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I do have wonder what they coach, coaching a tackle from 12, it was tackle with 1 hand and keep the other out, now county players seem to come in frailing with slaps all over the man, with little direction in trying to hit the ball to dislodge.

Do underage coaches ever coach the tackle?
At Go Games all I hear from the coaches is hand in, hand out but looking at the wee lad slapping intently with both hands...that he doesn't understand what hand in, hand out actually means.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: June 05, 2023, 10:45:07 PM »
Disappointed that he's going.  I thought he'd stay another year for a run at the Champion's League.  He failed miserably in it so I thought he'd want a good run at it this season. It's all good saying 'we don't stop' but he needs to understand how his team can defend properly.

Hard to know how he'll do at Spurs. Will he get a budget or be allowed to pick his transfer targets?  Could go either way.  Spurs, at least are not in Europe, can build this incoming season without the pressure of Europe, which may help Ange in a way.

Still, the behind scenes at Spurs would definately be an issue.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
« on: June 05, 2023, 11:37:50 AM »
Think it will be a few years before Dunloy are caught. Sadly, for the county, there is only 1 club capable of doing so. Not a good situation. Having said that, great work going on with hurling in many NA juvenile teams.

That’s true to a point but my young nephew is on a team that’s working hard and ‘competing’ but yes the NA teams are pretty good

We were invited to play naomh padraig in armoy a few weeks back at u10.5, best team ive seen at that age group by a considerable margin.

Is it U10.5 or U11.5?

Group attendances are what you'd expect for Group/qualification games  especially when overpriced, no packages of any sort and no marketing etc. Only the regular followers are going.
The old Qualifier games never drew the big day eventers either.
Some seem obsessed with possible Croker double headers.
Play the games as near to half way as possible. At least 5 or 6,000 will look decent enough in a smaller stadium.

Is there a package deal for the 3 group games?

Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
« on: June 04, 2023, 08:59:05 PM »
Are all the county lads now back in with the clubs now?

Yeah, taking extra steps on frees is shocking.

Ref just needs a can of that spray and mark it and away we go.

This is a simple step, like many others, the GAA could implement without any issues.

General discussion / Re: Lawless Republic
« on: June 02, 2023, 07:47:42 PM »
Mad stuff altogether.

Why were the lads staying in the house?

I thought they'd just change the locks etc. and that'd be that.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling 2023
« on: June 02, 2023, 07:41:10 PM »
I think Clare will get plenty of joy inside  also.

Throw Duggan in there a few times and throw it into him. Have Kelly buzzing about in there also.

Diarmuid Ryan chipping in with a few points from distance with Fitzgerald there also so there could be a good few points from distance.

Tom M. having a great season and Graeme M. always coming off the bench and making an impact these days.

GAA Discussion / Re: Go Games - Good or bad - discuss...
« on: June 02, 2023, 03:28:35 PM »
They have done that Marty - and Go Games was developed as the best practice!

But have they?

Where is the valid viewpoint that a few compritions a year are good and build character etc. etc.  Not to mention to develop the stronger players?

Go Games are all about the the mixed ability age groups.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 05:05:12 PM »
When was Lowry on Nolan?

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: June 01, 2023, 07:57:56 AM »
I thought by his comments recently that he'd be staying.

General discussion / Re: A United Ireland. Opening up the discussion.
« on: June 01, 2023, 07:56:27 AM »
Does he write them articles and tweets etc. or does someone else help him?

The amount of tweets and re-tweets he puts out is shocking.  It's 7 days a week.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling 2023
« on: May 31, 2023, 11:12:17 PM »
Complete clown.

Unless you're All Star material by 6 or 7 years old, you're finished...according to him.

Not that knowledgeable on hurling either. Likes to waffle.

Let him 'aff and like Brolly, don't take him too serious.

I wonder will Cian Lynch start the next day out.  Key thing for Limerick is to put a marker on TK, follow him everywhere - don't even worry about the ball.

Should be good. Clare will be well ready.

General discussion / Re: A5 WTC (New Road from Aughnacloy to Derry)
« on: May 31, 2023, 08:36:53 PM »
Stormont official says road should be completed by 2028, according to BBC.

I think you are seeing a drop off in Derry due to the absence of Gallagher. Both Donegal and Derry now have caretaker managers and the uncertainty can't be good for either team. That game will not be one for the purist and I'd predict a horrible spectacle and the fact that it is in Ballybofey there won't be much in it. If Derry get out with any sort of victory they would sign up for that now.

Yeah that's my take too.
Earlier in the year I would have had us in with a real chance of an AI. Now, it wouldn't surprise me if we finished 3rd in the group and got knocked out in the QF.
The loss of Gallagher is huge for this team in terms of the intensity he drew out of the players. That has definitely been missing the last 2 games.
Gallagher prepared the team for the Armagh - i appreciate he wasn't at the game but it was always going to be a tight game. If Brendan Rogers had of fisted the point over the bar near the end we'd probably have won by 3 points and everyone would say it was a great performance. Levels definitely dipped for the Monaghan game, who were excellent on the day, had 4 weeks to prepare and played us in their last game. We would have found that game tough under RG too. Every provincial finalist underperformed in the 1st round of group games.

I'm still expecting us to beat Donegal but probably not as hopeful of a long run in the AI as i was pre RG scandal but we'll see. The last day out, of our key players only McGuigan has performed near the level we have become accustomed to so I am still expecting an improvement in the next 2 group games.

I see Vinney Corey isn't happy with the scheduling as it gives Clare an advantage this week (2 week rest). He wasn't too bothered about it last week.

The loss of Gallagher is massive for Derry. The media won't say it too loud as he is now deemed persona non grata but his imprint was all over that team as he was the coach, manager, tactician and motivator all in one. Add in the terms of his departure with the claims hanging over him with players and their family reading the media stories about it ever since then and it can't be easy for the Derry players.

That is a large part of why I think we will continue to see such a drop off in their performance levels. I don't think they were ever going to win an All Ireland anyway but now I'd be surprised if they get past the quarter finals.

As for Corey complaining about the 2 week gap, well some of these county managers just need a chip on their shoulder about something. These are highly conditioned athletes so I don't see how they need more than a week to recover between matches. The same managers would likely be running weekend training camps or playing full 70 minute training matches if they didn't have a match anyway. Too few games and they are complaining and too many games and they are complaining also.   

Yeah, week on week games are the way to go. Cuts down on training:game ratio.  That's good in my opinion.

I'd like to think players feel the same also. Bit of recovery the first evening, light session and tactical the next night.

Players want games.

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