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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2018
« on: Today at 02:03:13 PM »
I'm back home in Manchester after watching Galway loose to Monaghan, Dublin & Limerick so a very disappointing few weeks for me; Couldn't make it to Thurles for the semi so missed out on that too. Its very rare that anyone outside of the big 3 in Hurling or big 2 in Football that any other counties have an opportunity to win back to backs in either code so Sunday was naturally a disappointment.

Galway were very flat as were the fans, there was a huge difference in noise even when both teams were named in Croker. Galway needed to score a goal a lot earlier to get going, they desperately needed that spark that wasn't their for the first 70 minutes. I suspect its the 2 replays that did for Galway and they just weren't able to match a fresher Limerick team but we'll never know. The defence of the crown would have been planned meticulously but wouldn't have accounted for replays, I'm sure if O'Donoghue had known about the replays in advance he'd have given more game time to the fringe players during the round robin.

Looking forward to next year there's no reason why Galway shouldn't be challenging again, they'll need a few players to be pushing closer to that starting 15 and a few minor tactical changes but there's no rebuild required at all. The bookies have Galway favourites at are 5/2 for next year with Limerick next at 9/2.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Your countyís toughest defeat to stomach
« on: August 17, 2018, 12:42:46 PM »
Football wise the defeat to Tipp in 2016, naively was convinced Galway would beat them comfortably only to be hammered.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:24:25 PM »
I can't understand why Conor McManus is rated to get an allstar. Good player and all, probably deserves a nomination, but well behind the likes of Clifford, Mannion, Murphy, Comer, Burke and Rock in my book. He was pretty poor yesterday bar his frees. Think he's just short of this level, which is not really an insult. The final gets too much sway in these things but at the moment I'd go for Clifford, Mannion, Burke in the FF line but that feels harsh on Comer and Murphy.

I think even with the last minute brain fart, Beggan should get keeper. Has been a real difference maker all season. Others I'd say are in the box seat with one game to go are Cooper, O'Connell, McCaffrey, Fenton, Cavanagh, Shane Walsh and Kilkenny. Perhaps this year with the Super 8's exposure it might be slightly lass Final-centric? Certainly should be anyway.

Pretty big statement to make Seanie.
Gets some super scores from play to go along with his free taking.

Given the amount of attention he gets from other teams, as they know take him out of it and you will beat Monaghan, it is pretty impressive what he returns each game

I wouldn't have McManus in my All Star team this year. Don't think he contributed all that much from play this year apart from the Kerry game, he's certainly learnt how to win a soft free this year too. He's been an exceptional forward for a long time and probably the best inside forward the last 5 years but he's not hit the heights of previous years.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:21:54 PM »
Tyrone are the 2nd best team in the Country based on they've made the final but if they'd played Dublin in the semi nobody would be lauding them as that.

It's a huge opportunity for Tyrone as going forward I can't see them
making too many finals in the coming years
; I just don't see enough scores in that forward line to trouble the Dubs based on what we've seen this year.

Why not? This Tyrone team have been knocking on the door for a few years with the profile of an improving team, consistently getting to semi finals, winning an U21 All Ireland, winning back to back Ulster Championships. Tyrone havenít come out of nowhere to get here and the age make up of the squad is relatively young. I also think the super 8 actually suits us as we tend to play our way into form. The other thing is that, bar maybe Kerry with a lot of great minor teams coming through, there is nothing coming from the chasing pack to make you think Tyrone will be pushed further down the pecking order. Who knows if Mayo will make it back, Galway showed against Monaghan that they are a long way off the required level and everyone else is just making up the numbers.

I'm basing it on what I've seen from your forwards. Naturally that might all change come the final but don't their talented enough to be back like Mayo were.

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GAA Discussion / Re: AI minor football championship
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:32:02 AM »
Finding a free taker and cutting down on the greediness are the 2 biggest aspects Galway need to work on if their to beat Kerry; Kerry are a more physical team than Meath and Galway won't be cutting them open so often as they did to Meath.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 15, 2018, 11:24:16 AM »
Tyrone are the 2nd best team in the Country based on they've made the final but if they'd played Dublin in the semi nobody would be lauding them as that.

It's a huge opportunity for Tyrone as going forward I can't see them
making too many finals in the coming years; I just don't see enough scores in that forward line to trouble the Dubs based on what we've seen this year.

