Rohr Happy Not Leaving AFCON 2019 Empty-handed

first_img“I am happy that this is my first AFCON medal after some years sojourn on the continent and using all the players or completing a circle is something that doesn’t come most often. And on the overall, team spirit worked well for us in this tournament despite few lapses in the our journey before the third place game tonight,” he explained.Before the match, the coach had used 21 players in six matches and last night the third choice goal keeper, Francis Uzoho was in the starting line up while Victor Osimhen who replaced injured Odion Ighalo completed Super Eagles 23-man list registered for the tournament.The feat was the first time it will happen in Nigeria’s participation at the tournament.“It was good that we capped it all with the bronze medal and doing it with Nigeria really gladdens me considering the cooperation the federation has given me since I was engaged.“Going forward from here means that I have to continue to groom these young players and ensure that they mature very well.“My only challenge is that most of the players are not playing in UEFA Champions League clubs and I need to build more confidence in them.“Uzoho, who to the best of my knowledge did well in Russia despite the criticism, was not regular for his club last season which made him to lose his starting shirt to others. My Captain, John Obi Mikel has done his best, and was very useful to the team despite less action.“Moving forward would mean that the young lads must imbibe in inspiration he (Mikel) has imbibe in them in camp.“To my friend and brother, Alain Giresse, it was a revenge considering the fact that his team defeated my boys in Gabon AFCON the last time out and a sweet revenge is what I got tonight,” concludes Rohr.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The bronze winning Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has expressed his happiness that his wards are not leaving Egypt empty handed.The Franco-German gaffer also went into record books as first Nigerian coach to use all his registered 23 players at AFCON 2019.At the post match conference moments after the lone goal winner by Odion Ighalo claimed the silverware for Nigeria at the expense of Tunisia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Rohr said his experimental side justified his belief that the team will go places in the next few years as champions of Africa.last_img read more

