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Mikel Arteta sends message to former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud ahead of FA Cup final with Chelsea

first_imgOlivier Giroud could haunt his former club again in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is delighted for Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman in fine goal-scoring form for Chelsea, but hopes he will suffer a slump in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.The 33-year-old has been lethal since the return of football after the coronavirus hiatus, scoring six goals in his last seven games for Chelsea and on each of his last four appearances.It has been a remarkable renaissance for the veteran forward, after being left out of the Chelsea team for the majority of the first half of the season, with Tammy Abraham filling the centre-forward role.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, he has re-established himself as the first choice forward under Frank Lampard and Arteta is well aware of the threat he poses at Wembley on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT‘It is always good connections when these moments arrive,’ Arteta said on Friday. ‘With Oli you can see in the last few months how he is performing, the amount of goals he has scored for them. ‘We know him, he has the experience on the finals as well. ‘I’m not surprised, because I know Oli. He is a fighter. Even when he was playing for us and he had some difficult moments, he always reacted. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He always works really hard and comparing with the greatest is like always. They’ve done it and they did it for long periods where they were really successful at the club. So any comparison with them is always difficult. I’m glad that he is doing really well, but hopefully tomorrow he won’t do that well.‘Asked whether Giroud was undervalued at Arsenal, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know, the demands on strikers are so, so high but I think they fans showed a lot of appreciation for Olivier, and the club and the dressing room did as well at the time.’Giroud left Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018 after falling out of favour with the Gunners.The World Cup winner has already haunted his former club, opening the scoring in the Europa League final last season as Chelsea went on to beat Arsenal 4-1. Mikel Arteta sends message to former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud ahead of FA Cup final with Chelsea Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Olivier Giroud has been crucial to Chelsea’s recent success (Picture: Getty Images)Frank Lampard was not in charge then, but he has been delighted with the Frenchman’s work ethic this season, and has hailed his recent performances, after coming close to leaving the club in January.‘It’s always firstly down to the player on form,’ said the Chelsea boss. ‘I try to work with the group to make my message clear. You work on a lot of things with strikers, on and off the ball. ‘Olivier has been fantastic listening to that, the credit goes to him.’The FA Cup final kicks-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 1 August at Wembley.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Frank Lampard ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with ChelseaAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Chelsea rubbish claims of unprofessionalism from Marina Granovskaia in Kai Havertz chaseFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Regions set for housing-led miracle as capital affordability bites

first_imgVictorians Tracey and Mark Pierce pictured with their son Biel have just bought their new home in Gympie for $209,000. Picture: Lachie MillardBUYERS priced out of capital city markets are driving a housing-led mini economic miracle in a hard-hit Queensland region where prices are so hot, some buyers are going in sight-unseen.As house medians soar major centres – sitting at $915,000 in Sydney, $634,000 in Melbourne and $515,000 in Brisbane – buyers turning outside the capital city box for housing and investment solutions have been dumbfounded by regional prices.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:49Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:49 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenReal Talk: Demand Index – March 201701:49The Queensland region of Gympie, where the median house price is just $5,000 more than it was six years ago, is among those that have emerged a clear winners in the battle for eyeballs.In the past 12 months, Gympie has logged a median house price of $249,000, a rise of 6.2 per cent at a time when Brisbane posted a 4 per cent jump, according to the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report. The last time its median got that high was in 2011, when it was $244,000, before dropping to $230,500 in 2013 and $234,500 in 2015. A decade ago it was $225,000.6 Brassington Road Glenwood is on the market for just $185,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auAdd to that the average rental yield for houses in Gympie is 5.8 per cent, compared to 4.1 per cent in Brisbane and it’s no wonder the numbers are confounding buyers. Those numbers are prompting a major upswing in upgraders, treechangers and investors pouring into regions such as Gympie.Real estate agent Andii Stewart of Agents2Go Gympie regularly fields calls from buyers from South East Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and even Western Australia expressing disbelief at the prices.“$250,000 is not unusual, but $200,000 to $250,000 is more regular and if you go out of town it’s even under that,” she said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoA 1.5 acre property at 6 Brassington Road, Glenwood with a three bedroom cottage, separate small cabin, 30 minutes outside Gympie is currently looking for a buyer at $185,000A four bedder on a 1,012sq m block in the Gympie CBD, at 14 Cullinane Street, is priced at $230,000.14 Cullinane Street Gympie is for sale at $230,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au“That’s the sort of money we’re looking at here,” Ms Stewart said. “We’re going through a real shift, definitely driven by affordability. Gympie is not the country town it once was, everything’s here now and we’re 40 minutes from Noosa, an hour 40 from Brisbane airport.“Last week Bonnie (Hollander) had 85 emails in one day from buyers. The phone just keeps ringing. Some days we’re just snowed under. We have an agent who all day every day is just taking people out to properties. He’s never worked so hard. He loves to tell us he’s exhausted.”Five years ago there were about 5000 properties for sale in the 4570 postcode, now it’s about half that, most of which was in the region of $250,000.Victorians Tracey and Mark Pierce and their son Biel were among interstate buyers who decided to settle in Gympie after trying out Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.They bought an old three-bedroom house with a well-established garden and trees for just $209,000, and intend to undertake major renovations.The couple, in their early 50s, said they did not believe they’d be able to find a place where they would be able to pay off their mortgage before retirement.With their son needing specialist medical care, the Gympie Regional Hospital was ideal and upgrades to the Bruce Highway mean Brisbane appointments were two hours away.last_img read more

