Kinrade’s minutes continue to grow as B-Sens progress down AHL Calder Cup playoff trail

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsDuring the summer it’s not an unlikely sight to see Geoff Kinrade sweating through his workout routine at a fitness center near you.Kinrade’s like a machine as he works every muscle in his body into chisel-like form.That’s been music to the ear of Binghamton Senators’ coach Kurt Kleinendorst.Since the start of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs the B-Sens skipper has seen the injury bug take a man-sized chomp out of the blueline core.Thanks to Kinrade, and teammate Andre Benoit, Binghamton has been able to keep the opposition forwards off balance as the club knocked off a pair of Eastern Conference heavyweights in top seed Portland Pirates and second place Manchester Monarchs.“It feels good to be one of the go to guys and I play much better when I have this type of role,” Kinrade told The Nelson Daily Tuesday on the eve of the opening of the Eastern Conference Final against the Charlotte Checkers.Game one goes Thursday in Charlotte.“Yes, our blueline is hurting, but there have been a number of guys stepping up and playing more minutes including myself,” adds Kinrade, in his second season with the AHL franchise. “We’ve been very solid on defense throughout the playoffs and it’s definitely helped us move forward.”After looking anything like a Eastern Conference Finalist in game five of the series against Portland, losing by a 6-2 score to the Pirates that allowed the visitors to make the series 3-2 in Binghamton’s favour heading back to Maine, the B-Sens shut the door in game six.“It felt like we just forgot (the game five loss at home) ever happened, knowing that we had to take the next game to finish them off,” Kinrade explained.Of course a goal 25 seconds into game six by Jim O’Brien made those nightmares of game five evaporate faster than water on the ice after a Zamboni cleaning.The early goal, combined by the bounce-back performance of B-Sens netminder Robin Lehner who was pulled during game five, gave Binghamton all the advantage the team would need.Zack Smith got the all-important second goal in the middle frame before Kaspars Daugavins, with an assist to Kinrade, scored into an empty net to secure the victory.“We have shown a lot of resilience throughout the playoffs to bounce back from tough losses, and other difficulties that we’ve seen,” said the 25-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey graduate. “And of course, our goaltending has been solid, which is crucial in a playoff run.”Like the team has done throughout the playoffs, the B-Sens take to the road for the first two games Thursday and Friday in Charlotte before returning home for three straight in the two-three-two-affair — Tuesday, Wednesday, May 18 and Saturday, May 21.“They will be the best team we’ve played in the playoffs yet,” Kinrade, with one goal and four assists in the playoffs, admits. “It’s going to be a long series.”And despite Kleinendorst and the B-Sens getting some of his injured players back into the lineup, don’t expect Kinrade to go anywhere just yet.Which can be attributed to a little Lady Luck and a solid, intense off-season training schedule.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Register now for Soccer Quest summer camps in Nelson

first_imgSpendlove said the afternoon World Cup program has been copied by most soccer camps around BC and Canada and we still have the world cup trophy to play for.“We have spotted many players from our Kootenay camps to move onto higher levels of soccer throughout BC and in our 13 years in the Kootenay’s we have had over 20 + players receive scholarship offers from University’s in Canada and the U.S.,” he said.During its time in Nelson Soccer Quest brought to the Nelson soccer community Ladies soccer, Co-ed soccer and men’s recreational soccer.All this done with the help of the indoor soccer facility Soccer Quest built, developed and operated and later sold to Nelson Youth soccer, Spendlove added.Spendlove said Soccer Quest is also responsible for bringing the Whitecaps Academy to Nelson.For more information on our camps and other programs go to registering and paying by May 31st will receive 15% off fees. Soccer Quest, formerly of Nelson but now based in Kamloops, is pleased to announce its annual pilgrimage to the Heritage City to boost the level of roundball in the region by hosting summer soccer camps in Nelson July 9-13 & August 27-31 at the Lakeside Fields.“Our camps are all about the budding Nelson soccer stars playing soccer for a full week and having loads of fun while doing it,” said Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest.“Our philosophy is about you learn better when having fun. Each day we teach a new skill, passing, shooting, heading (age related), receiving the ball & team play.”last_img read more

