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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sideline noiseprompts calls to the Liveline

THE Liveline was humming during the week. Garth Brooks was top-of-the-bill.

In the middle of it all came the well-worn line:

'Who were the last two men do play centre-field for Westmeath on All-Ireland final day in Croke Park - Foster and Allen!'

The silent sideline topic also had the switchboard lighting up. Callers were concerned

about the rising volume from ringside at juvenile matches.

And much of it is not suitable for the ears of young players who have to endure all kinds of comments from elders who should know better.

Let the kids get on with it. After all, it's their playground. The only words they should hear are those coated in encouragement.

If an adult has something negative to say, the advice of Maureen Potter would do the trick - 'save your breath to cool your porridge.'

Ballinteer Bolt

DAVID GILLICK's nose looks like it went a few rounds with Mick Dowling at the National Stadium.

On Newstalk, David explained how he picked up the injury when he ran into the back of his Ballinteer St John's team-mate, James Oliver, during training.

The European champ is delighted to be back playing football. "The biggest part of sport is enjoying it," he says.

And coming in after a tough Marlay training session, nothing can compare to a steaming mug of tea and a Johnston Mooney and O'Brien sandwich.

Martin's Marvel

WEXFORD v Clare has been one of the games of the summer.....and there have been a few.

Martin Kiely was in Wexford Park for RTE radio on Saturday evening as the hurling drama unfolded.

And he captured the occasion perfectly when he uttered: "This game has had more twists and turns than the road to Kenmare."

FAB FOUR

IT'S a four-timer that will probably never be seen again - Dublin v Meath back in 1991.

Four magnificent matches between the Leinster super-powers that lit up the summer and Croke Park.

As the great Micheal O Muircheartaigh proclaimed high in the Hogan Stand - "Incredible."

They could write a play about it. It would certainly make for a compelling documentary.

E-Mail: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net

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