Mixed results on opening night of Noble House Indoor Hockey Championships

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first_imgTHE first night of the 2019 Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships saw mixed results with several clubs tasting victory in the men’s and women’s divisions.The big winners of the night, however, were the GBTI GCC Spice who started on zero and rained in 16 unanswered goals to dominate their opponents YMCA OFHC Bellatrix. The Bingo Spartans were the other female team to secure a win while GCC Vintage, SHC Splinters and YMCA OFHC Pacesetters were all victorious in the men’s division.In the opening match on Monday night, the Bingo Spartans, beginning with a 5-goal handicap to the GBTI GCC Tigers 3, needed to defend tough, as their name suggested, and work the clock to hold off their senior opponents. It took the Tigers 13 minutes to finally break Spartans’ defence through a penalty stroke converted by national midfielder and former sportswoman-of-the-year Marzana Fiedtkou.After a halftime which saw the scores at 5-4 for Spartans, striker Sandy Roopnarine capitalised on a first-minute defence error by Spartans to squeeze in a second goal for Tigers. With scores even at 5-5, young Spartans striker Abosaide Cadogan became the heroine of her team as she sent a penalty corner flick high into the roof of Tigers’ net in the 27th minute.Cadogan used her speed to outpace Tigers’ defence and she finished her second just two minutes later.With Tigers down two, pressure was set once again on Spartans and captain Makeda Harding who had been solid in defence. Fiedtkou pulled her team within one, through a penalty corner late in the second half but the Tigers ran out of time and conceded the 7-6 victory to Spartans.With the relatively new YMCA OFHC Bellatrix enjoying a 9-goal handicap, GBTI GCC Spice launched a full attack from the opening whistle. In the end, 16 unanswered goals, scored by Spice, signalled that they are the team to beat in the female division. Ashley DeGroot led the scorer’s table with 5 goals while Macaela Harding scored 4, Gabriella Xavier finished with 3 and the Woodroffe sisters, Trisha and Dacia, each added two more.In the men’s division, defending champions GCC Vintage cruised to a comfortable 15-13 win over youthful YMCA OFHC Champs. With the Champs starting the match with 12 goals to Vintage 5, Vintage striker Dwayne Scott took on the challenge and secured a hat-trick in the opening 10 minutes. Patrick Edghill added a fourth Vintage goal just before the half, to leave the scores at 12-9 to YMCA. In the second half it was more Vintage as Scott equalled his first-half tally with three more goals in the second half while John Phang, Alan Fernandes and Jason Gomes each added singles.The goal that brought the most noise from the crowd, however, was the final of the match and first for YMCA, when Daniel Woolford finished off a counterattack to score two minutes from full time. This goal was not be enough as GCC Vintage carted off the victory, 15-13.SHC Splinters held off an onslaught by Bounty GCC who almost made up the six-goal handicap deficit. With GCC beginning with 3 goals to Splinters’ 9, they scored four by halftime through brothers, Mark and Meshach Sargeant, and a double from Kevin Spencer.Kwesi Lewis of the Splinters, however, scored a vital goal just before the half that would become the goal to separate the scores in the end. The Bounty boys mustered a pair of Kareem McKenzie goals in the second half after twice hitting the uprights but fell short by one, giving the SHC Splinters a 10-9 victory.The final match of the night saw YMCA Old Fort Pacesetters hold off a strong challenge from SHC Slick Sticks by 12-11. After beginning the match with a 3-goal handicap deficit, Slick Sticks pulled themselves within one goal of drawing even with 10 minutes remaining. It was not until the penultimate minute however that the Pacesetters scored their lone goal of the evening through Steffon Simmons to go back up by two.Shakeem Fausette scored in the final minute for Slick Sticks and gave their supporters some hope but the final buzzer went off too soon leaving Pacesetters to celebrate the 12-11 victory.Games continue all week in the evenings from 17:00hrs and conclude on the weekend beginning at 14:00hrs on those days.last_img read more

