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Baile Brigín 2

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Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2019, 12:12:40 PM »
Rugby. Worlds 9th most watched sport.

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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2019, 12:34:15 PM »
Rugby. Worlds 9th most watched sport.

Volleyball & Table Tennis both ahead of Rugby

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« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2019, 01:36:29 PM »
I was watching some of the World Armwrestling League on youtube the other day, great entertainment its almost WWE-esque.

Devon Larratt vs Jerry Cadorette was a personal favorite

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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2019, 01:39:25 PM »
Rugby. Worlds 9th most watched sport.

Volleyball & Table Tennis both ahead of Rugby

So is tiddlywinks.

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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2019, 01:42:16 PM »
OSQ!! Obscure Sports Quarterly!! That's the place for lesser supported sports.
ESPN 8 'The Ocho'

Is Transworld sport still on the go? Remember used to sit down and watch that on a Sat morning before the Italian football on channel 4. Used to cover some  great none main-stream sports. Maybe should have put that on the bygones thread...



Great memories! I remember watching it hoping that they would show a snippet of the championship, as they often did. Had no RTE signal in those days.  Had everything going, table tennis, badminton, plus mainstream sports in asia golf etc etc.

Then immediately afterwards, Channel 4 had coverage of the championship - Enya's Book of Day's was the theme tune.  That may have lasted only for one year - I think it was 1993.

Funny the details you can remember from your teen years!

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« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2019, 01:43:11 PM »
Kabadi

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« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2019, 02:17:49 PM »
Is Transworld sport still on the go? Remember used to sit down and watch that on a Sat morning before the Italian football on channel 4. Used to cover some  great none main-stream sports. Maybe should have put that on the bygones thread...

Trans World Sport is still going, just not on Channel 4 any more. You can catch it on Freesports, they show it a few times over the weekend. Remember it well back in the early 90's if you got up extra early on Saturday morning to catch it and some AFL highlights before going out to football training.

There was a similar international syndicated sports magazine programme called Gillette World Sports, but it seems they stopped producing programmes back in December.

As for other "lesser known" sports, I've always been a bit partial to Olympic Handball myself. Virtually unheard of in Ireland but hugely popular on Continental Europe.
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« Reply #22 on: April 03, 2019, 02:48:48 PM »
OSQ!! Obscure Sports Quarterly!! That's the place for lesser supported sports.
ESPN 8 'The Ocho'

Is Transworld sport still on the go? Remember used to sit down and watch that on a Sat morning before the Italian football on channel 4. Used to cover some  great none main-stream sports. Maybe should have put that on the bygones thread...



Great memories! I remember watching it hoping that they would show a snippet of the championship, as they often did. Had no RTE signal in those days.  Had everything going, table tennis, badminton, plus mainstream sports in asia golf etc etc.

Then immediately afterwards, Channel 4 had coverage of the championship - Enya's Book of Day's was the theme tune.  That may have lasted only for one year - I think it was 1993.

Funny the details you can remember from your teen years!

I think I recall watching the Meath Dublin marathon on C4 in 1991.

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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2019, 04:21:51 PM »
Trans World sport was a great show. The presenters voice was hypnotising.

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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2019, 04:39:45 PM »
Athletics. (While people watch the olympics it isn't followed that much). e.g. what about the hill in the world XC and how old did those junior ethiopians look would mean nothing to people.

Also the pretty radical shake up of olympic qualifying times and the reduction this will have on Irish olympians is a big topic too.

Even darts is bigger!
It used to get a lot more terrestrial tv coverage which hasn't helped combined with the fact that most people are wiser now to the fact that it's a juice-fest.

I used to love watching cycling, the Tour especially so, but I’ve gone completely off it

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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2019, 04:43:49 PM »
I loved TransWorld sport.

Always wanted to try Water Polo, Olympic Handball, Kabadi and real tennis since I watched them on TransWorld sport. Must look it up again now that I know it still exists.

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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2019, 05:21:59 PM »
I loved TransWorld sport.

Always wanted to try Water Polo, Olympic Handball, Kabadi and real tennis since I watched them on TransWorld sport. Must look it up again now that I know it still exists.

YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/TWSfeatures

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For me the best thing about TWS was that it was a sporting and cultural "window to the world". In trying to accommodate such a wide range of sports across the globe, many of whom would have niche appeal outside a country or two, it could have been poorly executed but they pulled it off quite well.
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2019, 06:44:43 PM »

I used to love watching cycling, the Tour especially so, but I’ve gone completely off it

+1. I used to be obsessed with watching the Tour in the summer, I got into it around '86 when I was starting to ride the bike every day. These days I couldn't even tell you who the top riders are in the peleton. Last time I watched the Tour it was the year Landis got busted. I felt cheated out of all the hours I'd put into watching it. A total farce. I read Tyler Hamilton's book about Armstrong and I was disgusted that so many prominent people kept on believing Armstrong when it was already clear that he was lying.
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Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2019, 06:53:06 PM »
I'd like to see more Bandy. Ice Hockey on a giant soccer-sized rink, 11-a-side with unlimited subs. A ball instead of a puck, and it can go out of bounds. I always thought Ice Hockey looked a bit cramped on such a small rink, Bandy looks like better craic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIl9B_L9y6I