LAST Friday night, Aodh Curran got to celebrate success, and also had his eyes opened to wider possibilities. At the Hillgrove Hotel, the Monaghan minor team, who won the Ulster Championship and League this season, gathered for a gala banquet to honour their achievements. Across the room sat the Monaghan senior team who had claimed […]
A LACK of belief is something that has been thrown at Antrim hurling sides time and time again as expectations have been heightened and then lowered with alarming ease in recent years. The talent in the county has been there, but for whatever reason it has proven extremely difficult to weld it together to form […]
A STRING of commanding performances in the colours of Loughgiel Shamrocks saw Mark McFadden lay claim to the September Gaelic Life Player of the Month award. The midfield maestro was at his brilliant best as he helped guide the Shamrocks to Antrim and Ulster crowns, culminating in a provincial final win over Derry’s Slaughtneil, and […]
MOYA Feehan has all the right attributes to become not only a great footballer, but a brilliant athlete. The 17-year-old won the Gaelic Life player of the month award for October following excellent performances for Shane O’Neill’s when they won the Ulster Junior Club Championship. Feehan also captained her club’s minor side to Ulster glory, […]
BEING an Ulster Club hat-trick hero helped Armagh’s Finnén Maguire to the November Gaelic Life Player of the Month title. The Cúchullains sharp-shooter bagged three goals in his side’s Ulster Minor Club victory over hotly-fancied Dungiven in the provincial semi-final, and although the final proved to be a negative outcome for the Orchard lads, it […]
AODH Ruadh Ballyshannon rising star David McGurrin admits that he was caught by surprise by the wave of support he received when he was voted in as Gaelic Life’s December player of the month. The forward made the Gaelic Life team of the week in our December 5 issue, on a team that included Ballinderry’s […]
A poor run of results and form can destroy enthusiasm, commitment and self-belief in a team and inject a self-fulfilling prophecy into the subconscious: ‘Expect failure.’
Earlier this week I was posed the question, “Is it possible to build strength in the context of the usual GAA training regime of two session a week?” For a straight forward query, this bad boy could send you straight into a minefield of controversy.
Last Saturday we organised and hosted another successful St Columban’s Coaching clinic attended by coaches from Carlow, Meath, Dublin, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Derry, Tyrone, Antrim, Armagh, Donegal and Down.
The line between physical prowess and application of tactical nous is starting to blur within GAA. As top players levels of fitness keep increasing, how to apply this fitness optimally is a question that managers are continually toying with.