first_img WhatsApp Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Minor football Team of the Year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Check it out below:1- Conor Brown (Portlaoise)A very competent young keeper who has also represented Athlone Town in the League of Ireland.Brown will be eligible for this grade again next year and will be hoping to nail down the Laois jersey too when that championship begins next year.2- Sam Quinn (Ballyroan-Abbey)Padraig Rafter, Sam Quinn and Aaron BrennanSam Quinn is any managers dream because every time he takes to the field he gives a performance.Simply outstanding throughout the championship for Ballyroan-Abbey and his man marking ability is second to none.3- Ben Reddin (Portlaoise)Ben ReddinPlayed the majority of the club championship on the half back line but Reddin is selected here following his performances with Laois.He is an old school no-nonsense defender who never looks flustered and routinely makes a dispossession or a good block.4- Matthew Gibney (Ballyroan-Abbey)# Home Sport GAA Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Minor football Team of the Year SportGAAGaelic Football This Ballyroan-Abbey won U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-17 ‘A’ championships in Laois and this man has had a large hand in all of them.He has explosive power that is unmatchable really and it will be very interesting to see how his playing career develops from here.10- Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney-Errill)Padraig RafterThere can’t be too many Rathdowney-Errill lads with minor ‘A’ football medals in their back pockets – but that’s what Padraig Rafter has.He worked tirelessly on the wing for Ballyroan-Abbey all year and proved a massive edition to their team this season.11- Jack Byrne (Graiguecullen)Graiguecullen pushed Portlaoise all the way in the semi final and this young man had another stellar year.Eligible for this grade again in 2021, he will be hoping to nail down a starting place with the Laois minors next season.12- Colin McEvoy (Portlaoise) Electric Picnic Facebook TAGSLaois MFCMinor football team of the year Aaron Brennan had a dream county final and when Ballyroan-Abbey struggled in the game, he always seemed to pop up in some space to relieve the pressure.His goal was a thing of beauty, a cracking half volley near the end of the first half, and his all-around play makes him worthy of being on this team.15- Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen) Conor Kelly burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old when he kicked 12 points for Graiguecullen in a minor ‘B’ win over Clonaslee in 2018.Two years on and he has continued on that upward trajectory that sees him primed to take the adult ranks by storm next year too.SEE ALSO – Introducing the 2020 LaoisToday Senior Ladies football Team of the Year Facebook Pinterest The Minor Football Championship came to a conclusion back in September as Ballyroan-Abbey defeated Portlaoise to claim the cup.Ballyroan-Abbey were going for their second title in three years after ending a 47 year wait for minor glory in 2018.They lost last year’s decider to Emo-Courtwood but they finished this game like a train to win 2-9 to 0-6 in the end. They have seven players represented, including one from Rathdowney-Errill who was eligible to play for them as an isolated player.Defeated finalists Portlaoise have five while Graiguecullen and Na Fianna Og, or Arles-Killeen to be exact, make up the rest of the selection. Ballyroan-Abbey did not concede a goal in either the semi final or final this year and a lot of that was down to this young man.Full back Matthew Gibney marshalled his defence and put his body on the line when required to keep teams out.5- Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey) WhatsApp The same goes for Colin McEvoy who is also eligible for this grade in 2021.His ability to field ball from kick-outs is a very useful tool for any team and his kick passing ability from the half forward line is impressive too.13- Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen)Into the full forward line now where Na Fianna Og’s sole representative Colin Dunne is up next.The Arles-Killeen man scored freely in all of their games as they reached the semi final this year and he will be a big edition to their senior team in 2021.14- Aaron Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey) Extraordinarily versatile, Dempsey is comfortable on almost every line on the field it would seem.Played mainly at centre back for Portlaoise but showed with Laois he could operate at wing forward or full back – a trait that will be very useful as he graduates to adult GAA in 2021.7- Josh Hogan (Portlaoise)Good in the air, athletic, a tight man marker – there are a lot of things to like about Josh Hogan.He’s also a remarkably consistent performer who continues to improve with every game he plays.8- Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey)Man of the match in the county final and deservedly so with the performance