Press Association Sherwood’s mixed emotions towards the 19-year-old academy product stem from the fact that he has been making back-page and front-page headlines in recent months. Grealish shone at Wembley in April as he helped Villa defeat Liverpool to reach their first FA Cup final in 15 years. But just a few days afterwards he was photographed inhaling the popular legal high nitrous oxide on a night out. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed his love-hate relationship with teenage winger Jack Grealish. He was on the wrong side of his manager again during the summer when more pictures emerged of him face down in the street while on holiday in Tenerife. Grealish is in contention to make his first appearance of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury. And Sherwood insists he will welcome the youngster back with open arms because he is a rare talent. “I will back him 100 per cent, he is such a talented boy,” said Sherwood. “I love him to death and I hate him at the same time! I want to nurture him to fulfil his full potential. “He did annoy me in the summer, but he annoyed himself. Hopefully the penny has dropped with him. “Young kids make mistakes. But they come through it. He is a one-off – and he is a one-off on the pitch. He has come through it and we need to move on now.” Grealish made a goalscoring return from his injury for the under-21 team this week and is likely to go straight into the starting line-up against Palace. Carles Gil also played in that game against Derby on Monday and he too comes into the reckoning after an ankle problem. Villa have beaten Bournemouth and lost to Manchester United so far this season in the Barclays Premier League and Sherwood believes the return of Grealish and Gil could provide the creative spark that has been missing. “That is what we need, we need Jack and Carles,” said Sherwood. “It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward. “I think they could play together. If anyone watched them play for the under-21s, you can see they suit each other’s game. They pass the ball to each other and they enjoy each other’s company. “They are very offensive players with a good technical ability so they can take us forward.” Sherwood admits his young side will face a tough test at Selhurst Park against a vastly more experienced Palace team. He said: “They have got some very good players and Alan (Pardew) is a very good manager. “They are a side full of men. “They have pace on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that. They bring teams on to them and spring on you with the pace of Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon. “But we have to be ready for that and I want to show far more attacking threat than we did against Manchester United.” Although Grealish and Gil return to the reckoning, Jores Okore remains out with a knee injury and Jose Angel Crespo is still working his way back from a groin problem. New winger Adama Traore, who arrived last week in a £7million deal from Barcelona, could be included in the travelling party.
That’s the view of manager Brian Boyle, whose side travel to play Derry in Group 2 of the competition tomorrow.The Premier County were narrowly beaten by Galway last weekend.Brian believes the players can recover from that setback… Tipp FM will regular updates on the match, which gets underway at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon.
British champion Lauren Taylor has been ruled out of an automatic place in the 2012 US Women’s Open Championship following an error by the USGA. Earlier this month the USGA announced that, as British champion, Lauren would be exempt into the Open. This week they contacted the 17-year-old England international to apologise and explain that the news was incorrect. The exemption will go instead to the winner of the 2012 British championship – who will claim her title in Carnoustie on 30 June, just five days before the US Women’s Open tees off at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin. John Petrie, the chief executive of England Golf, commented: “It’s both a deeply unfair and a rather impractical decision. Having announced Lauren’s exemption and published it on their website it is just plain wrong to withdraw it. “Given the two events are just days apart, it rather assumes that a player will have booked flights and accommodation on the off-chance of winning the British title, which is in itself a physically and mentally draining week – not ideal preparation for a Major. The sensible solution is for the 2011 British amateur champion to play in the 2012 US Women’s Open and so on.” The news has created dismay and disbelief among Lauren’s 1600-plus Twitter followers. Among those asking the USGA to reconsider or issue a special invitation are Sky Sports Golf and Golf World. Meanwhile, Lauren is accepting the news, keeping a low profile and has tweeted: “There are always speed bumps in the road to success. But you will come back stronger.” Her mother, Jackie, remarked: “Lauren is taking the news well and dealing with it with the maturity we know she possesses, having won such a great title at such a young age.” Lauren was 16 when she won the title and became the youngest-ever British champion. Her achievement was recognised before millions of television viewers when she went on to win the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. Picture Courtesy of: CalCarson Golf Agency 29 Feb 2012 USGA error rules Lauren out of US Open
