Wednesday 29 March 2017

RTE fluffs lines over Harte issue

WHATEVER about the rights or wrongs of GAA managers challenging RTE over the use of sports staff, Montrose chiefs should be concerned by the broadcaster's coverage of the story.

Despite being all over the newspapers on Tuesday morning, it was largely ignored on RTE until Wednesday evening when Mickey Harte was interviewed on 'Drivetime'. Why the 36-hour delay?

Could the late reaction to what was a big public interest story have anything to do with a query from the Irish Independent to RTE on Wednesday morning as to why they were ignoring it?

Still, better late than never, but RTE then had the cheek to ridicule Harte on 'The John Murray Show' yesterday. Out-of-context answers by Harte from the 'Drivetime' interview were inserted to spoof questions by Murray, making the Tyrone manager look silly.

Whatever your view on Harte's stance, he deserved better. As for Murray the comedian, do stick to the safe, license-subsidised day job!

Big Bang boasts wide of the mark

"COME and have a go if you think you're hard enough!"

That's the challenge that Limerick boxer Willie 'Big Bang' Casey has thrown down to GAA players.

"A fella I know might train six or seven times a week, but put him in the ring and he won't last a minute," announced Big Bang.

"I understand everyone trains hard but it's all different types of fitness. There are no sportspeople that train as hard as boxers."

Willie clearly hasn't heard that Cork footballers attribute their improved physical and mental strength to boxing training they've been doing over the past two winters, and that Kildare's footballers use boxing too.

And did he not see what Dublin 'keeper Stephen Cluxton did to Jason McAteer in that charity football match?

Cluxton's left hook was so impressive that it even prompted Bernard Dunne to tweet "#Stephen Cluxton is my hero. Showed that GAA boys don't fanny about like those soccer players."

Munster chief signals chop for namesake

Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh made a belated entrance into the debate over the 2010 football All Stars by claiming in his programme notes for last Saturday's Kerry-Limerick clash that John Galvin's performance in last year's Munster final, combined with his other outstanding contributions up to then, "certainly merited an All Star".

However, he didn't state which of the two chosen midfielders -- Paddy Keenan (Louth) and Aidan Walsh (Cork) -- should have been left off. Now which would a Kerryman vote out? The first Louth player to ever win an All Star? Hardly. Besides, Keenan is very much in the Galvin mould, battling away against all the odds with a team trying to make the breakthrough.

That leaves young Walsh, who won an All Star in his first full season. Sorry Aidan, we suspect your namesake might have chopped you in favour of Galvin.

Irish Independent

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