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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:03:34 PM »

A lot of good fixtures there. Hopefully no weather disruptions. It would be nice if players being interviewed after could make an effort to speak their native language

Native language generally refers to the language someone has been exposed to from birth. For the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland, this is English.
Do you really think that the majority of GAA supporters would agree with that English is their native language?

If they have a correct understanding of the meaning of the phrase native language is then yes.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:01:58 PM »
looking at it i think we are the value bet of the round, theres been a kick of the ball in it between ourselves and cork the last 4 years, they are missing loads through retirements, club and retirements. we are a summer team usually and dont perform in the league but 2/1 is very good

I wouldn't be surprised to see Cork struggling a lot in terms of defence - O'Halloran in goals (who was only middling enough has retired and there looks to be no obvious natural successor) Cadogan has jumped ship to the hurlers, Shields has retired , Stephen Cronin is missing with Nemo. They conceded 3-12 to Clare in their last game ; 1-9 (1-7 from play)of it to the Clare full-forward line

Just looked at their back 7 for the MCGrath Cup

1. Mark White (Clonakilty)
2. Sam Ryan (St Finbarr’s)
3. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
4. Michael McSweeney (Newcestown)
5. Padraig Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)
7. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)

It wasn't as if there were a huge pile of options on the bench either - the only one of the 7 subbed was
Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s) for Dorman (53)

I would have said Dorman was more of a natural wing-back and Maguire is a midfielder so I'm not sure what was going on there.

Overall though that looks like a very unsettled/experimental defence and while it was only a one-off game, it's not as if there is much in the way of options in terms of fixing it up.

If Quinlivan and Sweeney are available and they get any sort of reasonable share of ball I could see them getting a lot of joy from that defence.

Even though I'm not a fan of betting on the first round of league games in general I think I might have a minor nibble.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:03:09 PM »
Couldn't agree more. Do the colleges hold some power I'm not aware of? It seems very obvious but in all the small changes that have been made, the colleges never seem to be touched.

The thing is that there is nothing GAA HQ can do to threaten or force the 3rd level institutes to do anything the 3rd level institutes don't want to.

They are as the phrase says a law unto themselves.

The third levels have their own pitches and don't get any money from the GAA.

GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: January 20, 2018, 07:45:23 PM »
Mayo team for tomorrow

1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites
2. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
3. Ger Cafferkey - Ballina Stephenites
4. Eoin O’Donoghue - Belmullet
5. Colm Boyle Davitts
6. Michael Hall - Breaffy
7. Paddy Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels
8. Jason Gibbons - Ballintubber
9. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
10. Kevin McLoughlin - Knockmore
11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy
12. Diarmuid O’Connor - Ballintubber
13. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole
14. Evan Regan - Ballina Stephenites
15. Ciaran Treacy Ballina Stephenites

I'd imagine that's not too far off the starting 15 for the Monaghan league game.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:47:31 PM »

A lot of good fixtures there. Hopefully no weather disruptions. It would be nice if players being interviewed after could make an effort to speak their native language

Native language generally refers to the language someone has been exposed to from birth. For the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland, this is English.

GAA Discussion / Re: McGrath Cup
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:36:11 PM »
Cork favorites to win D2 and Clare second favorites for relegation :o !

Cork keeper apparently gifted Clare at least 1 goal if not 2.

Also for games at this time of year, looking at the lineups is key. Lot of unfamiliar names in the starting Cork team and in the Clare team too.

No surprise to see Cork win it late on when they bring subs of the quality of John O’Rourke, Ian Maguire, Sean Powter and Ruairi Deane after the 50th minute.

1. Mark White (Clonakilty)

2. Sam Ryan (St Finbarr’s)
3. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
4. Michael McSweeney (Newcestown)

5. Padraig Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)
7. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)

8. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown – captain)
9. Daniel O’Callaghan (Clyda Rovers)

10. Sean White (Clonakilty)
11. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
12. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)

13. Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary)
14. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
15. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarr’s)


24. Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig) for Vaughan (inj) (34)
23. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers) for Crowley (53)
20. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s) for Dorman (53)
22. Sean Powter (Douglas) for O’Callaghan (54)
21. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues) for Collins (55)
18. Dylan Quinn (St Finbarr’s) for Sean White (56)

1. Killian Roche (Cooraclare)

2. Eanna O’Connor (Éire Óg)
3. Cillian Brennan (Clondegad)
4. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)

24. Tom Hannan (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
6. Aaron Fitzgerald (Éire Óg)
7. Jamie Malone (Corofin)

8. Sean O’Donoghue (Cooraclare)
9. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen – captain)

10. Pearse Lillis (Cooraclare)
11. Alan Sweeney (St Breckan’s)
12. Kieran Malone (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay)

13. Eibhin Courtney (Éire Óg)
14. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
15. Conor Finnucane (Lissycasey)


18. Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis) for Jamie Malone (inj) (4)
17. Darragh Bohannon (Shannon Gaels) for O’Donoghue (half-time)
20. David Egan (Kilmihil) for Kieran Malone (half-time)
22. Gearóid O’Brien (Kilrush) for Hannan (half-time)
23. Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil) for Sweeney (60)
19. Jonah Culligan (Ballyvaughan) for Collins (60)

GAA Discussion / Re: McGrath Cup
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:33:56 PM »
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-7 FT

Final should be a bit more competitive given Cork and Clare put up identical scores against Waterford and what they both conceded wasn't too dissimilar.

GAA Discussion / Re: Month of the Club
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:50:17 PM »
Mayo have stated that the county team are going away in April, for a training camp. Does this signify the end of the month of the club! Will other counties follow suit? Should clubs just realise that their players are now no longer available to them? I have strong views on this but most Mayo supporters that I speak to seem to be of the opinion that clubs dont matter.

There is talk of talking a Home league game away from Mayo for such a misdemeanour. That would be doing Mayo a favour as they are shocking at home in the League!

The loss of a home gate in the league would be worth a pretty penny in terms of Mayo's finances (especially given the crowds Mayo get at home).

GAA Discussion / Re: pairc ui chaoimh
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:46:37 PM »
It has been revealed that Cork GAA have been left with a debt of €23m from the redevelopment of Pairc Uí Chaoimh. The final cost is €86.4m, that represents an over-run of €16m.

The €86.4 million isn't the final final cost - it's only the current cost - it's very likely to break the €90 million cost before everything is paid for.

A year ago they were talking about the stadium being debt-free when it opened in, now they have a bridging loan for €19 million in place co-signed by Croke Park.

An utter disaster of a project and all the main players are all going to be on the board of the stadium.

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:32:10 PM »
I misconstrued your original post. Got it now! Decent idea if travel expenses are taken out of CBs hands and paid by Croke Park.

I think there is a plan in place whereby the actual mileage for intercounty players is going to be administered by Croke Park next year, but the county boards will be reimbursing Croke Park.

I've a notion this came about as a result of GPA lobbying because some of the county boards were constantly having issues with how timely they were in reimbursing intercounty players and there being differences in how the different codes were being treated in the same counties.

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:05:47 PM »
@MickFoley76  (Sunday Times journalist)

Quick scan of the sports grants: 64 six figure sums to clubs in Dublin, 31 received 150k - the highest amount. 29 six figure sums went to clubs in the rest of the country, 2 clubs outside Dublin received 150k.

Feck that stat reads as fairly crazy.

It's hardly as if they are actually buying land, so what's the reason for the discrepancy?
There's hardly that much of a difference in wages and other costs.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:02:33 PM »

If the argument is that Kerry have too few Senior Clubs, well I'm sorry, I disagree. In my view a lot of other counties have too *Many* senior clubs. This approach works for Kerry, and now that Offaly have followed suit, by and large, with 8 Senior and 8 Senior B (who enter the intermediate championship) and our Intermediate Champions in the Junior Championship I hope that the Offaly senior team benefits from a Senior Championship of a higher standard eventually.

Put it like this, Dromid were a long way away from being dominant against Naomh Eoin above in Clare or Galtee Gaels in the Munster Semi Final, and they are not going to hammer Knocknagree either.

In total agreement, far too many counties have way too many senior teams.

In Kerry you have to work hard to be a senior team and to stay a senior team, which drives standards.

Just checked the scorelines line and Dromid won both their games against the Clare and Limerick Junior representatives by 4 points.

GAA Discussion / Re: Factors that can help you become a good footballer!
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:44:53 PM »
Messi had two older brothers, good players, that he played with for hours on end on pitch at back of his house. He was youngest on Newell old boys team that went unbeaten for 8 years...playing with older bigger players of excellent standard. We all know the excellent underage player who never made it, prob down to running the gauntlet and when others physically caught up their advantage left them short on other skills. Messis father was also a soccer coach. He wasn't just popped out a superstar.
Number of accounts of Ronaldo spending extra hours on free kicks etc when @ utd. Think I read It in Roy Keane's book bout ronaldo s phenomenal training routine too
Dublin run a shooting drill that became very competitive & remember seeing that eoghan o gara was biggest improved over the year matching b brogan by end of it.

Classic example of "The younger brother is even better"

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:43:33 PM »
Divisional teams are not allowed to compete in provincial competition so I doubt An Ghaeltacht are a divisional side, but are they an almangamaion of dingle and other clubs or is that one area just called An Ghaeltacht?

One club, An Ghaeltacht. Dingle are a separate club. I wish more counties would adopt the Kerry system.

It's a complete no-brainer in my opinion.

The key thing for me is when you look at how the Kerry county team constantly seem to have players spread among all of the various clubs in the county.

It seems some folk would like Kerry to get rid of what works best for them and switch to an inferior structure as opposed to other counties changing their structure to imitate a superior setup.

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