DONEGAL GAA STARS LEAD TRIBUTES TO JOE BROLLY AFTER DERRY MAN DONATES KIDNEY TO CLUBMATE

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first_imgDONEGAL GAA stars have paid tribute to All-Ireland winner and TV pundit Joe Brolly after the Dungiven man donated a kidney to help out a GAA clubmate.Mr Brolly, a winner with County Derry in 1993 and now a top barrister and RTE television pundit, is recovering in a London hospital after donating a kidney to a club-mate from St Brigid’s GAC in Belfast.An operation to transfer his kidney to Shane Finnegan was performed at Guys Hospital in London on Wednesday. Both men remain under medical supervision.In a statement on the club’s website, Mr Brolly said he had been “honoured to have been in the position to help Shane”.“He’s been waiting for a transplant for over six years and when I heard that the only possibility of one was through a live donor I contacted his medical team,” he said.“And of course in my considered opinion it’s all going according to plan – and thankfully the doctors concur.” Mr Finnegan said Joe’s altruism had been “overwhelming”.“There are no words to thank him or his family for his wonderful gift,” he said.“I know its early days but I’m so relieved that it’s all going well for both of us so far.”Senior Ulster GAA official and close friend, Ryan Feeney, said they were on the “road to recovery”.“I’m very, very proud of Joe,” said Mr Feeney. “He is truly a great man – this is one of the most selfless and compassionate acts of friendship ever undertaken.”Mr Brolly, 42, and 40-year-old, Mr Finnegan, coach an under-12 side at the club, where both men’s sons play.Among the GAA players from County Donegal paying tribute to Brolly is former county player and All Star Kevin Cassidy.Said the Gaoth Dobhair man: “I always had massive respect for Joe Brolly as a person and after hearing about his kidney donation it has just increased 10fold maith thú.” DONEGAL GAA STARS LEAD TRIBUTES TO JOE BROLLY AFTER DERRY MAN DONATES KIDNEY TO CLUBMATE was last modified: October 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL GAA STARS LEAD TRIBUTES TO JOE BROLLY AFTER DERRY MAN DONATES KIDNEY TO CLUBMATElast_img read more

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first_img at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m. Key stat: 100. Tonight’s game marks the 100th edition of FSN’s “High School Game of the Week.” During the course of the broadcast, FSN will be showing some of the highlights from the first 99 games, including Westlake’s dramatic 25-24 victory over Hart of Newhall in 2003. Outlook: Among the state’s most feared programs over the past two-plus decades, Hart hasn’t come through with a victory over a highly ranked opponent since defeating Loyola of Los Angeles in Week 5 of last year. Hart is 4-4 since, losing to Valencia, Canyon and Mission Viejo last season, followed by a 33-21 defeat against St. Bonaventure of Ventura last week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Hart coaches say they are happy with QB Tyler Lyon, who passed for more than 3,100 yards last year and has completed 56.4 percent for 412 yards and three TDs this season. Westlake has won three of the past seven in the Hart series, but doesn’t have a proficient passing game as in previous seasons. Instead, Westlake prefers to run the football, and returning standout Jeff Rapoport has rushed for 227 yards, caught four passes and scored three TDs. Westlake’s Marlon Bills has five receptions, two TDs and two INTs. Westlake’s highly touted DL Jeff Miller remains sidelined with a broken foot. GAMES OF THE WEEK No. 10 BIRMINGHAM (0-2) at No. 5 CRESPI (2-0), 7 p.m. GAME OF THE DAY No. 8 WESTLAKE (1-1) at No. 6 HART (1-1) center_img Key stat: 16-4. Combined record of Birmingham of Lake Balboa’s opponents through the first two weeks of the season. Six of the 10 teams, Crespi of Encino among them, are undefeated. Outlook:Crespi has been among the area’s most impressive teams thus far, limiting opponents to 203 yards per game and allowing only one offensive TD. Now the Celts prepare to take on the heart of their schedule, a three-game stretch against defending City champion Birmingham, defending Southern Section Div. IV champion St. Bonaventure of Ventura and perennial Div. II playoff qualifier Canyon of Canyon Country. Last year Crespi lost all three games before rebounding to win nine in a row en route to capturing the Div. X title. Birmingham’s 21-14 victory over the Celts was significant because it was the Patriots’ first against a Southern Section opponent since coach Ed Croson decided to upgrade the team’s schedule in 2002. Although Birmingham