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Thought for the Day


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,


Futsal splits eleven aside team into fast & not so fast thinkers

Had a parent manager complain, in nicest possible way, that futsal had caused him problems – he did not have time to organise his eleven aside team into two futsal teams, so just ran one team made up his most reliable players (parents?).

Result his eleven aside training sessions had got more difficult, reason his futsal lads was now thinking and playing quicker than the non futsal lads.

Futsal had created a team within a team.

An observation slightly different, I refereed an U12z futsal game this week, excellent game, but did the losing team go home disappointed they had lost or chuffed to bits they had scored best two goals of the night.

We can win in more ways than just the score line…

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Please,one of these to cover Novartis from the elements

Last night at Novartis I refereed four terrific U11z matches. The wind was howling through the nearby trees, one floodlight dimmed in every fresh onslaught by the wind, it was bitter cold and all eight teams excelled in conditions that were more suited to a Polar Bear.

More than that the standard of play was a credit to managers and their protégées; yes the wind played its part, but more so did the players who excelled at passing and being available to receive the pass.

Exceptionally well done:

Boro’ Athletic; Discoveries All Stars; Clee Sporting; NTC; Grimsby Soccer Club & the Immingham teams.

Not to forget assistant referee Dan, who next time will wear an extra layer of clothing; fortunately I took a bag of extra warm gear!

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