Silver Backs shift focus to World cup qualifiers

first_imgUganda has been in Turkey for over a weekAfter mixed results from the training camp in Turkey, the Men’s national Basketball team, the Silverback can now shift their attention to next week’s World Cup qualifiers in Nigeria.The team closed out the last of its five build up games in the Molten Istanbul Cup with a 56-80 loss to Cameroon on Wednesday evening.The loss meant that they had lost three of the five games, something that does not worry assistant coach Mandy Juruni.“We can here (Turkey) to prepare for the World cup qualifiers slated for later this month and i think we achieved our goal.“We may not have won all the games but i don’t think that matters because what we wanted was to play and try to compete.“The lads have done exactly that and in the process gained fitness and also gotten to know the new faces.In the last game, the Silverbacks fell short to an aggressive Cameroon side that looked fitter especially in the last quarter.The team lost to Cameroon in the last gameUganda trailed 19-13 after the opening quarter but came within 2 points (28-26) as the second quarter neared the end but that was the closest George Galanopoulos charges came until the final buzzer.Cameroon extended their lead to double-digit early in the third quarter and there was no route back for Uganda.Joseph Ikong was Uganda’s only player to score in double figure with 10 points with a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the field.Jordin Mayes (9 points), Robinson Opong Odoch (8 points) were the other notable contributors for the Silverbacks. Emmanuel Mugenga and Stephen Omony scored 6 points apiece.The team is expected to fly to Nigeria early next week where they will play three games in the second phase of round one of qualification.Uganda finished second in group B after the first phase of game in Mali with four points from three games, having won one and lost two.They will take on Nigeria on the 29th of this month in the opener before a date with Mali the following day. Uganda lost to both Mali and Nigeria in phase one.Ugnada lost to both Nigeria and Mali in FebruaryThe Silverbacks last game will be against neighbors Rwanda on the 1st of July. The team’s only win in Bamako came against Rwanda.Uganda needs to finish among the top three in group B to qualify for the next round.Uganda’s FIBA World Cup qualifiers’ schedule:-Nigeria vs Uganda, 29-06-2018-Uganda vs Mali, 30-06-2018-Rwanda vs Uganda, 01-07-2018*all games will be played in LagosThe top three teams from each group will be placed in a group with three other top teams. All results from the first qualification round, except for results against teams that don’t advance, are carried over to the second round. Games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top two teams in each group along with the better placed third team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup proper.Uganda’s performance in the Molten Istanbul Cup:-Uganda 90-72 Iraq on Friday, 15-06-2018-Saudi Arabia 90-66 Uganda on Saturday, 16-06-2018-Jordan 91-75 Uganda on Monday, 18-06-2018-Uganda 85-65 Bahrain on Tuesday, 11-06-2018-Uganda 56-80 Cameroon on Wednesday, 20-06-2018The team currently in camp:Syrus KiviriJoseph IkongStephen OmonyRobinson OpongJimmy EnabuIvan LumanyikaJames OkelloSamuel KalwanyiJohn Geu DengeuJordin Dean MayesEmmanuel Mugenga TrinquierStanley Mugerwa.Coaches:Galanopoolos GeorgeMandy JuruniAbdulkadir Omar BarajabComments Tags: FIBA 2019 World cup qualifierssilverbackslast_img read more

Plan to extend cycle lane from Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan moves step closer

first_imgOptions are being explored to extend a potential 20km (round-trip) cycle and walkway lane from Mountain Top, Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan, it was confirmed on Monday.The roads body overseeing the €19.3M Blue Banks project confirmed over the weekend it was reviewing options to extend the cycle and walkway lane.The current contractor has already been tasked with extending the cycle path from Coolboy to Illistrin but Transport Infrastructure Ireland confirmed the possibility of a further extended route is currently being examined. “Anyone who has travelled the new road from Kilmacrennan to Coolboy in the past couple of weeks will have seen the incredible result of this scheme delivered by Minister Joe McHugh,” said Eimer Friel, a Fine Gael council election candidate in the Milford Electoral Area on May 24th.“It was Joe who pulled together TII and Irish Water, knowing that the new supply from Lough Salt to Letterkenny – which benefits so many communities along the route – should be done at the same time as a new road.“Millions of euro were saved and the third benefit of this joined-up thinking was the cycle/walkway from Kilmacrennan to Coolboy. I am delighted to confirm that the current contractor has been tasked with extending this cycle path from Coolboy to Illistrin with options being examined to extend it to Mountain Top in Letterkenny.“I have no doubt that this will be an economic driver for Kilmacrennan with families and tourists taking advantage of this new 10km route. It also makes access to Termon and Glenveagh much easier for those wanting to undertake a longer cycling route.” Letterkenny Fine Gael candidate Bernie Moran says TII is moving ahead with the plans for the Illistrin to Mountain Top route.