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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2021
« on: November 28, 2021, 11:57:33 PM »
UPDATE 28 NOVEMBER

Senior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF 1 Éire Óg Ennis (Clare) v Loughmore Castleiney (Tipperary) Clare venue
QF2 Newcastle West (Limerick) v The Nire (Waterford), Limerick venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

St. Finbarr’s (Cork) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Austin Stacks or Kerins O’Rahilly’s (Kerry) v QF2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Intermediate Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Drom and Inch (Tipperary) v Portlaw (Waterford), Tipperary venue
QF2 Corofin (Clare) v Kildimo Pallaskenry (Limerick), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

Beaufort or Na Gaeil (Kerry) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Kanturk or Newmarket (Cork) v QF 2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Junior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Mountcollins (Limerick) v Ballina (Tipperary), Limerick venue
QF2 Ballyvaughan (Clare) v Boherbue (Cork), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

QF1 winner v Mount Sion (Waterford), venue TBD

QF2 winner v Gneeveguilla (Kerry), venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Senior Hurling

Quarter Final, 27/28 Nov

QF Ballyea (Clare) 2-6 Ballygunner (Waterford) 3-20

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Kilmallock (Limerick) v Midleton (Cork), Limerick venue
Thurles Sarsfields or Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v Ballygunner (Waterford), venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Intermediate Hurling

Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Smith O’Brien’s (Clare) 0-11  Dunhill (Waterford) 0-13
QF2 Moyne-Templetuohy (Tipperary) 0-14 Kilmoyley (Kerry) 4-12

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Mungret St. Pauls (Limerick) v Courcey Rovers (Cork), venue TBD

Dunhill (Waterford) v Kilmoyley (Kerry), venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Junior Hurling

Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Tralee Parnells (Kerry) 0-8 Skeheenarinky (Tipperary) 1-22
QF2 Ogonelloe (Clare) 3-13 Brickey Rangers (Waterford) 2-13

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Skeheenarinky (Tipperary) v Ogonelloe (Clare), venue TBD
Ballygiblin (Cork) v Caherline (Limerick), venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2021
« on: November 22, 2021, 03:05:25 AM »
UPDATE 21 NOVEMBER

Senior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF 1 Éire Óg Ennis (Clare) v Loughmore Castleiney (Tipperary) Clare venue
QF2 Newcastle West (Limerick) v The Nire (Waterford), Limerick venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

Clonakilty or St. Finbarr’s (Cork) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Austin Stacks or Kerins O’Rahilly’s (Kerry) v QF2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Intermediate Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Drom and Inch (Tipperary) v Portlaw (Waterford), Tipperary venue
QF2 Corofin (Clare) v Kildimo Pallaskenry (Limerick), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

Beaufort or Na Gaeil (Kerry) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Kanturk or Newmarket (Cork) v QF 2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Junior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Mountcollins (Limerick) v Ballina (Tipperary), Limerick venue
QF2 Ballyvaughan (Clare) v Boherbue or Ballinhassig (Cork), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

QF1 winner v Mount Sion (Waterford), venue TBD

QF2 winner v Gneeveguilla (Kerry), venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Senior Hurling

Quarter Final, 27/28 Nov

QF Ballyea (Clare) v Ballygunner (Waterford), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Kilmallock (Limerick) v Midleton (Cork), Limerick venue
Thurles Sarsfields or Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v QF winner, venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Intermediate Hurling

Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Smith O’Brien’s (Clare) v Dunhill (Waterford), Clare venue
QF2 Moyne-Templetuohy (Tipperary) v Kilmoyley (Kerry), Tipperary venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Mungret St. Pauls (Limerick) v Castlelyons or Courcey Rovers (Cork), venue TBD

QF1 winner v QF2 winner, venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Junior Hurling

Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Tralee Parnells (Kerry) v Skeheenarinky (Tipperary), Kerry venue
QF2 Ogonelloe (Clare) v Brickey Rangers (Waterford), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

QF1 winner v QF 2 winner, venue TBD
Ballygiblin or Dromtarriffe (Cork) v Caherline (Limerick), venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

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GAA Discussion / Munster Club Championships 2021
« on: November 14, 2021, 06:53:17 PM »
Munster Club Championships 2021

Senior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF 1 Éire Óg Ennis (Clare) v Clonmel Commercials or Loughmore Castleiney (Tipperary) Clare venue
QF2 Newcastle West (Limerick) v The Nire or Rathgormack (Waterford), Limerick venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

Clonakilty or St. Finbarr’s (Cork) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Austin Stacks, Dr. Crokes or Kerins O’Rahilly’s (Kerry) v QF2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Intermediate Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Grangemockler-Ballyneale or Drom and Inch (Tipperary) v Portlaw (Waterford), Tipperary venue
QF2 Corofin (Clare) v Kildimo Pallaskenry (Limerick), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

Beaufort or Na Gaeil (Kerry) v QF1 winner, venue TBD
Kanturk or Newmarket (Cork) v QF 2 winner, venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Junior Football

Quarter Finals, 4/5 Dec

QF1 Mountcollins (Limerick) v Ballina or Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams (Tipperary), Limerick venue
QF2 Ballyvaughan (Clare) v Urhan, Aghinagh/Boherbue or Ballinhassig (Cork), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 18/19 Dec

QF1 winner v Mount Sion, Shamrocks or Geraldines (Waterford), venue TBD

QF2 winner v Gneeveguilla or Skellig Rangers (Kerry), venue TBD

Final 15/16 January 2022

Senior Hurling

Quarter Final, 27/28 Nov

QF Ballyea (Clare) v Ballygunner (Waterford), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Kilmallock (Limerick) v Midleton or Glen Rovers (Cork), Limerick venue
Thurles Sarsfields or Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary) v QF winner, venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Intermediate Hurling


Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Smith O’Brien’s (Clare) v Dunhill (Waterford), Clare venue
QF2 Moyne-Templetuohy (Tipperary) v Kilmoyley (Kerry), Tipperary venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

Mungret St. Pauls (Limerick) v Castlelyons, Courcey Rovers, or Ballinhassig (Cork), venue TBD

QF1 winner v QF2 winner, venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022

Junior Hurling

Quarter Finals, 27/28 Nov

QF1 Tralee Parnells (Kerry) v Skeheenarinky (Tipperary), Kerry venue
QF2 Ogonelloe (Clare) v Brickey Rangers (Waterford), Clare venue

Semi Finals, 11/12 Dec

QF1 winner v QF 2 winner, venue TBD
Ballygiblin or Dromtarriffe (Cork) v Caherline (Limerick), venue TBD

Final 8/9 January 2022



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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: November 14, 2021, 05:10:39 AM »

 Hi all,

Good news in that after 4 nights in hospital for my ileostomy reversal, I got home last Saturday evening (6 Nov).  Things went well overall, but this week has been rough enough with the expected incontinence issues.  There is a small improvement yesterday and today, which is enough to allow me to get some beneficial sleep.

The value of good sleep is about the most important thing I've learned over the last 2 years.  Things will improve week by week, hopefully, and I'll be in reasonable shape for 1 Dec and in good shape for 1 Jan.

Thanks for all the support...another couple of months and this will all be done and I'll settle into the "new normal" for my body.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: October 24, 2021, 07:25:53 AM »
On to the next phase with very little progress.

After the fourth treatment with the scaffold powder, the surgeon says that history tells him the space is probably not going to close fully as gravity seems to cause the powder to fall out quickly.  Since such spaces usually close within 12 months of the surgery anyway and we are now gone over 14 months, we are at the stage of "this is as good as its gonna get".

To best avoid future infection, it is proposed to staple the mouth of the space in the open position in a process called "marsupialisation".  This will make the space into a permanent dent or a pouch (hence the name) that will allow complete drainage of any fluids/solids that enter. 

The technical term is: "Endoscopic stapled marsupialisation" and Wikipedia says: Marsupialization is the surgical technique of cutting a slit into an abscess or cyst and suturing the edges of the slit to form a continuous surface from the exterior surface to the interior surface of the cyst or abscess. Sutured in this fashion, the site remains open and can drain freely. This technique is used to treat a cyst or abscess when a single draining would not be effective and complete removal of the surrounding structure would not be desirable.

Although I don't have any cysts or abscesses, you can see why this is preferred to just letting everything stay as is - the risk of infection when particles get trapped and fester is eliminated completely by leaving the space wide open to drain fully.

The stapling procedure will happen on Wednesday next, 13 October, on an outpatient basis.  To confirm there are no leaks at the back of the space, another water/dye contrast CT scan will be scheduled about two weeks after the procedure.  The surgeon may consider having that CT scan as the first item of hospital admission for the ileostomy reversal surgery, probably the last week of October.  Hospital stay could be up to a week.

Six weeks for the ileostomy wound to heal and about the same length of time for me to regain body functions will see me in great shape for Christmas.

Everything else is great, even the peripheral neuropathy is fading quickly, with only minor issues in the sole of my left foot.

As always, I greatly appreciate the support from everyone on here...I'm getting very close to the end of this journey and you have helped me immensely.

Hopefully next update will be giving the date for the ileostomy reversal.

HEALTH WARNING: DO NOT READ WHILE EATING

The stapled marsupialisation went off without a hitch on Wednesday with two titanium staples used to keep the space open.  The mouth of the space was also enlarged by "deroofing" the space.  I was quite sore for a few days but back to normal by Sunday or so.

Next up:  the long-awaited ileostomy reversal is set for 3 November.  I will have another leak test in the days before it to verify the only open space is the free-draining pouch. 

I'm told the normal hospital stay for ileostomy reversal is 4-6 days, so home 10 November is most likely.  Surgeon says he'll take action to avoid a hernia on that side by inserting a support mesh - the muscles have been idle for so long they need help for a while.  The opening in my side will not be stitched shut, instead it will heal itself from the inside.  So all they will do after the plumbing is reconnected properly, is just put gauze in the opening and bandages over that.  Daily gauze replacement plus new bandaging will be my task for the approx six weeks of recovery time, which takes me up to 15 December or so.

By the time the opening has fully healed, I expect to be at the new normal of bathroom/toilet function.  Getting myself potty-trained all over again will not be pleasant for me (and probably those in the house as well).  In fact, I expect it to be somewhat humiliating for a few weeks.  As I was always open about everything going on with me, I must declare that I do not look forward to the month or so of adult diapers in my immediate future.  I somehow doubt very much that sharing that experience will bring me the comforts previously gained by giving details on surgery, chemo, and so on. Hence the warning on top of this message - not exactly a breakfast reading/discussion topic.

The need for diapers is the fact that everything has shrunk and weakened.  The rectum is smaller and stiffer with much less capacity, while the muscles holding everything in are out of practice.  The expectation is that I'll have a lot of bowel movements once I get home - up to 15 or 18 a day initially.  Diet will play a big role in this and small, frequent meals are planned, with nothing after 6pm to see if I can get more than 3 hours of sleep at a time, even if wearing a diaper.

As the system strengthens up, with the rectum returning to a larger size, I hope to get down to 4 or 5 trips in the first hour of each morning, then nothing till the following morning.  It seems that as the rectum fills  and I empty it, it refills quickly as the body has to re-learn the art of sending everything in the colon down the chute at the same time.  Hence the 4 or 5 bowel movements in an hour, even after a few weeks.  Once empty, the colon will refill slowly and will be able to hold its contents for longer and longer - getting to almost 24 hours eventually.

I have been performing kegel exercises that are better known to women after childbirth, but I'm sure I will be under-prepared.  Strengthening the "pelvic floor" is such a strange concept - but I fully understand the incontinence that results from a weak one.  I'm also grateful that we decided to purchase a bungalow with two bathrooms - we will manage for the awkward first month or so and work the new habits into the routine after that.  Shower right beside the toilet might also be an unforeseen benefit to all in the house.

Anyway, I'm delighted to be nearing the end of my medical treatment journey with such a positive outcome.  I'll have scans and tests and so on for years to come, but this coming month will represent a huge milestone for me. 

Many sincere thanks again for all the support and I'll update again when I'm home - hopefully by mid-November.  After that, I can't wait to write the final chapter of my battle as I return to a normal life.






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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: October 11, 2021, 02:42:06 AM »
On to the next phase with very little progress.

After the fourth treatment with the scaffold powder, the surgeon says that history tells him the space is probably not going to close fully as gravity seems to cause the powder to fall out quickly.  Since such spaces usually close within 12 months of the surgery anyway and we are now gone over 14 months, we are at the stage of "this is as good as its gonna get".

To best avoid future infection, it is proposed to staple the mouth of the space in the open position in a process called "marsupialisation".  This will make the space into a permanent dent or a pouch (hence the name) that will allow complete drainage of any fluids/solids that enter. 

The technical term is: "Endoscopic stapled marsupialisation" and Wikipedia says: Marsupialization is the surgical technique of cutting a slit into an abscess or cyst and suturing the edges of the slit to form a continuous surface from the exterior surface to the interior surface of the cyst or abscess. Sutured in this fashion, the site remains open and can drain freely. This technique is used to treat a cyst or abscess when a single draining would not be effective and complete removal of the surrounding structure would not be desirable.

Although I don't have any cysts or abscesses, you can see why this is preferred to just letting everything stay as is - the risk of infection when particles get trapped and fester is eliminated completely by leaving the space wide open to drain fully.

The stapling procedure will happen on Wednesday next, 13 October, on an outpatient basis.  To confirm there are no leaks at the back of the space, another water/dye contrast CT scan will be scheduled about two weeks after the procedure.  The surgeon may consider having that CT scan as the first item of hospital admission for the ileostomy reversal surgery, probably the last week of October.  Hospital stay could be up to a week.

Six weeks for the ileostomy wound to heal and about the same length of time for me to regain body functions will see me in great shape for Christmas.

Everything else is great, even the peripheral neuropathy is fading quickly, with only minor issues in the sole of my left foot.

As always, I greatly appreciate the support from everyone on here...I'm getting very close to the end of this journey and you have helped me immensely.

Hopefully next update will be giving the date for the ileostomy reversal.



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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: September 25, 2021, 10:58:04 PM »
Kerry aren’t far away, scored 22 times in the semi and lost to Tyrone’s 17 scores.  Won the National League and Munster Championship this year.

Kerry played two "real" games this year...Dublin in the league and Tyrone in the championship, both at neutral venues.

Kerry conceded SEVEN goals in those two games.

Fix that without hurting the scoring efforts is the simple mandate for Jack and co.

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GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 13, 2021, 07:39:41 AM »
Congrats to Tyrone on a great win. 

The big thing I'll take from the semi-final and final is that Tyrone won't beat themselves. 

That's a great start when discussing a team.  Stay cool and do what you can...no need to try the impossible. 

Be calm - over the two games this was best shown by Peter Harte who always looked comfortable and in the right place at the right time.  Not sure if that can be coached.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: September 02, 2021, 07:40:11 AM »
Looks like I won’t make the All-Ireland Final either.

Leak test on 25 August showed the space at 1 cm deep, which is half of the 2 cm depth in June.  There are no leaks at the back wall of the space, which is good news, but it did not convert into a “dent” as the opening is only 0.5 cm.  If the opening was up to 3 or 4 cm, there would have been minimal possibility of bacteria getting trapped in it, but now that the opening is so small the risk of proceeding with the ileostomy surgery is deemed too great.

Before continuing, additional scans were included on the day of the leak test and I’m delighted to report no evidence of any cancer anywhere – all clear everywhere in a comprehensive set of chest, abdomen and pelvis scans.

All other matters are well under control – weight is steady and the peripheral neuropathy in now mild and continuing to fade.  Diet is good and exercise picking up again, very much weather dependent as I don’t walk in the rain or the heat.

So, what’s next?  Well, my medical journey is going into another exciting and educational phase.  After the well-controlled chemo and the rotating radiation equipment, the robotic surgery was eye-opening, to say the least.  Recovery from the surgery was slow with this space/hole very slow to heal.  Several drainage procedures failed or had minimal success before the interesting vacuum therapy got things started.  As the space got smaller, a silver-based collagen matrix (like a desiccant) got me to where I am now, where the space is now too small to pack with the matrix.

Now I enter the world of medical nanotechnology.  Specifically: “nano-structured polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine”.      Yes…scaffolds!!!