he put in in the final quarter in particular.This is his second minor title to win and he is another who is primed to tackle adult level next year.9- Lawson Obular (Ballyroan-Abbey) Twitter Electric Picnic Previous article2020 Remembered: The top-earning Laois solicitors on the Legal Aid systemNext article2020 Remembered: Mary Therese Lowndes: Senseless mink farming LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 24th December 2020 For the third year running, Shaun Fitzpatrick has been named on the minor football team of the year.The flying wing back is so consistent and he’ll easily make the step up to adult football in 2021.6- Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise) Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedLOC to Launch ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ Campaign FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Cricket World Cup 2007, is geared to launch its ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ Campaign on December 30 and 31, at the waterfront in downtown Kingston.The launch will be done in collaboration with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), at the annual New Year’s Eve spectacle, ‘Fireworks on the Waterfront’.Executive Director of the Jamaica LOC, Robert Bryan explained that hosting the event in downtown Kingston was part of a deliberate strategy to support the area. “We see the city of Kingston playing a crucial role in the hosting of this mega event,” he said.He was addressing members of the media as well as stakeholders at a press briefing hosted at the offices of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) on Trafalgar Road in Kingston on November 28.“It is the platform to assist with urban re-generation and the redevelopment of downtown Kingston. We stick by this perspective,” he stressed, adding that he was confident that the beautification activities would be completed in time for the event.Indeed, the decision to have the event at the location builds on the commitment by the Jamaica LOC, as it opened the official ticket offices in the Kingston Mall earlier this year.Giving a preview of the campaign, Mr. Bryan said that television advertisements, the campaign song, the official launch of the opening ceremony as well as other elements would be unveiled, such as a ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ official pin, which comprises the Jamaican flag in association with the event logo.“It is our intention that this pin will become a symbol of pride which all Jamaicans at home and abroad will wear with pride and also it will [signify] their attachment and ownership of our [LOC] hosting activities,” he said.While pointing out that the pins would be sold to recover the cost, Mr. Bryan also appealed to corporate Jamaica to buy the pins and donate them to staff and schools as their contribution to this national effort. RelatedLOC to Launch ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ Campaign Advertisementscenter_img LOC to Launch ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ Campaign UncategorizedNovember 29, 2006 RelatedLOC to Launch ‘Jamaica Proudly Hosting’ Campaignlast_img read more

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first_imgMigrant workers crowd outside a train station in Mumbai, India to board trains to their home state, Bihar, on May 20, 2020. Migrant workers are becoming infected with the coronavirus at an alarmingly high rate, leading to fresh outbreaks in villages across northern India. THE NEW YORK TIMES India’s death toll from the pandemic now stands at 50,921, an increase of 941 from the previous day, according to the health ministry’s website. Despite the rising death toll, the health ministry tweeted on Sunday that India’s virus mortality rate was “one of the lowest globally” at below two percent. NEW DLEHI – India’s death toll from the coronavirus hit 50,000 on Monday, with more than 900 new fatalities reported in 24 hours, health ministry data showed. The world’s second-most populated country, home to some of the world’s biggest cities and largest slums, is already the third-most infected nation behind the US and Brazil. The country last week overtook Britain with the world’s fourth-highest number of deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, and has recorded 2.6 million infections. Many experts however say the real numbers may be far higher due to low levels of testing and because deaths are often not properly recorded in India’s chronically under-funded health system. Experts say India needs to ramp up testing further to get the virus under control as it spreads to rural and regional areas where healthcare systems are particularly fragile or not easily accessible. On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said trials and tests on three potential vaccine candidates were being carried out in India and that his government was preparing to produce huge numbers of doses if any are found to be viable. (AFP)last_img read more

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