Cameron embraces groundbreaking role with Sporting KC

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Cameron’s new job with Sporting — she started last month — comes as women are taking on greater roles in pro soccer in the United States and abroad. And not just with women’s teams.Two women — Kathy Carter and former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo — are among the eight candidates running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Only four countries — Liberia, Turks and Caicos, Burundi, and Sierra Leone — have ever elected a woman to head their soccer federation.Chan Yuen-ting became the first female coach to lead a men’s team to a title in a top-flight league in 2016 when she guided Eastern Sports Club to the Hong Kong Premier League championship.Corinne Diacre served as manager (coach) of a second-division French men’s team, Clermont Foot, for several years until becoming head coach of the French women’s national team in the run-up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup.And last year the Bundesliga’s Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in a top-flight European league. There were a record seven female officials at the men’s under-17 World Cup in India last year.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carter, who is on leave from her position as president of Major League Soccer’s marketing subsidiary, Soccer United Marketing, had high praise for Cameron. Carter noted that there aren’t all that many women in the sport’s boardrooms, but they’re even rarer on the technical side of the sport.“I think Meghan is going to get out there and build on uncharted territory, but I think she’s up to the task,” Carter said.Cameron’s current job has been the culmination of a life in soccer. Cameron was a standout at Rutgers — Vermes is also an alum — and was on the 2002 Scarlet Knights team that reached the Sweet 16.“I played soccer since I was 3, so it’s always been a passion of mine. It’s been kind of a piece of who I am. I played soccer at Rutgers but unfortunately my career was cut short and I only got to play three seasons because of injury,” she said. “So at that time I kind of reevaluated and thought, there’s a different way for the sport to be a part of me, and that was working in the front office.”She worked for eight years as senior manager in player relations in the MLS league offices. Her job was to help teams manage rosters and budgets, while also approving player acquisitions and trades. But she also had a hand in non-financial duties, like youth coaching initiatives and the league’s Rookie Symposium.“For a long time I’ve been the only female in the room. And it has never been an issue for me. I’ve had the respect of everyone around me, and I respect them. I think as long as you can handle yourself, and it doesn’t matter that you’re female, you’ll get the respect that you deserve,” she said. “As more women move through the ranks and into positions like coaches, it won’t be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a female coach,’ it will be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a new coach.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Her role will move into another uncharted area for a woman in MLS: She’ll evaluate prospective players for Vermes, as well as for the Swope Park Rangers and the organization’s academy.“Peter Vermes just called me,” the longtime MLS front office executive said about her new job’s genesis. “Obviously it’s humbling to be the first. But for me it doesn’t matter if I’m the first or the last or the 101st. Peter called me to do a job, it wasn’t because I’m a female. He knew what I could bring to the table. I do hope this opens the doors for others moving on, but I don’t consider myself a trailblazer. I’m just doing a job.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike all coaches, Cameron said Vermes has specific ideas about player characteristics and qualities. Cameron will be working with Director of Player Personnel Brian Bliss.“The plan is that I’ll be learning what it is in each position that they’re looking for in players so that I can assist in the scouting side as well,” she said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 photo, Meghan Cameron, Sporting Kansas City’s assistant director of player personnel, poses for a photograph at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Cameron is settling into her job at Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Meghan Cameron didn’t go out looking to break barriers. Instead, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes came to her.Cameron is settling into her job as assistant director of player personnel with Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell

