Dickson extends stay at Franklin’s Gardens

first_imgNORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Dickson passes the ball during the Northampton Saints training session held at Franklin’s Gardens on September 23, 2010 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Dickson during training with SaintsNorthampton Saints today announced that Lee Dickson has extended his contract with the club by a further two years.The 26-year-old scrum-half, whose current deal still had one year to run, will now remain at Franklin’s Gardens until at least the end of the 2013/14 season. It is also Dickson’s third contract with the Saints, after having joined from Newcastle in the summer of 2008.In his three years at the club Dickson has earned winners’ medals in the European Challenge Cup and LV= Cup, and has helped the Saints reach their first Heineken Cup final in over a decade. He also started in the England Saxons’ Churchill Cup final success over Canada last summer, the second time he has won the tournament.So far he has worn the black, green and gold 88 times, scoring 10 tries, and is looking forward to running out at Franklin’s Gardens plenty more times in the next three seasons.“It’s a great club to be at,” Dickson said. “The squad and players are brilliant and it’s been the best move I’ve ever made in my career. I’m lucky to be a part of a club that’s going places and it’s been really enjoyable to be a part of something that is getting better every season. I love playing in front of the Saints fans as well, who whether we win or lose always get behind us. “Over the last three years Lee has shown time and again how important he is to the team and I’m delighted that he has decided to sign a new contract, especially as he still had time to run on his last one,” Mallinder commented. “Lee plays at a consistently high level and demands the best from both himself and the rest of the players around him.“From the coaches’ point of view it is important that we are keeping our core group of players together. It takes time to build a team that can compete at the top end of the Premiership and in the later stages of the Heineken Cup on a regular basis. We now have a group of players who have been together for a few years already but who are still young enough to keep developing and growing as a team.” “This season has been a bit frustrating for me. I like watching rugby, but not when I’m injured and want to be out there, and I’m really appreciating every game that I play.“I haven’t been surprised by how far we’ve come in the past three years. A special group of guys have been brought together at Franklin’s Gardens, and we’re growing together all the time. Jim, Dorian and Paul are also really ambitious coaches and want to win every game going. That’s what I’m about and what the club’s about, too.”Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Dickson’s new contract is a statement of intent for both the player and the club. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Newtown Centre on the Market for €2.75m

first_imgNewsLocal NewsNewtown Centre on the Market for €2.75mBy Alan Jacques – October 2, 2014 689 THE Newtown Centre, a two-story commercial development in Annacotty, is on the market with a guide price of €2.75 million.The sale of the development – which generates an annual rent in the region of €268,000 – is being handled by Savills Cork on the instruction of the Receiver Grant Thornton. The Newtown Centre is located between Newtown and Annacotty, around 1km east of Castletroy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Siobhan Young of Savills commented, “The Newtown Centre provides investors with the opportunity to acquire a finished property with strong tenant occupancy levels and a considerable rent receivable per annum.”“The current vacant office units provide scope to increase future rental income and we expect to receive high levels of enquiries for this investment,” Ms Young revealed.The modern two storey commercial development occupies a site of 2.17 acres. There are nine fully occupied ground floor retail units and 10 first floor office units, seven of which are currently occupied. Current tenants including Bord Gais, Mace, Curves and Bambury Bookmakers, are not affected by the sale.The development also includes an extensive surface car park sits at the front of the property providing an abundance of customer parking. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Print Linkedin TAGSAnnacottyGrant ThorntonlimerickNewtown CentreSavills Cork Emailcenter_img Previous articleGround control to LITNext articleClowning around on animal-act circuses in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitterlast_img read more

Dream Defoe strike earns derby win

first_img In the process, Defoe handed new head coach Dick Advocaat victory over the Magpies in his second game at the helm, remarkably a feat also achieved by both his immediate predecessors, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet. It was just Sunderland’s third league victory on Wearside this season, and followed an eight-game winless run, but it was one they thoroughly deserved with Newcastle offering little in return as they slipped to a fourth defeat on the trot. John Carver’s men have been marooned on 35 points since they beat Hull on January 31, and while they should have enough in the bank to avoid being dragged into a survival fight, their season has unravelled alarmingly since Alan Pardew’s departure. The stakes could hardly have been higher for the home side, who had avoided dropping into the bottom three only by virtue of goal difference when Burnley emerged from their home clash with Tottenham with a 0-0 draw, and they started the game accordingly. It was largely one-way traffic as a Newcastle team riven by injury and suspension found themselves camped deep inside their own half for extended periods with home goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon enjoying one of his quieter afternoons. But despite their utter dominance, the Black Cats went into injury-time at the end of the first half with the score at 0-0 and Tim Krul having had only a handful of meaningful saves to make. Advocaat chose to field three strikers once again with Defoe, Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher deployed to turn the screw on a Magpies rearguard which included full-back Daryl Janmaat playing out of position at centre-half and midfielders Ryan Taylor and Sunderland old boy Jack Colback operating as full-backs. Jonas Gutierrez, starting his first game for the visitors since August 2013 following his recovery from testicular cancer, came to Newcastle’s rescue with just eight minutes gone when he cut out Defoe’s cross to Jordi Gomez inside the penalty area after Fletcher played his strike partner in down the right. Janmaat hacked the ball over his own crossbar after Sunderland defender Billy Jones had turned the resulting corner back across goal, and Jones was unfortunate to see a back-post header clip the post with the help of deflections off both Moussa Sissoko and Colback with 22 minutes gone. Wickham forced a good save from Krul at his near post with five minutes of the half remaining, although the visitors gradually started to work their way into the game with Remy Cabella finally making an impact. But Newcastle were dealt a devastating blow on the strike of half-time when Fletcher climbed high to head a long ball towards Defoe, who unleashed a stinging left-footed volley which flew past the helpless Dutchman and into the top corner. Colback, to the delight of the home fans among a crowd of 47,563, dragged a left-footed shot across the face of goal early in the second half. Newcastle were playing in a far brighter fashion as they looked to create problems for the home defence, but at the other end Fletcher spurned a glorious opportunity to extend Sunderland’s lead when he scuffed weakly towards Krul from Gomez’s inviting pass. The visitors were at least making a fight of it, yet despite enjoying a much greater share of both possession and territory, they lacked the incision to do anything about the deficit. Sunderland could have cemented victory twice within seconds as the match entered its final quarter, with full-back Patrick van Aanholt slicing wide and Fletcher lifting a shot wastefully over Krul’s crossbar. Sebastian Larsson curled a 75th-minute free-kick just wide, but Pantilimon was forced into his first real save by substitute Emmanuel Riviere three minutes later with the Magpies making a belated push. Larsson might have sealed the win when his 84th-minute shot was deflected just wide by Mike Williamson, before Ayoze Perez had a golden late chance for Newcastle but smashed a volley just over with three minutes remaining. Jermain Defoe’s stunning volley handed Sunderland a record fifth successive derby victory over Newcastle and eased their Barclays Premier League relegation fears. The 32-year-old, the Black Cats’ big-money January signing, thundered home the sweetest of strikes in first-half stoppage time. He appeared tearful, affected by the emotion of the occasion, at the half-time whistle, and the goal proved all-important in a match Sunderland dominated, with the final whistle that confirmed the 1-0 win bringing relief and celebration. Press Associationlast_img read more

Fethard’s Mouse Morris watches over Rule the World at Naas

first_imgThe Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase will take centre stage in County Kildare, with the Grade 2 feature attracting a select field of five contenders.Fethard’s Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris will send out Rule The World when the race goes to post at five to two.The opening race on the card is off at 12.45.last_img