Church of England scheme signs £100m buy-in deal with Prudential

first_imgThe Church Workers Pension Fund (CWPF) has agreed a partial buy-in deal with the Prudential, for just over £100m (€120m).The CWPF provides pensions for the employees of more than 250 organisations associated with the mission and ministry of the Church of England, including dioceses, cathedrals and mission agencies.It is entirely separate from the Church of England Funded Pension Scheme, which provides pensions for clergy and others in stipendiary ministry, relating to service from 1998 onwards.Benefits for pre-1998 service are provided by the Church Commissioners’ endowment fund. The CWPF is a hybrid scheme covering more than 250 employers, most of which participate in the defined contribution (DC) scheme section, with smaller numbers in the defined benefit (DB) Scheme section, or in both.It has around 2,500 active members, 3,000 deferred members and 2,900 pensioners.Under the new arrangement, the premium will buy a bulk annuity policy committing Prudential to make payments to the fund that match 70% of the payments the fund makes to current DB scheme pensioners.This percentage is related to the liability-matching assets backing the pensions in payment in the DB scheme section.The CWPF’s assets are invested in the Church of England Investment Fund for Pensions, a pooled fund for some of the Church’s smaller pension funds.The CWPF’s total assets were worth £382.4m as at 31 December 2013, of which the DB scheme section’s assets were worth £295.7m.Over the five years to 31 December 2013, the CWPF’s growth assets returned 11.2% per annum, while index-linked Gilts and bonds returned 8.2% per annum.A spokesperson from the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB), the scheme’s trustee, said: “Many of the assets that were sold to buy this policy were valued at historically high levels and, as this was combined with competitive market pricing for this type of policy, it made sense to sell the underlying assets now and buy this policy instead.”Ken Hardman, partner at Lane Clark & Peacock, lead advisers on the transaction, said: “It was the right time to carry out the transaction because the scheme was in the right place, and the market is still competitive, with attractive pricing.”He added: “It is no secret that in the buyout market there are some significantly sized schemes looking to transact over the short to medium term, and that will drive the market over the next year.“This could have a big impact on insurance capacity and competitiveness, so it is an interesting time.”Mercer provided investment advice on the transaction, while legal advice was provided by Linklaters.Meanwhile, no buy-in arrangements have previously been made for the Church of England Funded Pension Scheme (CEFPS) and none are planned for the near future, the CEPB spokesperson confirmed.He said: “The DB scheme section of the CWPF has a high proportion of pensioners and few active members, so it is important to match a relatively high proportion of liabilities with appropriate assets such as Gilts and bonds, or an annuity policy.”The spokesperson continued: “By contrast, the CEFPS is mostly invested in a diverse range of return-seeking assets such as equities, property and infrastructure, reflecting the fact it is both open to new members and is only paying out pensions earned since 1998.“The scheme’s income from contributions will exceed pension outgoings for many years to come.”But he added: “However, the board may consider options such as a buy-in as the clergy scheme matures, and the board continues with its phased de-risking programme for clergy pensions.”last_img read more

LNG-Fueled 23,000 TEU Behemoth in the Making

first_imgDalian Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd. (DSIC) and classification society DNV GL have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement to develop a new 23,000 TEU LNG fueled ultra large container vessel (ULCV).The JDP is focused on delivering a design which is ready for construction and reflects upcoming market trends and incoming regulations.“In developing this new 23,000 TEU LNG fuelled ULCV design, we will show that DSIC can deliver vessels at the cutting edge of the market after two 20,000 TEU container vessels were successfully delivered to COSCO SHIPPING Group this year,” said Mr. Yang Zhi Zhong, President of DSIC. “We see a continuing strong market for ULCV vessels, with lower slot costs especially valued on the main trading routes. At the same time the expansion in bunkering infrastructure in both China and Europe means that LNG is becoming a viable solution for container vessels, lowering costs and ensuring compliance with incoming regulations.”last_img read more

Sheyi Ojo on Cardiff move: I’ve point to prove

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? read also:Cardiff City sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on season-long loan deal “Wherever the ball is, I want to be involved in the game as much as possible. “I’m delighted to get here in time for a full week’s training with the team ahead of the first home game this Saturday. Now it’s important that we start right.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool winger, Sheyi Ojo, is determined to make the most of his loan move to Cardiff City. Ojo is in line to make his Bluebirds debut when they kick off their Championship campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and the short-term move becomes the fifth of his Anfield career. “I’ve got a point to prove and I’m really excited for the new challenge,” Ojo told Cardiff’s official website. “Cardiff City is a massive club with great fans and great players – hopefully I can show what I can do here and fit right in.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Inman races from flat to first

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – It’s been a few years, but Todd Inman proved he could wheel his way to vic­tory lane at Boone Speedway and the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Inman, from Ankeny, restarted at the back of the field after cutting a tire on the first lap of Thurs­day’s first Stock Car qualifying feature.He steadily worked his way toward the front and into the top three during a long green flag run, took over the second spot following a lap 17 restart, then got the lead with two laps to go.“It’s been a long time since I’ve qualified,” said Inman, who resumed racing late last season and has made a handful of starts this year in a car owned by cousin Chris Palmer. “It feels awesome.”Inman made the Stock Car main event one time previously, in 2005. He’s also made three Late Model and a pair of Modified shows.Marcus Fagan of Adair ended in second and Jerry Schipper of Dike was third. Defending Modified champion Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler became the first Arizona driver to make the Super Nation­als Stock Car field with his fourth place finish.Webster City’s Troy Jerovetz led every lap in the caution-free nightcap.Rounding out the top four were Trent Murphy of Jefferson, Jeff McCollum of Mankato, Minn., andTroy Jerovetz topped the caution-free second Stock Car qualifier Thursday at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)Bruce Wickman of Emmetsburg. Kevin Bruck was disqualified from a transfer spot in post-race tech for an illegal engine component.Murphy qualified for the eighth time, Fagan for the fifth, Schipper for the third, McCollum for the second and Jerovetz and Wickman both for the first.Schipper’s previous Super Nationals starts came from 1997-1999. Thursday qualifiers advance to the middle row of the big dance.1st qualifying feature – 1. Todd Inman, Altoona; 2. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 3. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 5. Jason Ward, Sioux City; 6. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 7. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; 8. Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; 9. Mathias Lux, Hartley; 10. Ron Hartman, Ulysses, Kan.; 11. Jake Ludeking, Decorah; 12. Mel Elsberry, Orange City; 13. Robert Engelkes, Dike; 14. Kevin Mattox, Ray, N.D.; 15. Mark Smith, Hennessey, Okla.; 16. Ca­sey Jones, Sioux City; 17. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 18. Heath Tulp, Belmond; 19. Elijah Zevenber­gen, Ocheyedan; 20. Jayden Bears, Smithville, Mo.; 21. Craig Graham, Webster City; 22. Jason VanSickel, Webster City; 23. Kevin Flock, Muskogee, Okla.; 24. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 25. Dustin Van Horn, Atlantic; 26. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 27. Christopher Toot, Albert Lea, Minn.; 28. Dustin Matlock, Oklahoma City, Okla.; 29. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 30. Brandon Conkwright, Wamego, Kan.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Troy Jerovetz, Webster City; 2. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 3. Jeff McCollum, Mankato, Minn.; 4. Bruce Wickman, Emmetsburg; 5. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 6. Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; 7. Jeffery Kaup, Woodward, Okla.; 8. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 9. Aa­ron Olson, Mekinock, N.D.; 10. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 11. Rodney Richards, Madrid; 12. Scott Reinhardt, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; 13. Jason Purvis, Boone; 14. Michael Goodson, Overbrook, Okla.; 15. Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; 16. Matthew Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; 17. David Smith, Lake City; 18. Mike Stapleton, Denison; 19. Eric Rempel, Palmyra, Neb.; 20. Jake Nelson, Willis­ton, N.D.; 21. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 22. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 23. Michael Bilyeu, Indi­anola; 24. Sterling Sorensen, Portsmouth; 25. Mike Pruitt, Redfield; 26. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 27. Craig Carlson, Madrid; 28. Jeremy Christians, Horicon, Wis.; 29. Brandon Pruitt, Stuart; 30. Kevin Bruck, Dunlap. An early flat tire couldn’t keep Todd Inman out of victory lane following the first of two Thursday Stock Car qualifying features at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, read more