Pro 12 fixtures for next season confirmed

first_imgPat Lam’s men will be at home at the Sportsground again a week later, and welcome Welsh side Ospreys for 7:35pm Saturday night kick off. 17Connacht v Zebre3/4/5 March Guinness PRO12 Final, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland 28/5/2016Connacht vs LeinsterConnacht’s John Muldoon lift the Guinness Pro12 TrophyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland 6Connacht v UlsterFri 7th Oct19:35The SportsgroundTG4/BBC NI 5Connacht v EdinburghFri 30th Sept19:35The SportsgroundTG4 14Cardiff v Connacht10/11/12 FebBT Arms Park 4Scarlets v ConnachtSat 24th Sept19:35Parc y ScarletsS4C/TG4 The first interpro game of the season sees Connacht welcome Ulster Rugby to Galway on Friday October 7th before the European Champions Cup takes over for a fortnight.Munster will visit the Sportsground for the big Christmas season derby on New Year’s Eve, kick off 5:30pm. Round 20 between Connacht and Leinster has already been confirmed for Friday April 14th at 7:35pm.Of the eight home league games confirmed, there is an even split between those played on Friday and Saturday. All but two of Connacht’s 14 scheduled games will be televised.GUINNESS PRO12 Season 2015/16 RdFixtureDate KOGroundTV 2Connacht v Ospreys Sat 10th Sept19:35The SportsgroundTG4/S4C 20Connacht v LeinsterFri 14th April19:35The SportsgroundTG4 The Sportsground 8Dragons v ConnachtFri 4th Nov19:15Rodney Parade 9Connacht v Cardiff Fri 25th Nov19:35The SportsgroundTG4 11Ulster v ConnachtFri 23rd Dec19:35Kingspan StadiumBBC NI / SKY 12Connacht v MunsterSat 31st Dec17:30The Sportsground TG4 RdFixtureWeekend of KOGroundTV 22Munster v ConnachtSat 6th May17:15TBA All fixtures and venues are subject to change Round 13 between Ospreys and Connacht at Liberty Stadium is subject to FA Cup arrangements.Weekends Rounds 14 – 22 21Connacht v Scarlets28/29/30 April 1Connacht v GlasgowSat 3rd Sept17:15The SportsgroundSKY 15Connacht v Dragons17/18/19 Feb 7Leinster v ConnachtSat 29th Oct17:15RDS ArenaSKY 13Ospreys v ConnachtTBATBALiberty StadiumSKY 18Glasgow v Connacht24/25/26 MarScotstoun Stadium Defending champions Connacht Rugby will open the new season by playing host to 2014/15 winners and last season’s play-off opponents Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground. Kick off on Saturday September 3rd is at 5:15pm. 10Connacht v TrevisoSat 3rd Dec15:00The Sportsground 19Edinburgh v Connacht7/8/9 AprilMyreside The Sportsground 3Zebre v ConnachtSat 17th Sept18:05Stadio S. LanfranchiRAI/TG4 16Treviso v Connacht24/25/26 FebStadio Monigo The Sportsground The Championship will climax on Saturday May 27th 2017 with the Guinness PRO12 Final – the venue, city and ticket information for this flagship event will be announced in due course.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway GAA Chief to go to Croke Park over Leinster snub

first_img John Hynes Galway Bay FM Sport John Hynes Galway Bay FM Sport Back 15 seconds Galway now intend to make this a national Croke Park issue, not just a Leinster issue as Leinster Council have indicated their unwillingness to adhere to any of the aboveHere is a snippet of this evening’s interview with John Hynes… Galway GAA CEO John Hynes has spoken out about his county’s future participation in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship. Galway have been 8 years in the Leinster SHC but are not being treated as equal partners. In an interview with Sean Walsh to be aired on Galway Bay FM’s sports show ‘Over the Line’ this evening at 6pm, Hynes outlines a number of areas that have to change… 更多 Galway need to get adequate Financial reward for taking part in Leinster SHC – In Galway’s 8 years in Leinster, Galway games have generated €3.47 Million, yet Galway have only received €130,000 in return! Galway Bay FM Sport Forward 60 seconds Galway need to get U21 & Minor Teams into Leinster (or another structure) to ensure games to develop young Galway Hurlers Currently Playing John Hynes WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Forward 60 seconds Back 15 seconds Galway need to get Home Gameslast_img read more

