Over 80 older men competed in the Go for Life Games which was held in the Watershed Leisure Centre, Kilkenny. Teams from all over the Southeast came to do battle against each other. Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford, and South Tipperary all to competed for glory in three devised games; Scidle, Flisc and Lobbers
“What a great day for men to get out and test our mettle,” says participant and South Tipperary Councillor John Fahey. “When I heard about the Games, I knew that we could do South Tipp proud. I got involved to show that team sports are for everyone, not matter what age you are. It’s been great to be involved and, hopefully next year, we’ll see men across the country getting involved.”
The games played are based on what Go for Life groups play across Ireland. ‘Lobbers’ is an adaptation of the game Boules. ‘Scidil’ is a type of ten pin bowling or skittles but more difficult as it is played with one skittle. The third game, ‘Flisk’, is a cross between Frisbee and the fairground favourite, horseshoe pitching.
There are separate teams for each game from each county and are made up of four. The games are played in a ‘round robin’ style so that most people are competing most of the time. The overall scores are added up to find the winning county. The emphasis on fair play is also important and ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards are given to individuals who show sportsmanship and fair play. A total of 250 games were played on the day.
Valerie Connolly, Sports Co-ordinator with South Tipperary Sports Partnership is enthusiastic about their involvement so far: “To date, our work with older people has predominantly been with women so it great to be working with a group of interested men. We currently have a group of twelve men who meet on a weekly basis to play the games as training for the regional event in Kilkenny and they are really enjoying it.”
As the five Counties did battle against each other in an action packed day full of single, doubles and team events the Wexford skilled team won the Scidle event and the Premier County took home the Lobbers title and Kilkenny were announced Flisc champions. The Kilkenny cats were also announced overall winners, but on by a very small margin over the Wexford Yellow Bellies.
Sinéad Corcoran, Student Sports Development officer in South Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary’s team Manager commented - “I really enjoyed working with the South Tipperary Team. They were very easy to work with and could not wait to get to Kilkenny. They were very enthusiastic bunch from the very start. It was a great day out for everyone involved and it is great to see older people getting out and getting active in a fun way. There was friendly competition between all the teams and a bit of crack was had. I would like to that the Go For Life Team for organising a very enjoyable day.”
If there are any interested men or groups would like to participate in the Jumpstart programme please do not hesitate to contact the STSP on 062-64783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.