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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 10, 2018, 04:09:33 PM »
Magherafelt management need to take a long look at themselves.

Too many talented players in their ranks to be playing that pointless and idiotic brand of football.

You'd be better to get completely stuffed than to adopt a system that allows the opposition to dander across their own 45 with the ball for 5 minutes without anyone laying a glove on them.

I thought your yellow card was a bit harsh last night. Should have had a shot a few times in 2nd half too.
How was the mood in the dressing room at half time?

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 05, 2018, 12:38:11 PM »
Any odds out for the games this weekend?

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:19:22 PM »
Was at the All Ireland final in Croke Park yesterday.As a Derry man the highlight for me was the presentation to the crowd of our 1993 All Ireland heroes and winners in every sense of the word.In a life time of watching annually other great teams of the past taking their deserved bow I must say that no group of men were as enthusiastically received or applauded so loudly as Derry were yesterday.

The greatest applause was deservedly reserved for Eamonn Coleman's daughter Margaret who ably represented her late father.The team were all very dignified as they took their place on the national stage which they had adorned so long on the playing pitches of Ireland.

I must also heartily congratulate Thomas Niblock on the magnificent and expert manner in which he introduced each of the participants.He delivered it all with great feeling and panache. This added greatly to the overall presentation. Well done to all the players and to Thomas for a wonderful cameo of a terrific Derry team.

Anyone know if this footage is available online anywhere?

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 13, 2018, 10:07:54 AM »
If you want to have a go at setting the fixtures, join the committee.  I'm sure they'd love to have some of the brains here on board.  Last year there was a full-on consultation period for people with regard to all this.  Why did you not head over to Owenbeg and present your concerns there...?  Yeah bollocks to that, far easier to sit back, take another mouthful from your tin of special brew, and snipe from the sidelines with the benefit of hindsight when it doesn't work out to your liking.

If the county team had done in any way well this year and there was a conflict of club fixtures with a qualifier, for instance, the same bunch would be out in force yapping that our county board weren't giving them any backing.

Totally agree, great job done by the fixtures committee this year with plenty of football for club players. Next year should be good also with plenty of meaningful games even if the county team does better which hopefully they will.

Well I for one am too busy 5 or 6 nights a week taking teams. Full-on consultation process my hole, there was one meeting with a lot of 'we will take your views on board' plamas.

Ah right.  Good for you.  It's strange, with your schedule, that you've got time to put your views on paper in this forum though.

A couple of things:

1. 'Take your views on board' means exactly that.  It doesn't mean 'do everything that you ask'.  There's a lot of (mostly competing) interests that have to be balanced on something like this.
2. It wasn't just one meeting, clubs were asked to submit any and all ideas for improving things.  I take it you hadn't time to get yours in?
3. If this issue is as important to you as your posts would indicate, would your time not have been better spent heading over and airing your views?  Surely you could have got somebody to look after the U-8's for an hour.

"I'm too busy to do anything to sort it out but I'll yap like fcuk about it afterwards" is nonsense.

What club are you Franko?


So Franko doesnít want to say.  My point is he obviously doesnít want his club to do well or care about his own club players.  Every Derry Gael does want the county to do well but not to the detriment of their club. Every man and his dog knows the fixtures this year were a joke and all to suit the county. This is one of the reasons why there is a club v county thing more than ever. A few points about the fixtures..

1. The league (most competitive in a while due to 4/5 getting relegated) has been condensed into 2 five week seasons. Did I say condensed? I meant crammed!
2. There was an 11 week break in which Derry were out with 5 weeks still left before league started again.
3. The league cup was used as meaningless training games by most clubs. One club didnít even play it.
4. The break killed the reserve league.
5. No games for ages then 3 games in a week!!!! mental!

So I canít fathom how anyone on here can defend the league structure this year. And before someone says ďwhy donít you do itĒ Stephen Barker and co did a great job this past 2 years. The best in a number of years. Why change it???

This didn't happen. Plenty of reserves got football during these league cup games and are training away. What kills reserve football is midweek double headers when there is not enough time to play both games after work.

A move to a 12 team league will help reserve football, especially in division 1. All 12 teams should be fit to field 2 teams each weekend and with only 11 league games there should be no reason to play any midweek games.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:16:32 PM »
Iím only hearing tonight about two members of the screen panel having a bust up at one of their team mates wedding?

No prizes for guessing who was stuck in the middle  :-X

Theyíre some mess this year. Between that, a certain forward messaging the manager at the start of the year telling him he didnít want to play for them because itís a sinking ship and them welcoming him back a few weeks later and then changing managers mid way through the season, itís been a pretty disruptive year for them!

some mess surely. 2 handy wins in 2 games

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 27, 2018, 12:02:25 PM »
So something like the Irish league do on boxing day and have all the derbies. Coleraine vs Ballymena for example.
Suppose it wouldn't be too hard to implement if there are only 2 sets of midweek fixtures.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:25:26 AM »
Expect nothing else.  Barker and Co dont have a notion.

