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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: September 20, 2017, 12:57:38 PM »
After the steep learning curve of the disappointment of Derry's comprehensive   All Ireland Minor defeat, no doubt Damian McErlain and his management team will have realised the futility of persisting with a game plan which does not include the presence of a sweeper or the concept of a top player(albeit a phenomenally physically developed and extraordinarily talented individual in the case of David Clifford) being double - marked in the modern game.

That said and that harsh lesson undoubtedly learned I have no doubt that both Damian and his Minor players will bounce back  to replicate the magnificent individual and team performances that they have cumulatively given over the course of the last three years.The talent both on and off the field is definitely there.Their biggest tactical challenge is to learn from the mistakes of the past and to adapt accordingly.

Players like Conor McCluskey,Oisin and Lorcan McWilliams,Callum Brown,Declan Cassidy( surprisingly not given much game time during the minor campaign),Paddy Quigg and Padraig McGrogan are only some of the players from this year's minor squad who have the ability to develop into top class Senior inter county players.Others when they develop physically have the skill sets to join them.

So despite the mistakes of last Sunday Damian McErlain has  restored pride and confidence in Derry football again.Everyone will wish him well as he attempts  to ensure that all the best players will be available for inter county Senior duty when he announces his new panel in the coming weeks.

By the way  does anyone know when  the County Board will announce the management teams for Derry's U17 and U20 teams for next year?


Any idea who could get these jobs?

Seamus Downey has done great work with Lavey underage and should surely be considered.

would a Magherafelt player go near it if that was the case, and I am not trying to be smart either.

It would be bad form for Magherafelt player to turn down the chance to represent their county because the manager of a rival is taking the team. That sort of bickering should be left at club level.

On a side note - Enda Quinn (Magherafelt's main underage manager the past 4/5 years) has won twice what Seamus Downey has won at underage level the past few years. Saying that he seems to stick to the u12-16 age groups as I don't recall him taking a minor team? Open to correction though

Would you describe it as bickering, has it not moved beyond that? Total disrespect is a more accurate description?

Magherafelt and Lavey seem to be forming a rivalry from underage up, however if it would be the wrong stance to take to not play for your county because Seamus Downey is in charge. Whether it be bickering, fighting, disrespect or whatever you want to call it

What's the beef between Lavey and Magherafelt about?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:26:46 AM »
Moran said Enda was big eared on a night out. Fall out stemmed from there.

Nothing to do with 93 or Mickey being shackled to his hometown club like a slave.

Hahaha brilliant. I actually hope this is true. Let's see who argues with this one? "Nawh lads, he actually said Enda had a big nose and could smoke a cigar in the shower"

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:26:24 AM »
Unfortunately the man in question did intentionally break pjs leg which isn't surprising as he's a notorious dirt bag. Had his lengthy ban coming as good few years. The GAA as a whole is a better place without the Mcsorleys of the world. Feel sorry for PJ accidents can happen but this was an act of thuggery

Ballsy hurling commentary for a Magherafelt man. Look, I've said it on here before. Every club has its idiots. The man you are referring to is one of them. A knob on the field and a bigger one off it. Irrespective of his reputation, it's important to stick to the facts. I know what the facts are, because I was there, and I saw what happened. Did you see the incident?

Does it not seem strange for a M'felt man to be very big into hurling, attend every S'neil game and anti Glen? Don't be fooled.

A Magherafelt man and a proud Gael, I've probably watched more clubs games in Derry this year than you guys put together whether that be hurling, football both men's and ladies and the odd camogie match. As far as being anti Glen I don't know what gave you that opinion? I wasn't at the hurling game up in banagher. Have I heard it was intentional? Yes, does it surprise me? Unfortunately not.

Rest my case. Stick to the facts, not what you hear. Gael of The Year.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:30:37 AM »
Unfortunately the man in question did intentionally break pjs leg which isn't surprising as he's a notorious dirt bag. Had his lengthy ban coming as good few years. The GAA as a whole is a better place without the Mcsorleys of the world. Feel sorry for PJ accidents can happen but this was an act of thuggery

Ballsy hurling commentary for a Magherafelt man. Look, I've said it on here before. Every club has its idiots. The man you are referring to is one of them. A knob on the field and a bigger one off it. Irrespective of his reputation, it's important to stick to the facts. I know what the facts are, because I was there, and I saw what happened. Did you see the incident?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:20:10 PM »
Lads don't feed the troll!