first_imgMOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle “Farewell! Bye bye! Gamsahamnida!” volunteers using the Korean word for “thank you” shouted to departing buses in Gangneung, the coastal city near Pyeongchang where many events were held.Workers yanked down paper signs by the hundreds and busloads of Olympians, journalists and support workers rolled toward train stations and highways Monday in the aftermath of a Winter Games that was as political as it was athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach echoed that sentiment in the closing ceremony Sunday night, saying that the centerpiece political event of the games — a joint Koreas team marching together and, in some cases, competing together was a beacon for a troubled world.“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Korean women’s hockey team did that for sure.Thrown together a just few weeks before the games, players from North and South were thrust together to make a go of it. With the help of their Canadian coach, they came together as a competent, if not particularly effective, team that captured the attention of many Olympics watchers.Along the way, they developed what they uniformly say was camaraderie, and even great affection. On Monday morning, at the athletes’ village, they said their goodbyes with tears and extended hands.“I feel really strange,” said South Korean hockey player Choi Ji-yeon. “I told them to take care and not get sick and meet again later.”She added: “If they were people whom we can continue to keep in touch and meet again, then I would feel better, but I might never be able to meet them again.”ADVERTISEMENT Their governmental counterparts were showing signs of communication as well. The detente achieved through the Olympic connections between North and South Korea fits the longtime goals of the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, who has advocated engagement with Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang regime.That happened at the opening and closing ceremonies, both with U.S. representatives looking on from nearby — Vice President Mike Pence for the opening, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump for the closing Sunday night.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, a patron of South Korea and a loud opponent of the North’s nuclear program, is watching the contacts closely, particularly after South Korea’s presidential office said during the closing ceremony that the North was willing to hold talks with the United States.Washington viewed that development warily. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with Ivanka Trump on her South Korea Olympic trip, issued a written statement to that effect after the closing ceremony.“We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” she said. “In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.”North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, known for its invective toward the United States and the Seoul government, has been playing it low key when it comes to these Olympics. On Monday, it issued a synopsis of the games that was notable for its anodyne tone.“When the players of the north and south of Korea participating in the 23rd Winter Olympics and other players and agents of different countries and region from across the world entered the stadium, the spectators welcomed them with applause,” it practically whispered.Contrast that with this dispatch hours earlier about the United States: “We will never have face-to-face talks with them even after 100 years or 200 years. This is neither an empty talk nor any threat. The U.S. will have to pay dearly for stupid and wild vituperation.”Twelve hours later, news of its willingness to talk emerged from Seoul.North Korea’s delegation to the games, including more than 200 cheerleaders whose perfect synchronicity made for some of the Olympics’ most popular visuals, returned over land in buses to the North on Monday. A North Korean women’s hockey team player hugs her South Korean teammates, wearing white coats, before returning to North Korea, at Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.Seven years after a successful Olympic bid that changed its people and its landscape forever, Pyeongchang exhaled.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The group — whose members experienced more of the world this month than many of their fellow North Koreans do in a lifetime — also included 45 athletes, four Olympic officials and 21 journalists.As for the Olympics and the attention and people they bring to this relatively remote plateau of northeastern South Korea, it’s not quite finished yet. The Paralympic Games, held immediately after the Olympics using the same facilities, will be staged from March 9 to 18, albeit with a lower profile and attendance.But for a few days, at least, with traffic cones down and most Olympic checkpoints removed, Pyeongchang can take a breather as the eyes of the world shift somewhere else.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sotto, however, proved that he’s more than a ballyhooed player producing the numbers that backed up his notoriety, as he became the center of the Mythical Team for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan.Batang Gilas’ then 15-year-old centerpiece put up 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, all of which were the highest marks for centers, during the competition but those numbers were against players who have yet to become 16-year-olds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sotto, who turned 16 on May 11, will now be playing on a new age group come the Fiba U18 Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand but he knows it will still be business as usual for him come game time.“I already felt the hype since I started playing basketball but what I do is just perform and do my job properly,” said Sotto in Filipino during the team’s send-off press conference Thursday at Crowne Plaza. “I just do what I need to do so I won’t think too much of the hype.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The moment Kai Sotto’s lanky 7-foot-2 frame entered the international stage, Philippine basketball circles knew an immeasurable hype machine was born.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I became part of the team not to be known or to be famous, I did this to help the team succeed.”And although Sotto is one of the younger players in the tournament, his stint in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina was a valuable teacher.Sotto was the second-best scoring center in Argentina putting up 16.4 points with 10.6 rebounds, and a tournament-leading 3.2 blocks.“My experience in the past Fiba World Cup really helped me because the competition was at its highest and that is where you will really gauge yourself on where you’re at as a basketball player,” said Sotto.“Of course for this U18 I’ll work harder and increase my efforts because I will be playing against older players and I’ll do my best to help my team win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

