The Sporting Diary

with Sports Editor Peter Campbell

Olympic bubble

This late night Olympic stuff can get to you. While there was no success for Donegal athletes so far, getting to an Olympic final for Sinead Jennings must be applauded. Getting to the Olympics is a major achievement, although someone must have forgot to tell Jerry Kiernan that. His condescending attitude towards Breege Connolly being part of the Irish marathon team left a sour taste. It wasn’t anything he said; it was more what he didn’t say.

But that is one of the negative things about the Olympics - RTE laying on a range of experts in every sport. There is more action in the studio than in Rio!

Mark English did as well as could be expected, reaching the semi-final. His target now has to be the Irish 800m record and he will need to knock a second off his personal best to get to the big finals - that means breaking 1.44, and he is well capable of it.

And what about the boxing? There seems to be something gone awry and it is difficult not to link it to the departure of Billy Walsh, who had achieved so much up until his sad and sudden departure.

There were a couple of decisions that could be challenged, but overall there has been a huge downturn in the fortunes of our boxers in a very short time.

Thank God, though, for the O’Donovan brothers from Skibbereen and their silver medals in the lightweight double sculls. Shteaks and Pizzas were the order of the day (and that was just for breakfast). There should be some party when them boys come home with their medals.

Go Minors

The Donegal minors have the chance to create more history on Sunday when only Galway stand between them and an All-Ireland final day appearance. By all accounts they are more than capable of doing the business. They have all had a taste of the Croke Park experience, which should stand to them.

It would be nice for the supporters (and for themselves) if they don’t allow Galway to build up a lead. They have shown that they can turn games around; their confidence levels are high, and because of that I believe they are good enough to make it to the final.

Naomh Brid’s team of 40 years

Naomh Brid celebrated their 40th anniversary over the bank holiday weekend and one of the novelty things involved in the celebrations was picking their best team of the 40 years.

The organising committee came up with the nominations for each position and the team was selected by the supporters on the Sunday night.

Picking any team of an era is one of the most difficult tasks, but there was just one omission from the first fifteen that surprised me. That was Eddie McCaffrey, who only made it onto the subs bench. When Naomh Brid were playing in Division One of the League around the end of the 1980s, there were few better than McCaffrey at full-forward. I often felt he was county material, but training would not have been his forte.

But it just shows that when it comes to picking teams, almost impossible!!