Thomas Willard Ward, 64 of Dillsboro passed away Thursday March 15 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg. Tom was born Thursday October 29, 1953 in Cincinnati the son of George L. and Dorothy (Naegele) Ward. Tom was an employee of Stedman’s Foundry and owned and operated TC’s Side Street Tavern in Dillsboro.Tom is survived by his mother, Dorothy Ward and brothers Ron and James Ward. He was preceded in death by brother Dan Ward.Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home, Dillsboro entrusted with arrangements. Go to filterdevriesmoore to leave an online condolence message for the family.
GUYANA’s National Rugby team, more popularly known as the ‘Green Machine’, defeated Barbados 34 – 26 yesterday at the Garrison Field to make a successful start to their Rugby Americas North (RAN) South Zone title.Richard Staglon scored 15 of Guyana’s points in yesterday’s winThe Guyanese entered the game as heavy favourites, but the team’s head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, prior to their departure last Friday, had told Chronicle Sport that the Green Machine will not be taking their ‘Bajan’ counterparts lightly.Vice-Captain Richard Staglon was the star of the day, scoring three tries, while Vallon Adams had two (tries) and Ahmed Isaacs scored a try on his debut. Rickford Cummings scored two conversions.Meanwhile, following yesterday’s game against Barbados, Guyana will play host to longtime rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the National Park Rugby Field on June 10, in a rematch of last year’s South Zone final.The ‘Green Machine’ is the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15’s Championships as well as Current RAN 7’s Caribbean Champion.Squad: Ryan Gonsalves (Captain), Richard Staglon (vice-captain), Avery Corbin, Peabo Hamilton, Ronald Mayers, Godfrey Broomes, Dwayne Schroeder, Sean Phillips, Vallon Adams, Ahmed Isaacs, Rondel McArthur, Jason Tyrell, Allain Crawford, Kevon David, Jamal Angus, Troyton Braithwaite, Patrick King, Joseph Rahaman, Cyon Kitt, Toby David, Osie Mckenzie, Rickford Cummings and Blaise Bailey.
By Duro IkhazuagbeWith barely four days to the grand ceremony to formally pull out former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo from football in Port Harcourt, President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has sent in a congratulatory message to the Ogoni-born ex international.The much-talked about testimonial tagged the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game slated for Friday in the Garden City and bankrolled by the Rivers State Government, is to attract several top current and former players from the English Premiership.In a letter personally signed by Infantino and addressed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the FIFA chief wrote: “Many thanks for your letter dated 17 May 2016 and informing us of the testimonial match in honour of former international player and Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo.“On this occasion, allow me to congratulate and send my best wishes to Joseph Yobo for his future activities.”The Joseph Yobo’s testimonial game, slated for the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, will feature a Team Joseph Yobo (comprising of Super Eagles’ players of Yobo’s generation) and a Rest of The World squad.Already, the NFF has released Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa, to honour Yobo in Friday’s testimonial game, leaving them out of the international friendly with Mali in France on the same day.Meanwhile, FIFA will next month announce the top five seeds for the African zone of the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament with Nigeria most likely to miss out.FIFA will announce the top seeds between June 8 and 10 ahead of the main draw on June 24 in Cairo, Egypt.The qualifiers to be played on a league basis of 20 teams divided into five groups will begin in October with the winners of the five groups qualifying for Russia 2018.Experts are currently speculating that the current FIFA rankings will be one of the yardsticks to be used and this will most certainly work against Nigeria, who is now a disappointing 14th ranked team in Africa and is not likely to achieve any remarkable jump by the June rankings.Africa’s top five ranked teams by this month are Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in that order.Previous World Cup records will also be taken into consideration and this could well help Nigeria’s cause after Super Eagles reached the Round of 16 in Brazil two years ago.With the seedings, Africa’s top teams will avoid themselves on the road to the next World Cup in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram