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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 02, 2021, 06:12:53 PM »
Itís a fact lol.

That said I do expect our county finals and a good bit more to be played there. Just becomes more awkward to organise.

10% of gatemoney to the Ulster Council and you'll be fine.  ;)

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: August 02, 2021, 05:01:49 PM »
What a game, the last quarter was overdrive by Tipp and after that save on 69 minutes Waterford scores 1-4 or something in 3 minutes!


I wonder will the football,  match that next?  :P

Be tough to match but should be interesting nonetheless.

Liam Cahill to get the call to come home to Tipp before the year is out.
Tipp.have reached the end of the road with that great team.
Rebuilding is going to.take a while.

If Tipp get Cahill back next year and he gets his 2 u20/21 all ireland squads buying into a senior setup

The rebuild could be in place by 2023

Tipp need a keeper/corner back/full back and 2 forwards

Itís not an insurmountable problem

Not sure they need a keeper, they've the two Hogans to pick from and TBH any defeats they've had this year or the last were nothing to do with their keepers.

They need to rethink their middle third. They need more power and pace in there as they've been badly exposed in there the last two defeats. Both Waterford and Limerick cut through there like a hot knife through butter. They have some of the players who came off the bench on Saturday who looked like they can cut it at this level in Mark Kehoe and Willie Connors, but they need to find at least a few more as we now see the difference a strong bench can make to teams and is proving essential to having a tilt at an AI win.
Tipp can't cope with the running game.
Neither can Galway.
Would love to see the Deise winning this year.

Youíd swear Limerick invented the running game

The reality is that tipp and galway were found out this year because they had the greatest number of over 30ís in their squads

Tipp had 5 clear cut goal chances in the game v Waterford anytime between 09-19 they would nailed 3/4 of them,but age has caught them in a game of milliseconds

Cork had 10 of the u21eam beaten by tipp in 18,tipp had one

Galway are a disjointed shambles since the league ended,Canning might not be the last of their retirements either,1 all ireland is a poor return for that team.

OíNeill looks increasingly like a dead man walking,Lynskeyis the only and obvious choice for them

You'd think they'd either go with O'Donoghue or failing that Lynskey considering the job he's done with the minors and now U20's.

There may be a bit of internal politics in not going for O'Donoghue again.

WRT Cork, they were in a pretty non-competitive place against the serious AI contenders and really had to make the drastic changes that Kingston made. He was unpopular for doing it but has been proved right but we'll know a lot more about this project and where it's at this weekend.

Is Sheedy the man to tell a few senior Tipp lads thanks but no thanks for 2022?

He comes across as a ruthless wee bollox at times but maybe he's got too much gra for the likes of the McGraths, Callanan and possibly Paudie Maher and co.


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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 02, 2021, 04:57:31 PM »
SO good news abou casement and goal is to have ulster championship final 2024 and no mention of first Antrim county and club games. The day we signed up for the big stadium Antrim lost Casement to the prawn sandwich eaters

ITG hit the nail on the head, we have lost any say in it. All these ex-players raising their profiles off the back of supporting getting it built, fail to understand that we wont have a say it.

So those great old days when every schools competition in Belfast and seemingly every juvenile match as well (going by some of the reports) are gone and not coming back. We will be lucky to get even the biggest club games in it.

Where are you getting this from? How do you know what will & wont be played in the new casement? Are you on your club or county committee in any capacity? If so then you will have an opportunity to have a say on most things that affect you as a gael. If you're not then I'm not sure who you are referring to when you say 'we wont have a say'?
We've had to listen to some amount of negativity around the stalled casement project over recent years, now there is serious cause for excitement and positivity and people are determined to create more negatives. Some people just love being miserable!  ::)

ITG is saying that this won't be Antrims stadium to decide who gets a run out in it or not and he's right.

Hard to see the South Antrim u13's getting a run out in it.


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General discussion / Re: Olympics Tokyo.
« on: August 02, 2021, 04:53:09 PM »
Ciara didn't make it, but it was a big ask to get through the heat with a calf strain..

Hasn't had much luck with injuries.

real pity. Haven't watched it but sounded like she ran well tactically but just hadn't the speed in the legs. She's 29 now and at that level i dunno how many more years you would get. Should be another olympics and worlds in her. Those middle distances are very tough to survive in. The tactics and the madness you get on the ramp up last up mean that unless you're way ahead of the rest it can be a lottery getting through at times. 4:07 isn't really going to cut it at that level either and you'd need to be down very close to 4:00 dead.

She commented something similar after the worlds where she'd busted herself so I think she knows her time is limited but will enjoy it while it lasts and then look to get into the physio'ing.


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General discussion / Re: Lions Tour
« on: August 02, 2021, 04:50:01 PM »
I actually agree that top level rugby can't go on as is, as much as I love watching it, it is shocking brutal, some of the hits are wince inducing and dangerous (the legal ones). Turning pro could be responsible for killing it long term. (But then again I look at hurlers nowadays and think how can this sport keep moving forward when you've now got 2 X 15 sets of players at 6ft 2+ and 16 st and not a dermy to be seen).

