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  • Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro: Don’t count my outside hitters out

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Kat Tolentino comes alive to lead Lady Eagles rally Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lady Eagles, though, relied heavily on Kat Tolentino, who scored just two points in the first two sets but finished with a total of 19.“It’s really trusting the fundamentals, we already have the skills, the players are already equipped with the skills we just have to believe that they have it,” said Almadro.The Lady Eagles’ spirited comeback earned them a 2-1 record to tie University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines in second place.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Oliver Almadro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro had a simple message for his team’s doubters.The Lady Eagles were on the brink of defeat when they trailed two sets to none against Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying That was until the former two-time champions dug deep and showed to the volleyball-watching community just how tough their team is to eventually take the win, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12.“People shouldn’t count my outside hitters out, I know my outside hitters are beginners but they lifted us today,” said Almadro. “Jules (Samonte) and Ponggay (Gaston) are silent killers for today and people will really count them out but I believe in them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“People will really count Dani [Ravena] out but I believe in her, people will really count out our receive and defense but I believe in them. That’s the most important thing, we must believe in our skills and believe in our fundamentals. Believe in what we’re preparing for.”Samonte and Gaston teamed up in the Lady Eagles’ fightback in the fourth set with the two finishing with a combined 16 points after the match.last_img read more

  • Redeeming the Liberian Nation

    first_imgBy Lekpele M. NyamalonMonrovia- Since the end of the Liberian Civil war, successive governments have ignored attempts to bring to closure the experiences of the conflict.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its final report made several recommendations including the banning of some actors from operating in the political landscape of post war Liberia. This was, perhaps, to clean up the space and give an opportunity to reflect as a people, thereby setting a precedent for the future.Unfortunately, however, the Johnson-Sirleaf led Administration was reluctant in its implementation of the TRC recommendation, an action backed by some members of the Liberian Legislature. This sent a knife deep in the wounds of the thousands of victims of the Liberian Civil war- some of whom may never fully recover from the effects of conflict.The line-up of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission included former political actors, civic leaders, warlords and other persons of interest. The TRC was, amongst other things, intended to provide a space for participants of the Liberian conflict to state their roles in the conflict, perhaps apologetically for future recourse. Instead, it became a platform for bigotry and political grand standing. The ordinary Liberian masses were shortchanged, but most importantly, Liberia lost a glorious opportunity to redeem itself through self-cleansing of its scary past.  The Liberian Civil war is recorded to have left scores of families displaced, over some 250,000 lives lost, hundreds of children conscripted as child soldiers and sex slaves and Liberia became a corridor of some of the most vicious atrocities committed in a civil conflict.  Most of the atrocities remain undocumented.Today, documented murderers, economic criminals and gangsters have hijacked the political landscape- posing as ‘Statesmen’. This is unfortunate. To those young children recruited as infants to fight a war they didn’t understand, to those innocent souls left to die on the roadside while fleeing, to those families murdered in cold blood at massacres, to those young women summarily raped by gun tooting thugs, we have let them down.I was born when Liberian was under military rule in 1983, at the tender age of six; the civil war began in 1989. I’m a child survival of conflict and a direct victim of the civil war. Today, sixteen years since the end of the civil war, Liberia is still grappling with its ghost of conflict, in a large part, because it has ignored the basic rudiments of recovery needed in a post conflict society. In a show of political naiveté, former warlords have been courted as key power-brokers and ‘kingmakers’, an ex-warlord got appointed to serve on the Supreme Court bench- which culminatively, showed that we had lost it, in our tracks.Rwanda, for example, as a post conflict nation decided to shake off its shreds, after a brutalizing genocide which is recorded as one of the most barbaric acts in modern history.  Rwanda decided to take all the right steps to self-redemption. The United Nations established The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to deal with human rights abuses after the genocide, while Rwanda prosecuted lower-level leaders and local people. This was a starting point for Rwanda to gain some level of sanity in her journey to redemption.In Sierra Leone for example, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, was a judicial body set up by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations to “prosecute persons who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law” committed in Sierra Leone after 30 November 1996 and during the Sierra Leone Civil War.These events helped to clean up the political space, serve as deterrence for future violators and etched a legacy for posterity. The long-term effect of dealing with violations that occur during conflict has a far enriching effect on the overall survivability of the nation than short-term political expediency that harbors war criminals, murderers and economic bandits.  Sadly, in Liberia, post conflict Democracy has seen the re-emergence of murderers, criminals and gangsters hijacking the political space. This is scary. The prosecution of those with the greatest responsibility of atrocities during the Liberian conflict would afford us a period of collective reflection, and, possibly save us from future woes.In my book, ‘Scary Dreams’- an anthology of poems that tell a history of the Liberian Civil war, I’ve tried to reach out to school children and the youth to discuss the stories of the civil war as an opportunity to reflect, remember and heal. Our worst mistake as a nation would be a generation 10, 20, or 30 years ahead that has little or no understanding of the history of the civil war- told in an organized fashion through books, documentaries, etc. The prosecution of war criminals would leave an indelible print in that direction. May God bless the works of our hands and save the state, perhaps from us all.The Author:Lekpele M. Nyamalon is a Poet, Author, Inspirational Speaker, OSIWA Poetry fellow and a Mandela Washington Fellow. He is the Author of the Book: ‘Scary Dreams’, An Anthology of the Liberian Civil War. He can be reached at nyamalon23@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Suzuki, provincial ag critic to join paddle event this weekend

