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GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES

first_imgBUNCRANA GAA NOTES FOR WEEK ENDING SUNDAY 16th October 2011 Senior Football While there was no game last weekend, Buncrana currently lie joint second with Aodh Ruadh  , Ballyshannon on 18 points, six points behind league leaders Naomh Mhuire.  However several teams are close behind, including Naomh Naille on 17 points who have three games in hand.  Naomh Mhuire and Aodh Ruadh also have two games in hand on Buncrana.PromotionAs passed in February of this year.  The Team that finishes top of league, wins the league and is automatically promoted to the next highest Division.  The second and third placed teams in Division 2,3,4  playoff for promotion   purposes.  In League Playoffs, extra time if needed is ten minutes a side.  Where teams finish level at the top, the scoring difference between them decides who is to be promoted.  The Top team of each reserve league wins the league.Relegation Two teams to be relegated as follows.  Bottom team in Div 1, Div 2, Div 3 Relegated.  Second and third from bottom to play off to decide the other team to be relegated.  Scoring difference will not decide relegation issues.  Playoffs will decide if teams finish level on points.Buncrana GAA Strictly Come DancingTickets now on sale for “Strictly Come Dancing” to be held in the Plaza on Sunday 30th October in aid of the Buncrana GAA Youth Development Fund.  Tickets available from any of the dancers, An Siopa Gruaige, The Coffee Cup, Catriona (086 852 1011), Jacqueline (087 786 5146) or call to the Clubhouse Fridays 7-8pm.  Check out our facebook page.  Please support our club in what promises to be a great night’s entertainment.BORD na nÓGManager’s ReportsAll underage managers are asked to prepare a short note on their side’s year for the Donegal yearbook, and forward to Seamus ([email protected] – 083 347 2223) or Paul ([email protected] – 087 929 3134) asap.  The deadline is Friday 21st October but please send in as soon as possible.  There are still a few managers who have not forwarded their team’s notes for the year. RecyclingCLOTHES RECYCLING FACILITIES NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SCARVEY!Club NotesAnyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email [email protected], stating so. Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108).  Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email [email protected] by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTES was last modified: October 10th, 2011 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:GAA: BUNCRANA CLUB GAA NOTESlast_img read more

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Djokovic, Federer back new ATP Cup men’s team event

first_imgLondon, Nov 16 (AFP) Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have backed a new men’s team competition just a day after the Serbian raised concerns over the timing of the event, which will take place shortly after the revamped Davis Cup.The ATP Cup, announced by the ATP and Tennis Australia on Thursday during the ATP Finals in London, will be played from 2020 across three Australian cities over 10 days in the lead-up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, which starts in January.It will offer USD15 million (13.25 million euros) in prize money and up to 750 ATP Rankings points to the winners.”I like that it’s owned by ATP, by the players, and that we have ranking points, and it’s going to be the best way to kickstart the season,” said world number one Djokovic.”More than 90 percent of the time we’re playing as individuals and we don’t have too many team events.” Federer was upbeat about the new event and said the Davis Cup would not suffer.”Clearly if the World Team Cup is going to be held, players will want to play that first week of the year, so you would think it’s going to be exciting,” the Swiss said after reaching the last four of the ATP Finals in London.”The Davis Cup has incredibly rich history. You would think the players are going to play that. From that standpoint, I think there’s not that much change, per se, or more tournaments on the calendar. It just happens that there’s more team events, which I think the players are happy about.”advertisementThe comments from Djokovic, who is president of the ATP player council, were in sharp contrast to views he voiced the previous day, when he said having two similar team tournaments so close together would not be sustainable, also expressing concerns over the length of the tennis season.”I think in the next two years we’ll have both events happening in a very similar format if not the same, six weeks apart,” he said.”I honestly don’t think it’s good for the sport… It will happen that we will have two average events.” – Davis Cup fears -===================A revamped Davis Cup tournament will take place from November 2019, bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the season.The Davis Cup is run by the ITF, the governing body of world tennis, while the ATP, which runs the men’s Tour, will stage the ATP Cup.Earlier this week, world number five Alexander Zverev said almost all the top players would skip the Davis Cup.”The Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about, I think,” he said.”One of them is the dates. I think the dates are very important and I think none of the top players will play, except Rafa (Rafael Nadal) because it’s in Spain. I’m very, very sure that a lot of top players will not play. We’ll see how it goes.”The format of the ATP Cup will see nations split into six groups, with eight teams emerging from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase.There will be up to five players in each team, with ties comprising two singles matches and one doubles match. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Valencia make a mockery of reason by sealing Champions League place

