Carlow Forum

Over 35 GAA?

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I posted this on the main page. What do we think?
We always talk about looking after the young GAA players and looking at the elite level - county. But we're cutting off a huge amount of players who do still like to play the game for fun - the grey majority! There's a huge amount of 35 plus people who to love to play still - I know some play junior/senior still, as I do, but a lot either can't train as much as this demands so the give up the game. For a lot, this means the step back from the club and they are lost to the club. There's a huge amount of people in this category and I feel its a huge way to develop the organisation. It is for all, after all. As an example, in Carlow -small numbers etc, we have 14 over 35 soccer teams. Now that's over 200 players involved. We've 22 registered, only 4 are still playing GAA. Is it time we looked at this area? Could a league involving over 35's be used to involve more people in our games/clubs in all our counties. Years ago, younger and older lads could compete with relative ease, but with the training regimes nowadays, its only the minority of older players that continue to be competitive. What are your thoughts??

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2597 - 26/06/2014 08:53:38    1609214

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Seems like a great idea. You are right too, unless you are prepared to put in a huge amount of training, there is no real outlet for these guys.

Dropkickmurphy (Carlow) - Posts: 85 - 26/06/2014 11:22:53    1609282

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I know in fenagh/ballinkillen we d field teams in it - excluding those currently involved with existing senior/inter/junior.

old yellar (None) - Posts: 2597 - 26/06/2014 13:11:56    1609349

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A good idea.,

Sgt.Pepper (Carlow) - Posts: 70 - 05/07/2014 15:27:47    1614085

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should def be looked into, cant see way it cant work and be a great success but it will take all the clubs working together , and the county board to back it which could be a big a problem , i could never understand how we never entered a masters county team down through the years, these men that served and gave so much down through the years should still be given there time and chance to play.

bigballsmallbal (Carlow) - Posts: 16 - 05/07/2014 16:28:50    1614099

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We certainly did enter a Masters team in the past. Not only that, we reached the All Ireland final in 2009 I think it was.

As I understand it the GAA at HQ have moved away from sanctioning this competition however.

Onion Breath (Carlow) - Posts: 1164 - 05/07/2014 20:37:14    1614221

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Ye 2008 it was, think Down bet us up in Breffni Park. The GAA dont sanction it as because its something to do with insurance i heard.

fergie (Carlow) - Posts: 1075 - 07/07/2014 12:31:05    1615086

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