Players at Cuala Mini-all-Ireland

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Last Friday, I posted the first of three blog posts on Cuala's 2016 Mini-All-Ireland - the parade through Dalkey Village. Today, I'm posting the second installment - my favourite shots from the matches - and tomorrow I'll post the best of the people shots.  All the shots from the day and previous Cuala events can be seen here - from where high resolution files can be downloaded.

Let's start off with a stitched panorama of Hyde Park with the Mini-All-Ireland in full swing. 001-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney001-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Here's Fergal "Hooters" McGuinness getting the matches going.

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The kids in the Cuala Academy range in age from about six to nine years old. Initially I used my standard 17-55mm zoom lens as I did a walk around of some of the matches. As the pitches are small it works well but when the players are really close, the high viewpoint is not ideal.

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Once I pick out a match that I want to spend a bit more time with, I switch to my "big gun" the 100-400mm and, crucially, I break out my low folding chair. This means I can get really close to the action at HEAD HEIGHT. From an adult point view, they may be kids getting to grips with game but this angle captures the action and drama from the players' perspective. 008-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney008-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 009-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney009-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 010-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney010-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!! - but of course it sounds much better from Guomundur Benediktsson in Icelandic! 011-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney011-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Talking tactics . . . and have fun!  012-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney012-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 013-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney013-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Getting a bit more serious!  014-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney014-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Things can get a bit quiet when you are the goalie on a team doing well! Even when I am mainly shooting with the long lens, I keep the standard zoom handy on the second camera body for moments like this.

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The greatest field sport on Earth - and of course the Irish are totally unbiased in that view! 016-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney016-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 017-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney017-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 018-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney018-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 019-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney019-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 020-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney020-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

The "clash of the ash".  021-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney021-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 022-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney022-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Team talk! 023-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney023-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney Girl power!

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Back to the lads! 033-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney033-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 034-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney034-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

Determination!  035-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney035-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 036-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney036-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 037-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney037-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

And a bit of encouragement . . .   038-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney038-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney 039-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney039-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

. . . reaps rewards! 040-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney040-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

The nine year olds taking it pretty seriously . . . in this attempted blockdown. 

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The joy of victory! 043-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney043-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

What goes on the field stays on the field.  044-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney044-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney

 Thanks to all the refs for running the matches. 045-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney045-Blog-Cuala-MAI2016-matches-©-2016-John-Coveney


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