New Champions Win the Cup!

John from Samaritans presents Chops FC with the Cup

The tenth annual Iniscealtra Community competition saw Chops FC win the cup for the first time. This year's event was the closest so far, with all teams winning and losing at least one game, and often the finest of margins decided the outcome and qualification for the knockout stage. In the end, however, the final saw the team with the best record in the group stage play the team that had scored the most goals in the group stage, so they definitely deserved to be there. This event was part of the Mounshannon Arts Festival, and this year's festival theme of "From Home" was certainly reflected in the multicultural nature of the tournament. There were players from several nations, and cultural backgrounds, all playing together (the Mixed Bag team alone had six different nationalities within its ranks!). All proceeds went to charity, and a total of €1100 was raised for Ennis and Clare Samaritans to help fund their invaluable work. (See samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-ennis-and-clare)

Group 1

Lough Graney FC

Mean Machine

Mixed Bag Allstars

Clare Corinthians

Chops FC

The morning group saw many close games with few chances taken, with three goalless draws, and five games finishing 1-0. Regulars Mixed Bag Allstars had lost their main striker before the tournament, and the lack of goals proved to be their undoing (though they were unlucky not to be given a goal, which seemed to have crossed the line, in one key match). Clare Corinthians brought skill and flair, but also lacked that cutting edge, and the lack of goals saw them eliminated (during their final game they found themselves a goal down, needing just a draw to proceed to the semi finals... they created some chances but just couldn't get the goal.) Lough Graney FC battled hard throughout, recording one good victory, but a heavy defeat in one game proved costly, leaving them needing to win their final game by four clear goals to have any chance of progressing. This proved a task too far. Newcomers Mean Machine had notched up one win, a defeat and a draw in their opening three games, scoring and conceding only one goal on the way, and their final group game found them needing a victory to progress. This looked like being a low-scoring close affair - as indeed it was - and the single goal they scored proved enough to see them through. Chops FC were the only team in the morning group who seemed have brought their goal-scoring Mojo with them, and they finished with a healthy goal difference due to their seven goals scored. This gave them the edge and they finished top of the group on goal difference.

Group 2

Spice of Life Boys

Unrael Madrid

Sean Bean Sex Machine

Bantasaurus Rekt

Ballina Boys

The afternoon group was more open than the morning group, with more clear victories and only one draw. Ballina Boys, welcomed back after a one year absence, had a poor start, losing their opening two games. This left them with an uphill struggle to make it through to the semi finals, and their one victory wasn't enough. That one victory was against Sean Bean Sex Machine, who's own hopes were severely dented by the result - victory in that game would have given the Machine real hope of progressing, having notched up a good victory in their previous game. Instead their hopes were left hanging on a thread, and by the time they played their last group game they were left needing a big win to have any hope... a win that didn't come. Defending champions Bantasaurus Rekt had won one, lost one and drawn one after three games in the group, having shown only glimpses of their previous years' dominance. Their final match saw them needing a good victory, and at 2-0 they found themselves needing one more goal. Try as they may, creating several chances, they couldn't get the goal they needed. Thus they were eliminated, having the same points and goal difference as the team in second place, but having scored fewer goals. Margins in a league don't get any tighter! The team finishing second were Unrael Madrid, new to the tournament. They were impressive from the outset, showing great experience. Having won their opening two matches they were odds-on favourites to progress, and thus it proved. However, the single point from their final two games saw them finish second - and as detailed above they were left biting their nails hoping Bantasaurus wouldn't get the goal that would have seen Unrael go out. Last year's finalists Spice of Life Boys looked good throughout the day, winning more games in open play than any other team. They ended up worthy winners of the group, though their final group match saw them start in third place needing a victory (a draw would have seen them catch up on points with two other teams but with an inferior goal difference). (Credit should go to Spice of Life Boys, as most of their team were fasting all through daylight hours in observance of the holy month of Ramadan. Fair play to you lads.)   The first semi final was a close encounter between two teams determined not to concede. There were few clear cut chances in the game, and it finished scoreless. Thus a penalty shoot out was required to determine who would progress. Both keepers did well, making impressive saves, but Chops FC prevailed and Unrael Madrid had to make way. The second semi final saw concerted pressure from Spice of Life and an impressive rear guard effort from Mean Machine. The game looked to be heading towards penalties, but a late Spice of Life goal proved to be decisive. The final was eagerly contested, and both teams gave good accounts of themselves. Spice of Life Boys took the lead about half way through the match, and Chops doubled their efforts to try and get back in the game. A well-struck Chops shot - one of many late in the game - found its way into the back of the net, and so the game ended a draw. In the penalty shoot out decider both teams kept scoring, and it was only in sudden death that the first save was made. This proved decisive as the next kick was netted and Chops were crowned champions.

