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Nelson Leafs Hockey Club looks to build on success of past KIJHL campaign

first_img Treasures report spoke to some of the challenges the team faced this past year. Viala said even though there was success in the playoffs, there was additional financial costs due to travel expenses. The Society continues to look at ways of improving our financial framework as we move forward in the years to come. The Leafs are continuing to support plans to expand the bottle depot and the community that it serves as we feel that the depot is an integral part in the regions recycling passion. Head coach Mario DiBella reports that he and his staff are working hard on building on their success from last year. The pieces for that build has already started to take shape as the recruiting process is coming together. “Thank you to all the Nelson Leaf Board members for their tireless work behind the scenes,” said Leafs Vice-President Corey Viala, who chaired the meeting after President John Dooley was unable to attend.“A special thank you goes to three Board members who have decided not to let their names stand for another year — Lauretta Wilson, Gioconda Gordon and Randy Craik — for their years of support and dedication to the Nelson Leafs’ Society.”Leaf head coach Mario DiBella is back behind the bench for another term with the hockey club.Viala said DiBella will be without assistant coach Sean Dooley, who has decided not to return, but instead, focus on his young family.Viala thanked DiBella and his staff for a “incredible season” both on and off the ice. “The Nelson Leafs went further into the playoffs since 2009 and we look forward to another successful year,” Viala said.Nelson won both the Murdoch regular season — 33-9-2-0-3 — and playoff titles, defeating Grand Forks and Castlegar before losing out to eventual KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters in the Kootenay Conference Finals in six games.Other highlights from the meeting include: A special presentation to the Nelson Leafs Volunteer award — Carmen Richichi. Richichi has been a volunteer for many years and the Leafs Hockey Society to recognize Carmen as a key part of that volunteer group. The Nelson Leafs have already commenced work on building on a successful past season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by welcoming three new members to the board following the team’s Annual General Meeting at the NDCC.Yvonne Vulcano, Bob Bourke and Stathis Dimopoulos join second-year members John Dooley, Corey Viala, Jeff Wright and Peter Payne on the 2018-19 Leafs executive.Secretary-treasurer Karilynn Carr was also re-elected to the board for the upcoming season.center_img There was a huge increase to the Leafs social media campaign. Viala said the club is developing more ways to reach fan base with increasing information about the team, the players and special events through our social media.   The Autism Awareness Campaign continues to be a successful part of what the Nelson Leafs do off the ice in the community. Every aspect of the campaign was embraced by the community, the Board, the coaching staff as well as the players. The Leafs managed to raise over $1,500 for the program and look forward to continuing these types of campaigns in the future. The Leafs Bottle Depot, experiencing some challenges over the years, has seen a huge improvement in operations this past year thanks to new manager Greg St. George. The Leafs want to thank St. George for his tireless work as the depot is an integral part of the Nelson Leafs Society.last_img read more

Armchair Generals…

first_img…and politicsIt’s true your Eyewitness taps out these pieces from a keyboard. But he also has a life away from it, where he’s on the ground. And, trust him, dear reader, he finds out every day that only when thoughts are translated into action you know whether you’ve just been masturbating mentally, or whether you can achieve the changes that’s been roiling around in your head! Even old man Marx had pointed out that the task is to change the world, not just interpret it every which way – and then some!!Trouble is, nowadays, with social media, it seems like every person with two thumbs and a smartphone has the answer to whatever bedevils Guyana – and they make sure they let every Tom, Dick and Eyewitness know about it!! Damned if he knows how they got his number, but nowadays his phone keeps pinging away at all hours of the day – and night – seemingly whenever these armchair generals have a thought floating around their empty craniums!!Your Eyewitness hasn’t removed himself from one of these WhatsApp chat threads, ‘cause he wants to find out what makes these persons tick. Right off the bat, he can see that most of the denizens are older folks, with the median age above 50. He can easily tell from their allusions and phrasings. Now, the thing is, these armchair generals – most of whom are evidently overseas, with time on their hands – seem very well intentioned. But they’re so far off base it’s not funny!!Your Eyewitness calls what they’re doing “pretend politics”, as opposed to “real politics” that involves ensuring on the ground that your party gets to determine who gets what, when, and how. Not understanding the difference, most of the keyboard warriors “call names” and cuss out their “opponents” to such an extent your Eyewitness could be excused for thinking he’s in the middle of a school playground at recess!!It’s not that these folks don’t always understand what the issues in Guyana’s politics are all about, but in confining their actions to the discursive realm, they cannot ever initiate any real, meaningful political action. They’re all about inventing and deploying fancy rhetoric that will never actually challenge institutional power! So, we just get a whole bunch of noisy jumping up and down and virtue signalling about personal opinions on false equivalence between PPP and PNC, rather than breaching the walls of the PNC oppression.The armchair warriors convince themselves they’re doing “their bit” when they know “their bit” surely isn’t enough. But rather than conceding the weakness of their strategies, they invariably turn around and blame those in the trenches for not effectuating changes.Mental masturbation redux!!…not defending Gerry GouveiaYour Eyewitness notes the deafening silence of armchair generals on Govt GECOM Commissioner Desmond Trotman’s nasty attack on the head of the PSC, Gerry Gouveia, by playing the race card to answer the latter’s censure of CEO Lowenfield. He compared Gouveia to “a white slave owner who, in the presence of his overseers, is penalising a delinquent slave for failing to carry out the instructions of “massa””; but Booker T. Washington described folks like Trotman well: “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.“Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”…and US visasThe number of non-immigrant visas issued by the US Embassy keeps falling precipitously, from an average of 33,000 annually to a low of just over 4000 last year.Ah, well…guess this means there won’t be too many folks abroad for the Sept 18 elections!!last_img read more

