first_imgNot very often in recent times have we had credible cause to heap praises on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The success of the Under-19 team presents us with one such precious moment. Conversely, the splintered criticisms of the board, pointing to the inadequacy of preparation of the triumphant team, seems spurious, irrational and lacking credibility. Since the objective of preparing any sporting team for competition is for that team to be victorious, in the advent that the team is victorious, there can be no guarantees that having prepared the team differently the team would still have been victorious. It is by that general principle that these particular criticisms of the WICB should be rubbished. If the WICB and the coaching staff had it to do all over again with the same set of players, it would be foolhardy for them to do anything significantly different. The WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, speaking on the arrival of the three Jamaican players in the squad, quite rightly took credit for the part the board played in the selection and preparation of the team. Mr Cameron pointed to the fact that at least five members of the team are already playing professionally and that the core of the team was selected as far back as 2014 and actually competed in the regional 50-over competition in the very same year. REGULAR TRAINING CAMPS Subsequent to that, there were regular training camps leading into the tournament, with the preparation culminating in a three-match warm-up series against the host nation of the tournament, Bangladesh. The genesis of these criticisms, I suspect, emanated from the relatively sparse number of warm-up games the team played leading into the World Cup compared top teams such as India, who played consistently together for two years and were unbeaten coming into the tournament. Bangladesh, we were told, played closer to a dozen warm-up games and were red hot early in the tournament, as were the Indians. The West Indies emphatically destroyed the myth of perfection that relates to the preparation of both India and Bangladesh by beating both when it mattered most. It is, therefore, quite plausible that the West Indies’ preparations were better than that of both Bangladesh and India. The West Indies team was the sharpest team mentally in the tournament, as evidenced by those two huge tournament changing moments, starting with that crucial run out against Zimbabwe, followed by the big stumping of the Indian star batsman in the final. SHARP, TALENTED Not only were they sharp mentally, they are talented, they were motivated and they appeared to get fitter and sharper as the tournament progressed, while the more fancied teams, with their so-called superior preparation, faded and fizzed at the business end of the tournament. The silly assumption being made is that because India and Bangladesh played 20 or 30 warm-up games between them they were better prepared. That is obviously not necessarily so. There is always the risk of overworking and burning out the players, plus there are cultural differences that must be considered. West Indians are naturally stronger and more natural athletes and perhaps need less physical drilling and more psychological work. The success of this West Indies team might very well serve to redefine the way teams at this level are prepared for competition, with less physical and game sessions and more mental and psychological preparedness. The victorious players, coaching staff, as well as the WICB leadership should all be congratulated for executing plans and preparations that in the end were proven to be perfect by the fact that the West Indies Under-19 team lifted the ultimate prize.last_img read more

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:Well done to our U-21 hurlers who defeated Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon to move into the county semi-final.  Kevin Kealy(2) and Conor O’Grady were the goalscorers in a 3-10 to 0-07 victory.Best of luck to the U-21 footballers who play their county semi-final in Castlefinn this Sunday against Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon, throw in 11.30am.  Good luck to our county champion Scór na nÓg  competitors who represent club and county in the Ulster semi-final in Galbally, Co. Thír Eoghain this Saturday 28th November at 7.00pm where they will be competing with the county champions from Tír Eoghain, Doire agus an Dún.  Ádh mór orthú agus go néirigh go geal leo. The Minor Board A.G.M. will take place on Thursday, December 17th at 7pm in the Clubhouse.  The Senior Board A.G.M. is on Tuesday, December 29th at 6.30pm, also in the Clubhouse.The Minor Footballers have been drawn to face Derry champions Slaughtneil in the Ulster Minor Tournament held at St. Paul’s Belfast on Sunday, December 6th at 1.30pm.Many thanks to all those who organised and volunteered for the bag pack in Marks and Spencer on Saturday.Thanks also to everyone who supported and sponsored our Come Dine With Me Fundraiser at the weekend.Tickets are now available for the New Year’s Eve function in the Clubhouse.  Priced at only €10 which includes a drinks reception, finger food and a great night’s entertainment.  Contact Ollie Harvey 087 6643694, Aidan McGlynn 087 9208969 or Gareth McGlynn 087 7552975 to order your ticket now.Tickets are now available from committee members for the National G.A.A. draw.  All monies raised from sales are retained by the club.The club will be adding more teams in Camogie for next year.  Any coaches or parents wishing to come on board please contact Joe Kealy on 087 2446070 or Paddy Flood on 086 1082288.The Hurling/Camogie Academy continues on Fridays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Aura Leisure Centre.  Cost is €3 per session with reductions for families.  Coaching is for Boys and Girls aged U-6 to U-14.  All children are welcome, particularly new players, from all parts of Letterkenny.The Century Cinemas Football Academy is currently on a break and will return shortly, full details to follow.  New members are always welcome to both academies.  For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell, 087 6775637. The Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park is now available to book for parties, functions, etc.  Contact Niall on 086-3062893 for further information/bookings. This week’s lotto numbers will be issued by club email as soon as available.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S FACE AODH RUADH IN SEMI-FINAL OF U21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more