Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win

first_img Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson fine-tuned his team’s putting with a lunchtime session and they returned to the course to dominate the singles.  Alex Giles, 17 (pictured) and Caley McGinty, 16, each notched up 7/5 wins and were soon followed by 14-year-old Ffion Tynan, who took the team safely over the line with her 5/4 win. The result was further improved when Claudia Ovens, 19, squeezed a half out of her game.  Megan Lockett won the top game on the 18th, in a match where she birdied four out of five holes and her opponent Lauren Spray had three in five holes.  But this afternoon they hit top form as they settled into the event, where they’re making their first appearance for 22 years. County champion Alice Barlow got the ball rolling with four birdies and a 9/7 win. Lottie Whyman soon followed with a 6/4 win, helped by four consecutive birdies from the seventh. Then Abbie Symonds took them to within touching distance with her 5/4 win.  Meanwhile, Deeya Aggarwal and Georgina Bowers put points on the board for Buckinghamshire. The teams were tied with four points apiece and the players in the final game were all square after 15, but Amanda Norman won the 16th with a par and the 17th with a birdie to start Suffolk’s celebrations (pictured top).  “It was nerve-wracking,” said Norman, who was tempted out of a five-year retirement from county golf to play on her home course. “It’s a great feeling and I’m really pleased we have managed to get a win under our belt.”  Click here for full scores Suffolk’s 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire – secured with a 17th hole birdie from Amanda Norman – was a huge turnaround. Yesterday, they lost 8-1, this morning they trailed 2-1 after the foursomes.  Team captain Andra Knight commented: “We are delighted to have got our win. Hampshire came at us very strongly and the golf in the top match was amazing, really top class.”  Team captain Vanessa Bell added: “It is so exciting, we’re thrilled to get a win on the board and it’s the confidence boost we need.” The win moves them up to third in the table, behind Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, the defending champions.  They did concede a half point in the morning foursomes, when Rachel Boulton and Libby Kilbride found a chink in the Yorkshire armour. The Nottinghamshire pair were one down playing the last but, thanks to Kilbride’s mastery of the slopes on a daunting putt, they won the hole with a par. Yorkshire, who are seeking their 13th win at County Finals, continued their impressive progress through the championship.  Megan Garland got ahead early on with a birdie on the 7th and an eagle on the 8th, where she holed a putt the full length of the green. After 15 she was dormy three up, but her opponent Rachel Boulton took her to the last to earn her point.  Tags: competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Suffolk Gloucestershire took two points from the foursomes and then clinched their win over Hampshire with three big wins from young players.  Olivia Winning and Charlotte Heath (pictured) both produced comfortable 4/3 wins, but elsewhere the team was proving how good they are at finishing off. Hosts Suffolk were celebrating today after they pulled off a fairytale win on the second day of Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry.  In the day’s other matches, Gloucestershire’s teenagers pulled out the stops in the singles, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 for their second win; while Yorkshire continued to dominate their games, beat Nottinghamshire 8.5-0.5.  Melissa Wood won her game 3/1 while Hannah Holden fought back from one down after 15 to win on the 18th.  Team captain Fran Dickson said: “It was tight this morning and they had to improve their chipping and putting. But they had a lots of practice at lunchtime and they fought very hard this afternoon when they needed to.”  Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire  Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire  Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire   That game went Hampshire’s way when former Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith won on the last to secure her second point of the day.  19 Sep 2017 Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win Images copyright Leaderboard Photography last_img read more

