Queen’s crash and burn at Hugh’s

first_imgSt Hugh’s 2Queen’s 1They may be the Queen’s college but there has been nothing regal about Queen’s start to their Cuppers campaign. This was the upset of the first round. Although Hugh’s have an established reputation as a top flight club and a side capable of reaching the latter stages of this historic competition, Queen’s bring with them a vast array of Blues talent, apparently superior football ability and, at least before the last two games, a feared reputation as the best side in Oxford. What they did not have, it would seem, was Hugh’s fighting spirit, or their good fortune.For 90% of the game Queen’s looked as if their royal reputation was at least partly justified. After a sluggish start they had begun to move the ball better, finding gaps in the Hugh’s defence and, although never looking as inventive or incisive as their status would suggest, looked to be trampling Hugh’s resolve in a blitz-like example of attritional warfare. But two shock second half goals in an ocean of subordination, two careless moments from a complacent Queen’s defence, created two moments of joy for a Hugh’s side who had endured an afternoon of struggle and apprehension.It appears as though another lengthy cup run could be on the cards for the men in yellow.Hugh’s had reached half time a goal adrift and then it seemed that only one result was likely. Sush Yaliamanychili’s 25th minute strike had provided Queen’s with a deserved lead and, with the half time introduction of the inspirational Kurosh Nikbin, victory and the end of their early season nightmare seemed assured. But it was here that Hugh’s blitz spirit showed through. Their first goal came on 60 minutes as Christos Hajipapas, to the bewilderment of both sets of fans, found himself alone in the area and advancing on the goalkeeper, managing to hold his nerve and lift the ball over the keeper’s sprawled form. It represented Hugh’s first shot on target in the game and seemed both to shock them out of their reverence and turn Queen’s defence into a bundle of nerves. Adam Macanelly terrorised the Queen’s right back, throwing himself into three consecutive challenges while Matt Sale almost gave his side the lead with another one-on-one opportunity. Hugh’s blood was up. After being out-battled and outclassed by Nikbin and treated with imperious disdain by the excellent John Butterfield for the whole match, they could finally sense their opportunity.With 75 minutes gone the battlers overcame the artistes. A long throw caused panic in the area, a goalmouth scramble ensued and the ball ricocheted into the path of Adeep Rawal who turned it in to the empty net from ten yards. It was another goal that came against a tide of Queen’s possession and intense pressure, but the visitors had deservedly suffered for their complacency. To Hugh’s handful of attacks, Queen’s had spawned a host of excellent opportunities. Yalamanchili, Carpenter, Nikbin and Zacariah had all forced their way through the Hugh’s defence but none of them had converted. Theirs had been a dominant but messy performance and they had been punished mercilessly.There was more anguish to come later on for Hugh’s: Nikbin twice went close from outside the box, but they deservedly held out and recorded a memorable cup upset. It was a clinical, professional, if workmanlike performance from the underdogs against which the royal colours of Queen’s had no answer. They will have to fight hard if they want to retain their crown.Despite being lauded universally as pre-season favourites and tipped to extend their dominance of the college football landscape, resounding opening day defeat has been followed by this: a lethargic and supercilious embarrassment against a team they would expect to stroll past and, for the second time in as many seasons, their ignominious exit from Cuppers before their campaign had seriously begun. ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Read More →

