Colombia gano el torneo de rugby Sudamericano M18 en #Peru @rugbyperu

Colombia, campeones del torneo de rugby Sudamericano M18, 2016. Chiclayo, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

Colombia, campeones del torneo de rugby Sudamericano M18, 2016. Chiclayo, Peru. William León celebra con uno de sus jugadores.
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Torneo Sudamericano de rugby M18 (Ronda 3)

El torneo de rugby Sudamericano B M18 llegó a su tercera y última ronda de hoy en Chiclayo, Perú. Jugando un rugby impresionante en sus dos primeros juegos, Colombia y México se reunieron en la final, con Perú y Venezuela en un partido decisivo por el tercer puesto en el torneo.

Venezuela versus Perú

En primer lugar hasta el día de un verdadero invierno caliente en un excelente césped artificial en el campo de rugby del Colegio San José fueron los Tumis del Perú jugando con el Vino Tinto de Venezuela. Ambos equipos estaban desesperados por dar un buen espectáculo, y conseguir algunos puntos en el tablero y su primera victoria del torneo.

Perú abrió el marcador con un try convertido al cabo de diez minutos. Venezuela volvió con su primer intento después de 14 minutos, sin convertir. Perú fue por arriba de la línea dos veces en rápida sucesión sólo para que los tries rechazados para un pase hacia adelante y luego un doble movimiento ilegal. Pero, después de 29 minutos y con la conversión, Perú entró en el descanso del partido por 14-5. Los Tumis mantuvieron sus turbinas funcionando en la segunda mitad con tres tries más. Severino Diego Salazar consiguió tres tries y Giovanni Martina Lescano añadió un try y tres conversiones. Un rendimiento mucho mejor para construir el futuro de este joven equipo del Perú.

Resultado final : Venezuela 5-31 Perú

Diego Severino Salazar scores one of his three tries for Peru in their game against Venezuela in the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

Diego Severino Salazar anota uno de sus tres tries para Perú en su partido contra Venezuela en el torneo de rugby Sudamericano M18, 2016, Chiclayo, Peru.
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Colombia versus México

Con los dos adelanteros con una carga pesada, pero con bastante móbilidad, una batalla hacia delante por adelantado. Ambos equipos tuvieron velocidad en la línea de tres cuartos de arriba también. En un juego emocionante, el plomo cambió dos veces antes del medio tiempo cuando estaba empatado a 19 puntos cada uno. México tomó la ventaja a 26-19 poco después de la vuelta alrededor con un try convertido. Los colombianos batallaron hasta lanzar el balón fuera de la banda con un try en la esquina izquierda. Era demasiado lejos para hacer la conversión, dejando a Los Tucanes de ir perdiendo por dos puntos, 24-22. Parecía que México había sellado su victoria en el campeonato, pero en el último minuto de juego, Colombia anotó un try y se adjudico el campeonato.

Resultado final : Colombia 27-24 México

Colombia try in their final game against Mexico at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Un try para Colombia en su último partido contra México en el torneo de rugby Sudamericano M18, 2016 en Chiclayo, Perú
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Los resultados finales del torneo

Colombia, con tres victorias son los campeones del torneo de rugby Sudamericano B M18 de este año. México quedo en el segundo puesto. Perú quedo en tercer puesto y Venezuelo quedando en ultimo puesto. Felicitaciones a todos los equipos por un espléndido torneo y en especial a Felipe Barrera (capitán), William León (Técnico) y todos los otros jugadores en el equipo Los Tucanes de Colombia.

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Colombia win the South America U18 rugby tournament in #Peru @rugbyperu

Colombia, champions of the South America U18 rugby tournament, 2016. Chiclayo, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

Colombia, champions of the South America U18 rugby tournament, 2016. Chiclayo, Peru.
© J. Ashley Nixon

South America U18 international rugby tournament (Round 3)

The South America B Under 18 rugby tournament reached its third and final round today in Chiclayo, Peru. Playing some impressive rugby in their first two games, Colombia and Mexico were meeting in the final, with Peru and Venezuela in a decider for third place in the tournament.

Venezuela versus Peru

First up on a real hot winter’s day at the splendid, artificial turf rugby pitch at San Jose College were the Tumis from Peru playing the Vino Tinto of Venezuela. Both teams were desperate to put in a good show, get some points on the board and their first win of the tournament.

Peru opened the score with a converted try after ten minutes. Venezuela came back with their first try after 14 minutes, unconverted. Peru went over the line twice in rapid succession only to have the tries turned down for  a forward pass and then an illegal double move. It was third time lucky though after 29 minutes and with the conversion, Peru went into the half time up by 14-5. The Tumis kept their turbines running in the second half with three more tries.  Diego Severino Salazar got a hat trick (three tries) and Giovanni Martina Lescano added one try plus three conversions. A much better performance and one to build on for the future of this young team.

