Duanvale, Fire FC in opening clash of Trelawny Division One football competition

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Six matches are down to be contested on the opening weekend of the new season of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Major League, with the clash between Duanvale and League newcomers Fire FC grabbing the most attention today.Duanvale were in the running for the title last year, but faltered close to the end, which allowed Clarks Town to steal a march on them and lift the title. Clarks Town are now competing in the Western Confederation Super League.Fire FC are stepping up in class after lifting the Division One crown last season and will want a good start to life in the Major League.Duanvale, on the other hand, will feel they have the edge, especially since they will be playing on familiar turf at the Duanvale Sports Ground and will be keen on kicking off the season with a victory.In the other matchups today, Holland FC tackle Bunker Hill at Elleston Wakeland Centre, Spicy Hill host Kinloss at Georgia Sports Ground, and former champions, Harmony, meet Classic United at Bounty Hall Sports Ground. All matches will kick off at 3 p.m.Early favourites Baca Star United will bow into action tomorrow against an expectedly tough Daniel Town FC at the Elleston Wakeland Centre, while Coopers Pen host Rio Bueno in the day’s other fixture, also at 3 p.m.The 12-team league is broken down into two zones, with teams in each zone playing each other twice, after which, the top team on points in each zone will play for the mid-season trophy.The competition continues thereafter with the cross-zone matches. Teams in zone one will play those in zone two once, after which, the top four with the most points will contest the semi-finals.Today’s matchesn Holland Utd vs Bunker Hill SCat Elleston Wakeland Centren Duanvale FC vs Fire FC atDuanvale Sports Groundn Spicy Hill FC vs Kinloss FC atGeorgia Sports Groundn Harmony FC vs Classic Utd atBounty Hall Sports GroundTomorrow’s gamesn Baca Star Utd vs Daniel Town FC at Elleston Wakeland Centren Coopers Pen vs Rio Bueno at Coopers Pen Sports Groundlast_img read more

Munich boosts teen booters’ dreams

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine representatives Miguel Basmayor, Ivy Tapiz and Catherine Bradborn were part of the 10th Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich, Germany, last Aug. 27 to 31.“At first, we had a hard time with interaction but everything changed when we started playing,” said Pampanga native Bradborn, whose mother is a national lawn bowling player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The trio was chosen from 4,400 children who vied in various regional camps for players aged 14 to 16 years. A total of eight trained in Bangkok where the Asian representatives were picked.Tapiz, who turns 16 in November, also topped a robotics competition for the AJFC participants. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title When you bring together 56 children from 23 countries, language barrier is expected.But once they stepped on the field, football became their universal language.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments “The Bangkok training was my first international trip so getting the Munich trip was a blessing,” said Tapiz, who also tried softball and volleyball in her province Dipolog.“Watching a live FC Bayern game, meeting the players, watching them train, all those experiences are enough to last us a lifetime,” said De La Salle Zobel’s Basmayor, a former national youth member.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Baguio not letting go of Batang Pinoy overall titlecenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Ateneo holds off Adamson for 5th straight win

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Adamson was able to trim the deficit to as little as 12 points, 56-44, after Jerrick Ahanmisi’s three-pointer with 4:11 left but the Blue Eagles were able to hold its ground in the defensive end allowing just one field goal after conversion.Isaac Go was Ateneo’s high-point man with 12 points while grabbing seven rebounds with Thirdy Ravena missing out on a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.Jerom Lastimosa finished with 13 points for the Soaring Falcons while Jerrick Ahanmisi had 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Ateneo strengthened its hold of the top spot after shutting down Adamson University, 62-48, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The league-leading Blue Eagles chalked up their fifth straight win and bumped their record to 10-2 while the second-seeded Soaring Falcons dropped to 8-3.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pasaol mulls PBA draft or return to UE next year LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After an uneventful first quarter that saw both teams score just nine points apiece, the Blue Eagles raced to a blistering 32-12 run to take a 41-21 lead after Anton Asistio’s three midway through the third quarter.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga admitted that the Blue Eagles played poorly in the first quarter that saw them struggle in their set pieces and it was in the second quarter that they were able to slow things down.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 Chriss“Offensively we settled down a bit, we had a couple of forced plays in the first quarter and we actually had six I think [eight to be correct],” said Arespacochaga. “We had a couple of plays in the second, we settled down and we ran our offense well.”“Against this team if you don’t execute you’re not going to score so our emphasis on offense was to execute.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

