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Irish Water pledge to replace 3.5 km of pipe in West Donegal

first_img Google+ Facebook Irish Water has confirmed that 3.5 kms of problematic water mains have been prioritised for replacement in the vicinity of Falcarragh and Gortahork region.The extra works will involve 1.8 kilometres of pipe at Curransport, 1.1 kilometres at Derryconnor, 720 metres at Calhearn and 600 metres between the Ardbeg Water Treatment Plant and Owentully bridge.Councillor Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says this news follows a ling campaign………………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/michh2o1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.*****************************Letter from Irish WaterDear Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig, Thank you for your recent phone call requesting a meeting onsite with senior Irish Water Staff and a detailed report of the outages in the Curransport, Derryconner and Ardbeg area.I have received an update advising that 3500 metres of problematic watermains have been prioritised for replacement by Irish Water in the Falcarragh/ Gortahork region in Donegal. The 3.5km of mains to be replace is in the following areas; 1. Curransport (1.08km), 2. Derryconnor (1.1km), 3. Ardbeg Water Treatment Plant to Owentully bridge (600m), 4. Calheam Area (720m). Works will involve the replacement of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes in this area. Detailed design works is currently ongoing with site investigation works to commence in the coming weeks. Construction works will commence asap thereafter completion of Detailed design/ S.I works. Irish water will provide further information in advance of construction commencement. Irish Water pledge to replace 3.5 km of pipe in West Donegal Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 21, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePartially completed home burned down in StrabaneNext article20 new Coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Panthers edge Trinidad Northern to win STAG Beer Guyana Carnival 7s

first_imgPANTHERS Rugby Club came out winners 12-7 over Trinidad Northern Rugby Club after 14 minutes of intense battle, to win this year’s STAG Beer Guyana Carnival 7s tournament on Sunday evening at the National Park.The scores were level, 7-7, at halftime and based on the relentless defending by the two sides, the game seemed set to go into extra time.However, Osie McKenzie made a blistering run down the middle to score what would be the winning try of the game.Jamal Angus had scored the first try which was converted by Godfrey Broomes.The visitors quickly responded with a breakaway of their own with Davel Scott making the try which was brilliantly converted by Sebastian Navarro.Northern had trounced Panthers 22-7 during the preliminary stages and knocked out defending champions Pepsi Hornets via a 14-0 rout.Panthers drew 12-12 with Yamaha Caribs in the first match and got convincing victories over Hornets (14-12) and Police (29-7).Panthers captain Rondell McArthur said they were overjoyed with the victory, especially after bouncing back from a tough defeat to Northern.Journalist Rawle Toney, chief organiser of the event, expressed great delight at the high level of play. He strongly believes the one-day event gave the national selection panel an overview of possible options for the Olympic Qualifiers for Cayman Islands in July.Toney also brought broader smiles to players by stating the first-place prize will move to US$5000 next year, making it the most lucrative tournament in the Caribbean.“Let me say this now; Guyana Carnival Rugby Sevens will be $1M (US$5000). I am putting that out there because we have the support of our sponsors. This year’s tournament, as it is, recognised as the second largest prize money for rugby in the Caribbean and next year we will supersede that of any tournament in the Caribbean,” he fervently stated.Apart from Ansa McAL Trading Limited through the STAG Beer brand, Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports and Ramps Logistics were the other partners. (Information extracted from the Newsroom).last_img read more

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SHOCKING: Confusion hits Black Stars camp ahead of Germany Clash

first_imgReports reaching the  camp of the Multimedia Sports team in Brazil indicates that the Black Stars camp here in Brazil has been plagued by player mutiny premised on a passive resistance to lawful authority through a concerted revolt by a coss-section of the entire playing body, thus forcing the team’s scheduled press conference after their group opener against USA to be cancelled.A close associate of the head coach and his assistant has revealed that there are deep rooted issues particularly with Coach Appiah  who has consistently failed to have second thoughts with his backroom staff which resulted in  Ghana’s defeat  on Monday. The Ghana team went into Monday’s game full of crisis as a source close to the team hinted that so many things happened in camp  prior to the match with the US and also  attributed the Stars loss to lack of conditioning on the part of the players.last_img read more