Final score: Venezuela 5 – 31 Peru

Diego Severino Salazar scores one of his three tries for Peru in their game against Venezuela in the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru. © J. Ashley Nixon

Diego Severino Salazar scores one of his three tries for Peru in their game against Venezuela in the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Colombia versus Mexico

With both packs weighing in a heavy but mobile load this was quite  an upfront forwards battle. Both teams had speed in the three-quarter line-up as well. In a thrilling game, the lead changed twice before half time when it was tied at 19 points each. Mexico took the lead to 26-19 shortly after the turn around with a converted try. The Colombians battled back throwing the ball out to the wing with a try in the left hand corner.  It was too far out to make the conversion, leaving The Toucans trailing by two points, 24-22. It looked like Mexico had sealed their championship win, but in the last minute of play, Colombia scored a try to just clinch the game.

Final score: Colombia 27 – 24 Mexico

Final tournament results

Colombia with three wins are the champions of this year’s South America B U18 tournament. Mexico were runners up. Peru came third and closing things out were Venezuela. Congratulations to all of the teams for a splendid tournament and especially to Felipe Barrera (Captain), William Leon (Head Coach) and all the other players in theToucans team from Colombia.

Colombia try in their final game against Mexico at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Colombia score a try in their final game against Mexico at the South America U18 rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Peru
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International rugby: South America U18 tournament round 2 @rugbyperu #Peru

Mexico U18 centre #12 tackled just in front of the try line in the international game versus Venezuela in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Mexico U18 centre Franco Guerro tackled just in front of the try line in the international game versus Peru in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
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South America U18 international rugby tournament (Round 2)

The South America B Under 18 rugby tournament reached its second round today in Chiclayo with games between host nation Peru and Mexico and Venezuela versus Colombia. As with the first round, both games turned out to be one-sided affairs in terms of the scores.

Peru versus Mexico

Mexico once again showed their dominance in the forwards and spun the ball out freely to put in eight tries. Peru’s tackle count was high but they were unable to deliver any points. Final score: Peru 0-48 Mexico.

A Mexico U18 Serpents forward evades a last gasp tackle to score a try in the international game versus Peru in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

A Mexico U18 Serpents forward evades a last gasp tackle to score a try in the international game versus Peru in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
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Venezuela versus Colombia

The second game of the day at San Jose College, Chiclayo, Lambayeque saw the two South American neighbouring countries face up. The Colombia Toucans greater experience with the oval ball game shone through and proved too strong for the hard working Venezuelans. Final score: Venezuela 0-69 Colombia.

Packs in action in the international U18 rugby game between Venezuela and Colombia in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Packs in action in the international U18 rugby game between Venezuela and Colombia in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
© J. Ashley Nixon

The international South American rugby tournament continues with its last round on Saturday, Aug 27: Peru versus Venezuela; and Mexico versus Colombia.

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International Rugby: South America U18 tournament in Chiclayo, Peru

South America U18 rugby

Mexico U18 centre #12 scoring one of his three tries in the international game versus Venezuela in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Mexico U18 centre #12 scoring one of his three tries in the international game versus Venezuela in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
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The South America B Under 18 rugby tournament got underway today with games between Mexico and Venezuela and host nation, Peru playing Colombia. Both games turned out to be pretty one-sided affairs on a fabulous, rugby-specific, artificial turf at San Jose College, Chiclayo, Lambayeque.

Mexico versus Venezuela

Mexico dominated with their strong pack and fast running backs to turn in a nine-try performance. Final score: Mexico 59:5 Venezuela.

Mexico forward scores against Venezuela in the South America U18 rugby tournament in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Mexico forward scores against Venezuela in the South America U18 rugby tournament in Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
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Peru versus Colombia

Colombia never really looked threatened in their game, despite the never-give-up effort of Peru’s Tumis, and ran in twelve tries. Final score: Peru 0-74 Colombia.

Colombia and Peru U18 in action at the South America rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru © J. Ashley Nixon

Colombia and Peru U18 in action at the South America rugby tournament, Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Peru
© J. Ashley Nixon

The tournament continues with two games on Wednesday, Aug 24 and then on Saturday, Aug 27.

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The Battle of the Somme and The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace @LeedsTownHall #Somme100

Recruiting for The Leeds Pals (Photographer unísono, c. 1915)

Recruiting for The Leeds Pals (Photographer unknown, c. 1915)

The Somme

The Somme. For a long while, centuries, it was just the name of a place in northern France. Somewhere in Flanders, a river running through a quiet valley. One hundred years ago today, on July 1, 1916 that all changed in a day that marked the start of the bloodiest battle of the First World War. The Somme became, and remains, a phrase that shouts out with death and destruction at the highest level.

That first of July was the worst day for casualties in British military history. A day when almost 20,000 young men lost their lives in the first waves of a battle that would struggle along for more than four months until November 18, 1916. And the result? Not a lot, really. A small shift in the positions and control over trench lines between the Allied and German forces. A realization amongst British strategists, that mechanized warfare, using more machine guns and other means of mass destruction, was superior to attacks based on bayonet and rifle. More than a million men were wounded or killed in this largest battle of WWI. That war would rage on for another two years and more until the day that we, in Canada and elsewhere across the Commonwealth, mark as Remembrance Day, November 11, 1918.