    first_imgDavid Suzuki is coming back for another paddle.Paddle for the Peace organizers confirm the environmentalist will be in attendance and speak at the 10th annual event this weekend, set to launch from the confluence of the Peace and Halfway rivers on July 11.NDP agriculture critic Lana Popham will also attend the event and give a speech before boats will head down the river.- Advertisement -Suzuki and Popham will join Richard Bullock as three high profile speakers. Bullock who was chair of the Agricultural Land Commission for five years before he was abruptly fired in May, just months before his contract was set to expire.This year’s event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a free pancake breakfast from West Moberly First Nation at the Halfway River Bridge on Highway 29. Registration is $10 and covers the event’s insurance.The paddle will begin at noon, and wrap up at Bear Flat around 2:30 p.m. where Suzuki and Bullock will speak. Halfway River First Nation will also host a free barbecue.Advertisement Those attending are reminded to bring water and sunscreen, along with rain gear and an umbrella. There will be a shuttle bus to bring paddlers back to their cars at the Halfway River bridge.last_img read more

  • Manchester City hopeful De Bruyne will not be out for season with knee injury

    first_img Kevin De Bruyne Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Kevin De Bruyne will play for Manchester City again this season despite suffering suspected medial ligament damage in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final win over Everton.De Bruyne played an inspirational role against the Toffees after coming off the bench, scoring one goal and setting up another, as City clinched their place at Wembley with a 4-3 aggregate victory.But his night ended badly as he fell awkwardly on the turf in the closing stages and was stretchered off in some discomfort with his right knee strapped in a brace.Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament but still prompted plenty of concern on the City bench.Manager Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow. The doctor thinks he has a problem in his medial ligament but it is impossible to know before tomorrow.”Asked if De Bruyne could miss the rest of the season for quadruple-chasing City, Pellegrini said: “I hope not. It is very difficult to know in this moment but I am optimistic he will not be out for the rest of the season.”Meanwhile Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles has apologised to De Bruyne for attempting to pick the player up as he lay down in pain.Robles tweeted: “I would like to apologise to Kevin De Bruyne for my reaction to his injury. In the heat of the moment I didn’t realise he was badly hurt.“I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.” 1last_img read more

  • THE GREEN COLUMN: WHY ARE MY ELECTRICITY BILLS TOO HIGH?

