Tipperary SHC 2017 Draw – A ranking view

The draw was made on Monday night for the 2017 Tipperary SHC and the 8 groups for the first round of the Championship have been set. Using the year end rankings I thought I’d look at how the draw went and who can we expect to progress from each group.

Roinn 1

The group that stands out immediately is Group 3 which sees three of the top seven ranked teams fight it out for the two spots in the next round. Carrick Swans have been dealt a tough hand. Sars would expect to find a way out of the group in their drive for a 4-in-a-row so the Nenagh Eire-Og match up with Kilruane will be crucial.

Group 1 sees 4 teams all ranked in the Top 13 at the end of last year. Kiladangan have been on a hot streak winning 15 of their last 18 SHC matches ending with a county final appearance. Borris-Ileigh and Loughmore both exited at the Preliminary Quarter Final stage. Upperchurch exited the last 2 championships in defeats to  Loughmore and Kiladangan so they will be up against it to try to qualify from this group.

Group 2 appears to be lopsided with 2 strong teams grouped with 2 teams ranked much lower. Drom & Inch and Clonoulty would look to be hot favourites to qualify from this group. Portroe finished 2016 with defeats to both Clonoulty and Ballina so they will be looking to overhaul those defeats. Drom & Inch started their 2016 group with 2 draws and will look to start faster this year.

Group 4 sees the match up of the cream of the South with Mullinahone and Killenaule being the 2 highest ranked teams in a tight group. They have matched up in the last 3 South Finals with Mullinahone holding a 2-1 win record. Eire-Og Annacarty will be looking to make amends for a disappointing 2016 while Burgess have only won 2 of their last 12 SHC games.

Roinn 2

Roinn 2 sees very even groups based on the rankings. Groups 3 & 4 have grouped teams from the bottom of the rankings. Group 3 especially sees a dog-fight between 3 of the 4 lowest ranked teams remaining from 2016. JK Brackens fell hard from Roinn 1 losing heavily but have ability, shown in their only highlight form last season – a draw with 3rd ranked Drom & Inch. Clonakenny will be hoping to avoid second season syndrome after safely negotiating their first year in Senior.

Group 4 sees a tight group per the rankings. Knockavilla squeezed through the relegation battle in 2016 with 2 draws and a win. Lorrha lost all 3 games last year in Roinn 1 before suffering a 16 point loss in the North Championship. The biggest noise surrounding these rankings last year was the low ranking of Lorrha so maybe we should expect them to be the team to beat in this group despite their current ranking.

Group 1 sees Newport step up to the Senior rankings in what looks like a tough group. Toomevara won one game in 2016, which came against a relegated team, and will need to dig deep to climb back to their yester-years in Roinn 1. Roscrea fell from Roinn 1 last year despite not being outplayed in 2 of their group games. They will be looking to 2015 form which saw them win their Roinn 2 group. Ballingarry lost by 17 points to Tommevara in 2015 but showed consistent performances last year in matches against Roinn 1 teams in the South Championship so they may make this an extremely competitive group.

Group 2 includes Silvermines who avoided relegation last year after losing all 3 Roinn 2 group games. Templederry look to be the strong team in this group. They pushed county finalists Kiladangan to 4 points last year in Roinn 1 and followed this up by beating 5th-ranked Nenagh Eire Og in the North Championship.  Moycarkey beat Kiladangan in 2015 but fell from a tough Roinn 1 group and did not find enough to jump back up in 2016. They ended the year with a heavy defeat to Loughmore but may be the dark horse of this group.

 

Notes:

This preview is written based purely on results in prior years. Any discussion or input from Tipp fans is more than welcome!

Smarter Analysis Sharing – Don’t get left behind

After reading the interesting Irish Digital Consumer Report 2017, I found myself unsurprised by the vast majority of numbers mentioned. What is needed as a performance/video analyst is to use these numbers to ensure analysis access is easy for the modern day player.

Some basic numbers from the aforementioned report and the Ipsos MRBI recent data show:

  • 88% of Irish people aged 16-64 own a smartphone.
  • 61% of online video viewers prefer to watch short content (< 5 minutes) on their smartphones.
  • WhatsApp is owned by 55% of the Irish population, increasing from 36% in 2014.

I’m 34 (ahem, a young 34) and my generation is familiar with emails, web links and web browsers but the introduction of smartphones has obliterated these skills for the younger generation. Apps are king and the under 25’s are vastly more adept at using and accessing apps over the traditional website. This impacts greatly on how we can share analysis to squads and managers.

Getting the key information to the player is a major aspect of sports analysis. The method of distribution can be a make or break for any team management. Modern day players have less access to a desktop PC, their smartphone is their life, tapping into their day-to-day smartphone usage breaks down any barrier. Analysts need to consider this when building an analysis set-up. Managers need to know how to get the key messages across to players.

Using Websites and E-mails to share information to players will limit your reach in the coming years. Whatsapp is an extremely common approach by most managers to contact team players, but it isn’t the only option. There are other apps that may be utilised in future years….

Snapchat

  • 84% of 15-18 year olds have a Snapchat account.
  • 85% of these use it daily.

Snapchat is currently the app of choice for under 25’s for quick messaging. Smartphones can now take, send and view images in seconds. Can a GAA analyst utilise this app to share video analysis? I currently follow American Football analyst Daniel Jeremiah (@movethesticks) on Snapchat and he produces excellent analysis snaps every week to review football performances. Snapchat allows you to easily add highlighting lines and text to any clip or image.

Instagram

Instagram has now a 25% user level in Ireland, but more importantly:

  • 68% of 15-18 year olds have an Instagram account.

Snapchat is king at quick, short images/videos sharing but Instagram is built on it’s the ability to share high quality images and videos online – an analysts dream. Instagram allows private membership so “followers” must request access to your images/videos – thus restricting access to team members. It stores your images and videos unlike Snapchat (which deletes clips/images once seen) for playback. It is an excellent tool.

Just look at how the NFL shares clips on Instagram

@dangerusswilson’s escapability: ???. ? #DETvsSEA #tbt

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A high quailty clip with 500k views.

Evolution

Snapchat and Instagram must become serious options for analysts to distribute analysis to players in the coming years. Smartphone apps are already giving us tools to impact the players. Just look at this image of the Argentina dressing room from last summer…

Apps are free to utilise, need no training up for players and no password restricted access. They offer instant access to the key target market – the players. Using these tools can bridge a gap between generations.