Edith “Gertie” (Lavender) Switzer

first_imgEdith “Gertie” (Lavender) Switzer, age 91, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 2, 1925, in Paintsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late, Edward Paul and Grace May (LeMaster) Lavender. She was raised in Paintsville, Kentucky where she attended school. Gertie was united in marriage to Charles T. Kays and later united in marriage to Willis B. Switzer. Gertie was employed as a janitor for the Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana for 20 years. Gertie enjoyed ministering to others and will be dearly missed by her family. Gertie spent the last several years at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana where the nurses went above and beyond taking care of her until her passing. Gertie passed away at 4:15 am, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Gertie will be dearly missed by her grandsons: James T. “Junker” May and his wife: Kelly of Vevay, IN and Charles May and his wife: Paula of Vevay, IN; her great-grandchildren: Benton, Brevon, Lacy, Troy, Luke and Eddie and her three-great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents: Edward Paul and Grace May (LeMaster) Lavender; her 1st husband: Charles T. Kays, her great-grandson: Connor May; her sisters: Mary Wallen, June Conley and Kitty Beatrice Preston and her brother: Stephen Wesley Lavender.Graveside Services will be conducted Friday, September 2, 2016, at 3:00 pm, by Rev. Gary Shepherd at the Vevay Cemetery, 800 East Main Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Westin Abbey rings up second Lone Star Tour win at Bells