Penalty shootout in the final

Acknowledgements

This enjoyable charity event could not have happened without several key contributions. Sincerest thanks go to: Scarriff GAA Club for providing the venue. Referees Clive and Julian. Fiona, for handling the admin on the day. Mike and Eamonn, and others, for fetching balls kicked out. Tina and Brooke for the photography. The Red Cross, for their expert medical care. ...and of course all the players who made the event such a lively and enjoyable one! See you next year...

Action on a great day

Collision!

Iniscealtra Community Cup 2017 – The Details

Spot the ball

The venue is the Scarriff GAA all-weather pitch on Sat June 3rd. There will be two groups of five teams. Each team will play the other teams in their group in a league. Standard points allocation applies. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knock out stages (semi finals, final). Registration of teams and payment in full must happen before start of play. Refreshments available locally.   Registration for Group 1 will take place between 9.30am and 9.45am; Group 1 matches will kick off at 10.00am. Group 1 Teams:          
  • Mixed Bag Allstars
  • Chops FC
  • Lough Graney FC
  • Mean Machine
  • Clare Corinthians
  Registration for Group 2 will take place between 12pm and 12.15pm; Group 2 matches will kick off at 12.30pm.           Group 2 Teams:          
  • Bantasaurus Rekt
  • Ballina Boys
  • Unrael Madrid
  • Sean Bean Sex Machine
  • Spice of Life Boys
  Any team that delays the start of a game by 5 mins will concede that game 1-0. Rules of Competition 1. Eight-a-side matches, 15 minutes long, no half-time break. Captains will toss up to choose end before match. Max 2 subs allowed - roll-on, roll-off, player coming off must leave the pitch before the sub comes on. Subs allowed on/off as many times as they wish. 2. Ball allowed to be played in the air as in normal 11-a-side game. 3. Ball kicked out over fence - play restarted by opposing team with throw in or goal kick where it left field. 4. Ball touches outside of net (back or side) – keeper’s ball. 5. Goalkeeper area marked on pitch, keeper can only handle ball inside this (but is free to move in and out of area, as are all players). 6. All free kicks direct, opposition must be 5 yards away. No run up is permitted for penalties. 7. Goalkeeper touches ball with hand from back pass, or keeps ball in his hands for more than 6 seconds - penalty. 8. In league stages: if two teams are level on points, goal difference will count, then goals scored, then the head to head record. If still level then a penalty shoot out will be held to decide final positions in group. 9. Knock-out stages: if teams are level- penalty shoot-out; each team takes 5 penalties, then sudden death. A sub may take a penalty. No player can take a second penalty till all team mates have taken one 10. Play will not be stopped unless: injury to goalkeepers, serious injury to outfield player, or head injury. Otherwise play will continue at all times. The ball can bounce off the fence without play stopping. If the ball lands on top of net above goals – drop ball. Attention should be received off the field of play. 11. There will be no added time, except for stoppages mentioned above. 12. Each team is expected to bring a set of matching shirts or bibs. 13. Each team or player is advised to be covered by insurance (individual or Group) as Mixed Bag United will not accept any liability for injuries or accidents that occur on the day, nor will it accept any liability for the personal belongings of players. 14. Each team should bring water bottles. There is a tap on site. The Red Cross will be present, but you might like to bring basic first aid supplies. 15. Players can register for a second team, but must pay the entry fee for each. 16. In exceptional circumstances a team may call upon extra substitutes, but this can only happen with the approval of the organisers and the captain of the opposing team. 17. Metal studs are not allowed.   Disciplinary Rules. PLEASE NOTE:- The referee’s decision is final. Any player arguing with the referee is liable to be cautioned. All the normal rules of soccer apply. In addition: 1. If a player receives one yellow card in a match, that caution will not be carried into the next match, and the player will be caution free for the next game. 2. If a player receives two yellow cards in the same match, he will be dismissed and will be ineligible for the next game. 3. If a player receives a straight red card he will be dismissed and ineligible for the next game. 4. If a player receives a straight red card for any of the following offences, he will be dismissed immediately and will be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament: Violent Conduct; Serious foul-play; Spitting A representative from Ennis and Clare Samaritans will present the winning team with the Iniscealtra Community Cup. Any queries contact Phil (087 2368777). Best of luck in the tournament.

8 a side soccer tournament, 2017

Mixed Bag United are running a football tournament once again, as part of the Mountshannon Festival of Arts (see mountshannonarts.net). This year's festival has the theme 'From Home'... the perfect occasion to head out from home with your team to glorious East Clare, and don't forget to bring your silky skills with you! This will be our tenth year running the tournament, which has become a popular feature on the local football calendar. There’s a trophy for the winners, and a fantastic day of football for everybody! Interested?… places are limited, so get a team together and get in touch! Details below…     Mixed Bag United are running a charity 8 a side tournament on Saturday June 3rd 2017. The venue will be the all-weather pitch at Scariff GAA Club. There will be a maximum of ten teams, so places are limited – apply early to avoid missing out. The teams will be divided into two leagues of four or five teams. In the first stage the teams will play the other teams in their league. Matches will last approximately 15 or 20 minutes (depending on the number of teams in the group). The top two teams in each league will qualify for the knockout stage, which will consist of two semi finals and a final. The winning team will be presented with the Iniscealtra Community Cup - which is to have their team name engraved upon it, and which they can display in a public venue of their choice for a year. A full set of rules will be posted on this website at a later date, with all the details of teams and groups. If you would like to enter a team then contact Phil on 087 2368777. You can guarantee your place with a €50 deposit (non-refundable) to be received before Friday 12th May. You can have up to 10 players in your squad. The cost of entry is €10 per player. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO THE ENNIS AND CLARE BRANCH OF SAMARITANS

