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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 11, 2019, 12:15:13 PM »
To be fair, I remember seeing a segment on Nadal on Trans World Sport when he was a teenager and he was clearly an outrageous talent.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:55:19 AM »
Was there not some craic about blood bags being destroyed or something in Spain a while back that Nadal and a heap of Spanish footballers were linked to?

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General discussion / Re: INSURANCE
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:16:43 PM »
Derry city is the place renowned for claim culture.
Is it? I'm not from the city but it's the first I've heard of it

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:30:02 AM »
Can't warm to Nadal at all. Federer number 1 for me although I can see arguments for Djokovic and Nadal. Andy Murray would have been an all time great if born in any other era.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:27:13 AM »
Yes. She's also the only person to have won the grand slam on three different surfaces and to have won each of the slams four times. She was incredible. Seles was on the road to potentially being better than her until the stabbing.
Surely to win the grand slam you have to do it on all 3 surfaces by default? Anyway, others have done it too.

Discussion has to be between Graf, S Williams and Court imo.

The US Open was played on grass, then clay and then finally moved to hardcourt in 1978.

The Australian open was similarly played on grass until the late 80s before moving to hardcourt.

So I repeat, correctly, that Graf's Grand Slam is the only one that was won on three different surfaces.
Apologies, you are correct.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 04, 2019, 04:30:38 PM »
Yes. She's also the only person to have won the grand slam on three different surfaces and to have won each of the slams four times. She was incredible. Seles was on the road to potentially being better than her until the stabbing.
Surely to win the grand slam you have to do it on all 3 surfaces by default? Anyway, others have done it too.

Discussion has to be between Graf, S Williams and Court imo.

Graff won what they labelled a golden slam, which is winning everything in the one year plus the Olympics.  Others have won a career golden slam which is doing it all but not in the same year.  Winning each slam at least once is the career grand slam.

The crazy thing with regards to Graff was that she was only 30 when she packed it in, which wasn't seen as young at the time but puts her 22 majors into perspective given that the like of Serena has been playing 7/8 years longer.
Yeah I know that, just not what was said. Connolly, Court and Graff are the only 3 to win all 4 majors in 1 year which is possibly what was meant.

Aye Graff packed it in early relative to Serena, as I say it's hard to say but both up there along with Court who's won the most majors as of now.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 04, 2019, 12:07:17 PM »
Yes. She's also the only person to have won the grand slam on three different surfaces and to have won each of the slams four times. She was incredible. Seles was on the road to potentially being better than her until the stabbing.
Surely to win the grand slam you have to do it on all 3 surfaces by default? Anyway, others have done it too.

Discussion has to be between Graf, S Williams and Court imo.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cillian O'Connor wins Golden Boot Race
« on: July 02, 2019, 04:52:27 PM »
Copy and paste job from me. I've corrected it.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Cillian O'Connor wins Golden Boot Race
« on: July 02, 2019, 04:42:37 PM »
For reference:

Rank    Player              Team     Scores   Tally   Games   Era              Average
1   Colm Cooper      Kerry      23-283   352   84 games   2002-2017    4.1
2   Cillian O'Connor      Mayo     23-274   343   49 games   2011-           7.1
3   Mikey Sheehy      Kerry       29-205   292   49 games   1973-1988           6
4   John Doyle              Kildare     8-260   284   67 games   1999-2014    4.2
5   Padraig Joyce      Galway     12-229   265   66 games   1997-2012    4
6   Bernard Brogan      Dublin     21-196   259   58 games   2006-           4.5
7   Paddy Bradley      Derry     17-202   253   44 games   1999-2012    5.8
8   Steven McDonnell  Armagh     18-197   251   67 games   1999-2011    3.7
9   Maurice Fitzgerald Kerry     12-205   241   45 games   1988-2001    5.4
10   Conor McManus      Monaghan 7-227   248   56 games   2005-           4.5
11   Brian Stafford      Meath     9-206   233   41 games   1986-1995           5.7
12   Oisin McConville      Armagh     11-197   230   52 games   1994-2008           4.4
13   Jimmy Keaveney   Dublin     15-182   227   42 games   1964-1980    5.4
14   Peter Canavan      Tyrone     9-192   219   58 games   1989-2005    3.8
15   Sean Cavanagh      Tyrone     9-181   208   89 games   2002-2017    2.3
16   Dean Rock              Dublin     8-177   197   39 games   2013-           5.2
17   Colin Corkery      Cork     5-182   197   32 games   1993-2004           6.2
18   Ross Munnelly      Laois     6-174   192   74 games   2003-           2.6
19   Michael Murphy      Donegal     3-188   197   53 games   2007-           3.7
20   Dara O'Cinneide      Kerry     11-149   182   54 games   1995-2005    3.4
21   Matt Connor      Offaly     13-142   181   26 games   1978-1984    7
22   Pat Spillane      Kerry     19-123   180   56 games   1974-1991    3.2



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General discussion / Re: Cycling
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:35:41 PM »
Mark Cavendish left out of Team Dimension Data's squad for the Tour de France. You'd say he probably won't match Merckx's stage win record now.

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General discussion / Re: glastonbury
« on: July 01, 2019, 10:07:24 AM »
Watched a brave bit of it.

