Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Brew on right Track with a new device

Former Fermanagh ace Tom Brewster certainly landed a rich haul of scores during a county career that spanned 12 years from making his debut in 1996.

Now Tom, whose older brother Paul also rendered sterling service to the Ernesiders, is making another big point only this time in terms of providing what could prove an invaluable aid for managers, coaches, fans and journalists.

Tom has developed a GAA Tracker application which can now be employed via an iphone or ipod-touch to store statistical information from games that can then be used in terms of team preparation and individual analysis.

“There is now greater awareness within gaelic football in relation to the amount of first-phase possession, breaking ball and hand-passes that teams make — and that’s just for starters,” explains Tom.

“There is a growing demand for more statistical information to assist coaches and team mentors in their duties and I believe that this application which I have developed will prove more than useful in this connection.”

Tom, whose club Enniskillen Gaels have just been surprisingly demoted to Division Two of the All County League, believes that his application not only represents real value for money but will also prove invaluable in helping teams to assess the potential strengths and weaknesses of opponents.

“Even at a very junior level, preparation for matches is intense these days. Clubs are prepared to avail of every facility that is made available to them and I have been astounded at the interest being shown in what I have come up with,” says Tom.

The stored information can be transmitted by e-mail to sources anywhere and can also be used to compare players’ performances.

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