Greenwood’s NRL dream now a reality

first_imgWhen it was decided by the Titans coaching and medical staff that Proctor would not return for the second half against the Roosters on Saturday night Greenwood was thrust into battle.By running on for the second 40 minutes he and fellow Titans recruit Dan Sarginson created Telstra Premiership history by becoming the first English pair to debut for the same club in the same game in the NRL era, but he has already set his sights on playing a more significant role in the coming weeks.Scans on Monday will determine the extent of Proctor’s shoulder injury and should he be unable to face the Knights next Saturday, Greenwood is more than willing to put his hand up to come into the starting team.”Wherever coach wants me to play I’ll play and if he wants me to push out big minutes I’ll do my best to push out those big minutes and do what’s best for the team,” Greenwood told NRL.com.”Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and he’ll be back out there next week.”The 23-year-old only landed in Australia on Monday morning, with his arrival on the Gold Coast from St Helens accelerated 12 months earlier than originally anticipated.It brought the dream of an NRL debut into clear view and he said after the game that he was still coming to terms with the fact that he is now playing in the NRL.”I have to keep pinching myself because this is like a dream,” said Greenwood, who ran for 48 metres and made 14 tackles in his first 40 minutes as a Titan.”This is what I’ve always dreamed of as a kid, is actually playing in the NRL. “It’s a big opportunity and the way league is going it’s just massive and it’s just growing and growing.”As a young kid at 23 years old this is what I wanted and it’s come so soon I have to keep pinching myself.”After 60 Super League appearances for St Helens, Greenwood admitted that the pace of the NRL was the biggest change but that spending the first 40 minutes watching from the sideline was the greater torture.”I was just itching to get on,” Greenwood said. “Those first 40 minutes were really slow and I was just waiting for the call, waiting for the call and then it came at half-time and I was just happy to get on and get some good minutes under my belt.”It was a bit strange actually because the first 20 minutes [of the second half] went so quick and I looked up at the clock and the last 20 minutes were going slower and slower.”It sometimes felt like the clock was adding on time.”It’s good just to get straight into it and not waiting about. Your nerves are there at the start but now they’ve gone, straight in and it’s exciting.”The crowd was unreal, the stadium’s unreal and it were great to just get the first game.”last_img read more

Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards

first_imgArdara’s Gallaghers Bakery are among the nine food and drink companies from across the length and bread-th of Ireland to receive top honours at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards today.Bord Bia’s awards celebrate businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the production, promotion and growth of the Irish food and drink industry in Ireland and overseas.Gallaghers Bakery in Ardara earned a slice of success with the ‘Entrepreneurial Award’ for the company’s foresight in successfully identifying, researching and developing a successful offering for the gluten-free market. This vision has driven huge success for the business. They have been on a roll since 2011, from employing 65 people to 305 direct employees in 2017, with a further 40 expected by early 2018.The judges note that the success of Gallaghers Bakery is no doubt driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, their ability to think big and smartly leverage retailer’s consumer insights and data. It is an incredible story of drive, ambition and the team’s tenacity to succeed.Pictured is Gallaghers Bakery, Declan Gallagher, Founder / Director and Tom Doyle, Founder / Director of Gallaghers Bakery, which won in the entrepreneurial category of Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Industry Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2017More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for the awards ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.  Other award winning companies, encompassing some of Ireland’s best known brands, family businesses and export successes, included Diageo; Butlers Chocolates; The Happy Pear; Silver Hill Farm; Dawn Meats; Kerry Foods; Monaghan Mushrooms and Pip & Pear. In addition, Bord Bia presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution in delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand.The awards will be presented by Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, who said, “Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers in the Irish food and drink industry who have proven their commitment and ambition to drive the sector forward.“These companies have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of marketing principles and consumer insight and provide an example of best practice which new and emerging businesses can aspire to.“I would like to congratulate and applaud all nine companies for their vision and determination to succeed which is helping us to develop the positive reputation for Irish food and drink on the global market.” Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry AwardsEntrepreneurialGallagher’s Bakerylast_img read more