Steven Poacher: Speed work is a must

PRE-SEASON is normally associated with a long hard slog in training, but it really shouldn’t be about that. When we look at the requirements for our game and take on board some interesting statistics about directional changes and even the fact that approximately 50 percent of the time in a game we can reach our opponent within five steps of a run, a certain element of game-related fitness creeps into my thinking, speed.

PGthePT: The cost of carrying a few pounds

EVERY club has them, they’re as common as the tough tackling corner back, the nippy corner forward and the midfielder who can’t kick the ball to save his life but he’ll run all day. This week’s topic is, ‘The overweight, albeit it very talented footballer.’

Darrach O’Connor

THERE are few players who can boast of having hit 3-4 from play in an Ulster semi-final, but then again there are few players quite as special as Darrach O’Connor. The 18 year-old Buncrana star was only able to play a bit-part role in Coláiste Inis Eoghain’s MacLarnon Cup campaign due to injury, but when […]

Conor Glass

EVERY so often a player pops up with a performance that just creates a bit of a buzz. A bit of talk. In January that player was most certainly Conor Glass. Conor was instrumental as Watty Graham’s, Glen reclaimed the Ulster Minor football championship with the defender putting in a eye-catchingly accomplished performance against Killeavy, […]

Fearghal McMahon

GIVEN his talent on the soccer pitch, it was unsurprising to see Fearghal McMahon end this year’s MacRory campaign with four penalties scored from four attempts – even if the one against St Colman’s was courtesy of a rebound. What may be a surprise is that the Irish u-18 international plies his trade at centre-half […]

Joe Morgan

WHEN you think of the Down footballing nurseries you automatically think of the Newry giants St Colman’s and Abbey CBS. But if you dig a little deeper, you will find that St Mark’s, Warrenpoint has made their own meaty contribution to Down football. Mourne legends such as Mickey Linden, Paddy O’Rourke and Benny Coulter have […]

Danny Tallon

APRIL was a significant month for football in Derry as a new crop of future stars were born following St Patrick’s, Maghera’s Hogan Cup success at Croke Park. Their scintillating performance at headquarters was proof that the team were not going to be caught out by the occasion, and in Watty Graham’s marksman Danny Tallon, […]

Kyla Trainor

WITH a Gaelic Life Player of the Month gong, a county league title and a club double in the bag, you’d think Kyla Trainor would be content with her haul – but she’s not finished for the year just yet. In three weeks’ time she’ll also be hoping to capture the first ever Down GAA […]

Jude McCurdy

The Antrim minor hurlers were on a mission this year to win back the Ulster title which they lost to Down in 2012. Their neighbours in the Ards had pinched the trophy from under the Saffron noses, and Niall Kearney’s charges were determined to make a point by winning it back straight away. In preparation […]