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November 8, 2018

THE SASH Tuesday 11th November 2008

 

The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club.

 

  Jack Higgins semi-final:Sarsfields V Johnstownbridge Sat 15th November at 2pm in Rahens

Leinster GAA News
Joe Kernan: 'Verbals' say a lot about what's wrong in Gaelic football

 There are not too many aspects of Gaelic football that leave me cold.
After all, I have been involved as both player and manager for more
years than I might care to remember ... but there is still an element of
the sport that disturbs me greatly.

And that is the use of 'verbals' between players from opposing sides
during matches.

Sadly, this appears to be even more pronounced now.

The virus surfaced again during the All Ireland Championship - some
teams have already acquired the dubious distinction of being more
proficient than others in this sphere - and it now appears to have
permeated the Ulster Club Championship, even though this competition is
still in its early stages.

Nowhere was it more pronounced, it seems, than in the Cavan Gaels v St
Galls quarter-final last Sunday - and that saddens me greatly.

Here we had two teams laced with quality players and anxious to get
their hands on the provincial prize, yet the match was not only
besmirched by verbal insults but pock-marked by yellow and red cards.

What a great pity that players should stoop to employing insults - some
of it can be of a sinister variety - in what is perceived to be a means
of unsettling their opponent.

This cancer must be eradicated from our sport if at all possisble. I
acknowledge that it is difficult to pinpoint perpetrators and much more
difficult to impose penalties on them.

But I fear that a continuation of this malaise could possibly lead to
more serious trouble and the GAA itself will then ship a serious blow in
terms of credibility.

The Club Championships, indeed, often provide some of the best fare of
the year and as the competitions gain pace in the various provinces,
interest levels invariably heighten.

Cavan Gaels will not complain unduly about the nature of their contest
against St Galls, since they left Casement Park as the victors, but
Clonoe were left with a distinctly sour taste in their mouth when they
fell to Donegal champions St Eunan's.

Clonoe manager Damian Cassidy thought his side should have been granted
another week's breathing space because of the hectic itinerary they
faced of late but instead they were pressed into service again and
ultimately they fell victims to fatigue.

They showed superb organisation and commitment in winning the Tyrone
title and might well be still in the Ulster Club title frame had their
wish for a week's grace been granted by the Ulster Council.

While Clonoe have taken their leave of the competition, Damian will now
focus on his new role as Derry boss and I certainly wish him every
success in his endeavours.

He will obviously pay particular attention to the progress that
Ballinderry make in the Ulster Club series. They were efficient and
clinical in disposing of Monaghan champions Latton last Sunday and with
players like Enda Muldoon, Niall McCusker, Conleith Gilligan, Raynmond
Wilkinson, Kevin McGuckin, Collie Devlin and Michael McIver in their
line-up, they have the necessary attributes to try and knock Crossmaglen
Rangers off their provincial perch.

The Rangers meet St Patrick's (Donagh), the Fermanagh champions, on
Sunday on a spanking new surface at Oliver Plunkett Park just laid by
Fermanagh pitch specialists Prunty! Maybe the Erne county
representatives will rise to the occasion against the reigning Ulster
champions.

And I would like to see St Patrick's, Cullyhanna, my neighbours, do well
in the Intermediate championship in the curtain-raiser.

While the chase hots up for the Ulster Club crown, I'm delighted to see
that the Ireland team came out on top in the International Rules series.
Sean Cavanagh proved a great captain and manager Sean Boylan and his
backroom team of 'Bomber' Liston, Anthony Tohill, Hugh Kenny and Sean
Marty Lockhart can take immense satisfaction from a job well done.

Mind you, I was perturbed to learn that the squad did not fly Business
Class to Australia. These players deserve the best and, next time round,
no expense should be spared in getting them to Down Under. No wonder
they played better in the second Test when they had time to recover from
their travel fatigue!

Cork's Graham Canty was immense in the Melbourne Test but his display
offered the only encouraging note to emerge from the Leeside county this
week.

The impasse surrounding the appointment of Gerald McCarthy as hurling
manager has now deteriorated into an embarrassing saga.

The words 'player power' tend to surface rather often, don't they?

A long time ago I was told that players should play and managers should
manage.

Players deserve to be treated with respect but administrators must be
allowed to fulfil their roles too.

As far as I am concerned, that mantra still holds good today. The sooner
the Cork dispute is resolved, the better for all concerned.
 
 Brennan hits back at Farrell criticism

 
By Colm Keys


 
GAA president Nickey Brennan has described GPA chief executive Dessie
Farrell's observations about the new strategic document being launched
later this month as 'pre-emptive'.

