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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:41:08 PM »
TOWERING midfielder Niall McKeever has rejoined the Antrim senior football panel after stepping away from the set-up last season.

The Portglenone clubman, who spent a few years with Aussie Rules club Brisbane Lions, is not the only old face expected to return to the fold in 2018.

New manager Lenny Harbinson is hoping to persuade several other former county players come back on board.

“I’m still talking to a few players behind the scenes to see if they can commit,” said Harbinson, who was reluctant to announce their names at this stage.

“They’re probably holding back to see what the new set-up is like.

“A few of them are creeping towards the latter end of their county careers and they have a few years left in them for their clubs. So they’re considering things.”

Alongside McKeever, Moneyglass forward Colin Duffin has rejoined the squad after a couple of years away from the county scene.

And Harbinson confirmed that Dublin-based players Mark Sweeney and Peter Healy have declared for the Saffrons ahead of the new season.

Sweeney has been a hugely influential player for Antrim and was a key player for last year’s management team Frank Fitzsimons and Gearoid Adams.

Rookie defender Healy, who is studying in UCD, made a glowing impression in 2017 and Harbinson is delighted to have him on board.

“Mark Sweeney and Peter Healy, both of whom are in Dublin, will be involved,” said the St Gall’s man. “Peter, who is a cracking footballer, is injured at the minute and should be back in the next few weeks.

“I’ve been saying to those boys: ‘Stay in Dublin – don’t come up during the week’ and we can get a programme down to them and they can come up at the weekend because we do a strength and conditioning session on Saturdays and some tactical stuff on a Sundays at Dunsilly.”

Forwards Conor Small and Owen Gallagher who played in 2017 won’t be involved next season. Small, a gifted young footballer, has decided to go travelling while Glenavy ace Gallagher is still based in Galway.

Harbinson acknowledged assembling a new squad and backroom team has taken immense effort but he has been greatly encouraged by the support he’s received from the county board and from clubs.

“There’s been a very positive response throughout the county – over 20 clubs put players forward for the trial games, players who were not involved at all last year,” said Harbinson.

“So it was good to see the interest from the clubs and starting that process of re-connecting with them.

“The county board has been very supportive too in what we're trying to do.”

The vast majority of last year’s squad that fell to back-to-back Championship defeats to Donegal and Sligo are back involved under the new management team.

“The fitness of the squad is not bad for this time of year.

“A lot of modern footballers look after themselves so they’ve been training away on their own prior to me taking over.

“Out of the trial matches we probably brought in eight or nine new faces. And from last year’s Championship panel there are one or two players that have dipped out because of injury or university.

“But it’s my intention to go with a squad of 26 or 28 players. I want to work with a tight panel and to work with them intensively because we’re playing catch up.”

Antrim also find themselves in Division Four next season.

Harbinson has been surprised by the high amount of injuries he’s encountered in pre-season.

“I think the reason why some players are injured is because they haven’t been doing foam rolling, basic stretching.

“At Ballymacnab, the players did their foam rolling before and after training sessions, which is necessary to increase flexibility and avoid injury.

Brendan Trainer, who worked with Harbinson at Ballymacnab up until this season, will be Antrim’s new assistant manager.

Fintan Devlin of Loup is the squad’s new strength and conditioning coach, St Agnes’ clubman Roy McLarnon (kit man), St Brigid’s Oliver Lennon (logistics), Aghgallon’s Peter Bunting (goalkeeping coach), Barry McManus (video analsysis) and Johnny Kelly (physio) complete Harbinson’s backroom team.

“The McKenna Cup will give me a couple of early games to look at the panel in competitive situations,” noted Harbinson,

“The McKenna Cup [group stages] will be played Wednesday, Sunday, Wednesday and the teams coming out of the groups will be playing the following weekend.

“Then the National League starts in the last weekend of January and runs right through to March. So once you hit January it’s all guns blazing.”


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General discussion / Re: Beam Vaccum System
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:08:15 PM »
Beams are superb job in a house.. Keeps the roof from falling in.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:58:18 PM »
Possibly a dream team of all 3 ;)

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:27:28 PM »
Well folks tis the time of year when the managerial merry-go- round gets underway; Any updates anyone...
- Cushendall will be receiving their candidates this Sunday i believe - a few different names being touted here;
- Johnny Tosh already turned down Ballycastle - but will the be playing in Div 2 next year?;
- Glenariffe another year another manager required - u cant buy success;
- Loughguile still not ratified but expect Johnny still to be in charge;

Heard a big name looking to be in with Cushendall, could be interesting.
I heard PJ is looking a return to Loughguile.


