11 Jan

National players off to good start in Jaguars league

first_imgThe first few rounds of the Guyana Cricket Board/Cricket Guyana Inc/Jaguars 50 Overs League have churned out some impressive performances from a few of Guyana’s senior and upcoming cricketers who will be gearing up for the upcoming regional season.Despite opening rounds one and two being washed out, franchises still continue to show determination, and have grabbed the playing time with both hands. Defending champs Georgetown have been playing well, but they will be happier with the form of skipper Leon Johnson.The West Indies Test player has been in fine touch to date, hitting back-to-back unbeaten fifties, both in match-winning efforts; while a few of his senior players, like Robin Bacchus, Raymon Pérez and all-rounder Chris Barnwell, have been hitting their straps. Barnwell has been good with the bat, smashing 80-odd, followed by 37, while picking up wickets.Johnson’s form will be important to the franchise. So, too, would Barnwell’s, as both players play crucial roles in the team. And with Guyana preparing for another regional 4-day title defence, it is good for cricket when the senior players find their touch early in the season.East Bank’s Vishaul Singh, another of Guyana’s senior players, contributed a solid 45 in the previous round versus Johnson’s men. The left-hander has been around the Windies Test and A teams as of recent, and his form will be key in the middle-order, regardless of the team.Another batsman who has been in tremendous form is opener Trevon Griffith, who, upon his return to Guyana, having played a few seasons for the Jamaica Scorpions, seems to be hungrier than before. The left-hander crunched 111 in the last game, to follow up his half-century, and could play bigger knocks, which might open a way back for him in the national team.Veterans Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams, the battery of left-arm spinners, have also been pressing their cases early up front, as they have been among the primary wicket-takers so far.Young Kemol Savory has shown his skill with the bat by racking up a century for Essequibo, to get his campaign underway; while U19 batsman Kevlon Anderson has continued his form exhibited during the regional tournaments by also getting some runs under his belt playing for his Berbice franchise.With a few more rounds to go and a number of talented players jostling for spots in Guyana’ senior team, it will be interesting to see how many of the players — both seasoned Jags players and upcoming stars — can cope with the competition ahead of the regional season.A Cricket West Indies (CWI) fitness team would also be in Guyana for a few days, to conduct a fitness test for the Guyanese players at the Lenora Synthetic Track from 8:00h on Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

27 Dec

Businessman facing assault charge claimed victim is “discredited” Garda

first_imgA businessman charged with assaulting another man at his premises has claimed his alleged victim is a “discredited” member of An Garda Siochana.Gus O’Driscoll appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with assaulting a man at his premises at Wet & Wild at Ballyraine Retail Park on December 7th last year. The court was initially told by solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn that he was withdrawing form representing O’Driscoll in the case.O’Driscoll then said he was representing himself and made the allegation about his alleged victim.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the accused had “no right or authority” to discredit the individual involved.He then demanded that the defendant “apologise publicly” for his remarks.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until January 20th next.Businessman facing assault charge claimed victim is “discredited” Garda was last modified: December 22nd, 2016 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:courtdonegalletterkennyWet and Wildlast_img read more

22 Dec

UNITED COULD SIGN LUKAKU FOR $75M DEAL, ROONEY SET FOR EVERTON RETURN

first_imgWayne Rooney may return to Everton. Courtesy photo.BY AGENCIESJose Mourinho’s side Manchester United could complete a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku for 75m pounds from Everton. Lukaku will undergo medical check-up in the next couple of days and could join the team in their USA pre-season tour Sky Sports has revealed. However, Everton officials said there was no deal agreed to sell Lukaku to Manchester United who has also been linked with a return to Chelsea.United captain Wayne Rooney might return to his old club Everton after their interest in his services increased. Everton has not yet agreed on a deal with the 31-year-old striker who started his football career at the club before joining Manchester United’s side in 2004.Controversy still stands Lukaku’s move to Manchester United.Arsenal signs LacazetteArsenal FC signed France international Alexandre Lacazette for a club record 52 million pounds from Olympique Lyon. He signed a five-year deal with the Emirates side after scoring 28 goals last season for his former club Lyon last season. In an interview with the club’s official website, he said : “ I am delighted to join Arsenal which is a legendary club. I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.”He will join his new team mates in Australia for their pre-season tour. His signing shadows the 42.5 million pounds that Arsenal signed for German midfielder Mesut Ozil.Naby Keita is set to move to Liverpool from Red Bulls Leipzig.LIVERPOOL EYES NABY KEITAAfter signing Mohamed Salah at 34 million pounds and 19-year- old striker Dominic Solanke from Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp’s side is willing to make a record deal move for Naby Keita who wants to join the Anfield team from Red Bulls Leipzig.DIEGO COSTA SET TO RETURN TO ATLETICO MADRIDAtletico Madrid are set to make an offer to re-sign Diego Costa, according to Sky Sports. The Spanish team is still under a transfer ban till January from the court of arbitration for sport. Diego Costa fell out with Chelsea FC manager Conte and is willing to leave the club.Arsenal FC has signed France international Alexandre Lacazette for a club record 52 million pounds. Commentslast_img read more

