Club bosses happy with new U-13 selection process

first_img SOME IMPROVEMENT “We want them to qualify much like the seniors … this year, we had eight teams from the parishes and it’s an improvement, but it’s not there yet,” Jureidini added. Speid believes they can win this and other international youth tournaments, like the Under-15 Cayman Airways International Youth Cup, which both clubs are currently participating in. “I participated in the Cayman Under-15 and won. We didn’t get proper representation the two years Harbour View went (CONCACAF Under-13). They weren’t good enough. If the best team had gone they would have done much better,” he added. Meanwhile Jureidini says getting up to standard and competing consistently should be the objective. “Winning these tournaments is irrelevant. While winning is good, it is not the most important thing. It’s proper development, proper exposure and doing the right thing,” he said. Since its inception three years ago, the CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League has generated a great deal of interest among local clubs, but most have been unhappy with the process used to select representatives for the tournament. The staging of a qualifying tournament this year to select the country’s representatives has been hailed as a massive improvement by Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini and Cavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid, but both insist that it still needs improving. Cavalier won the KSAFA Under-13 title in 2014 and 2015 and Speid was unhappy that Harbour View got the CONCACAF nod both years, but he’s now pleased that an attempt is being made to select the best team. “I was winning the league and they never chose my team. Now they have a play-off. But before, they just chose Harbour View for two years … and Harbour View came last and I won,” he said. “But it’s better … at least they chose eight teams … this process is really an upgrade,” he added.. Jurideini also welcomes the new format. He, however, was quick to explain his club got the first two invitations. “The two years we were selected randomly, they wanted teams or combination of teams that have done well historically or were doing well, but neither process is perfect,” he explained. However, discussions with participating clubs and local interests led to the implementation of a qualifying tournament.last_img read more

Donegal Centra stores seal sponsorship of Donegal LGFA

first_imgDonegal Centra stores have once again confirmed their sponsorship of Donegal Ladies GAA. The long-running sponsorship is the perfect match for the local supermarkets and the teams – as Centra endorses healthy living through their products and events.As Centra supports jobs in the community, so too do they like to support local organisations, charities and initiatives. The chain of local supermarkets are at the heart of local communities as Ireland’s leading convenience retailer.They employ around 400 people across 17 stores in Donegal. Centra stores are independently owned, which means that retailers live locally and care about providing jobs, value and quality to their communities.Centra Donegal Store owners confirm sponsorship of Donegal LGFA, pictured at Centra BallyshannonThis weekend, the Donegal Minor Ladies take on Monaghan in the Ulster Final.The Donegal Senior Ladies recently reached the League semi-finals. This year, Donegal will hope to retain their Ulster championship title and build on 2018 when they reached the All-Ireland senior semi-finals for the first time. Sponsoring training kits, hoodies and other expenses of the Donegal LGFA is just one of Centra’s ways of giving back to their loyal customers.The company has built up a loyal customer base due to the substantial contribution they make to the communities that stores are based in and their contribution to the local economy.Centra stores in Donegal source almost €3.5million worth of products from local suppliers per annum. As well as supporting local suppliers, Centra stores also spend €769,500 with businesses in Donegal communities each year.Each Centra store in the county, from Killybegs to Clonmany, is proudly involved in supporting their own GAA club.Mairtin Kelly, owner of Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top Letterkenny, shared his delight with the renewed Centra sponsorship of the Donegal LFGA. Kelly said: “We are extremely proud to support Donegal Ladies GAA. They have done phenomenally well and bring great pride to the county. With the introduction of the new management team last year it bodes well for the future.“Every local Centra store supports a local team too. Here, we are delighted to sponsor the Termon GAA Club. I feel that we share the same vision and goals.”For more updates on Centra’s community projects, healthy living ideas and weekly store offers, follow @CentraIreland on Facebook.Donegal Centra stores seal sponsorship of Donegal LGFA was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Centradonegal ladies gaaDonegal LGFAhealthy livingsponsorshiplast_img read more

Giants acquire Breyvic Valera

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–For a Giants fan base accustomed to splashy offseason acquisitions, Farhan Zaidi has spent his first winter on the job wading into a small tide pool.Though the waters remain unseasonably calm, the Giants made another addition Saturday as they acquired utility player Breyvic Valera from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.Saturday’s deal marks the third time in the last nine months that Valera has been involved in a trade under Zaidi’s watch, as he was …last_img