Tips for recruiting technical talent in offshore energy

first_imgChanging society Renewable energy Jobseekers are increasingly looking for jobs that can make an impact. Working in renewables brings about a new level of job satisfaction: you are contributing to a better world. Besides making an impact, engineers and technical personnel also find it important for their job to challenge them so they can grow. They also want to work in a supportive environment where they can speak their mind. Tips for recruiting technical personnel: Engineers are the most in-demand profession at this moment. This will not change soon: the changing society requires that even more organizations need to embrace technological innovations in order to stay relevant. Technical personnel are not known for actively looking for a job. Research has shown however that they do want to hear about new career developments and are open to interesting and challenging opportunities.   Receive €100 discount on a job listing in July 2020 If we look at the offshore energy sector, the renewable energy industry could create more than a million jobs a year. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, those jobs are created if countries invest to meet their target for cutting global carbon emissions. However, creating these jobs means more students and jobseekers need to choose a technical education and profession in the future. Therefore, for now, the shortage remains. Find more information about posting jobs on Offshore-Energy.biz. Make sure your company profile and story appeals to technical personnel. Show your most impressive projects. Have current employees tell their story on your corporate website. Is your HR department actively taking care of the personnel during the corona crisis? Describe how.Publish your jobs: maximize visibility and post your job on online platforms. Personnel in the maritime, offshore, energy and renewables sector can be found on the job boards of Offshore-Energy.biz, OffshoreWIND.biz, DredgingToday.com and NavingoCareer.com.Use your network and reach out: ask your current engineers to approach their personal network. Referrals are the easiest way to find new personnel. What are your potential employees reading to stay up-to-date in their field of expertise? Find the niche platforms they read. Research advertising opportunities (advertorials, newsletters, banners etc). News in for example offshore wind, marine energy and green marine can be find on the news sites of Offshore-Energy.biz platform. Organize or participate in events for tech talent. Whether online or face-to-face, events are an opportunity to meet potential candidates and showcase your company culture. A great event to meet talent in the sector is the Navingo Career Event taking place on 27 and 28 October in Amsterdam. The event coincides with Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. center_img What’s important to technical talent Recruiting technical talent in offshore energy Want to maximise visibility for your job listing? Publish your job on the online platforms that your potential jobseekers use to catch up on news and vacancies from the sector. The job sections of Offshore Energy, Offshore Wind or Dredging Today can help you find qualified personnel in the maritime, offshore and energy sector worldwide. rn jump to tips International Renewable Agency The labor market is on lockdown since the start of the corona crisis, however the first signs of change are starting to appear. One thing hasn’t changed though: the demand for technical personnel remains high globally, also in the offshore energy and renewable sector. So how do companies go about attracting and recruiting technical talent? Receive €100 discount when you post your job in July 2020last_img read more

Read More →

Steve McClaren confident he can turn things round at Newcastle

first_img McClaren was drafted into St James’ Park during the summer after owner Mike Ashley had signalled his intention to invest significantly in the squad and target cup success. But eight games into McClaren’s tenure, the 54-year-old has tasted victory only once – against League Two side Northampton – and has shown little sign of being able to mould a team from the players he inherited and the expensive additions made to the squad during the last transfer window. Steve McClaren is confident he can deliver the changes needed at Newcastle, despite a dreadful start to his reign on Tyneside. The Magpies head into Saturday night’s home clash with Chelsea sitting one place off the foot of the Barclays Premier League with just two points from their first six fixtures, and with managing director Lee Charnley having felt the need to back McClaren and apologise for that start in an email to fans. However, the head coach said: “The club wanted it – that’s why we came in. Everyone was clamouring for change at Newcastle United, from the top right the way through. “They have certainly got that from the top in terms of re-iterating about (the approach to) the cups, spending money… I think everything they said about changing Newcastle is happening. What is not happening is results on the field. Change is tough and hard. “Why? Five wins in 32 games, staying up by the skin of their teeth – that’s why everyone is clamouring for change.” Earlier, Charnley had urged patience in a message which McClaren insisted was not a vote of confidence. The managing director said: “Whilst we are all unhappy, we must not panic or make rash decisions. We should not forget we are still relatively early into the season with lots of games to go and points to play for.” McClaren pointed to his five-year spell at Middlesbrough as evidence that his methods work, even if there were some rocky moments along the way. He said: “The first year was…painful. Second year, third, fourth and fifth, we had damn good players. But as I said to the players in there (the Newcastle dressing room), you will be there. “I think February-time, 4-0 against Aston Villa, people came on and starting throwing season tickets at me, and we went on two months later to the semi-final of the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup final. That’s kind of the experience that you’ve got to go through.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Read More →