“The gradient on the route is an issue so the National Roads Office team in Donegal Town – who do incredible work for our county – are examining alternative ways of linking Illistrin and Mountain Top and routes are being examined at the moment,” said Moran.“I am delighted with this progress. Once completed, the route will be a 20km round-trip for cyclists and walkers to Kilmacrennan and back to Letterkenny – or the other way around. This is real progress being delivered by Fine Gael.”Friel praised contractors and sub-contractors for their work on removing the notorious Blue Banks bends and thanked local people and motorists for their patience.“There was a lot of disruption locally during construction of the new road but I think that has already been forgotten. The new route is simply stunning. Adding the cycle way extension is the cherry on the cake,” added Friel. Plan to extend cycle lane from Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan moves step closer was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:kilmacrennanletterkennyMountain Toplast_img read more

Monty: a Springbok rock at the back

first_imgSouth Africa’s record 53-8 victory over Australia in Johannesburg on 30 August 2008 was a bittersweet win, bringing the curtain down on the international career of Percy Montgomery, the most capped Springbok in history.Addressing a press conference after the match, Montgomery said: “Not many players get to choose when they want to leave test rugby, and I think that is what makes today so special for me, because I know that at test level it is time to go.“I have had many memorable moments in the Bok jersey and some testing ones as well, but I would never exchange one moment of either the highs or the lows.‘A privilege’“It has been a privilege to play for my country and to play in some of the best teams the world has seen,” Montgomery said. “I also feel blessed as a player to have played against so many great players and so many different countries.”“I was asked why I would come back after a high of winning the World Cup in France, but for me every time I put on a Bok jersey was a high, and I got to do that eight more times this year.”Montgomery’s career was marked by many ups and downs. He was, at one stage, the favourite target of hecklers and, arguably, the most disliked Springbok player of all. Yet when he retired he was among the most respected and liked of all players.With his trademark blonde locks and white boots, some saw him as a showboater but, in truth, Montgomery has always been a quiet man away from the field of play and, according to his teammates and coaches, he was a model professional and a wonderful teammate.Springbok debutHe began his provincial career in 1996 for Western Province as a speedy centre, and the following season made his Springbok debut against the British and Irish Lions.Like much of his early career in the green and gold, Montgomery’s performances were mixed in a 2-1 series loss. He scored a try on debut in the second test in Durban, but South Africa lost the match 18-15, despite outscoring the Lions three tries to nil. Montgomery had been entrusted with the kicking duties, but failed to land a single one, which allowed the tourists to score only their second series victory over the Boks.The following week, in the third test, he again scored a try as South Africa crushed the Lions 35-16. Jannie de Beer, who had been called up for the game because of Montgomery’s kicking woes, contributed 13 points with the boot.When Andre Joubert retired, Montgomery was moved from centre to fullback by Nick Mallett, a coach who always rated the former SACS schoolboy highly.Record-settingFrom the end of Carel du Plessis’ short reign as Springbok coach and well into Mallett’s tenure, Montgomery was an integral part of a team that equalled the world record for successive test victories with 17.That run began in August 1997, when Montgomery was still playing at centre, with a then-record 61-22 victory over Australia in Pretoria. A brilliant performance by the Springboks that yielded eight tries was highlighted by a sensational sprint and try by Montgomery that covered three-quarters the length of the field, following a quick throw-in.He was part the team that thrashed France 52-10 at the Park des Princes on 22 November 1997 in a performance that many people believe to be the finest of all Springbok performances.The following week he was in action against England at Twickenham in another record win, this time by a 29-11 margin.SensationalOn 6 December 1997, at Murrayfield, Montgomery enjoyed a sensational game against Scotland, scoring two tries and landing eight conversions for a personal haul of 26 points in a record 68-10 win over Scotland.The following season, 1998, he scored 30 points against Wales in Pretoria as the Boks crushed the Dragons 96-13.That same season Ireland were brushed aside twice and the Springboks won in Perth against the Wallabies, and in Wellington against the All Blacks, as South Africa went unbeaten to secure their first Tri-Nations title.Wales, Scotland, and Ireland were beaten on successive weekends in November before England ended SA’s unbeaten run in December at Twickenham by 13 points to seven.TargetedMontgomery helped the Springboks to a third place finish in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, but South Africa’s performances had slipped and he became widely targeted as a perceived