19 year old Fort St. John motocross rider Matthew Davenport will be beginning another season on the Rockstar Energy Motocross National Series this weekend in Kamloops. Davenport finished 15th overall last year after competing in half of the races and is hoping for a top 10 overall finish for the upcoming season in the 450 class.To get to that point he said he knows he has to be in prime physical condition, something that often isn’t considered by those who aren’t familiar with what it takes to compete at a high level in the sport.“A lot of people don’t really realize that there is a huge physical aspect to riding a bike,” Davenport said. “A lot of people think it’s sitting on a dirk bike, twisting the throttle, the bike does all the work. Really the human body is pretty much the engine for racing. You have to be in really good physical shape in order to be competitive at a professional level.”- Advertisement -In particular Davenport spends hours training at the gym, on road bikes, rowing, mountain biking, and doing yoga.Davenport cut his teeth competing in the Peace Motocross association before advancing to provincial races and western Canadian nationals.The season runs through mid August and will be making other stops in Nanaimo, and Calgary, before various events in eastern Canada.Advertisement
0Shares0000Jan Vertonghen’s late winner handed Tottenham a 2-1 win at Wolves © AFP / Paul ELLISWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Jan Vertonghen’s stoppage time header continued Tottenham’s turnaround under Jose Mourinho as Spurs moved up to fifth with a 2-1 win at Wolves.Mourinho’s men were largely outplayed at Molineux, but were ruthless with their chances to inflict Wolves’ first league defeat in 12 games. Adama Traore’s spectacular strike had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s early opener before Vertonghen stooped to guide home Christan Eriksen’s corner.“Three incredible points. We coped with their spirit. At 1-1, Wolves are not a team satisfied with a point. But we knew if we arrive in the last part of the match we could score,” Mourinho said.“Wolves are a fantastic team. This is a big victory. It is very difficult to control against them. Traore and Jota can kill you out of nothing, but we controlled parts of the game.”Spurs can now move into the top four before Christmas if they beat Chelsea at home next weekend and Mourinho has his sights of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.“We went about a year without winning a Premier League game away and we’ve managed two in a short amount of time,” Mourinho added.“Now we are not looking to the bottom of table, we’re looking higher up. This game is a special game because the opponent is a special opponent.”That speaks volumes for the impact Mourinho has made in less than a month in charge as Tottenham trailed Chelsea and the top four by 12 points when he was appointed.Wolves drop to eighth as their longest unbeaten run in the top flight since 1962 came to an end, but there was little more Nuno Espirito Santo’s men could have done to at least avoid defeat.After an industrious start by Wolves, it was Spurs who scored after eight minutes.Son Heung-min’s drive was beaten away by Rui Patricio but the ball was worked to Moura, who glided into the area before rifling in high from an angle for his third goal in seven games under Mourinho.Wolves remained undaunted though and after Paulo Gazzaniga gathered Traore’s low effort they began to create openings.Diogo Jota was a menace and it was from his work Raul Jimenez nearly levelled after 26 minutes but his low effort flashed wide.Soon after Jota was denied by the recovering Davinson Sanchez after the defender’s initial mistake allowed the forward through.Wolves continued to dominate but should have been 2-0 down nine minutes before the break.Referee Stuart Attwell played a good advantage after Moura was fouled to allow Eric Dier forward.He played a cute one-two with Dele Alli to leave the midfielder with just Patricio to beat but his low strike hit the post.It would have been harsh on Wolves and they continued to push after the break.Jota failed to turn in Traore’s cross and Gazzaniga pushed away Jimenez’s shot.Spurs’ defence had lived dangerously, with Vertonghen in particular struggling against the pace of Traore.Wolves finally got their reward on 67 minutes.Traore had given the visitors problems all game and he made them pay, collecting Jimenez’s pass and unleashing a rocket which flew past Gazzaniga from 20 yards.Tottenham then never looked like restoring their lead before the late drama.Wolves remained the aggressors and Romain Saiss’ glancing header four minutes later forced Gazzaniga into a fine stop.But Spurs silenced the hosts in the first minute of injury time when Vertonghen nodded in Eriksen’s corner.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 2 Lifford Celtic 2In wintry condition for football Glenea continued their unbeaten run in the league but were unable to claim victory against Lifford. Playing with the wind it was the home side that started brightest and on five minutes they took the lead from a Sean Coll free-kick. Glenea extended their lead on fifteen minutes when a Ryan McFadden corner wasn’t cleared properly and Sean Coll drove the ball home. Glenea continued to dominate proceeding but were unable to find a third goal with Kevin Mulhern coming closest when his strike from twenty yards was well saved by Lee White. In the 2nd half Glenea continued to control the game and were unlucky not to increase their lead with Ryan McFadden, Donal Coll and Sean McBride all going close to scoring. Lifford came close on sixty five minutes when a Kevin Mc Brearty free-kick was well saved by Joe Coll. Lifford were handed a lifeline on eighty five minutes when the home side hesitated on a through ball and Mark Neeson was on hand to slot the ball home. Lifford equalised late into injury time when the home defence failed to clear and Mark Neeson forced the ball home. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll and Sean Mc Bride, while Lee White was best for Lifford. Referee: Kevin Logue.St. Catherines 2 Cranford United 2The Saints played host to Cranford United in their first league outing of the New Year and it ended in a two all draw. The game started off at top speed with both teams going at it hard and fast and there were only four minutes gone when Cranford opened the scoring after a mix up in the Saints’ defence. Seamie Friel pounced on the error and walked the ball into an open net. Saints pressed for the equaliser and on twenty minutes a corner from Stephen Leslie found the head of a Cranford defender and fell to the back of the net. The game was end to end with chances falling to both sets of strikers and it was Cranford who regained the lead on thirty minutes when Kyle Black scored a spectacular volley from twenty five yards looping over the Saints keeper.The second half started off at a blistering pace with tackles, shots and decisions being fought for at every chance given. Cranford defended bravely but on fifty minutes The Saints equalised through Christopher Murrin when he pounced on a scramble in the box to toe poke the ball through a mass of legs. The last forty minutes were contested with high intensity and counter attack after counter attack from both sides but no player could take advantage of the half chances created. Team performance from both sides. Referee: Liam FarrenKilmacrennan Celtic 0 Milford United 4Milford United came out on top of the local derby with a good victoryover Kilmacrennan Celtic with the visitors giving up home advantage and travelling to Moyle Park. Milford took the lead on six minutes when JoeyCullen headed home a perfect cross from Gary Merritt. Kilmacrennanplaying with the wind in the first half created a few half chances butfailed to score. Milford were always in control with a good hard working performance. Cathal Mc Gettigan’s shot from 18 yards wasdeflected past the keeper on sixty minutes to give Milford a commandinglead. Gary Merrit slotted home a twenty yard free kick on seventy minutes andLee Burke tapped home from eight yards following good work by Jamie Heenaand Damian Casey. Good team performance by the Milford Men. Referee:Marty Mc GarrigleGweedore Celtic 1 Donegal Town 1Playing with a strong wind Donegal Town forced a series of corners in the opening minutes of the game that were dealt with by the home defence. Gweedore had the best chance of the first half when Colin Ferry fired off the post from twenty yards following good interplay with Tomas Diver. Donegal Town created their first clear chance on thirty five minutes following a break down the right but McKelvey got down well to block. With the home side defending well against the wind the away team were restricted to a number of long distance efforts. The home side started the second half strongly, creating a number of half-chances. The breakthrough came on fifty minutes when Colin Ferry shot past the keeper. The home side were well on top at this stage but Donegal scored following a counter-attack with Declan Brown’s deflected shot going beyond the home keeper. Donegal Town then had the better of the chances in the final ten minutes but were unable to convert. Best for Gweedore Celtic: Chris Porter and Colin Ferry. Good team performance from Donegal Town. Referee: Ed MooreRathmullan Celtic 3 Curragh Athletic 0Rathmullan Celtic strengthened their grip at the top of the Premier Division after a dominant performance against bottom of the table Curragh in atrocious conditions at the Flagpole Field. The wind and rain howled around the Seaside venue as the home side enjoyed long spells of possession and territorial advantage against their hard-working opponents. Dara Patton gave the league leaders a deserved one-goal advantage at the break and once Eoin Sheridan lashed home a second on the hour mark the points were all but secured. Veteran striker Eamonn Sheridan capped another fine display with a solo effort to make it three for the Hoops.The first goal arrived on twenty minutes. Oisin McMenamin spun away from his marker and released Eamonn Sheridan down the right hand channel. His low cross was clinically dispatched high into the net by Dara Patton as the home side’s front three combined to great effect. Curragh were struggling to impose themselves on the game and whilst they forced a corner on the half hour, the home rearguard marshalled by Kieran Gorman were able to snuff out the threat.After the break it was very much more of the same with Rathmullan doing all the pressing but while the game remained at 1-0 there was still tension amongst the Seaside faithful. With an hour on the clock the issue was settled. Eamonn Sheridan was once more the provider, playing a diagonal ball this time from the left hand side to match the run of Eoin Sheridan. From about 12-yards the in-rushing midfielder fired into the roof of the net to double the lead. Eamonn added his name to the scoresheet soon after, beating his man for pace on the edge of the box before firing across goal into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.On the day, Eamonn Sheridan, Aaron Mc Clafferty and Oisin McMenamin impressed for the Hoops while Lennon Mc Devitt and Shane Barclay worked industriously for the visitors on a difficult afternoon for football. Referee: Mick LaganWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 3 Keadue Rovers 1An even first half in wet and windy conditions at Park View saw both teams creating chances but neither team able to make them count. Both teams struggled to stay on the ball for long with sloppy passing. The best of the chances falling to Keadue. Castlefin could have taken the lead minutes before half time only for JP Malley to see his shot go slightly over the bar. The second half started brightly with Keadue breaking the deadlock three minutes after the re-start. The ball fell perfectly to Ryan Green who found himself well positioned inside the box. Green finished from close range with no mistake.Castlefin’s equaliser came on sixty one minutes after PJ McMenamin found JP Malley who tapped home. Castlefin took the lead five minutes later when a Michael Dunnion cross from the right found Damien Mc Anenny unmarked in front of goal. He casually rolled the ball into the net. Keadue looked hard for an equaliser, creating chances only to find the Castlefin keeper Anthony O’Hagan in good form. Castlefin made it 3-1 on seventy five minutes when JP Malley deservedly got his second goal. Malley chipped the Keadue keeper to finish well from the edge of the box. Castlefin held out to take all 3 points. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Best for Castlefin: Aaron O’Hagan. Best for Keadue: Team Performance.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Bonagee United 3Paddy O’ Loan shot wide from six yards on three minutes after a cross from the right by Darren Coyle. Kerrykeel took the lead on seven minutes when a cross into the box from Mark Friel was hammered home from Kevin Loughery. Darren Hunter and Paddy Mc Laughlin for the home team saw their shots on twelve minutes and fifteen minutes just go wide of the post. Paddy Mc Granaghan came close on twenty three minutes but the Bonagee keeper saved from ten yards. Johnathon Friel saw his header saved on thirty minutes from a Mc Granaghan corner. Bonagee levelled the match on forty three minutes when after good play by Noel O’ Donnell and Darren Coyle down the left O’Donnell cut inside the defender and hammered home from fifteen yards. Kerrykeel started the better team in the second half and again Carr in the home goal made great saves from Mc Granaghan, Friel and Loughery. Kerrykeel went ahead on fifty five minutes when a Marty Mc Ateer cross from the right was headed home by Johnathon Friel. Bonagee levelled the game on the hour when a Noel O’ Donnell strike came off the crossbar and Ciaran Gibson headed home from six yards. Bonagee went ahead on eighty minutes when a great ball from Darren Coyle found Garry Patton who broke clear and shot past the keeper to the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box. Paddy Mc Granaghan got the final goal of the game on eighty nine minutes after he broke down the right beat the defender and shot from fifteen yards to the bottom corner of the net. Referee: Marty Quinn. Team efforts by both sides.Cappry Rovers 1 Gweedore United 1(Abandoned at half time)This game was abandoned in the 43rd minute due the pitch becoming unplayable. The game was 1-1 at the time. Cappry thought they had taken the lead in the 2nd minute when Alan Patton saw his header cleared off the line. Gweedore took the lead when Ciaran Mc Fadden scored following a good turn and shot. Cappry pressed hard for an equaliser. Darren O’Leary went close for the home side. Cappry got level in the 32nd minute from Darren O’Leary’s penalty after Kevin Mc Glynn was fouled in the box. Referee: Victor RaineyDrumoghill F.C. 2 Lagan Harps 0Drumoghill FC consolidated their position at the top of the table with this hard-earned victory over their nearest and fiercest rivals Lagan Harps.In the end it was second half strikes from the O’Donnell brothers, Liam and Chris, that proved the difference between the sides. This was a game played on a heavy pitch in terrible weather conditions which made it almost impossible for good football to be played, and it was no surprise that both goals came from set pieces.It took until the 66th minute for the deadlock to be broken and when it did, it came from Drumoghill’s captain and warrior for all conditions Chris O’Donnell who bravely rose highest to nod home Michael Doherty’s free kick. It was to be his last contribution though as he sustained a nasty head injury that ended his afternoon. The game become more open as a consequence of Lagan going behind as Chris Toner and