Today I’m up in Belfast and I’m a bit sad because Tiernan had to go back to Dublin for work. So I get the room at the B&B to myself; not to mention the other breakfast. But I like breakfast better than anyone else – so there. I have to stay here because I have a long job interview tomorrow.
My weekend was busy, too. Jack and I decided to go out to Westmanstown Sports Centre to watch the Belfast Trojans play the University of Limerick Vikings. This was because Jack is thinking of joining the Trojans next year while we’re up in Belfast. So I looked the Centre up on Google and we used the directions to go there. Only Google Maps had it wrong. It directed us 8km off course. When we showed up at the miscellaneous park in Liffey Valley we knew it wasn’t right. Jack then confirmed it by asking a park ranger.
“Hey mate. Do you know where the Garda football club is?”
“Yes, and you’re along way from it,” came the reply, “but give me two minutes and I’ll drop you up there because it’s too far to walk.”
A few minutes later the South Dublin City Council blue ute returned and we got a lift up the road. The guy was brilliant. He made all sorts of chat about Rugby and how we had to cross the Liffey to the ‘Northside’ (we all boo’d). It was a really pleasant aspect of being lost. We managed to get to the field just after kick off.
We tried to set up shop in neutral territory at the top of the field near the entrance. We were soon joined by a group of guys from the Waterford Wolves. Jack got talking to them about sports and a lot of sports talk happened. He was really glad to be able to talk sports and watch sports again.
American Football in Ireland doesn’t have a huge crowd, based on yesterday, but it has more teams than New Zealand (19!). We’ll see how many people turn up at the final!
Oh, and this woman here is the University of Limerick’s strongest supporter. You really could hear her from anywhere. No just on the pitch, but down by the event centre, too.
It was thanks to the Wolves that Jack found out there was a game on after this one. Dublin Rebels v Trinity College starting at 3 p.m. Fortunately we’d been dropped in the middle of no where, on a Sunday, with no way of getting home – so we decided to stay on as long as possible. I eventually managed to get through to Tiernan who could come and pick us up on they way home from work. If Tiernan hadn’t been coming back to Dublin from tour, we’d probably have been toast.
In the end, the Belfast Trojans (top team in the league two years running) prevailed and won the match 28-6. That means they’ll be going to the 28th Shamrock Bowl on Sunday August 10, 2014. The event is being held in Tallaght Stadium – so we will be up early as it is two hours of public transport away for us. Why aren’t the sports in South Dublin?
Shamrock Bowl Tickets: https://shamrockbowl28.eventbrite.ie/
Irish American Football Association: http://www.americanfootball.ie/