Bayern prepare to take revenge on Eintracht with Dortmund looming

first_img“Each of us has at least one game without an audience behind us and we know what to expect,” he said. “Before the game against Union we trained in our stadium. So the team knows what kind of atmosphere they can expect. We like playing at the Allianz Arena.”Bayern lead Borussia Dortmund by four points and the two teams meet on Tuesday, when Bayern travel to the Ruhr for a potentially pivotal match.Flick insisted his team would not be distracted on Saturday.“The duel with Dortmund next week will not matter. We’ll play against Frankfurt. That’s the next step we want to take. Only then will we look towards Dortmund.”Bayern have three long-term injury absentees: Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso (who both underwent ankle surgery in April) and Niklas Suele who is recovering from a knee ligament injury.“Niklas has expressed the desire to play this season. We must see what the stability in the knee allows,” said Flick. Munich, Germany | AFP | Bundesliga leaders Bayern continue their renewed season with only one injury doubt ahead of a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Coach Hansi Flick said in an on-line press conference on Friday that central midfielder Thiago was unlikely to play because of a hip muscle problem.“We’ll have to wait,” Flick said.Frankfurt are 13th in the table and lost at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach last Saturday for a fourth straight Bundesliga defeat, but they humiliated Bayern 5-1 in November.Even though Bayern were reduced to 10 men after nine minutes that day when Jerome Boateng was sent off, that defeat cost Flick’s predecessor Niko Kovac his job.“Frankfurt overwhelmed us there with their dynamism,” Flick said. “It’s a different game, with different conditions. It starts at zero.”Bayern won behind closed doors away to Union Berlin last Sunday. This will be their first match at home since the  league resumed. Bayern Munich have a chance to atone for their 5-1 humiliation at Frankfurt in Novembercenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Exceptional trio celebrated at coaching awards

first_img14 Dec 2016 Exceptional trio celebrated at coaching awards Three exceptional men who support the country’s most promising golfers were celebrated at an awards dinner at the England Golf coaching conference. Standing ovations marked the announcement of Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson as 2016 Coach of the Year, Sussex’s Alan Covey as Volunteer Manager of the Year, and Cheshire’s Alan Thompson as the winner of the Lifetime Service Award. Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director, commented: “These are truly exceptional people who stand out for the support and encouragement they provide to our golfers, helping them to be the best they can.” The conference, attended by county, regional and national coaches and managers, had the theme of creating a winning culture – and the achievements of the three award winners helped to highlight this. Steve Robinson (pictured top © Leaderboard Photography) has enjoyed a spectacular 2016, inspiring the England women’s team to become European champions for the first time in 23 years. Victory was particularly sweet because his teams had been involved in bronze medal play-offs in the previous three years, but have left the championships empty handed on each occasion. His players included Bronte Law, who has just turned professional after a stellar amateur career when she was ranked second in the world, played in three Curtis Cup teams, won the Annika Award as the top US college player and was European amateur champion. She sent a message to the conference saying: “The gold medal represents all Robbo’s work as a coach and mentor. He is not just a coach to me, he is a friend and I could not think of anyone who deserves this award more.” Robinson, who is based at Sandburn Hall, also coaches the Yorkshire boys’ and women’s teams – and between them they’ve won 11 English county championships. This year, three boys from the six-strong county squad have represented England and Robinson is also the personal coach to Charlie Thornton who won the England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit. He summed up how he creates a winning culture by saying: “It’s all about building relationships with the players and making sure you know their vision and their mission.” Alan Covey (pictured right © Leaderboard Photography) is the Sussex junior manager and an England Golf regional manager – and has such an impact that he received three separate nominations for the award of Volunteer Manager of the Year. One of his proposers summed him up: “One major factor of his success is that all the juniors like him. His encouragement and dedication to them is very evident and rewarded by their respect for him. I know many players who are now over 18 that keep in regular contact with him letting him know how they are progressing.” Within Sussex, Covey helps to organise coaching development for young players who wish to progress, and works with the county squads for players from U12 to U18 age groups. As an England Golf regional manager he is generous in sharing his knowledge and experience with other managers. He organises many events, including a national start-of-season championship for U16 boys and girls – and he also took an England team to the 2016 Canadian International Junior Challenge and encouraged them to victory. Covey commented on his award: “This isn’t just about me, it’s about every manager out there and all of us want to make a difference.” Alan Thompson was unable to be at the presentation of the Lifetime Service Award but delegates were told how he has dedicated his career to helping golfers achieve their full potential at all levels, working with club players, county golfers, elite national amateurs and top professionals. He was Cheshire coach for 25 years and was the professional at Heswall Golf Club until 2012 – when he retired to concentrate on his coaching. He’s been assistant coach to the England Men’s A Squad for many years and this season has been especially memorable with squad player Scott Gregory winning the Amateur Championship and the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit. He’s also taught many European Tour players, including Lee Slattery and Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson. Steve Burnett, the England Golf Men’s Performance Manager, paid tribute to Thommo’s achievements and said: “We want to say thank you for all your years of dedication, there are a lot of players out there who are very grateful.” During the conference delegates also heard from speakers including Sergio Lara-Bercial who has studied ‘serial winning coaches’ and Baroness Sue Campbell, who discussed turning ‘good into great.’  She chaired UK Sport from 2003-2013, presiding over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s largest medal haul in living memory; she has been the chair of the Youth Sport Trust since 2005 and she is the FA’s head of women’s football. Ben Stow and Ashley Chesters, who were top England amateurs before embarking on their professional careers, attended a Q&A session with delegates. Stow was the Brabazon Trophy champion and is now a Challenge Tour player, while Chesters was the double European amateur champion and has just won his European Tour card. Both have been supported by England Golf’s Give Back scheme which provided them with a number of Challenge Tour starts; in return they give back a proportion of earnings over a certain level to support the squad programme.last_img read more

Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races & Festival

first_imgFacebook688Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysWith less than 60 days to go, final plans are now being made for the 44th Edition of the award winning and free Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, the South Sounds largest maritime festival at the Olympia waterfront, September 1-3, Labor Day weekend. This year promises to be better than ever adding a bit of sand to the already popular festival and host of the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Show and Races sponsored by Chehalis Tribe’s Lucky Eagle Casino.  Arts, crafts, commercial, non-profit and food booths will line the docks from Percival Landing to the Port Plaza broken only by buskers, musicians and the occasional juggler.Photo credit: Diane Waiste.Squaxin Island Tribe, this year’s proud title sponsor of the annual Olympia Kiwanis Club non-profit event, is preparing to turn the Port of Olympia Plaza (near the Farmers Market) into the Squaxin Salish Seaport featuring the cultural and tribal art of the Squaxin Island Tribe.  The Tribe’s Little Creek Casino will offer a traditional Salmon Bake while adding a second festival stage for music and performance featuring tribal drumming and more under the Lookout Tower.  Percival Landing continues as home of the Main Music Stage presented by Washington’s Lottery featuring nine area bands and musicians.Sail on a tall ship!  Both the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be at harbor beginning Wednesday, August 30.  On Friday, the historic Mosquito Fleet steamship, the Virginia V, arrives as the festival begins.  All three ships provide multiple excursions, including our Weekend Getaway aboard Virginia V cruising to/from Tacoma, charter cruises, battle sails, and Tugboat Race watching throughout the holiday weekend sponsored by Washington Federation of State Employees.  Cruise and sailing schedules and ticket prices at the Olympia Harbor Days website.  Secure your tickets early. Email [email protected] for information about private charters.Sand returns to the harbor with local sand-sculpting team Form Finders.  Find them at Percival Landing as they work together to create a tugboat carved out of sand.  And watch as master sand sculptors compete head to head in 10 minute “Quick Carve” contests, where the audience picks the subject and the winners of each round.  Special thanks to Thomas Architecture Studios, Thurston First Bank, and OSG Dozing as sponsors.Stuff for kids! Heritage Bank is sponsoring two days of kids activities, not just rides, including a Cork Boat Regatta by the Hands On Children’s Museum and marine related activities by the Puget Sound Estuarium.As always, Olympia Harbor Days promises to be the best way for families and kids of all ages to celebrate the end of the summer season!  And it is free!  So make your way by land or sea and cruise on down to Olympia Harbor Days! For a complete schedule and all festival details or for more information, please visit  Net proceeds and donations support Kiwanis activities that benefit kids and their families.last_img read more