Milano – Bologna will complete Italy’s north-south TAV corridor

first_imgINTRO: Formal authority has been granted for construction to start next year on the Milano – Bologna high speed line. This will form the last section of a high speed route which will transform rail travel in Italy’s primary north-south corridorBYLINE: Roberto RenonManaging DirectorTAV SpACONSTRUCTION work is due to start in the second half of next year on the long-planned Milano – Bologna high speed line. This follows the government’s formal approval of the project on July 23 1997, and means that Italy will have three high speed lines under construction at the same time. Work is already well under way on the Roma – Napoli and Bologna – Firenze sections (Table I).Known from its shape as ’the Grand T’, the Italian TAV (Treno Alta Velocità) network will eventually extend over 1300 km. It will effectively duplicate the country’s three busiest rail corridors: the Po valley route from Torino and Milano to Venezia, the north-south dorsal from Milano to Roma and Napoli, and the link from Milano to Genova.Since the project was launched, the technical specifications have been updated to allow for full integration with the embryonic European high speed network, meeting the characteristics defined by the Master Plan of the European Transport Commission in conjunction with the International Union of Railways. These include speeds in the 250 to 300 km/h range, axleloads up to 17 tonnes, and larger loading gauge clearances. Rail section, gauge, power supply and signalling will all be designed to provide interoperability with the high speed networks in other European countries.Unlike the new lines in France and Spain, those in Italy have been designed for both passenger and freight trains. This requires a high degree of interconnection with existing routes, imposing specific design and construction constraints. This affects both the geometric characteristics of the track and the dynamics of the infrastructure. However, it ensures that high speed services can be fully integrated with other operations, so helping to make the best possible use of the new infrastructure.Maximum speed on the new lines will be 300 km/h, and to avoid future capacity problems any slower trains must be able to run at a minimum of 80 km/h. Dynamic parameters have been chosen to ensure optimal passenger comfort within this speed range, while limiting overall maintenance requirements. Maximum gradient has been specified at 1·8%, which is comparable with the 1·25% typically found on conventional mixed-traffic routes but considerably less steep than the 3·5 or 4% grades possible on lines restricted purely to high speed passenger services. The figure of 1·8% was selected following extensive traffic simulations to ensure that it was acceptable for both fast passenger and slower freight trains; adopting a steeper grade than 1·25% has given more freedom in selecting alignments and integrating structures with the environment.To meet interoperability requirements and ensure sufficient power at high speeds, traction power will be supplied at 25 kV 50Hz rather than at 3 kV DC, the standard FS voltage. Use of multi-voltage traction units will enable seamless operation between the old and new networks.Because of the time taken to obtain the necessary authorisations for building the various line sections and interconnections, the overall cost of the Torino – Milano – Napoli corridor has risen from 29000bn lire to 34000bn. This total comprises 27075bn for the actual lines, 5983bn for the stations and junctions, plus a contingency reserve of 942bn. We are confident that it will be possible to complete the project within the limits of this revised budget.Milano – BolognaThe Milano – Bologna axis is a fundamental component of both the Italian and the European rail network. It handles around 25% of all freight traffic carried by FS – more than 20 million tonnes a year. Any growth above this figure is currently constrained by lack of capacity, as the existing double-track line is effectively saturated. In theory, the line can handle 250 trains per day. In practice, during peak periods it is already handling more than 257 passenger and freight trains a day.Construction of the high speed line will create a four-track corridor, providing a 50% increase in capacity: 214 trains on the old line and 142 on the new.The proposed high speed line between Bologna and Milano has a total length of 180 km and extends from Melegnano, to the south of the bridge over the River Lambro, to Lavino, east of the river of the same name, crossing a very substantial part of the plain of the River Po.To avoid further occupying agricultural land in the Padane plain and to minimise the landtake of the new infrastructure, the alignment has been chosen to run as far as possible parallel to either the Milano – Bologna motorway or the existing railway.Of the 180 km of new line, 130 km will