KEARNS — Even though she didn’t win or quite make the podium, Heather Richardson was thrilled with her performance Saturday at the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating 1,500-meter race.”It couldn’t have been any better — I’m happy with it,” she said minutes after finishing fourth in the race at the Utah Olympic Oval. “I thought I had a good chance to (make the) podium, so I’m happy with how I finished.”The 21-year-old native of North Carolina who trains in Utah came into the race ranked No. 19 in the 1,500, which isn’t her specialty, but nearly pulled off a huge upset against the world’s best.Richardson, whose best races are the 500 and 1,000, skated to a personal-best time of 1 minute, 54.25 seconds and held the lead going into the final two races, despite going out in the fourth of 10 races.Ireen Wust of the Netherlands edged Richardson with a time of 1:53.75 and, in the final race, Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands beat her teammate with a time of 1:53.38, along with Canada’s Christine Nesbitt, whose 1:54.16 barely kept Richardson off the winner’s podium.For the 21-year-old Leenstra, it was her first World Cup victory, and she was excited to beat Wust, the 2010 gold medalist in the 1,500, and Nesbitt, the gold medalist in the 1,000 at the 2010 Olympics.”I started real fast and the goal today was to stay close to Christine,” said Leenstra, who kept coughing during her interview, saying the high altitude and low humidity were hard on her lungs. “I kept strong in the last lap. To win my first World Cup is real nice.”Wust thought she had a chance at her personal best of 1:52.38, but she slipped on the second lap, which killed her chances of a great time and probably cost her the race.”I had a great first lap, but then I almost fell, so it was pretty hard to keep standing, and my race was over,” Wust said. “It’s really frustrating.I don’t know what happened. That’s no excuse — that’s skating.”Richardson said she didn’t expect to win, but has been training hard to get off to better starts, which she did Saturday.”I opened up extremely hard; I went after it as hard as possible, so that last lap I was just trying to hold on,” he said.In the seventh of 10 races, USA’s Jilleanne Rookard, ranked eighth in the World Cup, wiped out on a turn and knocked down Martina Sablikova, the winner of Friday’s 5,000-meter race. Sablikova could have re-raced, but declined to, perhaps because she was slightly injured.In the other main race Saturday, Bob de Jong of the Netherlands cruised to a personal-best time of 12 minutes, 53.17 seconds in the 10,000 meters to defeat South Korea’s Seung-Hoon Lee, who finished with a time of 12:57.27, also his personal best.Lee was the gold-medal winner in 10,000 meters at the 2010 Olympics, while de Jong won the gold medal in 2006. Despite his personal record, it was well off the world-record time of 12:41.69, set by Sven Kramer of the Netherlands at the same track in 2007.In the men’s 10,000m Division B race Saturday, Arjen van der Kieft of the Netherlands won with a time of 12:56.90, nearly eight seconds better than Shane Dobbin of New Zealand.e-mail: [email protected]
163 players, including 16 ladies, made the short journey on Wednesday Feb. 22 to the Phoenix Gold golf course, where they played the Lakes & Ocean combination in the latest PAGS monthly event. Although the weather was warm, there was a steady breeze to keep it from being too oppressive, with the groups progressing at a steady pace.Kevin MackIntosh – Low Gross winner.Play was from the white tee markers, with some being well forward, but still the course was the same challenge for all, although the integrity of the course may have been lessened for handicapping purposes.As with most months, there is usually one or sometimes several outstanding performances for the tournament. This month special mentions should go to the ladies winner & the runner up, who also won a technical prize each. Jeeranan Duncan (H/cap 18) scored an equal day’s best of 43 points to lead the way, to go with her Long Putt on 11, while Samorn Tanamsri (18) signed for 40 points to go with the ladies Long Drive prize.Jeeranan Duncan (left) – Ladies winner.If you didn’t score 42points as a minimum in the C flight (handicaps 20+) you were not in the prizes. John Hughes (20) led the way home after edging Kjell Ahlund (28) on count back to the last 6 holes 15/13, after both signed for 43 points, with John also getting the technical on Lakes #6. Kevin Johnson (21) hit the minimum 42 points for placings in this flight to get third spot. The B flight, for handicaps 14-19, was tightly contested with all place-getters separated by only 1 point. Butch Porter (15) was the clear winner on 43 points, while second and third had to be decided on count back. Manny Deftereos (16) and John Anderson (17) both recorded 42 points with the count back being decided on the last 6 holes, 16/14, Manny getting the better of John to supplement his Long Drive on #9.The A flight (0–13) kept up the tight decisions for the day although the scores were not as high as in the other flights. Lennart Larsson (13) scored 40 points, with a back 9 of 22, to beat Michel Delatraz (12) for top spot, after Michel recorded 19 on the back 9. 3 players signed for 39 points, before Charles Marquez (11) was declared the third place-getter on count back. Steve Truelove & Bob Edwards were the unsuccessful participants, but both compensated with a technical prize success.John Hughes – C Flight winner.Low Gross for the day went to Kevin MackIntosh with his 76, on count back over the last 6 holes from Mark Johnson.Special mention goes out to Philippe Chalot, holing his 2nd shot on the par 4 Lakes #8 to win the technical prize, and record a 2 for 6 points on his card. There were multiple winners in the technical prizes and getting the maximum 2 prizes was Warren Wood.Dave was absent from the BBQ this time, but Darren together with his capable staff, kept all attendees well satisfied with their tasty offerings for the night.The next PAGS tournament is scheduled for March 29, again at Phoenix.