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Players battle the elements at Women’s County Finals

first_img Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire lead the way after they each won their matches on the first day of Women’s County Finals at Wilmslow, Cheshire.Yorkshire, who have been absent from County Finals for the past two years, made a successful return by defeating Kent 7-2. Gloucestershire beat Warwickshire 6-3, while Lincolnshire beat Hertfordshire 5-4.Today’s matches were played in the most difficult conditions of heavy rain showers, strong gusting winds and even hail at times. But the players battled around the course and produced some quite remarkable golf.Yorkshire county captain Carole Waights remarked: “Everyone played very well in the most awful conditions and they all deserve a good pat on the back.”Yorkshire took control of their match after they won 2½ points from the morning foursomes . Kent’s young team – seven are aged between 14 and 18 – held on tight over the front nine of the singles, but the more experienced Yorkshire side pulled away over the inward half.Carole added: “They have all been good matches and my team have been fantastic, I’m chuffed to bits to have such a nice start to the week.”Gloucestershire were also on convincing form. They held the upper hand all day, winning two of the morning foursomes and, led by South West champion Bethan Popel secured four of the singles points.“It was a really good result,” said county captain Jan Pickersgill. “There was some surprisingly good golf played in awful conditions and Bethan, in particular, was superb, she really showed her class out there.“I was very pleased that even in the games we lost we kept pushing right to the end and kept fighting.”Lincolnshire won a tight match against Hertfordshire. The two teams shared the morning foursomes and Lincolnshire finally came out on top when Emily Slater (Image top © Leaderboard Photography) produced a classy up-and-down on the last to win her singles game 1 up.The other games were equally hard-fought, for example, Jess Wilcox managed to win on the 17th, despite her opponent chipping in twice. Meanwhile Helen Hewlett looked odds on for a win after getting to two up with two to play – only to lose both the 17th and 18th to birdies.“It was a great day, a realty good match played in a great spirit,” said county captain Cindy Ireland. “Conditions weren’t easy and so they have all done very well.”ResultsKent 2 Yorkshire 7FoursomesEmily Royer & Ainee O’Connor lost to Becca Wood & Emma Brown 3/1Marnie Barber & Jerri Sewell lost to Charlotte Austwick & Holly Morgan 6/4Tita McCart & Cloe Frankish halved with Ellie Goodall & Megan LockettSinglesMollie Lawrence lost to Brown 3/2Sewell beat Rochelle Morris 2 upRoyer halved with AustwickO’Connor lost to Morgan 3/2Fiona McCann lost to Kirsty Beckwith 3/1McCart lost to Lockett 4/3Gloucestershire 6 Warwickshire 3FoursomesShelby Smart & Bethan Popel beat Abbey Gittings & Melissa Nicol 3/2Sue Elliott & Alexandra Saunders lost to Claire Howells & Charlotte Dalton 5/4Lucy Padley & Alison Kelly beat Katrina Gani & Rachel Rusted 2/1SinglesPopel beat Gittings 4/3Padley lost to Nicol 2/1Jemima Gregson beat Dalton 3/2Saunders lost to Howells 1 downKelly beat Rusted 3/2Smart beat Gani 5/3Lincolnshire 5  Hertfordshire 4FoursomesHelen Hewlett & Emilee Taylor lost to Alison Franklin & Lucy Goddard 2 downIndia Clyburn & Emily Slater beat Steph McEvoy & Ella Ofstedahl 4/2Jessica Wilcox & Emma Tipping halved with Charlie Field & Nicola CallanderSinglesTaylor beat Goddard 1upHewlett halved with FranklinWilcox beat Ofstedahl 2/1Sophie Beardsall lost to Field 2/1Slater beat McEvoy 1 upClyburn lost to Callander 5/4 16 Sep 2013 Players battle the elements at Women’s County Finals last_img read more

