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The Underdogs, 2019 Series.

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Well the Underdogs series is back. This is a legendary TG4 production. This year the management team includes ex Kerry captain and Báinsteoir Mickey Ned O Sullivan, ex Donegal and Gweedore (Gaobh Dobhair) legend Kevin Cassidy. And Valerie Mulcahy, former Cork ladies footballer. It is on Thursday, Déardaoin at 7.30pm. Notable players this year include the son of John O Leary. The former Dubs goalkeeper. The team will play Mayo in the finale. TG4 Déardaoin 7.30pm.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1901 - 26/09/2019 11:06:25    2239327

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Replying To galwayford:  "Well the Underdogs series is back. This is a legendary TG4 production. This year the management team includes ex Kerry captain and Báinsteoir Mickey Ned O Sullivan, ex Donegal and Gweedore (Gaobh Dobhair) legend Kevin Cassidy. And Valerie Mulcahy, former Cork ladies footballer. It is on Thursday, Déardaoin at 7.30pm. Notable players this year include the son of John O Leary. The former Dubs goalkeeper. The team will play Mayo in the finale. TG4 Déardaoin 7.30pm."
Wouldnt really call it legendary its a bit of a waste of time now. They got hammered by Dublin c team last year and knowing two lads that played in that game they cant even make their club teams. This year the same will happen against Mayo. Watched a bit of one of the shows and they got hammered by a Carlow club side and the standard of players on the team looked extremely poor

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 512 - 26/09/2019 11:24:57    2239336

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Ah it is only a bit of craic. Take it easy. Kerry legend Kieran Donaghy got his start in this series.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1901 - 26/09/2019 11:30:40    2239337

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I'll never understand in the underdogs how they can carry players who are blatantly out of shape with such a short time frame to work within. The same as last season.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 940 - 26/09/2019 11:36:34    2239339

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Replying To Bon:  "I'll never understand in the underdogs how they can carry players who are blatantly out of shape with such a short time frame to work within. The same as last season."
Because they have very little alternative. Nobody decent goes to these things anymore. Its either pick a big fella who might have a small bit of a ability but is just out of shape or pick a fella who can run but is at junior club level.

When Donaghy played for them it was i think the first year and was a great thing but it has long run its course since then.

As i said lads picked cant make their club teams. Eamon Donohoe the Irish times journalist was midfield for them last year he cant and didnt either last year make his Padraig Pearses side, Richie Green who scored the Peno against Dublin doesnt start for Athlone Gaa

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 512 - 26/09/2019 11:47:26    2239346

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I've wondered if they did this, but picked another country to run it from would it be a better watch?

For example Australia - gather players in one area who may be decent, train 5-6 times over a 2 week period, fly them home for a one off game and home again?

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6192 - 26/09/2019 13:35:23    2239369

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Replying To Bon:  "I'll never understand in the underdogs how they can carry players who are blatantly out of shape with such a short time frame to work within. The same as last season."
More worth their while looking outside of GAA and get some fast, powerful runners top physical conditioning (few 800m runners who played GAA underage) and tech them a bit of football!

Then combine them with good athletic footballers, but yeah its too short a tmeline to carry out of shape lads. Sorry lads but if your dying that much for a 2nd chance or whatever then you should be turning up in shape or killing urself with your club trying to get into shape

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 626 - 26/09/2019 13:39:20    2239371

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Know a lad that was selected to go up for the trials, but on the same weekend as club league game so couldnt go. Trials were in Kildare and Dublin i think, choice of either Saturday or Sunday trial. So it suit lads who arent playing with club or not fully committed to the club.

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 400 - 26/09/2019 13:47:21    2239376

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Total rubbish...was ok of a show at the beginning but it past its sell by date. I just wish they weren't playing Mayo as there is enough of a circus in MacHale Park going on the minute.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10241 - 27/09/2019 07:08:33    2239541

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Like any show of it's type nowadays. More interested in sob stories etc

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 391 - 27/09/2019 08:45:19    2239555

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Replying To The_DOC:  "More worth their while looking outside of GAA and get some fast, powerful runners top physical conditioning (few 800m runners who played GAA underage) and tech them a bit of football!

Then combine them with good athletic footballers, but yeah its too short a tmeline to carry out of shape lads. Sorry lads but if your dying that much for a 2nd chance or whatever then you should be turning up in shape or killing urself with your club trying to get into shape"
Good idea - also rugby guys, boxers etc. At least they'd be in shape. I like the idea of the show though

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 760 - 27/09/2019 09:17:48    2239561

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It is a great series. Sláinte.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1901 - 27/09/2019 09:21:00    2239562

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I enjoy it. They seem to be better than last year's team. Mayo is a good team for them play as while they are very high profile they make a game of it even when playing against much poorer quality opposition as evidenced by the qualifiers in recent years.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 571 - 27/09/2019 21:54:04    2239737

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What was the purpose of Cassidy playing with Gaoith Dobhair, they had loads of players, he was part of the m'ment team of the Underdogs. Too difficult to make an assessment of players & play as well, divided focus, very poor decision. Mickey Ned & Valerie are the real deal though & worth watching.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1030 - 29/09/2019 16:22:42    2240048

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Replying To moc.dna:  "What was the purpose of Cassidy playing with Gaoith Dobhair, they had loads of players, he was part of the m'ment team of the Underdogs. Too difficult to make an assessment of players & play as well, divided focus, very poor decision. Mickey Ned & Valerie are the real deal though & worth watching."
I couldn't understand the point of that myself, surely he would have been in a far better place on the sideline to make an assessment of their performance. Unless of course its an ego thing.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 940 - 29/09/2019 18:30:58    2240075

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Replying To Bon:  "I couldn't understand the point of that myself, surely he would have been in a far better place on the sideline to make an assessment of their performance. Unless of course its an ego thing."
A bit of an appendage comparison exercise going on with KC.

He was a fantastic county footballer and still able to compete at high level for club.

Have to agree no point rubbing it in, or it could be a ploy to try and get more out of them either.

Blitzkrig (Fermanagh) - Posts: 10 - 04/10/2019 15:37:58    2241353

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Replying To Blitzkrig:  "A bit of an appendage comparison exercise going on with KC.

He was a fantastic county footballer and still able to compete at high level for club.

Have to agree no point rubbing it in, or it could be a ploy to try and get more out of them either."
That said I do like him and I'm finding this series more enjoyable so far than last year's effort.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 940 - 04/10/2019 15:49:56    2241356

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Brendan O'Sullivan from Kerry is joining up with them. He will be a big addition for them.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 571 - 04/10/2019 16:46:50    2241364

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The origional Underdogs series 15 years ago was the bees knees.
Great craic watching lads develop over the summer of practicallly intercounty training.

But these days taking on the dubs or any decent inter county team is totally silly.
Watch the show the odd time now but nah doesnt do it for me.
Token gesture having Valerie Mulcahy on too. Who was a great footballer in her day but looks lost in the show.

woops (Kerry) - Posts: 2073 - 04/10/2019 18:03:48    2241374

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Felt sorry for the Kerry man sent home. You can't build a team if some fellas are getting selected but not showing up, when others are giving it their all, just breeds contempt. Kerry man was rightly peeved, the guy from Westmeath should have got the bullet.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1030 - 04/10/2019 19:45:23    2241399

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