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#1
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
September 10, 2023, 08:21:35 AM
Quote from: marty34 on September 09, 2023, 11:15:17 PM
Argentina very poor tonight.

After beating strong teams this year, they were very disappointing.  Especially as England went a man down after 2 mins.
Every competitive game against decent opposition that the Argies play, they are underdogs. They were going into this game as even money, slight favs with some. After 3 mins they became hot favs. They knew they had to win, but forced everything.  Couldn't handle the expectation. Countlesss errors.

People use 'bottled' too often when it just happens the opposition are better on the day. But this was 100% a bottle job. All England did was keep it simple and take points when available. And that was enough against a team that was shooting themselves in the foot continuously.

As for Ireland, it was job done. Sexton very impressive. Bundee great. And plenty to improve on. Earls can't start any more though, hopefully that's the last we see of the great man.
#2
General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
September 03, 2023, 08:22:30 PM
Hojlund looked very promising in his cameo.

Not such good news re Sancho. ETH said he was dropped from the squad today because he wasn't putting it in in training (or words to that effect).

Jaysis, Sancho has issued a statement in response to Ten Hag's comments. Said he conducted himself very well in training this week and believes there are other reasons for him not being picked in the squad, which he won't go into. Says he's been a scapegoat for a long time 🤔
But he respects all decisions made by the coaching staff.
#3
General discussion / Re: Premier League 2023-2024
September 03, 2023, 07:47:19 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on September 03, 2023, 06:55:10 PM
Quote from: Hound on September 03, 2023, 06:51:13 PM
Arsenal 3 Man U 1 was a great game.

Seemed ridiculous not to give Arsenal that penalty in the 2nd half.
Garnacho very unlucky - one of those that is clearly level in old money, but VAR insists on the tiny lines.
Rice showing he's one of the top midfield men in the country.
Not sure how Nketiah starts for Arsenal. Or how he's in the England squad!

Not sure if the contact for the penalty was the first or for the second, he ran into a space and wasn't clipped but his trailing foot caught the defenders calf. No touch for initial 'contact'

Not sure on the offside, the line came down on the feet? Though I thought straight away it was offside
There was definitely contact. I've never before seen a peno decision overturned when there was contact. Usually those ones with little contact  go with whatever the ref decides, as there's not enough to be clearly and and obviously an error. But maybe they're changing

It was Garnacho's shoulder a mm ahead of Gabriel's head I believe. In my view VAR has completely ignored the spirit of the offside law, ie it's a unfair advantage to be ahead of the last defender so therefore illegal. In rugby they'll put the freeze frame up on the big screen and the ref judges level or ahead by common sense.

Before VAR, analysts and fans would have looked at that replay and decided the linesman got it spot on, Garnacho was level, therefore onside.
#4
General discussion / Re: Premier League 2023-2024
September 03, 2023, 06:51:13 PM
Arsenal 3 Man U 1 was a great game.

Seemed ridiculous not to give Arsenal that penalty in the 2nd half.
Garnacho very unlucky - one of those that is clearly level in old money, but VAR insists on the tiny lines.
Rice showing he's one of the top midfield men in the country.
Not sure how Nketiah starts for Arsenal. Or how he's in the England squad!
#5
Goals came at the right time, which always helps.

Darwin should have scored, but otherwise was very good. The best forward on the pitch and key involvement in two of the goals. Trent, Szobo and MacAllister also all very good.

Trent off injured late on.. Hopefully it's just the England games he misses.
#6
Quote from: Gabriel_Hurl on September 01, 2023, 01:08:05 PM
If they want him now - they'll still want him next summer. He can go then.
Spurs got about 100m for Kane with 1 year left, so I guess that's what Liverpool expect next summer.

This bid is 'only' actually £100m. The add-ons are far from certain and no way LFC could accept with Salah still having 2 years left on his contract. A £150m bid with no strings might change things. Wouldn't make sense to accept from a football point of view, but the extra £50 mill could well give FSG pause for thought.
#7
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on September 01, 2023, 01:03:08 PM
Quote from: RedHand88 on September 01, 2023, 01:01:05 PM
Quote from: square_ball on September 01, 2023, 12:56:10 PM
So who is this transfer windows Andy Carroll when the bid for Mo gets accepted?

I can't see this happening today but you suspect the Saudis will come back again and again until they get their man.

Worth noting they have until September 7th when their window closes.

Would it not be good business? Salah Didn't look happy the other day when coming off, I'm not happy either when getting taken off but he's been subbed before and never reacted like that
That's absolutely not true. That's the way he often reacts if he's taken off with a game still in the melting pot!
#9
I agree that no heed should be paid to the US nonsense and that Irish media (particularly Newstalk/ OfftheBall) have been ridiculous in their attacks on Vera.

Results have been really good, obviously the best ever.

There is a question mark over her style of play being too negative. Would we have done better in our three games if the girls had been let off the leash more often?

Also, I know from someone reasonably close to the camp that the girls just don't like her. I do believe that a manager doesn't have to be popular to be successful. Many top managers are not nice people, but they do tend to get their own players in their corner.

Unfortunately I think the team could be at the height of their trajectory. We need more class players. It's the outstanding Katie McCabe plus 10. I hear people saying certain other individuals are really good, but not a single other one of our team would get into the England squad (never mind the England team). It will require great effort and a bit of luck to qualify for future tournaments, no matter who the manager is (similar to the lads). Hopefully I'm wrong in that and a few more stars will emerge.
#10
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
August 30, 2023, 07:34:31 AM
Quote from: Captain Scarlet on August 29, 2023, 04:04:30 PM
Is it fair to say a lot of those lads coming in are not nailing down chances so it's a churn?
Nope, that doesn't make sense.

