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Replying To Oldtourman:  "There was always rucks only they were schmozzels. Stripey men always seemed to emerge with the ball from them"
Yes KK are very good at emerging from rucks and tussles for the ball on the ground. Definitely agree with that!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3463 - 10/03/2023 11:50:48    2463158

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "Rory McCarthy was excellent at it. Check out his goal in the 01 quarter final against Limerick.

Or Quigley point in 05 leinster final against kk"
Still remember Eoin Quigleys point like it was yesterday!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12726 - 10/03/2023 12:37:37    2463173

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Replying To Doylerwex:  "God aren't Limerick fantastic"
Yes fair play to them!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12726 - 10/03/2023 12:38:41    2463176

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "There was always rucks only they were schmozzels. Stripey men always seemed to emerge with the ball from them"
Ah yes the bane of all our lives for a long time OTM!!!!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12726 - 10/03/2023 12:39:21    2463177

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Replying To baire:  "There's a hurling team in Limerick
Whose boss is surely no gimmick
But to gloat on this forum
Limlickers lack decorum
They truly could do with a trimming."
God if u could only hurl...

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 374 - 10/03/2023 12:58:43    2463182

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Replying To tommy k:  "Very good post and another bugbear of mine (along with thrown passes that are allowed) is how light the sliotar is that points can now be scored from 100 to 120 metres out on a fairly regular basis. When I was watching hurling in the 70's / 80's / 90's / 00's the sliotar could barely be pucked past 70 metres and there would be tussles for the ball, ground hurling etc. which made for more exciting games. Now it has become too robotic and systematic with the lightness of the sliotar contributing to that to a large degree."
The weight, or otherwise, of the sliothar hasn't altered much.

The ball wasn't pucked far past 70m back in the day because the balls were different but mainly due to the physical profile of players.
If you put a player from the '90's into a team playing today, using the same training/diet regimen as back then, he wouldn't last too long, he'd be physically worn down before too long.

I'd suggest a better solution would be to make the ball (slightly) bigger, rather than heavier - making it heavier would potentially make it dangerous for goalkeepers. A slightly bigger ball would be more at the mercy of the wind, and certainly in the initial stages there would probably be an amount of dropped catches leading to more 'tussles for the ball'

But after a while the players would adapt of course, in reality the typical modern player has few peers in the game's history. The game itself in terms of skill has never been better, though you couldn't necessarily say the same on the entertainment front.

Ground hurling is gone, never to return, retaining possession is king. You can rest assured that people lamenting the loss of ground hurling from the game don't want to see their defenders aimlessly pulling on a ball and hitting it straight to an opponent, anywhere from 80 yards out now and that's almost a guaranteed score conceded.

Stool Pigeon (Galway) - Posts: 882 - 10/03/2023 13:07:55    2463185

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Replying To Shocs07:  "God if u could only hurl..."
Strange how the team that can't hurl, according to you my pesky piscín, came closest to beating ye in last year's championship and the one ye are most worried about this year!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1849 - 10/03/2023 14:57:58    2463222

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Replying To baire:  "Strange how the team that can't hurl, according to you my pesky piscín, came closest to beating ye in last year's championship and the one ye are most worried about this year!"
Was talking about you Bubba

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 374 - 10/03/2023 15:17:20    2463230

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Replying To Stool Pigeon:  "The weight, or otherwise, of the sliothar hasn't altered much.

The ball wasn't pucked far past 70m back in the day because the balls were different but mainly due to the physical profile of players.
If you put a player from the '90's into a team playing today, using the same training/diet regimen as back then, he wouldn't last too long, he'd be physically worn down before too long.

I'd suggest a better solution would be to make the ball (slightly) bigger, rather than heavier - making it heavier would potentially make it dangerous for goalkeepers. A slightly bigger ball would be more at the mercy of the wind, and certainly in the initial stages there would probably be an amount of dropped catches leading to more 'tussles for the ball'

But after a while the players would adapt of course, in reality the typical modern player has few peers in the game's history. The game itself in terms of skill has never been better, though you couldn't necessarily say the same on the entertainment front.