    first_imgElectricity: Why are my bills too high?By Jim DuffyLast  month, I opened by electricity bill and almost had a heart attack. I was expecting it to be around €120-160. Due to the snow, we had been home a little more than usual but it was it was an unaffordable €290. But then I spotted the ‘E’ which means estimate.  Aha, there was hope!!I went through a few cabinet drawers to find that elusive key to open the meter box key (they cost a euro in any hardware shop). Finally, with key in hand and bill I ran outside and opened the meter box. I spied the current meter reading and wrote it down on the bill. Low and behold, the actual reading was much less than the estimate.So now, I worked out what I actually owed. It was only €140- less than ½  of what I was being charged. (If you don’t how to work this out don’t worry just ring the supplier you are with and tell them the actual reading and then request they reissue a new bill.)Ok I know that when the meter guy comes and reads the bill next time I will get a nice soft bill, but you know what I would rather hang onto my cash now.  The basics: The electricity you consume is counted in Units or kWh (kilo-watt-hours). The number of units you are charged for are based on  the difference  of two readings. One or both of these readings could be an estimate.You pay around 15cent per unit depending on supplier – this rate usually makes up the majority of the bill. A kWh or kilowatt is 1000Watts used in one hour.It’s like ten (one hundred Watt) bulbs on for 1 hour OR  one (one hundred watt) bulb on for 10hours both  costs 15cEnergy is what you pay for and can be simply summed up as POWER x TIME How to save money on bills?Change your supplier to get the cheapest price/unit. There are now four suppliers to the domestic market making it more competitive than in the past.SupplierTelephoneWebsiteEsb Ireland1850 372 372http://www.esb.ie/Bord Gais1850485868https://www.thebigswitch.ieAirtricity1850818110http://www.airtricity.comEnergia1850363744http://www.energia.ieReduce the power or wattage (Change out all your standard lights now – don’t wait for them to die). Chose A-rated electrical appliancesReduce the Time your appliances are on. Using timers, occupancy or daylight dimmingFor commercial businesses bills are a little more complicated particular with regard to the appropriate tariffs. Nevertheless substantial savings can be made by understanding if the business is on the correct tariff and availing of a free energy assessment from SEAI.If you would like any more information on your domestic or commercial bills please feel free to call me on 085-7190000 or send your question to polarber@eircom.netIn the meantime, the next time your passing a hardware shop don’t forget to pick up your meter box key and avoid the chest pains. THE GREEN COLUMN: WHY ARE MY ELECTRICITY BILLS TOO HIGH? was last modified: April 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalelectricity billsGreen Columnlast_img read more

  • HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBOURS? DONEGAL WRITER OFFERS TO HELP

    first_imgStencils produced by young people of themselves and the writer to promote Equality and DiversityA DONEGAL writer helping to build peace in England’s troubled inner cities has offered to help settle neighbour disputes in his home county.Rathmullan writer, Patrick Kearney, is leading a major creative writing and visual arts project in some of the more deprived cities and towns in England in the aftermath of the riots there in 2011.‘People Make Cities Not Buildings’ will run for three years and involve hundreds of young people. Patrick told us: “There was serious unrest among many young people in England prior to the street riots in 2011. And contrary to what the press and media said, not all of them were unemployed and from ethnic communities.“Indeed, many were indigenous white English, middle-class, and in full employment. Speaking with them, I discovered that most were angry at what they perceived to be blatant acts of corruption and abuse by politicians, bankers, celebrities, and the religious, for which no one was seemingly held accountable.“Stoking their anger too was the increasing levels of unemployment, the rising costs of living, and huge amounts of public money being spent on ‘white elephant’ projects whilst at street level society was fracturing.“To make an immediate and direct intervention to defuse street tensions and the likelihood of further riots, my project takes place on street corners and in back alleys where young people hang-out. “When, at the start of the project, one rather hostile young fella demanded to know from me, ‘Why are you over here…what do you know?’ I think I successfully broke the ice by replying, ‘Well, being a Belfast lad, I thought I’d show you lot how to riot properly!’“Once securing the trust of the young people, the other project workers and I have enabled the young people to refocus and redirect their amazing energy, talents, and aspirations into positively promoting themselves and other young people as valuable and active citizens with much to contribute to society.“Now, through their street poetry and art, the young people are promoting Human Rights and Fairness for young carers caring for relatives with Dementia, young people experiencing homelessness, disenfranchised from wider society, volunteering in communities as peer mentors in peace-building. This experimental project has been such a success so far, it will be rolled-out to other locations in the UK and Ireland in the future – and that can only be for the common good.’”If you are a community group in the Border Region and would like to discover more about the intervention work that Patrick Kearney does to build better communities experiencing civil conflict including gang warfare, anti-social behaviour, disputes between neighbours or family feuds, please contact the writer via: patrickkearney@mail.com / www.patrickkearneywriting.com HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBOURS? DONEGAL WRITER OFFERS TO HELP was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:disputesdonegalpatrick kearneyRathmullanlast_img read more

