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Gibraltar Dragons vs Malaga 17th Jan 09

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It has been a very disappointing season for the S G Hambros under 13s and the Ibex under 11s and under 9s, with there league fixtures not taking place due to some poor planning by the federation. None of the teams in this section were willing to send their players to Murcia, for what would amount to an hour’s rugby per team. This situation will be resolved very quickly we hope. The concentration planned before Christmas was too close to Christmas and no transport was available with only Malaga able to attend.

However next week it all kicks off and although late in starting they will have a full season. Unfortunately though, due to a dramatic price increase from San Roque council, this season may see the teams having no home concentration. The reason for this is the fact that San Roque now insist on price per team instead of hiring the pitch for time, and at 150 Euros per team this has put the price at 450 Euros, on top of that the price of a coach for the boys, hosting the visiting teams and medical cover the cost would have risen to almost £800 for 40 minutes or rugby for the under 13s as they are only allowed a maximum of three games 7 minutes per half and less for the other boys. The Gibraltar government offered assistance by allowing the concentration in Gibraltar but “Federation” laws point out that all games must take place within AndalucĂ­a, a point highlighted when requested we play here. As we speak the committee are in talks to try and resolve this problem and come up with a solution for next season.

However back to the Rugby, which is the main thing, last week saw the VOLKER STEVINS under 17s and the ALL SPORTS BAR under 15s in action in Malaga. The Malaga squad has been strengthened by merging the university team with Club Rugby Malaga and are now trying to claim Marbella’s crown as the strongest club in the under 17s and under 15s section which has certainly made these age groups play harder.

First up was the ALL SPORTS BAR under 15s on the back of a good win against Marbella B last week, but from the start it was evident the boys were out of sorts, they weren’t chasing or harassing as they did against Marbella, a fact Malaga took advantage of by opening the scoring within minutes if the start, and for the first half this was the pattern of the game, unlike last week none of the boys stepped up to take command and lead from the front, however we must recognise its only the second year of rugby and people are still learning the game as well as the mental approach towards a hard physical game. The first quarter of the second half was the same as Malaga scored at will, until substitutions were made by Malaga when they put on some of there newer players, our boys then found gaps, especially Guy Dumas on his debut who shows great promise with his direct running. This lifted our boys who started finding more and more gaps with their direct running, forcing the Malaga boys back, however in their eagerness, the Dragons made mistakes and were unable to finish by crossing the line. The last quarter of the game gave the boys the finish they wanted, by taking the game to Malaga and showing themselves the difference between taking the game to the opposition or letting them run at them. The final score was
The Dragons were beaten by a better team but this is changing and the boys are learning from every game which is exactly what is required. On a very positive note, the under 15s section have now started a Andalucian selection to play other provinces in Spain and 9 players have been sent forward for the first training session in February, more will follow on this soon.

The squad who played Malaga were
J Farrell, R Cabral, P Perez, D Carey, J Spark Borja, N Pitto, R Whelan, L Rovegno, K Motegriffo, S Alexander, W Warwick O Canessa.

With Man of the Match going to D Carey.

VOLKER STEVIN under 17s were up next and unfortunately due to injuries and boys absent, they only had 12 players. Malaga, in the spirit of the game, also fielded 12 players which was a wonderful gesture. Malaga showed the strength they have become, with some good running rugby; however, same as last week, the VOLKER STEVINS under 17s do not bow to anyone. To say the game was feisty would be an understatement with our boys being physically dominated by Malaga but standing tall. The game was flowing from end to end on a very hard pitch but Malaga was breaking the line for tries. Injuries happened on a very hard pitch with two of the Dragons being taken off, Nick Seaborne with mild concussion and Sexto Parody with a shoulder injury and three Malaga players. The match was hard fought but in a good spirit but Malaga were always the stronger and tries were scored. It was good to see the guys fighting to the end, their heads never dropping till the final whistle with a final score 61-0 to Malaga.

N Seaborne, B Blackburn. N Ponce de Leon, A Andrews, S Parody, M Belkavitz, R Green,
T Perera, M Tzunami, S Simmonds, P Reyes, J Farrel
With Bobby Blackburn being Man of the Match for the third game in row, and as the under 15s, a few of the boys will be attending the selection training weekend.

Unfortunately the games due to be played this week have been cancelled due to the conflict of the pitch and will be rescheduled.


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Gibraltar Dragons-Volker Stevins under 17's V San Roque

San Roque

Saturday saw the start of the second half of the under 17s season with a home game against San Roque, also a new team to the under 17s league and it was a good day of rugby for all.