In the course of his address to last Friday night's Opel/GPA awards
Farrell outlined how, as the players' representative on Central Council,
he was at a recent briefing on a strategy document being published by
the GAA in two weeks' time that failed to mention players in any
meaningful way.

'No mention of the players on whose backs the multi-million euro deals
are struck; no mention of the players on whose backs the television
contracts are signed; no mention of the players on whose backs the very
funding which breathes life into the GAA is generated. No mention of the
players at all,' he said.

But Brennan responded yesterday and said what went before those
delegates in that briefing covered only aspects of the overall package
which was, he said, still in its 'embryonic' stage.

'I think Dessie was being pre-emptive with what he said last Friday.
There are still a lot of strands to add to it. Of course the
relationship with players will be addressed and covered,' he said.

'My record on issues of players welfare are there for all to see. I
placed that on top of my agenda when I came into office and I think my
record backs that up.'

Brennan also said that Farrell knew there would be engagement on the
issue of looking at formally recognising the GPA in the coming months.

'Dessie knew as well as I knew that once we got back from Australia that
issue would be put back on the table again,' he said.

Meanwhile, Gerald McCarthy's club St Finbarr's have issued a statement
in support of him and the process used to re-appoint him.

The statement 'seconded' the appointment of their former chairman,
player and manager and gave backing to their county board delegate and
the process that ratified McCarthy for two more years.

County champions Sarsfields were also due to meet last night to discuss
regular business, but the ongoing conflict in Cork was also expected to
be aired.

 

Brennan: why I flew business class to Oz

 
By Colm O'Connor


GAA PRESIDENT Nickey Brennan last night defended his decision to fly business class to the International Rules Series in Australia while Seán Boylan's squad and management team travelled in economy.

Brennan insisted he had done so for health reasons stressing it was - and remains - GAA policy for all its officials on association trips to travel economy class.

Last week, the GAA president defended the GAA's decision not to splash out the extra cash that would be involved in providing the players with business class seats.

'I think the fact that we won the two Tests blows that argument out of the water,' said Brennan at the time. 'In the past, Ireland GAA teams going to Australia have always travelled economy class, and I don't envisage any change in that arrangement in future years. It's the same situation with the All Star tours - the teams always travel economy class, no matter how far away the destination is.'

However after it emerged that Brennan himself flew business class from Dublin to Sydney via Abu Dhabi, the GAA president issued a statement to The Irish Examiner yesterday outlining the reasoning for his upgrade.

He stressed that the business class travel did not cost the Association any additional money as he flew with All-Ireland Hurling Championship sponsors, Etihad.

Explained Brennan: 'I, and my family, were concerned for my health because of the number of flights I was taking in such a short space of time.'

He outlined his itinerary before and during the trip to Australia. 'I went to Malaysia on October 9th for the Asian Gaelic Games Finals. I flew economy class from Dublin, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, to Penang. I left Malaysia on October 13th and was back in Ireland on October 14th - again flying economy. The next day I had an all-day meeting of the All Star selectors and then on the Friday night I had the All Star function in Dublin. I had the Shinty internationals in Kilkenny on the Saturday the 18th and a function that night in Kilkenny.

'On Sunday, October 19th, I flew from Dublin to Abu Dhabi to Sydney with Etihad Airways.'

The GAA president confirmed: 'I flew business class. On arrival in Sydney I boarded a flight to Perth and flew economy class on Virgin Blue and arrived in Perth on Tuesday at 5pm, had a shower and then went to a function.'

He continued: 'On the Saturday after the first test, the entire Irish party flew economy class on Qantas from Perth to Melbourne. We then spent a week in Melbourne. After the second test we went from Melbourne to Sydney. On Monday, November 3rd, I flew from Sydney to Dublin and was back in Ireland on November 4th and we came home with Etihad.

'I want to stress that the cost of all the Etihad flights was covered as part of our sponsorship arrangement with the airline.'

He said he had never planned to undertake such trips - but was forced to do so due to scheduling issues.

'I had been in Malaysia and I had originally hoped that I could have travelled directly on to Australia from there. However we could not change the date of the All Star function so I had no choice but to return home for the All Stars before going back out to Australia. That would be hard on anyone's system and there was no way that I was going to risk my health.'

Last week former Ireland rugby fitness coach Mike McGurn, who worked with Boylan's squad prior to their departure, said he was amazed that the Irish squad didn't travel business class on the long-haul flight.

