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NFL Division 1 - 10 Like(s)

Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "So John Small drags Murphy to the ground (again) and both men get sent off? Same Craic as Clifford a few weeks ago. A joke."
Why are you surprised? He had earlier conned the ref by going down "injured" after taking Ryan McHugh out of the game. We've seen this before.

midlands (National) - 22/02/2020 20:52:49

Mayo Upset At 7pm Throw In - 6 Like(s)

Replying To candlewax:  "Something's will never change with Mayo. They might be upset after the match as well."
Very harsh comments about Mayo here, and as usual there are a few of their Galway neighbours only too quick to get in on the act. The timing of the game does seem a bit daft, even if the Down hurlers playing in the Christy Ring final is a complication. Mayo-bashing seems to be a national pastime but we seem to have forgotten that when 30 counties couldn't get near Dublin the Mayo lads put them to the pin of their collar on a number of occasions and ensured a few competitive All-Ireland finals and semi-finals. I can recall only one occasion when there was widespread criticism from Mayo of a referee's performance and that was the 2014 semi-final in Limerick. As a neutral, I would have to say that their complaints were fully justified on that occasion. Other than that, most counties (including Galway) have on occasions indulged in a fair bit of whingeing over refereeing decisions and Mayo are no better or no worse than most in that regard.

midlands (National) - 13/06/2019 14:49:14

Dublin Vs Kerry - 5 Like(s)

Replying To mayotyroneman:  "You obviously don't understand the rules. On both occasions Spillane and moynihan travelled for 8 or 9 steps while being fouled. Referee couldn't allow scores because both players had over carried. Correct decision on both occasions was to award free kick to Kerry as the foul was the initial transgression. Excellent refereeing decisions."
I fully agree mayotyroneman. The fact that a player is fouled doesn't give him a license to take unlimited steps. I think Moynihan took eleven! If the ref ignored the original foul he would have had to give a free out for over-carrying. The reaction of Tomas O Flaithearta and others displayed a complete ignorance of the rules.I thought the ref was quite good today, in so far as it's possible to officiate at the way the game is played now.

midlands (National) - 23/05/2021 15:54:13

Hurling League To Date - 5 Like(s)

Replying To perfect10:  "played the game at a high club level thanks.different game these days mind. but sure if limerick didnt want to play a sweeper,why not push up on dublin sweeper? i will however point out,that every podcast i listen to (gaa hour,irish examiner,irish independent) all said both teams playing sweeper.maybe they all wrong too."
It's very simple really. If a team lines up with seven backs they are playing a sweeper. A team with six defenders (even if the opposition have only five forwards) cannot be accused of using a sweeper - they are simply lining out with their backs in their allotted positions and one of them will be a free man if their opponents use just five forwards. The guys on the podcasts aren't infallible, Just like the reporters and commentators, they are well capable of indulging in lazy analysis.

midlands (National) - 27/03/2019 21:47:57

All Stars 2019 - 5 Like(s)

Replying To Mobot:  "If there was a rating system Murphy would of been one of the first names in the team. He gave two complete 10/10 performances v Tyrone and Kerry playing centre forward v Tyrone and at midfield v Kerry showing his full range of talent in both games. In the games v Fermanagh and Cavan he controlled the temp of the game and popped up where needed and I would give him 8/10 in these two games. He was at his best v Meath, especially in the second half and needed to be be as Donegal were in trouble with 10 mins to go but him and Ryan McHugh were exceptional on the day. 9/10. The Mayo game was his poorest performance of the championship and this was because he kicked a few wides in terrible conditions but still ended up with 1-4 and was directly involved in 1-8 from 1-10 Donegal scored. Even though he wasn't at his best he still nearly pulled the game out of the fire and didn't have much help on the day. Any Mayo person I spoke to after still raved about his performance but I'd still probably give him a harsh 7/10. This would leave him with a 8.66 average against 4 Division 1 teams and 2 Division 2 teams. I'd be confident that supporters from the teams Donegal played in 2019 will agree with the ratings I have given. By the way I think Stephen O'Brien is very unlucky as is Ciaran Kilkenny but it's one of those years when most of the top forwards in the country performed at a high level. It may well go down in years to come as one of the best all star teams named. So many current and future greats were selected."
Michael Murphy has been one of the top players in the country for several years. He has it all - he can win his own ball, his work rate is second to none, he can set up scores for colleagues and is one of the best finishers in the game. He has set ridiculously high standards for himself which he invariably lives up to, year after year. In my humble opinion there isn't another player in the country that has shown the same consistency, and how people are questioning his selection on the All-Star team is beyond me. The Mayo game this year may not have been his best but he was still one of the top players on the field that evening. Does he have to be man of the match every day to deserve an All-Star? Of course players like Ciaran Kilkenny, Stephen O'Brien and Brian Howard had strong claims for inclusion in the half forward line, while Ryan McHugh, James McCarthy and Colm Boyle were unlucky to lose out to Howard in the half back line, but I think it would have been a travesty of justice had Murphy been excluded. For the record, I have absolutely no Donegal connections.

