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General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: Today at 08:24:09 PM »
Another good game Slovakia v Poland. It's been a very good tournament, only lacking a full house atmosphere.
If the Olympics are cancelled/a clusterfuck this might be the last major soccer tournament for a while.

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: Today at 04:35:40 PM »
As a nation, no matter what sport, the Scots have cornered the market in playing well and losing. They have dominated this game.

This video is better than today's performance was

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on
« on: Today at 03:52:08 PM »

Siptu members in FAI launch new plan to secure football’s future
‘Towards 2025’ document calls for inclusive structure and community-led development

Gavin Cummiskey

In the wake of former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr bemoaning the FAI’s ongoing lack of “football expertise”, Siptu members working in the association have released a strategic plan with a “clear agenda” for the development of the game at community and high-performance levels.

“Our members employed in the FAI are passionate about the game,” said Siptu’s Martin O’Rourke on release of the “Towards 2025” document. “They are using their voice also on behalf of the numerous volunteers, who are the backbone of the sport across the country, to call for a new, inclusive FAI structure and community-led development of the game.”

The unionised FAI employees have also written to Minister for Sport Catherine Martin to highlight “the continued refusal of the management of the FAI to engage proactively with Siptu representatives”.

The 10-point plan would compel League of Ireland clubs to affiliate with every underage club in their catchment area to ensure “a common coaching and player development policy”.

“Soccer has progressed in this country due almost entirely to the grassroots clubs who start academies for kids from four years of age and upwards,” said Vincent Butler of Belvedere FC, the Dublin club that produced Wes Hoolahan and Troy Parrott. “This work is now being undermined by the actions of the FAI and League of Ireland clubs who take the most talented 12-year-olds from the grassroots clubs.

“The recent successes of Ireland under-21 teams at international level are due to the work of the grassroots clubs which is now being put in jeopardy.”

Crumlin FC’s Martin Loughran added: “It is time for all the stakeholders involved in soccer in Ireland to stop working against each other and instead work together.”

Kerr, speaking last week about the appointment of Packie Bonner as one of the FAI board’s six independent directors, was highly critical of the association’s recent governance review.

“The FAI badly needs someone with real leadership qualities around the place,” said Kerr. “I’m delighted to hear Packie is now part of the board.

“I understand they needed people with other skills on the board, but it’s the Football Association of Ireland – it has to include people who know about football, not just the administration of the game.”

When contacted by The Irish Times, FAI chairperson Roy Barrett said: “We are very comfortable with recent developments at the association including the election of a new general assembly and a new board, and the appointment of a new CEO. We have addressed both wage deferral and benchmarking issues and we are now deep into a strategy review process led by our CEO, Jonathan Hill, which has involved all FAI staff and will be part of a wider consultation process with the rest of our Irish football community. We are pleased to have made this progress but we are still very aware that this is only the start of our journey.”

Towards 2025 - 10 strategies to develop football in Ireland
1. A national stakeholders’ convention involving schoolboy leagues and League of Ireland clubs to discuss the implementation of a new premier and first division league.

2. A new underage League of Ireland involving schoolboy clubs around the country, for under-15 to under-19 teams with promotion and relegation and no age gaps.

3. A national residential academy for elite boys and girls, including a three-year full-time course incorporating the Leaving Certificate. The FAI Abbotstown campus in Dublin to act as a training base, with an educational institution catering for the Leaving Certificate. Players to return to play with their respective clubs at the weekend. A plan to progress to having Education and Training Boards (ETB) FAI academies around the country.

4. Development of a full-time transition year programme, including female-only soccer courses, with local authorities around the country.

5. Investment in Education and Training Boards (ETB) FAI courses which is the only dual-career education programme to ensure players’ employability prospects at end of their playing career. A girls-only ETB/FAI player development course to be established in major centres around the country.

6. Employment of a player welfare manager. Restore the duty of care system for players in this country, players abroad and for repatriated players.

7. An all-island premier league to be researched and implemented by 2025. First division to remain as is with promotion and relegation. An under-23s league to be established in the League of Ireland.

8. Schoolboy leagues to have a minimum amount of games every year. An agreed games calendar for boys and girls with a minimum amount of games agreed. Futsal (internationally recognised indoor five-a-side game) development centres and competitions to be established.

9. League of Ireland clubs to affiliate with every underage club in their area for the development of a common coaching policy/player development strategy.

10. A major strategic and employment plan to develop a football/futsal ethos in primary and secondary schools around the country, involving FAI development officers, League of Ireland clubs and grassroots clubs.