Clubs wanted their county players for all matches so what do you expect. This is the only solution and as far as Iím concerned Barker and co have been excellent. If clubs were prepared to play starred games without county players as in other counties this wouldnít be an issue. You canít have it both ways.

That is correct but there are problems with mid-week games : 1 -- It is very difficult for the away team to get their players available for long distance game e.g. Desertmartin v Slaughtmanus or Steelstown v Lissan and 2 -- Impossible, as has been already said, to full-fill a Reserve game in mid week when the teams are located a long way apart. 

But this is a trial year and hopefully the system can be "tweeked" to address these issues

Croke Park would need to come to "grips" with the real problems of addressing Player Welfare and spend less time placating the Kildares and Dublins of the "nearly professional" Gaelic Football's elite

The system definitely needs improvement. Lissan played Faughenvale on Wednesday, yet play Castledawson on Saturday. You would think anyone with a bit of common sense would have swapped the fixtures about. Especially expecting to fulfil a reserve game at 645 and its a 70 minute drive.

This would mean Faughanvale heading to Desertmartin on wednesday past.  Suit one team to disrupt another?

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:43:49 PM »
Have prices been published for championship games?

Season ticket priced at £80 for all football and hurling games including finals.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: July 18, 2018, 08:56:26 AM »
A lot of these so called great courses are out of reach to ordinary golfers at Ä120 plus and more for RCD to play.

RCD was Ä50 all last week during the mourne club open week. I played the 4BBB on friday.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:53:06 AM »

And the person who drops a ball out of his/her pocket rather than bothering to look their original, or go back and play another from the correct place? Is he/she being lazy too?

this isn't done in a local comp or society never mind a US open. What a comment.

No one cares if aul Joe, playing off 22 with his mates for a few quid, bends the rules a bit on his way to shooting 27 points.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 16, 2018, 01:24:05 PM »
As a result of county football the county board have been forced to reduce the senior league and introduce subsidiary compos to give players games in the 8/9 week period of no league football. I am interested to hear what posters thoughts onare Lavey pulling out on block of the competitions that have been put in place for teams over the next 8/9 weeks.  I would like to know why they have done this, as without knowing their rationale its looks so disrespectful to clubs and the competitions the county board have provided.

In hindsight, i think planning reserve games for this period was a mistake. Take out county footballers/hurlers, dual players and older/injured players having a rest, I feel it would have been a good idea to just have a senior competition during this period.

Lavey have set the precedent that will most likely turn a potentially good competition for younger senior players/fringe players/good reserves into a farce. I read on twitter that there is a £300 fine for not fielding in an adult game. Will lavey be stung with a £2,100 fine?

I can't see the benefit in not playing these games. Surely with their good u21 team from last year they have loads of numbers to field in these games.

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:56:28 AM »
For Rory, it probably is since it's the one he's missing for career grand slam.

General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:31:46 PM »
Clearly not a co-ordinated defence from the lads!

But with everyone drunk, nobody will remember things the same way.

I can't imagine they'll let McIlroy up there.

A coordinated defence would reak of conspiracy tbh, I'd imagine they don't have a clue what happened, really anyone in that house.
Yeah, there's very different tactics taken by prosecution and defence.

The girl was superbly prepared, she was ready for every question, knew exactly how to answer it, and had a stock answer for any time she did find herself in a muddle.

The lads are all over the place. Prosecution trying to set traps for Olding with hypothetical questions and he seems to be walking into all of them. He's answering questions the way the prosecution counsel wants him to.

What are these traps you speak off?

I've read through both the Cooney and Greaney twitter feeds and feel Olding has handled himself well and seems to be speaking truthfully with very little vague answers. Don't think Jackson was "all over the place" yesterday either.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 26, 2018, 11:58:49 AM »
I thought mcwilliams was unlucky not to win two penalties.
1st half after taking on 2 men along the line i thought he was fouled.
2nd half, ball was on the deck inside the box, looked like he got a toe to the ball then was floored.

St Pat's a bit naive pushing up so early in the 2nd half. I think it as the 4th goal - came from a long kick out which by passed the midfield, straight to quinn who outpaced his man and gave a simple lay off. If half back line had of stayed, no goal.

General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: February 23, 2018, 01:38:34 PM »
Going by Frank Greaney's tweets Jackson was interviewed by police four times.  In three of the four interviews he "No Commented".

He did make a comment in the first one but it was finished early due to "lack of pre-interview disclosure". Probably just doing what his solicitor told him to do.

What else are you looking him to say? The 3rd interview was fairly detailed which happened on the same day as the 2nd interview.

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