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Sporting Column; Fantasy football- a relegation reality

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Is this the real life

Is this just fantasy?

Caught in a landslide

No escape from reality

Open your eyes

Look up to the skies and see

The opening verse of Queens hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ can aptly describe Fantasy Football as a new season of laptop and swivel chair clicking management is about to get underway.

I took a season away from the game that captures the imagination because I was finishing in the bottom few places every year and so I thought I deserved relegation. My problem is my phobia of picking players from the top four clubs. I mean what fun is it to pick Chelsea and Man City players that are guaranteed to score high. The fun comes in picking the Bournemouth right back or the Swansea left winger as it makes the task of selecting a team much more exciting. Its plumping for the underdog knowing that loss will be no great surprise but if they were to excel and pick many points you’ll be seen a shrewd member of the soccer supporters society and have a tactical nous the envy of all those in the friends leagues you have entered.

The other problem I face is boredom and forgetfulness. Week one I attack the task of picking a team with vigour and enthuasiasm. Week twenty arrives and I am constantly forgetting or not bothering to update my team as deadline after deadline passes, so I soldier on with a team of injured,suspended,unpicked and out of form bottom of the table professionals.

I remember on my summer holidays as a kid I would get the newspaper open up the pages of their fantasy football league and with a notepad and pen scribble in players and formations while trying to adhere to the rules like no more than 3 players from one club and the particularly tricky tightrope of budget.

Most people would fall into the trap of being over budget and with their final couple of choices having to head for the bargain bin as they knowingly had to reduce the quality in their side to remain in the games perimeters. I on the other hand had the minority problem due to my selection criteria of having lots of money left over. Thankfully the game doesn’t have club chairpersons because they’d be screaming at me to bring in a marquee name or two.

Nowadays the internet also houses the fantasy football and the budgets have increased. The 15 million you would’ve spent on Alan Shearer would now probably only buy you a Huddersfield player or two. Note to self-I might just do that. Suffice to say it looks like I’ll have another relegation battle on my hands.

In the words of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody the weeks, the points gained and the challenge ahead will be:

 easy come easy go,

little high,little low.

.any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me’

So I’ll pick my team and try my best (for the first couple of weeks anyway)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Brady gives his verdict on the Restructuring proposals of the All Ireland Hurling championship

Proposals for the restructuring of the All-Ireland Senior, U-21, and Minor Hurling Championships on a three-year trial basis from 2018 to 2020 inclusive have been revealed.

The proposals will be considered by Central Council at its meeting on Saturday, June 17, after which Central Council will decide if there is a basis for calling a Special Congress later this year.

The proposal document recommends revamping the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship so it consists of two provincial championships and a provincial qualifier group.

The Leinster and Munster Championships would be played off on a round-robin basis, so there would be five rounds of four matches each.

Each team would have two home and two away matches, with the two teams finishing in the top two places in each group qualifying for their respective provincial final.

The winners of the provincial finals would qualify for the All-Ireland semi-finals with the defeated provincial finalists qualifying for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

The third placed team in both championship groups would remain in the championship, with a pathway open to them to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

On a rolling two-year cycle basis, the third placed team in each province would either progress directly to the All-Ireland quarter-final or else play the winner of the Provincial Qualifier Group in a play-off for a place in the Quarter-Finals.

In 2018 the Provincial Qualifier Group would consist of Laois, Westmeath, Kerry, Antrim, and Carlow.

The CCCC’s proposals were formulated to ensure significant club-only periods would be maintained between the end of the Allianz Hurling Leagues and the beginning of the senior championships; and that August (except for the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and Final) and subsequent months would be left free for club competitions.

