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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 03, 2021, 11:35:32 AM »
I think more of an emphasis needs to be put on the secondary schools. No point in  O'Toole and Ambrose and the likes running to primary schools to be a glorified PE teacher which gives the teachers an hour on their phone when they could be in these schools giving coaching to lads who want to be coached. It's highly likely that half of the primary kids have no interest and are kicking daisys. Poacher looks to have revitalized St Josephs Newry and going by social media they seem to be pushing GAA heavily which is great for the Newry area. De le Salle Downpatrick and  St Comlcilles in Crossgar are other schools that need a bit of TLC

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 03, 2021, 08:59:26 AM »


First I have heard that but he is only young so I can't imagine this to be true.
It will be interesting to see what O'Rourke can bring to Ballyholland, I have not heard of him much in managing. That's all the positions filled bar Bryansford and the Fin. The Fin could do with a big name to try and take them to the next level.

Will Down school win anything of note in schools GAA this year? Would the Red high be one of the favorites for the McLarnon? St Malachys took a pasting in the first game as did Knock. St Malachys and St Marks were always stepped in Gaelic football and given the clubs that feed into them should they not be playing at a higher level. Would these schools be playing Rannnafast football does anyone know. I cannot see anything on the website which is hard to navigate. Smurfy do you know anything about St Marks? I mind playing them years ago when Barney was in charge and they were well drilled.
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I went to St Markís myself and loved the football there under Barney. My lad goes there now and itís a joke whatís happening to a school of their stature football wise. I understand them having no football for u18/u19 as they have limited places in A levels and one year only had 10 boys in the whole A level programme. But U16s and U14s used to be dominated by them. My lad comes home and tells me of playing nerf wars at PE instead of GAA and my blood boils. If the interest ainít there from teachers - the pupils can do very little.
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St Marks is in South Down heartland and has players from Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Ballyholland, Burren, Mayobridge and Clonduff feeding it so it is a school that should be one of the best about in football terms. When I was going to school they were a force to be reckoned with at schools level and were always the team to beat. I hope for Down GAA that they can improve their results.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 02, 2021, 04:46:11 PM »
There were a good few lads from Portaferry and one from Ballygalget, in my year, when I was at the red high, only a couple of them hurled though.

Not everyone from Ballygalget nor Portaferry hurls I'm afraid to say..

Would clubs in the Ards never play football or even amalgamate to try and get one team from that area? I am sure with a bit of organization and Ards amalgamation would give the junior championship a rattle if the players committed. Maybe that is something the county board could look into. We often cry about hurling not being promoted in areas especially the bigger traditional football clubs but the Hurling snobs in the county can't throw Stones either.

Any lad from the Ards who wants to play football can go to Darragh Cross, Saul, Kilclief and even Loughinisland. As for an amalgamation at football, that's as likely as Burren and Kilcoo amalgamating to put in a hurling team for the year.

no stones being thrown here, just point out facts and i think the CB has enough on it's plate getting a competitive football team out of 30 plus football clubs without promoting football in what is a pretty small catchment area player wise when the likes of Newry, Newcastle, Castlewellan and even Downpatrick aren't exactly setting the world alight football wise with much larger catchments. The three Ards parishes have a combined population of in and around 5K and like I said before not everyone plays hurling here let alone has an interest in the GAA.

In fairness Castlewellan are making strides at underage hurling and long may it continue.

That's a very diplomatic answer but one that I am sure you would get something simpler if you mentioned starting up hurling in Kilcoo. "Sure if they want to play they can head to Laitriom or Castlewellan". Clubs are afraid of losing players and afraid of embracing change. Ballyholland, Bryansford, Castlewellan and RGU will all be playing in divison 1 next year but I get your point about Newry. You boys across the Lough are scared of the big ball. It's great to see saul begin the hurling and is a boost of the Downpatrick area. The RGU were started as a hurling club! The Mournes should have a hurling team.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 02, 2021, 11:54:09 AM »
There were a good few lads from Portaferry and one from Ballygalget, in my year, when I was at the red high, only a couple of them hurled though.

Not everyone from Ballygalget nor Portaferry hurls I'm afraid to say..

