Peter & Jim tame Silky Oak

first_img3rd Don Lehmer (23) 38ptsNear Pins: Mick Beresford, Jim BrackettSunday we played the Silky Oak and the course was in fine condition while the weather remained hot and dry with a slight breeze.Peter “the right honorable” LeNoury and Jimmy “AK 47” Bell were co-men of the match, both with excellent 40 point returns as Peter edged Jim on the back-nine count back.  This left Don “the ladies man” Lehmer to close the flight with a fine 38 points on the card.Tuesday, August 1, Bangpra – Stableford1st Bill Peach (22) 37 pts2nd Mick Beresford (15) 34 pts3rd Steve Mann (11) 31 ptsNear Pins: Tony OakesBangpra and the resident monkeys welcomed the TPL today and we had three groups of four, so only one flight required.  The course on the whole was in fine condition but the greens were a tad slow as they had been lightly sanded.  The weather was hot with a slight breeze.Peter LeNoury.Winning the day and tacking the match honours with a fine 37 points was Bill Peach, who by the way was also the only player to better his handicap.  Following Bill up the podium steps at a distance was the inform Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford.  Steve Mann was left to close the flight with 31 points.Friday, August 4,The Emerald – Stableford1st Tony Oakes (13) 38pts2nd John Cogan (17) 37pts3rd Tim Knight (27) 36pts4th Jim Bell (20) 35pts5th Henri Copperstone (5) 35ptsAn excellent low season crowd played the Emerald golf course on a fine day.  Two of the societies big hitters were paired together to see who was the longest, well Gareth Gill’s best was 320 yds, but he four putted the green.  Henri Copperstone’s drive was 294 so they called it a draw.Top man on the day was Tony Oakes with a match wining 38 points and he was one stroke clear of John Cogan.  Tim ‘the thunder from down under’ Knight filled the third podium spot with a solid even par round.  Jim ‘AK-47’ Bell and Henri Copperstone were tied on 35 points for the two remaining podium spots and after the divots had settled it was Jim who got to stand on the higher rung on the ladder. The Players’ Lounge Golf SocietySunday, July 30, Silky Oak – Stableford1st Peter LeNoury (14) 40pts2nd Jim Bell (20) 40ptslast_img read more

Bryant happy but humble as Steelers WR returns to practice

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martinis Bryant (10) is instructed by receiver coach Hines Ward during a practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. It was Bryant’s first day back at practice with the team after serving a year-long suspension. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Martavis Bryant slowly made his way down the hill that connects the locker room at Saint Vincent College with Chuck Noll Field, his familiar No. 10 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey pulled over the talented if occasionally troubled wide receiver’s shoulders in public for the first time in 574 days.As Bryant took what he hopes were the final steps in his return from a 13-month drug suspension, a small boy yelled, “Hey Martavius,” adding the extra ‘u’ that’s inexplicably become commonplace during Bryant’s three-plus seasons in Pittsburgh.Less than 20 minutes later, Bryant was lining up in the slot and running an out pattern during warmups. As he cradled a lob from Ben Roethlisberger and toe-tapped, a voice from the stands said, “Welcome back.”Yep, it seemed like old times for Bryant on Sunday as he went through drills with his teammates, three days after the league cleared him to practice following a procedural issue that forced Bryant to spend the first two weeks of training camp working out on an adjacent field.Bryant isn’t exactly sure what the holdup was. If he’s being honest, he also doesn’t particularly care.“I had no control over that so I had no control what was going on,” Bryant said. “So I had to make sure I came here with the right mindset and attitude.”Not just about football, but about life. One of the key players for the Steelers when he’s on the field, Bryant has been limited to just 24 of a possible 51 games during his brief career.He sat out the first six games as a rookie as he underwent a rocky adjustment from Clemson to the NFL.He sat out the first five in 2015 for running afoul of the league’s substance abuse policy then missed all of 2016 after violating the policy yet again.The previous time Bryant caught passes in front of the public, he hauled in nine catches for 154 yards in a divisional round playoff loss to Denver on Jan. 17, 2016, a game that showcased Bryant’s considerable gifts, from his 6-foot-4 frame to his soft hands to his remarkable speed.And just like that, it was taken away. The road back has been slow. Very slow. The pain from having the game taken away from him because of his own doing was too much.He made it a point not to watch the Steelers reach the AFC championship game, instead focusing on how to get his life together. He moved to Nevada, trained relentlessly and worked on finding balance.The league conditionally reinstated him in April, setting out a very specific set of plans Bryant needed to follow.Apparently they weren’t being met, which is why Bryant was informed shortly before arriving at Saint Vincent College last month that he couldn’t practice even though he’d gone through organized team activities and minicamp in May and June without any problems. The setback was a surprise, sure. It also wasn’t going to derail him.“I just did everything they asked me to do,” he said. “My counselors report to the league about what I’ve done and I don’t get into all that. I just get where I need to be.”On Sunday that place was out on the field with the rest of the starters. There were no “wow” moments, blame it on a fair amount of rest while being in pads for the first time in more than 18 months.If anything, Bryant did his best to merely blend in. He chatted with former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who is in camp as a volunteer assistant. He traded jokes with linemen David DeCastro and Ramon Foster. He smiled when coach Mike Tomlin walked by as the team stretched and said “What up 10?”“He looked like Martavis,” Tomlin said. “He’s a talented athlete. He’s in good condition, but that’s just an element of it. Knocking the rust off, getting acclimated or re-acclimated to football and the details associated with what requires to win at this level will be a process, so it will be fun to watch him work through it.”Everyone, it seems, is eager to move on. There was no backlash from the stands or sidelines whenever the ball came Bryant’s way. And if it does at some point, that’s fine by Bryant.“Everybody gets judged,” he said. “I’m not here for people to judge me. I’m here to play football and get better with my teammates.”There is room to grow for both Bryant and an offense that could be among the league’s best if he, All-Pro Antonio Brown and Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell can stay on the field at the same time, something that hasn’t happened with any real consistency over the past two-plus seasons.Bryant is eager but still wary. He’s not all the way back just yet. He still hasn’t been fully reinstated and declined to get into specifics about why. Asked what he still has to do, he smiled.“Everything,” he said before adding “not mess up.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Del Bosque: Spain are the favourites for Euro 2016