parallel the motorway, with a further 10 km alongside the present main line. Separate alignments were adopted only where physical constraints made it impossible to keep the road and railway together – for example at the Po crossing. In some cases separate alignments were used to avoid visual intrusion of new rail bridges or viaducts next to motorway junctions and service stations. In other cases, for example at Modena, the new line has been routed to avoid populated and industrial areas altogether by looping around the town.Around 87% of the alignment is on embankments, 11% on viaducts and 2% is in covered sections where artificial tunnels have been built for environmental reasons.Eight interconnections will be provided to link the line with the existing network, so extending the benefits of high speed services to local and regional routes. Interconnections are situated at Melegnano, Piacenza (east and west), Fidenza, Parma, Modena (east and west) and Lavino. It is also planned to construct a new station near Reggio Nell’Emilia with both passenger and freight facilities; this will serve the central part of the Po valley.Bologna – FirenzeDespite being the shortest of the new lines at 78·2 km, the Bologna – Firenze section has a very high proportion of complex civil engineering work. This includes 73·1 km in tunnel and 1·2 km on bridges or viaducts; a mere 3·9 km is either in cuttings or on embankments.The line also presented the construction teams with challenging problems associated with the mountainous Apennine terrain and its extremely complex geological nature.The line now being built augments a direttissima opened in 1934 from Bologna to Prato, itself bypassing a tortuous route through Pistoia.It leaves the southern outskirts of Bologna on open ground, and crosses the Savena river on a short bridge. Soon after it enters the first of the tunnels, the 10850m Pianoro tunnel. It emerges at the deep valley of the River Laurinziano, crossed on a 126m viaduct, and then traverses the River Crocione on a box-girder structure. Next it enters the 3855m Sadurano tunnel, returning to the open air high above the valley of the River dei Cani, which it spans on another box-girder structure. This is followed by a short section in cutting, leading up to the 9243m Monte Bibele tunnel. At the end of this tunnel the line continues in the open, crossing the valley of the River Idice on a 126m skew viaduct, before reaching the north portal of the 10415m Raticosa tunnel – the summit of the line at 413m above sea level.On leaving the tunnel, the line crosses the deep gulley of the Diaterna river, on a 91m viaduct. The next underground section, the Scheggianico tunnel (3558m), ends at the Santerno valley, crossed on a 73m viaduct. This marks the halfway point, and the San Pellegrino Traffic Control Centre is located here. There are emergency crossovers between the two tracks, sidings and train sheds for servicing and first-aid operations, along with a building for Auxiliary Services and the Electrical Equipment Service.The line then enters the 15282m Firenzuola tunnel, from which it emerges in the Mugello plain. It then bridges the River Bagnoncino with another box-girder structure and disappears into the Borgo Rinzelli tunnel (717m). After crossing the Scarperia – Borgo San Lorenzo road and passing through the 654m Morticine tunnel, the line commences its longest stretch in the open, over 1 km, to cross the Sieve plain. The Sieve river is crossed by a viaduct spanning 635m. The northern entrance of the Vaglia tunnel, about 18 km in length, is situated at the end of this stretch. The line then continues briefly in the open to Castello station on the outskirts of Firenze, where it joins the conventional network.Among the civil works already in progress on the Bologna – Firenze line in the Emilia Romagna region, the most interesting is probably the Osteria ’window’ near Monghidoro. This 143m access tunnel leads into the Raticosa tunnel on the high speed line, also accessed via the Castelvecchio bore starting near Firenzuola on the Tuscan side, of which some 373m have already been completed. Firenzuola is also the site of the Rovigo window, providing emergency access to the Firenzuola tunnel, of which 239m have already been excavated. The San Giorgio window, a third bore for access to the Firenzuola tunnel, is being excavated at Scarperia; about 255m had been completed by mid August.At Cardetole, work is under way on the artificial tunnel section at the northern end of the Vaglia tunnel, which at 18 km is the longest on the route. Between Vaglia and San Piero a Sieve, the 422m Carlone window has already been completed to give access to the Vaglia tunnel, of which 161m have been excavated towards Firenze and 245m towards Bologna. Table II summarises the key features of the nine tunnels on the Bologna – Firenze line.Roma – Napoli The high speed line from Roma to Napoli entails the construction of about 