To beard or not to beard

first_imgCarpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Manny Pacquiao’s camp is pointing out an issue with Adrien Broner’s beard. —AFPLAS VEGAS—Is Adrien Broner’s weight going to be an issue when he and Manny Pacquiao step on the scales on Friday for their WBA title bout?The challenger’s current crankiness certainly seems like it, insiders say.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Broner’s camp said they would oblige if and when the commission decided that he must get rid of it.Meantime, an unaffected Pacquiao ran around the UNLV track oval just one day before the official weigh in.He cut it short to pose for Filipinos who braved the cold desert weather just to see him in person.“I’m very happy with the way the fans receive me; they are the reason why I’m still fighting—I want to prove to them that I still got it at age 40,” Pacquiao said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Broner has missed weight a couple of times before.In 2012, he was a full three pounds over the 130-lb limit when he faced Vicente Escobedo. Four years later, Broner had to pay Ashley Theophane $50,000 after he weighed in 140.4 lb, four-tenths of a pound over the limit of the lightweight title clash.“Hey, I only failed to make the weight twice, but I did it on purpose,” said Broner, who on both occasions moved up one division heavier.Pacquiao isn’t expected to have troubles on the scales.Since he started fighting at welterweight 10 years ago, Pacquiao, whose natural weight is 140 lb, has had little problem making weight. He is known, in fact, to load up on meals during training camp.Pacquiao said he would like to climb the ring against Broner weighing at least 145 lb because “I would need the necessary weight on fight night.”Broner didn’t sport any facial hair during his previous outings against Jessie Vargas and Mikey Garcia.Boxing expert and orthodontist Ed dela Vega said having facial hair as thick as that of Broner could be problematic for both fighters.It could affect Pacquiao during close-range exchanges especially if Broner uses too much grease on it.But it could also be a concern for Broner if he sustains a cut in the chin area. It would be difficult fixing a cut in the area where the hair is thick, Dela Vega said. Azkals boss to make sure PH will return to continental tournament Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The NSAC didn’t have a specific ruling on beards and instead let its representatives decide whether they give undue advantage to a fighter.Judging by its thickness and volume, maybe Broner will benefit from chopping the beard off—it could help lower his weight, which continues to be an issue here.And there’s a general consensus that Broner’s weight woes is the reason why he has been cranky, throwing tantrums all week long.His camp has refused to say how close the 29-year-old Broner is to meeting the 147-pound weight limit for the WBA welterweight clash on Saturday at MGM Grand.But talk has continued to resurface with both fighters tipping the scales on Friday afternoon at the hotel’s Garden Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Maybe trimming off that thick beard will do the trick.Broner’s rich facial hair caused quite a ruckus during a press conference for undercard fighters at MGM Grand on Thursday, but not as much as whispers that the challenger may still be facing weight issues going into the official weigh-in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPacquiao’s top aide, Joe Ramos, revealed that the Filipino champion’s corner will seek an opinion from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on whether or not Broner should shave off his beard for the fight.But, Ramos pointed out it was not much of an issue: “Manny will fight [Broner] with or without the beard.”last_img read more

Prime suspect in murder of Linden businessman nabbed

first_imgThe prime suspect in the murder of Linden businessman, Romel Gomes, which occurred on March 12, 2018, was on Wednesday arrested while in the vicinity of Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Dead businessman, Romel GomesThe suspect, 35-year-old John Caesar, a chef of East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, was positively identified by a neighbour of the now dead man after his arrest.Guyana Times understands that after the Police received information about the whereabouts of the suspect, detectives have been monitoring his moves.On the day of Gomes’ murder, Caesar was reportedly one of two persons seen at the home of the dead man. In fact, the 32-year-old businessman was heard arguing with Caesar and another man prior to his death.It was reported that during the argument, a loud explosion was heard and the suspects fled the scene in Gomes’ motor car – PVV 2057 – which was parked in front of his shop.Gomes was discovered in a pool of blood with his hands bound in front of him and a bandana tied around his mouth.He was found with a suspected gunshot injury to his right temple, a small laceration on top of his head and another lacerated wound to the neck. A post-mortem examination later gave his cause of death as gunshot wound to the head.His car was recovered intact at One Mile, Wismar, Linden the day after the murder was committed. Ever since, the Police have been calling on persons in the neighbourhood to come forward and provide information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects.In light of the arrest, detectives praised those who were instrumental in the arrest of the man.last_img read more

