Linebacker Curt Maggitt celebrates after Tennessee won 24-17 at Vanderbilt.In the wake of Tennessee’s 24-17 bowl-clinching win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, the Vols celebrated as if they had just won the SEC East.Linebacker Curt Maggitt planted a Tennessee flag in the Vanderbilt Stadium turf. The team posed for jubilant group photos with coach Butch Jones occupying the front-and-center space typically reserved for a trophy of some sort.There was no trophy for the Vols on Saturday night — just the assurance of a 13th game. They’d never been serious contenders in the division race. But that didn’t matter as “Rocky Top” filled the Nashville night.All that mattered was that, four miles from where Tennessee last played in the postseason, the Vols punched their ticket back to the promised land for the first time since 2010 — location to be determined.Climer: Vols can thank Dobbs for bowl tripSpoiler-hopeful Vanderbilt put a scare into Tennessee, which had dropped two straight to its in-state rival, but couldn’t salvage something from its disappointing season. Vanderbilt, which had won consecutive games in the series for the first time since 1925-26, finished winless in the SEC.Several times Saturday, it looked as if Tennessee (6-6, 3-5 SEC) was ready to put the Commodores away for good, but the outcome wasn’t assured until the final minute. On a night when the Vols’ offense struggled — getting outgained 272-262 — it was the defense that was called upon to win the game.Commodores coach Derek Mason alternated between quarterbacks Johnny McCrary, who started, and Patton Robinette on the first few drives. He eventually settled on Robinette who, save for a pair of costly interceptions, kept Vanderbilt (3-9, 0-8) in it until late.A late touchdown might have tempted Mason to go for two to possibly end Tennessee’s bowl hopes in regulation, but the decision never had to be made. The once-promising two-minute drill ended at midfield as Vanderbilt turned the ball over on downs.Vols’ Jalen Hurd suffers upper-body injuryBefore that drive, Jones’ mantra to the Tennessee defense was simple.“He just said ‘Finish,’ ” said safety Brian Randolph, who had one of the Vols’ three interceptions. “That was our motto all week.”Josh Dobbs, whose emergence as the Vols’ starting quarterback corresponded with the offense’s rebirth, entered the game to take a knee. He finished with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns but struggled throwing the ball, connecting on just over half of his passes and throwing two interceptions.But it was fitting that Dobbs, who led the team into the bowl conversation, was the one to secure a postseason game for the first time under Jones with the kneeldown.“I don’t care where we go,” Jones said, sitting at the podium alongside his 7-year-old son, Andrew. “I’m just really excited for our kids.”Vols’ Jalen Hurd suffers upper-body injuryMonday afternoon, following a day off Sunday, the Vols will come to Neyland Stadium to meet and lay out their bowl schedule.That meeting, Jones said, could’ve been when the team said goodbye for the season. When Jones mentioned that possibility to his team, the response, he said, was that they weren’t ready to split up.After fighting off pesky Vanderbilt, they won’t be parting ways quite yet.“It means everything,” Dobbs said of the season extension. “That was our goal coming into this season. We wanted to get to a bowl game and get our seniors to a bowl game and then progress from there.”Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] or on Twitter @MattSlovin.
The HSI Level 2 Coach course 2016 concluded with cross country practical coaching assessments on Friday (30/09/16) at Spruce Lodge Training Facility, Co. Wicklow. A total of 24 candidates came forward for assessment this year with assessments running for 5 days from 26th to 30th September. The HSI Level 2 Coach course provides coaches with the necessary skills and technical knowledge to work as an independent equestrian coach up to elementary level dressage, 1.20m show jumping and CCI1* – 2* Eventing.Due to huge demand, two Level 2 courses were run throughout 2016. The course began in spring this year with the first three tutor led days running consecutively. During these education days, all of the exercises were demonstrated and explained in each discipline to the relevant levels. This was followed by an attendance day at Tattersalls International Horse Trials earlier this year when coaches had a chance to walk the CCI2* course as well as observe and analyse the dressage under Tutor guidance. In June, candidates attended their Pre-Assessments lasting a further two days. Coaches brought their own horses and riders, capable of working at the required standard to coach one session in each of the three disciplines. They were given feedback on their coaching skills, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and clear advice and a pathway to improve.Coaches continued their own professional development throughout the course duration on their own time, working with Tutors and polishing their skills before presenting for final assessment last week.Coaches were assessed in dressage and show jumping by independent outside assessors and must have reached the required standard of competency in both disciplines before being assessed in cross country. A total of 20 coaches reached the cross country assessment stage with all 20 meeting the required standard in this discipline. They are:Rebecca Chow, Co. CorkSinead Cooney, Co. ClareOrlaith Delamere, Co. KildareToni Donnelly, Co. DownHelen Dempsey, Co. KildareRachel Dowley, Co. KilkennySimone Hession, Co. SligoJane Kinsella, Co. MeathCathal Lynch, Co. DownAoife McCabe, Co. GalwaySonya McCormack, Co. KildareMaeve McEvoy, Co. TyroneKevin McGuinness, Co. DublinKelda Morgan, Co. DonegalSoraya Morscher, Co. ClareShota Niikura, Co. CorkPaddy O’Donnell, Co. WaterfordKim O’Gorman, Co. WexfordTomás Ryan, Co. TipperarySteven Smith, Co. WexfordFurther information on the HSI Level 2 Coach course is available here http://www.horsesportireland.ie/coaching/course-level-2-coach/Alternatively, please contact Catherine Farrell at [email protected] or call +353 45 854512 Twenty Level 2 Coaches Successfully Complete Qualification 5 October 2016, 13:12 Tags: Home » Coaching News » Twenty Level 2 Coaches Successfully Complete Qualification