Extra, Sport | |

Phrases you will hear at any GAA match

Have you ever found yourself saying some of these?

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship has come and gone for another year. We are seriously missing the #StyleOfPlay action already, and it has us in a reminiscing mood.

We love all the drama and action on the field but the passionate supporters on the sidelines add the atmosphere of the whole thing. And the phrases that they come out with are top-class, providing some of the best commentaries.

Here are some of our favourites!

One of you’s!

A phrase that will mostly be heard when more players than is necessary – normally more than one – from the same team chase the ball. For the spectator, they run the risk of losing possession to the opposing team so some helpful advice will come from the stand.

In use: ‘Oh for goodness sake, one of you’s!’


Milk would turn faster than him

Comedy gold at a GAA match. A phrase used when it is deemed that a player isn’t moving fast enough, perhaps going too slow so the opposition catches up with them.

In use: ‘Ah here, move it! I knew he would lose the sliotar, I tell you, milk would turn faster than him!’

Tighten up!

This phrase can be heard most commonly when perhaps a team are a few points down and need to be defensively stronger. It can be somewhat encouraging.

In use: ‘Come now, don’t lose it and tighten up lads!’

Would you bend your back!

A GAA match classic. It is normally yelled from a sideline when a player is attempting to reach the sliotar or ball.

In use: ‘Here look at this! My goodness, would you bend your back, then we might get somewhere!’

There won’t be a cow milked in…

A phrase that is regularly used when any team outside of the greater Dublin area wins a big match. It is commonly used during the post-match celebration, when everyone is thinking of the night ahead, and less so about the day job!

Credit to RTÉ Sports Commentator Marty Morrisey for bringing this one to the fore, he used the phrase when Clare won the Munster Football Final in 1992 against Kerry.

In use:  ‘There won’t be a cow milked in Clare tonight!’

I wouldn’t just write them off yet

This can be frequently used by the ever-optimistic GAA fan. A team may be losing a match, or not showing their true potential during the Championship, but they still have hope.

And a GAA supporter loves nothing more than an underdog.

In use: ‘Ah I am not too sure, I wouldn’t write them off just yet now. I would say they still have more to give.’

If it was Croke Park, Hawkeye would have given us the answer!

A modern phrase that has only come into use in the more recent years. It can be heard when there is some confusion between the umpires at any grounds outside of Croke Park.

In use: ‘Well, now, if this was Croke Park, Hawkeye would be telling us the answer! There would be none of this time wasting!’

Too long!!

If you attend any GAA match, club or county, there will definitely be some point when you will hear this. It refers to over carrying the ball or sliotar, which results in many screams of this phrase from the stand.

In use: ‘Ah now c’mon! Too long!!’

Get rid of it!

As well as ‘too long’, you will certainly hear ‘get rid of it’ ringing around any GAA stadium. It is derived from the same root as ‘too long’, where you run the risk of over carrying the ball or sliotar, and therefore you must pass it to a member of your team.

In use: ‘Ah you may get rid of it!’

There seems to be a bit of a shemozzle

It may be in history that the noun ‘shemozzle’ was created at a GAA match. It refers to a bit of rough and tumble on the pitch, nothing really is happening, but there’s a bit of pushing and shoving.

In use: ‘What’s going on? Did you see that? There seems to be a bit of a shemozzle over there!’

Watch your back

If GAA players had wing mirrors on their heads, it would work miracles in the game. But they don’t and as they gallop at speed down the field, they normally don’t realise when the opposition is enclosing in on them. Time for the spectators to step up and warn them.

In use: ‘Oh goodness lad, watch your back!! They are close onto you!’

Drive it in!!

This one is most commonly heard as a player heads towards the goal line. The screams of encouragement to drive the sliotar or the ball forward so it hits the back of the net.

In use: ‘Go on! Go on! Don’t stop, drive it in!!’

Are you guilty of a few of these?

Littlewoods Ireland are proud sponsors of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Keep yourself up to date with all the #StyleOfPlay action right here! 

Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.