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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 04, 2022, 02:09:10 PM »
Farewell AC, we had a few mighty days but this year's Championship poor show meant a parting of the ways was highly likely.
We're not as good a prospect as we were in 2018 so will probably end up with a B grade manager from the merry go round circuit.

More like two days in 2019 when ye beat both Mayo and Galway to win Connacht. I thought Roscommon would push on under him, but seemed to stall and go backwards if anything.

I can imagine gaining promotion back to Div 1 would be considered a good day also.   In the championship since 2019 Roscommon have certainly stalled.


@seafoid i'm nearly sure Cunningham led Galway hurlers to 2nd AI final after that 2012 final was lost after a replay. Prior to taking on the Galway hurlers he won two county titles in a row with Garrycastle and in his 3rd year they won Leinster (no other Westmeath club has won the Leinster title) and he led them to the All Ireland final.
He did but the same tactical problems which is why the players pushed him out. His improvements reached their end.
He did do a great job with Garrycastle though.

More beaten by better Kilkenny teams than tactical problems and he had more than enough thinking heads on his Galway management team to help out if needed.  In his last few roles Roscommon seem to be the only one that he had a good first year and then regressed. That probably says more about the situation with Roscommon and where they are going regardless of who they appoint next.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 04, 2022, 12:23:41 PM »
Farewell AC, we had a few mighty days but this year's Championship poor show meant a parting of the ways was highly likely.
We're not as good a prospect as we were in 2018 so will probably end up with a B grade manager from the merry go round circuit.

More like two days in 2019 when ye beat both Mayo and Galway to win Connacht. I thought Roscommon would push on under him, but seemed to stall and go backwards if anything.

I can imagine gaining promotion back to Div 1 would be considered a good day also.   In the championship since 2019 Roscommon have certainly stalled.


@seafoid i'm nearly sure Cunningham led Galway hurlers to 2nd AI final after that 2012 final was lost after a replay. Prior to taking on the Galway hurlers he won two county titles in a row with Garrycastle and in his 3rd year they won Leinster (no other Westmeath club has won the Leinster title) and he led them to the All Ireland final. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 03, 2022, 04:48:27 PM »
Dubs hurlers could be a nice job for Cunningham
Went for it before but didn't get it and took on the Roscommon gig instead. Might be tempted again.

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This year was not indicative because of soccer corruption. The Qatar world Cup didn't happen in June as it normally would, clashing with provincial finals, competing for sports eyes.
We won't know until the next Euros.
The GAA already has 2 non competitive provincial championships in the football. One of these situations was created by the GAA itself.
Time will tell whether the experiment works or not. If we do get a reinstatement of September finals, the championships won't start in May as before. Short championships are probably here to stay.

2023 will see 19 rounds NFL and championship games played over 26 weeks.

Potential 2023 schedule.

Jan 29th to March 26th for the NFL
 
Provincial championships played off in 5 weeks e.g April 9th to May 7th

Then onto the group format of the championship e.g May 20th to June 11th

Preliminary quarters, quarter finals, semi finals and AI final from June 18th to July 23rd.



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David Clifford kicked 1-9 for Fossa in their 1-14 to 0-10 win over Listowel Emmets today, just a week after his All-Ireland win

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ladies football
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:35:07 PM »
Half time Meath 1-8 Kerry 1-5. The Royals have moved up the gears after a slow start.

Full Time Meath 3-10 Kerry 1-7.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ladies football
« on: July 31, 2022, 04:11:07 PM »
Great start for Kerry 1-2 to no score. Not sure if the number 15 for going for goal or it was a point effort that dropped short. The defending champions has responded with a quick 1-1.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ladies football
« on: July 31, 2022, 07:04:23 AM »
Three All Ireland finals on today. Live on TG4.

11.45am –  Junior  Final – Antrim v Fermanagh

1.45pm – Intermediate Final – Laois v Wexford

4pm –  Senior Final – Kerry v Meath

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 28, 2022, 10:03:35 PM »
McStay with Rochford, McHale and Donie Buckley assisting has put in for Mayowestros role :o
Interesting developments. McStay not retired from county management afterall.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 26, 2022, 06:31:16 PM »
And Roscommon??,
Have they got vacancy?

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FORMER MAYO FOOTBALLER Alan Dillon has called on the GAA to push the inter-county season back out to August or September.


“I’m all in favour of GAA clubs and club players having certainty with dates and when they are playing. This is absolutely needed as club players, coaches, volunteers and supporters are the lifeblood of the GAA. Without them, inter-county teams will not achieve any success,” he said. 

“However, it is too early in the year for the senior football and hurling championships to be finished.”

This year’s deciders took place on 17 July (hurling) and 24 July (football). As a result, there has been some criticism of the marquee games in the GAA calendar being brought forward to such early dates.

“We will not have any more action until next January at the earliest – more than five months away. In the meantime, other sports get the attention and coverage the GAA would normally have achieved throughout August and September,” deputy Dillon said.

