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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 16, 2020, 10:43:27 PM »
Still can't my head around yesterday.
10 point lead and a manager with this reputation as being defensive.
This is an all time low.
Let's start from goalkeeper - one dimensional kick outs and no presence under a high ball - look at the penalty incident. Far better keepers in the county than the ex St Marys keeper.
The defence - Kevin McKiernan a great servant to Down but not up to it anymore and especially in key role as 'sweeper'. The ex St Marys player's better days are behind him. Others like Paddy Murdock , Peter Fagan and Daniel Guinness part of the great QUB defence that lost to DCU in Sigerson by about 30 points. Seems to be only interested in these college players and if you look at the squad there are guys there can't even get starting places on their college teams and they are very poor Sigerson teams compared to the past. On kick outs these guys made little movement to give us options as opposed to going long  literally all the time.
Midfield in second half was non existent - Johnny Flynn was bullied out of it.Dylan Ward should have started full stop.Caolan Mooney outstanding and then went quiet.
Up front Jerome Johnston was fantastic in first half and his leg seemed to bother him in second. Liam Kerr was great too but then to be taken off has to be a mystery. Barry O'Hagan the great 'kicker' should have been called off at half time but the biggest mystery is Conor 'never out of the gym' staying on. He wouldn't get on a decent club side.Donal O'Hare just not at this level anymore.
The substitutions I couldn't get my head around ,Corey Quinn needed on yes as did Dylan Ward but the other two they offered nothing, James Guinness an average at best club player (don't think he even starts automatically for his club) and Sheelin Johnston young and not even an established starter for his club.. How Ryan Johnston was not on early is inexplicable.
I think Tally needs help on the side-line as what he has there at the minute is limited. I'd hope to see him be a bit ruthless with his managerial assistants and get a football man in not a gym guy.
There were players in Club Championship who should have been asked in to join the squad.
Yesterday was a dark day for county.

Ah catch yourself on.

I am no fan of Tally and would be very critical of his playing style. I think most of the points you have made above are way off the mark. You have put the boot in there to a group of lads who had to:

Play a completely different brand of football that they have been playing for the last few years - who would have thought - kick passing and playing in the opponents half. And changing to this at a late stage in the championship;

They excelled and gave us the best half of football in this years championship, in the worst conditions;

Deal with a referee who played Cavan back into the match;

Deal with a situation where they had to defend a big lead, in an Ulster SF, against a very hungry and more experienced Cavan team. How many of them would have experience of that?

Play on with some serious questions over substitution decisions, and a serious amount of responsibility placed on relatively inexperienced shoulders;

All of the above, and if they had have taken their goal chances, they would have beat Cavan off the park.

And lost by just a point.

I feel sorry for the players more than I am disappointed. I also feel sorry for Tally, as I believe he set up to win by going for it.

I can't see how your dissection above adds to the discussion.

It is not an all time low. 2019 vs Louth in Pairc Esler was a lot worse.

Dark days if you focus on the bad.

General discussion / Re: The Official Tennis Thread
« on: October 23, 2020, 11:33:31 AM »
With regards to doping, the most telling interview for me was Federer after Sharapova was banned for drug use.

He basically said that everyone in the game knew the dopers, and it was time for the big name dopers to be outed.
(Not the words of a guilty man imo).

The interview was before a match against Nadal; Federer said it was an honour to share the court with a true professional.

For me that day, Federer pointed the finger directly at Djokovic, whose form fell away drastically for a couple of years after Federer said this.
I often wonder did he lie low and come off the juice until things quietened down again.

The only other big name at the time was Murray, one person that can never be accused of doping! He always looked knackered at the end of the first set!

General discussion / Re: Great Irish Sporting Myths
« on: July 18, 2020, 08:15:11 AM »
Go Games are non-competitive.

Yes, have been at a plethora of Go Games the last couple of years. Good players are never subbed off. Weak players are hidden in the corners of the pitch and subbed off in rotation. If a weak player get the ball he is encouraged to pass. The stronger player is told to run with the ball and never encouraged to pass to a weaker player . Winning is all that matters to the Coaches. Coach ego is far more important than weak player or team development.  :-\

Some wankers coaching them u8 and u10 teams. Arseholes who think they're Jim Gavin.

Assholes with short term goals.

The only thing worse is bleeding heart parents taking their kids to a plethora of matches, complaining at every farts turn about the coaches and never getting involved to help.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:18:42 AM »
From Brolly's interview, a couple of things I made from it:

Coleman on two occasions bottled the chance to repair the divide between CB and the players, leaving it up to the players to decide the extent of McGuigan's involvement. Not very good managerial skills imo.