Wasn't able to get to the game but fair play to the lads they dug out a result and got to another Final hopefully we can get over the line this time. I really think we need to do something out of the ordinary to win it this time fingers crossed there's a plan there to catch Slaughtneil out if we can!

Agree Screenexile. Slaughtneil are a ruthless outfit and it will take something really special from our lads to beat them. But we have a chance, and that's enough for me to look forward to at this stage!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 11, 2017, 02:17:53 PM »
Still waiting on your comment on the banagher lad that got his leg shattered by screen player in a hurling match

Well you didn't ask me to comment, so I didn't.
But since you've brought it up, I wasn't at it so have no first hand information. If, and I stress the word "if", it was a deliberate attack I condemn it completely, there's no need for that on a pitch or anywhere else.
I would also say that if it was a deliberate attack, it should be a matter for the police and not an internet forum. But since I dont know the injured player, or who was even supposed to have done the deed I cant comment with any certainty on any of it.

So back to my direct question to you TFAL...please enlighten us with your definition of a blood and thunder match?

TFAL you buffoon. We've been through this before. I was at the match and I saw the incident. The Banagher supporters beside me were in no doubt that it was an unfortunate fall, not a deliberate strike. Were you at the match?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:04:07 PM »
Well I can assure you TFAL, that if Ballinsacreen win the John McLaughlin, I'll be the first on here to rub your ignorant nose in it. 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 23, 2017, 11:13:31 AM »
*Senior

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 23, 2017, 11:13:04 AM »
Saw the entries to the u-13 league.
Ballinascreen entering into grade 2, has to be a mistake.
With 3 or 4 primary schools to pick from you would think they would be one of the leading teams in the county.
Or is it a case of trophy hunting.

The most idiotic post I've seen on here for a while. They're Under-13, and for you to suggest "trophy hunting" as the reason is as stupid as it gets. Maybe they haven't the numbers this year? Maybe they have the numbers, but they aren't good enough for grade 1? Parish size has absolutely f**k all to do with it.

Ah come on Phil, it goes on regularly. This is in no shape or form a pop at 'Screen as I haven't a notion what's gong on there.

Goes on regularly?? Where? I'm not aware of this Jo. Sad state of affairs if true. Surely underage teams should be chasing numbers at training, progression to Senor teams etc rather than solely chasing silverware. Not aware of this mentality in Screen but I hope it isn't going on.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:07:34 AM »
Saw the entries to the u-13 league.
Ballinascreen entering into grade 2, has to be a mistake.
With 3 or 4 primary schools to pick from you would think they would be one of the leading teams in the county.
Or is it a case of trophy hunting.

The most idiotic post I've seen on here for a while. They're Under-13, and for you to suggest "trophy hunting" as the reason is as stupid as it gets. Maybe they haven't the numbers this year? Maybe they have the numbers, but they aren't good enough for grade 1? Parish size has absolutely f**k all to do with it.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:00:16 AM »
Memories of the opening round of the Championship 2017

If you remember I did one of these about 4/5 years ago and due to huge popular demand it’s back............... (Drici was waiting on this for a long time, he actually PMed me to show his gratitude). I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands recently, the reason being I’m doing feck all.......

      

 “Hi lad, can you do me a £20 accum on Loup, Ballinascreen, Glenullin, Ballinderry, Slaughtneil and Coleraine, tis an £80 quid return” I texted my mate

“No probs” came the reply

I awoke late. I was travelling a lot on Saturday from different parts of Ireland so I had a lie in; I missed mass. As I came downstairs, my mum didn’t ask me about being late for the ’10 O’Clock’ and I didn’t want to tell a lie to her - so there was a mutual respect between us. We both feared getting different answers; the joys of being back home. Me Da came wondering in then returning from the ’11 O’Clock’ up the road (When ye live in the big smoke, ye have the choice of masses in a not-so-far-away chapel, up the city!!!!!!!!) He didn’t ask why I wasn’t at mass either – Theticklemister 2, parents 0. Toast was the only thing available in the house for breakfast, not great for a feast of championship football, but 4 slices did the job (I would live to regret this later).

It was Me Da’s turn to drive, so in his new car (which was 12 years old) we collected our other passenger not so far away. We passed the local chapel and me head went down so I wouldn’t make eye contact with the oul lad; it worked.

Free from guilt............ until next Sunday.

