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Get Rid Of The Water Break

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Replying To wexico15:  "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."
Why not keep them and why not let coaching occur? It works well. Gives teams and fans a break. It allows more punditry and I'm all for them. It ll be a bad idea to get rid of them

bloodyban (Limerick) - Posts: 1574 - 05/07/2021 20:01:10    2356709

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Replying To lionofludesch:  "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."
The logic was that I had a water bottle with my name on it.
I often went across during a break in play anyway if I needed to.

StoreysTash (Wexford) - Posts: 1377 - 05/07/2021 20:29:58    2356719

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Replying To lionofludesch:  "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."
Things don't move so fast in the GAA world, you know that yourself.

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1946 - 05/07/2021 20:34:19    2356722

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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."
Ya let's all go back to drinking from the same bottle too,who cares about player welfare,let's just get rid of half time too.

cityman73 (Limerick) - Posts: 595 - 05/07/2021 20:46:23    2356725

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Another one of these stupid "pandemic" rules.

"Oh, let's get everyone into a huddle because we want them to stop passing around the deadly virus by drinking water!"

Chances of anyone becoming seriously ill from anything other than a physical injury during any ream sport must be up there with alien abductions in terms of probability.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 362 - 05/07/2021 21:38:40    2356752

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Replying To cityman73:  "Ya let's all go back to drinking from the same bottle too,who cares about player welfare,let's just get rid of half time too."
Ya let's all go back to drinking from the same bottle too,who cares about player welfare,let's just get rid of half time too.
cityman73 (Limerick) - Posts: 564 - 05/07/2021 20:46:23 2356725



Yep and the ref in one of the games had a mouthful out of a players bottle right after he was slugging out of it. Was at a club game last weekend and they were passing bottles around like it was summer 2019.

RHF (Cavan) - Posts: 671 - 05/07/2021 22:20:27    2356776

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Replying To BarneyGrant:  "Another one of these stupid "pandemic" rules.

"Oh, let's get everyone into a huddle because we want them to stop passing around the deadly virus by drinking water!"

Chances of anyone becoming seriously ill from anything other than a physical injury during any ream sport must be up there with alien abductions in terms of probability."
Careful now Barney, those Aliens or 'UFOs' are real according to the Whitehouse and British home security :D

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 8285 - 05/07/2021 22:29:19    2356782

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Replying To Viking66:  "It's not supposed to be about money lad"
All about money!

Rockies (Cork) - Posts: 685 - 06/07/2021 00:05:59    2356803

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Replying To bloodyban:  "Why not keep them and why not let coaching occur? It works well. Gives teams and fans a break. It allows more punditry and I'm all for them. It ll be a bad idea to get rid of them"
They should be kept

Big Pro's for me are:

1. Gives teams who play with high tempo a chance for breather - resulting in more open football and bigger scores
2. Gives teams with weaker panel a chance to keep first 15 on pitch for longer
3. Gives supporters a chance to squeeze in a pint/toilet break

Can't think of any argument to get rid of it

tirawleybaron (Mayo) - Posts: 881 - 06/07/2021 04:39:09    2356818

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Actually I think it should be kept.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17816 - 06/07/2021 09:53:48    2356839

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I think a game of 4 x 20 minute quarters in the All-Ireland series or even for the semi finals and final would be brilliant actually, see absolutely nothing but positives in such a move.

I mean what's not to like about that, saying it disrupts the flow of the game isn't a legitimate argument.

Wouldn't it have been a blessing in the Roscommon v Galway game to be given a break from that muck fest .

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1946 - 06/07/2021 10:09:02    2356845

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I think the water breaks are fine. But no manager or anyone outside the 15 should be allowed near them while having this break. In fairness you don't have time in these hurling matches to run over to the line get your own bottle and have a drink. With quick puckouts and the like thinks happen so quickly. P Walsh cleared a ball in the Kilkenny match and the player who tried to block him was scoring a point the other side of the field seconds after that. It might also give older players a bit more time playing at the top level. With a condensed championship the likes of this year I think it's only fair that these waterbreaks are kept. If the players want it of course. I do hate the extra time though when you see players cramping all over the place. I would get rid of extra time and go back to replays when things get back to normal. I felt sorry for the players in the Kilkenny Wexford match Saturday no athlete in the world could last that pace.

ecad123 (Galway) - Posts: 206 - 06/07/2021 10:34:33    2356857

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Actually I think it should be kept."
Gives you a chance to top up at the bar ?

Covid regs permitting, obviously.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 475 - 06/07/2021 10:37:29    2356859

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Replying To AfricanGael:  "I think a game of 4 x 20 minute quarters in the All-Ireland series or even for the semi finals and final would be brilliant actually, see absolutely nothing but positives in such a move.

I mean what's not to like about that, saying it disrupts the flow of the game isn't a legitimate argument.

Wouldn't it have been a blessing in the Roscommon v Galway game to be given a break from that muck fest ."
I'd rather see players play.

Rather than drink water.

I can't see any positives and I note you don't list any.

lionofludesch (Down) - Posts: 475 - 06/07/2021 12:07:03    2356902

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Replying To lionofludesch:  "I'd rather see players play.

Rather than drink water.

I can't see any positives and I note you don't list any."
So your only argument against it is that you'd rather see players play ?

What do you think they would be doing in the four quarters, having the craic on the pitch ?

You would see them playing for longer actually, 10 minutes longer.

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1946 - 06/07/2021 14:35:27    2356976

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Replying To lionofludesch:  "I'd rather see players play.

Rather than drink water.

I can't see any positives and I note you don't list any."
I should have added that I don't mean split into four quarters for the sole purpose of drinking water !

Absolutely not.

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1946 - 06/07/2021 14:47:00    2356979

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Replying To AfricanGael:  "So your only argument against it is that you'd rather see players play ?

What do you think they would be doing in the four quarters, having the craic on the pitch ?

You would see them playing for longer actually, 10 minutes longer.
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Game/playing time remains the same, water break or not. Honestly Dougal, this is very basic stuff

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 2278 - 06/07/2021 14:50:18    2356981

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Replying To SaffronDon:  "
Replying To AfricanGael:  "So your only argument against it is that you'd rather see players play ?

What do you think they would be doing in the four quarters, having the craic on the pitch ?

You would see them playing for longer actually, 10 minutes longer.
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Game/playing time remains the same, water break or not. Honestly Dougal, this is very basic stuff"
When I was going to school 4 x 20 was 80, not 70.

Who's the Dougal now :-).

AfricanGael (UK) - Posts: 1946 - 06/07/2021 15:11:29    2356998

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Replying To Rockies:  "All about money!"
Sad but true Rockies

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 3443 - 06/07/2021 15:39:01    2357010

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Replying To AfricanGael:  "
Replying To SaffronDon:  "[quote=AfricanGael:  "So your only argument against it is that you'd rather see players play ?

What do you think they would be doing in the four quarters, having the craic on the pitch ?

You would see them playing for longer actually, 10 minutes longer.
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Game/playing time remains the same, water break or not. Honestly Dougal, this is very basic stuff"
When I was going to school 4 x 20 was 80, not 70.

Who's the Dougal now :-)."]Don't complicate things too much for yourself. It's a bit like a half time break, only its done out on the field for one minute per half between 15 and 20 minutes in. Its great that you know what 4 x 20 is, but it's got nothing to do with a GAA match. The game is still 35 mins per half, not 40. That's 35 x 2 if you're still stuck.

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 2278 - 06/07/2021 15:47:41    2357016

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