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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: March 30, 2023, 10:34:11 PM »
What was the nature of the draw? What was the price of a ticket? What was the prize?

Iím intrigued by this one.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 29, 2023, 08:53:25 PM »
This is huge step in the right direction for Down football

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Wouldnít watch many Ireland games these days but thatís one very encouraging display. Passion and verve. Very unlucky to lose.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ban on Charity Kit
« on: March 27, 2023, 02:41:06 PM »
I sincerely doubt this ban will apply to primary shirt sponsorship; that would be practically unworkable.

I imagine itís focused more on preventing the creation of additional advertising spaces on a jersey.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh, an even bigger mess
« on: March 27, 2023, 12:00:31 AM »
Cavan have a huge and talented central seam, and would give any team in Ireland a game if theyíre focused, and especially if itís inclement weather. If they push up on Armaghís kick outs and force it long, theyíll have more than enough ball to win that match.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 26, 2023, 11:44:25 PM »
I think size  is a cop out , honestly.Losing to a mediocre Tyrone in that semi final was a sign of a psychological  problem.  Offaly is also small and they won 3 all Irelands.
Monaghan have a decent team about once a generation and something has to change if the next team is going to go further than a semi final.

Monaghan has the same population as Carlow. Carlow finished 6th in Division 4. Do you think size is a cop out for Carlow also?

Carlow is a smaller version of Kildare.

Monaghan last year and the year before found ways to beat both Galway,Dublin to avoid the drop and probably wouldn't have matter who they played today as they'd find a way to win as they really come alive in round 7.

While Monaghan have admirable spirit and more than a few good players they'd have got it tough away against Mayo, if Mayo had needed the win as much as Monaghan.

Course they would have.

But if your survival on the final day depends on other results, then thatís on you and you alone.

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Forkerís tackle was one of those things that happens. Looks bad in replays but if youíre playing a match and it happens, you shrug it off. The defender has no way of knowing if the attacker is going to go through him, around him or beneath him, so stands his ground. Nobody hurt. Move on.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 26, 2023, 04:19:12 PM »
Not a great result for Mayo today despite the Farney heroics.

Joe Brolly was just saying in the paper today that Mayo were now the real deal and I believed him upto 2pm.

Derry coughed up a big lead vs Cork.

Cavan coughed up a big lead vs Fermanagh.

It might just be harder than you imagine to give a f**k when itís not your turn to give a f**k.

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GAA Discussion / Re: LGFA
« on: March 21, 2023, 09:41:35 PM »
The more likely this becomes the more Iím thinking the GAA needs a bloody big ďpre nupĒ as part of the merger.

Letís call a spade a spade. This would not be a partnership of equals. One organisation brings all the grounds and premises, the long-standing  tradition of volunteerism, the sponsorship, the media, the political influence, and the majority of players. The other organisations bring a minority of players.

The current hierarchy whereby menís football and hurling are pegged above their female counterparts in terms of importance is owed most significantly to the ownership of grounds. Currently one sport can call the tune ahead of the others. The other sports then set their schedules in and around whatís left.

For everyoneís sanity it has to stay that way. When the availability of facilities cannot keep up with demand, absolutely no good can come from an equal balance of power.

Equality yes. Egalitarianism, no. Thatís not going to work.

Yes the "Men's GAA" bring the infrastructure and why wouldn't they, they've had a 130 or 40 year head start. The LGFA and Camogie will bring a lot of things. I know in my own local club where it is basically run as one, the Ladies bring a whole different dimension to fundraising, coaching, and lots more.
The ladies are afraid it will be a take over. I think we take our time and get it right for all parties. One thing is for sure we could learn a lot from them, even in how their All Ireland competitions are run, with Senior, Intermediate and Junior all Irelands.

FWIW I reckon the main problems arenít going to appear at club level, but at county board level.

For a county board to be able to function after the merger, then all four sports will need representation. And thatíll be immediately followed by the requirement for a voice in most decisions. Such as in CCC and what nights are allocated for which sports in the county.

Hereís how this will go down in some county boards. LGFA or camogie reps will kick up a fuss about football and hurling having the plum slots; and batter the equality drum to death. Football and hurling will ignore them and hope they go away. In some counties thereíll be a perennial stand off. In other counties, members of  LGFA or camogie will hatch a plan to slowly take control of CCC. Theyíll get there after a few years and will fulfll their plan. The following year, football or hurling people will retake CCC, and will be painted as some bad guys from a prehistoric age, just for re-registering the status quo. And then thereíll be holy war for a few years as both sides dig in.

