Dublin Senior Two Hurling Championship Round-Up (August 13): Dublingaa.ie – August 16 2022

GO AHEAD SENIOR 2 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND UP

Whitehall Colmcille consolidated their position at the summit of the Go Ahead Senior Two Hurling Championship Group One table with a 4-15 to 2-18 victory against Castleknock at Somerton Park last Saturday evening.

Following their success at the expense of Ballinteer St John’s (1-23 to 3-12) in Collins Avenue on July 20, Whitehall were eager to remain on a winning trajectory. They received a bye for the second round of fixtures on July 23, but displayed no signs of rustiness for their visit to Castleknock.

Their opponents were hoping to make amends for a 3-12 to 0-18 away reversal to Naomh Fionnbarra last month and ‘Knock played plenty of enterprising hurling on their home patch. Nevertheless, Whitehall’s eye for goal was in and they led 3-7 to 0-13 at the midway point in the action.

Dublin senior footballer Cormac Costello – who featured in three All-Ireland minor hurling championship finals with the Sky Blues – was in fine scoring form throughout and played a big part in the visitors establishing this interval supremacy. Either side of setting up a three-pointer for Conor Sheedy, Costello twice found the net with typical aplomb.

His current inter-county colleagues Lee Gannon and Eoghan O’Donnell (the latter regarded as one of Dublin hurling’s brightest stars in recent years) also featured on the day and Whitehall looked set to ease home after Costello completed a hat-trick of goals in the second half of the contest.

Credit must go to a resolute Castleknock, however, who simply refused to give up the ghost on the day. Over the course of an impressive late rally, Cian Boyle claimed a brace of goals to leave the Whitehall faithful on tenterhooks.

Yet with Paddy Spellacy, Daire Gray and Eddie Moran doing their bit for the cause, Colmcille ultimately did enough to hold out.

Despite losing out to Whitehall on the opening day of the campaign, the aforementioned Ballinteer are keeping up the pace at the summit of the table heading into the next round of fixtures on August 27. Having dug deep to get the better of Scoil Ui Chonaill at Clontarf Road on July 23 (on a final scoreline of 1-20 to 2-12), St John’s squeezed past the challenge of Naomh Fionnbarra with two points to spare (0-16 to 0-14) at Marley Park on Saturday.

In a game where every score was going to be vital, the likes of Danny McCarthy, Rob Aherne, Donal Gormley and Glenn Whelan came up trumps for Ballinteer. Indeed, the home team were in a commanding position on the stroke of 50 minutes – a five-point stranglehold edging themselves towards the victory that they craved.

However, Fionnbarra rallied with four unanswered scores and John’s had to keep their nerve before eventually finding a way over the line.

In Group Two, Ballyboden St Enda’s overcame Thomas Davis in a derby clash at Kiltipper Road on a final scoreline of 3-12 to 0-18.

Although this is ‘Boden’s second-string side, there were plenty of players within their ranks who have featured for the club in the top-tier of the Adult Hurling Leagues. Included amongst this batch were Conor Robinson, Cian Mellett, Finn McDonagh and Davy Keogh.

Despite missing some notable faces, Davis’ were able to call upon the likes of Eanna O’Toole, Daire Kerr and Sean Reilly. The Tallaght men had lost out to Kilmacud Crokes ‘B’ in their previous game on July 23 and were hoping to avoid a similar result on this occasion.

‘Boden had also lost out to southside rivals Faughs on the opening day of the group (1-21 to 1-13) at Pairc Ui Murchu and had designs on giving their own campaign a much-needed shot in the arm. Thanks to a keen eye for goal, they managed to do just that.

Green flags also proved critical for Faughs on the Osprey pitch at Tymon Park on Saturday as they cemented their status as Group Two leaders with a 3-13 to 0-15 win over Kilmacud.

Supplementing a coolly-converted penalty from James O’Brien, Eamonn Hennessy and Colm Foley also claimed majors for Johnny Greville’s side. Carl O’Mahony also shone throughout as Faughs showcased their AHL1 experience to come through a potentially tricky outing.

Currently sitting on three wins from three in the group, the Templeogue-based outfit will next face Thomas Davis on home soil on August 27 before receiving a bye on the final weekend a fortnight later.

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Rhasidat Adeleke At European Athletics Championships: The Tallaght Echo (Online) – August 15 2022

Adeleke earns automatic semi-final spot at European Championships

Thanks to her impressive exploits thus far this year, Tallaght’s Rhasidat Adeleke will head straight into the semi-final stage of the 400 metres at the European Athletics Championships in Munich tomorrow afternoon.

Instead of competing in a heat, both Adeleke and fellow Irish athlete Chris O’Donnell automatically progressed to the penultimate phase of the men’s and women’s 400 metres respectively.

Courtesy of her top-12 ranking coming into the Championship, Adeleke managed to skip the preliminary rounds of this individual category.

The former Presentation Community College, Terenure student is ranked sixth on her season’s best and is expected to make a big splash when she takes to the track in the German capital.

Adeleke will also be hoping to compete in the women’s 4 x 400m relay later in the week, having been named as part of an extended squad for this category alongside Phil Healy, Sophie Becker, Sharlene Mawdsley, Cliodhna Manning and Roisin Harrison.