Comoros v Ghana: 10 quick facts about Avram’s current Black Stars

first_imgWhat: World Cup 2018 QualifierMatch: Comoros v GhanaDate: November 13, 2015– ASAMOAH GYAN SET TO HIT 50 GOALSThe Black Stars captain is on the cusp of hitting 50 international goals for Ghana. Having made his debut for Ghana at a tender age of 17 in 2003, the precocious striker has grown in leaps and bounds to become arguably the most prolific striker to don the Black Stars jersey.In 93 appearances, Gyan has 48 goals.And with two games coming up against Comoros in the space of four days, many will not bet against him hitting the big five-oh. His career with the Stars has been topsy turvy. He possibly could have hit the 50 goal mark earlier had he not gone on a self imposed exile in 2012. All the same, there will be no better place to reach this landmark than on home soil. Hopefully, the fans in Kumasi will be treated with this historical moment. –AVRAM GRANT’S FIRST GAME IN KUMASIThe fans in Kumasi may be treated with what possibly could be a history defining moment should Gyan net his 50th Ghana goal but amidst all of this will be Avram’s Grant first game in charge at the Baba Yara Stadium. The Israeli will be in the Kumasi dug out for the first time since his appointment barely a year ago. In this period, the Stars have only played one home game – and it was in Accra against Mauritius. Other games for the Stars during Grant’s tenure have been in Equatorial Guinea, France and Rwanda. What does Avram have in store for the Kumasi fans? –JORDAN AYEW COULD HIT DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALSThe Aston Villa striker is already in his best goal scoring year for the Black Stars after bagging four goals in 2015. It’s his highest since his Ghana debut in 2010. He scored in Ghana’s semifinal win over Equatorial Guinea, a brace against Mauritius and the winner against Congo. Jordan is currently on nine goals at senior level and, with two matches on the horizon, is set to reach double figures. He had a slow start to his international career but the talented striker is slowly, but surely, finding his feet. And with Asamoah Gyan negotiating the age bend into his 30s, Jordan can grab the chance to spearhead the Ghana attack for some time to come. –CHRISTIAN ATSU MISSES FIRST COMPETITIVE GAME UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne of the mainstays of Avram Grant’s setup has been Bournemouth winger Christian Atsu. Irrespective of his poor club form, the winger has never been overlooked by the Israeli coach. In all eight competitive games this year, Atsu has starred.The script will certainly be different this time with the winger out of the squad with an injury. The mantle will now fall on either Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe), David Accam (Chicago Fire) or new boy Samuel Tetteh (WAFA) to provide the width for Ghana on the right flank. Atsu last missed a competitive game for Ghana almost a year ago (19th November 2014) when he failed to make Maxwell Konadu’s team against Togo in Tamale. –SAMUEL TETTEH COULD MAKE GHANA DEBUTThe youngster could make his debut for the Black Stars. The WAFA attacker has risen through the ranks at the academy side as well as for the national youth teams. Only in the year 2015, Tetteh has featured for the national under 20 team, the national Olympic team and the local Black Stars.His year could be complete should he make his debut for the Black Stars. The only remaining member in current Black Stars set-up who made a step up from the Satellites to the local Black Stars to the Black Stars is midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman Badu. –RABIU MOHAMMED HAS NOT MADE A COMPETITIVE START SINCE SENEGAL LOSSBadu’s midfield partner in the 2009 under 20 World Cup triumph is yet to start a competitive game for the Black Stars since their 2-1 defeat against Senegal in January. The emergence of Afriyie Acquah and Mubarak Wakaso as a duo have pushed the strong tackling midfielder down the pecking order. The pair have started every competitive game for the Black Stars since Ghana’s 2-1 win over South Africa in the Afcon – with the exception of the Mauritius game where Agyeman Badu replaced Acquah. Rabiu will have to bide his time and hope to force his way back into the Stars team soon.– PHIL OFOSU AYEH COULD MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUTThe young full-back could make his competitive debut for the Stars in these two upcoming games. Ayeh featured for Ghana in the 1-1 friendly against Canada but is yet to feature in a game of real importance. The Comoros double header offers him a perfect opportunity to represent his country in a competitive game. As to whether he could displace Harrison Afful is solely based on his performances and how best he impresses Avram Grant. All in all, Ghanaians will be itching to see the stuff Ayeh is made of.–EBENEZER ASSIFUAH CALLED UP, WILL HE FINALLY PLAY?Assifuah was called up to the squad to face Rwanda in September but did not feature. The FC Sion has been in good goal scoring form for his club side and, despite bursting onto the scene in 2013, he is yet to play for the senior national team. The Comoros tie affords him a good chance to prove his worth especially if Ghana get an impressive away win on Friday.–SAMUEL TETTEH IS THE FIRST LOCAL OUTFIELD PLAYER TO BE CALLED UNDER AVRAM GRANTOne criticism of the Israeli trainer has been the little or no attention he has given to the local leagues. But he has finally called up an outfield player who plays in the local premier league. Till date, all local players called up have just been ‘keepers. Tetteh’s call up brings to an end a two-year spell without a local outfield player in the Black Stars. The last time an outfield player was called was in June 2013 when Kwesi Appiah called then Hearts of Oak forward Mahatma Otoo.–MORE THAN 2 LOCAL PLAYERS CALLED UP FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARSTetteh’s inclusion also means more than two local players have been called up for the first time since 2012. The squad has had a maximum of 2 local players for a considerable period of time. The 2012 squad comprised of Ernest Sowah, Richard Kissi-Boateng and Emmanuel Clottey who were at Berekum Chelsea and Ben Acheampong of Kotoko. They were called up by Kwesi Appiah for his first official games in charge of Ghana against Lesotho and Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Read More →