first_imgWestin Abbey raced to his second $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win in three Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour events Monday at Grayson County Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Dean Abbey used a blueprint similar to Wolla’s in the Southern SportMod feature. He’d worked his way from seventh starting and got stuck in second for a long stretch before crossing the line side-by-side with Rodney White with two laps to go. Dean Abbey, George Egbert III and 14th starting Jeffrey Abbey rounded out the top five. Feature Results Westin Abbey swapped second with Powers before making his way to the front on lap 14. He mastered traffic beginning on lap 18, chased to the $1,000 checkers by the 12th starting Jesse Sobbing.  Sunday winner Derek Green was briefly into the runner-up spot following the second of two lap yellow cautions. Modifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. John Gober; 3. Drew Armstrong; 4. Jesse Sobbing; 5. Anthony Roth; 6. Josh McGaha; 7. Clay Money; 8. Brint Hartwick; 9. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 10. Treven Geter; 11. Michael Ables; 12. Ethan Braaksma; 13. Larry Adams; 14. Jim Cole; 15. Shane DeMey; 16. William Gould; 17. Brandon Aggen; 18. Mark Adams; 19. Jon White Jr.; 20. Mike Petersilie. BELLS, Texas (Feb. 17) – Westin Abbey rang up a second Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature win Monday night, getting the best of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car foes at Grayson County Speedway. Abbey had started 10th in the 30-lap, star-filled field at Bells, passed brother Dean for the lead just before halfway and then worked his way through traffic as the race ended with a long green flag run. Ryan Powers led the first six circuits from the pole before giving way to Dean Abbey, fresh off the win in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod main. His last-lap IMCA Modified heroics landed Jason Wolla in Grayson County Speedway’s victory lane. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Jason Wolla was the $1,000 IMCA Modified winner, putting his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with a last-lap pass of John Gober.  Abbey pulled ahead from that point, collecting the checkers ahead of Rodney White, Mitchell Clement, 12th starting Gregory Muirhead and 15th starting Justin White. Monday’s third installment of the Lone Star Tour drew 70 Stock Car entries from a dozen states, with California newly represented.  The 2017 national champion had chased Gober following an early caution that saw leader and Sunday winner Jon White Jr. exit. Drew Armstrong, Sobbing and Anthony Roth were scored next.  Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Rodney White; 3. Mitchell Clement; 4. Gregory Muirhead; 5. Justin White; 6. Jeremy Henry; 7. Brandon Blake; 8. Justin Nabors; 9. Kevin Ward; 10. Ron Hessel; 11. Brantley Beatty; 12. Austen Becerra; 13. Christopher Stewart; 14. Mark Marr; 15. Mark Patterson; 16. Dan Day; 17. Michael McCullough; 18. Mason Day; 19. Matthew Day; 20. Brandon Tharp. Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey; 2. Jesse Sobbing; 3. Dean Abbey; 4. George Egbert III; 5. Jeffrey Abbey; 6. Matthew Riskey; 7. Matt Guillaume; 8. Ryan Powers; 9. Chad Schroeder; 10. Eric Rempel; 11. Dean Cornelius; 12. Abe Huls; 13. Jason Batt; 14. Kevin Flock; 15. Kirk Martin; 16. Derek Green; 17. Dan Mackenthun; 18. Curt Lund; 19. Jason Rogers; 20. Hesston Shaw; 21. Dustin White.last_img read more

Liverpool post club-record 13th league win; City hot in pursuit

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, England (Reuters) – Liverpool’s perfect start to the season continued with a 3-0 win at Burnley, a club-record 13th successive Premier League victory that quickly displaced Manchester City, 4-0 conquerors of Brighton & Hove Albion, at the top of the table.After four games, last season’s top two have broken clear of the pack although this time it is Juergen Klopp’s side two points ahead as they go into the international break.On a day of several VAR controversies as English football continues to grapple with the new technology, Leicester City emerged as the nearest pursuers after beating Bournemouth 3-1 but there was more frustration for Manchester United and Chelsea, who were held by Southampton and Sheffield United respectively. West Ham United and Crystal Palace both won.At Turf Moor, Liverpool took the lead on 33 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross looped off Chris Wood’s head into the far corner of the net, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also scoring in another impressive performance. The club’s previous record run was set between April and October 1990, when the team was managed by Kenny Dalglish.City’s win was even more emphatic and was never in doubt from the moment Kevin de Bruyne put them ahead in the second minute. With Sergio Aguero scoring twice to keep up his record of scoring in each of City’s four league games and substitute Bernardo Silva netting with his second touch, it was business as usual for City, who lost French defender Aymeric Laporte with what looked like a serious knee injury.“It doesn’t look good,” said Pep Guardiola. United failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority at Southampton where the home side played the final 17 minutes with 10 men after defender Kevin Danso was sent off for a second yellow card.Although United took the lead through Daniel James, who registered his third league goal of the season with a fine strike, Danish centre back Jannik Vestergaard headed the equaliser on 58 minutes. RESULTS DIPSouthampton then held firm to frustrate the visitors under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said two points from their last three games represented “a dip in results but not form”.The Norwegian also rejected suggestions Paul Pogba could leave the club before tomorrow’s European transfer deadline.“Paul Pogba will be playing for us,” he said.Third-placed Leicester continued their excellent start to the season with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, with Jamie Vardy involved in all the home team’s goals.The striker scored twice and made a third for Youri Tielemans to complete a memorable week in which it was announced his wife is pregnant for the fifth time.Bournemouth felt Tielemans should have been red-carded for a foul on Callum Wilson, a challenge that VAR considered but chose not to intervene on, even though Wilson said he felt Tielemans almost ‘broke my ankle’. There was more controversy at Selhurst Park where referee Kevin Friend disallowed a late equaliser for alleged simulation by Jack Grealish.The decision enraged Villa manager Dean Smith who questioned why VAR did not step in, and Norwich manager Daniel Farke was also unhappy about non-intervention after a challenge on his defender Christoph Zimmermann did not receive a red card in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham.“This is a game where VAR didn’t work,” he said. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard looked close to securing his first home win of the season after Tammy Abraham scored twice in the first half but the promoted visitors showed plenty of fight to snatch a point with a strike from Callum Robinson and a late own goal from Kurt Zouma.Bottom side Watford, who had lost their first three games, eased some of the pressure on manager Javi Gracia by scraping a point in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.last_img read more

