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Dublin vs Galway 2018 – TV ™GAA Football™, ALL Ireland

After comfortably topping their group in the maiden season of the Super 8s, Dublin face a Galway side looking for their first Senior All-Ireland since 2001. With Croke Park likely to be packed with supporters from both sides, tickets won’t be easy to come by.

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For the ninth year in a row, SuperValu is supporting local clubs and promoting family fitness with its “Behind the Ball” campaign. It will be giving out 55,000 footballs to clubs as part of this year’s campaign. SuperValu stores throughout Ireland will be giving shoppers the chance to collect the official #BehindTheBall tokens for nine weeks and use them to help your local club.

It is also encouraging families and children to get more active with its Take Ten initiative as part of their mission to tackle childhood obesity. That’s why it has teamed up with GAA stars to create “Take Ten” fitness videos that are designed to encourage families to do 10-minute bursts of exercise together.

The question has been asked and repeated over and over since the weekend – can any of the three teams left defeat Dublin, or will it be a strolling procession to a fourth All-Ireland title in a row?

Dublin have got the players, the form, and the expectation to waltz through the final two games and claim what many feel is rightfully theirs.

One glance at the betting odds for this Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Galway says it all – the Connacht champions are a 6/1 outside shot in a two-horse race.

While the odds aren’t so astronomical as the Roscommon game on Sunday, it still looks an absolutely mighty task for Kevin Walsh’s men.

And yet, that may be exactly how they want it.

Galway were outplayed in Salthill on Saturday by Monaghan, of that there can be no doubt.

There was very little intensity in how they got after the ball. They seemed overly content to allow Monaghan possession and shied away from most contests.

Walsh conceded that the Ulster side were the better team on the day, but is it because they were a spent force, or that they were holding back?

Walsh did not make the sweeping changes to his side that Jim Gavin did, but a lot of his players looked to be trotting half-pace throughout the game. Perhaps, with one eye on next week and safe in the knowledge that they would likely have to beat Dublin at some stage in the Championship, Walsh allowed his players to take the foot off the gas.

Similarly, those that will be expected to start for the Dubs that took to the field against Roscommon did so at a reduced tilt. Cian O’Sullivan lasted just a half, John Small not much longer. James McCarthy came on in the second half and was visibly minding himself throughout his display.

It was a jog out, akin to a challenge match, except Dublin also had the strength in depth to make sweeping changes and have it pay off.

Monaghan vs Tyrone 2018 – TV ™GAA Football™, ALL Ireland

Date: Sunday 12 August Throw-in: 15:30 BST Venue: Croke Park, Dublin

Padraig Hampsey says Tyrone are learning as they win and showing heart as they attempt to

reach a first All-Ireland SFC final in 10 years.

A marked feature of their run to Sunday’s semi-final with Monaghan has been their strong final-quarter push, as in last week’s win over Donegal.

“We have dug deep and ground out results which maybe in recent years we wouldn’t have got,” Hampsey stated.

Tyrone have lost their last four semi-finals in 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Monaghan have not reached the semi-final stage in 30 years but went unbeaten in their Super 8s group and impressed in the last two outings against Kerry and Galway.

Likewise, Tyrone earned plaudits for their narrow defeat by All-Ireland champions Dublin in Omagh before ending Donegal’s eight-year unbeaten home record in Ballybofey to advance to the last-four showdown in Croke Park.

After four qualifier games, most notably a first round extra-time win over Meath when they came within a few seconds of crashing out before Cathal McShane’s last gasp equaliser

It seems incredible that Rory Beggan and Niall Morgan could have such an influence on Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final, but such is the way of the modern game and the quality of these two goalkeepers.

Monaghan and Tyrone are two evenly matched teams, and if you offered either manager this fixture at the start of the season for a place in the All-Ireland final, they would have bitten your hand off.

Many observers see this as a 50/50 game, and I can’t see there being more than a score between the sides at the full-time whistle, which means the influence of the men between the sticks is crucial.

