Ireland Girls Sevens Team Take Home UK School Games Title

first_imgThe girls conducted themselves brilliantly both on and off the pitch, and Mulhall, on her coaching debut, was delighted with the history-making performances and results. “The girls came into the tournament eager to work and excited to play. I think over the weekend they learned really quickly and gelled really well as a team,” said the Wicklow woman, who was ably assisted on the touchline by team manager Eimear Flannery.“I’m proud of how they bounced back from their two defeats (in the pool stages), and their final two performances against England South East and Wales were amazing to watch – they all really stepped up to the plate and showed great heart, especially in defence.”Friday saw the Combined Provinces selection win three of their four games, with eight players sharing out 16 tries. They kicked off with a 24-7 victory over England North and recovered well from a one-point loss to England South East, getting back to winning ways against both England Midlands (38-0) and England South West (21-10).Tullamore starlet Megan Burns and Railway Union’s Eve Higgins scored four tries apiece on the opening day, with Higgins determined to make her mark after missing out on the 2015 and 2016 UK School Games through injury. The impressive young out-half has already played with the Ireland Women’s Sevens Development team and was also part of the Ireland 15s training squad in the build-up to the Women’s Rugby World Cup.It took just 14 seconds for captain Lane to cross the whitewash as Ireland began day 2 with a comprehensive 31-12 success against Scotland. There was some excellent work at restarts and in defence – Aimee Clarke and Enya Breen both impressed in these areas – with Lane managing to scamper away from halfway for try number two.A couple of lovely sidesteps from Meabh Deely saw the Ballinasloe speedster also score from halfway to make it 21-5 at half-time, and second half efforts from Burns, who unlocked the Scottish defence with a terrific run from her own half, and Ellie Ingram, who jinked her way over in the final seconds, took Ireland past 30 points. A superb tackle and turnover from Dorothy Wall and Lucinda Kinghan’s dazzling run from deep were two eye-catching highlights before the final try.However, Ireland tasted defeat in their final pool match, going down 24-10 to Wales who came into the School Games with plenty of confidence after their bronze medal finish at July’s Commonwealth Youth Games. The Welsh scored two tries in each half, while Higgins accelerated away from halfway for Ireland’s first and Burns bagged the second, brilliantly breaking past three players from her own 10-metre line to run in one of the tries of the weekend.Lane and her team-mates showed a lot of character and resilience to bounce back from that setback – and also from the concession of a first-minute try to England South East in a stellar semi-final clash. Higgins hit back immediately from the restart, brushing aside two tackles and showing impressive pace to stay ahead of Georgia Newman and register a smashing 60-metre score.A finely-balanced first half ended with Ireland grabbing a timely second try. They won two scrums against the head, and from the second one, Burns swerved past an initial defender and then took two more out with a dummy as she flew over from the English 10-metre line. A pinpoint conversion from Higgins made it 12-5 at the break.Ireland soaked up pressure from the South East team – Higgins, Fethard forward Wall and Burns all produced try-saving tackles – and then struck the killer blow with 12 minutes on the clock. Mallow ace Lane blocked a kick just inside the English half and gathered the loose ball to dart clear and secure her side’s passage through to the final thanks to a 17-5 triumph.The battle of the Celts saw Ireland take on unbeaten Wales in the decider and they signalled their intent with a lung-bursting first-minute break from Kinghan. The Monaghan youngster followed up with a turnover-winning tackle, Lane and Deely carried purposefully on opposite wings before Burns seized her opportunity to run in her eighth try of the weekend – putting her joint-top of the tournament standings. Credit to Higgins for two monster clear-outs in the build-up.There were some crunching tackles going in as the girls in green imposed themselves physically on the Welsh and gave very little away defensively. From a turnover near halfway, some neat interplay between Breen and Kinghan freed up Deely who outpaced the covering defender from outside the Welsh 22 to touch down and also convert, making it 12-0 after five minutes of hectic play.Higgins did likewise past the seven-minute mark, Lane and Burns both proving elusive again before the Railway Union talent outfoxed the Welsh defence, feinting to throw a pass and then shooting in between two defenders to raid straight in under the posts. Wales had a mountain to climb at 19-0 down.The Commonwealth Youth Games bronze medallists showed their mettle with a stirring fight-back in the second half. Lucy Packer