Marva Bernard, the immediate past president of Netball Jamaica (NJ), is refuting a statement made by incumbent president Dr Paula Daley Morris that the organisation is in the red. Bernard, who stepped down as president last weekend after 10 years at the helm of Netball Jamaica, said that while the organisation is in need of funding, it is by no means in the red. Daley Morris, who was officially sworn in as president during NJ’s annual general meeting on Saturday, during an interview with The Gleaner, published on Wednesday, November 18, in reference to the financial standing of the organisation, was quoted saying: “My biggest challenge is funding. We are in the red, and it’s not easy to take over something in the red, and that is why we have got to get a handle on things so we can come out of the red.” But according to Bernard, while Netball Jamaica is not awash with cash, it is not in debt. In an email obtained by The Gleaner, which was sent out to members of Netball Jamaica’s hierarchy, Bernard stated, “In response to the article in (today’s) Gleaner ascribed to President Paula, I wish to apprise you of the fact that the organisation was not left in the red. I agree that our biggest challenge is funding, but we are not in the red.” The Gleaner understands that prior to last weekend’s AGM, there was a board meeting to approve the audited financial statements as at June this year. Daley Morris was in attendance at that meeting along with the Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committee, Millicent Hughes. An interim report on the income and expenses for July to October was presented to the AGM on the weekend and a balance sheet and cash balance were presented to the new president and her team. In the email, Bernard outlined that as of October 31, 2015, after all expenses associated with Netball World Cup in August had been paid, Netball Jamaica had J$6.2 million in several bank accounts. In addition to the money in the accounts, there was also in excess of $6 million coming in from sponsors, and other contracts were being negotiated. Netball Jamaica also has more than $3 million in investments. Bernard revealed that there are ongoing negotiations with Best Dressed, which is expected to return as sponsors as well as a deal for petrol for the team buses. There are also sponsorship deals from Berger Paints, Sunshine Cereals, Jamaica National Building Society, and Supreme Ventures that will be triggered early next year once the respective domestic leagues begin. There is also a deal in place with Tastee to provide meals for members of the Under-21 team up until December 31, 2015. The Under-21 team is the only one without a sponsor at this time. The past president also outlined the organisation’s debts. “Yes, we owe and the major creditor is the Independence Park Limited. The current portion of that debt is $3million. We must pay down that and I will be vigorously working to get the GOJ to write off the amount of $9 million capped at 2013,” she stated. The immediate past president warned that ill-advised public statements could only harm the association as it seeks to move forward under new leadership.
LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident UP NEXTThe series shifts back to Houston for Game 5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, shoots as Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) defends during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 rebounds while James Harden scored 24 points to power the Houston Rockets to a 100-87 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.Paul, playing the sidekick to Harden for most of his first season in Houston, took center stage, controlling the tempo and getting to his favorite spots as the Rockets led from start to finish.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Donovan Mitchell scored 25 before fouling out and Joe Ingles had 15 for the Jazz.Mitchell started finding lanes to the basket late and got the Jazz within 85-80 after he fueled a 10-2 run. But Paul, who matched his scoring high for this playoff run, hit a pull-up jumper and found Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the Rockets back up by double digits and they never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHouston, which has been known for their offensive firepower, put forth a disruptive defensive effort.Clint Capela, the anchor of the Houston defense, had 12 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, one of which featured a Dikembe Mutombo-like finger wag in the fourth quarter. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Rockets went up by 15 in the second quarter before the Jazz closed to 51-46 on back-to-back three-point plays by Mitchell. Utah trailed 58-48 at the half.Neither team was accurate from beyond the arc as the Jazz were 7-for-29 and Houston went 10-for-38.TIP-INSRockets: Harden’s 14 first-quarter points were the most for him in the opening period this postseason. … Flying to close out on an Ingles’ 3-pointer in the second quarter, P.J. Tucker raked the Jazz sharpshooter across the face and earned a Flagrant 1. … Capela and Mitchell got double technical fighting for rebound in the fourth quarter and Houston coach Mike D’Antoni got another for his reaction to the play.Jazz: Ricky Rubio missed his fourth straight game due to a left hamstring strain suffered in opening round but is close to returning. … Gobert, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, blocked two shots in the opening moments but the Rockets burst to another big lead, 11-3, just as they did Game 1 and 3. … Royce O’Neale left the game with 9:09 left in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury but returned at the end of the period.ADVERTISEMENT Durant’s scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’
