Six Nations 2019: Italy sets unwanted record as Kinghorn claims hat trick for Scotland A second Johnny Sexton penalty and late converted John Cooney try were all Ireland could muster after the interval as it was outplayed by an impressive England side.The perfect start for @EnglandRugby #GuinnessSixNations #IREvENG pic.twitter.com/AxaThFonZe— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 2, 2019England silenced the majority of a raucous crowd by taking the lead 90 seconds in, Farrell whipping a brilliant cut-out pass for Daly, who fed May on his outside for a superbly worked try.Tom Curry was sent to the sin bin for a late hit on Keith Earls, and Ireland had its opening try just after he returned when Healy dotted down, and Sexton slotted through the conversion.England responded well to that setback and produced another slick move to grab the lead, Stockdale juggling the ball under pressure from Jack Nowell and Daly racing onto his own kick to punish the prolific Ireland wing.Ireland was up against it and breathed a sigh of relief on the stroke of halftime when Mako Vunipola had a try – which was initially awarded – ruled out by Jerome Garces for a double movement following consultation with the TMO, with England having to settle for a Farrell penalty that gave them a seven-point lead at the break.Jordan Larmour replaced Earls at the interval, and Sexton reduced the deficit to four points before Farrell was off target from the tee, with Maro Itoje and Devin Toner limping out of what continued to be a fierce tussle.Slade gave clinical England breathing space when he darted to get on the end of a clever May kick to finish, then snaffled a stray pass from Sexton to rub salt into the wounds with a bonus-point try five minutes from time after a long-range Farrell penalty.Cooney burst through to go over right at the end for a try that Sexton quickly converted, but England already had a deserved victory in the bag.MAGNIFICENT MAKO DRIVES ENGLANDMako Vunipola was outstanding in a brilliant all-round display for England, making an astonishing 25 tackles and 11 carries. The prop was denied a try on the stroke of halftime for a double movement but was named man-of-the-match for an outstanding performance.IRELAND’S AERIAL BOMBARDMENT FAILS TO TAKE OFF Jonny May set the tone by scoring inside two minutes and Elliot Daly took advantage of a mistake by Jacob Stockdale to add another after Cian Healy touched down.The lively Slade crossed twice for Eddie Jones’ side, and Owen Farrell scored 12 points with the boot as Ireland’s 12-match winning run at Aviva Stadium came to a halt. Related News Much was made of the aerial bombardment that Daly would face after he was given the nod at fullback, but he and May were largely assured under the high ball as Sexton and Conor Murray were not allowed to dictate the play by England.WHAT’S NEXT?England hosts France, wounded by a second-half collapse against Wales, on Sunday and Ireland takes on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Henry Slade scored a second-half double as ruthless England consigned Six Nations champions Ireland to its first home defeat in more than two years with a 32-20 bonus-point victory in Dublin.Joe Schmidt’s side started the defense of its title as firm favorites to retain it, but the 2018 Grand Slam winners were beaten for the first time on home soil since losing to New Zealand in November 2016.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians return to action this Saturday night when they host the Snohomish Skyhawks. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:30 p.m. It’s 80’s Night as the Artesians celebrate their fifth indoor season with games, prizes, 80’s music and more. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors and military and kids under five are free.The Artesians enter the game at 0-1-0 after dropping their season opener, 9-6, to Tacoma Narrows FC. TJ O’Connor and Nate Boatright each scored twice in the game and David Cook and Christian Segovia each added goal. Goalkeeper Ryan Perkins played the entire game and kept it nice and close but is now injured and will miss an extended period opening the door for Shelton’s Bradley Hanson to take over between the pipes.Snohomish also suffered an opening game loss, 9-4, on the road to Bellingham United. John Troka scored twice including an impressive bicycle kick goal that temporarily gave them a 2-1 lead over the Hammers. Devin Shull registered a goal and an assist in the loss for the Skyhawks but they also suffered a goalkeeper injury and had to play an emergency keeper for much of the second half.For whatever reason, Oly has historically struggled against the Skyhawks, registering just one win in six games over three seasons. Their lone win came in the last game of the 2015-2016 season, a 10-6 victory featuring goals from current Artesians Matt Stalnik and Kyle Wiese.Saturday night is the first of two December home games for the Artesians. After their game against the Skyhawks, they will travel to Bellingham on December 8th before returning to The Pavilion on December 15 to take on the Tacoma Stars Reserves at 6:30 p.m. They wrap the 2018 portion of their season with a trip to Bremerton to take on the Oly-Pen Force on December 22.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.Featured photo credit: Charis Wilson
Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Capital LakeFairThe Capital Lakefair Royalty Scholarship Program Coronation will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Doubletree by Hilton Olympia. The candidates will be judged on a 500 word essay, personality, appearance, speaking ability, poise, confidence, overall reaction to pressure, maturity and punctuality. “The Capital Lakefair Royalty Program is a scholarship program that represents outstanding achievements and leadership of the young women in our community,” said Karen Griggs, Royalty Chair with Capital Lakefair. The requirements of the scholarship program are: fully enrolled Junior, 3.3 cumulative GPA, two letters of recommendation and be a student in Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater School Districts.2019 Lakefair Candidates: Bridgette Byerly River Ridge High School Taylor Rose Davis Timberline High School Eleanor Kim Black Hills High School Ruby Roebuck Avanti High School Caroline Shipley-Peters Capital High School Cassidy Walchak-Sloan Olympia High School Emma Waldon North Thurston High SchoolA Queen and court will be selected to represent Capital Lakefair at parades and events across the state. Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship. The five young women who are selected to serve on the 2019 Royalty Court will each will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship. The Queen will receive an additional $4,500 scholarship. Each scholarship recipient has five years in which to use their scholarship monies towards any type of higher education: traditional degree, trade school or vocational training program. Since the early 1970’s, Capital Lakefair has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to more than 270 area young women to attend the college of their choice. The 2019 scholarship is sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. Jerry Famer of ROXY 94.5 FM will serve as Emcee and Joanne Krucz of the CPA firm Strader Hallett will officially tabulate the judge’s scores to select the 2019 Royalty Court.The Capital Lakefair Scholarship Royalty Program Coronation will take place Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton in Olympia. The Theme for 2019 is “Cut Loose at Lakefair.” More information about the Scholarship Program and Capital Lakefair is available at the Lakefair website or Facebook page. Admission is free.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Stephanie Murray will once again serve as Middletown’s mayor in 2018.Speaking inside a bustling, packed courtroom at 1 Kings Highway on Jan. 7, Murray was quick to thank her family and supporters, but also expressed appreciation for one of the “hallmarks” of her hometown – its sense of community and dedication to volunteerism.“A community is not just about geography,” Murray said. “A community is about people taking care of each other. Community is about being part of a team.”That was the overriding theme of Murray’s speech to residents after she was sworn in by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.Murray succeeds Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger, a six-time mayor, who led the township throughout 2017. She was re-elected to Middletown’s governing body in November alongside her running mate, Tony Fiore.“Even though this is my third time as mayor, I am as thrilled as I was the first time,” she said. “I am also filled with an even healthier dose of reverence, having learned from the first few times around the block.”Murray, who recently took a part-time job as West Long Branch’s borough administrator, believes experience will help her govern throughout 2018, a year sure to be filled with plenty of decisions and changes for the governing body.In the second half of the meeting, the Township Committee unanimously approved another $25,000 in legal fees to fight the Monmouth County Reliability Project – a $111 million proposal by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. to build a 230kV transmission line along 10 miles of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank, running through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.Middletown, as the lead agency, has teamed with Aberdeen, Hazlet and Holmdel to form a municipal consortium to fight the project in court. The $25,000 installment is for Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C., a Basking Ridge-based law firm, which the township retained in 2016 to litigate on their behalf. Maser Consulting, a Middletown engineering firm, was also brought on to the legal team. The four towns have collectively spent nearly $200,000 in legal fees to fight the MCRP.In December, the MCRP’s legal record closed in the Office of Administrative Law, and the project is now in hands of Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson. A residents’ group called RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric) has also spent nearly $450,000 of their own money for legal fees. RAGE leadership anticipates a decision by Cookson at the end of the month.“We certainly think this is the last payment we have to make and are very optimistic about the outcome,” Murray said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed but we’ll stay prepared.”Other new projects slated for Middletown in 2018 include a township-operated garbage pickup program and the construction of a new town hall.In his final address as 2017 mayor, Scharfenberger said the new trash policy is the “most high-profile program” for residents this year. The township said the program will help lessen the impact on taxpayers, but some residents have been unhappy with the new service. It went into effect on Jan. 1.