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Things are Grand on Craggy Isle

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5th December 2008

O'Connell Monument - DublinI know, highly anticipated and long awaited. I do apologize to those of you who have been disgruntled by my lack of updating on my hockey experience in Ireland, but I promise, I have been busy and have only small gaps in my day to have a quick scratch or ponder if life could get any better? Sorry, I’m clearly lying, but, I have been distracted, and I’m laying all the blame straight on the bloody credit crunch. Much of my attention since the last time I wrote, has been on trying to establish a type of life which means finding work for both Jimmy and myself which could see us looking for another place to live. I’m still working my 14 hours a week coaching job at the Local Girls School, Alexandria College. The work is easy and fun, the girls are very focused on playing hockey and that makes a lot of difference.

Moving on, a lot has transpired in terms of the way the club operates, and I have to say, im still impressed with the player mentality and professionalism, and the ability for most guys to hold a pint or two! As you can see our season is in full swing at this point and we are trailing around the mid table, thanks largely to some fundamental errors which caused massive swings in games. Our 1st game, away to Fingal seems so long ago, we blew a 2-0 half time lead against them and lost 5-3. Against (a very dirty and umpire influencing) Glenanne we were leading 3-1 at some stage in the second half and they came back to draw 3-3, because we decided to try and defend the game out and kept throwing overheads and giving it straight back to them. We Lost 1-0 to Railway which was totally unexpected, we couldn’t scored and fair play to them, they defended the circle with ‘The Great Wall’ of strikers, and with total organization and efficiency, we panicked, we were afraid of what a loss would do to us… Pure signs of a team not ready to take on a top 4 spot in the league. We played a good tough game against Three Rock Rovers, who had just returned from France after qualifying for the next round of the European Hockey League. Against Three Rock I returned to the field where I played my first game in Ireland.

Leinster Division 1 (Men)


Home


Away






Pl


W


D


L


GF


GA


W


D


L


GF


GA


GD


Points



1


Three Rock Rovers


6


3


0


0


9


2


2


1


0


8


3


12


16



2


Pembroke Wanderers


6


3


1


0


19


4


1


1


0


5


2


18


14



3


Glenanne


7


2


1


0


6


3


2


1


1


12


9


6


14



4


Fingal


7


2


1


1


9


7


2


1


0


6


3


5


14



5


Monkstown


6


1


2


0


4


3


2


1


0


10


1


10


12



6


Corinthian


7


2


1


0


11


5


0


0


4


5


10


1


7



7


Railway Union


6


1


0


2


4


8


0


1


2


4


11


-11


4



8


Y.M.C.A.


6


1


0


2


4


10


0


0


3


3


10


-13


3



9


Kilkenny


7


1


0


2


6


9


0


0


4


4


21


-20


3



10


University College Dublin


4


0


0


2


2


7


0


0


2


1


4


-8


0



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This day was different, I was fitter, more focused I knew my right midfielders name, what sort of drink he liked and that he was once a European Trick champion with a hockey stick when he was fourteen. WE lost 2-1, but I think the day will be more remembered as a day where The Three Rock Hockey Turf saw more rain in 70mins than Tamworth has since moses played fullback.

Sunday morning Fitness – Hung over or Still Drunk?? After the match we headed upstairs to the Three Rock Clubhouse, a nice setup with Guinness on tap, they supplied food as well, and as we sat there chatting with the dudes from their team we watched their game from the EHL on TV it was quite surreal, this was professional TV and that guy who just burned some dude from the Spanish International Team, just heard my story about a mate I know who once got hit in the balls with a hockey ball : )

Post match Guinness’s with the boys Our team has been through some high and lows already this season, for one thing, we haven’t lost at home yet! And we are still very motivated and training hard. Im definitely fitter than ever at the moment, so the Guinness’s haven’t affected me yet. In the past 2 weeks we haven’t played a game because teams are allowed to postpone games due to international players not being available or other totally ridiculous reasons for not playing a game. But during this break we have gained a new player, Andrew Cronje, a solid defender who played for South Africa at the Beijing Olympics. His inclusion to the team has added a new spark to the team and brought a great deal more professionalism, Its Nice.

Well, we now have 5 games left till Christmas which includes one cup match and we are hoping to gain a lot of crucial points to try and climb the ladder before the break. Over Christmas we are heading back to the UK and then off to Prague for New Years.

So, hope Australia and Sydney or wherever you are is doing you fine; things are a “grand” on Craggy Isle, Eire.

Sam

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