Until now conversations around mental health have focused on depression but a University of Cambridge report published in the medical journal, Brain and Behaviour, suggested anxiety could be a much bigger problem. People with anxiety tend to be hyper-vigilant to negativity and worry excessively about the future, whereas those with depression tend to dwell on bad things about themselves.It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental well-being. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”.Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick in the UK and a well-being expert, says: “Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental well-being,” as are self-esteem and self-confidence, a feeling that you can do the things you want to do, and good relationships, “which bring joy to you and those around you.” Of course, good mental well-being does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual. It can help to think about “being well” as something you do, rather than something you are. The more you put in, the more you are likely to get out.“No-one can give well-being to you. It’s you who have to take action,” says Professor Stewart-Brown. Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness. “Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams. “All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the ‘autopilot’ mode we often engage in day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life.”Pick a regular time – the morning journey to work or a walk at lunchtime – during which you decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you. Trying new things, such as sitting in a different seat in meetings or going somewhere new for lunch, can also help you notice the world in a new way. You can practice mindfulness anywhere, but it can be especially helpful to take a mindful approach if you realise that, for several minutes, you have been “trapped” in reliving past problems or “pre-living” future worries, as well as practicing mindfulness in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, and the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wanderFive things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental well-being:* Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.* Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling, play a game, draw, sing… find any activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.* Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, figure out how to fix your bike or repair broken furniture or torn clothing?* Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you, a kind word, helping an elderly person cross the road, carrying bags for a pregnant woman or stopping to chat with a lonely person. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, school or hospital can improve your mental well-being and help you build new social networks.* Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.One theory for the rise in anxiety is that whilst we are digitally connected, we are less connected to each other than people used to be a couple of decades ago. Daily life is also less communal and collaborative as more and more people are becoming individualistic, particularly when compared with life in the past. And yet, we all want to be accepted and liked. Being excluded from a group to which we want to belong is a real terror for many people today. Whether the result of fear of missing out or fear of being left out, anxiety can be seriously life-limiting and that’s no fun at all.
For the first time in its 167-year history, Liberia is to receive from one nation 3000 troops, sent by United States President Barrack Obama, to fight and defeat the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging our country.The American leader’s move is in response to an SOS call made to him this week by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which she told him that her country was being “overwhelmed” by the virus and that despite all the efforts of government, the people themselves and our international partners, the virus was spreading like wildfire, killing people daily.President Obama’s response was swift and decisive. He immediately deployed 3000 troops to Liberia, to help save the country and its neighbors, primarily Guinea and Sierra Leone, from this menacing disease that continues to take its toll on human life and the economies and even stability of the affected nations.Just as Observer Guest Editorial writer, Political Science Professor Emeritus Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, said last Wednesday, calling the Ebola pandemic “a threat to international peace and security,” President Obama yesterday told the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention that the Ebola epidemic “is not just a threat to regional security but it’s a potential