RB Firehouses in Need Of Repair

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — A borough councilman thinks it is time to spend the money for repairs to the borough owned firehouses.Councilman Arthur V. Murphy III, who serves as the council’s fire and police commissioners, recently asked that his colleagues consider a bond ordinance to do what he said was long needed work to three of the structures of the town’s six fire companies.The three borough-owned structures are for the Liberty Hose Company, located on White Street, Independent Engine Company, Mechanic Street, and the Relief Engine Company, Drummond Place.Two of the three—Liberty and Independent—are in need of new roofs, Murphy said at the Sept. 28 council meeting. And the Mechanic Street location could stand to have its windows replaced, and the main door at the Liberty location, too.The third structure, located on Drummond Place, is in the best shape of the three, Murphy explained this week, as it received some work as part of the agreement with the Community YMCA’s restoration of the connecting 51 Monmouth Street building. But it too may need some additional touch-ups.Murphy explained this week the cost for the major work for the two locations would probably amount to roughly $56,000.“You own the property. You have to maintain them,” he said, noting that while the members do do some general maintenance to the site, no substantial work had been done to those two buildings for the better part of 25 years.Officials are in the process of obtaining three bids on the work and the bond ordinance would hopefully be ready before the end of the year, according to Murphy.When Pasquale Menna came in as mayor in 2007, there was the beginning of discussions about consolidating some of the six fire companies. And over the years there have some discussions about it, with fire company members even establishing a committee to look at it, Murphy said last week. “They know consolidation will come around sooner or later,” Murphy said of the company members.However, those discussions haven’t really moved forward thus far, but Murphy said, as that would entail establishing a facility capable of housing a number of trucks and equipment. Such a facility could cost upwards of $2 million to build, he said, and the borough doesn’t have the resources to spend. However, he added, “There’s going to come a point when decisions are going to have to be made.”And should consolidation eventually move forward, and if it involves any of the borough owned properties, officials might look to sell off that asset, Murphy said, noting it might help if the building is in good shape.last_img read more

Voisard, Cooke sparkle for Selects in Kootenay Zone title run

first_imgThe Nelson Selects are off to the 2011 B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup in Powell River.The Selects scored a pair of shutout victories over Kootenay South and Cranbrook at the Kootenay U13 Girl’s Soccer Playdowns Saturday in Castlegar.“The coaches are extremely pleased with the effort and skill shown by the Nelson squad this weekend,” said co-coach Pat Perkins after Nelson dumped Cranbrook Rovers 6-0 and rival Kootenay South Rockets 2-0.“This was the team’s best performance of the year and all players should be proud of their performance individually and as a squad.”Paul Burkart is the other U13 co-coach.The run to the zone title was not as easy as the scores appear.The contest against Kootenay South was scoreless at halftime before Darian Voisard potted a pair of markers to give Nelson the victory.Haley Cooke was solid between the pipes for Nelson.Needing a victory to secure the title, the Selects made not mistake against the Rovers, pounding the East Kootenay squad.Voisard paced the attack with three goals with singles going to Naomi Perkins, Amelia Martze, and Lakpa DietCooke earned her second shutout of the day.The Selects travel to Cranbrook to compete in the Sam Steele Days tournament before heading west to Power River for the U13 Provincial B Cup July [email protected]last_img read more

GFI alumi are part of major league baseball history

first_imgFrom small beginnings in home town stadiums, many of the faces that have crossed the home plate in Grand Forks have made their way to stardom in the major leagues.Brent Lillibridge played in the 2003 Grand Forks International with the Seattle Studs. He is seen here crossing home plate after belting a home run against the Reno Astros in the championship game.Lillibridge was an outstanding player at the University of Washington and would be chosen in the fourth round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Later he was traded to the Atlanta Braves and made his MLB debut April 26, 2008. He was then traded to the Chicago White Sox.He was part of White Sox history earlier this season when, on April 11, he hit the 10,000th home run in the history of the Sox franchise. One article describes Brent as outgoing and an individual of deep faith who tries to connect with the White Sox fan base. Apparently he makes as much usage of Twitter as anyone on the team. Just a couple of weeks after he hit that milestone home run for Chicago he was once again in the news: Versatile, skilled Lillibridge makes statement, screamed one headline. Another said, Utility player secures White Sox win with pair of defensive gems.This occurred in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory over New York in Yankee stadium. To make back to back game saving catches is a rare feat. After watching these sparkling defensive plays on video one can only shake their head. In fact, two of baseball’s all-time greats, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter were doing just that, reflecting some exasperation and frustration but no doubt accompanied with admiration for the athletic ability and hustle of Lillibridge.Making this night in the Big Apple even more remarkable was that Brent, normally an infielder, was playing in right field for only the eighth time in his career.White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen quipped, “I finally found my closer.”From Grand Forks to Chicago; from this small town in Southern B.C. to New York and Yankee Stadium; from James Donaldson Park, an intimate ballpark on the United States/Canada border to 40,000 seat United States Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park)… and the story continues… the GFI – don’t miss it!Brent’s saving catch on video:http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/5052025-574/in-case-you-missed-the-game-saving-catches-by-white-sox-of-brent-lillibridge-video.htmllast_img read more