first_imgFOUR MASTERS U14 HURLERSFour Masters Hurlers win County League titleThe Four Masters Under 14 hurling squad secured the first silverware for the club this year by defeating a very strong Setanta side by 4 points on Thursday 29th May at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy.This is the first hurling title won by the Four Masters since 2000. It concluded a fantastic run by the squad throughout the league as they remained unbeaten throughout. Mark Sweeney, Manager of the squad, commented, “we are absolutely delighted with the players, when they went 1-4 down in the first 10 minutes they didn’t panic and showed great character and determination and belief in their abilities and ended the half 4 points up. It really was a nail biting finish and a very hard fought game. I wish to say a big thank you to all the travelling supporters who were there to support the team. The manager and mentors were very impressed with the teams performance throughout the league campaign and are now looking forward to the Championship”.The game ended Four Masters 3 – 10 Setanta 3 – 06The Under 14 squad has also been entered in the Feile na nGale 2014 which is being hosted by Ulster GAA on 20th to 22nd June. The team will be playing the Wolf Tones team from Edwardstown, Co. Longford, the St Enda’s, team from Omagh Co Tyrone, and the Barrow Rangers from Kilkenny in the qualifying rounds with the finals scheduled to be played in Omagh and Garvaghy on Sunday 22nd June.To get involved with the squad contact Mark Sweeney, 086 810 7678.  HISTORY BOYS! FOUR MASTERS U14 HURLERS WIN FIRST TITLE….IN 14 YEARS! was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county titlefour mastersU14 hurlerslast_img read more

Plus pick: Himachal Pradesh

first_imgStayWildflower Hall, ShimlaSet in the midst of 23 acres of lush woods of pine and cedar, this luxury resort has rooms that offer commanding views of the Himalayas and the food and service are truly world-class. But your most abiding memory of Wildflower Hall could be the rejuvenating massages offered at its immaculate spa. Tel: (0177) 264 858; www.oberoihotels.com Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Centara Boutique CollectionTucked away in the Shivalik valley, this resort makes for a perfect getaway and reaching it is even more exciting–the final leg of the journey needs to done by taking a cable car. The stunning views of the valley are visible from almost every corner of this resort, whether you are in the suite, at the heated infinity pool or the terrace restaurant. Do visit the spa to unwind completely. Tel: (01792) 232 301Homestays near ShimlaWith Shimla getting saturated, the concept of homestays has caught on. Mashobara offers quite a variety and among its inventory, Violet Hill and Forest Hill Villas come in for special mention. There’s also Marigold Holiday Cottages in Sidhora, a picturesque village 15 km from Shimla. Himachal Tourism also offers a choice of 160 homes across most districts.EatThe Oberoi Cecil Restaurant, ShimlaA stay in Shimla is not complete without at least one meal at the Oberoi Cecil. Both the food and the ambience are equally appealing at this wood-panelled restaurant. The selection of dishes spans both European and Asian cuisines. Popular with visitors, its theme evenings celebrating the heritage of the Cecil are quite a draw. Tel: (0177) 280 4848Casa Bella Vista Cafe, ManaliCraving for international cuisine? The sprightly Casa Bella Vista, near the Log Huts, overlooking the Manalsu rivulet, will come to your rescue. This is the perfect place to sit under the deodars for a scrumptious Spanish meal. Surprisingly it only serves vegetarian food. But don’t skip the freshly baked, thin-crust wood-oven pizzas. Tel: (01902) 221 985Chonor House, Dharamshala If you are a Richard Gere fan and also a foodie you cannot escape a visit to Chonor House. The actor makes it a point to stay at Chonor House whenever he’s in town. The courtyard restaurant is perfect for lunch and you are sure to enjoy the Tibetan and Thai food on offer. Finish your meal with a hot cappuccino and a mouth-watering pastry from the selection of sweet treats. Tel: (01892) 221 006/468ShopShawlsThe colourful bands of woven patterns found on shawls stand out distinctly wherever you travel in these hills. The designs are strongly reflective of the intermingling of traditions, especially Tibetan and Chinese, those influences coming by way of trading ties. And now there is a shift in colour codes with subdued pastels and rich earthy tones appearing on the shelves. The Bodh Shawls in Manali is a recommended place to pick up stylish new patternsKangra PaintingsThis form of art dates back to the 18th century when Mughal rulers came to India. You can pick up these Kangra and Basholi miniature paintings from the Bhuri Singh Museum in Chamba and the Kangra Art Museum in Lower Dharamshala. Both have an excellent collection of Kangra Valley arts and crafts. The Kangra Art Museum also includes a gallery of the famous miniature paintings and has a collection of sculpture, pottery and other anthropological items.Fruit WineImagine sitting at a restaurant, gazing at a green valley and sipping a glass of chilled apple wine. Doesn’t it sound absolutely divine? Himachal produces a large variety of flavoursome fruit wines. They are created from apples, pears, peaches, cherries, kiwi, strawberries and many more fruits. They bring you the best from the orchards. They are available at most of the hillstations in HimachalSeeAdventure SportsThose who have the guts for extreme adventure can always expect Himachal to unravel something new. You can try rafting on the Spiti and Pin rivers. In Manali there is the option of heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak and you ski down the slopes. Other adventure sports include mountain cycling, paragliding, ice skating and angling. Can you ask for more? Heritage Trail, ShimlaTake a walk around Shimla to see the heritage buildings. Start from the Gaiety Theatre at the Mall. The 122-year-old building is one of Shimla’s oldest heritage structures. Another building is the Christ Church, one of the second oldest churches in north India. After this, head to Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill. It is surrounded by oak and rhododendron thickets. Kullu DussheraKullu begins its celebration on Vijayadashimi, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley, in carved gold, silver and copper masks, are brought down to Kullu town in decorated palanquins to pay homage to the main deity Raghunath. The processions are accompanied by drummers and dancers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: MS Dhoni faces selection worries for 4th Test

