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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Monday, 14 January 2013
Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland, Alan McGloughlin.
Windsor park, Belfast, 17th of November 1993.
A win would send Ireland to the USA for their second ever World Cup in 1994, a draw would to depending on the outcome of the Spain v Denmark game.
The Northern Irish had nothing to play for, however, these two nations don't meet very often on the football pitch and they were looking to make the most out of their opportunity. This game came towards the end of the troubles which made for a very hostile atmosphere especially because many of the Republic's players were of British decent. Republic of Ireland fans were not allowed to travel to the game because of security reasons and it was inevitable that the staff and players would be subject to dog's abuse.
Jimmy Quinn scored the opener for Northern Ireland late in the second half and the Windsor Park faithful felt they were hope and dry...
Step forward Alan McLoughlin! There has never been a goal met with a stonier silence then McLoughlin's stunning half volley which sent Ireland to USA '94!
P.S. Spain beat Denmark.
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Sunday, 13 January 2013
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Such names like young gun Manassero, Charismatic Jiménez , Mr. Practise Harrington and Back to the big time Retief Goosen.
A star studded cast that will compete on a course measuring 6157 metres.
The course will be soft under foot as Durban has been victim of Much rain over the past few months.
|Not A Lake But the GOLF Course Itself|
The course is predominantly flat but the last two holes will be testing as they were built on the sand dunes of Durban. These two are 367 and 250 metres in length as par 4's so not long in the context of the golfing world.
Durban Country Club is actually the only course in Africa to be rated in the top 100 golf courses of the world by Golf Magazine USA.
The third hole has been rated the best third in the world so you can understand why so many top European players have decided to start their seasons here.
I predict high scoring maybe -13. And Oleson to make a good showing. Quality player.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
The windswept championship be gain play just over an hour ago. They have seen up to 60 mph winds completely unplayable for the tour pro.
However the players playing who would consider them serious major championship contenders could consider this a chance to get some British Open wind practice before the open as it always seems to be too windy for the Americans to make a play for the Claret Jug.
Rickie Fowler made the first birdie of the 2013 season with a birdie on number 2 of the plantation course. Theoretically, Webb Simpson made the first birdie as on day one, Friday he was -3 through 7 but that was cancelled as the tournament was postponed until today.
This is a sight I have never seen before, Fowler is also sporting a rather blue Sunday outfit compared to the usual bright Orange get up he usually goes for.
It has been an intriguing start to the Pga Tour this season and let's hope it continues in this fashion for another while.
The next tournament is the Sony open in Hawaii, that will be fun.
Friday, 4 January 2013
|Steve Sticker 2012 Champion|
A prestigious event to be included in as the field only consists of 30 tour pros.
However, the tournament does lack a key ingredient, star quality.
For example, within the field of 30 only 3 are in the top 10 of the world golf rankings. Those 3 are Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner. They are ranked from 7-10 so the first 7 are missing.
Most noticeably, Mr. Golf, Rory McIlroy.
Closely followed by Tiger Woods. As a result of the lack of abundance in world class household names slightly diminishes the tournament plus it will also lack the media attention the 'Tournament of Champions' deserves.
The course, the plantation course at Kapalua, is a par 73 with the length of 7411 yards. So not a longest course considering the par.
Number 3, the first test the players will find will be a welcomed par when the trade winds are up. Or down.
Number 9, a 'long' par 5 requires 2 good hits to make it over the valley as anything short will leave a a blind approach shot into a demanding green.
Finally, Number 18 named 'home' is a beast of a number but luckily for the players It is reachable in two for the longer hitters. Sitting at 663 yards it is the longest hole on the PGA tour.
Unparallelled within the pga tour for its beautiful surroundings it is defiantly a hole that will be important to the final winner as after playing 17 holes in Hawaiian weather the mental capability to not get too distracted will be most important.
Ireland v Netherlands, 1st of September 2001
Lansdowne erupted like never before as Ireland beat Holland 1-0 back in 2001.
It was also Roy Keane's finest hour as an Ireland player after he set the tone for the match with a bone crunching challenge on Mark Overmars.
Gary Kelly was sent off for a silly foul which led to Robbie Keane being replaced by Steve Finnan which would prove to be a major decision.
The ball fell to Steve Finnan's feet in the 67th minute and he whipped in a cross to find Jason McAteer unmarked on the far side of the box and he coolly finished past the Dutch 'keeper.
Pandemonium ensued as Ireland were reminded of the glory days of the late 80's and early 90's.
McAteer has always been a fan favourite for his hilarious personality and sense of humour, and for scoring that goal of course!
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Thursday, 3 January 2013
This signing is great news for Loi players as it shows the English side's are looking at the League Of Ireland for young potentially brilliant players.
Forrest are currently sitting in 11th place in the Championship.
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