Clare Under 21 and senior Bobby Duggan along with fellow Clare under 21s Oisin Donnellan and Barry Fitzpatrick represent the banner county, Westmeath Senior Niall O Brien, Roscommon senior Liam Kilcline are others to feature whilst Tommie Larkins duo Cathal Touhy and Kevin McHugo are featuring in a side with representation from 5 counties. An interesting feature of the NUIGalway side is the two sets of brothers, namely the Hanbury’s and Mannions who are in action.A number of other players are unavailable at the moment due to injury but will feature in later rounds of the Walsh cup and Fitzgibbon cup campaigns.NUI GALWAY SIDE TO FACE GALWAYCATHAL TOUHY (TOMMIE LARKINS) (GALWAY)GER FORDE (ARDRAHAN) (GALWAY)BARRY FITZPATRICK (SIXMILEBRIDGE) (CLARE)LIAM KILCLINE (ST DOMINICS) (ROSCOMMON)PADRAIC MANNION (AHASCRAGH FOHENAGH) (GALWAY)JOHN HANBURY (RAHOON NEWCASTLE) (GALWAY)COLIN HANBURY (RAHOON NEWCASTLE) (GALWAY)KEVIN MCHUGO (TOMMIE LARKINS) (GALWAY)OISIN DONNELLAN (FEAKLE) (CLARE)BOBBY DUGGAN (CLARECASTLE) (CLARE)CATHAL MANNION (AHASCRAGH FOHENAGH) (GALWAY)MICHAEL MULLINS (GORT) (GALWAY)CONOR WHELAN (KINVARA) (GALWAY)NIALL O BRIEN (CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN) (WESTMEATH)JOHN FOX (AHANE) (LIMERICK).Subs: 16) Jonathan Griffey (Clarecastle) (Clare), 17) Aidan Helebert (Gort)(Galway), 18) Eamonn Brannigan (Rahoon Newcastle)(Galway), 19) Conor Ryan (Eire-og Nenagh)(Tipperary), 20) Eanna Mulvihill (Parteen)(Clare), 21) Stephen Ward (Clarecastle)(Clare), 22) Ryan Taylor (Clooney/Quin)(Clare), 23) Gordon Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)(Cork), 24) Ger Hennelly (Ardrahan)(Galway), 25) Ger Fennelly (Ballingarry)(Tipperary), 26) Robbie Lane (Ballindeereen)(Galway), 27) Stephen Whelan (Ardrahan)(Galway), 28) Kevin McMahon (St Vincents)(Dublin), 29) Ronan Bellew (Padraig Pearses)(Galway), 30 Sam Conlon (Roscrea)(Tipperary), 31) Ronan Elwood (Liam Mellows) (Galway), 32) Kevin Lee (Liam Mellows) (Galway), 33) Michael Burke (Feakle)(Clare), 34) Shane Cooney (St Thomas)(Galway).Management Team: Tony Ward, Matt Murphy, Tony Og Regan, Cathal Murray, Liam Hodgins, John Commins and Michael O Connor.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The management led by Tony Ward, Matt Murphy, Tony Og Regan and Cathal Murray have selected no fewer than 9 Galwaymen including four who started the 2015 All Ireland hurling final, namely Conor Whelan, Padraic Mannion, Cathal Mannion and John Hanbury. All featured prominently in the 3-26 to 0-11 win over Westmeath in round 1 on Saturday. NUI Galway GAA have named an unchanged team for their second game in the Walsh cup against Galway in Ballinasloe at 7pm on Wednesday evening. A number of players are carrying knocks from weekend games and fitness tests on Wednesday morning will be carried out to confirm availability for action.
