Press Association Although manager Andre Villas-Boas changed the game against City with his substitutions, Bale’s contribution was also key to the win, which came after Samir Nasri had put City ahead. Bale curled a peach of a pass across the box to Clint Dempsey, who started off the comeback, and the Welshman scored himself eight minutes from time with a clever chip over Joe Hart to seal the win after Jermain Defoe had scored Spurs’ second. Ever the selfless man, Bale was keen to ensure his double nomination did not take the focus off what was a crucial win for Spurs. The forward even played down his own contribution, merely describing his goal, which came after a brilliant slide-rule pass from Tom Huddlestone as “all right”. For, as everyone has been pointing out at White Hart Lane all season, Spurs are not a one-man team, and that showed on Sunday. Spurs will move a point clear of third-placed Arsenal, who play Manchester United on Sunday, if they beat Wigan the day before, and Bale wants to see his team-mates show the same kind of fighting spirit for the remainder of the season. “We knew it was a massive game and the lads showed what we have in the team – a lot of character,” Bale added on Spurs TV Online. “It was a fantastic turnaround. We need to keep that character, team spirit, and togetherness in to the last five games and push for our objectives this season.” Bale returned from a two-and-a-half week injury absence on Sunday to help inspire Spurs to a dramatic 3-1 victory over reigning champions Manchester City. Bale’s strike took his tally for the season to 23 – a highly impressive achievement which means he is the odds-on favourite to win the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year gong on Saturday. “It’s massive. It’s great for your peers to vote for you,” said Bale, who is also up for the Young Player of the Year award. “Hopefully I do win. To be nominated is fantastic and fingers crossed (I do win).” Tottenham forward Gareth Bale is determined to end the week inside the top four of the Barclays Premier League and with a second Player of the Year award on his mantelpiece.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAfter a cold winter, spring is usually the season of new beginnings, a time to shake off those winter blues and wipe the slate clean. The women’s soccer team on the other hand isn’t looking toward a new beginning.After struggling during the Big Ten regular season in 2005, the women’s soccer team dominated the competition during the last month of the season, in which they won seven consecutive games and won their first Big Ten tournament title since 1994. Although some key personnel are missing from last year’s team, the lady Badgers are poised to make a run deep into the postseason in the upcoming fall.The key thing for Wisconsin in the 2006 season is replacing the four seniors that were instrumental to their success last season. Forwards Marisa Brown, Katy Lindenmuth and Amy Vermeulen comprised 66 of Wisconsin’s 137 points last season. Additionally, Wisconsin lost first team Academic All-American Jessica Ring, who anchored a Badger defense that gave up only 31 goals last season.With most of the scoring gone from last season, Wisconsin is looking toward senior captain Kara Kabellis. Named to the All-Big Ten first team, Kabellis hopes to surpass the numbers she put up last season, scoring seven goals and six assists in Wisconsin’s 24 games. Looking to help take some of the scoring load off Kabellis will be sophomores Taylor Walsh and Elise Weber. Both Walsh and Weber highlighted an outstanding freshmen recruiting class for the Badgers, with both of them playing in every game for the Badgers last season and combining for eight goals.Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst maintains that the Badgers will be just as potent on offense this season, with the addition of nine red-shirt freshmen competing for playing time.”We’re going to have no problem scoring goals this year,” Duerst said. “We have Weber, Walsh, Kabellis and players like Lindsay Walker and Shannon Terry, who didn’t play a lot of minutes last year but still are dangerous players. We have the personnel to score goals.”In addition to the red-shirt freshman competing for playing time, Wisconsin ushers in a balanced 2006 recruiting class that includes three midfielders, one forward and one goaltender. Out of the five recruits, Ashley Hedges shows the most potential of seeing a lot of time on the field. Hailing from Carmel, Calif., Hedges led Carmel High School to three state championships, in addition to being named twice to the all-state and all-district teams in California. With all this firepower coming in next season, there figures to be a real battle for playing time at the start of the season.”Everybody asks if you see anybody in your recruiting class being able to come right in and play and I think every year is that you just don’t know,” Duerst said. “I think the recruits are really going to help challenge a lot of players … The last [few] recruiting classes have played very good together, where you had multiple players at different positions and that’s what we have with this latest class.”The most interesting battle to watch going into the season will be which goalie Wisconsin decides to use. Junior Lynn Murray saw the majority of action