Top 10 unknown quantities for 2017

first_img10. Mose Masoe (Dragons)St George Illawarra Dragons beat out several other clubs for Masoe’s signature before last year. After two seasons spent at English glamour club St Helens – where he won a premiership under now Newcastle coach Nathan Brown – Masoe returned to Australia in hope of reigniting his NRL career. On the eve of this year’s Auckland Nines however Masoe suffered a devastating ACL injury. Further complications to the same knee have thrown his pre-season into disarray in another blow to his anticipated return.9. Dan Sarginson (Titans)Thin backline stocks means the Titans could be relying on England international Dan Sarginson to make a big impact next year. Following the departures of Nene MacDonald, David Mead and Josh Hoffman, Sarginson is set to be thrown straight into the mix against the Roosters in Round 1. The Australian-born England international arrives in the Gold Coast with 125 games in England’s Super League under his belt. However Sarginson was restricted to just one Test in the recent Four Nations, with Wayne Bennett opting for a centre pairing of Kallum Watkins and Mark Percival instead.8. Shaun Nona (Dragons)If you asked Brisbane Broncos assistant coach Jason Demetriou a couple of months ago who was the best playmaker without an NRL contract, he’d tell you Nona was it. After helping Demetriou’s Illawarra Cutters to State Championship glory in October, Nona was rewarded with a one-year NRL contract at the Dragons. Following Drew Hutchison’s recent ACL injury, the stage is potentially set for Nona to make his first-grade debut. 7. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors)On his day Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is one of the most lethal fullbacks in the NRL. It was something he’d hoped to continue at the Warriors last year following his shock departure from the Roosters, but an ACL injury put a stop to that with Tuivasa-Sheck restricted to just seven games in his debut season at the Warriors. Time will tell how his recovery has impacted his speed, agility and explosiveness. 6. Jarryd Hayne (Titans)Hayne’s decision to sign with the Gold Coast late last season sent shockwaves throughout the entire game. After fleeting careers in the NFL and rugby sevens, Hayne featured in the final six games of the Titans’ season.  Unfortunately Hayne saved his worst performance for the Titans’ qualifying final against Brisbane. While it wasn’t ideal at the time, it may provide essential motivation for the season ahead. 5. Kane Elgey (Titans)Elgey has 16 NRL games to his name but it would’ve been more if not for a brutal ACL injury suffered in January. While he missed the entire season, the Titans were able to find plenty of positives in new halves duo Tyrone Roberts and Ash Taylor. Taylor was in fact named the Dally M Rookie of the Year and will partner Johnathan Thurston in the Indigenous All Stars team next February. Time will tell how Elgey fits into coach Neil Henry’s squad considering the Titans made the finals in 2016 for the first time in six years. 4. Billy Slater (Storm)The Storm, Maroons and Australian legend has had an unhappy past two seasons. Restricted to just eight games since 2015 due to a chronic shoulder, Slater’s hopeful return could prove to be the final roll of the dice on his storied career. Slater only managed to play in the Storm’s Round 1 win over the Dragons last season and has plenty of work to do if he is to reclaim his representative jumpers from incumbent custodian Darius Boyd.3. Jamal Idris (Wests Tigers)The well-travelled Idris’s return to the NRL in 2017 is a scary prospect. Regardless of where he plays at the Wests Tigers, the 26-year-old appears hell-bent on finally living up to his potential. Idris played just six games in his final season at the Panthers two years ago. An ACL injury proved the impetus for Idris to seek a release from the foot of the mountains so he could go and explore the world. How will he fare as a Tiger next season?2. Kieran Foran (Warriors)Well-publicised off-field dramas may have derailed Foran’s big-money deal at the Eels but in the Warriors he may find a safe haven. Offered the chance to play alongside plenty of his New Zealand international teammates, Foran is hopeful of thriving away from the Sydney limelight. On the field, his signing could be a massive coup for the Warriors – a spine of Foran, Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke is a scary prospect for the 15 other clubs. 1. Dave Taylor (Raiders)We should preface this by saying Dave Taylor is no guarantee of playing in the NRL next year. Signed by the Canberra Raiders on a train-and-trial contract, the former Queensland and Australian enforcer has plenty of hoops to jump through before he confirms his place in Ricky Stuart’s squad. Taylor spent the past 12 months in the south of France but was released following the Catalans’ poor end to the Super League season. If he can get back to his best he could be the final piece of the puzzle for an already strong Canberra side.last_img read more