From Dedeaux to the Bronx: Aaron Boone reflects on his baseball career

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first_imgYankees’ manager Aaron Boone is known for his home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, which sent the Yankees to the World Series. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) Still, his experience in those games would prove crucial. Though the stakes might have been a little higher, Game 7 of the ALCS wasn’t Boone’s first time playing for a ticket to the final destination.  With one swing, none of that mattered. Boone clobbered a first pitch knuckleball into the left field seats at Yankee Stadium, sending New York to the World Series. Though Aaron and Bret just missed out on donning the Cardinal and Gold together, they finally had a chance to take the field as teammates with the Cincinnati Reds in 1998. On the last day of the season, the Boones made up half of the first starting infield in baseball history comprising two sets of brothers.  Boone has made a name for himself as a manager for his willingness to get in an umpire’s face when he disagrees with a call. His most famous rant, during which he screamed at a home plate umpire, “My guys are fucking savages in that box,” has become a rallying cry for the 2019 Bronx Bombers. Boone, who was ejected from his MLB debut as a player, described himself as “pretty laid back” before conceding that “I had my moments.” “I guess it just kind of happened to work out that way,” Boone said, laughing. “I’ve loved, obviously, my ties to USC. I think people that know me know how much it means to me and how much the University means to me … I feel so proud and honored to get to come to work every day for the Pinstripes. I feel blessed [for] the opportunities that I’ve had in my lifetime in being able to chase my dreams.” Boone made the most of the opportunity to play collegiate baseball at USC. In his three years as a Trojan, Boone hit .302 with an .821 OPS to earn a third round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1994 MLB Draft.  But this is the season you think of when you think of Aaron Boone. Not because of those numbers, not even because of his stellar first half with the Reds that landed him a spot on the National League All-Star team.  The Yankees were facing their archrival Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. Boone was at the plate against Boston’s Tim Wakefield in the bottom of the 11th. He was in the midst of a forgettable postseason, going 5-for-31 with nine strikeouts and 1 RBI to that point.  However, that doesn’t mean that USC has no alumni who could make a potential Fall Classic run. It’s only fitting that former Trojan Aaron Boone is leading the charge for the New York Yankees as they look to add to an MLB-high 27 World Series championships, 25 years after he played for the program with double the College World Series titles of any other school in the nation. Boone, now in his second season as the Yankees’ manager, played third base at USC from 1992-1994. He is the younger brother of Bret Boone, a retired 14-year major leaguer and three-time All-Star who also played for the Trojans.  “It’s such a majestic place,” Boone said of USC. “I think they do a great job of preparing people for careers and for life after college, so to speak. Not just me and baseball — I think it’s just something that the University has always done well, and it’s a great place to have gone to school.”  But now, with father and son on the same team, the circumstances were different. Most people would find Boone’s situation peculiar and, at times, slightly uncomfortable, but that’s not how it played out.  It’s one of the most famous moments in baseball history, and it came out of nowhere — a surprising feat considering Boone’s lack of postseason experience (in the majors, at least). The father-son duo in Cincinnati was short-lived. After two-and-a-half subpar seasons, the elder Boone was fired midway through the 2003 season. Just three days later, Aaron was traded to the Yankees.  The two had shared a clubhouse before. When Aaron was a toddler, Bob was a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. The future Yankees manager routinely hung out in the Veterans Stadium clubhouse with his father and his teammates — including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose — who often got a kick out of Aaron’s impersonations of various Phillies.  It’s the year when Boone became an October legend. Though Aaron claims to have been a Trojan fan before his brother started college in 1988, he admitted that continuing the family tradition made his time at USC all the more special.  Now, Boone finds himself back where he’s spent a good chunk of his life: in the dugout. From playing third base at USC to taking over as the manager of baseball’s most famous franchise, it’s clear that Boone can’t seem to keep out of the spotlight.  “One of the things I’m so grateful [for] with my dad is he always took us with him,” Boone said. “We were always at the park with him, so we got to know and be around so many great guys, got to do so many great things at the ballpark as kids growing up that  allowed us to fall in love with the game.” “He didn’t really treat me any different, wasn’t harder on me, wasn’t easier on me,” Boone said of his father. “I was an established player at that point, and he treated me with a lot of respect like I was one of his established players. And then away from the field, to have my mom and dad around was cool … I never felt weirdness from my teammates … I never wanted them to feel like they had to hold their tongue around me or anything like that, and I don’t think that was the case.” Six months after writing goodbye letters to his family in case he didn’t survive the procedure, Boone became the first Major Leaguer in history to play after undergoing open heart surgery.  Perhaps Boone’s most remarkable feat came when he was a Houston Astro in 2009. That March, he received open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. Boone had known of his heart condition since he was at USC, but the effects had recently accelerated.  With the MLB postseason beginning Tuesday, the Trojans have exactly zero former players taking the field on baseball’s biggest stage.  Boone spent half a season with New York. He hit six home runs, drove in 31 runs and posted a modest .254/.302/.418 line through 54 regular season games there.  “To be able to get back to where I got to play in the big leagues again in the month of September — I remember my first game back, how nervous I was just being out in the field again,” Boone said. “But it was really rewarding to get to play with my teammates again for that month of September.” Through all of his career’s twists and turns, Boone hasn’t forgotten the campus that kickstarted it all.  “It was a great way to get my feet under me at the big-league level,” Aaron said of playing third base in the latter half of his rookie season while Bret played across the infield at second. “To have [my] brother over there, it was really cool.” In the last two years of Boone’s college career, USC reached the NCAA Regional Finals, where a win would have put them in the College World Series. The Trojans lost to Texas in 1993 and LSU in 1994, and Boone twice fell a game shy of Omaha.  2009 was Boone’s last season as a player. On Feb. 23, 2010, the 12-year veteran hung up his spikes, headed for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and shuffled between the studio and the broadcast booth until 2017.  “Everything you experience in the course of your life prepares you and hopefully plays a role in your career,” Boone said. “Playing in huge regional settings at LSU and Texas with everything on the line — I think those are where you gain experience. I certainly think it helped me moving forward in my career.” “I had become a huge ‘SC [football fan] when I was in middle school,” the La Mesa, Calif. native said. “And then my brother happened to go to ‘SC, so it just got me more entrenched with the school and with the program. And then all throughout high school, I always wanted to go to ‘SC. So when that became a reality, it was pretty cool.” Though he denied that college Boone was also a “savage,” it wouldn’t be an unfair word to describe his baseball career. Boone has already etched his name into the history books, and a 28th World Series ring for the Yankees would further cement his legacy as one of baseball’s greats.  The Boone lineage in Cincinnati didn’t stop when Bret was traded to the Atlanta Braves in the winter after the 1998 season. Aaron only had to wait two years for his father Bob to take over as the Reds’ manager.  If there’s anyone in the game who’s up to the task, it’s Aaron Boone — the man who has seen and done it all.last_img read more

