21 Sep

Fee no concern for Van Wolfswinkel

first_img “But there’s no-one that I am looking forward to playing against especially. The Premier League has so many great teams. For me this is a great football country. For me this is the highest level. “My target is to do well with the team. I know that you want to hear I’m going to score 15 or 20 goals or something, but I don’t want to set a target and not live up to it. I just want to do was well as I can for the team. If I’m not scoring, I just want to be important to the team in another way as well.” If he can keep popping up with vital goals as he did on yesterday, Norwich fans may also want to extend a thank you to reigning champions Manchester United after Van Wolfswinkel revealed their talismanic forward Robin van Persie sang the praises of the club during an international break. “When I was with the national team, I spoke to Van Persie before I signed for Norwich,” Van Wolfswinkel added. “He said that Norwich had made a big impression on him and he said that they were always a difficult team to play against and that their crowd really got behind them. I know that they beat Manchester United 1-0 last season.” A trip to newly promoted Hull is next up for Norwich and Van Wolfswinkel, with both parties hoping that a lively performance and a well-taken header on his Canaries bow can be matched at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Norwich’s new goalscoring hero Ricky van Wolfswinkel insists he is not feeling the pressure of becoming the club’s record signing after scoring in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Everton. But the majority of fans in and around Carrow Road had adorned their new Norwich shirts with his name and there was extra vigour in their pre-match cheers when he was announced in City’s starting line-up. That level of expectation could harm the chances of a player without the right temperament, but for 24-year-old Van Wolfswinkel, all he wants to do is perform well for his new club. “The fee is not something that I’m thinking about,” he said after the match. “I’m just concentrating on doing my best for the team. “I actually don’t feel any pressure because of the big transfer fee. In a way it provides more motivation for me and it gives me a great feeling that they were so determined to bring me to Norwich.” Both the fee and the decision of a player rated as highly as Van Wolfswinkel raised some eyebrows when the deal was announced, but the Holland international is delighted with the move and is looking forward to building on his goalscoring debut. “Why Norwich? Why not? For me this is a great club,” he said. “I like the whole atmosphere around the club, the stadium and the city. For me it’s just the perfect place to play. Norwich did everything in their power to get me here and that gives me a great feeling. “From the first moment that I signed for Norwich, this was the day that I’ve been waiting for, to play in front of a full house at Norwich. The £8.5million summer signing from Sporting Lisbon headed the Canaries level on his debut after they had fallen 2-1 behind at Carrow Road, with Chris Hughton’s side then hanging on to secure a point in their Barclays Premier League opener. With the likes of Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond also moving to Norwich since the end of last season, Van Wolfswinkel is not the only new arrival expected to help the club progress. Press Associationlast_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgMALIN upset the odds to knock 2012 county champions St Eunan’s out of this year’s championship on Saturday.Played in perfect conditions in Buncrana, Ireland’s most northerly GAA club came out on tops in a deserved 3-12 to 2-07 victory.In this evening’s other quarter-final clash in Convoy, Killybegs had a four point margin of victory – 2-11 to 2-07. In Buncrana the game was even for most of the first half as Lee McMonagle netted for the Letterkenny side from the penalty spot to give them an early 1-03 to 0-03 lead.Terence Doherty hit the net for Malin however to take the Inishwoen side into the lead and when Eunan’s Damien McClafferty was sent off for two yellow card offences, the momentum swung northwards.Paul McLaughlin added a second Malin goal to take his side in 2-06 to 1-03 ahead at the break.St Eunan’s knew they were facing an uphill battle just 20 seconds after the re-start when this time Stephen McLaughlin found the net for Malin’s third goal. Sean McVeigh however went up the other end to net for the Letterkenny side and with points from Donnacha Gallagher reduced the deficit to 3-09 to 2-06.Malin however weren’t to be beaten and extended their lead to win 3-12 to 2-07, an eight point victory.The first to congratulate them were the Eunan’s team and management.In Convoy Killybegs led by four points at half-time, 1-07 to 1-03, Hugh McFadden giving the fishermen the goal.A goal apiece followed in the second half but Killybegs retained the margin to win. Elsewhere’s it’s Comhghairdeas Beart. Burt are County Hurling Champions 2013. Final score at O’Donnell Park was Burt 3-13 Setanta 2-14.Setanta can be proud of their fightback in this game, losing out by just two points in the end.County Champs: Burt’s hurlersCOUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: MALIN KNOCK OUT CHAMPIONS ST EUNAN’S TO JOIN KILLYBEGS IN LAST FOUR was last modified: September 14th, 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:BURTKillybegs GAAMalin GAASean MacCumhails GAA notesSETANTASt Eunan’s GAAlast_img read more

21 Sep

Young Greek of the week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Name: Elly Kouroumalis, 21, student and singer.Your greatest achievement(s)and how you reached them? Completing my Bachelor of Music degree and singing at venues around Melbourne and Australia from the age of five.Goal(s) for the future? To go as far as I can in life as a Greek singer, to establish a career as a music educator, have a family of my own. Best moment of your life? Stepping out onto stage and singing the songs of our great Hellenic culture are always the best moments of my life! One word that describes you the best: Scorpion. Anyone who has met a Scorpio, will know what this entails!Person(s) you most admire and why? My parents. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to follow my dreams. Most embarrassing moment? I have always been known as the class clown that tends to take jokes too far. But hey, those jokes still make everyone laugh!If I could say anything to the Greek community… support Greek music in Australia.Favourite place to go or hang out at? Bob Jane Stadium on a Sunday afternoon watching South Melbourne Hellas.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment? ‘Kavourakia’. After performing the song at Antipodes In The Park, it’s been stuck in my head for days!Favourite Greek food? Where to start… souvlakia (only with chips and mustard included), baklava, a good taramasalata with fresh bread, tsoureki (put into the microwave with melted butter on top), and pretty much anything at my yiayia’s house after a long hard day at uni… oh, did you only mean one dish? I can’t live without… Singing and shopping.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Probably dye my hair darker, grow a moustache, sit in the sun for a bit and buy a few thick gold chains!last_img read more