Monmouth’s Jeffery taking postseason accolades in stride

first_imgBy TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Monmouth University’s Matt Jeffery (5) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. The Freehold Township High School graduate helped the Hawks win the MAAC title this fall and return to the NCAA Tournament. Jeffery has been nominated for the Big Apple Player of the Year Award. STOCKTON PHOTO INC. Matt Jeffery has a lot going on. First, there are all the postseason accolades the Monmouth University senior defender has garnered, including being named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and making the NCAA Division I Men’s All-Northeast Regional First Team as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association for the third time in his career.Jeffery has also been nominated for two major awards. He is up for the Soccer News Net College Boot, which is given out to the Division I college Player of the Year by the website. The graduate of Freehold Township High School has also been nominated for the Big Apple Soccer Player of the Year Award.“I’m taking it all in stride,” Jeffery said. “Just to be nominated is great.”The business management and marketing major is kept grounded by his final exams for the semester.As if that weren’t enough, he has the 2014 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine and SuperDraft ahead in 2015.Only 50 players throughout the county are invited to the combine, which takes place Jan. 9-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Before the combine, Jeffery will attend some individual MLS team mini-camp combines to prepare. He’s in the process of deciding where to go.“Things are a little hectic,” he said. “[The combine is] a big process.”The MLS SuperDraft is on Jan. 15.Fortunately for Jeffrey, there are a number of former Hawks — Ryan Kinne, Bryan Meredith and former teammate at Monmouth and Freehold Township, Ryan Clark — who have all been drafted by MLS clubs and whose experience he’s been able to draw on.“They’ve been good mentors,” he said. “They’ve given me a good idea what [teams] are looking for and what direction to go.”Jeffery has certainly put himself on the same level as those who preceded him.Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt has said Jeffery has been a “fantastic example on the field and in the classroom.” He praised the dedication and commitment he has given Monmouth.This year, the defender helped the Hawks win the MAAC Tournament in just the school’s second year in the conference and return to the NCAA Tournament. Monmouth beat Fairfield University, 2-1, in two overtimes in the MAAC finals.The Hawks (11-4-6) lost to Xavier University, 2-1, in the NCAA Tournament in double overtime. Jeffery assisted on Monmouth’s goal.Monmouth’s defense ranked with the best in the nation this fall, and Jeffery was the clear leader in the back. The Hawks allowed just 11 goals all season and only two in MAAC play.Jeffery is the first one to credit others for his accolades.“I’m extremely thankful to be a part of Monmouth University,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the coaches, my teammates and the program.”Besides his defensive play, Jeffery has been a big part of Monmouth’s success on set pieces, both on offense (to create) and defense (to deflect shots). The Hawks have taken advantage of his 6-foot-4 height to win balls in the air.“Set pieces are an important part of the game,” he said.Being ready to play 90 minutes or more is also critical, and that is the major difference between high school and college soccer. It’s the reason some high school stars don’t stand out in college.“It’s the intensity of the overall game,” Jeffery said. “It’s 90 minutes of consistent battle with no break.“It’s crazy at times; it takes intensity to the next level.” Jeffery was not about to be one of those high school stars who would turn into a role player in college. Before he stepped onto Monmouth’s campus in West Long Branch, he was ready for the next level.“Coming into Monmouth University, I wanted to be able to contribute as soon as possible, and I put in the work behind the scenes to be in a good position before the season,” he said.That behind-the-scene work included hitting the weight room and running. There’s been no letup in his offseason, as he trained throughout his entire college career.He credited ex-Patriot teammate Clark, who was one of the Hawks’ most decorated players, with helping him be so ready as a freshman. Having a former high school teammate and friend on the team was a big plus.“It was definitely huge,” he said. “It helped me make the transition [from high school to college].” As teammates at Freehold Township, Clark and Jeffery led the Patriots to the Shore Conference Tournament Championship (2008). With Jeffery coming in as a freshman and contributing and Clark an established star, the Hawks made the NCAA Tournament in 2011.Jeffery was especially pleased to have the Hawks back in the NCAA Tournament in his final year.He was also happy to see his Freehold Township team doing well. He took in the Patriots’ Shore Conference Tournament semifinals win over Manalapan High School. The Patriots went on to win the conference title for the first time since Jeffery helped them win it 2008.“It was good to see the old crew,” he said. “I knew the team would do great.”The old crew is also happy to see how well Jeffery has done playing at the next level.last_img read more

