Congratulations to Pat Shortt from Tipperary club Upperchurch Drombane, who's burst of pace, close control and well placed strike into the far top corner of the net against Kilmacud Crokes in the Final was voted the best goal of the 2016 Applegreen All Ireland Hurling 7s.
Now in its 44th year, the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Club Hurling 7s sponsored by Applegreen sees the top hurlers and clubs compete at high intensity and skill. As part of the tournament analysis the following 8 contenders were shortlisted for Goal of Finals.
The Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland Hurling 7s tournament, now in its 44th year and sponsored by Applegreen was another action packed exhibition of skill with the hurl and sliotar.
A strong contingent of Tipperary clubs contested the knockout stages including last year’s winners Borris-Ileigh who lost out to fellow Tipp club Upperchurch Drombane in the quarter-finals. The semi-final pairings saw Upperchurch Drombane defeat Limerick’s Adare to set up a final decider with hosts Kilmacud Crokes who reached their second final in three years with a 2-15 v 3-06 win over Toomevara.
In an epic final with 17 goals, it was Kilmacud Crokes who secured their second ever All Ireland Hurling 7s title. Leading by 10pts at the break the Dublin hosts withstood an incredible fight back from their Tipperary opponents to win on a final scoreline of 7-19 (40pts) v 10-07 (37pts) with Oisin O’Rourke excellent throughout scoring 5 goals for the 2016 Champions.
(Above: live game analysis of the All Ireland club Hurling 7s Final on Performa Sports iPad app)
(Above: quickly filter game or player data to watch these events on the Performa Sports iPad app such as Oisin O'Rourke's 1st of 5 goals in the final)
(Above: performance data was pushed directly to Performa Sports Cloud Analytics Platform from the iPad app to generate individual player profiles and analysis.)
(Above: watch the 17 goals from an epic All Ireland Club Hurling 7s Final)
Congratulations to Kilmacud Crokes, the Applegreen All Ireland Hurling 7s Champions who also earned a Performa Sports performance analysis and coaching software license. Performa Sports Founder and Performance Analyst Danny Turley presented the GAA analysis iPad app to winning captain Bill O'Carroll.
How to enter
Visit the Performa Sports exhbition stand or register here
We are offering two event attendees the chance to win a 12-month licence to Performa Sports - performance analysis and coaching iPad app.
Terms & conditions
There aren't too many, other than this free prize draw is only open to attendees at the Sporting Excellence Conference at the Beaffy House Hotel, Co. Mayo 12-13th March 2016. Attendees can register directly at the Performa Sports stand on either Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th March, or online. Registrations will be checked with the organiser's attendee list to confirm event attendance. Winners will be selected at random, with the first winner being announced at 6pm on Saturday 12th 2016 and the second and final winner being announced at 1.15pm on Sunday 13th March. Entries after this time and date will not be considered. All decisons by Performa Sports will be final.
Coach Educator - to Coach - to Player: this seminar focuses on the evolving role of analysis as a teaching and learning tool to enhance performance improvement in Sport.
We’re delighted to welcome Prof. Chris Cushion from Loughborough University to Dublin to speak about the importance of coach behaviour analysis and how Leicester City Football Club are using this to their advantage. Chris will be joined by one of the club’s coach analysts.
Three-time All Ireland winner, Peter Canavan will be sharing his experiences of using analysis with the Tyrone U21’s who won the 2015 All Ireland Title. Runner-up PFAI Manager of Year, Shane Keegan who led Wexford Youths to the League of Ireland First Division Title will discuss his coaching process using analysis. Importantly there will also be a player’s perspective, shared by former inter-county footballer Dermot Carlin, to highlight the link between coach educator, coach, player and the role of analysis as a teaching and learning tool in sport.
12.00pm - 12.25pm Registration and tea/coffee
12.25pm - 12.30pm Welcome and introduction: Joseph Turley, Performa Sports
12.30pm - 1.00pm Case Study: Leicester City FC and the impact of coach behaviour analysis: Prof. Chris Cushion, Loughborough University & Sean Rooney, Leicester City FC
1.00pm - 1.30pm Case Study: 2015 All Ireland U21 Football Champions - applying performance analysis to the coaching process: Peter Canavan, Tyrone GAA
1.30pm - 2.00pm Case Study: Soccer Coaching with Performance Analysis: Shane Keegan, Wexford Youths FC, League of Ireland First Division Winners 2015
2.00pm - 2.30pm A player’s perspective on learning through analysis: Dermot Carlin, Killyclogher GAC and All Ireland winner at Minor, U21 & Senior with Tyrone GAA
2.30pm - 3.00pm Panel Q&A
3.00pm - 3.30pm Networking
Croke Park Hotel, Dublin
Attend in person or online:
A limited number of places are available for in-person or online attendance with the event being streamed live online. Online attendees who are unable to attend the live webinar can reserve a private video link to watch later.
