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The 3rd Episode shows that winning a provincial title still means a lot to some counties . Great scenes at the clubs they returned too and Roscommon town.

I thought that was very good.

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I use something similar for warmups I have to say. It's done quicker than that mind you, and we transition into a kicking version as well. I think most of the 'drill's now are actually more like games, certainly mine are.

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They should make the draw mid way through the League. Teams become obsessed with who they are playing 7/8 months before they play them in the Championship.

Or base it on where you finish in the league. It's not as if they have to make mad travel arrangements.


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I do think that if there was a Nuremberg type-trial on the Modern Ills of Gaelic Football then in the dock would certainly be Mickey Harte and Jim McGuinness.

However, before we hang and draw them, may I remind ye some of the football played in the 70s and 80s from my memory was God awful.

Catch, fumble, pick off the ground, root it as far as you can, hit your opponent a belt.....

The difference is fitness and perepation is on an entirely different level at IC now. If these teams wanted to play football it would be far better as a spectacle than the 70s.

thats what the auld lads miss . every ball was a contest and best man won the ball. it was not so much about skill as brawn and pure determination.
i think a lot of the current issue are ariding out of soccer counties like donegal where posssesion is king . you can see the same thing in rugby where iits almost an offence to turn over the ball.
6 new rules this year to stop it happening

Would agree in that a few rule changes could help greatly. I think the following rules would assist the game.

* No turning back after you cross the half way line ie: Not allowed to bring possession back into own half
* Minimum of 4 players to play in attacking half at all times
* When ball kicked in from outside 45 and caught inside 21 a mark is given

If we want the game to improve we have to stop expecting coaches and managers to "throw off the shackles" and "go for it" (as the Sunday game lads would put it) and instead give them an incentive to "go for it". Rule changes are the only answer.

Whatever about rule changes I certainly don't think the 'minimum of 4 players in the attacking half' will work in practice. I do a good bit of coaching with young kids, and we play in these blitzes where there's a similar rule to that. It's obviously not designed to counter negative play, but rather to try stop a strong young lad running all over the field and dominating everything.

However what it does show, and what would be worse at adult level, is that you can't strictly enforce a rule like that. Imagine the scenario. A ball is cleared out the field by the defending team, however it's not going to make halfway. The 'forward' has to stand on the halfway line waving at the ball to reach him like a child calling a bold dog. The lad marking him, unencumbered by any such rule, drives forward into the opposition half, picks up the ball and launches an attack.

Or likewise a defender wins a ball and starts to launch a counter attack. He's bombing forward and his marker is chasing hard and tackling. When they reach halfway, what happens? The marker is pulled back on his leash like the Bulldog in Tom and Jerry?

In a free flowing game like gaelic football, it's very difficult to enforce a rule whereby a man has to stop pursuing a ball until it reaches his zone. Especially when others in the same zone can go ahead and do what they like.

Imagine the frustration of that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vkKIxzKjZA

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Looking forward to the draw but the Leinster championship is now laughable with Dublin V the rest

Actually that would be a good game.

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General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
« on: Today at 03:06:53 PM »
It's worse when it's spoken. I know I'm a pedant, but I hate it. It's like 'effect' and 'affect'.

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General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
« on: Today at 02:37:00 PM »
Hardy, are you picking up on one of my pet peeves?

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 02:36:30 PM »
There is lot of bollix in this thread.
There is difference between ban all activities with any risk and for one day in 50 years let's not do things that might put the rescue services under pressure.

You'd imagine a bit of cop on would come into play, especially when the red warning was in place.


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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 02:27:35 PM »
If I thought you were serious I'd answer you.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 02:20:38 PM »
JoG2,

Yes, I understand that. But my view on that was that not only are the conditions perilous, but the high winds make it perilous for others who might have to come and rescue you. So it's not just about you doing something dangerous, it's about you potentially getting someone else do do something dangerous to help you. I think it shows a bit of disregard for others.

In the normal course of events, Extreme Sports are not banned, so there is an acceptance that some lunatics (:) ) might have to be rescued, but at least the conditions for the rescue itself are not necessarily as dangerous as last Monday.

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General discussion / Re: Ophelia
« on: Today at 01:50:14 PM »
I'm a decent swimmer. Would you swim on a beach with a Red Flag? I wouldn't.

Anyone who went out unnecessarily in that storm, when they were advised not to, was certainly putting themselves at risk, however driving down to the chemist, or trying to go visit a sick relative or something, is a long way removed from deliberately putting yourself in a potentially perilous position, for no reason other than a selfish desire to seek a thrill.

I wouldn't be one of those who say 'leave them there' or 'let them drown'. You can't do that, and our rescue services wouldn't do that.

So I would certainly be in favour of those putting themselves deliberately in harms way, particularly for recreational purposes, would be charged the cost of the emergency services coming out to rescue or remove them.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: Today at 09:52:44 AM »
He might I suppose, but he has a young family and if he's in Thurles 3 days a week, it might be hard to be in Rhode another 2 or 3 nights.

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Saw it. Looks like it's going to be done quickly. Next episode out tomorrow. I'm a sucker for all these behind the scenes sports shows. Very close to the bone there with young Smith. Wasn't expecting that sort of slant on it.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2017/18
« on: October 17, 2017, 07:22:10 PM »
leicester sack craig shakespeare. dont think he'll get much sympathy after the way he stabbed claudio ranieri in the back. what goes around...

Can we say it's a tragedy?

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: October 17, 2017, 06:05:59 PM »
I suspect this will be a move towards a more defensive game plan. Pascal has the best team in Offaly by a mile, but he has set his teams up to defend en-masse and hit fast, hard and in numbers. He's used to a couple of marquee forwards so he should be used to the likes of Quinlivan and Sweeney. Interesting stuff.

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