In came Mr. £%^$” into the car and off we went, a quick stop at Tescos in the ‘Wateryside’ for a charging lead was the only pause in our journey to Draperstown City. A lot of discussion about the potential team ensued on the journey down and we were 95% correct upon arrival. We were confident of victory. We took the back roads down past Benedy and enjoyed in the wonderful views. Old stories were brought back up of how Craigbane came into existence in the early 70s and how the hell they kept going with a sparse population. Another one was told of the existence of a small dedicated monument to Republican Volunteers of yesteryear situated in the Benedy area. It couldn’t be found.

We travelled on and Ballinascreen City was seen on the horizon. We pulled into the carpark opposite the church and off we went to the pitch. I have been at this pitch a number of times before as a waen, but this time I actually playing on it for St.Patrick’s Pennyburn a few years later, under the great guidance of the late, Brid Kelly McElroy - Brid took us down there to compete against the ‘culchies’ for a primary school blitz. Brid was a fantastic GAA gael. Born in the ‘Bog’, she stuffed the GAA down our throats and by feck, she made no apologies for it (editor’s note - and thank feckin heavens for that). She later became Chairperson of Steelstown GAC in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, cancer took her in 1998 and my last time seeing her was on a wheelchair in Celtic Park at the Derry final between Lavey and Bellaghy. She was behind the goal at the changing room area, loving the culture and sport which she enshrined in many people at the school and club. She passed on a month later in October and memory is remembered in the pitch which is named after her. I can’t remember how we did in the blitz, but we swore we travelled 8 hours that day to some distant land and we had a great day out. Farewell Brid.

We entered the chapel-side of the ground, beside the ‘new’ clubhouse area. I quickly raced back to buy a wordpad in the shop to take some notes   - as I’m a bit of a GAA geek- and I then got into the ground. A quick £1 to the ticket seller and I scurried along to the stand before throw-in. The stand was packed in blue and yellow, a lot of faces which I have never seen before – a wonderful sight. It shows the club has grown and by feck I was never as happy to see as many people as I didn’t know before. I’ve been away on foreign shores and don’t get to see my club as much as I want to. It’s growing. I use to know every person who shouted

‘ ‘ Mon Steelstown’

Not anymore.

The game threw in and ourselves and ‘Dawson tangled with each other for the opening 30 minutes without much difference. The second half Castledawson pulled away and played the better football to deservedly win. No complaints. I was thinking I should have went to mass earlier in the morn, but............... unfortunately I didn’t. I followed last year’s final through twitter sitting at the end of a bar, a double whiskey went down me throat on the 59 minute mark.  I was cheering on the lads in 2010 from the sideline, when your man Ciaran *&*%* - wait that’s too obvious- we will go with *&*&* Brolly, made a few ‘strange’ decisions. A few double whiskeys went down that night too.
In bad humour, we stayed for the Ballinderry v Claudy game. To be fair to Claudy, they competed well for the opening 20 minutes; but the class of Ballinderry proved in the end. They look on a mission this year, so I have been told by a mate of mine (Slaughtneil could stop that in two weeks time however). We decided to leave just after the half-time as Claudy’s brave efforts were beginning to wane – not before getting a lovely box of chips from the classy ladies in the Ballinascreen kitchen. A great bunch of girls altogether.
Walking out the gate we met a couple of lads from Greenlough

"How did youse do?" I asked

"f**k sure we were up by 10 and they came back and nearly beat us" came the reply

"Well done, yer doing well this year" came my positive response.

It was 5:13pm, the games in Owenbeg didn’t commence until 6:15pm. An hour and 2 minutes -the chance of a pint hung in the balance, when suddenly a voice came from the back seat

"Any chance of getting a bite to eat?"

"f**k!" I said, the chance of a pint evaporated.

We made our way to Dungiven town and the traffic was beginning to build up. We pulled in beside Skippers and ignored our usual stop of Brians. I took over control of the vehicle as the others didn’t know what they wanted. I ventured up to turn at the bus stop with McReyonld’s on the side making it a more inviting stop. Down I returned and pulled opposite Skippers. The queue was getting fierce as the South Derry lads were arriving en-mass. I stuck on the radio to listen to the aftermath of the hurling, but me Da’s car refused to acknowledge the position of the radio dial.

“f**k it!” came my reply.

I looked out the window and there were the two aforementioned Greenlough crawling past in the traffic.

“Alright lads!” I shouted towards them.

No reply came.

On the plus side, my two ‘passengers’ emerged from Skippers and we were ready for Owenbeg.

“f**k there was some queue in there” came their arrival into the car.

“That's why we normally go to Brians” came my response.

Less than 5 minutes later we arrived at Owenbeg.

