Dublin's Hurling Style

Watching Ballygunner on Sunday, they played what Id call Waterfords style of hurling a lot of short passing but usually to good effect.

Limerick Tipp Kilkenny all have a style of play and I suppose Wexford have brought in the attacking defenders style…

How would you define Dublins? Do we have one? And what of our clubs, all too similar in style? Too over reliant on fitness over style/skill??

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Not sure if it answers the question , but Ive often felt its our inability to change style/tactics mid game that can find us out, good teams adapt (Dublin Footballers) if long quick ball isn’t working we continue with it in hurling , running into contact we continue it and short hand passing getting bottled up we continue it.
I’m not sure if the great teams figure these things out on the pitch themselves or if its from the side-line, all I do know is there is nothing more frustrating than seeing a Dublin team make mistakes and not alter tactics
If we do have a style we like to steam roll , but as our rugby boys found out that will take you only so far

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Would ballygunner beat the current Dublin team would be a better question

The league semi final against Limerick was good illustration.

They competed with Limerick for over half the game, but already in first half you could see Limerick adjusting themselves, especially in defence and after a great start by Suthcliffe, his marker ended up as MOTM because Nolan kept lumping balls down on him and Dillon when it had long stopped paying dividends.

On right side you had Hetherton who put himself about, but top inter county backs are not going to be over run by lads trying to burst through them. We are badly missing a forward like Dotsy now, who was unpredictable and smart, and obviously didn’t rely on physique.

I remember the game , the bit I don’t get is when the change in formation / tactics comes is it from the sideline or on the field , if it’s on the field primarily then that raises a concern for I have to admit that Dublin are one of the quietest teams around , very little on field talking/ instruction

Couldn’t have put it better myself… we do the same thing over and over again, we quickly get found out.

The amount of long balls sent into the forward line on top of Rushe and get zero return…

I definitely think we are weak in the forwards, we seriously lack pace in the full forward line too.

If you give a child a hurley they will want a Sliotar to go with it.

Then, they will probably spend hours begging you to go out in the yard to play with them, even though you may want to sit on the couch and watch tv. They will insist. And their insistence will win.

And when a child gets a jersey, they will need shorts and socks and boots to go with it. And a TEAM……
And then life as you know it will end.

There will be no more lazy weekends watching tv. You will see more sunrises than you ever thought possible. Every spare minute of your time will be spent taking your child to practice for a game.

And your house will be a mess. And your car will be dirty. All because you gave a kid a Hurley.

Your weekends will be spent freezing or burning to death on a sideline. And their weekends will be spent gaining confidence and friends, and learning new skills and having fun.

And you will be there the day they score their first point,first foul and their first Win. And they will make you SO proud. The other mums & dads will congratulate you. But you feel weird saying thank you because it’s not you with the Hurley on the pitch. It’s all them. They did this.

And right before your eyes, your little child will be transformed from the baby who lifted the Hurley and fell in love with the sport (because they love attention). Because they love attention still.

When you give a child a Hurley you give them more than just a Hurley. You give them a sport, and talent, and hope, and dreams, and friends, a new family, a place to learn about the life, room to grow as a person where they can push their limits, and bravery, and courage and LIFE, and memories. And they will have ALL of these things, simply because you gave a child a Hurley.

Because you gave a child a Hurley you too will develop new/lifelong friendships, developed solely from the same passion for the game and love of your team. You will cheer together. Because you gave a child a Hurley.

Then one day, many years from today….they will be in their room and a Sliotar will roll out from an old dusty bag underneath their bed. And they will pick it up and realise instantly that when you gave that child a Hurley well you also gave them a childhood that they would never forget. And then they will hug you, and your eyes may leak – because you realise that everything YOU gave up along the way……was worth it!

All because you gave a child a Hurley
Keep Hurling Everyone


Pacey scoring forwards required. A couple of ball winners wouldn’t go amiss either.

ah, i dont think so barring a systems failure. Ballygunner looked brilliant in Munster last year as well.

Systems failures aren’t exactly unknown for us…