Mixed Bag Christmas get-together 2016

Once again we met up at Christmas to play a great game, enjoy a slap-up meal and keep our brain cells active with a quiz and a few brain teasers. If you want to have a go... (answers below the pics): Christmas Quiz 2016
  1. How many arms/tentacles/limbs does a squid have?
  2. What is converted into alcohol during brewing?
  3. Name the two families in Romeo and Juliet?
  4. If cats are feline, what are sheep?
  5. Which is the financial centre, and largest city, of Switzerland?
  6. What is the policeman's name in the Noddy stories?
  7. What is the third major Balearic Island, along with Majorca and Minorca?
  8. What is the alternative common name for a Black Leopard?
  9. What do the Irish call the vegetables that Americans call zucchini?
  10. In which bay is Alcatraz?
  11. Who had a 1981 hit with Once in a Lifetime?
  12. Which mountain overlooks Rio De Janeiro and its harbour?
  13. In Roman mythology, Neptune is the equivalent to which Greek god?
  14. Which TV character said, 'Live long and prosper'?
  15. What is the other name for Wildebeest?
  16. What make of car was the time-machine in the film Back to The Future?
  17. How old is a horse when it changes from a filly to a mare?
  18. Where is the Sea of Tranquillity?
  19. Freddie Bulgara was better known as which lead singer?
  20. Which city stands on the banks of the Bosphorus?
  21. What organisation uses the motto Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity?
  22. What is the flavour of Pernod?
  23. John Ronald Reuel are the Christian names of which author?
  24. Siam is the former name for which country?
  25. The Zloty is the currency of what country?
  26. Robert Zimmerman is better known as whom in the music world?
  27. Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Iraq invaded Kuwait and Germany was reunified. Which year was it?
  28. What Olympic sport prohibits the wearing of a beard?
  29. How many teeth in a full adult set?
  30. Name the 10 parts of the human body spelt with three letters (no slang)
Brainteasers
  1. Three playing cards have been removed from an ordinary pack of cards and placed in a horizontal row. To the right of a King there are one or two Queens. To the left of a Queen there are one or two Queens. To the left of a Heart there are one or two Spades. To the right of a Spade there are one or two Spades. What are the three cards?
  1. Pronounced as one letter,
And written with three, Two letters there are, And two only in me. I’m double, I’m single, I’m black, blue, and grey, I’m read from both ends, And the same either way. What am I?  
  1. A vintner recently passed away. In his will, he left 21 barrels (seven of which are filled with wine, seven of which are half-full, and seven of which are empty) to his three daughters. However, the wine and barrels must be split so that each daughter has the same number of full, half-full and empty barrels. There are no measuring devices handy – how can the wine and barrels be evenly divided?
  1. A man is condemned to death. He must choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room should he choose?
  1. A cowboy rode into town on Monday, stayed three days and nights and rode out on Monday. How can this be?
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  1. TEN (there are varying definitions of tentacles/arms for squids - generally a squid is considered to have two tentacles and eight arms - whatever, there are ten of them in total)
  2. SUGAR
  3. MONTAGUE & CAPULET
  4. OVINE
  5. ZURICH
  6. PC PLOD
  7. IBIZA
  8. PANTHER
  9. COURGETTES
  10. SAN FRANCISCO BAY
  11. TALKING HEADS
  12. SUGAR LOAF
  13. POSEIDON
  14. MR SPOCK (Star Trek)
  15. GNU
  16. DE LOREAN
  17. FOUR YEARS
  18. ON THE MOON
  19. FREDDIE MERCURY
  20. ISTANBUL
  21. B.I.
  22. ANISEED
  23. TOLKIEN
  24. THAILAND
  25. POLAND
  26. BOB DYLAN
  27. 1990
  28. BOXING
  29. 32
  30. TOE, EAR, RIB, ARM, LEG, HIP, EYE, GUM, LIP, JAW
  Brainteaser answers
  1. King of Spades, Queen of Spades, and the Queen of Hearts
  1. An eye
  1. Four half-full barrels are dumped into two of the empty barrels. This results in nine full barrels, three half-full barrels and nine empty barrels. These can be divided by three.
  1. In with the lions – they’d be dead!
  1. His horse was called Monday.

Bantasaurus Make it Two in a Row!

John from Samaritans presents the cup.

