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Never Heard Of Him! - 8 Like(s)
It's amazing to see someone so proud of their ignorance. I always got the impression you only started watching football around 2003 Ulsterman, nobody would expect you to know of a fine footballer who played in an All-Ireland final before then.

Soma (National) - 15/07/2017 14:42:33

Galway v Tipperary - 6 Like(s)
An outstanding game of hurling between 2 teams who have demonstrated everything that is great about sport in general and hurling in particular. 2 teams who fully believed that they had the skill and ability to beat their opponents in a full blooded battle. 2 teams managed by gentlemen and who reflected this in how they played the game and accepted victory and defeat. Anyone who wants to talk about the referee after a game like that is probably better suited to watching reality tv where they can boo the pantomine villain. Ireland does not know how lucky it is to have events like this to savour each summer.

Soma (National) - 06/08/2017 23:01:42

Well done RTE - 5 Like(s)
Not often RTE get praise on here but they should be applauded for deciding to televise the 5 remaining games in senior camogie this year. The players are long overdue this type of recognition and anyone who cant see the football this Saturday due to it being on Sky will at least have the chance to watch what should be 2 very competitive camogie games. Lets hope its a sign of better things to come.

Soma (National) - 04/08/2017 12:31:19

Would AOS or COC be a Dublin regular? - 5 Like(s)
If Eoghan O'Gara is good enough to make it then there are a huge amount of footballers in the country good enough to make it.

Soma (National) - 20/09/2017 14:44:24

'The People's Game' - 5 Like(s)

Replying To keeper7:  "Possibly...mocking our association, no doubt."
Generally the 2 games are referred to as bogball and stickfighting on rugby forums. I think there are some sectors of society embarrassed about the GAA and the role it plays in Irish culture, which is why adds promoting Ireland don't include the sports and also why it is not played or even banned in some schools.

Soma (National) - 19/03/2018 14:17:36

Monaghan v Longford - 4 Like(s)

Replying To border Gael:  "See this been a very one sided affair. We will be trying to get back on track and have a very strong and experienced team."
Should have had more faith in yer lads, ye ended up giving them a really good game! Well done to Longford, another excellent win for them and hopefully they start getting the credit they deserve. I'd imagine an evening like this evening would be cherished more by them than any silverware they might win in a B competition.

Soma (National) - 09/07/2016 20:12:05

Gordon Kelly: Facing 3 Month Ban - 4 Like(s)

Replying To jimbodub:  "I didn't say anyone was a "true Gael" note quotation marks. Merely that if it even existed I believe Gavin would hold the virtues of such. You've simply misunderstood something Not to worry.. it happens. Perhaps I wasn't clear enough. That could well be the case. No harm. You see that's the trouble. If it was Connolly Id be able to provide you with multiple clips in slow mo from various angles.. but this incident happened last weekend and it'll be the first time many people have even heard of it.. Selective condemnation and all that"
If Diarmuid Connolly scored a brilliant individual goal in a summer championship game it would also probably have far more replays and tv angles than a Clare footballer doing the same in a February league game. If anything this shows the disciplinary system may be working fairly across the board - 2 players not red carded but reported afterwards for minor interference with an official and banned for 12 weeks. You should enjoy your well earned success and not be looking for conspiracy theories around every corner.

Soma (National) - 15/02/2018 19:02:47

Andy Moran Hands On Maurice Deegan - 4 Like(s)

Replying To JayP:  "Look, Andy's a decent lad and no doubt he had a moment of madness. Nobody died, very little in it. But there was very little in the Connolly incident and he was made out to be a hothead, and demonised. Certain analysts made it their business to hang him out to dry. The same guys didnt feel the need to quote from rulebook last night. Last year I said that this was only enforced as it was Dublin, and Connolly! If the GAA are transparent in their enforcing of the rules Andy Moran needs to get a 12 week ban. I dont think he deserves it, but a precedent was set with Connolly last year and it would be unfair not to enforce the rules because people like Andy."
A Clare footballer is currently serving a 12 week ban for squirting water at an umpire. A Tipperary footballer got a 12 week ban last year for knocking the book out of a referees hands. There is no big Dublin conspiracy, it's just rules being applied.

Soma (National) - 19/03/2018 11:21:31

Clonkill - 4 Like(s)
I think this thread should be closed. Most of the posts have wrong information in it and some posters are now telling a club what the right way to deal with unimaginable grief is. The decision had to be Clonkills alone and their decision was to play last night. They put in an extraordinary effort in the circumstances and deserve the respect of everyone. Well done to Ballyboden on their win and the solidarity they showed in the build up and on the night.

