SHANE RICE: How anaerobic speed reserve can get your team championship ready

THE ASR method is something I have researched over the past 18 to 24 months. Combining MAS and MSS is a much more accurate way of conditioning and profiling the players for the championship ahead. I would only use ASR for the summer, mainly because I find it difficult to find true MSS in the […]

SHANE RICE: MAS appeal crucial for GAA fitness

MAXIMAL Aerobic Speed (MAS) stands as a cornerstone in the realm of GAA fitness, offering a pathway to peak performance for players. While commonly utilized in professional sports, MAS has now become a focal point in the pre-season regimens of GAA coaches, presenting a versatile tool for enhancing team fitness year-round. The significance of MAS […]

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 […]