Previous articleWorld famous German band to compete in Limerick championshipNext articleTraveller halting site dispute escalates as accusations fly at Limerick council Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email NewsA bright future on the cards for nine-year-old Afton from LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 15, 2017 1014 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Afton Purtill hard at work on her homemade cardsONE of Limerick’s youngest entrepreneurs has shown that creative flair can spark some unusual business opportunities.Nine-year-old Afton Purtill has elevated her love of arts and crafts to launch her very own company, the appropriately named Afton’s Handmade Cards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A third class pupil at Scoil Dean Cussen in Bruff, Afton has produced greeting cards for every occasion and they are now moving into the public arena as she landed her first order from a local store.“I have always been into making things through arts and crafts and with the help of my mom (Ellen Twomey Purtill), we started making some cards to send to family and friends.“I was thrilled to make them and for them to be sent out for other people to enjoy” the Bruff schoolgirl said.“I commissioned her so to speak,” Ellen told the Limerick Post, “as I thought it would be just nicer and add that personal touch to give a handmade card.“Afton has a real flair for it now and she has taken it on with a real passion.Ellen said that she showed some of the cards to her friends and colleagues, “the next thing I know, people were asking me to get her to make the cards for them too.“That very first day, she got more than 50 orders for cards”.Such is the success and popularity of Afton’s Handmade cards, that she is now supplying shops in Limerick city.It’s plain to see that there is a bright future on the cards for this enterprising nine year old. See her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Aftonshandmadecards/ Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSAftonAfton’s handmade cardslimerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
BRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoFor the third consecutive season, the Badgers have exploded out of the gate, exceeding all expectations with a surprisingly good start to their football season.However, third-year starting quarterback John Stocco knows all too well that as quickly as fans jump on the bandwagon of a team headed toward apparent success, they can jump right off it with one bad loss.”In this league, you can’t make a mistake against anybody, really,” Stocco said. “The thing about winning is when you keep winning, the games keep getting bigger and bigger, so that’s something that we understand and we just have to keep pushing forward.”And evident from UW’s 2004 loss at Michigan State and the 2005 loss at Northwestern, the Badgers have shown a propensity to lose to potentially weaker opponents on the road, derailing each respective season in one way or another.”We talk a lot about finishing,” Stocco said. “A lot of times, I think it’s just how the schedule goes, if you lose your first two games and win the rest of them, people will be talking about how great of a season you had, whereas if you lose one or two at the end, people will talk about the collapse and things like that.”While Wisconsin (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) has not reached that climactic end of the season just yet — which will include games against Penn State and at Iowa — the Badgers have a chance to prove what they’re made of with a crucial road game at Purdue (5-2, 2-1) Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Perhaps the most intriguing matchup will be the Boilermakers’ pass offense versus the Badgers’ pass defense. Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter threw for a career-high 431 yards last week against Northwestern, a lofty accomplishment for playing in Joe Tiller’s pass-happy system.With the effort, Painter moved into third place in the country with 2,218 passing yards on the season. The Boilermakers rank fourth in Division I-A football at 327.1 yards per game through the air, largely due to junior wideout Dorien Bryant (41 receptions, 545 yards, three touchdowns).”Painter is a player that can definitely throw the football,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s got more than a covey of receivers to throw to as well as the tight ends and the running backs. The thing I’ve kind of seen with Painter is he’s probably beginning to get more like [ex-Boilermaker standout Kyle] Orton was. He’s a guy that really can throw the short pass and the intermediate pass with a good amount of accuracy.”However, Painter and his wide receivers will have their hands full with a UW secondary that has improved with each week and is making a name for itself as one of the stingiest in the nation. Wisconsin ranks ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense (12.7 points per game), sixth in total defense (240 yards per) and, most importantly, third of all teams in defending the pass (a paltry 123.1 yards per contest).So, with two powers colliding, UW defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said the Boilermakers will prove to be one of Wisconsin’s biggest challenges thus far in the season, at least from an aerial-attack standpoint.”They present a lot of challenges,” Cooks