Home Sport GAA Kilcavan impress to ease into JFC quarter-finals SportGAAGaelic Football WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kilcavan impress to ease into JFC quarter-finals Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Young Kilcavan supporters – with their pet rabbit – in high spirits after their club’s big win over Ballylinan in the Laois JFC this evening in Kilcavan Brought to you in association with Elite Estate AgentsKilcavan 5-13 Ballylinan 0-6Laois Shopping Centre JFC Round 2 WinnersKilcavan became the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Laois JFC following a comfortable 22-point win over Ballylinan this evening.It’s one of only a handful of times that championship football was played in the Kilcavan grounds but the small club on the Offaly border laid down a marker that they are keen to go one step further than last season when they were beaten in the final by St Joseph’s.They have certainly made a good start to this campaign and followed up their good win over The Heath in the opening round with another impressive showing and big win here. In their two games to date they have scored nine goals and have an average winning margin of 16 points.While they can expect the games to get tougher from here on in – and they’re now into straight knockout territory – a team that is putting up scores like that is always doing something right.They were on top from start to finish here and after early points from Ronan Gorry, Jason Maher (free) and Ollie Dixon, Evan Hunt got in for the game’s first goal when he latched on to a long fist pass from Gearoid Treacy, ran 30 yards, and finished low into the corner.Dixon and Gorry added points in quick succession and after only 12 minutes, Kilcavan were eight up and cruising.Ballylinan hit back with nice points from the impressive Jack Delaney and centre-back Evan Philips but two points from placed balls from Jason Maher, a Ronan Gorry goal from close range and Ollie Dixon had them 2-8 to 0-2 up at the break.Evan Hunt got the scoring under way early in the second half and then two goals in quick succession further underlined Kilcavan’s dominance.The first came when wing-back and captain Eddie Conroy stormed up the field and exchanged a one-two with Jason Maher before finishing smartly, the second moments later when Sean Mangan, released from the confines of full-back, also got in on the scoring.A couple of Jack Delaney points as well as efforts from Brian Kenna and Jack Bride kept the scoreboard moving for Ballylinan but Ronan Gorry, Gearoid Treacy and Sean Mangan all added points for Kilcavan while Jason Maher added another goal to his collection as well as a point.Kilcavan now move forward to the quarter-finals at the end of the month while Ballylinan will play one of the winners of the Round 2 losers games.The remaining JFC games are on Thursday and Friday of this week.SCORERS – Kilcavan: Jason Maher 1-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ’45), Ronan Gorry 1-3, Evan Hunt and Sean Mangan 1-1 each, Ollie Dixon 0-3, Eddie Conroy 1-0, Gearoid Treacy 0-1. Ballylinan: Jack Delaney 0-3, Evan Philips 0-1, Brian Kenna 0-1, David Bride 0-1KILCAVAN: Eamon O’Brien; David Ryan, Sean Mangan, Cathal Grennan; Eddie Conroy, Michael Bermingham, Declan Conroy; Barry Mangan, Gearoid Treacy; Evan Hunt, Ollie Dixon, Paul Bolton; Derek O’Connell, Jason Maher, Ronan Gorry. Subs: Padraig O’Brien for O’Connell (38), Barry Grennan for D Conroy (40), Conor White for Bolton (48), Manus Dunne for E Conroy (52)BALLYLINAN: Mark Murphy; Aaron Baldwin, Paudge Leonard, Jamie McDonald; Niall Behan, Evan Philips, Mark Kelly; Liam O’Dea, James Murphy; Jack Delaney, Emmet Doyle, David Bride; Brian Kenna, Walter Hovenden, Ian Coleman. Sub: Michael Murphy for Coleman (45)REFEREE: Vincent Dowling (O’Dempsey’s)SEE ALSO – Emo lead the way as six clubs represented on this week’s Team of the Week Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIn Pictures: The 56th annual Abbeyleix Fete draws the crowdsNext articleAll of Tuesday evening’s Laois GAA results as Timahoe edge out Mountmellick in Junior ‘B’ epic Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twitter TAGSBallylinanBallylinan v KilcavanKilcavanLaois JFC 2018 By Steven Miller – 7th August 2018 Facebook
RELATED: Elliott still ‘pretty frustrated’ | Starting lineup | Full Texas scheduleFORT WORTH, Texas – Chase Elliott did not make it through qualifying inspection at Texas Motor Speedway Friday evening and will start his No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet from near the rear of the field in 34th for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as a result.Elliott was one of seven cars — also including Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth — that didn’t turn a qualifying lap because they didn’t pass inspection in time.While obviously disappointed in having to start from the rear on Sunday, Elliott was still hopeful, even confident, that he will be able to make his way forward. Perhaps challenge for the win.“As you all know, qualifying well is important for stage points so I think for us now it puts the emphasis on having to compete for a win,’’ Elliott said. “It keeps it simple. [April winner] Jimmie [Johnson] did it in the spring and I think if we have our car driving good tomorrow afternoon, it’s definitely doable.’’In fact, it’s the second consecutive time Elliott’s car did not pass qualifying here at Texas. He was among nine drivers forced to start the race from the rear.“I don’t know why teams fail qualifying tech here more than other places,’’ Elliott said. “I think if you get your car driving good tomorrow, you can pass. Jimmie proved that here in the spring. I think it’s doable. We’ll see.“Everybody’s pushing it. You don’t want to get in position you’re not qualifying. Everybody’s doing everything they can to go fast.’’Elliott is currently eighth in the playoff rankings — 26 points behind fourth place Kevin Harvick with two races remaining to set the four-driver championship grid for the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale.
