USL Results & Reports 13.08.13Fanad Utd. 4Swilly Rovers 3 After a long delay to the start of the match due to a referee’s mix-up the fans that hung around for this game were not to be disappointed with goals galore. The first half was a close enough encountered but Fanad led 2-0 at half time mainly due to the fact that they took their chances while Swilly failed to. Brian McVeigh scored a wonderful free kick on 35 minutes to put Fanad one up and this was soon followed by a second as Conor Mathewson played a ball over the top for Aiden Sweeney to run onto and rounded the keeper and finish coolly into an empty net. Half time 2-0. The second half burst into life as within 10 minutes of the restart the ever-lively David Edwards finished from close range following a scramble in the box. But Swilly went straight up the pitch from the restart to get one back through Laurence Toland who finished following a mix up in the home sides defense. Swilly soon found themselves right back in the game as Blain Curtis got a quick second for them. However Fanad seemed to kill the game soon after as Kyle Burke scored with his first touch of the game, finished off a move involving Mathewson, Edwards and Hassett. Swilly however fought back again and Liam O’Donnell was on hand to finish at the back post following a cross from the right. The game was looking like it was destined to end in a draw and Swilly almost got the equalizer in the last minute as Fanad gave away an indirect free kick inside the penalty box but the home defense managed to see it out to the end to win 4-3. Another result for this young Fanad side that started the game with a team of an average age of seventeen and a half years of age and finished it with a team of an average of just seventeen which goes to show you can win games with youth.Best of the visitors were L. Toland and J. Toland with McVeigh, Hassett and Edwards tireless for Fanad who also had a colossal game from Ryan McGonigle at the centre of the home sides defense.Fanad Utd.: S. Daffan, M. McBride, R. McGonigle, G. McNulty, J.McBride, K. Ryan, A. Sweeney, O. Hassett, B.McVeigh, C. Matthewson, D. Edwards, Subs, O. Shiels for M. Mcbride, K. Burke for K. Ryan and K. McElwaine for J. McBride. Swilly Rovers: Bolton, Ferry, Fisher, Hegarty, O’Donnell, J. Toland, R. Toland, L. Toland, Curtis, B.Curtis, K. Black. Subs, Dunsworth, L. O’ Donnell and McCahillRef C. McLaughlinLetterkenny Rovers 1Kildrum Tigers 2Russell Porter and Darren Cassidy netted the goals that earned Kildrum Tigers a narrow, but deserved win over Letterkenny Rovers. The Tigers struck twice inside the opening 25 minutes, but couldn’t put the game beyond Rovers’ reach. They might have been left to rue a series of missed opportunities with Rovers given a lifeline when Darren McElwaine netted a 64th minute penalty, but the hosts couldn’t find a second way through despite strong late pressure. Kildrum got a golden start when Cassidy’s teasing free kick from the right flank was headed home by Porter in the third minute. Roles reversed when Porter turned provider for their second on 25 minutes. His diagonal ball over the top played in Cassidy and he drilled a fine effort across Jason Quinn and into the far corner. New signing Kevin Barr, Barry O’Donnell and Paddy McLaughlin all had chances for Kildrum, but Maurice Toland’s side couldn’t kill the tie off. Rovers weren’t without chances, but were restricted to half-openings in the first period, the best chance falling to McElwaine whose first-time effort was saved by Michael Lynch’s legs. Neil Lloyd hit the post early in the second half, but the ex-Finn Harps man had to leave the action early after landing heavily in the 67th minute. That meant that Kildrum played the final 23 minutes with ten men. Three minutes earlier, Rovers had got a way back into it when McElwaine drilled home a penalty won by Oisin McMenamin. Rovers sensed a way back in, but despite having a series of set pieces in advanced positions they couldn’t breach Lynch a second time.Letterkenny Rovers: Quinn; K.Gorman, Minnock, Kelly, O’Donnell; McMacken, Malseed, Neeson, McGrath; McMenamin, McElwaine. Subs: Doherty for Gorman (53 mins), Gallagher for McGrath (53 mins), McPherson for O’Donnell (90 mins). Kildrum Tigers: Lynch; O’Donnell, McGinty, McLaughlin, Coll; Lloyd, Bovaird, Porter, Cassidy; Barr, Tourish. Subs: G.Crossan for Coll (58 mins), Doherty for Tourish (66 mins).Referee: C. McLaughlin.SOCCER: FANAD AND THE TIGERS IN THRILLING ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE WINS was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SOCCER: FANAD AND THE TIGERS IN THRILLING ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE WINS
