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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:45:46 PM »
Bit of a sickening loss in the end for Donegal. Played very well after going down to 14. McBrearty and MacNiallais were immense. But a few very soft hometown decisions, some slack marking and a fucked-up lockout leading to the second Kerry goal made the difference.
The ref seemed to buy every silicon enhanced fall to floor made by a Kerry player.

Same as yesterday game. Anytime contact made to  player in possession dived to ground holding his head.

Are ye f**king serious? McLoone and McHugh gave their best auditions for Swan Lake today, was Kerry players who were diving?   ;D Fierce balance here altogether!

GAA Discussion / Re: County GAA Crests.
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:33:17 PM »
Man, there is some random shit on Youtube!  ;D

GAA Discussion / Re: County GAA Crests.
« on: January 20, 2018, 01:52:06 AM »
Kerry - The current Kerry GAA crest ìs new since 2012, and is a set of items supposed to reference elements of the county.

County name – A bold decorative Celtic-style Ciarraí brand featuring a crowned C which pays homage to the county’s moniker, 'The Kingdom'

Kerry’s people – St Brendan and his epic voyage: an inspiring tale of bravery, skill and innovation. The naomhóg (a craft associated with the coastal communities around Kerry) is propelled by a sail featuring a Celtic cross – the symbol of the GAA

Kerry’s fauna – Red Deer (Fia Rua): Ireland’s largest wild animal whose only remaining native herd is found on the slopes of Torc and Mangerton. These animals are believed to have had a continuous presence in Ireland since the end of the last Ice Age (c. 10,000 BC) and are steeped in folklore. It is said that ‘Tuan’, the King of the Deer, was given rights of free passage by Fionn McCool to the mountains of Kerry and that his blood line lives on in the present herd

Kerry’s landscape – Skellig Michael’s iconic silhouette rising out of the Atlantic Ocean. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site and famous around the globe

Kerry’s flora – KIllarney woodland fern that thrives in wild exotic places; an evocation of majestic mountains, valleys and hills

Kerry’s artistry – A background pattern of concentric circles inspired by the gilding on the Ballinclemisig ‘gold box’ (part of the ‘Kerry gold hoard’ in the National Museum) and by Bronze Age stone carvings found all over Kerry

Kerry’s birdlife – Storm Petrel (An Guairdeall): Kerry plays host to the largest numbers of this species anywhere in the world and is the world headquarters for breeding pairs

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A huge improvement on its predecessor which was far too cluttered IMHO:

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Well, forgive this "animal" for disagreeing massively with you on that one Eamonn!

I liked the old crest and was disgusted when I heard they were changing it because the idiots never properly registered the old crest as a trademark.  >:(

Fwiw the old crest showed:
- Rattoo round tower. Still, standing on the plains of North Kerry, this 900 year old structure has been used as a symbol by many organisations, including Ballyduff which is the nearest GAA club to it.
- The McGillicuddy reeks and Carrauntoohill. One of the most well known geographical features of Kerry and the country even. The reeks are the backdrop to Fitzgerald Stadium, so their use here was most appropriate I thought.
- The Cú Faoil (Wolfhound) which for so many centuries was a common sight in Kerry and Munster.
- The Harp to symbolise the pride in traditional music. The Harp has 9 strings for the 9 Baronies of Kerry.
- The oakwoods around the lakes of Killarney.
- The 4 shamrock leaves on the bottom, which are the same as are found on all Kerry championship medals. I don't know where this started or what it symbolises.
At the four compass points of the crest are 4 small crests with depictions of a Footballer, Hurler, Handballer and the 3 gold crowns, which represents the 3 traditional kingdoms that existed long ago in what is now Kerry.

The new crest, while my initial horror at it has somewhat faded - is still poor IMO. Too much flora and fauna focus and not enough that really resonates with GAA followers in Kerry, like the background of the Reeks for example. That's a precious image to all of us and reminds us of the backdrop to so many big days in Killarney. Storm petrels and deer..are not.  :-\ I do like having Sceilig Mhichíl there to be fair.