midlands (National) - 04/11/2019 14:25:58

The Corona Virus And Possible Effects To GAA Matches - 5 Like(s)

Replying To theyoungbuck89:  "Pack up the hurls helmets and football boots and see if we can sell off a few of the Gaa pitches around the country so"
Thanks for your very mature and helpful suggestion, youngbuck, but we're talking about missing out on less than one full GAA season in order to try to deal with a very serious situation that has already cost us about 1.500 lives, including several great GAA people. Nobody is suggesting that we close down for good, so hold onto your hurleys , helmets etc for another while, I'd suggest.

midlands (National) - 14/05/2020 14:17:42

Hurling Referees Destroying Hurling - 4 Like(s)
Babs is over the top as usual but we certainly do have a problem with refereeing and it's not always the referee's fault. I certainly wouldn't consider Johnny Murphy the worst referee around, but it's becoming an increasingly difficult job, and I suspect many of them are simply trying to apply the rules as dictated by their assessors. I'd fully agree with Babs on one point - the ball is far too light. In most games nowadays teams are scoring 20 points or more, with many of these points coming from frees, some from 100 yards out. OK, it's a great skill to be able to do this but the result is that some teams are mostly playing with no full forward line. And let's be honest, many players are deliberately playing for frees all over the field in the knowledge that their freetaker is likely to point the free. The result is that fewer goals are being scored and indeed goalkeepers can sometimes go through a whole game without having to make a serious save. Again, I'm not blaming the referees, but a heavier ball would certainly make their job easier, as well as leading to more goalmouth action.

midlands (National) - 26/02/2020 11:25:26

Munster Hurling Final Tipp V Limerick - 4 Like(s)

Replying To skillet:  "No. Any other questions?"
Brian Gavin had his own way of refereeing. Some would say he "let the game flow" which means he wasn't applying the rules of the game. Yet he has been regularly criticising referees every Monday for not applying the rules. And if you look back over his articles over the past year he has suggested that at least four Tipperary players should have been sent off in various games. He refereed Tipp games on numerous occasions but I can't remember him ever sending a Tipp player off. He famously didn't even take any action against Tommy Walsh when he struck him in the 2001 final. Of course it wasn't deliberate but it surely constituted "careless use of the hurley" and merited some reprimand. So for Gavin to be regularly advocating red cards is a bit of a joke and his articles should be taken with a grain of salt.

midlands (National) - 01/07/2019 17:25:11

Anti GAA Agenda - 4 Like(s)

Replying To brisbane:  "I think its important to remember its not just the Rugby guys who are jealous of the GAA. The Ireland soccer manger Stephen Kenny also thrown digs at the GAA when they opened up Páirc Uí Chaoimh for a charity event in aid of a soccer player. Kenny said when writing in his pre-match programme notes ahead of Dundalk's Europa League clash against AEK Larnanca "When Damien Duff called the GAA committee dinosaurs he was doing dinosaurs a disservice" Likening the current situation in which Miller's family are "being treated without dignity by the GAA authorities in Cork," Kenny likened the situation to that which Arsenal's Mesut Ozil revealed earlier in the week. A World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, Ozil believed he had to remove himself from the national team set amid claims that he had been racial discriminated as a result of his Turkish background."
I agree with you about Kenny ........and Duff. At the time they made those comments they had their heads in the sand in relation to what was happening at the top level of the FAI. I have no involvement whatever in soccer and yet I knew from some of my soccer acquaintances that there was something rotten going on. Rather than throwing insults at the GAA, would Kenny and Duff not have been better employed asking serious questions about what was happening in their own organisation? "People in glasshouses, etc."

midlands (National) - 20/11/2020 19:44:48

Debunking The Myth Of Kerry And Dublin - 4 Like(s)

