The Sporting Diary

With Peter Campbell

The Sporting Diary

New jersey is
good luck charm

Donegal’s new jersey with sponsors KN Group and MCR is beginning to look better by the week. Launched a few days before Donegal’s opening Allianz League game with Down, the team looked as fresh as the jersey.

Speaking of the launch, the contributions of Donagh Kelly and Donal Barrett, of the respective companies, were also impressive. By all accounts it would seem that Donegal GAA have got a good deal with two companies that are very happy to have their logos carried by Donegal GAA players for the next three years and, it seems, beyond that.

Serious injury certain

Ireland lost out to France by the narrowest of margins in the RBS Six Nations on Saturday in Paris, but the biggest issue from the game was again the large number of injuries picked up, accidentally and otherwise.

The clash of heads which saw Mike McCarthy carried off on a stretcher was a horrible accident; so was the hamstring injury picked up by Sean O’Brien, but the injuries inflicted on Dave Kearney and Jonny Sexton should have been penalised as foul play.

The game of rugby is fast becoming a very dangerous sport. One wonders why the likes of Sexton does not play with a scrum cap; surely that would give him some extra protection.

But overall, it has become a game that is based on sheer power more than skill. The Irish side minus the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Tommy Bowe, do not have much flair to make line breaks, so it is all bash, bash, bash in attack and just physical torture in defence, making tackle after tackle.

Trying to stop 18 and 19 stone back row forwards continuously running straight at you makes it a very dangerous sport.

It is not a difficult prediction that a really serious injury is imminent.

How much for a 147?

Obviously £10,000 Stg is not enough. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s decision to pass up on the chance of pocketing ten grand this week is one of the incredible decisions ever to be made by a sportsman.

For those who haven’t been tuned in to the news, O’Sullivan - clearly the best player in the world, possibly ever - was on target to notch up a 147 clearance in the Welsh Snooker Open, but deliberately opted to take a pink instead of a black with the last red and ended up with 146.

His reason: Because he felt the £10,000 Stg was insufficient reward for scoring the maximum.

He obviously has no money issues.

Could he not have made the clearance and given the money to charity? Would that not have been a better way to make his point?