Red Cards Appeal being heard tonight in Croke Park


first_imgTipperary finished their quarter-final decider with only 13 men after both players were sent off during the second-half of the game in O’Connor Park.Holycross native Barrett received two yellow cards and signed an application for a hearing in the hope of getting his first yellow card rescinded. Last season’s Young Hurler of the Year claims his first yellow was not warranted.  Meanwhile Callanan was sent off just two minutes into the second half when he received a straight red card after he was reported to have struck Offaly full back Dermot Shortt.Speaking at the monthly Tipperary County Board meeting last night, County Secretary Tim Floyd they’ll be making a strong argument for both players. +last_img read more

PUL Sets March 13 for Mini Congress


first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will hold its annual mini-congress on March 13 and 14 in Monrovia. The new dates were reached after an expanded emergency meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Monday afternoon, a press release said.It said the PUL has stepped up preparations that will lead to a successful congress during which a three-year ‘strategic direction’ will be launched.During the congress, the PUL will present a report of its ongoing media monitoring program which will point out ethical and professional issues in the media and lead a discussion on the draft Collective Bargaining Agreement that seeks decent salaries and better working conditions for journalists, according to the release.The mini-congress will also cover the union’s quarterly meeting.“We cannot evade this responsibility of ours, and we want you, the second highest decision making body of the PUL, to come out with a decision on what we should do,” PUL president K. Abdullai Kamara said, according to the release.The Executive Committee of the PUL comprises of the elected leadership and heads and representatives of each of the five of its standing committees, including membership, welfare, intellectual discourse, sports & entertainment, and grievance & ethics.The PUL constitution mandates an annual-mini congress, but the Ebola outbreak coupled with logistical and resource constraints compelled the delay, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more



first_imgFOOTBALL THE ONLY LOSER ON A DAY OF NO WINNERS:Well, would Donegal have taken them? Either of them? Quite possibly onthe day that was in it, a day when football literally took a bit of ahammering and a couple of pundits appeared to have left those muchused terms such as “cynicism” – Colm O’Rourke’s description for Tyronethe previous week – and “puke football” (Pat Spillane’s snideassertion whenever a Jim McGuinness team took to the field), in theirovercoat pockets. Ah yes, O’Rourke did concede that Sunday’s semi-final had been “quiteflat” and “dull and boring” up until that dramatic last ten minutes.But nowhere did he compare Dublin’s tactics as clinically “cynical”when the foul and card count suggested otherwise. And Spillane’s immediate reaction to the match he and the rest of ushad just witnessed? “What a game…..”.No shaking of the head at any of the underhand stuff but as sure asthe MacGillycuddy Reeks is a hard mountain to climb (and a difficultone to spell), the nation’s favourite Kerryman would have been foamingat the mouth had it been one of the Northern teams doing the dragging,pulling or punching.Even R.T.E. commentator, Darragh Maloney, and his sidekick, DessieDolan, appeared reluctant to swing the axe though there werereferences to some of the rough and tumble on view.Mayo, let’s hasten to add, were no saints but I don’t think I’d everseen a Dublin team of recent vintage come armed with anything otherthan a clean game plan. Until this one. Two penalties – and a third that should have been awarded to theConnacht champions when Aidan O’Shea was dragged to the deck in theopening half – and more cards than your average poker classic summedup what had gone on.And, true, the game was as dull as our recently departed summer or, asJoe Brolly put it, “a big load of shite” though with the prize beingan All-Ireland Final nerves can indeed squeeze the spectacle out ofany such encounter.The two penalities that were awarded – both of them expertly convertedparticularly Cillian O’Connor’s given that, had he missed, that wouldhave been it as far as Mayo were concerned – were justified even ifDessie Dolan insisted there had not been a “whole pile of contact”when Colm Boyle attempted to burst through Dublin ranks knowing, ithas to said, that any form of collision would have the refereestretching out his arms.The Mayomen were deserving of a replay but I couldn’t understand why,with a minute or so to go in additional time – time that I feltreferee McQuillan short-changed everyone