Importing Packaging Materials Constrains Processors

first_imgSome Falama cassava productsBy Simeon S. WiakantyThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Falama Incorporated, Angie Howard, has said that sourcing packaging materials from Lagos, Nigeria is a serious constraint facing local cassava processors. She made the disclosure to the Daily Observer recently at her processing center in Oldest Congo Town, outside Monrovia.According to Madam Howard, local processors are working hard to meet the demands of the market with various cassava products, but the cost of getting packaging materials from Nigeria is greatly limiting their profit margins. “Our major challenge as processors is getting packaging materials outside the country. The plastic used for packaging the flour and the fufu comes from Nigeria, while the bottle we use for storing the coconut water and the sugar cane water as well as the janja juice, come from Nigeria. The cost for printing these materials is very high,’’ she said.She added that her company has shifted a bit to another level in terms of processing and production that is enabling them to meet the demands of the market. “We have moved from a smaller garage to a bigger one, a level where we are able to meet the demands of the market. We have been able to process and produce cassava products into white powder and the yellow fufu powder,” she stated, noting that the products from the cassava is being used to produce pastry and light bread.The Falama CEO has disclosed that the government of Liberia has embarked on the construction of five processing centers in Bomi, Bong, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe counties for existing processors. “We are happy that Falama is a beneficiary of the initiative by the Liberian Government,” she said. According to her, Falama, over the years has not sped up processing and production to meet market demands due to the lack of better processing centers and equipment. “We have used the cabinet dryer, which has the capacity to produce 25kg of cassava fufu in 8 to 10 hours; it takes so long, thus limiting our ability to produce enough for the market,” she said.Falama Incorporated is a woman-owned cassava-based company that has women making up 75 percent of its staff complement (comprising mostly single parents and widows). The company is also directly involved in the training of women farmers in processing, with the goal of economically empowering them. Falama primarily focuses on adding value to cassava through the production of various cassava products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Mashemeji derby this weekend- Mwendwa

first_img0Shares0000FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 21- Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa has said the Mashemeji Derby pitting Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards will not take place this weekend as earlier scheduled despite Kenya Premier League saying the game scheduled for Bukhungu will go on.Mwendwa says this has been occasioned by the fact that Harambee Stars will play two friendly matches against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea on Friday and Monday next week in Machakos. “The coach called me last night and said that if he can’t have all his players for these games, then we cancel. I am not ready to cancel these games and they will go on. I am stating categorically that there will be no derby this weekend. The players have to start training this week with the national team,” Mwendwa said on Monday morning.This now invites the starting point of the infamous war between FKF and the league managers who earlier on Monday morning had categorically stated league matches including the derby will go on despite the friendly matches.-FIFA Calendar“These games are outside the FIFA calendar so we are at no obligation to postpone the games. They (FKF) requested but we have declined the request,” KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Capital Sport.On Monday, Mwendwa in a stern-voiced statement insisted that ‘tough decisions have to be made’ and added that KPL will have no choice but tow the federation’s line on the issue.“We need to be ready for Ghana in September and we need the coach to have players in camp as early as now. If we need to beat Ghana we have to prepare well. So I will insist that those two friendly games will go on and there will be no derby,” the Federation boss noted.-No BukhunguHe also says there was no way the match would be held at the Bukhungu Stadium over security fears, noting that the only venue they as a federation would be comfortable in would be Kasarani.That same stadium, he says, will be closed for the next one month o do the final touches on the grass.“The contractor told us that the pitch was not fully ready and we had to do some quick work for the Hull game. But now he says we have to close it for a month so that he finishes up then we can have games there,” Mwendwa noted.In turn, this means that both friendly matches will be played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Also, next month’s SportPesa Super Cup will be staged at the same venue with the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega being an option.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgThe local It’s Only Tuesday Productions will present “Jazz It Up,” a tribute to choreographer Bob Fosse, 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Repertory Theatre will present the Tony-winning comedy-drama “Mornings at Seven,” 8 p.m. Jan. 13, 14, 20, and 21, and 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22, at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale. Tickets: $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Call (661) 267-5684. “Retro Vacation Slide Show,” culled by Charles Phoenix from garage sales and elsewhere, will be shown, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15. Call (661) 723-5950. Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa disc jockey Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes are held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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