3-Day Conflict Resolution Seminar in Monrovia

first_imgA three-day conflict resolution seminar will begin on Wednesday, May 21 to 23, at a local hotel in Monrovia, with 20 participants.According to Netsai Mushonga, senior manager of Cape Town, South Africa-based Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), the participants are drawn from human rights organizations, ECOWAS and the Ministry of Defense.She said two representatives each from the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and the Daily Observer newspaper, have been invited to attend the seminar.“The media’s role in conflict resolution is important and therefore we recognize their contribution,” she said.She stated subjects to be considered at the seminar will provide knowledgeable skills on conflict resolution management.Mushonga said the CCR is a pan African organization with the primary interest to build the capacity of those in conflict resolutions, particularly in a country like Liberia where due to its recent past; conflict resolution skills have become necessary.Providing additional information on the seminar, Ms. Antonia Porter, a staff of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, said the seminar would provide better understanding on how to manage conflicts in a given situation.Porter, project officer of the Centre for Conflict Resolution has written extensively on gender issues, including special consideration on how HIV/AIDS is experienced in Africa, including in societies suffering or recovering from conflict and it was published in the Cape Times newspaper of South Africa.The Centre for Conflict Resolution is located in Cape Town, South Africa with the primary objective to contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Africa by promoting constructive, creative and co-operative approaches to the resolution of conflict through training, policy development, research and capacity building.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indigenous Guyanese have much to be thankful for – Garrido-Lowe

first_imgMinister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-LoweIndigenous Guyanese today have much to be thankful for, particularly the contributions of Guyana’s first Indigenous parliamentarian, Stephen Campbell.The life of this renowned Guyanese, a descendant of the Arawak people, was celebrated on Monday at the Umana Yana as the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry prepared to wrap up its celebrations of Amerindian Heritage Month 2016.Leading the discourse on his life and the significant role he played in making way for the freedom and opportunities afforded to Amerindians today, Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe recalled the struggles endured by Campbell, particularly during the lead-up to Guyana’s Independence back in 1966.Describing Campbell as a visionary, Garrido-Lowe said Indigenous Guyanese today, 50 years later, have a lot to be thankful for.She said during the Independence struggles, Campbell had been attending meetings, Parliament and other places. “He wanted to make sure those Indigenous brothers and sisters were safe in their lands,” she said. His quest for this took him to meet the Queen of England at the time.“We must never forget the path Stephen Campbell paved in our lives as Indigenous people today. Today in the hinterland, of the 212 villages, many of us own our own lands. So this whole process of Indigenous having their lands is because of the brave and visionary Stephen Campbell,” Garrido-Lowe told fellow Amerindians.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock said the great Stephen Campbell began the process of championing the rights of Amerindians. He said the Indigenous community seemed to have a shortcoming in celebrating its heroes.“This is something we must correct. In honouring our heroes, we help the world better understand us and what we represent. We help to draw the world’s attention to the importance of our role in history. We record our own history, we become the heroes of our story,” such were the words of Stephen Campbell.Campbell was the first Amerindian Member of Parliament in Guyana. He was elected to the Legislative Council of British Guiana on September 10, 1957.Campbell was born in Moruca, a sub-district of the Barima-Waini Region, the northernmost part of Guyana, on December 26, 1897. His father was Tiburtio A Campbell, a boat builder, and his mother was Maria Dos Santos nee Osorio. Both parents died when he was very young and he was brought up by his grandmother whom he credited with teaching him the core principles of life: “religion and discipline”. He was a student of the Santa Rosa Mission School.Amerindians feared that after Independence, whatever rights they enjoyed would then be ignored and the lands on which they have lived for thousands of years would be expropriated.Campbell travelled to London to present a petition and lobby the British Government for recognition of Amerindian land rights. On his return, he set up the Amerindian Association to mobilise Amerindian pressure on the Independence Commission to ensure that Amerindians’ interests were taken into account in the Independence negotiations. Thus when Guyana attained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, the legal ownership by Indigenous peoples of land and rights of occupancy were embodied in the Independence provisions.Campbell died on May 12, 1966 – two weeks before British Guiana gained Independence from Britain. He is the main reason that Amerindian Heritage Day is celebrated on September 10 – this was the day he was elected to Parliament. He has spearheaded a historic change in bringing to the fore the vital and rightful place of the Amerindian in the mainstream of life in Guyana and its future development. During the observance, some 18 Indigenous Guyanese were honoured for more than 25 years of service to the Indigenous community and Guyana in various areas. Among them were Rita Rebeiro, a teacher of Moruca Region One (Barima-Waini); the designer of the $10 coin, Ignatius; retired Army Captain John Flores; Trinidad-based Guyanese Journalist Miranda LaRose; the first Indigenous Priest Hannon Bennet (Posthumous) and Sculptor and University of Guyana lecturer, Winslow Craig.last_img read more