with except for the G.A.A.authorities who can now look forward to another massive pay day –Dublin persisted in playing the ball backwards when had they managedto do what they’d done earlier in the game they could have sealed itthere and then.To come from seven points in arrears in those closing minutes owes asmuch to Mayo’s undying spirit as it does to the Dubs’ yielding tonegativity. But, here, allow the experts to sum it all up: “Mayo had the momentumat the end of the game.” O’Rourke, Spillane, Brolly? Or any of thetrio dragged into exchange views with Des Cahill on ‘The Sunday Game’?No, actually Tony McDonnell, on R.T.E.’s ‘Soccer Republic’ on Mondaynight. See, this game got everywhere.And on Saturday it heads back to Croke Park for round two. And in theblue corner….HOW ABOUT ANOTHER SEASON, KEVIN? Some weeks back, this column was suggesting that the days of KevinMcHugh hitting double figures in a season were a thing of the gloriouspast.Well, two more goals at the weekend in Harps 3-2 win at Cabinteely sawhis tally for this campaign rise to eight and a handful of matchesleft – including Saturday night’s fixture against Waterford United –provides the veteran striker with plenty of opportunity to ease out ofthe single figure bracket. A key player in Harps promotion bid – a bid given a boost followingU.C.D.’s defeat at Shelbourne – the Killea man will prove pivotal inthe run-in, his experience, guile, and, yes, goals set to proveinfluential.Not the first season he has contributed significantly to the club thatwas always etched into his heart even when wearing the Candystripesbut will it be the last? He has already indicated that the 2015campaign will signal the end of his League of Ireland career – as aplayer at any rate – but could he be persuaded to stay on and retainthat number 10 jersey for another season?  He might not need muchpersuading particularly if the promotion goal is achieved and Harpsrequired that experience to remain on in the top flight.Meanwhile, Waterford will arrive in Finn Park on the back of animpressive display last weekend against leaders, Wexford Youths, whenthey went down by the odd goal in five.Roddy of the Collins clan will receive his usual warm welcome andwhile the face masks depicting the Waterford manager, which havebecome a staple amongst Harps fans whenever the one-man Louis Copelandcoats promoter arrives in town, will bear the same expression, we canonly hope the man himself will not be grinning at the end of the game.This has not been the season the south-east Blues anticipated beforeit began but they are still capable of springing surprises. Beware theRod squad.And don’t forget, it’s a Saturday night kick-off as U.E.F.A.steadfastly refused to change the kick-off of the Gibraltar/Irelandgame from Friday evening.And if Martin O’Neill’s men don’t return from their latest outing intheir increasingly frustrating path to the European ChampionshipsFinals with maximum points – and possibly a tan – and follow that upwith a win against Georgia on Monday, you’ll find me eating my hat or,in the immortal words of Mick McCarthy, “baring my backside inBurton’s window” wherever that is.WALK ON BY:Over a quarter of an hour into the men’s 50k walk at the WorldAthletics Championships, the sight of our own, Brendan Boyce, andfellow compatriot and defending champion, Rob Heffernan, in theleading pack, did the heart good. And while I was watching it post themidnight hour, there was an image – maybe I’d fallen asleep – of thetwo Irishmen occupying medal positions at the end of the punishingevent and a celebratory homecoming for the Milford man.Brendan BoyceI didn’t watch the entire B.B.C. coverage but when I flicked back tothe walk less than two hours into it, it was to see Heffernan still inthe chasing bunch – Slovakia’s Matej Toth having obviously an urgentappointment to attend such was the massive lead he had built upbasically from the start – but no sign of the Donegal athlete amongthe leading contingent. And then the screen graphics provided theevidence we didn’t want to see, Boyce’s name with two yellow cardsbeside it.Tiredness eventually forced me to swap Beijing for the bed and it wasin the early morning when I found out that our man in China had beendisqualified after picking up a third yellow card with 15k left in therace. Disappointment, too, for Heffernan who, despite being there orthereabouts up to the finish, came home outside the medals position infifth spot.A disappointment that dogged the Irish team in their variousdisciplines during the World Championships with Heffernan goingclosest to bringing back a medal.There was a glimmer of joy in the men’s 4x400m event when the Irishquartet, which included Mark English, broke the national record with atime of 3:01:26 in their heats but beside that, it’s hardly been aChampionships to light