Tactics not Passion: Previewing the Ulster Club SFC Final

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Crossmaglen’s quest to win a third straight Ulster title comes down to Sunday’s clash with Kilcoo. Emmet Ryan breaks down the strategic factors that will decide this battle.
Finally, a man worth killing*
Depth has long been the biggest failing of Crossmaglen’s foes. In Kilcoo they face an opponent with a bench capable of changing the game. [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the Munster Club SFC Final

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Castlehaven aim to end Dr Crokes’ reign in Munster on Sunday. Emmet Ryan previews the tactical battle that will decided this clash of Cork and Kerry champions.
Gooch the creator
While Colm Cooper endured an isolated role with the Kerry county set-up he has far more control of Dr Crokes’ attack. Coming much further out from goal [...]

From Derval to Katie and how we ought to use surnames

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

With awards season in full swing, Emmet Ryan looks ahead to Katie Taylor’s coronation as RTE Sports Personality of the Year and how it may help to start righting the wrongs of the past.
It stung. The sheer ignorance got to me. It was pointless. No athlete grows up looking to win Sports Person of the [...]

Once again, Chelsea have left their rivals in the shade

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Henry Bridge sees a lot to like in the appointment of Rafael Benitez as interim manager of Chelsea.
With the sack race hotting up, and looking wide open – it was anyone’s for the taking, it could have been Southampton, many people reckoned QPR, but no, it was Chelsea who somehow came from nowhere, to claim [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysing St Brigid’s 1-12 Ballaghaderreen 0-6

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

St Brigid’s claimed a third successive Connacht title on the back of a dominant defensive display in the second half of Sunday’s final against Ballaghaderreen. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical battles that decided the game.
Ballaghaderreen living off turnovers
The Brigid’s defence came out with a plan on how to deal with their opponents, except it [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing the Connacht Club Final

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Ahead of Sunday’s Connacht Club Football final, Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that will decide the clash between Ballaghaderreen and defending champions St Brigid’s.
Dead-balls a big factor
In Barry Regan, Frankie Dolan, and Senan Kilbride, this match-up features three free-takers capable of punishing over-zealous defence. Regan has been outstanding in his last two [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Crossmaglen 2-10 Errigal Ciaran 0-10

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Crossmaglen booked their place in yet another Ulster Final with a suffocating second half display. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that led to their victory over Errigal Ciaran.
Errigal look for one-on-ones
The Tyrone champions had a plan to limit Crossmaglen’s defence in the first half and it worked brilliantly. Errigal’s objective was to [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysing Kilcoo 1-9 St Gall’s 0-10

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

A change in attack spurred Kilcoo to victory over St Gall’s in Sunday’s Ulster Club Semi-Final. Emmet Ryan was in the Athletic Grounds to break down the tactical battles that decided the day.
Laverty’s role too predictable
Kilcoo kept Conor Laverty placed high up-field and looked to use the Down county star to direct their attack. Breaks [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on St Brigid’s 0-15 Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

St Brigid’s quest for a third straight Connacht title remains on course after a comprehensive victory over Galway champions Salthill/Knocknacarra. Emmet Ryan breaks down the tactical factors that saw the Kiltoom club cruise to victory.
Salthill suffer an early blow up front
The Galway champions came out with a clear attacking plan but were forced to [...]

Jump Shots: Big leaps and baby steps for Alba Berlin

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

After returning to Euroleague following three seasons in EuroCup, and four without a championship in Germany, Alba Berlin’s hopes for 2012/13 are high but what’s the limit? Emmet Ryan assesses the challenge facing the men in yellow on two fronts.
The reward of relevancy
Being on the outside looking in is never fun. Alba’s last Euroleague adventure [...]