All we want is ‘free and fair’ elections, says Raphael

first_imgas way clear for GCB electionsFOLLOWING Wednesday’s announcement that the way is now clear for the holding of elections at the Guyana Cricket Board level, former West Indies Cricket Board director Claude Raphael, has indicated that the cricket stakeholders are pleased that some sort of resolution has been reached, in order to bring some semblance of normalcy to the manner in which cricket is administered in Guyana.Raphael, who is the spokesman for the cricket stakeholders, said this new development came after it was revealed that the injunction, which was filed by the GCB and other parties preventing the enforcement of the Cricket Administration Act has been quashed.According to Raphael, the matter was quashed on June 16, 2017. It was also revealed by Raphael that the order was granted by Justice Nareshwar Harnanan.“We the cricket stakeholders would like to praise the Attorney General’s Chambers in bringing some sort of resolution. We are happy to have some clearance on the way forward. This chaos began in 2009, and we are more than pleased that the problems will finally iron out,” Raphael said.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe added, “All we (cricket stakeholders) want is to have cricket run in the right manner, run in a manner where our youths will reap the benefits. We the cricket stakeholders want free and fair elections, and who so ever win we are prepared to work with them. We will recognise them as legal, and we will definitely work alongside them.”Last Monday a group of cricket stakeholders staged a protest in front of the Attorney General’s Chambers on Monday morning, calling for the government’s immediate intervention into the cricket fiasco.The protest surrounded the Guyana Cricket Administration Act, which was passed in the National Assembly in May 2014 and assented to by then President Donald Ramotar in August that year. The aim of the Act is to bring about order in the administration of cricket and to improve its governance and financial accountability arrangements.However, the Act is yet to be implemented because of the-then acting Chief Justice’s ruling in April 2015 that restrained the holding of elections under the Act in respect of the Guyana Cricket Board and the county boards of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice until the hearing and determination of the substantive action.Meanwhile, Attorney General Basil Williams will host the GCB officials and the stakeholders at his office today at 11:30hrs to discuss the way forward.last_img read more

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Wellington’s Class of 2020 goes undefeated in middle school football