did defeat Crespi, the Patriots are still 2-9 against Southern Section opponents in the past four years, including losses to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Valencia this season. Crespi QB Matt Wabby has passed for 434 yards and five TDs and RB Josh Morgan is averaging 9.5 yards per carry. For Birmingham, sophomore RB Milton Knox has rushed for 279 yards and four TDs. No. 11 ROYAL (2-0) at VENTURA (2-0), 7:30 p.m. Key stat: 7. Consecutive losses by Royal of Simi Valley in its annual nonleague series with Ventura. Royal’s last victory was a 26-20 triumph on Sept. 25, 1998. Outlook: Despite losing starting QB Kevin Harrington to a broken humerus bone in his left arm and having his two backups – Joey Buttitta and Michael Long – pass for a combined 104 yards in six quarters in his place, Royal of Simi Valley is unbeaten entering its final nonleague game against the third-ranked team in Southern Section Div. IV. RB Curtis Marsh hasn’t made Highlanders fans forget about last year’s Div. IV Offensive Player of the Year Daniel Mosier, but he certainly turned in a Mosier-type performance in a 44-7 victory over Channel Islands last week, rushing for 197 yards and two TDs. Ventura gave up 353 yards to Moorpark, including 251 to sophomore RB Darrell Scott, in a 33-26 victory last week. Royal’s ball-control offense and stubborn defense, which has allowed only 298 yards and two TDs, will present a challenge for Ventura, which is averaging 30 points per game. Ventura senior QB Lee Mondol passed for a program-record 347 yards in the victory over Moorpark last week, giving him 2,670 yards in his career. Mondol should break Andrew Lovier’s program record of 2,743 yards tonight. OTHER GAMES PALMDALE (0-2) at No. 1 NOTRE DAME (2-0), 7 p.m. Outlook: After a shaky 27-22 victory over Birmingham of Lake Balboa in Week 1, Notre Dame was impressive in a 45-20 victory over Westlake last week. Palmdale, on the other hand, played well in the first half of a Week 1 loss to Crespi, but gave up 22 unanswered points in the second half. Last week, Palmdale lost 36-34 to Kennedy of Granada Hills, a team it beat by a combined 80-0 in two previous meetings. Palmdale returns most of its offensive starters from last season’s team, including dangerous WR Tyreace House and RB Dominic Blood but if its defense doesn’t play better, Notre Dame, led by RB Rodney Glass, ought to roll. Key stat22.6Seconds remaining when Notre Dame kicker Kai Forbath converted a 31-yard, game-winning field goal in Notre Dame’s 17-15 victory at Palmdale, the closest game during Notre Dame’s 24-game winning streak. SAN FERNANDO (2-0) at GRANADA HILLS (2-0), 7 p.m. Outlook: Two of the City Section’s most exciting playmakers, San Fernando RB/DB Devoil Hicks and Granada Hills WR/DB Josh Streid, will be showcased in this contest involving two of the area’s seven remaining undefeated City teams. Hicks has rushed for 189 yards and 4 TDs, including three in last week’s 34-7 victory over Poly of Sun Valley, and has two INTs. Streid has only caught one pass, but it was a 7-yard TD in the Highlanders’ 22-6 victory last week over Gardena. Granada Hills has demonstrated the ability to move the ball on the ground with RB Danny Robinson (185 yards, 3 TDs) and through the air with WR Nick Webb (110 yards, 1 TD). San Fernando boasts one of the City’s top rushing offenses, relying on a strong offensive line led by junior OL Tony Hernandez, which has contributed to six rushing TDs thus far. Key stat3Interceptions for Granada Hills’ Kevin Smith, tying him for the area lead with St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge’s Scott Stephens and Valencia’s Chris Koshak. No. 17 NEWBURY PARK (1-1) at OAK PARK (2-0), 7:30 p.m. Outlook: If Newbury Park senior QB Jordan LaSecla gets off to a fast start as he did against Rio Mesa of Oxnard, then it could be a long night for Oak Park. LaSecla completed 23 of 25 passes – including one that was intentionally thrown away – for 392 yards and six TDs in last week’s 54-13 victory. Oak Park has demonstrated a formidable pass defense, allowing just one passing TD and 168 yards thus far in victories over Grace Brethren of Simi Valley and Calabasas. The Eagles will rely on the leadership of senior QB Doug Deakin and senior all-purpose player Matt Alexander, who scored TDs rushing, receiving and on a kickoff return in a 42-14 victory over Calabasas. Oak Park has won 11 consecutive nonleague games since a 25-14 loss to L.A. Baptist of North Hills on Sept. 28, 2002. Key stat31Combined receptions, for 584 yards and eight TDs, for Newbury Park WRs Josh Baker and Jordan Cameron. The seniors combined for 21 catches and 379 yards