20 April 2009South African surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker won two categories in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards at a ceremony in California on Friday night.He received the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave award for a ride on a wave measured at 20 metres (61-feet) at Tafelberg Reef near Hout Bay in Cape Town in August 2008. Baker also collected the Surfline Best Overall Performance award for his dedication in pursuing huge surf and competing in big wave events all over the world during the past 12 months.In addition, he was also nominated for the Monster Paddle Award, while his tow partner, Californian Greg Long, who towed Baker into the wave at Tafelberg, won the premier Billabong XXL Ride of the Year award and US$50 000 (around R450 000) for his incredible tube ride on a 10-metre wave at nearby Dungeons during the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event in July 2008.Ride of the YearOf all the entries in the Ride of the Year Category, Long’s was the only wave ridden without the assistance of a PWC (jet-ski). Paddling into a monster Dungeons peak and banking off the bottom into a huge tube ride, Long walked a fine line between glory and the punishing of a lifetime, before being spat out into the channel.“I am glad to have won this as a paddle in wave and without a PWC, because most recognized big wave surfers will tell you this is the most difficult of the two,” said Long. “To catch a wave on your own power is an unbelievable feeling.”Baker earned $15 000 (around R140 000), a Honda Aquatrax personal watercraft, and an HSA (high surf accessory) sled for his XXL Biggest Wave, and a further $5 000 for the Overall Performance award.Cape Town-based photographers Alan van Gysen and Brenton Geach and video company Fixerfilm/Hutchmotion shared $4 000 for providing the images that determined the XXL Biggest Wave winner, and Fixerfilm/Red Bull BWA scooped the $5 000 for the video footage for Long’s Ride of the Year.‘It is an amazing feeling’Speaking after picking up his two awards, Baker said: “When you look at my eyes right now, you can see that I am pretty pumped. Yeah, it is an amazing feeling, not just to myself, but also to my family back home in South Africa.”Baker’s tow-in assisted ride, which took the Biggest Wave Award at 61 feet, is claimed to be the biggest wave ever tackled in South Africa.“The whole experience is not just satisfying for me personally but to see South Africa up there, to see Dungeons up there, seeing James Taylor up there, overall to put South Africa on the map is most satisfying for me,” Baker said.The Best Overall Performance Award came from his outstanding rides during big wave swell events in South Africa, California, Chile, Europe and Mexico over the past year.‘An honour’“It is an honour to win Best Overall Performance and to be the first South African to do it,” he said.The annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards recognise the biggest and most powerful waves ridden over the past 12 months, as judged by a global panel of 250 surf industry members, former pros and big wave specialists. They are commonly referred to as the Academy Awards of surfing.Over 2 000 people packed the Grove Theatre in Anaheim to witness mind-blowing rides from Chile, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, California and French Polynesia.BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARDSWINNER $50 000: Greg Long (USA) at Dungeons, South Africa on July 26, 2008($5,000 Video by Fixerfilm/RedBull BWA)SECOND $5 000: Ryan Hipwood (Australia) at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on October 11, 2008(Video by Tim Bonython)THIRD $1 500: James Holmer-Cross (Australia) at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on October 11, 2008(Video by Dave Otto)FOURTH $1 500: Garrett McNamara (Hawaii) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on April 8, 2008(Video by Simon Saffigna)FIFTH $1 500: Brian Conley (USA) at Boca Grande, Mexico on October 22, 2008(Video by Brian Conley)BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD(Surfer prize $15 000 and a Honda Aquatrax watercraft with HSA sled – Photo/video prize $4,000)Grant Baker (South Africa) at Tafelberg Reef, South Africa on August 9, 2008(Photo by Brenton Geach. Video by Fixerfilm/Hutchmotion)MONSTER PADDLE AWARD(Surfer prize $15 000 – Photo/video prize $4,000)Derek Dunfee (USA) at Maverick’s, California on November 30, 2008(Photos by Fred Pompermayer)MONSTER TUBE PHOTO AWARD NOMINEES(Surfer prize $5 000 – Photography prize $2 000)Mark Healey (Hawaii) at Yeti, Oregon on September 24, 2008(Photo by Jason Murray)SURFLINE BEST MALE OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARD(Surfer prize $5 000)Grant Baker (South Africa)BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD(Surfer prize $5 000)Maya Gabeira (Brazil)SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Thank you Madiba – your magic will forever be among us all. This was a common sentiment as people mourned the passing of a legend.South Africans lost their father and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela – Madiba, Tata – died at 8.50pm on 5 December at home in Houghton. It has brought tears, but also a celebration of his life not just to his family and friends, but to the world.Born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Mandela was the country’s first black president. But he was more than that: he was a world statesman and a universal symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness and ubuntu. Tributes continue to pour out for the father of the Rainbow Nation.Bernard Fingwana says: “I am happy the man has finally reached the end of his journey and I thank him for all he has done, for not just us but the whole world.” He leaves a legacy that has changed the lives of many people throughout the world, but above all he has left everyone with the hope of a loving home for all.