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01-06-2018, 21:16   #31
 
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I'm excited after seeing that team!! No sweeper team and we have fire power for points and goals with a mix of height and speed and wrists. If everyone is fit, I'd be confident we'll give Tipp one hell of a battle!! Can't wait now. Wish it was tomorrow!!
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S O Keeffe
S Fives
C Gleeson
N Connors
A Gleeson
P Mahony
J Barron
M Walsh
M Kearney
S Roche
DJ Foran
S Bennett
T Devine
P Curran
P Mahony

Happy enough with that
Arguably the most exciting and adventurous side fielded in a number of years. A great opportunity for some of the players who supporters have been calling for to start. A bit more optimistic about travelling now but under no illusions about the size of the task in front of the lads.
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Roll on sunday!!
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01-06-2018, 23:09   #34
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Just came upon the new web page.


I have been unable to do my normal kind of analysis on last Sunday’s game due to the lack of a video recording. You might think that, with cameras at the game, RTE would have shown such an important game as a deferred broadcast. BBC have been doing this with Ulster championship games and, of course, TG4 do it routinely with league games.


So these comments are based on first impressions from the terrace. Cusack Park in its present state should never again be used for games of this importance. There are far too few seats, while the slight slope in the main terrace makes the game impossible to see for people of low stature.


For me, apart from Clare’s commitment and good, well-executed, game plan, three key issues undermined Waterford here – the injuries, the failure to provide adequate cover for the injuries, and Waterford’s woeful game plan.


The four injuries, on top of those which ruled Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony out, were extremely unusual and a devastating blow, both for this game and the remainder of the series. I usually find it difficult to figure out Derek McGrath’s public utterances, and this again applied to his apparent suggestion that overtraining may have contributed to the injuries. Most of the injuries were the result of belts dished out by opponents while Darragh Fives’s leg injury was just the latest of a long series experienced by this player.



As I remember it, Tadhg de Búrca’s injury arose after he dithered with a clearance and was closed down by two Clare players. In attempting to evade these players, he ran straight into a strong shoulder from a third player which he wasn’t expecting and this is where the damage was done.


While the string of injuries to defenders was unprecedented, the fact is that Waterford were totally unprepared for it, in terms of backup personnel and impact on game plan. In one interview Derek McGrath said how he tries “to cover for every eventuality” while in another he bemoaned having to use untried lads. There is something of a contradiction here.


The fact is that, of ten outfield substitutes, Waterford had only one defender (Ian Kenny) and nine forwards. We have criticised Derek McGrath here before for his failure to use the league constructively to strengthen the squad in terms of depth and experience, particularly in light of the likely demands of the new format. McGrath repeatedly stuck to the same defensive sextet, as if he assumed that they would never get injured. It seems almost providential, therefore, that he should lose four of them in a single game, with Kevin Moran, with lots of defensive experience, then getting himself sent off.


Waterford did start the game with eight defenders on the field, so there were options there, but having to move them around inevitably led to organisational breakdown. De Búrca was replaced by Colm Roche, who played all his underage intercounty hurling as a forward (and a good one at that) and who, even then, has had minimal exposure at senior level. How we could have done with his brother Shane (who left the panel a while back) last Sunday. Conor Prunty probably would have been on the panel if fit, but he also has had very little senior experience.


Where was Seamus Keating, who has been playing some good hurling this year? And other posters have also queried the absence from the panel of William Hahessy and Michael Harney, both excellent at under 21 level but ignored by Derek McGrath.


We will obviously never know how the game would have gone without the injuries, but my opinion is that Waterford would still have lost, given the woeful game plan put into practice on the day. Many of the points I have made about this have also been made by other posters.


It is a poor reflection on McGrath that, in his fifth year in charge, the best he could come up with was place three forwards in the D outside the Clare large parallelogram and pump long ball down on top of them. Some posters here have suggested that Waterford only started doing this after de Búrca got injured, but in fact this was the “game plan” right from the beginning.



The fact that Clare took complete command of the game after de Búrca’s injury may have had something to do with that injury, as many have suggested. My own view is that, while the unexpected Waterford tactical approach did cause some initial problems for the Clare defence, they quickly got to grips with it. In particular, instead of competing for incoming ball, the Clare defenders resorted instead to batting the ball out, confident that it would be picked up by waiting team mates, as there were no other Waterford players in the vicinity.


Defenders like nothing more than predictable incoming ball (especially coming straight down the field rather than coming in at an angle) and bunching in front of goal. Waterford delivered these in spades last Sunday.
One poster here has described this as “1950s junior hurling tactics”, but even a junior hurling manager would have placed no more than two forwards under the incoming high ball, with a couple of nippy hurlers (of whom Waterford have many) around the fringes to pick up breaking ball. Placing three forwards under the incoming ball made no sense at all. Including Brick Walsh in this trio was even more nonsensical. Brick thrives picking up breaking ball out the field and competing one-on-one on the wing. He was completely wasted trying to compete in the crowded conditions which obtained in front of the Clare goal.


