TRADITIONALLY anyone who is a teacher will have had an uneasy last couple of weeks, twisting and turning in bed at night facing that dreaded first day back after the holidays. It’s not that bad, trust me, teaching is a wonderful profession, particularly PE teaching where every day brings a different challenge.
IN A recent article on the Armagh team of 1977 by Armagh and Derrynoose man, Peter Makem, I was reminded that this year marks my 45th year coaching and managing Gaelic football teams, either county, club or underage and many times all together.
T week I asked you to increase your water intake, so tell me, how did that go? Improved performance? Quicker to react, slower to fatigue? All that good stuff? I told you it would! Again, week by week I’m going to ask you to make small changes to your diet which will give you big long term health and fitness benefits.
It may have taken two attempts, but Creggan finally became the All-Ireland junior champions when they defeated Ballysaggart. Small was outstanding in the replay, the youngster helping himself to a 1-3 tally from play.
Haughey is a veteran of the MacRory Cup having produced some memorable performances over the last couple of years. The Newry school did exit after losing a dramatic replay to Omagh CBS, but Haughey was impressive once more.
Daly made a good debut for the Erne county and obviously impressed new manager Pete McGrath. He has now clocked up nine appearances this season and looks like he will have a big part to play in the county’s future.
February was a superb month for John McCarron as he helped Truagh Gaels all the way to Croke Park and, ultimately, the All-Ireland junior final. Was excellent too as the Gaels made their way to the Ulster u-21 final. A safe pair of hands.
VERY seldom in the modern game do you go to watch a game of football now and find both teams playing a traditional line up of 15 v 15 with six forwards all in position being man marked by six defenders. Not just at county, club but actually underage and school games you will regularly see numbers 13 to 15 being withdrawn into a sweeper role or teams packing their defence with their whole half forward line, its poisonous and should come with a health warning.
GETTING the most out of your training should be goal number one every time you step onto the field, into the gym, or whatever space you’ve found to bang out a set of pull-ups. So, it’s important that the training you’re doing is the best possible for the goals you have set.
LAST month marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of two of our best young players, Cormac McAnallen and John McCall, who by their short and memorable lives were and still remain positive role models for sport and life.