Jones expects huge challenge from Cork

By Pauric McGurn GARVAN Jones was unable to add to his four-point tally from the opening two games on Saturday past as Fermanagh fell to a determined Donegal side, but he’s hopeful that his side can continue their proud record in Ederney when they take on Cork this weekend. The primary school teacher admitted the team […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Jim’s new plan

THE National Football League got underway last weekend and just as expected, it started with a bang with a few very interesting results. We know that going by last year, the league is no longer a slow burner for teams as now with the condensed season in place teams need to be at themselves from […]

Derry book their spot in the last four

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Derry 1-12 Cork 1-8 By Michael McMullan DERRY joined Monaghan and Kerry in the last four of the All-Ireland semi-finals with a degree of comfort at Croke Park on Sunday. Advertisement Conor Doherty’s 49th minute goal that proved the key score in the the next play after Rory Maguire’s fisted goal had […]

Preview: Derry’s latest national barometer

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final Derry v Cork Sunday, Croke Park, 1.45pm Live on RTÉ By Michael McMullan “They may not appreciate it when I say it, but Derry needed this All-Ireland a lot more than Cork did.” The words of Derry captain Henry Downey followed the 1993 All-Ireland final, the last time the Oakleaf County crossed […]

Derry are living for days like this says Ciaran Meenagh

By Michael McMullan DAYS like Sunday are what’s it all about for Derry manager Ciaran Meenagh and the Oakleafers’ camp. Their quarter-final will be followed up by a Dublin and Mayo clash that tops the billing. In a footballing sense, this is “real living” as the championship cranks up another notch with the group stages. […]

Meenagh insists most of Cork focus geared on Derry’s preparations

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Ciaran Meenagh says his reaction to drawing Cork is “no different” to what it would’ve been had the Oakleafers drawn Tyrone or Mayo in Monday’s All-Ireland quarter-final draw. Sunday’s Croke Park clash (1.45pm) is the first championship meeting of the counties since the 1993 All-Ireland final and it will precede […]

JACK MADDEN: Salthill success on the cards for Galway

YOU’D wonder what went through Shane Walsh’s head as the ball hung high in the dark grey Carrick-on-Shannon sky. It hadn’t been his day. The magic moment you come to expect slipped from his grasp. Rip up the script. Less than 24 hours previously, Toulouse defeated Ronan O’Gara’s Stade Rochelais to win the French Top14 title. […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Physical limitation and skill execution

AS highlighted in my previous article, linear speed is important but our national games are also multi-directional. Players require that ability to decelerate, change direction, to roll or side step an opponent and even the basic skill of jumping and landing safely. Reducing the risk of injury alongside performance enhancement is what should underpin every […]

Former Cork star Kissane’s ‘jigsaw approach’ to improvement

By Kieran Lynch LOOKING for ways to have your team as prepared as you can be in the new season? Paudie Kissane Sports Performance’s Jigsaw Approach might be what your team needs. An All-Ireland Champion with Cork in 2010, Kissane has been involved in a range of backroom teams, in a variety of roles including […]