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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: August 12, 2019, 06:53:27 PM »
I think that this will be a lot closer than people expect. Whatever happens now Kerry can be happy with their season, they have no pressure on them going into the final.

This match has the potential to be the highest scoring final in quite some time since both sides main strengths lie in their attacks. Despite the Dubs dominance they have never blown away any outfit in an AI final and I expect this game to be no different. There are different pressures in a final and these will be ramped up even more as they attempt to become the greatest side in the history of the game. It would be a fool who would back against the Dubs but I think it could be a close contest.

2018 at a canter.

Not a canter but was fairly comfortable but that was the only one in their last 7 finals:

2011 Kerry - 1 point
2013 Mayo - 1 point
2015 Kerry - 3 points
2016 Mayo - Draw
2016 Mayo - 1 point
2017 Mayo - 1 point
2018 - Tyrone - 6 points

So an average winning margin of less than 2 points in AI finals. Anyone who thinks that the Dubs will win this match in a procession does not know football and has been sucked in by all of the hype. It will be a close contest and I think the Dubs are likely winners but they are not playing some dog and duck outfit and they have never produced their best in finals. Add in the pressure of going for 5 in a row and I would give Kerry a chance.

We had a nice run of close All Ireland finals however this final is highly unlikely to be close. You have to be realistic kerry have never reached a final before with such a porous defence. I think we are looking at the most one sided All Ireland final since 2007 (I do hope Kerry prove me wrong)

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1 Dublin (or Kerry)



2 Kerry (or Dublin)
3 Mayowestros (won NFL)
4 Tyrone
5 Donegal ( 3 pts in QF Group)
6 Ros.
7 to 10 in some order Cavan,  Cork, Meath, Galway
.

On what basis could you rank Tyrone above Donegal this year?

If its the fact they made a semi and Donegal only got three Super 8 points instead of Tyrone's eight, Tyrone came out of an easier group than Donegal. Add to that, they also lost, very convincingly, to them in Ulster.

Fact is, all those teams in that group (way) below Dublin can beat each other and are probably all going to lose by the guts of ten points to Dublin.

Donegal had the opportunity this summer to prove they were better than their 5th place ranking but failed.

Tyrone had the opportunity to prove they are the 2nd best team in the country but they failed.

It doesn't speak volumes for Dublin's competition when Kerry in transition under new management relying on young players are the only team left standing to stop them from winning 5 in a row.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:07:27 PM »
what's the story with that o'callaghan lad? looks absolutely juiced up

Feed of 🥣 according to the bomber

https://mobile.twitter.com/EoinListon/status/1159807194809929731

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Minor/U17 Football championship 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 10:53:41 PM »
Well done to Cork and Galway it should be a good All Ireland final.

Kerry's first defeat in this championship and they are out while the two finalists have lost twice. Not the best of formats but I doubt Cork and Galway care.
The All Ireland Minor Championship is a knock out competition between the 8 Provincial Finalists.
The 4 Provincial Championships are separate competitions each with their own format.

Thanks for telling me something I already know.  At least the last eight of this championship isn't unnecessary dragged out.

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Hard to know how Kerry will do in the final. Their defence will hardly hold up against the Dubs.

Not hard to know. Kerry be well beaten in final. I predict Dublin's biggest margin of victory in All Ireland final since the 70s.

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We can't beat a good team.
Tyrone have reached their ceiling with that group of players.

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Kerry lead by 3. Tyrone will be kicking themselves if they lose this game

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Tyrone much the better and should be further than 4 points ahead.

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Dessie Dolan can't tell the difference between Cathal McShane and Peter Harte.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Minor/U17 Football championship 2019
« on: August 11, 2019, 03:43:13 PM »
Well done to Cork and Galway it should be a good All Ireland final.

Kerry's first defeat in this championship and they are out while the two finalists have lost twice. Not the best of formats but I doubt Cork and Galway care.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 10, 2019, 06:56:07 PM »
Mayo 1st half was the last kick from a good consistent top 4 team. 2nd half and with Dublin winning by 10 points pulling up proved this evening that Mayo are not as good as they were in 2016/17, time doesn't stand still for any team and the high milage, wear and tear on that Mayo team is clear to see and next year will be full transition for them.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Minor/U17 Football championship 2019
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:35:07 PM »
All over. That looked a bad decision by the ref, back looked to be outside the 20 when he picked up the kick out?
Was all over after the 2nd goal just a matter of how much Cork would win by. Munster looks very strong at underage this summer.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Dublin - AISF - Saturday 5pm
« on: August 10, 2019, 03:26:20 PM »
Obviously fancy the dubs to win but reckon this could be another mayo cracker. Hopefully it's more mayo V Donegal than mayo V Kerry. Dublin have pretty much had a 3 week break compared to mayo one and that's the key here.

Would love mayo to do it but just can't see it.

It's a no brainer and unfortunately makes Dublin's ultimate achievement flawed, through no fault of their own.

It's shameful scheduling. I know everybody is all hyped up about this game because of recent history blah, blah blah. That's nice but the reality is that it is a load of bollocks. It is impossible for Dublin to lose this. If both teams went in in same conditions, Dublin would still win in all probability. Mayo would have a punchers chance though. Tomorrow Mayo have no chance.

Well if Mayo had won the Connacht championship they wouldn't have these issues

Wouldn't agree that Mayo have no chance. Their schedule would be a killer for the likes of Meath, Cork, Roscommon, Cavan, Armagh, Kildare etc however Mayo are one of those teams that train professionally and are well conditioned for games in a short space of time.

If Dublin win by a bit to spare this evening it will prove that Mayo are not as good as they were in 2016/17.

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On the Kerry game, I think Kerry will rightly go on as favourites. They are unbeaten and topped the tougher group in the Super 8s. In saying that I would be disappointed if we did not beat them, when you look at this Tyrone side and the age profile it should be in its prime now. I think Tyrone badly, badly need a win over a side like Kerry in this game. Kerry on the other hand are younger and less experienced than Tyrone and we have to hone in on that and force mistakes and young lads heads to drop.

I'm not fully convinced on this Tyrone side. We need a few other guys to start stepping up to the plate now. I'm not optimistic but I'm hoping we deliver a big performance tomorrow and dictate the terms of engagement.

Deegan is another big worry for me. He has always been very favourable to Kerry anytime I have seen him referee them including the 2015 semi with us where we got an awful doing from him.

Wouldn't have done both if in Dublin's group.

I agree with Enda McGinley this is a huge game for Tyrone to prove their true worth and can be no excuses. Donegal failed to prove they were a top 4 team last week and pretty much showed why they haven't reached All Ireland semi final since 2014 injuries they got was only excuse as top 4 teams can cope with a few injuries as Mayo proved.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retain the Super 8ís series?
« on: August 06, 2019, 09:42:52 PM »
http://spailpin.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-hateful-eights.html

Good read, no sugar coating and calling things as it is. The hateful eights a very appropriate name.

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