Five Things to Take Away from UFC 144

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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1. That event probably couldn’t have gone better
Much like the UFC’s triumphant return to Brazil a little while ago, the stars were in alignment for the organisation return to Japan last weekend. A series of exciting fights, with both close decisions, back-and-forth wars and spectacular finishes, in front of a sold-out Saitama Super Arena can [...]

Tactics not Passion: Garrycastle edge St Brigid’s 1-11 to 1-9

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Garrycastle’s dream season continued with victory in the Athlone derby securing the Leinster champions a place in Croke Park on St Patrick’s day. Emmet Ryan breaks down the action from Saturday’s All Ireland Club Football semi final with St Brigid’s at Pearse Park.
A clash of strengths
The opening period saw both teams record seven scores, albeit [...]

Tactics not Passion: Crossmaglen find their rhythm to beat Dr Crokes 3-8 to 2-8

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

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After a woeful start, Crossmaglen Rangers took over in Portlaoise to beat Dr Crokes in the All-Ireland Club Football semi-final. Emmet Ryan breaks down the key moves in the game.
Poor starting strategy from Crossmaglen
The Ulster champions began the game in disastrous fashion. Their devotion to a man to man philosophy in defence was so stringent [...]

Spring Rising

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

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Here in Bulgaria, all the signs are that spring is coming. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the snow is slowly melting. And, the most obvious tell-tale sign, Everton are starting to show a bit of form. With three wins in their last 4 matches, Everton, like Mother Nature herself, is showing its [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the All Ireland Club Semi Finals

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

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It’s been a while, a very long while, since the provincial deciders but it’s finally time for the All-Ireland Club Football semi-finals. Emmet Ryan previews the weekend’s clashes, Crossmaglen’s battle with Dr Crokes and the Athlone derby between St Brigid’s and Garrycastle.
More in common than you think
The Athlone derby sees Connacht champions St Brigid’s battle [...]

Five Things to Take Away from UFC 143

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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It seems these days that hardly any UFC events go by without some controversy provoking weeks of debate. UFC 143 has proved no different, with the usual mix of nonsense and valid claims swirling around. Here are the key things that emerged from the event, some of them missed by people too caught up in [...]

Under Pressure

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

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Some of you who read this will remember John Jensen. The Danish midfielder is remembered for a memorable goal he scored from 25 yards in the final of Euro 92, but he is almost as well remembered for never scoring. In the aftermath of Denmark’s famous win that summer, he signed for Arsenal, where great [...]