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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:26:01 PM »
So Daithí Burke is at a loose end for the rest of the summer, wonder what are the chances????

He'll be on the first flight to America tomorrow morning id imagine

Doubtful considering he has a full time job and a club championship to play in, besides isn't there some rule in place now that once you play championship you can't play in America?

That only applies to NY, Boston and Chi sill get early exiting championship players out and obviously he could play both codes. Comment was tongue in cheek, although it wouldn't fully surprise me at the same time given the nature of that 'job'  ;) no chance of the footballers anyway, from half knowing him when a bit younger he'll be looking forward to the summer off. Maybe they could all do with it in a way, been a fair stretch for them since 2014

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:13:00 PM »
So Daithí Burke is at a loose end for the rest of the summer, wonder what are the chances????

He'll be on the first flight to America tomorrow morning id imagine

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 01:15:49 PM »
"The obvious next step is to challenge for an All-Ireland. But does anybody really and truly see them in those terms? If they do, they’re keeping it to themselves! You have the Dubs out on their own, maybe Kerry and Mayo next, possibly Donegal after last weekend and at a push Tyrone if they can regather themselves. I don’t hear too many people shouting about Galway."

This part of the article was interesting, and it's very true. I listened to loads of championship previews with Galway not mentioned. They were a silly 10 min spell from making a league final this year with half a panel missing. Of the team's mentioned above, Galway have beaten Mayo in 5 straight, beat Kerry by 4 last year and Donegal by 15 in their last meeting 2 years ago. Donegal just made it out of D2, albiet looking excellent at the weekend. Even the scores of Roscommon fans saying it's 50/50 is interesting in terms of how they rate Galway compared to Mayo. Didn't see anyone calling the Mayo Ros game 50/50 prior.

Odds for the final.
Galway are 2/5
Roscommon are 5/2

Jaysus you wouldn't hear so much beal bochting from a rock in Connemara.

Yet you're telling us the odds are wrong and that it's 50/50? I wonder what the reaction would be if someone came along saying Galway should be 1/5 (as mayo were) and not 2/5

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 12:49:38 PM »
"The obvious next step is to challenge for an All-Ireland. But does anybody really and truly see them in those terms? If they do, they’re keeping it to themselves! You have the Dubs out on their own, maybe Kerry and Mayo next, possibly Donegal after last weekend and at a push Tyrone if they can regather themselves. I don’t hear too many people shouting about Galway."

This part of the article was interesting, and it's very true. I listened to loads of championship previews with Galway not mentioned. They were a silly 10 min spell from making a league final this year with half a panel missing. Of the team's mentioned above, Galway have beaten Mayo in 5 straight, beat Kerry by 4 last year and Donegal by 15 in their last meeting 2 years ago. Donegal just made it out of D2, albiet looking excellent at the weekend. Even the scores of Roscommon fans saying it's 50/50 is interesting in terms of how they rate Galway compared to Mayo. Didn't see anyone calling the Mayo Ros game 50/50 prior.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 11:57:40 AM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/darragh-%C3%B3-s%C3%A9-galway-are-too-stuck-in-systems-too-rigid-and-too-defensive-1.3922417

More ammo for Kevin to pin up on the wall on Sunday.

I think its a reasonably fair article. There is a defensive structure that they looked to have worked on extensively but very little in terms of an attacking gameplan. They don't get enough from someone as talented as Walsh, haven't worked Daly's strengths in yet and havent developed how to align Comer to Burke's play making. Sadly i think with all the injuries and interruptions like Corofin this year it could be a lost year in that regard. He hasnt been able to introduce the players integral to kick on to the next level such as McDaid, Molloy, Cooke and Wall in any capacity and missing work around both Comer and Burke who the forward line is built around.

I wouldn't agree that it could go stale after this season however. The only players the wrong side of 27 are Conroy and Bradshaw, neither considered certain starters at all. Next is Flynn at 27 with everyone else younger. The team probably wont reach its peak for 2-3 years. By then it'll likely be under a new manager however

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:50:20 PM »
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/gaa/galway-lose-injured-captain-damien-comer-for-connacht-final-929851.html

Comer definitely out, as is Duggan, and disappointingly, Paul Conroy. Molloy in a race to be fit also. If Molloy doesnt make it, would really be surprised not to see Silke back at half back and Kyne in the corner. Depends on Kyne. The other option is start G'OD. Cooke, Kelly both back but hard see either start, especially Kelly with a dodgy hamstring.

I'm struggling to think of any team thats been so injury ridden as Galway in 2019. It's just never ending
over training, not enough recovery time? not enough prehab and rehab on injuries?
they are amateur athletes after all who have jobs to go to each day

Well Walsh has been in place for 5 years and there's never been cluster injuries before so i'd say it's naive to call it over training or bad rehab rather than just plain bad luck. The one exception was Comer's misdiagnosis. I suppose Corofin players do have to go all year round, another thing for Galway to have to deal with

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:42:04 PM »
Cooke has generally been listed as foot. Would be surprised if we saw him, that's a long time to be not running coming into Championship

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:31:43 PM »
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/gaa/galway-lose-injured-captain-damien-comer-for-connacht-final-929851.html

Comer definitely out, as is Duggan, and disappointingly, Paul Conroy. Molloy in a race to be fit also. If Molloy doesnt make it, would really be surprised not to see Silke back at half back and Kyne in the corner. Depends on Kyne. The other option is start G'OD. Cooke, Kelly both back but hard see either start, especially Kelly with a dodgy hamstring.

I'm struggling to think of any team thats been so injury ridden as Galway in 2019. It's just never ending

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 11:25:42 AM »

anyway, onto the game on June 16.
the weather will have a big bearing on it in Salthill. Will Galway open up a bit if they play with the breeze?

Unlikely. Coaches have come up with the bright idea that it's basically impossible to be scored against with the wind advantage if you pack a defense, and with turnovers, breaking at pace, and scoring long range frees, if executed correctly you should get at 6-7pt+ advantage. Its happening all over the country, even in club games now and Galway seem to adhere, if not execute correctly. Hard agree with the tactic, although it's been devised by people who do more study and have access to more data than me or Pat Spillane or Joe Brolly

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:13:34 PM »
Ye are all overlooking the Galway supporters narrative that they took their eye off the ball in 17, how disrespectful to Roscommon, I see Ros easy passage to the super 8 last year was mentioned but not the Galway blowout against Tipp in 16, one of the easiest quarter final draws since the back door began.

That's a laughable comparison. Roscommon got beat in their one test, beat a D3 team. Galway in 2016 beat a top 3 team away from home, beat Ros and screwed up when the draw finally gave them a break. It's the irony of McHale insinuating he is as unlucky during his stint. He was a very lucky manager with how draws worked out. He wasn't unlucky in either final he lost and it's up to him to convince players to commit, not complain about it afterwards

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 02:53:35 PM »
17 was a well deserved Roscommon victory. But I don't see Paddy Tally Or Brian Silke or the likes on saying Galway should be going for their 4th Connacht in a row, nobody is deluded enough to dispute 17. Its very ironic that McStay is on thinking he or Ros were unlucky, when they got drawn against Leitrim in 2 years to make those finals, Sligo the other year and made the Super 8s last year by getting beaten by Galway and beating D3 Armagh

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 02:24:32 PM »
McStay in the examiner......."In my own bailiwick, things have taken a surprising turn. Galway-Roscommon is a fixture for the fourth year in a row but – because of the draw in 2016 – also the fifth final in those four years. It is a rivalry that has become very hard to read. The draw in 2016 was in the balance and Roscommon had chances to win it. In 2017, Galway were favourites and were well beaten."

"In 2018, Galway were again expected to win and having been there, I can say that Roscommon had that game won but for a few small breaks. It is a contest of fine margins despite the bookies’ sense of it." He says he expects Roscommon to come through as champions.

You'd have to wonder what kind of delusional supper time chatter himself and Liam McHale were using to reassure themselves for the last few years, with the nonsense thats come out from each in the last 2 weeks. Just because you draw a game doesnt mean you automatically shouldve won it. Roscommon stole a draw in 16, Galway kicked chances away and Flynn and Walsh messed up the easiest chance of all time to win it near the death. Hammered Ros in the replay. He thinks Roscommon had the 2018 meeting "won but for a few small breaks". A few "small breaks" that allowed Galway to win by a full 4 points in a low scoring game, even despite a sucker punch penalty against the run of play. Surely what happened in the Super 8s afterwards confirmed the relative standings of both sides? In the fairylands of McHale and McStay, Roscommon are going for 4 in a row in Connacht. We should really let the world know of such dominance

