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Get Rid Of The Water Break

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The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1613 - 04/07/2021 17:10:43    2356054

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Careful now, don't offend the thirsty!

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 8373 - 04/07/2021 17:27:21    2356071

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Yeah time to get rid of it, its unnecessary at this stage.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1700 - 04/07/2021 17:55:23    2356096

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same."
Agree 100% it's not necessary and disrupts the flow of the game.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5589 - 04/07/2021 18:04:23    2356102

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same."
Agreed.

Dubsfan28 (Dublin) - Posts: 2509 - 04/07/2021 18:07:30    2356104

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same."
Totally agree. I was watching the Kilkenny v Wexford game on Sky, here in the UK. When they had a 'water break' in the first half, I was surprised. So I checked the temperature in Dublin online. I forget what is was now, but it was no more than 19°C. Remind me, what is the reason it?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1882 - 04/07/2021 18:09:54    2356105

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same."
Agree 100%. It was brought in following a similar break introduced in the Premier League and other leagues last year when sport re-commenced after the first lockdown. The GAA are the only one's that are persisting with it.

jimski (Kildare) - Posts: 379 - 04/07/2021 18:38:07    2356129

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I think the water breaks are good. Four quarters are better than two halves in my opinion. It makes it more like our football game. It also suits the more intelligent teams, as it gives them time to assess how the game is developing.

I'm just surprised that CP hasn't used the breaks for advertising. It'd be a great way for the GAA to make money.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1280 - 04/07/2021 18:39:08    2356131

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "Totally agree. I was watching the Kilkenny v Wexford game on Sky, here in the UK. When they had a 'water break' in the first half, I was surprised. So I checked the temperature in Dublin online. I forget what is was now, but it was no more than 19°C. Remind me, what is the reason it?"
Nothing to do with temperature really, players still lose fluids even when the weather is cooler, it's just more visible when it's hot.

I was surprised the GAA brought them in though as unlike soccer it's only a 35 minute half.

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1947 - 04/07/2021 19:08:42    2356157

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "Totally agree. I was watching the Kilkenny v Wexford game on Sky, here in the UK. When they had a 'water break' in the first half, I was surprised. So I checked the temperature in Dublin online. I forget what is was now, but it was no more than 19°C. Remind me, what is the reason it?"
It was brought in so that officials wouldn't be throwing bottles of water on to different players during the game. With Covid this was considered a transmission risk. At the water break, everyone can get their own bottle which labelled, so there's no mixing.
I think this could still be achieved without the water break anyway. Agreed that it's time to get rid of it. It kills the flow of the game.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1493 - 04/07/2021 20:22:01    2356209

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It's a joke, get rid.

ballydalane (Kilkenny) - Posts: 1208 - 04/07/2021 21:44:22    2356270

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "I think the water breaks are good. Four quarters are better than two halves in my opinion. It makes it more like our football game. It also suits the more intelligent teams, as it gives them time to assess how the game is developing.

I'm just surprised that CP hasn't used the breaks for advertising. It'd be a great way for the GAA to make money."
I don't want it to be more like your football game. Two halves were fine before Covid and it will be again.

Rolo2010 (Donegal) - Posts: 595 - 04/07/2021 22:15:54    2356292

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Replying To AfricanGael:  "Nothing to do with temperature really, players still lose fluids even when the weather is cooler, it's just more visible when it's hot.

I was surprised the GAA brought them in though as unlike soccer it's only a 35 minute half."
Hurling way higher intensity than soccer! That Kilkenny Wexford match was end to end!

ecad123 (Galway) - Posts: 232 - 04/07/2021 23:32:48    2356324

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "It was brought in so that officials wouldn't be throwing bottles of water on to different players during the game. With Covid this was considered a transmission risk. At the water break, everyone can get their own bottle which labelled, so there's no mixing.
I think this could still be achieved without the water break anyway. Agreed that it's time to get rid of it. It kills the flow of the game."
Well when I break a hurl in a match, there is no problem getting my other one in.
There are plenty of natural stoppages. Be they for frees, injuries, etc.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1613 - 04/07/2021 23:40:05    2356328

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In soccer they have them if temperatures of over 32 degrees are recorded at pitchside pre match called a cooling break rather than water break- https://theathletic.com/news/slovakia-vs-spain-cooling-breaks-euro-2020/EM8ahYXKtjYA

GAA need to get rid or at worst keep them but no team huddles involving management permitted, just use them for their actual purpose players taking on water.

bostonredsox (Wexford) - Posts: 4368 - 05/07/2021 00:04:30    2356333

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Replying To ecad123:  "Hurling way higher intensity than soccer! That Kilkenny Wexford match was end to end!"
Some games are and some aren't but the game you mention certainly was.

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1947 - 05/07/2021 10:21:22    2356392

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "I think the water breaks are good. Four quarters are better than two halves in my opinion. It makes it more like our football game. It also suits the more intelligent teams, as it gives them time to assess how the game is developing.

I'm just surprised that CP hasn't used the breaks for advertising. It'd be a great way for the GAA to make money."
It's not supposed to be about money lad

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 5589 - 05/07/2021 10:33:48    2356399

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "I think the water breaks are good. Four quarters are better than two halves in my opinion. It makes it more like our football game. It also suits the more intelligent teams, as it gives them time to assess how the game is developing.

I'm just surprised that CP hasn't used the breaks for advertising. It'd be a great way for the GAA to make money."
If the Americans would just get on with their game instead of stopping every ten seconds, it might just be worth watching. The game seems to be deliberately made as dull as ditchwater.

What I couldn't understand about the water breaks is why they were needed last autumn, when they weren't considered necessary in the height of the previos hundred and thirty-odd summers.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 475 - 05/07/2021 19:05:40    2356691

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Replying To StoreysTash:  "The water break is ruining the momentum of our games.
There are enough stoppages where players can get water if they want to, or they can move out to the sideline when a free etc is being taken.
Just because soccer started it last year, they also got rid of it.
We need to do the same."
Agreed there is only a need for water breaks in very hot conditions.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 1038 - 05/07/2021 19:33:18    2356700

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Replying To AfricanGael:  "Some games are and some aren't but the game you mention certainly was."
I don't think I've ever seen a soccer match played at the intensity of a hurling match.
That's not an anti soccer post. I follow the game with great interest, probably always will, but even unusually high intensity soccer matches involve loads of sideways passing, back passes, slow build up, time wasting etc.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1279 - 05/07/2021 19:47:23    2356706

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