Lá na gClubanna to take place on May 6/7

first_imgThe GAA today launched the upcoming Lá na gClubanna weekend which is set to take place next month on May 6/7. The inaugural Lá na gClubanna was held in 2009 as part of the GAA’s national events to mark the 125th Anniversary of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Last year more than 500 Clubs engaged in the event and a call is being made for even more Clubs to take part in 2017.Last year saw two clubs – Dromid Pearses (Kerry) and Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney (Wicklow) earned special merit prizes due to the extensive events they organised last year – the efforts the County Wicklow club went to can be viewed in this video here.There will be a similar competition this year with prizes that include the chance to win an overnight stay and match tickets to an All-Ireland senior semi-final of their choice, as well as the chance for ‘Lá na gClubanna’ events to be captured by professional photography and video.Commenting on the upcoming Lá na gClubanna weekend, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail said:“The Club is the focal point of Association and Lá na gClubanna is about taking time out to celebrate and acknowledge this fact, to mark the positive impact that is made and the work that our dedicated teams of volunteers do on our behalf.“It is putting the Club and our Club Members in the spotlight and encourages them to have a festival to mark the role they play in their communities.“I am fortunate to travel the length and breadth of the island to see this outstanding work in person and look forward to another celebration of all the good that they do in the promotion of our Games and the leadership and positive impact they make on our cities, towns, villages and parishes.”Clubs can learn more about ‘Lá na gClubanna’ and how they can organise their own activities by downloading a toolkit here in order to plan their own ‘Lá na gClubanna’ events.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email This weekend is specifically dedicated to Clubs where they will take centre stage and afford them the opportunity to celebrate their existence and impact in their community and reconnect with their locality.last_img read more


first_imgREPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE***Aviva Provincial Mini Rugby Festival, Galway Corinthians RFC, Co. Galway 28/10/2017Players from Buccaneers RFC and Corinthians RFC in action from the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival which took place at Galway Corinthians RFC. The Connacht Festival, organised by the IRFU, was also attended by Ireland International and Connacht Rugby Player Kieran Marmion along with Ireland’s women’s player Mairead Coyne where they met over 300 young hopefuls of Irish rugby. For more information on the Aviva Mini Rugby Festivals or to see how your club can get involved go to or follow #AvivaMinisMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson Last Saturday, 240 mini rugby players from 15 rugby clubs across Connacht descended on Galway Corinthians RFC to take part in the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival. There, they had the opportunity to meet local heroes, Connacht and Ireland players, Kieran Marmion and Mairead Coyne. The two stars shared their expert knowledge with the enthusiastic young hopefuls of Irish rugby. Pearse Timothy, Monivea RFC, said; “This was a marvellous chance for our Minis to play against teams from across the province, make new friends, learn new skills, and above all, enjoy an amazing day. We see more than a hundred kids at our club every weekend and seeing them improve and playing the game they love is a joy to watch. As our mantra is, ‘if you think the off load is on try it and if you think it might not be, try it anyway’ I think we brought a bit of excitement to the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival.” Mairead Coyne, Connacht & Ireland player, said; “Young girls are now being offered the same sporting opportunities as boys, and I was delighted to see so many girls out here enjoying themselves in a fun environment. The skills on show were very impressive, for such a young age, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these minis go on to play at the highest level.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Kieran Marmion, Connacht & Ireland player, said; “With so many home grown players making the breakthrough at Connacht in recent years, it’s fantastic to see these young players here today at the start of their own rugby journey. The event has been a huge success, and it’s clear to see that the kids and their parents will remember this weekend for a long time.”center_img Ireland and Connacht rugby stars, Kieran Marmion and Mairead Coyne, joined hundreds of minis in Galway Corinthians RFC Mark Russell, Aviva Sponsorship Manager, said; “We’re delighted to have seen another huge turnout at the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival in Galway Corinthians RFC. It was wonderful to bring so many teams together from across Connacht, who might not get the opportunity to play each other very often. These Festivals have gone from strength to strength in recent years which shows the continued growth of rugby at a young age and we look forward to another successful season with the Leinster, Munster, and National Festivals all to come.”For more information on the Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals then log on to or email avivaminis@irishrugby.ieTeams taking part in Connacht Aviva Mini Rugby Festival include:An Ghaeltacht RFCBallina RFCBuccaneers RFCCarrick on Shannon RFCClaremorris Colts RFCGalway Corinthians R.F.CCorrib RFCCreggs RFCGalway Bay Rugby ClubGalwegians RFCGort RFCLoughrea Rugby ClubMonivea RFCPortumna RFCSligo RFC Dave Boland, Galway Bay Rugby Club, said; “Having rebranded the club from Na Bairneachaí to Galway Bay Rugby Club earlier this year, this was a huge event for everyone involved. We have introduced hundreds of kids to the game of rugby over the last 10 years, and we know that the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival is one of the biggest dates for any young player. Our team loved every minute of this festival, and hopefully, this is only the start of their rugby journeys.” The Festival gave teams a chance to develop their skills as they played each other learning new ways to play in a non-competitive and fun environment. Each of the minis received a special medal, and a certificate signed by Ireland rugby stars.The event was the second of five festivals that will take place across the country throughout the season.  Each province will host a festival with hundreds of young players taking part, before the National Aviva Mini Rugby Festival takes place at the Aviva Stadium.Each team taking part in the provincial Festivals will be in with a chance to play at the National Aviva Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva Stadium in 2018.As an enthusiastic supporter of grassroots sports, Aviva will be running a host of activities this season in conjunction with the hugely popular Mini Rugby Festivals. This will include a Pop-Up Festival and competitions on social media for clubs to win training equipment. In addition, Aviva will be giving a selection of clubs a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at half time during the Ireland v Fiji game which takes place in November at Aviva Stadium. To see how your club can get involved go to and follow #AvivaMinis.last_img read more