Bemusement in Crawley over Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘hellhole’ comments

first_img Ronnie O’Sullivan hits out over ‘urine’ smell at English Open snooker venue Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, insinuated O’Sullivan was taking the proverbial piss with his remarks. “The cynics would say, bless his socks, Ronnie has not been in the news much and likes to be a bit controversial. He loves to be the centre of attention, but his view is not shared by anybody else.”Hearn also defended his record since taking over at World Snooker, saying he had expanded the sport from five events to more than 30 a year as well as significantly increasing the prize money from £3.5m to £15m. And he said playing the English Open in a leisure centre was a matter of hard economics.“The English Open is a great event but it’s not the biggest on the calendar,” he said. “It’s an event that serves 128 players and part of the home nations. We run a business. We don’t go out to save money, but don’t have unlimited budgets. We don’t live on fantasy island, we live in the real world.”That much is true. For while snooker has reasonable TV audiences – Eurosport broadcasts to 57 countries and matches involved Chinese players can attract 10 million viewers back home – the appeal of the early rounds of the English Open is largely confined to diehards and the extremely curious. By mid-morning on Tuesday there were barely 100 seats filled, although ticket sales are strong for later in the week. Twitter Stephen Hendry: ‘Yips trivialises it. It was much more than that’ Share on Messenger Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Topics Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Snooker featurescenter_img Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn It is not – you suspect – a question that the four-times world champion John Higgins has been asked before during his 26 years as a professional. “So John. Did you notice a smell of urine out there?” To his credit the Wizard of Wishaw raised a bushy eyebrow, shook his head, then offered a polite “No”.How did it come to this? Blame Ronnie O’Sullivan. Twenty-four hours earlier, he had serenely breezed past his first-round opponent, Kurt Maflin, in the English Open before blindsiding world snooker by suggesting the venue, the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, which was built in 2005, was “a hellhole” that “smelled of urine”. Jimmy White plays a shot during his first-round win. Photograph: James Drew Turner/The Guardian Read more Share via Email It turned out O’Sullivan, a renowned break-builder, was only getting started. On Tuesday, he also slammed World Snooker for cost-cutting by holding the 128-player event in a local leisure centre before revealing that Peter Ebdon had been shouted at for walking too loudly by a “really angry” bowls player after his match.“I was walking down with Peter when one old boy went: ‘Can you stop walking while I am trying to play bowls?’” O’Sullivan said. “Peter thought he was joking but he was really serious. The old boy said: ‘I am going to start walking through while you’re playing snooker.’”O’Sullivan also expanded on his urine claims, saying it had “got into his system” after he posed for photographs. “It was quite off-putting,” he said. “Nobody wants to be subject to smelling urine. Maybe about 30 seconds when you are in the toilet. That is what toilets are for. But five or six minutes posing for photographs, it gets into your system.”When the Guardian retraced O’Sullivan steps, accompanied by an official who had walked with him on Monday, we failed to detect anything more pungent than chlorine in the air. Darryl Keech, the manager of the K2, said O’Sullivan was the first person to call the centre, which has an athletics track, martial arts room and gymnastics area, a “hellhole”. “We have 1.3 million visitors a year, which speaks volumes to how popular we are,” he added.Keech said he was also disappointed by O’Sullivan’s remarks about urine. “The areas he is in are not located near toilets,” he said. “No one else has complained. The players have been mingling with the public, posing for photos and signing autographs, and the feedback has been really positive.”Not from O’Sullivan it hasn’t. But his criticisms of the K2 were part of a broader critique of World Snooker, which he criticised for holding major events in leisure centres open to the public. Certainly, here he had a point – the walk to the main playing hall is hardly the most glamorous in sport. There is the smell of pie, beans and chips – yours for £5.95 – from the cafe, while soft play, squash courts and plenty of punters have to be passed on the way to the practice tables.O’Sullivan pointed out: “As a player you don’t want to be traipsing through families and kids, who are going swimming, got their flip-flops and snorkels, and you are about to play a match. You want to be in your bubble sometimes.” Share on Facebook Ronnie O’Sullivan John Higgins “Trust me, we would be in Wembley Arena every week if we could,” Hearn said. “But there’s no point hiring Wembley and having 400 people.”That view was backed by the world champion, Mark Williams, who has made £1m over the past year. “We play in leisure centres all over the place and this is one of the better ones,” he said.O’Sullivan got the backing of local resident and autograph hunter Robert Montgomery, who came armed with a large number of photos of players and referees for them to sign.“It’s a nice leisure centre but I don’t think it’s a snooker venue,” said Montgomery, who was proudly wearing a Keep Calm and Play Snooker T-shirt. “There’s not a lot of privacy for the players. Some of them don’t look comfortable.”As he prepared for his opening match, Noppon Saengkham, the world No 36 from Thailand, was keen to stress the positives of playing in Crawley. “This is certainly better than Barnsley, where we played last year,” he said. Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more