Does Aussie Rules ruin young players? - 2 Like(s)
Why would anyone turn down the chance to try their hand at a professional sport, especially one that has similar skill sets to Gaelic football? I played aussie rules at C grade, then B grade when in Perth back in 2000 & 2001 (I was asked to play in the A grade in 2002 before getting sent home!) and found that it improved my Gaelic football game massively. I increased fitness, nutrition and discipline as well as improved my match management as well. When i returned home after being invited to by the lovely people at Australian Immigration I went to club football training and walked into the senior football team after being a junior player when I left. I love the game and feel that it had a massive impact on me Gaelic football wise. It won't work for some but it did for me!
thesilverfox (National) - 27/04/2017 11:24:17
Why New York - 1 Like(s)
New York & London done a lot for the GAA when it was struggling in the early part of the last century and continue to be massive international outposts. It is right that both continue to have an input in the Championship, it is just unfortunate that New York have logistical issues that mean they don't get the chance to have more games. They would likely go out after two games anyway.
As far as visa issues go, I don't think that is much of a problem now however when it was I was vert critical of their participation with such players that were illegal, I felt that a side playing in the Championship should have all legal or local players playing.
I'd love to see some sort of qualifier tournament take place between London, the rest of the UK, New York & Australasia to see who could play in the first round of the Championship proper for that season, logistically it would require a lot of thought, money & time off work for some but it would be good to see those teams getting more games against similar standard opposition. We should be looking for innovative ways to expand the Championship proper, starting by getting shot of the current system of Provincials/Qualifiers. I am in favour of a tiered system, I don't think there'd be much call for more than two to start with with a second tier including the sides mentioned above in some way.
thesilverfox (National) - 03/05/2017 08:47:25