Three events in three nights are next for IMCA Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. (July 20) – Another out-of-state date kicks off three events in as many nights for the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour.The series for IMCA Modifieds is at Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., on Monday, July 23, before returning to familiar Iowa venues Hancock County Speedway in Britt on Tuesday, July 24 and Buena Vista Raceway in Alta on Wednesday, July 25.All three features pay $2,000 to win and are qualifying events for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.The Park Jefferson show will be the first held in South Dakota in the series’ eight-plus year history; 141 Speedway in Wisconsin had hosted the first Dirt Knights Tour event outside Iowa in June.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. at Jefferson. Hot laps are at 6:20 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $18 for adults, $10 for seniors 70-plus, $5 for students ages 6-16 and free for kids ages five and under.Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Hancock County opens pit gates at 5 p.m. and the grandstand at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Completing the card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for four and under.And at BVR, pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.The program also features IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $2 or the donation of a non-perishable food item for kids 12 and under. Senior, military and student rates will also be available.Pit passes are $30 at each venue.Ricky Thornton Jr. has won a record three straight series events thus far, the most recent of those victories coming Thursday at Knoxville Raceway.All Dirt Knights Tour events are broadcast by IMCA.TV. The 2018 series finale is Monday, Aug. 6 at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, hometown of series title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply.Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa, 120; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 109; 3. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 94; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 87; 5. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 84; 6. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa, 82; 7. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 69; 8. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 67; 9. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 64; 10. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa, 62; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 57; 12. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa, 52; 13. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, Iowa, 51; 14. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa, 50; 15. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., and Jarrett Brown, Ainsworth, Iowa, both 49; 17. Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa, 45; 18. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 41; 19. Richie Gustin, Gilman, Iowa, and Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo., both 38.last_img read more

Dyche pleading for patience

first_img Dyche knows he is fishing in a different pond entirely to the 2012 Champions League winners and cannot just force through deals with sheer financial muscle. “We still feel that we can add to our numbers, which we’re looking to do,” he said. “There’s a couple of things that are on-going; we’ve been linked with 64 players this week and we can’t sign them all. “There’s a couple of fresh things that are developing. It’s a bit protracted with a couple of things but sometimes that’s the nature if you can’t just throw money everywhere.” West Brom defender Craig Dawson, who it is understood saw a transfer request turned down last month, continues to be linked with last season’s Sky Bet Championship runners-up, as does Watford striker Troy Deeney, although the reported fees being bandied around are sure to dissuade Burnley. The east Lancashire club have thus far been more prudent with their incomings and that is a philosophy Dyche will continue to adhere to, particularly given the transfer window remains open throughout August. He added: “It’s a double-edged sword. Things can happen now and we want them to happen now. But if they don’t it does allow you that time. “Weird situations, good situations and not-so good situations all open up in that last couple of weeks beyond the beginning of the season.” Burnley’s against-the-odds promotion last year was achieved with a threadbare squad and Dyche appreciated that his pool of players would need to be deeper this time around. However, after using just 23 players in their entire Championship campaign last term, he will not open the cheque book to simply flood his squad with new arrivals. “There’s not really a number on it,” Dyche said when asked how many more signings he desires. “We know there’s a squad requirement and obviously the Premier League has the 25-player squad situation so we have to look at that. But that doesn’t mean we will definitely have 25. “We have to look at the financial numbers as well and that has to sit and work within the squad. There’s not a definite number but we know we do need some reinforcements for the moment.” Goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who kept 19 clean sheets during Burnley’s promotion campaign, handed Dyche a boost on Thursday by putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract. Meanwhile, Dyche insists his players will not allow the turmoil engulfing Blackpool to detract from their pre-season preparations when the two meet at Bloomfield Road this weekend. The Seasiders, whose chairman and president have been embroiled in a public war of words this week, still remain without a professional goalkeeper and as recently as Monday only had eight players signed to contracts. After they cancelled a pre-season tour to Spain earlier this month, Burnley received clarification that this Saturday’s fixture would definitely go ahead. “We asked them a simple question and they said ‘No, we’re fine’,” Dyche revealed. “Our focus is on our players getting 90 minutes. It’s really simple from our point of view.” Burnley still have irons in the fire this transfer window, but manager Sean Dyche will not look to rush through deals ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener with Chelsea. The Clarets begin their top-flight campaign in just 19 days with the mouth-watering clash against Jose Mourinho’s men at Turf Moor drawing ever nearer. And while Chelsea’s summer spending, which includes the acquisitions of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, appears more or less done, Burnley continue to scour the market. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News India’s 500th ODI milestone win cements their magnificent cricket legacy

