Rebound victories

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m happy with the fight we had inside of us today and that was more evident than the game against Adamson,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin, whose wards were coming off an upset loss to the Falcons in their opening assignment. “Our intensity today was a reflection of the team but the execution is still lacking. But I’m now more confident as we (play in) the UAAP even more. Our execution will be better.”The Tigers, meanwhile, notched their first win in the Aldin Ayo era after surviving Far Eastern University, 76-74, in the other game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Growling Tigers upset the favored Tamaraws to bounce back after losing their opener against National University, 75-70.Rookie Ken Zamora hit the biggest shot of the game to give UST a 76-71 lead with just 18.5 seconds remaining after he beat the shot clock with a driving layup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas kicked off what looked like a day of upsets. University of the Philippines seemed in on the ploy but defending champion Ateneo just would have none of it.The Blue Eagles tore away at the start of the third period and held off the Fighting Maroons the rest of the way for an 83-73 victory Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES FCVBA veterans crush hosts, reach Asean hoops semifinals Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Although Hubert Cani made a three-pointer with 10.5 seconds left and Marvin Lee committed what seemed like a costly turnover, the Growling Tigers managed to calm down and pull off a defensive stop, forcing Arvin Tolentino to miss his potential winner from beyond the arc.An emotional Ayo said it may have been just one game but it was a way for the Growling Tigers to give back to the Thomasian community, which trusted him with the head coaching job.“UST deserves this because I felt [former UST] coach Boy [Sablan], I felt the community and they deserve this,” said a teary Ayo in Filipino. “They gave us this immense support.”“Although I was in a different team last year, I took this job because I felt the community and lots of my friends are there,” added Ayo.Henri Subido led UST with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img “Aldin Ayo-coached teams really work hard; for them it’s all about putting in the effort because of their press,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “The way they attack the basket, the way they get offensive rebounds, we had so many defensive breakdowns because of UST’s penetration.”Ateneo already held a 67-58 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but UP persistently chipped at the margin and got as close as five points, 75-70, after Juan Gomez De Liaño’s three capped an 8-0 run at the 5:15 mark.Interestingly enough, the Fighting Maroons’ run came after head coach Bo Perasol was ejected at the 6:56 mark after he charged at an official.The Blue Eagles, though, weathered the storm with a timely scoring sprint, most of which came from the stripe.Thirdy Ravena made two charities for Ateneo’s 81-73 lead with 3:21 left in the game before Anton Asistio made it a 10-point game, 83-73.Ravena managed 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Eagles while Asistio contributed huge with 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from deep.Angelo Kouma missed out on a double-double for Ateneo finishing with 14 points and nine boards and threw in five blocks for good measure.Gomez De Liaño had 29 points and six rebounds to lead the Fighting Maroons, who started their season with an 87-58 win over University of the East. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Boy struck, killed by semi-truck

first_imgTraffic was shut off on Painter from Greenleaf Avenue to Lambert. Dozens of people crowded about the intersection. Distraught witnesses trembled as they were being interviewed by officers. Julie Ramirez said she was stopped at a red light at the intersection and saw the boy get hit but was powerless to do anything. She stayed to give her statement to police, crying and hugging other witnesses. The truck “wanted to make the light,” Ramirez said. “The light turned green and the little boy took off on his bike. The truck kept going. He dragged him. “I hope to God he \ didn’t see him, because he didn’t stop.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The boy was dragged about 40 feet underneath the truck. The driver finally stopped when he heard witnesses screaming. The boy’s body ended up pinned beneath the truck’s left front tire. The driver was not immediately arrested, but the collision was under investigation, Zuhlke said. Whittier officers and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics responded. Officials called in a county Urban Search and Rescue team, which used air bags to raise the truck to remove the body. The body was removed at about 3:20 p.m., said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Ed Lozano. “Once they managed to extricate the patient, they pronounced him dead,” he added. WHITTIER – A 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a semi-truck Thursday afternoon while riding home on his bicycle from East Whittier Middle School, police said. The boy, whose name was not immediately released by police, was riding his bike north on Painter Avenue at Lambert Road about 2:50 p.m. He was trying to ride across the intersection through a narrow space in front of the truck and behind a passenger vehicle stopped in traffic, Whittier Police Department spokesman Officer Jason Zuhlke said. “The truck rolled forward, hit him and didn’t see him,” he said. last_img read more