A mandatory workshop for applicants will take place in the Connacht Hotel on Wednesday 28th September at 7:30pm Galway City Council invites sports clubs in the City to apply for our Sports Club Grant scheme 2016. A total fund of €120,000 is available for the scheme with a maximum available to an individual club of €3500. Closing date is 4pm, Friday 21st October 2016Application received after this time will not be considered.The grant in delivered in conjunction with Galway Sports Partnership.Application forms along with the criteria and a briefing note is available on our website www.galwaycity.ieFor further information contact Jason Craughwell, Galway Sports Partnership, C/O Community & Culture Dept. Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road or email Jason.email@example.com or call 091 536459print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Here are George McDonagh’s tips for the weekend’s greyhound racing at Galway Greyhound Stadium Friday (One days racing this week due to Rugby Match) RACE 1 WELCOME TO GALWAY GREYHOUND STADIUM A3 525 19:52=trap 1 BE SLOW VAN GOGHRACE 2 THE RECENT TOTE RETURNS S8 350 20:07=TRAP 5 DROMINBOY PEGRACE 3 TONIGHT’S TRIO POOLS A7 525 20:22=TRAP 3 BODYSHOP MACKRACE 4 RACING NEXT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT S6 350 20:37=TRAP 2 WILLROSE BOLTRACE 5 THE CORRIB PRINCESS A6 525 20:52=TRAP 4 PATS GOLD DREAMRACE 6 FOLLOW US ON FACEOOK, TWITTER & INSTAGRAM A8 525 21:07=TRAP 6 BURNPARK LUDORACE 7 THE FOOD PACKAGES AT GALWAY A4 550 21:22=TRAP 4 MONROE SURVIVORRACE 8 THE ONLINE BOOKINGS A5 525 21:37=TRAP 6 HANOVER DEMONRACE 9 THE RACE ENTRIES A4 525 21:52=TRAP 1 FANTASY BUTLER (NAP)RACE 10 THE BARKING BUZZ APP A2 525 22:07=TRAP 5 MERCIFUL LARRACE 11 FUNDRAISING AT THE DOGS A3 525 22:22=TRAP 1 HANOVER ME DAprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Speaking to mark the announcement of the shortlist, Ger Cunningham said; “It’s a mark of the new structure for the U-21 grade in 2018 that the All-Ireland champions have less nominees than the team they beat in the final. Tipp and Cork met twice in the championship and while the All-Ireland final was a close-run affair, the Munster final was very one sided in Cork’s favour.”“That’s taking nothing away from the deserved All-Ireland champions who certainly had many outstanding performers. This is recognised not only in the Team of the Year nominations but also by the fact they’ve had two players make the four-man shortlist for Player of the Year.”“In total ten counties are represented on the shortlist and we look forward to the winners being announced next month. I’m sure there will be plenty of debate between now and then.”The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Team of the Year and Player of the Year will be announced on Wednesday 17 October when the B Championship Player of the Year will also be announced. Winners will receive their awards on Friday 19 October at a special ceremony in Dublin. Waterford:2 Cork:11 Jake MorrisTipperary Limerick:2 Nominations for Player of the Year Ger BrowneTipperary Wexford:6 Tipperary:9 Galway:9 Full Shortlist for Bord Gáis Energy Team of the YearGoalkeepers: Billy Nolan (Waterford), Barry Hogan (Tipperary), Ger Collins (Cork)Right Corner Back: Paddy Smyth (Dublin), David Lowney (Cork), Damien Reck (Wexford)Full Back: Darren Byrne (Wexford), Jack Fitzpatrick (Galway), Brian McGrath (Tipperary)Left Corner Back: Killian O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Shane Bannon (Galway), Niall O’Leary (Cork)Right Half Back: Fintan Burke (Galway), Conor Prunty (Waterford), Billy Hennessy (Cork)Centre Back: Kyle Hayes (Limerick), Make Coleman (Cork), Robert Byrne (Tipperary)Left Half Back: Dylan Quirke (Tipperary), Jack Grealish (Galway), Ian Carty (Wexford)Midfield: Darragh Fitzgibbon (Cork), Richie Leahy (Kilkenny), Tom Monaghan (Galway), Seán Loftus (Galway), Ger Browne (Tipperary), Conor Cahalane (Cork)Right Half Forward: Brian Ryan (Limerick), Robbie O’Flynn (Cork), Joe O’Connor (Wexford)Centre Forward: Jerome Cahill (Tipperary), Rory O’Connor (Wexford), Declan Dalton (Cork)Left Half Forward: Killian Doyle (Wesmeath), Cianan Fahy (Galway), Shane Kingston (Cork)Right Corner Forward: Jake Morris (Tipperary), Kevin Cooney (Galway), Colin Currie (Dublin)Full Forward: Tim O’Mahoney (Cork), John Donnelly (Kilkenny), Mark Kehoe (Tipperary)Left Corner Forward: Simon Casey (Wexford), Evan Niland (Galway), Chris Nolan (Carlow) Galway has received nine nominations for the Bord Gais U21 Hurling team of the year following this afternoon’s announcement. Galway won the Leinster U21 Hurling title in its first year in the province. The Galway nominees are…Jack Fitzpatrick, Shane Bannon, Fintan Burke, Jack Grealish, Tom Monaghan, Sean Loftus, Cianan Fahy, Kevin Cooney and Evan Niland. The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Team of the Year and Player of the Year will be announced on Wednesday 17 October when the B Championship Player of the Year will also be