Raffaele Rocca

Villiers Senior Boys Hockey Side Progress To Munster Cup Semi Final

By Raffaele Rocca / November 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Villiers Senior Boys Hockey side travelled to Waterford last Wednesday to take on the current All Ireland Schools Champions Newtown in the 1/4 final of the Munster Schools Cup. The Limerick side avenged a recent loss to the same opposition in the All Ireland Qualifiers with a 2-1 victory in what was a fiercely contested…

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LISTEN: The Breakdown EP71 with Sporting Limerick & Three Red Kings

By Raffaele Rocca / November 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

What a busy weekend of action as we look at all the main talking points starting with Joe Schmidt’s decision to depart the Irish role after the World Cup plus the naming of Andy Farrell as his successor. We discuss why the New Zealander is the by far and away the best coach ever to…

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WATCH: Munster Leave it Late to Grab Zebre Bonus Point

By Raffaele Rocca / November 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Munster notched up a hard fought bonus point win in turgid conditions in Parma to move back ahead of Connacht up into second place in Conference A. Fineen Wycherley barged over after 15 minutes following a concerted period of Munster pressure with Bill Johnston adding the extras. That was followed by another try form Kevin…

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WATCH: Highlights and reaction from Ireland’s 57-14 win over USA

By Raffaele Rocca / November 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Ireland made it four from four in the Autumn Series with a 57-14 win over USA at the Aviva Stadium which saw Munster’s Andrew Conway pick up the man of the match award with a hat trick of tries.  Munster players Tadhg Beirne and John Ryan also touched down for tries with Jack Conan, Stuart…

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McCarthy To Oversee Euro 2020 Bid With Kenny Then Taking Over

By Raffaele Rocca / November 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

It is being widely reported that Mick McCarthy will return to manage the Republic of Ireland’s 2020 European Championship campaign with Stephen Kenny to take over after the finals should Ireland qualify.  Current Dundalk boss Kenny has been confirmed as the new Under-21 manager, replacing Noel King. McCarthy who has managed with several clubs across…

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LISTEN: The Breakdown EP70 with Sporting Limerick & Three Red Kings

By Raffaele Rocca / November 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

So after the euphoria of last weekend’s superb win over the All Blacks, Joe Schmidt has made 14 changes for Saturday’s final game of the November series against the USA at the Aviva Stadium.  With many of the big guns rested, it offers big opportunities for the likes of Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam and all…

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New Mid West Tennis Cup Competition To Begin This Weekend

By Raffaele Rocca / November 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Mid West Tennis Cup is a new competition for 10-18-year-olds in the Mid West region and kicks off this weekend. The cup is an inter-club team competition with U12, U14 and U18 events. CIAC, Ennis, Killaloe, Nenagh and Monaleen Tennis Clubs are all fielding teams. Pre-teen and teenage tennis players in this region get…

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LISTEN: Limerick Boxers Carry On Despite Tokyo Uncertainty

By Raffaele Rocca / November 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

The prospect of boxing being expelled from the Olympics is a very real possibility following the recent presidential election of Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rakhimov to the top International Boxing Association post. The Uzbek took 86 of the 134 votes to beat off competition from Kazakhstan’s Serik Konakbayev. The International Olympic Committee has stated their concern at his presidential…

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Matchbook Betting Exchange to sponsor Limerick’s Grade 1 Novice Chase

By Raffaele Rocca / November 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Limerick Racecourse has announced Matchbook Betting Exchange as the new sponsor of the Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase on St Stephen’s Day as part of a three-year agreement. The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase is the feature race on St. Stephen’s Day, the opening day of the iconic four day Mr…

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Six Munster Players In Ireland Team To Play USA

By Raffaele Rocca / November 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

There is a healthy representation of six Munster players in Joe Schmidt’s starting XV to take on the USA on Saturday evening.  Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway play on the opposite wings while Joey Carbery takes the number 10 shirt. The pack sees Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Tadgh Beirne making starts. John Ryan and…

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