How a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rush

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kendall Coleman’s parents spend their Sundays rewatching the Syracuse game from the day before. Coleman’s mother, Nikki, noticed her son is quicker off the line this year. With his body lower to the ground, he bends smoother toward the quarterback. He’s surgical with his strikes.After 1.5 sacks in his first 20 games at Syracuse, Coleman focused on his pass rush this offseason. He increased his flexibility by rehabbing an injured shoulder, studied offensive tackles and focused on the minute details of rushing the quarterback. But he didn’t know how those things connected. Everything came together 643 miles from the SU campus during a family bonding session, where Nikki introduced her 6-foot-3, 266-pound pass rusher to kickboxing.“Kendall is a guy that studies a lot,” Nikki said. “And I think going to that class with him, showing him some movements and how to move his body and his hands, I think that sticks with him.”Six games in, Coleman sits tied for seventh in the nation with six sacks for Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast). The junior defensive end said after two years of primarily stopping the run, he spent the last offseason fine-tuning his pass rush. The uptick in production is tough for Coleman to explain because one thing didn’t change. Everything did. He never focused on pass rushing before. And in an offseason full of weight lifting, deeper opponent analysis and the shifting away from the run-first mindset, a workout with mom remains the quirkiest nuance.“This is the first year that I’ve really started to grasp and figure out my body type,” Coleman said, “and how I move versus these guys and what they’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn Syracuse’s loss at Florida State last season — a team Coleman tallied two sacks against in 2018 — Coleman registered one quarterback hurry. Early in the fourth quarter, Coleman’s pass rush failed. When an offensive lineman punched out at Coleman, he tried to rip around him, but he wasn’t low enough. When he was stonewalled running downfield, he scrambled back inside but spun out of the play.Coleman admitted he hasn’t always studied tackle movements. He said in past years he didn’t bring his lower half with him. Tackles didn’t have to adjust to his movements. Coleman failed to turn the corner on a tackle headed for the quarterback, he said.When Coleman came home for a brief period in July, his sister, Kourtney, and Nikki wanted family-oriented activities. Nikki suggested the trio attend classes at iLoveKickboxing in Carmel, Indiana. Coleman initially declined. “He’s practical,” Nikki explained. He didn’t want Nikki paying $30 for a membership he’d use once. But Nikki and Kourtney convinced Coleman to attend an orientation class where the former three-star recruit stood out immediately.“And I was like, ‘Oh God, this guy could eat me for breakfast,’” said iLoveKickboxing Assistant Manager Tarrin Cooper.Cooper worked Coleman through his opening day routine, which is significantly lighter than a normal day of training.At 5:45 a.m. two days later, Coleman and about five other clients in the class began with what iLoveKickboxing calls SHIIT (Super high intensity interval training) for 15 minutes. After the circuit of burpees, pushups, mountain climbers, situps and various other core exercises, the group stretched for seven or eight minutes.Then came the principles that directly correlate for Coleman. The class practiced punch and kick combos on a heavy punching bag for three minutes at a time. Initially, Coleman smacked the bags too hard to combo, Cooper said. Cooper instructed him to unleash less power with each punch to throw more rapidly. With each combo, Coleman’s lower body corresponded with the movements of his upper half. If he threw a left hook punch, he stepped with his left foot.In pass rushing, the concept is called “bringing your hips through,” Coleman said. In the third quarter of Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State, Coleman’s quick fake to the inside led to a rip move outside. As his left arm cut through, his left leg swung simultaneously past the Seminoles’ left tackle. He stepped with his left foot, which squared Coleman’s hips to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois and ended with a sack.“I tried to have him string together his combos,” Cooper said. “From this combo into the next combo. It helps with form overall.”Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAfter the heavy bags, Coleman worked on his hands. In one drill, a partner holds their hands shoulder-width apart, with their gloves serving as targets for the other boxer. While Coleman punched, the class emphasized locking in on a target. After each punch, boxers are taught to reset their hands and feet. The back and forth movements reminiscent of ballet dancing are also common in pass rushing.On the first drive of the second half against Clemson, Coleman stepped four times before making contact with offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Left. Right. Left. Right. Coleman’s lanky frame appeared nearly elastic. At the fourth step, with his feet evened up, he punched Hyatt’s shoulders with both arms and ripped through his outside shoulder en route to his first sack of the afternoon.“A defensive end is going to use his hands to get off the block or get off the line fast,” iLoveBoxing instructor Kyle Miller said. “Teaching him how to not just punch hard but bring his hands back, just as fast for those quick trigger muscles … that helped him a lot as well.”After less than a week of boxing training, Coleman returned to Syracuse. He said the kickboxing made him think more about how his body moves. He’s since kickboxed in the SU weight room several times, despite not finding teammates willing to join in.“For other guys, the stuff that they needed to work on was more oriented toward the bags on the field,” Coleman said. “And the stuff that that I needed to work on had me on the heavy bag.” Published on October 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44center_img Commentslast_img read more

Don Poli favourite for Lexus Chase

first_imgThe feature on the penultimate day of the Christmas Festival at Leopardstown is off at five-past-3. The first of seven races there goes to post at 10-past-midday. Meanwhile, Limerick has passed an inspection this morning and its scheduled 7-race card gets underway at half-twelve.last_img

