7 Things you need to know before the Women’s Mini Marathon

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The 2012 Flora Dublin Mini Marathon takes place this Monday and Emmet’s here with our no-holds-barred guide to getting through it in one piece.
1. Don’t panic
The most common concern I hear from people is about whether or not they’ll be able to go the full 10k. Trust me you will. Think about it this [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysis of Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

It was a sluggish start to the Championship campaign for the Kingdom as Jack O’Connor’s Kerry laboured to a six point win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Emmet Ryan reflects on a surprisingly informative match-up.
Donaghy’s absence highlights familiar problems
The decision by O’Connor to leave Kieran Donaghy on the bench, irrespective of the cause, presented an [...]

Chelsea example can inspire Trapattoni’s men

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Ireland may not be front runners in Poland and Ukraine but Henry Bridge says Giovanni Trapattoni’s men can draw inspiration from Chelsea’s victory in the Champions League Final.
First of all, through somewhat gritted teeth, I must say congratulations to Chelsea on securing a first Champions League title last weekend. It was a resounding endorsement of [...]

Katie Taylor and unreasonable expectations

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Continuing our build-up to the 2012 Olympics in London, Emmet Ryan looks at the increased attention and expectation on Katie Taylor’s shoulders.
On a weekend featuring two major European finals and the televised start of the GAA Championship, the one thing that was lost was what wasn’t lost. Typically Katie Taylor’s major triumphs have been over-shadowed [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Galway 3-15 Roscommon 0-10

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Galway won the first televised game of Championship season on the back of a first-half onslaught. Emmet Ryan breaks down the key battles that saw the Tribesmen stroll to victory in the Connacht Championship.
Roscommon’s tactical naivety
The game started in surprisingly open fashion. Aside from Galway’s decision to play a narrow defence in the early going, [...]

Juan Carlos Navarro, the invisible king

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

His floater is feared in arenas across Europe, yet with just one season of NBA play in his storied career Juan Carlos Navarro remains an off-radar property to anglophone Basketball fans. Ahead of London 2012, Emmet Ryan looks at the offensive master who will be Spain’s best hope of taking gold.
It’s one of sport’s everlasting [...]

Break Points: Clay Season Blues

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

This week we look at a rough guide to the tennis calendar, wonder why the clay season seems so predictable, and question the value of titles won after September. We also welcome back another member of the ‘best never’ club.
* Boring red (blue?!) clay – some people find the clay season boring, either through a [...]

Tactics not Passion: Examining Dublin 2-12 Roscommon 0-11 – All Ireland Under 21 Final

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Depth won out over accuracy in Tullamore as Dublin effectively choked out Roscommon’s resistance down the stretch. Emmet Ryan explains how even when trailing, Dublin played the game that would eventually secure victory in the 2012 All Ireland Final.
Roscommon counter well early
Defensively Roscommon handled Dublin’s overloading on high balls well in the early going. With [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Longford 1-12 Wexford 0-13 – Division 3 Final

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

The most unbalanced game of the weekend’s four finals came in Division 3 where Longford started strong and Wexford finished the stronger but not strong enough. Emmet Ryan examines an uneven encounter in Croke Park.
Wexford’s distribution issues
For a team with its strengths lying in attack, Wexford’s efforts to create quality chances in the first half [...]