Holmwood Technical High, the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association rural senior champions, will be seeking their eighth all-island title today when the 2015 season comes to an end today with the national finals at Clarendon Park in May Pen. Action starts at 1 p.m. with the junior final between Denbigh and Gaynstead. The senior final will follow between Holmwood and Camperdown, the urban champions. It should be an epic encounter between seven-time Holmwood and Camperdown. Holmwood will start favourites after they scored a one-sided win over Titchfield High in the rural finals. Camperdown, on the other hand, were pushed to extra-time by St Hugh’s. Both coaches are upbeat going into today’s encounter. “We do not expect anything less than a victory,” Holmwood’s coach, Carlene Graham-Powell, said. She added: “Our girls play hard every time they take the court, and I expect another good game from them, and I have no doubt that they will be victorious today.” Goal shooter Tracyann Francis of Holmwood was outstanding in the rural senior final and will be a key player for Holmwood today. A majority of the Camperdown players have been playing together for the past five years and four have represented the country at the junior level. Coach Wayne Stewart thinks this is a plus for his team. “We did not see Holmwood on Tuesday … but our girls are ready for the occasion. They have played together for a number of years and have gelled well, and we are confident that Camperdown will win their first all-island title,” Stewart said. Goal shooter Idara McCarthy and goal attack Ramona Lawrence will be key players for Camperdown. Denbigh will be appearing in the junior final for a third straight final, and after losing back to back to Queen’s, they will be hoping to win against first-time finalists Gaynstead. “Our team is a very young one … but I expect them to win and make up for their disappointment in the past two years where they lost to Queen’s,” said Janice Walker, coach of Denbigh. Sports coordinator Derrick Brown of Gaynstead is also looking forward to a victory for his girls. “The girls are very confident and I have no doubt in my mind that they will win. As long as they stay focused and follow instructions, they should go all the way,” said Brown.
Eight collection depots have been established to take part in the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Ireland public collection days throughout Donegal this August.Indeed the county’s record of compliance has been excellent and Donegal County Council is asking the public to continue this proud tradition over the coming weeks.WEEE Ireland, which was established ten years ago, recently announced their milestone figures for electric and battery recycling over the past ten years. The figures also revealed that in the last year alone it has collected almost 733 tonnes of electronic waste from Donegal in 2014. This equates to an astounding 5kg per person in Donegal, over EU target of 4kg per head.Over 50 tonnes of electrical waste came from WEEE Ireland collections days that were held throughout the county, filling almost 11 large trucks.Since 2005 WEEE Ireland have increased the WEEE take back rate in their collection areas, including Donegal, to over 50% of household WEEE. This means the scheme has already surpassed the 2016 EU target (45%) on behalf of its members.It’s also worth noting that:• Over 70 electrical items per Donegal household were collected for recycling since 2005. • An average of almost 5kg of electrical waste recycled per person in Donegal in 2014, over the EU target of 4kg per head• Most Donegal people are now aware that we can recycle WEEE for free but 1 in 4 are still hoarding or putting electrical waste in the rubbish bin at home• Ireland is a WEEE recycling champion – all WEEE Ireland’s recycling contractors have recently received the European WEEE label of excellence standard – WEEELABEX for high quality electrical waste management processesThe local collections this month are fixed as follows from 10am-4pm each day:August 8Falcarragh – Fawnmore, opposite Cassidy’s Quarry;Carrigart – Chapel car park;Bunbeg – Údarás na Gaeltachta Industrial Estate at the former Comer Yarns car park;August 15Buncrana – Nailor’s Row car park, opposite the Credit Union on the Cockhill Road;Lifford – Lifford-Clonleigh Resource Centre, Croaghan HeightsAugust 22Killybegs – Shore Road car parkBundoran – Town Centre car park across from the cinemaGlencolmcille – rear of the local Fire Station These free WEEE Ireland events allow people to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at these collections. Waste collection specialists from WEEE Ireland will be there on the day to help you send your toasters, vacuum cleaners, fridges and every other electrical item imaginable to a better place.For more information about the service in Donegal see http://www.donegalcoco.ie/services/environment/information%20for%20householders/weeerecycling/MORE THAN 730 TONNES OF ELECTRICAL WASTE COLLECTED IN DONEGAL IN 2014 was last modified: August 5th, 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)
Pravin Amre has worked with a number of India players.Such is the magic of one-day cricket that it can make one forget even excruciating losses suffered in Test cricket a short while ago.The gap between Tests and ODIs in England was not long, yet in that span of time, skipper MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher had to face intense media scrutiny, and rightly so. The moment India slipped back into winning mode in the shorter form of cricket, all talk is about winning again.Till some time ago, Suresh Raina was the butt of ridicule when he played abroad as he was unable to score on tracks which offered something to the pace bowlers.Suresh Raina trained under Amre for four days before leaving for the England tour.Call it a metamorphosis or getting into the right mode mentally, Raina was able to conquer the demons and hammer a hundred in style in the second ODI.As reported by Mail Today, the sudden transformation for Raina came after some good “mental sessions” with Pravin Amre, whose stature as a private coach is now rising.We all know that in a sport like cricket, coaches are usually associated