Brian Kelly became more of a threat. Eunan Diver was their best player on the day but despite his prompting from midfield they struggled to fashion anything that threatened an equaliser. Any chance of a comeback though was squashed on 79 minutes with an almost identical goal from the home side. This time the provider was Kevin Kelly, whose delivery seemed to sail directly into the net but the slightest of final touches was applied by Liam O’Donnell and there was no way back for Lagan.Referee: Joe McHugh.CT Ball Division TwoDeele Harps 4 Glenree United 3Deele welcomed Glenree to the Athletic track amid terrible conditions for football. The home side were doing all the pressing and took the lead when Shane Gallagher opened the scoring in the 30th minute. The pitch restricted any quality football in what was a real battle in the middle of the field. Glenree equalised against the run of play with a direct free kick on the stroke of half time. In the 50th minute Shane Gallagher applied the pressure which forced an own goal. A through ball from Eddie Connolly played Gavin Gallagher through on goal and he was hauled down for a penalty which was well saved by the Glenree keeper. In the 65th minute Shane Gallagher grabbed his 2nd goal after good wing play from Daire Kelly. Deele striker Shane Gallagher grabbed his hat – trick in the 75th minute with a fine individual goal to make it 4-1. Following a flurry of substitutions Deele took their foot off the pedal and conceded 2 preventable late goals. Team performances. Referee: Brian O KaneDrumbar F.C. 0 Whitestrand United 1(Abandoned at half time)This match was abandoned at half time due to the ever decreasing quality of the playing surface. Whitestrand United led one nil at the time.Convoy Arsenal 0 Raphoe Town 2It was a cold and wet Sunday in Orchard Park, Convoy. The game started very cagey with both teams battling in the middle of the pitch. The first half passed without any clear cut chances for either side until the 40th minute when the ball broke kindly for Mark Bogle who took it around Gareth Patton in the Convoy net to break the deadlock. The second half started in much the same manner but another unlucky ricochet for Convoy sent Raphoe through to double their lead via Jamie Gallagher. Convoy fought to get back into the game but couldn’t get a breakthrough. The game finished with Raphoe taking the three points in a 2-0 victory. Best for Raphoe was David Craig with a valiant team effort from Convoy. Referee: Gerry RoddenDunlewy Celtic 3 Letterbarrow Celtic 1In cold wintery conditions it was the home side who started the brighter and took the lead with John Cannon scoring from close range. Letterbarrow almost made it 1-1 but a good goal line clearance form Ciaran Mc Geady kept Dunlewey in front going in at half time.In the second half Dunlewey made it 2-0 when Paul McFadden scored from just outside the box. James Alcorn then made it 3-0 to the home side. Letterbarrow did push forward in the last 15 minutes and got their reward when Kevin Mc Brearty scored.Best for Dunlewey were Daniel Coll and James Alcorn. Team performance from Letterbarrow.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSATURDAYDowntown CupGlencar Celtic 3 Arranmore United 3Glencar started brightest and had the ball in net straight away from a Garvan Grieve corner however there was deemed to be a foul on the keeper and the goal didn’t stand. Glencar were on top from the off and heaped pressure on Arranmore but couldn’t break the deadlock. On 40 minutes Arranmore went ahead with a superb Benny Mc Garvey freekick from all of 35 yards.Glencar started the second half in the same fashion as the first, with plenty of possession. They were rewarded with a goal after Shane Hilley nodded in a Garvan Grieve corner. The visitors then caught Glencar on the hop with a long ball over the top to Doalty Boyle who finished well. Arranmore doubled their advantage shortly afterwards with another freekick form Mc Garvey. With 20minutes remaining and Glencar with the run of play they kept their cool and didn’t hit the panic button. Their patience was rewarded when Shane Hilley and Garvan Grieve combined to set up Chris Malseed who reduced the deficit to one with fifteen minutes remaining. With 10 minutes remaining Declan Scanlon set up Pajo Rafferty whose shot was blocked but Shane Hilley was on hand to convert the rebound. Great team performances from both sides in a very entertaining encounter. Referee: Victor RaineyMilford United Reserves 3 Donegal Town Reserves 1Milford got their new year off to the perfect start with this well deserved win. In a game where neither side had much to play for there was good attacking football from the start. Milford opened the scoring through Ciaran Blaney and added their second through JJ Fleming. Donegal town came back into the game for a brief period and were awarded a penalty which was converted to give them some hope. Milford responded well and reclaimed their two goal advantage after good work from TJ Everson resulted in Ciaran Blaney getting his second of the game.Ramelton Mariners 2 Erne Wanderers 4The Mariners and the Wanderers played out an entertaining game at Rab’s Park in Kerrykeel on Saturday afternoon.It was Erne who started much the better, shaking off the Christmas cobwebs and taking the lead in the 7th minute when David Dolan finished superbly after a counter attack. They doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Alan Russell rounded the Mariner’s keeper Kevvy Mc Cahill and finished to the empty net. The Mariners then came to life and created several chances, firstly with Patrick Durning hitting the crossbar after lobbing the keeper and then Peter Brannigan being thwarted by a last ditch tackle.Mariners sprung out of the traps in the 2nd half and two minutes after the restart were awarded a penalty after Patrick Durning was dragged to the ground in the area. The same player converted the spot kick. Unfortunately for the Mariners the revival was short lived as Erne reclaimed their two gaol advantage in the 55th minute when Ryan O’ Brien headed home from a corner.Again the Mariners responded and cut the deficit to one goal when in the 75th minute good approach play was rewarded when after Patrick Durning’s header from a Paul Stevenson cross was well saved, Kevvy Coyle was on hand to fire the rebound home. Mariners pressed further for the equaliser with Alan Blaney going close but they were susceptible to the Erne counter attacks and were punished in the 87th minute when Michael Mc Nulty made it four for Erne.Best for Mariners were Ciaran Burke and Chuck Mc Daid. Best for Erne were Dermot Slevin and Alan Russell. Referee: Kevin Doherty.Mulroy Celtic 2 Orchard F.C. 4Orchard got off to a perfect start when they were awarded a penalty when a Mulroy defender was adjudged to have handed the ball. The home team responded very well and equalised through the excellent Dougie after Jerry Diver unleashed a great drive which the keeper could only parry into his path. Orchard restored their lead when a free wasn’t dealt with and their forward dispatched to the net. Goals three and four soon followed, the third was brilliant as Niall Bonnar twisted the Mulroy defence inside out and finished well. The fourth a fine strike from outside the area. The second half was all Mulroy. Diver was very unlucky not to pull a goal back when he was sent clear but his chip just grazed the top of the bar. They pulled a goal back through Colin Talbot when he headed the ball home from a Joe Kerr free kick. Mulroy had numerous other chances to score couldn’t. Best for Mulroy: Dougie and Jerry. Best for Orchard Niall Bonner.Gweedore United Reserves 4 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2This game was played on a cold but sunny afternoon which saw the home side claim the three points in a good entertaining local derby. United started the brighter with early chances falling to Sean Paul