print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email There was great excitement in Ballina on Saturday night 25th November when Swim Ireland declared Shark Swimming Club Galway as the Connacht Club of the Year for 2017 and also awarded them the prestigious Clubmark Award. Shark Swimming Club’s Chairman, Sheamus Lennon, outlined how Shark SC is a club of children, and the Club’s first aim is to provide a safe and friendly environment so that our swimmers can flourish in all aspects of their development. The key is to ensure that the club is at all times, a child-centred club. Then the focus is on swimming and to provide the children with a swim coaching regime which is child-centred. The coaching philosophy at Shark Swimming Club is that the child decides their swimming goals, and then our coaches will accompany that child on their swimming journey. It is a journey together between the child and the coach. With a strong coaching team of Rosin Lally, Lorraine Copley, Noel Barrett and Brendan Kelly, led by Head Coach Trevor Collins; the Club is extremely lucky to have such a strong, reliable, encouraging and loyal coaching team. This loyalty stems from strong roots in the club with coach Roisin Lally having taught and coached Shark children for over 38 years and. Coach Brendan Kelly’s, mother, Maura Kelly, was a founder member of the club 40 years ago this year and a coach in the 80’s. Brendan was himself a swimmer with Shark for 12 years. This collaboration of solid roots and new coaching staff has paid dividends for their members, who have responded so well to their guidance that has resulted in podium places at senior national competitions. In the words of one of their swimmers ““Shark are extremely motivating and supportive group of people. Since I have joined they have improved my self-esteem and confidence as well as nurturing my love and passion for swimming”. This was one of the many reasons why they received this prestigious award. As they celebrate 40 years as a swimming club, this award is a huge testament to all their members, past and present and they look forward to many more successful years competing at senior level.
BACKS (16)Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 2 capsJoey Carbery (Clontarf/Leinster) 6 capsAndrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 6 capsKeith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 62 capsChris Farrell (Young Munster/Munster) 2 capsRobbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 31 capsRob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 78 capsIan Keatley (Young Munster/Munster) 7 capsJordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) *Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht) 18 capsFergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 32 capsLuke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 6 capsConor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 59 capsJohnny Sexton (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 capsRory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) 3 capsJacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) 4 caps*Denotes Uncapped Player Four Connacht players have been included in Joe Schmidt’s squad of 36 players for the opening two rounds of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship. Ireland take on France in Paris in their opening fixture before hosting Italy at the Aviva Stadium as Conor O’Shea makes his first visit to Dublin as Italian head coach.Joe Schmidt, Ireland head coach commented, “It’s been great to witness some quality performances from provincial teams over the last seven weeks of European and derby matches, with a number of players performing well. There were some very tight decisions but it’s great to see some competitive depth in a number of positions.”There are a number of players unavailable through injury: Finlay Bealham, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien, Rhys Ruddock, Tommy O’Donnell, Luke Marshall, Garry Ringrose, Jared Payne and Craig Gilroy as well as Niall Scannell who is due to return to action in the coming weeks.Ireland Squad (Nat West 6 Nations Championship 2018, Round 1 and 2)FORWARDS (20)Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) c 106 capsJack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 5 capsSean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 56 capsUltan Dillane (Corinthians/Connacht) 