Striding forward for Shane

first_imgBy sports editor Russell Bennett Aaron Bailey doesn’t know what it’s like to have walked a mile in Shane Smith’s shoes.But the AFL Outer East region general manager is walking an astonishing 3300 kilometres in his great mate’s memory.Smith tirelessly dedicated decades of his life to serving the local football and netball community – through such roles as Outer East commission deputy chairman – before the devoted family man lost his battle with the beast, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), in December last year.The courage of his fight has served as an ongoing and ever-present source of inspiration, not only to all who knew him, but people who even simply crossed paths with him.Bailey had the privilege of working alongside him and is still inspired by his determination, strength of character, and adoration of his family in his darkest hour.That inspiration will never leave Bailey, and it’s the driving force behind his incredible charity mission that, when completed, will see him walk the equivalent of the distance from Optus Stadium in Perth, to Melbourne’s MCG – the footballing epicentres of the two cities in which Neale Daniher made his VFL/AFL home.The former Essendon captain and inspirational 223-game Melbourne coach has been the very public face of ‘FightMND’ since his own devastating diagnosis in 2014.FightMND was specifically established with the purpose of finding effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Motor Neurone Disease, which – in essence – gradually takes away sufferers’ use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech, and eventually their ability to breathe – often well within the span of four years.Tragically for Smith and his family, he wasn’t officially diagnosed with the disease until just days before his passing.“For me, he was a great friend and mentor, he’s someone we miss horribly and he’s had an enormous impact on all of us involved in footy and netball in the region,” Bailey explained.“He was just so passionate about our region, our clubs, and our people and he had a massive role in shaping the Outer East into what it is today.“Shane’s passing had a significant impact on me, and I wanted to look at different ways to work through the grief.“I just felt I needed to do something positive – something more than just grieve, itself.”In looking for ways to honour his late mate, Bailey – a Melbourne Football Club diehard – was inspired by reading Daniher’s book.Starting earlier this year, he decided to walk the equivalent distance of Perth to Melbourne – given Daniher’s footy involvement in both cities.He hopes to complete his mission by the end of the year.“But as silly as it sounds, I probably underestimated the distance involved – I committed to doing it before I even Google mapped it!” Bailey said with a laugh.“Seriously though, it’s been a really nice, cathartic process to go through – being able to take my newborn son with me as I walk 10 to 15 kilometres a day.“I think I’ve covered every street in Doreen (his home suburb).”Bailey said with the ‘Big Freeze’ taking place on the Queen’s Birthday Monday, this is the perfect time to get the initiative out there while also honouring Smith’s legacy, and just who he was as a person.“With the nature of MND and what it takes away from a person when it comes to their movement, I thought doing a significant physical challenge was pretty appropriate,” Bailey explained.“It’s to highlight the true impact of the disease, so putting myself through what I’d consider to be a difficult challenge is really put into perspective when I compare it to what Shane endured. It’s a great reminder to me of what to not take for granted.”The only thing Shane Smith loved more than the footy was his familySmith’s great mate, and AFL Outer East chairman, Tony Mitchell explained the heartache Smith’s family went through.“We knew he was ill, but they hadn’t diagnosed him with MND until the Monday before he passed on the Wednesday (in December 2019),” Mitchell said.“He’d had other medical issues over the years, but it was initially considered to be a virus that he was suffering from.“I know I struggled with his diagnosis when it eventually came, and it was really upsetting for his family.”Mitchell and Smith had formed a close bond since meeting on the then Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League board more than 25 years ago.And they were still talking footy day in, and day out until Smith’s final days.Mitchell would constantly visit him in hospital, where Smith’s wife Debbie maintained a bedside vigil.“Shane’s passing had a significant impact on me, and I wanted to look at different ways to work through the grief.” – Aaron BaileyMitchell became emotional talking about his great mate, saying: “The toughest part has been not having him there to talk to anymore.“Every day we’d talk for half an hour or an hour at least, and we’d have some ripper debates – I’d wind him up and he’d tell me what an idiot I was!“Even in the last week of his life, I’d still give it to him and he’d just roll his eyes at me.”Mitchell said Smith never aspired to be the chair or president of what has become the ever-strengthening AFL Outer East region.“He just wanted to be the person in the background – he just wanted to roll the sleeves up and get to work,” Mitchell said.“But he never put up with any bullshit either.”The pair would be a constant fixture at local games throughout the region each Saturday for decades and would often be seen together indulging in their game day ritual of dim-sims and Coke Zero.As chair and deputy chair, they’d maintain a visible presence and always be there to receive direct feedback from passionate footy and netball club people on game days – whether positive or negative.Mitchell said he’s “incredibly proud” of Bailey’s selfless initiative, which Bailey kept close to his chest for months as Victorians battled through the bushfire crisis, and then Covid-19.Prior to joining the then YVMDFL board, Smith had served on the board of the Dandenong Ranges Junior Football League, had extensive roles at clubland with both Monbulk (including playing nearly 200 games) and Seville, and had been a real driver of the push to re-establish the senior and under-18 interleague sides.To donate to Bailey’s FightMND fundraising effort, visit read more

