Western BureauOmar Wedderburn, head coach at St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) could be dubbed the most interesting coach in schoolboy football.Widely known as “Rambo”, the former goalkeeper, who scored ten goals as an outfield player for his beloved STETHS in 1998, recently guided a youthful squad to a sixth-straight Ben Francis KO title, and will take them into a fifth daCosta Cup championship match today against Dinthill Technical.Wedderburn started at STETHS back in 1995 and played daCosta Cup there for three years ending in 1998.As a goalkeeper, he was excellent. He was of the same mould as his father Clive “Spider” Wedderburn, the current national goalkeeper coach but with a lot more passion.Rambo footballThis passion and skill has seen him being used at right back, sometimes as a right link player and ultimately in the forward position during his playing days, where his 10 goals in 1998 were a great achievement for a utility player such as he was.”Those days were the beginning of Rambo football at STETHS. But I had some great people around me. It was Wendell Downswell, who took me to STETHS and he has been a great friend and father-figure to me even now,” stated Wedderburn.”My time playing football has been great, thanks to that man, among others including former STETHS coach Andrew Edwards, whom I understudied before he left for Munro College,” he reasoned.”I learnt a lot from Edwards, and I take that with me all the time, while adding my character to how we play football, which is meant to be a fun, but hard-working way,” Wedderburn said.”It is the only way to have the team performing for each other. We have fun in training and in game situations, and as the coach, I try my best to be a centre of enjoyment for the squad. We laugh over things, but we remain committed and serious about it at the same time,” he said.He listed former national coach Jeffery Maxwell, Jerome Waite, Jackie Walters and current STETHS Technical Director Wendell Downswell, as inspiration.
Dance Protest Cockhill Bridge Saturday 18th October 2014 Innocence on the Bridge – A Special Report by resident Tony GrantPictures will bear witness to the sheer joy and excitement displayed by Elite Dance Crew on Saturday afternoon on Cockhill Bridge. The all Ireland Hip Hop dance champion group strutted their stuff on a fine afternoon flanked by parents and supporters – and politicians who tried to get in on the act. What was billed as a “Dance Protest” turned out to be great entertainment; and fun was had by all except the politicians who had to take some stick from the organisers for their inaction on providing safe access to Cockhill amenities.The children in particular must be commended for their Hip-Hop skills displayed during the protest and apologies to the very patient motorists who took it all in their stride. Not a cross word was spoken except towards the politicians present.They have shown very little leadership on the issue over the years and in fairness to Padraig Mac Lochlainn, he at least admitted this to the organisers after the protest. He said that collectively all of the councillors have been responsible for the disgrace that is Cockhill Bridge.Does this mean that we are going to see some action at last towards the provision of a pedestrian footbridge? I think not. The politicians would be more pleased if we just went away and left them alone to do what they do in a way that they like to do it.It is up to the residents of Cockhill and the wider community if they are going to allow the politicians to walk away and to forget once again about the safe access to Cockhill amenities.Think of the dance troupe yesterday, the effort by their dance teacher Clare McCarron in putting this National Champion group together and the leadership, quality of life, social skills, self-esteem not to mention dancing skills that she is providing our young people, she has to be commended for this. We the community need to provide them in return with safe access to school, church and local amenities.How bad have things become when our children have to come out on to the streets to protest for a basic need, a safe walkway to and from school.Cockhill Bridge Action Group are busy digging up information from the archives in Carndonagh Civic Offices in an effort to find out about Development levies raised for a pedestrian footbridge by Donegal County Council in 2008. Watch this space. Tony Grant SPECIAL REPORT: DANCE PROTEST AT COCKHILL BRIDGE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cockhill ProtestDANCEInnocence