  This year's tournament saw the Iniscealtra Community Cup retained by the reigning champions BantasaurusRekt. Once again the standard throughout was high, but in the end it was fair to say the best team won. The tournament formed a part of the Mountshannon Arts Festival. It was a charity event, and all proceeds - €1060 in total - were donated to Ennis and Clare Samaritans to help fund their invaluable work. Group 1
The Wooden Boys

The Wooden Boys

Sean Bean Sex Machine

Sean Bean Sex Machine

Mixed Bag Athletic

Mixed Bag Athletic

Chops FC

Chops FC

Bantasaurus Rekt

Bantasaurus Rekt

 
Group 1 Scores
Mixed Bag Athletic 0 1 Sean Bean Sex Machine
Bantasaurus Rekt 2 0 Chops FC
The Wooden Boys 1 0 Mixed Bag Athletic
Sean Bean Sex Machine 0 0 Bantasaurus Rekt
Chops FC 0 2 The Wooden Boys
Mixed Bag Athletic 0 2 Bantasaurus Rekt
Sean Bean Sex Machine 0 1 Chops FC
The Wooden Boys 0 0 Bantasaurus Rekt
Mixed Bag Athletic 1 2 Chops FC
Sean Bean Sex Machine 0 0 The Wooden Boys
 
Group 1 League Table
Pos Teams Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
1 Bantasaurus Rekt 4 2 2 0 4 0 4 8
2 The Wooden Boys 4 2 2 0 3 0 3 8
3 Chops FC 4 2 0 2 3 5 -2 6
4 Sean Bean Sex Machine 4 1 2 1 1 1 0 5
5 Mixed Bag Athletic 4 0 0 4 1 6 -5 0
Group 2
Clare Corinthians

Clare Corinthians

Misfits Utd

Misfits Utd

Spice of Life Boys

Spice of Life Boys

The Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack

 
Group 2 Scores
The Wolf Pack 2 0 Misfits Utd.
Spice of Life Boys 1 0 Clare Corinthians
Misfits Utd. 0 2 Spice of Life Boys
The Wolf Pack 1 1 Clare Corinthians
Misfits Utd. 0 5 Clare Corinthians
The Wolf Pack 0 0 Spice of Life Boys
 
Group 2 League Table
Pos Teams Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
1 Spice of Life Boys 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7
2 The Wolf Pack 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
3 Clare Corinthians 3 1 1 1 6 2 4 4
4 Misfits Utd. 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9 0
  Knockout Stage Scores
The Wolf Pack 0 2 Bantasaurus Rekt
The Spice of Life Boys 2 2 The Wooden Boys
penalties 5 4
Bantasaurus Rekt 4 1 The Spice of Life Boys
  Acknowledgements This enjoyable charity event could not have happened without several key contributions. Sincerest thanks go to: Scarriff GAA Club for providing the venue Referees Clive and Julian Fiona, for handling the admin on the day Ella, for acting as ball boy Matthew for the photography Eamonn, for taking over when Phil had to leave and tidying up The Red Cross, for their expert medical care Phoenix, for the delicious food and drinks ...and of course all the players who made the event such a lively and enjoyable one! See you next year...

Iniscealtra Community Cup 2016 – Details

The venue is the Scarriff GAA all-weather pitch on Sat June 4th. There will be two groups of five teams. Each team will play the other teams in their group in a league. Standard points allocation applies. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knock out stages (semi finals, final). Registration of teams and payment in full must happen before start of play. Refreshments available locally.   Registration for Group 1 will take place between 9.30am and 9.45am; Group 1 matches will kick off at 10.00am. Group 1 Teams:          
  • Mixed Bag Athletic
  • Chops FC
  • Bantasaurus Rekt
  • Sean Bean Sex Machine
  • The Wooden Boys
  Registration for Group 2 will take place between 12pm and 12.15pm; Group 2 matches will kick off at 12.30pm.           Group 2 Teams:          
  • The Wolf Pack
  • Ballina Boys
  • Misfits Utd
  • Clare Corinthians
  • Spice of Life Boys
  Any team that delays the start of a game by 5 mins will concede that game 1-0. Rules of Competition 1. Eight-a-side matches, 15 minutes long, no half-time break. Captains will toss up to choose end before match. Max 2 subs allowed - roll-on, roll-off, player coming off must leave the pitch before the sub comes on. Subs allowed on/off as many times as they wish. 2. Ball allowed to be played in the air as in normal 11-a-side game. 3. Ball kicked out over fence - play restarted by opposing team with throw in or goal kick where it left field. 4. Ball touches outside of net (back or side) – keeper’s ball. 5. Goalkeeper area marked on pitch, keeper can only handle ball inside this (but is free to move in and out of area, as are all players). 6. All free kicks direct, opposition must be 5 yards away. No run up is permitted for penalties. 7. Goalkeeper touches ball with hand from back pass, or keeps ball in his hands for more than 6 seconds - penalty. 8. In league stages: if two teams are level on points, goal difference will count, then goals scored, then the head to head record. If still level then a penalty shoot out will be held to decide final positions in group. 9. Knock-out stages: if teams are level- penalty shoot-out; each team takes 5 penalties, then sudden death. A sub may take a penalty. No player can take a second penalty till all team mates have taken one 10. Play will not be stopped unless: injury to goalkeepers, serious injury to outfield player, or head injury. Otherwise play will continue at all times. The ball can bounce off the fence without play stopping. If the ball hits the low wire or lands on top of net – drop ball. Attention should be received off the field of play. 11. There will be no added time, except for stoppages mentioned above. 12. Each team is expected to bring a set of matching shirts or bibs. 13. Each team or player is advised to be covered by insurance (individual or Group) as Mixed Bag United will not accept any liability for injuries or accidents that occur on the day, nor will it accept any liability for the personal belongings of players. 14. Each team should bring water bottles. There is a tap on site. The Red Cross will be present, but you might like to bring basic first aid supplies. 15. Players can register for a second team, but must pay the entry fee for each. 16. In exceptional circumstances a team may call upon extra substitutes, but this can only happen with the approval of the organisers and the captain of the opposing team. 17. Metal studs are not allowed.   Disciplinary Rules. PLEASE NOTE:- The referee’s decision is final. Any player arguing with the referee is liable to be cautioned. All the normal rules of soccer apply. In addition: 1. If a player receives one yellow card in a match, that caution will not be carried into the next match, and the player will be caution free for the next game. 2. If a player receives two yellow cards in the same match, he will be dismissed and will be ineligible for the next game. 3. If a player receives a straight red card he will be dismissed and ineligible for the next game. 4. If a player receives a straight red card for any of the following offences, he will be dismissed immediately and will be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament: Violent Conduct; Serious foul-play; Spitting A representative from Ennis and Clare Samaritans will present the winning team with the Iniscealtra Community Cup. Any queries contact Phil (087 2368777). Best of luck in the tournament.

8 a side Soccer Tournament 2016

Once again Mixed Bag United are running a football tournament, as part of the Mountshannon Festival of Arts (see mountshannonarts.net). This year's festival has the theme 'Season of Magic', so it's the perfect occasion for spellbinding skill and wizardry on the field to take centre stage. This will be our ninth year running the tournament, which has become a popular feature on the local football calendar. There’s a trophy for the winners, and a fantastic day of football for everybody! Interested?… places are limited, so get a team together and get in touch! Details below…
Action from the final

Action from the final

Mixed Bag United are running a charity 8 a side tournament on Saturday June 4th 2016. The venue will be the all-weather pitch at Scariff GAA Club. There will be a maximum of ten teams, so places are limited – apply early to avoid missing out. The teams will be divided into two leagues of four or five teams. In the first stage the teams will play the other teams in their league. Matches will last approximately 15 or 20 minutes (depending on the number of teams in the group). The top two teams in each league will qualify for the knockout stage, which will consist of two semi finals and a final. The winning team will be presented with the Iniscealtra Community Cup - which is to have their team name engraved upon it, and which they can display in a public venue of their choice for a year. A full set of rules will be posted on the website at a later date, with all the details of teams and groups. If you would like to enter a team then contact Phil on 087 2368777. You can guarantee your place with a €50 deposit (non-refundable) to be received before Friday 13th May. You can have up to 10 players in your team. The cost of entry is €10 per player. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO THE ENNIS AND CLARE BRANCH OF SAMARITANS

