first_imgThree Letterkenny RFC players started for the Ulster u18 team and played Connaught in their opening intro provincial match at Rainey RFC in Magherafelt yesterday. Joseph Dunleavy started at blindside wing forward, Daniel Faulkner lined out at inside centre and Peter Scott was entrusted with the full back duties. Eunan Henry is also on the u18 development panel but was unlucky not to make the match day 23.“This is a great achievement for these young players and is just reward for their dedication and hard work over the last two years” according to Gordon Curley, club u18 coach. However they suffered a home defeat to Connact on a 15 to 8 scoreline. The home team went in at half time leading 8 – 5 after playing their way back into the game with a very well taken try by Peter Scott. This was a try made in Letterkenny when Joe Dunleavy sent a ball off the top from a line out with Daniel Faulkner beating the western defence with a great outside break. With the line at his mercy he unselfishly off loaded to Scott who made no mistake from 5 meters out.The second half was a forward battle where the Ulster pack seemed determined not to use their strong back line. Connact were more committed at the breakdown and made fewer mistakes which yielded them two unanswered tries. This was a game that the home team should have won but the Connact team deserve credit for absorbing all that Ulster could throw at them in the final 10 minutes. Next week Ulster play Leinster and a big improvement by the pack and at the breakdown will be required to get a result against the strongest u18 province.The Letterkenny Rugby Club would like to thank their main sponsor Brendan Kelly from Kelly’s Toyota for giving these young lads the opportunity to develop their skills to this level.Well done lads from everyone at Letterkenny Rugby Club. RUGBY: LETTERKENNY LADS SHINE FOR ULSTER U18s was last modified: September 6th, 2015 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBU18sUlsterlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In four NFL seasons, Tyrann Mathieu has proven that when healthy, he is one of the league’s best defensive players.The problem has been, of course, keeping him healthy.Mathieu has yet to play a full season, and three of his four campaigns have ended with the former LSU Tiger on injured reserve.Heading into 2017 Mathieu is feeling healthy and confident, all while understanding that he still has plenty left to prove. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Mathieu is the second Cardinal to land on one of Schein’s lists, as he already named running back David Johnson as one of the most indispensable offensive players.The running back came in at No. 4.Johnson didn’t make this list in 2016. Now, having proven last season that he’s a bona fide star and one of the most well-rounded players in the entire league, Johnson earns a top-tier slot.Arizona can survive a Carson Palmer injury or a Carson Palmer skid, with Johnson dazzling and dominating like he does. Johnson posted 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the first 15 games of last season — an astounding NFL record. You could make the case that he’s the best runner and receiving target on the 2017 Cardinals. I know I would.In all, Johnson set a franchise record with 2,118 scrimmage yards, while his 20 touchdowns also topped the Cardinals’ record books as well as led the NFL in 2016. Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu waits his turn to run drills during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the team training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Again, no one doubts how good of a player he is, which is why last summer the Cardinals signed him to a contract extension even while he was recovering from a second torn ACL.When Mathieu is healthy and at his best, the Cardinals’ defense is one of the most difficult to handle, and it’s why even though they have other stars in cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebackers Markus Golden and Chandler Jones,’s Adam Schein lists the Honey Badger as the league’s seventh-most indispensable defensive player.Mathieu hits and covers and breaks up passes. He changes games by creating turnovers. And most importantly, he is the heart and soul of this Cardinals team. With a banged-up Mathieu last year — the safety missed six games with a shoulder injury — the Cardinals missed the playoffs. There is a direct correlation. He’s that special.Mathieu is just such a crucial chess piece, with all the mismatch players and formations NFL offenses are rolling out these days. His skill set is extremely hard — if not impossible — to replace. And that, folks, is what we mean by indispensable.A defensive player of the year candidate before hurting his knee in Week 15 in 2015, Mathieu collected 36 total tackles with one sack and one interception in 2016 as he battled his knee and then a shoulder injury.last_img read more