The day started with an under 10s game between San Roque, another new team like ourselves. It’s wonderful to see rugby being developed through the age groups and all the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. With some hard play, our boys had the edge slightly having played more rugby. Their awareness edged them the game, with some good running, wonderful tries and more importantly, the game played in a wonderful spirit by both teams,
Ibex Insurance under 11s consisted of Charlie Lowslley Williams, Jamie Ross, Bradley Hewitt, Kalib Falconer and the deadly duo of Jack and Sheigh Wilson with ‘Jack the Ripper’ living up to his nickname by scoring a brace of tries.

We then had the main game of the day with VOLKER STEVINS UNDER 17S playing against San Roque. Both sides seemed rusty from the start but the Dragons dominated the first half, playing well and scoring five tries, three of them being converted. The boys made some good runs and inroads and when needed, tackled well with a good defence.
Second half the boys came out on a high but San Roque had something to prove and for the first twenty minutes had the Dragons camped in their 22. All the hard work was rewarded with a try for the San Roque boys, however the Dragons replied straight away with a piercing run by Philip Reyes who also converted his try. This seemed to re-ignite the boys and they piled the pressure back onto the San Roque team who wilted slightly under the pressure and the boys went onto to score another try. Gibraltar could have scored more tries however the San Roque boys were exhausted and as often happens injuries started creeping in, making the final 15 minutes very disjointed and not allowing the running rugby we had earlier. The final score was a very creditable

As we always say the most important thing is the team however some guys do stand out. Bobbie Blackburn’s defence play was judged to be outstanding by his coaches and was named man of the match. A special mention by the referee was for Liam Rovegno, who played his first game for the under17s and opened the scoring.

VOLKER STEVINS under 17s team consisted of
Nick Seabourn, Bobbie Blackburn, Jae Farrell, Alex Andrews, Tyrone Montegriffo,
Patrick Gill, Adam Golt, Moussa Tuznani, Jonathan Smith, Philip Reyes, Luke Welland,
Aslan Pervez, Daniel Conglaves, Liam Rovegno, Tim Hermida, James Spark Borja

Tries scored by
P Reyes 4, L Rovegno , D Conglaves, M Tuznani
P Reyes 4, A Golt.

Next week the Volker Stevins under 17s, face Marbella B at Guadiarro with the All Sports Bar under 15s also facing Marbella B at the same pitch
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Mrs Rebbecca Fortunato has received an MBE in Queen's new years honours

Mrs Rebecca Dawn Fortunato. President, Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association, and vice president, Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association was awarded an MBE for services to sport.

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England under 16 to visit Gibraltar for warm weather training

England's under 16s boys and girls squad will be playing against Gibraltar selections from 2-5 Jan 2009. Gibraltar has hosted GB teams and other representative teams from the UK. This particular training camp is for hot weather although there hasn't been that much around in Gib recently. Let's keep our fingers crossed that things brighten up in early January.

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Commonwealth Games 50 year celebrations

His Worship the Mayor, Solomon Levy MBE,ED,JP hosted an Official Reception on Wednesday 10 December 2008 at the City Hall, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games Association.

The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in 6 sports and 59 events. Bobby Robinson, a major influence within athletics in Canada at....

the time, finally implemented the event that had been talked about amongst Commonwealth nations for over thirty years with the City of Hamilton providing $30,000 to help cover travelling costs of the participating nations.

Since then, the Games have been conducted every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II) and the event has seen many changes, not least in its name. From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. It was the 1978 Games in Edmonton that saw this unique, world class, multi-sports event change its name to the Commonwealth Games.

Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’ only single competition sports had been on the programme from 1930 up to and including the 1994 Games in Victoria. The 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur saw the introduction of team sports with nations taking part in cricket (50 over game), hockey (men and women), netball (women) and rugby 7's (men). In Manchester in 2002 hockey, netball and rugby 7's graced the programme again and at the 2006 Games in Melbourne basketball accompanied hockey, netball and rugby 7's on the programme. In Delhi in 2010 hockey, netball and rugby 7’s will again feature.

The 2002 Games in Manchester also saw for the first time, indeed at any multi-sport event in the world, a limited number of full medal events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) in a fully inclusive sports programme. This continued in Melbourne where EAD athletes took part in athletics, swimming, table tennis and powerlifting.

In the year 2000 the CGF took on the added responsibility of the Commonwealth Youth Games, open to athletes 18 years of age and under the Youth Games provide an excellent opportunity for aspiring young athletes from the Commonwealth with a taste of what the Commonwealth Games has in store for them in the future. The inaugural Games were in Edinburgh with the last edition being hosted in 2004 in Bendigo, Australia with Pune in India in 2008 hosting the 3rd edition. In such a short space of time the Youth Games has grown in stature and this is evidenced by award of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games to the Isle of Man.