Don Lugo hangs on, tops Nogales, 56-54

first_imgLA PUENTE – It truly was a tale of two halves for the Nogales High School girls basketball team on Thursday. After a first half plagued with turnovers and poor shot selection, the Nobles attacked the basket in the second half and flashed the skills that got them into the postseason. But a full-court press and clutch free-throw shooting by visiting Don Lugo proved too much in the fourth quarter as the Conquistadores held on for a 56-54 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. The Conquistadores made eight free throws in the last 1:44 of the game, including six by sophomore forward Melanie Fagaly, and held a 56-54 lead with seven seconds to play. They took advantage of their fouls to give by committing three fouls in the last three seconds to keep the Nobles from getting a good last shot, a wild attempt that hit the backboard as the buzzer sounded. “They gave it their best,” Nogales coach Yas Oda said of his squad. “The second half they came out hard, fast, did the little things. But the first half they didn’t come to play and that’s what killed us.” The Nobles started out with a lackluster first half but came out looking like a different team after trailing at the break, 27-17. With a more intense defensive effort, the hot shooting of junior guard Crystal Maclas and the tough inside play of senior center Melissa Reyes, Nogales scored the first 12 points of the third quarter and took a 29-27 lead with 3:20 left. Reyes, who averaged only 1.5 points per game during the regular season, finished with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds. center_img “Melissa Reyes played the best game of her life,” Oda said. Don Lugo junior guard Samantha Bowles kept the Conquistadores on top, 39-38, heading into the final quarter with six of her team-high 16 points late in the third. Nogales (15-12) built a 49-42 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Don Lugo’s full-court press and possible fatigue caused by a lack of depth appeared to be the Nobles’ undoing. “It’s a big win, especially having only two seniors on the team,” Don Lugo coach Eric Highstreet said. “(In the third quarter) things looked dim for us, but our guards came through, we calmed down a little bit and played good defense.” darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 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

Picture special: St Brigid’s Cross making at Lurgybrack NS

first_imgChildren, parents and grandparents were all busy making St Brigid’s Crosses in Lurgybrack NS this morning.Grandparents and parents were invited to the school to help the children make their crosses to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Picture special: St Brigid’s Cross making at Lurgybrack NS was last modified: February 1st, 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

RUTHLESS REBELS SEND DONEGAL PACKING – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY

first_imgMuch of the pre-match talk this week centred on how much Donegal would put into winning this league semi final fixture – would it be beneficial to go all the way to a league final only five weeks out from championship Sunday on May 17th?Cathal MacSuibhneby Cathal MacSuibhneFor long spells at Headquarters, Rory’s troops played some sumptuous attacking football and looked as if they meant business. However, once Cork realised that the back door protecting the Donegal defence had been left ajar and was missing its normal padlock, they put this game to bed. Usually, a forward line as potent and as talented as Brian Hurley and Colm O’Neill would not be given anywhere near as much space as they got today but in a very open game, lacking any sort of intensity, they were afforded free rein.The full back line had very little protection throughout the match, the McGee brothers and Paddy McGrath having trouble dealing with their direct opponents. It was strange to see a team cut through Donegal’s centre on so many occasions; regardless of the importance or otherwise attached to the game, conceding four goals is worrying – you can be sure Tyrone will see no such room in five weeks time.Michael Murphy returned to the team after watching from the stand in MacHale Park seven days ago. The break didn’t do the maestro any harm as he posted a wonderful 0-8 comprised of three frees, two 45s and three points from play.Michael’s return meant all three of the team’s danger men started and it was interesting to see Colm McFadden playing the deeper of the trio with the captain and Patrick McBrearty staying inside for much of the day. It’s a role that means a lot of work and effort but will be a big help in bringing McFadden’s fitness and match sharpness to where it needs to be. The Creeslough sharpshooter is still a long way short of his peak scoring form, a number of wides and a missed goal chance in the first half evidence of this. Two fine long range points though showed what he is capable of and they will have helped his confidence and no doubt he will be busting a gut over the coming weeks to try to secure a starting spot for the championship opener. It was a disappointing week for the U21 contingent in the squad following their defeat against Tyrone on Wednesday night. Three of those lads started today – the McHughs, Ryan and Eoin, along with Hugh McFadden.McFadden put in a big shift around the middle and has become a vital cog in Donegal’s turnover ploys. He twice won the ball back for his side early in the second half, the first from a block down at midfield which eventually led to a point from Murphy and the other a tackle that sent a Corkman over the line and gave Donegal a sideline kick.Competition for starting places is fierce at present and it may well be that we won’t see both McFaddens in the line up in Ballybofey next month but Hugh has given himself a great chance to get a jersey.Eoin McHugh got his first senior start at Croke Park and similar to his cousin Ryan two years ago he looks very nimble and light but has bags of ability. There is some bulking up to go through before he’ll fully settle in at senior level but even this summer he could be an effective weapon in Donegal’s arsenal.While Donegal’s defence wasn’t what it normally is today, the forward unit can take a lot of positives from their exploits. Nineteen points is a great tally to post and will win most matches. The shooting was accurate, the interchange slick and the kick passing in particular into the full forward line was of the highest standard. Rory was of course a brilliant forward in his day and it’s clear he is having an effect in this regard on the training field. Despite the massed defences of nowadays, a precise kick pass can still give a forward a chance to collect, turn and shoot in one movement and it is very hard to defend against. We saw examples of such passes today from Karl Lacey and Odhran MacNiallais while in the second game Conor McManus ran riot for Monaghan on such ball.In contrast Cork, despite winning an All-Ireland in 2010, have taken quite a bit of criticism over the years over their hesitancy in getting ball into their myriad of deadly score-getters. Many of their attacks traditionally involved lateral hand passing and so many of their players were fond of soloing laboriously up the field even when passes were on. There has been a big improvement since Brian Cuthbert has taken the reins and much of their good play today came from direct ball carrying. They still though need to add a longer dimension to their game plan. Donegal didn’t play with an out and out sweeper today and there were times where McGrath and one of the McGees were two on two against Hurley and O’Neill – in this situation the ball must go in. Donegal carry the ball quite a bit and always have done but when they sense an opening inside the ball is delivered.The absence of Neil Gallagher was acutely felt last week in Castlebar with Mayo’s Barry Moran enjoying a free run of the park and lording the middle third. With Gallagher again missing today, it was the turn of Fintan Goold to put in a big scoring performance from midfield; the Marcoom native finishing with 0-4 to his name.On each occasion that Donegal looked to be getting back into the game and had a chance to reel in the Rebels, they conceded another major and the gap always remained. Goals have never been as important as they are these days; they’re much harder to get and are precious commodities in big games. Last year’s All-Ireland semi final and final involving Donegal are a case in point, so too the last few meetings between today’s other semi-finalists. In the quarter final meeting in August, Monaghan were well in the game until Bernard Brogan raised a green flag but after that they fell away. They conceded early again in last week’s meeting in Clones but today there was no goal concession and the Farney men were unlucky to lose by the minimum after a great display. Giving away four goals to top tier opposition like Donegal did only leads to one thing – defeat. All in all though, both teams will be relatively happy with today and happy with their league campaigns. Cork have a final against Dublin in a fortnight’s time to bridge the gap to their inevitable annual joust with Kerry on Munster final day while Donegal have now no distractions and eyes only for Tyrone.This league has seen newcomers make their bows for Donegal; some fringe players have pushed their way into the manager’s thoughts while the stalwarts are all, by and large, in good knick and the team as a whole looks like it means business in Championship 2015. Bring it on.RUTHLESS REBELS SEND DONEGAL PACKING – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: April 12th, 2015 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:Cathal MacSuibhneGAA diarylast_img read more

