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GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: June 14, 2021, 02:21:16 PM »
Was a strange league campaign given the condensed nature of it. I believe if it had have been over the 7 game format we would have survived comfortably ahead of Roscommon, Galway and Monaghan, on par with Tyrone and Donegal, Kerry and Dublin clear.
Yesterday was a solid performance against a team I have an irrational dislike for. Really donít like Roscommon. They have an arrogance than is unearned. Anthony Cunningham the manager being the prime example of it so to win yesterday was a bit sweeter.

On the game itself as has been said the first 15 minutes was poor. McStay made a huge issue about the water break, and I would have to agree with him to a point. There was a significant switch of dynamic after the 1st break. The Roscommon momentum was stopped and we got on a run. Rian settled into his game after snatching at a few balls and Jemser Hall started finding space. A few of the points round the goals were well worked with good runs and fast hands. I wonder what influence Donaghy has had on that as fast hands were his trade mark and a clear cross over from basketball.

At this stage we were winning midfield and breaking their attacks down comfortably enough. Swarm defence was working well and they never looked likely to breach us. The base of this was coming though from a dominance round the middle with Grimley, the O Neillís interchanging from FF and MF and a lot of loose ball being picked up by Hall, Forker, McCabe and McCay. Roscommon made a substitute and he brought them back into it but they never really threatened our goal.

Second half we pushed on and they never really looked up for it at all. Management used our substitutes well, Burns and Turbitt put in good second half shifts, Hall looked gassed when he came off so wasnít a bad change. The whole team Ďmanagedí the second half well and Roscommon never got into it. They needed a goal but never looked close to it. We finished it out well and weíre very comfortable and the winning margin was not undeserving.

overall the team did well, kick outs steady, defensive shape was strong, midfield dominant and forwards took some excellent scores, Rian, OisŪn and Soupy had some excellent scores. On Soupy a bit of a curates egg I felt. Worked his absolute socks off, covered so much ground, but sometimes his decision making was lacking. Against the next level teams that is exposed. And that takes me on to my inevitable caveat point, the one issue I would have was that sometimes with our defensive system and breaking in transition our final pass, final decision was off. This was not exposed yesterday but will be against faster, stronger opposition, which it was against Donegal. We played well but the opposition has to be factored in and I didnít see any of the required aggression from Roscommon that will inevitably be the case in championship.

With championship in mind we should not underestimate Antrim. They have basically a free hit against us but they are playing good football and will be hard to beat. They have a run of confidence. The confidence of promotion as against the confidence of avoiding relegation? Hard to tell which is most important. We have the quality to win but like everything itís 1 game at a time. It is an old cliche but it is true!
you dislike Roscommon because they have beaten armagh on a good few occasions recently and actually have won a few provincial titles in the past few years?
anyway, Roscommon seem to be disimproving since the first season Cunningham was in charge

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 30, 2021, 10:11:18 PM »
We'll soon need a shot clock like in basketball

Dublin and Kerry the masters at screening off defenders and pulling/blocking runs for their forwards

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 27, 2021, 09:57:18 AM »
the EU has been sending ye the vaccines!!

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 25, 2021, 09:38:13 AM »
stops a manager stopping the game 7 times, and two teams would be 14 stoppages

current format rewards teams breaking regulations and training away since January. Its pretty obvious who they are

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 23, 2021, 02:54:42 PM »
Very poor shooting by the Dubs in the first quarter, but opened up Kerry for goals relatively easily, and have got the radar going since.

Kerry not doing any fouling, which is a little odd.  All Dubs scores from play. Maybe Kerry not going full at it.

Ref refusing to play advantage cost Kerry a goal (kicked the free over). Ref has done that a number of times.
10 steps is a technical foul and it should have been a free out

They have clifford and sean o se who are capable of beating the Dublin defence , no other county have forwards next to near that type of talent and that's why they could come close . Dublin v kerry final is odds on imo . Should be a cracker too. Just a shame it will be a near enough empty croke park again . It's a nothing occasion tbh without a packed croke park,  hard to get excited about it in that sense .