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Baseball wonders why pitchers’ elbows keep tearing

first_imgIn this April 29, 2014 file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez sits in the dugout after pitching eight innings against the Atlanta Braves, in Miami.  (AP Photo/File)All of baseball is focused on a most precious 2 1/8 inches — the average length of the ulnar collateral ligament.This year, more than a dozen major league pitchers already have undergone Tommy John surgery — which involves replacing the elbow ligament with a tendon harvested from elsewhere (often the non-pitching elbow or forearm) in the patient’s body. All-Stars Patrick Corbin, Josh Johnson and Matt Moore have had the surgery, and NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez was scheduled to have his operation Friday.“It’s a problem. There’s no question about it,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. “I’m almost afraid to pick up the paper every day because there’s some bad news.”The surgery forces a player to miss at least a full season, but many power pitchers — including Chris Carpenter (2007), Stephen Strasburg (2010) and Adam Wainwright (2011) — threw as hard with their repaired elbows as they did before. Matt Harvey is still recovering from surgery last year.The league hopes it can find ways to protect these million dollar elbows before surgery is required.Dr. James Andrews, one of the world’s top orthopedic physicians, will be meeting with a research committee Monday at Major League Baseball’s headquarters.“We’re going to put together a research project to help figure this out. We don’t know quite what to say at this point,” he said. “But, yeah, it’s got everybody’s attention.”A 2013 survey showed 25 percent of big league pitchers and 15 percent of minor leaguer pitchers had undergone the procedure.“This does not include the guys who didn’t make it back. These are the success stories,” said Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute, who conducted the survey with  Stan Conte of the Dodgers.With the advent of high-tech scans such as MRIs, doctors usually can pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. And with pro pitchers under the watch of radar guns whenever they throw, the slightest drop in velocity triggers scrutiny.But for more than a century, pitchers came up with “sore arms” and “dead arms,” trying to pitch through pain.“Back then, you could be on your deathbed and you never told anybody because if you said, ‘God, my arm hurts,’ there were 15 guys waiting to take your place,” Tommy John said. “So I kept my mouth shut and just kept pitching, kept pitching, kept pitching.”UCL reconstruction has increased 10-fold in the first decade of the 21st century, Andrews and Dr. Jeremy Bruce wrote in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, citing a paper by J.R. Dugas. Experts think young pitchers throw far more often now than they did a decade or two ago.“Baseball, once considered a seasonal sport, has become a year-round event in some regions of the United States, with increased team travel play and sponsored tournaments,” Andrews and Bruce wrote.An ASMI study published in 2011 examined 481 pitchers ages 9-14, and then checked with them 10 years later. Those who threw more than 100 innings in a year were 3.5 times more likely to need elbow or shoulder surgery or were forced to stop playing baseball.New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek says he’s performing the procedure more often among teenagers, who are not as strong as professionals and are trying to impress with high velocities.“When you’re throwing year-round, you don’t have much time for all this fitness stuff,” Altchek said. “So you’re fitness gets sacrificed, Your arm is overloaded. That’s a recipe for disaster.”The USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee recommends limits of 50 pitches per game and 2,000 pitches per year for 9- and 10-year-olds, and 75 pitches per game and 3,000 per year from 11-14. The limit rises to 90 at ages 15-16 and 105 for ages 17-18, with no more than two games a week.Looking back, Harvey said he ramped up his arm for events as a teenager.“At 16 how much strengthening or throwing are you really doing in between those tournaments before you have to go blow it out again?” he said.Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s medical director, said the sport has been collecting data on injuries and lengths of layoffs in both the major and minor leagues since 2010. However, innings and pitch counts as amateurs aren’t tracked. Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, MLB’s director of research, is heading the probe.“We’re looking at it in terms of the demographics: Can we predict who is going to get this injury? Is there something in their training? Is there something in their biomechanics?” Green said.Fleisig concluded “how much you pitch and how hard you throw are the dominant factors.”After Dr. Frank Jobe’s pioneering operation on John in 1974, there were no more than four similar operations annually until a spike to 12 in 1996, according to research by Jon Roegele, who writes for the Hardball Times and Beyond the Box Score. The figure rose to 43 by 2003 and 69 in 2012 before dropping to 49 last year.Tom House, the former big league pitcher and pitching coach, has advocated strengthening muscles in the kinetic chain involved in throwing. John thinks the opposite approach should be taken.“These guys today, they spend more time in the weight room than they do on the mound. Strengths and weights are fine, but if that was everything, then Arnold Schwarzenegger would be a 20-game winner,” John said. “They just get so big and strong that there’s very little elasticity in their arms.”___AP Sports Writers Mike Fitzpatrick, Jon Krawczynski and Paul Newberry contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon Club