threat to global security.”He outlined a four-point strategy to combat the disease: 1) to control the outbreak; 2) to address the ripple effects of local economies and communities to prevent a truly massive humanitarian disaster; 3) to coordinate a broader global response; and 4) urgently to build up a public health system in these countries for the future, not just in West Africa, but in countries that don’t have a lot of resources generally.U.S. Africa Command will establish a regional intermediate staging base (ISB) to facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel.Command engineers will build additional Ebola Treatment Units in affected areas, and the U.S. Government will help recruit and organize medical personnel to staff them.Additionally, the Command will establish a site to train up to 500 health care providers per week, enabling healthcare workers to safely provide direct medical care to patients.The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is preparing to deploy 65 Commissioned Corps officers to Liberia to manage and staff a previously announced Department of Defense (DoD) hospital to care for healthcare workers who become ill.On the military front, the U.S. will Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination and international relief efforts. President Obama said U.S. major general Darryl Williams, commander of the U.S. Army forces in Africa, will lead the effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. force.This is indeed an elaborate plan of action which, though based primarily in Liberia, promises to have a tremendous impact on the other two affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone.We highly commend President Obama, the American government and people, for this decisive move to help us drive this deadly virus from our shores. This is the largest military contingent that the USA has ever deployed in an African country south of the Sahara. It is a clear demonstration of the gravity of the crisis.While thanking the Americans for this, we would like them, the Liberian government and the United Nations to consider seriously a comment by Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, who first called the pandemic “a threat to international peace and security.”In a letter to the Daily Observer Editor, published in today’s edition, he has again called for the involvement of the United Nations Security Council, which coincidentally convenes in New York today under American leadership. A Security Council resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security, he said, “would enable the world body to coordinate action of the many international players now on the ground in Liberia.”He added, “This is the same logic that has enabled UNMIL to act as ONE with peacekeepers from many countries around the world.” Without this, he cautioned, “the US cannot coordinate, outside a Security Council mandate, the activities of other sovereign states involved in our fight.”We further suggest that the Liberian government sets up a full agreement with the guests, with distinct protocols, a linkage to the Liberian Army. This should be facilitated through an overseeing committee of the Liberian Cabinet that makes regular reports to the President of Liberia.The guests must not be given an open access to everything. They must consult at every stage, to ensure full and effective coordination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Barrolle’s President Madam Julia Duncan- Cassell has tendered her resignation.In a letter to the Board of Directors of the Mighty Barrolle Sports Association, the former President said her decision was based on her current unprecedented and increasing role required to coordinate programs and activities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, where she serves as Minister.According to the Assistant Secretary General of Barrolle, Webster Cassell, the former President said she enjoyed the hospitality and cooperation of all members and fans, noting that she will forever remain grateful as she moves forward towards her future career.Recounting her achievements, the former president named the securing of office space, exposure of players to international encounters, as well as reawakening the spirit of supporters in the United States among others. The former president applauded the invaluable services, advice and encouragement proffered by the Board of Directors including supporters and sympathizers; and hoped that such would continue to move the club forward.The former President also thanked the fans for all the support during her tenure and she made specific reference to; Cllr. Theophilus Gould, Cllr. N. Oswald Tweh, Madam Medina Wesseh, Mr. Emmanuel Shaw, Associate Justice KabinehJa’neh, Associate Justice Sie-A- Nyene Youh, and Associate Justice Jamesetta Howard-Wolokollie as permanent and dependable fans who stood by her in supporting the club during her tenure.She added that their support will forever be remembered.The secretary general of Barrolle, Alvin Brown confirmed Madam Cassell’s resignation and said the Board of Directors will meet this week to deliberate on it.Meanwhile reports also said Barrolle’s Vice President for Administration, Atty. Joyce Reeves Woods, has also decided to resign and she is expected to formally deliver it today.Mighty Barrolle