GHB and Buddies Gym partner ahead of Pan American championships

first_imgTHE Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has joined forces with Buddy’s Gym, located on Sheriff Street to allow the Guyana team unbridled access to the gym facilities ahead of the Pan American Indoor Championships.During a brief ceremony on Saturday at the Gym, President Philip Fernandes collected membership cards from the representative of the Gym for both the male and female teams to utilize the venue for the next six months.Speaking to the media, Fernandes said,” I think this is a very important occurrence for the Guyana National Hockey team. In the past, we have tried our best to prepare teams with the limited resources that we’ve had and we’ve had our challenges.“Preparing a top hockey team requires a lot of different aspects, not just technical and tactical training but also psychological competence and also speed, endurance training, strength, all these different things.”He noted that this time around, the partnership means that the teams will now take their endurance levels to greater levels than they have in the past, adding the GHB sees the sponsorship as an important one in forging champion teams.The teams have no easy task as they face several first world teams including the United States, Canada and Uruguay. Fernandes is aware of this but also underscored the importance of having a high quality facility to train at.Meanwhile, coach of the team, Dwayne Scott stated, “There’s a lot that goes into this. The contribution itself we cannot be anymore grateful for it and it will definitely help us to prepare mentally and physically for this tournament.”Guyana will come face to face with the best in the Western Hemisphere when they host the Pan American Indoor championships in October of this year. Apart from the US and Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago are in the Mens draw. Uruguay will send a female team.last_img read more

Kobelt falls to freshman stud Loeb in Syracuse’s 7-0 loss to North Carolina

first_img Published on March 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm Contact Ryan: [email protected] After battling back and forth for the entire second set, Maddie Kobelt won three straight points to give herself three chances to win the set against the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player in the country, Jamie Loeb.Unfortunately for Kobelt, Loeb just executed the big points better. She would save the three straight set points Kobelt had to send it to deuce, and then save another set point at deuce before closing the game out.From there, Loeb failed to lose another game, breaking Kobelt’s serve and then holding on to win the tight second set 7-5 and the match 6-0, 7-5. For the day, No. 8 North Carolina (19-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast)) defeated Syracuse (3-10, 3-5) 7-0 Sunday at Drumlins Tennis Club.As the match ended, the crowd gave Kobelt a standing ovation for her efforts against Loeb, although it came in defeat.“She came up with some great returns,” Kobelt said. “She did great with the pressure. Even when I had the chance to break her at 5-4, she came up with the big shots at the right time. That’s what makes her above everyone else.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo save those three set points, it took everything Loeb had. Down 4-5, love-40, Loeb hit a great passing shot as Kobelt approached the net. Kobelt employed the same strategy on the next point, hitting a volley as she approached the net, but Loeb was able to hit a passing shot that clipped the tape on the net before whizzing past Kobelt. To save the last of the three straight set points, Loeb hit a serve so big Kobelt could not place her return in play.After battling back to draw the game even at deuce, Loeb handed Kobelt another chance to take the set by double faulting. But again Loeb would not allow Kobelt to finish her opportunity, hitting another passing shot over Kobelt’s head as she approached that clipped the baseline and fell in play. Loeb would not allow Kobelt another opportunity, hitting a serve that drew a long return followed by an ace that led her to shout, “Let’s go!”“Jamie played great today,” SU interim head coach Shelley George said. “I give her credit. She is a great player. She does have that No. 1 ranking behind her. Maddie played a great match today and I’m really proud of her effort.”After failing to finish her set points and take the match to a third set, Kobelt struggled. At love all, Kobelt netted an easy put-away overhead and at 15-all, netted an easy put-away volley after a strong serve. From there, Loeb was just too good. She hit a forehand passing shot on the straight run after a volley by Kobelt that zoomed right past Kobelt and gave her break point. Kobelt would approach down 30-40, but Loeb’s passing shots carried too much power, forcing Kobelt to make the error and give Loeb the deciding break.“When the pressure was on she came up with some great shots,” Kobelt said. “And I missed some opportunities as well.”Before the second set started, the match appeared like it would be a routine blowout for one of the best women’s players in the nation. Loeb absolutely dominated the first set, taking it 6-0 and barely allowing Kobelt to win any points.Kobelt’s strategy to keep approaching and rely on her volley game worked much more effectively in the second set and slowed down Loeb’s momentum. She also got her first-serve percentage numbers up, hitting much more powerful and better-placed first serves throughout the second set.Loeb went from running away with the match to facing set points against her seemingly out of nowhere — but she edged the senior and lived up to her growing pedigree as one of the nation’s best players. “I executed my game more, and getting my first-serve percentage up,” Kobelt said. “I didn’t make enough first serves to be effective in the first set. And I think she was grooving in on the second serve and she had her confidence up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NHL rules changes focus on coaches’ challenges, video review, player safety

first_imgNHL DRAFT 2019: Former Rangers GM Neil Smith on the process, mistakes and pressure on Ray SheroThe league instituted a third category for coaches’ challenges. In addition to offsides and goaltender interference, coaches will now be able to challenge any goal in which a play stoppage in the offensive zone should have occurred prior to the score. “This change will allow challenges of plays that may involve pucks that hit the spectator netting, pucks that are high-sticked to a teammate in the offensive zone, pucks that have gone out of play but are subsequently touched in the offensive zone and hand passes that proceed without a play stoppage and ultimately conclude in the scoring of a goal,” the league said in a press release.Basically the NHL has addressed the hand pass and blown major penalty calls from the playoffs, but not the missed trip from the SCF.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 21, 2019Such challenges will only be allowed if the puck does not leave the offensive zone between the missed stoppage and the goal.Coaches will also be able to make as many challenges as they like, but those challenges will carry greater risks. Teams will now receive a minor penalty for delay of game on a first unsuccessful challenge and a double minor for each subsequent unsuccessful challenge. Previously, a team’s ability to challenge was based on the availability of a timeout. Bettman stresses #NHL does not want challenges in games, hence the penalties for an incorrect challenge. He says it shouldn’t be for “I hope it’s goaltender interference” or “maybe it looks like it’s close.” They are supposed to be for “crystal clear, unmistakable errors.”— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 21, 2019Another change concerning video review: Referees are now required to review all non-fighting major penalties and match penalties. Officials will not be able to nullify the penalty, however; they can only confirm it or reduce it to a minor penalty. The 2018-19 contract year isn’t yet over, but the NHL is already changing its rules for next season.The changes were approved this week by the league’s Board of Governors, general managers and the Competition Committee and announced Thursday by commissioner Gary Bettman in Vancouver, site of this weekend’s NHL Draft. The most notable adjustments: Coaches’ challenges and video review have been expanded, and enhanced player safety initiatives have been taken. Referees will also be able to check the video after a double minor penalty for high-sticking to confirm the call and ensure the correct player is penalized. Such reviews are not mandated, however.To enhance safety, a player who loses his helmet must return to their team’s bench or replace the helmet before returning to the play. Any player who attempts to take off an opponent’s helmet will receive a minor penalty for roughing.Offensive teams will now be able to select which faceoff circle they would like to start from following icings and at the beginning of power plays as the league looks to increase scoring opportunities. Goalies are also no longer allowed to intentionally dislodge the goal on a breakaway. Doing so will result in a goal for the offensive team.last_img read more