RelatedON A GOOD NOTE: Ladies, boys race into playoffs fresh off big winsPRESS Staff Report There’s no better way to enter the playoffs than on a winning note. And that’s exactly what the Port Isabel Tarpon baseball and Lady Tarpon softball teams have done. The District 32-3A champion Lady Tarpons recently survived a dramatic comeback orchestrated by the Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats.…April 25, 2013In “Sports”Ladies 5-0 in district, boys unbeatenPRESS Staff Report Things haven’t changed much in the world of Port Isabel varsity baseball and softball, except maybe one thing: they’ve won more games. Remaining unbeaten in 32-3A play, the Tarpons and Lady Tarpons continue to amass victories en route to what the Big Blue community hopes will be…March 28, 2013In “Sports”PI girls, boys tearing up competitionPRESS Staff Report Who’s next? That seems to be the theme surrounding the Port Isabel Lady Tarpon softball squad as it continues to eliminate the competition en route to its first undefeated recorded this late into the season. Specifically, the Lady Tarps stand at an impressive 7-0 32-3A record and…April 4, 2013In “Sports” Port Isabel Tarpon running back Javier Vela, a senior, bulldozes his way through the Rio Hondo Bobcat defense on Friday. (Photo by T.J. Tijerina)By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Tarpons got back to playing Tarpon football last Friday night at Rio Hondo. After a slow first half, in which the score was tied at seven most of the way, Port Isabel scored four touchdowns after intermission, while holding the Bobcats scoreless, and won the District 32-3A title, 36-7.With the win, the Tarpons (3-1 district, 7-3 overall), clinch a playoff berth and a share of the district championship. Port Isabel came in tied with La Feria for first place in District 32-3A with a 2-1 record, with Rio Hondo and Hidalgo right behind, both with 1-1 district records. Hidalgo beat Progreso Friday night, 49-0. This Friday, Hidalgo will travel to La Feria and a win for either team will lift them into a tie with P.I. for the district title. Rio Hondo drops to 1-2, 5-4.Rio Hondo got the ball first and scored on a 43-yard dash by Hernan Guerrero less than four minutes in. Port Isabel answered right back with a 24-yard Isaiah Martinez-Michael Curry touchdown pass at the 4:04 mark of the first quarter and the score was tied at seven.The Tarpons twice held the Bobcats on downs and the two sides traded punts, the last of which gave Port Isabel the ball at their own 37-yard line with just over a minute left in the half. Five plays later, on second down at the Rio Hondo 34, Martinez hit Andrew Holland in stride as he ran into the end zone with one second showing on the clock. Marcelo Sanchez’s extra-point kick was good and the Tarpons led 14-7 at the break.“That was huge,” Tarpons Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh said when it was all over. “(We got) the momentum going into the half. We drew that one up in the dirt.”“That was a big catch,” Martinez said after the game. “I give him (Holland) credit and I have to thank my linemen for giving me time, and the running backs too.”Another signature aspect of Tarpon football is the running game, and in the second half Port Isabel got it going full-speed. After a scoreless third quarter, Javier Vela went over from a yard out, ending a 10-play, 47-yard drive, and P.I. was up 21-7 with under 11 minutes to play.Juan Aguilera broke up the middle like a cannon shot and streaked 51 yards to put the Tarpons up, 28-7. Jaime Gonzalez went 32 yards with 3:27 to go to close out the scoring, and that was a final, 36-7.“In the first half, they did a great job on our running game,” Stumbaugh said on Saturday. “In the second half we were able to run the ball.”Port Isabel rushed for 198 yards on the night. Juan Aguilera led the way with 82 yards (7.5 ave., 2 TD’s) and Jaime Gonzalez had 42 yards (10.5 ave., 1 TD).The Tarpons got their passing game going again as well. After gaining a net total of less than 20 yards (two completions) through the air the last two games combined, quarterback Isaiah Martinez completed five of nine for a season-best 101 yards and two touchdowns.“We knew we could throw the ball,” Stumbaugh said. “The coaching staff saw some things on film.” On the Martinez-to-Curry TD pass; “They bit on the run fake and Michael was able to get behind them.”Kenny Herrera ran for the two-point conversion on the Tarpons’ last touchdown. Ryan Vasquez returned a kick-off for 39 yards, Luis Aguilera got 10 yards on a punt return, and Marcelo Sanchez made all four of his PAT kicks.On the other side of the ball, Danny Medina and Jacques Guillot led the Tarpon D with six stops each and Kenny Herrera intercepted a fourth-quarter pass.The Tarpons are off this week and await the winner of this Friday’s Lyford-Raymondville game, which will likely decide Port Isabel’s first round, bi-district playoff opponent from District 31-3A.Read this story in the Nov. 5 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
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Home » General » Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium – A sell out event The inaugural Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium attracted a sell-out audience to the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on Thursday (March 9th).Elaine Hatton, HSI Director of International Marketing speaking during the Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium at The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone (Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile)Proceedings began with an opening address by Horse Sport Ireland Director of International Marketing, Elaine Hatton, and she outlined the feedback she has received when travelling abroad, including on a recent trade mission to the Gulf States with The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD.“The clear message from each country is that there is a demand for Irish horses that are produced, packaged and marketed correctly. Temperament followed by confirmation and riding standard where the three main criteria in buying a horse. There is a resounding desire for the Irish horse globally. Our International riders are brilliant ambassadors and other countries want to send their children and young riders here to learn from our professional HSI coaches.Elaine Hatton also reminded everyone that herself and her team in the HSI marketing department are there to help.”Our team are available throughout the year. We are all approachable, attending many shows and events nationally, and we are here to help you do business.” 10 March 2017, 16:14 The opening panel discussion, chaired by RTE award winning journalist Suzanne Campbell (pictured left), was titled “Moving our industry forward through marketing” and concentrated on how riders, breeders and show organizers, can market themselves more effectively in a changing global marketplace..Nina Barbour, President of Bolesworth and Liverpool International, had this advice to show and event organizers in Ireland,“You have to look at the way the sport has changed in the last 10 years. We are losing a lot of mid-level riders to the foreign sunshine tours. To retain these riders at home, prizemoney is the driving force, footing has to be right – especially when you consider the value of these horses. We also need more international shows and tours at home. They are very important to increase the value of horses.”Diarmuid Byrne, Managing Director of EquiRatingsDiarmuid Byrne, Managing Director of EquiRatings commented,“We have huge opportunity in Eventing to use data to analyze performance. If you look at top level Rugby you will see teams of people on laptops analyzing stats during and after the game. The stats prove that the type of horse needed in Eventing has changed so much with increasing importance on dressage. To come from outside of top 10 after dressage is almost impossible.Aisling Byrne, Managing Director or Journey Through Ireland and Amateur Show Jumper said, ” If you have positive reviews from people on the product or service you are offering make sure to use them on your website and social media. Take for example Trip Advisor, people like reading the reviews and they believe it.”British International event rider Ben Hobday spoke about the importance of social media for riders to raise their profile and to make money.“I initially started using social media for fun, but now I use social media to build my brand which I can then use to sell myself to sponsors. My facebook page has reached out to 10 million people in one year. I showed the stats to a potential sponsor and it helped pay for my new arena. Some events, even some the larger ones, need to treat owners better. If you are a wealthy person and you own an Event horse you are not doing it to make money. But if you are well looked after you will spend more. Events also need to improve on their internet access, its free marketing for the show to have people on social media during the event.Senior Editor of Noelle Floyd.com, journalist and photographer Erin Gilmore, spoke about her impressions of Ireland as an American, “I am a big fan of the RDS. I go to a lot of five-star shows around the world and Dublin is one of the best. The smaller shows are now more on my radar when I see Irish riders coming up through the system. My advice to all shows is that they need to reach out and connect with the media and provide good info, on time, with good quality photos. My first impression of a place or event is from the photographs, they are so important. Facebook is the dominant force on social media followed by Instagrab and twitter. Social media is your proof that you are out-there and current – your most important tool and free marketing.Nina Barbour agreed, “Facebook is replacing google. We spend a huge amount of our adverting budget on it,” she said.Erin Gilmore offered this advice to people in the industry who are not online, “Pay someone to get you online.”The second panel discussion, chaired by agent, producer and coach Barry O’Connor, was titled Reaching the Global Market Place, and gave a deeper insight into how breeders can improve what they breed, how to sell their stock and