Balotelli backs Monaco ahead of PSG in title tussle

first_imgFree-scoring Monaco are top with 68 points, with PSG on 65 points and Nice 63 points.Monaco travel north to Caen on Sunday, the same day PSG face a showdown with fourth-placed Lyon in Paris.“Paris Saint-Germain have phenomenal players but no team, while Monaco have one phenomenal player in Falcao and then a strong group with great team spirit,” Italian striker Balotelli told RMC sport radio on Wednesday.His Nice team, who go to Nantes on Saturday, were the league pacesetters and even though they have fallen to third Balotelli predicts a great future.“This is a young side, even younger than me, and next season will be a special one,” said the former Milan, Manchester City and Liverpool striker, 26, whose side should at least qualify for the Champions League next season.Balotelli will sit out the last game of his latest suspension.His dig at PSG could prove prophetic as the capital club face a Lyon side in a real purple patch at the Parc des Princes.Alexandre Lacazette failed to make Didier Deschamps’ France squad this week but he has 22 league goals this season.PSG are still trying to regalvanise themselves after a gut-wrenching collapse at Barcelona a week ago sent a shockwave through the club.“The Parisian” daily newspaper asked Thursday if it was time to strip Thiago Silva of the captaincy and hand it to Edinson Cavani, their stand-out player so far this season with 38 goals in 38 games.Monaco have scored an astronomical 84 goals in the league with 18-year-old prodigy Kylian Mbappe notching 11 in his last 11, earning a call-up for France.“Quality and talent don’t have an age,” Deschamps said. “I find Kylian very mature.“His strength is his serenity, his calmness when one-on-one with a goalkeeper. For a youngster of his age, it’s very rare.”FridayMetz v Bastia (9pm), Lille v Marseille (10:45pm)SaturdayNantes v Nice (6pm), Angers v Guingamp, Bordeaux v Montpellier, Nancy v Lorient, Toulouse v Rennes (11pm)SundayCaen v Monaco (5pm), Dijon v St Etienne (7pm), PSG v Lyon (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nice forward Mario Balotelli says Monaco could topple Paris Saint-Germain in the French title race © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Mar 17 – Mario Balotelli says Manchester City’s mid-week slayers Monaco have the stars and the spirit to edge a reeling Paris Saint-Germain in a tight French title race.With nine games to go it is a three-way tussle between Balotelli’s Nice, PSG and Monaco, with the latter underlining their rich promise by ejecting Pep Guardiola’s City in the Champions League last 16.last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool target ‘seriously’ considering Bordeaux return

first_img1 Yoann Gourcuff in action for Lyon Arsenal and Liverpool target Yoann Gourcuff is ‘seriously’ considering a return to Bordeaux, according to his agent.The 28-year-old is out of contract at Lyon and on the radar of the Premier League duo, who are both hopeful of landing central midfielders this summer.Gourcuff has struggled to produce his best form at Lyon since his £16m switch from Bordeaux back in 2010 and will leave having started just 67 Ligue 1 games in five years.As reported by talkSPORT back in April, his old club have been keen on a move for their former favourite although they were unsure whether they could compete financially with some of his other admirers.However now the midfielder’s agent, Didier Poulmaire, has revealed that a move back to Bordeaux is not out of the question.When asked about a return, Poulmaire told L’Equipe: “It is a real and not uninteresting track.“There is a real desire on their side and we take it seriously.”last_img read more

