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  • Healy and O’Brien proved their worth

    December 20, 2010 @ 12:43 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    It was quite the performance by Leinster at the weekend and most great to see Cian Healy answer his critics. (more…)

  • Third Test- Day 3

    December 18, 2010 @ 5:23 am | by Emmet Riordan

    Sorry about the late start but decided to do a bit of Christmas shopping instead of watch Australia pile on the runs this morning. Made it back in time for lunch though and wait ’til you hear this.

    They’ve now sent two girls, known as the Three-Minute Angels, around the pressbox to give massages to us tired hacks. A certain brand of Danish beer doesn’t do pressboxes, but if they did it would be in Perth. 

    Back to the cricket and Australia are 228 for four, a lead of 309, with Mike Hussey 65 not out. Shane Watson earlier made 95, the fourth time he’s been out in the 90s.

    Chris Tremlett and Paul Collingwood have got amongst the Australian middle order but there’s no stopping Mike Hussey, who has just brought up another century on his home ground. It took just 136 balls, with 13 boundaries, and has helped his side to a lead of 365 runs with three wickets left.

    We’ve made it to tea with Australia 297 for eight, a lead of 378, and Hussey unbeaten on 111. Tremlett has bowled well to add four wickets to the three he took in the first innings, while Steven Finn has three to his name.

    England have just taken the new ball and they really need to remove Hussey or knock over the two tailenders and begin their chase. The wicket still looks good but it will be a hell of an ask to get anywhere near the Aussie total even with two days to play.

    Hussey’s brilliant knock ends on 116 with Tremlett picking up his his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket to finish with figures of five for 87 ans eight wickets in a remarkable comeback game.

    Swann took a good catch coming in from the boundary and celebrated with his trademark sprinkler dance (don’t ask me it’s on Youtube I believe).

    So England have a huge mountain to climb if they want to retain the Ashes here in Perth, chasing 390 for victory with over two days to get it.

    They might take some comfort in the fact that South Africa chased down 414 to win here two years ago, a match in which Mitchell Johnson also excelled with the ball.

    Should be very interesting I think.

    Harris and Johnson have struck to send England’s openers to the hutch and surely now Australia are set to level an intriguing series ahead of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

    Johnson only has to stay standing to finish with a ten-for here and I can’t see it going long after lunch tomorrow. It’ll give me a little more time to take in some more of this wonderful city and I might even treat myself for a boat trip down river to the wine country. How Bad?

    Anyhow I’ll be checking out early today as U2 are in town and I’ve snared myself a ticket. I haven’t seen them since the Zooropa tour at the RDS, which must be 12 years ago, so I’m hoping they have got the hang of this big stadium mularkey. Reports from their Sydney shows have been excellent and  I’ll tell you all about it  tomorrow. And of course the dying embers of the Test match.

  • Third Test – Day 2

    December 17, 2010 @ 3:05 am | by Emmet Riordan

    We’ve already had possibly the key moment of the second day as the Aussie slip cordon stand like the statues on Easter Island as Andrew Strauss edged through on 16. Shane Watson moved too late believing Brad Haddin was about to snap it up.


  • The Ashes – Third Test

    December 16, 2010 @ 4:44 am | by Emmet Riordan

    Good morning and welcome from the WACA here in Perth, where England have enjoyed another brilliant opening session as they look to retain the Ashes with two Tests to spare. (more…)

  • Brendan Venter: Saracens Manager

    December 13, 2010 @ 3:48 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    It seems Brendan Venter’s inspirational post-match interview last weekend was an homage to the performance of a gormless England coach in the not-all-that-amusing movie Mike Bassett: England Manager. (more…)

  • Emotions run high in heat of battle

    @ 12:59 pm | by Paul Gallagher

    Every now and again sport throws up scenes of raw emotion. The notion of raw emotion and snooker may not be easy bedfellows but there was no hiding place for the chief protagonists at the conclusion of the recent UK Championship. (more…)

  • Pitfalls of using online translators

    December 7, 2010 @ 5:34 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    Anybody who’s done battle with the likes of Babelfish over the years will be aware that programmes designed to help those who no speako da lingo are far from the finished article. (more…)

  • Big night for Cork, Limerick and ‘Big Bang’

    @ 4:07 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    There was good news at the weekend for Irish boxing when it emerged negotiations over a bout involving newly crowned EBU European super-bantamweight champion Willie Casey and Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux are at an advanced stage.

  • Was it the Beeb wot lost it?

    December 2, 2010 @ 6:36 pm | by Paul Gallagher

    So, Sepp Blatter and his cronies at Fifa punted for the World Cup circus to go to Russia in 2018 and not a single jot could the schmoozing “Three Lions” do about it. (more…)

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