10 Feb

WICB’s Nanthan slams Sammy

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):The vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Emmanuel Nanthan, yesterday launched a major broadside against Darren Sammy 48 hours after he led West Indies into the history books by becoming the first team to capture the T20 World Cup twice.Nanton has blasted as “irrelevant, demeaning, insulting, and unfortunate” comments made by Sammy minutes after West Indies pulled off a stunning four-wicket victory over England to seal the title.Sammy courted controversy when he hit out at the WICB for its lack of support and praised Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell and CARICOM for messages of support, which inspired his team.”So to try to make it look like the board was inefficient in any way is rather unfortunate,” declared Nanton in a radio interview in Dominica.”To spoil what was a tremendous achievement for the Caribbean civilisation with comments that are totally irrelevant and demeaning and insulting to the Caribbean people I believe was rather unfortunate”.Contracts disputeSammy’s comments were also made against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse.The WICB vice-president also took issue with the players for complaining about a reduction in their fee structure for the World Cup while not disclosing increases in fees for the regional competition.”So the players complained that for the World Cup, their fees went down maybe by US$20,000 or thereabout. But they did not say that the week before they got the World Cup contract, all of them signed contracts for the regional competition, where their fees went up by US$80,000, $140,000, $145,000, and $75,000. They did not say that,” said Nanthan.”But they are saying that they had a loss of US$20,000 each on the World Cup. The World Cup is every other year. Our regional competition is every year. So really and truly, they weremaking noise for losing $20,000 on one side but gaining $150,000 or $280,000 in some instances on the other hand and never ever said that to anybody.”Praised new managerOn Sunday, Sammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to solve a uniform problem during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.But Nanthan has dismissed Sammy’s comments on this issue as misleading, blaming the impasse for the delay in printing numbers on the uniforms.”The date was coming. The players had not consented to go to play, so the company delivered the uniforms without the numbers in them because we were not sure which players we going to play,” he said.”So when the logistics officer left the Caribbean for Dubai, he had a ticket in his hands to go to pick up the uniforms in Calcutta, put the numbers on them, and carry them himself to the team well before the World Cup.”Earlier, the WICB, in a release, had described Sammy’s comments as “inappropriate” and promised an investigation with a view to taking necessary action.Nanthan’s comments are likely to fuel more tension between the champion West Indies side, which has garnered massive support in the region, and an embattled Dave Cameron-led WICB, which is coming under mounting public pressure to step down.last_img read more

27 Dec

GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA TO HOST BIG BREAKFAST FOR ULSTER SEMI