2015 marked another successful year for the sports teams we work with, which made our top 7 selection all the more difficult. We would like to thank our clients, partners and friends for their support, in particular the coaches, analysts and players from whom we continue to learn and gain inspiration to always improve.
1. Cork Camogie
To win an All Ireland title requires great sacrifice, determination and talent, winning two-in-a-row tells you everything you need to know about this exceptional group of camogie players and their management team. Under the guidance of Paudie Murray, the Rebelettes successfully retained the O'Duffy Cup for which he also won the Liberty Insurance Manager of the Year Award. Special mention should also be made to Niall Collins, a past graduate of our Level 4 CPPD Performance Analysis course for his detailed and insightful analysis behind the scenes and on match day.
According to Niall, "2015 was a very successful year for Cork Camogie, in retaining our All Ireland Senior title last September. To contribute to this success was extremely special for me as the performance analyst to the team, and for it to be the second in as many years, made it even more fulfilling. To reach the top and achieve our goal was testament to the hard work by the players, manager and backroom team. In my role, the motivation for success, the privilege of working with elite athletes, along with the technical and statistical nature of the role are some of the many motivations I have to succeed as a performance analyst.”
2. Corofin Gaelic Footballers
Playing an attractive and cohesive style of football all season Galway county champions Corofin lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup on St. Patrick's Day with a 1-14 v 0-07 victory against Ulster champions Slaughtneil. With Manager Stephen Rochford at the helm, a talented group of footballers followed his professional and progressive approach to get to the top of their game. Despite losing out in the 2015 Connacht Final, Corofin successfully retained their Galway Senior Football Championship and Division 1 Titles.
Stephen recalled that special day at Croke Park on the 17th March 2015 saying that "the elation is unreal, at that final whistle you really realise that you’ve hit the summit as All Ireland Club Champions, it's really very special as is enjoying the achievement as a community which is what the club is about".
3. Tyrone U21 Gaelic Footballers
A recipe for success is when a talened and driven group of players work closely with an experienced and equally driven management team. Under the tutilage of Manager Feargal Logan and All Ireland Winners Peter Canavan and Brian Doher, the Tyrone U21s went on to win the Ulster and All Ireland titles. Special mention should also go to the team's performance analyst Martin McGirr and work he did behind the scenes.
Martin shares his highlights of 2015, saying "it was a great year for the Tyrone Under 21 team, with the County collecting their fifth All Ireland title at this level. Performa Sports helped to play a vital role in our Preparation, Performances and after match Analysis. Players benefited greatly from the use of Performa and made it a key aspect of their development. The highlights of the year included our Ulster Final victory over a talented Donegal team, our All Ireland Semi Final win over strong favourites Roscommon and of course that memorable day in Parnell Park when we defeated Tipperary to become All Ireland Champions. It was a great privilege to work with such a group of committed and talented players and to be part of a backroom team where everyone worked so well together”.
4. Wexford Youths Football Club
The 2015 League of Ireland First Division Champions didn't achieve their success by chance. We have closely followed the progress of this talented group of footballers since first meeting their Manager Shane Keegan back in 2013. A graduate of our Level 4 CPPD Performance Analysis Course, Shane stood out as an accomplished coach with a passion to learn and develop both himself and his players. It's no coincidence that his managerial ability was also recognised as PFAI runner-up Manager of the Year.
Shane commented that "winning the League of Ireland First Division this season was the culmination of 4 years of very hard work. A lot of the players and staff involved have been at the club with me since 2012 so to achieve success with people that you have become very close to makes it extra special."
"Like all aspects of the club, our use and understanding of the vital role that performance analysis can play has grown and improved year on year and I have no doubt that it made a major contribution to our success this season. I look forward to examining how we can take it to the next level now that we will be competing in the Premier division.”
5. Rider University Women's Soccer
Based in New Jersey, the Rider Broncs reached the Women’s College Soccer-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship (MAAC) semi-finals. Learning from renowned soccer Head Coach Drayson Hounsome, the Rider University Women's Soccer team continue to improve, with talented Senior player Tara Ballay being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.
6. Los Bufalos Rugby Football Club
Under the stewardship of Head Coach Fr. Anthony Myers, Los Búfalos achieved promotion to the Premier Rugby League in Paraguay reaching the Semi-Finals of the National Championship in their first season. Since this time the team and Fr. Myers have been using Performa Sports to improve the analysis of their own game to develop a smarter style of play against stronger opposition.
