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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: May 15, 2023, 12:34:15 PM »
The second quarter against Carlow wasn't too hot, either.

Carlow could easily beat Offaly. Offaly're playing a dangerous game. Here's hoping... But, on the other hand, didn't we play a bloodless draw w/ Westmeath the time we were to play them in the final?

We did. But both ourselves and WH had already qualified for that final at that time? We were very competitive in that match - and drew it.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: May 13, 2023, 10:03:36 PM »
Pity we seem to have found a bit of form too late in the competition.

The poor second half against Offaly and poor last quarter against Carlow cost dearly.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: May 09, 2023, 01:17:49 PM »
Did anyone stop to think that Offaly might prefer to play us in the final than Carlow??? Not as if we have been scary to any opposition this year....

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: May 04, 2023, 10:33:24 PM »
Another reschuffled team for Kildare. I have never seen a more unsettled setup as that in 2023. It’s not as if it is working out…

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2023
« on: April 24, 2023, 12:17:33 PM »
Agree with almost everything on last post except point about TC. Most teams in it will be above our level unfortunately. We are a division 4 team and there is maybe 3 or 4 in the country that we can beat   . A long way back from here but it starts with acknowledging where we are truthfully and building from the ground up.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: April 22, 2023, 06:20:04 PM »
If Offaly win their last 2 and so do Laois do we not have a good chance on scoring difference?

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2023
« on: April 21, 2023, 01:43:52 PM »
That was 2014 . We came even closer in 2012 . As mentioned that was a different Laois set up .
All the signs are there that Sunday won’t be pretty for Laois football  . I genuinely hope I’m wrong .

Heard there are a few u20 been called into the panel . Might get a run in the TC which would make sense .

We had household names on the teams back then that would make any county team in the country. Looking forward to having that in the future again some time. Hope Sunday's team plays to the best of their ability and do themselves and the county proud.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2023
« on: April 14, 2023, 12:52:03 PM »
I'm not sure why but for some reason I think the Dubs might be in for a fright

I admire your optimism. Only a couple of weeks since we were fully outclassed by both Wicklow and Leitrim.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: March 25, 2023, 07:14:54 PM »
Laois were dominant for large periods but couldn’t make it count.

3-23 was the problem though. We need a strong and settled spine. Full back and centre back are big problems. Delaney and Shanahan are fine hurlers but not suited to those positions.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: March 15, 2023, 12:38:14 PM »
Would tend to agree with that team mcwregor. Would like to see it more settled by now. Scully was flying a couple of years ago and has a bit of pace so possibly we would play him in the corner and push Aaron Dunphy out to the wing where he gets alot of his scores from. I like the look of Phelan but he is not a tried and tested entity in fast summer hurling. Adds strength though which we are badly missing.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: March 12, 2023, 05:28:40 PM »
Very poor performance in second half. Didn’t think Antrim were great but we were very poor. Found it very hard to win a ball and when we did we either couldn’t execute or got turned over. A lot of players not cutting it.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: March 10, 2023, 04:58:46 PM »
The setanta programme and the development squads should become the most important teams in the county for the next 10 years. See what happens, its time to try something different. Laois people would be happy with a good minor or u20 team to follow rather than watch our seniors being hammered. How many thousands turned up to watch our minors last year compared to some senior games.
There needs to be a shift in focus asap

There’s no need for a shift in focus

What’s needed is to focus across all the grades and not downgrade or throw out one group of hurlers over another

The CB in the last 2 years ran a surplus of close to €900k,use some of it but also get organised and work smart

Some of the story’s coming out of the development squads are barely believable from an organisational viewpoint

If true

If we do as you say, nothing will change
Drastic overhaul is required

Tell us what you would do then?

I don't think it is massive. Need to put the money into high class coaching in the clubs. Pay suitable people to build standards and inspire our kids. Make the jobs financially attractive but based on a renewable term based on standards. We always talk about S&C etc which is important but unless you have the raw material it is pointless. County level GDAs don't work. The current model in Laois is to rely on parents, who are doing their best, to bring on our kids and we then expect the development panels / minor setups etc. to do the rest.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2023
« on: February 27, 2023, 03:54:41 PM »
Some strange team selections but lots of lads getting game time. Team doesn't look at all settled. Can see us putting our strongest 15 out in Belfast though. Important match.

GAA need to do something about the league structures though. Need to find a way to get the second tier teams (us, Offaly, WH, Antrim, Kerry, Down, Kildare, Carlow) playing each other with the carrot of playing a couple of matches against top opposition for the winners / runners up. Don't buy into the current nonsense of week-in and week-out beatings. Don't know of any other sport where it happens.

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: February 08, 2023, 04:34:51 PM »
I don’t have any insight into why this didn’t happen…. But I can’t imagine the GAA wouldn’t have been reasonable in this matter.
Nothing to be gained from being otherwise.

The LGFA nationally have a reputation for being difficult & unreasonable. I have no idea if that extends to this situation, but I wouldn’t be jumping to dump the blame at the feet of Laois GAA.

They do? I would always have seen them as far more progressive, inclusive and player focused than the GAA.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: February 08, 2023, 04:33:16 PM »
The combined schools team would be a good idea but its really only one cog in a wheel that has fallen off the wagon. Before we even talk about secondary schools we need to get the club structures in place with full time GPOs. We need to develop and grow the setanta programme into something special for kids. We need to get hurling going properly in every primary school in laois. The development squads need major focus and attention and then the secondary schools too.
We actually need to start with 5 and 6 year olds and put in the work for 15 years time.
I'm sick and tired of hearing laois senior managers over the past 20 years talking about taking 'the learnings' from heavy defeats and trying to work on them. The same shite for years we are hearing. Bringing Dan Shanahan and the likes of Shane O Sullivan (performance coach) from waterford and paying them. Performance coach...for that last night, give me a break.
Its time for leadership in this county. Wake up and smell the coffee and stop making the same mistakes over and over. We need to start from scratch and we need to do it now!!

Completely agree. It is all about the clubs and the coaching. There was never a hurler or footballer in Laois 'created' by a school or the county board. The county board have a role for sure but should all clubs not be able to pay a decent wage to a 'pro' to coach their underage teams for a few years the same way as they pay expenses to senior coaches and managers? Perhaps with financial assistance from the county board. The county board coaches never did much good IMO. Many of our young hurlers and footballers are being coached by parents who are doing their best but not at the right level to get lads to the standard needed.

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