Ronaldo throws journalist’s microphone into lake

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo snatches the microphone and the reporter shows little fight as he prepares to launch it into a lake. PHOTO/DM.LYON, France June 22 – Cristiano Ronaldo has cut a frustrated figure at Euro 2016 this summer with Portugal yet to win a game and facing the prospect of elimination at the group stage. On Thursday, it seemed the star had reached boiling point as he grabbed a microphone from a reporter and launched it into a lake. Clearly irked by questions ahead of Portugal’s final group match against leaders Hungary, the Real Madrid forward snatched the mic and threw it before continuing his walk with team-mates.It is understood Fernando Santos’ men were enjoying a morning stroll around the lake behind their hotel in Linas-Marcoussis when the journalist approached and asked Ronaldo, in Portuguese, the seemingly innocuous question: ‘Are you ready for the game today?’The Portugal star was clearly in no mood for talking and made his feelings known by launching the mic before continuing his walk and looking straight ahead.Ronaldo was a figure of ridicule on Saturday from football fans across Europe as he missed a penalty against Austria days after claiming Iceland had a ‘small mentality’.The 31-year-old launched an astonishing attack on the Euro 2016 minnows after the tournament outsiders held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their opening Group F fixture.Ronaldo only shook the hand of one opponent before leaving the field after last week’s game and accused Iceland of not trying to win.Ronaldo said: ‘I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.‘When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend this, in my opinion, shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.‘We just try our best, keep the ball all the time and Iceland didn’t try anything, they were just ‘defend, defend, and defend’ and were playing on the counter attack.READ: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/euro2016/article-3654103/Cristiano-Ronaldo-throws-journalist-s-microphone-lake-frustrated-questioning-Portugal-team-stroll.htmlFive days later, Ronaldo stepped up to take a late spot-kick for Portugal but saw his effort cannon off the post as Portugal had to settle for a goalless draw and just two points from two games.Portugal will be looking to claim all three points at the Stade des Lumieres in Lyon in a bid to land themselves an ‘easier’ route to the final.Ronaldo and Co will face England if they finish in second place and could face Croatia if they remain third.However, should Austria beat Iceland and Portugal lose, goal difference will determine their fate and they could be on the plane home by Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Super home win as Raphoe ladies get back to winning ways

