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GAA Discussion / Half Parishes
« on: December 09, 2018, 10:13:21 PM »
Congrats to Mullinalaghta - big day for the little guy!!

Not the first half-parish to win provincial honours.  Can you name the others?

GAA Discussion / Re: Welcome
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:13:22 PM »

Yiz are a crowd of blathers - slabbering away here for over 12 years!

I remember being here in the old days - back in 2001 when Hardy used to be Hardyarse.


GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2018
« on: November 05, 2018, 01:58:32 PM »
Taylor, my attempt at humour clearly went over your head.  In fairness the record of Armagh teams, in the last 15 years, outside of Cross has been abysmal.  Blackwater the only team to win an Ulster Junior Club.  No club from Armagh has won the intermediate!

Tyrone are the opposite.  Very poor record at Senior Ulster Club level but strong at intermediate and junior.  Tells me that they have a more even spread of ability across the three tiers.  But also, with a wider spread of teams coming out of Senior Tyrone Championship, and no-one dominating, Tyrone teams don't don't get the benefit of building experience at Ulster level and building towards it in the way a dominant team can.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2018
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:58:47 PM »
Of the last four teams that won the Armagh Championship outside of Cross:
Maghery got to the Ulster Club Semi, but were well beaten by Kilcoo
Harps were beaten by a goal by Derrygonnelly
Pearse Ogs narrowly beaten by St Gall's (who went on to win the All Ireland) -
Mullabawn won Ulster  ;)

General discussion / Re: Poppy Watch
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:50:31 AM »
Worse than that - it is an embarrassment that the GAA discussion board has 140 odd pages of posts on this since 2010.  Have we nothing better to talk about. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:03:55 AM »
McGregor is a national treasure

Are you taking the piss?  Ewan McKenna summed him up well!!

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:02:13 AM »
Obviously there was ill feeling from previous RGU v Ballyholland game. The main talking point of which was a player being kicked in the head and the kicker who was named by all who where at that game didn't get so much as a slap on the wrist.
Had that incident been dealt with properly and the head kicker been reported and suspended accordingly then there may have been a different mindset with both teams mindful of possible suspensions  going into the replay. Not reporting or dealing with a man who kicked a player in the head set the precedent for more aggro in the replay.

F***in right!! The sooner people realise two wrongs make a right the better. 

GAA Discussion / Re: PAY-FOR-PLAY
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:47:46 PM »
The GAA has a serious problem in that there are a huge number of members of the association that are only in it for what money they can get out of it.  There are also a huge number of egos around the country that are happy to try to pay for success for their club. Put these two trends together and you have an arms race.  The cost of running clubs and counties is getting out of hand and the money is being paid out for charlatans that provide services that in many cases aren't even necessary. 

In this context, why then would anyone be surprised that some players would want to be paid.  But imagine wanting to be paid for playing a game - what a joke?

I could do a big long post, but haven't time.  Sin Bin was a great invention and should have been implemented years ago were it not for a few managers who threw the toys out of the pram.  Black card is a toothless penalty - particularly in the last five minutes of a tight game.

To be fair a sin bin will still be a toothless penalty in the last 5 mins of a game too. If your gonna savecthe team from losing itíll be a very if deterrent that puts you off.

Take last years AIF, when David Clarke was kicking out the ball and players were being fouled left right and centre.  Black cards should have been issued.  Think about the same scenario now with a Sin Bin and team down to 14 men and a spare man knocking about for the kickout.  Same with someone taking one for the team in the last 5 minutes.  Playing out the last 5 minutes of a tight game with a man down is a major deterrent.

I could do a big long post, but haven't time.  Sin Bin was a great invention and should have been implemented years ago were it not for a few managers who threw the toys out of the pram.  Black card is a toothless penalty - particularly in the last five minutes of a tight game. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 26, 2018, 07:07:19 PM »
What exactly does prolonging this achieve? Who cares what the man on the street thinks about the incident? At the end of the day those who want it to be deliberate will see that in the video, and those who don't, won't.

Moy have released a statement saying they disagree with their own county boards interpretation of the incident. I don't know on what planet they think that's a good idea. If they really are that interested in having a player retrospectively punished for what appears to be a debatable incident, releasing statements to the media would not seem to be the best way to go about it, and it certainly contravenes part of their self-same statement.

Quick, sweep this under the carpet, it looks bad.  If we don't talk about it or do anything about it, it will just go away. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Is the Indo going after Tyrone GAA?
« on: September 25, 2018, 02:52:43 PM »
Brolly has consistently hammered Tyrone in his columns in the Indo.

Com O'Rourke has been behind in ladling out the criticism of Tyrone football in his columns.

Recently Ewan McKenna has tackled Mickey Harte and issues relating to Sean Cavanagh.

Today Dermot Crowe goes even further with this article.....

Wise up! Firstly, Tyrone made it to the AIF so they have a higher profile and will attract more coverage. Also, you'd have to imagine that as far as the media are concerned, Tyrone is the gift that keeps on giving.  They don't need to go after them, Tyrone just keep scoring own goals:

  • Not talking to RTE
  • Narrowing pitches
  • Questionable Tactics
  • Players bringing out books with controversial passages
  • Manager bringing out books with controversial passages
  • Saying the rosary together
  • Using gaelic football to promote political / religious views
  • Boxing the heads of each other in the club championship

Every county goes through phases of attracting negative attention from the media.  It's Tyrone's turn at the moment. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: September 19, 2018, 03:25:02 PM »
How does the second tier resolve the shite that is the Leinster Championship?

The second-tier will just do away with mismatches in the qualifiers which aren't televised.  It doesn't do away with the televised mismatches in Leinster. 

Solution.  No Second Tier - stop televising so many games in the Leinster Championship.  And I'm not really joking.

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul Kimmage interviews Sean Cavanagh
« on: September 17, 2018, 11:12:09 AM »
Oh really? Why did you pick James McConnell?

Fair enough point - pick any preacher!

I'd let him join the youth team. 

If you are being genuine, then I would say fair play - I'm not so sure I'd feel the same, no more so than if the parish priest was coming into the club to say a rosary with the u14s before a championship final.  I go to mass weekly, so have no problem with religion per se. But I would have a major issue with it being foisted upon people who haven't asked for it. 

My major issue in all of this is that we assume that all gaelic footballers are catholic and that the only ones that would want to play are catholic.  Therefore, why wouldn't this be a problem.  That is a very dangerous assumption and that's what gets my goat about this. 

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