first_imgDhoni will have to get the combination right if India intend to bounce back in the Test seriesIn the wake of losing the third cricket Test and face in the Jadeja-Anderson spat judgment, India will look to regroup and devise a plan to make enough runs and take 20 English wickets to win the fourth Test at the Old Trafford, starting from Thursday.India were soundly beaten in the Southampton Test, losing by 266 runs at the Rose Bowl.Set to get 445 runs on a deteriorating pitch, India did not even attempt to save the Test by defying the England attack, having lost four wickets by the end of the fourth day, and caved-in in the morning session on the fifth day.India were bowled out for 330 in the first innings and 178 in the second to allow England to square the five-Test series 1-1. The visitors clearly looked out of depth on a pitch which saw England cumulatively amassing 773 runs in the two innings.More than their fickle batting, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be worried more about the bowlers’ capability to take 20 wickets at a reasonable rate.Not for the first time has this sort of thing happened to India. They could manage to take 20 wickets in an overseas Test only four times in their last 15 Tests. On three of those four occasions, those 20 wickets cost India more than their batsmen could score.And the other instance was on this tour, at Lord`s. However, two of India`s match-winners from that game, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, are doubtful starters for Old Trafford.advertisementWhile Ishant has been ruled out, Bhuvneshwar barely participated in the first nets session Tuesday with a swollen ankle.In the absence of the two premier pacers, Dhoni might have to rely on one-Test-old Pankaj Singh — who on his debut at Rose Bowl went wicketless, Varun Aaron — yet to play a match on the tour, and Mohammed Shami.Shami will have to shoulder the bowling attack — but can Dhoni pin his hope on a bowler, who has taken five wickets at 73.20? His economy rate of 3.81, too, has been the worst among specialist bowlers.And then there is the worrying factor of Shikhar Dhawan`s batting form. The Delhi batsmen has been woefully short of runs and his place in the side is no longer a guarantee.Dhawan is in danger of losing his place to his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir, who last played a Test for India in early 2012, in Nagpur against England.Many have also questioned the reasoning behind the omission of India`s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja has looked a far cry from being regarded as India`s first choice spinner in Tests.While Moeen Ali, a part-time English spinner, took eight wickets in the third Test — six of these coming in the second innings, Jadeja could manage just five on the same pitch.The left-arm spinner bowled 45 overs in the first innings, bagging just two wickets.England, meanwhile, have all the momentum going for them. The hosts ended a winless run of ten Tests, which began in August last year, with a dominant performance.It was almost the perfect Test. Not only did England`s out-of-form batsmen — and under pressure captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell — make big runs but upcoming star Gary Ballance and debutant Jos Buttler were highly impressive.Another heartening fact is the performance of Moeen Ali, solving their spin problem.last_img