Archive for July, 2009

Here’s a sporting seven

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Not happy with silver

Not happy with silver

1 – Low down on our sporting radar it may be, the Olympics excepted, but the World Swimming Championships are currently in full swing in Rome. Ireland has a relatively large squad this time around with many of the team building towards the 2012 Olympics in London. Barry Murphy in particular has been making a name for himself. The most notable news from the pool came today with the great Michael Phelps suffering his first defeat in an individual event for four years. Phelps, winner of an incredible 14 gold medals in the last two Olympics, took a silver medal in the 200 metre freestyle won by the German Paul Bierderman. Continue reading

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Watson so close to making history

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Watson looks wistfully at what should have been his

Watson looks wistfully at what should have been his

What a heart wrenching moment that was yesterday when Tom Watson’s putt for the The Open came up short on the 18th green at Turnberry. In truth the putt was struck with little conviction and never scared the hole. The look on Watson’s face as he tapped in for bogey told the viewers all they needed to know about his frame of mind heading into a playoff. The game was up for the 59 year old and well he knew it. Continue reading

Who can tame the Tiger?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Unstoppable?

Unstoppable?

The Open Championship begins tomorrow morning at Turnberry and for every golf fan there is only one question that needs answering; is Tiger Woods unbeatable? The World Number 1 is gunning for his 4th Claret Jug and 15th Major in total as his relentless pursuit of Jack Nicklaus magical tally of 18 Majors shows no sign of slowing. Despite the depth of talent in the world game his challengers must still fear that if Woods brings his A game to the Ayrshire course they’ll all be playing for 2nd place. Continue reading

A blue moon for Tevez

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Same number as before

Same number as before

Much as the Michael Owen transfer took me by surprise last week the news this evening that Carlos Tevez has joined Man City had the opposite effect. For ages now we have been drip fed stories about how Man City was the club he’d chosen, how the ambition of Mark Hughes and his remodelled side matched his own. As twisted as it may sound Tevez did not view his move to the blue side of Manchester as a betrayal of the Man United fans who previously adored him. In the mixed up world of Tevez, joining Liverpool would have been the treacherous act, City were just another club. When the two sides meet on September 20th maybe only then will it dawn on him how the Old Trafford faithful view his switch of allegiance. Continue reading

A colt for the ages

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
Wonder horse Sea The Stars

Wonder horse Sea The Stars

I was only 6 years old when Nashwan completed the Guineas-Derby-Eclipse treble in 1989 so I’ve been really blown away by the exploits of Sea The Stars this season. This exceptional son of Cape Cross is unbeaten in 2009, those three races happening to be Group 1’s of the highest quality. His trio of successes garnering two classics and one of the most prestigious 10 furlong events on the entire flat racing calender. Continue reading

From left field to centre stage

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3, 2009 by Ronan O'Keeffe
A sight I thought I'd never see

A sight I thought I'd never see

Back in the days before the transfer window existed there were moments when you could be truly shocked by the breaking news of a football transfer. Simpler times perhaps, a time when Sky Sports News wasn’t on 24/7 and you were often in the dark about deals before they were done. Andy Cole’s move from Newcastle to Man United in 1995 is one that springs to mind but today’s news that Michael Owen has made the same journey, albeit on a free, really caught me off guard. Continue reading