After the final whistle, jubilation set in for the L.V. Rogers Bombers as the Kootenay Reps captured the 2016 BC High School Boy’s AA Tier II Rugby Championship with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Fraser Valley power Robert Bateman Timberwolves Saturday at Rotary Park in Abbotsford.”The boys just raced onto the field after the whistle,” Bomber head coach Michael Joyce told The Nelson Daily during a stop on the celebratory bus ride back home.Joyce & Company had good reason to breathe a sigh of relief at full time as Bateman had a chance to win the game.Holding on to the slim lead Matt Calderone of Robert Bateman scored a try with time running out.However, with the official ready to blow the whistle to end the game, the game-winning kick attempt fell short giving LVR the Provincial title.The title the school’s first senior varsity provincial title since its boys volleyball team won a blue banner back in 1994 under the guidance of coach Rand Wayling. LVR did capture a BC Junior Boy’s Basketball crown in 2000, also going undefeated throughout the season like the 2016 Champion Rugby Team, finishing the season a perfect 15-0 with tournament titles in Red Deer and a perfect record in Kamloops. “This team had lots of heart, will and determination to win,” said Joyce, who has coached the Rugby Program at LVR for the past 10 years. “We were small in numbers but they all stuck together throughout the season.”Martin Mendez score a try and Dylan Dixon converted a penalty kick to give LVR the early 8-0 lead in the heart-stopping final played under wet, soggy conditions.However, Robert Bateman scored a late try in the first half to cut the advantage to 8-7 at halftime.Chase Gilbertson scored in the second half to give the Bombers a 13-7 lead.This is the first year for the Tier system as BC High School Rugby looked to even the playing fields for school from the Interior of the province like L.V. Rogers.The Bombers were ranked first in the eight-team field while Bateman held down the second seed.LVR opened the tournament Wednesday by bouncing D.W. Poppey of Langley 41-14. The Bombers then disposed of Hugh Roberts of Richmond 15-10 in Thursday’s semi final to advance to Saturday’s championship contest.The Bombers also took home the Most Sportsmanllike Trophy en route to the Provincial title.Eli Swan, who accepted the trophy for the Bombers, was selected winner of LVR’s Commissioner award. Swan had a standout tournament for LVR.The Fairview-based school is now putting its support behind the LVR Bombers Girl’s Soccer Team.The Bombers travel to Campbell River to compete in the BC High School Girl’s Championship Tournament beginning Thursday.
The event was the first home meet of the season for the Glacier Club, which will host two other competitions in March 9 — Spring Jump Fest — and May 4-5 — Glacier Invitational.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Glacier squad with Team of the Week honours. The Glacier gymnasts were front and center recently as the club hosted its Judges Cup at the Civic Centre facility.Athletes from throughout the Kootenay region attended the meet.
An order by Interior Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer (MHO) closing all fitness centres, gyms, yoga studios or similar personal training facilities will be lifted on May 19. The order, issued April 2, is being rescinded in accordance with B.C.’s Restart Plan Phase 2. This will allow these facilities to re-open as long as they can meet requirements to protect staff and clients against the spread of COVID-19.Any facility wishing to resume operation must develop a plan based on measures laid out by the Provincial Health Office.Guidance for facility operators and for the public related to gyms and other fitness facilities is now available on the Interior Health website. Facility operators may also contact their local Environmental Health Office.Additional guidance for facility operators will come from WorkSafeBC.Members of the public with further questions may call the non-medical COVID-19 phone line at 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319).
A selection of images from yesterday’s county hurling finals in Kenny Park, Athenry… print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Sean Walsh got the thoughts of Match Analysist Conor HayesAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/CONOR%20HAYES%20POST%20TIPPERARY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sean then spoke to Galway captain David BurkeAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/DAVID%20BURKE%20POST%20TIPP%20SENIOR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-11 (6f, 1 ’65, 1 sideline), Conor Whelan 0-4, Conor Cooney 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1 (f).Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-5 (3f), John McGrath 1-0, John O’Dwyer 0-3, Noel McGrath 0-3, Brendan Maher 0-3 (2f), Padraic Maher 0-2, Seamus Kennedy 0-1.The TeamsGALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Jason Flynn for Niall Burke (45), Jonathan Glynn for Cathal Mannion (53), Shane Maloney for Conor Cooney (69).TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Donagh Maher, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath. Subs: Jason Forde for Michael Breen (34), Niall O’Meara for Jason Forde (61).Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Joe Canning’s point with two minutes of injury time played became the difference in a thrilling 0-22 to 1-18 win. Immediately after the full time whistle, Tommy Devane spoke to the Galway Manager Micheal DonoghueAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/MICHEAL%20DONOGHUE%20POST%20TIPPERARY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here is another chance to hear the Full Commentary again with Sean Walsh, Conor Hayes and Liam Hodgins.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20SENIOR%20HURLING%20SEMI-FINAL%202017.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. In what was one of the games of the year, Galway booked their place in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final with a one point win over Tipperary at Croke Park.