first_imgRAPHOE LADIES bounced back in style with a superb home win over Mossley in the Ulster Premier League.Raphoe 4 Mossley 0Having suffered a heavy 7-0 defeat at the hand of Ards the previous week, the team were keen to up their performance and put in a better display this week. A tough hard fought battle was expected, as both teams are currently in the lower end of the Premier League Table, and fixtures like these are important in keeping/getting them out of the relegation zone.Due to school commitments, both teams were missing some players, and Raphoe were also missing their Captain, Sabrina Barnett, who was out with an ankle injury.  However, the absence of players did not seem to affect this Raphoe side, and they showed that they have a strong squad that came put in the work when down players.Raphoe started the game at a high intensity, with players putting in great shift by moving in sync back and forth across the pitch, to stop Mossley finding gaps to get the ball through to their forward line.  On the occasions that Mossley did break, Raphoe’s defence held strong and managed to break down any threats that came their way.The opening goal of the game came in the 20th minute following some quick thinking between Lisa Patterson and Katy Love.   A quick free taken by Patterson within the Mossley 25, found Love wide on the right.  Love knowing that she was surrounded by support, drove along the back line into the circle and pulled the ball back, just at the right moment for fellow attacker Lisa Smyth to deflect the ball high into the Mossley net. Raphoe continued to play precision hockey, with the midfield of Shannon Porter, Sarah McErlean, Wendy and Leanne Patterson, linking brilliantly with their defence and forward line, creating scoring opportunities.  Naomi Wasson was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, when she watched her shot get saved and knocked wide by the Mossley netminder.It was two minutes from the half-time whistle when the Donegal girls managed to extend their lead to 2-0, through a short corner routine.  Clean swift movement of the ball between Victoria Wray, Arlyne Kilpatrick and Leanne Patterson, ended with Wray getting the final touch to put the ball over the line and give her team a comfortable lead at the break.The second half couldn’t have started any better for Raphoe, when within five minutes, Katy Love got her first goal of the match.  Leanne Patterson received the ball in the central mid-field area, and placed it nicely through to Love just inside the D.  Love kept her cool and cutely placed the ball through the legs of the advancing goalkeeper.With the scoreline now at 3-0, the game could not have been described as all one-way.  Mossley had a periods throughout they match where they had put Raphoe under severe pressure and won a number of short corners during the second half of the game.  However, Heather Humphrey and her solid defence were in form to keep a clean sheet.  Wendy Patterson was in exceptional form with her run outs and blocking the first shots, while Lisa Patterson was making some fearless stops on the line and by the post.Raphoe’s fourth goal came in the final quarter with a superb display of passing down the right flank.  Kilpatrick worked the ball out of defence and played a slick pass through to Shannon Porter.  Having pre-scanned the area before receiving the ball, Porter quickly laid the ball off to Katy Love inside the visitors circle.  Love made no hesitation at taking her chance and fired the ball home for her second of the day, and bringing the final scoreline to 4-0.Raphoe can be pleased with their performance, and even at this early stage in the season, these three points could be key to whether they survive in Premier hockey or not at the end of the year.  Next week Raphoe will travel to play Lurgan, who have been the Premier League Champions for the previous four seasons.  Raphoe: Heather Humphrey, Arlyne Kilpatrick, Victoria Wray, Lisa Patterson, Janice Nelson, Wendy Patterson, Leanne Patterson, Sarah McErlean, Shannon Porter, Katy Love, Lisa Smyth, Naomi Wasson, Sarah Boal, Alison Stewart, Louise Moran and Keesje TinneyPlayer of the Match: Katy LoveSuper home win as Raphoe ladies get back to winning ways was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Katy LoveMossleyRaphoeRaphoe Hockey clubUlster Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Leitrim GAA Fixtures May 16-24

