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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: May 17, 2022, 06:03:50 PM »
A disappointing result last night on reflection. Offaly far superior all over the field. Won most of the 1:1 battles and we were heavily reliant on frees to stay in the game. Offaly had some excellent athleticism particularly 2 half backs got on a mountain of ball. Ball never seemed to stick any time got into forwards and seemed to try run through tackles and get turned over. Don’t know if that’s a Laois things as seen the seniors do similar this year. Some positive shoots for the future and hopefully over coming years some of last night’s players will see senior action.
Clare and Galway will be good battles and will only bring the minors on.

Super crowd the guts of 12’500. Probably one of biggest attendances for a Leinster match outside of Croker this year. Bloody madness 1 turnstile open for terrace when I went in. If not mistaken Laois offaly football qualifier match few years back delayed for something similar not opening enough turnstiles.You’d think the county board would have learned.

You’d hope in this decade to get to a few more minor finals and eventually breaking a hoodoo and winning one. How the Setanta programme will be some indicator how we go along with clubs getting up to standard (including my own club).

The Setanta is for u10's only this year

i hope to God we wont be waiting or dependent on that bunch for our next final appearence in 2030

Theres a lot that could be done right now .

This years u15's need resources put into them as a matter of urgency

the u14's manager was only put in place for this year in the last 10 days and they have had only one session done so far,they are going to be going out against counties shorty who have been training  as development squads one day a week since November

If we want to replicate last night as opposed to patting ourselves on the back for the “occasion”,like what some are doing today that I spoke to.

We would box off every Saturday or Sunday for hurling development

And get every hurler in the county from u10 to u15 into a Setanta program

But we won’t

Agree with this. Pump everything into our underage structures. Take loans if needed to fund it. We als find a way to balance the books.

Great to see setanta back and no criticism intended to all those running it but needs to be seen as a minimum requirement. Strike now while the interest is high.
We missed the Joe Mc train, here's another we need to get on.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2022
« on: May 16, 2022, 10:29:12 PM »
Would have been nice to get a redemption shot against Wicklow!

Westmeath as good as any of the teams left in the competition. Could go on and win it.

I think Wesmeath are the best team In the competition.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: May 16, 2022, 10:28:28 PM »
No shame in losing to the better team. Offaly were excellent, worth winners and couldn't begrudge them. Hard luck to laois. Fought until the end and that's all we can ask.

Feel like we didn't really go for it. Set-up got us to the final so don't want to be over critical but when we got it back to 15-12 we should have had a lash. Wasn't to be and I think to be fair; different tactics wasn't going to deny offaly a deserved win.

Games against Galway and clare to come. Still plenty of hurling left.

Finally, what a crowd. Well done to everyone. Pleasure to see.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: May 14, 2022, 02:43:50 PM »
Happy with the team. Fennell will be needed back there for his pace.
Going to be a terribly tough evening. We are down just so many options. Wonder wil we see a debut or two from the u20s. I think  a few were called in so maybe parlon, shanahan, Duggan or obular.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: May 02, 2022, 09:56:46 AM »
Can't see Eddie Bren returning but all knows we need a change again.
Support is gone completely sadly. Hard to know how we get it back. Best short term scenario is winning a Joe Mc every few years then trying to avoid unmercoful hammerings in leinster.

Worst scenario is Christy ring and you couldn't rule it out.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2022
« on: April 30, 2022, 09:26:05 PM »
New York wood make shite of us

New York would be BY FAR the worst possible draw.
London wouldn't be a lot better.

If we want a win or two maybe carlow or waterford.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: April 28, 2022, 12:53:04 AM »
I think hes a GDA up in Dublin. Might be castleknock club.
But originally from the Harps.

If I'm thinking of the right person he was one of the setanta coaches back when it was at its best.

Hopefully county board take this seriously. Not ideal having the launch night on same day as one of their big fundraisers up in puncherstown.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2022
« on: April 23, 2022, 08:40:27 AM »
Matthew Byron; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Alex Mohan; Dylan Kavanagh, John O’Loughlin, Brian Byrne; Kieran Lillis, Sean O’Flynn; Danny O’Reilly, Eoin Lowry, Paddy O’Sullivan; Mark Barry, Evan O’Carroll, Gary Walsh.