Bandits kill brothers during Corentyne robbery

first_imgBandits on Monday evening killed two brothers during a Corentyne, Berbice robbery.Dead are Premchand Samaroo, 45, also called “Tully”, a labourer and a father ofThe house where the incident took placetwo of Bush Lot Farm; and his brother Harichand Samaroo, 46, called “Davo”, a farmer and father of three of Lot 81 Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne.One of the brothers was shot at point blank range to the head while the other was beaten and subsequently died. The incident occurred at their mother’s homesituated at Lot 446 Bush Lot Village, Corentyne.According to reports, at about 20:30h on Old Years night, the two brothers were at their mother’s home celebrating with an elder cousin, who was visiting from the United States.Dead: Premchand SamarooDuring the celebration, a loud explosion was heard, which some family members dismissed as a squib but Premchand Samaroo’s relatives thought it was too loud and too close and decided to investigate. As Premchand walked from under the house, he was shot to the head and fell, dying seconds later.His mother, Irene Samaroo, 67, who was at the time inside the house, said she went in search of a torchlight.“He did sit down and eat food in the kitchen when we hear something like bomb coming from the backyard, so “Tully” went to see what happen and tell me to go bring the torchlight and he walk go,” the grieving mother related.Her older son, Harichand Samaroo also went to investigate and was beaten by the bandits.The dead men’s mother told Guyana Times that she was approached by one of the intruders as she reached the bottom of the step with the torchlight.According to her, three masked men approached her. She said she saw two ofDead: Harichand Samaroothem were carrying firearms.One went to her and two others went to her cousin, Moonilall Robert Kumar, 71, a US-based Guyanese, who came into the country the previous day for a two-month stay. Kumar said the third bandit was carrying a cutlass.“One had a gun to me and the other had the cutlass and I tried to remain calm and they told me that they wanted money. He ask me for my wallet and I told him that I don’t have a wallet…” Kumar related.The bandits also demanded money from the dead men’s mother.“So I take out the money that I had in my shirt pocket and he say that he don’t want that.”Irene related that one of the bandit demanded that he wanted cash and not jewellery. She related that the men escaped with US$350, just over $60,000 from her cousin and a further $6000 from her pocked before leaving.She said the family then took the torchlight and went into the back yard in searchMother of the dead men Irene Samarooof her son. Premchand’s lifeless body was found lying in a pool of blood.“I say like they carry away my next son and start to holla. Somebody from the house over there say look him lying at the back. I go and shine the torchlight and I see him lying down and he can’t help himself.”Harrychand was picked up and placed in a hammock where he asked for water and indicated that he received injuries to his abdomen.He was taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Meanwhile, his wife, Bhagwattie Harrypersaud, 47, explained that they wereBeaten: Moonilall Robert Kumarmarried for 23 years and have three children – the eldest being 24.Meanwhile, as investigations continue, several persons have been taken into custody for questioning in relation to the murders. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Jolly Nkata shown the door at Bandari