Wafula rescues Gor from the jaws of defeat

first_imgFirst half goals from Meddie Kagere and Bernard Ondiek sent K’Ogalo sailing, but a slump in the second half saw Batoto ba Mungu raise their tails wit substitute Ezekiel Okare scoring a late brace adding on to Kepha Aswani’s early first half goal.It seemed to be three points in the bag for Sofapaka, but Wafula slammed the ball in from close range after a poorly defended corner to hand Gor a reprieve.It was a game of two halves as the record 16-time champions utterly dominated the opening half while the 2009 champions were better in the second half dominating possession and creating most of the scoring chances.Gor boss Dylan Kerr made seven changes from the team that played USM Alger in a midweek CAF Confederation Cup Group D tie at Kasarani with skipper Harun Shakava Boniface Oluoch and Ephraim Guikan retaining their places.And the holders started the match with immense pace and within the first minute had the ball inside the net but Guikan’s finish off an Innocent Wafula cross was ruled out for offside.A minute later, the speedy Boniface Omondi tried his luck with a rasping shot from distance but it elevated a few inches off target.K’Ogalo were rewarded from their emphatic start to the match in the ninth minute when Willis Ouma’s clearance off a corner inside the box ricocheted off Meddie Kagere and bounced into an empty net.Batoto ba Mungu should have gone level just three minutes later but Ugandan import Umaru Kassumba missed a one on one chance. A mistake from Joachim Oluoch who was defending deep saw Kassumba win the ball and stride goalward with only the keeper to beat.However, Oluoch narrowed down the angle coming fast off his line forcing Kassumba to shoot and the effort sailed wide.Oluoch made a brilliant save on the quarter hour mark spreading his body nicely on the ground to block Kevin Kimani who had picked the ball unmarked from an Elli Asieche cross.Gor Mahia kept pounding keeping the fans in the stands heated despite the cold afternoon in Machakos and their hard work was once again gifted with a second goal in the 24th minute.Yussuf Mohammed’s effort at clearing the ball away ended up in the left back heading to the edge of the six yard box finding Ondiek unmarked, the midfielder doing the easy task of glancing the ball into the net beating Mathias Kigonya who was off is line.Three minutes after going down, Sofapaka almost scored an own goal when Mohammed’s effort at blocking a cross from Yussuf Mohammed ended up in a deflection towards his own goal but luckily the ball bounced off the upright for a corner.Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was pushed to initiate his first change after just 27 minutes, pulling out holding midfielder Humphrey Okoti and bringing in forward Stephen Waruru.Waruru almost got into the party immediately when he was picked out by a drop ball from Kigonya, but keeper Oluoch was faster off his line to clear the danger away.Sofapaka were also giving in much in attack despite the fact that Gor were faster off the blocks and they had a chance in the 33rd minute when Waruru’s cross found Kimani at the edge of the box but the pint sized winger’s shot went inches over.Kerr was forced into a change as the second half started, defender Charles Momanyi coming off clutching his thigh and was replaced by Joash Onyango.And it was the home side which had a better start to the second set of 45 minutes, pulling one back through Aswani six minutes after the restart. Kimani picked out his team mate with an incisive through pass and Aswani made the most of it rifling a left foot shot past Oluoch.Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar tackles Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 20, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAswani should have doubled his tally an brought his side back level six minutes later but he shot over from inside the box after being picked out by a cut back from Kassumba who had done well to outmuscle Onyango on the right.Sofapaka continued their upward trajectory and they came inches close on the hour mark when Waruru tried to chip the ball over Oluoch who was advanced off his line from a counter attack but the ball kissed the upside of the crossbar.Gor made their second change with goalscorer Ondiek who had become prone to losing the ball in the middle of the pack pulled out for the versatile Philemon Otieno.Gor gained a bit of stability and Sofapaka keeper Kigonya was forced into a brilliant double save to keep his side in contention.First, he poured his body out to deny Kagere one on one after the striker had raced to a through pass while his second was a beauty of a reflex, leaping to his left to parry away a diving header from Guikan off a Wesley Onguso cross.But Batoto ba Mungu kept on fighting to get at least a draw off the match.They were rarded in the 84th minute when Okare who had just come on for Kassumba jumped higher than both Joachim Oluoch and harun Shakava to win a header and power it past Oluoch who was off his line.With their tails up, Sofapaka scored what looked like a possible winner when Kimani outjumped Shakava for the ball at the edge of the box feeding Okare who slammed the ball into the net with just two minutes of regular time left.However, Gor showed the true character of a champion fighting on till the final whistle and in the first minute of added time, Wafula slammed the ball home after it was initially cleared off the line from a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar and Elly Asieche PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 20- Innocent Wafula scored in the 90th minute to rescue Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia from the jaws of their first defeat of the season as they played to a 3-3 draw with Sofapaka in a high-octane fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday evening.Ezekiel Okare’s late brace seemed to have handed Batoto ba Mungu a huge win against direct title rivals, but Wafula struck two minutes after his side went down to rescue a point for K’Ogalo.last_img read more

