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General discussion / Re: Euro 2024
July 10, 2024, 10:22:14 PM
They were the better side for long periods of the game. As a villa fan I was hoping that Watkins would not be introduced as the game was made for him. He's a machine at pressing the defence and his runs in behind will always cause problems. He'll be on the bench again for the final.
Quote from: Orior on July 10, 2024, 12:27:10 PMRonaldo would be great in the half forward line, and Messi would be a tricky wee corner forward. Also Rondaldo probably a better hurler so he gets my vote

Messi a career like the Gooch. Went from damaging the scoreboard to dictating play on the 40. Class at both
General discussion / Re: Movie recommendations
July 09, 2024, 05:13:08 PM
Inside Out 2, like the first one, is cleverly done.
I see Carla has been issuing out emails trying to rouse the troops.

"By voting Lockhart X you can ensure continued representation at Westminster. If you dont vote or split the unionist vote you will have an abstentionist MP with NO VOICE and NO VOTE."

Seems that she is quite concerned. I'd be surprised if she was caught really.
GAA Discussion / Re: Yawn
July 04, 2024, 09:05:33 AM
Quote from: Sheedy on July 03, 2024, 11:17:14 PMFor me and I've said it on different threads tickets prices have to be more realistic.

Fella in work, no interest in gaa but his kids play, they want to go to watch Down in the tailteann final, then he says 55 euro a ticket? no chance he says.

When I was a kid 80s and 90s my da and especially my uncle used to take me to Down matches all over the place, great days. Is there that same connection now a days, I don't think so.

I'm still going but it's out of blind loyalty, definitely dont feel it's value for money especially for a family.

Tailteann semis, 10500 attendance, give out free tickets to competing counties and try to boost attendance, try to make it a club day out at a reasonable price, try to promote the games instead of letting them stagnate.

100% this. 
GAA Discussion / Re: Yawn
July 03, 2024, 09:54:28 AM
The product is one thing, but for me the most serious trend is the inflated costs and the condensed season. The GAA, an amateur sport, has made it totally impossible for a football loving family to follow their county team throughout the year. Half empty stadiums and they do nothing but raise the prices. Big games even behind paywalls on TV now too.

They are constantly charging for kids when again, the place is half empty.

It has even filtered down to county board level.  I recently went to an U14 county final in the Athletic Grounds and they were charging for the children to enter. I'm at a loss as to what that is about.

I used to try to dispute the Grab All Association slur that the soccer ones etc would have thrown about. It's getting harder and harder to do that.
General discussion / Re: Euro 2024
July 03, 2024, 09:40:33 AM
Austria v Turkey, finally a decent game.  Austria will be kicking themselves having had the majority of it but unable make it count.  What a save from the Baumgartner effort at the end!
The skit by Jonathan Pie as a summary of the consecutive Conservative governments is a thing of beauty. It's hilarious, but also infuriating.
GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kerry
July 01, 2024, 10:03:39 AM
Quote from: illdecide on July 01, 2024, 09:29:34 AMWell guys, already the crap talk has started that Armagh are going to play the same as Derry and a lot of people are dismissing Armagh and no point in us turning up. Not sure of his name now but read last night somewhere that some commentator said Kerry v Donegal or Galway will be a good final. I'm kinda glad that we are being dismissed but a wee bit pissed off too that we don't get the respect we deserve for being there.

Anyway on the game itself...Should be good, Armagh will be defensive but will offer a lot more going forward than Derry and most other teams Kerry have played this year. We will need to keep them close and not let them get away from us as it'll open up and we will get it tight. I'm hopeful but long enough in the tooth to know Kerry will be the favourites and we will have to play to our max to beat them but we can do it.

We will of course be defensive but I hope we dont go uber defensive like we did against them in the league a couple of years ago; were we struggled to threaten the scoreboard.

I dont think the gap between the sides is that large really but Kerry understandably favourites.  If we can hang in there, we have certainly shown this year that our bench can make an impact late in the game. 
General discussion / Re: Holidays
June 21, 2024, 03:39:09 PM
Recently flew outta Leeds Bradford and they had them new scanners that mean you dont have to take all your liquids out and have them in a separate bag etc. Worked well. Great job.

In contrast Belfast got me to open my bag to show them a non liquid stick deodorant. I'm sure we'll catch up  ::) 
General discussion / Re: Podcasts
June 14, 2024, 11:30:52 AM
Quote from: toby47 on June 14, 2024, 10:06:09 AMI listen to podcasts day in day out whilst in the car.

99% sports.

The Football Pod, Gaa Social, This is football, Comhra Le Tomas, GaaGo - Ratified, Mentality monsters etc.

Anyone recommend any good 'non-sports' podcasts as there aren't enough sports ones in the week to keep me going when driving? Or anything different to the above.

Brolly, depending on the topic and if he's your cup of tea. I enjoyed the Mythstories series with Shane Todd and Ciaran Bartlett, but I could also see how these two would be a struggle for some people. I found them funny, but dont be expecting huge historical accuracy.
On Higgins. I watched him for Maghery v Clans just a couple of weeks ago.  He was by far the best player on the pitch. Now obviously this is a different level but he's clearly in form.
Quote from: dec on June 13, 2024, 10:55:48 PM

A little surprised that Stefan isnt down to start (of course this may not be the team that starts). We certainly have good options off the bench. Every one of those lads are capable starters.
Quote from: Spiderlegs on June 11, 2024, 02:10:08 PMFor Armagh/Galway, any word on injured or returning players?
The likes of Murnin and Burns for Armagh...Comer, Kelly and Finnerty for Galway?

If these 3 arent available then it could be difficult for Galway. They've all caused us serious problems before, particularly Finnerty.

I hope they are available though. I dont want any false results this time of year for Armagh. Let's see where we are at against a top side in the business end of the season.