Last weekend was training weekend number 5 and some of the Dublin and Mayo players joined the camp which is obviously a big ask following their heroics at the All Ireland Final on the previous Sunday.
On Friday we had a full scale match in the Ashbourne GAA club. The session was videoed using the telescopic tower and as you can see from the image it gives you a fabulous view of the pitch.
The game was played at a frantic pace as we edge closer to the final panel being chosen. The team played 3/4 on Friday night and it was back to the hotel for recovery and dinner while I went off and analysed the footage. It wasn’t as late as other nights preparing the video presentation for the following morning and I was in bed by 1am!!
I sat down with Paul Earley (manager) to show him the good and bad clips from the game on Friday night and he selected what to show to the players. When presenting to the players at this time in the training there’s still a small emphasis on the rules of the game as well as the tactical aspect.
Because of the effort put in on Friday night, Saturday’s training had a greater emphasis on the skills of the game.
There’s a big weekend ahead for the panel as it’s getting closer to selection time.
Keep your eyes on the website for next weeks installment.