is one of Liberia’s oldest teams, founded in the 1960s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of this week’s impending spring tides, which should see its highest level on Tuesday afternoon, Chairman of the Wakenaam Island Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Sheik Ahmad, told Guyana Times that the council has been preparing for possible inundation. In a telephone interview on Saturday, the chairman outlined that the island’s preparedness is ever ongoing owing to several sections being prone to flooding.Ahmad explained that farmers would normally be alerted by the island’s authorities, and would also receive updates in the local press. He added that, over the last few weeks, the NDC has been working with farmers to maintain drainage and irrigation channels in order to ensure than farmers garner enough water for their rice lands.“We had to do some work to get water from one section to the other section, because (at) the shore of Wakenaam facing Essequibo, the water is normally sweeter than the shore of Wakenaam facing Legaun, (where) water normally gets salt there. So we (opened) by-passes for farmers,” the NDC Chairman pointed out.With the rice crop being some 40-50 days away from maturity, workers have been labouring overtime to ensure their produce is saved. Ahmad noted that over 300 acres were under threat with the recent lack of consistent rainfall. He, however, stated that he, along with other councillors and farmers, was able to reduce this threat via rehabilitation initiatives on the island. Those, he explained, were several koker doors that have been rectified. To this end, it was explained, the NDC is working with the National Drainage & Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to rehabilitate and replace broken koker doors.“We have some koker attendants and we normally have reports coming in,” he said.It was further explained that when the tide starts to rise, a few of the doors would be opened to take in much needed water for rice cultivation, because there is a faster flow into the trenches. He cautioned that this will be on the Essequibo shore only. According to information provided by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, persons from San Souci to Sarah on Wakenaam Island are being urged to take precautionary measures. It was outlined that at 16:55h on Tuesday, the highest tides are expected at a height of 3:30 metres, and on Monday and Wednesday, January 21 and 23, at 16:06 and 17:44h respectively, high tide of 3:26 metres would occur.“Precaution should also be taken by all mariners, including those operating fishing vessels and larger ones. Use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreational purposes during this period is not advised,” the ministry stressed.During 2018, there were two major incidences of flooding on the Essequibo Island. In June, a breach to a section of the sea defence structure led to inundation in the communities of Melville and Sans Souci. Residents had encountered salt water levels as high as three feet, which had invaded low-lying homes and damaged appliances, carpets and other household items. The NDC Chairman had told this newspaper that over 12 homes sustained damage from the flood waters, and had also noted that the Sans Souci Masjid was inundated, causing some damage.On Boxing Day 2018, several homes in Wakenaam were again flooded after the door of the koker at Maria’s Pleasure gave way, causing the water level to rise approximately 12 inches. Former Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran had explained that some 36 homes had been affected.
Following confirmed reports that one of the persons, who were pardoned by President David Granger last year was recently charged for a spate of robberies on the Corentyne, concerns have been raised about the initiative adopted by President Granger.However, the Head of State recently admitted that while government cannot totally prevent a pardoned individual from relapsing, he maintained that he was not reckless in releasing those 40 prisoners.“It wasn’t reckless, I’m not a reckless person… I am advised that it’s not a reckless plan, there are criteria concerning their age and the possibilities of that person rejoining society and there is a scheme they can do some form of rehabilitative training or education but in the final analysis, it is impossible for the State to guarantee there will be no relapse into that criminal behaviour,” Granger asserted in response to a questioned posed by Guyana Times on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest.The president further pointed out that the initiative cannot be judge based on one individual, highlighting the success of the other 39. He went on to say that the criteria used to select the pardon beneficiaries are strict hence only 11 of the 20 females were released in December and only 40 of 60 in May last year. This, he explained, supports the fact that tight rules are applied when selecting the pardon beneficiaries.Nevertheless, the Head of State said his focus will continue to be on mothers and young persons who are not involved in violent crimes and cocaine trafficking.