'Travelling economy class six days before the first Test was a form of suicide. Also, six of the lads only arrived in Australia on the Tuesday before the first Test. Rugby teams, soccer teams wouldn't do it, and I'm sure when the Aussies (International Rules team) come to Ireland, they don't travel economy class. Because the lads would obviously be more tired after flying economy class, rather than business class, we deliberately decided in advance of the flight that they wouldn't be pushed that hard in training in the days before the first Test.'

Brennan insisted in the wake of McGurn's claims that it was not the policy of the GAA for officials to travel business class. And he again re-iterated that stance yesterday.

'Again I want to say that it is not to the policy of the GAA to travel business class. Prior to this I had never travelled business class while I was GAA president. But I, and my family, were concerned for my health because of the number of flights I was taking in such a short space of time. I was not going to take any chances with things like deep vein thrombosis or anything like that.'

He insisted the trip undertaken by the players was done so after lengthy consultation with Boylan.

'The players travelled out with Singapore Airlines and flew directly to Perth and arrived on the Monday. This was the way which Sean Boylan wanted things - that the squad could get to their destination in the most direct way.'

Added Brennan: 'I don't know who it was that travelled around the world in 80 days, but I was nearly travelling twice around the world in a week. But I used the time in business (class) to get a lot of paperwork done before meeting with Australian officials.'

 

 

Kildare’s National League Fixtures for 2009.

Since last week Croke Park have announced that the league fixtures below are provisional and that they have been released to give counties a chance to have their input. At a later date they will publish a definitive list of dates.  

Kildare kick off their Division 2, 2009 League campaign (provisionally) on Sunday February 1st, away to Laois at 2-30pm  On Sunday, Feb 15th, Kildare are host to Cork; Sunday, March 8th, Leinster finalists Wexford will be in St. Conleth's Park; March, 15th, Kildare are away to Monaghan; March 22nd,  Kildare are at home to Armagh; Sunday March 29th, away to Fermanagh; and Sunday, April 12th away to Meath. For those supporters planning the annual away trip the game against Fermanagh looks like the likely one.

Sarsfields Fundraising Christmas Draw.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the club’s fundraising draw priced at €60 or two for €100. The draw will take place in the Clubhouse on Saturday the 20th December.1st prize is a Fiat Punto, 2nd prize a €3,500 Holiday Voucher, 3rd prize a 46” Flatscreen TV and 4th prize of €1000 cash..

More Stupid Quotes.

'Nixon has been sitting in the White House while George
McGovern has been exposing himself to the people of the
United States.'

- Frank Licht, then governor of Rhode Island, campaigning
  for McGovern in 1972

'Better make it six, I can't eat eight.'
- Dan Osinski, Baseball pitcher, when a waitress asked if he   wanted his pizza cut into six or eight slices

'People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.'
- Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President

'We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a *part* of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a *part* of Europe.'
- Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President

“Morcelli has four fastest 1500-metre times ever. And all those times are at 1500 metres.'
- David Coleman, Sports commentator

'And here's Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago'
- David Coleman, Sports commentator

'And with an alphabetical irony, Nigeria follows New Zealand'
- David Coleman, Sports commentator

'Its a great advantage to be able to hurdle with both legs'
- David Coleman, Sports commentator

'There's going to be a real ding-dong when the bell goes.'
- David Coleman, Sports commentator

 

 

Strange News

Drug Dog Catches Schoolboys

British police received an unexpected surprise when a trained
dog picked out four students, during a speech about drugs, who
had cannibis stored in their lockers.  'It's one assembly that
no one will ever forget,' said Alan Mobbs of the Devon and
Cornwall Police.  The dog was trained to sit down next to anyone
who smells of drugs.

Car Company Has To Pay Back Fine They Charged

A car company in Connecticut has to pay back $10 000 in total to
all the drivers they have fined.  The company had used
satellites to track the speeding of their customers.  They would
then charge the customers if they would go over the speed limit.
The car company would charge $150 each time an individual would
cross the speed limit.  The comsumer protection agency's
commissioner, Jame Fleming, said that the car company violated
unfair trade practices act because they did not inform the
consumer of their policy.  Therfore, the car company has been
told to pay back 'every single consumer who they took money from
illegally.'

Bullet Stuck In Girls Arm For 10 Days

A bullet was removed from a nine year old Australian girl after
being lodged in her arm for ten days.  The girl thought she had
suffered a fireworks wound after attending the Sydney New Year's
Eve festivals.  However, X-rays taken revealed a bullet lodged
in her arm and the family contacted police.  The girl is
expected to have the bullet removed from her upper arm in the
next few days
.

True Story

The Pen is Mightier Than Common Sense

In the literary world, there have always been some weird, and wonderful people who penned works that turned out to be classics, although not always in the traditional sense of a valued book.

