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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2018
« Last post by BennyHarp on Today at 08:12:47 PM »
Mayo v Tyrone is nailed on.

Nothing surer that Armagh v Tyrone in the Athletic Grounds. The balls are already in the cooler ready to be picked out if the bag.
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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« Last post by Nanderson on Today at 08:03:41 PM »
Anyone any experience in Alculdia, Mallorca. First time going away on a foreign holiday so wan't to try and do some activities
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No change for Offaly in the meantime.
Offaly -

Have played all Leinster counties.

Have also played all the Munster counties

Connacht - have never played Sligo or Leitrim in championship

Ulster - have yet to play Derry, Fermanagh, Antrim and Armagh
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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« Last post by RadioGAAGAA on Today at 07:10:47 PM »
Any more word on the gigantic waste of time, energy and money the centre of excellence is shaping up to be?

Something more likely to get a player killed on the bad roads to/from Ballykinlar than improve the fortunes of Down football (and hurling/camogie, it'll do less than nothing for hurling/camogie).


The hard decision the county board is faced with is not to go ahead. Wait till a better site becomes available*. If that takes 20 years, it takes 20 years. Better that than throw good money away on a fools errand.

*IMO, if a single location is chosen, it has to lie along the main road from Aughlisnafin to Hilltown. Roughly the centre of county as far as the GAA goes and along a main road.
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As we look forward to this weekends big game Westmeath are battling with injuries and absentees ahead of Saturdayís Leinster SFC clash with Laois in Tullamore, but manager Colin Kelly is in confident mode his side will give a good account of themselves.

Kelly is without talented wing back James Dolan, who is playing football in Boston for the summer months, while team captain John Heslin is battling with a hip injury ahead of Saturdayís big game. Despite these setbacks, itís all systems go for the Lake County.



ďJames Dolanís loss is a big blow and John Heslin is battling with that hip flexor injury, but we have a strong panel and the players are really looing forward to what is a big test against Laois. I have every confidence in the squad and the players will not be found wanting for effort. Iím looking forward to what should be a good contest,Ē said Kelly.
Westmeath will welcome back the likes of Darragh Daly and Denis Corroon which will seriously boost their strength at midfield, while Ger Egan, Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Jamie Gonoud are seasoned campaigners at this level.

Saturdayís midlands derby has a 5pm throw-in time and it is, of course, a repeat of the 2004 Leinster final, in which Westmeath triumphed after a replay.

 

Best of luck lads!!

#WestmeathGaa #IarmhiAbu

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https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0522/965299-jordan-cavanagh-harte/

From that article: "I see no reason why Tyrone canít get themselves to the Super 8 and, in a way, going through the qualifiers has improved their chance of making the semi-final as they will avoid Dublin. The Leinster and Ulster champions are due to meet in one Super 8 group."

That is wrong - they MAY avoid Dublin.  If Tyrone get to the Super 8's, they have a 50/50 chance of being in Dublin's group - it all depends on which beaten provincial finalist Tyrone play in Round 4.  If they play (and beat) the Munster or Connacht final loser then they go into the group with the Leinster champions.

You would think someone would check these things before publishing (not necessarily the author).

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People are naming players that are missing off the panel from previous years and are just assuming that the players themselves have omitted themselves from the panel, things aren't always as they seem. KMcG needs to take a look at himself...
A lot of talk about Armagh not having the best players in the county on the pitch.  Would anyone care to name an alternative Armagh 15 that either didn't start on Saturday or are not on the panel.

Just from players who have actually played senior inter county for Armagh

Morrison
Morgan  Lappin Murray
Hughes McKenna Heffron
Oneill Lavery
O'Hanlon White Rafferty
Clarke Campbell Forker

That is only players I can remember of the top of my head. I would say only Lavery Caolan Rafferty Clarke and Stefan Forker are unlikely be asked / available next year.
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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2018
« Last post by larryin89 on Today at 06:38:59 PM »
It will be an open and transparent draw . This craic of people thinking it's in anyway fixed is completely false.
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People are naming players that are missing off the panel from previous years and are just assuming that the players themselves have omitted themselves from the panel, things aren't always as they seem. KMcG needs to take a look at himself...
A lot of talk about Armagh not having the best players in the county on the pitch.  Would anyone care to name an alternative Armagh 15 that either didn't start on Saturday or are not on the panel.

Whatever about an alternative 15 the following players would be on the team in my opinion. Some are out through injury and Iím not including Jamie. James Morgan, paul Hughes, Rian and OisŪn O Neill, Decky McKenna, Mickey Murray Cullyhanna and Stefan Campbell. Thatís half a team and if those 7 were playing the team would be significantly better.
Many of expected to be back for the next game?
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I think we would not have played anyone from Munster except Cork or Kerry and limerick. I don't think we played Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny or Offaly  in Leinster but I do recall back door games against Longford, Wicklow, Westmeath & Louth. I know we played Meath a good bit, including 3 AI finals and once in the backdoor. We also played Kildare in a final and Wexford in a semi final.

In Connacht we played Ros, Galway and Mayo in AI finals. We even played Sligo in an AI semi. Leitrim we didnt play I'm fairly sure. London or New York possibly as there were home finals etc but can't say.

So by my reckoning Cavan never played Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Offaly, Tipp, Waterford, Clare or Leitrim.

Cavan played Tipp in 1935 AISF & Offaly in 1969 AISF.
Cavan have since played Carlow in back door. That me and Waterford, Clare and leitrim left.
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