Friday 21 October 2016

Local lads in the pink down Wexford way

Seán Ryan, Marie Crowe and Damian Lawlor

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Shane Keegan
Shane Keegan
A new film titled 'Being AP' takes an in-depth look at AP McCoy

When Mick Wallace brought Wexford Youths into the League of Ireland First Division eight years ago, 10 of the 11 for any match could have been from Wexford. However, the pink shirts which earned promotion to the Premier Division are more like a South-East combination.

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"The core of this team has been together for three years," explained Damien Locke, the head coach, who comes from Kerry by way of Carlow IT, "and we have added well this year, with the inclusion of Willie Tyrell, Paul Cahillane, John Peare and Conor English."

The Carlow IT connection is so strong that training is held there on Monday nights, with Wednesday nights at Ferrycarrig Park. "Everyone is amateur," said Locke. "We have the smallest budget in the entire League. The players are doing it off their own bat."

While six of their squad are from Co Wexford, there are five from Kilkenny plus assistant manager Seán Doyle, three from Carlow, two from Laois plus manager Shane Keegan, and one each from Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow, Dublin and Louth.

Goalkeeper Graham Doyle is the veteran at 37, but most of the other players are still in their early 20s.

Bridge trial new app

Today the hurlers of Sixmilebridge will play Clonlara in the Clare county final. The game coincides with the launch of the Clubify app which Sixmilebridge have been piloting in the run-up to the final.

The free smart phone app will change the way sports clubs engage with their supporters both locally and internationally and will provide a medium for news, fixtures, results and live match feeds with club followers updated via real-time push notifications. Clubify App will also provide clubs with new fundraising opportunities with support for club lotto sales, club shop, membership and any other revenue-generating ideas they would like to implement.

Portrait of greatness

Being AP takes an in-depth look at one of the world's greatest sportsmen, award-winning jump jockey AP McCoy.

The film follows McCoy through his exhaustive training routine, the complications he suffers from the various injuries he endured throughout his career and the effect this had on his family.

This intimate portrait covers all the elements that made McCoy the greatest jump jockey the world has ever seen and focuses on the unique combination of skills that sustained his career and the team around him that contributed to his success.

The film will be in Irish cinemas on November 27 and available on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 30.

Third time lucky?

Ireland have played internationals at seven different venues in Poland, the most popular being Poznan where we have played four times.

Tonight's crunch qualifier will be our third visit to Warsaw, having lost 6-0 there in 1938 and 1-0 in 1986. This morning Poland and Spain share the record of playing us most often, at 26 times, but Poland will reclaim the record tonight.

No winners in revolts

Player revolts always leave a trail of destruction in their wake and if the Galway hurling heave prolongs it will be no different.

In 2008, with the Cork footballers and hurlers on strike, the Roscommon County Board appealed the Rebel County's participation in the NFL. After Cork failed to fulfil their opening fixtures against Meath and Dublin, Roscommon were incensed that they, and others in Division 2, were forced to play Cork.

In March 2009, Cork hurling manager Gerald McCarthy received a death threat in the middle of the county's third strike and a man was handed a one-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to issuing the vile threat. McCarthy was in Spain at the time the threat was made but the call was taken by a member of his family and the incident greatly upset them. It was one of the factors that led to McCarthy, an icon of Cork hurling, stepping down.

The Sunday Independent recently teamed up with Heineken to offer a VIP trip to the RWC quarter-finals. The winner, Darren McMahon from Monaghan, will attend the two quarter-final games in Cardiff next weekend, one of which will involve Ireland.

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