Gareth O’Brien: Castleford Tigers sign full-back on three-year deal | Rugby League News

first_imgGareth O’Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023 “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue my stay at the Tigers and I’m really looking forward to the next three years,” O’Brien said.“Since joining it’s been great, I settled in really quickly, the boys have been great and the coaches have been fantastic. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and I think we’re a bit glad to see the back of it and we’re all looking forward to 2021.“I can slot into both half-back and full-back and that gives us some good options for next year. I’ll be putting everyone on their toes, it’s healthy and helps the competition that a squad needs. I’m looking forward to it.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Daryl Powell says O’Brien is a ‘very dangerous’ player Gareth O’Brien joined Castleford on loan from Toronto in August, and was planning to return to Canada at end of 2020 season; however, after Super League clubs voted against allowing Wolfpack back into the competition in 2021, the 29-year-old has committed his future to the Tigers Last Updated: 15/11/20 3:19pmcenter_img Gareth O'Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023
Gareth O'Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023

FIH coach Shiv Jagday conducts hockey clinic in Guyana

first_imgFIH hockey coach Shiv Jagday visited Guyana from June 7 to 20 to conduct two weeks of hockey training for coaches, nationals and junior players.While Jagday hails from India originally, which is a powerhouse in the sport from inception of international competition, he has plied his trade mostly in Canada for the past 40 years.According to a Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) release, after a successful stint in the 1980s as the Canadian men’s national team coach where he led Canada to their most successful international period of two Olympic appearances, two World Cups and two Pan American gold medals, Jagday branched out into developmental coaching worldwide.His first such assignment was to Guyana in 1988 at the invitation of Chris Fernandes, the-then president of the GHBl.Coach Shiv, as he is called by everyone, has since visited Guyana five times to conduct Olympic solidarity courses which have impacted on many of the country’s national players of the recent past.Jagday undertook the responsibility of the USA junior national programme from 1998 to 2005 before developing two training academies for hockey in California and Vancouver.He also spends his time in Melbourne, Australia and Punjab India where he has helped to establish a regional training institute that has seen nine players from Punjab selected for the current Indian national team. With Jagday now being semi-retired, he made contact with the GHB to offer his services for free in his effort to give back to the sport.This was an offer that the GHB could not refuse as it is difficult to secure the expertise of a top quality coach in this part of the world without a substantial cost.Among the topics covered during his two-week stay here in Guyana were core basic skills like Stance, Footwork and First Touch in addition to Passing and Receiving, Running with the ball, Triangle play, Team concepts and using Mini Hockey as a tool to develop the game in segments.Fifty boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 years attended the junior sessions while thirty-five coaches attended the coaching sessions.President of the GHB, Philip Fernandes, was high in praise of the training programme run by Shiv and considers it of great value to Guyana’s hockey. When Jagday first came to Guyana, Fernandes was the junior national hockey captain and considered Jagday’s teachings to be invaluable.Fernandes indicated that the GHB is in discussions with Jagday about making his visits an annual feature on the hockey calendar with a long-term plan for developing even stronger junior and senior teams in four years’ time.Upon completion of his two-week training clinic, Jagday commented, “There is so much natural talent waiting to be groomed in the correct way.“As I said since my first visit, there is great athleticism, intelligence and adaptability among the Guyanese athletes. They just need more discipline, structure in sport and in life and to develop a routine where training is concerned. The attitude cannot just be to train whenever the mood suits.”Jagday indicated that he enjoys Guyana every time he visits and mentioned the beautiful climate and hospitable people as being two of the main reasons he has chosen to return to Guyana.last_img read more