Meralco, JPV battle for top spot

first_imgMeanwhile, Ceres Negros returns to the comforts of home after a tough away defeat at midweek as the Busmen battle Ilocos United at Panaad Stadium in a match that will be aired live on PTV at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FC Meralco Manila and JPV Marikina dispute top spot when they clash on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.With 20 points from their first eight matches, the Sparks can extend their lead at the top with another victory against a JPV side which they beat, 1-0, last May 20 in Biñan.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Magsayo stakes spotless slate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIEScenter_img LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds But Marikina has since racked up five straight victories since that defeat to Meralco, zooming to second place with 18 points as the competition reached its ninth week.After back-to-back draws, Meralco returned to its winning ways last Saturday at the expense of Ilocos United, 1-0, at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since the defeat to the Sparks, Marikina has conquered powerhouse sides Global Cebu and Ceres Negros as coach Dan Padernal’s men staked their claim as a contender this season.“Meralco is a strong team, especially on the counterattack,” said Padernal. “We also have to be wary of their threat in set pieces.”last_img read more

Big turnout expected for Sandals travel agent golf tournament

first_imgClose to 100 golfers will participate in the Annual Latin American Travel Agents’ Golf Tournament, which tees off today at the Sandals Golf and Country Club, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Travel agents from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Panama are being hosted at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, as the resort chain reaches out to the Latin American market for holiday, and hopefully, professional golfers. The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament. Categories to be contested include: Overall Champions and Runners-Up; Closest to Pin Female; Closest to Pin Male; Longest Drive Female; and Longest Drive Male. Silvio Paez, Unique Vacations director of sales for Latin America and Arlenes Garcia, sales manager for Latin America, were both upbeat about this year’s events and the exposure it brings to Jamaica in the Latin American marketplace. They pointed to the steady growth of Latin America market share in Jamaica and the importance the golf tournament plays in allowing the travel agents to get a first-hand knowledge of the island, both as a tourist and also as a golfing destination. INTERESTING AFFAIR Miguel Arthurs, general manager of the Sandals Golf and Country Club, said the event promises to be an interesting affair and the course was in great condition for excellent scores. “We anticipate a good tournament and all system are go for two days of splendid golf, “Mr Arthurs noted. Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet. “All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agent Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts, as the Latin American market is a growing one and gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first hand and hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.” Mr Laird said the travel partners will also get a chance to experience the new renovations done at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the most complete destination in the Caribbean. “Areas such as the new Ochi Beach Club, Rabbit Hole Speakeasy, Le Gourmand and Vista Sky Restaurants have been the subject of much interest in the marketplace and will be on show during the event,” Laird observed. Mr Laird said that as a venue the Sandals Golf and Country Club has a distinct advantage over most courses. “Our caddies play and important role as they are very good golfers themselves. Wesley Brown, Dane Bailey and Gifford Wilmot, who have all represented Jamaica in the Hoerman Cup event, are part of our staff.” He was also full of praise for local sponsors Appleton and Red Stripe for coming on board and partnering with Sandals to make the event even more memorable. The Awards Presentation will take place tomorrow at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.last_img read more

