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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Sunday Sports Pages: "It's very complex being a human being"

NEWSTALK 106 - 108 fm | Adrian Collins

Joe Brolly and Vincent Hogan joined Joe Molloy on Off the Ball on Sunday to take a look through the stories making headlines in the Sunday papers.

The discussion began with a look at Joe Brolly's piece on Kieran McGeeney, and the effect that he had on his Kildare players both physically and mentally.

"Psychologically, you can see how they perform on the big days, and they just had no belief," said Brolly. "The most striking example for me was against Donegal in 2011. It goes to extra-time, and Kildare go four up, and that team was super-fit. Whenever Kieran came in, the first thing they did was they went into a professional regime of fitness and it gave them an awesome bounce in Leinster against the weaker teams.

"That day, they went four points up and you thought 'well, this is all about the psychology now', and of course, you never thought that Donegal would lose it, because they played with passion, creativity and drive. The thing with Kieran's teams is they tend to become very formulaic and robotic, so that for example, you'll never see a McGeeney team working their way out of a difficult situation".

Turning to the Irish Mail on Sunday, Hogan looked at the story of former jockey Robbie McNamara, who has been paralysed for the last year. For Hogan, this brings home the impact of sport and an overarching discussion about the nature of human beings, in particular those who pursue a career in sports. Continue reading 
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