Irish International Kieran Marmion extends contract with Connacht

first_imgThe IRFU and Connacht Rugby are delighted to announce that Irish international scrum half Kieran Marmion has extended his contract with Connacht up to the end of the 2019/20 season. Marmion joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 and since his arrival in the Sportsground he has made over 130 appearances for Connacht, winning a PRO12 Championship medal in 2016. The 25 year old has also earned 18 international caps for Ireland. His contract extension will now take him beyond the next Rugby World Cup in 2019. Commenting on the signing, Connacht Rugby CEO, Willie Ruane said: “Kieran has been an outstanding player for us since he joined the Connacht Academy in 2011. As a Connacht player he has earned 18 caps for Ireland and we are extremely proud of his achievements for club and country. Kieran is ambitious about what Connacht can achieve in the coming years and we are delighted that he has extended his contract with the province.” Commenting on his contract extension, Kieran Marmion added: “Since joining the Connacht Academy I have received great guidance from coaches and management in the club and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date. As a squad, we are excited about the coming seasons and are working towards bringing more success to the province. With the World Cup in 2019 only around the corner, I hope to be involved in the Irish squad in the years to come.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Cork derby to get Women’s Super League back underway while league leaders Templeogue travel…

first_imgWith the Cup competition now done and dusted for another year, this will be a crucial clash for both sides, with Brunell coming into the game off the back of a league win against DCU Mercy while Glanmire will be hoping their second Cork derby in three weeks goes a bit better than their first, having lost out to Fr Mathews in their most recent league game. Elsewhere, Cup champions and unbeaten league leaders, Courtyard Liffey Celtics will face off against Pyrobel Killester at home on Saturday evening. Liffey will be aiming to keep their unbeaten run so far this season intact, while Killester will be hoping to pick up some vital points from this battle, having lost out a nail-biter to WIT Wildcats on their last outing. Speaking of Wildcats, they travel to Galway to face bottom of the table, NUIG Mystics, who arte still chasing a first win of the season, while the final game of the weekend sees DCU Mercy face off against Marble City Hawks in Dublin.Over in the Men’s Super League meanwhile, league leaders Templeogue will travel to Kerry this weekend to take on Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin. Killorglin, who lost out to bottom side Moycullen in their last league outing, will be hoping to cause an upset against the Dubliners to get some vital league points on the board, but it will need a lot to trouble an in-form Templeogue. Joint second place Belfast Star and Garvey’s Tralee Warriors also face two tough tests this weekend, with Star on the road to Cup finalists, UCD Marian – who beat them just a few weeks ago in the Cup semi-finals and also have a game in hand – while Warriors (who also have a game in hand), will match up against an extremely in-form DCU Saints in Tralee on Saturday evening.Elsewhere, Cup champions Pyrobel Killester are on the road to Cork to face C and S Neptune, while Maree will be aiming to take the points at home when they welcome Griffith College Swords Thunder. The final game of the weekend will see UCC Demons welcome bottom of the table Moycullen who will be hoping to build on their recent win against Killorglin to help edge them off the bottom of the table.Basketball Ireland Fixtures February 1st to 3rdFriday 1st February 2019   Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mardyke Arena, 20:00; A Cork derby will be the first game that greets Hula Hoops National Cup runners-up, Singleton SuperValu Brunell this weekend, as they travel across town to face Ambassador UCC Glanmire at the Mardyke Arena UCC on Friday night in the Women’s Super League. Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: IT Carlow Basketball v Ulster University Elks, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v Titans, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;LIT v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, Limerick IT Sportshall, 18:00;Limerick Celtics v KUBS BC, St Munchins, 18:30;UL Sports Eagles v EJ Sligo All-Stars, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:00;Fr Mathews v DBS Eanna, Fr Mathews Arena, 19:00;Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney v LYIT Donegal, Killarney SC, 19:30;Portlaoise Panthers v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, St Marys Sports Hall, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: IT Carlow Basketball v Fr Mathews, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;NUIG Mystics v Maxol WIT Wildcats, NUIG, 16:30;Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Pyrobel Killester, Leixlip Amenities Centre, 19:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Team Tom McCarthys St Mary’s v Limerick Celtics, St Mary’s Castleisland, 21:00;center_img Saturday 2nd February 2019        Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   CandS Neptune v Pyrobel Killester, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD Sports Centre-Belfield, 19:00;Maree v Griffith College Swords Thunder, Calasanctius College-Galway, 19:00;Keanes Supervalu Killorglin v Templeogue, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;Garveys Tralee Warriors v DCU Saints, Tralee Sports Complex, 19:30; Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   DCU Mercy v Marble City Hawks, DCU Complex, 14:30;print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Sunday 3rd February 2019            Basketball Ireland Mens Super League:   UCC Demons v Moycullen, Mardyke Arena, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Ulster University Elks v UL Huskies, Ulster University Elks, 15:00;Fabplus North West v Trinity Meteors, Ballyshannon, 16:00;Phoenix Rockets v Swords Thunder, Methodist College, 16:30;Portlaoise Panthers v Maree, St Marys Sports Hall, 18:00;last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Glacier Gym Club Development Team

first_img 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 12:30 – 2:15 pm Glacier Gymnastics Club is rolling out the red carpet to host the Kootenay Zone Championships Saturday and Sunday at the Civic Centre facility in Nelson.The Championships run Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Athletes from throughout the Kootenay zone join the host Glacier team in the two-day event.The competition features have athletes who are just beginning their competitive to competitors participating in provincial events including the BC Winter Games.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Glacier squad with Team of the Week accolades.Weekend Schedule for Glacier Team:Saturday May 5 7:30 – 10:30 am 2:30 – 5:30 pm 6:00 – 8:30 pmSunday May 6 8:00 – 10:00 am 2:45 – 4:15 pm (trampoline gymnastics)last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Community Food Centre

first_imgThe Nelson Community Food Centre, located at 602 Silica Street in Nelson, is a proud partner of Community Food Centres Canada. This non-profit organization builds health, belong and social justice in communities across Canada as well as Nelson through the power of food.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCFC was forced to suspend all programs other than the Good Food Bank, which now runs Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m. from the main door of the Nelson United Church.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Nelson Community Food Centre with Team of the Week for their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of the workers at Nelson Community Food Centre include Michaela Woeller, Jess Chant, Amy Villeneuve, Andrew Creighton and Sherri Kyle.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to remind the public to please to remain committed to working together to help fight COVID-19.last_img read more