11 capsTadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 19 capsCian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 73 capsIain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 34 capsRob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 3 capDave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 22 capsDan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) 4 capsJack McGrath (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 42 capsJordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 18 capsPeter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 42 capsAndrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 3 capsQuinn Roux (Galwegians/Connacht) 3 capsJames Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 4 capsJohn Ryan (Cork Constitution/Munster) 11 capsCJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 18 capsDevin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 53 capsJosh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 9 caps Centre Bundee Aki and scrum half Kieran Marmion are joined by locks Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane. Tighthead Finlay Bealham was not available for selection due to a recent injury. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Galway United have completed the signing of Vinny Faherty, subject to international clearance.The 31-year-old striker has returned to Eamonn Deacy Park from Cypriot side PAEEK.Faherty began his League of Ireland career in 2007, spending three seasons with United, before going on to play for St Patrick’s Athletic, Moreland Zebras in Australia, Dundalk, Limerick and Sligo Rovers.Over three spells at Eamonn Deacy Park, Faherty has netted 38 goals for the Tribesmen.Speaking to www.galwayunitedfc.ie, Alan Murphy said: “Vinny Faherty is a goalscorer, with proven quality in the League of Ireland and I’m really happy to be able to bring him back to the club again.“He will compliment the signings we’ve already made perfectly. We’ve got a lot of young, hungry players and Vinny will be very good in terms of his leadership and role both on and off the pitch, to bring these players up to speed.“We’ve spoken about identifying the right type of people needed to come into the club and Vinny is certainly one of those. He’s very trustworthy, hardworking and a really good professional. They are the characteristics that we need and on top of that, he’s a Galway lad, through and through.“Throughout the league, Vinny Faherty’s name is known. He has performed at every club that he’s been at. I know Vinny for many years and I believe that I can get the best out of him.”The experienced striker, who scored 31 goals over three top flight seasons during his last League of Ireland stint, returns to his hometown club for the fourth time.“It’s great to be back, I’m a Galway lad and I’m excited to be a part of Alan’s plans for the club,” Faherty explained.“I’ve played with Murphs, so I know what he’s all about. That was a big part of me coming back to the club. Alan is quite a straight shooting guy which is great as a player, it’s what you want.“Alan demands very high standards and with the young squad that we have, it’s exactly what’s needed too.“I’m happy to be one of the more senior players at the club, hopefully I can lead by example and be able to pass on a few things to the younger members of the squad, particularly the strikers.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Saturday April 13th (Round: Semi Final ), Claregalway 3-11Killannin 1-1(Round: Semi Final), Corofin 2-5Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-4Sunday April 14th (Round: Final), Claregalway 5-12 Corofin 0-0U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup Roinn AFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Caherlistrane 1-6Annaghdown 2-3(Round: Round 1), Claregalway 2-10Mountbellew/Moylough 0-2Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Claregalway 3-4Annaghdown 0-4(Round: Round 2), Mountbellew/Moylough1-4 Caherlistrane 2-1(Round: Round 3), Mountbellew/Moylough0-2 Annaghdown 0-0(Round: Round 3), Claregalway 3-6 Caherlistrane 1-2U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup Roinn BFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Clifden 3-5 MícheálBreathnach 1-6(Round: Round 1), Killannin 2-6 Moycullen0-7Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Moycullen 2-3 MícheálBreathnach 2-2 (Round: Round 