Boules

The Cabinteely Petanque Boules Club meet a number of times a week outside of Cabinteely House in Caninteely Park. I attended one of their competitions on Monday last, here are some of the photos that I took. If you wish to try out Boules, I have listed the Facebook page for the Club below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CabinteelyPetanqueClub/about/

 

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Roller Derby

This was my second time at Roller Derby, the last time was in 2013. However, this was the first time that I had the rules explained to me, which really helped me to understand the game. This was between London ‘A’ and Dublin ‘A’. I was part of an outing with Offshoot Photographic Society. Roller Derby involves two teams of five players in play at any one time. I don’t know how many players are on the entire team. One player has a star on their head and they are called the Jammer, they get a point for every player they pass. If they get stuck they can pass the star to the player with a stripe, and that player becomes the Jammer. The other four players are meant to prevent the Jammer from getting around the track. Each section lasts two minutes, then the players swap out and the game starts again, each game lasts one hour. It was an interesting game to watch. I have included the website addresses for both Offshoot and Dublin Roller Derby below.
http://www.Offshoot.ie
http://www.dublinrollerderby.com

Open Training Session

I attended the Irish Rugby Open Training Session at the Aviva this week, I go to as many of these events as I can as I am a huge Rugby fan, sadly the open training sessions for Ireland only happen once a year. This year there were separate events, one was held in Dublin and, a couple of weeks ago, one in Athlone. It was snowing on this occasion, which is unusual. It is always interesting and enjoyable watching how the team train. I am trying to improve my sports photography skills.

Motocross

Today, Offshoot Camera Club and I went to the Enduro.ie Motocross Competition in Kildare. It has been a few years since I was last at a Motocross competition, today’s event was held on, what seemed to me, to be a long track. I was only able to stay for a couple of hours today, but, it was enjoyable and muddy.

I have included the website for the camera club below, should you live in Dublin and are thinking about joining:
http://www.offshoot.ie

 

Foxcab GAA

In October I took part in one of the Shoot With Me outings with Offshoot Photographic Society, on this occasion, Seamus led a group that was taking photos of the local ladies Gaelic Football team, Foxcab, who were playing in the Leinster Club Championship. The photos below are from the match that Foxcab played, and won, against Confey in Kinnegad. It was great to be pitchside for such an exciting and fast-paced match, especially given that I had never been to a Gaelic Football Match before. When it comes to sports photography fast shutter speeds are crucial. I intend to attend some more matches during the next season and hopefully improve my sports photography skills. Well done to FoxCab on winning, it was a pleasure to watch such talented and dedicated athletes.

 

 

Irish Quidditch Cup

On an incredibly rainy Saturday in January, the Irish Quidditch Cup had to decamp from the waterlogged Trinity pitches to Fairview Park, where the Tournament started later than scheduled, however, we still managed to get through most of the day’s schedule before being ejected by the Park Warden with one match to go. The great news of the day was that Dublin Draiochta Dragons beat Northern Wyvern for the top spot so Dublin will be going to Germany for the European Competition in April.

This full-contact, mixed gender sport comes straight from the pages of Harry Potter, with just enough changes so that we Muggles can play, it has been described as a cross between Rugby and Dodgeball. As you can see from the photos, in the case of Muggle Quidditch, the brooms are made from PVC pipes, the Quaffle is a slightly deflated volleyball and the Bludgers are dodgeballs. The Snitch is someone dressed in yellow, with a tennis ball is a yellow sock hanging out of the back of their shorts. If the Chaser catches the Snitch, it is worth 30 points and the game is over. If a team gets the Quaffle through the hoops, it is 10 points.

The three teams playing were Northern Wyverns (Belfast), Galweinster (Galway) and Dublin Draiochta Dragons (Dublin), out of these three teams Dublin is the oldest team, followed by Belfast and then Galway. The Galway team is a developing team, so for this event, it needed other players and team personnel to help them with the match.

The Galweinster team was made up of members from the Cork Craickensm Mid-Leinster Moon Trimmers, Galway Gridylows and a mix of international players and people from other clubs who wanted to join in and help Galweinster. I had never been to a Quidditch Match before, and although I ended up soaking wet and frozen, I really enjoyed the event.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the organisation of and participation in such a great event.

If you would like more information on Quidditch in Ireland and where you can play it, I have left the Facebook Page for Quidditch Ireland below: https://www.facebook.com/QuidditchIreland/

Liffey Descent Race

The Liffey Descent is an annual Canoe Race that is held on the Liffey, with increasing numbers of people taking part annually. This event has been on my to shoot list for the longest time, and I was thrilled to be able to attend this year. I will return, to try to improve on the photos that I took this year, as I have some ideas that I would like to try.

Touch Rugby Summer Draft
Liffey Swim
Kilmacanogue Horse Show
RDS Horseshow
Women’s 7s Rugby
Bar Monkey Acrobats
Mondello Motorbike Track Day
Leinster Rugby Open Training Session