The story of my journey to Qualify as a Sports Therapist, as well as my journey as a Sports Therapist, is, from my point of view a very long and interesting one. The places it has taken me, the coaches I have worked with, the players I worked with, the supporters as well as the people that my whole career revolves around. The players I have met and treated but not only that, I have to mention the clients and patients I have treated since I qualified. In this blog.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It all began when I was working in England where I was working for Royal & Sun Alliance in the Underwriting department. A job I loved as I was in Customer Service and I loved dealing with people’s queries and solving their problems regarding their car insurance and renewal and any aspect of their policies. At this stage, I was still in my playing days when I moved to England and I played county Junior football for the Gloucestershire county Junior Footballers. We played London in the 1st round of the British Junior Championship and lost so we went into the losers group and we came won the losers group to get back to in the Championship proper again. In the All Britain Semi-final where we played London which was a tough game but after extra time we came out victorious. This meant we played Warwickshire in the All Britain Final. We won the game to become All Britain Champions. As a reward for being All Britain Champions, we got to play Dublin in the All Ireland Semi-Final. There was great positivity among us to host Dublin in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi-Final. We couldn’t wait for the game we got our gear for the game and looked at the match programme and I saw my name on the programme. A treasured keepsake. We lost that day but to be a player involved in an all Ireland Semi-Final against such a great team like Dublin was an amazing experience. We met the Dublin players afterwards, really sound guys. A good few of those Dublin players playing that day were called up to the Dublin senior football panel after that.
I also played rugby for Frampton Cotterell RFC 3rd team a great club. Not only a club but a family with fantastic people in the club. After a period as a player at the club, I had to stop playing due to work reasons. Over a year later a friend of mine, who played for the 2nd team brought me to a game. I asked the manager if there was anything they wanted help with so they said could I do waterboy? I said yes no bother. I enjoyed the game, doing waterboy and the players and manager were sound. They asked me if I wanted to stay involved and I said yes. I said did they have anyone to treat injuries they said no I said oh right. I told them that I did a First Aid for sports injuries course several years ago. The manager asked me if I would be interested in doing First Aid for the 2nd team. I said I would love to but my cert was out of date and if anything happened I wouldn’t be covered either would the club. He said don’t worry about that, I am going to speak to the committee, leave it with me I will get back to you. He did and he said he spoke to the committee and they said you and the first team physio Adam Page look up sports injuries courses, list 3 of the courses and bring the list to me I will discuss it with the committee and they will Pauly for the course. I did that and handed it to the manager and he discussed it with them and they chose Sports Injury’s treatment course. The club was very good to me and very supportive of me doing the course. The arranged an internship with the club where, as part of my training of the course I would be with the 2nd team for 3 games every month and 1 game shadowing the 1st team Physio Adam Page. I was delighted and thought of the opportunities that this could open for me when qualified. My first priority was doing the study and practical work needed to qualify.
RFU EMERGENCY SPORT INJURY TREATMENT QUALIFICATION
This course was under the Auspices of the RFU and was recognised and certified by:
– Rugby Football Football
– RFU Injured Players Association
– UCLAN Business Services Ltd
This was a 6 month course consisting of work experience which I did with Frampton Cotterell RFC. The course covered
STA and NaRS
– Evidence of Competence
– STA Awarding Body Policies
– Unit 1&2 specification
– Legal Background
– First Aid (General)
– Basic Life Support
– Rugby Related Injuries
– General First Aid Topics
– Injury Event Report Form Form
– Personal Details & Training Record
– Useful Information
At the end of the course, I had to do written and a practical day course and practical exams, which I will mention later. As you can see the course was extensive but I really enjoyed the course and working at the club for games. I worked with Adam at training twice a week. We worked well as a medical team. On Saturday the 1st team games and 2nd team games were more or less at the same time but on Sundays, we would meet up at the club and he would tell me the injuries he treated at first-team games and what treatment was given to the player and I would do the same and we would discuss the injuries it was interesting learning from the book and all that but it’s the practical hands-on experience that is key. The way the course was I had to pass the theory exams to be able to go on and do the practical summary and exams. I passed the theory with flying colours and a few days later I got the date time and venue for the practicals assessment exam. To my amazement and excitement, the practicals assessment exam was to be held at bath Rugby Clubs Stadium The Reck. We covered a lot of extra scenarios I met a lot of coaches and players and physios from Bath Rugby Club. With that, I passed the course. With that, I completed the course. I informed the club and gave the cert to the club. Myself and Adam were the clubs, medical team. I was with the club for 2 seasons and moved back home to Ireland. After I passed the course I thought about it and I decided, Treating Sports Injuries is what I wanted to do as an career so I looked into other courses.
Below are some of the modules in the course – Understanding Sports Therapy – Anatomy & Physiology – Sports Psychology – Coaching and Performance Dynamics & Strength & Conditioning – Sports Nutrition – All Aspects of Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation
So the course I chose was Sports Therapy. While I was doing the course I was with clubs Roscommon Gaels u15s and minor hurlers as well as Manor Utd. When I qualified with all distinctions a few months after that I started my Sports Injuries Clinic by appointment AR Sports Therapy Clinic. My main focus is on working with clubs and teams. Available to clubs for matches and training sessions or just training or just matches. For one game or a season. Something for all budgets. I also do Sports Therapy at charity events as well. The charity events I have done include: – Cycle4causes – My Canine Companion – Inner City Helping the Homeless – Irish Autism Action – Coombe Hospital (neonatal unit) – Join Our Boys 50km Cycle – I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics – Help Emma Beat It – Child Aid Cycle
I was Team Sports First Therapist for Elizabethtown College FC from America. They were in Ireland for pre-season friendlies v UCD and Cabinteely. The organiser is in public relations and Elizabethtown didn’t bring their Physio so he found me on LinkedIn and asked me would I Do Sports Therapy for the team and I said yes and told him how much I charge for the 2 games. We agreed on the price. 1st game was V UCD in the UCD Bowl it ended level. The next game was V Cabinteely in Stradbroke, Cabinteely won. I enjoyed working with the team. Several months later I joined Ballaghadereen FC as 1st Team Sports therapist and Roscommon & District League Oscar Traynor Cup Team for a season.
