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Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:28 pm
by Dave
Dublin4 wrote:Never did women's hockey deserve a good run as much as this team did.
The IRFU has invested years now in trying to manufacture a new sport,namely women's rugby.
They have quietly attempted to cannibalise women's hockey in this cause, stealing players and upsetting the sources that nurture that sport. That's a sport that has a century or more of catering for the sporting needs of many young women who share the demographic that the IRFU aims at north and south.

So I am delighted that women's hockey has got a shot in the arm. Now clear off with your fake sport.


Stealing players? I wonder how many of the irish pack were "stolen" from hockey? I suppose the fairer sex can't be allowed to make up their own minds.

It's ironic considering a D4-Donnybrook crowd hurled bodyshaming abuse at some of our women. It must be the culture down there. Sexism seems rife. Rugby is for a variety of shapes and sizes. Never forget that. Time to move on, dinosaur.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:56 pm
by Rooster
There was an over 50 tournament that ran alongside the hockey world cup and the Irish side won it.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:57 am
by big mervyn
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:00 am
by armalig
BaggyTrousers wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
BaggyTrousers wrote:Gallant British Lads as expected, well-done Ladies I suppose. I see none of you experts mentioned that they were annihilated Love - six, so as I had suggested their presence in the final ruined it as a contest, oh well, sure the boggers are happy, that's all that counts.

I assume that hockey will now vanish back to whence it came, the administrators likely to be as effective in capitalising on this rare period in the sun as Mike Reid was when Ulster won the ERC.

Seems that Engerland had engineered an easy wee route to the final and then Ireland hijacked it.


Oh well, that's different, well done girls. :lol:


:D great to have you on board El Baggio :lol:

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:01 am
by WeeWorld
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


One of whom was was a big lad named Mervyn by any chance? :lol:

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:15 am
by big mervyn
WeeWorld wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


One of whom was was a big lad named Mervyn by any chance? :lol:

Not me WW!

So the hockey girls are the first Ireland team to reach a world final apart from Snooker (4 times) Golf (3 times), Elephant Polo and rowing. The Beeb were still trotting this out yesterday.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:16 am
by BaggyTrousers
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off ofSky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


Really Merv? "Off of", FFFS pal I'd never have expected you to come out with that. "Off" or "From" would suffice.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:34 am
by armalig
big mervyn wrote:
WeeWorld wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


One of whom was was a big lad named Mervyn by any chance? :lol:

Not me WW!

So the hockey girls are the first Ireland team to reach a world final apart from Snooker (4 times) Golf (3 times), Elephant Polo and rowing. The Beeb were still trotting this out yesterday.


not sure of beeb ....... but RTE clarified it several times ie first Ireland "field sports " team to make world finals .

(Golf has a `manicured course` some might argue its a field but not many cow herds dandering about I suppose ? ..not sure what Elephant polo has mindu ..wud have thought it was field and a damn large one at that with tele-handler +scoop parked up on touchline :lol: )

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:05 pm
by Liz Fraser
First hockey game I have ever watched.
6 fecken nil.
That'll learn me.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:05 pm
by big mervyn
BaggyTrousers wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off ofSky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


Really Merv? "Off of", FFFS pal I'd never have expected you to come out with that. "Off" or "From" would suffice.

I attempting to use the vernacular in an ironic sense Baggy. :D

Now that hockey is done and dusted for the foreseeable, what little watched sport are we going to latch onto next?

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:44 pm
by Jackie Brown
big mervyn wrote:
BaggyTrousers wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off ofSky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


Really Merv? "Off of", FFFS pal I'd never have expected you to come out with that. "Off" or "From" would suffice.

I attempting to use the vernacular in an ironic sense Baggy. :D

Now that hockey is done and dusted for the foreseeable, what little watched sport are we going to latch onto next?
Rugby Football at Ravenhill

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Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:07 pm
by armalig
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.



Only in Ireland !! U gotta love these lads ambition …

The Ireland World Elephant Polo team was captained by Graham Little from Enniskillen. (AND Sky Sports)
Riding alongside Little were his brother, Warren, Justin ‘The Scoop’ Woods, Michael Loughman, Colin Carroll and Graham ‘Slippy’ Smith.