first_imgAughnasheelinACLD46Aughnasheelin v Bornacoola7 00 Fixtures 16th -24th Bealtaine  2017 Possible Play Off game U15(13) depending on results of games A & B above FenaghU15(15)7Fenagh-St.Caillins v Allen Gaels7 00 Aoine 19th Bealtaine 2017 Mairt 16th Bealtaine 2017 E.T. if Necessary BallinagleraACLD46Ballinaglera v Mohill12 00 Pairc SeanU13(13)FinalAnnaduff v Leitrim Gaels7 00 GortletteraghShieldS/FGortletteragh v Fenagh-St.Caillins7 00 GlenfarneACLD36Glenfarne/Kilty v GlencarManorhamilton12 00 BallinamoreU13(15)9Ballinamore-SOH v Mohill7 00 E.T. if Necessary CharlestownCJFCFinalMayo v Leitrim7 00 KiltubridACLD37Kiltubrid v Annaduff8 00 Domhnach 21st Bealtaine 2017 Luan 22nd Bealtaine 2017 Ceadaoin 24th Bealtaine 2017 St.MarysU13(15)9St.Marys v Gortletteragh7 00 MohillU15(15)7Mohill v St.Marys6 00 E.T. if Necessary LeitrimU15(15)7Leitrim Gaels v St.Josephs7 00 DromahairACLD36Dromahair v Gortletteragh1 00 MohillACLD47Mohill v Carrigallen8 00 E.T. if Necessary CarrigallenACLD46Carrigallen v Ballinamore-SOH12 00 Ceadaoin 17th Bealtaine 2017 AnnaduffACLD36Annaduff v Eslin7 00 ManorhamiltonShieldS/FGlencarManorhamilton v Ballinaglera7 00 Pairc SeanLory Meagher5Leitrim v Sligo3 00 St.MarysACLD24St.Marys v Ballinamore-SOH7 00 DrumkeerinU15(13)Play OffDrumkeerin v St.Brigids             B7 00 BallinamoreACLD47Ballinamore-SOH v Bornacoola8 00 E.T. if Necessary Coiste Chontae Liatroma CLG E.T. if Necessary ManorhamiltonACLD37GlencarManorhamilton v Allen Gaels8 00 AughawillanACLD47Aughawillan v Aughnasheelin8 00 ManorhamiltonU15(15)7GlencarManorhamilton v Cill Mhoir Gaels7 00 Satharn 20th Bealtaine 2017 CarrigallenU13(15)9St.Josephs v St.Brigids7 00 GortletteraghU13(15)3Gortletteragh v Melvin Gaels7 00 FenaghACLD36Fenagh-St.Caillins v Melvin Gaels12 00 DrumshanboU13(15)9Allen Gaels v Melvin Gaels7 00 DrumkeerinACLD36Drumkeerin v Mohill7 00 VenueGradeRoundFixtureTime EslinACLD37Eslin v Fenagh-St.Caillins8 00 Glencar Com.PitchACLD47St.Osnatts Glencar v St.Marys8 00 DromahairACLD37Dromahair v Drumkeerin8 00 DrumshanboACLD36Allen Gaels v Kiltubrid7 00 LeitrimACLD46Leitrim Gaels v St.Osnatts Glencar7 00 FenaghU13(13)ShieldFenagh-St.Caillins v Kiltubrid7 00 AughavasACLD47Aughavas v Leitrim Gaels8 00 DromahairU15(13)Play OffDromahair v Melvin Gaels           A7 00 AughawillanACLD46Aughawillan v Aughavas7 00last_img read more

Algae-bloom boom likely for Lake Erie, water quality researchers predict

first_imgMaumee Watershed McKay, speaking from China where he was teaching, said there’s also worry this season that Lake St. Clair, the small lake into which the Thames River empties, is also at risk for the cyanobacteria blooms.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.St. Clair has had cyanobacteria blooms before, including a large one in 2015.The blue-green bacterial blooms, which have taken off in the warm, shallow waters of Lake Erie since the mid-1990s consume oxygen, contributing to dead zones in the lake with almost no life, and produce toxins that can be lethal to pets and harmful to people.Cyanobacteria is natural, but the growth of large blooms that foul municipal water intakes and make swimming and water sports inadvisable is linked to phosphorus from farm runoff and human sewage washed into the lake during heavy rains.What’s different this year is the heavy rainfall the region received before summer, said Sandy Bihn, of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, an Ohio-based environmental group.The wet spring delayed planting which means fertilizers weren’t applied in the usual time frame, which raises a question: Why is the level of phosphorus, a main ingredient in chemical fertilizers, so high? With higher-than-average rainfall, high phosphorus levels entering the lake and sizzling temperatures, conditions are ripe this summer for toxic blue-green algae blooms in Lake Erie, water quality ­researchers predict.The lake, which creates hundreds of kilometres of Southwestern Ontario shoreline, has been plagued by growth of cyanobacteria, also called blue-green algae, in recent years, a threat to drinking water intakes, marine life and tourism.A problem especially in the lake’s western basin, one colony a few years ago grew almost as large as Prince Edward Island.“From all signs, the potential is high for a large bloom event,” said Michael McKay, executive director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. Bihn speculates that more farm animals packed into the same region — especially the large U.S. Midwest farm belt that drains into the lake — is a key contributor to the cyanobacteria problem.“I would suggest that the answer is we keep increasing the number of (farm) animals, the amount of manure, and . . . that manure is ­running off and is a major ­component of the high levels of phosphorus we’re seeing this year,” she said.“The phosphorus readings ­coming out of the Maumee River (which empties into Erie at ­Toledo, Ohio,) are very high and that’s usually the indicator they use for the size of the bloom,” said Bihn.Last year’s bloom started early but was relatively small compared to past years, she said. “We’ve seen some scum and some indication that the (blue-green) algae is coming,” she said. “So, it’s kind of on a wait-and-see mode.”In Southwestern Ontario, including the Thames River valley, a number of projects are on the go to fight cyanobacteria in Erie by reducing the level of phosphorus flowing into Erie.They include mimicking natural processes to hold and filter water in urban developments, slowing it down before it runs off, and ­improved winter field cover in rural areas to minimize nutrient runoff.HRivers@postmedia.comRelatedcenter_img A satellite image shows a harmful blue-green cyanobacteria bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie in September 2017. That bloom was an eight on the severity index, compared to this year’s prediction of a 7.5. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer Phosphorus-cutting technologies to be tested along Thames River to protect Lake Erie What an Ohio city’s bold move to protect Lake Erie tells us Cover crop project looks to reduce algae bloom Lake Erie algae outlook better than 2017, researchers say Federal cash to target farm run-off will ‘dovetail’ with city programlast_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: More Than Just Compliance

