Published on January 13, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ During Wake Forest’s training camp, players had to wake up every day at 6 a.m. for two weeks. While most on the team complained, juniors Codi Miller-McIntyre, Andre Washington and freshman Greg McClinton joked about how it was like sleeping in for them.Miller-McIntyre, Washington and McClinton all attended Hargrave (Virginia) Military Academy for their senior years of high school. There, they had to be in full uniform and lined up outside by the time the Demon Deacons players were just waking up this preseason.“I think those guys enjoyed their time there,” Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning said, “but I think they’re pretty happy they’re not there anymore with those early morning trumpet calls they had to do.”The structure and discipline at Hargrave was unlike anything these three players had experienced before. Practicing twice a day, lifting weights four times a week and going to bed at 10 p.m., mixed in with military training and school, helped instill skills that have led to their success in college. Miller-McIntyre is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, and while Washington’s and McClinton’s stats are far from eye-popping, all three said what they learned at Hargrave has significantly influenced their careers.On Tuesday, this trio and the rest of the Demon Deacons (9-8, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) will take on Syracuse (12-4, 3-0) in the Carrier Dome at 8 p.m., and look to hand the Orange its first conference loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Andre Washington, he’s like – well, not like, he is my brother,” Miller-McIntyre said. “… Being here at Wake Forest for three years now, it’s just a bond that’s unbreakable because of how much stuff we went through.”At Wake Forest, unless players have class together, they mainly only see their teammates during practice, Washington said. At Hargrave, he said players spent all of their time together, which helped build chemistry among them.The two future Wake Forest players roomed right next to each other and they grew even closer as a result. Their birthdays are one day apart, and they’ve celebrated together each of the past three years. After graduating from Hargrave, they went to Miami to celebrate.Looking back, McClinton said he and his teammates laugh about the challenges they faced at the military school, but recognize the more serious effects on mental preparation. The majority of each day at Hargrave was structured, so players had no choice but to use their time efficiently.“Just how the school worked with the timing of a bell goes off, you have to be somewhere,” Miller-McIntyre said. “Then another bell goes off, you have to be somewhere else.”Miller-McIntyre said it’s nice to know McClinton had a similar experience in his senior year of high school. Washington added that his teammates at Hargrave were closer than any other team he’s been a part of.Hargrave Head Coach A.W. Hamilton graduated from the school in 1999 and played two seasons at Wake Forest before transferring. Anytime a player would ask him about the college, Hamilton would talk about the opportunities at an underdog school like WFU.Miller-McIntyre and Washington have been right at the forefront of Wake Forest’s turnaround. After finishing worst in the ACC in 2010-11, the Demon Deacons were above .500 last season for the first time since then. And it is their on-court chemistry that has led to success.“When one of them would get down, the other one would pick them up and vice versa,” Hamilton said of Miller-McIntyre and Washington. “So it was a special thing to watch those guys grow and you can see it now even when they play games, the chemistry they have is a really special thing.” Comments
A post on Super Evil Megacorp, the developer of mobile esports title Vainglory, revealed that the company has secured an additional $19 million (£14.6m) in investor funding. Kristian Segerstale, Super Evil MegacorpAfter thanking their ‘awesome investors’ the post read: “At Super Evil Megacorp, we believe the generation growing up with touchscreens as their primary gaming platform deserve the same quality and depth of play demanded on PCs and consoles — and that mobile-first players are every bit as hungry for great games and worthy of our respect. Like on every other platform, players on mobile will gravitate to uncompromising gameplay, superior graphical performance and believable characters with rich stories.“We work hard every day to build a studio that can live up to those standards and to be the best home for core gaming talent, filling our “Lair” with master craftspeople creative, passionate and ambitious enough to push the boundaries of the industry.”The funding comes from previous investors which include CrossCut Ventures, General Catalyst, Initial Capital, Raine Ventures, Signia Venture Partners, and ZhenFund. Overall, the company has raised $63 million (£m) so far. Whilst impressive and great to see, the investment in Vainglory and the trust in Super Evil by these investors is no great surprise after the year the title has had. A number of well backed and well supported organisations now have teams such as Echo Fox, Misfits, Cloud9, SK Gaming, Team SoloMid, NRG and Fnatic. June 2017 also saw the announcement of a partnership between ESL and Vainglory for comprehensive and continuous broadcasts of the game. London saw the Vainglory Spring Championship which the Esports Insider team attended, and not long before this Lydia Mitrevski had a look at why it’s the flagship mobile esports title. The post on the Super Evil site continued: “With unrivaled control accuracy and an active global esports scene, we feel Vainglory is off to a great start. We’re excited to invest in our upcoming 5v5 game mode and in growing our amazing community. Every day, we’re humbled by the millions of players around the world who log into Vainglory to be part of our journey. We plan to bring Vainglory and future games to even bigger audiences around the world.“This round of funding also allows us to continue to develop our proprietary, console-grade, multi-platform engine, which is called E.V.I.L. As a studio, we’re obsessed with technology and unleashing beautiful graphics, stunning visual effects and realistic animations at the highest possible frame rates, across the broadest range of platforms. We’re thrilled with what our engine makes possible today, and we’re excited about how much more we can do for Vainglory and beyond in the days ahead.”Super Evil recently doubled its office space and expanded their teams in San Mateo, California and they’re still on the lookout for a number of new roles to be filled. You can check these here. Esports Insider says: Vainglory is without a doubt the leader in the mobile esports scene. This hefty $19 million investment will enable Super Evil Megacorp to continue its growth as a company, and continue to make the Vainglory bigger and better.
