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Survey: Kerry fans question team’s ‘negative’ tactics

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Kerry fans have voiced concerns about their team’s defence-oriented tactical approach after last Sunday’s unexpected championship exit at the hands of fierce rivals Cork.

When asked the open-ended question ‘what went wrong?’ in a poll carried out online by the Killarney Advertiser, defensive or negative tactics were mentioned in 25% of the answers provided. Team selection was the next most popular explanation with 16%.

Kerry appeared to be “more focused on defence than attack” according to one fan, while another claimed that “negative team selection and tactics” were to blame.

“Management went with a certain game plan, which is fair enough, but deciding not to change it up at some point was disappointing,” read another response.

Poor shooting and decision-making were the next most-cited factors at 14% each.

WORST

Around 45% of respondents said that Sunday’s result is as bad as the infamous defeats to Meath and Armagh in 2001 and 2002, while a further 23% ranked it as the worst Kerry defeat this century.

A significant portion of supporters disagreed with this assessment, however: 26% said the Cork defeat was bad “but not as bad as Meath or Armagh”, while the remaining 6% felt that it didn’t rank amongst Kerry’s worst results since 2000 at all.

When asked if Kerry or Cork deserved to win the closely-fought encounter, almost three out of four (73%) of Kerry fans said that The Rebels were worthy winners.

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the vast majority (85%) of Kerry supporters believe that Cork will go on to beat Tipperary in the Munster final, but few believe they can go all the way and win the All-Ireland. Just 1% of those polled think that Cork will lift Sam Maguire in December.

Unsurprisingly, most Kerry fans (77%) predict that reigning champions Dublin will retain their title and make it six-in-a-row, with 11% opting for Donegal and the remaining 11% choosing Mayo.

As for the team Kerry fans want to win the All-Ireland, that’s an entirely different story. Just 5% of participants said they hope that Dublin prevail (these people are more than likely of the opinion that if anyone is going to stop the Dubs, it should be us).

One in eight supporters (12%) would like to see Pádraig Joyce’s Galway go all the way while a little under a quarter (23%) will be rooting for Donegal.

But there are no doubts about which team the largest number of Kerry fans will be throwing their weight behind now that The Kingdom are out of the championship. Almost half (46%) of Kerry supporters said they hope that Mayo break their curse and win their first All-Ireland senior football title since 1951.

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Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”

By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.

Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.

Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.

“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.

“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”

Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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