Paddy John - Is the big name SAMBO  ;D

No the name I heard, an ex county manager is who it is apparently.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:39:45 PM »
Well folks tis the time of year when the managerial merry-go- round gets underway; Any updates anyone...
- Cushendall will be receiving their candidates this Sunday i believe - a few different names being touted here;
- Johnny Tosh already turned down Ballycastle - but will the be playing in Div 2 next year?;
- Glenariffe another year another manager required - u cant buy success;
- Loughguile still not ratified but expect Johnny still to be in charge;

Heard a big name looking to be in with Cushendall, could be interesting.
I heard PJ is looking a return to Loughguile.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:51:20 AM »
Five players from Ballymena, do they play in the senior football league?

They finished bottom half of Div 2 last season, those players are likely the better ones.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:29:09 AM »
Domhnall Nugent  Lamh Dhearg
Padraig Nugent    St Johns
Andrew Hasson  Rasharkin
Ryan Murray Lamh Dhearg
Peter Healy  St Endas
Odhran Eastwood St Endas
Kistan Healy St Endas
Ruari McCann  Creggan
Seamus McGarry Aldergrove
Connor McKenna Eire Og
Conor Murray Lamh Dhearg
Declan Lynch Lamh Dhearg
Kevin O'Boyle Cargin
Tomas McCann Cargin
James Laverty Cargin
Jack Dowling St Brigids
Paddy McBride St Johns
Mark Sweeney St Judes
Chris Kerr St Galls
CJ McGourty St Galls
Niall Delargy Portglenone
Niall McKeever Portglenone
Peter McNicholl Ballymena
Connell Lemon Ballymena
Paddy McAleer Ballymena
Sean McVeigh Ballymena
Michael McCarry Ballymena
Colum Duffin Moneyglass
Pat Brannigan Aghagallon
Gareth Magee Aghagallon
Stephen Beatty Rossa
Pat Gallagher Glenavy
Paddy O'Connor St Comgalls.



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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:08:21 PM »
Now that John Brennan has departed the hot seat at Cargin, who is favourite to succeed him. Enda Mc Ginley, Damian Cassidy or Darren Craig, thats the three names that are cropping up.

Any other managerial changes in Antrim clubs?

I saw on social media that the Dunloy manager is stepping down, great job for somebody with the talent coming through there. Glenravel management stepping down also, so one of their players tells me, also could be a job for somebody who wants a challenge!

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:04:34 PM »
Div 1.

Cargin
St Johns
St Galls
Creggan
Lamh Dhearg
Aghagallon
Portglenone
Rossa
St Teresas
Ahoghill
Glenavy
St Endas

Div 2.

Moneyglass
Tir Na Og
St Brigids
Rasharkin
Ballymena
Gort Na Mona
Dunloy
Davitts
Sarsfields
O'Donnells
Aldergrove
St Pauls

Div 3.

Antrim
Ardoyne
Glenravel
Lisburn
St Mals
Pearses
Eire Og
St Agnes
Ballycastle
Mitchels

The 3 Divisions for next season 2018, fill in the blanks when you're club makes their appointment if they already haven't done so.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:20:40 AM »
Ooch Spike I felt that!

I want to make it clear that Im not pro establishment just for the sake of it. I have a prolonged history of taking the board to task and calling them out on their lack of ambition for Antrim Football.

I liked the make up of the new board and although they have not been foot perfect, they are making some good strides and nudging us towards a better place. As I have said many times, at the end of their tenure they will have left us in a much better place than they found us.

Whilst all that is well and good, their acid test for me personally is "What have they done for Antrim Football?", and will they leave it in a better place. To date there is absolutely no evidence of that, and very disappointingly, not one shred of an idea about a think tank, or how to set up any kind of sustainable meaningful structure going forward. It wont be done this term either with convention around the corner, but thats what I will be calling them out on if they are reinstated. They have had their honeymoon period.

Undoubtedly their main priorities were tidying up the financials, sorting out the social club issue and get to grips with Ulster council re Casement. Getting our county teams to become competitive was further down the list....and under the circumstances this can be justified. But that huge task must become a higher priority now.