Both a joy to watch, so young too, will win a few IMO

A few All Stars maybe. Kerry will be under pressure to win Munster, but they're under as much pressure to win the All Ireland as Derry are. Same for every other county.

Are you saying there is no pressure on Kerry to win the All Ireland, thats not accurate, they expect big things from this current crop and management, talking to some of animals down there, they are saying this is their year to win it. . .
Yerra, musha, they are saying that every year.  ;D
They won easy enough against a piss poor Galway side and the likes of Brolly are talking up their chances of going the whole way this year. Sure, Clifford is class but Dublin took care of him in the replay game in 2019 and did the same for ” Se.
Kerry would need at least another thirteen like the pair of them to stand a chance.
Having said that, I won't expect either manager to show his hand on Sunday. I can't  see either side going flat out.

A glance at the stats shows Clifford scored 5 points in that final replay, 4 from play.  I would say that's good going for any player in an All-Ireland final, let alone a 20-year-old in hi second season at senior level.  O'Shea also got 5 points, 2 of them from play.

Agree the weekend's game will mean little when it comes to serious business in the championship - Galway's performance was one of the worst seen in a div 1 game in recent years.
Watch Galway look like AI contenders this weekend

GAA Discussion / Re: Rule Changes
« on: May 19, 2021, 12:08:15 PM »
The GAA hierarchy seem to think the whole thing is a 'product'

It's a product that needs to sell and free fests like we've seen in recent weeks in the hurling don't endear it to the paying public.

John Kiely came out and said the other day that the tackle is being refereed differently in the hurling and he got his riposte from ex referee Barry Kelly who said that other than flicking, blocking and the shoulder charge, pulling and dragging were always fouls;

"ďOther than hooking and blocking, the only contact that is truly legitimate remains the shoulder. Hands are going in and the player in possession is being slapped hard. Itís not really a tackle. You canít dislodge the ball in hurling by tackling like in football.Ē"

He's entirely right.

If hurling referees are beginning to implement the rules as they were meant to be then the coaches and players need to realign as well.

FWIW, I'm a big fan of the new penalty rule and sin binning. Proper defending is desperately needed back in the sport.
proper defending will return when the steps rule is enforced, throw balls are blown for

GAA Discussion / Re: Rule Changes
« on: May 19, 2021, 09:21:14 AM »
The GAA hierarchy seem to think the whole thing is a 'product'

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: May 17, 2021, 09:31:31 PM »
rebuilding, year 33

zero chance of Dublin losing this year

they have 30 players better than almost every other team.
and better conditioned too.

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 17, 2021, 09:28:04 PM »
the media lads are already blowing up Kerry v Dublin as a rehearsal for later in the year

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 16, 2021, 05:07:24 PM »
How was that a foot block? He was at least a metre away from the ball being kicked
It was in no way dangerous
That's hilarious 😂 He dived feet first right in front of him. If you putting together a demonstration video of what a foot block is you could use this as an example
You don't know the rule.
A foot block is a block on the kicking action not the ball going through air

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 16, 2021, 03:25:09 PM »
How was that a foot block? He was at least a metre away from the ball being kicked
It was in no way dangerous

GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: May 16, 2021, 03:03:24 PM »
Is there not a new rule in that a black card offence + stopping a goalscoring chance = penalty ?

I assumed thatís why the pen was given

Cynical foul inside the the 21 is now a penalty and a black card. The fact the foul was outside the penalty area was irrelevant.

It wasn't a cynical foul though. If that's classified as one then there'll be 10 black cards awarded a game.
Not cynical? Really?. There was no attempt to play the ball. A definite deliberate foul.

Why didn't Fenton get a black card just then for the foul in the middle of the park? There was no attempt to play the ball.
Different rules for Dublin

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