SHANE RICE: Mastering the art of Gaelic football preparation


GAELIC football, a sport rich in tradition and passion, demands more than just physical prowess on game day. Victory is not solely achieved through training and skills development; it’s the culmination of meticulous game day preparation that sets the stage for success. I will delve into the essential pre-game routines, strategies, and mental preparation that […]


SHANE RICE: Balancing act for championship finale


AS championship football at the club level continues to evolve, so does the relentless intensity that accompanies it. With each passing year, the demands on players reach new heights. They run more, at higher speeds, with increased accelerations, decelerations, frequent changes of direction, and endure physicality like never before. For coaches, the later stages of […]


SHANE RICE: The layers of coaching wisdom


STEPPING into the world of coaching after returning from Toronto, Canada in 2020 has marked a journey of transformation in both language and methods. While I wouldn’t claim to have it all figured out, each passing year has added to my coaching evolution, making the learning curve an indispensable part of my development in this […]


SHANE RICE: Dublin’s relentless pressure seals victory


LAST Saturday evening, Dublin showcased their championship pedigree as they overcame a determined Monaghan side by a margin of seven points in a rain-soaked battle at Croke Park. Despite the challenging conditions, Monaghan fans turned out in full force, with unwavering support for their team throughout the intense contest. Monaghan exhibited commendable fight throughout the […]


SHANE RICE: Armagh’s intensity and determination paid off


LAST Sunday, Armagh displayed their mettle as they triumphed over Galway, securing a coveted spot in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. The atmosphere in Carrick-on-Shannon was electric, with fans contributing to the vibrant ambiance that accompanied this crucial clash. Right from the opening whistle, Armagh showcased their hunger and determination, exuding an unmistakable bite. In the first half, […]


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 […]


SHANE RICE: The tactical Breffni kick-out battle


THIS Saturday at 6.30pm, all eyes will be on Kingspan Breffni as Cavan take on Armagh in what promises to be an exciting encounter. Armagh, who were impressive in their recent game against Antrim, will be looking to continue their winning run. However, Cavan will be hoping to cause an upset and secure a crucial […]