first_imgA large crowd is expected this evening for the Drumhalla 5k run and walk on the outskirts of Ratmullan.The race is number 22 in the Donegal Athletics Board Schedule and starts at St. Garvan’s National School Drumhalla, Rathmullan.One of the most challenging routes on the schedule, the annual 5k run/walk starts at 7.30pm sharp with registration from 6.15pm at the school. For competitors not familiar with the venue, Drumhalla NS is located about 4 miles outside Rathmullan just off the Knockalla Coast Road, turn left at the Whitestrand Utd. football pitch and travel along this road for about 2km.Everyone is very welcome and tea and light refreshments will be provided after the race.In addition to this, on Sunday, 29th July 2012 commencing at 1.30pm, there will be a family fun & sports day at Whitestrand Utd. football field. All the usual novelty races for children & adults and much more.LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR DRUMHALLA 5K was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Drumhalla 5Klast_img read more

Wenger: FA Cup final could be my last game as Arsenal boss – but not in football

first_imgArsene Wenger says he is unsure if Saturday’s FA Cup final will be his last game as Arsenal boss.The Frenchman insists he will remain in management next season, but has refused to confirm whether that will be with the north London club.Wenger, who has faced protests from fans calling for him to go, is out of contract in the summer and will discuss his future at a board meeting following the Wembley clash with Chelsea.When asked if it will be his last match as Arsenal manager, he replied: “I don’t know. “It will not be my last match because whatever happens I will stay in football.“Would it be a nice farewell? No, what I want is to win the next game. I love to win and I love to do well for my club. I want to win the cup for my club.“It’s not about me, it’s about us winning the trophy and giving everything to achieve it.”Wenger insists winning the FA Cup would be a triumph for Arsenal’s late-season resurgence and not a boost for him personally.“I want to do it just to win the cup because I think the team has redressed very well the situation on the sporting side and it would be a good crowning of what we have done in the last two months,” he said.“They have given so much and now they really want to win something.”His old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson claimed this week the pressure on Wenger was ‘ridiculous’, but the Frenchman admits he is unlikely to match his former rival’s 26 years in charge at Manchester United. Wenger is in his 21st year at Arsenal.“I don’t think I will match him on that front,” Wenger said. “Usually the average life expectancy of a manager is 18 months so our total is quite unusual.” 1last_img read more


first_imgWith weather more like the tropics than Dunfanaghy everyone is enjoying the great spell with some brilliant golf thrown in.Wednesday saw Shane Greer come to the fore again with a superb score of 41 points to lead all the way. Shane has been playing very steady of late and has been bubbling under for some time. Not to be outdone Kevin Ward cruised home with a steady 40 points to lift second place.Considering that Dunfanaghy is playing pretty firm at present these are good scores. Donal Boyle took the gross again with a steady score and Hugh Coll picked up third place. Last Friday we had an open 4BBB competition and Martin Collins and Gerry Lynn crushed the field with 46 points. The nearest was mQuinn and P Wilson on 43 points. A Speers-Cook and L Armstrong got third place with 39 points.Saturday was an Open Singles Stableford competition and 39 points was sufficient for John McGlynn to take top honours over Ray Finn on 38 points. Sean Duffy Jnr just missed out with 37 points but third place is still good shooting. The Gross went to Ryan McGettigan.Sunday was the monthly medal stroke competition and Conor Moore left the rest behind with a brilliant score of 64 net. Not to be outdone by his son the previous day Sean Duffy Snr took second place with a 69 net Third place went to Brendan Kelly on 71 net. The gross went to Brian Kilfedder. Well done Brian.RESULTS: Wednesday 10th July: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Shane Greer 41 pts2nd: Kevin Ward 40 ptsGross: Donal Boyle 34 pts3rd: Hugh Coll 38 pts CSS: 37 ptsFriday 12th July: Open 4 BBB Stableford Any Combination1st: Martin Collins/Gerry Lynn 46 pts2nd: M Quinn/P Wilson 43 pts 3rd: A Speers-Cook/L Armstrong 39 ptsSaturday 13th July: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: John Mc Glynn 39 pts2nd: Ray Finn 38 ptsGross: Ryan Mc Gettigan 31 pts3rd: Sean Duffy (Jnr) 37 ptsCSS: 37 ptsSunday 14th July: Monthly Medal Stroke (July)1st: Conor Moore 642nd: Sean Duffy 69Gross: Brian Gilfedder 81 BOT3rd: Brendan Kelly 71CSS: 67 Reduction OnlyOpen Week is due to start shortly and sheets are in operation for time slots.GOLF NEWS: GREER WINS AGAIN IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUBlast_img read more

