Has there been a greater National League Hurling final than the 2003 clash between hurling’s great rivals?
The two best teams in the land put on a spectacle of hurling and recorded the highest aggregate score ever recorded in a National League Hurling final.
Amazingly, there was 6-6 along scored in the final 15 minutes of carnage, with 4-4 of that going in favour of Kilkenny, who came back from eight points down to win.
A second goal from Martin Comerford in the 50th minute sparked the recovery, before Lar Corbett temporarily replied for Tipperary to quinch the glimmer from the Cats.
But then all hell broke loose, with Charlier Carter and DJ Carey combing for a goal, before Carter hit Kilkenny’s first and then the dazzling Eddie Brennan rifled home the fifth to give them a 5-12 to 4-13 lead.
Tipp’s John Carroll then restored his side’s lead with his second goal of the game.
But cometh the hour, cometh the man and that was Henry Shefflin.
He levelled the game with a free in the 69th minute before kicking over the winning point in injury time after a dazzling run.
There are some seriously talented Irish Female Athletes across the many sporting codes in this country right now.
We’re lucky to have some of these top Irish female athletes collaborating with us at Intersport Elverys.
From football, GAA, running, sprinting, rugby and boxing, we’ve been working closely with some of the leading Irish Female Athletes through their careers and we’ve managed to get some insight into their thinking, with them providing some brilliant advice on training, motivation, tips on reaching your goals and more.
Irish International Sprinter/Hurdler Sarah Quinn, Irish Rugby 7s/Xvs Stacey Flood, Republic of Ireland’s Rianna Jarrett, Team Ireland boxer Gráinne Walsh, international runner Grace Lynch and Cavan LGFA/Collingwood AFLW star Aishling Sheridan answer our quickfire questions.
Check them out below.
Or you can also watch them over on YouTube, right HERE:
International Sprinter/Hurdler: Sarah Quinn (Mayo)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “To start off with a focus that you know you will be able to stick to and build your daily routine around. Don’t start off with ten things at once, because the likelihood is you won’t be able to stick to them all. Start small, it could be something as simple as increasing your water intake and make sure you nail that before you go focusing on something else.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Definitely, ‘Don’t compare your step 1 with someone else’s step 10′”
How do you get motivated: “Setting goals and working towards beating them.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I’m hoping to stay injury free and grab every opportunity that comes my way.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Every Sunday, write down what you want to achieve that week. And at the end of the week, do a quick slef review and see if you achieved it. If not, make changes for the following week.”
Ireland Rugby 7s/Xvs: Stacey Flood (Dublin)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “Enjoy every single training session you do because not everyone gets to what you do and what you can do.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Hard work beats talent when talents doesn’t work hard.’ I believe if you work hard in whatever you do, it will go a long way in getting you where you want to be.”
How do you get motivated? “I always bring it back to why I am there and who I am doing this for. It’s also really easy to motivate yourself when you’re in a good group of players or training partners.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “To quality and compete at the World Cup 7s in Cape Town in 2022″
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Find a way to hold yourself accountable. Whether it’s writing it down in a diary or journal, or finding a training partner that will motivate you and keep you going, or maybe even buying a smartwatch that will show you all your fitness data, just find something that will help you in that sense.”
Cavan LGFA & Collingwood AFLW: Aishling Sheridan (Cavan)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “It might sound simple, but investing in some top quality gym gear and footwear is great for preventing injuries firstly, but it will also motivate you to train.”
Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I ever got was to not be afraid of making mistakes. Not everything will go 100%, because you learn from mistakes.”
How do you get motivated? “Wanting to better myself every single day.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “To give everything I can when I play and to leave every ounce of energy on the pitch.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Make sure you get a diary plan so you can work out your days and weeks ahead. It will keep you motivated and give you direction and routine.”
International Long-Distance Runner: Grace Lynch (Kerry)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “My advice to you is to invest in a really good pair of running shoes. I love the ASICS Novablast 2 for my easy running days.”