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team entered an elite list of teams in cricket when they won the second ODI against Australia at the VCA stadium in Nagpur by eight runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Kohli’s 40th century and excellent bowling displays by Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Vijay Shankar helped India hold their nerve and continue their dominance over an Australian side that has not won a bilateral ODI series since 2017. The win at Nagpur was India’s 500th in ODIs and they are only the second team after Australia to achieve this feat. Australia has won 558 ODIs in 924 games while India took 963 matches to reach this landmark. Pakistan are the third-best team with 479 wins from 907 games. Following their 500th win, here are the results of the Indian cricket team during their first, 100th, 200th, 300th and the 400th ODI. 1st ODI win: 1975 World Cup vs East Africa at Leeds After losing the first three ODIs against England, including the first match in the 1975 World Cup against the hosts by 202 runs, India finally got on the board in the game against East Africa. Madan Lal’s 3/15 and Bishan Singh Bedi’s figures of 12-8-6-1 helped India restrict East Africa to 120 all out in 55.3 overs. Sunil Gavaskar, who gained notoriety with his 180-ball 36 in the first game, redeemed himself with an aggressive 65 off 86 balls and a solid 54 off 93 balls by Farokh Engineer helped India register their first win in an ODI. 100th ODI win: 1993 vs South Africa at Mohali Vinod Kambli slammed a brilliant 86 but good bowling from Hansie Cronje (3/29) and two wickets from Fanie de Villiers and Richard Snell restricted them to 221 all out. Jonty Rhodes slammed an attacking fifty but India were kept in the game thanks to a great spell from Salil Ankola. Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Manoj Prabhakar and Anil Kumble took a wicket each while Jadeja, who contributed 39 with the bat, took 2/16. Kambli was named the Man of the Match for his wonderful contribution with the bat. 200th ODI win: 2000 vs Kenya in Nairobi The 2000 Champions Trophy was played amidst the match-fixing scandal that had dogged Indian cricket in the previous season. India faced Kenya in the qualifying game of the tournament and Kenya reached 208/9 thanks to fifties from Ravindu Shah (60) and Maurice Odumbe (51). Zaheer Khan burst onto the stage with a brilliant spell of 3/48 while Anil Kumble (2/22) and a brace from Venkatesh Prasad and Ajit Agarkar resulted in a solid performance. India comfortably got over the line by eight wickets thanks to fifties from Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. The win was the start of a glorious run for India where they defeated World Champions Australia in the quarterfinal and dumped out South Africa in the semi-final. India’s quest for a title ended when New Zealand won the final thanks to Chris Cairns’ century. 300th ODI win: 2007 vs West Indies in Cuttack On a tricky wicket, Dinesh Karthik’s 63 was the difference for India as they reached 189 all out. Darren Powell was the star with 4/27. Shivnarine Chanderpaul kept West Indies in the hunt with a gritty 66 but Ramesh Powar took three wickets and Sachin Tendulkar contributed with the ball by taking 2/16 as India won a close match by 20 runs. 400th ODI win: 2012 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo India were gunning for a series win in Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. Upul Tharanga hit a fifty and he was well supported by Tillakaratne Dilshan and lahiru Thirimanne as Sri Lanka reached 251/8. In response, India were wobbling at 109/4 but Virat Kohli stepped up and blasted a brilliant century. His 128 and his 143-run stand with Suresh Raina, who smashed 58 off 51 balls helped India win by six wickets and win the five-match series 4-1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India became the second team after Australia to win 500 ODIs.India won their first ODI against East Africa in 1975 World Cup.India are on the cusp of winning their 4th consecutive bilateral series at home.last_img read more

