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The championship is back!   New York take on Mayo and Galway travel to London for the opening weekend of the Connacht Gaelic football championship and the boys are excited.  On this week's show, they lads preview the Championship and give their outlandish predictions for the year. We hear from Kieran Donaghy on punditry and discuss the TV schedule for the year; why so little Gaelic football?  Also, Maurice caught up with London captain Liam Gavaghan to discuss Pep Guardiola tactics, Championship goals and one of the most underappreciated games of this decade.  Finally, there's a return for 'Guess the Handicaps' and a proposal for a new team for Diarmuid Connolly!  Get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie, be sound and leave a rating if you enjoy the show. 
Fresh from watching one of the greatest episodes of television in history, we bring your our player ratings from The Battle of Winterfell. Who lived up to expectation, who bottled it on it the big day? We’ll be running our eye over what Dave Jones would surely describe as an enthralling encounter.
Rugby coverage is changing and a new wave of content has emerged. One man leading the charge is Tom Savage of ThreeRedKings.com.  This week the lads caught up with Tom to reflect on how he went from homeless to running his own successful site as well as what it's like to rely on the internet for your livelihood and handling the positives and the negatives. We also discuss Munster's season and Irish rugby journalism.  Elsewhere, Maurice and Mick look at John Fogarty and what he will bring to Ireland as scrum coach, Joe Marler and one of the most annoying things in rugby, systems versus individuals and what works best and rugby fandom in 2019.  Get in touch with any thoughts via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @ballsdotie. 
It's the movie that everyone is talking about and some of us in the office have already seen it twice! On our first ever episode of 'The Rewind Reviews' we bring you our Avengers: Endgame review. If you haven't seen the film yet, don't worry, we give our spoiler free reactions for the few minutes but if you've already watched the movie and are busting at the seams with emotion then you have come to the right place. Skip to 7m 47s, where we begin our spoiler-filled discussion. We discuss: 7.47: Our favourite moments 19.54: Reflect on our predictions 35.00: The questions we have from the film  
The Three Man Weave, Balls.ie's weekly GAA podcast.  This week, we chat to Laois hurling manager and Kilkenny legend Eddie Brennan. Laois had a good showing in the Allianz League earlier in the year and now are all set for an attack on the Joe McDonagh Cup this summer.  Eddie talks about his team's progress and hopes, the switch from punditry to management, his social media presence, and the changing of hurling cultures in less traditional counties.  Also this week, Maurice, Mark, and Mick go through some great listener reaction to last week's discussion on the targeting of inter-county players in club games, and discuss a change of policy in Cavan where county player injuries have taken their toll in Club Month.  On the heels of the announcement of the Down/Meath 1991 Documentary in the works, the lads talk about some of the GAA docs they'd like to see made, and they chat about the finding from Brian Cuthbert's GAA development plan and talk about the expansion of underage coaching.  If you've any stories you'd like the team to cover, please get in touch with the show.  Get us Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie.
What a sensational weekend of rugby!   On this week's podcast, the lads reflect on yet another disappointing semi-final exit for Munster and a superb semi-final showing by Leinster. Maurice caught up with Peter O'Mahony after the game in Coventry while there is also some expert analysis from Bernard Jackman from the Aviva Stadium.  Also on the show, we discuss BT Sport's coverage of Billy Vunipola and the wider problem with certain journalism. Why did they decide to project that narrative?  Finally, there's some Avengers excitement, out-half breakdowns and attendance reflections.  Rate and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Pocketcast etc. You can get in touch via @ballsdotie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email thegaffer@balls.ie.
We're well into club month, and we discuss some of the highlights, such as the return of Diarmuid Connolly, a Corofin defeat, and some very confused refereeing.  Maurice, Mark, and Mick also present their favourite TV GAA commentary moments. If you have any we've missed, please get in touch and let us know.  We also talk to Sligo's Niall Murphy about his county's League, Championship hopes, and the April club month.  The lads also read some listener suggestions on our list of football's most underappreciated players.  Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie and remember to direct any abuse Mark's way! 
It's a huge weekend of rugby and the lads are certainly excited!  On this week's podcast, Maurice and Mick look ahead to two huge Champions Cup Semi-Finals and talk about Leinster's form as well as what a win would mean for Munster as a club. We also caught up with former Leinster and Clermont man Nathan Hines to chat about coaching and his predictions for this weekend's game.  Finally, Maurice hails a brilliant new RFU initiative and proposes it for Irish rugby while Mick reminisces on one of his favourite ever games.  Keep an eye on Balls.ie this week for loads of pre-match coverage. You can get in touch via thegaffer@balls.ie or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 
Gaelic football is a broad sport with many stand-out performers, but who are the performers who operate at an extremely high-level yet receive little attention or praise for it? On this week's show, we discuss the game's underappreciated players, and ask what exactly is an underappreciated player?  The lads also hear from Wexford Rory O'Connor on what Davy Fitzgerald brings to the sideline and discuss his passion during games. Limerick captain Declan Hannon opens up on John Kiely, his management team and what it's like to be an All-Ireland winner.  Plus Maurice and Mark fight over stick/sticksmen. PJ rages at the Graham Brody critics and we reflect on the importance of a unique championship haircut.  Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie and remember to direct any abuse Mark's way! 