Healy was aiming to join Adeleke in the 400m individual semi-final, but a disappointing sixth place finish in her heat earlier today saw the Cork athlete falling short in this particular quest.

Given Healy featured prominently at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, this underlines the level of competition that Adeleke can expect to encounter tomorrow.

A two-time gold medallist at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn last year, Adeleke has already competed in several competitions in 2022 – including the American NCAA Championships on behalf of Texas University earlier this year.

She narrowly missed out on reaching the 400 metres final at the World Championships in Oregon last month and the Tallaght AC star will have her sights set on going a step further at the Europeans.

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Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Round-Up (August 13): Dublingaa.ie – August 15 2022

GO AHEAD SENIOR 1 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND UP

Cuala produced a late flourish at Parnell Park on Saturday evening to earn a 1-25 to 2-15 triumph over Na Fianna in Group One of the Go Ahead Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship.

2-23 to 3-16 winners at the expense of St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh at O’Toole Park on July 23, the Dalkey men were seeking to move an inch closer to the knockout rounds of the competition. Na Fianna had secured a 3-20 to 1-17 victory at the expense of St Jude’s on July 20, before receiving a bye in the next phase of the group.

The Glasnevin outfit had been in the ascendancy for large stretches of the contest and were a single point to the good on the stroke of 50 minutes. However, Cuala (lining out minus the services of Dublin footballer Con O’Callaghan) outscored their opponents 1-6 to 0-1 in the remaining stages of the action to preserve their 100% record in the senior championship.

While David Treacy finished the proceedings with an astonishing tally of 0-15, Liam Murphy (1-2) and Mark Schutte (0-3) were also in fine scoring form throughout. Although reliable inter-county star Donal Burke amassed a personal tally of 1-8, it was a goal courtesy of the versatile Sean Baxter that gave Na Fianna some early breathing space.

Named at left corner-back in the programme, Baxter operated around the middle-third for much of the game and rattled the Cuala net in the 10th-minute. The combined forces of Treacy and Schutte kept the scoreboard ticking over for their opponents, but Burke superbly converted a penalty on 24 minutes to serve further notice of Na Fianna’s potential.

Cuala didn’t panic, however, as unanswered points from Treacy (free), Jake Malone and Sean Treacy restored parity at 0-13 to 2-7 just ahead of the interval. The lead changed hands on a number of occasions during the second period, with David Treacy and Burke doing the bulk of the scoring either side of the third-quarter mark.

Yet, Cuala created significant daylight with five minutes of normal remaining. Although Schutte’s initial strike on goal was turned away, Murphy was on hand to finish off the rebound for a crucial three-pointer.

While a Burke free kept Na Fianna in the reckoning, five scores without reply – including three for the excellent Treacy – left Cuala with seven points to spare in the end. Eight-time champions at their grade, the southsiders have one game left in the group – a September 10 clash with Ballyboden St Enda’s.

Na Fianna will face ‘Boden (who were given a bye last weekend) on August 27, before closing out the group stages against St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh at O’Toole Park the following month.

Having suffered reversals to both ‘Boden and Cuala in the earlier rounds, the aforementioned Oliver Plunkett’s were eager to finally claim victory when facing St Jude’s at O’Toole Park on Saturday. They managed this with some aplomb as they had all of 10 points to spare (2-19 to 0-15) over their Templeogue-based counterparts.

The Plunkett’s squad for this game included a number of players who had featured for the club’s football team in their Senior Two Championship defeat to Naomh Olaf just seven days earlier. Included amongst this batch were Irinel and Mugurel Popa as well as Cillian Hayes.

The likes of Brian McDonnell, Cian Boland and Neil Clerkin were also named within the Plunkett’s ranks as the Navan Road outfit established a 0-10 to 0-7 half-time cushion. Jude’s initially kept themselves in contention thanks to fine contributions from Joe McManus, Danny Sutcliffe and Kevin Lahiff.

However, a brace of expertly-timed goals ultimately provided the platform for Plunkett’s to come out on top. Next up for them is that September 10 showdown with Na Fianna, while Jude’s will play their final game of Group One against Cuala at Parnell Park on August 27.

In Group Two of the Dublin Senior One Hurling Championship, defending champions Kilmacud Crokes registered their third consecutive win of the campaign in accomplished fashion against St Brigid’s at O’Toole Park.

There was a familiar look to the Crokes selection for this game with 10 of their starting team from last year’s thrilling county final victory over Na Fianna included in their match day squad. The likes of Donnacha Ryan, Johnny McGuirk, Eoghan Dunne and Paul Winters were reliable figures within the Brigid’s set-up and the Russell Park men did their utmost to keep Crokes on their toes.

Yet with the likes of Caolan Conway, Oisin O’Rorke and Ronan Hayes still major parts of the furniture, their Stillorgan rivals had that bit extra between their teeth to secure a 0-25 to 1-15 triumph.

In a similar vein to the game that followed it at Parnell Park on Saturday – the Group One duel between Cuala and Na Fianna – the clash of St Vincent’s and Craobh Chiarain was largely nip and tuck before a late scoring burst determined the outcome.

