hurler on the ditch

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hurler on the ditch

A person who offers unsolicited criticism or advice about something in which they are not an active participant. Taken from the sport of hurling, a player of which is a hurler. Primarily heard in Ireland. All these people condemning the political process from social media, many of whom I'm sure don't vote, are just hurlers on the ditch in my opinion.
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Once a hurler gets in range, he makes the choice of whether to shoot for a goal, which involves hitting the ball into a net guarded by a goalie, for three points, or opting to go for a point, which is a shot over two posts that resemble a field goal in American football.
"There's been a great mood in the county all week and hopefully some of the support from the hurlers will drip our way against Limerick.
Last summer the hurlers were beaten by Clare in the quarter-finals while the footballers were whipped by today's opponents Kerry in the quarter-final.
"It was great to sit back and watch the hurlers win their title.
Former Dublin hurler Mark Schutte, also of Cuala, has been a peripheral member of the county football panel for the past two campaigns and may be a more realistic target.
And back then it was only by virtue of the fact that the footballers' defeat to Tipperary was scheduled seven days after the hurlers lost out to Limerick, with no second chance available to either at the time.
"I'm sure his priority is now to keep his position because there's a lot of guys looking for that position in Dublin football!" Only four members of the triumphant Cuala set-up are joining the Dublin hurlers with main target Mark Schutte also attempting to get on the football panel.
"I'd still follow Dublin hurlers, but if there's any way I can help out with the local club hurlers, I'll do that and I still love togging out with the club because it's something new and something fresh.
And while many Mayo fans have been puzzled by the fact Higgins was released by Rochford to line out with the county's hurlers, Brady strongly believes the Ballyhaunis man's absence from football action could actually prove a factor in his favour.
Having being crowned Hurler of the Year in 2016, Waterford starlet Gleeson didn't quite scale the same heights last year with his Championship campaign bookended by underwhelming displays against Cork and Galway.
The hurlers' All-Ireland famine is far greater, though, with the county not having won the Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1938.
Connolly, who famously captained Galway's 1980 All-Ireland winning team, said he struggled to deal with the stigma that was attached to the county's hurlers after six final defeats since 1988.
Former GAA president Nickey Brennan managed both the Kilkenny hurlers and footballers, while Liam Griffin and Tony Dempsey took charge of the Wexford footballers before achieving e ballers, nd arge ers greater notoriety with their hurlers.
COLM COLLINS is hoping to match the achievement of Clare's hurlers by reaching the provincial final with a first win over Kerry in his time in charge.