220 km of new track. Heading east from Roma Termini station, the line first runs alongside the Roma – Aquila motorway and then turns south on a 4000m radius curve. The line soon reaches its highest point, 370m above sea level approached on maximum gradients of 2·1%, and then crosses the hilly area of San Cesareo by means of the longest tunnel on the Roma – Napoli section, the 6619m Colli Albani tunnel.Leaving the tunnel, the alignment enters a corridor shared with the Roma – Napoli motorway and the existing Roma – Casino – Napoli railway, thus reducing its environmental impact to a minimum. There are junctions with the existing FS network at Frosinone, Cassino and Caserta. The first two are designed for 160 km/h, while the third will permit trains to leave the high-speed line at up to 220 km/h.The new line has an overall length of 204 km between Roma and Napoli and requires construction of a further 27 km of track in the form of junctions with the existing network. Embankments will form 38% of the route, cuttings 26%, viaducts 19% and tunnels 18%.Construction work has begun at 54 out of a projected total of 67 sites. The route has been divided into 1049 lots, of which 514 are currently being worked on. Expenditure so far has amounted to 1735bn lire, about 31% of the estimated final total.Colli Albani tunnelThe Roma – Napoli project involves construction of 710 separate structures, of which the Colli Albani tunnel and the 7771m Padulicella viaduct are undoubtedly the most complex and important. The twin-track Colli Albani tunnel (Table III) is 6619m long and is situated in the municipalities of San Cesareo, Roccapriora, Zagarolo and Labico in Roma province.Emergency access galleries will be provided every 2 km, which will also facilitate maintenance work. These will further act as pressure relief ducts to counter the piston effect generated by trains passing through the bore at high speed. Work on the Colli Albani tunnel is well under way and 5840m of the main bore have already been completed. Both access galleries have been finished and are currently in use by construction traffic to and from the main bore. Waterproofing work and the casting of tunnel lining components are also well advanced. oCAPTION: The first major tunnel south of Roma on the new line to Napoli runs under the Albani hills. This picture was taken near the northern portalCAPTION: The Milano – Bologna section of Italy’s TAV network will have interconnections to existing FS main lines at Piacenza east and west, Fidenza, Parma and Modena east and west. The line avoids the built-up area at Modena by passing well to the east of the townCAPTION: Access ’window’ for the Firenzuola tunnel on the Bologna – Firenze TAV line will be available for emergency use once the line opens to trafficCAPTION: Much of the TAV line between Bologna and Firenze runs in tunnel. This is the Osteria tunnel near MonghidoroTABLE: Table I: Status of the Torino – Milano – Napoli routeSection Start of Construction Entry into work time (months) serviceTorino – Milan — 58 2003Milano – Bologna — 58 2003Bologna – Firenze July 10 1996 78 2003 Firenze – Roma 1970 264 1977-92Roma – Napoli February 8 1994 62 2001TABLE: Table II: Tunnels on the Bologna – Firenze route Name Tunnel Maximum Total Average Constr. length grade % ’window’ ’window’ time in m length m grade % monthsPianoro 10 850 0·15 489 7·56 57Sadurano 3 855 0·15 — — 60Monte Bibele 9 243 0·15 1 547 9·70 56Raticosa 10 450 0·15 2 473 11·85 70Scheggianico 3 558 0·15 377 11·28 32Firenzuola 14 282 0·15 3 553 11·39 57Borgo Rinzelli 717 0·15 — — 25Morticine 654 0·15 — — 25Vaglia 18 497 0·15 402 12·37 70TABLE: Table III: Colli Albani tunnelLength of natural tunnel 6361m Length of artificial tunnel at northern portal 250mLength of artificial tunnel at southern portal 25mLength of No 1 emergency access 270mLength of No 2 emergency access 228mAverage lining thickness 80 cmAverage excavation section 135m2Uniform grade throughout tunnel 1·7%Milano – Bologna va compléter le corridor nord-sud à grande vitesse en ItalieL’autorisation officielle donnée cet été pour la dernière section de la ligne italienne nord – sud à grande vitesse, signifie que le tout dernier obstacle a été franchi alors que les chemins de fer italiens poursuivent leurs ambitieux projets de réseau de 1300 km en forme de ’T’; la construction des sections Rome – Naples et Bologna – Firenze est déjà en cours. De nombreuses lignes de liaison assurent l’intégration avec les routes domestiques existantes et la conception de l’infrastructure répond aux exigences européennes en matière d’interoperabilitéMilano – Bologna wird die Nord-Sud Hochgeschwindigkeitskorridor in Italien vollendenDie offizielle Genehmigung des letzten Abschnitts der Nord-Süd- Hochgeschwindigkeitsstrecke in Italien in diesem Sommer ist die jüngste Hürde, die die italienischen Eisenbahnen im Rahmen ehrgeiziger Pläne für ein 1300 km umfassendes T-flast_img read more