GAA Discussion / Re: Michael Meehan retires.
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:33:57 AM »
A classy statement from a classy player. Such a shame he got unlucky with injuries. We saw enough of him to know he was a wizard of a player though.
Personally will never forget the performance with Jarlaths down in Limerick against Coláiste na Sceilige or the famous game in the monsoon against us in 2008.

GAA Discussion / Re: Jack O'Connor
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:15:39 AM »
Was interesting to see him on the line yesterday. Didn't realise he was involved to that extent with Moorefield. I'd assume Glavin must have asked or agreed to him getting involved at least, so he probably has added something to their setup.

GAA Discussion / Re: Pat Spillane comments
« on: November 27, 2017, 05:05:06 PM »
I'm pretty sure I've said this multiple times on here and elsewhere but here goes again: Pat Spillane is a clown and makes outlandish statements to get attention and keep the Sunday World brigade happy. He is not taken seriously as a "pundit" or analyst of football in Kerry and I wish people would ignore this kind of stuff to be honest as it represents nothing but what I said above. Some people take Spillane's spouted nonsense as being the view of everyone in Kerry. Nothing could be further from the truth I guarantee you.

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2017
« on: November 27, 2017, 04:51:51 PM »
Why is this stupid sh*te moaning about the Kerry system rearing its head again?

From the Bunker, you run your county's championships whatever way you want and we'll sort our own out. Thanks. Telling us how many teams we should have in our Senior championship, did you ever hear such nonsense!

Anyway, fair play to Nemo, I got it wrong yesterday and they just ground down Crokes and outfought them. Connolly was the classiest player on view, not Gooch, O'Leary or any of the Crokes forwards. They couldn't handle him and it says a lot when Crokes supposed County-level defender was not trusted to go on him when he was running amok. Nemo really are an admirable club. Even with teams that you think mightn't have the talent of others, they nearly always perform when it matters and give nothing easy. The injury to Kerrigan (looks like ACL unfortunately) means they probably won't get an All Ireland but they'll still make it hard for Slaughneil I guarantee.

An Gaeltacht had the expected easy win over Senans in the Intermediate final. Anybody thinking this result makes some point or is unusual, hasn't a clue. The semi-final was the real final. A game in which Gaeltacht and Mallow had a good even battle until Gaeltacht pulled away in the last quarter. A hammering of the Limerick Intermediate champions, will all due respect, proves nothing. Look at the Nemo v Adare result in the senior championship - does that prove something?

Gaeltacht v Moy should be tasty!

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:22:51 PM »
I'd say Knocknagree would be favourites alright. Dromid's main forward got a straight red as well, so he'll be a massive loss. Galtee Gaels just tired, once Dromid changed the midfield and stopped the bigger of the two Childs (I think that's their name) from dominating there. Galtee Gaels were winning everything around the middle, and were firing big strong runners off the shoulder. Dromid couldn't cope to be honest. Then they moved Tomás Curran and Aidan O'Sullivan to centre field, and that stopped the momentum a bit. Dromid started breaking even or better out there, and the tide turned a little bit. They nearly left it too late though, they had 3 goals conceded by that stage.

Dromid have a nice little team though, so Knocknagree will need to be right.

Both teams at full strength - Dromid clear favourites. That's having seen both play in the last 2 years. If Niall O'Shea is missing that's a big loss for Dromid alright but still think they have enough to win it. Knocknagree have a few good forwards but vulnerable further back.

Gaeltacht got over Mallow in Intermediate football, who would have been the main danger really I expect.
Crokes and Nemo should be interesting next Sunday.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:54:46 PM »
Ciarrai, when you say you've never been asked for evidence, what do you mean? In our club, our childrens officer coordinates the vetting, and renewals.

I mean that I've been asked to fill and send off the vetting form 10 times maybe in last few years but there's been zero follow the club, schools or underage county squads!

As to Avondhu Star's post - I'd have to agree the vetting as it currently stands doesn't say much - which is why I was alluding to a possible overhaul of the system. You don't want to get paranoid or too PC about these things but we genuinely are too casual about people involved with kids at times in this country..