League of Ireland bosses fail to see beyond the Pale: It’s Walshy on Wednesday!

first_imgAs the Finn Harps jigsaw is slowly being put together for another season, the real puzzle is what the authorities believed they were trying to achieve with yet another revamp in the structure of the League of Ireland.From next year on, there’ll be a ten-team Premier set-up with no less than three clubs facing automatic relegation to the doldrums of the First Division from where one club will be allowed the climb into the top flight.By Paddy WalshOr, perhaps, we do know what they were trying to achieve. A Premier league with an accommodating scattering of Dublin clubs to provide countless city derbies and a minimum of travel for same. Not the first time a ten-team top division was attempted.It failed then – as recently as four years ago – as evidenced by the restructuring to a twelve-team Premier.And it will, of course, falter again for if there’s one thing designed to turn supporters away, it’s repetition on the fixtures list and meeting opposing sides four times in a campaign falls repeatedly into this bracket.Not surprisingly the dissenting voices have been clamouring loudly against the change in formation. Hardly had he time to digest his side’s play-off success that earned them another season in Premier ranks, than Drogheda United boss Pete Mahon, was bemoaning the move as a retrograde step.“I’m sitting here wondering what have we broken our backsides for in getting promoted,” he declared before touching on the realism facing a club that doesn’t have the budget to compete and will find it difficult to stay up.From the First Division perspective, Cobh Ramblers manager, Stephen Henderson, was equally sore about the decision, taking to Twitter to denounce those clubs who voted for the change and predicting that some clubs in the lower league could crash out of business.And for Harps? A hard enough season last time out but a virtually impossible one in 2017, you’d have to suggest.“I would love to know the reason behind the ten team league,” Ollie Horgan demanded in an interview in the ‘Donegal News’ on Monday. “Is it to allow for more Dublin derbies? I don’t see any positives in it at all.” And the Harps boss echoed Henderson’s claim that it would have “huge implications” for the First Division clubs.And highlighted his own club’s budget and the additional challenge the Donegal side face in the coming campaign.At this stage, it’s not clear how many clubs precisely were allowed a voice in the decision-making process as it seemed to catch a fair selection of them on the hop and certainly had fans questioning the wisdom of it. But then wisdom and the League of Ireland authorities haven’t always shared the same pitch.And common sense has often stayed behind in the changing-rooms. Clubs at least should have been given a three year phasing in period before the new structure was put in place but there appeared to be undue haste in pushing this one through.I predict that we’ll be back to yet another revamp before the decade is out but for some clubs that may just be too late.PASSING OF GENTLEMAN GERRYA couple of years back I was fortunate to be involved in helping to set up an exhibition featuring the sporting heroes of Donegal – a display run in conjunction with the Donegal Sports Partnership and the County Museum in Letterkenny.One of the rewards from it, apart from seeing it staged, was meeting the many people along the way who provided me with the assistance, and material, I, and more significantly the exhibition, could not have done without.In this respect, due regard was owed to the likes of Gerry Deignan and his spouse, Kathleen, parents of one of our most notable competitors, our acclaimed professional cyclist, Philip.It involved one or two visits to the family home at Magherennan in Letterkenny where the hospitality ranked in equal measure to the help the couple afforded me with photographs and information on the achievements of their son.Gentleman Gerry furnished me with anecdotes and enough material to stage an exhibition on its own – a fraction of which we could only use. But I will always remember the kindness and patience shown to me by this amicable couple.And it was with a measure of shock – even if his illness of recent times should have prepared us – that his passing was announced in the wake of Christmas Day and a light went out in the locality.We’ll remember him for his ever-ready smile –  an entertaining conversationalist and someone who in his own professional life, played a huge rule in the success of Donegal Creameries.And