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#1
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
July 01, 2024, 02:02:52 PM
Div 2 is tough to get out of, however I'd say Ballygalget won't be sitting there too long. i said a few weeks back the league is brutal for clubs with a big county contingent and i think the ards clubs get it tight as they've more missing than most.

no violins though... we all know thats how it works.
#2
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
June 03, 2024, 04:53:32 PM
anyone got the second set of dates for the div 1 hurling league games?
#3
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
June 02, 2024, 11:55:52 PM
Hurling is alive and well Belfast then. A Rossa, Johnnies 1-2 in the league before the split.

Div 1 league will split now and the Div 2 goes one more round then splits.

Will make for interesting management decisions pre championship in a group with Cushendall, rossa, St John's and Dunloy and playing them on the run in to finishing league - just makes the league less competitive in the last few rounds with teams not wanting to show their hands.
#4
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 29, 2024, 10:21:22 AM
MR2 who would you recommend?

a. if you had to go locally?
b. if you had you pick across the country (realistically)?

Quote from: Milltown Row2 on May 27, 2024, 05:40:50 PMSo which Antrim man are you recommending?

Not sure what standard of players we have to match teams physically? We have plenty skill btw but over 70 plus minutes the big teams grind you down.

Bitta disrespectful on Carlow, they'd a better score difference to us and with 15 players on the park they could have won.


#5
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 28, 2024, 10:26:06 PM
When you go round the clubs there's not too many options and I know I'm advocating for an Antrim man, but I think Gregory. Ticks most of the boxes.

If he was interested then give him a bash at it!

Couple of good men in with him city and country ones like Gleeson had - Karl mckeegan & Brian Mcfall for example!




#6
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 28, 2024, 10:45:28 AM
dont think he's done enough - took Slaughtneil for 6 weeks of the year after they got put out of football? and Tyrone? hardly a tier 1 manager.
#7
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 27, 2024, 10:58:36 PM

i think the main reason for finding someone local isnt anti- Gleeson or anti- southerner i just think it makes more sense to have someone whos not spending 20 hours a week in the car travelling up and down. its a tough enough job without being on the road. thats my honest opinion and mental fatigue surely must kick in, especially after 5 long seasons starting in the summer realistically!

Probably Gregory... he's the only one i honestly think of with a track record of winning! and winning consistently (bar last year lol!) why not give it someone like him supported by a good back room team.

Re: Carlow i'm maybe being flippant there but we should be targeting those games as must wins, i think thats part of my point. apologies  ;D



Quote from: Milltown Row2 on May 27, 2024, 05:40:50 PMSo which Antrim man are you recommending?

Not sure what standard of players we have to match teams physically? We have plenty skill btw but over 70 plus minutes the big teams grind you down.

Bitta disrespectful on Carlow, they'd a better score difference to us and with 15 players on the park they could have won.


#8
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 27, 2024, 04:13:18 PM
great victory for the Saffs on Sunday. James McN on fire, great to see someone like him stepping up - a delight to watch.
We beat a 14 man Carlow (we were expected to be beat them every day of the week - its Carlow ffs), big deal! We got a great day out against Wexford - but is that it. Our season is defined by one good game v Wexford?? terrible to think that, but it probably is when you look at the scores in all other games all year in league and chmp!

We remain Div 1 (there was no relegation)
People talk about consistency (MR2) We play the last game of the year like we did last year fighting a relegation battle against another tier 2 county. It'll be the same next year if we dont change it up! 

Gleeson has been an outstanding manager for us. Thank him for his service, for raising the bar, the expectation and standard! But time to move on... change is good, for us and him!

Would like to see an Antrim man in post next year with good antrim coaches taking the team. 

#9
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 20, 2024, 05:22:26 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on May 20, 2024, 01:36:14 PMWasn't at the match, had forgotten id (her) had arranged a barbeque, but was following online, didn't see the clash.

Spoke to ones at it most said was not a red and one said he had time to pull out of the stroke?

Funny enough yesterday game i did I'd 2 unintentional clashes of sticks around the face guard, I gave a yellow for both and explained why, no hassle with it, both players got up fairly quickly and didn't make a meal of it

Seen the Galway players face after the game and he certainly had a cut on his nose, maybe the blood made up his mind? faceguards could be better though, some lads noses are sitting on the wire lol!

Anyway, by the ruling its down to a few factors recklessness with the hurl, intent to strike and so on, you could make an argument to find any decision to send him off. Maybe he was just looking a handy second half  ;)

I think the hurling helmet may have had something to do with it. (google images: conor whelan) he seems to have a a helmet that doesnt really cover his face, definitely unothordox use of the faceguard. Harsh on mcgarry, ref made a balls and ruined what was up until then a good game.

that said it was probably only a matter of time before galway pulled away.

Everyone looking forward to Gleeson's last game? (only slegging flip sake, calm down)
#10
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 16, 2024, 02:06:20 PM
JC - the problem with league is the county boys missing and it seems to always hit the ards teams worse.

for whats it worth, here's my view:

st johns v ballycran: jonhnies, simply because they are on a winning streak but if down boys back up the road and allowed to play it might be tighter than you think
c'dall v p'ferry - cushendall - getting good results and starting to form again after a few poor performances and seen portaferry this year and dont think they are terribly fussed on these league games
enda's v dunloy - this will be tight and i'm going to call it! Enda's for the win... :o
b'galget v rossa - agree with JC, Rossa. they are getting less and less reliant on dual players. could be brewing somthing. (just based on saffron gael teamsheets btw)
b'castle v loughguile - loughguile, until ballycastle are at full strength they are easily got at. even in ballycastle
#11
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 15, 2024, 03:01:21 PM
right lads (+lasses) a bit of craic who's going to win this weekend but more importantly why:

st johns v ballycran
c'dall v p'ferry
enda's v dunloy
b'galget v rossa
b'castle v loughguile

#12
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 14, 2024, 06:05:10 PM
anyone know why the county football and hurling championship draws haven't been done - this lad (and the mrs) looking to book holidays! i don't want to miss the craic. are the dates even available...
#13
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 13, 2024, 10:57:24 AM
i keep coming back to the players - the current crop! we definitely have something with the players. getting them all out with a full pre-season behind them and injury free and can beat the best.




#14
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 08, 2024, 09:28:11 AM
Sad news. thoughts and prayers with his family, friends and the club.
#15
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
May 07, 2024, 05:43:56 PM
Quote from: NAG1 on May 07, 2024, 02:12:51 PMStill need to beat Dublin and Carlow and that was always going to be the case anyway.

You could depend on Galway for nothing!

apart from a nice pint and a good night's craic