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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
February 08, 2024, 01:38:29 AM
Quote from: twohands!!! on February 06, 2024, 04:09:27 PM
Quote from: johnnycool on January 29, 2024, 05:18:49 PM
Quote from: imtommygunn on January 29, 2024, 05:10:19 PMAbbey winning 16-3 in the mclarnon. They're supposed to be backboned by four masters players so are probably very strong.

Are the schools in the 26, kids a year older?

Nope - same ages.

There used to be a 6 month difference years back that favoured Ulster (all nine from what I recall/not just the six)
Free state secondary only needs to be 5 years after 8 years primary. That was the norm until probably 10-15 years ago, now majority of secondary is 6 years as they include transition year, which is an additional year thrown in to mess around in and find themselves after junior cert and before the leaving cert syllabus starts - seems like great craic tbf

Anyway, long and short of it is that it's now pretty even and we rarely see 16yo Donegal students as college freshers anymore.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 08, 2024, 01:31:00 AM
Quote from: twohands!!! on February 07, 2024, 01:02:20 PM
Quote from: Eire90 on February 06, 2024, 07:49:02 PMWould the league be even more important if  after provincial champs the seeding went by league standings.

It would obviously be more important but the reality is there is no way this will ever happen while the provincial councils have such a massive chunk of votes.

I think making is so that the provincial losers weren't the 2nd seeds would improve things some small bit.

We need the league to matter more and both suggestions above would help.

I see a few mentioning the importance of winning Ulster for Ulster sides, but I've been saying for a while, once people realise the futility of it, the allure will diminish and crowds will start to drop off. I'd like to see Derry win again this year, simply for 3 in a row, but they might be better served by an early exit. That said, there's definitely a few Ulster teams who really could do with that win - Donegal, Down and Armagh should all be focused on Ulster success.
As for Derry fans thinking Mickey is the missing element guaranteed to bring us Sam, I can assure you, there's plenty of us who think his last decade with Tyrone did them no favours and weren't in favour of his conservative approach coming to Derry - the jury is very definitely out, McKenna cup or not!!
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 08, 2024, 01:21:51 AM
Quote from: 93-DY-SAM on February 07, 2024, 08:30:28 PMI see Mal McMullan tweeting the Galway Derry game has been moved to Salthill. Same throw in time.

Any idea why the change of venue?
They saw Derry's poor shooting in windy conditions on Sunday and felt salthill would present the same again - guaranteed!
Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling original
February 02, 2024, 12:51:01 AM
Quote from: Mikhailov on January 29, 2024, 08:29:31 AM
Quote from: thebuzz on January 29, 2024, 12:27:08 AMAs far as I know Cahair O'Kane put out a starting 15 without a Glen man mentioned so there were more than Silver Hill who got it wrong.

In fairness to Cahair, he posted a photo of the match programme team but did say clearly to expect multiple changes to the starting line up
It's time that shite was ended one way or the other. Utterly pointless bollox of naming a fake team 3 days in advance, adopt a premier league style 1 hour before throw in or a rugby's 2 days before, unfortunately our version requires both of the above and helps nobody.
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
February 02, 2024, 12:43:43 AM
Quote from: Rossfan on February 02, 2024, 12:11:05 AMI hear that Tyrone's appeal against Sundays red card was thrown out.
Should have got Logan on the job!
Quote from: Rossfan on February 01, 2024, 10:54:30 AM
Quote from: thewobbler on February 01, 2024, 10:41:30 AM
Quote from: Rossfan on February 01, 2024, 10:26:44 AMAbolish the small rectangle?
I take it you've never played goals lol

If they want to wander round being an outfield player they should lose their privilege area ;D
;D  ;D

Though I suppose it'd be a little bit harsh penalising a keeper for not getting his toe under the ball when diving to stop a penno!

I think just no forward into the box at all might be easiest to get police. Like the idea of increasing the size of the penalty area too btw.
With the latest square ball controversy providing more evidence that it's virtually impossible to police in real time and bloody tricky in slow mo replays, is it time to get rid of it?
What purpose does it serve in the modern game?
Presume the point of it was to stop a big lad standing on the keeper the whole time, waiting for the high ball in - sorta the opposite of the advance mark which is designed to encourage exactly that ;D
Is it needed and if something is needed, what would be a better alternative, that could actually be called accurately by refs or umpires?
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
January 31, 2024, 12:24:51 AM
Quote from: seafoid on January 30, 2024, 12:03:50 PM
Quote from: Rossfan on January 30, 2024, 10:22:38 AMHard to make a case for Ros either after Sunday.
Probably a draw to help us both into Div 2.

A Galway source says Joyce is planning for them to peak around late June and they're not getting excited about th'oul League.
The new system has 2 leagues- one in Feb and the other one in the championship.
Maybe division 1 isn't the best place to spend the spring. I dunno.
But as Meath found out last year, div 2 can be precarious too!

Do we need a better incentive for league placings? Maybe provincial winners and the team with the highest league placing in each group get 2 home games in the all Ireland series? The neutral game is a stupid idea imo. Make it home and away only.
GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2024
January 28, 2024, 12:07:51 AM
Quote from: imtommygunn on January 27, 2024, 06:52:59 PMCassidy a good addition to Derry. Paul Cassidy very quiet.

McQuillan not a great ref tbh.