7. St. Louis Grammar School Ballymena
St. Louis Grammar School ended a 27-year wait to be crowned Ulster School's Hurling Champions with a dominant Mageean Cup Final victory over St. Mary's CBS Belfast. Working with a talented young group of hurlers who are as a determined as their coaches and performance analyst Owen Henry, a graduate of our Level 4 CPPD course, the school are looking forward to their All Ireland semi-final in March 2016.
According to Owen, "Performa Sports was introduced to St Louis Grammar School Ballymena in September 2015 and already, in this short time frame, has made a significant impact across the school in a number of different ways. As a resource to prepare and coach our various teams it has been a real game changer - it has engaged and informed coaches and players alike in terms of strengths & weaknesses, performance trends and identifying opportunities to succeed/improve. Use of the app played an instrumental role in helping the school win it's first Mageean Cup in 27 years.
With 70% of what happens in a game being missed and the evolving dynamic of learning styles, performance analysis has become an integral part of the coaching process.
Ulster University School of Sport and Performa Sports have teamed up to host a seminar on the evolving role of analysis as a coaching tool to enhance performance improvement and athlete learning in Sport.
Three-time All Ireland winner Peter Canavan, UEFA A-License coach Kyle Ferguson and respected coach educator Tandy Haughey both from Ulster University School of Sport will share their experiences of putting analysis into practice. The event will be presented using case studies as examples of technology, processes, workflows, and communication, from both the Player and Coach perspectives.
6.00pm - 6.25pm Registration
6.25pm - 6.30pm Welcome and introduction: Prof. David Hassan, Head of School of Sport at Ulster University
6.30pm - 7.00pm Player Analysis v Match Analysis: a coaching perspective: Kyle Ferguson, Ulster University & elite youth development squads
7.00pm - 7.30pm Case Study: Tyrone U21 Gaelic Footballers - applying performance analysis to the coaching process: Peter Canavan, Tyrone GAA
7.30pm - 8.00pm Reflective practice - a teaching and learning tool for sport: Tandy Haughey, Ulster University & Netball NI
8.00pm - 8.30pm Panel Q&A
8.30pm - 9.00pm Networking
Developments in technology now mean that Sports Science is readily available at all levels of sports performance. According to Head of School of Sport Prof. David Hassan “Ulster have created an environment of sports innovation bringing together researchers, business entrepreneurs and sports coaches/players to establish services which inform and integrate sports science within coaching to improve performance.”
Performa Sports’ Marketing Director Joseph Turley commented “we are continuing to see the emergence of coach-analysts or inquisitive coaches, these are coaches who want to measure the effect of what they do through data and base their coaching on facts.” He added that “achieving potential through analysis and learning is fundamental to who we (Performa Sports) are and we’re delighted to be working with Ulster University in this regard.”
Hosts Kilmacud Crokes ended an 18-year wait to re-claim their All Ireland Football 7s Title with a consistent and composed team performance throughout. The highly competitive tournament saw reigning champions St. Galls and 2013 champions Corofin both lose out in their respective quarter-finals. Both Ulster and Leinster were represented in the final four with Monaghan side Truagh Gaels overcoming Carrickmore from Tyrone in a penalty shootout after the gamed ended in a draw. Kilmacud Crokes 6-point victory over Meath team Wolfe Tonnes confirmed a Dublin v Monaghan Final.
Kilmacud Crokes opened up an early lead in the final, going in at the break 3-03 v 0-05. The Monaghan men battled back strongly with Daniel McKenna's penalty narrowing the maring but an inspiraitonal goal by Captain Pat Burke immediately after stemmed the comeback. With Burke, Mannion and Egan to the fore as they had been throughout supported by young Darragh Mullin the Crokes confidently closed out the game to claim their fifth All Ireland 7s title.
Performa Sports captured live game analysis pitch side on their performance analysis iPad app.
Game video was imported directly into the iPad app and synced with the live game data to instantly create video analysis and a range of filterable events.
Performance data was pushed directly to Performa Sports Cloud Analytics Platform from the iPad app to generate individual player profiles and analysis.
Congratulations to Kilmacud Crokes, the FBD All Ireland Football 7s Champions who also earned a Performa Sports performance analysis and coaching software license. Performa Sports Founder and Performance Analyst Danny Turley presented the GAA analysis iPad app to winning captain Pat Burke.
Congratulations to Johnny Munroe from Tyrone club Carrickmore, who's burst of pace and well placed powerful strike into the bottom far corner of the net against St. Galls was voted the best goal of the 2015 FBD All Ireland Football 7s.
Now in its 43rd year, the famous FBD All Ireland Football 7s hosted at Kilmacud Crokes sees the top gaelic footballers and clubs compete at high intensity and skill. As part of the tournament analysis the following contenders were shortlisted from available footage of the knockout stages played at Glenalbyn. Watch the goals below and vote for your Goal of Finals (ends 27th Sep 2015).