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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: Today at 01:46:39 PM »
The problem is, you can have analysis, or you can have entertainment. It's hard to get both.


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GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: Today at 01:42:23 PM »
The emergence of a great manager somewhere could decide which county takes 3 or 4 of the next 10 All Irelands.
All conquering managers are key to building GAA empires. 
10 years ago Jim Gavin hadn't come to prominence. If the best of the rest were in charge of Dublin, how many would they won after 2011?


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: Today at 01:32:32 PM »
DE GEA!!

Great game that and great to get the result. Thought Ronaldo should of had a penalty before theirs but maybe that just my Utd bias.

Fair play to Lingard. Great way to come back.

Ronaldo, twice, was on his way down before either defender got near him.
Ronaldo's last penalty call should have been awarded, the others didn't look like penos and it shows what happens when officials have already made up their mind about a player.



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General discussion / Re: Garth Brooks and Croke Park : Boss to intervene?
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:08:42 PM »
It always give me a chuckle at how many of his lifelong fans still think his name is "Gareth Brooks".

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:06:04 PM »
None of yis think then that Lowry a slightly lucky pick?

Not really is he not the next form player in line after Westwood and Wiesberger?

Yeah there is that but look at it another way he didn't qualify automatically by either of the avenues open to him so he's not exactly pulling up trees himself? The other three have all had stellar Ryder Cup careers which might be a distinct advantage in a tough away match in the US?

Im sure Padraig would have rather Lowry snuck into the last automatic place allowing him to pick the other 3

Ideally Lowry would have auto-qualified to take the scrutiny off him. Lowry is a better player than Wiesberger for example, but if both of them score poorly, it's Lowry (and Harrington) that will get the flak.
Harrington is slightly out on a limb in picking a rookie when the other options were experienced.
Lowry's form is decent in the last couple of months, he hasn't missed cuts in a long time, but he still didn't manage a couple of bumper results to put the issue beyond doubt.

There is an assumption that because he's from Offaly and therefore naturally likeable, that this makes him ideal for team events. Maybe so. However, that could be counter productive. Could his keen sense of 'teamness' put too much pressure on him to want to deliver for the collective? He's standing over a crucial putt and his fear of letting down the team that he has bought into might weigh heavily on him.

Look at his poor record in the Irish Open since winning it. It's usually on links courses in front of a very supportive gallery. In the build up he always stresses how he'd love to do well in his home tournament and how he feels patriotic. Yet he struggles to do well in it. The Olympics too. He was clearly proud to be representing Ireland and very eager to deliver but it unravelled for him


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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: September 14, 2021, 04:34:33 PM »
Match play is a completely different animal, and with the totally one sided spectators you'll need people that will thrive on that. Poulter for me will always get the nod in match play for this very reason and coupled with he's 3rd in strokes gained putting this year (6th last year) means Rose was never really in contention.

Poulter is in for the very same reason Leona Maguire made the Solheim Cup picks, putts great and can do it under pressure.

If he is as good as you say he is, then why has he only 3 points from 7 matches? Fist pumping and bug eyes do not win matches.

He's 5-0-1 in the singles. 14-6-2 overall
https://www.golfchannel.com/news/ryder-cup-capsules-meet-european-team
His great record was built from 2004 to 2012. His career as well as his Ryder Cup record has tailed since then.
I'm not saying he isn't worth a pick, but his reputation has far out shadowed his delivery for a while now.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: September 14, 2021, 12:37:17 PM »
There is absolutely no way you could leave poulter out of that team.  Ridiculous record in the ryder cup
He has played shit golf all year, this is a Sky Sports pick. Up the Yanks!
Not that Harrington would consider it as a factor, but I'd say Sky Sports were doing cartwheels when Poulter was picked.
So much of their pumping of the event will involve Poulter.
Since Medinah in 2012 his RC record has been moderate - 3 points in 7 matches. But no, he's the ultimate Ryder Cup beast, the postman, the machine, unbeatable, unplayable...

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GAA Discussion / Re: U20 All Ireland football championship 2021
« on: August 16, 2021, 07:03:21 PM »
Yes, the game could have panned out differently had Roscommon snatched an early goal.
Offaly were fortunate that when the goal did finally come they had built up a cushion. It made for a tense finish.

And this is the hallmark of this Offaly side. Dazzling, high speed attacks, yet living precariously at times and holding on in games that should have closed out.

Roscommon people will be pleased with the spirit their players showed and they have a couple of very useful prospects. Any Offaly burst of scores was responded to.
Overall, the main difference being that Offaly were quicker to transition into attack. Roscommon were slower in the build up play and left themselves more vulnerable to turnovers.

The third quarter run of scores when Offaly finally managed to cut loose will be the abiding memory.
Yesterday was an unexpected glory day for Offaly people as many of us assumed the possibility of challenging for honours was remote and distant in the future, if ever.

I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s Offaly were regularly up in Croke Park contending. In a year like 1998, Offaly played on 10 different match days in Croke Park.
Of the attendance of 24,000 yesterday, there was at least 15,000 Offaly supporters. It's a long time since anything approaching that number went to watch Offaly.
I'd estimate it is 15 years since a match day special train pulled into Clara, Tullamore and Portarlington.

To see the gangs young fellas hitting the streets of Dublin, mad for drink, like we all did years ago. They wouldn't have been born when Offaly were last in the hunt for a trophy.

