Tactics not Passion: Previewing Garrycastle vs Crossmaglen, take II

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Fancy meeting you here? Crossmaglen Rangers and Garrycastle will do it all again in Breffni Park this Saturday evening. Emmet Ryan breaks down the key tactical battles ahead of this All Ireland Football Final replay.
Scheme adjustment
The absence of Stephen Kernan didn’t help Crossmaglen on the first day but the Ulster champions issue is one of [...]

Break Points: Distractions, perspective, Muamba, and Murray

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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Declan Bruton writes on why we watch sport, the importance of stories, and what the future might hold for Andy Murray.
*Perspective – This article was ready to go on Saturday the 17th, I’d completely lost interest in the end of the Six Nations and was in the process of venting my fury into a very [...]

Minority Report: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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In his third instalment of his series on Baseball in Ireland, Peter Kavanagh discusses the challenge of captaincy as the season approaches.
I should be nervous. It’s exactly one week from the start of the season. We have one team training session left to see how guys are shaping up in advance of our [...]

Tactics not Passion: Examining Dublin 2-16 Donegal 0-13

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

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Dublin nearly trebled their tally from their last meeting with Donegal on Saturday night but the win came from defence. Emmet Ryan breaks down Saturday’s encounter.
Dublin press high
Pat Gilroy’s team came out looking to fight fire with fire. Donegal’s 45-45 approach was countered with Dublin pressing their defence far higher than normal. Only two defenders [...]

From Belfield to BC, a football story

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

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Thirty-one years ago this month, the Vancouver Whitecaps played a friendly in Belfield against University College Dublin (UCD) and that sounds like just the type of thing we’d run a feature on. With the 2012 Major League Soccer and Airtricity League seasons kicking off recently, Declan Hughes took in games on both sides of the [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-13

Monday, March 19th, 2012

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Kerry overcame Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday in a game high on errors and low on attacking penetration. Emmet Ryan analyses a league encounter that left plenty of questions for both sides.
Long way round
Considering Kerry scored 0-8 in the first half, it may seem harsh to criticise their performance. There was however an [...]

Don’t worry, be happy

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

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Henry Bridge offers an important reminder that we don’t just go to Football games to see who wins.
Kenny Dalglish finally said something sensible this week. In the lead-up to the Merseyside Derby on Tuesday, he insisted Liverpool’s season had been successful, claiming that happy players and fans, and a financially stable club, were more important [...]

Tactics not Passion: Garrycastle 1-12 Crossmaglen 0-15 in All Ireland Club Final

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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Leinster champions Garrycastle delivered one of the most intelligent performances of the season and it nearly delivered the Andy Merrigan Cup. Emmet Ryan analyses how the Westmeath side forced Crossmaglen Rangers out of their comfort zone and never really let them back in.
Exceptional game plan
Garrycastle have proved one thing throughout this campaign. They can adapt [...]

Q&A: Previewing the 2012 Formula 1 season

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

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The 2012 Formula 1 season kicks off this weekend in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix. We once again have the good fortune to have Stephen Errity on hand to break down the most interesting stories going into this year’s campaign. Stephen is a lifelong F1 fan and experienced motoring journalist and he spoke to [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the All Ireland Club Football Final

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

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Defending All Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers return to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day to take on Leinster kings Garrycastle. Emmet Ryan breaks down the key tactical battles ahead of Saturday’s decider.
Crossmaglen’s swarm attack
This column has discussed Crossmaglen’s unique twist on the swarm a few times already this season.
Fundamentally the Ulster champions play a swarm [...]