Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Kildare 0-16 Tyrone 0-11 – Division 2 Final

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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A late flurry of scores saw Kildare claim the Division 2 crown from Tyrone on Sunday in Croke Park. Emmet Ryan analyses how the Lilywhites turned a tactical stalemate to their advantage as the game wore on.
The struggle of similarity
Kildare’s evolution under Kieran McGeeney has seen the Lilywhites move closer in style to the game [...]

Tactics not Passion: Examining Cork 2-10 Mayo 0-11 – Division 1 Final

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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A second half comeback saw Cork claim their third straight GAA Football League title. Emmet Ryan examines the factors that led to the Rebels completing the threepeat.
Mayo press high, create chances
The wind advantage in the first half saw Mayo adjust their approach from previous games. While still playing behind the ball, James Horan’s side pressed [...]

Tactics not Passion: Examining Wicklow 2-16 Fermanagh 1-11 – Division 4 Final

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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Wicklow claimed a rare but thoroughly deserved national title with a comprehensive victory over Fermanagh in Croke Park. Emmet Ryan examines how the Garden County’s half time adjustments enabled them to halt the momentum of Fermanagh’s comeback.
Hulk Smash!
Fermanagh’s possession based game looked likely to cause Wicklow problems early. Two scores came early for Peter Canavan’s [...]

Henry Bridge, England manager

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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Having spent plenty of time getting used to the surroundings in Eastern Europe, Henry Bridge thinks he might be the man to lead England into Euro 2012.
So, six weeks out from Euro 2012, excitement is mounting. All the teams are well under way with their preparations: Spain have been resting their core contingent of Barcelona [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Cork vs Mayo – GAA Football League Final

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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With the Division 1 GAA Football League  Final taking place this Sunday, Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical battles we can expect to see when Cork and Mayo clash in Croke Park.
Mayo aren’t Down but…
The fundamental approaches of Down and Mayo to defence aren’t all that different. Both look to build their games from behind [...]

Break Points: Growing sports-old

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Ireland’s greatest sportsman, Nadal’s future in Rugby Union, the perils of being a child star and why Tom Watson won’t win Wimbledon – Episode IV of Break Points is also about a new hope.
* No Country for Old Men – Tennis is a young man’s game, everyone knows this. Of late Roddick and Federer are [...]

Three Keys: Cork vs Mayo – GAA Football League Final (VIDEO)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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We’re trying something different here by adding to the Tactics not Passion family. In addition to our regular previews and reviews, we’re going to try putting together occasional previews of big games on YouTube. It’s not high-tech but hopefully you’ll find our selection of stills used illustrative. Although to be honest the audio is what [...]

Trolling all the way to the bank

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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With the NHL Playoff series between the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks ending on Sunday night, it’s a perfect time to re-post this column Emmet Ryan wrote for Simply Zesty about the Kings’ excellent trolling on Twitter.
In a radical departure from the typical Twitter feeds from professional sporting organisations, the Los Angeles Kings ice hockey [...]

Minority Report: A seasoned taste of the big leagues

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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“We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children’s game, we just don’t… don’t know when that’s gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we’re all told.” – Moneyball (2011)
Dennis Kinney was born in 1952, the same year [...]

Carlow plans record setting Tag Rugby tournament

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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It’s a rare quiet week on Action81.com, a perfect time to bring to light a couple of interesting projects we’ve been alerted to. That and we’re suckers for anything with a photo of Sean O’Brien.
Co. Carlow Rugby Club has a world record in its sights with a big Tag Rugby competition in June. The Play [...]