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Women’s Soccer Travels to Western Illinois on Friday


first_img MACOMB, Ill. – The Drake University women’s soccer team hits the road for a brief road trip to take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Friday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Macomb. The Bulldogs lost a dramatic match to South Dakota, 2-1, on Tuesday night. Sophomore midfielder Libby Helverson ricocheted a shot off a defender and into the back of the net to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 86th minute, but the Coyotes struck quickly in response, netting scores in the 87th and 88th minutes to steal a win in a thrilling match. Scouting Western Illinois Western Illinois has been much stronger within friendly confines in 2018, posting a 2-1-0 record at home. Last season the outfit from Macomb posted a 3-14-1 record, and the team was picked to finish ninth in the Summit League this year. “Going on the road to another Summit League opponent coming off this loss will be a test for us,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “I’m excited to see how our team responds and which of our players step up.” Drake (2-5-1) played well despite the loss, generating season-bests in shots (20) and corner kicks (12) while limiting South Dakota to a season-low nine shots. The Bulldogs will look to earn points for the fourth time in five matches against Western Illinois. Sophomore forward Amy Andrews leads Western Illinois with three goals and six points this season. She is joined in the attack by junior forward Lauryn Peters, who was named by Summit League coaches as a player to watch in the conference.Print Friendly Version Story Links The Leathernecks will bring a 2-4-1 record into Friday night’s match after losing their last three contests. The Leathernecks’ three-game skid can largely be chalked up to their offense running dry as they haven’t scored a goal in three matches. Live Video In 2018, the Bulldogs notched a 2-1 win over the Leathernecks in Des Moines. Hannah Bormann scored the game-winner in the 84th minute on an assist by Vanessa Kavan. Live Stats last_img read more


Bloodied Groves prevails in San Jose scrap


first_imgSee also: Groves v Sierra as it happenedGeorge Groves crushed Francisco Sierra in the sixth round of an explosive clash in San Jose after being caused problems by the heavy-handed Mexican.Groves was caught by several shots in the opening couple of rounds and a clash of heads in the third left him with a nasty cut by the side of his right eye.There was another scare for the Hammersmith super-middleweight in the fifth when he was hurt by a crunching body shot.But by that stage he was beginning to land with telling shots of his own – and in the following round he ended the fight in blistering fashion to maintain his unbeaten professional record.A thunderous right-left-left combination sent Sierra to the canvas and after he unsteadily got to his feet, he was nailed by a big right and was close to being floored again when the referee stepped in to end the contest.Injuries meant this was Groves’ first outing since his second-round demolition of Paul Smith in November.And the cut he sustained means the proposed defence of his British and Commonwealth titles at Wembley Arena in seven weeks’ time must now be in serious doubt. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Anticipation grows as Premier Business Awards come closer


first_imgThirty companies are vying for top honours in the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018.The awards are sponsored by Wits Business School, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Tsogo Sun and Old Mutual. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Thirty companies will be vying for top honours in the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018. The awards are presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.Anticipation is reigning supreme among the companies that will be battling it out for the first prizes in the 10 categories, but all eyes will be on Ndoukhulu Hydraulics and Mining Supplier. The company, which is based in Johannesburg, where it manufactures, repairs and refurbishes hydraulic cylinders, is leading the pack with nominations in three categories. These are Black Industrialists, Manufacturer and SMME Awards.Managing Director of Ndoukhulu Matome Manenzhe could not contain his excitement when he learnt that his company has been presented with three opportunities to romp home with a prestigious award at the ceremony.“We are honoured, humbled and privileged to make it as finalist in three categories. This is a great source of inspiration to everyone who is involved with our company, from our employees to our clients.  To us making it this far is a great achievement that we will cherish for a long time as we are a relatively new and small company.  Winning an award will be a cherry on top,” says an elated Manenzhe.He adds that he views his company’s nominations as a recognition of its small but commendable contribution in job creation, industrialisation, youth development and skill transfer.Another company on which the spotlight will shine prominently at the ceremony is Thata Ubeke Manufacturing, which is based in Boksburg where they manufacture electrical and electronic sub-systems for the domestic and export markets. CEO of Thatha Ubeke Nana Sabelo is optimistic that they will successfully defend the Black Industrialist Award which they won when it was first presented in 2016. However, a double is on the cards this year as they are also finalists in the Manufacturer Award.“We are thrilled about being nominated twice. It shows we are not a one-time wonder and that we did not rest on our laurels after winning the inaugural Black Industrial Award. We are confident that we are ticking many of the boxes that are in line with the country’s economic objectives. We are a 100% black, woman-owned company operating in the advanced manufacturing sector where it is creating jobs for predominantly young people and exporting products,” says Sabelo.Chief Operating Officer of Memeza Shout Elmarie Pereira is confident that it will be second time lucky for her social enterprise which is nominated for the SMME Award after failing to make the cut in the last edition.Memeza has provided South Africa with the first public alarm system that is linked to the police and community police forums. According to Parreira, the SAPS-endorsed alarm system enables ordinary South Africans who cannot afford private security to have access to safety and security.“We have been working on the roll-out of the public alarm system for four years. Being nominated as a finalist in the national premier business awards means that our company and efforts are being recognised and that the work we are doing is making an impact in the vulnerable communities that we are working hard to assist. Winning the award will prove that we are on the right track as a social enterprise. It will also encourage us to continue with our work in order to contribute in combating crime in South Africa. The initiative is also about community upliftment and job creation,” says Pereira.The awards are sponsored by Wits Business School, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Tsogo Sun and Old Mutual.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, visit www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za or call 0861 843 384.last_img read more