Mixed Bag Christmas Get-Together

The annual Mixed Bag Christmas gathering saw us play a great game, eat a lovely meal and rack our brains with a quiz. Fancy having a go?...here are the questions:
  1. Which has the highest mountain: Earth or Mars?
  2. What are the small indentations on a golf ball called?
  3. Which city in the world has the largest population?
  4. With what device are earthquakes recorded?
  5. Name the yellow Telly Tubby
  6. What are Alpha Centauri and Sirius?
  7. Which actress was the lead star in High Society?
  8. Which 60s rock group recorded "Lighter Shade of Pale"?
  9. Clean, Jerk, and Snatch are terms used in which activity?
  10. Which country is bordered by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans?
  11. In which country would one find 8 of the world's 10 highest mountains?
  12. Which is the world's second-largest country in land area?
  13. What is the most common blood type in humans?
  14. The name of which area in the Pacific means "many islands"?
  15. What is the only word in English ending in the letters 'mt'?
  16. When there are two full moons in the same month, what is the second called?
  17. Who wrote "Waiting for Godot"?
  18. What is the name given to the process of signalling with two flags?
  19. What is the currency of Switzerland?
  20. What is the business term for assets which can be immediately turned into cash?
  21. Which country beginning with a 'T' has a shoreline on the Andaman Sea?
  22. Which is the largest planet in the solar system?
  23. Which Beatle married a Bond girl?
  24. Which instrument did Louis Armstrong play?
  25. Which Irish-American playwright wrote Moon for the Misbegotten, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh?
  26. On which street do Bert and Ernie live?
  27. One tablespoon = how many teaspoons?
  28. What does a philatelist do?
  29. Which mythological figure flew so close to the sun that the wax on his wings began to melt?
  30. What is the green pigment in plants called?
  31. In terms of the amount of alcohol you get, which is the most expensive: whiskey, beer, or wine?
  32. Which country has the largest Christian population?
  33. What does a taxidermist do?
  34. What’s the maximum length of a test match in cricket?
  35. Which country produces the most wind power per capita?
There were a few brainteasers too:
  1. John and Jack’s combined age is 91. John is now twice as old as Jack was when John was as old as Jack is now. How old are they?
  2. Two sons are born to the same woman at the same time of the same day of the same year, yet they are not twins. How can this be?
  3. Is it correct to say “the yolk of the eggs are white” or “the yolk of the eggs is white”?
  4. What goes through the front door, but never enters or leaves the house?
  5. Even though we may never have our own entry in the Guinness Book of Records, there is one record that each of us holds at some point in our lives. What is it?
  6. There is a tunnel with a single railway track going through it. One day two trains enter and leave the tunnel on the track going in opposite directions, without stopping, at exactly eight o’clock but they do not crash. How could this be?
  7. I often go to the local police station, usually early in the morning or late at night when there aren’t many people around, and destroy large numbers of fingerprints… yet I am not a criminal. Who am I?
  8. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Is this possible?
see below for the answers! P1000343 P1000344     P1000345 Quiz answers:
  1. Mars
  2. Dimples
  3. Shanghai (24 million)
  4. Seismograph
  5. La La
  6. Stars
  7. Grace Kelly
  8. Procol Harum
  9. Weight lifting
  10. Republic of South Africa
  11. Nepal
  12. Canada
  13. Type O
  14. Polynesia
  15. Dreamt
  16. Blue Moon
  17. Samuel Beckett
  18. Semaphore
  19. Swiss Franc
  20. Liquid assets
  21. Thailand
  22. Jupiter
  23. Ringo Starr
  24. Trumpet
  25. Eugene O'Neill
  26. Sesame St.
  27. Three
  28. Collects stamps
  29. Icarus
  30. Chlorophyll
  31. Beer
  32. USA
  33. Stuffs animals
  34. Five days
  35. Denmark
Brainteaser answers:
  1. 52 and 39 years old
  2. They are triplets
  3. Neither – the yolk is yellow
  4. The keyhole
  5. We are the youngest person in the world
  6. One travels at 8am, the other at 8pm
  7. The cleaner
  8. Yes. The mother was on a cruise near the International Date Line. Terry was born on March 1st, before the ship crossed the Date Line and Kerry was born on 28th Feb. In a leap year her birthday is two days before her brother’s.

New team win the Cup!

John presenting the cup

John from Samaritans presents the cup

This year's tournament saw a new trophy - the Iniscealtra Community Cup - and new champions - BantasaurusRekt. It was a great effort from the team, who only entered the tournament the day before when a team had to drop out. The tournament formed a part of the Mountshannon Arts Festival. It was a charity event, and all proceeds - €1150 in total - were donated to Ennis and Clare Samaritans to help fund their invaluable work. Group 1
Derg United

Derg United

Group 1 began with the meeting of the two teams who would also compete in the final. Both newcomers to the tournament, they served up a treat which saw Ballina Boys come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3. This was followed by a close match between Mixed Bag and Lough Graney, who were also playing in the tournament for the first time. Mixed Bag held a one goal lead entering the final minute, but couldn't hold on and the game ended in a draw.
BantasaurusRekt

BantasaurusRekt

An under strength Derg United - last year's finalists - struggled to keep up with BantasaurusRekt, who improved with every game they played. Another close game followed, and again Mixed Bag led 1-0, but Ballina Boys eventually proved too strong and ended up winning. There wasn't much between the teams as Lough Graney met Derg United, with Derg scoring the only goal.
Mixed Bag Dynamos

Mixed Bag Dynamos

In a close game that was pivotal in deciding the group Bantasaurus beat Mixed Bag 1-0. This meant Mixed Bag couldn't progress to the knockout stage. Lough Graney followed suit in the next game, well beaten by Ballina Boys, who guaranteed progression from the group. Mixed Bag finally picked up a win in their final game, beating Derg. This made qualification for Derg very unlikely, and any hopes were ended in the next game with another Bantasaurus victory. All that was left to determine in the final game of the group was to see who would top the group, which Ballina ensured when they continued their 100% record with an emphatic victory over Derg United.
Ballina Boys