2), Killannin 1-7 Clifden 1-2(Round: Round 2), Killannin 3-3 MícheálBreathnach 1-4(Round: Round 2), Moycullen 3-4 Clifden 2-5 U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup Roinn CFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Salthill-Knocknacarra0-6 Barna 0-5 (Round: Round 1), Oranmore-Maree 0-9 StMichael’s 2-2Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Oranmore-Maree 0-6Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-3(Round: Round 2), St Michael’s 0-5 Barna0-2(Round: Round 3), Salthill-Knocknacarra1-3 St Michael’s 0-5(Round: Round 3), Oranmore-Maree 1-7Barna 1-2 U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup Roinn DSaturday April 13th(Round: Round 1), Corofin 3-7 LoughreaGaelic Football 0-3(Round: Round 2), Loughrea GaelicFootball 7-7 Ballinasloe 3-4(Round: Round 3), Corofin 10-7Ballinasloe 0-1U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup Roinn BFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Clifden 3-5 MícheálBreathnach 1-6(Round: Round 1), Killannin 2-6 Moycullen0-7Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Moycullen 2-3 MícheálBreathnach 2-2 (Round: Round 2), Killannin 1-7 Clifden 1-2(Round: Round 2), Killannin 3-3 MícheálBreathnach 1-4(Round: Round 2), Moycullen 3-4 Clifden 2-5 U14 Div 2 Feile – Tommy Kelly CupSaturday April 13th(Round: Semi-Final), Dunmore MacHales 0-6Kinvara 0-4(Round: Semi-Final), Tuam Stars 7-2 AnSpidéal 0-5Sunday April 14th (Round: Final), Tuam Stars 6-6 DunmoreMacHales 3-2U14 Div 2 Feile – Tommy Kelly Cup Roinn AFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Kinvara 4-5Oranmore-Maree 0-3(Round: Round 1), Craughwell GAA Club 1-9Headford 1-1Saturday April 13th(Round: Round 2), Oranmore-Maree 3-1 Craughwell GAA Club 1-3(Round: Round 2), Kinvara 2-5 Headford0-0(Round: Round 3), Headford 1-4Oranmore-Maree 0-3(Round: Round 3), Kinvara 6-6 CraughwellGAA Club 1-1U14 Div 2 Feile – Tommy Kelly Cup Roinn BFriday April 12th(Round: Round 1), Dunmore MacHales 0-11Cortoon Shamrocks 1-2(Round: Round 1), Kilconly 5-12Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-2Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Kilconly 2-4 Cortoon Shamrocks 1-1 (Round: Round 2), Dunmore MacHales 4-9Salthill-Knocknacarra 4-3(Round: Round 3), Dunmore MacHales 4-5Kilconly 0-4(Round: Round 3), Salthill-Knocknacarra1-4 Cortoon Shamrocks 0-3 U14 Div 2 Feile – Tommy Kelly Cup Roinn CFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), Tuam Stars 6-8Monivea-Abbey 1-1 (Round: Round 1), St Mary’s GAA Athenry6-6 Claregalway 1-5Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), St Mary’s GAA Athenry4-6 Monivea-Abbey 2-2 (Round: Round 2), Tuam Stars 3-2Claregalway 0-3(Round: Round 3), Tuam Stars 1-4 StMary’s GAA Athenry 0-0 U14 Div 2 Feile – Tommy Kelly Cup Roinn DFriday April 12th (Round: Round 1), St. James 3-4Oughterard 0-5(Round: Round 1), Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 8-8 An Spidéal 7-2Saturday April 13th(Round: Round 2), An Spidéal 3-4Oughterard 2-1Saturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), St. James 1-2 NaomhAnna, Leitir Móir 1-0(Round: Round 3), Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 3-1 Oughterard 1-5(Round: Round 3), An Spidéal 1-4 St.James 1-1U14 Div 3 Feile – St Columba’s Credit Union CupSaturday April 13 Apr, (Round: Semi Final), St Brendan’s 7-4 Killererin2-2 (Round: Semi Final), Milltown 5-5 Cárna-Caiseal/NaPiarsaigh 2-0Sunday April 14th (Round: Final), St Brendan’s 4-2 Milltown0-4U14 Div 3 Feile – St Columba’s Credit Union Cup Roinn ASaturday April 13th (Round: Round 1), Killererin 2-8 Menlough0-6 (Round: Round 2), Menlough 4-4 Tuam Stars 4-2(Round: Round 3), Killererin 9-2 TuamStars 2-9U14 Div 3 Feile – St Columba’s Credit Union Cup Roinn BSaturday April 13th (Round: Round 1), Northern Gaels 3-5Annaghdown 2-7(Round: Round 2), St Brendan’s 4-3Annaghdown 3-3(Round: Round 3), St Brendan’s 6-8Northern Gaels 2-3U14 Div 3 Feile – St Columba’s Credit Union Cup Roinn CSaturday April 13th (Round: Round 1), Caltra 3-5 Milltown 3-5(Round: Round 2), Milltown 5-2 Barna 1-5 (Round: Round 3), Caltra 6-7 Barna 2-6U14 Div 3 Feile – St Columba’s Credit Union Cup Roinn DSaturday April 13th (Round: Round 2), Cárna-Caiseal/NaPiarsaigh 5-4 An Fhairche – Clonbur 3-4print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email U14 Div 1 Feile – Niall McGinn Cup
