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Il Bomby and Mayo lads crying over Kerry together..a perfect mix really!!

Interesting how nobody replied to the post a while back about that penalty in Limerick in 2014 being a blatant free out, that wouldn't suit the narrative I suppose though.

GAA Discussion / Re: galway v kerry all ireland quarter final
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:20:08 PM »
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GAA Discussion / Re: Cork v Kerry 2nd July 2pm
« on: July 04, 2017, 03:57:12 PM »
Just so people are fully aware of the current situation in Cork football, the current Cork Senior football management is comprised of the following: (Be cogniscent here of the fact that on the surface the manager has freedom to pick his own selectors, but in reality, Frank has a veto on everyone and has just point blank refused to allow certain individuals to get involved. This is part of the reason John Cleary refused to take the job, along with several other factors.)

Peadar Healy (Manager) - In the last 5 years has been in charge of O'Donovan Rossa (Senior club team in Cork) who had a shambles of a year including getting hammered by Clyda Rovers (most defensive team in the competition). He was removed after 1 year there. He then was somehow involved with Dr Crokes in Kerry. This too was a disastrous year for that club culminating in their defeat (for the only time EVER I think) by arch rivals Legion in County SFC and after that year Healy was sent packing. Some people will do a quick google and point to Healy being Selector (nominally Coach even in some reports!) of the 2010 All Ireland winning Cork team. He was a selector it's true, but Counihan was very much the man in charge. The other key guy in the coaching staff was Aidan O'Connell, who also works as an S&C coach with Munster Rugby. He was the main reason for Cork's super conditioning in the 2009-2012 era.
Billy Sheehan (Coach/Selector)- For starters, Billy still lives and works (and plays club football!) in Dublin. Some 5 hrs of a commute to Cork is an exceptional commitment but you might say, well if that's what they need to get the right candidate in place, fine. Let's look at that. Billy's involvement with teams in recent years, reaches as "high" as UCD Freshers and Ashford Footballers. Ashford are a team that play in the Wicklow Intermediate championship. They failed to get into the last 4 of the competition during Sheehan's tenure. So from that level in Wicklow Intermediate football to Cork Senior footballers in one leap. You may ask, why and how? Truthfully, I have no idea myself.

Eamonn Ryan - Eamonn Ryan achieved amazing results with the Cork ladies and I don't want to diminish or disrespect that. However, Ladies football is a different game. Eamonn had not been involved in a mens football team at ANY level for 25 years or more prior to this. He is also now 75 years of age.

Conor McCarthy - Still only 36 and playing Senior club football. As far as I can see his invovlment is based on a few articles he wrote for the Irish Examiner detailing his time on an internship with the Crusaders rugby team in New Zealand. He is doing or has done a Masters in Coaching Psychology. He has never coached or managed any team at any level prior to his invovlement as far as I know.

Morgan O'Sullivan - Managed his own club to a County Intermediate title in 2012,which probably makes him the only truly qualified person to hold his position as far as I can see!

Eoin O'Neill - Don't know a lot about him but was also involved in 2010 as a Stats guy apparently. No club record to speak of according to anybody I've spoken to.

Now, players have to perform and take responsibility for their performance on the field to a certain degree, regardless of any level of management. However, how anybody can look at that in black and white above and not marvel at the sheer ridicuous nature of the setup and the incompetence of the people who appointed them, is beyond me. To say it's a bad joke would be mild! God knows what they will come up with to replace them when they inevitably depart after this year. They will probably find another stooge somewhere who will happily bow to the board's ridiculous demands and standards for their County football teams. Even for a Kerry man, it's quite sad and pathetic to observe.

I think it's a weird one for us, because there was no expectation of facing Dublin in a League final again after the way results were going. The fact it come just 7 days after Tyrone game aswell doesn't help with build up.

I don't think we're fully ready yet to take on Dublin. We need 100% strength and that means Jameso, Enright, Young and a few of the 21s. All unavailable for this game Sunday, so much like last year I can see us competing for much of the game but possibly falling off a bit in the last quarter. Dublin's bench (whoever is on it) will make an impact and if they had the same personnel to come on as they had in Tralee a few weeks ago, it would make a bigger difference in Croker.

Some of the shite in the media recently (Paul Curran etc) hasn't even had much impact, although Fitzmaurice fired a few shots back the other day. I don't think it makes a blind bit of difference. Logically, Dublin are 5/6 points a better squad right now and that will probably show again on Sunday. If Gavin decided to try out a few options again (Reddin, Scully etc) to see how they handle it, it may narrow the gap somewhat, but still hard to see Kerry winning unless they improve hugely from even last week when an abject Tyrone limped in and out of Killarney.

If Tyrone don't cause Kerry a lot of trouble at least then they aren't at much. Absolutely muck half forward line by us and the fullback line looks massively vulnerable.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Kingdom v The Pale
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:18:57 PM »
Fitzmaurice is just a dour man so the photo is just normal for him. Charismatic, he ain't.