O'Shea is a awful dick.
Quietest I've seen Cassidy in a long time - early days, but I didn't think we were as dynamic going forward as we were last year - also can't recall a single goal chance, goals were a big feature of Derry the last couple of years - hopefully this isn't a sign of harte's conservatism.
Good win, but can we now give the Glen lads a few weeks off, for the look of it, if nothing else!
Quote from: seafoid on January 22, 2024, 08:04:33 PMIt does actually

Someone said Derry is 50% protestant

It is split between AREA followed  by % CATHOLIC

Causeway Coast and Glens      40.1%   
Derry and Strabane         72.4%   
Fermanagh and Omagh         64.3%   

So 50% is very unlikely unless 60% of the county is in Causeway Coast and Glens

West of the Bann the Protestant% is below 40% I would imagine

Taking 2021 census figures:
Co. Derry (less Derry City) - 167K
Catholic - 88K (53%)
Protestant - 68K (40%)
No religion given - 11K (7%)

so slightly over 50% catholic - depends on the make-up of the no religon given people - my experience would suggest likely to be from a unionist tradition, but that's largely anecdotal.
GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford
January 25, 2024, 01:06:49 AM
Quote from: 93-DY-SAM on January 23, 2024, 12:56:37 PM
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Quote from: Mario on January 23, 2024, 12:16:28 PM
Quote from: Goals_Will_Come on January 23, 2024, 11:54:35 AMIs Conor Glass the most impactful player in the GAA? Not a better player but more impactful on his team.
Is his contribution to Glen and Derry greater than what Clifford has brought to Kerry and Fossa?
Not in my view. As a Derry fan i'd be more worried if Rogers or McGuigan were missing for us. Don't get me wrong Glass is a great player but McGuigan is central to everything we do in attack and Rogers is just a brilliant player. Argument could also be made that McKinless is more irreplaceable as well.

I don't think you can say Glass is the most impactful player in the GAA when it is debateable if he is the most impactful player in his own team.

McKinless also a major influence also though Glass influence could grow this year

Glass didn't have his best year in a Derry jersey last year. Brendan Rogers was much more influential and had a greater impact on Derry performing well. Glass prob had a better season than Rogers the year before that. I don't think both have quite managed to hit their best at the same time - yet!
To my mind Glass has been the major factor behind Derry's renaissance. I would agree he wasn't as influential in games last year as he had been the year before. I think that's in part because of the lack of a break he got, culminating in an injury in the league final (and again little or no break to recover from that properly) and the defensive midfield sweeping role he was given.
I suspect the example and standards he sets have rubbed off massively on the rest of the squad. The contributions from guys like Rodgers and McKinless have improved beyond all recognition over the past couple of years, so for me he's Derry's most important and influential player. Is he more important to Derry than Clifford to Kerry though? I think he might be, but I never want it tested!
Quote from: Armagh18 on January 21, 2024, 10:06:30 PM
Quote from: ClubScene13 on January 21, 2024, 09:32:52 PM
Quote from: Armagh18 on January 21, 2024, 06:43:58 PMAh lads what a game of football. St Brigids by a mile the better team all day but hats off to Glen the experience shone through.

Conor Glass probably the best player in the country at the minute, what a performance. Commiserations to the Rossies, would love to see them back at this stage next year again and go one better.

2 excellent teams.

That's tara David Clifford has retired at 24.
Hard to compare 2 positions but I'd have Glass up there. Clifford has his off days as well but Glass always seems to step up in the big moments.
I think Glass has absolutely been the catalyst for Derry and Glen since his return. He got a bit of flack over the past 12 months, including from brolly who reckoned he was hiding or something of that nature in big games??
For me he's the ultimate team player, sacrifices his own game for the team if that's required, the performance against cork last year was a prime example, he spent the game covering that defensive space, making tackles, dispossessing players, intercepting and sweeping up and rarely taking the wrong option. Incredible engine too, delighted to see him drive that team to success and great that he finally won a man of the match award - not that he probably cared too much, but there's no doubt there'd be no Andy merrigan in maghera without his efforts today.
Quote from: seafoid on January 21, 2024, 12:14:17 PMAccording to the Irish Times Wattys are "unbackable"

This is a sea change since the run up to the KC match 

Northern bookies must have taken in walls of cash.
Well yes, that's how betting works. When one of the two most likely winners is eliminated, then the remaining participant has a much greater chance of winning than previously. Unbackable simply means that current prices on glen probably don't offer any value and bookies want their opponents backed in order to balance their books.
From early in this competition, glen and kilmacud were second favs and favs respectively. Money was going on them at 4/1 and 2/1 when Brigid's were probably not even listed in the betting.
Regarding a wall of money, I wouldn't think there'd be too much action on this either way, bookies have limits on events like this to protect themselves anyway.
I'm surprised these games are still on. Weather in Dublin is pretty awful at the minute, rain is coming in sideways and it's going to get worse with warnings around travel to issue both north and south shortly after game times. I'm not sure how this isn't postponed on public safety grounds for spectators apart from any considerations re the spectacle we'll have to endure.
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
January 17, 2024, 12:37:25 AM
Quote from: shawshank on January 16, 2024, 03:40:15 PMFor me its the gap in the attacking coaching is the problem, not the defensive system.
So maybe we change the rules to make the sport attractive to play in and watch again.
Defence is usually easier, that's why so many other sports tweak rules on an ongoing basis to help the sport retain its appeal for players and spectators.