Grappling from Las Vegas to the hills of Donegal

Last weekend started with Kerry’s answer to the Diaz brothers on the Late Late Show. Michael Healy-Rae explaining that opponents would have to go through brother Danny to get to him.

  In the early hours of Sunday morning, the actual Diaz brothers became relevant in the UFC again following Nate’s rather erotic sounding, rear-naked choke victory over ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.

  Now, many have been waiting in the wings to pick McGregor apart when the inevitable defeat came. Let’s be honest, however, his hype and media performances have made a lot of people very wealthy including himself. On the other hand, his opponent Diaz always has the demeanor of a man on the lookout for the cops.

  McGregor will come back down to earth and will have to get the hype train back on the rails for his own sake, as well as the UFC’s.

  That was merely the undercard however as the strikers of Kerry came up against the grapplers of Donegal on Sunday.

  It got so rough at one point that the referee felt obliged to summon the two corner men and point out that those watching on weren’t used to witnessing that sort of violence in a sporting capacity.

  At this stage it’s to be expected though, as GAA teams lay down a marker ahead of the real business this summer. Kerry and northern teams will be in the headlines again, no doubt.

  The Rossies will head to Donegal following another impressive win, albeit over very limited opposition. This weekend they’ll face a much tougher opponent from the north as they look to add more points to their already impressive tally.

  Recently I’ve noticed that a wrestling club has opened its doors a few hundred metres away from the County Board offices on the Racecourse Road. Perhaps the Club Rossie bus should take a detour this weekend before heading up the Boyle Road.