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Masters Over 50s Squad

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Replying To journeyman:  "Id imagine the risk of a heart attack or serious injury is quite high at over 50. 40s might not be too bad. Are the GAA sanctioning this competition or is an independent body? Although the intention might be stay fit and the social aspect with 30 over 50s on a pitch it bound to lead to problems. On the social side there are plenty of ways for former players to stay involved through club administration or coaching with clubs crying out for volunteers. I know there a lots of marathon runners over 50 but that is running at a lower intensity pace that sprinting for a ball in Gaelic Football."
It's more of a fun game than anything serious more chance getting a heart attack watching the simpsons ,, one game in Cavan one in Galway ,, it definitely not 2 serious at all

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 898 - 20/12/2023 16:34:53    2517492

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It's not the over 50s are playing, players playing longer should be encouraged as much as possible so they keep active and keep healthy. What my question is why compromise rules, what's the agenda and everything done at the national level by the GAA has an agenda behind it.

zinny (Wexford) - Posts: 1825 - 20/12/2023 21:41:25    2517506

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Replying To FoolsGold:  "Comical that they are starting over 50,s and done away with the original International rules and u17. The split season wouldn't have helped obviously."
Not too bothered about the international rules. I liked the concept but once the powers that be cracked down on the disgraceful violence in the matches the aussies seemed to lose interest.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1873 - 20/12/2023 22:41:58    2517510

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Replying To Galway9801:  "Not too bothered about the international rules. I liked the concept but once the powers that be cracked down on the disgraceful violence in the matches the aussies seemed to lose interest."
I think that most would agree with you in liking the "concept" in its earlier stages, the tweaks along the way kept improving it, but the concept got hijacked by a "win at all costs" mentality creeping in to the game - mostly initiated by one side, in my opinion. The last game I attended was nothing short of thuggery. Most people who love Gaelic football had had enough of this "hybrid model" when it was finally put to rest. I think our professional cousins from down under couldn't handle being equalled or even surpassed in skill by players from an amateur game.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1091 - 21/12/2023 08:23:33    2517519

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Replying To Galway9801:  "Not too bothered about the international rules. I liked the concept but once the powers that be cracked down on the disgraceful violence in the matches the aussies seemed to lose interest."
Was only ever at one. The day Geraghty got "clotheslined." Got free tickets for Hill but otherwise would have been kicking myself for throwing cash away.

Mickey Harte was right about it. Gaelic football is a better sport anyway, and GAA be better promoting it overseas - which is going well in fairness - than taking part in that dog's dinner of a game.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 2927 - 21/12/2023 11:01:21    2517538

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Replying To FoolsGold:  "Comical that they are starting over 50,s and done away with the original International rules and u17. The split season wouldn't have helped obviously."
the u17 must be gone 15 or more years at this stage. i'm not the biggest split season fan but I don't think it is to blame for that. Similarly the regular compromise rules was gone before the new structure was brought in

liosbreac6265 (Longford) - Posts: 224 - 21/12/2023 11:27:55    2517544

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Replying To Galway9801:  "Not too bothered about the international rules. I liked the concept but once the powers that be cracked down on the disgraceful violence in the matches the aussies seemed to lose interest."
The last time it was played in 2017 there was 2 good competitive game in Australia. Australia shaded both teams but they were good to watch .Other years previous there was no spark. Australia sent an aboriginal team in 2013 to Ireland ,and were well beaten.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2779 - 21/12/2023 11:32:25    2517545

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Yeah its gone since around 06/07. Mainly down to the best Irish players being offered AFl deals. But they still are anyway.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2779 - 21/12/2023 11:37:29    2517546

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Replying To journeyman:  "Id imagine the risk of a heart attack or serious injury is quite high at over 50. 40s might not be too bad. Are the GAA sanctioning this competition or is an independent body? Although the intention might be stay fit and the social aspect with 30 over 50s on a pitch it bound to lead to problems. On the social side there are plenty of ways for former players to stay involved through club administration or coaching with clubs crying out for volunteers. I know there a lots of marathon runners over 50 but that is running at a lower intensity pace that sprinting for a ball in Gaelic Football."
I'd say keeping fit and playing sport would normally be associated with reduced chance of heat attack!

Fun police out in force!

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1869 - 21/12/2023 18:30:04    2517587

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Replying To Mayonman:  "I'd say keeping fit and playing sport would normally be associated with reduced chance of heat attack!

Fun police out in force!"
Exactly. What should they do instead? Sit on the high stool drinking pints talking about football, or actually go out and play a bit if they still feel they're fit to?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9346 - 22/12/2023 09:24:48    2517622

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Replying To Freethinker:  "I think that most would agree with you in liking the "concept" in its earlier stages, the tweaks along the way kept improving it, but the concept got hijacked by a "win at all costs" mentality creeping in to the game - mostly initiated by one side, in my opinion. The last game I attended was nothing short of thuggery. Most people who love Gaelic football had had enough of this "hybrid model" when it was finally put to rest. I think our professional cousins from down under couldn't handle being equalled or even surpassed in skill by players from an amateur game."
Yeah, albeit the round ball was a big advantage to our players, I always felt that for a team of professionals to lose to a team of amateurs must have been pretty embarrassing.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1873 - 23/12/2023 06:19:02    2517682

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