Vermont State Police The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the Middlesex Barracks have concluded a lengthy investigation into the two armed robberies that occurred at the Northfield savings bank in the town of Waitsfield on 4/28/15 and 5/5/15. Investigators have identified Andrew Place (dob: 1/1/86) and James McCausland (dob:7/2/88) as being responsible for both armed robberies. Investigators learned that Place entered the bank with a handgun during both incidents while McCausland waited outside and drove the getaway vehicle.Andrew Place, left, and James McCausland. Courtesy VSPArrest warrants were issued by the Washington County Superior Court on 7/10/15 for both subjects. Place has been charged with two felony counts of assault and robbery and McCausland has been charged with two felony counts of accessory to assault and robbery.Based on information gleaned relative to both subjects being homeless and transient the Vermont State Police requested and was granted assistance by the Us Marshal’s in locating and arresting Place and McCausland for the armed robberies. Andrew Place was arrested by the US Marshals in Florida and is currently being housed at the Broward County Corrections awaiting extradition back to Vermont. James McCausland was arrested in the State of Maine on unrelated charges and is also awaiting extradition back to Vermont.Background information from May 5, 2015 VSP Press Release: http://vtstatepolice.blogspot.com/2015/05/enhance-suspect-picture-55-waitsfield.html(link is external)
H5N1 sickens 3 more in EgyptEgypt recently reported three new H5N1 avian flu cases, all in people who had been exposed to poultry or their environments, according to a monthly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on animal-to-human flu transmission events for the middle of June through the middle of July.One of the patients is a 2-year-old boy from Cairo who got sick on May 30 and whose H5N1 illness was detected as part of flulike illness surveillance. He was hospitalized, treated with antivirals for pneumonia, and recovered. Before he became ill the boy had visited a family member who raised birds.The other two are a 30-year-old woman from Menia governorate whose symptoms began on Jun 11 and an 8-year-old girl from Cairo governorate who got sick on Jun 18. Both had been exposed to poultry or their environments, were hospitalized with pneumonia, and recovered after antiviral treatment.The WHO said no other cases were detected in any of the patients’ contact and that H5N1 is endemic in Egyptian poultry.So far, eight H5N1 cases have been reported globally this year, all of them in Egypt. The WHO said since 2003, 854 cases have been reported, 450 of them fatal, from 16 countries.Jul 19 WHO monthly flu at the human-animal interface reportIn related developments, the WHO recently noted seven more H7N9 avian flu cases reported from China on Jul 12, four of them fatal. In a Jul 22 statement, the WHO said onset dates range from May 26 to Jun 23, with ages spanning 52 to 68 years.The patients were from six provinces and cities. Four of the patients are men, and five reported exposure to poultry or their environments before they became ill. One worked a market where live poultry is sold. None of the cases reflect human-to-human transmission, the agency said.Most of the cases had been noted earlier in other official reports from Chinese government agencies, according to FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. It put the global total at 800 cases since the first human cases were detected in 2012.Jul 22 WHO statement on H7N9 in China FluTrackers H7N9 case listIraq reports 11 H5 outbreaks affecting almost 3 million poultryIraqi officials today reported 11 outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu outbreaks last month and this month that affected farm poultry numbering almost 3 million birds, while the government announced steps to combat the problem.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the country’s Ministry of Agriculture reported that 11 farms in and around Baghdad were affected beginning on Jun 15, with the most recent one beginning on Jul 13. Seven were in Baghdad governorate, with the other 4 in Wasit governorate to the southeast of Baghdad.The farms range in size from 17,000 to 914,000 birds. In total the farms housed 2,823,035 poultry, 512,948 of which died from the virus. The remaining 2.3 million birds were culled to prevent disease spread.Officials are implementing control measures like disinfection of the premises and control poultry movement, the OIE report said.In related news, Iraq’s General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers ordered steps to combat the recent outbreaks, including limits on shipping animals, increased funding for containment, and reporting of sick birds. The statement was translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog.Jul 25 OIE report Jul 25 Avian Flu Diary post