first_imgA few days and counting. The annual Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon is Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.A group of local triathletes have been burning up the training pool, highway and roadway in preparation for the annual event.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give the group a running start to Sunday’s race with Team of the Week honours.The group includes, Janice Morrison, Laurilee Commandeur, Graham Jamin, Coleen Driscol, Roger Fontaine, Jessica Larocque, Debbie Bird, Ian Pardoe, Victor Commandeur, Peter Bird and Peter Lee.  Start of the race is 8 a.m. Sunday with competitors jumping into Kootenay Lake for the swim.last_img

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Vijender on song; Akhil bows out

first_imgVijender Singh (75kg) took just over a minute to pull off an intimidating knock-out win and assure himself of a second successive Commonwealth Games medal but it was curtains for defending champion Akhil Kumar who was beaten by Olympic bronze-medallist Bruno Julie in the boxing quarterfinals of the event on Sunday.Asian silver-medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Asian bronze-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) were the other three boxers who assured India of medals at the event.The raucous crowd at the Talkatora Stadium had not even settled down after giving him a thunderous welcome before world number one Vijender knocked out Elias Nashivela of Namibia within just a minute and 22 seconds of entering the ring.India’s Vijender Singh is declared winner after beating Namibia’s pugilist Elias Nashivela during the quarterfinals of 75-kg boxing event of Commonwealth Games at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo:PTIThe 24-year-old Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist was leading 2-0 against an immensely intimidated rival who seemed too wary of even approaching the local favourite for an attack. The blow that left Nashivela dazed was a powerful left hook.”When you have a ranking of world number one, rivals do get intimidated but I never take anyone lightly. I wanted to play three full rounds but it ended up being a knock-out,” Vijender said.”The fight is on for a gold and I have to beat my rivals for that. My reputation alone won’t get me points but yes the crowd support and the atmosphere gives me a lot of energy and at times ends up affecting my rivals,” said the dashing Haryana-lad, who had won a silver in the previous edition of the Games.advertisementHe will now face England’s Anthony Ogogo, who defeated Yves Ulysse of Canada 6-2.”I have heard he is a tough customer and I am sure the crowd will get to see a good, competitive bout,” Vijender said.Earlier, Jai, a Commonwealth Championship gold-medallist, blanked Waheed Sogbamu of Nigeria 10-0, Dilbag thrashed Botswana’s Moabi Mothiba 11-3 and Manoj defeated Kenya’s Blackmoses Mathenge 6-2 to join Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Suranjoy Singh (52kg), who won their quarterfinal bouts yesterday, in assuring themselves of their maiden CWG medals.”A medal here would be life-changing for me especially if it ends up being a gold medal. I would get fame and there would be financial benefits as well,” said an elated Jai, who had almost given up boxing before Vijender motivated him to return to the national camp in 2008.last_img read more

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TFA Volunteer of the Year Award