22 Dec

Leipzig stand in Bayern’s path to 7th successive Bundesliga title

first_img Tags: German Bundesligatop The German Bundesliga has been dominated by Bayern in the recent past and if things stay the way they are, the Bavarians are poised to win it again this season.Going into Match-Day 33 of the 2018/19 season, Bayern hold a 4 point advantage at the top of the log and a win on Saturday, will see them crowned champions for the 29th time in history.In their way, however, stands a RB Leipzig side that has not lost a League game since January 19th.During that period, Ralf Rangnick’s side have won 10 of their 14 games and moved to within 9 points of the top of the table.With one of the best striking duos in German football at the moment, Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig have it in them to trouble even the best in the division.At the Red Bull Arena, where they will host Bayern, Leipzig have lost only one Bundesliga game this season, the 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in January. It will take some beating to defeat them at home for a second time this campaign.For Bayern, they picked form at the right time and are currently marching towards the title on the back of a 9 match unbeaten run, winning 7 games along the way.Last weekend, they powered past Hannover 3-1 at the Allianz Arena, their 23rd victory of the season.Saturday’s game promises to be a thrilling encounter, one Bayern can lose but in the end, will most definitely win the League on last day.As Bayern are at Leipzig, second placed Dortmund will also have their hands full with the visit of Fortuna Dusseldorf.Dortmund have fallen 4 points behind Bayern all because of themselves. Tomas Tuchel’s side who at one point looked to be cruising to a first title since 2012, have not won in any of their last two games, losing 2-4 at home to Schalke 04 and then throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Werder Bremen.Dortmund drew 2-2 with Bremen last week. (Agency Photos)Still without the suspended Marco Rues and Marius Wolf, Dortmund will head into the game knowing defeat will hand Bayern the title.Dusseldorf on the other hand have nothing to play for in the season. Currently sitting 10th on the standings, Friedhelm Funkel’s side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away to 10 man Freigburg last week.With all that said, Dortmund are clear favourites for this one as they have not lost at home to Dusseldorf since 1986.With 8 of the 9 Match-Day 37 fixtures all kicking off at 4:30pm on Saturday, the other mouthwatering fixture to look out for will be Hoffenheim hosting Werder Bremen.Hoffenheim who sit 8th have endured a slip in form in the last two weeks, collecting only a single point out of a possible six. Consequently, they have dropped three points off the final Champions League spot and cannot afford any more slip ups.Saturday’s opponents Bremen also still have their sights set on European football as a string of favourable results can see them qualify for the Europa League.At the start of the day, Bremen sit 5 points of the final Europa League spot and with the sides above them exhibiting inconsistency, they cannot dare take the foot off the gas peddle.In the game that will be played on Sunday, Eintracht Frankfurt will be hoping to put their Europa League semifinal exit behind them and concentrate on securing the final available Champions League spot.Currently in 4th, level on points with fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen but with a superior goal difference, Frankfurt will be at home to Mainz at the Commerzbank Arena.Mainz have nothing to play for this season as they already secured their Bundesliga status but with French striker Jean Philippe Mateta leading their attack, they are very much capable of causing Frankfurt problems.The other Bundesliga fixtures to look out for this weekend will be Bayer Leverkusen at home to Schalke 04 and Nuremberg hosting Borussia Monchengladbach.The German Bundesliga fixtures this weekendSaturday, 11-05-2019 @4:30pm-RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich-Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen-Dortmund vs Dusseldorf-Leverkusen vs Schalke 04-Stuttgart vs Wolfsburg-Augsburg vs Hertha Berlinn-Hannover vs Freiburg-Nuremberg vs GladbachSunday, 12-05-2019 @7pm-Frankfurt vs MainzComments last_img read more