Ground hurling is gone, never to return, retaining possession is king. You can rest assured that people lamenting the loss of ground hurling from the game don't want to see their defenders aimlessly pulling on a ball and hitting it straight to an opponent, anywhere from 80 yards out now and that's almost a guaranteed score conceded."
Fair points but in an earlier post I pointed out that I wished hurlers of all teams would pull on the ball rather than trying to rise the ball WHEN IN A BIG CROWD OF OTHER HURLERS. Now I know this is not always realistic but I've gone numerous matches without seeing ANYONE pull on the ball. Just an observation.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2163 - 10/03/2023 15:17:53    2463232

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Replying To Shocs07:  "God if u could only hurl..."
What is this thing called DECORUM, he refers to ???. Is it a form of Halitosis? I have travelled to games all over this Land and I never heard that word once.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4364 - 10/03/2023 18:40:01    2463273

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Very strong team named v Clare.....as I expected its time to put Championship heads on!!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 2306 - 11/03/2023 08:24:12    2463292

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "What is this thing called DECORUM, he refers to ???. Is it a form of Halitosis? I have travelled to games all over this Land and I never heard that word once."
Suppose it's the sort of word you would here in a limerick, rather than in Limerick. Or anywhere else!

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12726 - 11/03/2023 08:44:25    2463295

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "What is this thing called DECORUM, he refers to ???. Is it a form of Halitosis? I have travelled to games all over this Land and I never heard that word once."
If you have to ask what it is, Limerickman, you haven't got it!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1849 - 11/03/2023 09:04:54    2463301

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Replying To katser:  "Very strong team named v Clare.....as I expected its time to put Championship heads on!!"
Cathal Mannion, Darren Morrissey and maybe Fintan Burke?

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 12726 - 11/03/2023 10:25:19    2463311

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Replying To baire:  "If you have to ask what it is, Limerickman, you haven't got it!"
Very good Baire, and I agree it was a somewhat rustic attempt at wit. There is a Landmark just outside Newcastle West, called the Crooked Tree and many decades ago, during the Land Ward War, a Lady of Quality, from down around the City, said 'Civilisation finishes at the Crooked Tree'. Many of us are still very proud to have been born at the RIGHT side of the Crooked Tree.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4364 - 11/03/2023 11:07:35    2463321

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "Very good Baire, and I agree it was a somewhat rustic attempt at wit. There is a Landmark just outside Newcastle West, called the Crooked Tree and many decades ago, during the Land Ward War, a Lady of Quality, from down around the City, said 'Civilisation finishes at the Crooked Tree'. Many of us are still very proud to have been born at the RIGHT side of the Crooked Tree."
I met the poet Michael Hartnett at a festival once. He grew up in Newcastle West, wrote in both Irish and English, a gentle and humorous soul. Anyway, I'm going to take a break from this nonsense for now.

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1849 - 11/03/2023 11:54:25    2463332

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Replying To Viking66:  "Cathal Mannion, Darren Morrissey and maybe Fintan Burke?"
Cathal still not 100% with hamstring, Morrissey didn't make the cut and Fintan not yet

katser (Galway) - Posts: 2306 - 11/03/2023 12:13:42    2463335

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Our future replacements for the great " 7 Sisters of Galway Hurling " need to step it up
The famous 7......Daithi Burke, P Mannion, Gmac, David Burke, C Whelan, JC, C Mannion

katser (Galway) - Posts: 2306 - 11/03/2023 12:25:15    2463337

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Replying To katser:  "Very strong team named v Clare.....as I expected its time to put Championship heads on!!"
Should be a good one. I'd love to be in Ennis for it. Sigh.

Trump2020 (Galway) - Posts: 2163 - 11/03/2023 14:19:11    2463357

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Replying To baire:  "I met the poet Michael Hartnett at a festival once. He grew up in Newcastle West, wrote in both Irish and English, a gentle and humorous soul. Anyway, I'm going to take a break from this nonsense for now."
Michael has a lovely sculpture to him in the Square in NCW, if you are ever going to Kerry it is just a few yards off the route and maybe be worth a call. Michael died a few years back.
Anyway Good bye for now and as they say, a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4364 - 11/03/2023 20:11:29    2463432

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