First off, in our real-size world, imagine we are using regular size scaffolding that is made of something biodegradable but is coated with things that stimulate growth…and it is being used to bring walls of ivy together from both sides as well as above and below to try and form one solid ivy mass.  You can see how it would succeed – now reduce that in size so the scaffolding appears as a powder to the naked eye.  Then just place the powder in the space/wound.  It may well replace skin grafts as a treatment, per the final paragraph below.  Hopefully, it works on internal wounds as well, which is my case.

For a little further information, I’ll quote from a journal rather than risking an incorrect summary.  These paragraphs are not consecutive, but overall, I think you'll get the picture:

“The structural features of tissue engineering scaffolds affect cell response and must be engineered to support cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. The scaffold acts as an interim synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM) that cells interact prior to forming new tissue.”

“The focus is on nano-fibrous scaffolds and the incorporation of other components including other nanofeatures into the scaffold structure. Since the ECM is comprised in large part of collagen fibers, between 50–500 nm in diameter, well-designed nano-fibrous scaffolds mimic this structure.
A novel thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) is a process in which a solution of biodegradable polymer is cast into a porous scaffold, resulting in a nano-fibrous pore-wall structure. These nano-scale fibers have a diameter (50–500 nm) comparable to those collagen fibers found in the ECM. This process can then be combined with a porogen leaching technique to engineer an interconnected pore structure that promotes cell migration and tissue ingrowth in three dimensions.”

“Allograft tissue is another option, but has its own inherent risk for complications, including its limited supply, as well as the possibility of disease transmission and tissue rejection. The growth of replacement tissue using tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is one method of using technology to create an effective replacement for these types of graft tissue.” 

 
I’ll have this treatment next week and will report back shortly thereafter with expected duration and any other details that might be interesting, including hopefully a firmer date for the ileostomy reversal surgery.

As always, thanks for the support – it does make a difference.

My treatments have certainly been varied and educational.  I thought the robotic surgery was hugely impressive, but this nanotechnology scaffolding…all I can say is WOW.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 04:09:06 AM »
Is there many Kerry posters left on here? Ball Hopper and??? Kerry Mike and Mike Sheehy long gone.

I'd say I'm on my own here, but don't post as often these days.  I have, however, seen nearly all the games this year and am looking forward to a great semi-final.  I'd say Kerry are looking to win in an old-fashioned shoot-out.  It might resemble the 1980 semi-final, 4-15 to 4-10, only 5 points of a win - but there was ever only going to be one winner.

Gavin Whyte and Conor McKenna could battle each other in some serious speed-work up and down one wing.


Cathal McShane, if near full fitness, could take Matt Connor's Offaly role from 1980.

How will Tyrone handle Paudie Clifford?  David Clifford has taken quite the fall from Best on Planet to Second in Your Own House, but will still cause problems.  Sean O'Shea will convert every free plus another few from play...but I think Paul Geaney scoring goals is the key.   Stopping the other three from feeding him is the challenge.  The Kerry forwards are very adept at close passing in very congested quarters before someone finally has room to swing a leg at it and it goes over the bar - Killian Spillane gets his few points this way in each game.

The Kerry corner backs, O'Beaglaoich and Tom O'Sullivan are well able to take scores, so allowing them to wander upfield (even if chasing their man) could prove interesting on the scoreboard.

But the real difference could well be Tommy Walsh and the mark in the final 20 minutes.  He could easily pick up 5 or 6 points without breaking a sweat if the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor and other subs like Adrian Spillane can steer reasonably flighted balls toward Tommy.

Kerry backs won't dominate and will do well if they get a "reasonable" ranking - that should mean enough ball for the Kerry forwards to do their thing.

Could Kerry do the unthinkable...and use a scubadoir, expecting 4 or 5 forwards to score enough at the other end?  Uncle Pat would have some fun talking about that.

The other noticeable thing about the Kerry players is their individual strength this year - rarely is anyone knocked off the ball and all are well able to take and give a shoulder.

Areas of concern - kick out strategy never tested; can David Moran last 50-55 mins; subs in the backs very similar to starters and probably won't improve the overall defending by much - Foley/Morley, O'Beaglaoich/Paul Murphy, Breen/Sherwood are some examples.  Keeper never really tested under high balls.

I'm looking forward to a run and gun trackmeet, where whatever set of backs is less porous than the other will win.

