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‘I gave everything’ – Bernard reflects on contribution to netball

first_img The backlash against the team from the World Cup disappointment left a bitter taste in Bernard’s mouth. “Jamaicans only respect medals, and we suffered great disrespect because we did not get a medal. They quickly forgot the (bronze) medal we won at the Commonwealth Games. But netball is something that we have to be proud of,” she insisted. She backs new president Dr Paula Daley Morris to take the association forward and would like to see her complete some of the projects like the two-year-old semi-professional league. “We had a specific plan, but the new association (leadership) will have to forge their own plans …, so it is for Paula and her team to look at it and see what they can manage. But she must be given the opportunity to lead the association in the direction she sees fit. “I would like to see it continue because semi-professional is the way to go. England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are not fools in doing it. We must also grow the parish associations so they can be vibrant,” she said. Bernard will continue to contribute to netball in her new capacity as treasurer of the Federation of Americas Netball Association. However, her focus will be on her family business, and she has no aspiration of making it to the top netball post (International Netball Federation president). “I want a break. For 20 years I have been in netball non-stop, and 10 years of hard labour as president, so my time has come,” she declared. The election of the new president, Daley Morris, was shrouded in controversy, with some four lawyers required to cipher the articles of the association. “The articles were done by a reputable law firm, and all the lawyers who looked at it said there was nothing to prevent a director from seeking a higher post. In the final analysis, we chose one leader and we should move on. “In the past not many people wanted to support us, but now that my board has taken it to this level several people want to serve. But it should not be that we have to go through such acrimony because it’s a voluntary service. “We want to put this election behind us and accept the decision. I want us to put aside our feelings and behave appropriately. If we can’t do that then there is going to be division. In life there is going to be differences of opinion, but I know we all want what is best for netball,” she reasoned. Bernard walks away knowing she gave her best to the sport. “I leave the sport knowing that I gave everything and more. I leave the sport knowing that I helped move it from one stage to the next. I leave the sport knowing that I did not embarrass the foremothers and that netball became a household game.” GREAT DISRESPECT UNPRECEDENTED FUNDING After 10 years at the helm, charismatic netball president Marva Bernard rode off into the sunset at the end of her tenure as Netball Jamaica’s president, convinced she had done her very best. Even though the country did not win a medal at the Netball World Cup in Australia in August, the veteran administrator is proud she left behind a lasting legacy and solid foundation on which future administrators of the sport can continue to build. Bernard spent 12 years as treasurer of the netball association before she was elected to the top post in 2005. She is responsible for taking the association from a struggling to a thriving entity, rearranging the administration’s structure so that it could run as a business. “I was able to convince the prime minister to give us a house for our national players and that is an achievement many of the presidents before me wanted. I was able to get players overseas in professional and semi-professional leagues in England and Australia. I am happy that the relationships I have made with Australia, New Zealand and England have helped us,” she said. While former presidents found it difficult to generate funds, Bernard, through persistence, was able to convince sponsors to invest in netball, which brought about unprecedented funding and greater support for programmes and players in ways never seen before. Senior team players were given a stipend each month, new programmes that made many high school girls qualified umpires or near-qualified umpires were also incorporated. “They (sponsors) are proud to be associated with netball. We have built on what others that have gone before us left behind, and we helped to make netball a household game,” she said. However, she desired nothing more than the coveted World Cup gold medal. “The biggest disappointment was not being able to win a medal at the World Cup, but that is sports, that is life. But if you go for something and you do not succeed, you try and try again,” she said. “I am proud that since the rankings was introduced in 2007, even though we have not played as many matches as the higher-ranked teams like England, we are still better than many countries in the world that have much better resources than we have,” she added.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE FORM WITH WIN OVER RED HUGHS

