Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?

first_imgLONDON (AP):In one dugout at Etihad Stadium tomorrow will be a manager enjoying a six-match winning streak with his second-place team. In the other, a manager reeling from the biggest loss of his career and down in fifth place.Few at the start of the English Premier League would have predicted it would be Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the edge over struggling Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.But the top of the standings is confounding expectations in the second half of the season. City host Tottenham with Guardiola’s side trailing the second-place London club by three points and leaders Chelsea by 10 points.Having already ruled City out of the title race, Guardiola is now in a scrap just to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four as he endures a difficult first season in English football.It was against Tottenham in early October when Guardiola experienced his first setback at City, with Pochettino ending the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s winning league start. Last weekend, he was humbled by a 4-0 loss at Everton, a career low for the Champions League-winning coach.Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?”The coach has to adapt with the players, the players have to adapt with the coach,” Eric Abidal, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, told The Associated Press yesterday. “Tactically, and the methodology of Pep Guardiola is methodology from Barcelona … he needs time. They will win trophies.”City racked up six successive wins in the league before losing 2-0 at Tottenham on October 2. Since then City have dropped 18 points, winning seven of their 14 games as the shortcomings of the brittle defence and shaky goalkeeper Claudio Bravo have been exposed.City’s attacking options have been reinforced with Gabriel Jesus completing his move from Palmeiras in time to feature against Tottenham.And for the 19-year-old Jesus, Guardiola played a big part in deciding his next destination.”He was the only manager who called me, so I was very pleased,” Jesus said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that, like me, he is mad about football. He lives football 24 hours a day. I’m like that, too.”Tottenham could move six points clear of City by completing the double over Guardiola’s side.And for Pochettino, it’s not just about securing a second successive season in the Champions League, but delivering the north London club’s first domestic title since 1961.”We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” Pochettino said. “It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.”We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.”Tottenham have received more positive news on defender Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury. After initial fears the centre back could be out for three months, Tottenham now expect him back in six weeks.AT THE BOTTOMTwo of the teams in the relegation zone have tricky trips to top-four opposition.Paul Clement takes Swansea to third-place Liverpool tomorrow for a daunting second league game in charge of the bottom-place team.”It does not look hopeless,” the former Bayern Munich assistant coach said. “We are one point behind the team outside the relegation zone and not far behind the teams just above that as well.”Sunderland, who are above Swansea on goal difference, are at West Bromwich Albion. Hull are a point further up the standings going into Sunday’s game at leaders Chelsea.THIS WEEKENDTOMORROW7:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs Swansea10 a.m.: Bournemouth vs Watford10 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs Everton10 a.m.: Middlesbrough vs West Ham10 a.m.: Stoke City vs Man United10 a.m.: West Brom vs Sunderland12:30 p.m.: Man City vs TottenhamSUNDAY7 a.m.: Southampton vs Leicester9:15 a.m.: Arsenal vs Burnley11:30 a.m.: Chelsea vs Hull Citypoints standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsChelsea 21 17 1 3 45 15 30 52Tottenham 21 13 6 2 43 14 29 45Liverpool 21 13 6 2 49 24 25 45Arsenal 21 13 5 3 48 22 26 44Man City 21 13 3 5 41 26 15 42Man Utd 21 11 7 3 32 20 12 40Everton 21 9 6 6 32 23 9 33West Brom 21 8 5 8 28 28 0 29Stoke City 21 7 6 8 27 33 -6 27Burnley 21 8 2 11 23 31 -8 26B’mouth 21 7 4 10 30 37 -7 25West Ham 21 7 4 10 26 35 -9 25S’hampton 21 6 6 9 19 26 -7 24Watford 21 6 5 10 23 36 -13 23Leicester 21 5 6 10 24 34 -10 21M’borough 21 4 8 9 17 22 -5 20Crystal P 21 4 4 13 30 40 -10 16Hull City 21 4 4 13 20 45 -25 16Sunderland 21 4 3 14 20 40 -20 15Swansea 21 4 3 14 23 49 -26 15last_img read more

Eagles make it official, Nick Foles will get another start

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Doug Pederson announced Monday that Foles will remain under center, though it’s no surprise because Carson Wentz hasn’t been cleared to return from a back injury that has forced him to miss the last two games.“As he goes through this natural healing process and the rest and everything, our medical team will continue to evaluate him and we’ll see where he’s at,” Pederson said of Wentz. “Right now, Nick is the guy, and we’re going to finish at least this last game with Nick, and then we’ll evaluate next week again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe defending Super Bowl champs will earn the NFC’s second wild-card spot if they beat the Redskins and the Vikings (8-6-1) lose at home to the Bears (11-4).Wentz will stay on the active roster so there’s a chance he could return if the Eagles stay alive. It would be tough to bench Foles, however, if he continues to play at a high level. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Going back to Foles’ first stint in Philadelphia, he’s 22-7 as a starter for the Eagles since going 1-5 his rookie year in 2012 on a 4-12 team that cost Andy Reid his job as coach.Notes: WR Mike Wallace was activated from injured reserve and CB Josh Hawkins was promoted from the practice squad. CBs Chandon Sullivan and De’Vante Bausby were released. Wallace hasn’t played since he broke his right fibula in Week 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Those are obviously conversations we have to have,” Pederson said. “Those are tough decisions to make. I’ve said all along that Carson is our guy and if he’s cleared and 100 percent and ready to go, then we’ll address that at that time.”The Eagles have a chance because Foles again stepped in for Wentz and has been outstanding. Foles was the Super Bowl MVP 10 1/2 months ago after a spectacular performance against New England led Philadelphia to its first NFL title since 1960.He set a franchise-record with 471 yards passing against the Texans and tossed four touchdown passes. A week earlier, he led the 13 1/2-point underdog Eagles to a 30-23 victory on the road over the Los Angeles Rams.“He’s just an unbelievable player and an unbelievable person,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “His demeanor is so calm and he’s a really good player.”The Eagles are 8-2 with Foles the past two seasons, including the playoffs and a loss to Dallas in a meaningless game in Week 17 in which the starters only played one quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ LATEST STORIES Raiders win possible final game in Oakland, beat Broncos Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles celebrates as he runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 32-30. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles will get another shot to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs.Coming off a record-setting performance in a 32-30 comeback win over Houston, Foles will start when the Eagles (8-7) visit Washington (7-8) in a must-win game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener02:14Carpio 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 View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Induction Officer Warns Against Split in Nimba

first_imgDeputy Minister for Planning and Research at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Teah Nagbe, who recently inducted into office the Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, has sternly warned Nimbaians not to allow their county to be divided.Minister Nagbe stressed in a statement during the induction ceremony that “It will be a big mistake on the part of Nimbaians to allow their county to be split because other counties that did it are not developing as fast as Nimba.”According to Minister Nagbe, there are more large towns and cities in Nimba than in most counties in Liberia, and this is the result of allowing people of diverse backgrounds to congregate in huge numbers.He observed that those counties created from the original nine counties are struggling because they are sparsely populated, making rapid development difficult.Minister Nagbe indicated that the concentration of large populations in Nimba is also beneficial to Liberia because development of those areas accrue to more Liberians.He suggested to the Nimba Legislative Caucus and the county administration to persevere and erect junior high schools in all the major towns to encourage the young people dwelling there to go to school.He said residents will see reason to send their children to school since if the schools are within their communities and students will not have to travel elsewhere to receive higher education.Minister Nagbe cautioned the elders and youths to be careful about those politicians who will only advocate for positions that allow them receive the respect without having any regard for others.“When some are in position, they only want respect to go to them and not others, and as you administer the affairs of the county, be careful not to allow such people to divide you,” he admonished.He urged the Legislative Caucus of Nimba and the county administration to work together for the benefit of the county because the development potential of the county is highly visible.Even though Minister Nagbe made it clear that his warning was not predicated upon any rumor of divide in the county, Nimba County is beginning to see serious tribal division since the Unity Party led government came into existence in 2006.Senator Prince Johnson’s influence in the 2011 election led four Representatives and two Senators, all Gio to the Legislature from Nimba with three Representatives exclusively of the Mano tribe.On that basis, some members of the Mano ethnic group have proposed a division of the county into the Gio, the majority tribe, on one side, and the Manos on the other.For the purpose of maintaining and retaining legislative power in the county, independent sources have discovered that the Gios being in the majority have resolved to establish the “Gio Union” that promotes the political interest of any member of the tribe whether qualified for public office or not.Amid these unfolding events in the county, a Statutory District Superintendent of Nimba, Bartua Bartuah, has opposed the division of the county and called on compatriots to join him in opposing such a division.On local radio stations in Nimba, many residents have registered their distaste for ethnic division in the county and have strongly condemned such a political idea.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legendary Guitarist Junior Marvin Visits Liberia Soon

first_imgLegendary guitarist, Junior Marvin, renowned member of the famous reggae group, The Wailers, is on the verge of fulfilling a dream long harbored by the deceased King of Reggae, and the visionary leader of The Wailers, Bob Marley.Junior Marvin, who for many years gave The Wailers the spicy instrumental tune needed to add flavor to their undying pieces of music, disclosed to the Daily Observer that he will be visiting Liberia very soon, and will do a live stage performance while here. And this, he said, is in fulfillment of the dream of their legendary leader, Bob Marley.During the interview, Marvin was a recent guest of Liberian international curator and singer, Sarah Gusten Marr, in England, where he had gone for the filming of the video for her song, Forgotten. Marvin disclosed in an interview during his visit, “Liberia is definitely one of first places I will come to perform, and that will be very soon.” He said Bob Marley had a dream to visit every country on the African continent before he met his untimely death in 1981; and he (Marvin) is on a mission to fulfill this dream of his former boss. Born in 1949 as Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr., Junior Marvin is a Jamaican born guitarist and singer. He said it is “definitely” in his “agenda” to come to Liberia and meet its wonderful people. He added that Bob had always wanted him and The Wailers to be a part of Africa’s history moving forward.He noted that Liberia is a very special country because of its name (Liberia) and because it was one of the first places made available for the repatriation of enslaved black people to get back to Africa. “This gave them the opportunity to develop themselves and the African continent through education, religion, infrastructural development,” he said.He further indicated that while here, he would want to be involved in philanthropic works that will bring smiles to Liberians, especially the children. Marvin is indeed due in Liberia soon because he is collaborating with international Liberian singer/songwriter, Sarah Güsten-Marr, on a video for her latest song “Forgotten” that will soon be release in Liberia.“Forgotten” typifies the sufferings that the country and its people have endured as a result of war and disease.The song is not meant to bring back bad reflections of the civil war but the writer and singer (Sarah) touches basically on this topic to extol the present state of Liberia on how they were able to overcome those misty days of wars and inhuman conditions. Sarah considers Marvin as a source of inspiration, especially for her music career, apart from being great friends. “Marvin has been a wonderful mentor for me, and I’m so glad that I’m working with him during the creation of ‘Forgotten,’ a song written for my country, Liberia, the country of my birth,” Sarah told the Daily Observer in an interview. The official music video is being shot at Sarah’s art gallery (Gallery GM) in the UK, and should be out officially some time soon.She also revealed that she is working on another project, the “Great Nelson Mandela Project,” with Marvin.Sarah Güsten-Marr was born in Liberia, West Africa, in 1970. An orphan baby, she was adopted by German parents and brought up together with her two older sisters in West Africa, Germany, USA and Italy. The family educated all three girls to become citizens of the world. “This song is also to celebrate orphans across the world that might have gone through the same circumstances or even worse, that there are better days and they must strive to get out of their predicaments and make something meaningful for themselves and others around them too. I am an example of one of those orphans who was able to overcome all those eerie situations,” she said.Marvin’s Love for AfricaThe legendary guitarist said that he learned a lot while working with Bob Marley. While growing up in the United Kingdom, Marvin said he and other black kids never had the opportunity to hear about black kings and queens.“I’m a historian and I love history, but the history of black kings, queens and emperors throughout the continent was never revealed to me.“And I realized that black history was something that I would have to go and learn by myself. Because they will never teach me that in school and never encouraged me to know about myself and from whence I have come and where I’m headed,” he said.He therefore made it a personal endeavor to learn about his people and himself. Marvin indicated that he considers himself a true African though he has some Jamaican Indian and European blood connections.“Though I have some mixed Jamaican Indian and European connections, but my basic core is African. So anything that pertains to Africa is very interesting to me.” He indicated that his involvement with Bob Marley also brought him in close contact with some prominent black personalities such as the famous Marcus Garvey and Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia.“Many people may not know but Bob and The Wailers, including myself as a member, were instrumental in the independence of Zimbabwe. We also went to Gabon, where we were invited, to play for President Omar Bongo’o’s birthday. The Wailers also visited Zimbabwe, while Bob also went to Ethiopia by himself,” he said.He added that all of these are meant to say that, “We have always wanted to be a part of the history of Africa.“The journey has to be continued because I promised Bob that I will make sure to do everything in my power to go everywhere in Africa, and Liberia is definitely one of those countries that I would love to visit and this will be very soon.”He disclosed that he is doing a new album which is titled: “United time is right; Africa is calling.” “This is a double title that urges Africans, both at home and in the Diaspora, to unite and take on the responsibilities of developing ourselves and the continent. No one will do it for us if we don’t do it,” he said.He told the rest of his colleagues in the Diaspora, many of who have forgotten the African continent, “A man that does not know his roots is like a dust blowing in the wind,” he said, adding, “We need to know our roots and we need to develop the continent as the United State of Africa. “Of course all the minerals and riches of the earth came from Africa, where life also started from. “We are tasked with the responsibilities to make sure that our children coming up now get the nourishment, not just for their bodies, but their minds and education is key in this direction.“Education is key; communication is also key, and travelling is also important as well. In this light Africa will be what it is supposed to be, but it is our responsibilities to make it happen.”Meanwhile, Junior left The Wailers in the spring of 1997 to pursue a solo career in, of all places, Goiania, Brazil. There he formed a group called Junior Marvin and Batuka.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Hires 4 Int’l Technocrats

first_imgThe head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, has notified the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, that EU is hiring the services of four international experts for a period of four years to help boost the renewable energy sector.She said in the first phase of the project, one of the experts will work as an international director of the Bureau of Electricity and Renewable Energy, who will provide technical support to the Assistant Minister for Energy alongside a national deputy director.Ambassador Intelmann said three senior experts in electricity regulation will be joined by three locally-recruited experts to jumpstart the Electricity Regulatory Function.“In one to two years, the regulatory function will develop into an independent agency in compliance with the Electricity Law of Liberia,” the Envoy added. She said the EU’s intervention aims to provide significant additional technical capacity to reorganize and make the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Lands efficient in addressing the challenges the electricity sector faces.“In this way, it will complement the significant grant funding the EU is providing to support the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency – the Ministry’s implementing partners – in their endeavors to respectively connect the whole of Liberia to the electric grid. They will also provide improved access to modern energy services in the rural areas of the country,” she added.Improvement in the energy sector of Liberia has been a concern over the years since Liberia graduated from a 14-year civil strife in 2003.The business community has been complaining that energy provided by the LEC, through World Bank assistance, is very costly and unstable.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in response to addressing the prevailing conditions in the energy sector submitted a Bill to the National Legislature in July 2015.The Bill entitled: “2015 Electricity Law of Liberia,” seeks to liberalize the energy sector in order to drive competition to improve access, quality and lower costs of electricity.In the Act, it is established that legal and regulatory framework for generation, transmission, distribution and retail of electricity for import and export are setup to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the country’s energy sector.Considering the challenges associated with energy in postwar Liberia and the merits of the President’s Bill, the Senate in 2015 passed the Electricity Law of Liberia to liberalize and open the sector for private investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Terry Fox Run to be held Sunday

first_imgThis year’s Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday at Northern Lights College. The run/walk event is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. and has a one kilometre run for children, as well as a five and ten kilometre distance.Pledge sheets can be picked up from Pomeroy Sport Centre. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at the event. Anyone wanting to pitch in is encouraged to contact Ken Lane at 250-261-4860.The Terry Fox Run has been going on for 35 years. Last year’s Fort St. John event had 61 runners participating, and $1,555 was raised.- Advertisement –last_img

Clippers pull away for win

first_imgThe Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak and not only were victorious at home for the first time since January, but won for the first time in 13 days. Maybe Elton Brand was caught up in the moment. Maybe he was basking in his monster game of 31 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks, the latter tying a career high. But without prompting, he said, “We had the question all season long: Is this the turning point? Is this the turning point? This has to be the turning point. We have to play well. “We leapfrogged them, and now we have to catch the next team.” Brand was pointing out that the Clippers entered the day in the No. 10 position in the Western Conference behind Golden State. They moved up to ninth. Brand’s point was that only 27 games remain, and the Clippers cannot afford to wait any longer to make a move. Time is running out. “I’ve been asked at least four times, after a big win or road win, if this is the turning point,” Brand said. “This has to be it.” LOS ANGELES – Frogs didn’t fall from the sky. The moon did not turn blue. But a relatively rare phenomenon occurred at Staples Center on Saturday. The Clippers won there for the first time in February with a 103-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors. center_img Even though they won by 13 points, the Clippers hardly had control – until the fourth quarter. Through three quarters, there had been nine lead changes. With the Clippers up 83-81 with 7:54 left, they went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, and Golden State did not recover. Corey Maggette scored five points, and Shaun Livingston had a three-point play during the critical run. Those two, Brand and Quinton Ross are the only Clippers in their normal rotation who aren’t hobbled by some sort of injury. Maggette had a solid game with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Livingston responded with 14 points and a career-high 14 assists. Maggette made his second consecutive start. “Corey had a great day in practice yesterday,” Dunleavy said. “He was playing very similar to how he played today. Defensively, he did a terrific job.” Most of Brand’s blocks came because his teammates were beaten by the speedy Warriors. But still, the fact that the Clippers held the Warriors to 90 points, when they average 105.8 per game, made it look like their defensive mojo could be back. “Elton did a great job of blocking shots and keeping up with them,” Livingston said. “When he does that, it gives us a chance to box guys out, get rebounds and get our hands on balls.” CLIPPERS NOTES: Sam Cassell is hobbled by an abdominal strain. He played 15 minutes, and although he is playing through the injury, it sounds as if it is more serious than initially thought. “I’m not up to par, but if I can give this team 10, 15 good minutes and Shaun some rest, I’m going to do that,” he said. “I’m not doing well right now.” … Chris Kaman missed a second consecutive game, and his ailment from “flu-like symptoms” was upgraded to “flu.” Dunleavy said he expects to see the center at practice today. … Tim Thomas left the game in the fourth quarter with back spasms. Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Manchester United manager provides an update on David De Gea’s future