Alexis who? Social media reaction to Mesut Ozil

first_img1 Alexis who? Mesut Ozil is certainly helping Arsenal fans get over the absence of their Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, who has been sidelined since November, as he helped Arsenal to a 2-0 victory at home to Bournemouth. The Gunners bounced back from a heavy defeat at Southampton on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League and the German playmaker was key in both goals. First, he was the provider for Gabriel Paulista to confirm his 16th assist of the campaign, before scoring himself for his fifth goal in 24 games for the Gunners in 2015/16. Arsenal fans were delighted as he set up yet another goal and social media lauded the 27-year-old’s talents. See below! Mesut Ozil last_img read more

Trojans enjoy muck of Irish

first_imgFrom there, it only got worse for the Irish. “It kept building and we knew we could dominate them,” Mays said. The Trojans (6-1) limited Notre Dame to 165 yards of offense but did a better job containing themselves after the game from saying what they really thought of the Irish. “(Weis) didn’t even seem like he was trying today,” one member of the program said. The Notre Dame players put in about three quarters before getting tired of it all, and by that time, some Irish fans were long gone. The players were also turning on each other. “In the third quarter, they started to yell at each other,” USC center Matt Spanos said. “It was their frustration.” The crowd’s loudest cheer came in the fourth quarter when Notre Dame (1-7) got a first down, its first of the second half. No USC team had ever defeated Notre Dame by 38 points and Saturday’s lopsided outcome made the 2005 thriller seem like it was played 10 years ago. But considering USC lost to 41-point underdog Stanford two weeks ago, a glorified scrimmage is exactly what the Trojans needed after ugly performances against Washington, the Cardinal and Arizona. “We feel like we’re regaining our momentum,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “We got whacked pretty good there for a while. This could be very pivotal for us.” At least now Carroll knows he can rely on sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez as a quality backup the rest of the season. Sanchez passed for four touchdowns and completed 21 of 38 passes for 235 yards with no interceptions. “I promised myself before the game, no interceptions,” Sanchez said. “I was calm. I got the jitters out last week.” Sanchez, who carefully selects his words, let his guard down and admitted he wants to start this week’s game against Oregon. “I can’t influence (the coaches) any more than I did today,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to let it go. I don’t know what’s going on. Hopefully it works out.” USC coach Pete Carroll made it clear after the game John David Booty remained the starter, but he said Booty must be 100 percent to play. Booty sat on a stool in the USC locker room with a swollen middle finger. “He’s our starter,” Carroll said. “He’s been our starter all year long. But the right thing to do is get him healthy. That’s a four-to-six week injury for some people. I don’t think the finger’s going to be healed (this week). “Obviously the team doesn’t worry about it. They don’t care.” But Booty cared. “If you ask me, yeah I do (think I should start),” Booty said. The senior said he hoped to be ready for this week’s game. “I’m getting a lot closer,” he said. “I’ve almost got full range in my finger.” USC fans will no doubt crown Sanchez the quarterback for the season, but coaches use different standards and the pathetic nature of the opponent will be factored into any evaluation. “You always look at the film and the style of the team,” offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said diplomatically. The Irish secondary was so lost, USC receivers often seemed to be alone on the field. It was such a leisurely day that Sanchez showed more concern over the disappearance of his game towel than about anything he did on the field. And when the Irish were near a receiver, they didn’t always tackle them. USC wide receiver Vidal Hazelton caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter when he repeatedly bounced off defenders and kept running downfield. “I was kind of surprised, but I had the mentality that I’m not going down,” Hazelton said. For good measure, USC tailback Joe McKnight capped the game with a 51-yard touchdown run. At that point, the fans could have turned on Weis, but didn’t. They probably expected what they got after watching three previous home losses this season. “I’ll gladly take the hits for our program, but USC is a good football team … we’re at different ends of the spectrum at this point,” Weis said. “They are where we want to be. And I will work till the ends of the earth until that ends up happening.” Afterward, Notre Dame fans chanted an expletive followed by Carroll’s name as the coach came off the field. Apparently, they gave up the chant for Charlie Weis long ago. scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USC’s rout might say more about Notre Dame’s futility, but it is still savored. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER SOUTH BEND, Ind. – USC found a nice, quiet place to regroup from its midseason slump, as Notre Dame Stadium provided more than 80,000 hospitable fans for the Trojans to take out their frustrations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 13th-ranked Trojans strolled to a 38-0 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, a score that said a lot more about the Irish than USC. Notre Dame’s beleaguered fans were too beaten down to even boo the Irish’s farcical play. This might be a hallowed site for football, but Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis mailed in his game plan with a basic offense that never challenged the Trojans. “We started to realize they couldn’t do anything against us,” USC safety Taylor Mays said. When did USC notice this? “The first drive,” Mays said. last_img read more