showed her pace and stepping ability to pull a try back in the ninth minute, but Ireland were defiant in defence, Aoibheann Reilly and Wall doing just enough to prevent a Welsh try just inches away from the line, and the latter bundling another attacker into touch soon after.Wicklow’s Saoirse O’Reilly came on to aid Ireland’s efforts in the closing stages – Grace Moran was unfortunately sidelined with a wrist injury – and although Packer succeeded in scoring her second try of the contest, time was up on the match clock so Mulhall’s charges took the spoils by nine points in the end.Savouring her side’s success in Loughborough, victorious captain Lane said: “It was a bit daunting but we knew we had a good day behind us, and we just knew we had to win this. That was the only option – winning. It’s just a really, really good feeling…just that all our hard work has paid off.”Seven-try heroine Higgins added: “It means everything, to be honest. I’d two chances to be here (at the School Games) the last two years and through injury I couldn’t. It means the world. It was a team effort obviously, I couldn’t be prouder of the girls. We were possessed out there and we just put everything out on that pitch for the last 14 minutes. We had the self belief to come through.”With the likes of Emma Murphy, Katie Heffernan, Chloe Blackmore, Claire Boles and Anna McGann all coming through the School Games and Ireland U-18 Sevens pathways to make their World Sevens Series debuts last season, the current crop will be hoping to follow in their footsteps and push on into the senior ranks.The combined coaching work and talent development at club, provincial and IRFU national level has now produced UK School Games champions, and the hard-working graduates of this rewarding annual U-18 tournament – both this year and in recent seasons – are ensuring that the future is most definitely bright for Irish Women’s rugby. Next up for the IRFU Sevens programme is the Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Vichy, France on September 16-17.If you or a family member or friend are interested in playing rugby for your local girls or Women’s team, check out the IRFU’s #GiveItATry initiative for all the information needed. Click here for our ‘Give It A Try’ section.IRELAND GIRLS SEVENS Squad (2017 UK School Games, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, Friday, September 1-Saturday, September 2):Enya Breen (Bantry Bay RFC/Munster)Megan Burns (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)Aimee Clarke (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)Meabh Deely (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)Ellie Ingram (Enniskillen RFC/Ulster)Lucinda Kinghan (Monaghan RFC/Ulster)Emily Lane (Mallow RFC/Munster) (capt)Grace Moran (Westport RFC/Connacht)Saoirse O’Reilly (Wicklow RFC/Leinster)Aoibheann Reilly (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht)Dorothy Wall (Fethard RFC/Munster)IRELAND GIRLS SEVENS UK School Games Results –Friday, September 1 –Ireland 24 England North 7Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Eve Higgins 2, Aimee Clarke, Megan Burns; Cons: Enya Breen 2Ireland 21 England South East 22Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Megan Burns 2, Emily Lane; Cons: Meabh Deely 3Ireland 38 England Midlands 0Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Saoirse O’Reilly, Eve Higgins 2, Aoibheann Reilly, Aimee Clarke, Lucinda Kinghan; Cons: Meabh Deely 4Ireland 21 England South West 10Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Enya Breen, Megan Burns, Aoibheann Reilly; Cons: Eve Higgins 2, Meabh DeelySaturday, September 2 –Ireland 31 Scotland 12Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Emily Lane 2, Meabh Deely, Megan Burns, Ellie Ingram; Cons: Meabh Deely 3Wales 24 Ireland 10Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Eve Higgins, Megan BurnsSemi-Final – England South East 5 Ireland 17Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Eve Higgins, Megan Burns, Emily Lane; Con: Eve HigginsFinal – Wales 10 Ireland 19Scorers: Ireland: Tries: Megan Burns, Meabh Deely, Eve Higgins; Cons: Meabh Deely, Eve Higginsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Ireland Under-18 Girls Sevens squad broke new ground by reaching their first ever final and winning it as they were deservedly crowned UK School Games Rugby 7s champions at Loughborough University on Saturday night. Having won four of their six pool matches, the Ireland girls saved their best for last when they dethroned defending champions England South East (17-5) at the semi-final stage and then overcame pre-tournament favourites Wales 19-10 in a pulsating final under floodlights.center_img Captain Emily Lane, Enya Breen, Megan Burns and Ellie Ingram were the returning players from last year’s Irish side who finished third overall, but the class of 2017 – coached by Ireland Women’s Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall and IRFU Sevens Development coach Stan McDowell – climbed two rungs higher as they came home as trophy winners.last_img read more