“Aidan works with us on the Irish Diabetic Football team. I had a knee issue recently and Aidan was excellent in diagnosing the problem and providing the right treatment. .”
“I injured my knee mid year 2013. I've been to three different physical therapists, with AR Sports Therapy Clinic being the third. I have received the best care by far from this facility. My range of motion has increased and the pain has decreased. The therapists really know what to do and how to get you back on your feet (literally). Of course you must continue the recommended exercises on your own time, which helps during and after therapy. I recommend this facility.”
"I'm a total exercise novice, Aiden gave me some really practical and realistic tips. I've tried so many times over the years to adopt a fitness routine, but it's never really worked as no matter what I tried I always felt out of my depth and ended up quitting. His supportive treatment and advice have really encouraged me and I'm now finding my stride. highly recommended."
KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR THE ATHLETE
It was a weekend course on taping techniques for various injuries. Kinesiology tape gives support, assists in recovery, pain relief and improved circulation
LEVEL 4 CUSTOMER SERVICE
A 3 day course on all aspects of customer Service. Certified by QQI Awards As per a previous Blog
I mentioned I was a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence and the level and quality of training are very high. All qualifications are certified by PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council). To date my qualifications are as Follows:
Occupational First Aid
-.Cardiac First Response Level 5
– Field Search Skills – CPR – Manual Handling – First Aid Responder – Radio Communications U.H.F Net Operator – Emergency First Response (currently study)
ACL INJURY PREVENTION
I went to the Sports Surgery Clinic Sports Medicine Conference in 2013 which was held at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry. The conference also covered Orthopaedics, Sports Injury, Sports Medicine and Specialist Services.
SAFEGUARDING 1 CHILD WELFARE & PROTECTION BASIC AWARENESS WORKSHOP The course Certified by the FAI and Sport Ireland. The course also includes Garda Vetting.
START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COURSE
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Certified by the FAI
MIDLANDS SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE I was team Sports Therapist for the Midlands Schoolboys League. I was with them for the 5 weeks leaving up to the Kennedy Cup as well as the Kennedy Cup itself which took place over a week in June. The Tournament took place in Limerick University we won the Kennedy Cup Bowl
MYSKELETAL UPPER CROSSED SYNDROME
I am a member of The Irish Massage Therapists Association and FICTA
Other teams I worked with are Boyle Celtic. We got to the FAI Junior Cup Semi Final where we were Defeated by Evergreen FC from Kilkenny. The game was in the Showgrounds,home of Sligo Rovers.
I was Team Sports Therapist for Athlone side St Peters FC we won The League, the Cup and the League Cup
I was Team Sports Therapist for the Ireland Senior 6 aside football squad. We went to Kiev to represent Ireland in the European Minifootball Championships.
For 2 seasons I have been 1st team Sports Therapist for Manor Utd FC. 1 season with the Ireland Diabetic Futsal Squad. We travelled to Kiev for the European DiaEuro Futsal Championships. We finished 7th out of 9 teams. It was the first Ireland team to play in the tourney
I was Team Sports Therapist for the Bohemiens girls u17s we were Runners up in the U17 WOMENS National league Shield Final. I am still at the club.
Aidan Raftery is the Principal of AR Sports Injuries Clinic and offers Treatment for sports injuries as well as professional sports massage. If laid up or travel is difficult Aidan is available to travel for any client in Dublin-The Midlands or NorthWest. Also available to cover matches or training as an on the spot sports therapist
All the presenters wishing our listeners a Merry Christmas and prosperous new year
Volunteers get together to discuss what to do regarding decorating the studio for Christmas. Watch to see what happens.
A traitor is found among the volunteers as an application is found by chance. One member of the RosFM volunteers has applied for a job at Christmas FM. But who? Watch this space to find out…… Video out next week
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Dublin Senior Footballers won team of the year at the RTE Sports Personality of the year awards. Dublin won their 5th All Ireland in a row and recently Dublin Manager Jim Gavin stepped down and replaced by Dessie Farrel who is also a former player for Dublin and managed Dublin teams at underage level. He comes into the job with a wealth of experience. Hopefully, Stephen Cluxton will stay on.
Congratulations to Elphin CC, Roscommon who won the Senior Boys A shield competition today in UL Sports Arena. Based of their Senior A league positions, teams from up and down the length of the country played both semi-finals and final. St Louis CS, Mayo, Dungarvan College, Waterford, and Davis College, Cork.
Both semis were extremely tight with Elphin overcoming Davis college 2-1 and Dungarvan this year’s runners up defeating St Louis by a similar scoreline. The Roscommon team emerged 2019 Shield winners though against a strong Dungarvan side taking the winning set 25-23. MVP Colin Burke (Elphin)
Roscommon & District League Premier Division, First Division & Second Division in the Premiere Division Castlerea Celtic had a 3v0 win over title rivals Ballinasloe in Lecarrow. In Division 1, Ballaghadereen had a 5v1 win over Rahara Rovers
Manor United had a great 4v2 win over Skyvally Rovers in Strokestown on Sunday afternoon. Despite going 1v0 down early, the lads kept the head and kept pressing and they got their reward from a great Cross from top goalscorer Tom Ward who is the Teams Top Goalscorer, but also the Top Scorer in Division 2. His brilliant cross was met by a great header to equalise. But we pressed more and more and it paid off in the second half when we got a free-kick. Dylan Carbon took the free-kick and I tell you this much, David Beckham would have been proud of it. With us 3v1 up, Skyvalley B had to do something so they had to press high and play attacking football which leads to loads of chances for us and our efforts were rewarded when Skyvalley conceded a penalty which Tom Ward scored emphatically. But the scoring wasn’t done yet as manor rounding off their scoring with a 4th and before the end, Skyvalley got a consolation goal. That leaves Manor United 2nd in the league going into the Christmas break with 5 league games left in the season. Our first game in the new year is v Galway side Mervue B in the Connacht Shield at home. I started back with Manor for the Skyvalley B game and it was great to be back.
MANAGERS MATCH REPORT
Manor utd 4 Skyvally Rovers 2
Skyvally went 1 up after 10min after a mistake from our defence. In 30 min manor scored when Tom ward crossed from the left to Louis Galvin who brilliantly headed to the corner of the net. Dylan Carbin scored a brilliant 25yd free-kick to make it 2-1 in 60min, manor took over at this stage and tom ward scored a penalty in 65min to make 3-1. It was all one-way traffic at this stage with Skyvally keeper was the busy player on the field. Tom ward got the forth from a sola run from the right-hand side.in the last-minute manor, defender missed the place a back pass and put it in his own net. We have 22 points out of 11 games now which makes us 2nd in our league with 5 games left.
Squad, James Beatty, Bernie stokes, Patrick stokes, Dylan Carbin Mom), Michael Kelly, Kevin Concannon, Ciaran Casey, Patrick O’ Connor, Jamie Burke, Louis Galvin, Tom ward, Micheal ward, Paddy McCormick, Richard Farrell, Martin ward. Also on 27th December in Early’s Pub in Ballinaheglish, the club will be holding its Awards Presentation night. Promises to be a good night. Yours truly got an invite and I am looking forward to it.
Athlone Town FC has appointed Adrian Carberry as the 1st team Manager. Adrian was the Roscommon & District League Coaching & Education Officer then he got involved with Athlone Town on the coaching side of things at underage level. Adrian is a man I know personally and is very helpful and has done great work in coaching around Roscommon and was involved in many great initiatives including at Ballaghadereen FC where he helped with an all Inclusive programme for Syrian refugees to help them integrate into the community in Ballaghadereen. They learned English and Adrian coached them. Some of them are now playing for the club. I want to wish Adrian Carberry all the best in his new role
Arsenal FC has appointed Former Player Mikel Arteta as their new first-team coach. Taking into account that he was only Assistant Manager at Manchester City, he has had no first-team managerial experience and to appoint him as 1st Team Manager of the sinking ship that is Arsenal who couldn’t by a win, is he a good choice.
Everton FC has appointed Carlo Ancellotti as the First Team Manager. At the moment you would have to say, between Arsenal and Everton, I would say Everton are by far the better team but you would think that too look at the table and looking at their form. Can Ancellotti turn the tide? https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50846235 CREDIT BBC Sport
Manor United FC Management Team of Padraig Cryan, George Kelly and Chris Ward masterminded yet another win to guide Manor United to yet another within the Roscommon & District Football League. The team have been playing really well since the start of the season and with that win over Skyvalley Rovers B in mind, it means that we go into the Christmas Break in 2nd place with 5 League games remaining. Manor United had a great side up until 2012 when they had to fold due to lack of players. However, last season they reformed with the Padraig Cryan, George Kelly and Chris ward as the management team. The 1st season back is always difficult but they hadn’t a bad season considering it was the first season. This season the players and management dug deep and got back on the training field for pre-season and preparations went well and this season so far turned in great performances. The squad was basically the same as last season including Tom Ward and Dylan Carbin but new players coming into the squad including goalkeeper James Beatty after the departure of last seasons’ goalkeeper Mark due to retirement.
New Ireland Rugby Head Coach Andy Farrell has picked his squad that took part in this weeks training camp which is the first Training Camp under Andy Farrell. He Called it a Stock Take. He has dropped some regulars from the squad for this one but he also drafted in some new uncapped players so as to get a closer look at them. This will prove a very useful exercise for him ahead of the 2020 6 Nations. A lot of eyes with be on the Ireland squad during the 6 Nations as this year under Joe Schmidt, considering the quality in the squad a lot of experts have said that they underachieved in both the 6 Nations and the world cup and considering that Andy Farrell was Joe Schmidts Assistant Head Coach, people will look forward to seeing if there were lessons learned from this season and now with Rory best having retired who was a great leader it will be very interesting. That said regarding coaching, Andy Knows these players already which is good to a certain extent for both the players and Andy. How will Ireland get on in 2020? Let’s hope 2020 is a great year for the Ireland Rugby Team
ABOUT THE PLAYER
Manor Utd on Sunday I had my first game as a team sports therapist with Manor United at home to Skyvalley Rovers FC B. we had a good 4v2 win but unfortunately one of their players sustained a Hip Flexor injury. For more information read the Blog on Hip flexor Injuries. Tom Ward had a great game as he set up the equaliser before scoring from the penalty spot later in the game all during the game he made some great runs. Dylan Carbin had a man of the match display started at midfield before being switched to midfield he also scored an amazing free Kick to see the free go.
Liverpool FC 3rd choice Goalkeeper and Rep of Ireland U21 Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher who has a Champions League medal from last season and already made 1 appearance in goal for Liverpool played in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup Quarterfinal V Aston Villa in Villa Park on Tuesday night where they Lost 5v0 but the academy side performed really well despite the scoreline. Caoimhin had to get a flight to Doha to join the 1st team squad for their World Club Cup Semi-Final v Mexican side Monterrey which they beat to reach the final where they play Brazillian side Flamengo on Saturday in the final. Van Dijk missed the semi-final due to illness but trained with the club ahead of the final.
