Faceoff specialist Farrell aids Williams on scout team, shows competitiveness as SU freshman

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:17 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman In wrestling, opponents will be shown a particular move to use on each other in practice.It’s the same method assistant coach Kevin Donahue takes with the Syracuse faceoff unit each week, as the scout team members are responsible for imitating the tendencies of upcoming opponents for the “Syracuse team” — the term Donahue said SU uses to refer to the top three faceoff specialists on a given week.After a 21-for-25 performance from the X against Army on Sunday, Ben Williams made sure to credit his scout team partner.“My partner, Nate Farrell … he did a great job imitating what (Alex) Daly was going to do and what all their guys were going to do,” Williams said on Sunday.Farrell stood for his faceoffs as opposed to taking a knee against Williams in the practices leading up to Sunday’s game, mirroring the stance of Army’s Daly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s one of the youngest members of No. 3 Syracuse’s (3-0) eight-man faceoff unit and is thriving as a first-timer on the scout team. He always tries to match himself up against Williams during practice because he enjoys the competition, he said. Head coach John Desko praised the freshman for his competitiveness, noting the great depth and competition his team has in faceoff specialists.“He’s a team player and he can take a small piece of pride in (Williams’ success),” Desko said. “But he’s very competitive, he wants to get out there and you can see it in practice.“If he loses one he gets a little upset about it and takes it personally.”The frustration from Farrell is a product of the environment he’s been put into as a freshman, pitted up against seven other hopefuls for time at the X. The weight of each rep in practice is magnified with Donahue keeping a watchful eye on each player’s potential and where he sees each player by the end of the year, he said.He’s the one who dictates the members of “Syracuse team” and who isn’t on it each week, and it’s taken a mental transformation for Farrell to become accustomed to his role this year. Having never really been on the sidelines or scout team before, it’s a novel experience for the 5-foot-10 midfielder.“I had to go through a big adjustment period from going to a high school faceoff guy to a college faceoff guy,” Farrell said. “I just kind of cleaned the slate, worked with coach Donahue and just made sure my technique gets better so I can compete with these guys.”The transformation hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. Donahue mentioned the strong desire he sees out of Farrell, and he has stepped up as a key member of the faceoff unit simply because of the improvements he’s made on Williams.Williams said Farrell is especially physical with his faceoffs and beating up on each other in practice has helped him greatly in SU’s games. His comfort is palpable at the X with the help he receives all week to know what to expect.Wanting to get his own time on the field, it’s not as if Farrell lives vicariously through Williams’ success each game. With his “clean slate,” he’s all about making his mark where he can, and for SU right now, that’s preparing and trying to beat Williams with each clamp in practice.Said Farrell: “In my head I’m just trying to always make sure I’m moving forward so that when it comes to be my time, I’m ready to go.” Commentslast_img read more

Busy day for stewards at Caymanas Park

first_imgThe stewards struck in the dark at Caymanas Park yesterday disqualifying last-race winner PRINCESS SHEMIKA after a very lengthy enquiry.Installed a 4-5 favourite with apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, PRINCESWS SHEKIKA came through on the rails early in the last furlong to beat 12-1 chance DUTCHROW and GENUINE FRIIEND (9-2) in the restricted allowance race over 1200 metres.With the light fading fast, the stewards conducted an enquiry into the running of the race and, following lengthy deliberations, disqualified PRINCESS SHEMIKA for having caused interference to GREAT BROWN (18-1) on the rails at the halfway stage.The race was awarded to DUTCHROW, who chased long-time leader JUSTLIKE EMMA (9-1) into the straight and held on well for second, with GENUINE FRIEND promoted to third.Indeed, it was a day when the stewards were kept busy in most of the races on the programme of nine.In the first race, apprentice Oneil Beckford (substituting for outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson) was thrown by his mount, EAST SIDEGIRL, leaving the half mile and while the worst was feared, the young rider was given a green light by the doctor on duty to ride for the remainder of the day.As a result of this incident, the stewards disqualified the sixth horse, HE’S A DIAMOND, out of the race for causing the mishap.In the eighth race, won by 6-5 favourite ANGEL STAR, the stewards summoned jockey Shamaree Muir, who rode the runner-up LAZZA, this for hitting apprentice Javiel Patterson aboard the third horse, HAIL THE CAT, in his face with the whip (twice) a furlong out.There was a verbal spat between both jockeys in the tunnel en route to the Jockeys’ Room.Meanwhile, in the absence of the 4-5 favourite RAJJA SARANGI, turned back at the start on the advice of the vet, DANOS LA PAZ (3-1) seized the opportunity to win the feature race over 1500 metres in a driving finish from the late-closing SIR SOUTH. He was ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Neville Peralto.last_img read more


first_imgSATURDAY night is warming up to be a barrel of laughs at the Mount Errigal Hotel when Tommy Tiernan takes to the stage.The hotel has confirmed that an incredible 950 tickets have been sold for the show.“We’ve less than 50 left,” said Carolynne Harrison from the Letterkenny hotel. “We’re all looking forward to the show, but we’ve just a few dozen left. It promises to be a great night. JUST A HANDFUL OF TICKETS LEFT FOR TOMMY TIERNAN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 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:Mount Errigal Hoteltommy tiernanlast_img read more