The Streets is one of the most prestigious and high profile events in the Irish running calendar. This year a record field of 3,400 will race the event with some of Ireland’s top athletes, club runners, many visitors, along with thousands of locals will take on the 8km challenge, Many famous names will take part fromall walks of life in the city and beyond, including three athletes who have runall 34 events, Ger Meehan from Dooneen, Patrick Larkin from Moycullen andGerard Murphy from Claregalway.The Men’s race this year will feature several of Ireland top distance runners, such as Damien Landers of Ennis Track, Kenny Rodgers of St Johns AC, Lindsay Gordon and Paddy Hamilton of North Belfast AC and top local runners like Jamie Fallon of Craughwell AC and Jack Maher of GCH all of whom will challenge for honours in the elite men’s section, while the elite Ladies section is equally of high calibre and will see Siobhan O’Doherty returning, and will be challenged by Ann Marie McGlynn of Letterkenny, Teresa Doherty of Finn Valley and local athletes Regina Casey and Jane Ann Meehan of GCH. European TeamGames Nicole Walsh of GCH who competes for Ireland on the 4x400m relay squad at the European Senior team championships this weekend Congratulations go to the very dedicated and talented NicoleWalsh of Galway City Harriers on her selection for this weekend’s EuropeanTeam Championships as part of the 4x400m relay squad. This will be Walsh’sfirst cap for Ireland and is on the back of a brilliant season to date, cappedby her National Senior bronze medal over400m recently. The Championships willbe held from 9th to 11th August in Norway. YouthNations Cup GCH athletes Seren O’Toole and Eimear Rowe who competed for Ireland at the Youth Nations Cup last weekend This year’s Youth Nations Cup was held last weekend in Santry, Dublin, when the best of Irish athletes competed against the England team, with two athletes or teams from each country in each event. The event was especially successful for Eimear Rowe, Seren O’Toole and Robert McDonnell, three GCH athletes who competed for Ireland, with four medals via the trio over their respective events.Robert McDonnell was part of the winning Irish 4x400m relay team that edged past their English counterparts in a quick 3:21.73 for gold and also ran the 400m where he recorded 49.14 seconds for a fine bronze.Seren O’Toole was well clear in second spot over 400m Hurdles in 64.73 to earn silver.Eimear Rowe ensured all three brought medals back to Galway playing her part in the Ireland 4x400m team that finished third in a superb 3:55.51.World ParaAthletics Junior Championships Craughwell AC athlete Shauna Bocquet recently who competed for Ireland at the IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships Talented Craughwell AC athlete Shauna Bocquet travelled with Paralympics Ireland to represent Ireland at the IPC World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwill, Switzerland held last weekendBocquet competed across five distances (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m) in the U17 Female T54 category. She took an incredible three gold medals on the track, winning over 1500m and also claimed 100m and 400m gold, and won double silver over 200m and 800m for good measure,NationalHalf MarathonThe National Half Marathon Championships take place on Sunday next in Dublin city centre, with race start at 8 am, and will see many Galway athletes chase National silverware.European Masters Games Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC competedat the European Masters Games in Torino in Italy last week, winning threemedals, with a superb gold in the 80m Hurdles in a new Irish record of 15.0seconds, silver in the Shot Putt and bronze in the javelin with 22.64m again anew Irish record.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email GalwayClinic Streets of Galway 8k A limited edition print that was hand drawn to illustrate the iconic race route for the Streets of Galway. This print is made by Lecturer of Design at GMIT – Lynne O Loughlin from Tripod design. There is a limited number available to purchase so contact Lynne for details. This Saturday at 7 pm sees the highlight of the Galwayroad running calendar take place, the 34th edition of the famous Streets ofGalway 8k Road race. The race, backed this year by Galway Clinic, starts at GTIat Fr Griffin Road, and routes through the main landmarks of the city, and ontoSalthill and the Claddagh into the finish at South Park.