When Craobh Chiarain corner-forward Billy Ryan knocked over a 53rd-minute free, the sides were level for the ninth time and the smart money was on it remaining this way. Vincent’s had other ideas, though, and an unanswered haul of 1-4 helped them to emerge on the right side of a 2-20 to 2-13 final score line.

The Marino side enjoyed a perfect start to this tie as Rian McBride shook the net with just 20 seconds gone on the clock. Craobh responded to this set-back with consecutive points from Robbie Mahon (two) and Ryan, but Vins quickly reinforced their authority courtesy of similar efforts by Darach McBride (two) and Thomas Connolly.

Despite spurning a number of good opportunities, Vincent’s developed a commanding five-point lead on 22 minutes. Mahon’s 1-1 salvo galvanised Craobh, however, and they took the lead for the first time towards the end of the opening period.

A Sean Mulcahy point for Vins ensured the sides were tied at 1-11 apiece at the break, only for Craobh to throw another spanner into the works with a Ryan goal a little under two minutes after the restart. Although this was to be their final score from open play, a brace of Ryan frees kept Craobh in the hunt for their first win of the group.

Connolly’s free-taking and a point each from half-forward duo Rian McBride and Brian Bolger kept Vincent’s motoring in advance of John Walsh edging them back in front on 58 minutes. Bolger and Rian McBride split the posts either side of another Walsh score before McBride’s brother Cian found the net in stoppage-time to put the seal on the Vincent’s victory.

Having accumulated five points from six thus far in the group, second place Vins will have a few weeks off before returning to competitive fare against Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park on September 10.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Bohemians V Dundalk – The Irish Times – August 13 2022

Bohemians 0 Dundalk 1

Dundalk moved to within four points of Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers with a gutsy triumph over Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The decisive moment of the game arrived in first half stoppage-time, when Tadhg Ryan palmed the ball into his own net under pressure from Lilywhites substitute John Martin.

It was unclear if Martin had got a touch before the Bohs netminder, but his presence certainly helped Dundalk to claim the only goal of the contest.

The visitors suffered an early setback in this contest as centre-forward Patrick Hoban was forced off through injury on 12 minutes. His place in attack was taken by Martin, who almost immediately made his way into referee Adriano Reale’s notebook for a challenge on Bohs skipper Ciaran Kelly.

The search for a breakthrough goal had looked set to continue into the second half, until disaster struck for Bohs at the end of the opening period. Ryan seemed ideally placed to gather a left-wing cross from Gypsies full-back Darragh Leahy, only for Martin to force an error from his opponent.

The Bohs faithful felt Ryan was unfairly impeded by the Lilywhites attacker, but a pivotal decision did go the way of the hosts eight minutes after the resumption as Dundalk centre-half Andy Boyle was red-carded for a last-man tackle on the raiding Ethon Varian.

The Louth men coped admirably with their numerical deficiency, but were coming increasingly under the cosh as the action progressed.

Ryan Burke and Varian were both close to grabbing a Bohs equaliser, before Jonathan Afolabi (a recent recruit from Celtic) fired against the right-hand post on 87 minutes. Despite having an additional eight minutes to deny Dundalk the three points on offer, the latter’s effort was the closest they came to securing a share of the spoils.

Bohemians: Ryan; Dehl (Feely, 46 mins), Kerr, Kelly, Burke (Ogedi-Uzokwe, 83 mins); Doherty (Levingston, 46 mins), Clarke; Coote, O’Sullivan (Afolabi, 60 mins), McDaid (Burt, 72 mins); Varian.

Dundalk: Shepperd; Macari, Bone, Boyle, Leahy; Lewis, Sloggett; Bradley, Adams (McCourt, 54 mins), O’Kane (Benson, 78 mins); Hoban (Martin, 12 mins).

Referee: A Reale (Kildare)

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Ireland Women’s Rugby Build-Up To Japan Summer Tour: Greg McWilliams – The Irish Examiner – August 12 2022

McWilliams hoping newly qualified ‘proven test internationals’ can have major impact

In more good news for the squad, ex-Munster hooker Denis Fogarty is on board as scrum coach.
DAIRE WALSH

When Ireland women’s rugby head coach Greg McWilliams unveiled his original squad for the forthcoming summer tour of Japan last month, two names in particular stuck out.

Despite having already been capped by England in full international tests, Clara Nielson and Jo Brown were named amongst a 28-strong selection for a two-test series against the East Asian nation on August 20 and 27. This is courtesy of World Rugby’s new eligibility rule – which came into effect at the beginning of 2022 – that allows players to switch allegiances to another country if they have stood down from international rugby for three years.

Given Nielson and Brown last represented England during the Women’s Rugby Super Series in June and July of 2019 (and are both of Irish ancestry), McWilliams seized upon the opportunity to bring them into his set-up. Although injury has ultimately ruled Nielson out of the Japan tour, the Dubliner is excited to see what Brown can bring to his back-row.

“The two of them are proven test internationals with England and now we’ve got the ability to select them for Ireland. Clara isn’t travelling because unfortunately she picked up an injury, but we’ve got a good replacement that came in. Jo Brown will be joining us in Japan and I’m excited. You are testing your depth, but at the same time, we want to win,” McWilliams explained.