Former Monaghan hurling manager Frank Brady has been giving his verdict on the proposals to Shannonside Northern Sounds Tony Ghee

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Saint Peters Athlethic looking forward to inaugral season in Roscommon and District league

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The Roscommon & District Football League is to see change to its Premier Division this season with the inclusion of two new teams

Boyle Celtic and St. Peters of Athlone will compete in the division increasing the number of teams from 10 to 12

Philip Coffey from the Saint Peters club spoke with Tony Ghee on Saturday Sport about the move. They made it into the FAI Junior Cup semi-finals a couple of seasons ago and he’s hoping that the glory days will return to the club again. He outlined that the club is on the Roscommon side of Athlone and he explained that the club sat down at the end of the season and they felt they needed a new direction and he praised the competitiveness of the league and he sees it as a great challenge. ‘Our aim is to stabilise in the first season in the competition’.  He’s looking forward to a long competitive league campaign.

You can hear their conversation here:

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Leitrim defeated by Kerry in All Ireland Junior semi final

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Connacht champions Leitrims journey is over in the All Ireland Junior football championship after defeat to Kerry in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick in the Semi final this afternoon. The Kingdom won out by 1-16 to 1-09 but the underdogs put up a great account of themselves especially considering Seamus Quinns side were missing ten of the team that won provincial honours against Mayo.

Kerry opened the scoring but former Leitrim senior goalkeeper Cathal McCrann buried the ball to the back of the net in the third minute after great work from Jack Heslin. Heres the description of the goal as heard on Shannonside FM with commentary by John Lynch and Martin McGowan.

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Kerry then goaled in the 7th minute followed by 7 unanswered points. Leitrim got the final point of the half and it was 1-08 to 1-01 at the interval.

Kerry were ahead by 6 points after 12 minutes of the second half and were 10 points ahead with 11 minutes remaining. The last ten minutes belonged to Leitrim as they kicked five points to Kerrys one and the Munster side looking for three All Irelands in a row ended the match with a 7 point margin of victory.

The final on August 6th will see Kerry take on Meath who beat Kilkenny by 2-19 to 2-08

Ballinalee to remember Thomas Ashe with series of events today

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A number of special events to remember one of Ireland’s greatest ever patriots are taking place in Ballinalee in Longford today

One hundred years after a famous speech in the Longford village, historians and locals will be remembering the events which led to the imprisonment of Thomas Ashe, and his death today.

The Kerryman made a speech in Ballinalee on July 22nd 1917, and just weeks later, he was arrested tried and sentenced to a year of hard labour for his remarks in Longford.

However, he died in prison in September of that year following a hunger strike and his funeral was one of the biggest the country has ever seen.

The day’s events begin this afternoon with the opening of Sean MacEoin’s forge and later that night a lecture on Ashe’s life will also take place while a flag raising ceremony is also planned for 7pm.

Anne Wall

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Anne Wall

Silkwood, Strandhill Road, Sligo and formerly Ballygar, Co Galway.

Friday July 21st Wife of Kevin Molloy.

Reposing at her residence tomorrow evening (Sun) from four o’clock until eight o’clock.

Removal on (Mon) morning to St Mary’s Cathedral, Sligo for Funeral Mass at half past eleven, with burial afterwards so Scarden cemetery.

House private to family Monday morning please.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust (SHOUT).

Demola lived life to the full and gave us 17 golden years of memories

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The funeral mass for a young Longford teenager has been told that Demola lived life to the full and that; “Death is not the end in itself, but a means to that future with God in heaven”.

Hundreds of people gathered at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford to attend the requiem mass for Demola Adetosoye this morning.

The popular Newtownforbes teenager died on Tuesday in a drowning accident in Tarmonbarry.

This morning’s mass was celebrated by Father Joseph Okere, and Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, also presided at the mass.

Fr. Okere, told the congregation, that Demola gave us 17 golden years of memories, filled with joy, peace and life.

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Seán Monaghan (Retired Garda)

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Seán Monaghan (Retired Garda)

Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon.

Saturday July 22nd peacefully at Roscommon University Hospital.

Reposing at Smyth’s Funeral Home, Roscommon on (Mon) evening from half past five until seven o’clock, followed by Removal to St Mary’s Church, Ballagh.

Mass of the Resurrection on (Tues) at eleven o’clock. Burial afterwards in Derrane Cemetery.

Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Roscommon Palliative Care.

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