But there will be great scoring and I'm really looking forward to the Whyte/McKenna speed challenges, especially when they get to the fourth and fifth sprint of each half.

I'll stick with the goodguys, 4-15 to 4-10.

First off, sincere congratulations to the Tyrone team - what a magnificent display and worthy winners in what was a very good game to watch.

I've put a few bits in bold above that are very close to highlighting why Tyrone won or why Kerry did not.  Mind you, I've only watched the game once, and that with my green and gold tinted glasses, so I might be off a little in some instances - feel happy to correct me if needed.

One - Gavin White left Conor for dead in their first sprint...and Conor wisely wanted no more of that and kept his energy for more fruitful instances.  Gavin continued to demonstrate his speed...but he never really got anywhere, did he?

Two - Paul Geaney to get goals...well that didn't age too well, but in the name of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the wee donkey - how did he manage to not score when nothing but space between him and the net?  Passing the ball to a man in the square (foul one) who actually played it on the ground (foul 2).  Its rare to commit 2 fouls in one play with no opponent within yards.  O'Brien looked like he wanted a diving header, which at least would have changed foul number 2.   If Paul got that goal, I think Kerry would have won.

Three - Tommy Walsh to kick handy points from marks...he had a fairly easy chance to level it at the very end, but he looked tired and worn out in his effort.  It was a poor effort, but at least he put his hand up and took the shot.  Everyone else was hiding.  That's where the real men stand up.  Fair play to him.

Four - Can Kerry backs get a "reasonable" ranking?  I'd say they failed the test.  They were certainly the poorer set of defenders, but they didn't need to be great - reasonable would have been enough.  This unit failed miserably on the third goal...it was a midfielder contesting (loose use of the term) in a not very different play that won the game for Cork last year.

Five - scubadoir.  Maybe not needed, but a defender facing the ball at least for that third goal.

Six - area of concern...keeper should have contested ball for third goal maybe?  By way of comparison, Morgan had one high ball come in to him and he got there in plenty time and took out David Clifford in the process...that's how it's done.  David Moran was brilliant and the only call the Kerry management got right was calling him ashore when he was done.  And the Kerry subs did not contribute at all...too much like for like...backs not as physical as their direct opponents and Killian Spillane did not score, but he made a hero out of Peter Harte with a blockdown that Spillane should have punched over.  To make matters worse, the knock Harte took required medical attention that ate up time on black card number 2.  And keeper never tested under high ball until the ball came in for the third goal - even if it was a shot for a point, Shane Ryan should still have been dictating Kerry's response, if not taking charge himself and racing out to punch the ball away from a forward who was standing still.

Seven - and the scoreline at the end.  Tyrone had three goal chances, and took all three.  Nothing was forced, take your gifted opportunity and carry on.  Kerry were aware of their failings up to 2021 in the goal-scoring department and tried to fix it in one go.  But goals were never on - Tyrone backs never allowed enough space for a controlled shot and there were no wide spaces on the field for Kerry players to run into.  It's hard to imagine it was the same size field that Cork full back and half back lines gave up so much space in the hurling six days prior.  Tyrone's 3-14 wasn't too far off the 4-10 I was giving them, even if a good portion was from Kerry turnovers and flat-out poor play.  Kerry needed goals, created only once chance and should have opted for points on up to five other occasions, so I'll be generous to them and say at least 1-2 was left behind. 

So there you have it...the Kerry goalscorer I predicted didn't show up overall and missed a sitter.  Tyrone were very good - their play was so even throughout the field, with everybody playing hard and focused - but never out of control.   I suppose the "controlled aggression" of the noughties is back and is definitely a key in winning games.  Thought the black cards were harsh enough and the game was played in the proper spirit. 

David Clifford continues to be worth the price of admission alone - such a beautiful kicker - and Sean O'Shea was well marshalled with only one point from play.  David Moran and Paul Murphy also excelled, although I must wonder about Murphy's contribution to the number 6 position.  Thought Tyrone could have exploited him and Kerry with more direct runs up the wings and transferring the ball to the middle for the last 40 yards, rather than trying to come up the middle from a midfield launching pad.

Bottom line is Tyrone played exceptionally well and deserved their win.  Kerry could have snuck it, but it would not have been a fair reflection on the performance.

