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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1200 on: July 25, 2020, 07:23:58 PM »

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/if-covid-shaming-becomes-the-norm-fewer-players-will-come-forward-1.4312615?mode=amp

Old Leighlin did everything correctly. They went above and beyond the GAA guidelines and squashed any chance of transmission immediately. Hayden was glued to his phone for a week, waiting on every last test result to come back before he could put out a statement saying the club was open for business again. But still, all the while, the curtains were twitching in the background.

“You’re wasting your breath in a lot of cases,” Hayden says. “It’s not worth the effort. But you’re hearing loads of stuff back that just isn’t true. It went around that he was a mentor on a few underage teams and that would have implications in terms of some other clubs that we would have played but it wasn’t the case.

“And then even just locally, when it came to who was a close contact, everyone seemed to be an expert on what a close contact is and who would be considered one. That started to stir up more stuff and it meant that for a few days, everyone was looking over their shoulder at anyone who was a member of our club.

“People were going, ‘Are you one of them? What are you doing outside your door? What are doing going into the local shop?’ That kind of stuff. We’re only a very small village so you can imagine what that could do. Now, the locals were great and we were able to get on top of things quickly and they appreciated that. But it’s just the unknown. And the fear.”

Through it all, the club had nobody higher up in the GAA to turn to. Not at county board level and not in Croke Park. Their existence as a GAA club was the sole reason anyone heard about the positive test outside the man’s family and close contacts. Yet beyond two-page guide downloadable from the GAA website, there was nowhere for Hayden to go at a time when he felt his club was under attack.

If anything, in fact, the words of GAA president John Horan that week made things worse. Within 24 hours of Old Leighlin shutting down operations, Horan was on Morning Ireland saying that players, “have got to make a clear decision. Either you party or you play sport. Sport and partying are not going to work at the moment because it’s partying that has brought many of these challenges to our doors as regards to the virus.”

The Old Leighlin player hadn’t been to a party but without Horan making that clear, how were people to know? They were one of a tiny handful of clubs known to have a positive test in their ranks and here was the GAA’s top man saying that house parties were to blame for many of the cases. Loose talk like that was always going allow people to put two and two together and if you were the five in the middle of it, you were in a lonely place.

“We were left hanging a bit,” says Hayden. “That did annoy me. There was no point of contact, nobody to help with putting together a statement, nobody even to bounce things off. There were so many different opinions flying around and it would have been helpful to have somebody to call. Even just somebody to come out and say, ‘Look, this club did nothing wrong.’”

Hayden is happy to say the Old Leighlin player is recovering well and will be welcomed back when he feels he’s over it. He says that if there’s another case, they will do exactly the same thing, even if it happens in the middle of championship. He hopes that all clubs would do the same.

Which is all very well, except you wouldn’t wish the week Old Leighlin had on anybody. If Covid-shaming becomes the norm, if the stigma hangs around, if the president keeps blaming house parties, there’s going to be less and less incentive for players to come forward. The worst thing that could happen is somebody hiding a positive test having seen how a club is treated.

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1201 on: July 26, 2020, 01:53:36 AM »
The only thing you can say is that tests must come back quickly, there is no benefit in delay.
If at first you don't succeed, then goto Plan B

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1202 on: July 26, 2020, 09:20:13 PM »
I wouldn't be a big fan of these water breaks during the game now - stops any sort of continuity in each half.


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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1203 on: July 26, 2020, 09:53:36 PM »
Another Club in Down suspending activities, Dundrum, until August 3rd

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1204 on: July 28, 2020, 10:03:23 PM »
Micheal Martin talking specifically about crowd numbers at GAA games today. Hopefully they can push the process along for increasing outdoor attendances.

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1205 on: August 01, 2020, 06:05:12 PM »
I see Ewan McKenna has a pic of Tiernan McCann on Twitter, after a Club game. It was like he was after doing 12 rounds in a boxing ring. Rough outfit in Tyrone

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1206 on: August 01, 2020, 07:49:21 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1207 on: August 02, 2020, 01:15:18 PM »
Two championship games called off in Cavan due to covid this weekend.

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1208 on: August 02, 2020, 11:51:21 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1209 on: August 03, 2020, 11:25:05 AM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




See this is the problem with the internet....

Do you actually know what happened here?

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1210 on: August 03, 2020, 01:20:14 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




See this is the problem with the internet....

Do you actually know what happened here?
Let me take a guess,  he got beaten up around the face?    he didn't run into the dressing room door.

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1211 on: August 03, 2020, 02:41:45 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




See this is the problem with the internet....

Do you actually know what happened here?
Let me take a guess,  he got beaten up around the face?    he didn't run into the dressing room door.

Very Ewan like reply this.....there have been whispers he's been on this board too....

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1212 on: August 03, 2020, 03:35:38 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




See this is the problem with the internet....

Do you actually know what happened here?
Let me take a guess,  he got beaten up around the face?    he didn't run into the dressing room door.

Very Ewan like reply this.....there have been whispers he's been on this board too....

Anyone actually know how it happened?

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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1213 on: August 03, 2020, 03:49:25 PM »
Only hearsay. Apparently a row against the Moy maybe. A boy possibly came over what may have been a fence to possibly help a possible family member. Apparently.

Might not be true. Who knows?


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Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« Reply #1214 on: August 03, 2020, 06:33:50 PM »
He definitely got more than his hair ruffled
It's no joke this time,  probably it's time to consider banning baseball bats from Tyrone GAA club games.




See this is the problem with the internet....

Do you actually know what happened here?
Let me take a guess,  he got beaten up around the face?    he didn't run into the dressing room door.

Very Ewan like reply this.....there have been whispers he's been on this board too....
Is that a reply?   ;D you're some moron!
So you haven't a clue how "touch my hair and  I'll dive as if shot"  managed to get his face beaten to a pulp?