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General discussion / Re: Irish News
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:39:03 PM »
Really, surprising then that the disciplinary committee rescinded the red crd after reviewing video evidence.

He got off on a technicality not because he was innocent. There was no evidence to suggest he didn’t strike

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:36:25 AM »
Well done to The Moy. Fitting end for Sean but Colm has turned into some operator.

Yeah always great to see Tyrone teams win All Ireland's. For a mid table intermediate team to go down to Thurles last week and beat a top Kerry team was up there with some of the best Tyrone club team wins ever.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:13:10 PM »
Anyone wanna hazard a guess at the Tyrone team Mickey will name tomorrow night?
Will we see many young players like Mulgrew, Lee Brennan, Cassidy at CB?
Wonder when was the last time the team didn't have a Cavananagh in it?

Very difficult to pick the team. O’Neill did nets the last day so you’d think Morgan will start this one. Full back line is very hard to call. Mcrory mcnamee mccarron have been regulars there past few years but he’s bound to try something knew. Mckernan could well be the one to come in. McCann and hampsey very likely to start at half back. Brennan or McLaughlin could get other place if he pushed harte up to forwards.

Based on the McKenna cup McShane and McNulty did much better together than the other pairing so they may get a go.

I think burns Donnelly Sludden harte and Bradley all likely to get a go in forwards if fit. Mcaliskey or O’Neill most likely to take the other spot. From the two games I saw him play in McKenna cup lee Brennan didn’t offer enough to suggest he should be starting here.

General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:37:42 PM »
Can someone explain to me how McClean won that award last night instead of Katie Taylor?

Personally I think Taylor is overrated especially when you consider the limited number of female boxers. She fought  a part time American the other night who had very limited fights both as an ameteur and professional and struggled to get past her. If any boxer was to get it Burnett would have been much more deserving winner.

Struggled to get by her. She thumped her on points despite a ridiculous penalty point called by the referee.

She did win easy on points but it was a very tough fight for her. She seems to have very quick hands but not much power. But maybe knockouts (autocorrect tried to correct this to knickers which would have messed up the sentence!) are unusual in women’s boxing. I just feel given the numbers involved and haven’t watched a lot of her fights that she’s over hyped.

General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:07:20 PM »
Can someone explain to me how McClean won that award last night instead of Katie Taylor?

Personally I think Taylor is overrated especially when you consider the limited number of female boxers. She fought  a part time American the other night who had very limited fights both as an ameteur and professional and struggled to get past her. If any boxer was to get it Burnett would have been much more deserving winner.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 05:20:48 PM »
I don't think the Kerry system is set up to give more intermediate/junior winners but the way they do it definitely gives an unfair advantage over other counties.

Their intermediate winner is effectively a senior team and their junior winner an intermediate team.

The fairest way therefore to solve the issue would be for their senior champs to play in the senior championship, their premier junior champs to play in the intermediate and their junior champs to play in the junior. The only issue would be their intermediate winners then wouldn't get chance to play at provincial level. It could be argued that the 9th best senior team isn't in other counties don't either.

The split above would mean 24 teams effectively senior 16 intermediate and 18 junior. Seems a lot fairer than what they currently do.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:19:41 AM »
If players can't use the ball within 4 steps they've no business being on a pitch. Being able to run away from/through people has meant lads with poor skill levels but strength and athleticism can survive. The abuse/misapplication of this rule is the single biggest factor in the complete change in the nature of the game of gaelic football.

I hadn't watched the international rules for many year but a few things struck me:

1) the speed with which the Aussies handpassed the ball. Not just the pace carrying the ball but their hand speed and quickness of transfer. Way ahead of anything I've ever seen in gaelic football. This really surprised me.

2) the accuracy of the Aussies kick passing in comparison to ours. Not as surprised by this - anecdotally this has been referred to and so when I saw the evidence wasn't hugely surprised.

3) the fitness levels of the Aussies are off the charts. To be expected but I had liked to think it wasn't as much of a gap.

I was pleasantly surprised that the game was beeter to watch than I'd remembered but frustrated at the naiveté and poor skill levels by some of our players.

