GAA Clichés


Eh, sure.


Bogey county.


The player you love to hate, but would love to have on your team


Forwards scoring and then immediately shouting at their team-mates to mark up, in a self-conscious “look at me, I’m not celebrating a score” gesture.

A beauty of the genre there in the first half of the Portlaoise v Ballyboden game.

Conal Keaney taps over an easy free and then after running the few yards back to his position, turns around to his right corner forward and gestures to him to mark up and stop the short kick-out.

While Keaney is telling his team mate to mark up, his man, the Portlaoise full-back, realises that Keaney is not concentrating and runs back towards goal to take the short kick-out.

About 10 seconds later Keaney makes a stupid tackle and is yellow carded - he was lucky to escape a black card.


Easy from the cheap seats.


A team ships a heavy beating in a National League match. An observer surmises that perhaps that team is in the middle of a period of very intense physical training, thus explaining them being beaten out the gate by 17 points.


‘You’d have gotten some odds on the draw’


Incredibly the following hasn’t been mentioned yet.

“Neither team deserved to lose.”

Ger Canning has a slight variation on this in that he prefers to ask it as a question in the last ten minutes of any close match, eg. “Does either team deserve to lose it?”, with an optional “on balance, over the 70 minutes” as a follow on.

I think he may have said something like this towards the end of the drawn 2013 All-Ireland hurling final, when it was quite obvious that one team deserved to lose more than the other.


No harm to lose today. Could be good in the long run. - @Fagan_ODowd re Waterford’s loss today.

The younger brother will be the best of them. - @carryharry re one of the McGraths from Tipperary.


It was also mentioned, by Oisin McConville on Radio 1 today I think, that Roscommon’s opening round defeat to Monaghan has proved to be “of benefit to them in the long run”.

“Blessing in disguise” is another, similar term for the phenomenon.


Neither team deserved to win?


“There’s something wonderful about the fact that the club takes pride of place in Croke Park on our national day.”

“It’s farcical that the All-Ireland club championships can’t be finished off before Christmas.”

“It’s a disgrace that the Dublin club championship is played off in such a short time frame.”

“It’s ridiculous to have a match like this taking place in such poor weather conditions. These sort of matches should be played when the evenings are long and the ground is hard.”

“We could be having matches like this every week if they changed the system.”

“The club player is being forgotten in all this.”

“The system is crying out for change.”


“There’s the final whistle and Kilkenny are All Ireland Champions”


County Team X will be expected to welcome back their Club Team Y contingent for this weekend’s trip to County Z.

Eg. “Mayo will be expected to welcome back their Castlebar Mitchels contingent for this weekend’s trip to Roscommon.”


Put up the green flag there Horsebox thats a goal


“Played at championship intensity”.

Often used about an exciting league match, such as this weekend’s Cork v Kilkenny and Galway v Tipperary matches.


That will be the menace in Ennis next Sunday


The game is just petering out now.


Systems failure. We agreed coming out of Tullamore that Laois had a total systems failure in the second half after being level at 1-10 each at half time.

Much talk thereafter from Semple of Clare also enduring a systems failure.

No systems failure in the opening 15 minutes against Dublin last night because until Cunningham pushed the clareman out of the way at HT there was in fact little or no system.

Presume Westmeath also suffered a systems failure in Mullingar.


Will Cunningham get a bump up?he surely has a better pedigree