first_imgThe President of the New Zealand Rugby Union will visit Donegal this weekend to view the remarkable new €1,500,000 pitch and clubhouse development a small rugby club has undertaken in partnership with a local GAA team.Legendary former All Black Bryan Williams will unveil a plaque in Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday 3rd November at 1.30pm officially opening the section of the shared rugby/GAA facility that will be home to Letterkenny RFC.Earlier in the day, the former Rugby World Cup coach will take a session involving young players and under-age coaches at Letterkenny RFC. New Zealand-based writer Matt Elliott will also conduct the Irish and UK launch of his new Harper Collins biography Dave Gallaher: the Original All Black Captain at the event.Mr Williams and Mr Elliott will be joined in Letterkenny by the President of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Billy Glynn, and current coach of the Ulster team, New Zealander Mark Anscombe.Born in the village of Ramelton, five miles from Letterkenny, Dave Gallaher emigrated to New Zealand with his family as a boy. He became the first man to captain a team referred to as All Blacks in 1905 and is credited with helping make rugby the national sport of New Zealand.Dave Gallaher was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011 and, in the same year, was commemorated by a statue outside Eden Park, Auckland ahead of Rugby World Cup 2011. He is commemorated by the Gallaher Shield, the premier annual club competition in Auckland, and the Dave Gallaher Trophy, which was first contested by the All Blacks and France in 2000. Seven years ago, a party of All Blacks led by captain Tana Umaga, visited the undeveloped sports ground and named the rugby club’s pitches after Co. Donegal-born Dave Gallaher. That event, including a pilgrimage to Gallaher’s birthplace in the nearby village of Ramelton, made headlines all over the world, and since then the club have been striving to develop a ground that is worthy of their famous patron.Bryan Williams is currently director of rugby at the Ponsonby RFC, the New Zealand club Dave Gallaher played for more than a century ago and he coached the Samoan team in Rugby World Cup 1999.Mr Elliott said the historic legacy of the Irish sportsman – which was already truly extraordinary – now included an outstanding contribution to revitalising the sport he loved in his birthplace.“The fact that Dave Gallaher is helping to deliver interest in rugby in Letterkenny more than 130 years after he and his family left this area is quite astonishing and reflects the rich legacy – sporting and otherwise – of an extraordinary life,” he added.Chairman of Letterkenny RFC, Michael McGinty told those present that it was appropriate the All Blacks had sent their most senior representative to Ireland for the event. “When we initially asked the NZRU for help in sharing the story of Dave Gallaher with people in Ireland, we explained that we hoped an All Blacks link might also deliver a much-needed boost for a club struggling to promote rugby. Their positive response and the subsequent All Blacks visit delivered on this beyond our wildest expectations.“Since the All Blacks left us seven years ago, we have been working tirelessly to make the most of the legacy they gave us. A new under-age structure exists within our club now and many of these young players were inspired to take up the game by our New Zealand connection.“Thanks in no small part to the partnership with our friends in Letterkenny Gaels, we have been able to put world-class facilities in place at Dave Gallaher Park – including clubroom, changing facilities and two top-class pitches. This will help ensure that any Donegal kid who dreams about being the next Dave Gallaher has the best possible chance to realise their dream,” he added.Part of a pioneering Rugby-GAA joint initiative The development of this sporting facility, at a cost of almost €1,500,000, represents a pioneering partnership between Letterkenny RFC and recently-formed local GAA team, Letterkenny Gaels. The collaboration, which the club believes helped the project attract significant funding from the National Lottery, entails the rugby and GAA teams taking on a role as anchor tenants whilst retaining their own separate identity, playing and training pitches within the campus at the Glebe.Denis Faulkner is a director of Glebe Holdings, the company that contains nominees of both clubs and has overseen the facility’s development. He said the partnership arose after both clubs found they were bidding against each other for land on which to construct playing facilities.“We became aware of this because people involved with the Gaels had also been members of Letterkenny RFC. It made sense to pool resources. The clubhouse has been organised to offer each tenant their own space and respect their distinct sporting identity.“A further development is planned, subject to finance, which will include floodlighting and all weather playing surface. The facilities are also used by other local community sports groups including Letterkenny Athletics Club, Cricket Club, and Archery Club and for social family fun days.”ALL BLACKS LEGEND TO VIEW SHOWCASING OF €1,500,000 DONEGAL RUGBY CLUB DEVELOPMENT was last modified: October 31st, 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:All BlacksBryan WilliamsLetterkenny RFClast_img read more


Hasselbaink plays down play-off prospects

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has played down the prospect of QPR competing for a play-off place following their win against Bristol City.Tuesday’s 1-0 victory left Rangers ninth in the Championship table, just one point away from the top six.Hasselbaink’s side, who travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, are unbeaten in five matches.Asked if the play-offs is a realistic aim, manager Hasselbaink said: “We want to be there. But at this moment in time the most important thing is to accumulate as many points as we can.“Saturday is another big game. Can we bring that same kind of determination to that game?“We need to try to get as many points as possible and then see at the beginning of next year where we are.”Rangers will assess Jordan Cousins and Joel Lynch ahead of Saturday’s game after both players limped off against City.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victoryBristol City boss bemoans ‘disgraceful’ decisionHasselbaink hails QPR’s persistence after deserved winQPR v Bristol City player ratingsQPR hopeful on Cousins injuryQPR fans on Twitter praise midfield duoLuongo ‘has got the lot’ – Hasselbaink  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Trump returns to AFBF Annual Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will address farm and ranch families from across the nation at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention. This address will mark the second time in as many years that the president has appeared at Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention. This year’s gathering takes place Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans, Louisiana.“The American Farm Bureau Federation is honored once again to host our nation’s president,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall, a beef and poultry farmer from Georgia. “President Trump has made agriculture a clear priority, giving farmers and ranchers a seat at the table on the top issues affecting our farms, ranches and rural communities. What better way to celebrate 100 years of Farm Bureau than to welcome the president of the United States to our centennial celebration?”Other national officials attending the AFBF Annual Convention include Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and several members of Congress: Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.).President Trump will speak during the Convention’s Closing General Session, 11:15-12:45 CST (subject to change).last_img read more

