Archive for June, 2009

5 sporting thoughts for a Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
United's 1st signing of the summer

United's 1st signing of the summer

1 – Breaking news tonight is that Man United have signed Antonio Valencia from Wigan. The transfer doesn’t exactly come as a surprise as its been flagged up in the media for weeks now. We’ve also had the almost daily soundbites coming from the Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, who likes the sound of his voice a little but too much. Pity Sky Sports don’t feel the same way as me!! Continue reading

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2nd Test

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Size over style

Size over style

Armchair viewers of sporting events, and I include myself firmly in this category, are all experts in their own minds. We sigh when team selections we don’t agree with are made, shout at the screen when players we don’t rate make errors. Generally we believe ourselves to have a far greater amount of knowledge than those tasked with actually making the key decisions, when of course this is patently untrue. Today though I find myself being in the rare position of feeling satisfied with the Lions team named for the 2nd Test on Saturday. Sure there might be one call I could grumble about but overall it looks to me like the right team has been chosen for once. Continue reading

Tevez, Lions and Cool Hand Lucas

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Turning his back on United

Turning his back on United

After months of speculation, claims and counter claims from the various parties involved, the seemingly interminable Carlos Tevez affair appears to be reaching its conclusion. Back on May 11th I wrote that Tevez looked to be on his way from Old Trafford and I put forward the view that his loss would not be a great one to Sir Alex’s side. Continue reading

Games over, only Tests left now

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Both starting in the 1st Test on Saturday

Both starting in the 1st Test on Saturday

I was making a list this morning of how many cast iron certainties I felt there were to be in the Lions Test side before they journeyed to South Africa. Captain Paul O’Connell was a given as was his Irish team mate Brian O’Driscoll. I was sure Lee Byrne would play full back from last Autumn onwards and also felt Mike Philips was as good as a shoo-in to start at scrum half against the Springboks. Tomas O’Leary’s unfortunate injury before the squad even departed for the Southern Hemisphere made it even more of a lock. David Wallace at open-side flanker and Gethin Jenkins at loose-head prop were two other probables to my mind. Beyond that though it has been fascinating to see a Test side emerge over the course of six warm-up games.  Continue reading

Royal Ascot

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
A colt of real promise

A colt of real promise

I’ve been critical of Jonny Murtagh in this blog before and it’s fair to say that I’ve not been alone in holding this view. There is no doubt he was culpable of giving a few Ballydoyle horses poor rides in the early part of the season. This was never more evident than at Chester during the trials week but he has bounced back as all great jockeys do. With those disappointments on Masterofthehorse and Frozen Fire now behind him, an in form Murtagh has to be fancied to land the spoils on Mastercraftsman in tomorrow’s Group 1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Continue reading

Adios Ronaldo.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
On his way to Real Madrid

On his way to Real Madrid

So Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to Real Madrid for £80 million. It’s a pretty simple arrangement really. The player wants to leave, his owner accepts a world record offer for his services and the buyer, Real Madrid, gets its hands on one of footballs most potent attacking threats. Whats not so simple is how the average Man United fan reacts to the news. What I’ve heard in the aftermath of the deal being made public has been a mixed bag to say the least. For some it is the worst news possible, a hammer blow to the Old Trafford outfit and their hopes of continuing success in the coming years. For others the transfer is long overdue, it is the end of an era where one man came to define, and at times overshadow, the side he played in. Whichever side of the fence you stand on Cristiano Ronaldo can never be accused of not creating controversy.  Continue reading

No doubt now, Fed’s the greatest.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
French Open champion at last

French Open champion at last

Over the past year the world of tennis has witnessed the emergence of Rafa Nadal as the best player in the game. His great rival, Roger Federer, lost his pre-eminent position in the sport and suffered agonising defeats to Nadal  in the finals of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Many speculated if Federer would add to his 13 Grand Slam titles, a feat that for a long time looked like a foregone conclusion. Continue reading