first_imgGill, Karsten40 Cantrell, Brennan45 Greenlee, Hunter32 Vargas382887.57894736851 Walker1080.81 Vargas, Zander2 Harriger3 Soles82111 Washington11 Buckman22 1 Farley, Kenney74 Macias, Micheal20 Cunningham34 Individual Totals 2015 Knights Buckman5511 Tracy, Timothy99 Dvorak1 Popplewell, Silas7 Goodrum2126 Vargas203359482185 Eagle22 Cunningham12222 RecYdsAvgTDsFmbl2Pt Rausch413032.531 Popplewell1343233.23076923513 Jordyn2 SoloAstINTTDsFmbl ReFmbl ForDefSackSafety Total22415857.07589285720215 Walker, Billy4 Greenlee453046.755555556316 3 11 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Julie Wolf · 251 weeks ago Congrats! Caldwell/South Haven Thunderbird Junior High Football team also finished the season undefeated! Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Holly V · 251 weeks ago Thanks Tracy for this write up for the boys! They are a team first and that is where their success starts! They have built such a great repour over more than the last two years! These boys are more than friends they are a family that depend on every person on and off the field for the success they have had. If these boys continue to train and keep that team mentality I believe the sky’s the limit for them! Report Reply 0 replies · active 251 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Heacock, Montanta30 Popplewell167 CompAttYdsTDsINTAvg2pt Hilt1211 Gill31 Mata33 Soles9232.555555556 1 Fairbanks513 Hilt, Isaac34 CarriesYdsAvgTDsFmbl2Pt Cunningham, Gage3 McComb, Luke55 Young, Kandem50 Soles, Austin8 Soria, Jake77 Cornejo12867.1666666671 Washington, Tayshaun42center_img Heacock12 Mata, Christian73 Soria65 •••••Roster for the 2015 eighth grade Knights: 8th grade football roster  2 Farley1 Cunningham5244.811 1 Buckman, Christian11 Harriger, Austin22 Greenlee37 Eagle, Dennis57 Follow us on Twitter. Young, Jordyn1 Cantrell3 Young3-2-0.666666667 PlayerNumber Tracy22 Rausch302127.06666666712 Love, Travese56 1121 Cornejo, Zane5 Fairbanks, Cade17 Young1 Love145 1 Cornejo2012 1 Vargas64 Wellington Eighth Grade head football coach Luke Smith receives an ice bucket dumping.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 12-0.The Wellington eighth grade football team has lived through two years of being undefeated.  Thursday night the Knights completed the feat of two consecutive winning seasons with a huge 30-14 victory over Mulvane at Sellers Park Stadium. It wasn’t that close. Mulvane wouldn’t score until early in the fourth quarter when the reserves were there.Afterwards, the boys would hug, throw a bucket of ice over eighth grade coach Luke Smith, and receive a trophy from an anonymous source signifying their accomplishments.“You have made our community proud,” Smith said at the team gathering after the game. “Now continue to work hard and make yourself better for the future.”A silver trophy was presented to the eighth grade football team after two undefeated seasons.While there are no guarantees middle school success transfers to high school glory, it can’t hurt that this particular group has had a taste for winning. (See more pictures here).We asked Smith questions about what made this group tick.Sumner Newscow: The team went 12-0 over the past two years. What made this group so special? Smith: This group cares about the team more than the individual. They are a very close group and play for each other.  They don’t care who runs or catches the ball. They just care about playing together and trying to win a football game.SN: How would you describe your team. Is it more of a defensive team or an offensive team? Smith: Our team did all three phases of the game well. We averaged 33 points a game on offense and gave up an average of 9 points a game on defense.  Our special teams also did a great job in kick coverage and keeping the field position in our favor.SN: Who was your starting running backs and quarterback? Did you run the same offense as the high school? Smith: Zander Vargas was our starting quarterback. Our running backs were: Isaac Hilt, Hunter Greenlee, and Blake Rausch. Austin Soles and Zane Cornjeo also had several carries.  Yes, we ran the T offense that the high school ran. It is the perfect offense for this group.SN: Did you do a lot more passing or rushing? Smith: We ran the ball a lot, but had several explosive plays in the passing game. Vargas to Poppelwell was a very good combo in the passing attack.SN: What would you say was the key to winning this season? Smith: Both our offensive and defensive line played very well all year, thanks goes to coach Adrian Young.  Coach Tim Lira had the secondary coached up very well, I was very pleased that we never gave up a big play on defense.  Coach Lira also worked with our running backs and I think the big key on offense was that teams never knew where the ball was going to go.SN: Defensively, how was this team? What was your strengths? Smith: On defense, we ran the same base defense as the high school, again a lot of credit going to our defensive line: Soria, Love, Cunningham, Popplewell, Tracy, Dvorak, Farley, and Mata. We were very deep and caused a lot of problems up front for teams.  Our linebackers also did a great job. They rallied to the football and never let the ball get outside of our triangle on defense. Rausch, Cornejo, Hilt, Greenlee and Soles were our main linebackers. They secondary played very well we had several interceptions and deflected passes.  In the secondary we had Goodrum, Fairbanks, Vargas, and SolesSN: Do you feel this team can translate this success to high school?Smith: I believe if this team sticks together and devotes themselves to the summer weights they will fit in very well with the grades that are above and below them.  I really hope that all the kids stay with football. The strength of this team is in its depth and was a huge help to us this year as in one week. We had 8th grade kids sidelined with injuries and were still able to play at a high level. •••••Season statistics for the 2015 eighth grade Knights: 1 211 Goodrum731 Walker3 Rausch, Blake9 21 Macias441 1 Popplewell1-2-2 Gardner, Cameron66 Dvorak, Dominic69 Eagle2 Harriger3-4-1.333333333 1 Goodrum, Eric87 Rausch911 Managers: Austin Fink, Rayce Koerner, Caden Lawerence Hilt5963910.83050847105 Macias8last_img read more

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England ‘not our fiercest rivals’: All Blacks coach Hansen

