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Emyvale V Oram in Junior Championship 2018
Emyvale played Oram in the second of the Junior Championship semi-finals on Sunday, September 16th 2018. Emyvale has come through to this stage with good wins behind them though a couple of games tested them and their concentration. However they were going out against Oram in Scotstown as favourites and Oram knew they would have to perform better than ever to take the win. From the beginning Oram attacked and there was little between the sides during the first half as they traded scores and Oram was very much in contention. Some of the Emyvale lads were performing better than in previous games but some were certainly not getting in to this game. The second half moved up a notch and the physical began to play a greater role in winning the ball. Injuries abounded on both sides and the referee did his best to keep things within the rules. Eventually Emyvale began to take more control and with the dismissal of an Oram player it eased the burden on the players who were playing out of their skins. Emyvale’s defence were all playing well but a couple of scores should have been prevented. Oram was holding sway in the middle but Stephen Askin had a powerful game and covered a lot of ground in the process. The forwards were all playing well and getting frees from which Daniel McMahon, Gareth McQuaid and Robbie McAllister made good use. It was heartening to see our young players like Ryan Kelly Johnny McCarron and Robbie McAllister play such an important role in this vistory. In the final minutes it was a matter of holding possession and at the final whistle Emyvale had booked a place in the final on September 30th against Cremartin. I cannot leave this without saying some thing about which I have complained before. The rules of the game and the way the male GAA game has changed does not look like sport and the number of injuries in this game alone bears witness to the fact that there is no protection for players in the modern game and the rules are such that they are never applied equally and consistently. The people leading our association at national level need to take a serious look at the game and where it is heading before it is too late. Too many players will give up the game due to injury and due to lack of enjoyment and the spectators will stay away as many have told me they are coming to that point but always hoping for the best. From an Emyvale point of view, and I am not just taking this from this game, but our star players are always singled out for extra physical attention to obviously get them out of the game. This is common and ‘the done thing’ - maybe so but it is not sport and it is not entertaining to watch. A serious incident in Tyrone this weekend might make the authorities sit up and ask the relevant question - how have we allowed our sport to sink to such a level?
I was standing chatting to my dear friend, Packie Hughes, before the game and all of a sudden he exclaimed - ‘My God would you look at who’s here’. I looked but it meant nothing but it was obvious that they knew each other very well. They chatted and I discovered that this fellow was called Darragh Faherty and that he lived in London and was a playing member of St, Brendan’s Club, Packie’s Club there. However he moved back home and they had lost contact with each other and here out of the blue they found each other by accident. We learned that Darragh is now Coach/Manager of the Oram team against whom Emyvale was about to play and, as it turned out, defeat. They chatted over old times for a short time but Darragh had to get to work. He is now married and living in County Armagh. Its a small world!!!!
Emyvale played Oram in the second of the Junior Championship semi-finals on Sunday, September 16th 2018. Emyvale has come through to this stage with good wins behind them though a couple of games tested them and their concentration. However they were going out against Oram in Scotstown as favourites and Oram knew they would have to perform better than ever to take the win. From the beginning Oram attacked and there was little between the sides during the first half as they traded scores and Oram was very much in contention. Some of the Emyvale lads were performing better than in previous games but some were certainly not getting in to this game. The second half moved up a notch and the physical began to play a greater role in winning the ball. Injuries abounded on both sides and the referee did his best to keep things within the rules. Eventually Emyvale began to take more control and with the dismissal of an Oram player it eased the burden on the players who were playing out of their skins. Emyvale’s defence were all playing well but a couple of scores should have been prevented. Oram was holding sway in the middle but Stephen Askin had a powerful game and covered a lot of ground in the process. The forwards were all playing well and getting frees from which Daniel McMahon, Gareth McQuaid and Robbie McAllister made good use. It was heartening to see our young players like Ryan Kelly Johnny McCarron and Robbie McAllister play such an important role in this vistory. In the final minutes it was a matter of holding possession and at the final whistle Emyvale had booked a place in the final on September 30th against Cremartin. I cannot leave this without saying some thing about which I have complained before. The rules of the game and the way the male GAA game has changed does not look like sport and the number of injuries in this game alone bears witness to the fact that there is no protection for players in the modern game and the rules are such that they are never applied equally and consistently. The people leading our association at national level need to take a serious look at the game and where it is heading before it is too late. Too many players will give up the game due to injury and due to lack of enjoyment and the spectators will stay away as many have told me they are coming to that point but always hoping for the best. From an Emyvale point of view, and I am not just taking this from this game, but our star players are always singled out for extra physical attention to obviously get them out of the game. This is common and ‘the done thing’ - maybe so but it is not sport and it is not entertaining to watch. A serious incident in Tyrone this weekend might make the authorities sit up and ask the relevant question - how have we allowed our sport to sink to such a level?
Emyvale V Oram in Junior Championship 2018
I was standing chatting to my dear friend, Packie Hughes, before the game and all of a sudden he exclaimed - ‘My God would you look at who’s here’. I looked but it meant nothing but it was obvious that they knew each other very well. They chatted and I discovered that this fellow was called Darragh Faherty and that he lived in London and was a playing member of St, Brendan’s Club, Packie’s Club there. However he moved back home and they had lost contact with each other and here out of the blue they found each other by accident. We learned that Darragh is now Coach/Manager of the Oram team against whom Emyvale was about to play and, as it turned out, defeat. They chatted over old times for a short time but Darragh had to get to work. He is now married and living in County Armagh. Its a small world!!!!
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