Benji targets Nines for Broncos debut

first_imgWith just three weeks until the two-day tournament that will signal the start of a 2017 season spanning 301 days, how Marshall fits into the Broncos 17 for Round 1 remains a mystery to the man himself but even at 31 years of age the format of the Nines will suit the former Dragon perfectly having kept fit in the off-season by playing A Grade touch football in Sydney.In his only previous appearance at the Auckland Nines Marshall captained St George Illawarra to two wins in the pool stages but the Dragons failed to progress to the quarter-finals on points differential.The Broncos have a trial against defending premiers Cronulla at Dolphin Oval in Redcliffe on the same weekend as the Nines and a 19-man squad will travel to England to face Warrington in the World Club Series on February 18.Marshall missed last year’s Nines tournament and after two months of intensive conditioning work in which he has excelled is champing at the bit to start the next chapter of his career as a Bronco.”I’ll be on the plane for the Nines hopefully and get a start there and try and get some form on the board,” Marshall told Broncos TV.”It’s not too far away now, I’m looking forward to it. Get me on the field.”Joined by wife Zoe, their dogs and furniture in the past week, Marshall’s life in Brisbane has a greater sense of normalcy after his sudden and unexpected move to the Broncos during the off-season.He admits that he still doesn’t know what position coach Wayne Bennett has in mind for him to play this season but said having a more settled life off the field will enable him to get the best out of himself.”It’s been tough to be honest,” Marshall said.”Obviously being apart from your wife is not easy but she’s moved up here now and all our furniture is here so it will be a bit easier to get more settled in and relaxed but the boys and the club have been awesome in getting that set up.”I think that just makes it easier having your family here and having your normal set-up around. It’s obviously going to help me train better and then hopefully play better so looking forward to the year.”That first block before Christmas was a lot about conditioning and getting fit and now we’re starting to touch the ball and get a feel for where we’re playing.”I still don’t know where that is to be honest but I’m just enjoying myself and really getting a feel for enjoying footy again and that helps you play better.”Being around a great bunch of guys and great coaching staff is making my job a lot easier.”The 2005 premiership winner with the Wests Tigers said the support of the rugby league-loving public in Brisbane has also made his transition a pleasurable one.”Everyone I have come across have wished me well on my journey at the Broncos,” he said.”People just come up on the street and say that off their own bat so I can’t thank the people enough. It’s been a great journey so far.”It’s pretty relaxed and something that I was used to growing up. Obviously going to school on the Gold Coast that feel of the sun and the heat and nice warm winters and the people here are awesome.”Obviously coming here you don’t know what to expect but from the get-go it’s been a professional set-up and I’ve really enjoyed the training and got to know a lot of the boys.”last_img read more

