Nelson Minor Hockey Association saluted its best, most improved and dedicated players during the annual banquet Wednesday at Mary Hall on the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.The banquet concluded another outstanding season for the Heritage City hockey organization. The local hockey association gets a kick start on next season Tuesday, April 19th in the New Grand Hotel banquet room with the annual general meeting.Anyone wishing to have input in the direction of Nelson Minor Hockey should attend.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t happen ever day. Fact is, it’s never happened in Lauren Taylor’s career, let alone twice in a span of a week.Oh, the West Kootenay Junior golfer has won before, but never something this big.Which is why the Granite Pointe at Nelson product is resting comfortably on Cloud Nine as she enters the Big Sky Conference Wyoming Cowgirl Classic Monday at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.“To be a freshman and win not only one, but two events in a row feels so (amazing) . . . especially because I haven’t won anything this big throughout my golf career as an amateur,” Taylor told The Nelson Daily earlier this week after returning from California — site of wins at the Anteater and Folino Invitational Women’s Big Sky Tournaments.“I was feeling very down after the 2010 season because I didn’t have a good summer playing golf.”Not now, however.The L.V. Rogers Bomber grad became the first freshman in Portland State University history to capture a women’s golf event. Make that two in a row, a record that most likely won’t be easy to duplicate.“I have won tournaments in the past, but not as prestigious as winning at the college level,” Taylor exclaimed, only the third Viking golfer to win two tournaments in a row. “The last big tournament I won was in 2006 and it was a qualifier for the Junior Worlds and Optimist International, which qualified me for tournaments in Florida and San Diego.“I won that tournament in a playoff and I was finally able to experience the excitement and adrenaline rush again in these past two tournaments.”Most players at this level can definitely get the ball down the fairway off the tee — Taylor included.But it’s getting from the middle of the fairway into the hole that separates the 30th-place player from the winner. Something Taylor perfected the past two weeks.“The secret to my latest success is that I am very relaxed and focus on my breathing, along with the improvement of my short game,” explained the 19-year-old first-year education student.“(Of course) the key to anybody’s golf game comes down to what happens around and on the greens.”Taylor, bouncing on and off the Portland State playing roster for most of the early part of the year, opened the season in the fall of 2010 in Colorado with a 24th placing at the Heather Farr Memorial.The next week Taylor saw her game improve to finish in a tie for seventh at the Oregon State/Washington Triangle tourney.However, the next event in Hawaii she was left off the roster.And when Taylor finally saw the first tee box again in March at Fresno State, she fell back down the leader board to 30th spot.But two weeks later, the potential that people have seen for ages finally exploded in California like a $10,000 bottle of wine.“I’m working very hard at my golf game and have been since I arrived at Portland State,” explained Taylor, earning Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honours after winning the Folino Invitational. “I knew that I was more than capable to start shooting low numbers, it was just the fact that my short game needed to improve in order to see a change in my scores.”“I have been focusing mainly on my short game during my practice time and it is definitely improving,” added Taylor, who joined teammates for a trek to Disneyland after the first win in California. “However I still have a lot of work ahead of me in order to get my game to where I want it to be.”19TH HOLE: Portland State is an urban university located in downtown Portland, Oregon. . . .The Cowgirl Classic happens on the same course as next week’s Big Sky Conference Championship. So the tournament is especially important for the Big Sky Teams as they get familiar with the course. . . . The Vikings will be among 23 teams competing, including all nine Big Sky Conference schools, at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. . . .The Vikings are coming off a team win at the Anteater Invitational, the first of the email@example.com