announced. Winners will receive their awards on Friday 19 October at a special ceremony in Dublin. Kilkenny:2 Dublin:2 Breakdown on Counties Nominated The U-21 Player of the Year nominees have also been announced. Tipperary’s Ger Browne and Jake Morris will compete against one another along with Galway’s Fintan Burke and Cork’s Mark Coleman for the accolade. Last year’s winner of the prestigious accolade was Limerick’s Aaron Gillane who was central to his team’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship success last month. Mark ColemanCork Carlow:1 Fintan BurkeGalway The Bord Gáis Energy U-21 Team of the Year and Player of the Year nominees were picked by a panel of judges chaired by Bord Gáis Energy Sports Ambassador Ger Cunningham alongside Bord Gáis Energy #HurlingToTheCore Ambassador Joe Canning, Waterford legend Ken McGrath and TG4’s Micheál Ó Domhnaill. Westmeath:1 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Back row: Sean Ryan (The Neale, silver in boys Cadet -60kg, Nicholas Lynch, Aaron Flatley, Emith Daril, Emer Conway, Mikey Ward, Faith Foley, Pete Foley (Coach), Patrick Ward, Jethro O’Jediran, Darren Van Strien, Mark Geoghegan, Jake Burke, Cillian Coleman, Darren Woods (Corofin – Winner boys under 14’s division two).Middle row: Willow Keaney, Agnes Conway, Noreen Ward, Clara Wholihan, Chloe Mc Comiskey, Kelly Hession (Annaghdown – winner cadet girls -60kg), Evan Concannon, Joey Keaney, Oisin Foyle, Jack Cahill and Pat Ward.Front row: Patrick Ward (Ballybane – bronze medal boys under 12 division one), John Mc Donagh (Bohermore – Bronze medal boys under 12 division two, Naoise Flatley (Kinvara – Silver medal girls under 12 division one), Belle Foley (Annaghdown – winner girls under 6 division one and division two), Sofia Huish (Knocknacarra – winner girls under 12 division one), Dylan Ward (Ballybane – winner boys under 12 division one), Finn Foley (Annaghdown – Bronze medal boys under 10 division two), Tiffany Van Strien (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 6 division two, Ellen Ward (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 12 division one), Sophie Cooke (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 10 division two. Missing from the pic is Alex Fitzpatrick (Tuam – winner cadet boys -71kg, Molly Fitzpatrick (Tuam – Bronze medal – girls under 12 division one) and Corey O Malley (Ballybrit – winner cadet boys -60kg.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Back row:Sean Ryan (The Neale, silver in boys Cadet -60kg, Nickolas Lynch, Aaron Flatley, Emith Daril, Emer Conway, Mikey Ward, Faith Foley, Pete Foley (Coach), Patrick Ward, Jethro O Jediran, Darren Van Strien, Mark Geoghegan, Jake Burke, Cillian Coleman, Darren Woods (Corofin – Winner boys under 14’s division two).Middle row:Willow Keaney, Agnes Conway, Noreen Ward, Clara Wholihan, Chloe Mc Comiskey, Kelly Hession (Annaghdown – winner cadet girls -60kg), Evan Concannon, Joey Keaney, Oisin Foyle, Jack Cahill & Pat Ward.Front row:Patrick Ward (Ballybane – bronze medal boys under 12 division one), John Mc Donagh (Bohermore – Bronze medal boys under 12 division two, Naoise Flatley (Kinvara – Silver medal girls under 12 division one), Belle Foley (Annaghdown – winner girls under 6 division one and division two), Sofia Huish (Knocknacarra – winner girls under 12 division one), Dylan Ward (Ballybane – winner boys under 12 division one), Finn Foley (Annaghdown – Bronze medal boys under 10 division two), Tiffany Van Strien (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 6 division two, Ellen Ward (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 12 division one), Sophie Cooke (Galway City – Bronze medal girls under 10 division two. Missing from the pic is Alex Fitzpatrick (Tuam – winner cadet boys -71kg, Molly Fitzpatrick (Tuam – Bronze medal – girls under 12 division one) & Corey O Malley (Ballybrit – winner cadet boys -60kg. The 2018 IKF Irish National Junior Kickboxing Championships were held in the Corrandulla Community centre in Corrandulla, Co Galway at the weekend and almost 200 kickboxing mad kids along with their parents and coaches, came from as far afield as Belfast, Wexford town, Tralee, Cavan, Dublin, Meath, Waterford, Dungarvan, Carlow, Clare, Athlone, Tipperary town, Fethard, Mayo, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Galway and more.The sleepy Corrandulla village didn’t know what hit it and the local Corrandulla Stores and chip shop were flat out throughout the day.Even Peggy’s bar got a spin off from the event as they were exceptionally busy with breakfasts etc after the kids weighed in and registered.The Championships were hosted this year by the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing club and they were a resounding success.23 junior members of the Black Dragon club took a total of seven first places and several more took Silver or bronze medals.They are pictured from left to right with Saturday’s junior class.