UIW 69, Nicholls 67THIBODAUX, La. – UIW picked up a milestone 20th victory on Saturday afternoon in their first season as a member of NCAA Division I, but not before making things extremely interesting. The Cardinals won on a Mitchell Badillo layup with three seconds to play, 69-67. | UIW Recap | Nicholls Recap Northwestern State 84, New Orleans 71NEW ORLEANS, La. – Jalan West scored 24 points, all in the second half, and DeQuan Hicks added 22 Saturday night as Northwestern State cruised to its ninth win in 11 games, 84-71 at New Orleans. | NSU Recap | UNO Recap McNeese State became the seventh team to qualify for the 2014 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament March 12-15 in Katy. The Cowboys got 35 points from Ledrick Eackles before claiming a 95-91 victory against Abilene Christian 95-91 on Saturday. That leaves Central Arkansas, a 79-69 winner over Lamar, and Southeastern Louisiana, which lost 75-62 to regular-season champion Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks finished its conference road slate with a perfect 9-0 record. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Houston Baptist 65-45 and moved into second place after Sam Houston State lost 80-73 at Oral Roberts. Northwestern State beat New Orleans 84-71 to move into a fourth-place tie with ORU. UIW won its 20th game in its first season in the Southland, getting a layup with three seconds to play in a 69-67 victory at Nicholls. Stephen F. Austin 75, Southeastern Louisiana 62HAMMOND, La. – Senior Desmond Haymon became the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team’s all-time winningest player in the Division I era, in a 75-62 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday evening in University Center. | SFA Recap | SLU Recap Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 65, Houston Baptist 45CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – John Jordan scored 22 points and Zane Knowles snagged 17 rebounds as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi upended Houston Baptist, 65-45, on Saturday at the American Bank Center. | A&M-Corpus Christi Recap | HBU RecapOral Roberts 80, Sam Houston State 73TULSA, Okla. – Korey Billbury matched a career-high with 29 points and the Oral Roberts men’s basketball team closed on an 11-1 run to beat Sam Houston State 80-73 Saturday night at the Mabee Center. | ORU Recap | SHSU Recap Central Arkansas 79, Lamar 69CONWAY, Ark. – Senior guard LaQuentin Miles made the most of the final home game of his career Saturday, scoring a career-high 30 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to carry Central Arkansas to a 76-69 victory over Lamar. | UCA Recap | Lamar Recap McNeese State 95, Abilene Christian 91 (OT)LAKE CHARLES, La. – Ledrick Eackles did his part by getting McNeese State to claw its way back from a double-digit deficit to Abilene Christian midway through the second half by scoring 20 of his career-high 35 points with under 10 minutes to play until he fouled out with 50 seconds to play in regulation. McNeese went on 95-91 win over the Wildcats in the Cowboys’ home finale Saturday. | McNeese Recap | ACU Recap
FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin sophomore guard Taylor Ross has been named Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. Honorable mention this week goes to Nicholls junior guard Emani White, McNeese State junior guard Allison Baggett and Houston Baptist senior forward Shanice Steenholdt. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland women’s basketball sports information directors. Taylor Ross continued her hot start to the 2014-15 season with two more 20-point performances to lead SFA to two victories last week. She has scored at least 23 points in all three games this season. Ross set career-highs in free throws made (12) and assists (8) against ULM in Friday night’s win. Besides scoring and helping her teammates score, Ross has taken extremely good care of the basketball, committing just three turnovers compared to 12 assists during the week for a 4.0 assist/turnover ratio.
