first_imgNaomh Muire GAA NewsNaomh Muire will host a Cúl Camp in the Banks from 13th – 17th July. The camp is for primary school children aged 6 to 13 years and will run from 10:00am to 2:30pm each day. Full details on how to register will be available on our club website, Facebook and Twitter later this week.Tickets for the Donegal match will be available for collection in the clubhouse on Wednesday evening between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. There will be a bus running for the Donegal v Derry match on Saturday June 27th in Clones. The minor match is at 5pm with the senior game at 7pm. The bus will leave the car park in Annagry at 1pm. Prices are as follows: Adults €20, Students (12-18) €15 and Uners 12’s €10. To book seats, please contact the club secretary Dara on 087 9610934.Lotto na Seachtaine seo: is iad seo na huimhreacha a tháinig amach -13, 16, 21 agus 23. Bhí €980 sa phota óir ach níor bhain duine ar bith é. Bhí beirt a raibh trí uimhir acu; Michael Gillespie, An Bhráid agus Eileen McGarvey, Rann na Feirste. Beidh €1040 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn.Naomh Muire 100+Club draw will take place on Wed 24th June. Don’t forget if your not in for the June draw we are still recruiting and if you want to have a chance of sharing in the €1400 prize money we pay out each month. For €20 a month you could be in with a chance. Contact the coordinator of the draw Dónal O’Searcaigh on 086 3189331 and he will sign you up and allocate a collector to collect your monthly subs. Alternatively, we can set up a standing order with the bank for you.Well done to the ladies who defeated Dungloe in the Banks on Sunday on a scoreline of 4-05 to 2-05 in their division 3 league match.Our U14 Girls are through to the county semi-final after beating Four Masters in the quarter final in Donegal Town on Tuesday 16th June. The semi-final will take place at the Bridge, Dunfanaghy on Tues 23rd June at 5.30pm against Fanad Gaels.Our Minor Girls make the short journey to Machaire Gathlán to play Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal minor championship on Thursday 26th June at 7pm.Comhghairdeas le foireann faoi 21 Dhún na nGall. Congratulations to the Donegal U-21 ladies team on their victory in the All Ireland B (Aishling McGing cup) and to the Donegal Senior Ladies on their first round victory against Down in the Ulster Senior Championship. Next up on the Inter county scene will be the All Ireland U-14 Final, Donegal v Tipperary in Pearse park Longford in which our own Saoirse Bonner will be playing for Donegal.The senior and reserve teams traveled to Mountcharles on Sunday for the latest round of the league. It was a day of mixed fortunes where the reserves had another impressive win and the seniors lost out narrowly to St Nauls. The reserve result was Naomh Náille 0-10 Naomh Muire 2-08 while the seniors lost out by a point on a scoreline of Naomh Náille 0-10 Naomh Muire 0-09.There will be a coaching session for goalkeepers this Wednesday night (24th) in the Banks at 7pm. This is for all goalkeepers from U-14s to adult. It will be run by Declan Martin who took part in the Ulster Council Goalkeeper workshops. It aims to help young keepers in these age groups. Can all underage coaches ensure that goalkeepers are aware of this session.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE NARROWLY LOSE OUT TO ST NAUL’S IN DIVISION TWO CLASH was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSportlast_img read more

‘We Believe’ driving force Baron Davis on Warriors: Too early to write them off

first_imgHow about that? Baron Davis still believes.The point guard who inexplicably led the “We Believe” Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks in 2007 is advising observers of the current Warriors to take a chill pill.TMZ Sports recently caught up with Davis at Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood (try the Lamb Ribs Barbacoa) when the Warriors were an unsightly 0-2.“I wouldn’t count them out,” Davis told TMZ. “It’s too early. Always judge a team after the first 20 games. After 20 games, you’ll know …last_img

