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GAA Discussion / Re: Violence in Adult Club Football
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:26:54 PM »
My own club has been involved in these types of incidents over the years. More than Id like to admit. Some reactionary, some where we were instigators. All of them wrong. I go to games these days and fear it. My youngest son hates going to games and wont play because of what he has seen on the field. I try to say to him that its not normally like this but who am I kidding. I will go to a minor final tonight and a senior senior tomorrow night, both games against fierce rivals of ours in Armagh Harps and Cullyhanna. There will be incidents. There will be fights. There will be blow ups in the crowd possibly. How do I say to my youngest son to come and cheer his cousin on? I love the game and I live the game. I will be on a field at 10 tomorrow morning coaching u12s and trying to instill what I can in them. As a coach I want to make them better footballers, I want to help them win stuff, I love the thrill of seeing them do well, I dread the sense of devastation they have when they lose. But they are kids. What I try as best as possible is to make them be respectful win or lose. If they are a bit better footballers when they leave my time with them but much better young men then Ive done my job.

This leads me to the issue of violence. Its is ingrained from too many levels. It is bred from underage. I see it through lack of discipline and respect at younger levels. If they dont learn the lessons then they will continue into adult hood and then its gone. There has to be a long term approach to change this, between players and club members. A lot of the anger on the field can be driven from the crowd as well. FFS are you gonna stand up to them and hit them a slap?  Dont let thon yella f**ker do that to you?  Guess what, players are well fit to mind themselves without the fans encouraging violence. Time to have a change

It takes a while to change or instil a culture within a group, a team and ultimately the club- I always think that values are as important as skills, or at least should complement them, when coaching.  I spend most of my time coaching schools teams, and while there are occasionally dust-ups, they are much rarer than the club scene.  I'd say partially because there would be more of a sense of discipline through the school environment, whereas with clubs you will come across volatile coaches/ outright lunatics over teams, which only further raises the likelihood of incidents, from u12 to adult level.
One thing I've often wondered about which might help would be for referees to rate teams in terms of players', management and supporters conduct, and that at the end of the year clubs be rewarded based on the overall scores. 
Best of luck with the upcoming games!

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 10, 2018, 06:46:08 PM »
That story was rife at the time. I have no doubt there was a few mentions of it on here.

Over the years I've heard some amount of stories about players and managers going off with other player's wives.  I suppose statistically there's bound to be one or a few true, but it would have to be difficult and distressing to be the subject of such rumours, especially for the partners/ wives, and if they are trying to shield children.

GAA Discussion / Re: U20 All Ireland series
« on: August 05, 2018, 08:09:47 PM »
A couple of minutes before that, something happened the far side of the field.  I didn't see clearly, but he seemed to be trying to get the ref's attention, and from where I was, he looked to be pointing at his eye.
Kildare full value for their win, but credit Mayo for hanging on and keeping it competitive.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Ros Croke Park 5/8/18
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:03:08 PM »
Roscommon have nothing to lose and zero expectation on them. If they decide to go out and have a cut it could be interesting. If they fold the tent Dublin could run up a record score. Either Dubs by 4 or 40. Nothing inbetween.

The pessimist in me would have the range from 14-40...

General discussion / Re: Mid life crisis
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:15:42 PM »
I went home earlier in July to Armagh and was home the year before that too. Something I noticed and I suppose I'm experiencing a bit of it myself is the scary realization that life is moving very fast, time is precious and lots of men (and maybe women too) around the age of 40 are having a bit of a mid life crisis and wondering if they chose the right path. I've changed jobs recently in to a brand new industry.  Some friends at home have done the same. I also see the negative side of things with people ending their marriages in the hope for something better....

I find myself concerned more about time.  Missed opportunities to spend time with my aging parents or missed opportunities to spend time with my kids.  My job change hopefully will provide more work/life balance and afford me more time at home and less travelling for work. But I still wonder what else I can do.

Anyone in the same boat?

In the same age bracket, and its a bit stark looking back: 20 year old me would not be impressed with the way things turned out.
That said, you improvise as you go along, and I often think of Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' when looking back to see how I got here.
Best of luck with it all, especially the work-life balance, spending time with kids and parents.  Every minute is an investment in memories.

GAA Discussion / Re: Gaelic Football RIP
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:53:49 PM »
Haven't fully kept up with this thread, so maybe this was suggested and shot down already, but if there was a limit of two to tackle the man in possession, would that prevent 'swarm' defence, as in a player getting surrounded and either losing possession or done for over-carrying?
Your very skilful players would have a greater chance of running at a defence and creating scoring opportunities, and wouldn't this open up the game?
The immediate flaws are it could lead to theatrics to win a free if one/ two defenders are trying to impede a run, and also at underage, your bigger, stronger players would be very hard to stop.
Also, any amendments to rules have to be referee-friendly.  It's hard enough to get right at the minute, and if there was to be rule changes, they'd have to be workable at Junior B league as well as in Croke Park on the big days.

Cant fathom ground capacity stuff at all, stand is 10k,so thats saying its only what 6k in other three ends , lets guess 7k in albany and bacon factory end with 5k on the other side . Wtf like how do health and safety come to these figures is it based on all patrons been 30stone , 8ft tall and 4ft wide.

Mayo Mick (or is that his name?!!)- he's that size and a bit, so it'd only need a few more like him to tighten up space!!

GAA Discussion / Re: Time for roscommon to shit or get off the pot?
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:59:10 AM »
On behalf of Roscommon, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for supporting our players at club and county level, and to apologise for having any degree of optimism or ambition whatsoever.  I would like to apologise for deriving any bit of joy or excitement from any games won in the past, and apologise profusely to any team Roscommon had the temerity to beat, even if it was a rarity.  I apologise for us not knowing our place.  I apologise for those players that try to be as good as they can be, and apologise for anyone that puts in time or effort trying to improve said players.  I hereby vow to leave all matters GAA and gaelic football to Mayo, Galway, Tyrone, Meath, Dublin and Kerry in future, and will pass on to all Rossies that we mustn't dare to dream, or look for the occasional day to enjoy, and we should desist from getting notions about ourselves...

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:40:12 PM »
All that's missing is The Stallion...

GAA Discussion / Re: U17 Football Championship
« on: August 27, 2017, 02:43:10 PM »
Well done to the Tyrone lads, blitzed us for 20 minutes in first half.  I feared for a complete annihilation in second half, but the Rossies stuck to the task admirably, and Tyrone kicked a good few wides as Ros were clawing it back.  It never looked like we could manufacture a goal, however, whereas it looked like it was coming for a while for Tyrone.  Plenty to be optimistic about- with the proper supports and coaching, hopefully a few of these lads will be able to step up to senior level.

Could we not just let this thread go?
Bad day for Ros- enough said.
Calls/ performances not up to it on the day: enough said. 
Hope for the future/ a platform to build on despite this disaster: enough said.
Good luck Mayo the rest of the campaign: enough said.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 28, 2017, 11:49:54 PM »
Brilliant, 5 Sams.  Love it!!

GAA Discussion / Re: Intercounty apathy a worrying trend
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:57:39 PM »
Interesting reading.  Apart from the difficulty of selling any radical changes that would get past congress, I'd imagine there'd have to be heavy promotion of the competition for the weaker counties:  would games be televised, or would there be a highlights/ discussion program on television?  Serious investment would need to be made, at least directly from Croke Park.  Would there be a risk (unlikely, but still possible) that SKY would have the 'Senior' rights, while the rest might get token coverage?  I've no real agenda here one way or another, just a few thoughts based on what I've read so far.  Also, what happens to London/ New York?

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