Past the finishing post

first_imgWeather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1700 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 54.02. SIR RAJA BABA AChatrie 52.0 1 3/4L3. THE PROMISE LAND WHenry 51.5 3-1/2L4. COUNTER ATTACK SEllis 53.5 3 1/4LWIN: $60.00PLACE: $52.00, $58.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:46.3 Splits : 25.1, 49.0, 1:14.0, 1:39.3Winner : 3yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $359.00 Ex: $324.00Trifecta: $360.00Race 2 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. TWILIGHT CITIZEN AndrePowell4 52.02. GOLD SCREW MWard4 52.0 5-1/2L3. NASDAQ PRINCESS OEdwards3 50.0 1/2L4. PARTY CITY KPowell 51.0 1-1/2LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $58.00, $60.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b colt – TWILIGHT TIME – GOOD CITIZENTrainer : CARL ANDERSON Owner: CARL ANDERSONBred by CARL ANDERSONQu: $155.00 Ex: $300.00D/E: $158.00Superfecta: $3,133.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. LADY MARCIANNE PParchment 55.02. IDON’TKNOW HPottinger3 55.0 Neck*3. RAWALPINDI EXPRESS SEllis 55.0 10L4. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JPatterson3 55.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #6 OBEDIENCEWIN: $1642.00Final Time: 1:10.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1Winner : 6yo ch mare – SHINING STAR – DANCING SALLYTrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner: DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by RALSTON FRAYQu: $2,478.00 Ex: $12,797.00D/E: $9,516.00Trifecta: $5,312.00Rolling Triple: $15,344.00Race 4 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. PRINCE OSHAUN BebHarvey3 53.02. STORMONTHESEA AndrePowell4 51.0 2L3. BURNING MEDIC JErwin 55.0 6-1/2L4. TROPICALDEPRESSION HPottinger3 52.0 1-3/4LLate scratch : #6 TECHNOCAT, #7 COURT CALLWIN: $119.00PLACE: $63.00, $94.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:14.2,Winner : 6yo b horse – WHYWHYWHY – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : NOEL FREEMAN Owner : S.A.C.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $398.00 Ex: $715.00D/E: $11,582.00 (5-7) $823.00Superfecta: $756.00Rolling Triple: $25,770.00Race 5 1300 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. ST. BERNARD WHenry 56.02. SPORTING CLAY HPottinger3 51.0 1-1/4L3. REIGN OVER ALL RWilson 53.5 1-1/44. EL CLIENTE OWalker 54.0 2-1/4LWIN: $171.00PLACE: $120.00, $200.00, $172.00Final Time : 1:22.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:14.3Winner : 7yo ch horse – TRACKING – LUVABLETrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner: MODERN CONNECTIONBred by ERIC MARTINQu: $2,197.00 Exacta: $3,139.00D/E: $387.00Superfecta: $84,321.00Rolling Triple: $135,595.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)*1. URBAN PRINCIPAL OEdwards3 51.02. LUCKY NINE RHalledeen 54.0 2L3. DUSSELDORF SEllis 54.0 Sh.Head4. CREEDENCE JInnis3 51.0 7L5. TOP EAGLE RLahoe 54.0 17/1 4L6. RED DREAD PParchment 53.5 99/1 3/4LWIN: $98.00PLACE: $59.00, $78.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:20.4 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, 1:13.2Winner : 3yo b colt – URBAN KING – LADY ARGYLLTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : PATRICK LYNCHBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $261.00 Ex: $319.00D/E: $371.00Trifecta: $189.00Hit-6 carry-over: $115,277.50Rolling Triple: $987.00Pick-4: $50,052.00Super-6: $41,639.20Race 7 1400 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)NB4YO(NW4)1. DRIPPING IN GOLD OWalker 56.02. RAS EMANUEL RHalledeen 56.0 3/4L3. ITALIANO OEdwards3 51.0 4/1 1-1/2L4. LADY BELRIDGE OMullings 52.0 4LWIN: $191.00PLACE: $90.00, $62.00, $114.00Final Time : 1:25.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.2, 1:12.2Winner : 4yo gr colt – LIQUIDITY – GOLDEN OLYMPIOTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTA & BRUCE LEVYBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $505.00 Ex: $707.00D/E: $411.00Superfecta: $6,709.00Rolling Triple: $1,878.00Race8 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)1. DIRECTOR DALEY HPottinger3 51.5*2. OK DUDE EMurray 54.0 Neck3. MR. LYNDHURST RWilson 54.0 Neck4. AIR MARSHALL JPatterson3 51.0 1/2L5. GUAVA GROUND RLahoe 54.0 3-1/4LLate scratch : #8 MEMORY OF TSWIN: $7,988.00PLACE: $699.00, $66.00, $160.00Final Time : 1:22.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, 1:14.2Winner : 3yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR – THE FLYING BRIDETrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner: LORENZO ROBINSONBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $17,511.00 Ex: $42,778.00D/E: $28,708.00Trifecta: $16,166.00Hi-5: $476,538.00Rolling Triple: $189,262.00REYNOLD “REN” GONZALVES MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 2000 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. TIMEFORARMS BebHarvey3 52.0 2/1*2. ORIGINAL TRAIN RHalledeen 53.0 2-3/4L3. KIRI DDawkins3 48.5 1L4. ROYAL VIBES OWalker 53.5 HeadWIN: $161.00PLACE: $94.0, $75.00, $265.00Final Time : 2:08.3 Splits : 24.3, 49.3, 1:14.0, 1:40.2Winner: 7yo b horse – TWILIGHT TIME – ARMSOFANANGELTrainer: FITZROY GLISPIE Owner: FITZROY GLISPIE & GARY G. LEE-SINBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $350.00 Ex: $701.00D/E: $34,609.00 (ALL-5) $106.00Superfecta: $11,993.00Rolling Triple: $135,310.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. TWO STEPS UP HPottinger3 51.02. NO MONEY FRIEND AChatrie 54.0 Head3. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson3 45.0 4-3/4L4. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins3 53.0 Head5. SEAL THE DEAL LSteadman2 54.0 3LLate scratch : #12 KABRINAWIN: $362.00PLACE: $82.00, $245.00, $210.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, ,Winner : 5yo b colt – TRADITIONAL – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : O’NEIL MARKLAND Owner : O’NEIL MARKLANDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $2,633.00 Ex: $5,556.00D/E: $1,564.00 (5-12) $161.00Trifecta: $11,403.00Hi-5 Carry-over: $134,878.25Rolling Triple: $449,439.00Pick-4: Carry-over : $539,493.50Super-6: $4,138.90 Carry-over : $1,576,935.75Pick-9: $6,076.50; $135.00 Carry-over: $1,446,640.60PlacePot 8: $14,228.00last_img read more