Welcome back to another edition of Between the Hashes for Week 13. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and that you spent time with family.It’s hard to believe we are in the first week of December already, and for some fantasy owners, this week is do or die in terms of either sliding into the playoffs or sliding out. Then there are the folks who have playoff seeds locked up and just waiting to feast on lesser teams crawling into the playoffs.No matter what position your team is in, you may have some players who are sitting on your bench that you are trying to decide playing, or players that could move to flex positions or starting spots to give you the edge in your matchup. Wide ReceiversWR Victor Cruz- Giants: For anyone who’s been fortunate enough to pick up Cruz off the waiver wire (this guy) then you’ll know he’s probably helped your team big time the last month or so. Cruz had another huge game last week against the New Orleans Saints, as he caught nine passes for 157 and 2 TD’s.He has a bit of a hip issue coming out of the Monday night game, but he should be good to go as the Green Bay Packers give up the 7th-most FPG to WR’s over their last five games. Giants could also be without other WR’s Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, so keep that in mind.Prediction: 105 yards/TDWR Roddy White- Falcons: The Falcons have gotten Roddy more involved in the passing game the last few weeks, moving him all over the field. That translated into a 10-catch, 120 yard receiving day against the Vikings. He also caught his 4th TD of the season as well. He should have success against the Houston Texans secondary.Prediction: 88 yards/TD Running BacksRB DeAngelo Williams- Panthers: DeAngelo had himself a game, albeit against the Indianapolis Colts last week. He only ran for 69 yards but had two rushing TD’s, which put him at the top of my list this week. He faces a Tampa Bay defense that is giving up 32 FPG to RB’s over the last five weeks. RB Jonathan Stewart will get some looks, but give Williams a go, especially if you need him in your flex.Prediction: 75 yards/TDRB BenJarvus Green-Ellis- Patriots: Lawfirm scored twice last week against a soft Eagles defense, and he gets even luckier because this week he’ll face the Indianapolis Colts who give up the 4th-most FPG to RB’s the last five weeks. He’s usually not a must-start guy, but this may be the week.Prediction: 95 yards/2 TD Players I like in Week 13QuarterbacksQB Matthew Stafford- Lions: If Stafford is healthy, and he’s getting there, then we could see the Lions and Saints put up a ton of points in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday night. The Saints are giving up 300 YPG to QB’s over their last four games and Giants QB Eli Manning threw for 406 yards against the Saints on Monday night.Prediction: 305 yards/2 TDQB Ryan Fitzpatrick- Bills: Fitzpatrick will look to get some of the “magic” back this week against the Titans and build on last week’s nice performance against the New York Jets. Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards with three TD’s and zero picks. The matchup against the Titans looks pretty good, and he’ll have to throw more with RB Fred Jackson on IR.Prediction: 225 yards/2 TD/INT Before we do that, let’s first look back at some of the performances of players I noted in Week 12.QB Matt Ryan- Falcons: Just another ho-hum type of afternoon for Ryan, throwing 3 TD’s and 262 passing yards in the win over Minnesota.RB LeGarrette Blount- Buccaneers: Blount ran hard, rushing for over 100 yards (103) and also chipping in with 56 yards receiving in the loss to the Titans.WR Brandon Lloyd- Rams: Lloyd scored his 4th TD for the Rams since being traded to St. Louis at the end of October. He caught five for 74 yards in the loss to the Cardinals.TE Rob Gronkowski- Patriots: The Gronk had himself a nice game in the win against Philadelphia, hauling in four catches for 59 yards and a TD. Tight EndsTE Antonio Gates- Chargers: While the Chargers continue to slide, Gates actually looks healthier as the weeks go by. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the next opponent for San Diego, and last season, Gates scored 2 TD’s against this squad. Had 49 yards last week against Denver and has scored in two straight games.Prediction: 65 yards/TDTE Jermichael Finley- Packers: The Packers should look at game film from the New Orleans Saints to see how much success Saints TE Jimmy Graham had last Monday night against the Giants. The Giants are brutal against the TE position, giving up the most points to them over the last five weeks and he should be pretty damn active in this one. Then again, all of the Packers offense is active every week.Prediction: 60 yards/TDGood luck to all you fantasy owners in Week 13!Follow me on Twitter: MattCLund Please follow and like us:
1st ‘Phonsie’ McGahan (6) 37pts2nd Bill Hewitt (15) 34pts3rd Bernard Channing (17) 32ptsB Flight1st Dietmar Lammers (20) 38pts2nd Mick OMeara (22) 34pts3rd Bruce Tollitt (19) 33ptsWednesday, Feb. 16, Mountain Shadow – StablefordTwenty-four players off the white tees at Mountain Shadow on Wednesday.A Flight1st Dave Bramley (15) 37pts2nd ‘Phonsie’ McGahan (6) 36pts3rd Brendon McGovern (0) 34ptsB Flight1st Vaughan Jackson (18) 36pts2nd Mick OMeara (22) 36pts3rd Dave Strang (18) 32pts2’s: Les CharlesFriday, Feb. 18, Green Valley – StablefordJust 12 players on the Holiday at Green Valley on Friday so only one flight.1st Gary Blackburne (8) 39pts2nd Derek May (19) 35pts3rd Ben Findon (18) 35pts PSC golf from the The Caddy ShackMonday, Feb. 14, Phoenix – StablefordTwenty players off the white tees at Phoenix with Dietmar Lammers top scoring on 38 points to take out the B Flight. Phonsie McGahan scored one point less to win the top division and also scored the day’s only ‘2’A Flight