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: May 30, 2019, 04:18:38 PM »
Id love to know for what reason or nonsense meant Comer didn't have surgery for a full 3 weeks after being diagnosed with the fracture. They knew at that stage it'd be touch and go for championship as it was. Would a situation ever occur like that in Dublin or Kerry, teams theyre supposed to be competing against

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: May 30, 2019, 03:36:11 PM »
Galway went off 2/5 and a 3 point handicap in Hyde park last year and it played out that way. Switch the venues (albiet doesn't affect it massively), Galway add Silke and lose Comer, Ros much diff, maybe on a par or slightly stronger, about even on results so far this year (Ros relegated but nabbed one vs Mayo). Not sure how anyone could argue it should be bigger than the best available 8/15 there at the moment anyway. I'd rather be a backer than layer at that. Will go off 1/2 and -2.5

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros v Galway Connacht Final 2019
« on: May 29, 2019, 05:50:54 PM »
If you'd have told someone on the evening of July 19th 2015 when Mayo put 6-25 past Sligo to win their fifth Connacht title in a row that the next four Connacht finals would all be contested between Galway and Roscommon it would have seemed an unbelievably fanciful tale - yet here we are.

If both teams play to 2019 championship form so far then Galway will be in more than a bit of bother but although the injury situation for some important players seems like it's very slow to resolve, I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll see an improvement from Galway for the final, it's certainly required to have any aspirations on retaining the title.

It'll be very interesting to see what is the starting fifteen that actually plays for Galway in the final, particularly around who will be the midfield partner for Flynn (FOC injured in club action at the weekend by the sounds of it, Cooke didn't play), who will be in goals, who will be full forward (we cannot line out with the same FF line as against Sligo, it didn't work) and most importantly in my opinion, who will line out in the half back positions on the team.

Rossies looked good at times in the semi-final, they are setup as a team differently from the McStay regime and Cox looks to be a massive addition as a focal point and scorer up front, the impact from the bench was also really noticeable although Enda Smith will surely start on June 16th.
Although I strongly disagree with Liam McHale's assertion that Roscommon should have won 3 Connacht titles in a row from 16-18 they certainly have no fear of Galway and have a reasonable recent record against us. I expected to see Mayo in opposition but I don't think there's any chance whatsoever that Galway will take Roscommon for granted in the final given the past 4 years of championship matches.
FOC's injury has come at a bad time for us with Cooke, Duggan and Conroy having all been out injured for a long time.
Conroy played for his club at the weekend (kicked 1-5 from play from what I hear) but it's hard to imagine he would be fit enough for a starting berth in a Connacht final after such a long lay off. Neither Cooke nor Duggan featured for Moycullen/Annaghdown.
It's very hard to know who we will play there if Fiontain doesn't recover in time - D'Arcy not up to that level not yet anyway and we don't have any other midfielders in the panel.
Michael Day would be a decent shout as an emergency option/cover if needed - he's well up to it as he showed at underage in the past (although tweaked a hammer at the weekend I believe).
Kieran Molloy came on as a sub for Corofin.
I can't see any change in goal - Power was solid the last day - or in the full backline.
Half back line very much depends on injuries and match fitness (Molloy, Sean Kelly, McDaid).
Up front it is hard to overstate how badly Comer is missed in the ff line. The 3 the last day were all small lads - you'd imagine we could do with a ball winner in there.
I think both Cummins and O'Laoi will come under pressure.
Heaney, Walsh, Burke, Daly are certs to start imo.
Farragher could be given the number 14 jersey yet.
Walsh could be played inside either.
Lots of question marks unfortunately

I can definitely envisage a change in the full back line, albiet its probably for the worst. Kyne is back in full training and has been an ever present for Walsh since 2016. I can see the same full back line as last year with Silke at wing back. He'll see that as an easy solution, as I doubt he'll play Molloy now after getting injured so early vs Sligo.

Midfield is similar to Kyne to an extent. He certainly trusts Conroy, and probably Duggan and FOC to a lesser degree. Whichever player can probably give him 50 mins will likely start, with one of the other walking wounded in reserve to take his place. A flier here is Cillian McDaid, who he clearly loves, could possibly be tasked with a third midfielder/ working half forward role. Ditto Heaney, who tbf has actually been named as a midfielder in the past.

That would leave 4 or 5 forwards, with Daly, Walsh and Burke as certs. Cant see him risking Comer, who unlike Kyne etc is way too valuable going forward. My guess would be Brannigan, interchanging with Walsh in the FF and HF lines

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