Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Villa FC Stayathomechallenge has taken Instagram by storm.

There might be little or no live sport going on at the moment but that hasn’t stopped local sports clubs and stars from doing their best to rise to the Covid 19 challenge and keep people sane – and encourage them to stay at home.
One of the Waterford clubs that got the best response to their Instagram based #Stayathomechallenge was Villa FC (Villafc53) where players, coaches and fans of the Poleberry based club showed off their football skills using toilet rolls.
Tramore AFC are doing a daily skills challenge which is being hosted each day by Gary Hunt with lots of the club’s players and coaches past and present sharing their videos of their attempt at the challenges on the club’s social media. “We are encouraging all young boys and girls to take part in the SFAI Skills Challenge. The SFAI will be posting videos to demonstrate each skill every morning and we hope you send in your videos and pictures for us to share. We also hope to have some famous faces taking part and there may even be some prizes on offer.”

Skill Challenges are all the rage on social media right now. One of the most popular is that of Dublin footballer, Ciarán Kilkenny. Among those who he has roped in to complete his challenges are Open Golf Champion, Shane Lowry, legendary flat racing jockey Johnny Murtagh and Waterford’s own John O’Shea. The challenge that John took on was soloing two balls Gaelic football style with both feet. Not easy by any stretch of the imagination but not surprisingly the Ferrybank man, who won 118 caps for the Republic of Ireland, aced it. Kilkenny was very impressed, “John O’Shea Flexed biceps great Deise man & absolute gentleman. His score will be hard to beat. Reckons he’s got more game than @JohnnyMurtagh!! @WaterfordGAA will be looking for him to tog out.”
John introduced his video, in which he scored a massive 50 in 30 seconds, by saying, “I’m just back from a run so hopefully I’m nicely warmed up. I have my Waterford GAA top on so hopefully that brings me luck,” I think it did John….what a legend. When all this is over I think the Waterford City & County Councillors should step up the campaign to make this man a Freeman of Waterford. What an ambassador he has been and continues to be for this county.

De La Salle are just one club of hundreds across the county and country who have stepped up to the breach in this difficult time. “With the recent outbreak of Covid 19 and increase in official government, this can be a scary time for people, particularly the elderly. De La Salle GAA Club would like to offer our assistance to anyone that needs help in these unprecedented times in any way we can, should help be required.
“If anyone needs assistance of errands ran (or knows someone in need of assistance) in the coming time, please get in touch. We’d be more than happy to help in any way we can. Stay safe. Eoin O Cathasaigh, Runaí. 087-1204232.” Excellent community spirit from DLS and so many more clubs around the county.
Déise Óg are also putting up daily activities and coaching videos to help Waterford’s future GAA stars to keep training. They are asking participants to share their videos and tag them using #deiseogolympics.

One man who was a future star, once upon a time, and is now very much a present Déise star is Austin Gleeson and he took to Twitter this week with a message of support in these tough times.
“The Covid virus is here so we need to start protecting ourselves and more importantly the vulnerable people in our lives. We need to slow down the virus as quick as we can and this means washing our hands at 20 seconds a go. Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands. If you’re coughing or sneezing do so into your elbow or use a tissue and dispose of it straight away. No more nights out and try and keep the social activity as minimal as possible. We can all work together to stop this from escalating as much as it has in other countries. We need to help out the elderly and vulnerable as much as possible and if you have symptoms then stay at home and go onto”

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