McMahon, Aodh O’Donnell and Sean Gallagher. In the 18th minute the home side took the lead after good work by John McFadden saw Ciaran Sharkey beaten by Sean Paul McMahon from 20 yards to make it 1-0. Keadue were back on level terms one minute later through an excellent shot from Donal Rodgers into the top corner. The visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute against the run of play when Conor Greene scored from close range to make it 2-1. In the 2nd half United pushed for an equaliser. Their pressure paid off in the 56th minute when Martin Doohan finished from close range to make it 2-2. Following that equaliser Keadue began to press and saw good chances fall to Donal Rodgers, David McCarron and Ryan Greene, However it was United who went ahead in the 75th minute when Martin Doohan converted a penalty kick after Stephen O’Donnell was brought down in the Keadue box. The home side secured the three points in the 78th minute when Aodh O’Donnell fired into the roof of the net following a goal mouth scramble. It was a good team performance from Keadue with John McFadden and Sean Gallagher excelling for United. Referee: Michael McFaddenGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 4 Cranford United Reserves 4This game was all action from start to finish. Tullyvinney opened the scoring when Steve Devine played a through ball to striker Renato who fired home . The same player made it two after Adam Gardiner was upended in the box and Renato dispatched the penalty. Then Tullyvinney pressed the self destruct button firstly Renato missed a penalty then three Tullyvinney defenders went for the one ball and none of them got to it and Lee Ward tapped home .Cranford levelled when the same player scored after another mix up in the Tullyvinney defence. Then on the stroke of half time Renato played a through ball to Steve Devine who fired home. The second half started the same as the first with both sides going all out for the won. Cranford levelled again when a kick out was flicked on to Lee Ward who scored his third goal off the game. Cranford then took the lead when a through ball caught out Tullyvinney’s full back and Paddy Shiels’ shot just about crossed the line to put Cranford into the lead for the first time. Tullyvinney then threw everything into attack and scored with a couple of minutes remaining when Paul Mc Daid played a through ball to David Gardiner who fired a unstoppable shot to the roof of the net so it finished all square. In the end a draw a fair result. Team effort by Cranford. Best for Tullyvinney were Paddy Cassidy , Jason Mc Kinney, Daniel Mc Nulty and Darragh Crossan . Referee: James Malseed.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupGlencar Celtic 3 v 3 Arranmore UnitedMilford United Reserves 3 v 1 Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic P v P Fintown Harps AFCRamelton Mariners 2 v 4 Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic 2 v 4 Orchard F.C.Gweedore United Reserves 4 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves 0 v 3 St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 4 v 4 Cranford United ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 2 v 2 Lifford CelticSt. Catherines 2 v 2 Cranford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 4 Milford UnitedGweedore Celtic 1 v 1 Donegal TownRathmullan Celtic 3 v 0 Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 3 v 1 Keadue RoversKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 3 Bonagee UnitedCappry Rovers 1 v 1 Gweedore United (abandoned at half time)Eany Celtic P v P Dunkineely CelticDrumoghill F.C. 2 v 0 Lagan HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 0 v 3 Copany RoversDeele Harps 4 v 3 Glenree UnitedDrumbar F.C. 0 v 1 Whitestrand United (abandoned at half time)Convoy Arsenal 0 v 2 Raphoe TownDunlewy Celtic 3 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 18-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupDonegal Town Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesErne Wanderers v Glencar CelticTullyvinney Rovers v Ramelton MarinersOrchard F.C. v Glenree United ReservesMulroy Celtic v Gweedore United ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Cranford United Reserves (K.O. 1 p.m.)Keadue Rovers Reserves v Strand RoversSUNDAY 19-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCranford United v Glenea UnitedLifford Celtic v Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic v Gweedore CelticDonegal Town v Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United v St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneBonagee United v Gweedore UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Keadue RoversLagan Harps v Castlefin CelticDunkineely Celtic v Drumoghill F.C.Eany Celtic v Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers v Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic v Ballybofey UnitedRaphoe Town v Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United v Convoy ArsenalGlenree United v Drumbar F.C.League table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsRathmullan Celtic 9 7 1 1 23 8 15 22Glenea United 10 5 1 4 19 8 11 19Milford United FC 10 4 3 3 24 14 10 15Lifford Celtic FC 8 4 2 2 11 8 3 14St Catherines FC 10 3 2 5 20 25 -5 14Cranford FC 10 3 3 4 16 16 0 13Gweedore Celtic 10 3 3 4 14 15 -1 13Donegal Town FC 10 2 4 4 18 21 -3 10Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 9 3 5 1 14 22 -8 10Curragh Athletic FC 10 0 10 0 9 31 -22 0League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDrumoghill FC 10 8 1 1 25 6 19 25Kerrykeel 71 FC 10 5 3 2 35 24 11 17Castlefin Celtic 9 5 3 1 22 17 5 16Cappry Rovers 7 4 0 3 19 9 10 15Dunkineely Celtic FC 8 5 3 0 26 22 4 15Gweedore United FC 9 4 4 1 20 15 5 13Bonagee United FC 10 3 5 2 19 21 -2 11Keadue Rovers FC 10 3 6 1 20 24 -4 10Lagan Harps FC 10 2 6 2 18 31 -13 8Eany Celtic FC 9 0 8 1 10 45 -35 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCopany Rovers FC 9 6 1 2 17 10 7 20Whitestrand United FC 9 6 2 1 22 7 15 19Deele Harps FC 10 6 3 1 21 13 8 19Convoy Arsenal FC 9 5 3 1 12 12 0 16Dunlewey Celtic 10 4 4 2 21 16 5 14Glenree United FC 10 4 4 2 16 18 -2 14Raphoe Town 10 4 5 1 16 17 -1 13Letterbarrow Celtic FC 10 3 6 1 16 24 -8 10Ballybofey United FC 10 3 6 1 15 23 -8 10Drumbar FC 9 0 7 2 6 22 -16 2League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 8 7 1 0 26 6 20 21Erne Wanderers FC 8 6 2 0 21 10 11 18Fintown Harps AFC 8 5 1 2 19 10 9 17St Catherines FC 8 5 2 1 17 14 3 16Castlefin Celtic Res 9 3 5 1 18 25 -7 10Glenea United 8 3 5 0 14 18 -4 9Orchard FC 7 2 4 1 11 18 -7 7Mulroy Celtic 8 1 6 1 8 21 -13 4Ramelton Mariners FC 8 1 7 0 11 23 -12 3League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 9 8 1 0 21 6 15 24Gweedore United FC Res 9 7 2 0 29 16 13 21Donegal Town FC Res 9 5 1 3 23 17 6 18Keadue Rovers FC 9 5 3 1 29 20 9 16Glenree United FC Res 9 4 3 2 25 25 0 14Tullyvinney Rovers 10 4 4 2 18 20 -2 14Curragh Athletic FC 9 2 4 3 16 25 -9 9Cranford FC 10 1 6 3 21 28 -7 6Milford United FC Res 9 1 6 2 10 27 -17 5Strand Rovers FC 9 0 7 2 9 17 -8 2DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS, FIXTURES AND TABLES was last modified: January 12th, 2014 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 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DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSunday 11th December 2016 Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 Glenea United 4Glenea eventually ran out comfortable winners of what was, for a long time, a close affair at the Flagpole. The Hoops will be left to ponder what might have been had a 66th minute volley from Jude Patton not cleared the crossbar by the slenderest of margins, with Glenea leading 2-1 at the time. As it was, the visitors led at half time through a Lee O’ Brien strike. Ryan McFadden made it two shortly after the break before Patton reduced Rathmullan’s arrears. O’Brien scored again from close range