There is a definite feel good factor in the county right now. However there is also a recognition that there are lot of rungs on the ladder above them in senior hurling and football.
This win in isolation would make a small improvement but the hope is that every up and coming Offaly underage group gets a boost from it.
You might be talking about 1989 - An Offaly team played in HQ every time it was open that year for inter-county C'ship games. A mad summer

Great win yesterday, hopefully the teams can keep the momentum going into 2022.
Speed of transition and a bit of luck early on won it.
I believe you are nearly correct about 1989 when both minor teams got to All Ireland finals, but I don't think an Offaly team would have played before the Ulster - Connacht All Ireland football semi?

In 1998 the footballers played a league semi final, final and Leinster championship vs Meath.
The hurlers played 7 out of 8 games in Crow Park and one in Thurles.


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GAA Discussion / Re: U20 All Ireland football championship 2021
« on: August 16, 2021, 12:27:06 PM »
Yes, the game could have panned out differently had Roscommon snatched an early goal.
Offaly were fortunate that when the goal did finally come they had built up a cushion. It made for a tense finish.

And this is the hallmark of this Offaly side. Dazzling, high speed attacks, yet living precariously at times and holding on in games that should have closed out.

Roscommon people will be pleased with the spirit their players showed and they have a couple of very useful prospects. Any Offaly burst of scores was responded to.
Overall, the main difference being that Offaly were quicker to transition into attack. Roscommon were slower in the build up play and left themselves more vulnerable to turnovers.

The third quarter run of scores when Offaly finally managed to cut loose will be the abiding memory.
Yesterday was an unexpected glory day for Offaly people as many of us assumed the possibility of challenging for honours was remote and distant in the future, if ever.

I remember growing up in the 80s and 90s Offaly were regularly up in Croke Park contending. In a year like 1998, Offaly played on 10 different match days in Croke Park.
Of the attendance of 24,000 yesterday, there was at least 15,000 Offaly supporters. It's a long time since anything approaching that number went to watch Offaly.
I'd estimate it is 15 years since a match day special train pulled into Clara, Tullamore and Portarlington.

To see the gangs young fellas hitting the streets of Dublin, mad for drink, like we all did years ago. They wouldn't have been born when Offaly were last in the hunt for a trophy.

There is a definite feel good factor in the county right now. However there is also a recognition that there are lot of rungs on the ladder above them in senior hurling and football.
This win in isolation would make a small improvement but the hope is that every up and coming Offaly underage group gets a boost from it.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: August 13, 2021, 12:04:56 PM »
Will Chelsea set up to get the best out of Lukaku?

For all the massive transfer money spent on him, he’s never really convinced that he’s an elite striker.

Bit of a flat track bully. Scores lots against junk teams.

Those kind of goals are important, obviously.

But for that kind of money you’d hope he’ll also be doing it in CL knock-out and against the big EPL teams.
In theory he scores every other game, but in reality he seems to do it in bursts in between barren spells.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_Manchester_United_F.C._season#Matches


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General discussion / Re: Olympics Tokyo.
« on: August 07, 2021, 04:00:27 PM »
An interesting one, grew up in Dingle. Just won silver for GB.
https://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/knight-on-leaving-grim-ireland-set-up-for-team-gb-says-she-never-felt-irish/

Are her parents Irish?

How does someone grow up in Dingle and feel British? I must have missed that Orange hall when I was there.
This doesn't sound like a Dingle accent to me.

https://twitter.com/BritishCycling/status/1406997840254189573

Maybe she's like Dermot Gallagher. Talks like that to a British interviewer. When RTE come along it's "Yerra, lookit Dizz. Team Gee Bee will be the clear underdog".

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GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster U20 football championship 2021
« on: July 22, 2021, 11:27:04 PM »
A couple of remarkable things about the game. Dublin scored their last point in the 12th minute. They got one score in the entire second half.

Like the games against Westmeath and Wexford, Offaly should have romped home but somehow didn't. However the team showed massive courage in making sure they didn't lose it either.

The fearlessness of the players was superb to watch. Continually driving forward with the ball, showing courage. Too many teams get possession and spend the day running back towards their own goal as that sense of adventure has been coached out of players. Dublin found it difficult to deal with the direct runners and regularly missed tackles or fouled.

In recent years Offaly have been quietly and gradually getting the house in order at underage and it's brilliant to see it starting to pay off.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: June 28, 2021, 11:33:54 AM »
2-4 to 0-1 in extra time, Louth used up all of the energy to bring that game to extra time and had nothing left. Result Offaly 3-19 Louth 0-19.

Harte found out. A bluffer. Has he improved Louth? No.

Not really, it was a really close game that Louth could have won only for some poor wides at crucial stages.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: June 22, 2021, 05:35:21 PM »
Quote
“We may get an outsider,” he told Griffin.

That was all that was needed to drastically alter the path of Wexford hurling. Griffin was caught. The rest is history.

“Red rag to a bull and they knew that, I suppose. And I was true to my word and stood up to the plate. I didn’t want an outsider to go in because in my own subconscious I must’ve felt what outsider was going to have the feel for this job.

Griffin mustn't have noticed an outsider called Cyril Farrell managing them in 1992.


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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on
« on: June 04, 2021, 02:47:13 PM »
Surely Kenny will get his first win tonight? If we dont, I dont think I can stick the Kenny fan boys trying to put on another positive spin.
If they can't beat Andorra there can only be 3 possibilities

1. Biddy Earley
2. Someone in the camp failed to bless themselves as a hearse passed by
3. SFA attention played to player development since 2010

That implies there was attention paid to player development before 2010.
A network of coaches whose crowning glory is to get as many of their players shoved off to English clubs was hardly player development.

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