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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:10:58 PM »
Thought the referee should have played advantage for the penalty. Errigal man had possession
 Some footpass from Peter Harte to set up one of the 3 first half goal chance (one fumble, one save, one penalty)
Myler and O'Donnell had massive games for Omagh closely followed by Conan Grugan who gave aidan McCrory the run around
Big Conor Clarke done a right bit of spoiling around the middle but is along way off intercounty pace
Omagh's tackling and turnovers forced  was very impressive

A shame the way Conor Clarke has gone back.

Remember his as a minor and his first couple of years on the county team and looked like he was going to be mainstay for years to come, he was very lean and mobile back then.

Omagh are probably the best equipped team in Tyrone to give Ulster a rattle. Is Justy struggling with an injury at the minute? He didn't start either the semi or the final.

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I don't think there ever was a time (in my lifetime anyway) when you could realistically expect to live the life of a junior doctor in a hospital for example, and for that to be compatible with playing intercounty games. There may have been exceptions, but in general there were always jobs that were fairly incompatible with the type of commitment required - the key thing however was that this didn't apply to the ordinary working man.

We're getting to the stage now where the vast majority of private sector roles are simply a no-go for a player who wants an intercounty career, while even the likes of the army and the gardaí is difficult, albeit manageable. This is for a variety of reasons.

(1) How we work has changed - there is less manual labour, so the "base" that a lot of people start from, before they train, can be quite low.

(2) The demands of the average job has changed. There are far fewer "handy numbers" than was once the case, since the recession flushed away a lot of them. There are less in the public sector, and very, very few in the private. These are jobs where ducking out at 3pm was no big deal, where there was never any need for the employee to stay late, and where holidays could be taken as and when they were required.

(3) 24-hour culture. Aside from the "always on" aspect of some jobs, there's also the simple fact that it's now fully expected that a lot of retail and service work is seven days, and that means that a lot of the ancillary work that supports that frontline employment is also not just office hours.


All of these are nothing to do with the GAA. That's just sociology at work. However on the flip side, the demands of playing intercounty GAA have moved to a level where only teachers, students and those with absolutely no social life whatsoever can make it work. In the past few years I've interviewed a number of players who have given up careers and areas of study that they liked, all because they wanted to play intercounty more, and they knew that they had to bite the bullet and go teaching to make that happen. Moreover, it seems like the AVERAGE staff room now has three or four intercounty players in it. There are some areas of the country where it is well known that you'll only get a teaching job if no intercounty men are in need, because they get first call. I've also interviewed others who have jobs that you would expect to be more demanding, but then they throw in the kicker - they've no time for a personal life. One young player admitted (and he didn't see anything wrong with this) that he had no girlfriend because he simply didn't have time, and all of his friends outside of football simply accept that they won't see him at all, barring maybe a few times in November and December. 

We now have managers who expect players not just to be available for a match at a certain time on a Saturday and Sunday, but to take the whole weekend off. That means that you can't just take advantage of the good nature of your colleague and swap shifts from one day to the other, or from late to early, you have to simply not work.

We have early morning sessions as well as evening sessions, so the accountant in the lead up to tax deadlines, or the marketing manager in the lead up to Christmas, or anyone who's extra busy for any reason, can't just work the extra hours earlier in the day - they're caught on both sides.

In the bigger counties, there are training holidays, and the excuse of "I can't get off work" isn't tolerated. We're increasing the number of intercounty games, increasing the number of club games, and as a result, more and more of them are on midweek, with consequent pressure on players, particularly those based away from home.




You can't do anything about the fact that some players will want to push themselves, and to make extra sacrifices. They'll take the extra hour to cook the extra healthy meal from raw ingredients, they'll take the hour to do the stretching and swim session on the day off, and they'll get to bed very early to still have seven hours sleep under their belt, even if they've a 6:30 am training the next morning. It only works if you've no family, or a very understanding partner who's happy to slot into the few brief windows you have in the week, but if guys want to make that choice, that's their decision. Nobody can police that, but there's a lot more that can be done on an official level, and there seems to be no interest in doing it.

Equally, there will always be counties that are able to place players in roles where they will only be expected to do as much work as playing intercounty GAA will allow, and that the employer offers the job on that basis. However surely somebody, somewhere should shout stop, and point out how it's not sustainable to allow things continue to escalate like this.

Already in Ireland there are plenty of statistics showing that we send far more people to third level than makes sense - lots of young people are just delaying adulthood, instead of pursuing viable careers that suit their personality. Per capita, we send far more people to third level than Germany, Sweden, or Holland, and it's getting to the stage that intercounty GAA is a huge factor in this - guys who would have been far better served by learning a trade, or doing a brief, specific course in a PLC that will prepare them for a role in whatever large company might be the main employer in their area, instead get a scholarship and do courses in sports science, strength and conditioning, arts (with a view to teaching) and other stuff that the country doesn't need, and more importantly, that they don't want, for no reason other than it suits playing county.

There are loads of county footballers employed by big Accountancy Practices and plenty of county players employed in the Banking sector.

I'd imagine these chaps get it very handy in comparison to their co-workers.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:31:14 PM »
Gavin Devlin to stay on according to Irish news. The status quo continues.

Oh I thought he was being replaced by Mark Harte? So you were talking bollocks?

This topic is absolutely toxic at the moment. Apart from Peter Donnelly, has there been a rumour posted here lately that's actually true?
toxic is the word. The whole setup is toxic.
you're an adult.