BOTTOM BOYS WATERFORD VISIT AS HARPS’ PROMOTION PUSH CONTINUES

first_imgRoddy Collins brings his bottom of the table Waterford United side to Finn Park on Saturday evening as Finn Harps look to keep their promotion push going as the season fast approaches it’s conclusion.However, Harps are unlikely to have it all their own way against a side who they have beaten on three occasions already this season.With little more than pride left to play for, Waterford seem to be ending their season without any pressure and playing with a freedom that has seen them score in each of their last six games – including six in their last two games. The last side to hold them scoreless was Harps when they ran out 3-0 winners at the RSC last July.“Waterford will be a huge test for us especially with the players they have added to their team including the Galvin brothers who are excellent footballers,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan as he looked ahead to the weekend’s game.“They are playing some great attacking football as their recent results indicate. The last time Waterford came to Ballybofey they played us off the pitch at times so we are in for a very difficult game,” he warned.“All games are massive at this stage and can go either way in so far as anyone can beat another on a particular night,” continued Horgan. Last Friday night, Harps beat Cabinteely by the odd goal in five at Stradbrook. Harps had raced into a 3-0 lead after just half-an-hour but the Dublin side scored twice in the second half to leave Harps sweating somewhat in the latter stages of the game.“The Cabinteely game very much a game of two halves,” said Horgan. “We started well and raced into an early lead but the second half belonged to them and we were relieved to get out of there with a narrow win.”“I don’t think we need any more wake up calls,” he said of the warming Cabinteely gave his side. “At the start of the second half Cabinteely came out and scored an excellent early goal through Karl Byrne and added a second with five or six minutes left in the game. They also hit the post in between so we were glad to hear the final whistle.”Matt Crossan is available for selection again for the visit of Waterford on Saturday having missed the win over Cabinteely through suspension. Packie Mailey is the only likely absentee on Saturday as he is carrying an injury.Harps have held the upper hand on Saturday’s opponents in recent times. Ollie Horgan’s side have won all three meetings between the teams this season bringing to five the number of consecutive victories that Harps have recorded over the Suirsiders – all this after they had failed to beat Waterford in any of their previous nine encounters. TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Packie Mailey.Injured: None.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-D-L-W-W (10 pts)Waterford United: D-L-L-L-W-L (4 pts)BOTTOM BOYS WATERFORD VISIT AS HARPS’ PROMOTION PUSH CONTINUES was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 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:finn harpsFinn ParkRoddy CollinsWaterford Utdlast_img read more

Style meets power in prep showdown

first_img South El Monte appears to be a good defense away from having a big season. The Eagles can score, but they had trouble stopping teams last season. Eagles coach Erick Escamilla is hopeful linebackers Joe Morales and Joe Rodriguez will help improve the stop unit. Bottom line: Weird things can happen when opposites attract. Tonight’s game can play out many ways. If South El Monte scores early, the Saints may have a hard time rallying. The Wing-T isn’t exactly made for scoring points quickly. Conversely, South El Monte will need to make the most of its offensive possessions, because the bigger Saints could eat so much clock that Aguirre and Co. get a limited number of series. Optimism is bliss around South El Monte these days and this could end up being the school’s best team in its brief history. San Dimas is also excited about this season with its new staff and renewed interest in football started by last year’s success. Without knowing just how improved the Eagles defense is, it’s hard to like their chances in this game. But with Aguirre under center, anything might be possible. The pick: San Dimas. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Perhaps one common bond between both teams is that each enters the season with high aspirations. The Eagles return several key skill-position players, led by quarterback Lee Aguirre, who led the Valley in passing last season. SAN DIMAS — The San Dimas and South El Monte high school football teams have very little in common. South El Monte’s high-flying offense is far different from San Dimas’ grinding Wing-T. The clash of two opposing philosophies should be quite a sight at 7 tonight at San Dimas High. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Aguirre is joined by big-play target Gus Mendoza and running back Phillip Toleafoa. Tonight marks the debut of San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow and an entirely new coaching staff. There aren’t many holdovers from last year’s team, which won the Valle Vista League and finished 8-3. New quarterback Eric Samples pilots the Saints offense. Running back Roy Curry is a Don Lugo transfer from whom coaches are expecting big things. The Saints will again be very big at the line of scrimmage. Linemen Brian Metcalfe and Kyle Cunningham headline one of the area’s top offensive lines. last_img read more