before Ciaran McFadden took advantage of a defensive mix-up to make it four late on. The win ensures the Glasserchoo outfit can enjoy their Christmas dinner as table-toppers while Rathmullan have plenty to ponder after five straight losses on league duty. Referee: Marty QuinnKildrum Tigers 1 St. Catherines 1Kildrum started well and went one up on 3 minutes when Colhoun crossed for Lynch who made no mistake. St Catherines started to come into the game and looked dangerous from the long ball. Kildrum nearly went 2 up on a few occasions through Crossan, Coll and Curtis but the saints held on. Kildrum were awarded a penalty 3 minutes into the second half but Lynch saw his poor effort saved by the saint’s keeper. Kildrum controller proceedings and looked likely to get a second but were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute. The Saints scored when the resulting free kick was not cleared and their midfielder riffled home from 30 yards giving the keeper no chance.Milford United 3 Castlefin Celtic 5Lagan Harps 2 Drumoghill F.C. 2Lagan and Drumoghill shared the points in a hard fought derby. Lagan got off to a great start with a goal in the second minute. A long crossfield ball from Marty Brogan was finished at the back post by Michael Doherty. They went close again when a deep cross from Chris Toner was headed off the line by Ray Quinn. Drumoghill went close when Marcus Oliver flicked on a cross and Chris Malseed got a head to another one but Lagan keeper Darren Mc Evoy saved brilliantly on both occasions. Drumoghill edged possession but Lagan, with Michael Doherty, pulling the strings were the more dangerous. Lagan increased their lead on twenty three minutes when Kenny Doran fired home after a goalmouth scramble. They went close again when Chris Toner hit the post from a Mark Hunter cross. Drumoghill came out determined in the second half and with Philip White and Chris Malseed getting on top in midfield they began to push Lagan back. Lagan could have extended their lead when Kenny Doran broke through but he shot narrowly wide. Drumoghill responded with Richie Moore striking a post. They finally made the breakthrough when Lagan failed to clear a long thrown in from Carlos Rodger. Liam O’ Donnell forced the ball home. The equaliser was similar on eighty two minutes, with another long throw causing bother, and Chris O’Donnell headed home. Both teams went for the win but a draw was a fair result. For Lagan Darren Mc Evoy. Marty Brogan and Ronan Gibson were best while Chris Malseed, Richie Moore and Philip White were best for Drumoghill. Referee: Paddy Duffy. Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town 2 Gweedore Celtic 2A hard fought draw between two determined teams at Deele College. Raphoe created the better chances early on but Odhran Mac Nelis hit the bar after 15minutes from a 40yrd free kick to serve warning from Gweedore.Raphoe opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with Oliver Quinn hitting the bottom corner from a great volley. Celtic equalised seven minutes later through Mac Nelis after a mix up in Raphoe defence. Celtic took the lead on 60 minutes from a corner. Raphoe got the equaliser they deserved, a great finish from DJ Kelly. Good game from both teams.Cappry Rovers 3 Gweedore United 0Cappry secured the points in this entertaining game played in Cappry Park when they won by three goals to nil.Cappry went on the attack from the start in search of the opening goal and they opened the scoring in the sixteenth minute when Aaron Kelly crossed the ball and found Gerald Melaugh who drilled the ball to the net. Cappry continued to press and created a few more chances. Cappry increased their lead in the thirty fourth minute when Arron Kelly crossed the ball and once again it was met by Gerald Melaugh and he rifled it to the bottom corner of the net passed the diving keeper. Calvin Bradley got on the score sheet in the forty second minute when he received a cross from Stephen Carr to score the bottom corner of the net through a crowded goalmouth. Gweedore tried to get back into the game but the home defence and good keeping denied them from scoring. Referee Con Mc Laughlin.Donegal Town 7 Glenree United 0Donegal started the better of the two sides and moved the ball well at the beginning of the half. Stephen Curneen opened the scoring for Donegal on 15 minutes when he turned quickly at the edge of the Glenree box and fired low from 18 yards into the bottom corner. Eoin Slevin came close to doubling Donegal’s lead forcing a great save from the Glenree when he struck from 20 yards. Curneen doubled Donegal’s lead on 35 minutes. Donegal’s right back Brighton carried the ball from 30 yards to the Glenree end line and cut the ball back across the six yard box leaving Curneen the easy of finishes from close range. Donegal led by two at the break. Following a fine passage of play from Donegal at the beginning of the second half Daniel McHugh spotted the Glenree keeper off his line and finished the ball superbly into the top corner. Joe McIntyre hit Glenree for a 4th within seconds of the tip off, McIntyre’s long range effort deflected over the Glenree keeper. Curneen completed his hat-trick on 60 minutes with a neat finish low to the bottom corner. Daniel McHugh got Donegal’s sixth on 65. McIntyre carried the ball into the 6 yard box and cut the ball back for McHugh to finish from close range. Curneen got his forth late in the game making it 7-0 to Donegal at the final whistle. Great performance from start to finish by Donegal.Keadue Rovers 5 Erne Wanderers 2Bonagee United 2 Deele Harps 0The home side came close on ten minutes when a Paddy Mc Gowan cross from the right was headed over by Lee Mc Monagle. Mc Monagle made no mistake on seventeen minutes when his strike from all of thirty yards flew into the top corner of the net. Shane Gallagher for Deele saw his strike on twenty minutes saved by Carr in the home goal. Deele started the second half on top and had strikes on goal by Cathal Mc Gowan and Michael Crawford. Mc Monagle got his second on eighty minutes after Kevin Mc Hugh in midfield found Sean Crossan wide on the left and his cross into the box was hammered home by Mc Monagle from ten yards. Team effort by both sides. Referee: Dessie Mc Laughlin. CT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 2 Dunkineely Celtic 0Ballybofey United welcomed Dunkineely Celtic to Stranorlar on Saturday night for what will be both sides last game prior to the Christmas break. Going into the game only eight points separated the teams with Dunkineely having a game in hand so it was a perfect opportunity for the Darney Park men to close the gap at the top of the table. In what was one of the closest matches at the venue this season Dunkineely came out with only victory on their mind. They put it up to Ballybofey from the start. Indeed they had several decent chances and but for some slack finishing could have taken the lead. With the visitors shading the early exchanges Ballybofey were forced to defend deep and rely on the odd counter attack. Neither side could find an opening goal however and the game remained scoreless at the interval. The second half was only minutes old when Ballybofey took the lead. A corner from the left was headed against the Dunkineely crossbar and fell to Alan Patton who had the simplest of tasks in firing home from six yards. There were protests from the Dunkineely players and officials claiming that the ball had indeed came back off the stanchion behind the crossbar but the match referee was well positioned to have a clear view and had no reason to disallow the goal. This was to lead to a period of wayward play as reeling from the allowance of the goal Dunkineely became undisciplined in their play. They had a man dismissed and fell further behind when Mark Griffin teased the defence along the edge of the box before picking his spot and firing home past Gavin Mulreany. What had been a good game for the spectators had no turned into a scrappy affair. With the extra man Ballybofey were never threatened and despite not scoring again they held on easily to claim the three points that will see them hold top position over the Christmas break. One of the brightest lights on the night was the performance of a youthful Daragh Murrin who played well in the Dunkineely attack. For Ballybofey Karl Dunnion looked assured between the sticks. Both sides had several seasoned campaigners among their ranks with each having the former Finn Harps senior players in their dugouts, Brian Lafferty Snr. of Ballybofey and Paul Mc Geoghan of Dunkineely. No doubt these two sides will have a major say in the final outcome of this seasons League Title.Saturday 10thDecember 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDunlewey Celtic 1 Glencar Celtic 3In cool Winter conditions it was the visitors who started off well but found Micheal Mc Causland, Mark Roarty and Keith Sweeny in fine form for Dunlewey. Patrick Mc Fadden opened the scoring when he headed home a Micheal Roarty cross. The home team held on to half time with Paul Coll doing great work in midfield. The second half saw a revved up Glencar and they got back on level terms when Paddy O’ Kane knocked in from close range. It was nip and tuck after that until Micky Monley popped up to score much to the relief the Glencar supporters. They were able to relax more when a quick break led to Declan Scanlon finishing the game as a contest. A tight game with Paul Coll and Mark Roarty best for Dunlewey and it was a very solid team performance from Glencar Celtic.Orchard F.C. 1 Strand Rovers 1(No Report Received) Saturday Reserve DivisionDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Milford United Reserves 3Milford left ‘The Moss’ with all three points but it was Drumoghill who got off to a good start on twenty minutes when Ethan Mc Cready hit the net after some great work from Mark Gibson and John O’ Kane sent the young striker through. Milford got their equaliser on thirty five minutes when Conor Meakin pounced on a defensive error to go one on one with the Drumoghill keeper, slotting the ball low into the bottom corner. Drumoghill seemed to switch off after this which and allowed Milford to grab two more goals before half time the first arriving on forth minutes through Ryan Campbell and the second coming from a set piece on forth five minutes which Raymond Friel headed home. To Drumoghill’s credit they played the second half at a better pace creating chance after chance but unable to crack the Milford defence. They also had a penalty saved by the Milford keeper. Team performance by Drumoghill with Raymond Friel impressive for the visitors.St. Catherines Reserves 0 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3(No Report Received)Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1In a game played under the lights on Friday night in Cappry Park it was the youthful home side who got off to a flying start when they took the lead inside 5 minutes when Stephen Carr got through and finished well. The home side made it 2-0 in the 8th minute when Darren Bonner scored direct from a corner. Keadue kept playing and created a few chances before halftime but couldn’t find a way through the home defence. The 2nd half started with the away side pushing to get a goal back. Cappry were always dangerous on the break and could have made it 3-0 but Kyle Lafferty headed wide. Keadue got a goal back in the 80th minute when Eoin Doogan headed home a free kick. The home team held out for the 3 points. Two team performances. Referee: Andrew MullanSunday ReportBallybofey United 2 Dunkineely Celtic 0Ballybofey United welcomed Dunkineely Celtic to Stranorlar on Saturday night for what will be both sides last game prior to the Christmas break. Going into the game only eight points separated the teams with Dunkineely having a game in hand so it was a perfect opportunity for the Darney Park men to close the gap at the top of the table. In what was one of the closest matches at the venue this season Dunkineely came out with only victory on their mind. They put it up to Ballybofey from the start. Indeed they had several decent chances and but for some slack finishing could have taken the lead. With the visitors shading the early exchanges Ballybofey were forced to defend deep and rely on the odd counter attack. Neither side could find an opening goal however and the game remained scoreless at the interval. The second half was only minutes old when Ballybofey took the lead. A corner from the left was headed against the Dunkineely crossbar and fell to Alan Patton who had the simplest of tasks in firing home from six yards. There were protests from the Dunkineely players and officials claiming that the ball had indeed came back off the stanchion behind the crossbar but the match referee was well positioned to have a clear view and had no reason to disallow the goal. This was to lead to a period of wayward play as reeling from the allowance of the goal Dunkineely became undisciplined in their play. They had a man dismissed and fell further behind when Mark Griffin teased the defence along the edge of the box before picking his spot and firing home past Gavin Mulreany. What had been a good game for the spectators had no turned into a scrappy affair. With the extra man Ballybofey were never threatened and despite not scoring again they held on easily to claim the three points that will see them hold top position over the Christmas break. One of the brightest lights on the night was the performance of a youthful Daragh Murrin who played well in the Dunkineely attack. For Ballybofey Karl Dunnion looked assured between the sticks. Both sides had several seasoned campaigners among their ranks with each having the former Finn Harps senior players in their dugouts, Brian Lafferty Snr. of Ballybofey and Paul Mc Geoghan of Dunkineely. No doubt these two sides will have a major say in the final outcome of this seasons League Title.Drumkeen United 1 Lifford Celtic 2Letterbarrow Celtic 5 Cranford United 3This game was played in a sombre atmosphere following the recent death of Letterbarrow man, Liam Mc Hugh. A minute’s silence was observed before the game in his honour. The first goal of the game came on ten minutes when Gerard Mc Brearty tapped home after good work from Kevin Mc Brearty. Mc Brearty got on the scoresheet himself after twenty minutes when he finished at the far post from a James Mc Groary free kick. John Gallagher pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break. The home side started the second half brightly and were rewarded when Allan Foxton scored from the penalty spot. However, the visitors didn’t give up and made it 3-2 on sixty minutes, a speculative effort from Brendan Giles deceived the home keeper. Cranford pulled level on seventy five minutes when Giles slotted a neat finish into the corner of the net. Letterbarrow were not to be beaten on the afternoon and goals from Pauric Coyle and Allan Foxton sealed the three points for the home side. Letterbarrow Football Club would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to the McHugh family and also to the family of Gerard Mc Brearty on their recent bereavements.RESULTSSaturday 10thDecember 2016Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDunlewey Celtic 0 v 3 Glencar CelticOrchard F.C. 1 v 1 Strand RoversSaturday Reserve DivisionDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 3 Milford United ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves 0 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers ReservesSunday 11th December 2016Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 v 4 Glenea UnitedKildrum Tigers 1 v 1 St. CatherinesMilford United 3 v 5 Castlefin CelticLagan Harps 2 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneRaphoe Town 2 v 2 Gweedore CelticCappry Rovers 3 v 0 Gweedore UnitedDonegal Town 7 v 0 Glenree UnitedKeadue Rovers 5 v 2 Erne WanderersBonagee United 2 v 0 Deele HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United 2 v 0 Dunkineely CelticDrumkeen United 1 v 2 Lifford CelticLetterbarrow Celtic 5 v 3 Cranford UnitedDonegal League: All the reports and results from the weekend was last modified: December 11th, 2016 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:Donegal League