said. “Obviously, they’re leading the conference in a lot of pass categories, they’ve got some great wide receivers, the quarterback’s playing well.”The Boilermakers are averaging a smidgen under 40 pass attempts a game, far and away tops in the Big Ten. Comparatively, Stocco and the Badgers have thrown less than 25 times per game.”Any time you’re going to [see that many] passes per game, you better make sure that you’re where you need to be,” Cooks said. “They do a lot of different things on offense in the passing game, and we just got to be ready for the challenge.”Cooks said the game plan won’t change, Wisconsin will continue to play defense the way it has on the way to the 6-1 start.”We’ve made plays against everybody. We’ve just got to make more plays than we lose,” Cooks said. “The guys will be patient, we’ll try to challenge them when we can and do different things to help us out back there.”On the other side of the ball, Stocco leads an upstart offense against a suspect Purdue defense (last in the Big Ten in both scoring and total defense), along with running back P.J. Hill, only one of two backs in the country to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards so far.When asked if there was something special about this year’s Badger team, Stocco simply said the players continue to take things one day at a time and not think about past letdowns or possible future events.”Our mind is just on Purdue right now and that’s all we want to think about, we just know that there’s a lot of things that we have to pick up,” said the senior quarterback. “[This season is] what we make of it, we just got to stay focused. … We’ve just got to come out with a great attitude and just keep going.”
The Ghana Rugby has started preparations for the 2014 / 15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that is slated to take place in November 2014 and January to February 2015.“Following the Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum on 14 August the Board left no stone unturned to transform dreams into reality by establishing various ‘Blueprint Project Teams – one being a team to work out the modalities of a properly run Club Championship,” the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah, announced in Accra.Provisional preparations for the GRCC involve 12 Clubs from two Regional Associations to battle it out for top honours over 12 weeks with a total of 63 matches to be played.The two Associations, Greater Accra and CentWest, will each have the opportunity to nominate 6 teams that will play a “Home and Away” match each to determine the top two teams that will advance to the semi-finals followed by a final to be played in Accra on 21 February 2015.According to the GRFU Project Team there are many modalities and logistics to be sorted out including funding, playing fields, match officiating, transport, feeding and medical care to name but a few.“There is great excitement amongst players, clubs and officials as this will be the first ever professional Club Tournament of this nature. We are, however, under no illusion that the successful planning and running of the GRCC will take a lot of will and effort,” a spokesperson for the GRFU Project Team stated. Mr Sidney Yankson, newly appointed Director of Fundraising, admitted that even setting a budget for the event was no mean task.“This is the first ever Club Championship of this nature and it took a while to figure out what is required to run the GRCC professionally while ensuring maximum benefits to sponsors,” Mr. yankson said.The estimated cost to run the Championship is US$ 75,000 and according to Mr. Yankson. Meanwhile Clubs have also been requested to raise funds to cover the Tournament Registration Fee.“These fees will by no means cover the total cost of the tournament, but will also instill a discipline by our Clubs to look at all aspects of managing a Club, including the task of financial management,” he said.The GRFU has also embarked on a Rugby Family-wide programme to reach out to potential sponsors. The President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, in discussion with IRB Trainer David Dobela at the Coaches Training Course held to prepare Club coaches for the upcoming league.
Manchester City are favourites to reclaim the Premier League title this season, according to centre-back Martin Demichelis.City celebrated Manuel Pellegrini’s first season as manager with a double of the Premier League and League Cup in the 2013-14 campaign.They failed to match the same standard last term and finished eight points adrift of Chelsea but, speaking ahead of their league opener at West Brom on Monday, Demichelis is confident of returning to the top of the pile.”There are tough teams every year involved in the fight and what we want to do is beat them so we know that teams such as Chelsea, United and Arsenal are going to be there,” the Argentinian told Sky Sports.”We will fight against them and our intention is to win, yes, we are favourites.”Demichelis, who penned a one-year contract extension in March, says the whole team is desperate to be more consistent this term. “We left in a way we didn’t like, we could have made it, we weren’t as regular as we were in the previous season,” the 34-year-old added.”We have the quality and we are a good squad and we want to bring all this energy back onto the pitch this season.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports