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Alan Dillon Comparing GAA Referees With Soccer - 4 Like(s)
Rugby referees have made complete cock ups of crucial matches at the highest level. In 2017 Lions series the ref awarded a late penalty correctly to NZ but then decided as match was a draw to award a scrum. Beyond farcical. In 2015 WC Scotland were robbed against Australia by a ref who blew the final whistle as he ran for the tunnel. Laughable if it wasn't so serious. Rugby officials not nearly as respected as we're led to believe. The numbers playing each week are far fewer than GAA or soccer, hence fewer controversial incidents

Claretandblue (National) - 05/12/2021 21:23:17

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 3 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "And you still haven't added anything to hoganstand by way of a discussion or a debate, you just keeping pumping out the old same raiméis."
And all you have added is 10 years of whinging about Dublin -:)

superbluedub (National) - 05/12/2021 21:05:17

Money Grabbing Gareth Brooks - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Square_B:  "Good man Barney, least we know where you stand. People with attitudes like you sicken me. Thank God people like you are a dying breed."
Really? Do you honestly think that Ireland is going to turn out any better than the places i mentioned? I hope for all our sakes you are right, but there is no evidence to suggest that you are.

BarneyGrant (National) - 05/12/2021 12:10:44

Money Grabbing Gareth Brooks - 1 Like(s)
All big outdoor gigs are rubbish anyway, regardkless of who's playing. Performer miles away. Sound disappears into the air. You watch them on a big screen. Thick necked bouncers and crush gates everywhere. I grew up on largely unsupervised small indoors gigs during the punk era, and they were great crack. It's all very soulless and bourgeois now. Small intimate gig beats a big and boring money-spinning event any day.

essmac (National) - 05/12/2021 12:37:35

All Things Galway Hurling - 1 Like(s)

Replying To katser:  "Co Senior Hurling Final at last! And as I predicted its St.Thomas' v Clairnbridge Final! A very experienced Thomas' team against a young talented 'Bridge team... should be a great Final. I'm going with St.Thomas' to win and become the 1st Galway team to win 4 in a row since the great Turlough team of the 1960's."
Co. SHC Final St.Thomas' 0-20 Clairnbridge 0-17 Congratulations Thomas' fantastic achievement 4 in a row for such a rural Club! I'm absolutely delighted they won.

katser (National) - 05/12/2021 14:35:43

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 1 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Ya Barney the Kerry team from 2010 on was in serious decline. From 2009 after losing our goalie Diarmuid Murphy our full back Tommy Griffin our centreback Mike Mccarthy our midfielders Darragh O'sé and Séamus Scanlon Also Kennelly and Tommy Walsh had gone to Oz, David Moran who was breaking into the team was recovering from a cruciate. A country team can't lose those kinda players and stay on top."
Still at the whinging -:)

superbluedub (National) - 05/12/2021 15:46:47

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 1 Like(s)

Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "Ya Barney the Kerry team from 2010 on was in serious decline. From 2009 after losing our goalie Diarmuid Murphy our full back Tommy Griffin our centreback Mike Mccarthy our midfielders Darragh O'sé and Séamus Scanlon Also Kennelly and Tommy Walsh had gone to Oz, David Moran who was breaking into the team was recovering from a cruciate. A country team can't lose those kinda players and stay on top."
I was trying to be nice coming up to Christmas. You have a great boost down there now with that full time professional centre of excellence, so it won't be too many years before you are back being competitive at the top level. Football needs Kerry. I'd be the first one to stand over that. Gaels in Tyrone and Mayo would all agree with that I am certain.

BarneyGrant (National) - 05/12/2021 16:20:53

All Things Galway Hurling - 1 Like(s)

Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "I think Clarinbridge have a great chance today in the county final. The fact that they won 2 of their recent championship games in atrocious weather conditions suggests to me that they have found that grit and "dog" in them that they seemed to lack in recent years. They are an outfit brimming with talent but seem to have matured this year into a really good team. I will be not at all surprised if they win it. Beosport have the start time as 1.30pm but the online ticket purchase for attendance at the match states the throw in time is 13.00 hrs which I presume is the correct time. Dont get caught out!"
I was quite disappointed with Clarinbridge today. They didnt have the "dog" or the grit in them that I hoped they had developed. They were physically dominated and lost every "scrum" to St. Thomas's and lost far too many of their own puckouts., which led sometimes to some easy scores. But they are a young team and coming from Senior B meant they'd have had to raise their level of performance today a few notches more than they are used to doing. They have time on their side and maybe can put the learnings from today to good use next year. Great congratulations to St Thomas's on their brilliant achievement. For such a small club with limited resources to win 4 in a row is something else.

PoolSturgeon (National) - 05/12/2021 20:17:09

Monaghan Club Football - 1 Like(s)
This is the day the music died in terms of this Scotstown team winning an Ulster Club title. They were unlucky in 15 and 18 and probably their best shot would have been 19 but they were so focused on Cross that they took their eye off the ball for Clontibret. Even if they had beaten Glen yesterday hard to see how they would have competed against a Kilcoo team that would have had the cobwebs blow away in a fortnight following their run out v Ramour on Saturday. No team from Cavan or Fermanagh have won an Ulster Club. Of the 7 counties that have, our wait since Blayney in 1991, is the longest by 18 years when St Galls last won for Antrim in 2009. Based on the strength of the Ulster Club at the minute, it's hard to see how that wait will come to an end anytime soon.

FootblockREF (National) - 06/12/2021 07:24:42

Wicklow GAA thread - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Freethinker:  "Very well thought out, and articulated post, Wicklowsupport and there is not one person in this county or outside it who could honestly put up any cogent alternative view. You have hit every nail smack bang on the head, and I have no idea in truth how to even suggest how we can set about fixing any of our many failings."
I swear people in Wicklow actually enjoy the misery more than anything. Where were all the essay long posts after Blessington beat St. Columbas, a team who won Leinster a few years ago? Naas were too good for Blessington, not 13 points better, but still too good. Some of the goals Blesso conceded were poor and they had no free taker. I'd hazard a guess neither of you were at the match? That Naas team will be in a Leinster final and could run Kilmacud or Portarlington close.

Victorious87 (National) - 06/12/2021 09:03:18