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Griffin gets double-double as Pistons beat Grizzlies

first_imgPistons: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night in the third game of a six-game homestand. View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Griffin’s first points came when he powered to the basket and made a shot off the glass. He lobbed a nice alley-oop to All-Star Andre Drummond in the second quarter, although that duo didn’t look totally in rhythm together. Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds but sat out some of the crucial possessions late.DISPARITYGrizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn’t thrilled about the difference in free throws. Memphis went 14 of 14, but Detroit was 27 of 37.“The free throws are the bottom line — 37-14. No one can overcome that,” Bickerstaff said. “Our guys compete too hard to be put in this situation every night. We’ve asked the league for help. Maybe someone can sit down with us and tell us what we’re doing wrong.”SMALLER STAFFVan Gundy said before the game that only two of his seven assistant coaches would be on the bench with him. Tim Hardaway had a funeral to attend, and four others were sick.“If anybody wants to sit on the bench with me tonight, we have plenty of room,” Van Gundy said. “That flu is no joke.”ANOTHER DEBUTDetroit received two other players in the trade with the Clippers. Brice Johnson did not play Thursday, but Willie Reed did, picking up three fouls in just 5:22.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Evans was not with the team and missed a second straight game amid trade speculation about his future. Conley has a left heel injury. … Gasol had 19 points and 14 rebounds. … Memphis dropped to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-backs.Pistons: Griffin was the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Anthony Tolliver’s 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining gave Detroit a 101-100 lead, and the score stayed that way until the final seconds. Marc Gasol attempted to drive on Griffin but missed his shot, and a wild scramble led to a jump ball between Tolliver and Dillon Brooks with 10.4 seconds left.The Pistons controlled that tip, with Reggie Bullock running the ball down in the corner. Tolliver gave Detroit a three-point lead with a pair of free throws, and then purposely fouled Wayne Selden with 2.6 seconds remaining. Selden made the first free throw and the second went in even though he was trying to miss and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound.Bullock made it 104-102 when he made the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The Grizzlies were out of timeouts, and after Gasol caught the ensuing inbound pass near midcourt, his long attempt at the buzzer wasn’t close.“We can’t say that our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win, the goal has to be to win,” Gasol said. “We have to go out and grab these games when we have the chance.”Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. The arena still didn’t appear full — the Pistons have struggled with attendance for several years — but the atmosphere was lively, especially during the tight finish.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden while going to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — Blake Griffin was Detroit’s best player in his debut with the Pistons.Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and although his new team is still very much a work in progress, the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Detroit traded for Griffin earlier in the week. The Pistons haven’t had much time to work with him, but they were clearly a better team when he played against the Grizzlies.“We were plus-23 with him on the floor in 35 minutes, so we were fairly dominant in that time,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I don’t know why we haven’t gotten to all this in the hour and 15 minutes we’ve had together, but we’ve really got to get our spacing down and understand where we want people to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutT-Shirts welcoming Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin cover the seats at Little Caesars Arena before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Griffin’s teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.“I wanted to just come out and play hard, being very limited in my knowledge of our offense,” Griffin said. “I thought coach Van Gundy did a great job of just putting in five things that we could go to, and we ran them to death, but they worked and everybody just played hard.”last_img read more

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Petron, F2 clash for all the marbles

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Game 2 was a challenge that we took,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “We had a heart-to-heart talk after losing Game 1 and I’m very glad that it all paid off.”Petron evened up the series on Thursday following a 23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19 victory in Game 2, carved out after a heart-rending first set defeat and after trailing, 18-22, in the second.Returning import Kath Bell powered Petron with 27 points in Game 2, while Stephanie Niemer and Mika Reyes added 23 and 13 points, respectively.But the key was F2 Logistics’ volume of errors, giving away 24 points off them compared to 16 by Petron.The Cargo Movers will be shooting for their fourth crown and are expected to push harder in the no-tomorrow match.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Petron proved that it can rise up to the occasion, and F2 Logistics vowed to stand up to the pressure as they clash one last time for the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Game 3 starts at 7 p.m. to be followed by team and individual awarding ceremonies.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIEScenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated F2 Logistics coach Ramil De Jesus said they will try not to be affected by the high-stakes game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Whichever team takes the throne will be a tough call following close victories by both in the first two games of the series.The Blaze Spikers, looking for their sixth conference title, were thrown to the ropes after losing Game 1, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, which also snapped an astonishing 17-game winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe defeat suddenly put the franchise in danger—the first time the Blaze Spikers felt it the entire tournament.But they responded like only champions do. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resilient Beermen applauded MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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