Three league finals may be completed but the real action is only getting started: The fisted points controversy! The Mayo myth! Wristy hurlers versus great sticksmen!  It's an absolutely packed show this week. In Mick's absence, the lads debate whether it is ever okay to fist the ball over the bar. We look at Mayo's attack and Kerry's defence and discuss the greatest sticksmen in hurling history.  Maurice caught up with Mayo's Jason Doherty to discuss relief, James Horan's new-look squad and what must happen next. Do us a favour and please rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it. You can get in touch via @ballsdotie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email at thegaffer@balls.ie.  
What a sensational weekend of rugby! On this week's show, the lads discuss a glorious three days of entertainment. We discuss those Jamie Heaslip comments and who really is the best number 8 in Ireland. We also reflect on that Tadhg Beirne incident. Maurice also goes on an almighty rant about some of the reaction to Toulouse's red card!  We caught up with former Connacht fan favourite Jake Heenan on life in Bristol, working with Pat Lam and John Muldoon and why coaching isn't for him.  Finally, the lads discuss the New Zealand player exodus and ask who could be the next Ireland backs coach?  Do rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it and get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie!  
On this week's show, we bring you the best of the League Finals launch with Mayo's Christ Barrett, Kerry's Paul Murphy, and Donegal's Stephen McMenamin talks about the impact of Stephen Rochford.  The lads also discuss a fairer tiering of the football league with a helpful suggestion of Sligo's Niall Murphy, the return of defensive hurling and even the dreaded end of Daylight Savings Time and its impact on the GAA calendar.  Subscribe to the podcast via Balls.ie and get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @ballsdotie. 
Mick is back! On this week's show, the lads look at the new World Rugby rule trials (04:34)  and discuss whether they are really necessary. We also caught up with former Munster academy man Steven McMahon who is currently in his second year with Carcassonne (15:33). He was fascinating on Munster rugby, problems in France and developing players.  Finally, the boys picked two potential bolters for the Ireland World Cup squad (35:11) and chatted Champions Cup quarter-finals (42:40).  Please rate and review the podcast, subscribe via 'Balls.ie' on all good platforms and get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie. 
Episode 8 is here! On this week's show, we caught up with Mayo star Sarah Rowe after her recent season playing AFL. We also spoke to Cavan coach Mickey Graham and captain Raymond Galligan.  The lads also discussed the new kick-out approach of several inter-county teams and a bold new league structure!  Subscribe to the podcast via Balls.ie and get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @ballsdotie. 
Former Connacht prop and now coach with Hong Kong rugby union Brett Wilkinson joined us to discuss his move to Asia, the transition from playing to coaching, Dan McFarland and Ireland's Six Nations campaign!  Also, the lads picked the World Cup squad we expect to see next September and debated the Simon Zebo question.  If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie. 
What a weekend! Westmeath FINALLY got promoted and we caught up with Tommy Doyle who told us how relieved he was after that. The lads had a strong debate about Sunday Game coverage and discuss the plight of the Offaly hurlers. We also caught up with Wicklow captain Warren Kavanagh after an epic win over Derry. There was also a full preview of the weekend's games.  Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 
Josh Gardner from the Blood and Mud podcast rejoins us to talk about what awaits Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday. They are one game away from the Grand Slam despite not having scored a bonus point in the competition so far. So, how good are they? And how affected have they been by the political mess going in Welsh rugby right now?  Ireland got things back on track against France. Maurice analyses some of the best Irish play and we look at what team we'd like to see line out in Cardiff.  If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 
Meath are back! After their one point win over Kildare at the weekend, Meath sit top of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League after five rounds of games. We speak to their midfielder Shane McEntee about how things are going for the Royals.  We go Around the So-Called Weaker Counties after a big weekend for the Wicklow hurlers and the Leitrim footballers, look back on some of the greatest local commentary moments in GAA history, and we guess the spreads for the weekend's hurling.  Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 
As the plans of World Rugby for a new World League are leaked to much outrage across the rugby world, New Zealand based rugby writer Paul Baines (@drivingmaul) joins us to discuss the real reasons this is being considered and to tell us that the numbers really don't add up.  We also pick the Ireland team we'd like to see start vs. France on Sunday and discuss another massive weekend for Connacht.  If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 
Our second show of the day.  We discuss the worst GAA hot-takes of all time. Where does Colm O'Rourke's Keith Higgins opinion rank?  We talk to Down's Donal O'Hare on the back of his hat-trick against Longford last weekend.  We also guess the spreads for this weekend's Allianz Football League fixtures.  Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 
Comments (3)

Aodhan Boyle

Excellent Podcast. Great to hear Doylers thoughts on our current situation with the Danes. Loved it. 5⭐/5⭐

Nov 14th
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Ste McGovern

andy townsend

Nov 12th
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Pete Haverty

Three very bitter whingers.......

Jun 26th
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