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GAA Discussion / Paddy O'Rourke's comments on intercounty demands
« on: February 15, 2018, 09:02:56 PM »
Paddy O'Rourke Slates 'Head-Melting' Demands Of Inter-County Schedule

Offsetting potential gratification gained against effort exerted is becoming an increasingly important consideration for inter-county GAA players.

Is it feasible or sensible to put so much of one's life on hold for the pursuit of sporting ambition?

Although it is inaccurate to suggest that such effort is ultimately in vain if no provincial or All-Ireland title is forthcoming, with so few of those playing in inter-county football and hurling ever getting even a glimpse of what the Championship can offer, thoughts regarding 'what is this all for?' seem increasingly inevitable as the preparatory steps to even mediocrity continue to rise.

For Meath's Paddy O'Rourke, the decision to reclaim some semblance of normality has won out.

Speaking to AIB, O'Rourke determined that the hopelessness of Meath's chances for success going forward informed his decision to forego the months of training and committment that would nonetheless necessitate his first-hand role in a doomed pursuit:

The idea that I had to walk away from inter-county football was nagging at the back of my head in the months before we lost to Donegal last summer.

If we're honest in Meath, we're not getting any closer to where we want to go.

Winning Leinster again or challenging for an All-Ireland doesn't look realistic any time soon, and in fact it feels like it is farther away than ever.

Undoubtedly, the Meath goalkeeper will be criticised for his willingness to walk-away. Yet, with the demands rising, and progress reducing, O'Rourke struggles to see the point in remaining.

Having played in an All-Ireland semi-final in 2009, and lifting the Leinster title in 2010, the 28-year-old has seen nothing since that would encourage him to continue:

From 2011 to now, the commitment levels have gone through the roof but we've had nothing to show for it.

Our seasons have been over by early to mid-July. Last year we lost to Kildare, which suggests we've been slipping in the province, while Dublin are well out in front, and then this new Super 8 won't help any team outside the elite.

Despite his long run with the Meath team however, the Skryne club-man is incredibly pleased with his premature decision to depart, citing "the huge upside of not being tied down to the Meath schedule for at least five days per week."

No longer waking up "thinking about what I need to get through the next 16 or 17 hours", the conclusion that "this is not worth it" any longer was a brave decision in reality. As the now former Meath 'keeper testifies, "your head would be melted" with the work that goes into it.

Whether or not O'Rourke's decision will become more common among other inter-county players of his status is unclear, but a precedence has certainly been set.

It is not inconceivable that, like O'Rourke, a number of footballers and hurlers may similarly consider that "losing so much of your life" to inter-county teams is scarcely worth a few Championship games a summer and no glory.

When you look at the increasing demands of intercounty football vs. the decreasing odds of success for most counties, I'm amazed so many of them are sticking it out.
Then again, it's mostly a game for students and teachers now.

GAA Discussion / Laochra Gael
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:42:33 AM »
Have to say, the new series looks brilliant.
Preview here.

GAA Discussion / Pairc Tailteann to be made even better
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:34:25 PM »

The spiritual home of Leinster football will be upgraded to a 22,000 all-seater stadium.
Great news for football fans everywhere, except probably Kildare.

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GAA Discussion / Andy McEntee article
« on: June 05, 2017, 10:54:25 PM »
Keith Duggan's interview with Andy McEntee.
Very enjoyable read, regardless of your county allegiance.

GAA Discussion / Are we mad?
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:43:57 AM »
And by 'we', I mean the GAA.
Yesterday was one of the most enjoyable days of action I can remember in a long time.
There was a huge sense of excitement & tension across all the divisions (well 1-3 anyway) as the games progressed and teams moved up or down in the table  relative to one another.
Added to this, we had great crowds showing up at grounds all over the country for hurling and football on a gorgeous Spring day.
I'm all for tradition, but it seems abundantly clear to me that the league is our premier competition in terms of quality & competitiveness.
Could it become the premier competition in the hearts & minds of the average GAA fan?
The answer to all our fixture woes, and the lack of competitiveness in the championship is staring us in the face.

I thought this picture of the Wexford lads stretching after the game pretty much summed up the whole day.

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p.s. I'm not interested in rehashing loads of different 'alternative' structures for the championship.
The alternative is the league.
It's really that simple.

GAA Discussion / Fair play to Roscommon.
« on: April 02, 2017, 05:09:32 PM »
Did not let petty local rivalry get in their way today.
Instead, they went all out to save their close neighbour's Division 1 status.
I salute them.
It was the manly thing to do.

GAA Discussion / New President John Horan
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:27:34 PM »
What do we know about this fella?
I believe he's a Dub.
Still though, he deserves a chance.