The pupils along with St Eunan’s College principal Chris Darby.Four of the class of 2013 from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny have received entrance scholarships to UCD.The pupils received this award in recognition of high academic achievement(560+ points) in O’Reilly Hall, UCD recently.They are Eamonn Sweeney, James Dorrian, Seán Blaney and Shaun Crossan. This is a great achievement for the boys and the vent was attended by college principal Mr. Chris Darby and their families.ST EUNANS PUPILS MAKE SUPER START AT UCD was last modified: November 21st, 2013 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:Chris DarbyscholarshipsSt.Eunan’s CollegeUCD
Participants of Letterkenny Parkrun thought they had double vision this morning as two sets of twins took part in this morning’s 5k!Malachi Johnston and Leo Johnston took part along with Emilia Johnston and Ciara Johnston. The four cousins had fantastic times this morning, with Malachi and Leo finishing the parkrun in 27 minutes 22 seconds and 27 minutes 24 seconds respectively. Emilia and Ciara crossed the finish line five seconds apart, with Emilia leading the way with 31 minutes and 45 seconds.Martin Mooney was the first overall to cross the finish line, with 11-year-old Conor Broderick hot on his heels.Martin Mooney 1st and 11 year old Conor Broderick who was a close second in a previous Letterkenny parkrunThis morning’s parkrun was sponsored by Brian Mc Cormick Sports and Leisure. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Brian Mc Cormick and staff sponsors of this week’s parkrun with Margaret O Donnell of Letterkenny parkrun.Picture Special: Double vision as two sets of twins take part in Letterkenny Parkrun! was last modified: July 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkenny parkrunpicture special
Donegal foodies, and especially Letterkenny residents, are lucky to have two of Ireland’s champion takeaways nearby after the Just Eat Ireland National Takeaway Awards were handed out.The 2017 winners were announced last night in Dublin and there were great celebrations for the cuisine of the Donegal.Burrito Loco in Letterkenny came away with a hattrick – Best Lunchtime Takeaway, Best Ulster Takeaway and Best in Ireland. There was another big winner at the awards last night – Best Takeaway Chipper went to Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny.Photo @justeatieThe long-established chipper is famous locally for their top quality and delicious chips. Now, they can proudly say they are the best in all of Ireland.The Glencar takeaway and diner is also favoured for their gluten free options. They serve over 120 different dishes, all available to sit in, takeaway and by delivery on Just Eat.Thanking customers on Facebook, the Friars team said: “Well we did it we are the Just Eat NO 1 chipper in Ireland well done everyone and big thank you to all our Friar’s TEAM and our loyal customers who voted for us yee haa.” Presenters Colm O’Regan and radio host Louise Duffy revealed the winners of the Just Eat awards after over 20,000 votes were cast for the 2,000 restaurants on the Just Eat network.Which Donegal chipper beat all the REST to become Ireland’s No 1? was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chipperFriar’s Restjust eat
“Evolution is a fact; therefore, evolution is a fact.” That kind of logic would strike most people as either odd or flawed. Yet it is common fare in scientific journals, where the assumption of evolution is used as proof of evolution. Darwinists are fond of comparing evolution to gravity, making it appear such a well-grounded belief, supported by such an immense weight of evidence (e.g., 01/26/2006), that it is no longer in need of proof. For instance, in USA Today this month, Harvard evolutionist E. O. Wilson said,Modern biology has arrived at two major principles that are supported by so much interlocking evidence as to rank as virtual laws of nature. The first is that all biological elements and processes are ultimately obedient to the laws of physics and chemistry. The second principle is that all life has evolved by random mutation and natural selection.Because evolutionists believe that molecules-to-man evolution is a law of nature, it can be used as an axiom from which other ideas can be logically deduced. Alternative explanations are simply out of bounds by definition, even when evolutionary inferences appear stretched. For example, consider a paper by Geerat J. Vermeij (UC Davis) published this week in PNAS,1 entitled “Historical contingency and the purported uniqueness of evolutionary innovations.” Vermeij tackled a vexing problem between evolutionists: whether evolutionary innovations are unique, rare, one-time occurrences (as argued by the late Stephen J. Gould); or, instead, somewhat predictable, because environments will constrain evolution to follow replicable pathways. The abstract states:Many events in the history of life are thought to be singular, that is, without parallels, analogs, or homologs in time and space. These claims imply that history is profoundly contingent in that independent origins of life in the universe will spawn radically different histories. If, however, most innovations arose more than once on Earth, histories would be predictable and replicable at the scale of functional roles and directions of adaptive change. Times of origin of 23 purportedly unique evolutionary innovations are significantly more ancient than the times of first instantiation of 55 innovations that evolved more than once, implying that the early phases of life’s history were less replicable than later phases or that the appearance of singularity results from information loss through time. Indirect support for information loss comes from the distribution of sizes of clades in which the same minor, geologically recent innovation has arisen multiple times. For three repeated molluscan innovations, 28-71% of instantiations are represented by clades of five or fewer species. Such small clades would be undetectable in the early history of life. Purportedly unique innovations either arose from the union and integration of previously independent components or belong to classes of functionally similar innovations. Claims of singularity are therefore not well supported by the available evidence. Details of initial conditions, evolutionary pathways, phenotypes, and timing are contingent, but important ecological, functional, and directional aspects of the history of life are replicable and predictable.Clearly Vermeij takes the second of the two positions. What’s interesting about the paper, though, is that all the support for it comes from evolutionary assumptions. His paper contains two tables: one of first-time evolutionary innovations, and another of repeated instantiations of previous innovations that arose by “convergent” or “parallel” evolution. Even the dates for the innovations came from the geological column, a construct devised from evolutionary assumptions. Evolutionary theory, therefore, not only was assumed in the tables, but also used to deduce how evolution acted in the past, and will act in the future and throughout the universe. In creation-evolution debates, when asked to provide examples from the immense “weight of evidence” for evolution, debaters on the Darwinian side will typically point to the shapes of finch beaks, antibiotic resistance in bacteria (01/29/2006), the color of peppered moths, or other small-scale changes. Even creationists