Banks Beer Village Cup: Tiger Bay, Plaisance and Mocha secure opening night wins

first_imgTHE inaugural Banks Beer Village Cup commenced Tuesday evening at the Victoria Community Centre ground, with three exciting matches. Tiger Bay, Mocha and Plaisance secured vital wins and therefore progressed to the quarter-final rounds.Tiger Bay’s 3-0 rout of Liliendaal came off the boots of marksmen Manasseh Primo (7th), Darien Dickson (18th) and Deon Alfred (29th).Mocha edged East Ruimveldt 5-4 on sudden-death penalty kicks after their match ended 1-1. Michael Charles had opened the scoring in the 17th minute but four minutes later, Travis Blaze found the equaliser for East Ruimveldt.Plaisance whipped Sophia 3-0, with Vincent Thomas scoring a brace (17th and 79th). He received support from Akeem Thomas who netted in the fourth minute.Matches will continue this evening at the aforementioned venue with Pouderoyen in action against Kitty from 18:00hrs before Alexander Village battle Stewartville from 20:00hrs. The final match of the night pits Stabroek against Beterverwagting from 22:00hrs.Meanwhile, at a press briefing yesterday, the title sponsors confirmed their partnership with the event.Communications Manager Troy Peters stated, “We are proud to be on board this venture and it aids us in helping football being played throughout Guyana and we look forward to an exciting tournament.”Organiser Esan Griffith expressed his gratitude for the support of the company and felt the tournament had a productive start and fans can be assured of more riveting action.Griffith also explained the idea behind the tournament was to bring football back to its grassroots and give community teams a chance to showcase their talents.The tournament will see the winning team go home with $800 000 after the grand final set for December 30.The second-placed side will pocket $400 000, third-placed team will collect $200 000, and $100 000 to the fourth-placed finishers.last_img read more

