Will Kildare v Mayo Be Moved to Croke Park?

Will Kildare v Mayo Be Moved to Croke Park?

Mayo v Kildare 16th Mar 2013

Mayo v Kildare NFL Div 1 16th March 2013 McHale Park

It was first reported in the Leinster Leader last Friday that  “negotiations are underway between Kildare GAA, Mayo and Croke Park, to move the Lilywhite’s opening Allianz National Football League fixture from St Conleth’s Park to Croke Park from the scheduled date of Sunday February 2nd to Saturday the 1st, as a curtain raiser to Dublin v Kerry. They were expecting a decision “in the coming days“. Kildare earned €150,000 last year by forfeiting their home advantage to play Donegal and Dublin in Croke Park, as part of the Spring Series.

Mayo GAA have stated at the weekend that “No negotiations took place on their side” and that the match would go ahead as per the master fixtures list, Sunday 2nd February in Newbridge.

With Kildares finances in such a bad state, you would think they would be pushing hard for the match to be moved to Croke Park, to increase their takings on the gate. Since the last time we played Kildare in Newbridge was in 2008, (we bet them that day 2-14 to 2-08) the capacity of St Conleths Park has been reduced hugely to just 6000 in recent years by the health & safety brigade.

Edit : With the Mayo team due to go on holidays to the far east on the 1st January, our first fbd match against NUIG which was due to be played on Sunday 5th January, will now be played the following Friday the 10th in Mc Hale park.

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Last Chance To Get Your GAA Season Tickets Before Christmas

Last Chance To Get Your GAA Season Tickets Before Christmas

GAA season tickets 2014

GAA Season Tickets 2014

Tomorrow Friday 29th November will be your last chance to order your GAA Season Tickets for 2014 to have them delivered in time for Christmas. Any season tickets ordered after this date will be produced and sent out in January 2014. Anyone that has renewed or bought their GAA Season Ticket before Friday 29th, their tickets will be sent out Friday 6th December. If you bought season tickets as Christmas presents and will not receive them in time for Christmas, Download your Season Ticket Gift Letter Here, to download and print out the gift letter to put under the tree.

View all information about the Croke Park season ticket on our season tickets page.

4 All Stars For Mayo

4 All Stars For Mayo

mayo gaa all stars 2013

Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins and Colm Boyle with their 2013 GAA GPA All-Star awards.

The 2013 All Stars ceremony took place this evening in Croke Park and Mayo came away with 4 this year. Congratulations to Keith Higgins and Lee Keegan for winning their second All Star, and to Colm Boyle and Aiden O’Shea for winning their first well deserved All Stars.We feel hard done by again this year (well we are biased!) on not winning more All Stars with Ger Cafferkey and Cillian O’Connor loosing out to Rory O’Carroll and Connor Mc Manus respectfully. It was a double blow for Cillian though, being the Championship top scorer for 2013 also loosing out to Jack Mc Caffery for Young Player Of The Year Award.

Anyway The All Stars puts an end to the 2013 Championship season and we can all now look forward to the 2014 season starting with the FBD League starting in January. It will be all the sweeter this time next year winning the bulk of the All Stars, with all them All Ireland medals falling out of the lads arse pockets!!

2013 all stars group photo

Photo : GPA @gaelicplayers

GAA GPA  Gaelic Football All Stars 2013

Stephen Cluxton (Dublin), Colin Walshe (Monaghan), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin),              Keith Higgins (Mayo)Lee Keegan (Mayo), Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin ), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Paul Flynn (Dublin ), Colm Cooper (Kerry), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Bernard Brogan (Dublin), Conor McManus (Monaghan).

Footballer of the year –  Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin).

Young player of the year – Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Gaelic Football Rule Changes For 2014

Gaelic Football Rule Changes For 2014

These are the new rule changes that are being introduced by the GAA from the 1st of January 2014.

new black card rule changes in gaelic football for 2014

The Gaelic Football Rule Changes which become operative on 1 January 2014 are as follows:

1. Introduction of a Black Card for Cynical Behaviour Fouls.
2. Change in the number of substitutes allowed.
3. Distinction between Deliberate and Accidental Fouls.
4. Definition of the Tackle.
5. Introduction of a clearer Advantage Rule.
6. A player in possession may score a point with an open-handed hand-pass.

Cynical Behaviour Fouls

1. Deliberately pull down an opponent.
2. Deliberately trip an opponent with the hand(s), arm, leg or foot.
3. Deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of a movement of play.
4. Threaten or to use abusive or provocative language or gestures to an opponent or a teammate.
5. Remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a Match Official.

