Is it possible to a view a game through fresh eyes? To sit back and let what unfolds take its course without expectation, opinion, or prediction to cloud the experience?The extent to which we are swayed by previous behaviours, results, and the weight of history makes it very difficult, but it is possible if we work hard against the many biases that fight to feed our opinion. The groundswell of derision against some GAA teams who are destined for an early summer holiday this year is balanced by the love-in other teams are experiencing based on a couple of good performances at the beginning of the championship.Last week, this column spoke about the momentum killers a team under the cosh could deploy to take the heat off them for a moment or two to regroup in the middle of a game. It was not meant to suggest managers and their coaching teams should be on the chopping block because of a couple of below-par showings, as some vultures chose to think. It was merely a suggestion to help lift … [Read more...] about Are Tipp responding to Sheedy’s Pygmalion Effect?
19 May 2019; Patrick Maher of Tipperaryn is tackled by Conor Gleeson of Waterford, which let to a second yellow card for Gleeson, during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles in Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/SportsfileSaturday, June 01, 2019 - 05:00 AM Two games, two wins. For 4-58, Against 1-42. Average winning margin 12.5 points. Aggregate from play – inevitably the most interesting bit for experienced observers like us – 4-27 (2-24 against Cork, 2-23 against Waterford). Total number of wides: 20 (desirable – not so many that squandermania is an issue, not so few that their shooting isn’t open to improvement). Time of first wide against Waterford: 19th minute. Shall we get it over with and make it easy on everyone by just giving them the MacCarthy Cup now..?One cannot think of anything more calculated to draw a shudder from our old friend, the man on the Clonmel omnibus, than … [Read more...] about What will happen when Tipp have to sing for their supper?
A crowd incident — which was filmed and widely circulated on social media — at last Sunday’s Munster SHC clash between Tipperary and Waterford led to two arrests, but the Munster Council has stressed that such incidents are an exception.Yesterday, sources in the council pointed out that “out of hundreds of thousands of people who have attended matches in recent years, perhaps 10 people have been taken out of stadiums for misbehaviour, and half of those would have been for lighting flares, rather than fighting.“What happened last Sunday is not in character with the crowds you get at GAA games, and the fact that this incident is so newsworthy proves that. “The stewards and gardaí were on the scene fast last Sunday and handled it well, but we don’t want to see a repeat of that.”A garda statement issued after the incident said: “Gardaí in Thurles, who were working at the match in Semple Stadium, attended an incident in the … [Read more...] about Crowd trouble ‘an exception’, insist Munster GAA chiefs
Diarmuid O’Sullivan believes the work-rate of the Cork attack has to improve significantly if they are to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat to Tipperary. The three-time All-Ireland winning full-back also feels too much responsibility rests on the shoulders of Patrick Horgan.While rating Shane Kingston as having performed reasonably well, O’Sullivan felt captain Seamus Harnedy’s 1-3 haul was deceptive as “he went missing for a lot of the game” and Alan Cadogan is badly needed for Sunday’s trip to Limerick.“It was interesting after the game when John Meyler come out and questioned if the Cork forwards outside of Hoggie were working hard enough?” said the Paddy Power GAA columnist. “Was that the right platform to single them out? It was an interesting take on it, but it is probably something that was better kept inside the dressing room to have it out.“Aidan Walsh came on in the 59th minute, Declan Dalton after that and then … [Read more...] about O’Sullivan says Cork must up work-rate after Tipp defeat
Kelly, the county's leading scorer in the history of the championship, has already joined Liam Sheedy's setup on a number of occasions this year. He has been working with the Premier County's free takers as they ramp up preparations for their Munster SHC opener against Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday week. Successful The Mullinahone star is another link to Tipperary's All-Ireland final win of 2010. Kelly captained that team, which stopped Kilkenny's drive for five, while Sheedy was the manager. Eamon O'Shea was part of the successful setup that year too, and he's involved once more in an advisory capacity. Elsewhere, McGrath is enjoying his first season out of the inter-county game after five years in charge of the Déise, but he is open to a return to the county stage in the future, even within his native province. The Waterford-based teacher said: "I wouldn't rule anything out." "I wouldn't rule anything out. Traditionally a lot of the Munster counties don't go … [Read more...] about Kelly answers Tipp call as McGrath open to return