Tactics not Passion: Getting to know Donegal

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

In a special feature, Emmet Ryan looks at the development of Donegal’s 45-45 defence and the challenges awaiting the Ulster champions in the 2012 season.
Finding what fits
Donegal endured some lean years in Ulster prior to the radical change in strategy deployed by Jim McGuinness over the 2011 season. With such a barren stretch, albeit [...]

Tactics not Passion: Garrycastle beat St Brigid’s 1-8 to 0-10 to win Leinster club final

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Tús maith leath na hoibre may be a cliché but it was dominance in the early going that proved decisive for Garrycastle as they claimed their first ever Leinster Senior Football title.
Dolan dominates early
Dessie Dolan’s attacking threat was always going to be vital to Garrycastle and he found ample room to shoot from the left [...]

Festive season offers genuine sense of unpredictability

Friday, December 16th, 2011

With the rush of fixtures across the water over the festive season, Henry Bridge talks about why this is a great time of year to be a Football fan.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. And what football fan could disagree with those sentiments? Football at Christmas goes back a long way. No surprise really, that [...]

Live: State of the Winning – Ireland’s 2011 in Sport

Monday, December 5th, 2011

In a change from our usual programming, Emmet Ryan, Lee Daly of Cardboardshinguards.com, and John Healy look to brighten the mood with a look back at some of the highs from the year in Irish sport. We’re covering a broad range of events, from Cricket to Chess with portions of Football, Boxing, and Rugby and [...]

Tactics not Passion: St Brigid’s overcome Portlaoise 2-16 to 1-15 after extra time

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

This was a game filled with adjustments that saw control of the game change several times. Emmet Ryan analyses St Brigid’s extra time win over Portlaoise to book a place against Garrycastle in the Leinster Club final.
Portlaoise exploit soft centre
After trading blows early, it was Portlaoise who took the initiative by pouring up the middle [...]

Gary Speed and mental health in sport

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Henry Bridge pays tribute to the late Gary Speed and looks at how sport deals with mental health issues.
Naturally, the sad news of Gary Speed has dominated the last few days’ headlines. Fans, ex-players, managers, colleagues… all, and more, have been queueing up to voice their respect for the late Wales manager. If the way [...]