Dramatic rescue for St Enda’s SC

first_imgNewsLocal NewsDramatic rescue for St Enda’s SCBy admin – January 13, 2011 593 At a meeting of Limerick City Council on Monday, it was revealed the facility had failed to meet the requirements of a Health and Safety Report.Tony O’Gorman, chairman of St Enda’s Sports Complex and St Enda’s School, reported that under legislation, they had no option but to close as they were unable to obtain funding for its refurbishment and therefore, could not insure the building.In a  dramatic twist, Mr O’Gorman has now confirmed to this newspaper that behind-the-scenes talks resulted in a change of fortune that will save the complex for the immediate future, at least.“There was a lot of upset among staff and our membership after our problem surfaced.  St Enda’s provides an excellent service to the people, both locally and from outside.“We have agreed a survival plan with the Department of Education to keep the complex open and as chair of the board, I am very confident for the future. Details of the plan will be revealed on Monday”.Councillors had already been alerted to what was described as an almost certain closure of the complex, by Cllr Ger Fahy.He revealed at a council meeting that the centre had been struggling to stay afloat.He had also expressed concerns about St Enda’s School, as with a vacant adjoining sports complex, there would be fears regarding anti-social behaviour arising in the area.City Council provides €65,000 annually towards St Enda’s Sports Complex. Cllr Joe Leddin told Monday’s meeting that without this financial support, St Enda’s would not be able to continue, and if closure was the only answer, it would have been a major loss to Limerick. Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook Threat of closure abatesIN a dramatic development this Wednesday, the Limerick Post was informed that St Enda’s Sports Complex, faced with the axe, is about to be saved.The strong and active membership from both city and county had voiced their shock that the future of the facility was under serious threat.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Email Print Previous articleNew car sales motoring wellNext articleBroken Record? adminlast_img read more

Charley backs Chase Your Dream, No Matter What

first_img England Golf Ambassador Charley Hull  told today how she has chased her golfing dream – no matter what.She was one of three Olympians backing a new campaign by Bridgestone UK to inspire people to ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What.’It includes the Chase Your Dream Trophy which offers a golfing adventure to members of England Golf’s 1900 clubs that could lead to a place in a European Tour pro-am.The Chase Your Dream, No Matter What campaign marks Bridgestone’s role as an official International Olympic Committee Partner – and Charley Hull was joined at the launch by Olympic champions Daley Thompson and Chris Mears.They shared their unique, personal stories of how they overcame adversity to realise their dreams against the odds.Charley, 20, is a hugely successful golfer who tied seventh on her Olympic debut in Rio, already has an LPGA win under her belt and was the youngest-ever Solheim Cup player when she played in her first match in 2013.But she has had to overcome obstacles and find the determination not to let anything or anyone hold her back in a still male-focused world of golf.“I’ve come up against many barriers as a female golfer and I’ve had to learn to battle these to succeed. When you feel strongly about something, it’s your spirit as much as your ability that gets you through. I feel that I have the spirit to chase my dream, no matter what,” she said.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink joined Charley at the launch and spoke of the work going on to change the perception of golf and attract more women and girls to play golf and join clubs. Initiatives such as Girls Golf Rocks are encouraging hundreds of girls across the country to try the game, while clubs are being supported to offer women the appealing golfing mix of outdoor sport, new friendships and many health benefits.“We are already seeing positive results which is a great boost,” he said.Chase Your Dream, No Matter What includes a host of grassroots events. Charley will host a golfing experience day as part of Bridgestone’s programme of grassroots events, while Thompson will hold an athletics-based challenge and Mears will offer diving with a twist.The Chase Your Dream Trophy also as a prominent role to play. It features separate competitions for men and women leading from club level to national finals in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa. The winners will be England’s handicap golfers of the year and the top nine players at both finals will play in the pro-am at the Bridgestone Challenge on the European Challenge Tour at Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, on 6 September. The most successful team there will play with a top European Tour player in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House, Northumberland on 27 September.Caption: Charley Hull at the launch of Chase Your Dream, No Matter What 16 Mar 2017 Charley backs Chase Your Dream, No Matter What last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgIt’s the weekend.  And, ThurstonTalk is ready to help you relax and enjoy some time off with friends and family.  Here is a list of fun activities happening throughout Thurston County this weekend.The next speaker in the National Geographic Live series will arrive at The Washington Center on Friday.  Read more here.Engaged couples can check out the South Sound Wedding Show.  Event information can be found here.  Couples planning their wedding will also enjoy reading this story about how Hartley Jewelers crafted the perfect engagement ring.Local youth can sign up for Capitol Little League on Saturday which is the second day of in-person registration.  Check out the league’s philosophies and coaching model in this article.Families may enjoy a trip to Lions Park to hunt for 11 hidden lion statues throughout the park.   Or take a winter walk at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Looking for an adventure?  Try one of these snowshoe routes – just a quick day trip from Olympia.Or head out to Ocean Shores and coastal Washington for a razor clam dig.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Hawks sweep past Leafs to capture Murdoch Division