weak link in the Springbok team when doing provincial duty for Western Province away from the friendly confines of Newlands.After a decent season in 2001, South Africa went through a poor 2002 season and Montgomery, hated by many, chose to further his career in Welsh club rugby with Newport. By this time he had already accumulated over 50 international caps.In May 2003, he was sent off for pushing a touch judge to the ground in an uncharacteristic outburst. He was handed a heavy fine and a two-year ban, but 18 months of the ban was later suspended. Despite the lessening of the ban, Montgomery missed the 2003 Rugby World Cup.The tournament proved to be a disaster for South Africa, with a fractured team exiting at the quarterfinals stage, well beaten 29-9 by New Zealand. Not long after the World Cup, Jake White was appointed to succeed Rudolf Straeuli as Springbok coach. It was a move that changed Montgomery’s career and his legacy.MasterstrokeWhite was an admirer of Montgomery’s game, and one of his first moves was to fly overseas and convince him to play for South Africa once again. It proved to be one of the biggest masterstrokes of White’s successful career as Bok coach.When he returned to the national team, it became immediately apparent that Montgomery had matured as a player during his time overseas. He had also become an accurate and reliable kicker, using a trademark short and economical run-up.He took over the goal kicking duties in the national team and was the top scorer in the Tri-Nations competition in 2004, when South Africa won the competition for the second time. The following year he topped the points scoring once more.Under White, and with Montgomery and another veteran, Os du Randt, back in the fold, the Springboks’ rugby fortunes were once again on the up.2006However, in 2006, questions were asked when Australia thrashed the Springboks 49-0 in Brisbane. That same season, however, they managed to beat the Wallabies and also ended a 15-match unbeaten run by New Zealand’s All Blacks.Confidence in the Springboks, White, and his veteran team was restored and the scene was set for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which would be the crowning glory of Montgomery’s career, even though he was no longer the pacy young flyer he had once been.After two massive wins over England, a victory over Samoa, and middling Tri-Nations’ results, during which coach White used a second-string line-up for the Boks’ overseas games, fans were not sure what to expect from the green and gold at the World Cup.In a warm-up contest, South Africa thrashed Namibia 105-13 at Newlands as Montgomery scored a Springbok record 35 points. Then, it was off to Murrayfield where Scotland were beaten 27-3 in the Boks’ final warm-up match.Rugby World Cup 2007Montgomery scored a massive 29 points in the Springboks’ opening match at the World Cup – a 59-7 victory over Samoa – and went on to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s title winning campaign.He contributed 18 points as England were whitewashed 36-0 in a pool game and then five points as a substitute in a 30-25 victory over a feisty Tongan side. Against the USA, he weighed in with 15 points in a 64-15 win as South Africa went through their pool unbeaten.Montgomery contributed nine points in the Springboks’s 37-20 win over Fiji in the quarterfinals and followed that up with 17 in SA’s 37-13 semi-final whipping of Argentina.In a tight final, Montgomery scored 12 of South Africa’s 15 points as the Boks lifted the William Webb Ellis Trophy after a 15-6 victory over England.Highest points’ scorerMontgomery finished as the highest points scorer in the tournament – the only man to top 100 – with 105 points in the Springboks’ seven wins. However, his contribution amounted to much more than kicking penalties and conversions.His tactical acumen enabled South Africa to play rugby from favourable field positions, and his safe and steady play at the back gave the Bok backline a settled and solid look. While the defence was strong, Montgomery’s intelligent running lines also enabled South Africa to excel on attack and score 33 tries – second only to New Zealand, who benefited from two huge wins over minnows Portugal and Romania.In the 2008 season, Montgomery played mostly off the bench. He was given only one start against New Zealand at Newlands, but it marked his 100th test for the Springboks, making him the first man to achieve the milestone for South Africa, and only the ninth player in rugby history to reach three figures.He retired with a host of important South African records to his name. They included: Most caps – 102 Most points – 893 (Naas Botha is second with 312) Most conversions – 153 Most penalties – 148 Most points in a test – 35 versus Namibia In addition, Montgomery also scored 25 tries and kicked six drop goals.His contribution to rugby, South Africa, and rugby in South Africa was recognised in October 2008 when he was named to receive National Orders.After his retirement, Montgomery joined the Springboks as a kicking coach.Percy Montgomery goes down in history as not only a Springbok legend, but a legend of the game of rugby.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Joyful, colourful Confed opener