“So anybody involved in manslaughter or murder is not going to receive a pardon from President Granger… One of the things I said is that people should be in school, in colleges and not in jail,” Granger stated.The President is expected to pardon another set of criminals on Independence Day. When the initiative was announced last year, it had caused great uneasiness among Guyanese, especially business owners, since the country’s crime rates were high at the time. Persons were also calling for the identities of these convicts to be publicised but government explained that this would have hindered the reintegration process of these people into society.However, Kelvin Bates, 19, one of the pardon beneficiaries, appeared in Court three weeks ago facing several charges of robbery under arms, larceny from persons and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition that occurred earlier this month.According to court documents, he was reportedly on bail for another armed robbery when he committed these offences.In light of this revelation, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan recently told this newspaper he will consider releasing the names of this new set of prisoners.“Of course if asked, we will released the names of all those who will be pardoned. It is an obligation in the name transparency that the Minister released all the names of those who are on parole and pardoned,” he pointed out.Ramjattan had conceded that government erred in selecting Bates as a candidate to be pardoned but noted that they were given the opinion that he was of very good character whilst in the prison hence he was released. He added too that the teenager only had four more months of his sentence to serve and this was taken into consideration was well.“It is not exclusively the President that makes these releases. He has to get some advice from the Director of Prisons, the Prison Officers who would have dealt with him directly and also after I would have sort the record out,” the minister explained.“I had a role to play because the fellow just had a short term more left and he was of good character in the prison. We have to release our young people, jail is not necessarily for young people but if we make a mistake even like that by virtue of the fact that he started stealing again, what do you do?” the minister questioned, while adding: “You simply now have to ensure that when he gets back in there (prison) that he will never again get pardoned.”Nevertheless, the Public Security Minister went on to say that his administration is looking at strengthening the rehabilitation programme that the pardoned criminals undergo as part of their reintegration to the society.Pardoned criminal and robberysuspect Kelvin BatesPresident David Granger
“You have to have confidence,” said Quillao, who led the Huskies with 17 points. “If you go up there thinking you’re not going to make it, then you’re not going to.” “He’s a tough guard,” Cabrera said of Quillao. “He’s aggressive and gritty and really does a good job quarterbacking their team. And he’s a quality kid, too.” When coach Josh Giles took over the Husky program, he “cleaned house” (his words) of the bad actors and the uninspired. Instead he put his stock in some of the current players who have taken the Huskies to new heights. “We had a lot of good players when I got here, but I wanted the right players,” Giles said. “Some of those guys who left became all-league players elsewhere. But I wanted tough, hard-nosed guys like Isaac (Waters), J.R. (Quillao) and A.J. (Chamberlain).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They never fully recovered in the school’s first title-game appearance. “We were nervous and tentative at the start,” Norco coach Jon Cabrera said. “We showed what we could do in the second half and battled back. We had an opportunity to tie the game with one possession and that’s all you can ask for.” Benji Arvizu’s 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 17.5 seconds left in the game pulled Norco to within 42-39. But senior 5-foot-6 point guard J.R. Quillao made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 16.9 seconds to clinch the game for the Huskies. Afterward, the Huskies exulted, doing flying chest bumps in front of their bench while the Cougars looked on glumly. Quillao was the picture of confidence, jogging to the free-throw line in the waning seconds as if he couldn’t wait to take the shots that sank Norco. That’s the way it went for Norco in the early going of its 45-39 loss in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A game at the Honda Center. Plagued by missed layups and turnovers, the jittery Cougars fell behind 7-0 en route to a 25-13 halftime deficit. ANAHEIM – Saturday’s section title game began ominously for Norco. Guard Justin Collins missed a layup under heavy pressure on the Cougars’ first possession. Then Corona Centennial took it the other way and A.J. Chamberlain threw down a slam dunk for the Huskies.
Casilla is a frontrunner to be Leeds goalkeeper 1 Real Madrid have agreed a deal with Espanyol for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.The Spain shot-stopper will return to the Bernabeu for £4m, handing a huge boost to Manchester United.The Red Devils had been resigned to losing David De Gea to the Spanish giants, but the arrival of Casilla will be seen as a like-for-like swap with Porto-bound Iker Casillas.De Gea’s contract expires next summer and he will be able to join Madrid for free at the end of next season.