Digicel on board with National Drama Festival for the 5th year

first_imgNational Drama Festival 2016 is set of take the stage in October and once again Digicel is throwing its support behind the performing arts.The Drama Festival is expected to engage over 1000 persons including school children, young people and adults from across the length and breadth of Guyana.Digicel is once again pleased to be associated with the drama festival.Administrator (ag) National School of Theatre Arts and Drama, Margaret Lawrence; Director of Culture (ag) Tamika Boatswain; Digicel’s Sponsorship Executive Louanna Abrams; Drama Coordinator Unit of Allied Arts, Loraine Barker King and Lavon George“It gives us the opportunity to invest and maintain our mandate to foster youth and cultural development. We are once again pleased to be associated with and look forward to since drama can be a positive way in which youths can express themselves while at the same time develop their passions,” Digicel’s Sponsorship Manager, Louanna Abrams stated.Acting Director of Culture Tamika Boatswain representing the Education Ministry, through the Department of Culture, expressed her sincere thanks to the cellphone company for their sponsorship initiative to help the Ministry promote the arts especially in the interior regions of Guyana seeing this as a development and a part of Guyana’s culture.Boatswain expressed that investments like these are significant and hopes for continued support in the future with prospects of taking the National Drama Festival to the international stage. This year’s Drama Festival has seen a great response so far with more than 49 expressions of interest spreading from Regions One, Two, Nine and 10.The National School of Theater Arts and Drama is hoping to get as many regions included in the Drama Festival this year. In the coming weeks there will be outreaches in St Cuthbert’s Mission and New Amsterdam to create a heightened awareness of the festival this year.The entries for participation in the Drama Festival will close on October 21. The preliminaries will be held between October 30 and November 12.The school finals will be held from November 14 to 18 at the Theatre Guild while the adult finals will be from November 19 to 27 at the National Cultural Centre.last_img read more

Wushu Association to Get Gymnasium

first_imgTechnical Director of the Liberia National Wushu Association, Junior P. Russian (second from left) along with Chines Ambassador (Third from left), Assistant Youth and Sports Minster Murphy Gray (fourth from left) and other officials of the Chinese embassy in MonroviaThe Liberia National Wushu Association (LNWA) with support from the Chinese Embassy has begun the construction of the first martial arts gymnasium at the back of the SKD Sports Complex.The construction of the Martial Arts Gymnasium is part of the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia’s earlier pronouncement to support the LNWA to spread Chinese martial arts (Wushu) in Liberia.It may be recalled that the Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia pledged the embassy’s support to the LNWA during a one-day Wushu awareness competition held in Monrovia by the LNWA in collaboration with the UNMIL Chinese Police (FPU) and the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia.According to the Vice President and Technical Director of the Liberia Wushu Federation, Master Junior Pewee Russian, the gymnasium will be a major boost to the association.Master Russian thanked the People’s Republic of China and the Liberian government for their partnership that continues to bring development to Liberia.“We want to thank the Chinese government through its ambassador Zhang Yue and the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, for their support to the Liberia National Wushu Association. I am very much excited to see the construction of the first Martial Arts Gymnasium,” Master Russian said.A pictorial view from the gymnasium project sceneShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We will suffer” – Enmore workers