Hendrick scores for Ireland to ensure it is a winning return for Mick McCarthy

first_img whoops 3 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Jeff Hendrick gave Mick McCarthy a winning start to his second spell in charge as the Republic of Ireland launched their Euro 2020 campaign with a narrow victory in Gibraltar.Hendrick’s first international goal since September 2016 ultimately settled a tight encounter fought out on a plastic pitch in swirling winds at the Victoria Stadium in front of the man who famously led the nation to the 2002 World Cup finals. Mick McCarthy got his second reign as Ireland boss off with a win Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The Republic’s nerves were settled just three minutes later when Hourihane played McGoldrick into space down the left and he cut into the penalty area before looking up and rolling the ball into the path of the fast-arriving Hendrick, who swept his first-time shot inside the far post.Ireland were considerably more composed as they set about the task of cementing their lead with Robbie Brady added to the mix in place of Doherty, although their advantage might have disappeared with 64 minutes gone when Lee Casciaro curled a shot across Randolph but just wide of the far post.Randolph was pleased to see Keogh, playing with a lightweight cast on his broken right hand, take the sting out of Walker’s 75th-minute drive and Ireland saw out time with few real scares. 3 Seamus Coleman made the most of the space he and Matt Doherty were being afforded down the right to send in a driven cross which defender Roy Chipolina could only head towards his own goal, prompting the keeper to instinctively throw out a hand and somehow turn the ball over the crossbar.Ireland were struggling to find space in the final third, but they did just that five minutes before the break when Sean Maguire laid the ball into Coleman’s path and his low cross was just about smuggled away before McGoldrick could pounce.However, as the half-time whistle sounded, Goldwin remained unbeaten and Irish frustration unbroken.Indeed, it might have grown significantly within seconds of the restart when Chipolina powered a header towards goal from Walker’s corner and Randolph reacted smartly to repel his effort. gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Keeper Darren Randolph could have been forgiven for being distracted four minutes in when a plane took off from the airport runway just a couple of hundred yards behind his goal.However, it was opposite number Kyle Goldwin who had cause for concern as David McGoldrick sent a seventh-minute volley over the bar, although he was able to get his hands on Richard Keogh’s stabbed effort after Hendrick had fired across the penalty area four minutes later.Shane Duffy only just failed to reach Conor Hourihane’s 15th-minute free-kick as Ireland started to dominate possession, although McCarthy on the sidelines could be heard repeatedly urging his players to move the ball more quickly.They would have taken the lead in fortuitous circumstances with 28 minutes gone had it not been for Goldwin’s excellent reactions. SORRY latest REPLY Jeff Hendrick celebrates with the travelling fans at the final whistle The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Jeff Hendrick strokes the ball home after a nice move from @FAIrelandCool finish from the @BurnleyOfficial man 👌 pic.twitter.com/I5BwVAlwmP— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 23, 2019 It was far from pretty on a night when Ireland dominated possession against a team consisting largely of part-time footballers, but created few clear-cut chances.However, they left having banked three Group D points, the minimum requirement heading into Tuesday night’s clash with fast-improving Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.The lack of inspiration which plagued the latter days of Martin O’Neill’s reign remains an issue, and although the difficult conditions had a part to play, McCarthy knows it is a failing which must be addressed if his team are to qualify for the finals.Gibraltar started brightly and saw ambitious appeals for an early penalty waved away after midfielder Liam Walker blasted a shot into a mass of white shirts. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 tense Richard Keogh turned down hand surgery to play for his country last_img read more