“Consequently, GAA overall loses out. With all due respect to the club championships, and I value my own as much as anyone else, they will not gain the same attention as the intercounty championships.

“The race for Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy this year were brilliant, along with the inaugural Tailteann Cup. They kept us enthralled and excited for the last few months. So why lock away your best shows for almost half a year? It simply doesn’t make sense.

“Anyone involved in marketing will say the same. Come the start of 2023, the demand for intercounty games will be immense. It is too long a break from now until then. I would urge GAA officials, club and county board delegates to rethink the issue for future years.

“I know this year’s Congress, held in Mayo in February, agreed a new senior football competition starting next year.

“Great, let’s trial that and see how it goes but we have to re-think the finishing dates of our showpiece competitions. Finishing in July is far too early.”

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 26, 2022, 05:02:11 PM »
One journalist tweeted

14 GAA county senior managers have left their positions over the last four weeks.

Only three of those replaced with Mayo, Monaghan, Dublin, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford, Donegal, Longford, Kilkenny and Down all having vacancies, along with the Laois hurlers from mid-June.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Stars 2022
« on: July 26, 2022, 03:28:00 PM »
GAAJOE have named their all Star team..

No Dubs in it.
Galway have more players than Kerry.

Galway 6
Kerry 5
Derry 2
Armagh 2

1. Ethan Rafferty - Armagh
2. Tom O'Sullivan - Kerry
3. Sean Kelly - Galway
4. Chrissy McKaigue - Derry
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich - Kerry
6. John Daly - Galway
7. Kieran Molloy - Galway
8. Cillian McDaid - Galway
9. Conor Glass - Derry
10. Rian O'Neill - Armagh
11. Seán O'Shea -Kerry
12. Shane Walsh - Galway
13. David Clifford - Kerry
14. Damien Comer - Galway
15. Paudie Clifford - Kerry

They state that Brendan Rogers, Stefan Campbell and Paul Conroy were the unlucky ones to miss out...

Interesting opinions but we all know the All stars are selected differently. Usually 6 to 8 for the winners 4 or 5 for the runners up. Semi finalists getting rest maybe 1 player from a Quarter finalists.

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: July 25, 2022, 11:07:20 PM »
David Trimble, aged 77.

Wouldn't have known him from his last interview shown on RTE News tonight.  RIP

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 25, 2022, 07:37:17 PM »

 O Rourke has being successful any other level he is managed. The only international rules manager to win home and away. Managed school to 3 All Ireland schools titles in 5 years. And managed his club to their first and second club senior title.

How successful was he when managing Meath minors and U21s in the past?

He managed U21 for one year in 2011. Meath played Westmeath and John Heslin was unmarkable and played brilliantly and led Westmeath to victory. Trevor Giles was assistant. He was Meath U21 manager for just 1 year. I not sure about minors might have managed team for 1 year in 2000s. I cannot remeber.

O Rourke as manager starts of slow but over period of time he is successful. He started slowly with international rules team, lost first game. Than went on to be only Irish manager successful home and away. He lost senior county final with Simontown in 2003 or 2004. Came back for 2nd stint and led them to their first and second ever county club senior title. He managed St Pats again started slowly. Pats had never won even leinster title. He won leinster than won 3 all Ireland schools title in 5 years  he is Meath most successful underage manager ever.

O Rourke is a winner. They said he would never play again after injury at 19, he players inter County til he was 36. They said he would never win Sam as played in early or mid 80s, he won two by end of decade. He won Footballer of the year in his 30s, one of few who lost All Ireland and won footballer of the year. They said he would never win county title after losing 4 finals with Skyrne. He ended winning 2 titles in his 30s. They said he would never win All Ireland school with St Pats he won 3. They said he would never manage his club to county title after lose in 2004. Ten years later he managed his club to 2 titled. O Rourke carrer is about proving doubters wrong. He keeps at it and keeps at it. They said he would never manage Meath here is managing at 65. They now say he wouldn't be successful. We will have to wait and see.
But O Rourke is a winner and he is incredibly driven individual who with the force of his personality over 3 years he will be pushing Meath further. He might atart slowly but over 3 years he could really make impact. Many will want him to fail after Subday Game. But don't rule out O Rourke. First year or so could be up and down but over 3 or 4 years don't be surprised he makes real impact. On sporting field manager or player everything he has done he has been successful. I wouldn't back against O Rourke. Behind his Sunday game persona is very very driven individual. On football field The Times Sports journalist Denis Walah said O Rourke was the most competitive sportsperson he ever saw on sports field soccer gaa rugby. O Rourke had the skills of top class footballer of the year forward but determination of Roy keane. One of the All time great forwards. The only thing left on his Cv is to manage Meath seniors successfully. Time will tell if he will suceed.

At 65 it's hardly a long term appointment. Considering where Meath seniors currently are what would be regarded as a success in the next two years?

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