Here comes Santa, Manhattan Beach

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Here are the scheduled days, starting points and general boundaries for Santa’s nightly stops:Dec. 12: Starts at Pacific Avenue and Valley Drive. Rosecrans Avenue, Sepulveda Boulevard, Ardmore Avenue and Pacific Avenue.Dec. 13: Starts at Ingleside Avenue and First Street. Marine Avenue, Grandview Avenue, 24th Street, 25th Street, Ardmore Avenue, southern and western city limits. Visit for more details. Santa Claus will begin his travels to Manhattan Beach on Nov. 26 and will conclude his visits Dec. 13. The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan Beach firefighters and police reserves and several community groups will help Santa make his rounds. The float will set out at 5:30 each night with the exception of Dec. 10 when it will begin at 6:30 p.m., and complete its rounds by about 9 p.m. Santa’s float stops only in the middle of blocks. Holiday music will announce Santa’s arrival. Rain dates will not be rescheduled. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 310-545-5313. 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

Keven Chavez: This time it’s indisputable

first_imgPASADENA – Y’all come back now, ya’ hear? Those were the closing words in this space after the Rose Bowl one year ago. It was a message to Texas and its fans, who before the game felt somewhat unloved, unappreciated and unwelcome around town because of their disputed Rose Bowl selection over Cal. This time it’s indisputable. A year before that, USC walked away from the Rose Bowl with a victory over Michigan, but with just a share of the national championship because of a disputed Bowl Championship Series finish in which the Trojans did not earn a berth to the title game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson USC is the back-to-back national champion, but both titles have come under some level of dispute. And Texas should be familiar with disputed national championships. Its last title came in a split championship (first in UPI, third in AP) in polls conducted after the 1970 season but before a loss in the Cotton Bowl. Today, there are only two undefeated teams in college football. There will be no Auburn or Utah claiming a share. No LSU asking, hey what about us? One team and one team only will be crowned champion the undisputed champion. Everyone who loves the game hoped this matchup would actually occur. And now it’s finally here. This time it’s indisputable. It’s No. 1 USC vs. No. 2 Texas in a dream matchup. center_img Longhorns fans, sorry about the rain the other day, but welcome back to the greatest game in sports. That’s a fact that’s never been in dispute. On Tuesday afternoon, legendary sportscaster Curt Gowdy was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. In a videotaped acceptance speech, he described the Rose Bowl as “unsurpassed in color, pageantry and prestige.” He was talking about the game in general, but the description has never been more fitting than in this BCS championship game edition. When it comes to colorful players, it’s hard to imagine surpassing USC’s Reggie Bush and Texas’ Vince Young. They were arguably the two most exciting and indisputably the two best players in the country this season, capable of turning the most simple plays into the most dynamic highlights. It’s an unsurpassed pageant of quarterbacks, both of whom have already created lasting images from this stage. Last year, Young had his Rose Bowl moment high-stepping past helpless Michigan defenders with the ball outstretched in one hand into the end zone. Two years ago, USC’s Matt Leinart made his Rose Bowl image with the football held high in his left hand as he pranced into the end zone after catching a reverse pass. Leinart eventually passed up an opportunity at the NFL’s riches, and it was because of this day. About 15 years from now, Leinart and Young are all but certain to join Gowdy and the great former players in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Their credentials are already indisputable, but their everlasting Rose Bowl image will be created tonight. It’s an unsurpassed matchup of prestigious programs. The schools have nine combined Heisman Trophy winners and 14 soon to be 15 national championships. They have respective 19- and 34-game current winning streaks and a dynasty will either continue, or become official. Both teams average more than 50 points a game and though it’s unlikely the teams will combine for 100 points, it figures to be an offensive shootout. It might even come down to the old football clich? the team that has the ball last will win. If that’s the case, it’s hard to pick against the team with the two Heisman winners on offense. Though Texas is more than capable of winning, the choice here is the Trojans in a close, high-scoring affair. But that’s just one person’s opinion, open for discussion, agreement or dispute. Not so this game. After all the talk and all the anticipation, it figures more than ever to be a classic. [TAG1] (626) 962-8811, ext. 2239 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

