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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.

GAA Discussion / Re: Railway Cup 2014
« on: December 02, 2016, 05:22:58 PM »
Munster showing contempt for Railway Cup. Ger O'Sullivan whom I never heard off is managing the team and calls up Tommy Welsh who was dropped from Kerry team. I hope Waterford, Limerick and Clare players get the call.

Ger O'Sullivan was assistant to Conor Counihan when Cork won the All Ireland in 2010. Would be a lot better if an actual county manager or former manager was in charge alright.

As for players, can only speak for Kerry, but lot of players still involve in club activity (our divisional championships are still ongoing plus Kenmare and Crokes won Munster club titles last Sunday, Darran O'Sullivan playing Junior final this Subday), quite a few players went on the Allstar trip and prob couldn't be taking any more time off to commit/train etc. A lot of the rest are injured. A few more could commit maybe but it's a tough sell these days.

GAA Discussion / Re: pairc ui chaoimh
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:59:17 PM »
Going to be a fine stadium in fairness despite going over budget, being in a terrible location and being under management of a bunch of dinosaurs.  ;D

GAA Discussion / Re: Munster Club Championships 2016
« on: November 29, 2016, 12:47:09 AM »
Structural doping.... ;D ;D ;D ;D

As people (even a Cork poster ffs!) have said, there is nothing wrong with what we do in terms of championship structure. People can moan away about it, but the fact is there is a purpose and reasoning behind why the championship at every level is the way it is and it is NOT because we want clubs to win Inter/Junior All Irelands.
The Senior championship exists to be a feeding ground to the County panel mainly. Therefore a high standard in the premier club competition needs to be maintained in order for it to fulfill its purpose. There was a severe decline in standard in the Kerry Senior championship at the end of the 2000s and remedial action was needed. Thus last year the number of Senior club teams was reduced to 8, with 9 divisional teams. 2 divisional teams play a prelim game which leaved a 16 team championship.

If people wanted the truth and delved deeper behind this, they would find that the clubs beyond the top 8 who were winning Intermediate championships were clubs who weren't capable of sustaining a challenge at the top table. Clubs like Finuge (a dual club with Lixnaw hurling in reality), St Michaels/Foilmore (struggling badly for numbers like ALL of South Kerry), Ardfert (also a dual club), Currow (a tiny rural club) - these teams were going up Senior and getting hammered, which was doing nothing for them OR Kerry football.
The demise of some former giants of club football like Laune Rangers (now a Div 3 club), John Mitchels, An Gaeltacht (although they are improving again and Div 1 for 2017) - even formerly solid Senior clubs like Castleisland, Glenflesk..all has had an impact. I don't know if people realise, and this is not me straying into a general moan, but South Kerry - a massively important area for Kerry Football - is turning into an economic black hole. To illustrate, 4 formerly strong club sides (Skellig Rangers, Valentia, Sneem and Derrynane) now have to amalgamate to make an underage team. Valentia, i was told a few weeks ago, have 14 adult players registered for next year and are talking about not fielding. This is the club of Mick O'Connell we're talking about here.

Anyway, I'm straying off the main point slightly..if someone is telling me that Kenmare - who have risen from Division 3 to Division 1 (although back down to Div 2 in 2017) and who have gone from being a poor Junior club to being Intermediate champions of Kerry and Munster, a club who have NEVER been Senior in their history - if they have some unfair advantage here, I must be missing something!!

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