specifically a proud family man, proud, not just of the achievements of Philip, but also of Helen, Louise, and David.To Kathleen and sons and daughters and his other family members, my sympathy on your searing loss when hopefully time will ease the aching and the memories will lift you in darkest days. McGEADY UPS HIS GAMEWatched highlights of Preston North End’s recent league game against Sheffield Wednesday and Aiden McGeady playing like a man with a couple of missions in mind.Firstly, to announce to Martin O’Neill that he’s still got some genuine quality and, secondly, to try and ward of the intentions of the club’s new signing, Daryl Horgan, to claim his place on the left wing.A fine performance from McGeady but he’ll need a few more consistent ones like that to aid his ambitions on both fronts.Good to see Shane Long claim his first goal of the season for Southampton over the festive period but I think he needs a change of club to get back into the scoring groove. SERVING SIRIt seems the authorities at Wimbledon – that’s the tennis club not the footballing version – have stated it is unlikely that Andy Murray will be addressed as ‘Sir’ on the scoreboards at the annual tournament.The world’s number one received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honourslist – the first serving (sic!) tennis star to be acknowledged in this way.Hopefully, the powers-that-be at Wimbledon won’t alter their stance onthis but, sadly, it won’t stop the likes of Sue Barker & Co. in the B.B.C. broadcasting studio and commentators and other British – and nodoubt Irish equivalents –  media outlets alike coat-tailing everyaction of the Scotsman with ‘Sir Andy serving for the first set” or‘what a forehand smash from Sir Andy’ or ‘Sir Andy’ this and ‘Sir Andythat’.And, of course, once the athletics season gets up and running again, we’ll have ‘Sir Mo’ picking off the opposition to win another 5,000 metres title – Farah, another awardee in the Honours merry-go-round.Said it before in these parts and I’ll say it again – sporting personalities, or at least those currently performing, should be completely overlooked when it comes to giving out Knighthoods andDamehoods or whatever. There’s something not quite right about the name of a sportsman or woman being continually pre-faced with a title when they are competing, almost as if their less endowed rivals hardly belong in the same arena. THAT MEDALSOME PAIR!Christmas television should be gift wrapped and given away as, not so much a going concern, but one that is will gone past its sell-by date.Every year, the same parade of films and repeats and hardly a fresh turkey among them.Still, one or two notable exceptions this year –  the appearance ofthe O’Donovan brothers on the Graham Norton show on B.B.C. and in theR.T.E. documentary ‘Pull Like a Dog’ being both of them.Silver medalists from the Rio Olympics – and silver-tongued to go with it, even if many a Norton show viewer was moved to venture into social media land to reveal a failure to understand anything the Skibbereen siblings were saying.But true entertainment nonetheless from Ireland’s rowing sensations – and an intriguing documentary that charted their path into international waters and that pull to glory in Brazil.Meanwhile, after the credits had rolled on the Norton show, the presenter briefly returned to inform viewers that the pair had left their medals behind in the studio.Somehow, it all rowed in perfectly. OPENING A BOOK ON LEEDSAre the once mighty Leeds United on their way back? I only ask because a glance at recent results and the Championship league table would strongly suggest a stirring resurgence from the Elland Roaders.Also, because long-time Whites fan, David, in the Eason’s store at Letterkenny Shopping Centre feels they are long overdue a positive mention in this column.By the end of the season, Garry Monk’s side could, on current form – worth a small bet, I’d say – have booked a place in the Premier League. And a few spaces on the shelves in Eason’s for the publications that will undoubtedly follow marking the club’s arrival back in the big-time.Still think they did our David wrong. That’s David O’Leary, not the David in the Shopping Centre though they have probably put him throughthe wringer as well….NEW YEAR GREETINGSAnd finally a very Happy New Year to you all – except to those of you who don’t support the right teams….!League of Ireland bosses fail to see beyond the Pale: It’s Walshy on Wednesday! was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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