first_imgClosure of sugar estatesBy Shemuel FanfairSugar workers attached to the soon-to-be-closed Enmore Estate have registered their distress for the financial challenges that they stand to face in the coming months.On Tuesday, Guyana Times met with a group of community members at a small market at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who highlighted their worry over the entity’s closure. In fact, a few sellers in the area noted that community members have already begun to reduce their spending, which is having early far-reaching effects to them. This scenario mirrors that of Wales, West BankRampersaud PrashadDemerara last year when residents there had also reduced their purchasing of goods upon the announcement that the Wales Sugar Estate would shut down.Speaking with this publication, Rampersaud Prashad, the Estate’s Field Secretary, noted that he built his home from his earnings as a cane cutter. He has worked with the Estate for 33 years.“Everybody was sad, hearing about closure; everybody depend on sugar, from Ogle to Cane Grove. We have 2300 persons working at East Demerara Estate (Enmore). When the Estate closes, where [can] people get jobs – families are going to break up; market people will not get sales; a lot of people at the Estate owe mortgage,” highlighted the Estate’s Field Secretary.“This announcement which Agriculture Minister Noel Holder made is not a wise decision. I think he should pack up and go, and the President needs to intervene in this matter,” Prashad further stressed.Fellow worker and father of two, Mayaram Sundar also noted the hardships his family would face. The harvester, who has been employed for 19 years, told“Tolly” has four children attending schoolGuyana Times that without a job, his son’s education may be held up if he could not find the means to support him. He also suggested that severance pay was a temporary benefit.“If you say you will pay severance, how long will the severance last?” Sundar stressed.“Tolly”, a greens and provisions vendor and mother of six, stressed that she was already facing challenges. She stated that four of her children were in school, with a daughter writing her CXC exam and a son writing his in 2018, months after the Estate will close.“I have six children to maintain and [buying and selling greens] is the only thing I does do here. I got children going to school; books very expensive and passage for them to go to school, so I would like if the Estate could not close down,” she appealed.“I got bills to pay and the things not selling, because the Estate closing…people stop buying, since Saturday the stand is there…if the estate close, the [workers] can’t buy, so we [wouldn’t] have no income to come from here… [Minister Holder] shouldn’t close down the Estate ‘cause it’s a lot of workers who’re supporting we out here,” “Tolly” posited.”Nandanie Deosurran, another vendor, called on the President to look into her plight, saying that the Estate should not be closed.Speaking on behalf of young people in the community, a self-identified youth leader in Enterprise and a union secretary, Romel Putulall, also noted the hardships which would befall wide cross-sections of residents in variousRomel Putulallcommunities in the Estate’s environs.“We got workers from Victoria, Bachelor’s Adventure; Golden Grove workers; Plaisance workers will be affected, BV workers and other Afro-Guyanese communities where workers are from, so if the Government and other people feel it’s victimising Indian people, it’s not that,” Putulall claimed.“We need to oppose the closure of Enmore Estate; sugar has a future…I think President Granger, who some say is a good man…should look back at his Ministers and think about removing them, because they are the ones who will make him fall and right now in terms of sugar, Minister [Noel] Holder [should be removed],” expressed Putulall.He also noted that many young persons who were not fortunate to garner an education were able to gain employment from the Estate.“If you close the Estate, where would you put these young people who have no education and no other sort of job training,” he saidHe further highlighted that the majority of workers at the Estate were above the age of 45 and suggested that they would find great difficulty in altering the course of their employment.“What would happen to the minibus men, the school sellers, DVD and greens sellers…every single thing will be affected in our community?” he questioned.Much akin to the events leading up to the end of sugar operations at Wales last year, a number of activities have been planned to voice opposition against Enmore’s closure. These include vigils, afternoon marches, and public meetings.ClosureThe announcement of closure was made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on Monday when he presented the white paper on the future of the industry to Parliament. Holder told the National Assembly by the end of 2017, the Corporation will have three estates: Blairmont on the West Bank Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales estate in West Demerara. “…the Enmore Factory will be closed at the end of 2017 when all cane would be harvested. The East Coast Estates would be earmarked for diversification,” the Minister had stated.last_img read more


first_imgDinny McGinley TDDeputy Dinny McGinley, has said that Enterprise Ireland figures for 2015 show that the Government’s job creation plan is working in Donegal.In Donegal, 3,567 people are employed in the 142 companies supported by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland.Deputy McGinley said “These companies created 272 additional new jobs in Donegal in 2015, an increase of 8% on the previous year.“Over 300 additional new EI jobs have been created in Donegal since the Government was elected. This compares to 786 job losses in the last three years of the previous Government. “This job creation is having an important knock on impact. For every job created in an EI supported company, it is estimated that one additional job is created elsewhere in the economy, so approximately another 300 indirect jobs have been created in Donegal since the Government was elected.“In total, over 135,000 new jobs have been added to the economy since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. Unemployment has now dropped to 8.8%.“Today’s EI results also confirm that this is not just a Dublin based recovery. Aside from the job creation success in Donegal, almost two thirds of the new jobs created were outside Dublin. All of the regions recorded increases in full-time employment in 2015. Our Regional Action Plans for Jobs are designed to increase employment in every region by 10-15% between now and 2020.“Fine Gael has a plan to keep the recovery going and ensure that everyone can feel the benefit. Crucial to this is continued job creation. Having more people in work creates the resources to cut taxes for working people and invest in better services. We will finish the job and replace all the jobs lost in the crash to ensure a better quality of life for all in Donegal.”272 NEW JOBS SUPPORTED BY ENTERPRISE IRELAND IN DONEGAL IN 2015 was last modified: January 6th, 2016 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:DEPUTY DINNY MCGINLEYdonegaljobslast_img read more