“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Mandela said. His words inspired many people and changed their ways of thinking.“I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone,” says Phillipa TshabitsoPhillipa Tshibitso says: “I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone. I would like to say to all South Africans that, ‘Please we must all walk in his path.’ I would love to say to his family that we are crying with them.”Mandela’s message is universal: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” he said in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“We love you Tata and you will always be a part of everyone’s life. The nation will take all that you have done for us and keep moving towards building a world filled with peace, love and happiness… we are with his family, because Nelson Mandela is our freedom. We will pray with you and not for you,” says Mpilo Masokela.Again, Mandela’s words are inspirational: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”Weeping, Caroline Nkamboyi says: “I did not want to believe that he was gone and as soon as I accepted it I became sad. What I would love to say to his family is that they must accept it because we are here for them too.”And his legacy lives on, urging ordinary people to do the extraordinary: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation,” he said. “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”“He brought freedom into every South African’s life,” says Selina Dikeledi (Images: Bhekumuzi Madakane)Bhekumuzi MadakaneSelina Dikeledi Kitsaweng says: “It all came as a sudden shock. He brought freedom into every South African’s life. I am where I am today because of him. Tata wherever you are, thank you for everything. In a way you brought me up too, so thank you.”Forever he will be missed, and the words “we love you Tata” are being heard loud and clear across the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he said. “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”Gone but never forgotten, Madiba will live on in our hearts, his humility and humanity something which we can all strive to emulate. “When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?” he asked.South Africans – indeed all people – can follow his lead, working for others through his foundation, 46664, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and giving of their time on Nelson Mandela International Day, and every day.But now, to the father of the nation, it is time to say goodbye. Hamba Kahle, Tata.
Today, February 14th, men, women and children around the world are coming together to demand and end to violence against women and girls.Internationally acclaimed and award winning singer, songwriter and actor P!nk, along with her dancers and crew, are among the one billion rising for justice.Video: Pink and crew dance for 1 Billion Rising for JusticeONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.“I have never liked bullies of any kind,” said Pink. “Whether it’s someone picking on the “fat” kid, the “retarded” kid, the “short” kid, the “black” kid, the “Asian” kid, the “gay” kid, the “girl”, cause she “hits like a girl” or is the “weaker sex”…You name it. Different “reasons”, same “bully”. The bully is the problem. The bully needs a hug, a lesson, enlightenment. The bully is the one that really feels inferior, so he/she picks on someone else to make that person feel inferior too.“When I read about this organization, how people get together of their own free will and dance, use their bodies, to express their rage- outrage- around the injustice that women feel all over the world, every day- I was inspired. I am a woman. I know women. I have sisters, strong and less strong, small and less small, Asian and black, gay and straight, Indian and Native American… We are all equally deserving of respect and personal space. I will fight for that right for all of us. And we come together to do so on our stage, with our brothers and menfolk- where we express our freedom every night. And that freedom inspires others to be free. We hope this video helps. And we hope for that one day when all women and girls are able to have respect, and personal space, and to be able to express themselves in whatever way THEY feel is right for them.”Join the movement, and watch it live here.