Mancini wants Toure brothers to skip Nations Cup

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, November 30 – Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure to skip the Africa Cup of Nations in January.The Ivory Coast are expected to call up both men, as well as City fringe player Abdul Razak, for the tournament which takes place in South Africa from January 19 to February 10. “If we lost Yaya and Kolo and maybe Abdul — who has not played a lot of games here, but maybe in January could be important — if we have two or three players injured and we don’t have other players, I hope that they don’t go to this competition,” said Mancini.“We talk and we need to talk more with their (international) manager, but it is difficult.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He’s determined to show we need better’ – Liverpool fans put the boot in

first_img Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (third from the right) came in for some stick 1 Liverpool may have won on their return to the Champions League, but goalie Simon Mignolet was heavily criticised by certain sections of the club’s support.The Reds were rescued by a last gasp Steven Gerrard penalty, which earned a 2-1 win against Ludogorets and got his team off the hook after some bumbling defending.Dani Abalo looked to have earned Bulgarian champs Ludogorets a point after he rounded Mignolet, who unwisely came charging out, and equalised with time nearly up.A number of Liverpool fans were less than happy and were crying out for another goalkeeper to come in and either replace the Belgian or keephim on his toes. Victor Valdes, anyone?last_img read more


first_imgSchedule of Masses – St. Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh: Next Weekend Saturday @ 7.30 p.m. – Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next week Wednesday @ 7.00 p.m. Friday @ 10.00 a.m.St. Columba’s, Burtonport Next Weekend – Saturday @ 6.30 p.m. – Sunday @ 11.00 a.m. Next WeekMon, Tues & Thurs @ 10.00 a.m.Friday @ 7.00 p.m.Lay Apostolate Prayer group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All welcome AdorationSt. Columba’s Church: Tues 10 am – 10 pmSt. Mary’s Church, Wed 10 am – 7 pmAnniversaries and MassesStC=St Columba’s. StM=St. Mary’s John Ward, Arlands, Sun 13th, StCAndrew Neilson, Monday, StCChristopher Harkin, Wed, StMKevin O’Donnell, Sheskinarone, Fri, StC Molly & Hugh O’Donnell, Mullaghderg, Sat 19th, StMJames Ruddy, & his son Paul, Sun 20th, StCCharlie Ward, The Glen, Kincasslagh, who was buried on Sunday last from St. Mary’s to Belcruit.Fr. Harry Allison, Letterkenny who was buried during the week.Fr. Patrick McShane, Donegal Town who was buried on Thursday.Annie Moy, Belcruit, whose anniversary occurs at this time.May they rest in peaceFundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday 2nd Jan. Proceeds for CARRICKFINN PIER. Team of 4, €20 per teamEcumenical ServiceThis years ecumenical service will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh on 20th January at 4.00 p.m. All are welcome to come along and share what we have in common with other Christians among us.Acres N.S.If you are clearing out old clothes, bed linen, belts, etc. please consider putting them in the clothes bin outside the school. We would really appreciate it, as the income generated is needed for the running of the school nowadays.UNITE FOR LIFE – PRO-LIFE VIGIL will be held on Sat. 19th Jan. in Dublin at 4.30 pm in Merrion Sq. It lasts for two hours and a free bus has been organised from our area. Please make every effort to be there and to encourage family, friends and neighbours to do likewise. The vigil will have a positive, clear message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. Posters will be provided on the day.Anyone wishing to go to the Vigil should contact Doherty’s Coaches at 074 9521105. For further information please telephone Agnes on 9522139VEC – Adult EducationDo you feel that spelling, writing and reading causes you difficulty? 1 in 4 Irish adults do. Next class begins Monday 28 January in the Ionad in Dungloe, 7-9. Call Dolores on 9180871 or 086 1740677 for information or to discuss other options for you. This is a free service.Medjugorje: Pilgrimage in Holy WeekMarch 24th – 31st, 2013 Ex Dublin. Adults €629. Children under 16 =€589. Spiritual director Fr. Paul Gallagher. Bus leaving from Annagry. Contact Bernie at 087 935 3953.Dungloe G.A.A. Minor Board2013 Information night will take place on Saturday 19th January in the Parochial Hall Dungloe at 7.00 p.m. The underage managers would appreciate it if all parents/guardians of children playing at underage level would attend this short meeting.Addiction – What about the Family?White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre is holding a one day support programme for those affected by another’s addiction. Looking at the effects of addiction on you and your family and improve the quality of your life.This programme is for you if you are aged 16 and over; your family is suffering from the strain of a loved one’s addiction; a friend is struggling with addiction and you want to know how to help; you have questions about addiction and need honest answers about treatment and recoveryDate: Saturday 26th January 2013Time: 10am – 5pmVenue: White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre, Muff, Co Donegal (Post-treatment annex)Contact: 074 9384400Email: Cost: €20/£16 per person – Family Rate Available. Prior booking is necessaryChurch gate CollectionThe recent collection in aid of the Pro Life Trust at St. Columba’s Church amounted to €247.76. Many thanks to all who contributed.BaptismsBaptisms in our parish are held on Saturday evenings at 5.00 p.m. On the first and Third Saturdays they are held in Burtonport, and on the second and fourth Saturdays they are held in Kincasslagh.A Baptism is the introduction of a candidate to the catholic faith and community, and to their own salvation. A promise of salvation is granted to each candidate to embraces the faith at baptism and does so for the rest of their lives. An infant cannot do this, and therefore it is through the faith of the parents and Godparents that the sacrament is permitted. That is why the first thing parents do at a baptism is promise to bring their child up in the faith.In a baptism the paschal candle is lit, and from it the candidates candle is lit symbolizing that they share in what Christ won for us at Easter through his death and resurrection. At a funeral we light the paschal candle once again as we ask God to make good on that promise of eternal life.A baptism is not a private affair. It is a community celebration. It should be held while the community is gathered, i.e., at Mass. However for various reasons this does not happen, except on Holy Saturday Vigil Mass. That is why in this parish we put the picture of the new candidates into the newsletter, as this is the only way the community can know that new members are joining. But where a number of candidates are to be baptized they should join the community together, with their families present. When this happens the community are gathered and a sense of community is established.WeddingsBoth the church and state require three months notice of an impending Marriage. Candidates need to go along to the priest in the parish where they are living and complete the pre nuptial enquiry form. This involves producing an up to date Baptismal Certificate issued within six months of the date of the wedding, and a confirmation cert. It also requires the completion of a pre marriage course, which can be booked online at You need to contact the registrar at 074 9123771 to discuss the civil requirements of marriage and to arrange an appointment to give three months notice.€21,000 every 21 daysTo celebrate 21 years of successful fundraising, the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital are launching their 21,000 every 21 days campaign on Monday 21st January at 7.30 p.m. in the conference room, Floor A, Letterkenny General hospital. All welcome to attend.CongratulationsTo all involved in the recently opened Rosses Radio project. The first day was very professional and enlightening and we wish all producers, DJ’s and co-workers every success in the future.DD LOCAL: BURTONPORT/KINCASSLAGH PARISH BULLETIN was last modified: January 12th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Seeing double! Chelsea star says ever-present Kante must play ‘with a twin’

