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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Great occasion in Croke Park yesterday with a record crowd & loads of excitement. The rise of women's, I refuse to use the term "ladies", is one of the great initiatives of recent years & I look forward to the day when we have a sell out on finals day.

However I have to take issue with some of the comments made about the standard of football being played. In my view a good men's club team would have beaten the pick of the two finalists based on what I watched. I am not slagging off the women here but I don't think it serves anyone to fool ourselves into thinking otherwise."
I don't think anyone doubts what you say in relation to the abilities of those playing ladies football, the same would surely be true of almost every sport that requires physical strenght and endurance - nature dictates that. But it is an exciting brand of the game with its own unique styles a very direct game with a huge amount of running. As a spectator sport it is very watchable, exciting and these girls work every bit as hard as their male counter-parts to achieve success.

arock (Dublin) - 25/09/2017 10:05:58    2050198

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Replying To riverboys:  "Congrats to Dublin, deservedly won the title, some Mayo players didn't perform, age is getting to them, ref hadn't a great day either, Staunton couldn't win a free unless her head was ripped off"
I thought Cora Staunton was getting a tough time alright too....but what a player she has been for Mayo. She kicked a great point from play in the second half but I think should have taken advantage of a few more in the first half. It might be time to consider being more of an impact player.

Fair play the Dub ladies though. Finishing of Sarah McCaffreys first goal was great.

seanfinn (Monaghan) - 25/09/2017 10:08:23    2050199

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Replying To riverboys:  "Congrats to Dublin, deservedly won the title, some Mayo players didn't perform, age is getting to them, ref hadn't a great day either, Staunton couldn't win a free unless her head was ripped off"
I actually thought the ref was giving too many frees. Could've played the advantage a few times but didn't. Dub players tactically recongised the dangerous threat and double marked her. Tough for her but didn't see too much to complain about.

poguemahone (Dublin) - 25/09/2017 12:01:47    2050263

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Great occasion in Croke Park yesterday with a record crowd & loads of excitement. The rise of women's, I refuse to use the term "ladies", is one of the great initiatives of recent years & I look forward to the day when we have a sell out on finals day.

However I have to take issue with some of the comments made about the standard of football being played. In my view a good men's club team would have beaten the pick of the two finalists based on what I watched. I am not slagging off the women here but I don't think it serves anyone to fool ourselves into thinking otherwise."
I know what you're saying Muck but everything should be looked at in its own context.

You can't compare men's football to women's football. There's no point in it at all. You can only compare with what has gone before in the women's game.

I'd bring the girls to as much Women's games as I can and I think we've seen the standard rise in the last few years, mainly thanks to the Cork team.

The handling, foot passing (some of Trant's kick outs yesterday were superb), tackling and general play were excellent yesterday and much improved on the past. Noelle Healy's solo runs were a sight to behold, she sent two Mayo players wandering down Fairview way with two fantastic sidesteps!

I think there are still improvements to be made, particularly when shooting but overall the game is coming along in leaps and bounds.

MesAmis (Dublin) - 25/09/2017 13:14:34    2050293

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brilliant performance overall yesterday from the girls
should have been out of sight long before the last ten minutes with at least four more goals
but this team downfall over last 5 years has been the last ten minutes of games and not seeing it out when in winning positions.
yesterday they came good in the last ten minutes and some super goals to win the game.
noelle healy was a machine up and down the park and unlucky not to have a couple goals, superb fitness, sinead ahearne was accurate all day and sinead goldrick attacking from half back all day lead to plenty of scores, subs really contributed with sarah mccafrey taking her goals well aswell as fiona hudson tigerish performance in the back line
largest sporting attendance for ladies sport in 2017
also im open to correction but would imagine has to be the largest womens sporting attendance ever in ireland.
dublin kings and queens of gaelic football for 2017
up the dubs

hill16no1man (Dublin) - 25/09/2017 15:10:29    2050353

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Well done to both teams on visiting Temple Street on Monday after the game on Sunday . I know it's a tradition but a great advertisement for ladies Football that after losing the All Ireland final that the Mayo Ladies Team went in the visit those less fortunate when I'm sure all they wanted to do was get on the road back West. Plenty of smiles by them and were great with the kids by all accounts as were the Dublin team .

dubshurling7 (Dublin) - 26/09/2017 15:56:20    2050701

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