in a 54-13 victory last week over Rio Mesa of Oxnard. No. 13 SAUGUS (2-0) at CHINO (2-0), 7 p.m. Outlook: After bullying through two lightweight opponents, Saugus finally faces a team capable of punching back. The Chino matchup is the first of five consecutive games against high-powered opponents, and Saugus hopes to seize the momentum and prove it belongs among the elite. Saugus RB Ryan Purdy has rushed for 191 yards (14.7 avg.) and five TDs. In a 48-7 victory over visiting Pasadena last week, the 5-foot-5 senior scored three TDs, among them a 50-yard run. Teammate Zach Summers has completed 10 of 16 passes for 152 yards and a TD. Chino, which is 44-11 the past five-plus seasons, is coming off a 33-0 victory over Don Lugo of Chino and has yet to allow a point in two games. RB R.J. Stanford rushed for 286 yards and three TDs on 26 carries last week, and DB/KR/PR Ryan McFoy is a heavily recruited prospect whose brother, Chris, is a USC receiver. Key stat4Appearances in the Southern Section finals by the Cowboys in the past eight seasons, including a Div. IV championship in 1997. No. 18 KENNEDY (2-0) at CHATSWORTH (1-1), 7 p.m. Outlook: Kennedy of Granada Hills is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history – a 36-34 win over Palmdale. Chatsworth is still dealing with the loss of junior QB Mike Moustakas, who suffered a broken ankle in practice Sept. 14 and likely is lost for the the season. Chatsworth demonstrated its resolve last week by pushing host Lancaster last week before falling 25-17. In order for the Chancellors to remain competitive this week, they will need big plays on both sides of the ball from junior RB/DB James Walker and senior RB/LB Oliver Padre, a returning All-City selection. Kennedy must avoid a letdown after such a big victory. The Cougars will look to senior QB Kenny Everett and senior RB Chris Gadalla to continue to lead an offense that’s averaging 36.5 points per game. Key stat76Passing yards for Chatsworth QB Troy Cassidy in the Chancellors’ loss to Lancaster. Cassidy was making his first varsity start after taking over for Moustakas. No. 12 AGOURA (2-0) at RIO MESA (1-1), 7 p.m. Outlook: Agoura hasn’t done anything special in its victories over Buena of Ventura and Camarillo. Rio Mesa defeated San Marcos of Santa Barbara 53-7 in its opener, then lost 54-13 to Newbury Park last week. Agoura’s defense has been limited opponents to 216 yards per game. Senior QB Dominick Huerta is tied for second in the area with 38 completions, spreading the ball around to WRs Todd Dilando, Greg Sharron and J.T. Wright. Rio Mesa QB Chris Gagua, who was almost perfect in the victory over San Marcos, could do little right against Newbury Park. His ability to move the ball will be critical for Rio Mesa, which boasts one of the area’s top return specialists in senior Tomek Czerwinski, who has returned kickoffs for TDs in each of the first two games. Key stat42Point differential from the two meetings between the teams last season. Rio Mesa of Oxnard won the regular-season meeting 36-16, but Agoura rebounded to record a 24-2 victory in the Southern Section Div. IV quarterfinals. No. 7 CANYON (2-0) at SIMI VALLEY (2-0), 7 p.m. Outlook: Canyon, which has scored 13 offensive TDs over two games, looks to extend its 19-game nonleague winning streak. QB Austin Civita and RB J.J. DiLuigi pace a balanced offense. Civita has completed 57.6 percent for 395 yards and two TDs, and DiLuigi has rushed for 281 yards (6.9 avg.) and eight TDs. Canyon WR/DB Richie Wirthlin has developed into a standout on offense and defense after missing most of last season because of injuries. He has nine receptions for 229 yards and two TDs, and he also has two INTs. RB Devin Kelley is Simi Valley’s main breakaway threat. He has rushed for 239 yards (5.8 avg.) and scored four TDs, including an 84-yard kick return last week. Key stat0Punts by Canyon through its first two games. The Cowboys have scored 97 points in victories over Leuzinger of Lawndale and Ridgecrest of Burroughs. SILVERADO (2-1) at No. 16 ANTELOPE VALLEY (1-1), 7 p.m. Outlook: Antelope Valley’s best offense this year has been its defense, which is forcing 3.5 turnovers a game and setting the offense up with good field position. The Antelopes’ stingy defense is led by CB D’Andre Goodwin, who returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in last week’s 28-14 victory at Bakersfield, LB in Allan Mohan (21 tackles) and DE Randy Burton (18 tackles, 2 sacks). Key stat7Turnovers forced by Antelope Valley’s defense in its first two games. – Erik Boal, Gerry Gittelson and Ramona Shelburne 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more