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The Super 8

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Awful muck. I don't care even if we go on to win Sam this year, I would have to be PAID to attend a Gaelic football game anymore. Watched the entire thing on TV and that felt like a sacrifice considering there was an exciting World Cup final on the other channel."
And they very same folk were moaning when Tipp and the Rossies ran through us in recent yrs. Of course it is always not pretty to watch. Wake up and smell the coffee. Most if not all teams don't play 15 on 15. And for the record the last decent WC final was '86 with soccer in general way worse as a spectacle than gaelic football. Worse still most of those guys are a bunch of overpaid prima donnas.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1294 - 16/07/2018 21:28:15    2122914

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The weekend matches done nothing to promote our game, poor attendances, poor matches, lacked any intensity, if they were knockout matches then Kerry, Kildare, Donegal and Roscommon would be gone, how is 2 more games where there is a possibility of Roscommon getting hammered going to help that team, we only played round 1 but as of now the super 8s area load of bull and should be scrapped, we'll wait and see how the other 2 rounds play out, they would drastically want to improve. Round 1 should have been home games for the 4 provincial champions, round 2 home advantage for the qualifiers, round 3 in a neutral venue maybe Croke Park, maybe not, Galway v Kerry could have been in Limerick, Roscommon v Tyrone could be in Tullamore, Donegal v Dublin in Clones or Dr Hyde Park Roscommon, Castlebar or Salthill, Kildare v Monaghan in Navan, what the GAA done was to bring the 8 teams to a half full Croker, cost more money to open Croke Park than what they made on tickets and shops

riverboys (Mayo) - Posts: 1281 - 17/07/2018 08:22:36    2122992

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Kildare V Galway already sold out. This is what the super 8s should be about, packed out county grounds.

Caoimhog88 (Kildare) - Posts: 48 - 17/07/2018 10:37:28    2123043

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Replying To Caoimhog88:  "Kildare V Galway already sold out. This is what the super 8s should be about, packed out county grounds."
As is the Tyrone v Dublin game in Omagh.

Even with the 2 sell out games for this weekend we are still likely that the phase 1 games in Croke (perceived to be poorly attended) will have greater attendances than this weekends 4 games.

I can see a case next year were the home games will be replaced with a home province fixture to make use of larger provincial grounds a opposed to some relatively small county grounds

downredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 502 - 17/07/2018 11:06:13    2123059

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I think we have to give the Super 8's a chance before rushing to judgement. I can see the logic as to why the GAA wanted to have a big weekend to open the Super 8's on the first weekend with two double headers at Croke Park but that has failed. Croke Park is just far too big for these matches. I think we will see a big improvement in the games and more especially the atmosphere in the provincial grounds this weekend.

The standard of football was disappointing but we just have to give it a chance. People have been calling for a Champions League style format for years and we are one week in and everyone is complaining.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - Posts: 1249 - 17/07/2018 11:17:53    2123062

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Replying To Caoimhog88:  "Kildare V Galway already sold out. This is what the super 8s should be about, packed out county grounds."
Exactly. Should be a great atmosphere in Newbridge on Sunday. Croke Park was a damp squib, in every sense on Sunday. Got my tickets yesterday so I'm happy out.

kildare73 (Kildare) - Posts: 677 - 17/07/2018 11:19:11    2123064

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Replying To Caoimhog88:  "Kildare V Galway already sold out. This is what the super 8s should be about, packed out county grounds."
Not much to crow about given the capacity of Newbridge is around 7K!

Condorman (Dublin) - Posts: 880 - 17/07/2018 13:45:39    2123128

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Replying To downredhand:  "As is the Tyrone v Dublin game in Omagh.

Even with the 2 sell out games for this weekend we are still likely that the phase 1 games in Croke (perceived to be poorly attended) will have greater attendances than this weekends 4 games.

I can see a case next year were the home games will be replaced with a home province fixture to make use of larger provincial grounds a opposed to some relatively small county grounds"
If that was to be the case then all home games would have to be done away with and I can't see that happening. Leave the home games as they are and move the Croke Park games around the country where a decent crowd actually makes an impact rather than the same crowd rattling around Croker.

kildare73 (Kildare) - Posts: 677 - 17/07/2018 14:08:39    2123146

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Replying To Condorman:  "Not much to crow about given the capacity of Newbridge is around 7K!"
8,200, get your facts straight at least. How's Parnell Park these days? Or can anyone see through the cobwebs?!!

kildare73 (Kildare) - Posts: 677 - 17/07/2018 14:32:42    2123154

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Which Games are on tv?

TribalThing (Galway) - Posts: 62 - 17/07/2018 14:40:54    2123156

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Which is better- Newbridge that is packed to the rafters or Croke park with less than 20000 in it? There is no competition here. I expect big changes next year to the super 8 fixtures.

Donegalman (None) - Posts: 3271 - 17/07/2018 14:54:33    2123161

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