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Laois / Re: Club transfers
« on: Today at 09:14:13 PM »
Scott Conroy is back with Ballyroan he will be a useful addition to them a strong clever player who can kick a score didn't he score for London v wexford in 2016

Hurling for 'picas, too, I believe.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:45:20 PM »
Yeah, look at the ''Joe McDonagh Cup'' thread on this board. It's pretty near the top...

Laois / Re: 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:15:30 AM »
Ha ha, love your optimism, Bruce - putting Laois into the final straight away! This will be the first year of the McDonagh Cup, but the unfortunate reality is that this is very much our level these days. Kerry have beaten Laois several times over the last couple of years, and we were lucky enough to beat Carlow by a point in the championship last year - a late goal being what did it for us. As you can see, we're not too far ahead of Antrim, either, and even Westmeath are capable of giving us the jitters. The only fixture there I'd confidently take it we'd win would be the Meath one.
I suppose, to be fair, it's more a case of these other counties having improved more than Laois have over the last while, but still, we're not in this group by mistake, either. You'd certainly hope we'd get to the final - but don't be booking that flight just yet!

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:58:22 PM »
Yes, it's a fair point - we've been involved in relegation fights every year since 2014, and have sailed pretty close to the wind a few times. Getting out of 2A wouldn't be a given, either - Kerry, Carlow, Antrim, Westmeath have all given us plenty of it in recent years. It'd be nice to go up a notch, win a couple of games in the league...

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:15:40 AM »
Paddy Purcell from Rathdowney-Errill got the goal - Laois' second of the whole league...

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 18, 2018, 06:33:13 PM »
Offaly used a second string side against Antrim since the result didn't matter to them.
Yes, very well done to Laois. They're getting good at getting over relegation play-offs! Actually, I'd say getting over Antrim in Dunloy is a good day's work, even if it was a lot tighter than last month's game between them.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 07:36:56 AM »
Go to the Antrim board on 'Local GAA Discussion', and I'm sure someone there will able to tell you!
Welcome back, by the way!

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:22:31 PM »
Yes, on Bergin and Ryan, but I thought Matt Whelan was another of a very few who was up for the physical exchanges. Again, though, too many small lads who were horsed off the ball easily enough. The last Dublin goal was a prime example; Joe Phelan - who actually wasn't too bad - pushed off a ball he should have had, but seemed likely to lose. Don't know what daydream Rowland was having, but he should have been out a lot smarter to save his corner back's blushes.
Anyway, the game was well gone by then. In fact, it was gone after the first quarter, Laois completely at sixes and sevens against the taller and more robust Dubs. A real downer to have to go up to Antrim off the back of that.
They'll need to be getting a lot more out of the likes of Dwyer and Purcell to be winning up there.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:31:08 PM »
merman, do you know if Joe Phelan was back with the panel during the week? Hopefully Kelly can re-assure him that he has plenty to give to Laois hurling for the season ahead. We will need a good panel with all the games that will be played.

I don't and I actually regret suggesting anything. Joe is a good hurler and a good lad to have around the panel; I'm sure he was frustrated the last day but having stuck with the panel through the hard winter training; I'd be hopeful he'll stay involved for the Tier 2 Championship and a shot at Croke Park. We'll need a panel; he wouldn't be the type to let anyone down!

Well, he's got the nod for the Dublin game, anyway.
Form lines suggest we can beat Dublin, but do we really believe we can, deep down?

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:12:15 AM »
I'd say we haven't played them in the league for at least 10 years. Not since our paths diverged, shall we say.
Looks like we won't be playing them this weekend, either!

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 18, 2018, 03:09:50 PM »
Well, I was pretty sure it was 13 to 8 at half-time, so he must've missed something himself!
I agree, we probably will meet in the relegation later - and that being up your way will make it a lot more difficult for Laois.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:11:56 PM »
Laois scored more than seven points from play. I can remember 9, and the GAA website has it at 10. However, I take your point - it wasn't a dirty match at all, and there were some harmless enough frees given. Wouldn't particularly say the ref was biased, though. It seems to be the way that the lower league games get the less experienced, and probably fussier, referees. Anyway, plenty of those frees were difficult enough, and King didn't miss any. And when you have a striker - Rowland - who can knock them over from well inside his own half, then your score from frees will go up.
Besides, I hear frees kept ye in it against Dublin?!

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:27:52 PM »
Yeah, nice enough win, but in truth, it should have been in the double figures as Leix must've squandered half a dozen good goal chances. King, I'd say, didn't miss a free all night, and the other forwards did well in patches. Aside from the lapse for the first goal, the backline did fairly well. Ones I hadn't expected a whole lot from that did well enough were Matthew Whelan, Donnacha Hartnett, and Podge Lawlor. Cha wasn't really himself at all, but still got a couple of points. He was moved into full forward in the second half.
However, Antrim were quite prone to simple mistakes, and their first touch was poor enough. They had a bit more heft than Laois, and a lot our lads lack size, but I suppose you work with what you have. In any case, they were way more skilful than Antrim tonight, but against the top teams this lack of size would matter much more.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 12:13:48 PM »
Strange times - no one from Camross, Castletown, Portlaoise, or The Harps on the Leix team named for tonight. Instead, we have  a Mountmellick lad starting - and fair play to him, too! Hoping they do the business tonight!

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:23:22 PM »
In fairness, it was more of an ad hoc arrangement with Raheen Parish Gaels, and the move to Mountrath is an attempt to streamline matters, and have all their players playing underage in the one place, I suppose.

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