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Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:14:43 PM »
When you consider the number of good players that we've been missing during a lot of the league campaign, you'd have to be optimistic for next year. I don't think Offaly are light years ahead of us in terms of quality and they gave an excellent account of themselves today in league quarter final. The tier 2 competiton should be a good next test, hopefully with a few more coming back from injury.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:00:52 PM »
Yes. The next step is to avoid it next year. Are we allowed to look that far ahead?

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:35:22 PM »
Delighted for these lads. Although there were poor performances against Dublin and Offaly, I think that overall they showed they are becoming increasingly competitive in this league. Next step hopefully to avoid the relegation playoff.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: March 12, 2018, 11:59:47 AM »
Very disappointed with this yesterday. I know we missed a lot of frees, which would have brought us a lot closer but in truth we were well off Dublin's level (and they weren't exceptional by any means). A lot of lads just didn't look like they had very high motivation levels and that's disappointing.

On the positive side, Leigh Bergin was outstanding again on Ryan O Dwyer and Matthew Whelan had an excellent game on Conal Keaney. Otherwise, noone really stood out for me. Lee Cleere was presumably injured. Neither Paddy Purcell nor Cha looked like they were at the races at all yesterday for some reason. For me, this was really worse than the Offaly game.

I really think Roddy is much more effective out the field and midfield seems to suit him. Maybe Ryan could be tried at wing back. I know he's done very well in midfield but the wing backs haven't been doing well for a while now.

Good to see PJ Scully back too.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:22:11 PM »
It would be a real shame if lads started dropping off the panel. In fairness, a lot of lads have been given a chance in the games so far and everyone has had games in challenge matches and the like. Hopefully, everyone will stick with it despite the disappointment of Sunday.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:17:37 PM »
Would generally agree with Blueandwhite. I was quite disappointed with the showing on Sunday overall.

I probably haven't seen as much of the hurling as other people on here but I do think there is a clear improvement in first touch, winning ball on the ground, feeding decent ball to the forwards, etc. Having said that there is still too much fumbling especially amongst the forwards but to be honest I could hardly feel my own hands sitting in the stand on Sunday so maybe there's some excuse.

The full back line wasn't as good as previous games although Lee Cleere was superb again. Matthew at centre back has been very good in the last two games and midfield were on top. We missed at least 4 or 5 scoreable frees (not including the three 21 yard frees at the end) and, as Blueandwhite says made a few bad shooting/passing decisions in the forwards when better outcomes were possible. Cha surprisingly didn't have a good game at all but I guess it does take a while to get back to full speed after these injuries.

I think the general consensus in the stand was that some of the substitutions were strange - moving Leigh Bergin to the wing back position and removing Neil Foyle altogether didn't seem to make a lot of sense given the way the game was going.

Overall though, I still think there are grounds for optimism. A lot of lads are getting their chances and noone is letting the side down. Competition for places should be strong when everyone regains fitness.

Laois / Re: National Hurling Legue 1B 2018
« on: February 19, 2018, 11:29:12 AM »
Must say I enjoy watching this team at the moment. I thought the skills levels (including touch) have gradually improved over the last while and it's great to see. They seem like an honest bunch of lads and have some top class players.

In my opinion, Paddy Purcell is as good a midfielder as there is in the country. You'd go a long way to see better freetaking than Ross King's. Lee Cleere is a top notch corner back and Leigh Bergin has coped with pretty much everything thrown at him this year. I know we don't have the strength to compete at the very highest level but we certainly have individual players that can compete at any level. If they could win the next two (which I don't think is unrealistic), that would be the kind of progress they deserve in my opinion.

Laois / Re: 2018 National Football League Division 4
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:49:50 PM »
Apologies if I misunderstood what you meant. Hopefully he can bring his college form to the county setup.

Laois / Re: 2018 National Football League Division 4
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:20:32 PM »
From the highlights, Evan O Carroll looks to have had a monster game last night for UCD.
Didn't score from play  ;)
Was involved in a lot of plays, carried good ball throughout by the looks.

We're a great auld county for dragging a lad down all the same. Thats two now, to one simple post.

Have to agree with you on that Don. It's certainly a strange kind of support anyway.

Laois / Re: 2018 O'Byrne Cup
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:30:19 PM »
Okay okay I want someone to answer this ? Donie Kingston plays for Dublin , he is focused , committed,motivated and wants to win. He is conditioned to the highest level and so are his teammates .Is he the best full foward in the country now?? I know he is .

If he was "focused, committed, motivated, wants to win, highly conditioned and playing with highly conditioned team mates", I doubt Laois would be in Division 4 now. That's where we are and it was last year's team with Donie that got us there (admittedly with some indisciplined team mates). Donie was a leader in a losing team.

This is not to denigrate his efforts. Last season must surely be hurting. But if you're a leader, you come back and make sure that the mistakes of last year are not repeated. He shares some responsibility for last year's debacle (with all of the other players and management). I would like to see him take the opportunity of this year's campaign to show what he's really capable of (and to lead Laois football into some form of respectability).

Laois / Re: 2018 O'Byrne Cup
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:54:00 PM »
While he made a few handling and other errors today, I think Ciaran McEvoy has the makings of an inter-county footballer. He makes intelligent runs and picks up a lot of ball. He's also physically able to look after himself. A few bad-looking mistakes took the shine off what I thought was a decent enough first run out.

Laois / Re: 2018 O'Byrne Cup
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:16:31 PM »
Doesn't make much sense to me. Wouldn't they have known how big he was and how mobile he was before they invited him to join the panel???

I'd agree with Don's sentiments on this, if not the manner in which we expresses them.

Laois / Re: County Convention
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:46:34 PM »
This election is like asking the clubs of Laois if they would rather drown or be burnt alive
Its like being put in a room with the two candidates and being given a gun with two bullets. You'd shoot yourself twice, just in case.

Why wouldn't you shoot the two candidates and do the job yourself?? A rhetorical question, of course. I think some of the commentary is very harsh. I don't know either of the candidates but there is not much point in talking about mystical visionaries who haven't put their name forward.

Laois / Re: 2018 National Football League Division 4
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:15:28 PM »
I would agree that no player should be discriminated against on the basis of his birth cert and I would be amazed if that turned out to be the case.

On the other hand, I really hope that the new management starts from the position that reputations are entirely irrelevant and if a young lad looks like he's doing better than the lad with the reputation, he's given his chance. Our best players last year included Alan Farrell and Eoin Buggie, neither of whom would have been given much credit when they came into the setup. Young lads like Evan O Carroll and Tom Shiel came into the squad under McNulty and did very well. Stephen Attride, who has become a very nice footballer, wasn't one of the big names when he came into the setup. I really hope that the best players are chosen regardless of their profile or reputation.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Club Football Championship 2017
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:47:57 AM »
A couple of posters here have questioned the quality of Portlaoise lads, but I think that's missing the point. Both Moorefield and Portlaoise showed on Sunday that the system and team work are more important than the individual. Having watched Laois closely over the last few years, there hasn't been a system. A couple of our experienced midfielders have been known to hoof the ball to Donie and stand with hands on hips. That simply won't do in modern football. As Nameless pointed out, the emphasis now is on speed and conditioning. I would add good support play into that mix. Portlaoise players are good enough. Anyone who commits, trains and buys into a system should be considered. Anyone who doesn't should be discarded.

Excellent post. It's easy to denigrate the quality of the players but we have really been without any kind of discernible system of play since McNulty (and that system had some serious flaws too). In addition to all the physical elements of "the system" mentioned above, there is a winning mindset that has to be developed which, I'm afraid, seems very absent from some of our better players.

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