The Central Jersey Umpires Association will start classes the week of Jan. 17. Anyone interested in umpiring softball or baseball is urged to attend. Also needed are already-certified umpires, as well as individuals who are available weekday afternoons in the spring. Call (732) 566-4429 or (732) 264-7131. The Monmouth County Dodgers 11U travel baseball team is looking to add a pitcher/position player to its 2005 roster. The team is based in Freehold, and among its affiliations are the Central Jersey Baseball League and East Coast Tournament Baseball. The program includes a winter training schedule, spring and fall league play, and several travel tournaments during Memorial Day weekend and the month of July. Tryouts for the open position will be held Jan. 13, 20 and 27, at the Monmouth Baseball Academy, Marlboro. Interested parties should contact coach Sero at (732) 761-1125 to schedule a tryout. St. Rose High School will host the 26th annual “Run for the Roses” Grammar School Invitational Basketball Tournament. The tournament, a Jersey Shore tradition for the past 25 years, has been a showcase for some of the finest young basketball talent in New Jersey. Back in 1979, St. Rose High School created a tournament with the goal of attracting a small field of teams to a post-season competition that would emphasize both quality play and good sportsmanship. Since then, the Run for the Roses tournament has grown to become one of the largest tournaments in the state, and the premier grammar school basketball tournament at the Jersey Shore. The tournament, sponsored by the St. Rose High School Athletic Club, is open to grammar school teams from Monmouth and Ocean counties. The tournament begins the last weekend in February and continues for approximately three weeks. The deadline for applications is Feb. 8. For information or an application, call the St. Rose High School Athletic Club at (732) 681-1144. Applications are being accepted for ASA (Amateur Softball Association) umpire training. Classes will begin Feb. 7. Interested individuals may contact Hal S. Schwartz at (732) 290-7841 or by e-mail at halasaump.optonline.net. The Ultimate Sports Training Center will hold the Ultimate Advance Baseball Clinic, a seven-week program, starting Jan. 19. The clinic will be held every Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. for ages 9-12 and 13-17. The cost is $175. The clinic concentrates on offensive skills, defensive skills, pitching, conditioning and bat speed through customized workouts, and includes instruction from former professional and collegiate athletes. There is a 60-player maximum; to preregister by phone, call (203) 787-2020 (ask for Paul), or register at: Ultimate Sports & Training Center, 222 Universal Drive, North Haven, Conn. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Jan. 15. A youth travel basketball league is looking for any boys 9U travel team interested participating in a Winter League running from mid-January through March. Players must be born after Sept. 1, 1994. For more information, contact Bobbie Pirro at (732) 530-7305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League (HYAL) will be holding registration for its 2005 baseball/softball season for boys ages 5-18 and girls ages 5-16 Jan. 12, 19 and 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Middle Road School, and Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Raritan High School cafeteria. Registration fees, which include a $30 raffle book donation, are as follows: boys and girls 5-12 — $85 for one child, $105 for two children, and $130 for three or more; boys 13-18 and girls 13-16 — $115 per child. A separate work deposit check of $200 dated April 1, 2005, is also required. Birthday cutoffs are as follows: Boys — July 31, 2005; Girls — Dec. 31, 2004. All new HYAL participants are required to provide a proof of residency and birth certificate. Call (732) 264-3060 with any questions. ISA of New Jersey is looking for individuals for its softball umpiring program. Clinics will be offered in both Central and Northern New Jersey beginning in January of 2005. Participants will be trained in all styles of softball, tested and ready to work ISA league or tournament games beginning April 2005. ASA, NSA and Federation members welcome. Call state U-I-C Mike Pero at (201) 864-8679 or the state office at (732) 906-8263 for more information. The Matawan-Aberdeeen Babe Ruth League will be holding its annual baseball registration for ages 5-15 during the month of January. Registration will be held at the Toomer Field Clubhouse on Middlesex Road on Jan. 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will also be held on Jan. 12 and 19 from 7-9 p.m. All first-time players need to submit a copy of their birth certificate. There will also be a late registration scheduled for Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Bayshore Jammers U12 girls AAU basketball team seeks players for the upcoming season. Players must be born in 1992. Tryouts will be held at the Tab Ramos Sports Center in Aberdeen on Jan. 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (732) 264-4075. The Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2005 “World of Fun North American Tour” to Lincroft. They will play a doubleheader March 22 and 23 when they face the New York Nationals at the Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Tip-off for both games is 7 p.m. Tickets start at $23 and are available at the Collins Arena box office, by phone at (732) 224-2823, or online at www.ticketweb.com. The Central Jersey Hawks U9 girls AAU basketball team is seeking players for the upcoming season. Girls must be born after Dec. 31, 1994. E-mail MrGalls@aol.com or call (732) 290-1798 for additional information. The Holmdel Stallions U13 boys soccer team is seeking players for the winter indoor and spring seasons. There are no residency restrictions. Call (732) 946-0596 for additional information. The Monmouth Maniacs 12U girls fastpitch softball team is seeking several dedicated players for spring/summer season. Call Jim at (732) 446-6919 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site http://eteamz.active.com/monmouthmaniacs for additional information.
