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by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

Overhead striking – ball breaks to the opponent covering behind. Pulling on the ground – ball will more likely be collected by an opponent and a scoring attempt will ensue (item: Limerick’s 26th point last Sunday) Breaking hurls – Why? Goal poaching – fair enough Driving it as far as you can – same ...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

I was referring to ball playing corner-backs, something Offaly hurlers were pioneers of.
frankthetank wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:36 pm
And in even more recent times I would classify Stephen Egan, Niall Wynne and Paddy Rigney as excellent defenders.
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

Simon Whelahan was probably one of the first of the 'pure hurling' corner backs, with David Franks following a few years later, and then Conor Hernon and Michael Verney later again. Can we actually name some out and out defenders in the game now? Not ball playing wing backs like Diarmuid Byrnes but ...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

I think the art of attacking has changed. Hurlers like Morrissey and Hegarty don't stand still for very long. It may look on television like they are unmarked, but the reality is that they have made a supporting run to collect a pass. All they need is a yard of a jump start and they are away. I thin...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

What skills have been lost? (Please don't answer 'overhead striking' or 'poking the ball away on the ground' or 'hitting the ball as far as you can out of your way' or 'breaking hurls' all of which merely give possession away to the other team and in my opinion are no loss to hurling.) Watching the ...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: DIV 3 NFL predictions and general chit chat.
Replies: 240
Views: 84385

Re: DIV 3 NFL predictions and general chit chat.

Great post, White Grass. I don't watch much football but I know there's certainly more to the game than selecting six defenders in the backs, six prolific scorers in attack, and letting them off to kick the ball as far as it will go.
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: DIV 3 NFL predictions and general chit chat.
Replies: 240
Views: 84385

Re: DIV 3 NFL predictions and general chit chat.

No. They were promoted from division 4 in 1996/97, beaten by Kildare in the quarter-final. The 1997/98 NFL saw a restructure and four seeded groups were drawn.
Fairplayalways wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:44 am
Wasnt that it, didnt offaly win the league in 1998 from the lower division....have I that right..
by Plain of the Herbs
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

Arra hould on! Do you want the Kildare management showing up for a look? 400 years on, some people still haven't learned the lessons of the Battle of Kinsale.
by Plain of the Herbs
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

So as not to finish on a note of complete doom and gloom, I would point out that four of the six top scorers in this year's Senior hurling championship were on the Offaly U20 team last year. They are Cathal Kiely, David Nally, Brian Duignan and Killian Sampson. And yes, I know they are freetakers, b...
by Plain of the Herbs
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2020
Replies: 470
Views: 145478

Re: Offaly Hurling 2020

In my opinion, playing the All-Ireland champions, or any other top nine team, at this stage is not a wise thing to do. Apart from the obvious damage to morale a 29 point defeat will bring, Offaly won’t have had the opportunity to play the type of game they would hope to play against Kildare in a for...
by Plain of the Herbs
Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Senior A Football Champioship
Replies: 27
Views: 8241

Re: Senior A Football Champioship

Tullamore won the first one, in 1896 and have been Senior ever since. I would have guessed Rhode were too, but I pulled the club's centenary history just to be sure and I was surprised to see they were regraded Junior in 1917. They won the 1917 Junior at the first attempt and have been Senior ever s...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Senior A Football Champioship
Replies: 27
Views: 8241

Re: Senior A Football Champioship

Been Senior since they won the Intermediate in 1956.
NewEra wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:27 am
- Clara relegated from Senior - have they ever played in the second tier before?
by Plain of the Herbs
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Senior A and B Hurling Championships 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 37973

Re: Senior A and B Hurling Championships 2020

The decision taken by the GAA was one that had to be made. It's tough on anyone that has county finals (or any other club games) coming up, but unfortunately, otherwise sane people have taken leave of their senses in the course of county final winning celebrations. It's not just in Cork last Sunday,...
by Plain of the Herbs
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Standard of Senior club hurling in Offaly
Replies: 46
Views: 11239

Re: Standard of Senior club hurling in Offaly

They're on the master fixtures plan currently in place. Football's round 1 scheduled for weekend 10th/11th October, hurling on weekend 17th/18th October.
private joker wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:08 am
Will there be any leagues this year?.
by Plain of the Herbs
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Senior A and B Hurling Championships 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 37973

Re: Senior A and B Hurling Championships 2020

In fairness, most likely no one's here's been to see many matches, if at all. I've been to the three Lusmagh games, plus one other (sshhhh!) and that's it. I haven't had time to watch any Senior A matches on the computer. Thought a few more would be on discussing the two senior A semi-finals this co...