first_img[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: More Than Just Compliance ” on Storify] On April 20, @shrmnextchat chatted with Cliff Stevenson (@clifforddarrel) of Brandon Hall Group and Lynne Levy (@KronosInc) of Kronos Inc about “More Than Just Compliance.”If you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:last_img

Louisiana ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Guidance Issued on Penalties and Interest for Denied Motion Picture Investor Credits

first_imgThe Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has issued guidance to clarify the application of penalties and interest for taxpayers who claimed a motion picture investor credit against corporate or personal income tax and were subsequently denied credit as a result of the credit cap restrictions limiting the aggregate total of credits to $180 million per fiscal year (applicable for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 fiscal years). The LDR previously announced that the entire credit cap allotment of $180 million dollars for the 2016 -2017 fiscal year and the carryforward amount from the 2015-2016 fiscal year had been exceeded, leaving no remaining funds available under the cap to satisfy any additional claims or transfers to the state (buy-backs) for the duration of the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Accordingly, any motion picture investor credit claims or transfers to the state submitted prospectively during this period will be denied. Any claims or transfers to the state received during this period will receive a priority date based upon the date filed or submitted for purposes of administering the first-come, first-served provision for the 2017-2018 fiscal year credit cap.For taxpayers who claimed a credit on a return filed on or before July 14, 2016, and are subsequently denied credit as a result of the credit cap being reached after the original due date of the tax, payment of any tax due must be submitted to the LDR by September 15, 2016, in order to avoid liability for the application of penalties and interest from the original due date of the tax. For taxpayers who purchased credits on or before July 14, 2016, and have not yet filed a return claiming the credits, if the original due date of the 2015 calendar or fiscal year return (without regard to extensions) was on or before July 14, 2016, the payment of any tax due for the 2015 calendar or fiscal year must be submitted to the LDR by September 15, 2016, in order to avoid liability for the application of penalties and interest from the original due date of the tax. Tax due as a result of the denial for credits claimed on a return filed on or after July 15, 2016, or for any reason other than the credit cap restrictions remains subject to penalties and interest from the due date of the tax. For qualifying taxpayers, failure to submit payment of the tax due on or before September 15, 2016, will result in liability for the application of penalties and interest on any tax due from the original due date of the tax.Revenue Information Bulletin No. 16-051, Louisiana Department of Revenue, September 2, 2016, ¶202-753last_img read more

You Are Invited for a Tour inside Intel’s Data Centers

first_imgIntel IT runs 95 data centers worldwide with almost 443,000 square feet (41,000 square meters) collectively. These data centers house approximately 100,000 servers enabling both the operations and innovations in Intel. How is a tour inside these data centers sound to you? Sounds good? Here is an opportunity!IT@Intel just released a series of videos that takes you through a tour of a few Intel IT’s major data centers. Not only we will show you the inside of our data centers, we will also share our approaches in facilities, compute, networking, and storage, as well as our strategy to create USD 650 million of value for Intel.Now sit back and enjoy the rideOpens in a new window!Opens in a new windowlast_img read more