Before taking a job with Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, former Leaf coach Chris Shaw said he would run a hockey school for the Nelson Leafs.The former Leafs skipper delivered with the first ever Nelson Leafs Skills Development Hockey School. “We have about 40 kids,” Shaw said Thursday from the NDCC Arena during a break at the afternoon session of the younger players.This week long camp features on-ice and dryland activities daily. This is Shaw’s final official duty with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club. He leaves for Vernon to assume the assistant coaching position with the Vipers.Taking over for Shaw is former Leaf assistant coach Frank Maida.Nelson Leafs training camp is set for August 31 to September 3 at the NDCC Arena.firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not the result the Nelson Leafs expected.Two second period goals and a solid showing between the pipes by net minder Trevor Dilaure was enough to power the Spokane Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The loss, and only scoring a single goal, comes on the heels of a ten-goal explosion Friday in Grand Forks.“The boys were tired and their goalie got hot,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap.“We had our chances but we just couldn’t bury them tonight,” Dunlap added.Nelson led 1-0 after one period as Dunlap scored an unassisted tally minutes into the game. The Leafs thought to have doubled the lead but the puck went in and came out the net so fast the officiating crew did not see the goal.In the second, Spokane scored twice as Emilio Trujillo and Kurtis Reading beat Adam Maida to erase Nelson’s slim lead.Spokane then tightened the thumb screws on the Leafs in the third, riding the play of Dilaure to secure the win despite being out shot 11-5 in the frame.“It’s just a matter of getting guys back,” said Dunlap when asked about the lack of consistency of late.“I mean we’re running so short . . .. We’ve been able to call on the APs (affilate players) but if we get our guys back I think we’ll be just fine.”The Christmas break could not come at a better time for the Leafs.However, Nelson has one more piece of business to take care of in the form of a home game Friday against Grand Forks.The player then have 10 days off before meeting defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley in a home-and-home series.The return match is New Year’s Eve at the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Nelson completed a much-needed trade Friday when the club acquired Michael Rand from Grand Forks for future considerations. The Langley native needed to complete some off-ice dealings before joining the Leafs this week. . . . Nelson out shot the Braves 31-21. . . . Nelson continues to lead the Murdoch Division standings over Beaver Valley. The Hawks, which has played two less games than Nelson, posted a 5-4 overtime win Saturday over Fernie. Meanwhile, Castlegar blasted Columbia Valley. Spokane sits in fourth spot in the division, six points behind Nelson.
Last year donations were made to Friends of the Family and the Osprey Foundation in honour of Caitlyn Piderman.A special thanks to Taco Sliders & Master Batters from Castlegar which made extra team donations.Ripping Giraffe captured the B Division at the One Pitch Slopitch tournament. The team includes, back row, L-R, Chris Schappert, Randy Loewen, John Thequan, Nate Osborne, Dan Collins and Reynold Stewart. Front, Caitlin Marynowski, Sally Schappert, Holly Kerr and Kirsten Collins. — SubmittedThe Crew earned C Division accolades at the One Pitch Slopitch tournament. — Submitted The 88 Stitches squad came away as the big winners at the annual One Pitch Slopitch tournament held last month at the Lakeside Diamonds in Nelson.88 Stitches captured the A Division with Nelson’s Ripping Giraffe capturing the B Division and The Crew claiming the C Division crown.Proceeds of the tournament go to local charities.