UK asset management body calls for bond market data boosts

first_imgA lack of data in the fixed income market posed a challenge to this, however, according to the IA. “The absence of data in parts of the fixed income universe can make best execution difficult to frame,” it said.Using a quantitative methodology derived from the equity markets in illiquid fixed income markets was “a blunt instrument” without the data to support it.Although the bond market would be able to move towards a more quantifiable model of assessing best execution as it became increasingly electronic, this evolution was taking place “slowly and unevenly” and data was still “excessively expensive”, according to the association.Calls to actionTo increase the availability of data in the fixed income market and improve transparency, the IA recommended the development of a “consolidated tape”, an electronic system that would provide real-time data on trading volume and price.It also recommended regulators take steps to reduce data costs.Galina Dimitrova, director of investment and capital markets at the IA, said: “Asset managers are concerned that the poor availability of data in the bond market is undermining transparency.“Our recommendations aim to improve the availability of data, which will ultimately deliver better returns for end investors.”Another welcome measure, according to the IA’s fixed income traders committee, would be a limited easing of capital requirements on brokers to allow them to hold more inventory and enhance market liquidity. The UK’s asset management trade body has proposed a set of measures to increase transparency in fixed income markets in light of new regulatory requirements for managers to demonstrate “best execution” of bond orders.The Investment Association (IA) also called for a “more nuanced” approach to bond trading, saying execution had to be understood in the context of the investment process.“If this context is absent in the analysis, it will simply not make sense, like trying to make sense of a story based only on the last page,” the trade body said in a paper.Under MiFID II, asset managers have to be able to demonstrate that they have taken “all sufficient steps” to achieve the best possible result for clients when executing trade orders.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgLockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.This is Lockheed Martin Ventures’ third investment this year, and it should create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). TechnipFMC has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contract from Hurricane Energy.The contract covers the provision of subsea equipment including umbilicals, risers, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS) project. Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (September 18 – September 24). The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP), led by the University of Southampton, and the largest maritime archaeology expedition ever undertaken, has discovered 60 shipwrecks.The project has during September continued to survey the Black Sea seafloor off the Bulgarian coast.center_img Multi-disciplined design, engineering and manufacturing company Balmoral has taken a substantial stake in ACE Winches by investing £10 million in the Turriff-based company.The investment should strengthen and grow ACE Winches’ position as mooring, lifting, pulling and deploying solutions provider. Aberdeen-based ROV services provider M2 Subsea has unveiled its recently commissioned purpose-built test tank at the company’s base in Westhill.The indoor fresh water tank, which can hold 73,600 litres of water, has been created for the primary purpose of testing ROVs and ancillary equipment. The facility should allow the company to be in control from the planning to completion of asset testing before they are deployed for both domestic and international projects.last_img read more

Monk happy to have survived ‘scare’

first_img Press Association The Swans go into their final home game of the campaign against Southampton on Saturday, knowing they are safe from relegation worries. But they only left the danger zone behind them after posting successive victories against Newcastle and Aston Villa last month. Garry Monk readily accepts that Swansea have suffered a “scare” in the Barclays Premier League this season. “It is a season we have learnt loads from,” Swansea head coach Monk said. “You need to go through tough times to improve as players and as a club, to have that scare that we have had over recent months. “It is important that we learn from it. A lot of the players had never experienced relegation troubles and the pressure that comes with it. It is a totally different pressure to playing where we have been in recent years. “That will stand them and the club in really good stead. I think the club has had a scare this season, there is no two ways about it. It is something we’ve not had for 10 years.” A 4-1 demolition of Villa ensured Swansea’s top-flight status for another campaign, and while Monk must now wait to see if he will gain board level approval as Michael Laudrup’s long-term managerial successor, it is a case of mission accomplished with regard to staying up. “You can just see the cloud lifted, not just with the players and the staff, but around the city. I think everyone has got smiles on their faces,” he added. “We realise there are still two games to go, that there is a job to do, and we want to break that 40-point barrier. “For the standards that we’ve set, we want better. The way we have progressed over the last 10 years, the expectation level is much higher than what we are right now. “If we can break that 40-point barrier now – the so-called special total – that’s the aim. “It has been a very long season. If you are a neutral, it has probably been the best season in the Premier League’s history. With bizarre results here and there and different situations on and off the field, it has made for good viewing. “It’s been a very long season. Ultimately, I don’t think disappointing is the right term, but football changes so quickly. “The two results we’ve just had changes the whole complexion, but if we can finish in the 40 points bracket then it would be hard to say it has been disappointing. “All I care about is that the team does as well as possible and you get the maximum out of every single player.” Mauricio Pochettino has been proud of Southampton’s performances on the road this season and wants an equally expressive display from his players as they look to break the club’s record Premier League points haul at Swansea. Eighth place is all-but assured with two matches remaining of what has been a fine second campaign back in the top-flight for the St Mary’s club. The season ends with a home match against Manchester United and first up is a trip to south Wales to take on Garry Monk’s side, who will be wary of Southampton’s impressive away record. Saints’ six victories on the road already surpassed the club’s previous best and a positive result would see Pochettino’s men set a new record return from a 38-game campaign, having levelled the 52-point record last weekend. “I think we’ve done very well playing away from home,” Saints boss Pochettino said. “We’ve actually achieved a record number of victories that we’ve achieved away and the most important thing overall is that we’ve played well away and played in the same way. “I think we’ve played with personality, we’ve played with a lot of maturity when playing both at home and away. “We’ve played in the same way and that’s something that should be highlighted because the team has shown both away and at home a maturity, and we’re a team that can play with personality. “There were many good games over the course of the entire season. “I would say for example in the games against Liverpool, Manchester United, Fulham, and Hull. “We’ve achieved many good results, but I would choose the game against Crystal Palace as the best because we showed a lot of character in that match, a lot of maturity a lot of personality. ” Saints were 2-0 victors in the reverse fixture in October, although to complete the double they will have to win in Swansea for the first time since 1962. Southampton will travel to south Wales without Gaston Ramirez, Maya Yoshida and Kelvin Davis. Top-scorer Jay Rodriguez is also out injured, while Saints need to assess the fitness of Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert. last_img read more

Koeman dismisses Mourinho claims

first_img “There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don’t know why there is this campaign and I do not care,” said the Blues boss. Koeman believes a panel to review refereeing decisions would only add further pressure on top-flight match officials. “It’s a difficult question: always we are talking a lot about the referees,” he said. “That makes more attention and more pressure to the referees, and I think that’s not good.” Saints host Arsenal on the south coast in Premier League action on New Year’s Day, with goal difference currently keeping Koeman’s men in fourth above Arsene Wenger’s fifth-placed side. Koeman said lying above Arsenal in the table at the turn of the year “means nothing” in Saints’ outside bid for Champions League qualification. “For me it’s not an obsession,” said Koeman of the challenge for a top-four finish. “I look more to how we play, and if we play in a system, develop the team organisation, then we will be in the first seven, eight teams in the league, because of those qualities we have, and we have shown them. “But it’s not an obsession, because I don’t like to watch the table every weekend; it means nothing. “Okay if it’s before the last weekend of the season it’s different. “But it’s only half the season. “Tomorrow we have a difficult game and many more ahead. “We have to keep doing what we are doing, and that’s most important, game by game.” Meanwhile, Wenger remains confident 2015 can turn out to be a vintage year for Arsenal. The rejuvenated Gunners head to Southampton having taken 10 points from the Christmas schedule and on the back of just one defeat out of nine games in all competitions. Arsenal, who have a doubt over forward Danny Welbeck because of a thigh problem, hope to have the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and eventually Jack Wilshere all fit again in the first quarter of 2015, which Wenger feels will give his squad an opportunity to deliver the consistent performances needed. “I believe that there is a deficit between the potential we have shown and the number of points we have, that is what we want to get right,” said Wenger, whose side begin their FA Cup defence against Hull on Sunday. “Now it is time to catch back the points that we lost now until the end of the season. “I feel we were very, very unlucky with the injuries we got, but with the number of injuries we have had, we have survived quite well. “I feel it is nearly impossible that we will have the same bad luck on the injury front that we had in 2014. “I believe that hopefully in the second part of the season, we will have more stability, especially defensively, to be more consistent.” Arsenal’s battling 2-1 win at West Ham on December 28 saw them claw back two points on both leaders Chelsea and Manchester City. While a late title surge looks unlikely, Wenger is determined to stay positive. “We will fight to be as close as possible [to the top],” he said. “You give your best and if there is a weakness in front of you, you want to take advantage of it. “I don’t know if there will be any weakness in front of us, but what I know is that we can give our best until the end of the season to have a chance to do it.” Mourinho’s former Barcelona coaching colleague Koeman believes there is no vendetta against Chelsea from the Blues’ Premier League rivals. Stamford Bridge chief Mourinho was furious Chelsea were denied a penalty in the dying stages of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, with referee Anthony Taylor instead booking Cesc Fabregas for diving. Saints boss Koeman admitted Chelsea deserved a penalty for Matt Targett’s challenge on Fabregas, but rejected Mourinho’s complaints the Blues’ rivals try to influence refereeing decisions. “It’s his feeling, I can’t say anything about that, but I don’t think so,” said Koeman. “I think referees are human people, everybody makes mistakes. “And I think at the end of the season it’s a little bit in balance. “I don’t think teams are more punished by the referee than the rest of the teams. “It was a bad mistake from the referee, because when I watched the game afterwards it was a 100 per cent penalty. “But sometimes you get a penalty and sometimes you don’t, that’s part of the job.” Mourinho vented frustrations after league leaders Chelsea were held to a draw at St Mary’s, criticising referee Taylor’s call. Jose Mourinho was wrong to claim there is a “campaign” to influence referees’ decisions against Chelsea, according to Southampton boss Ronald Koeman. Press Associationlast_img read more

STAFF : Syracuse’s Eaton wins NCAA championship in 60-meter hurdles

first_imgJarret Eaton became Syracuse’s first individual NCAA champion on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. With a time of 7.54 in the 60-meter hurdles, the graduate student completed an undefeated season, winning all six of the races he competed in, culminating in his title in Nampa, Idaho.‘This is the best day ever for Syracuse track and field,’ head coach Chris Fox in an SU athletics release. ‘It was a great run by a great young man.’Running in the fifth lane at Boise State’s Jackson’s Indoor Track, Eaton narrowly beat Miami’s Devon Hill and Louisiana State’s Barrett Nugent, who both finished in 7.55 seconds.Eaton also won the Big East championship in the 60-meter hurdles on Feb. 19 in New York. He is also on the Bowerman Award watch list. The Bowerman Award is given each year to the nation’s best male and female track and field athletes.‘If you’re not clicking running up to that first hurdle, it’s hard to make up for the rest of the race,’ Eaton said in the release. ‘It’s only 60 meters. You just have to stay focused on your lane. The only thing you can control is yourself and what’s going on in your lane.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaton went into the weekend as one of the favorites to win the event, holding the nation’s best 60-meter hurdle time this season. His 7.49 at the Penn State National Invitational in late January ranked first.Two of the other favorites were Nugent, an outdoor national champion last year, and Illinois’ Andrew Riley, the defending indoor champion. Riley’s 7.58 placed him fourth.Eaton has also been named Big East Male Track Athlete of the Week twice and broke his own school record on two occasions this season.—Compiled by Phil D’Abbraccio, contributing writer, Comments Published on March 10, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

When Syracuse shoots 12 or more times, it will beat you

first_img Published on September 21, 2017 at 12:13 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse needed offense. Up one, and having not recording a shot for more than 20 minutes, Kate Hostage came down the field and fired a quick shot high over the net. Harvard was threatening to pull even in a Sept. 10 game at SU soccer stadium. In the next minute, Sydney Brackett fired another one, and then another one, high over the net from the left side of the field.“You don’t score if you don’t shoot,” Brackett said. “You have to have a short memory, you’re going to get another chance.”Though none of the three shots scored, SU’s pressure held off the Crimson. The shots were No. 11, 12, and 13 respectively for Syracuse (5-2-1) that day. In all five of the Orange’s wins, SU has surpassed the 12-shot mark. In its two losses, it has fell below that mark. It has averaged 13 shots per game this season, almost two more than last.“We got more numbers in the attack,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “The hope is, in using our system, we generate more shots, more goals, more opportunities.”The outcomes of some of Syracuse’s tougher games on its schedule have been products of the number of shots it puts up. The Orange beat Harvard, 1-0, when it attempted 13 shots. Against Florida, Syracuse managed only six shots. After tying the game in the 24th minute, SU did not generate enough offense to respond to Florida’s next attack, falling, 2-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWheddon mentioned the team’s shot numbers have been higher based on the competition it has faced in the nonconference schedule. But he intimated that shots don’t necessarily tell the whole story. To provide context for what Syracuse should expect in its ACC schedule, he referenced a game between North Carolina State and Virginia, where the Cavaliers outshot the Wolfpack 20-to-5, but the teams finished tied without a goal.Wheddon referenced “personnel” multiple times as a reason for why the offense has been so effective this year, saying there is not one designated goal-scorer so far.“We have multiple attacking threats,” Wheddon said after the game against Harvard. “We’re more sophisticated in our final third.”After a game at Harvard, in which Syracuse’s only offense came from a Crimson own goal, the Orange knows more shots could produce more goals. Kate Hostage, who was standing closest for the Harvard goal, said she believes the goal was forced because of pressure on the opposing goalkeeper to make a clearance in a tight space.Though the increased offense has been a key, Brackett said she doesn’t feel fixating on a number is not the best way to play smart.“I’m not going to rely on a number,” Brackett said. “On the day (of a game), I show up and take as many shots as I can.”Syracuse now enters its toughest stretch of the season. Six of its final 10 opponents are ranked among the top 25 teams nationally, the part of the schedule that Wheddon alluded to about competition in the non-conference slate.While the shots may waver, Brackett said SU will continue its attacking style with the ball as competition increases.“Based on the nature of the game there’s no need to hold the ball,” Brackett said. “We’re an attacking-mentality team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp name team for Sligo clash

