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GAA Discussion / Re: Marc ” Sť vs Sean Cavanagh
« on: Today at 10:39:57 AM »
Maybe he knew there was no point cos Harte wouldnít listen

More likely there were other reasons.

GAA Discussion / Re: UTV & BBC & RTE & TV3
« on: Today at 10:38:07 AM »
Thank goodness for the Premier Sports broadcasting the Ulster and Leinster finals in HD while RTE concedes its HD broadcast channel to some on-going soccer competition and BBC offers an SD broadcast on BBCNI.

Apart from the terrible Cork performance on the field and in the stands as supporters left very early, it was very hard to watch the football in an SD broadcast.

GAA Discussion / Re: Marc ” Sť vs Sean Cavanagh
« on: Today at 10:17:45 AM »
What exactly is incorrect in what he said? Canavan basically said the same thing

The fact is that now that he has retired from playing for Tyrone, St Sean's true character comes to the fore and his former and more senior team mates are calling him out.   

Good for Marc O'Se in calling Cavanagh out in respect of his recall of a fictitious conversation to put himself in a good light.

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: Today at 09:00:49 AM »
Be interesting to see the amount of suspensions following the melee after the Cavan v Down qualifier game I am only after reading about. How many pages do you think that thread will run for ?

None because it wonít involve the Ulster Council clowns.

GAA Discussion / Re: Sligo v Armagh 23/06/2018
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:51:16 AM »
I can rarely remember such a low key build up to an Armagh match in recent times, even the Westmeath match I knew a few people heading. Not confident at all about this Armagh team but it sounds like it could be the 'least worst' team who could progress here if the Sligo posters are to be believed. Either way I don't see the winners of this match lasting much longer in the championship.

Never know who they might draw in the next round to allow them to slip on through.

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:48:55 AM »
So 7 of the suspensions have been overturned? Really? So only 3 Armagh players have been deemed to do anything wrong? What charges were levelled against the other 7 oringinally? How have they got off? Clarity is needed here because the next time a game descends into a full scale brawl we need to know what we can't and can do?? I need to tell my underage lads what the dos and don'ts are as they wade into a field fight. The GAA disciplinary system is a complete joke. How many more of these embarrassing appeals needs to happen before the GAA have the balls to re-write the fecking rule book and close loopholes and implement huge extensions to bans for unsuccessful appeals?

I agree with a lot of this but canít say the appeals were embarrassing without knowing anything about them. Who was suspended, why and what grounds the appeals were based on.

I meant embarrassing for the GAA as once again the disciplinary procedures are shown up to be flimsy in a high profile case. Itís not embarrassing for Armagh, they did what they had to do and it paid off.


Typical clowns at Ulster Council level who should know the rules and the evidence required before a suspension can be implemented.  They just did a blanket ban on everyone who could be seen in the melee using the team sheets knowing that appeals would be instigated and the next level would have to sort it out, pushing it off their agenda.

Those on the disciplinary committee who proposed the suspensions have brought the system into disrepute. They should have taken the time to identify air-tight suspensions and issued a statement condemning the behaviour and highlighting for the authorities the need to have proper sanctions for a melee of this scale.

Rules should be available to sanctions all in charge of under age squads for failing to maintain discipline when a melee erupts, managers and coaches should take the brunt and county boards should be hit with serious fines. Players should be disciplined if correctly identified but this is very difficult in something that erupts quickly and lasts less than a couple of minutes.  Both teams should be sanctioned by being ejected from the competition.

There is no excuse for behaviour as seen at the semi final, even if the opposition is Tyrone and they are up to their usual tactics off the ball.  ;)

Ulster Council should have had the courage to eject both team, declare Derry the winners and who is really concerned that the is no game before 12pm on Ulster Final day, very few would be there to see it anyway.

A severe lack of courage is all around when it comes to dealing with matters like this by Ulster Council and this incident highlights them all.

General discussion / Re: Never saw this before......
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:33:33 AM »
I drive that road 5 days a week and the tax camera is routinely there. Dippers are rare.

Have you ever seen vehicles pulled in and clamped with their drivers still in them?

General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:32:39 AM »
Milltowns had a shocker it has to be said  ;D  ;D ;D

It was a meltdown in progress from he and his Roscommon mate took over the rape trial thread and he assumed the mantle of Fearon.  Too much time on his hands.

General discussion / Never saw this before......
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:12:22 AM »
Today I was travelling from Portadown towards Armagh and about two mile before Richill the DVA vans were parked at the side of the road and they had stopped a selection of vehicles.

The officials in their high viz jackets appeared to be questioning the drivers of these vehicles which had been pulled onto the hard shoulder while heading in both directions.

The strange thing was that virtually all of the approximately ten vehicles had their front driver side wheels  clamped with the drivers still sitting in them!

The vehicles included cars, vans, an articulated lorry and trailer and a motor bike.

No more vehicles were being stopped and they didn't seem to have any police with them as far as I could see there were no police vehicles. 

It wasn't the dippers.

Seemed to be similar to the way cars are clamped on the street in Belfast if found to to be taxed but these vehicles had been stopped and the drivers were still in them.


GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:14:46 AM »

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: June 16, 2018, 08:17:41 AM »
Any word on Tyrone suspensions? If so will they affect anyone playing for seniors?

How long are the proposed Armagh suspensions?

Surely any suspensions after appeal would end any summer playing?

General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:12:12 PM »
Well done to Mrs Corr.............

Most likely took on this case herself as unions won't support teachers in taking libel cases.

GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tyrone U20
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:31:07 AM »
Why was Darragh Canavan not on panel?

I believe he had the decision to stay off it this year as he was playing too much football. Hopefully we see him out next year.

A sensible decision by parents who value education and exam success above football.  U20 squads have plenty of lads in the middle of their AS and A levels and shouldn't be pulled away to train and play at this time.

General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:29:37 PM »
Anyone ever done Norway? Thinking of doing 3-4 days road tripping and hiking around the fjords. Flying to Bergen.

Also heading to Bergen in July followed by Oslo and Stockholm.

Had booked to fly to Bergen via Oslo but SAS have cancelled the flight and now flying to Stockholm then Oslo before heading to Bergen next day. A bit of a pain as we could have taken second flight directly to Bergen.

Good stuff OB. Are you doing the fjords?

Intend doing the tour in Bergen via train to Flam and then return by boat to Bergen, so should see something of them.  And probably take a boat tour from Bergen.  There is also the nearby mountain which can be reached by the funicular train.  Heading to Oslo from Bergen via train, an almost 7 hour journey which takes you across the whole of mid Norway.

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