Falcao scores comeback goal to sink Arsenal

first_imgRadamel Falcao scored his first goal since a six-month injury lay-off to earn Monaco a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Emirates Cup friendly tournament in London on Sunday.The Colombia striker netted with a powerful first-half header to give Monaco victory in their final pre-season friendly before they open their Ligue 1 campaign at home to Lorient next Sunday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger handed a full debut to £30 million ($50.4 million, 37.6 million euros) new signing Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean was eclipsed by Falcao, who missed the World Cup after damaging knee ligaments in January.Monaco’s win handed victory in the four-team tournament to Valencia, who beat Benfica 3-1 earlier in the day at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.Arsenal tackle Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley next weekend, before kicking off the Premier League season at home to Crystal Palace on August 16.Sanchez lined up in front of debutant Mathieu Debuchy on Arsenal’s right flank, with fellow new signing Calum Chambers again deployed at centre-back, while Falcao made his first start since his injury. Buzzing around in bright orange boots, Sanchez almost freed Olivier Giroud with a sweeping pass from wide on the right, but while Arsenal looked bright and eager in possession, Monaco carried the greater threat.Right-back Nabil Dirar almost embarrassed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a mishit right-wing cross and then teed up Falcao to head wide.Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco twice threatened from range, drilling narrowly over from 25 yards with his right foot and then working Szczesny with his left, while Joao Moutinho also shot wide.All that Arsenal could offer by way of reply was a Chambers effort from a Santi Cazorla corner that sailed well clear of the crossbar.Monaco made the breakthrough in the 37th minute when Falcao stole in unmarked to meet a free-kick from Moutinho with an emphatic close-range header. It was the former Atletico Madrid striker’s first goal since the day he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a French Cup tie against amateur side Chasselay on January 22.A halftime reshuffle saw Sanchez move up front for the second half and he played a role in a move that culminated in Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic swatting away a thumping shot from Jack Wilshere.Falcao made way for Anthony Martial with around half an hour to play, while Sanchez was also withdrawn before the end.Teenage striker Chuba Akpom took Sanchez’s place and he should have been awarded a penalty after being tripped by Subasic, but referee Martin Atkinson instead gave a free-kick on the edge of the box that Arsenal could not exploit.In the penultimate game of the tournament earlier on Sunday, Valencia came from behind to beat Portuguese champions Benfica 3-1. New signing Derley gave Benfica an early lead, but Jose Luis Gaya equalised just before halftime and Valencia completed their comeback with goals from Pablo Piatti and Andres Guardado in the second halflast_img read more

NBA trade deadline: Kings send Skal Labissiere to Blazers for Caleb Swanigan

first_imgThe Blazers and Kings have agreed to swap two young forwards. Portland will send Caleb Swanigan to Sacramento in exchange for Skal Labissiere, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.  The Kings have traded Skal Labissiere to the Blazers for Caleb Swanigan, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019Labissiere, 22, has spent all three of his NBA seasons with the Kings after he was selected in the first round of the 2016 draft. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game this year. Swanigan, who was in his second year with the Blazers, appeared in 18 games this season for Portland. The 21-year-old is averaging just 1.9 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. Related News NBA trade deadline: Grizzlies acquire Avery Bradley from Clippers for two players The Blazers are sitting fourth in the Western Conference with a 31-21 record, while the Kings are 28-26 and ninth in the West. NBA trade deadline: Lakers acquire Mike Muscala from Clippers for Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubaclast_img read more

Lakers hope to avoid another long December cold spell

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Confidence can’t dwindle,” Ball said. “If it does now we’re going to have a very long season.”Things are playing out similarly to a year ago. Last season, the Lakers lost 15 out of 17 games starting at the beginning of December.“We had a big-time losing streak last December,” Coach Luke Walton said, “and we had some injuries. Hopefully we win some of these games this time.”The losing seems to have taken its toll in the locker room, with frustration palpable among players who have endured multiple years of lopsided outcomes. This year, though still a season of transition, had begun to feel different.Players have truly embraced the chase for a playoff berth. As unlikely as that seemed before the season, it’s even less so now, with the Lakers seven games under .500 and facing a gauntlet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The losses might be taking a toll on his players, but Walton sits back and sees things a little differently.“It’s, in a weird way, a little easier this year than it was last year,” the second-year coach said.He has stressed from the beginning of the season that wins and losses would not determine the measure of his team’s success.“This team is continuing to grow and continuing to get better and continuing to do the things that, in my opinion, will eventually allow us to win consistently,” Walton said.A year ago, that perspective was harder to find, with the Lakers caught in a tug-o-war of dueling interests, winning vs. development.Now the whole of the organization is committed to developing players like Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. So Walton preaches to his players the importance of their improved defense – ranked No. 8 in the NBA – and pace, a category in which they lead the league.“It still hurts to lose and it’s tough to sleep after losses,” Walton said. “But it doesn’t hurt as bad this year, because I can see where this team is and where this team is going and the individual progress that’s being made.”Finding probable victories for the Lakers in December is a strenuous scavenger hunt. They open a four-game road trip on Thursday in Philadelphia, with games against Charlotte, the New York Knicks and the Cavs. Not until Dec. 27, when they host Memphis, do the Lakers figure to face a team with a losing record.The Lakers previously beat the Grizzlies 107-102 on Nov. 5.“This is the time of year that can break teams down,” Walton said. “It really can, when you’re not winning.”He’s told his players that.“I think this stretch of this season is going to make us a stronger team down the road when it’s all said and done,” Walton said.Since beating Chicago on Nov. 21, the Lakers have lost three of their five games by double digits, but with the exception of Sunday’s blowout loss to Houston, they have been in each of those games until the fourth quarter.“Our attitude is still really good,” Ingram said. “Our character is still really high. So just to be in these games as a young group like this is still good for this. We’re always going to remember this, so we’re going to keep building on it.”center_img LOS ANGELES — All those seasons playing youth basketball on teams coached by his father, four years at Chino Hills High, one at UCLA, and Lonzo Ball could not remember ever losing this many games in a row.After the Lakers’ latest loss Sunday against Houston, he sighed and fluttered his lips and said, “Five? Probably not five, no. I don’t think anybody likes losing, so we’ve got to turn it around as fast as possible.”The rookie might not yet recognize what a challenge that could be. The Lakers (8-15) are entering the most intimidating portion of their schedule, with six of their next seven games on the road.Every team they face this month was either a playoff team last spring or is positioned to be one this season. Before December is over, the Lakers will face Houston two more times, Golden State twice and the Cleveland Cavaliers once.last_img read more