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To the basket

first_imgLeft to right: Middletown South’s Kyle Cancillieri (r) tries to elude Christian Brothers’ Matt McMullen during the first quarter of a game at CBA in Lincroft on Jan. 29. CBA’s Matt McMullen tosses up a shot during the fourth quarter. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR stafflast_img

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Murray to make Grand Slam singles return at Australian Open

first_imgFormer world number one Andy Murray will play at next year’s Australian Open in what will be his first Grand Slam singles appearance since undergoing hip surgery, organisers confirmed on Tuesday.Murray, 32, who has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park five times, was knocked out in the first round at last year’s Australian Open having said before it started that it could be his last tournament.The Scot underwent a career-saving hip resurfacing procedure at the end of January and made his competitive return to tennis in the doubles at Queen’s Club in June, where he won the title with partner Feliciano Lopez.“Confirmed: @andy_murray will return to compete at the #AusOpen in 2020,” Australian Open organisers said on Twitter, adding in a statement that the three-times major winner would be given a protected ranking of number two.Murray, who is currently ranked 289th in the world, played in the doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering Serena Williams in the latter, and made his singles return in Cincinnati in August.He reached the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing last week, losing to Dominic Thiem, and won his opening match at the ongoing Shanghai Masters on Monday.last_img read more

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Self-hate…

first_img…and insulting IndiaPart of the problem with some Guyanese is: they’re so consumed with self-hate they just can’t imagine that folks who may look like them can achieve anything and are confident. They therefore put down their own and exalt ones who’re different who oppress them. Just look at Nagamootoo’s — in charge of “Information” in this Government — Director of Public Information (DPI), I. Khan. He’s now broadened his attack from the Indian Ambassador to the entire Indian Government!And the Government spokesmen — including Ramjattan, Chairman of the AFC — insist their DPI isn’t speaking for the Government; he’s speaking on his own personal behalf!! This even though he’s posting his vituperations on his Facebook page that identifies him prominently as the DPI!! Does anybody really believe the folks who follow Khan’s postings do so for his looks?While “free speech” is protected, it does not cover a Government employee who’s OVERTLY in charge of the country’s PUBLIC information. It is disingenuous for the Government to hold up this fig leaf in defence of their official’s attack on a country that has been in Guyana’s corner even before its independence.This Eyewitness is totally convinced PM Nagamootoo’s behind these attacks: HIS silence on his employee’s attacks speaks volumes.When the President’s PR person made some outrageous remarks in a hacked “private” Facebook post, he didn’t defend the outburst on the basis of “free speech”. He investigated the incident, and said there was “no malice” when the statement was made. The President at least understood that public officials just can’t say whatever they want and get away with it under the “free speech” get-out-of-jail card!But your Eyewitness returns to the self-hate of Nagamootoo that is fuelling his flunkey’s attack on a budding world power. The latter fact was acknowledged by Khan, since he posted a news item saying just that! People like Nagamootoo just can’t accept that India can amount to anything simply because THEY’VE never amounted to anything. Just look at how he’s allowed himself to become the doormat of APNU!! Where’s the self-respect? So while he’ll attack India, he’ll never order his flunkey to directly take on the President of the US for calling Haiti and several countries “shitholes”. He sees himself as one!!The sad point of Khan’s attacks is that they’re based on “fake news”. First, he claimed India invited Jamaica’s AG, so why not Guyanese Ministers — presumably like Nagamootoo. After being informed that in Jamaica the AG is NOT a Minister, he now asks if the PPP and UNC were in office, whether India would have impose the Ministerial bar!!Does the DPI know that Mauritius has at least 14 PIO Ministers who were barred? Wanker!!…and MLK’s answerToday, the US commemorates “Martin Luther King’s Day” for many reasons. We usually hear about his struggle for civil rights for African Americans based on non-violence pioneered by Gandhi in South Africa. But that was a struggle against “negative freedom” — to cast off chains on others from OUTSIDE.But MLK also preached the doctrine of “positive freedom” — the need for those oppressed people to achieve their human potential through self-belief and self-development.  In the year before his assassination, MLK gave one of his most powerful speeches on this subject to some black schoolchildren in the American South. Nagamootoo and his lackey should listen to this speech and integrate the message into their lives.While colonials invented racism to justify slavery of Africans, they conjured up a “chain of being” that placed all other “races” – Chinese, Indians, Amerindians etc in descending order — with European whites, like Norwegians, at the top of the pinnacle.MLK preached that non-whites — like Nagamootoo and his lackey — should reject that idea.And they’ll see India and Africa in a new light!…and angerThe most insidious element in self-hate in that the colonised subjects are the aforementioned projection of the hate to those who may be successful.And it’s not confined to those in other countries!!last_img read more