also the range of shared options to look into, such as two people sharing a mare and taking it in turns to breed from her, or by offering a share in a young horse to a rider in order to reduce training fees.International Owner and Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer Jim Bolger offered an insightful comparison between racing and the Sport Horse Industry and said, “Prize money is the lifeblood of racing. The Sport Horse Industry needs a minimum of €20 Million a year from Government. They have to deal with one organization, not several different groups, Horse Sport Ireland is the right model for this.”Jim Bolger, International Owner and Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer speaking during the Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium at The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone. Photo by Eóin Noonan/SportsfileWhen asked, what is a good mare? Bolger replied, “It has to breed good conformation, or small fault I can live with. The stallion covering the dam, the second dam and the third dam – if any of those stallions are a bad stallion to me, I wont buy the mare.He also offered this advice “Unless you are an absolute genius you have to work your butt off”Koen Terryn, CEO and founder of Hippomundo said, “Everything starts with a correct foal. For this you must start with blacktype mare, by that I mean you must have performance record at 1m45 or above not just in the mare but also back the lines.”US-based Event Rider Tim Bourke added, “You have to look at the market and breed or buy for that market. The most important thing is temperament and I find the Irish temperament better. The cost of producing a horse is here in Ireland is far cheaper than the USA. To have a horse in training in US costs from 40 to 70 dollars per day.International Show Jumper, Breeder, and former Olympian Marion Hughes said,“You can’t be afraid of change, the sport is moving all the time, if we stay the same its not good. Get your young horses x-rays done before you show them to clients. If they have something like bone chips you can get them removed then to clear it up – take control of the situation yourself.”Although Hughes told of how one failed vetting turned out to be a blessing with her world famous multiple winning grey mare Flo Jo, “I sold Flo Jo for 3500 pounds as a three year old but got her back because she didn’t pass the vet.” horses need to be brought along slowly. Don’t think about making a fast buck”“People are crying out for good people to work in this industry”, Hughes added.Enda Carroll, Managing Director of Ashford Farm speaking during the Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium at The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone. Photo by Eóin Noonan/SportsfileGalway-born Enda Carroll, Managing Director of Ashford Farm said, “We are just starting into our breeding programme. We buy about 10 foals a year and breed about 10. We have a guy in Germany who makes a really good living looking after foals for people. He charges €175 euro per month to look after a mare or foal all year round including transport to vets for scanning etc.”Koen Terryn agreed, “I see an opportunity for people in Ireland to rear foals for people from Ireland and Europe”Enda Carroll offered this advice when trying to sell your horse, “Don’t ever be frightened to phone a dealer or agent and tell them about your animal. Be positive, send them videos, if you can’t do video’s yourself, pay someone to do it.”Barry O’Connor concluded, “We should focus more on the positives than negatives in the Sport Horse Industry.” Horse Sport Ireland International Marketing Symposium – A sell out event Tags:
LONDON, (Reuters) – Up to 60 English lower league soccer clubs could go out of business if the sport fails to plan for the impact of COVID-19 beyond the current season, Huddersfield Town owner Phil Hodgkinson said on Sunday. English professional soccer has been suspended since March.Championship (second tier) clubs are due to return to training in small groups today, with hopes of completing the season behind closed doors.“The problem is not whether we finish (the) season or not, it is what happens after that,” Hodgkinson told the BBC. “If we don’t come to an agreement there will be no football pyramid.“There are clubs I know of that are only still trading because they are deferring wages and (tax) and other creditors. They will need paying at some point.”Hodgkinson said the worst case scenario would be playing next season without fans allowed to attend matches, leaving many clubs without their major source of income. Clubs are already facing significant expenditure for COVID-19 testing. “There is an absolutely real, stark probability that if something isn’t agreed now within football to ensure all clubs can pay their bills and get through to the point where income is resumed, you will be looking at 50 or 60 clubs ceasing to exist,” said Hodgkinson.He suggested players’ wages needed to be reduced by 30 to 50% at every level until crowds could return, and accused some people in the game of “just sticking their heads in the sand.”