Donegal U14 ‘C’ League Final PreviewAodh Ruadh v Bundoranat 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 In Fr Tierney Park, BallyshannonAodh Ruadh Squad List:Kelsie Warren, Lorna Mattews, Leona Cleary, Laoise O’Connor, Laoise Gallagher; Shelly Loughlin, Orlaith Gillespie; Áine Gillespie, Mary Flora Scott, Aoife Bromley, Louise Mahon, Dearbhaille O’Moore, Rebecca Gillespie, Danielle Mc Nulty, Meabh Rooney, Aoife McDevitt, Amiee McCafferty, Rebecca Duffy, Bronagh Kelly, Ellie Gallagher, Tara Duffy, Maura Travers, Roisin Meehan and Roisin Maguire. Aodh Ruadh Team Management:Donna Martin, Sarah Patton and Fionnuala GillBundoran Squad List:Alanah Ward, Tyler Beatie, Caoimhe Page, Chloe Johnston, Casey O Donnell, Aisling McSharry, Michaella O Reilly, Kerri McGloin, Megan McGee, Dervilla Carr, Clare Sherrin, Megan McEniff, Toni Anne McGowan, Rachel Currid, Rachel McGee, Rhona McEniff, Rebecca Duffy, Orla McGrath, Hannah McNulty, Yasmin Mckee, Leah Nolan Doyle, Niamh Sheridan, Aoise McHenry and Charlie Finn.Bundoran Team Management :Paul McGee, Hanah Doherty and James Keenan Path to the final – Aodh RuadhThe Aodh Ruadh girls kicked off their season away to Four Masters in a tough battle at Tír Chonaill Park. Both teams had periods of dominance in the match but the Donegal Town girls proved too strong overall and ran out winners on a score-line of 2-13 to 3-03. The second match in this group saw another tough assignment for the Erne-siders competing against St. Nauls in Fr. Tierney Park. The visitors started very strongly and outplayed the Ballyshannon girls for most of the first half. The second half saw a much improved performance from the Aodh Ruadh girls but unfortunately it was too little too late and the eventual group winners won on a score-line of 5-05 to 2-03. In the final group game Aodh Ruadh and Bundoran played out a truly gripping game in Ballyshannon which would see Aodh Ruadh win by the narrowest of margins.Finishing the group in third place saw the Aodh Ruadh girls entered to the C competition. Here they were joined by Glenfinn, Kilcar, and neighbours Bundoran again. An away win against Glenfinn set up confidence again for a tense match against Bundoran in the second game. Though the Aodh Ruadh girls had a few points to spare at the end, in reality it was much tighter in a game which included Bundoran hitting the woodwork on more than one occasion. In the final match Aodh Ruadh beat Kilcar in another close game with a final score-line of 3-12 to 2-09. This win saw the girls top their group and into the County Semi-Final.Malin awaited the girls in the Semi-Final. This game was played at the neutral venue at the Letterkenny Gaels pitch. Aodh Ruadh started brightly and had built up a good lead at half time. The Malin girls fought bravely in the second half but had too much to do and Aodh Ruadh ran out winners. It wasn’t long until the Ballyshannon girls found out that they would indeed be playing old rivals Bundoran in the County Final. Having already competed in two great matches against each-other in recent months this promises to be an exciting game of football. Path to the final – BundoranBUNDORAN 3-15KILCAR 1-01Bundoran first game was home to Kilcar. The seasider’s started the scoring within the first minute of this game and from there never give Kilcar a realistic chance of winning this game. It was an all round team performance with Bundoran’s county star Megan McGee dictating the play at midfield. Toni Anne McGowan’s move from the backline to the forward line was a massive contribution to Bundoran winning this game. Substitute U-12 Rhona McEniff had here debut first game playing at u14 and after a star performance, Rhona became a first team player for the whole season. After beating Kilcar, Bundoran prepared for their next game against their close neighbours and rivals BallyshannonBALLYSHANNON 5-12BUNDORAN 1-12Bundoran went into Ballyshannon with high hopes of a win as they had only lost by a single point when they teams met in the earlier round. This was not to be the case however when the final whistle blew. Bundoran started the brighter and led by an early goal thanks to a penalty scored by Rachel McGee. This was as good as it was going to get for the team. Bundoran playing without the injuried Megan McGee allowed Ballyshannon’s Orla Gillespie to be Ballyshannon’s play maker causing massive problems in Bundoran’s defence. To add to this, Bundoran