first_imgFILE PHOTO: All BlacksTokyo, Japan | AFP | All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is predicting a “mighty clash” in this weekend’s heavyweight World Cup semi-final with England, but insisted they were not New Zealand’s biggest rugby rivals.The treble-chasing All Blacks have won their last six meetings against England dating back to 2013 and 15 of their last 16.Eddie Jones’s side are riding high after smashing Australia 40-16 in the last eight, but Hansen attempted to play down New Zealand’s rivalry with the English.“It will be a mighty clash, but I think South Africa will always be our biggest rival — because of the history that comes with it,” Hansen said Tuesday following the 46-14 rout of Ireland at the weekend.“And the fact we play each other so regularly. We’ve played England once in the last (five) years so it’s hard to build a rivalry when you don’t play each other.”Hansen added: “If we could get the Six Nations to come on board with a global season then we might able to do that. Once they do that, they’re starting to think about the game, rather than themselves — there’s a headline for you.”Despite New Zealand’s traditional dominance, Hansen feels that history will count for nothing against England in Yokohama.“History is history — it’s about creating new history,” he said.“You’re playing in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup, so there will be pressure on both sides,” he added.“The key thing will be how to manage it — you crack that nut then you give yourself a great opportunity.”Hansen admitted that England had “come a long way” since their horror 2015 World Cup when they became the first tournament hosts to crash out in the pool stage under Stuart Lancaster.On England’s quarter-final thrashing of the Wallabies, Hansen said: “They took all their opportunities. Some were given to them but you’ve still got to take them. They’re a good side.”– Sowing seeds of doubt – Jones has described New Zealand as “the greatest team there’s ever been in sport” in the build-up and the cricket-mad Aussie likened the task of toppling the All Blacks to bowling out Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith.Hansen, though, is too wise to get sucked into any mind games by his wily, old foe.“That’s a really nice statement,” he grinned, ever mindful Jones has a reputation as something of a wind-up merchant.“I’m sure Eddie believes that but he’s also being quite kind.“It’s a real thing,” Hansen replied when asked about the kidology that goes on before big games.“But sometimes you’re better not to go there. Eddie is a smart man — he knows me well, I know him.”New Zealand beat England 16-15 when the teams squared off at Twickenham last November and Hansen expects another nail-biter this weekend.“It’s our job to put doubt into their heads,” he said.“That’s part of what rugby is about — how quickly you can learn and adapt on the park in the heat of the moment.”Both New Zealand and England had their final pool games washed out by a violent typhoon two weeks ago, but Hansen believes his team are coming to the boil nicely.“You don’t get performances like the ones we and England had (in the quarter-finals) without emptying the tank,” he said.“Now it’s about being smart, getting clarity around the game and dealing with the stuff on Saturday really humming.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ghostriders reach back into the past to find new skipper

first_img Last season, Heaven’s Thunder Cats posted a 30-17-0-5 record, finishing third in the KIJHL’s Eddie Mountain Division. The Fernie Ghostriders have decided to reach back into the past to find the next coach and GM of the club with the hiring of Barry Wolff as the teams’ new skipper. Heaven joins a Trail team that struggled to a league worst 11-42-1-6 record. Wolff replaces Will Verner as the decision-maker and bench boss of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League power.Verner, who has been with the Rider for the past five seasons, decided to retire from coaching to pursue a business opportunity in the Okanagan.Wolff, who comes to the East Kootenay squad with Junior A hockey experience in the B.C. and Alberta leagues, formerly held the top job in Fernie from 2001-04.Heaven moves from Thunder Cats to SmokiesCreston coach Brent Heaven is leaving the Thunder Cats to take a job as assistant coach with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. Heaven spent six seasons as head coach and general manager of KIJHL teams in Castlegar and Creston.center_img Heaven has also spent time as a co-coach with former Leaf skipper Simon Wheeldon with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget League. Creston is currently accepting applications until May 25 for a new coach and GM. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected]last_img read more

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Late penalty powers U15 Selects to Provincial B Cup in Aldergrove

first_imgThe score remained the same until the second half when the host club was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area.Dunavan Morris-Janzen calmly stepped up to the penalty spot and converted a shot into the bottom right corner with three minutes to go for the ever-important 2-0 lead.Nelson opened the tournament playing to a scoreless tie against Columbia Valley.Nelson had a number of chances but couldn’t convert.Saturday afternoon the Reps blasted Creston 8-1. The win avenged a loss previous to Creston in Kalispell.Nolan Percival opened the scoring six minutes into the match.Creston scored an own goal before James Miller completed the firset half scoring.Kaden Foy scored Nelson’s fourth goal on a fine individual effort one minute into the second half before Creston scored on a well placed free kick.Nelson ended any hopes of a comeback as Miller, scoring three times, and May, with a single, scored in the second half.The Reps now prepare for the provincial tournament July 5-8. The Nelson Selects are going to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Aldergrove after capturing the Kootenay U15 Boy’s Playdowns Sunday at Moir Park in Cranbrook.The Reps finished the tourney undefeated against teams from Cranbrook, Columbia Valley (Invermere) and Creston.However, the road to the provinicals wasn’t a smooth ride for the Heritage City squad.Both Nelson and Columbia Valley entered the final round robin games with identical 1-0-1 records.For Nelson to advance the Reps would have to beat host team East Kootenay by two goals — should Columbia Valley get a maximum of five points in their final match with Creston.After the tense last few moments Nelson would hang on for the 2-0 win over East Kootenay of Cranbrook and the berth to the provincial tournament. Columbia Valley would settle for second place with a 4-0 win against Creston.Micah May gave Nelson a 1-0 lead against East Kootenay.last_img read more

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