Week 12 Fantasy PPR Rankings: Tight end

first_imgLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 12 PPR Rankings: TEsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1George Kittle, SF vs. GB2Darren Waller, OAK @ NYJ3Mark Andrews, BAL @ LAR4Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SEA5Gerald Everett, LAR vs. BAL6Greg Olsen, CAR @ NO7Jacob Hollister, SEA @ PHI8Jared Cook, NO vs. CAR9Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. OAK10Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND11Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. PIT12Benjamin Watson, NE vs. DAL13Eric Ebron, IND @ HOU14Vance McDonald, PIT @ CIN15Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. JAX16Noah Fant, DEN @ BUF17Jason Witten, DAL @ NE18Mike Gesicki, MIA @ CLE19T.J. Hockenson, DET @ WAS20Cameron Brate, TB @ ATL21Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SEA22O.J. Howard, TB @ ATL23Jimmy Graham, GB @ SF24Dawson Knox, BUF vs. DEN25Jaeden Graham, ATL vs. TB26Demetrius Harris, CLE vs. MIA27Jack Doyle, IND @ HOU28Luke Stocker, ATL vs. TB29Jeremy Sprinkle, WAS vs. DET WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIt’s worth noting as you look at the rankings below that we’re ranking George Kittle to start the week, although he could miss out due to a knee injury and vault Ross Dwelley into relevance. However, we aren’t ranking Evan Engram due to a foot injury to begin the week. The rankings are also without Travis Kelce, Hunter Henry, Irv Smith Jr., and Kyle Rudolph due to Week 12 byes.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverIf you’re struggling at the position for this week, Jacob Hollister is our favorite waiver wire option. In the four weeks before Seattle’s bye, he saw a combined 24 targets, catching three touchdowns in his previous two games. He might have Will Dissly-level consistency the rest of the way with an MVP-level quarterback. You could also go and add Noah Fant after his 11 targets in Week 11 — maybe he’ll get 12 in Week 12.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPIt’s also that time of year where some fantasy owners get really desperate for a spark to make the playoffs. Not that we’d necessarily recommend either of these two guys, but Jaeden Graham and Luke Stocker take on the Buccaneers this week. Tampa Bay is like the lite version of the Cardinals when it comes to getting torched by TEs. It’s hard to even say which of the Atlanta guys is more likely to do something due to very limited usage and sample size in Week 11, but Graham is probably the more talented receiver and has better hair.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSReminder: Check back for updates during the week. For standard league, individual TE analysis, click here. MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builder We’re again dealing with a very standard-looking PPR tight end rankings list for Week 12, so let’s talk about Gerald Everett for a second. Sunday Night Football should’ve been a national TV breakout for Everett even though it was against the Bears. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods were both out. Everett had seen 12 targets a week ago. Yet somehow the Rams only looked Everett’s way once. Not in a good way, his fantasy value feels a lot like Eric Ebron’s.Everett will remain a top-10 TE momst weeks due to injuries at the position, but an L.A. offense that promised such potency has been anything but. Dropping Everett if he’s your best tight end would be ill advised, but he still is more matchup-dependent than we wanted to think a week ago.last_img read more