22 Dec

DD Fitness: Don’t eat chocolate! And other motivational nonsense

first_imgThis is going to be short and sweet today. After all, it is a Bank Holiday weekend and most of you are probably still in bed.I am pre-empting an early morning strike by my 6-year-old which will scupper any chance of a lie in, but I usually get up at 5am, so 7am will be a bonus.Over the last few days, in the build up to Easter, the fitness community started their usual nonsense. Memes were being posted daily, telling people about the amount of calories that will be in the Easter eggs they might be thinking of consuming.The memes, usually state the item, the calories involved and the amount of exercise you would have to do in order to burn off whatever you were planning to eat.Way to take the fun out of Easter ‘Fitness community’… Way to go. Easter isn’t the time to be worrying about the amount of calories, carbs, and sugar that is in chocolate.You have had all year to figure that out, and if you haven’t let it bother you up until now, there is no point in worrying about it over the one time of year where Creme Eggs are available and chocolate eggs and rabbits are plentiful.We all know that over indulging in chocolate isn’t a good thing.We all know that if you eat an inordinate amount of Easter eggs over a 12-hour period, chances are, we will have a week’s worth of calories to get rid of.With the amount of free information that is on the internet, I would hazard a guess that none of you reading this didn’t eat your Easter eggs and think that you were sin, points or calorie free.So why do these memes still clutter our news feeds any time we have a commercial holiday that revolves around eating? It’s because some people think that they will make a difference.I’m here to tell you that they won’t.NotOneBit!There are two ways that it will go if you are a gym, trainer, I.G ‘celebrity’ or fitness ‘motivator’ and you are trying to get your people to abstain from Easter. (This is excluding people prepping for competitions) 1. Your followers will ignore you and eat the eggs anyway.2. Your followers will abstain, only to crack a few days later and gorge themselves in a binge and then have guilt related feelings after.3. Your followers will agree with you and like and comment on your posts and eat the damn eggs anyways.We have all year to stick to the plan and watch what we eat.One day won’t mess things up.Breeding guilt related feelings around food will however push you into a binge and purge type of eating pattern, which is worse for everyone.The take home message here for everyone is this;Think about what you eat and the amounts that you are eating on all the other days of the year.Have a diet that is sustainable, isn’t overly restrictive and allows for social occasions that you can enjoy with your family when they arise.This might take a bit longer, but it will breed better habits and better relationships with food.You will also get to enjoy occasions like Christmas and Easter without worrying about how many burpees you will have to do in order to burn off a crème egg.Where’s the fun in that?#TrainSmartThere are limited spaces left on my NEW Lean in 2018 program.If you would like to join us in our LEAN IN 2018 program, the next one starts on April 3rd.We had numerous members lose over 3 stone in 2017 and they now know how to keep it off.If you want to know how to make a real difference in 2018, have a look at our Letterkenny gym plan where you can train with us in our Fully equipped and modern gym.DD Fitness: Don’t eat chocolate! And other motivational nonsense was last modified: March 31st, 2018 by Emmet RusheShare 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:chocolateEasterfitnessrushe fitnesslast_img read more