with a batsman or a bowler in the initial stage of development. From the time a budding player picks up a bat or starts bowling with a tennis ball, then a cork ball and then the red leather cherry, it’s all about individual efforts.It’s only when the player starts performing and gets associated with a good local club that he gets assistance from coaches. In a place like Delhi, there are so many coaching ‘shops’ being run by former cricketers who have played club cricket or domestic cricket.advertisementThe more business-like former international cricketers are ready to lend their name to an academy where fundamentals are imparted and youngsters turn up in whites for nets.The way cricket is played has changed drastically over the years and emphasis is no longer on what was called ‘copybook’. It’s not just Raina who has gained from Amre, who played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India.Amre has made a mark with his ability to help out a few other well-known cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa and Naman Ojha as well.By Amre’s own admission, his job varies from case to case and he is quite happy doing a freelance job sitting in Mumbai. He knows he will not be travelling with Team India and whatever contributions he is going to make will be from home.You and I may think that Amre needs to be present at the nets to iron out the chinks but so advanced has technology become today that the guru can see it all on television. Today, TV replays and videos are available easily and for a coach to spot any major chink is not a problem.Then again, just as the top tennis professionals from Roger Federer to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic hire the best personal coaches for working on technique and tactics, cricket is seeing a new trend emerging.It’s good to note that former cricketers like Amre are able to give back to the sport what they learnt from guru Ramakant Achrekar. Today, cricketers are professionals and have a right to earn, be it an active player or anyone offering assistance.The days of charity are over when Bishan Singh Bedi offered tips to almost anyone who wanted his guidance, be it a player from India or overseas. One of India’s best left-arm spinners has a sharp cricketing brain and never minces words when he has to be critical.One does not expect the newage freelance coaches in India to offer free service like Bishan paaji, but they should take pride in what they do. Amre, for instance, was able to work with Rahane differently, as the latter lacked power in his shots.Amre relied on “baseball techniques” to improve Rahane’s hitting in the shorter format of cricket where generating power in shots is important. And the results are there to see.Before this, one also heard of India opener Gautam Gambhir taking help from Tamil Nadu’s W.V. Raman to help him out with his technique. Cricket is now an art and a science thanks to the three distinct formats.Gambhir and Raman were part of the same IPL franchise – KKR – but the time has come when more batsmen and bowlers could be seeking professional help as they have the money to do it.advertisementIf people like Amre and Raman are recognised for their contributions as coaches, there are former bowlers who have also helped. Manoj Prabhakar has been readily available for teaching budding bowlers the art of reverse swing.There are some more names like Subroto Banerjee, T.A. Sekhar and Narendra Hirwani, who offer valuable insight to bowlers.So the day is not far when we could have a Team India captain planning strategy and tactics with “foreign coaches” while cricketers seek professional help from personal coaches for perfection in technique.Dangerous for the likes of Fletcher, isn’t firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone has had an opinion on the next person who should take over as the head coach of the Indian football team. While some have spoken about the need to have foreign coaches, others have questioned the need to look at other countries when there are enough experienced people in India.Speaking to IANS, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has put all debates to rest and said that the profile of the coach is what matters and not the nationality.”It depends on the kind of profile the person has. Indian or foreigner isn’t the question here. It is about the kind of work he has done,” he explained.The first global face of Indian football said that for him to debate the standard of Indian and foreign coaches is very difficult and the decision should have nothing to do with the origin of the coach.”It is very difficult to say whether I prefer a foreigner or I prefer an Indian. The decision needs to be taken keeping only the experience and the caliber of the person and nothing else,” he added.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided to participate in the upcoming edition of the King’s Cup in Thailand after four decades – India last participated in the tournament in 1977 – and a call on the next India coach is now a matter of priority.AIFF has already expressed its inability to hire a high-profile coach owing to the financial constraints that comes with it and now, with Bhaichung focusing on the profile of the next coach, it will be interesting to see if the AIFF pays heed to one of the best footballers to have played the game for India.advertisementIn the past it has been observed that whenever a coach is given a longer stint, results have been achieved. Bob Houghton, one of the most successful foreign coaches, worked with the Indian team from 2006 till 2011. Stephen Constantine was the head coach from 2015 till 2019. If the national team achieved its best ranking (FIFA Ranking 94) in 1996 under the Uzbek coach Rustam Akramov, the lowest ranking of 173 was also achieved in 2015 when Wim Koevermans was in charge of the Indian team.So, what matters is not the nationality, but the profile as well as the tenure given to him to adapt to Indian players and understand their needs and requirements. With the success that the team attained in the Asian Cup, it will be crucial that Indian football doesn’t take any step backward from here.Also Read | Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest-ranked national teams