The lessons of Allen Griffin, Syracuse’s newest assistant coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2017 at 12:12 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR The professor strode into Syracuse’s practice unannounced, and Allen Griffin knew he was in trouble.It was fall 1997 and Griffin, a freshman from Brownsville, Brooklyn, watched Marlene Blumin approach Bernie Fine, whom she knew as a former classmate and Griffin knew as his head coach’s lieutenant. Griffin remembered Fine looking around until he saw Griffin looking back at him. Fine extended a pointer finger and beckoned. Come here now.Griffin trudged over, and, once he was within reach, Fine put his hand on the back of Griffin’s head. In that moment, Griffin regretted not paying the proper respect to Blumin’s warning: Turn in your homework or I’ll come get it. Fine glared at Griffin as the point guard stammered through an explanation. In his next College Learning Strategies class, Griffin handed in his assignment.“That established that I cared about him,” Blumin said recently. “After that, back then, he would come (into my office) if he felt lonesome.”This spring, two unrelated things happened to make Griffin’s return to Syracuse as an assistant coach possible. Within a week in late March, longtime SU assistant Mike Hopkins departed to become the head coach at Washington and then Griffin’s boss at Dayton, Archie Miller, left for Indiana. This put Griffin in limbo, until Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called. Griffin had tried to become a Syracuse assistant before, serving as the team’s director of basketball operations from 2003 to 2005, but Boeheim had recommended gaining assistant coaching experience elsewhere first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn early April, Griffin replaced Hopkins as the big-man coach and understood the significance of joining a staff of alumni helmed by a 42-year head coach that had been a core for six straight seasons. Those relationships, like with Boeheim; fellow assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara; and Blumin, drew Griffin back to Syracuse. Coming into the fold, Griffin said, gives him “the opportunity to walk around with a little swag.” Taking this job, said his brother, Anthony Griffin, allowed him to share as a coach the lessons he learned as a player.“I grew into a man here,” Griffin said. “(Syracuse) put a lot of things into perspective in terms of life for me. The relationships I built here…” He trailed off.“I’ll be honest, I thank God every day that I’m back, and I’m not a Christian.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorCoaching big men hasn’t bothered Griffin though he never was one himself. He felt like a coach on the floor in college and then, at Dayton, coaches worked with every position.“Everybody makes a big deal about working with big guys,” Boeheim said. “The best guy I ever worked with at big guys was Pete Newell, he was a guard. He was the best big-guy coach that I’ve ever seen. Mike Hopkins was a guard, he was a great big-guy coach. Bernie Fine was a great big-guy coach. He didn’t play basketball. It’s kind of a myth to think, ‘Well you have to be big to coach big guys.’ I did it when I was here.“It’s like you’ve got to be a bird to jump out of a plane.”When Syracuse hired Griffin, he thought he would have three big men, but Taurean Thompson, the only one of the group who has played in an Atlantic Coast Conference game, transferred to Seton Hall. Griffin had looked forward to working with Thompson, because he had watched nearly all of Syracuse’s games from the season before and had seen the offensive potential. Now, Syracuse’s big men are the most unproven part of its roster, and the Orange will rely on Griffin to bring the unit along.One of the first things Griffin did after he got the job was take his two remaining players — redshirt junior Paschal Chukwu and freshman Bourama Sidibe — out for pizza so they got to know each other. At first, they were both quiet, but as Griffin watched Sidibe and Chukwu in the gym they were “better than expected,” he said. In his fourth season, Chukwu seemed naturally more at ease in the college game than first-year Sidibe, who was more “wide-eyed.” Yet Sidibe’s athleticism and dunking ability has impressed Griffin and bolstered optimism in Boeheim’s plan to use each 20 minutes per game.Going out for pizza, to Griffin, symbolized the way he’d always done things. The ability to cajole teammates and players stuck out to Griffin’s former teammates, and it doesn’t surprise his brother. As long as Anthony has known his brother, he’s seen him connect and communicate with other family members as well as he has with strangers who approach him when he’s out in town.Recently, as the brothers ate together at one Griffin’s favorite spots in Syracuse, Attilio’s Restaurant, a fan mistook Anthony for his brother and gushed about how great it was having him back as a coach. The brothers played along for a few minutes before Allen, laughing, explained the mix-up.When Griffin was a point guard, he sensed the differing needs of his big men Billy Celuck and Jeremy McNeill, so he tailored his approach to each player. Sometimes he went out for a beer or two with Celuck, because he knew that’s what Celuck liked to do. He gave mostly encouragement to McNeill, whom Griffin sensed was hesitant to trust.“C’mon big Perm,” Griffin said quietly to McNeill when the team needed him.“Me being a point guard,” Griffin said, “I had to learn how to deal with different personalities at one time (with Celuck and McNeill). I use that now to this day, especially with (Chukwu and Sidibe). … I’ve had a lot of hands-on training with centers, and the one thing I learned is this: They’re big gentle giants and you got to show them love, but you also got to put your foot up their butt if you need to.”When Griffin criticizes Chukwu or Sidibe, he always tries to do so in a quieter voice, so they understand he wants them to get better and he’s not just yelling out of anger. He takes the same approach with his two sons, 18-year-old A.J. and 7-year-old Trey. And now, Griffin wants to be there for his players like those who were there for him when he was a student.When he came to Syracuse, it was the first extended time away from his grandmother, who raised him because he hadn’t known his father and his mother died when he was about 7 years old. Griffin often went to Blumin’s office to talk throughout college. When his role on the team grew as a sophomore. When he was benched as a junior. When he started every game as a senior.One day during that time, Griffin walked into Blumin’s office and sat on a chair that was next to a sofa. He picked up the Whee-lo, his favorite toy of the collection Blumin kept to help calm those who came to see her, the one where magnets inside a red plastic wheel propel it along two sides of a U-shaped metal track, in a way that sort of looks like gravity.As Griffin spun the wheel back and forth, Blumin continued typing on her computer. Students often wandered in and out, so a few minutes passed before she looked up at Griffin. Then, she saw tears streaming down his face. She walked over, sat on the sofa and asked what was wrong. He couldn’t remember his mother’s voice. They sat together for a while in silence until Blumin suggested Griffin call his grandmother.Last year, Blumin retired from SU. While cleaning out her office, she called several former students to see if they wanted anything. When she reached Griffin, he knew immediately.Blumin boxed up the Whee-lo and addressed the package to Dayton, Ohio. A few days later, Griffin ripped open the package, sat down and spun the toy, he said, for the better part of two to three days. Then he put it on his desk and, as players visited his office throughout the season, some picked it up as they talked. Griffin hasn’t yet brought the Whee-lo to his new office, with its high glass windows overlooking the Melo Center. For now, he keeps it at his apartment, but it’ll be ready for anyone who might be in need. Commentslast_img read more

Premier advance to Intermediate hurling semi

first_imgThe Lattin-Cullen man, who’s the son of former intercounty referee Paddy Russell, got two of Tipp’s three goals – they came within a minute of each other midway through the second period.Goalkeeper Brian Hogan scored the other one with a penalty early in the second half.Four other Tipperary players got on the scoresheet: Billy McCarthy registered 0-3 with Sean Ryan, Liam McGrath and Dylan Fitzell getting a point a piece.Cork got to within four points of the Premier early in the second half but that was probably as close as they came to snatching victory at Semple Stadium. William Maher’s side defeated the Rebels 3-20 to 1-15 and go on to face Limerick in the next round on June 19th.Aidan McCormack of Thurles Sarsfields led the Tipp scoring charge – the senior panel member racked up 0-14, 0-12 of which came from frees.Full-forward Mark Russell also had a major impact on the match.last_img read more