COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – DONEGAL TO USE TOP GOLF RESORT FOR TRAINING CAMP

first_imgDonegal are putting the final touches to their preparations for their All-Ireland assault with a five day stay at the exclusive Lough Erne Golf Resort in Fermanagh.Jimmy McGuinnessThe party will total 50 which will include a sizeable playing panel, doctors, medics, masseurs and management.The Belfast Telegraph reports the costs could be in the region of €20,000. The Lough Erne venue has no football fields available to Donegal, but they could host their training sessions through the use of local club facilities.Located a few miles outside Enniskillen towards the Donegal border, the Lough Erne resort is a high-end venue that hosted the G8 summit and world leaders last summer.Its golf resort was designed by Nick Faldo while Rory McIlroy is rather famously its touring professional.There are a number of team-building activities the group may consider while there for light relief from all the tactical training, such as raft-building on Lough Erne, Four by Four driving and Laser Clay shooting. The hotel also has a number of purpose-built conference rooms, ideal for hosting strategy meetings as Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and his backroom team figure out how to decode Kerry on September 21.Last month, then-Armagh manager Paul Grimley took his squad to Lough Erne the weekend ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal and they trained in Brewster Park, Enniskillen, on the Saturday morning. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – DONEGAL TO USE TOP GOLF RESORT FOR TRAINING CAMP was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalFermanaghLough Erne Resortlast_img read more

Kings pass stiff early test

first_img Not that the Kings, and goaltender Jason LaBarbera, figured to be impressed by any of that. After games against three modestly talented opponents, the Kings faced their biggest challenge of the young season and beat the Oilers 3-1 before 16,394 at Staples Center. LOS ANGELES – The Edmonton Oilers came to town Tuesday representing all that is good about the new NHL. Stuck in a small market with a low payroll, the Oilers didn’t have much hope under the old system, but the salary cap has turned them into contenders and the rules changes have made them fun to watch. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Kings broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the second period, then added an insurance goal 76 seconds into the third period when Eric Belanger scored in a second consecutive game. Sean Avery started the play when he picked up the puck near the boards and fired a shot. Edmonton goalie Ty Conklin couldn’t control the puck and Belanger beat Marc-Andre Bergeron to the net and pushed the rebound past Conklin for a 3-1 Kings lead. The Kings’ rotating-goalie system gave LaBarbera another chance to shine on Tuesday, and for the most part, he did. Similar to his first start, LaBarbera allowed a soft goal in the first period, which this time tied the game 1-1, and then settled down in the face of a strong Edmonton offensive attack. With two young goalies, neither of whom have experience as a full-time starter in the NHL, Murray is content to let the situation play itself out, and so far, it’s been fairly successful. “Do these young guys need the pressure of a (No. 1 goalie) label right now? Can we let them grow into that role?” Murray said before the game. “Their play will determine it.” center_img The Kings wanted to help out LaBarbera and jump on the Oilers, who played the night before in Anaheim, and succeeded with a solid start in which they spent limited time in their defensive zone. Through 14 minutes of the first period, the Kings had outshot the Oilers 10-2 and controlled the neutral zone and the pace of play, helped by their two power plays, compared to none for the Oilers. It all paid off 13:33 into the first period, with the Kings on the power play. Bergeron attempted to clear the puck from behind the net, but Luc Robitaille stopped it along the boards and centered the puck to Joe Corvo, who one-timed a slap shot past Conklin. Momentum didn’t last long though, as the Oilers dominated the period’s closing minutes. In the final six minutes the Oilers, aided by two power plays, outshot the Kings 8-1 and tied the game. With 3:30 remaining in the period, Shawn Horcoff skated into the Kings’ zone and dropped a pass for Bergeron, who fired a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle that beat LaBarbera. Things could have gone bad for the Kings early in the second period, when penalties to Avery and Mike Weaver gave the Oilers a 5-on-3 power play, but that’s when LaBarbera came up biggest. LaBarbera made three tough saves during the penalty kill, most notably a glove save on a point-blank shot by Jarret Stoll, and two minutes after the power play ended, LaBarbera stopped a breakaway chance by Raffi Torres as the Oilers threatened to dominate the game’s offensive chances. But the Kings hung tough, aided by some typically pesky play by forward Dustin Brown, and later in the period Brown was awarded for his gritty play. With under four minutes remaining in the period, Brown picked up a loose puck along the boards in the Oilers’ zone and skated in on net. Brown cut to the side of the net and, with Conklin expecting a centering pass, Brown instead sent a wrist shot to the short side and beat Conklin for a 2-1 Kings lead. Belanger’s third-period goal was simply the start of a strong period for the Kings, although they failed to capitalize on an 81-second 5-on-3 advantage. The Oilers didn’t record their first shot in the period until more than six minutes had elapsed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more