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Great memories though.

Success would ruin Mayo.

GAA Discussion / Re: Paraic Duffy to Stand Down
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:51:08 PM »
Do most counties have a tertiary competition nowadays, e.g. the Feis Cup in Meath?
Between league, championship and that, there should be plenty of football that can be played over the summer months without county players needing to be involved.
Just give lads games ffs.

GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:15:35 PM »
The last time any Dublin fan travelled further than that for a game was Thurles in 2001.
Half of them couldn't find their way back and ended up settling in Portlaoise.

Finnegan was a good freetaker but from play was only a fraction better than shay Walsh .

That Galway team had some fine players but some extremely weak by any standard

This is nonsense. When Ja was injured in 96/97 and a few had yet to come along, Finnegan was the main man in the forward line. He scored 9 points (4 from play i think) against Mayo in 97 and was the only real threat in the forward line. Scored two terrific points from play in the 98 (frustratingly never shown on the replays). During the Connacht campaign id say he was the second most important forward behind Ja, with perhaps Donnellan passing him out once in Croke Park. He was more influential than Joyce that season though and far ahead of Savage, with that pair obviously passing him out fairly quickly in subsequent years.

Always rated Finnegan, even though he was half a Dub.  ;)

Ja's the man.

GAA Discussion / Re: You can take the boy out of Tyrone
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:33:40 AM »
It was a case of a Tyrone man bites dog.

From the linked article
'It's understood Dickson claimed McKenna bit him after the Irishman was run down by the Dog'.

'Tyrone man bites dog after being run down by it.'

GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:19:14 PM »
Longford beating Meath wonít be a shock and the venue wonít make a huge difference. We donít have the talent to do anything to begin with and thereís more talk of lads leaving the squad since the league ended. Longford are looking more and more like a worthwhile bet at 5/2.

I remember Carlow were expected to beat us in '96 and we went on to win the All-Ireland.
Could history repeat itself, I wonder?

GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:17:08 PM »
I'd say Dublin would be a good way down the list nationwide in terms of attendances at club games alright.

GAA Discussion / Re: You can take the boy out of Tyrone
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:14:14 PM »
He's basically a wing-back.
Most of the Irish lads seem to end up in that position (they call it a half-back flanker), as it suits their existing skill set and athletic ability.
Might kick the odd goal, but the pitch is a mile long so his role would primarily be to transition at speed out of defence and drive it long into the forwards.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:50:43 AM »
Bunch of spoofers.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:14:09 PM »
Find it borderline ridiculous that a club can go from winning the minor championship last year to not fielding a minor team this year. Is there no lower grade they could enter and play 13-aside?

My experience of playing Belfast teams at u16 and minor back in the day in challenge games is that they always had big numbers, the players were all bigger, there was always one player that looked about 30 and they always told you that they didnít even have their full team cos half the panel played were away with antrim.

We had the same craic playing challenge games against Dublin teams.
Plenty of lads called 'Anto' that looked like they were out on day release from Mountjoy.
You'd be wary of going too far ahead of them in case they might get 'bored'.

GAA Discussion / Re: You can take the boy out of Tyrone
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:19:52 PM »
Anyone think the ban was very lenient?

Three weeks off to surf and work on his mullet.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:37:45 AM »
I'd say roughly half of the lads I played underage football with didn't stay on after minor, so that's nothing new.
I would say almost all of them enjoyed their football, but wouldn't have been the most enthusiastic trainers.
When you transition from underage football to adult football there is a significant culture shift (at least there was in my day).
A lot of the time it can feel like training isn't a means to an end, it's an end in itself.
Train more, train harder, train better, so that maybe, just maybe you will earn the right to actually play football at some stage.
I remember when the balls would come out of the bag at this time of year and lads would be positively giddy at the idea we might actually play a game instead of doing loads of drills and small-sided stuff.
Usually, we were disappointed.
A lot of the lads that I know who drifted away from football would be regular 5-a-side soccer players.
It's enjoyable, it doesn't ADD to the daily stresses & strains of life and if you can't go some evening you don't have to justify yourself to anyone.
The GAA badly needs to come up with a recreational format that will allow the 'casual' player to stay involved in the club, get some exercise and generally just have a bit of FUN.
Remember that?

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: April 15, 2018, 08:39:46 PM »
Brolly's piece says that Belfast has a population of 700,000 as part of his attempt to claim how badly it is doing in GAA terms. However, he has confused the metropolitan area, which includes the surrounding districts of Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh and North Down - mostly barren ground for the GAA - with the actual city, which only has a population of 300,000. There's no doubt that the  GAA is struggling in west and north Belfast but with a few exceptions that has been the case for quite some time.  On the southern side of the city, Brolly's own club,  St Brigid's, and the Down sides Bredagh and Carryduff are all developing strongly.  If you take into account that more than a third of Belfast is in Co Down, and also leave out the unionist districts, the Co Antrim part of Belfast which Brolly is writing about effectively has a GAA population of considerably less than 100,000. It should be doing much better, and it deserves much more attention from the GAA at national level, but many other urban areas across Ireland are also underperforming, and the Belfast population figures put forward by Brolly are completely misleading.

I am shocked.

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