Eight Talking Points as the Laois U-20 footballers set up Leinster final against the Dubs

first_img TAGSLaois U-20 footballersLaois v MeathTalking points GAA Eight Talking Points as the Laois U-20 footballers set up Leinster final against the Dubs Previous articleLaoisToday Local Election coverage honoured at NUI MaynoothNext articleA powerful new festival in the pipeline for Laois Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Last night saw the Laois U-20 footballers record a relatively easy victory over Meath in O’Moore Park to reach the Leinster final against Dublin.Billy O’Loughlin’s men were in charge from the off as Alan Kinsella’s first half goal helped them build up a lead that they never relinquished.Here is a more in-depth look at how the game panned out:1 – Man of the Match – Ronan Coffey (Portarlington)This was a very good team performance with players like Seamus Lacey, Michael Dowling, Sean O’Flynn and Alan Kinsella all showing well but the nod goes to wing forward Ronan Coffey.The Portarlington youngster will have been disappointed to be substituted early in the win over Westmeath but he was excellent here. He kicked two fine points and ran up and down O’Moore Park tirelessly.A nasty collision with Matthew Costello, which left the Meath player with suspected broken shinbone, saw Coffey hurt his knee and have to be substituted five minutes from the end. Billy O’Loughlin will certainly be hoping he recovers in time to face the Dubs.2 – Savage defending Laois won this game by nine points but 1-13 represents their lowest total from all three of their games to date.So this victory was very much built in the way they defended. They held Meath scoreless from play in the first half and restricted them to just five shots on their goal in that period.In Michael Dowling and Alex Mohan they have two extremely sticky corner backs while Seamus Lacey has made the full back position his own with another powerful display.In the absence of the injured Jack Lacey, Sean O’Flynn returned from the seniors just in time and was outstanding while Dean Brophy and Colin Slevin were solid alongside him.3 – Byron’s crucial savesMatthew Byron has only conceded one goal in this championship so far – a last minute penalty against Kildare – and he made two crucial saves last night.The first came in the opening half when Daithi McGowen floated in an inviting high ball which Cian McBride got a hand to but Laois keeper Matthew Byron pulled off a fine save and clubmate Sean O’Flynn was there to clear the danger away.Then, in the second half, Meath had an even better chance ten minutes into the period. Jordan Morris caught a ball out of the clouds and popped it off to Cathal Finnegan who was in one-on-one with Byron but he pulled off a stunning save.Laois went down from this and got the next two points to put the game to bed with a quarter to play but Byron’s contribution, including his kick-outs, cannot be over-looked.4 – Return of O’Flynn and BarryMuch has been said already about the rule preventing those who play senior from playing U-20 and after missing the first two games of this championship because of this, Laois were thrilled to get both Mark Barry and Sean O’Flynn back last night.Barry hadn’t his best ever game but still managed to kick four points while O’Flynn was outstanding at centre back.His runs forward and his tackling back were very impressive and he really tightens up what already was a very functional defensive unit.5 – Big Dan is some weaponIt hasn’t always worked out for Dan McCormack over the three games but his stats do make for pleasant reading.He didn’t score against Kildare but was involved in many of the ten points that captain Diarmuid Whelan kicked that night.McCormack helped himself to 1-2 in extra time in the win over Westmeath and he added a point to his tally last night against Meath.He also set up the goal for Alan Kinsella and so far no defender has been able to cope with his height and power when left one-on-one with him.6 – Midfield domination Laois duo Rob Tyrell and Eoin Dunne ruled the skies once again in O’Moore Park as they won kick-outs galore. It was so difficult for Meath to win primary possession that they began kicking to the wings with many of Andrew Beakey’s efforts sailing over the sideline.Tyrell was substituted early in the second half after picking up a yellow card with Niall Dunne, and later Jack Owens, coming into that area where they also showed very well.7 – Possible championship hold up?The final of the Leinster U-20 championship is scheduled for Friday July 19 with the senior football championship set to get underway four days later when Courtwood take on Arles-Kilcruise.It may be considered a bit much to ask the likes of Matthew Byron, Sean O’Flynn, Alan Kinsella and Niall Dunne to go straight into that game so soon after the final.And of course if Laois defeat Dublin, they will be out in an All-Ireland semi final against the Connacht champions on either July 27-28 – which would certainly lead to a postponement.The CCC, like they did in the case of the Senior and Senior A hurling championships yesterday, will have to decide.8 – What’s Next?As said above, Laois will face Dublin in the final in O’Connor Park at 7.30pm on Friday July 19.The winner of the game will be in action the following weekend in the All-Ireland semi final against the Connacht champions.SEE ALSO – Classy Laois cruise past Meath challenge to reach Leinster U-20 football final Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 10th July 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Home Sport GAA Eight Talking Points as the Laois U-20 footballers set up Leinster final… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois U-20 footballers WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Michael David Courville

