The GAA Studio

Our Team of the weekend…

And the award goes OVERSEAS…to London, surprise winners over Leitrim at the Connacht Centre of Excellence at Bekan. Now it’s three wins on the trot for London. Honourable mention to Mayo (comfortable winners over Dublin at Croke Park), Louth, Derry and Kerry.

More on that er, Dublin crisis…

With the Dubs struggling (for now), needless to say the media is not holding back. ‘Dublin crisis deepens’ was the main headline on the sports supplement of the Sunday Independent! Other newspapers/media outlets took a similarly sombre view of the fact that Dublin, having lost their opening three league games, now find themselves in a relegation fight.

  ‘Dublin haven’t a clue’ was the slightly bizarre headline on Joe Brolly’s column (in the Sindo) where the cheeky chap wrote: “…Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny and Dean Rock bore the expression of lads who had been transferred without warning from Real Madrid to Wycombe Wanderers.

  “…it is impossible to improve on perfection, but even so, this Dublin team is a disorganised mess…Dublin, with no clear idea of how they wanted to play, quickly degenerated into a team that will be playing in Division 2 next year”.

  Dublin lost to Mayo at Croke Park, 2-11 to 0-12.

* ‘Apology on behalf of all GAA writers’: See Paul Healy’s Week, page 6.

Two Rossie in Team of the Week

Roscommon’s Brian Stack and Ultan Harney were named in the Football Team of the Week. Congrats, lads! Brian (of St. Brigid’s) got the nod at right corner-back (completing a line with Dan O’Donoghue and Oisin Mullin). Ultan (Clann) ‘lines out’ in midfield alongside Matthew Ruane.

Okay, one more time…an update on odds

Galway, who didn’t play last weekend, remain favourites to win Division 2 of the National Football League. They are 4/5 with BoyleSports.

  In-form Derry, nine-point winners over a dismal Cork last weekend, are now 15/8 to take the title, from 5/2.

  Roscommon lost their 100% record but remain unbeaten, having drawn with Clare at Dr Hyde Park. It means they’ve drifted in the betting, out to an attractive 5/1 from 3/1.

  As per last time, that’s quite enough mention of the betting industry from us…

How could we resist?

So, with Roscommon leading by 0-9 to 0-8 against Clare at the Hyde last weekend, up stepped David Tubridy to shoot over an injury-time equaliser.

  Naturally, that prompts us to run with the following ‘headline’: ‘LATE LATE SHOW PRESENTED BY TUBRIDY’. Er…that’s it.

‘They’ll feck it up’ – Pat Spillane in warning to the entire nation

MEDIA TRAWL: On the highlights show – Allianz League Sunday (RTÉ2) – veteran pundit Pat Spillane channeled his inner Father Jack (I know, beautiful image) when commenting on the latest GAA football season structure.

  As Joanne Cantwell patiently looked on, and Ciaran Whelan wisely downed tools for a minute, Pat – head shaking at the sheer madness of it all – gave it to us straight: “40 per cent of all the inter-county games are now played in January and February. By the end of April, three-quarters of all the inter-county matches are played…and by the end of May, 92 per cent (voice rises, to depict incredulity) of all the matches…inter-county matches, are finished…it is farcical. They’re trying to pack something into too tight a schedule…and weather conditions and everything like that are going to feck things up”.