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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 27, 2022, 10:13:15 AM »
Don’t think anyone is blaming, sure we’d be yapping if the league was boring and town and Rostrevor were down already like most years with two down. Wouldn’t write Ballyholland off just yet they’ll get a couple of scalps in the run in. I’d fancy them to beat Warrenpoint Ford castlewellan and Rostrevor which would put them on 16pts. Might be enough to stay up! Joe Murphy a big loss for them now tho through injury. I’ll stick to my guns and say harps and point to go down. Going to be scrappy few weeks ahead

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 26, 2022, 11:00:05 AM »
I wonder do the good people of Mayobridge feel they are getting value for money with Poacher and Clarke. Surely there are better in-house men in that club that would get better performances..

They ain’t the only club asking questions about management at present. Despite what upandwin thinks - Burren do mind losing games. They were missing a few lads last night who are on holidays/travelling but they won’t like the fact they are 6 points off the lead already going into phase two. Rostrevor are asking questions about management too - performances are improving but results staying the same.

Are your club happy with the progress of the team since McAleenan left?

Absolutely not. Results have been hit or miss but performances have been abysmal. Missing some key men since Niall left too but there should still be enough talent there to be competing with the best. League win was a massive achievement for the point tbf last year but we will be lucky to stay in D1 this year ans the injuries just keep piling up. Main diff for us is that we don’t have the squad strength of Burrens and Kilcoos of this world. As good a starting 15 as most team with everyone fully fit but that rarely happens any team tbf.

Does the split happen this week then or is there a break for a week does anyone know?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 25, 2022, 12:44:38 PM »
Tell ya what if mayobridge scoring 1.1 in 60mins isn’t downing tools then they must be absolutely dirt. Burren have won 1 of their last 5, getting beaten by RGU, Ford, drawing with Rostrevor all in that…giving a load of seconds and thirds players a run out for game time as they had all but guaranteed top 4 after 5/6 games. Fair play to the all the teams that are still in the mix that includes the Ford and point and Carryduff etc my point is that the structure of the league will make for an exciting finish in the bottom half but it’s flawed. So Loughinisland miss out on H2H with 13pts a piece with Clonduff but could still be relegated. That would be hard to take for any team

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 25, 2022, 01:04:55 AM »
Serious flaw in the league structure the way it’s panned out…Burren and Mayobridge downing tools because they’ve already got top 4 and can’t be relegated. Burren don’t care about losing games, they’re most focused on trying to relegate the intermediate club down the road while the real top team in Down Dispatch another team tonight with a game that meant nothing in the grand scheme of things. Went to watch Point Ballyholland, poor quality and I’d expect both teams to be having a renewal in Div 2 in 2023. Scrappy game that was intriguing but Warrenpoint by far the better team. Bottom 8 split is going to be very close now with 4 teams effectively playing to avoid the last two drop places. Fancy Harps and Point to go down based off what I’ve seen tonight. Wouldn’t surprise me if harps overturn this result in the reverse fixture, they always go well in moygannon. Loughinisland unlucky tonight not to get fourth

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:39:50 PM »
Division 1 relegation odds:

Rostrevor 1/500
Castlewellan 1/100
Ballyholland 4/9
Bryansford 4/6
Warrenpoint 11/10
Carryduff 2/1
Clonduff 4/1
Downpatrick 4/1
Loughinisland 10/1
  Where are these odds from?

PP online. See they’re down now. Think they’re interesting though. I think Clonduff will beat the bridge and get top 4. Loughinisland and RGU will be fine in the split. Warrenpoint, Harps, Ford and Carryduff fighting it out for the remaining spaces

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 22, 2022, 04:30:58 PM »
Division 1 relegation odds:

Rostrevor 1/500
Castlewellan 1/100
Ballyholland 4/9
Bryansford 4/6
Warrenpoint 11/10
Carryduff 2/1
Clonduff 4/1
Downpatrick 4/1
Loughinisland 10/1

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 20, 2022, 02:22:34 PM »
Massive weekend of fixtures ahead. Loughinisland will dispatch Rostrevor easily IMO. Kilcoo will be aiming to be the only one of the ‘big four’ at the start of the year to beat RGU who have already beaten the bridge Clonduff and Burren. I think Ballyholland will beat Warrenpoint as the point are very short again this week. Carryduff will easily beat the Town and I have a sneaking feeling Bryansford will go and beat Burren this Friday as Burren seem to be trying their best to not show their hand in the league. They’ve dropped points to Rostrevor, RGU and Ballyholland already and I think Ford will make that another scalp taken. Unlike Kilcoo, Burren don’t seem to have the stomach or hunger to win every week like the best teams do. Kilcoo want to win every game like their life depends on it, doesn’t mean they’ll always get the result but they never take a game lightly. Burren always struggle to get motivated for the less strong teams in the division, shown once again this year. That’s the difference between Kilcoo and the rest…