If you look at the Kerry team last August, those who are gone now or impact players at best (my view of Donagh and Gooch if he doesn't retire) and those who are taking their place in the's bordering on delusional to see us beating Dublin this year. Barring a few 21s stepping up in a big way, which I think is 2 years away yet.

GAA Discussion / Re: The Kingdom v The Pale
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:12:53 PM »
I think this photo sums up how Kerry people must feel about Dublin at the moment.
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With the Dubs drawing with Tyrone in HQ, hammering Mayo and drawing away to Donegal this was probably the last chance for a Dublin defeat, in the league anyway, for 2017. Dublin had put out quite an inexperienced side yet Kerry again failed to get over the line.

I didn't see the game on Saturday night but I heard it was quite dirty. Do people think Kerry are any closer to overcoming the Dubs or will they maintain this run over their old enemy for a few years yet?

No wonder Fitzmaurice is happy to get the super 8s as they will get a few more challenging games before playing the Dubs again.

Kerry dont play "dirty" according to Daragh O Se. Their football is of the "manly" type.
Its great to see Dublin go down to Tralee and let Kerry know they are not going to be pushed about

You'd be far better off concentrating on your own disaster of a county team I'd say rather than posting childish stuff like that.

GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2017
« on: February 17, 2017, 12:00:43 AM »
Just read a report on LIT winning in Fitzgibbon today and Tipps Eoin Kelly was their star man ! Yes that Eoin Kelly that retired from Tipp and is 35 years of age...........

Eh, no. Eoin Kelly is long gone from college and has his own sports equipment business I think, so no idea how you've got the idea he's in LIT?

Their team from that game is here:

GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2017
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:29:19 PM »
Is it unfair to say that most of the trouble and eligibility issues of recent years have emanated from Jordanstown and DCU? I know there was an issue with Stanmilis/Queens last year but only after Stranmillis had set up their own team. I blame the Higher Education board for not sorting that out. Leaving eligibility hearings until the day before a game this year again seems like they are a bunch of cowboys.

Thankfully, as Jinxy alluded to - on-field, UCC, UCD, UL and Mary's are in the semis. I don't know much about Mary's but being a teacher-training college I'm assuming they can't be involved in any dodgy dealings?
UCC, UCD and UL certainly are above board and their squads are almost exclusively 18-24 year old undergraduates with the odd Masters student thrown in - the way it should be.

Can never understand totally the negativity towards Sigerson in some quarters. One of the best competitions in the Gaelic Football calendar that regularly throws up several fantastic games.

GAA Discussion / Re: Smallest club or clubs in each county
« on: January 24, 2017, 05:56:18 PM »
Dromid Pearses in South Kerry are based in Mastergeehy which is basically a townland of Waterville. Waterville is the parrish and Dromid only reformed in the 1970s I think having not fielded for many years.

To put this in perspective, the census of 2011 put the population of the area at 271 people, yet they have produced the likes of Declan O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connor. Fairly remarkable.

GAA Discussion / Re: Rule change on the way for kick-outs?
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:16:20 AM »
How about the goalie shoots the ball out of a canon for a kick out. Canon must be supplied by O Neill's and will have 3 settings - normal, pearse stadium and u12.

 ;D Will the canon be allowed to have 3 stripes on the side of it or just 2, this is the key thing.  :P

GAA Discussion / Re: Rule change on the way for kick-outs?
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:54:16 AM »
Someone needs to pull the reins on Jarlath and his current gallop. Is he determined to bend the rules of Gaelic football towards his own vision of the game completely? The mark is already being exposed as the waste of time anybody with sense knew it would be, now this shite? "Kickouts must travel forward"..FFS, what next?

GAA Discussion / Re: McGrath Cup 2017
« on: January 08, 2017, 10:44:24 AM »
This McGrath cup thread is already as long as a Munster championship thread.. ;D

Tipp could have a big win in Tralee with the teams named today. It's a Kerry u21 team missing a lot of players and Tipp look fairly strong.

GAA Discussion / Re: 13 young Gaelic footballers to watch in 2017
« on: January 06, 2017, 10:43:18 PM »
How is Clifford or O'Se from the Kerry minors not in this list. Is Killian Spillane not expected to step it up? Perhaps Kerry posters can shed some light!

Yerra, it's a joke of a list really. I suppose everyone knows Clifford at this stage so they were trying to look smart and pick someone else, but as pointed out Seán O'Sé is far more likely to "make it" given that AFL scouts are coming out of the bushes around Fossa (Cliffords club) for last year.  >:(  Killian Spillane hasn't kicked on as I hoped he would..yet.
Jason Foley is a good player in fairness though and could see some action with Kerry. Seán Powter started games with Cork Seniors last year, so hardly news having him as "one to watch". It's clickbait really is all.

Ah please, Mayo lads and moaning..we've had enough of it.

You've had the respective distances of travel laid out for you which show the venues to be totally logical and fair. Crokes have played 1 game in Gaelic Grounds before (and were almost beaten by Cratloe), Glenbeigh have never played there before of course. They have also never won the Kerry Junior championship before last year and yet, according to some clowns, they have some magical advantage over other clubs at the same grade?

Enough of this nonsense please.

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