Each Monday we capture the moments of the sporting weekend that will build over time to a way of capturing the diversity of our sporting passions…
We move on quickly, even from the most major of disruptions and there was wall to wall sporting coverage across our screens this weekend. The variety and the sense of newness about some of the events including a first-ever Women’s Champions’ League Final on RTÉ should not, however, be taken for granted after what the spring and early summer meant…
Great weekend of club GAA, Pro14 rugby, national athletics & FAI Cup on @RTEsport radio, online, TV & streaming topped off by the superstars of Lyon in Women’s Champions League.#watchloi game still going, UCD & Sligo.#cantseecantbe. So important that sport continues pic.twitter.com/KlvBQaiCbM
— Declan McBennettRTE (@RTEmcbennettd) August 30, 2020
Sport and Entertainment are becoming increasingly entwined and will be even more so when the restrictions on both ease further.
Lewis Hamilton recognises crossover, even if few on the Formula 1 grid are able to do it to him this season…
After clinching the record-extending 93rd pole position of his distinguished career, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stood proudly on top of his all-black Mercedes and crossed his arms in memory of a hero of his own. https://t.co/mlv8HBiz9Y
— ABC News (@ABC) August 30, 2020
Our emergence from lockdown has seen some exceptional performances from Irish teams and athletes on the world stage. From Katie Taylor to Aidan O’Brien, Ciara Mageean to Leinster’s Rugby players.
Now the Show Jumpers are hitting the high spots as well with Ireland coming out on top in the Norwegian Nations Cup at the weekend.
An outstanding performance from Michael Blake’s Irish Show Jumping team of Shane Breen, Eoin McMahon, Jason Foley and Michael G Duffy, has seen them take victory in today’s three-star Nations Cup at Drammen in Norway. #equilinehttps://t.co/JRqSyv9tZ9
— Horse Sport Ireland (@HorseSportIRL) August 30, 2020
Just because there is no crowd to see it live, that does not mean that the quality of play is any less. Here is a cast iron contender for garlic Football Goal of the Season from Kevin McManamon as seen on Dublin GAA’s streaming service…
— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) August 30, 2020
And there was no shortage of drama over on TG4 as the Tyrone Club Championship served up the first televised penalty shoot-out in Gaelic Football
Stair. History. ?
First ever televised #GAA penalty shoot-out and a privilege to be across it. ?
Loved the composure of young GK Oran Grimes. Saves one. Then goes top bins. ?
— Marcus Ó Buachalla (@ohfadabee) August 30, 2020
And history was also evident at Wembley Stadium as the Men’s and Women’s Community Shield matches, the herald of new season’s shared the bill for the first time. Nice that the FAI have been doing it here for a number of years.
Chelsea shared this wonder goal that clinched it with their 14.8 million followers on Twitter
? Screamer alert! ?
@MBrighty04 at Wembley yesterday! ? pic.twitter.com/5V9H0vkel0
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 30, 2020
And finally, a very cool way to show off your technology partnership from the Tour de France which got underway at the weekend…
? @VilledeNice – Sisteron ?
? 198 km
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) August 31, 2020