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) reaches the ball across the goaline for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)After three quarters of the walking dead, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally came alive in the fourth quarter against arch rivals the Baltimore Ravens, scoring three touchdowns for a 31-27 victory that clinched the AFC North title with a 10-5 record.This weekend they will wrap-up the regular season against the winless, no, sorry they won one, Cleveland Browns (1-14) who upset the San Diego Chargers last week 20-17 for their first win of the season. Even though the Browns have played most teams tough they still had not been able to attain the “W” until last week.Right now, the New England Patriots (13-2), AFC East champs, are the first seed; the Oakland Raiders (12-3), AFC West champs, are second; the Pittsburgh Steelers are third; and the Houston Texans (9-6), AFC South champs, are fourth. The wildcards are the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) and the Miami Dolphins (10-5), with one game left.Who will be at quarterback for the Browns is not clear. If Robert Griffin III is cleared by the doctors to play, he will start, but if not, rookie Cody Kessler will start with Josh McCown probably backing him up.
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier On Nov. 8, an Associated Press article stated: “The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t playing like a team missing Le’Veon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns. The Steelers pounded the Carolina Panthers, 52-21, on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.”That article is about as good a summation of a very lopsided Steelers victory that I could read or write about.Professional football in general gushed about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger having earned a “perfect” 158.3 quarterback in his win against the Panthers this past Thursday, Nov. 8. I have my drinking glass against the wall trying to eavesdrop to hear if the chatter has stalled with regards to Mike Tomlin’s pending demise because of the lack of discipline in the locker room remaining the primary catalyst of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pending downfall. Oops, did I fail to mention that the Steelers reside at the top of the AFC North “food chain” after starting the season at 1-2-1?The current Pittsburgh Steelers are a good, but not great football team that can ascend from above average to superior in the blink of an eye. However, there is only one component that distinguishes them from hall of fame to hall of shame. That element is inconsistency. Just like many of the scribes that cover them on a daily basis, the Pittsburgh Steelers do not have the performance continuity that a few of the “elite” NFL teams have.Sadly a few of the Pittsburgh writers that consistently cover the team focus on creating goats and heroes. In early October when Ben Roethlisberger alluded to the fact that he and his partner-in-crime wide receiver Antonio Brown were not on the same page, the poison between them infected the team as a whole and as we all know the only known antidote to losing is winning, period. Unlike his team and a majority of the media, Tomlin and his methods of discipline or lack thereof seem to have remained unchanged.And here’s what’s changed…The Steelers are now winning and all of that other “hogwash of losing” can safely be returned to the pigpen. This past Sunday, Nov. 11, the New England Patriots were defeated by the Tennessee Titans, 34-10. Sam Quinn of 247sports.com had this to say about the loss. “The New England Patriots just played one of the worst games of the Bill Belichick era. They came into Nashville expecting an easy win over the Tennessee Titans. They promptly allowed the Titans to destroy them…This game was, in short, a complete and utter disaster for the defending AFC champions and the media recognized that. Nobody let the Patriots off the hook for their terrible performance.”No one said that the reason that the Patriots were defeated was because of the lack of discipline in the locker room or that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was playing favorites. If the Steelers go on to snag their seventh Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the 2018 season, there is a good chance that the primary reason for victory will not hinge on the greatness of the coaching staff or on disciplinary punishment dished out by the head coach or the lack thereof. The same folks that were whining about why Antonio Brown was not temporarily suspended or benched for being stopped and ticketed for allegedly driving more than 100 miles per hour in a “residential zone.” You can bet your last dollar on this. I am positive that the Carolina Panthers wish that in light of the way that Antonio Brown torched their secondary that he had been forced to “ride the pine” last Thursday night.
