Back in the day: sport shorts from The Irish News on November 23 1996
FINBARR McConnell finally got his gloves on a Powerscreen GAA All-star award last night.
The towering Tyrone number one took the goalkeeper’s spot in the football 15 along with team-mate Peter Canavan.
Derry’s Joe Brolly made it triple joy for Ulster with his inclusion at right full forward. Of the two All-Ireland finalists, Meath and Mayo shared ten awards, while Derry, Dublin and Kerry earned one accolade each.
Football: Finbarr McConnell (Tyrone); Kenneth Mortimer (Mayo), Darren Fay (Meath), Martin O’Connell (Meath); Pat Holmes (Mayo), James Nallen (Mayo), Paul Curran (Dublin), Liam McHale (Mayo), John McDermott (Meath); Trevor Giles (Meath), Tommy Dowd (Meath), James Horan (Mayo); Joe Brolly (Derry), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Maurice Fitzgerald (Kerry).
Hurling: Joe Quaid (Limerick); Tom Helebert (Galway), Brian Lohan (Clare), Larry O’Gorman (Wexford); Liam Dunne (Wexford), Ciaran Carey (Limerick), Mark Foley (Limerick); Adrian Fenlon (Wexford), Mike Houlihan (Limerick); Rory McCarthy (Wexford), Martin Storey (Wexford), Larry Murphy (Wexford); Liam Cahill (Tipperary), Gary Kirby (Limerick), Tom Dempsey (Wexford)
THE short reign of Irish Amateur Boxing Association president, Nicky White looks set to end today at a crisis meeting of the sport’s highest body, the Central Council in the National Stadium in Dublin.
The ripples of discontent that followed the Wexford official’s appearance along with his St Jude’s ABC at an unofficial tournament at Maesteg in Wales on October 18 have whipped into waves of outspoken disapproval.
DOWN manager Peter McGrath has made several changes as his side attempt to hold on to their 100 per cent record in division three against All-Ireland B championship finalists Longford.
Down: M McVeigh, F Caulfield, M Magill, M Rowland, D Flynn, P Higgins, S Poland, C Deegan, S Ward, R Carr, J Treanor, J Austin, M Linden, C McCabe, P Sloan Subs: P Travers, M McEvoy, G Deegan, G Bailie, E Connolly, T McMahon, S Madine, G Mason, CP McCartan
St Agnes trainer Billy McClean with the juveniles who swept the boards at the Nine Counties championships in Ballymena last week. The team members are from left Dessie Kennedy (captain), Darren Trainor, Michael McComb, Sean McClurkin, Mark Taylor, Frank McClurkin, Jim McComb, Paul McDermott and Patrick Taylor.
INVESTIGATIONS spread like wild fire yesterday as the GAA’s ‘AppleGate’ affair sparked allegations and claims that several top Ulster footballers played without authorisation in the New York Club Championship final replay on November 3.
A number of alleged illegals were officially confirmed by Kerry on Thursday.
The upshot was star players Dara O’Cinneide, Dara O’Se and Feargal O’Se being axed from tomorrow’s team to face Donegal.
And information points to further leading names running foul of the authorisation rules, which if broken carry six month suspensions.
Ireland’s rugby side faces not only the formidable challenge of Australia at Lansdowne Road this afternoon, but the most critical scrutiny yet from an increasingly sceptical public. public.
The embarrassingly inept display in defeat by Western Samoa in Dublin last week has put huge pressure on the players and particularly on the coach Murray Kidd and Pat Whelan.
Ireland: J Staples; J Topping, M McCall, J Bell, D Crotty; P Burke, S McIvor; N Popplewell, K Wood (capt), P Wallace, G Fulcher, J Davidson; D Corkery, A Foley, D McBride
Australia: M Burke; J Little, D Herbert, T Horan, J Roff; D Know, G Gregan; D Crowley, M Foley, A Blades; J Eales (capt), W Waugh; D Manu, M Briall, D Wilson.
Around the NFL: Tyrone v Meath (at Omagh, 2.30)
Confidence boosted by a win last time out, Danny Ball’s side will need no extra firing up for this clash with the All-Ireland champions.
It stirs memories of August’s bitter and bruising battle in the All-Ireland semifinals. Both sides are short a number of personalities, with Meath still hit by several suspensions arising from their final replay brawl with Mayo.
A very tight, uncompromisingly contested issue expected.
Verdict: All the way down to the wire, for a home win.
Eastwood Odds: Tyrone are quoted 8/11 favourites, Meath 13/10, with 9/1 a draw.
Celtic striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk was back in Holland yesterday for treatment to a groin injury as the Bhoys saw their chance to go top of the table put on hold.
Dunfermline’s East End Park resembled a frozen wasteland yesterday afternoon and a 4.00pm inspection by the Scottish League confirmed the postponement.
The game will be re-scheduled for as soon as possible but it will not be next midweek, with Celtic entertaining Bobby Robson’s Barcelona in a friendly on Tuesday.