Leeds Golf Centre wins England’s Club of the Year title

first_img Leeds Golf Centre, which offers golf for all, has won the England Golf Club of the Year Award, sponsored by HowDidiDo.Their success was announced at last night’s England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone, which highlighted all that’s great about golf in England.Guests at the glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London applauded the centre for its open-door policy which is designed to grow the game.The centre’s aim is to get more people into golf – and to look after them once they’re playing. Their efforts pay off with a growing membership and the judges commented: “Leeds Golf Centre demonstrate an enthusiasm for developing golf across all ages and abilities and successfully cater for what their customers want.“This is a continually improving club with some great initiatives to get more people playing golf, resulting in a big increase in membership.”What’s the secret of success? “We are open to everyone, that’s what is special about Leeds Golf Centre,” said operations manager Nigel Sweet, a former Yorkshire champion and now a senior professional. “We want to get more people into the game of golf.”Another factor is the team’s love of golf. “We’re all golfers, we all have a vision for golf and we are all passionate about it – and we think golfers know what golfers want,” said Sweet.The centre, which includes Wike Ridge Golf Club, has an 18-hole course, a 12-hole par three course and a driving range – and there’s plans to make it even better. The owners are set to invest £9m in developments including a two-tier driving range and 38 lodges providing golfers’ accommodation and the project is forecast to create 30 new jobs.Meanwhile, the work goes on to grow the game. Juniors are a big focus for the centre; the professionals take the game to schools and offer coaching opportunities to those who would like to learn more. As a result, there are many enthusiastic young players and every Sunday about 50 youngsters turn out for the weekly Tiger Cubs competition on the short course; some are members, some just pay their £3 to take part.Adults get their share of attention too. The centre has worked hard to understand its customers and developed options to keep people playing more often, such as weekday roll-ups, 9-hole competitions, member/non-member events and weekend competitions for womenA programme for novice golfers has proved hugely popular, offering an eight-week series of two-hour lessons which ends with a short-course competition – and a prize for the winner of a year’s membership. Other coaching opportunities are designed for groups such as students and people with disabilities.The centre also works closely with the Princes Trust, helping people aged 11-30 who are unemployed or struggling at school to transofrm their lives.In addition Leeds Golf Centre cares about the environment with features including water recycling, a remotely activated sprinkler system, lakes which provide wildlife habitats, electric golf buggies and eco-friendly lighting throughout the club.The award means Leeds Golf Centre goes one better than last year, when it was runner-up in the Most Welcoming Club category.This year’s runners-up for Club of the Year were: Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire, Garforth Golf Club, Yorkshire and Styal Golf Club, CheshireCaption: PGA professional Joe Feather (left) and operations manager Nigel Sweet with Leeds Golf Centre’s trophy. They were presented with their award by Richard Peabody, managing director of Club Systems International, from sponsors Howdidido.Click here to read more about Leeds Golf Centre Tags: Award, Club of the Year, Leeds Golf Centre 22 Feb 2018 Leeds Golf Centre wins England’s Club of the Year title last_img read more