  • Murder suspect’s extradition delayed

    first_imgLaw enforcement officials Monday said it could take years before the man accused of killing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy David March is brought back to the U.S. to face justice. Jorge Arroyo Garcia, suspected of fatally shooting the Santa Clarita Valley man on April 29, 2002, during a traffic stop in Irwindale, was captured in Mexico earlier this year. While authorities first were optimistic they could bring Garcia back within a year, the extradition process has turned into a waiting game. “It could be a matter of years. We don’t know,” said Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. “It could be a long, long time. It may be quicker than we think. At this point I’m not going to hold out hope for anybody.” District Attorney Steve Cooley agreed not to seek the death penalty in order to have Garcia extradited from Mexico, which – under a Mexican Supreme Court ruling from last year – refuses to extradite murder suspects to the U.S. who face the death penalty. The decision could affect more than 700 suspects in California crimes believed to have fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution. angie.valencia@dailynews.com (805) 583-7604160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Extradition documents were sent to Mexican authorities in mid-April, and so far there has been no response, Gibbons said. The courts there have an unlimited amount of time to review the case and make a recommendation, which Garcia can appeal. “The whole system has been frustrating,” said March’s widow, Teri. “It’s not going to come easy. Anything is better than his freedom. I’m hanging on to being grateful for that. “If it takes two years, I can wait two years. I waited four years for him to be captured.” Garcia, 29, was at large until his capture by Mexican authorities in February. The Mexican national, a convicted drug dealer also wanted for two attempted murders, faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole. last_img read more

