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About an hour or so after I write this every Wednesday evening, you’ll find me on a muddy pitch, shouting orders with my fellow coaches, at two dozen U-12 footballers as they lash into one another. We are just one group of thousands who do this a few times a week, up and down the country. Instilling a love of football into those in our charge, in the hope that they get as much enjoyment out of it as we did when we chased a ball up and down a pitch.
Breaking with the traditional summer season start, the opening round robin fixture of the Westmeath senior football championship is due to throw-in in mid-April with current holders, Garrycastle seeking to retain the Flanagan Cup following a stirring and character laden county final victory over St. Loman’s of Mullingar.
alway Ladies are keeping pace with leaders Cork after recording their second win in division one of the Lidl NFL at the weekend.
After a much needed three-week break Connacht Rugby return to the Galway Sportsground on Saturday (7.35pm) for the first of three crunch PRO14 fixtures.
Galway returned to winning ways on Sunday, coming from behind to win in Letterkenny against Donegal.
The second weekend in February sees championship action return for a Mayo side, with the shuffling around of the fixture calendar this year seeing the u20 championship move to a Spring start from the summer.
An Spideál’s Dónal O’Fatharta begins his reign as U20 manager on Saturday after stepping up from the minor job to fill Padraic Joyce’s shoes.
So the superlatives are starting to run out for Liverpool as they reach the 70 point mark before the end of January. Their 23rd win out of 24 matches was racked up thanks to a 2-0 away success at West Ham. The massive 19 point advantage they have over their rivals leads me to say, this title race is over.