Best Advice you ever got: “It’s something that I still abide by today, and it’s as simple as enjoying your training, making sure you do it for you.”
How do you get motivated? “Setting short term and long term goals. Write them in your training diary and every thing else you do on your sessions, because you can then look back and see your improvements.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I am aiming for PBs in the 10k road and also the half marathon.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Track everything. Improvements keep you hungry and wanting more.”
Team Ireland Boxer: Gráinne Walsh (Offaly)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “A good friend of mine told me that comparison is the thief of joy. You see so much of peoples’ lives these days through social media like Instagram and everyone is comparing their’s to others. I would tell people to only focus on being the best version of yourself, and no one else.”
Best Advice you ever got: “The best advice I can give is to be honest with yourself. Set a goal and stick to that goal and never let that negative voice in your head get the better of you – always stay one step ahead.”
How do you get motivated? “I think about the time recently when I spent 18 weeks in a cast and was unable to train. So I push myself over all them hard times, thinking about what I want to achieve and I use this every single day.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: “I want to get back on the World stage competing for Ireland.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Write everything down on a Sunday night for your week ahead. I also write down what I am grateful for at the end of every day – it’s great to keep you grounded and humble,”
Republic of Ireland: Rianna Jarrett (Wexford)
Advice for everyday Athletes: “Set goals that are measurable and realistic. Break your long terms goals down into short-term goals.”
Best Advice you ever got: “Don’t let setbacks define you, use them as motivation.”
How do you get motivated? “The beauty of playing team sport is that you’re pushed daily by the people around you, like the players and management, which really helps me keep going.”
Sporting Goal for 2022: ““To break back into the Irish set up and qualify for the Fifa 2023 Womens World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”
Advice on sticking to your goals: “Make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. I use a journal on a daily basis, and I’m also loving my adidas Ultraboost 21 and massage gun for my recovery.”
Tennis Racket Size Guide: Kids 10 Years and Younger
3 stages: Red, Orange and green.
Kids are given all the tools to succeed at this sport, with smaller courts, properly sized tennis rackets and tennis balls designed to be played at a slower speeds to help kids learn and grow into the game as they get older.
Types of Tennis Balls
This is a tournament ball and is used by advanced and professionals players, these are one the most common used.
The internal air pressure gives a greater bounce, speed and spin, which fades quite quickly over time.
A study found that the life span of pressurized balls only lasts for 2 weeks.
Pressure less ball
Generally used for beginners, practice and recreational play.
Bounces from the rubber shell, not the air inside means they wont lose their bounce like standards ball, in fact they actually gain bounce as the outer felt begins to fade. The only con is, some players find this ball to be heavier to play with.
Here at Intersport Elverys we have a fantastic range of products from a wide range of sports. Find our Tennis section HERE.
If you’re looking for a change up to your training schedule this New Year, suspension training might be for you.
For those who don’t know what it is, it’s basically resistance-based strength training centred around bodyweight exercises using ropes.
So remember those straps hanging from the ceilings or squats rack in the gym?
But another reason that makes suspension training so popular is how practical it is. Kits like TRXTraining allow you to workout wherever you at, be it at home, at work, or on the road.
Check out the video below more information on the most popular suspension training kit, TRXTraining.
Interest? Keep reading then.
What is Suspension Training
Suspension training, often referred to as TRXTraining, is resistance exercise that uses a system of ropes and cables to allow you to leverage your body weight against gravity.
Rings and TRX accessories are examples of common suspension equipment seen in gyms.
It may make any exercise more challenging by providing an unstable platform that requires more core activation. It also attempts to improve your strength, aerobic endurance, balance, coordination, and power all in one session.
Benefits of Suspension Training
TRXTraining, sometimes known as suspension training, is an exercise regimen that has been demonstrated to increase total body strength, stability, and cardiovascular health. This is accomplished without the use of typical weight lifting, kettlebell swinging, or lifting semi-truck tires.
