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General discussion / Chavski 1 Arse 1
« on: December 10, 2006, 11:01:46 PM »
The longer this game went on, the more confident I was that Arsenal would win it. It's no coincidence that Arsenal have taken 10 points from Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool and Spurs this year. When teams come out to play, Arsenal excel. I thought Arsenal were the better team in the first half in terms of passing, movement and harrying, without really threatening to take the lead. Chelsea seemed to up the tempo when the rain started to pelt. They're a fine team though the summer signing seem to disappear completely. Ballack was a real disappointment.

As for the Gooners, Senderos was a flipping liability. Hard to assess his performance though. Some great last ditch tackles but on the ball he was heart-attack football. I thought Adebayor, for the 3rd game running, was Arsenal's MOTM. Fantastic work-rate and has really taken off since Henry headed for TLC. Flamini worked hard - seemed to like that central role. Gilberto, despite his vocal critics, is club captain in all but name. Saved Phillipe's Swiss bacon on a couple of occasions. Wished they'd put on Walcott when 1-0 up in order to push Chelsea back.

Now, sort out the small team problem. Lose to Wigan on Wednesday and it's back to square 1.

GAA Discussion / Barney's
« on: December 09, 2006, 10:14:07 PM »
Munster Club Final                           
1/8    Dr Crokes    11/1    The Nire    6/1    Sun    14.00

GAA Discussion / Re: International Rules may survive after all
« on: December 09, 2006, 08:41:32 PM »
Bet the Aussies are shite at turf-clodding or dog-throwing.

Good decision today.

General discussion / Re: The Greatest Non GAA Sporting Moment, EVER!
« on: December 09, 2006, 08:39:51 PM »

GAA Discussion / Re: Pre-Season Training
« on: December 08, 2006, 11:09:18 PM »
The Hill are taking an innovative approach in 06/07. They've managed to get their hands on an 8-set of old turf-nickers and breasting clogs. Even tonight as I look down the loanan they're out there now breasting away - four carrying creels to the shore and back again with 4 more waiting to bear the load. After a few pints the sleán is used to hurl a while such is the renewed interested in the small ball around the east.

GAA Discussion / Re: Pre Season Challenge Matches Thread
« on: December 08, 2006, 11:00:54 PM »
Isn't there some ruling about December being a 'closed season' with red cards causing confusion when it comes to suspensions?

GAA Discussion / Re:
« on: December 08, 2006, 10:51:35 PM »
Definitely a highlight for the board. Hard work i'm sure but much appreciated. Any chance of a variety of knock-outs (even county v county as in county average v county average as long as there were at least, say, 4 predictors from that county).

I missed the first 28 matches, starting 41 points behind Lark. How I rue that now.

GAA Discussion / Re: Paddy Heaney of the irish news!
« on: December 07, 2006, 08:26:21 PM »
Wobbler's comment were spot on. Heaney, albeit one of the top sport journalists in the paper (I rate the young fella Niblock higher - he wrote in the paper over summer - maybe still is?), has simply run out of innovative material.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: December 06, 2006, 10:15:45 PM »
Only when the All-Ireland is won will the Greencastle folk even talk about football.

General discussion / 0-0
« on: December 06, 2006, 09:56:45 PM »
Phew. For a few minutes when Moscow were 2-1 up on the Germans and Porto piling the pressure on Lehman, things looked as if the season would end on a cold December night. Thank the Lord the Porto manager realised that if they conceded they'd be out too and calmed his men a little. As it turned out, 2 Hamburg goals meant that both Arsenal and Porto were through anyway.

A poor, yet somewhat satisfying Arsenal performance.

Looking at the possible last 16 opponents, from most desirable to least:

Inter Milan
Real Madrid

General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread
« on: December 05, 2006, 11:39:45 PM »
A bit of the oul polonium 210 found at Arsenal I hear. Wonder will Spurs blame that a la lasagne.

Polonium traces found at Arsenal stadium
Tue 05 Dec, 8:33 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Investigators have found minute traces of polonium 210, the radioactive isotope that killed former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, at a local stadium, a public health spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The traces were found at the stadium of English Premier League club Arsenal.

"Minute quantities (of polonium) were found at barely detectable levels at localised areas," said Health Protection Agency spokeswoman Katherine Lewis. "There is no risk to public health."

British police are in Moscow investigating Litvinenko's death in a case that has strained ties between both countries since the exiled former spy on his death bed accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his assassination.

Litvinenko died in a London hospital on November 23 from a lethal dose of polonium 210 after falling ill on Nov 1.

One of the men British police want to question in Russia is Andrei Lugovoy who travelled to London on October 31 with his wife and three children to watch CSKA Moscow play Arsenal in a Champions League game on November 1.

He met Litvinenko at a London hotel earlier the same day.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Minor Club Championship
« on: December 05, 2006, 10:25:24 PM »
From what I've seen from underage football in the last couple of years, there is no footballer who comes close to McGourty in terms of attacking play. Some of his long range and sideline points would grace any senior game. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that ST Galls wins this tournament simply because of CJ's contribution. Ciaran McGinley of Errigal was the class act last year in this tournament - Mr Versatility.

Coalisland v Crossmaglen - the S Armagh boys will be out to avenge last year's reversal at the hands of Errigal.

GAA Discussion / Re: Fine example to be setting
« on: December 05, 2006, 10:19:17 PM »
Couldn't believe my ears when I heard this on the wireless yesterday. The man should never officiate again.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club Championships
« on: December 03, 2006, 11:16:03 PM »
Savage achievement altogether. They don't set the games on fire in terms of panache but they know how to win a game or two. Serious repetitive hunger.

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