It was the first goal Williams had allowed in four games.McBean, with is second of the night, completed the scoring in the third period for the Hawks, now winners of four straight.The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Leafs and drops Nelson into a first-place tie with Castlegar Rebels.The Rebels defeated Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Boundary City Friday night.Nelson, leading Beaver Valley by 10 points in Murdoch standings, out shot the Hawks 31-25.The Leafs, dropping to 26-7-1-0-2, now host Grand Forks Friday before traveling to Beaver Valley to continue a game Sunday that was postponed December 29th due to a power failure at the Fruitvale Arena. Not so fast Nelson Leafs.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks registered a statement win Friday against Murdoch rival Nelson Leafs as all teams began the stretch run to the end of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.The defending KIJHL Champs scored twice in the second period to dump the Nelson Leafs 4-1 in KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena.Kevan McBean, netting the winner on the power play, and Aiden Browell, scored in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and send the Hawks en route to the victory.Sawyer Hunt had given the Leafs a 1-0 lead in the first period.However, the Leafs were unable to get out of the frame with the lead as Karsten Jang beat Josh Williams in the Leaf nets with just over two minutes remaining in the period.
A new name would adorn the trophy as the Galway Tribesmen and the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs set of to seek glory. The game commenced with the Rabbitohs kicking short and meeting the first tackle ferociously. On a balmy summer day with the sun beating down on the pitch and baking anything exposed to it two gladiator teams strode out, both with the sole intent of leaving the pitch later that afternoon as the champion Rugby League team on the island of Ireland. Hard driving gave the Tribesmen good early positioning and they worked hard to support. Kenny Calladine, the Rabbitohs player coach was injured in first tackle he made and had to be helped from the pitch with a shoulder injury. The Rabbitohs were then awarded with a penalty for offside during their first possession and after kicking downfield and setting the ball up with an early drive Karl Yellop burst through three tackles after 4 minutes to score for the Rabbitohs but Hugh Van Asbeck missed the kick. A quick play the ball from the restart lead to a good roll on and Yellop was menacing for the Rabbitohs but after good build up play the kick went dead and the ball was turned over. From the 20m restart Galway caught the Rabbitohs napping and good attacking by Galway lead to a penalty. They refused the 2 and attacked and seemed to have scored but a double movement penalty was given against Paddy Finn.The ball was then turned over by Rabbitohs and a speculative kick went out just short of try line. Big hit ups and big tackles the order of the day and the big lads went looking for action. Following a punt down field a fantastic kick return by Alan McMahon, exploiting the gaps and racing 40m back up the pitch setup Galway for further attacking position.Galway had settled early and looked fluid in attack though they wasted chances with kicks early in the tackle count and in defence a high tackle on Kenny James offered some relief for the Rabbitohs, who were struggling to come to terms with the loss of Calladine. Hugh Van Asbeck assumed bossing the Rabbitohs and directing them around the pitch and they got some good field position but wasted it with a poorly executed bomb that went dead. Galway came back and Mica Antonio, the club captain made huge yards and offloaded brilliantly but James Simpson pounced and stole the ball for the Rabbitohs.A huge hit by Galway to retrieve possession meant they were back on the ball and a fine cross chip kick by Peter O’Neill gave Josh Nugent a sniff and that was all he needed to collect the ball and score in the corner. O’Neill then edged the Tribesmen in front with a fantastic touchline conversion.At this stage Galway looked settled and in their groove, the injury to talisman Kenny Calladine meant the Rabbitohs had lost their shape and were struggling to get the same level of roll on. The Tribesmen were now dominant in the tackle and were winning the middle ground. Yet soon after great movement of the ball from Van Asbeck put the ball into Kenny James hands and he freed his winger to attack the line. Great interplay opened up the Tribesmen further but the ball went to ground and the chance was lost.With just 20 minutes played three players had now