The councillor for sports, Victor Ferrández, has announced that the firm
contracted to demolish the main stand at Torrevieja’s football stadium has
begun its business. The work started with the demolition of the roof and a
crane has been sent in to dismantle it. The main indoor grandstand and
changing rooms are all due to be demolished and there will be disconnection
of all utilities.
Asbestos also needs to be removed from the site which will be left good
following the removal work. The demolition is expected to be complete by the
end of August. There are plans to replace some of the facilities and to ensure
that the team has somewhere they can play in future.
Councillor Ferrández has explained that in the new football season it is hoped
that the field will be back to normal and that the second phase can begin of
drafting a new project which will allow for new seating to be developed and
the stadium to have more modern facilities.
The need to demolish the stand and team locker room is nothing new. In 2014
it was recognised that there were deficiencies in the building work and a
technical report suggested that measures should be taken to limit the use of
the stand and accompanying locker room.
The stand did not, in fact, have a licence and it would have been too
complicated to have made the corrections necessary to enable one to be
applied. Instead it was decided that demolition and rebuilding would be a
better option. A minor contract has now been issued for a drafting of the
project and work is being carried out following the approval of the 2018
Torrevieja primary school, Las Culturas, held its third annual charity race last week with children, teachers, parents and friends participating in the race for a good cause. As always, the race was held to coincide with international Day of Peace and once again, was used to raise money for a local cause. This year, the cause was CDA Torrevieja – the adaptive sports club which helps people with disabilities participate in sporting activities by providing specialised equipment and training. With the sponsorship of children and their parents, and further collection on the day, over €1000 was raised.
Each class ran in turn, starting with the three year olds, right up to year 6 (12 year olds) with the speed and competitive spirit seeming to rise with each year group. The crowds of school children, families and friends lining Calle Las Tortolas screamed encouragement and offered ‘high fives’ for the duration of all races ensuring that no participant was short of encouragement. The beginning and end of each race was accompanied by the hypnotic beat of drums by the school band, under the direction of popular music teacher Vicent.
After running, each of the children was offered a piece of fruit and bottle of water organised by Grupo Scout Las Culturas, and on hand to help with the organisation of the race were Torrevieja Triathlon Club and Puerto Athletics Club. Offering first aid support was a team from Hospital Torrevieja.
Dave, Dave, Dave. Just tell us what was in the package. Why don’t you want to? It’s not often a “jiffy bag” makes sporting headlines, we should make the most of it. Chris Froome, who has no grudge with Brailsford at all, has openly pondered why the contents of this jiffy bad still remain unknown and Sir Bradley Wiggins has retired, choosing to go on some celebrity reality show where everyone will soon forget about him. Great cover Brad, not that you need it of course.
Someone who never had his sporting ethics called into question is Sir Mo Farah. He is also pondering a few things via the medium of the British press. Sir Mo wants answers, and the question is “why didn’t I win Sports Personality of the Year?” I can understand anyone losing a title that has the world “personality” in it to Andy Murray being bitter, but let us look at the facts. Murray is a British tennis player that wins things. That doesn’t happen to British tennis players very often. Brilliant middle distance runners? Well, we knocked them out quite a lot in the times where British tennis hopes rested on Jeremy Bates for crying out loud. That’s why Mo, that’s why. And, frankly, it’s a popularity vote and Wimbledon will always be more popular than watching someone run round a track several times.
Speaking of Sir Andy Murray, and this column is becoming worryingly like the House of Lords, he has started 2017 in the way some of us cynics suspected he might. Losing to Novak Djokovic. Enjoy it whilst it lasts Muzza, Novak wants the Number One spot back. At least you got your Knighthood, they can’t take that away.
Alastair Cook was not knighted in the New Year’s Honours list, and following England’s disappointing tour of India it is not surprising. Cook will chat to Strauss sometime soon to discuss whether it is time for him to hand over the captaincy of the England cricket team. Even cricket has changed. I remember when the press used to hound out a captain they didn’t want anymore. Beefy, Gower, Gatt, even Chris Cowdrey, didn’t get the chance to sit down with their boss and discuss it amicably. No, they were sacked mid series which, clearly, was much more fun to watch. Bring back 1980’s cricket, please. I want to see the West Indies getting the ball to fly past the nose of an unhelmeted batsman. I want to see the Aussies being the Aussies and I want England to back to being the circus act they once were.
Cards on the table. I am as bad at football predictions as Paul Merson. We know this, this isn’t new news. When Everton led against Leicester I saw my FA Cup winning ticket potentially falling short at the 3rd Round stage – just like every season. Yeah, I am saying it loud and proud. Claudio is going to win the cup. Revenge tasted very sweet to Musa has he defied his critics and chewed up the Toffees. Aren’t Everton supposed to be decent and challenging for the top six? I am sure someone said that somewhere. Leicester have had a lot of experience of being behind this season, and this time they turned it round. Leicester for the cup I tell you.
Or Arsenal. It could be Arsenal. I mean, something has to go right for Arsene soon if only to shut up the likes of Piers Morgan. The sight of Olivier Giroud leading the troops out to battle at Preston didn’t calm the nerves of many an Arsenal fan but the point that Giroud is actually a very good player shone through yet again. He gets a lot of grief, but he is carrying Arsenal on his beautifully chiseled shoulders currently. And, you are only allowed to win the FA Cup if you have nearly been knocked out by a lower level side.
Rooney had been one goal shy of Sir Bob’s record for quite a while. Not because he has been unable to find the net, more because he has been unable to get on the pitch long enough during United’s resurgent run. Still, José trusted Wayne against a Reading side that were, to put it nicely, somewhat open at the back and the England skipper wasted little time in kneeing home the goal that, as a good friend of mine beautifully put it, it meant we can stop seeing obligatory shots of Bobby Charlton in the stands every time Rooney goes close. Mind you, he has only drawn level so we might have to go through the rigmarole at least one more time. United won easily, scoring four in a game yet again this season.
Pep admitted to the media over the weekend that he has made mistakes since coming to England. I’d agree, that flat cap the other week was a shocker. City made no mistakes in dispatching West Ham on Friday night. 5-0 flattered Bilic’s side who will no doubt console themselves by trying to buy another well known name for a fraction of their true value. Fans, even West Ham ones, are not stupid enough to fall for that lame attempt at PR Lady Brady. They are not Apprentice contestants.
Surely by now someone has made a banner saying “Hughes Out?” No? Let me get my sewing machine out. I am no Stoke fan, but he is ruining that club. They used to have an identity, something about going there on a windy Tuesday night was supposed to turn even the likes of a primetime Roy Keane weak at the knees. Now they roll over at home to Wolves and have their tummy tickled. Stoke could have had a run in the FA Cup and it’s not as if they have any interest in qualifying for the Europa League via the Premier League. For a man who won the cup many times, it was a poor show from Hughes and Stoke.
Mind you, WBA were also a surprise. I know of at least one person that tipped them as the dark horses to lift the trophy at Wembley and they contrived to lose to a team managed by Steve Mc. That is never a good sign. Though it was refreshing to see, once again, the complete lack of impartiality from Paul Ince on live TV when he heard his son’s free kick had gone in. Incey has had more to smile about from his kid’s lower level career than from his own managerial one, that’s for sure.
Could we all be wrong about Marco Silva? “Who?” some of you might still be asking. The new man at Hull, the one who was nailed on to fail before he even turned up. Well, they beat Swansea on his debut. Mind you, imagine his relief when he saw he was playing Swansea in his first game, a team that would really rather not leave Wales if possible.
Big Sam is still looking at the bottom of a pint of wine for his first win as Palace manager. In fact, might there be another vacancy at a different Palace before Sam gets a victory? He went to Bolton, his old haunt, and gave his old crowd a reminder of how dire the football was under him at times in a 0-0 draw.
A week is a long time in football, as Eddie Howe will now testify. With 20 minutes to go against Arsenal he was riding on the crest of a wave and was about to be the new Arsenal, England and PSG manager combined before the season was out. Days later, having thrown away a 3-0 lead to the Arsenal, he was getting dumped out of the FA Cup 3-0 by Millwall. Ouch.
Norwich have been terrible recently. Yes, a little Championship knowledge on show for you there. Mind you, Southampton have been a little ropey themselves so a 2-2 draw was probably about right all in all.
Social media went into a brief little meltdown as Liverpool’s youth team failed to beat an experienced, in form League Two side in Plymouth. Kloppo will not have wanted an evening trip to the south coast, but his youngsters have rarely failed him so you can understand the gamble. The same people were criticising Plymouth for turning up playing for a point and celebrating getting it. Hang on, isn’t that what United did?