This is probably the best team we've ever had and definitely the best World Cup squad we've ever had.
The bookies say the best four teams in the world are quite a bit ahead of the rest, and most followers of rugby would agree.
Ireland are one of those 4, but ranked by the oddsmakers as 4th favourites, very slightly behind the other 3.
Can the 4th best team win the World Cup? Yes.
Is it likely? No.
While it's our best squad, we've more depth in some positions than others. Injuries/suspensions are likely to have a bigger adverse impact on us that the other 3 contenders.

We're very close to France. When we play it is the home team that are marginal favourites.
We're no longer afraid of New Zealand. Most of our players have won more than they've lost against them. But a World Cup quarter-final would be a different beast. Barring injuries we're evenly matched, but NZ would have the edge in having that inner belief that NZ always win these type of games.
Ireland play South Africa in the group stages. Another 50/50, but I wouldn't pay a huge amount of attention to the result. Like Kerry v Mayo this year, it's a game both teams will want to win, but everyone will know that while a win should certainly be advantageous, it's not do or die. It will be slightly below 100%.
I don't think we can beat South Africa in a true knockout game. In the unlikely scenario of Ireland winning the World Cup, in my view it would require one of France/NZ taking out the Boks in the quarter final.

We're likely to be edged out in the quarter-final. That won't be a failure. That will be meeting expectations given the draw. A failure would be a hammering, or losing to Scotland in the group stages. Scotland are much better than England or Wales, and probably at the same level as Australia, so should not be underestimated- but we should have too much for them.
#11
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
August 29, 2023, 03:25:52 PM
Quote from: Gabriel_Hurl on August 29, 2023, 03:15:04 PM
Zach Johnson's picks

Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
A good job that the Ryder Cup is not played on paper!
#12
General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
August 28, 2023, 10:51:34 AM
Bookies have us as fourth favourites, behind NZ, France and South Africa. So expectation is that we will exit at the QF stage.
#13
General discussion / Re: Athletics
August 27, 2023, 09:30:32 AM
Quote from: Pub Bore on August 26, 2023, 02:03:01 PM
Back in the late 70s and 80s pre-Sonia, we had Eamonn Coghlan, Ray Flynn, Marcus O'Sullivan and Frank O'Mara who were all serious middle distance runners.  In fact that quartet still holds the 4 x 1 mile relay record.  Also John Treacy at the longer distances.  But yes for a minority sport in Irish terms, Ire is producing some talent again, esp among the women.
O'Sullivan and O'Mara were fantastic indoors in the late 80s / early 90s. Marcus 3 time indoor world champion, Frank twice. They probably underperformed at the big outdoor meets.

Coughlan the best of the lot. World outdoor champ in 1983, although didn't happen for him at the Olympics. 4th in 76 and 80. Would almost certainly have medaled in 84, but got injured. Apparently made a fortune on the indoor circuit in the US, where he was winning all around him in the late 70s / early 80s.

Good point re Thomas Barr tommygunn, he may well have made the final in these championships but for injury. There are a couple of young male sprinters emerging, esp Olatunde, but tough to have an impact at world level.

Maybe I was reading between the lines too much, but I thought there were a couple of wee digs made by the 4x400m team in their after-race interview about Adeleke not running. There doesn't seem to be any talk of Adeleke coming in for the final (other teams will have changes), which would shave 4 or 5 seconds off our time (our weakest in the team is a 54-55 runner, whereas Adeleke is 49-50 sec).
#14
General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
August 27, 2023, 08:51:57 AM
Quote from: trailer on August 26, 2023, 09:51:51 PM
Quote from: Hound on August 21, 2023, 08:28:30 AM
Koepka moved from 5th to 7th in the Ryder Cup list, which is final now. Only top 6 are automatic.
Scheffler, Wyndham Clark,  Cantlay, Harman, Homa and Schauffele being the 6 qualifiers.

Will be very interesting to see if ZackJ picks Koepka. He's been pretty anti LIV, but I guess he will pick him, but nobody else from LIV

Is the Ryder cup not between the two tours? Koepka is ineligible if he's not a member? That was my understanding.
It's the PGA of America which organizes the Ryder Cup on the US side, not the PGA Tour. The PGA of America also organizes the US PGA major. A third organisation, the US Golf Association organizes the US Open.

So the LIV golfers are no longer on the PGA Tour, but are still members of the PGA of America, so are eligible for the Ryder Cup. Albeit the PGA of America could, arguably, have amended their qualification rules to award points for LIV events, but they didn't. So Koepka was the only LIV player anywhere near qualifying automatically because of his performance in the majors.

On the other hand it is the European Tour (DP World Tour) which organizes the Ryder Cup on the European side, so most of the LIV golfers resigned from the European Tour making them ineligible for the Ryder Cup
#15
Can't believe people are defending the Spanish  sc**bag. The crotch grabbing showed the type of individual he is.

He was way too overfamiliar with every one of them. And the kiss on the lips was outrageous. It was the medal ceremony for them winning the World Cup, so of course the women were overjoyed, but it's clear from the subsequent reaction of the team that this was not the first time he has been inappropriate. Every single one of the squad have said they won't play for the international team as long as he retains his position with the Spanish FA. That speaks volumes.