Dave Cahill wrote:You can't have a tactical approach to a sport where you can score from such a wide range of positions on the field and such large distances as a matter of course (i.e. not just players with 'special' skills or constructed circumstances) - its just simply not possible, there is no room for discussion or opinion on the matter.
Sorry for the slow reply but its a bank holiday weekend and well I couldn't be bothered
You'll enjoy this as you clearly have a massive love of Cork...
I was talking to a college about the Cork team of the early to mid 2000s just last week. I had said the first time I saw them was in the quarterfinal in 2003 and I said how impressed I had been with their pre match warm up and that it wasn't your usual pre match warm up. He said he knew a guy on the team and that the effort it took to change the way lads were used to playing was a very difficult process and he said The Rock (O'Sullivan) was the one who resisted it the most. His natural instinct after winning possession was to hit it as hard and as far as he could... but that's not what the team wanted as the tactics were to launch attacks from the half-back line and to run with the ball. This is just one example of a team using tactics that were not the norm.
There are plenty of teams that line up in your traditional formation and believe that they are 'harder' because of it. Cody is definitely from this school of thought. He goes on about it a lot that they don't do tactics and its all about beating your man and honesty of effort, yada yada yada and I don't believe it for a second. When I watched Wexford and Dublin getting hammered in this years quarterfinals, something that stood out for me was the poor decision making and shot selection - specifically going for shots from stupid positions and the overriding thought I had was I'd never see a Kilkenny player try to do that. They'd recycle the ball back to a lad in a better position and he'd take the shot. That IMHO is tactical! And if its not, why don't all teams do it?
The Cork team that won All Irelands in 04 and 05 had a specific game plan. The Kilkenny team that came after them first had a game plan to counteract that and ended up getting 4 in a row... but going in to the 06 final Cork were overwhelming favourites.
Also things can change very quickly in hurling. After we lost the 2010 All Ireland final, I heard lots of talk about Tipp going on to dominate like Kilkenny had... and part of me believed it because they were young and they were very very good... but they haven't won one since.
There is the problem that it is only played in a small portion of the island but Dublin have made massive strides - won a league and Leinster title which is something that was a long way off 10 years ago. If they keep promoting the game and give it more breathing space then they can kick on even further.
And finally I presume you think that gaelic football does have tactical genius' considering you brought up that hurling doesn't?