Conte also rolled the dice, giving Michy Batshuyai a very rare start. He repaid his manager with a goal. Conte also gave John Terry a rare start. He repaid his manager with a red card. Is that it for JT? Probably. Still, with Costa, Hazard and Moses on the bench Chelsea eased past Peterborough 4-1.
Spurs defender Ben Davies managed to do what Vincent Janssen looked very unlikely to achieve all day, and that was head the ball past the Villa goalkeeper. It was just like last season for Villa, as they failed to win away from home against Premier League opposition.
Can you imagine how bad the nil-nil between Sunderland and Burnley must have been?
Sign up for the Torrevieja Half Marathon
Get fit in 2017
If you’re looking for a goal to achieve after the excesses of the festive period why not sign up for Torrevieja’s half marathon or its 10K run? This is the 34th time the run has taken place and it continues to be a popular event in Torrevieja’s calendar. The race will take place on 26th February 2017 and starts at 10am.
Those who want to go the full distance and run the half marathon of 21Kdo two laps of the course. It extends all the way from Cala del Gambote at the northern point of the town, down to past the Muelle de la Sal in the south. As the organisers point out, it’s a good way to get to know a little more about your local town. If not perhaps the easiest.
Those who opt for the 10K only have one lap to do. It’s a good run as there are few hills and, in most years, the weather has been kind to participants. There are regular water stops on the way which are staffed by volunteers.
Registration takes place in the port area and the event has been well organised in the past. It is a competitive race rather than a fun run and many people take it very seriously. However, people of all different nationalities and levels of fitness take part including a few in fancy dress.
If you show your runner’s number then you will also receive a discount of €1 from your parking fee if you park by the port.At the end of the race you are given a snack and refreshments to help bring your energy levels back up to normal.
Your registration fee includes civil liability and accident insurance and first aid facilities line the route. There is usually a good turn out from local people to cheer the runners on, even those bringing up the rear.
The results are published on the website and all the runners will be sent an email with their results. You can also see the pictures of runners as they cross the finishing line on the website.
There are different categories for the prizes including veteran groups and trophies are given to the top three athletes in each category witheveryone getting a commemorative medal and goody bag for taking part.
You can register up to the 23rd February but pay more the later you leave it. Until the 24th January the cost of registration for the half marathon is €18. Following this date you will pay €22. The 10K is slightly cheaper at €13 until the 24th January and €16 until the 23rd February. You register online and can pay directly online too. Once the transaction has been made you will receive a justificante de inscripción which you should bring to the event.
It’s easy to sign up as the website has an English version and there is a Facebook page too. If you‘like’ this, you will be kept up-to-date as the event approaches. It’s a good opportunity to blow away the cobwebs whether you are participating or simply there to offer your support.
Your week in Sport
by Chris Darwen
So, Russia doped over 1000 athletes and cheated their way through London 2012. That’s ok then, they are bound to have been the only country doing it, aren’t they. I mean, god forbid any country that isn’t Russia gets dragged into the scandal. Or has anything swept under the carpet. As long as they have the appropriate doctor’s note and ride a bike everything is ok. But hey, it means a few Team GB athletes might move up the medal table.
In a totally unrelated demonstration of British Cycling being able to make things go away, Jess Varnish’s complaints against Shane Sutton got narrowed down to one small thing being upheld and several other big things being refuted. The PR machine had suggested back in October that Sutton had been found to have used “inappropriate language and behaviour” but last week’s leak on the actual report suggested that of all the instances claimed, only one was found to be “true” in the eyes of the “independent” committee. That press release seems fair then.
England will just about want to pack up and come home following being led another merry dance in the 4th Test in India. We might have found another good batsman in South African Keaton Jennings. Well, if we forget his ridiculous name and focus on the first innings ton and not the second innings duck we might have found another good batsman. Other than that, same old same old. India score more runs than us and their spinners take more wickets than ours. Come home boys, the game is up.
Anthony Joshua danced around Eric Molina in Manchester on Saturday night to defend his IBF title. Joshua will be rewarded with a date with Klitschko in April 2017. The best fight of the night saw Chisora beaten by Whyte in 12 rounds. Following the press conference pantomime that saw Whyte throw an actual table at Chisora there were no titles on the line, just a bucket load of pride.