Hope all the Tyrone posters celebrate well and safely and I hope to make the next battle.

By the way, we can expect David Clifford to be posting in the Daddies thread soon, as he and his partner welcomed a baby boy to the Kingdom some time after the game.  Corner forward on the minor team of 2038 nailed on already - no expectations at all, lad.  I'm sure you all will join me in wishing hearty congrats from us all to him, Mum and baby.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 19, 2021, 06:03:13 AM »
Is there many Kerry posters left on here? Ball Hopper and??? Kerry Mike and Mike Sheehy long gone.

I'd say I'm on my own here, but don't post as often these days.  I have, however, seen nearly all the games this year and am looking forward to a great semi-final.  I'd say Kerry are looking to win in an old-fashioned shoot-out.  It might resemble the 1980 semi-final, 4-15 to 4-10, only 5 points of a win - but there was ever only going to be one winner.

Gavin Whyte and Conor McKenna could battle each other in some serious speed-work up and down one wing.

Cathal McShane, if near full fitness, could take Matt Connor's Offaly role from 1980.

How will Tyrone handle Paudie Clifford?  David Clifford has taken quite the fall from Best on Planet to Second in Your Own House, but will still cause problems.  Sean O'Shea will convert every free plus another few from play...but I think Paul Geaney scoring goals is the key.   Stopping the other three from feeding him is the challenge.  The Kerry forwards are very adept at close passing in very congested quarters before someone finally has room to swing a leg at it and it goes over the bar - Killian Spillane gets his few points this way in each game.

The Kerry corner backs, O'Beaglaoich and Tom O'Sullivan are well able to take scores, so allowing them to wander upfield (even if chasing their man) could prove interesting on the scoreboard.

But the real difference could well be Tommy Walsh and the mark in the final 20 minutes.  He could easily pick up 5 or 6 points without breaking a sweat if the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor and other subs like Adrian Spillane can steer reasonably flighted balls toward Tommy.

Kerry backs won't dominate and will do well if they get a "reasonable" ranking - that should mean enough ball for the Kerry forwards to do their thing.

Could Kerry do the unthinkable...and use a scubadoir, expecting 4 or 5 forwards to score enough at the other end?  Uncle Pat would have some fun talking about that.

The other noticeable thing about the Kerry players is their individual strength this year - rarely is anyone knocked off the ball and all are well able to take and give a shoulder.

Areas of concern - kick out strategy never tested; can David Moran last 50-55 mins; subs in the backs very similar to starters and probably won't improve the overall defending by much - Foley/Morley, O'Beaglaoich/Paul Murphy, Breen/Sherwood are some examples.  Keeper never really tested under high balls.

I'm looking forward to a run and gun trackmeet, where whatever set of backs is less porous than the other will win.

But there will be great scoring and I'm really looking forward to the Whyte/McKenna speed challenges, especially when they get to the fourth and fifth sprint of each half.

I'll stick with the goodguys, 4-15 to 4-10.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:15:34 PM »

Cork seem to have sorted out their underage teams at least.

Indeed...a pair of one-point wins over the arch enemy should do wonders for those squads.  Stopped the 9 in a row Munster Minor titles bid for Kerry tonight.

Cork have a fair few dual guys in both minor and U20 panels...always interesting to see how many opt for the hurling only, as that is considered far superior by all in Cork, especially the County Board.


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General discussion / Re: Medical Status of Boardmembers
« on: July 30, 2021, 10:08:47 PM »
Well folks, the news is not as good as I'd hoped. 

The pressure of the leak test was enough that a small track was noticed at the site of the previous space.  This little space measured 2 cm, versus the 5.5 cm original gap.

It seems the vacuum therapy did not close the space from the inside to the surface, but got a covering over what was left of the opening.  This covering was easily punctured during the leak/pressure test.

Consolation is taken in the much smaller space that remains.  Most of the progress was due to the vacuum therapy, but that is no longer suitable as the sponge can't really fit in the space and it is not so effective if only at the "mouth", so to speak.

So the plan to finally close it off involves placing a treated gauze over the space.  It will work like a desiccant and dry out the area which will encourage everything to come together in a more solid way, along with salts and whatever else to encourage healing.  I guess the natural wetness doesn't allow a more solid scab-like cover to form.

