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General discussion / Re: Wasps
« on: August 18, 2019, 04:41:21 AM »
Hardly seen a wasp this summer until the start of this month. Not quite overwhelmed with them yet, but as MS says above, we're now hitting the time of year where they get easily quite touchy.

Wasps - natures little b*stards.  >:(

Put out a plate with some jam or sugary water or whatever in it. That's all they're after. The queens have stopped laying eggs, the nest social order is breaking down and they don't have to gather other insects any more to feed the new larvae. They'll all be dead soon anyway except for the overwintering queens.

An all out bender with no responsibilities before calling it a day. It'd be great to go out in the same fashion.

GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:27:43 PM »
Shockingly poor attendance. Pricing and fixture build up have to be looked at. Not many can afford to pay those prices week after week, especially if trying to bring your family.  Travel cost on top of it all too.

To be honest, I think the week after week thing is a bit of a red herring. Most people who went to the Super 8 games also went to the Semi FInal, these are relatively hardcore fans. Increased attendance at semi-finals comes from people who don't go to every county game, which brings in family members of regulars, people who attend club games, those who watch on TV and a lot of neutrals and people tenuously connected with the county. I think the poor visual quality of many games and the lack of competition is the real killer.

Costs of travel etc are no more than ever they were. As the hurling shows, if the product is good and the results unpredictable then people will turn out for the games.

Bingo. Hardcore GAA support is modest enough. It's the neutrals and the bandwagon that fill grounds.

The shite looking football has turned off the neutrals.
And the inevitability of Dublin has killed the bandwagon in almost all counties (except Mayo it seems - they're weird).

This year's final has the novelty of the 'drive for five' and will sell out. People should worry about what happens next, though. There's the very real likelihood of Dublin winning 7 and 8 in a half full stadium. That'll be the death of intercounty football, if it's allowed to happen as if everything is grand.

GAA Discussion / Re: Retain the Super 8ís series?
« on: August 07, 2019, 12:00:29 AM »
What benefit is it to the sport as a whole, plyers, managers or fans to going back to the old knockout? Less games, greater predictability and lower profile for the sport and for what? I just can't understand the negativity about the super 8's when the only alternative is the old knockout system.

A 'Super 4s' would offer more games, less predictability, and a greater profile than the current knockout semi-final arrangement. But no one wants that. And no one wants in because it would be a ridiculous arrangement at such an advanced stage of the championship. Elitist, ungainly, unnecessary.

The Super 8s is a very barely more palatable situation. The sooner it's gone the better.

GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland U20 2019
« on: August 03, 2019, 02:32:02 PM »
Could u20 only have a 2 year existence?

Should have went down this road when originally changing the grades. Minor grade has lost a lot of its appeal as it involves kids too early on in their development. 15 and 16 year olds five or six years away from adult football. Then the jump from this grade to U20 is unnecessarily challenging. Only exceptionally developed kids are ready for U20 football straight out of the U17 grade. Sticking this barrier in at the exact age range where drop out rates are already highest does not seem very wise.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: July 27, 2019, 07:35:41 PM »
Seriously, whatís going to change for the new season?

United will more than likely start the season with a back three of De Gea, Smalling and Jones. Need I say more?

Ole will be gone by end of January.

The circus will continue.

Lindelof is clearly United's best CB. He will start the season as first choice. The Maguire deal will be done too.

United will be better this season. But not better enough to bother the top two.

Class game.

2-16 to 4-10 just over five mins left

GAA Discussion / Re: Super 8s
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:24:32 PM »
Why do we need a rake of 'good' games?

If having a loads of 'good' games is the goal, then go the whole hog and have fully tiered, leagued championships, where evenly matched teams line out against each other every week of the summer.

The current situation is a shite halfway house that satisfies no one. The standard GAA solution to a GAA problem.

GAA Discussion / Re: Super 8s
« on: July 22, 2019, 09:10:03 PM »
Roscommon vs Cork will be the first senior intercounty football championship match in the 130 odd years of the GAA where neither team has any prospect of advancement in the competition.

Is the above statement correct?

If so, then this alone is sufficient cause to do away with the Super 8 shitshow.

GAA Discussion / Re: This weekends predictions
« on: July 16, 2019, 06:42:27 PM »
Tyrone by 8
Dublin by 12
Mayo by 4
Donegal by 3

GAA Discussion / Re: This weekends predictions
« on: July 16, 2019, 06:39:39 PM »
The 9 with all four correct:

Ed Ricketts


Dire Ear

With regard to margin of victory, Ed Ricketts was closest, off by a total of 7 and petermce off by 9.

Thank you. I am class.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:09:35 PM »
It was brutal. Brolly in particular is getting worse. Impossible for anyone on that show to attempt to dissect anything coherently with his persistent need to waffle vaguely about whatever shite happens to come into his head.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Cork 13 July 2019
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:28:36 PM »
Poor Cork. Dubs looked fairly mortal until the professional conditioning kicked in around the 60 minute mark.

GAA Discussion / Re: Rossies v Tyrone Hyde Park 13th July 5pm.
« on: July 13, 2019, 06:42:00 PM »
Tyrone won that in second gear. Rossies hopeless in the second half. Looked miles off the conditioning needed to compete at the top level.

GAA Discussion / Re: This weekends predictions
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:12:24 PM »
Dublin v Cork Dublin by 12
Roscommon v Tyrone Tyrone by 3
Kerry v Mayo Kerry by 6
Donegal v Meath Donegal by 10

GAA Discussion / Re: Galway V Mayo R4 Qualifier
« on: July 06, 2019, 09:35:28 PM »
Wasnít expecting that. Maybe itís a case of the bigger the challenge the better we are.

No fear now of any team, including Dublin.

I thought Mayo were better last weekend. Galway were pretty clueless for most of the game this evening.

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