first_img Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno rounds Real Valladolid’s goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez to score the second goal in the 2-0 win. Photograph: Óscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images Hide Share on Twitter Rodrigo Moreno came over and embraced his manager. He had got the first goal of the season against Atlético. He had then gone 15 games without scoring but not one without support. Now, he had scored the last goal of the season, making it 2-0 at Valladolid and assuring them of fourth, releasing nine months of tension. Valencia had been in a Champions League place for just six days, but they were the last six. They had spent many more in a much worse place, they knew, and it wasn’t chance that Rodrigo was the first to reach his manager. Nor that Dani Parejo, the captain, was next to arrive. “I said to Dani: ‘you hugged me then, now it’s my turn to hug you’,” Marcelino revealed afterwards, the season defined by their embraces.The last time Valencia had played Valladolid was on 12 January. It was the final game of the first half of the season, and they were under pressure. The campaign had begun without a win in six and it wasn’t getting much better; they had been knocked out of the Champions League, eliminated at Young Boys, and went into the Valladolid game in 12th, having won just four of 18 league matches. The last of those wins had come three weeks earlier when they had beaten Huesca with a goal that arrived on 93.02 and the reaction revealed the tension, Ezequiel Garay spitting “they can take it up the arse” as the white hankies came out and some supporters whistled. Which was when Gayá shouted: “We’re out here suffering like dogs.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share via Email 10Alaves38-1150 Levante 2–2 Atlético, Espanyol 2–0 Real Sociedad, Getafe 2 – 2 Villarreal, Sevilla 2–0 Athletic, Valladolid 0–2 Valencia, Alavés 2–1 Girona, Celta 2–2 Rayo, Huesca 2–1 Leganés, Real Madrid 0–2 Real Betis, Eibar 2–2 Barcelona The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 5Getafe381359 And so it began. An 84th minute goal from Rodrigo beat Celta 2-1 the following week. “That was huge. That released us. You start to see the light,” Parejo said and Valencia didn’t lose again in 10 league games, 17 over all. They reached the final of the Copa del Rey (next weekend against Barcelona), the semi-final of the Europa League against Arsenal, and they climbed six places in the league, eventually hauling back 12 points on Sevilla, seven on Getafe. No one’s ever been 10 points off the Champions League places at halfway and still qualified but with a week to go Valencia climbed into fourth, their fate in their own hands for the first time, and although Getafe climbed above them 13 minutes into the final day when they went 1-0 up against Villarreal, they weren’t to be denied. Carlos Soler’s goal made it 1-0 to Valencia and when Rodrigo scored, they were there.All of them, together.“When you’re under pressure, the coach is always the weakest link but I was lucky: I had the players and the directors on my side, they supported me when it was hard. They are my bulwark,” Marcelino said, voice breaking. “It’s not easy to turn around that negativity, but we did it.” As the clock ticked away, the journey almost complete, Valencia back where they were supposed to be, their manager took a moment, alone, looking to the sky. And then, the whistle went and they ran to embrace him, in good times now as well as bad. The club had patience; we could see that the work being done [by Toral] was goodMateu Alemany They were too. Or they would have been if dogs actually suffered and didn’t just sit around licking their paws all day. Valencia came back in the new year, lost to Alavés, lost in the Copa del Rey to Sporting and the rumours began gathering pace. Marcelino didn’t have long left, they said. But the players believed in him and when Parejo opened the scoring against Valladolid he turned, raced to the touchline and celebrated the goal with his manager, his support played out publicly.If it was decisive – and it probably was – it didn’t look like it just yet. That day, like all those other days, Valencia missed chance after chance, Santi Mina seeing one escape him on the line. They even won a penalty which Parejo handed to Rodrigo to take, desperate for him to break his bad run, but Rodrigo still couldn’t score: from a goal every 151 minutes last season, he had just two in 23 games. And then, out of nowhere, Rubén Alcaraz scored a superb free-kick with Valladolid’s only shot to somehow, goodness only knows how, clinch a late draw. “Valencia can be better explained through the occult than through reason,” Marca’s match report said.There could hardly be a better portrait of their season. It was the halfway stage and Valencia were 10th, 20 points off the top, 10 points off the Champions League and only four off relegation. “I’ve genuinely never seen anything like this; I’ve never had a season like it and a lot of the time I can’t explain it,” Marcelino insisted after one game. It wasn’t as if they were awful, although they certainly lacked the clarity of the year before, but they couldn’t score: “We’ve scored 17 from 263 chances,” the coach sighed. “If the owner decides to get rid of the coach, there’s nothing I can do about it,” he conceded. Valencia Quick guide La Liga results 20Rayo Vallecano38-2932 PosTeamPGDPts Share on WhatsApp Topics Champions: BarcelonaOther Champions League places: Atlético, Madrid, ValenciaEuropa League places: Getafe, Sevilla, EspanyolRelegated: Rayo, Huesca, GironaPichichi (highest scorer): Messi, 36Zarra (highest scoring domestic Spanish player): Aspas, 20.Zamora: Oblak. Was this helpful? 