Archive for October 8th, 2007
Powerful playmates

Hardly had the ink dried on my article about Orca Ocean and it’s trainers at Loro Parque (scroll down) than an accident during a play session left 27-year-old trainer Claudia stuck at the bottom of the reserve pool with serious injuries.

Male Orca, Tekoa, was enjoying one of the regular play sessions with Claudia (the smiling face of the advertsing billboards) when he crashed into her chest. Later diagnosed with 2 breaks in her forearm and a damaged lung, Claudia, fell to the bottom of the 12 metre pool and had to be rescued by 2 other trainers and taken to hospital for surgery. Thankfully Claudia is recovering well.

On my visit behind the scenes, experienced trainer Steve and new recruit Lia gave me a fascinating insight into the dedication and love shown to these creatures and the two way trust that is built between whale and trainers. Read the story in The Tenerife Sun or go to features on the website. Get well soon Claudia.

Stagnant waters for CDT

Another goal less draw for CD Tenerife, this week at home to Cordoba. Lots of good build up play but too often they just wanted to pass in front of goal instead of having a pop.

There could have been a perfect start, after 5 minutes, when Iriome went down in the box but the ref ignored the appeals for a penalty. Santos was again on of the most creative players for Tenerife but attacks either fizzled out or ended in high hopeful balls that Nino had no chance of getting. The first half closed with a good chance each, Martinez forced a good save from Julio Iglesias and another former Tenerife player, Arteaga failed to react at the near post with the goal at his mercy.

Into the second, Santos went close, Arteaga was denied by Juan Pablo in the home goal but the stalemate remained. Longas hit the side netting just before Cordoba had their best spell of the game after 75 minutes, Pablo stood firm to deny the visitors.

Omar came on for Iriome and looked lively but even with Cordoba reduced to 10 men after second yellow for Aurelio, it was clear it was gonna be another frustrating game. Omar hit the post at the death but it finished 0-0. Nice to see Sicilia come over to clap the Grada fans and throw his shirt into the crowd, top man.

Another good crowd, 11,000. Tenerife will need to be sharper on Wednesday night at home to unbeaten Malaga in the Copa del Rey, kick off 9pm. Should be a great game, contact the Armada Sur if you want to join in the party.Â