first_imgMilford GAA News*Donegal v Derry Tickets*Any tickets that have been ordered for the Ulster Championship clash between Donegal and Derry can be collected from either Joe McNulty or Kathleen Friel. *G4M&O Night at the Races*Our G4M&O team are hosting a night at the races on Friday 30th May in the Travellers Inn, Milford. First race is off at 9pm and anyone interested in buying a horse can see any member of the G4M&O team, cost per horse is €10. Please support this fundraiser for our G4M&O team. Contact any G4M&O player for more details *Seniors*CLG BnaG 0-13 Red Hughs 0-11Two more points in the bag for the Seniors after a very hard fought victory over Red Hughs on Saturday night. In a game played in difficult conditions it took the boys a while to get going but bar the first ten minutes they dominated the first half. The defence were rock solid and the boys were turning the ball over all over the pitch, while at the other end Christopher Barrett and Kane Barrett were a handful. The half time whistle came at the perfect moment as an almighty downpour saw both sides seek the refuge of the changing rooms with score 0-8 to 0-2. Na Galloglaigh got the first score of the second half but Red Hughs put in a great fight back to eventually bring just two between the sides after scoring five unanswered points. The blues managed to get scores at the right times to keep Red Hughs at arms length but Red Hughs never gave up and kept fighting to make for a nervy finale. Cathal Mc Gettigan scored a fine point in injury time to put three between the sides again but Red Hughs kept coming at them. A goalmouth scramble at the death was defended brilliantly but Red Hughs still managed a point. The resultant kick out was won by the blues and they managed to keep the ball in the Red Hughs half as the seconds ticked down until referee Ciaran Molloy blew the final whistle after five minutes of injury time. The lads showed they can hold their nerve now and have made it four wins out of four. No game for the Seniors next week due to the Donegal game however the Reserves take on Naomh Columba at home on Saturday. Next up for the Seniors is a home game against Naomh Colmcille on the 31st. Team: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Brandon Toye, Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Dean Burgess, Gary Merritt, Oísin Barrett, Luke Barrett (0-2), James Doyle, Cathal McGettigan (0-6), Pauric Curley (0-1), Darragh Black (0-2), Kane Barrett, Chippy Barrett (0-2), Paddy Peoples. Subs: Jonny Logue for Toye (52m), Enda McHugh for Merritt (58m, BC), Brandon Toye for O. Barrett (62m, BC), Cormac Friel, Conor McNulty, Manus Boyce, Gavin McFadden*Senior Ladies*Glenfin v CLG BnaGAfter having no game last week the Seniro Ladies are back in action away to Glenfin this Saturday*U14s*CLG BnaG v Red HughsMoyle Park, Wednesday @ 7pmThe U14s take on Red Hughs at home in the Championship this Wednesday at 7pm. All support would be greatly appreciated*U14 Girls*CLG BnaG 3-7 Urris 4-7Our U14 Girls lost last Thursday but put up a brilliant performance against a highly fancied Urris side. The whole team played really well with Sinead McCahill and Roisin Boyce outstanding. Rachel Roarty and Shauna McBride also played well. Next up for the U14 Girls is a home match against Red Hughs at home on Thursday evening at 7pm *U12s*The U12s travelled to Downings and played two matches last night. The A Team were unfortunately beat, after a poor first half they played well in the second but just fell short at the end. Good performances from Eoin O’Donnell and Bruce Macauley. The B Team had a great win in a very tight match with some great displays from Barry Donnelly, Eoin McGettigan, Aisling Irwin and Paul Ryan. Training takes place every Thursday at 6pm and the next games are away to St Eunans next Monday.*U8 Blitz*Our U8s had their first blitz of the year at St Michaels on Friday night. Many thanks to all the players and parents who braved the terrible weather on the night. We beat St Michaels comfortably in our first match with good displays from ‘Goal Machine’ Ryan McElhinney, Ultan Blaney, Killian Hagan and Calvagh O’Donnell. We then played very well to beat Letterkenny Gaels with great displays from Daibhid Lynch, Jason McAteer and Maeve McClean. Our final game was against a very skilful Fanad Gaels team who beat us after a very tight battle despite determined displays from Conor Houston, Aaron Burns, and the outstanding Joseph Barrett. A special mention also to the efforts of Dara Sheridan and Shay Cannon. Next Blitz is in Milford in 2 weeks*Training Schedules*Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10 Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 2-3-15-21. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winner win €25 each. Pat Curley, Lough Road, James Edward Friel, The Lagg, and Aodh McCormack & Fiona Boyle, Drumacloghan. Next weeks Jackpot is €720.*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are: – Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lucozade Sports Club Crusade*Thank you to all who helped with this years bottle cap collection, your support was much appreciated and we would ask that everyone continues to collect their bottle caps for next years collection.*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website (Milford.Donegal.gaa.ie) and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or marian.mcnulty@lyit.ie*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact MilfordDonegalGAA@gmail.com, 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie/*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: MILFORD CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE FORM WITH WIN OVER RED HUGHS was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more