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NCAA: Final 4-bound Letran stops Perpetual

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I told him that I will not use him anymore. He probably got scared and played his usual game,’’ said Letran coach Boni Tan in Filipino after the Knights notched their 11th win in 17 games, a record that already merited a semifinal spot.The Knights were actually in control right from the get-go with Jerrick Balanza, Fran Yu and Edson Batiller taking turns at attacking the rim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Even seldom-used center Christian Balagasay contributed heavily to neutralize Perpetual’s Ben Adamos and forced the Altas to unleash more shots from afar instead of driving it hard in the paint.“We want to be in peak form in time for the semifinals. I really went all-out in this game,’’ said Ular, who happily surpassed Tan’s target of 15 rebounds every game. Already out of contention with an identical 4-11 record with the Arellano Chiefs, the Altas leaned on Edgar Charcos and Jielo Razon who scored 15 points apiece.LETRAN 88—Balanza 18, Balagasay 18, Ular 17, Yu 14, Batiller 6, Caralipio 6, Ambohot 3, Mina 3, Reyson 2, Muyang 1, Pambid 0, Guarino 0, Javillonar 0, Sangalang 0.PERPETUAL 69—Charcos 15, Razon 15, Peralta 13, Aurin 11, Adamos 10, Giussani 5, Barasi 0, Tamayo 0, Martel 0, Cuevas 0, Lanoy 0, Sevilla 0, Lucero 0.Quarters: 22-16, 50-30, 68-53, 88-69.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdowncenter_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Under Armour Philippines 3×3 basketball clinic equips next generation Filipino basketball enthusiasts Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines–Rugged forward Ato Ular showed up in his usual lethal self by controlling the boards to help the Letran Knights defeat the Perpetual Altas, 88-69, Friday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Ular had 17 points and 16 rebounds, nine of them on the offensive end, in an assertive performance that the Knights missed in their past two encounters.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunalast_img read more

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Interpersonal violence remains unacceptably high

first_imgDear Editor,The recent spate of violence perpetrated on citizens in Guyana, in particular against women and children, compels the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) to once again unfortunately have to publicly voice its extreme concern.It seems to be no longer the exception but rather the norm to several times a week be apprised of violence being experienced and perpetrated on persons in most dramatic and heinous ways. Examples that may be identified are: the death of the teenager Leonard Archibald and the alleged surrounding circumstances; the tragic beating death of a school teacher; and alleged shooting-suicide by a young Policeman.Some members of our society appear to have become so intemperate towards each other as if intending to outdo each other to paint as terrible an image as possible and inflict maximum pain on the victim. The apparent increase in such a trend suggests that there may be an awakening or existence of a disturbing psyche that no longer values human life nor cares to have one’s behaviour checked by the fear and likelihood of being caught and prosecuted.While the GAWL recognises the efforts of the authorities to curb crime, interpersonal violence remains unacceptably high and its symptoms must be addressed. We urge our fellow Guyanese citizens to be more vigilant and caring about the other person. Be aware of issues which may be affecting children as it is incumbent on the adults to protect them.In keeping with our motto of “Women Supporting Justice and Equality”, GAWL stands ready to provide support to any initiatives which would help to address this disturbing trend, whether governmental in nature, or otherwise. The GAWL is eager to assist in being part of the solution and will continue its programmes in educating the public throughout the country as it has been doing for the past 30 years.It is important that there be decisive action. We all have to see what part can play to reduce this disturbing trend which is taking hold of our society.Sincerely,Guyana Association of Women Lawyerslast_img read more

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BLUES WIN RMC CUP

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues fencing team won the RMC Cup at the 50th annual RMC Invitational this past weekend (Nov. 2-3) in Kingston, Ont.The Blues earned three silver-medal finishes over the weekend. The men’s foil team of David Chen-Li, Téo Lemay and Edward Li placed second out of 33 teams, while the men’s epee team of Beston Leung, Johnathan Zimmerman and Sebastian Sun were second of 37 teams.Toronto’s women’s sabre team of Rebecca Jeffrey, Isadora Esther Falkson and Astrid Chandler also finished second in a field of 18 teams.U of T’s men’s sabre team of Filbert Yung, Cameron Haigh and Boris Ng placed sixth out of 27 teams, while the women’s foil team of Siobhan Drysdale, Caroline Placko and Yan Li were seventh out of 21 teams.The Blues women’s epee team of Leanna Lui, Yilin Xu and Yena Lee placed 12th out of 26 teams.UP NEXT: The Blues head to St. Catharines, Ont., for the Brock Invitational, November 16-17.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Arcadia: Sign up for 3-on-3 bball tournament

first_imgThe Arcadia Mania 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17 at First Avenue Middle School, 301 S. First Ave. This half-court, single elimination event features three age divisions: middle school, high school and adult. Check in times are as follows: middle school, 8 a.m.; high school, 9 a.m.; adults, 10 a.m. Registration is under way. The fee is $35 per team if received before Feb. 1, and $45 after. Teams are limited to five people. For information call (626) 821-4368. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – No shocks expected for Tottenham against Sheffield United

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The boys preview Tottenham’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Sheffield United at White Hart Lane, and the Coral spokesperson claims we should not expect any shocks in north London.There’s also a preview of the Australian Open in Melbourne, with Novak Djokovic the man to beat, along with a look ahead to some of the biggest horse racing meetings in the coming weeks.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Dyche insists Burnley won’t be priced out of the transfer market

first_img1 Sean Dyche does not fear being priced out of deals as he looks to add to his Burnley squad before the end of the transfer window.Having so far been rebuffed in attempts to sign Hull midfielder Sam Clucas and, reportedly, Leeds striker Chris Wood, the Clarets must consider whether to increase their bids in a market where fees continue to rise.There is money in the Turf Moor pot after the sales of Michael Keane and Andre Gray for a combined figure of nearly £50million, but Burnley’s more modest budget compared to some of their top-flight rivals means they cannot simply throw cash at clubs for replacements.However, when asked if Burnley were being priced out of the current market, Dyche replied: “Not necessarily. Certain situations are beyond our capabilities, we know that, so we tend to focus on the ones that are within our capabilities and see if we can get them done.“There’s a structure at the club that although it’s hard to manage sometimes, it’s probably appropriate for this club, for the bigger picture of the future. We work in a market that we think is something we can do rather than worrying about the things we can’t do.“As long as it’s in what the chairman (Mike Garlick), the board and myself agree is appropriate for this club then there’s no problem. Obviously some things go way beyond that, and for different clubs it’s for different reasons.“It’s very difficult at times to find a healthy balance. It must be found so we continue to search to do that.“Usually I know the market we’re in and I definitely know the market we’re not in, both in fees but definitely in wages. Usually we (Dyche and Garlick) are aligned. We try and get the best players possible for what we are. It’s how we work with them when we get them into the camp – are they open minded, do they want to continue improving as individuals?“As much background as we can get on people is important for me. That’s a key focus.”Although Burnley are yet to recruit a centre-back in this window to replace Keane and have made no signings since Gray’s exit last week, they responded to fears over their squad’s strength by beating champions Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.James Tarkowski has long been seen as the heir apparent to Keane and Sam Vokes’ brace, which took his tally to seven in his past six, showed that maybe the Clarets do possess the requisite fire-power in Gray’s absence. And Dyche is confident in the depth he currently has at his disposal, even if the group is not supplemented with additions this month.“I’ve got a squad here who I believe in,” he added.“If we can get competition by adding players we will. If not, we’ll be looking at what’s here.“I said with Andre going that’s a great opportunity for someone else and then Vokesy scores two, he was our top scorer in the league last year.“Ideally we want to keep supporting the group and keep growing, if that doesn’t happen we’ll continue to work as we have done in the past with the players we’ve got and continue doing everything we can to develop them as individuals and as a team.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche is on the lookout for new signings last_img read more

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