first_imgAlex Meeker scored on the power play in the final minute of the period to give the Leafs some life.However, in the second ex-Leaf Nolan Percival restored the two-goal advantage before Jaxen Gemmell gave the Hawks all the goals they would need.Netminder Tallon Kramer pitched a shutout for the remaining 40 minutes and the Hawks were on their way to the Kootenay Conference Championship.“It was good for us to finish this series tonight,” Swanson said.“At this time of the season every team plays with injuries, everybody is banged up but we’ve got to pay this (Leafs) team a lot of respect, they’re banged up and gave us a test but we were able to come out on top.”Kramer faced only 10 shots in the game as Beaver Valley held a 24-10 advantage.Billy Gorn, making his first start of the playoffs, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Despite the season-ending loss, Leafs management has to be happy with the way the year ended.Nelson was able to grind out three straight wins to close out the regular season to edge past Grand Forks for third place in the Murdoch Division Standings.The Leafs then pulled off the upset in the Murdoch Semi Final, knocking off Castlegar Rebels in six games before losing a series that may have ended differently had Nelson got a few breaks in Games two and three.“I told the players the team that was here in November definitely wasn’t the team I saw out on the ice tonight,” said Leaf Head Coach Mario DiBella.“The team in November certainly couldn’t have knocked off Castlegar in six games and 27 periods of hockey and pushed Beaver Valley in this playoff series.”“I’m very proud of the group of young men that in that dressing room,” DiBella added.“They were trouble-free and I have some very fond memories of coaching them this season.”GAME NOTES: Billy Gorn tasted his first action since January in goal against his former mates. Devin Allen had started the past nine games for Nelson. . . Kyle Hope led the Hawks with three points while Tyler Hartman and Jaxen Gemmell each had a two points. . . .There was another large crowd at the NDCC Arena for Game four, with 780 fans attending. . . .The Conference Finals are expected to start next weekend. Beaver Valley will host the first two games of the best-of-seven series. . . . Game five of the Kimberley-Creston series goes Monday in Creston. During the regular season Beaver Valley put together a few lengthy winning streaks en route to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Those same Nitehawks are at it again.The Hawks made it a clean sweep through the Murdoch Division Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Nelson Leafs 4-1 for the club’s eighth straight playoff victory.The loss eliminated the Leafs from the 2017 KIJHL Playoffs.Beaver Valley wins the Murdoch Division for the fourth straight season and now earns a date with the winner of the Kimberley-Creston series in the Kootenay Conference Final.The Dynamiters currently lead the best-of-seven affair 3-1 after edging the Thunder Cats 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Kimberley.“We’re just trying to stick to our game, play it game by game and not get to ahead of ourselves,” said Beaver Valley captain Sam Swanson following the post-series handshake with the Leafs.“We’re playing pretty good hockey right now but we still have more left in the tank.”“It was nice to get this series done early, have a good rest and look forward to the (Kootenay Conference Championship),” Swanson added.It didn’t take long for the Nitehawks to get it going in Game four. Leading 3-0 in the series thanks to an amazing comeback in overtime during Game two followed by a double-overtime victory Friday in Game three, the players had one thing on their minds and that was eliminating the Nelson Leafs.Hawks out shot the Leafs 10-3 in the first period, and were full value for a 2-0 lead on goals by Tyler Ghirardosi and Kyle Hope.last_img read more

SI SAGE STALKS PACE & SPRINGS 42-1 SURPRISE IN GRADE III, $100,000 LAST TYCOON STAKES; VIENNA, TRUJILLO TEAM FOR 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2015)–Longshot Si Sage stalked pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron to the top of the stretch and went on to a convincing 3 ¼ length win under Elvis Trujillo in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes as he covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:02.08. Trained by Darrell Vienna, who fitted French-bred Si Sage with blinkers for the first time, Si Sage had shown promise on occasion but entered the Last Tycoon winless in 10 stateside starts.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell that I thought he needed blinkers,” said Trujillo. “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well, so they wanted to keep them on. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf (which was the case today at Santa Anita as a result of light rain over an approximate two hour period leading into the Last Tycoon). We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.”The longest shot in a field of eight horses 3 and up, Si Sage was dispatched at 42-1 and paid $87.60, $26.00 and $10.80. Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC, the 5-year-old horse by the Johannesburg stallion Sageburg improved his overall mark to 23-4-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000 increased his earnings to $255,450.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions (23.93, 48.30, 1:13.12 and 1:37.84), I was watching him, and frankly, I was never worried,” said Vienna. “I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good and then I could see he wasn’t’ asking him at all, and then he did.”Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Mandella, runner-up Ganesh was fourth turning for home and out-gamed Abbey Vale and Power Foot in a tight three-way photo to finish second by a nose. Off at 5-1, Brazilian-bred Ganesh paid $6.20 and $4.40.“A mile and a half is probably what he wants, but he ran a nice race,” said Mandella of Ganesh, who ran fifth in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. “He had a bit of traffic trouble…but I’m very happy to be coming along where we are.”Irish-bred Abbey Vale, who attended the pace throughout along with Ganesh, bested Power Foot by a head for the show and paid $4.40 with Tiago Pereira up.Ridden by Mike Smith, 8-5 favorite Big John B trailed throughout and was beaten by approximately 20 lengths.“The grass was way too soft for him today,” said Smith. “He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”In large measure due to Si Sage’s 42-1 upset in the Last Tycoon, there is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $80,129. It is expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000.First post time for an eight-race card Sunday, with the Pick Six to begin in race three, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,129 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL EXPECTED TO APPROACH $500,000last_img read more