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Liverpool’s defence and defensive organisation.
 As well as what AZ said, that really annoys me.
The NFL Draft. I haven’t a clue how it works.

The NFL Draft is simplicity itself. What's complicated about that? The team with the worst record the previous year gets the first pick in each round, and the team that won the previous superbowl gets the last pick each round.

Brilliant system
Soccer should adopt something similar

European soccer? Not physically possible. Major League Soccer might be able to manage it.

Or the GAA when it goes professional!!

Its already professional.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:28:00 PM »
Dinny, it's not laid out in detail yet about the U15s, but the impression I'm getting is that it will be very localised leagues, i.e. Finn Harps won't be playing Waterford regularly.  I have misgivings about the U13s myself, but I haven't heard how this will be conducted yet.

Also on the U15, I hear they are being fairly strict on other codes too. Lads are being told that if they make the Waterford U15 team, they are not allowed play GAA etc.

That would be a concern, they are simply too young to be making that decision and committing to one sport
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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:52:15 PM »
Great time for English Rugby, as for the Welsh, it's why I love beating them. Have always been about 'me'.

I think we would have hosted a fine tournament but GAA stadia aren't rugby stadia and the atmosphere would have suffered.

Not too disappointed and on the plus side it might take stop that arsehole Ewan MacKenna from popping up on my twitter feed. Christ I doubt even his mother loves him.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:36:57 PM »
I think the difference in Iceland is the coaching - you are not allowed coach U10s in Iceland unless you have UEFA 'B' accreditation (if you had UEFA 'B' in Ireland you would have been coaching senior squads in the Leinster Senior League or equivalent).  The new FAI player development pathway (PDP) programme, introduced by Ruud Dokter seeks to change all this - recent results for our underage international squads have already shown a benefit from this programme, so I think the future is brighter than it was.

But we had great underage results in the past with the likes of Brian Kerr. Is the coaching in the clubs aligned to this PDP?

And we qualified for a WC with the fruits of Kerr's labours at u16 and u18.  And it is.  And all the leagues are committed to implementing the structures - you should have a read of it, it's very interesting, from a coaching perspective.

I read about it, but I was wondering how readily it's been adapted. And my point is what was Kerr doing that stopped being done, that is now covered off under this Dutch lad?

And finally, who is helping the Dutch now? :)

My understanding (and experience) is that the better grassroots clubs are going for it full-throttle - progressive clubs have been crying out for it, really.  I'm going back to do one of the new courses myself in the coming months, so I'll have a better idea of where coaching is going. 

I think the new approach is very different to the Kerr curriculum, but Kerr was an excellent coach and a good man-manager.  A man (and a manager) in a million, but the type of development coach we need to be bringing through. 

The Dutch will come again - they are far too reliant on aging coaches and aging systems as it stands.  They'll be back, because they're smart.

Is there a defined pathway to the professional game? It's all well improving coaching standards but keeping kids in the game is just as important and I am not a fan of Dublin Schoolboy clubs or any club signing young players from their home clubs. Too much focus on the 1%.
I know where you are coming from but I know cases where young lads in Westmeath etc were thought to be good because they were scoring three and four a game. Then they were signed by Kevins or Crumlin and meeting defenders who had good coaching and they were shown up.

Yes Dinny, there is now a defined pathway, through the LoI clubs - there's been an u19 and u17 league in place for a full season; there's an u15 league underway, and plans in a few years for the development of an u13 league too.  Obviously, the big Dublin clubs that have a vested interest (monetarily) in acting as feeders for clubs in the UK don't like this PDP and are trying to scupper at every opportunity.  Grassroots clubs are encouraged to develop links with their closest LoI club and work with them to develop their 'better' players.  I don't think we will see immediate results, but I think it is the right way to go, that is strengthening the local game, rather than sending all the kids overseas at an early stage in their development.


Thanks Billy, I agree I think this is the right model and I would definitely be a proponent. Strengten the grass roots and this allows for better talent development and better talent identification of late bloomers. Too many coaches and clubs focus on the 1% whereas if they focus on the 100% the game would be much better for it. Regardless of the sport we seemed obsessed with winning as a nation.

