Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Rebels hard done by in All Star farce

Since their inception in 1971, various All Star selectors have come up with many controversial selections but the only words to describe this year's football selection are totally and utterly bizarre.

How sports journalists could decide that a team that had won the two major football titles of 2010 had not one forward worthy of a place on the All Star team is just beyond comprehension. Between the semi-final and final, Daniel Goulding and Donncha O'Connor scored a total of 1-24 between them. The three Down forwards chosen on the All Stars, Coulter, Clarke and Hughes, scored a total of 1-13 in the semi-final and final, with the goal being totally illegal. In the history of the All Stars, there has never been a team selected without a forward from the champions, until now.

The omission of Cork players was not the only blunder. Graham Canty is one of the greatest Cork footballers but not even the most biased Corkman would have selected him on the 2010 team. His absence, through injury, for much of the season should have ruled him out. As chairman of the selectors, Christy Cooney put on a fine public face claiming all positions were hotly debated but, privately, he must be cringing with embarrassment.

Matt Aherne

'Headless' Keane dives to a new low

Congrats to John O'Brien for his article about Robbie Keane's dives [Oct 10]. To my knowledge, you are the first journalist who had the courage to commit this to paper. Robbie Keane, who scored many important goals and always turns up for his country, has now lost it and has been like a headless chicken in recent years always looking to gain advantage by theatrical dives as we saw on Friday. He should have been booked for one such dive in the first half. What a pity to see him descend to this state. Your comparison with Henry is right on the nail!

Declan O'Carroll

Top article -- not only should Robbie be condemned for diving but the Irish media consensus of him having "his heels clipped" needs to be challenged. Last time we'll hear of Thierry Henry . . .

Jason Naughton

King's absence sees Jamesie lose plot

I refer to last Sunday's Indo and Jamesie O'Connor's "All Star" hurling team prediction. Not even mentioning a certain player, who played brilliantly earlier on in the year as his club triumphed on St Patrick's Day, is unbelievable.

This player went on to play a huge part as his county team retained the Leinster title once again, beating Dublin and Galway quite comfortably. He then orchestrated a comprehensive win over a Cork team in the semi-final; no disrespect to his team-mates, but the job was done when he went off injured.

He then endured what must have been a torturous three/four weeks under Ger Hartman, and only God and himself knows the pain he went through in order to play in the final. You showed disrespect Jamesie by not even mentioning the King himself, Henry Shefflin, the greatest player we have, or ever will see in our lifetime. I'm wondering was he even nominated. You have lost touch with reality sir.

Bobby Wise

Trap's paid a lot not to miss the obvious

With reference to The Couch [Tommy Conlon, Oct 10], if we accept that the Russians were technically more proficient than our players, and we expect two journeymen footballers to cope with three in midfield, we should not be surprised that they are overrun to the point of embarrassment. We pay a manager (who claims he foresaw the potential problem) a hell of a lot of money to find solutions to such problems -- or at least not to wait for an hour and 0-3 down before attempting a fix.

I've long suspected that Mr. Trapattoni could end up being exposed like some of our expert "bankers" and "economists" who talked a good game until things went wrong, though he has the added cover of doing it in a dodgy accent and smiling a lot.

Tony Higgins

Stoute did not leave punters in the dark

In connection with Ian McClean's article stating that Michael Stoute's 'defence sheds no light for punters left in the dark', I totally disagree. Firstly, forewarned punters were told not to back Workforce for the Prix de l'Arc until he did a special piece of work on the Newmarket gallops which the horse came through with flying colours. So punters were not left in the dark. On the contrary, they were told the truth in no uncertain fashion by Sir Michael and duly won at 6/1.

Tom Corr

Sunday Independent

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