“We’re bringing in people and my staff are bringing in players that we believe have the ability to do great things. They’re great individuals. With Jo and with Clara, we’ve done a huge amount of work talking to people about what they can bring as players. We’ve seen lots of footage, we’ve seen their GPS figures and they fit the model.”

Also missing out through injury for this tour – the first of its kind for an Ireland women’s team – will be Tipperary native Maeve Óg O’Leary, with her place in the travelling squad going to the uncapped Jessica Keating.

On a sports scholarship at Life University in Georgia for the past few years, Keating is a former student of St Mac Dara’s Community College in Templeogue, Dublin and is a player McWilliams has been aware of for quite some time.

“I had seen her play while I was in America and when I was in Japan with the USA [men’s] team for the World Cup in 2019, I got sent my first video on her. Irrelevant of me being back in Ireland, it was to do with a USA side. She was in between.

“The USA were keen for her to declare, but we had to make sure she stayed with Ireland. We’re going to have a look at her on tour and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of players who are coming on tour. I truly believe in this squad and I believe in the direction that they’re going in.”

As well as having several new additions in his playing squad – four of whom have just completed their Leaving Certificate examinations – McWilliams has substantially bolstered his backroom staff.

While former Fiji and Connacht coach John McKee’s involvement for this summer window had already been revealed, it was also confirmed that ex-Munster hooker Denis Fogarty is on board as scrum coach – the same role, coincidentally, that his brother John fulfils for the Ireland men’s side.

However, there is another brace of off-field appointments that will prove even more significant for the future health and welfare of the Ireland women’s team.

“We have Ed Slattery, who’s come over from Men’s Sevens to be our head s&c coach, and Roisin Murphy in as head physiotherapist. It’s the first time we’ve ever had a full-time head s&c coach, and a full-time physio, with the programme. That’s significant because the care that the players are getting has always been there, but now it has gone to that next level.

“I think I’m really happy with the staff that we have assembled. Under the radar, we have John McKee in with me who was the Fijian men’s national coach for two Rugby World Cups. I’ve worked with John in the past and we see the game similarly. Denis Fogarty is our scrum coach which, again, is another really important appointment,” McWilliams added.

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Ireland Women’s Rugby Build-Up To Japan Tour: Nichola Fryday – The Irish Examiner (Online) – August 11 2022

Nichola Fryday coy on Irish rugby’s transgender women ban

The IRFU have found themselves under scrutiny following their announcement yesterday that transgender women were to be banned from participating in full-contact female rugby.
DAIRE WALSH

Ireland women’s captain Nichola Fryday has expressed her excitement at the prospect of leading her country into the battle during an historic two-test series against Japan later this month.

Following a mixed Six Nations campaign that saw them claiming two wins from five games – and a fourth place finish in the Championship table – Fryday and her international team-mates will be the first female squad of their kind to embark on a summer tour.

Greg McWilliams’ charges will face the Sakura Fifteen at the Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi on Saturday, August 20 before the two sides renew acquaintances at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo seven days later.

The forthcoming trip to Japan comes in the wake of the IRFU confirming that 43 professional contracts will be provided to Ireland’s elite women’s rugby players next season – spread across the 7s and 15s codes. The appointment of Gillian McDarby as Head of Women’s Performance and Pathways was also widely welcomed in the past week and Fryday believes these developments can only help to improve women’s rugby in Ireland going forward.

“It’s been a really positive few months. With the announcement of the Japan tour, that was a boost for all of us after the Six Nations. Knowing that we were going to get two quality tests in the summer and get that opportunity to tour as a squad. Which is so important for a team to be able to go and play some rugby, and have some downtime together as well,” Fryday remarked in a remote press conference earlier today.

The announcement of Gillian and the contracts, it’s great news. For us as players, it’s such a huge step. For me personally, as a player, if you asked me when I had first started if I’d ever get that opportunity, I probably would have said I don’t think I will.

“It’s brilliant now that it’s gone that way for women’s rugby, and for us. We’re just focusing back on Japan for the next two weeks, and we hope that we can get two quality matches.”

However, the IRFU are also finding themselves under scrutiny following their announcement yesterday that transgender women were to be banned from participating in full-contact female rugby. Although only two registered players will be immediately affected by this decision, the union’s new policy – which applies to those aged 12 or over – means that contact rugby for players in the female category is limited to those whose sex was recorded as female at birth.

When asked for her views on this change of policy, Fryday was understandably coy.

“For me, at this time, I don’t really want to make any answers on that because I’d like to know more about the whole situation and the laws and stuff like that. So for me, I’m just going to be focusing on Japan and I think that’s something that [I] can review in a few weeks.”

When asked if the Ireland squad were consulted by the IRFU before yesterday’s announcement was made, Friday added:

“Not that I know of, but it’s not something that I think that we would be consulted on. I don’t know.”

