Wednesday 21 February 2018

Off The Ball: Elder statesmen flourish in autumn after summer of baby-faced assassins

Donny Mahoney

One talking point underpinning many of the GAA discussions on the show this summer is that Gaelic games at inter-county level is no longer a place for middle-aged men.

The required time commitment is often too much for an athlete already juggling work and family. It was fitting that a team of baby-faced assassins, who'd be refused entry into an American liquor store, won Liam MacCarthy. Maybe it's the 33-year-old in me, but it has been a joy to watch the elder statesmen lording it in the club championship this autumn.

Bygone Bannerman Niall Gilligan scored 1-14 in the last two weeks for Sixmilebridge. Shane Curran and Frankie Dolan have led Brigid's to another Connacht final, while Crossmaglen 'keeper Paul Hearty won his 17th county medal last month.

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