Ireland Rugby Team had their first training camp under the new manager this weekend minus the presence of Leinsters Rob Kearney and Connacht’s Jack Carty. That said there are several uncapped players who made the squad for the training camp
FAI They are in trouble and asked Shane Ross for a bailout. €50million in debt and lost their Main sponsor in 3 mobile how do they get out of this one? Considering we have a playoff semi-final in March and if we qualify for the Euros, we do not want to be going into either under this cloud. Shane Ross has refused to give a bailout. But he has contacted UEFA for a meeting to see if there was a way of resolving the matter. There was a suggestion of splitting to FAI into 2 parts, one part looks after the grassroots football in Ireland, the other looks after the elite players and teams. If it was implemented would it work? WATCH THIS SPACE
On the Physio bench this week
Van Dijk Liverpool FC Defender (out due to illness from last Wednesdays World Club Cup Semi-Final)
Johnny Sexton Leinster & Ireland Fly Half (Long Term estimated to miss Irelands first 2 6 Nations games)
Nathan Aki (Thigh Injury estimated return date is 21st January 2020)
Kieran Tierney Arsenal (Shoulder Injury estimated return 14th March 2020
Kieran Tierney Shoulder Injury Dec 14: “Dislocated shoulder at West Ham. Kieran will undergo surgery next week and will rehabilitate for around three months.” 14/03/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Dani Ceballos Thigh Injury Dec 14: “Aiming to return to full training next week.” 26/12/2019 None 50% TRACK
Hector Bellerin Thigh Injury Dec 14: “Tight hamstring. Will miss Man City. Aiming to resume training next week.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Granit Xhaka Head/Face Injury Dec 11: “Concussion. Will miss Standard Liege and Man City and will be managed as per concussion protocols.” 21/12/2019 None 100% TRACK
Mesut Ozil Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 20: “Right foot. Sustained during Manchester City. Being assessed ahead of Everton.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test
Rob Holding Knee Injury Dec 11: “Bruising to knee. Aiming to return to full training in next two weeks.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Sead Kolasinac Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 20: “Ankle ligament injury. Aiming to return to full training in January.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Keinan Davis Thigh Injury Dec 06: “Keinan should be back within the next 10 days, to two weeks which should be great news for us.” 28/12/2019 None 25% TRACK
Tyrone Mings Thigh Injury Dec 13: “Thankfully, for us, it’s not in the belly of the hamstring. Hopefully, he’ll be pain-free after this weekend and then can keep progressing, but each individual’s different in terms of getting back.” 28/12/2019 None 25% TRACK
Jed Steer Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Nov 22: “Jed has been ruled out for around three to four months with a partial tear in his Achilles.”
Jose Izquierdo Knee Injury Dec 12: “Jose is now good. He is in the recovery phase. It has been an injury to the meniscus. We hope Jose can be competing again in Jan or Feb.” 01/02/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Solomon March Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Groin Strain 01/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Aaron Connolly Thigh Injury Dead Leg 21/12/2019 None 100%
Johann Berg Gudmundsson Thigh Injury Dec 19: “Fortunately, we’ve got an Under-23 game on Saturday. He’ll get more minutes in that, and hopefully 90 if that goes well.” 26/12/2019 None 75% TRACK
Chris Wood Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Achilles Injury 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Ashley Westwood Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Tight Groin 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Kevin Long Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 14: “Longy has made good progress as well so that gives us more depth.” 21/12/2019 None 100%
Fikayo Tomori Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 09: “Tomori is out, he has a small, tiny strain around his hip area. It has bothered him for a little bit so we have taken him out for a couple of days.” 22/12/2019 None 100% TRACK
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 16: “It’s been a long journey, I’m just grinding it out; I’ve had a few setbacks, which is normal. I’m close now anyway. If everything goes well, I’d say just over a month.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Patrick van Aanholt Thigh Injury Dec 16: “We’re hoping because it was a muscle injury, he’s working at it and we hope that might not be so long.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Gary Cahill Knee Injury Dec 16: “With Gary Cahill, he’s had a minor operation, so that will be a relatively long-term injury.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Andros Townsend Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 16: “…. with Andros Townsend a long-term injury.” No Return Date Currently Being Assessed Ruled Out TRACK
Joel Ward Knee Injury Dec 12: “He’s progressing as he should, but the original prognosis (2-3 months) is that it was going to be a long one. He is going in the right direction.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Jeffrey Schlupp Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 16: “…. but with Jeffrey Schlupp it’s a long-term injury.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Theo Walcott Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Calf Strain 05/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Morgan Schneiderlin Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Calf Strain 28/12/2019 None Ruled Out TRACK
Gylfi Sigurdsson Other Dec 17: “We’re hopeful on Gylfi. We’ll wait and see. That’ll go right to the wire, I think.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Djibril Sidibe Other Illness 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Fabian Delph Thigh Injury Dec 17: “Delph is closer but I think the [Carabao Cup] game will come too soon for him.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Lucas Digne Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 17: “Lucas got a strain on his groin area so how long it’s going to be, I’m not quite sure, but obviously he won’t be fit for Wednesday.” No Return Date
Matthew James Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 20: “He’s in training with the squad every day, so he’s making excellent progress. He’s not quite at the stage yet where we can think about games.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Joel Matip Knee Injury Dec 06: “We have to wait another two weeks I would think. But then he might need to rebuild [physically], which is not too cool, but it is nothing serious.” 02/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Georgino Wijnaldum Other Dec 17: “Not as serious as we thought, so he’s here doing the first recovery. We will see day by day but for tomorrow night he’s not involved.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Harvey Elliott Other Knock 21/12/2019 None 100% TRACK
Virgil van Dijk Other Dec 18: “Yesterday, he had to leave [the training pitch] because he didn’t feel well. So, no training was possible, this morning no training. We will see, I don’t know how quick he can recover.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Dejan Lovren Thigh Injury Dec 13: “He is out, muscle this time – more serious than last time. We don’t have a timeframe.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Rhian Brewster Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 16: “He’s got a knock so he’s doubtful. We’re assessing him today, fingers crossed he makes it. We’ll see.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Nathaniel Clyne Knee Injury Jul 24: “Clearly an injury of this nature isn’t a happy moment for any player, but the silver lining for him is that, according to the medical guys, it’s a straightforward ACL injury.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Fabio Tavares Ankle/Foot Injury Nov 29: “Time-frame wise, we are not sure 100 per cent, but it looks pretty sure he won’t be involved in the Christmas fixtures. We have to find solutions.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
Aymeric Laporte Knee Injury Dec 01: “[My recovery] is going very well. I can’t say when exactly, but more or less one month-and-a-half to two months.” 01/02/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Leroy Sane Knee Injury Dec 17: “It is the next step to go on to the pitch, then he will train with us and then full sessions.” 01/02/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
David Silva Other Dec 17: “David is not ready for tomorrow but we will see after that. Thursday or Friday he could train for Leicester and then we will see.” 27/12/2019 None 50% TRACK
