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The doubt about the football final is we don't know how good Kerry might be.

I would have loved to have played them last year, as even though Clifford and O'Se were emerging as stars, Geaney and JOD were struggling and their defence was just absymal!

This year, the turnaround in their defence has been huge. I presume credit has to go to Keane in that regard. Add in the form of Geaney and O'Brien to an improved again Clifford and O'Se and, well, they're All Ireland finalists. 

They played very well against Mayo and turned it into a non-contest (Mayo missing a few in fairness to them). A very good game v Donegal, albeit Donegal didn't turn out to be as good as maybe we thought. Also has to be remembered that Kerry played Donegal without David Moran, who'd be a massive loss. Kerry were not good in the first half v Tyrone, but turned that around very impressively in the second half, and Tommy Walsh adds another wildcard factor.

As is always the case, if you take chances, Dublin will give you chances. If Kerry get 1-on-1s with Dublin defenders they will get a lot of joy. But very hard to do that without leaving 1-on-1s up the other end too, so that's a quandary Keane will have to figure out.

Bare stats says Kerry have conceded more per game in this years championship than last year.  Main talking point from the Munster final was how poor they were in defence, Cork should have scored a lot more than they did. Against Mayo while they won pulling up Mayo could or should have scored at least 1-20. Against Donegal they did concede 1-20 and again lucky it wasn't a lot more conceded, the following game Donegal managed just 1-10 and were knocked out of the championship.  Tyrone scored 0-18 and their supporters will be taking about their missed chances for some time to come.

Dublin have scored on average 28 points per game this summer it will come as no surprise if they score in and around that average against that Kerry defence. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Football Final Tickets
« on: August 18, 2019, 11:36:29 PM »
On top of the ticket price hike it's €7 for the All Ireland final program a increase of €2 from last year.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:46:06 PM »
People pay far too much attention to him.

Some Tyronie on recent thread said (in the context of Stephen O'Brien's black card) that there was a national tirade when Cavanaugh took down McManus that time.

There was no national tirade. Joe had a meltdown. All you should do is laugh at him. Every other person who knows anything about GAA said they would have done exactly the same thing! Only Joe was outraged. Let him be outraged, but don't turn it into a national copycat event!

There are differing opinions on Holmes-Connelly. Not all, but the majority of the Mayo lads thought it was right for them to go, and that they'd got the job in the first place in dubious circumstances. So as a neutral I'd go with that, rather than any nonsense Joe spurts.

They do and i do find it slightly humorous that some still don't realise that Joe the pundit on RTE or the columnist on the Indo is a long running gimmick.  Mayo are easy prey for him as anything he writes or says about them good or bad produces loads of viewers. Basically Joe is not as stupid as he acts and has his own audience in the palm of his hand.

I think you give Joe too much credit and it is more a case of RTE and the Indo taking advantage of his fantansy ego as a "true gael" or "fíor gael" as a great Tyrone man once put it!!!

It was originally a gimmick created by RTE but those type of gimmicks don't last long and one has to give credit to Joe for giving it longevity.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: August 15, 2019, 04:49:02 PM »
People pay far too much attention to him.

Some Tyronie on recent thread said (in the context of Stephen O'Brien's black card) that there was a national tirade when Cavanaugh took down McManus that time.

There was no national tirade. Joe had a meltdown. All you should do is laugh at him. Every other person who knows anything about GAA said they would have done exactly the same thing! Only Joe was outraged. Let him be outraged, but don't turn it into a national copycat event!

There are differing opinions on Holmes-Connelly. Not all, but the majority of the Mayo lads thought it was right for them to go, and that they'd got the job in the first place in dubious circumstances. So as a neutral I'd go with that, rather than any nonsense Joe spurts.

They do and i do find it slightly humorous that some still don't realise that Joe the pundit on RTE or the columnist on the Indo is a long running gimmick.  Mayo are easy prey for him as anything he writes or says about them good or bad produces loads of viewers. Basically Joe is not as stupid as he acts and has his own audience in the palm of his hand.

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GAA Discussion / Re: This day thirty years ago .
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:12:38 PM »
All of Mayo's 1989 championship season on this documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUKX-QfNMHI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GxtnkdSOeE

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Interesting fact from an Indo article in which Tomas O'Se wonders about the hold Mickey Harte has over Tyrone football and whether it is good for the county......

In the 11 years since Tyrone last won Sam Maguire, they have played the other big three of Dublin, Mayo and Kerry on 11 occasions.

The fact that they have lost all 11 has raised questions of whether the issue is down to the strength of their panel or their tactical approach.


