Cavanagh, like everyone, wonders what Tyrone must do to match “Professional Dubs” by · Published · Updated

Share Story Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin Have we reached the stage on GAA that Dublin are simply a “Professional” Team playing in an amateur sport?

online binУЄre optionen On Sunday last the awesome speed, pace, athleticism, energy and almost error free exhibition served up by Dublin had all the hallmarks of a group of players who were ahead of anything we have ever seen before in the sport.

dating a man for 3 months Seán Cavanagh, who was emotional in the aftermath of his last ever game in the Tyrone Jersey echoed such sentiments when speaking to Newstalk’s Oisin Langan. Cavanagh said that Tyrone have given everything to their county’s cause this year and it still was not enough to beat Dublin.

“I don’t understand how Dublin are so far ahead because in Tyrone we have given everything and I mean everything; in the gym, on the pitch – we have literally hurt our bodies every single night. We have gone out for nine, 10, 11 months and that still isn’t good enough. I believe we have some incredibly skilled players. I don’t know how the game can go to any more time commitment for players, it’s incredibly hard for players. I just don’t know where the game goes, how much more professional it can become.”

“Obviously, Dublin are way ahead and I have no idea how they are able to do it. To try and do a 40-hour-a-week job and just be blown away from another team who… and maybe they aren’t doing 40-hour-a-week jobs similar to what other counties are, maybe that’s one of the reasons they’re so far ahead. The support they have, it must be incredible. In Tyrone we’ve done everything we possible can and we’ve sacrificed so much over the last nine, 10, 11 months and there’s a lot of people who don’t even get game time who do the same. It’s really difficult to take that.”

Tyrone have undoubtedly now got a big gap to close and only the performance from Mayo in the All Ireland final will tell us if closing the gap is even possible in the next few years. Based on what the Dubs have served up in 2017 it would seem that the 3-in-a-row is signed and sealed.

But more startling is the fact that with the introduction of the now seemingly poorly named “Super 8” coming down the tracks in 2018, and the fact the Dubs could afford to lose a match at the last 8 stage and still win the All Ireland, then we may see a 5, 6 or 7 in a row. That is something that would have been laughed at just 3 or 4 years ago.

“The game has changed so much. It’s the pace and the power and the energy that Dublin have that has them at such a high level. It’s not all about the catching and the kicking and the high-level execution of skills anymore. I’ve been blown away by how far they are ahead of us because I believed we were up there with the top athletes in Ireland. I don’t know how far they are ahead, it’s just left me speechless.”

The money invested in Dublin GAA has been laughed off by true blue supporters and most officials and administrators. BUT if you collectively look at what has been invested into Dublin football since 2005 – over £18million, and compare that to every other county then, without doubt, it has had a colossal impact.

“DUBLIN received more money for games development last year than Ulster, figures in Tuesday’s GAA financial report show. The county was bankrolled to the tune of €1,460,400 by the GAA in 2015, compared to €1,273,665 for the entire northern province. Connacht (€796,756) and Munster (€1,191,576) received even less than Ulster, while the Leinster provincial council netted €1,700,990.” Irish News feature.

GAA investment in Dublin was the subject of an article by Irish journalist Ewan MacKenna, in the  Times Ireland Edition in oct 2016. He called the GAA’s investing in Games Development in Dublin is a case of ‘financial doping’…

“He’s [Pauric Duffy] overseen the biggest case of doping in modern Irish sport. The financial doping that destroyed Leinster and is now destroying our greatest tournament. By now we know the figures. Last year after a long and similar trend the GAA handed over €1,460,400 to the capital in a games development grant, more than any province combined with only one other county getting even six figures. That is before the €1 million a year special grant given over via the taxpayer and the Irish Sports Council. That is before we get to the fact that their population not only means a player base that dwarfs all others, but it also means a market that allows its sponsorship to dwarf all others.”

go County Breakdown of Games Development Funding in 2016

  1. Dublin – €1.463,400
  2. Cork – €249,000
  3. Offaly – €220,669
  4. Derry – €210,800
  5. Kerry – €197,600
  6. Meath – €187,600
  7. Tipperary – €183,800
  8. Laois – €182,000
  9. Kildare – €179,800
  10. Carlow – €178,800
  11. Wicklow – €167,000
  12. Antrim – €164,400
  13. Westmeath – €160,601
  14. Limerick – €158,800
  15. Waterford – €158,800
  16. Wexford – €155,800
  17. Clare – €152,400
  18. Roscommon – €144,748
  19. Leitrim – €131,498
  20. Donegal – €130,200
  21. Galway – €130,204
  22. Mayo – €129,886
  23. Cavan – €129,000
  24. Sligo – €127,854
  25. Longford – €126,500
  26. Louth – €122,700
  27. Monaghan – €121,000
  28. rencontres en belgique Tyrone – €119,000
  29. Down – €112,600
  30. Armagh – €110,200
  31. Fermanagh – €109,000
  32. Kilkenny – €108,600

Collectively that investment in a hugely professional GAA system in Dublin has nurtured a vast number of top class, highly skilled athletes. Dublin could line out a 2nd team right now and arguably go very close to winning the All Ireland. Very soon they could have a 3rds team that would be up there too!

Yet the synopsis that the money being invested has an impact is laughed off. Silly response! It’s like saying that Millwall should be able to compete with Man Utd or Man City and that money has no bearing as 11 players still have to go out and play- seriously? Fair play to Dublin all the same. They have a manager, a huge

Fair play to Dublin all the same. They have a manager, a huge backup team of professionals and have trained and assembled a huge squad of top class players and athletes in order to dominate the game. Nine or ten years ago that wasn’t the case but this current setup has been 9 or 10 years in the making.

Dublin have many advantages in the championship with a home stadium for 100% of their games and a mammoth crowd cheering them on at everyone. Tyrone we’re massively outnumbered off the field but in reality it looked a similar scenario on the field on Sunday too.

Tyrone GAA supporters should not be so quick to jump and ridicule our own after Sunday’s display though. Remember Tyrone ‘hammered’ Dublin by 3-14 to 1-8 in the 2008 quarter final. That’s a 12 point margin, the same margin which Dublin defeated Tyrone by on Sunday. What was Dublin’s response? Four all Irelands in the 6 years and probably 5 in 7 come 17th September 2017!

Yes, it was largely very disappointing what transpired in Croke Park, but we can assure you we are as stunned and disappointed as anyone and our disappointment is unequivocally not on the same level as it would have been for the management and players. The work and commitment they put in, as highlighted by Seán Cavanagh, was immense for 10 or 11 months.

The game has evolved again and it just looks like another shift in style and perspective will need to be utilised to keep up!

We are pretty sure Tyrone will do just that such is the incredible work going on within the County at Garvaghey and within the underage teams. Wasn’t another All Ireland title win on Sunday in the new Under 17 Championship? What about some of the highly impressive talent on show there.

go site At Tyrone Life we, for starters, have already bypassed the disappointment and are already looking forward to how this next Tyrone GAA journey unfolds…

Let’s close out with one of the many fantastic scores which Sean Cavanagh, undoubtedly one of the greatest all rounders that Gaelic football has seen, produced in the Tyrone jersey…