The fact they have Carl Sammon as a craobh player shows they have little or no knowledge of the Dublin hurling scene he played minor for craobh but is back with parnells 2 years
Though I accept the belated apology, I feel a response is necessary.
Firstly, I am disappointed to have made that error. I pride myself on accurate and incisive articles. I hate getting things like that wrong. Though it’s an amateur publication, I try to apply professional standards and quality, and I think most people would agree that the standards I and we produce at Grssroots-gaa are at least as good as the paid writers on the club scene.
However, as a couple of other posters have pointed out, it’s impossible to know every detail of every player from all 48 sides who play the senior football and hurling championship every year. Just to put that into perspective, to see all of the senior football championship sides play in the league each year, you’d have to plan your year out in advance like an actuary, and you’d still miss two teams. Try to mix hurling and football and you’d miss eighteen sides.
I work full time, and this is 100% voluntary. I don’t get paid to do it. Suffice to say, watching Division two league games to check who is and isn’t still playing for what teams, isn’t how I spend my weekends. That said, when I’m in the country, I go to a lot of games and always take notes on players and tactics.
Carl Sammon played midfield for the Dublin minors against Tipperary in the minor semi-final in 2015. The team sheet said Chiaráns, so that’s what my notes said. That I didn’t realise that he was originally from Parnell’s, or gone back there? What can I say. There are over 1,000 players play the two senior championships every year. It’s impossible to follow them all, nor do I try.
I should further point out that I do have contacts in some clubs that I get helpful information from. I pride myself on giving statistically incisive and unbiased reports. Some members of some clubs haven’t seen it like that.
There are two clubs whose players/members have written exclusively what I would consider to be abusive, derogatory or accusative messages on the three media platforms which I get feedback on (that doesn’t include this site incidentally, and I don’t know who/what clubs most posters here are from in most cases). Suffice to say, I don’t contact anybody from those clubs for information. That compromises my capacity to get up to date information from the horse’s mouth.
It’s also worth pointing out that when I did contact clubs directly in 2014, I was deliberately fed inaccurate information by team managers in more than one case, so it’s no guarantee of correct information.
I do acknowledge that the journalistic integrity of the the first round preview articles is on the border of what I’m prepared to stand over. I’m previewing a number of teams I haven’t seen in some time, in years in the odd case. Typically, I make it my business to know what I consider serious championship contenders.
I do, however, do some work as a professional statistician, and am passionately interested in economics, and there are patterns derived from certain elements like prior results, recent minor performances and recent county minor players, which applied correctly, can form part of a basis for previews, even where you haven’t seen the side in the flesh. They obviously aren’t comprehensive, but they can form a part of the picture.
My feeling is that it’s better to write a preview based on these things for the sides I haven’t seen in some time than to write nothing at all. At the very least, even if it’s way off the mark, it stimulates on line and in the flesh debate. As some posts to your comment have pointed out, there’s very little coverage on the Dublin hurling championship.
In fact, I feel that these sides, who rarely have anything reported on them tend to get the most value from being reported on before typically being turfed out of the championship. Certainly, a look at the clubs who retweeted the football championship preview would suggest that some of the handful of sides I haven’t seem much recently, didn’t object to the preview.
I feel the comments about my knowledge of the Dublin hurling scene is completely out of line. Though I would certainly acknowledge that I know the football scene significantly better, I was at and reported all seven games from the hurling quarters to the final last year, and did in depth video/statistical analysis on three, as well as two of Cuala’s outside of Dublin. I suspect that puts me amongst the most knowledgeable people in Dublin on the current championship form of last year’s top eight.
If you doubt my current knowledge of these sides, please feel free to read any/all of the reports from last year, and see what you think.
Comments of support are in relation to this post are highly appreciated. In fact, if there are posters here who’d be interested to send me their numbers and the circle of clubs they know, and were prepared to be texted/called occasionally for info, it would be great, and would obviously reduce the chances of such errors in future.