The penalty for the above fouls are:

i. Free Kick from where the foul occurred.
ii. Order Off offender by showing him a Black Card*.
iii. Allow a replacement from within the substitutions permitted*.
*Substitutes
• Increased to SIX per team.
• Maximum of THREE permitted for Black Card Offenders.

Immediate Ordering Off Infractions (Red Cards)

1. Striking or attempting to strike with arm, elbow, hand, knee or head.
2. Kicking or attempting to kick with minimal force or with force or causing injury.
3. Behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent.
4. Spitting at an opponent.
5. Contributing to a melee.
6. Stamping.
7. Inflicting injury recklessly.
8. Abusive language towards a Referee, Umpire, Linesman or Sideline Official.
These are unchanged.

Cautionable Infractions (Yellow Cards)

1. To block or attempt to block with the boot when an opponent is kicking the ball from the hand(s).
2. To prevent or attempt to prevent an opponent from lifting or kicking the ball off the ground by striking an opponent’s hand, arm, foot or leg with the boot.
3. To engage in any other form of rough play.
4. To attempt to achieve an advantage by feigning a foul or injury.
The above are all currently existing Yellow Card Infractions.

Noting Infractions

1. To hold an opponent with the hand(s).
2. To use the fist on or around the body of an opponent for the purpose of dispossessing him of the ball.
3. To charge an opponent in the back or to the front.
4. To charge an opponent:
i. Who is not in possession of the ball, or
ii. Is in the act of kicking the ball, or
iii. If both players are not moving in the direction of the ball to play it.
5. To charge an opponent for the purpose of giving an advantage to a team-mate.
Noting Infractions remain unchanged – Two Notings result in a Caution (Yellow Card) with a third resulting in an Order Off (second Yellow, followed by Red).

Suspensions

At all levels a Black Card results in a player missing the remainder of the game.

Additionally at Senior Inter County Level:

3 x Black Cards = 1 Game suspension

3 x Double Yellow Cards = 1 Game suspension

OR

A Combination of both (totaling 3) = 1 Game suspension

Only in senior inter-county league and championship games within the same year.

At All Other Levels:

2 x Double Yellows within 48 weeks = 2 week suspension

2 x Yellow followed by a Black Card within 48 weeks = 2 week suspension

OR

A combination of both = 2 week suspension

At all levels except senior inter-county league and championship.

Deliberate v Accidental Fouls

A Card shall be issued only where the Infraction is deemed by the Referee to have been deliberate and not accidental.

The Tackle

The Tackle is re-defined as:
“The Tackle is a skill by which a player may dispossess an opponent or frustrate his objective within the Rules of Fair Play. The tackle is aimed at the ball, not the player. The tackler may use his body to confront the opponent but deliberate bodily contact (such as punching, slapping, arm holding, pushing, tripping, jersey pulling or a full frontal charge) is forbidden. The only deliberate physical contact can be a Fair Charge i.e. Shoulder-to-shoulder with at least one foot on the ground. More than one player can tackle the player in possession.”

Advantage

Advantage Rule is defined as:
“When a foul is committed the referee may allow the play to continue if he considers it to be to the advantage of the offended team. He shall signal that advantage by raising an arm upright. If he deems no advantage to have occurred, he may subsequently award a free for that foul from where it occurred*. The referee shall allow the advantage to run by maintaining his arm in the upright position for up to five seconds after the initial foul or for less time if it becomes clear that no advantage has accrued. He shall apply any relevant disciplinary action.”

Point with Open Hand

A player in possession may score a Point with the open hand or fist.

Interview by Marty Morrissey with David Goldrick and Pat Mc Enaney explaining the new rule changes.

Season Tickets on Sale Monday 4th November

Season Tickets on Sale Monday 4th November

Mayo season tickets go on sale for new members this Monday 4th November, click on photo below.

season ticket log-in

Existing season ticket holders had the option to renew their tickets for 2014 from the 21st October last. In previous years we had the option after renewing, to buy extra tickets on our account. This is not so however this year (and I believe) that the number of season tickets issued to Mayo this year will be restricted. I will be keeping a close eye on how the sales are going and will keep everyone updated.

I have been talking to a lot of people (from my own area) that have not got the season ticket but are definitely buying one this year. I would strongly recommend anyone thinking of buying one, which cost Adult €85 & Juvenile €10 not to delay and set up your account as soon as possible, so as not to be disappointed. Full details can be viewed in the season ticket section here. There are still no details yet of the Cáirde Mhaigheo season ticket but as soon as there are, we will update here. You can view last years Cáirde Mhaigheo application form here.

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