first_imgDiversityRelationship management and support is a key element of the role Megan and Mel fulfil for Touch Football Australia, whether it’s ensuring the leading Referees are in a worry free environment to facilitate best performance, or a first time referee that requires that little extra bit of care, Megan and Mel have an innate ability to manage and respect the most diverse of people. Fantastic ambassadors for the sport, Megan and Mel epitomise the respect and understanding required to embrace the diversity of our sport  President – 2010 to 2012Treasurer – 2012 to currentGeneral Committee – 2008 to 2010Referee Director – 2009 to 2012Ben’s long time commitment to start back in 2001 when he made his Open Debut for Fremantle, a commitment carried through until 2011 where he filled roles as a player, coach and manager for Men’s and Mixed Teams at various times. In 2015 Ben was made a Life Member of Fremantle for he continued contributions to the affiliate whilst being involved in the game elsewhere on much larger scale.At a State Level Ben has once again shown his commitment in all areas of the game. Ben has previously been a player, manager, selector and referee. After being a player in the 2002 WA Under 18’s Boys Team he was then Team Manager for the 18’S Boys in 2009, NTL Mixed Open Manager in 2011 and Selector in 2012.Over the past two months, ben has been active in driving change in two key areas of our sport that have had a significant impact on the sport and engagement with our members in WA. In February, this year Ben sought election to a position on the WA State Operations Panel “to give back to the sport that I enjoy being involved in”. Ben felt that as a player, referee, coach and local volunteer I thought that I had a wide range of experience across the sport that I could help contribute back to the future direction of Touch Football in WA.Post the Annual Meeting in February, Ben further nominated himself to Chair of the SOAP to help set targets and realise the achievements possible for Touch Football in WA towards our 2020 goals. The SOAP in WA had been fairly inactive in WA for a period of time and Ben’s enthusiasm, passion and leadership have helped create a new level of engagement with this panel which has set the sport up for a period of long term success.The other vital role which Ben had undertaken was with the Lead Role at the 2016 WA Junior State Championships. With the WA Referee Panel in transition and a number of key members unavailable Ben volunteered to take on this key role at the WA’s premier junior touch football event. Ben’s leadership, integrity, professional and excellence in this role enabled this key part of our sport to operate successfully ensured a quality event experience for referee, participants and spectators through his operation in this role. Ben even managed to referee a few games himself where needed across the weekend. Ben’s previous work as a Referee at State Events since 2000 and being part of the Referee Coaching Team since 2015 held in a good stead to undertake this position.What consistently is shown in Ben’s work is his embodiment of the TFA Values and this has been the key to being such a successful contributor across all facets of our game for a long period of time. Ben’s contributions over the last twelve months have highlighted his passion to see the ongoing success of Touch Football in WA which, under his leadership and guidance will be achieved for many years to come. Other nominees will continue to be posted through the week.Related LinksVolunteer of the Year Award Excellence Consistently looking at ways to improve the experience for Referees and event participants, Megan and Mel have played a significant role in the development and ongoing improvement of the Referee Experience for Touch Football’s major events, their pursuit of excellence and quality experiences is second to none.Megan Harapa and Mel Jones have completed the same role in unison for Touch Football Australia for many years now, they as a team and individuals are at the core of the sports success and growth of the Referee Program, and individually or collectively would be a worthy recipients of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award.     Graeme Clancy QueenslandGraeme is the founder of Touch Football Specialised which gives participants with special needs the opportunity to play Touch Football.The countless amount of volunteer hours Graeme has contributed has seen substantial growth in Touch Football Specialised and the programs now available for participants.The QLD Special Education Championships were held for the third successive year in 2016 with seven new schools attending, an additional thirteen teams and ninety six new participants.Graeme has also created a prototype competition for special needs athletes which will see athletes compete in a regular form of competition over multiple weeks. These competitions will be held at difference affiliated associations in South Queensland for the first time in season two of this year.He has also developed resources and modified equipment to allow the game to be accessed and played by numerous participants. These resources and aids have allowed schools and all ability organisations to self-deliver programs of their own.The countless hours Graeme has continued to put in has seen the organisation create a new partnership with the Gold Coast Titans and a continually growing ambassador group which now includes Olympic Athlete Michelle Jenneke.Queensland Touch