Ziadie takes first shot

first_imgVeteran shooter Geoffrey Ziadie registered the first win on the local skeet shooting calendar, firing an impressive 90 of 100 birds to claim the High Over All (HOA) spot at last Sunday’s Driftwood Gun Club sporting clays challenge.This year’s clay shooting season opener was held at a new DaCosta Farms venue in St Catherine, with a field of 116 shooters competing.Ziadie finished two points ahead of runner-up Robert Yap Foo, another seasoned shooter, who hit 88. The A Class top spots were decided by; Richard Sleem with (87), Christian Sasso (85) and Greg Chong (85) birds, respectively.Margeurite Harris (67) topped the Ladies Class.Meanwhile, Zachary Chen (87) took the junior class, while Roman Tavares Finson (80) claimed sub juniors honours while Jonathan Ralston hit 62 birds to win sub – sub juniors.While praising Ziadie’s win, Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan noted that the course was shot under challenging conditions of 30 mph wind and heat, which tested the physical and mental toughness of the shooters.”The winning scores (were) generally impressive, noting they will help a number of the island’s top shooters prepare for overseas tournaments starting in February in Florida,” said Azan.last_img read more

JFI to organise grassroot and talent hunt programme

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) Judo Federation of India (JFI), in association with the International Judo Federation (IJF), will organise a grassroot development and training programme to increase the talent pool of the sports in the country. The programme called Judo Educational Journey Through India will be held from October 1-11 across the country in various cities. “This is a prestigious project of IJF, involving maximum number of judo Players of the country and to promote judo values. In the past, such programmes were organised in China, Canada, Oceania and Australia,” a release from JFI said. “The purpose of the programme is to increase the playing population of judo, identify young talents, to help the local judo clubs and coaches to develop judo at grassroot level. The programme will consist of judo demonstrations, presentations, training, conferences, and interaction with the young children to teach them values of judo,” it said. Nicolas Messnet, Media & Communication Director of IJF, will be the expert to organise the programme, alongwith Huvgarian Milklos Ungvari, silver medalist in 2012 London Olympic Games. International judo players from India, and Indian judo coaches will also be part of the delegation to visit various Indian cities. The delegation will visit judo clubs in Agra, Haridwar, Dehradun, Jallandhar, Gurdaspur, Narnual, Rohtak, Sonipat and Delhi, during the programme. PTI PDS BSlast_img read more

Rugby World Cup: four players who can light up semi-final weekend

first_img Makazole Mapimpi only made his South Africa Test debut last year. Photograph: Harry How/World Rugby via Getty Images South Africa rugby team Thank you for your feedback. He offers something different to the other key players this weekend. He hasn’t got any real flair and you won’t see outrageous pieces of high-risk skill. What you get is a pragmatic precision that puts England into the right areas and play at the right tempo needed. His achilles heel was no-arm tackles and that looks to have disappeared. He has also been accused of some hot-headed behaviour in the past but that is not here and it will be Fou’a Mo’unga, who is the most likely to crack first. Farrell knows his tactical kicking to gain ball back or apply pressure to the New Zealander needs to be on the yen as well, but he will rise to that and thrive. New Zealand have the edge but with Farrell playing at his very best that edge may slowly disappear. Show Not many would open themselves up to look a bit daft by trying something he knew his skills had a small chance of pulling off. He is brimming with confidence and swagger right now – as that attacking threat at the back and second receiver at the front, he is unlike anyone else in the tournament. The other three sides have not got a full-back who offers them so much in those areas. If there is one player England need to subdue for the entire match, it’s him. Michael Cheika linked with move to French Top 14 club Montpellier Reuse this content If he was in your fantasy football team he would be Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne and Tammy Abraham wrapped up into one. Priceless to hopes of Wales winning the World Cup.Finally it’s Owen Farrell. This is the most important game he has ever played in. Without him, England will not win the World Cup. I could have tried to be clever and picked a player from another area of the starting XV to say how important he will be but it would be all noise and no signal. Farrell is that Jenga piece that if you removed on Saturday, it will all fall down. England rugby union team In their quarter-final, hosts Japan finally ran aground against South Africa. Makazole Mapimpi, the Boks’ 29-year-old wing from Mdantsane, racked up his 13th try in 12 Test matches. Cheslin Kolbe is normally the headliner but Mapimpi is a deadly finisher. Opportunities will be few against Wales but the chance of him converting even the slimmest of those is high.The first member of his family to play rugby, he attended schools that had no history of producing players and worked his way through the levels by scorching through defences and scoring tries. The emphasis in the semi-finals will be scoring points against miserly defences. That’s what Mapimpi does.South Africa will have to get the ball to him and players such as Faf de Klerk are going to be pivotal but when you get to this stage it’s high success rates in your kicking and high conversion rates in your attacks that count. That’s his strength. Not 90-metre bursts up field so much but, like a running-back in the NFL, getting those crucial final yards right.They will have to get past Justin Tipuric, however, whose bottomless box of tools will give Warren Gatland’s men options in almost every area of the game. You see it not only his high tackle count and work rate in defence that gives his team a vital link in Shaun Edwards’ defensive plans. It’s also Tipuric’s attacking prowess, in which his sevens background is definitely an advantage: he passes brilliantly and has a loping stride that often catches out a defender. He can also pick lines that get him on the edges of players to bust through or pass out of to break a defensive line. At the lineout he has been used a lot as a jumper and that is in attack and in defence. Topics Hide It can all be cart before the horse in the days preceding such big games as we await the World Cup semi-finals in Japan. Coaches take to front and centre – some by choice, others by the path of convention and process. Perhaps it’s mindgames to distract their opponents or perhaps to allow players the shelter before the show. However, if those coaches have got their planning and peaking right then they will slowly step back into the shadows and it will be their players that step into the limelight. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup Facebook Sportblog Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Rugby World Cup 2019 Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Support The Guardian Owen Farrell • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales South Africa’s Stick condemns ‘stupid’ spying and is wary of Wales’ kicking Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email New Zealand rugby union team I think we all want the two semi-finals to be decided by moments of brilliance and not crass stupidity as shown by Sébastien Vahaamahina for France in the quarter finals. I also hope we will be talking about how little we noticed the officials and not how much.I’ve had a look at four players that may be the spark to a victory for their respective teams and I’ll start with the pre-tournament and, in my eyes, still the slight favourites to win the World Cup for the third time in succession – New Zealand and the quite brilliant Beauden Barrett.I first came across Beauden when he was playing for the New Zealand sevens team in 2010. He was young and pretty green but balanced, quick and not afraid to try things. Fast forward to last weekend and one moment that was actually a botched one, to me summed up his approach to the game. The All Blacks were on the attack, had a knock-on advantage and Barrett had just slightly overrun the ball. He tried to do a back heel. He missed the ball but it revealed so much more. Share on Twitter Twitter commentlast_img read more