That's open to debate.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:55:23 PM »
I appreciate SO'N was one of the greatest footballers ever to grace Croke Park but what managerial credentials does he have?

Great player and it'll be nice to see someone with integrity in the tyrone management.

Amazing Lenny always seems to contribute when his alter ego (now two) are floating about.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 11, 2017, 02:03:56 PM »
Lol maybe you think I'm someone else? I've always supported Mickey unlike others but the shock of what happened against Dublin and the subsequent 3year deal has left me and many others think this is not really a great idea. So let's stick to the debate and less of the sneering remarks thank you.

Your prose and views are remarkably similar to that of another poster here by the name of southtyronegael. I think he liked to use the Lol thing too.
zzzzzzzzz

You'll have to be careful with which username you respond with now. Always take your time.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:26:14 PM »
Messi never does it for Argentina except when he scores one of the all-time great hat-tricks in a do or die World Cup qualifier after they've gone a goal down. Well worth a look on YouTube.

In a game they desperately needed to win, at altitude in Ecuador where they had something like one win in about the last billion years. The man is a footballing God.

To be fair, it was against a depleted Ecuador team with nothing to play for.

Good hat trick but don't let it paper over the fact that Messi has flopped big time in an Argentina jersey and his influence on managerial decisions is not conducive to a healthy team spirit.


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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:25:56 AM »
Lol maybe you think I'm someone else? I've always supported Mickey unlike others but the shock of what happened against Dublin and the subsequent 3year deal has left me and many others think this is not really a great idea. So let's stick to the debate and less of the sneering remarks thank you.

Your prose and views are remarkably similar to that of another poster here by the name of southtyronegael. I think he liked to use the Lol thing too.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:20:52 AM »
I appreciate SO'N was one of the greatest footballers ever to grace Croke Park but what managerial credentials does he have?

He's not going in as a manager.

Most backroom team members have little in the way of managerial background.

What background does Jason Sherlock or Declan Darcy have for instance with Dublin?

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:54:57 PM »
The county board has made their bed with Mickey's 3 year deal now the reaction is there for all the world to see with mass desertions reminiscent of Hitler's third Reich in the spring of 1945! This entire situation is nothing short of horrendous for Tyrone GAA. I think Harte has abused the good will of people in Tyrone were they would have preferred he walked away on good terms  but it seems he nor his family will give up the trappings of power so willfully.

Oh great, he's started another username......

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 10, 2017, 10:52:47 PM »
The Swiss by far the easiest draw.

They aren't that great, Djourou manning the defence is an obvious positive. Denmark would be fairly well equipped to handle our route one football and have a lot of class in the midfield. A lot of those Swiss lads like Lichsteiner, Xhaka, Shaqiri are of the flaky variety.

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General discussion / Re: Foxcommander
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:38:44 PM »
What did foxy do exactly?
I can only think of one multiple account but the other one is banned... IM if anyone feels like it who they are

He upset a blueshirt who did a distance learning course on the internet by the looks of things.

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General discussion / Re: Foxcommander
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:17:43 PM »
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If i'm getting banned he's coming with me :)



Eamon compares people who don't agree with him to Hitler.

Jawohl, mein herr.

"To be honest" 1 has already been tried. It's pointless. I'm using 2 and it has made my life a little better, but unfortunately people insist on quoting him and I still have to look at his rantings and ravings, so it's not that effective. 3 is not an option. He's the one breaking every rule in the book, he's the one with no interest in adding anything constructive, he's the one that should go. There should be no place for nazis here.

This Roscommon person does the usual name calling

Why are you on a GAA forum and never post in the GAA section?
Presumably because he's some type of Pegida or other extreme right wing nasty.


And syferus is just bitter that I call out his beloved Fine Gael time after time and make fun of them. Then he has the gall to say the following

I think the only forums that Foxcommander would not have been banned from years ago would be Neo-Nazi or white supremicist ones, and GAABoard.

Surely I'm not more right wing than FG?

Eamon - let me know which Lawyer you're planning to use in your libel suit. We can split costs.

It doesn't surprise me that Syferus is a blueshirt.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:06:22 PM »
Can ye not just be happy we won and leave that shite out.

No

An apology (or at least some admission) for those anti-Ulster nationalist posters on here is obviously too much to ask.

Lads, you'd want to toughen up a bit. Southern media sicken my hole as much as anyone but sure it's a free country and they can write whatever they want. But why turn tonight's great win into that. I'm delighted we won and gave them Welsh hoors as dose of revenge for Seamus Coleman

We are tough, we get on with it but we're not going to pretend it doesn't exist.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:49:02 PM »
Can ye not just be happy we won and leave that shite out.

No

An apology (or at least some admission) for those anti-Ulster nationalist posters on here is obviously too much to ask.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:44:09 PM »
Italy in the playoffs? Who else can we meet?

Playoff seeds: Croatia, Denmark, Italy & Switzerland/Portugal

Non seeds: Northern Ireland, Sweden, Rep Ireland & Greece/Bosnia&Herzegovina
I make it Northern Ireland are seeded. They are ranked 20, Denmark only 26
Seeds to be decided from the next rankings not present. N.Ireland lost their last 2 so may drop a few places.

NI won't be seeded. Edged out by Denmark and Croatia.

Both NI and ROI will be hoping to draw the Danes...

Or the Swiss.

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