Top Fundraiser is Richard James of New Denver with over $14,000 in cash raised.Top team was the Rear Guard contingent of Jim and Nancy Noiles, Doug Noiles, P’Nina Shames and Lorne Westnedge.The team raised more than $20,000 to garner The Nelson Daily prize for the top fundraising team.Approximately 70 percent of the riders come from the West Kootenays with the rest of the participant coming from the East Kootenays, Central BC, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Alberta, and one from Ontario. At this rate MS (Multiple sclerosis) has not chance of surviving.Almost 90 riders took to the highways in and around Nelson, Slocan, New Denver and Kaslo to raise more than $125,000 at the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge this past weekend.”So far this year we have raised over $125,000,” said organizer Leona Dimock. “And our five-year total is approximately $470,000.”Dimock said there was a total of 93 fundraiser, to which 88 rode the 222 kilometer course from New Denver to Nelson Saturday, and then onto Kaslo before concluding the challenge in New Denver Sunday.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has paid special tribute to late Indian cricket administrator, Jagmohan Dalmiya, lauding him as someone who had “a deep passion” for the sport.The 71-year-old Lloyd, the most successful captain in cricket history, described Dalmiya as someone who “loved cricket” and gave all he could “for the good of the game”.”He did a lot for Indian cricket and world cricket. He was a very strong person and we got along very well,” said Lloyd, the current chairman of West Indies selectors.”He was very well respected and rose to the highest office in world cricket. He gave yeoman service to the game and brought it to where it is today. He was a very likeable person and it is indeed sad that he has passed on.”We have lost a great administrator and a true family man, and someone who loved the great game of cricket.”great legacyDalmiya was a former president of cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and was serving as head of the Board for Cricket Control of India (BCCI) at the time of his death last Sunday.The 75-year-old has also been credited for transforming India’s cricket into financial giants but Lloyd said there was much more to Dalmiya’s legacy.”One of his strengths was that he helped the game to reach a strong financial footing, and a lot of people talk about that aspect of his administration, but there was much more to him that just that,” Lloyd pointed out.”He did so successfully, but he also brought great respect to the game and its players all across the world. He was very well respected everywhere he went because he put the game first and everyone could see he cared about cricket and had a deep passion for what was happening on and off the field.”Lloyd was the mastermind of West Indies’ world dominance in the 1970s and 1980s, and led the Caribbean side to back-to-back triumphs in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.That era proved one of the greatest periods of dominance by a single team in the history of sports. After retirement, Lloyd worked as an ICC Match Referee and West Indies team manager.
Following outstanding performances at last month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships and the Carifta Games in Curacao, we could see another series of powerful performances for Jamaican high-school athletes in individual events when the Penn Relays get underway this Thursday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Two Jamaicans in Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald and Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical are set to battle it out in the Championship of America High School 400m hurdles event for girls, with action slated for this Thursday.McDonald, who seems to have peaked at the right time following success at Champs, where she upstaged Foster to win the Open event in 56.53 seconds, is the top seed in this event. However, Foster, who was a close second in 56.65 seconds and who won the Under-20 event at the Carifta Games in 58.84 seconds, cannot be taken lightly, but, between the two, Jamaica looks set to continue their dominance here.Edwin Allen’s Fiona Richards, following wins at Champs and at the Carifta Games, with record throws of 53.04m and 54.19m in the discus event, should also have her way here.Tissana Hickling (St Jago) has been consistent in both the triple and long jump competitions this season, but will be doing the long jump at the Penn Relays this year. She will also be confident of registering a big mark here after producing distances of 6.27 and 6.22 metres in negative wind at Carifta and Champs.Vere Technical’s Lamara Distin and Edwin Allen’s Jonique Burger have been consistent all season in the high jump. Distin, the top female jumper so far with a 1.80m clearance done at the Digicel Grand Prix final, could go all the way to make up for her somewhat disappointing silver medal at Carifta in the Under-18 event.Following his performance at the Carifta Trials early in March, where he defeated overseas-based Ronaldo Griffiths, St Jago’s Timor Barrett, who won the Class One 400m hurdles event at Champs with a sub-52 seconds effort, was the favourite to win at Penns. However, Griffiths, who turned the tables on Barrett at Carifta in winning in 52.01 seconds, will be competing for his New York High School team at Penns, and both are expected to fight out the finish here. Several other Jamaicans, including Calabar’s Akyeeme Francis and Jamaica College’s Malik Smith, are also down to compete.GOOD MEETSt Jago could have a good meet as Lushane Wilson, with a season best of 2.08 metres in the high jump, and Roje Stona, in the discus, have a good chance to win their events.Both Kevin Nedrick of Petersfield High and Carey McLeod of Kingston College could add to a likely good showing for Jamaica in the field by winning their respective events. Nedrick, following wins at Champs with a record heave of 20.05 metres in the shot put and 19.29 metres at Carifta, looks good here, while McLeod could dominate the long jump. He won the event at Carifta with 7.62 metres and will renew his rivalry with The Bahamas’ Martin Holland, who was second with 7.33 metres.
Del Potro arrived at Indian Wells having won a title in Acapulco and back in the top 10.“I’m really enjoying playing tennis again,” he said. “I’m still surprising myself, and I want to keep surprising the tennis tour.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They were on serve in the third until Federer broke for a 5-4 lead with a backhand winner off del Potro’s serve.Federer had a chance to serve out the match, holding two match points. But del Potro staved both off to force deuce.Federer’s forehand went long, giving del Potro a break point. Federer answered with a backhand that hit del Potro at the net and then gained his third match point on del Potro’s forehand error.Del Potro recovered to deuce with a forehand winner. Federer mis-hit a forehand high into the air beyond the baseline, giving del Potro another break point. The Argentine cashed in with a well-placed forehand in the corner to tie the set, 5-all.In the tiebreaker, Del Potro raced to a 6-1 lead, helped by two of Federer’s double faults. He closed out the win on his third match point when Federer’s forehand failed.“I would like to play that tiebreaker again because I don’t know what the hell happened,” Federer said.Del Potro lost just six points on his serve in the first set.In the second-set tiebreaker, Del Potro and Federer took turns arguing with chair umpire Fergus Murphy. Del Potro was annoyed the crowd was making noise on his serve and told the umpire he wasn’t warning them enough to be quiet.“It had no effect on the outcome of the match,” Federer said. “I was just also just trying to pump myself up more, to get energy for me.”Del Potro survived three-setters against countryman Leonardo Mayer in the fourth round and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals. It was his first win against Federer since last year’s U.S. Open quarters. Del Potro trails in their series 18-7, but owns a 4-2 advantage in finals. Harden scores 34 as Rockets hold off Timberwolves APINDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Juan Martin del Potro keeps surprising himself.Close to quitting tennis after four wrist surgeries in recent years, the Argentine fought to get back to the ATP Tour even as he was reduced to hitting his backhand with one hand instead of his usual two.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Del Potro and Osaka each earned $1.3 million.Del Potro became the first Argentine champion in the 42-year history of the desert tournament. He handed Federer his first loss of the year, snapping the Swiss superstar’s 17-match winning streak that was the best of his career.“I feel frustrated that I let an opportunity like this go by,” Federer said.Del Potro held a match point at 8-7 in the second-set tiebreaker, but he lost the final three points on his own errors that allowed Federer to force a third set.“It was a lot of frustration after that match point, but then I play well,” Del Potro said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The struggle paid off Sunday, when Del Potro staved off three match points in the third set to beat top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4,7-6 (8), 7-6 (2) for the BNP Paribas Open title.The win ranks up there with Del Potro’s 2009 U.S. Open title, in which he beat Federer, and helping Argentina win the Davis Cup in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis,” Del Potro said.Naomi Osaka of Japan won the women’s title 6-3, 6-2 over Russian Daria Kasatkina in a match-up of 20-year-old rising stars. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
…regulations for scrutiny of hotel standards being reviewedWith a fire disaster being recently averted at the Pegasus Hotel, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has stepped in to determine what exactly happened on that fateful night, when emergency exits were reportedly sealed and smoke alarms were reportedly dysfunctional.The scene at the Pegasus Hotel after the fire was avertedDirector of the GTA, Brian Mullis, in an interview with this publication on Tuesday, declared that that agency has now become actively involved in the issue because the Pegasus Hotel had never previously been flagged for safety violations.“One of the agencies that we depend on is the Fire Department (GFS). So any operator or hotelier, before they can be licensed by the GTA, has to (pass through) the Fire Department. So that falls, to some extent, out of our purview, though safety is within our regulation as well. So our input will be to understand the situation,” he explained.“We’ve reached out to Pegasus proactively when we heard about the situation. (We want) to come in and understand the situation first hand, because we have heard at least two sides to the story. So we want to understand to what extent safety and security considerations are in place now,” Mullis explained.GTA Director Brian MullisAccording to Mullis, the GTA wants to work with the Pegasus hotel to ensure that its safety standards are effective. When it comes to scrutiny of hotels in general, Mullis revealed, work is ongoing to review the regulations.“We are in the process of updating our regulations relating to different subsectors. Currently, we regulated interior hotels; other hotels would fall under the coastal Georgetown city municipality-based hotels, tour operators and guides. We’re updating those regulations so that they reflect best practice in 2018 and into the future. So we’ll be working with hoteliers like Pegasus to get them up to those higher standards as well.”A statement from the Pegasus Hotel has declared that the fire was extinguished by staff themselves, and that the smoke alarm in the kitchen did go off. According to the statement, guests were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution…”“We understand the anxieties of our guests, who were inconvenienced. We are pleased that all guests were returned to their rooms within a short period of time, and that there were no injuries or any need for relocation to another property or alternative accommodation,” the hotel stated in a release on Tuesday evening.US State DeptOn Monday, the United States State Department issued an alert on the Pegasus Hotel. The alert came hours after a fire was averted at the hotel on Sunday night. However, the State Department has announced that US Government personnel staying at the hotel have decided to move to other locations.On Sunday evening, guests at the Pegasus Hotel had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen area of the hotel at about 22:45h. The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) was summoned to the scene; and upon arrival, the fire fighters were able to contain the fire to one area.When Guyana Times arrived on scene, GFS Station Officer with responsibility for fire prevention, Andrew Holder, told the media that the fire started as a result of a ‘deep-fry’ accidently or deliberately being left on. This, he noted, caused the appliance to overheat, and it eventually ignited the installation for the extractor.This created a smoke-logged environment, but fire fighters were able to quickly put out the fire and create some form of ventilation. All efforts were made to ensure that everyone was out of the building. Holder noted that smoke would have reached at least the second and third floods, thus causing some panic among the guests who were staying at the hotel.The fire official noted that there were several safety breaches at the hotel. He said the emergency exit doors were chained and padlocked, there was no fire alarm, and staff was not trained to deal with such an occurrence.“This is a serious breach of safety, and it has severe consequences,” Holder had added.Guest at the hotel expressed shock that there was no fire alarm. One guest recalled that he went to the emergency exit after his room was consumed by smoke, only to discover it locked.
Tony Evans has questioned whether former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp would be an upgrade for Liverpool.The ex-Bundesliga chief has been linked with the Reds, should the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) decide to dispense with Brendan Rodgers’ services.Klopp left Borussia Dortmund this summer, after a disastrous season which saw them in the bottom three at Christmas and finish seventh, while their participation in the Champions League was ended at the last-16 stage.The 47-year-old has announced he will take an indefinite break from football but, speaking to talkSPORT, the Times football editor claims the German may be waiting for the Manchester City job to become available.“Is Jurgen Klopp an upgrade for Liverpool looking at the season he’s had,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I couldn’t imagine Carlo Ancelotti taking the job.“They are probably both waiting until September or October when the Manchester City job might be available. They have more resources and Champions League football.”
Elite Dance Academy in Buncrana are to represent Ireland at The World HipHop Championships in Glasgow in August.“My Dancers are in the Advanced/Champion Level and they are just amazing, all their hard work and dedication has paid off,” said Clare McCarron.“They are an amazing group of children and I am so proud of them. Words cannot describe how I’m feeling today as their Dance Teacher. Here are their Amazing Results –Clares Accessories 1st in under 10’s Champion Crews2Krew4U 1st in Under 18’s Champion CrewsAoife Mceleney1st Place in SolosKatelyn Doherty 1st in SolosAine noone 1st in SolosSarahmarie Duffy 3rd in SolosEirn Fullerton 3rd in SolosCiara Blaney 4th in SolosNatasha Grant 2nd in SolosAimee McLaughlin 4th SolosGráinne Mc Laughlin 5th solosCiara Blaney & Aoife mc Eleney 1st in doublesNatasha Grant & Aimee Mc Laughlin 2nd in doublesCaoimhe Odonnell & Niamh Mc Fadden 3rd in doublesClaire Duffy & graine mc laughlin 2nd in DoublesAine noone & eirn fullerton 1st in DoublesKatelyn doherty & Sarahmarie 2nd in Doubles…!!!BUNCRANA HIPHOP DANCERS THROUGH TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:buncranadancerselite dance academyWorld Championships
FROM THE CHURCH LANE TO MEXICO – THEY’RE WILLING HARPS ON TO THE PREMIER LEAGUEA small section of what Finn Park will look like on Friday night!If the atmosphere at Finn Park last Friday night was electric – goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher described it as something he had been eagerly anticipating since first pulling on a Harps jersey – then it will probably be enough to power the floodlights when Limerick come to town this weekend for the second leg of the promotion/relegation play-off.Unlike the U.C.D. tie, when Harps played hosts a goal to the good, this time they have to overcome a lone score deficit if they are to make that climb into Premier ranks. It could, and should, have been a much more level playing field had some key decisions at the Market’s Field gone the visitors’ way on Monday evening.Where Finn Harps are concerned, you could find yourself getting paranoid when match officials rule the other way but in the case of the penalty that wasn’t awarded and the sending-off that was also ignored, you might even have found Limerick fans blinking in disbelief after referee Rob Rogers – go ahead if you want, we wuz Robbed – failed to award a spot kick when Mickey Funston was floored in the area and then gave Shaun Kelly the benefit of the doubt when a two-footed challenge went unpunished with a red card. True, he made no contact with Tony McNamee but the rules do imply intention as an offence and his lunge had all the earmarks of it (or footmarks if you prefer).Not that we would have wanted to see a Donegalman get the line – Kelly’s stunning goal was the highlight of the night – but you wonder had it been a Donegalman in a Harps jersey, would the card have been flashed? Of course, that could be paranoia posing the question again.Harps did have that golden chance to bring the tie to Ballybofey at level pegging status only for BJ Banda to steer the ball past the upright with the goal at his mercy but perhaps he’s waiting for the return leg to deliver the crucial score.Or could Josh Mailey provide us with a goal of the quality of the one he netted against the students – a gem that has made it onto the Goal of the Season competition on R.T.E.’s ‘Soccer Republic’ show.The highlights programme did feature snippets from the game at the Market’s Field but somehow failed to show Funston’s upending in the penalty box. No doubt an oversight.Meanwhile, the good luck messages have been flooding in on social media and on the Harps website from sources as far apart as the Save the Church Lane campaign in Letterkenny to one Felipe Cervantes Huerta in Mexico. Harps can do it, says the latter.I’m with you there, Felipe, but perhaps we may need a balancing out of refereeing decisions if it’s going to happen.Get there early if you want a decent vantage point. I’m heading over on Thursday just to be sure.JIMMY’S WINNING READERS (BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE HAPPY) Jimmy’s still signing books!It’s probably the safest of bets to suggest that the other Rory Gallagher won’t be penning tribute songs about Jim McGuinness any time soon. Statements, yes, but nothing in the way of high praise – or indeed any praise – for the man who brought him into the management set-up in Donegal until circumstances forced the parting of the ways.What those circumstances were we can judge for ourselves (or not) with a read of the relevant passages in the book or alternatively in the statement issued by the current Donegal manager this week.Walshyby Paddy WalshJimmy’s not winning matches anymore with his native county but is surely winning readers for his memoir which entered the public domain following its launch in Glenties last week. And one of those readers – there may be more – has signalled his unhappiness with some of the former manager’s assertions.Gallagher has referred to “inaccuracies” in the book and expressed his disappointment that his predecessor chose to “comment