first_img15 June 2009 The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup kicked off at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon with an opening ceremony bursting with youthful exuberance and African flair, bringing the tournament’s slogan, “Ke Nako” (It’s Time), to life in spectacular fashion. Over 45&nbps;000 enthusiastic specatators filled the stadium, with a strong police presence in and around the venue, and hundreds of stewards on hand to assist the fans. The vibrant opening ceremony, co-produced by Lebo M, the award-winning co-producer of the Lion King musical, featured world-renowned musicians Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Hugh Masekela, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Siphokazi, penny-whistling brothers Kwela Tebza. Bodies moved across the stage in colourful costumes representing the people from the east, west, north and south of Africa, and 700 schoolchildren moved in flawless synchronisation to form the words “Ke Nako”, followed by a giant South African flag. Addressing the crowd before the kickoff of the opening match between South Africa and Asian champions Iraq, Fifa president Sepp Blatter thanked the people of South Africa, who he referred to as “brothers and sisters”, for hosting Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”. “The world of football trusts you as you are hosting this event,” Blatter said. President Jacob Zuma welcomed participating countries Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the USA to South Africa. “Today we are making history,” Zuma said. “Today is the day. The time has come. Let us show the world.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brazil give Bafana a football lesson

first_img5 March 2014A crowd of 51 083 turned out at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening to witness upcoming World Cup hosts Brazil hand South Africa a 5-0 thrashing with a fluent and entertaining performance.In a low-key beginning to the match, Brazil started confidently, passing the ball about, moving it from left to right and using the depth of the field too, but it was South Africa who managed the first shot on goal, with Dean Furman’s long range, left-footed shot being comfortably handled by Julio Cesar in the Brazilian goal.Hulk came close to setting Fred up for a goal when he got onto the end of a free kick on the right and centred for the Fluminense striker, but Fred’s side-footed shot was skied high and wide of Ronwen Williams’ goal.Opening goalIn the 10th minute, though, the World Cup hosts hit the front. Hulk, wide on the sideline, picked out Oscar with a well weighted ball for the midfielder to run onto. The South African defence was too narrow and Bafana goalkeeper Williams was left in an uncomfortable one-on-one situation. He came out to close the angle, but Oscar kept his cool and chipped the ball past the goalie’s right shoulder and into an open net.South Africa, to their credit, immediately worked hard to put the South Americans under pressure, and while they managed to play some of their football in the Brazilian half, they couldn’t make an impression inside the visitors’ box.Neymar almost rounded Williams in the 20th minute when he ran onto another well judged through ball, but the goalie did well to force the Barcelona star wide and then knock the ball behind for a corner.Refreshingly openJudging from the number of players that lost their footing, the surface appeared somewhat slippery, but the football was refreshingly open. Brazil, especially, were doing well to stretch South Africa, not so much out wide, but with the depth of their play and their searching long balls down the flanks.Bafana, though, were able to string some pretty passing movements together, without really testing the five-time world champions.In the 29th minute Neymar came oh so close to scoring Brazil’s second when he ran onto a loose South African pass and bore down on the Bafana Bafana goal with the home team’s defenders trailing in his wake. He tried to chip Williams, but the goalie, who was making his debut, managed to get a hand on the ball and deflect it behind for a corner.Nthethe saved a very dangerous situation when Hulk again found space on the right, with four players in the middle in support, and tried to send in a low cross. The South African captain managed to cut out the ball at full stretch. Had he not done so, there were two Brazilians waiting to have a close range shot on goal.Neymar threatened on the counter-attack, with Brazil in a two-on-two, but Siyanda Xulu didn’t fall for any of the winger’s trickery and managed to dispossess him deep in the South African box to the applause of the crowd.Neymar’s firstThree minutes later, however, Neymar got his name onto the scoresheet when Paulinho found with him with a stabbed pass with the outside of his right foot from a goal kick. Neymar took it to his left and from the top of the box beat Williams to the goalkeeper’s left with a solidly struck left-footed shot to make it Brazil 2, South Africa nil.With half-time nearing, Oscar found Marcelo with a through ball on the left, but the South African defence just managed to scramble his low cross for Fred out over the touchline as Brazil went in search of a third goal.Just before the half-time whistle, Dean Furman robbed a Brazilian in the midfield and let rip with a left-footed thunderbolt that flew narrowly wide of Julio Cesar’s right- hand post, drawing oohs and aahs from the Bafana Bafana faithful. Shortly after that, the whistle sounded. The first half had belonged to Brazil.The World Cup hosts