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GAA Discussion / Time to get rid of the square ball
« on: July 28, 2019, 11:27:45 PM »
Football and hurling are now so fast, itís near impossible for officials to make a correct call in real time on square balls.  What is the point of this rule?  Time to get rid of it, and it would be one less thing for refs to worry about.

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Article in the Irish Farmers Journal talking about locations which have become associated with Irish sporting success:
Chicago - Ireland beat the All Blacks
Stuttgart - Ray Houghton
Saipan - Roy and Mick
Rio - the O'Donovan brothers
Or closer to home, they mention Killarney '87 for the Tipperary hurlers or Crusheen for the Clare hurlers training sessions in the 90's.

Any additions?
I'll chip in London - Katie Taylor.

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GAA Discussion / Bio-banding
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:12:55 PM »
Interesting debate on RTE Radio today where a sports scientist was promoting the benefits of 'bio-banding', where kids are banded based on their physical maturity rather than age.  It's been adopted by the Premier League for several underage tournaments.  The feedback was good from the kids, with the physically bigger ones having to raise their game technically because they couldn't just boss it physically.  And the smaller kids confidence grew because they weren't being pushed aside.

Is this worth a look in gaelic?  In U12 and U14 there can be a massive difference between the smallest and biggest on the pitch and that doesn't help either kid.

The researcher was Dr Sean Cumming, Bath University, if you want to read more.

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