IF Dean Rock is looking for good omens this week, then his dad Barney winning another All-Ireland title might be one – only this time with a considerably smaller ball.
Rock Snr led Stabannon Parnells of Louth to the All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge title in Waterford Castle G&C Club last weekend.
Donnie Hurst, David Reilly and Pat Butterly were also part of the Stabannon team that edged out Boherlahan of Tipperary, whose team included former All-Ireland winner Conor Gleeson and former inter-county umpire Tony Lacey.
Both sides finished with 165 points after two days and Stabannon only edged it on a countback, as Boherlahan had marginally poorer back nines on the second day.
"People might wonder what a man from Ballymun is doing playing with Stabannon Parnells, but I've been a member of the club for a long time now and coached them for 10 years," Barney explained.
All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge Final leaderboard: 1 Stabannon Parnells (Louth) 165; 2 Boherlahan (Tipperary) 165; 3 St Rynagh's (Offaly) 164; 4 Dunhill (Waterford) 161; 5 Portroe (Tipperary) 160; 6 Allen Gaels (Leitrim) 159; 7 St Martin's (Wexford), St Brigid's (Dublin), Carrickmore (Tyrone), Fr O'Neill's (Cork), Clooney-Quin (Clare) 157.
David Gillick (Irish 400m record holder and 2013 'Celebrity Masterchef' champion).
"I played a bit of football before concentrating on athletics and my two brothers play for Ballinteer St Johns. Nicky Devereux from our club is on the Dublin panel.
"Obviously I'm going for Dublin. They're really fast and fit this year and they've got some serious game-changers on the bench. I was really impressed with their stamina against Kerry, especially in the final minutes. If they win I'll gladly cook them all dinner... in Coppers!"
Mayo manager James Horan won two All Stars – but in what years?
18 The number of scorers that Mayo have had this summer, two more than Dublin. Injury victim Cillian O'Connor tops Mayo's list with 6-14, while goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton (0-14) is Dublin's third highest scorer, after Bernard Brogan (1-16) and Paul Mannion (3-6).
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"To our families, our boyfriends and that one husband that we have, thank you for the support you've given us." – Galway senior camogie captain Lorraine Ryan gets in a special word for Therese Maher's hubbie David Donoghue.
TWEET OF THE DAY
"The GAA and government should bring in a rule that when u get bet (sic) in championship u get the Monday off after #depressed" – Wexford football goalkeeper Anthony Masterson.
A: 1996 and 1999