What do forwards need to do to get proper protection?

I’ve seen it often enough as a spectator and manager and have been on the receiving end of it numerous times as a player. But how many times do we see a forward getting sent off for lashing out at his opponent, having not received any type of protection from officials, which include umpires, linesmen Read more about What do forwards need to do to get proper protection?[…]

More big game experience will only benefit current Orchard crop

About two miles outside of Clones you start to notice the cars parked alongside the road. That feeling of excitement and nervous tension starts to creep in. You try to keep the journey from the Westenra Hotel in Monaghan to Clones as light-hearted as possible, but this is the moment when things start to get Read more about More big game experience will only benefit current Orchard crop[…]

Training ground battles made me sharper for challenge of the Championship

As a player, you are always trying to find that edge that adds something different to your game. Being a forward all my career and particularly an inside forward, I found that working on your speed work in the summer months always gave me that platform to play and think a bit sharper.  I’m a Read more about Training ground battles made me sharper for challenge of the Championship[…]

When it comes to improving skills, players should be jumping in with both feet

MOST aspects of our game are coached to us from a very young age and when I say this, I mean the basic skills of the game. We are taught how to toe-tap a ball, how to catch a ball, how to control a ball, how to solo and how to deliver a pass using Read more about When it comes to improving skills, players should be jumping in with both feet[…]

Steven McDonnell looks back on Armagh’s 2003 Championship campaign – CREDIT – The SideLine Eye

Armagh reached their second All-Ireland Final in as many years back in 2003, coming up against rivals Tyrone in the showpiece. The year started and ended in disaster, as Monaghan defeated the reigning All-Ireland Champions in the opening round of the Ulster Championship. Qualifier wins over Waterford, Antrim, Dublin and Limerick saw Armagh reach the Read more about Steven McDonnell looks back on Armagh’s 2003 Championship campaign – CREDIT – The SideLine Eye[…]

The Advanced Mark

How can we speed Gaelic football? How can we make it a faster spectacle and more enjoyable for the spectators to witness? That are a few of the questions I have heard over the last couple of years and too be honest I was getting quite excited about this type of talk. From an attacker’s Read more about The Advanced Mark[…]

HOLD THE ROPE!!! (Powerful and inspirational story for your team) – CREDIT – Chris Fore

I came across this story called HOLD THE ROPE several years ago, and it became a major mantra for us during the 2005 Training Camp.  I rewrote and added some things to what I originally found. I went down to Home Depot, and bought a long rope.  I cut about a 5 inch piece off that rope Read more about HOLD THE ROPE!!! (Powerful and inspirational story for your team) – CREDIT – Chris Fore[…]

Why Parents Should Encourage Their Kids to Play Team Sports – CREDIT, The Empty Nest

One of the great parenting quandaries is when to push our kids and when to back off. This issue surfaces in every aspect of their lives from academics to music lessons to team sports. For each child there is a different answer and for each family a different story, but on the issue of sports, there Read more about Why Parents Should Encourage Their Kids to Play Team Sports – CREDIT, The Empty Nest[…]