left the pitch due to injury, such was the ferocity that the game was being played at. Good pressure from the Rabbitohs saw a knock on and a turnover of ball. Great play from Jacob Spargo saw a superb steal and the ball turned over but it was soon back in Rabbitohs hands as a loose pass was pounced upon and a great in and out run saw Chris Orr score a superb try that was unfortunately not converted.The Rabbitohs started their next set with go forward and the Tribesmen found them difficult to handle but just when they were attacking Van Asbeck overcooked his Crossfield kick and it went straight into touch. Galway needed a response and they worked hard with their big lads to punch a hole in the Rabbitohs defence and when Antonio put O‘Neill through it was three against one but the final pass wasn’t great and the ball was lost forward. Van Asbeck then made great ground direct from the scum and offloaded to James who added yardage. The final ball to Jason Barr, who was having his own personal battle with Nugent was lost and the tribesmen began again, with a typical Antonio offload.On thirty minutes McMahon blasted through from about 20 out and scored under the sticks. O’Neill then put the extra two over and there was now a try between the two sides. From the restart Kenny Calladine, already in the wars, took on Antonio and the collision was huge and damaging. Calladine came out of it worst and didn’t get up from the ground. He left the pitch with his jersey being used as a support for his shoulder, as he had done in the first few minutes but this time there would be no return.From the restart a wonderful run by Conor Mackey ended when he offloaded to Ethon Maloney, who duly returned the offload to Mackey to send the Tribesmen further ahead, the first time in the game there had been more than one score between the teams. This was converted by O’NeillThe Rabbitohs needed to ensure no further damage was done in this half and they were assisted by a knock on by the Tribesmen from the kick off. A score now would make the second half very interesting and the Rabbitohs were now 10 out after a steal was penalised. The Tribesmen were as determined in defence as they were attack and repelled the Rabbitohs who ended the set with an ineffectual kick that went dead.The Rabbitohs were dropping off tackles and needed half time ASAP but great defence stopped the score increasing as they returned a great grubber kick from in goal into the field of play.The second half started with a low punt from the tribesmen at kick off. The Rabbitohs quickly returned it and were met with a fired up defence. The fifth tackle saw a bomb that was too shallow to cause any issue but the ball was immediately back in Rabbitohs hands for a repeat set. The Tribesmen however were controlling the tackle beautifully until a great break by Nathan Gibson, who injured himself in the process, was followed by a quick play the ball and Yellop got his second of the day from close range. The two points weren’t added and this was now the difference on the scoreboard between the two teams.The Rabbitohs were doing too much around the ruck which allowed for the Tribesmen to control. A great bomb was taken brilliantly by Yellop and his offload was knocked on by the Tribesmen, resulting in a scrum 10 metres out from their own line. The Rabbitohs could sniff the line and superb line defence was troubling the Rabbitohs but the sucker punch of a one yard scoot by Orr, to an open goal line, gave the Rabbitohs the four points. Ben Parkinson now took over kicking duties but still the Rabbitohs didn’t trouble the scoreboard for 2 pointers.As happens often after a try the scorers can make a mistake from the restart and a knock on gave the Tribesmen great field position. But they didn’t respect the ball and it was soon back in their opponents hands. Andy Simpson now took it to the Tribesmen and this was followed up with similar from the hard working Gary Crawford before great hands put Yellop near the line. His offload to Burekama ended up lost but the Rabbitohs had just gone 80 metres in four tackles and were now in the ascendance.Wonderful footwork by Colm Neary opened up the Rabbitohs but the final pass went to an opposition player and they were subsequently penalised for dragging him into touch after the tackle was complete. The Rabbitohs now had great field position and Orr danced through for his hat-trick with a wonderful step of either foot to open them up to put the Rabbitohs in the lead for the first time since 30th Minute. Parkinson added the 2 points and the Rabbitohs extended their lead. From the restart the Rabbitohs were quickly up to the halfway line and troubling their opponents and the