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Australian Rugby Odds Piece Before Second Argentina Game In Rugby Championship: Gambling.com – August 11 2022

Wallabies Next Game, Latest Odds and Analysis

Daire Walsh

They made an excellent start to their campaign in Mendoza last weekend, now Australia have their sights set on achieving a double success over Argentina in the Rugby Championship and betting sites fancy their chances of doing just that.

After losing out to England in a three-test summer series, the Wallabies were looking to make an early splash against the Pumas at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The withdrawal of Australian captain Michael Hooper for personal reasons dominated the pre-match build-up and his international compatriots were put to the pin of their collar in his absence.

Australia Come Good In The End Last Weekend

With an hour gone on the clock, the visitors trailed by six points (26-20) and were facing the prospect of just a seventh defeat in 37 test encounters with the Argentines.

Dave Rennie’s men dug deep in the closing-quarter however, helped in no small part by the awarding of a penalty try in the 61st-minute.

Folau Fainga’a and Len Ikitau (deep into stoppage-time) subsequently crossed the whitewash to complete an impressive turnaround for the Aussies and propel them to the top of the Championship table at the end of round one.

While the rest of his countrymen and women were delighted with this result, New South Wales native (and Argentina head coach) Michael Cheika was left frustrated.

Having achieved great success in Europe with Leinster and the Waratahs in Super Rugby, Cheika was handed the Wallabies reins in the winter of 2014. Less than 12 months later, he guided Australia to the World Cup final, eventually losing to arch-rivals New Zealand.

He struggled to scale the same heights for the remainder of his tenure (which ended in a World Cup quarter-final reversal to England in 2019), but Cheika still holds a strong reputation within the game and is now in charge of Argentina after previously working for them as an assistant/advisor.

He guided them to a series triumph over Scotland last month (two wins and one defeat) and had them within touching distance of a morale-boosting success at the expense of Australia.

The former back-row will have seen enough to suggest that they can go a step further in Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario this coming Saturday.

The big question is, do online rugby betting sites feel the same way?

Wallabies The Favourites To Prevail Again

Although Australian betting sites are offering odds of 3.1 on Argentina pulling off a win on home soil, Australia remain the favourites to come out on top.

The same bookmakers are rating Australia’s chances at 1.36, while Betfair have them valued at 1.44 to claim victory in San Juan.

For those who feel a draw might be on the cards (this is a distinct possibility given this fixture has ended in a stalemate three times in the past), then the 20.0 being offered by Unibet for such an eventuality might well prove enticing.

Australian Triumvirate Leading The Way As First Try Scorers

For those of you who are looking into the value being placed on the first try-scorer in Saturday’s game, then Ladbrokes have you covered.

Despite being a hooker by trade, Folau Fainga’a has an eye for the whitewash and has recorded three tries in his last four international appearances.

He is rated at 11.0 – along with team-mates Marika Koroibete and Jordan Petaia – to claim the first try this weekend.

Julian Montoya and Emiliano Boffelli are regarded as the most likely Argentinians to break the deadlock in their second consecutive showdown against the Aussies, with both of them listed at 15.0.

Even though he had the honour of doing so last weekend, Argentina’s bustling No 8 Pablo Matera is only 21.0 to be the first try-scorer in the forthcoming second round clash.

It may have flattered them to a certain extent, but Australia ultimately had 15 points to spare over their opponents last weekend.

The chances of them once again recording a win of between 11 and 15 points is rated at 6.5 with bet365, who are offering 5.0 on them winning by 1 to 5 points.

Argentina, on the other hand, are 7.0 to secure a victory by the latter margin and 9.0 to triumph by the former.

New Blood Emerging For The Aussies

While there is no denying the absence of an international centurion like Hooper was always going to impact Australia in some way, Fraser McReight produced a strong shift at openside flanker before making way for Rob Leota on 76 minutes.

McReight even crossed the whitewash in the 47th-minute to cap his third Wallabies appearance with a maiden try.

Loosehead prop James Slipper assumed captaincy duties from Hooper and proved himself to be a steady pair of hands.

As things stand, the Brumbies front-row has 110 senior international caps to his name and appeared in six of the seven games Australia played en route to the 2015 World Cup final.

Wallabies head coach Rennie also has his eye on unearthing new talent ahead of next year’s World Cup in France and handed out debuts to two players last weekend.

Although he is fast approaching his 30th birthday, Jed Holloway made his international bow alongside McReight and Rob Valetini in the Australian back-row.

Having previously enjoyed a short stint at Irish provincial side Munster as cover during the last World Cup in 2019, he will now be hoping to be on the plane for the next edition of the global tournament.

Also handed a first cap by Rennie was Rebels prop Matt Gibbon. He was introduced for Slipper with nine minutes of normal time left to play and having been used as an impact player by the Rebels on a consistent basis.

Gibbon will be hoping to do something similar at international level – especially if he can help improve his country’s Rugby World Cup 2023 betting odds.

Though it remains to be seen if Rennie will shuffle his starting line-up for his side’s second meeting with Argentina in the space of seven days, the impact of the replacements bench could well be the key to another successful outing for the Wallabies.

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Odds Piece On Highest Grossing Film Of 2022: Gambling.com – August 11 2022

What Will Be The Highest Grossing Film Of 2022?