Poll: Immigration near top of concerns

first_img“When I was younger, the amount of illegals coming across the border was a lot less,” said Smith, 51. “Now, I think there is a systematic disregard for the border patrol.” As immigration concerns have grown, economic worries have dipped. Only 14 percent now say the economy and related issues are their top concern, compared with 24 percent in October.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe rise in public concern about immigration over the last three months has been substantial. When people were asked this past week to name the top national problem that came to mind, 13 percent said immigration – four times the number who said that in January. Roughly the same number, 14 percent of those polled, named the economy, according to the poll of 500 adults conducted April 3-5. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. More than 11 million illegal immigrants are believed to be in this country now, with thousands more coming in all the time. About 1.2 million illegal immigrants were apprehended last year along the nation’s border with Mexico, according to immigration officials. Ron Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas, has a front-row seat. “A lot of it is happening where I live,” said Smith, who lives about 150 miles from the Mexican border. WASHINGTON – People are now about as likely to mention immigration as the economy when they are asked to name the most important problem facing the United States, though both rank behind war in Iraq and elsewhere, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Immigration’s rise in the latest survey about the nation’s top problems suggests the public is keeping close watch on the immigration debate in Congress and reaction around the country. “Nobody is happy about the war, but the war is far away – the immigration issue is right here,” said Dagmar Washington, a nurse from the Atlanta suburbs. Efforts in the Senate to pass sweeping immigration legislation faltered Friday, leaving in doubt the prospects for passage of a measure that offered the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally. last_img read more


first_imgA north Donegal man will be sentenced in April after today pleading guilty to abusing seven victims over a 16-year period.The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court today to 14 counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and rape between 1984 and 2000 in both Donegal and Dublin. Mr Justice Paul Carney ordered that the Co Donegal man be immediately registered as a sex offender. The child rapist was then remanded on continuing bail until he is sentenced on April 15.Victim impact reports will be prepared for the sentencing hearing, the judge was told.The child rapist cannot be named to protect the identity of his victims.DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMS was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MAN ADMITS SEX ABUSE OF SEVEN VICTIMSlast_img read more