first_img N’Golo Kante: The Frenchman has been key in Chelsea’s Premier League title charge Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is seeing double playing alongside N’Golo Kante, so omnipresent is the midfielder.It was Kante’s interception which was the catalyst for the move which Hazard finished for Chelsea’s opening goal in Monday night’s 2-1 win at West Ham.Chelsea restored their 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, with Kante on course for a second successive title with two clubs after swapping Leicester for Stamford Bridge last summer.Hazard told Chelsea TV: “I don’t need to say something about N’Golo. Everyone knows about him. He’s everywhere.“I think sometimes when I’m on the pitch I see him twice, one on the left, one on the right. I think he plays with a twin.“He’s a fantastic player, he helps the team a lot.”Hazard’s 10th goal of the season was followed by Diego Costa’s 17th and, although Manuel Lanzini scored in added time, it was a deserved win for Chelsea.Hazard insists the title is not on the minds of the Chelsea players.He added: “We don’t think about the title. We will think about the title when we’ve got the title.“We have 11 games to play. We will be ready for the 11.”Belgium playmaker Hazard says Chelsea felt the need to reopen their commanding advantage over their opponents when playing in the final fixture after a weekend which saw their rivals win.Hazard added: “(It was a) big win because Man City won, Liverpool won, Tottenham won. We had to win also.“It’s also on the mind that the opponents win games, so if we want to keep the same gap we need to win also. It’s motivation.“We did well, we created a couple of chances and could’ve scored more goals in the first half.“At the end we won the game, so that’s the most important thing.“In this kind of stadium you want to shine. We did well.” 1last_img read more

