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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2018
« on: Today at 01:16:41 PM »
The big question is who is going to win a share of the next 4 or 5 all Irelands. KK still have work to do. Clare need to get organised. Limerick need more consistency. Are Waterford going to come back ? And Tipp?

Galway should be looking at the next 4/5 All Irelands and be licking their lips. The time is now with this team to make hay. Easily a cut above anything else that is out there at the minute, providing they play up to their form.
No doubt. There isn't another county at present who you would say look like obvious consistent contenders. It's probably as likely that Kilkenny will return to the fore before any of the other counties organise themselves.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2018
« on: Today at 01:14:55 PM »
I’d fancy Limerick to beat Cork, they looked a tired team against Clare in the last round robin but they really stood up in the last 15 against KK

Not that I think it will happen but a Clare v Waterford final would be fantastic

You should put the house on it

Limerick winning or a Limerick Clare final?
I think he's referring to you putting the house on a Clare v Waterford final.


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General discussion / Re: The Open 2018
« on: Today at 12:42:35 PM »
Tiger is really brilliant
Tiger is really really brilliant.

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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:39:58 PM »
Incredibles 2 is very good for older children, I would say small children would get less out of it (8.5/10).

I watched Eye In The Sky on Netflix and it was much better than I thought it would be (7.5/10).

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:35:59 PM »
I'm a bit behind the times on my viewing but The Sinner was good, I gave up on Westworld and finally completed Mindhunter which was also pretty good.

Sharp Objects with Amy Adams has the same sort of vibe as True Detective (S1) and hopefully ends up being as good as the promise of episode 1.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:27:40 PM »
France are deserving winners in the end. They made the most of their luck in this game though. This game wasn't a classic it was all about the errors really. Getting the own goal and an accidental penalty set up the win.

Be nice to have a chat on the football, not the refs decisions.

France were clearly the best team in the competition - there was nearly unanimous agreement at the start that they were one of the favourites, but the question was could they play as a team?  I think they did that very well, and huge credit must go to Deschamps, as coach and manager.  He is now in some company (with Beckenbauer and Zagallo) as the men who have won WCs as player and manager, and yet, prior to the tournament he was under massive pressure from his own country's media.  The football wasn't consistently spectacular, but (as Johnny Giles might say), they played each game on its merits, and came out on top when it mattered. 

What do we take from the tournament in how the game is developing?  My own take is that the 'gaps' between good teams and bad teams is narrowing, and qualifying is going to get harder and harder.  More and more countries are learning how to defend properly - my guess is that we are going to go into a period where counter-attacking is going to be the coaching focus (retaining possession seems now to be out-of-date) - with a big big focus on organisation without the ball.

So what do we take from the successes and the failures.  France are a massive country, and their education system places a big emphasis on sport - the Clarefontaine academy has now led to success in 2 WCs and an EC.  If they can transform their league into one that can compete for players with La Liga and the PL, then we could see them becoming a (more) dominant force (than they already are).  Croatia, as a tiny country producing (consistently) world-class players, in all positions, must be worth studying, from Ireland's perspective at least.  If we look back at the fact that they nearly didn't qualify in the first place, then we have to concede that the skills of their manager must be a key factor - is this a golden generation, or is this a one-off effort in support of a man with motivational skills?  Germany - poor choices in selection of the squad; nothing more.  Brazil - not in a good place; mass exodus of their players from local football; might never be a force again, realistically.  Argentina - ditto.  Uruguay - they know who they are; they know what they can do; they keep doing it, but are too small to win it without massive luck.  England - won the games they should have, lost they games they should have; have a real coach for the first time in ages (since Bobby Robson, probably) and might improve to a second-tier nation. 

So, a very good WC - it nearly always is, in fairness.
Croatia finished 3rd in 1998 so at a generational level they are capable of producing good players (Suker, Boban, Prosinecki from mid-late 90s) and good tournament squads. As you say, they'd definitely be worth investigating for other similar sized places like Ireland.

I see they have named a tube station on the London Underground after Southgate  :-\
It was already called Southgate  ;)

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:11:35 AM »
Sean Cox out of his coma this evening.
Some good news. A long road ahead of him but that's excellent stuff after 3 months or so in a coma.

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General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:05:25 AM »
Looks like it, but in large part cos lads stopped playing
I stopped a few games ago but I wasn't a serious contender.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:19:39 PM »
Serious fitness levels from top players in tennis.

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General discussion / Re: 11th night bonfires
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:54:29 PM »
Is the Derry stuff co-ordniated or is it just a shower of wee b**tards off school with little else to do?

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:27:13 PM »
Roy Keane going all in here on ITV.
He called bullshit on a whole nation who got carried away with themselves.
Correctly called out the bullshit spouted by Wright and Dixon

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:22:42 PM »
Roy Keane going all in here on ITV.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:02:38 PM »
Looking forward to the 3rd Place game.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:55:36 PM »
I think France will be strong favourites in the final, they are very good defensively. Giroud is limited up front but everywhere else they are a good side without being spectacular.

England have been blessed with the draw they got and I think their match with Croatia tomorrow is a real 50/50 game. Hopefully Croatia will make it a final we can actually enjoy. Would love to see Croatia win the thing outright.

Much being made of Harry Kane and the golden boot but when you break it down he's only scored two goals that he knew anything about in open play and they were from set pieces by and large.
Lingard is the only one to score a decent goal of note and that was against Panama.

Croatia seem to lack mental fortitude according to Bilic and if they can score first it will be interesting to see how England respond to being in a deficit.

Sadly I can see England win this one from a corner or the likes.
Agree. Despite having some stars on their team and reaching the semis Croatia have also benefited from playing some average teams. They haven't impressed me either so if their is any justice which ever teams plays France in the final will get stuffed.

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General discussion / Re: Stephen Nolan's 500k BBC Salary last year!
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:27:45 PM »
I'm actually surprised that Graham Norton salary is as low as it is (on paper anyway) and Steve Wright's is so high. Most of the bigger earners are multi-taskers whereas Steve Wright only appears to do the afternoon show on Radio 2.

Shearer's salary is a joke.

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