State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is thankful for one thing this holiday: sand.After declaring four states of emergency over the past two months following a storm surge and breach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays last month, town and Suffolk County resources have been deployed to mitigate the problem, but state and federal help is needed. Scheiderman, along with Senator Chuck Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, gathered at Dune Road on Tuesday, November 26 to discuss the continuing concerns.According to Schumer, after speaking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander and District Engineer for New York Colonel Thomas Asbery November 25, a dredge should soon be on the way.“They don’t need new money and they don’t need new legislation, because the law that we passed — public law 8499 — says the Army Corps has the right to step up and dig in and undo the damage that occurred last month,” he said on Dune Road Tuesday. “We are asking the Army Corps and I asked Colonel Asbery last night to use the law to fix what has happened — to fix things here in the Town of Southampton . . . We can’t wait for next year’s federal budget.”Under the law the Army Corps can send a dredger currently in operation replenishing the Fire Island to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project to repair the West Shinnecock Inlet’s Interim Storm Damage Reduction Project.State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée KeeganSchneiderman issued his first local state of emergency September 10 citing an imminent breach. Heavy duty Suffolk County Department of Public Works equipment was hauled in to shore up and essentially rebuild the 750-foot dune across the street from the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock. Subtropical storm Melissa had battered the barrier island and almost washed away the entire dune with its high tide. Schneiderman said two weeks ago, following yet another storm, he couldn’t believe what he saw.“This beach was as flat as the road was, and we had wind and waves moving right across Dune Road into the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock right across the street,” the supervisor said. “We were struggling to prevent a breach.”At that time, Suffolk County moved 200 truckloads of sand overnight in the dark and rain. At 3000 cubic yards, it got the town through several storm high tides. But it washed out again and again as more storms continue to wallop the south shore and erode any protections put in place.“The creation of that manmade dune was almost a Herculean effort,” Schneiderman added. “But it’s all gone now.”Earlier in the day November 26, Congressman Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman carried out a site visit of Dune Road, and Zeldin said his office has been in frequent contact with the Army Corps regarding the county’s reimbursement request for prior and ongoing work.Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said it’s not common, and not often that work like that’s been done happens on such a local level.“We prevented a disaster from occurring, but that is not sustainable and it’s not something we can continue to handle,” he said. “That is why the partnership with our federal government is so important.”“It’s been a project for all of us for decades to get the kind of protection we need to preserve the dunes, preserve the south bay, all of the inlets, and the south shore mainland,” Schumer added. “When Superstorm Sandy hit we worked hard to get lots of help to not just restore what was lost, but provide resilience. And we did. But when storms come and undo some of the work that was done we can’t just sit there and twiddle our thumbs — we’ve got to get to work.”This has actually been a recurring issue since 1938, when the Shinnecock Inlet was created to stabilize the area as a result of a breach. The federal inlet was protected with jetties, but sand is trapped on the far side where the beach is much wider, which has resulted in the loss of 600 feet of beach.Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman discusses the effort that went into replacing the dune after declare a local state of emergency four times in the last two months. Independent/Desirée KeeganThis month 90,000 yards have been moved with the help of the Suffolk County Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Town of Southampton. The efforts are still ongoing.