first_imgBack in February Linda Martin could barely run the length of herself.Now the Letterkenny-based teacher who hails from Dungloe is preparing for the Dublin Marathon tomorrow.Linda was chosen by Spar to be one of a team of runners, one from each county, to raise funds and prove to themselves that they could do the grueling 26.2 mile course. This is Linda’s last update before she crosses the line to do the business. We’re al behind you Linda! “This is it! After all the months of running and all the hard work the main event is upon me. Only a day to go!!!I went for a nice easy run this morning in Downings. This was my last run before the big one tomorrow. After missing 23 days training due to a bad chest infection I worried that I might not be fit enough or recover in time for the big day.Thanks to Teresa McDaid the fantastic experienced coach who trains Letterkenny AC I will be running the marathon on Monday. After missing so much training I thought I would have to walk the marathon.But due to her help, guidance, nutritional advice and enthusiasm I am back running again and managed 18 miles last Saturday. I know I will finish the marathon now.I would like to thank Teresa and everyone from Letterkenny AC for their help and support and I hope all the athletes doing the marathon get on well on Monday. They have been great to train with and I will continue to train with them this winter.They meet at the Aura every Tuesday and Thursday night so if you want to meet a friendly encouraging crowd of runners and get expert advice there is no better place for you to go. It is for all runners at all levels and its great fun!Thank you to everyone who sponsored me in aid of MS Donegal branch and the North West Cancer Group. Yesterday I lodged €1300 and I still have to collect the sponsor cards people took and the collection boxes from Tobins so thank you to everyone for their generosity!you can still sponsor me by emailing me at and I will let you know where your nearest card is. I would also like to thank the third class I teach in Woodland National School. I am very lucky to be teaching such lovely boys and girls. They made me lovely good luck cards and they made posters for all the other Spartans yesterday.Fingers crossed all goes well on Monday. I am really really looking forward to it. Initially I was aiming to run the marathon in sub 5 hours but after being sick I think it will take me closer to 6 hours. Time is irrelevant to me now I just can’t wait to cross that finish line and get that medal and join the 0.01% of people on the planet who have completed a marathon!”NO HIDING PLACE FOR LINDA AS MARATHON DAY ARRIVES! was last modified: October 28th, 2012 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:DUBLIN MARATHONLINDA BRENNANSpartan Challengelast_img read more

Caution urged after crash on busy Donegal road

first_imgGARDAÍ are at the scene of a road traffic accident on a busy Donegal road.The collision happened around 12 noon on the R265 road from Lifford to St Johnston.Emergency services are at the at Carrickmore. Motorists are urged to drive with care. There are no reports of any injuries at the moment.Caution urged after crash on busy Donegal road was last modified: December 11th, 2019 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 read more

Half-time: Brentford 0 Derby County 0

first_imgBrentford goalkeeper David Button made four key saves in the first half to keep his team level going into the break.Derby were on top in the first 15 minutes and Button had to make a double save to deny Jeff Hendrick after the midfielder had broken into the penalty area.Button also blocked a Darren Bent shot while Bradley Johnson sent a long-range effort just over the crossbar.Brentford took a little while to settle into their 4-1-4-1 formation but did eventually generate enough pressure to force a succession of three corners.The last one found its way to Alan Judge on the edge of the box and his curling effort was well held by diving Derby keeper Scott Carson.Jack OConnell – back in the Bees side for the suspended Yoann Barbet – sent a thumping header just beyond the far post from a Judge free-kick.But Derby continued to carry the greatest threat, with Button again bailing out his defence by blocking from Johnny Russell.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, O’Connell, Bidwell; Yennaris; Kerschbaumer, Judge, McEachran,Woods; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, Saunders, Swift, Canos, Hofmann, Djuricin.Derby: Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Olsson; Hanson, Hendrick, Butterfield; Russell, Bent, Johnson.Subs: Grant, Bryson, Buxton, Martin, Camara, Blackman, Ince.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Viva l’Italia!