All season Malachy O’Rourke’s men have dominated possession, the foundation for their run to the last four.

, Tyrone have developed into a compelling force.

Quality players like Lee Brennan and Kieran McGeary are unleashed into games late on as the ‘finishers’ and they are making memorable impacts. Tyrone’s bench contributed 4-11 in the Super 8s series including 2-5 against Donegal.

“We have a deadly connection,” says midfielder Hampsey.

“We’ve been on the road for a few weeks through the back door and built up a good team bond going away to different places and it’s started to show.

“We are enjoying this journey and we’ve shown a bit of heart throughout the campaign.”

Monaghan produced a sparkling display to beat Tyrone in the Ulster championship opener in Omagh in May.

Hampsey says: “It was a battle, conditions were tough and it was wet but Monaghan are a well-drilled side and they deserved it”.

“They are physically strong and they’re a dogged side but this will be a new experience, playing an Ulster side in an All-Ireland semi-final and it is one to look forward to.”

We saw it in Omagh in their Ulster clash this season with Beggan finding team-mates repeatedly. As well as that, his place-kicking is simply artwork, making long distance frees look almost routine.

Niall Morgan (below) had one poor kick-out last weekend against Donegal which was severely punished when Michael Murphy blasted to the net, but apart from that mishap, was superb and major reason why Tyrone dominated the second half. They pretty much had certain possession of their restarts.

Both keepers can pick targets out from 50 or 60 metres out and can create attacks further up the pitch, which puts opposition immediately on the back-foot.

Tyrone have tended not to push up on opposition kick-outs in the past, but this is something i would like to see change and put Beggan under pressure. They must attempt to turn Monaghan over on their own restarts.

Much has been made of Tyrone’s tally of 2-05 from the bench against Donegal, but I don’t see many changes in personnel.

The full-forward line is probably the one area that didn’t perform like Tyrone would have hoped for, but had been fairly consistent up to that point.

Conor Meyler looks likely to miss out after picking up an injury, but at most I would see only two changes.

Kieran McGeary has been superb in the last few weeks and brings a serious amount of energy and drive to the half-back and half-forward line, while Lee Brennan’s four points after his introduction will see him pushing for a spot.

He is also the best free-taker in the county in my opinion and that will give management more to mull over.

Some players however are better suited to coming into a game than others. Brennan still doesn’t have much football under his belt and could be better served as an impact sub if the game opens up a bit, his fresh legs could open up the Monaghan defence. Richie Donnelly for example is someone who I think would be better utilised from the start rather than later in the game.

You take Dublin out of it, Tyrone have the strongest panel in the country, with a lot of players in and around a similar standard.

What they lack is perhaps an out-and-out superstar like the other teams have.

Monaghan seem to have improved all season in getting quicker service into Conor McManus (above). He received a lot of credit in the Ulster win over Tyrone, but up until the last five minutes, Ronan McNamee held him fairly well.

Against Fermanagh it was s similar story, but the delivery has improved since then and the challenge for Monaghan is to continue that.

McManus is likely to make a lot of runs to drag Colm Cavanagh out of the sweeper position and leave openings for others, and that is an aspect of his game that is under-appreciated.

He doesn’t have to score to influence a game, even though he is one of the most lethal finishers in the business.

2018 World University Canoe Sprint Championship – TV ™FISU

Hungary, considered by many to be the unofficial world home of canoe sprint, will later this year host the 2018 FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championships in Szolnok, Hungary.

The organising committee believes the August 10-12th event will be memorable for athletes, officials and spectators.

Competition will be held on the Tisza River, about two kilometres south of Szolnok. There will be men’s 200, 500 and 1000 metre races in K1, K2, K4, C1, C2 and C4 boats.

Women will contest 200 and 500 metre races in C1 and C2, as well as K1, K2 and K4.

The World University Championships began in 1963, a single-sport competition held every two years around the world. This year there will be 34 stand-alone World University Championships, including canoe sprint in Szolnok.