During the week, Kevin Dwyer and Tommy Devane were in both clubs to get the thoughts of the camp ahead of Galway Senior Football’s biggest game.Kevin first spoke to Corofin manager Stephen Rochford and put it to him that it was hard to believe that we are looking at another County Final….https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/STEPHEN+ROCHFORD+OTL.mp3He then spoke to Kieran Fitzgerald and asked him Is putting three in a row something that is on his mind?https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/KIERAN+FITZGERALD+OTL.mp3Kevin Finally spoke to Mike Farragher and put it to him that there should be a great atmosphere in Tuam Stadium….https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/MICHAEL+FARRAGHER+OTL.mp3Tommy Devane was in the Mountbellew/Moylough Camp during the week and spoke first to their manager James Foran,he put it to James that It’s a huge week for the club with the county final looming on Sunday…https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/JAMES+FORAN+OTL.mp3He then spoke to Joe Bergin and said that the Countdown was on and the excitement was evident too in the dressing roomhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/JOE+BERGIN+OTL.mp3Tommy finally spoke to Paul Donnellan and put it to him that this is one game that he must be really looking forward to…..https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/PAUL+DONNELLAN+OTL.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin are looking for their third county title in a row while Mountbellew/Moylough last won the crown in 1986. Corofin and Mountbellew/Moylough meet on Sunday in the final of the Claregalway Hotel County Senior Football Final at Tuam Stadium
Junior Football Championship NorthTuam Stars 2-9 Caherlistrane 2-6 HURLING RESULTS:Junior A Hurling Championship – Group A Ardrahan 2-22 Turloughmore 0-13Junior A Hurling Championship – Group BGort W/O Loughrea –Ballygar 4-9 Athenry 1-14Junior A Hurling Championship – Group CCraughwell 3-17 Bearna-Na Forbacha 0-11Junior B Hurling Championship – Group A Mountbellew/Moylough 2-10 Killimordaly 0-16Junior B Hurling Championship – Group BKinvara W/O Ahascragh/FohenaghKillimor W/O KiltormerJunior C Hurling Championship – Group ATommy Larkins W/O Oranmore-MareeTommy Larkins 1-10 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-10Junior C Hurling Championship – Group CMoycullen W/O SylaneKilbeacanty 3-8 Sarsfields 3-6Junior C1 Hurling Championship Clarinbridge 3-13 Tuam 2-8Ballinasloe 3-11 Craughwell 3-5print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email FOOTBALL RESULTS Junior A Football Championship WestSt Michael’s 1-10 Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-5Division 3 football LeagueMonivea-Abbey 0-9 Glenamaddy 0-4Williamstown 0-11 An Spideal 0-9Division 4 football LeagueClonbur 2-10 Annaghdown 0-9Claregalway W/O An Cheathru Rua –Micheal Breathnach 1-9 St Gabriel’s 0-5Cahill Cup finalMenlough 0-12 Oranmore-Maree 2-2Division 5 football league (West)Moycullen 1-8 St. James 1-5Division 6 football league (North)Caltra 0-13 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 0-8
Laois have equalised. Galway 0-1 Laois 0-1Galway 0-2 (Dan Nevin) Laois 0-1Galway 0-3 Laois 0-1Galway 0-4 Laois 0-1Latest score after 13 mins: Galway 0-5 Laois 0-2Galway 0-5 Laois 0-323 Mins: Galway 0-7 Laois 0-4Dan Nevin has scored five pointsJason Flynn has two28 Mins: Galway 0-7 Laois 0-5GOAL!!! Joseph Cooney Galway 1-7 Laois 0-6Free from Dan Nevin Galway 1-8 Laois 0-6Joseph Cooney adds another point. Galway 1-9 Laois 0-7Galway 1-9 Laois 0-8HALF TIME: Galway 1-9 Laois 0-8Second half under wayLaois get the first point of part 2: Galway 1-9 Laois 0-9Galway 1-9 Laois 0-10Galway 1-10 Laois 0-10Penalty for Galway, taken by Jason Flynn….saved!Dan Nevin points a free….Galway 1-11 Laois 0-11Laois hit the Galway crossbar…free out for Galway…Let off!!!Latest Galway 1-11 Laois 0-12Galway 1-12 Laois 0-12Galway 1-13 Laois 0-12Galway 1-14 Laois 0-13Galway 1-15 Laois 0-13Galway 1-15 Laois 0-15Galway 1-16 Laois 0-15Galway 1-17 Laois 0-16Galway 1-18 Laois 0-16 – in added timeGalway 1-19 Laois 0-16FULL TIME: Galway 1-19 Laois 0-16Galway go into the semi-final next weekendThanks for your company – Gerry Murphyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Welcome to our Sunday Match Tracker of Walsh Cup game between Galway & Laois in Rathdowney, Throw-in 2pm. Galway have taken the lead. Galway 0-1 (Jason Flynn) Laois 0-0