Manning and Burress dominate Rams

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A week after spending the first quarter on the sideline for violating team rules, Plaxico Burress redeemed himself with one of the best days of his career. The six-year veteran had two touchdown catches among a career-high 10 receptions Sunday as the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams 44-24. Giants quarterback Eli Manning also threw scoring passes of 1 yard to Amani Toomer and 31 yards to Jeremy Shockey. The Giants (3-1) overcame a 40-for-62, 442-yard performance by the Rams’ (2-2) Marc Bulger that represented the most passes attempted and completed by a Giants opponent in the team’s history. The 6-foot-5 Burress, the Giants’ major free-agent, off-season acquisition, has caught four touchdown passes this season, or twice as many as all the Giants’ wide receivers caught a year ago. He wasn’t on the field in the first quarter of the Giants’ 45-23 loss at San Diego last Sunday after being benched by coach Tom Coughlin for being late to two team meetings. The move was questioned by some Giants players and became a focus of attention leading up to the Rams game. “He was taking a lot of heat last week about things, and I think he just came out and had a good week of practice,” Manning said. “He didn’t say anything about it, he didn’t apologize to me; he didn’t have to. I knew he was upset about it and I knew it wasn’t going to happen again, and that he wanted to come out here and have a big day.” Burress and Manning hooked up for both touchdowns in the first half. The first came on a 31-yard catch-and-run that Burress leaped high to snare and then ran untouched into the end zone. On the second, Manning laid the ball between two defenders on a post pattern. “Last week is last week,” Burress said. “I treat each day like a new day, and I’m pretty sure everybody else does, too.” Manning picked up where he left off after last week’s career-best, 352-yard performance against San Diego. His four touchdowns against the Rams were also a career high for the second-year quarterback, who now has a 9-6 edge in scoring passes over older brother Peyton, who has been to the Pro Bowl five times in eight seasons and is a two-time league MVP for Indianapolis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Peyton and I aren’t competitive with each other,” Manning said. “We root for each other to do well. Last year was the first time we’ve ever been in the same league and playing at the same time. I’m always glad for him when he plays well and they’re winning.” 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

2 officers plunge off drawbridge

first_imgJERSEY CITY, N.J. – Two police officers in an emergency truck plunged more than 40 feet off an open drawbridge in thick fog. One was killed; the other was missing and feared dead. The vehicle fell into the Hackensack River on Sunday night, after the officers crossed the Lincoln Highway Bridge and placed flares to warn motorists that the bridge’s safety warning system was not operating, said Police Chief Robert Troy. Before the officers turned around and drove back across the river, the bridge’s middle span was raised to allow a tugboat to go under. “They dropped off the cones and the flares, wished everyone a Merry Christmas and were joking around. From what I’ve heard they were all in good spirits,” Mayor Jerramiah Healy said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The horrible irony is they were responding to the very situation that caused their demise. The bridge operator wanted cones and flares and our Police Department was the first to respond.” The safety bar and bell used to warn motorists when the bridge is open had not been working for two days because a vehicle had crashed into them, officials said. The body of Officer Shawn Carson, 40, was found Sunday night. Carson was a 16-year veteran of the force. Divers searched the 40-degree water Monday for Officer Robert Nguyen, 30, who had been with the Police Department for six years. The bridge, which links Jersey City and Kearny, is known by several names, including the Hackensack River Bridge. It is run by the state Department of Transportation as an “on-demand bridge,” meaning operators respond to requests from boat pilots rather than following a set opening schedule. Officials said it is raised about 30 to 40 times a month, depending on the time of year and commercial boating activity. Department spokeswoman Erin Phalon said investigators were trying to determine whether the bridge operator was required to contact the officers before they crossed back into Jersey City, or if the officers should have notified the operator. “Everything in the universe that could have gone wrong, did go wrong,” said police Lt. Tom Comey. 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