WLAX : Tumolo propels Syracuse to comeback win over North Carolina to advance to final four

first_img Comments Michelle Tumolo raised her stick up in her right hand and slammed it head-first into the Carrier Dome turf. Teammate Bridget Daley jumped into her arms in celebration.Tumolo had just almost single-handedly brought the Orange back from a two-goal deficit with three minutes remaining in regulation, capping the astounding comeback on a game-winning score with five seconds left.‘It was just pure bliss,’ Tumolo said in a phone interview. ‘I really was trying not to go out of this game without a win. I just basically took it under my belt to win the game. At the last second because I had the ball and I just waited for enough time to be able to score and not let them have time to score.’The Syracuse junior attack recorded two goals, an assist and a season-salvaging forced turnover in the final 180 seconds to extend the winningest season in program history. Propelled by her late-game heroics, the No. 4 seed Orange (18-3) edged the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (15-4) 17-16 in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on Saturday in front of 815 in the Carrier Dome. With the win, Syracuse advances to the final four in Stony Brook, N.Y., where it will face No. 1 seed Florida on Friday. The Gators demolished Penn State 15-2 in their quarterfinals matchup.Sophomores Katie Webster and Alyssa Murray recorded three goals apiece and freshmen Kailah Kempney, Devon Collins and Gabby Jaquith combined for five scores. But it was Tumolo, who tallied a team-high four goals, who undoubtedly won the game for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Every single player on the team stepped up at one point and made a huge play, and that made the difference,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said in the postgame press conference. ‘They stuck together and gave themselves an opportunity to fight back and win that game.‘I’ll give them all the credit, starting with Michelle Tumolo.’Though she was quiet in the first half – scoring just once in the opening 30 minutes – the team captain came alive when it mattered most.After North Carolina midfielder Laura Zimmerman scored with 3:04 left to extend the Tar Heels’ lead to 16-14, UNC’s Brittney Coppa controlled the draw to seemingly punch her team’s ticket to Stony Brook.But Tumolo refused to quit, knocking the ball out of Coppa’s stick and scooping up the ground ball.‘I think we were just realizing that we need to get the draw or we will not be able to score,’ Tumolo said. ‘So they were going up the field and I saw the girl. I ran my ass off to get to her and I checked her and we got the ball. It was kind of the play that we needed.’After a Murray shot rang off the crossbar, SU midfielder Bridget Daley recovered and found Tumolo wrapping around the left side of the cage. She spun inside UNC defender Sloane Serpe and beat Tar Heels goalkeeper Lauren Maksym falling on the right doorstep with 2:24 left.After Daley won the draw, Tumolo wrapped around left again roughly two minutes later. But this time, as Serpe and UNC midfielder Kara Cannizzaro collapsed, she lofted a pass over the crease to Kempney, who bounced the close-range attempt into the net with 39 seconds left.‘Coming from Michelle, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to pass it,’ Kempney said in the postgame press conference. ‘Just it was for the team. You’ve got to put all that pressure on yourself like it’s a do or die right there, so coming from Michelle, I couldn’t let her down.’But Tumolo’s masterpiece was not quite complete.Kempney won the ensuing draw over Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Becky Lynch and set up Tumolo on the right side.With her teammates cleared out, Tumolo drove right on Coppa with 10 seconds left. Turning back toward the middle of the arc eight yards out, she flung a bounce shot by Maksym’s right knee and into the net.‘(It was) literally the best feeling in the world because I’ve never really won a game like that or ever been the big winner,’ Tumolo said. ‘I’ve never won a game like that ever in my life so it was just the best feeling I’ve ever had. I’ve really never felt this in my life.‘It was amazing just looking up at my parents and they were crying. I was so happy.’sebail01@syr.edu Published on May 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