An easy solution would be to reduce the number of Subs. We often see front rows completely changed in a game. Reduce the sub option and those players need to become fitter and leaner to survive the 80 mins. Leaner and in theory lighter players would hopefully reduce the force of the collisions. Rugby does recognise the problem, at least internally anyway. But the rule changes etc are simply window dressing. More drastic changes are needed.

Gotten a bit like American football alright.

Lord help the front rows if subs are limited.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: August 02, 2021, 04:47:35 PM »
What a game, the last quarter was overdrive by Tipp and after that save on 69 minutes Waterford scores 1-4 or something in 3 minutes!


I wonder will the football,  match that next?  :P

Be tough to match but should be interesting nonetheless.

Liam Cahill to get the call to come home to Tipp before the year is out.
Tipp.have reached the end of the road with that great team.
Rebuilding is going to.take a while.

If Tipp get Cahill back next year and he gets his 2 u20/21 all ireland squads buying into a senior setup

The rebuild could be in place by 2023

Tipp need a keeper/corner back/full back and 2 forwards

Itís not an insurmountable problem

Not sure they need a keeper, they've the two Hogans to pick from and TBH any defeats they've had this year or the last were nothing to do with their keepers.

They need to rethink their middle third. They need more power and pace in there as they've been badly exposed in there the last two defeats. Both Waterford and Limerick cut through there like a hot knife through butter. They have some of the players who came off the bench on Saturday who looked like they can cut it at this level in Mark Kehoe and Willie Connors, but they need to find at least a few more as we now see the difference a strong bench can make to teams and is proving essential to having a tilt at an AI win.
Tipp can't cope with the running game.
Neither can Galway.
Would love to see the Deise winning this year.

Waterford won't be able to run through the Limerick defence like they have the last two weekends.

Tipp got joy out of bypassing this and knocking the highball down to oncoming runners in the first half of the Munster final. Limerick put a stop to that in the end. Waterford might need a plan B as well. Gleeson is decent in the air but will need to bag a goal or two if his knee isn't bolloxed.

It'll be interesting to see how this new Cork fare against a hard hitting Kilkenny..




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General discussion / Re: Olympics Tokyo.
« on: August 02, 2021, 08:59:40 AM »
Ciara didn't make it, but it was a big ask to get through the heat with a calf strain..

Hasn't had much luck with injuries.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: August 02, 2021, 08:35:45 AM »
What a game, the last quarter was overdrive by Tipp and after that save on 69 minutes Waterford scores 1-4 or something in 3 minutes!


I wonder will the football,  match that next?  :P

Be tough to match but should be interesting nonetheless.

Liam Cahill to get the call to come home to Tipp before the year is out.
Tipp.have reached the end of the road with that great team.
Rebuilding is going to.take a while.

If Tipp get Cahill back next year and he gets his 2 u20/21 all ireland squads buying into a senior setup

The rebuild could be in place by 2023

Tipp need a keeper/corner back/full back and 2 forwards

Itís not an insurmountable problem

Not sure they need a keeper, they've the two Hogans to pick from and TBH any defeats they've had this year or the last were nothing to do with their keepers.

They need to rethink their middle third. They need more power and pace in there as they've been badly exposed in there the last two defeats. Both Waterford and Limerick cut through there like a hot knife through butter. They have some of the players who came off the bench on Saturday who looked like they can cut it at this level in Mark Kehoe and Willie Connors, but they need to find at least a few more as we now see the difference a strong bench can make to teams and is proving essential to having a tilt at an AI win.




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Hurling Discussion / Re: Brian Lohan v David Fitzgerald
« on: July 30, 2021, 02:40:32 PM »
I think itís the intensity. Like his personality I think his preparation is very intense and it isnít sustainable. He will get buy in for a few years I suspect though. (If mcguinness has stayed on at Donegal I always thought the same would have happened).

That would be ok where thereís a conveyor belt of talent but when the same pool of players it doesnít work for too long.

Some of that but you get the impression he's very dictatorial in his management style akin to the old style school teachers rather than bringing people along with him. When he falls out with you, that's that it seems.

Cody would have been accused of that type of management but when you're picking up AI's by the bucket load then it isn't questioned.
Davy wasn't doing that.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Brian Lohan v David Fitzgerald
« on: July 30, 2021, 01:38:06 PM »
Was he worth it for Wexford?

5 Years only 1 Leinster
5 years by approx. 100K plus.
Money could have been well spent on GDOs or Sports or high performance coaches/Managers.

I know they haver plenty of money backers down there but others complain about others resources in other counties without doing the right thing in their own houses.

For example, Jim Gavin never took a penny, never even took expenses...

How many Leinster titles have Wexford won in the 20 years previous to Davy arriving?

Do you think winning that Leinster had a positive effect on Hurling in Wexford?

Jim Galvin's volunteering and amateurism can only be applauded. He did so without seeking attention or acknowledgement.
Hopefully in time, we see him back in the game, bringing his knowledge and tactical nous to another county.

