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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 02, 2023, 11:14:34 AM »
Gutted, just heard Ryan Convery got bad news, ACL joint gone. Massive  loss to PG1.

Agree, Sunday will tell a tale of where we are, two teams well matched, winner straight through to QF's, loser a game 7 days later in QF prelims.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 01, 2023, 08:33:40 AM »
Ryan Convery also waiting on swelling going down before an X ray which he/we are fearful of. Ryan's our joint captain and played at 6 for UUJ seniors this year in the Sigerson. Would be a huge loss to PG1 if the news is as feared. Happened in last 2 mins against Cargin on Tuesday night.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 31, 2023, 10:42:44 PM »
Did the "county" do something wrong? Let's blame the county for a player getting injured at training. Sincere condolences to Benen if the injury is as bad as originally thought, please God he can get back up on the horse as soon as possible.

But trying to pin the blame on the "county" - that's just cheap sensationalist nonsense most people here can see past.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 30, 2023, 11:07:06 PM »
Aye, we were out on our legs last ten, hard weekend caught up on some. Cargin were coming at us strongly at the finish.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 30, 2023, 09:29:05 PM »
Fair enough result, both teams missing a few. Would have taken a point before the game so can't complain.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 30, 2023, 12:19:12 PM »
Long time since PG1 put it up to Cargin in Toome so really not sure if tonight will be any different. Huge stag weekend and unavailability of two players expecting to play on Sunday against Fermanagh (Dermot and Oisin) dosent help either, but that's what squads are for. I'll take being competitive as a good result, anything north of that would be a bonus.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 29, 2023, 02:54:00 PM »
Indeed. No mean achievement!

Some interesting results in yesterday's round 11 games. St Brigids beating LD at Hannaghstown, Randalstown fairly comfortable looking dispatch of St John's who had taken a big point from Toome a few days before, and a revitalised Creggan grabbing two good points at home to Aghagallon. Glenravel and Ballymena still the teams to beat in Div 2.

General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: May 28, 2023, 11:32:18 AM »
Jude Gallagher is an amateur from Newtownstewart Two Castles Club. Won commonwealth Gold (as I was told beforehand he would do) and could be worth following in the next few years.. still only 20 and a proper rising star. Target is next years Olympics in Paris.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 26, 2023, 07:26:05 AM »
On the other hand Hoof what happened to your (MG) under 15s last night...I definitely didn't expect that either!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 24, 2023, 06:31:11 PM »
Tomas was a class act for sure, and big boots to fill. The brother in law using him as a work horse around the middle third in months Feb and March wasn't doing him any favours. Was a completely different player in green later in the year.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 24, 2023, 04:54:46 PM »
Does anyone else get the distinct feeling that some posters  will be all over this discussion thread like a bad rash the minute Antrim get beaten. A couple of good recent wins just dosent suit their agenda.

Andy came onboard when this squad was in absolute rags and is doing a very solid job about rebuilding it. Personally I couldn't give one toss what club a player is from, when he is honoured to be invited into the squad, puts in the sheer hard work, and takes pride in the jersey strongly enough to be a valuable member of the squad,  we should support them.

Yes it's a discussion board and all about opinions...but try and stay classy.

I've had a pop at plenty of management teams and will be consistent in that regard if and when our current set up goes stale/dressing room becomes lost, but in the interests of balance let's be able to give genuine credit when it is deserved.

And CB, please note that the vast majority on here don't give a fiddlers toss about how many medals people have. If they are along the line they will only be judged on results and even more important in any coaches book, performances.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 24, 2023, 11:08:40 AM »
Great post Duine. You can understand Cargin being a bit sore that they don't have players getting game time, them being at top end of Antrim football for a long time.

And I agree that its a hard slog for players falling between two stools, no game minutes for county and zero for club either. Players need to make their own mind up on where the tipping point is here, but as you say this is not particular to one club or one county, its widespread.

Adam Loughran and Dermot McAleese missed most of the league, but are playing out of their skin now for the county. Dommo has stepped up after enduring a horrific year of false promises under previous management, Mick too in goals, and how Ruari Mc Cann (St Marys) was overlooked...I can't find the right words to use.

It's a moving feast and players need to realise they might have to do a year or two apprenticeship, it happens in every county. Ps - Ronan Boyle an excellent example. Hardly kicked a ball in the league, but showed what he can do in training and in challenge games. That has to be rewarded as well regardless of what club you are attached to.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 23, 2023, 07:23:35 PM »
Sean O Neill was going well I heard and if he hadn't picked up an injury would be there or thereabouts for team selection. Not many walk in and claim a jersey in first few months, sometimes you need to be patient and play your way in. Agree he's quality, but plenty young enough to make a big contribution to the cause in coming years.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 23, 2023, 07:20:53 PM »
Andy has picked things up really well despite a dozen absentees and half a dozen injuries.

The man has practically  built a new squad, and achieved targets for the year, how hard can it be for some people to be gracious enough to say well done and keep it going.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 23, 2023, 11:36:11 AM »
100%, the TC has given Andy another 2 months to see who he wants to take into his second year. If you take 3 or 4 challenge games, plus another 3 - 7 TC games, that's a lot of football to build momentum and provide a platform for new players to show what they can do.

Fermanagh 4pm Athletic grounds is next up on Sunday week, will be a good test of where we are at.

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