Saturday 18 November 2017

GAA Confidential Car-crash telly causes chaos at Down training

WITH potential for injury, training sessions are always risky, although they don't usually include attacks from a speeding car, as happened the Down camogie team last weekend.

They had assembled at the gates of the St Mochai's Club at Darragh Cross, when a car rammed its way out of the grounds, smashing pillars and sending the club's six-foot iron gates flying. The red BMW's occupants had been filming themselves doing 'doughnuts' in the car park until a club member spotted them, locked them in and phoned the police.

No one was injured, but a club spokesman said: "We were very fortunate. When they rammed the gates, there were a couple of carloads of people outside. Some of the Down team were standing outside the gates."

They had a lucky escape, as the car crashed a short distance away, got back on the road and crashed again a few miles later. Three men in their 20s are 'helping police with enquiries'.

O'Rourke enjoys cool night air

Colm O'Rourke's appearance on 'The Sunday Game' last weekend has already been highlighted arising from the discussion surrounding Paul Galvin's incident with Eoin Cadogan and the subsequent fall-out.

O'Rourke is accustomed to being one of the anchor analysts on 'The Sunday Game Live,' but has appeared on the night programme for two consecutive Sundays.

Has he at last become worn out from being flanked on either side by Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane? Has he decided the calmer environment of the night programme and its reflections is a better medium to get his point across away from the madding crowd?

Since Spillane came back into daytime focus, talk time for the resident analysts has naturally been squeezed. Trying to talk above Brolly and Spillane has proved more difficult for O'Rourke than escaping the clutches of Mick Kennedy and Gerry Hargan, it seems!

What if Rogers meets Clerkin?

Could this be the season when Laois and Monaghan meet for the first time in the football championship? New pairings emerge regularly through the qualifiers and if so, Laois half-forward, Craig Rogers might have cause to regret his comment in a 'Big If' interview in the 'Leinster Express.'

In response to: "If I could hit one sports star a late challenge?" he replied: "It would be Dick Clerkin (Monaghan), the most overrated player in Ireland." Just the sort of comment to add a little sulphur to the atmosphere if they meet.

Irish Independent

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