took to the field in the second half wearing their change strip with black armbands bearing the famous 46664 number that was former South African President Nelson Mandela’s prison number to match the 46664 on the home team’s new all white kit.Early second half strikeAfter only 24 seconds, Brazil had added a third goal to their tally. When South Africa were unable to control the ball in the midfield, Fred knocked a pass for Neymar to run onto. He was in acres of space, which forced Williams to come out of his goal to close down the Brazilian star. With so much space, though, Neymar simply lofted the ball high over the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and into the back of the net.Luiz Gustavo, on as a substitute, was narrowly wide of William’s left-hand post with a curling shot from the left shortly after that.SubstitutesWith the result already decided, Dino Ndlovu replaced Daylon Claasen in the home team’s line-up, followed not five minutes later by Bongani Zungu.When South Africa managed a ball across the face of the Brazilian goal, David Luiz was on hand to cut it out and end the danger. Anele Ngconga then sent in a teasing cross to the far post, but Rafinha was on hand to head it behind for a corner.Barcelona’s Dani Alves, the scorer of Brazil’s winner in their 1-0 Confederations Cup victory over South Africa in 2009, replaced Real Madrid’s Marcelo just 13 minutes into the second stanza.Next up among the flood of substitutes was Jo replacing Fred for Brazil, while Ayanda Patosi took over from Bernard Parker for Bafana Bafana.Fine saveAlmost immediately Serero played Patosi in with a superb pass with the outside of his boot, but Julio Cesar pulled off a fine save with his left hand to deny the Belgium- based striker a stunning introduction.David Luiz next joined his team-mates on the sidelines, with Bayern Munich’s Dante replacing the Chelsea star in a team mostly loaded with one name, recognisable stars.Neymar then found space on the right and drifted easily past a defender before just missing Jo with a ball to the head of the striker at the far post.Bafana Bafana were caught square in the 74th minute once more, but Williams did extremely well to cut down the angle and save Dani Alves’ shot with his feet. Shortly after that, Alves just missed finding Neymar with a chipped pass as his Barcelona team-mate went in search of a hat-trick.A rocketIt became 4-0 in the 74th minute when Fernandinho beat Williams with a rocket from 27 metres out that found the top right hand corner of the Bafana Bafana net- minder’s goal, leaving the stunned debutant rooted to the spot. It was Fernandinho’s first goal for his country.Hat-trickFinally, Neymar completed the scoring and netted his hat-trick in the 90th minute when Alves found Jo with a ball from the left to the striker on the far post in the box. Jo, in turn, picked out Neymar with a well directed header, leaving the winger with a simple tap-in for his third.Three minutes later it was all over. Brazil 5, South Africa 0.last_img read more

US Propane Stocks Rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest HOUSTON (DTN) — The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported U.S. inventories of propane/propylene increased about 2.9 million barrels (bbl) in the week ended June 7 to 71.1 million bbl, with stocks up more than 3 million bbl in Midwest PADD 2 while stocks in Gulf Coast PADD 3 declined.At 71.1 million bbl on June 7, domestic propane/propylene inventories were up 20.3 million bbl or 39.9% from the same time in 2018 and about 15% above the five-year average for the same time of year, EIA data shows.Gulf Coast PADD 3 propane/propylene inventories dropped about 700,000 bbl during the week profiled to 47.1 million bbl while Midwest PADD 2 stocks jumped 3.1 million bbl to 18 million bbl, EIA data shows.Versus the same time in 2018, Gulf Coast PADD 3 propane/propylene supplies are up 18.7 million bbl or 65.8% and Midwest PADD 2 stocks up 1.5 million bbl or 9.1%.East Coast PADD 1 propane/propylene inventories fell 100,000 bbl in the week to 3.5 million bbl, which was down 100,000 bbl or 2.8% versus the year-ago level.EIA data shows U.S. propane/propylene exports in the week ended June 7 at 1.012 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 1.075 million bpd in the week prior. Four-week average exports were at 1.153 million bpd compared with 863,000 bpd in the same period in 2018.U.S. propane/propylene imports were at 149,000 bpd during the week, up from 107,000 bpd in the week prior. Four-week average imports were at 125,000 bpd versus 106,000 bpd in the same period last year.Propane/propylene inventories in PADDs IV and V, which include the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions, were at 2.4 million bbl in the week ended June 7, up 500,000 bbl from the week prior but flat versus the year-ago level.Agency data showed implied demand for propane/propylene at 906,000 bpd, which compared with 818,000 bpd in the week prior and 786,000 bpd in the same week last year. Four-week average implied demand was at 785,000 bpd versus 820,000 bpd in the same period last year.EIA reported refiner and blender net production of propane/propylene for the week ended June 7 at a new record-high 2.177 million bpd, an increase of 31,000 bpd from week prior and up 227,000 bpd or 11.8% above the year-ago level.(BM/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more