Mary Healy and Head Coach Brian McClearn will be in the Over The Line Studio on Monday August 12th to preview the new Women’s season. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Connacht Women’s Senior Rugby team have announced the Captain and Vice-Captain for the forthcoming season. Nichola Fryday will captain the side with the support of Vice-Captain in Mary Healy. The final squad will be finalised this weekend. They begin their Interprovincial season next Saturday August 17th in Dublin at Energia Park against Leinster and then at home to Munster at The Sportsground in Galway on Saturday Aug 24th.
NationalMasters Track and Field championships The National MastersTrack and Field championships were held last Sunday in Tullamore, and Galwayathletes enjoyed great success. GCH ladies relay squad who won gold and silver at the two relays in the National Masters Track and Field at Tullamore . L to R Sonya King, Sinead Foran, Kathryn Casserly, Karen Quirke, Majella Loftus and Jean O’Connor SeanBreathnach of GCH yet again took top billing as he claimed an incredible fourNational gold medals in the Javelin, Shot Putt, Discus and Weight for distanceevents, and also won silver in the Hammer event. It was a good day also for fellowGCH thrower Linas Mitkas who took National gold at O45 level in the Shot Putt, Discus,and Weight for distance and Hammer events. Brendan Staunton took National gold in the O35Discus event and claimed silver in the 035 Shot Putt, Hammerand Weight for distance events. On the track, Jim Phelan claimed gold in the O45 400m race. GCH ladies excelled, asMajella Loftus won two sprint medals, winning silver in the 100m and bronze inthe 200m, while in the distance events, Sinead Foran won bronze over 1500m atO40 level and Majella Ni Chriochain won bronze over 3000m. GCH Ladies relaysquads won gold medals in the 4x400m relay, and silver in the 4x100m relay,with the team including Majella Loftus, Sonya King, Jean O Connor, Kathryn Casserly,Karen Quirke and Sinead Foran. GCH men’s relay squad claimed silver in the 4×400Men’s event, just ahead of Castlegar AC who won bronze.Mark Davis ofCraughwell AC continued his great season, winning silver at O45 level in the 5000m, clocking 16.17.Sprinters Ronnie Warde and John Walkin also of Craughwell ACboth won silverware with some top class performances over 100m.In the field, MaireadWelby of Corrib AC won three National medals including gold in the Shot Putt,Discus silver and Weight for Distance bronze. Olivier Griseti won bronze in theShot Putt for Castlegar AC. Justin Lane of Tuam AC and club colleague LeonieHegarty both picked up medals in the throws.NationalHalf MarathonCiaran Faherty of GCHimpressed at the recent National Half Marathon held in Dublin, placing 10thoverall in a time of 70 minutes 8 seconds. Faherty will look to improve hismarathon best time at the upcoming Berlin Marathon. Martin Keane of Athenry ACalso performed well, winning another National medal, in taking silver at O75levelClaregalway10kThis weekend sees the 32ndrunning of the Claregalway 10k, which will be held on Saturday next at 6pm. Therace is organised by local club Clare River Harriers and always attracts astrong field. Race headquarters is at Claregalway Community Centre, withregistration available on Active.com or limited entries on the day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
THE top ten free-kick takers on FIFA 19 have been revealed.But there are NO players from the Premier League on the list – despite Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold proving themselves to be kings of the set-piece.7 Lionel Messi has been rated as the best free-kick taker on FIFA 19Credit: AFP7 Messi is the joint top-ranked player on the game alongside Cristiano RonaldoCredit: FIFA 19Popular video game FIFA 19 hits stores later this month, and fans have already been getting to grips with dynamic new changes on the PS4 and Xbox One demos.But gamers can now start preparing to master one of FIFA’s trickiest numbers – the mighty free-kick – after EA Sports unveiled Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as master of the dead-ball.AC Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu and Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco complete the top three.While there’s a blast from the past with 40-year-old Shunsuke Nakamura – who made 166 appearances for Celtic – also named on the list. FIFA 19 release official launch trailer including Ronaldo, Neymar, Gerrard, Del Piero, Guardiola and De Bruyne as release date nears 7 There’s no room for Kieran Trippier in the top ten despite his effort in the World Cup semisCredit: AP:Associated Press7 AC Milan ace Hakan Calhanoglu is second on the list of top free-kick takersCredit: FIFA 19FIFA 19 top ten free-kick takers10. Shunsuke Nakamara – Jubilo Iwata9. Paulo Dybala – Juventus8. Memphis Depay – Lyon7. Marvin Plattenhardt – Hoffenheim6. Dani Parejo – Valencia5. Enis Bardhi – Levante4. Miralem Pjanic – Juventus3. Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto2. Hakan Calhanoglu – AC Milan1. Lionel Messi – BarcelonaBut English football fans are sure to feel slighted after Spurs’ Trippier and Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold were left off the top ten.Trippier scored an incredible free-kick during the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in July.While Reds fans are still talking about Alexander-Arnold’s incredible effort against Hoffenheim a year ago.But there is one ex-Premier League face in the top ten, with former Manchester United winger and now-Lyon star Memphis Depay in at No 8.FIFA 19 Demo is now out including brand new Champions League mode and the final chapter of ’The Journey’ with Alex Hunter 7 Nakamura’s free kicks have become the stuff of legendsCredit: FIFA 197 Former Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura makes the grade despite being 40 years oldCredit: Reuters7 There’s also no place on the list for Trent Alexander-ArnoldCredit: AP:Associated PressMost Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wife
TOTTENHAM head into their crunch match against Inter Milan, knowing that victory is a must.Spurs are three points behind the Italians, and having lost in the first match between the sides, a draw would knock them out on head-to-head record with Barcelona already ensured to finish above them.See More Tables See Full Table
Amin Torres led the Colonels offensively, scoring 18 points off the bench, including 4-7 three-pointers, all in the second half. T.J. Carpenter paced the squad in rebounds for the second straight game, finishing with six on the night, and added 12 points. Richie Lewis earned a team-high four assists and four steals, while contributing 14 points. Liam Thomas produced six points, five rebounds and a block in the loss. The 6-foot-9 Frazier had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks, draining 3-of-4 behind the 3-point arc. Hall posted a season-best 12 points in his second start for the Demons (2-1). Northwestern drained four straight 3-balls, two by Frazier and a couple from Ta’Jon Welcome, to climb back up 60-50. LSUA’s last rally was a 12-1 run into the 79-all tie on a layup by 11-point scorer Darryl Milburn. A major discrepancy in free throw attempts and free throw percentage plagued Nicholls for a second straight game. UCLA connected on 20-29 free throws while the Colonels hit just 5-12. Nicholls was also outrebounded 49-33. The Bruins dominated the battle for points in the paint, finishing with 40, while the Colonels earned just 26. In the second half, New Orleans outscored TCU 11-5 at the start to cut the deficit to 16. Shortly after, Christian Gore came off the bench and fired a three in his first shot off the bench, one of six triples drained by the Horned Frogs on the evening. “We had some opportunities where guys just got experience. We had different guys step up at different times, but to beat teams like this you’ve got to be pretty precise and not make mistakes and we had some turnovers at costly times,” said Coach Mark Slessinger. West darted in for his fourth steal and was fouled with 43 seconds left, and completed a 13-of-14 night at the free throw line by swishing the last pair. Appropriately, another Woodley layup, this a breakway, wrapped up the pivotal game-ending run with 12 seconds left. The Demons benefitted from 24 LSUA turnovers, 16 by halftime when the Demons led 42-32. NSU spurted to its biggest lead, 48-32, then weathered a stupendous 16-0 run by the Generals to tie it at 48 with 15:45 left. It took 27 points by sophomore Zeek Woodley, 22 points from junior Jalan West and cool efficiency in the crunch to dispatch a valiant LSUA squad that got 23 points by Jason Hawthorne. West, who had seven assists, flipped a pretty pitch to Woodley rolling down the right side of the lane to break the tie. Freshman Devonte Hall drove in transition and hit a tough, contested scoop layup to double the margin. Nicholls finished ahead of UCLA in second chance points (15-13), bench points (29-15) and also finished with two more steals than the Bruins. “We needed to play somebody, somewhere close, going into this weekend, and this was the best opportunity,” he said. “It was a good experience for us coming to play here tonight in many respects. Probably history was made, and probably history won’t be repeated.” Northwestern State 89, LSU-Alexandria 79ALEXANDRIA, La. – Before tipoff Thursday night, facing perhaps the most unusual challenge any NCAA Division I visiting team will face in this and many other seasons, Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy said he’d take a one-point win at startup NAIA program LSU Alexandria. The Colonels (0-2) fell behind early after a lackluster effort through the first ten minutes, but performed admirably for the remainder of the contest. Nicholls kept things close through the first five minutes of the ballgame, trailing the Bruins (3-0) by just four points. Over the next eight minutes the table turned as UCLA went on a dominant 22-2 run that