Sergio Aguero Thigh Injury Dec 17: “Yeah, Sergio is coming back and is part of the session. It’s the next step to be part of the training session with the team.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
John Stones Thigh Injury Dec 10: “John is injured for a few weeks.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75%
Eric Bertrand Bailly Knee Injury Jul 30: “He’s had an operation and he’ll miss the best part of four or five months, I would think. Hopefully, we’ll get him back around Christmas.” 01/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Timothy Fosu-Mensah Knee Injury Dec 10: “Tim and Eric have been out for a long time. They’ve stepped up their recovery, not joined with the team but not far away.” 01/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Marcos Rojo Other Dec 10: “We are getting them back and, say, in 2020 we will have a strong and fit squad, definitely. They are working hard to get back and they want to be part of this.” 28/12/2019 None 25% TRACK
Paul Pogba Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 20: “Paul is training. He’s back in with the team so we’ll see how long it takes for him to feel ready to be part of a game.” 28/12/2019 None 25% TRACK
Diogo Dalot Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 16: “Maybe Diogo after he’s had a week of training, but probably no one else.” 20/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75
Matt Ritchie Ankle/Foot Injury Nov 28: “Undergone a second operation. He will continue his rehabilitation on Tyneside and is expected to return to action in January 2020.” 18/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Allan Saint-Maximin Thigh Injury Dec 08: “We don’t know how serious it is. We hope it is not too serious. When he pulls up the way he did, that’s the thing you fear.” 11/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Jamaal Lascelles Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Nov 21: “But [instead] he has a crack on the outside of his leg and it could be a month to six weeks.” 26/12/2019 None Ruled Out TRACK
Jonjo Shelvey Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 17: “It was probably key to miss one game rather than 6/7. I should be back training by Thurs so that’ll give me a chance to play on Sat.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Miguel Almiron Thigh Injury Dec 14: “We really don’t know [when they’ll be back]. We hope they’re not too serious. We hope they’re there or thereabouts by next weekend.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Ki Sung-Yeung Other Undisclosed No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Karl Darlow Other Undisclosed No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Ciaran Clark Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Calf Strain No Return Date Currently Being Assessed Ruled Out
Timm Klose Knee Injury Nov 14: “I’m feeling well at the moment. I’m within the timeline and have reached all the goals so far. Hopefully, I can play some games this season.” 02/05/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Ben Godfrey Knee Injury Lateral Knee Ligament Sprain – LCL Injury 15/02/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Josip Drmic Thigh Injury Nov 22: “He was injured in our last game. It’s a serious muscle fibre injury. Physios think he’ll be out for eight weeks.” 11/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Teemu Pukki Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 20: “Thankfully, nothing broken. Teemu is available, so that’s good news. Just a painful bruise, the swelling has gone down.” 21/12/2019 None 100% TRACK
Grant Hanley Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Dec 13: “We have some good news with Grant. He was back in team training on Wednesday. The game this weekend comes a bit too early but it’s good to have him back.” 21/12/2019 None 25%
Callum Robinson Other Illness 21/12/2019 None 100%
Yan Valery Other Dec 19: “Yan is out for longer. I said it last week that he will not play again this year. Maybe next year he is coming back.” 04/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Moussa Djenepo Thigh Injury Dec 19: “Moussa is out for the weekend. He has problems with his hamstring and he could not train. Maybe next week he starts again but we don’t take the risk. It’s important he gets 100 per cent.” 26/12/2019 Currently Being Assessed 25% TRACK
Sofiane Boufal Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 19: “Boufal has still some issues with his movements without injections still not able to train with us. But it’s getting better and better. Maybe he’s in the squad at the weekend.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 50% TRACK
Kevin Danso Other Dec 19: “We have some ill players. Kevin Danso was two days out with a fever.” 21/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75%
Hugo Lloris Arm/Elbow Injury Nov 14: “Everything’s well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January. Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know.” 01/02/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Michel Vorm Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Nov 21: “Sustained a calf strain in training and expected to return to training next month.” 22/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Tanguy Ndombele Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Groin Strain 22/12/2019 Late Fitness Test 75% TRACK
Erik Lamela Thigh Injury Nov 21: “Continuing his rehabilitation and will not return this weekend.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Ben Davies Ankle/Foot Injury Nov 26: “Following ongoing examination and assessment, we can confirm that Ben sustained ligament damage to his left ankle.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Adam Masina Thigh Injury Thigh Injury 22/12/2019 None 100% TRACK
Danny Welbeck Thigh Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Tom Cleverley Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Sebastian Prodl Knee Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Daryl Janmaat Knee Injury Dec 19: “For the long-termers, there is no change really. They are making good progress and we are pleased with how they are developing.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Jose Holebas Ankle/Foot Injury Ankle Injury No Return Date None Ruled Out
Manuel Lanzini Shoulder Injury Nov 28: “Manuel just started working yesterday on the pitch but he needs at least one month more without any problems with his shoulder; he cannot have any contact.” 01/01/2020 None Ruled Out TRACK
Lukasz Fabianski Thigh Injury Nov 28: “We will see what the doctors say; the first date that was around was about Christmas, but we don’t have an exact date yet.” 28/12/2019 None Ruled Out TRACK
Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes Other Dec 14: “Felipe was sick, he couldn’t train, he had some stomach problems so I hope it is only a couple days. Maybe he ate something that was not so good.” 26/12/2019 None 75% TRACK
David Martin Thigh Injury Dec 14: “He has a muscle injury. We will see tomorrow with the doctor how bad it is but we now have 12 days to recover.” No Return Date Currently Being Assessed 25% TRACK
Jack Wilshere Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury Nov 28: “Jack continues with some problem. I hope that next week he will start working with the squad.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Winston Reid Other Dec 12: “Winston Reid is working without problems.” No Return Date Currently Being Assessed 50
Morgan Gibbs-White Lower Back Injury Dec 06: “Closer, it’s a day-by-day process. First, we have to take care of his pain but he is improving and hopefully he can join us soon.” No Return Date None Ruled Out TRACK
Willy Boly Ankle/Foot Injury Dec 06: “He’s improving and he’s already walking with only one crutch to support him, but we have to wait. It’s a normal process of healing the bone and all these things.” No Return Date None Ruled Out
I am a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence. I joined in 2012. I was interested in joining for years but never had the time due to my playing career and 8 years in Dublin and 4 years in England. My brother Paul was a member years ago but sure to circumstances had to leave Roscommon Civil Defence.
While in England I did a course In sports injuries and I worked as Team Sports Therapist for Frampton Cotterell RFC 2nd team. While I was studying the course it was like an internship with the club and I was shadowing the first team physio Adam Page for 1 game every month. And with the 2nds for the other games each month. 1st and 2nd team games were at the same time every Saturday when I was with the 2nd team and the 1st team physio Adam Page was with the 1st team we would call each other or meet up on a Sunday and we discuss the injuries we treated. I learn from him and he and he says yes you did that right well done. And if the player had that injury this is how you would treat the injury. I enjoyed the course.