Developing SA’s rugby coaches

first_img12 July 2013The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday launched its Footprint Programme in Mthatha with the help of Springboks Siya Kolisi, Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Duane Vermeulen and Pierre Spies, Springboks assistant coaches and members of the Springbok Women’s team.Launched at a Saru Coaching Symposium in rural Transkei, a two-day event jointly arranged by Saru and the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the programme aims to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to all corners of South Africa.On Wednesday, 50 coaches from the Transkei Rugby Union, a sub-union of the Border Rugby Union, attended the symposium, which included a workshop presentation and a practical demonstration coaching session by the three Springbok assistant coaches and Springbok players Kolisi, Strauss, Spies, Vermeulen and Nyakane. They were joined by Mandisa Williams, the Springbok Sevens Women’s captain.PresentationRassie Erasmus, the Saru General Manager for High Performance, delivered a presentation on Wednesday to eager coaches at the Walter Sisulu University, while Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland, using the Springboks, demonstrated to the coaches how to master the basic technical techniques in areas such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.Erasmus, a former Springbok captain and provincial rugby coach, said the Footprint programme is designed to assist coaches in even the most remote parts of the vast South African platteland.“This programme aims to assist the coaches to teach and apply the proper coaching techniques in the technical aspects of the game.“Players in the rural areas have the natural skill, flair and the ability but they lack the technical skills which are needed in areas such as scrums, lineouts and the breakdown,” Erasmus said.Web-based programme“It is a web-based programme that is really user-friendly and easy to understand. Coaches will be able to access a website from where they will be able to download the necessary materials, which are designed in an easy to understand formula.”Recognising that not everyone has access to a computer, Erasmus added: “We fully realise that access to computers and connectivity are real barriers in such areas, and where a coach is unable to access the website, we will supply them with DVDs and further instructions by text messages. In this regard, we will work closely with the Eastern Cape Department of Sport to establish a support network for all the coaches.“The idea is to build a database of players in the areas, track and monitor their progress and then to give us feedback at a later stage so we can design maybe some methods of intervention.“The coaches are so enthusiastic and willing to learn and I am glad we could come and assist the development of rugby in an area where there is such passion and love for the game,” said Erasmus.Eventually, he added, Saru aims to spread the pilot programme to all corners of South Africa.DelightedKolisi said he was delighted to assist in the project. “I know there is a lot of raw talent in places such as Mthatha and other rural areas of the Eastern Cape,” he said.“It is very important for players to learn the proper, basic techniques from a young age and who better to teach them that than the coaches. I am therefore delighted that Saru has initiated this project, which is aimed at upskilling the coaches.”Deidre Sedras, General Manager for the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, said the Department wants to increase the base, quality and support of local coaches through this programme.“We are extremely proud to be a partner in this programme and we hope this will be the start of a very successful partnership with Saru in this regard,” she said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Olympics: Mary Kom and Narang upbeat for London Games

first_imgOne year is all that stands between athletes around the world and their bid to attain the top prize at the pinnacle of sport – the London Olympics.With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge set to get the official ‘One Year to Go’ countdown underway in London on Wednesday, the focus of athletes will shift to honing their skills and getting ready for the mega event, which begins on July 27 at the new Olympic Stadium.Boxing and shooting offer India its brightest chances of bettering its tally of one gold and two bronze at the previous Games in Beijing. On Tuesday, the two sports came together in the form of five-time world champion MC Mary Kom and rifle ace Gagan Narang.The duo was here at the launch of a new website for Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), a non-profit organisation founded by legendary sportsmen Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi and that supports the training and other needs of the athletes. The website was launched by film star Deepika Padukone, Prakash’s daughter and a director of the OGQ. Speaking to Mail Today, Mary Kom outlined her plans in the build- up to the Games, at which women’s boxing makes its debut.”I hope I can bring the kind of performance I have had at the World Championships to the Olympics next year. I am preparing hard to get a qualifying spot at the World Championships next year and, hopefully, a medal at the Olympics too,” said Mary, who will be competing in the 51kg category.advertisement”I am working on some stronger punching and also my speed, in order to adjust to the category. The technique doesn’t need much change, but it does make a bit of difference, which is what I need to fine- tune at the camp in Patiala,” she said.Narang admitted to being jittery before the Games. It is very exciting that there is just one year to go and our final preparations will now be on the way. Earlier, we used to wait for the final qualifying tournaments but this time eight shooters have already qualified for the Olympics,” he said.Deepika, meanwhile, said she keenly follows sports and that was pleased to be supporting athletes. “Even if I don’t get time to watch sports, I definitely keep myself updated, either through my dad or through Twitter. It made sense to me to come on board with OGQ and actively take part and support our athletes,” she said.Viren Rasquinha, chief executive of OGQ and former India hockey captain, announced special plans to help athletes. The chief among these is the help of a video analyst for badminton ace Saina Nehwal, which will be provided by Sports Mechanics, a sports technology organisation headed by the Indian cricket team’s former video analyst S Ramakrishna.Mental strengthening coach Abha Banerjee has also been brought into the fold. She has worked with rifle shooter Sanjeev Rajput and it helped him win a World Cup gold medal and an Olympic quota spot this year.In addition, for the nine shooters part of OGQ, a Kazakh masseur recommended by national rifle coach Stanislav Lapidus, is being brought in.Support For AshwiniAsked about OGQ’s support to dope- tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji, Rasquinha said: “In our official capacity, we have stopped funding to her, pending the result of the inquiry. Performance-wise, she had the potential and her doping history was clean. In a personal capacity, we are giving her support to ensure that she gets through this difficult phase.”Even if she has made a mistake, we will support her emotionally, and we will make sure that every supplement, every medicine that our athletes take is approved by an expert doctor first.”last_img read more