DD Motoring: A Garden Rose

first_imgThe crowds gathered at a good spot near Laghy outside Donegal Town to watch the Circuit of Ireland as it came through Co. Donegal on its way around Ireland. It was the dark evenings around Easter and the sparks where flying as the rally cars landed over the bumps on the country roads.In the middle of the action a spectator made a dash into his home which was along the rally stage.He was rooting about the place looking for a torch. Advertisement “What’s wrong now?” His mother asked.“Rosemary Smith is in our garden”, was the reply.“Well, will you go out and tell that Rosemary Smith that no one is allowed in our garden.”What his mother didn’t realise Smith was one of the top competitors and was not only in their garden but her car and navigator had also jumped over their hedge and ended up in the purdy drills. Advertisement Rosemary Smith dangling the Dunlops in Donegal as she flies high on the Donegal International Rally in her Sumbeam in the 80’s sponsored by Milford’s Derek Mc Mahon.On Sunday evening I captured an elegant glance from that same Rosemary Smith some 50 odd years on as she made her way through the pit lane of Mondelo Park where she was a special guest. One of her Sunbeam Rally cars was also there that once was sponsored by the late Derek Mc Mahon Racing from MilfordA smiles from one of Ireland’s most famous rally drivers Rosemary Smith who was special guest at Mondelo Park last Sunday. Photo Brian McDaidDublin, Smith trained as a dress designer but turned her skills to rally driving. She was an outright winner on the Tulip and Cork 20 in 1965 and 69 respectively and winner of nearly every ladies award going including a win on the Monte Carlo Rally in 1966 in a Hilman Imp, so you can only imagine how impressed the young rally fan from Laghy was that night when one of his rallying icons decided to park her works rally car in among the scallions and lettuce.The elegant rally driver Rosemary Smith with her Hillman Imp after one of her many European wins in the 1960’sNeedless to say I was too young to watch the Circuit of Ireland in ’68, (only just) but have lived on fireside stories of rallying like this all my life, and I thought better not to try an interview Smith on Sunday last in Mondelo park about her gardening trip in Donegal all them years ago.Mondelo 50 yearsMondelo were not alone celebrating 50 years last Sunday on the road but they were also trying to fundraise for their governing body Motorsport Ireland to try and meet the ever-increasing bill for insurance to run events. The aerial display over Mondelo Park at the weekend to celebrate the track 50th anniversary Photo Brian McDaidEven with an aerial display from a classic vintage plane, through to all the motorsports types from the very basic Sport Trials some known as Mud-pluggers and the big drift cars, all turned out at the weekend in the hope that they would attract a good gate.But on Sunday, even with an entry price of just €20 and €10 for a programme the day I attended the show the crowds were poor enough. I would even wonder if the event broke even when you take in all the safety measures that now have to be in place for any kind of event of this size.One of the ford works Fiestas which were on show at Mondelo on Sunday for the tracks 50th anniversary.Photo Brian McDaidMud Pluggers in action at Mondelo Park on Sunday for the 50th celebration of the racetrack Photo Brian McDaidA beautiful Red Bull single seater on the track as its crew and supporters await their spin around Mondelo at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidIn six weeks time the price for a spectator’s ticket for three days motor racing viewing at Silverstone in England for the F1 grand prix will cost anything from €250 to €600 depending where you sit or stand or included pit passes etc.Before that, in a months time, the price for a spectator going to the Donegal International Rally for three days viewing including pit viewing (service) and no matter where you sit or stand for the weekend all over Donegal it will cost you nothing. That’s the same price it cost for spectators in Donegal for nearly 50 years. One of Rosemary Smiths rally cars, A sunbeam with the late Derek Mc Mahon’s racing team , on the sun visor which was show on Sunday in Mondelo. Photo Brian McDaidAs the saying goes, up here we’re different, and that’s true in that the biggest numbers that will come into Donegal to watch a sporting event will be them that come to watch the Donegal rally next month. For 50 years its one of the best places to get your message or your company name across for them three days in June, be it in local sponsorship of local rally crews or in sponsorship of stages on the rally because of the massive foot fall of spectators.In short we are spoilt in Ireland as spectators to view motorsport for free on a stage where competitors from all corners of Europe make the pilgrimage in June to Donegal to take part in the rally where they will compete on stages with drivers and navigator that may be competing on the Donegal for the very first time.I made two trips to Mondelo Park this year, one for the drifters day and the fundraising event last Sunday. I have the great respect in the belief that Mondelo has in its self that has kept the show on the road for a half of a century but on reflection on my journey home (for me anyway) I could appreciate how much Donegal has to offer both as an International Rally and as one of the most beautiful places on this planet to visit for a weekend.Be it Knockalla, Fanad Head, Atlantic drive on the Donegal or, in the days when the old Circuit of Ireland visited Donegal, even a vegetable plot at the bottom of a garden in Laghy.DD Motoring: A Garden Rose was last modified: May 16th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brina mcdaiddonegal international rallymotoringrosemary smithlast_img read more