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Stay safe everyone - 3 Like(s)

Replying To waynoI:  "Meath is in some state this morning, nothing to do with ophelia though, it's just a kip !!!"
Only since you lads started moving in wayno
Royal.Legend , 17/10/2017 at 17:37


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 3 Like(s)

Replying To arock:  "The article is articulate, sensible full of interesting ideas, but of course doomed to failure. The Provincial championships need to be consigned to history they are in the way of creating meaningful modern competition - the Railway cups were sacred but were are they now and so on. You cannot have an attractive vibrant sport if its played in intensive wedges between long gaps of inactivity you simply cannot. This is not good for club or county or developing a premier sporting tournament. A master fixtures plan!! now there is a novel idea where did I hear this before? Players are fed up of sitting around for 5/6 weeks with endless training and no games. Now we have the provincials, the super eights and just sod it, couldn't care less really football can eat itself."
That about sums up the Gooch perfectly for me, and a good laugh too. blaming other fellas for suggesting the idea to him also and the charity angle, I think I'd have preferred if he just said I'm taking all the money whatever anyone thinks instead of this way of sneaking around it.
Tirchonaill1 , 17/10/2017 at 22:19


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 2 Like(s)
It was hilarious. Not all true but not all far from true either.
Donegalman , 18/10/2017 at 12:02


Westmeath v Laois Leinster final 1995. Three game epic - 2 Like(s)
Yeah they were epic. The first game was in Croke Park. I remember sitting beside Brian Mullins.The other two went to extra time I think ? Certainly the first replay.
Luke Dempsey was a great underage manager for Westmeath. 1 Leinster minor , 1 All Ireland Minor, then 2 Leinster U21 and 1 All Ireland under 21 with mostly different players. He built the team that won the Leinster under the great late Paidi O'Se.
Jack_Sparrow , 18/10/2017 at 08:30


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "That about sums up the Gooch perfectly for me, and a good laugh too. blaming other fellas for suggesting the idea to him also and the charity angle, I think I'd have preferred if he just said I'm taking all the money whatever anyone thinks instead of this way of sneaking around it."
For years Brolly has been on a one man mission to try and taint and undermine Cooper's playing career and record. It's very bizarre and quiet pitiful to see a grown and obviously intelligent man use his prominent newspaper column for such petty ends.

That such manure as Sunday's piece gets past the editors is a damning indictment of the quality of our newspaper industry. When you think of all the young, talented and qualified journalists out there that can't make any career in that industry these days, forced to work freelance for a pittance or set up blogs in the vain hope of making a profile for themselves, what must they think when they see fella's like this on huge money to write such muck. It must make them sick.

But no doubt Brolly has plenty of admires on here and elsewhere, hence why as long as he has a brawing crowd, the circus that is his punditry will run on and on.

People should read Mike Quirke's piece in yesterday's Examiner an articulate and well thought out response to the Derry man
TheHermit , 18/10/2017 at 09:53


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 1 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "I wouldn't take it so seriously mate, it was an inventive piece of satire and actually quite funny. Im sure Gooch himself had a good laugh at it.

Be good fun if he did a few other players."
Well I'm sorry username but plenty will take it seriously and they should, it was disdainful muck. And do you honestly think he will do something similar to others, will he be so 'witty' talking about Phil McMahon's new book for example?

The Derry man has a serious stick up his a** about Gooch and his career, jealously is a terrible thing
TheHermit , 18/10/2017 at 10:44


New league Proposal - 1 Like(s)

Replying To B.Bap:  "Divisional leagues are a cod. Ask club players if they want to play meaningless games form May to August.
What clubs are refusing to play league games without county players? Let them be named and shamed. I'll start with one club, and there's no more than a handful of others: Ardara.
Should we reward them by cancelling meaningful club football for everyone for 3-4 months.
If the clubs of the county allow themselves to be held to ransom by the usual suspects, then shame on them."
As a former club player myself not living in the county when I played I would really of appreciated a fixture list drawn up that was going to be followed. I lost count of the amount of times I had travelled back to Donegal to play a league game only for it to be called off the day before and then having to travel home after the championship was over to play pointless league games in wintery conditions. You say name the clubs.....For me it's easier to name the club (with county players) that tried their best to fulfil a fixture and that was St Eunans. They were always willing to play but maybe that's because they didn't have to worry abouth the risk of relegation but that didn't stop other teams that were at the top end of the league from refusing to play. The county board have given in to these clubs too easily in the past and also made the fixtures up as the go along at times. I think all clubs players will be happy if a fixture list was done up at the beginning of the year so that plans can be made around their own fixtures. Clubs will have to also get used to playing certain league games without their county players because at the end of the day the league isn't that important in the grand scheme of things. In saying that increasing the number of teams in the league might make it easier for clubs to fulfill the scheduled games as there will be a smaller chance of relegation etc. but who rememebers or really cares who wins the league and getting relegated in the league doesn't effect your championship status anyways.
Mobot , 18/10/2017 at 13:08


New Donegal Manager - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Lockjaw:  "I'm not suggesting by the way that a 3 man FF line is the answer to our prayers. Just that something new along those lines will be needed. Our way of playing for the last few years has remained the same and therefore results have stayed the same. I know we have a traditional running style and all that, and it has served us well in the past. But I've argued here before about this. I simply do not subscribe to the idea that we do not have players in the county capable of delivering long, accurate foot passes. The key is developing a system and coaching the players in such a way to facilitate an alternative approach to the running game. Against Dublin in 2014, particularly near the end of the first half we launched a few long high balls into Murphy and McFadden and it caused havoc."
If Bonner is open to change then hopefully we'll see some development in our way of playing during the McKenna Cup and League. It may result in some poor results but we need to use these games to develop a few new game plans. Divison 1 next year is going to be tough no matter how we approach it but wouldn't it be great to see us kick the ball more often? Our problem at the moment is that apart from Murphy and Odhran (assuming he's back) I don't think many other players in the Donegal panel first thought is to look up and kick pass a ball. It's either solo or look for an easy hand pass and 5 hand passes later we're back at the start. I agree with you Lockjaw, it's not a lack of ability to kick pass a ball it's just the thought process that's wrong. This is the mindset that needs to be changed. As soon as player gets a ball in a bit of space they have to get their head up and to think about going for a kick pass, then if it's not on we can try to run it.
Mobot , 18/10/2017 at 13:28


New Managers - 1 Like(s)
Kit is a Top Manager - Where is Reel these days?
MR , 18/10/2017 at 13:44


New Meath app - 1 Like(s)

Replying To BarneysTie:  "The problem is, I'm told the wifi signal in PT isn't great at the best of times even when the press box is empty or there are only a few people there. So if you have a busy press box with 10 or 15 lads on wifi (far more on county final day) then I don't see how it will be able to support a streaming service if there are concerns about signal strength last Sunday. As was mentioned above, people won't pay for a service that doesn't work 100% of the time."
We have received a couple of bits of feedback from people about the app - thank you to those who have got in touch. Please do keep it coming.
In response to the feedback, I hope you have all received the notifications when new fixtures have been released which we are keeping up to date as possible. I hope these updates have been useful.
We are also going to make it clearer on the process to watch games.

In terms of the connection, we are working on a solution to ensure a better connection in PT with a closed-off network. It worked fine from the stand for the IHC replay but from the other side of the field it didn't. We (Sportego) are not experts in networks etc. so I hope there would be some understanding that there will be teething problems.
We realise last weekend wasn't good enough and we offered a full refund to anyone who paid for the games, and issued many as a result.

In terms of how we can make the app better - most of our time is taken up with organisation of the app/production on matchday and we don't have the time to write match reports / preview etc. Would people be willing to help out in this regard? The more content available on the app the better it will be for all.
Sportego , 18/10/2017 at 14:33


Junior Football Championship - 1 Like(s)
Well done to Multy. Back in the 90s and 00s they were seen as one of the lowest teams in the Junior championship. They have to be commended for what they've done over the last few years. Probably should have gone up a few years ago only for some bad luck in finals. They will definitely stay up intermediate and the best of luck to them. Other Junior clubs in Westmeath could learn a lot from their example.
footballingman , 18/10/2017 at 14:59


Club boundaries/catchment area - 1 Like(s)

Replying To JXV:  "I'm currently making a Google map mapping out each club's boundaries/catchment area just out of curiosity, been looking on the internet for one before but couldn't find any. Any accurate enough info about where any clubs traditionally draw players from? I've a few done so far but some input needed for Holly-Carra/Garrymore in particular as they dont seem to follow Church or Civil parish boundaries? Any info appreciated, cheers."
I know of roads in south Mayo that have Holly/Carra one house, Garrymore the next....its a jungle best avoided. Players tend to play for who their dad played played for, even though they may live in the oppositions area.
yew_tree , 18/10/2017 at 15:22


Testimonials for individuals - in the GAA? - 1 Like(s)
Lovely picture on hoganstand of the killeavy under ten manager and senior footballer Raymond Teggart being mobbed by his young players after winning the Armagh Intermediate title. Absolute class.
salvador , 17/10/2017 at 18:23


League predictions - 1 Like(s)
It can only be guesswork at this stage. It's difficult to know how much experimentation we will see from the top teams, but I'll have a guess anyway.