The theory exams were done online and I got a distinction the practicals was the best part as that took place in the reck, yes that’s right, Bath rugby’s home stadium. It was a day long. It was a great day. In fact, i was the only person from outside the club that did the practicals there. The rest were coaches and players. In the end, there were practical exams and a written exam on the practical course I did. And I got. A pass with a distinction I let the club and it was official, myself and Adam were the medical team for the 1st team 2nd team and 3rd team. I was with the club for 3 seasons and loved every minute of it. It wasn’t just a rugby club, it was a family, we looked out for each other a community. When I left to come back to Ireland they gave me a club jersey signed by everyone. It was during those 3 years with the club that I found what I really wanted to do in. Life….be a Sports Therapist.
When I came back to Ireland I did more courses and started working with clubs at underage and adult level. Hurling, Football, Soccer, Rugby. Doing Sports Therapy for charity sports events such things like the Annual Cuisle Fun Run and Child Aid Cycle. Years before this I did a First Aid For Sport. I did it as I love sport but never thought I would seriously use it. Neither did I think it would lead me down the road where I could earn money by doing something I love.
Roscommon Civil Defence-what I Love About it
One day I was doing Sports Therapy for a club I was working for and the Civil Defence were at it. After the game, I spoke to them and they told me a lot. I knew a bit from when my brother was in it but I wasn’t aware of the opportunities available and what a person can achieve and learn so I asked about joining Roscommon Civil Defence and they gave me an email address for Ray Dunne. I emailed him and a few days later he replied and asked me to meet him in his office to sort out paperwork like Garda vetting and registration forms etc. Then he said about the uniform etc and when classes would be starting up so I attended the first night met the people learned about the different departments or sections they have I became hooked, to coin a phrase from a del boy from only fools and horses….that is a bit of me. The first course I did was CPR and coronary First Responder (using a defibrillator) then Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling did those courses both the theory and practical and did the refresher courses to keep up to date with my training. It complimented my work as a Sports Therapist. Roscommon Civil Defence provides the medical back up at sports events like matches at Dr Hyde Park music events, training exercises, searches, doing courses, wearing a lovely uniform with the Ireland flag and marching in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. But what I love the most about being a member of Roscommon Civil Defence and what the meaning of the organisation is helping the public, making a difference to peoples life. Also, Roscommon Civil Defence and the civil defence all around Ireland is not just a voluntary organisation consisting of amazing people, it is a family that comes together to help the public to stay safe at events.
I love doing duties at games, marching in the Ballintubber at Patrick’s Day Parades, we were part of medical back up and security back up in Knock for the visit of the pope in 2018. A low point was when we helped in the search for 3 men from county Down who were in the Athlone area for a weekend fishing trip and were reported missing I was involved in one of the search days and unfortunately, the 3 men were found dead. It was a tough time for everyone involved in the search and our hearts prayers and thoughts went to the family and friends of the deceased men. Members of Roscommon Civil Defence helped out in the flooding in Athleague. I have to say I am very proud to be a volunteer with such a fantastic organisation and also to work with such amazing people. Being a member has enhanced my life and benefitted me as a person in so many ways. This week I and my colleagues passed out the theory and practical tests for First Aid Responder which include CPR and Coronary First Responder (using a Defibrillator). The training we get in Roscommon Civil Defence and civil Defence nationwide is amazing. Next up is Emergency First Responder next year. I am looking forward to the future with Roscommon Civil Defence.
Liverpool, spurs, Man City make it through to the knock out stages of the Champions League. Liverpool had a 2v0 win over a very good Red Bull Salsburg side and in doing so kept their first clean sheet in a number of matches. In the premiere league, all teams have a busy schedule over the Christmas.
Former Sligo Rovers player Jack O’Connor has signed for League of Ireland Division 1 side Galway united which was announced on Leagued of Ireland Media
In GAA at club level, the teams have been decided for the All Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. In Munster, Cork champions Nemo Rangers who have a great tradition in the Munster and All Ireland club Championship have won the Munster Club Championship with Former Roscommon Gaels player James McDermott who now has a Cork Senior Football County medal and has now added a Munster Club Football Championship Medal to his collection this season. Everyone in Roscommon would like to say well done to James and best of luck in the All Ireland series. Can he add an All Ireland Club Medal to the collection? Let’s wait and see. In their way will be Connacht Kingpins Corofin of Galway who beat Roscommon Side Padraig Pearses in the Connacht Final. In Ulster, Down Champions Kilcoo came through the Ulster final to Claim the Ulster title beating Donegal Champions Naomh Chonnaill and in Leinster, Dublin side Ballyboden St. Endas deafeated Eire Og to win the Leinster title
Well done to Athlone Community College Senior Girls Soccer team on their recent Semi Final win over Lucan Community College: ACC Semi-Final Soccer Win. Congratulations to our senior girls on their semi-final win recently against Lucan Community College. The girls fought back after going 1-0 down early in the game with Robyn Heatherington finding an equalizer after 25 minutes, leaving it 1-1 at the break. They continued to put pressure on the Lucan defence in the second half and after an incredible long range shot from Aimee O’Connor found the top corner to put the girls 2-1 up there was no stopping the girls. Hope Glynn, Grace Hannon and two more goals courtesy of Robyn Heatherington followed leaving the final score at 6-1. Our girls will now progress to the Leinster final aiming to retain the Senior Cup title after the Christmas break. As always, our school and their coach Ms. Edel Menton are very proud of our talented senior team, many of which are also part of our senior Gaelic team who will also contest the Leinster semi-final after the break.