8Athletic Bilbao38-453 Quick guide La Liga 2018-19: how it ended 15Levante38-744 Thank you for your feedback. There were 60 seconds left in the hardest, most inexplicable season of Marcelino García Toral’s career and things had finally fallen into place, at last making a little sense, when he looked to the sky and seemed to say something. “I was thinking about my dad, who’s not here,” he revealed: a brief moment alone before he was engulfed, ended by the final whistle on the final day. Rubén Uría grabbed him from one side, Ismael Fernández from the other, and together Valencia’s manager and his assistants – his confidents – tried but mostly failed to take it all in. Around them, Valladolid’s supporters celebrated another season in primera; across the pitch, 900 Valencia fans celebrated another season in the Champions League.If that shouldn’t have been so remarkable – Valencia qualified for the Champions League last season and at €165m they have the fourth-biggest budget in the first division – there was a reason why they leapt about like they did, a reason for all the emotion, the tears fighting through and the lumps in their throats. There had been resistance; now there was relief, redemption and a lesson for those prepared to listen. Valencia had got there and Marcelino had got there with them. For most of a year in which, in the words of José Luis Gayá, they had suffered like dogs, a season in which Marcelino said they had been “punched in the face daily”, neither of those things looked likely. But here they were, still standing. 12Eibar38-447 4Valencia381661 The club’s director general Mateu Alemany and the president Anil Murthy had been summoned to Singapore to see the owner, Peter Lim, the day after the Valladolid game. The good news was that Parejo’s celebration had made the players’ position known, Marcelino declaring his gratitude. As had Rodrigo’s comments after the game: “It wouldn’t be right if they changed coach,” he said. “He can’t perform a miracle. He can’t come on and finish the chances for us.” Vitally, Alemany was of the same opinion, and he told Lim that. Together, players and the director general had saved Marcelino from the sack. “The first half of the season was hard, nothing was coming off,” Alemany said on Saturday, carefully using a collective voice that hid how close others were to pulling the trigger. “But the club had patience; we could see that the work being done was good.”Soon, results were good too.The day after the Valladolid draw, Parejo issued a rallying call: “I refuse to give up on a season in January: I believe in this team,” he tweeted.“The thing is it was January: you’ve got five months left, you can’t give up in January,” he said. “I’ve been through three or four situations very like it here before: I know what coaches feel like, what they go through, the pressure: you have a very, very bad time of it. I never planned anything; [the celebration] came naturally. The mister’s given everything for me. He’s here eight, nine, 10 hours a day, 100% committed. We heard the rumours, the stories that he didn’t have long left, that if we didn’t win the next game he’d be sacked. And he didn’t deserve to go through that.”But this time was different, and they did win the next game. “In other circumstances they could have got rid of the míster,” Parejo said. “But with the arrival of Mateu Alemany, with Pablo [Longoria, the director of football], there’s a stability now and the club knows where it’s going. Coaches aren’t working with the idea that ‘maybe tomorrow they’ll get rid of me’ any more. And you can feel that; we’ve seen it this year. Thanks to Mateu’s faith in the coach, we’ve seen the results.” 6Sevilla381559 Hide Was this helpful? features 1Barcelona385487 Thank you for your feedback. 3Real Madrid381768 Show 14Villarreal38-344 7Espanyol38-253 16Valladolid38-1941 Real Madrid end season with damning defeat and Bale again stewing on bench Show 19Huesca38-2233 Share on Pinterest 17Celta Vigo38-941 11Real Betis38-850 9Real Sociedad38-150 Reuse this content 2Atletico Madrid382676 Share on Facebook 13Leganes38-645 Read more La Liga Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger 18Girona38-1637 European club footballlast_img read more

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