Di Tyrone v Kerry or Dublin
Kildare and Mayo in danger of relegation (Mayo have to give their star players a break over the league)

D2 Roscommon v Tipperary or Cork
Down and Meath in danger here

D3 Fermanagh v Armagh
Offally and Wexford to go down

D4 Carlow v Limerick
neverright , 17/10/2017 at 19:49


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 1 Like(s)
Wow from yesterday's Sindo, Brolly sends up Gooch:

Kerry has long been the main supplier of dull GAA autobiographies, and this one is no exception. There are a lot of stories I could tell but yerra, it might not go down too well with my sponsors. As Michael Healy-Rae said to me when he was asking if he could get a complimentary copy, "sure Gooch, you can keep the stories for the second volume."
To be honest, writing it was nearly as easy as playing against bad Mayo and Cork teams in Croke Park. Some lad whose name escapes me came up from Dublin and took a few notes as I was going about my day's work, taking calls from sponsors and my agent. I liked him all right, as he remembered the day I scored 1-4 against Mayo and said he'd never seen the like of it.
Yerra, that team I played on was the greatest ever team against Mayo and Cork. In 2002 and 2003, none of the lads could believe it when Armagh and Tyrone had the cheek to tackle Gooch in Croke Park. Páidí said in the dressing room at half-time he had never seen the like of it, and it wouldn't have happened in his day. The next year all that was forgotten when we played Mayo and no one marked Gooch at all. All the lads wrote their autobiographies after that one.

Yerra, there were some great stories all right. Galvo rang me on the day of one of those finals against Mayo and said, "It's time to get up Gooch." "What time is it Galvo?" "It's ten past three Gooch," he said and he pissing himself. I jumped in a car, and in the dash from the hotel put the gear on in the car, sponsored by Kerry Group, who I greatly admire. It was perfect timing as I was able to write it all down in my diary on the way in to the park. I walked out on the field and as soon as I saw who was at left corner back all the nerves left me. Thank f*** it isn't one of those Tyrone lads, I said to myself. Me and Star were winking at each other and trying not to laugh. That day I cemented my reputation as the greatest player of all time against bad teams.
On the Monday, we were below in a pub in Killarney and the bold Darragh told us a hilarious one. Didn't Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford walk in on the Saturday and interrupt the Bomber in the middle of a song. The Bomber didn't have one clue who they were. Well, Darragh came back from the toilet to see Bomber with the two boyos in a stranglehold, one under each arm, and they roaring for help. Jaysus, it was pure Bomber. We had a great laugh. I made a note of the whole thing in the diary I keep for the second volume of the memoirs.

Michael Healy-Rae has taken me under his wing and is going to show me how to make serious money, though I am hoping I don't have to go to as many funerals as he does. He says never mind that fella Brolly, he's only a begrudger.
Michael is unbelievable! He has a sponsored car and he doesn't even play for Kerry. He was on Living With Lucy last week and although some begrudgers said it was the most embarrassing thing they ever saw, Michael had the last laugh when he trousered six grand for it.

My role model would be Pele. He wasn't a bad player, but as Michael said to me, "Yerra, he never scored 1-5 against Cork in Croke Park". I know he became a laughing stock in Brazil and around the world because they said he would crawl over crushed glass for a pound, but by God he stuck to his principles. He has done ads for Subway, Pepsi, Colostomy Bags, MMA, and even Viagra. I watched the Viagra ad and he says, "I don't need Viagra, but I would use it if I ever did." Hilarious. He also brought out an album called 'The King', something which is on my list of things to do.
When I went on The Late Late Show it was great publicity altogether. I know Tubs wrote once that Terry Wogan was the greatest living Irishman but that was before I scored 1-5 against the small Mayo lad whose name escapes me.
TheUsername , 17/10/2017 at 20:41


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 1 Like(s)
My role model would be Pele. He wasn't a bad player, but as Michael said to me, "Yerra, he never scored 1-5 against Cork in Croke Park". I know he became a laughing stock in Brazil and around the world because they said he would crawl over crushed glass for a pound, but by God he stuck to his principles. He has done ads for Subway, Pepsi, Colostomy Bags, MMA, and even Viagra. I watched the Viagra ad and he says, "I don't need Viagra, but I would use it if I ever did." Hilarious. He also brought out an album called 'The King', something which is on my list of things to do.
When I went on The Late Late Show it was great publicity altogether. I know Tubs wrote once that Terry Wogan was the greatest living Irishman but that was before I scored 1-5 against the small Mayo lad whose name escapes me.