could not be prouder of the contributions Graeme has made to the special needs and Touch Football communities through his initiative. He has single handily given children and adults with special needs opportunities through our sport which have never been there before. Klaire Carrick TasmaniaKlaire is the current assistant coach for the Under 18 Tasmanian NYC team and has significantly contributed to the success of our touring teams. She has been a part of Touch Football for a number of years and has previously volunteered as a coach before. Kliare exhibits TFAs core values every time she volunteers, often going the extra mile especially when it has come to fundraising and organisation of her team. She has done an exceptional job in reducing team levies for her players. Her commitment to the team is undeniable, from writing to local government to running two separate Bunnings BBQ’s, she has shown maturity and professionalism beyond her years. While balancing a university degree, part time work and her own playing, she has never missed a training session and is constantly asking how she can do more to help the team and Touch Football Tasmania.Klaire is seen as a role model and leader amongst the team and other volunteers, she was asked to increase her role and take on more responsibility as a coach and has successfully transitioned into taking full training sessions by herself and developing her skills as a coach. We are lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer here in Tasmania and this nomination is highly deserved.Benjamin Dempsey- Western AustraliaBen has been a long time contributor to Touch Football in Western Australia. Ben’s contribution covers – playing, refereeing, referee coaching and also administration at both an affiliate and State level. In WA, Ben is a key driver of the TFA Values and these are consistently showcased in his work throughout Touch Football. At Ben’s affiliate, Fremantle Touch Association, he remains as treasurer on the committee, after previously holding the following roles: Integrity, Leadership and Professionalism The National Touch League, National Youth Championships and particularly the Touch World Cup, present many unique experiences – from extreme weather conditions to first time referees – in the face of any obstacle, Megan and Mel have maintained complete professionalism and integrity at all times.The leadership and cultural alignment which Megan and Mel vest into all members of the Referee community is second to none, they have a complete understanding of the various elements and considerations needed to ensure optimal culture development and positivity from Referees and the wider Touch Football community both on and off the field. Touch Football Australia is lucky to have countless volunteers who have made significant contributions to the Touch Football landscape over the past 12 months and beyond.To celebrate and recognise these contributions for the second year running Touch Football Australia will award the Volunteer of the Year Award to one of our highly valued volunteers.  â€œThe opportunity to recognise and say thank you to our volunteers is one that we as a sport do not take for granted”, CEO Colm Maguire speaking on the importance of volunteers in our sport.“We are excited to again be able to recognise many of these fantastic individuals, who are all deserving of being awarded this prestigious honour, for the great work they have done in their local community and the sport at large”.Each State and Territory were asked to nominate one individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2016, as well as two nominees from a National Level.Nominations were to be considerate of their exceptional service to the sport and have made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.The nominees all will have demonstrated the Touch Football Australia values of:LeadershipIntegrityProfessionalismDiversityExcellenceThe Touch Football Australia Board of Management has reviewed all nominations and voted using a 3, 2, 1 system to determine the 2016 Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year.“Our Board was absolutely overwhelmed by the calibre of nominees from across the country,” Maguire, continues, “And has found it particularly difficult to determine this year’s recipient from an extremely deserving group”.“While it’s always difficult to choose a winner, the flipside is, what a great position to be in – so many wonderfully talented and dedicated people in our sport.  The nominees are a shining example of the valuable volunteers in our sport. We wouldn’t exist or be anywhere near as successful without them. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport – the TFA board, and this award, recognises in no small way, the generosity and commitment of all of these people- not just the state representatives or winners” TFA Chair Anita Hagarty adds.Over the next four days, each nominee for the Touch Football Australia Volunteer of the Year will feature on Touch Football Australia’s website and social media channels, with the winner to be publically announced at 3pm on Friday 30th September 2016.All nominees will also receive a plaque of recognition and a small gift to say thank you for the tremendous work they have done for the sport of Touch Football.Keep an eye out below for your locations nominee, as Touch Football say’s thank to them, and all volunteers in our sport. NominationsGreg Mason VictoriaGreg Mason is a highly committed individual to the sport of Touch Football