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Nelson, 12-10 on the season and tied for third in the division with Grand Forks, out shot the Border Bruins in both games, including a 42-27 advantage Tuesday in the Boundary City, but could not find that go-ahead goal.Saturday was the same as Nelson dominated the Bruins in the third period, only to see team captain Rayce Miller hit the bottom of the post with the goalie out of position with the Leafs trailing 2-1.“Maybe it’s confidence . . . I’m not really sure what it is right now,” Andrews lamented.“I think if we get a couple of goals here and there in a game might change things around.”“But overall we’re a team and we’re going to stick together to get through this,” Andrew adds.Beaver Valley, 16-4-1-0-1, enters the contest winners of two straight after sweeping a Murdoch home-and-home series against rival Castlegar Rebels.The sweep comes after Grand Forks pulled off a sweep of the Hawks the week before.Friday’s contest is the lone game of the weekend for Nelson.The Leafs return to action Wednesday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop. When it rains, it generally pours.Just ask the Nelson Leafs hockey club.Currently riding a three-game losing streak and losing twice to a team the Leafs usually beat on a consistent basis— new-and-improved Grand Forks Border Bruins — the Green and White face the unenviable task of hosting the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Add into the equation, the Leafs have yet to defeat the Hawks in two home meetings, losing by a combined score of 13-7.“I’m confident in the boys that we’re going to figure this out and get back on track,” said Leaf forward Blair Andrews when asked about the recent string of games that has Nelson winning twice in the past seven games.One frightening stat is the Leafs frustration with scoring at key times of the game.
After playing most of the 17 games to date against Eddie Mountain competition, Nelson is slated to see a lot of Murdoch Division teams in November.Six of the club’s eight against are against Murdoch Division rivals. After this weekend, Nelson faces Grand Forks twice and Castlegar twice.Nelson finished the month of October with a 6-2-0-1 record.Not even a sniff by KIJHL Awards CommitteeNelson spent most of October in top spot in the Murdoch Division.And so has Leaf goalie Josh Williams spent most of the month at the top, or near the top, of the goaltending leaders.Yet, Williams did not even garner an honourable mention when the top player of the month awards were announced.No one is debating the month Beaver Valley goalie Owen Sikkes turned in, but Williams currently is ahead of the Hawks backstop in goalie stats, who just happened to garner an honourable mention to the top player in the Kootenay Conference, Matt Davies.Other honourable mentions went to Liam Plunkett of Creston Valley, Vince Bitoni of Castlegar and Jordan Robertson of Grand Forks.Brett Witala of Kelowna Chiefs won the Okanagan Conference award. The Nelson Leafs begin the month of November at the top of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Murdoch Division, a slim one-point ahead of the red-hot Beaver Valley Nitehawks.And if the Leafs have any hope of ending the month atop the divisional leader board, winning against divisional opponents is a must — especially the lowly Spokane Braves.Nelson kicks off a two-game weekend series with the US-based squad Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The two teams complete the series Saturday back in the Lilac City.Nelson has owned the Braves this season, winning all three games while outscoring Spokane 15-1.The Leafs have used a balanced scoring attack, combined with a stingy defence to dominate the Braves.Steady diet of Murdoch Teams in November
Four Connacht players have been named in the Irish Squad for the forthcoming Six Nations that begins on the 7th of February. Ultan Dillane, Robbie Henshaw, Nathan White and Kieran Marmion have been named in Joe Schmidt’s squad of 35 who will shortly begin their preparations ahead of their opener against Wales at the Aviva. Rory Best has been confirmed as the new Ireland captain.Head coach Joe Schmidt has selected the Ulster hooker to take over the role following the departure of Paul O’Connell, with Jamie Heaslip to act as vice-captain.Schmidt has also included three other uncapped players along with Dillane in his 35-man squad.As expected, Munster captain CJ Stander has been handed a call-up along with Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and forward Josh van der Flier.Mike Ross, Cian Healy and Chris Henry have all been left-out of the panel as they continue their recovery from injury – although the trio are all likely to return later in the Championship. Ireland Squad RBS 6 Nations 2016 Rounds 1 & 2Forwards (19)Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) CaptainSean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)James Cronin (Dolphin/Munster)Ultan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht)*Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster)Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) Vice CaptainRob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster)Mike McCarthy (Lansdowne/Leinster)Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster)Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster)Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)CJ Stander (Munster)*Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster)Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster)Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster)*Nathan White (Connacht)Backs (16)Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster)Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster)David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht)Luke Marshall (Ballymena/Ulster)Stuart McCloskey (McCloskey/Ulster)*Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)Jared Payne (Ulster)Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)Jonathan Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster)Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster)*Denotes uncapped playerprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Galway referee Alan Kelly of Rahoon/ Newcastle will be the man in the middle for the upcoming All Ireland semi-final between Limerick and Kilkenny on Saturday July 27th. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email It’s also been announced that Cathal McAllister of Cork will referee the All Ireland Minor Hurling Quarter Final Round 3 game between Galway and Clare in Portlaoise on Saturday. Throw in is at 3pm.