Ballina Boys

Lough Graney FC

Lough Graney FC

Group 1 Scores
BantasaurusRekt 3 4 Ballina Boys
Mixed Bag Dynamos 1 1 Lough Graney FC
Derg United 1 3 BantasaurusRekt
Ballina Boys 2 1 Mixed Bag Dynamos
Lough Graney FC 0 1 Derg United
BantasaurusRekt 1 0 Mixed Bag Dynamos
Ballina Boys 3 0 Lough Graney FC
Derg United 2 4 Mixed Bag Dynamos
BantasaurusRekt 3 0 Lough Graney FC
Ballina Boys 6 0 Derg United
Group 1 League Table
Pos Teams Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
1 Ballina Boys 4 4 0 0 15 4 11 12
2 BantasaurusRekt 4 3 0 1 10 5 5 9
3 Mixed Bag Dynamos 4 1 1 2 6 6 0 4
4 Derg United 4 1 0 3 4 13 -9 3
5 Lough Graney FC 4 0 1 3 1 8 -7 1
Group 2
Spice of Life Boys

Spice of Life Boys

Group 2 began with last year's champions Clare Corinthians getting off to a good start by defeating Sean Bean Sex Machine 2-0. A close game followed which saw Slippery Chickens play out a 1-1 draw with Carthy's Creatures. The third game saw the Group 2 newcomers - Spice of Life Boys - take on the Corinthians. Corinthians continued their impressive start with another 2-0 victory. An entertaining game followed, with Slippery Chickens facing Sean Bean. The Chickens recorded a good 3-1 victory which put them in a good position in the group.
Slippery Chickens

Slippery Chickens

The next game was a hotly contested affair between Carthy's Creatures and Spice of Life. The game always looked to be decided by a single goal and thus it proved to be, with Spice of Life scoring the only goal. The only goalless game of the day came next, with the Corinthians' winning run halted by a spirited Slippery Chickens. Both Sean Bean and Carthy's went into the next game in precarious situations, knowing that only a victory would give them any chance of progressing. Sean Bean won the game 1-0, and so Carthy's Creatures went out. As it happens this result meant Clare Corinthians were guaranteed a place in the knockout stages.
Clare Corinthians

Clare Corinthians

Slippery Chickens went into their final game knowing that a victory would guarantee them a place in the semi finals. Spice of Life, meanwhile, knew they would have their fate in their own hands if they didn't lose. Both teams scored a goal, but neither went on to get a winner and the game ended 1-1. Clare Corinthians went into their final game knowing a point would be enough to see them top the group. The result was never in doubt as they went on to defeat Carthy's Creatures 4-0.
Sean Bean Sex Machine

Sean Bean Sex Machine

The final game in the group would determine who would join the Corinthians in the latter stages. Three teams had a chance of progressing - Sean Bean in the unlikely event they won by 5 goals, Slippery Chickens if they won by less or it was a draw, or Spice of Life if they could manage a victory. The Spice Boys scored early, which all but ruled out Sean Bean's chances, but they worked tirelessly to get back into the game - cheered on by Slippery Chickens! However, a second goal from the Spice of Life Boys sealed the fate of the other two teams and saw them progress. It's worth noting the Slippery Chickens bowed out unbeaten, and were the only team not to taste defeat on the day.
Carthy's Creatures

Carthy's Creatures

Group 2 Scores
Clare Corinthians 2 0 Sean Bean Sex Machine
Slippery Chickens 1 1 Carthy's Creatures
Spice of Life Boys 0 2 Clare Corinthians
Sean Bean Sex Machine 1 3 Slippery Chickens
Carthy's Creatures 0 1 Spice of Life Boys
Clare Corinthians 0 0 Slippery Chickens
Sean Bean Sex Machine 1 0 Carthy's Creatures
Spice of Life Boys 1 1 Slippery Chickens
Clare Corinthians 4 0 Carthy's Creatures
Sean Bean Sex Machine 0 2 Spice of Life Boys
Group 2 League Table
Pos Teams Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
1 Clare Corinthians 4 3 1 0 8 0 8 10
2 Spice of Life Boys 4 2 1 1 4 3 1 7
3 Slippery Chickens 4 1 3 0 5 3 2 6
4 Sean Bean Sex Machine 4 1 0 3 2 7 -5 3
5 Carthy's Creatures 4 0 1 3 1 7 -6 1
Knockout Stages The first semi final saw a well contested affair between two very contrasting teams. BantasaurusRekt - a talented team of young players, fresh-faced and enthusiastic - versus Clare Corinthians - wily, experienced players who have demonstrated the know-how of winning consistently. The Corinthians' three-year reign finally came to an end as Bantasaurus came out victorious, but the margin was a close one. The second semi final was very close, with the Spice of Life Boys scoring first but unable to add a crucial second goal. Ballina Boys threatened throughout and evntually were rewarded with an equaliser. Neither side could find a winner, and the game ended up a draw. Consequently a penalty shoot out was required to determine a winner. The shoot out was a tense affair, with feelings running high. Both teams showed confidence taking penalties, and the only miss came when one of the Spice Boys hit the crossbar. On such a fine margin then the tie was decided and Ballina Boys went on to the final. As mentioned earlier the final saw the two teams who played the very first game of the day face each other once more. In that game BantasaurusRekt had built up a lead, only for Ballina Boys to come back strong. The final began in similar fashion, and Ballina found themselves behind once more. Bantasaurus had improved throughout the day, however, and were able to hold on to and indeed strengthen their lead - finishing off with a convincing 4-1 victory.
Knockout Stages
BantasaurusRekt 2 1 Clare Corinthians
Ballina Boys 1 1 Spice of Life Boys
penalties 5 4
BantasaurusRekt 4 1 Ballina Boys
Acknowledgements This enjoyable charity event could not have happened without several key contributions. Sincerest thanks go to: Scarriff GAA Club for providing the venue Referees Joel, Oisín, John, Eamonn and Phil Holly, for handling the admin on the day Lucas, for acting as ball boy Matthew for the photography Sonia, for help tidying up The Red Cross, for their expert medical care Ber's Café, for the delicious food and drinks ...and of course all the players who made the event such a lively and enjoyable one!
Joel and Oisin - referees for Group 1