GAA Discussion / Rule change on the way for kick-outs?
« on: January 13, 2017, 10:09:20 AM »
Restriction on kick-outs being looked at by GAA

Jarlath Burns, chair of the standing committee, says that an anomaly has arisen in that players in the corners are both outside the 20-metre line and 13 metres from the ball and the idea of requiring the kick-out to go forward is being considered.
‘Slip of hand’
“There is an argument that there is a slip of land on the field where it would be advisable to prohibit a player from receiving a kick-out if you wanted to make the ball go forward. When the rule on kick-outs was changed the rule wasn’t correspondingly changed that the ball had to go forward 20 metres.
“It has been discussed and might be worth looking at. It wouldn’t take a lot to change that but it might have a positive implication.”

I suppose it's basically closing a 'loophole' that the wording of Rule 2.7 didn't allow for.

GAA Discussion / Registration for Club Players Association
« on: January 10, 2017, 11:11:31 AM »
Registered yesterday and it took me about 30 seconds.
You don't have to register as a player either, as there are a number of options.
I'm curious to know if people object to this, or don't see any particular reason why they should register.
Seems a no-brainer to me, but that's only my opinion.
I doubt anyone who listened to Liam Griffin on Off The Ball last night would see this as anything other than a big step in the right direction.

GAA Discussion / Guess who's back!
« on: December 17, 2016, 11:18:25 AM »

GAA Discussion / Tom Cunniffe speaks...
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:44:05 AM »

GAA Discussion / Chronic back, knee & hip problems
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:46:35 AM »
Just reading about Conor Gillespie this morning and it looks like he'll have to jack in football altogether.
Very disappointing for him and it's an awful pity we didn't get to see him build on his potential.

In the last 10 years, we seem to have had a disproportionate amount of serious, chronic injuries to some of our best players.
And by 'serious', I don't mean hamstrings etc. I mean stuff that will actually affect your quality of life when you've stopped playing football altogether.
Kevin Reilly had loads of back & hip trouble, as did Shane O'Rourke.
We'll probably never see Shane in a county jersey again either.
Are taller players more susceptible to this type of thing or is the training load (and quality) a factor?
Or is it just bad luck?
We've also had a fair few cruciates in that time as well.

GAA Discussion / Paul Kimmage interviews Jim McGuinness
« on: September 19, 2016, 01:34:07 PM »
Have to say, I found this absolutely captivating.
To be honest, at this stage I don't care about the Declan Bogue stuff, but the bits where Jim talks about the death of his two brothers, and the impact this had on him, are incredibly powerful.

GAA Discussion / How long before we are back at the top table?
« on: August 30, 2016, 09:20:38 PM »
I give it two years, and by that I mean we will be competitive in the All-Ireland series again.
Promotion to Division 1 has to be the short-term goal.
The two boys won't accept anything less than 100% commitment so hopefully next year we will see a fitter, stronger, better organised group of players that are terrified of the management team.

“Obviously, everybody realises there’s a big gap, and needless to say our ambition is to close that gap. We’re not really competing with Dublin, who are the benchmark for everybody. So that’s the aim, to close that gap and to be more competitive.”

On the appointment itself, he said: “Any Meath man in a managerial role would like to be managing Meath. It’s a huge honour and a huge privilege and that’s the way I’m approaching it.”

As for what type of football Meath will play under him, the Dunboyne-based man said: “You got to do what you got to do but I still have ideas about how I like to see it played. You still have to compete. I wouldn’t make any definite predictions but Ballyboden play a certain way similar to the way the Meath minors played a number of years ago so it’s hard to see it change too much.”

McEntee’s brother, former Meath midfielder Gerry, along with ex-county players Donal Curtis and Finian Murtagh have been named as selectors.

McEntee said he didn’t need to ask his sibling twice about getting involved.

“Gerry is the type of guy who when he makes his mind up , makes his mind up. People probably know that! This is something he’s wanted to do for some time as well. He feels now is the right time and of course, it’s nice to have a big brother there to help you along and mind your back! He’s been doing it all his life so why change now?”

GAA Discussion / Defibrillator used to good effect again
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:48:04 PM »
This time during an IFC game in Meath between Curraha and Drumbaragh.

Another incident which highlights the importance of,
a) Having IMMEDIATE access to a defibrillator,
b) Having people that know how to use it and do CPR.

Best of luck to Danny and I hope he makes a full recovery.
How many times have we seen potential tragedies like this averted in recent years?
It's a testament to the great work being done by clubs and county boards, with the help of organisations like The Cormac Trust.
That reminds me, how is Kevin McCloy getting on now?

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