Yeah it was great for them to win it and its great for Leinster they are competitive, but would  the money be best spent over 5 years plus on underage GDOs/ Sports performance etc, to build for the future .... I don't know, that's why i am asking, will Wexford slip back a bit after he's gone, was it for 5 years of success only, a quick win, nothing about the future.

Agree on Jim, Dubs get some stick rightly or wrongly, but cant fault Jim Gavin for anything he has done for Dublin over his whole life of service to it.

Slip back to where?


IMO Davy has a style of play that makes a team hard to beat but will never be offensive enough to actually win anything AI wise. Yes he bagged a Leinster title after Galway filled the trunks against Dublin (again) and Kilkenny being weaker than they'd been in a while.
In fairness they still have to be won so credit where it's due, but he seems to have an initial feel good factor and that diminishes within the team fairly quickly and it's only after that players come out with what was going on.

I think he'll have to sit out senior intercounty management for a while as he brings an awful lot of baggage with him.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Brian Lohan v David Fitzgerald
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:39:33 AM »
When Davy takes on a County team, it all becomes about Davy. This can be good as there is less focus on the players. But the circus has to be still a distraction.

Davy is a reality TV star. Any team he takes on has a Celebrity Bainisteoir feel to it. He will lift the county when he comes, but it is only a short term fix.

Would be interesting if he took the Dublin Job? They'd have the money for him!

This was mentioned in another discussion board and the resident dub hurling fanatic was adamant that Costello wouldn't touch Davy with a 10 ft barge pole as he doesn't like his managers to court media attention...

That's Davy ruled out then.

Davy might have to step down a rung on the ladder to secure a management role in hurling. A Laois, Westmeath or the likes.

A smaller county wouldnít have the resources to fund the Davy Circus

It's official, wee Davy has left the strawberry pickers..

There's a job going in Clare as head of coaching and development, daddy might see him right on that one but will split the county in two, like a civil war. That would be interesting to say the least.

As for Wexford, will they take a punt on Eddie Brennan?

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So the LCC have asked for French, Spanish, German etc to be taken off school curriculums? Surely satire??

Saw that, think it's a spoof but near enough to their normal ramblings to cast doubt in your mind.

 ;D

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Joe Canning retires
« on: July 29, 2021, 03:47:35 PM »
Never forget his debut against Cork, but the two things that stand out the most are that reverse hand-pass and the swivel goal against Kilkenny where he should have been hooked but the man had magic in his wrists.

Was his debut not earlier that year V Antrim in Casement in the qualifiers ?

To be pedantic, I think his debut came V Cork in the league semi-final in Limerick, a game they won, and he scored a typical sideline. Lost the final to Tipp' but even then he stood apart.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/post/103557698/

Austin Gleeson's successful sideline cut puts him into joint second of the championship's all-time scoring list. His point puts him on eight, level with Clare's 1970's maestro Mick Moroney...he still has some way to catch the man in front however.

Joe Canning is on 28 and counting.

You reckon he'll be back?

I don't think he's the type to be retiring more than once...

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General discussion / Re: Olympics Tokyo.
« on: July 29, 2021, 10:09:45 AM »
Stumbled upon this 3 v 3 basket ball thing last night and my first gut instinct was WTF, another makey up sport for the Olympics, maybe we could have 5 aside football or backs and forwards as well.

It wasn't too bad a watch with the Yank ladies taking their gold and the Latvians taking the mens gold.

anyone else stumble across a "hybrid" sport?

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Joe Canning retires
« on: July 29, 2021, 09:52:00 AM »
https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/arid-40347356.html?type=amp&__twitter_impression=true

Writing about the five-time All-Star in the Irish Examiner at the weekend, columnist PM O'Sullivan predicted the retirement as Canning finished his time in maroon as the game's most prolific scorer.

"The same moment saw him depart, in all likelihood, the Galway jersey. Thirty-three next October, he has given all and took some of the finest scores ever seen," O'Sullivan wrote, before remembering some of those iconic moments.

"So many instances and so many daysÖ Canningís goal in 2015ís Leinster final remains something else altogether. Anticipating and anticipating the drop of a long impromptu clearance, catching and pivoting and striking in one seamless movement, the knot that stayed a ribbon.

"Even the net seemed astonished, as the Bolshoi Ballet met the fields of Portumna.

"That goal was liquid instinct, Wimbledon genius transplanted to Croke Park. His goal in 2012ís drawn All-Ireland final, one hardly less indelible? Ice in the head.

"He ran off James Reganís incision, taking a popped handpass. Then Canning bevelled across the Kilkenny defence, feinting without hesitating, heading for the one spot where he could only goal, via master blaster effort. Once there, he surely netted, Superbowl genius transplanted to Croke Park."

Added O'Sullivan:

"No one in the history of the game struck a sliotar cleaner than Joe Canning."

That goal was indeed a thing of beauty, probably not remembered much as Galway got beat that day, but was one of the best goals I've ever saw.

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