Would clubs in the Ards never play football or even amalgamate to try and get one team from that area? I am sure with a bit of organization and Ards amalgamation would give the junior championship a rattle if the players committed. Maybe that is something the county board could look into. We often cry about hurling not being promoted in areas especially the bigger traditional football clubs but the Hurling snobs in the county can't throw Stones either.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 02, 2021, 10:55:54 AM »
That's fantastic to see the Red High playing A level hurling, fair play. Due to its size and the great clubs that supply players to the school, they should be playing A level football and hurling most seasons.
Is there a reason the likes of St Colmans and St Pats Maghera seem to perform well at A level?

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 02, 2021, 08:58:12 AM »
Those 2 players didnít dominate us
Not haven a go but AMC hasnt done it on the biggest stage
Against Burren he was taken off when the game was in the melting pot
Anyway not getting into it I just donít think he is up to it
Any potential new names on the squad?
Big rumour Caolan Mooney has retired

First I have heard that but he is only young so I can't imagine this to be true.
It will be interesting to see what O'Rourke can bring to Ballyholland, I have not heard of him much in managing. That's all the positions filled bar Bryansford and the Fin. The Fin could do with a big name to try and take them to the next level.

Will Down school win anything of note in schools GAA this year? Would the Red high be one of the favorites for the McLarnon? St Malachys took a pasting in the first game as did Knock. St Malachys and St Marks were always stepped in Gaelic football and given the clubs that feed into them should they not be playing at a higher level. Would these schools be playing Rannnafast football does anyone know. I cannot see anything on the website which is hard to navigate. Smurfy do you know anything about St Marks? I mind playing them years ago when Barney was in charge and they were well drilled.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 01, 2021, 03:54:11 PM »
Nice touch by Bryansford today thanking the current (old) management team on social media after sacking them. Not sure who benefited most from that post.

The statement now has been changed, whoever posted the first one should get the road.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: December 01, 2021, 02:59:44 PM »
Its an absolute shit show up here at the minute, the numbers are through the roof and will get worse. |A circuit breaker f some sort is needed for two weeks.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 01, 2021, 02:57:25 PM »
Jarlath Branigan and Donal Hughes are worth a run too

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 01, 2021, 09:22:23 AM »
RIP Barney, what a giant in Down football, may he rest in peace.

I am really looking forward to heading to Cavan on Saturday for the An Riocht and Kilcoo doubleheader. The whole county should get behind these two clubs in their assault for Ulster glory.

I would like to see Oran Flanagan, Breannain McComiskey and Shea Croskery get a run with the county. Miceal Rooney and Jamie O'Hagan are two other players that could get a call.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: November 30, 2021, 02:57:34 PM »
another high figure today, we cant seem to get it under control.l. I think the schools need to close early for christmas

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2021
« on: November 30, 2021, 11:02:44 AM »
how can the ulster council police vaccine passports

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:49:14 AM »
I think you are mistaking stature for structure. Just because a club wins a competition doesn't automatically give them a larger selection of players.

Ballyholland has the biggest pick of players outside of Carryduff and Bredagh and East Belfast.

Youíre confused. Upwards on 70% of players at all grades come from the one small rural primary school.


My apologies, I was at an underage game two years ago and one of your supporters was saying that you were getting a bigger influx from Newry people due to your facilities which are first class. Ballyholland have done serious work in the past 20 years or so as they were an intermediate team for most of my playing career.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:18:57 AM »
It seems to be the usual suspects taking the under 20 competition serious
Burren Bridge Clonduff and Carryduff
With Kilcoo not in it for obvious reasons
No wonder these teams are consistent in division 1 and always seem to be at the latter stages in most underage A grades
These clubs are putting the work in

Your own club has a chance to win the u20 b competition and is doing great work.

Any word on the new down squad?


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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:36:24 AM »
It seems to be the usual suspects taking the under 20 competition serious
Burren Bridge Clonduff and Carryduff
With Kilcoo not in it for obvious reasons
No wonder these teams are consistent in division 1 and always seem to be at the latter stages in most underage A grades
These clubs are putting the work in

Typical south Down arrogance

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