‘Still football’: How eight-man football has revitalized the game at CNY schools

first_imgLate in Bishop Grimes’ season-opener on Sept. 15, head coach Jason Wait yelled for another player to get on the field and defend. With nearly a 50-point lead, the Cobras were switching positions around and, in the process, forgot a second linebacker.The Cobras needed that player to complete their 3-2-3 defense. A standard high school formation would feature 11 players. But Bishop Grimes wasn’t missing an additional three players. They, along with 10 other teams in Section III, play eight-man football.Six teams played in Section III’s inaugural season of eight-man football in 2017, making New York one of more than 30 states with participating high schools. Five more Section III teams joined the league for the 2018 season, which began on Sept. 14 and 15. A year after its inception in central New York, local teams across the state are embracing the game.The most noticeable difference in the eight-man game is along the line, where there are three offensive linemen instead of five. Before the snap, five players are on the line of scrimmage instead of seven.But the field is the same. Smoke still rises from a grill beside small concession stands. Parents still bring lawn chairs to line the fence beside the field. There are still interceptions, big hits and long touchdown runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Eight-man football is still football,” said South Lewis head coach Mike Absolom.Andy Mendes | Digital EditorProviding opportunity From 2012 to 2015, South Lewis won four games total. In 2016, the Falcons didn’t have enough players to field a varsity team.In November of that year, Section III football co-chairman Keith Kempney emailed athletic directors to gauge interest in a switch to the eight-man game. When they spoke in December, the state football committee pointed out that more than 30 states have used eight-man football to combat roster-size issues, then-bishop Grimes athletic director John Cifonelli said.By January 2017, South Lewis was one of four schools which officially filed paperwork to participate, along with Cooperstown, New York Mills and Bishop Grimes. Athletic directors and coaches from those schools met in February to formulate the rule differences.Cifonelli met South Lewis athletic director Brian Oaks at the meetings. He saw the lack of a varsity football team bothered Oaks.“You knew football was always the thing, that thing weighing on him,” Cifonelli said. “Like, ‘we have to do this, we’re gonna do this, we have to do this.’”Instead of struggling to field a full team, by the end of the season, South Lewis had 21 players, more than the state minimum 12, and finished above .500, at 4-3.Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the Falcons’ football renaissance was 117-pound running back, Aquan Moultrie.“In 11-man we wouldn’t have been able to put him that position,” Absolom said. “Just size he wasn’t big enough.”In the eight-man game, Moultrie ran for almost 130 yards per game and eight touchdowns. He returned the only kickoff he received all season 65 yards for a score.Moultrie became a microcosm of the eight-man game at South Lewis. During the Falcons’ final season of standard football, Moultrie, then a sophomore, had two carries all season. The next year, in 2016, the Falcons didn’t have a team. But last fall, in South Lewis’ first eight-man season, Moultrie was the workhorse.In the past, the Falcons struggled to win games. This season, South Lewis wants to get to the Section III Championship at the Carrier Dome, a game it fell one win short of a year ago.At Section III Media Day in August, the Falcons stood 10 feet away from the defending champions, Bishop Grimes. Andrew Hoffman, a South Lewis senior, spied on the Cobras from his spot.“Let’s go get them,” he said.A chance to win Before starting eight-man, Bishop Grimes had one winning season in 12 years. Then-athletic director Cifonelli supported the decision to switch to eight-man football when the opportunity came. His player numbers never quite added up, he said.“Like a lot of small schools, we have three or four legitimate linemen,” Cifonelli said. “And then we have the 150-pound kid who’s not a skill player. So he gets stuck playing on the line. And those kids stop playing.”Cifonelli said he knew there was one man he really had to convince: Cobras head coach Jason Wait. When he first mentioned it to Wait, Cifonelli said, “He kind of gave me a funny look.”But Cifonelli sent Wait along online videos of the eight-man game, and he got a call that night — Bishop Grimes’ head coach was all in.