All it takes for this scenario is a couple of rabble rousers to stoke the flames. All it takes to stop it is a pre nup that says something along the lines of ďmenís sport built the facilities in this county, so when nobody can agree anything, they get first dibsÖ. But to try to ensure it doesnít come to thisĒ.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 01:04:15 PM »
Red as per the modern super woke health and safety rules, but shouldn't have been a red.

Health and safety is "woke" ffs. Have you ever heard such f**king nonsense or idiocy.

Wait till the claims pile up for the early onset of dementia and the payouts that follow, is that being super woke?

https://twitter.com/i/status/1635749284355211264

You look at your man Steve Thompson who was a world cup winner in 2003 and what has happened with him. Horrific so people need protected.

Addressing one of collisions as being the problem isnít going to solve anything by itself though.

Itís the sheer volume of collisions with oversized humans, over a lengthy period of time, that really brings the house down.

Rugby needs to find ways to reduce the size of players (wider pitches, thorough to the point of zero tolerance drug testing), and to reduce the volume of games any player can be involved in.

Game will be gone for good within 2 generations if it doesnít.

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GAA Discussion / Re: LGFA
« on: March 21, 2023, 12:43:50 PM »
The more likely this becomes the more Iím thinking the GAA needs a bloody big ďpre nupĒ as part of the merger.

Letís call a spade a spade. This would not be a partnership of equals. One organisation brings all the grounds and premises, the long-standing  tradition of volunteerism, the sponsorship, the media, the political influence, and the majority of players. The other organisations bring a minority of players.

The current hierarchy whereby menís football and hurling are pegged above their female counterparts in terms of importance is owed most significantly to the ownership of grounds. Currently one sport can call the tune ahead of the others. The other sports then set their schedules in and around whatís left.

For everyoneís sanity it has to stay that way. When the availability of facilities cannot keep up with demand, absolutely no good can come from an equal balance of power.

Equality yes. Egalitarianism, no. Thatís not going to work.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2022-2023
« on: March 20, 2023, 10:05:32 AM »
Some rant by Conte, now 1/5 to be next premiership manager to be sacked.
  Southampton 3-3 Tottenham: Antonio Conte's furious media conference after Spurs let lead slip - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/65004422

Listened to it and he's not wrong. Whether Levy and Co want to be reminded of their own shortcomings in public is another thing.

If they do sack him, expect it to get messy.

Heís not wrong.

But about 4 miles down the road a manager with no big reputation, has spent similar amounts of money to Conte  turning what was a weaker squad than Spurs into likely PL winners, and doing so while playing attractive football.

So what Levy want to do, can be done.

ENIC just have this awful habit of picking managers who arenít suited to the job. like Conte, probably the biggest fraud in the history of management.

Refuses to change his team, until forced by injury. Refuses to change his formation to suit whatís available. Concedes midfield in every game, regardless of opposition. Heís getting paid over a million a month to manage Spurs and every single player has gone backwards apart from the bombproof Kane.

Heís an absolute con man.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 19, 2023, 06:54:47 PM »
Yep Horan deserves credit for bringing so many of them through.

But while there seemed to some disharmony in styles, trust and and belief between the old guard and new under Horan, they seem to be revelling in each otherís company under McStay, and enjoying their unpredictability together. Mayo of 2023 just donít seem to have a pattern to their play; theyíre happy to mix it up each and every way.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Colleges
« on: March 18, 2023, 03:05:44 PM »
Biggest difference between Down and Tyrone at the minute is nothing to do with population, demographics, county size.

In my opinion itís partly to do with aspiration - young lads having both heroes and a genuine chance of playing in AI final is the difference between a talented and competitive player and a talented and absolutely focused player. The latter usually wins. Itís also partly to do with knowledge and understanding, in that theyíve now had two generations of players that have each shown the following year group just how much effort it takes to reach the top.

Itís this ability to focus that turn occasional triumphs into a conveyor belt. This is what St Colmans had for years.


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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:00:39 PM »
This makes me sad.

Was probably the most integral part of the series after McNulty.

Being in the Wire does not seem to be a good thing if youíre interested in longevity.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Fixture Planning
« on: March 16, 2023, 09:55:58 AM »
I reckon if GAA put a full (or pretty full) national league programme on St Patrickís Day, theyíd be lambasted for hijacking a family day out.

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