in Victoria, sitting on a variety of volunteer committees, heavily involved in the VT League and coaching at the State Level.Greg has sat on the VT League committee for 5 Years now, a trusted leader in the community and always willing to go above and beyond. Greg’s greatest strength is his ability to separate his club affiliations from the bigger picture, always giving his thoughts and opinion on what is best for Touch Football in Victoria, not just the Melbourne City Lions. However, he has strongly lead that Melbourne City Lions for the past 6 years in the Presidents Role. The benchmark team in the competition, it is known for its professionalism and excellent administration, most of which is attributable to Greg.In 2014, when a VT League club withdrew from the competition only two weeks out, Greg was instrumental in supporting the TFV Office and working on a recovery strategy, creating the “Southern Phoenix”, ensuring that the season was able to run with a fifth club. Greg was quoted as saying “I just wanted to give everyone the chance to play if they wanted… at the end of the day, that’s all that matters, not politics and clubs”.When TFV were unable to construct a “standalone committee” for the Southern Phoenix, Greg was once again called upon to run the club in 2015, which he did, undertaking all administrative equipment’s including apparel, finances, organising training etc. The South Phoenix is now being run be a separate volunteer committee, which Greg took upon himself to recruit.Greg was a member of the State Executive Council for five years, providing advice and support to the TFV Office. Despite living in Lake Dewar, he was a regular attendee at meetings, driving the three hour return trip each quarter, and doing so with a smile on his face.Greg has the unenviable task of being a long standing member of the TFV Disciplinary Panel, which unfortunately is created when an on field indiscretion requires further sanctioning. Given his experience in the game and personal contacts, he is often required to sit on panels and make tough decisions about people he knows personally. He does this with respect and sincere honesty, always ensuring due processes are followed. As previously mentioned, his ability to put the good of the sport fist, above his personal relationships, is without doubt his strongest character, particularly given the smallness of the Touch Football community in Victoria.Greg has been the Coach of the Under 18’s NYC Victorian Touring Team for the last two years. His coaching ability may not be the best in the State, but the respect his team holds him in, and the manner in which he conducts himself is without doubt the best of all Victorian Coaches.He is also heavily involved with Ballarat Touch Association, in which he is a player, referee and team manager. If called upon, he also referees at the VT League as often as requested. In fact, he goes above and beyond, heading into the Referee Room at the start of each round and ensuring he has offered his services and made his presence known as a possible “back up” referee.Lastly, Greg has a strong understanding of the role of a volunteer, and how they can work closely with the TFV Office, as they are there to provide support and assistance when required and help with some of the “heavy lifting” to keep the sport moving forward.He is one of the most trusted and esteemed members of the community, and for all these reasons has been nominated for this prestigious award. Sean Harvey Australian Capital Territory Sean commenced playing Touch Football in South Australia in 1981. In 1988, Sean moved to Canberra where he became a member of the Woden Eagles Touch Club. Since joining the club, Sean has made an invaluable contribution to the club’s sustainability through his leadership, integrity, professionalism, diversity and excellence.Sean has assisted TFACT’s competitions through his work with the Woden Eagles club by his continued involvement as a player, coach, referee and a key administrator since 1988.Sean has shown strong skills in both leadership and integrity through organising and managing six adult Woden Eagles teams to compete in the 2015/2016 TFACT Summer Domestic Competition and 2016 TFACT Winter Competition.During the summer competition, Sean also coached a junior team in the 2015 Junior Competition, while assisting other volunteers of the club to coach junior teams to maintain the club’s involvement at a junior level. His level of involvement at both a junior and senior level shows his commitment to the sustainability of the sport within the ACT.  Sean has displayed his flexibility and willingness to be involved in multiple programs including being a coach in TFACT’s AusSquads Junior Development Program. He has assisted in the programs delivery since its inception in 2015.Sean is currently a general member of the TFACT Sport Operations Advisory Panel (SOAP) and has displayed professionalism in all aspects of his role. He makes timely and valued input both verbally and written in regards to all SOAP matters discussed and implemented. Sean has displayed excellence at a club level over the past year and for this he was awarded the Woden Eagles 2015 Volunteer of the Year. His excellence is not limited to his work at the club, however as he works with the TFACT staff to ensure the sustainability of all programs within the ACT and assists where he can especially in regards to refereeing and coaching.Sean has been an invaluable member of TFACT since 1988 with a positive and respectful