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Disappointing but inevitable end to a good year; Losing to Monaghan whilst playing a full strength team was a killer blow, we had to beat Monaghan once he'd gone with such a strong team. Would like to have seen how Galway would have done with 3 weeks preparation facing the Dubs instead of the 1.

Echo the thoughts of the Galway posters on here, plenty to be positive about. It's been a very good year, there's been huge improvements all over he pitch from 12 months ago, don't see any reason why they kickon again next year given the age of the panel and that they've only just had one year in Div 1.

The way Galway setup defensively needs to be worked on too as well as personnel changes to the half back line. Dublin got too many soft scores in that first half probably as a result of having too many players covering the D;

The amount of steps Kilkenny takes needs addressing, he knows exactly what he's doing and it's one of the reasons why he's such a productive player.




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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:14:32 PM »
Who knows whats going on at the club and Mourinho certainly doesn't look very happy but when the transfer window is closing in 9 days time and we've only signed 2 players thats not good enough. Since Pep took over they've signed 20 players whilst United in that time have signed 9 and they had a lot more quality then United did at that time.

United will continue to struggle getting rid of players because they pay them too much, Rojo is probably on 4 times what he's on at Sporting while if you look at the wage bill its astromical and out of hand for the squad we've got. IF United can get rid of Rojo & Darmian in the next week I'd expect United to sign 2 replacements and the same for Martial if he goes. I thought Perisic was brilliant during the world cup after having a great season for Inter, United clearly missed out on a winger that would have suited United.

Its a big 9 days for United because if not a lot happens then you may as well give the championship to City.




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GAA Discussion / Re: AI minor football championship
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:04:48 PM »
Great comeback but you'd wonder how they got themselves into such a hole in the first place.

From the match report sounded like there was a strong wind, should be a close match against Meath in the semi.


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GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna takes a major swipe at Galway
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:01:58 PM »
I can't say I've paid too much attention to his ramblings in the past but is he always like this?

I saw on Twitter call Galway a massive group of cowards, a nasty bunch of cheats and topped it all off by calling Eoghan Kerin a low life. He's certainly gone well over the top. 


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GAA Discussion / Re: The Toughest Rivalry
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:58:42 PM »
Just watched episode three there. Some end to the original game. Why not fist it over the bar.

Just seen it too, was thinking that but did that goal even cross the line?

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:56:18 PM »
Transfer wise we've not not done enough so far, can't believe we've not signed a left back, its beyond a joke.

I'd be content will letting Martial leave as long as someone like Perisic came in. One of the reasons I'd imagine United are prepared to let him go is some of the attacking talent we've got coming through. Good to see Mason Greenwood get some game time, he's even a better prospect then Angel Gomes. A mate knows one of the youth coaches at United who's been split his time coaching between both City & United the last 15 years and he says Greenwood is easily the best youngster either club have produced in that time.

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So McKenna's article is based on never actually seeing Galway in the flesh, he may we have a point about some of the stuff that goes on off the ball but he's very naive to think it that all the top teams aren't at it. I've been at all the games Dublin & Mayo have played against each other and both teams are at it, so much stuff going on off the ball. He's gone far too personal on the attack on Galway. We saw a Kildare man sent off and Cooke & Varley were both on the receiving end of punches too, their are clear to see on the TV. He keeps showing a picture of Sean Andy grabbing Cribbin's jersey as some sort of evidence he's punched him, he's completely lost the run of himself. As for been filthy thats laughable considering the amount of Kildare men caught throwing punches on the TV.

He's citing the red cards as some sort of evidence which is laughable, if you ask Harte, O'Rourke, Fitzmaurice, Gavin & Rochford about the sending offs they'll tell you how disappointed they were in their own players not the Galway player. Comer gets dogs of abuse and its only the last 6 months he's started to deal with it, he was sent off in the FBD against Mayo. Galway have been very disciplined since that game, just hope it continues.



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GAA Discussion / Re: DICK v WOOLY
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:15:53 PM »
The GAA Hour is excellent and Parkinson is good craic on it. Iíd much rather listen to the likes of him than some of dinosaurs on RTE. Stevie McDonnell and Cian Ward are excellent on it as well. By far the best GAA podcast going.

Ward is very good but can't say the same about McDonnell, he gets so much wrong.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:47:03 PM »
We've still a final round of the Super 8's to come then the Semi's and the final; Its nonsense to suggest there are any certs at all. There are a 3 or 4 players well placed to get them but that would change with a couple of poor performances. Semi Final & Final performances will go a long way to deciding who gets them.


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