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General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: Today at 09:49:49 AM »
Awful day for me yesterday!

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:01:02 PM »
As I said earlier England have a chance but expect them to go out on penalties in QF as usual to someone like Portugal.
England can't meet Portugal before the semis.

The semis will be two teams from Groups A to D and two teams from Groups E to H.

So it's impossible to have, say, all three of Brazil, Germany and England in the semis.

I think I'm right in saying that if Brazil win their group and Germany finish 2nd in theirs, which is very possible at the moment, then Brazil and Germany would meet in the last 16.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Laois v Carlow
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:27:50 PM »
So no more "everyone loves Carlow" it seems.

Their hurlers are a disgrace too.

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No St Galls players in the squad. Must be the first time in a while.

As I understand it Chris Kerr and Conor Burke opted out of the panel after the Down game.  St Gall's represented by manager Lenny Harbinson!

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More or less the same Antrim team that lost by 7 to Down in Ulster, with keeper Chris Kerr replaced by Andrew Hasson and Patrick McBride moves to no 10 and is replaced by Colm Duffin at no 15.  Mark Sweeney moves from the half forwards to take over from the suspended Ricky Johnston at centre back.  Declan Lynch seems to be listed as sub goalkeeper.  Both teams will fancy a win in this one.  Home advantage might give Offaly the edge.

Offaly by two.

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GAA Discussion / Offaly v. Antrim - Qualifier Round 1 - Sat 9 June
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:38:40 PM »
Antrim Team:

1.  Andrew Hasson (Rasharkin)

2.  Peter Healy (St Enda's)
3.  Patrick Gallagher (Glenavy)
4.  Niall Delargy (Portglenone)

5.  Kevin O'Boyle (Cargin)
6.  Mark Sweeney (St Jude's, Dublin)
7.  James Laverty (Cargin)

8.  Patrick McAleer (Ballymena)
9.  Niall McKeever (Portglenone)

10.  Patrick McBride (St John's)
11.  Conor Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
12.  Ruairi McCann (Creggan)

13.  Ryan Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
14.  Matthew Fitzpatrick (St John's)
15.  Colum Duffin (Moneyglass)

Subs:

16.  Declan Lynch (Lamh Dhearg)
17.  Stephen Beatty (O'Donovan Rossa)
18.  Pat Branagan (Aghagallon)
19.  Odhran Eastwood (St Enda's)
20.  Patrick Finnegan (St Brigid's)
21.  Kristian Healy (St Enda's)
22.  Connell Lemon (Ballymena)
23.  Michael McCarry (Ballymena)
24.  Eoin Nagle (St Enda's)
25.  James Smith (St Brigid's)
26.  Eunan Walsh (Aghagallon)

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:34:03 PM »
Antrim Team v. Offaly

1.  Andrew Hasson (Rasharkin)

2.  Peter Healy (St Enda's)
3.  Patrick Gallagher (Glenavy)
4.  Niall Delargy (Portglenone)

5.  Kevin O Boyle (Cargin)
6.  Mark Sweeney (St Jude's, Dublin)
7.  James Laverty (Cargin)

8.  Patrick McAleer (Ballymena)
9.  Niall McKeever (Portglenone)

10.  Patrick McBride (St John's)
11.  Conor Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
12.  Ruairi McCann (Creggan)

13.  Ryan Murray (Lamh Dhearg)
14.  Matthew Fitzpatrick (St John's)
15.  Colum Duffin (Moneyglass)

Subs:

16.  Declan Lynch (Lamh Dhearg)
17.  Stephen Beatty (O'Donovan Rossa)
18.  Pat Branagan (Aghagallon)
19.  Odhran Eastwood (St Enda's)
20.  Patrick Finnegan  (St Brigid's)
21.  Kristian Healy (St Enda's)
22.  Connell Lemon (Ballymena)
23.  Michael McCarry (Ballymena)
24.  Eoin Nagle (St Enda's)
25.  James Smith (St Brigid's)
26.  Eunan Walsh (Aghagallon)

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Will be shown on the BBC iPlayer.

Antrim failed to get out of Div 4 this year.

Down by 6 or 7.

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Desperate stuff on Sat evening.  Poor from Armagh and Fermanagh under Gallagher and McMenamin are becoming the poster boys for anti-football, diving and play acting.

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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:52:20 AM »
In these studies it's always worth looking at the questions that were asked.  The one on an UI was:

“When the UK leaves the EU, if there was a referendum in Northern Ireland asking people whether they want Northern Ireland to remain in the United Kingdom or to re-unify with the rest of Ireland, how would you vote in that referendum?”

The headline figure is 21% would vote for a UI is making the news but if it were  - "Unionist concern as only 50.3% of people will vote to stay in the UK" it puts a different slant on it.  As the report itself says "It is possible to interpret our data from the two investigations in different ways..."

Interesting is the 26% "Don't Know" and the 11% of Catholics who said they wouldn't vote.  These people would be needed to "win" a border poll.  I suppose if you're a "Don't Know" you are persuadable.  As I always say supporters of a UI need to convince a lot of small "n" nationalists before they think about persuading unionists.

BTW I just heard Jim Wells on the radio rubbishing other parts of this report as being carried out by remoaner academics with a vested interest in the EU.

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General discussion / Re: Paddy Jackson apology
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:19:31 PM »
Jackson's application for costs was heard today.  The judge deferred her judgement and said that due to work pressures she wouldn't deliver a judgement in the near future.  Jackson's QC stated in support of his application that Jackson "had no employment and no offers of employment".

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Leitrim survived a real banana skin v New York after a debilitating League; Carlow took out Louth from Division2; Laois got over Div 3 Wexford after ET and bottom of Div 4 Wicklow shocked Offaly. Nice to see the up turn in fortunes for these counties. London recovered from a bad start v Sligo to finish strongly but had left themselves with too much to do.
Antrim to shock Down?
Limerick and Waterford though look like they have too much ground to make up v Clare and Tipp - two counties who were Division 4 residents for a number of seasons just a short while ago.

So maybe the Championship isn't dead just yet!

Not a chance :(

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:18:06 PM »
That England squad has scored 55 international goals in total.  Cristiano Ronaldo has 81, Messi has 61, Neymar has 53 and Lewandowski has 52.  It looks like it'll be the only squad with no players from outside its own league.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:40:44 PM »
He’ll play 3 at the back

                     Butland
       Walker-Maguire/Jones-Stones
Trippier                                 Young  :o
        Dier - Henderson - Ali
                 Sterling
                   Kane

On paper it looks a terrible squad but possibly they’ll do better than much more heralded squads (could hardly do worse I suppose)

Yep...on paper it doesn't look like a squad that will have other teams quaking in their boots, but they've a decent draw in the group and last 16 stage (will play the winner/runner up of the Poland/Senegal/Colombia/Japan group if they get through).  I detect the English media and supporters have less expectancy than other years so they may go without pressure.  Can't see them being anywhere near winning it though.

In other news Mario Gotze scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 final not selected for the German provisional squad of 28.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:29:21 PM »
England final squad announced:

Goalkeepers:
Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)

Defenders:
Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Rose (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)

Midfielders:
Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)

Forwards:
Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal)

Edit:  Five players have been placed on standby - Tom Heaton (Burnley), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Lewis Cook - who?? (Bournemouth), Jake Livermore (WBA) and Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

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