star Halfback Aisling McSharry picked up a ankle injury, Toni Anne McGowan struggled with a back injury and Fullback Caoibhe page struggled with a foot injury picked up in the Kilcar game. Midway, the Bundoran sideline gambled by putting on McGee but nearly paid the price when she was fouled and she landed on the already injuried arm. All in all Ballyshannon played the better football on the night and deserved their win.GLENFIN 2-05BUNDORAN 2-05Bundoran travelled to Glenfin knowing a win would almost guarantee a place in the semi finals. Glenfin had different ideas. When the teams lined out Bundoran by size looked the stronger team but this game went to show that size means nothing. Bundoran were missing star Goal keeper Alana ward, Caoimhe Page and Aisling McSharry for this game, three of Bundorans most influential and stronger players. In goals U-12 Aoise McHenry wore the No 1 jersey . Aoise had a n excellent perforance and pulled over two or three crucial saves. Her kickouts were also fantastic. Toni Anne now was back in her familiar full back role and had a busy night defending a small but fast Glenfin forward line. By the second have thanks to excellent play for players like Clare Sherran, Michaella O Reilly & Casey O Donnell it looke like Bundoran were cruising to another easy enough win. On the 4 minute left mark, things were to change. Glenfin scored 2 goals and 2 points to draw the match. Bundoran had fallen asleep. It came down to who was going to win the last kick out and maybe snatch the win. Aoise knew she had to find a Bundoran player. The ball was kicked and thanks to a massive leap Casey O D. reached for the Ball and held on to the Ball until the ref blew the final whisle and Bundoran hung on for a draw.Bundoran at this stage had just done enough to make it to the semifinal against Letterkenny GaelsBUNDORAN 8 – 11 LETTERKENNY GAELS 1 – 02 (semi final) The Bundoran U-14 girls team eased passed Letterkenny Gaels to set up a mouth watering Co, Final against Neighbours Aodh Rua. Right from the start Bundoran showed their intent with waves of attacks against the Letterkenny posts. Corner forward Toni Anne McGowan started the scoring in the second min with a fine taken point. Soon this was followed up with another from Mid fielder Megan McGee. The onslaught was never ending for Letterkenny and the only thing keeping them in the game at this early stage was Bundoran’s poor accuracy at shooting. Ten minutes in , it was easy for the spectator to see who was going to win this game. Bundoran were now officially camped in the Letterkenny’s half. Letterkenny still had not made an attack. It was from this moment Bundoran kicked into second gear. Rachel Currid received a great ball form Megan McEniff who’s accuracy in passing the ball shined tonight. Rachel Currid slipped pass her maker and shout the ball .It rebounded of the wood work for Rachel McGee to tap passed the l/kenny keeper for Bundoran‘s first goal. The Bundoran forwards poor accuracy issues ended after the goal, Scores started to come from Dervla Carr, Clare Sherrin, and soon all six forwards were on the score sheet. The Letterkenny girls just could not deal with the Bundoran’s hunger. Megan McEniff’s individual run taking on numerous backs was stopped only for a penality to be given as she was fouled in the square. Rachel Currid stepped up and made no mistake with a stike to the right that thundered pass the keeper, this was to the relief of her Mum who couldn’t watch from the sideline. The half ended with Letterkenny picking up two points from frees. The score at half time was Bundoran 5 06 to Lkenny 0-02 The second half was to get no better for Letterkenny. The game was now out of their reach. Bundoran scores just kept coming with the Bundoran backs looking on as spectators. The sideline introduced fresh legs and with a commandeing lead even allowed Captain on the night “Alanah Ward” to move up forward and Megan McEniff putting on the no1 jersey. The sun beamed down on Dunkineelly and both teams still played their hearts out. The only score Letterkenny got in the second half was a goal from a free kick that came in high above McEniffs reach. Rachel McGee ended the game that was long over with Bundoran’s eight goal.LADIES GAA: DONEGAL U14 ‘C’ FINAL PREVIEW – AODH RUADH V BUNDORAN was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LADIES GAA: DONEGAL U14 ‘C’ FINAL PREVIEW – AODH RUADH V BUNDORAN