Best of luck to everyone. Jesus we could do with some positivity.
Any kind of win would do.

Hope we have worked on a way of getting bodies back to defend but actually pressurise the ball. Dicey and Paddy on the wings will cover ground but don't want them sitting protecting space.

Hopefully we'll have James finn and Paul Kingston to call on late in the game. If we could start well and get ahead then there kick passing would open up a defence who might have to commit a few extra bodies back.

Imagine itll be a lowish scoring game. If any 2 of our inside forwards have a big game then we should get to 14/15 points. That might be enough if we can keep goals out at the other end.

Wicklow seem to have decent youngsters coming through. Probably too early for there to be expectations that they'll beat us but I'm sure they'll be confident

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: April 23, 2022, 08:34:29 AM »
It's a real pity that this Laois team had key players that were injured coming into this game along with a couple of guaranteed starters who were unable to commit to U20s this year as well. It's an opportunity lost. Very talented bunch of players over the last two years but unfortunately didn't achieve that big scalp that we hoped they would get.

Who were injured or unable to commit?

Fionan mahoney, ciaran Burke, dylan carroll and David Dooley would have been strong candidtaes to starters. Think that's fair to say.
Injury issues with mossy keyes and cathal Murphy.

Think few others may have added to the panel.

Laois / Re: Leinster Minor Football Championship 2020
« on: April 21, 2022, 10:50:18 AM »
I liked the balance of the team last night. Hard workers in the middle of the pitch and our scoring-threats inside.

Be great to get another win and make a semi-final.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: April 19, 2022, 07:49:19 AM »
Podge is a huge loss. Our best since John Taylor I’d say.

Sad for podge. Brilliant hurler.
Massive loss. Says it all when he was picked captain at that age.

Has a ways to go to be better than Joe fitzpatrick or matt whelan let along a great like Taylor.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: April 19, 2022, 07:45:16 AM »
U15 Feile held this weekend.
Castletown win A after claiming B last year. Beat ballacolla in final , between them, rathdowney and harps to make up top 4. Very little between those 3 bit this is a good Castletown team. Well coached.
Park and portlaoise aboth competitive too; PRT have a lot of good lads srill underagenext year. Good to see Port and mountrath at A level too. Some strong individuals.
Always good for lapis when ctown produce good underage teams and this one is very.
Camross won B beating borris/k. Decent enough competition for B standard.

There is a problem thoigh, and a problem of clubs making not county board but we now have 6 weeks of championship with some potentially woeful one-sided matches.

Ctown in a group with 2 teams from B Feile; one conceded matches, other didn't make a semi.
Harps same. bcolla in with all B teams.
One group will be competitive between 1st/2nd and again 3rd/4th bit big gap them between those pairs.
I predict lots of matches conceded. Has happened already in one group.

This isn't going to help anyone.

And it's result of too many clubs trying to hurl in B over the years. Or amalgamated clubs being graded B and whipping smaller clubs on their own. (And my own club guilty too.)
So I don't blame Co board on this one.

But could the groups have been formed after feile?
There is obviously a clear A/B.

Throwing them all together looks "fair" on paper as they'll all end up at their level but 6 weeks in May/june wasted with hammerings and lads losing interest.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: April 15, 2022, 09:14:21 PM »
Starting Team:


Conway, McEvoy, Downey

Delaney, O'Connell, Mullaney

Kelly, Fennell

Cha, Purcell, Keyes

Roddy, PJ, Dowling

One starter each from ballacolla and Borris/k, Co finalists for last 2 years. Though injuries are an issue.
Great representation from RE.

Going to be a tough ask.

Like the full-back line. Worried about pace on the half line but I'd presume space will be tight there.
Light in the forwards but all able to score. Hard see us get in for any goals bar a run from paddy.

Best of luck to everyone.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: April 15, 2022, 01:06:14 PM »
Good to see Kevin byrne fit and starting for the Minors. One of the best underage prospects we have.

Big task against a strong Offaly team but I think we're more than decent.

Laois / Re: Senior Hurlers 2022
« on: April 15, 2022, 08:55:30 AM »
Injuries situation is awful.

I've heard picky  dunphy, hartnet and conroy are all out. (Dont think Ben did the cruciate tho so might be back for later games.)
As well as those roddy, Lennon, scully and maka are doubts too.

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