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'Underdogs' or 'Hush Puppies'?
PROGRAMME: The Underdogs - Programme #2
WHEN: Sunday October 19th @ 8.20 pm
REPEATED: Mondays @ 10.50pm
For anyone who ever wanted to play Inter-County GAA football but never got the chance, TG4 announces a new and exciting fly on the wall documentary series -"UNDERDOGS", broadcast each Sunday Night at 8:20pm.
TG4 and Dublin based Production Company, Adare Productions are scouring the entire country looking for the best team of players never to have represented their county BEYOND Under-16 level. This squad of 24 players, under the watchful eye of the TG4 cameras, will be picked, trained and molded into a team that will take on the Dublin Senior Football team in their own back-yard - Parnell Park. What's more, this one-off game will be broadcast LIVE on TG4 on Sunday 14th December 2003.
This is David Versus Goliath played out for real. A team of almost-rans, wannabes and nearly-theres going up against a team of highly skilled athletes assuming they will pulverize them on the day. But, will the Underdogs triumph? Will the Dubs be wiping the smile from their collective egg splattered faces?
The programme has put together a unique three man selector panel to pick and train the eventual Underdogs Squad. This all-star panel is comprised of three GAA legends, Dublin's Brian Mullins, Kerry's Mickey Ned Ó Sullivan and Armagh's Jarlath Burns.
In this second episode a number of players have already been selected from Leinster to go forward to the National Trials, but the Selectors feel they have not seen enough talent yet. Unless things improve, there is little hope that they will find a team good enough to beat the Dubs. They arrive in Ulster and Connacht and their faith is renewed. They find players with power, skill and passion.
However, there is one more trial in Munster and thankfully more talent emerges. The Underdogs are getting stronger and selections are being made for players to go forward to the National Trials. Over 50 hopefuls will be selected and from them the 24 Underdogs will emerge.
However, if the side ends up being beaten by the Dubs, maybe they'll go from being 'The Underdogs' to being dubbed 'The Hush Puppies'?
And maybe before the final programme is broadcast, Pól Ó Gallchóir or Padraig Ó Ciardha or some of the other bright sparks in TG4 will come up with
for 'Underdogs'. How about
? By branding the team as 'The Underdogs' TG4 have lost a good opportunity to gain a bit more recognition for the use of Irish - one of the main reasons AFR and others strove might and main to help get the station set up. After all, when we set up this website there were a thousand and one different names we could have called it in English, but we opted for 'An Fear Rua' because we relished the challenge of establishing a new brand name in Irish. And, we think we have succeeded. If we could do it, so could the greater resources of TG4.
God knows what An tAthair Ó Duinnín would give for 'underdogs' in his marvellously entertaining dictionary, but the excellent Tomás De Bhaldraithe gives it as 'Íochtaráin' - which fits just as easily on a jersey as 'Underdogs' and is just as easy to say and to remember.
UNDERDOGS NATIONAL PANEL 2003
Ciaran Ó Conghaile
Club Name Naomh Anna Leitir Móir
Ciaran is one half of the entertaining duo from Lettermore in Galway. He reckons he is "Joe Brolly" Connemara. He was called to the County Trials at Under 16 but then injured his eye which left him out of football for 1 year. He also reckons Galway football selectors don't rate some of the Gaeltacht Clubs very highly and so they lose out. His best friend is Padraig Gerald.
Club Name St. Eunans
Aidan is the youngest on the Underdogs Panel at age 18. He has just completed his Leaving Cert and has had a vey strange development in Underdogs. Aiden is a serious sportsman and highly dedicated. He has won medals at Under 14 and Under 16 in the County and in Ulster Schools Competitions. He scored the final winning try for Sligo Grammar School when they won the Connacht Schools Senior Rugby Cup in 2003.
Club Name Tulsk
Joe hails originally from Tulsk in Roscommon where he still plays his club football. He has played Australian Rules (not compromise) with Ireland for the last 2 years. In 2001, Joe was part of the Dublin Demons Australian Rules championship winning team and he received the Golden Boot aswell as the best non-Australian player of the Year and Man of the Match in the Final. He has represented the state of Victoria and received the Victorian Player of the Year award in 1999. Joe is single at the moment and works as an Accountant in Dublin. At 6'5" Joe is the Gentle Giant.
Club Name Emyvale GAA
Patrick or Paddy is a newly married man from Emyvale in Co.Monaghan. He works as a pvc contractor and is a real character. He was captain of his Club Team who were runners up in the championship in 2000 and has won numerous medals at Intermediate, Under 14 and Under 15 level. He has also represented Glasgough Harriers, Monaghan and Ulster in running aswell as having an Ulster Under 19 Cross Country medal. His new wife Leonia applied for him and he got called for the Ulster Trials. However he was on his way to Thailand on his honeymoon and when he found out his exact words were "I feel sick". Leonia reapplied and now he's back and he's an Underdog.
Brian Ó Neachtain
Club Name Tuar Mhic Eadaigh
Brian is the ultimate Underdog. He captained the Mayo County Under 16s and subsequently developed a form of arthritis in his hips (incidentally Adrain McGuckian, the former Derry Minor had the same disease). This prevented him from playing for his county again. Bu now he is back in form and has made a full recovery. Brian has had Irish International soccer trials at Under 14 and Under 15 and has also represented Connacht and Ireland in International Rules in 1999. Brian is an Engineering student in Galway.
Padraig Mc Govern
Club Name Denn GFC
Padraig is an all round sportsman. He has won medals with his club as Senior League Champions in 1998 and previously as County Champions at Under 12 and Under 14. He has represented Cavan at handball for the last 6 years and has won an All-Irealnd title Minor title in 1995 aswell as 4 Ulster titles. He is also an Ulster silver medallist at cross-country.Padraig is a student and wants to kick some ass against the Dubs.
Club Name Sneem
Sean works as a Sales Manager in Sneem but is hugely dedicated to football. He has attended many trials but has never made it. With his club he has won medals in the South Kerry Senior and Minor hampionship aswell as the All Ireland 7 aside.
Brian Mc Geary
Club Name Collegeland O'Rahillys
Brian works with the Planning Service and hails from Dungannon in Co.Tyrone. He plays his club football in Armagh. He applied for 3 trials but couldn't make any of them, finally making it through to the Munster one and subsequently the National Trial. He is very committed and now wants to prove that he shouldn't be underestimated.
Club Name Whites Cross
Murt hails from Whites Cross in Cork where he plays his club football with the club with the same name. Murt has been unlucky along the way having been tried out at County Trials at Minor and Under 21 but always failing to make the final panel.He has also played in the Sigerson Cup for his college, Cork Institute of Technology. Murt is still a student and single.
Fergus Mc Auliffe
Club Name Gneeveguilla
Fergus is a quiet, tall man but very capable on the pitch. He has been working as a Bank Official but now intends going back to college. He h
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