Soma (National) - 07/11/2018 10:28:27

Joe Canning for Hurler of the Year - 4 Like(s)

Replying To tiobraid:  "Media hype this year is farcical. He hurled for 10-12 mins max against Tipp and he was Galways worst player in the first half. He got three fantastic scores but missed at least 3 easy chances in the first half. He was outscored this year from play by Niall Burke. He certainly wasn't a playmaker either. If he was then Galway would surely have scored more goals. I still stand by the fact that I don't think he can get an all star based on what I seen this year."
The biggest moment arguably of Galways season was in that first half when Canning put in a huge hit on Breen, sending him out over the sideline. Canning then put the sideline cut over the bar from 60 yards. It was a real statement and I don't think there is another hurler in the country who could have done it, but Joe gets measured by different standards by many.

Soma (National) - 20/09/2017 11:46:44

What's going wrong with Ulster teams? - 3 Like(s)

Replying To seanfinn:  "It was not competitive though. It does not matter if the game was lost by 3 points or 13 points. They lost. End of story. Competitive would say the winning streak was broke. It wasn't. I don't see a big difference in how any of the top teams play in the last few years...Maybe Mayo are a little more traditional at a push. Ultimately they all defend in numbers frequently and have cynical play throughout. Dublin are just a bit better than Kerry, Mayo. By current form, I would throw my own county, Donegal and Tyrone in there. As an Offaly supporter I expect you have more concerns than Ulster football."
So you wouldn't say Monaghan have been competitive with Dublin in the league in recent seasons?

Soma (National) - 19/04/2017 21:34:33

Michael Duignan on Sky coverage and the GAA - 3 Like(s)

Replying To mon:  "Is it just me or is it that Sky are showing more games live this year? Out of the next 12 televised games, Sky are showing 8. I cant remember it being like this in the last few years."
After this weekend Carlow will have had live games shown on Sky twice this summer. I wonder in total how many times a Carlow game has been shown live on RTE, in either football or hurling?

Soma (National) - 12/07/2017 18:15:30

Does GAA get fair coverage compared to soccer and rugby - 3 Like(s)

Replying To jimski:  "Whinge whinge whinge whinge whinge Whinge whinge whinge whinge whinge Do something about it, get on to the GAA - no it's easier to whinge whinge whinge whinge whinge"
Mediaman is there any chance you could do a quick letter, phonecall or email to RTE just to put an end to tiresome posts like this? I enjoy your statistical analysis and am somewhat fascinated that a national TV station would report the country's national games in such a negative light. But about half the posts in here now seem to be from posters who just come on to whinge that you are not complaining to the correct audience.

Soma (National) - 14/06/2016 12:03:32

Does GAA get fair coverage compared to soccer and rugby - 3 Like(s)

Replying To janesboro:  "GOtmilk - think €20 for stand ticket for a kid is too much myself Ill bring my lads to the terrace and tell them its the proper all blacks- keep them happy, we will even get a HAka. CAT is middle third of the stand i.e. second tier -terrace is first tier, The Maoris and new zealands second squad, but like dublins or kilkennys second squad there will be lots of quality players on show , believe it will be competitive it wont be a friendly"
I thought the NZ Maori team can not have any players playing who don't have Maori roots? So it wouldn't be correct to call it the second team for the All-Blacks as many of the best players in NZ don't qualify to play? And Munster themselves won't have any of their best players as they should be away on international duty. Call it a friendly, a challenge, a test or whatever you wish but the reality is its a fundraiser for an organisation with huge debts due largely to paying unsustainable wages and getting poor attendances - ironic considering the abuse some English rugby clubs get on this forum. Perhaps reviewing ticket prices might improve attendances?

Soma (National) - 20/07/2016 08:29:43

Kilkenny football - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Cuckoosinging:  "looks amateurish? Excuse me but hurling is the sport where lads just drive the ball up into the air and hope for the best. Very rarely you actually see a good pass in hurling just lad been chased down coming out of defense and he hoofs it long a big roar from the crowd as two lads run after it absolutely no skill level. And its been a while since i seen 16points between the sides in any football match. Pathetic stuff"
You not watch your own county against Dublin in the football league 4 weeks ago? Think that one ended with 21 points between the sides.