“A lot of parents were skeptical but they said, ‘Jason, if you think this is okay, we’ll take a look at it,’” Cifonelli said. “And almost instantly everybody fell in love with it.”The 2016 Cobras went 2-5 and averaged 12.9 points per game. After the switch, Bishop Grimes went a perfect 6-0 in 2017 while putting up 46.3 points per game. Cobras quarterback Jordan Newman passed for more than 500 and an additional 300 yards on the ground in 2017. He contributed three touchdowns as a junior but 21 as a senior.By the time November’s sectional final in the Carrier Dome rolled around, the game picked up steam. Bishop Grimes trailed New York Mills most of the way before coming back to win by two scores. As Cifonelli sat in the stands, friends unfamiliar with the game approached him and praised the variation of football.Last year, some around the hallways at Bishop Grimes referred to the football team as “our eight-man football team,” Cifonelli said. Now, they’re “the football team.”“I’ve been there 21 years, I don’t really remember at any point where I could say, yeah, that was when people were really excited,” Cifonelli said. “I think now is when people are excited about it.”Expanding the gameWhen the initial meetings to form eight-man football in Section III took place, Cifonelli told people that there’d be at least 15 teams in the section playing eight-man football within five years. People thought he was crazy, Cifonelli said. Looking back, he believed his estimate was conservative.Eleven Section III teams kicked off season two of eight-man football this September. Both Sections V (Rochester) and IV (Binghamton) have formed eight-man teams, and all the Class D teams in Section IX (Lower Hudson Valley) are playing eight-man football for the first time this season.Morrisville-Eaton is one of the five teams to join for year two. Warriors’ athletic director Chris Doroshenko knew as soon as he heard about eight-man football that the switch could be useful for Morrisville-Eaton because of a relatively small senior class and low signup numbers.When summer practice began in August, the Warriors were about five players short of the 20 kids they wanted, Doroshenko said. The numbers didn’t increase for day two.“When we got to day three, and knowing that we wouldn’t even have enough to play the first week,” Doroshenko said. “We made that decision and the coach talked to the kids and the team.”Doroshenko didn’t feel much pushback, he said. Most of the people he interacted with realized it was necessary if Morrisville-Eaton was to keep football.Altmar-Parish-Williamstown joined eight-man football this season — head coach Scott Stanard had seen the writing on the wall for a few years, he said. The final push came when A-P-W suited up 20 kids in its final game last season, not enough for a full-team scrimmage.Stanard’s message to players, when the Rebels made the switch, was straightforward.“You still have to tackle, you still have to block and run the plays and execute,” Stanard said. “It’s just with three less guys on each side.”Continued successBishop Grimes opened its title defense with a 62-8 win over New York Mills on Sept. 15, the biggest win since 2004 when Max Preps began tracking the Cobra’s scores.“This foreshadows the rest of the season, hopefully,” Bishop Grimes linebacker Colin Cavanaugh said after the season-opening win. “We’re gonna work just as hard, if not harder, every game. Make sure we get back to the Dome.”Wait referred to a losing history dating back 30 years at Bishop Grimes. Now his team is the defending sectional champions. South Lewis, a year removed from not having a varsity team, will challenge Bishop Grimes for that title this year.After seeing the first season’s success, A-P-W, Morrisville-Eaton and other sections around New York state have a fresh opportunity to thrive in small-town football. Teams in their second season can string together winning seasons for the first time in more than a decade. And for teams that once couldn’t field a roster, football carries on.“It’s the kind of football that fits the small-school athlete today,” Cifonelli said. Comments Published on September 24, 2018 at 12:32 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp’s footballers bow out of 2017 championship

first_imgTipperary’s footballers have bowed out of the 2017 championship, following a tight battle against Armagh last evening.Tipp were leading 10 points to 8 at half time, and Michael Quinlivan found the net early in the second half to see Tipperary lead by 4 points at that stage.Armagh worked their way back, however, and momentum swung in favour of the Orchard-men, who replied with a point and a goal, leaving the Premier too much to do in injury time. The final score was 1-17 to 1-15, and Tipp captain Brian Fox says Tipp were disappointed with the outcome.last_img read more