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 08:49:30 PM »
It's a pity that Monaghan team didn't get to an all Ireland final and win it. They might have in another time with Dublin treated like any other county.

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 06:47:38 PM »
The split into 2×4 was arseways. Galway aren't the second worst team in D1. Neither are Monaghan.

It was the same in the hurling. The standard in Galway's pool was far higher than in the other one.

If the footballers are any good they will be ar ais arís next year.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: June 13, 2021, 11:49:30 AM »
BoJo putting back freedom day to 19th July. That’s him fecked now.
The raw data does not look good. Cases of the delta variant have been growing exponentially from a low base since early May, and for the past seven days have averaged about 5,000 new cases a day.

It now appears to have settled at or about R1.5 with a doubling time of nine days. If you start from 5,000 and double three times you get to 40,000 cases a day by early July. If you double that again you get to 80,000 cases nine days later – a number that bursts through the January peak.

There is uncertainty around the magnitude of the change in vaccine effectiveness after two doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine,” said its latest report.

The same report revealed that of the 42 people known to have died so far with the delta variant in the UK, 29 per cent (12 people) were fully vaccinated. 

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 3 2021
« on: June 13, 2021, 10:57:30 AM »
I'm gutted for Cavan, I hope we can put one over against the odds  against Galway  and raise Cavan spirits just that little bit.
That's so kind of Monaghan .

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 12, 2021, 04:53:47 PM »
Good result for Wales.

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 12, 2021, 08:10:08 AM »

Sergio Busquets, captain of the Spanish team, tested positive for the virus last weekend, forcing the entire squad to self-isolate.  If this is repeated during the tournament, Uefa will require matches to go ahead if at least 13 players from each country’s 26-man squad can play. If not, teams may be forced to draft in youth or reserve players at short notice to fulfil fixtures. Another option would be to delay matches for no longer than two days. 

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on
« on: June 11, 2021, 12:08:31 PM »

“At the beginning,” said Kerr, “Stephen talked a lot about how he wanted to play. He wanted to dominate the ball in all areas of the pitch and he wanted us to play it out from the back, and he wanted us to be composed, and play through the thirds.

“That is fine but the likes of Finland, Bulgaria, Wales all sat off and let us try to do that build-up from the back and then they would set traps for us in the middle of the pitch.”

Another example was the early seconds in Budapest last Tuesday when Conor Hourihane and John Egan were both caught in possession perilously close to Gavin Bazunu’s goal.

“I am sure the whole process – the 13 matches – has helped them,” Kerr continued. “It has allowed Stephen to gain the experience and to become a bit more rational, I would say, and pragmatic when it comes to the tests of international football.

“It is not easy to win these games. You are not going to be able to control the ball against other international teams. I think that realisation has come along over time with the way the results have gone.

“In my view we are out of the running for the World Cup already,” Kerr continued. “It is going to take something very dramatic to turn that around. We are going to have to beat both Portugal and Serbia in September, unless Luxembourg continue to take points off these teams as they did to us in Dublin.”

« on: June 11, 2021, 11:21:41 AM »

Clarke and Antrim determined to build on recent progress
Ballycastle man’s Player of the Month award an acknowledgement of Saffrons’ encouraging league form
Thu, Jun 10, 2021, 06:00
Ian O'Riordan
Any expectation that this weekend’s final round of the Allianz Hurling League is nothing more than the last support act before the main event of the summer may ring true in certain counties, only Ciarán Clarke begs to differ.

The gentle rise and unquestionably competitive nature of Antrim hurling has been one of the headline stories of the season so far, and Clarke has no intention or desire for it to end now.

Already safe from relegation, their final round league game against Laois on Saturday offers another chance to prove they are here near the top and to stay.

Antrim’s progress in 2021 gained further recognition with Clarke being named the PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month for May for hurling, receiving his award at his home club Ballycastle, a rare prize for the county no matter what time of the year.

Clarke has been central to Antrim’s competitiveness on their return to Division One, hitting 1-11 against Clare in their opening day win, a haul which included 1-1 from play.

“Beating Clare, we probably didn’t think we’d perform that well and at the weekend there we’d Wexford, came away with the draw, and it kind of felt like a defeat,” says Clarke.

“We felt we could have got the win, so there’s a good buzz in the county, a few supporters in at the weekend too, which gave us a good lift.

“The thing that’s different this year is we believe we can compete with these top teams, can go far. Since Darren [Gleeson] has come in, as over the last couple of years, it has been a very professional set-up, you want for nothing. It’s also probably the first year we’ve had all the county players available to us, they want to commit. We’ve 36 on the panel, for the first time ever, and people wanting to come onto it.”