Rabbitohs nearly scored again when they went close in at the corner but great cover defence kept them at bay.The Tribesmen needed to regroup, get a platform going and move down the pitch. From the ensuing scrum the Rabbitohs worked the ball across the pitch and Yellop went in from close to put daylight between the two sides. Ben Parkinson’s 2 pointer meant the score was now 28-18 to the Rabbitohs and there was 10 points separating them. Worryingly there had been 20 unanswered points since the restart.A great kick off resulted in a drop out from under the sticks and possession to the tribesmen but they knocked on, rather than catch the ball and the tensions got the better of a few as both sides got involved in handbags. The referee dealt with this superbly and got the game restarted via a scrum. Kenny James cut a great line and bust the tackle but the pass to him was forward. The Tribesmen were back in possession in their opponents half, could they make the most of it?They were reverting to their free flowing game and the offloads were working. Added to that a penalty for not standing square and they now had a repeat set deep into Rabbitohs territory. Another wonderful offload by Mica Antonio created the extra man and Cathal Evans finished to reduce the deficit and O’Neill kept up his remarkable kicking with another conversion from wide out to make the score 28-24 to the Rabbitohs.The Tribesmen were buoyed by this and made great yards before an unusual cross field kick early in the tackle count, near the half way line, gave possession back to the Rabbitohs. Yellop was having a stellar game, as was his centre partner Kenny James and they set the platform but a clumsy offload by Simpson saw Colm Neary (7) kick ahead and he regained and made great ground before tackled and then flopped upon. The professional foul resulted in Chris Gibson being sin binned and the Tribesmen now had a one man advantage for the next 10 minutes. Could they make it count?Yes they could as Antonio powered over from close range and the try was given by the referee although the touch judge saw something which wasn’t taken into consideration. The score was now 28 apiece with a kick to come from the ultra-reliable O’Neill and he didn’t let down. The Tribesmen were now up by 2.For the Tribesmen now ball security and had yards were important. They kept the ball and went forward. Not pretty but at this stage it was about keeping hold of the ball. McMahon came in, shaped to pass and then dragged the ball back to sprint away and score under the posts. In a topsy turvy game we now had the potential for day light between both sides again. O’Neill converted again and there were now two scores between the teams with eight minutes to go.The Rabbitohs desperately needed the ball back now, they were chasing the game but the tribesmen were in no mood to hand it to them. Another outstanding offload meant a set of seven tackles rather than six and when McMahon was sent away it looked like the game had as well but he was penalised for a double movement and the Rabbitohs got a break when a loose patch went into touch but the defence was too eager and gave away a penalty.The tribesmen were now giving away too many penalties and were in danger of losing a player. More great defence kept the Rabbitohs out before a head injury interrupted play. From the restart an immediate score was required but the tribesmen were just too good, they wanted it more. Mica Antonio then offloaded straight to a Rabbitohs player and they were back in defence. The defence, after 79 minutes was like lightning but they got broke with good hands out wide for Paddy James to score. Parkinson converted but it wasn’t enough.From the resulting kick off the hooter sounded and the Rabbitohs tried to move the ball but were caught in possession, meaning they had lost their second All-Ireland final by 2 points.Tribesmen were champions!!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Marc Ludden has signed a contract extension with Galway United that will take him into his fifth season with the club.The 27-year-old was an ever-present in 2017, making 36 appearances, scoring one goal against Sligo Rovers at Eamonn Deacy Park.The attacking full-back has made 113 appearances over the last four seasons with Galway United and he was a key member of Shane Keegan’s starting eleven in 2017.Yesterday it was announced that Ryan Connolly had rejoined the club and that Eoin McCormack had penned a new deal at Eamonn Deacy Park. Shane Keegan has heralded Ludden’s re-signing as an another important piece of business ahead of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division season.