Daire Walsh

There may be more than four months remaining in the calendar year, but there is already a clear frontrunner on betting sites in the race for the highest grossing film of 2022.

Despite having its release date put back on several occasions – initially due to a complicated post-production process, before the Covid-19 pandemic also became a factor – Top Gun: Maverick has taken theatres by storm right across the globe.

In advance of the box office figures being released at the end of this week, Joseph Kosinski’s action-adventure spectacle has grossed an astonishing $1,352,486,308.

Although its lead actor Tom Cruise has always possessed considerable box office cache, these numbers are nonetheless remarkable.

Although its lead actor Tom Cruise has always possessed considerable box office cache, these numbers are nonetheless remarkable.

When cinemas were initially shut at the beginning of the pandemic, there was genuine concern in the film industry as to whether audiences would return when societies started to open up again.

Streaming platforms have grown in popularity over the past few years, but the appeal of seeing blockbusters on the biggest screen possible evidently still remains.

With his previous film Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018, Cruise had the biggest hit of his long career. The sixth instalment of a long-running franchise, Fallout grossed $791.1m at the worldwide box office.

Top Gun: Maverick Leading The Way At Box Office

While this was an excellent piece of business, Top Gun: Maverick has usurped these takings by a significant distance.

Even though Jurassic Park Dominion ($961,421,303) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($954,858,729) are close to reaching the $1 billion mark, the fact that Maverick is also still showing in the cinemas makes it unlikely that they will overtake them.

There was some scepticism over a Top Gun sequel being released 36 years on from the original, but audiences and critics alike have generally been in agreement as to the quality of Cruise’s latest star vehicle.

New betting sites are giving 4/5 on Top Gun: Maverick being the highest grossing film of the year, which seems like the most likely outcome at the moment.

Yet, there are a number of big releases between now and the end of the year that could well challenge Maverick’s credentials.

Return Of Avatar Series Imminent

Another sequel that is a long time coming, Avatar 2 (aka Avatar: The Way of Water) is slated for a December 16 release.

Even though this leaves it with a very short window in its bid to surpass Tom Gun: Maverick this year, it can’t immediately be discounted either.

The original Avatar became the highest grossing film of all-time upon its release in 2009 and while Avengers: Endgame eventually took its place a decade later, last year’s re-release of James Cameron’s science fiction epic in Chinese theatres saw it returning to top spot.

Cameron previously led box office sales for his Oscar-laden Titanic in the 1990s and 20th Century Studios are banking on the Canadian filmmaker producing the goods again.

The fact that it is being released during the holiday season – when cinema goers are known to flock to their local multiplexes in their droves – could well work in its favour.

With all that in mind, Paddy Power are giving odds of 6/4 on it being the highest earner of the year.

High Anticipation For Black Panther Sequel

Getting a few weeks head start on Avatar 2 will be another sequel – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

When Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther was released in the spring of 2018, it was hailed as a film of great cultural significance.

The first Marvel Studios film with a black director and a predominantly black cast, it grossed $1.35bn at the box office and also broke new ground by being the first superhero film to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards.

Interest in this sequel will be massive, though the sad passing of Chadwick Boseman (who portrayed the titular Black Panther in the original) means this sequel has been taken in a different direction to what was originally envisaged.

Having been a supporting part in the original, Letitia Wright’s Shuri is set for an expanded role in this sequel.

There seems little sign of audience fatigue with the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, but it is still an outside bet for highest grossing film at 8/1 with Betfair.

Although its predecessor performed modestly with a box office tally of $366m (off a budget that was reported to be between $80 and 100 million), Shazam! Fury of the Gods is expected to do good business upon its release.

However, the fact that it won’t hit cinemas until December 21 means it will have precious little time to challenge 2022’s biggest earners.

This is reflected in the odds of 25/1 being offered by betting apps.

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Dublin Senior Two Football Championship Round-Up (August 6): Dublingaa.ie – August 9 2022

GO AHEAD SENIOR 2 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND UP

St Brigid’s sent out a statement of intent at Drumnigh on Saturday evening as they recorded an emphatic 5-12 to 0-7 triumph over Trinity Gaels in Group Four of the Go Ahead Dublin Senior Two Football Championship.

Semi-finalists in the competition last year – narrowly losing out to Templeogue Synge Street in a tense encounter – the Russell Park outfit have their sights set on a return to the top-tier in 2023. Dublin SFC champions in 2003 and 2011, Brigid’s also contested county deciders in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2010.

Despite being away from home for their opening game of the campaign, they stormed into an early six-point lead (2-2 to 0-2) thanks to goals by Scott Daly and the ever-reliable Philip Ryan. Both Daly and Ryan rattled the net again before the opening period had drawn to a close and with midfielder Kevin Callaghan also finding the target, Brigid’s brought a 4-4 to 0-3 cushion into the interval.

Although the visitors possessed a seemingly unassailable lead, Cian McIntyre kept them motoring on the resumption with an impressive haul of 1-3. Dara Doyle, Conor Watt, Mark Donnelly and Mal Tighe also chipped in with a point apiece, but Brigid’s also had some strong performances at the opposite end of the pitch.

