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Robert Cox’s GAA Weekend Treble

Robert Cox’s GAA Weekend Treble – July 13th & 14th

The Super 8s are finally here this weekend and apart from a few expected one-sided and dead rubber games over the course of the next month, we can now actually start to look forward to some close encounters and high quality football.

All eight teams are in action over the course of this Saturday and Sunday and I have taken a look at three of the games, opting to leave the Donegal v Meath game well alone!!

 

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ROSCOMMON v TYRONE

Tyrone -2

First up is the meeting of Connacht Champions Roscommon and perennial qualifier experts Tyrone at 5pm in Dr. Hyde Park at 5pm on Saturday evening. Once again I expect Mickey Harte’s men to come away with a relatively comfortable victory. Ever since their disappointing Ulster semi final loss to Donegal, the Red-Hand men, lead by their instrumental full forward Cathal McShane have racked up routine wins away to Longford and Kildare and against Cavan in Clones. The Cavan win was particularly impressive, given its margin, 16 points in the end. In McShane and Harte they have two of the best players in the country at the minute but they are more than just a two man team, as the Rossies will find out to their detriment come Saturday evening.

In fairness to Roscommon they do garner some respect given their exploits in the west, beating both Mayo and Galway enroute to claiming the Nestor cup but one fears that could be the highlight of their year. They have quality in their ranks in the shape of Conor Cox, Enda Smith and Diarmuid Murtagh but the month off since their success might leave them a bit rusty. In comparison Tyrone are flying, with three games on the spin of late. The sides met at the same stage last year, with Tyrone coming out easy winners on a scoreline of 4-24 to 2-12.

I expect a repeat of this, but not to the extent of 12 months ago so Tyrone -2 is my pick here.

 

DUBLIN v CORK

Dublin -8

It’s the clash of the two big cities at Croke Park on Saturday night at 7pm as Dublin take their next step in their quest for five in a row and I expect them to come through this one with some ease, without probably even needing to get out of the 2nd or 3rd gear in the process.

To reach this stage Ronan McGrath’s Cork side have only had to negotiate facile wins over Limerick and Laois and though they have been free scoring in both them ties and in their Munster final loss to Kerry, this will be a completely new challenge for them. They have improved somewhat since their poor league form seen them relegated to Division 3 of the league but unfortunately for them it won’t be enough to even come close to the Dubs on the wide open expanses of HQ. The Rebels have found the net 10 times in their 3 Championship games, thanks mainly to their top marksmen Brian Hurley and Mark Collins. Add to that the hard working and skilful Ruairí Deane on the half forward line and they will cause Dublin some problems by running at them. But only early on before the juggernaut takes over.

Dublin’s season only really gets going at this stage, having easily negotiated their way to their 9th Leinster title in 10 years, culminating in a final rout of neighbours Meath. Cormac Costello has been their main man in attack but they ooze strength all over the pitch. He is ably assisted upfront by Paul Mannion and Ciaran Kilkenny and the scoring return to action of Dean Rock v Meath makes for ominous viewing for the rest. Brian Fenton is still the best midfielder in the country and they don’t give up too much at the back either. Jim Gavin knows tougher ties lie ahead in the shape of Donegal and maybe a Tyrone or a Kerry but this is a nice tie for his side to ease themselves into the Super 8s.

Cork may live with the Dubs for a while but my selection of Dublin -8 looks a shoe in.

 

KERRY v MAYO

BTTS A Goal

 The last game of the weekend is surely the most mouth watering of the lot as Kerry play host to Mayo at 4pm at Fitzgerald Stadium. As when Mayo played Armagh a couple of weeks ago, I find the outcome of this one too hard to call, so like that evening I have gone for both teams to score a goal. One thing is for sure when Mayo are around you are always guaranteed plenty of action and drama and with two high class forward lines on display, I feel this Sunday will be no different, so expect the net to be rattled on a few occasions!

Kerry come into the Super 8s as Munster Champions having laboured to victories over Clare and Cork. Despite the talent at their disposal, Peter Keane’s side are yet to set their 2019 campaign alight and after their domination at minor level in recent years the people of the Kingdom expect. They do have serious firepower in attack and will look to star David Clifford to shin the Super 8s, where he shot to prominence in 2018. If they are to reverse their league final defeat at the hands of Sunday’s opponents they will look to Sean O’Shea, David Moran and Clifford to shine.

Mayo for their part are gathering pace. After a disappointing Connacht semi final loss at home to Roscommon, James Horan’s men have bounced back with wins against Down, Armagh and more impressively against Galway last weekend. In James Carr they have a very exciting prospect, with the wing forward banging in two goals in the Galway victory. Despite been plagued by injuries throughout 2019 and recently losing Captain Diarmuid O’Connor, Mayo still have a strong panel to pick from. Paddy Durcan and Donal Vuaghan are in fine form and if Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea perform to their abilities they may well leave Killarney with a famous win.

Still, this one is too hard to call so my selection of both teams to score a goal in what promises to be a good open game of football looks the best bet in this one.

Tyrone -2,   Dublin -8   &   Kerry v Mayo BTTS A Goal 

 

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St.Cocas Orla Reidy to represent Ireland in Nottingham

Orla Reidy and her Irish team mates prior to departing for Nottingham

St.Cocas AC athlete Orla Reidy, will tomorrow represent Ireland at the SIAB International Schools’ in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.

Orla will become the first girl from St.Cocas to represent Ireland at schools level and qualifies after her 5th place finish two weeks ago in the All-Irelands in Waterford.