up hopes for the months ahead even if theLetterkenny man and Thomas Barr will surely continue to be genuinecontenders in future events.And not for the first time did I find myself watching an All-IrelandChampionship match and wonder how many potential medal winningathletes have been lost to Gaelic Games over the years.REMEMBERING EDDIE:In a week when a footballer from the North-West signed for SouthendUnited, it was wholly fitting that we should remember a man who notalone played for the English side but was the season’s top scoreruntil the Second World War intervened to put paid to that footballinglink.Over the years, I met the great Eddie Davis on several occasions andhe never carried the manner of a man who had been a hugely successfulfootballer on both sides of the Irish Sea. True, there was a distinctpride in his achievements as a player but he wasn’t someone who lordedit over those he met or harped on about how he had played with theoutstanding Wolverhampton Wanderers team of the thirties or, upon thatreturn to his native shores, scored an astonishing nine goals forDerry City in a North-West Cup Final win over Coleraine at theBrandywell. His playing career also saw him line out with Cork City – a Wolvesscout spotted him which was significant in view of Eddie’s own futureas a scouter of footballing talent – and with Limerick in the Leagueof Ireland but how the Derryman never won an international cap remainsone of the great mysteries of Irish football.His role as a scout did see him propel players into internationalcareers and the likes of Manchester United, Celtic, Middlesbrough andBradford City, can all reflect on taking advantage of his eye forpotential talent.His connections within the game saw him organise one of the showpiecematches in Donegal history – an All-Stars team against anInternational Select at Maginn Park, Buncrana, back in the summer of1964 which featured a whole host of international class playersincluding the likes of former Northern Ireland, Spurs and Arsenalgoalkeeper, Pat Jennings, and the man at the centre of one of the mostfamous F.A. Cup Finals in memory, Bert Trautmann, the German ‘keeper,who played on despite suffering a broken neck and helped his side,Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Birmingham City in the Wembley Finalof 1956.Trautmann managed to avoid breaking anything in that charity match inBuncrana – proceeds went to special needs children – but records werebroken with an estimated 30,000 turning up for the occasion. And allthanks to the driving spirit of Eddie Davis who, outside the world offootball, was heavily involved in other charity works and managed anumber of showbands.Former Finn Harps and Derry City winger, Stephen McLaughlin, signedfor Southend United at the weekend and will, if he engages with someof the older fans of the League One club, hear glowing tales of theman who knew where the net was and frequently found it back in hisdays with The Shrimpers.To my old friend and former colleague, Eamonn Davis, who apart fromthe love of football passed on no doubt by his dad, acts as P.R.O. forLetterkenny Golf Club, and to another son, Sean, who has been for along number of years been involved as a coach in under-age socceracademies at Bonagee and elsewhere, and to the Davis family generally,sincerest condolences on the passing at the ripe age of 96 of one ofthe true legends of the game.A BIT O’ A READ OF THE TIMES:A double page spread for a League of Ireland club in the London Timesis, as far as I know, probably unheard of – until last week, that is,when Sligo Rovers featured in the paper’s weekly football supplement,The Game.Yes, two pages on ‘The Bit O’ Red’ or to be more specific on their newmanager, Micky Adams, well known in the English game after managing noless than nine clubs between the divisions. His last port of call wasTranmere Rovers before the contact came from another Rovers across thechannel and one he answered fairly promptly. “Some will say I don’tknow anything about the Irish league and I’ve got to be honest- Idon’t,” Adams admitted to Times reporter,George Caulkin.The latter offers due praise describing the Showgrounds as a“picturesque” stadium set against a backdrop of rolling hills andlauding the co-operative that kept the club going when its future wasthreatened. Adams himself maintaines he has found “honesty” at Sligoand describes an injury sustained by Rovers centre-back, Tom Clancy,in their recent match against Derry City when he dislocated hisshoulder and popped it back in himself. The crack, he says, wasaudible from the stands. Had it happened at his previous club, theplayer would have been out for six weeks, he adds.