Dublin made history this year by not only claiming their fourth successive EirGrid U21 Leinster title, but by capturing the U21 All-Ireland title for the third time in six years. The champions have eight players included (Evan Comerford, Eoin Murchan, Cian Murphy, Cillian O’Shea, Brian Howard, Aaron Byrne, Con O’Callaghan and Glenn O’Reilly). Three awards go to Ulster champions Donegal (Eoghan Bán Gallagher, Michael Carroll and Michael Langan). Kerry also have three recipients (Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Andrew Barry and Matthew Flaherty) of the award.Offaly, who reached their first provincial final since 2007, are represented by Shane Tierney, while Sligo’s Darragh Cummins has received an award for his impressive efforts in the Connacht Championship.These awards, now in their final year, are run by EirGrid to recognise the outstanding talent at this age grade. The Gaelic Writers Association and EirGrid ambassador Seán Cavanagh selected the top 21 players of the Championship with the EirGrid U21 Player of the Year chosen through apublic vote. EirGrid U21 Football Player of the Year 2017EirGrid are proud to announce Aaron Byrne as the EirGrid U21 Football Player of the Year 2017 with a total of 4,315 votes across all social media platforms. Congratulations are still in order for both Dublin’s Brian Howard and Galway’s Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh who were deservingly shortlisted for their outstanding performances in the 2017 championship.Aaron Byrne was an impressive stand-out player on a dominating Dublin team that took to every game with a noted collective approach. Aaron also won the EirGrid U21 Player of the Province for Leinster. These awards will have rounded off a great year for Aaron as Dublin claimed their first All-Ireland title since 2014.Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the 21 nominees following this year’s EirGrid U21 Football Championship. Dublin were the victors in the All-Ireland Final, but many teams achieved success over the course of the campaign so I would like to again pay tribute to all management teams and players who took took part in the competition.“2017 was historic as it was the final occasion this competition was played at the U21 age grade. These players from across the country should be proud to be named in this group as their names and achievements will now forever be associated in the history books with this superb competition. Comhghairdeas le gach duine.”Valerie Hedin, External Communications Manager, EirGrid commented;“We are delighted to honour the top 21 performers in what was the last Championship at the U21 age grade and congratulations to Dublin’s Aaron been awarded the EirGrid U21 Player of the Year for the 2017 championship. While we were blown away by the character and effort of many team performances this year, it is always nice to be able to recognise the individual feats throughout the campaign.“The talent displayed proves how competitive and exciting this Championship is and we look forward to a new chapter at U20 level. Well done to all our winners and thank you for making the last EirGrid GAA Football U21 All-Ireland Championship such an outstanding competition.“I would also like to extend my thanks to the families, coaches, trainers and clubs of all of our winners in helping these players perform to the best of their abilities. I have no doubt our award winners will excel at senior level in the coming years and, on behalf of EirGrid, I wish them every success.”EirGrid 21 U21’s GOALKEEPERS· Evan Comerford – Dublin· Ronán Ó Beoláin – GalwayDEFENDERS· Eoin Murchan – Dublin· Cian Murphy – Dublin· Cillian O’Shea – Dublin· Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh – Galway· Cillian McDaid – Galway· Brian Ó Beaglaoich – Kerry· Eoghan Bán Gallagher – DonegalMIDFIELDERS· Brian Howard – Dublin· Andrew Barry – Kerry· Peter Cooke – Galway· Darragh Cummins – SligoFORWARDS· Aaron Byrne – Dublin· Con O’Callaghan – Dublin· Glenn O’Reilly – Dublin· Michael Carroll – Donegal· Michael Langan – Donegal· Michael Daly – Galway· Matthew Flaherty – Kerry· Shane Tierney – Offalyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email EirGrid, proud sponsors of the U21 All-Ireland Football Championship, today revealed details of the top 21 players of this year’s competition through the ‘EirGrid 21 U21 Awards’ with Aaron Byrne from Dublin awarded the EirGrid U21 Player of the Year. All-Ireland finalists Galway have five players selected as recipients of the ‘EirGrid 21 U21 Awards’. Galway reached their first final since 2013, and their efforts have been reflected with Ronán Ó Beoláin, Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Cillian McDaid, Peter Cooke and captain Michael Daly all receiving recognition.
