Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - befair

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 15
1
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 19, 2021, 02:48:13 PM »
The old one-club days are gone. It's a fortunate young person who lives in the village they grew up in, especially during their twenties and early thirties when many, maybe even most, will have to travel to make their way in the world. If they can return to Ireland in their later years they are also the lucky ones.

2
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 22, 2020, 12:41:49 PM »
We are miles behind at underage level
How come the all conquering Burren team which many believe is this best this county has ever produced can win with such ease but yet the county get knocked out in the first round by Fermanagh?
Make no mistake this team were touted in many quarters to win the All Ireland
Maybe it was just an off day and Fermanagh had one of those days?
Where did this expectation come from? Not trying to rub it in but Down genuinely would have been no better than Derry, Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan and maybe Armagh and Cavan too at U15/16 with the same age group and that's only in Ulster. Derry won the respective U15 and U16 competitions against Cavan and Donegal in the finals but there isn't a whole lot between most of the sides to be honest. Talk of an All Ireland is crazy from any Ulster side.

A good club minor underage team means little at county level. I was involved with a good under-age side who won nearly everything on their way up the ranks. We strolled the county minor championship, but even so had only one player on the county squad. If Burren had 8 on the county team it's a failure of scouting and recruitment from all the other clubs

3
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:08:59 PM »
Not sure if it's already been mentioned but thought Paul Falloon was very good in the middle for the U20 All Ireland final. Great decision at the end not to take the easy option and award a free for the Dublin player diving. We are often quick (myself included) to criticize ref's so only right we acknowledge when they have good games too. Well done Paul.

Agree, thought he was excellent

4
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 20, 2020, 06:43:24 PM »
County football is a different standard, even for a lower rated county like Fermanagh. Players that look like superstars at club minor level are quickly found wanting; obviously the case for the Burren contingent. Some humility would help

5
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 18, 2020, 04:27:53 PM »
With the post-Christmas lockdown, will the Ulster minor championship be abandoned?

6
GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: December 11, 2020, 01:22:58 AM »
Not only a 2nd tier, but a third tier also; works at club level and in ladies' football. Finals to be played at Croke Pk on same day or w/e as senior final

7
Hope I'm wrong, but suspect the final will be procession for the Dubs

8
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 04, 2020, 06:06:54 PM »
Outside managers are an expensive and pointless blight on GAA clubs; every club's manager should be a member

9
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: December 02, 2020, 02:11:26 PM »
The purpose of club football is not to be a factory for county players, nor even to win championships; it's to knit communities together and give them a sense of local identity and pride.

10
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 22, 2020, 10:37:22 PM »
I thought Down played the better hurling with some great scoring. But kildare size proved the difference. Though the goals were a bit slack but onwards and upwards for the hurlers Joe McDonagh next year.
Might be a few sore footballers this evening after watching a cavan team we shouldve beaten last week win the ulster title today over a very fancied Donegal.  Although Cavan probably a more physical match for Donegal than Down wouldve been. But we will never know and congrats to Cavan and Tipp .

Considering we tore that Cavan team apart for 30 mins, and even in the second half had good chances to put them away, maybe we are turning a corner

11
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 22, 2020, 06:14:33 PM »
Donegal over-rated because Armagh were so poor; as with Cork, probably felt they only had to turn up. Cavan deserve the title; as I recall, in the prelim round, they were 6 pts down to Monaghan with 10 mins to go, and looking pretty abject. But great spirit and heart and determination got them through in the end

12
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 15, 2020, 05:27:01 PM »
Can't believe we lost that; should have been even further ahead at half-time, Martin Reilly getting black card when we were 9 pts up. BTW I hope Martin Reilly gets an All-Star this year, he has been a wonderful player fro years. Mooney, Kerr, Johnson were running riot in the first 25 mins, disappeared after that. One of our subs could have called a mark from 25 yds out, played on and flopped it into keepers hands. Should have known not to get my hopes up

No complaints about the ref btw

13
GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Championship 2020
« on: November 15, 2020, 05:20:01 PM »
Can't believe we lost that; should have been even further ahead at half-time, Martin Reilly getting black card when we were 9 pts up. BTW I hope Martin Reilly gets an All-Star this year, he has been a wonderful player fro years. Mooney, Kerr, Johnson were running riot in the first 25 mins, disappeared after that. One of our subs could have called a mark from 25 yds out, played on and flopped it into keepers hands. Should have known not to get my hopes up

14
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:49:32 PM »
I think Warrenpoint have won a grand total of 1 MFC in the last 10 years, in 2012. If Iím not wrong, Burren have won 4 of the last 7 and been beaten in 2 finals and semi final in that time. Rostrevor have 2 or 3, Ballyholland have 1 and Kilcoo might make up the rest?

2010 - Kilcoo beat ? in final
2011 - Kilcoo beat Point in final
2012 - Point beat Burren
2013 - Rostrevor beat ?
2014 - Burren beat Shamrocks
2015 - Rostrevor beat Shamrocks
2016 - Burren beat Clonduff
2017 - Burren beat ?
2018 - Ballyholland beat Burren
2019 - Kilcoo beat Burren
2020 - Burren beat Bredagh

Itís a pretty poor return for Burren in the SFC when you look at it like that, especially considering they won 2 SFCs in 2010/11, two Ulster U21s around that time and an Ulster MFC in 2016 too.

I think under-age football is at best only a guide for future senior titles. I was involved with a v successful underage team, but by the time they were in the early 20s almost all of them had emigrated. Young people now have to travel to make a career and the only time they can do this is in their 20s. But underage football is it's own reward, hopefully the lessons learned about the transience of success/failure and the friendships made will be lifelong

15
Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 14, 2020, 01:05:31 PM »
The Point shouldn't be too deflated. They have great potential; decent-sized town, well-established club, plenty of numbers at under-age, good men at the top, fewer players being poached by Burren; I can see them winning championships in the near future.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 15