Walter Moore quits professional football

first_img… turns attention to coachingBy Rawle ToneyWALTER Moore, who will go down as one of the best defenders Guyana has ever produced, has decided to call it a day on his playing career, for both club and country, and has now shifted his attention to coaching. Moore, 35, who has made over 100 caps for Guyana, dating back to his time donning the colours of the Golden Jaguars at the U-15 level until his last appearance for country in their lead-up to the Gold Cup, during the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers.Having played locally for Santos FC, Georgetown Football Club (GFC), Fruta Conquerors, Alpha United and Slingerz FC, the 35-year-old Moore featured in Trinidad and Tobago’s Pro-League with North East Stars and Morvant Caledonia, the USL with Charlotte Eagles, the Kazakhstan Premier League with FC Vostok and Astana FC, and later settled in Finland where he suited up for FF Jaro and AC Oulu.“Well it started for me as a young boy watching football on TV and playing in the playground and I knew I wanted to play football. I guess it was in my blood,” Moore reflected with Chronicle Sport.He said his late mother, Yvonne Moore, was not convinced that he can make a living from playing the sport he loved and pushed him to choose another profession. However, despite not being known for being disobedient to the woman he called his ‘backbone’, Moore ignored his mother’s concerns and stuck with his beloved craft.“I got so much negative feeds from people about how footballers from Guyana never make it and was determined to prove them wrong,” Moore stated, and pointed out that his Mother eventually saw his passion and encouraged him to follow his dreams.“To be honest it happened all so fast! I went from the U-15 national team all the way to senior team, to Trinidad to the USA then Kazakhstan and now Finland, where I’m married and settle with my family. I can say I enjoy it all; met some good people and friends and I thank God for this.”Moore, who is now a UEFA B Licensed Coach and is currently in the process of acquiring his A Licences, encouraged aspiring local players, to stay focussed and “that you can be whatever you want, all it takes is the mind-set to make it no matter how hard it seems.”last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit sizes up Playoff argument between Alabama, Oklahoma

first_imgSo, how do the Crimson Tide get that No. 4 spot? Herbstreit sees a chain of events that must happen first for that door to open again.”I think if you are an Alabama fan, you want LSU to win out and eliminate Georgia, you want Utah to stumble to Oregon or Colorado,” he said. “Then, you need Oklahoma to fall to Oklahoma State or Baylor. If all those things happen, it’s going to be, ‘Who else are you going to put in other than Alabama?'”Herbstreit continued his partnership with Allstate this season, which has added the Allstate Playoff Predictor. He predicts the Allstate Mayhem Moment every Tuesday on Twitter. “College football is pretty easy to come up with some Mayhem moments,” he said. “The hard part is to try to locate one this week.” With two weeks left in the college football season, ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit sees how the one-loss teams stack up for that final College Football Playoff spot, if the chalk holds.Georgia, likely to remain ranked at No. 4 in the next set of Playoff rankings, is in the best position if it can win out and beat LSU in the SEC championship game. No. 7 Utah is in position to slide into that fourth spot with a Pac-12 championship. If those two teams lose, however, Herbstreit is willing to preemptively size up what could be the final argument if No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson win out. Who would the committee choose between No. 5 Alabama and No. 9 Oklahoma?MORE: Why Alabama will (or won’t) make Playoff with Mac Jones”You could make a very strong case a 12-1 Big 12 champ Oklahoma is going to go by Alabama at that point,” Herbstreit told Sporting News. “I think how these games are played, even though it’s 12 or 13 games and we’re supposed to look at that, how these next two weeks are played will go a long way if it comes down to Oklahoma and Alabama, which would be ironic given Jalen Hurts is involved.”Alabama (10-1) closes its season with a matchup against No. 16 Auburn (8-3) in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The Crimson Tide beat Western Carolina 66-3 last week in their first game without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost for the season on Nov. 16 with a hip injury. The Iron Bowl will serve as that moment for backup quarterback Mac Jones to impress the committee, much like Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones did in the Big Ten championship in 2014.”They are the team that doesn’t have the resume and they don’t have their star player,” Herbstreit said. “If there ever been a team that has the eye test, it’s Alabama against Auburn.”Alabama, of course, will not play in the SEC championship game. That scenario didn’t stop the Crimson Tide from holding off Ohio State for the final Playoff spot in 2017. The Buckeyes knocked No. 4 Wisconsin off the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten championship, but the 27-21 score affected the perception.”I remember thinking going into the day thinking if Ohio State beats Wisconsin, they are kind of punching their ticket,” Herbstreit said. “If you remember that game, they kind of were OK. It wasn’t crisp, and it opened the door. Alabama, of course, went on to win the national championship.”MORE: Week 14 College Football Playoff pictureOklahoma (10-1), meanwhile, hasn’t exactly won the perception battle. The Sooners lost 48-41 to Kansas State on Oct. 26, and had close calls against Iowa State, Baylor and TCU, teams they beat by a combined eight points. The Sooners face No. 21 Oklahoma State before a rematch with No. 11 Baylor in the Big 12 championship game.”They are kind of limping to the finish line, but they still have ranked teams to play in their final two games,” Herbstreit said. “They have this opportunity to play and try to play well.”Herbstreit believes the best method of separation would come in the conference championship game. That is the card Alabama cannot play, and Oklahoma would need to take advantage of.”That would be the game if you’re an OU fan and you want to win and look good doing it to potentially separate themselves from Alabama,” Herbstreit said. “I just kind of say as a guy who typically thinks of Alabama as, ‘Hey guys, sorry, they are one of the best,’ I just don’t personally feel that way.”last_img read more

Donegal only county to suffer price decline in recent months

first_imgA survey has shown that Donegal is the only county to suffer a decline is house prices in the last three months.The national survey was carried out by the Real Estate Alliance.According to local REA agents, the price of the average three-bed semi in Donegal has dropped -1.73% to €85,000 since Brexit. The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of Q3 this week.The Brexit effect has been most keenly felt in traditional holiday home spots such as Bundoran where the average three-bed semi has dropped by -3.41%.REA agents in other holiday home areas such as west Cork reported an immediate slump post the Brexit announcement but feel that the market has bounced back over the past month.The average three bed semi nationally now costs €200,093, an increase of €4,732 (+2.42%) since the end of June. This is a rise of 6.37% against the same time last year. Prices in Dublin city grew by +2.75% to €373,333 since June – almost twice the growth experienced in the same area in Q2 as buyers chase a scarce supply of suitable housing.Prices in the tier containing commuter counties and the main cities of Cork and Galway have risen by an average of just under €3,000 to €217,176 (+1.21%) while those in the rest of the country have increased by nearly €5,000 to €133,268 (+3.55%).“We are seeing little or no increase in supply nationally, with an increase in funded buyers fueling the market in the short-term,” said REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.“Many of our agents are now reporting some buyers are returning to the market having achieved a level of savings, and that there is an increase in mortgage-funded purchases.“The average amount of cash buyers has fallen by 3% to 33% nationwide, but in Dublin city that figure is down by 7% in three months, with 72% of transactions now mortgage-funded. “The early effects of the Central Bank restrictions had previously seen prices drop in the capital in the year to Q1 2016, but a combination of a longer time period to save and pressure on supply is manifesting itself in price growth.“Our agents are also reporting that many first-time buyers seem to be holding fire in the hope of increased incentives in the upcoming budget.”“The Central Bank’s mortgage deposit rules are still being keenly felt in the commuter areas, with most rises occurring in towns where three-bed semis are available for under the deposit threshold of €220,000.”Donegal only county to suffer price decline in recent months was last modified: September 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more