, among other places, around Bounty Supermarket on Orange Walk and Regent Street. After the store was rebuilt, the trees disappeared. And likewise many home builders rid parapets of trees, seeing them as obstructions, and with a chainsaw or cutlass wiped out whole ecosystems. In Constituency 14 we use to have Eucalyptus trees lining Aubrey Barker Road. Now most are gone.Similarly, last year I came across a post on Facebook by the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council. The post read, “Why was the decades old tree in Esplanade Park Cut down?” It went on to state, “The tree was infested with bees, and sessions at the High Court and at the All Saints’ Primary School were frequently interrupted when the insects became agitated. Athletes who use the Park on a daily basis were also affected.”The M&TC granted permission to the Region 6 RDC to cut down the tree since hives were discovered in the hollow trunk of the tree. It was such a noble gesture by the municipality to think of the welfare of its citizens, but I keep wondering, in the delicate ecological balance that is life, if more could not be done to save the tree.We have to save our city from callous hands, people who pay only lip service to Government’s Green Agenda, who wouldn’t think twice to raze an urban forest to needlessly build a house or two for themselves. God save us, and help us save our green spaces.Sincerely,Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillor
…first known mid-air delivery on GDF aircraftThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) recorded its first known mid-air delivery on Saturday when 18-year-old Susan Williams of Fairview, North Rupununi gave birth to a beautiful baby girl way above the ground, in what can be described as the most beautiful view over Iwokrama.Jemina West, medical student daughter of GDF Chief of Staff Brigadier PatrickWilliams’s baby being transported to the GPHCWest, was onboard the aircraft. A student of the Texila American University, she played the heroic part in spearheading the delivery.Both mother and baby are patients in the Post Natal Care Ward of the GPHC, and are said to be doing fine. Williams and her husband are thankful for the courage demonstrated by Ms West in stepping up to the challenge.ComplicationsThe sequence of events began when Susan Williams developed complicationsSusan Williams and her baby girlduring delivery and had to be air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPCH) for immediate attention.She had reportedly gone into labour at about 16:00h on Saturday, and was told that the infant was in a breeched position and she would have to be air dashed to the GPHC.Williams’s husband, Diego West, told the <
Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors 1 The Camp Nou sounds just like your Sunday league match when there are no fans about.It might sound obvious, but watch the video below and listen to what a game in front of 100,00 empty seats sounds like. You can hear Gerard Pique moaning at the ref and Luis Suarez referring to himself in the third person when he misses a chance (if you can understand Spanish). Luckily, though, someone has added English subtitles. In case you are unaware, the match against Las Palmas was played behind closed doors following violent clashes in Catalonia between police and people attempting to vote in a banned independence referendum.A statement from the club read: “FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression.Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to postpone the game.”While you’re here, let us draw your attention to the fact that La Liga matches can be heard on talkSPORT 2 every week right here.
OFFICIAL: Naby #Keïta’s passes are pretty good 🎯 #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/Nchnm8pzc9— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 11, 2018 1 Liverpool-bound Naby Keita will remain in Germany until the end of the season Liverpool will not be allowed to bring forward Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig, according to the Bundesliga club.Last summer, the Reds agreed a £48m deal for the 22-year-old midfielder to move to Merseyside at the end of the current season, but are said to be keen onThursday, reports from Germany emerged claiming Leipzig chiefs had softened their stance over the player’s departure, having initially ruled out any possibility of losing him earlier than originally planned.However, coach Ralph Hasenhuettl denied this was the case.REVEALED: HOW NABY KEITA IS PERFORMING THIS SEASON“Nothing has changed and our position hasn’t changed from before regarding this transfer,” he said, adding there was no reason to sell Keita before the summer and that the player was keen to end the campaign in positive fashion. KEITA AND THE BEST PLAYERS IN EUROPE RIGHT NOW