Shining lights of 2023

Teams of the Year are always up for debate with those that are close to selection. Michael McMullan makes his stab at it. 1 – Shane Ryan (Kerry) BEATEN by a deflected goal in the final, but had another solid season between the posts. Advertisement Make the game-winning save against Derry in the semi-final and […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: The stars of ‘23

NOW that the dust has settled and before we head into the club championship season, I took time out to reflect and here is my football team of the year. 1 Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) The single most important reason Dublin managed to win the All-Ireland. His calmness and kick-outs are a joy to watch. Nothing […]

Rogers named as Player of the Month

DERRY midfielder Brendan Rogers has been named as the GAA/GPA Player of the Month in association with PwC. The Sleacht Néill man was a colossus in Derry’s run to the cusp of an All-Ireland final with 1-14 to his name across their 20-game season. He edges out nine-time All-Ireland winner Stephen  Cluxton and Brian Fenton […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A look at Ulster’s footballing year

After a year of inter-county football action, Shaun Casey runs his eye over the Ulster teams… Antrim The Good – A run to the Tailteann Cup semi-finals and an outing in Croke Park signals a decent first season in the hotseat for former Meath boss Andy McEntee. It was his native county that ended the […]

All-Star ballers

1 Shane Ryan (Kerry) IN our book, Ryan has been the outstanding goalkeeper in this year’s championship. His kick-outs have been superb, he’s made some smart saves and he even scored a point from play against Derry (a controversial point, granted). A very assured goalkeeper indeed.   2 Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry) Advertisement TOM O’Sullivan missed […]

Meenagh: We want to produce a better semi-final showing than last year

By Michael McMullan WHILE Derry manager Ciarán Meenagh accepts the “fair” opinion that his side may not be in Gaelic football’s very top elite bracket, the Oakleafers’ latest training window is aimed at giving a better account than their 2022 All-Ireland semi-final. Speaking after their four-point win over Cork – and before being they were […]

All-Ireland trail now in Derry’s sights says Rogers

By Michael McMullan BIDDING for the county’s All-Ireland title will definitely be long-term thoughts when Derry return to training insists Ulster final goalscorer Brendan Rogers. Winning the McKenna Cup was the first target. Tick. Next, it was righting the wrongs of their 2022 promotion failure. Tick. Then it moved on to retaining their Ulster title. Tick. “Tuesday […]