No. 2 Syracuse field hockey was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, one year removed from winning its first-ever national championship.No. 1 North Carolina, which the Orange knocked off, 4-2, in the 2015 title game took the first spot in the poll with 34 points. No. 5 Virginia finished second in the poll receiving 28 points, and No. 4 Duke took the fourth spot with 22 points.Along with the preseason team rankings, the poll also included the preseason All-ACC team. Syracuse junior back Lies Lagerweij and junior midfield/forward Laura Hurff were named to the team.Lagerweij was an ACC All-Tournament selection in 2015 and was a key defender on the Orange back line which allowed just 1.00 goals against per game, the third-best in the nation.Hurff was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association first team All-American selection in 2015, starting all 22 games for the Orange and scoring three goals. Two of the goals were game winners.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] 2016 Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team Coaches PollEmily McCoy, Sr., M, Boston CollegeAshley Kristen, Jr., F, DukeNicole Woods, Jr., F/M, LouisvilleAyeisha McFerran, So., GK, LouisvilleJulia Young, Sr., B, North CarolinaEmma Bozek, Sr., M/F, North CarolinaLies Lagerweij, Jr., B, SyracuseLaura Hurff, Jr., M/F, SyracuseTara Vittese, Jr., M, VirginiaLucy Hyams, Sr., M, VirginiaJule Grashoff, So., F, Wake Forest Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Real Madrid have reported Inter Milan to FIFA over an alleged illegal approach for midfielder Luka Modric.The 32-year-old Croat, who captained his country to the World Cup final and was named player of the tournament, has been linked with a move to Serie A.Real president Florentino Perez said earlier this month the only way Modric would leave was if his 750 million Euro (£671m) release clause was met. The Spanish giants sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for £99.2m.The transfer window in Italy closes on Friday at 19:00 BST.Modric joined Real from Tottenham in 2012 and has won La Liga once and the Champions League four times.Inter are back in the Champions League for the first time since 2011-12.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
15 Mar 2017 Yorkshire golfer is England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Yorkshire golfer Jenny Davies, who devotes countless hours to junior golf, has been honoured with England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Jenny, the junior organiser at Bondhay Golf Club, was presented with the award at last night’s England Golf Awards at Lord’s. The runner-up was Simon Bacon of Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club, Nottinghamshire. The Awards shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf and Jenny was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game. “I’m part of a phenomenal team and I’m accepting this for all volunteers,” said Jenny, who is featured in a specially filmed video. “It’s the strength of volunteers which makes golf such a great sport.” Jenny was a founder member when Bondhay opened 25 years ago and, although she likes to keep a low profile, she volunteers widely in the club and is also the vice-chairman. Her passion is for the junior section, which she revived four years ago, using her skills from a 40-year career as a PE teacher – and her enthusiasm for family golf. When Jenny first joined the club she involved her daughters, Jo and Becky; now Becky and her husband, Justin, are the club professionals and closely involved with the juniors. Jenny’s enthusiasm, coupled with support from other members, has created a section which has about 30 members playing on the main course and a flourishing group of beginners on the par three course. “There’s so much satisfaction is seeing the development of skills and also the growing confidence and ability to mix with people. It’s fantastic to be able to witness that,” said Jenny. The youngsters get excellent opportunities, both at home and away. Masters champion Danny Willett was a member of the club as a junior and has worked with Bondhay and two other local clubs to run Wee Willetts, offering a par three golf tour to youngsters without handicaps. Willett attends an annual presentation, most recently turning up in his green jacket and accompanied by Sky, BBC and ITV – to the delight of the youngsters. Bondhay is also one of six Dukeries clubs which play off in a competition for juniors with handicaps. At home, one of the highlights of the year is Junior Week, featuring five days of competition, with each main course event mirrored on the par three course. But Jenny doesn’t just focus on the juniors – she introduces their parents to golf as well and provides time for the adults to play at the end of junior competitions. Bonday Ladies’ Captain Pat Crabtree sums up: “She’s wonderful, it’s not just the juniors, it’s the whole club.” Click here to read more about the England Golf Awards Jenny Davies receives her award from England Golf Chairman Graham Yates (Image © Leaderboard Photography).