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Originally posted by gspain gspain wrote:

Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

It's great to see increased media coverage of women's football. But I do think the coverage is completely disproportionate to current interest levels. Has anyone seen the Irish Times coverage this morning? The men's team would not generate this amount of print. It seems the level of coverage given to women's football is designed to raise interest, and not to reflect current interest. Is that the role of sports journalists? I see the same thing happening with GAA writers, where they give over the top coverage to every game between one never heard of parish and another never heard of parish. They are acting as promoters of the game as opposed to analysers of the game.

Any coverage is welcome.  

The game was totally soldout with ticket touts operating outside. Now I hate touts but I did get a warped sense of pride that they were operating at a women's game.  

In the past these games were "pay at the gate" and Sweden's last competitive visit was in the Carlisle Grounds in front of 1,450 (a surprisingly decent crowd for the time).  There has been huge growth in the womens game.  The crowd appeared to be mainly female last night which was great to see.  The atmosphere was brilliant.  It is clear Katie McCabe, Aine O'Gorman et al are real heroes to younger fans.  

It is 8 defeats in 9 but of those only Ukraine was a letdown.  Vera has taken a huge gamble in playing friendies against superior opposition to improve the standard.  The lone win over Olympic semi finalists Australia last month shows what is possible.  We lost 10-0 to Sweden in the early 90's.  It reached a stage where we only played their under-21 side in friendlies and even took a couple of hammerings there.       

Finland are still favourites to win on Tuesday.  However we do have a real chance of getting a result.  Of course it could go wrong, we could lose and fail to beat Slovakia next month but for now the signs are positive.   

We could really do with a win over Finland - it would kick start the campaign and already put us in a strong position. Definitely not lose anyway, otherwise we'd be playing catch up and under considerable pressure for the rest of the group.
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A win would be huge but I'd definitely take a point now if on offer.  

Sweden will probably win every game so our real campaign starts Tuesday.  
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Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

It's great to see increased media coverage of women's football. But I do think the coverage is completely disproportionate to current interest levels. Has anyone seen the Irish Times coverage this morning? The men's team would not generate this amount of print. It seems the level of coverage given to women's football is designed to raise interest, and not to reflect current interest. Is that the role of sports journalists? I see the same thing happening with GAA writers, where they give over the top coverage to every game between one never heard of parish and another never heard of parish. They are acting as promoters of the game as opposed to analysers of the game.

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For those interested in the groupstandings and playoff process

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Originally posted by Dalymount79 Dalymount79 wrote:

For those interested in the groupstandings and playoff process


Forget it..tried fixing yer link but the site keeps garbliong the last bit Cry


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Originally posted by notpropaganda73 notpropaganda73 wrote:

Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

It's great to see increased media coverage of women's football. But I do think the coverage is completely disproportionate to current interest levels. Has anyone seen the Irish Times coverage this morning? The men's team would not generate this amount of print. It seems the level of coverage given to women's football is designed to raise interest, and not to reflect current interest. Is that the role of sports journalists? I see the same thing happening with GAA writers, where they give over the top coverage to every game between one never heard of parish and another never heard of parish. They are acting as promoters of the game as opposed to analysers of the game.

LOLLOLLOL


I take it you are not an Irish Times reader!
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Great to see Denise O Sullivan available for game v Finland...
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Originally posted by gspain gspain wrote:

A win would be huge but I'd definitely take a point now if on offer.  

Sweden will probably win every game so our real campaign starts Tuesday.  

Also, the teams needs to make a statement at some point and claim a big win. It can't just keep talking the talk without backing it up with results.
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