Aruna Quadri Leaps to 25th Spot to Set African Record

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first_imgKeno EdhowoNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has inscribed his name in history as the first table tennis player in the continent to attain the 25th spot in the September ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) yesterday.Quadri was one of the stars at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil after stunning the world to become the first African to play in the last eight of the Games.From the 2,305 points he had in the pre-Olympic ranking in August, Quadri added 152 points from his performance in Brazil reach 2,457 point mark to achieve his new status as Africa’s best player ever in the September ranking. Apart from rising to 25, Quadri in the latest ranking was also listed among the most active players in the world based on his rise from 40th in August to 25th in September.Other active players in the recent rating include; Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and England’s Paul Drinkhall. Calderano who like Quadri, became the first player from South America to play in the quarterfinal of the Olympic Games.The Brazilian who was rated 54 in August is now ranked 31 in the world, while Drinkhall moved from 58 to 32 in the globe grading.Also, a member of the ITTF ‘7’ Club, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola was rewarded for his effort in Rio as the seventh time Olympian moved from 120 to 106 in the latest ranking, while Egypt’s Omar Assar remains the continent number two.Assar who was edged out in the second round of the Rio Olympic Games by Ukraine’s Lei Kou dropped from 55 to 56 in the world.Despite dropping to 118 from 110, Egypt’s Dina Meshref remains the top ranked African female player, while Nigeria’s duo of Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were not lucky as well with Offiong dropping from 120 to 129 while Oshonaike dropped from 241 to 251.Olympic and World Champion, China’s Ma Long held on to the summit of the ranking again as the Asian star and his compatriot – Shiwen Liu remain number one ranked male and female players in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more