“We are united, we are together when it comes to protecting our coastline and all that we love and cherish about living on Long Island,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This is about our quality of life, but it’s also about our economy. You have the commercial fishing dock, you have businesses here, you have residents here that are impacted by this. It’s important that this emergency replenishment project happens.”Schneiderman said the work completed this week will not get the town through the winter. He said more in the ballpark of 800,000 yards of sand is needed.Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin“We’re in a desperate situation trying to prevent another breach,” Schneiderman said. “And it’s not just a commercial dock that sits here, we’ve got a commercial fish-packing operation, three restaurants, a county park at the end of the street. This is way beyond the resources of the Town of Southampton and this is beyond the resources of Suffolk County.”That’s why the supervisor is grateful to be talking turkey with state and federal agencies to prevent further deterioration. While the dredger will most likely not get to Hampton Bays in time for the Thanksgiving Day storm, he said the dredger could protect the beach for years if not decades.“We have been pleading and our prayers are answered by the fact that Senator Chuck Schumer is making the request that the Army Corps brings in the dredge,” Schneiderman said. “This Thanksgiving I’m particularly thankful for all the partners the town has at the county, the state, and the federal level. I’m cautiously optimistic that the news is good, that we’ll see the dredge appear and get out of this very precarious situation we’ve found ourselves in.”[email protected] Senator Chuck Schumer call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring a dredger to Shinnecock Inlet. Independent/Desirée Keegan State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée Keegan Local officials applaud state Senator Chuck Schumer for his help to repair the dune in Hampton Bays. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott shakes hands with state Senator Chuck Schumer and thanks him for his call for action. Village of Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius discusses the effects the storm has had on his village. Saltaire Mayor John Zaccaro Jr. thanks the politicians involved for playing their part while saying his village is also doing its part to rebuild infrastructure of his barrier island to ensure coastal resiliency. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he does not know what the governor is referring to exactly. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine talks about the effect the storms have had in Center Moriches. Satet Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Dune Road in Hampton Bays to send a dredger as soon as possible to repair south shore damage sustained by recent severe storms. Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott talks about the issues he’s had on Fire Island as a result of the storms. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin Share
By Andrew DownieSAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – Few national teams have experienced the ups and downs of Brazil over the last five years but the good news for fans of the Selecao is that they are ascendant as Russia approaches.Brazil won the 2013 Confederations Cup, hammering an all-conquering Spain side 3-0 in the final. A year later they were humiliated 7-1 at home by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals and early exits at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 deepened the gloom.But the improvement since Tite took over as coach in June 2016 has been remarkable and Brazil are now joint favourites to win a record sixth World Cup.Much of that credit goes to the wily coach, who has instilled a sense of purpose in a team that looked lost under his predecessor Dunga.Tite has retained only seven of the 23 players who failed on home soil four years ago, with Neymar, Marcelo, Dani Alves, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva, Willian and Paulinho among those likely to make the final 23.The central defence has been shored up with Marquinhos and Miranda, and Brazil under Tite have conceded just five goals in 19 games.The midfield has a balance of solid and creative players, with Casemiro providing the backbone, Paulinho capable of going box-to-box, and Renato Augusto offering some spark.Up front Tite has an embarrassment of riches, with Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho the likely starters with able back-up on the bench from speedy wingers Willian and Douglas Costa.Those players helped Brazil to become the first team to qualify for Russia with a record string of nine successive wins, but they must take care to rein in any euphoria.Brazil have historically done better at World Cups when they fly off hated rather than feted by their own press and fans.In 1970, 1994 and 2002, the Selecao left home under a cloud only to silence their doubters and lift the cup.In 1982 and 2006, it was the opposite, as teams headed to Europe expecting to canter to victory.Tite is nothing if not pragmatic and he has worked overtime to ensure his players are focused on the task at hand.On the field his work has been exemplary, as 15 wins in 19 games prove. How he prepares them off it may be almost as important.