Friday, September 22, 2017

 

By Eamonn Normanly

 

1 Ladies football All-Ireland finals

Mick Bohan’s Dublin take on Frank Browne’s Mayo in the 2017 All-Ireland ladies football senior championship final this Sunday in Croke Park.

Dublin, who lost their last three All-Ireland finals to Cork, are determined to lift the Brendan Martin Cup for the second time ever and are favourites to do so. After beating Kerry 5-10 to 0-11 in the semi-final, Dublin will be confident and have picked an unchanged team from that great win.

Mayo will look to Cora Staunton for inspiration on Sunday

Sinead Aherne will captain the squad from corner forward as she hopes to keep up her scoring form, as will Nicole Owens and Noelle Healy as the trio have been star players for Dublin and have accounted for most of their scores.

Mayo will be tough opponents for Dublin after ending Cork’s hopes of going for seven titles in a row by beating them 3-11 to 0-18 in the semi-final. Frank Browne also keeps his team unchanged from the semi-final. Mayo have only two players who have experienced All-Ireland success but one of those is the supremely talented Cora Staunton. It looks set to be a great clash.

 

2 Premier League

As the Premier League rolls into gameweek six, some sides are already showing some sublime, surprising and sub-standard form.

There is an ongoing battle in Manchester with both Manchester United and Manchester City in amazing form. They are identical on the league table, both with 13 points, four wins, one draw, 16 goals scored and two goals conceded.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have enjoyed a good start to the season

Both are looking like potential league winners and it could be an interesting fight for the title. Manchester City face Crystal Palace who have lost every match and are yet to score this season. Manchester United play mid-table Southampton. Arsenal have had a bad start after being beaten 4-0 by Liverpool and losing 1-0 to Stoke.Once again Arsene Wenger is under pressure from the Arsenal fans as they prepare to face West Brom on Monday.

Huddersfield Town, who have had a surprisingly good start to the league, face Burnley in a match that could be very close.

Everton have had a very disappointing start to the season after bolstering their squad with several good signings during the summer. But they have only won one match in five and are in the relegation zone. They face Bournemouth who have fared slightly worse than Everton and are also in the relegation zone.

Tottenham play an underachieving West Ham away from home. This could be more of an advantage to Tottenham as they still struggle to win at home. But they have kept a clean sheet in every away game.

Liverpool hope their recent run of bad form will come to an end as they play Leicester away from home. Liverpool are still struggling with their defence and the loss of star man Sadio Mane to suspension will be a blow to them.

In-form Chelsea face Stoke City. Chelsea come into the game in good form after scoring 11 goals in their last three matches. However, they have lost to Burnley this season and they also drew 0-0 with Arsenal.

Watford face Swansea as they hope to improve on their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City. Newly promoted Newcastle look to hold onto their Champions League position in the league as they play Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

3 Invictus Games

The Invictus Games begin on Saturday and continue until next weekend. They are a paralympic style multi-sport event founded by Prince Harry where injured, wounded or sick armed service personnel or veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. The event is called the Invictus Games because Invictus is latin for unconquered or undefeated.

The Invictus Games sees injured, wounded or sick armed service personnel or veterans compete in various events

The event was inspired by ‘The Warrior Games’, a similar event held in the United States. Previous games have taken place in London and Orlando with Sydney set to host in 2018.

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