Munster and Connacht Regional Development Officer Phil Oakley added Twitter-diplomacy skills to his repertoire on New Year’s Eve. He was credited as the source of an olive branch being extended by Lance Armstrong and Paul Kimmage, the journalist who spent much of his career endeavouring to reveal the American’s drug-using past.
It started with a simple request:
— Phil Oakley (@philipoakley) December 31, 2013
Kimmage’s response was polite in turning down his offer, suggesting this chapter in his life was now closed
— Paul Kimmage (@PaulKimmage) December 31, 2013
But Armstrong, who previously suggested Kimmage was “not worth the chair he was sitting on”, offered his best wishes for the season
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) December 31, 2013
Newpark and Avoca’s golden age
Francis Foyle, a teacher formerly at Newpark and now with Dundalk GS, has compiled a superb collection of photos, newspaper cuttings and programme notes from Newpark’s maiden All-Ireland Schoolboy winning season in 1997 and their subsequent run to a European silver medal.
Similarly, there are cuttings from Avoca’s run to the 1996 Irish Senior Cup title including a great piece from Johnny Watterson from the Sunday Tribune about his unique journey from West Belfast’s GAA fields to Newtownpark Avenue.
It’s a magic archive and certainly worth scrolling through the 21 web-pages for anyone associated with the school or club.
Goal of the month?
There were so many great moments in the men’s Junior World Cup; here’s our favourite, one for lovers of upright reverse-stick volleys and sheer bloody mindedness.
The best 13 seconds of indoor goalkeeping… ever
It’s indoor season around Europe which gives us an excuse to play this clip of Tim Jessulat being an absolute boss for Club an der Alster against Harvestehuder THC.
As a minority sport, it is hard sometimes to get too much in-depth coverage out there. Simply providing the match reports and the relevant interviews find it hard to get a space even on the most dedicated website or newspaper.
Push Hockey Magazine in England is one such source for more thoughtful and lengthy articles; Hockey.nl’s printed version provides a superb monthly outlet, too, with regular discussions between hockey’s top stars and their counter-parts in football, skating and so on.
To this end, though, Self-Pass is providing some very interesting content. Run by Bernardo Fernandes – a Portuguese international currently coaching in the Netherlands – the site has a number of different voices including Belgian performance analyst John Bessell and clinical psychologist Annemieke Zijerveld.
Goalkeeper Dan Grim, meanwhile, provided this particularly interesting perspective on what makes a top net-minder.