The gauze will be replaced every week in the surgeon's clinic and photographs will be used via flexible sigmoidoscopy to monitor progress as well.  There will be no anesthesia for any part of this procedure, with all tools and equipment inserted via the closest opening. 

Starting next week, the surgeon expects about 4 or 5 visits will be enough to close the space fully.  Another leak test will be held at that stage.

It is good that nobody is rushing the reversal surgery until I'm 100% healed internally and ready.  I'd much prefer that than going ahead now and running the risk of serious infections down the road. 

Oddly enough, I didn't feel any great disappointment in failing this leak test - I just took it as another small step to take on my journey back to full health.

Diet and exercise are doing great, all blood tests are normal and the peripheral neuropathy is fading, even if very slowly. With the warmer weather, I can actually walk barefoot on normal surfaces without any great sense of cold, although the sole of my left foot feels like there is an insole attached to half of it.  I'm not sick in any way, just waiting for a wound to heal fully. 

The month of weekly gauze placement will be up in no time at all and I'm pleased that the finish line is almost in sight, but even more pleased that I'll be back to 100% in no time really.  Thanks again for all the support - it really does mean a lot to me.  I'll update again in about a month, say mid to end of July.

So I'm looking at end of July for the next leak test and if all goes according to plan, maybe I'll have the ileostomy reversal surgery on 5 August, exactly a year after the major surgery of 2020. 


I should be in great shape for the All-Ireland final.

Looks like I'm doubtful for the All-Ireland final.  Healing is slow, but at least moving in the right direction. 

The gauze/packing material seems to have helped, or else I'm healing a little bit anyway. 

Next appointment on 9 Aug will be with full endoscopy and live on the screen in front of me. 

We will probably schedule the next leak test for that week or the next - by 20 Aug for sure.  The surgeon thinks the "hole" will not be so deep next time and will be more of a "dent".  Such a dent means nothing will be trapped that might cause infection later, so ileostomy surgery can be scheduled if that be the case, probably early September. 

The one possible issue that could cause the reversal surgery to be postponed is the presence of any small wisps or tracks at the back /inside part of the "hole".  Such tracks could trap any small particles that would result in infection.  We will cross that particular hurdle and the associated treatment/schedule when we get to that point.

So that's where I'm at for now.  All depends on leak test, as usual.  Doing well in every other aspect...weight about right for surgery (knowing a few pounds will be lost over the surgery and first few weeks thereafter).  Recent blood draw showed everything normal, except for glucose being a little high. 

Pleased enough to be making progress, although missing the one-year time frame for the reversal surgery dropped my attitude for about 10 minutes. 

Must make sure I'm not in hospital for the All-Ireland final and the replay.

As always, thanks for the great support - I think I can nearly see the finish line now (bit of a disclaimer there). 

Will update again in late August.




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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 30, 2021, 09:27:09 PM »
Munster U-20 Football 2021

Quarter-finals:


8 July:  Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10
8 July:  Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9

Semi-finals:

15 July:  Cork 3-12 Kerry 3-11
15 July:  Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-9

Final:

22 July: Cork 3-20 Tipperary 3-10



Munster Minor Football 2021

Quarter-finals:


21 July:  Limerick 2-9 Tipperary 1-9
21 July:  Cork 5-28 Waterford 0-3

Semi-finals:

30 July:  Limerick  3-11 Clare 0-12
30 July:  Cork 1-15 Kerry 1-14

Final:

11 August:  Cork v Limerick at Neutral Venue 7:30pm

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GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Football Championships 2021
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:33:54 PM »
Munster U-20 Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

8 July:  Tipperary 0-16 Limerick 1-10
8 July:  Waterford 4-5 Clare 1-9

Semi-finals:

15 July:  Cork 3-12 Kerry 3-11
15 July:  Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-9

Final:

22 July: Tipperary v Cork in Thurles 7:30pm



Munster Minor Football 2021

Quarter-finals:

21 July:  Limerick 2-9 Tipperary 1-9
21 July:  Cork 5-28 Waterford 0-3

Semi-finals:

30 July:  Clare v Limerick  in Ennis 7:30pm
30 July:  Cork v Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh 7:30pm

Final:

11 August

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