National - Dual players

A common discussion.
Is there any dual players out there aside from wicklows Chester?
Is there more the GAA could do to accommodate dual players?

WW9 (Wicklow) - Posts:63 - 17/05/2017 14:11:12   1987532

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Replying To WW9:  "A common discussion.
Is there any dual players out there aside from wicklows Chester?
Is there more the GAA could do to accommodate dual players?"
Fergal Boland and Keith Higgins from Mayo. IMO there's not so much the GAA can do about the dearth of dual players at county level these days, as county managers tend to be hostile towards dualism. It's understandable to an extent, given the level of effort required to play even one code at inter-county these days, not to mention the competing demands of colleges and clubs also.

It seems to be different in the ladies' codes- think there are several from Cork who have managed both in recent years.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts:1350 - 17/05/2017 15:06:33   1987566

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Replying To Gleebo:  "Fergal Boland and Keith Higgins from Mayo. IMO there's not so much the GAA can do about the dearth of dual players at county level these days, as county managers tend to be hostile towards dualism. It's understandable to an extent, given the level of effort required to play even one code at inter-county these days, not to mention the competing demands of colleges and clubs also.

It seems to be different in the ladies' codes- think there are several from Cork who have managed both in recent years."
a disgrace Wicklow football captain havin to play the Christy ring sf on sat !! Joke would it happen to a cork ,Dublin or Galway ... sooner croke park narrows the country to eight the Better for CORPORATE GAA

curnew (Wicklow) - Posts:425 - 17/05/2017 16:31:32   1987617

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Fair play to Chester. Noone on the Longford football panel would even dream of playing county hurling.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts:3548 - 18/05/2017 01:23:15   1987775

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Its hasn't happened in Antrim for a long time dispite a lot of players who would be and are dual stars for their club teams. In fact looking at my own club, I know that players find it difficult to do both at present. There doesn't seem to be much badge unity in this day and age. Managers tend to have their own tunnel vision with no tolerance for disruption. Hats off to the lads who do try their hand at both but certainly at county level, with semi professionalism on its way, i can only see the dual star becoming a dying breed.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts:1557 - 18/05/2017 11:38:26   1987867

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There was an interested study published by Liam Hennessy of Setanta College suggesting that at elite (inter-county) minor level, dual players may actually be LESS prone to injury that their single code counterparts. This certainly contradicts the prevailing notion that young players need to specialise early.

football first (All) - Posts:1089 - 18/05/2017 12:38:10   1987891

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Replying To football first:  "There was an interested study published by Liam Hennessy of Setanta College suggesting that at elite (inter-county) minor level, dual players may actually be LESS prone to injury that their single code counterparts. This certainly contradicts the prevailing notion that young players need to specialise early."
I'd like to see that study more publicised.

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts:3548 - 18/05/2017 13:37:16   1987935

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There was an interested study published by Liam Hennessy of Setanta College suggesting that at elite (inter-county) minor level, dual players may actually be LESS prone to injury that their single code counterparts. This certainly contradicts the prevailing notion that young players need to specialise early.

football first (All) - Posts:1063 - 18/05/2017


There's plenty of studies to show that athletes shouldn't specialize in any sport when they're young. Haven't seen Hennessy's but I'd imagine it's a just another angle on that.

The more sports the better, and coaches who say a child should focus on one particular sport aren't saying it because it's in the child's best interest.

if_in_doubt (Kildare) - Posts:3466 - 18/05/2017 14:59:25   1987981

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