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Tina McCarthy

Tina McCarthy
A Trinity College graduate, Tina is currently completing an MA at University College Cork. She comes from a proud sporting family with links to Irish International football and cycling. Tina has been an avid snooker and tennis fan for many years and follows both sports religiously, as is reflected in her insightful work.

Snooker: Supreme Mark Selby rockets to victory

What a magnificently memorable 2014 World Championship Final. From 3-8 and 5-10 behind, Mark Selby displayed impenetrable character to come back to beat defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 18-14 to complete Snooker’s Triple Crown. Selby showed extraordinary character and because of that, as Steve Davis suggested, anyone who thinks that Mark Selby is boring does not truly appreciate snooker (or understand …

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Snooker: Dear Mark Selby, Ronnie is not invincible

Dear Mark Selby, Congratulations on winning your semi-final match against Neil Robertson.  It was a hard fought battle spanning over 11 hours which looked as though it would go right down to the wire at 12-12.  But you held your nerve and demonstrated your patience, tactics, stamina and determination to prevail 17-15 in yet another Crucible classic. Your prize is …

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Snooker: Character at the Crucible

The first week of the World Championship has lived up to the expectation of pure Crucible magic.  We have been treated to shock exits, quality play from qualifiers, comebacks, eccentric footwear and even tartan pants (thank you Alan McManus).  What’s more, the upsets so far have proven the depth of talent in the game and that, arguably, increased competition is …

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Snooker: Crucible draw poses mouth-watering clashes

It’s safe to say that Ronnie O’Sullivan has been granted a very favourable draw at the World Championship at the Crucible this year. He faces Finnish qualifier Robin Hull in the first round.  With no disrespect to Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy or any of the other players in the top half of the draw, I don’t see anyone other than …

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Ding eyes ‘more records’ after Berlin glory

Ding Junhui produced world class snooker to recover from 4-2 behind to beat Judd Trump 9-5 to claim the German Masters in Berlin.  The win was the fourth ranking title in five events for Ding and keeps him on course to break Stephen Hendry’s record of five ranking titles won in the 1990-1991 season.  It also marked the tenth career …

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ATP: Five things we learned from the Australian Open

Tina McCarthy discusses the five talking points from the Men’s Australian Open. 1. Rafael Nadal is the greatest sportsman of all time We need to treasure the Spaniard as long as he is involved in the game.  He is an exemplar of so many things: competitiveness, attitude, grace, passion, commitment and sportsmanship.  For the sake of his own health, he …

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WTA: Five things we learned from the Australian Open

Tina McCarthy discusses the top five talking points from the Women’s Australian Open. 1. Serena is not invincible Apparently it’s all about ‘having fun’ but let’s face it, Serena plays to win.  The fact that she lost in the fourth round to Ana Ivanovic will have been a bitter pill for her to swallow,  but it also serves as a …

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Australian Open Women’s Final: A breath of fresh air

What a revelation the women’s final turned out to be, writes Tina McCarthy.  First of all, I think everybody breathed a sigh of relief as we realized we had a very competitive final on our hands.  With Li Na being the overwhelming favourite and Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova competing in her first Grand Slam final, there was fear of China’s number …

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