Overall though I was just watching to see my clubmate Niall Murphy. Delighted he did reasonably well.....we're very proud of him.

Personally I think it's a complete and utter myth that the aussies kick the ball better than the irish. They hand pass the ball up the pitch and work a short kick pass for a mark or drive it in high where a big full forward catches it. Nearly all their scores were close to goal.

On the other hand McManus and Murphy gave an exhibition of long range shooting. The reason the Irish often kick pass the ball badly is because they are under pressure they aren't used to with the prospect of being thrown to the ground. When the Australians kick pass it they are under much less pressure. Another problem is the ball is lighter than the o'neills ball and on occasions the irish were kicking it too long.

The tackle has as big if not a bigger influence on the game than the round ball (which should be relatively easy to adopt to).

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:19:36 AM »
According to ulster v Britain in Junior All Ireland QF.

However was this not the case last year too? Rock v Dundee.

Does it not alternate?

Did the rock not beat them in the semi final last year? I'm sure it was before the Pomeroy semi final. I think the British champions won their quarter final last year, not sure who against.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:38:55 AM »
Great game but the critics probably won’t admit it. People have been crying out for long kickouts and high fielding and it was full of it. Better than the majority of championship games and more people at it. Was clear to see that both sets of players really cared.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:22:13 PM »
Begrudgers out in force today.
Is it the purpose of the GAA to encourage the playing of the national games or to try and introduce a bastardised version of football?
There's a lot of clubs in Roscommon who could do with a share of the money the junket costs

Cost is another reason quite often thrown out as a reason to stop the series. Are you sure it actually costs money? When you consider ticket sales, sponsorship, jersey sales, tv rights etc I'd say it more than covers itself.

Like someone said earlier I'm not sure what impact Marc O'Se thinks the series had on club football. I haven't heard of any stories were players missed important club games over it this year. And I'm pretty sure the game being on tv at 5 yesterday morning had no impact on attendances at club games yesterday.

General discussion / Re: Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moment RTE 2
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:30:15 AM »
1990's moments -

O'Leary penalty
Clare hurlers 95
Clare footballers 92
Alan McLoughlin goal
Donegal/Derry winning Sam
Maurice Fitz 97 final
Houghton again 94
Michelle Smith golds
If it's to be Ireland's Greatest sporting moment it has to be something that happens on an international stage like a World Cup or Olympics or whatever. Where the whole country is at a standstill and watching and everyone remembers where they were when it happened.
Clare winning an All Ireland in 1995 or Donegal or Derry winning isn't one of those moments. It's great for the people from them counties but no one outside of that.

The obvious standout moment is David O'Learys peno.
I would have thought Michael Carruth should have been on that list.

More people regularly watch the all Ireland final than the big international sporting events so the country obviously comes to a standstill for it. Although people aren't directly supporting them people will have great interest in new teams making a breakthrough or in Kerry getting beat for five in a row for example. More interest than someone doing well in a random sport like cycling that they generally would have no interest or knowledge in.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:23 AM »
What are we on a GAA forum talking about anyway? The price of garden furniture? Some amount of Snowflake princesses on here. Hypothetically if I was getting critism for my performances on the pitch I wouldn't start crying like a baby but go back out and prove the doubters wrong!

The price of garden furniture lol Class

Wouldnt this be a much boring place if we all came on and agreed with the Errigal Pose and all that tyrone do. Jes it wouldnt be far aff North Korea at that rate. Forums are for opinions - Horrible footballer, shouldnt be anywere near a County set up never mind starting week in/week out and now touted as potential Captain. Tyrone Fans Weep

Yeah its much better to come on to a forum behind a user name and slag off local players who give up 9/10 months of the year to represent our county. I probably wouldn't pick McRory in my starting team but at times over the years he has did decent marking jobs including for example against McKiernan last year. He always puts in a 100% on the pitch and works hard for the team.

For all the talk of the bias it should be noted that only 2 out of a 35 man squad have been from Errigal in recent years. Not a high representation from one of the top clubs in Tyrone. Even Ardboe had that many players involved in the squad this year. Also no Errigal man has ever held one of the key jobs in the backroom team - trainer or assistant manager.