Soma (National) - 25/04/2017 14:18:10

Time for joint GPA & CPA strike? - 3 Like(s)
Do the GPA and CPA have any common ground when it comes to the balance between intercounty and club fixtures? Anyone who took the time to read the GPAs championship proposal would have seen what a disaster it would have been for clubs, much worse than what was voted through on Saturday.

Soma (National) - 27/02/2017 20:11:15

Return to 3 Subs - 3 Like(s)
It's a debate worth having but not today, there is a long winter coming to discuss things like this. If only 3 subs can be used then panels would be smaller with more lads able to play games for their clubs. But if only 3 subs could be used lads like Andy Moran, who don't have 70 minutes in them, might not be kept around if only 3 subs can be used. For those getting precious about this suggestion, the rules would be the same for every team so if it is considered more disadvantageous for some more than others then clearly the current rule is favouring some more than others. It's not too long ago anyway when only 3 subs were allowed in each game.

Soma (National) - 18/09/2017 16:49:36

Blanket defence taking the enjoyment out of hurling - 3 Like(s)
I always chuckle reading the posters who consider themselves more mature and sophisticated because they enjoy blanket defences. For me, and I know a lot of people who think similarly, one of the great attractions of hurling and football was that within the 'war' of a 60/70 minute game there were 14 separate battles - this made it different to other team sports where you did not spend the entire game locked in battle with your direct opponent. Each individual battle could be speculated on and debated for weeks before a game with the argument on who would come out between Moynihan/Giles, Canavan/Lockhart, Lynch/Gooch, Lohan/Carey, Leahy/Finnerty etc occupying all fans minds. This now is almost a thing of the past in football and hurling seems to be moving similarly, now it's about which managers system will be most effective, making it more similar to other team sports. To lament this is not a sign of immaturity or a lack of understanding, it is simply people regretting the loss of something fairly unique that they loved about the sports. Many players also regret it because the key to an effective system is for players to stick to their role and not try anything adventurous or spontaneous, removing a lot of the creativity and enjoyment for players. It's no surprise that some of the most talented players in both codes say they no longer get the same enjoyment.

Soma (National) - 27/05/2016 20:26:39

Kerry have it easy. - 3 Like(s)
The longer people believe Kerry's success is due to the championship format the longer Kerry's reign as football's most successful county will last. Kerry have by some distance the best club championship arrangement in the country which is a huge help. I also don't know where else a manager who managed his county to 3 senior All-Irelands would go on to manage school and underage county sides afterwards. Let's see if the Super 8 format sees anyone seriously challenge Kerry and Dublin as the big 2, I seriously doubt it.

Soma (National) - 02/08/2017 22:46:05

The Dubs In Aughrim - 3 Like(s)

Replying To moc.dna:  "On what basis are you suggesting Dublin should be allocated 8000 tickets ? As for your suggestion of 40 buses being hired by clubs to travel to Portlaoise or wherever, it's laughable. You expect the Wicklow clubs to cough up hard earned cash for a bus & food to see their team playing at "home". Have you seen Wicklows Central funding & coaching allocation from the Gaa v Dublins or the difference in what they take in in sponsorship, yet your suggesting that the minnow should fork out to go & see the Dublin machine & that this would promote football in Wicklow !!!! You should apply for a job in Croke Park, you would fit right in with their thinking & recent appointments, farcical suggestion. The GAA are fast becoming a joke & the Dublin power base needs to be reined in. This idea of appeasing Dublin fans & taking home venue off counties is a joke as is the funding issue which even the current Ard Stiurothoir says won't alter greatly for years. A Dublin President & Ard Stiurothoir who is involved at club level in Dublin, AIG one of the biggest companies in Ireland pumping €5 Million in & the scandal of the massive discrepancy in funding allocation, it's all going one way. A media & Association befixed by everything Dublin, no wonder the GAA is struggling in Wicklow. The current leadership & outgoing President & Ard Stiurothoir have facilitated all this. Apathy sets in when counties see no change or leadership from the top or equity in the treatment of weaker counties. Wicklow today, some other county next week."
How do you think young lads from Bray or Baltinglass would get to the home game in Aughrim, on their bikes? I was delighted to see Wicklow won at the weekend, especially for Evans, but if Offaly had won the Dubs would have been playing in Tullamore and we would have been spared all this bellyaching. Clearly Offaly are a GAA superpower who were able to get a fixture arranged with the golden child at home despite them having all that AIG money. As for the game being a big boost for the local economy, there are about 2 pubs and 1 cafe in the village and it's 50 miles south of Dublin - I can't imagine a huge demand for hotel beds in the area.

Soma (National) - 15/05/2018 21:40:27