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GAA Discussion / Re: Another PR disaster
« Last post by manfromdelmonte on Today at 10:25:20 AM »
So just to be clear Dublin7, and please correct me if I’m wrong:

1. You favour increased sanctions when a player breaks the rules, to deter them from appealing.

2. You don’t want sanctions applied when a club breaks the rules.
what rule did they break?
the field isn't owned by the gaa
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GAA Discussion / Re: 'Bad Birthday' in GAA Underage
« Last post by shark on Today at 10:25:19 AM »
In the North most but not all soccer leagues went on jan - dec years. Used to annoy me as it meant separating school friends. When I tried to change it for the league I ran I was told I couldn’t do it because of UEFA rules.

There’s remarkable statistics though on this. In 2011 more than 65% of premier league players were born in the first 4 months of their school year. For some Olympic sports it’s nearer 80%. There’s lots of studies on birth bias.

Thanks for the info David.

Any reasons why?

The studies suggest that when it came to training the slightly older kids tended to be be bigger stronger etc and therefore performed better. Consequently those kids were selected to compete more often and receive more training etc.

It's called relative age effect.

Explained pretty well here

https://believeperform.com/performance/the-relative-age-effect-in-sport/

In a nutshell, kids born earlier the year (Jan-Mar) will mature physically than those born (Oct-Dec) they will be quicker, stronger and have more endurance as they are just developing quick than their younger team mates. Coaches, and we all have egos, will pick the bigger and quicker players and then focus more of the coaching on these players. So now you have a situation where the older set are not old bigger and quicker or have more endurance but are also getting better coaching. Another off-set is that there is then a higher drop-off rate for those kids born in Q4 than Q1.

It really ties in with From the Bunkers Too Many for One Team thread

http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=29163.0

There tends to be a physical levelling out at u16 onwards so imho that's when serious competitive sport should start, kids will always be competitive but we don't need to impose winning values on young kids.

Interestingly enough Leinster Rugby changed from u18 rugby born after 1st Jan to u18.5 born after 1st July and this has seen a massive increase in retention at that age group with more clubs fielding than ever before. They replicated this at u20s being u20.5 as well, which has seen an 30% increase in clubs fielding at 20s level. It's just tapping into those kids physically not able for adult rugby but can still develop at their own pace and stay playing the game playing with their mates.

The book "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell goes in to detail on this. From football to Ice Hockey - the evidence is consistent.
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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« Last post by Frank_The_Tank on Today at 10:20:06 AM »
Thought Endgame was excellent - really well done.  Majority of the cinema clapping at the end at the showing I went too

I have never seen this happen in any cinema, for any film. I assumed it was only done after the red carpet first showing in London or wherever.

Same - I guess because it one of the first screenings would be a lot of hardcore fans there - whilst not clapping myself I did really enjoy the film - reading a few spoiler threads on train to work this morning and reading a lot of people in theaters in America and elsewhere talking about the whole cinema clapping at a few different points in the film
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General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« Last post by north_antrim_hound on Today at 10:18:17 AM »
Sinn Fein and the DUP love the antagonism, it's what keeps them in power and they'll both continue to deliver a disasterclass in politics whilst people are foolish enough to fall for it. Meanwhile they'll pick up the cash....they've got it on lockdown as the kids say.

THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

+1
Have supported SF over recent years but they have done nothing even at local council. After another rise in rates this year I’ve had enough. The vote for the rate increase the DUP and UUP voted yes. Would you believe the only party who voted for a freeze on rates was the TUV. As the SF councilor I voted for she didn’t even attend. Gonna give it a miss
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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« Last post by Milltown Row2 on Today at 10:18:01 AM »
Thought Endgame was excellent - really well done.  Majority of the cinema clapping at the end at the showing I went too

I have never seen this happen in any cinema, for any film. I assumed it was only done after the red carpet first showing in London or wherever.

Clapping! First and only time was in the States, Time Square cinema, the film? Last Action hero! f**k some Americans are dumb
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General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« Last post by smelmoth on Today at 10:15:04 AM »
This return to Stormont- if it happened - won’t suddenly stop the squabbling, bickering and disagreement between parties. Just because they’re sitting in the debating chamber (or whatever you call it), doesn’t mean they’re agreeing on a way forward or getting anything done. They’ll be as petty and childish as they are now, but doing it under a roof rather than under an umbrella.

Have people forgotten what they were like when Stormont was going? I don’t see much difference.

The squabbling would “suddenly stop” if we elected a different set of politicians.

As for the broader issues of course problems don’t “suddenly stop “ but with SF and DUP they don’t ever stop.

By any objective criteria the case for voting for SF or DUP is NIL
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General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« Last post by smelmoth on Today at 10:09:07 AM »
It’s all well and good saying scrap Stormont and bollocks to the DUP, but power sharing is the only show in town. If you want a health service fit for purpose, if you want children taught in well resourced schools or indeed if you want GAA coached in the schools you need a functioning Stormont. Services that the most in need require have been cut. If you’re working and healthy, you’re pretty much insulated but that’s not true of everyone. My own parent who is very poor health has had their care cut due to this, it puts huge pressures on us as s family, with children who all work. it will no doubt result in their life being cut short.

So excuse me when I say f**k the DUP, f**k Sinn Fein and f**k the people who vote for them.
Sorry but Stormont will never fix education and health, the decisions that need too be made to rationalise and save money would be extremely unpopular with regard to Daisy Hill, Down, Causeway Hospital and possibly the Erne. School closures are also extremely unpopular but necessary as duplication and segregation is a burden.

Did you get a link to that the SF compromise?
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General discussion / Re: Movie reccomendations
« Last post by lurganblue on Today at 10:08:07 AM »
Thought Endgame was excellent - really well done.  Majority of the cinema clapping at the end at the showing I went too

I have never seen this happen in any cinema, for any film. I assumed it was only done after the red carpet first showing in London or wherever.
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Hurling Discussion / Re: Kilkenny
« Last post by seafoid on Today at 10:05:42 AM »
Eoin Murphy out with an injury in a club game would be a huge blow for Kilkenny.

Where they're at in their development means getting out of Leinster is not a formality especially if Dublin continue to improve under Matty Kenny.

If Cody doesn't make the top three in Leinster then I can see him going.
Top 3 should be doable this year
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General discussion / Re: More Dissident-Republican Activity
« Last post by BennyCake on Today at 10:03:26 AM »
This return to Stormont- if it happened - won’t suddenly stop the squabbling, bickering and disagreement between parties. Just because they’re sitting in the debating chamber (or whatever you call it), doesn’t mean they’re agreeing on a way forward or getting anything done. They’ll be as petty and childish as they are now, but doing it under a roof rather than under an umbrella.

Have people forgotten what they were like when Stormont was going? I don’t see much difference.
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