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Delaney wasn’t in charge for Saipan was he? I thought he took over in 2005?

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:39:37 AM »
Tommy Smith. His treatment of Howard Gayle is not the stuff of legend.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:28:23 PM »
RIP the 96

GAA Discussion / Re: Scór
« on: April 15, 2019, 11:46:40 AM »
We were delighted in Newport winning the Leiriu. Also my home club in Ferbane won the Ballad singing, so a great weekend all round.

GAA Discussion / Re: Too many for one Team
« on: April 09, 2019, 05:10:38 PM »
Handy when you're a big club and you've got 20 or 30 at each age group. You'll win you're share of Senior champs when you've the shear weight of numbers in your favour.
But I do agree all children no matter what ability should be given a game and picking the best out at such a young age sickens my hole. I see it so often.

That's where you have to be strong. We take beatings off teams who are playing their best players in their top team, and that leads to pressures from inside the club.  The county has a (very good) rule that every young lad who togs out for U12 championship must get at least a full half, and all substitutions take place at half time, barring injuries. However I know for a fact that some clubs (well regarded senior clubs) send out texts to their weaker players telling them to stay at home for certain games, so that they can minimise the number of substitutions they have to make.  I've also had some clubs refuse to play 13 a side, because they want to dilute their weaker players influence on the game. If I turn up with 13, and the other team has 13, I'm happy to play 13 a side with no subs, so everyone plays the full game. I have had opponents refuse to do this, preferring to stick with the 2 subs (11 a side) so that they can bring off two weaker lads and bring on two more. Very amusing at times actually.

GAA Discussion / Re: Too many for one Team
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:33:39 AM »
We have this issue in our club. Between U12s and U11s we have 40 players. We have entered 3 teams in football, and 2 teams in hurling (as the hurling will be during summer holidays). Our teams play 13 a side, 13 a side and 11 a side.

All our U12s are on our 'top' team, which means we won't win any championship, but all our u12s get games at an appropriate level for them. We don't, as a rule, put U11s  onto the 'top' team, even through some of our U11s would be better than some u12s. The rationale for this is that we want lads to play with their friends, and we know your average U12 might be your best minor.

The exception to the rule we have, with the individual players in mind, is if a player is completely out of his depth at a certain level, we would talk to his parents and him about going back to a team below, so he can be at a level where he feels he can contribute and not be embarrassed.

Likewise if an U11 is too good for his level, and his development is stunted because he is not challenged, we would suggest moving him up.

Those decisions are never made with a view to winning a championship though. We want to win every game we play, but not at the expense of long term development and player retention.

This approach is not universally liked in the club, as some people feel we should play our strongest team at the top, regardless of age. I'm not sure there's a right answer here, but I'm happy we are trying to do the right thing by our players. I'll be at a meeting tonight where we will be challenged again regarding this approach.

General discussion / Re: Bygones
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:14:56 AM »
Was Gerry Loftus the animal pressup guy.? I think he was an army man.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: April 03, 2019, 11:16:38 AM »
I think DeGea is excellent and I don't understand wanting to get rid of him unless you get crazy money. However he has had a couple of clangers this season and back to the world cup. The last goal last night was not the bravest goalkeeping I've ever seen.

But goalie is a thankless position, and he's certainly won more points than he's lost for United over the past few years.

General discussion / Re: Bygones
« on: April 03, 2019, 10:58:26 AM »
Community Water Pumps, now just folksy decorations for Tidy Towns, but I remember having to go to one when staying in my grannies to get buckets of water every day.

Outside toilets.

General discussion / Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« on: April 03, 2019, 10:53:16 AM »
Kabbadi, that's the job!

GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry Championship system
« on: March 29, 2019, 08:53:39 AM »
And I believe Kenmare Shamrocks is the club, Kenmare is the divisional side?

General discussion / Re: Kerbsy, Kerby or Cribby?
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:52:18 PM »
Just Kerbs down here.

Jaysus Seanie, you are being very harsh on him. In the formation Ireland were playing his job was to be a target, hold up the ball, and link in with the others. He's no Harry Kane, but I thought in that role he was excellent last night.

Is this "Tennis Ball protest" a real thing?

Is there a significance with Delaney and tennis balls that I'm missing!?

It's all a racquet.

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