Tactics not Passion: Examining Dublin’s win over Donegal

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

A fascinating battle of two swarms and two very different attacks resulted in a low-scoring but tense tactical duel in Croke Park on Sunday. Emmet Ryan breaks down how Dublin beat Donegal by 0-8 to 0-6 to book a date with Kerry.

Donegal saw everything coming
The Ulster champions did everything I expected of them and everything [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Dublin vs Donegal

Friday, August 26th, 2011

A long wait will, replays permitting, end for one team on Sunday. Emmet Ryan breaks down the second of this year’s All Ireland Football Semi Finals as Dublin take on Donegal for the right to take on Kerry.
It was never about out-Tyroneing Tyrone
Before getting to the meat of this match-up it’s important to understand the [...]

Glazer eye surgery

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The first two weeks of the season have been dominated by a couple of things. One is the summer transfer market, needless to say. Another is the bright start to the season by both Manchester clubs, suggesting that the title race may be restricted to Manchester this season, though Chelsea will doubtless want to have [...]

Cold Turkey + Emmet = 817 or thereabouts

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

From the moment he got up on Saturday the 13th of August to the moment he awoke on Monday the 22nd Emmet Ryan took on the challenge of a 9 day fast from all sport. Here’s what happened when a sports writer went cold turkey.
A rough start
Heaven knows what exactly it was I dreamt about [...]

How do you solve a problem like Wozniacki?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Caroline Wozniacki has made headlines in these parts lately largely due to sightings of the Danish Tennis star with Rory McIlroy but Worldwide there’s a bigger story off the court for the WTA #1. Her reign at the top without a Grand Slam to her name has drawn criticism from many quarters. As the US [...]

Fantasy Baseball: It could all come down to homers

Monday, August 15th, 2011

It’s been a couple of months since we checked in on the Belfield Hole-in-Sox in the Fantasy Baseball League of Ireland. The one week where Emmet Ryan has vowed not to adjust his team seems the ideal time to see how they are set with less than two months remaining in the season.
There’s only one [...]

Prawn Sandwich Show GAA Focus – Previewing Dublin vs Tipperary

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Summer is in full swing which means the GAA portion of the Prawn Sandwich is back. In this episode Cóilín Duffy speaks with members of both camps ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling semi final between Dublin and Tipperary. Eoin Kelly and Declan Ryan discuss preparations for the Premier county while Tomas Brady and Johnny [...]

Audio: Brian O’Driscoll and Les Kiss at the Irish Rugby press conference

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Ireland’s next warm-up game ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup takes place this weekend against France. Action81.com’s Cóilín Duffy was at the team press conference ahead of the game to get views from Brian O’Driscoll and Les Kiss ahead of Saturday’s game.
Brian O’Driscoll discussed the open training session being held by the Ireland team [...]

The Spirit of Cricket

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Ahead of the third test between England and India, Henry Bridge looks at the factors that have contributed to the hosts taking a 2-0 lead in this series.
The England – India Test Series, billed as some kind of world title fight, is halfway through. And, as expected, it has been full of talking points, though [...]

Policing Twitter won’t be easy for GAA

Monday, August 8th, 2011

GAA director-general Paraic Duffy has said the association will crack down on players who use Twitter to criticise match officials but Emmet Ryan says policing the social media site could prove perilous for the association.
Aware of the issues
The recent use of Twitter by Wexford players to vent their frustrations in the wake of their defeat [...]