attitude to all those he interacts with regardless of the role he is undertaking. Ben Cooper New South WalesBen is an outstanding individual and one whose values and integrity bring leadership to a small touch footballing community and stamp him as an outstanding candidate for the Touch Football Volunteer of the Year. Ben’s passion and drive has seen him as the driving force in the rebuilding of Young TA. Through his leadership and professionalism he has helped build and deliver a better product in the community and gas done this with a view to fostering development of the game in all aspects. In the last few years, helping to build and develop the game in the Young Area. Ben’s excellence has been awash over several integral positions on the Young Committee. He has been President, Treasurer and is currently leading the charge through his position of secretary.During the period of Ben’s involvement he has overseen the growth of the competition and acceptance of the competition in the local community. Under his tenure the Young TA competition has grown tenfold. He aided in introducing the highly successful ladies only “Champagne and Crackers” competition which secured great community interest and buy in.His background in teaching has also seen him play a large role in bringing juniors into the sport of Touch Football. He has ensured that Young High School supports several NSWTA school events across the State and further develops their all-round skills by undertaking Referee Accreditation Courses with the student body.This area of Referee Development isn’t just limited to the student body and through these efforts many students and adults have helped Young TA build their Referee numbers and develop their skills in the game to help develop Young TA.Ben has also engaged with NSWTA to run development days and clinics to update training sessions at schools right across the Young area. Through this practice Ben has assisted developing the game across the whole community.It was through Ben’s drive that saw Young TA enter in their first Junior State Cup in 2014 where he was the jack of all trades. Coach, Manager, Tour Leader and Travel Agent. He is now looking at getting Young to participate at their first Senior State Cup in 2016.With the amount of time Ben devotes to Young TA we are at a loss to understand how he finds to for his other roles – High School Teacher and Deputy Lord Mayor of Young. It goes without saying that the qualities that Ben displays in all aspects of his like easily transcend into why the Young community he is such a well-respected individual.His commitment to our sport is shown in the great pride, professionalism and integrity that he delivers our product with. It is a benchmark for others to emulate. He would be not only a worthy winner, but already is a worthy ambassador for our game. Megan Harapa and Melissa JonesMegan Harapa and Melissa Jones are vital members of the Touch Football Community, particularly at the National Level aligned to Referee Support and Major Event Delivery. For the past 7 years Megan and Mel have acted a Referee Managers at all National Touch Football Events, as well as the 2015 Touch World Cup, held in Coffs Harbour.Both have also made countless contributions to the support of Referees at State (NSW) and lower levels for many years, prior to and in conjunction with her work at the National Level.Recognised for their ability to manage complex relationships and the rigors of major events, Megan and Mel are consistently a beacon for everything that Touch Football Australia looks for in a volunteer, as an organisation we are extremely grateful for the commitment and time they have provided so many people for so many years.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho in awe of Robertson energy: Incredible!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they couldn’t handle the speed of Liverpool for Sunday’s defeat.Mourinho was full of praise for Reds fullback Andrew Robertson after the 3-1 defeat.He said: “Liverpool play 200mph with and without the ball.“I am still tired to look at Robertson. He makes a 100m sprint per minute! Incredible.”Mourinho did not even attempt to argue against the final result.“The strongest team won, but they won in the period when they were not stronger than us.“In first 20 minutes of the first half there was a huge distance [between the teams]. They were better and stronger, they did everything better than us.” last_img read more

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10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injured

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe defends signing Solanke injuredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists new signing Dominic Solanke will prove worth the money.Howe has defended the club’s decision to spend £19m on Liverpool striker Solanke despite the player being injured.He said, “He has a hamstring problem and will be out for most of January. We have done relevant tests and medicals.”Howe added: “He brings a different dynamic to the front-line. He is good in the air, a physical presence. It’s a lot of money across the board to sign players now but look at his international record. He is one of most talented young strikers in country.”Young players see a good culture at Bournemouth and a way of working to bring out the best. We develop them as players and as individuals. We work very hard to improve weaknesses.” last_img read more

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