“Marc was one of our steadiest performers last season and I thought he was very consistent for us throughout the year.“The way we were trying to use our full-backs was slightly more attacking than they had been in previous years, Marc loved that. That’s when he is at his best.“His deliveries from when he got into the final third and his movement was top notch. In terms of assists, I believe he was one of our highest last season. He had a fantastic year and it’s brilliant to have him back again.“He’s a tremendous player, I don’t think I’m overstepping the mark by saying we’re heading into the First Division season with arguably the best full-back in the First Division based on what I’ve seen.“He’s a fantastic signing for the club and one I think our supporters will be very happy with.”Marc Ludden has only one ambition for the 2018 season, a serious tilt at the First Division title with his hometown club.He told www.galwayunitedfc.ie: “When I initially began speaking to Shane about re-signing, the main thing I said was I wanted to see good players signing back or new players coming in. The only reason I would be signing back would be to win that First Division title, that’s my only aim next season.“On a personal level, I was happy with how I played last season. I want to bring what I did last season into 2018 and up it even further. I was specifically happy with the second half of the season. The first half, it took us a while to gel as a team.“I want to bring in more assists to my game and a bit more of senior leadership to the younger players that will be brought in. Myself and Ryan (Connolly) have been around for a while and I know Shane is looking for other senior players to carry these young lads, to bring them to a level where we can win the First Division.“Next year, personally the one aim will be to win the league. For that, you need to go out and attack and win games. It’s all about the number one spot.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
View comments TNT drew 16 points from RR Pogoy and three more double-digit performances from Jayson Castro, Brian Heruela, and Yousef Taha.Unable to summon the form that pushed the Beermen to the limit in their past two meetings, the KaTropa could not do anything but watch the lead pile up. They trailed by as many as 26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was clear that right from the opening tip that San Miguel Beer wasn’t going to fool around in this game.Going to the strongest—and literally biggest—parts of their game, the Beermen thumped TNT with reckless abandon on Wednesday night to score a 96-86 win and tab a Final Four slot in the PBA Philippine Cup that kept dreams of a “five-peat” alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Begornia rallies to reach squash finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ Fajardo was perfect from the field, making all of his 11 attempts, while Standhardinger made eight of his total nine tries.“There’s only one thing that we all saw from this game: defense,” coach Leo Austria told reporters. “They were all self-motivated. They knew what to do. You could see it in their faces, their eyes that they wanted to win.”The rest of San Miguel’s cast made its presence felt on defense, clamping down on the KaTropa and holding the enemy to just 27 points for the first two quarters on the way to the easy victory that is not reflected on the final score.“This is one of the few times that we had a good start. That’s one thing we’ve been telling the team—that whenever we have a good start, everything will be fine, we sail smoothly going into the fourth quarter,” Austria said.Terrence Romeo scored 11, again coming from the bench, while Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos contributed heavily in the other statistical categories.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ June Mar Fajardo, the league’s reigning—and only—five-time Most Valuable Player, was on attack mode early and finished with numbers befitting his mammoth frame: 32 points and 14 rebounds in just over 33 minutes in leading the Beermen to marching on to the next round opposite top-ranked Phoenix Pulse.Magnolia broke away late in the third period and then fended off numerous Barangay Ginebra comebacks to prevail, 85-72, in their KO match later in the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPaul Lee fired 25 points and three more added twin figures in leading the Hotshots to a separate best-of-seven series with No. 2 Rain or Shine as Magnolia stayed in range of winning another title after ruling the Governors’ Cup last season.Christian Standhardinger, the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, tossed in 17 points in an equally highly efficient performance.