Sunday 21 July 2019

Weekend Takeaways: Clubs in scramble for heroic Dutch keeper

Weekend Takeaways

'Manager Eddie Brennan reportedly let his side have a few scoops to celebrate their Joe McDonagh victory.' Photo: Sportsfile
'Manager Eddie Brennan reportedly let his side have a few scoops to celebrate their Joe McDonagh victory.' Photo: Sportsfile

Cliona Foley

The Netherlands may have lost but goalkeeper Sari van Veenendall is surely in for a lucrative signing after her heroic performance against America in the World Cup final.

Van Veenendall is actually officially 'unattached' at the moment, having left Arsenal because she'd become second-choice there to France's Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

Winning the 2019 'Golden Glove' will surely have clubs queuing up to sign her.

As one Dutch fan quipped on Twitter: "The Dutch goalie is the wall that Trump is dreaming about."

Ireland also had a World Cup medal winner in Lyon as the crew who officiated the final included Wexford's top Fifa-qualified assistant referee Michelle O'Neill.

Alcohol bans hit rocks after Laois raise the bar

After Laois' sensational defeat of Dublin, what now for those alcohol bans that some inter-county teams operate?

The O'Moore's victory obviously raises questions about the GAA's tiered hurling system and how it is valued and operates.

But maybe the real game changer is that manager Eddie Brennan reportedly let his side have a few scoops last Sunday night to celebrate their Joe McDonagh victory.

Inter-county players increasingly live more monastic lives than professional soccer and rugby players.

So good on Brennan for trusting his players to have a few social drinks when appropriate.

Irish Frisbee Ladies let fly to claim Euro glory

Think frisbee is just a game for the beach or ultra-talented dogs?

Not for the Irish Ultimate Frisbee squad of 21 women who have just become European champions in a sport which is a seven a-side game that can last for a whopping 100 minutes.

Played on a 100m X 37m pitch with end-zones, it's sort of a cross between non-contact American football and netball and, uniquely for a team sport, is actually self-refereed.

Ireland were seeded 11th but took some big scalps, and two of their last three games attracted almost 2,500 viewers on a live stream.

Crusaders' Mo'unga lauds coach O'Gara

Crusaders' head coach Scott 'Razor' Robertson's did his by-now obligatory victory break-dance to celebrate their three in-a-row and 10th Super Rugby title in New Zealand.

But it was the continued 100 per cent kicking form of Richie Mo'unga ahead of the World Cup that really caught the eye.

That's something metronomic Mo'unga attributes to the coaching and home truths he's got from departing assistant coach Ronan O'Gara.

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