Opinion, Sports

Stripping Of Gaelic Games’ Elite Status Is ‘Disappointing And Damaging’

At the start of February, GAA fans had their worst nightmares confirmed with the announcement from the Government that the GAA was not an elite sport anymore. This means that GAA cannot take place under current restrictions. The news was greeted with dismay and anger from players, managers and fans up and down the country after the GAA lit up …


Opinion, Sports

Stadia in Italia: Why Italian Stadiums Need To Improve

The Italian government has announced the allowance of a select number of fans to return for the cup final between Atalanta vs Juventus with the intent for the Euro 2020 finals.   However, as fans will eventually return to the stadia the lurking problems of Italian clubs’ infrastructure remain and have been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Older generations who remember …


Was Ireland’s Lineout Ever The Problem?

Ireland’s lineout has been one of the positive factors in a disappointing start to the 2021 Six Nations campaign for Andy Farrell’s men. Those involved have looked comfortable with each other with the plays they have been using. Peter O’Donnell from The Lineout Lab thinks that Ireland’s set piece work has been impressive considering the injuries they have suffered. “I …

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman May Be ‘Boring’ But His Quality Cannot Be Dismissed

As it stands, UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman is well on his way in following in the footsteps of former Welterweight champion George St. Pierre (GSP) after an emphatic demolition job of former team-mate Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 on Saturday at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas. Usman stopped Burns early in the third round via TKO with …

Six Nations 2021: France End Flawed Ireland’s Six Nations Hopes

Ireland 13-15 France Ireland’s hopes for silverware in 2021 were brought to an end after a strong France side came away with victory in Dublin. The boys in green started as they meant to go on with another impressive lineout steal. A ping-pong game occurred between both sides as they looked to assert dominance early on. An impressive kick from …

Saturday’s Six Nations 2021 Round-up: England Fail To Impress While Wales Find Unlikely Success

England 41-18 Italy England welcomed Italy to Twickenham to kick off round two of this year’s Six Nations, with two teams looking to build on 2 mediocre showings from last week.  An England side that wasn’t allowed get up to speed against an effective Scottish defence, while Italy in this afternoon played an almost identical game to that against France …

Coppa Italia: Atalanta Dominate Napoli To Earn Final Match-Up With Juventus

Atalanta takes their spot in the Coppa Italia final, opposite Juventus. A second Coppa Italia final in three years for Bergamo’s finest. The game was arguably won in the first half wherein Gattuso’s Napoli ran like statues and defended like pigeons.  Napoli failed to create anything of note beyond a few scuffed pop shots from Insigne, even with their ample …

Coppa Italia: Atalanta v Napoli Second-Leg Preview

A trip to Bergamo and the backdrop of Lo Stadio di Bergamo will host the return fixture of what was an unexpected goalless draw between Napoli and Atalanta. In which a Man of the match worthy performance from Napoli’s goalkeeper, David Ospina, kept Atalanta scoreless, making Napoli only the 5th side to accomplish that this season. But the praise, unfortunately, …

Coppa Italia: Juventus vs Inter Milan Second-Leg Preview

Inter Milan will be hoping for a better result in their second leg away fixture against the Serie A champions Juventus in the Coppa Italia.  The first leg of the Derby D’Italia offered fans a close game in which errors from both keepers cost their teams, with Inter’s Handanovic mistake allowing a Ronaldo brace after he hit smashed in a …

Six Nations 2021: Ireland See Red As Wales Take The Points

Wales 21-16 Ireland Wales and Ireland faced off in Cardiff in their opener for this year’s Six Nations campaigns. Wales were hoping to start strong after a dire 2020 and were given the chance to do so after flanker Peter O’Mahony came in from the side. Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny took his chance and got the Welsh on the scoreboard. …