In fact, after listening to that interview, I would lay the blame solely with the players. Their egos were out of control, to the point that it got nasty.
Why did it take for Coleman to meet them to make them realise the fundamental point that Derry GAA was all that mattered?
That they wouldn't listen to their own friends and families.
Taking to calling fellow GAA players scabs because they played for their county in a time of need. Jesus.

I like listening to Brolly, but sometimes he has you shouting at the screen. The sign of a good pundit I suppose (His article in this week's Sunday Independent was excellent).

It's easy to say they would have won more AIs if Coleman had have stayed.

I have heard from more than one of the Down 90s team that they felt they left an AI behind them, 92 in particular.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:00:11 AM »
American country folk singer-songwriter. John Prine.  From COVID-19 related illness. Aged 73.

Ah no - loved John Prine.
Johnny Cash's favourite singer/songwriter - Lake Marie is a great song.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 26, 2020, 02:17:03 PM »
Just to wish management and team all the best for the year, and hope they bring some pride back to Down football.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:08:47 PM »
Well done Kilcoo. Now to win it.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: December 08, 2019, 09:52:45 AM »
No it's not

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: November 26, 2019, 11:55:28 PM »
Just started watching The Devil Next Door on Netflix.  I'm only at the beginning but it has the potential to be another cracking Netflix Docu-series!  The story of the trial of an accused Nazi concentration camp worker living in the US. "Ivan the Terrible"

Finished this over the weekend.  Amazing and horrifying stuff really.  They could have done more episodes on this and put a lot more of the detail in it I think.

Shocking how US immigration allowed former Nazi's to settle in their country without much of a problem... although I suppose this could be applied to a few countries.

Just finished it today, so many different levels to this, first off he was a guard at one of these camps, those survivors wanted to believe it was him, and why go to such an elaborate way to ‘fix’ him up?

The Americans were happy to take on the German scientists and the money men from Germany.

He was guilty I’d say, maybe not Ivan the terrible but he needed to be at least made accountable for his actions so sending him back to Germany was right

What I took from it was that the Soviets were apprehensive of the ties forming between Ukraine and Israel, due to the fact that so many Ukraninan Jews had settled in Israel after the war.
The whole thing was made up to unsettle this relationship, and when the USSR dissolved, the KGB released papers to show it was bs and the man was released.
He obviously was still heavily involved in genocide, hence the second trial, which he never made.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 21, 2019, 11:43:02 PM »
Has anyone got the squad list, or a link?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 03, 2019, 11:47:51 PM »
Great to see Glenn winning today. A club on the way up and will be a real force when they get all their players back. Good luck in the semi final.
Fair play, thanks

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 03, 2019, 09:23:03 PM »
Deserved win for Glenn in the Ulster intermediate QF by beating a much fancied Kinawley side.
Great character and skill in this group of lads.
Magheracloone up next.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 28, 2019, 01:35:14 AM »
It may be a coincidence, but no Pogba about, and the dynamic, however slight, improves.

General discussion / Re: Ireland’s drugs epidemic
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:33:26 PM »
A lot of posters on here with absolutely no confidence in our younger generation to be able to look after themselves.

Some posts here remind me of how our parents used to talk of me and my mates generation.
'Thon Wendy James from that band Transvision Vamp, you'd think she'd put some clothes on'.

Christ lads, do your best to be good parents, and have a bit of faith in your kids intelligence.

With online gambling and its rampant advertising, and the problem this country has with alcohol and our constant need to celebrate and commiserate with it, I would be far more worried about these two demons than I would be about drugs.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:50:44 PM »
Eamonn Burns was always a leader in Down football. He stood up in '91 and '94 when he was needed and yet again in 2016 when the county couldn't get a manager, he stood up. He was abused from everyone, and in particular on here, when things didn't go our way but he kept coming back. He took us to the Ulster Final in 2017 and I'm sure this gave him great pride, though the result never went our way. He was slated again in 2018 and sadly walked. We don't have enough men like Eamonn Burns who will put their shoulder to the wheel whenever they are needed. RIP Eamonn, you can be proud of your contribution to Down football in so many ways.

Well said Lotto. As you said Eamon stepped in for a number of years to manage the county during a time when some of the older boys were hanging up the boots and there wasn't much coming through to replace them. And not 1 in the county would have taken them either so for that we should be thankful and thank him for his not insignificant role during the glory years of the early 90's. For me his performances in the All Ireland Final of '91 and '94 Ulster final showed what a classy powerful player he was. Thanks Eamon for the memories...A gentleman and great GAA man. RIP Eamon.

Excellent posts lads, anyone viewing on here to read reactions, just read these and take a moment... RIP  Eamonn

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