featured three baskets from beyond the arc and two authoritative alley-oop dunks, pushing the score to 38-12. Northwestern hit half of its 30 second-half shots, including 6 of 13 on 3-pointers, to hold off the Generals, who won the rebounding battle 44-35 as Hawthorne snagged eight and Samuel Ouedraogo collected a game-high nine. Thursday’s contest will be broadcast live on KQKI 95.3 FM and can also be viewed on ESPN3. After a spirited timeout speech from Heath Coach J.P. Piper, Nicholls came out with more confidence and a renewed energy. Over the final six and a half minutes, the Colonels scored 17 points while the Bruins scored 22. Through the first half, UCLA shot 63.6 percent, while Nicholls connected on just 39.4 percent. – Return to Top – The Demons hit the road for a pair of Big XII Conference contests, Sunday at Oklahoma and Tuesday night at Texas Tech. The Demons scored the last 10 points, breaking a 79-all tie with 2:19 to go, and escaped LSUA’s “The Fort” with an 89-79 triumph. Northwestern State 89, LSU-Alexandria 79UCLA 107, Nicholls 74TCU 86, New Orleans 71 TCU was led by Brandon Parrish’s 22 points. Three other Horned Frogs reached double digits with Chris Washburn, Karviar Shepherd, and Kenrich Williams putting up 14, 12, and 10 points respectively. Kyan Anderson scored seven points and dished out a game-high five assists. New Orleans did close the game strong and refused to back down, putting up a 16-4 run over the final six minutes. The Privateers also held their own on the boards, pulling down 27 rebounds to 28 for TCU. The Horned Frogs wound up shooting 56.6 percent from the field while New Orleans shot at a 46.3 percent clip. The second half statistics were much improved for the Colonels as they virtually mirrored the Bruins’ statistical line. Nicholls shot 45.9 percent from the floor, including 46.7 percent from the three-point line, and connected on 57.1 percent of its free throws. UCLA shot 48.6 percent from the floor, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 57.1 percent from the charity strike. In the second half the Bruins outscored the Colonels by just two points, 47-45. “They’re Southland Conference athletic. This did not come easily, at any point,” said McConathy. “(LSUA coach) Larry Cordaro has done a fantastic job putting together his team. Marvin Frazier provided the last two of a steady series of timely plays throughout the night on the next sequence, drawing a charge on the LSUA baseline with 1:15 to go, then going up top with a 55-foot inbounds pass to Woodley, who twisted in for another layup to make it 85-79 two seconds later. TCU 86, New Orleans 71 FORT WORTH, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers men’s basketball team (1-1) closed the game strong, but could not overcome a hot shooting night in an 86-71 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs (3-0) on Thursday at the Wilkerson-Greines Center. “We responded in the second half and we were more competitive in the second half,” Piper said. “Some of that’s because the game was out of reach but some of that’s because I think we grew up a little bit and improved in our effort. I thought on both ends of the floor we looked better in spots. We’ve got a lot of young guys who’ve never been in this atmosphere and played against this level of talent. There are still things we have to clean up, but I thought we responded well.” “They did a fabulous job of attacking the boards,” said McConathy. “They played with great desire.” “We did everything we needed to do in the last two and half minutes. We kept our composure and responded the way you’d hope,” he said. The next 10 minutes were played close to evenly as New Orleans took advantage of early trips to the line. However, TCU was able to slowly draw away in the first half, building a lead as large as 21 which was the halftime margin. The Horned Frogs led 54-33 at the break while shooting just under 68 percent (19-28). – Return to Top – The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 9-3 lead, scoring on their first four possessions. However, New Orleans was able to get to the line seven times in the first four minutes to help stem the early tide of the contest. The Privateers hit six of those seven early attempts at the charity stripe. Kevin Brown led the Privateers with 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-12 from the free throw line. Terrance Syon landed just shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Christavious Gill added 13 points and Tevin Broyles had seven points, four assists, and three rebounds. Bryce Alford, son of UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford, controlled the ballgame all night long. Alford shot 8-14 from the floor and 6-11 from three, posting 28 points while dishing out 13 assists in an impressive double-double effort. Norman Powell and Tony Parker earned 23 and 20 points respectively. Kevon Looney grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the squad. Nicholls will look to build off of its strong second-half performance as the team heads Winston-Salem, North Carolina to battle Wake Forest at 6 p.m. central time on Monday, Nov. 24. Northwestern scored on five of its last six possessions to prevail. UCLA 107, Nicholls 74LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Nicholls State University men’s basketball team held their own against one of the premier programs in the country but could not claw back from a 31-point first-half deficit, falling 107-74 against a talented UCLA squad on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Privateers next travel to Texas A&M to take on the Aggies on Nov. 28. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The Demons couldn’t play at home in Prather Coliseum, which Thursday hosted day-before practices for the participating eight teams in the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament starting Friday. So they headed an hour south, into a brand-new 500-seat gym that squeezed in an extra 50 or so Thursday night. “It was a crazy game, the most physical game I’ve seen in a long while,” said McConathy. “The biggest positive is we made the plays we needed to make to win.” – Return to Top –
For some McNeese teams, the effort given by the student-athletes has offered a new spin to giving back to the sport in which they participate. For other teams, the effort given by the student-athletes has left lasting impressions. Overall, the McNeese student-athlete experience is proving to be more than wins and loses; it is about discovering the process and lending an extra set of hands when needed. While the McNeese student-athletes have dedicated a great deal of time and effort through these various service opportunities, there is still more that can be done. The goal for the athletics department is to exceed 2,700 hours by May 2015. With this goal, McNeese student-athletes can continue to give back to a community that already gives them so much. Pokes in the CommunityLAKE CHARLES, La. – Community outreach is an important element in the student-athlete experience at McNeese State University. Not only does it provide student-athletes with the chance to give back, but it also provides invaluable life opportunities. In addition to the Rowdy’s Readers program presented by Cheniere Energy, every year McNeese student-athletes spend hours helping with local community events and volunteering with non-profit organizations.In the Fall 2014 semester, McNeese teams have been busy serving their community. They have taken an active role in SWLA and have managed to log more than 700 hours of service through various events. The McNeese track & field and cross country teams have already spent more than 210 hours volunteering with local community race events. At these events, the student-athletes have assisted with every aspect of race operations. From setting up to running to breaking down the events, the student-athletes were able to play an active role into making each race successful. The McNeese baseball and football teams have both logged hours of community service this semester by helping with McNeese’s move-in day for freshmen and doing exercises with the students at Oak Park Elementary. The hours spent helping out on move in day was a suggestion from head baseball coach, Justin Hill. Hill, like many of the other McNeese coaches, constantly encourages his student-athletes to help out in the McNeese and SWLA community. Everyone recognizes how important it is to establish and build these relationships with the community.The track and field, cross country, fooball, and baseball teams have not been the only ones out and about in the community this semester. The McNeese Volleyball team has been involved in Lassoing Literacy, which is a program where they help students and teachers at local schools. For two hours each week, four to five players schedule time to participate in this program. The McNeese softball team helped out with the local Little League softball events where they accounted for more than 230 hours of community service. This team has also been active with many other events, which includes the FCA Night of Champions and Volleyball at W.W. Lewis. For the second year in a row, the McNeese softball and women’s basketball teams volunteered their services for the annual Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer 3K. The Cowgirls greeted walkers, handed out survivor roses, cheered on participants and passed out waters. The event was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center where more than 4,000 people attended to fight the cause.Along with their annual time given to the Ethel Precht event, the women’s basketball team volunteered with a Children’s Museum Fundraiser and logged more than 60 hours. The student-athletes also participated in a community trash clean-up event where they logged more than 115 hours of community service. The team’s biggest effort at giving back this semester has come from taking part in a Habitat for Humanity project.