Little met Carroll - an adventurer who once broke his back in a surfing accident and made a full recovery - in Zagreb in 2004. Carroll's website states that the pair shared a unique desire to be Irish champions in just about anything, and they adopted the motto “No Prior Experience”. Their mission statement was simple – think of something they hadn’t done before, pronounce themselves experts, and go somewhere they hadn't previously been to become the champion of it. :D

The lads have since recorded a single in Poland under the guise of an Irish boy band, raced bobsleighs alongside the Russian and Latvian Olympic teams, taken on a select Riga team in full-contact ice hockey and, most notably, competed in the 24th world Elephant Polo Championships.

Under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA), the Irish side were granted a four-goal advantage due to the handicap system - similar to the one which exists in normal polo - and they therefore set out to defend the lead at all costs. You simply cannot give 'Slippy' Smith and the boys a four-goal advantage and expect to win a game.

However, no elephant is permitted to lay down in the goalmouth, so parking the bus was not an option for the lads. :thumleft:
Indeed, according to Colm O'Connor, they did the opposite; striker Warren Little was unleashed on the Tigresses' defence, with his tidy finish against the run of play putting Ireland into a 5-0 lead after just four minutes of play. :fleg:

A goal from Sweden’s Lars Lofgren and a spectacular volley from Celia Temple brought the international outfit back into the tie, but a dogged Ireland held out for a historic 6-2 victory, landing the world title in their first ever tournament
The format to elephant polo is similar to horse polo, but players just use longer sticks. Yeah, no sh1t.

Four-elephant teams compete over two 10-minute chukkas on a pitch one-third the size of a horse polo pitch (roughly the size of a football pitch).

Elephants are even swapped at half time to even out any perceived advantage, and no elephant may pick up the ball with its trunk. (WEPA are obviously well aware of what happened during the All-Priests Over-75s Five-A-Side Football Challenge :roll: .)

It's widely accepted that Ireland's Colin Carroll is the first left-handed player in the sport's history. Like horse polo, all players in the elephant code are supposed be right-handed, but Carroll supposedly spotted an oversight in the rulebook and confronted Jim Edwards, the founder of elephant polo, and asserted his right to play.

According to one former player, the all-conquering Ireland side of 2005 used to train atop Land Rovers to simulate the match day experience, with one man driving the vehicle and the other swinging wildly from the roof. :lol: :lol:

The tournament saw eight teams - and players from 11 countries - taking part beneath the Himalayas. But the stunning backdrop wasn't the only cause for distraction; the competition was played in the Chitwan National Park in Nepal - one of the world's most densely populated areas for Bengal tigers.

...Think Ireland Hockey wud have welcomed a similar handicap system... 4 goal start :cheers:

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:52 pm
by BaggyTrousers
Outstanding post Lig, as amusing as it is informative, I guldered thrice. :thumleft:

By the way, never underestimate, or as George Dubya Bush would have said, "Misunderestimate" Ireland. It is a little-known fact but a fact it is, that Ireland is the largest exporter of bananas in Europe. I garnered this fact whilst at the Fyffes distribution plant outside Alicante several years back.

What took you there? I hear someone ask, and the simple answer is that the Irish consulate is hosted by Fyffes outside Alicante and I had cause to visit.

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:57 pm
by Cap'n Grumpy
armalig wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
WeeWorld wrote:
big mervyn wrote:
solidarity wrote:
Bythe way, anybody remember a couple of lads from Enniskillen (I think) winning the world championship in elephant polo about ten or a dozen years ago?

It was Graham Little (off of Sky Sports) his brother and 4 other Irish lads.


One of whom was was a big lad named Mervyn by any chance? :lol:

Not me WW!

So the hockey girls are the first Ireland team to reach a world final apart from Snooker (4 times) Golf (3 times), Elephant Polo and rowing. The Beeb were still trotting this out yesterday.


not sure of beeb ....... but RTE clarified it several times ie first Ireland "field sports " team to make world finals.

Golf 4 times actually IIRC.

Anyway, I heard another broadcaster (may have been RTE or possibly BT Sport - I don't recall) who qualified it as being the first WEEMEN'S* team to reach a world final, so maybe one broadcaster got it right in the end .... unless you know differently? :D


* They may not have pronounced it like that. >EW

Re: the hockey

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:24 am
by Russ
Not allowed to call it weemins now

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