Les­son learned the hard way

Teen Kear­ney says his bad boy days are be­hind him FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Aged just 18, the United striker is al­ready turn­ing heads af­ter nine pre-sea­son goals earned him a first­team shirt for the South­ern League cam­paign.

He claimed his first league goal of the sea­son in the 2-2 draw at Cam­bridge City ear­lier this month.

Lim­er­ick-born Kear­ney ap­pears to be on an up­ward curve, but re­vealed he is al­ready in sec­ond chance ter­ri­tory af­ter be­ing re­leased by QPR two sea­sons ago fol­low­ing man­ager.

Still dream­ing of a ca­reer in the pro­fes­sional game, he be­lieves the set­back of his own mak­ing may prove to be a bless­ing in the longterm.

He said: “I got signed by QPR and was scor­ing for the un­der-18s when I was 16. Then I had an ar­gu­ment with the man­ager, so I got re­leased.

“Foot­ball is all about opin­ions, but at the end of the day you should not be rude to your man­ager and I learnt that the hard way, but that helps make you the per­son you are to­day and I know never to do that in the fu­ture.

“I get less an­gry about things on the pitch now. If a player hits me I don’t re­act and it has de­vel­oped me.”

How­ever, for less an­gry do not read soft touch as the young­ster is a bust-up with his more than able to stand up for or him­self, es­pe­cially among his is team-mates, par­tic­u­larly if there e are goals to be had.

He knows goals are his stock k in trade, so when at a re­cent pre- sea­son game the op­por­tu­nity forr a penalty came along, Kear­ney y was more than happy to fight his cor­ner and grab the ball.

He added: “There was an older striker than me on the pitch, but I want to try and ce­ment my spot and I just love scor­ing goals, so I just put my foot down. At the end of the day I’m a striker and a penalty is an easy goal isn’t it.”

Hayes & Yead­ing were due to help Slough Town of­fi­cially open their new Ar­bour Park ground on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day by tak­ing part in the first fix­ture at the sta­dium. STOCK­LEY Park is be­com­ing the home of a new all-fe­male coach­ing pro­gramme aimed at get­ting women out on the golf course.

Love.golf has been spe­cially de­vel­oped for women, with a unique ap­proach fo­cused on coach­ing while play­ing the game as a group, rather than sim­ply hit­ting balls on a prac­tice range.

Ac­cord­ing to PGA Golf pro­fes­sional An­drew Turner, love.golf is help­ing to trans­form the game’s out­dated im­age and wel­come a new gen­er­a­tion of fe­male golfers who may not have con­sid­ered try­ing golf be­fore.

Turner said: “The great thing about love. golf is that it pro­vides an en­vi­ron­ment for women to dis­cover, learn and im­prove skills.

“Cus­tomers fre­quently say they are sur­prised at their achieve­ments and the sense of self-con­fi­dence and em­pow­er­ment that comes with this.

“Love.golf is ideal for new golfers. All the equip­ment is pro­vided, you can wear jeans and train­ers and you don’t have to be a club mem­ber, or even have played be­fore. It’s re­laxed, wel­com­ing and prob­a­bly not at all what you think golf is like.”

Love.golf was launched in 2015 on the back of an aca­demic study at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham look­ing at how golf is taught to women.

It also fol­lows a na­tion­wide sur­vey that found more than 640,000 women said they would be ‘very in­ter­ested’ in tak­ing up golf.

The all-in­clu­sive love.golf pro­gramme in­cludes six weekly ses­sions with PGA pro­fes­sional An­drew Turner at Stock­ley Park Golf Club, with pric­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line.

The group is wel­come to meet so­cially and en­cour­aged to play and prac­tice to­gether be­tween coach­ing ses­sions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about love.golf at Stock­ley Park Golf Club, visit www.love.golf. FANCY hav­ing a go at netball?

The Har­ling­ton Netball League are on the look­out for new teams for their 2016/17 win­ter sea­son.

If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in the sport, visit www.har­ling­ton­net­ball.co.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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