The men’s team (3-0) got off to a slow start as Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo dropped a 6-3 loss to Christian Waldron and Sergio Avella of PVAM (0-4) in No. 1 doubles. However, the Islanders quickly answered on the other two courts as freshman Arthur Bedel and junior Mitchell Cook teamed up for the first time this season and registered a 6-3 win over Jonathan Dingle and James Jackson, Jr., in No. 3 doubles. A&M – Corpus Christi then secured the doubles point after the sophomore tandem of Kevin Bettendroffer and Paul Cook powered their way to a 6-3 win over Bruno Snyder and Santiago Quintero in No. 2 doubles for their second consecutive win. Men: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 7, Prairie View A&M 0Women: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, Prairie View A&M 0PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s and women’s tennis teams cruised to a pair of victories over Prairie View A&M today. The women’s team swept the Panthers 6-0 to improve to 4-1, while the men breezed to a 7-0 victory for their third straight win. The women’s team took care of business early on, quickly picking up the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. In No. 3 doubles, the sophomore duo of Judit Vives and Kerry Galhos downed the Panthers’ (2-8) Maria Lackey and Shaddae Findley, 6-1, for their third straight win. Freshman Jelena Dzinic and senior Chelsea Horan then teamed up for a 6-0 win over Tatiana Lea Ruhl and Stacy Lackey in No. 2 doubles for their third consecutive win as well. Juniors Celia Rodriguez and Maider Martin were even at 3-3 with Taylor LeFridge and Sydney Thomas at No. 1 doubles when the point was clinched. A&M-Corpus Christi tacked on two more points as Martin garnered a 6-0, 6-1 win over S. Lackey at the No. 4 slot, for her fourth consecutive win and Vives topped LeFridge 7-5, 6-2, in No. 1 singles for her fourth straight win as well. The Islanders carried over the momentum into singles play with five straight-set wins. Rodriguez earned the Islanders their second point of the day with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Findley in No. 3 singles. It marked her second straight match where she didn’t lose a game, and she now holds a 3-0 mark. Dzinic followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Thomas at No. 2 singles, and Galhos dispatched M. Lackey, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles to clinch the match for the Islanders. The Islanders then clinched the match at No. 3 singles after Rauseo defeated Avella, 7-5, 6-4. Bedel, in his first career singles match, gave the Islanders their fifth point of the day in the No. 5 slot after cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Quintero. Bettendroffer followed with a three-set win over Snyder, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2, before M. Cook recorded his first dual-match singles win of his Islander career. With his teammates cheering him on, the junior bested Jackson, Jr., 6-4, 6-3 in No. 6 singles to give the Islanders their seventh and final point of the match. Nagy, the reigning two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year, started the Islanders off to a strong start in singles after securing a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Waldron in the No. 1 slot. The senior has now tallied three straight wins at No. 1 singles. P. Cook padded the Islanders to 3-0 at No. 4 singles after posting a 6-3, 6-1 win over Dingle. It marked his first career win at No. 4 singles. The men’s team will now embark on a three-match road swing, starting with a match against SMU in Dallas on Thursday, Feb. 12. The women’s team will have a break before returning to action on Thursday, Feb. 19, at home against UTSA.