“While change can sometimes be difficult and worrisome, we are confident that this move is overwhelmingly the best, most cost-effective choice for Middletown,” he said. “After the system becomes routine, we think residents will agree.”The project to rebuild the town hall complex is expected to make strides this year. Tentative design plans have been drawn up for the $20 million project, which Scharfenberger vowed would be accomplished without impact to taxpayers.Murray said the project will be underway by January 2019 and added news that the township will market a segment of the property for outside development to offset the cost of the major project.Other initiatives the mayor plans to focus on this year include keeping the municipal rate flat after a decrease in 2017, along with expanding the township’s heritage tourism program to include more historic districts in Middletown.“Middletown is not only a hub of education, culture and activity, but the paramount (example) of a successful community,” she said. “Again, this is because of all of you.”A Middletown FirstWith over 350 years of recorded history it’s hard to come across a “first” in Middletown, but volunteer first responders made it happen last week.Surrounded by her family, Kimberly Kraynock was sworn in as the first female chief of any emergency department in Middletown history, after she was elected by her peers from five volunteer companies as the EMS Chief for 2018.Kraynock, a Keansburg resident with 14 years of experience in the volunteer EMS field, said the afternoon was one filled with plenty of emotion.“You never think you’re going to get there, at least in my opinion. You work so hard towards something like this and you don’t really ever expect to get there sometimes,” Kraynock said.“It’s hard to say thanks,” she continued, “so you just have to make sure to do the best you can for your department and the town to make as many improvements as you can.”Kraynock has been with the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad for the past eight years and also spent time in Tinton Falls and with the Lincroft First Aid & Rescue Squad, where her career began.Murray administered the oath of office to Kraynock and the two embraced each other before and after the swearing in. Afterwards, Murray said it was a historic day for Middletown.“I’m so proud, I really am,” Murray said. “I think it’s about time and you’ll be seeing a lot more as time goes by.”Kraynock said she plans to focus more on collective training with all the departments, practicing in active shooter situations and integrating other associations in town to first responders’ events and programs.“There are a lot more female volunteers in your organization than you realize,” Kraynock said with a smile. “It’s about time we start showing that.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.
By The Nelson Daily SportsNorthern Michigan University prospect Ryan Aynsley had three points to allow the Castlegar Rebels to continue its season dominance of the Nelson Leafs, edging the West Kootenay rival 5-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Saturday in the Sunflower City.The Rebels won all but one game against the Green and White this season, including a 4-3 decision Friday in Nelson.Castlegar, winners of the Murdoch Division regular season crown in convincing fashion, overcame a slow start to out score the Leafs 4-1 during the final 40 minutes.Nelson had the best start it could want when Marcus Dahl and Braeden Hikichi each scored power play goals less than three minutes apart in the first period.But Arthur Andrews, before the first period ended, and Tyler Robinson, Aynsley and Erik Wentzel, in the second gave the Rebels the lead for good. The second period markers came in a span of five minutes. Taylor Anderson added an empty net marker in the third to conclude the Castlegar scoring. Connor Enright also scored for Nelson.Castlegar out shot the Leafs for the second straight night 31-30.Cole Buckley registered the win in goal for Castlegar, which opens the playoffs against Spokane Braves.Marcus Beesley, playing his 11th consecutive game as starter Darren Hogg continues to sit on the shelf nursing a leg injury, took the loss in goal for Nelson.ICE CHIPS: Nelson concludes the season with a two-game series against Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The series was to have been played in Whitehorse but local organizers decided to switch gears when the WHL accepted an offer to be part of the weekend. Now Vancouver Giants will play the Kamloops Blazers on Hockey Day in Canada. . . .Gavin Currie, out of the lineup with a shoulder injury since the New Year’s Eve game against Spokane, is expected to see some time against Creston. . . .The Leafs open the post season Tuesday, February 15 in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks. Game two is Wednesday with the series switching to the NDCC Arena Friday and Saturday. . . .Castlegar opens against Spokane Monday, Feb. 14 in the Sunflower City. . . .The Rebels meet Grand Forks Wednesday in the Boundary City before concluding the regular season with a home-and-home set against Beaver Valley, Friday in Castlegar and Saturday in Fruitvale.email@example.com