first_img Del Bosque was satisfied with Wednesday’s win: “We played freely, with conviction, we didn’t find ourselves in a tight spot and we dominated the game.”  “We’ve progressed [since getting together], I think that we’re in a good moment. We have had a tough season, very intense, but we are ready to go into the Euros in the best conditions,” he added.  Despite that, he sustained that the first 20 minutes of the game were “very balanced” and that the final scoreline was perhaps flattering. “They appear a worse team than they are,” he concluded in reference to Korea. “We are the favourites [for Euro 2016] because we come into it having won four years ago [in Poland and Ukraine]. The are other national teams, but it’s our dream to be champions again,” he declared after Spain’s 6-1 win over South Korea.  01/06/2016 CEST The La Roja boss recognised that there have been advances in the team in the last few days and that they are heading in a good direction ahead of the tournament.  Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says his side are the favourites for this summer’s European Championships because they won the tournament four years ago, highlighting that they’re in good form, too. EFE Upd. at 20:44 “We are ready to start, to win is another thing. There are good rivals and in football everything is really even.” last_img read more

Four line up for Nats seat

first_imgTHE NATIONALS have endorsed four candidates to stand for pre-selection as the State Upper House Member for Eastern Region. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Surrey plays host to 2012 B.C. Summer Games

first_imgThere’s baseball players, soccer enthusiasts, volleyballers, hoopsters . . . and that’s just fro the West Kootenay.Kootenay athletes join counterparts from throughout the province in Surrey this weekend for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games. More than 2,600 athletes, their coaches and families are in Surrey for opening ceremonies Thursday.Competition begins Friday and runs through until Sunday’s closing ceremonies.”The B.C. Summer Games provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes to test their skills and abilities through healthy competition,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.”Our community has once again come together in a collaborative spirit, and I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who are helping us put on a world-class event.”Some fast facts on the 2012 Games: 2,366 athletes, 474 coaches and 323 officials will participate in the BC Summer Games. As many as 3,000 volunteers will contribute to the Games. The average age of the athletes is 14 years. 20 sports are included in the Games. 2,000 medals will be awarded in 284 medal presentation ceremonies. One coach with each Zone Team is required to be a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach in his or her sport. Based on data from past Games, the estimated economic impact to the host community is $2.6 million. Volunteers will prepare more than 32,000 meals over the course of the Games. Surrey School District 36 has offered the use of area schools for athlete accommodation. The City of Surrey previously has hosted the BC Summer Games in 1989 and the BC Seniors Games in 2001.See the list of Kootenay athletes at: http://www.bcgames.net/results/default.aspx#P_Gridlast_img read more