  • GOLF NEWS: KEVIN MCDONALD TAKES THE FIRST MAIN PRIZE OF THE SEASON AT BARNHILL

    first_imgNoel Gallagher, winner of the Global Tiles & Bathrooms sponsored Open receiving his prize from Sean Gilroy, [sponsor]. Also pictured is club Captain, Gerard Duffy.Letterkenny Golf News:Congratulations to the high number of entries for the Cat 4. first competition of the season, most of whom were eagerly awaiting their first “official” tee-off date! Played over 9 holes, the proud winner was Bryan Harkin 20 pts, with runner-up Michael McDaid on18pts. With the Wednesday Opens now back in full swing, a good entry saw cat.2 member Kevin Mc Donald [13] taking his first main prize of the season with a “game of two nines” scorecard. Following a double bogey at 2nd and a “blank” at 9th, Kevin must have thought twice about continuing his round but that he did and very successfully indeed by returning a one over par 37 gross on back nine with the aid of a birdie at 12th, giving him a winning score of 41pts. Just one point behind in runner-up spot was Kenny Harkin [12], who followed an uncharacteristic “blank” at 1st with a birdie at 2nd and, continuing with some fine iron play to greens, recorded back-to-back birdies at 12th and 13th and finishing with another at 18th for an inward nine of 24pts.     Sunday 19th Confined competition top spots were dominated by Gerry O’ Sullivan’s cat 4 brigade but none of them were able to outscore Tim O’Farrell [18] for the top step on the rostrum. Playing steady, handicap golf, Tim took the front nine in 41 shots gross and 22 pts, and his winning return of 43pts would have been higher only for that double bogey at 17th. Following closely in second spot was Albert Strain [23] who’s lucky numbers must be all the seven’s for two magnificent birdies at 7th and 17th gave him a near miss for top slot on 41pts. In third place was Liam Moriarty [28] whose birdie at 11th helped him to a return of 38pts. Gross on the day was won by Darragh Mc Menamin [4] with 32 gross points.    Congratulations to the Eamonn O’ Carroll led Ulster Fourball team who won through to the second round of that competition at the expence of Banbridge Golf Club following a very competitive return leg in Barnhill on Sunday.Letterkenny had the advantage after the first leg having won 3 of the 5 matches in Banbridge and were 4 holes up. Despite being in apprehensive mood when Letterkenny’s first pairing of Bobby Mullaly and Pat Keating were two down on the 14th tee, Letterkenny were up in one match ,level in two and down in two.Bobby and Pat then proved their leadership qualities and parred the last 5 holes to halve their match. The other pairings dug in also and managed to turn around the tie with Pat J McGrath and Mark Cohen avenging their 5 & 4 defeat in Banbridge with a sweet 2 & 1 win, John Bowe and Tony Duffy, having won 5 & 4 in Banbridge, this time tasted defeat losing 3 & 2. Malcolm Crawford and Tom McDonagh continued their good form from Bambridge,having won 2 & 1 there, by winning their return match 4 & 2 and the final pairing of Barry Ramsay and Joe Lambe, also having won in Banbridge, were “called in”, being 3 up with 3 to play as the match was then Letterkenny’s. Wishing Eamonn and the squad every success in the next round. Meanwhile, commiserations to Charlie Coughlan and his Ulster Cup squad who were eliminated by old foe Cairndhu over two legs on Saturday and Sunday last.    Friday 24th will see the club host the annual Relay for Life Classic. There were still some slots left on the time-sheet at going to press and at only €80 per team, a great charitable day out. Sunday 26th Open is kindly sponsored by Letterkenny Driving Range [the Glebe] and the Club Classic, sponsored by Brown’s on the Green, will take place on Saturday 16th May. With time-sheet filling up already, it would be advisable for teams to get their name in asap.   HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s Online Lotto’s draw took place on Wednesday 15th April and, although there was no JACKPOT winner of €2,150, two lotto members who smiled happily were Denis O’ Donnell and Barry Roughan, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 5; 8; 11; 14;; The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week]Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.   GOLF NEWS: KEVIN MCDONALD TAKES THE FIRST MAIN PRIZE OF THE SEASON AT BARNHILL was last modified: April 21st, 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:BarnhillgolfletterkennyNoticeslast_img read more

  • BOYCE EQUALS SEASON BEST BUT JUST FAILS OLYMPIC STANDARD

    first_imgBrendan Boyce in action in Spain.Donegal native and Letterkenny AC athlete Brendan Boyce equalled his season’s best at the recent IAAF Challenge in La Coruna. In almost perfect conditions, close to the sea front of the Atlantic coastal city, Boyce walked 1:26:47 over 20km and finished 45th amongst some of the top ranking athletes in the world.Boyce had hoped to attain the Olympic standard of 1:24:00 and was on target to achieve his goal at 42:02 at 10k. Unfortunately, Boyce wasn’t able to maintain his pace and slowed over the second half of the race.Boyce’s training partner Alex Wright who achieved a PB of 1:22:09 in La Coruna qualified for both World Championships and Olympics.Commenting on his performance after the race, Boyce said, “It was my ambition to attain the Olympic standard and even though I didn’t attain the standard, I equalled my season best from Murcia so overall it was still a good performance in the end. I’m planning a short break for a couple of weeks and then it will be straight back into training with my training partner Alex.”Boyce’s focus now turns to the 50k at World Championships in Beijing at the end of August. Boyce’s steady improvements and top form of PBs this season is a good indicator of how he will perform at the World Championships. Having gone under 1:27 twice this season, Boyce is hoping to push over his training this summer and challenge for top 16 at the World Championships. Boyce will race 3,000m at Cork City Sports on 7th July and the national 10,000m on the 9th August, ahead of the World Championships in Beijing.Team Ireland has one of the best domestic training groups in the world with athletes Boyce, Wright and Robert Heffernan who is the current defending World Champion over 50k. The team will also be going to the championships looking to secure top 16.BOYCE EQUALS SEASON BEST BUT JUST FAILS OLYMPIC STANDARD was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Brendan Boycedonegalspainwalkerlast_img read more

