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[…]

The Power of GOAL Setting

The Power of GOAL setting by Jack Bottinger While coaching at my first teaching job, we were fortunate to have gathered a group of excellent students who just happened to play football. It was the custom back in the late ’60s to take the football team to camp for the upcoming season. Well, we were Read more about The Power of GOAL Setting[…]

Managing or Coaching – Be Creative

My motivation for my first blog of 2018 comes from the GAA Games Development Conference that was on last weekend in Croke Park. Another source of motivation for writing this piece is because a lot of club teams are starting to get back together now and new and existing managers and coaches are trying to plan the next 10 Read more about Managing or Coaching – Be Creative[…]

My All-Star Selection

The All-Stars is always a topic that raises much debate this time of the year. The reason for the debate is that it is almost impossible to select the best 15 players in their positions for the year gone by without leaving out players that were just as good, if not better even in some Read more about My All-Star Selection[…]

The Pain of Losing Finals

Playing sport, one of the hardest things you have to face is losing in a final. It’s so tough because you experience a total change in emotions in such a short space of time and you can’t prepare yourself for it. You cannot go into a final expecting the worse. You have to be positive Read more about The Pain of Losing Finals[…]

The Greatest of all time

As a player, the one game I loved to play in most was always against Dublin. I have two main reasons for this. The first is because we had the upper hand on them in most of our matches and we just knew what it took to beat them. The second reason is simply because Read more about The Greatest of all time[…]

Believe before you can achieve

One of the things most that I miss about playing county football is the drive into Croke Park on the team coach. The thought of playing in the best stadium in Ireland in front of thousands of supporters. The butterfly feeling in your gut getting more and more intense as you drive down Jones’s Road Read more about Believe before you can achieve[…]