Referee: Conor Quinlan Kinvara18:30KinvaraVBallinderreen Round 7 Kilbeacanty12:00KilbeacantyVKilnadeema-Leitrim Intermediate Hurling League Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 3 Kenny Park12:00St ThomasVLiam Mellows Gullane’s Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 3 Round 7 SHL Semi Final 27-08-2017 (Sun) 26-08-2017 (Sat) Junior B Pre Lim 1/4 Final Referee: Ronan Stankard Referee: Paul Fahy Referee: Derek Kelly Sylane12:00SylaneVAhascragh/Fohenagh Round 7 Tommy Larkins Park18:30Tommy LarkinsVSarsfields Menlo Emmetts12:00Menlo EmmettsVMeelick-Eyrecourt Referee: Seamus Moran Loughrea13:30Pádraig PearsesVBeagh Junior A Pre Lim 1/4 Final print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ballyloughane19:00Liam MellowsVBallinderreen Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 3 Referee: Alan Kelly Referee: Liam Gordon Referee: Noel Quinn Gullane’s Hotel Junior C Hurling Championship – Group 2 Round 7 Junior B Pre Lim 1/4 Final Killimor12:00KiltormerVMullagh Junior B Grp 1 Playoff Referee: Richard Mc Nicholas Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship Kinvara12:00KinvaraVBallinasloe Referee: Leonard Fay Senior Hurling League Kenny Park18:30KillimordalyVCarnmore Carnmore12:00Oranmore-MareeVCastlegar Referee: Adrian Mooney Referee: Sean Moran Referee: David Cunningham Round 7 Kenny Park17:00Liam MellowsVArdrahan Loughrea12:00GortVTynagh/Abbey-Duniry Junior A Pre Lim 1/4Final Gullane’s Hotel Junior A Hurling Championship 30-08-2017 (Wed) Referee: Christopher Browne Kenny Park13:30CraughwellVSarsfields Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship Gullane’s Hotel Junior B Hurling Championship Referee: Kevin Egan
The 1998 and 2015 club champions will face Nemo Rangers of Cork on March 17 at Croke Park, a clash of heavyweights at this level.The Galway five-in-a-row winners have had an arduous journey this year, twice needing extra time as they worked their way through Connacht, before playing almost the entirety of their semi-final victory over Moorefield with 14 men.As with the rest of the country, their preparations for the AIB All-Ireland club final have been hampered by the recent cold snap, but Sice downplays its significance. Now that the fields have thawed out, it’s business as usual.“Yeah it’s been okay, we’ve been lucky, we only had a day or two of snow down there,” he smiles. “Things seem to be drying up.“Everything is going to plan so far. Things are building up now a little bit. I’m teaching in the school now so things are getting wired up, so that’s good. It’s a pure football area so everyone is buying into it, which is great.”Martin Farragher was sent off in the opening moments of the semi-final win and his appeal was delayed because of the weather — with no decision made at the time of this interview. Farragher didn’t seem to make much contact with the Moorefield defender but had to walk to the line anyway.Many teams would have folded, but experience shone through for Corofin. In fact, it’s been a theme as another former champion, Na Piarsaigh, made it through their final-four hurling clash with Slaughtneil despite two red cards.“It was a tough game,” says Sice. “They were very organised, they were hungry, they hadn’t been there in a long time, but I think they might have underestimated how hungry we were.“We like the hard work, and the pitch was heavy in Tullamore and it didn’t help the game of football, and people said it was dour, but it couldn’t have been any other way with 14 on 15. We were just happy with the result and that’s what you want from a semi-final.“There was no panic, no panic at all. We didn’t really change our game plan or change our shape, we just went to work. That was the long and short of it, everyone put their shoulder to the wheel. Fitzy (full-back Kieran Fitzgerald) in particular started organising things and we drove on.”And so they are back to March 17, looking to regain a title they won three years ago. For the Galway side, whose last game at Croker was that final win over Slaughtneil in 2015, nerves shoulder certainly not be an issue. Been there, done that, they’ve worn the t-shirt.“Yeah it was the All-Ireland of 2015,” the forward explains of their last game at HQ. “A lot of guys have experience through county and what have you. So the idea of going to Croker… it’s a game, it’s not a big draw for us but it’s nice to be here all the same.“No,” Sice adds of nerves,” because a lot of our lads, one way or another, have experienced this. So they’ve been here and done it, so that won’t be an issue.”Corofin’s Gary Sice was speaking ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park where they take on Nemo Rangers this Saturday, March 17th.For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Gary Sice of Corofin pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park on Saturday 17th of March where the Galway club will face Corks Nemo Rangers. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and www.aib.ie/gaa. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Gary Sice says the parish of Corofin is getting wired up as they prepare for the AIB All-Ireland club final on Paddy’s Day. Paddy Gumley of Nemo Rangers, left, and Gary Sice of Corofin are pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final taking place at Croke Park on Saturday, 17th of March. For exclusive content and behind the scenes action throughout the AIB GAA & Camogie Club Championships follow AIB GAA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and www.aib.ie/gaa. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email By Shane Stapleton
Commentary from Sean Walsh, Liam Hodgins and Niall Canavan. Here is another chance to hear Galway Bay FM’s Commentary of Galway’s win over Kilkenny in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday. The win has Galway top of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship table with one game remaining on Saturday evening away to Dublin. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
