ON THIS DAY - Jamie O'Reilly and Tomas McCann hunted by Tigers - The Irish News, October 21 2009

Down's Jamie O' Reilly gets the ball from Armagh's Mark McConville at the Under 21 Football Championship final at Casement Park on April 15 2009. Picture by Declan Roughan
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The Irish News, October 21 2009: Down ace Jamie O'Reilly moved a step closer to signing for Australian Football League side Richmond Tigers last night after player agent Ricky Nixon met with the Loughinisland clubman at his home.

The Melbourne club have also stepped up their pursuit of Antrim's Tómas McCann, with the Cargin star expected to board a plane on Sunday for a three-week trial.

O'Reilly said last night: ‘‘Although I haven't put pen to paper, after speaking with Ricky tonight, I will sign for Richmond. It's almost a done deal. I just need to get my university arrangements sorted out out there.''

New Mourne boss James McCartan also met with O'Reilly in recent weeks to discuss the 21-year-old's move Down Under. ‘‘I had a chat with James and he was very supportive about my move and said that I would be welcome back into the Down fold at any time in the future,'' added O'Reilly. Meanwhile, Antrim's hopes of building on their superb season of 2009 could be dealt a blow following the news that McCann has been offered a trial. The Saffrons have already lost the services of Portglenone's Niall McKeever.

He has signed a two-year international rookie contract with the Brisbane Lions, believed to worth at least Aus$120,000 (£68,000).


1979: Grete Weitz of Norway became the first woman to run a marathon in under two hours and 30 minutes when she clocked two hours 27 minutes and 33 seconds in the New York City Marathon, an event she won nine times between 1978 and 1988.

1984: Austrian driver Niki Lauda clinched the Formula One world title for the third time when finishing second in the final grand prix of the season in Portugal.

1998: Midfielder Paul Ince was charged with misconduct by the Football Association for making a V-sign after being sent off while on England duty in Sweden.

2003: Martin Leslie was banned for 12 weeks after being found guilty of kneeing an opponent during Scotland's 39-15 World Cup win over the United States.

2004: England captain Jonny Wilkinson was ruled out of action for seven weeks because of heavy bruising to his upper right arm, missing the autumn internationals.

2007: Kimi Raikkonen won the Brazilian Grand Prix and with it the Formula One drivers' championship. Britain's Lewis Hamilton finished seventh and missed out on the world title, ending the season one point behind Raikkonen.

2009: Middlesbrough announced they had sacked Gareth Southgate as manager.

2013: Tony Mowbray left his role as Middlesbrough boss following a poor start to the season.

2014: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was jailed for five years for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day 2013.


1. Who is the manager of the Dublin GAA Senior Football team?

2. Which team featured the top points scorer of the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

3. Which English football team is known as the Black Cats?

4. Which current Irish fighter is know as 'Dynamite'?

5. Who is the manager of Cliftonville FC, Belfast?

(See quiz answers below)


Geoffrey Boycott (cricket) - former Yorkshire and England batsman, now a pundit, born 1940.

Kevin Sheedy (soccer) - former Everton, Newcastle and Republic of Ireland midfielder, born 1959.

David Campese (rugby union) - winger who played 101 Tests for Australia, scoring more than 50 tries, born 1962.

Phillip Price (golf) - Welsh former Ryder Cup player, born 1966.

Paul Ince (soccer) - former England, Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder, born 1967.

Damien Martyn (cricket) - former Australia cricketer who retired during the 2006-07 Ashes campaign, born 1971.

Hilario (soccer) - former Chelsea and Porto goalkeeper, born 1975.

Nemanja Vidic (soccer) - former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Serbia defender, born 1981.

Kieran Richardson (soccer) - former Aston Villa, Sunderland and Manchester United left-back, born 1984.

Sam Vokes (soccer) - Stoke and Wales striker, born 1989.

Bernard Tomic (tennis) - Australian tennis player, born 1992.

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. Jim Gavin; 2. Argentina (Nicolas Sanchez scored 97 points); 3. Sunderland; 4. Conrad Cummings 5. Richard Brush.


Today (Monday, October 21)

SOCCER: Premier League, Sheffield United v Arsenal - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1900. FA Cup, first-round draw - BBC Two 1900.

CRICKET: World T20 qualifiers, Hong Kong v UAE - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 1100; Canada v Nigeria - Sky Sports Cricket 1620 & Sky Sports Main Event 1630.

GRIDIRON: NFL, New York Jets v New England Patriots - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0100 (Tue).

Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 22)

SOCCER: Champions League, Man City v Atalanta - BT Sport 2 1900; Tottenham v Red Star - BT Sport 3 1915; Galatasaray v Real Madrid - BT Sport/ESPN 2000; Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen - BT Sport 1 1730; Shakhtar Donetsk v Dinamo Zagreb - BT Sport/ESPN 1745; Championship, QPR v Reading - Sky Sports Main Event 1900; Sheffield Wednesday v Stoke - Sky Sports Action 1940.

TENNIS: WTA, Zhuhai - BT Sport 1 0700.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Toronto v New Orleans - Sky Sports Main Event 0100 (Wed), LA Clippers v LA Lakers - Sky Sports Main Event 0330 (Wed).

BASEBALL: World Series, Houston Astros v Washington Nationals - BT Sport 1 0030 (Wed).

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