Heaslip wary of wily Gatland

first_imgWales boss Warren Gatland will have a few tricks up his sleeve that could catch Ireland’s crop of Lions unawares on Saturday, warns Jamie Heaslip. Lions coach Gatland led the likes of Heaslip and Ireland captain Paul O’Connell to Test series victory over Australia in the summer. The fallout from omitting Brian O’Driscoll for the decisive final Test still overshadows Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and Wales. Assistant coach Les Kiss said Ireland will not hold anything back in chasing turnovers at the tackle area. But the defensive specialist said Schmidt’s outfit will be at pains to show referee Wayne Barnes they are staying the right side of the laws when contesting the breakdown. “You can still go hard at the breakdown, and fight hard,” said Kiss. “But you must do it accurately and show good pictures to the referee and your team-mates. “If the contest is on we’ll go for it, but if not we’ll trust in our other plans.” “And it’s over to us, ultimately. We’re under no illusions what we’re up against. “They’ve won the championship two years on the hop now. We’re going up against a quality side, we’ve played against them often and with them from the summer. “They are good players and good blokes, and we expect a tough battle on our hands in that regard. It’s definitely going to be a physical game.” center_img Vice-captain Heaslip believes Ireland carry “absolutely” no hang-ups from the summer into this weekend. Ireland’s Lions contingent worked closely and at length with Gatland, unearthing his most trusted coaching methods and styles of play. But the Leinster loose forward is adamant Gatland has kept some secrets close to his chest, to be unleashed for his Wales side in this year’s Six Nations, as they chase a record third straight championship titles. “I’m sure ‘Gats’ hasn’t shown his full hand, across the summer and even into the tournament now,” said Heaslip. “Their lads have played enough against (Ireland coach) Joe (Schmidt) through club rugby when he was Leinster boss I suppose, to get a taste of what he could be like. “But they are not playing against Joe as such, they are playing against our lads. “You’ve got to take it with a pinch of salt I suppose. “It will have a bearing, and perhaps they could gain an advantage from it. But we’ve just got to be mindful of them producing something different. Press Associationlast_img read more

