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Lakers looking forward to double-header after Demons defeat

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by Enda Walshe

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s will have a double-header this weekend as they look to bounce back from a narrow defeat at the hands of the UCC Demons in the Mardyke Arena on Sunday.

While losing is always disappointing, it was an excellent showing against a seasoned and experienced side who are currently top of the league.

It all started so well with Godwin Boahen quickly into his stride and at the end of the first quarter the Lakers had a thirteen-point lead (27-14).

The second quarter belonged to Blue Demons as they fired in 36 points. Former Laker Toby Christensen was red hot and Tala Fam Thiam was starting to find his feet too. Fourteen points was what the Lakers mustered up in response to the Demons blitz as the lead had changed hands by the half (50-41).

The third quarter saw the Lakers put in an excellent shift, limiting the Demons to 14 points and gathering 19 of their own. However, try as they might in the final quarter, the Lakers couldn't get their noses in front.

A big factor in the game at this stage was the foul count as three Lakers fouled out amid some debatable decisions. This served to halt any momentum generated and Demons ran out 96-86 winners.

Top scorers for the Lakers were Godwin Boahen with a game high 37, Emilian Grudov with 13 and Senan O’Leary with 11. Toby Christensen checked out with 36 points, Tala Fam Thiam had 23 and Ryan Murphy and Stefan Manojlovic had 10 each.

Lakers coach Jarlath Lee felt the team had a collective disappointment over the result, a sign of the progress they've made this season. He also was left to rue the amount of points Demons gathered from the charity stripe.

“Going down by 10 points to the league leaders, a seasoned team, has left us deeply disappointed,” he said. “We had two good quarters, the first and the third. The second went a bit scrappy while the fourth left us frustrated at some of the referees calls. But aside from that we know we can do better.

"We have two games next weekend, two games we’re targeting for two wins. We are a strong team and we’ll be looking to return to winning ways in front of our own fans on Saturday night.”

On Saturday the Lakers welcome the Portlaoise Panthers to the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre with a 7.30 tip-off.

They then take to the road Sunday morning then when they travel to the Barrow Centre in Carlow to take on the natives who will be a formidable opponent. Tip-off is at 3pm and the game will likely be streamed live on the IT Carlow Basketball Facebook page.

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Glorious weather for Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships

It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough […]

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It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough Bay on Lough Lein.

Hundreds flocked to the Valley shore to see the coastal clubs of Kerry race in crews from Under 12 to Masters. As well as clubs from around the Ring of Kerry, there was a strong representation from the Killarney clubs with the Workmen, Commercials and Fossa wearing their colours with pride. The atmosphere, colour, fun and fierce competition produced a spectacular day that will live long in the memory.

The event was opened by the Councillor John O’Donoghue, vice chair of the Killarney Municipal District who congratulated Flesk Valley on their centenary, which occurred during 1920, and wished all of the clubs a successful day’s racing.

The first race was preceded by a special blessing of the boats by Fr Eugene McGillycuddy, who also remembered Brendan Teahan of Cromane Rowing Club in his prayers.

Afterwards John Fleming, chair of Flesk Valley, expressed his immense pride and satisfaction with the success of the regatta.

“It’s our first time ever hosting a regatta, but we wanted to do something special to mark our 102 years in existence,” he said.

“It was a lot of work, but we have a fantastic hard-working committee in Flesk Valley who really pulled out all the stops to make it happen, and we received fantastic support from our members, parents, other clubs and local businesses.”

John also thanked the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association, in particular Mary B Teahan and Andrew Wharton, and the staff of the Killarney National Park for all their support and encouragement in hosting this event.

This was a qualifying event and the Kerry clubs will be heading to Wexford next weekend to complete for honours at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

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Live referee mics should be the norm – swearing concerns be damned

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by Adam Moynihan

I was disappointed to learn that the GAA are preventing TG4 from using their live referee mic in this Sunday’s Wexford hurling final.

(And not just because I had already written an article saying how great live referee mics are and how they are sure to be implemented across the board. Ctrl + A. Delete.)

TG4’s GAA coverage is superb and they raised the bar once again when they mic’d up referee John O’Halloran for the Kerry hurling final between Causeway and Ballyduff.

Pinning a microphone on the referee is standard practice in televised rugby and judging by the positive response to Gaelic games’ first foray into this territory, I was expecting it to become the norm.

It still might but, explaining their decision to The 42, the GAA said that they were not aware beforehand of the ref mic being trialled in Stack Park on Sunday.

“They believe such a development will require more discussion and education if it is to be implemented on a more regular basis in live TV coverage and could possibly need a policy change,” Fintan O’Toole reported.

The image of the Association is surely the primary concern here.

Players and managers – usually the worst behaved participants when it comes to things like swearing – will be among those who get “educated” on the subject. Some verbal abuse that might otherwise be muted for television viewers will, in all likelihood, be picked up by the referee’s microphone. You would imagine that the teams involved will be reminded of this the week of a televised game.

It also makes sense from Croke Park’s point of view to speak to referees and give them guidance on how to conduct themselves when the mic is on.

In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if senior GAA figures are currently fretting over the possibility of an agitated ref making headlines for something they say in the heat of the moment. And make no mistake about it, some match officials can eff and jeff with the best of them.

A friend of mine (a Wexford man, funnily enough) recalls an incident when a teammate was unceremoniously taken out of it by an opponent.

“Ah ref, for f***’s sake!” the victim complained.

“I gave you the f***ing free,” the referee replied. “What do you want me to do, slap him in the face with a wet fish?!”

The GAA might think that a referee swearing like that would leave all of us red-faced. In reality the clip would be a viral sensation and the general public would probably call for the official in question to run for Áras an Uachtárain. (He’d get my ****ing vote.)

The odd swear word from someone involved is bound to sneak through every now and then but you’d hear the same – and plenty more – at any match you attend from Cahersiveen to County Antrim.

Implementing the referee mic on a wider scale is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. It doesn’t appear to take a huge amount of effort or expense for the broadcaster to set it up and, more importantly, it offers a wonderful insight into the unknown.

Listening to referees explain their decisions in real time will clear a lot of things up for commentators, analysts and the media. We will no longer have to speculate about what they did or did not see, or what specific rule is being cited, or why.

Viewers, especially those who might be casual followers of the sport, will appreciate it too and become more educated; I know that’s how I feel when I watch rugby, for example.

It just leads to greater transparency and understanding.

Well done to TG4 and the Kerry County Board for being the pioneers. I’m sure others will follow their lead – as soon as the GAA allow them to do so.

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