Daniel Farke pleased with Norwich character after win against QPR

first_imgNorwich manager Daniel Farke was delighted with his side’s response to a disappointing defeat after seeing them beat QPR 2-0 at Carrow Road to record their first Sky Bet Championship win of the season.The Canaries bounced back from Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat against Sunderland in impressive style as second-half goals from Nelson Oliveira and Harrison Reed sealed a deserved victory.“I am very pleased with the win,” he said. “After Sunderland everyone was very motivated for this game. We received some criticism after the defeat and to be fair it was justified because some of our defending was not good.“I think you saw a lot of effort and togetherness out there tonight and in the end the players got what they deserved. It was a good performance with two excellent goals and I also thought we defended really well – I can’t really remember QPR having a clear-cut chance all night.”Oliveira made his mark after being recalled to the starting line-up after being left out for a couple of games as punishment for his angry celebration in front of Farke after coming off the bench to score a late equaliser at Fulham on the opening day.The Portuguese striker was brought back into the fold after apologising for his antics and Farke said: “When I decided to bring him back into the starting 11 I told him I wasn’t expecting miracles. I just told him to go out there and work hard for the side, which he did. He also got his goal, which is good for any striker, so I am very pleased.“It was a good celebration with the fans – that’s how it should be, it’s not about the coach.“It was also a great goal from Harrison Reed. He is new to the Championship but he has done really well since he has been here and tonight you saw what he could do. He is a young man with a great character and I am sure he will do well here.”last_img read more

Demarai Gray close to signing new Leicester City deal

first_img Demarai Gray appears close to signing a new Leicester contract 1 Demarai Gray is close to signing a new contract at Leicester with boss Craig Shakespeare insisting he should use Cristiano Ronaldo as inspiration. The winger has been in talks with the club over a new deal with the Foxes having rejected bids from Bournemouth and Crystal Palace over the summer. Gray is set to start Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium having struggled for consistency since joining from Birmingham for £3.5million in 2016.He has scored three goals in all competitions – making just 10 league starts – and his end product has been criticised.But, ahead of his new deal, Shakespeare believes Gray should look to Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, who took time to settle at Manchester United, for comfort.He said: “With run of games and experience, that will come. Remember Cristiano Ronaldo? When he first came here (in 2003), people used to criticise him for the same things.“If the opposition put two defenders against you and you’re trying to beat them all the time, then you have to fins another solution. That’s what football is all about, finding the right solution for that given moment.“The contract is in the final instalments, his advisers are talking with our director of football and I’m excepting that to be completed sooner rather than later.“I think it’s important we show a statement of intent that we intend to keep all our players.“It’s well documented we had bids for Demarai. We didn’t want to sell him, we want to build the club with players of his ilk.“He’s shown a real desire now to want to stay and progress his career with this club. It’s important we now tie that one up and concentrate purely on his football.”last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez’s missed drugs test was ‘no one’s mistake’, says Mourinho

first_img Alexis Sanchez made his Manchester United debut in the FA Cup on Friday Jose Mourinho insists Alexis Sanchez’s missed drugs test was “no one’s mistake”.Sanchez failed to inform drugs testers of his whereabouts on Monday, as his transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United was pushed through.UK Anti-Doping officers were unable to locate him despite a trip to Arsenal’s training ground, and on Friday Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal should bear responsibility for not informing the authorities the Chile forward would not be at the club’s Colney base.READ MORE: Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal to blame for Alexis Sanchez missed drugs test on day of Man United moveSanchez laid on two goals on his United debut as Mourinho’s side overwhelmed Yeovil 4-0 at Huish Park on Friday night to move into the FA Cup fifth round, before Mourinho insisted the drugs test issue was an honest mix-up.“I think Arsenal were very honest in the way they approached the situation,” said Mourinho, of Sanchez’s missed drugs test.“We all know we must tell the whereabouts, our players where they are 24 hours a day.“Nobody knew where he was going to be, it was just a period of his transfer.“So I think it’s easily understandable, no one’s mistake and just a consequence of the moment.”Sanchez teed up Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera as United took control at Yeovil, before replacements Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku glossed the score late on.The 29-year-old Chile forward’s transfer from Arsenal has proved one of the highest-profile deals of the January transfer window.Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal to push the Sanchez deal through, leaving Mourinho pleased with the net gain for United.“He was cheap wasn’t he? A free transfer, that’s good,” joked Mourinho, over signing Sanchez.“For that price it’s fantastic.“I think everybody thinks the same in this country. Everybody has to agree he’s a fantastic player and it’s a plus.“We have a group of attacking players; Lingard, Lukaku on the bench, Zlatan, Martial at home.“We have good quality in the group.” 1last_img read more