The event is part of the Home Countries International (4 nations) and sees 16 Irish schools’ athletes compete. Orla ran for Maynooth Post Primary in the Leinsters and All-Irelands, with the St.Cocas runner firstly capturing the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title in Santry on February 21st before her 5th place finish in Waterford.

Orla’s achievements so far are all the more remarakable as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year.

The junior girls will compete over 4km with the Intermediate girls (Orla’s race) competing over 4.5km.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in helping her to reach this level.

Sunday morning update

Orla Reidy after finishing 5th in the All-Irelands in Waterford

11/03/18

Gaa

Blackhall Gaels suffered another home defeat in Division 2 of the Meath SFL when they lost out to Rathkenny on a full time score of 1-18 to 2-10 in Kilcloon. Two second half goals from Alan Nestor helped the hosts come from nine points down at half time to level proceedings going into the final five minutes but Rathkenny kicked on again to win by five. Nestor top scored for Blackhall with 2-5. The loss leaves Liam Keane’s men with only two points from a possible ten and they will need to start picking up some wins soon to avoid dropping down to Division 3.

This morning it’s the turn of the second team as they welcome Navan O’Mahoneys to Kilcloon in Division 2 of the B League.

Blackhall Gaels senior ladies game against neighbours Moynalvey, scheduled for Saturday evening, was postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

In Kildare, Kilcock travelled to Athy for round 2 of the Aldridge Cup on Saturday evening. Kilcock put in another decent performance against senior championship opposition (they lost to Naas in round 1) but still came up short on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-10.

Athletics

Congratulations to StCocas Ac athlete Orla Reidy, representing Maynooth Post Primary School, who finished 5th in the schools All Ireland in Waterford today. Orla will now go on and represent Ireland in Nottingham in 2 weeks time.

Well done to her coaches Larry Kelly & Michael Reidy in getting her there.

This morning StCocas will be well represented at the annual Bohermeen half marathon in County Meath.

Rugby

North Kildare senior mens first team are on the road for their penultimate league game with a trip to near neighbours Coolmine. They need a win to secure their status in 1B. Kick off today is at 3pm.

Soccer

Kilcock’s Aaron Brilly makes the trip to Drogheda United today with his Athlone Town team mates for their second game in the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League. Athlone suffered a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Galway United in their first game. Kick off today is at 3pm.

Finally I would like to wish all you fantastic mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. Especiall my own mother Sarah. ❤

Please join us later for our Sunday night review.

Author: Robert Cox. If you have a story you would like to share please email robbiecox7@hotmail.com or whats app me on 0877685757

All Ireland title for Meath

Well done to the Meath Darts team who were crowned All Ireland champions for the first time ever, beating Donegal 7-0 in the final.

The tournament was held at the West County Hotel in Ennis last Saturday and Sunday. Meath won the quarter final 7-3 against Kilkenny before accounting for Wexford in the semis.

Kilcock’s Andrew Reilly (pictured front row, 1st from the right) was on the successful side, whose 7-0 final victory was also a first in the history of the competition. Reilly was Meath’s 12th man due in but wasn’t needed in the final due to the nature of the result. Reilly was needed in the last 16 against Galway, where he clinched victory for the Royals in 7-5 win.

Meath currently hold the youth, men’s A and men’s B All Ireland titles.

St.Cocas Athlete is Leinster Schools X-Country Champion

Orla Reidy (1) on the podium after her Leinster Schools Intermediate cross country win

St.Cocas Kilcock athlete Orla Reidy has captured the Leinster Schools Intermediate Cross Country title with victory at Santry today, February 21st.

The Intermediate race was ran over a distance of 3500 metres.

Orla’s win is all the more special as she is also eligible for the Intermediate ranks again next year. She will now also progress to the All-Irelands.

Both Orla and her St.Cocas team mate Aoife O’Cuill, who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month, were representing Maynooth Post Primary. Aoife ran in the Senior race, over a distance of 2500 metres.

St.Cocas AC were quick to congratulate all their athletes on their Facebook page this evening; “Congratulations to all athletes who represented their schools today in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Santry. A special congratulations goes to Orla Reidy who won gold in the Intermediate girls race and is now Leinster Champion. Well done also Aoife O’Cuill who ran a great race to qualify for the All Ireland finals next month.”

Please find below a break down of the school’s different ages for the respective years.

Minor = 1st year

Junior = 2nd year

Intermediate = 3rd&4th year

Senior = 5th&6th year

Give or take ( it’s based on age)

Aoife O’Cuill in action for Maynooth PP

Author: Robert Cox. If you have a story you would like to share please email robbiecox7@hotmail.com or whats app me on 0877685757

Scoil Dara’s Sarah Clarke qualifies for the All-Irelands

Scoil Dara’s Sarah Clarke after her race

Scoil dara student Sarah Clarke has today qualified for the All Ireland Schools Junior Girls Cross Country Final. Sarah made it through to the final after an impressive run in the Leinster Finals meeting in Santry.

Well done to Ciara Gormley who also represented the Kilcock school, running a strong race in the same category and to Oisin Farrell who was also on duty in the boys race.

Please find a break down of the different school categories depending on year and age.

Minor = 1st year

Junior = 2nd year

Intermediate = 3rd&4th year

Senior = 5th&6th year

Give or take ( it’s based on age)

Author: Robert Cox. If you have a story you would like to share please email robbiecox7@hotmail.com or whats app me on 0877685757