JOE BROLLY: The precision of winners

MAYO’S efforts against Dublin in the modern era have been as successful as Enoch Burke’s court cases. Another Mayo man who seems to be cursed. Yet, for all those defeats in big games, Mayo remain the most popular and entertaining team in Gaelic football. Like a happy labrador lining up in the traps against a […]

SHANE RICE: Mayo show that pressing isn’t always positive

By Shane Rice LAST Saturday, Mayo stunned Kerry with an impressive win on a scoreline of 0-17 to 1-19, marking Kerry’s first loss in Killarney in 28 years. Mayo, known for thriving as underdogs, strategically positioned themselves exactly where they wanted to be. With six weeks of intense preparation, Mayo grew hungrier with each passing […]

The leading contenders

1 Dublin Right, they played in Division Two and haven’t been as formidable looking since Jim Gavin set sail a few years ago, but I’m still tipping Dublin to take home the big one at the end of the season. You get the sense that the old heads on the Dublin team are determined to […]

Joe Brolly: King Midas

KING Midas was asked to judge a musical competition between two Gods: Pan (pipes) and Apollo (harp). He agreed, which turned out to be the worst decision since Paddy Russell blew up God for picking the ball off the ground in the ’95 final. The two musical Gods insisted Midas choose a winner. Balance was […]

GERARD O’KANE: The spider’s web

THE managerial merry-go-round is in full swing at the moment at county level. County board delegates are meeting in smoke-filled back rooms, curtains closed, under cover of darkness and a special knock to get in. The veil of secrecy thrown over some of these processes is akin to waiting on white smoke coming from the […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: Championship fever set to strike in Donegal

WITH two group games played here in Donegal, things are hotting up as the third round of group games take place this weekend in the Senior Football Championship. I’ve stated before that given the nature of our championship and how it is structured, things are slow to get going. After this weekend, things will get […]