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata feeds instructions to his players during a past match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1- Having failed to replicate his title winning spirit from Tusker FC at Bandari, the coastal Kenyan Premier League side has made the decision to relieve Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata and his assistant George Owoko off their duties.Nkata arrived in Mombasa with a rich curriculum vitae having led Tusker to their first ever double in history, winning both the league title and the GOtv Shield. However, despite a strong start that many thought would go on till the end of the season, Bandari faded off and finished the season 10th, way off the targets that Nkata had set for himself and those set by the club.“It was the decision of the club taken after the season ended. I can’t say there is a heavy feeling in my heart and I enjoyed the short time I was there with the players and staff. I am not worried, I know I will get another team soon,” Nkata who was coaching his fourth club in Kenya said.Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata issueing instructions.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNkata won just 12 of his 34 league matches in charge while his hunt for the GOtv Shield, a title the dockers won in 2015 ended in the quarter finals.The Ugandan who previously worked with Muhoroni Youth and Nairobi City stars said he couldn’t perform well with Bandari because they didn’t have the right quality of players like he had at Tusker.He has also insinuated that most of the new players were signed while he was away, some coming in injured.“I wasn’t there when most of the players were signed. With that, you can’t do much as a coach. We also had very many injuries. Also, there were many young and inexperienced players at Bandari and you can’t compare that with Tusker,” the coach further alluded.The team will now be handled by Ken Odhiambo who was one of Nkata’s assistants while the club continues its search for a new manager.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Toy firm’s bonus gift anything but fun

first_imgThe first recall was bad enough: A million-plus “Thomas & Friends” toys pulled because of lead paint. The second was surreal: The maker of the smiley-faced trains sent customers “bonus gifts” so they’d stay loyal – and now some of those toys have been recalled, too. Even if you’re not 3-year-old Zoe McGaha-Schletter, it’s yet another mind-bending episode in a cascade of recalls that already had parents fretting what toys were safe for their kids. “This is so exactly what the villain in a children’s movie would do,” said Zoe’s father, Eban Schletter. “It’s just ridiculous.” The year of the recall rolled on last week when the maker of popular Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys issued its second lead paint warning since June. Among the 200,000 or so items on the new list were about 2,000 tainted train cars that RC2 Corp. sent to customers who turned in recalled items over the summer. The double recall dredges up issues of global supply chain management and China’s role as factory to the world. It also shows how a company that says it’s doing everything it can to ensure quality cannot guarantee that its products are lead free. For Zoe, the consequences are simple: no more Thomas toys. Her dad is tossing about $500 worth of trains, tracks and trestles, mostly from a spread he erected on a table at his Hollywood recording studio, where backup singers doing gigs for TV shows including “SpongeBob SquarePants” have plopped their kids as they worked. While just 5 percent of Thomas toys have tested as exceeding the federal limit for lead paint (0.06 percent lead content in a product’s paint), Schletter is severing all ties. He wants RC2 Corp. to do the same with China. “It just blows my mind that no one even seems to consider the possibility of not doing business the way they do it,” he said. In June, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Illinois-based RC2 was voluntarily recalling about 1.5 million items in what would become the first of several major roundups involving lead paint on toys made in China. Children who ingest even small amounts of lead can suffer brain damage; large doses can kill. By mid-September, the company had recovered about 1 million items, sending bonus gifts to customers who returned a product. The goodwill gesture flopped when further testing showed that lead in the paint covering about 2,000 “Toad” train cars in the bonus shipment was up to four times higher than acceptable levels. The company had sent the stick-of-butter-sized items as part of 146,000 gifts it distributed to customers such as Schletter. Last week, RC2 recalled the affected Toads, along with about 200,000 other Thomas items. The company – which ranks in the top 10 of U.S. toy makers with 2006 sales volume of about $500 million – has dropped its supplier, Hansheng Wood Products, which made the Toad pieces as well as the items in the first recall. In a letter addressed to “Dear Valued Thomas and Friends Customer,” company executives recognized the anguish the second recall would cause. “We are deeply apologetic for and embarrassed by this turn of events, and remain determined to make it up to you and restore your confidence,” wrote RC2 CEO Curt Stoelting and President Pete Henseler. It won’t be easy – already parents are venting on blogs. Finding another manufacturer to keep the trains running to market on time also will be hard. It takes time for a new factory to secure materials, set up its shop floor and then refine its process to meet quality expectations that RC2 says it will ratchet up even more. “In the short term, they would be having a huge difficulty,” said Hari Bapuji, a professor of international business at Canada’s University of Manitoba who has studied recalls in the U.S. dating back 20 years. He found that unlike the Thomas recalls, the majority can be blamed on poor design, rather than shoddy manufacturing.last_img read more

South Korean goalkeeper displays SHOCKING tactics to put off penalty taker

first_img Lee Bum-young There’s gamesmanship and then there’s just blatant cheating.However, many will take their hat off to goalkeeper Lee Bum-young for his innovative dirty tactics.He clearly doesn’t do things by halves.After Busan Ipark, who ply their trade in the South Korean K-League Classic, conceded a penalty the shot stopper set about spoiling the spot.Several kicks to the ground managed to completely destroy the turf, and also escape the attention of the officials.Such unsavoury actions certainly did the trick as the resulting spot kick was skied in spectacular fashion…How long do you think it will be before someone gives this a go in the Premier League? Not long, we imagine. 1last_img read more

Parking meters get smart

first_imgBut drivers aren’t the only ones receiving up-to-the-second messages from the new parking meters. The elaborate software also electronically communicates with patrolling officers from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and instantly tells them which meters have run out of money or where parkers have overstayed time limits. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said the new meters are a step toward updating the city’s parking infrastructure, which will help reduce traffic congestion in business districts as motorists circle around for parking. In just one 15-block city business district, for example, motorists searching for parking added 950,000 extra miles of travel in a year – enough to take 38 trips around the world, according to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles. “Change is on the way,” said Greuel. However, some things still will stay the same. For now. The perk of pulling into a parking space with time left on the meter will continue. Although, eventually, sensors will be added to the meters to detect when cars leave their parking spots – and automatically reset the time left to zero. 818-713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIf successful, the electronic gizmos – which also take coins – will eventually replace all 40,000 parking meters throughout the city, which annually generate about $21 million. “We’re here to make public parking more convenient and reliable,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, kicking off the effort from a parking lot at Magnolia Boulevard and Klump Avenue. “Say goodbye to the day of broken meters.” Public parking in Encino, Studio City, Tarzana and Van Nuys has been targeted for upgrades and electronic meters under the pilot program. The meters allow motorists to program their cell phones to receive text-message warnings when time is running out on the meters – and can even remotely feed the meters through their keypads. Drivers register for the feature each time they park by punching in meter identification numbers and parking space numbers into their cell phones. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – They take credit and debit cards and will even send you text messages when they need more money. And no, they are not your children, they actually are talking parking meters. New, fancy, high-tech ones. About 6,000 of the electronic meters are poised to soon stand guard on Los Angeles streets under a pilot program launched Thursday at a North Hollywood public parking lot. Costing $5.5 million, the new machines are being installed to help recover money lost from broken meters – estimated at $1.6 million over the past two years. last_img read more


first_imgA Ballintra man who stole more than €3,000 worth of newspapers from a shop over a number of months used his savings to repay the money.Sean McDermott, 56, stole the newspapers each morning since last November from newsagent owner Michelle Walsh.Garda Paddy Battle told Ballyshannon District Court that after his arrest McDermott of Forge Avenue, Ballintra, had taken money form his savings at the post office to repay what he had stolen. The court heard how McDermott had been treated to meals by kind neighbours and he repaid them by giving them magazines and newspapers he had stolen.Judge Kevin Kilraine applied the Probation Act.EndsJUDGE HAS NEWS FOR NEWSPAPER THIEF was last modified: July 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Ballyshannon District CourtNewspapersSean McDermottlast_img read more