Ian Cathro: No reason to fear directors of football

first_img“(At) some clubs (the) director is more in the business, some are more in the football, it will always be slightly different. But it is like many things when something is new here.“We all freak out and throw our toys all over the place and get scared as if it is a witch-hunt and some crazy thing is coming into town that we don’t understand and it is not.”Cathro added: “It is football. It is 2017. Football is big business, it is completely normal.“I don’t think football will ever be entirely the same in every club. But there is just a lack of understanding and experience of that model in our country and obviously we know best about our game and so on. “I think debate comes from the lack of understanding.” He said: “I have not noticed what exactly the debate is but, if there is debate about it, it is probably because you don’t understand it.“Ultimately it is a model of how a football club is run. There is a model like this, a model like that. Pick one and get on with it.“Some clubs will operate slightly differently in what a director of football does.”He continued: “Some clubs will operate with just a head of recruitment which takes a focus on just those things. Ian Cathro says Scottish football should not fear the director of football model, insisting the role is not “some crazy thing is coming into town”.The Hearts head coach works under director of football Craig Levein at Tynecastle and also has experience of sporting directors during his time in Portugal and Spain.Earlier this week, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson announced a director of football was required to make the Ibrox side “a modern club”.The idea has some detractors but Cathro feels any worries are misplaced.last_img read more

Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Junior Legion team 4-4 after sweep of Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterThe Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Junior Legion baseball team is now 4-4 after sweeping a doubleheader at Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday.The Blue Demons beat Rapids 6-2 and came back from a late deficit to win Game 2 5-4.Connor Jasurda tossed a complete game with two strikeouts to pick up the win in the opener.Jake Brueggen and Michael Damrau each had two hits.Brueggen threw two shutout innings in relief to win Game 2 and added a pair of hits and scored twice.Marshfield trailed 4-2 before tying the game with two runs in the sixth. Brueggen singled, moved to second on a bunt, and scored on an error for the go-ahead run in the seventh.The Blue Demons split a doubleheader at Plover last Friday, winning 7-6 and losing 10-6.Jasurda earned the win, and Zach Needham tossed a shutout inning to get the save in the opener.Logan Jakobi had three hits, and Sawyer Lovstad knocked in the go-ahead run in the sixth for Marshfield.Jared Klein had two hits and two RBIs, Braden Bohman drove in two runs, and Damrau had an RBI in the Game 2 loss.The Blue Demons were shut out in a pair of nonconference games at Chippewa Falls on Monday, losing 5-0 and 3-0.Bohman had a pair of hits in the first game.The Blue Demons play at D.C. Everest on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Hub City Times Sports: Boys Basketball Roundup

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterColumbus still unbeaten in CloverbeltColumbus Catholic outscored Greenwood by 18 points in the second half to beat the Indians 63-41 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Jan. 5 at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus Catholic led 29-25 at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half, holding Greenwood to just 16 points.Nick Malovrh had 16 points and Noah Taylor added 14 points for the Dons, who have won nine games in a row and were 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the Cloverbelt East prior to Monday’s game against Marathon.Auburndale splits twoAuburndale used a 44-point first half to propel them to a 74-69 victory over Port Edwards in a nonconference matchup Jan. 2 at Port Edwards High School.Auburndale made nine 3-pointers in the first half, four by Cooper Weinfurter and three by Cason Schmutzer, to open up a 44-36 lead at halftime.The Apaches made just seven baskets from the field in the second half, but were 13 of 19 at the free throw line to hold on for the victory and improve to 8-2 this season.Weinfurter scored 25 points and Colten Yeske added 17 for Auburndale in the victory.Both teams finished with 10 made 3-pointers.Auburndale lost a Marawood Conference crossover game at Phillips 62-61 on Jan. 5. The Apaches are now 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Marawood South.Stratford improves to 10-1Stratford won a pair of games last week, knocking off Athens 57-53 in a Marawood Conference crossover game on Jan. 4 and edging Stevens Point Pacelli 65-62 in a nonconference game Jan. 6.Nine different players scored for Stratford in the win against Athens. Benjamin Barten had 13 points and Vaughn Breit added 11 for the Tigers.Barten and Chandler Schmidt each scored 13 points, Breit added 12, Trent Heckel had 11, and Okley Wrensch scored 10 in the victory over Pacelli.The Tigers are 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the Marawood South heading into a game at Auburndale on Friday.last_img read more