Joel and Oisin - referees for Group 1

Lucas

Lucas

Holly busy with the team registration

Holly busy with the team registration

Cameraman Matthew and Holly

Cameraman Matthew and Holly

John

John

Phil

Phil

Eamonn

Eamonn

Sonia

Sonia

See you next year...
The winners with the Cup

The winners with the Cup

Iniscealtra Community Cup 2015 – The Details

The venue is the Scarriff GAA all-weather pitch on Sat May 23rd. There will be two groups of five teams. Each team will play the other teams in their group in a league. Standard points allocation applies. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knock out stages (semi finals, final). Registration of teams and payment in full must happen before start of play. Refreshments available (rolls, juice, tea/coffee, cake)   Registration for Group 1 will take place between 9.30am and 9.45am; Group 1 matches will kick off at 10.00am. Group 1 Teams:          
  • Mixed Bag Dynamos
  • Ballina Boys
  • Lough Graney FC
  • Derg United
  • BantasaurusRekt
  Registration for Group 2 will take place between 12pm and 12.15pm; Group 2 matches will kick off at 12.30pm.           Group 2 Teams:          
  • Slippery Chickens
  • Carthy's Creatures
  • Sean Bean Sex Machine
  • Clare Corinthians
  • Spice of Life Boys
  Any team that delays the start of a game by 5 mins will concede that game 1-0.   Rules of Competition 1. Eight-a-side matches, 15 minutes long, no half-time break. Captains will toss up to choose end before match. Max 2 subs allowed - roll-on, roll-off, player coming off must leave the pitch before the sub comes on. Subs allowed on/off as many times as they wish. 2. Ball allowed to be played in the air as in normal 11-a-side game. 3. Ball kicked out over fence - play restarted by opposing team with throw in or goal kick where it left field. 4. Ball touches outside of net (back or side) – keeper’s ball. 5. Goalkeeper area marked on pitch, keeper can only handle ball inside this (but is free to move in and out of area, as are all players). 6. All free kicks direct, opposition must be 5 yards away. No run up is permitted for penalties. 7. Goalkeeper touches ball with hand from back pass, or keeps ball in his hands for more than 6 seconds - penalty. 8. In league stages: if two teams are level on points, goal difference will count, then goals scored, then the head to head record. If still level then a penalty shoot out will be held to decide final positions in group. 9. Knock-out stages: if teams are level- penalty shoot-out; each team takes 5 penalties, then sudden death. A sub may take a penalty. No player can take a second penalty till all team mates have taken one 10. Play will not be stopped unless: injury to goalkeepers, serious injury to outfield player, or head injury. Otherwise play will continue at all times. The ball can bounce off the fence without play stopping. If the ball hits the low wire or lands on top of net – drop ball. Attention should be received off the field of play. 11. There will be no added time, except for stoppages mentioned above. 12. Each team is expected to bring a set of matching shirts or bibs. 13. Each team or player is advised to be covered by insurance (individual or Group) as Mixed Bag United will not accept any liability for injuries or accidents that occur on the day, nor will it accept any liability for the personal belongings of players. 14. Each team should bring water bottles. There is a tap on site. The Red Cross will be present, but you might like to bring basic first aid supplies. 15. Players can register for a second team, but must pay the entry fee for each. 16. In exceptional circumstances a team may call upon extra substitutes, but this can only happen with the approval of the organisers and the captain of the opposing team. 17. Metal studs are not allowed.     Disciplinary Rules. PLEASE NOTE:- The referee’s decision is final. Any player arguing with the referee is liable to be cautioned. All the normal rules of soccer apply. In addition: 1. If a player receives one yellow card in a match, that caution will not be carried into the next match, and the player will be caution free for the next game. 2. If a player receives two yellow cards in the same match, he will be dismissed and will be ineligible for the next game. 3. If a player receives a straight red card he will be dismissed and ineligible for the next game. 4. If a player receives a straight red card for any of the following offences, he will be dismissed immediately and will be ineligible for the remainder of the tournament: Violent Conduct; Serious foul-play; Spitting   A representative from Ennis and Clare Samaritans will present the winning team with the Iniscealtra Community Cup. Any queries contact Phil (087 2368777). Best of luck in the tournament.