in 2005, playing in 22 games for the Badgers, winning 13, and allowing only 1.11 goals per game. Murray also registered five shutouts and was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week in October.On the other hand, senior captain Stefani Szczechowski has proven that she is a capable goalie over her three seasons at Wisconsin. After getting the majority of playing time in her first season, Szczechowski time in goal has varied. She saw action in only seven games last season, but showed a strong defensive presence in the net, allowing only seven goals while notching 10 saves during her time in the net. Although it is feasible to have the two goalies play on a rotational basis, the Wisconsin coaching staff looks to try and avoid that a pick a number one goalie.”As Lynn and Steph are here together, they have always been battling and competing for time and it’s been that way since Lynn has come on board,” Duerst said. “Steph knows what is in front of her. They both have experience and they both will continue to have experience with our backs. You want to keep things competitive but ultimately, coaches and the team want to stick with a number one goalie who has risen to be that number one.”Through three games this spring so far, Wisconsin appears equally as powerful offensively and defensively as they did last season. In their recent match against UWM, Wisconsin got goals from Kabellis and assistant captain Allison Preiss, while the youthful defense didn’t allow a score in the Badgers’ victory.That said, Duerst looks to use this time to try different things on both sides of the ball to give Wisconsin that extra kick it was sometimes missing in games last season.”In essence, spring season is the molding for your year and the beginnings of that mold and what we need in order to play,” Duerst said. “I think what we are really looking at, and the players understand that, is an extension of last year’s play and try to get everything more connected. As coaches, we really have to teach more in the spring because we have more time and that has been a real value so far.”
Four Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 50 were Hugh Devenney, Cormullion and Marcus Monaghan, Drumlonagher. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 16 & 24.The Annual Lotto End-of-Year Draw for a total of €3,000 in prizes for fully paid members was made last Monday night June 25th and the winners were as follows: €1,000 Patsy Mc Groary, Tullynagreine – €500 Patrick Ward, Orbeg – €500 Fergal Britton, Pettigo – €250 Peter & Noreen Dunnion, Clarlougheske – €250 Steve Walsh, Altidoo – €100 Michael Masterson, Old Golf Course Road – €100 Manus Brennan, Drumkeeghan – €100 Barry Monaghan, Ardeskin – €100 Colm Gallagher, Mountcharles – €100 Anne Colhoun, Drumrooske. The first draw of the 2012/2013 Annual Lotto starting with a jackpot of €1,100 will take place on Monday July16th. New members are welcome with entry forms are available from Sean Dunnion (087) 2300735, Maeve Espey (086) 8730610 and Paul Timoney (087) 2791305.The Club will host the annual Frank Muldoon Memorial Open Singles Stableford Competition on Wednesday next July 4th 2012 at Donegal Golf Club sponsored by ROONEY’S CENTRA. Donegal Golf Club Members, Four Masters members and Visitors are all welcome. Timesheet in Operation. Contact Donegal Golf Club (074) 9734054. The Under 8 footballers played in their final blitz of the season on Saturday last in Bundoran and took home the silverware. They played four very competitive games, winning three and drawing the fourth. Great credit must go to this group of boys for their great dedication and to watch their development over the weeks has been fantastic. Again thanks to the Bundoran club for their hospitality and the parents and grandparents for all their support. Coaching continues on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 pm finishing up on Wednesday July 18th. The Football Cul Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13 then takes place in Tir Conaill Park from Monday July 23rd to Friday July 27th. Coaching for the Under10 girls continues on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 to 6.00 pm at Tir Conaill Park. Please contact Kelly Lacey (087) 9919035 for further information. The under 12 girls have participated in two Blitz competitions so far away to Aodh Ruadh and at home. The next Blitz is this Wednesday 27th June in Mountcharles. Coaching takes place every Monday from 6.00 to 7.00 pm. The Under 14 girls team have topped their championship group beating Glenswilly, Cloughaneely, Noamh Columba, and Ardara. They have now qualified for the County B semi-final. The Under 16 girls coaching is on Fridays at 5.00 pm. Please contact John Mc Intyre on (086) 3535107 for further information. The Senior Ladies recently won against St Eunans in both the 13-a-side and 15-a-side competitions. This Sunday (July 1st) they have a challenge match against Glenelly from County Tyrone. Championship match v Moville at home on Sunday 8th July at 12 noon. Gaelic4Mothers & Others with fun activities have commenced on Monday evenings from 8.00 to 9.00 pm at Tir Conaill Park. Please contact Deborah Lacey on (087) 2199730 for further information. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS
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