9 occasions i count and 9 defeats. Dublin 2010,2011,2017,2018.  Mayo 2013,2016 and to Kerry 2012,2015,2019.

Dublin beat Tyrone twice last year and this year.

That damn round robin group stage makes one forget games. Thanks i stand corrected.

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Interesting fact from an Indo article in which Tomas O'Se wonders about the hold Mickey Harte has over Tyrone football and whether it is good for the county......

In the 11 years since Tyrone last won Sam Maguire, they have played the other big three of Dublin, Mayo and Kerry on 11 occasions.

The fact that they have lost all 11 has raised questions of whether the issue is down to the strength of their panel or their tactical approach.


9 occasions i count and 9 defeats. Dublin 2010,2011,2017,2018.  Mayo 2013,2016 and to Kerry 2012,2015,2019.

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Did Colm Cavanagh give a hint he's retiring with that tweet?


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1. Dublin
2. Tyrone/Kerry
3. Mayo
4. Cork/Donegal/Roscommon

That's how it is.
I wouldn't be rating them up that high. Relegated to Div 3 and only championship wins this summer was v Laois and Limerick.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2019
« on: August 12, 2019, 07:25:57 PM »
In my opinion, I dont think either Durcan or Murphy will have done enough to warrant All Stars this year - and would expect both to be replaced on the team above by Howard and Kilkenny respectively after the final -  on the assumption that Dublin win.
At the minute Fitzimmons has done more to merit an award than Cooper at corner back.

Given the magnitude of winning 5 in a row, I'd expect Dublin to deservedly pick up 10 or 11 this year.

Murphy had one of his best ever summers with Donegal which should more than warrant his 3rd All star. On Durcan, here are some stats that was tweeted up about him.

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In his six championship matches this summer Paddy Durcan has marked six players and held five of them scoreless from play, while grabbing 0-8 himself. His last victims: Jack McCaffrey,Ryan McHugh not just Held scoreless but one shot between them.

It's highly unlikely that Tyrone will receive two All-Stars.
Arguably the best full back and full forward this year, will make little sense if both of those players didn't get All Stars IMO.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Minor/U17 Football championship 2019
« on: August 12, 2019, 06:16:35 PM »
Galway pretty fortunate to win yesterday in all honesty, Kerry had an obscene amount of bad wides down the stretch, couple of their lads didn't take on easier point chances than the actual shots that were eventually taken and missed, it was the only time in the match that I thought they looked truly flustered.
In general play as well they looked the better side, better than Galway at the fundamentals of the game and playing smarter, the Galway lads were addicted to running with the ball into the tackle yesterday, that's a cardinal sin in the modern game and something which the coaches should be looking to stamp out. Galway have to be commended for being able to keep it together after Kerry got 4 scores in 3 minutes after ht, very easy for a bunch of kids up against Kerry to drop the heads at that point, they steadied themselves and managed to hang in there, credit to the management setup for making sure that mentally they were able to deal with a big setback.

The 2018 Galway minor team looked a better overall.
1st half Kerry only kicked 5 scores from 15 attempts at goal and apart from the 4 scores they got in 3 minutes after half time they looked flustered in their shooting and shot selections.  You are correct Galway were better last year but U17 this year although we got some fine high scoring contests the overall standard has been lower though i might add the finalists Cork and Galway look to be two well managed outfits.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:15:04 PM »
I dont see why mayo wouldn't be there or thereabouts again next year. they wont win it, no one except dublin will for the foreseeable, but they have found a few new players, won the league and still made a semi final while carrying a number of injuries through the year. they can still be competitive next year. they should probably focus on winning connacht again. if they keep an eye on roscommon and given kevin walsh is showing no signs of moving, I'd say they've a great chance of snatching it back.

The manner and margin of the defeats against the two All Ireland finalists Dublin and Kerry didn't have Mayo there or thereabouts this summer. Rebuilding is needed now and it will take longer than a year before Mayo are able to give Dublin a competitive match for 70 mins.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 10:34:31 PM »
I reckon

S Cluxton
T O'Sullivan R McNamee J Cooper
J McCaffrey J McCarthy P Durcan
B Fenton  D Moran
S O'Brien M Murphy C O'Callaghan
D Clifford C McShane P Mannion


Dublin 7
Kerry 4
Tyrone 2
Mayo 1
Donegal 1

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time for harte to step down time for a fresh face
I’d say Harte is getting fair mileage out of the group he has. They’re limited enough.
True. Only a few decent footballers on the team but how much of that is down to Harte’s focus on athleticism over skill.

Could make a case that "modern" day football has a focus on that.

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