Take Ernest Vincent Wright, American author, who wrote a novel of 50,000 words, which with the exception of the introduction and a note at the end, contained not a single word with the letter “e”. The story was grammatically correct, and each word spelled properly. But such was the strain of figuring out how not to put an “e” on paper, that he died at the relatively young age of 66, on the very day that his novel, “Gadsby” was published.

Then of course, there is Bulwer Litton, whose revered (if only tongue-in-cheek) name is perpetuated annually in a literary contest for the best opening paragraph to a story, containing a sentence of up to 50-60 words, which will bore a reader to tears. The event, sponsored by the English Department at San Jose University, is to commemorate one of the really bad novels of all time, Paul Clifford, which Litton penned, starting with the unforgettable line “It was a dark and stormy night.”

If you wanted to be bored over, and over, and over, you should have been around in Ancient China, when a combined 2,000 scholars wrote the history encyclopedia, Yongle Dadian, which contained 22,000 chapters in 10,000 volumes. Alas, you won’t find it in a library today. But what you will find, is the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which details the lives of 50,000 people, in 60 million words, over 60 volumes, written by 10,000 people with empty pens and really sore hands. The project, published in the Fall of 2004, took 12 years to complete. The complete set takes up 11 feet of space on a bookshelf.


 

 


 
 

 

 

Humour.

True notes left for Milkmen

Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbour told me.

Please send me details about cheap milk as I am stagnant.

Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it.

Safety film - Report

A company trying to continue its five-year perfect safety record showed its workers a film aimed at encouraging the use of safety goggles on the job. According to the Health and Safety Council News, the film's depiction of gory industrial accidents was so graphic that twenty-five workers suffered minor injuries in their rush to leave the screening room. Thirteen others fainted, and one man required seven stitches after he cut his head falling off a chair while watching the film.

Bank Robbery

Two bankers are in a bank when armed robbers burst in.

While several of the robbers take the money from the tellers, others line the customers, including the bankers, up against a wall, and proceed to take their jewelry, wallets and watches.

While this is going on banker number one puts something in banker number two's hand. Without looking down, banker number two whispers, 'What is this?' to which banker number one replies, 'It's that $50 I owe you.'

Financial Crises: The Funny Side

· How do you define optimism? A banker who irons 5 shirts on a Sunday.

· What's the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza? A large pizza can feed a family of four.

· Quote of the day [from a trader]: 'This is worse than a divorce. I've lost half my net worth and I still have a wife'.

· What do you call 12 investment bankers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

· What's the difference between Investment Bankers and London Pigeons? The Pigeons are still capable of making deposits on new BMW's.

· What have Icelandic banks and an Icelandic streaker got in common? They both have frozen assets.

· Latest news, the Isle of Dogs Building Society has collapsed. They've called in the retrievers.

· Will talked to his bank manager the other day and he said he was going to concentrate on the big issues from now on. He sold Will one outside Boots yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

Answers to last week’s Brain Teasers.

1 There is a man that lives on the top floor of a very tall 
building.  Everyday he gets the elevator down to the ground floor 

to leave the building to go to work.  Upon returning from work 

though, he  can only travel half way up in the lift and has to 

walk the rest of the way, unless it's raining!  WHY?

Answer: He is a midget and unless he carries an umbrella he can only travel halfway up.

2 A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, 
gloves, and balaclava.  He is walking down a black street

with all the street lamps off.  A black car is coming toward him 

with its lights off too, but somehow manages to stop in time.  How 

did the driver see the man?

Answer: It’s daytime

3 One day Kerry celebrated her birthday.  One day later her 
older twin  brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How can this be?

Answer:  At the time she went into labour, the mother of the twins was 
traveling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early

on March 1st.  The boat then crossed a time zone, and Kerry, the

younger twin, was born on February 28th.  Therefore, the

younger  twin celebrates her birthday one day before her

older brother.

This week’s Brain Teasers.

1 Manhole Covers. Why is it better to have round manhole covers 
than square ones?   [NOTE: This is logical rather than

lateral, but it is a good puzzle which can be solved by lateral 

thinking techniques. It is supposedly  used by a very

well-known software company as an interview question  for 

prospective employees]

2 A man went  to a party and drank some of the punch, then
left early.   Everyone else at the party who drank the punch 

subsequently died of poisoning.  Why did the man not die?

3 A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same 
day of the same year but they were not twins.  How could this be so? 

Answers next week. You can e-mail your answers to the address below and those with the correct answer(s) will have their names published so everyone can see how brainy they are.

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