NFL Rd 2 - Kerry v Dublin - Austin Stack Park Sat 5 Feb 7pm Feb 2, 2022 16:58:54 GMT
Post by Ballyfireside on Feb 2, 2022 16:58:54 GMT
Such has been the ferocity of criticism I am not sure an All-Ireland win would redeem this team in the eyes of some people here.
I pose a question which I posed before after the team got a similar slating post the Tyrone match. The reaction by some here was merciless. Yet in a game where we conceded some bizarre goals, where our lead man missed about five minutes of normal time plus all the extra time, where we reduced a five point deficit to one (remember this team do not have a stomach for the battle) against a county which historically defend a lead better than anybody else, and with a smidgin of luck , which the harshest critic could not say we enjoyed that day, we may have snatched a draw. All that against a team who went on to be worthy champions. Can we be as bad as some people here make us out to be?
Incidentally, some of the people who seem now to be consigning this team to the scrap heap welcomed Paddy Tally with open arms. Surely it is a bit premature to be giving up on Paddy!
I , too , was not entirely happy with Sunday’s display but I will say two things in Kerry’s defence. This Kildare team may prove to be better than people give them credit for. More importantly, would a more measured response be to assess them game by game as the NFL progresses. I feel most of us agree the first division of the NFL is a demanding arena where , theoretically, teams are of equal stature and therefore should provide us with a useful barometer as to the lay of the land.
As always , time will tell.
Ruffling Vets feathers sure pays dividends - must remember that!
Ah we all have ideas and while I was sick to the teeth with Tally's appointment, what I have read/heard lately softens the blow. If he is half as good as they the consensus on him then I believe I will be a happy man at 5pm on 24th of July 2022. My gripe is that from a massive GAA population we should have all the backroom expertise we need, others should be learning from us and Donie Buckley in an opponent dugout gets inside my skin - Donaghy to a lesser extent as he is probably trying to learn the ropes, still maybe we could home-school him if we had master Donie? I mean it's as if Armagh have shown they are leaders in team management. Look at how Donie has Monaghan become far more physically assertive, don't look as aggressive though more effective - ditto Armagh with Kieran vs Dubs.
Where are all the past masters who would be in their prime years now for team management? Is it how they aren't interested, gave it enough? There is plenty of interest in Ulster. BTW is Jacko'c now retired from teaching?