“Drive on into the ground” said me Da.

“Yeah” came from behind me.

In I went. Greeted by a few lads from various clubs who we welcomed; greeted by the R.U.C. which we did not welcome - we parked the car and made our way to the stand. We were expecting an easy win for Slaughtneil, but by God Swatragh played well.

“They’ll soon fade” came one remark from not so far away. But they didn’t.

Conor McAtamney is a class act. By feck he is some footballer. He glides through the pitch as if he is skating on ice. He scored the goal to put them ahead with 10 minutes to go. I took a picture of the scoreboard and sent it to one of my best mates in Birmingham.

“You’re going to win!”

Swatragh then lost. I am a terrible jinx.

Slaughtneil took control in the closing stages to a flattering 6 point victory. Slaughtneil, are a great club, on and off the field. They gathered 100s of jerseys for the ‘GAA Jersey for Palestine’ Campaign and in Oliver McCusker, they have a tremendous secretary who wanted to do more for the same cause to help the most unfortunate. The Tuesday before playing the All-Ireland Club Hurling Semi-Final, they paused with the ‘GAA Jerseys for Palestine’ Flag during a training session in Celtic Park, to show solidarity with those in a tortured land. A few days earlier in Slaughtneil when they handed over the jerseys, Oliver said

“We understand the suffering of those people, anything we can do more to help, let us know. We in Slaughtneil understand what they are going through." 

But I didn’t want them to win, such is the case when the underdog is about, but they did and I’ll cheer them on when they play again.

We expected fireworks in the second game.

Will Coleraine’s powder be kept dry with their non-playing Derry contingent? Will Magherafelt’s underage promise finally develop? The stand was ‘dubh le daoine’ and opposite, the terrace was half-full. A close game expected................. but was it f**k.

 Coleraine led Magherafelt on a merry dance and the huge crowd felt pity on the Magherafelt defence as the McGoldricks were in ‘some’ form. Half-time came and I went to get some tea. I had only euros on me and I asked the nice lady

“Do you take euros?”

“No” came the reply. I returned to my seat with nothing to show for my efforts.

“Where’s the tea?” was asked

“Your girl wouldn’t take euros” I said

“For fucksake” came the response from the pair, in a delicate harmony.

Credit to the oul lad, me da went up and got the merchandise and returned to welcome applause.

Coleraine went onto blitz Magherafelt and should have killed the game within 5 minutes of the second half. They then began to toy with them. They took pity on their South Derry opponents. The game was over before it started, so my mind began to wander. Charlie Bonner was in front of me. The great Na Magha gael and steward, who does excellent work for the County, had to sort out a fight between a couple of youngsters in the corner. He returned 30 seconds later, mission accomplished. My mind came back to the game. Ciaran McGoldrick was on the ball – same story, dancing around the Magherafelt defence.

“GREAT TO SEE!!!!” I thought.

See here’s the craic: I grew up playing underage within the North/South divide and still have a wee (big) bit of hatred for those SOUTH DERRY -superior-thinking-better-than-us-in- the -north- GAELS. ‘Mon Coleraine. My first year of Senior football, Eoghan Rua were struggling at Junior, playing in the university grounds, they have come on well. Fair play to them. 

Alas, we decided to leave a second game of the day early to see if we could catch the hurling on the Sunday Game. It said 10:00 on me Da’s car when we got in, but me Da’s car is an hour fast; so it meant 9.  30 minutes to get back home, for 9:30 throw-in.

The weekend of ‘great’ football did not come to pass. My other 'team'down the country did exceptionally well in the second half on Saturday (on a different matter altogether), but the fare all day on Sunday was poor. The Championship intensity was lacking in each game.
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Anyway, returning to the start of these ramblings, my bet failed.


“Here’s £20 quid” I said my mate on Monday morning.

“Take, it back; I forgot to do it” came his response.

All well, the weekend could have been worse.
   


Haha very entertaining read Tickle - great work!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:42:07 AM »
Bellaghy were gutless. Game should have been over at half time. Screen will need a better performance against the Surfers. Poor enough atmosphere in Glen, which was surprising.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 10, 2017, 11:54:57 AM »
Heard yesterday that Sean Leo misses too because he was sent off after Coleraine V Screen match last year... Could be a load of balls though

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:26:17 PM »
Give it ‘Giggsy till the end of the season.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:03:57 PM »
Good to see you laughing Phil, how is the organising of your Gala Dinner coming along

You've lost me TFAL.

How do you think the teams will fair out at Glen this Saturday?

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