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Posts Tagged ‘ Bernard Brogan ’

Why Strength And Conditioning Matters

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Hi my name is Noel Flynn and I am a Strength and Conditioning Coach. What is that you may ask? It sounds like something to do with bodybuilding right? Wrong! So before I explain a bit about what Strength and Conditioning is or S&C like it is becoming known for short, I will give a bit of detail about WHY I got into the field of S&C. I have always been sports mad. I played soccer for Hillcrest, ran with Lucan Harriers, swam in Stewarts and played hurling with Lucan Sarsfields but my main sport to this day is Gaelic Football which I continue to play at Intermediate Level with Lucan Sarsfields. So sport has always been a huge influence in the life of myself and my family. As a kid I was playing or competing in some sport pretty much every single day. Sport was the be all and end all really and I gave huge commitment to it, especially the Gaelic and gradually the other sports fell by the wayside. I really recommend kids trying a number of sports as there is something to be gained from all of them but that topic is for another day. Continue reading

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GAA: Final Four Aim For All Ireland Glory

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All-Ireland Football Semi-Final

Donegal v Dublin

This will be another rip roaring game of football, but tactics and how these sides approach the game will determine the flow as Donegal are designed to pounce on the opposition mistakes. Monaghan did this well for the opening quarter of their encounter with Dublin before fatigue and other factors allowed Dublin to breach the Monaghan defence and it started raining scores for the Dubs in Croke Park. This will certainly not happen this weekend. Donegal will go out to impose themselves physically and mentally in this game as Armagh did to Cavan earlier in the Championship.

The defence for both sides will be a key area Firstly looking at the Dubs, they will use their backline as their platform for their attack as they can’t afford to kick the ball long down field as Donegal will shut down that avenue very quickly, it may take a very long time for Dublin to breach the Donegal rearguard, but they will get chances. Monaghan’s defence held out for 25 Minutes, Donegal could well hold out for about 60 Minutes, but putting a figure on it, is very hard. Donegal will play ultra-defensively but they will need to push up on the Dublin kickouts, a thing that Laois did well against them in the Leinster Championship. They can’t afford to gift Dublin possession; otherwise it will be a matter of how long before Dublin breach through their defence. Stephen Cluxton’s kickouts could be a good indicator of whether Donegal are going to throw caution to the wind or set-up a real tough blanket defence. Donegal need to push up on Dublin, a thing Mayo (the last team to beat the Dubs in Croke Park) have been quite good at recent years. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Dublin Advance To Semi Final Date

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11

A late point from Paddy McBrearty fired 2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal into an All Ireland semi final against Dublin as they overcame Ulster rivals Armagh at Croke Park.

The first half started rather slowly and Armagh soon began to impose themselves on the opposition as they started adding points from Tony Kernan, Aaron Kernan and Aidan Forker. This game was a lot more open than most other Ulster matches. Armagh seemed to be in control of this game and they were playing much better football however all their good work was undone when Donegal’s Odhran McNiallais found the back of the net with the help of the post. This goal was completely against the run of play and it helped keep Donegal in touch approaching half time. Donegal improved after this for the remainder of the half and they retook the lead and went in at half time leading by two points. Continue reading

Leinster GAA: Dublin, Kildare And Wexford Advance

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16

Laois were the visitors to Croke Park this past weekend and certainly rattled Dublin feathers with a strong first half performance before the reigning All Ireland champions mounted a game winning comeback.

Laois controlled the first half with Ross Munnelly and Donie Kingston in excellent form while goalkeeper Graham Brody kept Jim Gavin’s side at bay.  Their cause was further boosted when Bernard Brogan left the play with an injury. Laois proved consistent with their point taking and would head in to half time two points clear of their opponents, thanks in large part to Brody, the post and the crossbar. Continue reading

GAA: Dublin And Monaghan Secure League Glory

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Allianz National Football League Division 1 Final

Dublin 3-19 Derry 1-10

Dublin blitz Derry aside with second half goals from Kevin McManamon, Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan.

The first half started at a slow pace although Derry surprised most with an early goal when Cailean O’Boyle was setup for a tidy finish to the Dublin net. Despite this Dublin got several free flowing points to completely pull away from the oakleafers as Derry remained scoreless for a long period in the first half.  Dublin seemed to step off the pace a little towards the end of the half as they found it difficult to break down Derry’s defence and had to go laterally across the pitch to make some headway going forward. It took Derry a long time to settle down, but they did show they possessed as much of a goal threat as the Dubs. Continue reading

14 Man Derry Overcome Mayo As Dublin Comeback Stuns Rebels

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Derry and Dublin both emerged victorious from this weekend’s semi finals to set up a pulsating national league final in two weeks time.

Derry 2-15 Mayo 1-16

Mayo started this game well, showing solidity at the back while establishing an early lead but Derry would have the final say. Derry pegged back their opponents despite some poor handling errors from their forwards as Cailean O’Boyle slotted the ball into the net. Mayo soon regained their composure as Andy Moran pulled a goal back. A challenge in the lead up to Moran’s goal resulted in the oakleafers being reduced to 14 players as Fergal Doherty received his marching orders for a second bookable offence. However, despite the sending off and Mayo having an extra player to their advantage, it was Derry who dominated the remainder of the half to establish a single point lead at half time. Continue reading

Dublin Claim 24th All-Ireland Title While Mayo Minors Impress

Dublin v Mayo - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Like that , it was all over.

140 minutes that would forever shape the history and destiny of Mayo GAA culminated in minor success and senior failure as the men from out west were swallowed up by a sea of blue that brought Sam Maguire back to Dublin after a one year absence.

All Ireland Senior Football Final

Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-14

The Sam Maguire has returned to Dublin for the second time in three years after a one point victory over Mayo saw the boys in blue prevail in yesterday’s All Ireland Final.

Dublin’s ability to convert opportunities proved crucial in the second half as they edged out the westerners in this game  with an excellent brace from Bernard Brogan the main difference between both sides. Continue reading

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