17 Dec

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 1, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rayn Martin 12-1-17No change in the short term forecast through next Tuesday. Behind the front that moved through yesterday, we have dry weather in for today, tomorrow and Sunday. Temps will be normal to above normal for daytime highs, but normal overnight (which is much cooler than we have become accustomed to recently). Sunshine will dominate through the period.Monday we start to see good southwest winds develop and most of the state will see another dry day with sunshine slowly followed by increasing clouds. Yesterday we mentioned our concern about some fringe moisture working into far NW Ohio for Monday. That moisture looks less impressive this morning, but we still can’t completely rule it out. Our feeling is that most of it will stay well west and north of us. But, there will at least be some clouds around as early as Monday morning and we still won’t rule out action over about 30% of far NW OH. Again, most of the rest of the state stays dry for Monday, but it gets windy and clouds increase through the day.Our next cold front arrives Monday night and goes through Tuesday and into very early Wednesday. Rain totals look to remain in that .25”-.75” range with coverage bumped to 90% of the state. We actually think that all areas have a really good shot at seeing at least the lower end of the range. Winds will be very gusty Tuesday as the front moves through. We won’t rule out 20-40 mph sustained winds. The map above is a snapshot of potential action Tuesday night. WE think the 1” rain totals projected by this model are overdone, but the spread and progression of the moisture is right in line with our thinking.A few tweaks to the rest of the 10 day forecast this morning. Behind the front we try to dry out, but we also see significantly colder air blasting into the region. This cold air comes on north winds, coming right across the great lakes region. We think now that we will see plenty of clouds in due to this lake enhancement, and we can’t even rule out some lake effect snow on Wednesday far northern Ohio. This can also trigger some light scattered rain showers off and on for Wednesday farther south over Ohio. Moisture availability is not significant…only a few hundredths for the most part, but we can’t rule it out. Coverage will be 40-50% or less.Clouds will stay part of the forecast through Thursday and Friday too as north winds continue, but they will not be as strong. We expect some sun, but not the bright, sunny set up that is expected here today and this weekend.The extended period has an upper level trough digging in over the eastern half to third of the country. This will keep temps on the defensive, mostly below normal through mid-month. IT also will mean we expect a pattern similar to the second half of next week right on through the 11-16 day forecast window. Our very pleasant finish to fall is about to become a little less pleasant as we move deeper into December.last_img read more

3 Dec

Fine slapped on Sai Baba Trust in Shirdi over payment default

first_imgThe Revenue department has slapped a whopping ₹4 crore as fine on the Shri Saibaba Sansthan (Trust) for allegedly defaulting on revenue dues on a portion of land dating back to the British Raj.Speaking to The Hindu, Shirdi Sub-Divisional Officer Kundan Sonawane said that the disputed land of 27 gunthas (less than one acre) was acquired by some of the devotees on rent near the temple complex premises during colonial times. While the land belonged to the State, the devotees either gave it away to the trust or sold it off a few years after Sai Baba died in 1918.Put on noticeSpeaking to The Hindu, Shirdi Sub-Divisional Officer Kundan Sonawane confirmed that his office had sent a notice to the Saibaba Sansthan Trust.“A few years after Sai Baba’s ‘Mahasamadhi’ in 1918, these devotees either donated or sold it (the land) off without due permission from the State. The land in question encompasses the iconic Dikshit wada, the Lendi Baug [the garden created and watered by Sai Baba himself] and the museum. So, we have sent the notice to the Sai Baba trust to legalise the possession of this land by paying back the revenue due to the government,” Mr. Sonawane said.He informed that the nebulous ownership of the disputed land was unearthed by local journalist Pramod Aher while the latter was researching his book Shirdi Gazeteer: untold stories. Mr. Aher then brought the matter to the attention of Revenue department authorities.Mr. Sonawane further said that if the Trust failed to clarify the matter within a week, a legal probe would be initiated into the affair.Officials at the trust could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

19 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time leading scorer across top five European leagues

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo surpassed Jimmy Greaves to become the all-time leading scorer across the top five European league as he scored a brace against Celta Vigo last night in La Liga.Ronaldo’s brace helped Real Madrid cruise to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and edge closer to their first La Liga title since 2011. Real Madrid now need only a draw against Malaga on May 21 to lift the coveted trophy over Barcelona who are three points behind the Los Blancos on the table.Jimmy Greaves had, in his glittering career, played for Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham United and was a prolific player in the 1950s and 60s. Greaves had held the record since 1971.Ronaldo has been in an exceptional form off late scoring two hat-tricks in the Champions League in the past month and three braces, one in Champions League, the other against Sevilla last weekend and now this!The only active player who is close to Ronaldo’s newly achieved record is Lionel Messi with 346 goals.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also share the record for most hat-tricks (7) in the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, is the only player to score three hat-tricks in a single season and the only player to score two consecutive hat-tricks in the knockout stage.With the brace against Celta Vigo, Ronaldo reached 284 goals in his 264 appearances in La Liga.Recently, the 4-time Ballon d’Or winner also became the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, having scored 10 goals in 12 games this season.advertisementReal Madrid are gearing up for a European double this season. With already a hand at the La Liga trophy, Real Madrid will take on Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3.ALSO WATCH: UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid CF’s aggression vs Juventus FC’s solidity after blockbuster semi-finalslast_img read more