Nedved: Juve ‘ready’ for another CR7

first_imgPavel Nedved says Juventus are “ready to seize every opportunity” that comes their way, including one of Cristiano Ronaldo proportions. Juve held their annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, where a plan to raise €300m through an increase in share capital was approved. When asked whether the Bianconeri could pull off another Ronaldo-esque deal, Nedved made it clear they would not shy away from one.  “We’re always ready to seize every opportunity,” the Vice-President told reporters. “We’ve talked about development and we want to develop on all fronts, above all the sporting one because it’s a leading part of the club. “And with this, I’ve think I said everything.” The Czech when then asked about whether Merih Demiral had broken any club rules with his politically-charged salute while playing for Turkey. “I’ve talked to the lad. We wanted to understand it further. It was a strong gesture but, for us, he didn’t violate our code of ethics. “Now we’re awaiting any decisions made by FIFA bodies.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

R. Vinay Kumar replaces Varun Aaron in Test squad for Australia

first_imgTwenty-seven is generally not an age when a sub-continental fast bowler gets called up to the national squad for the first time. In India, especially, youth is the mantra, but Ranganath Vinay Kumar has defied the odds and made it to the Indian Test squad for the upcoming tour to Australia.The Karnataka medium-pacer replaces Jharkhand speedster Varun Aaron, who has been ruled out of the Test series due to a stress reaction on his back, sustained during the ongoing One-Day International series against West Indies.Vinay is the second change to the original squad, after his junior state-mate Abhimanyu Mithun replaced Praveen Kumar.An elated Vinay told Mail Today that his hard work over the years for his state and South Zone had paid off. “I have dreamt of playing Tests for India since I first picked up a ball, and my dream has finally come true. This is my eighth season in first-class cricket and my hard work has finally been rewarded,” he said.In 15 ODIs so far, Vinay has picked up 16 wickets, though his average and economy rate have been on the higher side at 36.31 and 5.76 respectively. His best performance came against England in New Delhi, where he took four for 30. His first-class record is excellent, with 241 wickets in 66 matches at an average of 24.29, including 11 five-wicket hauls and two match- hauls of 10 or more wickets. In 2007- 08 and 2009- 10, he was the second- highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy.Vinay’s bowling is reminiscent of another Karnataka paceman, Ventakesh Prasad, in that his forte is outswing and leg-cutters rather than pace and bounce. This has perhaps what has kept him away from the Test side in the past, since faster bowlers are available in the country.advertisementBut according to Vinay, legends like Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid have always believed in his abilities as an international bowler. “Whenever I felt disappointed at being ignored despite my consistent performances, I used to speak to my coach MM Prakash or even to seniors like Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. All of them used to advise me to keep working hard, and said I was a good bowler. My coach told me never to worry about selection, and thanks to that, I’ve always looked to give my best shot in any match I play,” he said.The Indian fast bowling contingent for the four-Test series that begins in Melbourne on December 26 now comprises of a skilled veteran in Zaheer Khan, if he is match fit, two fast bowlers in Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, and two controlled seamers in Vinay and Mithun. Asked if the pitches in Australia would be a challenge for him, Vinay cited his previous tours there and said the experience will help. Interestingly, at one time in the middle of the last decade, Vinay and South Africa’s newest sensation Vernon Philander – who ripped the heart out of Australia’s line- up in their recent Test series despite bowling at 130- 135 kmph range – had played simultaneously Down Under.”I have been there a few times – for an Emerging Players tournament, once for India A and with the Karnataka team – and I have done well each time. Philander and I won the best player award in the Emerging tournament in back-to-back years. We are similar bowlers, and I always believe that if you swing the ball, even at a medium pace, it is still a challenge for any batsman,” Vinay said.V inay has done decently in the home one- dayers against England and West Indies, and is confident of translating that into Test success too, if given a chance. “I haven’t done too badly in the ODIs, I’ve taken a few wickets with my natural deliveries and the economy rate has been good. If you are going for about 4.5 runs per over on Indian soil, you’re doing alright, and my mindset is really good. I will just bowl to my strengths,” he said.last_img read more