Readers' Blog: Put all our players on a level playing pitch

Two football fixtures over the week-end made me experience the “Wow where did that come from”. Dublin and Kerry both destroyed their opposition on their way to trying to win this year’s All-Ireland Football Championships.

Readers' Blog: Put all our players on a level playing pitch

Two football fixtures over the week-end made me experience the “Wow where did that come from”. Dublin and Kerry both destroyed their opposition on their way to trying to win this year’s All-Ireland Football Championships.

In our two largest cities the fans packed the stadiums to watch the best two teams in the respective provinces. What happened?

Laois lasted 35 minutes, Cork 15 minutes. WOW! What went wrong on the field? Who did Laois and Cork defeat to get on to the same field as Dublin and Kerry? Who cares the Super 8s are around the corner?

The GAA president is right. We need a second tier under the existing GAA ethos. Before we push this solution through the democratic process, allow me to express my thoughts.

Do not let anyone tell me that Cork men and Laois men are anyway different to Kerry or Dublin men.

Maybe more of them but that is a selection problem. Identifying natural talent in raw material is a skill in itself. Speed, strength, and even psychology can be coached into players but not natural ability.

Natural ability has to be directed by qualified and skilled coaches in order for this talent to achieve the true potential.

So what is the difference between the winners and the losers last weekend? I hate to say it — “professionalism”. Management, coaches, and the boards, in order for the players to achieve the levels required to win Championships. All need to embrace it. Like it or lump it but someone go away and work on it.

Ireland after stuffing the Northern Hemisphere in Rugby Union went down South and won a Series against Australia. Why and how? Ask the Golden Oldies who didn’t, and yet were just as talented. Here we go professionalism!

Cork City are back training this week to defend their League and Cup, professionalism again.

Manage this word properly and you will allow the chosen players to reach their potential. Everyone is on an equal playing pitch then and let the talent begin.

Jim Hennebry

Blackrock

Cork

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