The story of the Games evolved yet again on the 9th November 2007 when Glasgow (Scotland) was awarded the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Christmas Cricket Festivals & AGM

The last few weeks have seen four ‘houses’ from two Year Groups of St.Anne’s school take part in cricket festivals at Victoria Stadium. 12 teams of mixed boys and girls took part, playing games for the whole of their afternoon and putting into practice the skills that they have been learning this term. With the second astro given over to make three crick...

et pitches in the winter sunshine and Bayside playing on the main pitch you might have been forgiven for thinking that the season was still in mid-flow!
Many of the pupils have been watching cricket on TV and to answer the question ‘how fast do they really bowl?’ the event started with a demonstration of the bowling machine before each ‘house’ was divided up into three teams. Europa took on Carmel in Year Six and Lourdes took on Fatima in Year Seven, all on a League basis and the games were very competitive indeed!

With 8-a-side ‘pairs’ cricket everyone bowls, keeps wicket and bats so the game is fun, fast and no-one sits around for very long waiting for something to do. The improvement in the skill levels on show has been very impressive. All 96 pupils who took part have been working hard and to see the enjoyment each player got from the event was very rewarding.

Aside from the basic skills of the game, it was particularly pleasing to see that so many pupils were able to apply their skills tactically, looking to ‘gap’ the ball and hit into spaces. One or two leading candidates for future captaincy have been identified by taking charge and setting fields, displaying sound game awareness. Throughout, the ‘team spirit’ so essential to the game of cricket was very much in evidence and it is a tribute to the school that ‘Spirit of Cricket’ was foremost throughout both events.

Several of the players who took part will be invited into the ‘district’ system after showing a real aptitude for the game. This system is set above junior club level and is intended to allow those who show talent to have access to a more advanced coaching programme and take part in indoor games next term as well as a full schedule of outdoor 20 over games in the summer.

Thanks go to Mr.Cortez for allowing us to have the extra time for the festival. Also to Mssrs.Perez, Martinez, Felice, Miss Rodriguez and Mrs.Montegriffo for acting as Umpires and Scorers. The fact that so many teachers were willing and able to man the event is very pleasing and we hope to continue this process with the festivals in the coming terms.

Carmel ‘B’ in Year Six won two of their games and were the most successful team on Day One. Lourdes ‘B’ in Year Seven won all three of their games on Day Two. However, I’m sure that the other teams will be looking forward to gaining their revenge when they take part in the next festival!

This type of event is something that the Gibraltar Cricket Association will be looking to extend to the other schools in the area. Once we have more participation it isn’t beyond the imagination to expect a Summer ‘inter school’ competition where Year Group cricketers come together to establish a sustainable and meaningful tournament that will see the very best crowned ‘Gibraltar Schools Champions!’

Gibraltar Cricket Association Extraordinary General Meeting.

The Gibraltar Cricket Association duly held its Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday following the annual presentation of trophies at the Senior Citizens Club in Naval Hospital Road.

Hon. Secretary, Bob Lomax, introduced the first Motion, asking the membership to approve a change in the Association’s financial year from April to March to January to December to bring it line with ICC and ECC practice. The Motion was passed unanimously. Chairman, Tom Finlayson, then explained the practicalities of such a move, saying that the Association would be calling an AGM in January, 2009, at which a Financial Report would be tabled for the period April to December, 2008. At that same Meeting the membership would be asked whether it wished to elect a new Committee or sanction the continuance of the current Committee until January 2010. The general feeling favoured the latter proposal.

The second motion before the floor asked for the Committee to be given powers to investigate the possibilities of altering the Association’s status to that of a corporate entity. In answer to questions from the floor it was made clear that no final decision would be taken in this respect without the approval of the membership at the January 2009 AGM. The Committee were then given the go-ahead to proceed along these lines. The meeting closed with a brief presentation by Cricket Development Manager, Richard Askew, who reviewed the work of the past twelve months and appraised the membership of what lay in store in 2009.

Prior to this Meeting, the annual presentation of prizes was held. Mediterranean CC took the Wiggins/Benrimoj Shield, Calpe CC the Senior League, and GCC the Murto Cup. Trafalgar Pirates should have picked up the twenty overs league shield and Stan James CC the twenty overs cup but unfortunately representatives of these clubs did not attend.

The individual prizes went as follows:
Top Senior batsman: Mark Bacarese.
Top Senior bowler: Chris Phillips.
Top Junior batsman: Scott Chipolina.
Top Junior bowler: Karan Sadhwani.
Most improved young player [the Eddie Ellul Memorial Trophy): Julian Freyone.