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 16, 2022, 08:49:37 PM »
How does everyone see the end of the leagues next Friday?! Looks like Loughinisland will sneak fourth, it’s between them and RGU. Winner of tomorrow night will most likely get top 4-some achievement for either club. Is Barry O’Hagan gone to the states? If so, Clonduff will be in the mix for relegation fight. I thought they’d beat Mayobridge last game but without a lot of lads now they’ll struggle a bit. If they don’t beat Mayobridge and some other results go against them, they won’t be far off danger. I still think Town, Rostrevor, Bryansford and either Harps or CPN will go down. This bottom split is going to be brilliant for the neutrals. Are Bredagh a cert to come up? Who is best of the rest of so…money is on the stone finishing top and bredagh hanging on for second, barely…

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 10, 2022, 11:09:38 PM »
This has been the best season in Div1&2 in a long time. It’s amazing how tight it is in both divisions at this stage. Big wins for RGU and Loughinisland tonight. Two wins in a row can massively change the complexion of anyone’s season. Also see Longstone hammered An Riocht in the big derby of the weekend. How many teams go down from D2 this year anyone know? As things stand, Rostrevor and the town are gone and looks like it’ll be Warrenpoint and Ballyholland atm but Bryansford might get sucked in to that I think with 2 of them, CPN and Harps down. Massive win for mayobridge who I’m surprised at because I haven’t been impressed with them any time I’ve seen them. RGU have racked up three brilliant results in a row and should be fine now. Hard to call. Burren seem to be stale under McCorry already, the patrons in St Mary’s giving off about the negative football already. Apart from hammering CPN seconds, they haven’t set the world alight.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 27, 2022, 03:03:03 PM »
Never heard about any rows in that match. Heard Harps and Burren was a scrapping match just. I think Ford will beat CPN tonight, point are missing a rake of men and will have a hard time getting scores I think. Low scoring game that Bryansford will win I think.

Burren to beat Reds by 8
Bridge to beat Town by 4
Loughinisland to beat Carryduff by 1
Ford to beat CPN by 4
RGU to beat yellas by 1

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 27, 2022, 12:31:01 PM »
Island and C’duff is a massive game is right. Also Ford v The Point will be very close I reckon. Losers of those two games will be in for a scrappy couple of months ahead. I think RGU will beat Clonduff for some reason. Tough place to go and Clonduff are prone to a wee slip against teams they should beat on paper. Burren and the bridge should win handy but the bottom 8 is going to the wire, no one safe by the looks of it so far. Making for a great season tbf to the County Board

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 23, 2022, 01:35:04 PM »
Liam staying now by all accounts. Wonder what changed his mind :-X

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 04, 2022, 03:06:06 PM »
Just shows you an insight in to Eugene Brannigan as a man. As weedy inside as he is outside. He’s a man that does a good job in his current team because he has brothers who are leaders within the group obviously. He’s not a leader, if he was he’d be trying to go in and instil the mindset in the Down group. Not slating lads that are putting their shoulders to the wheel. Classless interview and tbh says more about his lack of leadership than anything else. It’s easy to stay motivated and train hard when you’re a team with a big chance of winning something but it’s a lot harder when you’re in a struggling side. A Clown on and off the pitch it seem…

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 21, 2022, 10:13:36 AM »
Rory Burns. 2/10

Peter Fegan 5/10
Finn McElroy7/10
Gerard Collins 5/10
Ruairi McCormack 6/10
Niall McParland 6/10
Darren O'Hagan 5/10

Anthony Doherty 6/10
Odhran Murdock 7/10

Caplin  Mooney 6/10
Liam Kerr 5/10
Cormac McCartan 4/10
Barry O'Hagan 6/10
Kevin McKernan 4/10
Andrew Gilmore 6/10

Management 5.5/10
  Management have taken heed of my ratings and Rory Burns loses out. I hope the the player ratings improve from last week.
Gary McMahon 5/10

Peter Fegan 4/10
Finn McElroy 6/10
Benny McArdle 5/10

Ruairi McCormack 5/10
Niall McParland 6/10
Darren O'Hagan 4/10

Anthony Doherty 3.5/10
Odhran Murdock 5.5/10

Caolan Mooney 4/10
Liam Kerr 5.5/10
Cormac McCartan 4.5/10

Barry O'Hagan 6.5/10
Kevin McKernan 3/10
Andrew Gilmore 5.5/10

 Management 5/10
   Any of the 13 players that started both league fixtures and has a combined score below 11 should be replaced for Sunday and someone else given a chance.How else are we going to improve?
   Ratings to follow. Back into the Office today so not as free to post.

Back in to *School

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 08, 2022, 10:59:22 AM »
Four down from Div1 will be massive. So much pressure on Division one games this year makes for a really exciting season ahead.

Who would be favourite to go down from D1? Obviously Kilcoo and Burren (and probably Clonduff) will be too strong to be relegated so that leaves nine teams fighting out for five spots.

I heard reports Rostrevor are flying with numbers and players coming back, likes of Parr and Magee back training and Benny should get a tune out of them this year. What are Castlewellan like the year? Think they were fortunate to be promoted last year going off reports they robbed the stone. RGU are a strong outfit and Carryduff similar to them. Hard one to call, could Mayobridge and The Point be dragged in to the mix? Not sure how many county men in the bridge, think it might just be Quinn but he's a massive miss for them and CPN have at least 4/5 lads with Down and could struggle if they don't hit the ground running. There'll certainly be 5 starred games by the looks of it at least.

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