Tuesday 26 September 2017

Maynooth left red-faced after Sat Nav brings them over 50 miles in the wrong direction for Fitzgibbon clash

Ballyboden St Enda's manager Liam Hogan Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Ballyboden St Enda's manager Liam Hogan Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

Maynooth University were left with "egg on their faces" when a Sat Nav blunder resulted in their team bus arriving at the wrong venue, and in the wrong county, for yesterday's Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup tie with Ulster University.

Having seemingly set out for UU's Jordanstown venue (2.00 throw-in) at 8.00 yesterday morning, everything was going to plan until Maynooth's bus driver instead inputted the wrong Sat Nav address and steered them past Belfast and on up to the sister Coleraine campus, over 50 miles away, and a "logistical nightmare" ensued.

With the Kildare outfit an hour and 15 minutes away from their intended destination panic set in, but manager Liam Hogan made a quick call to their kit-man, who was in Jordanstown, and the game was re-fixed for 3.15.

Chatting

"We were chatting away when all of a sudden we realised we were in Coleraine. I've been thrown a few curveballs as a manager but this was something different," said former Ballyboden St Enda's boss Hogan.

"We had a good laugh about it afterwards but at the time it wasn't one bit funny. We had to get togged out on the bus while the physio was working on the players across the back seats, and we ended up doing our entire team talk on the bus."

Having jumped off the bus and gone straight into their warm-up, Hogan feared his side would be left in the stalls, but after playing against the breeze they miraculously cruised to a 25-point win and kept their qualification hopes alive.

Thirteen hours after setting out, and with everyone suffering cabin fever after an "absolutely crazy day", they arrived back in Maynooth with Hogan joking: "On the way up I realised they weren't in the zone so we decided to drive to Coleraine and back to get them tuned in!"

Irish Independent

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