first_imgJacob DlaminiIt was not until an American friend pointed it out to me that I realised that South Africans are obsessed with Italy and all things Italian. Why is it, asked the friend during a visit to South Africa last year, that everything that is meant to be something in South Africa has either an Italian name or Italian as an adjective? It is true. Think of all the “Tuscan-style villas”, which are in reality ugly townhouse complexes made off the same basic plan, that dot every major city and town in the country. What about the Bella Donnas and the Via-this and Via-that you find everywhere you care to look?Then there are the “Italian” tiles, taps, marble and everything in between, including the kitchen sink, that cost a couple of grands extra because they are, well, Italian. What is up with that? Whence comes this fixation, this obsession with Italy and all its things? There is none of the colonial connection between South Africa and Italy that marks the latter’s history with Ethiopia and Eritrea, for example. I am told by an Ethiopian friend that even with that history, Ethiopians have none of the mania about Italy that South Africans have. Eritreans might play on their Italian history every now and again, my Ethiopian friend says, but even they have none of the complex and passion we South Africans have.The biggest addiction of all is in the area of clothes. Who can forget all the shops that used to line the streets of downtown Johannesburg and other cities and towns, shops with original names like Real Italian Fashion Store and Italian-Style Clothing Store? Then there were and still are places that specialise in “real Italian leather”, “genuine Italian shoes” and “real Italian fashions”. How many of these goods are actually Italian or imports from Italy? How many of them can be said to be the genuine article? You know, real leather from a genuine Italian cow? How many of them have a genuine Italian provenance?I remember a time in the 1980s when Gauteng townships were hit by an Italian craze. Everywhere you went, hip men and women would be dressed in “Matariana-style”, complete with Superga, the Italian tennis shoe that resembles the more popular Converse All-Star in its look. Sometimes, people dressed Matariana-style would wear shirts called Georgettes. I could never tell whether Georgette referred to the fabric or the design of the shirt. The shirts looked like men’s blouses to me. Expensive blouses. But hip people rocked those shirts like they were going out of fashion, which they thankfully did before the 1980s were out.Then there was, of course, the Lacoste polo T-shirt. Everyone wanted one of these T-shirts. The bolder the colour, the better. I remember the colour red being especially popular. Folks would have wardrobes full of those T-shirts.But it did not take long for some to start noticing that the crocodile on the front logo on the Lacoste T-shirts of many of those who favoured Matariana-style was not quite the genuine article. The mouth of this crocodile was opened particularly wide and was, shall we say, more boisterous than the crocodile you see on the genuine article. It was not long before townships sprouted Lacoste “experts”, people who claimed they could tell the real McCoy stuff from a mile away. It was mostly bunkum, of course. Most of these Matariana-style clothes were sourced from the same textile factories somewhere to the west of Johannesburg.South Africans are not unique in obsessing over other nations. Remember the German philosopher who complained about the French making the revolutions the Germans had thought about first? Speaking of the French, how often do we hear people extolling the virtues of the French as if they and only they know how to live. Joie de vivre and all of that je ne sais quoi malarkey! Then there are nations constantly going on about what a better world this would be if we all could keep time like the Germans. Was it not, after all, one of the fascist justifications for Benito Mussolini’s reign in early 20th century Italy that while he might have been a crap ruler, he at least got the trains to run on time? Like the Germans, presumably.The Brits may have, as some historians maintain, founded their empire in a fit of absentmindedness but we cannot ignore the fact that they may also have been driven by their pining for the sunshine enjoyed by others. Methinks the fact that the whole cheap flight business first took off in the UK is precisely because the Brits are still hankering after the sunshine of others. They cannot wait to get out of their own island.With regard to South Africa’s obsession with Italy, one must assume that the existence of so many Bella Vistas and Bella Donnas and “Italian restaurants” is not yet the problem I think it is. After all, one would expect the Post Office and Telkom to have insisted that the owners of these places come up with something more creative and original for names. Don’t get me wrong, I have no beef with South Africa’s obsession with Italy. I just wish someone would explain it to me, though.Jacob Dlamini is a PhD student in History at Yale University, a columnist for The Weekender, and former political editor of Business Day.last_img read more