Lucozade league integral to 2016 hockey success

first_imgTHE Guyana Hockey Board believes that the inaugural LUCOZADE indoor league was integral to the development of the sport in 2016 and that it played a major role in expanding its base of players.“The Lucozade league was very vital to us,” head of the GHB, Philip Fernandes, told theSaints striker Kevin Edwards and Pitbulls’ Trevon Spencer battle for possession at this year’s LUCOZADE indoor hockey league.media, likening the league to the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) STAG elite league.He contended that in the league format, there were many positive spinoff effects, stating, “Usually our indoor hockey is played over a weekend, maybe a few days running into the weekend so it’s compact. Teams play consecutive nights and are unable to change much tactically between the first game and the last.”He noted that the vibrancy exhibited during the tournament allowed for interesting play at both league and weekend tournaments which overall allowed for a greater level of competitiveness.“The Lucozade league is different because teams were able to compete and then they would have significant gaps between matches,” Fernandes said.“So they (teams) were able to meet; to train a few evenings and to review video to improve the quality of the play and then come back and compete with maybe different and new tactics.”Fernandes hopes this development can continue locally, especially with the body looking to put two teams in training for the PAN AM championships later this year at a venue to be decided.last_img read more

Mourinho admits top four by end of year is improbable

first_img“We need some players to perform better than they are. We need to perform better as a team, but it would be far from a miracle.”United started the week eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who are unbeaten in 19 league and cup games as they visit Old Trafford.Mourinho agrees that seventh place is not good enough for a club of United’s stature.Mourinho agreed it was unacceptable to be below Everton in the standings.“I can agree, in spite of the fact that the investment Everton made was phenomenal and obviously there was a great improvement in that team from last season in relation to this,” he said.“But I don’t think Everton will be in front of Manchester United at the end of the season.“There are six teams that should stay in the first six positions, season after season two of these teams are finishing outside the top four.“For example, last season it was Arsenal and Chelsea. And this season two of these six are going to stay outside.”Mourinho suggested Arsenal’s good league form may have been aided by manager Unai Emery resting a number of his senior players for their Europa League matches.“It will be a very difficult match for us because we are going to play against a good team in a good moment without having faced a backlog of matches because they are playing in the Europa League,” said Mourinho.“When you play in the Europa League, you normally play with second choices and give good rest to the players.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has acknowledged Manchester United are unlikely to meet his target of climbing into the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018.However, the United manager has played down comments he made to Brazilian television suggesting that it would be a “miracle” if his team finished in the Champions League qualification places at the end of the season.Mourinho set his players the challenge of reaching the top four by the end of December when they returned from the November international break to begin a run of eight league fixtures in the run-up to the New Year.However, successive draws against Crystal Palace and Southampton, in which United produced below-par performances, has seen them slip to seventh and forced the manager to reassess that target.Mourinho, though, is adamant he still sees a top-four finish in May as realistic, despite not denying the comments he made to a Brazilian television interviewer after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.“I don’t know if I said it or if I didn’t but if I used that word, it is not what I feel at all,” said Mourinho at his press conference on the eve of their match with in-form Arsenal.“We are eight or nine points from fourth, something like that.“I don’t think we need a miracle at all. We need a good run of results. We need to not waste points that we shouldn’t waste.”– ‘Need to perform better’ –Mourinho, who reportedly clashed again with French World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba after the 2-2 draw with Southampton, said if some players performed better they could stay in touch with the top four and then finish in the Champions League spots at the end of the campaign.“Last week, before the Crystal Palace game, I said what my hopes and targets were, at the end of December, to be in that position,” he said.“The target changed but let’s try to close the distance as best as we can and be very close to these positions.last_img read more

