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Posts Tagged ‘ Kildare GAA ’

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: Mayo Hold Off Cork As Monaghan Scrape Past Lilywhites

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All-Ireland Quarter Finals

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15

Mayo held off a resilient Cork side to secure a semi final date with Kerry following a narrow one point win at Croke Park.

The first half started at a slow pace with Mayo wasting a lot of opportunities, as Cork began to settle down more quickly. Cork took the lead with some excellent scores from Brian Hurley in the opening part of the first half. Mayo took longer to find their shooting boots, but when they did get going they got right back into the game. The game was point for point for most of the rest of the first half with a tense atmosphere developing between both sides.

The second half saw Mayo exert some control over the game and they looked like pulling away as they built up some a big lead with great points from Alan Dillon and Andy Moran. Mayo stepped off the gas which allowed the rebels back into the game and the reliable Donnacha O’Connor notched up 1-3 for his side with a superbly well taken goal to reel back the westerners. Mayo remained composed and their patience paid off when Aidan O’Shea rounded the Cork goalie Ken O’Halloran to give Mayo a much needed boost. It was to be tense once more as straight after this Brian Hurley cut through the Mayo cover to blast his shot to the Mayo net to keep the rebels within the game. Mayo seemed a little nerve wrecked after conceding this goal, but they stuck to their task and added some late points to ensure their victory despite some late pressure from Cork. Continue reading

GAA: Mayo Battle Rebels As Kerry Face Tribesmen

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All Ireland Football Quarter Finals

Cork v Mayo

This will be by far the game of the weekend with Mayo having failed to win an All-Ireland in recent times and this Cork side are looking for some redemption to overcome their poor showing so far in this championship.  Getting badly beaten by Kerry in the Munster final and their near miss against Tipperary will give them all the motivation they need to spark an upturn in fortune. Cork may have made into the All-Ireland quarter final stage but they have been far from impressive so far in this year’s championship.  Mayo will certain fancy their chances against the rebels this weekend as they have been far more impressive as the championship has progressed.  Mayo have been doing what is required of them to get to this stage of the championship and have shown some weaknesses in their play particularly in defence and midfield as they haven’t been as prominent as last year. Cork will need to use Paul Kerrigan’s influence once again to link up play between defence and attack and this could result in some problems for the Connacht champions.

Cork have been poor so far in this championship and this is the game that they will judge their championship on. Mayo will likely need to improve around midfield and more so around defence. Cork’s poor showing in the championship and Mayo’s need to perform to the same heights as last year makes this game a hard one to call. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Dublin Lift Provincial Titles

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Ulster Senior Football Final

Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-9

Donegal are kings of Ulster following a three point win over Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Football Final this afternoon.

Monaghan will be disappointed with their display as they lacked penetration and resorted to kicking hopeless long balls into their forwards whom were completely outnumbered by Donegal defenders.

Donegal showed more enterprise in attack as both sides set up to play quite defensively. Donegal got going quicker and some good scores helped them establish an early lead. Monaghan found it rather difficult to break down Donegal’s defence. Monaghan only managed to get three scores in the opening half as they were reliant on frees and their lack of threat up front allowed Jim McGuinness’ men to lead by two points at the break. Continue reading

GAA: Big Guns To Battle In Provincial Deciders

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Ulster Senior Football Final

Monaghan v Donegal

Monaghan and Donegal are set again to meet in this year’s Ulster Final, a replay of last year’s provincial clash and this year’s division 2. Monaghan have been able to break Donegal’s stronghold in Ulster in the last two years and outside of Dublin and Mayo they have been the only side capable of stopping Jim McGuinness and his team. Monaghan will certainly needed to play with a fierce intensity as they did in last year’s Ulster final but it will be Donegal’s turn to be underdogs this time and this could suit them. Continue reading

GAA: Clare Crush Carlow As Armagh KO Tyrone

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers Round 2B

Cavan 0-5 Roscommon 1-16

Roscommon cruised past Cavan this weekend at Kingspan Breffni Park for this round 2 qualifier.

Both of these sides played against each other in the division 3 final earlier this year with Roscommon coming out on top in that encounter and a similar pattern quickly emerged.

The first half of this game was poor, with neither side impressing. Roscommon edged a low scoring first half at the break by a score of 0-3 to 0-2. Both sides were wasteful in front of goal.

Roscommon were certainly not intent on repeating their first half exploits and knocked over eight unanswered points. Some good scores from Diarmuid Murtagh put them in the driving seat as Cavan failed to bring their shooting boots with them to this game. Roscommon ‘s blistering start to the second half killed all Cavan hope and they advance to the next round, where they will surely face a tougher challenge. Continue reading

GAA: Mourne Men Aim To Down Kildare In Qualifiers

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All Ireland football Qualifiers Round 2B

Down v Kildare

Down have progressed well so far in the championship since losing their opening round game of the championship to a replay against Tyrone. Kildare will certainly have to address their issues in defence as if the repeat that performance they will be hammered if this Down side has their football boots on. Down are a side that are inconsistent in some ways but can be team that can be unbeatable at times. Kildare need to dominate possession and need to stop leaking easy scores and they could be in with a shout of winning this match otherwise they will be going down and out of the championship.

Verdict: Down

Carlow v Clare

Carlow host Clare for this Round 2 Championship clash, with both sides having already overcome Waterford in this year’s championship. Carlow will be disappointed that they only won by a single point but Clare on the other hand have been very positive in their victory over Waterford while they also put in a strong showing against Kerry. Clare’s midfield will be crucial and I think they may just have enough to overcome Carlow. Home advantage won’t be enough for Carlow come the final whistle.

Verdict: Clare

Tyrone v Armagh

This will be one of the games of the weekend. These two teams that have dominated the Ulster Championship in the last decade will once again be going to battle.

Tyrone will certainly fancy their chances with home advantage and a strong mobile unit of players at their disposal. Armagh will need to play better and need to tidy up how they tackle their opponents. They will also need to stop conceding frees to the opposition which is keeping them in the game. Armagh will look to the likes of Jamie Clarke for their scores, but Monaghan did a very good defensive job on eliminating his influence in the Armagh attack. Tyrone will be looking at Peter Harte and Sean Cavanagh to help them get through this local rivalry.

Verdict: Tyrone

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