Trapattoni again urges Gibson to leave United!

IRELAND boss, Giovanni Trapattoni has again urged Derry’s Darron Gibson (pictured right) to consider a loan deal away from Manchester United.

The Italian, who praised the midfielder following his superb strike for the Republic in the 3-0 win over Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night, insists would improve as a result.

Indeed, Trapattoni claimed the 23-year-old had to brush up on certain aspects of his game if he was to become an automatic starter for the international team.

“Manchester is Manchester and there are big players with big personalities, but a player needs to play regularly,” said ‘Trap.’

“Darron scored a great goal against Wales, but I still expect more from him.

“When he is on the ball he is fantastic, but there are two situations in football, first when you have the ball and second when you lose possession.

“If we lose the ball, he just stops and looks around. At United it is easier because they are always attacking and don’t lose the ball as much. I have told Darron he must continue to work for the ball if we don’t have it,” added the Italian.

Garvey Claims Senior Silver

Lumen Christi College swimmer, Ryan McGarvey, claimed the All-Ireland Silver medal in the 100 metres senior butterfly event when competing in Galway last weekend.

In doing so, the Castlederg student produced a personal best of 1.01 mins., three seconds better than his pervious best, to secure a place on the podium

City of Derry RP Federation

An open meeting of the City of Derry Racing Pigeon Federation will take place on Tuesday next, February 15th at 7.30 p.m in the Foyle R.P.S. clubrooms.

All members are asked to attend and proposals for the 2011 season will be taken from the floor.

Standing agenda items will include election of committee, club delegates, O.B & Y.B training routes and schedule, 2011 race programme, annual subscriptions and any other business.

Oakleaf ABC to host

Canadian opposition

Oakleaf Amateur Boxing Club will host a top team from Canada, in Derry’s Tower Hotel on Friday, March 18th next.

The St. Catharine’s ABC team, from Ontario, which is one of the most successful clubs in Canada will box an Oakleaf Select team.

Some of the top amatuer boxers from the city will be taking part in the tournament and the Oakleaf Committee are now busy preparing to host the Canadian party.

The Brandywell club’s secretary, Eugene O’Kane, agreed that it would be a big undertaking, both administratively and financially adding that Oakleaf are planning to travel to Canada in July for a return match.

The last team from Canada or, indeed, the USA to box in Derry, was almost 15 years ago when a team from Chicago visited the city.