on the breakup of the management team at this point.”At this point would appear to be relevant and suggests somewhere down the line might have been appropriate but whatever the case, he insisted that the players, management and back-room team had a “very clear understanding” that what happened within the group remained in the group.But it rarely does remain in the group and whether it was going to be McGuinness or one of the players, the nature of the split in the camp was inevitably going to emerge at some given time into that great arena known as the general public.McGuinness revealed that he had not spoken with his former managerial side-kick since last year and we had hardly digested the contents of Gallagher’s carefully prepared statement when the reaction to the reaction came about courtesy of an interview the Glenties man gave to Matt Cooper on Today FM where he insisted he was “very comfortable” with the book.“The facts of the matter are in the book. In terms of the people in the book, we’ve been very, very fair,” McGuinness insisted.“I didn’t want the book to be a tabloid, I didn’t want it to be something that was controversial – something that was going to drag the tone down. In my opinion, it’s a very honest account and it’s a very true reflection of myself as a person and also of the team.That honesty comes through in searingly harrowing terms when he describes the untimely deaths of his two brothers, Mark and Charlie, the latter through illness and the former as the result of a road accident and the impact it had on his life thereafter.His own pathway through third level education after a despairing time in secondary school also makes for compelling reading but while he may not have started out with the intention of being controversial, that is precisely how it is being viewed in some quarters and his comments in the book that some members of the Donegal County Board wanted him to fail in his role hardly lean away from the contentious.Rory Gallagher may, or may not, react to the latest comments but whatever the case, ‘Until Victory Always’ will continue to command attention amongst sports followers everywhere – particulary those who like a bit of meat on their literary dinner plate.THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE…Whatever the outcome in Friday evening’s big showdown in Ballybofey, I still believe the whole play-off concept is something of a farce. Not to the league authorities, who, of course, get their cut from the gate takings – and the attendances at Finn Park last weekend and at the Markets Field on Monday night do represent a neat financial package and, it has to be said, also for the clubs concerned – or indeed to football followers who can revel in the thrills and spills of such encounters.But as this column has pointed out previously, Harps finished five points clear of U.C.D. after a tough league campaign and, yet, the third placed team still had the chance to pip them for promotion to the upper ranks. Where is the justice in that? You go through an entire season to build up a points tally good enough to get you somewhere but at the end of it, you could just as well finish sixteen ahead of your nearest rivals and still be forced to go into a play-off with them for the right to – well, for the right to meet the team who ended their Premier League campaign second from bottom. Their – in this case, Limerick’s – reward for not accruing enough points to stay up automatically during the season? One two-legged play-off (not, two, mind you which was the lot of the First Division runners-up) and an opportunity to retain their place in the top division.Something seriously wrong somewhere and while Harps must get on with it for now, the league should surely alter a system where an entire season’s work is left at the mercy of the play-off scenario. …AND NEITHER IS THISIf we needed a barometer of just where Donegal club football lies in the great scheme of things in Ulster, a glance at the record books will relate an all too depressing, and familiar, story.Naomh Conaill became the latest victim of the Province’s Senior Club Championship after their loss on Sunday to Trillick where even ‘home’ advantage couldn’t get them beyond the quarter-final stage.The Glenties men fought to the finish to be fair after having had the influential Anthony Thompson dismissed for an attempted head butt offence and were within a solitary point of their Tyrone opponents when referee Conor Doureen signalled the end of Donegal’s involvement in the competition for another year.A sorry tale of years of failure when we haven’t just come up short but have rarely been in contention at the business end of the competition.Two years ago, Glenswilly did manage what few Donegal clubs have achieved – very few – and got to the Final. But Derry champions, Ballinderry, lay in waiting and while the match itself was close, the result was close to inevitable.In 2010, Naomh Conaill also reached the Senior Final but found Crossmaglen Rangers too tough a nut to crack. Another year and more despair.Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to 1991 to find a Donegal finalist and again it was a losing finalist, Killybegs coming out at the wrong end against Castleblaney Faughs.It was left to St. Joseph’s to carry the banner for the county in the late sixties and up to the mid-seventies and they reached three Finals in 1868, 1873 and 1975, winning the latter and consequently – though nobody knew it then – becoming the only Donegal club to achieve the Ulster club title in forty years of trying.Naomh Conaill weren’t helped last Sunday by the red card handed out to Anthony Thompson and by the first half injury to the ‘Brick’ Molloy and, more significantly, a hugely disappointing start. But while great credit is due to Martin Regan’s team for edging their way back into the game in the second period, there was something of a foregone conclusion about the whole thing once that final whistle blew.A foregone conclusion that has dogged Donegal club football despite the comparitive success of the county team at Ulster level and beyond.The likes of St Eunans, Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill, can be dominant forces where the county championship is concerned and may be for some time to come but where is the club that can go on and wrestle an Ulster title or – and it’s a big ‘or’ – a national crown?Is there any one out there?RAMELTON’S WORLD CUP!The man himself Dave GallaherWell, that was a World Cup to savour. True, it confirmed what most already knew that the two best teams on planet earth hail from New Zealand and Australia respectively and the very best team of them all deservedly are heading home with the Webb Ellis trophy tucked up in their hand luggage.While I watched Saturday evening’s Final, every so often the name Dave Gallaher would float into mind. The Ramelton born rugby genius who represented with distinction the All Black Originals back at the turn of the last century.It took us the guts of that century to laud his achievements and commemorate him in his own native county but his name is now household and be forever familiar to visiting teams who play at the home ground of Letterkenny R.F.C. named in his honour.It was Gallaher who helped inspire that early version of the All Blacks and, long before most of us here had heard of him, his and his family’s adopted country of New Zealand had hailed him as a sporting legend and still do to this day.Take a bow, Ramelton, you’re truly part of Kiwi and rugby history. REMEMBERING PETERTo those of us who knew him during his time in Letterkenny, former Church of Ireland Bishop,Peter Barrett was an unassuming and hugely likeable individual. His appointment as rector of Letterkenny and Gartan provided the community with an inspiration and a true spiritual leader to his congregation.The reason he finds his way into the column this week was to mark his recent passing at the all too-young age of 59 and to remember the conversations I shared with him on sport. He had a particular passion for hockey and would go on to become vice-President of the Monkstown Hockey Club in Dublin as well as being a qualified hockey umpire. He also captained his school teams and played with Leinster and Ireland in his day.The second reason I wanted to mention this gentleman among gentlemen was not the one that seemed to occupy several of the obituaries – including Patsy McGarry’s piece in the ‘Irish Times’ a few days ago – which principally focused on some personal issues that arrived in his life and resulted in much soul-searching but neglected to mention everything he had brought as a Minister to his flock and indeed to those communities in which he served including Letterkenny.He surely deserved to be remembered for all the good he had done during his various Ministeries without the focus being placed on a time of his life that can only have caused him, and his family, the greatest of pain.Meanwhile, I’ll remember him as a good-humoured individual and as someone who shared a passion for his beloved sport.JOHNNY INVITES YOU ALL TO THE CUP FINAL!Johnny Dunleavy in his Wolves days but is now captaining Cork City.Get thee to a television set on Sunday afternoon and prepare to enjoy a Cup Final that won’t have the glitz and glamour of its English counterpart but will nevertheless have all the thrills and skills of it.The meeting of League of Ireland Premier Champions, Dundalk, and runners-up, Cork City, does promise a footballing occasion to savour with the likes of Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan in inspired form this season for the County Louth outfit. And not forgetting Ballybofey’s own Johnny Dunleavy, skippering the Rebels from further south.Turn a blind eye for a change to what’s on offer in the English Premiership, and watch some of the talent that’s currently on offer on home soil.I think you’ll be more than surprised at the quality. WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – HARPS TO GET A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND JIMMY GETS BOOKED! was last modified: November 4th, 2015 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:donegalfinn harpsJim McGuinnessletterkennyPaddy WalshSport