Mayo Football Podcast bonus column: opportunity knocks for project players

As we flagged last week, over at the Mayo Football Podcast we’ve introduced a new element to our offering for our Patreon club members in 2024. This is a regular written column, which will come from a variety of contributors, focusing on a topical issue.

In this week’s column, Mike Finnerty looks ahead to the Dublin game and examines the possible role in the team for two ‘project’ players – Westport’s Rory Brickenden and Diarmuid Duffy of Ballinrobe.

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16 thoughts on “Mayo Football Podcast bonus column: opportunity knocks for project players

  1. Not enough discussed about the tangle between Clifford and Brickenden. Great to have him back, hopefully this year he can really kick on and nail down that starting spot.

  2. For a tall guy Rory Brickendon is surprisingly quick over 20 yards, obviously with his height he’ll never be quick over short distances like 5-10 yards or quick to turn.
    I’m a fan of having plenty height in the team as I’ve posted numerous times. It’s a game played in the air, there’s a certain quality to just having height everywhere. I think it is something elite that we can bring to the table.
    Maybe some thing of social factors but Mayo people always seemed taller than average anecdotally. Just remember looking downhill from Quinns pub once and it looked that way.

  3. I don’t see Brickenden as a “project” player.
    I think if he’s fit then he fills a space in the back line.
    I thought he was improving game on game before he was injured last year. He is more of the old fashioned stay at home defender which is fine by me.
    More of the same defensively tomorrow night please.

  4. @JP
    I remember James Horan saying once that Brickenden was one of the quickest in the team. As you say his height would be against him at times in short distances and on the turn.
    Important we get our match ups right in that respect.

  5. Conor Reid, Diarmuid Duffy and potentially Frank Irwin are our current project players in my view. What I seen the other night from Frank Irwin was very promising. He was playing with real confidence and impact at a level just below inter county.

  6. Brickenden fastest man on Westport senior team in sprint.
    He’s definitely progressing up the learning curve, his speed can get him out of tight situations.
    Good performances in the league and sigerson will do his confidence and self belief the world of good.
    Galway had a period of dominance in second half and failed to put it in the scoreboard.
    Sam Callinans stability at 6, has taken a lot of pressure if midfield role.
    Once we have points secured we will have to look at cover for Callinan. McHugh, Hession are ideal cover for wing half backs

  7. On the Ditch
    Brickenden definetely not as quick as the 2 McLaughlins or even Keegan .Dont know where you picked that up from that hes the fastest in Westport.Played well last week but does he lack aggression on the top players like David Clifford, Paul Mannion or Shane McGuigan.Thought he was bullied by Aido in the club quarter final.Will see how he goes as the year progresses.

  8. Would like to see this team the weekend, think Tommy needs a rest
    1.Reape
    2.Coyne
    3.Callinan on Con
    4.Brickenden
    5.Durcan
    6.McBrien
    7.McLaughlin
    8.Carney
    9.Tuohy on Fenton
    10.Boland
    11.Flynn
    12.Irwin
    13.Towey
    14.Cillian
    15.ROD

  9. @Achill75: Haven’t seen the lads doing competitive team sprints at full pace in a few years to do a direct comparison but not the first time I’ve heard folks lauding Rory’s pace at that kind of level. I can’t say I’ve seen him hit Eoghan’s speeds in game but it might be a case of harder to notice as much in the defensive positions as it is when attacking.

    One random anecdotal example from James Horan: “Rory is one of the fastest players around, so no one will beat him on speed.” – https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/arid-41074988.html (sub needed, though opening in incognito will usually allow you see a page like this).

  10. Tall guys with good technique can be deceptively fast once they are upright and into their full stride.

  11. Just announced, the Mayo team is as follows:

    Colm Reape, Knockmore
    Jack Coyne, Ballyhaunis
    David McBrien, Ballaghaderreen
    Rory Brickenden, Westport
    Paddy Durcan (C), Castlebar Mitchels
    Sam Callinan, Ballina Stephenites
    Eoghan McLaughlin, Westport
    Bob Tuohy, Castlebar Mitchels
    Stephen Coen, Hollymount Carramore
    Fergal Boland, Aghamore
    Jack Carney, Kilmeena
    Jordan Flynn, Crossmolina Deel Rovers
    Aidan O’Shea, Breaffy
    Paul Towey, Charlestown
    Ryan O’Donoghue, Beal and Mhuirthead

  12. Team on twitter has Reid.
    Team on the Mayo GAA website has Coen.

    Not clear which is correct, but the positional changes suggest it’s the Twitter Team.

  13. MayoGAA Twitter has the same players but several named in different positions. Not that numbers on jerseys count for much these days!

  14. Well spotted, FrosTHammer! I’d say you’re correct and that the Twitter version is the right one (on the website they say it’s one change to the team so that’s consistent with the team named on Twitter too).

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