Watching Clare’s alternative game plan last Sunday, and the well-thought-out and skillful way Wexford, Cork and Galway worked the ball out of defence into good attacking positions, as shown on the Sunday Game on Sunday night, showed that they are all light years ahead of Waterford’s “caveman hurling”, as one poster has described it.


From a combination of short puckouts and picking up breaking ball around the bunched group in front of their goal, Clare methodically worked the ball to spare men on the wings in the midfield area. In last year’s Munster final, they persisted in ignoring the potential in their full forward line, instead shooting a series of bad wides from out the field. Last Sunday they mixed it up, combining much more accurate outfield shooting with good ball into the Waterford goal area where John Conlon went to town. They might have scored several more goals except for repeated fouling by the Waterford defenders which presented Peter Duggan with a series of easy tap-over frees.


When Derek McGrath first took over, Waterford did play some nice hurling in defence, using stick passes to move the ball up to midfield. However, from there on there seemed to be no clear idea how to proceed. Over time, Waterford regressed to playing blind long ball to mainly non-existent forwards. The difference last Sunday was that Waterford did plant three forwards in front of the Clare goal as targets for the continued flow of long balls from back the field. The problem was that they were basically depending on lucky breaks to achieve anything from this situation, and these were, predictably, few and far between.



The couple of posters here who commented on the minor match were, I thought, a bit harsh on Waterford. There was nothing in it at half time while in the third quarter in particular, Waterford got a lot of good possession around midfield and the half forward line but wasted it through poor decision-making and poorly-executed attempted passes. It was by no means the case that they were being played off the field, and with better use of the ball they could well have been in contention going into the closing straight.


Clare did pull away eventually, with wind assistance and showing the benefit of having played a tough game the week before. As in the senior game, the minors dealt very poorly with high ball delivered into their goal area. Kilkenny, Tipperary and Galway put a lot of emphasis on ability to win high ball in their under-age coaching, and Waterford badly need to step up in this area.


It was also noticeable that Clare were better coached than Waterford in key facets of the game. In particular, they were very good at getting out of trouble and moving the ball forward by looking for team-mates to pass to (and these were always available). Again, like the seniors, Waterford were far too inclined to hit blind balls under pressure in these situations.
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Arguably the most exciting and adventurous side fielded in a number of years. A great opportunity for some of the players who supporters have been calling for to start. A bit more optimistic about travelling now but under no illusions about the size of the task in front of the lads.
Five of the six forwards from the u21 AI winning team of 2016 start. The two gleeson then make it seven from that team starting.
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Very exciting team named, hopefully they show up and give a good tipp a good rattle

For our own sanity here we need these particular lineup to do well.
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Five of the six forwards from the u21 AI winning team of 2016 start. The two gleeson then make it seven from that team starting.
While I’d agree it is an exciting line up I think expectations should be tapered slightly. Foran and Kearney have little to no intercounty championship experience. These 6 forwards have seemingly never before played together in a significant game. Add to that Pauric having very little hurling done due to his injury and there is a lot of doubts remain.
At the back Austin has had such an injury disrupted season it’s hard to bank on him delivering the kind of performance we know he can from centre back. Bricks inclusion in the back is a bit of a surprise and it could be tough to adjust back if that is where he starts. Stephen Roche is another with no experience of intercounty.
So while I am pretty happy with the team all things considered it is still a team with more questions than answers.
With a bench of Tommy Ryan, Colin Dunford, Jake Dillon and Brian O’Halloran to call on there is still options in the forwards. Has Maurice been deemed fit enough to make the bench?
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Maurice definitely out according to the waterford gaa facebook page.
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02-06-2018, 11:27   #39
 
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Yeah it could go wrong but I don't think anyone can say Derek named a negative team. He's going for the win and going for scores and taking a chance and putting faith in the players which is something we've all wanted. I'd have started Tommy Ryan in there somewhere but each to their own. It's a good team and let's hope a few lads step up and show what they can do. It's a real chance for some of them to make household names for themselves.
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While people are excited about the prospect of that team, I don't believe anyone is expecting to win. We might win and the chances have probably increased with that team, but tipp absolutely still strong favourites for the win.

Hopefully we will be competitive and maybe one or two of these young lads come of age on Sunday. It could go horribly wrong of course but it's worth a shot.
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Is three lads making a first championship start tomorrow? Roche, Curran and Foran?
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02-06-2018, 12:59   #42
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Has Curran actually never started a championship game yet?
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Curran started two years ago. Mikey Kearney has not though.
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Is three lads making a first championship start tomorrow? Roche, Curran and Foran?
Kearney hasn’t either I think? Not certain on Curran.
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One has to wonder why it took a situation like this to arise for McGrath to try out this team. If the league wasn’t a priority then why didn’t we see this team with these players and the apparent attacking game plan? If we are to be beaten tomorrow and McGrath comes out with the excuse of the players not playing together enough etc. he will get crucified.

I hope the players go and do themselves justice tomorrow. A win could kickstart the season and make things really interesting. Lose, the summer is over before the schools are out.
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