THIS weekend, two small clubs from Armagh and Tyrone will line out in Croke Park for their All Ireland final. Middletown in the junior hurling and Derrytresk (ahem) in the junior football. I’ll get the famous schemozzle out of the way first.
I have viewed it now about 30 times and I really feel you’d need to have a heart of stone not to watch it without laughing.
I have particular time for the mentor, selector, coach, fella in the blue coat on the sideline with the clipboard in his hand. Attacked from behind, in front and from the side and giving as good as he got all the while, he managed at no stage to lose his grip on the clipboard.
I’d love to know what was written on that clipboard that warranted such steely never say die resolve to hold on or die.
What secrets of Derrytresk were scribbled on that clipboard that no amount of thumping was going to remove?
Here we have a gentleman who could have doubled his fighting capacity (and probably his suspension) in one fell swoop had he thrown caution to the wind, let the aul clipboard fall and fire out a few hay-makers purely in self defence.
But the clipboard survived unscathed and hopefully will get a run-out on Sunday on the hallowed turf itself.
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