Former Dublin footballer Sean Murray (an All-Ireland medalist in 2011) and current Sky Blues U20 star Eoin Leen both produced excellent defensive displays to ensure the Trinity attack were kept at bay throughout.

In the group’s other game at Monastery Road on Saturday, St Sylvester’s came from behind to earn a 2-18 to 1-14 win at the expense of Round Tower Clondalkin. Having kicked the opening two points of the contest, Jay Joyce bagged a 37th-minute goal to edge Towers into a 1-10 to 0-12 lead.

However, Syls dug deep in the final-quarter to ensure their own campaign was kick-started in fine style.

In Group Two, St Vincent’s showed that they are hell-bent on an automatic return to the Senior One Championship by registering a convincing 3-15 to 0-10 victory against St Mary’s, Saggart at Pairc Naomh Uinsionn.

Gavin Burke got the ball rolling for Vins with an excellent point straight off the throw-in and the Marino men pushed on from that point. Further points followed through Nathan Mullins, Kalem O’Brien and Tomás Quinn to give the hosts a commanding 0-7 to 0-2 buffer during the early exchanges.

Nevertheless, Mary’s subsequently grew into the game with the free-taking of Eoin Murray and Blaine Kelly’s leadership helping them to reduce the deficit to a single point. Yet Vins kept their cool and brought a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage into the break following additional scores from Quinn and Cian Dunne.

It remained relatively tight in the initial stages of the second half, but Vincent’s were presented with an ideal opportunity to widen the gap when Dunne was fouled inside the square. Quinn stepped up to the plate and coolly dispatched a penalty to the Mary’s net.

This opened up the floodgates to a considerable extent with wing-forward Albert Martin and substitute Adam Giblin also raising green flags for the victors.

They are joined on two points at the summit of the table by Ballyboughal, who recorded a 2-6 to 1-6 win over Parnell’s at Chanel.

Parnell’s had enjoyed an extremely productive campaign in Division Three of the Go Ahead Adult Football Leagues, losing just one of the 15 games they played. The Coolock side were also previously unbeaten on home soil in 2022 and had designs on continuing this run at the weekend.

Adam Doyle’s fifth-minute goal made it the perfect start to the proceedings and even though Ballyboughal responded with a three-pointer of their own, scores from Sean McHugh, Alex Hutton and Stephen Duffy propelled them towards a 1-3 to 1-1 half-time lead.

Hutton and Duffy points kept the home team in the ascendancy on the restart, but Ballyboughal persevered with their challenge. Moments after Cillian Hunt had gotten their opponents back on level terms, they grabbed a late major that ultimately claimed the spoils in the end.

Despite being best known as a defender, Dublin senior footballer David Byrne showed he has an eye for goal in Naomh Olaf’s 3-17 to 2-7 success over St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in a Group One clash at Pairc Ui Bhriain on Saturday.

Thanks to a brace of palmed finishes from the two-time All Star nominee, the Sandyford side took an early stranglehold against their Navan Road counterparts. Former Ballymun Kickhams attacker Ted Furman kicked three first-half points on his championship bow with Plunkett’s, but it couldn’t prevent Olaf’s from bringing a 2-7 to 0-5 cushion into the break.

Former Footballer of the Year Bernard Brogan was introduced by the Plunkett’s management on the resumption and he certainly made a big impact. In addition to setting up a Furman goal straight from the restart, the seven-time Celtic Cross winner bagged a three-pointer of his own.

However, Olaf’s continued to play with real confidence and were never in danger of letting the game slip from their grasp. Supplementing Byrne’s two-goal haul, Eoin Foley (1-6), Luke Murphy (0-4) and Glenn Soraghan (0-3) all made telling contributions for Michael Bride’s charges.

Elsewhere in Group One, Naomh Mearnog played out a 1-16 to 2-13 draw with St Pat’s, Donabate in Portmarnock.

After Stephen Dempsey and Ollie Brooks had posted fine early points, Niall Collins fired home a goal to give Pat’s a 1-4 to 0-5 lead on 13 minutes. Mearnog did respond with a major of their own, but the combined forces of Dempsey, Brooks and Collins enabled Pat’s to establish a 1-10 to 1-7 buffer at the midway stage in the action.

They remained on course for victory for much of the second half, but four points without reply from Mearnog in the closing moments meant they had to be content with a share of the spoils.

Meanwhile, Fingallians squeezed past the stern challenge of Erin’s Isle with a single point to spare (0-14 to 1-10) in a tense Group Three showdown at Lawless Park. It was also a successful first day out for Naomh Maur in Bohernabreena as they came away with a 3-19 to 1-19 win over St Anne’s.

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Dublin Senior Two Football Championship Group One: Naomh Olaf V St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh – The Evening Herald – August 9 2022

Brace of goals by Dublin defender David Byrne inspire Olaf’s to championship win against Plunkett’s

Dublin SFC2 Group 1

Daire Walsh

Dublin senior footballer David Byrne struck a brace of goals at Páirc Uí Bhriain on Saturday evening as Naomh Olaf got their Dublin SFC2 Group One campaign off to a flying start against St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh.

Fresh from another season of inter-county fare with the Sky Blues, Byrne was a prominent figure throughout for the Sandyford side.