first_imgCathal Mac Suibhne’s GAA Diary: Donegal V DerryThe battle we had anticipated to be subjected to in the Athletic Grounds two weeks ago duly arrived in Clones last night. Armagh provided the country with the template of how not to play against Donegal and Brian McIver took note. His side sat back in numbers, dragging his former charges into a tense encounter but experience and class told in the end. As has been the case thus far this season, Donegal were quickly out of the blocks and built up a healthy early lead.Derry clawed their way back into the contest though with some well worked points. As their comeback was unfolding at one end of the pitch, Patrick McBrearty limped heavily in front of the Derry goal after picking up what looked like a knock to his calf.It left Donegal with little or no outlet inside and the team’s attacking game struggled in the lead up to half time. Martin O’Reilly was alongside McBrearty but he doesn’t possess the natural instincts of a corner forward to make those short sharp darting runs right and left to show for the ball or to create space.Donegal’s primary option was to create shooting opportunities and while they did this successfully, wide after wide slipped by the posts. With no runners inside it made Derry’s blanket effort much easier and allowed them to push out a little more and apply pressure to the man on the ball.If even a few of these chances had been converted it would’ve made for a much more comfortable half time chat in the dressing rooms.Having spent most of his time at midfield until that point, Michael Murphy was sent to the edge of the square and immediately forced an excellent save from Derry goalkeeper Thomas Mallon.The next time the ball came his way in front of goal, Murphy was being triple marked and this gives ample evidence in supporting the case for him playing so much of his football out the field.It was a strange call by the management to leave McBrearty on when he was clearly struggling to move freely. The break and probable medical treatment at the short whistle certainly helped him but he still wasn’t his usual explosive self during the second half.Derry had elected to start with their two best players, Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch, in a two man full forward line – the latter’s placing possibly a ploy for him to escape the clutches of Karl Lacey, who gave a defensive master class against him in Celtic Park last year.Lynch didn’t fare too well with Paddy McGrath for company however; the Ardara corner back was immense from start to finish.Bradley was well curtailed by Neil McGee throughout and was substituted before the final whistle. Lynch meanwhile did boom over one trademark score but generally was unable to influence the game.Derry had identified the Donegal full back line as an area to attack and they rained plenty of high ball into the square.Paul Durcan dealt with almost everything that came near his goal and was a commanding presence throughout.It was typical Donegal in the third quarter, that famous blitz that has hit so many teams over the last few years was in full flow again.The chances that had been sailing wide in the first half started to go over in the second with Colm McFadden, Murphy and Martin McElhinney all registering fine efforts from distance.O’Reilly then popped up to land the killer blow with a finish that was almost a carbon copy of his goal a fortnight ago and his side had suddenly surged into a five point lead.The Mac Cumhaills man’s reputation continues to flourish; while he seemed a bit uncomfortable inside in the first half playing with his back to goal, it is a different story when he’s turned the opposite way and running at defenders.Derry, to their credit, kept plugging away until the end but never managed to get the margin below two points.It was a cagey finish but in truth Donegal always seemed to have the composure to see the game out.Neil Gallagher was a colossus around the middle all game but it is in those final frantic minutes of a match where he really shows his worth.The big Glenswilly giant can slow the game down, spray the ball around and take the sting out of proceedings.Gallagher is seeing much more of his clubmate Murphy around the middle sector and aside from those few minutes either side of half time he played primarily as a midfielder.That doesn’t stop him contributing on the scoreboard though and his first point, a seismic missile from sixty yards, almost defied logic.He notched another magnificent score later on, after a McBrearty free came back off the upright.There’s been a lot written about Michael in recent weeks and he is now regarded as the country’s best player by Peter Canavan amongst others; the national media are simply confirming what the rest of us in Donegal have known for the last few years – he is the best in the land.Matches against Derry have acted as important staging posts along the way for the Donegal captain.He crashed home a penalty as an eighteen year old in an Ulster quarter final at Ballybofey in 2008 while a year later, all of six years ago, the boy became a man in one of the best performances ever seen in a green and gold jersey.The River Finn was again the backdrop, this time in a qualifier clash, in what became known as one of the greatest games never seen thanks to the absence of the TV cameras.Another penalty was dispatched in the Ulster Final of 2011 and Michael will now have a chance in three weeks time to lift the Anglo Celt cup for an incredible fourth time.Our old foes Monaghan will provide the opposition for the third year running and a packed house will await the players on July 19th.On the way through Clones’ main square yesterday before the game, a rendition of ‘Rory’s Winning Matches’ could be heard from the Creighton Hotel.Rory is certainly on a roll as he has taken down three Ulster giants in the space of six weeks.He will now be eyeing up a first piece of silverware as the main man and hoping to make a massive statement of intent.‘PADDY MCGRATH WAS ‘IMMENSE’ ON MARK LYNCH’ – CATHAL Mac SUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: June 29th, 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:Cathal Mac Suibhne’s GAA DiarydonegalGAAnewsSportlast_img read more