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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:44:35 AM »
Aaron Connolly scored twice for Brighton last night.
Maybe the famine is over

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: September 23, 2021, 09:17:16 AM »
Jimmy Greaves

Goad scorer extraordinaire plus entertaining tv pundit.

It's a fanny aul game indeed!

Shortly after Saint

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 22, 2021, 11:50:18 AM »
Sligo had better players back then.
They've had reasonable under age teams last few years and with good management will work their way back up the rankings again.
I see they're putting a "development squad" or 18/19 years together which will hopefully make them competitive at a decent level again.
The qualifiers started off well but lapsed into the ancien regime as Kerry and Dublin mopped up
most of the Sams going
 Giving the hoors a second chance was the weakness.

Either money or lending players to the weaker counties or a combination will bridge the gap.
Nothing else will.

The GAA's natural conservatism means it stuggles to address the problems which beset the organisation.

Heyday Mic Christopher

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:40:16 AM »
Championships are always the preserve of a few.
If you want a social welfare competition.....
In the Sunday Tribune RIP in 1995 Ross Carr said that it would be 20 years before a team from Connacht got to the all Ireland final.
Mayo did it the following year.

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 21, 2021, 07:43:38 AM »

Straight knockout and provincials not linked to the All Ireland are a must. Look at Kerry’s route to the semi final vs Tyrones.

Would you not have loved if Armagh had a backdoor this year to get at least one more game to see how they are progressing?

The new SFC League system is interesting, and the intercounty players have given it the thumbs up.

Firstly a standalone provincial championship.

Then the new All Ireland SFC League.
Same four NFL divisions.
Each team would have an opportunity to win the Sam Maguire Cup but only the top five in Division 1, top three in Division 2 and Division 3 and 4 winners will advance to the knockout stages (top five in Division 1 and Division 2 winners would go straight into the quarter-finals, the other four facing off in preliminary quarter-finals for the remaining two places).

So you need to qualify for the last 10 by having a good league. Then it's straight knockout.

There are naysayers saying that it would be better to be in Division 4 than Division 1, and how can it be fair to have Leitrim win Division 4 and qualify and Galway come 6th in Division 1 and not qualify, when clearly Galway are better than Leitrim? But that's part of the beauty of the new system, to give an underdog/small county their chance. And Galway (or whoever comes 6th, 7th, 8th) will have had 7 games to try and get into the top 5. If they can't, then they deserve to be out.

Worth a try. (Although I'd prefer if it was 6-3-2-1 qualifier mix)

The new proposals turn the League into part of the all Ireland.
"Sher it's only the league" is part of Béaloideas na hÉireann

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 20, 2021, 03:17:20 PM »
Kerry are going through a strange phase. 1 all Ireland in the last decade.
In the previous decade they picked up.Sams against teams they would always beat viz Mayo and Cork but they couldn't beat Tyrone on the big day and they couldn't beat Dublin recently.

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 20, 2021, 02:35:20 PM »
This is up there with being one of the most pointless threads! Imagine looking to the next 10 Premiership winners or the Next 10 Champions League winners. Or doing the same with the Club championship within your county? Who cares?
It's a long way to the start of the league.

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 20, 2021, 02:30:01 PM »
Galway. Have never gone as long before without at least a final appearance.

That is very striking. Going back a century.

GAA Discussion / Re: The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 19, 2021, 07:46:08 PM »
The 90s had 7 different winners. The Dubs and Kerry won 1 each
In order for a repeat the Dubs would need a period of sustained mediocrity 
and Kerry would need to continue their current trend.

Mayo need to start producing forwards.
The big question is whether or not the natural cycle of winning can return.

Or will the Dubs return to suck the oxygen out of the sport ?

GAA Discussion / The next 10 all Irelands
« on: September 19, 2021, 01:02:54 PM »
Who do you think will win them?

Last 10 were

Donegal 1
Kerry 1
Tyrone 1
Dublin 7

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: September 19, 2021, 01:00:26 PM »
RIP Anto.


Is there a worse disease than MND?
Doddie Weir has it. One of the problems is that it doesn't attract much money for research compared to cancer or heart disease.

General discussion / Re: Northern Ireland The Centenary of OWC
« on: September 16, 2021, 05:35:25 PM »
Probably the only centenary.
Partition has been a disaster.

GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 15, 2021, 08:11:39 PM »
It'll be interesting to see next year can Tyrone finally do 2 years back-to-back. Even getting to the final in consecutive years would be a new horizon for them. Cavan and Down are the only 2 Ulster counties who've managed to retain Sam Maguire so it's now 60 years since an Ulster county has done so.

Good teams win Sam Maguire. Great teams retain Sam Maguire.

Tyrone would have a long way to go to be spoken off in the echelons of Ulster aristocracy.

Tyrone are one behind Cavan & Down in titles. They'll soon be overtaking them !

Cavan won their last Sam in the 50s and owe their success to the establishment of Norn Irn , the shock that followed and the lack of competition in Ulster. So Tyrone may pass them out.

Down are different. They didn't require any artificial political stimulants. They won't be stuck on 5. If Tyrone pass them out they will respond in due course.

Did Tyrone ever beat Dublin in an all Ireland final ? For  connoisseurs of the game, beating  Dublin would rate well above beating Armagh and Mayo.

GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 15, 2021, 01:51:18 PM »
That's a very honest article by McStay, have always thought he was one of the better pundits working in the media and he has walked the line so has seen the GAA from every side.

He makes particularly good points about how Mayo seem to produce an abundance of athletic running type footballers but very few final third finishers. Also raised an interesting statistic about how Mayo had 8 wides, a missed penalty and 2 balls dropped short in the final third of the match. That is a meltdown of bad decision making by anybodys standards.

I'm also glad that somebody from within Mayo football has finally had a go back at Brolly after he stuck the boot in again the morning after an AI final defeat. He needs to be challenged on those personal attacks but a lot are afraid to get drawn in and speak out about it.

Where was McStay's statement on the personal abuse brolly doled out to Cavanagh a few years ago? Not much use calling out that type of personal attack only when it hits close to home. He has had amble opportunities and a TV platform to call Brolly out previously but failed to do so.

Ah now ! A lot of people in fairness called out Brolly for his attack on Cavanagh, I think that was the start of his downfall in RTÉ .

Fact is, he has become a lot more insidious and nasty in relation to Mayo footballers in the recent past.
These are young men who are amateurs , not Premiership footballers where they have a fat salary to go with the abuse.

They are the easy target for losing a number of finals. Narcissists do that, pick on easy prey. You have to wonder if Brollys personal insults/attacks is to disguise the lack of success in his own career as a county footballer. His record doesn’t stand up to other pundits like Spillane, O’Rourke, Tomas O’Se, Cooper.

Whatever about Mayo’s failures to get over the line, they have come back year after year, regularly competing for AI’s. They are amateurs, giving their time and effort, and have given their supporters some great days. Some heartbreaking ones too. But I’d love for us to be competing annually in the latter stages like Mayo.
Getting to finals is great but losing them repeatedly is not


I find it's very difficult, even doing the
radio, in around the All-Ireland finals," the De La Salle man said.

"You do be saying, 'Jesus I would have loved to have gotten over the line just once'.

"It's a nice second or a nice third after winning a Munster Championship, but I would give up all five of them for one All-Ireland medal. It's the ultimate prize at the end of the day.

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