A quick sporting bulletin June 12, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in Sports.
Not much happens usually at this time of year. It’s before the GAA really gets going, the football is over, the rugby tours have ended … or so we thought ! There’s loads of sports happening all over the place and I thought the following stories made for interesting reading …
Trevor Brennan, who I am not a fan of, has had his lifetime ban reduced by an independent appeals committee. He will now, from 1st June 2007, serve a 5 year ban from rugby of any sort, either playing or coaching. He also cannot participate in any capacity in the European Cup, as it was in this tournament that he entered the crowd and repeatedly beat a “fan”.
Elsewhere it appears that David Beckham will, after all, go to LA Galaxy at the end of the Spanish season. There had been some doubt about the move with Real Madrid anxious to keep him after improved recent performances and a reappearance in England colours. Manchester United should never have let him go but I guess Alex Ferguson and a flying size 10 boot thought otherwise. LA Galaxy, as it happens, are managed by good old Alexei Lalas (remember him ?).
Golf wise (remembering I am obsessed with golf), the Howler – David Howell – has had to pull out of this week’s US Open at Oakmont because of a wrist injury. He will be replaced by first alternative Luke List, who while still a senior in college, is making his 3rd US Open start !
The European U-21 Championships have started in Holland, with England drawing with the Czechs in their first match. Leroy Lita missed a penalty in the final minutes for England. Only 8 teams have made it through to the finals with some great matches in prospect.
Congratulations to David Gillick, who set a new Irish 400m record in Geneva this weekend, while preparing for the World Athletics Championships. They will be held in Osaka, Japan, later in the year. Gillick is the European indoor 400m champion at the moment, so hopefully he and other hopefuls like Derbhal O’Rourke and Joanne Cuddihy can do us proud.
And finally our thoughts are with the family of ex-Derry GAA manager Eamonn Coleman, who passed away this week. Coleman was Derry’s manager when they made the All-Ireland breakthrough in 1993.