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Shane Mangan

Shane is a graduate of Sport Science and Health from ITT. He is currently doing a Masters by research relating to data analytics in team sports. Previously a performance analyst with the Dublin hurling team, Shane is now a sport scientist with Louth GAA.

National Football League Round Three Predictions

Connacht FBD Senior Football League, St Brigids GAA Club, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon 22/1/2017 Roscommon vs Mayo Mayo Manager Stephen Rochford Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tom Beary

After a two-week break, the National Football League is back again this weekend. For the last round of fixtures I decided to use a statistical method to predict the match results. It was a disaster, with only one team in seven winning! But that’s sport and the danger of making predictions. The statistical method does have 73 per cent accuracy …

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Fact-Check: Does Money Influence Success In Gaelic Football?

Dublin Sam Maguire Gaelic Football

A lot has been said about the money involved in gaelic games over the last few months. With new TV deals, commercial partnerships and ever increasing ticket prices, it’s easy to see why it has become a topic of interest. Like it or not, intercounty gaelic football is becoming closer to a professional sport with each passing year and hurling …

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Allianz Football League: Using Statistics To Predict 7 Winners This Weekend

Last week I introduced the Gaelic football team ratings. I explained that they are based on a mathematical formula. The formula takes into account previous results, opposition rating, score margin, home advantage and stage of competition. The way the formula works is that it makes a “predicted result” and then compares the actual result to the predicted result. The difference …

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How Far Do GAA Inter-County Players Run In A Match?

GAA GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/8/2016 Dublin vs Kerry Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny and Diarmuid Connolly with Bryan Sheehan of Kerry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Shane Mangan takes a look at the stats which prove that gaelic games are up there with the most tolling sports for players. A lot is said about work rate in sport. “This team is working harder than that team”, “Player X is very fit”, “Team Y are getting tired”. These are all observations we find ourselves making when we watch …

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