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by Plain of the Herbs
Sun May 09, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

I don't agree with a lot of this. But don't take this personally, Tank, you're a good contributor. First, I don't agree with this 'let the ball do the work' craic. In this day and age, WE do the work, and we certainly need to outwork the opposition. With the advantage rule now effectively gone, most...
by Plain of the Herbs
Sun May 09, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

With up to seven subs now permitted, the team that will finish will be very different to the one that starts. There are eleven named subs, one is a goalkeeper who will only be needed in an emergency, so up to seven out of the ten outfield subs will get on. So reasonable to expect Shane Dooley, David...
by Plain of the Herbs
Sat May 08, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

A few things I’d like to see. Offaly controlling the game. At least 170 individual possessions (they had an abysmal 130 in 70 minutes against Down, Liam MacCarthy teams can do 250 per game, but this is the first game of the year, after only three week’s collective training. Control the game. Don’t g...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu May 06, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

Meath GAA are broadcasting a visual on d'internet. Check the Meath GAA website.
BiffoInThurso wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 8:56 pm
Is it being broadcast on d’internet or just the radio?
by Plain of the Herbs
Tue May 04, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Div 3 South predictions & general comment
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Div 3 North predictions & general comment

If Limerick, Waterford, Tipperary, Carlow, Wicklow and Offaly are in division 3 north, who's in division 3 South? Must be France and Spain?
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

The League will be challenging for several reasons: Only three weeks of collective training (and the third week will relatively light) and every game is a League final with no margin for error. That’s alright if you’ve a settled team, but Offaly are building from scratch, building a system of play, ...
by Plain of the Herbs
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

I’ve been researching club and county archives for a good while now. And the one common trend is that success discriminates in favour of those who are organised, on and off the field. That Minor football decade, as you say, fed the 71/72 teams, and while I can’t pinpoint exactly the years Fr Gillool...
by Plain of the Herbs
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Something I wanted to pick up on was Offaly’s Minor football success in the decade 1957 through to 1966, who they played, who they beat, and who went on to give long Senior service and who was there in 1971 and 1972. Quite a few spent three years at the grade while others played Senior on their firs...
by Plain of the Herbs
Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: Offaly Hurling 2021
Replies: 86
Views: 6650

Re: Offaly Hurling 2021

Because oneshot (and his other online alter egos) is still living in the 1990s. A decade that ended 21 years ago.
greenairfield wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:54 pm
oneshot how can you come out with something like "we should have enough" for Carlow on what grounds?
by Plain of the Herbs
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Aye. The posting of Fr Nicholas Clavin to California following his ordination in 1973 is another example. Interestingly it was similar pastoral reshuffling in 1970 that saw Fr Tom Scully unceremoniously banished to South Africa with Offaly getting close. It is entirely possible that if the men in th...
by Plain of the Herbs
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

As well as the relative youth of the Offaly team, something that has struck me is the height of the Offaly team. Now I know people are taller nowadays anyway, but of that Offaly’s 1971 team, only Kieran Claffey (6’1”) and Murt Connor (6’2”) stood in excess of six foot tall. And Nick Clavin, Kevin Ki...
by Plain of the Herbs
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Go raibh maith agat, a chara.
True Red wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:33 am
Fantastic Article POTH.
by Plain of the Herbs
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Good point. And when you watch the available video of the 1972 replay, when they were absolutely rampant, you think the same. Complacency cost them against Galway in 1973's All-Ireland semi-final, and probably cost them against Dublin in 1974 too. By then, Paddy McCormack's eye injury forced his ret...
by Plain of the Herbs
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

Re: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

Thank you. Lockdown Bank Holiday project. I genuinely don't know if it was unusual or not. Sall samole size, but Galway were even younger. They had 5 who were 22 or under, 3 who were 23, 3 were 24 and 4 were 25 or over. Séamus Leyden was the oldest at 29. Their average age was 23.4. Offaly's was 24....
by Plain of the Herbs
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Offaly GAA
Topic: 50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final
Replies: 15
Views: 2087

50 years on, how Offaly won the 1971 All-Ireland final

There were no guarantees. Countless great times have come and gone without winning that coveted All-Ireland. Cork in the 1970s, Roscommon on the late ‘70s, and Mayo God help them, arguably the second best team of all time. Offaly had been sowing the seeds. A Leinster Senior breakthrough in 1960 befo...