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[…]

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[…]

The Clash of the Ash – Kilkenny v Tipperary

While I played hurling in my underage days, I wont pretend to know a huge amount about the game. What I do appreciate though is the sheer pace and intensity of the games at this particular level. I enjoy watching the games from the semi-final stage on because this is when we witness the elite Read more about The Clash of the Ash – Kilkenny v Tipperary[…]

How to become a mentally strong athlete – CREDIT – Julie Blackwood

“Get comfortable being uncomfortable” – Jillian Michaels Seek out challenging situations that push you to your limits more often. Spending more time attempting to overcome difficult conditions or opponents in your sport will help you to find a way to come out on top when the odds are against you and when it really matters. “We Read more about How to become a mentally strong athlete – CREDIT – Julie Blackwood[…]

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[…]