The West Tipp club went down 18-12 away to Bandon to exit the competition.
Tipp are the only Division 1A side in the last four of the League – however Borrisoleigh’s Dan McCormack says they won’t underestimate Wexford.He says Davy Fitzgerald’s charges will prove tough opponents.Tipp FM will have live coverage of Sunday’s game in association with the Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Arrabawn Store, Tyone, Nenagh. Photo © Garland Consultancy Tipperary have been dealt an injury blow in the build-up to this weekends National Hurling League semi-final.Corner-back Donagh Maher has been sidelined for the game against Wexford and is also said to be a doubt for the Munster Championship quarter-final against Cork.The Irish Examiner reports the Burgess clubman picked up a hamstring injury during training this week.
“I am still one of the best in my sport despite my age. My consistency in table tennis which sees me playing in two top regular clubs in Europe remains an added advantage for me as I continue to play in world-class competitions,” Toriola noted.He is the first African to compete at seven Olympic Games, Toriola was honoured at Rio 2016 and now he wants to continue to shift the goal post by making his eighth appearance at an Olympic Games.“Being 42 years old is one thing, being fit enough to continue playing top table tennis at top level is another.” He continued, “I am very discipline and I religiously follow the things that will continue to aid my fitness in the game. Come Tokyo 2020, I will still be good to represent Nigeria in top grade international competitions until after the Tokyo Olympics.”Toriola believes with the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri in Rio, both of them can inspire a younger generation of Nigerians to take up the sport.“The recognition of my achievements by the IOC at the Rio Olympics was a very good one” Toriola added, “This serves as a motivation for the young table tennis players and a boost for them to work hard and do well in their career.“They now know that when they distinguish themselves, they would be recognised by the international sports federations.”“The fear of not having any top rated Nigerian player doing well at the international circuit for a long time was one of the reasons I prolonged my playing career. I was scared not having any quality players to hand over to when I retire,” he revealed.However, Toriola said that with the emergence of Aruna he can begin to think of leaving the stage.“But with the emergence of Aruna Quadri, I can now retire peacefully with rest of mind that, there is somebody worth continuing from where I stop. But this won’t happen until after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I am still very active and even then the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has asked me to continue for now,” added Toriola.He admitted that some countries were asking him to take up coaching job with their federations.“Some countries approached me in Rio to take up the full-time job as national team coach, but I turned all the requests down as I am not ready to quit yet,” he remarked.The hard working player made his debut at the Olympics Games in Barcelona in 1992. He competed at Atlanta 96, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe hope of younger table tennis players to rise to stardom may have to wait a while following the decision of Nigerian ping pong legend, Segun Toriola, not to step down yet from the Olympian height for the new generation to mount the podium.At age 42, Toriola was recently at the last Olympics Games inducted into ‘Club 7’ with other players who have participated in seven Games.But yesterday, Toriola told ITTF newsletter that he still hopes to be at the next Olympics in four years time in Japan.
Rival La Liga side, Real Madrid may be happy at the disintegration of the hitherto potent strike force of FC Barcelona following the very likely departure of Neymar.The indication is deduced from the reaction of Â Real Madridâ€™s hard tackling Sergio Ramos who was happy that the mercurial Neymar may have played his last El Clasico last Saturday night in Miami, US.Neymar swapped shirts with Ramos after Barcelonaâ€™s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Miami, a move that has set the rumours swirling again.As reported by the UKâ€™s Daily Express, Ramos said, â€œI donâ€™t know (if the transfer will happen), everybody is free to decide their own future.â€œI hope it does happen, itâ€™ll be one less problem for usâ€.Ramos continued, â€œI swapped shirts with him after the game and hopefully itâ€™ll be the last one heâ€™s worn for Barcelona.â€Neymarâ€™s present Manager Ernesto Valverde believes Neymar will stay with the club and only he will decide his future.â€œI try to talk about things that are happening, not things that can happen,â€ Valverde said on Neymar after the gameâ€œWeâ€™re going to wait, but we think Neymar will help us this season. I see him here on the field and we hope heâ€™ll stay.â€Neymar failed to score in what may be his final appearance in a Barcelona shirt on Saturday night.Spanish media reported yesterday that Neymar did not return with Barcelona after their Miami ICC expedition.He’s scheduled to travel to China for club and promotional activities.However, there were speculations that after the trip to China Neymar will visit Qatar to meet with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi to close his signing with the French club.His medical is expected to happen at the Aspire Medical Centre in Doha, QatarÂ Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In his opening remarks, the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro, extolled the benefits of the RC3, which is aimed at creating a work-life balance for employees of corporate organizations. “With RC3, Nigerian corporates are mixing business with leisure. It is that one time when professionals, their friends and family take work matters off their minds.“We hope to engender greater collaborations across Corporate Nigeria and by that very token achieve more successes that would engender greater innovations for the overall advancement of our beloved country,” Obaro said.Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and tournament ambassador, Peter Rufai, popularly known as Dodo Mayana also appreciated all stakeholders who have been part of the tournament.“I appreciate all your support to me and RC3. This is a platform where we look forward to projecting to the rest of the world what is ours. Life is all about relationships and this platform provides the opportunity for relationships to be built even more,” Rufai said.The new trophy for the RC3 tournament was unveiled at the event. The silver-plated cup with gold embellishments is called the ‘Koenig Trophy’, meaning ‘A Trophy for Kings’.In the fixtures for the first four matches, FrieslandCampina would trade tackles with 9Mobile while First Bank would take on the team of Unilever. Leadway Assurance would play against Credit Direct while IHS Towers would face FCMB.The semi-finals will take place on August 19 while the third place and final matches will be held on 26 August, 2018.A novelty match between the University of Lagos and the Yaba College of Technology is among some of the events lined up to thrill fans. Popular musician and Ponmile crooner, Reminisce, has also been listed as the headline performer at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The fourth edition of the Remita Corporate Champions Cup (RC3), an annual corporate football tournament, for firms drawn from various sectors of the Nigerian economy will commence on Sunday, 12th August 2018 at the Sports Pavilion of Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) in Lagos.RC3 is a prestigious football event designed to promote team building, inter-company networking and wellness among employees from different corporate firms in Nigeria, in a fun and competitive way.The tournament brings together eight winners and runners-up of various industry games including banking, FMCG, Insurance and Telecommunications Games, namely: Friesland Campina, Unilever, FCMB, 9Mobile, First Bank, Leadway Assurance, last year’s winner HIS, and wildcard Credit Direct.