Time for the final The admission by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) that they did consult with Portmore United and not Montego Bay United re the changes to the scheduling and the time for the final is one count. Count number two is the blatant double standard, in that Montego Bay United actually requested for a rescheduling of the final in previous seasons on the grounds that the MoBay fans had to travel to and from Kingston on a Monday night and his request was unequivocally denied. To have this year’s final shifted to Montego Bay and the start time adjusted that is a valid case of what being good for the goose not being good for the gander, which is most unjust. Word from the Montego Bay United camp is that these specific cases are mere symptoms of wider issues the western club has been having overtime with the football authorities. One could argue that it is of their own doing, with Mr Powell’s eccentricity and his outspoken traits which make him not the easiest person to work with. The principle, however, supersedes the individual and the communication amongst the stakeholders and the public was poor from the start. It was only last Friday, two days before the final and more than a week into the spiralling controversy, that it was made public that the title sponsors had plans to broadcast the final to 24 countries around the world, which understandably could have had a major influence on the date and time set for the final. Why then were these dynamics not communicated to ALL the stakeholders, including Montego Bay United, in a timely manner? All is well that ends well though. Montego Bay United weathered the swirling, emotional storm surrounding this game and fully deserve to be champions. Invaluable Controversy The publicity and hype created by the controversy were invaluable. It was perhaps not the best kind of publicity from a corporate perspective, but it was a great sell for the game itself, which attracted a large crowd. There has not been a Premier League final in recent history that generated this amount of drama, spectacle and interest leading into the game itself. As to whether or not we have all been befuddled by a brilliant stroke of marketing genius – ignited by these two weeks of uncut controversy – or there are genuine issues that need to be addressed, we might never know. But for sure, it worked out quite fine in the end. We look forward to next season and hope that it will, at least, be equally competitive, that will culminate in another dramatic and spectacular high profile climax. The league needs it, football needs it. So after all, we did have an exciting final game and we do have a 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League champion. Congratulations are in order to Montego Bay United, who duly and spectacularly crowned themselves champions of local football amidst all the preceding controversy. The actual football action on the pitch will still have to compete with the theatrics of the two weeks leading into the final. Montego Bay United president, Mr Orville Powell, voluntarily played the part of the maligned messenger, but amidst the quagmire of contentious and vitriolic outbursts he did deliver some poignant and relevant messages. It is quite clear that Mr Powell and Montego Bay United were indeed disrespected and treated unfairly.
Gaeil Fhánada C.L.G. NotesLotto resultsNo jackpot winner. Nos drawn were 06, 08, 11, 13, 16. Bonus 01. €100 winner Nora Connor, Tamney, €50 winner Leo Blaney, Rosnakill. Next week’s jackpot €3,050.Comhghairdeas Mór – Bus Eireann Féile Peile na nÓgGaeil Fhánada had another really proud weekend for our wee Club.Our U14 boys had great wins over the weekend to get to the Féile final last weekend. Some great talent and team work was displayed, congratulations to all involved.We are very proud of you all.Gaeil Fhánada play Sean Mac Cumhaill’s at home in Páirc Uí Siail, Portsalon this Sunday at 3.00p.m. in the Senior League Division 2 Round 13. Reserve game at 1.30p.m.Referees: TBCSenior League Div 2 Round 12 – Gleann Fhinne (1-16) v (1-9) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal ‘Una’ Friel, Frankie Sweeney0:01, Ronan McAteer, Patrick McConigley, Ryan(Red Bird) McGonigle 0:01, Kevin ‘Bear’ McGonigle, Michael Sweeney 0:01, Jimmy Coyle, Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:03, Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel 0:01, Marty McAteer, Mark ‘Sparky’ Friel (C) 0:01, Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel 0:01,Oisin Shiels for Jimmy Coyle, Jerry Friel, Davitt Walsh 1:00 for Fergal Friel, Shaun McGovern, Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle, Oisin Blaney . Referee: Connie Doherty.Senior Reserve League Div 2 Round 12Gleann Fhinne (1-08) v (2-07) Gaeil Fhánada. Gaeil Fhánada – Oisin Blaney, Shaun Coyle, Ken Dempsey, Michael Heraghty, Shaun McElwaine 0:01, Paul ‘ Dougie’ Coyle, Ciaran Carr, Eamonn Sweeney 0:01, Colm ‘Turkey’ McGonigle, Shaun McGovern 0:03, Jerry ‘Diver’ Friel 1:01, Paul ‘Friely’ Friel, Charlie Crerand, Brian ‘Teddy’ McVeigh 1:00, Kevin Loughrey, Paul O’Connor, Brendan Callaghan, Gary McGonigle, Ciaran Coll, Conor McGonigle, Kevin McGonigle, Niall Carr 0:01, Ultan McGettigan, Eamon Carr, Conor McConigley, Aidan Heraghty. Best for Fanad were Eamon Sweeney, Shaun Coyle and Man of the Match was Paul ‘Dougie’ Coyle. Referee: Greg Mc Groary.U10 blitz in Downings this Saturday 5th July at 11a.m. For further info contact Martin on 9163472.County Player For Gaeil Fhánada GAA CÚL CAMPMeet and greet a county player in the run up to the Ulster Championship final on July 20th. Camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games. On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are run throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. Gaeil Fhánada will host a Kellogg’s Cúl Camp from Monday 14th to Friday 18th July. The cost of the camp includes your Cúl Camp gear of jersey, shorts and socks. This year the bag which accompanies the gear will be in the Donegal colours. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Please bring packed lunch + drink, Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie, mouthguard for Football, Suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots, rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days, sun cream and baseball hat, towel and water.COST: €55 for 1st. child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. For children attending a second camp, without gear, the cost is €35. In addition to internet bookings Fiona Shiels will accept application forms and entry fees from now on. For anyone who wishes to pay by instalment, she can also organise this. She may be contacted on 085-1555645. Get all the information you require by checking out the internet link below. Book early so that you won’t be disappointed. https://secure.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=11&venue=478&day&month&year=2014&sort=2Congratulations to all the Fanad Youth Club boys and girls who took part and won gold, silver & bronze medals in Tralee last weekend, well done everyone.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA DEFEATED COMFORTABLY BY GLENFIN was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSport