Originally Posted by Cosmo Kramer
We'll have to agree to disagree on Kilbride. The reason I single him out is because he is a player who is consistently singled out by followers of Ros as a star man. Once that happens he is judged by higher standards - as I said earlier, that's not his fault.
Obviously system and conditioning had a role to play yesterday. However there needs to be a realisation that there is a gap in natural ability and skill levels between the two teams also at present, both in the starting 15 and in terms if strength in depth.
Could not agree more. Theres this underlying belief that Roscommon have supreme talent at underage level.
The nature of GAA allows this skewed view to be prominent. Connacht football is pure crap at Senior level. Thats a fact and anyone disputing that hasn't got a clue.
There are countless Minor/Under 21 prodigees who have not cut the mustard at Senior level. Its not a foregone conclusion that we would win titles with strength and conditioning facilities. Its not going to happen either, the county is not going to cripple itself financially.
Theres alot more missing than a lack of strength and conditioning facilities. It seems every manager takes the slack for the group of players we have. Some of them are just simply not up to the task, and never will be unfortunately.
You can have all the strength and conditioning but if you cannot do the basics correctly then you are in trouble from the start. Mental strength has been a massive problem at senior level for a decade or more.
Dare I say it, the last connacht title win was an exception to the rule rather than a sign of things to come, given the fact we got as handy a draw as we could have hoped for.
Another thing that seems to be pushed is the fact that alot of our lads have Sigerson Cup experience. That also means damn all when it comes to playing Senior Inter county football. It means NOTHING.