PAUDIE KISSANE: Development is a journey

COACHING and playing structures for underage GAA clubs is much improved from when I started with the playing of more games and blitzes and training from u-6 up. When I was seven or eight, if interested you started with u-12 training. There’s been much improved competition and game structures, but still too many cases where […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: 13-a-side and bonus point wins

THERE is plenty of excitement off the pitch at present with the managerial merry-go-round but what is it that could be done to make things on the pitch more exciting for players and spectators alike? I might enjoy watching one team’s ability in breaking down a packed defence, creating space and more scores, but at […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: On another level

WHAT a game to look forward to this Sunday in Croke Park between the two heavyweights Dublin and Kerry. It promises to be a cracker of a game and hopefully the weather will hold up to ensure the best team wins on the day. There have been many ups and downs over the last few […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Consistency is key to coaching

By Paudie Kissane THE GAA season is already moving along at rapid pace and it’s a surreal feeling realising the inter county provincial campaigns are only a few weeks away with the very competitive National Leagues reaching an exciting conclusion. There has never been more exposure of our games on TV and there have been […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Something has to be done to ease burnout

CONSIDERING the time of year with third level competitions near completion, player welfare or burnout is to the forefront of much discussion. It’s interesting at inter county level we have some players who in January and February, will have their most congested games schedule. In contrast we have other panel players who were in pre-season […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Maintaining your competitive edge

THE provincial club finals have begun and it’s a great time to be involved as a club player, mentor or supporter. I have fond memories of my sole provincial journey back in 2013 when my club Clyda Rovers won Munster Intermediate honours. There can be massive expectation or pressure to win a county title. On […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: How to prolong your career

MONAGHAN champions Ballybay had a great win versus Crossmaglen last weekend in the Ulster Club championship. Instrumental in this win was ex-Monaghan intercounty player Paul Finlay at the ripe old age of 39. There have been many other elder statesmen performing well for their clubs throughout the country, which is nearly taken as a surprise. […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Development is a journey

THE importance of GAA for kids’ development and enjoyment has been in the news once again this week for the wrong reasons. Coaching and playing structures for under age GAA clubs is much improved from when I started with the playing of more games and blitzes and training from u-6 up. When I was seven […]

PAUDIE KISSANE: Coaches must behave on the sideline

By Paudie Kissane CONSIDERING recent unsavoury incidents around the country , the topic of refereeing in Gaelic Games is very much in discussion and rightly so.  To think that you can enter the field and physically attack a referee is appalling. Now there have been many times that I would have been very unhappy with […]