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Eoin Bradley: Stick to the GAA

Eoin BradleyDerry Gaelic footballer Eoin Bradley made his full debut for Coleraine soccer team last Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Ballymeena United and scored his first goal for his new side.
Now the argument in this office all week is that this proves the point, that any decent Gaelic fooballer could make it as a soccer player. (so says hurler on the ditch anyway!)
I have no problem with the Irish league but I certainly don’t believe you would have to be a world beater to score the odd goal in what is a very poor league.
The view of this column is a completely different one to that of the hurler on the ditch however, as I believe that any decent soccer player worth his salt could easily take to fetching a ball in his hands and kicking it over the bar.
In the short time I have been here, I have covered quite a few Gaelic football matches in Inishowen and from what I have seen, the best players in these teams are mainly boys who are only playing Gaelic as their second choice sport. Imagine how good these boys would be if they gave up playing the beautiful game! Thankfully these boys have more sense than that!


Michael Murphy: Club v Country fiasco

What a joke that one of the best (if not the best) Gaelic footballer in the country is being forced to decide whether or not he should captain his country in the International rules series or play for his club in the County final.
Now, I am not a big fan of the International rules in which the Australian team will this year be represented by an exclusively Indigenous team, known as the Indigenous All Stars, but for an amateur player like Michael Murphy to be given the chance to captain his country and then be told that he must decide between his country and his club is a shame on the GAA.
Surely the manager of the International side must’ve known, that when he appointed Michael Murphy as his captain that there was a possibility he would be playing in a County final the day after the opening series game in Cavan.
From the outside looking in, it seems to me that Paul Earley, the Ireland manager just took it for granted that something would be sorted and that the County final would be switched.
However the Donegal County board are refusing to budge and so a player who has given so much already to both his county and country is being left in limbo.
Murphy will most likely put his club first here as he will not want to let anyone in Glenswilly down,  which is a testament to the man himself.
The GAA on the other hand, should hang their heads in shame!

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