KEIRON Cunningham heaped praise on the younger members of the Saints squad following their first friendly of the new season.After losing 20-16 to Widnes, he said he wasn’t concerned about the result, but more the positives from the clash.“It was our first friendly game and we ran with 26 players,” Keiron commented. “It was never going to be our strongest team for a period of time. I’m not concerned with the result, not at all, more the structures and shapes.“But I am disappointed with our first 20 minutes and our start. We looked like a team who was into its first friendly and Widnes probably had the jump on us as a result.“What was pleasing as well was the kids’ performance in the second half. I thought some of them were sensational and Joe Greenwood was probably the best player on the field. He’s jumped over three or four people for me now for a spot in the team. Big pressure was on him at the start of pre-season to do the right things. His will to win is second to none and you get what you deserve in rugby. If he continues like that he will be looking to deserve a starting spot.“Jack Ashworth played well too, off the back of a knee reconstruction, and Andre Savelio was brilliant. He’s had his best pre-season for a good few seasons and is in a good frame of mind. He’s dropped around 13 kilos too and is definitely going to be a threat for us this season.”He continued: “Next week we’ll run with a smaller squad and look to get more game time into the big men.”Saints take on Wigan on Sunday January 25 (3pm) and tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
SAINTS started this game determined to put the lows of the second half in Catalans out of their minds but no matter what they did they only seemed to make things worse, writes Graham Henthorne.The Wolves squandered a gilt edged chance in the first minute knocking on from an overlap down the left.But minutes later and they found themselves ahead as their hooker charged through a yawning gap right down the middle of the Saints defensive line. He then angled away from the Saints cover beating them all to the left corner for the try.On ten minutes the Wolves went 10 points ahead. They had gained a repeat set after Kev Brown had failed to deal with a high bomb on the last and scored again on the last as the dummy half dove in for a soft try.Both teams were profligate with possession knocking on early in the sets but as the half wore on the Saints managed to gain a bit of field position, put the visitors under a bit of pressure and watched the errors mount.An excellent Elliott Jenkins high kick was fumbled by the Wolves full back giving the Saints six more tackles. Callum Hazzard and Matty Lees went close before Jenkins hoisted another kick on the last this time towards the left corner. Tom Nisbett challenged for the ball knocking it back only for his centre the returning Matty Costello to pick up and stroll over.When Jordan Olmez came off the bench and was held up over the line things looked to have changed in the Saints favour. However, a knock on and another yawning gap allowed the Wolves to once again stretch the lead to 12 at the break.A change of tactics at the break brought immediate rewards as the Saints charged through the heart of the visitors to gain a repeat set from another high bomb to the beleaguered Wolves full back.Three tackles into the new set and Olmez charged onto a short ball and bulldozed his way over.Poor defence down the middle of the Saints line meant the Wolves stretched the lead out to 10 again.But the message finally got through and the Saints started to make easy metres through the visitors.Evan Bullen, who had a fine game leading from the front, was held over the line robbing him of a deserved score but after fellow prop Matty Lees was held close Jenkins’ cross kick again produced dividends as Jordan Gibbons mopped up yet another spilled ball.The Saints were back to within six now and playing with their tails up if not with their brains for most of the time.Cometh the hour cometh the man and with eight minutes left Captain Mike Weldon drew the Saints level. He ran a beautiful line down the wide right channel as he had done ten minutes earlier when he was just tackled without any support. This time he didn’t need any as he charged over untouched.Brad Billsborough’s goal levelled the scores and with five minutes to go he had the first drop goal attempt from an optimistic 45 metres out. His effort went wide as did the Wolves attempt a minute later this time from only 10 metres out after good harrying from Hazzard.From the restart the Saints steadily work their way down field gaining a scrum on the ten metre line after a Wolves tap down.From the scrum Billsborough placed himself at first receiver and calmly slotted over the winning drop goal when everyone least expected it.Despite playing poorly you have to hand it to the players in that they found a way to win.Losing Alex Eckley early doors didn’t help but the impact of Bullen and Olmez off the bench turned the game.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Matty Costello (22), Jordan Olmez (44), Jordan Gibbons (56), Mike Weldon (72).Goals: Brad Billsborough 2 from 4.Drop Goals: Brad Billsborough (78).Warrington:Tries: Nathan Ainsworth (5), Ryan Jones (10), Pat Moran (31), Liam Aspin (52).Goals: Nathan Ainsworth 2 from 4.Half Time: 4-16Full Time: 21-20Teams:Saints:1. Kevin Brown; 2. Jordan Gibbons, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Matty Costello, 5. Tom Nisbett; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 16. Alex Eckley, 11. Owen Smith, 12. Mike Weldon (C), 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Brad Pinder, 17. Joe Sharratt, 19. Evan Bullen.Warrington:1. Charlie Phythian; 2. Liam Jones, 3. Jack Roper, 4. Sam Storey, 5. Ryan Jones; 22. Connor Taylor, 7. Harry Reardon; 8. Alex Tankard, 20. Nathan Ainsworth, 10. Tom Pinder, 11. Ellis Gillam, 12. Matty Kilgannon, 13. Pat Moran. Subs: 14. Liam Aspin, 15. Jack Wilson, 16. Ellis Robson, 17. Jack Cottington.
Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival and Luke Thompson are all selected in the side for the first test with the Kiwis.England 19-man Squad:John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs) Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs) Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves) Jake Connor (Hull FC) Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors) James Graham (St George Illawarra) Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders) Jonny Lomax (St Helens) Tommy Makinson (St Helens) Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos) Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) Mark Percival (St Helens) Luke Thompson (St Helens) Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders) George Williams (Wigan Warriors)England face New Zealand in a three-Test series at the KCOM Stadium in Hull (October 27), Anfield in Liverpool (November 4) and Elland Road in Leeds (November 11). Tickets start from just £20 and are available from rugby-league.com/tickets
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AddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: [email protected] and National Instruments give major gifts to Rice for engineering design facilityStudents from different disciplines will gain collaborative experience needed for the business worldWith a $2.4 million gift from Rice University alumnus and trustee M. Kenneth Oshman ’62 and his wife, Barbara, Rice is creating a facility where different types of engineering students can collaborate on projects just as they will in the real world. The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen will provide a space for undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, statistics, chemical engineering, materials science, environmental engineering, computer science, computational and applied mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering to combine their expertise on practical assignments. To create the full circle of real-world experience that has societal impact, the George R. Brown School of Engineering plans to extend the opportunity to study design to students in humanities, social sciences, architecture and business. National Instruments (NI) also made a major corporate gift to Rice for a large area of the design kitchen that will be used for assembling projects — the National Instruments Design, Prototype and Deploy Lab. “We are very grateful to Ken and Barbara Oshman for helping realize a new vision for engineering education at Rice,” said Rice President David Leebron. “Their farsighted and generous gift will enable us to take another step in producing some of the world’s most creative engineers and assuring that the Brown School continues to attract the best students from across the globe. Rice also deeply appreciates our longstanding partnership with National Instruments. Their support of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen reflects their commitment to helping educate extraordinarily talented young engineers.”By collaborating with different types of engineers, students develop multiple perspectives on how to pursue a project. For example, a team of bioengineering and mechanical engineering students at Rice is trying to design and construct a prototype refrigeration device that can be used in ambulances to transport temperature-sensitive drugs needed to treat heart-attack and stroke patients. The coolers currently available on ambulances require too much electrical power to run continuously while the ambulances are in transit. Projects like this will be undertaken in the new design kitchen.“Barbara and I are delighted to provide this critical educational experience for engineering students at Rice,” said Kenneth Oshman, who received a B.A. and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice in 1962 and 1963, respectively. “I am delighted that undergraduate students will have the opportunity to experience the real world in the classroom as part of their routine educational experience at Rice, and I am excited about the products and ideas that might find their genesis in this collaborative environment.”Kenneth Oshman is chairman and CEO of Echelon Corporation, a networking company in San Jose, Calif., that provides products and systems that can monitor and save energy, lower costs, improve productivity and enhance service, quality, safety and convenience by connecting everyday devices to each other and the Internet in utility, building, industrial, transportation and home control systems. Tens of millions of smart devices based on Echelon’s products and systems benefit consumers and industry around the world. Before Oshman joined Echelon in 1988, he co-founded ROLM Corporation and served as CEO, president and director until it was acquired by IBM in 1984. He served as vice president of IBM until 1986. Prior to that he did applied research in nonlinear optical technologies and systems for Sylvania Electric Products.A recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rice University, Oshman also has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his “outstanding innovation and engineering of digital-computer-controlled, private-branch telephone systems.” He is currently a director of Sun Microsystems and a member of the Rice Board of Trustees.Barbara Oshman received a B.A. in 1962 from the University of Texas. She has a long history of involvement in civic and philanthropic activities. Currently she is a board member of Communities in Schools/49ers Academy, an academic program for at-risk students of middle-school age in Menlo Park, Calif., and a trustee of the San Jose Museum of Art, where she serves on the Collections Committee and co-chairs the Director’s Council. She also serves on the President’s Council on Outdoor Art at Stanford University. The new facility at Rice that will be named in honor of the Oshmans will be housed in Hicks Kitchen, which was originally the central food-service kitchen on campus and is now used for storage. The 12,000-square-foot building is being renovated and expanded to create space for a large-group classroom, a machine shop, an etching room with a wet lab, a computational area, rooms for a 3-D printer, PC milling machine and laser cutter, a plotter and copy room, conference rooms, office space and the large assembly lab funded by NI. “National Instruments is committed to investing in innovative engineering education initiatives that combine practical knowledge and classroom theories with real-world applications,” said Ray Almgren, vice president of academic marketing at NI. “We consider the vision of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice to be a pioneering example of how industry and academia can work to provide a project-based learning experience to better equip our engineers of tomorrow.”NI, headquartered in Austin, Texas, develops software and hardware intended to transform the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. The company has more than 4,300 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, Fortune magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.When the new design kitchen opens in fall 2008, Rice’s School of Engineering will be on a path to require its students to have a significant design experience as part of their education. In addition to collaborations among the different engineering departments and schools at Rice, the School of Engineering plans to expand the program to include collaborations with institutions in the Texas Medical Center and external businesses. “The design experience is both a compelling mechanism for integrating deep knowledge of engineering fundamentals with practice and an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn how to function on a team,” said Sallie Keller-McNulty, dean of engineering.Anzie Gilmore, project manager for the renovation, said the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen will meet LEED standards for sustainable design. The side of the building along Campanile Road will have a long picture window revealing the work taking place inside. “The space is designed to be open and inviting, which will encourage student collaboration,” Gilmore said.