2019 NHL Round 2-Offaly v Dublin-O'Connor Park-Sun Feb 03 2pm


Is this down to the backs not releasing it early enough though? I too noticed what you are saying but sometimes it can be down to either the over eager forward or the slow release from the backs.

On some occasions, when we had a free out of the backline this happened also. It’s frustrating for a forward to make a run and be caught in no mans land when it doesn’t come in. Remember the dominant KK team, the half back line distributed the ball almost instantly and the forwards were already making the run. Forwards need to have that edge, that they know the ball is coming before the backs that are marking them do. Otherwise it’s a straight race, and as you said some players may win that race but others may not.


In these situations we actually should have 3 or 4 players showing for the ball! That’s what keeps opponents guessing every time! Predictability is last thing we need from puck outs and frees from defence!


@Sam_11 and @Bluedub I think there is a lot to be learned here from American football to be honest. Generally in that game, the receiver runs and then jinks left or right and the quarterback hits him with the ball, but they know in advance how it will go. Sometimes I see in hurling the keeper (or defender) pucks the ball to a player who is running, but the keeper, and everyone else, knows that the guy still isn’t going to be free when the ball arrives. So it is a bit of a cop out really.

There was one puck out on Sunday that I think should be the template. In the first half, the forwards practically en masse went to the right, leaving loads of space on the left. Burke then turned at the last minute and got the ball in the space and put it over the bar. But the timing was right, and the space was right.

Even with a defender coming out with the ball, some of the runs need to be to create space. Where possible a win win should be created. The forward runs to leave space for another guy, if the back doesn’t follow him and marks the space, you give him the ball. If the back does follow him, you put the ball into space for another guy to run into.

There were loads of times where Dillon would burst out for the ball, but by the time the ball arrived at the spot for him, other defenders had time to cover it. Also because Dillon was in a flat out race for the ball, he had to try to control it at full speed.

The timing only works really if the final run is made just before the ball is struck. If the defender or keeper has to see the run, then throw it up and hit it to the guy, the opportunity is gone. Either the forward is closed down, or the forward has just run out of space to run into. The whole pucking thing takes three or four seconds plus the time the ball is in the air, so there is relatively ages when everyone knows where the ball is going. It can only work if it is disguised up until the very last moment and that can only happen if the people know in advance where everyone is going to be. It is the attraction of the short puck out really, the time the ball takes to travel is much shorter so you can pick out a guy in space and know the space will still be there when the ball arrives.


Rushe is not the answer to the full forward problem. Why not do like Kilkenny did with Brian Hogan. Drop him back in front of the full back and drop one of the midfielders, Moran, back just in front of where the CHB normally resides. This way we’d get the best of both and not be playing a sweeper.