The Holmdel High School girls tennis team will look to build on its success from last season when it returns to the court this fall.In 2012, the Hornets won the Shore Conference Tournament and an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II sectional title in the state tournament. Holmdel was also involved in a hardfought loss in the group tournament against undefeated Haddonfield Memorial High School, which won the Group II state title.With second and third singles players back for another season, Holmdel has no reason to think it can’t stage another postseason run. “We graduated three starters, but we have two good freshmen and one who is already a tourney-level player,” head coach Chuck Chelednik said. “Our depth is just not as strong as it used to be, but it’s still more than most in the Shore.”He added that losing first singles player Katie McKay contributed to the loss of some depth, leaving Holmdel’s lineup less clear-cut. Alicia Lai, who handled second singles last year, is competing for the top slot along with Lucy Wang, formerly at third singles. Two others are likely in the mix as well, according to Chelednik. In order to compensate for the diminished depth, Holmdel will strive to get the most out of its lineup. “We’ll emphasize fitness since we’re not as strong at the top,” Chelednik said. “We have to rely a little more on being athletic. We have to hustle a little more.” Holmdel will also keep an eye on doubles play, which will feature some younger Hornets this fall. Lauren Byrket and Tiffany Huang, last year’s first doubles tandem, were key players for three years, Chelednik noted. They led a doubles lineup that proved to be quite a strong suit in 2012, helping the Hornets keep things close against Haddonfield in the state tournament.“Success will depend on how far doubles come along,” the head coach said.As for singles play, Chelednik commented that on paper, matchups at first and second singles look to be close against some rivals such as Red Bank Catholic High School, Manasquan High School and Marlboro High School.Progress during the season at singles or doubles would certainly help alleviate any concerns over depth.“Hopefully, everyone improves as we go along,” Chelednik said. By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent
By Alison WilliamsEven though Romania’s Simona Halep is the higher seed, at four, Maria Sharapova is the household name, the face on the billboards and is playing in her third successive French Open final.Halep has not dropped a set on the way to challenging for the Suzanne Lenglen Cup, and the 1,650,000 euro ($2.25 million)cheque, having never gone further than the quarter-finals of a grand slam before.“I have nothing to lose. I will keep this in my mind always. I will try to hit very relaxed,” the 22-year-old told reporters after beating Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the semis.“I know that it will be very tough to manage the emotions, but I will try my best at that moment.”Sharapova has four grand slam titles, including the 2012 French crown, and has been number one in the world, yet she missed the second half of last season with a shoulder injury and has been pushed to three sets in each of her last three matches in Paris.“I’m very proud, because I worked hard to get myself injury free, and I had to work through some tough losses in the beginning of the season that I didn’t want to accept,” the 27-year-old told reporters after beating up-and coming-Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the last four.“I worked through them, I worked hard, and I’m in this position giving myself a chance.”Of course, saying she has a chance is just modesty.French Open finalists, Simona Halep and Maria SharapovaHaving shaken off her own description of herself as a “cow on ice” unable to master the balance and timing needed to slide for points on the red dirt, the Russian has an 18-1 win-loss record on the surface this year.She has long shown her fighting spirit ahead of what may be a battle of guts against guile with Halep. The last time she lost in three sets on the slow surface was in the third round of the French Open in 2010 against Justine Henin.She is 3-0 up in the head-to-head over the Romanian, including recovering from a woeful start last month to overwhelm rising talent Halep 1-6 6-2 6-3 in the Madrid Open final and claim her 31st career title.But Halep, who will rise to number three in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday, has proven over the rounds in Paris that she can adapt to the challenges with an array of shots, not just her prowling baseline style.She has already spoken about having several match plans to get this far. She may well need them if she is to emulate her adviser and compatriot Virginia Ruzici who won the title in 1978.“I don’t know how I have to play to beat Maria,” Halep said. “But I have to take that revenge. I will fight for this one.”