Athlone Community Colleges U14 boys senior Rugby team defeated St Jarleths of Tuam recently. ACC U14 Rugby Squad Qualify to Semi-Final of Connacht Cup. Athlone Community College have qualified for the semi final of the u14 cup after defeating St Jarlath’s Tuam in Acc on Wednesday last. ACC had three games played to date defeating Colaiste Ciaran, Scoil Cuimisteach Ciaran Carraroe which now sets the squad up for a home semi final in the new year. Topping the group gives the top team home advantage in the semi-final which is a huge bonus. ACC are lucky to have a large squad to pick from with thirty-seven players togging on average for all games this year with every player getting game time on the pitch. The conditions for the game v Tuam were good and the pitch was perfect for playing rugby. ACC’s first u14 rugby game in the new ACC rugby pitch in the school grounds so getting the win was important to the squad. It is fantastic to see rugby and all sports being played on the school grounds. Having our own pitch gives all students a platform to play the sport they enjoy and love playing on home soil. ACC started the game very well and got a number of quick tries in the first ten minutes laying down a marker to the opposition. St Jarlath’s kept the ball for long stages of the first half but the shape and structure ACC created and developed throughout the game provided opportunities in which ACC took. The game was played in a very sporting manner. The experience of getting to the u14 final last year has stood to this group of players and they hope to get back to the sportsground again in the new year to try and take home the title. A semi-final awaits in January. Well done to all involved keep the training efforts up. Your coaches Mr Joe Keane & Mr Kieron Sloyan are proud of the efforts and interest you all show. Athlone Community College 41 v 0 St Jarlath’s Tuam.
– Former Claire hurling legend Brian Lohan is looking forward to taking over the reigns as Clare Hurling manager according to the Clair Champion
– Finally, the new Dublin Senior Football Manager has finally been announced after a lot of speculation regarding who it would be. Names like Jason Sherlock and Gene Bohan to Declan Darcy as well as other names have been bandied about but finally Dessie Farrell has been announced as the New manager of the Dublin Senior Football Manager. I feel it is a good appointment. Dessie has several years of experience as a player winning an All-Ireland with Dublin in 1995 as well as Managerial experience having managed the Dublin underage teams. Dublin are not in the O’Byrne cup so, unless they have a few friendlies, which I think will be the case, their first game under Dessie Farrells tenure will be a tough one, when they take on Munster Champions Kerry in the 1st round of the National Football league Division 1.
– Roscommon Senior football kick off the season with the FBD League which provides Roscommon Senior Football Manager Anthony Cunningham with the chance to try out players before choosing his final panel for The National Football League and the Championship. Roscommon operate from Division 2 of the League this season. Roscommon had a mixed Season last season. In the Division 1 of the National Football League we got relegated but in most of those games played well but were unlucky our position in the league did not reflect how good this team were and some were worried about how Roscommon would do in the Championship and others, like myself, said give them a chance they have a good panel of players and a good manager and we could go places in the championship. We won our first game in the Connacht Championship which meant a meeting with Mayo in Castlebar in the Connacht Semi Final everyone had Roscommon written off but the Rossies dug deep and came up with a 1 point win against Mayo who were poor on the day and Roscommon sent Mayo into the qualifiers. This meant a Connacht final V Galway who are a good side with very good players. Roscommon, as we know won the Connacht Title to qualify for the super 8s. Unfortunately, like last year, despite some very good performances, we could not make it out of the group but considering the quality of opposition, regardless of which of the 2 groups we were in, it was going to be a tough task to qualify. However, they now have 2020 to look forward to and I am sure, as a Rossie fan, and all Rossie fans, we are looking forward to seeing if there are any new players added to the panel.
– in the Senior Club hurling Championship, in Ulster, Slaughtneil emerged as ulster Champions a quality club side who are on the up as they have been doing well in previous club championships. In Leinster, Kilkenny side Ballyhale Shamrocks overcame St Mullins of Carlow to emerge as Leinster Club Champions. In Munster, Tipperary side Borris Illeagh defeated Waterford Kingpins Ballygunner which proved to be a great game of hurling in Connacht, Galway Champions St Thomas’ qualify automatically for the All Ireland Club Championship. In the Connacht Intermediate championship, Mayo Champions, Tooreen overcame Galway Champions Kinvara to claim the title. It promises to be a very good All Ireland Hurling Club Championship after Christmas.
As mentioned above Dessie Farrel has been announced as the new Dublin Senior Football Manager it was announced on Dublin GAA Banter Page. UPDATE: Declan Darcy & Dessie Farrell are apparently the two front Runners to replace Jim Gavin as senior manager. And a decision may not be made this Evening as thought. We’ll keep you posted on developments. #uptheDubs
Arsenal Interim boss, Former Player, Freddie Ljundberg and his arsenal team are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, but only after getting out of jail after another poor performance. He won’t be allowed to buy players as he is only a caretaker manager, but Sir Alex Ferguson could take over the job at Arsenal but even he would find it tough going with the powers that be in the club not releasing funds, they are going nowhere fast. They need to get rid of the back four and get a new defence. There are no leaders in the squad, no one you could say would be captain to lead the team. Emeri was given some money but instead of investing in the defence which was the main weakness in the team as myself and Martin Dunne have mentioned on numberous Sportsview Shows, he went and bought attacking players. The only decent player that is worth his place on the team at the moment is Aubamayang he is scoring but there is a lot of responsibility and carrying the rest of the players on the team. Regarding the goals that Arsenal conceded, Leno cannot be blamed as the defence has left him very exposed.
– Now that the 2020 GAA Season is upon us, with Jim Gavin Having stepped down, GAA fans are wondering about Dublin Goalkeeping legend Stephen Cluxton. Will he stay on as one of the most experienced players in the Dublin team. If he does step down, I feel speaking as a goalkeeper myself, that the goalkeeper spot is in safe hands with Even Comerford waiting in the wings to take over the job as goalkeeper. He is young but he has made a few appearances in the Dublin jersey and he has done very well. Plus take into consideration that he has learned from the master in Stephen Cluxton. I am a huge fan of Stephen Cluxton and I would love to see him stay on but he owes the Dublin Senior Footballers nothing having put in many years with the Dubs and turning in some amazing performances. But the decision is his and he has to make the decision that is best for him.