Just on the u13 league, how will that work, very young for representative sport even u15 I would have reservations but it depends on the structures.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:38:48 AM »
I think the difference in Iceland is the coaching - you are not allowed coach U10s in Iceland unless you have UEFA 'B' accreditation (if you had UEFA 'B' in Ireland you would have been coaching senior squads in the Leinster Senior League or equivalent).  The new FAI player development pathway (PDP) programme, introduced by Ruud Dokter seeks to change all this - recent results for our underage international squads have already shown a benefit from this programme, so I think the future is brighter than it was.

But we had great underage results in the past with the likes of Brian Kerr. Is the coaching in the clubs aligned to this PDP?

And we qualified for a WC with the fruits of Kerr's labours at u16 and u18.  And it is.  And all the leagues are committed to implementing the structures - you should have a read of it, it's very interesting, from a coaching perspective.

I read about it, but I was wondering how readily it's been adapted. And my point is what was Kerr doing that stopped being done, that is now covered off under this Dutch lad?

And finally, who is helping the Dutch now? :)

My understanding (and experience) is that the better grassroots clubs are going for it full-throttle - progressive clubs have been crying out for it, really.  I'm going back to do one of the new courses myself in the coming months, so I'll have a better idea of where coaching is going. 

I think the new approach is very different to the Kerr curriculum, but Kerr was an excellent coach and a good man-manager.  A man (and a manager) in a million, but the type of development coach we need to be bringing through. 

The Dutch will come again - they are far too reliant on aging coaches and aging systems as it stands.  They'll be back, because they're smart.

Is there a defined pathway to the professional game? It's all well improving coaching standards but keeping kids in the game is just as important and I am not a fan of Dublin Schoolboy clubs or any club signing young players from their home clubs. Too much focus on the 1%.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:05:36 AM »
S.A. get recommendation for WC. Vote in 2 weeks.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ballyragget GAC
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:41:17 AM »
Thank god they didn't have smart phones when I was a young bucko. Luckily for those young lads they weren't rugby players from Foxrock or soccer players from Tallaght, the narrative would be completely different.

Really? I think they're getting quite a going over from what I've seen.

Yep really, I just think there is a  cross section of the media that love sticking the boot into soccer, perceived working class and rugby perceived upper class every opportunity they get. These guys and you can see it here on occasion here as well believe that somehow the GAA has different values and ethos. To me this just shows regardless of the sport that boys will be boys.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ballyragget GAC
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:20:57 AM »
Thank god they didn't have smart phones when I was a young bucko. Luckily for those young lads they weren't rugby players from Foxrock or soccer players from Tallaght, the narrative would be completely different.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:55:39 PM »
A f**king disgrace.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:52:22 PM »
Mindhunter, good show 8.5/10.

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GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:14:05 AM »
No Dubs for International rules by the sounds of it.

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There is likely to be no Dublin players in Ireland’s international rules travelling party, which leaves for Australia in just over two weeks. This would be the first time that All-Ireland champions have been unrepresented in the 33-year history of the series.

Dermot Earley, who is one of manager Joe Kernan’s selectors, revealed the prospect at a press conference in DCU on Thursday.

“There haven’t been any (Dublin players) in training. We’ve asked a lot of the Dublin squad to come in but just because of injuries, club commitments, guys just wanting to take a break, I don’t think there will be any Dublin representation on this but again, that’s for Joe to announce.”

Jim Gavin’s panel have been involved in county championship matches since the All-Ireland final in September and although just the Dublin final remains, a number of high-profile players are still involved with their clubs whereas others have work commitments.

Dublin GAA putting Dublin GAA ahead of everything else! Shocker!

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GAA Discussion / Re: Provincial Championship Draws 2018 tonight
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:10:21 AM »
Would it be fair to say the Ulster draw is reasonably well balanced compared to previous years where there was a definite weaker side

That's because it's the weakest Province. Most teams are at a poor level.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: October 16, 2017, 02:24:39 PM »
I am liking the new Star Trek on Netflix, seems to be more in common with the 60s series than any of the recent ones.

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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:37:25 AM »
Blade Runner 2049 was really good, solid 8/10. Has to be seen in the cinema.

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General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread aka Déjà vu
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Still the same cartoon on repeat.

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