In fairness, Tubs is one of my favourite GAA people. When I said that that fella Brolly (who I think might have played football for somebody or other, and whose first name escapes me) had apologised to me about his outrageous remarks on my testimonial (sponsored by AIB, Zurich International, Brut for men, O2, Colostomy Bags (Ireland) Ltd, Cadburys and 15 others), it was a classic bit of cute hoorism. My favourite line was, "so he's obviously changed his tune". Between ourselves he didn't apologise to me at all for what he had said, but sure it was only a wee Kerry white one and the sponsors of Gooch loved it.


Announcing for the first time that a bit of the proceeds were going to Kerry and Dr Crokes was another cute move and the audience, who cheered everything I said, gave that a great clap altogether.

I rang Michael afterwards and we were pissing ourselves. I was sitting in the Green Room at the time, explaining to Tubs that it was three points for a goal, not five, and Healy-Rae in my other ear asking me if I'd open his new post office.

As I said to Tubs in the Green Room before I left in my car, courtesy of Killarney Audi, the choice of the driving connoisseur, these lads taking underage teams and lining pitches and ferrying car-loads to matches and all the rest is all very well, but it's not putting bums on seats in Croke Park.

Anyhow, with the first testimonial almost upon me (and a nice tax-free €200,000), my sponsors and I are already looking forward to the second one. The testimonial that is, not the memoirs, hahahahahahaha.
TheUsername , 17/10/2017 at 20:45


Club Championship 2017 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Tarismelting22:  "junior final was very poor kilglass wont be doing anything in Connacht. Intermiedate was a good closely contestant contest. Best for glaveys was hussy heneghan Fitzmaurice and glennon (minus frees) for fuerty the two bannons, lyons and Kilroy stood out.

I think glaveys are now better equipped for senior football a very young team has gained a lot of experience."
I'd have to disagree. I think glaveys will really struggle to stay in the senior championship. They have no backs at all none of their backs looked able to defend. Very poor defensively. Fuerty lack of composure in front of goals cost them badly.
Jonnycee , 17/10/2017 at 21:46


Off season training - 1 Like(s)
HOWDY BOYS!
For the last 2 weeks we are off for the rest of the season.
Anybody doing a bit of training while on preseason (other then the pub )
If so what should I be at hit the gym / 5k runs
I doubt I'm the only junior doing a bit of training on the off season
Cheers
Canky Lunt
Cankylunt (Dublin) - Posts:23 - 17/10/2017 21:43:41
Anything specific you want to improve on in the off season?
Hows the body feeling? You can have a long enough season so why not taKe more time off with no training?
What do you want to improve the most? what would you want to be doing in the gym/do you need more work on general fitness so longer runs or do you need work on speed if so you need to be doing shorter more intensive sets
ormondbannerman , 17/10/2017 at 21:57


Off season training - 1 Like(s)
go off and so something that is completely different to GAA eg a non field, non team sport
then you won't be over training the same muscle groups all the time and getting overuse injuries from the same movement patterns
your body needs time to recover

handball
boxing
martial arts
basketball
swimming

you can also do some gym work.
manfromdelmonte , 17/10/2017 at 22:08


Joe Brolly in the Independent today - 1 Like(s)
The article is articulate, sensible full of interesting ideas, but of course doomed to failure. The Provincial championships need to be consigned to history they are in the way of creating meaningful modern competition - the Railway cups were sacred but were are they now and so on. You cannot have an attractive vibrant sport if its played in intensive wedges between long gaps of inactivity you simply cannot. This is not good for club or county or developing a premier sporting tournament. A master fixtures plan!! now there is a novel idea where did I hear this before? Players are fed up of sitting around for 5/6 weeks with endless training and no games. Now we have the provincials, the super eights and just sod it, couldn't care less really football can eat itself.
arock , 17/10/2017 at 22:15