A busy weekend

June 28, 2011 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

On Saturday I travelled to Galway for the 9 a side match against Scotland.  It started off a lovely warm humid day in Dublin but as we headed west the weather changed and the wind and rain arrived.  This is typical of the West of Ireland but it’s amazing what a difference in weather there can be in less than 200kms!

I didn’t play this weekend myself as I have a muscle strain so I took the role of score keeper on the day and it was a busy day for me with Ireland notching up 92 points to Scotland’s 9 in a 60 minute game.  Still it was a good run out for the Warriors as the wet ball and wind still made it a decent challenge against a determined Scotland team.  Earlier many of the same Warriors played a game against a President’s selection.  This is a competition running over the summer to give the Warriors more game time against a selection from the league.  It was a good contest with the Warriors winning 76 to 34.

the wind!

 
My home county, Longford were also playing Championship on Saturday and we had an easy win over Cavan.  Warrior’s player, John Tierney used to play for Cavan and he probably thought they’d win, but no chance!  Longford now play one of the dominant teams of the last ten years, Tyrone.  The game is in two weeks time in Longford so hopefully we’ll get a surprise victory!
 
If that wasn’t enough sport for a weekend I went to the Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday with my wife Tammy.  It’s the biggest day on the Irish flat racing calender and it was a lovely warm sunny day, unlike the weather in the West!  The big story was that the Queen of England had a runner and favourite for the Derby, a horse called Carlton House.  However it was Irish training maestro Aidan O’Brien that had the winner, Treasure Beach.  I backed him so another celebration.  Earlier in the day and just as exciting was my Godfather Cecil Ross having a winner.  Cecil is better known as a jumps trainer and he has trained a few winners for my family over fences.  But he has a super sprinter called Six of Hearts and he won, beating all the big name flat trainers such as Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld.  I congratulated him and his wife Carol after the race.  They were absolutely delighted as it was a significant victory for a small stable.
 

myself and Cecil after the win

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