Replying To Young_gael:  "Have to say I largely agree with mayotyroneman. It is a myth created by the players of that era and the sporting media who profited and expanded massively from that era onwards. It suited the narrative of the celtic tiger to look back on the football of the 70s-90s as a golden era of sorts. The game then was a wild, erratic, often dirty affair and in my own personal opinion it was a far better spectacle, although the superior fitness, athleticism, strength, and tactical play stands out by miles nowadays and the players have evolved in every way. In relation to the puke football remark, with respect I dont agree with you on that. Those days defence was a complete scramble, get the ball and hoof it anywhere. Man on man, play the space but if need be, play the man also. It was a contest every time. Kick always trumped hand pass. The rule book wasnt half as thick. I stand-by Spillane in his remark about Tyrone football and the implementation of what he called puke football back in the early 00s. It has been the ruination of the game as a spectacle and led to constant revision of rules to try and subtely stamp it out of the game, and only in the past few years has that goal looked to have started to succeed. Not a cheap remark at all, and I respect your post and the debate youre looking to start, but thats what I think."
I disagree with you about Spillane. His comments were mean-spirited after his county had been well and truly beaten and he seemed to have forgotten that Tyrone played brilliant football in the first half of that game - a fact later acknowledged by Jack O'Connor. Tyrone had never won an All-Ireland and had been accused of being naive in previous encounters against so-called superior counties. They could have continued to play expansive football in the second half and still won well but I suspect that deep down there may have been a sense of insecurity so they adopted safety first tactics to protect their lead. One of the clips from that game that RTE play over and over covers a few minutes where Kerry players are continuously surrounded by several Tyrone players who eventually win the ball. Each of those Kerry players had the opportunity to kick the ball forward but appeared to be trying to find the perfect pass, and Tyrone refused them the time and space to do that. It was very disciplined defending even if it may not have been pleasant to look at, but in a way Kerry contributed to that by persisting to try to hold possession. It forced other counties to adapt their game but Tyrone still managed to win two more All-Irelands after 2003 without getting the credit they deserved. Some of the stuff we've seen in recent years from all the top teams is much more cynical than what happened in 2003 but of course it's very easy to lay all the blame on Tyrone (and sometimes Donegal) for this trend.

midlands (National) - 04/06/2020 11:08:47

Clifford's Red Card - 4 Like(s)
Players like Gooch, Canavan, Brogan, McManus, McNamee and our own Dessie Dolan have all endured physical off-the-ball abuse from corner backs over the years. This is not new. My own first experience of this phenemenon was the 1976 Munster final in the then newly-developed Pairc Ui Chaoimh. I was on the Blackrock terrace and had a clear view of the treatment meted out to Jimmy Barry Murphy, even when the ball was nowhere in the vicinity. I'm sure this was not new at the time but it was the first time I had witnessed anything like it. As regards David Clifford, I would regard him as one of the most outstanding young talents I have seen. Of course he receives very close attention from opposing corner backs, much of it totally unacceptable. He has got two red cards in Kerry club games in the past twelve months. However, the two yellow cards he got in Omagh early this year provoked a lot more outrage. Was this an anti-Tyrone or anti-Ulster phenomenon? Most commentators seemed to suggest that he was an innocent victim. Of course there was provocation involved, although I cannot recall any appeal from Kerry against that decision. Instead, referee Fergal Kelly and his umpires were castigated in the media and there was a general consensus that Clifford was totally blameless. But why has there been no such outrage against the officials who were involved in Clifford's straight red cards in the club games in Kerry? Double standards?

midlands (National) - 04/09/2020 23:45:55

David Gough To Referee The Final - 4 Like(s)

Replying To jimbodub:  "I think you're absolutely right A day of celebration for him, his family and his club being absolutely tarnished. The worst part being that it's being done in such a highly publicized and open manner. Unfortunately I've no doubt that he's fully aware of this absolute character assassination. Let's not dress this up. That is exactly what is going on here."
The statements from Fitzmaurice and O'Mahony are designed to put pressure on David Gough, just like the statement from Seamus Moynihan last week about the need to protect David Clifford was intended to pressurise Maurice Deegan. This is Kerry" curehoorism" at its best. They should take a leaf out of Dublin's book. Several years ago, when the Dublin-Meath rivalry was very intense, they had no problem with Paddy Collins being appointed to referee a Leinster final against Meath, despite the fact that Collins is a Meath man, albeit living and working in Mullingar. They acknowledged that Collins was the best referee around, and it's a pity that Kerry can't be equally gracious in relation to David Gough.