In the meantime Spike I totally share your frustration. We cant ever assume Division Four/Three is our eternal lot. Youre right, we need to be more assertive, demand better, expect more from a county of our size.

Lenny has the football job, yes we still dont know about his backroom team, and the players will take a few weeks or months to form their own opinion about the set up. If its as progressive as was sold to the 3 man sub committee, then great, and I will be much more relaxed, because I do know exactly what was on offer in the alternative package (JMK).....and trust me it was impressive.

Its only right we provide all involved with the space to lay down their foundations, and if its top notch lets acknowledge that, and if its not, then make no mistake it will be called out for what it is. There is NO hiding place at this level.

What’s so impressive about McKeever?

Just checking your posts there pal and there seems to be a reoccurring theme and that’s McKeever. From what I can gather he had a very impressive backroom team and professional set up but for whatever reason he didn’t get the job.

I’ve saw the list of players kept on and to be honest some of them didn’t impress in the JFC & Div3 never mind at SFC & Div1. All we can do is keep the faith and wish Lenny all the best.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:03:06 PM »
A few challenges to existing Board members. We would be doing a Brexit style self inflicted wound if we don’t keep current Board in place.

How?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:58:48 PM »
Ooch Spike I felt that!

I want to make it clear that Im not pro establishment just for the sake of it. I have a prolonged history of taking the board to task and calling them out on their lack of ambition for Antrim Football.

I liked the make up of the new board and although they have not been foot perfect, they are making some good strides and nudging us towards a better place. As I have said many times, at the end of their tenure they will have left us in a much better place than they found us.

Whilst all that is well and good, their acid test for me personally is "What have they done for Antrim Football?", and will they leave it in a better place. To date there is absolutely no evidence of that, and very disappointingly, not one shred of an idea about a think tank, or how to set up any kind of sustainable meaningful structure going forward. It wont be done this term either with convention around the corner, but thats what I will be calling them out on if they are reinstated. They have had their honeymoon period.

Undoubtedly their main priorities were tidying up the financials, sorting out the social club issue and get to grips with Ulster council re Casement. Getting our county teams to become competitive was further down the list....and under the circumstances this can be justified. But that huge task must become a higher priority now.

In the meantime Spike I totally share your frustration. We cant ever assume Division Four/Three is our eternal lot. Youre right, we need to be more assertive, demand better, expect more from a county of our size.

Lenny has the football job, yes we still dont know about his backroom team, and the players will take a few weeks or months to form their own opinion about the set up. If its as progressive as was sold to the 3 man sub committee, then great, and I will be much more relaxed, because I do know exactly what was on offer in the alternative package (JMK).....and trust me it was impressive.

Its only right we provide all involved with the space to lay down their foundations, and if its top notch lets acknowledge that, and if its not, then make no mistake it will be called out for what it is. There is NO hiding place at this level.
I do recall your unlimited approval of the SV last year BS which included the vociferous support given when reports from senior camp, and possibly more importantly from within the minors suggested that the 'austerity programme' employed had descended to the absolute farcical when management were being forced into digging into their own pockets to ensure their charges were being fed.
Sew and reap.... ;)

Sow

Awful thing to call anybody lad..

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:46:36 PM »
Anybody hear how 'trials' went last night.....?

I took a walk round on Tuesday night. To my eye there was about 8 players short of last years panel and I believed Tuesday was the last time everyone could trial? Could be wrong.

Heard on the sideline that a handful of boys from last years panel can't commit this year for whatever reasons.

Shock...I wonder why   ???

Work? travel?

complete lack of belief and utter disillusionment at what is being offered to them....for starters

ok.. fair enough

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:46:37 AM »
Anybody hear how 'trials' went last night.....?

I took a walk round on Tuesday night. To my eye there was about 8 players short of last years panel and I believed Tuesday was the last time everyone could trial? Could be wrong.

Heard on the sideline that a handful of boys from last years panel can't commit this year for whatever reasons.

Shock...I wonder why   ???

Work? travel?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:54:29 AM »
u21b game between ourselves and Portglenone has been moved to next tuesday night over in Portglenone at 8pm. we have the Ulster minor hurling semi final on sat plus our gala dinner sat night so fair dues to them for moving it.

Doesnt matter that its in their ground at all, only a few more mile away from rasharkin.

Bit of common sense..

Bottle it now, it will be needed again...  soon

Ps. Wonder can it be cultured ?  8)

???

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