Suspension training advocates claim that it improves core body strength as well as joint and muscular stability, lowering the risk of injury.
Here are 8 benefits in short.
Strengthens the core
Strengthens the body’s functional strength, agility, and power.
Over 50 exercises can be done
Portable/Easy set up can adapt to various fitness levels
It’s an excellent workout for seniors
It lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke.
It may help with weight loss and body composition.
How to get Started in Suspension Training
The great thing about suspension training is how simple it is to get started.
All you need is a small area of space, something to hang your kit on and a suspension training or TRXtraining kit, which is available right HERE.
Set up is simple.
Plus, there’s an array of workouts to get you started straight away.
Suspension Training Workouts for Beginners
If you’re just starting off, we recommend you keep it simple to get a feel for suspension training.
Try these basic suspension training exercises and see how you get on.
Remember, start slow and find your pace.
A great exercise to hit your core – essential for your full body.
Begin by lying on your stomach, facing away from the anchor point, and placing your toes into the foot cradles with the straps at midcalf. Back into the grips with your heels, squeeze your calves, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and core, and press into a flawlessly flat plank.
Hold for up to 30 seconds or as long as you can. Repeat for a total of three sets.
Good for posture, hitting those strong back muscles and your arms.
You can change the intensity and difficulty of this move simply by your feet position and strap length.
With the suspension trainer shortened, stand facing the anchor point. Begin with your elbows bent at 90 degrees, the handles at your rib cage, body straight and planked. Slowly straighten your arms to lower your body, keeping your body in a straight line from head to toe and return to the start by bending the elbows.
Perform three sets of 8–10 reps.
No matter your fitness levels, the squat has massive potential for benefits.
You can improve your mobility and your ankles and hips, which will improve your everyday wellbeing, as well as building huge strength.
Stand facing the anchor point with the TRX straps adjusted to mid-length. Hold the handles in front of you with your elbows soft and take a step back until the straps are slightly tight. Lower your hips and back as low as you’re comfortable without leaning backward. Return to a standing position by squeezing your glutes.
Three sets of 8–10 reps are recommended.
Brilliant for hitting your chest muscles with a powerful pushing movement along with stabilising your core and spine.
One of the staples of suspension training.
Stand facing away from the anchor point, with the TRX straps fully stretched. Begin by standing on the balls of your feet and pressing against the strap handles with your arms extended exactly below your shoulders. Lower yourself till your elbows are roughly 90 degrees while keeping your body in a straight plank. As you push back up to the starting position, straighten your arms and support your core.
Reps should be 8–10 reps in three sets.
Great for building leg strength and increasing your range of motion in a controlled state.
Begin by standing facing the anchor point with the straps at mid-length. Step your right leg back and bend both knees to 90 degrees while keeping a light grasp on the handles. Return to a standing position by squeezing your glutes. Repeat on the opposite side. That counts as one rep.
Three sets of 8–10 reps.
The great thing about these bicep curls is that they engage the whole body, not just the bicep.
Again, adjusting your feet will alter the difficulty.
Begin with your pinkies at your temples and elbows raised high, with the straps at mid-length. Straighten your arms while keeping your elbows raised and your body straight. Without lowering your elbows or rising your shoulders, return to the beginning position.
Three sets of 8–10 reps.
Hamstring strength is key for powerful legs and also essential for healthy joints to influence mobility.
So ensuring they are strong and rigorous is essential.
With the straps at midcalf length, lie on your back facing the anchor point and place your heels in the foot cradles. Keep even pressure in your heels, engage your glutes and core, keep your hips lifted and drag your heels as if they were on train tracks until your knees are stacked over your hips. Return your legs to straight while maintaining a tight core.
Perform three sets of 8–10 reps.
Keep an eye on our blog for even more content on suspension training workouts and advice.