16 Nov

Mo Salah fires as Liverpool enter Champions League semis with 4-1 win vs Porto

first_imgA resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday that teed up a last-four clash with Barcelona.The Reds, who eased through 6-1 on aggregate, held off Porto in the early stages before Salah and Sadio Mane combined for the Senegalese to put them ahead with their first shot on target following a VAR review.Egypt striker Salah doubled the tally after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped it up late on.Porto had briefly reduced the arrears through Eder Militao, but having lost the first leg 2-0 at Anfield, they never seemed in a position to overturn the deficit.Barcelona advanced on Tuesday when they won 3-0 in their second-leg against Manchester United, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory.Five-times European champions Liverpool, who had produced a scintillating display to beat Porto 5-0 in the last-16 at the Dragao stadium last season, had a totally different approach this time.They soaked up the pressure as Porto made an adventurous start, with Jesus Corona curling a powerful shot just over the bar in the opening minute.Juergen Klopp’s side looked temporarily toothless, but they were just waiting for their moment – which came in the 26th minute.Mane latched onto a cross from Salah to beat Iker Casillas from close range but he was initially flagged offside, only for referee Danny Makkelie to check the VAR.advertisementAfter a two-minute review, the goal was eventually given.Facing the huge task of scoring four goals to qualify, Porto looked stunned, despite having attempted 15 shots before the interval.Salah, who endured a goal drought in March, confirmed he was getting close to his best again when he coolly slotted the ball past Casillas after collecting a perfect diagonal through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 65th minute.It was Salah’s first Champions League goal since December, and his first away from Anfield in the competition in 12 months.Militao soothed the home fans’ suffering a little, beating Roberto Firmino in the air to head home in the 69th minute.Brazilian Firmino, who had started on the bench as Klopp handed a rare start to Divock Origi, made it 3-1 with a downward header with 13 minutes left and Van Dijk headed home a fourth from a corner eight minutes later.Tottenham Hotspur will face Ajax Amsterdam in the other semi-final tie.Also Watch:last_img read more

7 Nov

QLD JUNIOR READY FOR SCHOOL SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgPETE’S PLAYGROUND Football commentators used to say that Wally Lewis knew every blade of grass on Lang Park. His consistent knack of terrorising opposition defences with uncanny kicks that would take outrageous bounces and turns confirmed the belief that only a ‘King’ knowing every inch of his kingdom could conjure such magic. Just as Lang Park was the `King’s’ backyard, thirteen-year-old Surfers Paradise student Peter Norman has a similar affinity with Owen Park Southport, the home of Gold Coast touch. When Peter Norman runs out as a member of the Queensland U 15 Schoolboys team next Tuesday in the opening round of fixtures in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament, The Southport School (TSS) Year Eight student will be relying on more than just a little knowledge of the hometown surface. The son of former Australian Open Touch Representative Greg, and ATA Hall of Fame member and current Australian Open Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, Peter has spent more night’s at Owen Park than most of us have had hot dinners. For the Touch community, the familiar sight of the baby blonde tyro riding his tricycle around Owen Park, resplendent in a fluorescent yellow Tigers Touch club jersey was confirmation you were at the home of Touch on the Coast in the early `90’s. Greg and Kerry, who have always been heavily involved in playing, coaching, refereeing, and administration, would dress Peter in the fluoro shirt, so he’d be easy to keep an eye on. Wednesday night touch at the Coast wasn’t the same until you heard Gold Coast Administrator Henry Lesniewski over the PA system making his weekly impassioned plea for “Peter Norman to please come to the canteen, your parents want to go home.” Everyone would laugh and Pete would amble in eventually, usually with a sheepish grin, mostly with his shirt now fluoro dirt and minus the shoes, often with the remains of a banana paddle pop on his face, and always with a thousand stories to share about his adventures in `Pete’s Playground’, the biggest backyard in the world that seemed to belong to him. Peter was inspired by the speed, fun, and skills on display and took up the challenge of playing by beginning in the Gold Coast junior competition with a bunch of friends when he was five years old. He has grown quickly from a small boy climbing trees and playing with his `brother’ (his Bart Simpson doll, who incidentally, still covets the top bunk in Pete’s room) riding skateboards and clocking the asteroids machine in the Gold Coast club house, to a young man who is considered by many to be one of the brightest young talents in our sport. In a short time, Peter impressed his early coaches as a player with great vision, good basics, and excellent commitment in defence. With those sorts of credentials it wasn’t long before representative touch would call his name. Firstly at South Coast schoolboy level, and for Gold Coast in the QTA Junior State Cup team. Peter represented Qld at Primary school level for three successive years from 2001-2003, firstly as a ten year old, then captaining the team last year in his final year at Primary school. Previously, only one Queensland Schoolboy Touch player, former Qld Rugby League State of Origin star, PJ Marsh has been successful in gaining selection in the Qld U 15 Schoolboys Touch team straight out of Primary school… That was until Peter Norman came along. He produced such a mature and outstanding display at the Qld U15 Secondary championships in Ipswich in June that Coach Danny Parker and selectors had no choice but to pitch the Gold Coast Falcons Division One player into the State U 15 Schoolboys team for the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. The hard working middle has no reservation in saying his selection in the U 15 State team is the best moment of his short career “It’s pretty awesome, no way was I expecting to be selected. There are so many good players in the Qld team, I’m just happy to be there” the typically modest Norman added. “The PJ Marsh thing is pretty special, but it won’t mean much if I don’t get out there and do my job for the team.” Norman believes a training camp in the recent September holidays went a long way to bonding the team and sorting out a running style of touch that will prove to be fun to play and execute. He believes the calibre of players in the Qld side under the shrewd coaching of Dan Parker will allow the Queenslanders to mount a strong charge for the National crown against arch enemies and defending champions NSW. Both his parents have coached Peter at various stages of his career and in various teams, though they try to avoid the scenario as much as possible to allow Peter to experience other coaching ideas and skills and to enable him to make his own pathway in the sport. “Occasionally, we’d have a few bumps, more so when he was younger, he would think that that’s Mum or Dad talking, not the coach, and he’d react like a son, not a player, and we had to bring him into line a few times…maybe you are harder on your own kids as well, and that’s probably been tough for him on occasion,” Greg said. Greg recalls refereeing Pete in his early days, when both Kerry and himself would send their son for substitutions because he would argue with their calls. Kerry believes Pete is a good student of the game and has been impressed with his willingness to listen and apply new knowledge from his coaches and mentors of late. “He’s learnt plenty from Danny already and Corey Foster has been fantastic for him at Falcons, taking him under his wing and helping bring him along – Pete just respect him so much.” “It’s good because he can play with the Division One players at the Coast Wednesday, then still go up and play with his mates in the BMTA junior competition Thursday night and really have fun still.” Peter is also very appreciative of the guidance his parents have given him and reckons he inherited his Mum’s talk on the field and good defensive skills, and his Dad’s flamboyance in attack. “They’ve been good, not pushy or anything – they just say try your hardest, listen to the coach, have fun and be a good team man.” Greg jokingly offered that each parent contributed the following to Peter’s development, “Peter received good looks from his Dad and his temper from his Mum…” “Kerry’s brain and speed, and from me – creativeness in attack,” he was quick to add. Both parents have been fully supportive of Peter’s Touch career, but not to the exclusion of anything else. Greg believes giving Peter the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities has been a big factor in the balanced approach Peter has towards life. He is a budding beach flags champion and trains on the sand to help his speed and technique. At school this year he performed with distinction in Cross Country, Athletics, and Swimming, and was awarded Best Back for Rugby in the U13 age division. Being a Coast kid, `Normo’ as his mates call him, loves body boarding and spends a lot of time with the boys from Touch and school at the beach or kicking back at the movies. Oh, and did I mention that he made the Dean’s list at TSS for academic excellence? Typically modest, I had to dig deeper than Damian Martyn on a dodgy pitch at Chennai, to get that piece of information out of him. So next Tuesday, when the Queenslanders run out onto the Owen Park fields in the U 15 Boys, look for Peter Norman- he’s not wearing fluoro yellow anymore, but he’ll be sporting the # 3 on his Maroon back, a tribute to his Touch hero Corey Foster, and hopefully he’ll keep his shoes on long enough to have his name over the PA system for giving defenders the slip in the race to the scoreline, not his parents. Games at the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be played in two age divisions U 12 and U 15 Girls and Boys respectively, featuring State teams from all over Australia from Tuesday 26th October at Owen Park through to finals day on Saturday 30th October. Written by Karley Banks, SQBD Development Officer, 19th October 2004last_img