midlands (National) - 14/08/2019 23:26:37

2021 National Hurling League - 3 Like(s)

Replying To skirge7:  "Something need to be done about the distance someone can puck the ball. A free is a point now. A unchallenged puck of the ball is a point. Scoring is way too high and not enough tackles. Everyone is at the gym every week now. Either make the ball heavy, the ball less aerodynamic or the hurleys lighter. Watching Limerick is so boring. The best game today was the two worst teams on TV - Antrim v Wexford. 90s was peak hurling."
A bit harsh on Limerick, I think. Watching Cian Lynch in the form he was in tonight is worth the admission fee alone (if we could attend the games).

midlands (National) - 05/06/2021 22:24:12

Your Best GAA Related Memory From 2020 - 3 Like(s)
Tipperary winning the Munster football final wearing the Bloody Sunday commemorative jerseys. A momentous day, especially for Colin O'Riordan who, after spending a few years in Australia, could hardly have expected to experience such a special occasion.

midlands (National) - 05/02/2021 20:20:26

Yellow Hurling Ball - 3 Like(s)

Replying To gatha:  "I read they are 8 years at it. 8 years to change the color of a ball. God help the GAA. With all the issues in the Association this is what they roll out after 8 years."
They should be more concerned with the weight of the sliotar - it's too light.

midlands (National) - 11/12/2019 22:36:30

That 1982 Final - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Concerned_Supp:  "It was a definite push in the back for the goal. Everyone and the ref wanted Kerry beat!"
I was at a club game that day and couldn't get to Croke Park. I watched the game in a pub in Mullingar and was amazed at the number of Westmeath people who wanted Kerry to win ......or did they just want Offaly to lose?

midlands (National) - 30/04/2020 21:15:11

"We Pay Fees" - Memorable Comments From The Stands - 3 Like(s)
A Junior C football game where a manager was getting totally frustrated with one of his players. Not only was he useless but he was making no effort, mostly standing still in the same area of the pitch. Eventually the manager can take no more: "Hey Jimmy, warm up, I'm takin' ya off!"

midlands (National) - 28/02/2020 21:57:37

Kilkenny and Tipp Give Us A Traditional All Ireland Hurling Final - 3 Like(s)

Replying To BliainanÁir:  "A few points on last Sunday Like many have stated I think Tipp would have won 15 v 15 by 6 or 7 points. However Tipp this year have left a bit of a sour taste. Gym specimen that is Pauric Maher goes down rolling from a hurl flick from Laois' Aaron Dunphy. A flick that if my 8 year old son received from his 5 year old brother, hurling in the garden, and went down bawling i'd seriously chastise him for. Cathal Barrett may have received some contact, but again the over exaggerated reaction you wouldn't have seen from someone shot in Gallipoli was hard to watch. It's patently clear there's a team policy of going down to try and get players sent off. I don't remember Tipp under Michael Ryan or Eamonn O'Shea behaving like this. 2016 was a great All Ireland win for Tipperary but I don't think much of 2019. A lot of the so called Kilkeeny 'sour grapes' reaction is stemming from Tipp's behaviour. It goes against the traditions of the county in a hurling sense and indeed in a political/rebellious one where they always 'manned up'. Kilkenny don't have the hurlers of a decade ago, how could they. They don't seem to have a whole lot coming through. But one thing is for certain, everytime Tipp play them for the next 10 years they are going to know all about it. The only problem is they mightn't get revenge next year, as Tipp more than likely will go out in the round robin."
"Pauric Maher goes down ROLLING"; Cathal Barrett MAY have received SOME contact". If this is your vision of these incidents how can we take the rest of your comments seriously? How can you be so sure of what Tipp's "team policy" was? Like so many Kilkenny legends, it seems to me that the real motivation for all the whingeing is to devalue Tipperary's victory. How many teams have won seven championship matches on their way to winning the McCarthy Cup? If you want to attach a" sour taste" to their success I'm afraid you must be part of a very sad minority.

midlands (National) - 23/08/2019 14:00:04

Hurling Will Have A New Champion Again - 3 Like(s)
Retaining the title is going to be even more difficult over the next few years, I suspect. It could be a long time before we see a team as good and consistent as Kilkenny and I think we now have more teams with genuine All-Ireland winning potential than we've had for a long time.

midlands (National) - 23/11/2020 20:46:18

Westmeath Footballers 2020 - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Cribbiescubs:  "I disagree. He filled the togs that day against Meath when we had the chance to beat them. Heslin doesn't do a dirt like that."
Disgraceful comment. Dessie gave great service to club and county over a long period and his career shouldn't be defined by one mistake. Heslin is a great player too but like all top playershe also makes mistakes. Westmeath are lucky to have had these two players, along with some other greats, and people can argue all day as to who was the best but there's no need for cheap smart-ass insults.

midlands (Westmeath) - 16/10/2020 19:18:35