New year new me lol

For 2017 the plan is to get rid of all bad habits I have like drinking every week and eating from chippers every week also. My goal is to get back my fitness and go back playing Hurling, my main goal is to have a healthy diet and to stop drinking alcohol on a regular basis. I plan on signing up for the gym and to improve my fitness by taking part in gym classes and also motivating myself to get up and go for a jog myself.  I have a plan made out for myself to regain my fitness which will help me on pushing myself to get back onto the field. Hopefully by the end of the year I will see a difference in myself and i will be able to succeed my ambitions and get back to a healthy style of living which will benefit me in the future.wordpress

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Hurling Training

 

 

 

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The first round of the intermediate premier championship is now only less than a month away. Unfortunately due to the bad weather conditions we have being getting our GAA field is un playable, therefore we have to travel to Tipperary Town to use the astro turf facilities they have there. Training is tough when you have to do it under lights as they can interfere with your sight when you are trying to catch, control or block the ball. We had training on Friday last. The size of the astro turf is nor very ideal for us to do tactics and some new skills we might do in a match. This meant all we did in training was some drills and running. We started off with running to the first cone and turing to give a hand pass to the next cone after a few minutes of that we then went to the second cone to give a ball to hand or along the ground. That was the warm up and then we stretched after. We then did long ball striking where one man would strike the ball along the ground or up high and you had to sprint out and collect it and strike it back. We then did a hand passing drill which can be very confusing and difficult for people to come to terms with it, the drill is called truck and trailer. We finished off the training with some fitness, we had to do a 3 minute plank and then a 5 minute run around the track. We then did our warm down and stretches and the manager had a little chat about what he wants from us.

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Padraig Lawlor

 

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Fitness

One of the key aspects of been fit is keeping your core strong, the previous week this is what I worked on. Most movements come from the core so it is important to try and have the core of the body solid. I went to the gym three nights last week to work on exercises in order to strengthen my core. The exercises I practiced were sit ups, Russian twists, leg raises and the plank.

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I timed myself per exercise I did forty seconds of doing the exercise and a ten second rest. I did these three times each and that was the end of my circuit. I did the circuit two times each night and I went into the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room after every session to relax my muscles so I would not be in too much pain the following day and able to continue the exercise plan.

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Blackrock V Bruree

On Sunday last we had a challenge match against Bruree. They won the intermediate championship last year. We decided that we would play  3 thirds rather than two halves. Each third was twenty minutes each. The pitch was in very good condition after all the rain that had falling over the last couple of weeks.

I was a sub for the first twenty minutes, just as the game started the weather changed from the sun we had all day it started to rain. The match was messy enough to begin with as the conditions were hard to play in.  After the first third Bruree were leading by 4 points. The second third started nearly straight away, we now had the wind to our backs so we came into the came more. I came on with 10 minutes to go on the second period. We ended up scoring 8 points and kept Bruree scoreless. After the second period we were now winning by four points. In the final third we took off most of our better players.  The rain stopped for the last third which made the hurling abit better even though it was still wet and slippy. The game was even and after the final third the game ended in a draw. Blackrock 0-16 Bruree 1-13.

Padraig Lawlor

 

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First Match Out

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Sunday, the 21st of February, marked my first match out after doing a couple of weeks of fitness training. Going into the match I felt confident from the prior training and effort I put into trainings and my fitness leading up to our first match.  We were heading to the west of limerick to take on a team called Kileedy in the first round of under 21s 13 aside championship. Unfortunately the home team came out on top in the end. In the first half we had a strong wind in our favour but unfortunately we didn’t play to our potential, we didn’t use the wind and we didn’t take the chances that were given in the first half. At half time we were in the lead by 5 points with a score line of 1-8 to 0-6. Straight away we conceded 1-3 within the first 10 minutes of the first half. We kept on going. Scoring points and answering all there questions. We had a chat at half time and our manager told us to keep up the work we had done in the first half.  But then the turning point of the game came when one of our best players got a straight red card for an off the ball incident. We battled on as much as we could but kileedy used the extra man to their advantage and added an extra goal and couple more points. In the end kileedy ran out as winners with a Scoreline of 1-12 to 3-11.  It was a very disappointing match in the end. Going forward however, the match marks a place for us to work from. With the right training and effort from the whole team I believe we are able make a comeback.
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Week Two of Fitness Training

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This week I had to work hard to build and strengthen my fitness, looking at my results from last week I have a lot to get through to get to where I want to be. I went to the gym three times this week and I worked mostly on my legs. I did some leg curls with weights to build muscle on my quad and to help build my stamina. I also concentrated on using the bikes and elliptical in my gym routine. Both the bikes and the elliptical were really challenging and tiring on my legs which indicates I should be using these equipments more to strengthen my ability. The bike and the elliptical also worked on my cardio which I plan on really narrowing in on as it will quickly strengthen my overall stamina. My routine consisted of 20 minutes on the bike, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical, and finally using weights for a total of 30 minutes. Next week I am going to mainly focus on my core.Gym_Cardio_Area_Overlooking_GreeneryWeights-Room2

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Blackrock Medal Presentation

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Our club has had a lot of success in recent years for example in 2010 Blackrock won the All Ireland Junior A championship. Unfortunately since we have gone up to intermediate standard hurling  we are finding it hard to be more successful and we haven’t won anything in quite some time now. Although the Intermediate are’nt winning as much as we have hoped to our Junior B team has taking control of the south. We have being the best team in south Limerick for the last 4 years winning 4 south medals and coming close to winning county finals but just falling short at the last hurdle. It had being so long since we had won our medals and we had’nt got them yet. The club organized a night out for the Junior B team where we got our medals and we had good banter. They had food for us on the night. Local and Limerick Hurler Richie McCarthy handed out the medals to everyone who was involved and all in all it was a very good night.  The night was organized very well as a lot of the locals from the town came up to talk to the players and the managers and everyone bonded together and joined in with singing and have the laugh. Hopefully we can be as successful this year.

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Medal, first G.A.A. All Ireland Football Championship medal, gold, 1887. Awarded to P.J. Corbett, Limerick. HC:2001.194 (obverse)