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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 25, 2021, 11:31:57 AM »
Yes DK, Casements management have got their dressing room intact again, made some good calls yesterday that worked well, and mood in the camp is definitely a bit better. There was a ropey spell (it happens) but between management and players they seem to have worked their way through it, credit where it's due.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 25, 2021, 12:15:47 AM »
Just read Saffron Gael match report of St Johns game. I grew up in awe of the Johnnie's, was it 9 in a row they done too. Am I right in seeing they only scored two points from play yesterday. What the heck is going on in the city of Belfast atm? Antrim needs you to be strong, youre going in the complete opposite direction. And it gives me no pleasure in saying that.

8 parishes still involved in our championship season at all grades...all 8 from SW clubs.

Belfast you need to really take a good look at yourselves. The state of you atm is nothing short of a disgrace. Come're better than that!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 11:20:36 PM »
Exactly RC. We weren't great today, did enough. Look we get another day out, LD were along way off the team that we know better than most. Aghagallon very impressive yesterday, emphatic victory against a team that beat us comfortably a few weeks ago. 50/50 game, great for two ambitious clubs to be in that position. Of course all eyes will be on the other semi final, sure that's alright.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 09:58:50 PM »
Has anyone seen Hoganstand? It's supposed be some forum?  Not on it myself....

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 04:29:42 PM »
There's two of them sitting here watching this Creggan v St Johns game, both feeling seriously agrieved.

Michael Herron is some miss for LD to be fair. He's been the key man in their defence for a long time. Wouldn't have conceded 5 goals had he been there.

Niall Delargys first ever red card in his career certainly needs to be revisited. His legs caught up with Marc Jordan and he couldn't get away. Jordy being the sportsman he is should back that up, he will know that no malice was intended. Hopefully justice is done.

Portglenone played rightly today at times, into a semi now having been very slow to kick in this year. We missed a lot of chances today that would not be good enough on other days!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 24, 2021, 03:35:16 PM »
ACH sure we will turn up anyway and see how it goes..another punchers chance....

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 23, 2021, 09:11:54 PM »
South Derry BigBall.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:04:38 PM »
Indeed. Sad to see genuine legends of Antrim football slip away into mediocrity in front of our eyes. Best to slip off into retirement with dignity and allow the process to reboot. Sadly, we will never see their likes again, a club who genuinely expected to win provincial and national titles.

Cargin going to be around for a long time, their conveyor belt well and truly in place to face into the future with confidence. They set the standard for others to match as a club for not this year, but every year

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 23, 2021, 12:44:48 PM »
Roger is on the ball. If you look out your back window Roger you can see the Sperrin mountains behind it lol.

GAA Discussion / Re: Congress
« on: October 23, 2021, 09:37:10 AM »
Pre season club games well down the agenda I'm afraid DK. No money in that for CLG! And to be fair, club teams don't need county players for pre season club matches. Throw open an opportunity to develop other squad members. You'll get your county men back when they are needed. Don't forget most clubs you will be playing will be out one or two players as well.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 23, 2021, 09:32:39 AM »
It should be fairly acknowledged that the majority of officials working at county level do not claim mileage expenses.

Yes Duine, where will it end. Until CLG come out with a clear position on the matter the situation will continue to escalate into who has the biggest chequebook or fattest sponsor.

The club I talk of near here has dozens of wealthy millionaire members, many fanatical. They have almost everything they desire (within reason lol) except a senior championship. They will move heaven and earth to remove that statistic if they can, and atm are moving well in that regard.

It sets the bar higher even higher for the next club, especially if successful.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 23, 2021, 08:48:39 AM »
CLG has changed since that day in Thurles in 1884 when the idea that a national body of volunteers would organise sporting clubs in every parish to promote the ideals of Irish culture and sport and of course prepare their manhood in a state of fitness (and readiness).

That voluntary ethos served the association so well, for so long and became the absolute bedrock that built our games that are now enjoyed throughout the world.

The die was cast when it was decided to pay several tiers of officialdom. That's where payment was first introduced. County secretary's to begin with (no problem there, the association needed a network of people to make sure their was professionalism and consistency throughout) and then dozens of provincial and national positions, CEOs Marketing, Games Development Officers, etc etc. Another rung of employees was created.

Now with hundreds being paid within the association it didn't take long for GPA to say that their players body needed reimbursed too. The mileage expense lark was created.

Officials everywhere claimed they were chalking up the miles too, so they awarded themselves the optimum amount...think it's 85p a mile.

The dry rot had kicked in and because the officials were creaming off the top no one had an interest in pursuing a road block to clubs paying managers. Plus, how could it be policed if much of the actual payments are met by third party businessmen.

It's a quagmire. There are payments on certain levels being seen as acceptable, yet eyebrows are being raised at payment for outside coaching. Whilst this space is deliberately being vacated as a grey area, there really is no right or wrong answer. My argument is that if it's tolerated by GAA officialdom, or if they do not come out publicly and lambast the practice, then clubs will do what suits them best depending on their circumstances.

Given the choice of shiting or getting off the pot, CLG have chosen the latter, therefore the vacuum exists for misunderstanding of this type.

(Ps, I heard the figure one club are paying for their management team, not far from here = very scary).

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:51:26 PM »
If we have no refs we have no games, we all know that, and to be fair very few of us are brave enough to take it on, so credit where it's due, so we should be minimal and guarded in our assessment.

On the other side of the same coin you have a group of 30 - 40 people who are putting in a lot of time and effort who deserve at the very least good quality and consistent refereeing.

Really looking forward to seeing all four games, now the gloves are off this is one of the best weekends of the year.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 19, 2021, 01:52:09 PM »
Look it's the only way a young ref can get experience is by getting big games..... a couple of strong experienced linesmen and umpires can make his job a lot easier.

Put the madmen along the line back behind the line (not suggesting one club more than anyone else or this game more than any other) and if they don't behave, outside the wire all together. Set the tone early, give a quick warning, be consistent and he might get away with it.

The reality is players and management sometimes set out to "play" the referee and there's no doubt some clubs are better than it than others. Strong and decisive management should nip any of this nonsense in the bud. Experienced referees usually find a way of doing their job whilst maintaining respect of all.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:32:20 AM »
Come on Brendan, you well know an experienced ref is needed for this one! Raised eyebrows around here about this appointment.

How many people from each club are allowed on the sideline does anyone know? MR, you should.

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