Youngsters selected for U16 match against Spain

first_img14 May 2015 Youngsters selected for U16 match against Spain A mixed U16 team will take on their Spanish counterparts in a two-day match at Seacroft in Lincolnshire from 23-24 May. The players are: Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Jessica Bailey of Leicestershire, Martha Lewis of Surrey, Thomas Plumb of Dorset, Emily Price of Warwickshire, Taylor Stote of Somerset, Charlie Strickland of Sussex and Bel Wardle of Cheshire The youngsters will be seeking to follow in the footsteps of the full England team which defeated Spain 19-11 in last weekend’s international at Burnham and Berrow in Somerset. The U16 match follows the same format with foursomes in the morning, followed by afternoon singles. The players Jessica Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) tied seventh in the recent Scottish U16 championship and had a top 30 finish in the Welsh ladies’ strokeplay. Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall, Image © Leaderboard Photography) first represented England U16s in 2014. He helped England win the Nations Cup at the Fairhaven Trophies and was runner-up in the boys’ individual event. Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) has previously represented England U16s against Spain and Switzerland and won the U14 title at last year’s North of England U16 championship. Thomas Plumb (Sherborne) tied 10th in last year’s South of England boys’ open and had a top 20 finish in the 2014 Fairhaven Trophies.   Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English U15 girls’ champion and was third in this year’s Scottish U16 championship. She has represented England U16s against Switzerland. Taylor Stote (Burnham & Berrow) had top 25 finishes in last year’s MacGregor Trophy and the South of England boys’ open. Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) was fifth in this season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy and sixth in the 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Bel Wardle (Prestbury) set an amateur course record and claimed a runners-up place in last year’s WPGA One Day Series. She tied fifth in the 2015 Scottish U16 girls’ championship.last_img read more

Municipal Town Hall, Police Station Project Hits Snag In Fair Haven

first_imgThe overlay zones mandate that all future development projects in that business corridor be mixed-use constructions, with commercial properties at street level and housing units on the second and third stories, including a 20 percent affordable set-aside. “The borough is still looking at purchasing a property on River Road. It was made clear in the ordinance we laid out; there were numerous blocks that were identified. The governing body is considering all options,” Casagrande said. The ordinance stated the borough “has not been able to effectively communicate” with the property owner (M&M) and, if the parcel is unable to be acquired by agreement with the owner, “the borough wishes to acquire the property through its power of eminent domain.” Neither the M&M housing proposal nor the borough’s consolidation plan would conform to Fair Haven’s affordable housing plan guidelines. The passage states that future constructions within the eastern commercial district not exceed 20 units per acre, and a conforming project on that site would yield 13 units, three of which would need to be held for low or moderate income tenants or buyers. Though the consolidation plan was unveiled at the beginning of the new year, the borough’s new affordable housing plan, prepared by Heyer, Gruel & Associates, included a passage that described a piece of correspondence issued by M&M to the borough in February. Casagrande said that during the process to identify these lots, the governing body wanted to ensure the site was not located in a residential area. These four blocks, located along or near the River Road corridor, were determined to be appropriate for a project of this scope. Following its closure, the borough entered discussions with Sunoco to purchase the parcel, but Piscataway development firm M&M Realty Partners eventually acquired the property for $1.3 million. The borough is immediately on the hook for one affordable unit, but has an unmet need of 370 units. To cut into that total, the borough has established overlay zones at the United Methodist Church on McCarter Avenue, as well as in its eastern commercial district, which includes theformer Sunoco property. But it turns out the property owner had another plan. He recently sold his property to a developer who envisions townhouse rentals on the site. center_img Borough officials say they can stay flexible. The Sunoco site is not the only site available, said borough administrator Teresa Casagrande. The former Sunoco station, located at 626 River Road, is a 28,000-square-foot corner lot. It closed in 2011. On Feb. 25, the borough passed an ordinance to increase the previously approved budget for the project by $1.62 million, a total the governing body can spend on properties identified in property tax rolls as blocks 25, 29, 30 and 31. According to the plan, this correspondence outlined the development firm’s proposal to construct a three-story rental construction. The proposal called for 24 family rental units, four of which wouldbe set aside as affordable. “I don’t think we anticipated everything coming to a head at once,” Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said. “There’s a lot happening right now (with this property), and much of it is out of our control. We’ve been working on consolidating these facilities for four years now and it’s not a simple thing to get accomplished, especially when the property we’d like to develop is a property the borough does not own.” FAIR HAVEN – Borough officials were eyeing a former gas station at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and River Road as a suitable location for a new municipal complex housing town hall and the police station. As far as invoking its power of eminent domain to acquire the property, Lucarelli said it would be a last resort, though he noted the governing body adopted an ordinance in October authorizing the borough to do so. M&M would not comment on the matter when contacted April 2.last_img read more