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Five Talking Points from the GAA Weekend
Roscommon Rock Rebels
Yesterday the average number of scores in a Division 1 game was 29 scores. That includes goals and points. Roscommon matched that total on their own scoring a freakish 4-25 against Cork who amassed an impressive 3-10 themselves, a total that would have won them three of the other games played at the weekend. Perhaps the GAA should introduce the bonus point in National league games a la rugby! At one point the Rossies led the Rebels by 20 points. Twelve players scored and only three points came from frees. Clearly not a blanket in sight. In their last outing Roscommon defeated Kerry in Killarney, two impressive wins on the road for Kevin McStay's men.
In Saturday's Fitzgibbon final UL and Mary I were level 19 times over 90 minutes of hurling. With the game tied at 1-28 to 3-22 going into the second half of the second period of extra time,
The one thing that shone through bright and clear in UCD’s superb Sigerson success at the weekend, was the affection and respect in which the late Dave Billings is held among the GAA community at UCD. Prominent among the twitter posts were pictures of a personalized UCD jersey with Billings printed across the back, situated beside the famous Sigerson Cup the Belfield outfit had just won.
After the final at Jordanstown on Saturday, Westmeath’s man of the match John Heslin was visibly emotional on TG4 as he received his award, paying a warm and appreciate tribute to Dave, a man known and loved by all who passed through his care at UCD.
It had been with great sadness last April that the news filtered through to the GAA world that Dublin GAA lost one of its most popular figures with the passing of Dave Billings. Dave was the focal point of GAA at UCD and was the man responsible for co-ordinating all Gaelic Games at the College. It was a fitting way to mark his passing
The Sigerson Cup takes place this weekend in Ulster University at the Jordanstown complex. It is one of the highlights of the GAA season featuring the cream of Colleges footballers.
The cup itself was donated by Dr George Sigerson from Strabane, it is in the shape of a mether, a traditional Irish drinking Cup with four handles, signifying our four provinces.
Legends of the Game
Down the decades it's has been a showcase for the talents of some of our greatest ever GAA players. Over the years the Sigerson has been a who’s who of inter-county stars with many legends of the game pulling on their College jersey.
The likes of Kieran McGeeney, Peter Canavan, Maurice Fitzgerald, Ogie Moran and John O’Keeffe graced the fields of Sigerson. It was also distinguished by lesser lights from less successful counties who performed with great distinction.
Being a student competition it also had is fair share of high jinks and strange incidents down the
It's well past time to dust off those indulgent holiday habits and get right back into training action, whether it's for GAA sports such as hurling or if you're heading to the gym for a new fitness programme. Being properly prepared ahead of any Gaelic games or workout routines is the mark of the astute athlete, and here we have a list of the things you should have in your kit bag way before you head out the door.
1. H2…oh! Let's start with something so obvious that it's often overlooked: water! Maintaining adequate hydration levels as you sweat it out on the pitch or in the gym is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your health and help boost your performance. Many people assume water will be available, but it may not. The water cooler may be on the blink, and there'll be none on the GAA pitch. So the first thing to pop into your kit bag is a
The Club Jersey, Croke Park and the Club Finals
The Club Jersey
The Club jersey. You’ve known it and worn it for as long as you can remember. Club legends that went before you. Your dad. Uncles, maybe a brother. And now it’s your turn. In Croke Park. Something special. The jersey. The badge. The band of brothers. The banter and the craic. The Club. And Croke Park. Think of the lads that will come after too. The legacy you leave behind. What it all means. What’s in Jersey? The passion. Pride. The history.
That’s the way it is for eight panels of club players this week. On Saturday and Sunday the footballers and hurlers of eight intermediate and junior clubs get to do their thing in Croke Park. As the sponsors the AIB would have you believe, it is #TheToughest. A winter’s preparation and hard word boils down to one afternoon in Croke
The shirt, exclusively designed for London Irish by world renowned designer Orla Kiely, was previewed on tonight’s show by the Club’s winger, Alex Lewington.
This one off jersey has been launched in collaboration with Cancer Research UK, whose logo features on the shirt, in support of World Cancer Day.
London Irish can announce that the jersey is available to pre-order from the 1st to the 10th of February for supporters who wish to receive the shirt before the Exeter Chiefs game on the 21stof February.
The shirt will remain available to order online after the pre-order window and will be available in the Megastore at the Madejski Stadium from the 21st February as well as in outlets at the Red Bull Arena in New York on the day of our game against Saracens on 12th March.
Commenting on the jersey, Susie Robertson, Sales Manager at O’Neills UK said: “O’Neills are delighted to be able to offer this exclusive Orla Kiely designed shirt online.