GAA Discussion / Re: Tom Humphries
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:26:59 PM »
You'd imagine given the nature of the Humphries case the completely inadequate and farcical Garda vetting system of youth/child coaches would be revised and updated (this is the system in the 26 counties I'm talking about) but I wouldn't count on it.

I've been Garda vetted about 6 times in last 2 years and despite countless calls and contact with Croke park and Garda vetting unit, have no evidence (cert or otherwise) to prove it AND have never been asked to produce evidence either despite being involved with up to a dozen different groups of underage players. It's a joke and if this case doesn't get Croke park and the Government to improve things it's worse than a joke, it's scandalous.

GAA Discussion / Re: TG4 - Club Championships Coverage
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:11:51 PM »
They seem to be alternating with double headers of Football and Hurling every second week, which is fair enough. Could make an argument that 1 football/1 hurling would increase audience a bit, but they know this stuff better than I do.

Assume Sunday week will see 2 good football games: Crokes v Nemo and then Ulster Club final I would hope, but they may go for the Corofin v Castlebar game given TG4 have a strong Galway audience. Rathnew v Moorefield will be interesting too.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:04:48 PM »
Fair play to them. They need to bring back the red shorts for a bit of success. With that logo they will look like a redder Version of Kildare.

I might have missed it but was there a reason given for the change to all white? The kit looks far better with the red togs and socks I thought. Strange one to change after winning 3 All Irelands with it?
Bloody designers set loose. Going back to the 50s or something like that.  5 all ireland finals since 1986 in the red togs.  3 titles, 2 leagues.  Have lost 2 league finals in the white togs v Dublin and Derry.  Id be superstitious like that.

 ::) Such stupidity, aside from the fact that the kit looked much better with the red togs, shur every bloody team had white togs back in the day. Down were the first to change this as far as I'm aware.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: November 16, 2017, 05:58:34 PM »
Fair play to them. They need to bring back the red shorts for a bit of success. With that logo they will look like a redder Version of Kildare.

I might have missed it but was there a reason given for the change to all white? The kit looks far better with the red togs and socks I thought. Strange one to change after winning 3 All Irelands with it?

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2017
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:42:58 PM »
It's funny, on paper I think this Crokes squad are a good 7/8 pts better than Nemo, but games aren't won on paper..

The last time these clubs met Nemo absolutely wiped them in the 1st half and were 13 up at half-time only for a sensational comeback by Crokes to narrow it to 2 before the finish. That was over 6 years ago and although some players remain on both sides, these are 2 very different squads.
Crokes are starting to look like the kind of team and squad they thought they were 2/3 years ago (when they weren't) and they are dispatching teams like Clonmel and Quilty easily enough. Nemo won a Cork championship that isn't of a very high quality at the moment, but they too are battle-hardened. They came through 2 games against big rivals St Finbarrs after an epic game with UCC in the quarter final aswell. In Luke Connolly, Kerrigan and Barry O'Driscoll they possess attacking weapons capable of troubling any club team.

Crokes however have a seriously powerful attack and it takes a serious group of defenders with a lot of cover to hold them I think right now. Johnny Buckley is flying in midfield and Crokes have finally learned to cover up well at the back and are capable of being as hard to break down as anyone.

The fact it's on in Páirc uí Rinn (as opposed to the bigger pitch down the road) and the fact it's Nemo and they fear nobody means this is harder to call than it should be, but just don't see Nemo holding that Crokes forward unit to a low enough score to win. Crokes by 4.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:50:42 PM »
Overall a decent enough watch, but largely poor stuff by Ireland. Cadogan, Clarke, Karl O'Connell, Shane Walsh were all shocking. The likes of Geaney could've been involved more. Crazy "tactics" by Ireland and some poor distribution at times.
No wonder there's rumours of McManus being on AFL radar..some outrageous kicks by him. J

Just think the squad picked was very strange and the tactics even stranger still..we should be getting 4/5 goals every time against them. Instead they looked superior tactically AND better at controlling the ball. Few Irish lads not able for the phyiscality either. Could and should have picked a few "craftier" players for it.

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