BERNARD’S CONTRIBUTION Jamaica, under the leadership skills of Marva Bernard, has managed to get their own ‘home’ as well as numerous corporate bodies putting up their cash and kind to support netball. Money is still short, thus arranging and travelling to other ranked nations to play ‘Tests’ happens rarely, and is due to a great extent on the generosity of the other nations. Faced with that reality, one would think that Netball Jamaica would be very interested in keeping squad members playing top local netball regularly, and would be actively encouraging these squad members to play week after week. No matter what spin is put on the reason for the rule, the bald fact is that the rule makes no sense and has got to be rescinded. The fans of Jamaica’s netball, and the public in general, can force the removal of this rule … if they want. The IAAF’s woes continue with major sponsor Adidas withdrawing from their contractual support of the beleaguered organisation, mainly because of the continuing revelations regarding corruption and illegal activity of the principals of the organisation. The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space. The past president of Netball Jamaica has received numerous awards and praise for her leadership skills while being a ten-year president of the sport of netball in Jamaica. These plaudits re her leadership skills are well deserved. Her successor, Dr Paula Daley Morris, has promised a change in how the game in administered. I was hoping that I would have seen a change in the policy, particularly one that would have seen the nation have a realistic chance of changing our position in world netball, from ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ to finalists and eventual champions. Alas and alack, that wish of us, (Jamaica) moving on up looks as distant as it always was. Mr Netball himself, Winston Nevers, has gone public with his concerns regarding a ‘rule’ that seems designed to stop teams that he coaches from dominating local netball. The thinking behind the implementation of this rule seems to be “stop Nevers from winning everything, so that we can justify keeping his skills away from the national programme”. A local radio programme recently highlighted the rule. As I understand it, teams playing in the national league can only have three members of the national squad playing for any one team during the competition. If a national representative (who happens to play for a team coached by Mr Nevers) does not want to play for a rival team, then that player is refused permission to play netball locally! Huh? So instead of allowing players selected to the national squad to play as much netball as possible, Netball Jamaica is happy with these players watching the game week after week! That thought is frightening, if the main aim of the rule is to sideline Nevers. As I understand sports of any kind, the participants need regular playing time in competition against their peers and against competition that is superior. Australia has just completed a three ‘Test’ clean sweep against England, as both sides continue engaging in ‘Test’ conditions against world-ranked opponents.
The new ‘Bloodbike’ which was put into service across Donegal.After months of fundraising Bloodbike Northwest have just put their second bike into service to help the hospitals in Donegal. Bloodbike Northwest provide a free out of hours service ferrying small packages between Donegal hospitals and far away as Dublin and Galway.Riders give up their free time a few days a month to be on call. These are people whose passion is motorbikes and helping people and what better way to help than ride a motorbike to help the people of Donegal .Up until BBNW was started motorcyclist were mostly involved in and still are in fundraising for other charities .Being a part of BBNW now allows them to also be part the charity helping out local hospitals.A typical call for BBNW would be to pick up a package to bring to Dublin or Galway to be seen by a specialist. Recently they received a call at 11.30pm on a Saturday looking for an urgent run to Dublin. The package was picked up by the BBNW rider at Letterkenny hospital at 12.15 pm and taken to meet up with another group BBE in Castleblaney and then delivered on to Dublin, the run bing completed under blue lights.On his return to Letterkenny the rider called to the hospital he was told that the doctor in LGH had the result of tests at 3.15pm and could treat the child with the proper medicine. This was a great feeling that they were able to be the link in a very important chain.Bloodbike northwest are now seeking new volunteers if you feel you can give a few hours per month why not contact them. Contact details or on www.bloodbikenorthwest.town.ie or on facebook northwest bloodbike.irelandDELIGHT AS SECOND ‘BLOODBIKE’ PUT INTO SERVICE FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 15th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Bloodbike NorthWestdonegal