The desire to sustain it all into the championship is hardened by the fact Antrim competed well against Dublin in round three of Division 1b, before losing 1-26 to 1-18, Dublin being their Leinster quarter-final opponents on June 26th. Laois play Wexford in the other quarter-final, that side of the draw presenting a real chance for progress.

“Of course you always want more, and the thing for us now is not being happy with what we’ve done. You want to win your last league game, then give a good account of yourself in the championship. So I wouldn’t take it as a successful season at the minute. You want to do it in the championship.

“Dublin we know are a big strong team, but we know every game is going to be tough, whether it’s Dublin, Wexford, or Kilkenny. Once you get a good performance we shouldn’t be too far away, no matter who we’re playing.”

Some frustration
At times Antrim have made it difficult on themselves, especially in the loss to Dublin and Kilkenny, though they arguably finished just as strong.

“That shows maybe we have the fitness, and the strength and conditioning. We also have six forwards who start, but we have six forwards on the bench who could come in just as easily.”

They’ve also made Corrigan Park something of a fortress in Belfast, although it is no Casement Park, the continuing redevelopment at the latter, which has had funding allocation, of some frustration it seems.

“Whenever I was growing up, you’d be going to Casement Park, having the big Antrim games there. So for the younger generation, that can play a big part, seeing the other big county teams coming there, seeing progress, and where they want to be.

“The first year I came in senior was the year it was shut, so I only ever played a few games there. There are so many twists and turns, we’re getting it then we’re not getting it, but you’d like to hope we’ll be back playing there some day.”

There is also the sense Antrim don’t want this period to be another short-term progress. For a few years though it seemed as if they might never break out again from the Christy Ring or Joe McDonagh Cup, perhaps never feature again in the Liam MacCarthy, although again Clarke begs to differ.

“I don’t think it was the thought at the minute, though we always thought we could do it, if we had the right management, the right players, and this year everything just came together nicely.

“I think the management have really instilled the belief that we are as good as the other players, and other teams. I think the main thing Darren has done is the belief, we just needed to believe it, and I think once we realise we can compete, can challenge, we are just as good.”

Whatever about that desire to win a championship game this summer, Clarke isn’t thinking at all about relegation, even though unlike the Munster championship, where for another year all the counties are safe against relegation, Leinster still has that avenue.

“It’s not something we’ve talked about, we’re just looking to win our first championship match, and make sure relegation isn’t even in our mind. Same with this league, we never talked about relegation, we just wanted to finish as high up as we could.”

General discussion / Re: Euro 20/21
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:29:52 AM »
24 teams is a joke. Half of the teams are crap.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on
« on: June 11, 2021, 07:32:42 AM »
Didn’t see first half v Hungary, so only catching up now that the Hungarian fans booed the Irish team for taking the knee.

What’s your thoughts on this?
The Hungarian leader is a right wing authoritarian gobshite like Netanyahu.
Taking the knee is seen as a left wing thing. So the fans were contrary.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 10, 2021, 12:30:53 PM »
Absolutely... RTE needs a clearout. I'm not sure Whelan much better.
They do regular pruning.
One of the things re the old guard analysts was that they were entertaining an older generation when they started 20 years ago.
Education levels amongst the viewers would have been lower. So they weren't very demanding in terms of analysis
Spillane is the best example of this. He offers nothing to younger viewers. He would be the TV sports analyst equivalent of country music.
But viewers liked him.

GAA Discussion / Re: Joe Brolly
« on: June 10, 2021, 05:07:24 AM »
Yeah it's the personal attacks. Let's not forget that's why he is out of RTE and he was warned. He wasn't a victim from one incident here.

The political stuff should have been separate and they didn't seem to seperate it mind you but I dunno what he wants to achieve here.

It was primarily down to a change in the head of RTE sport and his change away from personality based pundits to more game based analysis. Has the standard of pundit on RTE improved since the new head came in, I don’t think so. I watched the Ireland match last night and didn’t tune into the analysis yet this used to often be the best entertainment of the night. Wondering what Dunphy and Giles would say and how Bill knew how to press their buttons.

I do get the fact that some people want stats based analysis and information on KPIs but if I want that type of information I’ll sign up for a coaching seminar. It just doesn’t interest me.

This looks like the real reason he was sacked

"I don't think you can just cover it the same way you've always done. People want to learn more. It's simply not good enough to come out with the same scenario… the old days were good, this is awful. "

Dublin's  hegemony is a huge problem for anyone selling ads linked to.sports coverage. TV sport is about drama and the all Ireland endgame doesn't have any..

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