Badgers, Hoosiers hope to buck trends

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoTwo weeks have passed since the men’s basketball team last won a game. Since then, the Badgers have lost three straight conference games, which hasn’t happened since January of 2001.Rumors that once were whispers of a Big Ten title have disappeared and have been replaced with talk of an NIT tournament bid.Although the recent thrashings from Purdue, Illinois and Michigan have been troubling, the team is still not out of the running for a conference crown.With a 5-4 Big Ten record, the Badgers have faded from a tie for first in the conference, to the sole No. 4 spot, two wins behind first-place Iowa.”This is definitely the most important week of the year,” junior Kammron Taylor said. “We are 5-4 right now and there is a big group of teams clumped for second place, so we are just going to have to work our way back onto the top of the division. Anything could happen on any given night.”The first chance for the Badgers to regroup will be against No. 24 Indiana at the Kohl Center tonight. The Hoosiers come into Madison with a 0-3 conference road-game record.Indiana, much like Wisconsin, has now found itself in a scramble to stay towards the top of the Big Ten in anticipation of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in March.”[Indiana] has great shooters,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “You know, they’re a very good team and that’s why they’ve been labeled as such.”The Hoosiers are led by Auburn transfer Marco Killingsworth, who has had a stellar season to date. He enters the contest averaging 17.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.However, in the last three Hoosier defeats, Killingsworth has averaged only 13.3 points a game. Containing Killingsworth in the post will be key if the Badgers want to triumph over the Hoosiers.”Indiana runs a lot of offense through him,” junior Alando Tucker said. “So, we are going to throw a lot of different looks at them and just try to force them out of the block. We also want to work them a bit, try to make them run.”But [Killingsworth] is one of the best in the Big Ten. He is strong with a big body and takes up a lot of space. We can’t let him have a strong game. It will be a challenge.”Out-running Killingsworth and the Hoosiers will be easier said than done as the Badgers may be without sophomore Brian Butch during the game.During the Purdue contest, Butch hit the floor hard with a left ankle injury. His status is listed as probable for the game.With Butch possibly out of the lineup, the Badgers could be down another player. That could force them to exercise more minutes out of their more-inexperienced players on the court.However, don’t count on Tucker and Taylor to take a back seat, as both have been averaging a significant amount of minutes on the season.”Tucker and I are used to it,” Taylor said about running around on the court. “Our legs are strong enough to handle it. We are going to have to have the younger guys play more minutes and I think they are ready. They are not freshmen anymore. They have played in enough games where they should be more mature.”Freshmen Kevin Gullikson and Joe Krabbenhoft have both stepped up for the Badgers as of late.In the last three games, both have been averaging over 15 minutes on the floor. However in those games, Gullikson has not scored more than four points, while Krabbenhoft has scored as high as nine points.In place of the lack of points, Tucker has been very successful thus far in the Big Ten. The forward leads the conference in scoring with 20.7 points per game. If Tucker continues to lead the league in scoring, he would be the first Badger to accomplish that feat since Don Rehfeldt won back-to-back scoring titles in 1949 and 1950.”He’s pretty effective in the post for a guy his size and always has been,” Ryan said of Tucker. “What he needs to do is keep working on his defense, on his rebounding, and … just keep working on being a complete player. That’s all we ever ask of guys during the game and throughout a season, just keep getting better at passing, finding open people.”Ryan also made sure to note that, while Tucker has been pivotal in the Badgers’ success, he still has room for improvement.”He still has a lot of work to do in those areas and on the defensive end,” Ryan said. “He just needs to be a good player all the time, both ends of the floor, and play his role. And that won’t change.”last_img read more

Lack of execution stings Syracuse in 1-0, home-opening loss to No. 1 Wisconsin

first_img Published on October 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm Contact Brandon: Facebook Twitter Google+ Victoria Klimek made her way down the ice late in the third period. The Orange trailed by one and it was on the powerplay. On seemingly one of SU’s best chances, Klimek quickly found space near the net and took her best shot. She missed wide.This was a common sight for Syracuse (0-2-1) on Friday, as an inability to execute prevented the Orange from presenting too much of a threat in a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Wisconsin (5-0) in SU’s home opener.“We’ve got to score some goals,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It’s been three games now and it’s pretty apparent you’re not going to win a game if you don’t score.”Much of the game was spent on the defense, which was evident as Wisconsin finished the game with 39 shots on net compared to Syracuse’s 20. This led to senior goalie Abbey Miller ending the contest with a career-high 38 saves. But it was the one she didn’t save that made the difference.With 13:34 to go in the second period, Wisconsin’s Lauren Williams passed to teammate Abby Roque, who then moved nearly in line with the right side of the net. Even with Miller hugging the right post, Roque launched a shot that found a very small opening, zipping past Miller’s mask and into the top left corner of the net for the game’s only score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn offense, the Orange threw shots on net, often sending them wide or right into the goalie’s chest pad.“Coach always says, ‘If you’re going to shoot high, shoot high. If you’re going to shoot low, shoot low.’” Miller said. “We have to make sure we’re not in that middle ground where its easiest to make saves.One big critique Flanagan and some players had was where the players were shooting from. Flanagan noted he saw multiple instances where players opted to take perimeter shots rather than taking a couple more steps to look for a better opening.“We need to be a little more patient with the puck,” Flanagan said. “(Players) have a little bit of time in there, sometimes it’s just a half a second to get yourself a little bit better angle.”Rebounding also presented a problem for the Orange. Though the team played aggressively throughout, often diving on the ice for loose pucks, they struggled to corral bouncing pucks. Though freshman forward Emma Polaski acknowledged that Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell was stout, she knew the problems that need to be worked out for tomorrow.“Their goalie’s great,” Polaski said, “but I think that rebounds and traffic in front of the net are going to be our keys.” Commentslast_img read more

Criticism at independent report into LOI

first_imgBut FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin says nothing from the report is set in stone. An independent report into the League of Ireland brand has come in for criticism. The FAI contracted brand expert Jonathan Gabay to assess the League’s positioning, and how it may improve its standing as a brand. Some of Gabay’s proposals have been the source of derision on social media. last_img