TOURNEY 2020: Five schools represented on All-Hancock County girls’ team

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img The 2019-20 girls’ basketball season saw players all across Hancock County rise to the occasion. In some places, familiar faces returned to cement their statuses as top players; in others, new stars made names for themselves with breakout seasons.Comprised of one senior, two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman, this year’s All-Hancock County team highlights local players of all ages. Representing five different schools, these six players show that talent across the area will be running strong in both the days to come and the years ahead.Leah Carroll, sophomore, Mount Desert IslandA Mount Desert Island team with four new starters had to overcome its inexperience quickly to keep pace in the ever-competitive Class B North field. Carroll answered the call for Brent Barker’s group, which got off to a 5-1 start en route to yet another tournament appearance.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCarroll finished in double figures in each of her first five games, a stretch that included a 19-point, 12-rebound performance Dec. 18 against Washington Academy. In addition to her team-best 11.2 points per game and her impressive 6.3 rebounds per game, she shot a Big East Conference-best 45.0 percent from 3-point range.Bucksport’s Jade Leeman shoots as George Stevens Academy’s Evelyn Dagan (left) and Sophia Biggie-Jennings defend during a high school girls’ basketball game Jan. 29 at Bucksport High School. Leeman, a freshman, averaged 19.1 points, 8.2 blocks, 3.9 assists and 3.2 blocks per game. KARIN BOS PHOTO“Leah has made some great adjustments this year to become a key player for us,” Barker said. “She’s shot the ball really well, and she’s been real aggressive. We know teams are going to try to key in on her.”Jade Leeman, freshman, BucksportThe Bucksport girls’ team fell just short of a tournament berth in 2019-20, but the Golden Bucks’ young players should have fans excited about the team’s future. No Bucksport player encapsulated that more than Leeman, who averaged a Hancock County-best 19.1 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.2 blocks.Last Wednesday, Leeman scored a career-high 37 points in Bucksport’s 66-40 win over Sumner. Among her other strong efforts were a 20-point, eight-rebound, seven-block showing Dec. 20 against Central, a 23-point, 10-rebound performance Dec. 28 against Stearns, a 28-point outburst Jan. 2 against Narraguagus and a 26-point effort Jan. 29 against George Stevens Academy that included five 3-pointers.Luna Perry-St. Peter, sophomore, George Stevens AcademyNo one in Hancock County came remotely close to Perry-St. Peter’s average of 12.6 rebounds per game this season. The sophomore captain was also GSA’s top scorer, averaging 12.6 points per game as she helped lead the Eagles back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.Perry-St. Peter scored a season-high 22 points Jan. 18 against Calais. Her other strong performances included 16 points and 15 rebounds Dec. 11 against Narraguagus, 20 points, 12 rebounds and four assists Dec. 13 against Searsport and 15 points and 16 rebounds Dec. 18 against Bucksport.“Luna is everything that you would want in a student athlete,” GSA head coach Brandi Ensworth said. “With her size and athleticism, she can play any position, which makes her a matchup problem for opposing teams. She gives everything she has every time she steps on the court.”Trinity Montigny, senior, EllsworthMontigny makes her second appearance on the All-Hancock County team after leading Ellsworth back to the playoffs with a remarkable senior season. The senior led the Big East Conference in scoring at 17.4 points per game and was also in the top three in assists (3.3) and steals (2.8) per game.Montigny’s biggest game this season came Jan. 29 as she scored 42 points to join Ellsworth’s 1,000-point club and lead the Eagles to an 80-35 win over Foxcroft on Senior Night. She was named Big East Player of the Week for the second and eighth weeks of the season.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Kaylee Morey shoots over Shead’s Maleeka Barnes during the second half of a high school girls’ basketball game Dec. 14 in Deer Isle. Morey led the Mariners in assists (4.7) and steals (3.3) per game and also averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“She’s just a great kid and a phenomenal athlete,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “She does the right things on and off the court, and she raises the level of those around her. There just aren’t enough good things to say about her. … She’s a joy to coach.”Kaylee Morey, junior, Deer Isle-StoningtonMorey was the starting point guard for a Deer Isle-Stonington team that went 16-2 in the regular season. She was immensely valuable as the facilitator and top defender for the Mariners, who will be playing in the regional quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row.Morey averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals per game. The Stonington native’s best games included a 13-point, six-assist, four-steal effort Dec. 14 against Shead, a six-assist, seven-steal performance Jan. 5 against Machias, a 12-point, four-assist, six-steal effort Jan. 14 against Machias and a 16-point, four-rebound showing Jan. 21 against Bucksport.Rylee Eaton, junior, Deer Isle-StoningtonAfter claiming a spot on last year’s All-Hancock County team as the leading scorer for a Deer Isle-Stonington squad that went unbeaten in the regular season, Eaton has earned the honor yet again in 2019-20. She led the Mariners in points per game (12.6) and also averaged 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals.Eaton will be eagerly anticipating this year’s tourney after missing all three of Deer Isle-Stonington’s postseason games a year ago. Forming an elite tandem with Morey on both ends of the floor, the All-Hancock County duo will look to lead the Mariners to a deep run through the Class D field.“They play very well together, and they also play well with everybody else,” Deer Isle-Stonington head coach Randy Shepard said. “They’re great kids.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Dundalk draw Legia Warsaw in Champions League

first_imgThe home leg will take place at the Aviva Stadium on the 17th of August with the away leg on the 23rd.Legia are 3 games into their league season and have won just one of their matches so far.Like Dundalk they have come through two qualifying rounds to get to this stage of the competition beating HSK Zrinjski Mostar  of Bosnia and AS Trenchin of Slovakia. Manchester City have been drawn against Stuea Bucharest while Celtic will meet Hapoel Beer Sheeva of Israel.last_img