first_imgPeter Creedon’s side will be looking to keep the pressure on the top two in Division 3 and maintain the push for promotion.Sunday’s Round 6 game at Semple Stadium throws-in at 3pm.The team is;Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Paddy Codd (Capt.) (Killenaule), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Liam Casey (Cahir), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen ), Ger Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers).​ There are two changes in personnel on the Tipp team to face Sligo in the National Football League from that which defeated Louth last time out.Jason Lonergan of Clonmel Commercials and Arravale Rovers Ger Mulhaire come in at top of the right and left respectively in place of the injured Barry Grogan and Brian Fox.Meanwhile Ballyporeen clubman Conor Sweeney moves to full forward.last_img read more

Cahill would welcome Barrett back to hurling panel

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA Tipperary corner back Michael Cahill says he’d like to see Cathal Barrett come back into the fold for the senior hurlers.Barrett was dropped from the panel halfway through the 2017 season, and has not featured since.Thurles Sarsfields Michael Cahill says it’s down to the management, but has said he regards the Holycross/Ballycahill clubman to be the best corner back in the country. Cahill says he think Barrett will get the call up.last_img

Peak Reiterates Commitment to Nigerian Para-Powerlifters

first_imgMr Langat led management of the dairy company on a morale-boosting visit to the Nigerian Para-powerlifters camp ahead of the Lagos 2019 Para-Powerlifting tournament, which was officially declared open on Sunday at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos and urged the team to go ahead and prove their mettle in the competition.The Friesland Campina Wamco boss noted that: “In the past, we have seen you make Nigeria proud in competitions outside the shores of the country and now that it is in your domain, I want to assure you that we are going to give you all the necessary support you need to clinch all the medal.“FrieslandCampina Wamco is very happy to be associated with you the ‘Unstoppable Team’ because you have inspired lots of life and we want you to continue in that same spirit so that others will continue to learn from your successes. Langlat told the elated Para-powerlifters.“We began this journey together with you and we want to continue to build on that success and as a result of that, the bus we promised you will be here to ease your mobility at all times because it is equipped with very modern facilities,” he assured.Langat told the athletes that Peak will continue to champion their course and vowing not to relent until the whole world hears about the Para-powerlifters’ exploits.Speaking earlier, Mrs. Oreoluwa Famurewa, Director of Corporate Affairs, FrieslandCampina Wamco Plc., told the athletes that Peak Milk will continue to provide them with the needed dairy products to nourish their body on daily basis to improve their health and well-being.On his own part, the Marketing Director, FrieslandCampina Wamco, Chris Wullf-Caesar charged the Nigerian team to go for gold and set unmatchable records in the world of Para-Powerlifting that will etch their names in the record books.The athletes, thereafter, went into a rigorous training session to the admiration of Mr. Langat and his senior management team as a demonstration of their readiness for the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Peak Milk has reiterated its commitment to sustain its unflinching support in terms of nutritional values and training facilities towards the continued success of the Nigerian Para-powerlifting Federation in international tournaments.The Managing Director of FrieslandCampina Wamco, manufacturers of Peak Milk, Ben Langat, gave the assurance over the weekend when he visited the Nigeria Para-Powerlifting gym at the National Stadium Lagos, equipped and maintained by Nigeria’s No.1 dairy product, Peak Milk.last_img read more