In East Durham, football is escaping from its ‘black hole’. After seeing Saturday football in Shotton once again, another trip brought more Wearside League action, this time in Murton. Once a Northern League ground, Welfare Park suffered more than most from vandalism but even as the off-field facilities disappeared, it retained its impressively large playing surface. And, with Ryhope CW U23s playing there this season, it’s hosting games once again.
It is wild to believe that it was just earlier this year in January that NBA icon Kobe Bryant was killed alongside his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles. This week, his team paid an incredible tribute to him, taking out the NBA title on Sunday against Miami Heat 106-93. It was the first time they had won the title in a decade, with Lakers Coach Frank Vogel noting that Bryant “had guided this team the whole year”. Later on, Kobe’s late wife Vanessa sadly took to Instagram to wish that that the pair were still here to see the victory.
The coronavirus is causing us all to rethink how we go about our daily activities. Washing our hands and wearing a mask has become part of everyday life, and working from home has become the norm for many.
For a football fan, there’s something irresistible about a stadium. Whether it’s the grandest of international arenas or the most primitive of fenced-off fields, the very grass seems to resonate with great goals and famous victories. No matter how modest the team, there’s always ‘that game’.
Face-offs are utilized to begin times of play and to restart play after a stoppage. A go head to head includes two rival players remaining inverse each other at around one stick's sharp edge separated and the authority dropping the puck between them. The two players at that point endeavor to pick up ownership of the puck.