Seamus Duke on sport – 24th of November

 

Glavey’s round off a great year of football

It has been a great year for football in the county and Michael Glavey’s put the tin hat on it all last Sunday with a superb display of attacking football in the Connacht Intermediate final. We saw the kind of football they could play against Bohola/MoyDavitt’s in the semi-final but they took it a stage further last Sunday against Claregalway.

  They scored 3-14 but anyone who was there will tell you they could have scored at least two more goals. Iain Daly and his backroom team have done a mighty job but this great win is down to a great set of players. They were simply superb and they play football the way it should be played. Every single player made a contribution to this fantastic win.

  The match report is elsewhere in the paper this week but Andy Glennon was once again the star of the show. He is a magnificent player and so many people are asking why he is not on the Roscommon county team. The answer is that the guy himself made that choice and he must be respected for that choice too. He was good against Bohola/Moy Davitts but he was was even better last Sunday. He is a great outlet for Glavey’s, who can let the ball in high or low and he will win it and take the right option. He and young Cathal Heneghan were a revelation.

  Glavey’s can settle down now and celebrate a magnificent achievement but they must surely know that there is even more in this team. If they play the kind of football we saw last Sunday then they will be a hard team to beat by any team from any county. Let’s take one match at a time but if I was a Glavey’s supporter, I would be very excited at what’s coming up in the new year.

 

Corofin’s home advantage

 

There will be a couple of really mouth watering club finals next weekend. Here in Connacht it is a toss of a coin when Corofin face Castlebar Mitchels in Tuam. It’s a 50/50 game as far as I can see. Maybe Corofin might make home advantage count.

  In Munster, Nemo Rangers face Dr Crokes and we have the prospect of Tomás O’Sé marking Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper and that should be worth a look on its own.

  Up north, Slaughtneil look odds-on while in Leinster there will be huge interest in the semi-finals as St. Vincents are now gone out of the competition. Any one of the four teams left in it are capable of winning it. That’s’s the beauty of the club championships.

 

O’Neill to stay on as Ireland boss

 

Much has been written about the defeat of the Irish soccer team last week and as usual we have gone over the top in terms of criticism. I don’t know what people expected. We just do not have very many good players. We were bound to get caught at some stage.

  What is really interesting to read and hear about since our defeat is the view of many of those who claim to know what they are talking about that Martin O’Neill had little or no tactical plans for the Denmark game – or any other game for that matter. With respect to the ‘experts’ who were trotting out this view I would find that very hard to believe. I mean, if you are over a Junior ‘B’ team you go out with a game plan.

  Ireland have no serious game now for over 12 months so I presume that Martin O’Neill will be taking time to consider his future. I think he will stay. There are only three-team groups for the Euros next time around and two out of three qualify and there are 32 qualifiers next time around. He is getting over a €1 million for 10 games a year. I know what I would do!

  The downside is the racist abuse on social media that some of the Irish players have received since the match against Denmark. Social media has changed our world in recent years. But the people who do this kind of thing are the scum of the earth. If you want to say something then be prepared to put your name to it.

Rose outgunned by young Rahm

 

The last tournament of the European Tour in Dubai last weekend threw up some excitement. Justin Rose was cruising but unbelievably he blew up on the final few holes. Then our own Shane Lowry shot the lights out with a brilliant 63, and the crazy thing is that it could have been an even better score as he missed a few putts.

  Then we had young Spaniard John Rahm passing everyone out to win the tournament. If that wasn’t enough Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai and is Europe’s number one for the first time. It was brilliant sporting drama last Sunday morning.

 

Ireland ready for ‘Argie Bargie’

 

Even though we won by the skin of our teeth I really enjoyed the rugby match against Fiji last Saturday. Ireland fielded what was essentially a ‘B’ team and they nearly paid the price. It shows that we need our big guns when it comes to the big games and I suspect most of the first team will be back in action this Saturday against Argentina.

  I was so impressed with Joey Carbury and it is a real pity he will be out for a couple of months with a fractured wrist. He is one for the future for sure, fair play to Joe Schmidt, he wanted to see what his back-up talent was like and he was not afraid to make changes and give other players a go. The game against Argentina will be a tough physical battle and Ireland should win it.

 

Great to see Enda in Oz!

 

It was great to see Enda Smith playing for Ireland in the International Rules test on Saturday last. It is a very frustrating game to watch though. There seem to be no real rules with regard to the tackle and the refereeing was bizarre so say the least. They are talking about moving it to the USA next year. I said before that I am not a fan at all but with the national GAA media behind it and the suits getting a junket out of it, it is certain to continue. If some of the players get a free holiday out of it then good for them.

 

Ireland’s not so great sporting moments

Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Moment? It’s pretty painful stuff to watch so far. More on that next week!