first_img    A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Friday, April 13, 2012 at Broussard’s Mortuary, 505 12th Street in Nederland with a rosary to be recited at 6:00 P.M. at Broussard’s. Honoring Mike as pallbearers are 6 of his golfing buddies, Bert Miller, Terry Duhon, Kenneth Duhon, John Guidry, Boogie Edgerly and J. K. Petteway. Sally, Chad, Michelle and all of the Courville family wish to extend their sincerest of thanks to Cathy, Fatima and all of the staff of Harbor Hospice for the loving care extended to Mike during his final days. Michael David Courville, 68, of Nederland,passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his home with his family by his side after an illness. Mike was born on January 26, 1944 in Port Arthur, Texas to his parents, John Preston Courville, Sr. and Margaret Helen (Schexnayder) Courville. Mike worked as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, he was a member of St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church in Port Acres, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St Christopher Council #3195 in Port Acres. Mike will be remembered as a kind, easy going kind of man who enjoyed playing golf, going fishing, gambling “out of state,” and spending time with his family.    Mike is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Preston Courville, Jr. Those who will most cherish his memory are his beloved and devoted wife, Sally Courville of Nederland; his son, Chad Courville and his wife, Joanna of Port Neches; his daughter, Michelle Marley and her husband, Shawn of Nederland; his sister, Helen Christy of LaPlace, Louisiana; his six grandchildren, David Courville, Kenneth Courville, Steven Courville, Meagan Marley, Kaitlyn Marley and Brendan Marley. Mike is also survived by numerous members of his extended family.   Services to honor his life will be in a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 P.M. Noon on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet Avenue, in Port Acres. Father Rejimon E. George, CMI will be the celebrant.center_img    Cremation and service arrangements are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mike to St. Theresa the Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church and/or the Knights of Columbus, St. Christopher Council #3195, 6455 Garnet Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77640-1307. Mike has now gone on to meet his Savior and will now enjoy the golf courses of heaven. Keep them long and straight Mike, may the beauty of the greens go on forever.   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Developing Young Players – The Best Chance the Cavs Have to Be a Successful NBA Franchise

first_imgThe NBA is unique in the professional sports landscape.Because there are only five players on the floor at any one time, the great player makes a huge difference. We just witnessed the impact Kawhi Leonard, one might be the best player in the league right now, had on the Toronto Raptors, leading them to their first championship.The association also gives the most power to the players. Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, the star players have tried to form “super teams” to help them compete for championships, and team executives have tried to put their franchises into positions to attracts the stars.So, if you didn’t draft a superstar, and you a not a destination for superstars, what do you do?Obviously, in Cleveland, the Cavaliers benefited from James being from Akron and wanting to bring a championship to the area. It helped that Kyrie Irving was already here for James’ return, and they had assets to deal for another star, Kevin Love, who remains with the team.But James left after the 2018 season, so GM Koby Altman has to try to rebuild the organization. He is doing things a little differently, and quite frankly, we have no problem with it.Altman has put his eggs into the player development basket. If you aren’t in a position to draft superstars, then developing them yourself seems to be a good plan.That why he hired a long time successful college coach in John Beilein, and this past week, hired University of California women’s head coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, as an assistant.Beilein’s reputation is putting together very successful college teams without the five star recruits that Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina usually get. He took good high school players and turned them into very good college players, some even became first round picks in the NBA Draft.No doubt, it’s a gamble hiring a 66-year-old who has never coached in the NBA, and hiring a coach who led a Division I women’s program as an assistant. But why not?If you are a team playing someone better than you, and you just rely on talent, you most likely aren’t going to win, right?So, you try something different. Like Cleveland State did when Kevin Mackey became head coach, you full court press for the entire game, using waves of players.That might be your best chance.Or maybe Altman is copying the Raptors blueprint. Not a lot of high draft choices there, but they developed players like Pascal Siakam (27th overall pick from New Mexico State), Fred VanVleet (undrafted), and Norman Powell (second round pick) into contributing players on a title team.We have praised the Cavs for not taking on “knuckleheads”, players who can and will be disruptive when things aren’t going well. In addition, it appears they also have guys who aren’t afraid of working to get better.And that means what Beilein, Gottlieb, and the rest of the organization will be teaching should fall on willing years, and it may just work.The Cavs’ plan seems to be worth the risk because it isn’t the same old thought process NBA teams use. Why not get good teachers to teach the game? Related TopicsCavsfeaturedJohn Beilein Mark Warmuthlast_img read more