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GAA Discussion / Re: 2017 All-Stars
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:15:56 AM »
Down getting two nominations and Galway getting none is a little odd.

Stephen Cluxton
Michael Fitzsimons, Cian O’Sullivan, Keith Higgins
Colm Boyle, Chris Barrett, Jack McCaffrey
Colm Cavanagh, James McCarthy
Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Con O’Callaghan
Paul Mannion, Paul Geaney, Andy Moran.

Will be surprise if those 15 aren't named as this years All Stars.

Cian OSullivan, I just don't see it, never have.  The man marks fresh air and looks decent in plenty of space, the 1 time all year a team put pressure on him, he's very average. Shouldn't be within a country mile of the All Stars.

I do think he is over rated but he is a very intelligent player and a specialist in the role of sweeper. Occupy him with man marking duties though and he can be fairly average. Still think he will just about get into the team. All it really shows though is the folly of lining out an Allstars team in a traditional 1-3-3-2-3-3 format. It's a nice honour for the players but it is an unjust system skewered towards teams who get to the final. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2017 All-Stars
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:44:25 PM »
I’d suggest that 4 players have been nominated from to reduce bias for one particular player.  Like the Hurling last year, where Gleeson picked up the POTY award, despite not playing the AI final. The two Tipp players had their vote halved and Gleeson was able to pick up the award. 
This year, in the hurling the award looks to be heading to Canning as two Waterford hurlers were selected alongside him.  If it was Canning, McInerney and Barron nominated, then there is a strong possibility of Barron being chosen.

This. If Clarke hadn't been nominated then everyone would know that the POTY would be a foregone conclusion with Moran cruising it in a landslide. As it is I still think he'll win it since I can't exactly see Clarke splitting much of the Mayo vote. This award should be voted for by journalists instead of players as it is effectively a popularity contest.

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2017 All-Stars
« on: September 21, 2017, 11:32:12 AM »
It's between Cluxton and Moran. Moran deserves it but it is effectively a popularity contest once it gets down to the nominations. Clarke and McCarthy have no chance and Cluxton may get a lot of sentimental votes due to his standing in the game. However Andy Moran will be very popular as well and based on performances he deserves it anyway.

David Moran and Donal Vaughan not even getting nominated are surprises. Vaughan is effectively getting punished twice for getting sent off but then again John Small was selected.

are you serious about Donal Vaughan.         which 2 performances would you have him there for ???

Didn't know that 2 good performances was the criteria for getting nominated. He has played consistently well without being outstanding but is getting slightly scapegoated for a rash decision in the final imo. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2017 All-Stars
« on: September 21, 2017, 10:59:06 AM »
It's between Cluxton and Moran. Moran deserves it but it is effectively a popularity contest once it gets down to the nominations. Clarke and McCarthy have no chance and Cluxton may get a lot of sentimental votes due to his standing in the game. However Andy Moran will be very popular as well and based on performances he deserves it anyway.

David Moran and Donal Vaughan not even getting nominated are surprises. Vaughan is effectively getting punished twice for getting sent off but then again John Small was selected.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:35:33 AM »
CHARLIE Redmond has called on the GAA to take strong action against Lee Keegan after he appeared to throw a GPS unit at Dean Rock as he kicked the winning free in last Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC final.

He also branded the reigning Footballer of the Year’s action “a new low” for Gaelic football.

“For Lee Keegan to take the unit out of its brace and throw it at Dean Rock marks a new low,” the double All-Ireland winner stated.

“Lee Keegan let himself down and he let Mayo down doing what he did. The GAA needs to make an example of Keegan now.”

Rock’s free sailed over the bar, sealing Dublin’s third All-Ireland title in-a-row. But Redmond (below) was adamant that there would have been a greater outrage had the roles been reversed.

“What would have happened if it was a Dublin player who threw it at Cillian O’Connor?” he said. “Can you imagine the reaction in the media and GAA circles if it was Diarmuid Connolly?”



So Charlie Redmond reckons Keegans act of desperation is a new low? Grow up Charlie, and save us the sanctimonius bulls**t. If you want to be consistent what about the synchronised head locks/wrestling manoeuvring of some Dublin forwards following the resultant Mayo kick out. That adversely affected Mayo's ability to launch one last attack to try and tie up the match. It might be a new novel distraction method to put off the place kicker but is it any worse than what followed. It's easy to pontificate from your armchair but under the same circumstances it's perhaps understandable that players will resort to anything to put off an opponent in the last play of a gruelling season with the biggest prize at stake. If Keegan gets a 1 match ban I doubt if he'll complain too much, he gambled and lost. The Dublin players gambled and succeeeded and they will feel that it was worth it to win the match.       

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:15:04 AM »
Is Rochford hinting he may step aside? if he does i can imagine James Horan will return to the Mayo hot seat.

