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Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
September 24, 2023, 05:01:02 PM
Quote from: Spiritof86 on September 19, 2023, 11:02:50 AMAppointment expected by end of week apparently.
Don't think so. Interviews only completed on Friday and at least three being brought back for a second interview next week. We'll have someone by Christmas! :)
GAA Discussion / Re: Falls from Grace
September 18, 2023, 08:13:19 PM
Last year's Carlow champions Palatine are in the relegation final of this year's championship.
GAA Discussion / Re: Board Trouble
September 18, 2023, 08:11:22 PM
Slow or not responding at all. Very difficult to use the site for the past few days.
Laois / Re: Intermediate Football 2023
September 15, 2023, 01:02:56 PM
Expect Crettyard and Ballylinan to go through to the final this weekend.
Mountmellick should give Ballylinan a decent enough run for it but I think there's a lot of quality players in the Ballylinan team and I expect them to go straight back up to senior.
Don't know much about Portlaoise's second team but I think they will struggle to stop O'Carroll, Murphy, young Kelly lad and Burke.
Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2023
September 15, 2023, 12:55:31 PM
Think Port and Graigue will have comfortable enough wins. 5 or 6 points. Joe's should beat Emo but maybe only by 2 or 3 and the other one is very hard to call. Maybe O'Dempseys after extra time.

Ballyroan Abbey and Stradbally should win in the B. They could meet in the final if they avoid each other in the draw. Ballyfin to edge Killeen and can't call the other. Heath and Clonaslee are both very unpredictable teams.
Quote from: seafoid on August 28, 2023, 10:03:17 AM
I wanted to compare the club setups around the country but there was enough statistical significance in 5.
The problem with the clubs is the all Ireland at the end. Leinster and Ulster need 4 weekends to run off . The all Ireland is another 2.

County Boards are incredibly busy running off myriad competitions.

Here are 5 counties with latest status this weekend.

Number in Round Robin Groups : 8

Latest RRG round : 3

2.Antrim. Already at quarter final stage

3. Derry
RRG group size : 6
Latest RRG group : 4

4. Galway
RRGs 3
Size of RRG : 6
Latest round 3

5. Tyrone
It's a knockout .
So there are 32 different systems.
This is not good enough especially with the provincial/all Ireland at the end.

If there are qfs add 3
Add 4 for provincial
Add 2 for all Ireland
That's 9 weeks.
Add a margin.

The player load has been moved to the clubs. Especially dual clubs.

I counted 13 weeks to the first week in December.
Laois SFC doesn't have round robin groups. It has an open draw for 16 teams with a backdoor and a SFC "B" and relegation process for those who don't make the quarter finals.
Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2023
August 28, 2023, 12:22:41 AM
Quote from: Batman!!! on August 28, 2023, 12:11:06 AM
Dis Ballyroan keep the receipt? What a waste of money. An extremely talented team playing that way. Wall and Garrigan should be ran.
I'd have to agree with that. They seem to have a lot of good young players who are being constrained by a dreadful system of defensive football.
Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2023
August 27, 2023, 10:32:23 PM
Round three was fairly underwhelming. Good win for Emo in dreadful conditions. Graigue surprised me. They were very good and have a great chance to get to the semi final now.
Portlaoise still look to have another gear to reach but didn't need to find it against Killeen. Ballyroan Abbey have only themselves to blame. Didn't score for the last 20 minutes and caught with a sucker punch.
Laois / Re: Intermediate Football 2023
August 15, 2023, 01:54:24 PM
I was in Stradbally last night. Very entertaining game which Crettyard just about deserved to win. Burke was good for them in midfield.
Timahoe played very well and should be safe from relegation as O'Dempseys looked very weak on Friday night in Ratheniska. Mountmellick absolutely blew them away in the second half. Very impressed with Eoin George.
Conor Fitzpatrick last night for Timahoe was the most exciting player I saw all weekend. Always want to take on players and go forward instead of taking the safe option.
Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2023
July 27, 2023, 01:31:45 PM
I'd love to see Graigue win a senior championship. They've been close a few times without getting over the line.
But after last night, it's really hard to see them ending that famine. That was a poor game and it didn't take much for O'Dempseys to win it. A very depleted O'Dempseys team it should be said.
They've now been beaten by Emo, Courtwood and O'Dempseys in successive years - three teams they should be beating.
They'll possibly still wind up in a quarter-final or even a semi-final but hard to see them turn the year around.
Fair play to O'Dempseys. Plugged away with a good few new faces and will be looking forward to round 2 with confidence.
Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2023
July 11, 2023, 12:57:35 PM
With the leagues done and dusted, it's less than three weeks now to start of championship. Here's a bit of guesswork.

Ballyfin v Portarlington. Port could win this by more than 10 points. Ballyfin looked very average on Saturday while Port are just timing it nicely for championship.

Ballyroan-Abbey v Park-Ratheniska. Can't see BA being troubled and they should win well. Sugrue is a wily fox however so I expect it to be closer than many might think and am going for a 4 point win for BA.

Stradbally v Courtwood. First hard one to call. Strad were in a higher league and survived and they just might have the edge by a point or 2 though Courtwood had a fine campaign last year.

The Heath v Killeshin. Also could be a close affair but I expect Killeshin to maybe sneak a 2 or 3 point win. A win for The Heath wouldn't be much of a shock though.

Portlaoise v St Joseph's. Good league for Joseph's but a full strength Portlaoise might be winners here by around 3. Both teams should eventually wind up in the semi finals.

O'Dempsey's v Graiguecullen. Both missing some players from last year. Graigue had a slightly better league but I can't get last year's collapse against Courtwood out of my head and am going for an O'D's win by 3.

Arles-Killeen v Clonaslee St Manman's. Killeen keep defying the odds and surviving is their main aim. Clonaslee seem to have injury problems and could be vulnerable to a shock here. Killeen by 1.

Emo v Rosenallis. Emo will be favourites but Rosenallis are not as bad as league results suggest. If they get JOL back, they might spring a shock but the probability is an Emo win by 4 or 5.
Have to agree on the difference in standard between the two finals last night. Huge difference in the level of physicality and fitness in particular.
Port fully deserved it. Rioghan Murphy is a great bit of stuff and has to be got on board with Laois seniors. Hard to see them being beaten in the championship again this year. Joseph's were OK but they lack a couple of killer forwards.
Thought Ballyfin were very ordinary in the other game. Moore obviously was a big loss to them. Courtwood far more clinical at one end and didn't mind being cynical at the other end once or twice too. Hogan in midfield was by far the best player on the field.
Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
July 03, 2023, 11:33:21 PM
I'm hearing Leinster Council are possibly considering not allowing those county colleges teams to be entered next school year. But if it is allowed, it would be a good idea for Laois to pursue.
Nice to Kilcavan winning silverware. Some grand young players coming through.
Think it's Mountmellick v Killeen or Joseph's in Division 3 final. 
Port and Joseph's into Division 1 final. Very impressive by Port to reach final playing most of their games without 5 county players on top of missing Adam Ryan, Sean Byrne and Squirty Murphy from last year's team.
O'Dempseys down with Killeshin. O'D's were down far too many players throughout the league but are starting to get them back little by little.
Ballyfin did well to top Division 2 and probably weren't at full tilt last night allowing Courtwood to join them in the final. Kinda surprised The Heath didn't do the business in this division. They're normally a good league team.
Ballylinan and Clonaslee down. Think Ballylinan will win intermediate though.