Saturday 20 October 2018

GAA golfers get a break

FBD Challenge

This week sees a break in play for the GAA golfers taking part in the FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge. The four home finalists are Lismore of Waterford, Cavan Gaels, Miltown of Galway and St Brigid's of Dublin. While Roscommon GAA of New York have set their sights on the final at Faithlegg, the full US challenge has to be confirmed.

The first ever Chicago area leg is being contested with the semi-finals last week. The final will be between Chicago Wolfe Tones GFC and hurling specialists Harry Bolands, one of them completing the line-up for Faithlegg in September.

Q&A with Denis Allen

1. A 6ft putt in Augusta or a 45 into the wind and rain in Croke Park?

I'd take Croke Park-- I'm after learning from my experience of golf over the last few years. A couple of years ago I might have said different!

2 Who would be your ultimate GAA fourball partners?

A couple of the Kerry lads -- Bomber Liston and Mikey Sheehy -- and Noel Lane of Galway.

3. Which golfer you would like on your football team?

Tiger Woods, or no, I'll go for Padraig Harrington. I'd put him in at centre-forward, he has great vision.

4. What would be your one GAA Mulligan?

Penalties. I'd need about six mulligans to cover myself.

5 What was your GAA van de Velde moment?

We were never really in that position when we were playing against Kerry. I'd say missing a penalty against Kerry to put us even further behind.

6 If Kerry were a golfer they would be:

Vijay Singh. He can speak with forked tongue.

7 Who will win this year's Ryder Cup/Sam Maguire?

The team I thought would win the All-Ireland is out, that's Dublin. So I'll put my faith in my own county, Cork. In the Ryder Cup, something keeps telling me the Americans are due a win.

8 How do you feel about the draw allowing two provincial teams to face each other more than once before the final?

We were told initially that it would never happen that two provincial counties would meet before a final and I don't think it's right.

9 Is the memory of last year's All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry still a factor for Cork?

It's very much a factor and the Munster final didn't erase it. Last year's All-Ireland defeat is still a very vivid memory for Cork and a lot of supporters are apprehensive about travelling to Croke Park this weekend after last year.

10 What is your prediction?

I certainly hope that Cork win, but more so, after the memory of last year, I hope we put up a good performance and show people in Cork and all over Ireland how good we can be.

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