MANAHAWKIN – When you mention volleyball to most Jersey Shore residents it conjures up the thought of ultra-tan men and women romping through the sand on a sunny, 85-degree humid day on the beach in Belmar.Since the AVP professional volleyball tour made its first stop in New Jersey in the early 1980’s, beach volleyball has skyrocketed in popularity, not only as a spectator sport, but as a perfect way to stay in shape and have some fun with hundreds of leagues springing up, up-and-down the Jersey Shore.Volleyball’s origins date back as far as 1895 when a Holyoke, Massachusetts YMCA physical education director, William G. Morgan, combined the game of tennis and handball and called it Mintonette. After an observer, Alfred Halstead, noticed the volleying nature of the game, the game quickly became known as volleyball.The history of Olympic volleyball traces back to the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, where volleyball was played as part of an American sports demonstration event. The competition was a success and ultimately it began to be considered for official inclusion and was officially included in the 1964 Summer Olympics. Beach volleyball was added to the Olympic program at the 1996 Summer Olympics with only two players per team.In the fall of 1999, Southern Regional and Long Branch High School started the first girls’ volleyball programs in Shore Conference history with Colts Neck adding a team two years later.Southern Regional boys head coach, Eric Maxwell, followed suit and in the spring of 2000 formed the first boys’ volleyball program in the Shore Conference.“My sister-in-law Cathy Maxwell had started the girls program at Southern and I had just started teaching there,” Maxwell said. “I was in the right place at the right time. The athletic director was considering starting a boys program and asked me what I thought. I had been involved in the sport my whole life so of course I thought it was a great idea.”Now, 16 seasons later, Eric Maxwell is still the head coach at Southern and the Rams (37-2) are the No. 1 ranked team in New Jersey after winning their second consecutive NJSIAA State Championship in 2014 and fourth title in six years.In 2002, Christian Brothers Academy, Colts Neck and Long Branch added boys programs giving birth to Shore Conference boys’ volleyball. The four teams would play each other twice a season, adding additional games out of the area if they could find them, but usually played around ten games a season.It stayed that way until 2005, when Marlboro and Manchester High Schools joined, then in 2007 Howell, Monsignor Donovan, Barnegat, and the three Toms River Schools (North, South and East) were added and the Shore Conference was split into the A North division and the A South division.In 2009, the 12 member schools held the first official Shore Conference Boys Volleyball Tournament pitting Southern Regional against CBA. Southern beat CBA in the inaugural match and the two teams have faced each other in the final every year since with the Rams taking all six titles.Since the 2009 season, an additional 10 teams, including Lacey Township and Pinelands in Class A South and Neptune and Freehold in Class A North have been added along with Central Regional, Wall Township, St. Rose, Red Bank Catholic, Saint John Vianney and Keyport in the newly formed Class A Central.The success of Southern Regional’s volleyball program has drawn a lot of attention to Shore Conference volleyball and because of this you can expect to see additional growth coming out of the Shore in the next couple of years.— By Mike Ready
The Female U18 BC Cup is the first stage in the formation of Team BC which will participate at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. The top players selected from the U18 BC Cup advance to the U18 Provincial Camp in Lake Cowichan May 16 – 19. Dawson, McAuley and Huisman are part of the Kootenay Wildcats Female Hockey team.A former Nelsonite, Emma Hare, who now lives in Winfield and played last season with Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, was also selected to the U18 BC Cup.The opening two days of the U18 BC Cup consist of practices, team building and fitness testing. The remainder of the weekend will consist of games where players are evaluated on their performance. BC Hockey’s Female Under 18 level is the third and final stage of the High Performance Program.It is an opportunity for the top players in the Province to train and compete at an elite level and is meant to introduce players to the beginning of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. A handful of local female hockey players have been invited to the 2014 Female U18 BC Cup in Salmon Arm from April 23 – 27.Nelson’s Merissa Dawson along with Stephanie McAuley of Trail and Kimberley Huisman of Fernie were invited to the jamboree format event, featuring four teams.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence U18 squad last season, finishing the season with 53 points.Prince Albert coach and GM Bruno Campese played his minor hockey in Nelson before going on to a successful career in the WHL.This is the second player Campese has sent to the Leafs.Earlier this season, towering defenceman Cody Paivarinta was sent to Nelson to develop for another shot at the WHL. The Abbotsford native has five points in seven games with Nelson.Nelson plays three games this weekend, two at home Friday (Castlegar) and Saturday (Spokane) before completing the set Sunday in the Sunflower City against the Rebels. The Nelson Leafs appear to have landed another diamond in the rough compliments of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.The Raiders have re-assigned 16-year-old left winger Dylan Williamson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise after the Calgary product played in five exhibition games.