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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.

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:03:46 PM »
From looking at the Kildare game (I know bad example) the issue was the work rate out the field. Lads were not tracking runners and putting Kildare under pressure. As a result this left Laois exposed and created numerous 2 v1 situations that made the backs look bad.

Dublins team have athletes all over the pitch with power, pace but work hard. This is the main area we need to work on. Love to see the GPS output from all the teams to compare them

Would agree very much with this.

Good defence is about putting as much pressure as possible on opposition shooters. Some teams do that very well. Laois did it fairly well under McNulty (although there were some shortcomings in that system too).

The top 3 teams will, of course, have the excellent tackling skills (which creates larger number of turnovers) as well as the general pressure on the opposition. Having said that, I don't see that many classic top defenders in the Kerry team for example.

I'd be happy enough if we could just improve the level of pressure that we apply on the opposition shooters. That in itself should make a big difference.

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:04:36 PM »
This is all true but we didn't have so many sticky defenders when McNulty was in charge either.

You can do a lot if the defensive system is effective and the attitude of the players is right.

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:02:49 AM »
Evan O Carroll, if fit and interested, would be like a new (and important) addition to the team.
I'm sure Sean Moore would be more than capable of cutting his teeth in Division 4?

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:53:18 PM »
I would agree with Tony that we must be one of the slowest teams in the country and this is surely one of our most serious weaknesses. While the S&C guy might make some marginal differences here (which would, of course, be a help), I hope the new setup will take a look at some more pacy players from the club scene. Alan Farrell and Eoin Buggie have been good additions over the last while and bring some pace and stamina. We need a few more new ones with more pace along those lines.

I add my good luck wishes to the new management team and hope they get all the support needed both from the County Board and the Laois supporter base.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: September 01, 2017, 12:07:46 AM »
Interesting to hear Tommy Walsh talk about how they were beaten by Laois in the Arrabawn shield final back in the day. Amazing to think about the divergent fortunes of those two Arrabawn teams. It really shows how important it is to work consistently with these players over a long period of time.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 10:42:48 AM »
If we're talking about getting a wider spread of players, you'd have to wonder why Portlaoise are not able to produce a single player capable of getting on the u-14 hurling squad???

Mountrath has one player on it. That club has also seriously underperformed when it comes to supplying inter-county players.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:15:25 AM »
It's the smart men that see the "mirth" in people trying to do things properly at club level that make this county what it is. Division 4.

I don't know too much about what's happening at club level but these kind of personalised comments that denigrate people in this way are sickening.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 05, 2017, 09:41:59 PM »
Keyser and High Fielder are easily two of the most interesting posters on here.

Personally, I'm much more interested in reading their opinions on the football rather than on each other.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:48:26 PM »
There will be a limited supply of resources available for the preparation of teams over say a 10 year period. It is true that this amount is not fixed (for example if the team was successful, more resources would be available) but, in any case, the amount is limited.

High Fielder has raised the possibility of an alternative to the strategy of simply putting as much money as possible into the team in any given year.

I think this is reasonable. If, for example, you think that the current bunch of players have not delivered and are not likely to deliver (which is a reasonable way to think given the last few years) and, at the same time, you see a bunch of talented 14-18 year olds coming through, would it not be reasonable to pull back a little on the funding of the senior team and to nurture the young lads. When they start coming through, you will have assembled a war chest of resources that would allow these good young lads to compete with the bigger counties.

I don't think ideas like that should be entirely dismissed. It's not to suggest that the Senior Team doesn't need a manager or doesn't need any resources but maybe priorities could be readjusted a little for a few years.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 04, 2017, 04:07:33 PM »
An interesting and maybe reasonable way to look at it.  This group have had a lot of resources fired at them over the last 5 or 6 years and it could be said that they have not made the best of it.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:51:06 PM »
I wouldn't have thought that Fermanagh have much financial  clout and they were able to afford him. I would be against the idea of going for the cheaper option just because it's cheaper.

I think the idea of going for a Laois manager is right as long as it's not just a shot in the dark. The problem is that it will be a shot in the dark with most of the Laois  candidates being mentioned.

If there is a genuine belief that Chris Conway or Joe Higgins should be given until 2022 (which I doubt), then it seems sensible to have someone like Pete McGrath involved in the short term.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: July 28, 2017, 05:40:08 PM »
If we want to get the best manager possible, Pete McGrath is head and shoulders above all the others being mentioned.

If we want to try to nurture some homegrown managerial talent, then my vote would go to Chris Conway.

I'm not sure which strategy is the best one.

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