New parking meter by-laws for next statutory meeting – King

first_imgGeorgetown’s Town Clerk, Royston King said that the new by-laws for the controversial parking meter project were being redrafted and would be ready for the next Statutory Meeting on February 26.He was, at the time, responding to questions from Councillor Noelle Chow-Chee at Monday’s statutory meeting. “We have looked at the amendments of the contract and those amendments have been included in the contract and we will now go forward to sign off on the contract, since the amendments have already been adopted and Council agreed to them,” he stated.“With respect to the by-laws, those are being redrafted and that will come to the Council I’m sure if not at the next meeting, a special meeting for Council to review it and for us to go forward, but currently the by-laws are being redrafted,” King explained.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS) Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown, but following strenuous objections and intense protests from citizens, Central Government suspended the by-laws of the project.On January 23, 2017, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan signed the by-laws that were approved at the December 13, 2016 Statutory Meeting of the Council. However, Bulkan was forced to suspend the by-laws some nine months ago.In February of last year, the New Building Society (NBS) challenged the by-laws governing the project and in December, Justice Naresh Harnanan ruled that the procedure used to bring the by-laws into effect was breached, resulting in them being invalid.A committee was previously set up on April 26, 2017 to review the project and its life ended on August 2, 2017. The Committee report made three recommendations – renegotiating the contract with SCS, scrapping the entire project or awaiting the outcome of the pending court cases.On September 7, 2017, Councillors vote 13:5:7 in favour of continuing the metered parking system with a renegotiated contract, which led to the formation of the renegotiating committee.The renegotiating committee was chaired by Councillor Peter and consisted of Councillors Chow-Chee (VC); Oscar Clark; Jameel Rasul; James Samuels; Heston Bostwick and Ivor Henry. The Mayor mandated that two members of the public also sit on the committee and Civil Engineer Owen Godfrey Edwards and Accountant Robin Hunte were selected.The renegotiation committee was tasked with engaging SCS with a view to renegotiating the terms of the agreement entered into between the parties and more specifically, to seek to take into account the concerns raised and addressed in the reports of the Special Committee in relation to costs, fines, enforcement, profit-sharing, areas, times and other factors identified in relation to the project and any other relevant actions, as the committee may, in its discretion, determine or as may be suggested by the general council. Upon completion of the negotiation period, the new committee would have to prepare a report.Following the renegotiation, SCS and the M&CC reached a new agreement under the controversial Parking Meter Project, which will now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city.Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 19:00h to 07:00h (7pm-7am) Monday to Friday, while parking would be free on Saturdays.All of those changes are expected to be reflected in the new contract and by-laws as the city gears towards re-implementing the controversial project later this year.last_img read more

NEW QUEEN CROWNED AS INTERNATIONAL SHEEP SHEARING COMPETITION IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

first_imgOn Sunday evening the An Grianan Sheep Shearing Association played host to the 2015 Grianan Queen contest and the official launch of the upcoming International, All Ireland and Six Nations Sheep Shearing Championships.Entertainment at this glitzy event was supplied by Smalltalk and the highlight of the evening, the Grianan Queen contest, saw seven of Inishowen’s finest young women representing local pubs and businesses vie for the 2015 title. After a series of gruelling interviews, the judges awarded the accolade to Burnfoot’s own Arlene Arbuckle who was representing the Frontier bar, Bridgend.Arlene, the new Grianan Queen, will now be tasked with presenting the trophies to some of the world’s top shearers in the most prestigious competitions in the Sheep Shearing event which takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May in the Grianan Estate, Burt.The organisers also took the opportunity to officially launch the Sheep Shearing Championships, a festival which promises to be Inishowen’s most memorable family entertainment event of the year.Visitors will be treated not only to a display of some of the world’s most impressive sheep shearing but to an array of family attractions including a fun fair, sheepdog trials, petting farm, gourmet food quarter including demonstrations by the inimitable Brian Mc Dermott, rural craft displays, traditional music and dancing, trade stands and a host of entertainment events too numerous to mention. Night time entertainment will be no less impressive with the one and only Mike Denver performing on Friday night, followed by the ever popular Jim Devine on Saturday night. A bar is available for each concert with dancing till late.In 2009, when this festival was last held in Burt, over 20,000 visitors made their way to the Grianan Estate from every art and part, both at home and abroad.This year’s event is even bigger and the Grianan Sheep Shearing Association is expecting it to be every bit as successful, raising the profile not only of the traditional art of sheep shearing but of the whole Inishowen peninsula, the jewel in Donegal’s crown.NEW QUEEN CROWNED AS INTERNATIONAL SHEEP SHEARING COMPETITION IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED was last modified: May 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more