TOTTENHAM arrived to Wembley three hours before their kick-off against PSV as they taught Manchester United a lesson in getting to games early.Jose Mourinho’s side have come under criticism after getting to Old Trafford late due to traffic for the Champions League clashes against Valencia and Juventus.4 Tottenham arrived to their clash against PSV three hours before kick-offCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw against the Eredivisie side a fortnight agoCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Special One had to walk half-a-mile through busy crowds to reach the Theatre of Dreams while the players sat on the coach.United eventually arrived for the match against the Old Lady at 7.10pm, leaving them with just 50 minutes to prepare to face the Serie A giants.It has been revealed that United will hold talks with Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville about using their hotel to be closer to their stadium for European games.And Spurs have ensured they wouldn’t have to worry about rushing by arriving to the Home of Football with plenty of time to spare ahead of their vital encounter.Harry Kane nutmegged in training TWICE as Tottenham prepare for Champions League showdown with PSV 4 Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty – Contributor4 The North London side are five points behind Inter Milan in Group BCredit: Getty – ContributorMauricio Pochettino’s men drew 2-2 against the Dutch outfit last time out – leaving them five points off Inter Milan in second place.Failure to beat PSV could see Tottenham eliminated at the group stages, with the club picking up just one point from their opening three games.In a positive for Spurs, their new ground is edging closer to completion after their famous golden cockerel was installed at the 62,00-seater stadium.While SunSport have exclusively revealed that Pochettino has once again rejected the advances of Real Madrid, turning down a £15million-a-year deal.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upTottenham vs PSV Eindhoven – TV channel, Live stream, kick-off and team news for Champions League showdown
Staff Writer Defending champions Titus Mungi and Catherine N’bereba will return to Red Bank to lead a field of more than 3,500 runners in the George Sheehan Classic on Saturday. Another 500-600 people will participate in a variety of other events that begin Friday evening with the Kids Classic, a variety of short races for children ages 4-13, race director Bob Rosa said. In addition to the five-miler, the weekend includes a wheelchair race and a two-mile health and fitness walk. Last year’s race was nearly postponed because of heavy rains that caused flooding along the course. A Herculean effort by Bob Rosa and other members of the race committee resulted in some last-minute course adjustments that allowed the race to go on, albeit at just over 4.9 miles. The last-minute downpour put a dent in walk-up registrations, and just under 3,000 runners competed in the five-miler. “I did order good weather this time,” Rosa joked. “So far our numbers are good, and we’ll be taking registrations right up until race time.” This year, for the first time, participants will be timed by computer chip, Rosa noted. All runners will be issued a chip that they must wear on their ankle. This will enable each runner to get an accurate time based on the time they actually cross the start and finish lines. Runners must pick up their chips at the race registration tent in Marine Park beginning on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. Chips will be collected at the finish line. Race organizers have also brought back the Friday night pasta dinner, which will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Marine Park. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids and may be purchased at the door. A free concert sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation also will be held Friday in the park, beginning at 6 p.m. Rosa said that a minimum of $1 per runner will be donated to the Family Health Clinic of Red Bank, a free medical treatment facility for people without health insurance. The five-mile course remains the same for the fifth straight year (barring inclement weather), starting and ending on Broad Street and meandering through the neighboring towns of Fair Haven and Little Silver. It also includes an out-and-back aspect along Harding Road. Between miles three and four, the course winds through the residential side streets of Fair Haven. Just past the four-mile mark, runners get to climb Tower Hill, but it’s downhill on the other side and relatively flat from there to the finish. Mungi won the men’s race in 23:05, while fellow Kenyan N’bereba was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 26:27. Several other world-class runners will be on hand as well. On the men’s side competitors include Gabriel Muchiri and John Korir, who finished second and fourth, respectively, in the Sheehan last summer, and Johnson Muiruri, who finished second in the recent Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. All are from Kenya. Top women include Kenyan Kim Saddic, who won the Sheehan three years ago and finished fourth last year; Catherine Nbereba, who won the Boston Marathon for the second time in April and who is a member of the Kenyan Olympic team; and three-time U.S. Olympian Ann Marie Lauck, who will be running in the Sheehan for the first time. Although the presence of elite athletes lends an air of importance to the event, the Classic is primarily a local race. More than half the field comes from the surrounding communities in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties, Rosa noted. “We get a lot of support from runners in the area, but we do get a fair number of runners from other parts of the state and New York and Pennsylvania,” Rosa said. “And the three towns along the route have been great,” he said. “We could never have a race this size without their help.” The Kids Classic will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. A five-mile wheelchair race will start at 8:25 a.m. The five-mile Classic begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Health & Fitness Walk following at 8:40 a.m. Other activities include a Runners Expo in Marine Park from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Entries for the five-miler are $25. Entries for the fitness walk and Kids Classic are $16. For more information, call (732) 988-7725 or visit www.sheehanclassic.org. Race results will be posted on the site after 6 p.m. on Saturday. The site also includes a schedule and description of the events, race registration information, detailed course maps, hotel information and directions. By WARREN RAPPLEYEA