UW rowers set for Big Ten meet

first_imgTrue tests of strength, skill and concentration will be in store for the Wisconsin women’s crew team as it heads to the Big Ten Championships this Saturday.”We have been training so hard for so long,” said UW head coach Bebe Bryans. “The Big Ten Championships have been one of the main targets for us. We are anxious to test all the training that we have done.”Having only a month on Lake Mendota to truly prepare for the conference championships (due to weather) has indeed hindered the Badgers’ performance in prior regattas.Looking back two weeks, the varsity eight ran into some difficulty against Michigan and Michigan State in a Big Ten double dual. The Wolverines swept the varsity eight events, while the Spartans won three races in the morning events.”They were better than we were on that day,” Bryans said. “That is for sure. That is just the way it went. We are really happy to have the opportunity to race them again.”While the varsity eight experienced some early trouble, the novice eight has had a superb season, sweeping all races in the double dual.With their success, the novice eight will hold the top seed over Minnesota and Michigan State heading into the Big Ten Championships. Additionally, Wisconsin’s second varsity four also holds the top position over Ohio State.”If we needed extra motivation, [the rankings] would probably do it,” Bryans said of the team’s current standing. “We are really fired up. All the boats are pretty eager. We have been taking it day by day and trying to improve each day. We will definitely be ready on Saturday.”The varsity eight crew ranks No. 5 and No. 4 in both varsity eight events. Rounding out the regatta is the first varsity four squad, who ranks fifth out of seven boats.Wisconsin’s three top-ranked boats are the most of any squad. Ohio State has two top-ranked boats, both in the varsity eight; while Michigan State holds the No. 1 spot in the varsity four.In the seven-year-old championships, the Wolverines have typically been the team to beat, as they have won four championships. Last year, the title went to the Spartans after they squeaked by the Buckeyes for a one-point victory.”Michigan has perennially been the team to beat,” Bryans explained. “They have won it more than anyone else. No matter what they go in seeded, in my mind they are always one of the favorites, because they find a way to get it done.”Wisconsin has yet to claim a conference title, and it would be a huge feat for the squad to do it this Saturday. Last year, the Badgers faired third overall.”[Winning] would be huge for everyone,” Bryans said. “You have to be really fast and have everything together on that day to be successful. It would be a huge accomplishment for any team to bring home a title and we would love to be a part of that.”It’s getting so competitive now. It’s so exciting,” Bryans added. “It’s really anyone’s race and that is the way it should be.”Lightweights: While the openweights are off vying for a championship victory, the light weights will have one last regatta, the Eastern Sprints, in preparation for their conference championships in two weeks. The team will compete against Georgetown this weekend.In USRowing.com’s collegiate poll, the Badgers hold the No. 3 national ranking, while Georgetown is ranked fourth.”They are getting ready for the Eastern league, so this is their final tune up for that,” Bryans said. “They are using it for great competition. Hopefully, it will go well for them.”last_img read more

DRUNK-DRIVER HAS LICENSE RESTORED AFTER HE TELLS JUDGE -“I’VE LEARNT MY LESSON’

first_imgA man who was disqualified from driving for SIX years for being intoxicated while driving – has had his license restored. Martin Maguire, 35, with an address at 4 Market Close, Castlefin lost his license for being drunk while driving and for driving dangerously.Solicitor for the client Patsy Gallagher told the court that his client was remorseful for his irresponsible actions – and that he was a recovering alcoholic. The court heard that Mr Maguire who is also unemployed – has got his drinking issues under control.Judge Paul Kelly asked the defendant what he had to say about the matter, Mr Maguire said, “I was young and stupid when I committed these offences – and I’ve learnt my lesson.Judge Paul Kelly then asked the defendant was he cured of charges of the charges against him.Mr Maguire responded saying he was and reiterated again how remorseful he was and how he had learnt his lesson.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher stressed that his client had a crippling problem with alcohol at the time of the offences.He stated that his alcoholism problems were now under control and that he had also completed a social driving course.Judge Paul Kelly restored his license and said he didn’t want to see Mr Maguire in front of him ever again in relation to road traffic offences.DRUNK-DRIVER HAS LICENSE RESTORED AFTER HE TELLS JUDGE -“I’VE LEARNT MY LESSON’ was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsnewslast_img read more

NAOMH CONAILL NOMINATE FORMER McGUINNESS COACH FOR COUNTY MANAGER’S JOB

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: NAOMH Conaill have nominated a Tyrone man to be the next manager of the Donegal Senior Football team.The Glenties club have put forward the name of their former manager Cathal Corey to take the county manager’s role.Mr Corey, a father of three who works as a sales rep for a national stove company, was the joint manager of Naomh Conaill with Jim McGuinness in 2009. The coach – nephew of Derry manager Brian McIvor –  took the club to the county title and an Ulster final against Crossmaglen in 2010.He is highly respected in the game, and in particular by Jim McGuinness.Up until now former Donegal No2 Rory Gallagher was being seen as the front runner for the position but Corey’s nomination is being seen as an ‘exciting’ development.His dedication to Donegal could be seen in an AIB promotional video taken on the day of the All-Ireland Final last month when he refused cash for his club in return for tearing up his match ticket. But he said he felt duped afterwards after the video appeared to show him rejecting the money.He said he was offered just €500, not €2,000, and that the video left out his offer to make the donation himself.He said he received abusive messages afterwards.“I said to him: look, I don’t have much money, but I’ll give my club €500 out of my own money, but I want to go see the match here today,” said Corey at the time, saying he was personal friends with McGuinness, Leo McLoone and the Thompson brothers.“They were friends of mine, and I wanted to go to that match. Leon Thompson offered me the tickets – they were their tickets they got for their family and good friends, and I didn’t want to miss the game.” But instead, he said the video (below) seemed to show him rejecting €2,000 for his Tyrone club so he can see Donegal play.Cathal said he thought nothing more of it until the following Tuesday, when he received a text message from a friend telling him he was right not to rip up his ticket. He had not seen the video that that point.“The second that I watched it and seen them giving your man a cheque for €2,000 I knew … the way people were going to be.”“It made it look like they had offered me and the other four or five people €2,000 – but that wasn’t the case. I knew I was going to get s***.” NAOMH CONAILL NOMINATE FORMER McGUINNESS COACH FOR COUNTY MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 17th, 2014 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:Cathal CoreydonegalGlentiesJim McGuinnessManagerNaomh Conailllast_img read more