Ulster football disproving southern doubters?

Despite a fine show of football against Armagh, the current Irish News poll on Tyrone’s prospects has a slight majority of pessismists (also reflected in Eastwoods current odds). Check out last night’s Sports Call (sound file) for good natured criticism of the referee in last Sunday’s semi final. One Armagh caller suggests that the Kerry Cork semi was like a county vs a club team in comparison, and hopes Ulster football has proved its class to the doubters and begrudgers. The initial signs are hopeful.

  • ct

    There can be no doubt anymore that the best football of this years championship was played by or involved at least one northern team. I was disillusioned after last years c’ship as I thought Armagh & Tyrone played very negative football, and was not relishing the prospect of watching this year. Pleasently surprised I have been and would heavily tip Tyrone of lifting the title.

  • Donnie

    Bog ball! Hurling’s where it’s at…

  • DerryTerry

    One of the Sunday’s did an analysis of the success of Ulster teams since the backdoor was opened, with the province for just under half of the semi-final places since its introduction.

    The proof is in the results, and Ulster teams have led the way. Just a pity there was no backdoor in the early to mid 90s.

  • audley

    Fantastic game on Sunday, just shows you what pride in the shirt means. Other sports take note

  • Baluba

    An absolutely heart-stopping encounter. Hard, uncompromising football and plenty of skill on show. Who on earth can call Mulligan’s football ugly!?!

    Armagh, Tyrone and Kerry football leads the way in the country though, not Ulster football. Antrim, Monaghan, Cavan, Down, Derry, Donegal and Fermanagh all lag way behind with the other counties such as Cork, Dublin, Laois, Galway.

    I look forward to a great final which will see Sam Maguire head to the O’Neill COunty again.

    P.S. I do have to agree with Donnie though. Football’s for hurlers to keep fit. Hurling is the greatest sport on earth bar none! Hopefully Galway can produce another beautiful display against the dominant Cork.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Hopefully Galway can produce another beautiful display against the dominant Cork.’

    I’ll let that one go Baluba!

  • Chris Gaskin

    It would be great to see Galway beat Cork

    The langers 😉

  • smcgiff

    ‘It would be great to see Galway beat Cork’

    No way sham! You wont be seeing it this September anyway, fein.

  • smcgiff

    P.S. Fein – nothing to do with Sinn Fein

  • Baluba

    That thug Ó Suilleabháin will get sent off and leave ye stuck!

    Go the Tribe!

  • Baluba

    Ah well, smcgiff didn’t take the bait from my shameless provocation. I actually really like Ó Suilleabháin and Cork. I just like to spread the Mc Carthy love around (preferably to the most north-eastern county someday).

    I just hope to see a great game of hurling and football in the two finals.

    Jesus, I love the GAA!!!

  • smcgiff

    ‘(preferably to the most north-eastern county someday).’

    You may need to give Methuselah a run for his money to get to see that!

  • Donnie

    An interesting article in the Sunday Times past about the Midleton CBS team of 1995. The Rock was then playing as a makeshift wing forward sporting shin guards. Shin guards – “he had a Junior Cert outlook if you like – you know, the idea of getting a bus to the matches and out for a feed afterwards.”

  • Baluba

    Beidh an lá linn, smcgiff, beidh linn!

  • middle-class taig

    Someone on the tv once said that hurling was a game designed for hutu militia nutters. That it has been played over the years by some of Europe’s most sublime athletes does not entirely compensate for that, but it goes a long way.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Someone on the tv once said that hurling was a game designed for hutu militia nutters.’

    It wasn’t a Kerryman by any chance? 😉

  • Chris Gaskin

    No way sham! You wont be seeing it this September anyway, fein.

    P.S. Fein – nothing to do with Sinn Fein

    LOL, I know

    It’s used a lot around God’s country especially in Cross.

  • simon

    Good to see there is some clever people on this site .In realising Huring is the greatest game. Football is just for soccer players who all want to be be goalies and hold the ball in there hands.

    To quote stemie Griffin

    uhh i went there all right 🙂

    Personnally Gaelic football would be third on my list to watch after hurling and rugby.

  • wesley

    Ulster football is the dominent force in todays game.

    Long may it last.

  • wesley

    Dominant…oops

  • smcgiff

    Farce…oops

  • Todd

    Which team has made it to the Minor, U21, Intermediate, Senior & Masters finals in hurling this year…

  • P Ring

    Is it possible that GAA is the last credible expression of national identity in Ireland? Barring the (in my view) irrelevant use of tendentious political symbolism in, for example, club names etc, the activity itself is as pure a form of benign inter-community identification as exists in Europe. Teams of doctors, brickies, students etc competing against other similar teams,for no great financial reward and under mass national scrutiny, for the sheer glory of bringing the cup back home. I agree with Baluba, I love GAA!!Armagh will return. Soon.

  • Rev Ian Paisley

    As a Dubs fan I’d like to congratulate both Tyrone and Armagh on a fantastic game on Sunday. The Premiership is like watching paint dry compared to a game like that. And I had a tenner on Tyrone!! Tyrone for Sam!

  • Rev Ian Paisley

    As a Dubs fan I’d like to congratulate both Tyrone and Armagh on a fantastic game on Sunday. The Premiership is like watching paint dry compared to a game like that. And I had a tenner on Tyrone!! Tyrone for Sam!

  • Rev Ian Paisley

    As a Dubs fan I’d like to congratulate both Tyrone and Armagh on a fantastic game on Sunday. The Premiership is like watching paint dry compared to a game like that. And I had a tenner on Tyrone!! Tyrone for Sam!

  • Rev Ian Paisley

    As a Dubs fan I’d like to congratulate both Tyrone and Armagh on a fantastic game on Sunday. The Premiership is like watching paint dry compared to a game like that. And I had a tenner on Tyrone!! Tyrone for Sam!

  • bog warrior

    Was at the match on Sunday unbelievable atmosphere and finish. Both teams were a credit to their respective counties and when you think about it they’re giving it all just to prove themselves and see how far they can go with no monetary reward. Hope Tyrone go on to lift Sam but Kerry will be very hard to beat so we’ll have to wait to the 25th to see how far Ulster football has really progressed.
    Tir Eoghain Abu!

    PS Would agree that hurling is the more skilful game.