‘Players Win Finals, Managers Win Replays’

The All Ireland Football champions of 2016 will be lifting the coveted Sam Maguire in Croke Park not on the 3rd weekend in September but this year it will be in October.

Mayo and Dublin locked horns 12 days ago in a tense, tactical affair played in tough conditions. On the day Mayo played best but were behind for the majority of the match. Deep into injury time Mayo got the all important score to bring us all back to Croke Park for a replay to decide who will be 2016 Champions.

The first match was enthralling, not a classic by any means but a match that you couldn’t take your eyes off of either.  Tension was high as both sides took to the field.  The weather conditions were wet and made conditions very difficult for players. Mistakes and handling errors were made, was it the slippery surface or nerves? We will never know. Mayo began the stronger and dominated the first half but still were behind at half time due to not one but two own goals.

Five points down at half time 2.04 to 0.05, Mayo were back on level terms within 10 minutes of the restart. With 68 minutes gone Dublin had pushed on, capitalizing on some Mayo mistakes to have a 3 point lead. Dublin now looked home and hosed but with the addition of 7 minutes added time Mayo were buoyed and began the task of reeling in the Dubs. After Dublin had the opportunity to put the game to bed but failed Mayo in the dying seconds got the ball to their captain who split the posts to tie the game and give us another day out.

Like I said earlier this match wasn’t a classic but you were still exhausted after experiencing the drama the played out over the 77 minutes.  This match left everyone with any amount of talking points. Black cards given/not given, big players not performing, young guns stepping up on the biggest stage, just to name a few. One thing we do know is that the footage of the match will be thralled over since the final whistle went.

It was a very tactical affair and both managers and back room teams will be immersed in the footage to try and get the upper hand come Saturday. People say Dublin didn’t play well but were they let? There were many key battles on the day, what can be done different to come out on top?

To quote the line ‘Players win finals, managers win replays’ will this be the case? What will Jim Gavin or Stephen Rochford have seen to get them over the line?  What will the sides bring to the table at 5pm Saturday? We cannot wait and look forward to another rip roaring affair.

Both teams are long term user of Hudl‘s Sportstec software and have made extensive use of the Performance Analysis products, pushing the boundaries in every aspect of their pre and post match analysis and specifically in-game analysis. I cant imagine how much the software was used in the last 12 days. Which team will have spotted or seen something to give them the upper hand, thats what it is all about at this stage.


We would like to wish the best of luck to both our Hudl clients. The players, management, backroom personnel and performance analysts have devoted substantial hours to get to this coveted position and we look forward to another enthralling encounter tomorrow.

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