“It’s different here. Managers tend not to socialize after games. I’vebeen abused a couple of times. Been called an English…I’ve not hadthat before. I just laughed. Generally, the welcome has beenfantastic,” the former Southampton defender declared.A double page spread, huh? Over to you, so-called Irish quality equivalents.RUNNING THE GAUNTLET:“Schippers runs into questions after beating Asher-Smith to title”.Absolutely no doubt about the nature of these questions – let’s faceit, the British publication that carried this headline the day afterthe Dutch athlete took gold in the 200 metres wasn’t posing queriesabout whether she goes for an early morning run every day or what herdaily diet consists of – but you would have been entitled to somemeasure of concrete on the foundations of the implication built intothat attention grabbing headline in the story that followed.But no, there was nothing, except the fact that Dafne Schippers is nowthe third fastest woman behind “drug cheat”(the newspaper’sdescription) Marian Jones and the late Florence Griffith-Joyner who,we are told, retired from international athletics under ever gatheringclouds of suspicion.And there you had it. No direct allegations against Schippers. Nosuggestion that she might have missed a drugs test. No undercoverexpose by the reporter. Nothing. Just that implication hangingmenacingly over her achievement. And, of course, the fact that shebeat the British favourite, Dina Asher-Smith, to the gold.It’s doubtful that Mo Farah, who was, to be fair, subjected to somevague scrutiny over the summer given his manager’s alleged links to adoping scandal, has run into such headlines in any British mediaoutlet in the immediate aftermath of his performances in the 10,000and 5,000 metre finals, both of which he won.Instead we had the B.B.C. commentators spending the entire 5,000metres focusing on how Farah was controlling the race right from thevery back, controlling it when he moved up the field, and controllingit at the finish, the term “brilliant” and plenty of other similardescriptions besides being bandied about before a bit of patronisingguff for the Kenyan athlete who came in second. And the rest of themainstream media in similar full flow in the minutes, hours and daysthat followed. But absolutely no suggestions along the line thatFarah’s multi medal winning performances on the track in recent WorldChampionships and Olympic Games were anything but achieved withadditional gruelling hours in the gym and swimming pool.And rightly so. The way it should be. The only way it can be unlessyou have information otherwise. For there’s no doubt that the Britishdistance runner has been brilliant and is deserving of the accoladesspilling his way even if it’s getting more and more difficult tolisten to the drooling sentiments of Steve Cram & Co.Gold medals in both the 10,000 metres and 5,000 metres representmagnificent achievements in any man’s language. Even Somalian.REAL MESS:Whatever cockeyed exchanges went on and whichever club was to blamefor the transfer window fiasco, the bottom line is that ManchesterUnited and Real Madrid had a whole summer to tie up the deal thatwould have seen David De Gea head to his preferred home ground of theBernabeu. Not that United were pushing it too hard.Alex Ferguson, who oversaw the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to theSpanish giants in a much more civilised manner well within thedeadline window, will have turned in his seat in the Old Traffordstand at this latest debacle to besmirch the club.DONEGAL MAN GETS TO CROKER:Charlie McGeever led his Tipperary Minor team to an All-Ireland Finalwith a two point win over Kildare on Sunday.Yes, that Charlie McGeever. The man who, back in 1999, managed FinnHarps to an F.A.I. Cup Final and saw his team come within thirtyseconds of claiming the trophy and a place in Europe only for BrayWanderers to snatch an equalizer and go on to ultimately win after tworeplays.No place in Europe for Tipp minors – unless the Falcarragh man decidesto award them with a holiday – but they will be up against Munsterrivals, Kerry, in the All-Ireland showdown on September 20th.And the Tipperary minor hurlers – between the teams there are no lessthan eight dual players – are preparing for an All-Ireland Final oftheir own when they face Galway this Sunday.Asked if the Premier County might manage a unique double, McGeeverresponded in typical wry fashion: “Well, sure there is nobody elsegoing to do it.”I’ve said it before in these parts but could we possibly see himreturn to his native county at some stage in the future to take overthe reins of the Donegal seniors? I’m heading to the bookies rightnow…TRANSFER WINDOW LATEST:My thanks to Ben McGahey for this one. Ashley Young’s move to RealMadrid is off after the deal fell over…..PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: UNITED IN A ‘REAL’ MESS, AND REMEMBERING THE GREAT EDDIE DAVIS was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more