Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding

first_imgDonegal have been flying in more ways than one so far in Cavan this afternoon.At half-time in the Ulster semi-final, Declan Bonner’s Donegal lead Tyrone by seven points.Ciaran Thompson replaced the injured Jason McGee after just 12 minutes. Ciaran Thompson keeps a tight grip on Tyrone’s Brian Kennedy. Photo Evan LoganThompson had to make a dash to Kingspan Breffni Park from his brother’s wedding and was flown by helicopter to allow him take his place in the Donegal panel.His older brother, 2012 All-Ireland winner Anthony, got married to Nicole McHugh in Lettermacaward earlier today.Ciaran Thompson has another engagement to attend to – toppling Tyrone! After the game, the Naomh Conaill forward will be flown back to the wedding reception, which is being held at the Blue Haven in Kilcar.Jamie Brennan’s goal, after just four minutes, gave Donegal the perfect start and the Bundoran man has kicked 1-3 as Donegal hold a commanding 1-9 to 0-5 lead.Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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) Tags:2019 Ulster SFCciaran thompsonDeclan BonnerdonegalJamie BrennanJason McGeeTyronelast_img read more

Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener

first_img12 June 2010South Africa’s national team raised their game in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on Friday, holding a Mexican side placed far above them in the international rankings to an enthralling 1-1 draw – with Siphiwe Tshabalala unleashing a blistering shot to score the first goal of the tournament.South Africans around the country went into a frenzy when Bafana Bafana opened the scoring in the second half at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium – only to have their hearts ripped out when the Mexicans equalised with 10 minutes to go in the match.Confidence will grow: ParreiraBafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes the national squad will be more confident in their remaining group A matches, having navigated the nerve-wracking opening match without loss.“The first game is always a lot of pressure for both teams,” Pareirra said after the match. Both teams tried to win, and I believe in the next game the team will be more confident.While both teams started cautiously on Friday, Mexican strikers Paul Aguilar and Giovani Dos Santos caused problems for the Bafana defence, prompting some great saves from Itumeleng Khune.The Mexican players denied Bafana space on the field, closing down the link between Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Teko Modise. When Bafana did get attacking opportunities, Modise gave the ball away too easily.Shortly after Bafana striker Katlego Mphela narrowly missed a beautiful cross from Tshabalala, Mexico netted from a corner-kick, but were ruled off-side.Second half comes aliveIn the second half, Parreira replaced Lucas Thwala, who was struggling to close down Dos Santos, with Tsepo Masilela.In the 54th minute, Bafana Bafana caught the Mexicans on the counter, Teko Modise giving Tshabalala a beautiful pass. “Shabba” did not disappoint as he made a good run from an acute angle before unleashing a rocket into the far corner of the net to put his side on the lead.Bafana Bafana were all over the Mexicans after that, and should have scored two more goals, Modise having two opportunities with only the goal keeper to beat.In the 79th minute, Rafael Marquez equalised as Bafana’s concentration seemed to lapse, Tsepo Masilela leaving the Barcelona defender unmarked.Four minutes before the final whistle, it looked like Katlego Mphela was going to put Bafana in the lead again, but his shot hit the side-bar.We couldn’t have scripted it better: JordaanDanny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, was full of praise for “the incredible atmosphere and spectacular football” during the opening match, played in front of 84 490 fans.“We could not have asked for more: a capacity stadium, a host nation with a will to win, an incredible atmosphere, and spectacular football,” Jordaan said.“It is just fantastic that the first goal of Africa’s first World Cup went to South Africa, we really couldn’t have written a better script.“Today we have established a template for every city and every town across South Africa to celebrate this World Cup. All of South Africa can be proud of what we have done in front of [a global television audience of] 500-million people.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Motter reflects on experiences, relationships as USB chairman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In his year of service as the United Soybean Board (USB) chairman, John Motter of Hancock County has enjoyed many incredible experiences in his travels around the world representing the nation’s soybean growers.One of his fondest memories of the year took place fairly recently. During the beautiful stretch of October weather for harvesting in the combine cab back home, Motter donned a suit and tie for the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.The event recognized the winner of the 2017 World Food Prize and brought together international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security.“My No. 1 favorite was the World Food Prize event. Norman Borlaug’s granddaughter was there and we had people from six continents and 55 countries and 50 different languages all working to reduce starvation and to make real differences in people’s lives,” Motter said. “It was during harvest, so there were not many farmers there, but it was an incredible experience.”Another highlight for Motter was seeing years of research come to fruition in the form of an improved product and a new market for soybeans.“The Goodyear announcement at the Farm Progress Show in August was special. After six years of research we now have soybean oil in the tread of a tire,” Motter said. “WeatherReady tires are now available for 77% of the passenger vehicles in North America and they outperform the tires on your car today. Soybean oil helps with the performance.”The tires feature a soy-based rubber compound, bringing forward yet another market opportunity for soybean oil and, in return, a profit opportunity for soybean farmers. The announcement of the all-season, innovative line of tires was made possible in part by the soy checkoff.“Goodyear and the soy checkoff share something special: a commitment to innovation,” Motter said. “When we started working with them more than six years ago, it was just an idea, a way to build demand for soybean oil. Now, we have a tire that shows what soy can do on the road.”Goodyear’s interest in soybean oil included a look at sustainability, a priority for many corporations throughout the United States. But, along with increased sustainability, they also found competitive advantage. Rubber compounds made with soybean oil remain soft at lower temperatures, leading to enhanced traction in dry, wet and winter conditions.“As we develop great products that anticipate and respond to the needs of consumers, soybean oil was one of the technologies enabling us to meet a challenging performance goal,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global material science.Improving products and creating new soy markets fit right in with the goals of the USB.“Businesses looking to use soy, even if for sustainable purposes, want to see not only a price-competitive product, but one that functions the same or better than their original product,” Motter said. “That’s why the checkoff works with companies such as Goodyear to test soybean oil and confirm its characteristics, so we can increase demand for our product and ultimately increase our profit opportunities.”Goodyear’s Assurance WeatherReady tire is now offered in a wide range of sizes for cars, minivans and SUVs on the road today.Motter has gotten to learn about agriculture in Australia, meet global food industry leaders, and get the behind-the-scenes perspective of the incredible innovation taking place with soy products. But, as it is with most things, the experiences of the last year have been incredible for Motter not just in terms of the places he has been, but also with the relationships he has developed.“What I have gotten as chairman that I wouldn’t have at another position is the industry connections,” Motter said. “We see bunches of different people and contacts and build relationships. I have a whole book of business cards. I have tried to keep track of who I met and the circumstances I got to know them.”last_img read more