Thursday 27 October 2016

Carrzone: Sky Blue champions beat both Kerry and the weather

Behind the sports headlines with Eamon Carr

Dublin’s James McCarthy celebrates after the final whistle in Croke Park
Dublin’s James McCarthy celebrates after the final whistle in Croke Park
Georgia's Konstantin Mikautadze (C) in action with Tonga's Elvis Taione and Kurt Morath (R)

How is it that football pundits and spectators alike continually moan about inclement weather conditions?

It's Ireland. It rains all year long. An All-Ireland football final played in driving rain is a true test of Championship skills and determination.

Spare me the moaning about how "atrocious conditions" spoiled Sunday's match between Dublin and Kerry.

Gaelic football wasn't designed as an indoor sport. It's Croke Park in late September. Not the Copacabana.

On Sunday both teams had to double their efforts to assure victory on a pitch that was proving difficult for both sides.

Tactically, Dublin coped better with the rain. There was a fifteen minute spell in the first half after Kerry had briefly gone a point ahead when Dublin demonstrated great patience, passing the ball around the backs, unsettling Kerry and eventually knocking over the points that gave them their half-time lead. In the rain, Dublin were slicker and stronger.

They beat both the reigning champions and the testing weather.


Ferguson claims he's not an expert on management


The Little Kingdom, a previous book by Michael Moritz, co-author of Alex Ferguson's new title, Leading, is not about life at Old Trafford.

It's subtitle, The Private Story of Apple Computer, explains why it's regarded as an industry classic. 

Another Moritz book is Going for Broke: The Chrysler Story. The author is chairman of Sequoia Capital, the venture capital firm which has backed the likes of Oracle, Cisco, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn.

Like Ferguson, Moritz has been knighted and is said to be worth almost $3 billion. Since retiring in May 2013, Ferguson has spent time as a fellow at the executive education programme at Havard Business School.

Although chapters in Fergie's book are headed "becoming yourself", "recognising hunger" and "leading, not managing", he says, "I am not a management expert or business guru."

But he insists that only four of the players he worked with were world class. And they don't include Roy Keane, David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel or Wayne Rooney.


Miguel Ángel Galán is man who helped the refugees

The public didn't know who to thank for the life-changing sporting gesture that provided a small shred of comfort in the face of the appalling humanitarian crisis that shames world political leaders.

It does now. Miguel Ángel Galán is a director of Spain's CENAFE football coaching academy who, when he learned that Syrian refugee Usama Abdul Mohsen, who'd been deliberately tripped by Hungarian camera person Petra Laszlo while he was crossing the border with his seven-year old son, Zaid, in his arms, was a football coach, offered him a job and an apartment in Madrid.

Zaid, who'd been concussed in the fall, has since met the Real Madrid team and accompanied Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch at the Bernabeu ahead of the match with Granada. Real Madrid has donated €1 million in aid for refugees.


Tonga's Clonakilty star

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On Saturday, Tonga took an early 3-0 lead against Georgia when New Zealand-born fly-half Kurt Morath kicked a penalty. Five years ago, the Biarritz player was on kicking duty for his club Clonakilty against teams such as Old Crescent and Highfield. The former Clon man has also played in Japan. He played in the World Cup 2011 and with his scrum-half brother Daniel. In 2013, Clon were relegated to junior status.

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