Trevor Giles: Kicking not important in modern game

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016 11:56 | Comments

Gaelic football is now a game of speed and strength, says Trevor Giles
Gaelic football is now a game of speed and strength, says Trevor Giles

The art of kick-passing is no longer an integral part of modern Gaelic football, according to former Meath legend Trevor Giles.

Giles, a two-time All-Ireland medallist in the 1990s, was speaking at the launch of this year’s EirGrid U-21 football championship where he offered his views on the state of the game.

Speaking to RTE Sport, he, not surprisingly, said that Gaelic football has changed a lot from the time he was in his pomp.

“Players are putting in massive efforts, training five times a week, maybe three pitch sessions, two gym sessions. In my time we just did three days a week.

“The game has become a lot more tactical, a lot more cat and mouse with regard to kick-outs  There was a little bit more one v one in the forward line when I was playing.”

Giles accepts that teams are now placing a greater emphasis on speed and power and that an element of the game, so loved by traditionalists, is no longer in the minds of management. 

"You can probably get away nowadays with not being a good kicker of the ball. If you’re a good athlete and can hand-pass you can be an important part of an inter-county team. As a result, a lot of games if you’re a neutral wouldn’t have you overly excited.

“Because of the defensive nature of the game today, speed and power are essential if you want to break that tackle. If you’re slow you can’t play inter-county football nowadays. You could years ago.

As to whether Giles himself could make a mark if playing today, the Skryne clubman confidently replied: “Because of the many packed defences, other teams will give you the ball. You just need a bit of vision to unlock a defence and I still think I’d be able to make that telling pass.”

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