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: Marble City Hawks v Griffith College Swords Thunder, O Loughlin’s GAA, 19:00;Team North West v UL Huskies, Ballyshannon, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: Ulster University Elks v Meteors, Ulster University Elks, 15:00;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Team representatives from the Men’s Super League pictured at the official launch of the Basketball Ireland season 2017/18 at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin, where the Hula Hoops National Cup draw also took place. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Reigning regular season champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire will host Pyrobel Killester at the Mardyke Arena in Cork on Sunday in what is set to be a tough opening round test for both sides. he full complement of Women’s Super League fixtures will get underway this coming weekend, with eight of the nine teams in action this Saturday and Sunday. Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1: Ballincollig v Ulster University Elks, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;LYIT Donegal v Fr Mathews, LYIT, 16:00;BFG Neptune v Dublin Lions, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 19:00;Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;Portlaoise Panthers v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, St Mary’s Sports Hall, 20:00; Sunday, 8th October 2017 Basketball Men’s Division 1: LIT Celtics v Ulster University Elks, SportsHub Limerick IT, 15:00;Titans v Paris Texas Kilkenny, The Jes, 15:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super league: Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, St Mary’s Sports Hall, 18:00;Courtyard Liffey Celtics v NUIG Mystics, Leixlip Centre, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super league: Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Pyrobel Killester, Mardyke Arena, 15:00;IT Carlow Basketball v Maxol WIT Wildcats, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30; Basketball Ireland Fixtures: October 7-9th, 2017Saturday, 7th October 2017Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Griffith College Swords Thunder v Belfast Star, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00;Éanna v DCU Saints, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;Maree v UCC Demons, Calasanctius College, 19:45;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Moycullen, Tralee Sports Complex, 20:00;Black Amber Templeogue v UCD Marian, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00; “It’s not an easy one going away to Glanmire, given how good they’ve been the last few years,” admitted Killester Head Coach, Karl Kilbride, “But we like to think we’re not an easy pushover either.”Glanmire’s Mark Scannell added: “The girls have trained hard, and they’re hungry as ever, so hopefully we’ll have a good season,” he said. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t win the League last year, we won the regular season but we didn’t win the League and that hurts. We’ll come back hungrier and stronger because of it though.”Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be without the services of international star, Claire Melia this coming weekend when they host Singleton SuperValu Brunell on Saturday, as she picked up a serious injury in pre-season.“Pre-season was going well for us up until last week, when we got the devastating news of Claire’s injury,” said Head Coach, Peter O’Sullivan. “Everybody knows what Claire brings to any team and especially ours, but she will still play an important role in the team and other players will now have the chance to stand up.”Last season’s League champions and Cup runners-up, Courtyard Liffey Celtics meanwhile will welcome NUIG Mystics. Mystics come into the game off the back of an opening round overtime loss to IT Carlow Basketball last weekend and will be hoping to get a win under their belts, while Carlow will face off against Maxol WIT Wildcats in their second game of the season on Sunday.In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, some very interesting clashes are in store. Griffith College Swords Thunder will welcome an unbeaten Belfast Star to the ALSAA On Saturday and they come into the game off the back of an agonizing one-point loss to UCC Demons last weekend. Star, for their part, will be relishing the chance of a tough test against one of the top teams in the League.Elsewhere, UCD Marian will travel to Oblate Hall in Inchicore for a much-anticipated clash with Black Amber Templeogue. Marian have won both of their games so far this season, while Templeogue will be aiming to get back to winning ways having suffered defeat at the hands of both Pyrobel Killester and Éanna. The latter will face an interesting test in Colaiste Éanna meanwhile, as they welcome Joey Boylan’s DCU Saints on Saturday evening.Both Galway sides are also in action with Maree welcoming UCC Demons while Moycullen will make their way to the packed house of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. KUBS and Pyrobel Killester meanwhile will wait a few more days for their clash, as they go head-to-head on October 10th.In other basketball news this week, the new arena at Waterford Institute of Technology was unveiled as the venue for the 2017/18 National League finals which will take place on March 24th, 2018 and will see the top four teams from Men’s and Women’s Super League and Division One do battle for the last trophy of the season.