Watch out for Alex Pritchard! Tottenham starlet tipped to be Premier League star

first_imgTottenham youngster Alex Pritchard is destined to be a Premier League star, according to Brentford boss Mark Warburton.The 21-year-old has been in outstanding form on loan with the Championship side this season, and Warburton is backing the diminutive midfielder to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason and progress from academy hopeful to a senior star for Spurs.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Warburton said: “I’ve watched Alex from a really young age in the academy system and John McDermott [the Tottenham Academy Manager] and the team at Spurs have done a fantastic job with him. “He has always been technically gifted but very small in stature so all credit to Spurs for sticking with him through the younger age groups.“I had no hesitation in bringing him to the club. Technically he is outstanding, has a great appetite for the game, he’s hungry to do well and, in my humble opinion, he is destined for the very highest level.“He can dominate a football. It doesn’t matter if you are five foot or six foot six, the fact is you have to look after the football and take care of it, and Alex excels in that area.“He wants the ball in key areas, he takes it under pressure, gets on the half-turn quickly, and all the attributes you need for the Premier League level and above, he possesses them in abundance. He has got a very bright career ahead of him.”last_img read more

Read More →

Dead Island looks like its shaping up to be the best zombie

first_imgWay back in 2007, developer Techland and publisher Deep Silver announced a new property called Dead Island that they proceeded to tell gamers absolutely nothing about except that it was a zombie-themed game that would be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows platforms. Almost four years of silence later, Techland has just released the first Dead Island trailer, alongside giving the press their first look at the in-progress game. And you know what? It already looks like the best zombie game ever made.According to previews, Dead Island will be an open-ended sandbox zombie survival game in the first-person but with an emphasis on melee combat. You play one of four characters who wakes up in his or her hotel room after a night of heavy partying on a New Guinea resort island only to discover that there’s been a zombie outbreak sometime during the night. Your character is immune from infection for some reason and must try to survive the scourge as long as possible, scavenging weapons on the way. Honestly, it looks fantastic, with a guiding RPG-like quest system for those who want more guidance. This is the Just Cause 2 of zombie games. It’s due out sometime this year, but other than that, Techland isn’t saying much. Even if you don’t care for zombies, do yourself a favor: watch that trailer.Read more at IGNlast_img read more

Read More →