agree that these kinds of variations occur naturally. The innovations listed in Vermeij’s table, by contrast, are large-scale changes involving complex systems with interrelated parts, including: the origin of life, the universal genetic code, sexual reproduction, wings, and human language. Creationists deny that small-scale change can be logically extrapolated into large-scale change, citing lack of evidence from the fossil record and observed limits to artificial selection. Scientific journals, however, give no voice to these criticisms, because they already have taken molecules-to-man evolution to be a fact based on the observed small-scale changes. Having extrapolated from finch beaks to all of the variety and complexity of life, the evolutionist feels free to speculate on even larger issues. Vermeij used his logic to address questions of what life could be expected to look like on other worlds. Apparently none of the editors or reviewers at the National Academy saw any problem with any of this.1Geerat J. Vermeij, “Historical contingency and the purported uniqueness of evolutionary innovations,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Published online before print January 27, 2006; DOI 10.1073/pnas.0508724103.What this means is that to the degree Darwinian dogma relies on circular reasoning, it is like a gigantic house of cards balanced on a toothpick. Effectively dislodge the point holding up the whole structure, and it could collapse quickly and catastrophically. Phillip Johnson predicted a growing body of scientists and lay people who would ask the right questions and no longer take bluffing and evasion for an answer. Learn to look past the E. O. Wilsons and Lord Martin Reeses of the Darwin Party who stand up flaunting their science badges, spouting royal hot air about the overwhelming weight of evidence for evolution. Remember what Schwarz said last week about that evidence? (01/26/2006). Don’t look at the size of the house of cards or how intricately its parts are interlocked. Look at the flimsy pillar of assumption supporting it. Test that, and stand back.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Nestlé’s Milo brand is getting behind football in South Africa by supporting its development in schools. (Image: Nestlé Milo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi PillayNestlé public affairs manager+27 11 889 6799 or + 27 82 908 2580RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s children get football fever • Peace football tournament for SA • Football for Hope to unite SA • Fly the Flag for Football toolkitJanine ErasmusThe 2009 Nestlé Milo Champions tournament brought almost 6 000 schools from around South Africa together in Soweto to compete for the trophy, as well as R100 000 (US$13 300) for the winning school to invest in a health, wellness or nutrition initiative.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup now scant months away, football fever in all forms is gripping the nation as never before. Last year’s Milo Champions competition, run in collaboration with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the Supersport television channel, was the second edition.About 94 500 would-be football stars participated in the 2009 tournament, with around 75 000 children from some 4 800 schools taking part in the 2008 event.Dorothy Langa Primary School in Limpopo province was the ultimate winner, snatching the title from Mpumalanga’s Mapula Sindane School in an exciting final that came down to a penalty shoot-out. Dorothy Langa, with two goals to Mapula’s one, emerged triumphant.“It is great to see that school competitions like this are not dominated by one school,” said Dorothy Langa head coach Mpho Mathopa. “Our achievement has reflected the true spirit of competition and shown that there is a balance of football talent in the country.”Developing future talentThe competition was open to all South African primary schools, and took place over four months. District and regional winners went through to the provincial play-offs, and the nine provincial winners progressed to the national finals at Hyundai Park in Soweto.“We want to see growth in school soccer in our country,” said Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko. “Next year we will make sure that more schools take part in this wonderful tournament.”Global food giant Nestlé has invested generously in the Milo Champions tournament. In addition to the grand prize, each provincial winner walked off with R10 000 ($1 320), while the runner-up took home R75 000 and the third-placed team won R50 000 ($6 600).The programme is intended primarily to foster young football talent in South Africa while promoting an enthusiasm for the beautiful game and an awareness of the importance of healthy living. As well as valuable football coaching from top players, all participants received comprehensive nutritional education.Nestlé South Africa MD Yves Manghardt said, “We at Nestlé hope that each child who has played in this tournament comes out a winner, having learnt about teamwork, determination and most importantly why sports and a healthy lifestyle are qualities that will stand them strong through life.”Nurturing football skillsDorothy Langa chose to use the money for a new football field, which was officially opened towards the end of 2009. The 68m x 50m field, complete with borehole to ensure that the pitch is always green, was a welcome addition to the school’s infrastructure.To celebrate the occasion former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish gave a coaching clinic at the school. Fish is Nestlé’s Milo brand ambassador for good health, and also took time to visit each of the nine finalists beforehand to help with their preparations for the big day.At the same time Nestlé launched the South African branch of its Healthy Kids programme. This is a global initiative that aims to fight the growing problem of malnutrition and obesity in children between the ages of four and 16. By encouraging good nutrition and exercise, Healthy Kids aims to raise a healthier, more active generation.The programme was introduced to the world in April 2009 by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke.Regional competitionIn anticipation of the first World Cup to take place on African soil, the Milo brand is deepening its association with football in South Africa by extending the Champions tournament to the entire African continent.The inaugural African Milo Champions tournament was launched in September 2009 and features top under-13 teams from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Regional stages are already underway, and the final will take place in South Africa in May 2010, just before the month-long Fifa World Cup kicks off in June.
Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash several districts of Odisha since Wednesday morning affecting normal life in the southern and coastal regions of the State.Triggered by a well- marked low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal, heavy rain is likely over more areas of the State over the next three days.As less number of vehicles were seen plying on the roads, people living in slum clusters and low clusters faced difficulties in the urban areas of Berhampur, Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during the day.The Bhubaneswar Centre of the India Meteorological Department said that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri on Thursday. More rain forecastHeavy rain was also likely to hit the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Kendrapara and Bhadrak, the centre warned. The centre said that heavy to very heavy rain was expected at isolated places over the districts of Sundargarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar on Friday. The low pressure area, formed over the west-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression by Thursday night, the centre said.