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal says the situation surrounding David De Gea’s future is now out of his hands. The Spanish goalkeeper, who has yet to feature for United this season, looks set to join Real Madrid before the transfer window closes. United lost their first Premier League game of the season to Swansea City on Sunday and questions were raised about the performance of Sergio Romero. Van Gaal hinted an announcement about De Gea could be imminent and but was coy on whether United will buy a replacement goalkeeper or a striker before Tuesday’s deadline. “I don’t want to interfere as a manager,” said Van Gaal. “You have to wait and see until Manchester United make announcements or the club he is going to make announcements. Otherwise he stays. “We have divided our task and the task is for Ed Woodward, not for me. I have said nothing, the club shall announce it when it is finished. “You can never speak as a club like Manchester United that you are satisfied because it is a process and certainly we shall not buy at the end of the transfer window another player than we have scouted before. “We know already in advance what is happening and what is not happening. We have to keep on and in January the windows are open again. It’s a process and I cannot change that progress. “You are dependable not only from the player but also the club and what you want to spend. It’s a lot of things you cannot force.”last_img read more

Picture Special: Finn Valley College students awarded for top achievements

first_imgThe annual Finn Valley College prize giving ceremony was held at the school last Thursday evening, the 25th of May, to award prizes to students to recognise their achievement in all areas of school life. The guest of honour was Avril Mc Namee, a former student and an International Handball Champion with many other titles including Ulster and All Ireland titles. Furthermore, Avril is a talented pianist having released her own CD called ‘Bovath’ which is made up of original pieces, traditional Irish ballads and chart songs. Principal Alan Thompson delivered an inspiring speech to the students, as did Avril. Mr Thompson thanked parents, students, teachers, the community, board of management representatives and our guest of honour for attending. Click the arrows left and right to view all the photos from the special prizegiving event: Picture Special: Finn Valley College students awarded for top achievements was last modified: June 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardseducationeventsFinn Valley Collegepicture specialprizegivinglast_img read more

ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgThe national underage track and field campaign came to a conclusion over last weekend again at Tullamore with added good performances rollling on from the previous days that saw Finn Valley lead the medal table well they were still up there ahead after day 3 with outstanding contributions from John Kelly Shot gold at 16.80m ,gold discus at and silver in javelin at . It was yet again a remarkable day for the St Johnstone boy who did his job perfectly in what has been a hectic few weeks and this is set to continue with a number of high profile competitions in Bedford and Aberdeen . Add Blaithnaid Patton a silver in triple jump ,Jade Leeper a bronze in the shot and Janine Boyle a bronze in the 200m and you get a flavour of the diversity of the young Valley brigade . Oisin Gallen posted a solid pb in the 1500m and there is so much more to come from him as he has shown asolid committment to the sport in recent months . So its well done all the coachs the parents the staff at Finn Valley etc on their worthy and excellent contribution .Sunday was relays only and Dermot Mc Granaghans under 12 boys medalled namely Pauric Harold Dooish N s,Shane Mc Monagle Tooban ,Oisin Mc Elhinney and Gary Gillespie both Gleneely ns underlining the importance of the primary school athletics opportunity and system . No luck with the other teams unfortunately but full marks and encouragement for being there having a go and to all for their committment on what has been a long long season . Bottom line really is the children enjoyed the experience and each others company .THe domestic season over now time to take a break get enthused by the olympics and come back full of it in September . In the meantime Club athlete is in the olympic Stadium in competition next Saturday morning . Tune in as she attempts to qualify for the final .The following day Caitriona Jennings in the marathon with Brendan Boyce towards the end of the programme . How exciting is it to have 3 Donegal athletes in the Olympics and of course our best wishes continually are with Chloe Magee who like her brothers was a regular competitor at the schools athletics representing Raphoe Central N S. Selection on Sunday also for 3 Valley athletes on the upcoming Celtic international in Aberdeen where they will represent Ireland . They are Brothers Dalton and Fellan Mc guigan in the steeple and hammer with John Kelly in the shot . Congrats to the boys and what a boost for the club .This weekend all roads as they say lead to Castlefinn for a 5k Friday evening and pre entry is again encouraged and walkers walkers walkers of course . The message being get out and about 7-30 in Castlefinn to start . ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORTlast_img read more