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GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: Today at 11:24:37 AM »
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!

Spare a thought for a lad I coached who's birthday is on the 31/12.

You'd curse your Mum!!! FFS mum, all ya had to do was hold out!!

I used to curse her for not crossing the legs for a fortnight!

My brother was born on 1st January and Iíd say it helped him a lot. He was significantly bigger, even for the older age groups, but having that extra year at underage was a benefit. He didnít stick at it much in senior but at underage he was outstanding. I was the end of the year, a week before Christmas, and I would have loved the extra year. The thing is though I still played 2 years above me so the flip side was that by playing with older players I got better myself. Once again,  like my brother, I was very big for my age so was able to physically handle it so the skill development happened easier as I wasnít being buffeted about

General discussion / Re: Working from Home?
« on: June 06, 2021, 12:17:31 PM »
Moving to Tyrone soon but continuing to work in the outskirts of Belfast. Managed to negotiate 1, possibly 2 days a week from home. It's not the kind of job where wfh 5 days is possible due to the practical nature of some elements of it.

My commute is going to be about 55mins and there's a baby on the way so I'm delighted to cut the days down. Was working out, each day of the week where I work from home saves about £500 on fuel over the year.

Been reading elsewhere about how productivity is higher at home. Even the manager said this who tends to do a few days a week themselves. Have others found this?
Definitely higher at home for me as I work in an open plan area at work so more distractions. I have also been working longer hours and from chatting to people at work most people seem to be working to the time they used to get home at, not the time they left at.

Definitely get more done at home myself but everyone is different.  Others can't differentiate between work/home and need to be the office.  I'd rather work until 6pm in my own home than be an office until that time in the city centre, that's for sure.

Absolutely more productive from home. I clock in and clock out at the same time as I would in work but take a shorter lunch break. Converted the garage to an office so my work and home life are differentiated. Still have the water cooler chats but as itís over MS teams I can i ignore the call and then arrange a time for the chat. More control over the day. We are currently slowing reintegrating back to the office but my plan is to go max 2 days a week. Iím in hearings 2-3 days a week anyway so wouldnít be in the office anyway.

General discussion / Re: Dental work / Cost
« on: June 05, 2021, 11:02:16 AM »
Jaysus have we all become that vain!! Implants, adult braces, teeth whitening! Havenít been to a dentist in 10 years and no need to. Sure as I say this I will get busted at football later and lose a tooth  ;D

I hadnít been to dentist since before I was married (22 years) wife and kids joined new practice a while back and it was a family deal, so made an appointment for check up, one filling! Must have saved myself a fortune over the years!

Regular brushing, Iím 3 or sometimes 4 a day, floss the odd time too, might do the whitening due to the red wine lol

Thatís it....I brush religiously, donít floss but wash out my mouth regular. Only time I have had problems is a few chips over the years from football but have 3 missing teeth but ye canít see them and they cause no pain.

Last time I had to go was due to the fact that one of the teeth I had removed had some residue in my gum and was gradually working itís way out. Was in constant pain till all the bits came out

General discussion / Re: Dental work / Cost
« on: June 05, 2021, 10:07:28 AM »
Jaysus have we all become that vain!! Implants, adult braces, teeth whitening! Havenít been to a dentist in 10 years and no need to. Sure as I say this I will get busted at football later and lose a tooth  ;D

General discussion / Re: Premier League 20/21
« on: June 03, 2021, 12:18:34 PM »
Hope he brings Traore with him if he comes.

Not convinced on Traore. Kick and run merchant IMO. For every wonder goal there's two dozen mishit passes and dribbles that come to nothing.

Not too many wonder goals scored by him either though.

Traore is a muscly Walcott. Runs very fast, scores the odd spectacular, final ball is shite. Perfect for Everton!

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: June 01, 2021, 04:20:14 PM »
Purely for the look on Liverpool fans faces Gerrard would be worth it lol.

He relegate them and then do a victory slide in front of the Gwladys Street end and stick his tongue out.....

GAA Discussion / Re: Oisin on talkback
« on: June 01, 2021, 03:50:04 PM »
Agreed about all of this but the thing is that is still a very strong mentality of a large core of people. Like cornered rats they are getting angrier and angrier, the whole move by the DUP to have an outreach program is not to assuage any of their fears but to bring the angry dog back inside the yard so it can do its angry barking for them and there is a few hard years ahead I fear

GAA Discussion / Re: Oisin on talkback
« on: June 01, 2021, 03:04:59 PM »
Was in Derry over the weekend.  First time in a while we drove home along the main road as we normally have to head to Tyrone first. Anyway,  it was on that road that we were listening to the interview. I never had paid much attention before. A nothing place in my life.  Never even heard of it hardly.  Coming into it I saw the Institute ground on the right hand side and as we drove the flags got bigger and more and more prevalent. 3 big f**k off flags per lamp post, NI flag, Butchers Apron and either a UVF or a Soldier F flag.  Hundreds of them. Everywhere.  Few miles up the road you have Dungiven.  Strong nationalist/republican area.  Thriving club and strong Irish ethos,  probably one of the areas that youíd expect some markings of the areas Ďidentityí, particularly at this time of the year with the 40 anniversary of the Hunger Strikers.  Not a single Tricolour, not a single one.  A few Dungiven black and whites along the way at houses but that was about it.  I think I saw maybe 2 posters for Kevin Lynch and that was it. 

The difference in what you can actually see is frightening.  Driving round the Articlaves, and the Limavadies etc and all you see is flag after flag after flag.  It used to be intimidating but as a confident, open nationalist/republican who is steeped in the GAA it doesnít work any more.  Whilst what OisŪn says is true that in the North there is not the same attraction for Protestants to join up,  there is less of a likelihood given what is happening within their own community and the fear mongering that comes from all sides of their Ďleadershipí.  Why compromise when compromising is a single pathway with no likely benefit?

Have your flags, have your marches, have your Ďcultureí, the Irish language, the Irish music, the Irish sporting identity, and the revived Irish identity will continue to grow.  Join our journey forward, or stay stuck in 1690 forever.

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:28:05 PM »
Im on the Novenas hoping for Woy

Fķck no to him, Sam or Moysey..

Nuno I could live with IF Carlo goes and that's not a given either.

Real haven't the nails to scratch their own arse.

David Ornstein who is generally on the money about a lot of stuff has it as a done deal. Nuno stepped down from Wolves expressing a desire to spend more time in Portugal with family as he found the pandemic harsh so donít know if he would be an option.

I see Graham Potters name floating around as well....might as well go for Harry Potter!

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:03:07 PM »
You have to give it to Everton, they really are a stepping stone for up and coming managers to move into bigger and better things, Koeman and young Carlo moving onto bigger clubs ultimately and Bobby Brown Shoes to Belgium....some education gained at Goodison.

Howe and The Moyesiah early candidates, with Big Sam sitting patiently, sipping his pint of turkey gravy, waiting for the inevitable December call!

GAA Discussion / Re: Oisin on talkback
« on: May 31, 2021, 08:09:59 PM »
Was listening to him on the road home earlier. The funny thing is even though Iíve known him all my life I learned something about him today I never knew and in hindsight it makes an awful lot of sense for some stuff that happened. Proud to call him my friend but questioning some of his taste in music ;D

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: May 25, 2021, 11:38:47 AM »

Progress....highest points tally ever for a team that finished in 10th....

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 25, 2021, 10:44:38 AM »
Ben Davies was a panic buy who will be sold for a profit, mark my words. Even if they only sell him for £5-6m. Celtic wanted him as did a few other clubs. Iím sure his wages are low enough too so no big deal there

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