Last night’s County Senior Football Championship game between Éire Óg Annacarty/Donohill, Loughmore-Castleiney game in Golden was called off due to a bereavement in the Loughmore club.However, there are two games down for decision in the County Senior Football Championship this evening.The first sees Upperchurch-Drombane face Ballyporeen in Sean Tracey Park at 7 o clock, and then at quarter past 7 Fethard play Arravale Rovers in Leahy Park Cashel at a quarter past 7. Looking forward to Sunday’s fixtures in the County Senior Football Championship, there’s a double header sey for New Inn.Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun take on Ardfinnan at 2pm, followed by Clonmel Commercials and Cahir at 3.30pm.The evening games on Sunday see Drom& Inch face JK Brackens in Templetuohy at 6, Kilsheelan-Kilcash take on Killenaule in Monroe at 7 and Moyle Rovers play Aherlow Gaels in Cahir at 7.
There’s plenty of local GAA action on around the county this weekend.First up this afternoon is the meeting of near neighbours Arravele Rovers and Galtee Rovers in the West Senior Football Final.Both have to win west to stay in the county, however Galtee Rovers have the upper hand, having beaten Arravale in the recent O’Donoghue Cup final. Photo ©Stephen Gleeson The game throws in in Annacarthy at 3 o’clock, and Arravale Selector Tommy Twoomey says they’ll have to be ready for the Galtee’s challenge…Before that game, at 1.30, Rockwell Rovers meet Clonoulty Rossmore in the intermediate decider.Then this evening at half 5, Killenaule meet Carrick Swans in the South Senior Hurling Final.Swans are the most decorated south tipp hurling club with 22 south titles to their name.However, Killenaule have 21 titles, and a win this evening would see them level with Swans.That game is on in Fethard.Also down for decision this evening is the North Senior hurling final which throws in at 6pm in NenaghNenagh Eire Og face Borrisoleigh, in what is expected to be a pulsating game.Borrisoleigh Coach Johnny Kelly is a Portumna man, and with the Galway in the All Ireland Final tomorrow, he says his sole focus is on the North game…Finally this evening sees the Mid Tipp Intermediate hurling final at 6 o clock in Holycross.It sees Thurles Sarsfields up against Gortnahoe Glengoole.
“We won that competition because of coach Siasia and he made sure we forgot our problems and faced the task before us.“So I don’t think there is anything to fear at the Olympics since he is in charge. I can as well call him a magician,” he disclosed.The striker has been included in the team that will play in a four-nation tournament in South Korea later this month against the hosts, Denmark and Honduras, all teams that will play at the Olympics.“Right now I am working on how to get the South Korean visa for the four-nation tournament. I am sure we are not going there to make up the numbers because I heard that the teams playing in the tournament have also qualified for the Olympics,” he said.“It is going to be very tough but I am confident of our team. We won’t disappoint football loving Nigerians.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria Under-23 striker Taiwo Awoniyi believes the team is capable of impressive feats at the Olympic Games under the tutelage of coach Samson Siasia.The African U23 champions have been drawn in the same group with Sweden, Japan and Colombia at Rio 2016 but the FSV Frankfurt forward is confident that the coach would fashion out a victorious plan.“I am not sing-praising anybody, I am just being realistic. I have played under coach Siasia for some time now and he has this great quality of pushing players to do what such player never believed they can do in their life,” Awoniyi told Goal.“People won’t know what happened in Senegal where we not only qualified for the Olympics but also emerged African U23 Cup of Nations champions.
The tile technology used to refurbish the pitches and power Pelé’s Energy Challenge is the invention of young British entrepreneur and founder of Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook, who has been supported through Shell LiveWIRE programme.In 2014, Shell and Pelé joined forces to launch the world’s first player powered community football pitch in Rio de Janeiro.The Lagos pitch was then opened in 2015 with the support of solar entrepreneur and global music superstar Akon; showing the local communities what can be achieved when bright energy ideas are put into action.The activity at Make the Future London celebrates these launches and reinforces the importance of turning entrepreneurial ideas into reality.Pelé said on the launch, “I’ve seen first-hand how Shell has brought bright energy ideas to life, having helped launch the first kinetic pitch in Rio. And I’ve seen how this amazing technology has reinvigorated the community, allowing Brazilian children to follow their passion in sport and learn about future energy solutions in the process. I’m so excited to be here again and see the legacy of these pitches – how they continue to be used every day – while testing out this new energy challenge at Make the Future London.”Commented Managing Director of The Shell petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SDPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, said: “The tile device at Akoka is not just another football pitch. It is a powerful statement on the kind of energy ideas that Shell and SPDC have been promoting in Nigeria. We are confident that Nigerian youths will take advantage of our LiveWIRE programme and launch bright energy ideas that will help to better the lives of millions of Nigerians.”The LiveWIRE programme was launched in Nigeria in 2003, and has since enabled young entrepreneurs to convert ideas into real businesses that create products or services as well as employment to the community.Today, LiveWIRE supports Nigeria’s National Youth Policy by encouraging and training young people to start their own businesses by providing start-up funds. To date, the programme has trained 6,200 youths in enterprise development and management, and provided business start-up grants to 3,100.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Shell-installed kinetic football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Lagos was in the spotlight again yesterday as football legend Pelé teamed up with the oil and gas major company to bring together Africa and Europe in a first of its kind player-powered energy game; Pelé’s Energy Challenge.The event helped launched ‘Make the Future London’, a festival of ideas and innovation dedicated to supporting bright energy ideas and providing a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy issues facing the world of today.Pelé’s Energy Challenge showcased the power of innovative kinetic tile technology that converts footsteps into renewable electricity.The challenge featured two teams that comprised children from London and Lagos linked up via satellite. The more energy a player generated on the tiles the more time they had to compete, directly linking the technology to the task. Shell previously installed kinetic football pitches in Rio and Lagos, providing a safe environment for the communities to play, with floodlights powered by the players and solar panels.
The second edition of the Delta State Principalâ€™s Cup football competition for all secondary schools officially starts today in Asaba.The defending Champions, Mastercare International School Asaba will engage Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogwashi-Uku , in the kick off tie of what has been tagged Season 2 of the competition.All the local governments in the state will be represented in the tournament that will start with the zonal preliminaries before getting into the final knock out stage. The sponsors, Zenith Bank, will have Deputy Managing Director, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, representing the Group Managing Director, Peter Amangbo, while Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, who has this programme on his heart, will be represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, at the opening ceremony.Okowa, it would be recalled at the closing ceremony of the first edition announced a scholarship award of N200,000 each for the individual winners throughout their secondary school education.Todayâ€™s kick-off will however be handled by Onyeagwu by 12noon at the St. Patrickâ€™s Secondary School in Asaba to officially declare the tournament open.It was further learnt that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the tournament and the officials of the state government have been working round the clock to ensure a smooth take off of the developmental competition.â€œWe are getting ready to stage a good event from all areas because our youths must be engaged and we have to boost their future through their talents,â€ Ebie said.Zenith Bank GMD, Amangbo, at the weekend promised that the Season 2 of the tournament would be more glamorous for the participants.