STEVEN POACHER: The best time of year to learn

COACH Education is a subject very close to my heart, it’s a huge passion of mine, as a coach I never want to stop learning, in fact I have a small black note book I carry everywhere with me, quite a bit of my week seems to be spent in a car, so therefore the […]

STEVEN POACHER: Values over winning

All our schools are in full flow now and school training for most age groups has started across the province. I have mentioned the importance of school football before and how schools work in tandem with the clubs. As the club season comes to an end, the school season just starts and it is so […]

STEVEN POACHER: One for the road?

THERE we have it, the end of the inter-county season and the Dubs are the 2023 All-Ireland champions for the 31st time. Not many would have envisaged this coming after a National League defeat in Celtic Park back at the start of March, 1-11 to 0-13, in a Division Two clash. When Dublin got relegated […]

Steven Poacher: Risk versus reward

THIS weekend sees the showpiece in our football calendar: the All-Ireland SFC final and what is perceived to be the rivalry of all rivalries, 30-time winners Dublin versus 38-time winners Kerry. There are so many facets to this game that make it intriguing and we will have the usual preview talk of key match ups, potential […]

STEVEN POACHER: The Conor Glass effect

TWO weeks ago, before the real knockout action started in the intercounty championship, I spoke about the importance of teams limiting turnovers and how costly turnovers would be when it came to clutch moments in big games. The quarter finals were littered with them particularly in the opening game of the weekend when Kerry’s defensive intensity […]


STEVEN POACHER: Parents must become positive role models

By Steven Poacher ONLY a few weeks ago, big news emerged from Croke Park that the GAA is taking out the competitive element out of games and blitzes for hurling and football for u-12, in a bid to make the sport more inclusive, forgiving and ultimately more focused on participation and enjoyment. There has been […]

STEVEN POACHER: A chink in the Kingdom armour

LAST weekend the start of the All-Ireland group stages commenced with holders Kerry opening their account against this year’s league champions and contenders to their crown Mayo. A lot of discussion has emerged around the new group format and the pointless nature of three group games and the incredible scenario that in some groups, even […]

STEVEN POACHER – Armagh need to take risks or they will be beaten

THIS Sunday’s Ulster final is certainly creating headlines before a ball is even thrown in with the unprecedented demand for match tickets certainly causing a stir amongst supporters from both counties. The decision to play the game in Clones obviously carries some history, mystic and tradition behind it but this is 2023 – common sense […]

Steven Poacher: Deciding the first line of engagement

AS the National Football league round robin concluded at the weekend, a lot of talking points emerged, some familiar ones, such as the magic of Monaghan, Mayo flying in the league again, Derry’s continued resurgence under Gallagher and then we had the Armagh debate, a fan base with huge expectations, but are these expectations realistic […]