Can the Sonics bounce back?

first_imgGABA/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme…The action continues tonight in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme Under-23, second-division and first-division tournament when the Pepsi Sonics clash with the in-form Plaisance Guardians.The night gets started in the second-division category at 18:30h, then the first-division players take centre stage as Sonics take on Nets at 20:30h at the Burnham Hard Court.With the Plaisance Guardians being crowned the victorious second-division champions in March 2018 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the team have always classified themselves as one of the top squads.As of recent, the Guardians have recorded a number of wins in the GABA League as they search for yet another title to add to their name. The Guardians have been in form as they demolished the Pacesetters 72-62 in their recent clash over the weekend with skipper Terrence Daniels (18), leading from the front yet again as he received valuable support from Delroy Critchlow (11) and Hillman Bovell (10).Daniels has kept his performance consistent throughout the tournament with back-to-back leading scores. Guardians have an advantage over the Sonics who seem to be having an off season.In the next match-up for the night, the Sonics will face the Nets. The Sonics have been trying to win games, but can hardly find the net as they seem to be having a dry spell.In last Saturday’s match-up, the Colts defeated the Sonics 62-51. Sonics led 20-14 after the first quarter, but the opposition’s defence got better as the game progressed which saw Sonics being outscored in the next three periods 10-15, 10-17, 11-16, respectively, to proverbially snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.In the majority of their games, the Sonics have managed to excel at the start, but somewhere along the line, they lose their flair.last_img read more


first_imgPeople who are unable to work or are on reduced work hours due to back pain are being sought to take part in a HSE-funded research programme run by the Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway.Interim findings from the ‘Pain Disability Prevention Trial’, currently running at the Centre for Pain Research at the university, show promising results for people with back pain. The researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of an active rehabilitation programme which allows patients who are off work due to back pain the opportunity to attend 10 free one-to-one sessions with a Clinical Psychologist trained in pain rehabilitation locally in Donegal.The aim of the sessions is to help patients to gradually increase their level of activity and help manage their pain.Sessions focus on a range of pacing techniques, cognitive therapy to identify any unhelpful thinking patterns and the development of activity goals, stretches and exercising to improve physical function.Miriam Raftery, Researcher at the Centre for Pain Research, said: “The initial trends show that those who took part in the rehabilitation sessions had improvements in overall level of functioning and activity levels, as well as significant reductions in stress and anxiety, compared to those who didn’t take part in the programme.  This suggests that the active rehabilitation programme may be beneficial in improving overall quality of life among those with back pain.” Sue, 54, who took part in the free sessions earlier this year, says that they helped her to structure her day and acknowledge completed tasks; “It helped me realize that, prior to the sessions, every day was more or less the same.  I am now back to full time employment after four years.  I think the programme really helped me with this.”Tom, 37, says he found the programme “very beneficial” and said it was very helpful to have the set appointment every week; “I will miss the sessions enormously,” he says.The researchers are still recruiting people to take part in this trial in Donegal.  All appointments take place locally in either Letterkenny or Buncrana.   Those interested in taking part do not need to travel to Galway at any point.The researchers are interested in hearing from people who are unable to work or are on reduced work hours due to back pain. Lead researcher Dr. Brian McGuire said; “We are very encouraged with the early results of this programme, it has made a significant difference in the activity levels of a number of people with chronic pain.”For further information about taking part, please contact Miriam Raftery, Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway, email [email protected], phone 091 495 830 or see the trial website:  GPs and physiotherapists interested in referring patients to the trial are also invited to contact this number.HEALTH: FREE BACK PAIN CLINICS FOR DONEGAL AS PART OF TRIAL was last modified: July 27th, 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:HEALTH: FREE BACK PAIN CLINICS FOR DONEGAL AS PART OF TRIALlast_img read more