On that day a century ago, the front line trenches were filled with young men, eager, maybe, to fight for their country yet unaccustomed to any form of warfare. They were just boys and lads from farm and factory, village and city across Britain. Leeds, like many places, had responded patriotically to Lord Kitchener’s call to enlist. A local regiment was formed, the 15th Battalion Prince of Wales Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, commonly known to this day as the Leeds Pals. 900 of them signed up, put on their khaki uniform and left Yorkshire for France. On the night on June 30, they had a celebratory meal together. For most, it was to be their last supper. The following morning, officers in the trenches blew their whistles and as day was dawning, the lads went up and “Over the Top”. The nearby adjacent German forces, supplemented with intelligence gained from listening posts dug deep underground, knew exactly when they were coming. Aiming their huge arsenal of Maschinengewehr 08 (MG 08) machine guns at their unknowing on-comers, they fired. As much as 500 rounds per minute came out of those hand cranked death machines. Wave after wave was felled. By the end of that darkest of days, 750 of the 900 Leeds Pals were dead. 18,490 more British soldiers went down with them.

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Performance in re cognition of the start of the Battle of the Somme, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England on June 30, 2016

Performance in memory of the start of the Battle of the Somme, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, England on June 30, 2016

To mark the start of the Battle of the Somme, Leeds City Council sponsored a musical concert last night at the Leeds Town Hall, a majestic building that formed the official starting point for that fateful march to France for the Leeds Pals a hundred years ago. The program was a moving and appropriate tribute, solemnly appreciated by a full house, many of them wearing their military berets and medals out of respect for their fallen comrades in arms.

The finale was a heartfelt and, for many, tearful tribute: a magnificent performance of Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Under the direction of conductor, Ben Gernon, this powerful, epic piece of music commissioned by The Royal Armouries museum, was played and sung by the combined forces of the Manchester Camerata, Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and St Peter’s Singers. Ailish Tynan sang solo soprano from the front. Mohammed Adam Aslam (muezzin), high up in the terraces of the auditorium, gave a resonant Moslem Call to Prayer.

The Manchester Camerata, the only orchestra to bear the name of that city, had a string section of some 42 players, a brass and woodwind section 23 strong and a percussive team of five that drove powerful, emotive military themes in and out of the orchestration. Around them, and below the huge pipes of the concert organ, stood and sung the combined choir with around 180 voices. Their rendition (to my imagination) of those first moments of contact, a cacophony of screams of anger and agony as armies confronted one another in trench warfare was a musical masterpiece, the likes of which I have never heard of before.

Lest We Forget. Peace not War.

Lest We Forget. REmembering the Battle of the Somme, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

Lest We Forget. Remembering the Battle of the Somme, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

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Night Committee gather the Calgary crowd into The Ship & Anchor @sledisland #sledisland2016 #YYC

Night Committee playing at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Night Committee playing at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Night Committee

Local, highly respected Calgary band, Night Committee hung up their wet anoraks Friday night and squeezed onto the cosy corner stage at the Ship & Anchor to belt out their brand of high tempo anthemic punk, R & B and soul.

The Night Comm used to be, until earlier this year, a three piece. Nicola Cavanagh Lefevre (bass & backing vocals), joined the band to pump up the action on the bottom line and give Andrew Wedderburn (vocals & guitar) and Lorrie Matheson (keyboards & backing vocals) more room with the melodies. Joel Nye, at the stern, was laying down the rhythm on drums.

The bountiful, swaggering set featured songs such as Loss Leaders and Gills from Heaven, released in 2014, ending the gig with a big high with Is it Sinking In? from their debut album, Crime (2012).

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Night Committee playing at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Night Committee playing at The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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What’s in a name? Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor @sledisland Calgary #YYC #sledisland2016

Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor during Sled Island Music Festival 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor during Sled Island Music Festival 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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What’s in a name? Big Knife/Little Knife

Big Knife/Little Knife. “It resonates with aggression and precision”, said Kevin Jagernauth (guitar & vocals). “The Little Knife is the melodic part that we try and work into our music that drummer, Denise Williams, described as  “post-hardcore that bleeds into a few different things”. We were talking after the band’s show at The Ship & Anchor. Denise offered up a somewhat more domestic explanation for the name.  “I was doing the dishes one night and started thinking, big knife, little knife….what a great name for a band!”. Both explanations count for the band that put out a digital album in April this year appropriately called, for this gig, Anchor Rights, which also comes with some attractive artwork by Nicole Aline Legault. 

Post-hardcore at Sled Island 2016

“It felt really great”, said drummer Denise Williams. “We play in this very specific genre. We don’t often play to a rowdy pub crowd. It was really awesome to play in front of this crowd and have them be so excited”. Kevin jumped in: “The energy in the room was incredible. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience”.

Kevin Jagernauth of Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Kevin Jagernauth of Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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While the post-hardcore threesome (which also has David Tckach on bass & vocals) are spread across Canada, residence-wise (in Montreal, Hamilton and Calgary), they came together solidly for their inaugural gig at Sled Island 2016.

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Denise Williams of Big Knife/Little Knife playing in the library corner of The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada © J. Ashley Nixon

Denise Williams of Big Knife/Little Knife playing The Ship & Anchor during the 2016 Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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