The Establishment Cup Day - match report by a sulking Brian Dunne
Well it all ended yesterday - more beautiful weather, beautiful football & lots of beautiful women, all ignoring Daithi O'Connor. The first game was a fiery affair, with MacAree, Kavanagh & Cryan all putting themselves about - trying to intimidate the opposition. Well it has to be said, it worked a treat, with St. Pats folding like a shower of big eejits - apart from the Women & Juniors, who did their best to hold the sinking ship afloat, but to no avail. An easy 7pt. win to the Blues & the dreaded wooden spoon to the underperforming Pats outfit.
This was a titanic struggle of a match that experienced more ups and downs than a fiddlers elbow. At half time it was all square, & it would have been a brave man indeed who would have picked a winner. With 10 mins. to go, & still all square, cracks began to appear in the Gaels game plan, as English, Horn (sporting a very nifty mullet) & the 2 girls up front, began to come to the fore. & so it came to pass (its Christmas) that, despite an heroic display from Anderson (out of retirement just for this game), in goal, O'Connor put the nail in the gallant Gaels (thats called alliteration) coffin with a last minute goal that sent the Eire Og supporters into raptures. The final whistle sounded & ended a tournament thats put GAA to the forefront of the Wellington sporting scene, & make no mistake.
The presentation ceremony was held at that fountain of Irish culture, the Big Kumara - a vegetable very popular in Ireland, particularly around the Tyrone area. Some players, & supporters, of the Gaels outfit decided, instead, to head to the most popular Irish bar in town - Molly Malones (it just seemed to make sense, but what would that shower of losers know?).
To Daithi O'Connor & the members of Eire Og, very deserving winners of the first Establishment cup ever played. To Declan McGeeney & David Rynne, for the amount of selfless work they did to field competitive teams - making this tournament a great success. To Neil Gildea & Cathy on their recent nuptials.
All the best
To Donal & Mary Ann on their upcoming nuptials ( there's still time Mary Ann ) To Neasa & Ger - for the birth of their child. If it's a girl, it'd be great if she looked like the beautiful Neasa. If it's a boy, it'd be great if he looked like Jason Sherlock. To Ann & Austin, we all missed you on Sunday & we look forward to seeing more of you in the new year. & thats all there is to it. Thats it from me, so have a very happy & holy Christmas & everything you wish for in 08. I'll now pass over to Daithi or Donal to fill you in on all the other individual awards ( Good lads ). Did the Ref see it????? not at all - the only one that didn't. Even Finnegan & Byrne & Kavanagh/Todd & Hogan saw it, & they haven't a clue. The final whistle sounded & the Munster/Ulster lads all ran straight off down the road & bought themselves a Lotto ticket. O'Reilly lifted the cup & it was put to bed for another year & a few pints were had by all.