Tuesday, 3 July 2018

THIS weekend saw the Feile Peile Na nOg come to Down with most clubs hosting teams from all over Ireland.
There was host of matches all over the county and then a Finals Day on Sunday with my own club Mayobridge hosting four Finals. It was a brilliant occasion to be involved in and the memories from the weekend will live long in the memories not only for the kids but also for all the adults that were involved in helping out.
My own club had a very busy weekend with over 40 matches taking place, which led to a lot of work to be put in place with over 100 volunteers working on each day, which was a brilliant achievement for our club.
I would like to congratulate all the clubs in Down for really buying into the Feile weekend and going above and beyond to make this a special weekend not only for the travelling clubs from all over Ireland but also for making it a special weekend for their own kids.
Armagh had a brilliant win over Clare on Saturday, which means they are only one win away from the Super 8, which for a team with so many players opting out at the start of the year, would be a brilliant achievement, especially after also gaining promotion from Division Three of the National League.
Kieran McGeeney deserves huge credit for turning things around after the poor showing against Fermanagh in the first round of the Ulster Championship.
They seem to be playing a lovely brand of football going forward but they are conceding a lot of scores and if they are to go any further they will need to tighten up at the back.
Kildare took on the GAA last week in a row over home advantage and I think they were just right to demand that they got to play in Newbridge against Mayo last Saturday evening. And with the result going the right way for them it was fully justified that they went that far with it.
The rules stated that the team that was drawn out of the pot first got home advantage and that's what should happen, so for them to find out that they would have to travel to Croke Park was just wrong. Home advantage is massive in the Qualifiers and I have no doubt that the home support and the familiar surroundings of Newbridge was massive for the Kildare players and fair play for them for pushing it so far.
The Super 8 is just around the corner and I cannot wait to see how they work out and what excitement it will bring to the GAA as a whole.
I hope that we don't have a scenario that we have a few dead runner games at the end as that would just ruin the point of it.
And if it does happen I really think the GAA need to take a look at the system and see what they could do to improve it but for now we wait in hope that it does not happen.


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