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Ulster Semi-final Junior Club Championship:
What happened? What went wrong? That is what I am asked when I meet a club person. I am no expert put I can give my opinion which some may not like but they are also entitled to their opinion. So first of all I think that the problems regarding fixtures as highlighted by the CPA (Club Players Association) was evident here. Emyvale had odd games through the months of April, May, June, July and then there was a big burst to get competitions finished. There was the Junior Championship and the winner had to be ready to head into Ulster, Then we also had the last games of the League and then the semi-final there. Emyvale won the county Championship and then into Ulster and at the same time played the league games on the week off. The Clones game with extra time was a tough game both physically and mentally and to have to play the Ulster Semi-final 7 days later was a big demand. In Omagh many of the players looked physically exhausted and mentally tired - was it ten games in a row?. Is that an excuse? Many times this year important players on the Emyvale team did not get into the game but the others were able to take up the slack and most times end with victory. I said last week that unless every player gave 100% Emyvale would not get to the final. Too many of the players never got going on Sunday. They looked tired and seemed to give up the ghost as soon as Red Hughs leveled the game and went in front. Too few were having to do all the work. Is that an excuse? The opposition had done their homework and knew who needed marking as was clear every time Ryan McAnespie got near a ball. They also knew how to aggravate players so that Cards would be issued. They knew how to get frees and how to make a foul look very serious. Is that an excuse? There was lots going on off the ball that people in the stand may not notice which could have had a bearing on the reactions from the Emyvale players. Is that an excuse? A couple of tactical changes were made, which did not work out and may have changed the course of the game. Is that an excuse?   It was the referee’s fault. Is that an excuse? The Red Hugh’s players were cuter, stronger, hungrier, more intense as underdogs, and got a few lucky breaks. They were the better team on the day. Is that an excuse? So there we have it and what about it? The game is over and when we look back at the year we must agree that Emyvale has given its supporters a very exciting, enjoyable year and a very successful one by winning the Championship and gaining promotion. Each and every one of the players and mentors gave a lot of time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm to bring glory to the club and they deserve the thanks and appreciation of all for making it such a year. The GAA game is a sport and sports are for enjoyment. Well done lads and thanks for your efforts. You certainly deserve a well-earned break to mend those muscles and bones.
Ulster Semi-final Junior Club Championship:
What happened? What went wrong? That is what I am asked when I meet a club person. I am no expert put I can give my opinion which some may not like but they are also entitled to their opinion. So first of all I think that the problems regarding fixtures as highlighted by the CPA (Club Players Association) was evident here. Emyvale had odd games through the months of April, May, June, July and then there was a big burst to get competitions finished. There was the Junior Championship and the winner had to be ready to head into Ulster, Then we also had the last games of the League and then the semi-final there. Emyvale won the county Championship and then into Ulster and at the same time played the league games on the week off. The Clones game with extra time was a tough game both physically and mentally and to have to play the Ulster Semi-final 7 days later was a big demand. In Omagh many of the players looked physically exhausted and mentally tired - was it ten games in a row?. Is that an excuse? Many times this year important players on the Emyvale team did not get into the game but the others were able to take up the slack and most times end with victory. I said last week that unless every player gave 100% Emyvale would not get to the final. Too many of the players never got going on Sunday. They looked tired and seemed to give up the ghost as soon as Red Hughs leveled the game and went in front. Too few were having to do all the work. Is that an excuse? The opposition had done their homework and knew who needed marking as was clear every time Ryan McAnespie got near a ball. They also knew how to aggravate players so that Cards would be issued. They knew how to get frees and how to make a foul look very serious. Is that an excuse? There was lots going on off the ball that people in the stand may not notice which could have had a bearing on the reactions from the Emyvale players. Is that an excuse? A couple of tactical changes were made, which did not work out and may have changed the course of the game. Is that an excuse?   It was the referee’s fault. Is that an excuse? The Red Hugh’s players were cuter, stronger, hungrier, more intense as underdogs, and got a few lucky breaks. They were the better team on the day. Is that an excuse? So there we have it and what about it? The game is over and when we look back at the year we must agree that Emyvale has given its supporters a very exciting, enjoyable year and a very successful one by winning the Championship and gaining promotion. Each and every one of the players and mentors gave a lot of time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm to bring glory to the club and they deserve the thanks and appreciation of all for making it such a year. The GAA game is a sport and sports are for enjoyment. Well done lads and thanks for your efforts. You certainly deserve a well- earned break to mend those muscles and bones.
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