Horan is doing very well for himself with his media committments and I don't see him going back to inter county management. That would be a backward step for Mayo. It's debatable whether Rochford will stay on though I suspect that depends on the intentions of some of his senior players. When the wagons are circled, I suspect that they may all decide to give it one last year before a major rebuild under a new manager.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Thank God it was not a draw!
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:53:06 AM »
I imagine the majority of Mayo fans would have bitten your hand off for a draw when Rock popped over that free kick in injury time. It must seem like a long way back to an AI final with this team from here.

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Dublin now have such a pool of players to choose from, they can afford to give their entire squad the O'Byrne cup off and use the League to get in some pre season training, all whilst remaining competitive. None of the other counties can afford to do this without a huge drop off in performances.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:19:43 PM »
Andy Moran is the POTY by a country mile.

McCarthy has a good 2nd half in a final (2 great points and a good fetch) and suddenly (like MDMA the other year) there is a clamour for him to be POTY

Had Doherty buried the goal Moran put on a plate for him there would be no talk of McCarthy and Moran would be the only contender

Moran had close to a perfect game...missed one shot...everything else perfection...turning on a sixpence and laying on goal chances...he lies deep and is the fulcrum of everything they do up front...as clear a POTY as you could get. Cooper and McMahon and Mick Fitz were hanging out of him off the ball but he still was 1st to the ball

If he retires Mayo are fcuked...id be begging him back

And taking him off?! Madness....as a FF you get a rest and recover...its not like hes out running in the midfield...one more ball won, turn and shoot or lay off for a goal and Mayo may have won...theyd no one else capable when he went off

And Donie Vaughan.... :'(

Moran was pointing to his hamstring shortly before he was subbed. He was clearly injured when they took him off.

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GAA Discussion / Re: David Clifford
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:17:55 PM »
Great player and I don't think Kerry will lose him to AFL as he looks an out and out Gaelic footballer to me and not an obvious powerful explosive based player suited to AFL.

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Good to see the Tyrone county board putting some money into the Armagh county board coffers.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:57:53 PM »
McCarthy got MOTM and POTY on The Sunday Game.

McCarthy kicked 2 good second half points but POTY? Not for me, Aidan O'Se completely outplayed him in that first half and while McCarthy is a great athlete and an excellent half back I'm not sure he was sufficiently outstanding to earn POTY. The same could be said for a lot of Dublin players though. Andy Moran would be my choice who cleaned out Fitzsimmons yesterday before he tired and who has been consistently outstanding for most of the year.

Rochford done all he could do yesterday, Mayo threw the kitchen sink at that match and ultimately there lack of strength in depth cost them again. They need do discover 1 or 2 decent impact players if they are to finally get over the line. With the super 8s coming in next season you would think that they will still be in the top 4 but I hope they stick together and give it one last shot because at the minute they have the dubious honour of being the best side never to win an AI title. In another era they might have had 3.

You're making the erroneous assumption they don't desperately need replacements for some of their starters too.

If none of them decide to call it a day I don't think any of their older players are showing signs of regressing. Andy Moran has been arguably the best player in the country and Higgins has been brilliant all year and they are 2 of their veterans. I'm not sure specifically what starting players you reckon need replaced. However a long term injury or a retirement or two and I feel as though they will struggle to get back to another final.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:36:51 PM »
McCarthy got MOTM and POTY on The Sunday Game.

McCarthy kicked 2 good second half points but POTY? Not for me, Aidan O'Se completely outplayed him in that first half and while McCarthy is a great athlete and an excellent half back I'm not sure he was sufficiently outstanding to earn POTY. The same could be said for a lot of Dublin players though. Andy Moran would be my choice who cleaned out Fitzsimmons yesterday before he tired and who has been consistently outstanding for most of the year.

Rochford done all he could do yesterday, Mayo threw the kitchen sink at that match and ultimately their lack of strength in depth cost them again. They need to discover 1 or 2 decent impact players if they are to finally get over the line. With the super 8s coming in next season you would think that they will still be in the top 4 but I hope they stick together and give it one last shot because at the minute they have the dubious honour of being the best side never to win an AI title. In another era they might have had 3.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final 2017 Mayo V Dublin
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:52:07 PM »
Higgins wouldn't be debatable at all. Mcloughlin wouldn't get near dublin team imo though. Parsons probably not either.

It was more the fact that Higgins isn't a traditional CHB but I wedged him in there anyway. He's having a super year though, great outside bet for POTY @ 12/1

He's a fantastic player. Seems to almost get better with age.

In my opinion Mayos best player throughout this whole era. Similar to Karl Lacey was, a real out and out footballing defender.

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GAA Discussion / Gooch Cooper testimonial dinner
« on: September 13, 2017, 11:03:39 AM »
http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/gooch-deserves-reward-for-his-efforts-but-are-testimonials-a-step-too-far-for-amateur-players-36127070.html

Is this the new thing in the GAA. Testimonial dinners for ex players as a pay off for years of service. Dressed up as a charity event with full approval from Padraig Duffy.

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