Carrick rubbishes breakthrough talk

first_imgMichael Carrick is baffled by those who claim this has been his breakthrough season. Carrick’s input has been just as important as anyone’s in delivering Sir Alex Ferguson a perfect send-off. Over the last few years Carrick has perhaps not received the recognition that his ability merits. But now that age has caught up with Paul Scholes, a player who many regard as United’s greatest ever midfielder, Carrick’s contribution has been more widely noticed – much to his surprise. Carrick said: “It slightly amuses me when I see or hear people saying different things (about me), as if I have suddenly appeared from nowhere. I have maybe played a little bit better than I have done in the past, but I have been happy with my form for a long time really.” “A couple of people say something and it snowballs from there. Obviously you have to be doing things right on the pitch, but it is slightly strange how it has come about this season.” To say Carrick has merely been doing “the right things” this season is quite an understatement. The 31-year-old has completed 2,147 passes in the league this year, second only to Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta. And what is more, United’s players’ player of the season has a 90 per cent pass completion rate. This has not gone unnoticed by Roy Hodgson. The England manager considers Carrick an integral part of his squad, and given the absence of Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere through injury, the Manchester United man is likely to feature against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday and in the Maracana on Sunday versus Brazil. It seems strange to think that just three years ago Carrick made Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, but did not play one minute of a disappointing campaign in South Africa. Carrick does not wish to dwell on that experience, and is instead determined to focus on trying to help the Three Lions qualify for Rio 2014. “What’s done is done, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s about the next challenge and making the most of that challenge,” Carrick said. “The next challenge is to qualify for the World Cup and then to make your mark as a team. Looking back doesn’t really help you or achieve much, you should only do that when you’re retired and have your slippers on.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Volcanoes, Red Force score sizeable victories

first_imgWINDWARD Islands Volcanoes recorded a comfortable six-wicket win over Kent Spitfires at Coolidge in their final match of the Regional Super50 on Friday.Kavem Hodge, who had spent most of the tournament batting at No. 6 for Windwards, struck his maiden List A fifty after being promoted to open the batting to chase Kent’s 205.Hodge got the Windwards chase going in the right direction after the early fall of Johnson Charles for 5 by adding 54 for the second wicket with Devon Smith (32) and another 86 for the third wicket with Sunil Ambris.Hodge ended with 68 and Ambris 48, just two shy of what would have been his seventh fifty in eight games during group play. Ambris ends the round-robin stage with 423 runs at 70.50, second overall behind Leeward Islands captain Kieran Powell’s aggregate of 509 at 84.83.When Hodge fell in the 40th, 31 runs were still required for victory. Captain Liam Sebastien and Kyle Mayers knocked off the rest of the runs, securing victory with 13 balls to spare. Kent had stumbled to 35 for 5 after choosing to bat at the toss before a 104-run sixth-wicket stand between Will Gidman and Adam Rouse salvaged their innings.Shane Shillingford eventually dismissed both men for 94 and 40 respectively and Kent’s tail fought until the 49th over before they were bowled out with seven balls left in the innings.Trinidad & Tobago Red Force rolled past West Indies Under-19 by 182 runs at North Sound on Friday night to set up a first-place showdown with Leeward Islands today.The win over West Indies U-19 moved T&T to 6-1 in Group B, the same record as Leewards though T&T trails Leewards by two points due to the bonus point structure in round-robin play.The winner of today’s match will top Group A and most likely face Jamaica while the loser will probably face Barbados, who hold a five-point advantage at the top of Group B heading into the final round of group matches.Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed and Denesh Ramdin each struck half-centuries in T&T’s total of 290 for 5 after West Indies U-19 opted to bowl. Hope made 70 off 98 balls, adding 58 for the first wicket with Kjorn Ottley before teaming up with Mohammed to add 74 for the third wicket.Mohammed top scored with 84 off 73 balls and produced a 92-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ramdin before falling late in the innings.Ramdin took T&T through to the finish, ending on 60 not out off 42 balls to ensure the target would be well out of reach for West Indies U-19.Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre continued his fine tournament by doing most of the damage during a seven-over middle overs spell of 3 for 6 that accounted for top-scorer Emmanuel Stewart for 20 and captain Kirstan Kallicharan for 16.West Indies U-19 were eventually bowled out for 108 in 29.2 overs. Their final game is a rematch with Kent, the only side West Indies U-19 has beaten in the competition.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Barnhill’s ‘Mr Golf’ elected onto prestigious CGI review group

first_imgBARNHILL’S ‘Mr. GOLF’ ELECTED ONTO PRESTIGIOUS CGI REVIEW GROUP: Congratulations are extended to Letterkenny Golf Club stalwart member and GUI representative Mr. Barry Ramsay who has recently been nominated onto the OGB [One Governing Body] club formation group, a work group who will review the current range of golf club management structures throughout Ireland and propose models of good governence for the future.With the newly agreed amalgamation of the GUI and ILGU, both bodies have been involved in a consultation process to form a single governing body for golf in Ireland and have spoken to all key stakeholders in relation to this aspect of governance. Following feedback from club representatives, they have now set up this wonderful opportunity to shape golf on the island of Ireland so that it will reflect a modern sport leading us into the next century.Barry Ramsay, of Letterkenny Golf Club, has been appointed to this prestigious committee of seven persons. It is a single honour for him and the club, as he has been involved in change management not only in golf but also in his former professional life as a Social Work Manager. Barry has been involved in golf organisation in local, county,provincial and national level since 1980 and has led his own club as Captain and President, the latter being in their centenary year of 2013, as well as being honorary secretary. The responsibilities of this newly-formed body will be to research current club management and structures, finance, membership, courses and greens, health and safety, juniors, competitions,handicapping,marketing and legal aspects etc. of every club. From this, the OGB will propose models of governance and prepare reports for discussion on such club models for the future of golf.Club management and all club members would like to congratulate Barry on his appointment and for once again bringing Letterkenny Golf Club to the fore of golf nationally.The others members of the committee are Donard Mac Clancy, Club Manager Mullingar G.C. [Chair]; Grainne Clancy, Hermitage G.C.; Ger Ennis  Athy G.C.; Pauline Baille, Belvoir Park G.C.; Lesley Williams Woodenbridge G.C. and Nialll Kilgallon, Confederation of GolBarnhill’s ‘Mr Golf’ elected onto prestigious CGI review group was last modified: September 13th, 2016 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:golfletterkenny golfSportlast_img read more