PAUDIE KISSANE: Maintaining your competitive edge

THE provincial club finals have begun and it’s a great time to be involved as a club player, mentor or supporter. I have fond memories of my sole provincial journey back in 2013 when my club Clyda Rovers won Munster Intermediate honours. There can be massive expectation or pressure to win a county title. On […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: How to prolong your career

MONAGHAN champions Ballybay had a great win versus Crossmaglen last weekend in the Ulster Club championship. Instrumental in this win was ex-Monaghan intercounty player Paul Finlay at the ripe old age of 39. There have been many other elder statesmen performing well for their clubs throughout the country, which is nearly taken as a surprise. […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Development is a journey

THE importance of GAA for kids’ development and enjoyment has been in the news once again this week for the wrong reasons. Coaching and playing structures for under age GAA clubs is much improved from when I started with the playing of more games and blitzes and training from u-6 up. When I was seven […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaches must behave on the sideline

By Paudie Kissane CONSIDERING recent unsavoury incidents around the country , the topic of refereeing in Gaelic Games is very much in discussion and rightly so.  To think that you can enter the field and physically attack a referee is appalling. Now there have been many times that I would have been very unhappy with […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaching or telling?

THERE are many more important things in life than our great Gaelic games but because of the time and commitment required to succeed at the highest levels, it still plays a huge role in people’s lives. Consequently, along with the great joy the journey and ultimately the winning brings us, the losing can bring great […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Block out the noise

THERE’S much to look forward to this weekend with the inter-county football quarter-finals in Croke Park in front of big crowds. Considering the way the draw has unfolded, there will be a particular buzz in places Armagh, Clare, Derry and Galway. All fours teams will think they have a decent opportunity of reaching an All-Ireland […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Plan your way to improving your players

TOO often coaches measure their ability as a coach on only the win-rate of the team they are involved with. Yes, naturally enough if you put in place a successful game-plan, improve your players technically or tactically, combined with appropriate physical conditioning, then obviously the team has potential to win more games. Winning is more […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Physical limitation and skill execution

AS highlighted in my previous article, linear speed is important but our national games are also multi-directional. Players require that ability to decelerate, change direction, to roll or side step an opponent and even the basic skill of jumping and landing safely. Reducing the risk of injury alongside performance enhancement is what should underpin every […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Top speed is what you need

IN the overall area of physical preparation, speed is certainly getting more and more attention. It is one of the words that springs to mind when viewing some of the action from this year’s National Leagues in football and hurling. What has stood out from watching the top inter-county teams is the amalgamation of speed […]