Canoe sprint made its World University Championships debut in 1998 in Zagreb, Croatia, and has been at every Championships since 2008, when the event was held in Belgrade.

In 1998 the Hungarian team took six medals, five silver and one bronze, ranking first in the number of medals taken, ahead of Poland and Romania.

The second edition of the World University Championship was held in Bari, Italy, with sixteen countries and 125 male and 35 female athletes taking part.

After a short hiatus, canoe sprint returned to the program in 2008 in Belgrade with a record number of countries competing, a record that was matched two years later in Poznan, Poland, with 23 participating countries and 190 competitors.

The international University Sports Federation (FISU) organise a series of World University Championships (WUCs) in even-numbered years.

Entries are by nation of birth (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), and students need not necessarily be studying in the UK or competing in the BUCS domestic programme.

Entries to World University Championships are made by BUCS on behalf of Great Britain & NI, supported by the National Governing Bodies of sport in Great Britain, and the level of performance will dovetail with NGB World Class performance pathways.

If you are interested in being considered for the Great Britain Team attending the World University Canoe Sprint Championships click on the link to the left of this page for further information on the event.

2018 World University Rowing Championships – TV ™FISU

USRowing has announced the initial roster of athletes who will represent the United States at the 2018 World University Rowing Championship in Shanghai, China. The competition will take place August 10-12. Athletes selected will train in Ypsilanti, Mich., reporting after their respective collegiate seasons end.

Both the men and women will contest eight events at the 2018 World University Rowing Championships including the eight, four, pair, double sculls, single sculls, lightweight four, lightweight double sculls, and lightweight single sculls. To be eligible, athletes must be 25 or under and pursuing a degree. This group represents the first selected athletes, with men’s coach Gregg Hartsuff and women’s coach Kemp Savage still having 13 and 15 seats to fill, respectively.

“Kemp and I have been reviewing and interviewing applicants for the past few months,” said Hartsuff. “We have to make selections carefully because the timeline set by FISU is quite a bit earlier than other international events; and therefore, trials are difficult to implement for the small boats during the academic year.”

Hartsuff said invitations have gone out to several more athletes, and the coaches are waiting until the under 23 application and selection process is complete before finalizing the WUC roster, as many applicants are under consideration for both. Hartsuff also emphasized that athletes who have aged out of under 23 eligibility, including graduate students, are eligible candidates for WUC.

“We want the most talented athlete pool possible and to win multiple medals at the WUC,” Hartsuff said. “Right now, the eights are our priority events. We have plenty of athletes who have applied, and those who have been accepted, with only a few exceptions, have met the ergometer score standards we have set forth. While we will accept applications until the under 23 team has been selected, new applicants should be under 6:10 for men and 7:10 for women to be seriously considered.”

In line with Articles 1.5 and 1.6 of the FISU Regulations and in addition to the conditions laid out in the FISA Rules of Racing (Rule 16), any member federation that has membership of FISU may take part in the World Rowing University Rowing Championships or the Universiades. A federation that is not affiliated to FISU but that is affiliated to FISA may participate in the Championships.

To take part in a FISU regatta, competitors must satisfy the following conditions:
a) Be a national of the country they represent;
b) Be at least 17 and less than 25 years of age on January 1st in the year of the event;
c) Be officially registered for and pursuing a full time course of study at a university or similar institute whose status as a university is recognized by the appropriate national academic authority of their country;
d) Be former students of the institutions mentioned in c) above who have obtained their academic degree or diploma in the year preceding the event.
e) In countries with fewer than 2,000,000 inhabitants or having fewer than 5,000 University students, students attending technical or secondary schools may participate in the Championships or Universiades, provided that they have been attending their educational institutions for at least two (2) years. Countries wishing to take advantage of this concession must submit an application to the FISU Executive Committee at least six (6) months before the scheduled start of the event. Such an application must be supported by documents endorsed by the appropriate State or National Academic Authorities.