– In League of Ireland Football, Former Bohemians player has returned to the club. He is a welcome addition to the squad after the retirement of the team captain at the end of last season. https://bohemianfc.com/?p=15084
14 Jan 2019 Stephen Nolan Memorial Boxing Tournament hosted by Frenchpark Boxing Club
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Joint CPA and GPA Statement
The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Club Players Association (CPA) have had a series of discussions and agreed a number of areas of common ground to help inform GAA players in forthcoming consultation on fixtures. In the first instance, we urge all players to read in detail the full report from the GAA’s Fixtures Review Taskforce. Key principles agreed by the GPA and CPA are based upon the fundamental understanding that inter-county players are also club players and that this connection is the basis of the GAA. These are: the club is the primary basic unit of the GAA from which everything springs. Therefore, this must be recognised in the status which club games are given the inter-county game is the GAA’s biggest promotional and developmental tool. It is also the GAA’s primary revenue generator. This must be fully recognised in restructuring our national games calendar.
Furthermore, both organisations are in agreement that, following the recent publication of the Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce report, and prior to the next phase in that process which includes a series of regional seminars in which all key stakeholders will be provided with the opportunity to provide further views and feedback, there are a number of key points centred around time and governance that we mutually support and wish to highlight. These are: The Club Window in April/May should be lengthened to a 6-week period to allow the fairest opportunity for the window to be successfully utilised. The demands placed upon inter-county players in both club and inter-county windows will need to be governed to ensure the games/training load is not detrimental to the players’ welfare. The Club Window post the All-Ireland football final needs to be a minimum of 9 weeks before provincial club championships begin. Club Windows will only work fairly for all, if inter county competitions start their championships on the same dates. There needs to be stronger adherence to provisions regarding the availability of inter-county players to clubs as referenced within GPA Squad Charters. Bar club teams involved in provincial championships; November should be used exclusively as an off season for inter-county players. There needs to be strong governance and guidelines introduced to ensure club fixtures schedules are appropriately set out and adhered to throughout the year. Paul Flynn, CEO of the GPA commented; “One of our core pillars is to protect the welfare of our members. It is therefore vital that fixtures are properly governed to ensure the fundamental link between club and inter-county players is fully recognised and strengthened within the fixtures calendar.” “This year we put a motion before GAA Congress to provide for a GPA representative to sit on the Central Competitions Control Committee to input on fixtures involving inter-county hurling and football competitions only, in a bid to improve the situation for our members.” “We will work towards this with the CPA, while prioritising the welfare of our members, keeping in focus the amount of games they are expected to play and amount of training they are expected to undertake.” Michéal Briody, Chairman of the CPA, said; “The one common ground that the CPA have always shared with the GPA is the recognition that the current fixtures calendar doesn’t work fairly for any set of players.” “The CPA have advocated for a radical structural change to the fixtures calendar since our formation in 2017. It is important now that the options for change put forward from the Task Force are disseminated to clubs immediately so that the debate can begin nationwide on what level of change is acceptable.” “We will work to ensure this communication does happen effectively and it is critical that all clubs become aware of the options that are being presented and then vote for change that will alleviate the current unsatisfactory schedule.” For Further Information
In this week’s clubview this week, Arsenal got life under Freddie Ljundberg off to a bad start at the weekend with a draw to Norwich and no improvement midweek with a loss to Brighton & Hove Albion. I have never seen arsenal so poor. Not like Arsenal. The last 2 seasons haven’t been great for arsenal. They need a new back 4 instead of buying wingers and midfielders. They are also lacking leadership on the sideline and on the field. The question is will the board release the fund required to correct that problem. There is no use buying wingers midfielders and strikers if the defence are conceeding goals. People can’t blame Leno for all the goals either.
Liverpool continue their unbeaten run with a win at the weekend and a 5v1 win in Anfield v Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday night they are unbeaten in the league since last season. 1 defeat in the champions League. In some games they may not be performing in top gear but they are still getting wins. This weekend they are away to Bournemouth and that is followed by their last group game in the champions League, a game they need to win to go toop and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions league as group winners.
Leicester & Man City
The 2 teams closest to Liverpool in the League. Man city are without Aguero due to injury but due to the quality of the squad with or without him it doesn’t make a difference a chunk in their armour as they drew with Newcastle a few weeks ago. Leicester are performing well Madison and carry doing very well. Not missing Maguire since his transfer to Man utd. Schmeichel is a class goalkeeper for Leicester.
They find them in the bottom 3 after their 5v1 loss to Liverpool in mid week. And now having sacked manager Silva where do they go to from here. Silva’s sacking isn’t a surprise as it was not a case of if he will be sacked but when he will be sacked. He was in the job 18 months and they have to buy him out of his contract to get rigld of him. Moral at Everton, like at Arsenal is very low and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Can they stave off relegation? Where to now?
A tough team to beat and in the top 8. I like Sheffield they are sticky opponents for any team in the league. Under rated at the start of the season but they have earned respect. A team with 4 Irish international in the squad a formidable opponent and if you switch off for a second you will be punished.
Very inconsistent form-wise some good players in the squad one of the most expensive defences in the league. Harry Maguire is not worth the £70 million Utd shelled out for him.
They are the teams I felt worth mentioning in the premiere league this week
The O’Byrne Cup is back this week and it will be minus Dublin this season. So the new manager that comes in, his first assignment is a tough one as the first game in Division 1 of the National foorltball league v Kerry on 25th January 2010. Next question is will Stephen Cluxton stay between the posts for another season for Dublin. All this questions answered in the coming months
Gaelic Football and Hurling Club championship
The Club championships take a break until the new year. In Gaelic Football around the provinces, Galway champions Corofin are Connacht Senior Football Club Champions beating Padraig Pearses from Roscommon
.In Leinster this weekend Dublin Champions Ballyboden St Endas take on Carlow champions Eire Óg in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Final.
In Munster, Cork Champions Nemo Rangers won the Munster Club title with former local lad who played for Roscommon Gaels James McDermott in midfield.
And finally in Ulster, Kilcoo of down overcame Naomh Comhnaill of Donegal to win the Ulster Crown.
In hurling St Thomas’ of Galway are in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship. In Leinster Ballyhale Shamrocks are the Leinster Champions after overcoming At Mullins of Carlow.
In Munster, Tipperary champions Borris Illeigh claimed the Musnter Club Title by beating Munster kingpins Ballygunner in the final
in the Connacht Intermediate Club Championship, Mayo Champions Toreen won the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Title by defeating Galway champions Kinvara. And finally in Ulster, Slaughtneill of Derry claimed the the Ulster title.
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