Eoin Foley (1-6) and Luke Murphy (0-4) also notched impressive scoring tallies on a day when Olaf’s issued a clear message of intent for this year’s second-tier competition.

A recent arrival from Ballymun Kickhams, former Dublin underage star Ted Furman registered 1-3 on his championship bow for Plunkett’s.

Seven-time Celtic Cross winner Bernard Brogan also added 1-1 off the bench but, despite the best efforts of current inter-county footballer Seán Bugler, the Navan Road men were second best to the hosts on the night.

Relegated from the Senior 1 championship at the end of 2021, Plunkett’s hit the ground running on Saturday via a point from Furman with just 20 seconds gone on the clock.

Donning the number six jersey and a bandage on his knee, Byrne began the contest in the inside forward line for the home team.

He drifted out the field as the action progressed, but was on hand to flick home Mark Doyle’s audacious crossfield delivery for a second-minute goal. Despite this setback, Plunkett’s responded with points from Furman and Darragh Brogan.

The visitors had a number of missed opportunities subsequent to this short scoring burst, however, and the more economical Olaf’s attack punished them inside the second quarter.

Thanks to four points without reply in as many minutes courtesy of Foley (two), Oisin Hills and Murphy, the southsiders took a firm stranglehold on the proceedings.

Furman and marauding corner-back Conor Tyrell found the range for Plunkett’s either side of another Murphy point, but Olaf’s enjoyed an explosive end to the opening period.

Byrne was showcasing a predatory instinct in front of the posts and he palmed to the net for a second goal on 29 minutes.

There was enough time left on the clock for Dan Levelle and Murphy to add further Olaf’s points and ultimately propel their side towards a 2-7 to 0-5 interval buffer.

Having already introduced Cillian Hayes in the first half, the Plunkett’s management added Tye Adamson and Bernard Brogan to the mix on the restart.

Brogan made an immediate impact, setting up Furman for a simple finish to the net a mere 18 seconds after the resumption.

This looked set to add fresh life to the game, but the clinical Foley cancelled out this score in lightning quick time.

After an attempt at a point had rattled the woodwork, the club dual star gathered the loose ball and fired emphatically beyond the reach of Gavin Broughan.

This opened the floodgates once again with Foley (three), Murphy and Glenn Soraghan (two) contributing unanswered points.

Plunkett’s were now left with an uphill task, but following excellent build-up work from Irnel Popa, Bernard Brogan registered the fifth goal of the game.

Yet this was only a temporary speed bump for Olaf’s, who went on to add points from Cian De Burca, Colin Doyle and Soraghan.

Substitutes Brogan and Niall Walsh raised white flags for Plunkett’s inside the final quarter, before a final score from Foley rounded off a commanding Naomh Olaf win.

This was a poignant victory for Olaf’s manager Michael Brides, who was previously an Oliver Plunkett’s stalwart.

Although he is a former Cavan footballer, Brides featured for the Navan Road side in their Dublin SFC final defeats to Kilmacud Crokes and St Brigid’s in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

Bernard Brogan and Gareth ‘Nesty’ Smith (who has also represented Cavan at inter-county level) are survivors from this era and will be hoping to get Plunkett’s back on track in their remaining group games against Naomh Mearnog and St Pat’s, Donabate.

From an Olaf’s perspective, they will be aiming to build on what was an accomplished opening-round display.

Match file

Scorers – Naomh Olaf: E Foley 1-6 (0-2f); D Byrne 2-0; L Murphy 0-4; G Soraghan 0-3 (1f); O Hills, C Doyle, D Levelle, C De Burca 0-1 each.
St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh: T Furman 1-3; B Brogan 1-1 (0-1f); C Tyrell, D Brogan, N Walsh 0-1 each.

NAOMH OLAF: R O’Donovan; S Mulvaney, L Doran, C Waters; C McInerney, M Doyle, O Hills; C Doyle, J Feehan; D Levelle, L Murphy, C De Burca; G Soraghan, D Byrne, E Foley. Subs: C Brady for Mulvaney (45), D Byrne for Levelle (51), F McLoughlin for McInerney (56), S O’Driscoll for Waters, S Whyte for Murphy (both 59).

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT’S/EOGHAN RUADH: G Broughan; C Tyrell, J O’Donoghue, A Mulligan; T Cullen, D Lally, S Bugler; C Bresnan, B O’Sullivan; D Brogan, I Popa, S Dunne; G Ryan, G Smith, T Furman. Subs: C Hayes for Lally (22), T Adamson for D Brogan, B Brogan for Ryan (both h-t), N Walsh for Smith (44), M Popa for Furman (52).

MENTORS – Naomh Olaf: Michael Brides, Joe Nolan, John O’Brien, Alan O’Sullivan, Cathal Soraghan, Paul Sullivan. St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh: Terry O’Brien, Ken O’Doherty, Sean Sweeney, Niall Young.

Referee: Ciaran Reilly (Na Fianna).

WIDES – Naomh Olaf: 3 (2+1). St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh: 13 (6+7).

CONDITIONS: Dry and bright.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Eoin Foley (Naomh Olaf).

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