â€œThe enthusiasm of the players in the last edition was impressive and we also had good feedback about the skills exhibited in various centres during the competition and that is why we have to improve with every edition,â€ Amangbo said.Over 1,200 private secondary schools and 446 public government secondary schools took part in the maiden edition which had Mastercare International Secondary School emerging tops after beating Iderghe Secondary School 2-1 in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Following the non-qualification of Nigerian teams for the age-grade competitions within and outside Africa,Chairman of Nath Boys FC, Yemi Idowu, has urged the leadership of state Football Associations (FAs) to revive grassroots soccer to aid the development of the game at that level.Idowu, a director on the board of the Lagos Junior League believes there must be conscious efforts by those in charge of football to give adequate attention to youth football to ensure that quality players graduate to the senior national teams in future. He admitted that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has done a good job so far with the senior national teams but that the states need to meet up with their obligations at that grassroots level.â€œAfter we won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, we had players from the tournament coming through to the senior national teams and we were all excited about the teamâ€™s qualification for the World Cup. But we must not relax and believing that all is well,â€ he stressed.Idowu, a former chairman of the National Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) charged the football body to start building junior teams despite the countryâ€™s inability to make it toÂ age grade CAF and FIFA competitions this year.â€œWe donâ€™t have to be relaxed hoping that we will assemble teams when we have competitions but we must start building now so that some of these players can make the senior national teams in three to five years time. If we donâ€™t do this, this is another disaster waiting to happen,â€ he warned.For the Lagos Junior League, Idowu lamented the delay in commencing the competition, adding that the league has become a good platform to discover quality players for the national teams.With likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Dele Alampasu and Wilfred Ndidi coming through the league, Idowu believes when the Lagos Junior League kicks off, more players would be unearthed for the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, admitted Monday night in Port Harcourt that heâ€™s yet to have the type of fullbacks he desires ahead of the World Cup in Russia starting in barely two weeks from today.Speaking shortly after Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the Franco-German coach admitted his fullbacks struggled against DR Congo and that he will need to work on this problem. After central defender, William Troost-Ekong had fired Eagles into lead from a loose ball in the Congolese box and Nigeria hanged on the lead till the end of the first half, Eagles came back from break struggling to contain the visitors with the fullbacks the most troubled spots.Tyronne Ebuehi manned the right back with Elderson Echiejile on the left. And on several occasions, the Leopards from Congo had easy penetrations, most especially from the left where Echiejile was on duty.Even when Ola Aina came in as substitute for Echiejile and Ebuehi later give way to Shehu Abdullahi , the problems persisted with either Leon Balogun or Ekong falling back for support. Ola Aina was culpable for the penalty, which led to the DR Congo equaliser.â€œWe have some problems with our fullbacks, but we will work on this. We have a few days to be ready,â€ Rohr revealed as he fielded questions on the sideline on Monday night.The other fullback on the squad is Russia-based Brian Idowu.Rohr further said he will only take four fullbacks to Russia. â€œWe have five fullbacks, we can only take four to World Cup,â€ he said.Despite the problems with the fullbacks and the draw with Congo, the Eagles supremo praised his wards for the quality they displayed in their last match in the country before heading out to England this afternoon.â€œIt was a very good match because we played against a very good Congolese team that came with good players. It wasnâ€™t easy game for us as we had to rest some top players and use the match to try out some of our new players. We really didnâ€™t want to take the risk of playing some of our key players for fear of injuries. True we didnâ€™t win the match but it was good for everybody in the team,â€ stressed the gaffer.Rohr singled out Simeon Nwankwo as displaying the quality of a centre forward that has been lacking in the team. â€œUntil now, we didnâ€™t have a centre forward in the real sense until we found one in him.â€He however assured Nigerian football followers that the friendly against England will be a better match as he was going to have full complement of players like Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, etc who did not take part in the Monday clash with Congo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP* DStv, GOtv to Broadcast matches LiveNigeria’s Under-20 women national football team, Falconets, will fly into France today for this year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals, taking place between August 5th and August 24th in the Brittany region of that country. According to the itinerary of the team released wednesday by the NFF, the Coach Christopher Danjuma wards will be hoping to end the hoodoo of an elusive international crown.The team was camped in Tirol, Austria for two weeks to finalise preparations for the tournament that gets under way proper from August 5.Nigeria will play Germany, Haiti and China in group D as they bid to go a step further than 2010 and 2014 when they reached the finals.Coach Danjuma named three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and five strikers in his 21 players squad for the competition.Opening game for the Falconets is against Germany at the Stade Marville in Saint-Malo.Meanwhile, all the 32 matches of the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup are to be broadcast live on DStv and GOtv and across SuperSport’s online and digital platforms.The biannual tournament will give hosts France an opportunity to celebrate a second world football title in the space of two months, following the men’s victory in Russia last month. The feat has only been achieved by Germany in 2014 when the senior male team won the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and went ahead to add the Women’s Under-20 World Cup months later.Home advantage and a runner-up finish in the last edition of the tournament make the French team, Les Bleuettes, genuine title contenders.Once again, Africa’s hopes rest with Nigeria and Ghana. The Falconets and Black Princesses have been Africa’s representatives in the last four tournaments with the Falconets finishing as runners-up twice in 2010 and 2014.The pay TV channel said that the tournament’s kick off game between Mexico and Brazil on Sunday August 5 at 12:15pm will be broadcast live on SuperSport 10 (DStv), SuperSport Select 1(GOtv).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The 14-time major champion found water with his second shot and made a double-bogey six at 11 while McIlroy and Thomas, who opened with a par, birdied, the Northern Irishman sinking an eight-footer to reach level par.Woods briefly led in the final round of last month’s British Open, but he hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open or any title since 2013.Four-time major champion McIlroy, whose last major triumph came in 2014, dropped his approach on his opening hole inches from the cup but it bounded into a bunker and he missed a par putt.Topping the early leaderboard was England’s Ian Poulter with three birdies on his first six holes on the back nine, with New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk on two-under-par over the 7,316-yard, par-70 layout.Many players teed off with a heavy heart after Wednesday’s death of Australian Jarrod Lyle, a former tour player who lost his battle with leukemia at age 36.“The courage shown through his battle is an inspiration to all of us. He made the world a better place. RIP mate,” McIlroy tweeted.Second-ranked Thomas, who opened with a par, comes off a victory at last week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He could become the first player since McIlroy in 2014 to make the PGA his second win in back-to-back weeks and join Woods as the only men since 1937 to win consecutive PGAs.“We lost a great one today. RIP, Jarrod,” Thomas tweeted. “We will all be thinking about him and his family this week.”Lyle, whose best US PGA Tour finish was a share of fourth in 2012 at Riviera, played in two major tournaments, sharing 48th at the 2008 US Open and missing the cut at the 2006 British Open.“Incredibly sad news about Jarrod Lyle,” tweeted British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy. “Tough times for everyone on tour losing someone so special.”Molinari was set for an afternoon start over the 7,316-yard, par-70 layout alongside this year’s other two major winners – Americans Patrick Reed from the Masters and Brooks Koepka from the US Open.“You were and always will be a fighter and will be missed by so many people. Rest In Peace Jarrod,” Reed tweeted.Lyle played in 121 PGA events from 2006 to 2016 and won two developmental Web.com Tour events. He was diagnosed with leukemia as a youth and twice thought he had beaten cancer only to have it return last year.“Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend Jarrod Lyle,” tweeted world number 10 Jason Day. “Jarrod will forever be an inspiration to us all.”Australian Day, the 2015 PGA Championship winner, makes a morning back-nine start with five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and 2011 PGA winner Keegan Bradley.Day opened with three pars while 48-year-old left-hander Mickelson, hoping to qualify on points for a 12th consecutive US Ryder Cup squad, sank a 23-foot birdie putt at the par-4 11th only to bogey 12, three-putting from 12 feet.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tiger Woods stumbled badly at the start while Rory McIlroy opened bogey-birdie in Thursday’s first round of the 100th PGA Championship, the superstar pairing struggling early in the year’s final major showdown.McIlroy, Woods and defending champion Justin Thomas began off the 10th tee at Bellerive Country Club with thousands of spectators lining the fairway, standing 10 deep in spots just to catch a glimpse of the master shotmakers.Woods, making a comeback after spinal fusion surgery, punched out of the right rough, reached the edge of the green in three and sank a nervy five-foot putt for bogey.
Peru ended Brazil’s 17-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 friendly win in Los Angeles.Luis Abram scored the only goal in the 84th minute, inflicting the first defeat in over a year on the five-time world champions.The introduction of forwards Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Henrique at half-time made little difference to an off-colour Brazil. Brazil had beaten Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final in July.Meanwhile, Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored a 22-minute hat-trick as Argentina beat Mexico 4-0 in a friendly in San Antonio.Paris St-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes scored the other goal from the penalty spot as Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria, completed the scoring in the first half.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram