Donal Scully

Hong Kong Sevens

Sevens weekend is synonymous with wild excess, raucous revelry, heady high jinks, over-indulgence and conspicuous consumption. It's a hedonistic orgy which, while no Dante's Inferno, bears more than passing resemblance to a humungous outdoor den of iniquity.

Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am

Ball Watching

Ciao bambinos. Italian soccer is back at last. Six weeks after most other major European domestic leagues started play, calcio begins tomorrow.

The Italians postponed their big kick off to accommodate the Under-23 national side's bid for Olympic glory. What a waste of time! Marco Tardelli's side came up well short of expectations, losing in the quarter-finals.

29 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Ball Watching

Last weekend's Premier League fare reminded us all just what the blood-and-guts English game has over other top domestic competitions. The matches from Upton Park and The Dell included remarkable fightbacks that typify the traditional battling spirit of the game in England.

1 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Season-ending showpieces need to start living up to the hype

The season effectively comes to an end (at least for five minutes before Euro 2000 is upon us) in the next six days with the two biggest club showpieces of the year - the FA Cup final and the European Cup final. CABLE deliver the former and ATV the latter after they stepped into the breach left by ESPN's untimely disappearance.

19 May 2000 - 12:00am

Permutations make for fascinating final Champions' League round

The long haul through the Champions' League group stages ends next midweek with Matchday Six of the second phase on ESPN (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Several of the quarter-final slots are already taken but there are still plenty of issues to be decided before the competition finally moves into the knockout format.

17 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Man who stole the World limits our view of 2002 Mondiale

The news slipped out recently that the people's game has turned it's back on the people.

Or in other words, the right of most fans around the world to see World Cup matches free of charge was ended and almost slipped by unnoticed.

24 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

And now back to the real business

So how was it for you? Put another way, were the ballyhooed Euro 2000 play-offs worth missing a week of Premiership action for? Probably not but they made for a novel enough distraction. And there was that amazing 45-yard winning goal for Slovenia in their first leg against Ukraine.

19 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

CABLE use extra channel to show both title deciders live

First things first. CABLE TV is going to go split channel with its coverage of Sunday's Premier League finale. Channel Six will carry the Manchester United v Spurs match while Channel 18 has Arsenal v Aston Villa, both live.

14 May 1999 - 12:00am

Sit back and enjoy blissful feast of footie

IGNORANCE is bliss. Like most armchair sports nerds, I've found that to be a most fulfilling life philosophy.

And I'll kindly remind you to not disturb my delusions of happiness by bothering me with real-world issues of war, poverty and injustice.

1 May 1998 - 12:00am

Money spawns weird hybrids

THE unholy coupling of television, corporate sponsorship and the greed of football's finest has produced some mutant offspring over the years.

In order to fill air time around which to plug the sponsors' goods more and more football shows are needed.

5 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Sod it, the choice is now yours

WELCOME to Murphy's (also known as Sod's) Law in the world of Wharf Sports scheduling.

That's the phenomenon of always picking the wrong queue, changing your lucky numbers as they come up in the lottery, your house burning down the day the insurance lapses, etc.

19 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

F1 fans treated to sounds of silence from STAR

THE sound you didn't hear yesterday was that of Formula One engines revving.

For several years now STAR has provided reliable coverage of all the season's races.

But suddenly that has ground to a dead stop. Yesterday the F1 season got underway in Melbourne but viewers in Hong Kong were unable to see it.

11 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

No holds barred as Chinese athletes tell of tyranny years

THE cliche that 'sport and politics don't mix' has always sounded more like wishful bleating than a statement of fact.

Almost every international sports event has political connotations. As governments who invest in sporting success know only too well - sport and jingoism together can paper over the failings in other areas of society.

4 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

History used to a great effect

A TO Z of Sport, showing on PRIME is a simple but effective idea for a series.

Using grainy old film footage it does the ABC of a particular sport each episode.

Soccer, cricket, horse racing and, yesterday, motor racing have all featured.

It works as great memory-jogger for fans and equally well as an introduction for the uninitiated.

27 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Cruel cut as TVB strikes again

JUST when you thought it was safe to enjoy a news sport bulletin . . .

We hadn't had an example of the dreaded Hitchcock-itis in recent weeks but, on Saturday, TVB's evening news corrected that . . . with knobs on.

24 Jul 1995 - 12:00am