first_imgThe Big Breakfast: Buncrana GAA are hosting a big breakfast on the morning of the Ulster Championship Semi-Final, Sunday 23rd June from 8:00am to 11:00am. Please support the club and start the day with a delicious cooked breakfast for €5 before heading off for the day to support Ryan and the lads in Breffni.Ulster Championship Semi-Final: The club would like to wish Ryan and the Donegal squad the best of luck for their Ulster Championship Semi-Final against Down on Sunday.Senior and Reserve Football: The visitors Bundoran registered the opening score of the game with a free on 3 minutes, however Buncrana responded well when some excellent work by Darach O’Connor resulted in a well taken goal by the corner forward. Buncrana then had a good period of possession, however a number of good score chances were wasted. Bundoran then capitalised on these missed chances, converting 2 frees. With 5 minutes remaining in the first half, a long ball caused confusion in the Buncrana defence lead to a somewhat fortunate own goal. HT Buncrana 1-0 Bundoran 1-2 Buncrana opened the second half brightly when Oisin Doherty pointed from 35 yards, this was followed by a point from William McLaughlin. Bundoran responded with a point before Oisin Doherty converted a free to equalise. With the home side pressing forward, Bundoran exploited their opportunities on the break and scored a free and a point from play to stretch their lead. Substitute Garbhan Friel scored a long range point from 40 yards, however this was followed by Buncrana conceding a penalty which was converted by the visitors. Despite the result there were some good performances from the younger members of the squad, including Darach O’Connor and Bruce Waldron. FT Buncrana 1-05 Bundoran 2-06Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm and Friday at 8:00pm. Senior Ladies Football: The Junior Championship draw was made at the County Board meeting on Monday night and our senior ladies have been drawn against Convoy in the preliminary round, with the first leg to played on the 7th July in Convoy. The team are continuing to preparation for the Championship and the remaining league fixtures and would welcome all support at games.Girls Football: The girls U14 footballers continued on their winning ways on Thursday in Muff, having defeated Malin in Scarvey the previous week. It was a youthful Buncrana side that took to the pitch, as 7 of the girls will be underage again next year. Aislinn Browne started by scoring a point in the first 30 seconds and went on to score a total of 3 goals and 4 points during the game. Buncrana played with the wind in the first half and dominated the play. Full forward Courtney Clare was causing havoc in the full forward line and linked up with Aislinn Browne, Shauna Coyle and Aoife Mc Gill to make numerous scoring opportunities. Despite not converting all of their scoring chances, Buncrana went in at half time with a very comfortable lead.In the second half Muff began to get back into the game and the Buncrana defence were finding it difficult to contain them. Captain Sophie “Roe” Doherty did some trojan work in midfield and, along with Kayla Deehan, were responsible for breaking up potential scoring attacks and keeping Buncrana ahead. The final score was Buncrana 3 -09, Muff 2-04. The scorers for Buncrana were Aislinn Browne 3-04, Courtney Clare 0-2, Shauna Coyle 0-01, Aoife Mc Gill 0-01 and Emer Clerkin 0-01.Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in at the Scarvey. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesdays at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome. U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome.U12 Football: The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. League matches are held each Monday evening. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.U14 Hurling: The U14 Hurlers had a day to remember in Easkey, Co. Sligo on Saturday. Considering the weather in Buncrana, Easkey was bathed in glorious sunshine. The Tournament was organised in memory of the Easkey/St. Farnens club man Stephen Timoney and consisted of county champions from Connacht who have qualified to go to Limerick for the All Ireland féile at the start of July.Buncrana begin well with a comfortable win over Galway side Annaghdown. Next up was Four Roads from Roscommon, which proved to be a tight affair with Buncrana pullling away at the end to win by 7 points. Our last game in the group stage was against Strandhill from Sligo, which proved to be a one sided affair, resulting in Buncrana topping the group to set up a final game against host club Easkey, who had accounted for Mayo sides Ballina and Westport and Roscommon side Oran. The final proved to be a hum dinger of a game and was a joy to watch for the large travelling support from Buncrana, who freely gave up the day to take the team down. Easkey scored a goal almost from the throw-in, which incidentally was the first time this year that Buncrana were behind in a competitive match. It was end to end with some fine scores being taken by both teams. Buncrana were down at halftime 2-04 to 3-03. The Scarvey boys rallied from the throw-in and with a strong work ethic and team commitment prevailed in the end to win by 7 points on a scoreline 3-05 to 4-09. Team: Jason Campbell, Cathal Óg Wilson, Paul Tourish, Oisin Hegarty, John Vaughan, PJ McCarron, Matthew Wilson, Ben Doherty (Roe), Niall O’Doherty, Oisin Grant, Dylan Duffy, Aaron Craig, Gavin Kelly, Darren Connelly, Oisin Doherty (Roe), Mark Craig and Liam O’Doherty. It would be unfair to single out any players for particular credit as all during the day the team performed at their best and were a credit to themselves and the club.The boys received the cup and enjoyed the well earned dip in the Atlantic to repair there aching bones. This group won’t get carried away and will meet some of these sides in Limerick and know they will be up against it, so for now they will enjoy the win and back to the hard graft in training which they have been doing since the start of January.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 4th June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 6-13-16-30There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Geoffrey WassonMalacy McCann, TurkGerard O’Donnell, Millfield HeightsMartin Coyle, TullydishRónán Doherty, BallymaganClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA TO HOST BIG BREAKFAST FOR ULSTER SEMI was last modified: June 16th, 2013 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more