I get labelled on here as some big Harte fan where as in reality I'm just a Tyrone fan who has respected what he did for the county and still believe he is the best man for the job. Back to back ulster's at any time in our history would be considered successful. Anyway I think I'm done on here as can't be bothered with the constant childish crap from the newbies and the constant over the top negativity. I think you lads should be left too your fun without being interrupted by reason and logic.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:21:28 PM »
Lee and Ruari Brennan and Richie Donnelly earned their call outs because they were outstanding for trillick. Have they improved because they went to tyrone training? You could argue they have went backwards especially the Brennan lads.
Take omagh who won the county title. Meyer was very good as he was with st marys but doesnt get a look in. I just can't see Ronan oneill ever being in the condition to start for tyrone and he hasn't made any progress in all his years in the panel
. Conor Clarke was ruined by county football. Tierney earned a county call up last time omagh won the championship. Got a few runs and was embarrassed in kerry when left all day on James odonoghue and has not been the same player since. Poor justy stayed one last year and never got a minute and ended up couldn't even make the omagh team through lack of football.
Ronan McHugh Harry Loughran and cahir mccullagh were all in excellent form for the club before they went to county training and I am sure the first 2 especially will stay on as they might get a chance. They have the raw talent so it is up to the county mgmt to bring them on.
In reality though you could say that if fit mcaliskey will take the place of big Sean and the rest will stay more or less the same come the big games next year.
After all a lot of people think tyrone Tyrone were not too far away this year.
And to the reds on here I am just aa much bigger advocate of the club than the county. And that is all clubs. When you look at the most successful club teams like cross slaughtneil and kilcoo they all put club before county. Even in tyrone some of our most successful clubs like clonoe and carrickmore do likewise.
It wasn't always like this for me. When I played in the 80s and 90s our county men trained with us most of the time, even played in challenge games and tournament matches.
Somewhere along the way this has changed and to me that is at the detriment of the game.
And it is only going to get worse next year with the new fixtures schedule and u20s played in the summer.
And redzone if you ever managed a team that had county players at all age levels but not the biggest squad you would be frustrated to.

Despite the yaps, I agree 100% with what’s highlighted above

Just to clear a few things up above which is a perfect of example of the inaccuracies thrown out. Barry Tierney got called up to the Tyrone panel prior to omagh winning the championship. He got the roasting by o’donoghue in 2014. He wasn’t disregarded after that and went on to start in that year’s championship and indeed in the 2015 championship for Tyrone. He was a member of the Tyrone panel at the time of starring in the Tyrone championship win for omagh and run to the Ulster final. He pulled out of the Tyrone panel last year due to working away and if anything his form has dipped since then,

Justy McMahon was injured for a lot of the year and never got a run going to get in a position to make the team. He has also been struggling for injuries with omagh. Unfortunately this has been an issue with just throughout his career and I don’t think the county management are to blame, happens plenty of players. 

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:59:10 PM »
There are examples of bright prospects up and down the country not making it. Whether that be club or county football. You lads just have a very black and white view of the problem. You ignore the likes of hampsey and Sludden pushing on to be key players but will pick out the players who haven’t made it and blame that on the county set up. You argue that county football has ruined all the squad players as club players but will happily ignore all the examples I gave of squad players starring for their clubs in recent years.

It’s a bit early to say Lee Brennan has gone backwards. Back in 2015 he wasn’t making the u21 team at the start of the year. This year he was the top scorer in division one despite missing 5 games. I don’t think he was ready for county football yet and the next few years will determine whether he makes it.

Someone who is 26 plus and has been with the county squad a few years without making it should definitely consider walking away. But the younger lads should be given the time to develop without being subject to this constant talk of them being ruined for trying to play at the top of the game for a team they’ve no doubt grown up suppprting.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:36:52 AM »
No point talking facts like that on here bomber when it doesn’t suit the agenda. Every player who gets injured or doesn’t make it is down to Mickey harte. Any player who happens to make it is as a result of luck.

I’m a huge fan of club football but think the county game has a place too and gets a hard time on here. I assume it won’t be too long now before a squad is out in place for the McKenna cup.

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