Killers were fairly good.
Janet Jackson utter tripe.
Kylie was awful. Only Janet was worse.
Miley Cyrus couldn't decide whether she wanted to be some sort of Rock tribute act or act the slut (pitty as she can actually sing a bit) but the crowd seemed to love it.
Liam Gallagher wasn't technically great but got the crowd going
Same for Lewis Capaldi, George Ezra, Gerry Cinnamon and The Courteeners.
Stormzy got the crowd going too, decent for the couple songs I knew, boring enough for the ones I didn't (I didn't watch/listen to it all but production seemed huge).
Foals and Two Door Cinema Club - only seen a couple songs and seemed average enough.
Sigrid was very good.
Babymetal, the Japanese kawaii metal band, were a bit mad. Their songs sounded like the background music of an arcade games boss level. Crowd seemed to enjoy it though.
Jeff Goldblum interacted with the crowd well but I couldn't tell you if he's any use on the piano having watched a few songs. Not big into Jazz but it seemed ok.
Enjoyed the clip of your young lad up on stage singing the Tiago Silva song (no idea on Artist or song or anything but was just enjoyable to see)
Actually haven't seen The Cure yet but am going to watch it back.
I know I seen a bit of others but can't remember off the top of my head.

Without having seen The Cure yet i'd say it was a weak enough year, Sigrid or The Killers probably my favorite performance although I enjoyed the crowd at Gerry Cinnamon.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: July 01, 2019, 09:39:55 AM »
What is the craic with United being linked with lots of British players?  Hope its a load of paper talk.  Shocked to hear of the reports of Dalot.
Going off twitter, supposedly whoever 'leaked' this said Dalot by mistake instead of Darmian.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 27, 2019, 10:29:10 AM »
Derry put themselves in trouble jazzing up owenbeg with serious money put into it when many of those games could been played at many venues at club level and celtic Park at County. There was no need to double up on pitches.

Doing up owenbeg was one of the best decisions ever taken by the county board. Great venue for most games and very central.

Nonsense, Owenbeg was a vanity project, to build a massive stand and hold games there is a complete white elephant and a waste of money, not mention an ongoing albatross financially. And it is a shit venue for club games.

Derry third in the list of money distributed from CP in last decade and Owenbeg is what we have to show for it. Along with our Div 4 status this year of course.

On the numbers in the backroom team I remember meeting the Derry minor setup in Magherafelt leisure centre a couple of years ago when Maccers was in charge and was astonished at the number of people in the backroom set up, must have been around a dozen. It must be a full time job managing that amount of people let alone managing the team as well.  Massive overkill IMO.
I actually agree with lenny here. I think Owenbeg is a great venue for club and county games. Pretty much every county has a large backroom team these days, you just had to look at Laois there to see they had similar if not more. The problem is balancing this out financially. There will have to be cuts and the change back to knock out club championship has obviously impacted income.

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General discussion / Re: Motorsport Thread
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:49:26 AM »
I was about letterkenny the whole weekend working and the problem seemed to be that half the ones who go to the rally donít actually go to the rally, they go to letterkenny in their modified cars and drive about doing laps. Gets worse at night then because the diffing starts on the quieter roads and then the drinking.
This. The Rally itself is well organized and has a good crowd at it. Whilst the overwhelming majority are sitting enjoying the rally in Portsalon or the like there are some idiots who drive about Letterkenny (not near the rally) in their modified cars, add in the drink/drugs element at night and this is where the arrests usually take place.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: June 24, 2019, 10:26:16 AM »
Just a few thoughts from the game.

Laois got their scores so much easier than we did. For us to score it seemed like one man had to beat 3 or 4 players running about 50 yards, we were absolutely killing ourselves in comparison to Laois and it told in the long run.

On the above, early ball in to McGuigan, Bell and Heron seemed to work well early on and we just stopped doing it (not sure why)

Decision making was poor early on. Rocks should have shot, McGuigan shouldn't when he was blocked down etc. We should have been about 5 up at HT given our possession.

Laois got their scoreable frees so much handier than we did.

Were we conceding the kickout or pushing up? Seemed to mix it up and maybe this was a tactic but not sure how players knew when to do which.

Bringin on Concannon at full back was a disaster. He wasn't physically strong enough to play there and got roasted, turned about 4 times and man clean through on goal. Should have been off 10 minutes earlier. Postie saved them a few times.

Some amateurish stuff at times. Bell hadn't a gumshield on him and so couldn't hit the free kick that McGuigan dropped short from 20 yards out.

T Mallon - 1 or 2 mistakes with kickouts but more than made up for it with the saves he made. Kickouts were mostly good.
K McKaigue - Very good in all aspects. Kept his man quiet and was good in possession.
L McGoldrick - His man looked very sharp but he was doing ok, came off at HT (assuming injured)
B Rogers - Not great, probably poorest I've seen him play. Think he won one out in front but was far off at times too and lost possession.
J Rocks - Full of running, should have had a score early. Ran into trouble a bit (was probably unlucky not to get a free once or twice though too)
C McKaigue - Drove them on. Beat about 4 men down the sideline and won a free and kicked a great score at start of 2nd half.
N Keenan - Solid in possession. Had a decent game.
C McAtamney - Competed for kickouts well, his man went clean through the back of him a few times and he didn't get a free. Kicked a couple poor wides.
C McFaul - Willing runner, capable of kicking a ball long and kicked a great score. Think he misplaced one pass badly but overall had a good game.
P Cassidy - Ran at them time and time again but often had very little support or options after he beat the first man. Seemed as though his good work was often wasted. Had a solid game though.
R Bell - Looked dangerous in possession but didn't see enough of it. Was heavily strapped on one leg.
J Doherty - Game passed him by a little but made runs and was solid enough in possession.
E Lynn - Worked hard and another who ran at them a lot causing early bother. Looked tired towards the end.
B Heron - Had a very good first half but faded after that.
S McGuigan - Looked dangerous throughout and I thought there was possibly a goal in him if we kicked the long diagonal ball in more. He did miss a very easy free, dropping short from 20-odd yards out.

Subs didn't have much of an impact. Concannon found it hard. Others did ok. Would liked to have seen Sammy on earlier as he can pick a pass and the running game wasn't working in 2nd half. Thought we missed Emmet Bradley quite a bit.

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