  • ROAD TO AVIVA: “IT’S THE BIGGEST GAME OF MY LIFE, BUT I’M READY” – DAVID SHOVLIN

    first_imgDavid Shovlin on the attack for Letterkenny Rovers.ROAD TO AVIVA: David Shovlin says he is ready for the biggest game of his career, when his Letterkenny Rovers side face Crumlin United on Saturday night at the Aviva Stadium. It was Shovlin who scored the crucial second goal against Ringmahon Rangers that sparked frenzied celebrations at Leckview Park almost a month ago.His superbly taken goal deep in injury-time ensured Eamon Mc Conigley’s side booked their place in their first ever FAI Intermediate Cup Final. Shovlin was introduced as a second-half substitute in that game, he missed out on a starting berth, after he suffered a nasty shoulder injury a few weeks prior, but he proved to be Letterkenny’s match-winner on the day and his introduction changed the game.Shovlin hopes he has done enough to force his way back into Mc Conigley’s starting XI, and says he can’t wait for Saturday.Shovlin told Donegal Daily, “It’s still a bit surreal to think we’re going to play at the Aviva in an All-Ireland final, but what an occasion it’s going to be for us as players, and for the club in general.“So much hard work goes in behind the scenes, and I’m delighted for some of the stalwarts like Victor Fisher, Dessie Kelly, James Barclay, Kieran McGrath, Patsy Collins, Eric White and Mickey Duffy who have been involved with the club for years. “It’s going to be a special, special day for them, and obviously for us as players, we’re playing at the highest level we possibly can and that’s where you want to get to as players.“I just can’t wait for Saturday now, I’d say I’ve everybody tortured on Snap-chat with my daily countdowns.”Shovlin is one of the most talented players in the Rovers squad, and is a very versatile player, at the start of the FAI Intermediate Cup, Shovlin operated at left-back, and then at centre-half.However, most feel his best position is playing in the pocket behind the striker, and that was evidenced by two super displays against Killester United and then his cameo off the bench against Ringmahon Rangers.Shovlin has played League of Ireland football with Salthill Devon, when he was at University in Galway, and has also helped the Ulster Senior League Inter-Provincial team to back-to-back All-Ireland titles. He’s an experienced player, and many feel he could be the key man on Saturday night.Rovers have a good mixture of experience and youth, and Shovlin says the group is fully focused ahead of Saturday’s huge match.Shovlin said, “There’s obviously been a great buzz around the town since we won the semi-final, there’s been a great hype and it’s been a very exciting time.“There’s a lot going on, it’s fantastic Evolve have got involved, and all the support we’ve received is greatly appreciated by all. “But Eamon is a very experienced manager and he got us focused on the Tuesday after the semi-final win, and reiterated to us that we’ve won nothing yet.“He knows we’ve got to focus on our jobs and not get side-tracked by any off-field distractions.“But in fairness we’ve got a really good group of players, who are experienced and the training has been top notch in the build-up to this game.Crumlin United are the kingpins of Intermediate Football, they’ve won the FAI Intermediate Cup in 2009, 2010 and in 2015.They’re going for back-to-back titles and are red hot favourites for the final, but Shovlin is quietly confident.“Crumlin are a top-class side, we know that, everybody knows that, but we’ve also got a quality team.“You don’t get to a final of a competition like this, if you don’t have quality all through your squad.“We’re the first Donegal team in twenty years to reach the final, so it’s not easy.“We’ve been written off in every round of this competition, we had to go to Cockhill, we beat Dunboyne over a replay, then we defeated Midleton, Killester and then Ringmahon over a replay.“Everyone of those games were tough, tough games but we showed that we can battle when need be, and we showed we can play as well.“We’re ready for Saturday, and we’re going to leave everything we have out there, if we can do that then I’m confident we can get a result.”ROAD TO AVIVA: “IT’S THE BIGGEST GAME OF MY LIFE, BUT I’M READY” – DAVID SHOVLIN was last modified: May 11th, 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:Crumlin UnitedDavid ShovlinLetterkenny RoversnewsRoad To AvivaSportlast_img read more